Photo: Year 12 Festivities Day

Lilydale High School News

05 November 2018
Issue 16
LES MISERABLES - LHS students performing
Lilydale High School
9735 5644
25 Melba Ave
Lilydale, VIC, 3140




VALE – Adam Sherwin 

It is with a great deal of sadness that I inform the whole school community about the passing of Adam Sherwin, one of our much loved teachers.


Adam joined Lilydale High School in 2006 and quickly became a valued part of the Humanities team. He went on to make an enormous contribution as part of the leadership team in his role as Head of Year 8.  


He was a gentle and caring man who always gave his time generously to his students to help them in any way he could. 


Adam’s senior students loved his passion for his subject and the discussions they shared in his Legal Studies classes. Adam was intelligent, quick witted, sometimes a little quirky but will always be fondly remembered as one of life’s true gentlemen. 


We are all devastated by Adam’s loss, our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.


Wendy Powson




Monday 5 

VCAA Exams (26 Nov)


Tuesday 6

Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday


Wednesday 7

Coffee Training Periods 1 & 2


Friday 9 

Last Day Year 11 classes

Pre-Orientation Day


Sunday 11

RSL Remembrance Day Excursion


Monday 12

Year 11 Exams

Year 9 Tasmania Camp (12 to 16)


Tuesday 13

Year 10 Geography Incursion Periods 1 & 2


Thursday 15

Reading Challenge Awards Ceremony 


Friday 15

ADP Helpers at Primary School Swimming Carnival


Monday 19

Year 11 into Year 12 Orientation (19 to 23)

Supper Club Periods 3 & 4


Friday 23 

Year 11 Awards Assembly - 9.00 am


Monday 26

Year 8 Probability Fair (26 to 28)

DOE Wilsons Prom Camp


Thursday 29

Year 9 Exploring Drama (lunchtime)


Friday 30

Last Day Year 10 Classes


Monday 3

Year 10 Exams (3 to 6)


Tuesday 4

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Wednesday 5

2019 VET students - Acting/Animal at LHS

DOE Rock Climbing


Friday 7 

Year 9 English Exam

Year 9 Maths Exam


Monday 10

End of Year Program (10 to 20)

Year 8 Camp 1 (10 to 12)


Tuesday 11

Grade 6 Orientation Day


Wednesday 12

Year 8 Camp 2 (12 to 14)


Thursday 13

Year 10 Awards Assembly - 9.00 am

Year 9 Awards Assembly - 9.40 am

Year 10 into Year 11 Orientation - 9.40 am


Wednesday 19 

LHS Book Lovers State Library Excursion

Year 7 Hedgend Maze Excusion


Thursday 20 

Year 7 Awards Assembly - 9.00 am

Year 8 Awards Assembly - 11.00 am


Friday 21 

End of Term 4


The following calendars are also available on our school website homepage from the News and Events tab;

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

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

2019 Term Dates

Term 1   29 January (school teachers start) to 5 April *
Term 2    23 April to 28 June
Term 3    15 July to 20 September
Term 4      7 October to 20 December


School Uniform Shop

School uniform items can be purchased at LOWES ONLINE by clicking on the link below.


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


The co-operation of parents/guardians is expected in delivering a high standard of appearance for students.    


Students NOT returning to Lilydale High School in 2019

Please NOTIFY the Sub School Offices as soon as possible, if your son/daughter is NOT RETURNING to Lilydale High School in 2019.  


Sub School Office need to know if your child will be undertaking one of the following;

  • Transferring to another school                
  • TAFE (Institute/Course)                     
  • Apprenticeship/Traineeship               
  • Full Time /Part Time Employment      
  • Seeking Employment                        
  • Other reason   

Before a student can 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
  • Apprenticeships

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.


If you son/daughter is not returning in 2019, an Exit Form (available from the General Office) will be required to be completed and returned to the General Office by Friday 14 December.

LHS Careers Website

We encourage parents and guardians and students to visit the LHS Careers Website on the school website homepage.



