Term 2 Week 9    Tues 8th June 2010

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Student Free Days

Report Writing Day - Friday 11th June   &  Queen’s Birthday Holiday – Monday 14th June

Students are not required at school.


Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

In last week’s newsletter I congratulated our students involved in the ‘Princetown Players’ for an outstanding performance of ‘For God’s Sake’ at the 15th Schools Theatre Festival, 2010 at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University.  I now happy to announce that the ensemble was awarded the “Best Ensemble” prize of the year.  This is an outstanding achievement for our young people and once again I congratulate them on their efforts and in doing so, I congratulate George Franklin for his ongoing support.

Donydji Community Project

I wish to congratulate Kristine Alford, Adrian Faure, Lucy Robertson and Tom Walker who over the next week will be travelling to the Donydji Community in Northern Arnhem Land.  These students will be accompanied by staff members Jon Baly, Phil Boyd and Rai Jones.  The group will depart on 14 June and is due back on 23 June.  This Project has been possible through the partnership with La Trobe University and in particular, I wish to thank Professor Neville White for the work that he has done in creating the opportunities for our young people, as well as those in the Donydji Community.  During their time away our group will be working with members of the Donydji Community in a range of ways.  One of the initiatives that we have been working on is in the support of the training of the community based teachers, supporting them with their development and professional growth in order to achieve the educational goals as set out by their community.  This is a great learning experience for our young people and I am certain that they will come back with some very positive stories of their time away, as well as a very different perspective of other cultures.  I take this opportunity to thank Jon Baly who has been the driver behind this project from the school end and I wish to also thank Phil Boyd and Rai Jones who have been very keen and eager to support this initiative and to be part of the tour.  I am sure that this is the beginning of a very long partnership with the Donydji Community and we look forward to the reciprocal visit from the teachers and students from Donydji later in September.

VCE Exams

Over the last week our Year 11 students have been involved in exams, and currently a number of our Year 12 students are also involved in mid-year exams.  This will culminate with the sitting of the GAT (General Assessment Test) on Thursday, 10 June and I wish all of our students the very best with their work and preparation for these assessments.  Every student in VCE who is undertaking a Unit 3 and 4 sequence will be required to sit the GAT.  Therefore a number of our Year 11 students will also be undertaking the GAT on this coming Thursday.  As always, I ask for the support of the student body in ensuring that during this examination period they stay right away from the examination rooms and maintain the lowest possible level of noise in support of these young people.  I thank the senior subschool team for their work in the organisation for the exams, and in particular Trevor Jenkins who has been the organiser of the external exams and the liaison person between VCAA, the invigilators and the school.

Whole School Assembly

The Whole School Assembly for Semester 1 will take place on Friday, 18 June.  The Assembly will begin at 9:00am in the Stadium.  The focus of this Semester’s Assembly is ‘Social and Environmental Responsibility’ and once again we will be recognising both staff and students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to this school value.  I wish to extend an invitation to all members of our community who would like to join us on the 18th June, and I ask you to RSVP by telephoning Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111.  The Whole School Assembly is a part of the culture of our school and provides an opportunity for us to celebrate together as a learning community.

Student Free Days

A reminder to parents that Friday, 11 June has been designated the state-wide report writing day.  Students will not be required at school on this day.  Staff will be involved in writing reports as part of the mid-year reporting cycle.  Similarly, Monday, 14 June is the Queens’ Birthday public holiday.  I wish all students and staff a safe and restful long weekend and we will see everybody back at school on Tuesday, 15 June.


Vincent Sicari, Principal   



EHS has a Building Fund  that allows the school to improve its facilities.  There have been many projects where funds have been used.  These include; recent upgrade works in the Library and 400s, installation of data projectors, upgrading rooms for computer work areas and set up for technology subjects and also for the installation of energy efficient lighting in classrooms.


Now is the ideal time to make a Tax Deductible donation, just prior to the end of the financial year.




DVC provides buses to outlying areas.  This service can be accessed by Eltham High School students provided that an application and payment has been received.  For details of the bus services, application forms and commonly asked questions, go to:-


If you wish to use this service, please forward your application and payment to EHS.  We will then process the application.


