Term 1 Week 3    Tues 16th February 2010

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For all year 7 students and parents. . . . . . . . .

Music Expo Evening  -  Wed 17th February, 7.30pm in the school Hall.            All welcome!


Next Monday February 22 school athletic sports

at Doncaster Track – George Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .see more details inside this issue

Be sunsmart !!!

Principal’s Report

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to Rutter House on its outstanding achievement at the Swimming Carnival.  All four Houses competed admirably but members of Rutter House competed with a great determination to win.  Fortunately the weather held out for the day to proceed with success.  Participation on the day was excellent, requiring a greater number of heats in a range of events.  A great day was had by all.  I thank our Student Leaders who helped throughout the day, all the staff and in particular, Peter Nicholson for his leadership and organisation of the day.

A reminder that the Athletics Carnival will take place on Monday, 22 February and that all students are expected to attend.  The wearing of house colours is a must and we look forward to another very successful event with great participation.  I thank all parents/guardians in anticipation for your ongoing support with these whole school events.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Bianca Langan of Year 7 for her cycling success.  Bianca will take part in the 2010 Melbourne Summer Cycle on 21 February which will raise funds for the MS Foundation.  Bianca’s success was published in the 9 February edition of the Heidelberg & Diamond Valley Weekly Newspaper.  We wish Bianca every success with this initiative and hope that her efforts will support the MS Foundation’s fundraiser.

Congratulations also to Amy Stirling of Year 10 for her selection in the State Athletics Squad.  Amy is a member of the Diamond Valley Athletics Club and will be representing the State in the hammer throwing competition.  We wish Amy every success.

Congratulations are also in order for former student Catlin Davey (Year 12 2004) who was, Dux of Veterinary Science at Melbourne University last year.  She has commenced her professional life in a mixed practice in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Community Working Bee

The first Working Bee of the year will take place on Sunday, 21 February.  This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and contribute to the development and upkeep of the school grounds.  This common goal brings us together socially as a community, whilst at the same time we achieve some outstanding work.  I invite all members of our community, including parents, staff, students and friends of Eltham High School to join me on this day as together we tackle a range of tasks as planned by the highly committed members of the Grounds Committee.  In particular, I wish to extend a special invitation and welcome to any families who are joining our learning community for the first time in 2010, especially families of our Year 7 students.  I look forward to seeing you all there on the day between 9:00am to 12:00pm.  A delicious morning tea and a barbeque lunch will be on offer.

School Council Elections

I refer you all to the “School Council Elections” insert in this Newsletter.  I encourage interested parents/guardians to consider nominating for one of the four parent member vacancies outlined in the insert.  The timeline and process is also communicated therein.  The work of Council is of crucial importance to the governance of the School.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

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Canteen Roster

February 2010

Wed 17

Ruth Robinson, Susan Listro

Thur 18

Sue Ball, Carol Stewart, Michelle Jones

Fri 19

Sally Bowen, Nicole Hassall, Rachael Wallace, Ruth Glynatsis

Mon 22

Athletic Sports

Tues 23

Anne Hawting, Karen Smith

YEAR 12 (2009) DVD (fundraiser for Media)

Ordered copies available for collection from the General office.                          Kathy Hughes, Media Coordinator

Peer Mentoring 2010

Last week, 42 Yr 10 students who nominated to be Peer Mentors, were involved in the program’s induction. Students were given an overview of how the program will work this year and participated in a Leadership Workshop facilitated by the REACH Foundation.

This year some of the mentor group will be chosen to work in a one on one mentoring support role for students at Yr 7 & 8, whilst others will work with Junior School to help co-ordinate various activities throughout the year. Those involved in individual mentoring will participate in further training throughout the year.

We congratulate these students as they take on positions of both leadership and support for younger students. We welcome them as role models!

Claire Alford

Amy Angelopoulos

Shaylee Ashby

Georgia Baddeley

Jen Ball

Maddy Dawson

Ashliegh Dolan

Niamh Dowling

Ruby Franklin

Phoenix Goozee

Patrick Scott

Jordan Hall

Ella Heaney

Ashleigh Holland

Mia Howes

Alyce Jenkins

Elspeth Khoo

Freya Kvalic

Michael Langmaid

Rose Wilson Harrison

Brayden Lewis

Dean Lowery

Shona Marwood

Chris Laycock

Joely Mitchell

Chloe Morriss

Tessa Norman

Justine Page

Sirion Pierce

Lily Pittard

Emma Rumney

Robert Scherini

Tessa Schwindt

Kira Scotland


Darcy Sharples 

Isabella Simjanoski

Erin Simpson

Jake Skidmore

Mady Thomas

Pamela Vivardo

Matheson Walshe


Trisha Fitzpatrick, Student Support Worker


The musical experience ... of the term!?

