Text Box: Term 4 Week 4
Tuesday 26th October 2004



Thurs 25th November – 7.30pm


Singer, songwriter, producer and Australian Music Legend Ross Wilson will be performing his hits from Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock and much more, with his band the Urban Legends and our Intermediate, Concert and Symphonic Bands.

This will be a fantastic concert to be held at the Yarra Valley Anglican School.  Tickets are $25 pensioners / children $20 and are on sale now, be sure to get in early to reserve your seats.



VCE Exams

Seating plans for VCE Unit 4 exams are available on the school intranet and all students in Yrs11 & 12 have had the seating plans emailed to their school email addresses



Principal’s Report

Arts Festival

Congratulations to Arts Faculty Head Linda McLeod and her outstanding team of Arts teachers and also to Technology Leader Kevin Spearey and the technology staff for a fantastic Arts Festival.  A visual triumph, well attended and a wonderful celebration of student talent.  The official opening on Friday evening by Oscar winning Adam Elliot was very well attended and the awarding of certificates on Sunday was also a pleasure.


Curriculum Day

Next Monday is a Curriculum day – no students are required at school.  Staff will be undertaking a range of development activities and teaching review activities over the day.


Minister for Consumer Affairs to Visit

The Hon. John Lenders, MLC made a highly successful visit to the school last Friday.  After an interesting talk to students about a range of important consumer issues the Minister took questions.  The Minister was accompanied by Lidia Argondizzo, MLC the member for Templestowe.


Year 12 Celebration Day

Another highly memorable Year 12 Celebration Day last Thursday.  The breakfast was conducted in a very positive and friendly atmosphere and the costumes this year were the best – most colourful and well thought out for some time.  The students and staff enjoyed the time together greatly.  The Year 12 Formal on Thursday evening was a real highlight, students and their teachers enjoying one another’s company, handing out some very well chosen awards and dancing the night away.  My thanks to all our Year 12 students, their teachers and their families for making the day such a successful one.


Ross Wilson CWTS

The Eltham High School Concert With the Stars is an outstanding night of music and entertainment.  The 2003 Concert with James Morrison AM, brought together Australia’s most outstanding jazz musician with Australia’s most outstanding school bands.  The guest artist at the 2004 Eltham High School Concert With the Stars is Australia’s own Ross Wilson.  Ross is a true icon of Australian music, loved for his work with Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock and now with his permanent combo Ross Wilson & the Urban Legends. So put November 25th in your diary now.  Tickets are $25 for adults and further details are in this parent newsletter.


Paul Rose, Principal





Wednesday 27

New Caledonia trip returns November 2

VET Sport & Rec Lady Northcote Camp all week

O&ES Yr11 Surfing leave 12:45pm for Otways until Wed (Grp 1) /Fri (Grp 2)

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Friday 29

VCE Unit 4 Exams commence

Music Sax Ensemble Performance at Greenville Reception Centre Thomastown 6:30-9:30pm

Monday 1 November

Curriculum Day – Pupil Free day

Tuesday 2

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday






Good News for the Habitat Area!  There are tadpoles in at least one pond, the resident ducks have had ducklings and the Middle School Environmental Management class are continuing to undertake projects to improve this important part of the school grounds.  Aiden Oeser, Sean Waddington and Alex Dressel from Year Yr 9 put in an excellent effort at the Working Bee to pave the floor of the greenhouse, under the guidance of the designers and builders – Taran and Frank Medcalf.  The tadpoles will soon get some extra protection through the erection of bird netting by Evan Telfer and Mitch McGough. Freya Hagen has submitted a grant application to Telstra, so we are anxiously awaiting the outcome of this so we can buy a watering system for the greenhouse.  Meanwhile, Vicki Cook added to our collection of nest boxes to be put up in the grounds, and with the assistance of tall John Van Noorden, it is officially the first nest box to be established in the Habitat Area.  Bethany Coleman, Jess Deacon and Grace Rank is working towards having an official opening of the habitat area.  Hopefully we will know the outcome of the State School Garden Awards by then and have even more cause to celebrate.  The whole class is making a champion effort at the moment to weed plant and mulch in time for the judging.  Wish us luck!


