Junior School

Year 7 & 8

Assistant Principal Junior School: Genaha Thompson

Head of Year 7: Jeremy Neumann

Head of Year 8: Matthew Nicholls

Assistant Year Level Coordinators

  • Eleni Stavrou
  • Stephanie McLachlan
  • Andrew Rogers
  • Andrew Box
  • Cindy Harris

Junior School Assistant: Kerrie O’Rourke and Kerri Skews


The fundamental aim of Lilydale High School is to foster and balance the intellectual, physical, cultural and social development of its students. The Junior School is unique in that we receive our students from a large variety of feeder schools and consider the transition of students of key importance. In catering for the successful transition of students into and through the Junior School, we are also committed to meeting the needs of students in terms of their social and emotional welfare as well as their academic performance and achievement. Many initiatives are undertaken to support their progress as part of Lilydale High School’s aims and strategic plan.

Year 7 and 8 students complete a thorough introduction to life at high school with a sound grounding in a broad range of subjects. To aid the transition from primary to secondary, the school runs a Peer Support Program and an organisational skills program for Year 7 students.


Why is there a need for Peer Support?

Some young people entering secondary school can feel isolated and insecure.  It can be difficult adjusting to life in a new and bigger school. Some extra support can make the transition a bit smoother.

How does the Program Work?

Groups consisting of 10-12 Year 7 students, will meet with their Year 11 student leaders for one period per week. This period will change each week so that no student consistently misses the same subject. The program will run during Term 1 thus providing a nurturing atmosphere for Year 7 students while they assimilate into the school.  The Year 11 leaders have received intensive leadership training to equip them for the role.

It is expected and anticipated that all Year 7 students will have access to and will participate in the Peer Support Program.

What does Peer Support Achieve?

Not only does Peer Support assist Year 7’s to make new friends, but it also helps develop self-esteem, self-acceptance, confidence and the ability to make sound decisions. By providing the opportunity for friendly contact between senior and junior students it encourages friendships and support networks across the year levels.