Term 3 Week 1    Tues 13th July 2010

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VCAL INFORMATION NIGHT                                              VCE INFORMATION NIGHT

    Tuesday 13 July in the Library at 7.30pm                         Wednesday 21st July in the School Hall at 7:00pm




Principal’s Report

Start of Term 3

Welcome back to all students and staff.  I trust that you all had a very relaxing and enjoyable break. In particular I wish to welcome the following staff members who are joining our learning community:

Ruth Lindsay – English (Term 3)

Vincent Murphy – SOSE (Term 3)

Anthony Condon - SOSE (Terms 3 and 4)

Lynn Davis – Arts (First 4 weeks of Term 3)

I also congratulate:

·         Ms Soile Keskinen on her appointment to the acting Middle School Team Leader’s position for the remainder of the year;

·         Mr Nick Cooper on his appointment to the acting Co-ordination position at Senior School;

·         Miss Jenny Isaacs on her appointment to the English/Drama Family Leave position;

I congratulate Mrs Leonie Rainey on her retirement and wish her all the very best as she moves into the next phase of her life.

I look forward to working closely with you all during this term to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for our students.


Symphonic Band Tour to China

I was very fortunate to be invited to be part of the Eltham High School Symphonic Band Tour to China. This began as a dream that became a reality through the hard work and commitment of a number of crucial people. The students performed admirably and their conduct was professional in every circumstance.  They have been the most dynamic and dedicated ambassadors for our school, our community, our State and our Country.  The level of professionalism, skill, competence and artistic flair in each of their performances left everyone in awe.  Most impressed was Frank Ticheli, a Professor of Composition at the University of California who led a Master Class with The Band and conducted them through a number of performances. I have to say that our students and staff were also most impressed with Professor Ticheli.  Our students had prepared a number of his pieces before leaving on the tour, some of these pieces they played as a stand‑alone band whilst a couple of them they played in a combined band of almost 160 members, both in Beijing and Shanghai.  Their performances in the ‘Forbidden City Concert Hall’ (in Beijing) and in the ‘Oriental Arts Centre’ (in Shanghai) attracted a sell-out crowd.   Our students received the highest accolades not only from the audience but also from the composer, music academics and other musicians. The three performances at the World Expo in Shanghai were outstanding. The Stage Band entertained the audience with a varied Jazz repertoire.  The final performance of the


Symphonic Band featured “Muerto por Tango” (Death by Tango) composed by our very own Ed Fairlie.  Adding to the atmosphere were two performers from the Argentina Pavilion who danced to the music of our tango.  This was an amazing spectacle both in hearing the wonderful music being played as well as visually through the dynamic moves of the dancers.

We managed to balance performances with some sightseeing covering a range of cultural and historic sites. The time spent at the Expo was well utilized through the use of our “Performer Pass” that allowed us entry into most Pavilions through the VIP entrance thus avoiding hours of wait in queues.

This was certainly an experience of a lifetime and one which will not be easily forgotten by any of us.  I want to thank Meg George, Ingrid Martin, Ed Fairlie and Carol Galea for all their effort and hard work in planning for this trip.  The level of negotiation at various levels could have been overwhelming and yet they worked hard in bringing a dream to reality. I thank Diane Parry who, as a seasoned traveller, provided a great deal of leadership and guidance throughout the tour and I congratulate her for the role modelling she provided in the building of positive relationships for us all, staff and students alike.  In particular I wish to acknowledge all the work that was done behind the scenes;  firstly by Jill Browne who worked tirelessly in the planning and organisation of almost everything.  Jill dotted every “i” and crossed every “t” to provide every opportunity for this tour to be an overwhelming success.  Secondly I wish to acknowledge the work of the Music Support Group, who over many months worked very hard at raising funds to minimize costs to families, as well as organizing a range of things for the trip including uniforms etc.  Their efforts are much appreciated and I take this opportunity to thank them for their ongoing support of the Music Program. Most of all I wish to thank the students who have made this trip the most formidable experience it has been.  Each one of them added their own character, energy and enthusiasm to the experience.  I am so proud of them and thank them for having provided me with the opportunity to experience their brilliance first hand.  Finally I wish to acknowledge the support of our major sponsor, Melbourne Airport, without whose support we would not have been able to experience what we have experienced. They have recognized our students’ talent and have been very accommodating of our needs.


Donydji Trip

The Donydji group returned from their trip to Northern Arnhem Land in the last week of Term 2. As expected all members have reported a wonderful experience. This is the second trip to the Donydji Community that our staff and students have been involved in, and each time they have returned full of excitement and hope for nurturing this wonderful relationship between ourselves, the Donydji community and La Trobe University.  We now look forward to the reciprocal visit of young people from the community to Eltham High School.  I thank Jon Baly who has provided the necessary leadership to bring this initiative to fruition.  Furthermore I thank Phil Boyd and Rai Jones for their support and ongoing commitment to the relationship.  Of course, once again I thank the students Krissy Alford, Tom Walker, Adrian Faure and Lucy Robertson for they are the ones who will continue to feel the relationship and support its growth. Congratulations to all!


Students Performing in the Community

Congratulations to Ryan Shadbolt, Melissa McKinlay, Natasha Johnson, Nathan Kerwood and Isabella McKinlay who are embarking on the 2010 Youth Production of Eltham Little Theatre’s “ALICE – The Musical”.  Further information on the performances can be found in a further section of this newsletter.  I congratulate Ryan and Melissa for having served in the cast of the Eltham Little Theatre for seven uninterrupted years.  They are easily the longest serving cast members and veterans of the theatre, although being only 14 years old.  I understand that this is the last year of the Youth Production Project.  So this coming weekend will be the last chance for the school community to experience the talent of five of our very own.  I strongly encourage your support by purchasing tickets and attending the performance. 


