Photo: BHHS Prefects 2018

Out of the Box

21 September 2018
Issue Three
Principal's News
Dates to Remember
Junior Team Report
Senior Team Report
Jazz Evening
Student Achievements
UN Youth Australia
UN Model United Nations
Student Leadership
Library News
Wellbeing Week
Duke of Edinburgh
Clubs and Activities - Inter-school Debating
Careers Update
End of Year Program
Focus on our Staff
Enrolment Information
School Information
Community Notices
Box Hill High School
(03) 9877 1177
1180 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, Victoria, 3128

Principal's News


Term 3 has been a very productive and enjoyable term at Box Hill High School. We warmly welcome a number of new students and families who started this semester with us.

Course Advising

Students and parents across the school have also made significant contributions to the preparation for 2019 by participating in our comprehensive subject selection process. Many parents attended the Senior School Expo and Information Nights and we have valued each and every conversation we have had with parents regarding subject choices for 2019.

Every student from Year 8 to Year 11 has now completed the course selection process for 2019. We would like to thank all staff for their work in supporting students to select appropriate pathways. The Principal Team has now commenced the process of determining classes for 2019. The 2019 timetable construction will then begin to ensure that we are able to meet the specific needs of every student in our community.


I had the pleasure of attending the annual Jazz Night at Fountains Restaurant. A big congratulations to all students and staff on a wonderful evening.


The quality of the performances was excellent and the atmosphere magical. The band showcased their technical skills and navigated their instruments with ease. It was a great evening of entertainment and, as always, all of our talented students shone! The Wind Symphony also did very well at the South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat. The wonderful calibre of our Music staff ensures that the program continues to excel on every level. Well done to all involved for their commitment, dedication and loyalty to the program.


I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to Year 11 students Tom Yakubowski and Aashna Shah, for their marvelous achievement in the Model United Nations Assembly, as well as the wonderful way in which they represented themselves, their families and Box Hill High School in this competition.


Our co-curricular program is only possible because of the wonderful support provided to students by our staff. This term students enjoyed our annual Creativity Week, a range of music and sporting events as well as Debating, Maths and English competitions. Students and staff spend time learning together and developing the very strong relationships that we value so highly at Box Hill High School.

Parent Opinion Survey

We are keen to find out what parents think of the school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted among a sample of randomly selected parents at each school. It is designed to assist the school in gaining an understanding of parent perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. We will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

Term 3 Progress Reports

Our third stage of reporting to students and parents involved all students receiving a progress report which is now available through Compass. This progress report issued at the end of Term 3 should provide useful feedback for students in preparation for a successful Term 4. Should you have any questions regarding your child’s progress report, please contact the relevant Engagement Leader.


Our NAPLAN results for 2018 are well worth celebrating. Whilst this is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about each student by their teachers, it does provide schools, communities and governments with information about how education programs are working.


At Box Hill High School, we use the NAPLAN test results to inform programs, curriculum design and pedagogy. Whilst families only receive individual student performance results, the school receives significant information regarding the growth in learning across years, performance in specific skill and curriculum areas and other comparative data.

This data informs our planning for the coming year so that we respond to student learning needs as effectively as possible.


The 2018 NAPLAN results give us cause to celebrate the great work that has occurred across Year 7 – 9 over the past year. The results show that our students are well above the national standard and continue to outperform the state in Literacy and Numeracy. We have a much smaller percentage (14%) of students making low growth between Years 7-9 than the state (25%). We have a much larger percentage of students making medium to high growth (over 85%) compared to the state (75%).

Capital Planning

We have now confirmed the architects that will be working with us on our capital planning project. We appointed Tectura after they successfully tendered for this work. They are an experienced firm who do a lot of work with schools and TAFEs. We are working with them as well as the Victorian School’s Building Authority on an analysis of the schools footprint and entitlements as well as an assessment of existing buildings. Once this has been completed we will have more information about the exact nature of our project. 

School Review

We have just completed an extensive School Review with our Reviewer, Peter Fotheringham, of National Curriculum Services. The main purpose of a review is to analyse how a school is performing in relation to the school targets and department priorities, add value to the development of a new School Strategic Plan and to contribute to improved outcomes for all students. All schools are required to complete this process every four years.


The review was very positive and identified many areas where the school is excelling, especially in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and VCE. Our students feel safe, supported and confident at school and are engaged and motivated to learn. Some of the areas we will continue to focus on in the future is a consistent approach to high quality and rigorous teaching and learning using a research based instructional model, improving students’ writing skills across all subjects as well as providing opportunities for student voice and agency in the classroom as well as the broader school community. 

Planning for 2019

School wide planning for 2019 is well underway.  On behalf of the  school community I would like to extend  our congratulations to the following staff members who have recently been appointed to the 2019 Leadership Team:


Mr Eugene Roizman - Data and Digital Learning

Ms Shareen Bottrell - Pedagogy

Ms Sally Charles - Curriculum

Ms Erica Spori - Engagement

Ms Emily Wilkinson - Engagement

Ms Siegrid Fischer - Engagement


In addition, Mr Nathaniel Smith and Mr Toby Wilkins will join our Learning Specialist team. This team will work together with the Learning leaders to lead the school’s focus on teaching and learning in the classroom.

Presentation Night Awards

Student achievement is recognised regularly through the school year and culminates with the Presentation Night Awards on Monday 17 December. Staff will soon begin the process of nominating students for the awards. Only a set number may be allocated in each award category in any year. All nominations are considered against the criteria outline below.


Outstanding Achievement Awards

Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented to the top 10-15% of students on the basis of academic performance in common assessment tasks contributing to the Semester 1 and 2 Reports.


Best Academic Performer

Best Academic Performer award is given to the top performing student in each year level on the basis of the semester 1 & 2 reports and individual teacher awards.


Year 12 Duxes

Each student who has received the highest study score receives the Dux Award for that subject.


Box Hill High School Dux

The student who achieves the highest ATAR is awarded the Dux of Box Hill High School.


Music Awards

The Katherine De Koning Award for Music and the Muriel Greenwood Award for Music

Award are presented to two students whose have made a substantial contribution to the Music program. Consideration is given to attendance at rehearsals and events, focus during rehearsal, preparation of music between rehearsals, wider contribution to ensemble program and leadership in the ensemble program.


Excellence in Sport Awards

Sports Awards are presented to those students who have made a significant commitment to the sports program, e.g. competed in a State Championship,  Age Group Champion in Swimming, Athletics or Cross-Country or have participated in a significant number of inter-school sports.


Special Citizenship Awards

- ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

- Dru Ferdinands Award for School Service

- Box Hill ATO School Scholarship

- Bendigo Bank Award for School Service

- Rotary Club of Forest Hill Ford Davis Scholarship


The above awards are Citizenship Awards and are presented to students who have made a contribution to the school community beyond the usual academic and co-curricular programs that are recognised by other awards (e.g. Music and Sport). Students worthy of a citizenship award may not necessarily hold a position of leadership but have demonstrated a substantial contribution to school beyond mainstream curriculum.


We look forward to celebrating the contributions of all our 2018 award recipients on Presentation Night.


- Ms Losh Pillay, School Principal

Dates to Remember


Friday 21 September - Last day of Term 3


Monday 1 October - Year 12 Practice Exams begin

Monday 8 October - First day of Term 4

Thursday 11 October - Year 7 Vaccinations

Monday 22 October - Year 12 Sleepover

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 October - Year 10 Drama Performance

Wednesday 31st October - Year 12 Exams begin


Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day (public holiday)

Thursday 8 November - GAPP Parent Evening

Wednesday 14 November - Last day of Year 11 classes

Monday 19 November - Year 11 Exams begin

Wednesday 21 November - School Council meeting

Thursday 22 November - Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

Monday 26 November - Year 11 Head Start program begins

Monday 26 November - Year 10 Exams begin

Tuesday 27 November - Junior Music Evening

Thursday 29 November - Year 7 2019 Transition Evening


Monday 3 December - VCE 1 & 2 Transition Day

Monday 3 December - Early finish for Year 7

Monday 3 December - Year 7 Night of the Notables

Thursday 6 December - last day of formal class program for 2018

Friday 7 December - Student Free/Curriculum Day

Monday 10 December - End of Year activities program begins

Tuesday 11 December - Orientation Day

Wednesday 12 December - School Council meeting

Monday 17 December - Presentation Evening

Junior Team Report

Year 7 Update

The year certainly seems to be moving quickly and the little primary school students who arrived at the start of the year are now starting to work out their interests and have chosen electives for next year.


This term we started with a Drama performance called Cyberia, exploring the dangers of cyberspace. Students moved into their new electives and had another opportunity to meet new peers. In Respect classes we explored Emotional Literacy and looked at facial expressions, body language, empathy and developing positive emotions.


In other classes students have been learning about Geometry in Mathematics, Light in Science and studying Goodnight Mr Tom in English.


Year 7 Girls IT Excursion

In week 5, 80 girls spent the day at Deakin University learning about the numerous opportunities that are available to them in the area of IT. The Go Girls Day was to encourage girls to consider IT as a career. There were a number of speakers who mapped out their pathways, including one who had begun by pursuing a career in Art. There was also a trade show where girls had the opportunity to observe 3D printing, experience 3D virtual reality and do some bot coding amongst other things.


Year Level Assembly

We had another Year Level Assembly, MC'd by some of our wonderful Class Captains. Presenters spoke to them about new names for the Houses, school-wide leadership opportunities for students, Child Safe Standards in Schools and what’s been happening in classes around teaching and learning . We looked at all of the students involved in extra-curricular activities throughout the term such as musical performances, debating, RoboCup, District athletics, Chess tournaments, the Chinese Speaking Competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition.


Wellbeing Week

Students participated enthusiastically in the Wellbeing Week which included spending recess and lunch playing giant chess, Connect Four, Jenga, chalk drawing and dancing.


Three-way Conferences

The second round of Three-way Conference meetings for the year have just been completed and I’m sure parents enjoyed hearing about their children working hard to achieve their potential.


I look forward to observing the continued maturity and development of our little Year 7s as the year progresses.


