Term 2 Week 1    Tues 13th April 2010

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Reminder for Junior School:

Students in Yr 7 & 8 will have Progress Interviews on Thursday April 15 from 4-7pm – student interview appointment booking sheets have been distributed. 

Student reports are available to parents online – accessible via the intranet and your student ID.

Principal’s Report

Start of Term 2

I take this opportunity to welcome all students and staff to Term 2.  I trust that each of you has had a restful break and I look forward to working with you all as this term unfolds.  Unlike Term 1, this term is an extended term of 11 weeks duration and there is quite a bit of work ahead of us.  In particular, a number of VCE students will be undertaking mid-year exams and hence a consolidated effort needs to take place to ensure that the appropriate preparation for these exams is in place.  Teachers will continue to work very hard in support of their students’ preparation for this examination period.  Similar efforts need to be considered by all students in all other year levels with the approach of the end of semester 1.  This is a time when any perceived difficulties or concerns need to be clarified to ensure that every child has the best opportunity to achieve their very best.  The partnership between the student, teacher and home is of crucial importance.  We will continue to endeavour to maintain open communication with parents and I strongly encourage parents to remain in communication with us in relation to their child’s learning needs.  I look forward to a very satisfying Term 2.

Student Achievement

I wish to congratulate Kristina Gorgievska who on Saturday, 27 March attended the Public Education Forum in Canberra.  Kristina represented Eltham High School, as well as Victoria at the Forum.  I know that Kristina has been an outstanding ambassador for both our school and the State as exemplified in the following feedback which I received from a Principal Class colleague who was present at the Forum:

Kristina Gorgievska did a fantastic job speaking about the value of a Government school education and in particular, Eltham.  I heard other people in the audience commenting about her great speech and also what a good school Eltham is.  Please let Kristina know how impressed we all were with her.  She was a great advocate for Eltham High School and government  school education.

Congratulations to our Year 8 students who were selected to represent Victoria in the Under 15 Australian Volleyball Championships in Albury during the holidays.   The students selected for the girls’ team were Louise Alford, Lucy Boyes and Gabby Seymour and the boys’ team were Jack Killeen and Sam Richards.  Both these teams won their competitions and contributed to Victoria winning the overall Best State Trophy.  The experience has provided our students with an opportunity to both display and improve their skills in the sport.  Once again, I congratulate their school based coaches
and wish the students and their school teams the very best in future competitions.

I also wish to congratulate Sophie Paine of Year 12 who is a member of our Senior Girls’ Volleyball Team and has just been named Vice-Captain of the Australian Junior Women’s’ Volleyball Team.  Sophie and her team will represent Australia at the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur later in the year.  I wish Sophie and her team all the very best with the upcoming competitions which we will follow with interest.

Student Progress Interviews

The Senior and Middle School student progress interviews that took place on Wednesday, 24 March were very well attended.  I wish to thank all parents who made the effort to attend the interviews and gain direct feedback on their child’s progress.  I also wish to thank all staff for their preparation for this day.  I remind parents that the Junior School student progress interviews will take place this Thursday, 15 April starting at 4:00pm.  Please ensure that your child has made the appropriate appointments on your behalf so that your interviews can proceed smoothly and in a timely fashion.  We are currently working on introducing an on‑line booking process for the next round of student progress interviews which will take place during Term 3.

Prospective Year 7 Enrolments 2011

The Eltham High School Year 7 2011 Information Evening will take place on Thursday, 22 April at 7:30pm.  This will be followed by an Open Morning on Friday, 23 April.  There will be an opportunity to be part of school tours on that morning and to see the school in action during a normal school day.  A range of other tours have been taking place since mid Term 1 and they will continue until after the Information Evening.  If you would like to attend one of these tours please ensure that you contact the General Office on 9430 5111 to book in.  If you are aware of any families who are interested in joining our learning community I ask you to pass on this information to them, and to encourage them to attend both the Information Evening and one of the tours, if they are not able to join us on the Open Morning.  I thank you in anticipation for your support for this.

