Term 3 Week 6

Tuesday 18 August 2009


Attention parents/student Yrs 7-8-9-10  Student Progress Interviews will take place next Tuesday 25th August.

NOTE: No formal classes will be held for any students this day.

Interview appointment sheets have been issued to students this day and should be returned to school for students to sign up with teachers ASAP. (after consultation with parents to establish the most appropriate times)

This is an important meeting for all students and parents.  Meetings will occur between 11:30am and 7 pm (3 sessions – see appointment sheet for details) students should attend their interview and bring a copy of their report also.

Hermine Burns, Assistant Principal

Lost Property will be available to view & claim (on Tues 25th Aug) – donations to the Breast Cancer Foundation

Principal’s Report

Rock Eisteddfod 2009

I wish to congratulate all students who performed at the Hisense Arena last Thursday evening for the Rock Eisteddfod.  In congratulating them, I also congratulate Brooke Gannon who has been the inspiration behind the School’s involvement in this initiative.  The students performed admirably and their performance was well received by both the audience and the judges.  A number of certificates were awarded to Eltham High School, culminating in our entry into the finals.  We look forward to another outstanding performance in mid‑September as the Eltham High School Rock Eisteddfod group present their performance for final judging.  I wish all of the students, both performers and back stage crew, all the very best with the upcoming finals of the competition.  I also congratulate all of the parents who have supported this event.  The success of the students has been due to the collaborative approach in ensuring that they were well supported throughout the preparation time.  The work of parents and volunteers also links into the building of our community and I thank everyone who has volunteered their time and their work in support of our young people.

Year 10 Portfolio Interview Day

The year 10 Portfolio Interview Day will be held this Thursday, 20 August.  This is the culmination of many activities that students have undertaken to prepare them for the transition into Senior School.  They will be interviewed by a teacher and a member of the Eltham Rotary Club or an employee of Westpac.  Year 10 students are only required to be at school for the 15 minutes of the interview.  It is imperative that all students attend their scheduled interview time. Should the student be unwell on the day it is important that parents communicate this to the school so that a rescheduling of that student’s appointment can be made at a later date.  I want to make it clear that this is part of our normal school day activities and every student is expected to be involved in this process.  Absences from interviews will be followed up by the Middle School Co-ordinators and parents will be asked to explain their child’s absence from this activity.


VTAC Briefing

Parents of Year 12 students are invited to a VTAC briefing on Wednesday, 26 August at 7:30pm in the Library.  Peter Goddard, our Careers Teacher, and Jenny Choong, our Senior Sub‑School Leader, will give a presentation about tertiary course selection and the VTAC application process.  This provides an opportunity for all Year 12 parents to be informed so that they can support their child through the application process.  I strongly encourage all Year 12 parents to involve themselves with this information session and I thank both Peter and Jenny for having organised this as an additional way of ensuring that the students are well supported as they move through the selection process.

National Sporting Competition

I wish to congratulate Ashley Butler of Year 8 for having been selected as a member of the Victorian Secondary Sports Association Touch Football Team.  The team will compete in the Annual Schools Sport Australia Championship which will be held this year at Barrett Reserve in Adelaide from 18 to 24 October.  Ashley will compete with students from all over Australia.  School Sport Australia emphasise such championships are more than purely a sporting competition with education, social and cultural experiences also being provided.  Ashley has been selected after outstanding performances at School Sports Victoria State Team Selection Trials.  Congratulations to Ashley for having been selected in the State Representative Team and we wish her and her team all the very best with the competition.

Telstra Kids Fund Grant

Late last week I received information that we had been successful with our ‘Telstra Kids Fund Grant’ application.  The grant involves a bursary of $1,200 which will be used to support the instrumental music program and in particular, the costs associated with the Royal South Street Competition.  I wish to thank Michelle Dalton who is one of our parents and an employee of Telstra, for all the time she put into the application, engaging with the process for the benefit of the students at Eltham High School.  This is a great initiative on the part of Telstra and I thank the organisers of the grant for having given us this opportunity.  Eltham High School applied for two grants and we are still waiting to hear the outcome of the second, but I do want to thank Warren Gray, one of our parents who has submitted the application for the second grant on our behalf.  This grant if successful will provide funds for the purchasing of resources from the US during our students’ involvement in the Space Camp. I also wish to particularly thank David McKinlay, another of our parents and employee of Telstra, who drew our attention to these grants.  Without David’s initiative we would not have been so fortunate.  Once again this is a reflection of the community spirit and the community support the school receives from parents and I commend their hard work and initiative.

