Term 3 Week 8

Tuesday 1st September 2009


VCE Dance Showcase

TONIGHT --- Sept 1            7:30pm in the hall…

Entry: gold coin donation (Borneo trip)………………featuring Yr 11&12 VCE dance students

Yr 11’s have been working on duo performances and Yr 12 have been working on techniques solos  & expressive intention solo’s that will be examined at the end of the year.  The evening will finish with a specially choreographed piece for all dancers.


An opportunity to shop locally and enjoy a sausage!…… coming to Safeway Eltham this Saturday from 9 in the morning until 2pm  $2 ea or $2:50 with onions

This is a fun raising project for a small group travelling to the remote settlement of Donydi in N.T. (a joint project with LaTrobe University)

A number of paintings are being raffled in support of this forthcoming Northern Territory visit to take place in Sept 2009 and are on display in the main foyer of the Administration building.  Tickets $2 ea or 3 for $5

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Australian Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Louise Alford of 7F who after finishing third in the Under 13 girl’s section in the Victorian Cross Country Championships competed in the Australian Cross Country Championships held on Friday 29 August in Nowra.  Louise represented Victoria and through her outstanding effort finished second in a time of 10 minutes and 10 seconds.  This was less than 1 second behind the winner.  Louise needs to be commended for her exceptional commitment to her sport.  Once again, I congratulate Louise and her coach, whose support of Louise assists her to reach such a high standard in her athletic performance.

My Monty Photographic Competition

Congratulations to all the finalists in the ‘My Monty Photo Competition’.  Once again Eltham High School photographers have been recognised for their exceptional work in photography.  First prize in the “open” section was awarded to Shannaya Farkas (Year 12) and equal second was shared by Chloe Biddiscombe (Year 11) and Haydn Trowell of Year 12.  I wish to commend these students for their efforts and creativity and for their willingness to represent our school and our community.  I also wish to extend a thank you to the Montmorency Traders and the organisers of this annual event.  In congratulating our students I also recognise the leadership and support that our photography teacher, Ian Clark, continues to provide for the students in his care.

Staff Achievement

The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

I congratulate Elizabeth Campbell who is the recipient of the ‘Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize’.  The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s more prestigious literary awards.  It was established to commemorate the life of the prominent Australian poet, critic and teacher, Vincent Buckley.  The award is offered every two years to an Irish poet to enable them to visit Australia.  Then two years later to an Australian poet is able to visit Ireland.  Elizabeth will be heading to Ireland in Term 3, 2010 to write and to visit poets, universities and literary festivals.  We are very proud to have such a gifted and talented poet amongst the teachers at Eltham High School.  We wish Elizabeth all the very best with this prize and look forward to her bringing back a great deal of learning to the Eltham High School students and our community.

Principal’s Advisory (PAG) Group

Once again, I wish to commend the work of the PAG Group which is made up of 17 students across year levels who meet with me regularly in discussions pertaining to teaching and learning.  At our last meeting we discussed the Students’ Attitude to Schools Survey.  The PAG Group was involved in an analysis of the data and in identifying how the process for administering the Survey could be improved for 2010.  Furthermore, we discussed the plans for the redevelopment of the 400 building area into a more flexible teaching and learning space and we also had a number of discussions around the changes to pedagogy, particularly within that new learning environment.  I congratulate these students for their commitment in representing the student body but also, in ensuring that they engage with the discussion and maintain that discussion at a high intellectual level.  I look forward to our continued meetings throughout the remainder of the year where together I am certain we will work towards improving teaching and learning for all students.

Eltham High School – A Place to Visit

I congratulate Pompa Brady for her organisation of the most recent tour to Eltham High School of a group of Indonesian student ambassadors.  The visit was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia.  These 26 young people were accompanied by a group of educators from their local area.  Whilst here, the students visited a number of classes and were also privy to detailed information relating to the Bridges Program, which is our connection to a number of schools in Indonesia.  The visit was a great success for both the student ambassadors, as well as our own students and in particular, our student guides who had an opportunity to practise their Indonesian language.  I thank all the staff who supported this initiative and once again, in particular Pompa Brady for her leadership of this experience.

Vincent Sicari, Principal


Important dates and reminders:

Year 12 end of year celebrations

Year 12 breakfast

Thursday 22 October


Thursday 22 October


Monday 23 November


$120 gets you in to all three events and covers family members for the Valedictory evening.

