Term 1 Week 7    Tues 16th March 2010

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School Telephones

The school is experiencing some significant interruptions to our telephone communications such as lines dropping out, and not being able to answer incoming calls.  The problems are intermittent and are beyond our control.  Technicians have been investigating the problems and we are hopeful that the matter will be resolved soon.  In the meantime you can continue to call the school however this service may not always be working or use email to communicate with us.

Principal’s Report

Forum with Professor Robin Alexander - Cambridge University:

I was very pleased to be present at the forum with Professor Robin Alexander organised by the Victorian Council of School Organizations (VICCSO). Professor Alexander is a Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Warwick, past President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education, and Director of the Cambridge Primary Review.  Professor Alexander spoke about the Cambridge Primary Review as a wide-ranging independent inquiry into the condition and future of primary education in England.  Professor Alexander made very strong connections between this research and secondary education in England and the apparent overall education direction in Australia.  The Review addressed the following ten themes: purpose and values; learning and teaching; curriculum and assessment; quality and standards; diversity and inclusion; settings and professionals; parenting, caring and educating; beyond the school; structures and phases; funding and governance.


The review aimed to address two fundamental questions, namely: How well is England’s system of primary education doing? How can it best meet the needs of children and society over the coming decades? Three recurrent concerns were identified through the research: Childhood: poverty, inequality and underachievement; Society and the wider world: anxiety and empowerment; Policy: solution or problem? There was a great deal of information in Professor Alexander’s presentation (if you are interested I refer you to the primary review website for the detailed report www.primaryreview.org.uk). However I do want to make a comment about Professor Alexander’s research around curriculum and data and its relevance to the education direction of our Federal Government.


Whilst he believes in the benefits of a National Curriculum Professor Alexander advises that we need to be guarded as to how much becomes prescriptive. The issues associated with an over centralized system are restricting rather than encouraging the capacity of teachers to be innovative in their pedagogy and with the curriculum that they are required to deliver.  The research indicates that the greater the prescription the greater the restriction. He believes that the current outline of the Australian National Curriculum is broad enough for us to work with and to encourage and support staff professional growth into addressing the individual needs of every student. He also spoke about the value of accountability and the misinterpretation of this into a frenzy of over-testing of all students that has taken over the English and American systems and warns that this is not the way to go. The research supports this warning.


Professor Alexander expressed amazement at the Australian Federal Government’s preoccupation with the elements of both English and American systems that have been characterised by failure (over-prescription of curriculum and over-testing as a way of collecting student performance data).  Professor Alexander’s presentation only highlighted further the importance of ensuring that whilst we have the opportunity to comment on the draft documents of the National Curriculum we must ensure that we do so before the closing date (we intend to make a collective response as a learning community but you have the opportunity to do so as an individual by registering on the website http://www.acara.edu.au/consultation.html).  We also need to remain alert to the ongoing education reform debate to ensure that we have a say in the direction that this takes in the future.  Professor Alexander’s presentation was informative but what I found most valuable is that it provided another body of research evidence that affirms the concerns that as an education community we have raised over time.


2009 Victorian School Sport Awards:

I congratulate Amy Vine (class of 2009); Sophie Paine and Luke van Noorden (both of Year 12, 2010) for having been recognized for their outstanding sporting achievement throughout 2009.  Amy received a Victorian Sporting Blue award for Cricket and Sophie and Luke both received a Victorian Sporting Blue award for Volleyball.  These three young people are examples of the outstanding commitment and hard work that needs to be demonstrated to achieve the level of performance that is recognized by such awards as these.  In acknowledging Amy, Sophie and Luke it is also important that we make special mention of the ongoing commitment of all the coaches at Eltham high School in particular those who worked very closely with Amy, Sophie and Luke.  I congratulate both Sports Co-ordinators, Peter Nicholson and Greg Thomas and all the staff that continue to dedicate their time to the sporting achievements of all our young people.  The Hon Bronwyn Pike was in attendance at the awards ceremony last Friday 12 March and in her speech she commented not only on the achievements of the students and the schools but recognized that these accolades also belong to the parents who give up so much in ensuring that their children are given every opportunity to achieve their very best. I add my congratulations to them.  The Minister congratulated our students personally and commented that through her experience and knowledge of the school that this is one of a range of areas of outstanding achievement by the young people in our learning community.