- Ms Diana Willshire

Year 7 Engagement Leader



Cyberia is a performance that was recently performed at BHHS about how what you do online and in the real world has effects on your future life especially now with everything caught on camera. It was a real eye-opener to show us that getting a criminal record can destroy your career path and overall life.


This was all portrayed with the actors going through school and the decisions they made as well as showing the way people put masks on to hide their real emotions. At the end of the performance the actors had a chat to us about what happened in the show, the message behind it and how we can deal with bullying and other school-related problems we may face.


- Jesse Wheeler, 7E

Year 8 Update

Year 8 students have enjoyed a great start to Semester Two, with many positive statements from teachers about the behaviour, attitude and effort displayed by the Year 8 cohort.


The subject selection process began at the beginning of the term and I was so impressed with the way students were able to complete this process with minimal fuss. This would not have been possible without the support of the parents and guardians so thank you to everyone involved.


On Friday 27th July the students participated in the ‘Brainstorm Bullying Production’, an incursion designed to demonstrate the negative effects of bullying and effective coping strategies. This program was reviewed by Class Captains as part of a recent meeting, and received mixed reviews.


During the meeting, goal setting strategies and student learning were also discussed and there was lots of quality constructive feedback, a testament to Box Hill High School’s Student Leadership and Voice Program.


The feedback is set to be communicated to Junior School teachers at an upcoming teacher's meeting where they will work collaboratively to improve goal setting strategies to improve student learning. Thank you to Belle White and Shanti Davis for offering to be one of three student representatives to deliver their feedback to staff at this meeting.


The Year Level Assembly on Monday 27th August was a great success with MC’s Jacob Allison and Suha Shahzad running the program like seasoned experts. Students were presented with information relating to Child Safe standards, what teachers have been working on to support their learning, exciting opportunities for leadership in 2019 and the proposal to change House names. Student achievements were also celebrated.


I would like to thank all those who presented on the day and for those who helped plan this event. I look forward to next term when we will celebrate the year of student achievement throughout 2018.



On 7th September all of Year 8 was involved in the Wellbeing Week initiative, Year 8 Girls and Boys Day. On this day students wore free dress and worked in small groups to discuss and address specific issues relating to boys and girls, particularly adolescents. The day was a huge success and a highlight for many was the BBQ lunch that was provided for all Year 8 students. I would like to acknowledge and thank all staff who were involved in the running and planning of this event.


- Mr Justin Bond

Year 7 Engagement Leader

Year 9 Update

Year 9 students enjoyed a very busy term at Box Hill High School, with an emphasis on ‘looking to the future’. The RESPECT program focus was on careers, including their personal character strengths and career exploration, which supported the course advising process in Week 3 where one-on-one course counselling for all 226 Year 9 students was undertaken. Students were given guidance in selecting their 2019 program chart and were required to forward plan their VCE and potential post-school studies, providing them with the opportunity to plan for the future.


On Thursday 16th August, 88 Year 9 students attended the Whitehorse Youth Forum at the Box Hill Town Hall. This year's forum focused on the themes of Inclusiveness, Diversity and Mental Health, with guest speakers and workshops focusing on the following areas: Mental Health, LGBTIQ+, Health & Wellbeing, and Healthy Relationships and Bullying. Students reported that they enjoyed the interactive workshops that included a combination of theoretical content and real world application. Sixteen class captains attended as representatives of each form and they continued to demonstrate excellent leadership talent as part of Box Hill High School’s Student Leadership and Voice Program.


The Physical Education department conducted its major assessment task for the term, ‘Create a Dance’. Students worked in teams to choreograph a customised dance performance to music of their choice and performed in the hall in front of a live audience. Many Year 9 students were out of their comfort zone during this assignment but showed great qualities, most notably their effort and ability to give everything a go.


Box Hill High School places high importance on its student mentoring programs, so it was very pleasing to see so many students take advantage of the opportunity to apply for the Peer Support Program. Ninety Year 9 students volunteered to be part of the program for 2019. These students will play a crucial role in making 2019 Year 7 students feel welcomed into the BHHS community. You can read more about the Peer Support program in the Peer Support article in this newsletter.


There is not long to go in the 2018 school year. I hope all Year 9 students have a strong finish to the academic year.


- Mr Gary Warton

Year 9 Engagement Leader

Senior Team Report

Year 10 Update

It has been a very busy term with students attending the VCE expo, selecting their subjects for next year and receiving their last vaccination at school. Thank you to all Year 10 students for handing in forms promptly and being proactive about arising issues.


Well done to all Year 10 students on completing a very successful work experience! We have had a lot of positive feedback from the different employers.


Students in ACE have been participating in the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course and students in Duke of Edinburgh will be completing the course next term. Students learn the teen MHFA Action Plan, as well as information about different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people, and the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Rather than focusing on specific mental illnesses, the course teaches participants to recognise when a friend is experiencing major changes in their thinking, feeling and behaviour, that are interfering with daily life and not going away as quickly as expected, as this may indicate the presence of a mental health problem.


Notable Achievements

Congratulations to Max Reina-Henriksen who is currently rehearsing for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular which will be staged at Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense Arena) on Saturday 15th September. Max is part of the orchestra and plays the trumpet.


As one of the largest recurring productions in Australia, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together over 3000 school students performing as a 64 piece orchestra, 1300 voice choir, 1200 mass dancers, 30 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, 8 backing vocalists, roller skaters and puppeteers and much more.


Well done to Jade Sorenson, Roshni Bedi and Max Reina-Henriksen for being accepted into the Monash Scholars program. The prestigious program is for high achieving secondary school students and it is offered by Monash University to give high potential students a unique head start into university life. It provides opportunities for personal and academic development, gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right study choices and enable them to build a network of peers, academic, and employment contacts.


Bravo to the Chinese Debating team (photos below) who won the Excellence award at the Victorian High School Chinese Debating Championship! Jess Deng, Ting Tang, Ingrid Liu, Aria Deng, Katherine Zhang and Millie Mao did an amazing job and were supported by Ms Helen Lee.






The end of year exams for Year 10/G4 will be running a week after the year 11 exams. Therefore, students sitting a year 11 exam will miss their year 10 class (if they have any clashes). During the year 10 exam week, it is vital that students attend the Head Start program for their year 11 (Unit 3 and 4 in 2019) subject. If Year 10 exams need to be moved, students need to see Ms Sporri or Mr Howlett.


Key Dates for Term 4


9th and 10th October: Auditions and Call-backs for 2019 School Production

23rd October: Year 12 Assembly period 1 and 2 (all senior students attend), normal classes begin period 3

26th October: Year 10 Drama performances

31st Oct and 7th Nov: Year 10 full day excursions with DoE and ACE – all year 10 classes cancelled

14th November: Last day of Year 11 classes

19th – 23rd November: Year 11 exams

23rd November: Last day of Year 10 classes

26th – 30th November: Year 10/G4 exams and Year 11 (Unit 3 and 4) Head Start program

3rd December: Unit 1 and 2 Transition Day (for all Year 10 students)


- Ms Erica Sporri

Year 10 Engagement Leader

Year 11 Update

Term 3 has been another exciting term for our Year 11 students. Many of them will be getting closer to their first Year 12 exam early in term 4 and are studying hard for that, as well as their Year 11 exams a few weeks after that. Don’t forget Year 12 practice exams run in week 2 of the holidays, as do some of our revision lectures so make sure you are ready for those.


A major highlight from the last few months was our Central Australia Camp which was an amazing experience for all students and staff involved. Fantastic experiences included Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, holding snakes and lizards, stars, wildlife and much more.


We held our first Year 11 Engagement Day which was enjoyed by all. It was a chance for students to take a break from classes and do some fun activities together.


Year 12 is often our students' favourite year at school with the common room, formal, valedictory, jumpers, etc. However it can be a stressful year at times and having a team attitude where students help each other out during these times, goes a long way to making it easier. This day is hopefully another step towards consolidating that.


We also had two of our students Tom Yakubowski and Aashna Shah go to Parliament House in Canberra to compete in the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) competition there this year. It was an amazing experience for them and they ended up 3rd overall in the National Finals which was an outstanding effort.


I hope everyone enjoys the holidays, has a bit of a break from school, gets some study done, and comes back ready for a big Term 4.


- Mr John Middenway

Year 11 Student Engagement Leader

Year 12 Update

The Year 12s have now survived their toughest school term so far, and they have done themselves and their teachers very proud. In amongst another busy term of SACs, folio submissions and preparations for performance exams, students have also had to think about their plans for next year.


Each Year 12 student has had the opportunity to meet with Thea Kamvissis, our Careers Coordinator, who has helped guide their decisions about work and study pathways beyond the school year. Many students have attended University Open Days, sat the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Test (UMAT) and more than three-quarters have already applied to VTAC. Students must do their VTAC application by 27 September to avoid a late processing fee.


With all of these pressures, my message to students this term has been to take care of each other and themselves. Sleep is of paramount importance. The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel recommends 9-10 hours of sleep each night for teenagers. Even a short period of exercise each day is also recommended to maintain optimal health and wellbeing. Good sleep, exercise and nutrition will ensure they remain focused during this busy period.


I have also stressed to students that if they think one of their friends is not coping well, to talk to me or someone from the Wellbeing Department at school. 


In the second week of the holidays, students have a compulsory practice written exam for each of their subjects as well as optional revision lectures for a range of subjects each evening. Please see Compass for details. While some revision is required in the first week of the holidays in preparation for the practice exams, students must also find time for a short break to rest and recharge with family and friends.


Despite exams being not so far away, there is also a lot still to look forward to for our Year 12 students. The Yearbook is being finalised and is already available for purchase. Tickets for the Valedictory Dinner are now available, and payments for the Sleepover are due by the beginning of next term.


I wish all Year 12s a relaxing but productive break, and hope to see you back next term full of energy and excitement for the final chapter of your time at Box Hill.


- Ms Jessica Sheppard,

Year 12 Student Engagement Leader


This year at Box Hill, the English staff have been encouraging our students to embrace opportunities to learn more about the texts they are studying in their classes. 


