At Fitzroy High School we have a focus on providing authentic learning opportunities for our students. We provide many opportunities for students to spend time outside the classroom, allowing them to engage in their learning in different ways.
Opportunities to spend time in the community include a visit to the Merri Creek to learn about the Koorie history of the area, a community volunteer program at Year 9, time spent in the Melbourne CBD for the Year 9 City Project or the Year 10 Worlds of Work project, and many context specific excursions to locations such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Aquarium and Sovereign Hill.
Supporting this is our extensive camp program. Students will attend a team based camp in most years, and this program is complemented by a range of interest based camps, including an Arts/Science camp, surf and ski trips and extended leadership camps.
Students are given the opportunity to propose and organise activities for themselves and their teams. Some recent highlights include student-planned Advisory excursions, senior school formals, a Schools 4 Schools partnership, student overseas exchanges and, in 2010, a Year 10 Asia trip. We encourage our students to take a lead in event planning.
As part of the Italian program, we invite interested students to join us on an Italy trip. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in continuing to develop their Italian skills beyond the classroom.
Camps at Fitzroy High School are an integral part of the Year 7 – 10 program.
The focus and the challenge of each camp is different but the underlying ethos is the same: camps are an excellent vehicle for enhancing the strong relationships which underpin the success of our curriculum delivery.
Students need to have strong self-knowledge, an appreciation of other students’ strengths and tolerance for others’ weaknesses.
Teachers need also to know their students well to help direct their learning. The informal opportunities for working together and chatting together provided on camp are unique and invaluable.
The Year 7 camp is held in the third week of the year and allows students a relaxed opportunity to interact with each other and with their significant Year 7 teachers.
This 3-day camp is held at the YMCA’s Lady Northcote camp near Bacchus Marsh. The activities revolve around group challenges and fun and include canoeing, mountain bike riding, yabbying and high ropes challenge.
The camp gives teachers an excellent opportunity to start the process of getting to know each of their students as individuals with capabilities, likes, idiosyncracies and, sometimes, even fears are revealed.
Students come back from camp with a sense of belonging to the whole student cohort which is a great way for them to start the year.
The premise of the Year 8 camp is quite different; it is a journey rather than a base camp, held at Cape Otway. Students are involved in learning the history of the lighthouse by living 3 days in the life of an 1800s Lighthouse Keeper.
On rotation, they man the lighthouse 24hrs a day, doing the checks and recordings that were necessary in the pre-electronic era. They hike out to the river mouth to pick up supplies, raft those supplies up river and camp out overnight.
The essence of this camp is teamwork and leadership, as the students are given various responsibilities for the leading of the trip, but also allows for learning about history and the environment.
2012 Student Reflections
The Year 9 camp is extended to 4 days and involves a base camp which is team-work and challenge based like the Year 7 camp, but with the challenges heightened. Year 9 camps have been held at Valley Homestead in the Ovens Valley, Roses Gap in the Grampians and Ace-Hi Riding School.
The Year 10 camp idea is being extended following the highly successful Malaysia trip last year which was planned and organised by students.
The notion is for Year 10s to be given a range of “camp experience” options from which to choose – they might opt into a local or rural Victoria experience, or it could be an inter-state or overseas experience.
Students will form groups according to their preference and they will plan and organise their trip which will run at the end of the year.
Sport and Physical Activity
At Fitzroy High School, we have outstanding facilities for our school sports program including:
- an indoor gym with a workout room with weight and individual machines;
- an outdoor hard court made of artificial turf that keeps it grip in the wet;
- and walking distance from tennis courts and park facilities which enables us to offer a wide range of sporting opportunities to all students.
The culture of the school is one of participation in everything academic and this permeates through to our sporting programs.
Our hard court is actively used every recess and lunch, while the gym is supervised at lunch for independent, student-run games or intraschool events such as House versus House Competitions.
As a school, we participate in the Inner North Region, competing against schools locally that share our belief in participation.
The sporting program in class is modelled closely after the interschool sports of each term allowing students to hone their skills before the interschool competition that usually takes place towards the end of term (senior teams are a little bit different due to time constraints placed as a result of formal exam dates).
All sports are offered to both girls and boys.
Football – AFL
Note: district, zone, and state competitions follow the above timetable, but may progress for multiple terms.
As part of our Excel program, Sport offers the opportunity for junior students (Years 7–10) to experience aspects of the senior Physical Activity and Human and Health Development courses.