Year 7 students ... don't miss this one! 'MUSIC EXPO EVENING'

This is the opportunity for all year 7s to come and hear about the school's Instrumental Music Program.  Students can try all band instruments under the direction of our music staff.  At the completion of the evening, students and parents can receive advice on their three instrument preferences.

Wednesday 17th February, 7.30pm in the school Hall.   All welcome!

Rehearsals and lessons are settling in.  If you're a little confused, don't hesitate to contact the music office on 9430 5127.

and there's more ...

After School Program - we have piano and violin lessons available.  Contact the music office for details.  There are limited numbers so act quickly!

Theory lessons - a new initiative, and very worthwhile at all levels of music. Yes, again, contact the music office for further details.  Students in the band program will be receiving information during band rehearsals.

Second hand uniform - this can be left at the music office.  Items are to be CLEAN and labelled with name and phone number.

Second hand instrument register - the cost is $5.  All items have to be checked by an instrumental teacher at the school before the instrument is given the tick of approval for the register.

Jill Browne, Music Administration

Rock 2 Reef

Eltham High School’s Central Australian and Tropical Queensland Tour is on again.

This tour is open for 40 lucky Yr 10 – 12 Students and places are filling fast.

The 2 week tour commences on Friday 2nd July (2nd week of holidays) and returns on Friday 16th July (end of 1st week of 3rd Term).

This year we will be travelling by bus to:  Coober Pedy (Sleep under ground), Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Ormiston Gorge, Barkly Homestead (sleep under the stars), Mt. Isa (Visit the Copper Mine), Townsville & Cairns (Dive on the Great Barrier Reef and feed Crocodiles), Port Douglas and Mosman Gorge (Daintree River).  Finally we catch a plane flight home.  This tour will provide many lifetime memories and shared experiences.  It is a chance to develop an awareness of Australia’s great vastness and beauty. It also just happens to be lots of fun!

Cost  - Approximately $2500:00 (Dependant on final numbers and cost of flights)

Deposits due now!  - $500:00     2nd Instalment  -  $1000:00 due 17 March    3rd Instalment - $1000:00 due 8 May

For further details contact Phil Boyd …@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Reminder EMA applications for 1st instalment close February 26.

Application forms are available at the General Office, a copy of the concession card should accompany your completed application.  Thank you

Immunisation cards have been issued to all students in Year 7 and 10.  All cards i.e. YES or NO for immunisation 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 for following this request.



Term 1 Sport Dates

Tues 16 Feb

Senior round robin (cricket / volleyball / tennis / basketball / table tennis)

Thurs 18 Feb

Year 8 round robin ( cricket / volleyball / tennis / softball / baseball ) –

Wed 17 March

Year 7 round robin ( volleyball / tennis / softball / baseball )

Students should sign up on the sheets outside the hall during the first week of term. Teachers will then arrange training sessions.

Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordinator


State League / Club Volleyball

Any students looking to improve their volleyball should consider joining a club and playing state league volleyball. Three clubs that many of our students play for start training very soon. Give one a call and go along to their training session. Clubs are always looking to get new players into their club, particularly juniors.

Falcons – Women train at Luther College, Plymouth Rd, Croydon on Wednesday nights(1st training was Feb 3rd).  Juniors 6.00pm to 7.30 pm.

Girls can contact Bill McHoul –bill@i.net.au or 0417 341 685.

Men train Tuesday nights at Luther college from 6.30 to 8.30pm starting on February 16th. Boys can contact Michael Robertson – michael@mjrphoto.com.au or 0433 339 449.

Heidelberg – Girls train at Catholic Ladies College, Eltham on Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Contact Jonny Kaye on 0433 200 500. Heidelberg are planning to run training for juniors from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. Please check this with them.

The boys are training at Santa Maria College, 50 Seperation St, Northcote on Mondays and Thurdays 7.00 to 9.00 pm. Contact Karl Jackson on 0431 182 072. 

