Term 2 Week 9

Tuesday 16 June 2009


the mid year concertdon’t miss this great music event……

Wednesday 17th June, 7.30pm start




[students to arrive by 7pm] at 360 YPCC, 360 Main Rd. Lower Plenty.  Allocated seating - tickets available from the Music office.                                                              $12 Adult & $8 Concession/Child.                                 ALL WELCOME


Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Jackie Smith of Year 9 who has been selected to Captain the Victorian Under 16 Basketball Team.  Jackie and her team will be playing in the National Titles in the first week of Term 3 in Tasmania.  Similarly, we congratulate Joshua Vendramini of Year 11 who has been selected in the Victorian Under 19 Volleyball Team.  Joshua and his team will be competing in the National Titles in Tasmania in the same week.  We wish both these students and their teams all the very best in their competitions and we look forward to some outstanding results as we follow their sporting achievements with interest.


Supporting Families Affected by the Bushfires

I draw your attention to the accompanying information about an evening for families who have been affected by the most recent bushfires.  I strongly encourage all families affected by the fires to engage with this program.  I thank Diana Murphy from Nillumbik Community Health Services for her organisation of this event which will most certainly benefit all members of our community.


PAG Group (Principal’s Advisory Group)

I wish to congratulate all students who are part of the PAG Group and thank them for the wonderful work they are doing and in particular for their contribution to the School Improvement Agenda.  The PAG Group has representatives of students from each year level and these students are taking their role very seriously and are most certainly setting an example of best practice in relation to the collaborative nature of our work.  Currently the PAG Group is having discussions around the Building Futures initiative.  The students are raising some questions to present to our Architects in relation to the building works which will take place in the near future.  Of great concern to the students is the question of sustainability and I am certain that they will pose exciting and challenging questions for our Architects.   The PAG Group is also involved in discussions about curriculum.  The students are very interested in having input into the curriculum direction that the School will be taking from 2010 onwards.  An integrated approach to curriculum has been put forward and the students are very excited by the prospect of having a say in this new direction for the School.  Student voice is part of the Eltham High School Principles of Teaching and Learning and the establishment of the PAG Group provides an opportunity for students to have input in a wide variety of areas of both the School’s operation and governance.  I am very proud to work with these students


and am sure that our partnership will continue well into the future as further directions for the School are identified and processes for implementation are considered.  The PAG Group brings a different perspective and an informative one in a range of areas of the School and this is very welcomed not only by myself, but also the Leadership Team in the School. 


Eltham High School Working Bee

The last working bee for Term 2 took place on Sunday, 14 June.  I wish to thank all the people who attended on the day and who contributed greatly to the work that we achieved together.  The weather was in our favour and allowed us to carry out a series of tasks which had been planned by the Grounds Committee.  I commend the work of the Grounds Committee, its organisation and preparation for the day was as always, outstanding.  Its work also makes it easy for the rest of us when we arrive on the day to actually complete our tasks with the greatest level of ease.  I wish to also thank Mr John Coates, without whose hard work and commitment the working bees would not be the success that they are.  I also wish to thank all the families that were here on Sunday in support of the Rock Eisteddfod.  I know that Brooke Gannon would like to express her thanks to all the volunteers who arrived on Sunday to help with costume making and with the making of props.  The hard work and commitment of our volunteers is highly commended and we thank them in appreciation of their efforts.


Vincent Sicari, Principal

Creating a Resilient life . . . . .

an evening with Andrew Fuller

WHERE: Kangaroo Ground Primary School- Corner Graham and Eltham –Yarra Glen Rds, Kangaroo Ground Mel way ref: 271 E11. Phone: 9712-0292

WHEN: Wednesday the 24th of June, 6.30-9pm.Join us for a light supper 6.30-7pm Andrew will speak from 7pm onwards.                                  The evening is free.