Tim Kogelman and Craig Harris

School Car Park

Parents/Guardians delivering and collecting students by car are reminded that safety considerations are paramount for all of us.



The STADIUM CAR PARK is designated for drop off/collection of students. There is room to park or drive through and students can walk/wait under cover for their transport.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation regarding this matter.

Lilydale High School Facebook Page

To keep up to date with daily and weekly events at Lilydale High School, we encourage parents/guardians, students and the wider school community to LIKE the Lilydale High School 'OFFICIAL' Facebook page.


LES MISERABLES - LHS students performing

**** Congratulations ****

The Young Australian Broadway Chorus (YABC) is very proud to announce that Jessica Polhill, Benson Rowntree and Ruby Damiani (Year 11), will be performing in Les Misérables at the National Theatre in St Kilda, January 18-26, 2019.

Les Misérables Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les  Misérables  is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. This true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo's novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.


To be a part of such a large-scale production at their age is a major achievement for these Lilydale High School students, who were selected out of the many young actors who auditioned.

The story of Les Misérables, set in nineteenth century France, tells of Jean Valjean, a man released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, to find nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. Breaking his parole in hopes of starting a new life, Valjean initiates a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways.

Following on from 2017's sell-out season of Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz and many other successful shows in the Musicals for Young People series, Les Misérables will be the Young Australian Broadway Chorus’ most ambitious project to date, with a full orchestra, spectacular sets and costumes, and an extraordinary young cast.

It is going to be an amazing production and fabulous entertainment for the whole family.


Congratulations again to Jessica, Benson and Ruby for their achievements.

Session Times

  • Friday, January 18, 7.30 pm - Preview
  • Saturday, January 19, 2.00 pm (Preview) & 7.30 pm (Opening Night)
  • Monday,  January 21, 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 22 , 7.30 pm
  • Wednesday, January 23, 7.30 pm
  • Thursday, January 24 , 7.30 pm
  • Friday,  January 25,  7.30 pm
  • Saturday, January 26, 2.00 pm & 7.30 pm (Closing Night)

Tickets On Sale Now



Photo: October Arts Festival


Photo: October Arts Festival

October Arts Winners

I have great pleasure in announcing the WINNERS for the 2018 October Arts Visual Art Exhibition;


Best Junior School Work

Ellie Pearson - 7E


Best Middle School Work

Caitlyn Serong - 9C

Abbie Chamberlain - 9J


Best Senior School Work

Grace Basham - Year 12


Best Drawing/Printmaking

Isabella Osiurak - Year 12


Best Painting

Siobhan Taylor- Year 12


Best Sculpture 

Maisie McLean - Year 11


Best Ceramic Piece

Tayja Maki  - Year  8

Kayla Peterson - Year 9


Best Photography Piece

Jay Kogler - Year 11


Most Innovative 

Tegan Bigham - Year 12


Best Visual Communication Piece 

Maddison Collyer - Year 7


Overall October Arts Winner

Freya Woodlands - Year 12


Staff Favourite

Ella Giffen - Year 11


Principal’s Award 

Rhys Geerling - Year 12


Thank you to all students for submitting artworks.

Sarah Hardy

People's Choice Award: Members' Wildlife Photography Competition

Congratulations to Hannah Slattery (Year 10), who is a finalist in the People's Choice Award: Members' Wildlife Photography Competition at  Melbourne Zoo.


Hannah's photo titled 'Cairns Birdwing Butterfly', was taken in the Butterfly House at Melbourne Zoo, with lots of patience.  


Hannah's large print is on display at Melbourne Zoo from November 4 to November 30, near the 'Japanese Garden' and the 'Red Pandas' exhibits.

The winner of the People's Choice Award, will receive 'Walk the Zoo', a personalised photography tutorial with National Geographic photographer, Doug Gimesy, valued at $500.


Each month, 20 photos are selected to appear in the monthly exhibition running throughout spring.    The winner announced, as the most liked photo on Facebook. 


