Newsletter 2nd September

Issue 18


Principal Report

2nd September It has been wonderful to see and feel the sunshine over the past few days as Spring starts and the weather begins to turn away from the dark and dreary days of Winter. We hope that these rays of sunshine and the warmer weather will help all of us regain a bit of a spring in our step as we continue to work through Stage 3 restrictions associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

We know that community restrictions, together with flexible and remote learning, have changed the way that we do things and that some of our school community are thriving but that there are others who are really struggling. 

I would like to encourage you all to reach out to those around you and ask “R U Ok?” This is especially important given the current climate and of significance as we approach “R U Ok?” day on Thursday 10th September.

There are a vast array of community and school supports available for students during these times and we should never underestimate the value, importance and significance of a friend asking this question.

As we are fast approaching the final weeks of Term 3 I would like to encourage all of our Year 12 students to maintain their focus and continue to strive towards the goals that they have set themselves for their final year of formal schooling. 

We know that you have all been dedicating time and energy to ensuring that you remain up to date and on top of your learning during Flexible and Remote Learning and our staff here at the High School have every confidence that with continued effort and persistence we will see some great results from you this year. 

Remember to keep checking in with your teachers and to let them know how you are going and what you need assistance with. We are all here to help you through to the successful completion of Year 12 and will support you with the hard work that you need to undertake between now and the end of the school year. A few resources have been released in the past few weeks at assist you along the way, these include:

To our students in Year 7-10 we put out an important call for you to stay the course! 

Keep logging in each day for your learning, record your attendance, participate in WebEx sessions and continue to submit the work for your teachers. 

There has been some amazing work submitted in FRL2.0 and we look forward to this continuing over the final weeks of Term 3.

Mr Bradley Moyle

Student Work

Year 10 Child Development
Our Year 10 Child Development class students have been producing some great work during FRL. The task was to design a health in pregnancy brochure or leaflet. They could use Publisher, Word or Powerpoint to present their information in a brief, concise and user friendly manner.

Tara Tidball chose to use Publisher and do it as a brochure.

Caitlyn Delaney presented hers as a PDF 

Both are exemplary pieces of work showcasing what awesome work can be achieved when working remotely.

Well done!

Ms Newman

Year 10 Catering
Adella Daly planned and then made a special dinner for her family, it was her first time making sushi and is very impressive! Adella will demonstrate her new skills for the class in Term 4.
Ms Lane

Year 11 Biology
Students were sent out into the garden to scrounge a flower to dissect – we were learning about reproduction.
Ms Foreman

Steph GrantBen Scott
Lara CorsiniLiam Thivillier-Lefebvre
Xander Van BergenCaitlin McKenna


International Dog Day

Vale to Mr Scholes

Our school community remembers Paul Scholes.
Paul Alexander Scholes
6th May 1949 - 23rd August 2020

Mr Scholes started at Wangaratta High School in 1985 and took on roles as Year 7, Year 10 and Year 12 Co-ordinator before becoming the Assistant Principal specialising in Welfare and Discipline and serving as Acting Principal in Term 4, 2003 before retiring in 2004.

Janet Heath spoke about Paul at his retirement event in 2004.

Paul was passionate about his varying roles during his 20 years at Wangaratta High School from 1985 – 2004.  

The staff always knew we could still rely on him for support and encouragement when we had a classroom problem. More importantly so did the kids.  It was 'Mr Scholes' who could put the fear of god into kids when it was necessary or 'Scholesy' who was a friend to kids, caring for them, bantering with them and solving their personal problems.

My Year 7s loved his little visits into our classroom to have a chat about this and that – it made them feel special, it humanised this potentially terrifying authoritarian figure and I know it was a source of pleasure and fun for Paul – I know too that he just wished that the incredible demands of his job had allowed him to spend more time simply interacting with the terrific kids in our school.

Paul was unique in his ability to remain one of us - part of the staff - despite him climbing to the heady spires of the Assistant Principal and then Acting Principal in Term 4 2003.

He was still always in for a chat and absolutely approachable by every staff member and was willing to make a fool of himself by starring in School productions and the Talent Quest.

When dressed up as a Hippie he was very believable!

It’s not possible to talk about Paul without including Kerry and their remarkable compassion, concern for others and willingness to give of themselves.  We can all only begin to imagine how draining it must have been in the Scholes household when Paul and Kerry combined to be responsible for the Welfare of the students and staff at the school.  It was more than a job, it was their life for a few years.

They have always established close and enduring friendships with many of their students and no reunion of students would be 'right' without their presence. They were often honoured guests at ex-students weddings and other celebrations.

Paul loved to socialise and was very fond of a good Durif when enjoying a dinner out with family or friends. Here's to Paul!

Janet Heath 2004

Current teacher and friend Paul Thomas remembers playing darts with Paul Scholes.

Darts was a big part of being at WHS. Every staff member was in a team and we played footy darts as per the AFL schedule each week. Then we would have a grand final and we even went as a staff to Shepparton to play other regional schools. It was just something we did and it was a lot of fun.

Paul Scholes with fellow Melbourne darts players Helen Hutchinson (educational support), Judy Rose (WHS principal), and Kenn Brown (teacher) at the annual Staff Association Darts Grand Final night at the Everton Hotel. Go Demons.

Colleague and friend Helen Hill remembers Paul.