Anzac Day Memorial Ceremony

Our Anzac Day Memorial Ceremony will take place on Friday, 23 April during Period 6, which will begin at 2:20pm.  This has now become part of the culture of the school and it is important for us as a community to acknowledge people who have lost their lives in war.  If anyone would like to attend the ceremony, I ask you to contact Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111.


Staff Changes

I wish Brenda Wilkins (Receptionist) all the very best during her period of leave during this term.  I hope that she will have a well-deserved break and enjoy all of the adventures she and her husband have planned over the next few months.

I welcome Paula Hogan to the front reception.  Paula is replacing Brenda during her leave and will be there to welcome you when you visit the school.

Vincent Sicari, Principal


Canteen Roster

April 2010

Wed 14

Jenny Alford, volunteer needed

Thurs 15

Karen Biddiscombe, Pearl Yung, Michelle Jones

Fri 16

Julie Wright, Catherine James, Jenny McCormack

Mon 19

Jill Rachim, Shelley O’Connell

Tues 20

Leanne Johnson, Kerrie Lester

Canteen volunteers   Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122


ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS are now available from the General Office.  These books represent great value for not only dining but also for movie vouchers, activities around Melbourne, accommodation and also a discount opportunity for Coles supermarkets (see page F1 in the book.  Purchase price is $65.


Welcome back everybody!  Term 2 is promising to be another busy one!

Rehearsals for the bands start again this week.  Intermediate Band is going on tour to Ballarat on the 27th and 28th April.  The Concert Band tour is in May.  Training Band had their first rehearsal on the last Thursday of term 1.  It was all we had expected ... those first notes of the 95 member group.

Their debut performance is also in May.  

All music students have received their Enrolment, Medical Permission and where applicable, the Instrument Hire Form.  Please ensure these are all returned to the music office asap.  Let's save a tree and not have to print out new ones!

If you have any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration


Congratulations to 2009 Year 12 students Sean Anderson (VET Multimedia), Shannaya Farkas (VET Multimedia) and Michael Snow (Media) who will be represented in Top Designs 2010.  Top Designs is part of the VCE Season of Excellence managed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Included are works created by VCE students undertaking Media, VET Multimedia, Design and Technology, Food and Technology, Systems Engineering and Visual Communication and Design. On display are multimedia, furniture, photography, short films, Textiles, electronic and mechanical projects and graphic design products and applications.

Top Designs is presented at the Melbourne Museum commencing Saturday March 27 and concludes Sunday June 27.  Admission is free.

Marion Stoney, VCD Teacher



Year 7 Volleyball Competition

Year 7 students interested in taking part in a regular weekly volleyball competition can join the fun each Monday after school in the sports stadium.

U/15 Australian Volleyball Championships.

Congratulations to our year 8 students who represented Victoria in the Under 15 Australian Volleyball Championships is Albury over the holidays. The Victorian teams won both the boys and girls competitions and Victoria also won the overall best state trophy. Members of the winning girls team were Louise Alford, Lucy Boyes and Gabby Seymour and the winning boys members were Jack Killeen and Sam Richards.

All participants played very well and improved a great deal by being involved in the state volleyball program.

Program Payments

At training over the next week all players will be given a volleyball payment form. In our lead up to the Victorian schools cup all players will need to be registered, pay entry fees and pay for a uniform if they need one. Please contact Mr Thomas if the charge on your form is not correct. Check your team training time on the volleyball notice board and get training.

Congratulations to Sophie Paine, a member of our senior girls volleyball team who has been named as vice captain of the Australian Junior Women’s Volleyball Team. She will be representing Australia at the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur later in the year.


Important Dates

22nd April – Senior and Inter Northern Zone Volleyball

13th May – Senior VSSSA final

20th May – Inter VSSSA final

6th , 7th and 8th August - 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


A wonderful opportunity for only 6 - Year 9 students to be selected to join this exciting tour north.

Students from Years 9 to 12 may register interest with Mr Boyd who will then send you all particulars via email.