To vote for Hannah's photo on Facebook, please visit Zoos Victoria, go to photos and select the ALBUM titled 'People's Choice Award: Members' Wildlife' and give her photo a like 👍 to win the People's Choice Award!


Voting closes Monday 3 December.



Rachel Main

VCE Drama
Solo Performance VCAA Examinations

Last Monday,  students from Ms Goode's class performed their solo exam for assessors; a seven minute devised solo from a prescribed structure.


Year 10 Painting & Drawing

Students from Mr Weavell's class, embracing HALLOWEEN on Wednesday 31 October!


Library Wall Mural Design COMPETITION

We are running a competition to design a MURAL for the back, black wall in the Library.  All year levels are encouraged to enter.


All designs need to include a reference to the Library and reading, either through images or quotes.


Please submit entries to the Library or Ms Hardy,  by Friday 9 November.

Sarah Hardy

Head of Arts​


Remembrance Day Event
​Lilydale High School

In conjunction with ARK Theatre, the Lilydale RSL would like to invite the local community to attend a commemorative event at Lilydale High School.


From 2 pm on Sunday 11 November, the RSL will be remembering the men and women of the Yarra Valley who served our nation during the First World War both overseas and on the homefront.


Lilydale High School will also be presenting a re-enactment of events showing when the local community was informed of the armistice by resident Dame Nellie Melba.


A grant was provided by the school thanks to the Department of Veteran Affairs and Kristy Mays’ 9 History class, have been instrumental in recreating the events.

Tickets to the event are available on TRYBOOKING for $5.  The cost of which, will be donated to the Seville War Memorial.



Remembrance Day 

Poppy badges, wristbands and pens are available for purchase from Ms Mays in Staffroom 2.


All of the proceeds go to supporting the support of the local veteran community.

Kristy Mays

VCE Humanities Teacher

Mandela My Life:
The Official Exhibition

Students studying Twentieth Century History in Year 11 have been studying the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and were fortunate to attend the Melbourne Museums fabulous exhibition on Nelson Mandela.


The exhibition has excerpts of speeches, artefacts such as his Nobel Peace Prize certificate, photographs and more.


It is a very moving tribute to a man who was jailed for 27 years and then became the President of his nation.


I would encourage all students and their families to attend and to witness the inspirational impact Mandela had on South Africa and indeed the world.


Student Reflections

Jaz B: On 25 October 2018, the Year 11 History students attended the Nelson Mandela exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. The exhibition was a reflection of Mandela’s life in large detail and the challenges he overcome.  This exhibition featured videos and artefacts from his life. 


Tayla S: The exhibition reflected Mandela’s life in high detail, consisting of both personal life and political life aspects. Inside the first room was a presentation, the words of one of Nelson Mandela’s speeches displayed up on the screen, whilst his voice played in the background.


Joel C: One of the things that stood out for me were the phones which represented the amount of people who left thank you messages after Mandela passed. It showed just how many were affected by his life and the influence he left on the world.


Brad P: Some of the most interesting information was that regarding Mandela’s tribal connections.


Ethan G: My personal favourite was reading facts about his culture and his upbringing as a boy and what it took to become a man.


Jacob O: The most interesting thing I learnt at the exhibition was that in Mandela’s tribe, when they were sixteen, they all had to sit on a blanket and become circumcised. The quieter they were, the more they were regarded as a man. This showed how tough Mandela must’ve been.


Daniel S: The official Mandela exhibition did commemorate, illuminate and most importantly share Nelson Mandela’s living legacy with the world.


Jay K: Walking through the exhibition was a real eye opener, telling us many things we didn’t know before and giving us a real insight into what an influential man Mandela was and how he changed South Africa.


Renae F: As we walked into the exhibition, the projection of Nelson Mandela’s trial was moving, as his points of various points where the white minority oppresses the back majority, images show up on the side. The connection between his trial and the images are very horrific, and set up the display for what would come ahead. 


