Our Principals

Footscray High School is a unique connected learning community. We are proud to be part of the Footscray Learning Precinct.

Our school is lead by Executive Principal Frank Vetere and campus principals John Box, Head of Barkly Campus and Vicki Tentzoglidis head of Kinnear Campus and Maria Chrisant, Head of  Pilgrim Campus.

Frank Vetere

Footscray High School Executive Principal

John Box

Barkly Campus Principal

Vicki Tentzoglidis

Kinnear Campus Principal

Maria Chrisant

Pilgrim Campus Principal

Welcome to Footscray High School!

I am privileged and honoured to be the inaugural Principal of Footscray High School.

Footscray High School is a new and contemporary multi-campus secondary school in Melbourne’s vibrant, geographically rich and culturally diverse inner west. The new school is a result of a merger of Footscray City College and Gilmore College for Girls, both with rich histories and cultures. The merger brings together the best of both schools and is positioned to be a school of choice and excellence. Footscray High School is an integral part of the Footscray Learning Precinct that will deliver new and innovative world class educational opportunities and pathways at all stages of education.

Footscray High School comprises of two junior 7-9 campuses, and a senior 10-12 campus (from 2022).

At Footscray High School we are committed to every student having access to a world class education. Inspiring young people to develop the ‘essential skills’ required for their future pathways in an inclusive and positive learning environment is our priority.

Footscray High School - Students Sitting Outside Talking

We will provide all students with a comprehensive and innovative curriculum that focuses on individual growth and addresses the skills and dispositions required for citizens of the 3rd millennium.

Our vision is to draw on international research and best practice to ensure that our curriculum and programs promote choice and agility to deal with complex, unknown and rapidly changing futures. Footscray High School’s vision is to provide excellence in learning and teaching, achievement, innovation and self- improvement within a supportive, healthy, safe and secure environment that is inclusive of all.

Footscray High School’s mission is to provide excellence in education through a caring and diverse environment that encourages the holistic development of each student. We aim to provide students with rich academic, social, physical and creative experiences that develop their full talents and uniqueness.

We aspire to be an educational establishment renowned for its vibrant community, which develops creative thinking and learning dispositions in order for our students to engage with the complex challenges of an ever-changing world. The community have a collective responsibility to engage in the total life of the school and to actively pursue a range of learning experiences. Our ultimate aim is to develop compassionate students with the personal qualities and attributes that will enable them to face their future with confidence.

Footscray High School is built on the following pillars:


Our school is built on collaboration. This is where three campuses, many cultures and infinite personal journeys unite with pride and with purpose. We lift each other up, building on the strength and support of our whole community to achieve greatness.


Respect – for ourselves, our colleagues, our individual traditions and our shared future inspires us in every way. We treat each other with care, compassion and kindness; we act with integrity; and we are engaged in making a positive impact on our world.


We embrace doing things differently because we want to make a difference. We draw on wisdom, experience and our own original thinking to create new possibilities. Future focused, open minded and proudly progressive, we constantly seek a better way.


The boldness of our vision is matched by our relentless spirit, our self-belief and the pride that comes from hard work. The enthusiasm which drives our endeavour also demonstrates our character: In the classroom and beyond, we strive to be our very best.

I look forward to leading this great school and welcome you to join us in our endeavour for educational excellence.
Frank Vetere