Term 3 Week 9

Tues 15th September 2009


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

These are to be raffled (last day of this term) 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 only $2 ea or 3 for $5.  

Principal’s Report

Eltham High School Music

I take this opportunity to congratulate all members of the Eltham High School Choir for an outstanding result at the most recent Royal South Street Competitions.  Out of a total of 11 choirs that competed in the Competition, the Eltham High School Choir was awarded first prize.  Further to this, the Choir has received a number of accolades throughout the year in various competitions.  In congratulating the students I also wish to extend my congratulations to Ms Lynlee Williams, the Choir conductor and congratulate her on her efforts in supporting our young people to fulfil such high goals.  Ms Williams is a practising artist and was featured in one of our earlier editions of the Newsletter.  You will often find Ms Williams singing with the Australian Opera and it is obvious that her connection with her art has been of great benefit to our students.

Celebration of Music Concert

I was very fortunate to be part of the audience at the Celebration of Music Concert held on Monday 14 September at the George Wood Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School.  The concert was an outstanding success.  Everyone present took great joy in listening to the variety of music performed by the various ensembles, bands and choirs of Eltham High School.  Whilst this was a celebration of the musical talents and skills of our students and staff, it also marked the end of the Eltham High School Music performance season.  All of the year 12s involved in the Music Program were recognised as a mark of respect and regard for the contribution they have made to the Eltham High School Music Program over the last six years.  It may be correct to say that they will be taking a part of Eltham High School with them as they leave the School after their exams in November, but it is also more important to say that they have contributed a great deal to the development of the Program into what it is today.  The Eltham High School Music Program will be moving into a new era as of the start of 2010 with the appointment of a new Music Director.  The position is currently being advertised and we are hoping to make an appointment in the first couple of weeks of Term 4.  The tradition of excellence that has been established over the last thirty or so years will continue and what will come next will add to the culture that places the Eltham High School Music Program amongst the best in the country.  I take this opportunity to commend and acknowledge the work of Meg George who has been the acting Director of Music for the past eighteen months.  Meg has approached her role with a great deal of enthusiasm and passion and this has supported the engagement of all our students to the highest level.  Furthermore, I wish to acknowledge the high commitment of Mrs Jill Browne, our Music Secretary, who consistently works beyond the call of duty.  Jill has been an outstanding support for Meg and all our music staff in ensuring that the Program continued to deliver the highest possible outcomes for all students.  I thank them both, as well as all of the staff involved in the Program.  It would be remiss of me not to make particular mention of the Music Support Group who consistently works to ensure that the Program continues to develop.  The Music Support Group members are the people who work behind the scenes, ensuring that what needs to happen on stage does happen, but they also work very hard at fundraising for the Program.  Without their help and support the Program would not be what it is today.

Rock Eisteddfod

I wish all the students involved in the Rock Eisteddfod all the very best for the upcoming finals on Thursday, 17 September.  I know that there is a great deal of excitement and buzz amongst the students as they continue to prepare for this event.  Irrespective of the results, I know that the students have learnt a great deal from their involvement with this initiative and once again I thank Brooke Gannon and her team of supporters who have provided this opportunity for our students.

End of Term 3

It almost seems impossible that we have come to the end of Term 3.  Time seems to have flown without us even realising it.  This is a crucial time, particularly for senior students in their preparation for upcoming exams.  Whilst it is important that all students make a concerted effort to have a break, this period of time also provides a concentrated opportunity for senior students to revise and reflect on their studies in preparation for the exams.  I wish all students and staff a very relaxing holiday and I look forward to seeing them all back safely on day 1 of Term 4, being Monday 5 October.  As is customary on the last day of each term school will conclude at 2:30pm.  I ask that parents make the appropriate arrangements to ensure the safe travel home of their students.  I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with this.

