Newsletter Term 2 2017 - Issue 7


Principal's Message


A third Year 9 Passion Based Learning (PBL) class has begun led by Ms Peterson and Mr Roach. When I visited during the week there was certainly a buzz of creativity and problem solving in the room, tinged with fun. The students were highly engaged in creative, disciplined and collaborative work.  Year 9Science students have started an inquiry process which will feature at the STEM@FLEURIEU Summit in August. At the STEM@FLEURIEU Summit we gather together industry, local government, and schooling to hear and observe innovative solutions to current problems. This year’s theme is Future Earth. If you have a child in Year 9, please ask them about these learning programs. Several Year 8 teachers across Visual Art, Drama, HASS, and English have collaborated and their students have produced a puppetry performance based on Medieval times.

Term 3 Student Free Day

Student Free Days (SFD) are important for staff learning as it is a time when we can spend a whole day focussed on one topic. The next Student Free Day is on Tuesday 5th September with a focus on moderation.

The process of moderation ensures validity and reliability of teachers’ assessment. In the moderation process teachers work collaboratively, focusing on two aspects of assessment. Firstly, they look at the grades assigned to students’ work and secondly, they ensure the assessment task can let the students show evidence of learning at the highest possible standard. In this process, the meaning of the A - E grade is important for not only the teachers but also students and parents. In Australian Curriculum, an ‘A’ grade indicates that the student has shown a thorough knowledge and understanding of a topic and can apply that information in unfamiliar situations. Typically, a ‘C’ grade means a student is achieving what is expected of them at that point in their learning. An ‘E’ grade means the student is just beginning to work towards the achievement standard.

STEM Build Progress

The staff and Governing Council have had an opportunity to give feedback on an initial concept plan and as a result we are a step closer to the finalisation of a costed plan. This week, we again met with the architect (DASH architects) and the DECD Project Officer to consider further options. We are pleased to have negotiated an expansion of the concept for both Building 33 and Building 7. The Middle School (Years 8 and 9) and Stage 1 students (Years 10 and 11) will have impressive new learning facilities (hopefully) by the start of 2019.

Leadership Executive Classroom Walk-throughs

During the last few weeks, members of the Leadership Executive team have been observing teacher practice in classrooms. We have been looking for evidence of the learning purpose (intention), how this links to the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standard or SACE Performance Standard and learner (student) feedback. When we have completed the 54 teacher walk-throughs, the Leadership Executive team will analyse the data and give the teaching staff feedback on the patterns and trends observed about learning intention and learner feedback.

Year 12 News

The final year of schooling is filled with all sorts of stresses, ranging from completing work on time to what one wears to the Formal. This year I would like to commend the students who have led lots of different activities on behalf of the whole year twelve cohort, while still maintaining high standards for learning. Activities and events various young people have led have included IDAHOBIT Day, addressing sustainable practices in the school, collecting cans to offset costs for Year 12 events coming up in Term 4, planning activities to raise the morale of the year level such as the pyjama day. It is a cohesive Year 12 group which Mr Boyle, Mr Harris and myself enjoy working alongside.

Warm Wishes

Ms Amanda O'Shea

VHHS presents High School Musical

Students and staff have been hard at work rehearsing for the VHHS production of High School Musical.

Disney's High School musical is the recipient of multiple accolades such as Millboard Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards.  The musical will be performed at the Victor Harbor Town Hall, from Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th August starting at 7:30pm. 

Tickets are now on sale, so tell your family and friends and get booking!

Tickets prices range from $10 to $15 and are available online at

Year 9 Home Economics Masterchef Challenge

Year 9 Home Economics students learn a variety of food preparation skills in one term that culminate in a Masterchef Challenge which has 3 guest judges to taste their food.

Students learn about food safety, safety and hygiene in the kitchen, tools and equipment, and how to use them, how to read recipes and some food preparation techniques that include: kneading dough, baking in an oven, using a stove top, making pastry, frying, using a microwave oven, reducing or eliminating cross contamination of foods and presentation. Students also spent time considering how food is perceived by most of the senses e.g. taste, smell, sight and feel.

For the Masterchef Challenge, students work in groups and are given a list of foods to choose from, to design a dish, sweet or savoury, that they wish to create. They can bring up to 3 ingredients from home, if they wish to do so.  The dish had to be achievable to prepare and present with 75 minutes. The recipe had to also consider healthy eating and where it fits in the Australian guide to Healthy Eating.

The judges for one of the classes for Semester 1 were Amanda O’Shea, Principal, Lynette Fahey, Chairperson of the Governing Council and Tina Fahey, Old Scholar and former Year 12 Food and Hospitality student. The dishes presented to them were: pasties, sausage rolls, “mikeys” (herbed roasted potato), apple muffins, chilled rice pudding with caramelised strawberries and blueberry and banana muffins.

