Fairhills Forum

17 March 2017
Issue Two
Principal's Report
From the Office...
Dates to Remember
Open Night 2017
Year 7 Camp
Parent/Teacher Interviews
Facebook Page Launch
Y11 Prom Camp
Facilities Update
Instrumental Music
Year 12 
Community Page
Fairhills High School
03 9758 5022
330 Scoresby Road
Knoxfield, Victoria, 3180

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Since our last Newsletter the school has been a hub of activity.  From whole day sporting events to camps to our external School Review.  Each of these events has had an opportunity to show the Community what Fairhills High School truly represents. 


The school Review has been a significant part of this term and has given the whole school community an opportunity to share with a group of external reviewers their thoughts on the school.  The Reviewers have visited classrooms to observe the level of engagement our students have in their learning as well as how the teachers are delivering content to our students.  They have spoken with many teachers in many different roles within the school to understand the context of the school.  Groups of five students were taken from each year level across all learning pathways and interviewed to gather their views on the school. Parents and local primary school principals’ opinions were also gathered.  It has been a rigorous process that has been undertaken to allow us to reflect on what we do well and what we need to do to improve.  As a school we are always seeking ways to deliver a high quality education that gives positive learning outcomes to our students and we believe this review process will deliver positive outcomes for our school community.


We wish to thank all people involved in this review process for their honesty and willingness to be part of this ongoing improvement opportunity.  The findings of the Review will be available early next term and we look forward to further developing our existing programs and implementing new strategies.


The next few weeks continue to be extremely busy with Open Night on Thursday 23rd March at 6:30pm.  This year we are adding an Academy Information Evening scheduled for 20th April starting at 6.00pm.  This will give parents the opportunity to follow up their particular interests at a second Open Night.


Our Parent Teacher interviews are on Tuesday 28th March from 12:00pm to 8pm.  We strongly encourage you to make appointments on Compass to meet your childs teacher and to receive valuable feedback on the students' progress.

Looking forward to your continued support of the school’s programs.


Adrienne Tanner

Acting Associate Principal



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.


In 2017 our office personnel are:

Penny Niven - Business Manager

Carol Charles - Assistant Business Manager/Principal's PA/Newsletter & Website Editor

Irene Smith - Office Manager

Sharon Cocks - Attendance Officer

Barbara Dwyer - works with Course Selections admin/VASS Admin/First Aid/Uniform Admin

Maureen Sutton - works with Careers Manager & International Students Manager/First Aid/General Admin

Michelle Hodson - Receptionist

We look forward to helping you when you call or visit us.

CLK2sell Feedback

At the end of 2016 we decided to ask parents to download and utilize the CLK2SELL app as a means to sell and buy secondhand textbooks, uniforms and musical instruments.

A handful of parents reported glitches to us very early and thanks to their input the CLK2SELL CEO, Mr David Gillespie was able to make adjustments and fix any identified problems.  As a parent of a secondary school aged student I was able to successfully use the app to sell a textbook. This is my own limited experience however and we are very keen to hear from the parents of FHS students. If you could spare the time, I would very much welcome your thoughts and feedback on using this method of buying and selling school items and in particular the CLK2SELL App.  I invite you to contact me via phone on 97585022 or send me an email via

[email protected]

Thank you

Kath Middleton

Assistant Principal

Finance Information

Thank you to all families who have either paid their Subject Requisites in full or who have agreed to pay by 3 equal instalments.  The first of the Credit Card instalments were processed on 20th February and the second is due on 20th March.  If you chose to pay by BPay instalments – please ensure that the payments are made.

The first two Batches of CSEF payments have been credited to the relevant family accounts – these funds may be used for any Camps, sport activities or excursions.  Please indicate on the individual Consent Form that you wish to use the CSEF for that particular activity.

Financial Statements will be sent out soon (via email) for your information.



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.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

Tuesday 28th March from 12 noon to 8pm

There will be NO scheduled classes this day, however students are expected to attend the interviews with their parents.

Financial Assistance (CSEF)

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund

Parents & Guardians who hold a valid means tested concession card may be eligible to apply for this Victorian Government Funded allowance. The CSEF is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child. The annual amount is $225 for each secondary student. Year 7 families, new families to the school and any families who have become eligible for the fund can pick up an application form from the school office - or print one from the website.


Fairhills has a compulsory uniform for Years 7-12.  All items of uniform except shoes are available from the on-campus Uniform Shop which is open on Wednesdays from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.  The uniform supplier, Buxwear can be contacted on 792 0424.

If a student is out of uniform for any reason, a note from their parent/guardian should be supplied, presented to their teacher & carried by the student at all times.

UNIFORM price list.pdf


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 – All ASTHMA sufferers

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.

