Term 1  Week 8

Tuesday 24 March 2009


Student Progress Interview sessions – Year 9 & 10 students

Wednesday 25th March from 4pm until 7pm

Parents are requested to bring their students report to the interview session.  Thanks

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.

Our collection of books has begun……………………….thank you….

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


Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Owen Gregory (Year 12, 2008) who last Friday night was recognised at the Top Design Awards held at the Melbourne Museum.   Owen joins an extensive group of young people, who over the years, have been recognised in the VCE Season of Excellence.   We congratulate him and wish him all the best in his future career.

Lattitude Voluntary Activity Programme

Congratulations to Justine Moffat (Year 12, 2008) on her achievements in the Lattitude Voluntary Activity Programme in Canada.   Justine is undertaking a GAP year and is currently working in the outdoor education field at Camp Jubilee in Vancouver.   She will be there for the next eight months after which she will return to Melbourne.   Justine is envisaging moving to the University of Melbourne in 2010 and undertaking study in the medical field.   We wish Justine every success with this experience.

Bridge Programme (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement)

Eltham High School is one of thirty schools around Australia embarking this month on a ground-breaking project aimed at building a permanent bridge between ourselves and one of our nearest neighbours, Indonesia.

This is an inter-cultural understanding project which will forge ongoing school-to-school relationships between our two countries.   The project involves teachers from Eltham High School and teachers from Indonesia engaging in a range of educational conversations for the benefit of students in both countries.   All the Bridge teachers have undertaken extensive training to ensure computer/technology based connections which go beyond the class rooms into communities and families.   I congratulate Ms. Pompa Brady for her initiative in engaging Eltham High School with this worldwide venture and welcome Mr. Leza who is our Indonesian partner in the project, to our school.   Mr. Leza is from Denpasar and he has been in our company for the last ten days.   We look forward to continued rapport with Mr. Leza, his school and his country.   Our study of Indonesian has been enhanced by his involvement and willing contribution, particularly to the oral component of this LOTE study.   We wish him all the very best on his return to Indonesia.

Sun Smart Requirements

I wish to remind all parents that it is imperative that students bring to school a hat appropriate for outdoor usage.   In particular, it is very important that Year 7 students have a hat with them at all times whilst engaging in outdoor activities and in break periods.   With our inconsistent weather it may be advisable that students have a hat in their bag at all times to allow them to participate in physical education and sporting activities during periods of high sun and heat.   I encourage parents to support this request and to ensure that students are well protected at these times.   Similarly it would also be advisable that sun block is provided for students and that the use of this is encouraged during cloudy days when the effects of ultraviolet radiation may not be so evident but still effective.

Year 8 Surf Camp

I was fortunate enough to attend Year 8 Surf Camp during last Tuesday and Wednesday.   I wish to congratulate all the students who attended the camp for their outstanding behaviour and contribution to the fun activities that were organised.   In particular I wish to recognise the outstanding commitment of the Year 11 student leaders, who used their initiative to motivate all students to participate to the best of their ability.   I was not able to see all of them in action but I did want to mention Luke Van Noorden and Adam McCormick who attended two camps and whose contribution was outstanding.   All the camps were a great success and I thank all the Junior School team and in particular, Mr. Peter Seymour for his organisation and ability to re-schedule some of the camps as a result of the bush fires.   Furthermore I wish to thank all the staff who attended and those staff members sho supported the camp by taking replacement classes back at school.   I was most certainly an exceptional experience.

Training Band Rehearsal

I was excited to be in the audience of the Training Band’s rehearsal this morning and it was amazing to see just how far the Year 7 students, who only four weeks ago took up their instruments, developed and progressed with their performance.  I wish to congratulate each and every one of them for their strong commitment and hard work over the last few weeks in coming together as a band, and in particular I congratulate their director, Ms. Sue Bradley who has managed to bring together eighty individuals into a unified sound.   We look forward to an outstanding performance at their first concert in May.   Watch this space!!

