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.

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


Term 4 Start

Term 4 Start

The staged return to onsite learning is set out below:


Monday October 4 – Remote learning for all students resumes

Tuesday October 5 – Year 12 and Year 11 students studying a Unit 4 subject return onsite for the GAT

Wednesday October 6 – Year 12 and Year 11 students studying a Unit 4 subject return to onsite learning

Friday October 8 – Year 12 VCAL students return to onsite learning


Thursday October 21 – 3 Way Conferences


Year 7 and 11 students – Return 5 days a week October 26

Year 8 and 9 students – Return 2 days a week (Tue/Wed) October 26

Year 10 students – Return 2 days a week (Thurs/Fri) October 28


Tuesday November 2 – Melbourne Cup Day

Friday November 5 – All students return to onsite learning

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.

Chromebook Program

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

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

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.



Performance Dates

  • Thursday 2 December – 7 pm
  • Friday 3 December – 7 pm
  • Saturday 4 December – Matinee 2 pm
  • Friday 4 December – 7 pm Closing Night

Given the roadmap planned out by Dan Andrews we are certainly very optimistic that these dates will come to fruition. Finer details on capacity will be updated as more information comes to light. But the show must go on!  We’re still excited to be bringing Xanadu to you! 

For those with Tickets – If you currently have a Thursday night ticket it will be moved to Thursday 2 December etc.

As always, if you would like to cancel your ticket or move it to another day, please contact the School Office and they will accommodate as best they can.

Amy Cumming and Jonathan Bleakley

Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics

Congratulations to former Lilydale High students, Kell O’Brien and Harry Garside who both received Bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics 🇦🇺

The school community loved watching Kell and Harry compete in Track Cycling and Boxing.