Victorian Fashion Design Awards

I wish to congratulate Aaron Fluck, Class of 2006, for having been awarded the annual Australasian Young Designer Wool Award.  Aaron was a student of Eltham High School throughout the six years of his secondary schooling and in Year 12 undertook studies in Textiles.  Aaron was selected into RMIT for Fashion Design and it is fitting that his creativity and use of design and materials is recognised through this award.   As part of this award Aaron will travel to Milan to study in the fashion industry and I wish him all the very best on behalf of the Eltham High School community in fulfilling his goals and dreams.

Term 3 Working Bee

I wish to thank everyone who attended the Term 3 Working Bee on Sunday, 16 August.  It was great to see parents, students and teachers working together towards the enhancement of our school environment which ultimately supports student learning.  We managed to organise our work around the rain, which was very welcomed.  Once again I wish to commend the work of the Grounds Committee without whose organisation and support the work that we did together could not have been achieved.  In particular, I commend the organisation and hard work of John Coates who ensures that everything is in place for us to engage with the work on our arrival.  A particular thank you to all those who organised the delicious morning tea and lunch which was well received by the group.  A range of tasks were completed and this has provided a great deal of satisfaction in terms of ensuring that the grounds are both safe and inviting for our students and for our community.  I look forward to seeing you all at the next working bee which will take place in October.

Vincent Sicari, Principal


Year 8 Zoo Trip:

A big thank you to Madame Melissa Hughes and Bu Dianne Pollard for 2 highly successful and enjoyable day at the zoo.  I thank all other staffs who were also involved with this trip.  Our students displayed excellent behaviour and have come away with some exciting projects for helping the fight to protect the Orang Utans and gorillas from losing their habitat.

Here’s some comment from students and staff:

After our visit to the zoo we’ve found a way that we can help to save the gorillas in the Congo.  By recycling your old mobile phone you can help reduce the impact that the mining of coltan (the mineral found in all mobile phones and many other portable electronic devices) has on the gorilla’s habitat.  The Melbourne Zoo is running a program that raises funds to pay the salary of a ranger to help protect the gorillas where the mining takes place.  For every mobile phone that is recycled the zoo gets $2.00 which is then put towards this program. We need 100 old, damaged or no longer wanted phones to send to the zoo.  So check your drawers, cupboards, dress-up box and under your bed to see if you can find some of those old phones.  There will be a box in the front office where you can deposit them.  When we have collected 100 (or more) the zoo will send out a courier to collect them. `Remember ‘Deeds Count’

Josh Mayall/Tom Woods/Madame Hughes


Visit From Second Bridge Project teacher from Santo Yosef High School, Denpasar, Bali.

During the past couple of weeks we hosted Pak Frans , an Indonesia national who teaches English at Santo Yosef High school which is our sister school in Bali.  Mr Frans observed some classes worked on our wikispace and attended several Indonesian classes where he presented very interesting and insightful intercultural knowledge about the Balinese culture. Pak Frans presented lessons largely in Indonesian to our senior classes and this lesson can be viewed on wikispace shortly (next week).  He also conducted very enjoyable language quizzes for our classes with picture post cards from Bali as prizes.  Mr Oliver and myself hosted Pak Frans and it was really great experience for us both professionally and personally.  He had many good tips about teaching and learning a foreign languages and the most important tip was “don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  “It is far better to try and speak some LOTE as much as  possible and make mistakes than none at all.  “He also encouraged our students to maintain their LOTE. Pak Frans himself speaks 4 languages- English, German, Indonesian and Balinese.  We were amazed at his flexible nature whereby he was always willing to try new things, learn more without ever being afraid of making mistakes.

Eltham High LOTE students participation in International vocabolympics

Many of our French and Indonesian classes have started participating in the online vocab Olympics which started last week. Please don’t  panic  if you haven’t  started as all LOTE students can participate because it ends on August 31st. Fabulous prizes on offer (check them out on the website below) and get a chance to have your name in the Hall Of Fame!  This is a great way to learn vocabulary.

Just follow these steps if you are not already participating in this event:

Go to www.vocabolympics.com

Click on the register button at the top

Use your school e- mail address , your school  user name and school password

Confirm that you are a student by selecting the student option

Paste in the code where it tells you to: LHN31Q52 (this is one of our school codes)

Read the rules and start the competition deals with very basic vocabulary (colours, numbers, telling the time and many more.) You get a chance to learn first before you take each test.

Do your best, work towards excellence and have fun while doing it. You  can  also  access this site from home as well. All you need is a computer and internet access.

