Principal Report Term 2

I think you would agree with me that the Talent Quest evening was an outstanding success showcasing our incredibly talented students. It was the first outdoor COVID music event in Wangaratta and was well supported by the Wangaratta community.  The night itself had a real music festival atmosphere, outdoors under lights, food provided by our VCAL students and a good time had by performers and audience alike.

Congratulations to the Talent Quest winners;

Best Year 12 Costume: DEVO

Best Variety Act: Sienna Box Corsini & Kalika Miliankos-King

Special Judges Award: Erin Hepburn

Best New Talent: Levi Zachariou

Best Instrumentalist: Jake Molinaro

Best Small Group: Sefa Solomua

Best Band Performance: GENZET

Best Male Vocalist: Anthony Chisholm

Best Female Vocalist: Nikita Gibbs

Overall Winner for 2021: GENZET – Leticia Box Corsini, Mikaylah Rumbelow, Liv Zabilowicz, Ben Scott & Jake Molinaro


Wangaratta High School continues to enjoy its long standing relationship with the 2/24th Battalion, and our prefects were honoured to carry the 2/24th Battalion banner at the Anzac Parade in Wangaratta on Anzac Day. We were in fact the only school who was permitted to march on Sunday in Wangaratta. We were also honoured by the following guests who supported the Anzac Assembly last Thursday;
Wangaratta RSL representatives Ash Power, Greg Larkins and Liz Rouse Salmon.
2/24th Battalion AIF Association representatives Alastair Davison, Janice & David Young.
Paul Zuch from the 33 Army Cadet Unit Wangaratta, and our special guests Cr. Ashlee Fitzpatrick representing the Rural City of Wangaratta  and Dr. Helen Haines MP.

You are invited to attend Parent/Teacher interviews this Wednesday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please make appointments through Compass.

Talent Quest Results

After having the event cancelled in 2020, we wanted to come back in 2021 bigger and better than ever – and boy did we!
Not only was WHS history made as being the first ever Talent Quest to be held outside, we had a great turnout of over 300 people. With over 25 acts performing, the night was a huge success, and showcased the broad and extensive range of talent our students (and staff!) possess.
Year 12 Band 'Genzet' took out the crowning glory, winning the Talent Quest overall, with their performance of 'Baby Come Back'. Consisting of Leticia Box Corsini, Liv Zabilowicz, Ben Scott, Mikaylah Rumbelow and Jake Molino, this year was Genzet's final peformance in the WHS talent quest. It has been a joy watching the band members form, grow and improve together over the years.
Sefa Solomua performed a fantastic rendition of 'You're My Girl', with Erin Hepburn dazling crowds with her original song 'Silly Game'. Abby Pegler showed us her piano skills with her performance of 'Clair De Lune', whilst Year 12 larakins Mitch Clancy and Sophie Macklan provided some comedic relief with an...interseting... performance of 'Tequila' (Great triangle skills Mitch).
As usual, a big highlight of the night is the teacher performance. Assistant Principal Jay Weston kicked off with an uncanny resemblence of Freddie Mercury, with Sandy Newman and Zelda Yeates giving it their all as members of AC/DC. 
A big thank you to Judd Mullins and Scott Solimo for being the backbone of this event - the amount of time and effort put into getting this event off the ground, and for running as smoothly as it did, is to be commended. 
You all make the Wangaratta High School community proud. Well done and congratulations to everyone involved!

Award Winners:
• Best Year 12 Costume: Devo (Hayley Cunningham, Annika Flanagan, Sienna Fuller, Dakota McAliece & Ashlee O’Neill)
• Best Variety Act: Sienna Box Corsini & Kalika Miliankos-King
• Special Judges Award: Erin Hepburn
• Best New Talent: Levi Zachariou
• Best Instrumentalist: Jake Molinaro
• Best Small Group: Iosefa Solomua
• Best Band Performance: ‘Genzet’ (Leticia Box Corsini, Mikaylah Rumbelow, Olivia Zabilowicz, Ben Scott & Jake Molinaro)
• Best Male Vocalist: Anthony Chisholm
• Best Female Vocalist: Nikita Gibbs
• Overall Winner: Genzet






Anzac Day Services at WHS

Last Thursday 22nd April, we held our annual Anzac Day Assembly Services.
As 2020 prevented us from holding our traditional service, this year we made the most of being able to once again physically gather together to commemorate and show our respect to those who offered their lives up to protect our country, in true Anzac spirit.
Our Prefect team are to be once again congratulated on doing a fantastic job in their roles and ensuring the two services ran smoothy and efficiently. 
Another well done to all of our students, who showed respect and listened with pride.
We had a number of special guests attend our services. Their attendance is truly appreciated, and always adds authenticity and character to our ceremonies. 
Than you to:
Wangaratta RSL Representatives Ash Power, Greg Larkins and Liz Rouse Salmon.
2/24th Battalion AIF Association Inc Representatives Alastair Davison, Janice & David Young.
Paul Zuch from the 33rd Army Cadet Unit Wangaratta, Cr Ashlee Fitzpatrick from Rural City of Wangaratta and Dr. Helen Haines MP. 
Proud to be Wangaratta High School.
Lest we forget.