To provide more breadth and depth to their study of Romeo and Juliet, our Year 10 students had a Drama Incursion with Mr Toby Wilkins, who taught them to think about the text as a performance rather than something to be read. They then went to a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Bell Shakespeare Company at the Arts Centre. 


Our Year 12 English students got a kick start on their Unit 4 Comparative Response by visiting ACMI for a lecture on the text 'Tracks' and' Into the Wild' and a screening of 'Into the Wild'. The Year 12 English students are now busily preparing for their final SAC. They will have an English exam revision session run by Connect Education on Thursday 12th September. 


While our Year 12 English students visited ACMI, our Year 12 English Language students decided to complete a practice exam to see how much they could write in the challenging timed conditions of the English Language exam. Following this, they had a lecture from Dr Louisa Willoughby from Monash University on Australian English and identity. This gave them a head start on their Unit 4 content and made them think about the historical evolution of Australian English.  


We wish our Year 12 English, English Language, EAL and Literature students all the best as they prepare for their exams. Students will receive revision booklets and we encourage parents to read through the advice provided in these booklets about ways to prepare for the English exams.  


- Ms Alicia-Lee Arnold


Romeo and Juliet Incursion  

The Romeo and Juliet workshop run by Mr Wilkins was a fun and worthwhile experience for the Year 10 English classes. Before walking into the hall, the resentful idea of having to perform love sonnets and recite Shakespeare was at the front of everyone’s mind. However, the workshop completely exceeded students’ expectations, and many came out surprised that they had enjoyed themselves so much. 


Mr. Wilkin’s energy made it all the more interesting and gave us the motivation to get involved. Throughout the workshop we participated in several small activities that were combined at the end to form a short performance. We were also allowed to bring our own creativity to the activities by working with friends to create characters and vignettes. 


This workshop was a really fun activity. Mr. Wilkins showed us how to create our own understanding of the play and not always view it in one light. When returning to class we were able to see the connection between script and stage which in turn gave us a better overall understanding of Romeo and Juliet. 


- Lily Horner, 10B



Year 8 Poetry

Poetry CAT

by Julian Bothroyd 8A


Rain poured down on the barren land,  

Waves crashed against the sodden sand,   

Wind pummelled at the weak cliff-face,  

As I stayed snug in my special place.  


Then the flowers wake at long last,  

To unearth the misery of the past,  

They bring with them delight, joy and freedom,  

To last throughout the entire season.  


As the days get longer and hotter,  

The rain is scarce and the sun is stronger,  

The sky is like a great blue ocean,  

Until a storm creates commotion.  


The leaves diminish with the days,  

Beasts hunt like savages before the laze,  

The dew in the frosty morning,  

Is the weather’s final warning.  


Have You Ever…  

by Monika Bimba 8D


Have you ever looked at the sparkling crystals on the branches of the trees  

which fall from the broken necklace of the nature queen?  


Have you ever observed the golden tapestries of spiders  

coloured by sunshine’s delicate embrace?  


Have you listened to the melody of the chuckling creek,  

enriched by the songs of the nature singers- birds?  


Have you listened to the whisper of the wind,  

the cry of the ocean, the murmur of the trees,  

the quiet breathing of silence?  


Have you been caught under the thick coat of the fog  

or seen the winter dance of the snowflakes?  


Have you ever looked up at the hue of the sunset,  

decorated by the splatters of watercolour...  


Open your heart, my friend,  

The world is yours with all its secret wonders and treasures.  


Just open your eyes…  



by Kowshikaa Suresh 8D  


They worked day and night and that little time in-between

To keep me alive

to let me strive

and to make sure that I was seen. 


Working through the sorrows

leaving no time to wallow

they gave everything that they had,  to me. 


Even a blind man could see

and a deaf man could hear

all of the love that they gave

to me. 


Yet I did not see

and I did not hear

the oceans of love that they gave, to me.


Until now 


When they had been whisked away with the sharp prickling wind. 

to go visit the angels in heaven. 


Now I can see.

Now I can hear


All that they gave,  

to me.


Reading to Learn

In the early years of schooling the focus for reading instruction is learning to read. Often parents are heavily involved in this process by reading to their children each night and helping with take-home readers from school. 


By high school most students are proficient readers; they can decode words, read longer texts and read independently. At this point, our focus at school moves away from learning to read, and instead we are practising skills which help us read to learn.  


Reading to learn means that we are developing skills that help students unlock the meaning of texts and use that information to help them learn.  


In English at Years 7 and 8, our students have been learning about reading strategies that they can use in all of their subjects to help them understand the content of each subject. To help in this process the Year 7s are trialling a new online reading program called Literacy Pro. This program helps to match students with books that are challenging but achievable, so that they are reading at an appropriate difficulty level, which helps them to experience reading improvement.

Students are also working in small groups with their English teachers and the School Librarians to practise reading strategies with texts that challenge them to move to the next reading level.   


Parents can help with this at home by helping their children read through sections of their textbooks or novels and reminding them to practise their reading strategies. These strategies include: sequencing, summarising, close reading, connecting to prior knowledge and making inferences.  


- Ms Siegrid Fischer

English Domain Leader


Global Village Competition and Chinese Debating

This term, students represented our school in various state-wide competitions which tested their Chinese speaking and writing skills against schools from all sectors. Reilly Horner of 10Y and Marsha Lenin of 8A wrote and presented their own speeches in Chinese in the Global Village Competition on the topic of whether computer games are harmful or beneficial for high school students.


Marsha went on to the finals and received second place overall in the high school category. 


We also had first language Chinese students from year 10 -  Aria Deng, Jess Deng, Ingrid Liu, Millie Mao, Ting Tang and Katherine Zhang  - who formed a Debating team and participated in the Victorian Chinese Debating Competition, pitting their skills against Ivanhoe Grammar and Caulfield Grammar. 

Chinese State-Wide Reading Competition

On August 17 Noah Rostan (7A), Marsha Lenin (8A) and Rachel Baillie (9X) represented Box Hill at the Chinese Language Reading Competition organised by the CLTAV. The event took place at Melbourne Grammar, with 60 students attending on the day. All three students presented admirably and Marsha Lenin took home first place in the year 8 category. Well done to all for participating in this challenging event, and congratulations to Marsha Lenin for her award-winning performance!  

German Poetry Competition

This term saw both the Junior and Senior German Poetry Competitions take place. Box Hill was well represented with students attending the two major events. Students worked hard to prepare for the day, learning their poems by-heart to present to a panel of judges. From Year 7 to 12, poems covered all topics imagined, from lost glasses to talking guinea pigs! 


There was a strong contingent at year 8, including: 
Jacob Allison (8Z), Nina Boyce (8X), Chau Dang (8Z), Tiana Deichsel (8F), and Ramitha Ramanan (8Z). 


At year 9 Scott Hansen (9X) participated in the second language category, and Nick Wunsch (9X) in the open category.  


We had great success at the Junior level with Nina Boyce taking out 5th place, Ramitha Ramanan coming 4th, and Nick Wunsch achieving 2nd place. 

In the senior competition there were strong performances from Jessica Bajwa (10A), Sophie Chen (10X) and Thomas Yakubowski (11E).  



Well done to all participants in this year’s competitions! We congratulate you on taking on the daunting task of presenting to a panel of judges in another language, which is certainly no small feat! 

SAGSE Scholarship Success!


Bernhard Andersson (11X) has been successful in his application for a Scholarships for Australian German Student Exchange (SAGSE) scholarship! Bernhard was selected from a large pool of applicants who were then short-listed for an interview with eight panel members.  
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Bosch, Bernhard will spend ten weeks with a host family in Germany, and is among 30 students from around Australia who embark on this wonderful experience together. This includes accommodation and travel, as well as a special tour to Berlin towards the end of the trip.  


Congratulations Bernhard on your great achievement, we know you will savour every moment of this fantastic opportunity!  
If you are interested in a SAGSE Scholarship, please see your German teacher or visit

Enterprise German: Bosch and SBS Visits

 Year 10 German students are once again participating the Enterprise German project offered by the Goethe-Institut Australia. 


Enterprise German promotes the collaboration between schools and German companies, or Australian companies with a relationship to German speaking countries within the region. Students make connections with these companies and diagnose a business need. The students then work in teams to design a product, service or idea for the company which meets that need or demand.  


On August 27, one group visited the Bosch headquarters in Clayton, and on August 30 another visited SBS at their Federation Square office. At both locations the interviews were conducted almost entirely in German, with students asking questions and the company representatives responding. There were also opportunities for the representatives to ask students questions about their perspectives and ideas. Both parties commented how much they enjoyed the experience and chance to meet.   
We look forward to seeing what products or services the student groups develop across the range of companies as the project finalises at the end of September. 

Language Educators Visit Box Hill

In June Mr Nathaniel Smith presented at the South Australian German Teachers Conference in Adelaide. Following this, a dialogue was opened between two South Australian teachers and Box Hill. As a result, Kirsty Hickman (Head of Languages, Pulteney Grammar) and Georgia Heynemann (Head of Languages, Immanuel College) were able to visit Box Hill High and see the German program in action.


The two teachers visited a number of classes and worked with the German staff to share expertise in Languages Education. The visit was highly beneficial for all, and was a wonderful opportunity to further collaborative relationships with other teachers of German, both within and outside of the state.


We were further spoiled with guests this term as presenter Rebecca Rashid from Berlin brought a year 9 German Language workshop on the topic of Sustainability to the school. Ms Rashid engaged students with an environmental focus, exploring the UN’s 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. For example, a case study on ‘upcycling’ in which a company can transform 1kg of old chewing gum into four pairs of shoes!  We look forward to continuing partnerships with other schools and teachers of German both within and outside of Australia!         


- Mr Nathaniel Smith

Language Domain Leader


Cross Country Championship

On Thursday 19th of July, four students participated in the State Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship at Bundoora Park. Each student ran well with a challenging course that included a difficult uphill section. Congratulations to the following students for making it through all stages and for representing the school so well.