First Aid

If a student becomes unwell during the day they should report immediately to the First Aid room in B Block with a note from their classroom teacher.  The First Aid officer will contact the student's parent/guardian to arrange for the student to be sent home.  No medication will be administered without parental consent.  

If students suffer any allergies etc. they are encouraged to leave their medication with the First Aid officer to be placed in the locked First Aid cupboard.

Y7 Vaccinations in 2017

The Secondary School Vaccine Program offers free vaccines to Year 7 students. These vaccines provide protection against:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – one dose
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – three doses
  • Varicella (chicken pox) – one dose

To learn more about the Secondary School Vaccine Program, the vaccines, the diseases they protect against, or how you can prepare your child for vaccination, go to betterhealth.vic.gov.au  or immunehero.health.vic.gov.au  

The first session of vaccinations to be held at Fairhills High School will occur on Monday 27th March.

Y7 Vaccination Program 2017.pdf

Immunisation Records are NOT kept at school. Please call KNOX COUNCIL Health Department if you need to check immunisation details for your students.

Dates to Remember

Term 1 & 2, 2017


Tue 14th - Fri 17th March

- Y12 O/Ed Bike Tour


Thurs 16th March

- School Athletics Day


Thurs 23rd March

- Open Night


Mon 27th March

- Y7 Immunisations


Tues 28th March

- Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews


Fri 31st March

- Last day of Term 1

  (students finish at 2.30pm)

Tues 18th April

- Term 2 begins


Wed 26th - Fri 28th April

- Y12 High Country Camp


Thurs 20th April

- Academies Open Night


Tues 2nd - Fri 5th May

- Y9 Camp


Tues 9th - Thurs 11th May



Sat 20th May

- Presentation Ball


Thurs 8th June

-Y11 Exams begin


Wed 14th June

- GAT Exam


Sat 17th - Sun 18th June

- Musical Camp


Fri 30th June

- Y12 Formal

- Last day of Term 2



Open Night 2017



Save the Date


Learn more about our SEAL Program, Basketball, Performing Arts & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Academies

School Tours

During the months of March, April & May the school conducts organised tours on Tuesday & Thursday mornings or by appointment.

For tour bookings, dates & times, please contact the school office on phone: 9758 5022

Year 7 Camp

The Island

The Year 7 camp set out for “The Island” in Cowes on Monday the 6th of March. It was a pleasure to return to this very well run camp, and its enthusiastic staff.

The weather was perfect for the three days we were on Phillip Island and it was not too hot to enjoy all the activities both on the camp site and for our visits to Amaze’N’Things, Ten Pin Bowling and the Wildlife Park. 

The camp is organised to encourage the students to meet and make friends and for the students to get to know their teachers.  I’m sure these aims were achieved.

I have asked some of the students to choose their favourite thing about camp;

Ni liked the giant swing and meeting wombats,

Zoe liked the food and spending time with friends,

Oscar liked the game on the beach,

Viney liked the pool,

Keely liked the game on the beach and the giant swing,

Milly liked going to the bowling alley and having an intense game of pool. She liked the beach as well,

Tahlia liked going to the beach and digging holes in the sand and then diving into the holes,

Aydin liked visit to Amaze’N’Things and the wildlife park.

Thanks to all the staff who worked so hard to organise this event and to the students who came along.


Margie Meadows

Year 7 Co-ordinator


Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Student/Teacher interviews for Semester 1 will be held from 12pm-8pm on Tuesday 28th March. There will be no lessons during the day. Students will remain at home completing work set by their teachers. In addition, students are expected to attend and participate in the interviews with their parents. Interviews will be for 10 minutes each.

Interviews will be booked online through the Compass portal. This system allows parents to make appointments with classroom teachers, as well as level coordinators and Paul Graham, our Student Welfare Coordinator, if required.

Instructions on how to make appointments are attached to a News feed item on Compass and are also accessible via the school website. The booking system will be available to Parents from 7pm Tuesday 21st March (one week prior to the interview day).

If you have misplaced your log in details for Compass, please contact the General Office on 9758 5022. If you have any further questions regarding the booking system, please contact Jennifer Oliver on 9758 5022.


Jennifer Oliver

Director of e-Learning


National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence

Friday 17/3/2017 is National Day of Action against bullying and violence. With many other schools around Australia we will be taking a stand against bullying and violence.  We will be holding a special General Assembly to acknowledge the day, make a pledge against bullying and to focus on how to support students take action against bullies as a bystander.  I encourage all parents to have a look at the 'bullynoway website' and to have conversations with their child about bullying and the importance of the role a bystander can have. We are encouraging our students to stand up to bullying and to voice their opinion, in a safe way. Following the day, there will be discussions and lessons about bullying delivered to all year levels leading into the end of term.