Vincent Sicari, Principal


Change of Hours for Canteen on last day of Term



WORKING BEES Term 4 2009

The Grounds Committee has scheduled 2 Working Bees for Term 4, the first on Saturday the 17th October and the final Working Bee on Sunday 15th November.  As per usual there are lots of tasks on offer from maintenance to construction activities which really make a difference to our learning environment.  The first Working Bee of Term 4 is a combined event with the Eltham Baptist Church who utilise the Schools facilities for their Sunday Services.  Not only does the Church provide support for this event in personnel, but also provides a sumptuous morning tea for all our wonderful supporters on the day.  As stated above this Working Bee is scheduled on the Saturday of 17th October from 9am until 12:30pm with barbeque lunch and drinks to follow.  Summarised below are a list of tasks planned for the day with the requirements to complete these tasks.

1.      Construction of a short section of post and pipe fence adjacent to room 608.  Shovels, crowbars and spirit levels required.

2.     Construction of 10 metres of seating adjacent to room 608.  Shovels, crowbars, spirit levels required.

3.     Pruning of the callistemon hedge adjacent to the 700’s block.  Secateurs and gloves required.

4.     Soil needs to be relocated from the back oval to full the garden boxes adjacent to room 807 and 608.  Shovels, picks, wheelbarrows and gloves provided.

5.     Sweeping adjacent to the Stadium complex as well as the courtyard complexes.  Gloves and shovels required.

6.     Mowing and brush cutting in a variety of locations.  Mowers and brush cutters required.

7.     A further cleanup, prune and weed of all the garden complexes.  Gloves, picks and secateurs required.

8.     Mulching of established gardens in a number of locations.  Gloves required.

9.     Removal of some fencing near the hall that will become redundant in early 2010. This will be relocated to the south end of the school.  Crowbars, shovels, patience and gloves required.

10.  A clean up and mulch of the Environmental area at the eastern end of the tennis courts complex.  Gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows required.

11.  Some repair work to fencing adjacent to the hall and the end of 400’s block.  Skill required.

12.  Staining of bollards in the Courtyard complex.

As usual we are prepared with a range of relevant tasks that make a difference.  So all we need is you to make it happen.  So come along and make that difference to your child’s learning environment.

John Coates, environment coordinator for the Grounds Committee.


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



September / October 2009

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 2:29pm

Bell times last day  (see below)

recess starts 10:13 ends 10:33am

Lunch starts 11:56am   ends 1:11pm

School day ends 2:29pm

Sat 19

LOTE Malaysia Study Trip departs

Tues 29

Donydj Camp to Northern Territory departs

Oct 5

Term 4 starts

Wed 7

Sport Zone Metro Athletics

O&ES VET Community Rec to Anglesea & Lorne

Fri 9

Whole School Assembly

Mon 12

Digital World Summit selected students

Wed 14

Sci MS Earth & Stars to Strathmore

HPE Rec & Rac Boxercise to Shadow Boxer

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Rock Eisteddfod Grand Final performance this Thursday  September 17……see display in the admin foyer……best wishes to the team for a fantastic performance


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 just report to the Junior school office.



Senior School students are currently very busy completing their SAC’s, coursework, and beginning preparations for the final examination period. There are a few reminders below for all students to help you navigate your way through to the end of the year:

FEELING STRESSED? – Senior School has made available two relaxation and meditation sessions for Year 11 and Yr 12 students to help you better manage your studies and to provide you with some skills in relaxation. Feedback from the first session was very positive. A second session will be held on Tuesday October 13th at 3.15pm.- all welcome. Please indicate your intention to attend on the sign-up sheet in the Senior School Office.

VTAC APPLICATIONS – all Year 12 students are reminded to complete their VTAC applications. Whilst the closing date for timely applications is 30th September (during the holidays), students have been advised to register and begin their application before the end of term. Further assistance is available through the Senior School Office and Careers Centre.

CORRECT ADDRESS?? – Senior School students who have changed either residential address or postal address throughout this year and have not notified Senior School and the General Office need to do so promptly to ensure that the correct details are registered with the VCAA for posting of final results.

EXAM REVISION SESSIONS – In addition to the exam revision sessions being run internally by the teaching staff, students have been alerted to those being run by a number of commercial organizations. Brochures are available in the Senior School Study Room and from the Library. Enrolments are often accepted via the internet.

