Term 2 Week 7    Tues 25th May 2010

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Principal’s Report

Outstanding Service to Government School Education

I wish to congratulate the seven members of staff who at the most recent Education Excellence Awards were recognised for the years of service to government school education.  Trevor Jenkins, Warren McCullough and Dianne Pollard received awards for 40 years of service.  Jeanette Carter, Jenny Choong, Peter Goddard, and Michael Pagon all received awards for 35 years of service.  This has been an outstanding commitment by these talented educators and I take this opportunity not only to acknowledge their commitment, but to congratulate them for having achieved such a remarkable milestone in their careers.  In accumulating their years of service, these seven people contributed in total 260 years of service to the government schools system; 131 of which have been contributed to the education of students at Eltham High School.  There are many past students of Eltham and other schools who have over the years been influenced and supported by the expertise, skill and knowledge of these people.  In congratulating them, I also thank them for what they have brought to the system and for the doors that they have opened for the young people in their care.

Year 10 Work Experience and Year 9 Leadership Camp

Year 10 students are involved in the Work Experience Program throughout his week. It is amazing to see the range of jobs that students will experience across the fields of Health, Journalism, Education, Technology, Architecture, Construction and Retail to name a few. I am certain that they will have a great time and look forward to hearing about their experience on their return. I take this opportunity to thank all the parents, family members and friends who have supported the students with the organisation of their placements, as well as the staff who are supporting this Program with site visits and phone calls. In particular I wish to thank Mr Peter Goddard for his hard work in organising this initiative and for supporting students through the process.

Simultaneously our Year 9 students are involved in the Leadership Program which includes participation in the leadership camp as well as the leadership initiative run with the support of the Reach Foundation. I am certain that students will not only have a great time, but develop further a range of skills which will benefit their ongoing development. I wish to acknowledge the work of the Middle School Team under the leadership of Mrs Brenda Kline for their organisation of this Program. Furthermore, I thank all the staff that are supporting this through their individual participation or by taking replacement classes to ensure the success of the program.

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Workshops (ATSE)

Last Thursday, six Year 10 students attended the annual ATSE Year 10 student workshops which celebrate the work of some of Australia’s most eminent technical scientists.  These students, Lochlan McKecknie, Alyce Jenkins, Maddie Dawson, Cal Walker, Zoe Gerardson and Pam Vivado heard from scientists such as Dr John Boldeman, who established the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, hearing implant technologies director, Dr John Parker and the team of


Australian scientists responsible for wireless network technology (WLAN).  These scientists and others are the recipients of this year’s Clunies Ross ASTE awards, the most prestigious awards of their kind in Australia.  Our students attended seminars and workshops that allowed them to become familiar with a number of Australian cutting edge technologies across the medical, mining and communication fields.

All of our students made good use of their thinking and problem solving skills during the workshops, with Pam Vivado winning a special award for her successful efforts.  Our students are to be commended on their enthusiastic approach to this event, and we look forward to hearing more about their experiences once they return from their work experience placement.  In congratulating Pam and the other students on their efforts, I also wish to congratulate and thank Mrs Therese Sweeney for her organisation of this wonderful opportunity for our students.

VSSSA Volleyball

I wish to congratulate all members of both the senior and intermediate boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams who achieved outstanding results in the recent VSSSA State Volleyball final.  Out of four competitions our teams brought home three winning banners and a runners-up.  In congratulating the students, I wish to also congratulate and thank all their coaches for the support they provide for these young people to excel in their sport.  A more detailed report on our students’ achievements can be found in a later section of this newsletter.

Music News

Congratulations to all members of the Flute Ensemble for their outstanding achievement at the 17th Annual Flute Ensemble Competition, held last Sunday.  The students performed with great passion and emotion and their performance was acknowledged by them receiving 1st place.  In congratulating the students I wish to commend the work of Carol Galea, their conductor, and thank her for the support and encouragement that she has provided to this group of students to achieve such high accolades.  Further information on the group’s performance can be found in a further section of this newsletter.