Swim Team Triumph:

Congratulations to all members of the Eltham High School Swim Team, who on Wednesday 10 March won the aggregate points award in the Diamond Valley/Warringal Sports at Greensborough.  This is an outstanding effort since every member of the team qualified for the Northern Zone Swim Carnival at MSAC next Thursday 25 March.  The team managers Phil Boyd and Louise Heathcote also need to be congratulated for the ongoing support and their great effort in ensuring that the early morning training sessions run without a hitch so that the students receive the appropriate level of training.  It is fantastic to see these students achieve such a high standard and we look forward to their continued success in the sport.


Innovating with Learning Technologies Research Grant:

I congratulate the members of the LOTE faculty on their success in receiving a grant to undertake an action research project in the innovative use of learning technologies.  The grant has been received from the Innovations and Next Practice Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and it will be used to undertake some research in the use of one-to-one hand held devices within the LOTE key learning area.  I specifically congratulate Melissa Hughes who has been the driver behind the application.  I wish Melissa and the rest of the team the very best with the research that will be undertaken and I am certain that the result that will come out of this initiative will inform best practice across the school and across the system.


Eltham High School Council 2010:

I am very pleased to announce that the following parent representatives have been appointed to the Eltham High School Council.  Diana Pettie, Andrew Evans and Mario Panaccio joining the Council for the first time and Guy Metcalfe has been reappointed for an additional term of office.  The two Department and Education and Early Childhood development positions have been filled by Darren Squires and Bruce Martyn.  Each of the above positions has tenure of two years and will continue until the 2012 council elections.  I welcome all these appointees to the School Council and I look forward to working with them over the next two years.  The school Council AGM will be held this Wednesday 17 March in the conference room at 7:00 pm.  This will be immediately followed by the first meeting of the new council at which community members will be co-opted and the office bearers be appointed.


Note of Congratulations:

I extend the congratulation of the Eltham High School Community to Brooke Gannon who this coming Friday 19 March will be married.  Brooke is a member of the Science Faculty and of course the motivation behind the school’s involvement in the Rock Eisteddfod. We wish Brooke and her partner all the very best on their special day and for their future life together.

Vincent Sicari, Principal

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Canteen Roster

March 2010

Wed 17

Robyn Kaires, Evonne Heerings, volunteer needed

Thur 18

Rhona Constantino, Danielle Ashby, Gillian Goldsworthy

Fri 19

Margie Pendlebury, Tracey Clark, volunteer needed

Mon 22

Shelley O’Connell, Yvette Karslake, Vivian Heath

Tues 23

Margaret vHilton, Kerri Lester,

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


It's a busy week coming up!  Thursday afternoon sees the Symphonic Band on their first 'outing' ... travelling to Ballarat Grammar for a concert.

Sunday, we're celebrating with a 'Musical Smorgasbord'!  All are welcome ... to come and hear our Intermediate, Concert, Symphonic and Stage Bands perform AND enjoy someone else cooking your breakfast! The Music Support Group will be at the BBQ cooking up the eggs and bacon etc.  Students to arrive by 8.30am, music starting at 9am.

There will be raffle tickets for sale, a fundraiser for the Symphonic Band's China Tour.

This is a great opportunity for our new Training Band members to hear the music of their seniors!

And, of course, it's the Training Band's turn to be in the spot light next week ... their first rehearsal is Thursday 25th March, first notes playing at 7.30am.  Parents and staff are invited to come along and have a listen!

Jill Browne, Music Administration



21 MARCH 2010

Please see last week’s issue for all the plans for this day.

All welcome



Creative Minds Exhibition 18 March - 11 April

Eltham Library Community Gallery 

Nine Eltham High School students from 2009 will have their Art works from their Year 12 Art folios showcased at the Nillumbik VCE exhibition at the Eltham Community Library; Shannaya Farkas, Karina Browne, Iona Okey, Sal Morales, Dave Lee, Ashton Newton, Tom Rogers, Megan Edgoose and Haydn Trowell.

The official opening for the exhibition is Friday, 19 March.

Linda McLeod, Teaching and Learning Coach


World’s Greatest Shave!!!

On behalf of the Eltham High team for the World’s Greatest Shave we would like to thank all students, parents and teachers for donating.  In a grand total we raised $1250 for the Leukaemia Foundation.  I would like to say a special thank you to Priceline Greensborough for the discount on hair spray, Clint Meaghers Quality meats for the meat on the sausage day, Miss Lacey from EHJS and Lou from Byam Bee hairdressers in Eltham for helping to shave our heads on Friday the 12th of March and last but not least Mr McCrystal for helping to organise everything.  Thanks to everyone who donated!


