Lilydale High School News

24 March 2017
Issue 4
Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program 2018
Lilydale High School
9735 5644
25 Melba Ave
Lilydale, VIC, 3140



Term 1:  30 January to 31 March

Term 2:  18 April (Tuesday) to 30 June

Term 3:  17 July to 22 September

Term 4:   9 October to 22 December



Friday 24

OE Wilsons Prom Camp

DOE Paddle Board Excursion


Monday 27

Year 7 Camp 1 (27 to 29)


Wednesday 29

Year 7 Camp 2 (29 to 31)


Friday 31

End of Term 1 - 2.30 pm finish



Tuesday 18

Start of Term 2


Tuesday 25

Anzac Day - Public Holiday


Wednesday 26

VET Animal Studies RSPCA Excursion


Thursday 27

Clay Target Shooting

LHS Cross Country

Year 11 Fit2Drive

Theatre Studies 'The River, The Dirt & Us'


Friday 28

Theatre Studies 'The River, The Dirt & Us'


Monday 1

Year 10 Camp - 1 & 2  - (1 to 9 May)


Tuesday 2

DO Cathedral Ranges Camp (2 to 5 May)


Wednesday 3

Year 10 Cam - 2 & 3 (3 to 11 May)

VET Animal Studies RSPCA Excursion


Thursday 4

Business Management Market Day


Friday 5

Year 7 Immunisations (2 of 3)


Monday 8

VCE Drama Melbourne Talam Excursion


Tuesday 9

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN


Wednesday 10

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN


Thursday 11

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN

Theatre Studies 'Away' Excursion

LHS Information Evening - 7 pm


Friday 12 

Yarra Group Cross Country

Year 11 Presentation Evening


Saturday 13 

Year 11 Presentation Evening



The following calendars are also available on our school website;

  • Whole School Calendar
  • Junior School Calendar
  • Middle School Calendar
  • Senior School Calendar
  • Sports Calendar

To view, please click below;



Please note: School events by nature are subject to change. The school reserves the right to add, change or cancel events as required.


















Visit by Dr Gallagher – Ontario, Canada

On Tuesday March 14, we had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Regional Director, Judy Rose and Dr Mary Jean Gallagher, Chief Student Achievement Officer, Assistant Deputy Minister Student Achievement Division Ontario Ministry of Education.


Dr Gallagher was able to provide some insights into the school improvement agenda that has led to improvements in student outcomes in Ontario.


It was interesting and heartening to hear that the improvement agenda in Ontario is very similar to the strategies we are implementing to improve education for all of our students.


Some of the similarities include:

  • Introducing an Instructional Model 
  • Increased use of student data
  • Increased teacher collaboration to improve teacher instruction and build curriculum

It was a wonderful opportunity to speak with Dr Gallagher and Judy Rose about the challenges and successes we have experienced and how we are moving forward to continually make improvements.

School Council 2017

The new school council met for the first time on March 14 with the election of office bearers taking place.


Once again we have a committed and hard working group of parents and staff who will be shaping the future growth and direction of the school. We are certainly looking forward to a very productive year.


Congratulations to the office bearers: 


President - Lynne Brodie 
Vice President -  Jacquie Withers

Parent representatives:

  • Katrina Frankiln
  • Anthony Brobbel
  • Bill McKernan
  • Sandra Rowe

DET representatives:

  • Sarah Hardy
  • Stuart Young
  • Trent Silk

Our school captains, Lana Adams and Brenton Laity have been co opted as community members.


A very big thank you to the outgoing president Lesa Howell and parent member Carolyn Smart for their support and work over the years.

3 Way Conferences

Thank you to parents and carers who attended the recent 3 Way Conferences on Thursday March 16. I have had some very positive feedback about the nature of the interviews from both parents and teachers.


The interviews at this time of year are an opportunity to make connections between families and the teaching staff with a view to building the positive partnerships required for our students to have the best chance at success.


Please don’t hesitate to contact the coordinators, teachers, myself or assistant principals via a phone call or email (through Compass) if needed at any stage. Our policy is to respond within 48 hours for email, however for anything urgent please phone the school – this is the quickest most effective way to make contact.