Southern Cross/Fairhills – Training starts on Thursday 4th February at Mount View Primary school,Gallaghers Rd Glen Waverly from 7.00 to 9.30 pm. Training will normally be Tuesday and Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.30 pm.

Contact Pat Bates – contactus@scfvolleyball.com.au

For any other club information please contact Volleyball Victoria – 9794 0009

U/17, U/19 & U/21 2010 Victorian State Team Volleyball Trials

2nd trial: Sunday 21st February

State Volleyball Centre, Stud Road, Dandenong North

U/17 boys

3.00 to 5.45 pm

U/17 girls

12.00pm to 2.45pm

U/19 boys

3.00 to 5.45 pm

U/19 girls

12.00pm to 2.45pm

U/21 Boys

12.00pm to 2.45pm      

U/21 girls

U/21 girls 3.00 to 5.45 pm

Further information is on the volleyball notice board.

Beach Volleyball

Any students in year 8 to 12 in the volleyball program interested in playing in the Victorian Schools Beach Volleyball Cup should attend a meeting Friday lunchtime in the show court.

Under 16 – VSSSA State Volleyball Team Trials

For students born in 1995 or later.

Girls Trial - Saturday 13 and 20th February.  12.30 – 3.00pm

Boys Trial – Saturday 13 and 20th February.  3.00 – 5.30pm.

Venue : Yarra Valley Grammar School Sports complex, enter via Plymouth Road Ringwood (Melway Map 36 E11).

You can get details and register on line by going to www.vsssa.org.au/

Important Dates:

Tues 16th Feb

Senior Diamond Valley Group Round Robin

Thurs 18th Feb

Year 8 Diamond Valley Group Round Robin

6th, 7th & 8th Aug

Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

5th-10th December

Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 

If your child is selected in a state team or has a significant ‘sporting moment’ please contact me so that we can share the good news on the parent newsletter.

Greg Thomas, Elite Sports Coordinator

Athletics House carnival Mon 22 February

Age groups are taken as at 31 December      Examples…

If you turn 12 or 13 this year you are in the 13 years age group

If you turn 16 this year you are in the 16 years age group

If you turn 18 this year you are in the 18-20 age group

·         compulsory whole school activity

·         Students are encouraged to compete in as few or as many events as they wish.

·         Students are encouraged to dress in house colours.

·         A free bus service will take students to and from the events – leaving from period one class.

·         A kiosk is available at this event

Be sunsmart !!!!

2009 SWIM SQUAD – Thursday Mornings

The EHS Swim Squad is a one hour swim session at the Eltham Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings from 7 until 8am.  Sessions are organised by swim coach Neroli Nixon and offer a varied and structured program to improve fitness and swimming ability Students of all swimming abilities and Year levels are invited to attend.  A fee ($10) is charged to cover the cost of pool hire and coaches.  Staff member Phil Boyd is always on pool-deck to answer queries and look after new students as they arrive.  At the end of each session, students return to school where they are given a free hot chocolate before getting ready for class.

Year 8 Surf Camp 2010    ("Surf's Up")

The dates quickly approach for the year 8 surf camps. The dates for surf camp with their forms are included below.  (All camps will have at least 5 teachers and 2 student leaders attending with Qualified staff form "Go Ride a Wave" conducting the water activities.

Tues 2 -Wed 3 Mar

8A + 8D + 6 from 8C

Wed 3-Thur 4

8B + 8E + 6 from 8C

Wed 10-Thurs 11 Mar 8J + 8H +6 from 8C

Thurs 11-Fri 12 Mar 8F + 8G + 6 from 8C

Camp Name

Camp Name

Camp Name

Camp Name

The Activists

The Dreamers

The Philosophers

The Specialists

As we have an odd number of Year 8 forms this year 8C has been divided across the remaining camps. The students of 8C are currently organising their groups and each individual student will have a confirmed date by the end of this week.

Full detailed itineraries with equipment lists will be provided shortly, but it might help organisation knowing students will need a sleeping bag and camp mattress / blow up mattress.

Camp forms can must be returned as soon as possible to aid in the organisation, payment is due Thursday 18th February. Lost or missing forms can be collected from the Junior School Office. Also if for some reason your child is unable to attend the camp please let Mr Seymour know n the Junior School Office.

