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Newsletter #1 2022

18th February 2022

“Inspiring and empowering members of our school community to achieve

their full potential in an inclusive and supportive environment”

 

Our newsletters are an important form of communication for our school community.

Each newsletter contains information about what is happening in and around the school including important dates and celebration of student success.

Read all the latest news in this edition.

 

Upcoming Events

Principal’s Message

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I would like to welcome our school community to Fairhills this year. I hope everyone had some important relaxation time (I know I did!) and spent privileged time with friends and families.

New Staff

I would like to welcome the following new staff to the school.

Toni Kirk Business Manager (begins February 21)
Mitchell Burrows PE, Health, Maths and Year 9 Team Leader
Sally Davies Alumni Coordinator
Eric Zhang Laboratory Technician
Liv Johnson Tutor
Rebecca Vance Tutor

 

School Captains

We are excited to announce our 2022 School Captains are Michaela and Caitlyn. They are looking forward to representing Fairhills High School this year. Congratulations Michaela and Caitlyn.

School Improvement

We have made significant structural improvements for this year to support our students.

Timetable Changes

  • 10-day timetable
  • 5 periods a day
  • 57-minute periods

Purpose – to allow for greater flexibility in the timetable

Sub Schools

  • Two sub schools
  • Middle School Year 7-9
  • Senior School Year 10-12

Purpose – to provide students with greater individual supports and to increase connectedness to the school

Year 9-10 Electives

  • 60% plus of subjects are determined by student choice
  • The vast majority of students get their first preference
  • Active learning and hands on focus

Purpose – A wider range of student driven learning opportunities

THRIVE/Connect programs

  • Focus on important life skills e.g. organisational skills
  • Extensive time per week e.g. Year 7 – 5 periods a two week cycle
  • Year 9 Connect focuses on project based learning
  • Purpose – To develop essential skills for success in teen and adult life

School Enhancement

Capital Works

I am pleased to announce that the construction of the new science and technology building, music hub and landscaping will begin in May. During the construction phase designated science classes will complete laboratory experiments at KIOSC. We have also set up temporary lab spaces in the technology/Arts building at Fairhills.

Music will not be disruptive as the new hub will be a part of the Performing Arts Centre, not at the current location near the Senior School.

It will be a little crowded at school from Term 2. However, the sacrifice will definitely be worth it in 2023.

E-sign

Did you know that over 40 000 vehicles use Scoresby road every day! To capture this market an E-sign will be erected in mid-March. It will provide a virtual window into our school and the exciting programs and supports we have for our school community.

Third-dose Vaccinations

COVID-19 third-dose vaccinations are now available to 16–17-year-olds who had their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine three or more months ago.

Supporting as many eligible students as we can to be vaccinated will help make our school as safe as possible.

Getting vaccinated is one of the most important steps we can all take to get direct protection against COVID-19.

How to book an appointment

There are many convenient and accessible options to access vaccinations. These include state-wide vaccination clinics, your local GP or pharmacy.

You can book your appointment in a few different ways, including:

 

Ian Van Schie
Principal

 

 

School Council Elections

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School Council Elections

School Council elections are upon us again.

Term of office is for two years with half of members retiring each year but eligible for re-election. Two parents, two staff members, one community member and one student end their term of office in March 2022.

There is a number of retiring members:

Silvana La Leggia Staff
Karen Dean Staff
Naomi Swindon Community
Deb McCabe Parent
Kim Morris Parent
David Pepperell Parent
Jesse Elderhorst Student
Felicity Anderson Student

 

I wish to thank these Councillors for their contribution to the governance of Fairhills High School.

If members of the school community would like to be involved in shaping the future of Fairhills High School, please consider nominating for school council.

Timeline

Friday 18 February From Friday – Call for nominations. Nomination forms can be obtained from the General Office
Friday 11 March Call for nominations close at 4pm
Monday 14 March Nominations displayed at Fairhills High School
Friday 18 March Close of ballot 4.00pm. Election held if required. Votes counted.
Tuesday 29 March School Council meeting with new members

 

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided 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?

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 employed 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. Its members are appointed by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

The term of office for all members is two years. Half the members must retire 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 1 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 and call for nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March.

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 employed are eligible to nominate as parents for the school council where their child is enrolled.

