Term 1  Week 5

Tuesday 3 March 2009


Thank you for helping with last week’s request from Diamond Creek Bushfire relief………………………………………………………………………….all items have been delivered

Nillumbik Immunisation Service for Year 7 and Year 10 students only

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.   All students (Yr 7 & 10) have been issued cards.

Returned Consent cards have been collected by the Health Service, please forward your card, if outstanding, directly to

917 Main Road Eltham. 3095

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal

Principal’s Report

Days of Extreme Weather Predictions

On days of extreme weather predictions you will receive notification from the school outlining our plan for the day.   You would have all received a letter on 2nd March relating to Tuesday, 3rd March.   Similarly letters will be issued as necessary to ensure that all members of our community remain safe and provide an opportunity for parents to make the best decisions possible in relation to their child/children’s welfare.   Whilst our community has been affected by the impact of the recent fires our school so far has not been identified as being in a high risk area and hence has not been directed to close.   The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the school are in daily contact with the CFA and emergency services.   I refer you to the Department’s web site for daily updated information http://www.education.vic.gov.au.   In the event of a fire occurring with little notice, we would be contacted by emergency services and advised of the area in which to evacuate.   This of course will depend on the direction of the fire.   Should this situation occur please be aware that the Chief Emergency Officer will take control of the decision making process and we are directed to follow their instructions.   In all things we do, we place the safety of students first and we will take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of your child/children in such an emergency situation.   In these high emergency situations it will not be helpful for parents to travel to the school to collect their child.   This can create additional problems, particularly if you and your child are then on the road in a dangerous situation.   It will also enhance the difficulty of our work at school to ensure your child/children’s safety and the safety of everyone else.   I ask you for your support in this matter and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Year 8 Surf Camp

I wish to congratulate Mr. Peter Seymour for the hard work he has put in to the re-organisation of the three camps that were cancelled as a result of this week’s extreme weather conditions.   I draw your attention to a later section of this newsletter which clearly outlines the new dates for these camps.   I also wish to thank all of the organisations that were very understanding of our situation and supported us through re-scheduling bookings and activities.


Social and Environmental Responsibility

I wish to congratulate Mr. Anthony O’Brien, library technician for his demonstration of truly living the school value of social and environmental responsibility.   A number of parents have been in contact with me singing Anthony’s praises for what they observe him doing each day on his way to school.   Anthony walks from Eltham Station through Alistair Knox Park and uses his time fruitfully cleaning up the area he covers on his way to school, filling numerous bags with rubbish and disposing of them on his arrival for work.   Parents have commented on the excellent role model that Anthony is providing for our community and although Anthony does not live in the area he demonstrated how much he values the Eltham environment.

Congratulations Anthony!!

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Sam Geer of Year 8 who has recently won the Little Athletics Region 100m and 200m with personal best times in both events.  His team also won the Athletics Victoria U/16 Men’s 4 x 100 relay and we congratulate him and his team on an outstanding performance.   Unfortunately, during the last weekend at the Athletics Victoria Youth Championships, Sam tore his hamstring muscle and was unable to compete.   This will also hold him back at the Little Athletics State Finals.   However, we look forward to Sam being back on track to compete in the school’s sports in April and continue on through the VSSSA stream.   Congratulations to Sam and we continue to monitor his progress with interest.

Music Support Group

The Music Support Group AGM took place last evening.   It was great to see a number of representatives at the meeting.   The team provides outstanding support for the music programme and is always interested in new members joining the group.   I strongly encourage all members of our community, particularly those whose children are involved in the music programme to consider contributing to our community by joining the Music Support Group.   Once again this is an opportunity, not only to engage with the school co-curricular programme, but also to build a strong social network.   Those of you who may be interested, please contact the music secretary, Ms. Jill Browne for further information.

Communication Process

As a way of supporting communication processes between school and home we include, in our print version ,for your information a list of staff e-mail addresses.  

Note of Condolence

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Paulka family as they commemorate the loss of their loved ones.   For members of our community who were close to the Paulka family we communicate that the memorial service for Terry and Donna Paulka will be held at the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre in South Morang on Thursday, 5th March at 1.00 pm.

