Term 1 Week 4    Tues 23rd February 2010

Text Box:

Yr 7 transition - meet the parents evening

Monday 1 March beginning in the Junior School Courtyard at 7  pm

Principal’s Report

School Athletics Carnival

The School’s Athletics Carnival took place on Monday, 22 February 2010 at the George Street Athletics Track in Doncaster.  Student attendance was excellent, as always, and it was great to see everyone enjoy themselves.  I congratulate all students who participated in the various races and events and likewise, I wish to thank and congratulate all the staff who took on a range of roles throughout the day.  Whilst early in the morning the weather was somewhat questionable, the day did develop into a bright sunny day which allowed us to complete our races and events without interruptions from the weather.  I wish to congratulate Mr Peter Nicholson and his group of helpers who have organised the event, as well as all the student leaders who took a very active part in the day, both in terms of their participation in events as well as in the administrative side of the organisation for the day.

I congratulate all members of Andrew House, who not withstanding great competition, were able to achieve their goal of winning the Athletics Carnival.

Visit from the University of Osaka, Japan

We welcome Professor Yamada and his team from the University of Osaka in Japan who will visit our school on Wednesday, 24 February.  Professor Yamada and his colleagues are interested in both mathematics and language education and will be spending some time visiting lessons in these two areas of the curriculum.  Professor Yamada is also interested in engaging  in a conversation around the NAPLAN testing and would also like to have some discussion around the ACARA ‘My Schools Website’.  It will be very interesting to get a sense from our international guests as to what they know and how they perceive the set up of the ACARA Website and the sort of information that they perceive to be of value from an international perspective.  I wish to thank all staff who will welcome Professor Yamada and his colleagues into their classrooms.

Year 12 Mentoring Program

Each year most of our staff are involved in the mentoring of Year 12 students.  This is an initiative that started many years ago and one which has been deemed very valuable by both the students and the teachers.  The process involves the support of students throughout their final secondary school year across a range of areas of need.  The mentor is a support person who works with the student across a range of areas of school life including the academic program, leadership, health and wellbeing and who at the request of the student, acts on the student’s behalf as a conduit between the student and other areas of the school, home or the community.  This initiative is based on the goodwill of the staff and through their willingness to be involved they demonstrate a very strong commitment to their students and their learning.  I thank them for their ongoing involvement and the Senior School Co-ordinator with the responsibility for the mentor program is Diane Parry.  Should you have any queries or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Diane on 9430 5111 or by email on …..@elthamhs.vic.edu.au.

Completion of Duty

I wish to acknowledge the work of Mr Greg Wakeman who has been a teacher at Eltham High School for 22 years.  Greg began his teaching career in the Government school sector over 30 years ago, and has spent much of his career educating and supporting young people in the Eltham community.  Throughout his time at Eltham High School, Greg has been a classroom teacher, a level co-ordinator and the initiator of a number of programs and co‑curricular activities including the most recent ‘Rock 2 Reef tour’.  I wish to thank Greg for his hard work and commitment and in doing so, I wish him all the very best with every new venture he wishes to take on.  A celebratory morning tea was held for Greg last Friday, 19 February to acknowledge his contribution to Eltham High School.

February Working Bee

I thank all members of our community who participated in the first working bee of the year.  A great deal of work was achieved on the day as people worked in teams around various areas of the school.  Once again I wish to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the Grounds Committee, without whose organisation and planning what was achieved would not have been possible. 

I also wish to thank Mr John Coates who works very closely with the Grounds Committee and creates the link between their work and the school.  It was great to see a large number of new faces join us on the day, particularly families who have joined our learning community for the first time.  Another working bee has been organised for 21 March and I ask you to ensure that you mark this date on your calendar.  I look forward to seeing all of you there, where together we can work towards the ongoing maintenance of our grounds to support the learning of our young people.


Vincent Sicari, Principal

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Canteen Roster

February / March 2010

Wed 24

Julie Temple, Nicole Clark

Thur 25

Liz Deacon, Christine Carroll, Lisa Emmins

Fri 26

Jackie McEvoy, Kerrie Stringer, Karen Sparkes, Matthew Watts

Mon 1

Robyn Holt, Julia Catana, Michelle Chequer

Tues 2

Rhonda Steele, Margaret Hilton

YEAR 12 (2009) DVD (fundraiser for Media)

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


The Music Expo Evening for the Year 7’s was a great success.  There have been over 100 students showing interest in joining the program.  Students will receive a letter this week offering them a place in the program.  This has to be responded to by Friday 26th February.

We hope the students and parents who attended the evening found it informative, and in many cases, inspiring!

After School Program - we have piano [popular and jazz] and violin lessons available.  These are both on Monday afternoons. Contact the music office for details.  There are limited numbers so act quickly!

Theory lessons - those wanting to do grades 1 and 2 - places available Thursday afternoons 3.30pm-4pm.  Contact the music office for more details.

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


Many thanks to all those wonderful parents who indicated they would be available to assist in the library.

There was an overwhelming response from the school community and in fact, far more volunteers than are required.

I have contacted a number of parents who will be assisting on a regular basis.  So again, thank you to all who put their hands up and if you have not been contacted, your offer of assistance is appreciated.

Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator



for Year 12 students

The contact mentoring program for year 12 students is continuing in 2010.  The aim of the program is to support year 12 students to set up the patterns for the year and provide ongoing support throughout the year.  This year Yr12 students have chosen their own teacher mentor, with 67 staff members involved.  Students should be having an initial meeting with their teacher mentor over the next two weeks.  It is up to students to make sure they do make a time for an initial meeting.

Please speak to Diane Parry in the VCE office with any enquires.

Reminder:  Rock 2 Reef  - an exciting experience awaits you……….

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 this week - 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 FORWARDED TO Nillumbik Health this week.   If your card/s are outstanding please forward direct to Nillumbik Health.  Immunisation day is March 18.  Please note funding for immunisation via the Shire is based on return of cards, thank you for following this request.



Athletics Sports

A great athletics carnival was held at Doncaster on Monday 22 February.

The standard of competition was excellent. Many races and field events went down to the wire and it was fantastic to see so many students striving to perform at their best. Most field events and races had excellent numbers and of course the standard of dress ups in house colours was outstanding.


1st – Andrew = 1307

2nd – Everard = 1266

3rd – Stewart = 1070

4th – Rutter = 866

Thanks to all students and staff for their contribution to the success of the day.

Peter Nicholson, Sport Co-ordinator.


Term 1 Sport

Wed 17 March

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

Students should sign up on the sheets outside the hall. Teachers will 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

Beach Volleyball

Any students in year 9 to 12 in the volleyball program that entered the beach volleyball event by attending the meeting held last week must pay the $ 70 owed to the cashier by 4.00 pm Thursday.

Under 16 – VSSSA State Volleyball Team Trials

Congratulations to the five Eltham High students that were selected in the Under 16 Victorian volleyball team last Saturday. They are Stephanie Harrington, Cassie Stockton, Perry Mitchell, Andrew Hague and Luke Brisbane.

Important Dates:

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

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.

All details of YR 8 SURF CAMP "Surf's Up"

Year 8 surf camp is begins next week

Camp 1             Tues 2nd / Wednesday 3th March            8A &8D & 8C(6)

Camp 2             Wed 3rd / Thurs 4th March         8B &8E & 8C(6)

Camp 3 Wed 10th / Thurs 11th March        8H & 8J & 8C(6)

Camp 4 Thurs 11th / Fri 12th March           8F &8G & 8 C(6)

Meetings for each of these camps have now been held with the exception of 8F and 8G which will occur Wednesday lunchtime 24/2/2010.  At these meetings equipment lists and itineraries were distributed.  If your child has misplaced any of these items please have them collect it from the Junior School Office

Any late forms and or payments need to finalised as soon as possible.

“Surfs Up” Mr Seymour, Yr 8 Camp organiser



March 2010

Mon 1

Transition – Meet the Parents evening Yr 7 only

Tues 2

Year  Surf Camp begins -details inside this issue

Thurs 4

Sport – Cricket Quarter finals

Mon 8

Labour Day - Holiday

Wed 10

Yr 8 Surf Camp

Sport DV & Warringal Swimming

Wed 17

Sport Yr7 Round Robin

Music Symphonic Band to Ballarat Grammar

School Council Meeting





The Grounds Committee held a very successful first Working Bee on Sunday with 45 participants turning out in rather sticky oppressive conditions.  Lots of tasks were completed and the schools environment looks the better for all the effort.  Thanks must go to all our volunteers but especially to the Grounds Committee members who organise and manage the tasks throughout the day – John Prenc, Sue Washington, Leo Adamson, Bruce Voisey, Philip Green, Mick Kennedy, Vincent Sicari, Michelle Stenborg, Mal Sinclair, Chris Morrison and Bronwyn Cervinka a special thank you.

The following tasks were completed on the day:

ü  3 cubic meters of soil was barrowed from the back oval to the central courtyard.

ü  A clean up and prune was administered to the garden beds around the 400 wing.

ü  Approximately 40 plants were provided with a home, bagged, staked and mulched at the end of 400 wing.

ü  Sweeping of the stadium precincts as well as the courtyard complexes was completed.

ü  Drains were cleaned in the courtyard areas.

ü  A significant amount of mowing and brush cutting was completed.

ü  The rabbit proof fence was repaired at the end of the tennis courts.

ü  A short section of pine and post fence was removed adjacent to the bike shed.

ü  Watering from out tanks was staged in a numbers of locations throughout the day.

ü  A section of post and pipe fence was repaired adjacent to the stadium.

ü  Some seating was relocated on the eastern oval.

ü  Some paving adjacent to room 601 was completed.

ü  The fern garden in the 600’s wing was weeded, pruned and mulched.

ü  Again lots of important tasks were efficiently completed and the school’s environment looks a million compared to the before photos.  Thanks again to our volunteers who are acknowledged below.  The next Working Bee is not that far away being 21st March so get prepared.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.

Our volunteer families on Sunday




















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FORMS AVAILABLE AT THE General Office and the web version week 3 newsletter.   Thank you

Personal Goods brought to School at Owner's Risk

Personal property (including mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises) brought to school by students, staff and visitors.  The DEECD 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.