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.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted 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 me for further information

 

Teaching and Learning Excellence

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It’s been a busy and exciting beginning to the school year. This year the Teaching and Learning initiatives are extensive. Not only have we introduced a suite of exciting electives at Years 9 and 10, but also implemented two new programs:

  • Thrive across the school which supports students to grow vigorously, to prosper and to realise their goals.
  • The Connect Program at Year 9 focuses on collaborative learning, effective communication, critical thinking and life skills.

The Years 9 and 10 Elective Program is an opportunity that allows students to specialise in a range of interest areas, and to engage with a broader set of learning opportunities. These courses are designed to appeal to a variety of interests, to explore big ideas and to promote student connection to areas of study. This initiative will lead students at Years 9 and 10 to either the Victorian Certificate of Education or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning in Years 11 and 12.

Underpinning the school’s teaching and learning initiatives is the school’s vision of:

“Inspiring and empowering members of our school community to achieve their full potential in an inclusive and supportive environment”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: 9A, 9B and 10G students participating in team building activities on 16/12/2022

Literacy and Numeracy Tutors

We are pleased to introduce our new literacy and numeracy tutors:

  • Olivia Johnson
  • Bec Vance
  • Jacinda Thadanabath

Our tutors will support students across the school to catch-up on their learning after two years of remote and flexible learning. This government supported program, focuses on key learning areas of need and assist students to achieve their learning goals.

Respectful Relationships

In addition, the suite of Respectful Relationships initiatives will be fully introduced across the school this year. This initiative creates an influential voice across the school, and wider community, that aims to promote gender equity and respectful relations. We aim to continue to develop a workplace where our community feel respected, safe and valued with equal opportunities regardless of gender. We will continue to provide a safe school environment where students can learn about gender equality and respectful relationships in and out of the classroom.

We all look forward to many new and exciting teaching and learning initiatives that will delivered throughout 2022.

Quality Teaching Rounds

We are pleased to confirm that our school will be participating in an exciting new research project into a type of teacher professional development called ‘Quality Teaching Rounds.’

The research is being undertaken by the University of Newcastle. Four teachers from our school, as well as some of their students, will be invited to participate.

Invitations will be sent out to the relevant classes in due course. Student participation is entirely voluntary.

For further information, please contact the research manager, Tim Dean, at qtr- vic@newcastle.edu.au or phone (02) 4985 4300.

Karen Dean
Associate Principal, Staff Development/Leadership

Senior School Report

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Congratulations to students and staff in the Senior School on settling into the year, despite some hiccups with the timetabling program and the reselection of Year 9-10 electives. We have now sorted these issues and students will be engaged in the new electives from this week onwards.

Year 11-12

Thank you to the Year 11 and 12 students for involving themselves in the conferences held last week. The VCE students heard from a variety of speakers focused on understanding the VCE and VCAL programs, setting goals and building motivation. This work has been carried on in the Thrive classes which have investigated time management and goal setting. Thrive classes will continue to revisit these concepts and many other important skills involved in fully developing and supporting our VCE students.

Year 12 students also receive their Year 12 Rugby Jumpers and have been proudly wearing them.

Year 10

Students in Year 10 have also been focused on goal setting. This is a skill that needs to be developed in all our senior students and is important for a number of reasons. Some of these include:

  1. Making students aware of their strengths and weaknesses. This allows a student to focus on areas to work on plus acknowledge strengths.
  2. Setting goals (both short and long-term) can allow a student a sense of progress and achievement when these goals are met. This can provide an ongoing stimulus for continuing with their studies when things get difficult or challenging.
  3. Helping a student to visualize and plan specific actions to achieve their own specific goals. Having clear goals can help to motivate a student to complete these actions.
  4. Providing a clear direction and sense of purpose.
  5. Forcing a student to set priorities and make balanced decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Donaldson
Assistant Principal and Senior School Leader

 

Middle School Report

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Middle School Report

It is with great pride that we launched and introduced the new sub-school structure with the commencement of the middle school (Year 7-9) and senior school (Year 10-12) in 2022. Students now have dedicated sub-school spaces and classrooms, student led elective programs, and specialised programs such as Year 7 & 8 Thrive and 9 – Connect to focus on the development of key characteristics and dispositions needed to succeed in life.

Our focus this year in the middle school is to take our responsibility to provide the best education for our middle school students. Our guiding principles are framed around our school values of acting responsibly, building relationships and showing respect.