Alpine School

It’s a long drive to Dinner Plain, but the view and the weather were rewarding. More rewarding was seeing our six Year 9 students thrive in this atmosphere of learning where individual and group responsibility is emphasised at every opportunity.  Organising duty rosters, conducting roll call and leading community discussions are just some of the routine positions that all students hold at some time. In the short time I was there I saw our students prepare for overnight bushwalks; write essays for the Anzac Spirit competition; participate in the Stock market competition; learn about left and right brain thinking and how this impacts on their team’s ability to work harmoniously; undertake relaxation exercises; improve their public speaking; and, personally reflect on their daily learning.  It was impressive to say the least!


R U M.A.D. Youth Ambassadors Conference

Our Junior School Student Action Teams were recognised for their efforts this year by no less than Governor Landy at Government House last Wednesday. Unfortunately, only four representatives were allowed to attend from each school, but you could understand why when we saw that 30 schools had been invited to attend the conference.  Our representatives – Kimberlee Olsen, Megan Edgoose, Jesse Abdurazak and John Nikolaidis - spoke very well during their presentation and confidently conversed with Governor Landy over morning tea. We were pleased when he volunteered his view on Eltham High School - “A very good school with an excellent reputation”.  Thanks to a very generous sponsorship by Hagemeyer, the Conference participants received a Filofax to organise their future projects and each school received a digital camera! 

The other participants of our Student Action Teams have not been forgotten.  Their efforts will be recognised at school with a free pizza lunch next Thursday.

Nikki Gemmill, Student Coordinator



Year 7 Excursion to Parliament & the Electoral Education Centre

All Year 7 students have visited Parliament House over the past two weeks.  They were introduced to the working of State Parliament, given the opportunity to sit in the Ministers’ seats and chosen for different roles.

Interactive displays were enjoyed at the Electoral Centre.  Students participated in an election after the process was explained.  This excursion proved to be a very valuable learning experience for all students.

Year 8 SoSE students are currently studying advertising and developing a new product.

Year 11 Business Management students are to be congratulated for the Marketing Plans that have been produced to a very high standard.



2004 VSSSA State Track & Field Championships

Bendigo Regional Athletics Centre

Monday 18th October 2004

Seven EHS students competed at the Bendigo Regional Athletics centre on Monday 18th October.  

A highlight of the day’s competition was the effort of Adrian Franklin in winning the Boys Under 21 800m. Adrian ran a very smart race avoiding the crush at the 150m mark and working into third place by the end of the first lap.  With 150m to go, Adrian made his move to take the lead and he was able to cross the line a clear winner. His time of 2:03 was a personal best time, achieved in the face of a stiff breeze down the home straight. Adrian has represented EHS proudly throughout his six years at the school and is thanked for his leadership with the athletics training squad this year.

Garth van Noorden cleared 1.85m to take third place in the Boys Under 21 High Jump.

Aiden Oeser lowered his previous best time considerably in the 800m when he came home strongly to finish in fourth place in a time of 2:11.3.

John Considine finished in fourth place in the Boys Under 13 Triple Jump and Meg Russell was fourth in the Girls Under 13 1500m.

Asher Carter competed in the Boys Under 17 800m.

