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.

Presentation Ball 2021

Presentation Ball 2021


Lilydale High School

Takes great pleasure in inviting you to attend the



Sunday 21 March, 2021


“Palladium at Crown”

Level 1, Crown Towers, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whitman Street, Southbank

5.00 pm until 9.00 pm

Dress: Formal or Lounge

Meal and Presentations

Cost is $120.00 per person

Children under 12 years $75.00

Palladium at Crown



21 October 2020

Works alert – Maroondah Highway, site establishment and utility relocations
Works are continuing on the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project with strict health and safety protocols in place.

The health and safety of our workers and the community will remain our key priority as we undertake works on the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project. We will continue to follow the directions of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as we safely complete works on this project.

This works alert provides an overview of the construction activities for the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project that you may notice from week commencing Monday 26 October 2020.

Upcoming changes to the way you travel

Lilydale Station eastern car park (26 October – 9 November 2020): Up to 100 car spaces will be temporarily closed to install new train power and signalling cabling. Alternative commuter parking is available from Market Street and by the Lilydale outdoor pool.

William Street East and West local road access (26 October – 9 November 2020): William Street East and West will be closed (with local road access only) to construct new pedestrian footpaths and facilitate service and utility relocations or upgrades.

Maroondah Highway pedestrian footpath (26 October – 9 November 2020): There will be minor detours on the southern pedestrian footpath on Maroondah Highway to facilitate new communication cabling installation.

Maroondah Highway railway pedestrian crossing (9 November 2020): From Monday 9 November 2020, the pedestrian crossing over the rail line connecting William Street East and West will be closed to commence bridge structural foundation works. Pedestrians will need to use John Street or cross the Maroondah Highway and use the pedestrian crossing over the rail line near Lilydale Station to continue their journey.

Maroondah Highway (including service roads)
Utility service investigations and relocations.

Intermittent parking restrictions and temporary lane closures, with traffic management in place to assist businesses and customers with access as required.

William Street East and William Street West
Sewerage and power relocation and upgrade works.

Construction of a temporary pedestrian footpath along the west side of William Street West.

Intermittent parking restrictions and temporary lane closures, with traffic management in place to assist businesses and customers with access as required.

Intermittent pedestrian detours, with signage in place to advise accordingly.
Access to all businesses will be maintained.

William Street East (Lilydale High School)
• Parking has now been removed from William Street East by Lilydale High School, and there will be heavy machinery in operation in this area until early 2022.
• Utility service investigations and relocations.
• Ongoing site establishment within Lilydale High School grounds, involving the use of a compaction roller.
• Access to all businesses will be maintained.

What to expect
• Works will be carried out from 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am – 1pm Saturday.
• Some construction noise and activity, with construction vehicles, equipment and works operating in the area.
• Slight changes to pedestrian paths on Maroondah Highway, William Street East and West and John Street.
• Traffic management will be in place to safely assist road users and pedestrians to their destination.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the LXRP 24/7 Contact Centre on 1800 105 105 or

The Maroondah Highway Level Crossing Removal Project Team


Dear Parents and Carers

On behalf of all at Lilydale High School, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support throughout this year.  You can be confident that our school will support any student who has fallen behind.

Whether we’re teaching remotely or face-to-face, our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.

The Victorian Government has outlined the staged return to on-site schooling for all students as part of its gradual roadmap towards reopening.

Term 4 on-site schooling arrangements for students

Following advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, on Monday 5 October, the Victorian Government released a staged approach for students to return to on-site schooling.

The plan is to get students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible without putting at risk all that has been achieved through the period of restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For Lilydale High School, the following arrangements apply:

From 12 October (Week 2, Term 4)

  • students in Year 7 will return to on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for this year level
  • VCE/VCAL and Year 10 students studying a VCE subject will attend on-site schooling
  • remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Year 8 to Year 10
  • on-site supervision will remain available for students in Year 8 to Year 10 who are the children of permitted workers and vulnerable students.

