Principal Report Issue 9

On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support during the latest lockdown. I know flexible and remote learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning.

Health measures

The remote learning arrangements were put into place to significantly reduce the movement of more than one million students and their families across Victoria, to help slow the spread of the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

On-site schooling resumed last Friday, and we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. Students will be required to use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. Students and visitors are mandated to wear appropriate facemasks inside all buildings and outside where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

A reminder to all parents and carers to please keep any unwell children at home. If a child has a fever, cough, runny nose or is generally feeling unwell, please keep them at home as if they do come to school, we are required to send that child home.

Safety and security

The safety of all students, staff and the school community is paramount at Wangaratta High School. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago the school had to go into lockdown due to an intruder entering a classroom space in the morning. Police attended the school site and apprehended the intruder. One thing that made it difficult to ascertain if the person was an intruder was because he was wearing a “hoodie”. Wearing of a “hoodie” also makes it difficult to identify an individual on CCTV when required. These are reasons why students must not wear “hoodies” to school as we need to ensure that everybody is safe at all times, and they are not part of the Wangaratta High School uniform. Our uniform is available at Worklocker and the Wellbeing Centre can help support the purchase of correct uniform.

Students will be asked to remove their “hoodie” should they wear one at school, a school jumper will be supplied and parents/carers will be asked to collect the “hoodie” from school.

Michelle Bootes
Acting Principal

New Timetable for Year 10 Students Semester 2

Due to interruptions to the 2020 Subject Selection process, the data recieved regarding Year 10 selections for Semester 2 this year doesn't provide the information required to create an adequate and engaging timetable. 
To rectify this, the school is providing students the opportunity to re-select their subjects for next semesterm ensuring a program tapered to their current needs, interest and requirements is achieved. 

To do this, parents/guardians need to:
1. Open the Google form via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17MqHw-3_NnGpHSPGXOefo83GHEtK958cAQ0KnJWurHs/edit
2. Select a first and second preference within each of the 'Blocks' listed.
3. Tick the "I give parent approval for the selected classes to be added to my child's timetable in Semester 2" box. 

This must be completed ASAP.

Failure to select could result in students being placed in classes of low number. 
Once the new data has been collated, timetables will be created and distributed. 
*Please note that your child may find themselves in a different English and/or Maths class to accomodate the change to school timetable.

If you require any further information, please contact Assistant Principal Jay Weston directly on 03 5723 0500.

Regards,

Michelle Bootes & Jay Weston
Principal Team 

 

Face Mask Reminder

As per directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and due to current COVID-19 restrictions;

  • It is mandatory for all school staff and students to carry a fitted face mask at all times, and to wear a face mask indoors when at school.
  • Fitted face masks are mandatory on public transport, e.g. school buses
  • School staff are not required to wear a face mask while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • All visitors to school must also wear a facemask when indoors, e.g. in the administration office

Students attending school, and family members when visiting the school are expected to supply their own face mask. Please remember to continue to bring your own face mask to school everyday. 

For students with a medical exemption, a note explaining the reason for the exemption must be given to the administration office. If your child has asthma, a recent asthma management plan from your GP is required as per WHS Asthma Management Policy.


Blitz on Hoodies

Wangaratta High School uniform dress code reinforces student pride in their own appearance, assists in representing the school, and instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the Wangaratta High School Community.

Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of a dress code.

We are continuing to see some students wearing hoodies during school hours.
Hoodies do not adhere to our uniform policy, and students are again reminded that anyone found wearing a hoodie will be asked to remove it. Failure to comply with this rule will result in consequences.

Our uniforms are available to purchase from Worklocker Wangaratta in Murphy Street. Second hand uniforms are available at the school for any families experiencing financial hardship. Please contact Wellbeing on 5723 0500 for more information.

Year 11 Psychology "Oscars" Awards

Before lock-down, Ms Lombard's Year 11 Psychology class held their own "Oscar's" style awards ceremony, in conjunction with their latest area of work.
The class split into groups, and each group was instructed to make a video acting as a well-known psychologist being interviewed. The class is focusing on psychologists that had different theories on psychological development.
There were five Oscars awarded. Each Oscar was accompanied by a chocolate bunny.
Congratulations to the following Oscar winners!

