Term 1  Week 3

Tuesday 17 February 2009


TONIGHT……ALL new students and parents are invited to attend the Training Band Information Night Tues Feb 17 @7:30pm in the hall, this is an exciting opportunity for you to explore many band instruments 


An Invitation to all Year 7 parents to . . . . . . .

Meet the Teachers

Thursday 19st February commencing at 7pm in the Junior School courtyard

This evening provides the opportunity for parents to meet with the coordinators, home group teachers and classroom teachers of their children for 2009.  Following a brief ‘welcome address’ home group meetings will be held where topics such as “settling in”, course outlines and homework expectations can be discussed.    Supper will be served in the canteen and courtyard at 8:30pm   

Looking forward to meeting with you, Junior School Co ordination team

Please note this week only………………..….Swim Squad session Friday this WEEK. Principal’s Report

The devastating affect of the last week continues to reflect on our community where each day new information about loss and grief is conveyed to us.   In the aftermath of the events that occurred on the weekend before last this community is trying to make sense of it all.   In doing so I wish to communicate the tremendous generosity of staff, students, families and friends.   Our efforts to support all those affected by the fires continues to be the focus of our work.   Moral and financial support has been provided by a range of people.   In the last newsletter we communicated how donations can be made to the Red Cross and further to this the support structures available to those who have been either directly or indirectly affected.   I refer you to this information which can also be viewed on our website.   In the last newsletter I indicated that it was my intention to inform you more specifically about our loss of community members in this report.   Unfortunately, I am not able to do so at this time due to the fact that the authorities are still undertaking the identification process of people who have lost their lives in the fires.   Our fundraising efforts have been well supported with the school raising $14,000.00 for the Red Cross Appeal.   This money is a testament to the strength of our community in coming together when the need arises and the funds have been transferred to the Red Cross.   I both thank and congratulate everyone who has contributed to this.   Furthermore I wish to thank everyone who has contacted the school and offered various forms of support including accommodation, food, clothing and the provision of a safe environment for both students and families of the school.   Our fundraising efforts will continue over the next few weeks and months commencing with a Chess Tournament scheduled for early March.   More information on this as the date is confirmed.   The ongoing specialist support provided by the school will continue as necessary.   I take this opportunity to thank all staff who have been working very hard to comfort and to ensure that students feel safe during their time with us.   We will continue to keep you updated in the next edition of the newsletter.


Year 12, 2008

The excellent results of our Year 12 students in 2008 have been rewarded through the offer of placements in tertiary study.   Out of the students who applied for a tertiary place (77%) 92% received a first or second round offer.   Of those students, 65% received a university offer, 28% received a TAFE offer and 7% received an offer from an independent or tertiary college.   Out of the students who received a tertiary offer 78% were offered their first or second preference.   These are outstanding results and a reflection of the hard work of both students and staff.   I congratulate them all.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Meg Russell who has been recognised for her ongoing achievement in the award category of Cross Country through the 2008 Victorian School Sports Award.   This award reflects the level of skill, dedication and hard work that young people put into their sport.   It is fitting that Meg receives this award as she has been a dedicated athlete from her early years.   Well done Meg!

VCE Season of Excellence

It is with pleasure that I announce Corinne Cortijo, Year 12, 2008 has been selected for the Top Class Music Solo Performances at the Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank.   Corinne has been chosen for her Voice Contemporary Popular and will feature in Concert Two at 3.00 pm on Saturday 28th February.   This is an outstanding achievement for Corinne and the instrumental music programme at Eltham High School.  I congratulate Corinne on her achievement and wish her well with her future career.

Other selections in the Season of Excellence will appear in future editions of the newsletter.

Eltham High School House Leaders

I have a great deal of pleasure in announcing our House Leaders for 2009.

Senior School House Leaders

Thomas Mundy, Callum McGough, Astrid Hansen, Michael Palmer, Robert Hunter, Clara Long, Georgia Bonora, Taryn Grindal, Sayna Sadigi Giyasi, Meagan Ashdown, Jackson Anderson, Leah Hamlet, Jackson Baly, Danielle Murray, Lisa Ilsley, Annie-Rose armour, Sophie Paine, Tom Thorneycroft, Kristie Alford, Mahalia Rank, Hilary Grubb, Dylan Tucker, Rachael Young and Kate Buckland.

