Term 3 Week 9

Tuesday 8th September 2009


You are invited to view a fine collection of art works in the Admin foyer.

These are to be raffled in support of a small group travelling, later this month, to the remote settlement of Donydji in N.T. (a joint project with La Trobe University)

Tickets may be purchased at the reception counter$2 ea or 3 for $5.  

Music Trivia night this Friday 11 Sept 7.30-11.30pm in school hall.

'Bring your family and friends for a night of music and fun and help raise money to support the Eltham High School Music Program'  Featuring live entertainment from some very familiar faces. 

$10 Adult, $8 student.         Book a table of 10 or let them make one up for you.

BYO everything to eat and drink  Forward payment to office by Wednesday.

The 'Celebration of Music' concert……

Mon 14th Sept, commencing 7:30pm at Yarra Valley Grammar

Students are to arrive by 7pm.

Tickets on sale now from Music Office: Adults $17/Child/ Pensioner/Concession $10.

Please purchase tickets prior to the evening, note: seating is allocated and prams are not allowed in the auditorium.

Principal’s Report


Eltham High School Music

Congratulations to all students and staff who participated in the most recent Royal South Street Competitions.  These competitions highlighted both the amazing talents of our students, as well as those of our staff.  As always, Eltham High School has been well represented throughout a range of events in the competition.  I was able to attend the competitions during last Saturday and I have to say that I was amazed by the wonderful talent of young people across the board.  I felt very privileged to be in the audience as our Concert Band was awarded first place in the competition.  The Concert Band competed against 14 other school bands from across the state and it was fantastic to see the Concert Band receive the accolade that they so well deserve. 

I was also very fortunate to be present during the Symphonic Band competitions.  The amazing sound that was produced by the Eltham High School Band was outstanding and well received.   The Symphonic Band was placed third in the competition out of the 11 bands that competed. 

I once again congratulate all the students, their conductors and directors for the outstanding effort that was put in to achieve such outstanding results.  I also wish to make special mention of Mrs Jill Browne, our Music Secretary, without whose help, commitment and organisational talents the preparation for this event would not have gone as smoothly as it did.  I look forward to seeing all members of our community at the Celebration of Music Concert this Monday, 14 September at Yarra Valley Grammar School in Ringwood.  The concert commences at 7:30pm and tickets are currently on sale from the Music Office.  This concert will provide a formal closure to the 2008-2009 music program, and gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the great work of the staff as well as to acknowledge Year 12 students who have been a part of the music program for an extended period of time.  It will also herald the commencement of the 2009-2010 Music program as students move to their next ensemble.


I wish to congratulate Ella Heaney of Year 9 who has recently been selected in the School Sports Australia All Stars Team.  This honorary Australian schools team is selected at the conclusion of the School Sport Australia Volleyball Competition.  Players are selected through discussion amongst the coaches of all the State and Territory secondary school teams.  Ella was named in this team.  I am aware that the selection was a great honour for Ella, giving validation of her skills and ability, as well as further recognition in the broader volleyball world.  In congratulating Ella, I also congratulate Greg Thomas and all of Ella’s coaches who have been there to support her over the last few years in her efforts to achieve her very best in the sport.  Well done!

I wish to congratulate Greg Thomas on having been appointed to the Coaches Commission of Volleyball Victoria.  This is an outstanding accolade for Greg, who fully deserves the recognition for the contribution that he has made to this sport, both on behalf of Eltham High School and the State.  I wish Greg all the very best as he embarks on this extension to his Volleyball career.



As a learning community we continuously strive to improve student learning.  A great deal of work has already taken place over the last few years with the central focus of achieving an improvement in student learning and student learning outcomes.  The staff have engaged with valid research and taken time to explore examples of the best practice.  A number of decisions have been made in relation to curriculum and curriculum delivery for Year 7 to Year 10, as well as VCE.  For 2010 some of the envisaged changes at VCE will involve the elimination of Period 0, early morning classes.  As well as this, all year 11 subjects will be allocated five periods each week and students will be required to select six subjects rather than the current expectation of seven subjects.  For the Middle School, outside of the core subjects, the program will continue to provide a great range of options for students to select across Year 9 and Year 10.  All subjects at Middle School will also have five periods allocated to them.  This links Middle School subjects with VCE subjects and hence provides a greater opportunity for enhancement from Middle School into VCE.  Starting with Year 7 in 2010 the Year 7 curriculum will be organised around the eight key learning areas, however, a component of the work will be conducted in interdisciplinary teams with input from across the related key learning areas.  A more detailed paper outlining the changes for 2010 will be presented in the first School Newsletter of Term 4.  As always, we work towards enhancing student learning and providing every opportunity for every child to achieve their very best.