Pompa Brady, Teaching and Learning Leader LOTE

Class of 99 Reunion

THIS……Friday August 21 2009

SAGI – 57 High St Westgarth  7pm-1am

Call Paul Carbone 0418 541 169


VCE Dance Showcase   -   Sept 1st - 7.30 pm in school hall.

This is an opportunity for the students to perform their solos to an audience for the first time prior to the VCE performance examinations in October.  The students will display their technique and group dance and the two solos are representative of skills and creativity respectively.

At the end of semester 2 10 VCE dance students headed to Southbank for a dance experience with Victoria’s premier dance company “Chunky Moves”.  This dance company works with diverse mediums including technology attached to dancers and the conceptual dance piece “Glow” that used dancers to change the shape of lights.

The students were given incredible skills to assist in the development of their unit 2 and 4 dance that will be performed for friends and family on September 1st at 7.30pm and will be externally assessed by examiners from the VCAA on October the 9th.

All the best   Sally Campbell, VCE Dance teacher.


Seven staff members and one hundred and thirty seven students headed off to the Hisense Arena last Thursday for the Rock Eisteddfod.  Our students were fantastic both in the quality of their performance and behaviour during the day.  Their final performance brought tears to our eyes and left the judges in awe. We were awarded 6 certificates on the day as well as a place in the final.  Thank you to all those that assisted in anyway.


Rock Eisteddfod final - Thursday 17th September

Naomi Edress/Brooke Gannon for the Eisteddfod team



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 info see Soile Keskinen in the Middle School Office.

CANCELLED – Wed 12 & Wed 19 August - Junior school


August 2009

Wed 19

Year 7 City Experience 7H

Sport Yr8 Round Robin

Yr 9 maths games day to Wesley, Elsternwick

Transition Yr 8 - 2009 to Middle School 2010 Info Night 7:30pm in the hall

Melbourne Bands Festival see Music section

School Council Meeting 7:30pm Conference Room

Thurs 20

Yr 10 Portfolio Day

Transition VCE Information Night  in the hall this evening is for Yr10 & new Yr 11 2009 students & parents

Sat 22

Yr 12 rafting to Mitchell River

Tues 25

Junior & Middle School Progress Interview sessions – 11am-7pm – no classes for students this day – students are expected to attend their interview session

Arts VCE Dance showcase in the hall

Wed 26

OES Yr 11 Cross Country Skiing to Lake Mountain

Careers-Parents VTAC Info Session-Library 7:3pm

Thurs 27

Snakeman Yr 7

SoSE Criminal Law excursion Heidelberg Magistrates Court

Yr11 VCD excursion to Edendale Farm all day

Fri 29

SoSE Criminal Law excursion Fieldwork


Parents VTAC Info Briefing

Want to help your Year 12 son or daughter with their tertiary application but are a bit confused by: the myriad of options available; the VTAC application process; all those acronyms - HECS-Help, SEAS, VGF; etc. Then come along to this info session, 7.30pm on Wednesday 26th August in the Library. Jenny Choong and I will help decipher all those mysteries.

Want to study Occupational Therapy?

Interested in a career in healthcare? Then attend the Austin Health info./demonstration evening.  Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession offering skills and advice aiming to increase a person’s safety, independence and quality of life. When: 6.15 for 6.30pm till 8pm, Thurs 17 Sept; Where: Education Precinct, Level 4, Austin Tower, Studley Rd, Heidelberg, Mel 31K4; Parking: Austin Tower (reduced fee with a car park voucher available on night); RSVP: Mon 14 Sept; Info: Loretta Hanson 9490 5105, Loretta.hanson@austin.org.au.

Melbourne Cricket Club Work Experience

Students who will be in Year 10 in 2010 can do a one-week Work Experience placement in a selection of the Clubs Administrative Departments Application forms from the Careers Room.

Qantas Apprenticeships

Qantas Engineering offers a variety of apprenticeships to enable people to train and become qualified tradespeople within the aircraft industry.  You must have at least Year 10 with passes in maths, science and English. Several trade streams are available such as avionics, mechanical and structures.  Expressions of interest and applications: http://www.careers.qantas.com.au.

What about a career in Mining?