Middle School House Leaders

Ruby Franklin, Emily Knight, Aiden Smith, Stephanie Deacon, tom Walker, Lewis Russell, Aili Adamson, Rachael Ellis, Hayley Pringle and Brooke Riddell.

Junior School House Leaders

Otis Walker, Stephanie Harrington, James Morrison, Kate Armstrong, Lucas Radbourne-Pugh, Emily Voss, Mitchell Bell and Yasmin Pringle.

A range of opportunities exist for students to engage with leadership activities and behaviours throughout our school and community.   One of the roles of our House Leaders is to encourage all students to have a go and role model our school values.   In the last week our Middle School and Junior School House Leaders exhibited our value of social responsibility by taking charge of the fire appeal collection.   Their efforts were well rewarded with an outstandingly positive community response as indicated earlier in my report.   I congratulate all House Leaders on their appointment and thank them for having stood up to represent the student body and our community.   I look forward to working closely with them.

House Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to Rutter House for its outstanding achievement in the House Swimming Sports last Thursday.   The day was well planned and everyone had a great time.   I wish to congratulate the Senior House Leaders for their efforts, Mr. Peter Nicholson for his organisation and leadership of the day and all the staff and students for their participation.   I look forward to the Athletic Carnival which will be coming up shortly.

School Council Elections

I draw your attention to the flyer which accompanies this newsletter relating to School Council Elections 2009.   I strongly urge all members of our community to give these elections due consideration.

Working Bee

I wish to extend a personal invitation to all of you to attend our first working bee for 2009.   New parents to the school are most welcome to this social event which allows us to work together towards improving and sustaining a pleasant environment in which to learn.   As always a scrumptious morning tea and delicious lunch will be provided.   I look forward to seeing you all there and joining with you to achieving our goals.

Note of Condolence

We were saddened by the news that Barbara Talbot, a past parent and continuous supporter of our school through her leadership of CAVE and the Lions Club of Eltham, passed away last weekend, on the 14th February.   Our sincere condolences are offered to the Talbot family at this very difficult time and we would like them to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.   Barbara worked tirelessly to support young people in need.   I met her on a number of occasions and was impressed with her warm personality and her positive attitude which indicated that nothing was impossible.   I thank her and all who supported her for the goodwill and help that they provided to our school and community.  She will be sadly missed.


Vincent Sicari, Principal


February 2009

Tues 17

TONIGHT Training Band Information Night 7:30pm

Wed 18

VET Comm Rec Surf Camp to Lorne

L&LN Photoshop in Room 418

Thurs 19

Jnr School Meet the Teachers Evening 7pm in the Junior School courtyard

Sun 22

Grounds Working Bee

Mon 23

School Photo day

Evolve Residential City based daily activities Melbourne

Careers Yr 10 Career Voyager Sessions

Tues 24

House Leaders Training am

Wed 25

Art-Yr12 Fieldwork – Ian Potter Gallery

HPE MS Rec & Rac Ten pin bowling Greensborough am

L&LN Photoshop in Room 418

Thurs 26

Sport – Cricket Quarter Finals

Fri 27

HPE MS Rec & Rac Ten pin bowling Greensborough am

Mar 3-6 & Mar 11-13

Year 8 Surf Camp

Mar 26

Immunisation day Yr7 & Yr 10

2009 SWIM SQUAD – Thurs Mornings, usually!

Be in it… just come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre Friday THIS week from 7 until 8am. (NORMALLY Thursdays – keep watching this column.) 




The spikezone competition we usually run for primary school kids will not start until second term this year. I will send information out to our feeder primary schools for their parent newsletters in term two.

Junior Volleyball for year 7 students

A regular volleyball competition for any year 7 students interested in playing will start on Wednesday the 25th Feb and will be held each Wednesday after school between 3.25 and 4.00 pm in the Eltham High sports stadium.

Junior Volleyball for year 8 and 9 students

A regular volleyball competition for any year 8 and 9 students interested in playing will start on Thursday the 26th Feb and will be held each Thursday after school between 3.25 and 5.00 pm in the Eltham High sports stadium.

Round Robins

Congratulations to our senior boys and girls volleyball teams on winning the Diamond Valley Group volleyball competition last week.  Our year 8 students play Tuesday 17th and our year 7 teams will play on Thursday 19th March.