Lead the Way - Animal Assisted Therapy

We are excited to announce that Lead the Way- Animal Assisted Therapy are offering all Fairhills High School students bulk billing, which means those students who get a mental health care plan are eligible for up to 12 sessions free. We are very excited to have Naomi and her dog Jet come to school every Tuesday to offer our students some extra support. If your child is in need of counselling but is anxious about the traditional counselling setting, then animal assisted therapy may be a perfect solution. Please contact me directly to discuss.


Check out Lead the Way Australia on Instagram to meet Jet and other therapy animals.

We are currently taking expressions of interest for a STRESS MANAGEMENT GROUP, which we hope to start in Term 2 for up to 6 students. The students involved would need to get a mental health care plan from their GP before being accepted into the group. This group would be ideal for students who are in need of stress management strategies and who may prefer to work in a group than receive individual counselling.


Donations Needed!! Please Help!!

Due to the number of families requiring financial assistance we have set up a account for donations. We have a number of families who are struggling to pay for their basic needs such as rent and food and are finding it extremely difficult to afford books, uniform, excursions, camps and food for school. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and will go straight into a donations account and used by Wellbeing only, with 100% of donations going directly to students in need. At the beginning of the week you will be able to find a donation form on Compass, however in the mean time you can attend the office and let them know you  would like to make a donation to Wellbeing.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

I will once again be available for appointments during Parent Teacher Interviews on the 28/3/17. I encourage parents to take the opportunity to meet with me and discuss any concerns you may have in relation to your child’s wellbeing. Please feel free to book an appointment online through Compass.

Chill Skills

Chill Skills is a FREE eight-week support program available to young people aged 10 – 12 years’ old who may be experiencing anxiety, low mood or worries which may be impacting themselves, school and / or home. Chill Skills is aimed at increasing young people’s resilience, confidence and self-acceptance, through group activities and discussions. Young People will learn skills to manage their feelings associated with anxieties or worries.

Due to the overwhelming demand, there is currently a waiting list to attend the next round of this program. For more info or to be put on the waiting list, contact Kate Arnott on 9298 8868 or [email protected] or Michelle Pascoe on 9298 8311 or [email protected]

Navigating the Journey-Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Workshop

Learn strategies on how to advocate and support your young person, tools to support yourself and your family, and how to feel encouraged in your role as your young person's advocate. This is a FREE workshop.
Date: Thursday 23 March 6.30-8.30pm
Knox City Council, Civic Centre, Room 4, 511 Burwood Hwy Wantirna South.
Bookings are essential:
For more info contact Michelle Pascoe 9298 8311 [email protected]


Paul Graham

Student Wellbeing Coordinator

Facebook Page Launch

Fairhills High School Facebook Page

Dear Community

We have great pleasure in announcing that Fairhills High School will have its own Facebook page.  We're excited but also a little nervous.


We're very excited about implementing one of the most powerful communication devices since the telephone and moving forward with the way we connect with our modern parents.  Research tells us that 70% of all Australians between the ages of 15 to 65 are using Facebook. We also see that in excess of 80% of Facebook users log in every day. Placing our school communications in a space where our community goes to often makes a lot of sense.  We're also very keen to open up communications and if you 'like' what we post, we'd love you to give us the Facebook thumbs up too.


We are though a bit nervous and we seek your support to make this a positive experience for all our community.   We will be implementing a number of controls typically used by other organisations; these controls mean the page will not be as open as say the way a teenager may use Facebook.  Even with controls, it does rely on all those using the page to do so in a tone and spirit that helps us to build a strong and connected school community.  We do want to be good social media role models for our children.


For anyone wishing to use our Facebook page, the best way to receive the updates is to visit www.facebook.com/FairhillsHS and press the thumbs up 'like' button.  This way when we post updates, you'll receive them in your page - easy.  This action will also allow you to comment and 'like' our posts.  Please also read our Facebook Code of Conduct document - it is important you understand how we believe the facility can be used best.

Facebook Code of Conduct.pdf





Y11 Prom Camp

Wilson's Promontory

The Year 11 Outdoor Edder's had a cracking start to 2017 with Wilson's Prom Camp. We were lucky enough to enjoy perfect weather for the entire trip, which was absolutely action packed. Highlights include: Surfing, watching the sunset from the top of Mt Oberon, the inaugural class 'dance off', listening to 'Mustang Sally' on the bus and observing the roller-coaster that is Matt and Clyde's friendship. Personally, I'd like to thank all of my 11's for always having a positive attitude and embracing all things 'camp'. I'd also like to thank Stewie MacCartney, who never fails to bring the fun as well Steve George and Jai Armstrong who both made an impressive debut as part of the Outdoor Ed team (and official choreographers for the dance off).


