Term 4 Week 1

Tues 6th October 2009


The Eltham High After School Drama ensemble under the skilful eyes of leaders George and Lauren have reinvigorated an Eltham High School classic – a thought provoking, laugh provoking play for all ages.   Why don’t you be in the audience?

Ensemble  performances in the school hall this week. . . . . . . . . . . .

captain waldo's7:30pm each evening this Tuesday 6 Oct, Wed 7 Oct, Thurs 8 Oct & Fri 9 Oct 2009

Tickets available at door …..$10 concession $12 adults – don’t miss this exciting production


Are you caring for or parenting a challenging teenager?     Then come to our FREE seminar

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 until 8pm                                                               Where?    EHS library

RSVP a must by Tues 13/10  Complete reply slip within or phone school office 9430 5111……… bookings essential

Principal’s Report

Welcome to Term 4

I welcome all students and staff back to the start of Term 4.  I trust that you all had a relaxing and restful break and that this will enable you to fully engage with the work that needs to be carried out during Term 4.  In particular, I trust that all Year 12 students took the opportunity to not only have a break, but also to engage with their preparation for the upcoming exams.  I am certain that you are all very much aware of the fact that only a couple of weeks remain to support the conclusion of your formal education.  Your work prior to the exams needs to be focused, concentrating on revision and engaging with your teachers in the most positive of ways to ensure the best possible outcomes in relation to your results.  For all students from Years 7 to 11 this is also a critical time for your preparation for the conclusion of the school year.  Whilst this is Week 1, you will find that time will move very quickly and therefore your work this term also needs to be focused and concentrating on revision and preparation for upcoming exams and assessment tasks that must be completed prior to the conclusion of this year’s work.  As always, I look forward to working with all members of our community in ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our students.  

I take this opportunity to welcome back Ms Sue Keating, Ms Judy Taylor, Ms Panayiota Gogos, Ms Jessica Yancos and Ms Jenny Isaac who have returned to their teaching positions after a period of leave. 

Student Achievements

I congratulate Chloe Morriss of Year 9, who has been selected as a winner in the Victorian Schools’ Creative Writing Competition.  This was a state wide competition which formed part of the activities in relation to the launch of Mental Health Week.  Chloe’s piece addressed the issue of eating disorders and was selected from a range of entries from across the State.  Chloe was presented with her award by the Minister of Health during a celebration on last Monday, 5 October.  This is an outstanding achievement both for Chloe and our school community.

I also take this opportunity to congratulate Daniel Seymour who in the first week of the holidays competed in the Victorian Boys’ Golf Championships.  This event is only open to boys with a single figure handicap.  Approximately 100 boys entered the competition and after two rounds played at different courses, the top eight boys qualified for match play finals, with the winners progressing after each round, culminating in a final played at Riversdale Golf Club.  Daniel managed to reach the final and then go on to become the winner of the Victorian Boys’ Under 16 Golf Championships 2009.  Whilst Daniel’s skills and dedication to the sport have allowed him to achieve such outstanding accolades, I am told that part of his success was due to the cool mindedness of his caddie, who just happens to be his father and staff member at Eltham High School, Peter Seymour.  However I am very certain that the calmness was a reflection of Daniel’s attitude and not that of his father who I am sure would have been very nervous throughout the entire competition.

I further congratulate Genevieve Hughes of Year 8D who has been part of the Australian Girls’ Choir’s international tour to Italy, France and Hong Kong through the last week of Term 3 until Monday 12 October.  Genevieve’s outstanding skill and talent has provided her with this outstanding opportunity.  I trust that her experience on this tour will provide her with the impetus to continue to excel in her chosen field of music. 

I also take this opportunity to congratulate Jessica Healy who has been accepted as a World Education Program Exchange Student to France in 2010.  Jessica will be departing in January and will be spending quite a bit of time with a volunteer host family in France as well as attending a local school.  All the very best to Jessica on this venture and we trust that this will provide a great opportunity for her to enhance her French language skills.

The Melbourne Cup Period

Historically the day before the Melbourne Cup holiday, Monday 2 November, has had a very poor student attendance.  As a consequence, and as a way of causing the least disruption to the educational program of the school, the last few years has seen this day used as time‑in-lieu for teachers.  As clearly expressed in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2008 and supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this compensates teachers for the time that they allocate beyond work hours throughout the year to student progress interviews involving students, parents and staff.

