Out of the Box

29 March 2018
Issue One
Report from the Principal
Important Dates and Calendar
New staff
Hall Renovations
GAPP Program
Enrolment at Box Hill HS
School Council
Student Leadership
Junior School - Year 7
Junior School - Year 8
Junior School - Year 9
Senior School - Year 10
Senior School - Year 11
Senior School - Year 12
English News
The Arts
We live in a a Digital World
Drama Media Music
Production - Peter Pan
Duke of Edinburgh
Peer Support
Languages- where will they take us next?
Victorian Young Leaders to China Program
PASCH Scholarship 
German Exchange
SAGSE Scholarship
Wellbeing Program
Teenagers and Sleep
Life outside of the Box
Box Hill High School
(03) 9877 1177
1180 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, Victoria, 3128

Report from the Principal

Welcome to iNewsletter

The staff and students at Box Hill High School are proud to present our first edition of the school newsletter, aptly titled “Out of the Box”. The newsletter, published every term, will showcase the wonderful work that our staff and students engage in on a daily basis as well as keep you informed you of important dates and upcoming events. We urge all members of our community to keep up with the news at BHHS through these newsletters. 

Our staff and students have returned to school refreshed and recharged, for what promises to be another busy and rewarding year. Our staff have also been particularly busy developing new courses, integrating positive education and literacy strategies into the curriculum as well as planning; learning activities and assessment tasks for the year ahead.  

We also had nine new staff join us this year adding to the rich mix of teaching and support staff already at BHHS. You can read more about them in the following pages of the newsletter.  

Year 7

Our new Year 7 students have already made a wonderful start to their schooling. The Year 7 Camp was another terrific success! Congratulations to Ms Willshire and all the staff who attended for their hard work, and to the students who engaged so willingly with every activity and met all of the challenges on the camp, especially in getting to know as many people as possible and giving everything a go in the true BHHS tradition. 

The Year 7 family picnic and music information night was a great success also. Parents really appreciated the opportunity to spend time at the school, meeting other parents and staff and listening to the great musical entertainment provided by the music team.  Students were able to try out some instruments and join the music program for 2018.  

Parent Engagement

Our continued engagement with parents is a huge strength at Box Hill High and this Term was no exception. 

Parents had the opportunity to attend and learn more about the Duke of Education program  and the exciting opportunities it affords for students to set goals and  challenge themselves in areas of physical recreation, skill, service and outdoor activities.  

Our Year 12 Parent Evening was also very well attended and parents heard from expert psychologist, Jeff Edmonds, on the best way to support their students during VCE. The presentation on the intricacies of VCAA, VTAC, SACS and exams was also very well received. 

 GAPP parents also had access to an evening dedicated to learning more about our SEAL offerings and participated in a lively discussion on how best to support the academic, emotional and social needs of gifted learners.   

 All of these events are invaluable in building community engagement and providing opportunities for parents to be involved in the life of the school. Our thanks to all parents who attended and the staff who work so hard to plan, present and also attend these events. 

Swimming Sports

Under cloudless, sunny skies, BHHS students took to the pool in search of aquatic glory and House pride as they participated in the school's annual Swimming Sports Day. Students competed in a mixture of individual, team and novelty events. Well done to all students and staff on a fantastic day, and congratulations to Forrest House who scored an amazing 1705 points. 


Congratulations Class of 2017

The class of 2017 excelled last year, a just reward for their hard work and an affirmation of the expertise and dedication of our staff.  We had a total number of 214 Year 12 students and a VCE completion rate of 97.7% (as compared to the state completion rate of 96.8%). Our median study score was 32.30 and 15% of students achieved study scores over 40. We also had 6 students achieve perfect study scores of 50. Most of our students have gone on to Melbourne, Monash, RMIT and Deakin University, studying a range of courses, including Medicine, Law, Science, Engineering and Commerce.  We are very proud of their achievements and wish them well for the future.  

School Council Elections

As our School continues to evolve it is important we are able to draw on the experience, expertise and energy of members of our staff and parent community to continue to guide BHHS through the next stage of its development. The election process of new staff and parent reps to school council has been completed. 

Marcus Balon and Brendan Smith (parents) have been re-elected for another term of two years.  Simon Andersson (parent), Hamish Thomas and Nicholas Carr (both DET staff)  have been elected for the first time for a two year period.

They join our current members of school council 

Parents: Colin Lewis and Daniel Buick

DET staff: Kellie Ind and Tobias Wilkins

Congratulations to all elected school council members.  We look forward to working with you.  

And finally

Thank you to all parents for your excellent support in ensuring that your sons and daughters are well prepared for the school year. We have had such a positive start, and this is due in part to your efforts especially with books, uniforms and other equipment. If you have any questions about how your child has settled in please don't hesitate to contact the relevant Engagement leader. 



Losh Pillay



Important Dates and Calendar


Thursday 29 March

Whole School Cross Country Run

Last day of Term 1 



Monday 16 April

First day of Term 2


Thursday 19 April

Open Night and school tours.  See our website for details.

Thursday 25 April
Public Holiday: ANZAC Day 



Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 May
Musical Production performance of "Peter Pan"

Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 May
Year 8 Camp at The Summit

Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 May
NAPLAN testing for Year 7 and 9

Tuesday 22 May
Music - Regional Concert - Hamer Hall

Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 May
Year 9 CBD Experience

Friday 25 May
Year 12 Formal

Wednesday 30 May
Year 11 MIPS 



Friday 1 June

Student Free Day - Curriculum Day


Monday 4 June

Year 12 MIPS


Monday 4 to Friday 8 June

Year 10 and 11 exams


Monday 11 June

Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday


Tuesday 12 June

Student Free Day - Report Writing Day


Tuesday 19 June

Music Winter Concert


Thursday 21 June

Whole School Athletics Carnival


Monday 25 to Friday 29 June

Year 10 Work Experience


Friday 29 June

Last day of Term 2


New staff

Let's introduce you to our new staff this year

Welcome to all of our new staff

Esther Pyo 
Teacher-Business Management 

My name is Esther Pyo, I have had the enormous pleasure of joining Box Hill High School this year. I really enjoy the community feel and look forward to working with everyone to continue to make our school, and the lives of our students a fantastic Launchpad for the rest of their lives. I am currently engaging with the students in making memorable experience of their education and I have been very impressed by their spirit and love of learning as well as their dedication.  I look forward to getting to know you and your family throughout the year and supporting your child’s education at Box Hill High School.

James Chew
Teacher - Art/VCD

I have taught at Billanook College in Victoria’s east.  I have also worked in various industries/sectors, one of which was with design agencies. I ran my own graphic design business among other ventures. I enjoy walks on the beach, renovating and I also have a  young family. I am  excited about fostering intentional, genuine and meaningful interactions within the Box Hill High School community.”

Julio Acebron
Teacher - English/EAL

I have worked as a secondary school teacher in a variety of private and government schools in Melbourne, Spain and England.  I have taught English, Drama and Spanish.  Outside of class I enjoy playing music and keeping fit and active.

John Baratta

I teach Math Methods, Science, Mechanical and Electrical Technologies and Mechatronics. 

I entered the teaching profession after obtaining a Master of Teaching from La Trobe University. Prior to becoming a teacher, I had an extensive career as a professional engineer and project manager in the manufacturing and defence sectors.  I enjoy all things sci-fi, travelling and the occasional fishing trip. 

Eleanor Smith
Teacher - Physical Education

I teach Health, Physical Education and Science at Box Hill High School. I had been living on the South Coast of New South Wales for the past couple of years and recently moved back to Melbourne where I grew up. I previously worked as a swimming coach and camp instructor. I like playing tennis, swimming and going to the gym. I enjoy camping and travelling with friends and family. Go Hawks!  

Lindsay Fowler
Teacher - ICT

I have come from teaching for 14 years at Camberwell Boys Grammar and have been very pleased to accept a temporary position at Box Hill High School. I enjoy engineering, electronics and software and all things technological and environmental. I also like to build and fly drones as well as design embedded systems in electronics and am passionate about renewable energy and craft work using all kinds of tools and materials. What I love about Box Hill High is the amazing Technology Department, the students and staff! 

David Innes
Teacher - Maths

Hello dear reader! The following tells a tale of one of the newest additions to the marvellous Box Hill High School. In my previous nine years, I have coached kids Chemistry, made Mathematical Methods more manageable and spun scientific stories in Junior Science. At Box Hill, I am tackling all manners of mathematics from Year 8 through to Year 12 and very keen to help your sons and daughters achieve to the best of their ability in number crunching. I am a fan of baking, walking, Doctor Who, The Simpsons and the Arts.  

Jeanni Lockhart
Teacher - ART/VCD/FoodTech

I come from a creative family of illustrators, designers and engineers. My early working career started as a trained chef  - the hours didn’t suit me so I pursued a career in design. I have worked in the print industry and managed my own freelance design business for around 16 years. Making Art has always been my passion and it was my own high school art teacher who inspired me to chase my dream to teach. I am excited to be at BHHS to share my passion for creativity.  

 My hobbies include making art, being a foodie, photography and following international tennis tournaments all year round (Vamos Rafa!). My claim to fame is playing best of two matches of electronic table tennis with Lleyton Hewitt at the 2017 Australian Open (we drew!). 

Katrina Young
Teacher - English/EAL

I have recently moved to Melbourne from Sydney, having grown up and started teaching there, and I am delighted to be beginning my career in Victoria at such an excellent school, where I have felt welcomed by both staff and students. I am very enthusiastic about English and love reading and discussing literature (some of my favourite authors including Shakespeare, Michael Ondaatje, Kate Atkinson, Jane Austen, and my childhood passion, Harry Potter). While I am teaching English at Box Hill, I speak German and French fluently, having spent my childhood in Germany, and am passionate about the benefits of multilingualism.

David Blencowe
Teacher - German

My interests are in German literature and philosophy, and I have lectured and had work published in both areas.  I’m really happy to be at BHHS and part of such a strong German faculty.  I have previously taught at both the Bundoora and Cranbourne Secondary Colleges, but BHHS has a unique culture of academic excellence and I really look forward to working with the students here.  

Penny Danks
Teacher - Science

After some time off on Family Leave and teaching at another school, I am so excited to be back at BHHS! Other than being a passionate Science and Biology teacher, I love playing Netball, the beach, most sports, trekking and travel. I spend most of my life outside of work as a busy mum to my 5 & 7 year olds. I’ve loved coming back to BHHS – it feels like ‘home’ as so many dedicated staff have gone out of their way to welcome me back and the amazing students I’ve met already continually challenge me to find new and inspiring ways to help them achieve their potential!   

Thea Kamvissis
Careers/Pathways Coordinator

It is with pleasure that I join the Box Hill High School community as the Careers/Pathways Coordinator. I completed the Bachelor of Science and the Diploma of Education in the 80’s at Monash University. I accepted a position with DEECD in the late 90’s which was only meant to be a short contract, and stayed for 17 years, teaching Maths and Science, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am passionate about Careers Education and have worked in the government and private secondary sectors over the past ten years, supporting students to make successful transitions beyond secondary school. I enjoy travelling; cooking and spending time with family and friends. One of the  highlights of my career to date, has been the opportunity to work within the Faculty of Education @ Monash University as a teaching associate with first year pre-service teachers. The opportunity to give back to the teaching profession, has been extremely rewarding. I look forward to working with the students, staff and parents at Box Hill High School. Feel free to pop into the careers office to say hello.

