Welcome to 2021. It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the 2021 school year. For those students new to the school at Year 7 or other Year levels, welcome and we look forward to developing strong and supportive relationships with you and your family to ensure a positive experience of secondary schooling for you. For all our other students, welcome back to what is promising to be a year of continued school improvement and supporting you to be your best at Wangaratta High School.
WHS Core Values:
Respect, Ready to Learn, Personal Best and Safe
We are delighted to welcome a number of new staff to the High School in 2021. We are looking forward to getting to know our new staff and witnessing firsthand the opportunities that they will provide to our students.
Changes to Staff Roles:
John Paola assistant Principal for Positive Climate for Learning
Deb Bisinella as Middle School Leader
Ready to Learn
Ready to Learn is one of our school core values. Importantly we expect students to be on time to class and to have all required equipment for class. This includes bringing their laptop device, books and writing implements, such as a pen to every class during the day. Being Ready to Learn places students in a position that enables them to do their Personal Best.
Mobile Phone Policy
Thank you to the many students and parents who have continued to support the Mobile Phone policy. This policy, introduced by the Minister for Education, continues to ensure that our students have one less distraction in class and enables students to focus on their learning during class time and develop strong connections with their peers at recess and lunch. We look forward to your continued support of this policy throughout the year.
Uniforms give students a sense of belonging and enhance pride in their school. Wearing a uniform shows unity and identity. Uniforms help students prepare for the workforce. Whether it's wearing safety gear in a construction job or corporate wear in an office, most jobs require a standard of dress. It is an expectation that students of Wangaratta High School come to school in correct uniform. Where circumstances make it difficult to provide uniform, our wellbeing team will assist families to obtain uniform for their children.
A reminder that students are encouraged to bring their laptop to school on a daily basis. This is a valuable learning tool that teachers want to utilise in their learning programs and can only do so fully when all students remember to bring a fully charged device to school each day. Over the holidays new digital TVs or projectors were installed in all learning spaces. Many teachers will continue to use Google Classroom as a platform for their learning programs.
Tutor Learning Initiative
Some of our students thrived in the remote and flexible learning environment in 2020, others have maintained their learning progress, and some have fallen behind, despite their best efforts and those of their families and teachers. We will support those who need it to catch up via the Tutor Learning Initiative.
The Tutor Learning Initiative will sit alongside MacqLit Literacy Support and the Middle Years Literacy & Numeracy Strategy (MYLNS) Support, in ensuring all students at Wangaratta High School have the opportunity to maximise their learning growth and achievement.
Students selected for this initiative will work with the Tutor Teachers in small groups in their Mathematics or English classes. Over the next few weeks more information will be sent out to families of those students involved in the initiative.
Social and Personal Development Program (SPD)
Social and Emotional Learning is about building resilience in young people. SPD sets out to explicitly teach a range of skills, including those necessary to:
All students benefit from being taught Social and Emotional Learning. Research shows that student mental health and engagement in learning improves when they are taught Social and Emotional Learning. SPD lessons will be taught every Tuesday and Thursday after session 2 to all students from Years 7 to 12. WHS will supply wellbeing books to each student that are Year Level appropriate.
CODE RED Days
On Code RED fire days there will be school closures to ensure the safety of students, teachers and parents. Information around possible school closures in this event will go out to families soon.
Important Change to Year 7 Immunisation date.
There has been a change to the Year 7 Immunisation date which will now be on Thursday 18th March. Please return the immunisation forms to the administration office as soon as possible.
|Monday 8th March||Labour Day Public Holiday|
|Tuesday 9th March||Curriculum Day - Student Free Day|
|Thursday 18th March||Year 7 Immunisations||More information to follow|
|Wednesday 31st March||Talent Quest|
|Thursday 1st April||Last Day of Term 1|
The Year 8 Camp is fully catered for, and includes fun outdoor adventure activities such as flying fox, archery, raft building, high ropes course and much more.
We know November is a while away, but we want to have as many of our Year 8's attend as possible!
When: Monday 22nd November - Wednesday 24th November
Where: Alexandra Adventure Resort
Approx Cost: $350
Payment plans are avaliable. Please contact Barb Patterson on 03 5723 0500 to pursue this option. Please note, payments need to be paid in full before camp.
For more info, contact Deb Emer: Deborah.Emer@education.vic.gov.au
Attention all Year 11's and 12' - it's Deb Ball time!
Expressions of Interest for the 2021 Deb Balls are now being taken! As the balls did not go ahead in 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation we will be offering the first ball to this year’s year 12 students. We hope that all year 11 & 12 students will take this opportunity to participate and make this a great chance to acknowledge your achievements last year and to also have a mid-year celebration as you missed out on many celebrations and annual events in 2020.
The sign-up sheets are on Cate West's office window near the red chair area in the library. There is one sheet for the Year 12's and one for the year 11 students.
There will be an information session where the cost, timetables and participation requirements will be provided, on 4th May 2021 from 6pm - 7pm in the Senior School. Students interested in participating, along with a parent/guardian must attend.
Payment MUST be made to participate as this covers the dance lessons and hall hire.
We are pleased to announce that our very own Stephanie Grant (Year 11, left) and Ebony Albertson (Year 10, right) were successful in obtaining a position on the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Youth Council for 2021.
Youth Council is a wonderful opportunity for young people to contribute to the community, develop leadership skills, and advocate for their peers.
Any relevant information or issues that you, or your classmates would like to be heard, Steph and Ebony are here to listen and forward these on to Council.
Congratulations again Stephanie and Ebony and we can’t wait to see what you do in your new roles!
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.
If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.
Payment amounts this year are $225 for eligible secondary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.
If you would like to apply for the first time, applications are avaliable on our school website here.You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page.
Check with staff at the office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.
Applications close on the 25th June for families holding an eligible Health Care Card that was valid on the 19th April 2021.
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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.
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