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Dear parents/guardians/caregivers of Fitzroy High School

We are now using Compass School Manager which can be found at the following address: https://fitzroyhs.vic.jdlf.com.au and is accessible from the school website www.fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au.

Compass is our online parent portal to connect families, students and teachers for administrative and operational functions of the school as well as curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning.

Your login details are very similar to the login you would have used for the Student Management Tool during 2012-2014 and will be provided to you in a separate letter. If you have any difficulties with your login please call our HelpDesk on (03) 9488 1923 during school hours 8.30am-4.30pm.

As with the Student Management Tool you are able to do the following:

• View up-to-date class and school attendance information
• See your child's timetable and schedule of events
• Access your child's past reports and current progress reports

Additional features that are now available include:

• Access information regarding upcoming events and news
• Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your son/daughter
• Download, print and approve upcoming excursions or approve excursions online
• Update your registered email and mobile number details

In future you will also be able to do the following:

• Book your Parent/Student/Teacher conferences
• Complete your child's course information
• Pay for excursions, school fees, charges and contributions
• See classwork and homework through Learning Tasks

We hope that you enjoy using this portal and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Regards Linda Mitchell

Assistant Principal, Fitzroy High School

9488 1900, lindam@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au

School Council Elections 2015

What is a school council and what does it do? 

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council? 

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

·      A mandated elected Parent category - more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child's school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.

·      A mandated elected DET employee category - members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.

·      An optional Community member category - members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important? 

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved? 

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term i each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider

·         standing for election as a member of the school council

·         encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child's school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school's future.

What do you need to do to stand for election? 

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term i each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.

If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.

Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.

Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember 

·         Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and

          are not sure what to do

·         Consider standing for election to council this year   

·         Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact the principal for further information.

Schedule 5B: Nomination Form for Parent Member Category

Schedule 4: Notice of Election and Call for Nominations

Best in the State

Josh B (Year 12, 2014) achieved two impressive accolades last year. He was named our Dux for achieving the highest ATAR score of our Year 12 cohort. Josh also achieved the highest study score in the state for Extended Investigation, a new VCE subject.

Fitzroy High School is one of a small number of government secondary schools offering this new VCE study, along with a group of mostly prestigious private schools. Josh’s near perfect score of 49 out of a possible 50 was the highest score achieved for this VCE study across all schools in the state.

VCE Extended Investigation is similar to a first year university subject, where students conduct and present research and write a thesis.

Josh also received an offer for his first preference, Creative Writing at RMIT. The selection process involved submitting a folio of writing, and after being shortlisted, attending an interview. Usually favouring mature-age students, very few Year 12 students are selected for this course.

Jo B received an offer for La Trobe University’s Hallmark Program. Along with a scholarship to the value of more than $10,000 over four years, Jo will receive leadership training, career mentoring, and the chance to work on research projects with real-world outcomes. She will be supervised by leading researchers and will graduate with an Honours degree. Jo has chosen to study in the area of psychology.

Jesse C has been accepted into Top Designs, part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2015 series, a five-month arts festival showcasing outstanding senior secondary student work from Victorian schools. Jesse will be exhibiting work from his VCE Visual Communications folio. Jesse is the third Fitzroy High School student to be selected to exhibit in Top Designs.

85% of our Year 12 VTAC Applicants receive their 1st or 2nd preference

This year there has been an increase in the percentage of students receiving offers for their first or second tertiary course preference. The spread of students across tertiary providers is reasonably similar to previous years. Our largest group of students have been offered a place at RMIT (23%). In past years this honour has gone to La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne, and RMIT respectively. The next largest groups of students have been made offers from La Trobe (21%) followed by The University of Melbourne (11%), Swinburne (11%) and NMIT/Melbourne Polytechnic (11%).

