We have been off to a great start this term, with many events colouring our school life. Of course, if we’re talking about colours, we can’t exactly forget about IDAHOBIT Day. IDAHOBIT Day is the International day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia. It is a day of acceptance and inclusiveness, and we are grateful for everyone who participated by donating and wearing a colourful accessory, as these donations will be going to Beyond Blue. We hope that everyone was able to enjoy themselves on the day, as there was a sausage sizzle, guess the number of lollies in a jar and a hand painting mural to participate in. The day was run by our school’s student run SRC.
There was also another big event held on, Friday 2 August, the '2019 LHS The Voice Grand Final'. We have to say a huge congratulations to our winner, Ayla Harnett (Year 7) with her magnificent performance of 'My Heart Will Go On', and not to mention our very own, Caitlin Huddleston (Year 11), who was the Runner-up this year. It was quite a fun moment with everyone being hyped up for each performance, all of which were filled with “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent”-- Rupaul. Students from all year levels gathered around and were able to enjoy this day. Everyone was astounded by the performances and effort put into this day. All recordings are available on the Lilydale High School Facebook page.
Similarly, the day before, our VCAL students held a bottom half free dress day, in an effort to raise money for local primary schools. This was to help build seats and shop fronts for these schools, with many students participating in the event. It was a great effort by our VCAL students to prepare for this event and we are happy to see that many of us were a part of it.
This isn't the end of it all though, there have been two camps held these past few weeks, one of which was the VCE Ski camp. For our students, the camp was like a weekend getaway, to maybe forget, or even run away to MT Hotham, away from all our increasing homework. The camp was of course, all about skiing in the snow, with our students waking up to the great views of MT Hotham and having the chance to ride on ski lifts. Yet, despite all the falling over, this camp was a great opportunity for everyone to have a little fun and to meet new people.
Likewise, the Peer Leadership Camp was an opportunity for our Year 11s who had been a part of the Peer Support Program earlier this year, to act as leaders to help prepare and run the camp for the current Year 10s,who plan to do Peer Support next year. This was a great opportunity for our year 11s to further develop their leadership skills and for students of different year levels to come together and to develop new friendships and bonds. This camp was incredibly eye opening and it was really inspiring to see everyone open up and see bonds between ourselves strengthen, with the Year 10’s, who we will complete VCE with next year.
We hope that everyone who was a part of this, was able to enjoy themselves and had a small respite before returning back to school, even if we spent most of those 3 days talking, crying, laughing and creating lifelong memories, that we will always cherish.
We would also like to thank all of the teachers for putting up with our tears and jokes for the 3 days and for every student who came, for being so open and willing to support each other.
Derek and Lily