Parent Forum on Teenagers and Adolescents

3rd March 2010 7.pm at Salvation Army,

Flodden Way Briar Hill.  


1. To give parents and community members an opportunity to tell their stories and ask their questions.  

2. To develop strategies and networks to deal with issues.  

3. To offer support to parents and young people and to demonstrate that they are valued members of our community.

For further information phone Julie 94321961 Could you sign it from Brendan Monigatti and Jenny Fowler.

The Nillumbik Youth Team @ 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

a workshop for girls/women.  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

Car Boot Sale

Lower Plenty Primary School – Sun 21 March 9am-2pm

$20 per site (if paid by 15 Mar)  call the school to book a site 9435 2585   lots of white elephant stalls, cakes, kids activities, bbq, mini golf  etc.  etc……


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


Linda McLeod

Teaching and Learning Coach

Eltham High School

Wednesday 3 March 2010, 7pm

The Pavilion, Living & Learning Nillumbik – Eltham     739 Main Rd, Eltham (Melway 21 J7)

Red Chair - arts and artists

A series of artists talks on the first Wednesday of each month.

Linda McLeod has been a teacher of Art and Design in Secondary Schools for 30 years, and is currently the Teaching and Learning Coach at Eltham High School.

At the 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society in Venice, Linda presented a paper entitled ‘Pedagogy, Programs, Projects and Partnerships’, looking at the links between Eltham as a thriving Arts community and Eltham High School as a non-selective state school that has gained a National reputation for excellence in the Arts. She outlined the range of strategies used to enrich Secondary School Art Education with a strong community base in order to support innovative initiatives in Arts education across the globe. At this Red Chair talk she will present these findings.


Artwork by Eltham High student featured in the VCE 2009 Creative Minds exhibition:

Bonnie McLeod, Citylights, Digital photography series, 2008

Free entry.  Cheese and wine provided.

RSVP essential. For more information or to RSVP

contact Nillumbik Arts and Cultural Services on

9433 3359 or email   artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au  


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

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



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 Sun 28 Feb  10- 4

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. More info 9854 4444

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.

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!


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.

Manningham Arts Centre Creative Holiday Fun Program

Creative Fun for Ages 5-12yo   for info and dates of all programs please contact 9840 9382 or 9840 9381

Bookings essential

Manningham Arts Centre,177 Foote St.Templestowe 3106


Doncaster Playhouse,679 Doncaster Rd,Doncaster 3108

Prices per child

One art/craft activity                                               $15/14

Any two art/craft activities                      $28/26
Little Big Shots Kids Film Festival           $5/4


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 / 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-


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

Eltham CFA Junior Volunteers

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

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

Diamond Valley Sports & Fitness Centre, Greensborough

Further details for teams or individuals contact

Susan Rose   9435 1129   or   0409 761316

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.)

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.

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.

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. 


Nillumbik Living and Learning- careers and employment…for all details contact the Nillumbik Living & Learning via www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au

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.


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Student Focus

Student Focus is a weekly lunchtime get together for year 7’s and 8’s. 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.


Pack it Light, Wear it Right!

Research shows that using a backpack instead of a carry bag can reduce back pain by more than 23%.


Background facts on school backpacks

-          A 1999 study found that more than half of children regularly carried more than the recommended 15% of their body weight in their school backpacks

-          Symptoms associated with overloaded and ill-fitting backpacks include headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and “growing pains”.

-          A study by Auburn university researchers stated that the most common symptom reported from backpack use is “rucksack palsy”. This condition results when pressure put on the nerve in the shoulder causes numbness in the hands, muscle wasting and in extreme cases, nerve damage.

-          There is a direct connection to those complaints with overloaded and ill-fitting backpacks. The body has to compensate for the change in its centre of gravity caused by the backpack’s added weight. The spine in particular, can be affected as it twists and bends to reposition this added backpack weight.


Tips for selecting and fitting a backpack

-          Choose a pack that is appropriate to the child’s size and age. School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages

-          Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps

-          A specifically designed “Chiropak” is available from most schools or can be purchased from your family chiropractor or from the Chiropractor’s Association of Australia.


Loading the pack

-          Never allow a child to carry more than 15% of his/her body weight

-          Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back

-          Pack items neatly and organised to keep books and materials from sliding around in the pack, shifting the weight


Wearing the pack

-          Always wear both straps to distribute weight evenly

-          Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s back

-          The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back.

-           Approximately 80% of the weight of the pack should sit on the hips, and 20% on the shoulders.



My backpack or schoolbag weighs……………………….

(Weight of body with backpack on……kg MINUS Weight of body…..kg = …...kg) 

My body weighs……………………………


15% of my body weight is……………….

(Weight of body X 0.15 = …….kg)


Therefore, my backpack or schoolbag is:            

o    Correct weight

o    Too heavy


For complimentary school backpack fittings (available until March 20th 2010) or for treatment of related issues, please call:

Dr Tracy Kopp

Greensborough Family Chiropractic

53 Grimshaw St Greensborough VIC 3088

Phone: (03) 9432 4644