Term 2 Week 3

Tuesday 5 May 2009


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The Minister for Education the Honorable Bronwyn Pike MP announced yesterday as a precursor to the State Budget that Eltham High School will receive funding under the school modernisation initiative.  This is fantastic news and an opportunity for us to develop state-of- the art facilities which will support student learning. We are very excited about this announcement and look forward to engaging with the new building development. A detailed report will appear in the next edition of this newsletter.

Principal’s Report

Eltham High School Information Night and Open Morning:

The Eltham High School Information Night and Open Morning for prospective Year 7 students and parents (2010) took place last Thursday and Friday respectively. Both events were very successful and attendance was outstanding. This provided an opportunity for families and students to gain a sense of what this learning community is really about. Outside of the formal part of these events there was great opportunity for both parents and students to meet and chat with teachers and current students. I really enjoyed my conversations with parents and students alike and I wish them all well with the decisions that they need to make over the next couple of weeks.

Feedback received from attendees was outstandingly positive and I take this opportunity to thank all the organizer in particular Ms Natalie Tate (Transition Co-ordinator)and the Junior Sub-School Team, as well as the Senior and Middle Sub-schools, Ms Leanne Ipsen, Ms Chantalle Wigley, Mrs Hermina Burns and all the staff who supported the organisation and running of these events. In particular, however, I wish to thank our outstanding ambassadors, our students, who are the voice of the school and who in their own way contributed to this very successful outcome. Whether you were a Presenter, A guide, an Usher or a car park attendant, without your help and support the evening would not have achieved this high level of success. Congratulations to all.

Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Sophie Paine of Year 11 who has been selected in the Australian Women's U19 Volleyball Team, which will be competing in the Arafura Games in Darwin from 9 – 17 May 2009. The Arafura Games is a leading international sporting competition for emerging champions of the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Sophie is an outstanding sportsperson who has not only demonstrated her skill but also her dedication and determination to achieve excellence. This is supported by hard work and commitment and a strong ability to meet the demands of training and practice as well as the demands of her academic program. We wish Sophie all the best in this competition and we will follow her achievements with great interest.

Sophie is only one of a number of students in the volleyball program who recently returned from a tour of New Zealand. Mid last week I received an e-mail from a family holidaying in New Zealand, I quote from the e-mail:

We have just come back from 3 weeks in New Zealand where we stayed in the same caravan park as your students. We stayed with them for 3 days and I must say they were the nicest group of kids.  I cannot say how impressed you should be with them as it was a privilege to get to know them.  We had been in some places where they had gone and vice-versa. I wish I could blow their trumpet more. The teachers were interacting very well with them and yes I did notice a few begrudgingly doing their homework! Overall as a Principal you should be very proud of your ambassadors.”

I congratulate all these students and their teachers, and yes, I am very proud of them as we all should be!

NAPLAN Testing:

Within the next week, all year 7 and Year 9 students will be involved in the NAPLAN Testing. This is a national initiative aimed at providing data for schools, parents, the state and the country on the levels of literacy and numeracy of these cohorts of students. This test is not something new for either cohort in that the Year 7 students would have undertaken a similar test in years 3 and 5 and the Year 9 students in years 3,5 and 7. Detailed information on the tests and when they will take place is published in a further section of this newsletter. The outcomes of these tests are important to any learning community because judgements about the success or otherwise of a school, network and even state (rightly or wrongly) are made using the results of these tests and often funding may be attached to schools on this basis. Therefore, I ask all parents to talk with their children about the NAPLAN Test and to encourage them to take this seriously and to do the very best they can in completing the required tasks.

Working Bee

I wish to extend a personal invitation to all of you to attend the coming working Bee on Sunday 17th May.  All parents are most welcome to this social event which allows us to work together towards improving and sustaining a pleasant environment in which to learn. I look forward to seeing you all there and joining with you to achieving our goals.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

Year Nine Camp

The Year Nine camp information packs have now been distributed to students. Please make sure that they have been brought home. There are a number of forms that need to be filled in along with the correct money and returned to the general office by May 15th. If you have any concerns please place them in writing and send to the Middle School office, or alternatively email Jodie Sutton on sut@elthamhs.vic.edu.au.

