FITZROY HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS NEWSLETTER 2020

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Setting Career Foundations

Term 2 is in full swing with all students experiencing a remote classroom setting through virtual engagement. As a career educator, as tough as this may be to adjust for some students, I feel that it is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what remote working looks and feels like to which many if not all will experience through their career at some stage. 

The impact of remote learning on career conversations: 

With all students working through their studies using virtual and online communication tools, the career department has also been communicating with students over the telephone and Google Meet. Sessions are completed via telephone unless a parent is present, in which case Google Meet with video can be used. The school will continually monitor this as the situation progresses. 

Year 9 

My Career Insights program testing has been pulled back due to the impact of COVID-19. The program will still go ahead; however, the careers team are working closely with Year 9 coordinators to make sure that students are in the right learning space to complete the assessment. The CEAV who complete the profile interviews are equipped to complete virtual sessions to which parent consent forms will be circulated in the next week. Students are still predicted to unpack the profile starting in June. For further information for parents on My Careers Insights, click here.    

Year 10

Students are encouraged to revisit their Morrisby Report, as a part of their My Career Insights program they completed in Year 9 as well as their career action plan. Students can log back in and review this at Morrisby.com, if they are having difficulty accessing their profile, send an email to tysond@fitzroy.vic.edu.au 

Year 11

All students are still able to organise a virtual session both online through the career session booking app. You can access it here. 

Year 12

With the current impact of COVID-19 playing, it’s course across the nation on all Year 12 students, the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC) (which is the national body that oversees VTAC) has issued a statement on the 27th of April regarding the impact on tertiary entries for 2021. You can find the full statement here. Essentially they have listed that the effect of COVID-19 will be accommodated in this year’s ATAR. We will still work individually with students through the VTAC period to ensure that each student who feels they need to apply for a SEAS application in light of another circumstance impacted by COVID-19 can do so. 

Higher Education providers are holding virtual open days and experiences for students to gain as much of an insight as they can before the application process. They are also working to make all admissions requirements live on their websites by August in correlation with the VTAC opening.   

Virtual Open Day & Pathway Information 

There are several virtual open days that both students and parents can register for to understand the courses available better and experience campus in the lead up to VTAC preferences. Many Victorian and National providers will be involved. 

 Here are a list of virtual open days that are being held in May: 

TIS Virtual Careers Expo – Powered By Torrens University (7th & 8th of May)   

VCE & Beyond – Powered by InspirEd (10th of June – 14th of June) 

Education USA Australia – Virtual Fair (May 7th) – For students looking to gain access to American Colleges. You can also find more information out about sitting a SAT with the impact of COVID-19 here. 

Year 13 Expo – Powered by Youthsense – (May 18th – 22nd)

1. Click this link: https://year13.com.au/account/verify/school/YEIQQRAP

2. Fill out your details

3. Click Attending Expo

4. Complete your skills forecast and career plan

Top Class: Theatre Studies Filming Invitation

Last year, I completed the VCE subject Theatre Studies, achieving a high score in my final monologue examination. Students were required to perform an interpretation from an assortment of prescribed monologues, as either an Actor/Director or Designer. I selected the character of Elizabeth Appleyard from Tom Wright’s adaptation of Picnic At Hanging Rock, set in the early 1900s. I created an abstract representation of the world of the play and theme of nature through my ‘clocklike’ arranged set design.

In late January, I was invited to audition for Top Class Season of Excellence 2020. This is an opportunity for twenty five outstanding students across Victoria to showcase their monologue to future Theatre Studies students, teachers and the general public. Early February, myself and Tallulah Thornton – Lawrence were officially chosen to perform in the show, although the performance itself was cancelled because of Covid-19.

Subsequently, Drama Victoria has chosen myself and six other performers to be filmed as an educational resource for schools across Victoria.

I am extremely grateful for these opportunities and has proved to me that hard work really does pay off.

Matilda Komene, Year 12

VTAC NEWS:

For students and parents – A video on accessing VCE Results and ATAR is now available with 2019 dates on YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNBmRDjk16E

Anyone receiving Unit 3 & 4 subject results, including Year 11 students completing a single Year 12 subject, can register for and use the VCE Results and ATAR service to access their results. This service is separate from the VTAC account.

Regards

Viviane Chemali
Career Practitioner

Lord Somers Camp

The Rotary Club of Fitzroy, in partnership with the OTU Association (Victorian Chapter), proposes to sponsor 2 boys and 2 girls from our school (Year 11) to attend the Lord and Lady Somers Camps. The Camps will run from 4-11 January 2020 and 12-18 January 2020, respectively.

Further information available – please see the attached document.

