Term 3 Week 3    Tues 27th July 2010

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STUDENT PROGRESS INTERVIEWS  - Senior School - Thursday 29th July 2010 (4:00pm-7:00pm)

STUDENT FREE DAY – Monday 9th August 2010 (no students required at school)

USA Space Camp (Dec 2011) - Information Night – Tuesday 10th August 7:30pm EHS Staffroom




Principal’s Report

Whole School Assembly:

The whole school assembly took place on Friday 23 July. This provided us with the opportunity to celebrate together as a learning community the outstanding achievements of our students and staff focusing on the school value of Social and Environmental responsibility. The assembly began with a very professional performance by the Eltham High School Symphonic band of “Angels in the Architecture” created by American composer Frank Ticheli inspired by his experience of the Sydney Opera House. This was one of the pieces that the band performed during its most recent trip to China. The band received acclamation by both the composer who conducted the band in a number of performances as well as the various audiences who attended the concerts. I thank all members of the Symphonic Band and their conductor, Ms Ingrid Martin for allowing the whole school to experience their performance and to join with them in their success.


We were very honoured to introduce Professor Meg Morris, past student (Class of 1976) and currently the Head of Health Sciences at Melbourne University. Professor Morris spoke about what she had learnt at Eltham High School and how this supported her in her chosen path over many years. She spoke about her sense of social responsibility as displayed in her current work in research on Parkinson’s disease. Professor Morris recollected the difference that one of her teachers had made to her professional life and encouraged students to embrace the support that the school offers them in arriving at a decision about their future pathways. I thank Professor Morris for having taken the time out of her very busy schedule to be with us at the assembly.


I congratulate all the students and staff who were recognised for their commitment to the School value of Social and Environmental Responsibility. On the surface it may seem easy to understand, doesn’t social responsibility mean an awareness of the world around us, the highs and lows that we experience and a responsibility to support each other through difficult times by giving rather than receiving or expecting something in return; and doesn’t Environmental Responsibility mean an awareness of our environment and taking the responsibility for protecting what we have not just for us but for future generations? However, in order to have a strong sense of both social and environmental responsibility we need deep emotional intelligence and both an understanding and appreciation of relationships; relationships between friends; relationships within our community and across communities, local national and international; and of course the relationship that both as individuals and as a community we have with our environment. These recipients are only representatives of the larger number of people who consistently live this school value.


Key Learning Area




Jane Thomas and
Ed Fairlie

Callum Walker

Jayne Carroll


Leanne Ipsen

Kristina Gorgievska
James Burke


Julie Allen

Geordie Brock

Brodie Collins


Melissa Hughes

Kyle Keenan

Tess Parker


Jon Baly

Rhys Trevithick
Kristine Alford


John Coates

Caleb Dawson


Leonie Rainey

Justin Howlett
Samantha Wilson

Whole School:


Billy Snell
Lachlan Dalgleish

Education Support:

Anthony O’Brien

and Janine  Orton



The assembly concluded with a presentation from the students involved the World Challenge Expedition, reflecting on their experience in Borneo in 2009 and a reflection from the two Symphonic Band leaders of the bands most recent trip to China.

The feedback from parents who attended and from students and staff was very positive. The next whole School Assembly will take place in early to mid October where we will officially farewell out Year 12 students, the class of 2010. I thank all staff and students for their very positive contribution to our assembly irrespective of whether they were a performer, presenter or part of the audience.


Student Achievement:

I congratulate Cassandra Dimovski for her involvement in Women’s Soccer. Cassandra has been awarded a full scholarship as a goal keeper at the National Training Centre. Similarly I congratulate Romy Stephens who participated in the Australian Hardcourt Tennis Nationals; Aiden Somers who was selected as a member of the Victorian Junior Team at the National Prince Phiillip Championship Horse Games in Queensland and Ashley Butler on his selection to the School Sport Australia Victorian Touch Football team which will compete in Canberra in October. We will be following these students’ successes in their sport with interest.