I feel very privileged to lead the middle school and seek to assure you that the middle school team are committed to working together to create a learning environment in which all students are respected, where all students are safe and where all students have strong voices.

I very much look forward to working with all our middle school parents/carer, students and families.


Silvana La Leggia
Middle School Leader

Year 7 Induction Program

On the 31st January we welcomed our new year 7 students to the Fairhills High School community. Students engaged in a 3- day induction program delivering sessions on setting high expectations, anti-bullying, being an upstander, team building, mindfulness, organisational skills and time-management. The highlights included building a spaghetti marshmallow tower, and designing a future time capsule to open at the end of year 12, in the 2027.

Time Capsule

To celebrate the beginning of their secondary school lives, the Year 7s recently participated in a Time Capsule activity. Students were asked to write a piece about themselves outlining their personal characteristics, their likes and dislikes and what they want to be when they grow up. Importantly they also wrote a message to their future selves. These items were sealed in envelopes, some along with other personal mementos like photos, sporting medals and drawings and placed in a chest for safe keeping. These treasures will be unlocked when the students reach Year 12 in 2027. It is always fun to see how students have developed over the years and to give them a chance to reflect on their younger selves .

 

English News

We have welcomed our new Year 7s by asking them to write an introductory letter to their teachers. It was wonderful to learn about them all, and see what awesome writers they are.
All middle school classes will be starting their lessons with silent reading as soon as we have book trolleys set up. Students are also welcome to bring a book from home to read.

Humanities News

Our Year 7s have been learning about what Geography is. They did some awesome brainstorming. They also investigated what ‘place’ and ‘environment’ is by using Google Earth and maps. Some of us live in very interesting places.

Languages News

Welcome to the Year of the Tiger!

Our Japanese classes are grrrrowling along with their learning capably. Year 7s have learned how to greet and farewell in class, some basic greetings, and how to recognise the 3 different Japanese scripts. Year 8 Accelerated students have been learning about Japanese food and a traditional comedy called manzai. Some of them have already wowed Winstone sensei at lunchtime with their skits. Year 9 and 10 Anime and Manga our new elective have been learning about the history of anime and manga.

Maths News

Year 7 maths classes this year are participating in a trial of the Edrolo textbook. Edrolo have provided free textbooks for all year 7 students. These books have now been 

distributed to students. They will also have access to the Edrolo online platform. This should be available soon. As part of this arrangement classes will be visited and observed by Edrolo staff so we can provide valuable feedback to help them make the best learning resource possible.

Science News

In preparation for the refurbishment of G-block, we are currently preparing to pack up and move all of our science materials and equipment. The staff have already relocated their desks. As our science labs will be out of commission for most of the year. We will do our best to continue to do practical activities. This might sometimes happen in art rooms or even the kitchen. We also plan to use the laboratories at KIOSC. We can’t wait until the new Science/Technology building is built.

 

Careers

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Firstly I would like to introduce myself, Elizabeth (Liz ) Rundle.

As Pathways Coordinator my role is to provide assistance and support to both Students and Parents with the challenging decisions in relation to pathways/programs.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at, Liz.Rundle@education.vic.gov.au or 0n 9758 5022.

Just a few notes from the Careers and pathways office.

Compass Careers News:

This information is published every fortnight on the Compass news feed. I would encourage you to scan the document and follow up on anything that relates to you and your student. The Compass News feed is also used to advertise / promote events and information sessions and advise of any jobs that have come across my desk.

Upcoming Events:

VET in School Programs

All VET in school programs will have commenced as of the 16th of February. It is critical that all students check their emails weekly for communication from their Trainers. Email and SMS is the preferred line of communication and it is up to the individual student to carefully check.

Students who are unhappy with their VET program and wish to withdraw MUST do so before the last week of February.

Year 12 Pathways Interviews

Year 12 Pathways Interviews will start as of week 3 term 1. These interviews will be used to discuss options and start the process of researching details. Students will receive a copy of discussion notes.

Thrive Program

I am excited about the Thrive program which has replaced Tutorial and this time will be used at all year levels to deliver important Careers and pathways education and resources. This will enable students to develop Careers and Pathways skills and knowledge from years 7-12, and prepare them for lifelong learning.

Morrisby Career Insights

Year 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in Morrisby Career Insights and Individual pathways interviews. Testing is scheduled for the 2nd of March and the follow up interviews will be in the week starting the 21st of March.

