Newsletter Term 1 2017 - Issue 3


VHHS Sports Day 2017

Sports Day brought a cool and overcast day, which was perfect temperature for all students competing in events and for all helping staff. Many hands were on deck early to help set up equipment and shades all by 8.30am.

As the students arrived there were some exceptional costumes that had been well thought through and some very colourful & painted students getting into their team spirit by supporting their house colours.

Throughout the day there were also students who competed in a range of novelty and fun events including mixed netball, three-legged races, mega sack races, dizzy bat chase, water bomb throws, tug of war and student vs staff relay. It was great to see so many students getting involved with the novelty events, getting extra points to help their house teams out.

There were some outstanding performances from the athletes on the day breaking 4 records:

  • U16 Boys Shot Put: Lachlan W – 11.02m        Old Record: E. Page (2015) – 10.96m
  • U16 Boys Javelin: Jake W – 42.15m               Old Record: D. Mansbridge (1998) 41.82m
  • U16 Boys 800m: Wade S – 2.23.05 & Lachlan C – 2.23.57                 Old Record: P. Taggart (2008) – 2.26.70

The individual athletic trophies went to the following students:

Well done to those athletes who pushed themselves to the limits to get these fantastic results.

The House Competition was up and down with each house being in the lead at once throughout the day. But once again Murray came through winning by 60 points and taking out their fifth Sports Day title in a row. Also, a massive well done to those students who have been a part of those five years taking out the Sports Day wins, it is a great accomplishment to finish off your years of schooling.

Final House Scores:

  1. Murray            1421 points
  2. Inman              1361 points
  3. Finniss             1288 points
  4. Hindmarsh      1277 points

Many thanks to all Staff, Students and Parents who helped make the day a huge success and finally congratulations to all Students for your participation on the day.

Kristen Rothwell
Sports Day Coordinator

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VHHS ‘Superfish’

VHHS students swam themselves and their school proud at the SASSSA Swimming Championships held at the new Marion Aquatics Centre on Monday 27th February. Our students achieved many excellent results, winning 24 place certificates in solo events and 2 in the relays to finish 2nd overall on the day from the 10 competing schools.

Outstanding performances and silky smooth strokes were displayed by; Kira L, Connor I, Joshua B, Zane G, Manuela B, Cameron B, Finn P, Lucas H, Rhiannon B, Jackson N, Neriah M, Che V and Willow M. The cheering, sportsmanship and enthusiasm shown by all students and parents during the carnival was to be commended. 

A big thankyou to; Melinda Gerstlaur, Deb Beaton, Tarsha Milis, Lynnette Burgar, Tara Irvin and Anneliese M, for officiating and supporting students at the event.

Go and get wet!

Adam Foot
Teacher: Outdoor Education

New app for young people

Focus group participants needed

Are you a senior secondary student with asthma who might want to help test a new app?

Here’s your chance to be part of developing a smartphone app that will be used by young people across Australia. A research team at the University of Sydney is looking for 15 people aged 15-25 with asthma to road test an app to help young people manage their asthma.

If you are interested, please contact the researchers directly by email: with "App Test" in the subject and they'll get in touch.

GRIP Student Leadership Conference

On Monday, the 20th of February the new VHHS student leaders went to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre along with other student leaders from different high schools in South Australia to attend the GRIP Student Leadership Conference.  There were three different sessions on the day and each involved learning about different aspects of leadership and how to develop leadership qualities. The day was full of fun and everyone had a great time. participating in the whole group activities. Teaching staff were also able to attend a workshop based on the fundamentals of wise leaders. We all learnt how to be great leaders and how to help anyone else in need. 

Jessica H
Student Leader

Students Wearing Drawstring Hats to School

An incident/accident has occurred recently at 2 DECD sites resulting in injuries to students who were wearing drawstring hats.  Whilst the incident/accidents happened at primary school sites we would like to draw your attention to the risk.

If your student wears a hat with an adjustable chin cord to school, we request the following:

  • you inspect your child’s hat and if it has a cord, please immediately remove the cord as any hat with cords can no longer be worn at school.

As the safety of students at this site is of utmost importance, our school staff will continue to monitor and assess potential risks. When required we will modify or change processes to ensure our students get the best care.

Surfing Round 1

Making the most of the challenging 2-3ft onshore conditions, surfers new and experienced to the school waxed up to prove themselves against the state’s best junior surfers representing 24 schools on Friday 3rd March at Middleton. Victor Harbor High School surf teams made 3 of the 4 finals across divisions. Staff and students were stoked with the achievements of all surfers and judges on the day.

Open Boys Levi and Billy sprayed their opponents in early heats as they demonstrated speed, flow and a combination of manoeuvres to out-surf other teams all the way to the finals where the boys outclassed the surfers from Cardijn College to grab the first win for the season.

Open Girls Kira and Bella also shone as the ‘in form’ surfers of the day in their division.  Progressing smoothly through to the final and taking out Immanuel College to also grab 1st place overall.

U16 Girls Hannah progressed effortlessly through to win her semi-final in her division with some strong surfing on the biggest waves of the day. Hannah paddled hard against the incoming tide to finish 4th overall.

U16 Boys Noah and Mallee had clearly spent time in the brine over summer as the boys displayed strong turns against tough competition to earn a semi-final spot. The boys were extremely pleased to finish =3rd for the day and only just missed out on the finals.

Thanks go out to other team members Maddy and Andrew White for stepping up into the judge’s seats to make the event possible.

See you in the Soup!

Adam Foot/ Ken Puckridge/ Luke Hartley

Fleurieu Zone Tennis

Tuesday the 14th of March saw students from Years 8-12 travel to Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club for the annual SASSSA zone tennis day. The day threatened to derail early with some minor equipment issues; however, all students were soon enjoying the brilliant weather conditions on offer.

The format allowed our students test their abilityagainst the likes of Aberfoyle Park HS, Seaford HS, Mount Barker HS and Reynella East Secondary College. In hopefully what is a sign of the times 46 students participated throughout the day resulting in a modified time based format. The day enabled play for both doubles and singles with Neil S from 8B taking out the pool b singles event. Congratulations to all students involved the day was highly successful and these students were outstanding ambassadors of our school values

Travis Roach
English Learning Area Leader (Whole School Literacy Focus)
HASS Learning Area Leader

Student Support Services

Children and young people who need extra help are often referred to the Student Support Services team by their teacher. Student Support Services include social workers, behaviour support coaches, psychologists, special educators, speech pathologists and provide support to children and teachers in state schools and preschools.

If your child’s teacher feels that your child or their class as a whole is having difficulties they may engage with the Student Support Services team regarding these difficulties. Your teacher will discuss this with you and obtain your consent before making a formal request for support is made for your child.

For more information, speak with your preschool or school or visit



Please report absences by phone before 10am daily to Student Services on 8551 1912.

Change of details

Remember, if you move or change any contact phone numbers or emergency details, please let Student Services know as soon as possible.

Materials & Services

Reminder: Material & Service Fee for 2017 are due by the 14th April 2017. If you have any queries regarding your fees or school card forms please call Kathy Mathews on 85511907.

Keep us up-to-date

Please email us to share your news and successes or Old Scholar details and memorabilia. We’d love to hear from you.

Host families wanted

The opportunity to welcome a young person from another country into your home is a rewarding experience for all family members. We would love to hear from more of our families who would like to welcome a new student into their home and way of life.

Please contact us to learn more about hosting an International Student.