Term 2 Week 8    Tues 1st June 2010

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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement

On Saturday afternoon Tom Banger of Year 11 was the very proud recipient of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in the young writers section. His story was one of 500 plus entries that the committee and judge had to sort through. Called The Dead Dog, the story is a most evocative exploration of a landscape and the feelings of the main character trapped within it. The story was read by the actor Denis Coard to the applause of the packed audience at the Eltham Library. Congratulations go to Tom, perhaps he will be the next Eltham High School student to take the publishing world by storm?


Congratulations also to Matthew Ignatiadis of Year 8 for having been selected to participate in Baseball Victoria’s Kangaroo Development Program. The team will be travelling to Sala Baganza in Italy, in late July and returning mid August. For a player to make it this far is an exceptional achievement. Matthew went through an exhaustive selection process to compete for a place in one of three teams that travel to Italy, Japan or the USA. The aims of the Kangaroo program are to: learn about baseball through training and playing; create an environment in which young people can have fun; teach competitiveness while maintaining emphasis on sportsmanship; players to experience cultural and international travel. We congratulate Matthew and wish him every success in his sport. This is a fantastic opportunity at such a young age. I am certain that Matthew will be an excellent ambassador for his club, our school and Victoria as have been many other Eltham High School Students who have engaged with a range of similar opportunities.


“… a grand, powerful opening.” “… wonderful humour.” “… fabulous ensemble work” were just a few examples of the adjudicator’s feedback after The Princetown Players’ performance of For God’s Sake! at the 15th Schools’ Theatre Festival 2010 at the Alexander Theatre, held on Monday May 17. This now acclaimed ensemble was also complemented on their ‘really clear voices’ and their qualities of maturity, politeness and their understanding of all the roles in theatre. Special mention was also made of the way in which technology was so skilfully integrated into the performance rather than it being an add-on. Congratulations to the whole ensemble and to George Franklin for bringing out such talents in our students. We look forward to encore performances of this exploration of the world of the Greek gods.


Mid-Year Music Concert

The Mid-Year Music Concert took place last Friday, 28 May in the George Woods Performing Arts Centre at Yarra Valley Grammar School.  It was a full house with close to 1000 people in attendance. This Concert featured the talents of all of our major bands and the Eltham High School Choir. However, a major feature of the night was the “Debut Performance” of the 95 piece Training Band which opened the concert. They proceeded to entertain us with a range of short pieces which they had developed during a total of eight rehearsals for the year. In these they demonstrated commitment and dedication.  Just as they were about to finish their performance the MC announced that they had another piece up their sleeves which was a full length band piece that their conductor was keen for them to play. They broke into this magnificent sound which now also demonstrated talent and skill.  The band’s playing left us all in awe.  I congratulate all members of the Training Band and of course their very talented conductor, Mr Aaron Vreulink, for his preparation and leadership of the band. Likewise I congratulate the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, the Intermediate Band, the Jazz Band, the Stage Band and the Choir as well as their respective conductors Ingrid Martin, Ed Fairley, Monty McKenzie, Aaron Vreulink, Ed Fairley and Lynlee Williams for their outstanding performances and for making the night one of high level entertainment. I would also like to express a big thank you the Meg George (Acting Director of Music) and Jill Browne (Music Secretary) for their work in organizing the smooth running of the event.  A big thank you to the sponsors of the Symphonic Band Tour, Allans Music, Chris White and Melbourne Airport. Finally I wish to acknowledge the work of the Music Support Group without whose effort events such as this are not possible.  I thank them for their commitment to the program and for their ongoing hard work and support. The Music Support Group will be running their major fundraising event in the near future, and I ask you all to support their efforts.  Details of this will appear in a further section of this edition of the newsletter.