In Year 10 or 11 (2009) and want to find out about earth and environmental sciences, geology, mining and minerals engineering and exploration? Then don’t miss this opportunity. Applications are open for the 2010 University of NSW (UNSW) Minerals Summer School, a 4 day, fully residential and supervised event. Find out about careers and opportunities, investigate university courses, join workshops, visit underground/surface mines, mine rehabilitation sites. Commence at the University of NSW and travel to the Hunter Valley with male and female supervisors and share good quality accommodation. You should be studying subjects like chemistry, physics, maths or biology and have a genuine interest in careers in the mining industry. When: Mon 11 – Thurs 14 January, 2010; Cost: $220 (subsidised); Apply: Forms in Careers Room; Info: www.mining.unse.edu.au, (02) 9385 5006.

REMINDERS - COMING SOON           Open Days –

Sun 23 Aug

Box Hill TAFE; Deakin Uni (Melb); La Trobe Uni (Albury/Wodonga)

Sun 30 Aug

Australian Catholic Uni (Ballarat); Ballarat Uni; La Trobe Uni (Bundoora)

22 August

Advertising seminar at RMIT www.rmit.edu.au/bus/events/careers/ad

1 Sept

NMIT (Preston), 3-8pm

5 Sept

Public relations seminar at RMIT   www.rmit.edu.au/bus/events/careers/pr

6 Sept

NMIT (Epping), 3 – 8pm

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


Ensuring Your Child’s Good Body Image

All parents want their children to be physically and emotionally healthy. Healthy children and adults come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. A positive body image can lead to good self esteem, creating a well adjusted, emotionally stable, and healthy child who has the confidence to engage in life’s opportunities. To help create an environment where a positive body image can be nurtured, the following strategies developed by The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario are useful. The strategies apply to children of both primary and secondary school age.

·         Help children understand that genetics play an important role in determining a person’s weight, size and body type

·         Promote exercise and healthy eating as a means for physical wellbeing and enjoyment, rather than weight loss

·         Trust children’s internal hunger and fullness cues

·         Repeated exposure to no dieting, weight acceptance and body acceptance messages are necessary

·         Reinforce that all bodies are acceptable

·         Engage your child in discussions that challenge media messages for ‘socially acceptable’ physical appearances and the under representation of certain bodies in the media

·         Avoid teaching girls how to change their bodies

·         Challenge put downs and bullying based on body image in your home and community

·         Consider friendship cliques and the impact of peer pressure within your discussions

·         Be a role model who is positive and accepting of your own body

·         Refrain from making negative comments about your own or others’ appearance

·         Comment positively on your children’s ability, character or on areas your children excel in, rather than their appearance

·         Celebrate the uniqueness of all people

From the ‘as-u-r’ Body Image Project

Canteen Roster

August 2009

Wed 19

Mandy Byrne, Linda Palmer, Christine Williams

Thurs 20

Melanie Mayne, Nicky Bourne

Fri 21

Leanne Wilson, Leanne Tarran

Mon 24

Rhonda Steele, volunteer needed

Tues 25

Jnr & M/S Progress Interview day

Wed 26

Tracey Angelopoulos, Michelle Dalton, Margaret Toohey


The Concert Band are our last ensemble to attend Melbourne School Bands Festival ... this Wednesday evening.

And then ... getting ready for the Royal South Street Competitions.  The Training Band do not attend these competitions.  Information will be given out this week to the ensembles concerned regards these competitions.

Mark on your calendar Saturday 29th August, 7.30pm ... a concert at the Doncaster Salvation Army Centre.  This involves the Symphonic, Concert, Jazz and Stage Bands and percussion ensemble. Gold coin entry.

And more marks for the calendar ... Friday September 11th 7.30pm, the Music Support Group's Music Trivia Night and Saturday 7th November - a Shopping Tour.

Any queries, contact the Music Office, 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration



Year 7 Volleyball Competition

Games will be cancelled this week due to year 7 city camp. Next week we will be starting a new competition on a new night. Wednesday night gave us limited time with Basketball now starting at 4pm. Our new competition will now run on Monday night after school. This will allow us to have courts until 4.30 pm if required to finish off matches.

Teams involved – U14 girls div 1 & 2 and u14 boys div 1 & 2.

Super League Volleyball

Thursday night after school we are going to run a competition in two divisions so that teams can have a weekly practice match in the lead up to Australian schools cup in December. Division 1 – U/15 boys division 1, U/15 girls honours, U/15 girls div 1, U/14 boys div 1 and U/14 boys div 2.

Honours Division – U/15 boys honours, U/16 boys honours, U/16 girls honours, U/17 girls honours and Open Women’s honours. A draw will be displayed for this weeks games during the week on the volleyball notice board.

Volleyball Important Dates

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

Year 8 Boys Interschool Soccer (Football)

On Friday 14th August, the Year 8 Boys Football (Soccer) team competed in the Northern Metropolitan Zone Finals. The day was the culmination of an excellent performance in their district competitions last term.