 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  17, 18, 23, 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 2010 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal is coming to Eltham High School.  Donations large or small are welcome to support this extremely worthwhile cause – every donation counts.  Please place donations in the envelopes issued today with the newsletter and send them to school with your child for the collection days. 

Junior School – Monday 22nd March

Middle School – Tuesday 23rd March

Senior School – Return to Senior School Office by 23rd March. 

The 7-10 class who raises the most money will receive a reward.  Donation envelopes will also be available from the front office.

Senior School leaders and Coordinators on behalf of the Eltham High School Community.


Swim team triumphant

Congratulations to all members of the EHS swim team who represented the school at the Diamond Valley/Warringal swim sports at Greensborough pool on Wednesday 10th March.

Eltham won the aggregate points award with 643 to beat St Helena ( 516 ) and Viewbank ( 446 ).

In an outstanding effort every member of the team qualified for the Northern Zone Swimming at MSAC on Thursday 25 March.

Winners of the events included  E. Voss, N.Nurmohammed, N. Dorman, L. Russell, W. Maude, P.Goodwin, M. O’Toole, J. Bayliss, A. Witbooi, H.Chubb, B. Hague, Girls 16 Medley Relay, Girls 13 Relay, Girls 15 relay,  Boys 15 relay, Girls 16 relay,  Boys 17 relay, Girls 20 relay.

Thanks to teachers Phil Boyd and Louise Heathcote who helped manage the team.

Peter Nicholson, Sport co-ordintor.

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.


Beach Volleyball

Congratulations to our beach volleyball players that competed in the Victorian Schools Beach Volleyball Competition last week.  There were a number of medals won. Michelle Harrington, Aili Adamson, Emma Martins and Georgia Ross won a bronze medal in the Year 11 girls fours competition. 

Hailey Pringle and Georgia Burley won a silver medal in the year 11 girls pairs.

Emily Voss and Cassie Stockton won a silver medal in the year 9 girls pairs.

Laleina Garsden and Brodie Collins won a Gold medal in the year 10 girls pairs.

Sam Brisbane and Jordan Richards won a Gold medal in the year 11 boys pairs.

Thank you to Ms Bowman, Mr Allender and Mr Pringle for taking the groups.


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 started on Thursday the 11th of March with a free ‘come and have a hit’ night.  The regular season will commence this week.  New teams are invited to take part. 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.

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.

Year 7 Volleyball Round Robin

Three teams of girls and three teams of boys have been selected to participate in the Diamond Valley group volleyball round robin competition this Wednesday the 17th March.

Students have been given a parent permission form that should be returned to Mr Thomas or Ms Pascoe in the PE office by Wednesday morning. Students should go to period one, then go to the stadium and change into their PE uniform and assemble in the stadium.

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 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.


Careers Night

Every second year we run a Careers Night where lots of ex-students and parents of current students come along and talk about their jobs: what they do, pathways into the industry, employment prospects and so on. It’s a great way for Year 10-12 students to gather lots of information to help them with their post-school decision-making.  This year it will be held on Wednesday 16th June from 7.30 onwards. If any parents would like to volunteer for this event give me a call on 9430 5133 or email careers@elthamhs.vic.edu.au All types of jobs and industries are needed – “tradies”, creative, IT, health & beauty, engineers, financial, etc.

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. All Year 10’s have completed Career Voyager (a computer program that suggests suitable jobs based on interests and skills identified) and should have shown their parents the results.  The task now is to arrange a placement in one of the job suggestions that most appeal.

See Universities in the school holidays

Some universities give senior school students the chance to visit, and get their questions answered.

·         DEAKIN UNIVERSITY – Deakin is conducting ‘Discover Deakin’ commencing at 11am on Tuesday 30 March at the Melbourne (Burwood), Geelong (Waurn Ponds) and Warrnambool campuses. Registration and more info at: www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/campus-tours/discover.php

·         LA TROBE UNIVERSITY – La Trobe (Bundoora) has a ‘Talk and Tour’ aimed at school students wanting to find out more about La Trobe. A great chance to check out courses and careers. When: 9.30am-12 noon (optional afternoon activities), Fri 9 April; Register: 1300 135 045, or www.latrobe.edu.au/talkandtour; Venue: West Lecture Theatres.