Selections for volleyball teams will be held on the show court on the following days

Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19

Year 7 boys

Friday 20 & Monday 23

Year 7 girls

Tuesday 24 February

Year 9 girls

Important Dates

Sat 21

Under 16 state team trials at MSAC

Sun 22 Feb

State Team trials for U/17, U/19 and U/21 boys and girls

Thurs 19 Mar

Year 7 Volleyball Round Robin

Wed 25 Mar

Quarter finals for 7,8, inter & senior teams

4 – 17 April

New Zealand Volleyball Tour

7, 8 & 9 Aug

Victorian Schools Cup

7 – 11 Dec

Australian Schools Cup

From the Business Manager

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS-postponed to 23 Feb

Student photographs will be now be held on the 23rd February.  Ordering envelopes are named and have been distributed, if you do not have yours please call at the General office.


The music program is back into full swing with all bands having had their first rehearsal.

This week we have our Instrumental Music Expo for year 7 students and parents, so we're hoping for a big attendance Tuesday 17th February 7.30pm in the Hall.  It's a 'hands on' evening with the students having the opportunity to try various instruments.

Now for some 'housekeeping' ... wanting to sell band uniform items or an instrument?  Contact the music office for details.

This must be done as soon as possible to take advantage of the students who will be joining the Training Band.


And a reminder of our 'Bushfire Instrument Collection' ... musical instruments in good condition can be dropped off at the music office for distribution to those children who have lost their treasured belongings to the fire.


Music lessons commence this week. Students should check the timetable in the music block foyer later this week.


Symphonic band – Tuesday afternoon & Friday morning

Concert Band – Wednesday afternoon

Intermediate Band - Wednesday morning

Jill Browne, Music Administration


We’re all aware of the terrible loss facing so many people.   One such story is of Strathewen Primary School … at the school and in homes, the students of this small school have lost their musical instruments.

If you have a recorder, violin, keyboard or another instrument (a cello was requested!) that you don’t need any more but are in good working order please drop them off at the Music Office at Eltham High School.

If you have any queries please ring Jill on 9430 5127


All community announcements on the web version this week



LOTE & Learning Part 2

Striving for excellence: punctuality, correct books, equipment doing your best and completion of homework

We strive for excellence from our very first lesson. This means being punctual for every class, bringing correct text books, work books, planner, exercise books and writing equipment to every class in every subject. It also means trying to do your best always.  If students have not received their textbooks and workbooks by now, it is important that parents get in touch with North of the Yarra bookshop. Students are disadvantaged if they don’t have their proper books right from the beginning. It is equally important to keep up to date by completing homework regularly so you can actually learn and advance your skills in languages. Students who have access to the internet at home can use Languages online (free web resource) to learn French or Indonesian. The program consists of self-paced interactive tasks, and games based on common themes.

Making Personal Learning Goals:   In our classes students are creating learning goals in LOTE for themselves and they are working together in groups to generate strategies which will help them achieve these goals. We will review these goals at the end of each term. We are doing this to assist students to become more responsible for their own learning. One of our school goals in our strategic planning document is student learning and goal setting is fundamental to this end.

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE

Youth Science Space Experience USA 2009

Raffle: 1st prize: Oil painting by renowned local artist Alan Satori – value $2000

2nd prize: Kodak C813 digital camera with 4 bonus 1228MB memory cards - value $200

Tickets $5 each

Drawn Friday 20th March 2009 at Eltham High School, Withers Way Eltham.  Winners notified by phone

Tickets available/prizes displayed in the Admin foyer.

Science Semester 1 Trial Exams

Year 12 students: Trial Exams Orders are being taken now, students should pay the cashier by Monday 6th March.

Please bring your order form (available from your teacher) with the money.

Amanda Mc Ternan, Teaching & Learning Leader Science


Canteen Roster

February 2009

Wed 18

Tracey Angelopoulos, Michelle Dalton, Rosa Hong

Thurs 19

Paula Witbooi, Suzanne Bix

Fri 20

Sally Bowen, Nicole Hassall

Mon 23

Jill Rachim, Joanne Grigg, Kathryn Phillips

Tues 24

Kim Butler, Kimbra Shrubshall

Wed 25

Joanne Fischer, Belinda Dowel, Tracey Jarvis, Natalie Lawon


Thank you

The school would like to thank Gary from Global Pizza Montmorency for his generous donation to our recent Pizza Day.  This enabled the school to raise $250 which has been placed into the schools bushfire funds.  Thank you to all supporters.

