Term 4 Week 8 Tues 8th
Term 4 Week 8 Tues 8th December 2009
Welcome to all Year 7 2010 students. In particular I wish to welcome all families who are joining our learning community for the first time. This is a very exciting time for you to be joining Eltham High School as we move towards some exciting directions in terms of student learning, supported by curriculum changes as well as the development of some state of the art facilities. We acknowledge that you all come to us with a variety of different gifts, talents and skills that you will be able to add to our community and we look forward to ensuring that we support you to develop these to the best of your ability. Being a learning community means that we all work together towards a common goal and I strongly encourage parents/guardians and students to ensure that there is ongoing open communication with the school and we aim to ensure that you certainly feel that your contribution to the school is valued. I encourage families to consider how you can contribute to our learning community and a variety of different ways are outlined in your student package and I ask that you give each one of those opportunities serious consideration. I trust that Orientation Day will be an outstanding success for all students and that you will leave at the end of the day feeling excited, energised and really looking forward to the start of the 2010 school year. I take this opportunity to thank all the staff who have worked very hard to make the Orientation Day an outstanding success and in particular, acknowledge the work of our Transition Coordinator, Mrs Natalie Tate and the Junior Sub school Team, led by Mrs Christine Andrews. Furthermore I wish to thank all the staff who have agreed to take on the role of home group teachers for Orientation Day and to support not just the students but also the parents by providing an opportunity for parents to have their questions answered immediately. I wish all our new families and all of our new students all the very best for the Christmas season and trust that you will have a very relaxing and safe break and I look forward to working with each of you in 2010.
National Competitions – Volleyball
A number of our state champion teams are currently involved in the National Competition running throughout this week at MSAC and at the Dandenong Stadium. I met with the Year 7 boys’ team this morning prior to their departure and the level of excitement and enthusiasm was evident. I congratulate all the teams and wish them all the very best on this week’s competition and we look forward to some outstanding results from all levels. I take this opportunity to also congratulate their coaches who have put in a great deal of effort throughout the year to support students to achieve the accolades that they have achieved to date and to enter this competition with a great deal of confidence and enthusiasm. Particular mention needs to be made of Greg Thomas, the program leader, without whose commitment this would not have been possible. Also thank you to all the staff back at school who are supporting the program by taking replacement classes.
Walkley Award – Best Online Journalism 2009
On behalf of the Eltham High School community I wish to congratulate Melinda Marshall, class of 1997 who with her team has been awarded the 2009 Walkley Award for Online Journalism. Melinda is a journalist at Maroondah Leader Community Newspapers and she and her team have been recognised for an outstanding effort in this chosen career. The Walkley Award is Australia’s most prestigious journalism award and it is wonderful to hear that one of our past students is the recipient. Melinda’s team has been recognised for the online project which took a newspaper series of short stories and expanded on them with compelling multi-media galleries and relevant background information and links. The team set out to investigate the complex mental health system of Melbourne’s outer east suburbs, a tangled web involving dozens of programs and nearly as many service providers. Reports of ill-treatment at inpatient wards and complaints about poor access to crisis assessment teams became more common as the Maroondah Leader expanded its coverage of social issues, including homelessness and mental health. This is an outstanding achievement for Melinda and her team and we wish to congratulate her and wish her all the very best as she proceeds in her chosen field of work. We will continue to follow Melinda’s career with interest.
Vincent Sicari, Principal
Attention canteen volunteers
Please note the 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 ASAP
Could you assist local families at Christmas? We have boxes near the front office for non-perishable food, cleaners, Manchester etc
Thank you to all who have added to our collection.
Help us make it a happy Christmas for all.
Mr Monigatti & Ms Parry, Student Welfare Office
An Information Night for students interested in participating in the New Caledonia Study Tour 2010 will be held on Tuesday, 15 December 29009 at 7:30pm
Merci, M Nicassio, Tour organiser
We encourage parents to go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Parent Newsletter link and choose subscribe (follow the four steps) more than 500 newsletters are sent each week! Imagine the paper we’re saving!!! Thank you
Activities are winding up in the music department. The last of the year's performances will be Wednesday evening when our Symphonic Band plays at the Montmorency South Carols.
