Term 2 Week 6    Tues 18th May 2010

 

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Principal’s Report

Monash University Drama Festival

I congratulate all members of the Drama Ensemble who performed at the Monash University Drama Festival on Monday, 17 May.  This is an annual event for our Drama students.  Feedback from the adjudicators has once again been outstandingly positive and they have congratulated our students on not just their performance but for the way that they have taken the overall leadership of the performance.  In congratulating the students, I also congratulate George Franklin for his guidance of our students.  Mr Franklin is passionate about this area of the curriculum and this is clearly evident through the way he encourages students to take on leadership roles and in the way that he ensures that they have every opportunity to perform to both local and wider audiences.  Once again, our students have represented our school community in an admirable way and I congratulate them for their effort.

VCE Mid Year Exams

I take this opportunity to wish all of our Year 12 students who are undertaking mid year exams in a range of studies all the very best for their preparation and we hope that they will achieve the outstanding results of which they are capable.  Similarly, I wish all of our Year 11 students the very best with their upcoming exams and emphasise that this is the time to put in every effort in preparation for these exams, ensuring that any issues are clarified and that they engage with the support that teachers are able to provide for them.

Information about the GAT is presented in a further section of this newsletter.  I strongly encourage all Year 11 and 12 students sitting the GAT to engage with the preparation process that has already been outlined to them.  If parents are aware of any areas that need to be clarified prior to this exam period, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Subschool Team who I am sure will be very happy to follow through with any concerns, requests or questions that you may have.

National Rock Eisteddfod Challenge 2010

Many of you may be aware that the National Rock Eisteddfod Challenge will not be running this year due to a lack of funding from both Government and corporate sponsors.  However, in place of it Eltham High School will be participating in a local showcase event that will allow students to express themselves in a new, friendly competition encompassing the overall concept of community spirit.  This year the performance will be based on the youth issue of ‘risk taking’.  Students have already been invited to be part of this initiative which will take place on 7 September at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds.  Our students will be performing alongside students from St Helena Secondary College and Diamond Valley College.  Further information about this event will appear in next week’s newsletter.  Once again, I thank Brooke Gannon for her commitment to the young people in our school and for taking on the responsibility for the organisation of this event once again.

Mid Year Music Concert

The Mid-Year Music Concert will take place on Friday, 28 May at the George Woods Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar.  The concert will start at 7:30pm and tickets are available from our Music Secretary, Jill Browne.  I extend a personal invitation to all members of our school community to this wonderful experience of music which will be performed by our larger bands and look forward to seeing you all there.

On Saturday, 29 May the Eltham High School Stage Band will be performing at the BMW Edge Centre at Federation Square.  This performance will be part of the Melbourne Youth Music Concert.  Tickets for this event are also available from Jill Browne.

Symphonic Band Tour of China

The organisation of the Symphonic Band’s tour to China is almost complete.  53 students will be travelling to China with six staff members, performing at various events and concerts in both Beijing and Shanghai.  I am certain that the experience of performing at the Great Wall of China will be overwhelming, but I am certain that our students will rise to the challenge and once again, represent our school and our community in an outstanding way.  The group will be in Shanghai during the Shanghai International Expo and students will be performing as part of this event.  During their time in Beijing our students will be involved in a workshop with a famous composer, Frank Ticheli.  This will provide a great opportunity not just for our students but also for our staff.  I am certain that this will be an experience of a lifetime for both students and staff and one which they will speak of for many years to come.  Many thanks to Meg George, Jill Browne, Ingrid Martin and all members of the Music Support Group for making this experience possible. We also thank Melbourne Airport who has provided $10 000 to pay for the special uniforms and the Australia China Business Council who connected us with Melbourne Airport.

 

Vincent Sicari, Principal

 

IMMUNISATION – Year 7 Girls

THURSDAY 20th MAY

This is a reminder that Year 7 Girls will receive the 2nd dose of the HPV Cervical Cancer immunisation. The immunisations will be given by Nillumbik Community Health Service during Period 1.

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.

 

VCE Information for the completion of Semester 1 studies- Examination & GAT

 

·  All students completing a Unit 3/4 subject(s) have received their VCE Exams Navigator booklet that provides important information in relation to the approved materials and equipment for the GAT, the VCE Year 12 Written examinations, the guidelines and rules. The General Achievement Test (GAT) is a three-hour test of general knowledge and skills in: written communication, mathematics, science and technology and humanities, the arts and social sciences. Students completing a Unit 3/4 study must attempt the GAT as the result plays an important part in a student’s final assessment for the VCE. Senior School Coordinators are currently facilitating GAT information sessions for students outlining the structure, format, sample content and past GAT examination papers.