In early June, the boys competed in a round-robin at North Eltham Soccer ground against Montmorency and Diamond Valley, winning these two games 5-2, and an impressive 17-0 respectively.

These victories sent the boys into a playoff against Macleod Secondary College at the same venue three weeks later. The squad was bolstered by the inclusion of Bryce Wiles, who had missed the opening round. In a thrilling game, in which the lead changed hands numerous times, John Walker scored a last minute equaliser to make the score 3-3. The boys kept their composure in a tense penalty shoot, while Stuart McLeod hit the crossbar twice, with Eltham eventually winning the shoot-out 4-2.

This win took the team to the zone finals, only the fourth Eltham team of any age division to ever make it this far. The tournament was played at Thornbury-Darebin on the top-quality artificial pitches there, which was a new and exciting experience to many of the boys. Unfortunately, the team’s midfield playmaker, John Walker, was unavailable through a knee injury. This affected the teams’ structure significantly. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to secure a victory on the day, going down in three close-fought battles, 1-0, 3-0 and 1-0 to University High, Thornbury-Darebin and Lalor Secondary College respectively.

While this was disappointing for the boys, they should take some comfort in the knowledge of their ability to compete at this level. With a full squad, they may have very well gone through to the state finals. Hopefully, the nucleus of the team can stay together and become the first Eltham team to make state finals sometime in the future.

Whilst the whole squad performed at a high level to get them as far as they did, special mention should be made of the performances of a number of the players; Ritchie Yates, without whose organisation as ‘sweeper’, the team would have struggled; John Walker, who dominated midfield with his vision and passing, Stuart McLeod, who provided non-stop movement and workrate in the middle of the park; and Kyle Olsen, who played as a creative option up forward for the majority of the time. Matty Dean and David Bulman also showed great discipline in the backline, never forgetting their roles, hassling and tackling the opposition forwards at all times. Dalton Pollnitz and Lucas Radbourne were versatile team players, able to do whatever job or position was required of them, either in the backline or midfield.

I would also like to pass on to parents acknowledgement of the fine way the team conducted itself. They were sporting in victory and gracious in defeat, accepting of all refereeing decisions (good, bad or indifferent) without question, followed all instruction from their coach immediately, and displayed impeccable behaviour in their interactions with the public during these days out of school. They were a pleasure to coach and manage.

Squad:Ritchie Yates, John Walker (co-captains), Stuart McLeod, Bryce Wiles, Kyle Olsen, Dalon Pollnitz, Lucas Radbourne, Matty Dean, Mitchell Green, Ari Bilotta, Harley Lowdell, Kieran Rievers, Lauchy Kerr, David Bulman, Sebastian Kaufmann, Lachlan Sharp-Bucknell.

John Elordieta, team coach


Gale force winds, rain, more wind, more rain but the Working Bee did not cancel.  With the aid of the BOM internet site we worked around the inclement weather to achieve an excellent result for the environment and the school.  Most tasks were successfully completed by the 54 individuals who contributed on the day.  Again the Grounds Committee personnel were at the forefront with the leadership and skills and I thank you one and all for your contribution to our school.  Thanks to John Prenc, Sue Washington, Vincent Sicari, Mal Sinclair, Philip Green, Bob Ackland, Bruce Voisey, Sue Hamilton-Green, Michael Kennedy, Bronwyn Cervinka, Andrew Wilson, Randall Anderson and Terry Phillips for their attention to detail and support on the day.  The school cannot do without you we thank you.  The following tasks were completed as planned.

ü  The raised box garden on the south side of room 807 was constructed as planned.  It looks superb.

ü  A short section of post and pipe fence was constructed on the south side of room 605.

ü  A section of post and pipe fence was dug but not completed due to time and underground issues on the north side of room 608.

ü  Several metres of redundant concrete drain was removed from the front oval and stacked on the back oval for recycling.

ü  A goal post was installed at the southern end of the front oval.

ü  Pruning was completed around the 200’s and the Ely street fence line.

ü  Pavers in the central courtyard were cleaned using a high pressure cleaning devise supplied by a parent member.  Thanks to Phillip Walsh.  The end result looks brilliant.

ü  Mowing and brush cutting was completed in a range of locations around the school.

ü  A significant amount of sweeping and drain cleaning was completed around the Stadium complexes.

ü  Plants were removed along the south side of the 400’s block in preparation for a ramp construction in the next holidays.

ü  Several cubic metres of mulch was translocated to the Oak Tree and the Central Courtyard gardens.

