Term 2 Week 5    Tues 11th May 2010

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Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

I wish to congratulate Dean Schulz (Year 12) and Adam Witbooi (Year 9) who have auditioned and been selected as solo vocalists in the 2010 Victorian State Schools’ Spectacular.  Joining the chorus is the Premier Performing Arts Unit of the Department of Early Education & Childhood Development and students are auditioned from Government schools throughout Victoria.  The State Schools Spectacular is currently rehearsing for performances at Hisense Arena on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 September 2010.  The Spectacular will showcase over 3,000 Victorian Government school students in a performance of music, song and dance in a three hour theatrical spectacular.  Both Dean and Adam have now committed to a regular rehearsal regime during terms 2 and 3, which is an outstanding display of personal self-discipline.  It is wonderful to see that two of our students have been recognised for their skill and talent, and we look forward to an outstanding performance at the State Schools’ Spectacular. 

Congratulations to Felicity Hall of Year 10 who on Saturday 8 May 2010 was presented with her Australian Scout Medallion award at a ceremony held at Tintern Girls Grammar School.  The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award achievable in the Scouts section of Scouts Australia.  Only 1 in 500 children who join Scouts achieve this level, and Felicity was one of only 50 Scouts throughout Victoria who achieved this in 2009.  Felicity completed Campcraft, Citizenship, Construction, Emergency and Scout Leadership courses and activities to qualify for this prestigious award.  These skills and competencies are clearly aligned with our school values and the deeds that count and it’s great to see Felicity being recognised for her demonstration of these outside of the school environment.  An outstanding ambassador! Well done Felicity!

Furthermore, I congratulate Stephanie Harrington and Cassie Stockton, both of Year 9, who have been selected as members of the School Sports Victoria 2010 Girls’ Under 16 Volleyball Team.  Similarly, I congratulate Perry Mitchell, Andrew Hague and Luke Brisbane, all of Year 9, who have been selected as members of the School Sport Victoria 2010 Boys’ Under 16 Volleyball team.  These teams will compete in the annual School Sports Australia event which will be held this year in Canberra.  It is expected that teams from each State and Territory will be represented.  School Sport Australia emphasises such championships are more than purely a sporting competition, with educational, social and cultural experiences being provided.  These five students join a large group of Eltham High School students who have been selected to represent our School and our State in State and National competitions.  In congratulating them, I also would like to acknowledge the coaches who have supported these young people to develop in their skill and passion for the sport.

I congratulate Alicia Wilson, Amy Sutton and Lisa Burgess of Year 9 and Romany Morgan of Year 8, members of the Eltham High School Equestrian Team, who recently participated in an inter-school sports equestrian championship.  Our team was one of the top six teams in the competition and were recognised through an award.  Each of the girls also needs to be congratulated for their individual effort.  Further information on how each student graded is provided in a subsequent section of this Newsletter.  Once again, a big congratulations to the girls and the Team and we look forward to some further exceptional results as they continue to perform in upcoming competitions.

Irrespective of the area of participation, I wish to reiterate that our students represent us in an admirable way amongst our local, national and international communities.  I congratulate each and every one of them for their commitment, hard work and dedication to our school.


You would be aware of the information that has been publicised through the local and daily media in relation to the implementation of the NAPLAN tests for 2010.  The moratorium on the implementation of these tests has been lifted and the tests will be implemented as expected within our school.  Tests will begin today and will continue until Thursday of this week.  All students in years 7 and 9, with the exception of those who have been withdrawn by their parents or who qualify for an exemption, will take part in these tests.  The results of the tests will then be provided to the School and forwarded to parents once they become available.

Mid-Year Music Concert

I personally wish to extend an invitation to all members of our School community to make sure that our mid-year music concert is added to your calendar.  The concert will take place on Friday, 28 May at the George Woods Performing Arts Centre at Yarra Valley Grammar, starting at 7:30pm.  Tickets can be arranged through our Music Office.  Please ring Jill Browne on 9430 5127.  This is a fantastic night which highlights the talent and skills of all the students involved in the major bands, as well as highlighting the talents of our instrumental music staff.  You can be assured that this evening will be one of great entertainment and lots of fun. 