·  VCE Unit 3 classes will finish on Monday 7th June, 2010 except for students who have Unit 3 examinations in the subjects of Biology; Physics; Accounting; Psychology; Chemistry and Environmental Science who have this day as a study day therefore will not be required at school.

·  Year 12 examinations are scheduled for: Tuesday 8th June - Biology, Physics and Accounting; Wednesday 9th June - Psychology, Chemistry and Environmental Science; Thursday 10th June - General Achievement Test between 10.00 am and 1.15 pm.

·  Students completing Unit 3/4 studies and the GAT must be identified via their student identification number. The number is to be recorded as the students will present at the examinations with this number. Students are informed that this information is available via the Senior School Office.

·  VCE Year 11 Unit 1 classes & Biology (Unit 2)  will finish on Friday 28th May, 2010 with examinations commencing on Monday 31st May, 2010. Examination timetables have been forwarded to students electronically and are also available via the EHS Intranet.

·  VCE Units 2 and 4 will commence on Tuesday 15th June, 2010.

Thank-you.

Senior School Coordinators

en00501_MUSICAL NOTES

This week the Concert Band are on 'tour' in the Geelong / Anglesea area.  This is a very important component of the music program, giving the students valuable and consistent playing time and the opportunity to perform to others.  We hope they have a great time!

Students have received information about the 'Mid Year Concert' including ticket order slips.  Tickets will be available from the music office from the 24th May.

If you have any queries about the concert on Friday 28th May at Yarra Valley Grammar School, please contact the music office on 9430 5127.

 

Jill Browne, Music Administration

 

SPORT SPORT SPORT

 

VSSSA Volleyball

On Thursday 13th May our senior boys and girls competed in the VSSSA volleyball finals at MSAC. Both teams won their competitions to be Victorian champions for 2010. The senior girls played teams from as far away as Mildura, Wonthaggi and Horsham but had to defeat local rivals Monbulk in the final game to win the title. The senior boys defeated Newcombe, Myrtleford and McKinnon in the pool games and played very strong volleyball in the final to defeat Monbulk.

The intermediate boys and girls have their state volleyball final on Thursday 20th May. A coaster bus will leave from the stadium car park at 7.45 am. Please return parent permission forms by Wednesday.

 

Knee Pads

Year 7 students and new students to the volleyball program have been given a pair of Mikasa knee pads.  If any other students require replacement knee pads or girls bike shorts they can be purchased from Mr Thomas in the P.E. office for $ 25.

 

Important Dates

20th May – Inter VSSSA final

6th , 7th and 8th August - Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

9th November  - Northern Zone volleyball for year 7 and 8.

25th November – Year 7 and 8 VSSSA final.

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

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.

 

CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS 2010

 

Congratulations to all students who ran hard in the house cross country last Friday. There were some great times and lots of close finishes.

 

House Points    1st         Rutter – 840

                        2nd        Everard – 800

                        3rd         Andrew – 620

                        4th         Stewart – 260

 

The first 5 placegetters are listed below and will represent the school at the northern zone on June 3.

 

13 Boys – Braydon Turner (11.52), Joel Clamp, Ben Nethercote, Jack Fitzgerald, William Bull.

14 Boys – Darcy Howe (15.22), Riley Williams, Daniel Notting, Tim Logan, Jai Croft

15 Boys – Josh Turner (13.00), Shaun McLachlan, Jesse Ball, Brayden Lewis

16 Boys -  Amos Fun (21.30), Tom Walker, Aidan Smith, Daniel Seymour, James White

17 Boys – Jack Burgess (28.20), Matt Bradshaw

13 Girls – Roberta Lynn (16.03), Kathleen O’Donnell, Romany Morgan, Jaimee Dawson, Morgana Eastman-Santi

14 Girls – Louise Alford (13.36), Jaimee Solar, Gabby Seymour, Jacqui Harrington, Jessie Black

15 Girls – Romy Stephens (16.45), Emily Voss, Ebony Santin, Amy Stirling

16 Girls – Tessa Mitchell (17.16), Alex Leffley, Sarah Lattimer

17 Girls – Hayley Pringle (17.16)

20 Girls – Kristine Alford (18.25), Zoe Girbau, Maddy Bennett, Melany Baker

 

Peter Nicholson

Sport Co-ordinator

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

May 2010

Wed 19

Music – Concert Band Camp Tour – Anglesea

Nillumbik Youth Summit

Sport – Year 7 Round Robin

Careers – Year 9 Try-a-Trade

Thur 20

Year 7 Girls – Immunisation

Science – Year 10 Extreme Science

Lote – Year 8 D, E, G & H – Zoo Trip

Music – Combined Band PS Workshop

Music – Concert Band Camp Tour - Anglesea

Fri 21

Lote – Year 8 A, B, C, F & J – Zoo Trip

OES – Year 12 Horse Riding Camp – Mansfield 21-23 May

Mon 24

Careers – Year 10 Work Experience – All Week

Year 9 Leadership Camp – All Week

Music – Recitals Unit 3

Tue 25

Arts – Year 12 VCD Design Forum – Top Designs

Sport – Year 8 Round Robin

 

 

RICHARD FRANKLAND VISITS

- YEAR 11 STUDENTS

 

“When you have art, you have voice, when you have voice, you have freedom, when you have freedom, you have obligation.”

