Lilydale High School provides a high quality comprehensive curriculum across eight Learning Areas. Exposure to each of these Learning Areas is ensured at Years 7-10. At Year 11-12, VCE Students operate within the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority.

The school week is based on 30 periods.

  • Year 7 & 8 consists of core and elective studies.
  • Year 9, Core English and Maths five periods per week (ppw); all other units are semester length of two or three ppw.
  • Selection of units must cross all Learning Areas and must meet set requirements.
  • Year 10 is the same as Year 9 and all students have the opportunity to select one VCE or VET subject each semester (five ppw).
  • VCE operates on five ppw for each unit.
  • Length of Period; 48 minutes.

The eight Key Learning Areas:


  • English
  • Literature
  • English Language
  • Creative Writing
  • Bridging English
  • Public Speaking and Debating
  • Literacy & learning support


  • Language French
  • Language Indonesian


  • Politics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Management
  • Learning to Lead
  • Philosophy
  • Classical Studies

Heath & Physical Education

  • Health Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education
  • Sport Education
  • Athletic Development Program
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award


  • Core Mathematics
  • Bridging Mathematics
  • Pathways Mathematics
  • Foundations Mathematics
  • General/Further Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics


  • Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Science


  • Woodwork
  • Materials Design
  • Home Economics
  • Systems – Electronics
  • Information Technology
  • Textiles

The Arts

  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Graphic Art
  • Media

Curriculum Support and Enrichment Programs

Cultural and artistic

Music and Drama facilities are housed in a separate facility known as the Performing Arts Centre.  A wide variety of musical groups meet.  They include – Bands: concert, junior, rock.  Ensembles: flute, saxophone and brass.  These groups perform to a variety of audiences.

  • Annual drama production as well as multiple small year level productions
  • Regular student art exhibitions
  • Regular film and theatre excursions
  • Visiting theatre and musical groups

Sporting and Leisure

  • Interschool and in school sports: basketball, soccer, netball, softball, golf, football, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, swimming, diving, athletics, volleyball, lawn bowls
  • Lunchtime sport competitions
  • Equestrian competition
  • Weight training room and program
  • Martial arts
  • Cross Country
  • The school has a four court competition size basketball stadium
  • School Hall
  • Performing Arts Theatre
  • Two sport ovals
  • Presentation Ball

Educational Enhancement

  • Select Entry Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program Years 7 – 10
  • Graphics: Air brushing facility
  • Literacy Programs
  • Mathematics: Australian Mathematics Competition, Mathematics Talent Quest
  • Science: Big Science Competition (SEALP)
  • Essay, poetry and art competitions
  • School magazine Salamander
  • Ceramic area with kiln and pottery wheels
  • Computer applications across the curriculum
  • Photography room and dark room
  • Library: Year 7 library orientation program, Year 11-12 Periodical indexing service, member of Outer Eastern Information network linked to Swinburne University
  • Awards at all levels for academic, sport and general achievement
  • VCE Valedictory Dinner/Presentation Evening
  • End of Year Program Year 7 and 8
  • English competitions
  • Debating and public speaking
  • Vocational Education and Training programs
  • Arts performances

Leadership and Decision Making

  •  Student Representative Council
  •  School Council Representation
  •  General committee representation
  •  Student guides for visiting groups
  •  Daily Office Assistant Year 8 and 9
  •  Peer Support Leadership Program
  •  Year Level Captains
  •  Leadership camps
  •  Leadership elective
  •  Reptile Room Keepers

Careers and Work Experience

  •  Individual careers counselling
  •  Year 9 Career Action Day
  •  Year 10 Work Experience
  •  Course selection evenings (Years 9 -12)
  •  Managed Individual Pathways Program (Years 9 – 12)

Social Service

  • Fundraising for specific causes

Pastoral Care and Counselling

  • Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Year Level Co-ordinators, Home Group Teachers
  • Study and organisational skills programs Years 7 – 12
  • Information evenings
  • Parent/Teacher/Student Three Way Conferences
  • Parent morning teas
  • Grade 6 Orientation visits
  • Peer Support Program
  • Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program Level 1’ parents/teacher meeting

Camps and Excursions

  • Year 7 Orientation Camp
  • Year 8 Camp
  • Year 7 Leadership Camps x 2
  • Year 9 Camp
  • Year 9 Duke Of Edinburgh Award Excursions/Day Trips/Camps
  • Year 10 Central Australia Camp
  • Year 10 Peer Support Camp
  • Outdoor Education Camps Years 10 – 12
  • VCE Ski Camp
  • VCE ARTS Camp
  • Languages Overseas Trips
  • Planned excursions for all Learning Areas

Learning Goals and Three Way Conferences

Twice a year – Three Way conferences for parents of Year 7-10 students.

The Three Way Conference is an opportunity for parents/students/teachers to discuss concerns and implement strategies as well as celebrate progress.  It will be the students’ role to guide both parents/guardians and the Learning Goals Teacher through their learning goal as well as their strategies by which the goal was strived towards and indeed the evidence which demonstrates the exciting progress made towards the goal.