Term 1 Week 5    Tues 2nd March 2010

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Principal’s Report

Launch of the National Curriculum on the ACARA Website

You may all be aware that the National Curriculum documents relating to the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science and History were launched yesterday Monday 2 March on the ACARA website. The publicity surrounding the launch tends to indicate that prior to the National Curriculum schools had no curriculum at all or at least not a curriculum of any value to student learning.  This is definitely a nonsense. Across our Nation, schools have been focusing on the delivery of a curriculum based on a State specific framework aimed at addressing the needs of young people in relation to their learning from pre-school to the final years of their secondary education. In Victoria the guidelines provided to us both in terms of curriculum development and implementation offered us through the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) place us in a very positive position to embrace the National Curriculum, in fact I would go as far as to suggest that the VELS Curriculum framework surpass anything that I have seen so far on offer through the National Curriculum. It acknowledges the need to deliver on “The Basics” whilst also taking into account the importance of the development of the individual and the whole person. The Inter-disciplinary strands highlighted in the VELS support the notion that whilst learning must value the disciplines, at the same time it must also extend across the artificial barriers created by design.  The silo affect can lead to the suppression of the application of knowledge, understanding and skills across the breath of opportunities and experiences that our young people will be confronted with as 21st Century learners.

I understand that there may be inconsistencies across the Nation in relation to Curriculum Design and implementation and I have heard no arguments that suggest that a focus on the enhancement of literacy and numeracy as a Nation is a bad thing, so the National Curriculum may be seen as the solution to consistency across the country and the yard stick around which “school will be made accountable” (as if schools have never been accountable before. We are accountable each day to every young person who enters the school grounds each morning and to their parents/guardians. Of course this is another point of contention best left for another time). Personally, as an educator, a parent and a learner, I question whether a curriculum agenda that keeps looking back rather than learning from the past, embracing what is valued and looking forward is the way to go.

As a learning community, as need be, we will engage with the National Curriculum; however, we will also bring to the table our expertise as educators, our aspirations for our young people, we will question, challenge, adapt, introduce, create and deliver a curriculum which will serve our community and prepare our students well for a life in the 21st century.

Student Achievements

I congratulate Emily Deague-Hall on having been offered a place in this year’s ‘Talkback Classroom – Australia/Malaysia Forum’.  The Talkback Classroom Program provides an opportunity for students in Australia and around the world to discuss issues with leading decision makers in interviews recorded for broadcast.  In Australia, guests on the Program include Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers, the Prime Minister and other community leaders.  Internationally, the Program has linked students in the USA, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan to work with Australian students to investigate issues of international concern and record interviews with guests such as the New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clarke, the US Ambassador to Malaysia, Tom Schieffer and former UN Under-Secretary General [Sasha Tharoor] and Australian Foreign Minister, Mr Steven Smith.  The next international forum will bring together Malaysian and Australian students to explore the theme of education and will culminate in a forum to be recorded at the National Press Club of Australia where the student panel will record an interview with a leading Australian decision maker.  Four students, two Australian and two Malaysian (including Emily) have been chosen to make up our student team for this year’s forum.  As part of their preparation for the forum the four students will participate in a two week investigation or learning journey, in Malaysia and Australia which will provide an opportunity to meet a range of people connected with issues pertaining to education.  I am confident that Emily will find her involvement in the Project a rewarding, educational and life experience.  I congratulate her on her achievement and thank her for applying to represent not just Eltham High School and the State of Victoria, but also Australia.

We look forward to an outstanding outcome.  In congratulating Emily, I also need to thank and congratulate Mrs Pompa Brady (LOTE Co-ordinator) for her ongoing support of the study of language within our learning community and, in this case, particularly in her support of Emily with her application.  This is a great opportunity for Emily but also a great opportunity for the Eltham High School community.