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.


Available now at the General Office: $3 bumper/wheelie bin stickers help us support this Strathewen community initiative to raise money to rebuild the local hall.  Thanks to K&G labels of Whittlesea for their donation.

Whittlesea Material Aid Centre is seeking anyone who has 'ready to burn' wood available to donate to the fire affected people. We understand that, with the cold weather here early this year, your family's wood is a precious resource but we would appreciate any offers of help no matter how small.

We are happy to come and collect any donations if need be if you would be happy to get the word out there and start a collection on our behalf.   I thank you for your time and hope that you can help us help the people with this vital resource.  Locally residence can purchase wood but, as it is fresh cut, it isn't appropriate for burning for at least 12 months.

Warm Regards, Katherine Horsfall, Whittlesea Material Aid Centre   bushfirereliefwhittlesea@hotmail.com      0415582998



May 2009

Wed 6

OES Yr 11 Cycling & Caving to Warburton

SoSE Yr11 Legal Studies Fieldwork County Court

M/S Rec & Rac Roller Skating Eltham

Thurs 7

Sport – Diamond Valley & Warringal Aths at Meadow Glen

Art Yr 11 & 12 Art Fieldwork NGV

SoSE Medieval Day at Montsalvat 8 FGHJ

Grounds Committee Meeting 7:45PM -17 Wycliffe Crescent, Eltham  apologies to 9431 1818

Fri 8

Muisc – Generations in Jazz Stage Band to Mt Gambier

SoSE Yr 11 History Fieldwork to Holocaust Museum

M/S Rec & Rac Skating Eltham

Sun 10

Flute Ensemble perform at McDonalds 11:30am

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 to the Bulman family for their donation.


These national literacy and numeracy tests commence next week for Year 7 and Year 9 students. The timetable is:

Language Conventions

Tuesday P1&2

55 mins (Intro, practice & test)


Tuesday P3&4

55 mins


Wednesday P1&2

75 mins

Numeracy (calculator)

Thursday P1&2

50 mins

Numeracy (non calculator)

Thursday P3&4

50 mins

Students who are absent from a test can complete the test at another time in the week.

Parents who do not wish their child to sit for the tests can withdraw them but they must apply in writing before Friday 8 May and fill in a withdrawal form available from Trevor Jenkins (Assistant Principal).

Students with intellectual disabilities and those who have been learning English for less than a year are exempt from the tests. Sue Pickett will be contacting PSD families regarding this.

Students will sit for all the tests in core class groups and each group will be in the same room for all of their five tests; tests will be run under exam conditions. There will be considerable disruption to the Middle School and Year 7 program over these 3 mornings, classes will have to be re-organised at these times and there will be numerous room changes for students from all levels to cope with, however we endeavour to give students the best chance to perform at their best at this time.

Working Bee – Sunday 17th May

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the first working Bee for Term 2 on Sunday 17th May kicking off at 9:00 am and concluding at 12:30pm with as barbeque lunch.  With some useful rain over the last couple of weeks and with rainwater storage it is hoped some planting can occur in a number of areas around the school.  As usual we have an extensive range of tasks and we are hopeful for a solid turnout so that these jobs can be completed.  Below are summarised the tasks that have been identified for completion on the 17th May.

1. The construction of a 15 metre section of post and pipe fence on the south side of the stadium.  Crowbars, shovels, stringlines and levels required.

2. The construction of post and pipe fence around the Heritage pin-oak near the bike shed.  Equipment as above.

3. The construction of 4 short piece of post and pipe fence in the courtyard precinct to control student movement.

4. Planting and mulching of the garden adjacent to the administration block.  Picks, hammers and shovels required.

5. Completion of the pruning around the 400’s block, followed by some replanting in the area.  Gloves,picks, secateurs required.

6. Removal of some tree guards around some established eucalyptus on the western Boundary.

7. Sweeping adjacent to the stadium complex along with courtyard precincts.

8. Pruning of the callistemon hedge adjacent to the 700’s block.

9. Mulching of some of the established garden complexes.  Gloves required.

10. Preparation of the fern garden in the Arts courtyard by the addition of some soil from the back oval.  Wheelbarrows and shovels required.