EHS Results:

Boys Under 13

Triple Jump

John Considine  11.10m


Boys Under 13 100m

John Considine  13.66   


Boys Under 13 200m

John Considine  29.2     


Girls Under 13 800m

Meg Russell      2:44.9  


Girls Under 13 1500m

Meg Russell      5:23.1  


Boys Under 15


Aiden Oeser      2:11.3  


Boys Under 21

High Jump

Garth van Noorden 1.85m           


Boys Under 21 800m

Adrian Franklin  2:03.5  


Boys Under 13 1500m

Matthew Reilly    5:23.5  


See website for pic

Max Balchin, Athletics team manager


Kew Volleyball tournament

The draw will not be available until at least next Friday. See all other details on the website edition Oct 19



Don’t wait till Term One 2005 – join in now with the EHS Swim Squad and improve your swimming before the summer break. The Squad meets at the Eltham Leisure Centre at 7:00am each Thursday to work-out under the supervision of coach, Neroli Nixon. Cost is $7 per week, payable to the cashier at EHS. Hot chocolate is served back at school after each swim. Last week, it was white water only in three lanes of the pool. Join the fun!



Working Community / Advance is an innovative program at Eltham High School funded by the Office of Youth and supported by the Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network. It focuses on developing in students the skills of teamwork, leadership and communication through student developed and lead projects. Each project has a community partner to help link students to their local community & raise student awareness about their community.


The following projects have been completed:

On Friday 22nd of October our staff student soccer match took place in the stadium at lunchtime. The result was a 7 all draw but the real winner was our community partner The Royal District Nursing Service for whom we raised over $100.


On the Hill Festival at Panton Hill was host to the world’s best skate tutorials last Saturday. Run by the boys of Working Community, Nick, Lex, James, Aaron & Riley with help from Karen, our community partner from the Nillumbik Shire Council, it was an awesome turnout.


The following project is in progress:

On Friday Sean and Michael ran a very successful cricket clinic at Montmorency South Primary School, our community partner. The students were taken through drills in batting, bowling, fielding and catching and then there was a match. Everything ran well and we are looking forward to returning next week to continue.


The following projects are close to completion:

A junior disco and a battle of the bands to be held as part of the Eltham Town Fair with community partner the Eltham Rotary Club.


There will be a celebration of student achievements across the 6 local schools running Working Community at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston on Thursday 18 November.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Community



Many thanks to the following students and staff for all their assistance to make the satay stall yet another success for this years’ Arts Festival.

Callum Robertson, Freya Hagen, Jeremy Taylor, Erin Dattner, Kaitlin Orr, Gillian Robb, Cara Skeen, Sarah West.

Many thanks also to Mr Monigatti for his tireless effort with setting up, cooking and cleaning.  Finally, a big thank you to all of you who came along and bought Satays.  Due to popular demand, another Satay day will take place soon.  We will keep informed via the daily bulletin.


Australian Language Certificate Tests

The result of Australian Language Certificate Tests once again has been great this year.

The following students received distinctions in both listening and reading comprehension and are in the top 10% of all students participating in the tests.

Alexandre Roussel (French)

Keillan Wong (Indonesian with full marks in reading comprehension)

Stephanie Boulter (Indonesian)

The following students were placed in the top 10% for either reading comprehension or listening as indicated:

Vita Galante (French: listening)

Matthew Bowden (Indonesian- full marks in reading comprehension)

Erin Dattner (Indonesian: Reading Comprehension)

Rebecca Tralaggan

(Indonesian: Reading Comprehension)

Kim Young (Indonesian: Reading Comprehension)

Jasmine Putra – Rachim (Listening Comprehension)


The following students received distinctions in both categories of reading and listening:

French Beginners’ Level

Alexandre Roussel

Vita Galante


Indonesian Beginners’ Level

Stephanie Boulter

Matthew Bowden

Todd Cresp

Billy Gilhooley

Freya Hagen

Georgiana Hodge

Chloe Pickering

Jasmine Putra Rachim

Grace Rank

Hannah Richardson

Arthur Robertson

Rebecca Tralaggan

Keillan Wong



The following students have received distinctions in one of the categories as indicated:

