Term 2 Week 5

Tuesday 19 May 2009

 

 

 

Reminder: Immunisation day Yr7 girls only during period 1 Thurs 21 May

training band perform live

a must for parents, extended family & friends….to witness this very special performance in the hall………….Thursday 21st May   concert commences 7 30pm

Principal’s Report

Eltham High School Whole School Assembly: At the whole school assembly on Monday 18th of May we celebrated our achievements as a learning community. As has become customary, at each of these assemblies we focus on one of our school values. On this occasion we paid tribute to the “Pursuit of Excellence”. We acknowledged the strength of the partnership between students, teachers, support staff and parents in maintaining the vibrancy of our learning environment and emphasised this as the mechanism through which we can achieve our goals.  We reflected on our purpose statement which clearly states that

“At Eltham High School each person feels safe to be themselves and challenged to think critically, to work in teams, show leadership and achieve success along many pathways.”

This clearly articulates the set of principles that guide our actions day by day.

Our purpose statement is implicit in the core agenda of “teaching and learning” where both teachers and students embark on the learning journey together and where the roles of teacher and students interchange as appropriate. This dynamic relationship is part of what sets us apart from any other educational institution. Our teachers pursue excellence in what they do and continuously develop their own intellectual quality and in so doing they support their students to pursue excellence through the building of intellectual quality.

We welcomed two special guests both past students of Eltham High School: Ms Catherine Macrae (Class of 2002) and Mr James Hamlet (Class of 2005). Catherine completed a double degree in law and international relations at La Trobe University in 2008. She was admitted to the legal profession at a ceremony in the Supreme Court in mid April 2009 where she was awarded the Supreme Court Prize, for the top law graduate from Latrobe University as well as the Deans medal for achieving the highest grades in her law degree, and the Law - Politics prize in respect of her double degree. Catherine spoke about all the opportunities that having been a student of Eltham High School awarded her and of her experiences in her pursuit of excellence since leaving high school. James is in the process of completing his International Relations degree and has had many opportunities to study overseas and undertake some work with the United Nations. He also spoke of how highly he values the education he received at Eltham High School and was able to share his experiences post Year 12 and in so doing demonstrate a very different pathway to that outlined  by Catherine. I wish to thank both of these young people for having taken time out of their busy lives to be with us on this occasion.

During the assembly we recognised a number of students and staff who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the pursuit of excellence. However, the recipients of these awards are in fact representatives of all students and staff who consistently live this school value.

I congratulate them all.

Curriculum Area

Staff

Student

The Arts

Marian Stoney

Sean Anderson

English

Glenn Pearsall

Ricki-Lee Burley

PE/Health

Judy Taylor

Amy Vine

LOTE

Manuela Nicassio

Tom Thorneycroft

Mathematics

Adriana Zorzan

Todd Wilkinson

Science

Therese Sweeney

Gareth Kelly

SOSE

Jenny Isaac

Louisa Wilson

Technology

Christine Andrews

Jade Guest

Education Support

Bruce Martyn

 

 

The Anthology editors awarded certificates to Kim Peterson-English, Rikki-Lee Burley, Taryn Grindal, Camille Heenan, Emily Deague-Hall and Chloe Morriss.  Congratulations to these students for their achievement.

 

 

Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Sophie Paine of Year 11 who has represented Australia in the Women's U19 Volleyball Team, who competed in the Arafura Games in Darwin from 9 – 17 May 2009. Sophie and her team returned home after having won the silver medal.

Further sports congratulations to the Senior Boy Volleyball Team for its outstanding success in winning the VSSSA final last week. Similarly congratulations to the Senior Girls Team for gaining second place in their VSSSA competition. My congratulations are also extended to their coaches.

Congratulations also to all students who participated in the Cross Country event last Saturday and to their coaches. Once again an excellent effort on behalf of everyone involved.

I also congratulate the Boys Senior Baseball Team and their coach for an outstanding outcome in their most recent competition.

I take this opportunity to congratulate all the students in the Choir and Chamber Choir both having received Honourable Mentions last week at the Dandenong Eisteddfod. Furthermore, congratulations to their Director Ms Lynlee Williams for having supported the students to this excellent outcome.