Eltham High School Sister School Relationship

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting a representative from our sister school, Malacca High School, in Malaysia.  Mr Muhommed Han Hassan spent the entire week in our school, visiting classrooms and speaking with students and teachers about the learning that goes on in our school.  At the end of the week I met with Mr Hassan and had a conversation with him relating to how our two schools can work together in support of both schools’ improvement agenda.  We identified three areas that may provide an opportunity for us to engage in collaborative programs.  These include the areas of ICT, Sport and Music.  The values that clearly align for both our schools are those of the pursuit of excellence, and the provision and support of student leadership.  We will certainly be keen to engage in an ongoing partnership with Malacca High School, focusing on the areas that we identified and supporting the values that are common to our two schools.  Mr Hasan returned to Malaysia and his school on last Saturday and I am certain that we will hear from him and his Principal in the near future.  I wish to thank Mrs Pompa Brady and Ms Jenny Fowler who both accepted Mr Hasan into their homes through the home-stay arrangement, and in particular Mrs Pompa Brady for ensuring that the Program that was conducted at school was well planned and easily implemented.  I look forward to a sustainable relationship with Malacca High School.

Notes of Condolences

On behalf of the Eltham High School community I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Helen O’Meara and her family on the recent loss of her father, Frank.  Similarly, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the Lobosco Family for the recent loss of Richard, father of John in Year 10.  Our thoughts are with both families at this very difficult time.


Vincent Sicari, Principal


In 2006 the School joined a Government initiative called the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP).  This was to look at and act upon areas where water efficiencies could occur.  An audit was conducted on all taps and toilets throughout the School and a range of recommendations were made that would lead to reduced water usage.  Initially changes were made to water flow valves. 

The success of the SWEP allowed the School to become an early and successful applicant for the Federal Government’s Community Water Grants (CWG).  Applications were made by both the School and Eltham Basketball Club to obtain water grants.  The drivers for the applications were Gordon Williamson who did a significant amount of background and leg work for the two successful applications and Bruce Martyn who also managed the work in the field.   The CWG allowed for the installation of water tanks at a number of places around the School for toilet flushing and also for watering gardens.

Last week representatives from Yarra Valley Water advised the School of the success of our water reductions over the past four years.  These savings have been much higher than originally expected.  Water reductions have been significant, with over 750,000 litres of water saved each year by implementing these strategies.  This is the equivalent of saving 4 households’ water each year.  The School has truly engaged in and demonstrated our social and environmental responsibility with the success of saving this precious resource.

An article will also appear in this week’s Diamond Valley Leader paper.



May 2010

Wed 12

Year 7 & 9 Naplan Tests

Thur 13

Year 7 & 9 Naplan Tests

Fri 14

Sport  - Cross Country for All Year 7 & 8 students and individuals from Year 9-12

Mon 17

Music – Concert band Tour (17-20 May)

Lote – MS - Indonesian Film & Lunch

Tue 18

Careers – Working Community Try-a-Trade

Science – MS Bio Tech (yr 10) & Bio fieldwork (yr 10)






Last Thursday saw our Jazz students perform at Dizzy's Jazz Club in Richmond.  The venue was packed and the music was fantastic.  Thankyou to conductors Ed Fairlie and Aaron Vreulink, Monty Mackenzie for filling in on the saxophone and the 'music' staff for an entertaining couple of numbers!

Next week we have the Concert Band travelling to the Geelong region for their tour. Recitals for the senior students are also on the list of upcoming 'events'.

A reminder to mark the Mid Year Concert on your calendars for Friday 28th May - all large ensembles are involved.

Training Band ... a uniform reminder ... especially the boys ... you must visit Gibsons City and Surf for a fitting / purchase of your band shirt.  This must be done this week.

Any queries, contact the Music Office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Administration





Congratulations to Daniel Seymour and Kyal Baart on their victories in the northern zone golf at the Growling Frog course last week. Daniel took out the senior boys event and Kyal won the junior boys section of the tournament. Good luck at the state championships boys!!!! Special thanks to Mr. Seymour for organising and coaching the team.


Peter Nicholson

Sport Co-ordinator



The house cross country will be run on Friday May 14 during periods 3 and 4.  All year 7 and 8 students will compete along with competitors only from Middle School and VCE. Middle School and VCE classes will run as per normal. Any Middle School or VCE student wishing to compete needs to sign up with Mr Nicholson in the PE office by Thursday May 13. No Middle School or VCE students will be able to sign up on the day of the race.  All competitors must be changed into running gear for the race. Course maps will be posted up around the school.