Lily Hart - U14 Girls - 10th
Harrison Broadbent - U16 Boys - 46th
Anna Cerins U17-2 Girls - 23rd
Jessica Ng - U17-2 Girls - 6th

A great effort from these runners and we look forward to more sporting success at the upcoming Whitehorse Secondary Track and Field Division Championship.


- Mr Paul Rogers

Senior Boys Netball

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Netball team who were runners up to Lilydale in the Regional Grand Final at Waverley Stadium on Monday 6th August.


Year 11 vs Year 12
Footy Match

The time had come for the Year 11 vs Year 12 AFL match, and the threat of rain was as real as the threat of a Year 11 goal-fest. There was little positivity surrounding the chances of the Year 12 team winning this game, with spies inside their recess match committee meeting deciding to top up their back line with two extra players to reduce the demolition predicted to occur by the Year 11’s.


But the rain didn’t arrive, and neither did the Year 11 onslaught. The Year 12s repelled every attempted entry, thanks to the phenomenal intercept marking display by Sam Porteous, racking up seven intercept marks in the first half alone. This defensive mindset was matched in the middle of the ground, with Ngong Arou laying four bone-crunching tackles to set the tone for the seniors early on in the match.


At half time, the Year 12s held onto a slim lead, with Ngong kicking the only goal of the game up to that point. The Year 11 huddle was tight, as they knew that someone had to step up. Jamie Simpson took the message very literally, nearly leaping over the portables to reel in mark of the century! However, misses up forward began to cost the 11s, with Josh Blake and Sharnae Cerveri-Haberlin both missing shots on goal that would have given them the lead.


There were two minutes on the clock when the Year 11's stars aligned: Josh May off half back passed through the corridor to Kieren Hubber who nailed Josh Blake on the lead to take a shot 30m out. Blake went back and kicked the Year 11’s first goal and what was thought to be the game winner! But the Year 12’s were far from finished. When a chaos forward entry hit the deck, the ball fell to the feet of Tommy Landmann, who snapped truly from the acutest of angles to win the game for the 12s!


The jubilation for the Year 12s was real, as most players wore their victorious woollen jumpers to their Period 5 and 6 classes. Heartbreak for Year 11s, who will be looking to exact revenge in next year’s game.


Thank you to all the players from both sides, who played with spirit and pride. Thank you to the teachers who gave up their time to ensure a great game was had by all. Finally, thank you to everyone who came along and watched. I’m sure you’ll agree it was a great spectacle and we hope to see you all again next year!


YEAR 11s: 1.6.12

YEAR 12s: 2.6.18


Goal Kickers:

11’s: Josh Blake

12’s: Ngong Arou & Tommy Landmann


3 Votes: Ngong Arou

2 Votes: Sam Porteous

1 Vote: Kieren Hubber


- Mr Brenton Aisbett,

Health & Physical Education department


Box Hill Shines at Victorian Schools Music Festival

The Victorian School Music Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform in some excellent performance spaces around the state.


·         The Junior and Intermediate Strings Ensembles performed in Term 2 at Hawthorn Arts Centre as a part of the Orchestral Strings Festival.


·         The Concert Band and Wind Symphony also performed at Hawthorn Arts Centre as a part of the Concert Band Festival in August.


·         The Choir performed at Deakin Edge as a part of the Choral Festival.


·         The Stage Band performed at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in King Street, Melbourne.


Congratulations to all students involved who have all added to their repertoire of experiences. We look forward to preparing the Junior Concert Band who will perform at Deakin Edge at Federation Square in November.


Congratulations to the groups who received the following awards.

Intermediate Strings - Silver

Junior Strings - Silver

Choir - Silver

Concert Band - Silver

Wind Symphony - Gold

Stage Band - Platinum

Instrumental Music - Fundraising

Thanks to all of the parents who have attended concerts at the school over the past two years.  All of the money raised from these events have allowed us to invest in musical instruments so our young musicians can get the best music education possible. Last year, we purchased a Yamaha piano which is being used daily in the music classroom.


We plan to replace many of our pianos over the next few years as many of them are on their last legs. We purchased a Tenor Saxophone earlier this year to be used mainly in our Stage Band and we wish to purchase more percussion gear and technical gear later in the year. Thanks again!

Royal South Street Eisteddfod

The Concert Band and Wind Symphony recently participated in the 125th Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat.


The Eisteddfod itself includes many disciplines including Dance, Speech, Drama, Calisthenics and Music. The Bands competition runs in August and September and attracts a very large number of schools and community groups every year.


The Concert Band performed at the Eisteddfod for the first time this year and had a fantastic day on the bus before arriving at the Ballarat University to perform. The Ensemble prepared a three-piece program and performed admirably in front of an audience made up of students from other schools.


The day was a fabulous opportunity to not only perform, but also to bond as a group. The very next day, the Wind Symphony competed at the Eisteddfod and gained 3rd prize for their efforts. A wonderful result for the Ensemble and this was a reflection of all of the hard work Mr. Watson and the Ensemble have been putting in since the beginning of the year.


Well done to students of both groups.


- Mr Troy Rogers, Director of Music

Box Coachilla

This year the Year 10 Music class has been learning about music industry skills. Their assessment for this term was to present a concert. What evolved from their conversations and preparation was ‘Box Coachilla’, a concert for students by students.


The Year 10 class created roles from talent agents, to stage managers, to MCs and promoters. They decided who they wanted to perform and approached them and figured out what was needed for sound and lighting. They liaised with the Tech Crew about what they needed, created promotional material and advertised around the school.


The concert went off without a hitch and there were fabulous performances from the Year 11 Band, Grandma’s Biscuits, the Year 10 Band, Epiphoria and the Year 12 Band, The Baked Beans. All the students worked hard in their own time to prepare their performances. The concert was so much fun and the students had the best time organising and performing.


Well done to all involved!


- Ms Grace De Blasio

Voice and Choir Teacher

String Program

2018 has been a busy year for the ever-expanding String program at Box Hill High School!


Five beginner violinists and three beginner cellists were recruited at the beginning of this year. Not only have these students have worked hard to learn the basics of their instruments but they are now part of the Intermediate String Ensemble. This is a huge achievement for our string students who are absolute masters of multi-tasking.


Some of the aspects these students must remain aware of is holding their instrument and bow correctly, placing fingers in the correct position, producing a clear tone with the bow, reading and playing music at the same time and following a Conductor. Sounds exhausting doesn’t it? Our new string students have taken on these challenges with enthusiasm and we are very proud of them.


Our more established string students have also achieved great success throughout the year. During Term 2 students performed at the Victorian Schools Music Festival at the beautiful and acoustically pleasing Hawthorn Town Hall. Both the Senior and Intermediate String Ensembles rehearsed intensively to prepare for this event and all students who took part are to be congratulated for all the hard work they put in. These Ensembles also enjoyed performing at the Winter Concert in our brand new school hall.


Looking ahead, the String Ensembles will both perform next Thursday September 20th in the quadrangle at lunchtime, providing a sneak peak of repertoire for the final School Concert in Term 4.


In other news, our Year 7 recruitment night will now be held in Term 4. We will be placing special emphasis on recruiting lower end instruments (viola, cello and double bass) in order to create a better balance in our String Ensembles.


- Ms Tanya Bradley

Voice at Box Hill

There has been so much happening in the Music Department this term and this is no exception for our Voice students.


In week three of this term, all the Voice students and the Choir participated in our annual Vocal Cafe Night. We packed out half the hall and the audience were able to have something to eat while they watched the performances.


The evening opened with a performance from the Choir singing songs to prepare for their participation in the Victorian School Music Festival. It was a wonderful evening where the Voice students had the opportunity to perform either as soloists or in group, including performances from our VCE Voice students. Iona Easton hosted the evening beautifully and she and Ana Swadling shone in their final solos at Vocal Night. Everyone really enjoyed performing and it was great to see the students growing in their confidence and performance skills.


The following week the Choir had the opportunity to perform at Deakin Edge in Federation Square for the Victorian School Music Festival (VSMF). It is a beautiful venue and there was a lot of excitement from the students as they prepared for the performance. They were able to watch two performances from other schools as well as see the schools participate in a workshop.


The Choir performed three pieces and were accompanied by our two incredible accompanists Asha Lee and Tomo Ishii. They have been so instrumental in helping the choir sound the way that they do. After the Choir performed they received some feedback and a workshop from Paul Jarman. The afternoon was so enjoyable and all the students really benefited from their participation in the event.  


After the VSMF performances, we made the decision to move the Choir into two groups. This is to give the Junior group time to really develop their skills singing with others and give the Senior students more challenging repertoire. Both groups have been working incredibly well with the Junior Choir working on some more traditional choir pieces and pop pieces and the Senior Choir working on four-part harmony.


The Senior Vocals performed at the Jazz Night held at Fountains restaurant at Box Hill TAFE. They performed as an Ensemble and closed the evening performing with the Stage Band. For their first performance as a smaller ensemble they did an excellent job and were able to keep the energy up despite it being a different style of performance.


Kate Benjamin and Zahra Easton also performed some beautiful solos that really captured the mood of the evening.


Looking forward, both Choirs will perform in the Quad during a lunchtime next term before we finish up for the year with our end of year concerts.


It has been such a jam packed term and I am so proud of the all students and what they have achieved.


- Ms Grace De Blasio,

Voice and Choir Teacher

Jazz Evening

On Wednesday 5th of September the Stage Band hosted the annual Jazz Night at Fountains Restaurant. It was a wonderful celebration of the great work done by many of the senior students at Box Hill High School and gave the students an opportunity to play in a jazz club type environment.


The Stage band treated us to many works of the Count Basie Band as well as featuring a number of compositions by local Melbourne composers. The night also featured solo performances from Kate Benjamin, Zarah Easton and Simon Chidgey who played Chromatin by Mike Stern which he recently used in his successful audition for the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.


The climax of the evening was the Senior Vocal Ensemble joining the Stage Band for a soulful rendition of Bill Withers’ Lean on Me.


The Stage Band would like to recognise the contribution of its graduating Yr. 12 students - Kevin Woodhouse, Lewis Harvey, Rebecca Mathews, Miles Koumouris, Xander Britz and Yohan Konash - who leave this Ensemble after many years of great playing and commitment to this music.