Please contact Linda Mitchell (Principal) by the end of September if you are interested in attending lindam@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

VTAC Applications

A reminder to Year 12 students and parents that the VTAC applications close on 30 September at 5.00 pm. Please ensure you submit your application by the deadline. For more information please go to www.vtac.edu.au

Regards

Viviane Chemali Careers Counsellor

Business Start-up Boot Camp

What solutions can be found to help solve the problem of affordable housing in Melbourne for young people? In September, Unit 3/4 Business Management students were challenged to develop solutions to this very real issue. As part of a full day Student Start-up Bootcamp run by the Melbourne Innovation Centre, students were taken through a program to develop entrepreneurial ideas. They then used the skills they developed to brainstorm different solutions to housing affordability for young adults. This program combined many of the concepts the students have been exploring in VCE Business Management, and allowed the students to apply these concepts in a real scenario. The group engaged keenly with the learning activities and shared their creativity and enthusiasm freely. The solutions found were diverse and exciting, and may be the start of something interesting. Thank you to David at Melbourne Innovation Centre for this terrific opportunity for our students.  

Lucy Shaw

Year 12 Visual Communication Design Excursions to the Makerspace.

Our Y12  VCD students visited the Makerspace at the Kathleen Syme library in Carlton. The Makerspace is a place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. The Kathleen Syme Makerspace has a wide range of 3D printers and a laser cutter as well as sewing machines, work benches, drills, and computers with 3D modelling software installed. 

The visits enabled students to come up with new and advanced ideas for their Unit 4 folio presentations. Some students were able to laser cut their hand-drawn or digitally designed logos and other designs, whilst other students were able to print 3D prototypes of their models they created for their various projects such as game design and figurine development.

Students were able to experience a workshop environment where they had to autonomously work on their projects, prepare their work and ask an in-house technician for assistance. Students learnt about how to prepare and plan for their ideas and get their head around new software so they could use the different machines. 

Students really got to experience the concept of trial and error and were able to adjust their projects accordingly. It was a great experience for all of us and we are very keen and looking into setting up our own Makerspace in the near future at FHS.

Jitske

2021 Senior Program Guide

Dear students, parents and carers,

Welcome to Fitzroy High School’s and Collingwood College’s Senior Program Guide. This shared program guide is a symbol of the continued commitment of both schools to provide the best senior school opportunities for our communities. By collaborating in an innovative, responsive, personalised and future-oriented senior school environment, the partnership looks to optimise educational outcomes for all students.

We, therefore, want to provide a range of educational options for all of our students moving into to their senior secondary years. This includes both VCE and VCAL certificates. VCE, the main secondary school certificate, focuses on developing students academic skills and knowledge to transition to further tertiary study. VCAL is an alternative option and ideally suited to students who thrive in practical learning environment and has the benefit of flexibility that allows for numerous paths to success. These include going straight into the workforce or further vocational training  at TAFE or University following secondary school.

This is a very exciting time for current Year 10 students, in the process of making significant decisions for their senior and final years of secondary school. It is also an important time for current Year 11 students, who have an opportunity to refine their programs for Year 12; the final stage of the secondary school journey.

There are a number of factors to be taken into consideration.  Importantly, decisions need to be made with a future-focus. A senior program needs to open up a future, which offers opportunity and flexibility. The course and subject choices will be critical to success, leading to a variety of pathways namely higher education, training or employment.

In the time we have been offering VCE and VCAL, we have established a legacy of student success, demonstrated by consistent academic results and transition to tertiary studies. Through our partnership, as well, with the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC), students can access an extensive range of VET certificate courses. Many of our former students have gone on to tertiary studies to specialise in the area they studied in VET. In-house VET subjects are offered at Collingwood which have the advantage of access to their VET teacher beyond the face-to-face class time. This is beneficial in a busy senior school schedule.

The Senior Program Guide 2021 has been produced to support you with the Senior School application process. Please read carefully.

Next year, will be full of challenges. We wish you well with your decision-making and planning and look forward to working with all our students and families in 2021.

Christopher Millard
Acting Assistant Principal – Senior Programs
Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College

Senior Programs Booklists

campion

Campion book list orders are now open. You can place your order via the Campion online ordering portal or in person by visiting the Campion store at 94 McEwan Road, Heidelberg West.

Campion have two special offers this year:

  • All orders submitted by Monday the 10th of December 2018 will receive free delivery.
  • A special price offer of $215 for the TI-Nspire CX CAS Calculator is available if ordered before the 10th of December 2018 (Normal price $249)

VCAL and CNC Project Management

Tessa Williams from CNC Project Management, project managers of the Streamlining Hoddle Street Project, approached the school to engage with our students and to raise awareness about the career opportunities in engineering. Along with their teacher Riley, five Senior VCAL students were invited to participate in a site visit, requiring them to be kitted out in full safety gear. In Advisory, year 11 and 12 students were treated to a presentation from the project manager and graduate, with a focus on the variety of engineering specialities. Currently there is a shortage of engineers in Australia.