Art and the Eltham High School Community

In 2009 the Eltham High School Council inaugurated a Professional Development Bursary which is offered to staff annually.  The successful recipient of the award in 2009 was Linda McLeod.  Linda then had the responsibility of being the Teaching & Learning Leader for the Arts and Technology.  Linda’s bursary allowed her to participate in the 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society in Venice.  Linda presented a paper entitled ‘Pedagogy, Programs, Projects and Partnerships’.  This paper looked specifically 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.  On her return from the Conference, Linda has been asked to share her experiences and her research at a number of presentations within the Eltham community.  Linda is the focus of the next Red Chair Arts and Artists Program which will take place on Wednesday, 3 March at 7:00pm at the Pavilion, the Living & Learning Nillumbik Centre at 379 Main Road, Eltham.  Linda’s presentation will outline a range of strategies used to enrich secondary school art education with a strong community base in order to support innovative initiatives in the arts education across the globe.  I strongly encourage all members of our community to take advantage of this event and I look forward to seeing you there on the night.

This is yet another example of how the students and staff live the Eltham High School values and symbolically demonstrate their commitment to the education of not just the young people at the school but also of the education of the entire community.

Year 7 Meet the Parents Evening

I wish to thank all the Year 7 parents who attended our Welcome Evening on Monday, 1 March.  Whilst a great deal of work goes into supporting the transition of students into secondary schooling, this evening provided an opportunity for us to support the transition of parents into a new school setting.  The evening was a great success and I take this opportunity to thank the Junior School Co‑ordinators, under the leadership of Ross McKinnon, for the great work that they did in the organisation of this event.  In particular I wish to make mention of Mrs Natalie Tate who, as the Transition Co-ordinator, put in a great deal of work and effort to ensure that the evening proceeded in such a positive way.  I also wish to acknowledge the attendance of a large number of teachers of Year 7 students and thank them for their contribution to the evening through the various presentations that informed parents of the type of learning that their children are involved in.  Feedback from parents has been outstandingly positive.  They clearly indicated their children’s overwhelmingly positive attitude in relation to their schooling and also felt that the transition process has been implemented in a very relevant and smooth way.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

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YEAR 12 CLASS OF 2009!


Friday 19th March at 7.30pm in the EHS Hall

All students from the Class of 2009 are invited to our first reunion and the release of the DVD Yearbook filmed, edited and produced by David Lee.


Join with us to remember the year that was, beginning with Camp and concluding with Valedictory (and everything in-between!). Take this opportunity to catch-up with friends and staff and up-date each other about your 2010 journey so far.


Copies of the 2-disc DVD Yearbook will be available for order with payment ($15) on the night.  An additional free disc of your individual interview will be included for all students who participated in this segment. DVD’s can be collected from the school or posted out to you at an additional cost of $4.00.


If you need further information please check out the Facebook page, contact David Lee, or Mrs. Choong at school.

See you on the 19th March!                  J. Choong

Canteen Roster

March 2010

Wed 3

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Thur 4

Danielle Ashby, Margaret Cunningham

Fri 5

Craig Lacey, Sally Wadham, Rachael Anderson, Janine Kerwood

Mon 8

Labour Day holiday

Tues 9

Sally Malkoutzis, Laura Barr

Eltham High School Tour to Africa-June 2011

Have you ever wanted to see giraffes, lions, zebras or wildebeest close up?  EHS is proposing to run a tour to the National Parks of Kenya & Tanzania during the Term 2 school holidays in 2011.  [To coincide with the running of the wildebeest]  Please see Brendan Monigatti, Ms. Brady or Ms. Parry for a more detailed itinerary.

The tour is open to students, staff, past students and their extended family with preference being given to currently enrolled students.

We are holding an information evening, 7.30 p.m. Monday, 22nd March in the EHS staffroom

An information session for parents

An information session has been planned for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Parents attending the session will be provided an overview of the regional approach.

The session is being held on 10 March 2010 and registrations close on 9 March 2010.

A registration form is attached to this newsletter.

A parent consultation group is being established to provide an avenue for parents to be consulted in future planning.