If you have any concerns regarding the camp please contact (Phone or Email) Mr Seymour in the Junior School Office.

Reminder:  Working Bees Term 1

The Grounds Committee of Eltham High School is a proactive group of around twenty parents and teachers whose prime purpose is to improve the aesthetics of the school grounds to make them a more pleasant learning environment for both teachers and students.  Membership of the committee is open to all parents both present and past as well as staff members and students.  The Grounds Committee meets on 7 occasions during the year to plan and organise for the 7 Working Bees that are held on Sunday mornings between 9am and 12:30pm with both morning tea and lunch provided to participants.  Volunteerism has remained strong at EHS over the years and it is hoped this very positive community spirit is maintained throughout 2010.  There are 2 scheduled Working Bees for Term 1, Sunday 21st February and Sunday 21st March.  As usual the focus of the first Working Bee will be more maintenance than construction activities,  Activities like gardening, sweeping, garden preparation, mulching and weeding will be priorities for our first Working Bee on Sunday 21st February.

1.     Another 2 metres of soil needs to be relocated from the back oval to the central courtyard complex

2.     A cleanup and prune of plants around the 400’s block

3.     A cleanup and prune of the garden beds adjacent to the 600’s block.

4.     A weed, prune and a water for the fern garden in the 600’s block.

5.     A sweeping of the area adjacent to the stadium complex as well as the courtyard precincts.

6.     Mowing and brush cutting of a number of areas around the school.

7.     Repair of the rabbit proof fence at the end of the tennis courts.

8.     Mulching of some selected areas adjacent to the 400’s block.

9.     Staining of some bollards.

10.  Removal of a short section pine and post fence adjacent to the bike shed.

11.  Watering in selected areas from our water supply tanks.

12.  Further cleanup of the environmental area.

13.  Pruning the callistemon hedge adjacent to room 702 and 706.

14.  Drain cleaning in a number of locations.

If attending on the day please park your vehicle on either the hard courts adjacent to the library or the back oval and then make your way to the canteen courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned a task.  Please bring appropriate tools for the task as well as a hat and protective clothing.  Sunscreen and a water bottle would also be a good idea.  Looking forward to your anticipated support.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.

Personal Goods brought to School at Owner's Risk

Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors.  This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. 

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.

Staff, students and parents/guardians are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.


February / March 2010

Wed 17

OES Yr 12 Fieldwork to Healesville Sanctuary

Music – Recruitment Night in the hall 7:30pm

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Arts Information Session for parents in the library/400’s begins 7:30pm

Thurs 18

Sport Yr 8 Round Robin

Art Yr 11 & 12 Gallery visit

Sun 21

Grounds Working bee

Mon 22

Sport – Athletic Sports at George St, Doncaster

Mon 1 Mar

Transition – Meet the Parents evening Yr 7 only

Tues 2

Year  Surf Camp begins -details inside this issue

Thurs 4

Sport – Cricket Quarter finals


Warrandytecan (climate action now)  presents……

Bugger the polar bears this is serious….a seriously funny one man show written and performed by Rod Quantock---laugh, and help save East Gippsland’s old growth forests at the same time! 

7:30pm Saturday 20th February

Warrandyte High School Theatre, cnr Warrandyte and Alexander Rds., Warrandyte.  Tickets $30 – please book.  Online atr www.eastgippsland.net.au or ph Ingrid 9870 8378


ABN 56 079 715 735


Please see this week’s web newsletter for information of the co op and more important community announcements

BPay at EHS………. Almost Too Easy

BPay Logo Vector DownloadSimply use the biller code and reference number listed on your statement.

It can sometimes be difficult to identify what items your payment relates to, so please provide us with details at the time of your payment so it can be allocated in accordance with your request.  Email your payment details to accounts@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.

If you require any further information, please call the office on 9430 5117    Kathleen Hannan, Business Manager

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

The Push’s signature all ages live music festival Push Over returns to The Abbotsford Convent on Sunday 7 March, 2010.


Push Over will feature over 30 Australian indie rock, hardcore and hip hop acts across four stages, and some of the best current crop or upcoming “next big things” on the scene!

Now in its 18th year, Push Over provides one of the hottest and freshest summer line ups on offer - as voted by young people from around the state!