Hall Renovations

Hall and Performing Arts Renovations

Over the last eight months our hall and the area beneath the hall has been completely renovated. We have created a Performing Arts precinct which will be operational from the start of term 2. Our hall has been updated and looks incredible. We now have tiered seating, updated sound and lighting, vastly improved visual technology and heating and cooling. You can all get to experience these new facilities if you come to a performance of Peter Pan. 

Downstairs there are Drama, Media and multiple Music spaces. Bold colours and natural light have been used to turn what used to look “dungeon like” into a beautiful, vibrant and creative environment.   

There is now a walkway linking the hall and the 1930s building. This will connect the area more strongly to rest of the school, improve traffic flow, as well as provide disabled access to the hall. The front of the building has been updated with architectural cladding as well as a garden and outdoor performance area. 



Ms Theresa Iacopino
Assistant Principal


BHHS Library News

The library has had another busy start to the 2018 school year. Often the first port of call for many students and staff in the morning when it opens at 8am, the library is a hub of activity throughout the day until closing at 4pm after Homework Club. With students collecting book orders, finding texts for assignments, study guides, borrowing fiction, reading magazines and recommending new books to add to the collection, both students and staff are rediscovering how they can use this safe, welcoming space to support teaching and learning during the school year. Lots of students take the chance each day to ‘have a go’ finding the nine letter word on the Library noticeboard and there are always new displays to entice the many readers in our school community.


The first library competition, in two parts and centred on the Winter Olympics, was launched early in February and students were required to answer a short quiz and or/design a mascot for Box Hill High School and explain their choices. While there were no outright winners to the quiz, all entries were rewarded 10 house points. Hannah Lee and Kasey Jiang, Year 8 students, had the winning design of the mascot competition, and received 20 house points and a new USB. Their design and accompanied explanation is below.

  •   Alpacas can come in a variety of colours which reflects the diversity of our school community. The Alpaca above is white to honour the white horse that we have as our current school logo and also to represent the city of Whitehorse. The alpaca wears a hat to symbolise that we are a sun smart school and he is wearing the Box Hill High School uniform. Alpacas are friendly and approachable, just like the students and staff at Box Hill High School - and its expression is happy.  Alpacas stay in herds - they are not lone animals and students and staff at Box Hill High School also work as a collective team.

The library competitions run twice a term and always generate active and lively discussion and appeal to all year levels. If you missed out on the first competition of the year be sure to enter the new competition with a holiday theme which is: matching the teacher to their favourite holiday destination. Good Luck!

This term we have spent some time updating our Library front page so students will see an eyecatching variety of books displayed when they first go to the Oliver link on Compass (see under  School Favourites).  Here you can search for titles, authors etc., and check whether books are in stock. To access our other services, click on the ‘News’ link where you will find info on databases and newspapers.  And don’t forget that everyone has access to the amazing eBook collection that you can access remotely, by using your Compass user name and password Library1.  Just go to the link for Wheelers ePlatform on the News page or download the Wheelers app on your device and find Box Hill High School.


Need a recommendation for some fabulous Easter holiday reading? Check out the Inky Awards books display in the library window or ask one of the friendly librarians Ms Dee McQueen (Mon-Wed / Fri) or Ms Kylie Pearson (Thursday), or our Library Assistant Ying Yu.  If you go to this website at the State Library you can even apply to be a judge! https://insideadog.com.au/blog/wanted-2018-inky-awards-judges




Ms Dee McQueen








Ms Kylie Pearson








Ms Ying Yu

Photo: Visit to Melbourne University

GAPP Program

Photo: Visit to Melbourne University

GAPP Program

Box Hill High School’s GAPP program has had a strong start to the year with two major events. We have had some of our year 9 students attend a TAASS ‘Exploration day’ at Melbourne University and our successful Term 1 parent support evening on Wednesday 14th March.

TAASS Exploration Day at Melbourne University

Box Hill High School has been a member of The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools (TAASS) since its inception. This is a community of schools who all value Gifted Education highly and collaborate to provide a high quality Gifted Education program.


At the start of each year TAASS runs an ‘Exploration day’ where selected Year 9 students from TAASS schools are given the chance to experience the University of Melbourne’s vibrant Parkville campus, and to experience some of the opportunities available to the University’s students.


The four students who attended the day this year were Kate Pengelly, Katherine Nowacki, Ingrid Sugar and Jasmine Taylor. These girls were involved in a Doctors Without Borders workshop, a tour of the campus and a science lecture. They were also given time to meet and collaborate with other SEAL students from Victoria.


BHHS GAPP Parent Support Evening

Every year Box Hill High hosts a number of support meeting for parents of students in our GAPP program. This year’s term 1 evening was held on Wednesday 14th March in the Satern building.


The night consisted of an address from the principal Losh Pillay, as well as information presented on the school’s unique academic programs and Gifted traits in our GAPP students. Parents were also given the opportunity to spend time with other parents of GAPP students.


The meeting went successfully with a good turnout of parents and excellent discussion from everyone there. Thank you to Losh Pillay (Principal) and Kellie Ind (Assistant Principal) for presenting.


The next GAPP parent support evening will be held on Thursday 31st May, from 6:30-8:00pm



Ms Jess Goodwin

GAPP Coordinator


What does Citizenship mean?

Citizenship is defined as the ability to display good character, to show responsibility, honesty, good listening, and kindness in school as well as in the wider community. 

Healesville Sanctuary

We are proud to acknowledge the following students who demonstrated great citizenship during a recent field trip to Healesville Sanctuary.  Zahra ‘O Dea,  Ananya Sehgal and Isabel Webster came to the rescue to a toddler whilst on a recent trip to the sanctuary. 

Dear Box Hill High 

Today I was at Healesville Sanctuary with my sister and my two little kids, and we saw a number of your students around the Sanctuary. All of your students were very mature and well behaved, polite and quietly getting on with their worksheets. We visit the Sanctuary and the Zoo quite frequently and there are a lot of schools whose students are not as pleasant to be around. 

I would especially like to express my thanks to a group of students who helped me today when my 3yo went missing. At the end of the Birds of Prey demonstration, as the crowds were leaving the amphitheatre, I was putting my 3mo back into the pusher and turned around to realise my 3yo was not standing behind me any longer. My sister and I had a frantic few minutes searching the area, including the creek play area a few metres away, and were in the process of seeking help from Sanctuary staff when a group of BHHS students (3 or 4 girls I think?) herded my little boy back to the gates of the Birds of Prey amphitheatre. I gather that they had all moved on to the reptile house and then realised that he was alone there and brought him back. I am so grateful to them for their kindness and thoughtfulness. At the time I was quite distracted and upset and although my sister thanked the girls, I was busy trying to impress the seriousness of the situation on my little boy. I would very much like to commend all the BHHS students on their behaviour and attitude and express my appreciation to the kind group of girls who took time out of their day to help a fairly recalcitrant toddler.  

Please pass on my thanks to the staff and students who attended the excursion to Healesville today. 

Kind regards,  Anna M  

Put your skates on at Federation Square

Another group of students were also applauded for their kindness at Federation Square. 

 Hi Box Hill, 

Was in the city this evening and have a nice story about your students. As Chair of Wesley College I know it’s often negative emails that are sometimes received about student behaviour. Two of your boys were skateboarding at Fed Square, a lovely middle aged woman, not me, asked for a ride on one of the boards. Your boy obliged, was encouraging, we clapped; I was walking by at the time. She was chuffed. It was nice. Teenage boys are fun and do like to interact with adults and can take a moment to be wonderful with others. 

That’s it. It was a nice moment so I asked them what school they were from and that I would send a nice note.  Regards , Marianne S  

Rock Wilkins and the National Youth Science Forum

We received this lovely letter from the Director of the Youth Service at the Rotary Club of Forest Hill.

I would just like to tell you about one of your outstanding students, Rock Wilkins, now a Prefect in Yr 12 at BHHS. 
A year ago Rock was awarded a Ford Davis Award by the Rotary Club of Forest Hill. On presentation night we suggested that, through our Rotary branch, he further his quest for knowledge in Science by applying to attend the prestigious National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), which is held in Canberra each Summer holiday period. 
 Participants of this forum have quite a record of going far in the Science world. Selections for this intake are based on more than just academic standards and include the likely value and dedication to the community and an all round approach. Rock firstly went through a selection process at our Club, we then nominated him for the District final selection, and he was one of 80 finally selected out of over 400 nominated candidates from all over Australia. 
Rock spoke at our Club meeting last night on his experiences. It was an eloquent and well thought out presentation, full of detail on the two week forum. He felt it gave him contacts in the science world, more confidence and a future direction. 

We thank you for the calibre and worthiness of this student and hope that Rock will be able to share some of what he learned and present to other potential applicants for the 2018 NYSF intake at your school. 
Glenys Grant, OAM, 
Director, Youth Service, 
Rotary Club of Forest Hill


Enrolment at Box Hill HS


Box Hill High School is 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. 

Open Evening - 19th April 2018

We encourage the parents of prospective students to attend the Box Hill High School Open Evening at 5.30pm on Thursday 19 April 2018 for a school tour and to hear additional information about enrolment and the GAPP Program.  Bookings are required and can be made now.  Please refer to our website for the details of how to make a booking on Trybooking.    [email protected] 

Year 7 2019 Application from Primary Schools

At the commencement of Term 2 each year, the Department of Education (DET) provides all primary schools (State, Catholic and Independent) with relevant information and “Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Forms: Application for Year 7 Placement” forms.  Primary schools are required to make this material available to parents of Grade 6 students.  An application for enrolment must be made on this form.  Once completed, it should be returned to your primary school, where it will be verified and forwarded to your preferred secondary school.

Residential address is the address at which the student permanently resides with parents or legal guardians.  Documentary evidence to support claims of a residential address will be required for enrolment on neighbourhood grounds.

It is the role of the Transition Coordinator at a child’s primary school to assist parents with the application process for enrolment at a government secondary school.

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.

Year 7 2019 Gifted and Academic Potential Program (GAPP)

Students who are interested in GAPP and are eligible for enrolment at Box Hill High school in 2019 are invited to sit the GAPP test. An application link with the enrolment criteria and test details will be published on the Box Hill High School website on 31 March 2018.

Website:     www.boxhillhs.vic.edu.au

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


School Council

School Council

Thank you to all the parents who nominated to stand for election and to those who voted in the ballot.

We are pleased to announce that the following people have been elected to our school council for a two year term.

Parents: Marcus Balon, Brendan Smith and Simon Andersson

Staff: Hamish Thomas and Nicholas Carr

They will join our existing members who have one more year to serve in their term.

Parents: Colin Lewis and Daniel Buick

Staff: Kellie Ind and Tobias Wilkins

Thank you to the members of School Council for giving their time and energy to serve the school in this important way.  The School Council meets twice per term and we look forward to another productive year ahead.