11. Mowing and brush cutting.

As you can see we have a wide range of tasks so come along and make a difference to the learning environment for our students and teachers.  If attending on the day park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the library and follow the directional signage to the Canteen Courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and be directed to the task you have been assigned.  Looking forward to your anticipated support.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.

Student Report Folders

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

It is expected that families will download and store reports electronically, either on their computer hard drive, a CD/DVD or a flash drive. These reports will continue to be available online during your student’s time at Eltham High School.

If you wish to print reports and store them in hard copy, the school has a limited number of report folders available through the General Office. If you would like one of these folders they can be collected from the office by parents while the stock lasts.

Darren Squires, Assistant Principal Curriculum.

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.

Reminder: 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.


Melbourne Aquarium/Marine Science Career Activities

Marine Science Careers Days: June 22, Sept 17 & Nov 30

Aquarist for a Day: runs during school holidays

To make a booking call 9923 5911

RMIT Events

These events will provide a realistic up-to-date overview of their industries and are recommended to anyone considering a career in advertising or public relations.

Experience Advertising in one day - Sat. 22 August.

Experience Public Relations in one day – Sat. 5 September

More details and bookings: 9925 5658 or www.rmit.edu.au/bus/events/careers/ad

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, ,

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.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


State Team Selections

Students wishing to trial for the state under 18 Basketball and under 16 Hockey teams should see Mr Nicholson for details and note the following closing dates for applications.

Under 18 Basketball - 6th May

Under 16 Hockey - 5th June

Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordinator

Community announcements on the web this week

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 Concert Band are currently 'on tour' in the Central Victoria area. They have a busy schedule performing at Secondary and Primary schools plus some well earned rest activities.

This Friday the Stage Band heads for 'Generations in Jazz' in Mount Gambier.  This is a prestigious event with support and performances by James Morrison. The band will return in the 'very late hours' on Sunday night. We wish the students, conductor Ed Fairlie and much appreciated driver, Julie Allen, all the best.

The Choir attended their first official performance at the Boroondara Eisteddfod last week.  The standard was very high and the section well attended by ten choirs.  Our group came through with an Honourable Mention.  Congratulations!

The Choir and Chamber Choir are performing at the Dandenong Eisteddfod on the 13th May.

This Saturday our Jazz Band is performing in the Town Square at 12midday.  Why not support this young band who have a fantastic sound. 

And ... then on Sunday ... treat Mum to some lovely music at Eltham McDonalds!  Our Flute Ensemble are playing there at 9am.

If you have any queries, contact Jill in the Music Office on 9430 5127


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

May 2009

Wed 6

Kim Butler, Kimbra Shrubshall, Natalie Lawson

Thurs 7

Megan – student  volunteer please

Fri 8

Jackie McEvoy, Leonie Knoblock, Joan Burchell-Quirk

Mon 11

Michelle Chequer, Carol Guille, Irene

Tues 12

Julie Temple, Nicole Clark

Wed 13

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

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

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.  Places available to students,parents, ex-students and staff.


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

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

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Community Announcements/Advertisements…………….

Parents/guardians please note: Information envelopes will be issued to students in Year 7 & 8 this week - as requested by the company involved.


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.


(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.



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.

Flute for Sale


- handmade

- Sterling silver head

- closed or open hole

- split E

- B foot

12 months old, excellent condition, as new.  Hardly played.                            fully serviced.

$ 1750.00                         97197518      /     0418170180

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.


Casual Office Position Available for Confident Person - Eltham

q  Small procedure oriented Civil Construction company looking for a organized casual who requires minimum supervision / training for a office admin based environment.

q  Hours 9-3pm Monday and Thursday with option of one extra day per week. FLEXIBLE

q  MUST HAVE Data Entry and input to Purchase Ledger Level (MYOB exp pref) Confident, outgoing, organized person req.

q  General Office Admin duties data entry– answer phones – filing bill payments, email, Windows XP computer literate a must.


 If you have the above experience we look forward to receiving your resume by email: jho61239@bigpond.net.au.

24/3/9 prev applicants from OCT08 need not apply    Start ASAP after school holidays

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


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


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.