Term 2 Week 2

Tuesday 28 April 2009


information night - open morning

Welcoming all prospective students and parents to Thursdays Information night in the hall at 7:30pm (to be followed by supper and a viewing of KLA displays in the library).  The Community is also invited to tour the school, see classes in progress on Friday 1 May from 9:30 until 12 noon; this Open morning will begin in the school library.


Principal’s Report

Jazz Night 2009

The Eltham High School Jazz Night took place on Thursday 23 April at the Plenty Ranges Arts Centre. It was a fantastic evening of entertainment as well as a focus on fundraising for the Bushfire Appeal.  Whilst previous fundraising went to support the State appeal, this effort was focused on raising funds to support the rebuilding of the Music Programs at both Strathewen and Middle Kinglake Primary Schools.

The talents of our students and staff were complimented by the talents of the students and staff from Blackburn High School and Christian College, Geelong. I thank both these schools for their support and willing to take part in this event.

The sound created by the various bands across the three schools was both inspiring and entertaining. I congratulate all the students and their directors for an outstanding performance. It is great to see our young people coming together and doing what they love irrespective of which school they attend and outside the realm of competition. It was evident that both the students and the staff had a great time performing. In particular I wish to commend the staff on their number. The staff from the three schools got together and entertained the audience with their performance.

I wish to thank both Meg George (our Acting Music Director) and Jill Browne (Music Secretary) for their hard work in organizing and co-ordinating the event. I also wish to particularly mention Ed Fairley who was the MC on the night but whom I suspect also had a part in the organization of the event.

A wonderful evening was had by all with a great result in relation to the fund raising effort. Well done!

Principal’s Advisory Group:

The Principal’s Advisory Group has worked very hard this week by taking responsibility for the implementation of the “Student Attitudes to School Survey”.  The sixteen young people decided on the process to follow and proceeded on this task with ease. They began their work last week by visiting every class and explaining the purpose of the survey to the student body and why the survey is important. They encourage students to consider their whole school experience in answering the survey and to be honest in the response.  On Monday 27 April they began to administer the survey to most of the school leaving the VCE students until this coming Thursday. I wish to comment these students for the way they have embraced this leader ship role as well as for their energy and enthusiasm. A job well done!

Building the Education Revolution / Economic Stimulus Package Funding:

I was pleased to receive a letter in the second week of the term break informing us that we had been successful in gaining $200,000 through the Federal Government’s  “National School Pride” program aimed at not only supporting facility enhancement in schools but also jobs in local communities and stimulate the Australian economy. A key objective of this funding has been an undertaking that the work will be completed by the deadline of 20 December 2009. The application process was governed by a very tight timeframe and hence the consultative process that we would normally undertake was made impossible. This is an achievement worthy of celebration, these funds will allow us to redevelop part of the area adjacent to the library into a more flexible and spacious learning environment supported by new technology and pedagogies. We will be meeting with our architects in the next week or so to complete the design of the project and then go to tender to select a builder. I will keep you informed of our progress.

Year 7 (2010) Information Evening and Open Morning:

I wish to draw your attention to the Eltham High School Year 7 (2010) Information Evening and Open Morning which will take place on Thursday Evening 30 April and Friday morning 1 May, respectively. The Information evening will begin in the School Hall at 7:30 pm and the Open Morning in the School Library at 9:30 am.

I ask you for your support in communicating this information to family and friends who may be interested in enrolling their child at our school in Year 7 in 2010.

We strongly encourage prospective parents and students to attend the Information Evening where in addition to the information that will be conveyed about the school, enrolment procedures will be clearly outlined. Further to this we strongly encourage prospective parents and students to reserve a place in one of our school tours that run each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings until mid May. You need to call the General office on 9430 5111 to reserve a place. School tours will also run during our Open Morning.

As a learning community we respect diversity and this is reflected in our enrolment practice.

I look forward to seeing all prospective parents and students at these events.

World Challenge 2009:

I congratulate all the students in the World Challenge experience 2009. They have just recently begun their training for the tour and judging by the feedback this has been both challenging and exciting. The students are looking forward to their trip to Borneo and their training prior to this will see them develop the leadership skills, persistence, endurance and patience in order to greatly benefit from this opportunity. I know that they have engaged in some fundraising to support the associated costs and I congratulate them on their initiative. I take this opportunity to thank Julie Allen for her commitment to this program and for her encouragement of the students to rise up to the challenge. Furthermore a big thank-you to the parents who provide the ongoing support for this to be the experience of a lifetime.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

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



“VERBAL COMBAT” a play for all year 7’s (periods 1 and 2 on May 5)

On Tuesday 5th May Brainstorm Productions will present Verbal Combat, a play about bullying and harassment.  The performance makes it clear to students that certain behaviour (such as excluding people, spreading rumours and sending unwanted text messages or emails) is in fact bullying and will not be tolerated at our school.

