Term 4 Week 2

Tues 13th October 2009


Arts Yr12 Media Short Films will be screened 7-30pm in the hall

Tuesday 20th October………………………….an exciting night promised

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.

Thursday 15th October, 7 until 8pm    EHS library   RSVP 5pm Tues 13/10   phone school office 9430 5111………….bookings essential  

Principal’s Report


Student Achievement

I wish to congratulate Georgia Bonora who is currently in London competing as part of the Australian team in the World Gymnastics Championships.  You may recall that Georgia was part of the Australian Women’s Gymnastics Team in the most recent Olympic Games.   Georgia represented her country and our school community admirably, achieving outstanding results in her sport.  We wish Georgia all the very best with the current competition and we look forward to celebrating her achievements.

Similarly, I wish to congratulate Sophie Paine who over the last holiday break competed in the Trans‑Tasman Five Match Test Series against New Zealand with the Australian Junior Women’s Volleyball Team.  Sophie’s team won the series three matches to two and this is a reflection of both Sophie and her team’s commitment to the sport.  In congratulating both Georgia and Sophie, I need to commend the work of their coaches.  It would also be remiss of me not to comment on the ongoing commitment of these students’ parents.  They have supported the students through the highs and lows of being part of an elite sports program and have lived with them the pain and the jubilation of high level achievement.  Congratulations once again to Sophie and Georgia and also to their coaches and parents.

Eltham High School Space Camp

I wish to congratulate all the students who participated in the 2009 Space Camp and Mr Ross Pringle who led the initiative.  Students travelled to NASA over the last term break and were engaged in a series of activities which allowed them to learn a great deal more about space science.  This has been an outstanding opportunity for our students and I commend the work of both Ross and Amanda McTernan who as the Teaching and Learning Leader for Science has extensively supported this initiative.  I know that there will be a report on this group’s experiences overseas in a further section of this Newsletter.

Donydji Project

I also wish to congratulate the group of students who participated in the Donydji Arnhem Land Project.  This was an initiative between Eltham High School and LaTrobe University and a remote indigenous community in central Arnhem Land.  Two students and three staff members were joined by representatives from LaTrobe University.  The group travelled to central Arnhem Land and engaged with the Donydji community over a period of approximately one week.  From all aspects the group has reported a very successful trip and are very keen to share their experiences with you through their own report later in the Newsletter.  I congratulate Jon Baly for leading this initiative and thank LaTrobe University for providing the opportunity for our staff and students to be involved.

Malaysia LOTE Trip

I congratulate all the students who participated in the Malaysia LOTE trip and also thank the staff who gave up a great proportion of their term break to engage with this initiative.  In particular the leadership of Ms Pompa Brady as always has been outstanding and it has been through her initiative that this trip has come to fruition.  I am certain that all the students had an outstanding experience and they will be reporting on this in a further section of this Newsletter.  Congratulations to all.

Once again, in all of these activities our students and staff have represented our school community admirably and have proven themselves to be outstanding ambassadors, not just for our school but for the entire community.

Melbourne Cup Day see

[Melbourne Cup Letter forwarded with statements]

Term 4 Working Bee

I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to join me on Saturday, 17 October for our first Term 4 working bee.  The working bee will begin at 9:00am and will conclude at around 12:30pm.  If you are unable to attend for the whole morning, whatever time you are able to commit will be strongly appreciated and highly valued.  There is a series of tasks that need to be completed during this morning and this is outlined in a further section of the newsletter.  As always, a delicious morning tea and a barbecue lunch will be provided for all participants.  I look forward to students, staff, parents and friends of Eltham High School joining with the Grounds Committee on this wonderful morning so that we can work together to achieve a common goal of enhancing our environment to support student learning.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

SPACE  CAMP 2009  by  Ross Pringle – Tour Leader

A group of 8 students combined with 11 from Montmorency SC to head for the hot and humid conditions of late summer in Huntsville, Alabama.  The trip to Space Camp was a lazy 30 hour trip with no problems and this gave a chance to settle in before the program started.

The students were also joined by 18 students from Doncaster East SC and teams were formed for mission simulations. As with any space program the planning and training take up a lot of time and so it was for this program. Students participated in activities from 8.00am to 9.30pm for the first five days culminating in a six hour mission on the last day. The activities range from scuba, flight simulators, laboratory experiments, rocket building and guest speakers . It provides an excellent insight into the difficulties of ensuring a mission is successful and the need to expect the unexpected.

