Newsletter 2nd Dececmber 2020

Issue 24


Principal Report

Year 12 News

Congratulations to our Year 12 VCE students who are now in the final days of exams. On behalf of the High School I would once again like to wish them well and congratulate them on their efforts.  This has been an incredibly tough year for all students and in particular for the Year 12s in their final year.  As a school community, we could not be prouder with how you have handled this and the work you have put in collectively to make it to this point.  We look forward to celebrating your Graduation from Wangaratta High School with many of you on Friday 4th December.

As many of you would be aware our dates for the release of final results for our Year 12 students has moved to December 30th, 2020.  We look forward to celebrating the many achievements of our students once results are released on this date.  However, more importantly, we will be open for business on Friday 30th December in order to provide support and assistance to any of our Year 12 students who require it.  On this day we will have a number of staff available to provide advice regarding future pathways, changing preferences and of course to celebrate results with our students.  More detailed information about this day will be provide to all Year 12 students before the end of Term.

2021 Step Up Program

Over the last two weeks our senior students have been participating in the 2021 Step Up program.  This has been an excellent opportunity for our students to commence their Year 11 (2021) and Year 12 (2021) studies and prepare for the rigours of completing their senior secondary VCE or VCAL certificate over the years ahead. 

Where possible students will have met their 2021 teachers for their senior subjects, been introduced to the core requirements of the subject and in many cases will have some follow up tasks to complete in preparation for next year.  Parents / Carers are reminded that Year 11 and 12 students will require specific textbooks and materials for 2021 and further details about these requirements can be found on COMPASS and also our school website at

Tutor Learning Initiative 2021

Earlier this term Minister for Education, James Merlino announced the 2021 Tutor Learning Initiative, a once off injection of funding into schools to support students whose learning has been disrupted through flexible and remote learning in 2020.  We are currently working our way through a comprehensive process to identify students that will benefit from tutor support next year and to recruit suitable tutors to assist our students.

At Wangaratta High School the Tutor Learning Initiative will work as a blended model, supporting small groups of students within their normal classes to allow direct and differentiated support to students who need additional support with their learning without these students missing their everyday classes.  For some students though, there will be times in which they will be withdrawn for some individual and specific support around identified areas.

As we work our way through identifying students who may benefit from the tutor initiative in 2021 we will be notifying parents/carers and seeking your support to make the most of this valuable opportunity to support those students who need to reconnect with their learning in order to achieve their best possible results at school.  Our Tutor Initiative will commence in Term 1 and more details will be provided to all families at the commencement of the new school year.

Parent, Student and Staff Surveys 2020

Each year we conduct surveys of our parents, students and staff in order to further inform our school improvement work.  Most of these surveys have been conducted over the last couple of months and the results are now available.  On behalf of our Leadership and School Improvement Teams, a very sincere thank you to the parents, students and staff who have provided us with this valuable feedback.  This feedback will be comprehensively analysed and further shared with our school community through the 2020 Annual Report.  Highlights from our 2020 Surveys include:

Parent Survey

  • 9 out of 20 factors showing improvement over 2019 results, with key growth of positive endorsement by parents in General Satisfaction, the Physical Environment and the provision of a stimulating learning environment.
  • 4 out of 20 factors showing similar results to 2019.

Student Survey

Key improvements recorded by students in the areas of

  • Differentiated learning challenge
  • Stimulated learning

Staff Survey

Some amazing growth and development in the level of positive endorsement by staff across the school with 36 out of 41 factors showing improvements over 2019 staff survey results.  Key improvements were recorded in areas such as:

  • Planning differentiated learning activities
  • Professional learning targeted to support literacy and numeracy
  • Seeking feedback to improve practice
  • Using an agreed pedagogical instructional model.

Bradley Moyle
Executive Principal

2021 Booklists & Parent Payment Fees

Wangaratta High School Parent Payment Fees 2021

Wangaratta High School is looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning.  Parent payment arrangements for 2021 were recently uploaded to Compass and are available for payment from 28th January 2021

2021 fees for each year level can be found here.

Financial statements will be sent home at the beginning of each term.  If you are experiencing any financial difficulty please contact our Finance Officer Barb Patterson on 5723 0500 for a confidential discussion.

Kylie Fountain
Business Manager

Booklists 2021

All ordering must be made online via the North East School Supplies website.
Orders are due by Friday the 11th of December, to ensure resources will be available for the beginning of the school year. Due to COVID-19 there are a number of printing delays and so the earlier orders are placed, the greater the chance of them arriving on time. Late orders will be accepted, but we cannot guarantee when resources will arrive.

Booklists can be found here.


Anti-Bully Support Event

Anti-Bully Support Event

December 17th 7pm to 8pm

Bully Zero seeks to create an Australia where we all feel safe, valued and respected. Louise Poulson is facilitating a free session for Wangaratta High School families.

Wangaratta High School ‘It Takes a Village’ program for parents- bullying program.