 

These strong words, uttered by Richard Frankland to a sea of awe-struck year 11 students highlight the notion that we, as privileged students who have access to art, voice and freedom need to use what we have to help others less fortunate. Year 11 students of Eltham High School gathered in the hall on Thursday 29th April to witness an inspiring speech from Richard Frankland. Frankland, from the Gunditjmara tribe in south- west Victoria is a film director, poet, author, musician, TV director, investigator and one time politician. He spoke passionately about his life, family and experience as an investigator in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody between 1987 and 1991.

 

Although dressed casually, Frankland made his presence felt with expressive body language and a loud, passionate, confronting way of speaking. The Eltham High students (although most later admitted to finding Frankland a tad ‘scary’) were in awe and mesmerized by his passion and the respect he demanded. Frankland began his speech with a song ‘Angry Man’, stating “when I was born I wasn’t a citizen, the Constitution said so”. This introduction indicated that Frankland would definitely not be your average speaker. Frankland spoke of his white father teaching him right from wrong and the prejudice his black mother faced. He spoke of many of his siblings and cousins being taken away as children by the Welfare Department, and that some of those who ended up in jail came out full of hate.

 

Talking to peers afterwards I feel Frankland, although passionate and descriptive in his stories may have come on too strong and ‘scared away’ some people with his graphic recounting of the things he had seen. Personally, I enjoyed Frankland’s speech. I found it fascinating and informative. It was a rare opportunity to gain further insight into the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the life and work of Richard Frankland. This will prove invaluable as we are studying Frankland’s films closely in year 11 English.

 

The winner of 40 film awards worldwide and TV director of Blue Heelers has said that he does not want to be labelled a ‘black director’, but just ‘a director’. He is a strong advocate for the prevention of racism against people of non-Caucasian ethnicity, but also does not believe in ‘reverse racism’, that is, negative behaviour back towards white people. Frankland believes in equality for all and even though “it would be so easy to hate” the white people that have caused so much pain for himself, his family and his people, he acknowledges that “the second I started to return hate with hate, I was diminished.”

 

Stone Bros, released in 2009 was Frankland’s first full length feature film. One of Frankland’s short films, No Way To Forget (1996) was the first film by an indigenous director to win and AFI award (best screenplay).

 

Frankland’s speech to our Eltham High students used many techniques such as audience participation (involving a heartfelt story of children he met in the Middle East) and song to project his message of equality. We thank Richard Frankland for taking the time to come to our school and providing us with such an inspiring and thought-provoking speech.

 

Jessica Allen 11E

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canteen Roster

May 2010

Wed 19

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Thurs 20

Danielle Ashby, VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

Fri 21

Jenny Alford, Kerrie Stringer, Matthew Watts

Mon 24

Julia Catana, Terri Bayliss

Tues 25

Margaret Hilton, Joanne Munro

Note that more volunteers are required for various dates in June.  Please contact Gael to assist.

 Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Parenting Workshop – for your teenagers.

FREE workshop

Tuesday 18th May 7.30pm Diamond Valley Learning Centre

Bookings Essential on 9435 9060

 ** See flyer for more details – avail with online newsletter

 

Scope – IT’S “SEE THE PERSON WEEK”

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.

Student Exchange – Australia New Zealand

 

Bring home a brother or a sister.

In June-July 2010, students, aged 15 – 18 years, from over 15 countries will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 3, 5 or 10 months.  Opportunities exist to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity.  Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis. 

 

Host families help provide our students with the chance to study and experience life in Australia.  This is a great way to learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.  If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. 

 

To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand

 on 1300 135 331 or visit our website: www.studentexchange.org.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.

 

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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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS/ NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

BRING HOME A BROTHER OR A SISTER                              SEA AUST-NZ Logo Black+white

 

In June-July 2010, students, aged 15 – 18 years, from over 15 countries will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 3, 5 or 10 months.  Opportunities exist to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity.  Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis. 

 

Host families help provide our students with the chance to study and experience life in Australia.  This is a great way to learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.  If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. 

 

To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand

 on 1300 135 331 or visit our website: www.studentexchange.org.au