·         MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY – is holding ‘Access all Areas’ for Years 10-12 students and families, allowing them to come on campus and gain personal insight into the university. After an introductory session there are info. sessions on specific study areas. When: 9am-2pm, Fri 9 April; Info: Ph 1800 801 662, or 8344 6543; Registration: www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/events/vic

·         SWINBURNE - Art and Design Discovery Day on Thurs 8 April at Prahran and Wantirna campuses. In Year 10-12 with a passion for art and design or film and TV? Then this is for you. See: www.future.swinburne.edu.au/events/artsanddesign/


• Veterinary Science Open Day, 21 Mar, www.vet.unimelb.edu.au/openday

• Engineering Expo, Etihad Stadium, 5 Mar, www.engineeringexpo.org.au

• Age VCE and Careers Expo, 23-25 April, www.education.theage.com.au

Keeper for a Day program @ Healesville Sanctuary, March 30 & 31, April 7 & 8., http://www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Programs/Student_Conferences/Careers/Keepers

Institute of Forensic Medicine Career Information Afternoon, April 9, www.vifm.org/career_info_session.html

Peter Goddard, Careers teacher


March 2010

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 at EHS

Tues 23

Sport – Quarter Finals Tennis, Volleyball

Wed 24

Student Progress Interviews 11:30am until 7:30pm

Thurs 25

Sport – Northern Zone Finals

Fri 26

Music Symphonic Band Concert at Melba Hall

Last day of term finish 2:30pm

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



You’re invited to join us to support this worthwhile cause and hopefully help us to improve on last year’s collection total of $5,500!

Eltham High School, in conjunction with the Pied Pipers, is organising the annual Good Friday Appeal in this area to support the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Students and families are encouraged to join us to help with our door knock collection on Good Friday.  Collectors will meet at the school, in the main staffroom at 8.20am on Friday 2nd April and in groups of four will be driven to the area where they will be collecting for the morning. At all times students are under the direct supervision of an adult supervisor. All Collectors will return to school by 1.30pm.

You will be provided with drinks/a snack/easter eggs/hot cross buns throughout the morning and on your return to school. 

So, get a group of friends together (or come by yourself!), and collect permission forms from Ms. Choong and do your bit for the Royal Children’s Hospital!! Permission forms are to be returned by Friday 19th March.

Parents wishing to assist with the collection are requested to notify me of their intention on 94305111 or by email at cho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Thanking you in anticipation of your support of the Good Friday Appeal!

Jenny Choong

Volunteer Needed: Greenhills Playgroup

.......is seeking a volunteer to support parents during playgroup session once per week (2 hours) during school. Also to co-ordinate "special event week" once per school term.  The Volunteer needs to love being around children and be interested in providing support to parents.  For additional information, please contact Volunteers of Banyule on 9458-3777 or visit www.greenhillspg.com for full description of the role.

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.

Greensborough Baseball Club

Elder Street Reserve Cnr Elder St and Manfred St, Watsonia Melways Ref 20 F5    ----    Junior Baseball Season 2010

Want to improve your cricket skills during winter??? Looking for a sport that’s different and fun?

If you are interested, please contact our Junior Co-ordinator:

Leesa Butterworth 03 9438 2269 / 0407 322 743

Matt Davine (Club President) 0438 027 629

Check our website for more info

Come & Try day: March 20th, 2010

10AM to Midday followed by a Sausage Sizzle

Season Starts: April 24th, 2010

Come and play Baseball at Greensborough Baseball Club!        We are looking for children aged from 7 to 16, playing in Under 11, 13, 15 and 17’s

Saturday Morning Games (8:45 to 10:30am)

Under 11 & 13’s play at Banyule Flats, Viewbank

Under 15’s play at Mill Park Softball Centre,

Under 17’s play at Home & Away games

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.


Eltham Youth Expo

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

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


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: Sunday 21st 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……

Want to try BMX RACING but not sure where to start?

Come along to the Park Orchards BMX Club FREE 'Come and Try Day' on the Saturday 27th March 2009 - registration at 8:30am, session runs for 2 hours. Fun for all the family from ages 4+: Boys, Girls, Mums & Dads. For more information checkout www.popbmx.com.au , or call Club President Corey Gibson on 0448 403 926

Banyule Youth Services

Youthfest – free rides, live music, street art display, skate ramp, launch of Banyule youth website. . . . . .

Stealing O’neal

Red Ink…plus lots more live music

Sunday 28th March 2010 – 1pm until 5pm at Macleod Park, Birdwood Avenue (right next to Macleod train station)

For more info www.myspace.ciom/fiablender  and see the notice board near canteen in admin passage.


Hoelling and Spangenberg piano……$ 300

Contact Joanne on 0408 438 139



Second hand BUILDING MATERIALS, incl corner spa bath, pump

Contact HENRY 9439-4352


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

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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.

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.

BPay Logo Vector DownloadPlease 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.