This is an entertaining way to promote discussion and gives students strategies to avoid being a bully or a target.

Brainstorm Productions have won the Frater Award for Best Feedback from Schools for the last 8 years.  We hope you will support this important program to assist in creating a safe and harmonious environment for students and staff.

Junior School Team.


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


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.



April / May 2009

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-postponed

Yr 7 2010 Information Meeting 7:30pm

Fri 1 May

Open Morning begins in the library 9:3am0-12pm

SoSE Travel & Tourism to City

Music –Boroondarra Eisteddfod Camberwell

HPE M/S Rec & Rac Boxercise

Sat 2

OES Yr 12 Cycling to Barmah Forest

Mon 4

Music Concert Band Tour to Central Victoira

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.

Ex student – on the right note……….

Ex EHS student Nick Milwright’s band, Blackchords, has just released their self-titled album.  The launch was last Friday 24th April at The Espy.  One of the tracks “Broken Bones” has already won awards at the Sound Kilda (Melb) and Below Ground (Sydney) Festivals for clip of the year.  The video clip was done with Ari Wegner, another ex EHS student.  The clip is currently in the final; of the prestigious International Song writing Comp in the Best Rock & Best Music Video categories.  Check out their website www.blackchords.com and also www.dustdevilmusic.com where you can watch the Broken Bones video.  The EHS Community wishes Nick well with his ventures.

Maths Opportunity

This year Eltham High School has entered a team in the Mathematics Problem Solving Olympiad.

This competition is open to Year 7 or 8 students only, however, other students are invited to help with the coaching and organization. Entry is free.

The team can have up to 30 students.

The Competition consists of 5 competition days, which will be held every month for 5 months. The first competition day is Wednesday May 13th and involves team members working individually on maths problems and puzzles. Students in the team will have to attend practice sessions between competition dates These will be in room 706 on Thursday lunchtimes.

The competitions will be at school during school time and prizes will be awarded to individuals and teams.

If you are interested, please tell your Maths teacher or see Mr Gioskos in staffroom 704.


Year 10 Work Experience: May 25-29

Thanks to the Year 10 students who have submitted their forms, the others should be actively arranging their Work Experience placement now! The due date for handing in Work Experience forms is Friday May 1.

RCNA Nursing & Health Expo

Meet with Australia’s leading nursing organizations at the Royal College of Nursing Australia’s expo and find out where a career in nursing can take you. All nursing options are under the one roof – Universities, TAFE’s and hospitals. When: Sunday 17 May, 10am – 3pm. Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Further info: www.rcna.org.au or 1800 061 660

Careers in Law Expo

Presented by Law Institute of Victoria and RMIT, find out what it means to work in the law and how to get started in the profession:

• Types of legal practice and positions

• Getting into a law degree and study requirements

• Different career paths and market trends

• Traineeship/practical training and what it means for admission to practice.

When: Wed. 13th May, 4.30 – 7.45pm. Where: RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium (Level 5). Cost is free, bookings are essential, register by 8th May at 9607 9468 or lnewson@liv.asn.au

Find out about Melbourne University

‘Focus on Melbourne’ is an evening seminar series for Yr 10-12 students/families. Get information about courses; hear about the Melbourne Experience, career prospects and ways to get involved with the university community. Evenings to be held, all 6.30-8pm: Law (12 May); Commerce (27 May); Engineering (4 June); Arts (9 June), Music, Visual & Performing Arts (10 June); Science (23 June); Biomedicine (22 July); Environments (29 July). Info: 8344 6543; Registration (essential): www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/focusonmelbourne  

Careers in Sports Medicine

Two seminars coming up:

 Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre - sports physician, physiotherapy, soft tissue therapy, dietetics, podiatry, psychology. When: Reg’n 6.45-7.15pm, program 7.30pm, Fri 22 May; Where: Lexus Centre, Cnr Batman Ave & Swan St, Melb; Cost: $25 per student; Reg’n by 15th May: call Emma 9415 8399 or ethorneycroft@opsmc.com.au.  Registration forms also available from Careers Room.

