Term 1 Week 6    Tues 9th March 2010

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Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

I congratulate Mike Snow (Year 12, 2009) for having been selected in the VCE Season of Excellence 2010 Top Screen.  The launch took place last Tuesday at the ACMI Federation Square.  Mike’s film ‘My Redemption’ was one of 13 exceptional short films that were screened from students across the State.  Mike joins a long list of Eltham High School students who have been selected in previous years for the Victorian VCE Season of Excellence.  In congratulating Mike I also congratulate Ms Kathy Hughes who has supported not only Mike but all students in the media classes to achieve exceptionally high standards.  I wish Mike every success with his future, particularly with his film making aspirations. 

Furthermore, I wish to congratulate Jonathon White whose short film ‘The Sixth Sense’ will have a television screening on ‘Class Act’ on Channel 31 later today at 4:30pm, and again on Saturday, 13 March at 12:00noon.  Jonathon made his film during his Year 11 class in 2009 and once again, it demonstrates Jonathon’s exceptional talent and it is only just that it be screened to a wider audience.  Again, I congratulate Kathy Hughes for her ongoing support and her high level of talent in ensuring that our students achieve the very best in terms of their work which leads to the associated accolades.

Staff Achievement

Congratulations also to Glen Pearsall on the release of his book “And Gladly Teach – A Classroom Handbook”.  Glen has been an outstanding teacher at Eltham High School for a number of years.  He is an acclaimed presenter of professional development for classroom teachers across Australia, he sits on the Board of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and has worked as a research fellow at the Australia Youth Research Centre.  His book is practical, realistic and inspirational.  The activities and strategies outlined therein will assist all teachers, those at the beginning of a career through to expert practitioners, to create more effective and engaging classrooms.  Overall, the book captures outstanding teaching practice and makes it available for all teachers at all levels.  For those of you who may be interested, the book is available through TLN Press, 112 Trennery Crescent, Abbotsford, 3067 (admin @tln.org.au) at a cost of $14.95.

This is yet another example of the high level of excellence of Eltham High School staff, in the school providing support for their ongoing development and in turn in supporting the profession.

Building Futures Process

I like to keep you up to date as to where we are at with the Building Futures process.  Initial plans for the new building have been accepted by the Department of Education and we have now moved into what is termed as ‘Cost Plan B’.  This is a stage where the costs for the building are identified and further discussions as needed will take place in relation to ensuring that the facility that is being built will meet the educational rationale as put forward in the project brief.  We are currently working with our architects (Gray Puksand), personnel from the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and also our Local Member to ensure that the best possible outcome for our school and our school community is achieved.  As we move into the more detailed project designs we will be inviting members of our community to provide feedback to identify areas in need of further consideration and this will be done through our Building Futures Project Officer, Mr Bruce Martyn.  Information about this process will appear in future Newsletters and on the School’s website. 

Year 8 Surf Camps

The Year 8 surf camps have been in place since last week.  Reports from all areas have been exceptionally positive. Students seem to be having a great time engaging in the activities that have been organised for them through both the staff and the personnel on site.  I commend the organisation of the Junior School Team and in particular the work of Mr Peter Seymour who has taken overall responsibility for the organisation and running of these camps.  Furthermore, I wish to thank all the staff who have volunteered their time to be involved with the camps, as well as those staff who by remaining behind at the School have supported the camp by taking replacement classes for teachers who are away on camp.  Programs such as these are not able to happen without the strong organisational skills and goodwill of the staff.

Student Accident Insurance Arrangements

I wish to remind parents as I do at this time each year that the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students.  Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the costs of medical treatment for injured students, including any transport.  Student accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers.  These policies cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance.  I strongly encourage parents and/or guardians to take out insurance for individual students should you consider it appropriate.  The Department or the School cannot advise parents or guardians on whether to purchase a student accident insurance policy, or which policy should be purchased.  It is recommended that you seek assistance in this matter with your insurance broker or find personal insurance insurers in the Yellow pages or online.  For further information on this please contact Kathleen Hannan, our Acting Business Manager.

Note of Condolences

It is with sadness that I communicate to our school community that after a long illness Claire Edgoose (Class of 2007) passed away on Tuesday, 2 March 2010.  Claire was an outstanding student and one of our high achievers.  Her involvement in a range of areas of the school, including instrumental music and the arts, was with passion and an ongoing strive to do her very best.  Claire is remembered for her strong commitment to her learning, her great smile and for her ability to engage with other people.  A funeral service for Claire will be held at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre on Tuesday, 16 March at 11:00am.  Our sincere condolences are expressed to the Edgoose family and to all of Claire’s friends who I am certain will miss her terribly.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

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Canteen Roster

March 2010

Wed 10

Tracey Angelopoulos, Michelle Dalton, Margaret Toohey

Thur 11

Leanne Lillie, Anne Coleman, volunteer needed

Fri 12

Kerrie Laing, Teresa Reid, Suzie Gerrard, Rachael Wallace

Mon 15

Carol Guille, Lesley Nihill, Jenny Reeves

Tues 16

Susie Carr, Leanne Johnson

Eltham High School Tour to Africa-June 2011

For all details please see the web version this week.