French Beginners’ Level: Reading Comprehension

Madeleine Hanover

Nick Hudson

Tessa Russo- Batterham


French Intermediate: Reading Comprehension

Olivia Harsan

Elysia Schultz

French Intermediate : Listening Comprehension

Catherine Considine

Sasha Courtot

Marco Portman


Indonesian Beginner’s Level: Reading

Josh Edwards

Kady Febo

Carla Hillesley

Tiffany Huckell

Kaitlin Orr

Jeremy Taylor

Sally Thomas

Tom Waghorn

Indonesian Beginners’level: Listening

Kim Feore

Rebecca Nippers

Tom Shakespeare

Emma Smith

Clare Vreulink

Jess Wheeler


Congratulations to all students who participated in these tests. Students will receive their certificates either at the next level assembly or with their end of year reports.


New Caledonia Countdown

Our staff and students left for NEW CALEDONIA today at midday. How lucky can they be? We wish them best of luck for a safe, enjoyable and educational trip.


Malaysia Trip 2005

A trip to Malaysia with 2 days in Vietnam has been organised for the first week of the July holidays. (6 days in Malaysia and 2 days in Vietnam) This is a great opportunity for Indonesian students to practice their spoken Bahasa (language ) as Bahasa Malaysia is very similar to Indonesian. Infact, Indonesian language is derived from the Malay language. However, this trip is not restricted to language students only.  We hope that other students, parents and staff would take this opportunity to gain a first hand experience in these culturally rich, colourful and interesting places as well as increase their knowledge and awareness of Asia and its diverse culture.  Being Asia literate is an advantage in today’s global workplace.

Copies of the itinerary are available from the main office. For further information, please contact me. An information session will be held soon for those interested. Date and time for this session will be announced in the daily bulletin.

Bu Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



Year 9 Work Experience

There are only 17 school days left before the deadline expires for Year 9 Work Experience forms to be handed in. Friday 19th November is the last day that they will be accepted. Students should be actively seeking Work Experience now.


Qantas apprenticeships available

Qantas has the following apprenticeships available: Mechanical, Avionics, Fitting and Machining, Aircraft electrical, Aircraft trimming, Aircraft spray painting, Heavy vehicle maintenance. Students in Years 11 and 12 only. See me in the Careers Room for more details.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher



Art Student Action Group ‘PROARTS’

Well it all started with free pizza, but continued growing over the past few months leading up to the main event, The Arts Festival.  Now that has been and gone we know our hard work has paid off, the festival was a huge success.

The opening night

Friday night kicked off with the schools guest Adam Elliott, creator of Harvey Krumpet officially opening the Arts festival in the library, in front of over one hundred people, and finished with an inspiring speech on art and ambition.

The Arts exhibition held in the 400 block, displayed work from year’s seven to twelve ranging from drawings, paintings, ceramics work, photography, fibres and a range of other areas in art.  Each piece was exceptionally good and even Adam Elliott was amazed at what wonderful artists we have at our school.

The Arts festival continued through the weekend leading to Sunday where once again over one-hundred people turned up to see the presentation of the awards, presented for excellence in the Arts.

The finally it was the moment everyone had been waiting for.  We finally got to draw the winners of the Art raffle.  Over the past few months at every parent teacher night, drama play, or school related event there has been a member of pro art there selling raffle tickets. 

In 4th place winning the lino print was the Brock family, Cassie Brock from 8H. 

In 3rd place winning the ceramic vase was Ray Kaso, Principal of Sherbourne Primary School. 

In 2nd place winning the beautiful painting by Kevin Spearey was John & Suzanne Considine and in 1st place winning the wonderful painting by Piers Bateman, valued at over $1000 was Jacky Haccanson.   Congratulations to all

We have also been selling great paintings produced by students at Eltham High School ranging from year seven to ten, which has also been a great success.  Organized by Yenneke Bateman to also help raise money for the Art Department.  I think it was a great idea and it had been great fun working with her.


Student Paintings (on canvas & covering a range of topics) can be purchased (for $5) until Friday 29th October are on display in the Administration corridor.

