Term 1  Week 7

Tuesday 17 March 2009


Parent/Teacher Meetings - students Yr 7, 8, 11, 12 Tues 17 March

No students are expected at school, except when accompanying parents to their respective interviews.        Year 9 & 10 students are not required at school.


Accessing Student Reports for Parents

In 2009 Eltham High School will be providing access to student reports online via the school intranet. Parents can access and print off reports by using their student’s login credentials and will soon be able to access past reports for previous years.


1.         Go to the school intranet site http://web.elthamhs.vic.edu.au. You will be prompted to login and can do so using your child’s username and password.

2.         Click the login link at the bottom left hand side of the screen (Under the calendar).

3.         Login to the student’s secure section of the intranet using the same login details as before.

4.         You will see a list of available reporting periods. Click on the desired reporting period and the student report will be downloaded for you to save and/or print.

Please contact the general office or Mr. Squires if you have any questions or concerns in accessing your child’s reports.

Parents of Students in Middle School Yr 9 & 10 have an opportunity to meet with teachers on March 25 between 4 and 7pm    Booking sheets will be issued in the week beginning 16 March.


Can you help?    Wanted by Middle Kinglake Primary School   picture story books , that may have had little and now occupy space on your book shelf , guitars, keyboards and music stands [in good order!]          Teachers are beginning to stock their new class rooms and would be most appreciative if our families could check assist.


Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Award

The Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Award is open to submissions Australia-wide and I am very pleased to announce that this year a number of our students, as well as our Anthology publication have been recognised by this high profile organisation.   In particular the FAW Mavis Thorpe Clark Award Part 1 for an Anthology by a group of secondary school students:  the Eltham High School Anthology “A Mix of Minds and Worlds” received Highly Commended.   The FAW Mavis Thorpe Clark Award Part 2 for an anthology by an individual student: Rosie Hingston 10 and Cassie Bleechmore, both of Year 10 received  Commended, the FAW Young Poet of the Year Award Part B for a writer aged 13-16 years: Rosie Hingston received first prize and both Georgia Ross and Alex Northcott, both of Year 10 received a Commended.   Our congratulations go to all the students who contributed to the Anthology as well as the individual students who were recognised in the FAW 2009 Awards.   I wish to also congratulate and thank Ms. Michelle Harper for her leadership in the development of the Anthology, all the student editors who also led this production and Mrs. Evonne Locke for the great support that she has rendered to Ms. Harper and the students in ensuring that the collection of works was ready for publication on time.

Sporting Blue Awards

Congratulations to Meg Russell of Year 12 and Louise Alford of Year 7 on being awarded a Sporting Blue.   Both Meg and Louise were recognised in the sport of cross country at the 2008 Victorian School Sports’ Awards at a ceremony on Friday, 13th March.   The outstanding performance of these two young athletes needs to be recognised and commended.   Both students are excellent ambassadors for our school community and our State.   We need to acknowledge that Lauren came to us from Sherbourne Primary School where she undertook a range of leadership roles in this sport.   Meg also originated from Sherbourne Primary School and I have to say that I had some interesting discussions with Mr. Kaso (Principal of Sherbourne Primary School) as to which school should take the greater credit for these young women’s performance.   It would be remiss of me not to congratulate their coaches and the excellent sporting programmes provided to them in each of these schools.   We will be following both Meg and Lauren’s career with great interest.

Eltham High School Swim Team

I wish to congratulate all members of our swim team who participated in the Diamond Valley & Warringal District Swimming competitions on Thursday, 12th March.   Each member of the team has qualified for the Northern Zone swimming this coming Wednesday.   Their outstanding efforts in their preparation for the initial competition has been rewarded and it is great to see that a number of students in this team are also members of the Thursday morning swim squad.   I also congratulate Mr. Nicholson, the Sport Co-ordinator for his support of these young people.   We look forward to further outstanding results in the next phase of the competition.

Victorian Secondary Schools’ Sports Association

Congratulations to Ella Heaney of Year 9 who has been selected as a member of the VSSSA 2009 Girls’ U/16 Volleyball team.   The team will compete in the annual School Sport Australia event, which will be held this year in Campbelltown, N.S.W.   School Sport Australia emphasises that such championships are more than purely a sporting competition with educational, social and cultural experiences being provided.   We wish Ella well as she represents our state through this competition and we will continue to follow her successes with interest.