- Mr Martin Corcoran

Student Achievements

Year 10 Student Highlights the Plight of Asylum Seekers and Refugees

A national project launched earlier this year titled: 'All We Can't See', brings to light  2,116 separate incidents that have occurred to detainees at the Nauru and Manus Island Detention Centres. The project welcomes individuals and artists to respond to the incident files in an artistic manner.


In June, Year 10 student Phoebe Greaves independently produced and submitted a moving response to one of the case files titled: '[REDACTED] Consumed Washing Detergent', and her work was selected for exhibition that is currently touring nationally.

Congratulations to Phoebe for her efforts to give asylum seekers and refugees a voice.


To view details of the project and other creative responses to the project, visit the link below:


- Ms Jeanni Lockhart

Anneke Represents Australia at the World Roller Games

Last month I was fortunate enough to travel to Asiago, Italy to represent Australia in the World Roller Games for inline hockey. Members of my team came from all across Australia and though many of us hadn't met before we became very close throughout the tournament. We stayed in a hotel with many other teams, such as Spain and Germany, which allowed us to meet many other people from across the world with the same passion as we have.


We also spent a large amount of our time at the rink watching incredible games with some of the best players in the world, which was an amazing experience. We stayed in a town called Asiago, which is about a two hour drive from Venice. The town was rural and beautiful and many of the local people came to watch the tournament. Our tournament went over the span of a week and we played a number of amazing teams, including Colombia, Great Britain, India, Chinese Taipei, Spain and New Zealand.


These games were a lot of hard work and extremely challenging, especially as a Goalie, but it was also the most rewarding tournament I have ever participated in. It was a  privilege to play a sport I am so passionate about at an international level and to play among some of the best inline hockey players in the world.


by Anneka Carroll-Bertles 12X



UN Youth Australia

Year 10 Students compete in United Nations Youth Australia Evatt Competition

What is Evatt? 

Evatt is a specialised debating competition, in which 15 teams of two each represent a different country on the United Nations Security Council. It was named after Herbert Evatt, a former Australian High Court Justice who became the President of the General Assembly of the UN. The teams must speak, debate, negotiate, and pass notes to other countries in order to pass resolutions; two known beforehand and one unknown until 15 minutes before debate starts. The teams must debate to pass amendments to clauses, or to strike or add a clause to the resolution. Our competition was held at the Melbourne Law School on Friday 27th July. 


How does it work? 

Evatt works like most other Model United Nations (MUN) activities, but with a few differences. For those of you who do not know how MUN in general works, it is like most other debating competitions, but with different rules, and new complicated perspectives. Firstly, there are two main chambers, the speaking chamber and the negotiation chamber, with the speaking chamber being the main focus, and the negotiation chamber as a back door way to gain support behind closed doors. You can easily move between the chambers, but at least one of your team members needs to always be in the speaking chamber. 


As it is the Security Council, there are 15 members, ten of which are temporary and serve terms, and there are five permanent members known as the ‘Big Five’, those being Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. These members have special benefits, the most notable of which is the ability to veto any decisions made by the Security Council. 


How did we go? 

We represented the United Kingdom, a permanent member (giving us a veto vote). As is the norm, we did not use this veto power, but having that ability adds another level of complexity to an already complicated thought process. 


In our first two resolutions (one on lethal autonomous weapons and the other on public misinformation), whilst we spoke a little, we could have spoken more to debate amendments proposed by other representatives.


Since we prepared before the event, we did have two pre-written amendments, one for each of the preparatory amendments. Sadly, none of these were able to get enough support or get to the Chair quickly enough to be considered for debate. One of the reasons for this was that we lost them both, as when we had passed it to a country for them to sign, we did not receive it back. That was mildly annoying, but we could live with it. 


However we improved in the surprise resolution (which was on the Libyan Migrant Crisis), speaking multiple times about the resolution as a whole, as well as passing our own amendment that tried to protect African immigrants moving within and throughout Libya even before they attempt to make the dangerous travel across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy. The amendment passed, and so did the resolution, with no votes against. 


Overall, it was a fantastic experience for both of us, and we would both love to participate next year. 


- Elliot Starkey 10Z and Thomas White 10Z

UN Model United Nations

Year 11 Students Represent Jordan at the Model United Nations Assembly

If you can speak, you can influence. If you can influence, you can change lives.”

- Sadya Mishra


The Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) allows for just this. By allocating teams a country whose stance on current global issues they will research and debate during the mock UN General Assembly session, participants expand their perspective.


MUNA is a platform to prepare the next generation of leaders. It exposes them to the skills necessary for undertaking challenging diplomatic initiatives and global issues and develops powers of negotiation and debate. In a time where global cooperation is more crucial than ever before, the Model United Nations experience provided a thought provoking insight into the inner workings of the organs of the United Nations.


Our experience allowed for not only nuanced insights into current global issues, but proved to be an enriching debating experience where we forged life-long friendships with like-minded individuals, passionate to bring about change on an international level. Throughout the compact schedule and endless diplomatic conversations, we still had time to experience the exquisite catering provided at Parliament House, courtesy of the Rotary Clubs that were sponsoring the event.


Together we represented the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at both MUNAs. The country is a constitutional monarchy, led by His Royal Highness King Abdullah II, with a population of almost 10 million. Jordan's core values of peace and prosperity have prompted it to open its borders to the current 1.4 million Syrian refugees it hosts. The state is considered amongst the most stable and progressive in the region and borders Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Learning about the diverse and vibrant culture of Jordan was an experience of the utmost amazement, and was advanced through our meeting with officials within the Jordanian Embassy.


The Regional MUNA we attended was held at Parliament House, with 25 teams of two. The debate was conducted over a weekend in which we managed to debate a full eight of twelve resolutions. Diplomatic notes flew between countries, courtesy of the diplomatic note carriers, discussing stances on issues. Every once in a while, towards the end of the debate, there would be a note passed between Turkey and Israel to solidify international relations through competitive rounds of Noughts and Crosses. Russia boycotted the event, Myanmar was back-stabbed post-amendment during the Rohingyan resolution, North Korea adhered to international law and we managed to stop the trade war between the US and China before it escalated.


We came 1st in the Regional MUNA, allowing us entry into the next round - The National MUNA in Canberra.


With the generous support of the Rotary Club of Forest Hill and our Rotary District, we were able to attend the National Model United Nations Assembly Finals in Canberra over the weekend of August 18th and 19th. In all, out of 20 teams, we were one of the two teams representing the State of Victoria.


The opportunity was absolutely incredible and we did our very best to dive in and make the most of the once in a lifetime opportunity. Research began months before for Team Jordan, with countless weekends spent reading through UN resolutions, international law, agreements and treaties.


Before long, we were off to Canberra accompanied by Ms Weyenberg, who generously gave up a precious weekend to attend MUNA and support us during our stint in the ACT. When you see the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals displayed on the side of a building - that's when you truly know you are in the heart of the national capital.


The first item on the agenda of our weekend immersed in international politics was a meeting at the Jordanian Embassy with the Ambassador, His Excellency Dr A. Kraishan, Minister Plenipotentiary and the Consul-General. The meeting provided an opportunity not only to discuss the stances of The Kingdom in relation to the topics to be debated over the course of the weekend, but also to gain a deeper understanding of the culture of Jordan. The hospitality of the

Jordanian Embassy and its staff was a surreal experience which was one of the things that made this trip so memorable.


The National MUNA was held at the Old Parliament House, opposite the Federal Parliament. The debate intensified with every moving hour causing the escalation in the passing of diplomatic notes in true political fashion. At the conclusion of the debate, we managed to reach a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, the implementation of a specific time frame to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the South China Sea.


After a weekend of intense and lively debate, Jordan finished in 3rd place - an excellent result for all of the hard work and effort we put in during the lead up to the finals as well as during the debate itself. More importantly however, we received an extraordinary opportunity to improve our public speaking, negotiation (and stress management) skills, which we made the most of! In addition to this, we made dozens of friends from around the country with whom we share similar interests. No doubt these friendships will last for many years to come.


High School students resolving current international issues is nothing short of extraordinary - just like the MUNAs themselves.


Together, we would like to thank the Rotary Club of Forest Hill, our Rotary International district for volunteering their time to run Regional MUNA and to fully fund our trip to Canberra. Furthermore, without the incredible support of Ms Weyenberg, Ms Muston and Ms Pillay and the warm hospitality of the Jordanian Embassy, our once in a lifetime experience and the exceptional result would not have been possible!


It has been an absolute honour and privilege to represent the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Box Hill High School and Victoria as a whole.


- Team Jordan

Tom Yakubowski and Aashna Shah, Year 11

Photo: BHHS Prefects

Student Leadership

Photo: BHHS Prefects

House Captain Report

The House Captains have been spending Term 3 doing a lot of important behind-the-scenes work to continue improvements to our house system. 


A lot of time has been spent planning the House Victory Day celebrations, which will see the winning house for 2018 announced, in addition to many other house-related prizes being awarded.

Students have been working with Mr Acebron to arrange for special performances to make the event even more spectacular!


These student leaders have also been drafting a proposal to introduce new house-based identifiers, as the house badges have proved ineffective in increasing the visibility of houses in the classroom.


They have also been busy supporting other student wellbeing initiatives, such as making posters to advertise the Creativity Theme Week activities and awarding house points at the Year 11 v Year 12 footy game.


- Ms Sarah Weyenberg

Proposal to Change House Names

Our 2018 Student Leadership teams recently put forward a proposal to change Box Hill High School's House names.


The students wanted to make the House names more relevant to Box Hill High School’s diverse student population. They also felt that the values and actions of those who represent our current Houses are no longer truly representative of the values of Box Hill High families, teachers and students.


The proposed requirements for the new House names are:

•  Two women and two men

•  Australian (not necessarily by birth)

•  Racial diversity

•  Multiple areas of influence (e.g. science, the arts, sport, politics, culture and community)

•  Must have made a genuine and recognisable contribution to the Australian community in some way

•  No longer living


The student leaders presented their proposal to students at assemblies and then asked students to complete an online survey. The survey response showed an overwhelming majority of students were keen to change the current House names and provided many notable Australians as contenders.