Best Presenter: Rex Anker
Best Actor/Actress: Jessie Evans (was absent on awards day - Kayla Bounpraseuth accepted on her behalf)
Best Director/Scriptwriter: Charlotte Phillips
Best Cameraman: Sarah Henderson
Best Makeup Artist: Tamara Scott

Year 10 Work Experience

From 3rd - 7th May, our Year 10's headed out into the workplace to get a taste of the working world, for a week of Work Experience.
Students are encouraged to source a workplace of interest, and complete a week of work to gain some knowledge and experience.
We sat down with students Tom Ryan and Briana Roberts to get an insight of how their respective work experience weeks' went. 

         
          


Where did you complete your work experience?
Tom: Ace Radio Centre (Wangaratta EDGE FM)
Briana: At One Tree Defence Chilcare Unit down in Sale, Victoria (the kindergarten located within the RAAF Air Force Base)

What were your roles and responsibilities that you undertook while on work experience?
Tom: I wrote news articles for the website, recorded advertisements and listened in while on air.
Briana: I got to look after and play with the kids! We did things like outdoor activities, painting, playing with playdough, colouring, etc.

What did you most enjoy?
Tom: I really liked the people I was working with, it helped create a positive working environment and atmosphere. I also enjoyed writing the scripts and website articles.
Briana: Just being with the kids and seeing what a normal day in a kindergarten was interesting. The kids had this activity called the "Word Bird", where each day the bird would "lay an egg" with a different word for the kids to learn which was pretty cool!

What did you least enjoy?
Tom: Nothing - I enjoyed all of it.
Briana: One of the kids got sick - I've learnt that young kids dont quite know how to wipe their noses!

Would you recommend for future students?
Tom: Definitely!
Briana: Yes I would, it was a great experience.


Well done to all Year 10's who went out and represented Wangaratta High School with maturity and pride.

VCE Outdoor Ed Trip to Barmah Camp

On April 26th – 27th, the Year 11 and 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students visited the Barmah National Park, which is a RAMSAR listed internationally important wetland environment.

During the camp, the student’s paddled on the Barmah Lake and partially up the Cutting Creek, which flows into the lake from the Murray River.

The group also walked around the stock yards and visited the newly updated Dharnya Centre. The class was able to speak with a local indigenous representative about the management issues in the area.

Discussion also occurred about the brumbies, that are at the centre of a heated political debate and the irrigation channels providing water to nearby land holders.

Students will be required to link practical observations with theoretical concepts, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge on the formal assessment this term.


Phillip Hunter
Teacher





Year 10 Immunisations - Date Change

The Year 10 Immunisations date has been changed to Thursday 29th July.
Consent forms are avaliable from the front office and need to be returned ASAP. 

Riley Corke Mountain Bike Results

Over the course of Term 2, Year 11 student Riley Corke has again obtained some outstanding results in his mountain biking, including racing with Victoria and UCI Level Racing (career-first international level racing).

Following excellent form and results at National Championships in March this year, and as a bottom age competitor, Riley’s recent goal has been to train ready for his first international UCI level racing. In mid-April he topped the podium in an U18 pairs six hour race at Blores Hill near Glenmaggie in Gippsland, achieving the second fastest race time overall. Riley followed this up with a win in the U18 category in a fifty kilometer local MTB race at Yackandanda called the Shifty Fifty “Hard Yacka” on May 22nd.

The opportunity came to join an AusCycling Junior travel program to Mackay in Queensland in late May for two UCI category 2 races with international competitors in the field from New Zealand. Riley flew from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane with his bike and spare parts packed up in a cardboard bike box on Wednesday 26th May, just in time before the Victorian COVID lockdown. Riley achieved a mountain biking career milestone by finishing the Sunday UCI Cat 2 XCO race and in 8th place in very wet slippery conditions. There were many speedy New Zealand legs in the field and speedy Aussie ones too. Excellent experience to take forward. Riley now has valuable international UCI points to take forward to future events.

Once again, fantastic efforts Riley and we can't wait to follow your journey for the rest of this year and beyond!





Year 10 Business Stalls

Year 10 Business Students are starting their own businesses! Several groups will be running their own stalls under the covered area between the senior building and the M Building, every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime until the end of term.