Note: The presentation is for parents and may not be suitable for children, childcare is available at the school on the night. Any queries contact Diana Murphy- Nillumbik Community Health Service- 9430-9184/0431160988 dianam@nchs.org.au


June / July 2009

Wed 17

Music – Mid Year Concert – details front page

Arts Yr 11 VCVD TOP Designs Melb Museum

Thurs 18

Sport X country Northern Zone

Fri 19

Arts VCE Dance workshop in South Melbourne

SoSE Phy Geo fieldwork excursion all day

Music Strings & Small ensembles to Salvation Army Greensborough at lunchtime

Sun 21

Music Symphonic Band Tour to Brisbane

Mon 22

OES M/S Camp Brisbane Ranges

Wed 24

OES M/S Camp Brisbane Ranges

Thurs 25

SoSE Yr7Greek Festival in showcourt

OES Yr 12 Field Trip to Queenscliff

Fri 26

Last day of Term early finish 2:30pm

Sat 11

Music Jazz and Stage Band Workshops TBC

Mon 13 July

Term 3 commences

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.


June is winter, June is cold but June 14th 2009 had a touch of global warming to it and to the 45 attendees at Sunday’s Working Bee it was great to be out in the field making a difference to our environment at EHS.  With the elevated temperature and no wind chill all participants worked at a higher metabolic rate and most tasks were completed well within the time frame so we could all enjoy an early barbeque lunch.  Thanks again goes out to all those who attended, but in particular the organizing Committee of the Grounds group who provided leadership and provisions for the attendees.  These sorts of events would not be possible without the support of this wonderful group of parents and ex-parents who make up the core of the Grounds Committee.  Below is summarised the success of June 14th.

ü  A further 15 metre section of post and pipe fence was constructed on the south side of Stadium complex.

ü  The refurbishment of the protective fence around the Heritage pin-oak was completed.

ü  Plants were pruned around the Stadium Complex

ü  A major clean-up and prune was completed around the Bike-shed and Ely St fence line.

ü  Sweeping was completed adjacent to the Stadium as well as the Courtyard precincts.

ü  Mowing and brush cutting was completed in a variety of areas around the school.

ü  Preparation was completed for the fern garden in the Arts courtyard and as a result planted out and mulched.  It looks great!

ü  A significant amount of redundant concrete drain was dug up and removed from the Eastern Oval.

ü  A significant amount of mulch was spread in a variety of locations around the campus.

ü  Over 150 plants were provided with new homes around the school.

ü  Approximately 35 bollards were stained as a result of the days construction efforts

ü  Removal of some redundant star pickets on the western boundary was also completed.

ü  One of the courtyard tables was sanded and graffiti removed.

As usual the Grounds Committee has delivered a very worthwhile outcome for the Environment of the School with improvements in construction as well as the usual but important maintenance tasks that are always ongoing.  Thanks again to our parent and student support along with our fabulous Grounds Committee group.  The next Working Bee is not until Sunday 16th August so be prepared and hope for more rain in the intervening time.  Thanking again all those who attended on this last weekend.

Attendees/families acknowledged:










Cervinka family

Stenborg family



Stevens family



Thamm family
















McLeod family




John Coates, Environment Coordinator/Grounds Committee.


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.

YEAR 10 EXAMS: 15-22 June

Please note that exams will be conducted in English, Maths and Science while Geography classes will undergo a test SAC (School Assessed Coursework).  Exams will be undertaken in normal classroom periods and there will be no disruption to other classes.

Students have been issued with a reminder note and exam timetable has been published and displayed around the school.

Please contact Mr McCrystal for general enquiries.

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


Have you bought your tickets for the MID YEAR CONCERT yet?   They are selling very quickly and seating is limited.  The concert is this Wednesday, 17th June, 7.30pm at The 360 YPCC, 360 Main Road, Lower Plenty. Students are to arrive by 7pm.  Tickets are $12 Adult, $8 Concession / Student.   

Contact Jill in the Music Office if you have any queries. 