Student Leadership

School Captains


Congratulations to Box Hill High School's newly elected School Captain, Madusha Karunasagara, and our Vice Captain, Yujie Huang.  
We know you will serve the school proudly and with conviction, and we look forward to seeing what you achieve with your leadership over the course of the year. 

Class Captains
Junior School

Year 7, 8 & 9 students were asked to elect class captains under a new Student Leadership and Voice Structure. These leaders were included in developing role descriptions for Class Captains that better reflects their capacity as leaders both in and outside the classroom. We had many Year 7,8 & 9 students nominated and a fantastic group of aspiring Box Hill High School Leaders successful in their application. Junior School Engagement Leaders would like to congratulate the following student leaders:  

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Class Captains for 2018. 
Year 7
7A Alejandra Machillanda Flechas and Tashi Alles
7B Alex White and Vivienne Le
7C Pasindu Ranatunga and Noel Varghese
7D Ashanya Ramlukan and Emma Hunter
7E Jesse Wheeler and Chloe Ong
7F Tiffany Ding and Sam Montgomery
7G Eason Chew and Adrian Le
7Z Riley Brennan and Lachie Collings

 Year 8
8A Khalia Andrews and Jackson Daws 
8B Oscar Davies 
8C Lily Greaves and Maria Mafi 
8D Kitty Hou and Taylor Ignatiadis 
8E Shanti Davis and Malavika Harish 
8F Alexander Khor and Lucy Wallis 
8G Miraz Rai and Wenze Li 
8X Belle White and Brynne O'Dea 
8Y Casey Jian and Suha Shahzad 
8Z Chau Dang and Jacob Allison 

Year 9

9A Ryan Garg

9B Robert Campbell and Chloe May

9C Harry Christie and Matin Amir

9D Taylor Mead

9E Bethany Fielding and Tarquin Mason-Jones

9F Sam Gill and Samuel Edwards

9X Noah McAliece and Jazz Taylor

9Y Maddie McBrearty

9Z Jerome Michaux

Student Representative Council

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected by their peers into leadership positions in the Box Hill High School SRC; 

President – Ani Prakash 

Senior Vice President - Raymond Sun 

Junior Vice President – Suhani Bedi 

Administrator - Max Reina-Henriksen 

Treasurer - Sean Cormick 

We look forward to your ideas and contributions to the school community this year.  


Digital Student Leadership Team

We have been very fortunate to have Lucas Berry,  James Thompson-Hicks and Andrew Nie continue in the role of BHHS digital student Leadership Team. They were joined this year by Imaran Singh and these 4 boys were instrumental in making the year 7 laptop introduction session successful. They supported the teachers during this session and demonstrated technical prowess to solve the difficult problems. We have also recently welcomed Sam Gill to the team.

The team meets fortnightly to discuss any ideas they have that will support the use of technology at BHHS. Currently the students are in discussion to set up a digital club open to all students at lunchtime.

New members are welcome, please see any current members or contact Ms Bottrell if you are interested in joining. 

Australia Youth Orchestra

Early this term, I was very lucky to be selected as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra for their annual February Concert Season. In total, this is the third season I have been part of and I count it as not just an incredibly useful program for developing my own skills on the Violin, but one of the best and most inspiring experiences of my life.

The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is the premiere youth orchestra available to musicians in Australia. Made up entirely of musicians under the age of 25, the orchestra allows the top young musicians from all parts of Australia the opportunity to learn and love music in a professional rehearsal environment, working with some of the best orchestral musicians in Australia as tutors and with internationally renowned conductors and guest artists.

This February, the AYO gathered for a week of intense rehearsals at Melbourne University, culminating in two concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo. We played three pieces under the baton of Dutch Maestro Antony Hermus, including the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn, Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto with soloist Andrea Lam, and Mahler’s 4th Symphony, with soprano soloist Penelope Mills.

Exhausting 7.5 hour rehearsal days were common, and on top of this, we attended professional development sessions to further our knowledge about all aspects of the professional music environment. For instance, we watched an MSO rehearsal and listened to orchestral management staff talk about their crucial role keeping orchestras running.

AYO was a wonderful time for me and I will keep the friends I have made, the memories and the experiences I had with me forever.

-Nick Miceli, Year 12

Photo: Year 7 Camp

Junior School - Year 7

Photo: Year 7 Camp

Year 7 - The first term

This year we welcomed 194 students from approximately 36 different Primary Schools into year 7. The students spent the first few weeks becoming familiar with the school layout and the way high school works. Most students now know where to find the spare locker key drawer in the Junior Coordinator’s office! 

Year 7 Camp

7A, B, C and D went on camp on the 19th February and left on the 21st February after 7E, F, G and Z arrived. The camp was held at Camp Manyung at Mt Eliza. For the first time ever, every single student was able to attend which provided a great opportunity for all of the students to meet one another.  

Over the three days the students were able to participate in a range of beach activities including raft building, snorkelling, kayaking and bay discovery. At the campsite students enjoyed the giant swing, high ropes and the crate climb amongst other things. In the evening, students participated in a quiz, a talent show and a disco.

The students were encouraged and assisted by year 10 Peer Support leaders who helped the students face their fears as well as meet new people and try new things. The year 7s have already met these year 10s as part of the cross curricular Peer Support Program.  

I was really impressed with the students’ willingness to challenge themselves on camp. The many students who didn’t know each other left the camp with new friendships which should continue throughout their years at Box Hill High School. 

Beyond camp - Laptops and Class Captains

After camp, year 7 students welcomed the introduction of the laptops to their classes. They joined Teams, learnt about sending emails and checked out some of the functions of Compass. They also began to consider who the leaders in their class were before they nominated and voted for Class Captains. We now have two Class Captains for each class who will represent their class in regular meetings, assist teachers in class, represent Box Hill High School in public forums and run activities. They will join the House Captains and SRC representatives in promoting the student voice at BHHS. 


Year 7 Family Picnic

Many new and existing families joined us at the year 7 Picnic in the third week of term. The students enthusiastically completed the teacher treasure hunt and it was a good opportunity for families to meet one another as well as the teachers.  

We look forward to the new year 7s continuing to embrace the culture of acceptance, tolerance and resilience which we encourage and celebrate at Box Hill High School.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns on [email protected]   


Diana Willshire 
Year 7 Engagement Leader 

Some students  reflect on their first term in Year 7: 

"My school year is awesome.  I have made friends with pretty much every boy in my class.  I have enjoyed camp.  I am not looking forward to parent/teacher interviews because, you know why.  I am looking forward to the two weeks holiday and I hope that my family will give me more pocket money."  Yan


"I have thoroughly enjoyed the year so far and am surprised to find socializing and adapting to the change much simpler than I thought.  I have made quite a few new friends throughout the year level, (with time for nicknames), and just allowed myself to seep in all the excitement and close calls for assignments.  Now I feel like I've been here for years."  Sherlyn


"I've loved every second of being part of the BHHS community, and enjoyed making friends.  I look forward to coming to school every day!  Something that really surprised me, was how mature and independent I felt, being able to handle my own schedule, homework and catching the bus on my own.  It's been a real journey, these last 7 weeks, and I can't wait to find out what the rest of the year holds for me!" Sophie


"I have undeniably enjoyed the year so far.  I have made an abundant amount of friends.  I finally know all my subjects and the teachers are so lenient.  I look forward to the rest of the year!"  Rakshan


"This term, we've come across and done many things, such as orientation camp, the swimming carnival and we've had Peer Support come in and play games with us.  We've also got to know the school better.  It was very weird to have to change classrooms every period as we did that so rarely in primary school, and we were taught a new definition of responsibility with our lockers."



"On the first day of school I was a nervous wreck.  I thought there would be loads of homework and strict teachers.  I am afraid of getting lost in the school and accidentally humiliating myself.  But everything went fine.  I made a lot of friends and surprisingly, there weren't much homework or strict teachers!  The teachers at BHHS are very nice and helpful.  There aren't much homework and now I know my way around the school quite well.  It feels different in high school.  I feel independent and free.  I am really loving BHHS and can't wait to find out what's going to happen next!"



"I am so touched and privileged to be at Box Hill HS because of the welcoming that I experienced.  Teachers are always supportive and they are willing to help at all times.  I have enjoyed the amazing orientation camp.  It gave me an opportunity to know more and get to know everyone better.  I have discovered that everyone at Box Hill HS is a wonderful community!"



"This term, I most enjoy the time in English additional language (EAL).  Miss Metcalfe is a great teacher.  I learn so much in EAL.  At school, I have never been shy and scared of teachers.  I do enjoy every lesson I have had this term."



Junior School - Year 8

Getting to know Year 8 students

Year 8 has begun well this year with many compliments crossing my desk from all teachers of Year 8. These include "what a lovely year level," "I just love my year 8 class," "I can't wait for Year 8 camp this year." 

The way that students have made the transition from Year 7 to Year 8 has been fantastic. Students appear happy, engaged and well connected to the school. I would like to thank all the teachers that ran 'getting to know you' games in initial classes to help build strong relationships within the Year 8 classrooms. 

Upcoming Important Year 8 Camp Information

The Year 8 Camp will be held at The Summit in Trafalgar (in Gippsland) from the 9th to the 11th May, In Week 4 Term 2.  Any parent who knows that their son or daughter WILL NOT be attending, must let Mr Bond know immediately, to assist with planning for final numbers.

An event will appear on the Compass Parent Portal towards the end of Term 1, and consent/payment will be due no later than the end of Week 1 Term 2. 

Information about the campsite can be found at   https://www.thesummit.net.au/  

The Summit has the most exciting, inspiring and unique activities and programs in Victoria.  Year 8 Camp will be fantastic.




Mr Justin Bond

Year 8 Engagement Leader


Photo: Year 9 CBD Experience 2017

Junior School - Year 9

Photo: Year 9 CBD Experience 2017

Year 9

It has been a busy start to 2018 for Box Hill High School Year 9 students. All form groups were reallocated for the start of the school year, giving students the opportunity to both discover new peer groups and to experience different learning environments. The feedback from teachers and students reflects that the new form group dynamics have been a success.  

CBD Experience

All Year 9 Students will be participating in the CBD Experience in Term 2. The CBD Experience allows students to select a ‘STREAM’ Curriculum focus that will form the basis of an extensive three days in the CBD, honing their subject specific skills and developing passions that will guide students in the Senior School subject selection process later in the year. Compass events will be ‘live’ for parents to provide consent and payment early term 2.  


A new subject ‘RESPECT’ has been implemented for all Year 9 Students in 2018. Students have begun work around Positive Relationships, specifically Empathy and Resilience being the common themes explored by Year 9 Students.  

Young Leaders to China trip

Eight Year 9 Students have departed for the Young Leaders to China trip. This trip enables Year 9 Students studying Chinese Language to immerse themselves in the language and culture, ideally with the goal to study Chinese in VCE.  

Lions Club scholarship nomination

Congratulations to Emma Howlett, who was nominated to apply for the Lions Club of Box Hill Eric Perkins scholarship in recognition of her achievements both in and outside the school. Emma was required to submit a written application and interview to Lions Club of Box Hill panel.   