Peter Nicholson


Thursday night Volleyball

There will not be any games this Thursday as senior students and I will be at the VSSSA state volleyball finals. Spikezone will still be run for Primary school kids starting at 4.10 pm.


Nationals Celebration

Keep Friday 14th May at lunchtime free. On Friday we invite all volley-ballers to a special get together where we will celebrate last years Australian schools cup competition. Team photos will be given out and video highlights will be shown. New players will be welcomed. This will be held in the hall at lunchtime.





Senior VSSSA Volleyball

On Thursday 13th May our senior boys and girls will be competing in the VSSSA volleyball finals at MSAC. A coaster bus will leave from the stadium car park at 7.45 am. Please return parent permission forms by Wednesday.


Australian Junior Women’s Volleyball Team

On Monday evening I was invited to the uniform presentation for this year’s Aus junior women’s volleyball team. I was delighted to be able to present Sophie Paine with her uniform. Sophie started playing volleyball when she entered year 7 at Eltham High and due to her hard work has been named Vice Captain on this Australian team is are competing in the Asian championships in Malaysia this week.


Important Dates

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

Volleyball Coordinator




Congratulations to the Eltham High Equestrian Team (Alicia Wilson, Y9, Amy Sutton, Y9, Lisa Burgess, Y9 and Romany Morgan, Y8) who rode very well at the Interschool Sports Equestrian Championships over the weekend. Awards are presented to the top 6 teams in the competition and Eltham High came 6th.  There were 72 teams competing from all over the state. This is a huge achievement at such a prestigious event, particularly bearing in mind that this was their first team event. In their separate grades, the girls came, 1st  (Romany), 5th (Alicia) 7th (Amy) and 22nd (Lisa). Romany Morgan did particularly well, winning both the Dressage and Show Jumping events in her grade and achieved the top dressage score for the competition out of 300 riders.


Sarah Hammond

Canteen Roster

May 2010

Wed 12

Julie Temple, Greer Harvey

Thurs 13


Fri 14

Robyn Bulman, Kylie O’Reilly, Jenny Vasiliadis

Mon 17

Michelle Chequer, Jenny Reeves

Tues 18

Rhonda Steele, Susie Carr

Note to current volunteers that there is an incorrect date (not days) on your roster for the first week in June J

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.


Year 10 Work Experience, May 24 – 28

Thanks to the students who handed their WE form in by the due date which was yesterday, Monday, May 10.

Unfortunately there are a large number of students who haven’t yet submitted their forms. I will still accept them up to Wednesday 19th May but handing forms in late demonstrates poor organisational skills and a lack of consideration for others as there is limited time for me to process them.


Year 9 Work Experience Preparation

Year 9 students will be on camp for three days and at school for two when the Year 10’s are doing Work Experience. On one of the school days the students will do some preparation for work experience. They will also be given the opportunity to apply for a Tax File Number. In order to do this they need parental permission and birth certificate details – the relevant form will be distributed this week. Students need to bring this form to school on their Work Experience preparation day – either Tues. 25th of Thurs. 27th May.


Computer Games Boot Camp!

Year 9-12’s have the opportunity to attend a computer games boot camp, a seven day event on everything connected to computer games. Interested in becoming a professional gamer, building and designing games or simply playing games? Then this is for you. When: 3-9 July; Where: Monash Uni, Clayton; Cost: Free; Info/reg’n: www.infotech.monash.edu.au/promotion/games-boot-camp/.


‘AT MONASH’ Series of seminars

This series (highlighted in the last newsletter) provides an opportunity to hear from staff, current students and graduates. Dates/Topics in May: 11th Pharmacy; 12th Architecture; 17th Occupational Therapy; 19th Business and Economics; 20th Engineering; 25th Science. Seminars in June are:

·         1 June Information Technology, Caulfield campus

·         2 June Law, Caulfield

·         3 June Health Sciences & Social Work, Caulfield

·         9 June Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedics, Peninsula

·         16 June Medicine, Biomedical Science, Radiography, Nutrition & Dietetics, Clayton

·         22 June Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Clayton

·         23 June Design, Fine Art and Multimedia, Caulfield

·         25 Aug Pathways programs - Monash College & Diploma of Tertiary Studies, Clayton.