Double Degrees

This year the number of students being made offers for double degree courses doubled compared to last year. Congratulations to the following students:

Georgia B – Event Management/Marketing, La Trobe 

Noah G – Applied Science/Occupational Therapy Practice, La Trobe

Liam T – Teaching/Arts, ACU

Jeremy Y – Laws/Global Studies, ACU

Honours

In addition, the number of students being made offers for honours courses doubled compared to last year. Congratulations to the following students:

Jo B – Psychological Science, La Trobe Hallmark Program

Natasha C – Engineering-Electrical, RMIT

Josh R – Engineering-Mechanical, RMIT

Austin W – Engineering-Mechanical (Honours)/Business Management, RMIT

Courses with additional selection requirements

Many creative tertiary courses have additional requirements for selection including design exercises, auditions, folios and interviews. Congratulations to the following students:

Olie B – Digital and Interactive Media (Gaming), NMIT

Josh B – Creative Writing, RMIT

Felix C – Acting, Federation University

Jesse C – Communication Design, RMIT

Evan C – Fine Art (Visual Art), VCA

Sarah E – Fashion and Costume Design, Academy of Design Australia

Georgia L J – Screen and Media (Digital Media Animation), Swinburne University of Technology

Sarita M – Architectural Design, RMIT

Israa O – Fashion and Business, Holmes Institute

Kyra S – Communication (Advertising), RMIT

Jack T – Music Industry (Business), NMIT

Mafi W – Professional Writing and Editing, NMIT

Our former students continue the tradition of transitioning to a diverse range of tertiary courses. The most popular fields of study for this cohort are Society and Culture, closely followed by Creative Arts and we witnessed a growth of students going into Engineering.

Sandra Dickins

Pathways and Community Leader

 

3 Way Conferences

Instructions for booking 3-way conferences are below – please note that there are different event codes for different year levels. If you are unable to book online, contact your child’s advisory teacher at the school (by email or on 9488 1900) – he or she can make bookings for you.

Instructions for parents of Years 11 and 12:

3-way conferences for Years 11 and 12 are on Tuesday March 10 from 11.00AM to 7.30PM. All interviews are at Collingwood College, Corner Cromwell St and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood. Phone 9417 6681

Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au/book

(Years 11 and 12) Enter the event code 779KV and click “Go”

Enter your details (please enter your email address in case we need to contact you)

Choose your class teachers

Choose times.

There will be no VCE or VCAL classes on this day.

 

 Instructions for parents of Years 8-10:

3-way conferences for Years 8-10 are on Monday March 2 from 9.00AM to 6.00PM.

Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au/book

(Years 8- 10) Enter the event code 78M4Z and click “Go”

Enter your details (please enter your email address in case we need to contact you)

Choose your advisory teacher

Choose a time.

There will be no 7-10 classes on this day.

 

Instructions for parents of Year 7:

3-way conferences for Year 7 are on Monday March 2 from 9.00AM to 6.00PM. and Tuesday March 3 from 9.00AM to 1.00PM.

Go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au/book

(Year 7) Enter the event code PPDAV and click “Go”

Enter your details (please enter your email address in case we need to contact you)

Choose your advisory teacher

Choose a time.

There will be no 7-10 classes on Monday, but all classes will run as normal on Tuesday.

 

FHS Instrumental Program 2015

Please note that music lessons and ensemble rehearsals commence in week two of the first term - 9th February. Timetables will be posted in the first week, and Year 7 students will be given an introduction to the program and a tour of the music area. Please note that lesson and ensemble fees are due by February 13th. Any queries or concerns can be directed to Tom Hoyle (Music Coordinator) and Susan Jones (Administration - Fees and Payment) on 9488 1900.

Learn about our teams

A team structure forms the basis of the Fitzroy High School model.

Groups of students and teachers are allocated teams, allowing all members of the team to get to know each other well.  Students stay in the same team for Years 7 and 8 before moving into new teams in Years 9 through to Year 12.

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School Tours 2015

School Tours will be running every Tuesday at 9.30am commencing 3rd February 2015.  Please call the office on 9488 1900 for enquiries or to make a booking.