Payment must be received by the end of this term ( to the cashier please)  Any queries please see Ms Sweeney in the Senior School Office.


This is Body Image & Eating Disorders Week.

Why the emphasis on this issue? A Mission Australia national survey of young people in 2007, identified Body Image as the area of most concern to youth between 11-19 years. Body Image is not so much how you look, but how you feel about the way you look. Body image, eating behaviours and weight issues are not about food but about feelings of low self worth, anxiety and feelings of depression and loneliness. We know that more than 90% of girls (15-17 yrs) want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance – and nearly a quarter would consider undergoing plastic surgery. Research also indicates that one in ten young adults and approximately 25% of children diagnosed with anorexia nervosa are male.

In a recent newsletter, we included ways parents/carers can promote positive body image and self esteem for their children. If you missed it you may wish to check a copy online.

The as-u-r Project group has organised a range of fundraising activities to support the work of The Butterfly Foundation who provide support, education and advocacy for those whose lives are affected by poor body image and eating disorders.

Eltham Leisure Centre has been extremely generous and supportive in facilitating 2 team challenge sessions at lunchtime. Next Tuesday they will conduct a Camp Challenge Boxing Circuit for anyone to join in –it’s not just for the sporty or fit crowd. Other fundraising activities have included the sale of cupcakes, Butterfly Foundation merchandise and entertainment by a Yr 11 student band, Overzelous.

Many thanks to the commitment demonstrated by the members of the as-u-r project who actively took on various responsibilities for the fundraiser and to Jack Nicholson, Michael Robinson and Adam Letchford of Overzelous for their support and the staff of Eltham Leisure Centre.

Feeling Stressed?   Mind crammed?

Relaxation and Meditation for all Yr 11 and 12s

Highly recommended

2 sessions:

Tues Sept 8 and Tues Oct 13 in Room 402 from 3:15-4pm

Enjoy the wellbeing and calmness of meditation.2 free relaxation and meditation sessions will be held for interested Yr 11 and 12s on Tuesday Sept 8th and Tuesday Oct 13th from 3.15 - 4pm at the school. Trained facilitators will guide students through 'sound' meditation and deep breathing/relaxation techniques. No prior skills or experience needed. Please sign up on the list in the VCE Office.

Tricia Fitzpatrick, Student Support Worker


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.

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


Reminder:      This week the crepe man is coming on Thursday   crepes $3  -  $5  in the canteen quadrangle all day.


Congratulations to all participants in this competition.  Their photos are on display in shop windows of Were St, Montmorency this week.

It was a great effort from EHS photographers again with a clean sweep of the awards in the "Open" section. 1st prize went to Shannaya Farkas (Yr12) and equal 2nd was shared by Chloe Biddiscombe (Yr11) and Haydn Trowell (Yr12).  The winning entries are on display in the Hair and Beauty Salon in Montmorency.

Thanks again to the organisers of the competition for providing an avenue for our students to display their work in a public forum.

Ian Clark, Photography Teacher

We invite parents/families to use


Student Attendance/Notice of absence/attendance check

Cathy Cukier    94305114

Payments via the cashier- don’t forget we accept BPay

Denise Frankenberg / Helen O’Meara    9430 5118

Enquiries re parent statements

Kathleen Hannan   9430 5105

Student Welfare coordinators

Brendan Monigatti / Di Parry    9430 5123

Lost Property check / Newsletter items / Tutors

Brenda Wilkins    9430 5117

Sick Bay / all medical (asthma etc) plans

Michelle Ford     9430 5120

Canteen volunteers

Gael Carter, Manager     9430 5122


LANGUAGE OLYMPICS 2009: working towards excellence

Eltham High finished 43rd overall in the Language Olympics answering an incredible 131,059 questions! Congratulations to all Indonesian and French students who were involved in this fantastic effort. Many of the students invested time at home to contribute to this wonderful result.

Special Mentions

Zoe Gerardson has finished 54th in the French Language section qualifying her for the Gold Medal Prize Draw. Pamela Vivado Stupin also deserves a special mention, her efforts qualified her for the Bronze medal prize draw.  All students who achieved a score of 500 points or more will receive a certificate later in the year to acknowledge their outstanding efforts.

