VHHS Homestay Information Evening - 19 September 2019

Are you interested in becoming a host family to students involved in the South Australian Government Schools International Student Program?

Victor Harbor High School is offering local families the opportunity to be part of the South Australian Government Schools Homestay Program for International students. Host families welcome international high school students into their homes and provide accommodation in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.

For more information please try https://www.vhhs.sa.edu.au/homestay

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Variety Scholarships


Does your child have a talent and need help to realise their dream?

Would you like up to $3,000 to help out?

Variety helps children with an existing talent, who are disadvantaged or living with a disability, to achieve their full potential and follow their dreams.

 If this sounds like your child, or someone you know, the Variety Heart Scholarships

Program could be for you.

Applications are now open to children aged between 8 and 17.

Whether it’s a dream to compete at a higher level in sport, or wow a crowd on stage – Variety Scholarships can help with equipment, coaching, uniform, costumes, competition fees, accommodation and much more.

To find out more about the program and apply, go to our website


Or if you have a question, send us an email at grants@varietysa.org.au.

Be quick - applications close 30 September!

Principal's Awards - Semester One

One of the most important contributing factors to enhancing students' academic growth and achievement is motivating them to want to do well and believe they can do well. In order for most students to achieve great success in school, the students must be motivated to do well and to believe in themselves. Belief in one's own ability can lead to many accomplishments great and small; it can push a struggling student to persevere or a gifted student to overcome a new challenge.

The Victor Harbor High School Site Improvement Plan describes a focus on high achieving students to continue to strive for improvement. The teachers have been asked to facilitate learning that builds improvement for all learners with a sharper focus on engaging our “top” learners. Recently, Mr Bennett (Assistant Principal) and I invited the top 15% of students (40 in total) in years 8 and 9 to have lunch with us where I presented them with a Principal’s Award which acknowledged their high level academic accomplishments. These students consistently display outstanding learning skills, capabilities and character including determination, persistence, punctuality, motivation, initiative, problem solving, goal orientation and organisation.

The teachers, ancillary staff and I are very proud of their achievements (some of which have extended beyond pure academics) and we look forward to the group expanding next semester. I cannot wait to see what academic greatness the year 8 and 9 students will accomplish in second semester.

Amanda O’Shea, Principal VHHS


Digital Nutrition

The attached article regarding Digital Nutrition will hopefully be a useful discussion starter for families to look at checking or setting clear boundaries regarding allocating screen time. Students need to have a good balance of all things in their lives. The most important impact that we see on student learning at present is around students not getting enough uninterrupted sleep.

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International Education - Farewells

Farewell to our amazing International Students and Jo Lines our IES SSO- we will miss you all. Warmly welcoming Michelle Sweet to the SSO role as we welcome 12 new international students to our school community in Term 3. Such a fantastic program and always sad to see these smiling faces depart. Safe travels. Thanks to the ongoing support from staff, particularly Mr Milne (as pictured here about to board the Big Duck on the farewell boat tour 26th June- where 3 whales were spotted!) and big thanks to our fantastic host family community- if you are interested in hosting in future- please contact Angie Prime angie.prime913@schools.sa.edu.au

 Happy Holidays and bon voyage!

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The Arts - new delivery

In 2018 some students from years 8-10 were involved in a subject called ELF (Entrepreneurial Learning for the Future). In this subject, students explored the topic ‘War on Waste’.  Under this topic, Miranda, Lachy and Koda explored the ‘waste of paper’ within the school. Once this group had defined and researched their problem they designed a solution. This came in the form of ‘digital art’. Working closely with Mrs Boyle, the students wrote a proposal and pitched their idea to school leadership. Their proposal of buying some Wacom devices to create digital drawings was accepted and they have finally arrived!! Well done Miranda, Lachy and Koda on making a lasting positive contribution to our school community. 

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Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival

Recently Victor Harbor High School SAASTA (South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy) students attended the 3 day Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival, hosted by the Port Adelaide Football Cup.

Students have to earn the right to participate in the carnival achieving a high level of attendance and academic success throughout the year both in mainstream subjects and SAASTA studies of integrated learning and Aboriginal Studies. VHHS students played in 10 matches of football over the period of the carnival which was supported by Port Adelaide players past and present including; Russell Ebert, Patrick Ryder, Sam Powell-Pepper and Joel Garner. 

 The carnival was concluded with an awards ceremony hosted by comedian Kevin Kropinyeri and Port Adelaide President and channel 7 personality David Koch.

 The highlight for students for the week was performing the pre-game entertainment for the Power vs Geelong match on the Saturday night where students participated in a cultural dance in recognition of the AFL's Indigenous Round.