Applications for Term 3 are due prior to the end of this term. 



Despite the threat of rain and the cold a solid 50 volunteers turned out for the first of our Winter Working Bees.  Over 60% of our volunteers had arrived to class on time by 9:00am which is fantastic given that it was a Sunday, it was damp, cold and we were working outside.  Much was achieved as usual with our Grounds Committee members directing a range of assignments around the school.  Thanks as usual to those devotees who give of their time unselfishly to make this a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn. It was notable of this Working Bee there was an enthusiastic mix of students, parents and teachers participating in the event.  The following is a summary of the major projects that were achieved for the day.

1.   A 20 metre section of post and pipe fence was removed from the Courtyard area in readiness for the demolition to occur later in the year. The materials will be recycled elsewhere.

2.   Pruning and weeding of the garden complex on the north side of the 400’s wing.

3.   Pruning of the Memorial Garden with two Primary school students helping. Prospective students!

4.   Planting of 50 Goodenia ovate on the Western end of the 400’s wing.

5.   Planting of 150 indigenous plants in the environmental complex at the end of the tennis courts.  These plants were subsequently staked and bagged to protect them from rabbits.

6.   Seven seats were relocated on the surrounds of the back oval for year 7 and 8 students

7.   A significant amount of mulch was moved and placed around the new plantings at the end of the tennis courts

8.   Mowing and brush cutting was completed in a range of locations around the school.

9.   Sweeping was completed in a range of locations including the Stadium surrounds as well as the Courtyard complexes.

10. Callistemon hedge trimming was completed adjacent to the 700’s wing with the discovery of a Bike Helmet in the canopy of the Hedge (now in lost property)

Again a most successful event for the environment and the space in which we work.  Those events have a very important community spirit about them and I would implore more of our parent community to become involved in supporting the school and those who benefit from the improvements made to the surrounds of our school. When people care like this there are so many positive social impacts to students’ attitude and outcomes.  The next Working Bee is again a Winter event on Sunday 15th August.  Looking forward to your anticipated support.  Below is a list of volunteers who supported the 6th June event.  Thank you one and all.

John Coates, Jan & James McIlwraith, J Prenc, M Croft, L Adamson, S Moon, M Kennedy, N.S. Monkey, Andrew Ashby, Darren Robertson, Tracy Clark, Liam Robertson, Kira Robertson, Matt Jones, Sue Gwilym, Ian Owens, Graham Hilton, Craig Lacey, Anna Thamm, Hermi Burns, Sally Edwards, Mary Ann Rosenthal, Ali Burley, Rick Klink, Andrew Klink, Kamilla Laxton, Tessa Laxton, Bruce Voisey, Nick Reid, James Deague-Hall, Ken Wilson, Michelle Stenborg, Bel Stenborg, Chris Morrison, Phillip Green, Vincent Sicari, Sue Hamilton-Green, Bill Taylor, Brendan Nihill, Lesley Nihill, Tina Hill, Andrew Wilson, Evan Stamatopoulos, Peter Jones, Leanne Ipsen, Shannon Edwards, Charlotte Edwards, Mal Sinclair.

A final thank you to Andrew Wilson who has served the Grounds Committee for over 10 years as well as the School Council of EHS.  All three of his children have graduated from EHS and he is now moving on, although he promises he will come back when tapped on the shoulder.  What a great effort!  Well done Andrew and thanks for your long serving support.


John Coates – Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee




June 2010

Wed 9

Unit 3 EXAMS

OES – MS Camp – Brisbane Ranges

Thur 10

GAT Exam

OES – MS Camp – Brisbane Ranges

Fri 11


– Report Writing Day

Mon 14

Doyndji Cultural Camp – Arnhem Land (until 23/6)


Tue 15

SAC Week

Sport – Zone Metro Cross Country



Wed 16

SAC Week


School Council

Thur 17

Music – Choir Eisteddfod by the Bay – Moorabbin

Sport – Combined Qtr Finals Boys Football, Soccer Yr 7, 8 & Inter

Fri 18

WHOLE School Assembly

HPE – MS Rac & Req Squash

Sun 20

Music – Symphonic Band Farewell Concert – Box Hill Salvation Army

Mon 21

Doyndji Cultural Camp – Arnhem Land (until 23/6)

PAG Week

Tue 22

OES – Year 12 Marine Discovery & Canoeing – Queenscliff

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




This week the students are having assessments during their lesson time - a wonderful progress indicator!