Staff Achievement:

Congratulation to Mr Greg Thomas who this evening will be recognised for his 35 years of service to government school education at a formal ceremony. Greg is an outstanding educator and one totally focused on supporting students reach their potential be it within the academic or sports arena. Greg’s commitment, passion and hard work have been of great benefit to students at Eltham High School. This is a milestone to be proud of.

Note of Congratulations:

Congratulations to Carly Young and her partner Michael on the arrival of their daughter Portia Jean-Maree and wish them all the very best as they embark on parenthood.

Congratulations also to Glen Pearsall and his partner Tash on the arrival of their son Jem Elijah, brother to Noah. We wish them all the very best.

Note of Condolences:

I wish to express our sincere condolences to the Leopold family for the recent loss of their son Griegen. Griegen was a past student of our school and his father Andrew held the position of Assistant Principal in our school over a number of years. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

 

Last Day – for Year Nine Camp Forms

All forms and payment must be lodged no later than this Wednesday morning with the cashier.  Please contact Middle School office, or phone Jodie Sutton 9430 9234 if you have any concerns or cannot meet this deadline.

 

Rock Eisteddfod News

Term 2 is well underway. Here is an update on important information:

*Each performance group is well on the way to finishing their routine and the music has been added together for the sound track.

*A backstage crew have been put together and have already begun working on the set production and design.

*The 10 pin bowling night was a huge success - thank you for those who came and organised groups of friends. The event raised approximately $600 to go towards costumes. Photos will be on line ASAP.

Thank you to Jane Thomas of the 'ART DEPARTMENT' who, along with her Year 8 Design class is designing and making the Madhatters hats! We can't wait to see some of your weird and wonderful ideas!

Costume Design and Production

Our first working bee for the year (we are starting later than usual) is on: Sunday June 14th - Room 615 - Textiles Room (near bike shed) time: 9am -1pm

We are looking for as many parents and students to attend and help - big roles or small jobs available.  Everyone needs a costume so everyone needs to help!!

Each family is expected to help out in some way - this is a great way to get involved!

Brooke Gannon, Eisteddfod organizer

SCHOOL CALENDAR

May 2009

Wed 20

Sport Inter Round Robin

Art Teachers Network

School Council meeting Conference Rm  7:30pm

Thurs 21

Immunisation Yr 7 girls HPV during period 1

Fri 22

OES Yr 12 Horse riding to Mansfield

Sat 23

Music Boroondarra Eisteddfod Brass solos

Mon 25

Yr 10 Work Experience

Year 9 Camp and leadership

Tues 26

Sport Yr 8 Round Robin

Careers Yr 9 Work Experience Preparation day

Fri 29

Sport Snr Boys Football/Soccer Finals

and  Zone Athletics at Meadow Glen

Careers Yr 9 Work Experience Preparation day

Sat 30

Music Boroondarra Eisteddfod Woodwind Solos

Student Report Folders- available for pick up

In 2009 EHS 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. Reports will be available online during your student’s time at EHS. If you wish to print reports and store them in hard copy, the school has a limited number of report folders available. If you would like one they can be collected from the General office by parents while the stock lasts.

Darren Squires, Assistant Principal Curriculum.

Working Bee Report - Sunday 17th May

Over 65 participants turned out to the Grounds Working Bee on this last Sunday 17th May and most tasks as planned were completed.  There was a good mix of teachers, parents and students who contributed on the day to make it a great success.  As usual this event could never have occurred without the planning and input of the Grounds Committee group – thanks to Sue Washington, Bruce Voisey, Leo Adamson, Mick Kennedy, Philip Green, Mark Croft, Matt Jones, Steve Moon, Sue Hamilton-Green, Sue Gwilym, Makl Sinclair, Andrew Wilson, Anna Tham and Vincent Sicari for their input, leadership and support on the day.  This event could not have occurred without you.

The following tasks were completed on the day.

ü  A 15 metre of section of post and pipe fence was constructed on the South side of the Stadium Complex.

ü  Over half of the post and pipe fence was constructed around the Heritage Pin Oak adjacent to the bike shed.

ü  Four short sections of post and pipe fence were constructed in the Courtyard Complex.

ü  Over 70 plants were planted, bagged and mulched adjacent to the Administration complex. 

ü  A significant amount of pruning was completed around the 400’s wing along with some replacement planting.

ü  Heaps of sweeping was completed around the front of the stadium as well as the Courtyard Complex.

