Newsletter 1st September

Issue 14


Principal Report Issue 14

We have once again visited Flexible and Remote Learning (FRL) as our community continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Throughout each lockdown our school community and the individuals that make it up have continued to demonstrate the ability to not only manage change but to make the most of the situation.

Our staff team have been working diligently to allow us to deliver remote Flexible and Remote Learning for this period of lockdown. The success of our students and your children during this time is heavily reliant upon us all working together as a team and communicating the expectations, the successes and the challenges. As such we ask that students and parents are regularly checking COMPASS as our main communication tool. COMPASS also allows parents the opportunity to communicate directly with our teachers.

Please try to stay positive, calm and remind your children that everything will be alright, we are doing this to ensure the safety of our community and so that we can return to normal schooling as soon as we can. We thank our school community for their support and flexibility at this time and look forward to welcoming students back on campus as soon as we can.

Message to Students

There's been lots of change going on lately, especially to the way you are learning. 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 lockdown will be extended. 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.

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

Michelle Bootes
Acting Principal

COVID-19 Update

Following the Victorian Premier's announcements early today, Flexible & Remote Learning will continue for the remainder of Term 3, unless otherwise stated by the Department of Education. 

The GAT has been moved to Tuesday 5th October.

Further information will be available regarding vaccinations for Year 12's in the following days.

Please keep your eye on Compass and Facebook for further updates. 

Prefect Applications for 2022 Now Open

Application forms are available here:

Please return completed forms to the Prefect Email:

Frankie had puppies!

Over lockdown, one of our therapy dogs Frankie, has just become a mother for the first time! 
Frankie gave birth to 7 healthy puppies.
On another note, Frankie is recovering well from birth, by currently eating 1.6kg of raw mince and 4 chicken drumsticks a day! 
Congratulations Frankie!

Weekly GOTCHA Champions

Congratulations to the following students for accumulating the most GOTCHA's for Week 5 & 6 respectively, of Term 3;

Week 5:
• Bailey Tanner (Year 7)
• Abbigail Berry (Year 9)
• Rheegan Ellis (Year 12)
Week 6:
• (Year 8)
• (Year 10)
•  (Year 11)

These 6 legends will each receive a $5 canteen voucher and coffee loyalty card when we return to learning onsite. 
Keep up the great work during lockdown everyone! 

Wangaratta Bike Jumps - Letter from Council


            I am writing to you hoping that you will speak to your students about the bike jumps in Wangaratta.

We are constantly getting people from the community contacting us about the behaviours and actions of the kids, teens and young adults who are hanging out at the jump areas.

The bike jump issue has been going on for a long time, months before I started. Council staff have been actively looking for ways to allow young people to enjoy building and using bike jumps while respecting others and the environment.

We had discussion with a number of young people about the ‘rules’ or guidelines they had to follow for them to be allowed to build on the area. We had concerns from environmental groups and members of the community about the plants and trees getting damaged and the animals being harmed and losing their shelters.

I spent a lot of time talking to bike jump users at St Bernards & Arlington, reiterating that they can’t leave rubbish behind, chop down the trees, light fires and make jumps near tree roots.

I do understand that the people I spoke to may have moved on and a new group of young people may have moved in.

We had large signs made up specifying the areas and a map showing where the other allocated jumps were. The signs also had the rules we agreed upon.

It wasn’t long before we got complaints. Jump ownership, bullying and threatening behaviour, rubbish left behind and fires lit.

Our teams would go and clean up the mess left behind. We don’t want rubbish getting in the waterways!

The sign at the railway bridge was the first to be vandalised. First it was spray painted, then ripped out and stomped on. We discussed the damage with our councillors, who agreed originally that we should keep the bike jumps in specified jump areas. They were disheartened, as we all were, and the decision to remove the railway bridge jumps was tabled.

Recently, damage has begun again at the Arlington bike jump site. It is hard for us to support these sites when we are having to deal with these actions.

