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.



The stage was set for the big showdown PRODIGIES up against the mighty iRESPECT!

Tuesday 12 September at 9 pm, Lilydale Court 1 was abuzz with anticipation. Hager’s Prodigies were going for consecutive grand final titles and an enormous support crew were in attendance.

Unfortunately, a slow start was costly, but to their credit fought hard to only lose by single digits.

It was an incredible atmosphere to be part of, seeing half of the VCE cohort, LHS staff, friends and family in attendance supporting the team.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Bailey Yelland, Kyle Atherton, Liam Hourihan, Travis Anderson, Nick Pike, Callum Arthur and Jack Van Dreumel on your efforts.

Paul Hager



Thursday 14 September

Lots of big SMILES from students and staff supporting R U OK? Day by wearing a splash of yellow or pj pants 💛 😀

We celebrated the day with the following activities at lunchtime for for a GOLD COIN donation:

🧁 Bake Sale

😊 R U OK? Badges

😽 Face Painting

🌼 A canvas for students to sign, to pledge to check in with their significant people

Our Year 11 and Year 7 Rock Bands collaborated to bring some GREAT music to lift our spirits at lunchtime on the PAC Deck 🎸 🥁 🎶

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Book Week is happening next week, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August and we have lots of different activities planned!

Our lunchtime activities for Book Week are: 

  • Monday: Quiet reading space (Room 10 & 11)
  • Tuesday: Book Lovers – bring your favourite book to recommend to other people! (Room 10 & 11)
  • Wednesday: Dress Up & Fundraising BBQ (Middle School Quad)
  • Thursday: Book Trivia Competition (Room 10 & 11)
  • Friday: Secondhand Book Sale & announcement of Writing Competition (Room 10 & 11)

We are raising money for Reading Out of Poverty. You will need to bring gold coin donations for: 

  • BBQ on Wednesday
  • Dress Up Day on Wednesday
  • Secondhand Book Sale on Friday (books $1-$3 each)

Remember we are still taking donations of secondhand books, so keep bringing them in!



SEAL Application Process 

Note: Only students who have applied for AND accepted a place in mainstream enrolment at Lilydale High School are eligible to apply for the SEAL program.

Applicants for the SEAL Program need to follow the process as outlined below:

  • Apply for enrolment at Lilydale High School through the application form provided by their primary school.
  • Accept offer of enrolment when received from Lilydale High School
  • Register to attend the SEAL Testing Day at Lilydale High School to be held on Friday 8th September 2023 REGISTER HERE
  • Bookings for the SEAL Testing Day will CLOSE on Monday 4th September

Note: a $30 registration fee will be payable via trybooking at the time of registration.  Confirmation of times and further details about the Testing Day will be provided to applicants after 21st August, but prior to the Testing Day.

On the Testing Day applicants will need to bring:


After the testing has been completed and the applications reviewed (including the Grade 6 report, NAPLAN results and application forms) applicants will be selected to progress to the individual interview stage and will be required to attend an interview at Lilydale High School with members of our SEAL teaching team.

Applicants will be notified after the Testing Day of further details of the interview process. Interviews to be held in the first week of Term 4, 2023.

Kelly Farrell

Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program Coordinator



The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner celebrates graduates’ academic achievements and dedication to their studies over 13 years of schooling.

Lilydale High School takes great pleasure in inviting Year 12 students at the school and their guests to the Valedictory Dinner at Leonda By The Yarra, Hawthorn on;

  • Thursday 7 December
  • 6.15 pm to 11 pm

A Professional Photographer will be available on the night for single and group photos.



We are very excited to have 3 very talented LHS students performing in this year’s show ‘Happy Travels’:

  • Erin Allison (Year 12) Orchestra – Oboe
  • Madeline Coxhill (Year 11) Principal Dancer
  • Tiarna Jones (Year 7) First Nations Ensemble

Happy Travels, follows an intrepid group of hapless tourists as they traverse the globe in a cavalcade of circus mayhem. The arena audience will be amazed by giant puppets and a dazzling circus fairground with awe-inspiring aerialists, while the score will deliver music from the Pacific, Japan, Britain, Italy and Australia’s First Nations. 

Tickets for Saturday 9 September at John Cain Arena can be purchased below.



Lilydale High School are thrilled to the announcement that 4 of our students have been selected to represent Team VIC at the 2023 School Sport Australia Competition.

Hunter Ryan: AFL (15yr) Tasha Holly: Basketball (15yr) Tia Crossland: AFL (12yr) Georgia Gow: Spring and Platform Diving (13yr).

The future is very exciting for these young athletes! We wish them the best of luck at the upcoming National SSA Competitions in July/August.