Newsletter 17th February 2021

Issue 2


Principal Report

We have once again visited Flexible and Remote Learning (FRL) as our community continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Throughout 2020 our school community and the individuals that make it up demonstrated the ability to not only manage change but to make the most of the situation and to pivot and adapt practices.

Our staff team have been working diligently over the last few days to allow us to deliver remote Flexible and Remote Learning for this period of lockdown. The success of our students and your children during this time is heavily reliant upon us all working together as a team and communicating the expectations, the successes and the challenges. As such we ask that students and parents are regularly checking COMPASS as our main communication tool. COMPASS also allows parents the opportunity to communicate directly with our teachers.

Please try to stay positive, calm and remind your children that everything will be alright, we are doing this to ensure the safety of our community and so that we can return to normal schooling as soon as we can. We thank our school community for their support and flexibility in this time of change and look forward to welcoming students back on campus as soon as we can.

It was my privilege to induct the WHS 2021 prefects last week. Student leadership at Wangaratta High School truly reflects the quality of students we have in our wonderful school. Wangaratta High School students are leaders. We believe in enhancing the leadership skills of our students through programs that develop individual responsibility, promote independence and rewards success to enable every student to build on their confidence and to create responsible citizens.

For me as Principal, it is a high priority to maximise student participation in school decision making processes and incorporating student views into planning related to school climate, school organisation, school improvement projects and making our school a place where students want to be, where they have a sense of belonging to the whole school community.

I expect all of our student leaders to be positive role models, both in school and out in the community. This will involve leading by example on a daily basis through proudly demonstrating our agreed School values of Ready to Learn, Personal Best, Respectful and Safe  in all actions and behaviours; and inspiring others to seek leadership opportunities in the future. Great Leaders don’t set out to be a leader…. They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – it’s always about the goal.

Michelle Bootes
Acting Principal

COVID-19 Update

Important information regarding COVID-19.

On the advice of the Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria will go into a 5-day snap lockdown from 11:59pm Thursday 15 July, until 11:59pm Tuesday 20th July.
Schools will close to most students and staff and will return to Remote Learning for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.

As with other remote learning periods, our school will provide on-site supervision for children where both parents and/or carers are authorised workers, and children experiencing vulnerability.

The link to a list of authorised workers can be found here:

If your child/children requires onsite supervision, please contact the school on 03 5723 0500.

Arrangements will be identical to our set up in our most recent lockdown in Term 2.

Please see below the details for our Flexible & Remote Learning for students and parents.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 03 5723 0500 if you have any queries or concerns.

Key Dates Term 1 2021

Monday 8th MarchLabour Day Public Holiday 
Tuesday 9th MarchCurriculum Day - Student Free Day 
Thursday 18th MarchYear 7 ImmunisationsMore information to follow
Wednesday 31st MarchTalent Quest 
Thursday 1st AprilLast Day of Term 1 

Swimming Carnival 2021

As per Premier Daniel Andrews' press conerence earlier today, the 5 day lockdown restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm tonight - this means our Swimming Carnival can still go ahead as planned tomorrow.

• Parents need to give consent for their child/children to attend this event on Compass, otherwise they will not be allowed to attend.
• Students need to meet in their SPD Group in their SPD room at 9:00am.
• Masks are compulsory both indoors and outdoors - please remember to bring these with you.
• Students will not be allowed to leave the venue.
• Students are to bring their own food and drink, as there will be no canteen access available.
• Prefects will be running a BBQ should students wish to purchase food and drink.
• Due to ongoing restrictions surround public gatherings, parents/carers/guardians will not be able to attend.

Don't forget to wear your house colours, wear a hat and sunscreen! 


Prefect Investiture Assembly

On Tuesday 9th February, we held our annual Prefect Investiture Assembly where our prefects are formally inducted into their roles, and introduced to the school and wider community. 

Thank you to parents, friends, carers who came along for the event, as well as our 2020 Dux and Head Prefect, Charlotte Mullens for giving a fantastic speech. 

We are extremely lucky to have 15 fantastic role models leading and representing our school. 

Congratulations to the following:

Head Prefects: Ulrika Wild and Shevanti Perera

Year 12 Prefects: Asha Bennett, Shania Hamilton, Hayley Genn, Tobias Milianko-King and Piper Vearing.

Year 11 Prefects: Alannah Baguley, Stephanie Grant, Findlay Howe, Thomas Solimo, Jarrod Bell, Hayley Murphy-Graham, Ella Stephens and Fiona Schilling. 





Year 7 Welcome BBQ

Invitation to our Year 7 Welcome BBQ. Come along to our annual Year 7 Welcome BBQ on Tuesday 23rd February at 6pm.

We use this BBQ as a chance to get to know our new Year 7's and their parents, carers or guardians. It is always a great social event enjoyed by all.
Please RSVP by 17th February, by either calling the front office on 03 5723 0500, or emailing

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Deb Bisinella, Middle Years Coordinator, on

VCE/VCAL Information Night

Parents, carers and guardians are invited along to our VCE/VCAL Information Night, on Tuesday 2nd March at 6pm in the senior school. 

The evening will provide a general overview of what Year 11 and 12 students and parents can expect while studying VCE or VCAL, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or queries you may have. 

For any queries, please contact Libby Walters on

Debutante Balls 2021


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.

*Please be mindful that the Deb Balls are subject to change due to the constantly changing restrictions surround COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please contact Cate West on

School Photo Catch-Up Day

A reminder that all students who missed out on having their school photo taken on February 10th, a catch-up day has been scheduled for Thursday 4th March.