Anzac Day Sunday March & Alannah Baguley Award

Over this past weekend, a select few of our Prefects represented Wangaratta High School in attending several Anzac events.

Saturday Memorial Service
Alannah Baguley and Tobias Miliankos-King attended a Memorial Service at the Wangaratta Cemetary, which included the unveiling of the Alan MacFarlane Plaque on the Memorial Gates. 
Alannah and Toby represented our school by laying the Perpetual Wreath against the 2/24th Memorial Wall, along with the RSL President, the 2/24th Battalion Association President, and Wangaratta's Mayor. 
Alannah and Toby are pictured below with Hautrie Crick, a 102 year old 2/24th Battalion veteran who was only in hospital a fortnight ago, but was determined to make his Anzac appearances! 


2/24th Australia Infantry Battalion Association Citizenship Award
On Saturday night, Year 11 student Alannah Baguley was awarded the 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion Association Citizenship Award for 2021 at the Wangaratta RSL.
This is an annual award that is given to a Year 11 student that has a demonstrated involvement in school and/or community life, has contributed to and is aware of needs of others through involvement in activities, and has shown consideration for others and has worked for the betterment of the school community.
Alannah was chosen for this award due to her roles within the Prefect leadership team, her involvement with the music program at WHS and her obvious strong leadership skills.
Our 2/24th Battalion Ambassador Brooke Miller was also present, and delivered a fantastic and insightful speech about her involvement with the Association and it's history. 

Congratulations Alannah!

Anzac Day March & Cenotaph Service
On Sunday, a selection of our Prefects (Uli Wild, Shevanti Perera, Alannah Baguley, Hayley Murphy-Graham, Tobias Miliankos-King, Fiona Schilling and Tom Solimo) and our 2/24th Ambassador Brooke Miller represented Wangaratta High School in Wangaratta’s annual Anzac Day March.
WHS was privileged to be the only school in Wangaratta to participate, leading the march with the 2/24th Battalion banner.
Brooke again gave a fantastic speech during the service at the Cenotaph, highlighting the history around the 2/24th Battalion and her involvement with the Association as ambassador. In fact, Brooke was the keynote speaker of the service. 
The group then attended a luncheon at the RSL afterwards.


We are all extremely proud of the respect, maturity and leadership that not only our prefects showed, but also the whole school at various Anzac services over the last week.

Proud to be Wangaratta High School.

2022 SEAL Information Evening

Information regarding our 2022 SEAL Information Evening on Thursday 29th April. Students that are interested in applying for SEAL in 2022 are invited, along with their parents and carers, to attend the SEAL Information Evening next Thursday, April 29th at 6pm in the FLC. This evening will give detail and a general overview of the nature of the SEAL program, and will help applicants during the interview process.
Please RSVP your attendance to 03 5723 0500.
For more information, please visit

School Production

'The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood' presented to you by WHS!

*Due to the recent lockdowns in Victoria, we have had to postpone our School Production. The new dates are Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th November.*

After a dismal year in the performing arts department last year, we are so delighted to be adding the School Production back on to the calendar!

This year we are bringing you 'The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood'.

New dates have been announced, and we look forward to announcing ticketing and pricing information towards the end of Term 3. 

Deb Ball Info Night

Year 7 2022 Open Day

Information regarding our upcoming Year 7 2022 Open Day on Thursday 6th May. As part of our transition for 2022, we are offering school tours next Thursday 6th May to future families.
The tours will run hourly from 8am - 4pm.
Please ring the front office on 03 5723 0500 to book in your preferred time slot.
For any further enquiries, please contact Deb Emer at

Year 10 Work Experience Reminder

A reminder to all Year 10 students that Work Experience is from May 3rd – 7th, and forms are due back to Cate West as soon as possible.
If you are requiring a form, there are some available from Cate West’s office.

Year 10 Outdoor Ed Rock Climbing Excursion

Fears overcome, heights reached and team building strengthened… on the Year 10 Outdoor Education rock climbing trip to Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park on Friday 23rd April.
With the original date being postponed due to heavy rain falls we could not have asked for better conditions with the weather producing a pleasant 18 and mainly sunny day. All students gave it their best on the day with many conquering all six climbs on the ‘unearthed wall’.  Others were just as happy to have reached half way up a 30m granite boulder while putting their life in the hands of the belayers.

Thanks to Mrs Belci for helping meet staff ratios, the Bright Adventure Company for supplying the safety equipment and instructors and Mark from Fallons Buslines for getting us to and from the venue.

Tara Hunter
Year 10 Outdoor Education Teacher


Dental Van (Free Service!)