Following graduation we all travelled to Huntsville High for a presentation by the student body and a tour of the facilities. It is a Senior High that caters for YR 9 – 12 and had 2000 students on site. The similarities and differences were equally obvious and all the kids left with new friendships (via Face book) and  the kudos that comes with being an Aussie. As one kid asked me “What do I say?” I replied “Anything will do, they just love the accent”

That evening we travelled to Bob Jones High School for the Friday night regional game against Grissom High (named after Gus Grissom who died on the launch pad in the Apollo program). To say we were all blown away by the extravaganza of the event would be a huge understatement. We were met by the mayor of the county, principal and athletics director. Our students immediately headed for the mosh pit of the stands where thousands of Bob Jones students gathered. It wasn’t long before our kids in their blue space camp shirts were leading a chant of Aussie Aussie... with a thousand others in the chorus. What a great way to finish of our time in Alabama!

We flew to Orlando to visit the Kennedy Space Centre then the following day to EPCOT, one of the Disney Worlds based on the future technology. Day three in Orlando was Typhoon World. A water park where the kids and staff had their first real day of relaxation and reflection on the trip so far.

We had a 4.30am start the next day for our flight to San Francisco where the afternoon was spent checking out and doing some shopping and heading down to Pier 39 for some extra retail therapy. That night some students joined me at a major league baseball game which added another dimension to their understanding of US culture. Hot dogs, organ music and the seventh innings stretch.

The next day we had another early start and had a full day tour to Yosemite National Park and the Giant Sequoia forests. We did not spot any grizzlies which was probably a good thing but a swim in the mountain river and lunch beneath the huge granite walls of El Capitan was sensational.

Our last day was spent with a trip to Alcatraz with an audio tour that put you right into the feel of the place and helped explained its very short but dramatic history. The afternoon was spent down at Pier 39 for yes, you guessed it, more retail therapy or off to the Tutankhamen exhibition. Finally dinner at Lori’s 50’s style diner and off to the airport

What a trip!  30 hours there, eleven flights later, three lost passports ( all recovered), two lost cameras( gone for good), nine days of educational program, one gridiron game, one baseball game, the pleasure of American cuisine and everybody got back safe and sound.

 “Fire Ready Victoria” Presentation by C.F.A.

On Saturday 24th October 2009 at 10.00am the CFA will deliver a presentation on Fire Ready Victoria in the school hall at Eltham High School in Withers Way Eltham.  All members from the community are invited to attend.


“Fire Ready Victoria” is a set information package being delivered state wide. It provides General information on preparedness for bushfires and basic fire behaviour including:

·                 Fire is a natural and inevitable event in the Australian environment

·                 Planning and preparation for possible bushfires in high risk areas including urban fringe areas,

·                 Preparedness for and response to bushfires

·                 How will I or others care for my children during a bushfire or on a high risk day?

·                 How to prepare, respond and recover from bushfire related psychological stresses?

·                 Reducing the risk by fuel reduction,

·                 Information and Warnings before and during a bushfire

The presentation is scheduled to run for one hour, but commonly runs overtime depending on questions and feedback etc.


24th October 2009 - 10am – EHS Withers Way Mel 21 H8


Saturday 17th October from 9am until 12:30pm with barbeque lunch and drinks to follow.  Planned tasks for the day include

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 fill 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.

So all we need is you to make it happen, come along and make that difference to your child’s learning environment.

John Coates, Environment coordinator for the Grounds Committee.



Congratulations to all our students who participated in this competition.

This online competition was organised by New Zealand Language Teachers’ Association and has been very enthusiastically embraced by many Australian schools. Students were able to participate from their classrooms as well as from home via their computers and internet. All students will receive their certificates shortly.

Gold Medallist

Zoe Gerardson: 

French Yr9

Bronze Medallist:

Sarah Gerardson

Pamela Vivado

French Yr7

French Yr9

Credit: French


Paul Flanagan, Alycia Fueggle, Jayde Quinsee, Monique Van Oorschot, Martha Hasan,Anabelle Pendleburry, Emma Rumney

Credit: Indonesian

Jessica Alderton, Eryl  Jones



Devi Purnami, Sierra Sutherland - Smith



Scott Adams, Stephanie Deacon, David Murphy, Kevin O’Donnell, Billy Glasgow, Jessica Healey, Jasper Papworth




Congratulations to all our students who participated in this competition.  Due to lack of space we have only announced students who have attained a High Distinction. Many students have received distinctions, credits and passes. We commend everyone for having “a go” because the most important thing is to participate in opportunities presented and doing your best at all times.

