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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
VCAL Project 2016

Dear Fitzroy Community 

For our senior VCAL project we have proposed to create a space in the school for students to  record music.

We will need egg cartons to use as an inexpensive and sustainable source of “sound proofing”, if you could save up and or gather your empty egg cartons and bring them to the school office it would be really appreciated.

Thank you 

Senior VCAL Team FHS

Click on link for full poster view: >> VCAL - MUSIC <<

 

 


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

Hands On Learning - Nov

Pizza Oven and Planter Boxes

 

As part of the City of Yarra sustainability grant, students from Hands on Learning helped to design and build a pizza oven and planter boxes near the canteen and outdoor seating area at the back of the school.  The planter boxes include fruit trees and herbs and are designed to be self-watering.

Students enjoyed the experience:

“Mixing concrete was fun”

“Brick laying was so fun, I love brick laying”

“It was a really good experience”

“I enjoyed helping make the planter boxes – we worked well as a good team”

 

Penelope Stray

Hands on Learning

Fitzroy High School

Nov 2016

SSV Track and Field State Championships - Oct

On Monday the 17th October, I spent the day at Albert Park Lakeside Athletics Stadium to represent Fitzroy High School in the SSV State Championships. My first event was the open age 2000m Steeplechase in blustery conditions, in which I won the race by less than half a second. The next event of the day was the under 16 800m, where I finished in second place in a tight finish with a time of 2 minutes. By this stage, I was starting to feel it, but I overcame my fatigue and ran in the 1500m, finishing in 2nd place to the same athlete who beat me in the 800m. I look forward to seeing some more maroon and gold at the championships next year!

Angus Year 10

October 2016

 

The 2016 Fitzroy High School Cabaret - Welcome to the Circus - Sep

In the last week of term 3 Fitzroy High School staged our fabulous Cabaret event in the wonderful and iconic Melba Speigeltent at the equally wonderful and iconic Circus OZ in Johnston Street, Collingwood.

Early in the year, students auditioned for roles as performers or back stage then  joined the Cabaret or Music performance excel classes where they developed and rehearsed their performances. They gave up time after school and on weekends in preparation.


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Inky Awards 2016 Judge - Ben Reeder - JUL

Ben Reeder one of our Year 11 students has been chosen from an Australian wide field of young adults to be one of 7 judges of the Inky Young Adult Literature Awards- run by the State Library of Victoria. The judges will have to read a long list of 20 books, 10 international and 10 Australian, and then come together at the end of July to agree on a short list. We're very proud of Ben's achievement and wish him well! If you are interested, you can find Ben's profile and information about the Inky Awards here: 

https://insideadog.com.au/blog/meet-2016-inky-awards-judges-ben

Riley Rogers

11D Advisor

July 2016

 

Year 9 Inquiry - Geography Unit - JUL

As part of the Year 9 Inquiry curriculum, students have recently completed a Geography Unit. Baitong Gordon, Do Nguyen, Vy Ninh and Tasnim Mohamed put together an outstanding "Teach the Class" presentation which demonstrated their knowledge and ingenuity. Part of this presentation was a fantastic clip created entirely by the girls about being a "BOB"; Bad Ocean Bully. Check it out! 

 #STOPBOB2k16.mp4

 

Riley Rogers

11D Advisor

July 2016

 

Human Rights Are .......... ? June

How would you complete that sentence?

That was the challenging question that a mix of year 9/10 students were asked on Friday, 27th May when the Human Rights Commission of Victoria came to film a group of Fitzroy High students for a project on ‘Understanding Human Rights’.

Unfazed and brave when faced with the camera lens, the students did a fantastic job of responding to this question. "The right to be who you want", 'The right to do what you want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone" and "The right to love who you want" were just some of the thoughtful responses.

The feedback from the Commission was very positive and the students had a great time.

Well done and thank you to the following students for getting involved.

  • Yindi HAYDEN-HORAN 
  • Jai BARWICK 
  • Sudeysi ABDI 
  • Aiyana LAFFERTY 
  • Sacha REIDY 
  • Gurkeerat SINGH 
  • Finnian FARREL 
  • Kotone MASUDA 
  • Scarlet BRADLEY 

We'll be seeing these students on You Tube soon.....

Nellie Morales

Teacher

June 2016

Surviving Year 12 - May

At this point in the school year, term 2 is well-under way and exams start in around 6 months. This far into year 12, it is typical to begin to get stressed and worked up on the dread four letters – ATAR. Becoming concerned with what score is expected is also not helpful. This year is about so much more than ATAR and too many people forget that.

This final year of secondary school is about learning new things and finding new interests. It is about discovering what career and what future you want to pursue. Year 12 is about your academic skill levels, but we should be careful not to look at it as a score and nothing more. We should look at it by the knowledge we gain, the progress we make and the things we learn, not just about politics or English, physics or mathematics, but about ourselves.

Year 12 is the bridging year to university. In this year we can expect to learn what our interests are, what our study habits are, how much we can get away with self-indulgence on the weekend without having to stay in bed all of Sunday and most importantly, what our goals are and what we will do, after year 12. What course do we want to study? Do we want to go overseas? Should we find a job? Should we look for a share house? Should we become an anthropologist or a marine biologist? Yes, our ATAR’s matter, but so does what we do with them.

It’s possible you’ll get a high ATAR and it’s possible you’ll get a low ATAR. But as long as you know what you want out of your schooling and what you want to do once you’ve finished it, it’s more than possible you’ll achieve it.

Tom Shute

May 2016

District Athletics Day - May

On Thursday the 5th of May, Josephine and I took 45 students down to the Collingwood Athletics track to compete in the Division Athletics against other schools. We had a beautiful, sunny 24 degree day. Some of our students competed in one event for the day and some competed in up to 5 different events. They were all exceptionally well behaved and organised which made the day all the more enjoyable.

At the end of the day, we left the athletics track with 30 ribbons for our school. What a great effort!
  • Ella V finished 2nd in both 100m and triple jump.
  • Angus N finished 1st in 3000m, 1500m and 800m and 3rd in 400m.
  • Sophia T finished 2nd in 800m and 3rd in both 1500m and triple jump.
  • Eloise W-B finished 3rd in high jump.
  • Yusra A finished 2nd in both javelin and discus.
  • Flynn G finished 3rd in shot put.
  • Zac M finished 1st in triple jump and 3rd in high jump.
  • Molly C finished 3rd in 400m.
  • Januar M finished 2nd in javelin.
  • Yusuf A finished 1st in the 1500m walk.
  • Matthew finished 1st in javelin and 2nd in 1500m walk.
  • Will V finished 3rd in long jump.
  • Primo finished 1st in triple jump.
  • Jacob S finished 3rd in 1500m.
  • Dharma finished 2nd in discus.
  • Liam H finished 2nd in discus and 3rd in javelin.
  • Oliver L finished 3rd in 1500m walk.
  • David C finished 2nd in 100m and 3rd in 1500m.

 

Well done to them all. Most of these students will compete at the next level in term 3.
Linda Ekman-Triandos
May 2016
Yarra Sustainability Awards - May

Fitzroy High School is very pleased to announce that school has been awarded the People's Choice Award for Sustainability in the City of Yarra, competing with other local businesses, schools and organisations. Fitzroy High was recognised for the work we have achieved for environmental sustainability.

This award specifically goes to the Native Garden Project out the front of the school that the VCAL students completed over the past three years.  Students worked together to formulate the design, develop their ideas and construct the native garden, garden beds and seating area. This project has been one of the foundational elements to the school's commitment toward sustainability and we are very pleased to be recognised.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate your support.

Erin Schroeder (Sustainability Leader), Linda Mitchell (Assistant Principal) and Roger Smith (Convener, Environment Sub Committee)

Hands on Learning - Pizza Oven - May

Hands on Learning students have been working on building the Pizza Oven with some help from professional Tradesmen. We have learnt lots of new skills,  including, excavation, concrete boxing and pouring, levelling of concrete, how to break a brick into even halves, brick laying, mixing cement render and rendering. We have also been able to use some maths skills to count the number of bricks we needed, measure and divide the spaces, work out some circle sizes and how to make a dome. We have decorated the pizza oven with ceramic fruits that we made last winter. We are about to embark on some pizza making once the oven has cured and the cement is fully dry. Several small fires have already been lit to help this process along.

We have  had to work as a team to make this project happen, we worked through recess and lunch on several occasions as wet cement waits for no-one, it has been a lot of fun and we can't wait to try our first Pizza.