LOTE links with Latrobe University:   Forming Links with the Community

Mark Kearney, an Honours student in Indonesian from La Trobe University came here a couple of weeks ago and conducted workshops for our middle school classes. He spoke both Indonesian and English and shared his passion for learning languages and cultures of our nearest neighbour.  He conducted a quiz about Indonesia, shared his experiences as an Australian exchange student in Indonesia and taught students Tarian Saman- Saman Dance from Aceh.   Here are some comments from our students: “I learnt that Holland and Japan occupied Indonesia. I thought he put lots of thought into his lessons. “- Freya Kvalic. “ I was surprised to know that Barak Obama actually attended a school in Indonesia called Basuki Public School and St Francis of Assisi School in Java. We saw a plaque with his portrait in that school”- Ashleigh Dolan“I learnt that there are 250 million people in Indonesia”- Lee Whitling.

Mr Kearney talked to us about mining companies drilling in Java and sulphuric mud flowing out and damaging many hectares of land and homes.  We thank Mark Kearney for his highly interactive and engaging lesson to make LOTE exciting for students. We also thank Latrobe University Asia Education Unit and the Indonesian faculty for making links with Eltham High.  Currently we are working together with the French Department at Latrobe University who has indicated a strong interest to form links with Eltham High School.  We hope to meet French staff at Latrobe University shortly to work out a sustainable link with them as well.

French Crepes:   Enjoying  Diversity

Our Annual Crepe Day will take place this Thursday in the canteen quadrangle.  The French classes will be timetabled to take turns to go and buy crepes using their French language to order and purchase crepes.  Others are welcome to savour crepes at lunch time and recess and we hope of course that everyone can manage to say

“merci “ (thank you) after receiving their crepe/s


Visit to Eltham High by Student Ambassadors from Indonesia 26th August: Links to International Community, Working in Teams

26 student ambassadors each representing their provinces in Indonesia, arrived at Eltham High School to see the daily workings of a typical state high school.  Their theme was “creativity”.  Staff and students from Indonesian schools are travelling around the Asia Pacific region to find out how we engage students, use ICT and structure our school days in an effort to find creative ways to engage students in Indonesia.  Their visit to Australia was sponsored by Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia. Last year they visited China.  Vice Consul Pak Dandy spoke about possibilities of Indonesian students coming here for a few weeks and possibilities of establishing future student exchange.  I thank all staff and students who have helped to make their visit worthwhile. It was great to see our students practise Indonesian with our visitors.

Tess Parker makes the French connection:  Tess Parker of year 10 will be off to France shortly.  Students interested in becoming exchange students should see their LOTE teachers. More about Tess’s exciting plans in next week’s newsletter.

Malaysia Trip Meeting Friday September 4th in Staffroom at Eltham High

Our final meeting for Malaysia trip will take place on September 4th in the main staff room at 6.30pm.  A meal will be served. Cost $10 per head. A parent or guardian must accompany each student going on the trip.  We need to know the numbers by this Wednesday for catering purposes.  All important information relating to the trip including tickets will be given out and passports returned. All students going on this trip must attend this meeting.

Many thanks,

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE


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



It's back!  The Royal South Street Competitions are here again!  Our first bus load headed up the road to Ballarat this morning ... Small Ensembles and VCE Group Ensembles.  Following will be Percussion Ensemble Wednesday evening, Intermediate Band on Thursday, Jazz Band Friday morning, Stage Band Friday afternoon, Concert Band Saturday morning and Symphonic Band Saturday afternoon.  The Chamber Choir and Choir follow on Monday and Tuesday next week.

We wish all students well in these competitions, but more importantly to enjoy themselves and enjoy the music.  The students have worked very hard in their preparation, so they can play their best and to proudly show other schools what they have achieved.  Many thanks to the music staff who have instructed their students so well!


The 'Celebration of Music Concert' where all our groups perform.  This is Monday 14th September at Yarra Valley Grammar in Ringwood.  Mark this important occasion on your calendar and invite friends and family to attend. Students are receiving an information flyer this week.  Tickets will be on sale from Monday 7th September from the Music Office.

Purchase your tickets prior to the evening to avoid disappointment - the seating is allocated.


And more for the calendar ...




Book a table or let us make up a table for you! 

BYO your eats and drinks.

Adults $10 & Students $8. 

Contact 9430 5127 asap

and ...



Numbers have to be finalised by next Wednesday to ensure the booking.

This is the way to do your Christmas shopping! 

