Principal’s Message

Footscray High School is not only a great place to learn for students but a great place to work for adults.

Our school is led by Executive Principal Frank Vetere and our Campus Principals –  John Box, Campus Principal of Barkly Campus, Maria Chrisant, Campus Principal of Pilgrim Campus and Vicki Tentzoglidis Campus Principal of Kinnear 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 Executive Principal of Footscray High School.

Footscray High School is a relatively new and contemporary multi-campus secondary school in Melbourne’s vibrant, geographically rich and culturally diverse inner west. Footscray High School is an integral part of the Footscray Learning Precinct delivering 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.

Barkly Campus Years 7-9

Pilgrim Campus Years 7-9

Kinnear Campus Years 10-12

The school is proud of it’s architecturally designed, researched based facilities.

The Kinnear campus reflects a young adult learning state of the art centre that creates pathways for all our students.

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.

We 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.

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. We 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 mission is to provide excellence in education through a caring and diverse environment that encourages the holistic development of each student.

We endeavour 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.

Our community has a collective responsibility to engage in school life as a whole and 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.

Our Strategic Plan

Two students using a laptop

Our Strategic plan outlines our goals for the next 4 years:

  • Goal 1 Every student in every class will maximise their learning growth
  • Goal 2 Improve student engagement and wellbeing in an optimal learning environment
  • Goal 3 Enhance student pathways and learning.

Our Pillars

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.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and I urge you to also visit our social media platforms to get an idea of how vibrant our learning community is.

 l welcome you to join us in our endeavour for educational excellence. 

Frank Vetere