We are one of the only Councils that let their young people build jumps on our land!


What we’re seeking from you:

We are hoping that you can get the message across to your students that it is not okay to damage trees, leave rubbish everywhere, abuse passers-by and light fires.

Local environment and sustainability groups as well council’s natural resource management team are really upset as young trees they planted have been broken, a waste of time and resources.

We really appreciate if you could make all students aware that we won’t tolerate the damage and complete disregard to the rules that we agreed upon. If the damage continues, we won’t be able to support these bike jump sites anymore and they will be dug out, with no further activity allowed. This is their last chance.

We’re sorry we have to bring this to your attention, but we hope that you can speak to the students and make them aware. It is worth noting that these actions and behaviours could result in police action. The signs installed were of a significant cost and the activity is blatant vandalism.

We don’t want our young people to lose these jumps. We think it’s great that they get out there and build them, testing their limits, collaborating with others, being active and off devices!


Rachel Harrop
Youth Development Officer
Rural City of Wangaratta 

0438 362 984

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

Youth Employment Program (YEP) Opportunities

An exciting opportunity has arose for young people to join the Customer Support Branch as part of the Youth Employment Program (YEP).

This will be a VPS1 role and is funded by the Working for Victoria (WFV) Fund established to provide jobs for unemployed Victorians, including those impacted by COVID-19. We hope it will be a positive stepping stone for a young person in their early career who would enjoy a variety of work in an administrative  setting. It will be a chance to be part of a skilled and supportive administration team working in a supportive and inclusive environment.
If you are aged between 17-29 years of age, impacted by unemployment (or under employment) during COVID-19, you may be interested in submitting an application.


  • Applicants must be between 17 – 29 years of age
  • Unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • We are keen to hear from young people who are struggling to gain on the job training and looking to actively build on their skills
  • We are seeking applicants who have good computer skills, good communication skills and open to learning and developing new skills

About the role:

  • A secure full time position (part time may also be considered)
  • A 12 and 9 months fixed term role
  • Supported to develop existing skillsets to enhance future employment opportunities
  • The position will be based in various locations and supported by other administrative team members
  • The position will have access to training opportunities based on the individual needs of the participant to ensure success in their role
  • Opportunities to work with administrative teams supporting other programs in the department.

How to apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply via email to with their resume and brief summary about themselves.

Applications close Monday 4 September 2021

Questions and enquiries can be directed to Chris Boyle via email –

Melbourne Youth Orchestra Summer School

Do something you love this Summer! Come to the famous MYO Summer School in its 50th year, and join over 500 young musicians for an inspirational week of music rehearsals catering for all orchestral instruments, on levels. The week concludes with concerts for families and friends in the beautiful Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Register now for Summer School, running 10 – 15 January 2022. Apply at 

FareShare FootSteps Challenge

Our chefs are moving more than ever to keep pace with the growing demand for free, nutritious meals at this difficult time. Students and teachers can walk in their shoes to raise vital funds for FareShare.

The FareShare FootSteps Challenge is simple. You can walk solo, with friends or in school teams, in your own time and at your own pace. The aim is to clock up 25, 50, 100 or 150km over two weeks from Sunday, October 3. You can even run, ride or swim if you prefer, and you can choose your own distance. It doesn’t matter, just as long as you move for meals.

All funds raised will be used to cook nutritious meals for the many people experiencing hardship in our community.

To register for the FareShare FootSteps Challenge, click here and enter your school team or individual walkers.

For more information about FareShare, please go to our FareShare website.

If you need any further information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Indigenous School Based Baking Traineeships

Digital Innovators Festival 

The Digital Innovation Festival is on for the next 2 weeks - there are several exciting and interesting virtual events happening.
No registration required – simply click on this link.

Photography Competition

Games Night

Merriwa Park Survey
A change to help form the Merriwa Park Master Plan - have your say here:

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.