The winning dish was the Chilled rice pudding with caramelised strawberries made by Patrick S, Josh P and Ryley H.

Heather Morriss
Teacher: Home Economics

School Surfing Round 3

Victor Harbor High School surfers again put in an all-star effort making the final in all divisions in the final round of SSSSA surfing championships last Monday at Middleton Point.

U16 Boys Mallee B and Noah B were standouts in their division, taking out first place in the clean 3-4ft swell. The boys outsmarted their opponents with local knowledge and peak positioning. The lads caught a couple of bombs out the back and shredded the inside section to claim the overall win in this division.  Payton O also surfed with passion and improving style to progressive individually (not an easy feat) through two heats on the day.

Open Girls Bella W and Kira L also put on a great show to cruise through to the final and finish 2nd overall.

Open Boys Bill P and Darcy S also displayed fine dominance of local conditions until the final where they were narrowly beaten to finish an impressive 2nd from the 24 teams.

U16 female charger Hannah T displayed signs of a promising future in the sport. Hannah posted the highest scores in her first two heats and finished 3rd overall in a tight final.

Thanks to volunteer coach Mark Longhurst for the time he has dedicated to the improvement of the team.

Making a splash!

Adam Foot / Ken Puckridge / Luke Hartley

VHHS welcome specialist football school visitors

On Friday 30 June, Victor Harbor High School hosted a team of students from WA’s Governor Stirling Senior High School, a Perth school with a specialist Australian Rules Football program.

Governor Stirling Senior High School has been a specialist football school for over 15 years with some of their more well-known graduates including Nic Naitanui, Michael Walters and Chris Yarran.

A great match was played between the students. It was a challenging, high intensity game with the VHHS side finishing 4 points on top.

Puppet Play: Life and Times of Medieval Europe

Students worked cooperatively in groups to produce Puppet Plays, with historic characters that were shaped from paper mache and embellished with paint and were the creations of the students in Year 8A. They were created to illustrate their learning in History, English, Visual Arts and Drama. Through research in History class students gained an understanding of the lifestyles and social constructs of that time. This information was taken to English class where the students created characters and stories that could have been possible. These characters were crafted in Visual Arts lesson and the plays were written with the characters in facts from history during Drama lessons. This was an example of trans-disciplinary learning where students bring information from one subject to inform their learning in another.

Maggie Savage
Coordinator: Visual & Performing Arts


Knockout Netball News

VHHS students represented themselves and their school well at the SASSSA Knockout Netball Round 1,  held at the Strathalbyn Netball courts on Tuesday 6th June. Our students had teams in the Year 8/9 and Open Girls competitions. The Open girls had a good day with one win and one loss. Congratulations to the Year 8/9 Girls who won all four of their games and will now go onto the next round.

Outstanding netball skills were displayed by; Gabrielle, Eloise, Toni-Ann, Amber, Brooklyn, Emily, Shenae, Ruby, Isabella, Zoe, Mary, Gabrielle, Isabelle, Mikaila, Cara, Maddison, Brooklyn, Kelsea, Rhiannon, Alanna, Alison and Jordyn. The sportsmanship and enthusiasm shown by all students was to be admired. 

A big thankyou to our umpires on the day.

Annita Foote

Southern Fleurieu Blue Light Disco

The Southern Fleurieu Blue Light Disco Committee is happy to announce a special Underage Rage to celebrate NAIDOC week on Friday July 7th.  The disco is planned to be held in the Port Elliot Primary School Gym, 4 Cameron St Port Elliot.  The drug and alcohol free event will again be located in a safe, monitored environment with police officers and volunteers of the Blue Light Committee where young people can dance catch up and have a fantastic and fun night.

The disco will be held in two age groups, 7-11 years olds from 6.30pm to 8pm and 12-17 year olds 8.30pm to 10.30pm on Friday the 7th July 2017.

Refreshments, giveaways and great music is on offer, so get those dancing moves ready and don't miss out. DJ Roxy will be cranking the tunes and there will be heaps of fun giveaways through out the night.

The Underage Rage is a LOCK IN event so we will need parents to drop you off and pick you up at the DOOR, wrist bands are available at the door to write down your contact number.

This event is an alcohol and drug free event for the young people of the Southern Fleurieu. Entry fee is $5 and tickets are to be sold at the door. A canteen is available with drinks, chips and chocolates.

The Blue Light Disco is an initiative of the SA Police and is organised by the Southern Fleurieu Blue Light Committee. For more information call Senior Constable Jane Pink on 8398 1752 or Nina Oughton on 8551 0494.

Lucretia Sperring | Youth Development Officer, City of Victor Harbor



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

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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.