Term 4 Week 7   Tues 1st December 2009

Text Box:

Second Hand Book Sales

Reminder that the Book Room 105 is open from 9am until 3:30pm each day for students to deliver books for sale and lodge orders for buying 2010 text books.  Please see the Second Hand Book Sales Information sheet on the Newsletter page.

congratulations volleyballers........see inside

To see the whole happy group please go to our web site …….

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Lynden Clarke and Emmet Scanlan of Year 9 have been selected to take part in the Siemens Science Experience.  This initiative will take place at Latrobe University and will involve a three day intensive science school covering topics from nano-technology to running a wildlife park.  This is a very hands-on experience and the two students will benefit greatly from the University’s science facilities and the staff.  I wish to thank the Eltham Rotary Club who are funding this opportunity for our students and I am sure that both Lynden and Emmet will benefit greatly from their engagement with the Program.

Caleb Dawson of Year 11 will begin a week of research work with Earthwatch Institute Australia on 14 December.  Caleb will be working on the assessment of the status of a number of critically endangered frogs in the Watagans National Park in New South Wales.  The expedition is overseen by Professor Michael Mahoney of Newcastle University.  Caleb applied for a place on the Program and under went a very selective process.  Earthwatch runs two of these programs each year over the Christmas break, targeting 16 and 17 year old students only.  I am certain that Caleb, as well as Lynden and Emmet will greatly benefit from the opportunities provided to them through these initiatives and will look forward to hearing about their experiences early in the new year.

Congratulations to Josh Horan of Year 11 who has been selected to represent Victoria in the Baseball National Under 18 Championships to be held in January 2010.  Josh has trained hard and constantly over the past months and intensive training is now underway for the National Competition.  This is a great achievement for Josh and we wish him all the very best with the competition and we will certainly follow his career in the sport with a great deal of interest. 

VSSSA State Volleyball Finals

Congratulations to all the teams that competed in the VSSSA State Volleyball Finals.  It was a clean sweep with each of the four teams that competed on the day last week, winning their respective competition.  I congratulate the Year 7 boys, the Year 7 girls, the Year 8 boys and the Year 8 girls who once again represented our school admirably.  The level of performance of the students in each of these teams was outstanding.  I congratulate not only them but also their coaches who put in a great deal of effort throughout the year to support each team to achieve their ultimate goal.  This year our teams have won eight Northern Zone finals and all eight teams made the VSSSA final.  The senior boys also need to be congratulated for having won their respective competition, making a total of five team wins.  The senior girls, intermediate girls and intermediate boys were placed second in their competitions and this is also an outstanding achievement and I congratulate all the students in these teams as well.

We are all looking forward to the National Competition which is due to take place next week and once again I wish all the students the very best in the work that they will do during that week and once again, their coaches for the support that they will provide to our students.

I do want to particularly make mention of Greg Thomas who has been outstanding in the way he has led the Volleyball Program in our school with a great level of commitment, professionalism and dedication.  The credit of our success also goes to him.

Armstrong Lazenby, has spent two days racing in the inline speed skating Victorian Championships. Congratulations Armstrong and all of the other talented students.

Former Student – Outstanding Achievement

Congratulations to Sten Nigol who has just been accepted into the Compound Archery Training Squad for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and has been awarded a Visiting Athletes Scholarship to the AIS in Canberra.  Most of the forthcoming year will be taken up with training camps and shooting in Australian and overseas events in the lead up to the final team selection for the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi next October.  As a school community we are very proud of Sten’s achievement and wish him all the very best with the training that he needs to undertake to move towards his ultimate goal of being part of the Commonwealth Games.  Sten will defer his university studies for the next year to provide him with the time required to take part in such a highly specialised training regime.  Our congratulations are also extended to Sten’s coach and Sten’s family and we will most certainly continue to follow Sten’s career in the sport with a great level of interest.  This is not the first time that an Eltham High School student has represented our community, our state and our country in international events.  Our students have ventured out to represent our community at national competitions, in international competitions, in Commonwealth Games and ultimately in the Olympic Games.  We congratulate all of these young people and we are proud to have them as part of the Eltham High School community.

Government School Performance Summary

In the last edition of the Community Newsletter I made mention of the Government School Performance Summary, which will be available to parents on the Victorian Schools’ Register website.  I am aware that in last weekend’s papers mention of this data was made and the community was referred to the Website address.  I take this opportunity to refer you to the insert in this edition of the Newsletter which I hope will give you some guidelines in relation to the data and support you with working your way through it should you wish to do so.  The outline provides a summary of the areas of the report and a guide through each one of those areas.  Should you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me at the school and I will be more than happy to take you through some of the data should you require additional support with it.


