Term 2  Week 1

Tuesday 21 April 2009

 

jazz night @ plenty ranges convention centre

Thursday 23rd April              7.30pm at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre

35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang  (Mel Ref. 183 A10)                                           Adults $12, Concession $8.

Funds raised will go to supporting Strathewen and Middle Kinglake Primary Schools.

Tickets available from the Music Office, phone 9430 5127

 

Principal’s Report

Welcome back to Term 2:

I welcome all students and staff back to Term 2 and hope that each of you has had a great holiday and a well deserved break. In particular I wish to welcome the following new members of staff.

Teaching:

Christina Stanton (Philosophy/English)

Peter Sheldon (Mathematics)

Louise Heathcote (Art/Ceramics)

Lauren Seymour (Drama/English)

Jenny Issac (English/SOSE)

Sally Campbell (Dance)

Education Support:

Kate Scalzo (Principal’s PA/ Human Resources)

I wish them all well as they engage with our learning community.

This term promises to be exciting and demanding, Students will continue with their work and their engagement with assessment as, of and for learning which will be supported by strong collaboration with their teachers. A number of VCE students are preparing for the end of semester examination period and all students undertaking studies in one or more Units 3 and 4 sequence will undertake the General Assessment Task (GAT) as set by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

All staff will continue their engagement with our Performance and Development Culture process and the implementation of the Eltham High School Principles of Teaching and Learning as a means of ensuring a stronger, collaborative ethic across colleagues manifesting itself in processes such as peer classroom observation and feedback as a means of sharing expertise for the overall benefit of student learning.

The school community will be involved in our extensive Transition Program for prospective Year 7 students (2010) which begins today with the first of our School Tours. Our Information evening will take place on Thursday 30th April and I ask those of you who know of families who may be interested in the school to encourage them to attend this evening which begins at 7:30 pm in the school hall. An open morning will follow on Friday 1 May.

Our school improvement agenda is at the forefront of our work. The five focus groups will get together in the next month to develop a range of proposals for consideration and actioning for 2010 hopefully supported by improved facilities.

A range of camps, tours, excursions and co-curricula programs are being planned for later on this term or for next semester and our Music and Drama programs continue to work hard in their preparation for a variety of performances and competitions.

This term will pose a number of challenges and opportunities and I look forward to working closely with you all.

Eltham High School Athletics Carnival:

You will recall that the school’s athletics carnival took place on the second last day of Term 1. It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the hard work and leadership of Peter Nicholson and his group of helpers/organizers who have made this day an outstanding success. The students had a great time and a number of them have been selected to represent the school in the interschool competitions. I thank all the staff for their support and congratulate them on the success of the day.

Volley Ball Tour to New Zealand:

I congratulate the students, the staff and the accompanying parents for what has been reported to me as an outstanding experience for all involved.  A group of young people, three staff and three parents set off on an exciting tour of New Zealand, visiting various areas and engaging in volleyball games with local schools and clubs. A student report will appear in the next edition of this newsletter. However; I do want to acknowledge the outstanding preparation and planning that has taken place to ensure such a successful outcome. The leadership and hard work of Greg Thomas has to be commended. As I am sure you can appreciate an overseas tour just does not happen without a great deal of planning and hard work. The support of Julie Allen and Peter Seymour also needs to be congratulated as does the commitment of Julie Van Noorden, Sharon Way and Maree Seymour who participated in the tour and supported the work of the staff. Finally I wish to congratulate our students, who once again represented our school admirably. I am proud of the way in which each of them embraced the role of ambassador and thank them for taking our school out into the international community with great pride.

Principal’s Advisory Group:

In addition to the student leadership opportunities provided to all young people at Eltham High School and as a way of enhancing opportunity for “Student Voice” a Principal’s Advisory Group (PAG) has been established. The work of this group will focus on teaching and learning and will replicate the leadership agendas of other student groups/committees that are already established in the school.

This collaborative approach between the student representatives and the Principal Class team will manifest itself in in-depth, professional conversations and work, using our principles of teaching and learning as a framework. I congratulate the following students and look forward to working closely with them throughout the year:

Year 7: Lucy Boyes; Haydn Bleechmore; Louise Martin

Year 8: Maddison Carter; Adam Witbooi; Melissa Burns

Year 9: Sarah Klink; Molly-Rose Johnson

Year 10: Tess Parker; Lia Burchell; Ben Hague

Year 11: Dylan Tucker; Annie-Rose Armour; Rachel Young

Year 12: Jackson Anderson; Jackson Baly;

Nillumbik Community Health Service Student Needs Survey:

Accompanying this edition is a letter informing you of a “Student Needs” survey that will be conducted across all secondary schools in Banyule and Nillumbik. The letter explains a range of things about the survey. I refer you to the letter. The letter will also be posted on the school Website.