The 'school music community' is having a farewell afternoon to Ken Waterworth on Sunday 28th June at 2pm in the music room.  The afternoon is the organisation of the Music Support Group.  Everyone is welcome. 


Two of our talented music students did great things at the CLASAX competitions on the weekend. Tom D'Ath and Alessandra Prunotto came first in the duet section.  Alessandra also came second in the 12 years and under section.   Both students played clarinet at the competitions and as first prize winners are invited to play at the CLASAX Mid Year Concert on Friday 19th June.

Congratulations to both!

Friday the 19th June our Strings ensemble and group performance students will be performing at the Greensborough Salvation Army Centre in the afternoon.


The last of the band tours are coming up ... Symphonic Band are heading to Brisbane on the 21st June to 26th June for a great musical experience.


Jill Browne, Music Administration

Reminder: all levels - ANTHOLOGY

We are currently looking for more submissions to the anthology, but what we really need is some visual entries such as pictures of your art, copies of your photographic art.  We accept work from last year and from all year levels.  You can email your photos or artwork to anthology@elthamhs.vic.edu.au or see Ms Harper in Room 102

Nillumbik Youth Services- Wanted: Roving Reporter!

Write for fun by being a Roving Reporter!  Nillumbik Youth Services are looking for young people between 12 and 25 years, who live work or study in Nillumbik to become Roving Reporters for our website www.nyp.com.au

Contribute articles about films, theatre, books, sporting events, poems, short stories and practically anything for the Youth Services website.

If you are interested please contact Sophie Grange Youth Services Communication Officer 9433 3159



Our Working Bee was a great success- thank you to all those who attended.

Brooke Gannon, Rock Eisteddfod organiser

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.


Northern Careers Employment Expo

3.30 – 7pm: Careers and Employment Expo (including info about School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships)

6pm – 6.30pm: Adapting to a changing labour market

This presentation will be conducted by Jan Moody from Apprenticeships Plus and will focus on apprenticeships and traineeship opportunities (including school based) currently available to young people in the region. No bookings required.

6pm – 6.30pm: Tertiary support services for prospective students with disabilities transitioning to tertiary studies

This presentation will outline available support services for prospective tertiary students with disabilities. The second part of the session will outline Disability Employment Networks, who they are and what services they offer. Bookings essential for this session, register at: www.imvc.com.au/new_site/NDCO_Booking_Request.asp

or call Effie Kapsalos on 9686 2354 or  email ekapsalos@imvc.com.au

When:Thurs 30 July Where: Darebin Arts/Entertain Centre

Brighton Bay Art, Design & Photography Open Day

The Brighton Bay Program offers a pathway between secondary and tertiary education in the fields of fine art, design, photography and new media. The transition from secondary to tertiary can be difficult, especially when students are required to present for interview with a folio. The extensive list of tertiary courses can also be perplexing. This program would suit students who are unsure of which creative field they would like to enter, as well as those who would like to enhance their knowledge and folio to enter a specific course. When: Sunday July 26, 10am – 4pm. Where: Elwood College, Goldsmith St Elwood (Melways map 67, C2)

Experience LaTrobe Melbourne (Tues 30 June)

Choose three hands-on workshops from a selection of over forty sessions in a wide range of disciplines:

• Arts, social sciences & communications

• Education and outdoor education

• Business, hospitality, tourism and sport and leisure management

• Computing and engineering

• Health sciences – nursing, physiotherapy, orthoptics, podiatry, public health and more

• Law and legal studies

• Sciences and psychology

• Visual art and graphic design

More info, workshop details and online registration: www.latrobe.edu.au/experience

Monash University experience – (Tues 7 July)

See Community announcement advertisement on web edition.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


Community Announcements/Advertising see the web this week www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au




Volleyball Lipstick Fundraiser

Over the next week all volleyball teams will be getting details of a lipstick fundraiser we will be running during June. If you wear lipstick, get behind the volleyball program and buy a couple. Just fill in the order form and return the form and money to the cashier by Monday the 22nd June. See Mr Thomas for an order form. Orders will be ready for collection from the P.E. office the first week on term three.