Vincent Sicari, Principal


March 2009

Mar days various

Year 8 Surf Camp see details inside

Wed 4

Yr 11 Rock climbing – postponed to Tues 10/3

L&LN Photoshop in Room 418

Mon 9

Labour day holiday

Tues 10

Yr 7 Instrumental Music lessons commence

OES Ocean Kayaking & camping

Wed 11

SoSE Yr 11 & 12 Legal Studies to Barwon Prison

L&LN Photoshop in Room 418

Thurs 12

Sport - DV & Warringal Section Swimming at Doncaster

M/S Beach Volleyball

Fri 13

Senior School Beach volleyball

Tues 17

Music Training Band FIRST Rehearsal 7:30am

Wed 18

Sport Northern Zone Swimming all day MSAC

L&LN Photoshop in Room 418

Thurs 19

Sport Yr 7 Round Robin

OES M/S Ocean Kayaking & Camping

Mon 23

Arts – Raku Firing Ely St area

Thurs 26

Immunisation day Yr7 & Yr 10

Rock Eisteddfod News

Welcome all to the 2009 Rock Eisteddfod.

This year promises to be another fulfilling and rewarding year for the school as we take our growing knowledge in to a second year of Rock Eisteddfod.

Following our performance last year, we have reviewed the program to make it bigger and better.  More students will participate on stage and a Student Leadership team has been inititiated.  Five senior school students have been selected and will co-choreograph and lead the group throughout the year. These students are all experienced dancers with many years of training.  Congratulations to Melinda Cunningham, Jade Guest, Leah Hamlet, Danielle Murray and Tom Thorneycroft.


This year there has been some changes to the rehearsal dates.

Rehearsals will be held on Monday nights 3.30-4.45pm

Lunchtime rehearsals will also be held so stay up to date by reading the bulletin and checking emails.

Fundraising this year will be directed by Debbie Burley, a parent of year 10 performer Rikki Lee.

Rikki Lee is a keen and enthusiastic performer who as well as performing in the Rock Eisteddfod is a part of the Johnny Young Talent School.  She has also been recognised as an outstanding performer and is travelling to Disneyland in California to dance with the school. 


Our first fundraising effort will take place on Thursday 5th March.  A cake stall will be held in the canteen court yard at lunch time with all proceeds going to the Rock Eisteddfod costuming the performance.  Students involved with the performance have been asked to donate cup cakes, muffins, biscuits and slices to help the event.

 Looking forward to 2009.

Miss Gannon, Rock Eisteddfod Organizer



Medal Winning Efforts

At the 2009 Youth Track and Field Championships held over the weekend, EHS students, Amy Stirling (Yr 9) and Nicholas Phillips (Yr 7), both managed to produce medal winning efforts in the face of Championship pressure.  Amy Stirling won the Bronze medal in the Women’s Under 16 Hammer Throw. Amy’s best throw with the 4kg Hammer was 26.31m, an effort that added 4 meters on to her previous best throw.  Nicholas Phillips (U14) completed his first season in athletics by winning the Bronze medal in the Men’s Under 14 High Jump with a leap of 4.50m.  Both Amy and Nicholas compete with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club.


Junior Volleyball for year 7 students

We had eight teams enter the year 7 competition last Wednesday and the year 7’s are off to a great start. The year 7 competition is a weekly competition that begins after school at 3.20 and usually finishes about 4.00 pm. Participants need to bring $5.00 this week to pay registration.

Junior Volleyball for year 8 and 9 students

The junior competition for year 8 and 9 players started with six teams last week. We have room in the draw for more teams so any students interested in developing their volleyball skills (particularly students new to volleyball squads this year) should see Mr Thomas to join a team or enter a team.

Important Dates

Thurs 12 Mar

Beach Volleyball-year 9 & 10 students

Fri 13 Mar

Beach Volleyball-year 11 & 12 students

Thurs 19 Mar

Year 7 Volleyball Round Robin

Wed 25 Mar

Quarter finals-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


Greg Thomas, Volleyball coordinator


Last week more than 40 staff and students took to the water Be in it this week!!!… just come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre Thursday week  from 7 until 8am and say hello to our coaches Neroli and Simon.