Certificate 1 French

Listening Comprehension

High distinction

Rebecca Sacchero.

Certificate 2  French

Listening Comprehension

High distinction

Thomas Banger, Hannah Beattie, Ben Hague, Rosie Hingston, Amy Hitchins, Emma Roussel, Peter Shackelton, Kieran Watson Colvin

Certificate 2  French

Reading Comprehension

High distinction

Hannah Beattie, Lia Burchell, Georgina Burley, Rachael Ellis, Zoe Gerardson, Jessica Healy, Rosie Hingston, Sarah Klink, Monica Knoll, Tess Parker, Georgia Ross, Emma Roussel, Melissa Willoughby, Michael Yates

Certificate 2 Indonesian

Listening Comprehension

High distinction

Devi Purnami

Certificate 2 Indonesian

Reading Comprehension:

High distinction

Mitchell Bull, Ebba Davies, Stephanie Deacon, Billy Glasgow, Freya Kvalic, Danny O’ Donnell, Kevin O’ Donnell, Jasper Papworth, Devi Purnami, Emmet Scanlan, Samuel Watts.


NEW CALEDONIA TRIP 2010 (1st week Sept Holidays.)

Expressions of interest can be lodged with Madame Nicassio or your French teacher for this exciting study tour trip. First preference will be given to French students, others next.   New Caledonia is a beautiful tropical paradise in the Pacific. French is the main language of this country.  Itinerary will be available shortly.


I thank each member of the Malaysia Trip 2009 for their active participation and cooperation to ensure success of this trip. Our students displayed excellent behaviour   in terms of working as a team, being considerate and culturally sensitive. Well done!  Photos of the trip are on the shared space on the “i” drive. Here are some comments from students who participated in this trip.

Teagan Burke The Malaysia Trip was an amazing experience. I made lots of new friends and had many new experiences. I would encourage other students to go on this trip.

Aleksandra Leffley I had loads of fun and I would strongly recommend other students to go on this trip.

Cassie Bleechmore Life is beautiful there from people to scenery. Definitely Go!

Emily Deague Hall Anyone who is a fan of happiness, jump on the trolley next time!

Lee Whitling, Brendan Allingham, Mitchell Bull The Malaysia trip was awesome!

I thank our staff Jeanette Carrazza, Brendan Monigatti who assisted me greatly with this trip.  I also thank Natalie Tate and Suzanne Gwilym for their support and assistance during the trip. I also wish to thank Bu Pollard , Pak Oliver and parents who have  assisted us fundraising initiatives. We hope to produce a Malaysia DVD for each of our travellers. We also are in the process of getting copies of the group photo printed for each member of the Malaysia Trip.  Currently all students who went on the trip are organising their daily journal of events. Students studying Indonesian will be submitting their journal of experiences and impressions in written Bahasa Indonesia. Final copies with pictures will be displayed in the library cabinet s soon as they are ready.  We hope to have a reunion party for all members of the Malaysia Trip and we will announce the date and other details in this space.

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE

Simpson Prize 2010

The History Teachers' Association of Australia (HTAA), together with HTAA State affiliates, conduct this competition for yr 9 & 10 students on behalf of the Australian Government.  The focus is the Australian ANZAC tradition and students are asked to write an essay of 900/1200 words, or prepare an audio-visual presentation under 15 mins, on a given statement every year. This year's statement is:

“Are there voices missing from the Anzac Legend?”
In your response, choose ONE or TWO groups of people whose contributions you consider have not been sufficiently commemorated and give reasons, supported by evidence, for your judgment.

The prize for the winning student from each state is a trip to Turkey and the Western Front in April 2010.

Students who are interested in entering need to see Ms Parry for other details. Your essay would need to be in by the start of December 2009.