Working Bee

I wish to personally invite all members of our community to attend our next working bee on Sunday, 30th March.   A range of activities have been planned for this day and once again I look forward to engaging in the community spirit exhibited during these days.   The work of the Grounds Committee needs to be recognised for their planning and implementation of such enjoyable days.   I know that Mr. John Coates has worked with the Committee to identify the specific projects that will be carried out this coming week-end.   I look forward to enjoying a scrumptious morning tea and delicious lunch with you all at the end of our work.

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 Westall family, who this week, celebrated the life of their family members at a memorial service held at the Eltham Community Reception Centre.


Vincent Sicari, 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.

Our Symphonic band will also perform…..Please show your appreciation and donate to the CFA on the day….all ages family event – BYO Picnic, rugs and umbrella – no alcohol – no dogs


This week future spark are setting a trailer in Fed Square where volunteers have to cycle in order to generate electricity for the Earth Hour Concert.  We had a team of 10 Middle School students who took the challenge and went, along with Mr Laurence, to participate in the event.

Everyone agreed that it was worth going to because we all had so much fun, and all the electricity generated went to a good cause.

Remember to switch off your power on Saturday 28 March from 8:30-9:30pm

Vote Earth!

Sarah, Pamela and Darcy, Middle School Students


March/April 2009

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 Yr7 & Yr 10 am

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

Music Symphonic Band performance Ballarat

Fri 27

HPE M/S Rec & Rac Golf to Bulleen

Sat 28

O&ES Yr 11 Canoeing to Warrandyte

Sun 29

Music – An Eltham Autumn Afternoon see inside

Mon 30

O&ES Yr 11 Canoeing to Warrandyte

Tues 31

O&ES Yr 11 Canoeing to Warrandyte

Wed 1

SoSE Yr 12 Legal Fieldwork to Supreme Court

Thurs 2

Sport Athletics sports at George St Doncaster

VSSSA Swimming at MSAC

Sat 4

Music Symphonic Band Bushfire Relief Concert at Hurstbridge

Sport Volleyball tour New Zealand

Term 1 holidays

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


All students are invited to enter the 2009 competition developed by the Australian Mathematics Trust at the University of Canberra.  Students complete a paper for their year level.

Date and time: Thursday 6th August, periods 3 and 4

Cost: $5

Register by making payment to the cashier by 30th April (week 2 term 2).

Certificates to all who enter.  Prizes awarded to top students.

Mathematics staff will provide past papers for practice. See also www.amt.edu/events.html

The competition is designed to be fun. Each paper has multiple choice problems of varied levels and a few questions requiring a number answer.  It is an opportunity to enrich the Mathematics of all who enter.

Lyn Ivory, AMC Organiser 2009


Year 10 Work Experience: May 25-29

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. The due date for handing in Work Experience forms is Friday May 1 (second week of Term 2).

Careers in the News Media Seminar

Got a nose for news? Can you tell your Obama from your Osama? You may be on the right track for a career as a hard-hitting news reporter. Discover what it takes to get your name in print, your voice on the radio or your face on the six o’clock news. The panelists are: Helen Kapalos (Network Ten News Presenter), Ian Henderson (ABC News presenter), Christie Kerr (News Director of Austereo Network) and Stephen Acott (Editor, mX Newspaper). Panel members will talk about: their typical working week covering the gamut of news from politics to police rounds; the lure of investigative journalism, the pressure of deadlines and the current shift to online integrated newsrooms; how they got their start in the industry and how to apply for work experience, part-time and full-time positions When: Sunday April 5, 10am – 1pm. Where: CUB Malthouse Tower Theatre, 113 Sturt St Southbank. Cost; $99. Bookings essential as places are limited at www.prospect360.com.au

Volunteer sports writers wanted!

In conjunction with the pending launch of a new Holden Cruze Cup competition website, Netball Victoria would like to convene a team of writers to report weekly on HCC games at the State Netball Hockey Centre and submit match reports (approx 250 words long).Duties include:

- Liaison with VNL clubs media contacts

- Attendance at matches, to write match reports and take photos where possible.