Market Garden Land (Bell Street, Eltham):

Some of you may be aware that the block of land located on Bell Street and facing our school has come up for sale. Whilst the school is interested in the land we are not in a position to purchase it nor is the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development interested in purchasing the land. I have had a number of conversations with various members of our community who really see the potential of this land for both the benefit of the community and the school. It has been really heart warming to listen to individuals and groups speak of the community and the school as if it were one entity and this is a real credit to you all. The community sees the school as its school and this is something that I and others before me have always worked hard to encourage. This feedback is very well received.


A range of ideas have been floated in relation to the possible use of the land; some possible, others creative and realistic and others reflect the imagination of a very intellectual society. However, irrespective of individual views about its use, there is a very strong and common view that the land must remain for the benefit of the community and the students at Eltham High School.  As a school we support any initiative that will benefit the school and the community. We (the school and members of the community) have had discussions about the land with the Shire of Nillumbik, our local members Steve Herbert and as part of the Community Cabinet (at the instigation of Steve Herbert), representatives of the community met at the land with the Hon. Gavin Jennings, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change.  He seemed positive about the view of the community; however, there is no certainty as to how this will translate. I will keep you informed of any developments


Vincent Sicari, Principal   



USA SPACE CAMP Dec 3rd - Dec 17th 2011


              Information Night – Tuesday 10th August

                 7:30pm in the Eltham High staffroom


If you will be in yr 9, 10 or 11 in 2011 then you are eligible to attend.


For further information please contact Ross Pringle at pri@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


EMA – Education Maintenance Allowance

EMA applications for the second instalment must be submitted to the school by Friday 6th August 2010.


If you filled out an application for the first instalment in February 2010 you do not need to submit another one. However, if you did not, and hold a current Health Care Card, please call into the office collect an application form.




Three down, one to go ... that's the situation with the music camps! 

Symphonic Band departs this Thursday afternoon for their time up at Ferngully Lodge.

Paperwork to look out for ... Melbourne School Bands Festival details. 

With the festival close by this is the time to check the formal uniform

- MUST be in perfect condition.  Parents, please check this with your child and ensure any necessary changes are not made at the last minute.

AMEB exams ... 'books' have closed for session 5. Outstanding exam fees are due for payment this week. The percussion exam application forms will be distributed this week.

Any queries, please contact Jill in the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Administration.


Temporary Staff Vacancy

Have you successfully completed 4 VCE science units?

Would you like to work in our Science labs?

A short term vacancy exists, working for 21/2 days per week.

Please contact the school for more information.


Kathleen Hannan

Business Manager


Senior School Student Progress Interviews – Thursday 29th July 2010. 

Interviews are available between 4:00pm-7:00pm for the parents and teachers of Senior School students.  Booking sheets are being distributed this week, and students are expected to book interview times with their teachers before the Student Progress Interviews Sessions. These sessions provide a valuable opportunity for staff, parents and students to talk about the progress and learning needs of the student.  We look forward to meeting with you on this night. 

Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal


Junior & Middle School Student Progress Interviews  - Tuesday 17 August 2010:




PLEASE NOTE: ON Tuesday 17 August, no students  attend classes on this day.  Junior and Middle students are expected to attend the interviews with their parents.


Junior & Middle School Student Progress Interviews Tuesday 17 August 2010Interviews are available between 11:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 4.30pm and 5.15pm – 7:00pm.


Parents of Junior and Senior School students are invited to the Student Progress Interviews on Tuesday 17th August   Interviews are available to parents as per the following schedule:

Session 1         11:00am – 1:00pm         Interviews

Session 2         2:00pm – 4.30pm          Interviews

Session 3         5.15pm-7:00pm             Interviews


Booking sheets will be distributed, and students are expected to book interview times with their teachers before the Student Progress Interview Sessions. These sessions provide a valuable opportunity for staff, parents and students to talk about the progress and learning needs of the student.  We look forward to meeting with you on this night. 

Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal


Online Student Progress Interviews

We have been working hard to implement an online booking system for student progress interviews. Due to technical difficulties with importing classes and teachers in to the software, this will not be available for this round of interviews.  We will however ensure that the system is working for the term 1 2011 interviews and information regarding the process and login details will be sent home when available.