The winner of the Swimming Sports Raffle was Mr Squires.

Mr McCrystal

Drama Ensemble

Meets every Thursday between 3:20 and 5pm the drama ensemble rehearses in the hall.  It is from the Drama ensemble that School plays and Impro Performances are developed.  There are enjoyable and informative workshops on Acting for Television, Circus skills and audition skills.  The atmosphere is very supportive and friendly, students meet and make friends with students from all year levels, while gaining important life skills including Public speaking, time management, group working skills as well as Performance skills.

There are No auditions to become a member.  We accept all comers and all members are guaranteed a part in two plays.

The ensemble is also the basis of the school’s elite touring theatre company, Scrambled Prince.  Once a year senior ensemble members who have impressed in school plays are invited to audition for this prestigious group.  Middle school students can audition for The Princetown Players, who participate in the Monash University short plays competition, and other events.

There is a fee of $160 a semester per student.  Students are able to join the ensemble at any time, but we would encourage interested students to join as early as possible.  Any queries regarding the ensemble should be directed to Mr George Franklin.  Any student who wishes to join the ensemble do so by seeing Mr Franklin or simply turn up to any ensemble session, where they will be formally enrolled.


The Age VCE & Careers Expo

Friday 24 April – Sunday 26 April, 10am to 5pm, Caulfield racecourse. Exhibitors include all Australia’s major universities. Admission $10, $25 for families (children u14 free) valid for the 3 days of the Expo, includes all seminars, career forum and a copy of The Age. See the Expo Visitor Guide in The Age Mon 20 April or www.vceandcareers.com.au/

I have a few passes available but you’ll need to correctly answer a question relating to careers in order to get one!

Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Career Information Afternoons

These are held because the Institute doesn’t offer Work Experience, are for Year 10-12 students. Monday 6th April, 12.30 – 4.00pm in the Lecture Theatre, Coronial Services Centre, 57-63 Cavanagh St, Southbank. Places limited, attendees must register at www.vifm.org/career_info_session.html Priority will be given in order of forms received.

Healesville Sanctuary – Vet 4 a day program

For students who want to work with animals or practice hands-on activities with wildlife vets. Cost - $99, details at:www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Programs/Student_Conferences/Careers/Vet_for_day  Check out programs offered by Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.

University of Melbourne Veterinary Science Open Day

Course & career advice, special interest groups (eg. dogs, horses, wildlife) and a tour of the Clinic.When: Sunday 22nd March. Where: The Veterinary Clinic & Hospital, 250 Princess Highway, Werribee, 10am – 4pm

William Angliss Trial-a-Trade

Young people interested in a career in the foods or hospitality industry. Cookery, patisserie, baking, butchery, hospitality and confectionary are offered. When: Saturday 14th March, $35 for participants and parents can attend the lunch for $25.

Bookings 9606 2111 and more info at www.angliss.edu.au

RMIT Folio Preparation Courses

Year 11 and 12 students wishing to enhance their folios for entry to tertiary programs. Fashion Drawing & Design, Studio Textiles, Visual Merchandising, Digital Media, Multimedia, 3D Product Design, Visual/Fine Art, Graphic Design, Graphic Art, Interior Decoration, AutoCAD, Advertising, Architectural Drawing, Interior Design and Building Design. Brochures/courses available Careers Room/www.shortcourses.rmit.edu.au

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

WORKING BEE Sunday 22 February @9am

 All welcome…………………Full details in last weeks edition

John Coates for the Grounds Committee

PS: Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves and a water bottle.

Junior School Notices Yr 7 & 8

Homework Club will run for Junior school students, and start in Week 4 on Wednesday mornings from 8am until 8:45am – please report to the Junior school office.



Immunisation cards to be returned NOW

TONIGHT   Yr 7 Training Band Info Night-Tues 17 Feb

Meet the Teachers evening Thurs 19 Feb at 7pm


Surf Camp – Mar 3-6 & 11-13 – notices distributed and forms to be returned by Feb 19 please

Coming to Eltham High School!