Please register in advance for this webinar here:

Student Work - Wood

Congratulations to all wood students this year - you have made some amazing creations!

Liz Grech
Wood Teacher

Student Work - Canoe Skills Day

Year 10 Outdoor Education – Canoe Skills Day

On the 16th of November the Year 10 Outdoor Education class participated in a flat-water canoeing skills day at Lake William-Hovell.

Year 10 Outdoor Education is an applied learning course, and this was the opportunity for students to put in practice some of the concepts learnt in class.

Students developed their abilities to manoeuvre a Canadian Canoe using multiple strokes including sweep, rudder and draw strokes. The class also performed deep water t-rescues with expert proficiency.

Mr. Judd Mullins and Trainee Ky Williamson attended as staff and the students enjoyed having their coordinator and Ky along for the day.

Upon reflection, many students stated they would have liked longer on the water to really hone the skills. Hopefully, the students who continue with their outdoors learning will have future opportunities to paddle along the Murray and some adrenaline-charged white-water adventures.

Philip Hunter 
Outdoor Education Teacher

Student Work - Year 8 Dissection

Our Year 8 Science class dissected a sheep intestine this week - it was a little pungent but very interesting!

Fundraisers for Cody

Our wonderful Year 8 student leader Cody Lepoidevin has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is having treatment in Melbourne. 

Wangaratta High School is raising funds to support his family and aid his recovery.

This week we held a Christmas market and teacher water balloon throwing station and riased over $300.

This Friday the 4th December is a casual clothes day and grey ribbons representing brain tumors will also be sold.

In the last week of term we will be holding a silent auction and raffle with items kindly donated by local businesses, staff and students. If you have any gift vouchers, discount vouchers or non-perishable food you can donate please drop them off at the office or call 5723 0500.

We wish Cody all the best with his recovery and we look forward to having him back at school.

Community News

Your Health Link Photographic Competition

See here for more information.

The competition closes 24 January 2021 with winners announced in March 2021.

International Day of People with a Disability Event

Join disability advocate, aspiring stand-up comedian and podcaster Oliver Hunter to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability at an online event from

10.00am – 11.30am on Thursday 3 December 2020.

Register to join Oliver as he shares disarming stories of his lived experience of disability to break down barriers, educate and increase inclusion. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Proudly supported by the Grit and Resilience Program in partnership with the Wangaratta Accessibility Reference Group.

Free Grit and Resilience Face Masks

Have you noticed all the Grit and Resilience face masks within the Rural City of Wangaratta community?

The wearers are your fellow Grit and Resilience community members so please say hi!

As a member of the Grit and Resilience community, we’d love to send a mask your way.

Please confirm your details and we will post one out as our gift to you (until stocks last, get in quick so you don’t miss out!)

Clinic 35 Photo Competition

Contact for more informatin.

Youth in Politics Event - TONIGHT

Join us at 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 2. This session is targeted to young people between 12-25, but we invite people of all ages to attend.

This event is totally FREE, but we do need you to register so that we can send out the Zoom link 🔗 

Register now by heading to 👉

We will ensure that the Zoom session is a safe space where you can be present with or without your camera on. If you have a question and you would rather someone else ask it on your behalf, we have that covered too. We'll introduce our moderator at the beginning and you're welcome to send questions to them to ask on your behalf.

Positive Period and Empowerment Workshops


North East Pride Collective & Minus 18 Queer Formal
WHEN: Saturday 5th December

TIME: Come in person to Albury’s Retro Lane Café 5pm - 8pm OR join us online from 6:30pm. (Contact Olivia WayOut Wodonga Noto on 0437 252 130 or via facebook for the Zoom link)

THEN TOGETHER WE WILL WATCH: Minus18's Queer Formal (livestreamed via Zoom) from 7pm.

DRESS CODE: Wear what you wanted to wear to the Rainbow Ball!

Places are strictly limited, so RSVP today!

Facebook event here:


John Guilfoyle Community Youth Award

The Rotary Club of Appin Park Wangaratta is partnering with the Wangaratta Club to provide a  Community Youth Award in honour of past Board member of the Wangaratta Club and past Rotarian of the Rotary Club – John Guilfoyle who passed away in 2018.

We are inviting leaders of local sporting clubs, social groups, schools and other like organisations to nominate a young person from your group who they feel shows extra- curriculum involvement, leadership skills and provides outstanding service to their organisation and their Community.

The Award which is designed to assist young people in their ongoing education costs, is to the value of $500 and is generously provided by the Wangaratta Club. It is open to young persons aged between 16 and 20 years who will be enrolled in a Secondary or Tertiary educational facility in 2021.

Application forms and/or further information can be obtained by contacting The Rotary Club of Appin Park Wangaratta on or 0419 533 898.

The Award will be presented at the end of January 2021.

Closing date for applications is January 13th 2021.