Upcoming Term break

This is the last newsletter before the end of Term 1.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, teachers and parents/carers for a great term.


I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday April 18.  


Wendy Powson



School Contract Buses 

Just a reminder to all School Contract Bus travellers, buses will run 30 minutes earlier on the last day of Term 1, Friday 31 March.

All other bus services will run to their normal timetables.



Student Absences

Student absences should be entered on Compass by parents/guardians OR by calling the school Absence Line - 9735 5644.


The  Sub School Offices should be contacted if it is expected that your child will be away for more than two days.


Parents and guardians who may have forgotten their Compass username and password, can contact the relevant Sub School Office for assistance.


School Tours

Lilydale High School welcomes prospective families to visit and tour our School on Tuesday 28 March.


The tour commences at 9.00 am from the School Administration Office.


Bookings are essential by calling 9735 5644.



2017 Information Evening

Parents and Guardians are cordially invited to our Information Evening on;

  • Thursday 11 May
  • 7.00 pm
  • School Hall 

There will be presentations from the Principal, and Heads of Junior School and information presented about the school.


Tours of the school, presentations and displays of all the Key Learning Areas will also be held.

LOWES - Uniform Shop

All uniform requirements including shoes are available through Lowes, our official uniform supplier (Lilydale Market Place, Shopping Centre). 

Lowes - LHS School Uniform items

Students are required to wear correct school uniform everyday, including travelling to and from Lilydale High School.  

​The co-operation of parents/guardians is expected in delivering a high standard of appearance for students.  School uniform policy is determined by School Council and reviewed on a regular basis.



Student Lockers

All students are reminded that for any locker queries,  to please see or email Mr Bechaz in the Pod located in Room 63.

Reptile Room Fundraising

Staff and students can purchase fundraising chocolates from the Zoo Keepers during recess, lunctime and afterschool.


Funds raised from the purchase of the chocolates help keep the Reptile Room operating. 



Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program 2018

2018 SEAL Program

Lilydale High School has offered a Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program since 1994. Lilydale is a foundation member of the Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools. 


Entry to the program is through a selection process involving:

  • General ability test
  • Writing tasks
  • Reading comprehension tests
  • Mathematics tests
  • Information from parents
  • Information from the primary school teacher
  • Results of Year 5 NAPLAN testing
  • Latest school report
  • Interview


Testing for the 2018 Program, will take place on Friday 19 May, from 9.15 am until approximately 12.30 pm at Lilydale High School. 


To guarantee your child’s place in the test, all application forms, payment and supporting material must be received at the School Office by 3.30 pm Tuesday May 16, 2017. The cost for the test is $30.


For details of the application forms, please see the ‘Application Forms & Supporting Material' page on the school website.  Late applications must be approved by Lilydale High School.


To Register for the Testing Day, please go to the school website homepage.


Further Information

For further information about the Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program, please contact Janine Sayers, SEALP Coordinator on 9735 5644.


Janine Sayers

SEALP Coordinator


Photo: Year 12 English teachers moderating student assessments.




Melissa McMillan

Assistant Principal


PI DAY - Friday 17 March

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) around the world.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in Mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.


Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.


While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize and to computationally calculate more and more digits.


In celebration of this day, Laura Todorov decided it would be a good idea to have the top 10 people in the school, who could recite the most decimal places throw pies at Mr Moore, Ms Hoysted, Ms Walton and Mr Izzard.


Thank you to all staff and students who participated.  

Below are the results of the top 10 students with the number of decimals recited:

  • Jordy Armstrong - 121
  • Eildon Forsty - 58 
  • Daniel O’Hea - 39
  • Tarryn Brennan - 23
  • Briana Tilbury - 20
  • Hannah Garry -15
  • Ella Walker - 10
  • Brad Pennington - 9
  • Hazel Goncalvez  - 7
  • Sarah Davie - 6


Laura Todorov

Assistant Head of Mathematics


Lilydale Cenotaph

On 20 March, 1917 Malcolm Allen Rankin was killed in Bapaume, France. One hundred years later, 9P6 History students participated in a commemorative ceremony at the Lilydale Cenotaph. 


