FHS SCHOOL COUNCIL Landscaping Project Sponsorship Drive

Help us improve our school grounds

  • Students, School Council and FHS staff are involved in a 2 year project to improve our school grounds using landscaping and selected indigenous plants with the aim to create much improved biodiversity and amenity.
  • Some work on the first stage of this project “The Escarpment Shrubland” has begun on the Eastern side of the school (Michael St driveway area) which will also include a sensory garden.
  • VCAL students and the local community are involved in aspects of this project with further potential to include more student projects, our Education for Sustainability programs and involvement in the ResourceSmart – AuSSI Vic Program.
  • We believe this project will provide many other educational and aesthetic benefits for students, our neighbours and the FHS Community.
  • We hope to raise $3000 to support the purchasing of plants and landscaping.

How can you help? Donate $10, $20 or $50 using this link: http://www.trybooking.com/YDAP

Below are photos of the areas in which we are planning improvements in this stage.


We thank you in advance for your financial support.

Please have a look at the improvements to the school grounds we have made thus far next time you visit. Your support will enable us to complete this project as planned. There will be opportunities hopefully later this year for more community involvement.
Please contact our Buildings and Environments Convenor Roger Smith rogers@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au if you have any questions or comments.

School Council News 2017 Term 2

Dear Fitzroy High School Community

Term 2 was a busy time for School Council with the School Review Report, our continued information gathering for our school Masterplan, a sizeable list of camps to approve, preparations to fundraise and assist at the school production and a plan to create a community group in response to a parent
proposal. Below is a summary and big thank you to all who sponsored and assisted with the production as well as other school council matters.

FHS & CC VCE Theatre Studies Performance of Christopher Marlow’s “The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr Faustus” or Dr Faustus for short.

Over 3 days and 4 performances our amazingly talented students and staff entertained around 600 theatre goers with this wonderful performance. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and attended, your patronage at these event is essential (this performance was a VCE Yr12 Theatre studies unit 3 assessment) and much appreciated. Thank you also for buying raffle tickets, snacks and beverages, these all add to our performance fund fundraising efforts. Our total fundraising profit from these sales was a pleasing $2, 400. We owe a huge thank you and our appreciation to:

  • Our generous and supportive sponsors: Cranford Cottages, Heathcote Harvest, McIvor Estate wines, Four Pillars distillery, Two Birds Brewery, Daylesford And Hepburn Mineral Springs Co., Mt Zero, Gewürzhaus, She Oak Hill Estate, Condie Estate, Nique, Smart Alec, Scally & Trombone, Collins Simms & Vital Signs
  • Our fabulous volunteers! I would like to personally thank the following parents and staff for giving their valuable time and skills to this event: Kate Parker (Master of Donations), Sue Smith, Justine Donohue, Robin Harper, Maria-Luisa Chiodo, Amanda Lawrence, Jane Bennetto, Christie Fowler, Elise, Meredith Potter, Yvette Higgins, Irene Savakis, Nicole Langner, Cate O’Neill, Maria Kaczmarska, Ella Hudson, Kath Brackett, Vanessa Paciocco, Lara Bickford & Emily Bennett. ​Special thanks to Daniel Tacconelli who answered the call for a bar volunteer with an RSA – we got much more than we asked for – a professional bartender!
  • Collingwood College for providing the venue.

None of this would be possible with our hugely talented and dedicated students and staff. Thank you, we appreciate all your efforts, sacrifices and time. Your Dr Faustus was totally enjoyed by many!

  1. Volunteering at FHS – ​at the June meeting of School Council we approved the Terms of Reference for a Friends of Fitzroy High community group. A launch date and general invitation to become involved will be announced asap.
  2. Voluntary Contributions – this year we have received approximately $10, 000 into our funds as a combination of contributions and fundraising. ​I will confirm and update these details once school council has approved the June and July Finance Reports. Many thanks to those able to make these monetary donations. School Council will be providing details of the projects selected for these funds as soon as this process is completed.
  3. FHS School Review – ​The executive Summary is now available for viewing on Compass.
  4. School Council Member Profiles – ​It was decided at a School Council meeting that we should publish the profiles of our parent and community members along with their contact email address. This is now available on the website fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au/our-school/school-council/ Please feel free to contact myself or other school council members with any matters you wish to raise concerning school council. Our school council subcommittee meetings are open to all. The dates for these meetings are also available on the school website.