This is a significant change for Box Hill High School and all potential names will be carefully considered before a final list will be presented to students. Four names will be selected based on voting by the Box Hill High School community.


- Ms Theresa Iacopino, Assistant Principal

Year 10 Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Program for 2018 is about to conclude and we are seeking interest for the 2019 program.


Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been assisting Year 7 students with their transition to secondary school through a number of sessions over the past three terms. We hope that Year 7 students have enjoyed making friends with older students and in having the opportunity to be mentored during their first year at BHHS. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank all  2018 Peer Support Leaders for their ongoing commitment and dedication of outside-of-class time to this program.


For departing leaders there is an opportunity to help train the Peer Support Leaders of tomorrow by joining our Peer Support Student Training Team (PSSTT). We are searching for 16 willing students who are interested in improving the program and running training sessions for next year’s leaders. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in please contact Mr Paul Rogers ([email protected]).


Information has been released to Year 9 students relating to the 2019 program. We look forward to seeing between 75-85 student participate in the program which involves two days of teamwork and leadership training to prepare student leaders for the Year 7s of 2019.

Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to departing Education Support Staff Member, Elizabeth Cohen. We are indebted to Ms Cohen for her years of service to the BHHS Peer Support Program as well as ensuring that all Year 7 students have a safe and welcoming experience in their first year at BHHS.


Once again, thank you to everyone who has been involved in the program in 2018.


- Mr Paul Rogers

Peer Support Coordinator

Library News

Book Week Celebrations - Find Your Treasure

Book Week is celebrated at the end of August but we decided to celebrate all month!


Quizzes, Selfies, Fancy Dress and a Morning Tea were just some of the ways that Box Hill High School celebrated this year’s Book Week theme, Find Your Treasure. And instead of celebrating for just one week, we decided we would celebrate all month starting with the Selfie Wall.


Over the month of August students were encouraged to select their favourite book and star on our Promote Your Treasure Selfie Wall. Over 100 images adorned the windows of the library, igniting many conversations about how difficult it is to select a favourite book and highlighting just how vast our students' reading interests are.


At the end of the celebratory week, all selfies were assigned a number and three lucky winners were drawn. Congratulations to Chau Dang, Arvan Mayekar and Chloe Neal who each received a new book to treasure.


If you find a treasure - take it! If you have a treasure to give - leave it!

This was the sign that accompanied our Book Week installation that was set up outside the library. Bookshelves were set up and filled with pre-loved books that had been weeded from our library collection but still had lots of treasure to give. Students were able to browse and take any books home to keep AND were also encouraged to donate any pre-loved books that they wanted to share with others. The books were a hit, many finding new homes amongst our staff and students and those that remain will be donated to charity.


Who am I? And what is my Treasure? was the theme for the Book Week Quiz. A mixture of new and old book titles and authors made up the answers and while all entries were awarded house points, we had two winners who managed to figure out all of the 24 treasure themed questions. Congratulations to Tilda Horobin and Rachel Baillie.


Finally, to cap off the end of our fabulous celebrations, we held a Free Dress Day and a morning tea. Eighty students were invited to a special morning tea to acknowledge their passion and dedication to reading. Among those 80 were our top five borrowers in the school who were awarded a $30 gift voucher - donated to us from Lilydale Books. Congratulations to Sherlyn Tang, Hannah Lee, Arabella Steele, Suha Shahzad and Tristan Cunningham. Our Premium Borrowers : Julia Baillie, Maggie Liu, Zoha Shahzad, Helen Hong, Harry Christie, Sarah Nicholson, Riley Naidu and Kei Kei Wong were each awarded a brand new book.


While many students chose to be Muggles, there were guest appearances from the Cheshire Cat, the crew from the Wizard of Oz, a herd of Hogwarts heroes and the Mr Men gang!


Thank you to all staff and students at Box Hill High School for helping us to celebrate Book Week in 2018. Collectively we raised over $680 for The Footpath Library - a charity that provides books to the homeless, and Room to Read, a charity that aims to transform the lives of millions of children throughout Asia and Africa by improving literacy and gender equality in education.


- Ms Kylie Pearson

Are graphic novels REAL reading material?

A recent article by Lucas Maxwell, a school librarian and former teen librarian from the public sector - A friendly reminder that comic books still count as reading, 2018 - recounted his overheard comment by a parent to his teenage son in a library, that "comic books aren’t real books".  


We would like to reconsider this view in the light of the many graphic novels that we carry in our school library at Box Hill HS. Try not to dissuade your children from reading comics – any reading is an enjoyable, stress-relieving activity and graphic novels give students an entrée to stories that they might otherwise not pick up.


There are many classic titles in graphic novels, like Pride and Prejudice or manga versions of Shakespeare’s plays (still with full text), and classics like The Wizard of Oz and Robin Hood. We also include recently published picture book format titles in our collection, like the books ‘Truce’ by Jim Murphy, and ‘An ANZAC tale’ by Ruth Starke; both stories about WWI which make the stark facts more accessible, with their evocative drawings, (the latter tale is told by engagingly drawn kangaroos in their Aussie uniforms, sitting on the beaches at ANZAC Cove).

Dr. Laura Jiménez of Boston University found that graphic novels are important “because of the possibility that a different medium might provide an entry point for struggling readers, challenge gifted readers, and help more students learn”(Maxwell, 2018).


Another study conducted at California State University, Northridge, found that for students to improve their vocabulary, they should be exposed to as many complex or difficult words as possible. Their research found that the “language used by comics is far more advanced than that the oral communication of college graduates, and uses almost twice as many rare or difficult words!” (Maxwell, 2018).


Maxwell also documents the experience of Dan Hurley, a science writer and Washington Post journalist, who as a child, was labelled slow and grouped with what the rest of the school called the dumb kids. He says he was "rescued by Spiderman" when he was 10, and then became obsessed with reading comic books and drawing his own comics with his friend. By the age of 11 he was getting straight As.


Hurley then spent three years interviewing psychologist and neuroscientists from around the world. His conclusion is that reading and intelligence, especially emotional intelligence, form a symbiotic relationship’, as told to The Guardian in 2014 (Maxwell, 2018).


At Box Hill HS with our well-stocked fiction shelves, and our emphasis on wide reading for pleasure and in English classes, we aim to offer a collection of books to tempt every student. There is no doubt that reading for pleasure is both good for your health and leads to better educational outcomes and we believe that any book which encourages reading is a good one.


A friendly reminder that comic books still count as reading’. Lucas Maxwell, August 2018


- Ms Dee McQueen


Stress in Teenagers

Following is an excerpt of an article by Raising Children Network


If your child is stressed, they are not alone. Teenage stress is pretty common, so recognising stress and learning how to reduce stress are important life skills for teenagers. You can help your child by guiding them towards helpful ways of thinking and healthy lifestyle choices.


Teenage stress: what is it?

Stress in teenagers – and anyone – isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Stress is the way your body responds to challenges and gets you ready to face them with attention, energy and strength. Stress gets you ready for action. When you feel you can cope with these challenges, stress gives you the motivation to get things done. But there can be problems when your stress is greater than your ability to cope.


Signs of teenage stress

Signs of stress in teenagers can show up in their behaviour, emotions, body and thinking.


Behaviour signs

If your child is stressed, you might see some changes in your child’s behaviour. For example, your child might:

  • not want to see friends or take part in activities she usually enjoys, or she might want to be by herself more than usual,
  • seem nervous or anxious,
  • sleep too little or too much,
  • eat more ‘comfort food’ than usual, or eat less,
  • refuse to go to school, or not do as well at school,
  • drink more caffeine products, or take over-the-counter painkillers, use alcohol or other drugs, or gamble,
  • behave aggressively,
  • not care about her appearance,
  • behave differently in her relationship with you – for example, suddenly stop wanting to talk to you.


Emotional signs

If your child is stressed, you might see changes in your child’s emotions. For example, your child might:

  • be cranky or moody,
  • cry or feel sad, down or hopeless, or feel that ‘nothing is going right’,
  • worry about missing out on what his peers are up to,
  • find it hard to relax or switch off, especially from social media,
  • get more angry more than usual,
  • feel like he’s on an ‘emotional roller-coaster ride’ and have emotional ‘ups and downs’ for no obvious reason.


Physical signs

Sometimes you might see physical signs of stress. Your child might:

  • feel sick – for example, she might have headaches, shoulder pain, stomach aches or jaw pain,
  • not feel hungry,
  • say she feels more tired than usual, even if she’s getting enough sleep,
  • lose or gain weight,
  • get frequent colds or infections,
  • have panic attacks, dizzy spells, fast breathing or pins and needles,
  • have changes in her period.


Thinking signs

Stress can affect your child’s thinking. You might notice that your child is:

  • finding it hard to concentrate and stay focused,
  • losing the thread of thoughts or conversations,
  • having trouble remembering things,
  • making snap decisions or errors in judgment,
  • having trouble organising, planning or making decisions,
  • or getting confused or irrational.


Causes of teenage stress

Some of the things that cause stress in teenagers include study worries, social media, caring for other family members, friendships, family conflict, body image, work, bullying, discrimination, alcohol and other drug use, tension between cultural worlds, high personal expectations or high expectations from parents, teachers and



If you can keep an eye on things that could cause stress for your child, try to reduce those things and also respond early to signs of stress in teenagers, you might be able to prevent stress tipping over into anxiety and depression.


How to reduce stress in teenagers

In general, you can help your child with stress by listening, spending time together and doing things that make your child feel good. You can also help your child reduce stress by working together on two key areas – helpful thinking and healthy lifestyle.


Helpful thinking to reduce stress in teenagers

How you think about things affects how stressed you get by them. Like adults, teenagers can develop unhelpful thinking that makes it harder to deal with stress. Unhelpful thinking can get out of control, particularly if it becomes

the normal way you think about things.


