Fairhills Forum

02 August 2019
Issue One
Principal's Report
Dates to Remember
From the Office
Sport/Outdoor Ed
Year 12
Student Voice
Visual Arts
Interact - MUNA
Hands on Learning
Community Page
Fairhills High School
03 9758 5022
330 Scoresby Road
Knoxfield, Victoria, 3180

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

A warm welcome to our school community - this is the first edition of our re-introduced Fairhills High School Newsletter.   Access to this twice a term Newsletter will be via a Compass notification to families or the Newsletter link on the school website home page.

Term 3 has begun with a number of activities taking place including the Musical Production Trivia Night, the Annual Music Concert, VCE Pathways Information Evening, the Cambodia trip fundraising movie night and a Knox Police Student Symposium. 

Recently our Year 12 students participated in the Wellbeing Day to focus on stress management, team building and motivational skills to support students to complete final stages of year 12 with an afternoon session  of Go-Karting at Sidetracked Entertainment.

Students from Japan are currently on a 2 week study tour at Fairhills.  Thank you to the families who are hosting.  The students will participate in activities including attending classes, a Mayoral Reception at the City of Knox, excursions to Mountain Gate Primary School, Phillip Island, Queen Victoria Market & City Tour.


We would like to highlight the actions of one of our students  who recently assisted a sight impaired elderly man who fell from the platform at Boronia station onto the tracks causing significant injuries. Following our student's good example, several other bystanders also  jumped onto the track and together helped the injured man and carried him to safety before a train arrived. Our hero  was Year 10 Fairhills student Rhyley Considine.  As a school and community we are extremely proud of Rhyley.  His example and care for others is something we are delighted to recognise. This week the elderly man's wife visited the school and  presented Rhyley with a generous gift and thanked him on behalf of her family.


Harvey Wood







Dates to Remember

Term 3, 2019

Thurs 8th August

- VTAC Parent Information Session - 6.30pm


Wed 14th August

- KSKK visitors depart


Wed 21st August

- School Council Meeting - 7.30pm


Thurs 29th August - Sat 31st August

- Musical Production


Thurs 5th September

- Y7 Celebration Evening 6.00-7.30pm


Fri 6th September

- Y10 Social - Sky High Restaurant


Thurs 12th  September

- Parent/Teacher Interviews 12-8pm


Fri 13th September

- Cambodia Trip Trivia Night




Wed 18th September

- School Council Meeting - 7.30pm


Fri 20th September

- Y7 2020 Scholarship Applications Close
- Last day of Term 3


Mon 7th October

- 1st day of Term 4





From the Office

Finance Information

Financial statements were emailed towards the end of last term.  Many thanks to all our parents who have paid their Subject Requisites and outstanding costs & charges.  If you have outstanding fees we ask that you contact the office to arrange payment.   This will also help reduce your debt before the 2020 fees are sent out.

Student Enrolment

Your child's Student Enrolment Information Form was also sent home last term.  To ensure we have accurate details for your child, it is essential you review the form to confirm the information we have is correct.  Please return this form to the office as soon as possible as this information is required if your child is ill or in an emergency.  If there are no changes please advise the office via email [email protected] stating your child's name.

Medical Details

If your child has a medical alert for ASTHMA, DIABETES, ANAPHYLAXIS or EPILEPSY the school MUST be supplied with a new Management Plan every 12 months.  Please ensure you have provided this to the school.


Semester Reports are distributed electronically via COMPASS.  Each student will have their report attached to their own COMPASS profile.  Reports will only be visible to those with permission to view the profile

To access reports:

- Log in to COMPASS

- Go to the student's profile page

- Select the 'Reports' tab

- Select the relevant report cycle

- Save or print as required

2019 Semester 1 Reports were issued on the following dates:

Years 11 & 12 - Thursday 27th June 2019

Years 7-10 - Friday 26th July 2019

2019 Parent Opinion Survey

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school.  The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education & Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents.  It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents' perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement.  Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year's survey.  All responses to the survey are anonymous.  This year the Parent Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 22nd July to Sunday 11th August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 10-15 minutes to complete and can be assessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September.

Lost Property

If your child has misplaced anything at school - please ask that they check at the School Office. 