Tickets are $42 Adult, $38 Students

Ring Jill in the music office on 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration


This is your chance to help us…(and have fun)…….Help Strathewen P. S. Rebuild!

Bring a gold coin donation and come dressed……

“IN UNIFORM”…scout, sports, primary school uniform etc

Thursday 3rd September………..please note that regular school dress code still applies – any inappropriate dress will not be tolerated!

Leah Hamlet, Yr 12 House Leader


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



September 2009

Tues 1

Royal South Street Music comps – see Music

VCE Dance Showcase in the hall see notice p. 1

Wed 2-8

Royal South Street continues – see Music section

Thurs 3

In uniform day……see article this issue

LOTE the Crepe Man is here today

Sci M/S Sci & Tech & Learn to Lead - Aquabox

Fri 4

SoSE Yr 12 Legal Studies to Melb Uni

Drama staff visit Indooroopilly Qld for production

Sun 6

M/S Ski Camp to Mt Buller departs

Canteen Roster

September 2009

Wed 2

Joanne Agar, Jane Clifton, Tracey Jarvis

Thurs 3

Volunteers needed please

Fri 4

Ali Burley, Janine Kerwood

Mon 7

Robyn Flannagan, Jacqui Hodge

Tues 8

Kerry Lester, Jo Black

If you can help fill our roster please call Gael 9430 5122


2009 Subaru Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championship 16-20 August

There were four students who participated in Victorian Interschool Snowsports competition despite terrible conditions and high winds, Bridget Cobbett, Julia Cobbett, Josh Ford and Toby Eggum represented EHS superbly in all races.  All were on snowboards and competed in Boarder Cross and Snowboard Giant Slalom.

In Snowboard Giant Slalom, Bridget Cobbett placed 29th and Julia Cobbett placed 16th.  In the Boarder Cross Bridget Cobbett placed 16th, Julia Cobbett placed 7th, Josh Ford placed 51st and Toby Eggum 66th.  Congratulations to all competitors and the Cobbett family for their dedication in this event.

Seamus Robertson, keen supporter of Snowsports


Students are invited to participate in the 2009 AFL Schools Student Competition.  Each of the AFL themed competitions is linked to a particular subject area such as Health & P.E, English, Science and the Arts.  http://mm.afl.com.au/Portals/0/afl_docs/development/schools/schools-quiz-email3_04_link-link.jpg

These are great activities to complete in class especially during the 2009 AFL Finals Series.   Students from primary school to lower secondary levels can participate in any of these competitions.  For further details about this competition please click here <http://www.afl.com.au/development/schools/resources/aflschoolsstudentcompetition/tabid/14821/default.aspx



Congratulations to Ruby Mileto of year 7 who has just been selected as a member of the Victorian under 15 Lacrosse team.  Ruby is the captain of the Eltham under 13 lacrosse team and we wish her well when representing Victoria in the near future.

* If your child is selected in a Victorian team please email me so that I can include it in our parent newsletter. – thomas.gregory.h   at   edumail.vic.gov.au

Super League Volleyball

Games Thursday night after school – 3rd September.

Court 1

U15 boys honours v U16 girls honours

Duty- U17 girls honours

Court 2

open women honours v U16 boys honours

Duty – U17 girls honours

Court 3

U15 boys division 1 v U15 girls div 1

Duty – U14 boys division 1

Court 4

Under 15 girls honours v U14 boys division 2

Duty – U14 boys div 1


Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

The AVSC will be held on the 7th – 11th December at MSAC and the State Volleyball Centre.

Teams have been selected to represent Eltham High this year based on a number of factors.  Performance at Victorian schools cup, commitment to training, preference to honours divisions and a limit of how many teams the school can afford to staff.  Unfortunately not all teams that played Vic schools cup will be able to play.  A list of teams competing is now on the volleyball notice board in the stadium foyer.  Participants will get details of the competition soon.

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


Monash Engineering Information Evening

An evening for prospective Engineering students and their families with academic, student and graduate speakers followed by an opportunity to talk with the presenters, course advisers and faculty staff in a ‘mini Open Day’ format. Thursday Sept. 10, 7.00 – 9.30pm in Lecture Theatre C1, Building 63, Clayton campus. Register online at www.eng.monash.edu.au/prospective or call 9905 3404.

Victoria Uni TAFE Careers Expos

Five expos, each with a different focus and at a different campus. Talk with course coordinators, teachers and current students; hands-on try a trade; demonstrations and displays of students work; see campus facilities and resources.