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


Students from all year levels are invited to be part of this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition.

Cost: $5 to the cashier

Due: by the end of April

Competition date: Thursday 5th August

Venue: The Library

Your Maths teacher will give you practice papers and help you prepare.

Ms Lyn Ivory, KLA Co-ordinator Mathematics


April is Autism Awareness Month.  Hear author, musician and artist Donna Williams talk about her life with autism. 
This is a free event.

Where: Eltham Library – Panther Place, Eltham
When: Wednesday 14 April 6.30pm-8.30pm

Bookings are essential: 9439 8700 ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com

Interested in Community volunteering in 2010?  There is a course available at the Living and Learning Centre Nillumbik.  Ring 9433 3744

Post Care Support, Information and Referral Program. Are you aged 16-21 years old?  Were you on either a custody or guardianship order on or after your 16th Birthday?  If so you could be eligible for post care, brokerage, information and referral.  Ring Berry Street on 9450 4700

Brendan Monigatti and Jenny Fowler


Middle School Homework Club will officially resume at the start of Term 2.  The sessions will take place on Wednesday at 3:15pm until 4pm in Room 105.  Each session will be fully supervised by a middle School Coordinator and caters for students who volunteer to come along for extra assistance or simply a set time to work quietly on school tasks.

Mr McCrystal on behalf of Middle School

Junior School Homework Club sessions will be advised in Term 2



Year 10 Work Experience

This year Work Experience is for one week only, May 24 – 28 (the seventh week of Term 2). Students should aim to gain a placement in a job/industry that they are considering for the future. Well done to all those who gained a placement during the holidays, the rest had of you need to get onto it immediately.

Careers Night

Every second year there is a Careers Night where ex-students and parents of current students 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 information to help them with their post-school decision-making.  This year it will be held on Wed. 16th June. If parents would like to volunteer, call me 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.

RMIT - Get Real Experience school holiday activities

Events designed to give you real insight into the world of science, engineering and health. All events are free and lunch will be provided.

Health and Medical Sciences - Audience: Years 10 and 11

Explore the diverse world of health and medical sciences through a series of hands-on workshops in biomedical science (anatomy), Chinese medicine, laboratory medicine, medical radiations, nursing and pharmaceutical science.

Date: Tuesday 29 June; Time: 10am - 4pm; Location: Bundoora campus (west). A free bus service will be provided from the City campus; Registrations close: 15 June

Electrical and Computer Engineering - Audience: Years 11 and 12

Engineering technologies have had a significant impact on modern society. Learn more through workshops in a broad range of areas from computer systems, networking and communications, through to electrical, biomedical and electronic engineering. Dates: Wednesday 30 June & Thursday 1 July (identical days); Time: 9.30am – 4pm; Location: City campus; Registrations close: Wednesday 16 June

Environmental Science and Engineering - Audience: Years 10 and 11

Discover more about environmental science and engineering through field work and interactive workshops in environmental engineering, environmental science, geospatial science and surveying. Date: Tuesday 6 July; Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm; Location: City campus; Registrations close: Tuesday 22 June

Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering - Audience: Yrs 11 & 12

Build your understanding of engineering through a series of hands-on workshops in aerospace, automotive, mechanical and mechatronics engineering. Date: Thursday 8 July; Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm; Location: Bundoora campus (east); Registrations close: Thursday 24 June

For more information and to register your place visit

www.rmit.edu.au/seh/experience. Places are limited.

Peter Goddard - Careers Teacher

agIdeas 2010 futures - Tuesday 27 April

For secondary school students, a Design Course Expo where tertiary college information booths provide details of design career options, followed by a two-hour presentation in which creative luminaries reveal the inside stories of their brilliant careers.  Eltham High School students, teachers and parents have been highly impressed by the past few year's AG IDEAS futures Expo. 

Any student hoping to make a career in Design or the Visual Arts should attend.  Speak to your teacher to collect information about the participating designers and artists or view the display in rooms 418 or 613.  If you are interested please pay the cashier $30 ASAP.