Nat W: I found that the most interesting part of the museum was how Mandela was treated while he was in prison.  He would be taunted with newspaper articles about his wife and was very rarely able to see his family.


Aiden H: We learnt about how he was prepared to die for his cause and for his people. There were a lot of documents and things relating to how he went on to be a huge civil rights activist.


Brent S: The exhibit had extensive knowledge on Mandela and his struggles as a young Xhosa-born boy and as an avid fighter against apartheid later in his life


Lachlan J: The letters that were at the exhibition were a good way to see how Mandela thought and to see just how good a writer/spokesperson he was. 


Rachel B: The other thing that I didn’t know about his life, was that he had three wives and between them, he had five kids, but unfortunately one died when he was in prison. The whole day was very interesting and I loved the fact that I learnt new things about Nelson Mandela. 


Kiara M: It was inspirational to see the masses of letters he had written whilst in police custody. It was tragic and moving to hear the personal commemorations to Mandela following his death


Alyssa B: There was a series of rooms that detailed Mandela’s time spent in prison after being arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state. These rooms showed the horrible conditions Mandela and other inmates endured and the impacts imprisonment had on his family.


Jarrod E: Mandela didn't have an English name and the name Nelson Mandela [was given to him and] has stuck with him since.


Matt D: I saw that there was a lot of genuine Mandela papers stating much of what he believed and thought during his time fighting for freedom. During his trial for treason, he wrote a lot on the topic.


Riley S: Reading about apartheid and seeing how it personally affected Mandela,and to be able to rise above it all, was a truly inspiring story that took me by surprise. 


Tasha M: It goes into great detail of his political life and his involvement in the ANC, along with his personal life. He had three wives and five children total, who also followed in his footsteps, fighting against apartheid.


Connor W: The one thing that stood out, was the video where Mandela himself stood in a bulletproof glass box, while making his first speech as president, as the likelihood of violent retaliation, due to his role as the highest politician in South African was very likely. 


Ty: The rooms explored his personal life and such things as when he met his wife and that he was very good at boxing.

Kristy Mays

VCE Humanities Teacher


End of Year Concert

Monday 29 October

6 pm
Performing Arts Theatre


The Instrumental Music students and their teachers have been working hard in their lessons and rehearsals preparing for the End of Year Instrumental Music Concert, that was held on Monday 29 October.


The evening was a fabulous night with many musical items showcasing the talents of the wonderful students we have at Lilydale High School.  


All the ensembles did a fantastic job performing;

  • Vocal Ensemble

  • Funk Band Drums
  • Fund Band  -2
  • Funk Band Horns
  • Funk Band Singers
  • LHS Band  - 3
  • LHS Band
  • Keyboard Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble

Congratulations and well done to all students.

A big thank you also to the Music staff - Ms Ventura, Mr Fisk, Mr Abbott, Ms Cumming, Mr McCulloch and Ms Messinis who teach the students and run the rehearsals throughout the year.

Kate McAlister

Head of Instrumental Music


Year 9 French

The Year 9 students of French have been busy writing picture story books using the perfect tense.   They all wrote different stories and found different ways to illustrate them.


As part of this assessment, they also read their story to their classmates, to much laughter.

Laure Pradier


Sharon Stoyanoff

Head of Languages


School Sport Victoria State Championships

Monday 22 October 

Lakeside Stadium Athletics Track

Albert Park


Congratulations to the following LHS students who WON events at the recent School Sport Victoria State Championships.


Cael Elliott - Year 12 

WON - Under 17 Javelin

Georgia Laven - Year 10

WON - Under 16  800m  and Under 16 400m

Maddie Laven  - Year 7

Second - Under 13 1500m

James Laven - Year 12

WON - Open 1500m

Year 10 Sports Coaching Visit MEPS

During Week 2, Term 4, the Year 10 Sports Coaching class had the privilege of visiting the Grade 2 class at Mooroolbark East Primary School.