• Creative Industries – Sunday 13 Sept, 10am – 3pm, City Flinders campus

• Animal, Community & Tourism Services – Sunday 13 Sept, 10am – 3pm, Werribee campus

• Beauty Therapy, Make-up, Modelling, Hairdressing – Sunday 18 October, 10am – 3pm, City King campus

• Engineering, Electro technology, Industrial Skills, Plumbing, Sign-writing – Saturday 24 October, 10am – 3pm, Sunshine campus

• Construction Industries – Saturday 7 November, 10am – 3pm, Newport campus

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.

Discover Deakin

This Deakin holiday program provides the chance to get an inside look at Deakin University and what it offers. Go on a tour, find out about courses, meet current students, see accommodation and learn about transition to uni. When: Tues 22 & Mon 28 Sept (all campuses); Bookings: www.deakin.edu.au/discover.

Talk and Tour at La Trobe

An opportunity to get to know La Trobe’s Bundoora campus and see what is has to offer. Talk to faculty representatives and current students, go on a tour, hear about courses, and have morning tea. When: Thurs 24 September; Information/bookings: See: www.latrobe.edu.au/study/events.

REMINDERS - COMING SOON           Open Days –

Tues 1 Sept

NMIT (Preston), 3-8pm

Sun 5 Sept

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

6 Sept

NMIT (Epping), 3 – 8pm

Ø  Public relations seminar at RMIT – 5 Sept; www.rmit.edu.au/bus/events/careers/pr

Ø  Occupational Therapy seminar at Austin Health – 17 Sept; Loretta Hanson 9496 5105

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

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…





Early Bird Registration at Eltham McDonalds:         

11:00am - 1:00pm SAT 05 SEP,  Corner Bridge & Bolton Streets

Early Bird Registration BBQ:        

12:00 - 2:00pm,  SAT 12 SEP,   Willinda Park

 “Come & Try” Days:       

9:00-11:00am,  SAT 12 SEP and SAT 19 SEP,  Willinda Park

More information:    Mobile: 0411 021 274   

E-mail:    eltham_lac@yahoo.com 


Australian Plants Expo

Sustainable gardening with Australian plants.  Official opening Sat 11am by John Patrick (ABC TV’s Gardening) Australia) 

venue: Templestowe College, Cypress Ave., Templestowe

 Days: Sat 10 Oct 9-5     -      Sun 11 Oct 9-4

Adults $4, children free

This event is part of the ‘Spring Outdoors’ Program

Greensborough Junior Cricket Club

New players welcome

Cricket Season 2009/10


Players for all age groups required U/16’s, U/14’s, & U12’s

All coaches are ACB accredited Level 1 or Level 2.

v  Registration Day Sunday 6th September 9-11 am


Theo Milligan 0402 298 894/Gary Cunningham 0448 223 369

Blair Meeney (Milo) 0423 411 186 for further information

Greensborough Cricket Club – 9435 7327

(War Memorial Oval McDowell St, Greensborough).

The G.C.C. plays in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association.

G.C.C. also fields 7 senior sides in the DVCA.

Run for the Firies

Help Research & 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.

Boys/Girls Junior Cricket in Lower Plenty…...

Calling all boys and girls interested in sport and aged between 5 and 17 years old.  The Lower Plenty Cricket Club invites you to come and enjoy the fun and excitement of cricket.  LPCC is a family orientated club that prides itself on the nurturing and learning of the game of cricket for each player at every level.

2009/10 Registration Day  for Milo In2Cricket, “Boys Free Zone”all Junior teams (including girls) & All Abilities Program

Sunday 6th September Lower Plenty Oval

from 9.30am – 1.30pm @ Para Rd, Montmorency.

For more information please do not hesitate to call: Tabatha Delaney 0434484565


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.

Wanderers Australia Cricket Program

This team is designed for players who play cricket for their school, club etc and don’t have the opportunity to experience an overseas tour.  During the winter school holidays, Wanders Australia will be sending a team of young cricketers aged 15-18 yrs to the United Kingdom or South Africa.

If you are interested in this opportunity please visit the website www.wandereraustralia.com.au or call 02 42 943 779

Eltham Cricket Club

Junior Registration day Sunday 13th September 9am until 12noon

Clubrooms, Central Park Eltham, Panther Place age groups in2cricket 5-10 yr olds  under 12s, under 14s, under 16s  Boys and girls welcome

Training top and cap supplied upon registration – all abilities welcome.  Come and join the panthers and have some fun.

