Student Achievements – Term 4 2018

Australian Scouting Medal

Congratulations to Teyanah Brown, Year 8, who has received her cord and plaque from her Scout Troop for qualifying for the Australian Scout Medallion.  The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the Scout Section. It is considered the pinnacle of Scouting at this stage. To earn the Australian Scout Medallion a Scout must:

  • Participate in a Scout Leadership Course at any time after completion of the Pioneer Badge;
  • Demonstrate an active leadership role in Scouting;
  • Achieve the Adventurer Cord

In 2019, Teyanah will have the official medal presentation.
Some of the key things Teyanah did to achieve the ASM were:

  • Run a BBQ in Eltham Town Square to raise funds for ReachOut Australia
  • Show leadership by planning and running the ‘1st Eltham Mega Market’ which is now going to be an annual fundraising event for her scout troop;
  • Planned and lead a three-day hike along the Burchell Trail in the Brisbane Ranges;
  • Organised patrol activities such as a day at the high ropes course at Gilwell Park, a visit and tour of parliament, an overnight hike and camp at Mt Disappointment.

Congratulation Teyanah,
Peter Torey
Student Growth Leader


Kwong Lee Dow Scholarship – 2019

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar’s Program, University of Melbourne, is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Victorian Year 11 secondary students. Recipients will get the exciting opportunity of experiencing university life and taking part in a range of academic events and activities, facilities to help them achieve their best – plus get a head start on their future studies and career! They could also be offered a guaranteed place in an undergraduate degree.
As a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar, recipients take part in a program of events and activities focused on expanding their academic and personal horizons. This includes a welcome event, VCE revision lectures, personal development workshops, overnight adventures on campus, celebration events with family, an open day lounge and more.
Eltham High School has a strong tradition with many recipients since the inception of the Award.
For 2019, Ramona Byrne, (Year 10, 2018) is to be congratulated for being the recipient of the scholarship.  Ramona’s application and teaching staff references were very commending, of a high standard and are clear testament to her mature work ethic in the STEM teaching areas.  Ramona said she “was grateful and excited and looks forward to getting involved in 2019 with the other recipients and with the STEM Team at Eltham High School.”
Congratulations Ramona!

Peter Torey
Student Growth Leader

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14–24 year olds, regardless of their background.  At Eltham High School, this is offered as an elective at year 9 Level, with two classes attempting the award in 2019.
The Award is comprised of three levels each progressively more challenging.  Eltham High School students start with the Bronze Level, and can progress to the Gold in later years, supported by the teachers.
Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Voluntary Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey.
We are pleased to announce that two Year 10 students (2018) have achieved their Bronze Award.  They are Ellie Weale and Freda McGlade.  Both Ellie and Freda are now working towards their Gold Award.
Congratulations Ellie and Freda!


Peter Torey and Ross McKinnon
Duke of Ed Award Teachers


Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award for Youth Leadership

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards were first presented in 2006, to encourage the development of behaviours and attributes considered critical in Australia’s leaders of tomorrow.
The awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community, and who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship” - values considered integral to both the ADF and Australian society.
Participation in the awards program is open to all schools in Australia with students enrolled in Year 10 and/or Year 12.
Eltham High School is pleased to announce that the recipient for 2018 is Joe Leahy, Year 10 (2018).  Joe’s achievements and contribution to teamwork and leadership are:

  • Trials U19 National Lacrosse team, Trials U18 and U17 State Lacrosse Teams;
  • Playing Men’s State League and Div. 1 Men’s Lacrosse League;
  • Part-time work at Second Home;
  • 1st alto sax Eltham High School Jazz band;
  • Baritone sax Eltham High School Stage Band;
  • Band competitions;
    • 1st Generation In Jazz 2017, 3rd Generations In Jazz 2018, including improv. Solos;
    • 2nd Symphonic Band South Street;
    • 1st Jazz Band South Street;
  • Invited to play in State Lacrosse team for past 3 years;
  • Participation in Doctors in Schools Training Program, University of Melbourne;
  • BrainSTEM Presentation Evening at Swinburne University, worked with Dr Gietman on the “Hydrothermal Energy Transfer” project;
  • Participating in Peer Mentor Program with Year 7 student.

Year 7 students learning about the Long Tan Award and congratulating 2018 recipient Joe Leahy.
Congratulations Joe!
Ms Panas and Mr Torey
Senior School Sub-School Leader and Student Growth Leader