Acknowledgement of Former Student Achievement

Congratulations to Gareth Openshaw, a former student who having been awarded the Pre‑Apprentice of the Year award, has now also been awarded the Apprentice of the Year Award from the Victorian Furniture Industry.  During his time at Eltham High School, Gareth showed great interest in the area of wood technology and became very involved in the study of design and technology wood in his senior years.  Gareth was also involved in other areas of the school, including the Music Program.  We acknowledge his achievement and once again, congratulate him.


Vincent Sicari, Principal



MUSIC – Flute Ensemble


To connect head, heart and soul, and take us on a journey of the senses, that’s what music is about.

On Sunday 23rd of May, the Eltham High Flute Ensemble entered the 17th Annual Flute Ensemble Competition.  It was very exciting to have an opportunity to not only share our music with other schools, but to listen to such a wide range of other ensembles.  With this in mind we waited around Fintona Girls’ performing hall anxiously, listening to all the other entrants before us; lucky last, we got up on stage.  The resonance and passion within our sound filled the reverberant hall along with the ears and hearts of the adjudicators and audience members.  Playing the delicate Cornish folk song I’ll Love My Love – Gustav Holst alongside the bouncy, early jazz styled ragtime FdQ Rag – Alexander Hanselmann, was yet another beautifully contrasting set chosen by our teacher and conductor Carol Galea.  As we walked off stage filled with adrenalin, emotion and satisfaction, we had photos taken and packed up ready to hear the results.

The adjudicators wrote:

“You transported us away from here to your Cornish land and that was very engaging”  Something that was very exciting to hear. This was made even more exciting as the adjudicators announced Eltham High School First place!

Congratulations Flutties!

A big thank you to Carol Galea – EHS Flute teacher and amazing support to all the girls in the ensemble, and of course to all the parents and friends who came to support.


Annie Rose Armour – Flute section leader, year 12



This term has seen a rise in valuables (personal & monetory) being brought to school and sometimes going missing.  Some of these items are fortunate to be handed in to the school office by fellow students and staff but many are reported missing by their owners.


We remind everyone that the school is not responsible for the safety of your personal belongings and suggest that students do not bring valuable items to school such as mobile phones, ipods & other items of personal value.


Students are responsible for safe protection of any valuable items.



The big news for this week is the MID YEAR CONCERT...this Friday starting 7.30pm [students to arrive by 7pm] at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Rd. Ringwood.  All our large ensembles will be performing, and of course, its the debut performance for this year's Training Band.  It is allocated seating - tickets available from the music office.

Last week the members of our concert band arrived back Wednesday afternoon after a very busy schedule of performances in the Geelong area.  Congratulations to the students on their excellent behaviour and the staff on their care and supervision over the three days.


Jill Browne, Music Administration 9430 5127.




VSSSA Volleyball

On Thursday 20th May our intermediate boys and girls competed in the VSSSA state volleyball final at MSAC. The boys won games against Dandenong, Wodonga and Horsham in their pool games and then won a close one against Bendigo Southeast in the crossover. In the final Monbulk won the first set. But Eltham went on the win the match 2 sets to one in a thriller. Thanks to Ms Traeger and Dan Simpson for donating their time to come along and help coach the boys.  The intermediate boys Victorian champions for 2010 are Daniel Seymour, Darcy Sharples, Phoenix Goozee, Joel Henderson, Dean Carroll, Billy Glasgow, Scott Coleman, Julian Crisi and Mitch Logan.


The girls were runners up to Monbulk on the day.  In their earlier pool games they defeated McKinnon, Wodonga and Horsham.  They won a close one against Wonthaggi to progress to the grand final but finished runners up after a big day of volleyball. Thanks to Ms Pascoe for coaching the girls.


Australia vs Canada Volleyball

On Friday July 2nd and Saturday July 3rd, Volleyball Victoria are hosting an international men’s match between Australia and Canada.  Adult tickets are $20.  Under 17 tickets are $15

If you would like to order tickets you can pick up a ticket order form from the PE office.


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

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




Students interested in attending the Kevin Sheedy footy camp from June 28 to July 1 should visit www.australiansportscamps.com.au for further info.



Students interested in attending a netball camp from June 30 to July 2 should visit www.australiansportscamps.com.au for further info.