- Occasional feature stories

If you are a keen sports writer in the making, or just a netball nut, please send an introductory email and a short sample of your work to kate.balme@netballvic.com.au

Talk and Tour – La Trobe University

Talk and Tour allows students and their families to spend a morning getting to know La Trobe during the school holidays (Tuesday 7th April, 9.30am–12noon). Students are able to:

• ask questions about university life and the transition from school

• hear from current students about their experiences

• speak to faculty representatives and get course information

• take a tour around campus

Register at www.latrobe.edu.au/talkandtour

Access All Areas – University of Melbourne

Access All Areas is for Years 10-12 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.

Where: The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

When: Friday 17 April 2009

Registration: Register online at www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/events/vic/

Places are strictly limited, so register early.

Alternative Careers Expo

Do naturopathy, massage, kinesiology or homeopathy interest you? What about circus, tattooing & piercing, martial arts, fitness, golf, costume making? This Expo is for you! When: 1pm-7pm, Tues 31 Mar; Where: EV’s Youth Centre, Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon (Mel 50 J4); Info: Hayley.wallace@eiep.org.

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.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

From the Grounds Committee

Stuart Rodda-

In acknowledgement of dedication and service

Stuart Rodda has been associated with Eltham High School and the Grounds Committee since 1992 and has only relinquished his relationship with the Committee from the beginning of 2009.

Stuart commenced voluntary maintenance of the garden complex at the school in 1993 and has maintained the weed control cycle for the last 16 years.  Stuart worked independently from most committee members completing his work essentially in an after-hours position at weekends and during the holiday breaks.  His efforts and dedicated consistency is extraordinary by any measure given that his last child Felicity completed year 12 in 2001.   Our garden complex would no doubt not be as great as it is without Stuart’s contribution.  I will miss his advice, hard work, his support of our committee and his ghostly control of those weeds that just disappeared.

In closing I would like to acknowledge Stuart’s community spirit to our institution which is one of Eltham High School’s pivotal values.  It is with regret but with the highest regard that we accept his resignation from our Committee.  Thank you Stuart.

With best regards

John Coates (Environment Coordinator) for the Grounds Committee.

Reminder Notice:

The second Working Bee for Term 1 is 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


Good Friday is fast approaching and so is the RCH Good Friday Appeal!

Over the past two years Eltham High School students, parents and staff have supported this appeal by being involved with the Pied Piper in the door knock on Good Friday morning. Our team has collected over $10,000 over the two years for this very worthwhile cause. We would like to put together a team to again participate in the Appeal.

If you would like to be involved on the morning of Good Friday (9.00am-12.30pm) in our door-to-door knock, please see Mrs. Choong in the Senior School Office. Students will door-knock in teams (4 students) with an adult supervisor who will remain with them during the time they are out collecting. Food, drinks etc are provided throughout the morning and on your return to school.

Parents interested in volunteering their time to work with our team for the Appeal are asked to let me know of this intention either by phone on 94305132 or email at cho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

The last two collections have provided our participating student, parents and staff a very pleasant and enjoyable morning supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Looking forward to you support,

Jenny Choong.



Volleyball Important Dates

Wed 25 Mar

Quarter finals-7,8, inter & senior teams

New Zealand Tour Meeting  7.30pm

4 – 17 April

New Zealand Volleyball Tour

27th April

Northern Zone Volleyball –Senior /Inter

14th May

VSSSA Senior Volleyball Final

21st May

VSSSA Inter Volleyball Final

7, 8 & 9 Aug

Victorian Schools Cup

10th Nov

Northern Zone Volleyball for 7 and 8

26th Nov

VSSSA Volleyball Final for 7 and 8

7 – 11 Dec

Australian Schools Cup

Quarter Final Volleyball Matches

This Wednesday there will be some matches played for teams to qualify for Northern Zone Volleyball finals later in the year. The teams playing are the year 7 boys and the year 8 boys and girls. All other teams have already qualified.

New Zealand Volleyball Tour.

 There will be a final parent and participant meeting in the library at 7.30 on Wednesday 25th March. Everyone travelling is asked  to bring their passport to the meeting.

Under 16 State Team Representative

Ella Heaney has been selected in the Victorian VSSSA under 16 girls volleyball team and would like your financial support by way of buying a raffle ticket.  Tickets are $ 2.00 and there are some great prizes to be won. She will be set up in the library foyer on Wednesday night (during parent teacher interviews) if you would like to assist her by buying a ticket.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball coordinator


We look forward to the Aths sports next Thursday at Doncaster Aths Track ( George St )

Remember this is a compulsory all school activity.