School Uniforms which are named are returned to students as soon as they are handed in (please check that your student has his/her name clearly marked on each item of school uniform).

Uniform Shop

The on-site Uniform Shop is open every Thursday from 12.00 - 4.00pm


If you have any uniforms or books that are no longer being used and you would like to donate them to the school, please bring them to the General Office.  These will be used for families in need.

Student Absences

If you child will be absent or late due to illness or for any other reasons, parents can either mark it directly on COMPASS or by calling the Absence Hotline on 9758 5022.


All parents are asked to regularly check students Unexplained Absences in COMPASS to ensure all absences are recorded according to the Department of Education regulations.


To check:

 - Log into COMPASS & click onto your child's 'Attendance' Tab

- Click on the 'Unexplained' Tab

- Any unexplained absences will appear here with the date and period to be approved

- You can click in the boxes on the left side of the page and select the dates to record your approval with the appropriate reason for the absence

- If your child has attended a school related activity and missed their scheduled class and not been flagged in an event or has been accidentally marked incorrectly could you please email the school to have this amended in their absence records

- Parents can enter approvals for upcoming absences prior to the event in advance such as Family Holidays, Medical appointments etc. in the 'Notes & Approvals' Tab to the left of the 'Unexplained' Tab

- Alternatively, parents can email the school or send a note to the Office, which includes the Student's Name, Home Group, Reason for Absence and Dates of Absence or phone the School Student Absence line to record any absences.


MAYHEM the Musical

Fairhills High School musical students are working hard in preparation for the 2019 Musical.

Mayhem The Musical: A Tale of A Tale Gone Wrong.

Written by our very own Performing Arts Teachers - Julian Stokes and Sarah Power


Tickets can be purchased via this linkhttps://www.trybooking.com/BDRDP


Thursday 29th August – 7pm

Friday 30th August – 7pm

Saturday 31st  August – 7pm

Table seating!



Last term students participated in our annual Musical Intensive Rehearsal weekend. 30 students worked on Mayhem the Musical in our Performing Arts Centre. Both days were 12 hours long (9am-9pm). Students rehearsed scenes, songs and dances. Lunch and dinner provided for all students and some fun activities. Musical chairs, pass the parcel, egg and spoon races and talent show. What a fantastic weekend. Huge thank you to Sarah Power, Julian Stokes and Casey Dewar for all their hard work over the weekend. Well done to everyone!


Poster Design: Karen Stokes

Sport/Outdoor Ed

Outdoor Education

First semester saw a number of camps & activities take place for senior students studying Outdoor Education.  These included:

- Great Ocean Road Bike Tour - Year 12

- Wilson's Prom Camp - Year 11

- High Country Camp - Year 12

- Stand Up Paddleboarding - Year 11

- Swim with the Dolphins - Year 12




First semester also saw a number of activities & sporting events held across the whole school.  These included:

- Cross Country

- Athletics Carnival

- Interschool sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, netball, 3x3, badminton, round robins




Creating a world free from bullying

Our Year 7 and 8 classes participated in workshops last term with the team from 'Bully Zero', an anti-bullying program based in schools and workplaces across Australia. Thanks to our Student Wellbeing Coordinator Amal for organizing these events.



Well done to our VCE students who undertook the GAT exam recently and to Scout, our well-being dog for being such a welcome distraction in the waiting room.


Year 12

Y12 Timeline....

Tues 30th July                                         

Y12 Wellbeing Day - No classes

Wed 31st July  (10.00 - 11.10am)     

Extended Investigation Critical Thinking Test

Thurs 8th August                                   

 VTAC Parent Information Evening
Mon 23rd to Wed 25th September   

VCE Revision classes (September School Holidays)

Mon 7th to Fri 11th October               

Performance & Oral examinations

Tues 22nd October                                 

Last official day for Year 12's (including VCAL)

Wed 23rd October                                   

Year 12 Breakfast - no classes

Valedictory Dinner at Karralyka Centre

Fri 25th October                                       

Revision classes resume

Wed 30th October                               

VCE English exam


VCE Exams - Wednesday 30th October to Wednesday 20th November 2019




Work Experience

Rhys is flying high across the skies. He's currently doing work experience with the Helicopter Group Moorabbin.


