Report from the Principal

Welcome to iNewsletter

The staff and students at Box Hill High School are proud to present our first edition of the school newsletter, aptly titled “Out of the Box”. The newsletter, published every term, will showcase the wonderful work that our staff and students engage in on a daily basis as well as keep you informed you of important dates and upcoming events. We urge all members of our community to keep up with the news at BHHS through these newsletters. 

Our staff and students have returned to school refreshed and recharged, for what promises to be another busy and rewarding year. Our staff have also been particularly busy developing new courses, integrating positive education and literacy strategies into the curriculum as well as planning; learning activities and assessment tasks for the year ahead.  

We also had nine new staff join us this year adding to the rich mix of teaching and support staff already at BHHS. You can read more about them in the following pages of the newsletter.  

Year 7

Our new Year 7 students have already made a wonderful start to their schooling. The Year 7 Camp was another terrific success! Congratulations to Ms Willshire and all the staff who attended for their hard work, and to the students who engaged so willingly with every activity and met all of the challenges on the camp, especially in getting to know as many people as possible and giving everything a go in the true BHHS tradition. 

The Year 7 family picnic and music information night was a great success also. Parents really appreciated the opportunity to spend time at the school, meeting other parents and staff and listening to the great musical entertainment provided by the music team.  Students were able to try out some instruments and join the music program for 2018.  

Parent Engagement

Our continued engagement with parents is a huge strength at Box Hill High and this Term was no exception. 

Parents had the opportunity to attend and learn more about the Duke of Education program  and the exciting opportunities it affords for students to set goals and  challenge themselves in areas of physical recreation, skill, service and outdoor activities.  

Our Year 12 Parent Evening was also very well attended and parents heard from expert psychologist, Jeff Edmonds, on the best way to support their students during VCE. The presentation on the intricacies of VCAA, VTAC, SACS and exams was also very well received. 

 GAPP parents also had access to an evening dedicated to learning more about our SEAL offerings and participated in a lively discussion on how best to support the academic, emotional and social needs of gifted learners.   

 All of these events are invaluable in building community engagement and providing opportunities for parents to be involved in the life of the school. Our thanks to all parents who attended and the staff who work so hard to plan, present and also attend these events. 

Swimming Sports

Under cloudless, sunny skies, BHHS students took to the pool in search of aquatic glory and House pride as they participated in the school's annual Swimming Sports Day. Students competed in a mixture of individual, team and novelty events. Well done to all students and staff on a fantastic day, and congratulations to Forrest House who scored an amazing 1705 points. 

 

Congratulations Class of 2017

The class of 2017 excelled last year, a just reward for their hard work and an affirmation of the expertise and dedication of our staff.  We had a total number of 214 Year 12 students and a VCE completion rate of 97.7% (as compared to the state completion rate of 96.8%). Our median study score was 32.30 and 15% of students achieved study scores over 40. We also had 6 students achieve perfect study scores of 50. Most of our students have gone on to Melbourne, Monash, RMIT and Deakin University, studying a range of courses, including Medicine, Law, Science, Engineering and Commerce.  We are very proud of their achievements and wish them well for the future.  

School Council Elections

As our School continues to evolve it is important we are able to draw on the experience, expertise and energy of members of our staff and parent community to continue to guide BHHS through the next stage of its development. The election process of new staff and parent reps to school council has been completed. 

Marcus Balon and Brendan Smith (parents) have been re-elected for another term of two years.  Simon Andersson (parent), Hamish Thomas and Nicholas Carr (both DET staff)  have been elected for the first time for a two year period.

They join our current members of school council 

Parents: Colin Lewis and Daniel Buick

DET staff: Kellie Ind and Tobias Wilkins

Congratulations to all elected school council members.  We look forward to working with you.  

And finally

Thank you to all parents for your excellent support in ensuring that your sons and daughters are well prepared for the school year. We have had such a positive start, and this is due in part to your efforts especially with books, uniforms and other equipment. If you have any questions about how your child has settled in please don't hesitate to contact the relevant Engagement leader. 

 

 

 

Losh Pillay

Principal