Session details:

When:  Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Time:  9.30 am to 11.00 am

Where: Northern Metropolitan Region Conference Centre, 189 Urquhart Street, Coburg (turn into Alva Grove from Bell Street)

Melway reference: Map 17 H12

Registration forms should be:

Emailed to: nmro.reception@edumail.vic.gov.au

Faxed to: 9488 9400

Mailed to: Parent Information Session, Northern Metropolitan Region, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Locked Bag 2001, Coburg 3058

by noon on Tuesday, 9 March 2010.

Further information - Contact Shannon Walker, Student Wellbeing and Disabilities Officer, Northern Metropolitan Region, via email: walker.shannon.s@edumail.vic.gov.au or telephone 9488 9454.

Immunisation cards for students in Yr 7 & 10.  All cards i.e. YES or NO for immunisations are requested to be returned.  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.



A busy but exciting time in the music area.  From the 100+ forms we received from year 7 students who attended the Information Evening, their 'instrument selection letter' has been sent out and the replies are coming in.  The response has been excellent!  

This Thursday [4thMarch] the 'next stage' is due ... the payment details for those purchasing books, stands and new instruments.

It's vital that this information comes to the music office by this date so the delivery of items will be complete on Thursday 11th March.  

Remember, there is a Second Hand Instrument Register.  To find out if there's an appropriate instrument listed, contact Helen on 9431 0397.  And thinking ahead ... anyone with uniform items for sale, forward these to the music office ... clean and labelled with your name and phone number.  *

The Music Support Group's AGM is next Tuesday ... 9th March, 8pm in the main rehearsal room. 

New parents to the program, and 'old' ones who might have been unable to assist prior to this, are all welcome!

The group's assistance to the music program is vital.  Apart from essential fund raising, it oversees the second hand instrument register and the sale of second hand uniform as well as the logistics of concerts and instrument transport.  Please come along and hear what the group is about!  Meetings are informal and friendly, the dates coinciding with upcoming events on the music calendar.  Any queries, please contact Jill in the music office on 9430 5127.

Jill Browne, Music Administration

Rock 2 Reef – this tour is filling fast, don’t miss out!—

want to know more then check the screen in the library foyer and the front desk

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

Tours for prospective families begin March 16.         due to high demand our School Tours will run 9:30am on. . . . .

March 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 then recommence after holidays on April 13

Bookings are essential, please phone 94390 5111 to reserve a place.  These small tours give you an opportunity to chat with an Assistant Principal and visit classrooms to see students working.

Our Information night, mainly for parents, will be on April 22 at 7:30pm in the hall.  A detailed prospectus will be available for families attending this night.  Note - the school will not be open for viewing on this occasion.

The Open Morning will be Friday April 23 from 9:30am and tours with a student escort will leave from the Library, these will continue until 11:30am approx.


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


Beach Volleyball

Students taking part in the beach volleyball event must attend a meeting Wednesday lunchtime on the show court to collect a parent permission form and information concerning the importance of wearing a HAT.

Victorian Team Representatives

Congratulations to the following students on their selection in Victorian Volleyball squads.

Under 16 Girls

Stephanie Harrington and

Cassie Stockton

Under 16 Boys

Perry Mitchell, Luke Brisbane,

Andrew Hague.

Under 17 Girls Blue

Ella Heaney and Hannah Williams

Under 17 Girls White

Brodie Collins, Sam Courtnay and

Emily Voss

Under 19 Girls Blue

Sophie Paine

Under 19 Boys Blue

Sam Brisbane and Jordan Richardson

Under 21 Girls Blue

Lena Skipper, Johanna Young and Hannah Martin (ex-students)



Spikezone or mini volleyball for primary school kids has been running at Eltham High school for more than 15 years.  A new season will be held in the Eltham Sports stadium with games being held each Thursday night between 4.00 and 5.00 pm.  This new season will start on Thursday the 11th of March with a free ‘come and have a hit’ night.  The regular season will commence the following week.  Any further information is available from Mr Thomas on 9430 5150.