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 TONIGHT 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.




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.








Three teachers, Jon Baly, Rai Jones and Phil Boyd and four students, Krissy Alford, Tom  Walker, Adrian Faure and Lucy Robertson returned to EHS on Thursday 24th of June after travelling to North East Arnhem Land to work with Indigenous school students and other members of the Donydji Community.

This is the second year of an ongoing partnership, some of the activities of this year’s program involved working through a digital and English literacy program, cultural and family sharing activities, and an ethnobiology project involving the collection and classification of native insects, to measure intergenerational loss of knowledge.

To see the students working cross culturally, in the main bilingually, while interacting and sharing ideas and always building an extremely positive learning environment, is for me as the organizer of the program a truly inspiring outcome.

We have made some very useful contacts with other remote Indigenous schools, Gapuwiyak and Laynapuy Homeland Schools. This will allow more of our students to access this unique and wonderful experience.

Jon Baly



Welcome back everyone to a very busy term 3.  What's happening?  We have music camp next week for Training, Intermediate and Concert Bands.  The Symphonic Band has its turn the following week. Paperwork to return?  Training Band has permission and medical forms to be returned to the music office, whilst the other band members have just a permission form to return [unless medical information changes have occurred since their 'tours'] These forms are due NOW!


Then ... getting ahead of ourselves, is the Melbourne School Bands Festival in August and the Royal South Street Competitions in September!  Yes, term 3 is renowned for its pace!


A special mention to the Symphonic Band ... they have returned from their trip to China. An outstanding success - I don't think even those words would do it justice. They have experienced a musical event of a lifetime ... wonderful performance opportunities with composer and director Frank Ticheli, not forgetting sightseeing to behold, especially the Shanghai World Expo. Thankyou to the caring staff who looked after the students ... Meg George, Vincent Sicari, Ingrid Martin, Carol Galea, Ed Fairlie and Di Parry.  Next week's newsletter will have an entry from the students.


Jill Browne, Music Administration 9430 5127.





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.


Level One Referees course

Mr Thomas will be running a level one referees course for any students that would like to become a qualified referee. Each team competing in Vic schools cup must have a level one referee. The course will be held Monday 19th and 26th July at 4.00 pm for an hour in room 003 with the exam being held on the 2nd August. See Mr Thomas for details if interested.


Junior Development

Heidelberg are offering training on Thursday nights between 6.30 and 8.00 pm at Catholic Ladies College in Eltham for any interested junior boys. Jenny Becker is an Australian coach with a great deal of coaching experience and she is keen to work with any year 7 and 8 boys keen to improve their volleyball.



A new season of Spikezone (mini volleyball for Primary kids) will begin next Thursday the 22nd July at 4.00 pm.

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

From the Careers Room

Year 10 students

The Herald Sun will publish VTAC’s Tertiary Entry 2013 supplement on Tuesday, July 27. This is an indispensable guide for Year 10 students planning their VCE program.  The supplement will include advice from VTAC about the many avenues to tertiary study and employment.  As well as guidelines on minimum tertiary entrance requirements and how institutions select applications, there will be a full list of prerequisites, folio requirements and interview criteria for all Victorian universities, TAFE institutes and independent tertiary colleges.  Students will also get an insight into the VCE marking system and the calculation of the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank).  The Herald Sun’s supplement has the added value of interviews with former VCE graduates about the decisions they made in year 10 and the outcomes.   Other pathways, such as the VCAL and apprenticeships will be also covered, along with career profiles to inspire students.

The Age also publishes a Tertiary Entry supplement, date unknown at this stage.


Forensic Science Careers Information Day - 24 September 2010

The next session will be held on Friday 24 September 2010.  The afternoon commences at 12.30pm and concludes at 4.00pm. The sessions are held in the Institute Lecture Theatre, Coronial Services Centre, 57-83 Kavanagh St, Southbank. A tour of the building will not be offered.

More information on this program as well as the registration form can be found on the VIFM Career Information Afternoon webpage. Places are limited and fill quickly. Anyone wishing to attend must complete and return the registration form to secure their place. Priority will be given in order of forms received. For more information email jobs@vifm.org


Bakers Apprenticeship available

A local baker is looking for a first year apprentice to start immediately, see me if interested.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher




July 2010

Wed 14

Camp – Rock to Reef (until 16 July)

Science – Yr 12 Bio Fieldwork – La Trobe Uni

Thu 15

Music – Performance Class Masterclass – Camberwell HS

Mon 19

PAG & SAC Week

Music Rehearsal Camp – FernGully Lodge (Training Band)

Tue 20

Music Rehearsal Camp – FernGully Lodge (Training & Intermediate Bands)

Wed 21

Music Rehearsal Camp – FernGully Lodge (Intermediate & Concert Bands)

Careers – Yr 10 Interview Skills Workshop

Thu 22

Music Rehearsal Camp – FernGully Lodge (Concert Band)

Fri 23

Whole School Assembly

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

July 2010

Wed 14

Linda Alford, Jenny Alford

Thurs 15

Karen Biddiscombe, Pearl Yung, Michelle Jones

Fri 16

Julie Wright, Catherine James, Jenny McCormack

Mon 19

Jill Rachim, Shelly O’Connell

Tues 20

Anne Hawting, Leanne Johnson

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



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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.


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July to December program now available

or phone  Eltham   9433 3744

Diamond Creek   9433 3766

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Tues 13 July in the Eltham High Library

Beginning promptly @ 7:30pm