Our Sponsors

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


Whether you require domestic, commercial or industrial electrical installations, we have the experience and the team to complete our work on time and on budget. We can assist with computer points, control systems, hot water, stove and cooktops maintenance, cable and pipe locations, emergency lighting, TV and phone points, trenching, scissor lift hire and more.


We provide domestic & commercial plumbing maintenance, general plumbing, roofing, septic tank installation and gas fitting services. Our services start at minor tap repairs right through to complete house plumbing renovations. No job is too small!



When it comes supplying quality concrete and quarry products, Mawsons are specialists. The company is recognised as a leading construction materials supplier with a reputation for quality and reliability. Mawsons are able to meet customer needs from 16 quarry sites, 40 concrete plants and 7 landscaping centres. Mawsons also operate mobile crushing and screening equipment, and have a fleet of concrete, cement and quarry delivery trucks.


Our aim is to be the news and information destination for North East Victoria, by growing and developing print and digital products that serve our communities. Sponsorship and media support of communities and events are part of our business aims.




Butler’s Pantry Bakehouse is proud to call ourselves your local community bakery in Wangaratta. We’re locals to the area, and we’re so happy to call this our home. That’s why we love getting involved in the local community. Not only do we feed locals and visitors alike with delicious pies, wraps, hot food, rolls, cakes and specialty items, but we also support our local sports clubs. 

Another part of Wangaratta life that we love is helping out with fundraisers and pie drives. We’ve been a part of fundraising for schools, clubs and organisations for a long time, and we won’t be stopping any time soon. 

Dennis Family Homes is proud to be a family building homes for families. Our numerous years of building experience promises your home will be built to the highest quality, and well designed. Most importantly, we’ll ensure the home you choose will be the home you’ll love.



The team at Ravishing Makeup & Beauty Lounge understand how busy life can be & how easy it is to put everyone else first, our goal is to remind you to slow down & ensure that you put YOU first!

Based in the heart of Wangaratta our salon is a place where you can come to unwind, relax & be pampered by one of our trained therapists.

We want you to leave our salon feeling proud & owning the skin you're in.

The Quality Hotel™ Wangaratta Gateway offers modern and relaxing accommodation in the heart of Wangaratta with convenient access to the CBD and local attractions. The hotel is located less than 15 minutes from Wangaratta airport and conveniently close to the Wangaratta Base Hospital, Performing Arts & Convention Centre and the Court House.


Office Choice is your one-stop for essential office supplies, from office stationery and filing products, to printers, shredders, tech solutions and more. We have everything you need to organise and optimise the daily operations of your business, with a selection of high-quality products from reputable brands available at competitive prices.


Bringing together a palette of complementary colours, balanced textures and patterns and the visualisation of the scale and proportion of a space, we will produce solutions to develop an existing style or create a fresh new look



Your locally owned and operated septic cleaning business. Servicing septics, treatment plants, grease traps, triple interceptors, winery waste and liquid industrial waste in North East Victoria. Open Monday - Friday with 24-hour emergency call-out.

We are an established agency with a passionate team who live and breathe all things Wangaratta, we call this place home, and want you to have the best experience when you are selling, purchasing or renting your property with us. We make sure we keep the process simple, efficient and eliminate any stress you have in your real estate journey.


As a Ford dealer, Ovens Ford provides you with high-performing Ford vehicles designed to thrill and inspire you. Located in Wangaratta, we are your #1 choice for Ford vehicles near Yarrawonga, Myrtleford, Beechworth and Bright.

Franks Footwear has been operating for over 60 years in the same store location. We take pride in our excellence in customer service and our wide range of shoes.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is a progressive and award-winning university and has a well-earned international reputation for excellence through its innovative approach to higher education.


A1 Tyrepower Wangaratta are North East Victoria's leading independent tyre experts. We specialise in supplying our customers the very best products and services.

Tyres are what we know and what we do! Passenger and commercial vehicles are serviced by our trained personnel dedicated to keeping you and your family safe on our roads.

Established in 2011, Grimshaw Signs have built a name as leaders in all aspects of modern signwriting.
Using the latest and best equipment available we are able to deliver the most reliable and high quality signage possible
Grimshaw Signs is committed to building long term customer relationships through excellent service, competitive pricing and the highest quality workmanship.
Located in Wangaratta, we service all of North East Victoria and surrounding areas. 

We work hard to help you select the best flooring for your application. As well as the installation of new flooring, our service can also include removal of old flooring, and moving your furniture. We pride ourselves on a finish that can't be beaten and have significant experience on both domestic and commercial jobs

Located in Wangaratta, North East Victoria, SignEffects is a locally owned and operated company that is a leader in sign fabrication and installation for over a decade. As highly experienced and qualified signwriters, SignEffects sets new standards in the sign industry. We pride ourselves on providing a professional solution for all your signage requirements.

We are locally established, owned and operated.  With over 30 years combined experience we can guarantee you a wealth of knowledge when it comes to tyres.

We aim to meet all of your tyre needs, keeping in mind quality and affordability.

Great customer service is our mission, call in to see how we can help you today.