Chess for Charity: Bush Fire Appeal

all monies raised go to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal

Where: Eltham High School

When: Sunday 15 March –see Community notices

Turkey/Egypt Community Tour Jan 2010 –see web site


EHS is offering a heavily subsidised place on the tour to Turkey and Egypt in January 2010 to a Yr 9 student who can write the best response to a history topic. The details are yet to be finalised but we would expect to cover about $3500 of the total tour cost.  Details will be given to Yr 9 students soon.  Please come and see me for more information.

Seamus Robertson, Teaching & Learning leader SOSE

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Turkey/Egypt Community Tour Jan 2010

Have you always dreamt of visiting the Pyramids or cruising down the Nile?  Of learning first hand where King Tut was buried?  Or standing at Gallipoli and looking out to the Dardanelles?

Here is your chance.  A tour is being organised to Turkey and Egypt for approximately 18 days in January 2010.  Students who are interested are asked to speak to Mr Monigatti, Bu Brady or Ms Parry to register your interest and get a detailed itinerary.  Priority will be given to students wishing to travel, with other places available to parents, ex-students and staff.

An information session with Ian Williams from World Expeditions will be held in the EHS Staffroom on Monday 2nd March 2009 at 7:30pm


EHS is offering a heavily subsidised place on the tour to Turkey and Egypt in January 2010 to a Yr 9 student who can write the best response to a history topic. The details are yet to be finalised but we would expect to cover about $3500 of the total tour cost.  Details will be given to Yr 9 students soon.  Please come and see me for more information.

Seamus Robertson, Teaching & Learning leader SOSE


Chess for Charity: Bush Fire Appeal

all monies raised go to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal

Where: Eltham High School

When: Sunday 15 March

Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm

Cost: $20 per player to be paid on the day

Prizes: Trophies, medals and certificates

Divisions: Primary school, Secondary school & Open

Format:Rapid rated tournament. 7-round Swiss

            Each player plays 7 games against a different opponent

Time Control: 15 minutes per player per game

Refreshments: Sausage sizzle and drinks available

To Enter: Entries open Tuesday 24 February, log on to

www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au and follow the chess link to complete the online form.

Entries close Friday 13 March.

Community Announcements…………….

Are you 12-18 and want to make a difference in your community?  Ever wondered what it would be like to be the Mayor?

Banyule City Council is offering you a great opportunity to be involved in the Banyule Youth Express (BYE) 1st April 2009.  This event is an opportunity to have your opinion heard by government and youth agencies on issues that impact on all young people in Banyule.

Be a driver for change in your community and get yourself involved in this major event.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a friend to be “Mayor for the Day” or to take part in the Banyule Youth Express discussions go to www.banyule.vic.gov.au/youth/#8

Further info Katy 9457 9939 – katy.capdevila@banyule.vic.gov.au

Victorian Fire Survivor-Fundraising Benefit

Alistair Knox Park, Eltham – entry by donation – all proceeds to the Rotary District Bushfire Fund

Sun 22 February from 5:30pm Movie & Concert – live entertainment- sausage sizzle – bring a blanket!

Screening: Kung Fu Panda.     www.rotaryeltham.org.au

Education Maintenance Allowance

To be eligible re receive the EMA, you must

·         Be either a parent or guardian of a primary/secondary school student up to the age of 16 OR

·         Be an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004 OR be a Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner OR be a foster parent; and

·         Submit your application to the school by 27 February 2009 (for first instalment)

Applications are available from the General Office.

Nillumbik Immunisation may be able to assist you

Following the devastation and destruction caused by the bush fires and loss of properties to the Nillumbik area, we are aware that some families may be unsure of the current immunisation status of their children, both infants and school children.   Contact Nillumbik Community Health Service on 9430 9138 or 9430 9124 or enquire about the immunisation timetable for 2009

Bushfire Benefit Concerts

dvslogo.jpgThe Diamond Valley Singers will conduct two local concerts to aid the bushfire victims following the recent devastating fires in Victoria. All proceeds raised at the concerts will go to the Red Cross.