Thursday evening the VCE Group Recitals are in the main rehearsal room, starting at 7pm.

While we always applaude our ensembles, large and small, individual students do great things on their own.  A wonderful example is Alessandra Prunotto.  Ale entered the Clasax Competition in the 14 years and under section and won 2nd place! This is a fantastic achievement in a competition section of high standard and 12 competitors. Congratulations Ale!

And if you're not aware ... continued preparations are happening for our Symphonic Band who are embarking on a 'once in a lifetime' experience of Beijing and the World Expo in Shanghai.  They depart Melbourne on the 29th June and return the 10th July. We all look forward to hearing the musical adventures of this group on their return!


Jill Browne, Music Administration 9430 5127.



Canteen Roster

June 2010

Wed 9

Jacqui Harley

Thurs 10

Kathryn Phillips, Joanne Griggs

Fri 11


Mon 14


Tues 15

Volunteers needed

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



Careers Night – Wednesday 16th June, 7.15 – 9.30pm.

Careers Night is an event designed to help students in Years 10-12 choose appropriate VCE subjects, tertiary courses and jobs. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about career options from skilled workers, experienced professionals and newly graduated students. All presenters are either ex-students of EHS or parents of current students and approximately 50 of them have kindly agreed to lend us their expertise on the night

Invites to parents have been distributed to all Year 10-12 students over the last few days, an electronic copy is available on the home page of the EHS website - http://web.elthamhs.vic.edu.au/internet.htm

It is imperative that the reply slips are returned to the Careers Room by this Thursday, June 10.


Find out about LaTrobe

La Trobe is offering ‘Experience La Trobe’, a popular event for future students and parents. Attend information sessions, go on tours, hear from current students and attend workshops. When: Tues 6 July (Melbourne – Bundoora) and Thurs 8 July (Bendigo); Cost: Free, including morning tea and lunch;    Register:



What do civil engineers do?

Get a young engineers’ perspective by attending a seminar presented by Engineers Australia Infrastructure Branch. Young engineers (graduates 3-5 years) will share their experiences on aspects of engineering applied to iconic projects in Victoria and their careers to date. Hear from construction, local government and consulting professions. When: 6-8pm, Wed 4 August; Where: SKM Auditorium, 590 Orrong Rd, Armadale (next to Toorak Station); Cost: Free (including supper); Register: CSBaker@skm.com.au (give numbers attending and school name); Info: Sandra Perrett, 9321 1725; www.engineersaustralia.org.au/aew


Explore Melbourne University for a day

‘Access all Areas’ is an event designed to allow Year 10-12 students (and parents) to gain information about the university, tailored to their interests. The half-day on-campus program commences with an overview of the Melbourne Model, entry requirements and the transition to university. There will be sessions on specific areas of study, allowing students to select those to suit their interests and speak to staff. When: 9am-2pm, Fri 9 July (optional residential college tour to follow); Where: Melbourne University (Parkville); Registration: ph 8344 6543 



Short courses in the arts, film, TV and radio

·         The Faculty of the VCA and Music is offering a diverse range of short courses in the winter school break. Get access to practicing artists and industry professionals, use purpose built training facilities and gain personal advancement in a supportive framework. Short courses in: art, digital storytelling, film and TV, music theatre, theatre and voice. Info:


·         The Australian Film TV and Radio School (AFTRS) has a holiday program of short courses for 13-17 y/o’s. The school has state-of-the-art courses including acting and directing for the screen, focussing on reading and interpreting scripts, planning shots, using story boards to develop a film, and the role of the director. Info: 9602 8300; Web: www.aftrs.edu.au