ü  The steel frame for the signage on Ely Street was erected and made secure.

Thanks again to all those that made the extreme sacrifice to get up early and defy wintry winds and squally rains and come to support this event.  You have made a difference to our school and that is important to the learning and teaching environment of our school.  Well done.

John Coates, Environment Coordinator for the Grounds

Attendees (families) Sunday morning acknowledged –














































Changes to Youth Allowance eligibility

As of 1 July, 2009, Centrelink has implemented changes to the eligibility requirements for receiving Youth Allowance, which will affect most people who do not have a Year 12 or Certificate II qualification.

Students considering leaving school before completing Year 12 should be aware that these changes may affect their entitlements.

The new requirements mean that most new applicants for Youth Allowance who do not have a Year 12 or Certificate II qualification will be required to be in study or training at least 25 hours per week to be eligible to receive Youth Allowance.

Those people in part time study or training (totalling less than 25 hours per week) will have to undertake extra activities, such as part time work, volunteer work, or youth programs, to receive Youth Allowance.

Critical Dates

As of 1 July 2009, new applicants for Youth Allowance who do not have a Year 12 or Certificate II qualification will be required to be working or studying at least 25 hours per week to be eligible to receive Youth Allowance.

For those people already receiving Youth Allowance before 1 July 2009, the changes outlined above will not apply until 1 January 2010.

Additional Information

These new participation rules will apply up to the age of 21, or until the young person gets a Year 12 or equivalent qualification.

Under the new rules, to receive Youth Allowance young people under 21 years of age without Year 12 or equivalent will need to do three things:

1) Further study or training

2) Additional activities

Extra activities can include things like part time work, volunteer work, or youth programs. The total number of hours they will usually need to do is 25 hours each week.

If they are not sure what to do, Job Services Australia will help them choose from a range of approved activities.

3) Agree on a written plan with Job Services Australia or Centrelink

Their Job Services Australia provider or Centrelink will work with them to set out their training and activities in a written plan. To continue to receive Youth Allowance (Other) they usually must meet with Job Services Australia or Centrelink each month, to talk about their plan and show that they are doing all their activities each week.

Their Job Services Australia provider will help make sure they can do their plan, and will also help them to change the plan if their situation changes. If they can’t do study or training, or 25 hours a week of activities, then they need to tell Centrelink or their Job Services Australia provider and they will work things out with them.

Some young people who start study or training in an approved full time course by 30 June 2010 may also be entitled to receive an Education Entry Payment of $1158 to help with the costs of study or training. However, the Education Entry Payment of $1158 will not be available to continuing students, even if they change courses or institutions. It is only paid to young people who have received Youth Allowance (Other) for at least 4 weeks and who commence a full time course of study or training.

For further information on Youth Allowance, please call Centrelink’s Youth and Student line on 13 2490.

EHS Swim Squad – Thurs morn 7am

Come join us and our coaches Neroli Nixon and Simon Wright on Thursdays mornings at 7am at the Eltham Leisure Centre.  Sessions finish at 8am and then it’s HOT CHOCOLATE back at school.

Phil Boyd, Swim Squad leader


On the 17th August Alison and Charlotte sold cupcakes for the RSPCA to raise money for the animals.  The day was very successful, we made $200, our goal.  Thank you to everyone who bought a cupcake and supported our cause.                    Alison Avran & Charlotte Edwards Yr 7

Did you know?

Our library promotes a Book of the Month to students via the intranet page  Encouraging students to develop good reading habits is essential



Organized/updated by Anthony O’Brien – Library technician

Anthony seeks feedback from students and is able to advise students who enjoy a particular theme. Our library is accessible to students before period 1 and until 4pm each day, all quiet workers very welcome.



Opportunity Scholarships – up to $1000 awarded to students enrolled in Government primary or secondary school for school approved, curriculum related programs. Eligible students are those who lack financial and practical resources and are in receipt of an allowance. Students also need to be able to demonstrate a special ability in a specific learning area with potential to develop further. Closing date: August 24th.

To find out more see Tricia, Student Support Room 609, MON/TUES or Student Welfare Coordinators Mr Monigatti/ Mrs Parry.

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

Available to interested senior students- pre loved STUDY GUIDES in excellent order and only $6 each – please ask at the General Office to see the range for sale.

Community Announcements/Advertisements…………….

