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.

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Term 1 2018 Start Date

All students in years 8-12 will begin Term 1 on Tuesday January 30.

Year 7s will begin the following day on Wednesday January 31.

There will be a second student free/curriculum day for all students on Wednesday February 14.

Have a wonderful Christmas season and safe holiday

On Demand Testing

Dear Parent/Carer

Our school currently uses On Demand testing to provide our teachers with insights into your child’s literacy and numeracy development. Following a request from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), which is responsible for the development of On Demand, I am informing you of our school’s participation in a project to review the On Demand tests. This review will involve the equating of students’ On Demand test outcomes with the school’s NAPLAN data. Towards this end, the school will grant the VCAA permission to collect our On Demand data.

The data collected will contain test results and associated student details from On Demand assessments at our school for 2017. Our data, along with data from other schools will be used in a one-time linking process between On Demand and NAPLAN results held by the VCAA to form a single dataset. This dataset will then be anonymised and used to review the performance of the On Demand Tests. All identified data collected will be destroyed at the completion of the process and there will be no release of any school or individual results or personal details as part of this work.

This work will benefit our school by further enhancing the reliability and accuracy of the On Demand tests.

For more information about the On Demand Testing Calibration Project, please click here for FAQ's

Yours sincerely,
Linda Mitchell
Assistant Principal


City West Water is upgrading the 100 year old pipe that runs through the reserve.

To complete the works, City West Water will be closing the Merri Creek Trail at Holden Street and Koonda Lat Bridge from 28 August 2017.

Seek alternate routes at Park St, St Georges Road or Koonda Lat Bridge.

  • Construction between 7am – 5pm daily
  • Restricted access into Rushall Reserve during work times
  • Bridge closure in place until works are complete

You can follow the progress of the project on
twitter @citywestwater
facebook @cwwater
visit or call 131 691

Inspired Citizens

Our Inspired Citizen's Excel group have created a fantastic website to help people in our local community deal with their waste in the most sustainable way possible. 

Visit the website for some valuable information we could all use at home when sorting through our rubbish.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - Thank You

FHS has received the below letter regarding a recent food drive which was coordinated by two of our current year 9 students. FHS is very proud of the magnificent effort of Orga and Cassi.

On behlf of the ASRC Foodbank, we want to say a huge thank you to your students Orga M and Cassandra B from year 8 (2016) who coordinated a food drive at Fitzroy High School. It is so inspiring for us here at ASRC to hear about the engagement of students like Orga and Cassandra and how this has translated into the practical provision of food to support people seeking asylum in our community!

We are in no doubt that this also occurs through the encouragement and guidance of your teachers and school philosophy. Please pass on our thanks to your teaching team as well.

The Foodbank operates as a free grocery store for people seeking asylum, where they can choose their own items, providing dignity and access to food they can't afford to buy. Approximately 600 asylum seekers shop at the food bank each week and half of those rely on us as their sole source of food. Many of these people are denied the right to seek work and earn an income, while others may receive small amounts. Sadly this is increasingly the case and the call on our service is growing.

Without an income to support themselves, the Foodbank wants to ensure that those seeking asylum in our community are not left without healthy food in constant supply and basic household items.

With the community's support, the ASRC currently provides:

- groceries to 600 people every week. many of whom are children
- support to families who have no income at all and more than 90% of all our ASRC members are food insecure
- food in a fair and dignified way that is healthy and culturally appropriate
- essential items to make transition to a new life more comfortable

We couldn't do it without you! 85% of all groceries in the Foodbank are donated by generous supporters just like your school!

For more information about the work of ASRC, please visit our website at

Chantelle Bazerghi
Foodbank Manager
ASRC Level 1, 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011
p. 03 9326 6066 e.

School Tours

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.

To make a booking please use this link:

I am looking forward to meeting you and showing you around our beautiful school.

Sandra Dickins

Pathways and Community Leader

Premier's VCE awards 2017

Congratulations to Joel C, who graduated from Year 12 last year, and was recently presented with a Premier’s VCE Award for his outstanding academic results.