Some common unhelpful thinking patterns are:

  • Mind-reading, or expecting other people to have a bad opinion of you – for example, ‘They think I’m stupid’, ‘She thinks I’m no good at anything’
  • Thinking things will always go wrong – for example, ‘Things never work out for me’, ‘Everyone is always against me’, ‘I’ll never be able to …’
  • Labelling yourself – for example, ‘I’m no good’, ‘I’m stupid’, ‘I’m hopeless’
  • Absolute thinking – for example, ‘I have to do it this way’, ‘This will never work’
  • Fortune-telling or expecting the worst – for example, ‘I’m sure to mess this up’, ‘It’s not going to work out anyway’, ‘I’m going to feel awful when it doesn’t happen’
  • All-or-nothing thinking – for example, ‘He does everything right, and I always get it wrong’, ‘It has to be perfect’, ‘If only I had done it that way, it would be OK’.


Speaking to you or someone else can help your child to see that there are other ways of thinking about a situation. You and your child could try these steps to change unhelpful thinking patterns:

  1. With your child, work out what’s causing the stress – for example, your child gets a last-minute text from a friend to cancel an outing.
  2. Encourage your child to list the thoughts connected to this situation or event – for example, ‘He doesn’t really like me’, ‘She should have told me sooner’, ‘My day’s ruined’.
  3. Help your child decide if the thoughts are helpful – for example, how does your child know his friend doesn’t like him? Is it possible the friend couldn’t have told him sooner? Are there other good things your child could do with the day?
  4. Encourage your child to suggest some other thoughts – for example, ‘I don’t really know why he cancelled – there could be an emergency’, ‘Life has its ups and downs’, ‘I can go out anyway’, ‘This gives me time to do other things’, ‘I’m disappointed but I can cope’, or ‘We can go out together another day’.
  5. Help your child notice that when he changes his unhelpful thinking, his feelings also change – usually for the better.

Healthy lifestyle changes to reduce stress in teenagers

When your child feels stressed, it’s easy to forget to do every day healthy things. Here are some healthy family lifestyle changes that you and your child can make to reduce stress:

  • Do some physical activity: exercise burns off the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol, so exercise can help the body.
  • Stay connected to family and friends: plan some special time with your child when you know she’s feeling stressed. Positive relationships are the building blocks of mental health.
  • Get enough sleep: one of the biggest causes of stress in teenagers is not getting enough sleep. Your child still needs about 9¼ hours of sleep a night.
  • Eat good food: aim for a family diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegies, lean meat, dairy foods and wholegrains.
  • Relax and unwind: this might be going for a walk, reading a book, having a relaxing bath or listening to some music.


When to get help for stress in teenagers

If your child’s stress won’t go away, your child’s worries have got worse over time, or your child’s stress is getting in the way of sleep, appetite, energy levels, enjoyment or socialising, it’s a good idea to see a professional.


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Wellbeing Week

Creativity Theme Activities

Our Term 3 Wellbeing Week had a focus on creativity and each recess and lunchtime of the week we arranged group activities to encourage this most important aspect of a young person's education. Creativity helps us solve problems and aids in considering different perspectives and solutions. But more importantly it allows the mind to have fun whilst learning.


Students were able to choose from activities such as:


Cookie and Cake decorating - using various icing colours and sweets to create a culinary masterpiece (then eat it!).

Dance Choreography – to work on creating and learning a new dance routine.

Chalk Drawing – to create a small transient piece of art.

Mindfulness and Green Tea – to calm the nerves and sooth the mind.

Banner Painting – to send a message of support to fellow students.

Dungeons and Dragons – to use imagination and strategy.

Meme Making – to use humour to create amusement for others.

Over-sized Board Games – to think through a strategy for chess game, Connect 4 or Jenga.

‘Mafia’ Championship – to use acting and observation to reach a goal.

Music Performance – the ‘Baked Beans’ band showcasing their musical talents.


It was really great to see the large number of students who were keen to challenge themselves and be creative. It was also wonderful to see the level of pride in which they undertook each of these activities.


A big thank you to the Year 11 Leaders – Sean, Lexi, Diego, Ananya, Zoe, Tom and William.

Also the brilliant teachers who helped organise and run one of the activities - Mr Hamish Thomas, Ms Sarah Weyenberg, Mr Toby Wilkins, Ms Jeanni Lockhart and Ms Penny Danks.


- Mr Neil Hamley

Student Engagement Coordinator

Duke of Edinburgh

Additional 25 Students complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award at BHHS

The Duke of Edinburgh team is excited to see an additional 25 students finish their Bronze Award this term. This brings the 2018 total to over 60 students, which is the highest Box Hill High School has had in a number of years. We look forward to another group of students completing their Bronze and Silver Awards early in 2019.


In the Year 10 Program, students have had a busy term. They have participated in a number of activities:

  • Visited local outdoor gear stores to learn about different types of equipment before presenting back to the class.
  • Refined cooking skills through a special ingredient challenge and fusion of two international cuisines.
  • Taken part in resume and job interview information sessions by Hands on Training.
  • Been introduced to basic camp craft skills including knots, tents and camp set up in preparation for two independent end of year camps running during Camps Week in Term 4.
  • Continued with Respectful Relationships Curriculum activities.

Coming up next term  are three weeks of a Teen Mental Health First Aid Course, consolidating navigation skills, risk analysis and management for camps, Masterchef and Skillsfest. There are also two full-day excursions booked for late October and early November. The first will be full-day walking trip to Mount Donna Buang, 1,000 Steps or Mount Dandenong. The second is an opportunity to participate in a full-day driving experience at METEC.


We look forward to next term’s activities and helping students achieve their awards.



- The Duke of Edinburgh Team

Mr Paul Rogers, Mr Neil Hamley, Mr Drew Howlett and Ms Emma Natoli

Duke of Ed not just for Year 10 students

Are you interested in what you have read about the Duke of Edinburgh’s program? Are you a Senior School student (Year 10 and above) and interested in having all your extra-curricular commitments formally recognised? Did you know that completing this award can grant you priority access to La Trobe University or even boost your ATAR?

For general information visit Duke of Ed Victoria at:

or contact Mr Paul Rogers ([email protected])


- Mr Paul Rogers

Duke of Endinburgh Coordinator

Clubs and Activities -
Inter-school Debating

This year, the Box Hill High School Debating team was the biggest it’s ever been. It was very exciting to see how many Year 7, 8, 9 and 11 students were keen to be involved in the Debaters Association of Victoria schools competition — so much so that we had to hold auditions for the first time ever.  


Over the course of the year, we had some interesting topics thrown our way — from mandatory sentencing for violent crimes, to whether or not we should have a four-day work week (yes please!), to whether we should limit government funded university places. Our brilliant coaches worked tirelessly to help each team prepare, and it was a joy to see the students improve with each lunchtime coaching session, mock debate and round of competition.  


Throughout the five rounds, our seven teams went on to achieve some wonderful results, beating teams from schools such as Camberwell Grammar, Carey Baptist Grammar, Balwyn High School and Blackburn High School.


Whilst we didn’t make it to the finals this year, we had a lot of fun, and as Coordinator I enjoyed seeing our students represent Box Hill High with such energy and enthusiasm, and receiving the run-down from coaches on how each team went on the Tuesday mornings after a debate. It is clear that we have some future politicians in our midst!  


Thank you to all who made this year’s debating competition possible—to the students for being so eager to participate, to the parents who spent their Monday evenings ferrying their children back and forth and offering their support through spectating, and to our incredible coaches (Mr Thomas, Ms Metcalfe, Mr Shah, Ms Young, Mr Innes and Mr Blencowe) who gave up so much of their time to ensure the program could run.  


- Ms Anna Muston

Debating Coordinator 


Alexander's Debating Experience


This year was my first Debating experience with DAV (Debaters Association of Victoria) and it was beyond perfection. It was just as fun as it was educational, not to mention the heart-striking moments of when the adjudicator announces the debate winner.


Not only did it help me better develop essential skills such as confidence, team work, persuasive writing and general public speaking prowess, but it helped me and my teammates bond, and from debating, also came some new friends.


Our team did fairly well, we won our first three debates in a row, then lost the last two, which was quite a disappointment. But nonetheless, I still thought it was an excellent effort by the team for first-timers. I also believe I debated pretty well and after the many rounds of debates, I found I am best suited for the position of third speaker. 


This came as a surprise as initially I thought this would be the most difficult position, as you have to be able to formulate arguments on the spot and deliver them with fluency and concision. I am so grateful to our team's  fantastic teacher who guided us through this wonderful experience and generously shared with us so much of her experiences and knowledge about Debating.


A huge round of applause to Ms Metcalfe. No matter win or lose, at the end of the day, Debating is a fun and rewarding learning experience, and that is all that counts... though winning does feel satisfying - trust me. Plus, in Debating you gain transferable skills that will help you all through life, from the next English assignment to your dream job's interview. It is really just an experience you'll have to have for yourself to discover its true charm, but from my view, this time, it was flawless.


- Alexander Khor 8F


Chau's Debating Experience


DAV (Debaters Association of Victoria) was a fantastic experience! I learned so many new things that are an important part of who I am now. It certainly helped me become a better public speaker and overcome my fear of presenting in front of an audience, not to mention that I also gained a lot of meaningful skills such as the ability to think on the spot and improvise, which are some of the skills needed for not only debating but also for writing essays or presenting or performing in front of an audience.


I realised that even if someone isn't a good debater at the start, they will gradually become better with the help of others! I learned how to cooperate in a team and how to convince an audience despite the possibility of not agreeing with the content.


I also made lots of friends during debating and I feel like I have come out of my comfort zone in the best possible way! Our team did reasonably well overall. We won three debates and lost two in the end but despite our disappointment whenever we lost, our team still stayed positive and improved a lot along the way.


A huge thank you to our Debating Coach Mr Blencowe, who taught me everything I know. I am extremely grateful because all my knowledge and skills that I have learned was all thanks to you!


In the end, it didn't matter who won or lost, but it was about gaining all these essential skills and having FUN! I definitely recommend students who are interested to join Debating next year as it is an AMAZING opportunity and one that you should definitely not pass up!   


- Chau Dang 8Z


Careers Update

The focus this term for our students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12, has been about planning their future pathways.

