Fairhills Forum

29 June 2017
Issue Five
Principal's Report
Important Dates
From the Office...
Musical Tickets
From the Library...
Performing Arts
Music Department
Fairhills High School
03 9758 5022
330 Scoresby Road
Knoxfield, Victoria, 3180

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Students & Staff


1. School Review Process

As you are aware we have been involved in a Department School Review which takes place every four years.  The process includes the preparation of a self evaluation report and a second report prepared by a team of verifiers who spent 4 days in the school talking with students, staff and parents, observing a range of classes and reading some documents about our curriculum, student management, school organisation etc.


Using all this information we form a Design Team of staff and two Department representatives who then prepare our next four year Strategic Plan and the associated Annual Implementation Plan for the first year.  We have almost finished the Strategic Plan and will place this on our website shortly for parents to read.  The AIP is also well underway.


The process has identified the various strengths of our school, some aspects which we want to review and enhance and some new approaches for us to investigate and implement.  Our desire is to see Fairhills going from 'Good' to 'Great' in the learning opportunities we provide for our students.


2.  Year 12 Student Work Practices Survey

Our Year 12 students completed this survey earlier in Term 2 so that the staff could evaluate how our students are approaching their work this year.  Several pieces of information will be of interest to you & to all parents, not just those of Year 12s:

- 96% of our Year 12 students have broadband access at home to assist their studies

- Most students have between 7 & 9 hours sleep (average 7.6), but most disappointingly 19 students have less than 7 when the medically recommended figure is 8 to 9 hours.

- Two thirds of our students don't switch their phones off at night and consequently risk having their sleep disturbed.  Included in this newlsetter is a scientific report on this issue.  I encourage all parents to read it and take appropriate action.

- Two thirds of our Year 12 students have a part time job which provides a great opportunity to learn new  skills (and be paid for learning them).  However about 30% exceed the recommended limit of 8 hours a week.  Research shows that working in excess of 8 hours reduces students' school results.  Parents please take note and take appropriate action.

- Finally, and most importantly, the VCE is designed by the VCAA for students to spend 100 hours working on each semester unit.  Approximately 60 hours is provided in the timetabled classes with the other 40 to be done in private study periods or as homework.  This equates to 3 hours per week per subject for each semester.  Many of our students come close to meeting this requirement but some don't with the result that the average is 2.3 hours/week/subject.  Teachers are working hard with their students to bring this up to the 3.0 hours target.  As we succeed in this, so will our school's VCE outcomes increase.  Parents & students, we ask that you support us in this endeavour.


Harvey Wood





Important Dates

Term 2  2017

Fri 30th June

- Y12 Formal

- Report Writing Day (Students are not required at school)

- Last day of Term 2

Term 3  2017

Mon 17th July

- First day of Term 3


Friday 21st July

- Trivia Night to support the Fairhills Musical


Mon 31st July

- KSKK visitors arrive


Tuesday 1st August

- Y12 Wellbeing Day


Fri 11th August

- Downhill Ski Day


Fri 18th August

- KSKK visitors depart


Thurs 24th to Sat 26th August

- Musical Production Performances


Fri 8th September

- Thailand Trivia Night


Mon 11th September

- Knox District Athletics


Mon 18th September

- Y7 Immunisations


Sat 23rd September to Sat 7th October

- Japan Study Trip




From the Office...

General Office

Office hours:    8.15am to 4.30pm

Telephone:      9758 5022

Parents 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 directly.


Maureen Sutton, who has worked at Fairhills for the last 10 years retires on 29th June.  Maureen has held a variety of administration roles in her time here and will be missed by both staff & students.  We wish Maureen well in her retirement.


Remember to update your contact details with the office IF you change phone numbers/address/place of employment.  We MAY need to contact you in the case of an emergency.  If you make alterations to your details on COMPASS you should also email the school on [email protected] with the same information.

Finance Information

Financial Statements will be sent out at the beginning of Term 3 (via email) for your information.

Student Absences 
9758 5022

Parents are requested to phone the school before 9.00am  if your child will be absent or late due to illness or for any other reason & leave a message after the prompt. Please leave a message outlining the reason for the absence and if known the length of time your child will be away from school. The absence line is operational 24hrs a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.


Parents are encouraged to mark absences on Compass.


If a student arrives at school late they should report to their classroom teacher.

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.

Important - Asthma

If your student has a medical alert for ASTHMA  the school MUST be supplied with an updated Management Plan every 12 months.


Many of our students, recorded as having asthma,  DO NOT have current plans.

Please download the form from :

www.asthma.org.au and have it completed and signed by a practising Medical Practitioner & return it to school.

Entertainment Book


Construction work during Term 3 at Fairhills

Please be aware that during  Term 3 there will be a lot of construction work underway at Fairhills.  The Education Department is funding a project to repair the stormwater drainage system around the school.  We will be working closely with the project team to minimise any disruptions.

Year 10 & 11 Subject Selection Process 2017/2018

Proposed Timeline of Events

The link above is a suggested timeline for the subject selection process for the current year 10 -11 students and the current year 11-12 in preparation for 2018.