Joel received a Study Award for excellence in Extended Investigation, he was the only student in the state and first ever to receive a perfect score of 50.
The entire Fitzroy High School community is proud of Joel and would like to congratulate him on receiving such a prestigious award.
Joel is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne.
To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit

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

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.

Tertiary Offers 2017 Trends – Creative Arts, RMIT & The University of Melbourne

In mid-January our 2016 Year 12 students received offers for tertiary courses. Compared to previous years, there was an increase in the percentage of 2016 Year 12 students (33%) going into the field of the Creative Arts. Areas of study include: Audio Production, Communication Design, Design, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Live Production, Product Design, Media and Communication, Music Industry, Screen Media, Textile Design, Visual Arts and Visual Merchandising.

A record number of our students received offers from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), now part of the University of Melbourne. Chloe H and Nina P make six Fitzroy High School students going on to study Fine Arts (Visual Art) over the years.  Zsuzsa GM is our first student to go to VCA to study Fine Arts (Production). Other former Fitzroy High School students have gone on to VCA to study Fine Arts (Music) and Fine Arts (Animation). Ever since we have been offering VCE (for the past 9 years), one Fitzroy High School student has been accepted into VCA each year. This is the first year we have had three in one year.

Continuing with trends over past years, RMIT was the most popular tertiary destination for our students. 24% received an offer from RMIT. For the first time, four students in one year were successful in gaining a place in Architecture at RMIT – Ed B, Oscar E-S, Matthew M and Kayleb W-C.

The University of Melbourne is the second highest destination, with 13% of our students receiving an offer from the university. Joel C, Tom S and Nia are going on to study Arts, Henry L got into Science along with the aforementioned students going on to VCA.

20% of students received offers in the Society and Culture area of study, which, this year is made up of predominantly arts degrees.

Our second group of senior VCAL students received offers in the areas of Animal Studies, Audio Production, Building and Construction, Children’s Services, Fitness, Horticulture, Resort Management and Youth Work.

There are still more rounds of tertiary offers to come, and students still need to decide whether to accept or defer their offers. We wish all of our former Year 12 students well in this process.

Sandra Dickins

Pathways and Community Leader

Best in State

Congratulations to Joel C, who generated an ATAR of 97.35, making him our Dux for 2016. Joel also achieved a perfect study score of 50 for Extended Investigation, a research subject culminating in a thesis.  This is a phenomenal achievement given this subject is more akin to a university subject.  Joel was the only student in the state to achieve a study score of 50 for Extended Investigation, outperforming students from predominantly prestigious private schools and select entry government schools. Josh Barnes, our dux for 2014, also achieved the best score in the state for Extended Investigation, making it the second time a Fitzroy High School student achieved the highest score in the state. As this study has only been recently introduced, this is the third year it has run. Two out of three is a sensational track record!

It was a day of delight for most of our students as they received their ATAR scores. Our students performed very well, receiving ATARs in the 90s, 80s, 70s etc. Our students continue to perform well above state average, with 75% of our students receiving an ATAR of 50 or above.

Lots of exciting stories are coming through from students who have already received provisional offers for tertiary courses. Congratulations to Zsuzsa who has received offers from three tertiary providers – Melbourne Polytechnic, RMIT and Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Zsuzsa will be our first student to go to VCA to study Theatre Production.

Chloe H received an offer from VCA to study Fine Arts, specialising in illustration and printmaking. Nina P received and offer from VCA to study Fine Arts, specialising in photography. Zsuzsa, Chloe and Nina continue our tradition of at least one student every year getting into VCA – this has happened since 2009. However, in this case, for the first time, it will be three students going to VCA in the same year.

Bailey W is off to study in Fayette, Missouri, USA where will be a soccer student athlete at Central Methodist University. He will be working until he leaves to start the American academic year in August.

RMIT looms large as a destination for our students. Ryan P has been made an offer for Visual Merchandising, Christina K has been made an offer for Fine Arts and Bella L has been made an offer for Fashion Design.

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best as they now make changes to their tertiary preferences and await their offers in January.


Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader

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.

Sandra Dickins
Pathways and Community Leader
Co-Scarlet Team Leader

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.

 Actions Required:

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.


Additional information

 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



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