PAST EXAM PAPERS – For all Unit 4 studies, students are reminded that they can access the past VCAA exam papers and Examiner’s Reports on the VCAA website

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/   Please note that many VCE courses will have been re-accredited resulting in some aspects of past papers no longer being relevant.

SCHOLARSHIPS – A reminder to Year 12 students entering tertiary education in 2010 to check out the many scholarships available to assist with the expenses of tertiary study. Scholarship information is available via the VTAC application process, the University / TAFE websites and the Careers Centre.

LOCKERS MOVING – Students with lockers in the 400’s outside Rooms 402 – 408 are reminded to clear their lockers before Friday (last day of term), as these lockers will be moved to the 700’s during the September break due to the renovation of the 400’s..

END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS – A reminder to students to ensure their payment for the end of year celebrations is finalized before the end of term. The one charge covers all three events:  

1.     Year 12 Breakfast – Thursday 22nd Oct

2.     Formal – 22nd October at Moonlight Receptions

3.     Valedictory – Monday 23rd November at George Wood Performing Arts Centre


The Senior School Coordinators wish all students a most productive September break – with lots of study, but also time to relax and rejuvenate before the final term!

Senior School Coordinators


Since the last newsletter the Choir and Chamber Choir ventured up to the Choral Competitions at South Street.  The Chamber Choir came fourth in their section and the Choir came first!  We don't think the smile has come off Ms Williams' face yet!

Last night was the final BIG concert for the year.  The supporting hundreds made their way to Yarra Valley Grammar, George Wood Performing Arts Centre and were entertained by their talented children!  This night showcases all the groups, so the diversity of the program is highlighted. It's also the time we say goodbye to our Year 12s.  Often an emotional occasion, we recognise their great contribution over, very often, the six years at EHS.

Thank you to the students, parents and staff who've supported the music program this year.

But what now?  The Symphonic Band for 2010 will be announced this afternoon.  The other bands will continue, maybe in a slightly different format for the remainder of the year.  Instrumental lessons continue until the first week of December.  Some students are taking part in AMEB exams in November.  We have various performances still happening and our Twilight Concert is Thursday 26th November.  If parents have any queries, please contact the music office.

Jill Browne, Music Administration


'A Student's Perspective' on the busy happenings of Term 3 in the Symphonic Band ...

At the start of term 3, the daunting time when semi quavers seem impossible, the Symphonic Band were privileged to be invited to the 'Sounds Great' clinic where we worked with Professor Craig Kirchoff.  The workshop and performance gave the band an opportunity to learn new practice and performance techniques.

Term 3 was incredibly hard work, but every single member of the band remained so dedicated to producing the best music that they possibly could.  'The Year of the Dragon' and 'Song for Lyndsay' became the soundtrack to our lives. We performed the pieces after only 3 weeks rehearsal at Melbourne School Bands Festival, and we had never felt so exhilarated at what we had achieved.

That was only the beginning, and we had further to go, and we reached this goal at the Royal South Street Competitions.  All our hard work had paid off with a performance where we played our hearts out.  The performance was all about sharing our love for the music with our audience, and I believe we achieved this aim.

This year has been long and sometimes hard, but overall it has been incredibly worthwhile.  I would like to thank every single member of the music department for making such an experience possible, and every single member of the band for sharing this experience with me.  It truly has been unforgettable.

Olivia Galante, one of the Symphonic Band Leaders 2009


EHS Swim Squad – Thurs morn 7am

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



Happy holidays  to all……staff, students and families…………relax, enjoy, sleep-in, shop  etc  etc



Super League Volleyball

Games Thursday night after school – 17th September.

Court 1

U17 girls honours v Open girls honours

Duty- U15 boys honours

Court 2

U 16 girls honours v U16 boys honours

Duty – U15 boys honours

Court 3

U14 boys division 1 v U16 boys div 1

Duty – U15 boys division 1

Court 4

Under 15 girls hon v U15 girls division 1

Duty – U15 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.

