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

2020 Senior Program Guide

Dear students, parents and carers,

The 2020 Senior Program Guide for Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College is now available. It can be accessed by clicking here.

This shared program guide is a symbol of the two school’s continued commitment to provide the best senior school opportunities for both student communities. In collaborating in an innovative, responsive, personalised and future-oriented senior school environment, the partnership looks to optimise student outcomes for all students.

This is a very exciting time for current Year 10 students, in the process of making significant decisions for the senior and final years of secondary school, and it is an important time for current Year 11 students, refining 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.

We, therefore, want to provide a range of educational options for all of our students moving into their senior secondary years. This includes VCAL, which is an alternative to VCE. VCAL is vocational and practical. It is a realistic option for students who thrive in a hands-on learning environment and want to go straight into the workforce or further vocational training following secondary school.

In the time we have been offering VCE, and now also VCAL, we have established a legacy of student success, demonstrated by strong academic results and transition to tertiary studies. Through our partnership 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. At Collingwood College, VET subjects are offered. Students will have access to their VET teacher beyond the face-to-face class time. This is beneficial in a busy senior school schedule.

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 2020.

Christopher Millard
Senior Programs Leader
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.

Our Girls Bucking the Trend in STEM

There has been a lot of discussion about the lower participation rates of female students electing to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, in the senior years, compared to male students.

Our cohort of Year 11 and 12 VCE girls from Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College are bucking the trend. Although our rates of female participation in STEM subjects vary across subjects, and are lower compared to male students, we compare significantly better than other co-educational schools, and in Specialist Maths, better than all other schools, including female single-sex schools. This comparison includes all schools in Victoria, including government, Catholic and independent schools.

Attached is a graph comparing our VCE Yr 11 and 12 female student participation in Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics to other Victorian co-educational and female single-sex schools.

If we separate out our Year 11 and 12 VCE female students, the story is even more impressive for the 11s, with 31%doing Chemistry, a whopping 37% doing Mathematical Methods16% doing Specialist Mathematics and 8% doing Physics.

An article on the subject appeared in The Age on 1/3/2108. The article focused on the findings of a research project undertaken by Monash University, commissioned by the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. The Alliance is made up of independent, Catholic and state girls schools. The research can be found at https://www.agsa.org.au/why-a-girls-school-the-research/ .

Our female student participation in STEM subjects flies in the face of many of the findings in this report. Our Senior Pathways Process at Year 10 supports informed decision-making, where students are choosing their senior program in the context of their interests, strengths, and future aspirations. We believe this is one of the many reasons why so many of our girls are electing to pursue STEM subjects.

Thank you to Peter Bennet, Data Manager for crunching the numbers.

Sandra Dickins
Acting Assistant Principal