Phil Boyd, Swim Squad leader


Congratulations to Owen Gregory from the 2008 Year 12 VET Multimedia class who will be represented in Top Designs 2009 at the Melbourne Museum.  Top Designs is a part of the VCE Season of Excellence managed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.  Top Designs will show work by 108 exhibitors who were selected from a short list of 294 from over 2000 applications.

Works created by VCE students undertaking Media, VET Multimedia, Design and Technology, Food and Technology, Systems Engineering and Visual Communication and Design will include multimedia, furniture, photography, short films, textiles, electronic and mechanical projects, food and graphic design products and applications.

The VCE Season of Excellence comprises ten concerts, two exhibitions, screening of short films and showcases work produced by outstanding VCE students who completed technology, multimedia, design, visual or performing art studies.

Program content and details: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/seasonofexcellence.html

Marion Stoney, Multimedia teacher


Year 7 parents ... have you a child who wants to join the music program?  We have vacancies for Flute, Bassoon, Percussion and Trombone!  Contact Jill in the music office for details.

Letters have been sent out to those wanting to take part in the Training Band.  Those students who are hiring instruments, you may receive a lesson this week.  Billy Hyde will be out this Thursday with new instruments, books and stands.

All students will certainly have their first lesson next week.  Students will be notified of the day and time.

Training Band rehearsals start on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30am - all parents are welcome to stay and listen to those first notes!


Jill Browne, Music Administration

Thank you to those who have assisted this cause, our collection continues. . . . . . . .


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

If you have a keyboard (it will find a good home) or another instrument 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


More community announcements on the web version

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.


Canteen Roster

March 2009

Wed 4

Joanne Agar, Jane Clayton, Yvonne Heeringa

Thurs 5

Jeanette Jenkins, Debbie Carlisle, Nicky Bourne

Fri 6

Julie Wright, Jenny McCormack

Mon 9

Labour Day holiday

Tues 10

Sally Malkoutzis, Jo Black, Leanne Lillie

Wed 11

Kerrie Laing, Joan Bull, Rhonda Constantinou


Middle School Homework Club

Middle School Homework Club is held every Wednesday from 3:20 until 4:20pm in room 105.  Students are free to attend on a casual basis to catch up on homework in a supervised setting.  A healthy snack will be provided. 

For more information see Soile Keskinen in the Middle School Office.

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



Families who would like to use the DVC bus that travels to/from Kangaroo Ground and connects with the MET bus service at Research, would you please contact the school to register your interest in using this service?  New arrangements are being put in place with DVC so that students can use this service.

While details are being finalised with DVC, please let us know who will be using the bus, and what the usual days of travel would be.

Student name:

Mon   Tues   Wed   Thurs   Fri & Day used:               am      /      pm

School Photos taken Mon 23 February

Any student with no envelope/payment was photographed and recorded as a non-buyer; this can be changed to a purchaser after payment has been received by Fotomakers.  Payment must be received in 5 working days – phone 1300 660 626 to arrange payment.

Junior School Notices Yr 7 & 8

Homework Club for Junior school students is on Wednesday mornings from 8am until 8:45am – please report to the Junior school office.


Yr 7 Immunisation cards have been collected by Nillumbik Health, please return your cards directly to 917 Main Road, Eltham 3095 thank you

Year 8 Surf Camp postponed Mar 3-4-5-6

The NEW schedule is as follows:

Camp 1             8C and 8E…Tues 10 Mar – Wed 11 Mar

Camp 2             8B….Wed 18 Mar – Thurs 19 Mar

Camp 3             8A  and 8G….Tues 17 Mar – Wed 18 Mar

Camp 4 Wed 11th / Thurs 12th March    8F and 8J

Camp 5 Thursday 12th / Friday 13th March                8D and 8H

Full equipment lists and detailed programs have been given out.  You are also able to download from the document library under the Junior School section of the intranet.

Late forms/payments need to finalised as soon as possible.