I take this opportunity to wish the Rock Eisteddfod team all the very best in the upcoming finals which will take place on Thursday, 17 September.  In wishing the team all the very best, I congratulate them all for their efforts so far and also take this opportunity to thank Brooke Gannon for all of her work and commitment in supporting the students to reach the point that they have, and to venture on into the finals.  Similarly, I thank all the parents and volunteers who have contributed to an outstanding success so far, and who will continue to support our young people.


Vincent Sicari, Principal

Change of Hours for Canteen on last day of Term



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


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.


Student Exchange

Tess Parker (year10) left for France for 5 months last Sunday as an exchange student. She will be staying with a family in Nantes. She is lucky because her host sister is a 16 year old girl who will be looking after her in school and helping Tess navigate her way around the place. Tess has already joined the school orchestra and her host sister plays the clarinet. If LOTE students are interested in exchange opportunities, there is information about exchange possibilities in France (for French students) and Malaysia (for Indonesian students)

Malaysia Trip 2009

We had our final Malaysia Trip evening last week on Friday 4th September, when tickets and information related to the trip were handed out.  Everyone is now waiting excitedly for 19th September when we will be meeting at the airport (Malaysia Airways Departure lounge) at 12pm.  Here's to a great trip! For those of you who wish to go next time, our next trip will be in September 2011.  Start saving!

New Caledonia 2010.

Please watch this space for information relating to this trip for French students.

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE


September 2009

Thurs 10

Sport Yr 7 Round Robin

Fri 11

HPE Rac & Rec Golf –Bulleen Driving Range

Music Misfire at lunchtime

Sat 17

Space Camp takes off for the USA

Mon 14

SoSE Yr 10 Geography Fieldwork

Music Celebration Concert – see details inside

Wed 16

SoSE Yr 10 Geography Fieldwork

HPE Rac & Rec Golf- Bulleen Driving Range

Thurs 17

Immunisation Yr 7 Hep B HPV

Rock Eisteddfod Final at HiSense Arena

Fri 18

End of Term – early finish 2:30pm

Sat 19

LOTE Malaysia Study Trip

Tues 29

Donydj Camp to Northern Territory

Oct 10

Term 4 starts



The Royal South Street competitions always showcase the fantastic talent of our music students.  After all the ensemble rehearsal time, personal practice, parents accommodating the extra requests, the trip up and back to Ballarat (for some this is 3 times!), dedication from the instrumental teachers, especially the conductors ... the students rise to the occasion, and produce a combined sound that makes all concerned very proud.  Apart from the wonderful music, our students continue to be great ambassadors to the school with their behaviour and consideration to other schools, listening intently to what other students from elsewhere are performing.

While we appreciate the music from our students, it’s the messages of congratulations from conductors of other schools that reinforce the pride!

Our two VCE groups came 2nd in their sections, Honourable Mention for the Saxophone Ensemble, 3rd for Flute Ensemble, 2nd for the Percussion Ensemble, 2nd for the Intermediate Band, 2nd for Jazz Band, 3rd for Stage Band, 3rd for Symphonic Band and for too many years to count - 1st for Concert Band.

CONGRATULATIONS!  But, there's more ... the Chamber Choir travel to Ballarat Monday this week, and the Choir make the trip on Tuesday.  So best wishes to these two groups.

Next week we'll have a little viewing of what the band captains thought about this hectic time.

The 'Celebration of Music' concert ... Monday 14th September at Yarra Valley Grammar, in Ringwood.

The concert commences at 7.30pm, students are to arrive by 7pm.

Tickets are now on sale from the Music Office, Adults $17, Child $10, Pensioner/Concession $10.

Please purchase prior to the evening - seating is allocated, and please note that prams are not allowed in the auditorium.