Telstra Kids’ Fund:

A call for Parents/Guardians/Extended Family Members who work for Telstra.

I have been advised of the opening of submissions to the Telstra Kid's Fund. It is my understanding that from 28th April for about two months the Fund is accepting applications for a $1200 grant for community activities. There are three rounds of grants per year. Parents, guardians or extended-family members who work for Telstra can apply for a grant. The criteria for the submissions are broad I am certain that within our school environment we will be able to justify the need for one or more of these grants. This may include funding for a specific activity or project such as grounds improvements, computer software, musical instruments etc.

This funding round was brought to my attention by a Year 7 parent (whom I thank) who is not eligible to apply because he was successful in gaining a grant in the last three years but who is willing to support any “Telstra” parent with the application.

Details of the grant can be found on the following website.

http://www.telstrafoundation.com with the link to the Kid's fund at the top of the page.

If you are a parent, guardian or extended family member of a child at our school and are employed by Telstra and you are willing to apply for the grant on behalf of the school, I ask that you contact Kate Scalzo on 94305111, leave your details and you will be contacted.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

Excursion to Top designs

AGIDEAS 2009 Futures design expo

Students interested in pursuing a career in design have the opportunity to attend AGIDEAS 2009 Futures design expo at Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre, Melbourne. The presentation is for secondary students, teachers and parents on Tuesday 5th May. This night is always an inspiring one with designers from around the world and at the top of their field speaking to you whilst taking you on a visual tour of their creative journey.  Not to be missed.

There will be tertiary institutions available on the night with information and displays about the various design courses on offer in Melbourne from 4 to 6.30 pm. The main presentation is from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. A limited number of tickets at $30 are available and can be purchased from the cashier.

Sue Pickett, Yr12 Visual Communication & Design teacher

All students: last chance to register –

AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION

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.

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

Entertainment Book available

This year the school is selling the 2009/10 Melbourne Entertainment Book as a fund raising activity.  These books represent great value not only for dining out but also for a large range of activities in and around Melbourne. 

Some of the savings are for theatre, films, dining, accommodation, etc.  A sample book is available for inspection at the front office after the holidays.  The cost is a very reasonable $65.  Books are available from the cashier now.

 

Thanks to St Andrews Lutheran College in Queensland.

Last term, Yr 9 students from St Andrews Lutheran College in Queensland, sent us a large bundle of letters in response to the bush fires.  Some of our Middles School students, who had been affected by the fires, were delighted to learn about the variety of fund raising efforts made by a school so far away; in total they raised more than $6,000 for the bush fire appeal.  However, more than that, they were moved by the personal responses of the Queensland students. Dylan Lachmund, Jess Mckay, Jamie Mackinnon, Hayley Deards, Jesse Morgan, Darcy Okey, Brett Malone and Sierra Sutherland Brown replied to the letters. A display of the letters sent to EHS can be seen in our school foyer.

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

April 2009

Thurs 23

Sci Yr 12 Biology Fieldwork to Uni High

OES Yr 11 City trip

Music – Jazz Night Bush Fire Relief fund raiser at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre

Sat 25

WTC Intro Camp in Wombat State Forest

Tues 28

Intermediate Band Tour to Ballarat

Wed 29

Nillumbik Youth Summit – Eltham Community Reception Centre

M/S Rec & Rac Boxercise at Eltham

School Council 7:30pm

Thurs 30

M/S Fishing Trip selected students

Yr 7 2010 Information Meeting 7:30pm

Working Bees Term 2 – note your diary now!

Sunday 17th May

Sunday 14th June

9am until 12:30pm  all welcome

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.

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

From the CAREERS ROOM

Year 10 Work Experience: May 25-29

Year 10 students have hopefully spent some of the holidays organizing their Work Experience placement and I look forward to receiving their forms. If it isn’t arranged they should be actively arranging a work experience placement now. The due date for handing in Work Experience forms is Friday May 1.

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/

Careers in Sports Medicine Evening

Sports Medicine offers fantastic career opportunities. It gives you the chance to work with motivated athletes and sports teams and you may get the chance to travel to events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth games. This careers evening will be held by Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre and Sports Physicians, Physiotherapists, Soft tissue therapists, Dieticians, Podiatrists and Psychologists will be giving short talks. Date – Friday 22nd May. Venue - the Lexus Centre, cnr. Batman Ave and Swan St starting at 7.30pm. Cost is $25 per student and one parent/guardian per student welcome at no charge. Spaces are limited and you must RSVP by 15th May. Registration forms available from Careers Room.