When: Tuesday 27 April, 4pm to 8.30pm
Hamer Hall, the Arts Centre

Linda McLeod


Welcome back everybody!  Term 2 is promising to be another busy one!

Rehearsals for the bands start again this week.  Intermediate Band is going on tour to Ballarat on the 27th and 28th April.  The Concert Band tour is in May.  Training Band had their first rehearsal on the last Thursday of term 1.  It was all we had expected ... those first notes of the 95 member group.

Their debut performance is also in May.  

All music students have received their Enrolment, Medical Permission and where applicable, the Instrument Hire Form.  Please ensure these are all returned to the music office asap.  Let's save a tree and not have to print out new ones!

If you have any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127


2010 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.


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. The holidays provide an ideal time for students to get their placement organised.

Your Rights at Work
Are you getting paid the right amount in your casual or part-time job? The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has a website that provides students with information about jobs and work experience. Go to www.worksite.actu.asn.au/ and click on ‘Your First Job’.


Career Expo’s

Two of these are coming up (relatively) soon:

The Age VCE and Careers Expo: 23 – 25 April, Caulfield Racecourse.

• The National Careers and Employment Expo: May 21 & 22 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


Surviving Your Adolescents

When: Thurs 13 & Thurs 20 May 2010 from 6.30-9.30pm

Where: Year 12 Study Centre – Montmorency Sec College

To register please contact Heather Douglas on 9422 1500



April 2010

Mon 12

Term 2    School resumes

Tues 13

Finance Committee Meeting 7:30pm

Wed 14

Sci Yr11 Biology Fieldwork

SoSE Yr 11 History Fieldwork to Holocaust Mus Elsternwick

Photoshop Basics Nillumbik L & L Room 418 7-9:30pm

Thurs 15

Sport VSSSA Swimming at MSAC

Yr 7 & 8 Student Progress Interviews 4-7pm

Fri 16

Sci VCE Enviro Sci Fieldwork to Powerworks Morwell

Tech – Yr 11 & 12 Tech TOP Designs at Melb Museum

Mon 19

SoSE Yr 8 Medieval Day at Montsalvat

HPE MS Rac & Req Boxercise – Shadow Boxer Eltham

Thurs 22

Transition Yr 7 2011 Information Night 7:30 in hall

Fri 23

Transition Open Morning – information & tours 9:30am-11:30am from the Library

April 26

Public Holiday for Anzac Day


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

Wanted in the Art department. . . . . .

old hardback novels to be used in a Yr 11 Art project. Also old shirts for smocks.  Please donate direct to the Art office.  Thank you

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


eNewsletter - to ensure your copy of the weekly Community Newsletter & other Special bulletins from the Principal register for the email version go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Parent Newsletter link and choose subscribe (follow the four steps)   more than 500 newsletters are sent each week!   Imagine the paper we’re saving!!!    Thank you

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


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.


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.

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


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.


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

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

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



The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites girls and boys interested in Cross Country running training sessions held at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5.00pm.  Free coaching is available.

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club will hold a Cross Country Trials & Registration Day on Saturday 17th April at Willinda Park, starting at 9.00am.

The First event on the Athletics Victoria calendar will be the Cross Country relays at Jells Park, Waverley on Saturday 1st May 2010.  Competition is conducted in the age categories Under 14, 16, 18, 20 and Open Age. 

For futher information check the website www.valleyaths.org or phone 0409 005 406.

Max Balchin (Diamond Valley Athletic Club)


Girls!  Looking for some fun?

Eltham Lacrosse Club is now seeking applications from girls to play U17’s lacrosse

Lacrosse is an exciting sport which provides fun and fitness and along with our professional coaching and friendly club atmosphere will give you a great outlet from the tensions of VCE.

Season Commences Sunday 11th April

Training Wednesday nights at 5pm

Eltham Lacrosse Club

2009 Club of the Year

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

Junior Director: Jai Arambatzis 0425 328 223

Secretary: Geoff Elliott elthamsec@lax.org.au