Warmest regards,

Kath Boyer

School Council News 2017 Term 1

Dear Fitzroy High School Community,  

Welcome to all our new FHS students and families and welcome back to those continuing in 2017. This year we have 608 students making this the highest number of students enrolled since reopening in 2004 and means we have now reached our student capacity. 

School Council has a busy year ahead with the school review underway followed by the 4 year Strategic Plan and the Masterplan project. 


School Council gratefully thanks all parents who made contributions to our donation funds. The table below shows the subcommittee who oversees each of the funds and the balance of each fund as at January 2017. School Council approves spending at council meetings as recommended by the subcommittees or the school executive. 

Fund 2017 Contribution to date Fund Balance @ 31/1/17 School Council Subcommittee
Building Fund (tax deductible status)  nil 16.333.35 Master Plan 
Library Fund (tax deductible status)  nil 30, 488.42 Education
Scholarship Fund nil 22, 102.86 Education
Performance Fund 1, 586 11, 270 Community
Performance fundraising  5, 685 (2016) 13, 333 Community
Health and Wellbeing Fund 2, 897 9, 463 Community

Projects and expenditure will be updated in future newsletters and in School Council papers.

We also thank all families who have made parent payments on Compass. Your much needed contribution allows us to provide better programs and services for our students. We hope you found the experience of using Compass for these payments trouble free and efficient

We have an unexpected number of families who have not yet made payments or accessed the payment function through Compass. If you are having any issues with Compass please contact our Compass help desk by calling 9488 1900, email timc@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au or consult our school Compass user guide available in printed format at the school office. Please also contact the school office if you prefer a printed parent payment statement mailed to you. 

School Council Elections

Encouragingly, this year we received more nominations than vacant positions on school council which triggered the election. Thank you to all families who voted, we appreciate your effort. The election results are: 3 school councillors who renominated and 2 new members whose valuable contribution to school council is much anticipated. The subcommittee convenors and school council president positions will be announced after the School Council meeting March 16th, 2017 

Subcommittee Membership

If this has inspired any of you to join our subcommittees please contact Abbey or myself at the school. Our subcommittees will next meet after the March School Council, early in Term 2 and before the May school council meeting. Meeting dates will be announced as soon as they are available. 

On this matter, the Masterplan Subcommittee will be looking for members who are able to assist with the school Masterplan project. We expect this will include Architects, Designers, Landscape Architects, etc. and any time that you could give to the project would be greatly appreciated. Our next meeting is March 29th at 4.30pm at FHS. 

School Council Reports

At the February and March meetings of school council and our subcommittees we approved and reported on the following:

  • The Environment Subcommittee has been temporarily subsumed by the Masterplan Working Party to form the Masterplan Subcommittee. This project commenced in 2016 to create a masterplan of the school facilities and grounds that will inform future decisions about the use of these spaces. This subcommittee also has the responsibilities of the Environment subcommittee.
  • An allocation from the Building Fund to provide automatic doors at the West entrance of the main building. By automating these doors we hope to capture cool and warm air, keep out leaves, rubbish and pigeons.
  • SC were pleased to learn that over the summer holidays the Jet rooms were fitted out with airconditioning and that students and teachers have been enjoying the cool environment
  • We congratulate Linda Mitchell and Pauline Rice for their hard work in securing our new status of a Respectful Relationships Leading School along with a $20, 000 grant to assist with the implementation. This was achieved on the back of the work done by the Feminist Collective as was an invitation to FHS teacher Briony O’Keefe to present with Deakin University at the 11th International Biennial Gender & Education Association Conference at Middlesex University, London in June this year. School Council congratulates Briony on this achievement.
  • We approved the much anticipated School Production scheduled for July this year so look out for more news on how you can be involved and for when tickets go on sale. The brief looks amazing!

Please feel free to direct any comments or queries regarding school council matters to me or the subcommittee convenors.

Kath Boyer
School Council President