ü  Tree guards were removed from established trees on the Western Boundary.

ü  A significant amount of mowing and brush cutting was completed in a range of areas around the school.

ü  The fern garden in the Arts Courtyard was prepared for future planting by adding more soil.

ü  Preparation of morning tea and barbeque lunch for the participants in attendance – thanks to Isabel and Philip

ü  A significant  number of bollards were stained after morning tea

On Saturday prior to the Working Bee Chris Morrison, Terry Phillips and Bob Ackland attended school to dig holes and prepare for our Sunday Working Bee.  Thanks, you made a difference.

One of our School Values highlighted this week is “Pursuit of Excellence” and there is no doubt that the Grounds Committee and its support base of parents, teachers and students live that value through their contribution through the Sunday Working Bee experience.  Just look out the window!  Again, thanks to all who contributed on the day and made a difference to the working environment of our teaching and learning environment.

John Coates Environmental Coordinator for the Grounds Committee.

PS Next Working Bee Sunday 14th June

Our volunteers/families attending Sunday were:

Coates

Burchell

Smith family

Washington

Voisey

Adamson

Kennedy

Goodridge

Jarvis

Boyes family

Norman

Green

Croft

Wilson

Jones

Moon

Birkett-Trotter family

Norden

Burke

Uwland

Preston

Moore

Hague family

Wastson/Colvin

Male

Hamilton-Green family

Gwilym

Wilson

Bleechmore

Thamm

Taylor

Bond family

Sicari

Quinn

Snell family

Wilson

Ipsen

Van Hecke

Kaires

Underwood

Mc Kinlay

Heathcote

Snow

Bond family

 

Body Image Program from Student Welfare

This forum is for young people aged 10-18 yrs, parents and other interested community……..see full notice in community section this issue.

Date:

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Time

7-9:15pm

Venue

Eltham High School

RSVP

Diana Murphy 9430 9184  dianam@nchs.org.au

Homework Clubs

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.

Homework Club for Junior school students is on Wednesday mornings from 8am until 8:45am – please report to the Junior school office.

Mathematics Problem Solving Olympiad

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

This competition is open to Year 7/8 students only.  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 this Thursday May 21st and involves team members working individually on maths problems and puzzles.

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.

Community announcements on the web this week www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au

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.

MUSICAL NOTES

The Choir and Chamber Choir both received Honourable Mentions last week at the Dandenong Eisteddfod.  Congratulations!

Sadly that was the last year, after many, for the Eisteddfod, which will be missed by choral groups, and others, for the opportunity to listen to and compete against other schools.   

But this week ... a BIG one on the music calendar ……

the Training Band Concert Debut. 

This Thursday, 21st May at 7.30pm (band members to arrive by 7pm) in the school hall.  The early morning rehearsals will prove to have paid off when family and friends have the opportunity to hear this band perform for the first time.  Wednesday afternoon and evening this week the music performance students of Units 1 and 3 have their recitals in the rehearsal room.

Jill Browne, Music Administration

SPORT SPORT SPORT

2009 Swim Squad – Thursday mornings

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

Volleyball

Congratulations to the Senior Boys volleyball team on winning the VSSSA final last week.  Congratulations also to the Senior Girls on being runners up.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Coordinator

EHS Cross Country 2009

Eltham High School was represented at the 2009 All Schools Cross Country Relay Championships, held at Jells Park Waverley, by three teams. All 12 students who ran on the day found the long uphill sections of the course to be a true Cross Country test of stamina and will-power.  Jaimee Solar, Caitlin McGregor, Gabby Seymour and Olivia Kreutzer formed the EHS Under 14 Girl’s team that finished in tenth position out of the 14 teams that lined up in the 4x3km relay.  The girls completed the 12 kilometres in a total time of 61:33 with the fastest leg being run by Jaimee Solar in a time of 13:22.  The Boy’s Under 16 team members were Amos Fun, Joel Henderson, Aidan Smith and James White. The team finished the 4x3km relay in a total time of 48:35 to place them in 12th place out of the 33 teams that contested the division. Amos Fun ran the quickest leg for his team with a time of 11:13 for the 3km.

