Student Interest Groups

Fort Street High School has a wide range of programs that support student learning and enhance social and personal development. They operate as part of the extended before and after school timetable and are designed to complement the curriculum by enriching the core learning experiences for students. All activities undertaken are listed on student reports.

Student Interest Groups

Life at the Fort is about more than what goes on in the classroom. Before school, after school and at lunchtimes, students come together in student run clubs and teacher supervised activities.

Amnesty Committee

This group is for students who want to challenge injustice wherever it happens, and stand for equality, freedom and justice. The amnesty committee meets at lunchtime in K17 every Wednesday.

  • Contact: Ms Elizabeth Maddox
  • English Faculty
  • Cohen Staffroom


We offer chess as a recreational activity (during Recess and Lunch), as well as being part of the NSW Junior Chess League Secondary Schools Competition. The competition rounds are held on Friday afternoons during Term Two and involve travel to various schools in the district.  A staff member coordinates the practice sessions and the competition afternoons.

  • Contact: Mr Shane Fischer
  • PDHPE Faculty
  • Rowe Staffroom

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee was formed in 2014 initially from the SRC with the support of its members. The diversity groups address concerns in three areas: LGBTQI, female discrimination and anti-racism.

The committee meets regularly to discuss issues and raise awareness within the school community.


Environment Committee

Students with a passion for the environment and leadership work cooperatively on projects to lower the school’s ecological footprint and improve general environmental outcomes. The committee primarily consists of Year 10 students but all interested individuals are welcome.

  • Contact: Ms Jenny Xu
  • Social Science Faculty
  • Rowe Staffroom

Philosophy Club

This is an additional course offered to all students and is held before school one morning a week of the school term for approximately one hour. Although the course follows a structured program of lessons, the content is delivered through a student-centred, enquiry-based approach which values participation and discussion.

Contact: Ms Kylie Salisbury
Careers Adviser
Library – Careers Office


For more than 20 years, Fort Street High School has supported a student led and mentored, voluntary Christian program called STIVE.

STIVE, abbreviated from “students alive” meets every Friday lunchtime in the school gymnasium and offers Christian focused learning and fellowship for all Fortians who wish to attend. A Pastor from Petersham Anglican Church attends regularly and delivers life applicable sermons as requested by students and answers any question they may have from a biblical perspective. It is Department of Education policy that all students who wish to attend voluntary student activities of a religious nature need to have parent permission.  This programme is senior student lead and delivered to the participating student body.

Students may participate upon receipt of parent consent form.

Contact: Mr  Shane Fischer
Teacher – PDHPE
Rowe Staffroom