Interested in a Sports Media Career?

The Bulleen-Templestowe Basketball Club needs to provide video coverage and court announcers for their games. Students wishing to work towards a media career may like to get valuable hands on experience in these two areas. See me for more promptly as the season is about to start.

Engineering Careers Expo

Engineers Australia invites you to attend the free Engineering Careers Expo to be held on Wed. 29th April at the Melbourne Town Hall, 1 – 7pm. Gain the knowledge to make a choice regarding the engineering and career opportunities available in engineering. More than 60 employers, tertiary institutions and recruitment experts will be present.

Year 12 Tertiary Talk Excursion

On Tuesday 5th May all Year 12 students will be attending the Tertiary Information Service event at La Trobe University. A letter giving all the details plus the permission form was distributed last term. Can parents please ensure that the reply slip is returned by next Tuesday, 28th April.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

DIAMOND VALLEY COLLEGE BUSES

Eltham High School students travelling on the DVC bus to Kangaroo Ground need to be on the first Research bus in order to make the connection.  Please quickly make your way to the bus bay immediately at the end of the day.

Students who wish to use the Kangaroo Ground bus for casual travel need to obtain a day pass to travel on this bus.  A day pass can be obtained from the Business Manager, provided that arrangements are made prior to 1:00pm on the day of travel and also that seats are available on that day.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager

ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL -KIDS HELPING KIDS’

A very special thank you to all who took part this year in collecting for the Royal Children’s Hospital.  A small, but very committed and excited group of students (past and present), parents and staff came together on Good Friday morning to give up a few hours to help collect for this very worthwhile cause.  With tins rattling the students went out to areas mainly in Greensborough and Watsonia and visited many homes seeking a donation.  The total we collected this year was $3645.65, together with many smiles, thankyous and pleasant moments!

We will again have the opportunity to work together with the Pied Pipers in December when we look forward to assisting with putting up the Christmas decorations in the wards at the hospital.

Thank you to Laura Schulz, Stephanie Kolakowski, Chloe Knoll, Hannah & Jo Kammethofer, Lisa Ilsley, Sayna Sadiji, Brittany Cunningham, Monical Knoll, Ebony Bett Ryan Boulter-Polanski, Callum McGough, Tess Parker, Taryn Grindal, Rachael Young, Helen Van Der Westhuysen, Jennifer Young, Kerry Lambert, and Diane Parry for putting into action the EHS value of Social Responsibility!

Jenny Choong, Eltham High School Organizer

Have you changed your contact details?

Please notify Ms Cathy Cukier of any changes you have made ASAP Contact 94305114 or cuk@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

EMA cheques are available for pick up from the cashier.

Register to receive an email version of this newsletterthis is a guarantee your copy reaches home – simply go to the web site – www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the newsletter link choose subscribe and follow the prompts.

Thank you for helping save paper & considering the environment.

MUSICAL NOTES

It's another busy term for the music department.

A couple of important dates ...

The Jazz Night this Thursday at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 7.30pm.

Intermediate Band Tour is next week, the 28th and 29th April heading off to Ballarat and the Concert Band Tour is the 4th to 7th May where mid Victoria is its destination.

The Generations in Jazz in Mount Gambier is coming up soon for the Stage Band.

Uniform ... any band members who haven't got uniform items are to see Jill in the Music Office.  The Training Band have received a notice about  a 'sales and fitting' session next Tuesday 28th April, 8.15am during rehearsal time.

Concert Band students, please note that at the extended rehearsal this Wednesday we are NOT having pizza. (Why? too many students owe from the last ‘pizza’ rehearsal)  Bring snacks.  Hot water will be available for noodles etc.  Rehearsal will finish at 6:30pm

Jill Browne, Music Administration

Canteen Roster

April 2009

Wed 22

Jenny Alford, Linda Alford, Robyn Kaires

Thurs 23

Liz Deacon, Volunteer needed please

Fri 24

Julie Wright, Jenny Mc Cormack

Mon 27

Irene Nikolaidis, Shelly, O’Connell, Jill Rachim

Tues 28

Kerri Lester, Karen Mc Donald

Wed 29

Rhonda Bonfante, Karen Biddiscombe, Pearl Yung

Thurs 30

Carol Stewart, Sue Ball

Fri 1

Elsie Hart, Alison Holman, Robyn Bulman

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

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

NILLUMBIK COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICE

STUDENT NEEDS SURVEY 2009

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

Nillumbik Community Health Service, in partnership with Banyule Nillumbik Youth Services Network, is undertaking research into the needs of students in the City of Banyule and the Shire of Nillumbik.