Upcoming apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in 2020?

Community Information Session
Wednesday August 14th, 4.00-5.00pm
Want to find out more about our upcoming apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in 2019 and 2020?
Join us for a community information session to found out about the exciting career opportunities on offer now, and upcoming in 2020!
What’s on the Agenda?

  • Find out more about opportunities in: Automotive, horticulture, conservation, business, trades and more
  • Meet WPC Group staff and register your interest

Who’s Invited?

  • Current school students and recent school leavers
  • Community groups
  • School teachers and careers coordinators
  • Job service providers
  • Family and friends

Please follow this link to a flyer for further information.

RSVP essential. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 1300 656 461


Elizabeth Rundle

Careers Coordinator


Library Resource Centre

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open for all students in Years 7 – 9. We have new books arriving all the time so come and check our display of new titles and speak to staff about how to register your reading.    Try reading some of the titles that have been shortlisted for the upcoming Inky Awards -  Australia’s only teen choice book awards.  Young adults across Australia have the opportunity to vote for their favourite Young Adult book of the year in two categories  -  the Gold Inky for Australian fiction and the Silver Inky for International  fiction.  We have a range of books that have been listed and teenagers were given a chance to vote for their favourite books in late July.


As winter is upon us, a reminder to students that you are welcome in the Library during Lunchtimes.  We have a range of board and card games for students to access including Mastermind, Guess Who, Battleship, Rush Hour and Uno.   On a Monday at lunchtime, Mr Prasad operates Chess Club and will gladly challenge any students who think they can beat him!


Student Voice

Knox Youth Symposium

On the 25th of June this year, 14 VCE Fairhills students proudly represented us at the Knox Youth Symposium. In total 9 schools in the local area came together with Victoria Police and other community organisations to solve problems that are facing young people today. They learnt different problem solving techniques and discussed many important issues with their peers. A huge thanks in particular to Chloe Costantino, Nekia Thomson and Sam Heydon for attending a previous event (facilitator training) to assist with the day. Well done to all schools for coming together as one.


Amy Matejka-Keech

(Student Leadership Co-ordinator)



Past Students

One of the most rewarding things about being a teacher at Fairhills High School is hearing from past students.  These are the lovely words of an ex-student Matt Hession:


‘Starting at Fairhills High School in 1997, I quickly found passion in the Languages program; taking up Japanese.  I hosted Japanese students every year, then at the age of 14 headed over to Japan with a few students with KSKK. Falling in love with Japan, I then obtained a scholarship with Rotary and attended 12 months’ schooling in Japan. The experience changed my life. I owe these experiences to the supportive and encouraging staff at Fairhills High School, a school that really rewards effort and supports diversity. After graduating VCE I took up an under graduate degree, majoring in International Business, Political Science and Japanese linguistics. I took 18 months’ off during the degree and went and taught English in Japan. Having worked for a few different companies since finishing Uni, one of them being an international Japanese firm, I now manage a team of people across Australia and New Zealand for a large service company. Life has thrown me a few challenges but when you attend a school like Fairhills High School, you’re definitely given all the opportunities.’


If you would like to follow in Matt’s footsteps, we are still looking for host families for Japanese students who will be visiting us from July 20 to August 14. Please contact Jessica Winstone Languages Coordinator if you are interested. It could be the start of a life like Matt’s!


Visual Arts

Art Department activities in Semester 1


This year we embarked on our first ever Year 11/12 VCD Camp to regional Victoria. It was such a fantastic experience to see the students engaging in art outside of the classroom and for them to develop their understanding of the world.

Day 1 – We travelled to Castlemaine Press for a printmaking workshop followed by a visit to Bendigo Art Gallery to see the Tudors of Windsors exhibition which linked to their assessment pieces.

Day 2 – It was cold, rainy and windy. However, it didn’t stop us from getting outdoors to appreciate some amazing Spanner sculptures and the Silo Art Trail. It was a day of photography and fun!

Day 3  - We started in picturesque Halls Gap as we appreciated wildlife and scenery surrounding us. We then visited Brambuk Cultural Centre for an Indigenous experience. Before the long drive home to Fairhills.

