As part of the Independent Schools Victoria – Student Poetry Competition, Derek has won the Years 11-12 section for his poem, Summer Longings.

The competition, part of the Arts Learning Festival, was open to students from all school sectors, and attracted more than 300 entries.

This is what the judges said about Derek’s poem:

‘well-built lines with smooth transitions capture and contrast the colourful carefree days of childhood with the sombre consciousness of ageing’.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino also recorded a message of congratulations:

Summer Longings, by Derek Villaceran

Those rubies falling from the sky
Glistening deep scarlet all around
Bright orange, vibrant like topaz
And yellows as bright as pure gold
Fall once again taking its place
Trees breaking down in the coming cold
Becoming stripped to the bare bones,
Yet they wait for their soon rebirth.

Those wintry days full of loneliness.
An endless sense of incompletion
An endless sense of listlessness.
All around us are clear diamonds
Tear dropped diamonds that pitter patter
in an endless soft rhythm.
With my coloured world so far away.
Peering into the grey void sky.
My adventures, but a distant dream,
as I await the first call of life.

The murmurings of creatures.
The birdsong all around us.
The frozen scenery awakens.
With ice in my heart thawed out.
Let the warmth of sunlight take me.
Let the gentle light rest on my face,
As I dream of those mirages
A dream of a long gone past.

That summer of my childhood.
The endless echoes of joy.
And the beckoning of companions.
All are but fragments of my memory.
Must I age ever so quickly?
This never-ending cycle of seasons.
Forever I am lost in the past.
Seeking a way to go back
A way back to that Summer.
But I continue walking.
Step by step.
Seeking that childhood in the sunset,
No matter the piling changes in life.
No matter the stinging pain,
no matter the longing in my heart.
Forever looking behind my shoulder
Picking up those pieces of me.
Piece by piece.
“Towards a new future”, I say.
But I can still hear the cicadas from that day.



Unit 1 & 3 Theatre Studies students present ‘Firebringer‘, originally staged by StarKid Productions.

This musical theatre performance comically examines a tribe of early humans as they navigate their dangerous surroundings, their lives changed forever with the discovery of fire.

Students have been responsible for all areas of this performance – direction, acting, costumes, makeup, props, set, sound and lighting.

PLEASE NOTE: This show contains frequent coarse language, recommended for ages 15+.

Performance Dates (LHS Performing Arts Theatre)

Thursday 29 April, 6:30 pm

Friday 30 April, 6:30 pm

Patrons will be required to wear a mask in the Theatre.



Parents/Carers and students are cordially invited to our OPEN NIGHT.

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

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


School Photos – Day 2

School Photos – Day 2

Monday 29 March

Home Groups who were scheduled to have their photo taken on Monday 15 March, will have them taken on March 29.

Any student who was absent for their individual photo will be given an opportunity to have their photo taken.

Sibling photos will also occur on this day.

Parent/Carer Photo Information

There is no need to return any forms or money to school. Unique image codes will be issued to all students on/after photo day so families can register online to view images when they become available in the webshop.

Registration is simple, just follow the 3 simple steps on your child’s personalised flyer once you receive it and remember to add the codes for all your children attending this school.

Even if you registered last year, it’s important that you do again this year using your child’s 2021 image code to link their images for the current year with your contact details.

When images are ready to view and in the webshop, all parents who have registered will be notified by SMS and email.

Once registered, please wait for notification that 2021 images are online to view before making your purchase. 

Year 11 Presentation Ball 2021

Year 11 Presentation Ball 2021


 Sunday 20 June

“Palladium at Crown”

Level 1, Crown Towers, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whitman Street, Southbank

5.00 pm until 9.00 pm

Dress: Formal or Lounge

Meal and Presentations

Cost is $120.00 per person

Children under 12 years $75.00

Full details regarding the evening are available on COMPASS for Parents/Guardians and students.



21 October 2020

Works alert – Maroondah Highway, site establishment and utility relocations
Works are continuing on the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project with strict health and safety protocols in place.

The health and safety of our workers and the community will remain our key priority as we undertake works on the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project. We will continue to follow the directions of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as we safely complete works on this project.

This works alert provides an overview of the construction activities for the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project that you may notice from week commencing Monday 26 October 2020.

Upcoming changes to the way you travel

Lilydale Station eastern car park (26 October – 9 November 2020): Up to 100 car spaces will be temporarily closed to install new train power and signalling cabling. Alternative commuter parking is available from Market Street and by the Lilydale outdoor pool.

William Street East and West local road access (26 October – 9 November 2020): William Street East and West will be closed (with local road access only) to construct new pedestrian footpaths and facilitate service and utility relocations or upgrades.

Maroondah Highway pedestrian footpath (26 October – 9 November 2020): There will be minor detours on the southern pedestrian footpath on Maroondah Highway to facilitate new communication cabling installation.

Maroondah Highway railway pedestrian crossing (9 November 2020): From Monday 9 November 2020, the pedestrian crossing over the rail line connecting William Street East and West will be closed to commence bridge structural foundation works. Pedestrians will need to use John Street or cross the Maroondah Highway and use the pedestrian crossing over the rail line near Lilydale Station to continue their journey.

Maroondah Highway (including service roads)
Utility service investigations and relocations.

Intermittent parking restrictions and temporary lane closures, with traffic management in place to assist businesses and customers with access as required.

William Street East and William Street West
Sewerage and power relocation and upgrade works.

Construction of a temporary pedestrian footpath along the west side of William Street West.

Intermittent parking restrictions and temporary lane closures, with traffic management in place to assist businesses and customers with access as required.

Intermittent pedestrian detours, with signage in place to advise accordingly.
Access to all businesses will be maintained.

William Street East (Lilydale High School)
• Parking has now been removed from William Street East by Lilydale High School, and there will be heavy machinery in operation in this area until early 2022.
• Utility service investigations and relocations.
• Ongoing site establishment within Lilydale High School grounds, involving the use of a compaction roller.
• Access to all businesses will be maintained.

What to expect
• Works will be carried out from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am – 1pm Saturday.
• Some construction noise and activity, with construction vehicles, equipment and works operating in the area.
• Slight changes to pedestrian paths on Maroondah Highway, William Street East and West and John Street.
• Traffic management will be in place to safely assist road users and pedestrians to their destination.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the LXRP 24/7 Contact Centre on 1800 105 105 or

The Maroondah Highway Level Crossing Removal Project Team