Vincent Sicari, Principal

Attention canteen volunteers

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

You will find a volunteer register sheet in the booklist pack for all students, please give this your consideration.


A reminder to all students who have borrowed books from the SWC office that these need to be returned as soon as possible.  If you require books for next year please contact Brendan Monigatti or Di Parry by Monday, 7th December.


The first day of summer is an appropriate day to remind ourselves of the dangers we place our health in every time we go outside unprotected from UV rays.  Remember to use an appropriate sun screen, wear a hat and choose a shady space to sit in during lunchtime, we are lucky to have so many of them at our school.  Remember, there’s nothing healthy about a tan.

Trevor Jenkins for the Health and Well-being Committee


Could you assist local families at Christmas?   We have boxes near the front office for non-perishable food, cleaners, Manchester etc

Help us make it a happy Christmas for all.


Mr Monigatti & Ms Parry, Student Welfare Office

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.


Things are winding down in the music department ... this is the last week for instrumental lessons.  The bands have finished rehearsals, with only the Jazz and Symphonic Bands having upcoming performances.  Intermediate and Concert Bands are having their break ups at McDonalds on Wednesday this week.

The cancellation of the Twilight Concert ... this certainly wasn't the way we wanted to finish our 'year of music'!

The weather certainly wasn't kind to us that afternoon, and the decision of cancellation had to be made prior to the day's dismissal time.

It's such a busy time of year, to organise another event would be near impossible.  The proposal is to have a 'breakfast' event on a Sunday very early in Term 1.  Yes, you may still hear a couple of very jazzy Christmas carols!

Students will be notified at the beginning of Term 1 of the details.

Intention Forms ... repeat copies are being sent out this week to those that didn't return the originals. Please return these to the Music Office by Tuesday 8th December.

Some housekeeping ... we have Second Hand Uniform Sales - you can send clean, non discoloured items, tagged with your name and phone number to the music office.

Second Hand Instrument Register- items have to be checked by a member of staff before they can go on the register.

Any queries, please contact Jill on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Administration


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


Expression of Interest for VCE Dance 2010

If there is enough student interest it is a possibility to run VCE Dance after school on a Tuesday or Friday night, from 3.30-6.30. Units 1 & 3 and Units 2 & 4 will run concurrently. There will be a cost involved dependant on the number of students who participate. At this stage we are requesting an Expression of Interest from students and their parents. Students can get an Expression of Interest form from Ms. McLeod in the arts office.  Please return the form to Ms. McLeod ASAP.  Cost will be dependent on the number of students who participate in the course.



December 2009

Fri 4

Transition Yr 10 Interview day selected students

Mon 7

Sport Aust Volleyball Schools Cup

Tues 8

Transition Yr 7 2010 Orientation Day

Wed 9

Canteen volunteers afternoon tea thank you

Fri 11

Last day Yr 7 & 8 classes

Fri 18

Last Day Term 4



Super League Volleyball

No games this week .

AVSC – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

The AVSC is only 5 days away. Payment and parent permission/medical form should have been returned to the cashier last week.

A document outlining last minute details was given out last week. Any players that missed out on a copy should see Mr Thomas for one.

Please note:- There will be a meeting of all players, managers and coaches in the Eltham Sports stadium at 7.30 pm on Sunday the 6th December to receive last minute instructions, their tournament T-shirt and have their team photo taken. All players should be in full playing uniform for the photo. Good luck to all teams at the AVSC.

Eltham High Volleyball Website

The Volleyball page on the Eltham High website is up and running. Just go to elthamhs.vic.edu.au/ and click on the volleyball link. Photos of the VSSSA volleyball finals are up on the site and on the VSSSA web page.

Trophy Cabinet

We have a new trophy cabinet that is located in the foyer of the sports stadium. The Victorian Schools Cup is proudly displayed in it and we were able to add four more pennants to it this week.

VSSSA State Volleyball Finals

On Thursday the 26th November four Eltham teams took part in the finals of the Victorian Secondary Schools Sports Association Volleyball competition.  All four teams were successful in winning their competitions. Congratulations to the year 7 boys and Mr Argall on playing through the year so far without losing a set. They defeated Monbulk in their final match.  The year 8 boys played some fantastic volleyball and were superbly coached by Sally Thomas and her brilliant father.  They defeated South East Bendigo in their final game.