Level 1 Referees Course

Wednesday nights 17th, 24th June (after the year 7 volleyball competition) from 4.00 till 5.00 pm.

It will be held in room 003 and will cost $25 (norm $ 75 with Volleyball Victoria).  Interested students can get details from Mr Thomas in the P.E. office.

Teams at present that do not have a level one referee for Vic schools cup are – U 14 girls division 2, U15 boys division 1, U16 girls division 1 and U17 girls division 1.

Eltham Volleyball Jackets

Students in the volleyball program wanting to order a jacket should collect an order form from Mr Thomas.  Order and money must be returned to the cashier by Friday the 19th June.

Vic Schools Cup teams

Teams for this year’s Victorian Schools Cup have been put up on the volleyball information board in the stadium. Please check the list. If I have made any errors please let me know.

Volleyball Important Dates

7, 8 & 9 Aug

Victorian Schools Cup

10th Nov

Northern Zone Volleyball for 7 and 8

26th Nov

VSSSA Volleyball Final for 7 and 8

7 – 11 Dec

Australian Schools Cup

Greg Thomas, Volleyball coach

2009 Swim Squad – Thursday mornings 7am

What a great way to start a cold day----warm up with friends! Jjust come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre Thursday from 7 until 8am and say hello to our coaches Neroli and Simon. 

Phil Boyd, Swim Squad leader

Canteen Roster

June 2009

Wed 17

Kerri Laing, Jenny Alford

Thurs 18

Robyn Pulman, Irene Nikolaidis

Fri 19

Ali Burley, Julie Moore, Rachael Anderson

Mon 22

Kath Paine, Chris Farrugia

Tues 23

Anne Hawting, Brenda Fisher-Stamp, Michelle Ord

Wed 24

Joanna Buckley, Wendy Gunnoo

Thurs 25

Liz Deacon

Fri 26

Paula, Rhonda, Kath, Gael

Seeking in the Technology Dept

Our Technology Department requests any materials - fabric (especially block coloured) beads, buttons, old jewellery, etc that can be re-used for Mixed Media projects. Please bring items to the Art/Technology office.  We are also making a special appeal for a decommissioned sewing machine.  Hoping you can assist our creative Technology students.

Thank-you Jane Thomas, Art/Technology teacher


Students using this bus service in Term 3 must have their completed application form with the school Business Manager by the end on this week.                Bruce Martyn

All Community Announcements/Advertising on the web this week www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au


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

All Community Announcements/Advertising on the web this week www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Great Value……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.

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.

Community Announcements/Advertisements…………….


An Invitation...Sunday 28th June, 2pm we are 'farewelling' Ken Waterworth.  Drop in and say goodbye to Ken ... A relaxed afternoon in the music room, afternoon tea, a bit of memorabilia?  Spread the word ... current students, past students, past & present music support group members.

Any queries, contact Jill in the music office, 9430 5127



Clothing and articles are collected daily from classrooms and environs.  Parents and students are invited to check for lost property as soon as they suspect something may be missing.  All items with names are returned as soon as possible to students, however many items of clothing and text books etc  do not have names, regrettably.  These items cannot be held indefinitely.  A full list of property was published on the web site – see the Parent NewsletterLost Property list.  The list is also available for students to check, please ask at the General Office.


Insight 2009 – Stand up, Speak out, Be Heard!

Are you aged between 12 and 25 years and live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik? Are you interested in creative art?  If so Nillumbik Youth Service’s would like to invite you to be a part of this year’s Insight program.

If you’re creative, innovative and inspired to explore your emotions about Black Saturday through creative and visual art and we want to hear from you.