This visit allowed our students to apply what coaching strategies they have been learning into practice. There were 8 sports covered across the class, with 7 to 8 primary school students in each.


It was fantastic to see each coaching group take engaging and fun hour-long lessons for the primary school students.


Well done to both schools involved, for organising another terrific joint lesson.

Kelsey Currie

Year 8 Basketball

Friday 26 October

Congratulations to the Year 8 Boys Basketball team on becoming the Eastern Region Basketball CHAMPIONS! The boys defeated Rowville SC in the final, 35 to 32.


Also, a great effort by the Year 8 Girls Basketball team who made it to the final, but were beaten by Templestowe College.


The boys will now progress to the State Final.

Alister Stuart

Head of Physical & Sport Education​​


Technology Fees

Many Technology elective subjects and all Home Economics classes carry a fee to help cover the increasing cost of materials.


Notices are issued to students via Compass and I ask that parents/guardians please assist the school by paying the contribution as soon as practicably possible. 


If you are experiencing any difficulties with this request, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.  Thank you.

Caitlin Marshall

Head of Technology

Victorian Games and Apps Challenge Exhibition Day

Embrace-ing the

2018 Games and Apps Challenge

Congratulations to the 'Game Designer' team from Mr Vallance’s Year 9 Game Design class, for introducing the world, to their original virtual reality game.... Embrace!


For Tristan Mildenhall, Jye Saxon and Aidan King (sadly, fourth team member Darcy Lloyd was unable to attend) it was no playtime, as they worked with a non-stop line of adults and children all keen to put on the headset and fight off the hoards of monsters representing mental illnesses.


With so many people wanting to ask questions, take photos and of course play the game, the boys barely had time to grab a bite to eat!


Although Team Embrace didn’t win us an Xbox this year, losing out by a narrow margin to Eltham High School, the boys are keen to get back into the competition next year and bring home the prize!

Kath Corben

Year 10 Catering and Food

Friday 2 November

Periods 1 & 2

Ms Sommers 


White chocolate macadamia cookies. Delicious!

Jasmin Sommers


What's been happening @ Steamworks!

Year 9 Flight, Drones and Design.

Course design and racing.

Year 7 attention getting devices.












Year 7 Prototypes, to improve their classrooms.

Outreach Squad, off to

Birmingham Primary School.

Game Design students show their apps to the University of Melbourne VRLS Team.

Shark Tank scenario at the

University of Melbourne.

Crunching the numbers!

After completing a jump scare VR experience, Year 9 students assess the biofeedback data.

7H Tech Taster @ Steamworks.

New townhouse design for the Lilydale Quarry development #steamskills​.

Ms Hardy's epic MURAL TEAM, making Steamworks their own!


What's ON @Steamworks!

Check out the activities roster to come and find your tribe!   

  • Tuesday: X- Projects
  • Wednesday: Steamqueens
  • Thursday: X - Projects
  • Friday: Fun time Fridays starting again Week 5!

See you @ Steamworks.

Tony Vallance


Student Wellbeing Coordinators

Rob Webb and Jane Robbins are the Student Wellbeing Coordinators at Lilydale High School.


If your son or daughter is struggling with any issues either at home or at school, they are welcome to make an appointment to speak to Rob or Jane.  They can do so, either in person or through their Coordinators.


Parents and guardians are also welcome to contact us directly with any concerns they may have.

Secret Garden - Monday Lunchtimes

Looking for something to do?

Come along every Monday Lunchtime to the "Secret Garden" (between Student Services and the Library) for some gardening fun.   
Everything from growing your own herbs and veggies, making some outdoor furniture and getting your hands dirty.
If you have a good idea for the space,  we are open to hear it.  



Smiles Onsite (Dental Van)

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Smiles Onsite (Dental Van) have cancelled their services.


If you had booked a consultation, please note that this will no longer be proceeding at Lilydale High School.    


Please don't hesitate to contact Student Services on 9735 5644 if you have any questions regarding the Dental Service. 


We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Student Services

Photo: Happy Halloween from the LIBRARY!!


