Principal Report

Student Success

Year 12 students Ulrika Wild and Macy Nichol were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements in their VCE subjects, German and Ancient History respectively, in 2020 by winning the prestigious Premier’s Award. They were among 297 students state-wide who were recognised for their VCE efforts in 2020. Both girls felt that their “results demonstrated that such achievements were possible in any circumstances.”
To top this off, Ulrika has been offered the prestigious Tuckwell Scholarship to study at the Australian National University. Congratulations to both students who embody our core values by: Making the most of their learning opportunities, being persistent and resilient learners, and always challenging themselves. They also demonstrate both pride in themselves and the school.

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.

2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey

WE WANT OUR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS/GUARDIANS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK! If you have received an invite to participate, please do so by September

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.

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.

Subject Selection

This week students in years 10 and 11 will be participating in their subject selections for 2022. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to conduct interviews with parents present. However, a dedicated team of teachers will conduct individual subject selection conferences with students today and Thursday. Students will receive, after their interview, a subject selection document which they will take home for parents to sign. Signed subject selection sheets must be handed in to the administration office by close of Friday 2oth August.

Michelle Bootes
Acting Principal

Weekly GOTCHA Champions

Congratulations to  legends for accumulating the most GOTCHA's for Week 3 & 4 respectively, of Term 3;

Week 3:
• Zierra Melbourne (Year 7)
• Orlando Bulmer (Year 10)
• Hayley Hayes-Rodgers (Year 12)
 
Week 4:
• Euca Boonzaayer (Year 8)
• Gracie York (Year 10)
• Lily McPhan (Year 11)
 
We also acknowledged our Year 9 and Year 10, and Year 11 and Year 12 GOTCHA Class Champions from Term 2, by providing these classes with some delicious nachos (cooked and prepared by Mr. Jack *Chef* Nolan) during SPD the last two Thursday's.
 
Keep up the fantastic work everyone!




School for Student Leadership

The following article has been written by our Student Leadership School Students TJ Cox, Kalika Miliankos-King, Zoe Baguley and James Shaw. 


About Us:
We are Zoe Baguley, Kalika Miliankos-King, James Shaw and TJ Cox and we were the four lucky year nine students that were selected to go to the Snowy River Campus in Term 3 2021.



Our CLP Project:
We decided to involve our whole community in the help of making a garden bed with the VCAL students. The idea of this project is to have the input of the community and hopefully promote a cleaner environment. We want to do this to bring our community closer and possibly make new friends you never thought you’d even talk to or from different schools or age groups.

How's the SSL different from normal schools?:
The school of student leadership is to build self-confidence and independence for each individual student. It is different because we have student leaders leading each different day, and we each get two chances where we get to share two me in a minutes. Along with being student leaders we also have duties like serving people for all meals (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) plus cleaning and washing up. These roles are chosen at random out of a bag by the student leaders that day and are switched up each day.Our classes look a little different too, we have 4 classes throughout the day. Morning class, morning class continued, afternoon class and night class. Even though night class seems like a waste of time, it’s actually enjoyable for all of us.

Expo:
Last week we went on our first expo. On expo you go on a big hike across both the beach and in the bush. We hiked 23km over two days which was very painful. We had to make our own food which looked really good. When we got to our campsite on the first day we had to set up our tents and then do our reflection for the day. Our hiking bags were really heavy because you have to carry lots of things and even it out between the group. When we got back we had to do a massive clean of everything. Some people were so sore they had bruises on their hips from the hiking bag.

This is our Expo group with us, Scoresby Secondary College and Dandenong High School.


Highlights:
Zoe: My highlight so far is meeting new people from different schools all around Victoria and getting to know them more.
Kiki: My highlight has been eating expo slice on expo (which Kiki has a strange addiction to). Ms Mac thinking I’m funny and Chelsea.
James: My highlight so far has been the expo because I enjoyed hiking and talking to new people.
TJ: My ultimate highlight so far at the SSL is making new friends with people I never expected to even meet in my lifetime. Although I was weary of not having friends for the entire 9 weeks I found it actually enjoyable, especially all the fun creative activities we complete.

What's Happening in Wellbeing?

Diversity Group

The LGBTQIA+ Diversity Group is held every Friday in the Wellbeing Centre. Be sure to pop down for some fun activites and great support.

Wear it Purple Day! 

Friday the 27th August is Wear it Purple Day. Wear it Purple day is an annual LGBTIQA+ awareness day for young people. Supporters wear purple to celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community. We encourage everyone to participate and wear something purple to help celebrate diversity! 