You will work with a local artist and your skills will continue to be developed over 6 weekly sessions from 4:30 to 6:30pm Thursdays afternoons at the Panton Hill Living & Learning Centre.  Your work will then become a touring exhibition to be displayed throughout Nillumbik.

This is a FREE program.  Places are limited so book early to secure your place.

Commences Thursday 4 June 2009 – runs Thurs 4 June, 11 June 2 July, 9 July, 16 July & 30 July – 4:30-6:30pm

Panton Hill Living & Learning Centre, 18 Bishops Rd., Panton Hill.  For more info or to book contact Sophie Grange Youth Services Communication Officer 9433 3159



Students using this bus service must have their completed application form with the school Business Manager by the end on this week.               Bruce Martyn, Business Manager


Experience Monash

Tuesday July 7, 2009

10am – 3pm

Are you a student in Year 10, 11 or 12 or a parent of a student in one of these years? If so, we invite you to come and Experience Monash.

The program aims to introduce you to the study opportunities and experiences available at the Clayton campus.

Choose from a variety of interactive faculty workshops, plus learn more about entry requirements, scholarships, fees and transition to university.

For program details and to book online visit:


Telephone 9903 4758

Email valerie.foster@adm.monash.edu.au

From Harm to Calm –

understanding deliberate self harm to young people…an informative workshop on Wednesday 24 June 2009 at 9:15am -12 noon (morning tea included)

Venue: Nillumbik Community Health Service 917 Main Rd., Eltham 3095 cost $55 inclusive of GST for more information on this workshop ph Lauire Fodero 9430 9100

email: laurief@nchs.org.au

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.

The Nillumbik Women’s Network & Nuillumbik Shire Council invite you to their International Women’s Day lunch and launch of Celebrating Nillumbik Women 2nd Edition

Monday 22 June 12 noon until 3pm

Eltham Community and Reception Centre 801 Main Rd., Eltham (Mel21GJ)

A light lunch will be provided by the CWA

RSVP June 17 Susan Forbes 9433 3144 or

Email: Susan.Forbes@nillumbik . vic.gov.au

A gold coin donation would be appreciated.  Eltham Bookshop will have books related to women’s issues on sale and display.


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



Join now at


9432 5788

and Receive a FREE pair

of Adidas Trainers valued at $160

Offer applies to standard 12 month m/s only.

Offer expires 22/06/2009

Full Terms and Conditions available at


PRESENT FLYER AND RECEIVE A BONUS P/T SESSION VALUED AT $40 see front table in Admin foyer for flyer


WANT TO PLAY NETBALL IN THE SPRING SEASON? Ryan Central Netball Club is now taking registrations for the Spring season starting 18th July 2009.  Games are on a Saturday and we train on Thursday nights 5.00 to 6.00.  Player reg’n is only $10.00 with Insurance starting at $28.00 We have limited vacancies in all age groups.  If you would like more information contact Julie on 0433 786 506 or look on our website at <http://www.ryancentralnetball.com/> www.ryancentralnetball.com


    Interested in playing netball?


 is the time to join the

most successful club in the Diamond Valley.

Diamond Creek Force Netball Club

Games played outdoors, Saturdays in all age groups

         9/U, 11/U, 13/U, 15/U,17/U & OPEN

Spring Season starts Saturday 18th July     

All enquiries welcome. Call Michelle

Ph: 94386098 / 0402 919 480

or  www.diamondcreekforce.com.au

We also offer

Indoor Night Netball- Mon & Wed

Mixed & Ladies for Teens & Adults

Call Sue 9438 6098 to enter a team.





















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 Leisure Centre

Starting from next term 14 July – there will be taekwondo classes for females every Tuesday from 7 to 8pm .  Instructor Evelyn Banister, 2nd Dan Black Belt.  Enquiries 9435 6000

Victorian Equestrian Centre – Eventing Skills 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


(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.

School Photos have been distributed

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

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


- 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

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 - 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

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.


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