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


October 2009

Wed 14

Sci MS Earth & Stars to Strathmore

HPE Rec & Rac Boxercise to Shadow Boxer

Thurs 15

Sci MS Earth & Stars to Strathmore

Music selected students to VCA St Kilda Rd

Health Issues Young People Seminar 7-8pm library

Fri 16

HPE Rac & Rec Boxercise at Shadow Boxer

Mon 19

OES Yr 11 Surf & Bushwalk in Otways

Sci Yr 11 Enviro Fieldwork local area

Tues 20

Yr11 Surf and Bushwalk in Otways

Arts Yr12 Media Short Films 7-30pm

Wed 21

Yr 12 Last Day classes

Thurs 22

Yr 12 breakfast    and     evening Yr 12 formal

Fri 23

Technology Yr 11 Foods to Vic Market

Tues 27

English excursion 9D&L to Melbourne Uni

Wed 28

HPERac & Rec Roller Skating

Reminders from SENIOR SCHOOL…….

YR11 STUDY CAMP - Neerim East – Nov 18-19-20 money & forms due now to the cashier please.

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.

LOCKERS MOVING – Students with lockers in the 400’s outside Rooms 402 – 408 are reminded that 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.  Final number bookings are happening – don’t wait - pay $120 for all three events NOW!!!!       

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

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



This week its auditions for entry into the Intermediate and Concert Bands!   Lists for these bands will be 'on the window' by Tuesday afternoon.

Rehearsal time for Intermediate Band is Wednesday morning 7.30am and the Concert Band, Wednesday afternoon 3.30-5.15pm.

Intention forms for 2010 are being given out at the auditions and in band rehearsal, so parents ... check the school bags!  We need this information to investigate staffing for next year.

Students taking part in AMEB exams will be working on their material in lesson time.

Here's a little thankyou message from the Music Support Group regards their Trivia Night, last term ... a wonderfully successful night due part to the 'live band' ... Gareth de Korte, Greg Thomas, John Elordieta and Mick Lyon.  Thank you guys!

If you have any queries regards the program etc, please contact Jill in the Music Office on 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration



Congratulations to the Eltham High Aths team on their efforts in the recent Nth Zone event.

There were many fine performances with 7 students qualifying for the State finals on Oct 20 by winning their events.      Place getters

Amy Vine

1st javelin

3rd shot put

3rd 100m

Louise Alford

1st 800m

1st 1500 m


Sam Geers

1st 100m

1st 200m


Darcy Sharples

2nd 400m



David Fletcher

3rd shot put


Amos Fun

2nd 1500m



Sam Brisbane

2nd 1500m



Sam Richards

2nd long jump


David Lowery

3rd 200m



Hannah Beattie

3rd hurdles



Cassie Stockton

1st shot put


Chris Moffat

2nd 400m



Jaimee Solar

3rd 1500m



Emma RumneyV

3rd hurdles



Cassie Dimovski

1st javelin



Girls 14 years relay  3rd

Tess Mimmo, Michelle Williams, Steph Harington, Gemma Witoslawski

Good luck to Amy, Louise, Sam Geers, Amos, Cassie Stockton, Sam Brisbane and Cassie Dimovski at the state finals.

Special thanks to Judy Taylor, Max Balchin and Dale Harty for coaching the team on the day.

Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordinator



Super League Volleyball

Games Thursday night after school – 15TH October.

Court 1

U15 boys honours v Under 16 boys honours

Duty - Open Girls honours

Court 2

U 16 girls honours v Under 17 girls honours

Duty –Open Girls honours

Court 3

U15 boys division 1 v U15 girls honours

Duty – U16 boys div 1

Court 4

Under 14 boys div 1 v U15 girls division 1

Duty – U16 boys div 1

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 8 weeks away.  Students involved received details last week at training.

Any students that did not get the information should get a copy from Mr Thomas.  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


Year 9 Work Experience: November 30 – December 11

Year 9 students are reminded that the due date for submitting Work Experience forms is Monday 9th November.

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.

Lecture in Journalism

The A. N. Smith Lecture in Journalism “The Fall of Rome: Media after Empire” will be delivered by the Managing Director of the ABC, Mr Mark Scott. When: 6.30pm, Wed 14 October; Where: Basement Theatre of the new Economics and Commerce Bld, 198 Berkley St, Carlton; Cost: Free; To Register: www.unimelb.edu.au/public_lectures/. Of interest to students considering journalism, communications, economics and politics.   

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 Evening

Thurs 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 Evening

Wednesday 14 October, 7pm, Clayton campus. Book online at www.monash.edu.au/enhancement

RMIT Parent Information Evening

RMIT is holding an info evening for parents/future students in Yr 10 & 11. Hear from a range of RMIT representatives about study options and transition from school to university. Also covered: pathways from TAFE to uni, selection, scholarships, work integrated learning and Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). When: 5.30-7.30pm, Wed 11 Nov; Where: Bundoora campus west, bld 202; RSVP: 9925 2555 or email (give names) student.recruitment@rmit.edu.au.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

Canteen Roster

October 2009

Wed 14

Karen Biddiscombe, Pearl Yung, Mandy Bryne

Thurs 15

Kym Parberry, Liz Deacon, Rhonda Constantinou

Fri 16

Robyn Bulman, Elisa Hart, Craig Lacey

Mon 19

Jacqui Hodge, Renate Burke, Debbie McCormack, Anne Burgess

Tues 20

Dianne Milankovic, Kathy Smith

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

Toy Drivewe 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


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

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



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.


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 - 9.00pm

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

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


Community Announcements/Advertisements…

Check the web site for more this week…….

Northland Design Studies 2009 Information Evening ….TONIGHT

Tuesday 13th October 7.00pm Design Studies Dept 62

Murray rd East Preston.  9478 1333

This event is to be held on campus at the college



Student Exchange Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which is registered with all state and territory departments of education, is pleased to extend an invitation for Eltham High School students to attend an information evening in Melbourne on Thursday 15th October at the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, 380 William St, Melbourne. The session starts at 7:30pm.   The evening gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available.     Web: www.studentexchange.org.au

Briar Hill Primary School Fair

Saturday 24 October come and join us for our May Pole dance and celebrate the wonders of spring.  Traditional fair with great food, music, pony rides, etc.etc family activities. School tours on the hour.          Gladstone Road, Briar Hill


Applications due by 15 October 2009  For attention of students (14-18 year old)!

To commemorate AFS Australia’s 50th Anniversary, AFS Argentina together with AFS Australia is giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself for 12 months in the colour, vibrancy, music and culture of Argentina for only $5,500  (Reg. $10,250).

To be one of 30 lucky winners of the partial scholarship, you must between 14 to 18 years old and have a keen interest in Latin American culture and Spanish language (No Spanish language level required). 

This exclusive offer includes the opportunity to attend a pre-departure camp in your State, domestic and international flights, food, medical insurance, placement with a local school in Argentina, school fees, Spanish lessons, excursions, cultural activities and accommodation with a host family for 12 months.


Go to www.afs.org.au  to commence your online application.   For more information contact AFS on 1300 131 736.



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


WEP Only Logo.jpgWEP’s Student Exchange Programs - Early Bird Special

What better way is there to learn about the everyday realities of culturally diverse and human encounters than by learning to live in another culture?

Once our exchange students return to Australia, it is not a question of whether they will cope at university or in the workplace, but instead a question of how high they are willing to set their goals.


World Education Program Australia (WEP) is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the education departments and now accepting new applications for students to travel overseas in 2010/11 as exchange students for a summer, semester or year.


Emily M. from QLD spent a semester in Italy in 2009:

“I was put with a great family and a great location – couldn’t have been better. I was able to travel with them and learn Italian.


I learnt that I have to be independent and take responsibility for myself and that even if you can’t speak the same language there is always a way to communicate.“


Early Bird Special

WEP is offering a $500 discount towards a semester or year program (leaving July-Sept ‘10) for applications received before 30 November ’09 to any of the following countries:

Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Norway, Turkey, Thailand or the USA

Students must be in years 9 – 11 to be eligible for this discount.

To receive a free information pack and find out more:

Visit www.wep.org.au,

Call 1300 884 733 for the cost of a local call

Email: tessallaway@wep.org.au


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



With Dr. Carmel Macdonald- Grahame

This is a creative writing workshop for young adults who love words and writing.

THURSDAYS 4.00 PM - 6.00 PM    6 Sessions   Cost $ 90 Starting date to be announced.  Contact WNH on 98441839 Email; info@warrandyteneighbourhoodhouse.org.au



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

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

Nillumbik Pet Expo 2009

Annual Pet Expo October 25 at Marngrook Oval, Diamond Creek from 10am until 4pm. Show casing pets and activities, the importance of socialising your pets and meeting like-minded people.  See a crocodile, snakes, lizards, rabbits, ferrets and other animals.


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


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.

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 is 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