Coming up this week is our student choice awards where students from Eltham High and Primary School students from visiting schools get to vote for their favourite painting or art work in the Arts festival for each year level, winners will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Anna Gibbs for “Proarts”


Parents are reminded that if their children have borrowed books from the school these need to be returned to my office as your child/children complete the school year.  If you require books for next year, particularly at senior levels could you please notify me ASAP

Brendan Monigatti, Students Welfare Coordinator



Term 4


Yr 12 VCE Unit 4 Exams commence


Formal photos can be viewed and ordered from the General Office until 10th November


Curriculum Day


Melbourne Cup Day Holiday


Yr 11 Last Day of classes


Yr 11VCE Unit 2 Exams commence


Yr 12 VCE Unit 4 Exams end


Yr 11VCE Unit 2 Exams end


Yr12 Valedictory night  note change of date

Yr 11 to 12 Transition begins


Yr 11 to 12 Transition ends

Last Day




Year 10 to 11 Transition & leadership activities begin

Yr 9 Work Experience begins


Year 10 to 11 Transition & leadership activities begin

Last Day


Yr 9 Work Experience ends




Out and About

VCE Vocal Ensemble @ Panton Hill

On Saturday the VCE Vocal Ensemble entertained locals and visitors to the Panton Hill Festival.  The ensemble kick started the musical entertainment by singing at the General Store to an appreciative crowd.  We then sang to different crowds at the local school, the Living and Learning Centre and finally the radio station.  Pete and Keats were our hosts on Plenty Valley Community Radio and we chatted and sang around the microphones for the better part of half an hour. The final performance for the VCE Vocal Ensemble will be the Valedictory Evening, 24th November 2004.

Alexandra Cameron, Choir Director

Jazz Band Performance

Last Saturday the Eltham High School Jazz Band performed at the Eltham South Pre-school Fete. We successfully played our repertoire of seven pieces, with our drummer Chris Port sight-reading two of them.  We played to an appreciative crowd who enjoyed the impressive solos played by Cam Browne, Michael Bone, Courtney Green, Molly Hanlon, Chris Port and Huw Gregory.  Thanks to Eugene for conducting and to Rick Browne for help with the logistics.

Cara Skeen, Band member


Music Performance Recitals

Last evening saw the last of our series of Year 12 recitals held in the Music Centre.  Once again the standard of the performances by our talented students was outstanding.  This series of recitals has proven to be extremely valuable preparation for the students’ final external assessment held over the last few weeks.  Congratulations to every student involved and thanks to their hard working teachers who have helped prepare them for this very important assessment.  A special thank you to Ms Alexandra Cameron, our classroom music coordinator for her organization of these evenings.


Year 11 students will present their final recitals on Thursday 4th November. There will be two sessions – 4.00 – 6.00pm and 7.00 – 10.00pm



Rehearsals have commenced for students undertaking these exams.  Students must ensure that they check the music notice board for times. 




Members of our Intermediate, Concert and Symphonic Bands are in for a fantastic experience when they get to perform with one of the legends of the Australian music industry. 

In a career that spans over 30 years Ross remains one of this country's most respected artists. From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of A-grade classics such as "Eagle Rock", “Come Back Again”, “Cool World”  & "A Touch of Paradise", or producer of the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, & recently The Screaming Jets, Ross's involvement with success has continued unabated.

As a solo performer and major songwriter he continued to achieve success & make his mark through the 90's to the present with his songs being recorded by artists as diverse as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Def-FX, Custard, Jennifer Rush, Troy Cassar-Daley, You Am I, Renee Geyer, Christine Anu, Elkie Brooks, Lee Kernaghan &  Anne Kirkpatrick, Beccy Cole, and The Wiggles!

Make sure you experience our own national music treasure & thriving living legend, Ross Wilson, when he performs in our Concert with the Stars to be held at the Yarra Valley Anglican School.  Tickets are $ 25 [adults] and $20 [children/concession] are now on sale from the music office.  Tickets are selling fast so make sure you get your tickets soon.