Darren Squires

Assistant Principal


Year 10 Maths Games Day

On Thursday 22nd, ten of our year 10 students headed off to Mount Scopus College in Burwood to compete at the statewide games day. Fifty-seven other schools entered teams on the day to compete in four rounds, including a relay. Eltham students were Jennifer, Jen, Natasha, Alyce, Pamela, Dan, Daniel, Amos, Toby and Aidan, making two excellent teams. Each team won prizes for their efforts during the competition and finished 13th and equal 31st respectively. Well done to all these people.

Sue Keating





The Victorian Schools Cup is Victoria’s premier volleyball competition and Eltham High is the current holder of the trophy.

Eltham High school is entering 20 teams in the three day competition on Friday the 6th till Sunday the 8th of August 2010.

The Victorian schools cup will be held at the

State Volleyball Centre, 270 Stud Rd, Dandenong.

Transport will be provided on Friday. Games will run between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm on Friday. We will leave school for Dandenong at 6.30 am on Friday from the Ely St bus bay and buses will return at 4.00, 5.00, 7.00 and 9.00 pm depending on game times. A copy of the draw will be distributed as soon as it is available.

Return to school on Friday.

Teams will be rostered to return depending on the time of their last game. Parents wishing to collect their child from the State Volleyball Centre should contact Greg Thomas.

Students need to arrange their own transport to the venue on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of August.  


All students in the volleyball program were invoiced earlier in the year for this event and should have paid by now.  The school cashier has records of payment.

Greg Thomas

9430 5150     Mobile – 0488 486 000



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. Players of all ages are invited even if you missed the first session. The course costs $25 which pays for your accreditation and a whistle.


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.



Here are for a few tips for players who really don't want to be part of a successful team at schools cup.

I.              TEAM MEETINGS

v  Don’t go to team meetings on time – they are only for players who don’t know what they’re doing.

v  If you have a team meeting after the game, take that opportunity to go to the toilet, or better still catch up with someone who takes your fancy in another team. Team meetings after games are clearly for the coach to tell the other players what they did wrong.

v  If you are forced to go to a team meeting, take your mobile phone. If you can’t talk on it during the meeting, you will at least be able to SMS or play games.

v  If you are asked for your input at meetings, make sure people understand that you are not responsible for any mistakes, and that the setter is not setting to you well!

v  Positioning at team meetings is important. Either sit with your back to the coach, or hide behind another player so you can make the appropriate faces when comments are made.

v  Finish team meetings quickly so that you can go and watch the guys’ game.


Women's Soccer Star

v    Cassandra Dimovski is heavily involved in Women’s Soccer and the National Training Program.  Cassandra was given a full Scholarship as a Goal Keeper at National Training Centre which involves her training & playing 4 nights & 1 day per week.   She was also part of the Women’s U17 Victorian State Soccer Team that just competed at the Nationals in Coffs Harbour July 5th -9th 2010. Sounds like she is going to be a star of the future. Well done Cassandra.        

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 


Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator


Other sporting achievements:-

Results of Romy Stephens at the Australian Hardcourt Tennis Nationals (14's) held in Brisbane during the 2nd week of the holidays.  Romy was placed 12th in the singles (seeded 17) and was a quarter finalist in the doubles - just missing out on a semi final spot losing a 10 point super tie break 11-9.


Aiden Somers Year 9 was selected as a member of the 6 member Victorian Junior Team to represent Victoria at the National Prince Phillip Championship Horse Games held on 24 July at Nambour Queensland.

The Prince Phillip Games are a series of very fast races, exciting for participants and spectators alike, performed whilst riding.  They require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-eye coordination spirit which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and to be willing to help on another.

Riders compete in 21 races on horses provided by the host state.  Each team uses the same group of horses for 3 races before moving on to a new group of horses.  There is no time to get to know the nature or abilities of the pony before the racing begins so riders need to feel confident and be able to handle a wide range of ponies.

Victoria finished a very close second beaten by the NSW team.


Congratulations to Ashley Butler on his selection as a member of the School Sport Australia Victorian Touch Football team which will compete at the annual School Sport Championships to be held in Canberra in October this year.



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.



