Term 2 Week 11    Tues 22nd June 2010


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Term Dates

Term 2 – finishing Friday 25th June (early finish) at 2:30pm

Term 3 – commences Monday 12 July at 8:50am

Please have a safe & enjoyable break.




Principal’s Report

End of Term 2

With the end of Term 2 I wish to thank all staff and students for their support and contribution to the work of our school throughout the last 11 weeks.  I trust that you will all have a well deserved break and I look forward to seeing you all back safely at the start of Term 3, Monday 12 July.

I take this opportunity to wish the following staff members all the best during their period of leave:

·         Mr Peter Webster;

·         Mr John Elordieta;

·         Ms Elizabeth Campbell;

·         Mrs Jeanette Carter.

Mrs Anna Panas will be absent on leave for the first week of Term 3.  A small number of staff changes will occur as of the start of the new term and these will be communicated in the first edition of the Term 3 Newsletter.  I wish to particularly advise parents of Middle School students that the leadership of our Middle School Team from the start of Term 3 will be the responsibility of Ms Soile Keskinen.  The first port of call for any communication with the Middle School in relation to your child is your child’s direct coordinator.  However, should you need to have a more detailed conversation, then I would ask you to contact Ms Keskinen, as the Middle School Team Leader.

Semester 1 Reports

The Semester 1 Reports for Junior and Senior Schools are due to go online as of Friday, 25 June which is the last day of Term 2.  Middle School reports are scheduled to go online as of Tuesday, 16 July.  All reports are available from the Eltham High School website on www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au.  Instructions for accessing the reports are also available on the website.  Should you have difficulties in accessing your child’s report, please email Mr Darren Squires at squ@elthamhs.vic.edu.au.  Mr Squires will be able to download your report and email it to you directly. 

Information about the upcoming student progress interviews will be outlined in one of the early editions of the Term 3 Newsletter.

Symphonic Band Tour to China

The Symphonic Band will be leaving for their tour of China on 29 June.  The Band will be performing at the International Expo in Shanghai and a number of other events.  I wish all the students and staff participating in this wonderful


experience all the very best and I am sure, as always, that they will be outstanding ambassadors, not only for our school but also for our State and country.  We look forward to a range of interesting recollections of their experiences on their return. 

Rock to Reef Tour

I wish all the students and staff who are leaving on 2 July for the Rock to Reef Tour of Central Australia and Cairns all the very best for their trip.  I trust that they will have a fantastic time as they explore a variety of areas of our beautiful country.  Similarly, I am certain they will represent our school and our community in the most positive of ways.

I do wish to thank all the staff who have demonstrated a willingness to participate in these activities which will provide very different learning experiences for our young people.  I acknowledge the fact that a lot of this work is beyond the call of duty and on behalf of the students, the parents and our community I thank them.

Student Support Worker Appointment

I welcome to the Student Support Worker role, Cassy Nunan, who has recently joined our learning community.  Cassy comes to us with a high level of experience in supporting young people.  Cassy’s role is supported by the National Chaplaincy Fund and Melbourne City Mission.  I look forward to Cassy’s work with our students and our parents.  Cassy has written a short article for this edition of the Newsletter which appears in the following pages.

Student Absences

I draw the attention of all parents and guardians to the new designated answering service 9430 5299 for reporting student absences.  Information on this service is outlined in a further section of this Newsletter

Student and Bicycles – Eltham Village Shopping Centre

I have included in this Newsletter a letter received from  Dianna Grange, Centre Manager, Eltham Village Shopping Centre which outlines the new expectations for the riding of bicycles within the Eltham Village Shopping Centre.  The letter requests all users to ensure that there is both a level of safety and consideration for all pedestrians within the complex.  If your child intends to ride his or her bike around or through the Eltham Village Shopping Centre, I recommend that you read the enclosed letter with him/her and that you have a discussion about the new guidelines for the use of bikes within this complex.


Vincent Sicari, Principal   






Year 10 Students – not sure about next year? Or whether you wish to go to university? Perhaps VCAL is for you?


Come along to the VCAL Information Night to be held on Tuesday 13th July in the Library beginning promptly at 7.30pm.


Speakers from NTEC and the Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network.


Application packages will be handed out on the night with selection process to be completed by the end of Term 3.


Julie Allen

VET/VCAL Coordinator


Attention Year 10 Students


VCE Information Night is being held on Wednesday 21st July, 2010 commencing at 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm in the School Hall. VCE Handbooks will be distributed at this time and VCE & VCE VET program requirements discussed.

Further details are available from the Senior School Office.




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.





Vic Schools Cup

Teams have been entered for the Victorian Schools Volleyball cup and are displayed on the volleyball information board in the stadium foyer.  Also displayed are the entries for other schools in all divisions. Check it to see who you will be playing against.

Mr Thomas will be on the Rock to Reef tour so there will be no training apart from lunchtime training the first week of term three. Practice matches will start on Thursday nights after school the second week of term three.

Grand Final

This Thursday night is the grand final for Junior volleyball and Spike-zone competitions.

Trophies will be presented after the final match to 1st 2nd and 3rd place and an MVP for each team.

The year 7 competition will have finals at the end of term three.

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



June/July 2010

Wed 23

Doyndji Cultural Camp – Arnhem Land

PAG Week

OES – MS Camp – Mt Kooyoora State Forest

Thur 24

Arts – Year 11 VCD Top Design – Melb Museum

OES – MS Camp – Mt Kooyoora State Forest

Fri 25

Term 3 Ends – finish at 2:30pm

Tue 29

Symphonic Band trip to China (Beijing & Shanghai) until 16 July

Fri 2 July

Camp – Rock to Reef (Central Australia – Cairns) until 16 July

Mon 12


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



Stressed out? Settling in or friendship problems?

