Newsletter 21st July

Issue 11


Principal Report

We once again visit Flexible and Remote Learning (FRL) as our community continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and concerns around the Delta variant. Throughout each lockdown, our school community and the individuals that make it up continue to demonstrate the ability to not only manage change but to make the most of the situation and to pivot and adapt practices. I would like to thank our teaching staff for their quick response in returning to remote learning.

It's important that we can monitor student health and wellbeing during this remote learning period. A change to previous remote learning periods is that we are holding SPD class every morning at 9:00am. Students are required to attend their SPD Google classroom each morning. Given this change, the daily schedule has been changed slightly as follows:


Monday - Friday




9:10 - 9:50


9:50 - 10:40


11:15 - 12:03


12:03 - 12:51


1:49 - 2:37


2:37 - 3:25


If your child is going to be absent or is unable to engage in remote learning on any day, please call the administration office on 5723 0500, or email

On-site attendance requires an application form, available on compass, to be submitted the day before on-site attendance is required for your child. The reason for this is to ensure that we have enough staff onsite to follow the COVID safe regulation of one staff member for ten students. 
The application form can be found here.
Please email your filled-out form back to the school email. 

Message to Students

There's been lots of change going on lately, especially to the way you are learning. Restrictions are still needed in some areas to help keep the whole community safe during COVID-19. There are also some changes at school. Right now, it is hard to know how long these new changes will stay in place, or if more will be needed as the year goes on. All these changes and uncertainty might make you feel confused, angry or overwhelmed. There are things you can do to look after your health and wellbeing. Remember, the kind of support you need may change as time passes. It is also important to remember your teachers and your school community are there to support you. Your school should be a safe place to learn and somewhere where you can get extra support if you need to.

If things are getting too much, or you're worried about someone at home, talk to a trusted staff member or another trusted adult. It's also good to check in with your friends, to see how they are feeling. If you're concerned about another student's wellbeing or safety, it is important that you tell a teacher or another trusted adult. This isn't betraying a confidence, it's one of the best ways you can look after a friend. If the staff member is worried about your safety, or the safety of someone else, they will have to talk to the principal.

Looking After Yourself

There are also lots of things you can do to look after yourself. You could:

  • take a break from the news and social media
  • spend time with people who make you laugh and feel happy
  • do some exercise
  • try to eat healthily and keep the unhealthy snack foods and drinks as treats
  • get creative with some art, poetry or music
  • try meditation and mindfulness

On-line Resources

Feeling It (Smiling Minds): To support the mental health and wellbeing of Years 10-12 students completing VCE and VCAL this year. Feeling It is a 6-part series of short videos which cover essential wellbeing topics:

  • From Me to Me: Self-care Essentials Respect Your Vibe
  • What Your Feelings are Telling You Lion Minded
  • The Power of Presence Create Your Oasis
  • Stress, Study and Sleep Find Your Inner Mentor
  • How to be Good to Yourself VCE = Very Complex Emotions
  • Navigating Uncertainty & Preparing for Change

Web app link:

Smiling Mind app location: All programs > Youth > Feeling It

Kind regards,
Michelle Bootes

Flexible & Remote Learning 5.0 Resources

As announced by the Victorian Government yesterday, Victoria's lockdown will be extended until 11:59pm Tuesday 27th July. As a result, Flexible & Remote Learning will also continue until this date.
Please see the relevant Learning from Home Guidelines for both students and parents/carers. Most arrangements remain the same, except for a slight change in the daily schedule.
SPD will now be held everyday, from 9:00am - 9:10am.
Students in Year 7 - 10 are required to attend their SPD Google Classroom each morning, and answer the daily question. This will be used to record attendance on Compass, as well as a wellbeing check-in for all students. Year 7 - 10 students will note their classes have been 'greyed out' on their Compass daily schedule, however are still expected to attend each class like a normal day.
Students in Year 11 - 12 will have their attendance recorded in the daily SPD classes, as well as each individual lesson.
Whilst our office remains open, this is purely to support our onsite students only.
However, if you are having any trouble logging onto Compass, Google Classroom or have any other general enquiries, parents and students are still able to contact the school on 03 5723 0500.

On-Site Attendane & Laptop Loans

If your child/children require to attend school on-site, we ask that you please fill out the On-Site Attendance form. This attachment can be found here, or on your Compass newsfeed. Once you have filled this out, please email it back to  You will then receive a call from a member of our Principal Team to confirm your child/children's attendance on-site.

If your child/children is requiring a laptop to use at home, please also notify the school via email or 03 5723 0500 so we can arrange this for you.