Flying scholarships

Applications are open for those between 17 and 25 years for four flying training scholarships offered jointly by the Royal Australian Air Force Association and the Royal Victorian Aero Club. Sponsored mainly by Mobil Aviation, they take the successful candidates through to the General Flying Progress Test stage of the Private Pilots Licence and valued at about $6,500 each. They are an ideal entry point for those seeking a long term career or a recreational participation in aviation. Application forms: Collect personally from the Royal Victorian Aero Club’s counters at Moorabbin Airport or Coldstream Airfield; Info: www.rvac.com.au or ph 9580 0088; Applications close: 31 July, 2010.


Northern Careers and Employment Expo

When: Tuesday 22nd June, 3.30 – 7.00pm

Where: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre (cnr Bell & St Georges Rd Preston)          FREE entry.

Exhibitors include: Universities, TAFE’s, Apprenticeship centres, Training providers, Employment services, Employers.


Year 9 Tax File Number (TFN) applications

Thanks to the 125 students who submitted their forms on time, they will be sent to the Tax office this week and you should receive your TFN in the mail in about four weeks time. It is not too late for the other 110 students too apply, just get your application form to me asap.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher




Volleyball/ Elite Sports


Congratulations to Chris Moffat on being selected in the U17 Boys State Lacrosse Team to compete in the National Championships in Perth in July 4th - 10th.


Thank you to Box’n’dice photographers for donating a large framed photo of the 14 Eltham teams that took part in the Australian schools volleyball cup in 2009. It is hanging proudly in the stadium foyer.


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. Tickets have been ordered and will be available for collection from the P.E. office next week.


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, the Year 8 Girl’s Soccer Team travelled to Banyule Flats where they took part in a day of matches held in wet and muddy conditions. VCE students Cassie Dimovski and Tessa Mitchell coached the team with an expert understanding of the game and true professionalism in the way they managed the task. In Eltham’s half of ‘the draw’, the girls played valiantly against St Helena going down to the eventual Premiers. Our second match saw the girls score a comprehensive victory against the Diamond Valley team which then allowed Eltham to ‘play off’ for the honour of third place. By this stage the girls were really warmed up and convincingly beat Bundoora Secondary College to place Eltham third out of six schools on the day.


TEAM: Mikayla Alderton, Sinead Dowling, Romany Morgan, Natasha Jarvis, Marie Price, Ruby Oakley, Ellyn David, Shanayde Mullens, Romy Schoenheimer, Ellen O’Brien, Ruby Mileto, Georgia Clarke


COACHES: Cassie Dimovski, Tessa Mitchell

Lyn Davis

Intermediate Girls Soccer

The EHS Intermediate Girls Soccer team took part in a competition between schools in the Diamond Valley group on Tuesday June 1st at Banyule Flats. While the Eltham team lost their two matches they played with great spirit and the girls worked well as a team.


In their first match, the EHS team went down 1-0 to Viewbank. Goalkeeper, Laura Pantelejenko made many desperate saves to keep her team in the match.

Their second match was against Macleod. In the finish, the score line was 4-1 against Eltham.


Montmorency defeated Viewbank on penalty shots in an exciting final.


Rebeca Sachero is to be congratulated on her initiative in organising the team and coaching the team on the day.


Team members: Simone Beattie, Laura Pantelejenko, Julia Cobbett, Amy Temple, Rebeca Sachero, Fiona MacDonald. Jessica Smith-Long, Catherine Thompson, Claudia Williver, Jasmine Matthews, Mikaeli Blair, Erin Fisher-Stamp, Ashley Butler, Hannah Shrubshall




Northern Zone Cross Country (Metro)

Twenty-eight EHS students participated in the Northern Zone Cross Country (Metro) held at Warringal Park, Heidelberg on Thursday June 3rd. All members of the team are to be congratulated on their endeavour in their own event as well as on their support of their team-mates throughout the day.


Eltham High had 12 students qualify for the VSSSA State Cross Country Championships that are to be held at Bundoora Park on Tuesday 13 July.