After enlisting in 1916, Malcolm served in France at Pozieres, Moquet Farm and finally in Bapume. In March 1917, he was stationed in the front line trenches in front of the German held village of Bapaume. Soon after it was observed that the German army were starting to move back, not in retreat but more a strategic withdrawal back towards the Hindenburg Line, a line of well entrenched defensive positions. The 21st Battalion followed the retreating Germans into Bapaume and through into the smaller villages past this township.


Private W Byrne of the 21st Battalion was a witness to what happened to Malcolm:


"About two o’clock on the morning of March 20th, we were formed up and went marching away for more fighting, and by jingo we got it. We went past Fremincourt about daylight, and were told we were to be relieved at three o’clock. Well we started off, and at about seven we were in sight of the town we were to take. The Germans let us get on a lovely flat and then opened up on us. Men were falling everywhere. Malcolm Rankin fell not far from me. It lasted until about eleven, there was not many of the boys left at three o’clock and the town had not been captured either.”


Malcolm Rankin was killed in action that day; he was thirty-five years old. He is remembered today on the memorial at Villers Bretonneaux in France. He is also remembered by students of Lilydale High School. 


Lest We Forget.

Kristy Mays



2016 Market Day students

Congratulations once again to the 2016 Year 10 and 11 Business Management classes.



Some of their profits that they made on Market Day last year were donated to Headspace Knox. This organisation provides information, support and services to young people aged 12-25 years, as well as their family and friends.


The centre, located in Westfield Knox Ozone, is designed to offer a welcoming environment in which young people feel comfortable to seek help early on a wide range of issues affecting their lives.


If you are having any personal issues, you can contact Headspace Know on 9801-6088. You can also find further information on their website.


Once again, congratulations to all of those involved in Market Day. You are making a difference in the community!


Kristy Mays and Sharon Wall

VCE Business Management Teachers


Jewish Holocaust Centre

On Thursday 23  March, 2017 our History class had the pleasure of going to the Jewish Holocaust Centre. We experienced one of the most greatest things. We got to see and hear a lot about the Holocaust. We had the best speakers and tours. We saw photos and a replica model of what one of the concentration camps looked like. It was a very breathtaking experience. 


The best part of it all, was we got to hear from a Holocaust survivor named Abe, short for Abraham. He talked to us about his really tough experience throughout the Holocaust. He went to a concentration camps with his parents and his two sisters and told us how time went on in the camps. He lost all of his family members which was really heart breaking to hear. At the end of the talk that Abe gave us, a few students went out to the front and we lit a candle of remembrance for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. After we lit the candle we walked down with Abe to the remembrance room where we placed a candle amongst names of Jews that died in the Holocaust. 


I would like to say a big thank you to all the students, teachers and staff at the Centre for making it a really great day.


Bradley Sumner 10.03 


Thursday 23 March, was a day in which I will never forget. Two of our Year 10 History classes had the special privilege of being able to travel to the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick, to further

improve our knowledge of the Holocaust as to why and how it happened, listen to a couple of courageous men (Abe and Tuvia), who survived the Holocaust and shared their inspiring true stories of the events that occurred, prior to the invasion of the Nazis to liberation.


From just this one experience, I feel so inspired and touched by these survivors who are still willing to express their feelings as to what really happened.  They gave all the Year 10 students more hope and a reason to smile every day.


Isabella Di Giorgio 10.10


I found this experience full on and moving. By getting to speak to a real survivor, we could only start to imagine the hell that Abe had been through.


The part I found the most confronting, was the video of when the American’s liberated on of the concentration camps. “How could one human being do this to another human being?” was a statement said by one of the American soldiers who liberated one of the concentration camps.


By seeing all those bodies piled on top of each other, like they were nothing, was very disturbing. To think that each of those people had names, families, friend, memories and feelings to treat them as sub-human or vermin was disgusting and it is just horrible to even think about.


I have come away from this Museum with a new sense for people: no one should be defined because of their race.

Renae Faber 10.14 


Kristy Mays

ANZAC Badges

Anzac badges are available to purchase again this year. All of the proceeds from the sale of the badges, go towards assisting members of the Returned & Services League (RSL) and their dependents.