Chess for Charity

The Chess for Charity Tournament took place on Sunday, 15th March with an outstanding result.   Detailed information of this appears in a later section of this newsletter but I wish to commend the initiative of Mrs. Pearl Yung who had this wonderful idea which will not only support the bush fire appeal but also provide an ongoing connection between Eltham High School and chess.   Furthermore I wish to commend the leadership of Mr. Trevor Jenkins who, with Mrs. Yung together organised the event and contributed greatly to its successful outcome.   At Eltham High School we highly value collaborative approaches with our community and encourage people to make their ideas and initiatives known to us.

Bikes for Fire Affected Families

Bicycle Victoria and the Bicycle Super Stores have donated a number of new and reconditioned bikes for fire affected families.   Seventy five bikes are currently being housed at Diamond Valley College and these are available to anyone who has lost bikes in the fires.   There are adults’ and children’s bikes plus a few scooters and skateboards.   The process for collection simply involves going to Diamond Valley College at any of the following times:

Saturday, 21st March from 10.00 – 11.00 am

Monday, 23rd March  from   3.30 -    4.30 pm

Thursday, 26th March from  3.30 -    4.30 pm

As mentioned the bikes are for all age groups and family members.   You may wish to contact Diamond Valley College on 9434-7142 for further information.   I take this opportunity to thank the generosity of both Bicycle Victoria and the range of Bicycle Super Stores who have provided this opportunity.

Note of Condolence

Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to community members who commemorate the loss of their loved ones following the recent bushfires.

In particular we extend our condolences to the Emmins family, who this week, will be celebrating the life of Max Emmins at a memorial service to be held on Saturday, 21st March at Montsalvat commencing at 11.00 am.


Vincent Sicari, Principal

Chess Success

On Sunday approximately 40 enthusiastic chess players of all ages gathered at Eltham High School to participate in Chess for Charity, an initiative of one of our parents – Pearl Yung. Mobilising all of her resources from Northern Star Chess, the Croydon Chess Club and with the support of families like the Biddiscombes of Zac’s Butchers in Research, who donated the sausages for the sausage sizzle; an entertaining and productive day ensued. The local chess fraternity raised $1220 for the bushfire appeal and hopefully have opened the door for chess to become much more prominent in this school. Watch out for developments next term.

Trevor Jenkins Assistant Principal

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.


March 2009


Mar days various

Year 8 Surf Camp see details inside

Tues 17

Parent/Teacher Meetings see front page

No students required to attend school this day- Yr 7,8,11,12 attend interview sessions

Wed 18

Sport Northern Zone Swimming all day MSAC

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

L&LN Photoshop in Room 418

Thurs 19

Sport Yr 7 Round Robin

OES M/S Ocean Kayaking & Camping

SoSE M/S Crim Law Field Work Heidelberg

Fri 20

M/S Reports available on line

Mon 23

Arts – Raku Firing Ely St area

Tues 24

Music Training Band FIRST Rehearsal 7:30am

Wed 25

Sport – Quarter Finals Tennis & Volleyball

HPE M/S Rec & Rac Golf Bulleen

M/S Parent Teacher Interview Sessions 4-7pm

Thurs 26

Immunisation day Yr7 & Yr 10

Drama-Junior Performance evening 7:30pm in the hall – BBQ prior to performance – join us!!

Wanted for photography students

Old SLR film cameras in working order, if you can help, and have a camera you are no longer using please send it along to Mr Lyons or Mr Clark.  Thank you


Year 10 Work Experience

By now most Year 10 students have undertaken the Career Voyage program and have printed out a list of job suggestions. They should be actively arranging a work experience placement in one of these jobs now. If it hasn’t already occurred, parents should have a discussion with their child about the results. Any feedback about the usefulness of the program is most appreciated.

Access All Areas – University of Melbourne

Access All Areas is especially designed for senior secondary students and their families, offering a personalised look at the University of Melbourne. The day-long program commences with an introduction to the University and the Melbourne Model, as well as a series of sessions covering how to get into Melbourne, transition to university, and campus tours. The afternoon sessions will provide the opportunity to attend two detailed study area information sessions and the opportunity to talk face-to-face with faculty staff about the courses they offer. During the day prospective students will also be able to pick up information about the many students services on offer at Melbourne.

Where: The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

When: Friday 17 April 2009

Who: Year 10 -12 students and parents Cost: Free

Registration: To attend this event you must register online from 16 March. Places are strictly limited, so register early to secure your place! For further information and to register please visit (from 16 March):


KPMGCadetship program 2010

Each year KPMG recruits Year 12 students to participate in their Cadetship program. The program provides students who may be thinking of studying an accounting degree with the opportunity to combine work and study and will open the door to an exciting and rewarding career. If interested, attendance at an information evening is advised. These will run three times: Thursday May 7, Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May at Ground Floor Reception, 147 Collins St Melbourne. Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Call 1800 000 479 or email gradmelb@kpmg.com.au to register your attendance (places are limited). Parents are also welcome to attend.