Mr Gary Warton

Year 9 Engagement Leader

Senior School - Year 10

The Senior school team would like to welcome all parents of Year 10, 11 & 12 students to the Senior School for 2018. We have had an excellent start to the new school year and our students have settled well into the Senior school and their new subjects. There has been an impressive commitment from students and staff to get off to a great start, setting the tone for a excellent year

Year 10

We have had a smooth start to the year and I have been impressed by the students’ engagement and respectful attitude towards one another.  Aaron Shen showed outstanding community spirit this term as he assisted an elderly women in Box Hill. 

Overall, Year 10 students have returned with a positive attitude and are working diligently in all of their classes.   

A big thank you to all the students who volunteered to be part of Peer Support and have made the transition to high school as easy as possible for all Year 7 students.  


Congratulations to Tadji Ulrich for winning top honours at this year’s Trop Jr Film Festival. He wrote and directed Outcasts Anonymous - a comedy about a support group for teenagers, all with strange and supernatural abilities including a vampire, ghost and zombies. Tadji received a range of prizes including $1,500 cash, a visit to an upcoming Australian film shoot and a 12 month Gold Pass courtesy of Event Cinemas.  You can view Outcasts Anonymous on the Drama Media Music page in this newsletter or on Youtube.


Well done to Riley Naidu, who raised over $400 for the Leukaemia foundation this term by shaving off all his hair for the World’s greatest shave. It’s was great way to bring the school community together, for students to show their leadership skills and for everyone to learn the value of supporting a great cause. Thanks to everyone, especially Ms Pillay, who helped and supported Riley and to everyone who had a go at shaving off some hair. 


Work experience will be taking place in the last week of term 2 (25th – 29th June) and the work experience form will be due at the beginning of term 2. For students who haven’t organised their work experience placements yet, the holidays are a great time to get that sorted. If you need any help, please see myself or Ms Kamvissis – our new Careers Coordinator. 

I wish everyone a successful and happy year and I’m looking forward to working with all year 10 students and parents. 

Ms Erica Sporri 

Year 10 Student Engagement Leader

Senior School - Year 11

One step up

Year 11 students have taken the step up to VCE very well and have settled in to their classes really smoothly with a great attitude. Year 11 classes are often a big step up from year 10 and junior years and the staff have been saying that our students are handling it with maturity and responsibility.

I would like to remind students and parents of the two most important aspects of your VCE -Attendance and Effort. So far our attendance figures have been fantastic and obviously the flow on effect from this makes the year a lot easier especially when combined with effort in your subjects. Please try to keep this up over the next two years and it will go a long way towards getting you a successful VCE result.


Diary dates

There are a few housekeeping reminders and upcoming events for your diaries:

- Term 2 will see our first "Year 11 Engagement Day" featuring a lot of fun, challenging experiences that will help inspire them to continue the year with a positive, engaged attitude.

- Get along to the school musical "Peter Pan" from the 2nd to the 5th of May.  It is sure to be a great show and features many of our year 11 students.

- Year 11 exams will run from June 4th-8th for all year 11 subjects. No year 11 classes will run that week but year 12 classes will still be running and any year 11 students must still be attending those.

- The week after 11th-15th June also has a few disruptions with Monday Queen's Birthday (no classes), Tuesday- Report Writing Day (no classes but some year 12 SACs will be running) and Wednesday GAT (compulsory for ALL students doing a 3/4 subject, no other 1/2 or 3/4 classes running). Unit 2 then starts from the Thursday onwards.

Central Australia Camp

Central Australia Camp (June 30th - July 9th) An amazing, life-changing experience. There are still 3 spots left if anyone would like to join.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns please email me on [email protected] or call on 9875 9152. Looking forward to our great year continuing on. 




Mr John Middenway
Year 11 Student Engagement Leader

Senior School - Year 12

Year 12

I would like to congratulate all Year 12s on such a fantastic start to the year. It’s been busy but productive, with the common room being a hive of activity and focused attention. I’ve been really impressed to see students working so well so early in the year, with a set-up for practice SACs already installed in the study room and the mess kept to a minimum!

School Captains

In February, our School Captain and Vice Captain were elected by their fellow Prefects and staff from the Senior School and the Principal Class Team. Once again, I offer my congratulations to Madusha Karunasagara (School Captain) and Yujie Huang (Vice Captain) who have already begun to lead the student body with passion and conviction.

Top 10 percent in the State

I also had the pleasure of chatting to many of our highest-achieving students in the year level. Many of these students achieved two scores in the top ten percent of the state in a variety of subjects, including Maths Methods, German, Physics, Health & Human Development, Psychology, Biology and Visual Communication & Design. They generously offered us their best study secrets and their teachers’ most helpful teaching methods, so that we can share these best practices with other staff and students at the school.

Outside of school

There are many Year 12s who are also achieving incredible things outside of school.

National Youth Science Forum in Canberra

Over the summer holidays, Rock Wilkins was selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. Only 80 students in Australia were selected to attend so this was quite an achievement.  

Australian Youth Orchestra

In February, Nicholas Miceli was accepted into the Australian Youth Orchestra, and spent a week performing the violin with them.

Xavier Wick has also been nominated by the Australian Army Cadets to attend the National Adventure Training Award in Canberra at the beginning of next term, which is a very honourable achievement and I wish him the best of luck.

University studies

We also have a number of students who have chosen to undertake university studies this year, at Deakin and Melbourne University. Students are doing courses such as German, Biology and Criminology. This is a significant undertaking, and we congratulate them for their determination to excel in their chosen area of interest.

Year 12 Formal

Finally, plans for next term’s Year 12 formal at the Lincoln of Toorak are now underway, and I’m very pleased to announce that the theme is James Bond: 007!

We’re looking forward to seeing all Year 12 students and teachers dressed in their finest attire and dancing the night away. Thank you to all the work the Formal Committee have done so far.

Tickets are available now.  Check Compass for details.


Congratulations to all Year 12s on a wonderful start.   I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the year brings.



Ms Jessica Sheppard

Year 12 Student Engagement Leader


Photo: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

English News

Photo: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Whole School Literacy Strategy 2018

This year we have introduced a whole school literacy strategy designed to focus our attention on how students learn academic vocabulary in each of their subjects.

Each subject comes with its own unique vocabulary, much of which is likely to be new to students. For example, Science uses words like hypothesis and photosynthesis, whilst Geography introduces students to words such as altitude and cartography.

As a part of our literacy goals this year, we are trialling two strategies to introduce new vocabulary to students that help them to decode these words and store them in their long-term memory for future use.

Our first strategy encourages students to look at the smaller components of new words to help them understand its meaning – like ‘photo’ in photosynthesis, which means light! The second strategy asks students to connect a new word with other words that they already know. For example, students may connect the word altitude with mountains, height, altitude sickness and atmosphere.

As always, it is very impressive to see how our excellent teachers at Box Hill are open to trialling new techniques in their classrooms .

Parents and guardians can support these strategies at home by keeping an eye out for words that may be new to their children and helping them to decode them together.



Ms Erin Gleeson

Literacy Learning Leader

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

G4 and Year 10 Drama students recently participated in a cross-curricular excursion to the Melbourne Arts Centre to watch a performance of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’. The story follows Chris, a 15 year old boy with behavioural and cognitive characteristics of autism, as he learns more about the world he lives in. The story revolves around Christopher solving the mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog and also his search for his mother who he believed to have passed away years before. As the show progressed, it was really fascinating to see how the novel we were studying was portrayed on stage, and the similarities and differences to what we expected to see. The show itself was enhanced with dramatic lighting, intense sounds and a creatively formed set, which worked really well to strengthen the performance, as well as being performed by the actors to a fantastic standard. Following the performance, the students then had the opportunity to ask the actors questions about how they understood and embraced their characters. The experience not only helped us to comprehend the world the Chris lives within but was also really enjoyable to watch, and gave us insight to the world of theatre. 

Max Reina-Henrikson, 10Z 

The Arts

Visual Arts

This year we welcome two new Visual Arts teachers. Firstly, Ms Jeanni Lockhart, who has been known to the school for some time. In recent years, Ms Lockhart has been doing CRT work often for one or another of the art teachers.  Ms Lockhart brings to Box Hill High School a wealth of knowledge on both art and design; she has also worked in the industry as a designer. Fun fact: Ms Lockhart has a large Instagram following for her tennis photography. Ms Lockhart has already made a wonderful contribution to reworking a number of our junior and middle school art programs.


This year we also welcome Mr James Chew. Like Ms Lockhart, Mr Chew has worked in industry,  both as a photographer and art director. He also has had experience teaching in a number of schools. I have the privilege of sharing several of the same classes with Mr Chew and I look forward to collaborating  with him to further improve our wonderful art program.

This year is also the first year we have had two classes of Year 12 Studio Arts. This is a result of the investments Ms Nevard and Ms Pearson have made over previous years. Speaking of Year 12, we say congratulations to our 2018 Visual Arts captains, Iona Easton and Luka Dickson.


I could say so much more about the amazing things our Year 8 3D art students are producing, or the skills the Year 9 Photography classes are developing, not to mention all the digital classes we have running in Years 10 to 12. Instead, I will leave you enjoy the selection of artworks produced so far.


Mr James Taylor

Visual Arts Domain.

Photo: Pi Day


Photo: Pi Day

Five Year 12 Physics classes this year

Term 1 has marked a terrific start to the year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). In the senior years, we are very excited to be running a record five Year 12 Physics classes this year, a testament to the enthusiasm and passion of our Physics team of Ms Wilkinson, Ms Van Leeuwen and Mr Tantau.  On the back of three perfect study scores last year, Further Maths continues to be a popular subject with six Y12 classes running under the expert guidance of Ms Willshire, Ms Sorensen, Mr Middenway and Mr Innes. 

Pi Day

In the junior years, a large crowd of students were on hand to watch the excitement of Pi Day, with Ms Grant regaling the crowd with an Ode to Pi and Kynan Tang of 8D retaining his title as Pi Day Champion by reciting an incredible 332 digits of Pi. 


Solar Car and Robotics

In extracurricular news, our after-school Solar Car and Robotics programs have been met with great student interest, with registrations of 85 students and 45 students respectively. These wonderful programs would not be possible without the generous contributions of volunteers including former students Michael Zablocki, Ben Grunow and Joel Launder who give up their time to uphold the well-earned reputation of Box Hill HS as a school that excels in Engineering.

Infomatics School of Excellence

Finally, at the end of last year, three of our Year 11 students – McKinley Keys, Bernhard Andersson and Michael Zhao – were selected to participate in the exclusive Informatics School of Excellence in Canberra which provides specialised training in computational problem-solving and coding to the most promising 25 students in Australia. Box Hill HS was the only school in the country to have three representatives, and the boys have already put their training to good use working as a team to win 1st place in the University of Melbourne Code Masters competition on the 15th March. They “enjoyed working together as a team, discussing how to solve problems, making breakthroughs” and, of course, “celebrating with pizza!”. We wish them well as they continue to participate in national events throughout the year.

We live in a a Digital World

Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook

Throughout Term 1, many of our students and teachers have been using some new digital collaboration platforms: Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook, both apps available through Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. These new platforms have allowed students to receive feedback on their work and ideas more easily and facilitated some amazing teamwork on group projects.