Please see below for a list of stalls and items on offer;

"Sweet Tooth"
  • Homemade baked sweets.
  • Sellin cupcakes, slices, cookies and other yummy treats. 
  • Daily specials - come on over and have a look.
  • Every item is under $2.

"Daily Delights"
  • Selling flavoured milk, chips, toasties and more.
  • Items will be priced cheap.

"Choccy or Something"
  • Selling a variety of chocolates for under $2.

"Raffles for Charity
  • Running several raffles until the end of term with fun prizes.
  • All proceeds will be donated to a charity of the winners' choosing. Raffle ticket sales will close at 3:30pm on Thursday 17th June, and prizes drawn on Friday 18th June. 

Concert Band Tour Date Changes

Due to recent changes in COVID-19 restrictions, the dates for the Concert Band Tour to Ballarat that was scheduled for the last week of Term 2 has been moved to Monday 9th August - Friday 13th August. 

Victorian's Premier's Reading Challenge



The Premiers’ Reading Challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online. Since the Challenge first began in 2005, more than 3 million students have read nearly 51 million books.

The Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge is open to Wangaratta High School students for 2021. There are over 12,000 titles on the VPRC reading list, and a book for everyone.  

On completion, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier.  

For students in years 3 to 10, the Challenge is to read 15 books. The Challenge finishes in late September, so there is plenty of time to read them.
There will be a tub full of a variety of VPRC recommended books, even quick reads to get you started, avaliable in the library. 

Books, you've already read over the last month, could also be included.  Every book read will accumulate points for your class, earning the title "2021 Challenge Winners". 

A running scoreboard will be on display in the Library.    
If you are interested, please see Ms Wyatt the Librarian, in the Senior Library office or speak with your English teacher.


Food Hampers Avaliable

If you, or know any families within the WHS community that may be struggling financially, food hampers are avaliable from the Wellbeing Centre. 
Please contact Louisa Hayes on 03 5723 0500 if you, or know someone that could benefit from these donations. 

Correct Entry/Exits into school

Just a reminder to all students to use the correct walkway when entering/exiting the school on Edwards Street. There is a designated pedestrian walkway to keep you safe. 
We are noticing students coming into school by cvrossing over the staff carpark entryway, which is a hazard, and can cause safety issues.
Thank you for your cooperation. 




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

Warhammer Game Night




Heywire Competition



Do you have a story to tell? The ABC’s Heywire competition is calling for stories from young people aged 16-22, living in regional Australia. It’s a chance to show the rest of Australia what life is like in your neck of the woods and to be in the centre of conversations that shape your communities. Winners will get to work with ABC producers to share their story on the ABC and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Enter your story by September 16! https://www.abc.net.au/heywire/competition/


Battle of the Buskers - Buskers Wanted! 



One day soon, the streets of Wangaratta will be filled with the sounds of live music as buskers vie for the chance to win $500 worth of prizes.

Originally planned to take place as part of the International Make Music Day later this month, the Battle of the Buskers event is currently in planning as the community awaits the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

In the meantime the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Events team is calling for buskers to register for the event.

Register your interest now!
https://www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au/Residents/Events/Make-Music-Day-Battle-of-the-Buskers

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.

https://www.websterselectricalvic.com.au/

 

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!

https://stonebrosplumbing.com.au/

 

 

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.

https://www.mawsons.com.au/

 

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.

https://wangarattachronicle.com.au/

 

 

 

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.

https://butlerspantrybakehouse.com.au/ 

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.

https://www.dennisfamily.com.au/

 


 

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.

https://www.ravishingmakeupandbeautylounge.com/

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.

https://www.wangarattagateway.com.au/

 

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.

https://wangaratta.officechoice.com.au/

 

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

https://www.designhouseinteriors.com.au/

 

 

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. 

facebook.com/enviroliquidwaste

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. 

https://www.insiterealestate.com.au/

 

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.

https://www.ovensford.com.au/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/franksfamilyfootwear/

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.

https://www.csu.edu.au/

 

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.

https://www.a1tyrepower.com.au/

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.

https://grimshawsigns.com.au/ 

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

http://www.aggenbachfloors.com.au/

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.

https://signeffects.com.au/

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.

https://www.tufftyreswangaratta.com/