Photo: Happy Halloween from the LIBRARY!!

Halloween POP-UP
Story Time 

 🦇🍭 Don't be scared....everyone loves a good spooky story with a taste for the gory, the bloody and the ghoulish! 👻 🖤 🎃 💀


Thank you to our awesome staff for their exceptional spooky story telling on Wednesday 31 October, during lunchtime, for our very attentive and not too scared students.....👀

Library Staff

Photo: Story Time with Mr Vallance for HALLOWEEN!


Photo: Story Time with Mr Vallance for HALLOWEEN!


Tuesday 6 November

Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday


Monday 26 November

Year 8 Probability Fair (26 to 28)


Monday 10 December

End of Year Program (10 to 20)

Year 8 Camp 1 (10 to 12)


Tuesday 11 December

Grade 6 Orientation Day


Wednesday 12 December

Year 8 Camp 2 (12 to 14)


Thursday 20 December

Year 7 and 8 Awards Assembly


Friday 21 December

End of Term 4


Wednesday 30 January

Year 7 students START


Thursday 31 January

Year 8 students START

Halloween POP-UP 
Story Time 

Wednesday 31 October

Lunchtime in the Library


Year 8 Camp Payment

A reminder to parents and guardians, payment of $335 was due on COMPASS, Friday 2 November


If students need a new form, please come and see the Coordinators or Kerrie Skewes in the Junior School Office.


A number of Year 8 staff will be attending the camp, giving students and staff the opportunity to celebrate a year of learning.



Just a reminder to all students that the expectation is that everybody is in full school uniform at all times.  As the end of the school year draws closer, there is no reason that this should change.


Please ensure that you are in the correct socks and shoes. NO ‘hoodies’ are to be worn at school and undershirts should not be visible.


Well done to those who always adhere to the school uniform policy. 

Sports Equipment

Junior school students are reminded they can borrow sports equipment at recess and lunchtime from the Junior School Office.


As the weather gets warmer, we would love to see more students outside playing with our range of equipment.


Year 7 & 8 Absences 

Please help us!!

In an effort to finalise absences for 2018, we require parents/guardians to please log on to Compass and approve any absences that your child may have outstanding.


If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call Kerrie in the Junior School Office and she will approve the absences for you.

Junior School Coordinators

Photo: Trick or Treat!! Happy Halloween....


Photo: Trick or Treat!! Happy Halloween....


Tuesday 6 November

Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday


Monday 12 November

Year 9 Camp (12 to 16)


Tuesday 13 November

Year 10 VCE Unit 2 Exams (13 to 16)


Monday 26 November

DOE Wilsons Prom Camp


Friday 30 November

Year 10 - Last day of classes


Monday 3 December

Year 10 Exams (3 to 6)


Wednesday 5 December

2019 VET students - Acting/Animal @ LHS


Friday 7 December

Year 9 English Exam

Year 9 Maths Exam


Thursday 13 December

Year 10 Awards Assembly - 9.00 am

Year 10 into Year 11 Orientation - 9.40 am 

Year 9 Awards Assembly - 9.40 am


Friday 21 December

End of Term 4

VCE Classes 
Monday 5 November

Students are reminded that VCE classes will run as usual on Monday.


Year 10 students should attend their scheduled VCE classes as normal.

Year 10
VCE Unit 2 Exams

Tuesday 13 November - Friday 16 November


Important Exam information for students;

  • Please make sure you are outside the VCE Study Hall at least 10 minutes prior to the exam commencing
  • Please bring your own equipment (calculator, pens, ruler etc)
  • Students are not allowed to leave early
  • School uniform must be worn
  • Photo ID cards must be shown
  • Only clear water bottles, no labels


Year 9 students

Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November

Year 9 students not attending the Tasmania camp,  are REQUIRED at school for their NORMAL timetabled classes.


Wendy Powson


Year 9 Captains' Report

The end of the school year is nearing and some events are coming up; the Year 9 camp to Tasmania and Remembrance Day.


