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.



Discover Lilydale High School – Open Night

Thursday 27 April

6.30 pm

School Hall

Our OPEN NIGHT is an opportunity to showcase our school and what we have to offer prospective students.

There will be presentations from Wendy Powson, the Principal and Heads of Junior School and information presented about the school.

Tours of the school, presentations and displays of all the Key Learning Areas will be held;

  • Arts
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Maths
  • PASE
  • Science
  • Technology

We look forward to prospective families joining us for this valuable evening.

Upcoming Webinar for Parents

Upcoming Webinar for Parents

How to Help Improve Your Child’s Memory

We’re excited to announce that Elevate Education’s next free webinar will be taking place on Wednesday 29 March, focusing on Memory.

Elevate Education works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how you can help better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school:

Wednesday 29 March

6:30 pm

Here’s what we’ll be covering on the night:

  • How memory actually works (and how it has nothing to do with brain capacity)
  • The most effective environments to assist in memorisation
  • 3 techniques you can implement overnight to improve revision


2023 School Photos

2023 School Photos

School Photos will be taken on Monday 6 February and Tuesday 14 February.

Students are to be in full school uniform.

A timetable schedule is available on Compass for students to view.

Tour our School

Tour our School

Lilydale High School welcomes prospective families to visit and tour our school.

Scheduled school tours are conducted during normal school hours starting at 9.00 am from the Main Administration Office.

A member from the Principal Team or Year 7 Transition, will guide you around the school to see the learning in progress and hear about the extensive range of programs and opportunities we offer students.


  • Saturday 25 March
  • Thursday 30 March
  • Monday 3 April
  • Monday 1 May
  • Tuesday 9 May
  • Wednesday 24 May
  • Thursday 8 June
  • Tuesday 1 August
  • Thursday 17 August
  • Thursday 14 December

2023 LHS School Production

2023 LHS School Production

The wait is finally over! FREAKY FRIDAY a new musical, is our 2023 School Production.


When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just 24 hours before Mum’s big wedding to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is an hilarious, contemporary update of the classic story, in which a mother and daughter see what it means to be a family while experiencing each other’s lives firsthand, if only for a day.

Set in the present day, Freaky Friday features a tuneful pop-rock score, befitting a work that has effortlessly updated throughout its several iterations. Warmhearted, humorous and touching, this fresh take on the classic story is perfect for family audiences of all ages.

Jonathan Bleakley and Sally Stepnewski – School Production Coordinators

2023 Back to School Dates

2023 Back to School Dates

2023 Start Up Dates

  • Tuesday 31 January – Year 7 and 12 students START
  • Wednesday 1 February – Years 8 to 11 students START

2023 Term Dates

  • Term 1 – 27 January to 6 April
  • Term 2 – 24 April to 23 June
  • Term 3 – 10 July to 15 September
  • Term 4 – 2 October to 20 December

Chromebook Program

Chromebook Program

The Lilydale High School Chromebook program is separated into two phases:

  • Phase 1      Year 7 to 9 Chromebook Program
  • Phase 2      Year 10 to 12 Chrome/Notebook Program

Purchasing a new device in Year 7 and then again in Year 10 ensures students have a reliable and up-to-date device to support their learning.

Ordering a Chromebook

Lay-by: A $100 lay-by deposit option is available to reserve a device at the payment method window.

Please Note: Chromebooks purchased outside of the school-approved supplier will not include a Chrome Management license. 

  • Chromebooks will require a license to be purchased (currently $65) before connecting to the school’s network.
  • Chromebooks purchased through the school approved portal include the cost of the Chrome Management license. 

The Chromebooks available on the portal are Lilydale High School’s recommended devices.

  • Current Lilydale High School students using iPads can continue to do so.  When it comes time to replace these devices, students are encouraged to purchase a Chromebook. 
  • Up to date Windows 10 and Apple notebooks can currently be used in Years 10 to 12. 
  • iPads and other tablets are no longer recommended devices at Lilydale High School.  When it comes time to replace these devices families are encouraged to purchase a Chromebook through the portal on the school’s website.

What is a Chromebook?

  • Chromebooks are a cost-effective education focused laptop that runs Chrome OS (operating system) designed to utilise with G-Suite For Education. 
  • G-Suite For Education is a collection of productivity tools designed to help students and teachers to collaborate and interact seamlessly and securely across devices.
  • G-Suite includes Mail, Drive, Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Calendar.
  • G-Suite For Education is already extensively used by Lilydale High School students and teachers.

Why Chromebooks?

Chromebooks are ideal for use in a school environment because they:

  • enhance student communication and collaboration opportunities.
  • are reliable, automatically kept up to date, with in built virus protection.
  • are designed to be easy to use, have a fast boot time, and quick access to web apps.
  • save work automatically to the cloud.
  • have a proven long battery life.
  • are very durable.


Students are expected to:

  • Bring their device to school with the battery fully charged every day.
  • Ensure that their device is stored securely in their locker when not being used.
  • In class, their device will be used at the discretion of the classroom teacher – students must take their device to every class (unless explicitly told not too), but the class teacher will determine when and how it is used in class.
  • If a student leaves the device at home, the student is responsible for completing all work to the best of their abilities as if a device were present.
  • Devices must ONLY be used for educational purposes. Devices are NOT to be used at recess or lunchtime unless being used in the Library (for VCE students) for educational purposes.
  • Parents, caregivers and students must sign the Acceptable Use Agreement in relation to the use of digital tools and online usage.

Lilydale High School Digital Technology Acceptable Use Agreement

School Production 2022

School Production 2022

That’s a WRAP!

Thank you to every Dancing Queen and Super Trouper who made the 2022 Production at Lilydale High School a very special week of performance work!

Highlighting the flair, talent, dedication and resilience of our performing arts students on and off stage, this year the show was a fantastic celebration of musical theatre. Thank you to every student who participated in the cast, crew, on and off-stage in many roles. You did a fantastic job!

Special thanks to our helping staff Ms Goode, Mr Bleakley, Mr Morgan, Mr Lyons, Ms Polkinghorne, Ms Zavrou and Ms Timmers for your help in your expert areas. Thank you as well to all of our staff volunteers who helped throughout the show week and to our Administration and Principal team for their support of the LHS Production in 2022.

Many thanks to the volunteers (external community members, parents/guardians and alumni) who helped along the way as part of our band, tech team, front of house and at our fundraising events.

Congratulations and thank you our Production team members Ms Wells, Jesse Hone, Emily Artis, Tiffany Couacaud, Joshua Daly and Jonah Phillips for your vision for the show and the time you each put into every single rehearsal working with students and staff.

And as for me… well this teacher has heard the drums Fernando 😎

See you all again next year for another exciting Production at Lilydale High School.

Amy Cumming



Dear Lilydale HS Community

VALE Genaha Thompson

It is with great regret and sadness that I inform you of the passing of Genaha Thompson, Assistant Principal and much loved staff member at Lilydale High for the past 24 years.

Genaha endured a long illness and fought bravely.  We will all miss her eternal optimism and passion for Lilydale High.

Our thoughts are with Genaha’s family at this very sad time.

We ask that you share this news with your child and understandably there will be various reactions and emotions.  The school has wellbeing supports in place and we encourage you to reach out as required.

Kind regards,

Wendy Powson

Genaha Thompson – Assistant Principal