“Surfs Up” Mr Seymour, Yr 8 Camp organiser



The Age VCE & Careers Expo

This event (Friday 24 April – Sunday 26 April, 10am to 5pm, Caulfield racecourse) brings together over 150 organizations providing VCE, tertiary course, career, study skills and gap year information and resources. Exhibitors include all Australia’s major universities. Admission is $10 or $25 for families (children under 14 free) and is valid for the three days of the Expo. Admission includes all seminars, the career forum and a copy of The Age. For more details see the Expo Visitor Guide in The Age on Monday 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!

Parent Help with their Children’s Career Choice

Box Hill Institute is holding a Parent Information Evening where you can talk with staff about your child’s future and get help in making choices with them. The TAFE system will be explained, find out about the range of options and the more personalised teaching environment.  When: 6-9pm, Wed 25 March (info. sessions at 6.30 and 7.45pm with time to talk to staff); Where: Box Hill Institute, Elgar Auditorium; Bookings: Catrin Harris, 9286 9987, email parents@phtafe.edu.au; Info: www.boxhillinstitute.edu.au; Supper, and parking available.

Uniformed Services Expo

On Sunday 22 March you are invited to attend an Expo at Darebin Community Sports Stadium, 857 Plenty Rd Reservoir, from 10am to 5pm. You will meet workers who wear a uniform as part of their job – police officers, fire-fighters, paramedics, park rangers and emergency service volunteers. The day will include displays and seminars, food, music and soccer matches.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


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

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.

Community Announcements…………….


As well as having a Senior & Reserves side in the Victorian Women’s Football League, the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club is submitting a team into the AFL Youth Girls Northern Competition in 2009. So, if you’re aged between 13 & 18 and want to be a part of it then contact Nicole Fisher on 0435 027 152. Training is currently on a Tuesday Night at Diamond Valley Secondary College Tennis Courts from 4.45pm to 6.15pm.

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

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


What is it?  A free group for girls aged 13 – 17 years in Banyule/Nillumbik.

Every Wednesday at the Banyule Community Health Centre, West Heidelberg this group will run fun activities with food and fitness as well as lots more. A great way to connect with others and make new friends! contact Shae on 0428 522656


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

Red Chair – arts and artists

a series of artists talks on the first Wednesday of each month. Wed 4 March 2009 – 6:30pm registration for a 7pm start

Professional practice for artists – Getting the show up – Tamara Marwood with AMAG

Nillumbik Shire Council Chamber (Melway 11 A10)

Entry is free but places are limited

Cheese, wine and hot drinks provided

RSVP early to Nillumbik Arts & Cultural Services 9433 3359 – email artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.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

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

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

Heidelberg Golf Club

“Come and Try Golf”

Heidelberg Golf Club invites students, both boys & girls (10yr+) to participate in our coaching program

Includes coaching clinics plus a game of golf at Heidelberg

Clinics (9:30am) Boys Sat 21,28 March & 4 April 2009

………………… Girls Sun 22 & 29 March & 5 April 2009

Game of golf Tues day 7 April 2009


All clinics are conducted and supervised – Golf clubs provided free of charge

Bookings are essential   Enquiries/bookings 9435 1160 /email hgcpro@live.com.au



Manningham City Council invites you to the opening of

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

Parenting Teenagers

A free seminar to explore skills and insights into effective ways to develop a strong and supportive relationship

Wednesday 18th March 2009    -    6pm – 7.30pm

Refreshments provided!

The seminar will look at the changing nature of your role as a parent, including: Ages and stages – where they’re at  Communication  Increasing independence  Boundary setting as they get older 

The Drummond Street Relationship Centre

is a non-government, non denominational, ‘Approved Relationships Counselling Agency’ providing counselling and group work support to all people of diverse backgrounds. 195 Drummond Street, Carlton 3053. Our facilitators and the Centre provide a relaxed, friendly and professional setting in which to explore what can be a very challenging time of parenting.   Call Georgie at the Centre to book on 9663 6733. Funded by the Australian Government

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.

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

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.

Platform Youth Theatre and Curious Legends

•Ages 13 to 15

•What: Performance Workshops

•Where: Northcote Town Hall

• •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

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