Live acts include: 50 Lions, Break Even, Built on Secrets, Carpathian, City Escape, Coby Grant, Dash & Will, Heroes for Hire, Horrorshow, I Explode Like, In Trenches, Kisschasy, Lovers Grave, Regular John, The Mission In Motion, The Sundance Kids, Urthboy, Wherewolves, Yacht Club DJs, Young Heretics and Yves Klein Blue!


Nine upcoming bands from around the state, including, 8 Bit Love, Arrowfield, Ayera, Barking Sparrows, Masketta Fall, Sheer Abandon, The Cactus Channel, The Houses and Vixia, will be fighting it out to be crowned FReeZA Push Start Grand Final Winner for 2010!


The Push It! hip hop arena, presented by Oz Hip Hop, will feature MzRizk, new-comer DJ n.Cision, host Yung Philly, the Push Underground Showcase with Anon Speak, B Wiv Deece, Bidla and The Creep Team, plus MC and 3-on-3 Breakin Battles, with cash and prizes including advertising space on Oz Hip Hop and clothing/merchandise from This Is It.

The Push is proud to announce that triple j, jmag and Fasterlouder join us in presenting the 2010 Push Over Festival. Push Over is also supported by MySpace Music, FReeZA, FReeZACentral, Victoria Rocks, Victorian State Government, Plakkit, Speaker TV, Mistake Clothing, Oz HipHop.com, Afends, Take This Pic, This Is It, Kill Your Stereo, Bombshellzine and Broken Glass Online.

Event Details:
Push Over Festival

Sunday 7 March, 2010 - 12midday – 8pm
@ The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria

Tickets $30 + bf presale from www.moshtix.com.au, www.oztix.com.au & Ticketek 132 849 or $40 at door if not sold out. On sale now!

Push Over is an All Ages, Fully supervised, Drug, Alcohol & Smoke-Free Event, Markets, MySpace Music Artist Signing Area, Food Court (including Vegetarian)

For more info head to www.thepush.com.au / www.myspace.com/thepushinc, call (03) 9380 1277 or email push@thepush.com.au


Guide Dog – Open Day Sunday 28 Feb 10am until 4pm

Guide dogs Victoria will open its doors once again for Open Day.  For over 12 years, this event has entertained kids and adults alike with a range of fun and educational experiences.

Chandler Highway, Kew (Melway Ref 45 B1)

Entry is via gold coin donation.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

Parking off site – Royal Talbot Rehab Centre & Earl Street Reserve – shuttle bus service to operate

Further information on 9854 4444

Research Junior Football Club

invites you to the Club’s Registration Day on Sunday, February 21 between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, at the Research Park Clubrooms, Main Road, Research.  All new players are required to bring a copy of your birth certificate.  For more information on joining the Research Junior Football Club, “the Family Club”, please visit our website at www.researchjuniorfc.com.au or call Deb Skidmore, Club Secretary, on 0417 349 955.

Parenting children and teenagers affected by bushfire

A practical parenting program to help you.

This is a six week group program for mothers, fathers and carers of children and teenagers affected by the bushfires early in 2009, and is free of charge

First programs will commence mid February.

Register today! Online: www.parentingafterbushfire.net.au

ph 1800 780 720

by registering you will shortly be sent confirmation about the program in your area, including dates and venue information.  Childcare available, light refreshments will be provided.

The Edge Youth Service, Westfield Plenty Valley - 

You can arrange to talk to a worker if you have experienced any kind of sex or sexual behaviour you didn’t want, recently or in the past. If you would like to talk about how it’s affecting you then call an experienced counsellor 9496 2240 to arrange a referral.

insight 2010- Stand up. Speak out, Be Heard!

Are you aged between 12-25 yrs and live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik?  Are you interested in photography? If so Nillumbik Youth Service’s would like to invite you to be apart of this years iNSIGHT program.

See posters in the library and photography room.

7 weekly sessions (continue to develop skills) 4:30-6pm

Tues afternoon at Eltham Living & Learning Centre

Cost is $10 and places are limited.

Commences Tues 2 March 2010 – runs on 2 March, 9 March, 6 March, 23 March, 30 March, 6 April, 13 April

For more info & to book contact Sophie Grange

Youth Services Communication Officer 9433 3159




If you’re aged between 13 & 18 want to get fit, have fun and meet new people you should join the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club.

We now have 2 youth girls teams entered into the AFL Youth Girls Northern Competition in 2010, along with having a Senior & Reserves side in the Victorian Women’s Football League.

