Newsletter 23rd June

Issue 10


Principal Report Issue 10

We have been through two short Flexible and Remote Learning (FRL) periods during semester one. Once again, over the last six months our school community and the individuals that make it up have demonstrated the ability to not only manage change but to make the most of situations and to pivot and adapt practices. 

We ask that students and parents regularly check COMPASS as our main communication tool. COMPASS also allows parents the opportunity to communicate directly with our teachers. COMPASS will contain the details of learning tasks and the commitments required of students directly to parents.  If at any stage you are unsure, please contact your child’s teacher, either via COMPASS email or telephoning the school.

It has been great to see the improvement in the wearing of school uniform by our students. A reminder going into term 3 that “hoodies” are not to be worn to school, as this supports our work in ensuring that we can maintain security at the school during school hours.

Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students across all Year levels for their efforts to continue learning, giving their Personal Best. Students should be proud of what they have achieved and this will be reflected in End of Semester Reports that will be available on COMPASS on Friday June 25.

Thank you to the many parents and carers who have actively supported student learning, sometimes whilst also trying to juggle your own workload.  Your support has been invaluable and we look forward to that continuing in Term 3.

Finally, to our staff team. Thank you for your commitment to our students, including the endless hours of work preparation, marking and communicating with our students and parents.

Students, parents, carers and staff, may you all find some down time over the break. Stay safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing all of our students back on site Monday 12th July.

Michelle Bootes
Acting Principal

Principal Appointment Announcement

Dear Parents/Careres,

As you would be aware, we have been working through the principal selection process for Wangaratta High School. I write to inform you that the process has now been completed, and, unfortunately, has resulted in a 'No Appointment'.
Moving foward, Michelle Bootes has agreed to continue in the role of Acting Principal for Term 3 to maintain leadership continuity and stability for staff, students and families. The vacant Executive Principal position will be re-advertised in the beginning of Term 3, with an intended start date of Term 4.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michelle, the leadership team and all staff for their ongoing commitment to the school and hard work they have put in throughout this year so far.
We will keep you informed of the new selection proces and timeline, once Term 3 commences. 

Deb Fisher
School Council President

Term 2 GOTCHA Award Winners

Yesterday during SPD, we held our Middle Years SWPBS (Gotcha) Awards for Term 2. 
3 students in Year 7, 8 and 9 respectively were given an award for accumulating the most GOTCHA's over the term.
At WHS we use GOTCHA Awards to reward students for displaying positive behaviour.
Students remain engaged when they have a positive incentive and are self-motivated to earn rewards. Incentive rewards offer tangible signs of progress and success and provide students with positive feedback and helps reinforce positive behaviours and expectations.
Congratulations to Parker Lappin (Year 7), Katie Chapman (Year 8) and Elizabeth Moffat (Year 9) for taking out the Term 2 award for their respective year levels. Keep up the fantastic work!
Awards were also given to the SPD Group in each year level who accumulated the most GOTCHA's collectively as a class. 
Congratulations 7A, 8C and 9D!
The Senior Years GOTCHA Assembly will be held during tomorrow's SPD, and award winners will be published in next term's newsletter. 

Casual Clothes Day

Casual Clothes day this Friday (25th June), last day of Term 2. 
Bring a gold donation to go towards Earth Hour Day. 

Morrisby Career Profiling Interviews

During the last two weeks of Term 2, the Year 9 Students have been participating in their follow up interview post the Morrisby Career Profiling. Each student who completed the profiling will have an interview with a career profiler who will go through the results and explain possible courses and pathways. The students will be given a book of their results and are encouraged to use the book to assist with selecting subjects for year 10.

Each student will have life-long access to their profile on the Morrisby web page.

Pictured below is Lachie Barbour during his interview.

Beechworth Writing Festival

Beechworth Winterwords was a celebration of the wonder of words which took place over the Winter Solstice Weekend from 18th-21st June 2021. As part of the celebration, people were invited to enter a writing competition where entrants were required to write a short story that was precisely 100 words long. Winners of each category were announced by the Short Story Writers ‘In Conversation’ panel consisting of published authors Marg Hickey, Cate Kennedy and Kate Rotherham.
Amelia Roberts of 8E entered her short story and was announced as the winner of the 12-18 age group! Erin Hepburn of 8E also entered and was awarded a special commendation. Congratulations to both students for entering and especially to Amelia for winning!! A copy of her story is below.

"Life or Death"
I stroke as hard as I can against the tugging water but I know by no that it i no use. I stop and let myself float in the water, listening to the heart monitor and the nurses bustling around my unconscious body. I'm done fighting. My body aches from the constant action to get out of the water. My heart aches for what I'm about to lose. My parents, my siblings, my dog, I love them all so much. But it is time. I need to do this now or I will eternally suffer. I drift into the light. 

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.

Curriculum Day - Wednesday 25th August

A reminder that Curriculum Day is next Wednesday 25th August.
This will be a student-free day. No students are required on site. 

CSEF Application Deadline Extended

Schools now have until 13 August to submit CSEF applications.

To support schools through COVID-19 restrictions, the Department has extended the deadline for schools to submit Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) applications to Friday 13 August.

This means schools do not have to submit CSEF application forms to the Department through the CSEF system before the end of Term 2, as previously communicated.

The CSEF helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

Families with a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, as well as temporary foster parents, are eligible to apply. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

The means-tested concession cards must be valid on either:

  • the first day of Term 1 (Wednesday 27 January 2021)
  • the first day of Term 2 (Monday 19 April 2021)
  • the first day of Term 3 (Monday 12 July 2021).

Staff Wellbeing Afternoon Tea

Last Thursday after school, all staff of WHS got together for the Staff Wellbeing Afternoon Tea for Term 2. 
Thanks to Kylie Wealands for facilitating the event, and Donna Lane for providing some delicious afternoon tea treats!

Key Dates Term 3 2021

Important dates for the upcoming term.
Monday 12th JulyTerm 3 commences 
Thursday 19th AugustYear 10 Immunisations 
TBAGeneral Achievement test (GAT)New date TBA. 

Wednesday 25th August

Curriculum DayStudent Free Day.
Monday 30th August - Tuesday 31st AugustKool Skools MelbourneMore information to follow.
Friday 3rd SeptemberDiscovery Day #1 
Friday 10th SeptemberDiscovery Day #2 
Thursday 9th September - Saturday 11th SeptemberSchool Production* Postponed. New dates TBA.
Monday 13th September - Friday 17th SeptemberConcert Band Tour - BallaratNew dates. 
Thursday 16th SeptemberTransition Night 
Friday 17th SeptemberLast Day Term 3 

Community News

Wangaratta Police Station Art Competition

Benalla NAIDOC

Young Creators Market

Headspace Wangaratta is organising to hold a youth-run market on 18th September 2021; the "Young Creators Market". 
All stalls in the market will be organised and created by the young people of Wangaratta and surrounding areas. The stalls can sell any products that the youth see fit, from produce from their garden, key rings, sculptures or art, bake sales, services, jewellery, ect. 

If this is something you, or your group of friends may be interested in, Ebony Albertson in Year 10C from the Headspace Reference Group will be able to provide you with more information. 

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.