Information evening, 7.30 p.m. Monday, 22nd March in the EHS staffroom

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 is 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.


It's all happening!

The new Training Band students are organising instruments and an introductory lesson this week.  The band will have over 90 members!

The big one ... that first rehearsal ... will be Thursday 25th March at 7.30am.  Parents are very welcome to stay and listen to those first notes!

Tonight is the Music Support Group's AGM ... 8pm in the main rehearsal room.  All welcome!


This week 'forms and information' is being sent home to students in the Intermediate and Concert bands.  Please return requested forms back to the music office by the stated dates.

Mark on the calendar - 'Music Smorgasbord' Sunday March 21st in the Junior Courtyard area.  BBQ breakfast and music - a great combination!  Students to arrive by 8.30am, in 'casual uniform' with 'performance' commencing at 9am.

Any queries, please contact Jill in the music office, 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration


 . . . . . this tour is filling fast, don’t miss out!—


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


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, 23, 24, 25 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.


The Grounds Committee has scheduled the second Working Bee for the Term on Sunday 21st March from 9am to 12:30pm with morning tea and barbeque lunch supplied.  Volunteers should park their vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the library and make their way to the Canteen courtyard where they will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned a task.  The following tasks have been identified as priorities for the day.

1.     It is hoped to plant 120 plants in the courtyard environs.  They will need to be bagged, staked, watered and mulched.

2.     The garden in the Junior School courtyard as well as those on the north side of technology wing need to be pruned and weeded.

3.     It is hoped to start construction on a new raised bed garden complex adjacent to the tennis courts.

4.     Parts of the environmental area need to be rotary hoed in preparation for a renewal of that area.

5.     Mulch needs to be spread in those areas in the Environmental area that are satisfactorily planted.

6.     Some repair work needs to be carried out on the raised garden to the front entry of the school.

7.     Some further removal of post and pipe fence adjacent to the hall in readiness for the new Building programme that will occur in the latter part of the year!

8.     Sweeping adjacent to the stadium and courtyard

9.     Mowing and brush cutting in a range of areas.

10.  Watering from our rain tanks in a variety of locations.

11.  Staining of some bollards in selected locations

12.  A further clean up along the western boundary.

Those parents who have nominated March 21 as their preferred date will be contacted by phone by me leading up to the event.  Hopefully some tasks can be assigned during that contact.  Looking forward to your anticipated support on March 21

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.


Jonathon White's wonderful, inventive & charming musical short film "The Sixth Sense" will have a television screening on "Class Act" - Channel 31 on Tuesday 9th March at 4.30 pm and on Saturday 13th March at 12.00pm.  Jonathon made this film during VCE Media - Year 11 in 2009 and it deserves to be seen by a wider public audience.  Catch it if you can!


The VCE Season OF EXCELLENCE 2010 TOP SCREEN was launched last Tuesday night at ACMI Federation Square.  Thirteen engaging, challenging and thoughtful films were selected which displayed 'conceptual strength in design, directorial surety and confident control of the production process'.  Congratulations go to Eltham High School VCE Media student Mike Snow for the selection of his short film "My Redemption" as part of this Season of Excellence.  It was a pleasure to be there and share with Mike the public recognition of his filmmaking skills and vision.

Kathy Hughes, Media Coordinator


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 return parent permission forms to the P.E. office before Thursday.  Details of the event are on the volleyball notice board and the draw is available on the Volleyball Victoria website.  Please check the weather and dress appropriately. Bring a hat.


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 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 if you are in the volleyball squad.  Any students that missed out on selection into a volleyball team this year can play in the Monday night competition 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:

11th March

Year 11 and 12 Victorian Schools Beach volleyball competition

12th March

Year 9 and 10 Victorian Schools Beach volleyball competition

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 Dec

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  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.    At the end of each session, students return to school where they are given a free hot chocolate before getting ready for class.