I met Paul Scholes in the 1960s when we both attended Melbourne Teachers College to do the SAC (Secondary Arts & Crafts) course. We were lucky to receive an Education Department studentship which paid us to create art and learn how to teach. It was a decade of social change which was reflected in music and art, so we had the freedom to express ourselves in many forms. Paul majored in jewellery and silver smithing in fourth year, but he spent a lot of time with our painting group. He was very well liked by his peers and dedicated himself to his studies and becoming a skilled jeweller.
He also produced a comprehensive published research thesis on Bendigo Pottery. Paul was a fun loving student but he remained true to himself.

When he joined the Wangaratta High School staff in 1985, after teaching in other schools, he projected the same dependable, sincere, measured qualities. He taught all levels in metalwork, achieving some outstanding results with senior students who with his direction; completed intricate, sophisticated folio work.

Becoming Year 12 Co-ordinator was a natural progression for Paul with his ability to connect with students. He initiated the infamous Year 12 Talent Quest, which he saw as an excellent way to unite the Year 12s early in the year. This event provided an opportunity for the new Prefects to learn leadership skills and connect with all year levels. The students participating developed confidence in performance, it was inclusive, created lots of entertaining fun and raised a lot of money for the school. Paul loved being part of these Talent Quests, dressing up and enjoying it all with the students and staff. They were so successful that they still run today!

In his role as Assistant Principal (Welfare) he maintained his strong engagement with the students in his caring, kind but firm manner. He managed to get students ‘to toe the line’ but used connectedness and often humour to achieve it. Paul was always visible in the corridors and the yard, where he often picked up rubbish alongside the students. His UV readings became part of 1990s folklore when hats became compulsory uniform.

His respect for and pride in the history of WHS was evidenced in his meticulous record keeping. He maintained the honour boards regularly and devoted a huge amount of time to preparing for significant assemblies which paid tribute to things such as ANZAC Day. He affirmed student academic, creative, sporting and citizenship achievements in regular whole school assemblies which included the community and guest speakers. He led a strong Welfare Team of Year Level Co-ordinators, Student Welfare Co-ordinator and Chaplain which assisted him in managing a large student population of approximately 1200.

It’s important to acknowledge that Paul was a committed family man, father of three children, foster parent to young people who needed some help, a strong scout leader, active community member and a creative artist in his own right.

His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of many students and fellow teachers who affectionately referred to him as Scholsey.

Rest easy now Paul.

Helen Hill

Further memories of Paul Scholes will be added to the Wangaratta High School Yearbook 2020 at the end of the year. 

Supporting our teachers

Recently we asked our school community to send messages of support to our teachers during flexible and remote learning. Thank you for such lovely messages!

Take a break with Topaz

Don't forget to get some time away from your screens during flexible and remote learning.

Topaz the Doberman is here to help us get active!

During remote learning teachers and students are probably less active and more sedentary than they normally are. It is really important that we all take breaks from our screens for our mental and physical wellbeing.

The physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines state the following.

Young people aged 13-17 should

  • Accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate and vigorous activity per day.
  • Include high intensity aerobic activities at least 3 x week.
  • Complete at least 3 x week some muscle and bone strengthening activities - like jumping, lifting weights or running.
  • Limit use of electronic media (non-educational) to less than 2 hours per day.
  • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.

Adults over 18 should

  • Be active on most days.
  • Aim for both moderate and vigorous physical activity and try to accumulate 30-60 minutes per day.
  • Do muscle and bone strengthening on at least 2 days per week.
  • Minimise the time spent in prolonged sitting.
  • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.
Topaz Tips
Bluearth Foundation have lots of mini break videos that are fun and will get you moving. Try these this week!

Bluearth At Home - Mini Movement Video 1 - Tennis Ball Bounce

Bluearth At Home - Mini Movement Video 3 - Tic Tac Toe

Do you like golf?

The 2020 Victorian Junior Pennant competition will be conducted as a virtual competition starting in October.

If you would like to take part in this competition contact your club to see if they can put a team together. Any inquiries can be sent to

Topaz Tunes
Music inspiration - what do you like to listen to while you exercise? 
Sia's new bike song!

We are now on Instagram

We are now on Instagram! 

Search for @wangarattahighschool for information, updates, pictures of our therapy dogs and more.

Heywire Competition

Heywire is a chance for regional and rural young people to have their voices heard. This annual storytelling competition, run by the ABC, showcases what it’s like to live in regional, rural and remote Australia. If you’re in year 10, 11 or 12, this is your opportunity to share with the nation what life is like in your part of the world. 40 winners from across Australia will work with ABC producers to have their story told on the ABC and see the impact their story can have.

Entries are open now and close on September 16th.

SWPBS Report

In term 3, our School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) blitz has been on our school value of Ready to Learn in the first five weeks of term, and for the remainder of term our blitz is on our school value of Personal Best.

During Flexible and Remote Learning, we are looking for the following behaviours:

Congratulations to all students who have been displaying these behaviours so far, keep an eye on your letterboxes for your rewards! Big thanks to McDonalds Wangaratta for supporting our students.

Mystery Word Competition

Collect all the letters to win!
Win a $250 voucher from Frank's Footwear Wangaratta

Follow these steps to win:

1. Collect the four letters from the term 3 newsletters – the fourth and last letter is A
2. Work out the four letter word 
3. Email with the winning word and your name by Monday, 14th September

*Competition open to WHS students only

Discount on Chronicle Digital

Thanks to our sponsor Wangaratta Chronicle.

Our Sponsors

We would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors for supporting our school and providing opportunities for our students.


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