Student Leadership

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 Leadership

High Resolves

In Year 7 all students participate in a half day workshop on Personal Identity which introduces students to the concepts of citizenship and becoming a global citizen.

The Year 8 Global Citizenship Program involves participation in two full day sessions covering the concepts of Collective Identity and Justice. These sessions enable students to develop skills that allow them to recognise, critically evaluate and challenge divisive messages and also explore what it means to be a global citizen.

Students in Years 9 and 10 are offered the opportunity to continue the Global Citizenship program. This is a fees based program. In the Year 9 Global Leadership program students gain training in a series of full day and half day sessions in Terms 2 and 3 to drive some form of improvement within their school environment through a School Action project.

Year 10 Students undertake training in Advanced Global Leadership. These students then consolidate their newly developed skills to identify a social need and conduct a social action project that creates a positive impact for the wider community (i.e. local, national or global). The Community Action Project will be developed by the students over several working sessions, where they will meet in school hours with members of their team and support from the High Resolves trainers.

  • Contact: Mr Garth Chapman
  • Head Teacher Social Science
  • (Rowe Staffroom)


Tournament of the Minds

Every year Fort St High School enters teams in this national competition. The categories are: Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Science and Technology.

The school has a well-established reputation in the competition, dominating the regional results and often advancing to state level. Senior students mentor the junior students, and act as coordinators of the teams, providing advice and feedback. Fortians take time from their university life to provide additional support and feedback.

  • Contact: Mr Garth Chapman
  • Head Teacher Social Science
  • (Rowe Staffroom)


Peer Support

The Peer Support Australia program is dedicated to providing dynamic peer led programs which foster the mental, social and physical wellbeing of young people and their community. The Peer Support Program is integrated into curricula and sustained through all year groups. It supports positive cultural change within schools by incorporating a range of strategies developed through collaboration with members of the whole school community for the specific needs of the school. Year 9 students are offered opportunities to train in this program as part of the Year 9 Leadership Camp. Year 10 students lead peer support groups of Year 7 students.

  • Contact: Ms Starr
  • Head Teacher Student Wellbeing
  • (Rowe Staffroom)


DoE Student Volunteering Program

This program is offered to students in Years 9 – 11. There are two different volunteering programs on offer: the first runs during Sport on Tuesday afternoons at local schools; the second runs after school, in the students’ own time, also on Tuesday afternoons at the University of Newcastle (UoN) Postgraduate Business School in the CBD.

Students may choose one six-month sport season to volunteer at either Taverners Hill Infants School or Petersham Public School as a classroom helper/teacher’s assistant working on a variety of tasks in the classroom.

The after-school volunteering program at UoN Business School involves Year 11 students travelling together to Martin Place to volunteer as English conversation tutors delivering a structured language program to the international post-graduate students.

All programs accumulate hours towards the DEC Student Volunteering Awards (Bronze award: 20 hours; Silver 40 hours; Gold 60 hours; Black Opal 80 hours).

  • Contact: Ms Salisbury
  • Careers Adviser & Student Volunteering Co-ordinator
  • Careers Office 


University Programs

The Careers Adviser promotes and administers numerous opportunities each year for Fortians to undertake courses, workshops, conferences and holiday camps at the various universities in Sydney and around Australia.

These include activities such as the National Youth Science Forum, the Honeywell and Abigroup Engineering schools, the Women in Engineering and IT camps and forums, the Capital W Women in Business networking dinners as well as subject-specific seminars and special-interest workshops. Some of the formal courses on offer can be included in the student’s HSC record (although they do not count towards an ATAR) and will be credited as undergraduate courses if the student chooses to study at that particular university in the future.

Contact: Ms Salisbury
Careers Adviser & Student Volunteering Co-ordinator
Careers Office