The Music Support Group is having a busy time - the Music Trivia Night this Friday [details ... In the school hall starting at 7.30pm, BYO everything to eat and drink, live entertainment, Adults $10, Students $8, bring family and friends! Payment can be made at the Music Office now!], overseeing the Celebration of Music Concert on the 14th September and then promoting an upcoming Shopping Tour ... take the hassle out of Christmas shopping! 

Get driven to outlets, have a lunch, pick up bargains, save $!!  It's happening on Saturday 7th November 7.45am-6.30pm, but you must book NOW!  $42 per adult, $38 per student/concession.  Contact the music office this week!!!

Jill Browne, Music Administration


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


Canteen Roster

September 2009

Wed 9

Joanne Fischer, Rosa Hong

Thurs 10

Sue Ball, volunteer needed

Fri 11

Robyn Bulman, Anabelle Preston

Mon 14

Rhonda Constantinou, Vivian Heath

Tues 15

Brenda Fisher-Stamp, Anne Hawting

Wed 16

Kerrie Laing, Wendy Gunnoo, Christine Williams

Thurs 17

Christine Carroll, volunteer needed

Fri 18

Kath, Paula, Gael

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


Toy Drive….can you help us so that we can give to children less fortunate than yourself….we need new toys, books and games suitable for children up to 15 years of age.


This drive is aimed at presenting our generous collection at the end of October, they will be given to children who live in the shire of Nillumbik only………this drive has been most successful in past years and we hope you will give us your support.

All donations may be left in the canteen.

Thank you, Gael Carter Toy drive organiser




Louise Alford travelled to Nowra, NSW, to represent Victoria at the 2009 Australian Cross Country Championships.

Louise, a Year 7 student, finished in second place in the Girls Under 14 3km in a time of 10:10.87.

Already a veteran of two previous National Cross Country Championships, having finished in fourth place in 2007 and third place in 2008, Louise recorded her best performance at this year’s Championships. Louise and the eventual winner pulled away from the rest of the field from about the 1km mark and engaged in an absorbing battle over the tough, hilly course for the remainder of the race. The lead changed a number of times before Louise was beaten to the line in a sprint finish by the narrow margin of one second.

Louise said after the race that she was happy with her performance, “I felt strong all the way and the hilly course suited me.” Louise spearheaded her Victorian team that finished in second place in the teams competition.

Congratulations on a great effort


Congratulations to Ella Heaney – a year 9 student and a member of our under 16 girls honours team on her recent success at the Australian School Sport Volleyball Championships.  Ella’s team won a bronze medal in this championship and Ella was selected in the ‘all star 12’ best players in the tournament.  After being selected as a promising athlete in year 7 to join the Eltham High volleyball program, Ella was selected in year 8 in the under 15 Victorian girls ‘Blue’ team and then invited to train with the GMVA( an elite training squad).  After her success at the under 16 National competition Ella has been identified by the Australian junior volleyball program to take part in an Australian youth camp later in the year.  We wish her luck with her volleyball in the future.

* If your child is selected in a Victorian team please email me so that I can include it in our parent newsletter. – info@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Super League Volleyball

Games Thursday night after school – 10th 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 hon v U14 boys division 2 –

Duty – U14 boys div 1


There will be ‘volleycamp’ held over the next school holidays. The next VOLLEYCAMP is October 3 & 4.  The venue is Yarra Valley Grammar.

Many of our players in the past have attended a VOLLEYCAMP and really enjoyed the experience.

VOLLEYCAMP is offering 2 SPECIALIST camps for players to attend-


Players aiming to make the starting six or a state team next year would benefit greatly from the training the camp offers.

Any interested students can get a flyer from Mr Thomas

Volleyball T-shirt Competition

Students have been voting for their favourite design and the winner will be announced on next week’s newsletter.


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

Fact of the week from as-u-r Body Image Project

Did you know that 70% of girls ages 15-17 aren't even bothering to participate in normal every day activities due to a lack of self esteem?

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


NECA Electrical Apprenticeship Test

The test is highly regarded by employers, as it provides one common assessment of all candidates in Victoria. Successful results can greatly enhance the opportunity for keen candidates to undertake an electrical apprenticeship. The assessment is not difficult. It is set at Year 10 level. An average level of English Comprehension and Mathematics should assist candidates to successfully complete the test. Students can go to www.neca.asn.au, click on VIC and then go to Apprenticeship Pre-selection to find out more, try the free sample test and register on-line.

