Newsletter 4th August

Issue 12

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Principal Report Issue 12

We have once again visited 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’d like to take this opportunity to thank Wangaratta High School staff for their work during Flexible and Remote Learning to support students with their online learning, and to the many families who also supported their children during this time. We are certainly glad to be back at school and re-establishing connections with our friends and peers.

COVIDsafe Behaviours

Face Masks

As directed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer:

  • School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask indoors and outdoors at school.
  • For communication purposes, teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can. It is recommended that face masks be worn while teaching wherever practicable.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school, including on public transport.

The most important action school communities can take to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, is to ensure that any unwell staff and students remain at home and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms.

  • All staff, students and visitors to schools should undertake regular hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet.
  • Sharing of food is not permitted. Please do not drop off food such as fast food takeaway to be shared with your child’s friends.
  • Use non-contact greetings (not shaking hands, hugging or kissing).

2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey

WE WANT OUR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS/GUARDIANS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK!

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents/caregivers/guardians think of our school. The Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents/caregivers/guardians (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey). It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of families’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour, student engagement and experiences of remote and flexible learning. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey . All responses to the survey are anonymous. This year, the Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey will be conducted from Monday 19th July to Sunday 22nd August.

The survey will be conducted online, only takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. The online survey will be available in a range of languages other than English. These include: Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.

Michelle Bootes
Acting Principal

Premier's VCE Awards

Congratulations Ulrika Wild & Macy Nichol. 

Congratulations to Year 12 students Ulrika Wild and Macy Nichol who have been recognised with a Premier’s VCE Award for their outstanding academic results in 2020.

Macy was one of three students across the state to recieve the award for Ancient History, and Uli was also one of three students across the state to recieve the award for German, which she studied via distance learning.

The two girls scored a 48 (out of a possible 50) in their respective subjects, which they both studied last year as Year 11's. 

The girls were among 297 students across Victoria recognised for their efforts during 2020 VCE, in what was a particular hard year for senior students, given the amount of disruption COVID-19 caused. 

Macy and Uli's achievements have attracted significant local media attention over the last few days, as the results are an exceptional feat for students in regional areas, and almost a rareity. Most of the VCE Premier Awards are taken out by students in metro areas, so to have two WHS students take out the top spot is a fantastic effort. Macy and Uli have been busy today and yesterday with photo shoots and interviews with both the Wangaratta Chronicle and the Border Mail.

Macy and Uli extend their utmost thanks to not only their VCE teachers, but all their teachers since Year 7. Each and every one of the girls' teachers has made an impotrant impact, and helped the girls' achieve what they have today.

The entire Wangaratta High School community is proud of both girls, and would like to congratulate them on being the recipients of such a prestigious award.

To read more about the Premier’s VCE Awards, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/vceawards



 

Weekly GOTCHA Champions

Congratulations to these six legends for accumulating the most GOTCHA's for Week 1 & 2 respectively, of Term 3;

Week 1:
• Clara Rocchioccioli (Year 7)
• Daphne Allsop (Year 10)
• Pearl Neary (Year 12)
 
Week 2:
• Christian Ashworth (Year 8)
• Jaxsun Williams (Year 9)
• Tara Tidball (Year 11)
 
We also acknowledged our Year 7 and Year 8 GOTCHA Class Champions from Term 2, by providing both classes with some delicious nachos (cooked and prepared by Mr. Jack *Chef* Nolan) during SPD last Thursday.
 
Keep up the fantastic work everyone!




Important End of Year Dates

Some key dates regarding finish dates, exams and subject selections.

DateItemYear
12th AugustGATYear 12 (& Year 11's completing a 3/4 subject)
18th AugustCourse CounsellingYear 8, 9, 10 & 11
20th AugustSubject Selections CloseYear 9, 10 & 11
19th OctoberFibal Day of ClassesYear 12
20th OctoberCelebration DayYear 12
27th October - 17th NovemberExamsYear 12
19th NovemberGraduationYear 12
24th - 26th NovemberMaths & English ExamsYear 10
29th November - 3rd DecemberStep-Up WeekYear 10 & 11
3rd DecemberLast DayYear 10 & 11
17th DecemberLast DayYear 7, 8 & 9

 

Library Olympics Display

Our fantastic librarian Mrs Wyatt has put up a terrific display of the Olympic medals Australia has won at the Olympics so far.
Make sure you pop in the library to have a look!

                                

New Sponsors

Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed our Corporate Sponsor Board on the corner of Phillipson & Edwards Street looks a touch different.
 
That’s because we have had three new sponsors come on board! (Quite literally!)
 
We welcome Ravishing Makeup & Beauty Lounge, Grimshaw Signs & Butler's Pantry Bakehouse.
 
Our group of 20 sponsors support our school in a number of ways, including providing essential funds to support our “Pursuit of Excellence” scholarship offered to students each year. This scholarship provides outstanding opportunities to be involved in leadership development, such as Youth Parliament and State/National Sporting Events.
 
A big thank you also goes to our outgoing sponsors - Edgards Books and News, Officeworks Wangaratta and Economic Pest Control.


Year 10 Immunisations - Thursday 19th August

 
Year 10 Immunisations will be held tomorrow Thursday 19th August, in sessions 1 & 2.