Students interested in attending  a hockey camp from June 30 to July 2 should visit www.australiansportscamps.com.au for further info.



Sport co-ordinator


2010 All Schools Cross Country Championships Jamie Solar, Caitlin McGregor, Gabby Seymour and Louise Alford formed an Under 16 Girls team to represent Eltham High School at the 2010 All Schools Cross Country Championships. The Cross Country relays were held at Jells Park on Saturday 22nd May. The EHS team finished in fourth place in a very competitive field with all members of the team recording good times for their 3km legs. Louise Alford recorded the third fastest time for the 3km in her age group with a run of 11:08.


The EHS GU16 team: (L to R) Gabby Seymour, Louise Alford, Jamie Solar and Caitlin McGregor at Jells Park after their run.


2010 All Schools Road Relays

The 2010 All Schools Road Relays will be held at Albert Park on Saturday 5th June. The Road relays program features 4x2km races for Girls and Boys Under 14 & 16 and 4x3km for Boys and Girls U18 and U20. The first event, the Under 14s, begins at 10:00am and the final event, the Under 20s, begins at 12:40pm. Any student interested in taking part in this event should contact Mr Seymour at the Junior School Office or call Max Balchin on 0409005406 by Thursday this week at the latest.



EHS students interested in training for Cross Country are invited to join in with the training group at the Diamond Valley Athletic Club on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The training sessions are held at Willinda Park and commence at 5:00pm. Contact Max Balchin on 0409005406 for further information.


The Grounds Committee has scheduled the second Working Bee for the term on Sunday 6th June from 9.00am – 12.30pm with both morning tea and barbeque lunch provided.  As usual we have a solid mix of tasks which will no doubt enhance the environs of the school.  If attending on the day please park your vehicle on the hardcourts adjacent to the library and follow the directional signage to the canteen courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned a task.  It is hoped over the next few days I will make contact by telephone with those parents who have nominated the 6th of June as their preferred volunteer date for 2010 so that I can obtain some feedback on preferred tasks.  As the date looms closer for the new building programme it has been a focus to reclaim some of the infrastructure like fencing which is inside the development site and so these tasks have been put of recent Working Bees.  The following tasks have been identified as priorities for the June Working Bee.


1.     Removal of a further 20 metres of post and pipe fencing in the courtyard complex.

2.     Relocation of some Lomandras adjacent to the Hall.

3.     Pruning of the garden complex on the North side of the 400’s block.

4.     Planting of 100 plus indigenous plants in the environmental complex at the end of the tennis courts.  They then need to be guarded and the area mulched.

5.     A major weed, tidy up and mulch on the Western boundary.

6.     Further planning on the Western end of the 400’s block

7.     Sweeping adjacent to the Stadium complex as well as the courtyard precincts.

8.     Mowing and brushcutting in a variety of locations.

9.     Pruning of the Callistemon hedge adjacent to the 700’s block.

10.  3 seats removed at the last Working Bee need to be repositioned for students on the back oval.


Looking forward to your anticipated support on Sun 6th June.


John Coates for the Grounds Committee


Canteen Roster

May/June 2010

Wed 26

Susan Liistro, Ruth Robinson

Thurs 27

Jane Woollard, Joanne Kersteren

Fri 28

Craig Lacey, Sally Wadham, Rachel Anderson

Mon 31

Christine Farrugia, Wendy Dixon

Tues 1

Ruth Glynatsis, Gillian Goldsworthy

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.




May/June 2010

Wed 26

Careers – Year 10 Work Experience

Year 9 – Leadership Camp

Thur 27

Sport – Zone Metro Athletics (Meadow Glen)