The school is very excited about the new digital opportunities created, and this is a good opportunity to remind students and parents that the same high expectations that applied to email and other digital communication also applies to Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook. In particular, we expect all students to speak to every other student and staff with utmost respect and restrict their use of these communication platforms to school-related work only.

We look forward to seeing all the wonderful ways in which students develop their 21st century skills and use digital platforms to collaborate.




Mr Eugene Roizman

Learning Leader STEM

Photo: Business Management-Market Day


Photo: Business Management-Market Day

Playing the Sharemarket Game

It has been great start to 2018 in the Humanities Domain, with students and teachers alike embracing the year with enthusiasm. In particular, we would like to welcome Ms Esther Pyo to the Humanities teaching staff, and all the Year 7’s who have started their high schooling with great eagerness.  

This year we have nine different humanities subjects running at VCE and it has been fantastic to hear from so many dedicated students about how they are enjoying their studies. In other classes, our Year 8 Business Technology students have begun to compete in the ASX Sharemarket Game while our Year 10 History students have been busy creating their own World War II research projects.

Term Two will be an exciting and busy time in the Humanities Domain. We can’t wait to see as many students as possible getting involved in activities and further contributing to our displays around the school!


Humanities Events - Term 2

Friday April 20th - Year 10 History excursion to the Holocaust Museum

Monday May 7th – Year 9 Citizenship Project Presentation Evening

Tuesday May 22nd - Year 11 Business Management Market Day

Plus, Year 8 Geography Fieldwork excursions to Sandringham and Brighton and the Year 9 CBD Experience

A student's reflection on Y8 Business Technology

  • In Year 8 Business Technology this term, our class has been playing the ASX Schools Sharemarket game. Before we invested in anything, we had to conduct thorough research into listed companies. We were taught that it was not enough to look just at the graph of share prices on Google or the ASX website. We had to look at the products the company offered, any profits earned and other financial performance before deciding as a group whether to invest or not. Our syndicate, DACK, have been slowly increasing our portfolio value since the game opened. I won’t let you know all of our tips though, as we want to win!  The game runs from March 8th to 16th March. 
    Alexander Khor (year 8)


Drama Media Music

New Drama, Media and Music Hub

It has been a phenomenal start to the year for the Drama, Media and Music domains, with a string of achievements across year levels and subjects. Firstly, we are extremely excited to be moving into our new facilities underneath the hall, with Drama, Media and Music able to share a space for the first time, we are sure the hall will become a hub for creativity and artistic engagement for students, staff and parents.

Top Class Season of Excellence

In the opening weeks of the year we were delighted to learn that two of Ms Robinson and Mr Wilkins’ Theatre Studies students in the inaugural year of its inception; were invited to participate in Top Class, the state-wide showcase of VCE talent. Ana Swadling [Year 12] and Sarah Blain [class of 2017] will perform their stagecraft monologue and present their designs at the Melbourne Art Centre to students from across the state as an exemplar of outstanding achievement.

Year 12 Drama

Ms Trollope’s students undertaking Year 12 Drama are well and truly into the process of developing their substantial performances for their VCE ensembles in term 2. This year they are focussing on the concept of ‘urban legends’, whilst actively investing their time outside of school in some great Australian Theatre.  In term 1 the students have enjoyed trips to two performances, “This is Eden” in the city and “Hart” a little closer to home at the Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre.

Year 10 Drama

Year 10 Drama had their own challenges to work towards this term, developing and undertaking a super-secret ‘happening’ in the form of pop-up theatre in the quad for unsuspecting students where the trophy for the swimming carnival was stolen and miraculously recovered by Batman himself!

Year 8 and 9 Drama

Ms Robinson and Mr Wilkins have been thrilled with the dedication and progress they have seen amongst their two year 9 classes who are working well towards the concept of “Playful Work and Serious Play” – developing deeper insights and engaging performances as they extend their abilities through the course. Ms Trollope’s year 8s are also developing well as they take their first steps into Drama at BHHS. We are thrilled to work with these students and welcome them to the Drama Domain! 


In Media: Ms Muston, Mr Thomas, Ms Robinson and Mr Wilkins have been working hard to develop exciting and engaging content for the new study design which began for both years 11 and 12 in 2017.

Ms Muston and Mr Thomas have been working tirelessly to develop their curriculum for two Year 12 Media classes, a testament to the hard work and dedication of students and staff, this is the first time we have run two parallel year 12 classes since 2015!

Ms Robinson and Mr Wilkins are currently team teaching both Years 11 and 10. With Year 11s closing in on their major practical task in term 2, students have been preparing through some particularly thought provoking analysis of what it means to create media in Australia and just how integral our own stories are within the cultural milieu.

Tropfest Junior - short film festival

Perhaps the biggest highlight for the department so far, occurred when we learned that one of our own students, Tadji Ulirch of year 10 had won Tropfest Junior, the worlds largest short film festival!  Developing a witty story about a support group for ghouls, ghosts, vampires and werewolves, Tadji developed an engaging visual narrative and employed several of our own BHHS students from both the Media and Drama domains. It is a hilarious tale, and congratulations have been well earned by all involved. We couldn’t be prouder!



Meanwhile, Music is preparing for the enormous move from its much-loved portables at the back of the school to its new facilities under the hall. With 6 pianos to move this will be an achievement in itself!

We were delighted to learn this term that Nicholas Miceli of year 12 had been invited to perform as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra. Our own Violin virtuoso toured a concert program from Melbourne to Ballarat. An oustanding musician, we are exceptionally delighted with his achievements.

Mr Rogers and Ms De Blasio have been working extremely hard over the term to deliver the best possible lessons to our new Years 7s all the way to our experienced Year 12s who have made their way to Top Class this term in preparation for all their hard work yet to come! Ms De Blasio is preparing some of our extensive musical talent to entertain you all in the upcoming term 2 open night, whilst Mr Rogers and Ms De Blasio, alongside the instrumental teachers, prepare for the upcoming Winter Concert to be held later next term.  


With such enormous successes and achievements across Term 1- producing, teaching, learning, striving and creating [with some occasional moments to rest], we can’t wait to see what further accomplishments our staff and students will achieve next term! 


Mr Tobias Wilkins

Domain Leader: Drama, Media and Music

Production - Peter Pan

Peter Pan
School Production

Our first opportunity to work in the new Drama Media Music space for the benefit of the whole school community will be this years’ school production of Peter Pan, running from the 2nd to the 4th of May. With a live band, professional staging by the tech crew and some of the school’s most outstanding performers from years 7 to 12, it is not to be missed! 

In Term 4 of 2017, students from every year level in the school auditioned for their chance to be a part of the 2018 BHHS Musical – Peter Pan.

We were truly staggered by the sheer number of students who auditioned, over 100, and the high quality of the audition pieces that were performed. We thank all students for their preparation, maturity and talent in this process. Auditioning in itself is a great achievement, and a skill that only improves the more times you attempt it.

Rehearsals have been well underway since Week 1 and it is summing up to be an exciting show! Our student leaders in Lewis Harvey (Assistant Director), Kate Benjamin (Choreographer) and Max Sneddon (Stage Manager) are filling their roles masterfully, making excellent additions to the creative Team of Kaitlyn Trollope (Director), Cally Robinson (Designer), Grace DeBlasio (Music Director) and Toby Wilkins (Producer).

We look forward to sharing this show with the wider school community in Term 2. We will undertake a dress rehearsal performance for Grade 6 students of Laburnum in Week 3, something that has come to be an exciting tradition in recent years.

The show will open on Wednesday 2nd May in BHHS new Performing Arts Precinct. There will be 5 shows in total, with four evening shows and a Saturday matinee as part of the season. Tickets and details will be on sale via the school website in the first week of Term 2. Our shows have sold out in recent years, so get in fast!

‘So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land’

We can’t wait to share the magic with you.

Our extensive Peter Pan Cast List:-

Year 7: Chris Eggleston, Alejandra Machillanda Flechas, Allanie Sanderson, Ariel Weffer Perez

Year 8:  Ivy Brady, Hettie Byrne, Brynn O’Dea, Chau Dang, Zoe Jones, Jemma Phelan, Ari Rego, Jennifer Taylor, Belle White

Year 9: Tina Abassi, Tash Bowers, Sarah Bryne, Annie Cameron, Letitia Chin, Zahra Easton, Nicola Flowers, Anna Gawne, Claudia Harvey, Emma Howlett, Maddy McBrearty, Aurora McKie, Kate Pengelly, Isabella Sanderson, Dheran Stork-Finlay, Ingrid Sugar, Ava White

Year 10:  Alexandra Brimer, Alec Christakakis, Emily Horne, Lily Horner, Reilly Horner, Brendan Jahn, Eloise Maher, Riley Naidu, Charlie Smith, Ella Turner, Emma Williamson, Tadji Ulrich

Year 11: Bernhard Andersson, Alanna Baxter, Kate Benjamin (Choreographer), Emily Bland, Nick Bowers, Malachi Curyer, Hannah Li, Jess Manns, Alice Newhouse, Zahra O’Dea, Anna Polesskiy

Year 12:  Hamish Cameron, Harry Dowling, Iona Easton, Lewis Harvey (Assistant Director), Yujie Huang, Max Sneddon (Stage Manager), Declan Strong, Ana Swadling, Sally Tang, Kim Taylor, Tim Vong 



2017 in review

Congratulations to all students who took part in what was a very busy year. Competitions, Gallery performances, Jazz Night, VCE Music Solo Performances, Band Camp, Victorian School Bands Festival, South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat and the Almost Summer Concert were just some of the highlights from an action packed year of performing. We had more than 200 students in the program last year which made for some very large ensembles and a diverse experience for all involved. The Concert Band and Wind Symphony performed at the Victorian Schools Music Festival at the Hawthorn Arts Centre where students were privileged to play in the newly renovated Arts Centre, have an on-stage tutorial and listen to bands perform from other schools.  Congratulations to members of the Concert Band who gained a Silver Shield for their performance in the Junior Band section and the Wind Symphony members who showed great commitment to win a Gold Shield in the Intermediate section.  The Wind Symphony later went on to play at the Regent Theatre as a part of the South Street Eisteddfod in the Intermediate section and placed 2nd from 15 ensembles.   A terrific effort  considering the array of talented bands.


String Ensemble

The String Ensemble continued to develop throughout the year with both ensembles boasting 30 members.  They are improving every week and we appreciate the efforts of Tanya Bradley and Ingrid Miceli for their guidance as the ensemble directors .  The Senior Strings and Intermediate strings participated in the Victorian School music festival gaining a Gold and Silver Award respectively, Both ensembles were a regular feature at the school concerts and Quadrangle performances

The Stage Band and Junior Stage Bands featured at the Annual Jazz night at Fountains Restaurant  Box Hill TAFE and were accompanied by may other performances on the night, including several of out VCE vocalists. It is wonderful to see our students have the wonderful opportunity of playing in a different ensemble and having the ability to play many different styles of music.

Congratulations to the Choir and Guitar Ensemble for their many performances at school and outside of the school in 2017.  The Choir and Voice students put on a wonderful Vocal Night last August featuring VCE Vocalist, small groups and of course our magnificent Choir. Congratulations to Ms. DeBlasio and Music Co-Captain Althea Huf for a fantastic night.

