The biggest challenge for schools today is the same as in the past – how to best prepare young people for the future.
Today that future is arguably less certain than in the past. Young people will be required to solve problems we don’t yet know about, take on careers in fields that are not yet imagined, and face emerging issues concerning the environment, the use of technology, and the processes of globalisation.
Music bridges age gap in history project
Below is an article published by The Old Colonists' Association of Victoria regarding one of our fantastic year 12 students:
Sixty-one years separate Fitzroy High School student Januar Manirambona and Jennifer Barden. But a love of music has brought them together in friendship.
Januar is one of the Year 12 VCAL students taking part in the intergenerational project, involving OCAV’s Rushall Park residents and neighbouring Fitzroy High School, which was a highlight of the school’s VCAL curriculum last year.
The 12 VCAL students were matched with residents at Rushall Park and several interviews were conducted in term one. The project storyboards, which were unveiled at Rushall Park last week, were completed as part of the Year 12 students’ Work Related Skills unit. The storyboards are a wonderful snapshot of the lives of some OCAV residents.
Januar and Jennifer realised within a few minutes of meeting that they had a lot in common, though they were born decades apart and on different continents. Both play the piano, sing and love to be surrounded by music and song.
Januar, who was born in Tanzania and came to Australia in 2007, was singled out early in primary school as a boy with a great voice. He was encouraged by his music teacher to join the Gondwana Music Program and sang with the choir for two years, travelling to Sydney and Tasmania to perform. He started playing the piano by ear and later took lessons at school.
Jennifer was born in Bairnsdale as WW11 broke out and has lived at Rushall Park for three years. Like Januar, she was immersed in music from a young age, playing the piano at school assembly and singing. She then ‘married into music’ and handed on her passion for music to her four children. Jennifer’s husband, Neil, plays the French horn and has been involved in the Melbourne music scene for decades, having managed Musica Viva in the past.
However, Januar’s career plans are taking him in a different direction. He wants to be a plumber and will start his course next year after the family returns from a holiday visiting relatives in Burundi.
“I remember as a really little kid helping build homes in the village where we lived. I want to work in that area,” Januar said.
Januar and Jennifer both share a love of family and getting together. They recently discovered that sewing is another activity they share – almost. Jennifer is a keen sewer and amateur embroiderer, and is currently working, with a group of other residents, on the OCAV 150th village embroidery.
“My Mum sews and knits and fixes my clothes and so does my grandfather. Every time he comes around he brings his tape and is always measuring me for a shirt or a jacket,” Januar said.
Stories of various residents and students will be featured on the website throughout the year. Bernard and Jean Pidd, who were featured in the April 2018 newsletter impressed Alex Mottershead with the story of how they came to Rushall Park after surviving the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Kinglake. The couple also survived the Hobart bushfires in February 1967, which destroyed their home.
The Intergenerational Project will be exhibited at a community space in North Fitzroy later in the year.
See Fitzroy High School in action. Gain and overview of the school, including a brief history, an explanation of our innovative approach to educating young people, and the results of our approach. The tour will include classroom visits to see our teaching and learning in action. Most importantly, you will get a sense of the culture and feel of the school to help you determine if our school is the right fit for your child.
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Third campus for Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College Senior Secondary Partnership
Both Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School will continue to operate at their currentlocations in addition to the new shared campus.
The campus will build on the successful Senior Secondary Partnership that has beenrunning for nearly a decade between our dynamic inner city state schools.
Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School have been working together delivering a widechoice of senior secondary programs while maintaining a strong identity and attachment toeach of the respective schools by students and teachers.
This site offers a key opportunity to enhance well integrated secondary education provisionin the City of Yarra.
We will continue to report any further developments to the school community as they occur.
New Senior Secondary Campus - Gasworks
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.
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.
Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School have been working together for the past ten years delivering a wide range of senior secondary programs while maintaining the strong identity of our respective school communities.
The Gasworks campus is a significant priority for both schools and will build on the successful partnership between our dynamic, inner city government schools.
Please see attached correspondence from Richard Wynne by clicking HERE
We will report any further developments to the school community as they occur.
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 Methods, 16% 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.
Acting Assistant Principal
School Dress Code
Fitzroy High School is a workplace for students, teachers and other school staff. While the school does not have a uniform, there is a dress code which all students and staff are required to meet. The code was developed to meet Sunsmart guidelines, occupational health and safety standards and community expectations regarding appropriate dress. Appropriateness for a workplace includes having clothing that is not offensive, not too short, not too brief and which doesn’t expose too much skin, including midriff and shoulders. Clothing should be comfortable, practical and allow students and staff to participate fully in the range of activities for a school day. Students and staff should not wear clothing printed with offensive or inappropriate writing or images.
The school is very conscious of the long term danger posed by exposure to the sun. We provide sunscreen for all outdoor activities and shelter within the school grounds and at outside school events. Students and staff are expected to wear Sunsmart clothing from September to April. This includes a shirt that covers the shoulders, upper arms and neck, as well as longer shorts and skirts that cover the upper thigh. Sun protective hats are recommended for all outdoor activities, including Sport, from September to April. Singlets are not appropriate at any time at school. For further information refer to http://www.sunsmart.com.au/childcare_and_schools/at_school/uniform_recommendations.
