2022 – Start of Term 1

2022 – Start of Term 1
Start-Up Dates 

The School Office will REOPEN on Thursday 27 January.

  • Tuesday 1 February – Years 7 and 12 students START, including Year 12 VCAL
  • Wednesday 2 February – Years 8 to 11 students START, including Year 11 VCAL

Mask will be required by all students and staff whilst indoors at school.  Students will need to ensure they BRING a MASK from home.

2022 Year 7 Chromebook Program

  • Chromebooks will be available for pick-up from the Administration building from Thursday 27 January.

School Term Dates and holidays in Victoria

Managing the Transition BACK TO SCHOOL

Managing the Transition BACK TO SCHOOL

As restrictions lift, many students may be finding it difficult or nerve racking to return to school.  The Student Wellbeing Team are all back on site and ready to support parents/carers and students through this transition.   

If you need some advice or extra support, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 03 9735 5644 or via email studentservices@lilydalehs.vic.edu.au

Below is a link to some great information from Beyond Blue, regarding “Managing your students transition back to school”.

https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/COVID-normal/family-life/managing-your-childs-transition-back-to-school

Monday 1 November

Monday 1 November

All students in Years 7 to 11 are required to attend school on Monday 1 November (Cup Eve), for the return of ONSITE LEARNING. Normal timetabled classes will be running for all year levels.

Masks

Students are required to bring their own mask from home and wear it properly both inside and outside as per community requirements. I again ask all students to assist us to maintain a safe environment by following through with mask wearing. Students must remain at home if unwell.

PE Uniforms

We will endeavour to ensure that the COVID safe protocols are in place including allowing PE uniforms to be worn on the days students have timetabled PE classes. This enables us to minimise the use of change rooms. Please note that it is full PE uniform only, not a half normal uniform and half PE uniform arrangement.

Return to Onsite Learning

Return to Onsite Learning

Dear LHS Families,

You would have heard in the media over the weekend that the return to onsite learning date has been brought forward to this Friday October 22 – good news for everyone!

Return to school arrangements are as follows:

Friday October 22 – Year 7 and 11 return full time

Friday October 22 – Year 10 return for the day, then every Thursday and Friday

Tuesday October 26 – Year 8 and 9 return Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Monday November 1 All students return full time

Year 10 students studying a Unit 2 VCE subject – we invite you in to attend your VCE class onsite and, if you are unable to make it home to attend your Year 10 subjects online, the Library will be available for you to work from.

We will provide time outside for each year level on their first day back, to reconnect with their friends and teachers. Fingers crossed for sunny days!

COVID Safe

We will endeavour to ensure that the COVID safe protocols are in place including allowing PE uniforms to be worn on the days students have timetabled PE classes. This enables us to minimise the use of change rooms. Please note that it is full PE uniform only, not a half normal uniform and half PE uniform arrangement.

Vaccinations

I have had a number of parents ask about the vaccination requirement for students, there is currently no official requirement for students to be vaccinated to return to school, however, we are aware that many have made bookings or are already vaccinated. 

Masks

We will again require students to bring their own mask from home and wear it properly both inside and outside as per community requirements. I again ask all students to assist us to maintain a safe environment by following through with mask wearing. Students must remain at home if unwell.

Learning and Assessment

We understand that remote learning has been challenging, it’s not easy to replicate the classroom environment remotely. However, I strongly encourage everyone to continue to stay up with the learning and submit the required tasks until back onsite. Teachers will be assisting their students to successfully complete the year both now and when everyone returns, we do however, need students to stay engaged and give it their best shot. Our next reporting cycle will begin soon.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing is always a priority and will continue to be as our students return to onsite learning. The student wellbeing team members; Jane Robbins, Shirley Watson, Kate Fisher and Rob Webb are ready to assist students at any time as we return to onsite learning. They are also available whilst students learn remotely.  

Year 12 Exams 

Good luck to our Year 12 students who begin their VCAA exams on Wednesday October 27. It’s not been an easy two years as VCE students but you’ve made it! Information was sent to all students regarding the COVID Safe protocols and processes in the event of being a close contact. Please make sure you read the information carefully.

Looking forward to Friday!