Contact Stuart 0409 412 167

Research Cricket Club

Registration Day is on Sunday 13th September at Research Park Club Rooms, Research Park commencing at 10.00am to 1.00pm. Research Cricket Club offers cricket to all ages including the In2 Cricket program, juniors, seniors and veterans. New members are most welcome. Details can be viewed on the website www.research.cricketvictoria.com.au or further enquiries can be made to Shaun Turner, President, ph 0419.549646 or email shaun.turner@researchcc.com.au.


In2 Cricket - Research Cricket Club this season will be running the popular In2 Cricket program commencing Sunday 25th October 2009 and continue to Sunday 13th December 2008. The program is primarily aimed at the 5 - 8 year age group (boys & girls) as a fun introduction to the game of cricket. It teaches the basic skills of cricket. Programs will be held on Sunday Mornings for 8 x 1.5 hour sessions starting at 10am and finishing at 11.30am. Cost $50.00 per participant. All participants will receive a giveaway pack containing a bat, ball, t-shirt, bucket hat, activity booklet, stump sticker, and a certificate. Emphasis on FUN, exercise, learning basic skills of cricket, meeting & making new friends. For details please contact Geoff Crisp 0407685662, e-mail geoff.crisp@researchcc.com.au. Enrolments dates are either on the  clubs registration day Sunday the 13th of September at 10am-1pm or at the first session of In2 cricket on Sunday the 25th of October.

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

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.


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.

Art master ex-EHS – Jules Burns at Montsalvat

Jules Burns is holding a solo exhibition of recent paintings at the Barn Gallery Montsalvat 7 Hillcrest Ave., Eltham 9439 7712 / F 9431 4177 starting Sun Aug 30 and finishing Mon Sept 28 – 9-5 daily

Jules paintings and drawings are held in many collections including those of Nuillumbik Shire Council and Latrobe University.

Definitely worth a look!  Jules was a student at Eltham High in the mid 80’s.

Drop In to the Kinglake or Kinglake West supported homework program

Are you a secondary student from the Kinglake area?

Do you need a quiet place to do your homework?

Would you like some help from a free tutor?

Then drop into the homework program at either of these locations:

Where: Kinglake West—Mechanics Hall (Wednesdays)

Where: Kinglake—Library (Mondays)

Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm during the school terms

Tutoring available in the areas of Math, Science & English

This free service is provided by Kildonan Uniting Care

For more information call Kildonan’s Youth Services

on (03) 8401 0100 or email info@kildonan.org.au

Proudly supported by SHARE Community Appeal, The Rotary Club of Templestowe and Rotary District 9810 Bushfire Relief Appeal


For people who have lost someone close to them

“It has helped me so much with so many things … I had a lot of issues with my anger. Just talking to others opens your eyes. I really like the way you can talk about a problem and get feedback and suggestions from the group.”

Further Information

ACGB Bereavement Counselling and Support


Address: Ground Floor, McCulloch House,

Monash Medical Centre,

246 Clayton Road,

Clayton Vic 3168

Phone: 03 9265 2111 (Monday - Friday)

Facsimile: 03 9265 2150

Email: counselling@grief.org.au

Web Address: www.grief.org.au  The Australian Centre For Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of education, training, research and professional service options for those working in the area of grief and bereavement. The ACGB is also funded by the Department of Human Services to provide a statewide specialist bereavement service for individuals, children and families who need assistance following the death of someone close to them.

For information on training or other services, contact the Australian Centre For Grief and Bereavement (03) 9265 2100 / Freecall 1800 642 066.

24 Hour Telephone Support Lifeline

13 11 14

Suicide Line

1300 651 251


1300 789 978

Kids Help Line

1800 551 800


13 22 89


1300 60 60 24

Bereaved parents and families support: The ompassionate Friends - 1800 641 091

If you are interested in hearing more about these groups and how they may assist you, please contact: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement on 9265 2111 (Bereavement Counselling and Support Service)

or email:  support@grief.org.au or talk with your case manager or counsellor.

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is working with the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and the Department of Human Services to provide these groups.


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.


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.


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 can be found on the web site – see the Parent NewsletterLost Property list.  The list is also available posted on notice boards for students to check.

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

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