ULTRANET Deployment

Eltham High School is in the second phase of deployment of the Ultranet.  So far a number of the staff has been involved in Lead User training and whilst every effort was made to ensure full operation of the system, we were confronted with a number of technical issues particularly on the first day of the training. We are now told that these have been resolved. The process for deployment may be slower than first thought.  At Eltham High School we have identified KLA mentors (one from each KLA), these people have been able to connect to the Ultranet and began their training last Friday 28 May with the support of Darren Squires (Assistant Principal) and Craig Bradley (Teaching and Learning Coach).  A state-wide Professional Development day assigned to Ultranet familiarisation has been set for the 9 August.  Assuming that the system will be able to cope with every teacher in the State logging into the Ultranet, we plan to use the day to support our teachers to customise their personal homepage and to continue their exploration as to how the Ultranet will be able to support them to sustain better student learning. It will be sometime yet before students will be able to connect and possibly even more time before parents have access. There has been a number of privacy issues identified which the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development has had to work through, resulting in the elimination of the student express page and student access to learning contacts.  Cyber safety is continuously under consideration. I will keep you informed as things progress.


Working Bee:

I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to join me at our next Working Bee which will take place on Sunday, 6 June between 9:00am -12:30pm. The Grounds committee met last week and have planned our work for this morning.  This is a great opportunity not just to support the work of our Grounds Committee but also to engage in a social activity which supports the strengthening of the community spirit on which our school is built on. Of course the delicious morning tea and BBQ lunch are not to be missed. I look forward to seeing you all there.


Vincent Sicari, Principal   




Victorian Blue and White Awards

Congratulations to Daniel Notting on being awarded the MVP for the Victorian under 15 boys white team.  Congratulations to all the Eltham year 8 students who were involved with the Victorian volleyball program.


Australia vs Canada Volleyball

On Friday July 2nd and Saturday July 3rd, Volleyball Victoria is 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.

Order forms and money are due back to Mr Thomas in the P.E. office by Friday June 4th.


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




On Tuesday 25th May, an enthusiastic squad of 16 Year 8 students journeyed to Elder Street Reserve to compete in the Diamond Valley/Warringal division of the Year 8 Boys’ Soccer competition. Year 12 students Joshua Horan and Rhys Telfer coached the team for the day and are to be congratulated on the skilful and considerate manner with which they managed the squad throughout the program. Despite the wet and testing conditions that prevailed throughout the day, there was a great spirit of cooperation as well as endeavour with the EHS team-members.


In summary, the Eltham team won two of its three matches. In their first game, Eltham defeated Diamond Valley 4 goals to one goal. Eltham lost to St Helena one goal to four goals in their second match. St Helena finished at the top of the table by the end of day. In their final match, Eltham won an exciting penalty shoot-out after being tied at three all with Macleod at full time. The celebrations that followed this victory were worthy of a World Cup victory by Australia.


Eltham finished in third place out of nine teams.


Squad Members: Luke Sutherland, Alex Blanco, Jake Garner, Campbell Pickett, Nelson Rouw, Nick Phillips, Jack Bowkett, James Wolfe, Jared Becker, Joel Passey, Alejandro Vivado-Stupin, Callum Schwindt, Jai Croft, Kia O’Donovan, Julian Pertout, Jordi Bourne

Coaches: Joshua Horan, Rhys Telfer


Max Balchin



Northern Zone (Metro) Athletics

The 2010 Northern Zone (Metro) Athletics were held at the Meadowglen Athletics Centre on Wednesday 26th May. The conditions for competition were excellent and the standard of performance in events was of a high level. To proceed to the VSSSA State Championships at Olympic Park on October 19th, athletes had to win their event, or in the 3000m and 1500m events, finish in first or second place.


Full results are not yet to hand and a more detailed report will follow at a later date. EHS students to qualify for the VSSSA State Championships include: Hannah Beattie who won the GU16 100m Hurdles; Simone Beattie who won the Girls U15 90m Hurdles; Louise Alford who won the GU14 800m and the GU15 1500m; Madison Coates who won the GU13 100m; and James White who came second in the BU16 1500m.