Training Wednesday nights 4.30pm. ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME

Plenty Park, cnr Yan Yean Road and Memorial Ave Plenty from 4.30pm

Contact Nicole Fisher on 0435 027 152.


1993 white, excellent condition, low km's, with RWC.
$4500 ono. ph 0400085917

For Sale

Nikon Camera D70 with 18-70MM lens and UV filter.  Complete with manual, all cords and charger plus two flash cards MINT condition $400  negotiable Ph 9439 8739

Complimentary Family Passes to VCE Success Seminar For Yr 9/10/11 students.  

Get set for 2010 by attending an upcoming 90 minute VCE Success Seminar.  Learn the secrets top performers used to excel in VCE.  Limited seats. www.VCEsuccess.com.au/free Or call (03) 9531 0531

Discount Card

Would you like to receive discounts at a variety of businesses within Nillumbik? Then sign up for our membership-based discount card. We currently have over 1800 members who receive discounts throughout Nillumbik.

Having a Nillumbik Young Person's Discount Card (NYPD Card) means you will get: 

Heaps of great discounts

The Youth News (Youth newsletter with upcoming events, latest news and information)

Half price entry into Rock the Hill events

Other info from us every so often

Useful contact for youth information 

To be eligible for an NYPD Card, you must be: 

Between the ages of 12 and 25 years.  

Live, work, study or participate in a youth program within the Shire of Nillumbik. 

To apply for your NYPD card, download our application form and send it to Nillumbik Youth Services. 

For more information phone Denzil Bentley 9433 3327.

Further Information -Business Directory / List of all the businesses currently participating in the Discount Card program. / Discounts / The latest discounts for NYPD Card holders. / Register for Discount Card

Sign up now!


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 the SWC office at school.


barefoot      present….

Our girls, Our bodies, Ourselves  see posters at school

Eltham Community and Reception Centre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham

Wednesday 24th February, 2010

There will be a workshop for girls and women on popular culture, sexualisation, social pressures and negative messages. Three speakers will present their views and it is anticipated to be an excellent night about listening, spirited discussion and maybe a laugh or two. It will be MC’d by regular Barefoot writer and family therapist Claire Miran- Khan.

Doors open 7pm…….7.30pm (prompt start) – 9.30pm

Tickets: $15/$10 conc. – includes a light supper

RSVP  charlotte@barefootmagazine.com.au by Feb 18 or call 0417 509 756 / 9722 2525


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 / Louise Heathcote / Jenny Fowler    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-

Eltham CFA Junior Volunteers

A Social, Recreational and Skill Development Program for 11 to 15 year olds    Starts March 2010

Contact Sarah or David for further Information

Sarah 0431 245 196    /    David 0408 198 951


FUN      FITNESS     HEALTH               

Netta  -  Teaching Progam  11 years & under            Monday or Wednesday 

Beginners – Modified Rules 11 years & under Monday or Wednesday

Juniors - Under 11, Under 13, Under 14, Under 19 (All Mixed)

Under 15 and Under 19 (Girls)    All Monday or Thursday

Ladies - Tuesday morning & evening or Thursday morning

All games played indoors at

Diamond Valley Sports & Fitness Centre, Greensborough

Further details for teams or individuals contact

Susan Rose   9435 1129   or   0409 761316

Diamond Valley Netball Competition

Eltham Netball Club

are currently seeking 15/under players for the coming Autumn season.  The season commences 13th February with training on Thursday nights from 5.00-6.00pm at the Diamond Creek Courts.  If you are interested all details are available on our website www.elthamnetballclub.com or phone Julie on 0433 786 506.

Reminder to parents . Federal Gov’s 50% Educ Tax Refund.

Kevin Rudd’s Educ’n Tax Refund – Parents hold onto your receipts!

Eligible parents can now claim a 50% tax refund on: laptops, home computers, Home internet connections, printers, educ’n software, trade tools, text books stationery (max refund $375 per primary school child or $750 per high school child.)

AIRHEADS Free Airbrushing course….

Term 1 Thursdays at Shop 72- Youth Lounge @ Main Sty Greensborough Commencing Thurs 4 Feb 7-9pm…Limited to 10 participants.  You MUST book to secure your place!!   Call Katy at Banyule Youth Services 9457 9939 / 0412 850 479 or email katy.capdevila@banyule.vic/gov.au

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.