Safe Driving Reminders

Just a few timely reminders regarding safe driving and parking around school. 

Please remember that parking in 5 minute parking bays, no stopping areas, etc. is illegal. Council officers will be undertaking parking enforcement, both morning and afternoon, on foot and in vehicles, in an effort to reduce this behaviour and make the areas around our school safer for all students, crossing and road users. 

Warnings will be given from 9th February until 19th February, after which infringements will be issued. 

Wangaratta Highway Patrol have also noted a significant amount of infringements being issued to speeing motorists. The enforcement action taken in relation to parking and speeding around school is purely to reinstate the safety of our school crossing users and supervisors that man them. 

We understand a marjority of parents and guardians do the right thing, however we believe it is important to highlight that enforcement is occuring and people will be caught if they are doing the wrong thing. 


Have you lost your bike?

We have had a push bike left on school grounds.

If you are missing your bike, please contact Kylie Fountain in the school office on 03 5723 0500

Team Vic 2021 Nomination Process

School Sport Victoria will once again be offering the opportunity for students with emerging talent from our school community to register to trial for school sport Team Vic teams in 2021.

Registrations to trial will be opening very soon and remain open until Monday 1 March, 2021 for Team Vic Big 5 teams: 12 years and under Boys Australian Football, 12 years and under Boys Basketball, 12 years and under Girls Basketball, 12 years and under Boys Cricket, 12 years and under Boys Football (Soccer) and 12 years and under Netball.

Please note that registration to trial for these teams is limited to 3 students from each school. If there are more students than 3 seeking endorsement it is up to the school Principal to ensure a selection process is undertaken to choose the students most appropriate in 2021.

These are not Come ‘n’ Try opportunities. They are a process for selecting a Team Vic State Team going to School Sport Australia National Championships.

Attached are supporting documents to assist your school community in understanding the process for registration including:

  1. Team Vic Big 5 process letter for parents and teachers
  2. Team Vic Big 5 nomination letter to parents (for a maximum of 3 students per team)
  3. Team Vic Big 5 not successful nomination letter to parents

A minor change to the process for 2021 is:

  1. 12 years and under Girls Australian Football will be offered. All nominees will go direct to State Trials.
  2. 12 years and under Girls Football (Soccer) will not be required to go through stages of selection. All nominees will go direct to State Trials.
For further information regarding the Team Vic program visit, or contact Sandy Newman on

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Information 2021


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. 

Community News

Zonta Scholarship


Are you actively committed to volunteerism, have leadership experiences and interested in empowering throughout the world as well as in your local community?

If this sounds like you and you are aged between 16 - 19 years of age by 1st April 2021, Zonta Wangaratta would like to hear from you regarding a scholarship promoting Young Women in Public Affairs.

To apply for this scholarship, head to and select Young Women in Public Affairs.

Applications close 20th February.

Spirit and Beyond Virtual Workshop by Isaiah Firebrace

This is a free virtual event, that anyone is welcome to attend. 
For any enquiries, please contact Josh Atkinson at
If you wish to register your attendance for this event, please email your full name and email address to Josh.

Alpine Lions Women's Football Club Needing Players! 

The Alpine Lions Football Club are searching for girls to play in their U17's and U14 women's football sides.

Trainings are held every Wednesday from 6pm - 7:30pm, at the Whorouly Recreation Reserve - no experience required!

If you are wanting more information, contact Brodie McMonigle on 0456 033 391

Training for the 17th of February is cancelled due to Stage 4 Lockdown restrictions in Victoria. Please keep an eye out for information regarding future trainings, subject to change.

2021 Anzac Day Schools' Awards Poster

What does commemoration look like in your community? Would you like to help win our school $5,000?
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting the 2021 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.
The awards are a national competition recognising the work of students, teachers, and schools in gaining a deeper understanding of veterans’ service.

The theme for 2021 is ‘What does commemoration look like in your community?

  • Students are encouraged to get creative and examine how the nature of commemoration has changed over time. Some ideas can be;
  • Conduct historal research
  • Interview veterans
  • Create artworks
  • Make a short film
  • Design a website
There are a range of free online sources to assit you at the Anzac Portal.

For further information including award categories, judging criteria and how to apply visit

Contact us at  

Employment Opportunity - Administration Trainee

AFL Sportsready in partnership with Borinya Wangaratta are currently recruiting for an Administration Assistant Traineeship at Borinya.
What a fantastic opportunity for those looking for some part time work.
Applications can be submitted online here:…/administration-assistant-79/

Applications close Friday 21 February, 5:00pm.


Instead of throwing out your bread tags, bring them into school to help recycle them properly, and to be put towards a great cause!

Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs collect bread tags to recycle to fund wheelchairs to those in need in South Africa. What a great initiative for a fantastic outcome!

There will be a drop-off point at Cate West's office in the Senior Building, when we return to onsite learning at school.

National Ride2School Day

National Ride2School Day is on again this Friday 19th March. Register here before the end of February to recieve a resource pack in the mail full of posters, stickers and more! 

The World Bicycle Relief is raising money for students all around the world for those who have a little bit more of a hike to get to school - such as those who have to handle the rugged African terrain! For every $195 raised, a Buffalo Bicycle is provided to a student in need. 
The school that raises the most money for World Bicycle Relief will recieve a mega sports equipment pack! Start fundraising here. 

Visualise your Voice - Online Filmmaking Workshop


Privacy Policy

Please keep yourselves familiarized with our school's privacy policy, which can be found here. Then select Privacy Policy - Department Education and Training. 

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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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.