The year was finished off with the “Almost Summer Concert” at the Whitehorse Centre. The night was a memorable one which featured all school ensembles and a very special violin solo by Nicholas Miceli, accompanied by Asha Lee.  The standard of music on the night was amazing and was a real credit to the students and staff involved.

The instrumental music staff are very proud of the commitment displayed by all students. We continue to be inspired by the passion for music they display and look forward to the year ahead.

Changes ahead

There will be a few changes going into 2018.  The first is that guitar lessons will not be offered at the school.  We are aware that some students and parents will not be happy with the outcome and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

We say goodbye to Mr. Peter Simondson who has spent the last 12 years teaching here.  We also say goodbye to Anne Mather who started the Oboe program at the school.  We wish both of them well in their future endeavours.

"Friends of Music" 2018

In 2018 the Friends of Music parents group will commence and help our growing music program by assisting at various concerts held by the music department throughout the year.  They will also assist in fundraising activities to help buy musical instruments and provide funds for upcoming tours.  It is the aim of the group to meet several times throughout the year.   



Music Staff


All ensembles will meet at the following times.

Choir—Monday lunchtime

Senior Strings and Intermediate strings—Thursdays

Concert Band—Mondays   3.10pm-4pm

Stage Band—Mondays  3.10pm—4.30pm

Wind Symphony—Tuesdays  3.10pm—4.30pm




Sport at Box Hill High School

It has been a huge term of interschool sport at Box Hill High School. Students have had the opportunity to represent our school in a variety of different sports such as netball, hockey, cricket, baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball. We have celebrated some great success and continued our reputation of being a competitive, fair and enthusiastic school.


A big congratulations to our intermediate boys baseball senior boy’s netball and senior boys’ volleyball teams who won the district final and will move on to compete at regionals next term.

Term two will give the opportunity for students to compete in

  • Seniors- Soccer, basketball, table tennis, AFL and badminton
  • Intermediate- AFL, netball, soccer, badminton
  • Year 8- AFL, netball, soccer, badminton
  • Year 7- AFL, netball, soccer, badminton

Sport Carnivals

On Tuesday  27th of February, we had our whole school swimming carnival at Booroondara Sports Complex. It was a lot of fun and allowed our students to show off their swimming abilities, and to try and win house points for their teams. A big congratulations to Forrest who beat the reigning champions Batman to win the house cup. Deakin and Mawson battled it out for third and fourth place with some impressive individual and team performances on the day.


Congratulations to all competitors, your house spirit and enthusiasm went a long way to making the carnival a success. A huge thank you to all of the staff of Box Hill High School for all of their help running of the day.

The top performers from our school swimming carnival went on to represent Box Hill High School in our Division swim meet. We had some amazing team and individual results. Congratulations to everyone who competed on the day and a special mention to Ky Braun and Helena Rodopolous for being named as their respective age group champions.



Ms Emma Natoli

Sport Coordinator


It was ACE!

So far this year ACE has enabled us as students to open up to new people who are outside of our friendship circle, thus increasing our confidence levels and allowing us to make so many new, amazing friends. It has been so much fun working together in a team, overcoming our own fears as well as watching others overcome theirs and learning and developing different skills. 

We started off our 2018 ACE year with surf lifesaving where we all worked together in multiple beach activities and were literally putting our lives in each-others hands. We also participated in fun leisure activities such as stand up paddle-boarding, escape rooms, dark zone, roller skating and rock climbing where we all collaborated and utilised teamwork skills. The effort and positivity produced by our ACE group was incredible and really made us proud to be a part of Box Hill High. 

We cannot wait to see what more ACE has in stall for us! 

By Makayla Glare Y10


Photo: Trangia Cooking

Duke of Edinburgh

Photo: Trangia Cooking

DoE Bronze Award-Year 10

Over 170 students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at BHHS 

The Duke of Edinburgh Team is glad to see 85 Bronze and 25 Silver/Gold participants sign up for the Award in 2018. These students join 60 students still finishing up their award from 2017. Year 10 students are offered the award as an elective. All senior students are welcome to join the program at Bronze Silver or Gold Levels. 


If you are not sure what this award is all about, keep an eye out on Wednesday afternoons for our Year 10 students participating in a multifaceted program involving Parkour, Kayaking, Trees Adventure, Hiking, Cooking, Navigation, Camps and much more. 


So far students have tested their navigation skills in Sherbrook State Forests, pushed their limits at Belgrave Trees Adventure, Kayaked on the Yarra River, honed their photography skills around Box Hill High School and been introduced to Trangia cooking. Coming up next term are 2-hour volunteering sessions at the Australian Migrant Education Service (AMES), a Mental Health First Aid Course and practice hikes to pockets of Melbourne’s wilderness. 

We look forward to helping students achieve their awards and continue to contribute to their community. 

The Duke of Edinburgh Team 









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:  

http://www.dukeofedvic.org.au/about/awards/ or contact Mr Paul Rogers ([email protected]


Peer Support

BHHS Peer Support Program

Another successful Peer Support Program is underway at Box Hill High School. Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been assisting Year 7 students with their transition to secondary school through bi-weekly sessions.


So far, Year 7 students have been introduced to what Box Hill High School has to offer, learnt techniques of how to make friends in a big school, been assisted with the setting up of their laptops and introduced to e-safety in cyberbullying awareness sessions.


Earlier this term, 16 Peer Support Leaders assisted Year 7 students on school camp. These students ran games, hosted a talent show and trivia night, organised a disco and encouraged Year 7 students to interact with others. Peer Support Leaders put in a fabulous effort over a three day camp and have been wonderful role models for the newest members of the Box Hill High School community.

Don’t trust what has been said so far? Here is what some of our Year 7 students have had to say…         

  • “It is really fun having a break from schoolwork and learning from older students instead of teachers” Ruby Wills 7B                     
  • “Peer Support is a fun experience and you learn new things every time. The Peer Support Leaders make it exciting by playing games and summarise our sessions” Emma Hunter 7D
  • “Our leaders are kind, nice and organised” a group of 7C girls
  • “Peer Support is always the highlight of my day.” Aala Abdalla 7D
  • “I’m happy that I have been given time to get to know Year 7 Students” Ana Hofbrauer Year 10 Peer Support Leader


There has also been a tremendous effort from our Year 11 Peer Support Student Training Team who have been diligently working behind the scenes to help train younger students in the art of being Peer Support Leader. We are extreme grateful for these students volunteering their time.


Peer Support sessions will continue with three sessions in Term 2 and one in Term 3.










Please send any feedback to Peer Support Coordinator, Mr Paul Rogers ([email protected]).



Our Careers Website

Box Hill High School’s career website provides resources to support students as they navigate through their career planning.  It’s a “One Stop Shop” for their needs with information available about Career Planning, VCE, Post School Options and much more.
Students will be using this website as part of their careers program.
In addition to this, parents can use this as their "go to" place to learn more about Senior Secondary School options, how to create career conversations with their child and explore resources that provide post school study options and career information. 
Parents can access the website from BHHS’s website or in School Favourites on Compass.  Please take the time to look at this valuable resource.
I also strongly encourage parents and students to register for the career newsletter and updates on upcoming career events (calendar).
Please visit our new career website www.boxhillhscareers.com  and explore what is available to you to support your child in the career pathway planning.


Careers Coordinator Ms Thea Kamvissis

Languages- where will they take us next?

German and Chinese Languages update

The year is well and truly off to a start for Languages at Box Hill!


Saral Gautam (12B) attended a wonderful STEM German language camp in Batu-Malang, Indonesia during the summer holidays! He was fortunate enough to receive a full scholarship for this trip. Students are also interviewing this week for a six-week holiday course in Germany during the 2019 summer holidays. Best of luck to all of the applicants!


Year 9 Chinese students are preparing to depart for the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program, which focuses on language and cultural learning with personal development leadership skills. Mr Chen will be accompanying the group on this amazing six-week trip. Read students’ pre-departure thoughts in this edition.


 Iona Easton (12B) has returned from a 10-week SAGSE exchange, as has Tom Yakubowski from a six-month exchange. See their full reports in this newsletter and find out if you might be eligible to win a 2018 SAGSE scholarship.

20 German students from years 10 and 11 are beginning to prepare for their four-week exchange in November to our German sister school, Marienschule, in Lippstadt.


Nick Bowers and Bernhard Andersson have written a news article entitled “Das Fahrradcamp von Box Hill High School”, likewise Ed Neagu and Tex Craven have written a piece “Wie ist es in Melbourne Rad zu fahren”. Both pieces have been posted and featured in our German online newspaper SANtastisch. The region comprises of German student newspapers from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Samoa, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam!

You can find these student articles and more at http://blog.pasch-net.de/pasch-global/ or just search for SANtastisch.



Mr Nathaniel Smith

Domain Leader: Languages

Victorian Young Leaders to China Program

I've packed the Tim Tams

This week is when you count down not the weeks but the days till China. All the nerves kick in but then the excitement takes over. It feels like you’re not going yet but then you realise how soon it is and you're like “wow, I’m going to a foreign country with 9 other school kids and Mr Chen. No family, not of your own bed, but learning a whole new lifestyle.”


I feel like I am one of the luckiest children to go on this program as this is something you never forget. We are at the stage now where we have to start packing and weighing our suitcases. We have to buy presents for the students and the families we meet in China. We had to get something Aussie so I packed some Tim Tams and some other stuff. I am very excited for going to the Great Wall of China as I want to know how big it really is and you could look it up on google or you could go there and experience one of the 7 wonders of the world! I also can’t wait to meet some of the students in China and experience what they do every day.


I cannot wait for the day to come when we hop on a plane, fly to China but stop off at Singapore because that is when the lifetime of memories begin.

By Taylor Mead 9D



Saying goodbye at the Airport


Here we are in China


Don't forget the Vegemite!

CYC city is a large multi-storeyed building located on the corner of Collins and Kings street. Which on the third weekend of February hosted a   dozen or so schools, each carefully selecting 10 students to put forward. This weekend was no ordinary weekend, it was spent preparing over 100 students to spend 6 weeks in a foreign country, to teach them how to cope being away from their families, to teach them how to immerse themselves in a new culture, a new way of life and how to make the most of a one of the kind experience.


The Victorian Young Leaders to China Program (VYLC) is a government initiative aiming to immerse year 9 students in the diverse culture of China by attending schools, visiting local tourist sights and meeting everyday students and their families. This program expands students’ language and cultural learning with personal development and aids in building strong foundations for leadership skills.


All schools attending were split into 3 groups, so that the students could bond and build strong relationships so they could support each other in a completely foreign environment. The activities were designed to help the students get out of their comfort zone and into a better learning environment. Activities like working in teams to describe an image completely verbally or, in groups, building a small bridge even though one group could only speak in ‘yes’, that activity was quite the interesting one, so after half an hour or so of a room of kids all yelling yes in different tones, it was quite tiring! Most of the days were spent doing these activities with obvious breaks for meals, except for what was arguably the highlight of the weekend, White Night. White Night is the once a year event where the city is reimagined through lights, performances, film, music and much more all over Melbourne. Since Chinese New Year fell on White Night there was a little China everywhere you looked from lanterns to dragon dancers!


All right, I think that’s all I have time for, I’ve got bags to pack and vegemite to buy!

By Ashley Hunter 9E



PASCH Scholarship 

Lust auf Deutschland? – Natürlich! 

Guten Tag, Schüler und Schülerinnen, wie geht’s? One of the most fantastic parts of Box Hill High School is its superb German program. German is taught from Year 7 all the way up to Year 12, and this provides many fantastic opportunities to learn about German culture along the way.  

Box Hill High School has recently become a PASCH school, and this means there are now even more opportunities to embrace German culture. One of the privileges of being part of a PASCH school is that every year in January, two students from Year 11 have the opportunity to travel to Frankfurt, Germany, for a 3 week scholarship to learn German with other students from all over the world. All expenses are paid, and participators even get some pocket money to spend while being in Germany!  

Students in Year 10 can apply for this scholarship to take part in the course the next year during the January school holidays. The application process is relatively simple: last year, students were required to make a poster or a brochure (in German) explaining how German is a part of their lives. Posters were submitted to the Goethe-Institut, and a smaller group of people were selected for an interview. Only a very short period of the interview was in German: for this scholarship, German skills are not a large part of the criteria. It's mainly about who would get the most out of the experience. Two students are then selected from this to go to Germany for three weeks - for free! 

We did many amazing and memorable things in Germany, and met people we will never forget. There were 61 people in total in 2018, 6 of whom came from Australia; two from Melbourne (the authors of this article), and four from two different schools in Brisbane. There were also people from New Zealand, Brazil, Panama, Indonesia, Peru, and so many more countries, giving the students chosen the opportunity to meet people they never would've been able to meet otherwise. We stayed in Frankfurt, a modern city next to the river Main in Germany. We didn’t go swimming though: temperatures were in the single digits most of the time! Our accommodation was “Haus der Jugend”, a youth hostel near to the Frankfurt city centre. It was great to have the experience of staying in a youth hostel, neither of us had stayed in one before, and it was very different from staying at a hotel! 

The scholarship is set out so that there is always something to do. On Monday to Friday during the scholarship, there are lessons in the morning (similar to a school timetable) at varying levels of proficiency in German. Lessons are good fun, often you play games and have opportunities to meet the people in your class. You also get the chance to take a Fit in Deutsch exam at the end of the course, which is an officially certifies a student’s level of German. In the afternoon, a range of activities can be done: like laser tag, various crafts, games, and even free shopping time in the city with your friends. In the evenings there are also many things to do: again, there may be organised activities or games, or sometimes parties! One night was called “Culture Night”, and in this the students from each country prepared a presentation conveying the culture of their country. In our presentation, we called up volunteers from other countries to taste some Vegemite, and it was hilarious to see the ways that they reacted. On the weekends there were often excursions, our personal favourite was when we went to a castle and then later the Feldberg mountains and got a chance to see snow. The opportunity was truly unforgettable and something both of us will hold dearly forever. We couldn't recommend this enough. So continue German! You could win a free holiday. 


By Miranda Bromage and Bernhard Andersson 


German Exchange

A German Adventure

I didn’t quite know what to expect as I arrived at the airport with my family by my side in mid-August. I was about to leave them, my friends and my school behind and embark on a massive adventure all on my own. At the time I had no understanding of the scale of what I was about to do, the sheer number of new people I would meet and the experiences I was about to have over the coming four and a half months. 

I lived with a host family on the outskirts of Düsseldorf, in a village called Meerbusch-Büderich. My host parents Sabine and Martin and well as my host brother and sister, David and Nina, made me feel welcome from the moment I met them and opened the doors of their home for a complete stranger who they had never met before.  It was fantastic to integrate into the life of a German family and to even celebrate Christmas with them.  

I attended Year 11 at the local secondary school, Mataré Gymnasium and studied alongside students from around the area. It was fascinating to experience the way another school operates, especially on the other side of the world. I was able to take a broad range of subjects including German, Geography, History, Advanced Economics, Chemistry, Philosophy and Sport, all of which were taught at a very high level in comparison with Australia in terms of the depth of topics and the pace at which they were covered. I was also given the opportunity to join AGs (Extracurricular Clubs) such as the Debating-AG, which I not only enjoyed, but also benefited from significantly in terms of my German skills. My school also gave me the opportunity to teach a Year 9 English class about Australia for a term, which was an amazing opportunity in and of itself.  

A key highlight of my time in Germany was the time I spent travelling. My host family and I travelled to parts of Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands together, which was great fun and extremely eye opening. We visited cities such as Bonn, Trier, Aachen and Winterthur. I also travelled to Berlin for a week with my host brother David and other young people from around Meerbusch, as part of an organised school holiday program. My time in Germany’s capital was terrific, especially after taking Modern German History in German at BHHS in the lead up to my exchange. We visited many of the city’s landmarks including the Reichstag (Parliament Building), Brandenburg Gate, the site of the Berlin Wall and Fernsehturm (TV tower/lookout), among many others. 

My school also ensured I had plenty of free time, which I used to travel around western Germany by myself, visiting places of interest such as Köln (Cologne), Aachen, Wuppertal, Solingen, Remscheid, Oberhausen and Duisburg as well as dozens of trips to discover Düsseldorf itself. My exchange in Germany also gave me the opportunity to explore my own interests. I applied successfully to take part as Head Delegate at a four-day Model United Nations in the city of Siegen. Travelling alone across a country, being completely independent, living by myself, doing something I am passionate about and meeting an amazing group of like-minded and diverse people was a real turning point for me. It stands out as one of the most unforgettable parts of my exchange! 

Before long, the action packed months had passed, an amazing German Christmas with my host family was over and it was time to say an emotional “Auf Wiedersehen” to my host family and to head back home to Melbourne. I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe that my exchange is all over. What really strikes me is the kindness of strangers, no matter what language they speak. I have formed so many lifelong bonds, especially with my host family, which mean so much to me. The way they opened their doors to a stranger and let me live with them for those four months was an absolutely incredible and generous gesture. 

The overall experience proves that you are capable of so much more than you think you are initially. I urge anyone studying German to make the most of the outstanding opportunities which are offered to you, believe in yourself and take the leap of faith. You’ll be amazed at what is out there waiting for you (and your German skills)! 

By Tom Yakubowski Y11

SAGSE Scholarship

SAGSE Scholarship

During the summer holidays I went to Germany as an exchange student on a ten-week scholarship with an organisation called SAGSE (Scholarships for Australian German Student Exchange). I went with 22 other year 11 and 12s from all over Australia and New Zealand. A group of random strangers who grew to become my best friends in the world.


This was my first time overseas and my first plane trip of longer than an hour so I had no realistic expectations. As I said goodbye to my family and got onto the plane I did not feel afraid despite actually being absolutely terrified for the month leading up to it. Our travel time was approximately 24 hours in total. We swapped over in Singapore and arrived in Frankfurt very jettlagged and hardly able to believe we were actually on the other side of the world. For the foreseeable future.

We were spread out all over Germany. I lived in Dresden - a stunning, history rich city which was perfect for me - and a beautiful host family. My host sister Eleanor and I were matched perfectly too. My first week in Dresden was the fastest I have learnt German in my life. I went to school with Eleanor which was admittedly one of the more challenging aspects of the exchange for me personally. We did many unforgettable things such as celebrate Christmas and New Years together, visit the Czech Republic, go to Christmas markets, but also just small things like go on picnics or sit by the river at night. It really becomes a new normal life, except you've created it new from scratch and everything is more exciting. Some things I noted to be incredible, were how when faced with a challenge you simply rise to it and how by being planted in a culture you can so effortlessly learn its language and fall in love with it. It is extremely fulfilling to simply speak and actively learn the language. I have found a second home on the other side of the world which will always hold a piece of my heart and sense of belonging.

SAGSE also put on some amazing camps. All of the Australians and their hosties (host partner), plus that same amount in GASSies (alumni of the exchange now in an organisation called the German Australian Student Society) gathered together in a small city called Naumberg halfway through the exchange for a five-day camp. I became so much closer with all of the Australians during that time and began friendships with hosties which I continued to grow through the rest of my time there. We had heaps of fun dancing every night and doing games, activities and competitions together.


Directly from Winter Camp we embarked in small groups on five days of fully independent ‘Free Travel’ - something completely unique to this scholarship and possibly the best week of my life. I went to Hamburg, Nürnberg, Stuttgart and Munich. We organised locations, trains, youth hostels, activities, food - everything - within our groups. It was so adventurous and exciting!


We returned to our families for a few more weeks, then said goodbye for the last time as all the Australians reconnected in Berlin for our last five days in Germany. We did so many activities in Berlin, like seeing the Berlin Philharmonik Orchestra, visiting Parliament House, meeting the New Zealand ambassador, touring a Stasi prison and so many other things, but the stand out for me was the incredible friendship I had. It was impossibly fun. We all flew back to Australia together, back to our old lives but now part of the aforementioned GASS. I know it’s cliché but this trip was genuinely the best thing I have ever done and I cannot recommend it enough. I cannot thank SAGSE and my sponsor, GASS Victoria for this amazing opportunity enough. If you want to know more about applying for a scholarship or being a host yourself, look on SAGSE’s website and talk to me or Mr Smith.

Iona Easton, 12B 

Wellbeing Program

A school that flourishes

A school where students can flourish in their unique ways, and develop positive relationships with other students and their teachers is the vision we have for Box Hill High School. We are very proud of the inclusive culture at Box Hill High School and the welcoming and calm atmosphere that is evident across the school. Since 2013, the school has been developing a positive education framework through the work of a large number of teachers who were committed to the education of the whole child. Student leadership groups have also contributed to the promotion of good mental health in their organisation of events for wellbeing theme weeks including SRCs lunchtime ‘sleep centre’ in semester two last year. The importance of focused attention and having a growth mindset in learning is a strong feature in the classroom for both students and teachers. This year we also introduced the new RESPECT wellbeing program for students in Year 7-9 where they develop skills such as demonstrating respectful behaviours with new class members, practicing gratitude and empathy, developing strategies that build resilience, and problem-solving. We will also be continuing to embed a positive education whole-school framework with the key wellbeing focus for each year level listed below: 

At the end of last year the Positive Education Team including the Engagement Leaders developed vision statements for each year level so that students, teachers and parents can see how these elements are reinforced in their programs, classrooms and student assemblies. 

Vision Statements

Year 7
Positive Relationships

For every year 7 student to be happy to be at school and have positive interactions with fellow peers and staff. To feel connected to the school community through a successful transition to high school where new friendships are formed and students feel encouraged by their teachers to challenge themselves in their learning environment.  It is hoped that students will develop self-compassion that can assist in them building their self-identity. 

Year 8

For Year 8 students to develop and practice gratitude in their daily lives and for students to be empathetic to what others value too.  Create a general state of compassion and appreciation of difference within their community. For students to be aware of and challenge negative bias in themselves and others and apply that when reflecting on their learning. 


Year 9

For year 9 students to be able learn strategies to improve coping with challenges and disappointments that arise and begin to understand that change is a part of living.  To have the confidence to tackle solving problems and take risks and to not see failure as only negative. For students to value the importance of making connections throughout their community as a vital strength in building their resilience. 