Careers – Year 10 Work Experience

Year 9 – Leadership Camp

Fri 28

Year 11 – Last Day Unit 1 classes

Sport – Senior Boys Football & Soccer Qtr Finals

Careers – Year 10 Work Experience

Year 9 – Leadership Camp

Sat 29

Music – Stage Band MYM Concert

Mon 31

Unit 1 EXAMS & SAC Week

MS Rac & Req – Squash

Tue 1

Unit 1 EXAMS & SAC Week

Sport – Intermediate Round Robin



Wed 2

Unit 1 EXAMS & SAC Week

Science – MS Earth & Stars Fieldwork

Arts – VCE Drama Theatre

Thur 3

Unit 1 EXAMS & SAC Week

LOTE – Crepe Man Visit

Fri 4

Unit 1 EXAMS & SAC Week

HPE – MS Rac & Req - Squash

Mon 7

Unit 1 EXAMS

Senior School Study Day - mid-year Unit 3 exams

Music – Performance Choir

HPE – MS Rac&Req – Squash

Tue 8



Reminder to all families that payments and notices for all excursions are due back to school at least 2 days prior to the event.




Deakin University event for Year 10’s

Deakin invites Year 10 students and families to an information evening to help you prepare for selecting VCE subjects and to provide information about courses and careers. Hear from people working in a range of professions and industries regarding career opportunities, faculty representatives and Deakin students discussing their university experience. When: evening of Thurs 10 June; Where: Melbourne (Burwood) and Geelong Waterfront campuses; Info/registration: www.deakin.edu.au/year10


Going to sit the UMAT?

If you in Year 12 and plan to sit for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test this year you must register to do so by 5pm (AEST) on Friday 4 June. (Registration is possible till 5pm on 18 June on payment of an additional $55 late fee). Test date is Wednesday 28 July 2010. See: http://umat.acer.edu.au


Library and information industry careers

RMIT is holding an information session for secondary students interested in careers in information management, content management, electronic publishing support, knowledge management and libraries. When: 5.30-7pm, Tues 25 May; Where: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria, cnr La Trobe and Swanston Sts; Info: Dr Bonna Jones, 9925 5791.


Apprenticeship news

Do you know that part-time apprenticeships are now allowed for apprentices who have left school? That under Tools For Your Trade, a total apprenticeship allowance for many trades, paid throughout an apprenticeship, is $3,800? That progression points (competency based) allow an apprentice to complete in less than four years (except electrical and plumbing where four years is legislated)? Under consideration is the possibility of apprenticeships moving from Cert III to Cert IV. For more info see: http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.  


Experience engineering before going to uni

RMIT is running ‘Experience Engineering’ in the holidays. Attend and you receive a gift bag from Dimension Data (sponsors) along with a 4 gig USB stick! You will also have a chance of winning an Ipod! Learn about iRobots, digital film, high voltage, radio bugs, micro-technology and satellite dishes on your roof. When: 9.30am-4pm, Wed 30 June OR Thurs 1 July; Where: RMIT School of Electrical and Computer Eng, Building 10; Contact: Ph 9925 2090. Register: Online at www.rmit.edu.au/seh/experience; Cost: Free (+lunch).


Games design competition

Imagine, design and create the ultimate arcade game! This competition is free to enter, open to individuals and teams of up to three, open to all secondary school students in Australia. 1st prize: $2,500 cash; 2nd prize: $1,000; 3rd prize: $500. Winners will be announced at Swinburne’s Open Day, Sun 15 August at Hawthorn campus. How to enter: (1) Fill in the online registration form; (2) Imagine, design and create your game using the SwinGame SDK; (3) Submit the deliverables by 5.30pm on Friday 6 August 2010. See: www.swingame.com.  


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher


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

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.




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


Do you have old mobile phones you don't know what to do with? They can be recycled, which is good for the environment, and they can help raise money to build specialised Youth Cancer Centres. It's easy. Just drop your old phone off (minus the sim card to protect your privacy) at the EHS Office by Friday June 24th and they will be donated to CanTeen and forwarded to youcan.org.au


CanTeen is the Australian organisation that supports young people aged 12-24 who are touched by cancer. (You may have heard of Bandanna Day)They may be a patient themselves, a sibling, a child of a cancer sufferer or a bereaved member. Through a wide program of activities and camps CanTeen encourages young people to share their experiences, make friends and have fun. Our family found it to be a great support for Claire during her illness. If you know a young person who might benefit , check  out the website at www.canteen.org.au   CanTeen is free and loads of fun!



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


Register to receive an email version of this newsletter this 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.



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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