Available for purchase this year are the following items:

  • $2, $5, $10, $20 and $50 badges
  • $3 wristbands
  • $4 pens

Items can be purchased from Ms Mays in Staffroom 2 (behind the Library).



Kristy Mays


Classroom Music

Year 10 Excursion – Live Music Venues & Live Performances!

The Year 10 Music students visited famous Melbourne Music venues last Friday as part of their studies on Live Music Performance.


Students visited the iconic Forum Theatre, Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane and Bourke Street Mall.


Students also got to see a live gig, at the Australian Institute of Music titled ‘Giants of Jazz’. This performance featured the Australian Navy Big Band playing in the styles of swing, jazz, funk and soul.

Amy Cumming

VCE Music - Top Class Excursion

The VCE Unit 3 & 4 Music students visited the Melbourne Recital Centre (in the Melbourne Arts precinct) for a full day of Top VCAA Assessed Performances from high achievers who received top results in their Performance Examination across the Victorian State.


Students witness Classical and Contemporary Solo and Group Performances over three fantastic concerts.


Students were also excited to witness the achievement of ex-Lilydale High School student Timothy Huddleston who was awarded the Margaret Schofield Scholarship Award for his Performance Examination achievements in the 2015 year of his Music studies.


Amy Cumming

2017 School Production

'It’s All Happening' - indeed!


Students have learnt their first song from the show (It’s All Happening – Act 2) which will be their 'Preview Performance' number at an upcoming performance on Thursday 11 May, the Grade 6 Information Evening.


We encourage all parents nd students to keep up to date with all rehearsals via the rehearsal schedule sent home, on Compass and in the Production Facebook group.


Students can also access their part-recordings to practice their singing at home by using the links provided,  both on Compass and in the Production Facebook group.  


A reminder, that all students need to pay their $30 'Production Participation Fee' to the School Office by the end of Term 1.


We look forward to adding the scene and choreography to the students first number.


Keep up to date with the Production through Instagram, by following us at: @LHS_Production


Amy Cumming


Kate McAlister

Head of Instrumental Music


Athlete Development Program & Grade 6/Year 7 Sports Day

On Tuesday 14 March, the students from the Year 9 and Year 10 Athlete Development Program were involved in the running of the Grade 6/7 Sports Day at Lilydale High School.


The students worked in pairs on each of the 20 stations. The students were involved in leading and running each of the games. This involved explaining the games instructions to students, umpiring and scoring of the games and encouraging the students participating in the games.


The day was a great experience for the students of the ADP program.

Alister Stuart

Year 10 EIS Basketball

On Tuesday 21 March, the EIS Basketball students were lucky enough to have Warrick Giddy come out and run a session with them.


Warrick is an NBL legend, playing over 400 games over 14 seasons, most with the successful Melbourne Tiger teams of the 90’s. He currently works with Melbourne United.


Warrick took the students through a number of based drills and taught the students a number of skills, that they could use to improve their basketball game.

Alister Stuart



Mia Strudley competed at Victorian Track and Field Championships recently. Mia was 3rd in the Womens U14 3000m Race Walks and 8th in the Womens U15 2km Steeplechase.


Mia will be attending The Australian Junior Athletics Championships later this month for U15 2km Steeplechase. 

Emma Diston

Assistant Head of PASE

2017 School Cross Country

The Lilydale High School Cross Country event will be held on Thursday 27 April, during Periods 5 and 6 at Lillydale Lake.

A reminder, this event is compulsory for all Year 7 students and will require parents to give consent online via Compass.


Students from Years 8 to Year 12 will only participate if they have parent/guardian consent online via Compass.

The top 10 runners from each age group will progress to the Yarra District level of competition on Friday 12 May.

Stay tuned for further information as we get closer to the day! Any questions please see Mr Hager in Staffroom 4.


Alister Stuart

Head of PASE



Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April.


Participation in the April campaign is FREE and there are great incentives when signing up.   The process to register students and families is very simple.  Visit


Every individual that registers will receive:

  • 10 free passes to a YMCA or access to a local government facility
  • 15% off at Sportsmart in store and online
  • A 2 for 1 ticket offer to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • One free hour tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve
  • One free Get into Cardio Tennis session
  • 20% off Cycling Victoria Memberships
  • Entry into the draw to win tickets to the 2018 Australian Open Finals

Teachers can create class teams, which they can use to chart and compare activity levels.