Keeper for a Day program at Healesville Sanctuary

Keeper for a Day is a full day of animal keeper related activities and involves students in Years 9 and up in the real tasks that keepers do in their working day.  Career and course information, possible pathways and the chance to speak with keepers about their jobs are all a part of this day.  Participants also get the chance to go 'behind the scenes' and see the inner workings of the Sanctuary.  Keeper for a Day runs during the school holidays throughout the year. Term One dates are March 30 and 31, April 7 and 8.  Bookings 59572818. Registration form and information at http://www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Programs/Student_Conferences/Careers/Keepers

Institute of Forensic Medicine Career Information Afternoon

The Institute of Forensic Medicine is running the first of two Career Information Afternoon for students in years 10, 11 and 12 on Friday 9th April.  Career Information Afternoons have been developed in response to the large number of enquiries received regarding Work Experience.  Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the work carried out at the Institute, they are unable to offer work experience.  The event is held at the Institute in the Lecture Theatre, Coronial Services Centre, 57-63 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, 12.30pm – 4pm. Places are limited, students wishing to attend must register at: www.vifm.org/career_info_session.html

agIdeas 2010 Futures

Be inspired by some of the world's creative leaders. Obtain helpful advice on the transition from secondary to tertiary education and explore career pathways by attending a two-hour presentation by renowned speakers and gain access to all the major tertiary design course in one venue at the Design Course Expo. Held at Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre on Tuesday April 27, 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The cost is $30, which includes a copy of the 500-page, 20 years of agIdeas book. Register at: www.agideas.net

Peter Goddard, Careers teacher


Details of Yr 8 SURF CAMP………."Surf's Up"

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

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

MS Volleyball Vic Beach Volleyball School Cup

Yr 8 Surf Camp 8F  8G  8C

Grounds Committee Meeting 7:45pm Conference Room EHS

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

SoSE Yr 12 Legal excursion Supreme & County courts

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

Sun 21

Music – Autumn Breakfast performance

Tues 23

Sport – Quarter Finals Tennis, Volleyball

Wed 24

Student Progress Interviews 11am until 7pm

Thurs 25

Sport – Northern Zone Finals

Fri 26

Music Symphonic Band Concert at Melba Hall

Last day of term

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

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

Footsteps in the Asha very special collection of stories of the St Andrews and Strathewen families in the 2009 bushfires….. copies available NOW $25 through the General Office with all proceeds to the CFAs of St Andrews and Strathewen.


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

Footsteps in the Asha very special collection of stories of the St Andrews and Strathewen families in the 2009 bushfires….. copies available NOW $25 through the General Office with all proceeds to the CFAs of St Andrews and Strathewen.

Eltham High School Tour to Africa-June 2011

EHS is proposing to run a tour to the National Parks of Kenya & Tanzania during the Term 2 school holidays in 2011Please 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.

Research CFA market – second Sunday of each month (9am to 2pm)

Next market – Sunday 14th March

In the park on the corner of Research-Warrandyte Road & Main Road Research, next to the CFA premises.

Come along and support your local CFA, as well as local business and craft.

Variety of stalls, including Sausage Sizzle, Coffee Van, Second Hand Books, Soaps, Eco cleaning products, New Books, Cards, Patchwork & Quilting, Jewellery,  Ribbon and Hair Accessories, Cosmetics, Art & Craft, Plants & second hand goods.

Stall holder enquiries, please contact – Janine 0419 381 403 (janine@researchcfa.com.au) or Judy 0401 059 149

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 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

Please register via email to nmro.reception@edumail.vic.gov.au

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.


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……

YEAR 12 (2009) DVD (fundraiser for Media)

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



Second hand BUILDING MATERIALS, incl corner spa bath, pump

Contact HENRY 9439-4352


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, Victoria 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

Get your FREE vaccination for Swine fly now… to protect yourself and your community

A FREE vaccine to protect against the H1N1 Influenza 09 (Swine flu) is still available.

Swine flu continues to pose a threat to the population, but you can protect yourself and the community and help stop the spread of Swine flu to others by being vaccinated now.

Get your free vaccination for Swine flu now.

To protect yourself and your community

Department of Health

*Note: Doctors may charge a consultation fee.

What is Swine flu?  Swine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a new strain of influenza virus. Cases of Swine flu have been confirmed in countries throughout the world including Australia.

Need further information?

For further info visit http://humanswineflu.health.vic.gov.au.

For vaccine enquiries call the Immunisation Program on 1300 882 008.

Who should have the Swine flu vaccine?

Adults and children older than 6 months are encouraged to be vaccinated. Some people are more likely to become seriously ill from Swine flu. Even if you are fit and well, you are at risk of serious illness or infecting vulnerable people.

The vaccine is especially important for:

•People with chronic health conditions (including heart and lung disease, asthma, cancer, obesity, diabetes, kidney and neurological diseases and inherited blood diseases)

•Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy

•Parents and guardians of young infants

•Children in special schools

•Indigenous Australians

•Health care and community care workers.

Is the vaccine safe?   Yes, the Swine Flu (Panvax® H1N1) vaccine is safe and has been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Where can I get the vaccine?   The vaccine is FREE* and available at your doctor or local health service.

“Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting the Swine flu, and is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications.” (Sir Gustav Nossal, internationally renowned immunologist and research biologist)

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


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

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

Simply use the biller code and reference number listed on your statement.

BPay Logo Vector DownloadIt 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.