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.

VALE – Archie Roach

VALE – Archie Roach

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Archie Roach, musician, champion for the First Nations people, great Australian and past Lilydale High School student. 

Our thoughts are with his family and friends and this very sad time, the following is an extract from the ABC news:

Songman Archie Roach has been remembered as the voice of generations and a truth-teller whose death is a loss to his community and the world. The Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung), Bundjalung Senior Elder, songman and storyteller died at the age of 66 after a long illness.

His sons said Uncle Archie died surrounded by his family and loved ones at Warrnambool Base Hospital in Victoria. His family has granted permission for his name and image to be used so that his legacy will continue to inspire.

“There aren’t adequate words to sum up the loss of Uncle Archie Roach, to the Community, to the nation or indeed the world,” the First People’s Assembly of Victoria said.

Wendy Powson


2022 Tertiary Health Scholarship Winners

2022 Tertiary Health Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to former Lilydale High School students, Amy, Zoe and Olivia; 2022 Tertiary Health Scholarship winners!

Meet our 2022 Tertiary Health Scholarship winners!

The girls have received scholarships from Inspiro to help fund their studies and open new opportunities.

Top prize winner: Amy, physiotherapy student

Runner up winner: Zoe, physiotherapy student

Encouragement Award: Olivia, occupational therapy student

Keep reading below to learn more about their amazing achievements!

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Lilydale High School has 3 amazing students in the main cast this year!

⭐️ Heidi – Clarinettist (Year 12)

⭐️ Erin – Oboist (Year 11)

⭐️ Madeline – Principal dancer (Year 10)

Experience Melbourne’s biggest live song, dance and lighting phenomenon, the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, an amazing arena production that is sure to entertain everyone.

Fantastic circus artists, acrobats, puppeteers, skaters, musicians, singers, haka and hip-hop dancers will knock your socks off with their powerful performances.

The show features a kaleidoscope of colours and music from The Beatles, Dua Lipa, Stan Walker and Kate Bush.

Discover the best creative talent in Victorian government schools in this heart-warming showcase.

The show is approximately 2hrs 45min (including a 30-minute interval).


School Production

School Production

Performance Dates;

  • Thursday 4 August – 7 pm
  • Friday 5 August – 7 pm
  • Saturday 6 August – 1.30 pm and 7 pm

Students from Years 7 to 12 will present the performance of a young bride-to-be, who invites three men to her upcoming wedding, with the possibility that any of them could be her father – featuring the songs of ABBA!

We cannot wait to showcase the student’s dedication, commitment and talent of performing arts in their chorus, featured chorus and lead roles on stage.

Songs include – Honey Honey, Money Money, Money, Dancing Queen, Lay All Your Love on Me and much MORE!

VCE Vocational Major Information Session

VCE Vocational Major Information Session

Year 10 Families

There will be a VCE Vocational Major (previously VCAL) Information Session on;

Tuesday 31 May
Online via Webex
5.00 pm to 5.30 pm

Any Year 10 students who are interested in undertaking the VCE VM program in 2023, should attend this online session with a Parent/Carer.

A link to the session will be available on Compass and emailed to all Year 10 families on Monday 30 May.

Year 11 Presentation Ball 2022

Year 11 Presentation Ball 2022

Lilydale High School

Takes great pleasure in inviting you to attend the



Sunday 19 June, 2022


“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



Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program

Lilydale High School has offered a Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program since 1994. 

Lilydale is a foundation member of the Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools.

To learn more about the program at Lilydale High School CLICK HERE

Funky Sock Day

Funky Sock Day

The Senior VCAL class is holding a ‘Funky Sock Day’ on Tuesday 3rd May to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

We are looking forward to seeing students and staff wearing colourful funky socks for a good cause!

Don’t forgot to bring a GOLD COIN!

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters

Lilydale High School is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our 2022 Theatre Studies production of ‘She Kills Monsters’.

Unit 1 & 3 students (along with some cameos from a Year 7, two Year 10s and some graduates) are thrilled to bring this action-packed show to the stage.

Our story is partly set in Ohio in 1995 and partly in the mysterious Dungeons and Dragons world of ‘New Landia’.