Kind regards,

Wendy Powson

Principal

School Construction Works

School Construction Works

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you know, our school received $3.2m as a part of the Victorian School Building Authority’s Capital Works Program. This funding will allow us to deliver Stage 2 of exciting upgrades to our school so we can make better use of our facilities. The smart, innovative design provides more than just bricks and mortar; it inspires learning and encourages active participation from not only our students, but also our local community.

In order to provide these new upgrades, some disruption may occur during the construction phase. Between 16 – 17 October 2021 asbestos removal from some of the older buildings is scheduled. The asbestos will be removed in strict accordance with the regulations. Work will be undertaken on weekends and outside of school hours by an expert asbestos removalist and an occupational hygienist engaged by the builder.

As a further precaution, air-quality monitoring will also take place during the removal, and a clearance certificate must be issued by the occupational hygienist before any person can access the area. Air-quality monitoring measures the number of asbestos fibres in an area. An area is safe to occupy and a clearance certificate can be issued, when the level of airborne asbestos fibres is below the limit of detection.

Following the planned removal of the asbestos, we will be able to move forward with the rest of the building works. It’s important that the community are not onsite from 16 – 17 October 2021 (inclusive) while the asbestos removal and demolition works occur.

Please do not hesitate to contact me through the front office if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Wendy Powson

Principal

2021 Year 11 Presentation Ball

2021 Year 11 Presentation Ball

Due to the extended COVID restrictions in place for Victoria, the 2021 Year 11 Presentation Ball (scheduled for November 14, at Crown Palladium) has been postponed to Sunday 20 March, 2022.

We now can look forward to celebrating the Presentation Ball with you all in 2022.

As always, please stay safe and well.

First Aid Poster Competition

First Aid Poster Competition

Lilydale High School is running a POSTER COMPETITION to fill our NEW First Aid area!

We’re looking for posters relating to health and wellbeing issues that affect teenagers. 

Topics can include; bullying, drugs and alcohol, mental health and mental illness, healthy eating and exercise, periods, sexual health, relationships, diversity or any health related area that is important to students.

Posters should be bright and eye-catching, and promotes positive health or sparks discussion. 

Designs can be hand drawn or digital of any size and can include any combination of pictures and words, but must include information that is factual. 

To ENTER, students can take a picture of/or scan their poster and upload it into the form by clicking here.

All winning posters will be displayed in the Sickbay with the top three entries also each winning a $50 Uber Eats voucher.

Entries CLOSE October 6, so get creating!

Mental Health Fundraiser

Mental Health Fundraiser

Will Spencer (Year 11) is walking a total of 200kms during the month of October for Mental Health research in Australia.

Please support his cause using the link below. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience symptoms of mental health illness each year? In fact, every day in Australia, 8 people will die from suicide.

2022 Chromebook Program

2022 Chromebook Program

The Lilydale High School Chromebook program is separated into two phases:

  • Phase 1      Year 7 to 9 Chromebook Program
  • Phase 2      Year 10 to 12 Chrome/Notebook Program

Purchasing a new device in Year 7 and then again in Year 10 ensures students have a reliable and up-to-date device to support their learning.

Ordering a Chromebook

Year 7 Chromebooks will be available for pick-up from the Administration building from Thursday 27th January.

LAY-BY: A $100 lay-by deposit option is available to reserve a device at the payment method window.

Please Note: Chromebooks purchased outside of the school-approved supplier will not include a Chrome Management license. 

  • Chromebooks will require a license to be purchased (currently $65) before connecting to the school’s network.
  • Chromebooks purchased through the school approved portal include the cost of the Chrome Management license. 

For more information about the Lilydale High School Chromebook program please click HERE

Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday

On Wednesday August 25, morning classes will continue as normal, however the afternoon will see a change of program called – Wellbeing Wednesday.

We have secured past student and recent Bronze Medallist at the Tokyo Games, Harry Garside, to chat with students via Webex. After he gives an insight into his experiences as an Olympian, he will then offer an at home boxing session to demonstrate the basics of his sport. We are very excited to have Harry back with us, he is currently still in quarantine following his return from Japan.

There will be a range of other activities from which to choose including; cooking, knitting, mindful art and more physical activities.

We encourage everyone to get involved including siblings, parents and carers.