Events that happened recently were the Year 12 students vs Teachers footy game and October Arts Festival winners.


Year 9  Tasmania camp is coming up soon and there is now an Itinerary on Compass for the students and parents to view.  The Itinerary covers arrival and departure times, travel information, a list of what to bring and baggage requirements.


Remembrance Day is on Sunday 11 November.  In conjunction with ARK Theatre, the Lilydale RSL would like to invite the local community to attend a commemorative event at Lilydale High School.  From 2 pm, on Sunday 11 November, the RSL will be remembering the men and women of the Yarra Valley who served our nation during the First World War, both overseas and on the home front.


There are multiple competitions being held at school at the moment; Name the ‘School Chooks’ and design the black, back wall of the Library.


There are photos and an entry box at the Main Office for anyone who has some creative names for the newly introduced LHS chickens.

All year levels are encouraged to enter the competition to design a mural for wall in the Library.  Your design needs to include a reference to the Library and reading, either through images or through quotes. Submit your creative ideas to the Library or Ms Hardy by Friday 9 November.


On Tuesday 23 October, the Year 12 students played against the teachers in a football match. Everyone came down to support the Year 12s and teachers!  There were some impressive skills from both students and teachers; like Mr Blaxland in the ruck and Ms Cummings run with a bounce. Unfortunately, the teachers came away with a firm victory over the Year 12s.

The October Arts Exhibition has announced the winners and we would like to congratulate everyone on their spectacular artworks from drawing, painting, photography and designs. We would like to say a special congratulations to Caitlyn Serong 9C, Abbie Chamberlain 9J for the Best Middle School Art Work and Kayla Peterson 9M, for Best Ceramic Piece.


Zac Hoiles and Sophie Mastaing

Year 10 Captains' Report

On a sunny, Friday 12 October, our Year 10 students had their Formal.  This year we were lucky enough to have it held at a new venue,  Linley Estate, Kilsyth, which was a lovely formal venue and it was absolutely stunning.  It was fantastic to see everyone arrive in a host of fancy cars and getting some great photos alongside them.


To kick the night off, all attendees enjoyed a delicious fancy, three course  sit down meal.  The night was a great opportunity for everyone to dress up, have a dance and make some wonderful memories. 


Thanks to our resident photographer Ms Walton, we were lucky to have many photos taken throughout the night so we may remember this amazing night.


Thanks to our amazing DJ Karl, for providing awesome music and allowing us to let our hair down and create many memories.


This night would not have been possible without so many people. We would like to thank all the incredible staff at Linley Estate for being so accommodating and making this such an all-around amazing night.


A big thank you to the teachers that attended, the Formal committee who have helped from the beginning and the Middle School Coordinators who helped run the night.


We would also like the thank the Principal team for their continued support and joining us on the night too.


A special thanks to Ms Nevins and Ms Kelso who did so much work to organise the whole night. We really appreciate all the hard work of all involved.


With Formal down, now we’re all looking ahead to next year and starting to get excited about our Year 11 Presentation Ball.


We hope everyone enjoys the rest of Term 4 and we’re all very eager to see what the rest of the year holds.

 Corey Waite, Tameka Fossey,

Lily Black and Ethan Carroll

School Uniform

Just a reminder to all students that the expectation is that everybody is in full school uniform at all times.  As the end of the school year draws closer, there is no reason that this should change.


Please ensure that you are in the correct socks and shoes. NO ‘hoodies’ are to be worn at school and undershirts should not be visible.


Well done to those who always adhere to the school uniform policy. 

Unapproved Absences

In an effort to finalise UNAPPROVED STUDENT ABSENCES for 2018, we require parents/guardians to please log on to Compass and approve absences that your child may have outstanding.


If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call  Lauren Kelso in the Middle  School Office and she will approve the absences for you.