All commence at 6.30pm; Bookings: www.monash.edu.au/atmonash.


William Angliss Institute Mid-Year Expo

William Angliss is a specialist Centre for Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts that offers modern training facilities ensuring that practical skills are learnt in the most realistic workplace environment. Students train right next to some of Australia’s best hospitality and tourism operations. Courses are offered in hospitality, business, tourism, travel, events, entertainment operations, resort management, cookery and patisserie, food processing, baking, meat processing, confectionery manufacture and food science and technology. Mid-Year Expo: When: 5-7pm, Thurs 20 May; Where: William Angliss Conference Centre, Level 5, Building A, 555 La Trobe St, Melb. Find out about courses, have a campus tour, talk to staff about career options. Info: www.angliss.edu.au


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 Wednesday 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.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher


Rock 2 Reef 2010 - Central Australia and Tropical North Queensland Tour


A meeting for Parents/Students/Teachers and the Tour Operators is arranged for Tuesday 18th May at 7.30pm in Room 107.  This is an opportunity to meet staff and students and parents of those students attending; get a briefing on the tour and discuss how students will be managed and ask questions – ie. what to bring/not bring etc.

Hope to see you there.  Please let me know if you can't make it so I can forward information on.

Phil Boyd

Tour Organiser 

Contact:- bod@elthamhs.vic.edu.au




All Junior, Middle & Senior School absences can now be reported to 9430 5299

(designated answering service).

Please advise:- name of child, year level, reason for absence and length of absence.


Have you changed your contact details?

Please notify Ms Cathy Cukier of any changes you have made ASAP Contact 9430 5113 or cuk@elthamhs.vic.edu.au



On Friday 30th May, VCE art students were involved in an excursion to the Top Arts Exhibition. This gave students an opportunity to view high achieving student folios from the previous year. Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to come along. Kristin Polgaze, Kerry Kaskamanidis and Kim Knowles, and to student teacher Deirdre Greene.

Below are some excepts from student reviews.

“The exhibition has encouraged me to explore a range of materials and work with them to develop a theme and really look outside the box. I also thought I should explore less realistic work and attempt abstract and exploratory art…The artworks left me wanting to know more and hear the whole story behind the piece.” Hannah Beattie


“I came away from the exhibition feeling completely in awe of the work that these students produced and at the same time itching to get home to work on my folio.”  Rikki Shakespeare


Jane Thomas, Louise Heathcote and Panayiota Gogos



Students in year 11 had the privilege of Kristen Polglaze, visiting artist coming to take oil painting workshops. Students learnt how to apply and use oil paint and produced a still life painting, which will be on display at the Arts and Technology Exhibition.

Panayiota Gogos and Jane Thomas



 Parents, teachers and VCE students are invited to view life drawings produced by VCE art students from life drawing classes. ON This Friday 14th May. 3:30 - 5:30pm Nibbles provided.

Panayiota Gogos and Jane Thomas

Diamond Valley College Buses

Students from Eltham High School can use the DV College buses provided that space is available and that the appropriate application has been submitted to Eltham High School and that approval has been given by DV College.  Applications are for a Semester basis and travellers should now complete the application form.  Forms are available from the General Office or by going to http://www.dvallcoll.vic.edu.au/index.php?section=bus


Travellers please note that the no DVC buses will be running on Friday 11th June as this a student free report writing day at both Diamond Valley College and also at Eltham High School.




ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS are now available from the General Office.  You can make thousands of dollars of savings at restaurants, accommodation and on leisure activities and there is also a discount opportunity for Coles supermarkets.  Purchase price is $65.


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



17-21 May


Imagine if we saw the person, not the disability.


That means that instead of concentrating on what a person might not be able to do, we could see their talent and their potential.  We’d see that they’re just like everyone else.


Just look at “Rudely Interrupted”, one of Australia’s coolest rock bands.  They’ve toured the world, played for United Nations, and you may have even heard them on the radio.


Five out of the six band members are living with a disability, and they make music that’s so good you can download it from iTunes!


“Rudely Interrupted” are proof that we shouldn’t underestimate people because they have a disability.  We should see them as rock stars they are.  And most importantly, as people just like you and me.


Wristbands are available in the Staff Room for $2.


All proceeds go towards helping people with disabilities reach their full potential.



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



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 5111    Kathleen Hannan, Business Manager


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