Kirsten Bishop

Year 11 Outdoor Ed teacher


Facilities Update

Music Centre Upgrade

We are continuing to upgrade our classroom facilities here at Fairhills – a major makeover of the Music Centre  was completed during the Christmas holidays, to support our expanded music program. 


The Music Centre has been re-organised and updated with new carpet, LED lighting, a fresh coat of paint and a variety of new equipment, including:

  • A computer projector and air-conditioning
  • Electric guitars and a Violin
  • 5 trumpets, a trombone and a saxophone
  • Drum cymbals and keyboard stands

These improvements will assist to support our expanded classroom and instrumental music programs. 


Other News

The C block classrooms were repainted over the holidays, and a collection of new noticeboards installed.  This week we installed another batch of 150 student chairs, which means all the C block rooms now have these chairs.


Paul McLeish

Facilities Manager


Instrumental Music


Fairhills High School has 5 days of Instrumental Music teaching occuring on a weekly basis.

New to the staff this year is Mr Luke James, he is teaching Brass instruments - trumpet & trombone.

Mr Peter Croucher - Guitar

Ms Jessy Turner - Voice

Ms Erica Sykes - Keyboard, Violin

Ms Nicole McAlister - Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Mr Alex Gooding - Drums

Mr Luke James - Trumpet, Trombone

Year 7

36 Year 7 students have already begun learning a musical instrument this year!!  Over 85 students are enrolled in weekly lessons.

Opportunity to Learn a Musical Instrument

There are still opportunities to learn a musical instrument.  If any students are interested in learning a musical instrument, please collect/return an enrolment form from the General Office or contact Nicole McAlister at [email protected] for details.

Performance Dates

Thurs March 23rd - Open Night

Tues May 30th - NEVR Regional Concert at Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Mon 31st July - Fairhills High School Annual Music Concert, Swinburne Theatre


Nicole McAlister

Instrumental Music Coordinator


Sport Report - Term 1


Congratulations to all teams that have competed during the term, we had 3 teams win, Senior Girls Tennis, Intermediate Girls Tennis and Year 7 Boys Baseball.  Thanks to Ms Harris, Mr Bevoich and Mr Milner who took teams out, the students love it.


Next terms sports are Badminton, Netball, and Hockey with Cross Country so listen for announcements and training sessions.

Yesterday we had a great House Athletics Day. Thanks to the staff who helped run the day and for the number of students who competed and made the day a great atmosphere.

Last year Akai (Red) House won and this year Kiniro (Yellow) won the day. Congratulations!!


Andrew Potter

Director of the Basketball Academy

Head of Sport 

Year 12 

Year 12 Conference

Year 12 students attended a two day conference in early March to develop team building and motivation skills to support them through the vigour of Year 12. Highlights included a Melbourne Amazing race with team Red taking first place honours followed by team Pink and Blue.  Speakers Stuart Tripp ( Rio Silver medallist Cycling Paralympian) and Casey MacKinlay ( ex VCAL student) closed the Conference sharing their positive stories, inspiring us all. A special thanks to Stuart MacCartney and the Year 12 Form teachers for their support.


Silvana La Leggia

VCE Coordinator



It is with great sadness that we will farewell Nana Josho our ATJ (Assistant Teacher of Japanese) at the end of term. Nana has been with us for a year, and is much loved by students and staff alike. Nana has brought a quiet and polite manner to classrooms to encourage our students in their study of Japanese. Recently she has been invaluable, helping classes that do not have their regular teacher. I am sure everyone will miss her, and we wish her luck in the future. If only you could stay on Nana! Thank you to Elli Burden and her family for hosting Nana, and previously the Guthrie family.


Fairhills was fortunate enough to host Risako Saga a Japanese intern through ICC. Risako assisted in classes, and helped prepare materials. She also fell in love with koalas and loved the shopping opportunities in Melbourne. We thank Alison Kiefer for hosting Risako, and Risako for helping us out in the Languages Department.


Just a reminder that there will be a meeting about the Japan Study Trip on Thursday March 30 at 6pm in C2A. It is essential for students and parents to attend if you are interested in participating. For more information about the trip please contact Ms Winstone the Languages Coordinator.


We are seeking host families for Japanese students visiting Fairhills from Monday July 31 to Tuesday August 15. It seems like a long way away, but we need to get organised as soon as possible. If you would like to share your home with a Japanese student, please contact Ms Winstone the Languages Coordinator.


Jessica Winstone

Languages Coordinator


Community Page



George Street, Scoresby

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Fairhills High School would like to sincerely thank the team at Barry Plant Wantirna for their generous donation of two community boards which were used to inform the community of our upcoming Open Night on Thursday 23rd March.  We thank them for their continued support over a number of years.