Middle School Coordinators

Photo: Year 12 Festivities Day


Photo: Year 12 Festivities Day


Wednesday 31 October

VCAA Examination Period (31 Oct to 21 Nov)


Tuesday 6 November

Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday


Friday 9 November

Last Day Year 11 Classes


Monday 12 November

Year 11 Exam Period (12 to 16)


Monday 19 November

Year 11 into 12 Orientation Week (19 to 23)


Friday 23 November

Year 11 Awards Assembly


Tuesday 4 December

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


Friday 21 December

End of Term 4

Year 11 Captains' Report

The past few weeks have absolutely flown by! With so much happening around us, it’s hard not to get caught up in all of the excitement!


The Year 12s have finished their classes for the year, had fantastic Festivities Day, in which they all dressed up and had an absolute ball in the Hall and throughout the school and are now set on studying hard for their exams, whilst the Year 11s slowly inch closer and closer to the End of Year exams.


Finishing school has never felt so close and so achievable. However, before we can finish school, there’s a long road ahead called “Year 12”.  Even before Year 12 classes start, we get to participate in the Year 12 Retreat, in which we get to visit another campus and experience what it’s like to study hard and learn how to study efficiently. I can personally say I’ve never been more excited to have another year at school, just knowing how jam packed it will be with classes and fun at every turn, but also the hard work and dedication that will be put in to every class to get the best outcome possible. Here’s to the end of 2018 and to the start of 2019!

Benson Rowntree

Examination Timetable

All students completing a Unit 3/4 subject were given a copy of the VCAA examination navigator, which stipulates the timetable, rules and information about acceptable equipment.


Copies are also available online by clicking the link below:


Year 11 Examination Period

Year 11 students will be sitting examinations in the week of Monday 12 November. Regardless of whether students are continuing their studies next year or not, all students will be undertaking these exams. Students who do not complete an exam may not achieve a ‘Satisfactory’ outcome in that subject.


The Year 11 Examination timetable was published on Compass and Google Classroom last week. Students will need to read it carefully to ensure they do not have any clashes. If a student has a clash, they will need to visit the Senior School Office to reschedule an exam prior to the examination week.


2019 Year 12 Rugby Tops

Year 11 students have received an order form for the rugby tops.  The cost is $92.00


The cut off date for placing an order is Wednesday 7 November.   We have been advised that no orders will be taken after this date.   Orders must be made directly to Lowes at Lilydale Marketplace (not at school).


Extra order forms are available from the Senior School Coordinators Office.


If you would like further information, please feel free to contact the VCE Coordinators.

VCE Points

We’re collating VCE points again for Semester 2, 2018. Information for this has been published on the Year 12 Google Classroom site.


Year 11 students can continue to update their Home Group teachers and Coordinators with their points for this term also.

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner


“The Peninsula”

Shed 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands 

7.00 pm until 12.00 am

 Dress: Formal or Lounge

 Meal and Presentations


The Valedictory Dinner is a wonderful opportunity for students to celebrate the conclusion of their school years and enjoy a relaxing night with their family and teachers. 


Ticket sales for the evening are now closed.


2019 Year 12 Study Retreat

Wednesday 30 January - Friday 1 February

Deakin University 


Students will experience full campus life, attending lectures, staying in dormitory rooms/housing and using the university’s impressive facilities.


There will also be various workshops and guest speakers, including the Resilience Project and Chief English Exam Assessor and Author, Ross Huggard.


Payment for the first instalment to secure your child’s place has now closed. The balance of $120 is due before Friday 23 November.


Students can also submit their room requests on a piece of paper to the Senior School Office, from now until Thursday 8 November. 

Absences on COMPASS

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. 

Year 12 Last Day
Pancake Breakfast

What a great way to start the final day of Year 12 classes  (Tuesday 23 October) pancakes and fruit platters.


From 7.30 am to 8.30 am, Year 12 students and staff enjoyed a wonderful morning together.

VCE Coordinators



To see more photos, please visit the Lilydale High School Facebook page!


Tuesday 30 October


Lilydale High School News
Lowes Price List 2018.pdf