Work Experience at the Zoo

Work Experience applications for Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo are now open and close at 4pm on Friday October 9. Applications can be found at www.zoo.org.au/hr/careers/work_experience/secondary. Applications must be emailed by the school careers teacher and applicants must address the key selection criteria in the Work Experience Position Description (located with the application form on the zoo website) in an accompanying cover letter.

In Year 12 and involved in your community?

Australian Catholic University’s Early Achievers’ Program recognises your leadership, significant achievements and community contribution as part of your university application. If you volunteer in a local cultural, sporting or religious group or provide help to people in need apply now by visiting: www.acu.edu.au/counts Successful applicants will be notified in November, ahead of university offers. Application close Friday 9 October.

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. Thurs 24 Sept; Info/bookings: www.latrobe.edu.au/study/events

Box Hill TAFE Parent Information Evening

“At Box Hill we don’t just offer courses, we want to help your child get an in-demand job”. Learn how the TAFE system works and all the recent changes; how to approach VCE, choose a career path and get the right qualification. Find out about our degrees, certificates and apprenticeships. Wednesday 16 September, Elgar Auditorium. Two sessions, 6.30 and 7.45pm. RSVP to Sophie Ham on 9286 9491 or email parents@boxhill.edu.au

NIDA (Short Courses) on Tour

Courses in the spring holidays (Sept 28 – Oct 4 in Melbourne) cover acting, audition techniques, screen acting, TV presenting, producing, music theatre and writing. Full program details and online bookings are available on the touring pages at www.nida.edu.au. For more information emailopen@nida.edu au or call 02 9697 7626

Careers in Psychology Night

This evening offers secondary and undergraduate students an insight into several specialist areas of psychology. Wed 16th Sept, 6.15 – 10pm, Prince Phillip Theatre, Building 133, University of Melbourne. Email: melbapsstudents@gmail.com

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

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


Reminder Notice: ATTENTION Yr 12 STUDENTS

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.

Charles Sturt University  all enquiries about courses 1800 334 733, Fax 02 6338 6001

PREP (Principal’s Report Entry Program)

A final reminder that applications for the (PREP) at Charles Sturt University close on Monday 14 September. PREP offers talented students from non-metro areas in NSW/ACT/VIC a chance to secure a place in a full-time on-campus course before the release of Yr 12 results. To find out more visit http://www.csu.edu.au/study/prep.htm

Claim the Date

Charles Sturt University will run Change of Preference (COP) Information Sessions at Orange, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga on Monday 21 December, and at Dubbo on Tuesday 22 December. There will also be an Information Session in Sydney on Tuesday 5 January. Watch this space for venues and times of each COP Information Session.

Foundation Scholarships

Applications are now open for undergraduate scholarships with the Charles Sturt Foundation. The Charles Sturt Foundation provides over 200 undergraduate scholarships at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses of Charles Sturt University. Most of these scholarships are funded by individuals or organisations that hold a strong belief in supporting the University and its students. To find out more visit http://www.csu.edu.au/student/scholarships/undergraduate/index.htm

Thinking about a career in Pharmacy, Veterinary Science or Dentistry?

As part of the application process for Pharmacy, Veterinary Science and Dentistry at Charles Sturt University, a supplementary application form must be submitted. These are available online from 1 August every year. They must be received by CSU no later than 30 September. To download a form just visit www.csu.edu.au and search for your desired course. Click on How To Apply and you’ll find the forms. If you need any further assistance please don’t hesitate to call CSU on 1800 334 733.

Standalone degrees offered at CSU

With the suspension of two double degrees at Charles Sturt University (CSU) - Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design)/Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia) and Bachelor of Arts(Photography)/Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia Arts), school leavers interested in these areas are investigating the standalone degrees offered at CSU. If you’re one of these students, and want to find out about other options, visit www.csu.edu.au or call 1800 334 733.


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.

The 'Celebration of Music' concert ... Monday 14th September at Yarra Valley Grammar, in Ringwood.

The concert commences at 7.30pm, students are to arrive by 7pm.

Tickets are now on sale from the Music Office, Adults $17, Child $10, Pensioner/Concession $10.

Please purchase prior to the evening - seating is allocated, and please note that prams are not allowed in the auditorium.


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


Community Announcements/Advertisements…

Berry Street-T.A.R.A. Teenage Aggression Responding Assertively

1 day workshop for parents of Adolescents who behave violently at home.