In the past, irrespective of the time-in-lieu arrangement, the school has remained open on the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day as Year 12 exams are on during that time, and the school is an examination centre.  This will again be the case in 2009.  This day would seem to be the most appropriate in terms of minimising disruption to the educational program of the school in the provision of time-in-lieu, I am writing to ascertain your intention regarding your child’s/children’s attendance on Monday 2 November in order for us to plan effectively.  The school will be open on this day and based on previous experience, due to poor student attendance, it is most likely that an alternative educational program will be in place.  Your information will be valuable in ascertaining staffing requirements for this day.

I ask you to confirm with us only if your child will be attending on Monday 2 November 2009 by contacting the appropriate Sub-School Office either by telephone on 9430 5111 or by e‑mail through each of the Sub‑School Team Leaders by Friday 16 October:

Senior - Jenny Choong  cho   at   elthamhs.vic.edu.au  

Middle - Brenda Kline kli   at   elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Junior - Christine Andrews  and   at   elthamhs.vic.edu.au

I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with this matter.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

Reminder: 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.

Introduction of the Victorian Student Number

Our school is working with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to allocate a Victorian Student Number (VSN) to each student at the school.

The VSN is a student identification number that is being assigned to all students in government and non-government schools, and students in Vocational Education and Training Institutions. The number, which is unique to each student, will be used as a key identifier on a student’s school records, and will remain with the student throughout his or her education, until reaching the age of 25. The VSN is nine digits long, randomly assigned, and tied to stable information about the student (name, gender, date of birth).

The introduction of the Victorian Student Number will provide the capability to accurately detect patterns of student movement through, and departure from, the Victorian education and training system. It will greatly improve the collection and analysis of timely and accurate data about education in Victoria. The Department collects information to track improvements made to the education system, identify areas that require further improvement, and to analyse trends and identify future needs. The VSN will improve the accuracy, reliability and completeness of this information, providing a better basis for assessing needs and developing policies to meet them.

You will see the VSN appear on student enrolment confirmations and exit confirmations.

If you want to know more about VSN please see http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/governance/vsn/overview.htm


As part of the Evolve Leadership Program Mitchell Cunningham and Joseph Hanzalik have explored the value of volunteering in Victoria.  We would like to make aware the importance of volunteering, as many people need assistance in the community. On October 30th we are presenting our documentary at the Montmorency auditorium that will answer questions people have on Volunteering.  A gold coin donation
would be greatly appreciated from the Red Cross Australia.

Mitchell & Joseph, Evolve Student Leadership Program.



The Anthology Committee are busily finalising the selection of writing and artwork for the 2009 Anthology of Student Writing.  The annual publication is an extraordinary achievement, showcasing the work of students from all year levels and abilities. It is a celebration of the creativity of our students at Eltham High School.

Did your child have something published in the 2008 Anthology?  The office still has copies to sell.  These would make excellent gifts for proud family and friends.  Copies are reduced to $12.

Rai Jones, Anthology Coordinator


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



October 2009

Wed 7

Sport Zone Metro Athletics

O&ES VET Community Rec to Anglesea & Lorne

Thurs 8

Grounds Committee meeting 1 Wombat Court, Eltham call Leo on 9439 4157 with apology.

Fri 9

Whole School Assembly

Mon 12

Digital World Summit selected students

Sci Yr11 Environment fieldwork in local area

Wed 14

Sci MS Earth & Stars to Strathmore

HPE Rec & Rac Boxercise to Shadow Boxer

Thurs 15

Sci MS Earth & Stars to Strathmore

Fri 16

HPE Rac & Rec Boxercise at Shadow Boxer

Mon 19

OES Yr 11 Surf & Buushwalk in Otways

Sci Yr 11 Enviro Fieldwork local area

Tues 20

Yr11 Surf and Bushwalk in Otways

Arts Yr12 Media Short Films

Wed 21

Yr 12 Last Day classes


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.

Reminders from SENIOR SCHOOL…….

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.

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.

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 hat lockers will be removed (due to the renovation of 400’s) end of October 22. Please clear your locker, there will be no access to your locker after this date.

END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS – Payment is now overdue.. $120 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

Senior School Coordinators


Hope all are rested for the term of 'changes' in the music area!

The 2010 Symphonic Band has been announced ... congratulations to all students who have been selected.

Next Monday auditions for Intermediate Band and Concert Band are taking place.  The selections for these two bands will be known by Tuesday. Music for these auditions has been posted in the music foyer.

Training Band students all go up to Intermediate Band but the 'audition' process still takes place.

A reminder of rehearsal times ... Intermediate Band is Wednesday 7.30am and Concert Band Wednesday 3.30pm.  Rehearsals for these bands commence next week, whilst Symphonic Band are on board this week.

This term brings recitals for Units 2 and 4 and AMEB exams. 

The Stage and Jazz Bands are performing this week at Panton Hill's Festival between 2 and 3 pm.  A great opportunity to listen to some jazz.