The concerts will feature many well-known songs from the World of musical theatre and will also include several operatic arias. Singers who have performed in some of the DVS productions over past years, along with singers from the Diamond Valley Bendigo Bank Vocal Eisteddfods have offered their talents to assist the cause.

The concerts’ details are:

Friday February 20th, 8:00pm, Diamond Creek Uniting Church, cnr Wensley St and Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek

Saturday February 21st, 8:00pm, Warrandyte Mechanics Institute Hall, cnr Yarra and Mitchell Sts Warrandyte

Admittance is by donation all proceeds going to Red Cross

A third concert will be held in Geelong on Sunday February 22nd at the Western Heights Uniting Church, Douglass St, Herne Hill, Geelong (Tel: 5229 9243) with profits going to the Uniting Church Share Appeal.

Since its formation in 1985 Diamond Valley Singers has donated over $80,000 to charity.

For further details contact:

Graham gford@bigpond.net.au Tel 9439 3267 or

Angela a-hennel@netspace.net.au Tel: 9439 7843

DVS web site:www.dvsingers.org


Active Parents Participating in Learning, Experiencing & Sharing

Wednesday evenings 7-9pm

March 5 – open information session @ shop 72 youth lounge

Main Street, Greensborough

Surviving you Adolescents Series

3 sessions Mar 11, 18, 25

Monthly Parental Info & Support Meetings

More info or to register your interest for these free events contact Lisa 9457 9907 / lisa.said@banyule.vic.gov.au

Platform Youth Theatre and Curious Legends

•Ages 13 to 15

•What: Performance Workshops

•Where: Northcote Town Hall

•When: Mondays from February 8th, 4pm to 6pm

•Details: Term 2, Group-devised Performance Project, April 20th to June 15th

•Cost: $15 per class ($120 for term 1)

•Why: 'Cause it's fun, to build confidence, and make new friends!

If you'd like to book in for classes, or want more information, please contact Curious Legends on 8682 8577, or go to: www.curiouslegends.com.au


Pro Vocal offers contemporary voice lessons for teenagers and is located in Briar Hill.  For information or to book an introductory lesson call Jayne on 0413352733 or email jayne@provocal.com.au

Melbourne Chorus (current Australian Champions of Sweet Adelines)

We sing 4 part harmony barbershop style.

You do not need to read music but be able to sing in tune and hold your part in your section.  Learning recordings are provided for all new songs and for the existing repertoire.

Membership drive commencing Wed 4 March for 4 weeks…phone 0431 140 450 see website www.melbournechorus.org.au for all details


Eltham Library Community Gallery

29 January - 22 February       Emerging Artists

Kristian Rasmussen, Harry Hughes and Lydia Wegner

These ex Eltham High School students are studying at Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT - photography, printmaking and drawing.  The exhibition offers an insight into how Nillumbik's young emerging artists see their world.

I encourage you all to go and see the works of these young artists who are continuing to pursue their passion for making art.

Linda McLeod, Teaching & Learning Leader ART

Malaysia Trip 1st week Sept holidays 2009

We encourage students and parents to support this trip because having a firsthand experience is a wonderful way of learning the culture and language of any country. We encourage all students but particularly middle school and senior school students to give this serious consideration. Our fund raising efforts will start up again shortly. For details please see me or Pak Oliver.

Bonne chance and selamat belajar

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning leader LOTE

Nillumbik Immunisation Service

Nillumbik Community Health Service Immunisation Team will be visiting our school to administer Hep B and Chickenpox vaccine to Year 7 students and Bootrix (Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough) vaccine to Year 10 students, and HPV Cervical Cancer to female students in Year 7 on March 26.

Consent cards, an immunisation fact sheet and instructions have been forwarded home with your student. 

Only the perforated completed consent card (both YES & NO) is required to be returned by the end of this week please for collection by the Health Team.  Please note it is a requirement from DHS that all student consent cards are returned for data collection and immunisation coverage rate purposes.

Thank you for giving this matter your immediate attention.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal


Interested in Skateboarding??

A team of volunteers led by a local from St. Andrews has begun a project in Afghanistan teaching kids at school to skateboard. It’s all about a group of people trying to make a difference and giving the kids in war torn Kabul a chance to be children and smile. Their project, ‘Skateistan’ with the support of Afghan authorities, is now planning to start a school.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can help with fundraising, contact Denzil Bentley, Youth Outreach Worker, Nillumbik Shire Council on 9433 3327.