Tribe MVMNT

The Wangaratta High School, in partnership with NESAY and Tribe MVMNT have put together a program to help build self-esteem, improve physical health, fitness and mental wellbeing. Once a week, a group of students go to Tribe MVMNT's gym for a nhour and do a work out, as well as learn about the importance of nutrition. 





 

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

Year 12 "Circuit Breaker" Breakfast

On Monday morning, a light breakfast including fruits and crossaints, was put on for our Year 12's. This was a suggestion made by some of our Year 12 Prefects, as a bit of light-hearted fun in response to what a turbulent term we've had so far - two lockdowns and hopefully no more! 
Thanks to all staff who helped out for the morning. 




Year 10 & 11 Subject Selections

Our Year 10's and 11's have spent today working through their Senior Subject Selections.


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. 

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.
 
 

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is on again tomorrow morning (Thursday 19th August), before school.
Held in between the M-Building and the FLC - all welcome.
Hope to see you there! 

Dirrawarra Proud & Deadly Awards 2021

The Proud & Deadly Award Ceremony is now going to be a virtual online event that will be launched at 11.00am on Thursday 16th September 2021.

The link will be sent out closer to the date of the event, and we hope teachers and students will be able to watch.



 

Young Creator's Market - headspace

headspace Wangaratta is organizing a youth-run market on the 18th of September this year, the Young Creator's Market. The market will be held in front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral between Ovens and Docker street. 

All stalls in the market will be organized 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, keyrings, sculptures, or art, bake sales, services, jewellery, etc. 

headspace is really looking for the inclusion of the local schools and the participation of students. This event is a great tool to assist and teach students in how to successfully produce and sell products to a large audience. We understand that some schools already have programs like this in place to teach students these exact things and we would love to help these students make more of a profit and a greater experience as they can sell to a wide audience and have great publicity through the markets. 

The market is not restricted to the group already learning about this, anyone aged 12 - 25 is welcome to be a market holder on this occasion. 

 

Information to consider:

  1. Items that require buyers to be 18 are not acceptable for the Young creator's market.
  2. There will be a $30 deposit to ensure your place in the market. This will be refunded after the event
  3. All profits made by your stall will go directly to you
  4. If your stall is going to sell baked goods, all cooking and preparation must be done in a registered kitchen and all participants running the stall must have food handling licenses
  5. All equipment that you need is BYO
  6. This event is organized by Headspace Wangaratta

 

Prefect Applications for 2022 Now Open

Application forms are available here: https://www.whs.vic.edu.au/uploaded_files/media/2022_prefect_applications.docx

Please return completed forms to the Prefect Email: whs.prefect@gmail.com

Casual Clothes Day - Thursday 26th August

The VCAL Students have planned a Casual Clothes Day for next Thursday 26th August.
Please bring along a gold coin donatoin, and any non-perishable food items to support the Wangaratta Night Shelter & Albury Wodonga Foodshare.
A donation basket for non-perishable food items will be available in the office until Septembr 2nd. 

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.

Community News

Bunnings Wangaratta BBQ Fundraiser Application Pack
Bunnings Wangaratta has a strong commitment to Community Involvement and one of our most popular fundraisers that local Community groups can take advantage of is our offer to operate a BBQ at the front of our store.
The ‘Bunnings Community BBQ’ is a great way for your group to raise some much-needed funds.
BBQ’s are operated on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
Bunnings will provide you a marquee, one trestle table, BBQ & gas for the day.
However, the equipment we provide for your group to use must be thoroughly cleaned and left in a clean, hygienic condition for the next group to use. Failure to do this will result in your group being charged for any cleaning costs incurred. We believe this to be a reasonable and fair request for all involved.
The first step to conducting a BBQ is to read all the information provided in this pack, complete the information required on the following form and return them to the store. This can be found here. 



Young Creator's Market





2022 Victorian Youth Congress
The Victorian Government has recently opened applications for the 2022 Victorian Youth Congress. This congress presents a fantastic opportunity for students from Victorian schools to participate in the development of a new youth strategy that the government will be releasing later this year. Students will experience how government works, enabling them to develop and enhance leadership and teamwork skills.
Apply before September 13, 2021, at 
https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved/youth-programs-and-events/victorian-youth-congress


Youth Outreach Recovery Support (YORS)
YORS is for young people aged 16 - 25 years in Victoria, who are experiencing mental healt hsymptoms or significant psychological distress. 







33 Army Cadets Unit - Recruiting Now

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. 

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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. 

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/