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students are encouraged to start planning 1 week of compulsory Work Experience for the final week of term 2, 20th – 24th of June. There will be more information to follow but students are encouraged to start thinking and networking.

Year 11 Students – VCE Careers expo

Year 11 students will be attending the VCE Careers expo in April at Caulfield racecourse on April the 29th. Details to follow.

In addition we will be hosting Parent information sessions on; Career planning, VCE and VCAL challenges, Subject selection just to name a few. Dates are yet to be finalised.

Please don’t hesitate in contacting me any questions or concerns.

Liz Rundle
Pathways Coordinator

Fairhills High School Alumni

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Fairhills High School Alumni (former students) Program


Fairhills High School is starting an alumni program to build and mobilise the school’s alumni community, with the help of Ourschool. Ourschool is a not-for profit service that helps public high schools build a thriving alumni network to benefit current students and the school community. Alumni programs in private schools and universities are well established and provide huge benefits to students. Our alumni program will help us grow our alumni community to benefit our students.

The alumni program will focus on doing these 4 key things:

  • Finding and connecting with alumni to support our 50th birthday celebrations in 2023
  • Inviting alumni back to school to inspire students about study and career pathways
  • Creating opportunities for students via alumni providing work experience placements
  • Inviting alumni to provide philanthropic support for students and our school by contributing to school fund-raising projects, student scholarships or gifts in wills (longer term goals)

If you’re reading this and you’re a former student of Fairhills High School, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us by sending an email to: Sally Davis at alumni@fairhillshs.vic.edu.au

Stay tuned for more alumni news in the school’s newsletter, Facebook page and website. To learn more about Ourschool, go to www.ourschool.net.au

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

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Date

Event

Friday 18 February Official School Photos
Thursday 24 February 2021 Year 12 Graduation Afternoon Tea
Monday 7 March-Wednesday 9 March Year 7 Camp
Thursday 10 March Whole School Athletics Day
Monday 14 March Labour Day – Public Holiday
Monday 21 March Year 7 Immunisations
Thursday 24 March Fairhills Discovery Night
Friday 8 April Last day of Term 1 – 2.30pm finish

 

2022 Term Dates

Term 1 31 January to 8 April 2022
Term 2 26 April to 24 June 2022
Term 3 11 July to 16 September 2022
Term 4 3 October to 20 December 2022

 

General News

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to the start of the new year.  The General office hours are: 8.15am-4.15pm. 

Telephone: 9758 5022
Email: fairhills.hs@education.vic.gov.au

Parents, contractors, visitors and volunteers should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or requiring to make contact with their child.

Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email.

School communities have demonstrated incredible resilience over the COVID-19 pandemic. As we return to onsite learning, it’s important for everyone to be respectful and kind to each other. Learn more about the new Department of Education and Training policy – Respectful Behaviours within the School Community. Respectful Behaviours within the School Community Policy 

Please also remind students to wear their masks and to bring a spare one to keep in their bag.

We look forward to working with you when you call or visit us.

Privacy

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.
Please take time to remind yourself of our school’s collection notice. 

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in nine community languages:
• Amharic
• Arabic
• Dari
• Gujarati
• Mandarin
• Somali
• Sudanese
• Turkish
• Urdu
• Vietnamese

Uniform Shop – New Location reminder

The purchase of School Uniforms are now through Dandy Schoolwear in Dandenong.

Dandy Schoolwear

Factory 8, 169 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong
(03) 9792 0424

Monday to Friday – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday – 9:30am to 2:00pm

Uniform Price List

2022 Fairhills High School Student Dress Code

 

2022 Enrolment / 2022 Financial Contributions

Thank you to the many families that have returned their enrolment paperwork and made their contributions to 2022.   To those that have yet returned their paperwork, please head to Compass for details and return your documents to the General Office – these can also be emailed at: fairhills.hs@education.vic.gov.au

Your contributions summary and payments can be found through the Payments Centre feature on Compass which is accessible via your Compass home page.   This feature enables you to go to the Compass portal at any time to make payments and track the payments you have made throughout the year.