Forms are able to be collected on the day - if you are yet to fill one in, they are available from the front office.
 
 

Bus Applications for 2022 Now Open

We are now taking bus applications for Year 7, or new any travellers for 2022 now.  
Some bus services may have waiting lists, so please return your forms ASAP.
Forms are avaliable from the front office, and on our webpage here.
Any further questions can be directed to our Bus Coordinator, Amy Waide, on 03 5723 0500.

Female Football Awards

The Wangaratta Rovers Female Football Club recently held their Best & Fairest Awards night.
Wangaratta High School had winners across the board, taking out awards in both the U14's and U17's.

U14 Award Winners
Best & Fairest: Clare Collins
3rd Best Best & Fairest: Ali Jones
Coaches Award: Lucy Kiely
Most Improved: Jayla Keys

U17 Award Winners
Best & Fairest: Teagan Fordham
Coaches Award: Bree Keys

In addition to their awards, Clare, Ali, Tegan and Bree all held captain roles within their respective teams, and are recognised for their contribution in the areas of leadership in displaying the clubs ethos of energy, effort, encouragement and enthusiasm.

In addition, Dakota McAliese is part of the women's open-age team, and booted four goals in the elimation final, and will be an integral part of the finals campaigns.

Congratulations girls!



Book Week

Dates: Term 3, 23rd - 27th August.
Theme: 
Old Words, New Worlds, Other Worlds



Competitions start from Monday lunchtime.

Monday: Book Quiz
Tuesday to Friday: Match the book to the Teacher's favourite book.
Wednesday: Curriculum Day - Student Free Day.
Thursday: Emoji/Book Competition
Friday: Judge Teacher's costumes and winners announced.

Come to the Senior Library at lunchtime every day during Book Week for lots of fun and prizes.

Mrs. Wyatt
Library Manager

Yearbook Expression of Interest

Wangaratta High School produces a "Yearbook" at the end of each year, and is avaliable to all staff and students to purchase.

The Yearbook fee will appear on your statement, unless you have specifically spoken to our Finance team to ask it to be taken off. 

So we can gather a rough estimate of how many yearbooks to order at the end of the year, we are kindly asking that if you do wish to recieve a 2021 yearbook, to please have your allocated yearbook fee to be paid by the last week of Term 3. The yearbook fee is $22. 

Please note that it is not compulsory to recieve a yearbook. If you and your family do not wish to recieve one, please notify our front office on 03 5723 0500 to have this fee taken off your statement.

If you have any photo's from throughout the year so far, we are trying to collate as many as possible to make this the best yearbook yet!
We are looking for any photo's to do with Wangaratta High School - photos from events, assemblies, artwork, achievements - if you have any that you think might be 'yearbook worthy', please bring them in on a hard-drive to Briony (Media/Events Coordinator) in the front office.

General Achievement Test (GAT)

Important rescheduling information regarding the GAT. The General Achievement Test (GAT) has been rescheduled to Tuesday 5th October.

What's Happening for Youth around Wangaratta?

Keen to get back out into the community now that lockdown is over? See below for the latest events and activites happening around town for youth.


Future sounds workshops: There are only 30 places for young people in the north east. There is 4 workshops to be held in Beechworth and a final performance for friends and families to attend at the Wang PACC on November the 7th, showcasing what the talented young people have learnt!

For information > Music Workshops Indigo Shire Council

For booking free tickets > Future Sounds - Music Workshops with This Way North Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite



Tie Dye workshop: Tie Dye Workshop, Hosted on Humanitix, 21st of August | Humanitix


Battle of the Border: less than two weeks for people to register to perform! Very similar to Battle of the Bands. Open to young people from Wangaratta and surrounding areas. The winner will play at the Push All Ages gig!

Expression of Interest Form (google.com)

 

The Push all ages Tour: @ The Vine Hotel. October 16th from 5pm-10pm. It’s a freeza event so it is a drug and alcohol free event!

The Push All-Ages Tour Is Back And Coming To A Victorian Town Near You! — The Push

 

Parkour construction: Has been delayed due to weather. We are hoping to have a soft opening at the end of October. The weeks following we are hoping to engage a parkour group who will run parkour sessions with people who want to participate. Ill share more info closer to the date!

Deck’d exhibition in Library for the month of August. We had 35 entries from Wangaratta! Make sure you go and check put the awesome artwork.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 25k grant application:  BBBS & RCoW worked together in applying for a Vic Health grant to obtain a BBBS worker for the Wangaratta region to set up the mentoring program. We are still short $$ to employ a BBBS worker but both groups are constantly looking out for grants. We also have a fundraising page to direct people to if they want to donate. If there are any schools that have social enterprise groups & they would like to raise money for a different group, direct them to us!

Bring Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring back to Wangaratta (grassrootz.com)

School Canteen Feedback

We are seeking feedback on all aspects of our school canteen.
Please fill out the form on our website and let us know how we're doing!
https://www.whs.vic.edu.au/page/223

All feedback is valued and welcome.

Community News

Sunshine Walk



Australian National Busking Championship - Rutherglen 

Entry forms can be found here.



North-East Future Sounds Workshop





Tie Dye Workshops






DECK'D Design a Board Exhibition





Wangaratta Skate Park Series



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/