Newsletter Term 2 2017 - Issue 6


Principal's Message

Special Visitors

On Tuesday 6 June, we were pleased to welcome Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development and Rick Persse, Chief Executive, Education and Child Development (DECD) to Victor Harbor High School, along with Michael Pengilly MP, Liberal Member for Finniss and David Basham, Liberal Candidate for Finniss, as part of Country Cabinet. Our visitors had the opportunity to meet with our Executive Leadership Team and visit our new Special Class, meet our students and see them at work.

VHHS on the airwaves

Our school has embraced the opportunity to be involved with the local radio station 90.1 Happy FM. Our students and staff can now be heard regularly on radio sharing many great news stories from our school, including our Old Scholars Program, Special Education Sub School, Student Leadership team, International Students and more.

Tune in to 90.1 on Wednesday morning, 21 June, to hear our Student Leaders talk about the initiatives that they are focusing on this year.

Keep up-to-date with VHHS news

At Victor Harbor High School, we are continually exploring ways we can do things better. We want to make sure that our families hear news about our school in a timely manner and for that reason we are reviewing the way that we communicate with families. We will transition the newsletter to become a rolling news feed where you receive information from us when it is most relevant, instead of waiting every 3 weeks for the newsletter. News will be distributed through our Facebook page, School Stream app, and our website. Our aim is to make sure that families are always up-to-date with the latest news about upcoming events, student achievements and opportunities.

Warm Wishes

Ms Amanda O'Shea

Reconciliation Week

Victor Harbor High School has celebrated Reconciliation week with variations of inclusive activities. Kick starting the celebrations with the whole School Assembly acknowledgement of Country, followed by a presentation of the 1967 referendum and the steps that have taken place since, such as the Mabo case, the apology and the importance to recognition of our First Nation Peoples.

Local Ngarrindjeri Elders Phyllis Williams and Archie Kartinyeri conducted our first Ngarrindjeri Language lesson of the year, with Victor Harbor High and Victor R-7 Students. The students were learning their names and how to introduce themselves in Ngarrindjeri.

Students engaged in lunchtime and mentoring activities including painting footprints as a symbol of moving forward together, Boomerang painting and watching movies of cultural significance.

Cara O'Donnell
Aboriginal Community Education Officer

Students - go in the draw to win a double pass on a Big Duck Boat Charter Tour!

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New Innovation for Design & Technology

With the support of funding from Mt Compass Area School through their trade school we are delighted to add a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Router to enhance opportunities for students at Victor Harbor High School. This machine operates primarily with timber and in conjunction with digital design and drawing can engrave, sculpt from solid timber and cut patterns from sheet material. This will give students / trainees a very real up-to-date industry experience in digital design manufacturing of timber products and the possibilities are limited only by individual’s imagination.

The CNC 3 Axis Router will be incorporated in senior school Furniture Construction programs, Furnishing Certificate Pathways and with the opportunity to collaborate with all school digital design programs, STEM and extend on current middle school Digital Design and Technology experiences.

Design and Technology staff are now working to ensure facilities / machine placement meet all industry safety standards and are involved in training together in implementing new 3 dimensional, digital drawing software within Australian Curriculum requirements.

For any questions or further information please click here to email me.

Grant Trueman
Teacher: Doorways 2 Construction

Employment opportunities

Are you interested in working in your local public high school? We are seeking part time or relief staff for different operational areas especially Special Education classroom support roles. There are opportunities available for those with the relevant skills and clearances to apply for work with Department for Education and Child Development. 

Click here for more information about working at a DECD school.

Kate Burdett
Business Manager

Surfing Round 2

Making the most of the clean 2-3ft 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 19th May at Middleton. Victor Harbor High School surf teams made 3 of the 4 finals across divisions.

Open Boys Levi and Jake continued their winning streak with a fine display of powerful manoeuvres to out-surf other teams all the way to the finals where the boys outclassed the surfers from Investigator College to grab second win for the season.