Run for the Firies

Help  Research and Kangaroo Ground Fire Brigades raise funds….Run for the Firies Fun Run

Sunday 13th September 8am start – at Research Park, Main Rd., Research – visit www.runforthefiries.com   for info/entry


An offer has been made via Wattle Glen Basketball Club to two under 14 children, (not turning 14 this year) who would love to play basketball, but are unable to due to financial constraints. The offer is a full membership and uniform until December 2009. Funding will be sort to continue this offer next year.

The contact for this offer is Sheryl Harris, 0408 173 938.

Remembering Mel Shuey…..

A fundraising walk has been organised in which people can participate or simply donate to. Money raised will fund the construction and installation of pedestrian pathway lighting, signage and a memorial plaque at the Diamond creek bridge in Eltham, in Mel's honour. 

Please follow the link and be aware that even the smallest of contributions will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you


Diamond Creek Netball Association-DC Force

We currently we have teams in the two top divisions of U15, U17 and Open playing on Tuesdays (U17 & Open) and Thursdays (U15) at the State Netball Centre. We train on Sunday afternoons at RMIT Bundoora.  These selections (Sunday 25th October & Sunday 8th November) are a great opportunity for any girls wishing to take their netball one step closer to the elite level.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact by phone: 0430 383 462.

Lower Eltham Cricket Club

Lower Eltham Park, Main Rd Eltham

Junior Registration Day  Sun 30th August 10.00am to 12.00pm                   Bushranger to join us

Come and meet Victorian Bushranger Lloyd Mash at our Junior Registration Day. Lloyd will give us some tips on cricket and how he got to the top.

All age groups welcome.

Ages 10-12 Under 12’s

Ages 12-14 Under 14’s

Ages 14-16 Under 16’s


Contacts Stephen 0419587300

         Nick 0414953399

          Craig 0419356936

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.

Did you know that you can now pay your accounts using BPAY?

BPay Logo Vector DownloadSimply use the biller code and reference number listed on your July statement which was mailed out during the holidays. 

If you provide us with details at the time of your payment we will allocate it in accordance with your request.  Email your payment details to accounts  at  elthamhs.vic.edu.au otherwise it will be allocated as follows:

1.     Essential education items

2.     Optional extras

3.     Voluntary financial contributions.

Please note that biller code 87361 will show DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) NOT Eltham High School.  The Department initially receives the payment and then distributes to schools the next day so there is a processing delay of two days.

As confirmation of this new process we will be posting receipts to families for all BPay transactions during term three only, after this time receipts will only be issued upon request. 

Kathleen Hannan, Acting Business Manager

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


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

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.

Photographic Exhibition

Scholarship Opportunity

For children/grandchildren of Veterans who are intending to undertake tertiary studies in 2010, financial assistance is available under several scholarship schemes made available through the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust. There are a number of eligibility criteria for each scholarship. Financial assistance varies from $3000 - $9000. To receive an application form, register interest on 1800 620 361. Applications close on October 31.


Journey of Change an Andrew Follows exhibition at the Black Spur Inn, 436 Maroondah Hwy., Narbethong.

Aug 21,22,23 August.

Andrew is a photographer with retinitis pigmentosa – a degenerative disease that renders him legally blind.  He captures the essence of everyday life that many of us simply take for granted.

Interested in Training…..then this is for you!

Training Runs at EHS

Each Friday morning a group of students, girls and boys from Year 7 to Year 10, meet at the Junior School office at 8:00am and set off on a training run.  The runs vary according to age and ability and make use of the local parklands that EHS is fortunate to have on our doorstep.  Members of staff accompany the groups.  A hot chocolate awaits students when they return to school. New members always welcome.

Training at Willinda Park, Greensborough

Students interested in training with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club are invited to join in a training group on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm. Club coaches, Max Balchin and Lyn Davis will be on hand to explain the arrangements. Sessions usually go through until 6:30pm.


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.


Parents and students have an opportunity to check all collected and unclaimed items at the next Parent/Teacher interview session – Wed 25 Aug – please ask for directions to the Admin area.

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 Lyon or Mr Clark. 



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




invites all past and present students, staff and members

of the College community to celebrate its

50th Anniversary

To be held at the College on

Sunday, 13th September, 2009,

Activities include: 10 am to 5 pm

Decade rooms on display Commemorative pavers

Class photographs and Year books Commemorative wines

Official Presentation 2.00 pm Professional Photographer on-site

Refreshments available Memorabilia and Souvenirs

For more information email lakeside.anniversary@gmail.com

All welcome

Ever pictured yourself working in the USA?

Cultural Care Au Pair 18-26 years

One incredible year providing live-in childcare for an American family. – travel and discover the USA, training at our New York school, earn a $ US allowance

www.culturalcare.com   1800 677 373 or 02 9252 2977


(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.