The year 7 girls, coached by Peter Seymour, were next to win in a three set thriller against Monbulk. Then the year 8 girls, not wanting to be the only team to go home without a win defeated Upwey in another very tight three set contest. Thanks to super coach Ms Pascoe for her enthusiasm.  All in all a great day out.  No other school in the history of the VSSSA volleyball finals has ever won four divisions on the one day. Well done all.

Under 15 Victorian Volleyball Squad Selections

The first trial is being held at the State Volleyball Centre, Stud Rd Dandenong at 9.00 am on Sunday the 6th December. This is for boys and girls born 1996 or later.  Details available from Mr Thomas.


Eltham High school provided 8 of the 10 referees for the VSSSA volleyball finals at MSAC and 4 referees for the VPSSA state volleyball finals last Thursday.  They did a great job and I thank them for volunteering to help run these very special days.


Volleyball Important Dates

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

YEAR 12 DVD (fundraiser for Media)

You can buy a DVD of memories of Year 12 by ordering a copy of the 2009 Commemorative Video; featuring live footage and photographs you can relive precious memories from this important final year at Eltham High.

Simply pay $25 to the cashier by Monday Dec 7th 2009 DVD’s will be available to be collected from the main office from Monday December 14th 2009

Kathy Hughes, Media Coordinator


The web edition of Community News carries many notices for community events…check it out!


All students in Year 7 and 8 have been issued information for the 3 days of activities later in December, accompanying this is an information sheet outlining what students/parents should do in order to select activities etc

Please note students will be notified of selections later this week , payment may then be made at the General Office.


Booklists for 2010 have been issued to all students.  The book room in 105 is open for orders to be accepted and for students of all levels to bring their text books for sale.  Please see the last page of this edition.

BUYERS NOTE: A reminder that when you are notified that your order is ready for pick up it will be reserved for only 48 hrs before books are returned to the table for re sale.

Brenda Wilkins, Second Hand Book coordinator


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

Government School Performance Summary:

How to interpret the data

We invite parents/families to use


Student Attendance/Notice of absence/attendance check    Jan Baddeley   94305114

Payments via the cashier- don’t forget we accept BPay    Denise Frankenberg / Helen O’Meara   9430 5118

Enquiries re 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 a cover it can be collected from the General office by parents while the stock lasts.

Darren Squires, Assistant Principal Curriculum.

What about Christmas Lunch this year?

Many of us find ourselves at a bit of a loose end on Christmas Day, have you considered how you might spend Christmas Day this year?  You are invited to a community Christmas lunch in Diamond Creek on Christmas Day at 12 noon.  Come along and enjoy a meal in relaxed and friendly company.  There is no cost.  Transport can be arranged.  Everyone is welcome.  This will be held in the hall of the Uniting Church on the corner of Main Road and Wensley Street, right next to the Plaza.

If you would like to have a chat about coming or just to say “yes” call Diane on 9718 2035 or Loni on 9438 1107.  If no answer please leave your name and phone number.

Attention:  Parents & Students 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 …please phone…..see contact details below

TI-Nspire    @     $195.00  Inc GST

(Normally $219.95 on the booklist)

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…


Come and join the new and exciting ELTHAM NETBALL CLUB in 2010.  Games are played on a Saturday and training on Thursday nights.

We cater for all ages and abilities from 9/u to 17/u.  No experience is necessary to join our club, so if you have not played netball before we can teach you.  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


Summer fun in the City – 9 Jan to 14 Feb 2010

Program booklets available at the front counter


International Day of People with a disability

Dec 3 is celebrated worldwide as International Day of People with a Disability, IDPwD brings together people with disability and the general community and aims to: showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of people with disability, promote a positive image of people with disability, involve people with disability and the broader community in activities to celebrate and raise awareness of IDPwD.

FREE events for all to enjoy contact Eltham Leisure Centre 9439 2266  Nillumbik Shire, YMCAS, Banyule for more details.


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


Step by Step – Community Fundraiser-Lower Eltham Cricket Club – Main Rd., Eltham Wed 2nd Dec 6-9pm entertainment  etc $30 per ticket contact 9404 9528 (BH) Leah 0404 718 607, Brigitte 0412 291 039 ….please join us to raise funds for Rhiannon’s recovery and rehabilitation by part6icipating in our fundraiser..we need as many organisations as we can to get together and donate items for a raffle draw which will be held on the night.



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


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.


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


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

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