Weekly Wrap

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 9 March Year 7 Welcome BBQ

Monday 14 March Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 15 March College Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 16 March Year 7 Sport Round Robin

Wednesday 23 March Year 8 Sport Round Robin

Wednesday 6 April  Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Thursday 7 April Basketball Marathon

Friday 8 April Final Day Term 1

Welcome to week 5!

This week a number of our students in Years 9 and 10 had the opportunity to participate in the Intermediate Senior Sport Round Robin. It’s fantastic to see the level of interest in entering these events.  Below is a photo of our Senior Cricket team who played Templestowe College last week.  A great effort by all!


Today 9 students from The College competed in the District Swimming Carnival at Aquanation. The students did a wonderful job representing our College and enjoyed the experience. I was fortunate enough to be able to watch a few of them earlier in the day as I was presenting ribbons to place getters for a short period of time. I was very proud of our students.


Proposed changes to recess/lunch time

We have noticed that since returning on site to after long absences during lockdowns, resulted in some students finding the recess and lunch breaks lengthy. A proposal we are considering is reducing lunchtime down by 15 minutes, resulting in an earlier (by 15 minutes) bell time to end the school day. We have raised this idea at school with staff and students and are interested in the views of parents. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to email me on d.rogers@fhc.vic.edu.au


Timetable changes- a proposal for 2023

As mentioned last week in the wrap, over recent months the College has been reviewing the timetable structure.


We have been trying to research and develop a model that optimises student learning growth. A significant element of this is ensuring we have engaging curriculum that hits students points of interest and need.


Providing elective choice in all but Maths and English from year 9 has been a major part of creating highly engaged classrooms. This is consistent with the College Vision, “to inspire passionate, positive and curious learners.” The model that has been presented to me for consideration from my staff sees us looking at moving to a 5-period day, constructed of 60, as opposed to 70-minute classes. Only minor changes to bell times at the start and end of the day are being considered.


Connect would be held for 1 60-minute session per week. The proposal continued the full suite of subject choice from Year 9, adding some more elective rotations across Year 7 and 8. STEAM and Barak was proposed to be delivered at 2 periods per week. The proposal ensures all students can access an early start VCE program, also allowing students to complete 6 Year 12 Units as part of their VCE if desired. Access to Academy is guaranteed through to and including Year 12, whilst also enabling Academy participants access to 5 or 6 Year 12 Units.

Year 7 and 8 sample timetable

Year 9 and 10 sample timetable

Year 11 and 12 sample timetable

We are interested in feedback, prior to making any decisions. If you have any thoughts on what is documented here, please feel free to email me on d.rogers@fhc.vic.edu.au

College Car Parking and Driveway

Student safety is a non-negotiable priority. Whilst we are working with the Department to secure funding for a wider foot path along the driveway, on the oval side of the road, currently, the volume of cars using the driveway does concern us. Can I remind you again that we have developed a drop off and pick up zone accessible off the Hawthorn Road driveway, it is very important that parents use the student drop off and pick up area off Hawthorn Road as signage directs. Please do not park across the pedestrian crossing. Please also refrain from using the Mahoneys Road driveway to collect and drop off students unless you have a compelling reason to do so.   Thank you for your understanding and please use our preferred drop off/pick up options when attending the College.