Sports Medicine Aust. - podiatry, exercise science, physiotherapy, medicine, psych-ology, dietetics, osteopathy. When: 9.15am-12.40pm, Sun 24 May; Where: Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Champions Room, Albert Park; Cost: $35 per student, $25 per parent; Book: call Bree York on 9674 8707, bree@vic.sma.org.au

UMAT - Undergraduate Medicine & Health Sciences Admission Test

This is used in the selection of students for certain Australian degrees; eg Selection of students to study medicine at Monash Uni. involves a combination of ENTER, UMAT and interview; pharmacy and physiotherapy at Monash use the ENTER and UMAT. The UMAT test date for 2009 is 29 July; register by 5th June. The UMAT Information Booklet is only available on line  - www.umatweb.acer.edu.au NOTE: Some University of Melbourne courses which required the UMAT no longer do so as they are post-graduate entry under the ‘Melbourne Model’ (dentistry, medicine optometry, physiotherapy). The Bachelor of Oral Health still uses the UMAT.

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.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

Special Song Recorded at Eltham High

On Monday the 16th of February shortly after Black Saturday the schools recording studio was used to finalise the recording of a healing song written for all the bushfire victims.


Entitled Surviving As One, by Oz Together, a local group of song writers and performers, and featuring a choir of 7 schools in the area. I’m pleased to say that 3 Eltham High students sang in the choir, Adam Zitbooi, and Daniel and Nicholas Messenger.


All students are welcome to visit the website at www.oztogether.org and download the song for free. We would also encourage them to pass the song on to all their family and friends via this website.


In just 3 weeks of going live the website has had 198048 visits and 91143 people downloading the song. Its also gone worldwide , with downloads across Europe, Russia, Africa, China and Asia to name a few

We will carry out a national press release soon after a low key launch.

We would like to thank Eltham High very much for not only the use of their studio but also for the wonderful assistance provided at the time by the staff.


Thanks and I will keep you updated with news of the song.

Bob Messenger, Co- Song Writer



It has been a very busy time for Eltham High School volleyball recently. After the very successful tour to New Zealand, Greg Thomas, the EHS Volleyball guru has taken a short period of well-earned leave. By all accounts it was a great trip for all involved.

On Monday 27th of April, the Senior Boys, Senior Girls, Intermediate Boys and Intermediate Girls all travelled to Reservoir Secondary College to compete at the Northern Zone Finals. It was a very successful day with all teams proceeding to the State Finals. The Finals dates are 14th of May for the Senior teams and 21st of May for the Intermediate teams. Well done to all involved and good luck for the State Finals.

During the Easter holidays, while the New Zealand tour was occurring, 16 year 8 students from Eltham High School were competing for Victoria in the National under 15 Championships in Albury. Congratulations to Andrew Hague, Luke Brisbane, Perry Mitchell, Cale Skidmore, Tom Ross, Nathan Dorman, Mat Lester, Jake Northcott, Stephanie Harrington, Tess Mimmo, Deane Dobson, Yasmin Pringle, Mikayla Burley, Emily Voss, Cherie Vendramini and Mikaeli Blair who all represented the State at these Championships. A special mention should go to Andrew Hague who was named captain of the boys ‘blue’ team, which narrowly lost the gold medal playoff to a very spirited Heathfield team from Adelaide.

Despite a small hiccup last Wednesday, the Year 7 volleyball competition IS running this week and subsequent weeks during Mr. Thomas’ absence, as is the Thursday night competition for years 8&9 teams.

Upcoming dates: see the community section on web version

Gareth ‘DK’ de Korte, Volleyball coach

NAPLAN Yr7 & Yr9

The NAPLAN Literacy & Numeracy Test program is on May 12, 13 & 14. This is a nationwide program for Year 7 and Year 9 students. All students are expected to participate in the program but parents have the right to withdraw their child from the tests. If you do not wish your child to participate, the school must be informed in writing. All withdrawals must be notified to Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal, by Monday May 11 at the latest.

Thank you

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal

Community announcements on the web this week

Turkey/Egypt Community Tour Jan 2010

LIMITED PLACES LEFT – GET IN QUICK!!!! See Mr Monigatti, Bu Brady or Ms Parry today.


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.  Students who wish to use the Kangaroo Ground bus for casual travel need to obtain a day pass to travel on this bus.  See the Business Manager, prior to 1:00pm on the day of travel.

 Bruce Martyn, Business Manager

EMA cheques are available for pick up from the cashier.