If you have queries regards what's happening in music this term, contact the Music Office on 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration



Congratulations to Daniel Seymour (son of Peter Seymour) on his gold success over the school holidays. During the 1st week of the school holidays Daniel competed in the Victorian Boys Golf Championships.

This event is only open to boys with a single figure handicap. Approximately 100 boys enter and after 2 rounds played at different courses the top 8 boys qualify for match play finals the winners progressing after each round culminating in a final played at Riversdale Golf Club.

Daniel managed to reach the final and then go on to win to become the winner of the Victorian Boys U16 Golf Championship 2009.


Super League Volleyball

Games Thursday night after school – 8th October.

Court 1

U17 girls honours v Under 15 boys honours

Duty- U16 boys honours

Court 2

U 16 girls honours v Open girls honours

Duty – U16 boys honours

Court 3

U14 boys division 1 v U15 boys div 1

Duty – U15 girls honours

Court 4

Under 16 boys div 1 v U15 girls division 1

Duty – U15 girls honours

Year 7 teams continue to have practice matches each Monday after school from 3.30 until approx. 4.15 pm

AVSC – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

The AVSC is only 9 weeks away.  Students involved will receive details this week at training. This year we have 14 teams taking part in the AVSC from the 6th to the 11th December.  A $100 deposit and the T-shirt order form need to be returned ASAP so that the T-shirt order can go in. Please return this to the cashier.

Volleyball Important Dates

Tues 10th Nov

Northern Zone Volleyball for 7 and 8

Thurs 26th Nov

VSSSA Volleyball Final for 7 and 8

7 – 11 Dec

Australian Schools Cup

Greg Thomas, Volleyball coach

Toy Drive…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

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


The Old Carey Cricket Club is excited to provide the opportunity for cricketers to develop their skills on some of the best turf wickets in metropolitan cricket. Our Club is based at the Carey Baptist Grammar School Sports Grounds in Bulleen.

Through the OCGA we are also able to utilise the other facilities that our sports grounds have on offer including a swimming pool and gymnasium.

The 2009/10 season is fast approaching and the club has begun pre season training. Pre season consists of two sessions per week, one outdoor at the Bulleen Sporting Complex on Sundays and one indoor at the Monash Cricket Centre in Clayton on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Please refer to our website (http://ocgaclubs.carey.com.au/cricket.html) for pre season schedule for complete details of times and training venues.

For any players who would like to know more about the club or are interested in playing in the upcoming season please contact Jordan Ciuro (’94) or Tad Merry (’93).

Contact details: 1st XI Captain – Tad Merry (’93) –tmerry@unirem.com.au or 0417 033 730 or 9808 0050

Club Pres Jordan Ciuro (’94)jordaniain@bigpond.com or 0401 671 164

VIS  - Talent ID program for new paddlers – The Rapid Recruits program..  The program will select 30 new paddlers who will be introduced to general kayaking (10-14 year olds with little or no canoe slalom experience)

Contact Warwick Draper (AIS Scholarship Coach, Olympian 2004, 2008) waqrwickdraper@yahoo.com.au / 0411 567 665

Caring about the welfare of our community

Do you know where your child is tonight?

The Greensborough precinct, located in Banyule, specifically the Greensborough Plaza has always been a popular “hang out” for young people from Banyule, Nillumbik and surrounding areas. It has come to the attention of Local Government Youth Services, Reconnect, Police, Schools, Lend Lease and parents that some of the activities that our young people are involved in are placing them" at risk”. There has been an increase in drug and alcohol usage, violence, criminal activity, homelessness, school refusing.

This evening has been initiated by some of the parents of these young people hanging out at Greensborough, however it is relevant to all parents who have issues, need advice and support around knowing where their child is tonight. If you feel this is relevant to you and your family come along to this free evening


7.00-7.15– Registration.  7.15-7.25– Welcome and background to the forum.  7.25-7.40– Lend Lease– Management for Greensborough Plaza.

Banyule  Council Youth Services– Lisa Said.  7.40-8.00– Victoria Police

BREAK  8.15-8.30– Department of Human Services– Child Protection.

8.30-8.45– Berry Street- MATTERS & Reconnect– Youth Homelessness.

8.45– 9.00– Questions and Answers Panel– Berry Street, DHS, Schools

Reconnect, Victoria Police, Banyule CC, Lend Lease…………..cont

Date and Time: Tues 13th of October at 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Venue:Nillumbik Comm Health Service 917 Main Rd, Eltham.