VOLLEYCAMP is offering 2 SPECIALIST camps for players to attend-


Any interested students can get a flyer from Mr Thomas

Volleyball T-shirt Competition

The winner of the volleyball T-shirt competition is Hayley Pringle of year 10. Her design will be used on the front of this years Australian Volleyball Schools Cup Eltham High Squad T-shirt. We had over 40 entries and they were all of a high standard. Thank you to those students that took the time to enter.

Heidelberg Volleyball Club Training

Jenny Becker (Australian women’s coach) is inviting any Eltham High students to Parade College in Bundoora on Monday and Wednesday nights between 7.00 am and 9.00pm for some extra training in the lead up to National schools cup. As the regular state league season is now over Heidelberg are able to spend some extra time developing junior players. It’s free.

Trans Tasman Volleyball

The junior girls Volleyball series between Australia and New Zealand is being held at the following venues if students are interested in watching some great girls play.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Match 1

Sunday 27th September 7.00 pm 

Croydon Leisure Centre

Match 2

Monday 28th September 7.00 pm

State Volleyball Centre Dandenong

Match 3

Tuesday 29th September 6.30 pm 

Latrobe Leisure Centre , Moe

Match 4

Thursday 1st October  7.00 pm 

Upwey High School

Match 5

Friday 2nd October 7.00 pm

State Volleyball Centre Dandenong

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


We have already thanked those who contributed to our fundraiser for The Butterfly Foundation in a previous newsletter, however here's an update on the fundraising: through the sale of cupcakes and gold coin donations during the performance by the band Overzelous, we raised $326.60. So many thanks to all those students and teachers who donated or bought a cake!

Next term, Butterfly Foundation merchandise will be for sale at the school. The sale of these goods creates no profit or fundraising. Their merchandise promotes and raises awareness of The Butterfly Foundation in their work supporting sufferers of poor body image and eating disorders.

Tricia Fitzpatrick behalf of the asur Body Image Project


Year 9 Work Experience: 30 Nov. – 11 Dec.

Year 9 students are reminded that the due date for submitting Work Experience forms is Monday 9th November. The holidays provide a great opportunity for students to get it organised.

Year 12 students – VTAC applications

Year 12 students intending to go to uni or TAFE are reminded to do a VTAC application before the end of this term. If there is a problem we are around to help. Just put one course in to make sure you can do it, readjust your preferences at your leisure during the holidays. The closing date for timely applications is September 30.

Keeper for a Day at Healesville Sanctuary

This program is for students who are thinking about a career working with animals. Get a real experience with zookeeper duties and look behind the scenes at zookeeper life.

Book:http://www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Programs/Student_Conferences/Careers/Keepers. Dates: 22, 23, 29, & 30 Sept; Cost: $99. Wildlife photography with Steve Parish is a full day photographic workshop. See: http://www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Programs/Student_Conferences/Steve_Parish.

Off to join the Circus?

Swinburne’s National Institute of Circus Arts is holding auditions. It is offering current Year 10 students the chance to combine circus training (Cert III) with their VCE (audition date: Sat 19 Sept). Certificate IV in Circus Arts is a post-secondary one-year intensive program for professional development or for students wishing to prepare for the Bachelor of Circus Arts (audition date: Sun 25 Oct). Info: Liz Louden, 9214 6975, info@nica.com.au, www.nica.com.au.

Folio preparation workshops for Textile design and development

Not sure what a course in textiles involves? RMIT’s Textile Design and Development students have put together some fantastic workshops to help prospective students explore the world of textiles.

Day and time

10 am – 1 pm

2 pm – 5 pm

Mon 21 Sept

Screen printing


Screen printing


Tues 22 Sept


printing textiles




*Shibori is the Japanese term for ancient tie and resist dye techniques that have been widely used across Asia, Africa and India and are now embraced by many contemporary artists.

Where: Brunswick campus, 25 Dawson Street, Brunswick. Cost: 1 workshop - $50, 2 workshops - $90, 3 workshops - $130, 4 workshops - $170 . Places are limited so book ASAP. Payment will be taken on the day with cash or cheque. Email your workshop preference, day and time to – lucy.adam@rmit.edu.au  (please include ph number).