How to use Google Classroom

Not sure how to log onto Google Classroom?
Watch Mr. Furze's helpful YouTube tutorial from last year's lockdown to help you out.
If you are still unsure of your login/password, please call the school on 03 5723 0500 so we can assist you.

New Staff Profiles

Isabelle Renner

What is your role at WHS? 
I teach Year 7 & 8 English. I also share a Year 11 P.E Class with Mr. Mullins. 

How long have you been at WHS? Since the start of Term 3!

Where did you go to High School? Here! I graduated in 2016.

What was the best thing you did during the holidays? Spent two weeks in hotel quarantine after returning from London! 

Do you have any pets? 1 cat.

What is your favourite food?
Any type of pasta!

What do you like to do outside of school?
See friends and watch Netflix. 

What is on eplace you are looking forward to travelling to when lockdown is over? Port Douglas and Southeast Asia! 

Simone Ritchie

What is your role at WHS? I teach Year 8, 9 & 10 English. 

How long have you been at WHS? 4 days before Remote Learning! (Term 3)

Where did you go to High School? Mornington Secondary College. 

What was the best thing you did during the holidays? Moved to Bright!

Do you have any pets? 1 dog called Scout. 

What is your favourite food? I love food in general, my favourite is a home cooked spaghetti bolognaise. 

What do you like to do outside of school? Anything outdoors - trail running, mountain biking, camping etc. 

What is on eplace you are looking forward to travelling to when lockdown is over? I'm looking forward to getting to know this area better, having just moved up from the Mornington Peninsula.  




Semester 1 Arts & Technology Exhibition

We were lucky enough to sneak in our annual Arts & Technology Exhibition before lockdown last week. 
Student work from across year levels 7 - 10 was set up in the M-Building by Visual Arts Leader, Shane Castricum. 
The artwork and pieces showed the depth and talent amongst our younger students, across all different visual arts subjects - Photography to Woodwork, Textiles to Design & Print. 



Stevie Smith-Driscoll from 7C was proud to show off her work from Year 7 Art. The class was instructed to use crayons and pencils to show a 'one-point-perspective'.

Kalika Miliankos-King, Sienna Box Corsini & Caleigh Cornhill had several photographs on display from their semester in Year 9 Photography, including portrait photography, a production shoot style that was edited using Adobe Photoshop, and an architectual assignment.

Year 7 Textiles

Textiles is a core subject in Year 7, that is studied for one semester.
7A, 7B and 7C completed a series of products in Semester 1, which included a pin cushion, a shibori dyed bag and a character cushion of their own design.
Students produced and evaluated a Character Cushion using traditional applique embellishment, basic machining skills and hand sewing techniques. On completion of their Character Cushion, students evaluated the finished product and reflected on the product design process.
They then made informed judgements about how to further improve their skills and designing.

Gayle O'Keefe
Learning & Technology Area Leader




Top row (L-R): Parker Lappin, Xavier Bennett and Rachel Richards
Middle row (L-R): Jackson Bell, Kade Hadley & Zoe Jeffries
Bottom row (L-R): Aydeen Preece & Kodee Vickery, Roy Dunstan & Callem Box Corsini

Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge is up and running at Wangaratta High School, so far with 25 very enthusiastic participants.
Whilst in lockdown, it gives every student the opportunity to escape, chill out and enjoy reading a good book. 7E is at the moment winning on points.

To those registered, please keep those fantastic reviews coming and for those interested in registering, please contact your teacher and they will forward your name to me. Remember your class set novel can be used, so you're already one down. 

Sit back, relax and escape while reading.

Bronwyn Wyatt
Library Manager

ROBOGALS Melbourne - Science Competition

Robogals Melbourne is holding a Science and Engineering Day as part of the Robogals Science Challenge 2021.
The Robogals Science Challenge is an international online STEM competition run by Robogals Asia Pacific to complement our core workshops and engage young women and gender diverse students to become involved in STEM beyond the classroom.
The Science ad Engineering Day will consist of a series of free workshops, details below;

When: Saturday 24th July
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Online (Zoom link to be provided upon registration)
Cost: Free
Registration link:

Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome to complete software and environmental engineering workshops tailored to different age categories. 

For any questions regarding this event, please contact or

Casual Clothes Day Fundraising Results

The Prefects held a Casual Clothes Day at the end of last term to raise money for Earth Hour 2021. 
We are pleased to report a total of $291.80 was raised. A fantastic to everyone who contributed! 

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. 

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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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.


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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.

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