For OHS compliance, students and staff are not to wear open-toed shoes, sandals or thongs at school. In addition, high heeled shoes are discouraged and sturdy boots are encouraged for technology subjects. Long hair must be tied back in food classes and when working with machinery. Personal protective clothing (other than shoes) and equipment is provided for technology and science classes and must be worn when working in those classes.
In Physical Activity and Sport classes students are required to wear a Fitzroy High School sport shirt. Sports shirts can be purchased from the general office for $25. The sport shirts are Sunsmart in design, having sleeves and proper collar and they are made from a fabric which is light-weight and cool and provides sun protection. As garments such as jeans and some skirts are restrictive, they are not recommended for physical activity and sport classes. Students should wear longer style shorts or pants. Shoes need to be appropriate for exercise.
Victorian School of Languages (VSL) Awards
A number of our students study a language other than Italian through VSL, either by Distance Education or Saturday morning classes. In past years we have had students studying Punjabi, Vietnamese, Spanish and Dutch, to name a few. This year, two of our Year 10 students received awards in excellence for their studies. Congratulations to Tura T for his Award in Excellence for Indonesian. Congratulations to Liryca S for her Award in Excellence for German. Both students were presented with their awards at VSL at the ceremony on Saturday 3 December. In addition to receiving her award, Liryca (who is also studying Japanese) performed a contemporary song in German, and performed in front of an audience of about 300 people. A very impressive effort.
Thunderstorm Asthma: Supporting Students
Thunderstorms have been linked to epidemics of asthma, especially at the end of Spring, when grasses are flowering.
An asthma attack can be life threatening. Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000.
Anyone with a known history of asthma is at risk of experiencing an exacerbation of their usual symptoms at this time.
In addition, people who do not usually experience symptoms of asthma but have a history of allergies may be at increased risk.
The common signs of asthma are difficulty in breathing (gasping for air), chest tightness and wheezing.
If a child's condition is deteriorating, parents or guardians should seek urgent care. Signs of rapid deterioration include little or no relief from a reliever inhaler, inability to speak comfortably, or lips turning blue.
People with asthma should continue to use their usual medications. Where possible, stay inside when the weather is windy with high pollen counts or dust.
If a child is experiencing symptoms, notify their parents immediately (if you require advice, call Nurse on Call in the first instance, 1300 606 024).
If the child's symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing, call 000.
For any child having an asthma attack, follow the instructions in their Asthma Care Plan (required for any child who has asthma, under the Department's asthma policy). If an Asthma Care Plan is not available, follow the four-step asthma first aid, which is:
1. Sit the person upright and give reassurance – do not leave them alone.
2. Without delay, give the person four separate puffs of their blue/grey reliever medication (such as Airomir, Asmol, Bricanyl or Ventolin). If using a puffer (like Ventolin or Asmol), this should be taken one puff at a time through a spacer. Ask the person to take four breaths from the spacer after each puff of medication.
3. Wait four minutes. If there is little or no improvement, repeat steps 2 and 3.
4. If there is still no improvement, call 000 for an ambulance immediately. Repeat steps 2 and 3 continuously while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
For details of schools' requirements to support students with asthma, see:
For more information and resources in supporting asthma sufferers, see:
Dr Jenny Proimos
Principal Medical Advisor
Early Childhood and School Education Group
CAMPS, SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
CAMPS, SPORTS and EXCURSIONS FUND (CSEF)
School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, disciplineand leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
The annual CSEF amount per student is: $125 for primary school students $225 for secondary school students
MORE INFORMATION For the CSEF application closing dates and more information about the fund visitwww.education.vic.gov.au/csef. Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmatesfor important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.
Female soccer players wanted!
Calling female soccer players, aged 14 and 15, to play for the Darebin Falcons Under 16s!
The Darebin Falcons is a unique sports club that gives girls and women the opportunity to play competitively, have fun and develop their skills in a club that focuses exclusively on supporting women’s sports teams.
The Falcons soccer club now has over 350 players playing at all levels, from Under 7s to Seniors.
This season we are looking to recruit more female players aged 14 and 15 to play in our Under 16 teams. Our Under 16 teams train on Monday at 7-8.30pm and on Wednesday 6.45pm-8.15pm.
If you are interested in joining us, or just coming down to have a kick and check us out, please contact Falcons junior club president Jasmine Hirst by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone or text on 0422 991 687
Yarra City District Girl Guides
Girl Guides is a volunteer-run not-for- profit youth organsation that aims to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.
We do this through our unique non-formal education programs – fun, games, experiences, under the care of trained volunteer Guide Leaders.
Yarra City District Girl Guides meet weekly during school terms - Junior Guides ages 7-10 (Mark St. Hall North Fitzroy, Wednesday 6.30-8PM), Girl Guides ages 10-14 (Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, Tuesday 7-9PM), and Senior Guides ages 14-17(Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms North Fitzroy, alternate Mondays 7-9PM).
Our units are open to girls and their parents to visit – come and see how you like it. Adult volunteer enquiries are also welcome.
Find us online at www.guidesvic.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org