Fitzroy High School, is a vibrant, progressive, medium-sized government secondary school, located in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy North. The school is designed for 600 students and we are currently over capacity, with more demand than we can accommodate.
The school places students at the centre of their learning and the structure of the school is organised around meeting the educational needs of our students.
Fitzroy High School first opened in 1915, and was closed in 1992. Fitzroy High School was one of the first of many schools to be closed across the state during this time.
The local community activated and campaigned for Fitzroy High School on two levels. To stop the site from being sold, volunteers occupied the site and slept in the school every night for over two years. Community members lobbied government to re-open the school.
Following successful lobbying, in 2002 Mary Delahunty, Education Minister, approved plans to re-open Fitzroy High School for students in Years 7 to 10. The school was given a mandate by the Department of Education: to be innovative in in our approach to education, and to ensure our students left school with the skills required to successfully navigate their futures.
Around the same time Pauline Rice, current substantive Principal of Fitzroy High School, was in the regional office of the Department of Education working on Middle Years Education research. She was a member of the working party with the inaugural principal, Tim Fitzgerald, to plan for and design the curriculum and organisational structure of the re-born Fitzroy High School, which was based on the most up to date educational research.
The site underwent significant renovation, including the construction of a new science and technology wing, a library and a food technology room. Ironically, the original 1915 building provided the opportunity for more flexible learning spaces than the 1960’s building.
Fitzroy High School re-opened in 2004 with 135 students in Years 7 and 8. It expanded to Years 9 and 10. VCE classes for Years 11 and 12 in began in 2007, in partnership with Collingwood College.
To increase accommodation for up to 600 students, designed by McBride Charles Ryan, a new iconic building was completed in 2009. At the time, the building was unique, comprising flexible learning spaces over three levels. The building won a number of design awards including the Dulux Colour and the Australian Institute of Architecture Victorian Chapter annual award 2010 – Public Alterations and Additions. The building was a finalist in the 2010 Premier Design Awards in Victoria. The architects won the International Architecture Award for the building in 2011. The bold colour in the new building now reaches into the 1960’s building, providing a vibrant background to display student work.
The 2018-19 State Budget has allocated funds to plan for a new senior secondary campus to be shared by Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School on the Fitzroy Gasworks site. Both Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School will continue to operate at their current locations in addition to the new shared campus.
The campus will build on the successful Senior Secondary Partnership that has been running for nearly a decade between our dynamic inner city state schools.
Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School have been working together delivering a wide choice of senior secondary programs while maintaining a strong identity and attachment to each of the respective schools by students and teachers.
This campus will offer a key opportunity for well integrated senior secondary education provision in the City of Yarra. The community is culturally rich, growing fast, and offers the possibility of making links and partnerships with diverse businesses, services and tertiary providers.
This new campus provides for increasing demand for secondary education provision in the inner north. The proposed Gasworks campus will offer 650 places for senior secondary students at Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School while strengthening the offering of 21st century skills within a highly flexible structure.
Tim Fitzgerald was the inaugural principal of Fitzroy High School and was Principal for five years. In 2009 Tim was seconded into the Koorie Unit in the Department of Education North West Region and is currently the Director Operations & Support, North Western Region.
Pauline Rice joined the school as a leading teacher when it re-opened and led the Indigo Team. Pauline was appointed to the role of Acting Assistant Principal in 2005 and became the substantive Assistant Principal in 2006. When Tim was seconded into the regional office, Pauline was appointed Acting Principal and gained the substantive position of Principal in 2010. At the beginning of 2018 Pauline was seconded to the Department of Education North West Region for one year and is currently in the role of Acting Senior Education Improvement Leader and is responsible for overseeing all the government primary and secondary schools in the City of Yarra, and all secondary schools in Whittlesea.
Linda Mitchell joined Fitzroy High School as Assistant Principal in 2012 and is currently in the role of Acting Principal for 2018.