Canteen Roster

July/Aug 2010

Wed 28

Michelle Dalton, Margaret Toohey, Tracey Angelopoulos

Thurs 29

Margaret Cunningham, Lisa Emmins

Fri 30

Leonie Knoblock, Kylie O’Reilly, Linda Turner

Mon 2

Carol Guille, Robyn Flannagan

Tues 3

Laura Barr, Sally Malkoutzis

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



1.     Creative Arts Therapy Group

This group will offer a gentle, safe and respectful space to explore and make sense of your experience of depression. Using art materials, you are invited to give shape to feelings and emotions that may be difficult to communicate with words alone. This group aims to honour the vulnerabilities and strengths that each of us carry and come to new understandings and possibilities that can lead to enhanced well-being and connectedness with the world and others. No art experience is necessary for this group...just an interest in the possibilities of how making art may work for you.


Kerry is a creative arts therapist working with groups and individuals in the Eltham area. She is particularly interested in depression as a transformative life phase and is motivated in her work by witnessing the re-engagement and joy that people can experience as they move through depression.


Where:  Banyule Community Health Centre, Beryl Burkett rm

When:  Mondays 1-3pm from 16th August to 1st November

            2010 (excluding school holidays)

Cost:    $25.00 per session (10 sessions, materials & light

refreshments provided)

Facilitator: Kerry Kaskamanidis MA(C.A.T),ACATA registered

Contact:  Ph: 9431 6835 or Mob: 0411 166 705        

2.     T.A.R.A.  -     Teenage Aggression Responding Assertively  Program for parents

6 week  support group for parents of adolescents who behave violently at home. Commences Weds 28.7.10 – 1.9.10   (10 am to 12.30pm) Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik and Darebin    For enquires please contact 94504700

3.     Parenting program for those affected by bushfire – Registrations for Terms 4 now open freecall 1800780720. This is for those parenting children and teenagers affected by bushfires.


Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler



July/Aug 2010

Wed 28

Year 7 City Camp 1

Year 12 Fit to Drive

Transition Yr 10-Yr 11 Subject Selection (all week)

Thu 29

Music Rehearsal Camp – FernGully Lodge (Symphonic Band)

Year 7 City Camp 2

SoSE Yr 11 & 12 Legal Fieldwork - Barwon Prison

Art Yr 11 Art visit of artist

Senior School – Student Progress Interviews 4:00pm-7:00pm

Fri 30

Music Rehearsal Camp – FernGully Lodge (Symphonic Band)

Year 7 City Camp 2

LOTE – MS Indonesian Festival – Melb Uni

Mon 2

Transition – Yr 12 VTAC Information Sessions

SAC Week

Tue 3

Year 7 City Camp 3

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



Public Education Campaign

Public schools have a vital role in ensuring every child gets a high quality education. But they are under-resourced. Teachers and parents are joining together to convince the Federal Government to invest more in our public schools.

Public education federal election forums

The AEU is holding public forums to highlight public education as a crucial issue in the federal election. Each forum will be addressed by AEU Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and candidates from the Labor, Liberal and Green parties. Questions from the floor will be welcome. These events are open to all members of the community and children are welcome. These events will be held from 4.30pm–6.00pm.

August 3: Ringwood Secondary College, Bedford Road, Ringwood. For more information or RSVP, email Rowena Matcott or Julie Lynch or phone (03) 9417 2822.

August 5: The Lakes South Morang P-9 School, Administration Building, 80 Jardier Terrace, South Morang. RSVP July 30 Justin Mullaly or Ann Dettenberg on (03) 9417 2822.



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



Entries are open to exhibit at the MusArt Festival at Wales St. Primary School, Thornbury on 11th September 2010.  Applications close August 13.  Call Sophie 0419 560 755 for information, or email Haralambakis@optusnet.com.au




The Music Support Group are raising money for the Music program by running a Mud brick House Tour on October 24th.  We are looking for Mudbrick homes in the Eltham area.  The Tour will be run in conjunction with the Practically Green Festival and showcase a range of mud brick dwellings, from Taj Mudhals to Modernist Mud Brick marvels.  For more information, email Geoff Paine on geepaine@optusnet.com.au or call 0410 543 153.



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




Teenage Aggression:

Responding Assertively

A 6 week group program for parents in the northern region who have an adolescent behaving violently at home:

·      Understand how violence works

·      Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

·      Improve your relationship with your child

·      Understand adolescent development

Telephone: 9450 4700




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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