Year 10
Focussed Attention and Mindfulness 

For all year 10 students to be able to learn and consistently practice mindfulness in order to develop the skills of focusing attention. For students to understand the benefits of focused attention and experience this in their learning, their mental health, and their relationships.  It is hoped that students will find the ability to be mindful invaluable in their lives with increasing academic pressure, an inescapable social media environment and greater life responsibilities 

Year 11
Strengths and Purpose

For all Year 11 students to have a greater understanding of their strengths so they are aware of how they can contribute in the world. This will come from the identification and exploration of their personal attributes, values, academic strengths, talents, interests and passions. Year 11s will be encouraged to develop a moral purpose by which they can start shaping their future. A better understanding of themselves and their strengths will hopefully improve their intrinsic motivation to work towards their goals and to make more thoughtful and informed decisions that are aligned with their values.  


Year 12
Healthy Bodies and Minds

For Year 12 students to find balance in their lives and to be consolidating the healthy foundations for good mental health during what can be a stressful year but more importantly for life beyond school. Developing a toolkit for students to feel confident in self-regulating their mental or physical condition and responding in effective ways to perform at an optimal level. It is crucial that our students can leave school with the skills to manage stress and identify strategies that strengthen their wellbeing to achieve overall greater life satisfaction. 


Student Wellbeing Team

The Student Wellbeing Team enthusiastically works to promote good mental health, social skills, effective organisational strategies and students’ personal strengths. There is an ‘open-door’ policy and students can seek support across a range of areas. 

Our team in 2018 consists of Neil Hamley, Kellie Ind and Felicity Shiel-Jones (Student Wellbeing Coordinators) and Colin Osborn (Counsellor).  








In addition to the school staff we are supported in our work by our fabulous Psychologists Jeff Edmonds, Felicity Cronin, and Maryam Elyas. In 2018 we are also fortunate to have Apurva Nargundkar an ex-student of Box Hill High School who is a provisional Psychologist and passionate about our youth program. Our Social Worker Helen Levis and Adolescent Counsellor Jane Liang work with individual students on developing effective stress-management strategies . 


RESPECT Wellbeing Program

Box Hill High School has been promoting Positive Education principles over the past 4 years aligning with our Strategic Plan.  This has resulted in a new wellbeing program being launched in 2018.  
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 will participate in the Box Hill High School  RESPECT Wellbeing Program in their form group one period a fortnight.  This program is heavily based upon the Education Department’s Respectful Relationships Curriculum which you can access here
 Each year level has a different positive education and wellbeing key theme as listed below: 
·         Year 7 – Fostering Positive Relationships 
·         Year 8 – Cultivating a culture of Gratitude 
·         Year 9 – Developing Strategies for Resilience 
·         Year 10 – Focussed Attention and Mindfulness 
·         Year 11 – Strengths and Purpose 
·         Year 12 – Healthy Bodies and Minds 


The RESPECT Wellbeing Program has been catered around each year level’s theme and has been mapped against the Victorian Curriculum.  Similar themes are reinforced specifically in Health and Physical Education classes.  All staff try to foster the general themes when considering how the curriculum is delivered and are supported by the Student Engagement Leaders who deliver focussed  year level activities such as camps, incursions and assemblies to strengthen the skills associated with these themes. 


 RESPECT is an acronym for: 



 Teachers will be encouraging students to discuss the content covered in class with their families at home and we look forward to you being able to share your experiences and stories with students to promote them to find ways to continue to optimise their wellbeing.  

 This program is based on research that indicates the positive outcomes for greater life satisfaction for students who are emotionally aware and equipped with strategies to identify when they need to seek or offer support for themselves or others.  
If you have any feedback or questions about the program feel free to contact the Wellbeing Team. 


A visit to the Year 7 RESPECT Class

In a visit to Ms. Wilkinson’s 7F RESPECT class, the students were asked the following questions and these are some of the student responses: 

"What is important for your wellbeing?"

Kito: “music” 

Gary: “watching basketball” 

Bevan: “people around me, my grandparents” 

Sam: “Having friends and a supportive family who encourage me” 

Tiffany: “having subjects you are good at or enjoy” 

Saina: “playing games or talk to my friends” 


"What does respect mean to you?"

Josh: “being aware of other people’s feelings” 

Rakshan: “people understand other people’s emotions” 

Hugo: “Not discriminating or being mean, making a person feel good about themselves” 

Bella: “everyone is important in this world!” 

Reflective Journal Entry from 7F student


Class rules for RESPECT Program


Teenagers and Sleep

Teenagers and Sleep

Some tips from betterhealth.vic.gov.au


Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between nine and 10 hours of sleep every night. This is more than the amount a child or an adult needs. Yet most adolescents only get about seven or eight hours. Some get less.  
Regularly not getting enough sleep leads to chronic sleep deprivation. This can have dramatic effects on a teenager’s life, including reduced academic performance at school. One recent US study found that lack of sleep was a common factor in teenagers who receive poor to average school marks. 
Causes of sleep deprivation 

Some of the reasons why many teenagers regularly do not get enough sleep include: 

  • Hormonal time shift – puberty hormones shift the teenager’s body clock forward by about one or two hours, making them sleepier one to two hours later. Yet, while the teenager falls asleep later, early school starts don’t allow them to sleep in. This nightly ‘sleep debt’ leads to chronic sleep deprivation. 

  • Hectic after-school schedule – homework, sport, part-time work and social commitments can cut into a teenager’s sleeping time. 

  • Leisure activities – the lure of stimulating entertainment such as television, the Internet and computer gaming can keep a teenager out of bed. 

  • Light exposure – light cues the brain to stay awake. In the evening, lights from televisions, mobile phones and computers can prevent adequate production of melatonin, the brain chemical (neurotransmitter) responsible for sleep. 

  • Vicious circle – insufficient sleep causes a teenager’s brain to become more active. An over-aroused brain is less able to fall asleep. 

  • Social attitudes – in Western culture, keeping active is valued more than sleep.  

  • Sleep disorder – sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea, can affect how much sleep a teenager gets. 

Effects of sleep deprivation 

The developing brain of a teenager needs between nine and 10 hours of sleep every night. The effects of chronic (ongoing) sleep deprivation may include: 

  • Concentration difficulties 

  • Mentally ‘drifting off’ in class 

  • Shortened attention span 

  • Memory impairment 

  • Poor decision making 

  • Lack of enthusiasm 

  • Moodiness and aggression 

  • Depression 

  • Risk-taking behaviour 

  • Slower physical reflexes 

  • Clumsiness, which may result in physical injuries 

  • Reduced sporting performance 

  • Reduced academic performance 

  • Increased number of ‘sick days’ from school because of tiredness 

  • Truancy. 

Preventing sleep deprivation – tips for parents 

Try not to argue with your teenager about bedtime. Instead, discuss the issue with them. Together, brainstorm ways to increase their nightly quota of sleep.  Suggestions include: 

  • Allow your child to sleep in on the weekends. 

  • Encourage an early night every Sunday. A late night on Sunday followed by an early Monday morning will make your child drowsy for the start of the school week. 

  • Decide together on appropriate time limits for any stimulating activity such as homework, television or computer games. Encourage restful activities during the evening, such as reading. 

  • Avoid early morning appointments, classes or training sessions for your child if possible. 

  • Help your child to better schedule their after-school commitments to free up time for rest and sleep.  

  • Assess your child’s weekly schedule together and see if they are overcommitted. Help them to trim activities. 

  • Encourage your child to take an afternoon nap after school to help recharge their battery, if they have time. 

  • Work together to adjust your teenager’s body clock. You may like to consult with your doctor first. 

Preventing sleep deprivation – tips for teenagers 

The typical teenage brain wants to go to bed late and sleep late the following morning, which is usually hard to manage. You may be able to adjust your body clock but it takes time. Suggestions include: 

  • Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.  

  • Avoid loud music, homework, computer games or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime. 

  • Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep–wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. Try to avoid watching television right before bed. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain. 

  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep. 

  • Start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual (for example, 10 minutes) after four weeks. Do this for one week. 

  • Add an extra 10 minutes every week until you have reached your desired bedtime. 

  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work. 

  • Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference. However, it may take about six weeks of getting extra sleep before you feel the benefits. 

Other issues to consider 

If lack of sleep is still a problem despite your best efforts, suggestions include: 

  • Assess your sleep hygiene. For example, factors that may be interfering with your quality of sleep include a noisy bedroom, a lumpy mattress or the habit of lying awake and worrying. 
  • Consider learning a relaxation technique to help you wind down in readiness for sleep. 

  • Avoid having any food or drink that contains caffeine after dinnertime. This includes coffee, tea, cola drinks and chocolate.  

  • See your doctor if self-help techniques don’t increase your nightly sleep quota. 

Where to get help: 

  • Your doctor  

  • Sleep disorder clinic 

Things to remember:

  • Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between nine and 10 hours of sleep every night.  

  • Chronic sleep deprivation can have dramatic effects on a teenager’s life, including reduced academic performance at school. 

  • Even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night makes a difference. 




Life outside of the Box

My journey to Pakistan

The sun was orange.  

We struggled to make it through the narrow, rocky, bustling streets of Khatana in a tiny Suzuki Mehran. I was riding in a Careem, the Pakistani version of Uber, on my way to a K-12 school in the slums of Rawalpindi. Mozah Khatana is an area within Rawalpindi. I have tried “Googling” the area so that I could provide you with a more accurate description of the place, but my searches return empty, so I will describe it to you the best I can here – Khatana is a small, dusty village with patches of green grass where goats, chickens and occasionally cows roam freely, houses with flat rooftops, gypsy tents, cement tomb stones laced with tinsel and stretches of dry dirt littered with plastic and rubbish. Women walked around in groups wearing floor length shamiz, their hair wrapped with dupatas. Men wore their shawls and round, flat-topped hats, dragging donkeys, driving heavy vehicles, pushing carts. Children of all ages spill out onto the streets. They play in the fields during the day, some of them pick up rubbish to earn money and stay out until the sun goes down and the winter chill settles in. A lucky few attend a local school.  

Pakistan has one of the world’s most alarming learning crises. A UNESCO report in 2010 listed 49.5 million adults as being illiterate, two-thirds of these are women. World Bank data shows that most Pakistani children who start school are likely to drop out by the time they are aged nine. A mere 3% of those starting public school will graduate from their final year of schooling. Poorest girls are most disadvantaged, with over half never having been to school. 


There are many reasons for the Pakistani education system’s failure – poverty, family background, personal circumstances. But research has found that the quality of teaching is probably one of the most decisive factors – many Pakistani teachers are not sufficiently prepared to plan effectively and deliver lessons that are innovative or structured. Their relaxed attitude towards teaching feeds the belief that education is unimportant.  


During my time in Pakistan, I taught several classes in one of the local schools of Khatana, and worked with missionaries to run teacher training programs at various community schools. We explored the practice of lesson planning, investigated formative assessment techniques and pooled together ideas for improving student outcomes. We shared with each other the highlights and lowlights of teaching, the differences between Australian and Pakistani education and mutually encouraged each other the best we knew how with the language barrier.  


I don’t think there is a better way to end this article than with the words of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who won hearts with the determination and bravery. We must “wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.” 




Ms Quinn Lee

Teacher  BHHS

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