Tuesday 28 April 2009
Term 2 Week 2
Tuesday 28 April 2009
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 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
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.
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
Nillumbik Youth Summit – Eltham Community Reception Centre
M/S Rec & Rac Boxercise at Eltham
School Council 7:30pm
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
OES Yr 12 Cycling to Barmah Forest
Music Concert Band Tour to Central Victoira
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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
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 email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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.
Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal
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
Please notify Ms Cathy Cukier of any changes you have made ASAP Contact 94305114 or email@example.com
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
Any student with queries re their photographs should contact Fotomakers direct on 1300 660 626.
April / May 2009
Rhonda Bonfante, Karen Biddiscombe, Pearl Yung
Carol Stewart, Sue Ball
Elsie Hart, Alison Holman, Robyn Bulman
Donna Trentini, Vivian Heath
Dianne Milankovic, Kathy Smith
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.
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.
VSSSA Senior Volleyball Final
VSSSA Inter Volleyball Final
7, 8 & 9 Aug
Victorian Schools Cup
Northern Zone Volleyball for 7 and 8
VSSSA Volleyball Final for 7 and 8
7 – 11 Dec
Australian Schools Cup
Greg Thomas, Volleyball coordinator
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.
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.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com
Sunday 3rd May
Start & Finish at St John Ambulance Hall Elgar Park
Box Hill North Mel 47 B4 Supporting Oxfam Australia
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 or email email@example.com
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.