As with other Excel subjects, students direct their own learning with goal setting in various sports. By helping in the development of a week by week skill and fitness schedule, the students learn more about the role of a coach or a trainer and investigate the psychological aspects that help athletes perform at their peak on game day.
Fitzroy High School runs a range of performance-based events over the year. Every second year the school mounts a major play production and each alternate year the school has a cabaret performance evening.
The school’s major productions are typically modern or classic plays such as Louis Nowra’s Cosi in 2009 or Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros in 2011. The productions are developed in conjunction with the students and are typically performed in a theatre over a series of evenings. These performances are usually cast during Term One and are performed in Term Three.
The school play is open to students from Years 7–12 with roles allocated based on merit, talent and aptitude. Students are also involved in the direction, lighting design, videography, sound, costume and stage management of the performance piece. This usually takes place at the majestic Thornbury Theatre.
The school cabaret runs on each alternate year to the school play. It typically consists of a range of performance pieces from students in Years 7–12. Students submit performance pieces and the very best of the student work is selected with ample opportunities for students from all age groups to develop skills through performance. Past works include Solo character pieces, musical medleys, dance numbers, short films, student bands and school choirs. The night is MC’d by students and the Fitzroy High School community typically organises tables of people to come for a sit down picnic-style event with light refreshments served at the venue.
Both the play and the cabaret use the latest in performance technology, from video projection to laser lighting. Our students are given the opportunity to work with best practice industry equipment.
We also have biannual VCE Drama/Theatre studies performance evenings in which student solo or ensemble performance pieces are performed publicly; these are typically arty low budget pieces that rely on the talents of the individuals involved.
Anyone can be involved, either onstage or backstage. Students are encouraged to take on different and more challenging roles as the progress through school. Parents can also involve themselves in the productions backstage.
A myriad of roles exist for students from onstage performer to backstage crew work, including directional or technical roles. We have strong relationships with local and internationally renowned artists who often work one-to-one with our students developing characterization or artistry in their work.
Advance is a fantastic one-year school-based program that encourages you to get actively involved in your local community.
There are four modules that are delivered to the students to successfully gain this extra school certificate. These include: Communication Module, Community Module, Project Management Module and Recognised Training Module. All Year 9’s at Fitzroy High School have the opportunity to participate in each of these modules.
Communication Module – At Fitzroy, this module is delivered through simulation activity called “The Real Game”. This activity involves the young person taking on a “character” who is just beginning their life journey after high school or university. Typically, the character is aged between 18 to 23. The students are faced with a series of problems as a member of the community but also need to overcome personal situations as well. The communication skills of negotiation, compromise and listening are just some examples of the skills required to overcome these issues. They also undertake skills such as budgeting, cover letter writing, resume writing and job interview skills as they begin to apply for jobs and join the workforce.
Community Module/Project Management – To satisfy this module, students volunteer for 6 weeks at a community organisation of their choice. In the past students have volunteered at local primary schools, libraries, The Salvation Army, Lentil as Anything, The Brotherhood of St. Lawrence, early learning centres and aged care facilities. The volunteer work certainly has students engaging with their local community and genuinely making a difference.
Recognised Training Module – First Aid and Pre-Driver Education are two courses that students undertake to gain recognised skills. Significant lead up activities take place before the training days to prepare the students to successfully complete and pass the necessary assessment required for these courses.
At the culmination of the year, students who have participated in each module successfully are awarded the Advance certificate.
There are a number of streams within the music program at Fitzroy High School.
All students take part in classroom music sessions in Years 7-9. Students are also able to be involved in the instrumental music program. At present over one third of the students in the school are enrolled in this program.
Instruments available are:
||Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone|
||Trumpet, Trombone (subject to student demand)|
||Accoustic, Electoric, Base|
||Cello, Violin (subject to student demand)|
*There are very limited places for drum and guitar students.
Preference will be given to current students, but it is imperative that a Continuation Form is returned.
Fitzroy High School - Instrumental Program
At Fitzroy High School we offer a dynamic and exciting Instrumental Program which provides students with opportunities to learn how to play musical instruments. The program also allows students to develop group skills in our Ensembles. There are many performance opportunities available to students. These take place at Instrumental Music Nights, Lunchtime Concerts, Graduation and Exhibition Evenings, Assemblies, Open Days, and School Productions.