RSVP: Laurie Fodero-Reconnect  9430-9100/laurief@nchs.org.au



Manningham YMCA Youth Services in Mitchell St, Doncaster East runs a community program known as The Body Project which specifically targets young girls (14-17) with weight and body image issues. It positions itself as an early intervention and prevention program. The program involves private group exercise sessions, group and individual support, personal health assessment, nutritional information, goal setting, confidence and positive body image. Cost $25.

Tricia Fitzpatrick behalf of the asur Body Image Project


MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 4 – 10th October

Congratulations to Chloe Morriss of Year 9 who recently submitted and won an award for her entry in The Mental Health Foundation Creative Writing Competition!

What are some of the factors that help the mental health of young people??

Connectedness to family (feeling safe, valued and listened to), family stability, positive experiences at school (not necessarily academic), peer support and friendship groups, belonging to clubs or groups (eg, sport, musical, youth group), having something to believe in, positive outlook on life, having someone to talk to – a significant person, experiencing a sense of success in any area – hobby, sport, part time job, academic.

EHS is recognising Mental Health Week over a couple of weeks by conducting a number of activities/events including:

a)     A FREE Parent Seminar on 15/10 advertised elsewhere in this newsletter. All parents are encouraged to attend. Bookings essential.

b)    FREE final VCE Meditation session next Tuesday 13/10. Students register at VCE Office

c)     Revision/reworking of Safe Partying guidelines – a resource for families. A focus group of Yr 10 students recently met to contribute to this publication. Available at the school during next week.

d)    Ready availability of beyondblue information sheets and from next week information of cybersafety (at office)

e)     A contact list of community services and resources available from the electronic version of this edition of the newsletter – see the last page

f)     A gift of stress balls to staff!

Tricia Fitzpatrick, Student Support Worker


Work Experience at the Zoo

Applications to do Work Experience in 2010 at the Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo are now open and close at 4pm this 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.

Victoria Police Work Experience

Students in Year 10 and above next year who would like to do Work Experience with Victoria Police should see me asap. There are many restrictions on what students are allowed to do. The school is allowed to nominate one student only and this does not automatically guarantee a placement. The closing date is October 23.

Year 11 students – University enhancement options

Melbourne and Monash Universities offer very high achieving Year 11 students the opportunity to study a first year university subject next year. It boosts the ENTER considerably but can only be used as a 6th subject, ie students must be doing a Year 12 subject this year. The subject you study is either the 3/4 subject you are doing in Year 11 or one you will be doing in Year 12. Information booklets and application forms available from the Careers Room. Attendance at an information night is advisable:

Melbourne University Extension program Information EveningThurs 22 October. Prospective students and their parents can speak with university staff and former Extension Program students in order to learn about the program in more detail. Find out more and register your attendance at: www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/umep

Monash University Enhancement Information EveningWednesday 14 October, 7pm, Clayton campus. Book online at www.monash.edu.au/enhancement

GAP Program at Box Hill TAFE – Semester 1, 2010

The Growth and Pathways (GAP) program gives Year 10 students the opportunity to explore career options through Vocational Training. Students attend the Box Hill Institute one day each week for one semester. Programs available: Automotive, Building Trades, Child Care, Electrical, Engineering & Manufacturing, Engineering CAD, Engineering Graphics, Fashion Design, Hairdressing, Hospitality – Cookery, Event Management or Restaurant, Welding & Fabrication. Interested students should see me ASAP.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

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.


Canteen Roster

October 2009

Wed 7

Linda Palmer, Yvonne Heeringa, Christine Williams

Thurs 8

Carol Stewart, Sue Ball

Fri 9

Sally Wadham, Jackie McEvoy

Mon 12

Kath Paine, Jane Woollard, Shelley O’Connell

Tues 13

Anne Burgess, Sally Malkoutzis

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


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…

Check the web site for more this week…….

Ivanhoe Harriers Athletic Club

Pole vault Clinic for beginners

Ivanhoe Harriers is offering a unique opportunity for enthusiastic and interested young people aged 12 or over.

If your young charges have been inspired by Steve Hooker’s recent World Championship and Olympic success, they have the chance to try pole vault for themselves.

Ivanhoe Harriers if offering a beginners pole vault clinic.

A number of past members have represented Australia at Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and other international events. The Club provides a supportive and friendly environment for athletes of all standards.  For further information see http://www.athsvic.org.au/Clubs/ivanhoe/index.htm .

We ask that you distribute and advertise the attached flyer in your school.  Further copies are available from me.

Details are:

For further information please contact Peter Rule, Club President and Pole vault coach on 0409 964 625 or rulelegal@connect.net.au



climate change?  further education?

cultural differences?  language?

study habits?  careers?