Students can join their class team as well as family or sports club teams and download trophies when they reach milestone levels of activity.


Students will also have the opportunity to nominate their school for the chance to win a range of Sportsmart vouchers.


There are also opportunities for schools to win a Good2go school bike ed course, a school pack of Tennis Hot Shots tennis equipment and many more great prizes. 


One of the new exciting features for 2017, is the all-new interactive Active April app available for iOS and Android.  Participants can now track their progress anywhere. 


The top five schools in each size category (small, medium, large) with the most number of registrations by March 10, will receive a Victorian Institute of Sport athlete visit to their school. Having a VIS athlete visit will be fun and inspiring for the students. The most active school, will receive a $2000 cash prize from Sportsmart!



Emma Diston

Acting Head of PASE


School Leaving Age

From January 1 2010, the Government brought in new requirements for the school leaving age. Before a student is allowed to leave school they must satisfactorily complete Year 10 and until the age of 17, they must be in some form of full time training or employment. 


Training options can include:

  • VCE
  •  VCAL
  • Full Time TAFE
  • Apprenticeship

Any students wishing to leave school before these requirements are met must put in a request for exemption to the Regional Director in consultation with Lilydale High School.


All students leaving school before the end of Year 12 are required to fill in an exit form and complete a Careers or MIPs appointment.


Leaving school or not attending school can result in non-payment of Centrelink benefits.

Volunteer Building Robots

Students in Years 10 to 12 

If you are meticulous, patient, have an eye for detail and are interested in volunteering some of your school holidays to build parts of robots for the Yarra Ranges Technology School (located at Box Hill Institute Lilydale Campus), then please see Mr Kogelman in Careers for more details.


Caulfield Racecourse

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May

9 am-3 pm


Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May

10 am-4 pm


The Expo features over 170 exhibitors, seminars on VCE subjects, career and study advice. General admission is $10.00.

Indigenous Work Experience Program

The ATO has developed an Indigenous Work Experience Program. If you are an indigenous student and would like to know more, please see Mr Harris in the Careers Office.

University / TAFE
Open Days

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

August 13 2017 (Sunday) 

Open Day Melbourne 10 am-4 pm
August 27 2017 (Sunday) 

Open Day Ballarat 10 am-3 pm


La Trobe University (LATROBE)

August 4 2017 (Friday) Shepparton
August 6 2017 (Sunday) Melbourne
August 12 2017 (Saturday) Albury-Wodonga
August 16 2017 (Wednesday) Mildura
August 27 2017 (Sunday) Bendigo


Monash University (MONASH)

August 5 2017 (Saturday) Peninsula Campus
August 6 2017 (Sunday) Caulfield and Clayton Campuses
August 20 2017 (Sunday) Parkville Campus


Tim Kogelman and Craig Harris

Career Practitioners



Friday 31 March

End of Term 1 - 2.30 pm Finish

African Drumming Circle Workshop


Tuesday 18 April



Tuesday 25 April



Friday 5 May

Year 7 Immunisations (2 of 3)


Tuesday 9 May



Wednesday 10 May



Thursday 11 May


Monday 15 May

Year 7 Camp 3


Tuesday 13 June

Year 8 Significant Persons Day 1


Wednesday 14 June

Year 8 Significant Persons Day 2


Wednesday 21 June

Year 7 Teacher Morning tea


Please also refer to the Junior School Calendar on the school website for the full list of important dates for excursions, incursions and sporting  team events.

Breakfast Club

Friday mornings

7.30 am

Junior School Deck


All students are welcome to come along to the Breakfast Club every Friday morning for toast, cereal, hot chocolate or just a chat! 


Sam and his crew of volunteers from the Discovery Church are back again this year!



Grade 6 / Year 7 Sports Day

Tuesday 14 March

This was a fantastic day which involved Grade 6 students from a range of schools in the area coming to Lilydale High for the day.


Year 7 students worked with the Grade 6 students and participated in a variety of sporting activities throughout the day. It was a very successful and enjoyable day for everyone!