A reminder about the Second Hand Instrument Register [$5 for your instrument to be entered after it has been checked by one of our staff] and the Second Hand Uniform Sales [send in your uniform item CLEAN, tagged with name and phone number].
And something to look out for ... The Eltham Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday 23rd January, our Stage Band is performing at 1.45pm with Gian Slater.
The staff of the music faculty take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Festive Season and a New Year of health and happiness ... and music!
Jill Browne, Music Administration
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 / February 2010
Transition Yr 7 2010 Orientation Day
Canteen volunteers afternoon tea thank you
Last day Yr 7 & 8 classes
Last Day Term 4
Return to school dates ---- February 2010
First day for Yr 7, 11 & 12
First day for Yr 8, 9 & 10
Yr 7 Aquarena Doncaster
Yr 7 cricket
Sport Swimming Sports at Doncaster
Sport – Snr Round Robin
Music – Recruitment Night in the hall 7:30pm
Sport – Athletic Sports at George St, Doncaster
No games this week.
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.
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 added four more pennants last week.
7 – 11 Dec
Australian Schools Cup
Sun 13 Dec
2nd selection trial for the 2010 under 15 Vic volleyball team
Greg Thomas, Volleyball coach
All students in Year 7 and 8 have been issued final selections for the 3 days of activities in December. Later this week an information sheet outlining equipment/items/requirements for each activity will be distributed.
Payment (no change given) is to be made at the General Office. Thank you
The school photographer – Fotomakers will take all student groups on 9 February 2010. Information order packs will be delivered to students early 2010.
Immunisation cards will be issued day one of 2010 to all students in Year 7 and 10. All cards i.e. YES or NO are to be returned to the General Office by Thursday 18th February 2010. Please note funding for immunisation via the Shire is based on return of cards, thank you.
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. DVD’s on order will be available to be collected from the main office from Monday December 14th 2009. Orders placed after 7 December will be available at a later date.
Kathy Hughes, Media Coordinator
Congratulations to the following Yr 12 media students whose VCE films have been shortlisted for the VCE Season of Excellence - Top Screen 2010:
Dave Lee The Brief Case
Mike Snow My Redemption
This award winning youth television program regularly broadcasts Eltham High School yr 11 and yr 12 Media students' short films to the General public.
A selection of Eltham High School VCE media students' films are being screened as part of general programming in Federation Square.
Kathy Hughes, Media teacher
Reports are scheduled to be on-line by 3pm on the following days:
Year 11 Friday 11 December
Middle School ( 9 & 10 ) Wednesday 16 December
Junior School ( 7 & 8 )Thursday 17th December
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.
The web edition of Community News carries many notices for community events…check it out!
Booklists for 2010 have been issued to all students. Buyers are being advised when orders are ready for collection, we ask for you to pick up within 48hrs please otherwise books will be placed back on the table for re sale. The book room in 105 is open for orders, only books required for orders (book room staff will advise) will be accepted from sellers.
Brenda Wilkins, Second Hand Book coordinator
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
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-
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
Tel: 9696 3366
Fax: 9696 9166
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.
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 email@example.com or mobile 0433 786 506
Discover your creative flair for fashion & hair design
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. Further info/ locations /timetable /book for workshop, visit www.pivot-point.edu.au/whitehouse or call 03 9604 3321
This course will run from Mon18 Jan to Fri 22 Jan 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run by Eltham Baptist Church
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
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 :email@example.com
HOST FAMILIES WANTED!!! BRING THE WORLD HOME!!!
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)
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
'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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Proudly supported by SHARE Community Appeal, Rotary Club of Templestowe & Rotary District 9810 Bushfire Relief Appeal
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.
ELTHAM HIGH SCHOOL COOPERATIVE
ABN 56 079 715 735
400s BLOCK & LIBRARY UPGRADE
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.
THERE IS NO EXPECTATION THAT SHAREHOLDERS WILL MAKE ANY FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE COOPERATIVE.
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.
ELTHAM HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING COOPERATIVE NO 2 LIMITED
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
Surname of Applicant
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
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 ..............................................
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.