Music Support Group Meeting

MSG on Thursday 28th October at 7pm (note change of time) at 14 Moola Place Eltham.  Any queries, please ring Jill on 9439 9673

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Pink Ribbon Day…October 25.. it’s not too late to support this important cause.

EHS is supporting this cause selling silk ribbons $2 & enamel ribbons $5.  Available from the front office & the school canteen.  All proceeds go towards breast cancer research


Are there some parents who would like to receive the newsletter via email? If so, go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Newsletter link and choose subscribe, fill in the form and the newsletter will be emailed to you each week.


C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   

October 2004

Wed 27

Anne Marshall, Debbie Hanson, Rhonda Williamson

Thurs 28

Cheryl Simpson, Margit Magi, Jan Baddeley

Fri 29

Maree Openshaw, Debra Edgell


Mon 1

Curriculum Day – student free day

Tues 2

Melbourne Cup Holiday

Wed 3

Rhonda Hall, Mandy Bryne


Thinking of “doing canteen duty?” Why not give it a go! meet some great people and be a part of this dynamic group – free lunch supplied. 

Give Gael a ring on 9430 5122 between 8am and 2:30pm

If for any reason you cannot continue with your earlier commitment to Canteen duty please phone.


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

October 2004

Wed 27 until

Tues 2

see front page

Wed 3

SoSE Yr10 Geog Fieldwork to Bells Beach

Thurs 4

SoSE Yr10 Geog Fieldwork to Pt Lonsdale & Torquay


Mon 1

Student Free day – Curriculum Day

Tues 2

Melbourne Cup Day Holiday

Wed 3

SOse Yr10 Geog Fieldwork to Bells Beach

Maths Yr11 Activity Day to St Andrews am

Thurs 4

SoSE Yr10 Geog GrpB&C Fieldwork to Pt Lonsdale & Torquay

Yr11 Legal Studies to Ford Broadmeadows

Yr11 Music Recitals 7-10pm in the Music Centre

Fri 5

SoSE M/S Environment to Melb Aquarium

Mon 8

O&ES M/S Ocean Kayaking TAL to Cumberland River & ALN to Lorne return Tues

Thurs 11

Yr 11 clear out lockers

Fri 12

Yr 11 vacate lockers –last day of classes

Sun 14

Grounds Working Bee




Thank you to all the people who have contributed to our food for refugees appeal.  All contributions to the box in the foyer gratefully accepted.

Thanks to all George Franklin/Brendan Monigatti


Community Announcements/Advertising


Eltham North Basketball Club

Is a small, friendly and growing club based at the Diamond Valley Stadium.  We are currently seeking girls who are interested in playing in age groups from 8 to U16 inclusive.  Registration is not expensive, but needs to be finalised by November 1 this year.  If you are interested in joining our club please telephone 9431 0401 or 9439 4020


Actors for Refugees present CLUB REFUGE

Sun 31st October 3pm - Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue

Entry by donation - Proceeds go to Chilout Children out of detention - www.actorsforrefugees.com - www.chilout.org



Attention Parents & senior students



I will be offering a bus/plane camping tour of the Red Centre and for North Queensland is 2005.  A new bus company has offered this unusual combination of experiences highlighting two of our country’s most famous geographical features – Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef.  Other features will be sleeping underground at Cooper Pedy, exploring Kings Canyon, the Gorges of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the mines of Mount Isa and the gold rush town of Charters Towers, not to mention a cruise down the Daintree River!

Tour dates will be 18-6-05 -2-7-05 (last week of Term 2 and first week of the holidays – 15 days)

It will be available to students in Years 12, 11 and 10.  Costing has yet to be completed but I believe it will be in the vicinity of $1600.  We will take 40-44 students.

A meeting will be called for interested students and an itinerary will be distributed along with a form for those expressing an interest in this tour.