Year 7 Camp

Camp 1

Monday 27 March - Wednesday 29 March

7.37, 7.39, 7.41, 7.46, 747


Camp 2

Wednesday 29 March - Friday 31 March

748, 7.49, 7.50, 7.51 & 7.52


Camp 3

Monday 15 May to Wednesday 17

7.53, 7.54, 7.55, 7.56, 7.57


Arriving to school ON TIME

Students should be arriving at school no later than 8.30 am. This gives them time to put bags in lockers and organise their books for Periods 1 and 2 and get ready for Home Group Assembly. 


Home Group Assembly STARTS at 8.40 am.


It is imperative that students attend Home Group Assembly to receive important information. 


Students who arrive late for school must provide a note from a parent/guardian and sign in at the Junior School Office.


Junior School Coordinators



Friday 31 March

End of Term 1 - 2.30 pm Finish


Tuesday 18 April

Start of Term 2


Tuesday 25 April



Monday 1 May

Year 10 Camp  1 & 2  (1 to 9 May)


Wednesday 3 May

Year 10 Camp 3 & 4  (3 to 11 May)


Tuesday 9 May



Wednesday 10 May



Thursday 11 May



Please also refer to the Middle School Calendar on the school website for the full list of  dates/events, including SPORTING EVENTS.

Early Leaver Passes

If it is necessary to collect your child before the end of a school day, we ask that you enter this on COMPASS OR provide a written note with your child.


Students must see Miss Kelso in the Middle School Office before Home Group, at recess or lunchtime and a pass will be issued to them.

Year 9 Captains

This term is almost over and a lot has happened since day 1!

Recently, the school held a 'Grade 6 / Year 7 Sports Day' where a large number of Grade 6 students from the surrounding primary schools took part in a competition against the Year 7s in a range of different sports. A lot of Year 9s and 10s assisted with things, like coaching and scoring on the day.

On Thursday 16 March, 3-Way Conferences were held.  Parents, teachers and students were able to share important information regarding the progress of students, who were able to take this feedback onboard and hopefully improve their class work and results.

All students should keep in mind that it is important to receive an 'S' in all subjects, since it is almost the end of the term.

And finally, there will be a student led assembly held on Wednesday 29 March, during Period 1, where we will be able to highlight the talents and achievements of Middle School students.

We hope everybody does well for the rest of the term.  Enjoy the holidays! 


Keira and Reuben

Year 9 Captains

Year 9 Home Eco Food Preparation Skills

Decorating sponge cakes!

Hayley Cook

Year 10 Ceramics


Year 10 
Food and Culture

This week the Year 10's made gnocchi with roasted capsicum and tomato sauce from scratch, demonstrating fantastic team work and encouragement. 

Hayley Cook

Year 10 Central Australia Camp 

Camp 1 

Monday 1 May – Tuesday 9 May

Camp 2

Wednesday 3 May – Thursday 11 May


2nd Payment - $690

Due - Friday 31 March


Payment can be made through Compass or at the School Office.


Camp Hoodie Tops

$50 each

Unisex sizing - S, M, L, XL

Due - Friday 24 March


Payment can be made through Compass or at the School Office.



Supper Club Fridays

Friday 24 March

Pasta Salad


Each week a NEW DISH is prepared lovingly by a great team of boys who are becoming more and more engaged in the process.



Eleni Stavrou and Robert Webb


Middle School Coordinators



Friday 31 March

End of Term 1 


Tuesday 18 April



Thursday 27 April

Year 11 Fit 2 Drive


Please also refer to the Senior School Calendar below (available on the school website) for the full list of important dates/events.



The River, The Dirt and Us LHS Theatre Studies 2017

Thursday 27 April and Friday 28 April

7. 00 pm

Performing Arts Theatre

Lilydale High School

Tickets $5  (school website homepage)


VCE Theatre Studies students present ‘The River, The Dirt and Us’ by Shaun Charles.  This production fulfils outcomes for both Unit 1 and Unit 3 students.


Our story takes place on the Brisbane River, where two teenagers, Mark and Dee, find a dingy and decide to take it on a little joyride.  Through circumstances unknown, they suddenly find they are no longer on their dingy, but on an unpredictable journey aboard the convict ship ‘Murgo’.