Year 7 Volleyball Competition

Year 7 students are invited to take part in a regular weekly competition which will be held each Monday after school in the sports stadium.  Students can make up their own teams of 6 to 8 players and enter on the first night of competition which will be held on Monday 15th March.  A great way of getting some extra practice.  Any students that missed out on selection into a volleyball team year can play and try out again next year.

Junior Volleyball Competition

Eltham High will be running a social volleyball competition during first semester for any students interested in forming their own team. This will be for students in year 8 to year 12 and will be held on Thursday nights starting at 3.30 pm.  This season begins on 18th March.

Important Dates:

17th March

Year 7 Volleyball Round Robin at Eltham High

22nd April

Senior and Inter Northern Zone Volleyball

13th May

Senior VSSSA final

20th May

Inter VSSSA final

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.


Careers Room Access

Students are most welcome to see me in the Careers Room which is open for business at lunchtimes and for 25 periods per week I’m not teaching. Conferences, excursions, meetings, etc. reduce this availability but I am there most of the time to help students with their needs.  

Parents can contact me by phone on 9430 5133 or email:careers@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Year 10 Work Experience

This year Work Experience is for one week only, May 24 – 28. Students should aim to gain a placement in a job/industry that they are considering for the future. If they know this already then they should start arranging Work Experience now. For those who have ‘no idea’ then it is best to wait until they have completed Career Voyage, a computer program that suggests suitable jobs based on interests and skills identified. About half of the Year 10’s have already completed Career Voyage, the rest will do it over the next ten days.

I want to be a Vet!

The annual University of Melbourne Veterinary Science Open Day is an opportunity for future students to go behind the scenes at the Veterinary Hospital in Werribee. Speak with staff, join interactive activities, meet current students and take a tour. Course and career advice will be available, giving you the chance to learn about the pathways into the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate program. When: 10am-3pm, Sun 21 March; Where: University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, 250 Princes Highway, Werribee; Info: ph 8344 7844, www.vet.unimelb.edu.au/openday

What is Engineering all about?

Find out at the coming Engineering Expo‘Engineers Australia’ invites you to attend this free Expo which will include 60+ exhibitors, seminars, career advice, recruitment opportunities.  When: 2-7pm, Thurs 25 March; Where: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne; Register: www.engineeringexpo.org.au

Peter Goddard, Careers teacher

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

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 & 8C (6)

Equipment lists and itineraries have been distributed.  If your child has misplaced these items please see the Junior School Office

“Surfs Up” Mr Seymour, Yr 8 Camp organiser


March 2010

Wed 3

SoSE Yr 10 Geo Fieldwork CANCELLED

Yr 8 Surf Camp 8B  8E  8C

Thurs 4

SoSE Yr 10 Geo Fieldwork CANCELLED

Sport – Cricket Quarter finals

Mon 8

Labour Day - Holiday

Tues 9

OES M/S Camping & Ocean Kayaking to Lorne

Wed 10

Sport DV & Warringal Swimming

Yr 8 Surf Camp 8H  8J  8C

SoSE Yr 10 Geo Fieldwork CANCELLED

Thurs 11

Sport M/S Volleyball Vic Beach Volleyball School Cup

Yr 8 Surf Camp 8F  8G  8C

Fri 12

SS Volleyball Vic Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

HPE M/S Rac & Req Golf to Bulleen

Sporting Blues Awards at the MCG

Mon 15

HPE M/S Rac & Req Golf

OES Yr 11 Camping & Kayaking to Warrandyte

Wed 17

Sport Yr7 Round Robin

OES Yr 11 Camping & Kayaking to Lorne

School Council Meeting

Thurs 18

Immunisations – all Yr 7 & Yr 10

Music Symphonic Band to Ballarat Grammar

Fri 19

O&ES Yr12 bushwalking to Wilsons Prom

Tues 23

Sport – Quarter Finals Tennis, Volleyball


We need you !!!!!  to complete an application


ABN 56 079 715 735


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

Info for Year 12 parents..please ask about..