Musical Tickets

Tickets on sale

Don't miss out on Fairhills 2017 Musical - "Anything Goes". Students have been working hard in the rehearsals and are excited to be performing live on the following dates: 


24th August 2017 at 7.30pm

25th August 2017 at 7.30pm
26th August 2017 at 5.00pm


Tickets are now available and can be booked online at:





Year 10 Applied Class–STEM @ KIOSC with 3D Printing

On June 1st the Year 10 Applied Science class attended the KIOSC facility to try their hand at 3D printing.  After working during class time to produce a prototype of their own choice, the visit allowed students to take their virtual design into the real world.  Students became familiar with the printing process by producing personalised keyrings, and then applied their new skills to print their own objects.  Some of the objects are shown here, and many of the students showed great design talent.  The objects can either be printed or rendered for use in game design in software; both of which are growing fields in STEM.  I would like to send a big thank you to KIOSC for personalising the day for the group and helping students to see their designs through to the real world.


Robyn Grunberg

Science Teacher


Interact Inauguration Assembly













On Tuesday 27th June, Fairhills celebrated the beginning of our Interact Club in the presence of Mr Nick Wakeling Member for Ferntree Gully and many Rotary dignitaries. The Interact Club is a partnership with Rotary Ferntree Gully which gives our students the opportunity to be directly involved in building their leadership and connectivity to the world they live in through fundraising for local and international Projects. 


Currently we have the following students some of whom have agreed to take on a variety of Leadership roles within the Club. Our members so far are:


Interact Club President—Mikayla Cutler

Interact Club Vice President—Jessika Ayling

Interact Club Treasurer—Hannah Lee

Interact Club Secretary– Nekia Thomson

International Project Director– Brodie Robinson

Local Community Project Director—Hannah Lee

Fundraising Director—Jesse Elderhorst


Interact Members 

Linda Guerin

Jasmine Ates

Brooke Wise

Ronan Mummery

Aaron Barry

Moke Houpapa

Zoe Franklin

Raylene Lu

Shannon Scott

Kaitlyn Bartolo

Jett Harder

Hayley Matuschka

Erin Staples

Lisa Younis


As members of Interact our students will be given tremendous opportunities to develop their leadership skills through programs which will benefit them now but most importantly their lives into the future.

Interact meets in C-Block every second Thursday lunchtime and our first meeting is 20th July.  We welcome more members and I encourage any student who wants to:

- Develop leadership skills and personal integrity

- Demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others

- Understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work

- Advance international understanding and goodwill

- Build relationships with the local and international community, to join.


We want to acknowledge the support Rotary FTG has provided our students up till now and we very much look forward to the future opportunities that this relationship will bring to the school community.


Adrienne Tanner

Associate Principal and Engagement Coordinator 

From the Library...

Harry Potter

Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary

sees fans across the world celebrate   ‘The Boy Who Lived’ ….

Fairhills Library celebrates with a display of the Harry Potter Books & other Harry Potter memorabilia…. Check it Out!


The Philosophers Stone is 20 years old!

It’s the 20th anniversary of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published on June 26th 1997 and since then it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide in an impressive 79 languages.

Can you believe that it’s already been 20 years since we saw Harry meet best friends Ron and Hermione, take on a troll in the girl’s toilets and face Voldemort for the very first time?

The one and only J.K Rowling herself also decided to add to the celebrations by divulging more information about Potter’s family tree, much to fans delight.

J.K’s official Potter fan site Pottermore also recently announced a Wizarding World Book Club, allowing fans to revisit their favourite books and discuss them online.

These popular books led to the magical movie franchise which propelled Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint into the spotlight, as well as a highly acclaimed sold-out theatre production and several theme parks dotted around the globe.

If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series, check them out at the Library now….


Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone ;

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets ;

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban  ;

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire ;

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix ;

Harry Potter & the Half-blood Prince;  

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows.


Or re-read his adventures once again ……….

Unless you’re a muggle of course…




Free Meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Years 10, 11 & 12

In 2017 the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program will offer free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.

Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school.

Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly. There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013. It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.

To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au or immunehero.health.vic.gov.au


Kathryn Middleton

Associate Principal 


Welcome to Plaza Water Treatment Services

The Fairhills High School Basketball Academy & USA Tour welcome PLAZA on board - with their new sign in the stadium.


Plaza Water Treatment Services is an Australian owned and operated family business with a combined industry experience of 32 years specialising in spray booth water treatment and maintenance. Plaza has grown to be the market leader in Australia for spray booth water treatment and the services we provide. The Plaza Chemicals company name originated some 35 years ago by the late Frank Jones and was at the time a pioneer of the specialised water treatment required for water wash spray booths. In 2003 Plaza Water Treatment Services was formed and now operates under the current ownership of Brett Collins. Through approximately 15 years’ experience in the industry Brett has taken Plaza from strength to strength with the help of a dedicated team of staff. Originally starting with a small range of spray booth related water treatment which has now grown to a large adaptive and successful range of products including filters, painting accessories and foam reducers. They carry out all aspects of spray booth maintenance and a large range of other services with integrity, pride and a trusted name in the industry. The company is proudly Australian owned and operated and is based in Bayswater, Victoria.  All the products are designed and manufactured in house using the best quality materials. Plaza welcome new customers and assure to do their best to provide an excellent customer service and products that work.