Help your child navigate the friendship pitfalls at school. Buy or borrow these resources:

Find Your Tribe (and 9 other things I wish I’d known in high school) by Rebecca Sparrow

Girl stuff: your full on guide to the teen years by Kaz Cooke

The Gift of Fear: survival signals that protect us from violence by Gavin De Becker

I’ve read the rules, now how do I play the game?: Guidelines for the game of life. By Vicki Bennett

Surviving year 12: a sanity kit for students and their parents by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler



New Student Support Worker – Cassy Nunan

Hi, I’m a newcomer to Eltham High School, and I’m so delighted to be a part of such a vibrant school community.  Following on from Tricia Fitzpatrick, I have big shoes to fill, and look forward to getting to know students and families. My role is to develop and coordinate wellbeing programs – such as the Peer Mentor program and also to provide support to students in a range of ways; personal, school, study. Most recently I’ve worked in the mental health field, facilitating peer programs, and also have lots of experience counselling and supporting young people from all walks of life.  If you want to pop in and say hello I’m in room 609, which is in the middle of the art department! I’m around on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria are hosting a Parenting Support Group for parents of children with anxiety disorders.

TIME: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

DATES: 23rd June, 7th and 21st July, 4th and 18th August, and 1st, 15th and 29th August.

WHERE: Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 2-14 Derby Street, Kew.

COST:  $3 members, $5 non-members.

For further information contact ADAVIC on 9853-8089

website: www.adavic.org.au

email: adavic@adavic.org.au


Canteen Roster

June/July 2010

Wed 23

Nicole Clarke, Jacqui Harvey

Thurs 24

Erin Russell, Leanne Lillie

Fri 25

Sharon Davies, Janine Peterson, Margie Pendlebury

Mon 12


Jamie Kelly, Helen Hunter

Tues 13

Ali Burley, Erin Russell

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.


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



There's no denying the main focus is on the Symphonic Band this week and getting everything ready for their tour.  The band is leaving on Tuesday 29th July for Beijing and then onto Shanghai and the World Expo.  This is a tremendous opportunity for these students, representing our school and our country.  The performance locations will be varied with one on the Great Wall Of China!

We wish them a wonderful trip and acknowledge the fantastic work of their conductor, Ingrid Martin plus the other staff attending - Meg George, Di Parry, Carol Galea, Ed Fairlie and Vincent Sicari.

If you would like to hear the band's complete repertoire for the tour, they will be playing in the school Hall on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm.

The band also performed at a concert on Sunday 20th June along with two bands from the Salvation Army ... a wonderful afternoon of music.

Assessments are over and now it’s time to think of the music camps and AMEB exams!

This week your child will receive paperwork regarding the music camps in July and at the discretion of the tutors ... they may also receive information on AMEB exams in November!

For those of us not in China these holidays ... have a well deserved break!


Jill Browne, Music Administration 9430 5127.




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. 



This term has seen a rise in valuables (personal & monetary) 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.




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


Students and Bicycles – Eltham Village Shopping Centre


Bikes are strictly forbidden anywhere in the Centre – signage is clearly posted at every entrance to this affect.


The Eltham Village Shopping Centre has provided a bike rack in Arthur Street which should be used by students.


Please read attached letter (online version only) from Retail Realty for further information.



COURSE - Professional Development

– Certificate in Movement and Learning


Train to assist students with learning difficulties.

Contact: Margaret Harley 9439 7594

Website - www.learneasily.com.au


See online newsletter for full brochure





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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Make time for you!

Learn a new skill, meet new people, make new friends!

July to December program now available

or phone  Eltham   9433 3744

Diamond Creek   9433 3766

Panton Hill   9433 3799       



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.



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










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Year 10 students  Not sure about next year?

Or whether you wish to go to university?

Perhaps VCAL is for you?





Tues 13 July in the Eltham High Library

Beginning promptly @ 7:30pm












Professional Development  

Certificate in Movement and Learning



Train to assist students with learning difficulties



Who Needs To Attend?



Teachers, Special Education, Reading Recovery, therapists, eg speech, occupational  

who want to learn how to assist students who have at least three of the following characteristics:


ü Poor short term memory

ü Poor handwriting

ü Reading below average

ü Finds mathematics difficult

ü Poor spelling

ü Emotional outbursts

ü Disorganised

ü Awkward pencil grip

ü Doesn’t hear instructions

ü Poor co-ordination/ Clumsy

ü Few friends

ü Dyslexia/ADD/ADHD

ü Dislikes new situations

ü Does not listen

ü Cannot express ideas

ü Poor speech

ü Can’t copy work

ü Constantly chatters

ü Restless sleeper

ü Poor concentration

ü Asperger’s/Autism


How are students assisted?


High Self Esteem

Margaret’s program builds high self esteem and all of her students have a positive attitude to school. It has made a difference to learning with these students that find the learning process difficult.

Michael Giulieri Principal Essendon North PS

Spelling Accuracy

79.5% average success rate


Through visual memory and movement, twenty-one poor spellers at Essendon North PS in Years 3 & 4 increased their spelling results over six terms at an average of 79.5%.


Margaret Harley, a Primary Teacher with Graduate Diplomas in Literacy, Special Education and Ed Admin; Associate Diploma in Rudolf Steiner; Certificate in Threefold Therapy for Learning; trained in NLP and Sound Therapy; experience in Accelerated Learning Techniques and Kinesiology brings a wealth of knowledge and experience for students with many learning concerns at primary and secondary levels and for her professional development courses. Her book, Spell with Movement integrates the current research.




Certificate in Movement and Learning is a 2 year part time course.


Yes… Enrol me now! Limited Places


Ph (03) 9439 7594

Website - www.learneasily.com.au