Term 2 Week 4

Tuesday 12 May 2009



Principal’s Report – please see end page of this issue for details of our exciting news.


Watch this space……

Class of 1999 reunion will be held in late August 2009

Details shortly…….

volunteer week

The EHS community thanks our many volunteers who give so generously of their time…in the canteen, music support area, supporters of our grounds working bees, school council & committee members, library, art & language assistants

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 at elthamhs.vic.edu.au’


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  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 13

HPE MS Rec & Rac Roller skating Eltham

Thurs 14

Music-Choir Dandenong Eisteddfod

Yr 12 TOP Designs & Food Tech excursion

Music Ensembles Concerts

Fri 15

SoSE Yr 12 IS Conference Melb City

HPE MS Rec & Rac Roller skating Eltham

Sun 17

Grounds Working Bee

Mon 18

Whole School Assembly

Body Image program

Music Small ensembles DV Baptist church

Tues 19

Snr school assembly

Lote Indonesian activities in the show court performance Yr 8 & MS

ARTS Yr11 & 12 Ceramics Studio Tour Bulleen & local

Wed 20

Sport Inter Round Robin

Thurs 21

Immunisation Yr 7 girls HPV


These national literacy and numeracy tests have commenced today for Year 7 and Year 9 students. The timetable is:


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 NOW 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.

Reminder: 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.

Body Image Program from Student Welfare

On June 2nd, Eltham HS will be playing host to a Community Awareness Forum on the issue of Body Image. As the number one issue of concern to young people, it is important that we all broaden our understanding of the complexities of Body Image. Please mark the date in your diary for family and friends.  Tricia Fitzpatrick, Student Support Worker.

A positive Body Image Community Awareness Forum “Dose my bum look big in this?”

Nillumbik Community Health Service are proud to present this free community awareness forum, in partnership with the “Go for your Life” Positive Body Image Grants Program.  The forum aims to promote positive body image messages. healthy life-style choices and build self-esteem.  Funded through the Victorian Government the message of the forum is that young people’s health and well being are vital to their success in remaining engaged.

This forum is for young people aged 10-18 yrs, parents and other interested community.


Tuesday 2 June 2009




Eltham High School


Diana Murphy 9430 9184  dianam@nchs.org.au

Presenting Dr Rick Kausman, (author “If not dieting then what?” & “Calm Eating”) Kelly Nash, (Performing artist) EHS students,(presenting DVD) Luisa Capasso,(volunteer with Eating Disorders Vic) Indigo Girls Magazine (interactive workshop)


B.A.R.T.  – Boys and Relationships Talk

A five week program for boys 10-13 yrs.  Looking at dealing with difficult emotions.  Recognising anger, triggers and how to manage them.  Building social skills and group co-operation.  Fun activities, make new friends.

When: Tuesday May 26 2009 from 4pm until 5:30pm

Enquiries Kate-Berry St 9450 4700 Venue Berry St Cnr Banksia & Boulevard Rd Eaglemont.

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.

Junior School Notice 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.

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 has now been put back (due to Naplan) to Thursday May 21st and involves team members working individually on maths problems and puzzles. Students in the team or who would like to be part of the team will have to attend the practice session on Thursday 14th May room 706 on lunchtime.

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.



Have you wondered what happens after you have a blood test? Where the blood goes, how it is examined and how a diagnosis is made? A behind-the-scenes tour will show you. RMIT’s Laboratory Medicine together with medical diagnostic and research laboratories are giving Year 10-12 students, interested in a career as a medical scientist, the chance to go behind the scenes and find out first-hand what happens. When: Mon 6-Fri 10 July; Register: by 12 June at www.rmit.edu.au/medical-sciences/lab-visits; Info: Merilyn Lennox, 9925 7075.


RMIT’s Experience Engineering program offers Year 11 & 12 students the chance to see how engineering is changing the way we live. Students will explore and build their understanding of engineering through a series of hands-on workshops, while gaining a feel for university life. Two programs are on offer:

The electrical & computer engineering program covers iRobots, digital film high voltage and radio bugs. When: 9.30am-4pm, Tues 30 June OR Wed 1 July; Cost; Free (with lunch); Where: RMIT Uni, City campus, Bld 10, Level 7, Room 27; Reg’n: by 15 June - www.rmit.edu.au/sece/experience; Info: 9925 2090.