In the Girl’s Under 18 4x4km competition, the EHS team of Zoe Girbau, Kristine Alford, Maria Benke and Petra Manduka finished the 16km in a time of 81:40. The team finished in 16th position out of the 21 teams that competed in the division. Zoe Girbau ran her 4km leg in a time of 19:45 to record the fastest time in a team that was very even.  Congratulations to all EHS team members.

Peter Seymour, EHS Cross Country Convenor

EHS Cross Country Calendar Saturday 13th June ’09 Victorian All Schools Road Relays La Trobe University. EHS students wishing to take part in this event should advise Mr Seymour by Friday 31st May. The distances are 2km for the U14 & U16 age groups and 3km for the U18 & U20 age groups. Saturday 18th July ’09 Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships.  Bundoora Park Friday 24th July VSSSA State Cross Country Championships Bundoora Park

Cross Country Training

Each Friday morning there is a training group that meets in Room 908 and sets off for a training run at 8:00am sharp. The group has often been around 20 in number and accommodates girls and boys of all abilities and age groups. After the run, students return to Room 908 for a hot chocolate before heading off to class. Contact Mr Seymour at the school for further information.

Canteen Roster

May 2009

Wed 20

Mandy Byrne, Yvonne Heeringa, Linda Palmer

Thurs 21

Kym Parberry, Carol tyewart, Christine Carol

Fri 22

Annabelle Preston, Camillla Mc Hugh

Mon 25

Kath Phillips, Joanne Grigg, Rhonda Constantinou

Tues 26

Alice Eastwood, Lilly Pillot

Wed 27

Tracey Angelopoulos, Michelle Dalton, Margaret Toohey

Thurs 28 May          Tues June 9          Mon 22 June

Volunteers needed these days please

If you are able to help, even for a short time

please contact Gael on 9430 5120  thanks

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.

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.

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.

Turkey/Egypt Community Tour Jan 2010

LIMITED PLACES LEFT – GET IN QUICK!!!!

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.

Reminder: DIAMOND VALLEY COLLEGE BUSES

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

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club also offers interested EHS students a chance to gain further assistance and coaching in Cross Country or other track & field events. Training sessions are held at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) from 5:00pm on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Contact Max Balchin on 0409 005 406 for further information.

 

Volleyball Important Dates

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…………….

Body Image Program from Student Welfare

A positive Body Image Community Awareness Forum “Does 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.

Date:

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Time

7-9:15pm

Venue

Eltham High School

RSVP

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.

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

 

Watch this space……

Class of 1999 reunion will be held in late August 2009

Details shortly…….

 

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

S Warren

 

YOGA FOR KIDS & TEENS

KIDS use their imagination; songs & games through postures, relaxation/meditation. TEENS take a break from pressures of every day life, skills in stress management, yoga postures and meditation/relaxation.

Qualified Primary/Special Ed & Yoga Teacher Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre. Greensborough.
Info & Bookings

Dianne 9444 0645/ 0406024160

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

 

Tutoring

(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. 

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

PEARL 695RBE DOLCE

- 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

SELF

What is it?  A free group for girls aged 13 – 17 years in Banyule/Nillumbik.

Every Wednesday at the Banyule Community Health Centre, West Heidelberg this group will run fun activities with food and fitness as well as lots more. A great way to connect with others and make new friends! Contact Shae on 0428 522656

SINGING LESSONS

Pro Vocal offers contemporary voice lessons for teenagers and is located in Briar Hill.  For information or to book an introductory lesson call Jayne on 0413352733 or email jayne@provocal.com.au

GIRLS FOOTY

As well as having a Senior & Reserves side in the Victorian Women’s Football League, the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club is submitting a team into the AFL Youth Girls Northern Competition in 2009. So, if you’re aged between 13 & 18 and want to be a part of it then contact Nicole Fisher on 0435 027 152. Training is currently on a Tuesday Night at Diamond Valley Secondary College Tennis Courts from 4.45pm to 6.15pm.

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.

Host Families Needed for Exchange Students

A number of Exchange Students, boys and girls aged 15-18, are relying on volunteer host families to enable them to come to Australia to study and live during their half, one or two school semester stay here. Should you feel you and your family could afford to have an extra host brother or sister at mealtimes and have a spare bed, share room or own, for even 6-8 weeks, please contact Klaus Schumann on (03)97584279. You can make a friend for life with your Italian, German, Belgian, French, Dutch, Japanese or Brazilian student and their family.