RMIT Parent Information Evening 

Parents and future students in Year 10 and 11 are invited to hear from a range of RMIT representatives about study options at RMIT and the transition from school to university.

Topics covered will include: Pathways from TAFE to university, Selection processes, Scholarships, Work integrated learning, Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2009 Time: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm Place: Bundoora campus west, building 202 RSVP: Call 03 9925 2555/send names of guests attending to student.recruitment@rmit.edu.au by Mon 9 Nov

Expos at Victoria University/TAFE

Coming up (all 10am-3pm): Personal Services (beauty, hairdressing, make-up, modelling, nail tech.), City King Campus (225 King St), Sun 18 Oct; Engineering and Specialist Trades (engineering, electrical, electrotechnology, fitting & turning, painting & decorating, plumbing, signwriting, welding), Sunshine Campus, Sun 24 Oct; Construction Industries (building, boatmaking, bricklaying, cabinetmaking, carpentry, furniture making, joinery, shopfitting), Newport Campus, Sat 7 Nov. Info: www.vu.edu.au/visitvu

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.

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

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

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


Canteen Roster

September 2009

Wed 16

Kerrie Laing, Wendy Gunnoo, Christine Williams

Thurs 17

Christine Carroll, volunteer needed

Fri 18

Kath, Paula, Gael

Term 4

Volunteers will receive roster via mail

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?….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



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…


Cyber Bullying – Cyber safety

Monday Nov 23rd 2009

Dingley International Hotel

Free parking on site!  PD 6 hours cost $249 (GST incl)

email critical agendas admin@criticalagendas.com.au


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 14th 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.


Are you caring for or parenting a challenging teenager?


Do you often worry that your teenager is moody, negative, doesn’t seem to learn from his/her mistakes?

                        What should you worry about?

How can you best respond?

Robyn Byron, Family Therapist from Berry Street will address Mental Health Issues of Young People (eg; anxiety,

depression, self esteem and aggression) in a free parent seminar at Eltham HS.  Open to all our parents, carers

and teachers in our community.

When?  Thursday 15th October, 7 – 8pm                                                               Where? EHS library

RSVP: Tues, 13/10 . . . . .  Complete the reply slip below & return to school office please - bookings essential


Cut here please"

(return this slip to the school office by October 13)

Seminar….. Mental Health Issues of Young People

When?  Thursday 15th October, 7 – 8pm                                   Where? EHS library


I   /    WE   would like to attend this evening……….number of persons…………..


Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . contact no……………………………

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






“Come & Try” Day:

9:00-11:00am,  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



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


Feeling Stressed?   Mind crammed?

Relaxation and Meditation for all Yr 11 and 12s

Highly recommended  Tues Oct 13 in Rm 402 - 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


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

Research Cricket Club

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.


Monster Spring Garage Sale

Sunday, October 11
8.30am - 12noon

20 plus stalls selling home wares, baby goods, plants, toys and much more (stallholders required)

* Sausage Sizzle * Indoor Venue *


Greenhills Scout Hall - Community Drive, Greensborough

For more information
Phone Rebecca 9432 4954 (BH)


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 http://greensborough.cricketvictoria.com.au/

Student Report Folders- available for pick up


In 2009 EHS is providing access to student reports online via the school intranet. Parents have been accessing reports by using their student’s login credentials and will soon be able to access past reports for previous years.  It is expected that families will download and store reports electronically, either on their computer hard drive, a CD/DVD or a flash drive. Reports will be available online during your student’s time at EHS. If you wish to print reports and store them in hard copy, the school has a limited number of report folders available. If you would like one they can be collected from the General office by parents while the stock lasts.

Darren Squires, Assistant Principal Curriculum.

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

Mensline   1300 789 978

Kids Help Line   1800 551 800

Parentline   13 22 89

NURSE-ON-CALL   1300 60 60 24

Bereaved parents and families support:

The Com passionate Friends Vic - 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

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