The aerospace, auto, mechanical & mechatronic eng. program will cover aerospace, mechatronics, renewable energy and auto and mech. engineering. When: 9.30am-4.30pm, Thurs 9 July; Cost: Free (with lunch); Where: RMIT Bundoora campus east, Cnr McKimmies Lane & Plenty Rd, Bundoora; Info: 9925 6022; Reg’n: By 15 June at www.rmit.edu.au/aero-mech.


In celebration of World Environment Day, RMIT Uni invites you to explore the Sustainability Energy Park. Meet RMIT staff and students to gain information on programs incorporating sustainable engineering in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Learn about current research, education and careers in sustainable engineering and how it is developing sustainable energy technologies, solve water supply problems through solar desalination and designing green cars that use solar electricity and hydrogen. Visit the Sustainability Energy Park at RMIT Bundoora campus east, Cnr McKimmies Lane and Plenty Rd, Bundoora; Intro. Talk: Commences 10am and Guided Tours start at 11 am, Sat 6 June; Book: www.rmit.edu.au/aero-mech/energy-care


Swinburne is holding a parent and mature age student evening about transition to tertiary studies, entry requirements, fees, scholarships and why Swinburne might be the institute for your students. When: 7.00-8.30pm, Thurs 18 June; Where: Sustainability Building, Wantirna campus; For information: contact Alex Sims, ph 9214 4427, alsims@swin.edu.au.


Australia’s major accounting firms will attend ICAA’s information evening. Find out about cadetships, recruitment, and what is like to work in the accounting industry. When: 5.30-7.30pm, Tues 12 May; Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground; Info: www.charteredaccountants.com.au/students


Deakin is commencing a new program for Year 10’s called Your future, your choice. It is an event to encourage young people to start thinking about the types of university courses and careers that interest them. Speak to industry professionals and map out your own career path; hear for former Deakin students, talk to current students, and eat pizza and receive prizes!  When: 6.30-8.00pm, Thurs 11 June; Where: Burwood and Geelong Waterfront campuses; Cost: Free; Register: www.deakin.edu.au/year10.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

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.


Wow!            What a week! 

The prestigious Mount Gambier 'Generations in Jazz' saw our Stage Band win Division 2.  This is a fantastic achievement competing against a large number of schools from all over the country. Congratulations to the students and their conductor, Ed Fairlie.  Special thanks to Julie Allen who drove them the great distance and safely back!

Our Combined Primary School Band also performed wonderfully at the Boroondara Eisteddfod yesterday and won their section.  More congratulations to these 68 talented students and their conductor, Daniel Neal.

And locally ... the Eltham Community appreciated the performances over the weekend ... the Flute Ensemble conducted by Carol Galea at McDonalds on Mothers Day - a lovely way to enjoy your breakfast and our Jazz Band conducted by Aaron Vreulink, played great music in the Town Square on Saturday.

There will be more applause next week when our Training Band have their Debut Concert.  This is definitely one to mark on the calendar.

Thursday 21st May the concert commences at 7.30pm (students to arrive by 7pm) in the school's Hall.

We wish our Choir and Chamber Choir all the best tomorrow when they compete in the Dandenong Eisteddfod.

And more calendar markings ... our 'Small Ensembles' consisting of senior students as well as the Choirs will be taking part in our 'Small Ensembles Concert' on Monday 18th May 7.30pm at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church, Diamond Creek Rd, Plenty.  Entry is $5.00, children 12 years and under are free. This is a great opportunity for our younger musicians to hear what can be achieved at the senior level.

Jill Browne, Music Administration


Lote Cultural Workshop Tuesday May 19 2009

To celebrate Education Week, there will be cultural workshops in both French and Indonesian on Tuesday May 19th.  The cost for French students to watch Theatre Fantastique is $11 per person payable to the cashier.  The cost for Indonesian dance workshop for Indonesian students is $3.00 per person also payable to the cashier.  Your co-operation in paying monies due before the end of this week is highly appreciated because we have to present payment to our workshop providers before the event.  All details of events will be presented to students and teachers concerned   this week.  Both workshops are highly entertaining and are fun ways of learning languages.

Host families urgently needed for Exchange Students  please see community announcements

Bu Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



This week in volleyball we are congratulating Sophie Paine from year 11, who is representing Australia in the National Youth Women's team in an international tournament in Darwin.  We are also hoping for great results in the VSSSA Senior volleyball finals being held at MSAC this coming Thursday.  Other than that, teams are all training hard, the junior competitions on Wednesdays and Thursdays are running smoothly and we look forward to Thommo returning from his leave next week.

Gareth 'DK' de Korte, caretaker for Volleyball

See Community notices re Equestrian Camps & Golfing opportunities.

Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordinator

Year 9 Essay Competition for History

World Expeditions subsidy for a student place in the Eltham High School Community Tour to Turkey and Egypt – January 2010

Year 9 students are encouraged to enter this competition that will promote intellectual quality through analytical essay writing. The competition is open to any Year 9 student at Eltham High School.

The essay topic is: “What have Turkish and Egyptian Societies contributed to modern society?”

It is expected that students will include an appropriate bibliography.

The prize is a $5000 subsidy towards the $5790 cost of the trip to Turkey and Egypt in 2010. Students will be required to have permission from their parents/guardians to enter the competition. Permission forms can be collected from Mr Robertson in the SOSE Office.

We encourage all entrants to start their research now.

Students are expected to write their essay under supervision after school, during the week of the 15-19 June, 2009.

The Winner will be announced before the end of Term 2.

Compete for one of the most exciting prizes offered for an essay at Eltham High School for years.

Seamus Robertson, Acting SOSE Coordinator

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.

More Community announcements on the web this week – www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au/newsletters/newsletters.html

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 at 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

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 13

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Thurs 14

Christine Muscat, Jeanette Jenkins

Fri 15

Suzanne Bix, Sally Bowen

Mon 18

Renate Burke, Debbie McCormack, Rhonda Steele

Tues 19

Sally Malkoutzis, Jo Black

Wed 20

Mandy Byrne, Yvonne Heeringa, Linda Palmer

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.


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


Community Announcements/Advertisements…………….

Come and try golf day – Sunday 14 June Heidelberg Gold Club 1-4pm

experience golf first hand with a PGA golf professional.

All equipment provided.

• Everyone receives a participation gift.

• Afternoon snack provided.

• Opportunity to sign up to the School

Holiday and Junior program* at Heidelberg GC. (8 Main Road, Lower Plenty).

*Junior program scheduled Sun 21 & Sun 28 June 1-2pm

Cost - $15  Girls must register with Women’s Golf Vic by Fri 12 June. Contact Louise Pellrino-Jnr Golf Coord louiseep@womensgolf.org.au    03 9524 7603


Victorian Equestrian Centre – Eventing Camps 2009-2010

First camp is June 28 to July 3 2009.  The Spring Camp will run over Sept 20 to 25 2009 and the Summer Camp Dec 13 to 18 2009 and Jan 17 to 22 2010.  The camps are offered to those who have their own horses and wish to develop their eventing skills.  For camp costs etc contact as below.  The final day consists of a One Day Event with ribbons and trophies awarded!

Ph 5944 3751  Fax 5944 3090  for more info/ application form

St. Francis Xavier-Tennis Club Montmorency

Seeks junior players to play in Spring Competition

 Age 8-18 any standard

Friday nights or Saturday mornings

Friendly family club

Enquiries: Rhonda Connop  9439 1879

Bushfire Recovery Garage Sale

Saturday 16th May 2009 at the Diamond Valley Baptist Church 309 Diamond Creek Rd., Plenty 3090 9am until 4pm

Whatever you can fit into a $5 bag is yours!!!

Thank you to everyone who donated material aid for the recent Black Saturday bushfire appeal, we now need your help to turn the surplus supplies into cash to purchase more desperately needed items white goods, furniture etc.  Holders of a blue DHS form will receive goods FREE on the day

Sponsors: DVBC-Fort Knox Self Storage- HICA -IT Billings Long



(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.


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. 


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


Congratulations and thank you to the schools and students who have actively participated in our Victorian Bushfires Emergency Appeal. 

Our Appeal will officially close on Friday 9th May, however you can still send your contributions through if you are yet to do so.  Please ensure you forward your cheque or direct deposit donation to us by 30th June.

You will be proud to know that over $730,000 has been collectively raised by our 600+ participating SchoolAid schools with children, teachers and principals from across Australia and also New Zealand uniting together in their support.

In addition to the money raised, we have also received over 600 "Messages of Hope" which will be made into booklets to distribute to the affected school communities.  They will be able to keep the booklets as a heart warming show of support and compassion from you their peers. (Please click here for some of the "Messages of Hope" that we have received)

We are currently working with the Victorian Principals Association to determine the best use and allocation of funds to benefit the affected school communities.  We will announce the final appeal results and programme outcomes in July.

Thank you and congratulations again for the compassion, enthusiasm and generosity shown in your support of this appeal.

The School Aid Team

Casual Office Position Available for Confident Person - Eltham

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

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

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

"           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.

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





Principals Report


Eltham High School's involvement in the Building Futures process has paid terrific dividends. Innovative approaches to teaching and learning will be supported with state-of-the art facilities which will provide opportunities for enhanced student learning outcomes, more effective and ongoing professional growth of teachers and greater links with our community.


As part of the State Budget presented last week, the Minister of Education, the honourable Bronwyn Pike MP announced that Eltham High School will be receiving $9 Million to modernise outdated and run down facilities and bring our learning environments into the 21st century. Our outstanding tradition of providing an excellent education to the Eltham and wider communities, which has been established over the last 83 years, will not only continue but be enhanced by the application of innovative pedagogies, supported by the latest information and communication technologies, in purpose built learning environments. This will sustain the implementation of the six Eltham High School Principles of Teaching and Learning:

"           Build positive relationships

"           Cater for diversity

"           Focus on intellectual quality

"           Encourage creativity, student involvement and voice

"           Solve problems, develop team work and links to the community

"           Use varied assessment, as, of and for learning.


The Building Futures process itself was very welcomed by our school community. Whilst we worked under very tight and strict timelines, it provided the framework for us to review our school practices and structures and to really focus on what we as a community desire for the education of our young people. Ultimately, the primary focus of this outstanding opportunity is not new buildings but the enhancement of student learning outcomes supported by the development of innovative and flexible learning environments. Furthermore, these learning spaces will invite greater use by our community and support it further to see our school as its centre.


Vincent Sicari, Principal and Steve Herbert, State Member for Eltham

Vincent Sicari  - Principal

Steve Herbert - State Member for Eltham


 This project will see the full redevelopment of the Withers Way end of the school with the demolition of current facilities and removal of relocatable buildings and rebuilding of teaching spaces, a flexible performing arts space to meet the needs of the performing arts curriculum, cafeteria/senior student centre, staff areas and student amenities.




It has been a very long and hard road to reach this point and I anticipate that the road ahead will have its challenges but this is a time for celebration and excitement. I take this opportunity to thank a number of people who have greatly supported the achievement of this milestone. To begin with, a great deal of credit need to go to Trevor Jenkins (Assistant Principal) and Bruce Martyn (Business Manager) for their hard work and support of those endless submissions; School Council for its ongoing support and work; the Building Futures Focus Group for their research, the staff, the students and the community for the work they have done and support they have provided but even more so for the work they are going to do. I wish to make a special mention of our local State Member, Mr Steve Herbert (State Member for Eltham and Parliamentary Secretary for Education). Steve has fought tirelessly to support us to achieve this outcome. The assistance that he has provided has been outstanding and a great deal of credit for this positive result needs to go to him. Needless to say  Steve has always been supportive of the school and of this community. Our architects, Gray Puksand also deserve a mention because they too have engaged with several debates with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on our behalf. Their advice and support has been greatly valued.  Ultimately, this was a group effort, everyone being a piece of the jig-saw which came together to create this wonderful picture. The real work now begins! I will keep you informed as the project progresses.


Left to right:

Paul de Podolinsky - Architect

Ron Wilson - School Council

Vincent Sicari - Principal

Steve Herbert - State Member for Eltham

Wayne Hay - Architect



Student Achievement:

Rising jazz talent showcased:

About 1600 school students from across Australia made the annual pilgrimage to Mount Gambier's Generations in Jazz event, participating in stage band competitions and watching and learning from luminaries such as James Morrison.


The Division two prize was won by the Eltham High School Stage Band, described as exceptional by adjudicator Graeme Lyall, with an unprecedented perfect score of 100 points for a ballad. I wish to congratulate all the students in the Stage Band for this outstanding effort and in particular their director, Mr Ed Fairlie who has guided and supported the students to this achievement.  This once again reflects the excellent level of skill and performance of our students and staff. Furthermore, I wish to thank all the staff and parents that supported the students on this trip and in particular Julie Allen who took responsibility for transport of the students and instruments.


I also extend congratulations to the Combined Eltham Primary School Band who won their section at Boroondara Eisteddfod on Monday 11 May and in particular congratulate their director Daniel Neal.


Photographic Exhibition:


I wish to draw you attention to a photographic exhibition that will open on Friday 22 May at 6:30 pm at the Chute Gallery, 55 Chute Street Diamond Creek. This exhibition entitled "Nature Heals" features the work of one of our year 7 students, Duncan Peat. The events of the most recent bushfires have motivated Duncan and another artist Alanah Chapman to exhibit their work. All proceeds from this exhibition will support the recovery of the Strathewen Community and Primary School. An event not to miss!




Vincent Sicari, Principal