VCE Captain's Report

In the last few weeks, both Year 11 and Year 12 students have completed their first English SAC and are well on their way to completing the first areas of study for their Unit 1 & 3 subjects.


VCE students also enjoyed a long weekend, with the Labour Day holiday providing students with a well earned break (and more time to study).


Furthermore, the Year 11 students took part in the Study Skills program last week, in which they had the opportunity to learn study tips and tricks from past students.


Year 11 and 12’s also took part in the Three Way Conferences last week and are now looking forward to the end of term festivities and study break.


In the coming weeks, Year 12 students will complete their second English SAC, which is due the first week of Term 2.  


We will also have the opportunity to take part in joyous activities, such as the VCE Easter colouring competition, the VCE Easter egg hunt and the first 'Staff vs Year 12' match of the year.


Overall, VCE students should be beyond proud of their achievements for Term 1 and remain devoted to their studies as we enter the last week of term and throughout the study break. Good job guys!


Abbey McMahon and Will Pleming

Year 11 Study Skills

Last Friday 17 March, all Year 11 students participated in a Study Skills session. This session was led by an external company called Elevate.  The day was nothing short of a success and all students are congratulated on their positive and engaging behaviour.


Students participated in two sessions; Study Sensei and Time Management, followed by a hot dog and salad roll lunch.


We now encourage all students to utilise the information and skills that were provided to them on the day.  It is important that they implement the strategies discussed and use it to give themselves the best opportunity to achieve success in all classes.


The feedback from the day was extremely positive, with many students giving the day a 10/10.  Some of the student responses are listed below;


The overall program was very useful because it is what I need to set me on my way to study better.’


‘'Helpful and useful.’


‘I thought it was an excellent program that helps many young students be efficient with their time.’


‘Eye opening.'




‘I learnt how to plan a study timetable.'

Improved Performance Time (IPT)

This year all VCE students have study periods together on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Periods 5 and 6 and Friday Period 6.


The aim is to run all SACs, examinations, level assemblies, guest speakers and other activities during this time to minimise class disruption. If there are no relevant activities for your child during this time, they are free to go home to study.  However, students are more than welcome to stay at school and study.


A reminder that if your child misses a School Assessed Coursework (SAC) they must get a medical certificate to enable them to sit the SAC in the next available IPT time slot.


Students will not be granted SAC redemption unless they have a medical certificate or it is a school-approved absence. If there are extenuating circumstances please let us know and we will make a decision based on the VCAA guidelines.


Once a student has been approved for SAC redemption, they will be required to sit the SAC the next available time slot. 


The times for SACs are:

Monday - SAC Redemption 3 pm - 4.30 pm

Tuesday - Periods 5 and 6

Thursday - Periods 5 and 6

Friday - Period 6 (one period SAC only)

Special Exam Arrangements for VCAA Examinations

Any student who has a medical condition whether physical or mental may be eligible for Special Exam Arrangements. If you feel your child may qualify, they need to collect the paperwork from the VCE Office. This is due in to the VCAA by the end of this week. Documentation from a specialist is essential.

VCE Attendance

It is a requirement at Lilydale High School that students attend all timetabled classes so that teaching and learning opportunities can be maximised.


If students have reached their limit for absences from class there is an opportunity for this time to be redeemed. Students can speak to their Year Level Coordinator to discuss making this time up at lunchtime, during afternoon study periods, or after school.


Towards the end of term, it is imperative that students make up classes they have missed. 

Student Absences

Any absences from school must be parent/guardian approved – you can do this through a signed note or you can approve your child’s absences via the Parent Approval button on Compass. 


You can also use Compass to view your student’s past absences. 

VCE students and cars

Some students will acquire a car and licence in 2017.    PARKING is available in the Stadium Car Park.




Students may obtain their parents’ permission to be driven to and from school in another student’s car.  A written note from both students’ parents must be given to the VCE Coordinators before driving another student or siblings.


Students must inform the VCE Coordinators of their licence plate numbers and car make and colour.


VCE Coordinators

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Compass Parent Guide.pdf
Compass Parent Guide.pdf