The Student Needs Survey is being undertaken in response to a concern among youth services in the region that the needs of local young people are not being met due to a shortage of youth accommodation and support options.

It is anticipated that all secondary students from Secondary Colleges across the two Shires will respond to the 22 question survey.  This survey will be undertaken in the school with assistance from staff at Nillumbik Community Health Service.

All research findings will be confidential and will not be published in any form that can identify the student, family or school.  All forms will be handled with care to confidentiality and privacy protection.

Student Welfare Coordinators will provide support and answer questions related to the survey.

Please do not hesitate to contact Brendan Monigatti on 9430 5111 should you have any queries or concerns about the survey.

All students in Years 7-12 will be asked to participate in this confidential survey.  If you wish your child NOT to participate, please contact the school reception by Friday, 24 April 2009.  It is anticipated that the survey will be administered in the week beginning 27 April 2009.

I thank you in anticipation for your support with this research aimed at benefitting all young people in Banyule and Nillumbik.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

Turkey/Egypt Community Tour Jan 2010

LIMITED PLACES LEFT – GET IN QUICK!!!!

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 on the web version this week

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Our collection of books/instruments has been picked up…… thank you to all who donated.   It’s not too late though if you would like us to send the wanted items onto Middle Kinglake Primary School   picture story books, that may have had little use 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.

SPORT SPORT SPORT

Volleyball Important Dates

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

Greg Thomas, Volleyball coordinator

choral@Montsalvat – 3 May 2009

open from 9am to 5pm Bookings 9818 1296 or write The Faye Dumont Singers Inc., PO Box 456, Richmond 3121

See 5 events in 5 hours…see Montsalvat & picnic beforehand….BYO or Café available.

EASTERN SUBURBS WALK AGAINST WANT

Walk, run, skate, hop, ride – but be sure to join in and have fun

Help others while having a great day

Free sausage sizzle afterwards, refreshments en route

Register: 9720 1703 digger@netspace.net.au

Sunday 3rd May

Start & Finish at St John Ambulance Hall Elgar Park

Box Hill North      Mel 47 B4   Supporting Oxfam Australia

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

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

Certificate    in Community Services CHC 20202

This course is being run on Wednesdays commencing April 22 and we are conducting.  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

Student Focus

Student Focus is a lunchtime get together for year 7’s and 8’s every Tuesday in room 101. Come, hang out and join in some crazy, random games! We might even give away a prize or two… If you have any questions, please contact Neale at ngrimes@elthambaptist.net

Run by Eltham Baptist Church

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.

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.

Education Tax Refund

See web edition of Parent News week 1 2009

SELF

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

Rosanna Primary School   FAIR

Saturday 2nd May  --  10am-4pm

Bellevue Avenue, Rosanna

Kids Rides & Activities,  Show Bags, Reptile Display, Food & Drinks, White Elephant, Entertainment, Wine Bar, Books, Plants and more.

Enquiries 0419515700

SINGING LESSONS

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

Yr 9 HISTORY WRITING COMPETITION -

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

Invitation to be part of a Body Image Project, ‘AS-U-R’

Concern with body image is one of the top 3 issues of concern to young people aged 11-19 (Mission Australia, 2007).  Projects designed by young people to identify and promote positive body image are vital in changing dominant messages in the community about what is a positive body image and what does a healthy lifestyle mean for young people.  Young people are dieting and expressing dissatisfaction with their body shapes at an increasingly young age.  Despite this, the average body weight is increasing, however the mixed messages presented by the media are promoting the ideal body type as thinner.

2008 school research indicated that body image, self esteem, the need to fit in, peer pressure and poor eating habits were common across all age groups.

Students from Middle School and Year 11 are invited to participate in a range of sessions aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of the issue of body image.  The sessions will be presented by The Butterfly Foundation, Women’s Circus, Indigo Magazine, Nillumbik Community Health and a former body builder.

The project, ‘AS-U-R’, will involve attendance at the sessions at the school in Term 2 and then presentations to Junior School students and Year 5/6 students at Eltham North PS.  The final part of the project is the design and construction of a webpage for the school’s intranet to provide information for students on the issue of body image and positive living.

To register your interest in this project, see Tricia Fitzpatrick, Room 609 (Mon & Tues) or email: fit@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

GIRLS FOOTY

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.

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 2 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.

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