From 26 October (Week 3, Term 4)

  • students in Year 8 to Year 10 will return to on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels from this date.

Our aim has always been to place the wellbeing of our students first, young people don’t thrive if this is not the number one priority.  We can, and will, catch up with any skill development over the course of the next few months and we will guide students through the coming weeks to make a successful transition to the next phase of their education. We are very much looking forward to having them back onsite amongst their friends, classmates and teachers.

As always, as soon as I become aware officially of any new information regarding onsite return dates, I will make sure everyone is promptly informed. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the school with any questions.

Thank you once again

Wendy Powson

STEAM Queens

STEAM Queens


On Tuesday 15 September, we were waiting anxiously for this online session to start; a group of female Scientists from NASA discussing their pathways and role now at Langley, California, USA.

RMIT project officers with STEM backgrounds connected with Laura Judd (STEM, Research Scientist). Marilee who is one of the Managers who coordinates the International Space Station (ISS) and Jamie who is a Missions Operational Manager logged into a virtual panel and talked about how they achieved their dream jobs and the challenges they faced as women in a (not so now) male dominated field.

The main take home message for me was “find people who support you, do not listen to people that will dampen your dream, find someone who will stand with you to get to where you want to go”.

The STEAM Queens asked questions which were shared with 171 other students from different schools in Victoria.

A big thank you to Ms Thompson who allowed us to attend, Ms Bjarnelind for passing this opportunity on for us and Ms Barr for sharing this experience with us.

The STEAM Queens and I were so inspired, we jumped onto our Google Meet straight afterwards and we discussed what we loved. One of the girls is even thinking about changing her subject choices – oops! Sorry Mr Toma.

Here are their comments: 

Alesia JENSEN 10:25 am

Today we participated in an online interview with NASA Scientists. These women are amazing and talented. Hearing them speak about their jobs and experiences was an amazing opportunity for us to think about our future careers and the steps we need to take to achieve them.

Harmony RAY 10:30 am

Watching the NASA live stream was really inspiring. I loved how they talked about their backstory and how they got into NASA and when and why they chose to work in.

Charley NUGENT 10:22 AM

This morning during the women in NASA live stream, I was so interested in learning about their journeys and their experiences in a male dominated industry.


Today the STEAM Queens were able to meet with women who worked at NASA. It was an amazing experience and I loved listening to their stories and learning from them.

Mackenzie REID 10:19 am

This morning we went to a NASA meeting and we watched women who work at NASA. They told us about their journey and the struggles they had!

Ms BARR 10:11 am 

Wow! I wish I saw this when I was younger, I actually wish I was younger. How impressive were they and also gems of wisdom and support. Favourites – just love it, expect positive intentions, and of course small-town success.

Julie Colyer

Learning Specialist – S.T.E.A.M.



Update as at Friday 18 September

While the Reptile Room ticked along in maintenance mode, the Zoological Centre has progressed in leaps and bounds despite the labour force being reduced and the finish date, being extended into November.

The crocodile tank is more than half completed with the pool shell in place, the dry deck complete and walls up. 

Falcon Pools have done an amazing job making sure that Leo and Cleo the crocodiles, have all they need in their new home. 

The rest of the building has come a long way with the majority of the work on the building complete. 

The internal fit out of lighting and fixtures is well underway and with the ceiling now in as well as a lot of the internal infrastructure in place, the new Zoology Centre is really starting to take shape.

Marcus Whitby

Chromebook Program 2021

Chromebook Program 2021

Chromebook orders will need to be made through our school approved supplier portal JB Hi-Fi.  This is because the device comes preconfigured to connect to Lilydale High School’s wireless network, printing system and school domain, providing access to specific apps and updates.  

Chromebooks can be purchased from  JBHifi Here

School Code: LILYDALEHS2021

Chromebook Comparison  Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions  Click Here

JB BYOD Parent Tool Kit   Click Here

For more information about the school Chromebook Program see below: