Term 4 Week 5   Tues 10th November 2009

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Twilight Music Concert Thursday 26th November.


Principal’s Report

The Eltham High School VCE Arts & Technology Festival

Congratulations to all the VCE students who participated in the Arts and Technology Festival 2009.  The Festival was officially opened on Friday evening by past student, Johannes Collopy.  Johannes completed his secondary education at Eltham High School in 2005 and since leaving us has engaged in a design program of study.  Johannes’ love of cars has given him the motivation to move into the car design field where in 2008 Johannes was awarded the ‘Wheels Young Designer of the Year’ prize.  This is an exceptional accolade for a young person to receive and is reflective of the exceptional talents of Johannes.  The prize has opened up several doors for Johannes, giving him the opportunity to both work with and visit a range of well-known car manufacturers across the world.  I thank Johannes for making the commitment to come back to his old school and to join us for the opening of our Festival.

I thank all of the Art and Technology staff, volunteers and student helpers for their hard work and commitment in ensuring that the Festival was a great success.   A number of students were recognised for their exceptional talent in the Arts and Technology and I congratulate all of these students for their efforts in the pursuit of excellence.  As is customary each year, two acquisition prizes were awarded.  The Wes Muir Prize set up by a past principal of the school was awarded to Iona Okey and the Principal’s Prize was this year awarded to Karina Browne.  Congratulations to both Iona and Karina whose work will be added to the school’s collection of past students’ work.  Similarly, I congratulate Suzanne Burgess who has been awarded the Steve Herbert Recognition for the Arts Award.  This is an annual award which is given to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Arts across a number of areas, both Visual and Performing Arts.  The commemorative Peter Brock Award this year was awarded to Chloe Biddiscombe of Year 11.  This award is supported by the Brock Foundation and aims to recognise the high level commitment of a Year 11 student.  The prize is a bursary to support the student’s study of the Arts in Year 12.  I take this opportunity to thank the Brock Foundation and Mr Steve Herbert, our Local Member of Parliament, for their ongoing support of our Arts program and for providing these outstanding prizes.  The 2009 Eltham High School Art & Technology Festival was an outstanding success.

Student Achievement

I wish to congratulate Armstrong Lazenby of Year 8 who participated in the Vic inline Speed Skating Championship over the four days of the Melbourne Cup Weekend.  Armstrong is a keen participant of the sport and has demonstrated this through his outstanding commitment both in terms of his preparation and in competing for the championship.  This competition is a major Victorian competition and was held in Dandenong.  Armstrong competed in the Senior B Category and came first overall.  The competitions involved two days of road skating and a further two days of track skating.  Armstrong was very pleased with his performance and in coming first overall has also managed to win some prize money which will help him with his continuation in the sport.  Armstrong has his sights set on the Victorian Championships and following those, the Nationals.  I take this opportunity to wish Armstrong all the very best with the sport and we look forward to continuing our interest in his success as he progresses through the competitions.

Refurbishment of the 400 Wing

The work on the refurbishment of the 400 Wing began on 22 October, the last day of the Year 12’s school year.   Work is progressing well and to the timeline.  It is envisaged that the new area will be completed by the start of the 2010 school year.  The new design will provide a greater opportunity for flexibility in terms of teaching and learning space and will also support the school improvement agenda in relation to the implementation of new pedagogies.  This will provide a purpose built space for our incoming Year 7s to engage with their learning.  We are looking forward to the completion of this work.  I will keep you up to date as work progresses.

Appointment of Leading Teachers

With the conclusion of the process, I wish to announce the following appointments to Leading Teacher positions:

Teaching & Learning Coaches

Six Leading Teachers have been appointed to the role of Teaching & Learning Coach to begin in 2010.  I wish to congratulate Rai Jones, John Gioskos, Linda McLeod, Chantalle Wigley, Marian Stoney, who are all current members of staff at Eltham High School and Craig Bradley who will join us from Sandringham Secondary College.  The role that these people will have is a newly defined one, the main focus of which is to support teaching and learning within the learning environment. 

SubSchool Team Leaders

I wish to congratulate Anna Panas and Steve McCrystal both of whom are current staff members at Eltham High School, and Ross McKinnon who will join us from Glen Waverley Secondary College.  Anna Panas has been appointed to the role of Senior SubSchool Team Leader, Steve McCrystal to the role of Middle SubSchool Team Leader and Ross McKinnon to the role of Junior SubSchool Team Leader.  Furthermore, I congratulate Robyn Stephens who has been appointed to the position of Curriculum Organisation Leader and Brendan Monigatti who has been appointed to the Student Services Leader position.  Whilst the position of Director Music was advertised and attracted some interest, it was unfortunate that we were not able to make an appointment at this time.  This position will be readvertised in the near future, with the view of appointing a Director of Music who will meet the needs of both the school and the Program.

School Working Bee

I wish to extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to join me on Sunday, 15 November for our last working bee for the year.  In looking back at the work that has been achieved throughout this year it is astounding to see how many projects have been completed successfully and how these projects have helped to enhance the learning environment for both our students and staff.   I thank all members of the Grounds Committee for the hard work that they have put in throughout the year, and in particular I wish to congratulate and thank all members of our community who are still part of the Grounds Committee, even though their children have left the school years ago.  I wish to acknowledge the hard work of John Coates who acts as the liaison person between the school and the Grounds Committee and without John’s strong commitment to both the school and the Grounds Committee, the work that has been achieved would not have been possible.  I look forward to engaging in conversation over morning tea and possibly even lunch on this coming Sunday, 15 November.

Vincent Sicari, Principal



The final Working Bee for 2009 will be held at the school on Sunday 15th November from 9am until 12:30pm with barbeque lunch and morning tea provided.  As usual we have a range of tasks to cater for the range of skills supplied by our volunteer team as well as jobs that will enhance our learning environment.  If attending on the day park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the library and register your attendance in the canteen courtyard.  Following that you will be directed to a task by a member of the Grounds Committee.  The following is a list of tasks that have been scheduled for completion on the day.

1.     Removal of a section of post and pipe fence adjacent to rooms 104 and 105.

2.     A cleanup around the Stadium complex.

3.     Further soil relocation from the back oval to the Central courtyard.

4.     A cleanup on the Western Boundary plus some mulching in the same area.

5.     Sweeping of the courtyard complexes

6.     Mowing and brush cutting in a range of locations.

7.     Some repair work to 2 post and pipe fences.

8.     A start to the cleanup in the Environmental area.

9.     Construction of a bench seat on the Western oval.

10.  Staining of some bollards.

Looking forward to your support and attendance on the final Working Bee for the year on Sunday November 15th.

John Coates, Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee.



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

Senior School Coordinators

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


Canteen Roster

November 2009

Wed 11

Rosa Hong, volunteer needed

Thurs 12

Melanie Mayne, Nicky Bourne, Danielle Ashby

Fri 13

Leanne Wilson. Annabelle Preston

Mon 16

Joanne Grigg, Kathryn Phillips, Christine Powell

Tues 17

Victoria Kirkwood, Nicole Clark, Joan Bull

Please note that our Xmas afternoon tea for our wonderful volunteers is on Wed 9 December 2pm….no canteen food to be served, it’s a promise!...Gael, Kath & Paula

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


The Nillumbik YouthTeam @ Nillumbik Community Health

Introducing the On Track Program

We are pleased to announce the On Track Program which is specifically designed to support the needs of youth aged between 10-21 years affected by the 2009 bushfires and their families. Sarah van den Berg and Stephen Macpherson have been employed to work with youth in the bushfire affected areas and to offer a range of services such as:

Information …..Referral support …..Outreach …..Individual Support …..Youth & Family Counselling …..Mediation …..Activities & Groups …..Community Education …..Secondary Consultation

On Track Counselling Referrals

Referrals are via the service coordination on 9430 9100 for any 10-21 year olds affected by the 2009 bushfires and their families or see Mr Monigatti or Di Parry at school.


It seems we're always mentioning AMEB exams!  The end of this week heralds the completion of the brass and woodwind exams.  Percussion exams will be the 23rd and 25th November.

Thank you to our five accompanists who are working so hard with the students involved.

Assessments:  for those students who haven't done an exam, they will take part in an Assessment with their teacher. This will be the week of the 23rd of November.

Twilight Concert ... Thursday 26th November, 6.30pm.  In the courtyard at EHS, BBQ by the Music Support Group.  Students to arrive by 6.15pm.  BYO chairs, friends and family!  Enjoy a lovely casual evening to wind up the music department's year, with a touch of Christmas!

The Music Support Group had their very successful Shopping Tour on Saturday.  By all accounts, there were lots of bargains and a fun day had by all.

Jill Browne, Music Administration


Congratulations to these seven students who have received Merit Certificates in the recent Ilford School’s Photographic Competition Digital Year 11-12 Category.

Amelia Van Eeden

print “Claudia Rose”

David Lee

prints “The legends at Lunch” & “The Legends”

Haydn Trowell

print “And the Soul, Afraid of Dying”

Shannaya Farkas

print “Reaching for the Stars”:

Anika Cooke

print “All my friends are dead”

Annie Rose Armor

print “Swingin”

Sha-Kala Michelle Garton

print “A Troubled Mind”

Well done to all.

Ian Clark, Photography Teacher



A balmy spring evening provided the ideal conditions for a celebration of Excellence in the Arts and Technology at Eltham High School.  Johannes Collopy past EHS student (class of 2005) and winner of the prestigious 2008 Wheels Young Designer of the Year Award presented an inspiring speech encouraging student to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  Tasty food prepared by food teacher Ralf Fiebiger and student helpers was consumed with much enjoyment.  The Art and Technology work that adorned the corridors, conference room and canteen once again were a clear representation of the outstanding teaching and learning in the Arts and Technology areas of the school.  Student were given recognition for their efforts by having their works exhibited and appreciated by the school community.  Some students were formally recognised through the achievement of an Excellence in Art or Technology Award.




Art -Panayiota Gogos, David Matters, Jane Thomas

Drama George Franklin

Dance- Sally Campbell

Media -Kathy Hughes

Music Performance -Lynlee Williams

Music Styles -Gareth De Korte

Studio Arts Ceramics - Jeanette Carter

Studio Arts Photography -Ian Clark, David Matters

Visual Communication & Design -  Linda McLeod, Marian Stoney, Sue Pickett



Food Technology - Ralf Feibiger, Christine Andrews

Design Technology Fibres Brenda Kline

Design Technology Wood - Mark Pengilley

Congratulations to the following VCE students who were awarded Certificates of  Excellence in one or more Arts or Technology subjects. Those students who have not yet received their certificates should see Ms Stoney in the Art Staffroom.

Georgia Hunter 10

Melany  Baker 11

Madeleine Bennett 11

Chloe  Biddiscombe 11

Zoe  Bilotta 11

Douglas  Brock 11

Will Broom 11

Michael  Crisi 11

Bridie Davey 11

Jacinta Deany 11

Joshua Ford 11

Nicole     Green 11

Sebastian  Hattam 11

Jordan  Heaney 11

Rosie  Hingston 11

Max Kaskamanidis 11

Elyse  Knowles 11

Emma  Lillie 11

Denny Louis 11

David Lowe 11

David   McIlwraith 11

Scott Mundell 11

Mahalia  Rank 11

Sebastian  Reivers 11

Melanie   Simpson 11

Lachlan  Somers 11

Tom  Thorneycroft 11

Joshua Vendramini 11

Gareth Voigt 11

Georgia  Watts 11

Daniel  White 11

Johnathon  White 11

Sean  Anderson 12

Jasmine Blackney  12

Jessica  Brennan 12

Holly  Bridges 12

Lauren   Byrne 12

Johannah    Cleary 12

John   Considine 12

Anika  Cooke 12

Georgia  Dean 12

Megan  Edgoose 12

Shannaya  Farkas 12

Sebastian  Haquin 12

Camille Heenan 12

David  Lee 12

David  Lee 12

Jesse Mentha 12

Salvador  Morales 12

Rochelle  Nanayakkara 12

John  Nikolaidis 12

Ashlee  Robin 12

Haydn  Trowell 12

Amelia  Van Eeden 12

Erin  West 12




Principal’s Selection

Karina Browne


Wes Muir

Iona Oakey

The anatomy of a Mermaid

Steve Herbert Art Prize


Suzanne Burgess

Certificate and Dinner at Parliament House for student and parents.

The Steve Herbert Art Prize goes to an Arts student who has pursued excellence in the Arts, both visual and performing.  This student has played in the Symphonic band this year, has produced original and imaginative art works and has taken a leading role in the Anthology committee – selecting and photographing art works for the compilation. Throughout her time at Eltham High School she has been a keen and passionate member of the school’s student art community.

Peter Brock Award - Brock Foundation

Chloe Biddiscombe

A $400 bursary to an outstanding Year 11 Art student

2009 RECIPIENT Chloe currently does a range of Visual Arts subjects: Art, Media and Photography.  In each of these subjects her highly creative work is of an exceptional standard.  She has pursued excellence in a number of different Art areas and we offer her the Brock Foundation Bursary with the hope that it will encourage further artistic development as well as the recognition of her talent and endeavour.

A big thank you to everybody who contributed to the success of the evening.

Linda McLeod, Teaching & Learning Leader - Arts


LOTE             TRIP PLANNED-Sept 2010…interested??

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.

EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad offers students a one hour structured program at the Eltham Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings from 7am under the guidance of coaches Neroli Nixon and Simon Wright.  With summer around the corner now is the perfect time to improve your swimming as well as your fitness.  Students from all year levels and of all ability levels will find the squad a friendly and supportive one Weekly sessions cost $8 to cover lane hire and coaching fees.  Hope to see all the crew there this coming Thursday – bring a friend!                        Phil Boyd, Swim Squad leader



November 2009

Wed 11

Sport – Inter Round Robin

LOTE MS Field Trip to Greensborough

Thurs 12

OES MS Kayaking & bushwalking to Lorne

LOTE MS Field Trip to Greensborough

Fri 13

World Challenge Camp to Borneo

HPE Rac & Rec Squash to Westerfolds Sports

Tues 17

Eng 9D to Melbourne Uni

Wed 18

Yr11->Yr12 Transition camp at Neerim

MS SoSE Legal excursion –Heidel/Old Melb Gaol

HPE Rac & Rec Squash to Westerfolds Sports

Thurs 19

Sport Yr 8 Round Robin

OES MS Camp Kayaking & bushwalking Lorne

Fri 20

HPE Rac & Rec Squash to Westerfolds Sports

Mon 23

Transition Yr11->Yr12 at school

Valedictory evening

Wed 25

HPE Rac & Rec Squash to Westerfolds Sports

Thurs 26

Music -Twilight Concert

Fri 27

Last day Yr 9 & 10 classes

Mon 30

Yr 9 Work Experience begins

Transition Yr 10->Yr 11 Orientation



Super League Volleyball

Games Thursday night after school – 12 November.

Court 1

U17 girls honours v U/15 boys honours –

Duty- U/16 boys honours

Court 2

Open girls honours v U/16 girls honours –

Duty – U/16 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 26 days away. Please pay the balance of your payment and return the parent permission form to the cashier by Friday 27th November.

At the close of nominations the avf had 435 teams entered in the Aust volleyball schools cup.

It is going to be the biggest event ever. Students will be issued with final details soon.

Eltham High Volleyball Website

The Volleyball page on the Eltham High website is up and running. Thanks to the hard work of Mr Shannon Argal and Ms Bree Pascoe, who have been busy loading photos and organising links.  Students and parents can now check out team photos from Victorian schools cup. There is also a list of players, coaches and managers for the Australian Volleyball schools cup on the site. Very soon parents will be able to access all the AVSC notices and information relating to ‘Nationals’ on the site. No more checking the bottom of the school bag and wondering if there was an important document given out and lost in transit. Also very soon photos of this years beach volleyball competition and our New Zealand trip will appear for you to check out. Just go to elthamhs.vic.edu.au/ and click on the volleyball link.

Round Robin Competitions in November

In November two Diamond Valley Group competitions are being held. The first, on Wednesday 11th, is the intermediate volleyball round robin for 2009 year 8 and 9 students who will be year 9 and 10 students in 2010.

The second competition held on Thursday 19th November is for this year’s year 7 students who will be in year 8 in 2010. These competitions are held late in 2009 to ease congestion in a very busy first term. Winners of these competitions go on to represent the Diamond Valley Group at the Northern Zone finals in  later in 2010. Lists of students taking part in these competitions are posted on the volleyball information board in the stadium foyer.


Volleyball Important Dates

Tues 10th Nov

Northern Zone Volleyball for 7 and 8 students

Wed 11th Nov

Diamond Valley Group Intermediate Round Robin

(for 8 and 9)

Thurs 19th Nov

Diamond Valley Group year 8 round robin

(for year 7’s)

Thurs 26th Nov

VSSSA Volleyball Final for 7 and 8

Sun 6th Dec

1st selection trail for the 2010 under 15 Victorian volleyball team

7 – 11 Dec

Australian Schools Cup

Sun 13 Dec

2nd selection trial for the 2010 under 15 Vic volleyball team

Greg Thomas, Volleyball coach



Five EHS students competed at the 2009 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships, held at Olympic Park on the 6, 7, & 8 November.

Their results are listed below:

Louise Alford

Women U14 800m: (heat) 2:25.81

Cassie Stockton

Women U15 Shot put: (final) 7th 8.35m

Amy Stirling

Women U16 Hammer Throw: (final) 4th 28.95m

Nicholas Phillips

Men U14 90m Hurdles (heat) 16.53

Men U14 High Jump (final) 8th 1.50m

Amos Fun

Men U16 1500m: (heat) 4:34.93

Men U16 3000m: (heat) 10:23.10


Year 9 Work Experience: November 30 – December 11

The due date for submitting Work Experience forms (9-11-09) has passed.  Thanks to all those who did the right thing and handed them in on time.  I will continue to accept Work Experience forms but students must understand that due dates are set for good reasons and meeting deadlines is part of learning to be a responsible citizen.  Parents should give me a ring to let me know the state of play if forms are going to be submitted later than this Friday.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher

Toy Drive  extended due to the demand expected  by the Shire organisers

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, 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.


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.


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


Are you a past student of Monty South Primary???

Then you may wish to volunteer for a crazy hair/nail stall ( all products supplied) you will need to be available from 10am-2pm on the 21-11-09…..still interested then please contact Tania on 9439 6201…sounds like a great day!


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

Student Report Folders- available for pick up


Parents are able to access reports by using their student’s login credentials.  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/store 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.

Missing /Lost

Silver ring  with diamond in the 400’s week of Oct 12

Significant importance to owner ph 9430 5117

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


Attention:  Parents & Students of

Year 10, 11 and 12 in 2010


Students in Year 10, 11 or 12 Mathematics are required to have a TI-Nspire CAS calculator for 2010. The old TI83 and TI84 graphics calculators are now obsolete and will not be suitable for use in these classes.

The School has negotiated a special price with The Organiser & Calculator King for the sale of these calculators

TI-Nspire    @     $195.00  Inc GST

(Normally $219.95 on the booklist)

A Representative will be at the school

19TH November  2009 from 12.30-1.30 pm

in the Conference Room

Please note that this is the only time that this special price will be offered.


On the day please bring either CASH OR CHEQUE made out to:

The Organiser & Calculator King


*All cheques require name, address and phone number on the back

Please note: Calculators are covered by a 1 year warranty.

*A receipt will be given with each purchase which must be kept for Warranty purposes.

The Organiser & Calculator King

33 Park Street South Melbourne 3205

Tel: 9696 3366

Fax: 9696 9166

Email: sales@calculatorking.com.au


Community Announcements/Advertisements…         Check the web site for more this week…….


Discover your creative flair for fashion & hair design

Renowned schools, Pivot Point Academy of Hairdressing and Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia are launching an exciting joint workshop 'FOUNDATION STYLING FOR THE RUNWAY'.

This innovative course will provide students with a foundation in fashion and hair design together with make-up artistry to pursue further study within the creative industries.  By providing 'real life' experience, this course aims to give students an understanding of the dynamic and exciting creative world of runway fashion.

Upon completion students will gain:

·          An understanding of fashion styling, hair design and make-up application

·          A hands-on skill creating simple and original styled looks for the face, hair and body

·          An ability to manage time and teams for completed looks

·          Experience in organising and showcasing designs in a live runway show

PRICE: $500 and includes all materials.  For further information on locations and timetable and to book your place on our workshop, please visit www.pivot-point.edu.au/whitehouse or call 03 9604 3321 today.

DATE: This course will run from Monday 18 January to Friday 22 January 2010  COST is $500 and includes all materials

LOCATION: Melbourne   Pivot Point Academy  382 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Whitehouse Institute of Design  Mail Exchange Building,   Level 4 672 Bourke St, Melbourne



In late January 2010, students, aged 15 – 18 years, from over 15 countries will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 5 or 10 months.  Opportunities exist to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity.  Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis. 


Host families help provide our students with the chance to study and experience life in Australia.  This is a great way to learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.  If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. 


To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia on 1300 135 331

or visit our website: www.studentexchange.org.au



Manningham Park PS, formerly Manningham PS, has been an integral part of the Manningham community since 1966. But the time has unfortunately come for the doors to close.  We're looking for past students, teachers, parents & families to join a final reunion and giant assembly (3pm) to say thank you & farewell to an old and much loved friend.  Catch up with old schoolmates & teachers & enjoy an afternoon of reminiscing. Please spread the word!

Thankyou on behalf of the Manningham Park PS Last Hurrah Committee, Roslyn Mackie  (Past Student)


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

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. 


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


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.

Interested in keeping fit …..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.

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


Creative Writing For Young Adults

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


Interested in playing netball?

Then why not join the largest and most successful Club and Association in the Diamond Valley. Diamond Creek Netball

Registration 2010 –Monday 16th November      anytime between 4 – 6 pm

Registration forms available from clubroom anytime or can be downloaded.

     Uniform -Skirt and Club Polo Shirt also available from clubrooms $20 each

All games played Saturday mornings at Diamond Creek Netball Complex

Diamond St, Diamond Creek  -  Training Monday after school  -  Cost to join the club and register with Netball Victoria  for the year…..9/U &11/U - $95 ,   13/U &15/U -   $105,    17/U  - $85,   OPEN    - $97

                                       For further details look us up on the web or call 9438 6098       




Come and join the new and exciting ELTHAM NETBALL CLUB in 2010.    Registration night is 12th November 2009 from 5.00pm to 6.00 pm.  Games are played on a Saturday morning and we cater for all ages from 9/u to 17/u and all abilities.

All details on how you can join our new club can be found on our website at www.elthamnetballclub.com or email Julie

on elthamnetballclub@live.com.au or mobile 0433 786 506


Greensborough Junior Cricket Club

New Players Welcome

2009/10 Season BOYS AND GIRLS

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

All coaches are ACB accredited Level 1 or Level 2.

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

Contact : Theo Milligan Junior Sec/Manager 04022 98894

Training  Elder Street Reserve, Elder Street, Watsonia

Melways 20-G5


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

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

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.  Selection day - Sunday 8th November - 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.


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


State Schools’ Relief Committee Inc

Family & Junior Great Australian Run Saturday 28th November in Albert Park

Meet Cathy Freeman  and others….for more info and to find out about the discounted entry etc… check out www.greataustralianrun.com.au

Our Favourite Carols

Featuring Golden Guitar winnersCarter & Carter

Internationally renowned organistThomas Heywood

Box Hill Songsters

Camberwell Citadel Brass Band & Mass Choir

$15 adult $10 concession

Sunday 6th December 2009 from 2:30-4:30pm

Melbourne Town Hall tickets at door - ph 9877 9277

An offering will be taken at this event for the Bible Society in China

You could learn a lot from an international brother or sister !

climate change?  further education?

cultural differences?  language?

study habits?  careers?

and what fun teaching him/her about Australian culture.

Carefully selected students will arrive Feb 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



Are you interested in different cultures and languages?

Are you interested in youths and education?

Hosting an EF student may be just what you’re looking for

Our students come from Europe, Asia and South America- just to name a few.

They are fully insured and have their own spending money.

If you would like your family to experience a different culture in your own home and community

And also share your Australia with a deserving young person please call 1800 251 877

www.effoundation.com.au (not for profit exchange organization)


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


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




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


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




ABN 56 079 715 735



The school has received funding from the Federal Government through the Pride in Schools Program to upgrade school facilities.  Design and documentation commenced to improve the learning facilities in the 400s Block and Library.  The work comprises opening up classrooms into flexible learning areas with moveable walls.  This work is part of the school’s overall master plan and is in line with the direction that education is heading of providing new learning environments for students with a view of supporting the improvement of learning outcomes.


We are trying to achieve as much as possible with limited funds available.  The overall project cost, including works to the Library is just under $500,000.  By utilising money from the Federal Government, the donations to the Building Fund and also other sources, some additional funds are still required.  A further $125,000 is required to complete this project.  We also have other works in mind around the school to also create a better learning environment for our young people.  These works are in addition to the money provided through the budget process for the major redevelopment of the school.


While construction has now commenced the full extent of works cannot be completed unless additional funds are available.  Some photos of the works in progress can be found on the school web page. 


The school is now seeking support from our community to establish a co-operative so as to complete the full extent of works.  Schools are not able to take out bank loans as they are not legal entities in their own right.  By forming a co-operative that is distinct from the school, it is the co-operative that can apply for a loan.  The school has successfully used co-operatives where additional funds are required to complete large projects.  Extensions and alterations to the Music Block were funded through a co-operative arrangement. 


How can you help? 

Become a shareholder of the cooperative.  This will assist us to secure a loan.  This is a formal process that includes establishment of a co-operative under the Co-operatives Act and also securing a guarantee over the loan amount that is provided by the Victorian State Treasurer.  Shareholders will be allocated 1500, $1 shares, with the 10% deposit of $150 being paid by the school.  All future payments are made by the school.




If you would like to become a member of the new Eltham High School Cooperative, please complete the attached form and return it to the school.  If you require any additional information please contact Bruce Martyn (9430 5171).


The school looks forward to your support of this worthwhile project that will improve the educational outcomes of Eltham High School students.









Surname of Applicant                                                                                                      

Other Names                                                                                                                   




Address to which notices are to be sent                                                                           





1.         I hereby apply to be admitted as a member of the Eltham High School Building Cooperative No2 Limited and to be allotted 1500 shares therein, and in respect of such obligation, I undertake to lodge in accordance with the rules the sum of $150 dollars which sum is made up as follows:


Entrance Fee                                                                                          $0

Paid up share capital (paid by Eltham High School Council)                  $150

Total                                                                                                   $150


2.         *I am over the age of eighteen years

*I am under the age of eighteen years, having been born on           ...........................


* Strike out the words that are inapplicable


3.         If this application is approved and the shares in Eltham High School Building Cooperative No2 Limited be allotted to me, I agree to pay all charges required by the Cooperative and I agree to be bound by the rules of the Cooperative and by any alterations thereof registered in accordance with the Cooperatives Act 1996.







Signature of Applicant              ..............................................




Witness                                    ..............................................


NB: Pursuant to Section 75(1) of the Act, no rights of membership shall be exercised until the member has made such payments or acquired such shares or interest as specified in the rules in that behalf.