Thank you to all the staff members involved throughout the process to make this happen (Emma O’Connor, John Beard, Mel Nicholson & Carol Charles). 


A huge thank you to the parents support for this excursion. The feedback from the kids was extremely positive. They said they had an awesome time.



Art Exhibition

The Year 11 Studio Art class had a mini exhibition in the gallery area near the General Office last term displaying various forms of art skills learnt this year.



The Hut Gallery – 2nd Prize (Junior Section)

Congratulations to our Year 10 student Regina Lu for her artwork titled 'Colours Of The Wind'. She won 2nd prize in the Junior Section of the competition and will receive $100 from Bendigo Bank.

Amy Matejka - Keech

KLA Arts Leader 


Annual Music Concert

Congratulations to our students who participated in the Annual Music Concert on Monday 22nd July at Swinburne University of Technology Theatre. Compered by Freya Matzen & Kiarah Noone the night consisted of a variety of performances & award presentations. A big thank you to the staff of our FHS music department.

Nicole McAlister

Music Coordinator


Year 8 History class

Last term students in Year 8 History class had the opportunity to pursue a personal area of interest by completing their research project.  Students could chose from a range of tasks including building models of castles, medieval weapons, shields, long ships, or they could construct a Power Point or make a film.  The students enjoyed the practical application of historical concepts and also benefited from the involvement of various family members in the completion of their tasks.


Gary Johnson

Humanities Teacher

Interact - MUNA

Fairhills High School Interact - MUNA

Ferntree Gully Rotary Club sponsored two of our students to attend MUNA at State Parliament recently.  MUNA is a mock UN assembly, where students from different schools representing different countries debate resolutions that aim to make the world a better place. Sam Heydon and Jesse Elderhorst, who are both members of Interact at Fairhills, were given the country Jordan to represent.  They both spoke on Resolutions, dressed up, interacted with the other students and most importantly had a great time.   


The Interact Club at Fairhills High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fern Tree Gully consists of a group of community minded students who conduct projects to benefit local and international communities.  As part of the relationship with Rotary, two students from the Interact club have just attended a two day development program called the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).

 MUNA is a Rotary program based on the United Nations Assembly.   School teams are sponsored by Rotary Clubs and the event is held in the Legislative Assembly Chamber at Victoria's Parliament House.  Students are given a country to represent and are required to dress according to that country's culture. In Fairhill's case, it was Jordan and they had to argue for or against certain resolutions requiring them to assume Jordan’s stance on issues rather than their own.

"These sessions at Parliament are open to the public and this year a number of members from the Rotary Club of Ferntree Gully and their teacher attended to see the students in action, watching them debating, speaking, following procedures etc. was magic. We came away confident that if our future is in the hands of these young people, there is certainly hope for Australia. Members of the Rotary Club of Ferntree Gully plan to continue offering Fairhills High the many excellent development programs Rotary has to offer.

Christine Anderson
President – Fern Tree Gully Rotary Club



Hands on Learning

Seating Project

Two groups have been hard at work replacing some of the courtyard seating.  Volunteers from Rowville Men’s shed did the first half for us, and the rest were tackled students in our Hands-on-Learning program - Mischa Bedarov, Becky Hurd, Jakob Davis and Nathan Hughes.  The 10 seats were donated thanks to the efforts of a former staff member Sankar Nadeson.



Community Page

Asylum Seekers

A huge contribution of 305 items will be given to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre! Thank you to the Fairhills community for such a great effort!!!

The ASRC is a non-profit organisation based in Footscray, which provides assistance with food, shelter, education, and legal advice to recently-arrived refugees who receive little if any assistance from the state or federal governments. Because of this, it relies solely on the generosity of Australians like yourselves to help people who have fled war and persecution.

Tony Hitchman


Saving Lake Knox

Well done Hunter (Year 7) on your campaign to save endangered species and local habitats around the Knox area. Hunter has spoken to Nick Wakeling MP, the Mayor of Knox and KES Knox Environment Society & written to the Minister for Planning, Housing & Multicultural Affairs about his concerns.


Boronia Soccer Club


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