Carefully selected students will arrive February 2010 for 5 months from Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. They will attend local secondary school, are fully insured and have their own spending money.

CONTACT 1800 500 501  email :scceaust@scce.com.au

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

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

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 or phone school office  9430 5111 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……………………………


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.


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


Northern Suburbs Flyfishing Club Kids Come’n Try Fishing Day

Text Box:  A community event to teach kids to fish. All equipment, tackle and bait are provided free of charge. No experience needed – expert anglers are on hand to bait hooks and demonstrate techniques. Fly-casting and fly-tying tuition is available for all ages and abilities. For more information visit the club website: www.flyfishing.org.au.

WHEN: Sunday October 18, 9.30am–2pm

WHERE: Yarrambat Park Lake, Yan Yean Rd., Yarrambat (Melways ref: 184 F5). Take the Golf course entry and turn right.                          ENQUIRIES: Cain Polidano 0409 703 296

Are you in need of a computer but can't justify the cost?

'Green PCs' is an organisation that distributes internet ready ex-government or corporate computers to individuals or families that hold a current Health Care Card, or other proof of low income status, at an affordable price. Internet and communications service, on-site support and a telephone help desk are also provided.

You can access the 'Green PCs' organisation by visiting InfoXchange Australia at 375 - 377 Johnson St Abbotsford Vic 3067 Ph: (03) 9418 7400 or at www.infoxchange.net.au

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


Free Seminar run by Drummond Street Relationship Centre –

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

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


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


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.


Greensborough Junior Cricket Club

New Players Welcome

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.

BPay Logo Vector DownloadDid you know that you can now pay your accounts using BPAY?

Simply 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.

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, Rotary Club of Templestowe & 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 state-wide 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. 



(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.


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


From the Welfare Desk

There are lots of services and programs that young people from Nillumbik can access. The list below includes local and statewide services.


                        Emergency 000 or 112 from your mobile phone


Family Issues


Reconnect at Nillumbik Community Health Centre 9430 9100


MATTERS Family Mediation (Berry Street) 9450 4700




Berry Street (Short term accommodation)  9450 4700


Melbourne Youth (24 hrs) Support Service 9614 3688


Health  - physical and mental


Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26


Your doctor/GP. Your local doctor is a good place to seek help. If he/she can’t help you, he/she can refer you to the appropriate person or organisation


Kids Help Line – telephone or internet counselling service for young people up to 18yrs.       1800 55 1800   or   www.kidshelp.com.au


LifeLine – telephone counselling 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au


Reach Out! – web based service to support young people www.reachout.com.au


Care Ring – telephone counselling 13 61 69  www.carering.org.au

Suicide Helpline Victoria 1300 651 251 www.infoxchange.net.au/suicidehelpline/index.html


YBBlue (web based service to support young people) www.ybblue.com.au


SANE Aust www.sane.org


DepressioNet  www.depressionet.com.au


Black Dog Institute www.blackdoginstitute.org.au


MoodGYM – interactive web based program helps you work through your feelings


Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria (EDFV) 9885 0318  www.eatingdisorders.org.au


Austin Health Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers a wide range of free mental health care services for people under 18.    94963620


Crisis Assessment and Treatment Services (CATS) Crisis Psychological Support

1300 859 789 (24 hrs)




Drugs and Alcohol – NEODAS,  Nillumbik Community Health, 9430  9100


Direct Line Counselling and Referral (24 hrs) 1800 888 236


Youth Substance Abuse Service (YSAS) drug and alcohol services for people 12 – 21 who are experiencing significant problems related to their drug use. Freecall: 1800 014 446   www.ysas.org.au




*** Nillumbik Community Health 9430 9100 free confidential specialist counselling and support for young people up to 18 and their families/carers  www.nchs.org.au


Banyule Community Health Service 9450 2000 – free services to young people www.bchs.org.au


Nillumbik Youth Services for information, referral, discounts, events, programs www.nyp.com.au


Dept. of Human Services: Child Protection 1300 369 536 www.dhs.vic.gov.au


Sexual Assault


Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) helps victims and survivors of sexual assault. Counselling: 9496 2240, general: 9496 5770, AH/holidays Crisis Line: 9349 1766, Toll Free: 1800 806 292 (www.northern.casa.org.au)


Sexual Offence & Child Abuse Unit (Police), Diamond Creek,  9438 8321


Sexual Health and Issues

Sexual Health and Sexuality Issues 1800 013 952


Sex!Life! – Family planning Victoria www.sexlife.net.au


Gay and Lesbian Switchboard 9827 8544 (variabl hours) home.vicnet.net.au/-glswitch/index.htm

T. Fitzpatrick, Student Welfare Support