Buses will get students to and from the track and we encourage all students to come in costumes / dress in house colours to support their house.

Face painting will be available. Students can bring their own food or use the canteen at the track.

Students have already signed up for the events they wish to compete in but you can compete in more or less events on the day if you wish.

Good Luck – Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordinator

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.  It’s a great way to start the day.

Phil Boyd, Swim Squad leader


Amazing ... and at times quite deafening...the first notes played as a band.  That's what happened this morning when the 2009 Training Band, 69 members, had their first rehearsal.  Quite a few parents stayed to listen and I'm sure were very impressed by what they could play after only a couple of lessons on their instrument.

So every Tuesday morning at 7.30am they'll be meeting!

This Thursday our Symphonic Band are heading up the road to Ballarat for a workshop and performance with Ballarat Grammar School.

The all important and enjoyable 'An Eltham Autumn Afternoon' is happening this Sunday the 29th March 12.00-3pm.  The Concert, Stage, Intermediate, Jazz and Symphonic Bands are performing with the Music Support Group putting on a BBQ.  All welcome... relax with a great afternoon of music in the Junior School Courtyard area of the school.

Reminder to all students requiring uniform items ... second hand uniform sales are Fridays at recess.  If you have any queries regards this service, please ring Valentina on 9439 5749

And a quick thank you to Roger Carter for volunteering to be the Music Support Group representative to attend School Council meetings.

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

Jill Browne, Music Administration

Canteen Roster

March/April 2009

Wed 25

Robyn Walshe, Rhonda Bonfante

Thurs 26

Paula Witbooi, Liz Deacon

Fri 27

Leanne Tarran, Julie Moore,

Mon 30

Shelley O’Connell, Michelle Chequer,

Danielle Ashby

Tues 31

Pearl Yung, Anne Burgess

April 1

Linda Palmer, Michelle Ord, Jenny Alford

Thurs 2

Athletics day at Doncaster

Fri 3

Canteen staff

Please note: No sale of any cough lollies is permitted by the new regulations governing items of confectionary from the canteen.

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.

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.

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Community Announcements…………….

Youth Science Space Experience USA 2009

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all who supported this fundraiser for our camp.

1st prize: Oil painting by renowned local artist Alan Satori – value $2000 Winner ticket 428 -Alanna Gaetano

2nd prize: Kodak C813 digital camera with 4 bonus 1228MB memory cards - value $200 – ticket 27-S. Schmolling

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.

For Sale

Sonar Drum Kit - Top quality

5 piece sonar drum kit with “paiste” Hi hats & ride & crash cymbals.   Excellent condition only $400 valued at $1000 phone Andrea 04230 83711/9435 5724


The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites girls and boys interested in Cross Country running to attend a Cross Country Trials & Registration Day on Saturday 28th March at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) starting at 9:00am. Information about a season of Cross Country running with Athletics Victoria will be available on the day. There will be a run of 6km for seniors and 3km for juniors that will be conducted on the pathways around Willinda Park. The first event on the AV calendar will be the Cross Country relays at Jells Park, Waverley on Saturday 18th April. Competition is conducted in the age categories Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, Under 20 and Open Age.  Training sessions and coaching is available at Willinda Park on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:00pm. For further information check the website www.valleyaths.org or phone 0409 005 406.  Max Balchin (Diamond Valley Athletic Club)

Creative Minds 25 March -14 April

Nillumbik’s Top VCE Art Students from 2008

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


Calling all Youth who have been affected by the local bushfires directly or otherwise,  You're invited to come join the day of activities, Art, gentle guided process work and discussions to create a support group for all youth who have been affected by the fires.  

We will be focussing on supporting the gentle release of emotional and physical trauma, grief, loss and shock, learning the simple and effective tools to help you through this time. 

This program is supported by qualified teachers, practitioners, youth workers and local charities and organisations.  For further information on these programs please see www.getreal4youth.com  Courtesy bus leaving available from 9am, Lunch is provided bookings are essential.  