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

Topline tennis coaching

Tennis Coaching Term 1 2010

Tennis coaching is available at Eltham High School.  Tennis caters for all standards and ages with a number of group lesson places available at times to suit.  So came and learn to play tennis and get some exercise at the same time.  For more information please call David or Matt on 9432 3706.

Childrens Performing Co of Australia

Flyers available from the admin table – Beginners, Vic Youth Theatre & Young Aust Broadway Chorus (Song, dance, drama) all info and details re try out sessions 13-21 Feb 2010  see www.cpca.com.au or phone 9384 1644 business hours.


We have buyers waiting if you have no further use for your pre-loved CAS Calculator (required for all Maths students 10-12)   Please contact Brenda in the General Office.


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

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

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.




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.




School council election process and timetable



Name of the School:  ELTHAM HIGH SCHOOL



a)   Notice of election and call for nominations

Tuesday 16 February 2010

b)   Closing date for nominations

Tuesday 23 February 2010

c)   Date by which the list of candidates and nominators will be displayed

Wednesday 24 February 2010

d)   Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed

On or before Tuesday
2 March 2010

e)   Close of ballot

Wednesday 10 March 2010

f)    Vote count

Thursday 11 March 2010


g)   Declaration of ballot

Thursday 11 March 2010


h)   First council meeting to coopt Community members and elect office  bearers
(the principal will preside)


Wednesday 17 March 2010



Notice of Election and Call for Nominations


An election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of


Nomination forms may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by

4.00 pm on Tuesday, 23 February 2010.

The ballot will close at 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 10 March 2010.

Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school. The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows –


Membership category

Term of office

Number of positions

Parent member

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2010   to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2012


DEECD  employee member

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2010  to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2012



If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the school.











School Council Elections:

I take this opportunity to provide you with information about School Councils. School Council elections are imminent. It is important that you all consider the possibility of nominating for a position on council.


Each year a number of positions become vacant and I urge you to consider this opportunity. The following information may help you clarify some of the main roles of School Council and the responsibilities of School Councillors. More detailed information is available from the school on request.


What Is A School Council and What Does It Do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides to its students.


Who Is On The School Council?

There are three possible categories of membership:


·         A mandated elected parent category. More than one third of the elected members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training employees can now be parent members at their child’s school.


·         A mandated elected Department of Education and Training employee category. Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.


·         An optional community member category. Its members are co-opted by the decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. Department of Education and Training employees are not eligible to be community members.


The term of office for members is two years. Normally half the members retire each year and this creates vacancies for the annual school council elections.


Why Is Parent Membership So Important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.


Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.






How Can You Become Involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which will be held in early March. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.


In view of this, you might seriously consider:

·         Standing for election as a member of the Eltham High School Council.

·         Encouraging another person to stand for election.


Do I Need Special Experience To Be On A School Council?

No. What you need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.


What Do You Need To Do To Stand For Election?

A notice of the election and a call for nominations accompanies this document.


If you decide to stand for election, you will need to arrange for someone to nominate and second you as a candidate in the parent category. Once the nomination form is complete, return it to the school within the time stated on the notice of election.


If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.


Remember The Following:

·         Consider standing for election to the Eltham High School Council this year.

·         Be sure to vote in the election if it goes to ballot.

·         Contact the Principal for further information.


School Council Election Timeline – 2010

Tuesday, 16 February 2010:                   Call for nominations

Tuesday, 23 February 2010:                   Nominations Close, 4:00 pm

Wednesday, 24 February 2010:  Display list of candidates and nominators

Monday, 1 March 2010:             Distribute Ballot Papers

Wednesday, 10 March 2010:                  Close Ballot, 4:00 pm

Thursday, 11 March 2010:                      Count votes and declare the poll

Wednesday, 17 March 2010:                  First Meeting of New School Council


School Council Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the School Council will take place on 17 March 2010 at

7:00 pm in the Conference Room. This will be followed by the first meeting of the new School Council starting at 8:00 pm.


All members of the College community wishing to attend the AGM are most welcome.


RSVP: To the Principal’s Secretary (Mrs Kate Scalzo)

            Telephone: 9430 5111

            e-mail:         eltham.hs@edumail.vic.gov.au





Vincent Sicari