Earlier this term, the VCE Expo provided students and parents an opportunity to discover the many subjects and varied pathways, offered at Box Hill High School. This supported our students’ decision making, in preparation for the course advising/subject selections that took place earlier this term, with many of our staff.


For our Year 12 students, VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) opened registrations on August 6th and interviews with all Year 12s have been in full swing since, to discuss tertiary options and to upload course preferences. It has been an immense pleasure to have supported the Year 12 students with their applications. I am confident that our students are well prepared for the journey ahead.


Although VTAC applications have been submitted, students can continue to make changes to their preference lists, after the first deadline on September 27th has been met. VTAC charges a once off fee of $36 to register and apply.


A reminder to students and parents to pay as soon as possible. Students will have the opportunity to make a time to see me, when their ATAR results are published, to refine their preferences as needed, in term 4.


FYA Research

I’m always searching for articles or research to inform my practice and would like to share the following Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) research, that makes for interesting reading. It provides an insight into the world of work in years to come, and the skills that will be required for the future generations to be gainfully employed.


The FYA's New Work Order series, analyses how the disruption to the world of work has significant implications for young Australians. The message about developing transferable employability skills, for improved pathways and employment beyond school is very clear. Happy reading.


- Ms Thea Kamvissis

Careers/Pathways Coordinator

End of Year Program

The End of Year Program will run from Monday 10th – Friday 14th December 2018. The program has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to embrace new experiences and build collaborative partnerships with other students.  


The following events have been finalised for 2018.  

  • Echuca Horse Riding Camp 

  • Warrnambool Surf and Sea Camp 

  • Tennis Workshop 

  • Games Workshop 

  • Photography Workshop 

  • Production Workshop (for students who are a part of the 2019 production) 

  • Year Level Activities 

Students have been allocated to an event for the week and will be provided with detailed information of their allocated event early next term. 


A reminder that balance payments for the two camps are due by 2nd November 2018 via the Compass Event. 


We hope everyone has a wonderful time on the program! 


- Ms Gemma Anderson

Focus on our Staff

Tobias Wilkins

More particulars must justify my knowledge.

Cymbeline: Iachimo: II, iv

Mr Toby Wilkins

As a teacher of Drama I position myself as advocate and architect of the subject -  accountable as creator, facilitator and assessor to my students, colleagues, and the wider school community. My imperative is to challenge students through Drama; expanding their academic, aesthetic and humanistic knowledge and skills. I suggest that one means to achieve this is via the effective teaching of Shakespeare.


In 2016 I successfully proposed to undertake Doctoral research with the University of Melbourne, focusing on the teaching of Shakespeare through Drama. Now two years into my preliminary research, I am delighted at the enthusiastic support and interest I have received from students, parents and colleagues towards this project. Shakespeare’s plays have been performed more than any other playwright’s in the world. They are challenging, rewarding and edifying to those fortunate enough to be engaged with them.


This year I have been privileged to work with the BHHS English Domain, exploring Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet with senior students through active Drama-based workshops. My continued research has also allowed me to present further workshops at the Northern College of the Arts and Technology exploring the text of Julius Caesar. My developing research project has also afforded me the opportunity to work as a lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, delivering active learning and teaching models to some of the state’s most outstanding graduate teachers.


In July I had the pleasure of being invited to co-present the very same Romeo & Juliet workshops I undertook with BHHS year 10s at the Australian Association for Teachers of English National Conference in Perth. I am honoured by this achievement and further buoyed that our students at BHHS are learning in ways that are promoted at a national level.


As I continue to plan and develop my research project I am hopeful that I may create a significantly effective and rigorous Shakespeare praxis for the benefit of our students. I am thankful for all the encouragement I have received from the Box Hill High School community and look forward to sharing my findings with you all.


- Mr Toby Wilkins


Mr Tobias Wilkins is the domain leader for Drama, Media and Music. He is currently undertaking his Doctorate of Education with the University of Melbourne with an expected completion date of January 2022.

James Taylor

Right in the Middle

Mr James Taylor

I will always remember my year 7 Science teacher Mr. Klinger. One time he gave a demonstration of the effects of Liquid Nitrogen, which concluded with him freezing a banana and then proceeding to use it to hammer a nail into a piece of wood. I also remember Mr. Klinger tell our class that, while he might not be the most knowledgeable Science teacher, he believed he could teach what he knew. I would be happy if my students thought the same of me.


For a number of years now I have had the opportunity to present to other design teachers and students beyond Box Hill High School. This has taken me to a range of venues around Melbourne and beyond, including Melbourne Uni, Swinburne Uni and The Melbourne Museum. I have been asked to present for the design teachers association VCV as well as, VCAA Engage Education.


Later this year I have been asked to make a presentation at the National Gallery of Victoria at the Visual Communication Victoria conference. This is something of an honour as only a few teachers across the state have been invited to present. Like Mr. Klinger, I do not pretend to be one of the best teachers in Victoria, however I do hope I have some experience even from this year at BHHS to share.


I make a point of only presenting seminars and workshops that will benefit my own teaching. So in a way all my students are guinea pigs. No I’m not suggesting our students are rodents. The reality is that the person who benefits most from reflecting on a subject is the teacher. The hope is that a student will do the subject once and pass with flying colours. The teacher runs the same class again each year, so hopefully it gets better each time.


Improving a curriculum at times needs some help. This is why I have been asked to present on curriculum development from years 7 to 10. I am going with the title, Right in the Middle. The idea being, that the more we get right in the middle years, the better prepared our students will be in the senior years. 


And while there might not be any frozen bananas on show, I will be highlight the achievements I have been able to make with our talented students here at Box Hill High School.


- Mr James Taylor


Mr James Taylor is the Visual Arts domain leader. He will be presenting at the National Gallery of Victoria in December 2018 as part of the Visual Communication Victoria National Conference to over 200 VCD Teachers.



Enrolment Information

Enrolment at Box Hill High School

At Box Hill High School, we're committed to providing academic excellence and we cater for the individual needs of students through both our traditional and innovative programs. The curriculum is challenging and flexible. Students are encouraged to be the best they can be in a stimulating and competitive environment. 


Year 7 2019 Application from Primary Schools

During Term 3 and Term 4, Box Hill High School is following the Department of Education and Training (DET) process of verifying applications.  During September and October, further information will be provided to those applicants who fulfill their enrolment offer criteria. We look forward to greeting our Year 7 2019 students at some transition events which are planned for Term 4.


Tours and Open Evening

Box Hill High School runs an annual Open Evening to give students and parents of prospective students the opportunity to tour the school and to hear additional information about enrolment and our Gifted and Academic Potential Program (GAPP). Next year’s event details and tour bookings will be made available on our website during Term 1 2019.  


Box Hill High School Priority Order

When you are requesting a place a Box Hill High School, please be aware that a 'designated neighbourhood boundary' has been allocated by the Regional Director.  To view additional enrolment information, a map and a list of related enrolment documents please refer to our school website.


Students will be enrolled according to the DET regulations, which stipulate the following criteria in order of priority.


Where there is insufficient accommodation at a school for all students who seek entry, students must be enrolled in the following priority order:

  • Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school.
  • Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.
  • Where the regional director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school.
  • Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.
  • All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.
  • In exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds. 

2019 Enrolment Applications for Year 8 -12

Students who are interested in Box Hill High School enrolment for 2019 are advised to review the enrolment criteria and process that is published on our school website at the commencement of Term 4 2018. 



Box Hill High School endeavours to update the website when DET occasionally alter the conditions of enrolment.


- Ms Dianne Trengrove, Enrolment Officer

School Information

Box Hill High School

Address: 1180 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill VIC 3128

Phone: 03 9877 1177

School website:

Compass link:

Staff Contacts

Principal Team

Ms Losh Pillay  - Principal 

9877 1177 - [email protected]

Ms Theresa Iacopino - Assistant Principal

9877 1177 - [email protected]

Mr Neil Davis - Assistant Principal (currently on leave)

9877 1177 - [email protected]

Ms Kellie Ind - Acting Assistant Principal

9877 1177 - [email protected]


Student Engagement Leaders

Year 7 - Ms Diana Willshire

9875 9114 - [email protected]

Year 8 - Mr Justin Bond

9875 9113 - [email protected]

Year 9 - Mr Gary Warton

9875 9151 - [email protected]

Year 10 - Ms Erica Sporri

9875 9132 - [email protected]

Year 11 - Mr John Middenway

9875 9152 - [email protected]

Year 12 - Ms Jessica Sheppard

9875 9115 - [email protected]



Junior School Support Coordinator - Ms Kaitlyn Trollope

9875 9111 - [email protected]

Senior School Support Coordinator - Mr Drew Howlett

9875 9131 - [email protected] 


GAPP/SEAL Coordinator - Ms Jess Goodwin

9875 9128 - [email protected]


Student Welfare Coordinators - Student Engagement

Mr Neil Hamley

 9875 9107 - [email protected]

Ms Kellie Ind

9875 9109 - [email protected]

Mr Colin Osborn

9875 9108 - osborn[email protected]


Absences/Attendance Support - Ms Sonia Francis

9875 9133 - [email protected]

Enrolment Administration Support - Ms Dianne Trengove

9875 9154 - [email protected] 

School Uniform

Our uniforms are supplied by PSW in Kew East, and they can be purchased either online or in-store.  The most recent price list and other information is available on our website under the Parents/Uniforms tabs.

Community Notices

'Come and Try' Track Cycling

After the school holidays Blackburn Cycling Club is launching the Summer season and it's the perfect time for kids of all ages to get involved. The Summer season, which is focused on track cycling, is held at the East Burwood Velodrome, on Burwood Highway next to the basketball stadium.  It's a great community club. Come along to the ‘Come and Try’ session on the 13 October. The club will supply track bikes to use at the velodrome over the summer season.

Contact Philip Vimpani on 0418993596 

Out of the Box
Losh Pillay, Principal
Senior Boys Netball Team
‘An ANZAC tale’ by Ruth Starke
German Poetry Competition
German Poetry Competition
Anneke at the World Roller Games
2018 BBN CC come and try FLYER with DATE.PDF