Penelope Stray

Hands on Learning

Fitzroy High School

May 2016

FHS renews certification for ResourceSmart Schools - May

FHS renews certification for ResourceSmart Schools

Congratulations to Erin Schroeder, Sustainability Leader, supported by the Environment Sub Committee of School Council and the Enviro student group, on attaining the ResourceSmart Schools certification. Erin has worked hard over the last few years to renew our one star status, involving analysing bills, collating information and creating projects to celebrate sustainability. The school has saved over $75,000 in bills by participating in the program. We plan to continue our actions in the areas of energy, water, waste and biodiversity and possibly work towards five star status. The input of the community is always welcome. Please contact Roger Smith, Convenor, Environment Subcommitteerogersmith@hotkey.net.au

Linda Mitchell
Assistant Principal

Surviving Year 12 - Mar

As the end of the first school month of 2016 approaches, so too does the realisation that year 12 has well and truly begun. It is at this stage that a trend is set, a path that will endure throughout the year. How to use the study sessions?

Approximately 50% of students have chosen the café for a quick latté, soy-milk, double shot fix. Another 25% are known to discuss their latest maximum weight on the bench press, or where they’re going on the weekend to do anything but study. What do the other 25% do?

Effective use of study sessions are a true indicator of success’ argues every teacher sick of seeing year 12 students in the lane way. The basic principle of human psychology is that an overworked, stressed out 17-18 year old running on no sleep and lots of red bull will be in no state near capable of studying. The basic principle of school, though, is that human psychology comes second. So what can a student really do in a study break?

As a student myself, the obvious answer is practice essays and reading, as well as any unfinished homework. A student capable of completing such activities consistently in study sessions is sure to have a certain edge over other students. It just so happens that sanity is not the kind of edge I’m talking about.

The real dilemma of Year 12 is not the study scores you get, but your ability to prove yourself as an adult. What is most prized in academic performance is, or if not should be, maturity. The ability to balance fun and education. The ability to work consistently whilst maintaining good sleep patterns. Year 12 is not a test of your intellect, it is a test of your adulthood.

Tom Shute

March 2016

Swimming Carnival - Feb

I need to write to tell you about a beautiful day out in the pool

When we took a break from normal school

 

We dressed up and had a bit of a chant

(Some houses’ efforts were a bit scant)

 

Then we walked through the park

Wondering how we could make our mark.

 

Would it be in the novelty events or maybe the backstroke?

Or by swimming my best after having a snag and a coke?

 

The weather was perfect as it knew it should

And we used it well, as any bunch of wonderful people would.

 

Lines formed for backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle

Some made it look super quick; for some it felt like a mile.

 

The competition was fierce with participation being high

It was great to see the new Year 7’s not being shy.

 

The powerhouse years of 8 and 9 were amazing

With loads of great results and pace a blazing.

 

Scarlet showed up with several great moments

Thank you to all the participants.

 

When the final results were in, the winner was clear.

The margin was tight but showed an upper tier.

 

Blue will have a lot of work to do to improve its tally on the board

In a battle of race cars, you looked like a Ford.

 

Yellow put in its best and had a proper Go

It always does well and puts on a show.

 

However it wasn’t enough to get to the top

Maybe while eating your sweets, take one less dollop?

 

Green was strong as it seems to love to swim

Can you carry this to the land and get a win?

 

As expected, Red house came out in the end with the Gold

Featuring strong performances from its young and old.

 

Year 12’s to our Juniors kept having a dip

And kept winning at an impressive clip.

 

Our culture is one where we love to win

We do it with class and a well earned grin.

 

For we are the standard you all try to aspire

Confused as when we win, we seem not to even perspire.

 

We have gears the likes of which have never been seen

The trophy case agrees: we are the Kings and the Queens.

 

Looking forward to continue the Red House tradition

As winning the right way is our Mission.

 

Thanks to all in the Red House for their dedication.

We are the force whose function is domination.

 

 

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

 

Community talks sex: Getting educated about porn

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/community-talks-sex-getting-educated-about-porn-tickets-33542302931?utm_term=eventurl_text

Thu. 27 April 2017

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm AEST

Fitzroy High School

Falconer Street 

Fitzroy North, VIC 3068

 

Our teens are navigating the world of sex, sexuality, consent and technology pretty much while we, their parents and teachers, catch up. This makes it challenging to support them when things go pear-shaped. As concerned parents of highschool aged childeren we run teenage sex talks with panellists who are experts in the chosen area. Attendees at our forums often asked questions regarding pornography and access to same. Community talks sex: Getting educated about porn will involve panellists who work or do research in fields such as pornography, sexuality education, respectful relationships education, LGBTI representation and new media. The event lasts for 1 hour, we provide a phone number to encourage the audience to text questions for the panel. 

We strongly encourage the community to come along and make our schools a better place for all our kids.