Tricia Fitzpatrick, Student Support Worker


Want to play netball? Come join the green/black

Ryan Central Netball Club are looking for players to compete in the 13/under and 15/under age groups.  Games are played at the Diamond Creek courts on a Saturday with training on a Thursday night. Season commences on the 14th February. Player reg costs $48 for year.  For more information contact Julie  on 0433786506 or email ryancentral@live.com.au

Mastering the VCE - February 2009

FREE lectures held at the University of Melbourne

Sun 22 Feb., Sat 28 Feb., & Sun 1 March

These lectures are guaranteed to motivate students and improve VCE scores!  Detailed course notes will be provided to all students.  Valued at over $200, these powerful lecturers are FREE OF CHARGE to students.  However students participating are asked to donate (minimum $5 to OXFAM –reps will be in attendance on the day)

Obtain an application form  9663 3311 or website www.tsfx.com.asu

Interested in People from Other Countries?

Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer host family?

World Education Program (WEP) is looking for Volunteer Host families for International Students arriving in July 2009.  Students from Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland are looking for families that are prepared to welcome them into their homes.  If you would like more information on beco0ming a Host family, please contact our National Office.  Full support is provided to all host families and their students!

Nikki Medwell, In bound Exchange Administrator, World Education Program.    Toll Free 1300 884 733….wep@wep.org.au 

Education Tax Refund

See web edition of Parent News week 1 2009

Student Welfare Notice

EGG is a group for young people in Nillumbik and Banyule who want to talk about their gender or sexuality.  We have discussions, activities, food and fun!  The group is free and meet Monday’s 4:30pm to 6:30pm at a venue close to Eltham Station, starting Feb 9th until Mar 23 2009. 

Get in touch with Roz  0439 812 316 / 9430 9153   email rozw@nchs.org.au  For info text: ‘EGG’ to 0439 812 316


Diamond Valley Table Tennis Association

Where:  Diamond Valley Sports Complex, Greensborough

(off Civic Drive ) Melways 11/A10.

Just turn up on any Friday  night during school  term.

The  cost  is  $20  for  the  term  for Juniors or $4 per night. While numbers are insufficient  for  Junior competition, we  are  inviting  parents  to  play  with  the  children for  free.  All  standards  welcome.

Rex & Lesly Rouse-Junr Coords  Ph 9435 5588


TARA Berry Street

Workshop for parents: Teenage Aggression Responding Assertively

Wed 18 February 2009 9:15am to 3:15pm Heidelberg

Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin

Please contact 9458 5788 – matters@berrystreet.org.au


The Space Performing Arts School in Prahran,

(Melbourne's leading Commercial Dance studio) is offering in 2009:

Certificate II in Dance

Saturdays 1pm-5pm

Open to 15yrs and above including Mature aged,

(students in Year 11 & 12 can contribute it to their VCE or VCAL).

Ph: 9639 5423

The Space Arts Centre located,

Upstairs 318 Chapel St, Prahran.


Annual Guide Dogs Victoria Open Day

a great family fun day - on Sunday 1 March from 10am - 4pm.

Located on Chandler Hwy, Kew (Melway 45B1)

Free Parking off site with shuttle bus service

Meet Wags the Dog and loads of our adorable puppies for

Guide Dogs Victoria’s annual Open Day.

With Guide Dog demonstrations, live entertainment, giveaways, show bags, competitions and loads of fun activities for the kids, Open Day is a fantastic family day out.

Entry via gold coin donation


Visit www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au for full details and parking information or phone 9854 4444

Sorry no pets allowed


Topline tennis coaching

Tennis Coaching Term 1 2009.  Tennis Coaching is available at Eltham High School.  Topline Tennis caters for all standards and ages with a number of group lesson places available at times to suit.  So come and learn to play tennis and get some exercise at the same time.  For more information please call David on 9432 3706

Learn all about student exchange, WEP Australia and the 2009/2010 exchange programs available at one of WEP’s FREE information sessions in Melbourne.

17 February, 10 March 7.30 - 9.30pm Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Highway/Moorabbin 3189 

31 March, 16 June 7.30 - 9.30pm Hawthorn Library,

584 Glenferrie Road/Hawthorn 3122



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