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 weeksIt 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.


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.

Reminder: 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.


The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual “Brocky’s Day Out for Charity”, proudly supported by ARMORALL, to be held on Sunday 21st March 2010

This year’s event will be held at Ferguson Park Hurstbridge, Peter Brock’s home town. As you are aware all funds raise will be distributed for charitable purposes.

The monies raised will help fund; second skins, camps for kids with cancer, wheelchairs, road safety awareness and community projects: be part of the team and help make a difference.

There will be a vast range of superbly presented motor cars on display including Chevs, Holdens, Fords, Hotrods, Vintage and immaculate road cars.

The Foundation is pleased to announce V8 Super car drivers and ambassadors of the Peter Brock Foundation, Garth and Leanne Tander will be attending this year’s event.

Trade displays, free children’s activities, celebrity guests, charity auction, entertainment and trophy presentation will take place on the day.  

Date: Sunday21st March 2010

Public entry time: 9.00am-3.00pm Gold Coin Donation

Location: Ferguson Park/Paddock Hurstbridge; Arthur’s Creek road Hurstbridge (Opposite Greysharp rd Hurstbridge)

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……


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  

YEAR 12 (2009) DVD (fundraiser for Media)

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


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


Eltham Youth Expo

Wed 10, 17 & 24 March 3:30-5pm at the Eltham Town Square……supported by Nillumbik Shire, Victoira Police, Eltham Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc

Wed 10

Detour Dance Co 3:40-4:05pm

Eltham Lacrosse 4:15-4:40pm

Wed 17

The Edge Performers 3:40-4:05pm

Shadow Boxer  4:15-4:40pm

Wed 24

Melbourne Taekwondo Centre 3:40-4:05pm

Manhattan School of Music 4:15-4:40pm

Free bbq’s and give-aways

see posters at school



Hoelling and Spangenberg piano……$ 300

Contact Joanne on 0408 438 139

Engage Education Foundation

A non-profit organisation supporting students to achieve their best – VCE Math Methods, Further Maths, Spec Maths

Weekly tutoring sessions start in March.  Leaflets available on the low table in the reception foyer. Visit www.engageeducation.org.au freecall 1800 983 772

Annual Apple Tasting Festival - Petty’s Orchard Templestowe.

A great local community event showcasing around 100 apples to taste, Vasili (Vasili's Garden SBS), David Holmgren (Permaculture author), Susan Mackinnon (SBS doc Honeybee Blues) & Pete the Permie presenting throughout the day.

Bring a picnic rug, water bottle, sunscreen & basket for a great day out!

Sunday 28th March from 10-4, Cnr Monckton & Homestead Roads Templestowe.

Tickets $10 adult $2 child $20 family www.heritagefruitssociety.org


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


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.



Eltham Lacrosse Club

2009 Club of the Year

FREE introduction clinics

Boys and girls come down to Eltham Lower Park for a FREE clinic run by junior director Jai Arambatzis.  Clinics will run from 6pm to 6:30pm every Wednesday in March. Meet the coaches and learn the basic techniques of catching, throwing and ground balls. No need to book – just come on down!

Registration day Sat 10th April 2010

9:30am to 1:00pm

Season Starts 17th April

Fantastic family oriented club.

Ring Jai Arambatzis ( 0425 328 223

Eltham Lower Park (Mel Map, 21 H10) Main Road, Eltham (near the miniature railway)

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

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.

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.

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

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


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 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.


Registration – for Parent Info Session Autism - see full article in this issue

Those interested in attending are asked to complete this form and return it to the regional office by noon on Tuesday, 9 March 2010.

Name: _____________________________________________________________

School(s) your child attends: ____________________________________________


Your email address: __________________________________________________

Your home telephone number: _____________________________

Would you like to be involved in a parent consultation group?                  Yes/No