Greg Wakeman, tour organizer


An Evening with Li Cunxin

The Ivanhoe Grammar School. Plenty Campus is hosting a visit from Li Cunxin, author of Mao’s Last Dancer, on Thursday 11 November.  An invitation is extended to all members of the School Community.

An evening with Li Cunxin

Enterprise Centre, Plenty Campus, Bridge Inn Rd, Mernda – Tickets $15

Light refreshments will be served

Further information call 9717 3911


Eltham Little Theatre’ Old Tyme Music Hall

The Furtive Fortunes of Fickle Fate

4 Nov – 4 Dec Thurs, Fri & Sat

Curtain prompt 8pm

All seats $16 - bring your own food, drinks & glasses

Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd, Research Melways 22Hi

Bookings 9437 1574 - Tables going quick


The Bolt youth lounge

Shop 4.266 Bolton Street just near the Ridge Health Club.

Available to ALL students at Eltham High School Friday afternoon 3:30-5pm

Study/homework assistance available

Café, pool & foozball facilities.  Come in to study, chat, or just hang out. 

If you need any information ring 9431 1115


McKillop Family Services

MacKillop Family Services is looking for a committed carer for Jack. Jack is a 12 year old boy who is unable to live at home and has spent the last six months in a residential unit.  McKillop Family Services believes that Jack needs a supportive family or person to provide him with the emotional stability and security that he requires.

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer!!!

Find out who is in need of a loving home and all the details of becoming a foster carer by contacting the Home Based Care Team on 8311 4555


Seeking Volunteer Host Families

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is an Australian non-profit student exchange organization that assists students in furthering tolerance, international understanding and to further learning, self-knowledge and awareness.

We currently have students aged between 15 and 18 from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA waiting to be hosted by volunteer Australian Families.

You can host a student from 3 months to 10 months depending on your circumstances.  What a great way to bring another culture and family member into your home!

High School exchange programs are also available to Australian students wishing to travel and study abroad.  Call now for a brochure and information on students arriving in February 2005. (All students have full medical coverage and will bring their own spending money.)

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange: National Office 9775 4711 or Toll free 1800 500 501



Ever Thought about Fostering?

Kids in need of foster care far out-number the foster carers available.

Can you give a child or young person a place to call home for a while?

Your local foster care program can provide you with training, support and a non-taxable allowance.

For more information on fostering and how to get involved ring The Publicity and Recruitment Unit for Foster Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9458 5788


Host Families and Exchange Students

Exchange students from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Austria, Russia, America, Canada, Italy & Brazil are coming here late January 2005, hoping to be placed with volunteer host families.  Should you be all interested in adding a boy or girl aged 15-18 to your family for 2, 3 ,5 or 10 months to share your lifestyle, so establishing a life-long relationship with the other person you choose and his/her family overseas, please phone Klaus Schurmann on 9758 4279  Your call will be very welcome.  If you wish to go overseas yourself as an exchange student, please ring.



Yarra Valley ARTS Council

Hosts the 9th Annual Summer School of Music & Art!

Jan 10-15, 2005 in Healesville

Courses include – pastel drawing, life drawing, contemporary painting, water colour, nature photography, choir, jazz improvisation, a cappella singing, hip-hop dancing, sculpture for the garden, mandalas, hand-made books & jewellery making PLUS film-making for Youth & Arts for kids

Enquiries 5962 3340 / 0423 932 483

Early bird discounts available


Sacred Heart Parish Diamond Creek Annual Parish Ball will be held Friday May 20th 2005.  Any girls interested in the Debutante Set for this ball can contact Jenny Kennedy 9438 1812 (after 6pm) for further information on costs, dates of practice, etc.


Parent members of School Council – available for contact via the General Office

Pam Blewett, Richard Browne, John Considine,

Sue Dyet, Peter Hanlon, Tamara Knowles, Jill Tait and Grace Tham