Tuesday 20th October 2009 – 9am until 4pm in Heidelberg

Cost $20 – concession available, lunch provided  Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin.  For enquiries please contact 9450 4700

Free Seminar run by Drummond Street Relationship Centre –

Parenting Teenagers

Thursday 1st October 6 – 8pm

A free seminar to explore effective ways to develop a strong and supportive relationship, manage behaviour and guide them in the right direction. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and interaction.

Helen Rimington and Reima Pryor from DSRC will run the seminar, and speak on:

Building a stronger relationship with your teenager  Managing conflict  Understanding and acting on teenage drug and alcohol use 

Please call Sarah to book on 9663 6733 or email sarah@dsrc.org.au 195 Drummond Street, Carlton  9663 6733 www.dsrc.org.au   Funded by the Australian Government

Drummond Street Relationship Centre cont

Anxiety and Relationships Workshop

Do you love someone who is experiencing anxiety? Whether it’s your partner, a close friend or your child it can be really difficult when anxiety impacts the relationship.

Thursday 1st October 12-3pm Come along to this FREE workshop to learn more about anxiety, coping, communication and how to maintain positive relationships with loved ones along the way. Bookings Essential Call Sarah on 9663 6733 or email sarah@dsrc.org.au

Raising Happy Healthy Kids – Parenting Primary

Schoolers Seminar Wednesday s14th October 6-7.30pm A seminar that helps parents build stronger more resilient families (regardless of your family structure) and the best way of preventing teenagers developing drug and alcohol problems down the track. FREE


Carry On (Victoria) Secondary Education Grant 2010

Are you ex navy, army or air force?

Then Carry On (Vic) may be able to help you with education costs if you meet our eligibility criteria.

Carry On (Vic) assists Secondary School students in Yrs 7-12 with grants for expenses such as fees, books, uniforms, excursions etc

Children whose Parent/s or Legal Guardians have a need for financial assistance and comply with our eligibility criteria can apply.  All grants are income tested and the closing date for applications is 5 November 2009.

If you have served in Australian Defence Forces or Allied Forces and you wish to apply for A Secondary Education Grant for 2010, please telephone Carry On  (03) 9629 2648 to establish eligibility and request an application form.


The Diamond Valley Athletic Club will conduct a Trials & Registration Day at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways Map 21 A4) on Sunday 4th October 2009 starting at 1:00pm. The Athletics Victoria season of track & field athletics will start on Saturday October 10th and caters for male & female athletes from the Under 14 age group through to Open age. Supervised training sessions are conducted at Willinda Park on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm. Come along and try this exciting sport at the area’s top athletics venue. For further information contact 0409 005 406

Diamond Valley Oxfam Australia

Welcome to our 2009 Book Fair…one day only!!!

Sat October 17th (8am until, 6pm)

Eltham Senior Citizens Hall, Main Rd., Eltham (Melways Ref 21J5)   Huge variety of books

All proceeds from the Bookfair go to Oxfam’s Development Work  Enquires Beth 9439 1716






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 10 October 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


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.

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

Newsletter items / Tutors

Brenda Wilkins    9430 5117

Sick Bay / medical (asthma ) plans/ Lost Property check

Michelle Ford     9430 5120

Canteen volunteers

Gael Carter, Manager     9430 5122


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


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.researchcc.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.


Greensborough Junior Cricket Club

New Players Welcome


Players for all age groups required:  U/17’s, U/16’s, U/14’s, & U12’s.

All coaches are ACB accredited Level 1 or Level 2.

v  Registration Day Sunday 20th September

v  9-11 am

v  Venue: War Memorial Park, Greensborough.  Melways 20,H2

v  Contact : Theo Milligan Junior Sec/Manager 04022 98894

v  Training Starts Week Following (22nd September Elder Street)


In2Cricket (formerly Milo)

v  Registration day: Sunday, October 11th at 9:15am

v  Venue: War Memorial Park, Greensborough.  Melways 20,H2

v  Contact: Blair Meaney In2Cricket Co-Ordinator 0423 411 186

v  First session: Follows on immediately after registration - 9:30am to 11am and runs ten sessions, the last one held on the 13th of December

Contact: Theo Milligan 0402 298 894 

For further information, or visit


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



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.

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