U16 Boys Noah and Mallee’s hard training since last competition shone through in their heats and into the finals. With high wave counts and a variety of manoeuvres displayed against tough competition the boys were extremely pleased to finish overall winners on the day.

U16 Girls Hannah progressed effortlessly through to the final in her division with some strong surfing on the biggest waves of the day. In a tough final against the states’ best junior girls Hannah was pleased to finish 3rd overall.

Open Girls Reigning champs from round 1 Kira and Bella progressed smoothly to the semi- final and finished 3rd overall.

Thank you to other team members Maddy, Longy and Andrew for stepping up into the judge’s seats to make the event possible.

See you in the Soup!

Adam Foot / Ken Puckridge / Luke Hartley

Pathway Day

The Stage 1 (Year 10 and 11) curriculum is based around a set of career pathways led by a Mentor Teacher with expertise and experience in that pathway.

One of the programmed highlights of the year is Pathway Day, where students visit a University, TAFE College or workplace that offers courses, training and / or employment in a career of interest to them. Examples include the Aquatics Sports Centre, Adelaide Oval and various University and TAFE campuses. 

Students had a terrific time exploring career pathways and further study options and received overwhelmingly positive from those hosting the experiences.

One lecturer from the School of Humanities, Flinders Uni, wanted to pass on her sincere gratitude for "the most outstanding, corporative, engaged, group of students" she has had all year. She was so impressed by the students that it was a highlight of her year and she wanted the whole school community to know.

Mentors inspire our Year 12s

VHHS welcomed university students from the Flinders University Inspire Mentor Program to connect with our Year 12 students on Tuesday 6 June.

The Mentors are positive role models for our students as they offered encouragement, support and guidance, talking about their experience at University and what it has meant to their lives.

The Mentor program aims to inspire and empower our students to consider higher education as a real option for the future.

Congratulations Shane!

Shane T has been successful in gaining a ‘Cert III in Business Administration’ Traineeship placement at the Goolwa Alexandrina Council over 12 months. He will also have the possibility to go onto another certificate III in local government after completion of the first certificate.

This position, which is fulltime 38hrs per week, was ear marked for an early school leaver, aged between 17 & 20 yrs/old with a recognised disability. Shane is 17 and shows great initiative. All who work with him are extremely proud of his ability in gaining this position at his age.

Shane says ‘I’m really happy and proud to be chosen for this position. I want to thank my teachers, Lauren and Jess and my whole class for their help and support. Everyone’s excited! Kris from FWS helped me with the interviews, he was very nice.’

Lauren Height
Teacher: Special Education Sub School

Robotics at VHHS

Year 10 students with an interest in STEM learning, robotics, coding and programming enjoyed the opportunity to work with a team from UniSA, assembling and programming First Robotics Competition (FRC) Robots on Tuesday 30 May.

The project gave students real-world engineering experience as they enjoyed the opportunity to work together to build, program and drive the robots.

Remarkable experience for Yr12 Outdoor Education students


VHHS Year 12 Outdoor Education students discovered more than just their bearings when they participated in their three-day bushwalk assessment task at Mt Remarkable National Park last week.  Students were assessed as they took turns demonstrating their skills in leadership roles including; navigation, emergency response, group management, food preparation and low impact camping skills.  

Carrying packs through picturesque rocky gorges, across spectacular ridgelines and through dry pebbly creek beds, the students each pushed their mental and physical limits, and exceeded our expectations with group cohesion.  Nights were spent: eating, reflecting and playing games whilst huddled around torchlight.   When the games ran out we just told stories (no mobiles, snapchat, Facebook or Instagram, just ol’school face-to-face). After 3 days walking with heavy packs, no showers and cold nights the trip was concluded with possibly the ‘best-ever’ schnitzel at the Melrose Hotel and a warm campfire.  Highlights included: off-track navigation, the endless view from The Battery Ridge and the awesome weather.

Get out and find yourself!

Adam Foot / Ken Puckridge
Outdoor Education Teachers


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.