In 2013 we will be continuing to offer lessons on a wide range of contemporary and classical instruments. These will include piano, voice (contemporary), guitar, drum kit, flute, clarinet and saxophone (violin, cello, trumpet and trombone are subject to demand). As part of our focus on World Music we are very excited to announce that next year we will also be offering lessons on traditional Balinese instruments and Gamelan ensemble. Full details of the instruments and ensembles offered are in the Instrumental Music enrolment form which can be found on the FHS website under forms. Our Instrumental Program is staffed by experienced and qualified music teachers. All have completed tertiary courses in music performance, are seasoned performers, and have a wide range of professional musical experiences. The following staff will be a part of the Instrumental Music Team for 2013.
Jon Delaney – Guitar
Jon has been our guitar and bass guitar teacher since the school reopened in2003. He specializes in jazz guitar, although he teaches pop, rock, metal and classical guitar. Jon is well known as a guitarist and his current projects include "La Mauvaise Reputation", a band playing and singing the songs of 20s and30s Paris in their original French. He also performs with Peter Baylor's "Ultrafox", vocal harmony group "The Furbelows", Hetty Kate's "Vive la Difference", accordionist George Butrumlis, and Mark Twigden's "Balajo".
Matt Hovell – Piano
Matt teaches contemporary and classical piano. A prominent keyboardist in Melbourne, he has worked with The Bombay Royale, Charles Jenkins and The Zhivagos, and Clare Bowditch and the New Slang. His latest solo project is an electronic pop group called ‘Cylinders’. They have just released their debut EP 'Communion‘ which is receiving good reviews. Matt is also a composer and arranger who has scored music for film.
Adam King – Drum Kit and Gamelan
Adam teaches drum kit, percussion and gamelan. He is well known for his work in a range of acts including ‘Labjacd’, ‘Kewti’ and ‘Green Tea’. Adam has a big interest in non-western music and is a specialist in the instruments of Bali and the Gamelan Ensemble. He has also recently toured in India with the Australian Art Orchestra.
Andy Williamson – Woodwind
Andy teaches contemporary and classical woodwind, including flute, clarinet and saxophone. He is best known around town as a sax player and he has performed with the likes of Nicki Bomba, Paul Grabowskyand Frankie J Holden. More recently, he has played in ‘Labjacd’ a funk/latin hiphop group. Andy’s latest original project is the bollywood/surf guitar group ‘Bombay Royale’. They have had great success overseas and locally, recently winning "Best New Talent" award at THE AGE's EG AWARDS.
Bianca Fenn –Voice
Bianca teaches voice and directs the school choir. She specializes in contemporary singing and has fronted a number of pop/soul bands including “The Bianca Fenn Band” and “Bianca Fenn and The September Knights”. Their E.P “Everything Starts with Something” has been well received. Bianca also runs a successful private singing studio.
If you have any questions regarding the Fitzroy High School Instrumental Program please contact Tom Hoyle, Music Coordinator (email@example.com). To enroll, please pick up a form at the front office or download an enrolment form from the website. Any questions concerning enrolment and payment of fees can be directed to Susan Jones at the FHS front office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, we would like to congratulate our year twelve solo music students who achieved grea tresults with their performance examinations. Thanks to Bianca Fenn, Matt Hovell and Adam King for all their work in preparing the students for their exams.
- Individual or shared lessons are available.
- All lessons are 30 minutes in duration.
- Each student has one lesson per week on a rotating roster.Students intending to undertake music examinations (AMEB, ANZCA, etc) must enrol in individual lessons.
- Shared Lessons: Teachers will pair students of similar playing ability together. If a suitable partner is not available, shared lessons cannot be offered.
If due to excursions or illness your child misses any more than 2 classes in any given term he/she will be given the chance to arrange make-up classes, provided the music teacher has been notified a week in advance.
Make up classes are the sole responsibility of the child and are to be arranged directly with their music teacher.
Make-up classes will not be available for forgotten classes or if the amount of classes missed does not exceed 2.
Your child is required to sign an Instrumental Program contract committing him/her to the program for twelve months. Refunds are not available to students who decide to withdraw from the program during the year.
Except for beginners, students are required to attend weekly ensemble rehearsals and are expected to participate in school performances. The following ensembles will be available this year:
- International Beats Orchestra
- String Ensemble
- Junior Guitar Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- Drum Ensemble
- Woodwind Ensemble
Students are also able to extend their music skills during Excel sessions. This may also include composition using computer software programs.
Year 10 students are currently enrolled in the Music Industry Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.