For any finance queries please email: finance@fairhillshs.vic.edu.au

2022 Bell Times

Time Reason
8:40am Locker Bell (10 min)
8:50am Period 1 (57 min)
9:47am House Group (Year Level on Wed) (15 min)
10:02am Recess (25 min)
10:27am Period 2 (57 min)
11:24am Transit (2 min)
11:26am Period 3 (57 min)
12:23pm Start of Lunch (25 min)
12:48pm Middle of Lunch (25 min)
1:13pm Period 4 (57 min)
2:10pm Transit (2 min)
2:12pm Period 5 (57 min)
3:09pm Students finish
3:11pm– 4:08pm Period 6 Monday and Tuesday some VCE subjects (57 min)

 

Team Leaders

Year Level Staff Leaders
7 and 8 Kate Parker & Sarah Power
9 Greg Baker & Mitchell Burrows
10 Robyn Grunberg
VCE Julian Stokes

 

Asthma / Diabetes / Anaphylaxis / Epilepsy

ASTHMA, DIABETES, ANAPHYLAXIS, EPILEPSY or an ALLERGY management plans are required to be updated and submitted to the school every 12 months. Please ensure you have provided this to the office in the best interest of your child.

If you require any assistance, do not hesitate to contact the office on 03 9758 5022

Year 7 Immunisations

As part of the National Immunisation Program, Knox City Council’s immunisation team will be visiting Fairhills High School to provide free scheduled vaccines to all Year 7 students.

In 2022, the recommended doses for each vaccine offered in Year 7 are as follows:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – two doses over 6 months
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Whooping Cough – single dose to boost previous child doses

Please open the following link to Year 7 Secondary School Vaccine Program consent form. Please complete, sign and submit the form.

Year 7 – Fairhills High School – Vaccine Consent Form

The consent form must be completed and submitted electronically, regardless of whether the child is being vaccinated or not.

CSEF Applications

Applications are now open.

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.  If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

If you would like to apply for the first time, please complete the 2022 CSEF application form.

Student Absences

If your child will be absent or late due to illness or for any other reason, parents/guardians are able to:

  • Mark their absence on Compass / or
  • Send an email to the school: fairhills.hs@education.vic.gov.au / or
  • Phone the absence hotline is available on 9758 5022. Leave a message after the prompt. The absence hotline is operational 24hrs a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

Student’s arriving to school late should report to the General Office.

If a student is required to leave school early for any reason they should bring a note from their parent/guardian and record this on Compass. All students are required to sign out from the General Office.

If your child or any family member has COVID, please ring or email the school so we can record their absence accordingly.

Contact Details

If you have changed any of your personal details (phone numbers / address / place of employment) – please email your changes to: fairhills.hs@education.vic.gov.au or phone the office for assistance on 03 9758 5022.  It is important to ensure our records are current. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Fairhills Musical Production

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The Wizard of Oz Musical

The Wizard of Oz auditions have begun. We are very excited to put on this show. It’s been 2 years since we have performed and we are all itching to get on stage again and wow the audiences.

So far we have seen some wonderful students audition.  We definitely have talented students here at Fairhills.

The Musical needs people of many talents so if you are interested in being behind the scenes, we also have jobs for you.

If you are still interested in participating in the Musical there is an extra audition date on:

Monday 21st February – 3:30pm-5:00pm – Singing/Acting
Where: Performing Arts Centre
Times: After School 3:35pm-5:00pm (please sign up outside Middle School office)

  • Prepare ONE song (1 min long) showcasing your range and ability. If you are auditioning for a lead role, it is recommend you sing a song from the show
  • You may audition in groups of 3 (year 7 only)
  • You will be given a script to read some dialogue

If you can’t make the audition or have any questions please come and see Ms Power located in Middle School C Block.

Everyone who auditions is accepted in the cast. You will be given an information booklet on your first rehearsal.

Rehearsal days and times:
Tuesdays – TBC ( due to Ms Power’s Timetable, we are working on this day.)
Thursdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm
Sundays – 10am-1pm (Term 2 and 3 only)

First rehearsal begins on:
Thursday 24 February – 3:30pm-5:30pm
(We will be watching the Wizard of Oz Movie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Power
Production Coordinator

Presentation Ball 2022

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Year 11 and 12 students, this one is for you!

Are you interested in undertaking your ‘Deb’?

Our Presentation Ball is to be held on Saturday, the 14th of May at The Grand on Cathies Lane. It is always an amazing night where our school community comes together to celebrate our senior students being ‘presented’ in their finest outfits, looking amazing and dancing up a storm. Always a most wonderful night to remember.