A reminder that the Smile Squad Dental Van is coming to the school next Monday 3rd May. This is a FREE SERVICE!
Get your forms in ASAP. 

Riley Corke Mountain Bike Results

Over the course of Term 1, Year 11 student Riley Corke obtained a number of impressive results in his mountain bike racing, at events including the State Series, Interstate Racing, State Championships and National Championships.

This year in 2021, Riley has moved up into the under 19 year old category as bottom age; having just turned 17.  The under 19 category is also called the world “Junior” category where Riley will now have the opportunity to accrue UCI points. The UCI is an international ranking system for cyclists.

Riley has come back to the sport from some serious injuries over the last two years to be back on the podium in 2021. His commitment to his recovery and training has been inspiring.

His mountain bike results over the past week at the National Championships, held at Maydena in Tasmania, have made Riley eligible for national team selection. Riley came third in the Cross-country Olympic under 19 Junior race on Saturday 13th March, an outstanding achievement as a bottom age competitor in a very strong field of 29 riders. Riley used his high level of fitness, strength, agility, and superior mountain biking skills to win the Bronze Medal.

Outstanding efforts Riley! 

Riley Corke (Right), 3rd place in National Championships

Riley Corke (Left) in the Team Relay. 

Term 2 Sport Dates

Upcoming sport dates for Term 2. Upcoming sports dates for Term 2.
The Upper Hume (yellow boxes) are eligible for everyone to compete it. 
Teams that win the Upper Hume will then progress to the Hume (green boxes) competitions at the next stage.

LGBTIQA+ Lunch Time Group

Recycle your Bread Tags!


Instead of throwing out your bread tags, bring them into school to help recycle them properly - all for a great cause!

Plasticwise Beechworth, in conjunction with Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs, are collecting 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, and the front office. 


Casual Clothes Day Fundraising Results

Last Term our Prefects organised a casual clothes day in order to raise funds for Year 9 student Cody Lepoidevin, who is currently undergoing treatment at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne for a brain tumour. 
We are pleased to announce that a total of $706.25 was raised! What an outstanding effort, and a big well done to all students who donated. This result truly goes to show what a valued member of our school Cody is, and that he has the full support of the entire WHS community with him throughout this journey. 
The funds will go to help to reduce travel costs of going up and down to Melbourne over the next 2 years. 

Community News

Youth Affairs Council Victoria Conference

Wangaratta Snow Sports Youth Development Group 

The Wangaratta Snow Sport Youth Development group is calling all those who are interested in Cross Country (CX) Ski to come and give it a go. A program of roller skiing (technique almost identical to snow skiing) is ran two afternoons per week in terms 2&3, and roughly 5 "on snow" days in term 3. 
The initial "come and try" day will be held at the Barr Reserve Netball Courts, as per the flyer above. 
For more information, please contact Peter Dewez on 0407 500 870. 

Mixed Rock Up Netball Competition

Railway Precint Grand Opening

This free community event includes puppet making, weaving & giant games, as well as food stalls and live music. Uncle Dozer & Uncle Kevin will perform a Welcome to Country and didgeridoo performance with the Damanmu Bpangerang Dance Group at 6:15pm.
At 6:30pm, "The Beacon" artwork on the water tower will be lit for the first time, with an interactive display.
For more information, head to

Safe on Social Media Presentation

A useful presentation on keeping kids safe on Social Media for parents. This is for ages 18+ only. 

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2022 Year 12 Program

Current Year 11 Students are invited to apply for the NYSF Year 12 Program, to be held from 10th - 25th January 2022. The Program is a 12-day digital and in-person program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options avalibale in scienc,e technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to enoucrage continued studies in these fields. 
If you are interested in applying, you are required to submit an application through the NYSF website
Applications are open until 2nd July 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact the NYSF office on 02 6125 2777 or 

Mitchell Avenue Skate Park Competition

You must register to participate.
Event link: VIC - Mitchell Avenue (Wangaratta) Skate Park | North East Skate Park Series [ERS] | Facebook
Registration link: Registration - Skate Park Leagues

Free Social Enterprise Workshops hosted by the Wangaratta CFFA

Beechworth Health Service is hosting a fully subsidised workshop Exploring Social Enterprise about the business model of social enterprise for those who operate in any aspect of the North East Victorian local food system. The workshop is for individuals, organisations and businesses that operate or are seeking to establish a social enterprise that forms any part of the North East local food system. This includes: food producers/growers, harvesting/processing/packaging, transporting, marketing, retail/co-ops/restaurants/cafes/food businesses that sell or use local food, or would like to, food disposal / waste and emergency food relief. Participants must live in, or be operating their project in one of the following Local Government Areas: Indigo, Alpine, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield & Towong. The workshop is delivered by the Australia Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship at the Old Beechworth Goal in Beechworth. For full details and to register please visit:

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