EHS Athletics Team Members: (U13 Girls) M.Coates, S.Amusa, S.Linkins, N.Nurmohamed, R.Lynn; (U13 Boys) C.Johnstone, J.Clamp, B.Turner; (U14 Girls) L.Alford, L.Boyes, G.Seymour, R.Schoenheimer, J.Solar; (U14 Boys) S.Richards, N.Phillips, D.Calloway, J.Conci, T.Pettie; (U15 Girls) S.Beattie, P.Goodwin; (U15 Boys) S.Geers; (U16 Girls) T.Mitchell; (U16 Boys) J.White; (U17 Girls) C.Dimovski, H.Pringle, H.Beattie, M.Flood, O.Smith


Max Balchin



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.



Year 10 Work Experience

Congratulations to the Year 10’s who had a taste of “the working life” last week, feedback from the staff who visited and employers has been very positive (as usual). The students will be reflecting upon their experiences in English classes this week. Students need to file their Journal and employer evaluation form in their MIPs folders, ready for use at their Careers Interview on August 19.


Year 9 Tax File Numbers

A reminder to Year 9 students that they need to submit their TFN form and parental permission note by Friday of this week if they want it to be processed promptly.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher



Another great evening of music was had by all last Friday!  The members of our large ensembles, choir, stage and jazz band treated a near 'full house' of family and friends to an entertaining and varied repertoire of music.  It was particularly special for our Training Band, as this was their debut concert.  And the consensus?  Fantastic!  Congratulations to them and their conductor Mr Aaron Vreulink.


Raffle draw - at the concert the Music Support Group's two raffles were drawn.  Linda Voigt won the painting by talented artist and parent, Mr Chris White.  Thankyou Chris for donating such a wonderful prize.  Enjoy Linda! Allans Music donated three great prizes ... 1st prize, a Tama Swingstar Drum Kit - winner, the Gawley family.  2nd prize, a Ibanez Bass Guitar Kit - winner, not sure of the name ... but a very happy gentleman who will be popular with the children in the family! 3rd prize, Yamaha Keyboard - winner, BJ Dean.  Thankyou to everyone who bought tickets!


Saturday afternoon our Stage Band performed at the BMW Edge, Federation Square.  This was organised by MYM (Melbourne Youth Music). After a late night Friday, a great effort by the students and their director, Mr Ed Fairlie.


Now, with feet back on the ground, we have student assessments taking place over the next two weeks.  These will be done in lesson time by the students' teachers. 


Next Monday afternoon, our Choir will perform for students at Eltham Primary School, and Thursday 10th June the VCE Group Performance Recitals will take place from 7pm in the main rehearsal room.


Jill Browne, Music Administration 9430 5127.



Year 9 Camp and School Program


The year 9 camp and school program was another success. The students engaged in a number of team building activities on the camp, including; the leap of faith, canoeing, giant swing, high ropes and orienteering. The school program included a Reach workshop on Self Esteem, Confidence and Positive Peer Dynamics, an information session on Personal Safety run by a Senior Constable Jamie Germantis of the Diamond Creek Police Station, as well as a work experience preparation day. The mature attitude of the students and their engagement in the program has drawn comment from a number of the participants.

Jessica Yancos - Middle School Coordinator




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.



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Thank you for helping save paper & considering the environment.



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.



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



June 2010

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




Wed 9

Unit 3 EXAMS

OES – MS Camp – Brisbane Ranges

Thur 10

GAT Exam

OES – MS Camp – Brisbane Ranges

Fri 11

STUDENT FREE DAY – Report Writing Day

Mon 14

Doyndji Cultural Camp – Arnhem Land


Tue 15

SAC Week

Doyndji Cultural Camp

Sport – Zone Metro Cross Country


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


Canteen Roster

June 2010

Wed 2

Christine Williams, Robyn Kaires

Thurs 3

Nicky Bourne, Maritta Carr

Fri 4

Linda Turner, Janine Kerwood

Mon 7

Vivian Heath, Yvette Karslake

Tues 8

Kimbra Shrubshall, Kim Butter

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



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



We need you !!!!! to complete an application


ABN 56 079 715 735



   Thank you


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                              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 website: www.studentexchange.org.au