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!

Want to see La trobe University?

Then try ‘Talk and Tour’. For Yr 10-12’s/families wanting to see the campus/facilities, explore courses, meet faculty rep’s. When: 9.30am-12noon, 7 April (optional afternoon activities); Where: Glenn College, Plenty Rd, Bundoora; Info: 1300 135 045; Bookings (essential): www.latrobe.edu.au/study/events/talk-and-tour-2009.  

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

Working Bee – Sunday 29th March

The Grounds Committee has scheduled its second Working Bee for Term 1 on the 29th of March kicking off at 9am and concluding with a barbeque lunch at 12:30pm.  As usual we have a busy number of tasks to complete which will no doubt enhance the external environs of the school.  If you haven’t attended a Working bee before park your vehicle of the hard courts adjacent to the library and follow the directional signage to the Canteen Courtyard where you will be registered as a volunteer and assigned a relevant task.  Below are listed the jobs that have been targeted for the day.

1. Construction of a 30m section of post and pipe fence on the south side of the Stadium complex.  Crowbars, shovels, stringlines required.

2. Translocation of top soil to form new garden beds inside the Courtyard Complex.  Wheelbarrows, picks and shovels required.

3. Continuation of the pruning and weeding in the numerous garden complexes around the school.

4. Sweeping of gutters adjacent to the stadium and courtyard complexes.

5. Cleaning of drains inside the Courtyard areas.

6. Mulching of a number of garden beds.  Gloves required.

7. A cleanup of the Environment area at the end of the tennis courts.  Gloves required.

8. A cleanup of the Ely St fence line.  Gloves required

9. Mowing and brush cutting in selected sites

10. Staining of bollards ion the eastern side of the school.

Looking forward to your anticipated support on the 29th.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee


Swim Team Triumphant

Congratulations to the EHS swimming team on the following outstanding results at the group swim sports at Doncaster Aquarena on Thursday 12 March.






Unbelievably, every member of the team has qualified for the Northern Zone Swimming on Wed 18 March:


What a great team effort !!!

Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordinator


Year 7 Round Robin This Thursday

Students in year 7 taking part in the volleyball round robin on Thursday will get a parent permission form at training (Monday lunchtime for the girls and Wednesday lunchtime this week for the boys). This must be returned to Mr Thomas in the sports stadium.  Students are to go to period one as normal. The competition starts in the stadium at 10.00 am. After period one students should get changed into their P.E. uniform and be ready for action in the stadium by 10.00am.

Victoria Beach Volleyball Championships

Congratulations to the students who took part in the beach volleyball competition. We had medal winners in a number of divisions.

Hayley Pringle and Georgina Burley won a gold medal in the year 10 girls pairs.

Ella Heaney, Brodie Collins, Poppy Georgiou and Laleina Garsden won a gold medal in the year 9 girls four’s.

Sam Brisbane, Jordan Richards, Nathan Jones and Jamie Yung won a gold medal in the year 10 boys four’s.

Luke Van Noorden and Adam McCormick won the year 11 boys pairs.


Greg Thomas, Volleyball coordinator

2009 SWIM SQUAD – Thursday morning

Be in it this week!!!… just come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre Thursday from 7 until 8am and say hello to our coaches Neroli and Simon.

Phil Boyd, Swim Squad leader


Next week is the Training Band's first rehearsal [note change of date] ... Tuesday 24th March at 7:30am.  Parents are welcome to stay and listen to those first wonderful notes!

Valentina O'Donnell is kindly overseeing second hand uniform.  If you have any queries about purchasing items please ring Valentina on 9439 5749

'An Eltham Autumn Afternoon' ... music at Eltham High School.  This is happening on Sunday 29th March in the Junior School Courtyard area. 

Who's playing?  Intermediate, Concert and Symphonic Bands plus Jazz and Stage Bands.

Concert Band to arrive by 11.45.  The music starts at 12midday.  BBQ sales with be courtesy of the Music Support Group.

Parents wanting to assist on the day ... please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127.


Bushfire Instrument Donations ... wonderful news ... Strathewen Primary School have enough instruments at the moment!   Thankyou to all those people who have donated.


Middle Kinglake Primary School is looking for guitars, keyboards and music stands [in good order!]