Please also note that free sponsorship places are available for the 3 day camp that follows this one day event, the camp runs from Friday 27th  Sunday 29th... this is being offered for free to all teenagers affected by the fires.  Please contact us to book on. 

Bushfire Support Day and Get Real Youth Camp Alpine Ash, Spraggs Rd,  Toolangi, Victoria Thursday 26th March 2009 10.30am - 4.30pm  For further details and bookings call Tam on; Ph: (02) 668 44663 M: 0402 556 711 E: info@getreal4youth.com

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 or 119 Cowin Street, Diamond Creek

Mat Pilates

Pilates creates deep abdominal strength, lower back flexibility and muscle tone, bringing a sense of grace & ease in everyday life. The beginners routine is steadily introduced, so you can practise at home.

1 hour sessions. 
* Tues 8pm or * Wed 7.30pm ~ 5 week BEGINNER Course $70 ~ Starting 21st/22nd April ~ Eltham North
* Wed 10.30am ~ Casual $15 during terms ~ Diamond Creek
* 6 Experienced Course times Mon - Thurs 

Iyengar Yoga
The benefits brought by Yoga fulfil and delight the body & mind. Yoga develops strength, suppleness and increases your stamina.   Iyengar Yoga uses props to enable greater accuracy and allows everyone to feel the benefits. 
* Day & Evening casual sessions.

Murray & Gillian Lazenby 9444 0700 www.lazenbyyoga.com.au
Eltham North Primary - Diamond Creek Community Centre (with creche) - Eltham Judge Book Village

Technology Supporting Bushfire Relief update

Over the coming months as communities rebuild after the bushfires, people will need to access the wide range of community services provided for their welfare and wellbeing. The health and welfare sector will play an important role to support the communities in which they work to cope with the grief of losing family members, friends and valued possessions and to get back to a normal life.

For the past two weeks, Infoxchange, in partnership with the NAB Helping Hand Project, has been contacting the 4000 services in affected and surrounding areas to update the information in the Infoxchange Service Seeker. This information is available at www.serviceseeker.com.au.

With the assistance of Telstra, NAB, ANZ and the Australian Information Industry Association, Infoxchange has been distributing Green PCs to people who have lost their computers and need to get back online. By the end of this weekend, more than 220 Green PCs will have been given to individuals and families. Ten Technology Resource Hubs have also been established in bushfire affected areas, including new hubs in Marysville, Healesville and Flowerdale.

To learn more and find out how you may be able to help, visit www.bushfirerelief.infoxchange.net.au.

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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 we require are:

Student name:………………………………………………………………..

,and what the usual days of travel would be………

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

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 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 28 March & 4 April 2009

………………… Girls Sun 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


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

Masterclasses/Holiday Programme/Term 2 Workshops/ and a very special opportunity for 5 to 12 year olds…

Masterclass! HOW TO EVOLVE AN IDEA INTO A SHOW with KAGE PHYSICAL THEATRE!  Sunday MARCH 29th from 10am to 5pm.

Download an enrolment form from our website or email info@stmartinsyouth.com.au and we can get one to you!

Holiday Programme!

AUTUMN HOLIDAY PROGRAMME FOR 5 TO 8, 9 TO 12 AND 13 TO 17 YEAR OLDS! Monday APRIL 6th to Thursday APRIL 9th Cost: $220Places fill quickly! Enroll now to avoid disappointment! Download an enrolment form from our website or email info@stmartinsyouth.com.au and we can get one to you!

Term 2 Workshops begin April 20th! also 5 to 12 Year old Production!



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

Essay Writing Skills Workshops

Open to all students in year 10 to 12 – to be held at MLC KEW   -   15 & 16 April (Term 1 holiday period)

Essay Writing Skills for yr 10/11 students. Effective essay writing – VCE English – Yr 12 only

Visit our web site for further information.  Class sizes are limited – early booking essential.

Enrolment hotline 9818 3888

Save time – book online www.skillscentre.com.au

Presented by ICS learning group

Getting over it!

A group for young women aged 14-18 who have experienced sexual assault…interested?? Its starting soon!  Please call Heather or Sophie 9496 2240 to book or for further details.

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