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

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.

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


The Jazz Night, last Thursday was a wonderful success.  It was well attended by over 200 people including parents from the participating Christian College Geelong, and also Blackburn High School.   We thank these schools as well as our bands, staff and parents, of course, for a very memorable evening.   Funds raised are going to the two 'local' primary schools destroyed in the bushfires - Strathewen and Middle Kinglake.   We hope something of musical significance can be purchased by both.   Over $2600 was raised.

The first of our band tours has commenced this week ... Intermediate Band have headed off to sunny Ballarat!

Next Monday the Concert Band are performing in the Shepparton / Bendigo region for four days with the Stage Band participating in the 'Generations in Jazz' in Mount Gambier the following weekend.

This morning the Training Band members who didn't have uniform (mainly the girls) were measured for their items.  If you have any queries about this please contact Jill in the music office. 

Jill Browne, Music Administration

School Photos have been distributed.  Ask at the Office if you have not collected yours.

Any student with queries re their photographs should contact Fotomakers direct on 1300 660 626.

Canteen Roster

April / May 2009

Wed 29

Rhonda Bonfante, Karen Biddiscombe, Pearl Yung

Thurs 30

Carol Stewart, Sue Ball

Fri 1

Elsie Hart, Alison Holman, Robyn Bulman

Mon 4

Donna Trentini, Vivian Heath

Tues 5

Dianne Milankovic, Kathy Smith

Wed 6

Kim Butler, Kimbra Shrubshall, Natalie Lawson

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

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Turkey/Egypt Community Tour Jan 2010


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.


Volleyball Important Dates

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.

St. Francis Xavier parish, Montmorency

invite you to share       An evening with Michael Perusco

C.E.O. of the Sacred Heart Mission, St. Kilda. 

Michael will discuss the work of the Mission and its attempt to provide

A Hand up, not just a Hand-Out    to those who are marginalized in our society.

There will be opportunities for questions, reflection and discussion, followed by tea and coffee.

Sacred Heart Mission provides a range of services, such as:

Crisis Assistance - Meals Program, Resource Room, Material Aid   Counselling and Help    Housing    Women’s services   Sports and Recreation   Aged Care   Employment and Training

WHEN:  Wednesday, 6th May, 2009 at 7:30pm

WHERE:  St. Francis Xavier Church, Mayona Road, Montmorency.


"...for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me" Matthew 25: 35-36.


CK Singing School

Singing lessons for all ages

Beginners to Advanced

Group or Private Lessons

Annual concerts


Try the FIRST lesson for FREE

Please call for more information 0411 756 628


(essential for VCE students)


·         Develop lifelong skills that will improve your child’s ability to retain and recall information.

·         Learn a variety of study techniques, including how to effectively use graphic organizers to make learning easier.

·         Assistance in getting organised for study.

·         Learn how to develop a glossary that really works.

·         One-On-One help with studying for exams.

·         Learn skills that can be applied to any subject.


I will come to you and we will develop a study program that will help your child achieve their full potential at any stage in their secondary schooling.


·         Experienced Secondary School teacher (10 years).

·         One-on-one tuition (or small groups).

·         In your own home or at an agreed location.

·         Hourly rates.


Call Liz on 97182821 or 0402346893 or email at studyskillssuccess@yahoo.com.au.


Research Primary School Biannual Community Fete        Huge White Elephant Sale

Silent Auction

Mothers Day Gifts and Hampers

Great Kids Rides and a Haunted House

Harley Davidson Rides (Weather Permitting)

Plant and Herb stall

Massive Book Sale

Beer and Wine Tasting

Food galore, including a spit roast!

Free music and entertainment for kids and adults

And so much more…..


Research Primary School

Saturday 2nd of May

10:00am to 4:00pm

1570 Main Rd, Research


Would like more UNDER 14 PLAYERS

Please contact EJFC  Registration Officer

Deb Mallard mob 0414 442 195

Or visit our website www.elthamjfc.com.au

The Hurstbridge Bushfire Relief Centre is open to provide long-term support to people affected by the bushfires.

The centre – 982 Main St Hurstbridge. Phone 9718 2759 - is open 9-5 weekdays and 10-2 on Saturday.

Services provided include morning tea, clothes washing/drying, working bees organized etc.  etc. 

We are desperately need volunteers to help at our centre. A few hours a day is all that is required.



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

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.

Education Tax Refund

See web edition of Parent News week 1 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

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


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

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


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.