Training Band first rehearsal Tuesday 24th March

Concert with Ballarat Grammar - Symphonic Band on Thursday 26th March [travelling to Ballarat in the afternoon]

'An Eltham Autumn Afternoon' Sunday 29th March [in Junior school courtyard area]

'Bushfire Relief Event' in Hurstbridge, Saturday 4th April - Symphonic Band performing [time TBC]

Jill Browne, Music Administration

Canteen Roster

March 2009

Tues 17

Interview day – students only to attend interview sessions with parent

Wed 18

Joanna Buckley, Wendy Gunnoo, Karen Biddiscombe

Thur 19

Kym Parbery, Julia O’Brien

Fri 20

Leannne Tarran, Janine Kerwood, Craig Lacey

Mon 23

Irene Nikolaidis, Donna Trentini



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.

Year 8 Surf Camp -schedule as follows:

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

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

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


More community announcements on the web version

Community Announcements…………….

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.

Creative Minds 25 March -14 April

Nillumbik’s Top VCE Art Students from 2008

At the Eltham Library Community Gallery Official; Opening opening Friday 27 March 2009 at 6pm

Make a difference to someone’s life! Work in Community Services

Certificate 11 in Community Services CHC 20202

This course is being run on Wednesdays commencing April 22 and we are conducting Enrolment Interviews on Wednesday March 25.

For further information

Contact the Coordinator Vocational Education and Training: George Katsikas Tel: 9433 3742

Email: george.katsikas@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Or drop in at Living & Learning

739 Main Road, Eltham

18 Bishops Road, Panton Hill

119 Cowin Street, Diamond Creek




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.

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

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.

Rock for Relief

Music Festival – Sun Mar 22 11am until 8pm at Kangaroo Ground Primary Oval

Kids Entertainment – celebrities – food – drink – auctions – raffles – prizes

Admission: Adults $10 Children $2

Free entry to community members directly affected by bushfires (ID required) all proceeds support your CFA and local community relief fund.  Enquiries Capt John Withers 0418991344       Licenced – NO BYO

Whiz Bang Fete - Wales St Primary School, Speight St Thornbury

Saturday 21st March 11-4pm

Live Music, Rides, Magician, Animal Farm, Ponies, Souvlaki, BBQ, Clothes, Bric-a-Brac, Toys, Books, Craft, Preserves, free kids activities and lots more!

Silent auction including signed limited edition Hawthorn poster and two signed Collingwood footballs.

Volleyball Important Dates

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

Education Tax Refund

See web edition of Parent News week 1 2009


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

Surviving you Adolescents Series

sessions Mar 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


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

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

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 

2009 Harmony with nature festival

Warburton 25-29 March 2009

Join us for 5 days to celebrate Harmony through Community, the Arts, Interfaith Dialogue and Nature.

Find program at www.harmonyfest.org

All bookings via the Upper Yarra Arts Centre 03 5966 5040


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

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

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

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


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.


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.

Host Families wishing to host an Exchange Student

Should you and your family wish to host an Exchange Student from Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Brazil or Japan for any length of time and can afford to provide her or him with their meal and a bed , please contact their coordinator, Klaus Schumann, on (03)97584279. Look forward to speaking with you.

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange

An Australian not-for-profit  organisation specialising in international student exchange programs,  is seeking volunteer host families for high school students scheduled to arrive in Australia in July 2009 from Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark Finland, Japan, Brazil, Canada and the USA. Host families can choose from students staying for a range of either 3, 5 or 10 months and they all attend local high schools whilst they are in Australia. The main purpose of cultural exchange is to challenge youth towards international understanding and tolerance, encourage further learning, self knowledge and awareness - invaluable characteristics in today's world. We organise all the flights, school enrolment, transportation, insurances and support systems. Just imagine your son or daughter having a brother or sister for a few months from another country. It’s a great opportunity for Australian students to learn that there is a world of variety and opportunity waiting for them – different languages, foods, sports, customs, and perhaps an overseas visit to look forward to later on.

To enquire, call Southern Cross Cultural Exchange now toll free on 1800 500 501, visit www.scce.com.au or email scceaust@scce.com.au

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 FREE information session in Melbourne.

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

584 Glenferrie Road/Hawthorn 3122

Students can choose from over 20 countries to live and study with the support of a host family, school and community. Explore new opportunities beyond the classroom!

WEP is now offering Early Bird Specials and Scholarships to some of its most popular destinations. Apply now and save $500 off the 2009/10 program fee to selected countries or apply for one of our scholarships to French-speaking Belgium and Italy.

Visit wep.org.au to find out more or phone for the cost of a local call 1300 884 733. WEP Australia is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the education departments.


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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