Archive for March, 2015


Welcome to Footscray City College!

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to visit all the different parts of the school such as the gym, the Futures Centre, the science rooms, the music and art studios and the new Sustainability Centre across the road. Oh, and of course the WONDERFUL library!!

Please take a minute to post a comment telling us which of the things you liked best on your tour of the school today.

We hope you have enjoyed taking a look around to see the great programs we offer here at FCC.

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In 1999 in Paris UNESCO declared March the 21st as WORLD POETRY DAY. To celebrate I thought I’d share some websites that showcase local poets and some places you could submit your own poetry.

VOICEWORKS is a print and digital quarterly magazine which is published by Express MediaIt features writing and artwork by Australians under the age of twenty five so it’s a great place to start if you want to get your work published. Though it’s not exclusively for poetry, they do have this great page of tips for writing poetry.

MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD is a site dedicated to… you guessed it – the spoken word scene in Melbourne! This means it’s full of actual videos of poets performing their work – and believe me some of them are great! For example:

CORDITE POETRY REVIEW  is an online journal dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world. They promote “irreverent and experimental poetics.” This is a bit more of an ‘adult’ site than Voiceworks or but you can still submit to them here.



FCC Photography Club Excursion

Artist James Voller with the FCC Photography Club

Artist James Voller with the FCC Photography Club

On Wednesday 11th March, students from our Library’s Photography Club joined Maribrynong City Council’s, F5 Footscray in Transition, artist, James Voller (pictured on the left with students), for an artist walk and talk in the streets of Footscray. The changing face of Footscray is being captured in a five year photographic project, F5: Footscray in Transition. F5 captures Footscray undergoing change as a Central Activities District. The same sites will be photographed every year for five years to provide a snapshot of a suburb that is constantly evolving and subject to rapid change. Our students toured Victoria University’s MetroWest, explored the F5 sites and learnt about the project and James’ artistic practise.

Beautiful street scene taken by Year 7 student Jasmine Rattray

Beautiful street scene taken by Year 7 student Jasmine Rattray

They covered perspective, lines, curves and the “rule of thirds”. Students produced their own work using the buildings and people of Footscray as their subjects. As you can see, some excellent pieces have been produced. James’s photographic exhibition will be at Victoria University’s MetroWest from 9 February 2015 to 28 March 2015. For more information visit:


If you use the American format, today’s date is 3/14/15. This also happens to be the first few numbers in pi (π) , the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, ie 3.1415. Folks are using this date to celebrate Pi Day.

People use pi to figure out all sorts of stuff in maths and geometry such as the area of a circle:

A = πr2

Here ‘r’ equals the radius or the distance from the center to the edge of the circle. If you sqare the radius and multiply by pi you get the area of your circle.220px-Circle_Area.svg (1)


Also, the formula to find the volume of a cylinder is  V = πr2h where you calculate the area of the base (the area of the circle as shown above), then multiply that by the height (h) of the cylinder.

Find out more about pi on this Wikipedia page.


Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

Sir Terry Pratchett wrote more than 70 books

  • Translated into 37 languages
  • In a career spanning 44 years
  • With total sales of 70 million
  • Read more here

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Paper Towns

I’m excited to report that another of John Green’s novels – “Paper Towns“, is being made in to a film and is due for release in July this year.

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Who writes like… Tolkien?

Have you read everything by your favourite author and you’re looking for suggestions?  This is a useful site for reading recommendations.

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…and here’s an interesting article in which Tolkien snubs a German publisher asking for proof of his Aryan descent (1938).