Please collect an information pack from the office if you are interested.

Please note – minimum of 16 couples needed to allow this event to run.

 

Library

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New Pop-up Library

In preparation for the upcoming School building works, the Library has been relocated to J Block. This Library is open each day from 8.45am – 3.30pm and provides a space for students to read and borrow materials. We have a selection of new bookstock onsite as well as some of our more popular series titles and graphic novels. The non-fiction collection will remain in the old library however, access can be provided by request. Notebook chargers, headphones and iPads are still available for loan for use within classes.

The colour photocopier has been relocated to this new site as well.

Students are welcome at lunchtimes and on a pass during class. As we are limited on space, other rooms will also be made available for private study.
We will continue to display items which relate to what students are learning – this month we have a Viking display to tie in with what the Year 8s are learning in Humanities.

Chess Boards, Uno and other Board games are still available for students to use at lunchtime.

 

Instrumental Music

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The Instrumental Music Department has had a very successful beginning to 2022!

There are 2 varying programs established – a Year 7/8 program and a Year 9/12 program with over 100 students participating.

Year 7 and 8 program

All students have been timetabled through compass with a weekly instrumental music lesson as part of their core curriculum.

Instruments students have chosen from are:

Voice, Drums, Bass guitar, Strings, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone.

The department has 6 specialist teachers visiting the school weekly to provide this curriculum to the students:

Teacher Instrument Days
Ms Nicole McAlister Flute, clarinet, saxophone and coordinator Wednesday, Thursday
Mr Peter Croucher Guitar Full time
Mr Alex Gooding  Drums, bass guitar Tuesday
Mr Luke James  Trumpet, trombone, percussion and guitar Thursday
Ms Erica Sykes Strings and guitar Monday
Ms Jessy Turner  Voice Tuesday

 

There is a $50 yearly charge to hire certain instruments from the school – flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, trumpet, trombone.

 

Students from Year 9 – 12

Students have the opportunity to learn an instrument of their choice – see above list.

Lessons are $150 per year, with the option to hire an instrument for a $50 charge (see list above)

Enrolment forms are obtained from the general office.

Any queries regarding lessons or enrolments, please email me nicole.mcalister@education.vic.gov.au or phone the school.

Looking forward to an exciting year of music making.

Regards

Nicole McAlister

 

   

Wellbeing

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Wellbeing

As we kick off 2022, I am very excited to be welcoming some new faces to our Wellbeing Team. Bec, Maddy, Michelle, Petrina, and Steph have joined us as part of their work placement for social work and counselling studies. They will support students individually, run school-wide campaigns, and facilitate lunchtime group activities throughout semester one.

The wellbeing Team also welcomed our Year 7s. As part of our induction program, we facilitated team-bonding activities, programs to promote building positive relationships, being responsible members of our community, and embodying our school values.

As our Year 7s started their journey, the Wellbeing Team also ran programs for our Year 12 Conference as they commenced the final lap of their schooling. We focused on making the most of their final year, while our Year 11 Conference programs focused on positive psychology, goal-setting, and time management.

The Wellbeing Team is excited and focused on facilitating programs across all our year levels to promote and develop the optimal wellbeing of all our students.

“Everyone you admire was once a beginner.” – Jack Butcher

Amal Saleh-Zada
Student Wellbeing Coordinator

 

Accessing Support through Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Team can assist students in accessing the support they need to navigate challenges that may impact their ability to engage in learning or general feelings of Wellbeing. For example, the Wellbeing Team can engage the student or family in an initial assessment of need, short term counselling or skills development or referrals to external support agencies. Students may also be encouraged to access self-help strategies or resources. We will explore the best options for each student.

We encourage students and/or parents to contact the year level leaders for wellbeing referrals. You can also make an appointment with someone from the Wellbeing Team by attending the Wellbeing Centre or contacting us via email at wellbeing@fairhillshs.vic.edu.au

Teachers who have concerns about a student may also refer them to the Wellbeing Team through their Year Level Coordinator.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, please contact kidshelpline or lifeline on the numbers at the bottom of this page.

Student Wellbeing Team

Student Wellbeing Coordinator – Amal Saleh-Zada
Chaplain – Gail Ackroyd
Mental Health Practitioner – Peta Cartwright
Student Support Services Psychologist – Emily Habard

 

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