Want to expand your knowledge of other countries, cultures, languages or cuisines? Then consider opening your door to an international exchange student. 

World Education Program (WEP) is looking for Volunteer Host Families for International Students arriving in February 2010.

Students from Belgium, Italy, Brazil, France, Japan, and Switzerland are looking for families that are prepared to welcome them into their homes.

These young ambassadors are looking for life long friends and a place to call home during their stay. Apply now & start corresponding with your student upon approval. Getting to know them & their families before they arrive brings fun & joy to everyone involved!

If you would like more information on becoming a Host Family, then please contact our National Office.

Full support is provided to all host families and their students!


Nikki Medwell, Inbound Exchange Administrator

World Education Program Toll Free:          1300 884 733

Email: wep@wep.org.au

An information pack can be sent on request which includes student photos and profiles.


It’s easier than you think & a fantastic experience for all!

Outbound programs also available

‘Battle of the Bands' at the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Sunday August 30th.  The stage is being sponsored by Bendigo Bank and a cash prize will be offered for the winning group.

Look out for posters etc. coming soon!!

Melbourne Dance Theatre

Presents Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE

28-29-30 August 2009 - 360 Centre – 360 Main Rd., Lower Plenty.       BOOK NOW!!!  139090 326 234 or www.melbournedancetheatre.com.au/SwanLake

Jenny Macklin MP Federal Labor Member for Jagajaga

Invites you to attend the

Pre-prep Parents Forum

Have you got a child entering Prep and have questions?

Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church (Mel: 21 K5)

4 Henry St, Eltham (parking avail in Henry St)

Monday 31 Aug 2009 ~ 6.30pm–8.00pm

RSVP by Fri 28 Aug 2009 ~ Ph 9459 1411

Authorised and printed by Jenny Macklin MP, 149 Burgundy Street, HEIDELBERG VIC 3084.

As well as lecturing in early childhood and primary

teacher education at the University of Melbourne,

Dr Margetts has written extensively on early learning and child development.

Multicultural Program – 2009 AFL Academy camp - Sun 20 – Thurs 24 Sept (5 day live in camp)

Year 7-8 Male (Female camp in 2010)

For all the details see posters at school and to register your interest contact Yuta Kobayashui



Street Art Open Sessions

Date, Sept 6th

Venue: Shop 72, Youth Lounge @ Greensborough

Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

Come and paint – we have some “legals” coming up that we need YOU to come and prep and design.

Develop your skills with professional street artists.

For more info call Katy at Banyule Youth Service on

9457 9939 or 0412 850 479.


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 in need of 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

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.

The Centre for Adolescent Health presents September Forum 2009:

Professor Stephen Wood...as seen recently on ABC TV ‘Whatever! The Science of Teens—Risk’

Principal Research Fellow Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre  Adolescent brain development and risk taking behaviour.

Sarah McLean PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.  Chrome World, Chrome Magic and Risk

Keith McGinn

ICT Co-ordinator , Berwick TEC, Chisholm Institute.

Beginning with Chekhov - Young people's interface with their culture.

The Centre For Adolescent Health


Young people and risk-taking – An inevitable consequence of a developing brain? A necessary part of growing up? A reaction against an over-protective environment? Or the perception of a risk-averse society? This forum brings together diverse perspectives on the issue of youth and risk-taking, from neuroscience to sociology, to shed some light on these important questions.

Thursday 3rd September

10am—1pm When:

Where: Ella Latham Theatre,

Royal Children’s Hospital,

Speakers: Flemington Road

For further information, cost and booking details please visit:  www.rch.org.au/cah/forum

Bookings at:  www.gthevents.com/edevent/EventDisplayV2.asp?PID=&ID=6240-02A

Or phone Global Telehealth Events on +61 3 9927 7777

For enquiries please contact

Lara Cullen:

P: +61 3 9345 6671

E: lara.cullen@rch.org.au

For content information please contact

Andrea Krelle:

P: +61 3 9345 6676

E: andrea.krelle@mcri.edu.au

Host Families Needed for Exchange Students

We are hoping that you and your family are interested in the idea of choosing an exchange student to come and live with you for a half, one or even two semesters, sharing your lifestyle with a 15-18 year old girl or boy from Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Brazil...So if you can afford one extra at mealtimes, which is almost the only cost to you, have a spare bed and wish to make an overseas friend, possibly for life, I'd be very pleased to hear from you - (03)97584279.

Klaus Schumann WEP Community Coordinator