Sports Report

Term 2 has been a very busy term.

Highlights include:


Senior girls badminton won through to the regional finals - a special mention to the Year 8 boys who lost their badminton final.


Across the school we fielded 10 teams and congratulate the Year 9 boys team who went through their competition undefeated playing with only 5 players.


3 on 3 Games - The school fielded 18 teams in this competition & the senior girls made it through to the semi final missing the final by a point scored after the buzzer.  All teams competed well and several teams were unlucky not to make semi finals.

Victorian College Championships - 15 teams have competed or are about to compete in this competition.  Senior girls have won through to the State Finals and the Year 9 boys lost in the semi finals.  We are hoping for an invite to the State Finals after losing the semi. 

Cross Country

The school sent 14 students to the District Cross Country with 4 students running well enough to get invited to the Regional Final. 

Pierre de Coubertin Award

The Pierre de Coubertin Awards are named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games.  The awards take place on an annual basis and recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate values which are consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities.  At Fairhills we would like to congratulate Lauren Robinson on being nominated and then win the award.  


Last Friday Lauren Robinson, Amy Roncali and Dylan Mace attended the MCG for the Olympic Academy and Pierre de Coubertin Awards Function.

The students were able to mix with a number of Olympic Champions, visit the National Sport Museum and participate in a number of activities with another 150 students in attendance.


Later in the day Lauren was presented with her award along with students from other schools who display the Olympic ideals in his or her sport while at school.

Andrew Potter

Director of the Basketball Academy

Head of Sport

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Update

So much has been happening lately down in the Performing Arts Center!

“Anything Goes”


Our cast and production team of our musical “Anything Goes” have been working hard at rehearsals three times each week to get our show looking fabulous. We had an incredibly successful (and fun!) camp at Oasis Camp recently and spent a lot of time refining lines, choreography and blocking out more of the show. Our students also really enjoyed trivia and the dance party! A big thank you to our production team; Ms Sarah Power, Ms Triana Meagher, Mrs Suzi Pedler plus our MD Mr Ben Heels and our rehearsal pianist Mr Isaac Mouskovias. We really appreciate your time and effort.


The sets, costumes and props are starting to look amazing, and our fabulous team have been working hard to get everything painted, created and sewn together. We have held a couple of working bees and Sunday afternoon painting sessions and our cast have been a huge help in getting the sets painted. A big thanks to all of our parents and grandparent helpers who have given up so much of their time to create. A huge thank you must go to the Mummery family and the Eagle family who have both been working around the clock to create everything. We really appreciate the extra mile.

If you would like to purchase tickets to “Anything Goes” please simply purchase via Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/277495


Aladdin - The Musical

Recently we organized a group booking for “Aladdin – The Musical” and over 60 people from our Fairhills community, including students, parents and staff, went into the city to view this amazing musical. We were all in awe of the show, especially the costumes, sets and soundtracks, which totally sparkled and shined.

VET Dance Industry Day

Last Friday our VET Dance students spent the day at Ministry of Dance undertaking an Industry Day. Organized by our RTO Ausdance, this full day of workshops focused on improving practical techniques and undertaking a mock audition. The girls worked really hard all day and I’d like to thank them for their dedication.


For each weekend of May and into June we held “DanceFair”, our annual interschool dance competition for all students from Grade 5 right through to Year 12. The season was very successful with some excellent dancing showcased. All of the performers had an excellent time, and we would like to thank each of the schools that participated for dedicating their time and expertise to this program. Hopefully in 2018 we can have even more Fairhills High students participating and win back the “Overall Secondary” title, which, deservingly, went to Ringwood Secondary College this year.


Suzi Pedler & Sarah Power

Performing Arts Directors

Music Department

Music News

The music department has been a very busy place over the last few weeks. Students have achieved some terrific performances.



Jessy Turner conducted the choir at the whole school assembly.

Congratulations to all students who performed.

Classroom Music

The music elective classes have been performing their group rock bands to their peers for the end of semester. A terrific achievement by all students. They sounded great!

Instrumental Music

North Eastern Regional Concert at Hamer Hall Melbourne The following students represented the school in the regional event at Hamer Hall. They attended 2 days of rehearsals, a sound check in the city and proudly represented the school at the evening concert. Alex Gooding, Luke James and Nicole McAlister all tutored the students in the 90 piece concert band.


Jessy Cai   - Flute

Charlotte Fullgrabe - Drums

Victoria King - Clarinet

Freya Matzen - Clarinet


Upcoming Performances Next Term

More details given during week 1 of term 3.

Monday 31st July - Music Concert at Swinburne Theatre

Tuesday 22nd  August - All instrumental music students – Evening performance Concert Band performing at Parliament House during the day


Nicole McAlister

Music Coordinator

2181 Mobiles at Night.docx
Year 1011 subject selection process 2017.pdf
Anything Goes Poster FHS.pdf