2020 Senior Program Guide

The 2020 Senior Program Guide for Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College is now available. Click here for more information.


English is a core subject and forms a foundation of many of the key skills a student at FHS needs to thrive. We teach the Victorian Curriculum standards that have three core modes; Reading & Viewing, Writing, and Speaking & Listening. These three skills are developed to express a student’s competency in the three strands of English content: Literacy, Language and Literature.

Year 7: Students begin with a study of abstract language through analysis of short stories, which then leads to an in-depth response to a selected novel. We then research the codes and conventions of film and how a narrative is constructed in cinema. Lastly, the students compile a folio of creative pieces that demonstrate their comprehension of all the core knowledge from the year.

Year 8: students look at the characteristics of persuasive language and then extend their text study through a close reading of a selected literature work. They then begin a unit on poetry that sees them consolidate their synthesis of figurative langue.

Year 9: starts with a comparative analysis of two different texts linked to a central theme. They then return to a single work of literature and extend their understanding of how historical and cultural context shapes the content of a novel. They end the year with a creative unit looking at the visual aspects of poetry, and the year culminates in the creation of a Zine that showcases their creative and analytical work.

Year 10: is a transition year in English, where students refine their understanding and skill and prepare for their senior secondary studies. In term 1 they study Tru-Crime fiction, analysing the more complex ways a narrative can be constructed. Next, they consolidate their comparative analysis skills by the looking at two texts in different mediums. Finally, they study a work of Shakespeare and complete a range of complex analytical tasks about the play, demonstrating their deep knowledge of all aspects of English.


7-10 Mathematics

Fitzroy High School was founded upon an Inquiry based learning model. Each term, students work on Rich Learning Tasks focused on problem solving drawn from Number, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics or Probability. These tasks have multiple entry and exit points to make allowance for the diverse range of student skills that exist in every classroom.

From 2018, to address fundamental skills across the entire curriculum, Curriculum Level based textbooks were replaced with Maths Pathway, which diagnoses misconceptions students have accumulated in previous years and provides learning resources and exercises to address them, precisely at the level of each individual’s zone of proximal development. In partnership with teachers, misconceptions are addressed, allowing students to then chart their way through the remaining Victorian Curriculum, with a focus on skills related to the concurrent Rich Learning Task for that term. The aim is for students to “Level Up” their skills and problem solving capabilities across the Curriculum to sure up their foundations and best prepare for VCE Mathematics subjects or VCAL Numeracy.

Focus Areas

Year LevelTerm 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
7GeometryNumber, MeasurementAlgebraProbability
8Statistics, ProbabilityAlgebraNumberMeasurement
10Statistics, AlgebraAlgebra, Financial MathsMeasurement and GeometryProbability


Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world.  The curriculum at Fitzroy High supports students to develop their scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills through both an academic and an inquiry-based approach.  Students conduct experiments and apply their scientific understanding in practical, hands-on activities.   

Year 7: The year 7s undertake two different dissections of the eye and the heart as they dig deep to develop their understanding of the human body.  They are also introduced to the world of chemistry and scientific classification.

Year 8: The Year 8s build models of medieval machines as they investigate the science of simple lever and pulley systems, while they also study renewable energy systems and how the Earth and moon interact.

Year 9: The Year 9s create model houses with electrical wiring, using their skills and knowledge developed in the Electricity unit and they also explore how the Earth has evolved over millions of years examining the concepts of natural selection and plate tectonics.

Year 10: The Year 10s build model bridges investigating the effects of applying different forces to objects while additional study encourages them to question the social and ethical concerns that come with scientific advancements and technological discoveries.


Year 7: Students complete units under the broad theme of ‘Identity’, covering aspects of Civics & Citizenship, History and Geography.

Year 8: Students complete units under the broad theme of ‘Community’, covering the remaining aspects of Civics & Citizenship, History, Geography and Economics & Business. 

Year 9: Students explore the broad concept of ‘Progress’ looking at the Industrial Revolution, Food production, Biomes and Economics as well as examining people and place through FHS’s unique ‘City Project’.

Year 10: Students explore the  Australian Legal system, WWII and Australia’s involvement, Geography looking closely at Melbourne’s water health and in term 4, further study into Economics.


The Language subject available at Fitzroy High is Italian. Students learn and apply vocabulary and grammatical structures related to a range of topics, including their identity and the world around them. Students focus on the communicative skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Cultural content is explored through individual and group research, class discussion and audio-visual content.

Year 7: 
Students are introduced to topics such as family, pets and hobbies, as well as developing an awareness of Italian culture and lifestyle. They learn about the social and geographical particularities of the regions of Italy.

Year 8: Students build on content from Year 7 and study new topics such as travel, fashion and food. They complete a comparison between youth in Italy and Australia.

Year 9: This is the last compulsory year for students to study Languages. Students focus on social interactions such as organising an outing, fitness and wellbeing, and Italian cinema.