Louise Alford won the Girls 14yrs 3000m and Joshua Turner won the Boys 15yrs 3000m. Braydon Turner finished in second place in the Boys 12-13yrs 3000m. Jaime Solar was our other medallist with a 3rd placing in the Girls 14 3000m. Other EHS students to qualify for the State finals on their individual placings were Gabby Seymour and Jacquie Harrington (G14), Nicholas Phillips (B14), Romy Stephens (G15), Shaun McLaughlin (B15), Amos Fun (B16) and James White (B16).


The Girls 14yrs team of Louise Alford, Jaimee Solar, Gabby Seymour, Jacquie Harrington and Jessie Black won the team’s event in their age group. All members of the team qualify for the team’s event at the State finals.

The Boys 14yrs team missed out on first place in the Teams event by the narrowest of margins. The Boys 12-13yrs Team finished in third place.


Northern Zone Cross Country (Metro)

Warringal Park, Heidelberg - Thursday June 3rd, 2010


Results - GIRLS

12-13yrs 3000m: Roberta Lynn 15:46 (20th); Morgana Eastman-Santi 16:41 (31st); Romany Morgan 17:21 (36th); Jaimee Dawson 17:32 (38th); Kathleen O’Donnell 18:00 (41st). Team placing – 6th

14yrs 3000m: Louise Alford 12:36 (1st); Jaimee Solar 13:59 (3rd); Gabby Seymour 14:44 (5th); Jacquie Harrington 15:28 (9th); Jesse Black 16:22 (13th). Team placing – 1st

15yrs 3000m: Romy Stephens 15:09 (9th); Ebony Santin 19:55 (29th); Amy Stirling 23:08 (30th)


12-13yrs 3000m: Braydon Turner 12:12 (2nd); Joel Clamp 13:07 (15th); Ben Nethercote 13:29 (19th); Jack Fitzgerald 14:20 (22nd); William Ball 14:55 (28th). Team placing – 3rd

14yrs 3000m: Nicholas Phillips 12:15 (8th); Talen Pettie 12:26 (13th); Billy Marshall 12:33 (14th); Darcy Howe 12:35 (15th); Tim Logan 13:19 (23rd). Team placing – 2nd

15yrs 3000m: Josh Turner 12:06 (1st); Shaun McLaughlin 12:34 (8th)

16yrs 5000m: Amos Fun 19:05 (4th); James White 19:17 (7th); Aidan Smith 21:16 (12th)



2010 Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships

The 2010 Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships are to be held at Bundoora Park on Saturday 17 July. Events are held for the U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 and U20 age groups and commence at 10:00am. Age groups are determined at 31/12/2010. Entry forms can be found on the Athletics Victoria website and need to be returned by Thursday 25 June. For further information, contact Max Balchin on 0409005406.



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.




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



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 5111    Kathleen Hannan, Business Manager


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


Jamm Dance Presentation Ball for

Eltham H S students 2010


Photos from the Ball held on the 19/3/10 can still be ordered until the end of this term.


Please note that the previous code for the web site has been changed


Web address:        http://web.me.com/studioimagery/Studio_Imagery     

(note capitals and underscore in last section)


User Name:       jammdeb

New Code:        070510


Any queries to: ian@studioimagery.com.au

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Vacation Care Program at the Eltham Leisure Centre

If you are looking for a place your child will have fun while you are at work or just having a well earned break, then maybe we can help.

Our program runs daily during the holidays from 7.30am to 6.00pm with a mix of craft, cooking and games based activities to entertain your child.

This program also includes excursions to SkaterZ, Jets Gym, Scienceworks, Action Sports, Ice Skating and the ever popular Movies and Pizza.

Brochures and enrolment forms can be found on our website: eltham.ymca.org.au

For more information please contact our friendly customer service staff on 9439 2266



Billanook College Chess Championship Cup

Next tournament is 19th June (see online version of newsletter for flyer)

Cost $15

Format: 7 round swiss / 15 minutes per player

9:30am – 2:30pm held at Billanook College

197-199 Cardigan Road, Mooroolbark




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!