Term 3 Week 4    Tues 3rd August 2010

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STUDENT FREE DAY (Teacher Professional Development Day) – Monday 9th August 2010

(no students required at school)

STUDENT PROGRESS INTERVIEWS - Junior & Middle School – Tuesday 17th August 2010 11:00am-7:00pm

VCE ENHANCEMENT INFORMATION EVENING – Wednesday 18th August 2010 8:00pm




Principal’s Report

Year 7 City Experience

The Year 7 City Experience Program is well underway, with the last group of students departing for the city this morning.  Students spend two days in the city with an overnight stay in a city hotel.  During their time in the city students are involved in an investigation around the topic of ‘Melbourne – What a great place to live.  Or is it?’  Throughout this investigation the students are reflecting on the school values and are investigating the alignment of those values with city living.  Part of their experience involves visiting a number of prominent sites, including the Ian Potter Centre at the National Gallery of Victoria as well as landmarks such as the MCG, the Aquarium and The Shine of Remembrance.  This experience is very closely linked to the curriculum students are involved in back at school and, in particular, the integrated learning model through the inquiry based process.  As part of this Program, all Year 7 students will return to the city for one additional day later in the term to provide them with the opportunity to complete their investigation, as well as prepare their final conclusions prior to their presentations.  I take this opportunity to congratulate the Junior School Team for their work and effort placed into the organisation of this event and, in particular, Mr Cameron Laurence for his dedication and organisation in ensuring a very successful outcome for all of our students.  Similarly, I wish to congratulate and thank all other staff that have been involved in the program, without whose support this would not have been possible and, in particular, staff who have supported the Program by taking extra classes to allow their colleagues to be part of this Year 7 experience.

I wish to congratulate all our Year 7 students for the way they have approached this initiative, and for their outstanding engagement and behaviour.  There have been numerous occasions when members of the public have commented on the outstanding manners and behaviour of our young people.  I was very fortunate to meet up with one of the groups during last week’s Program and I have to say that, once again, our students demonstrate themselves as outstanding ambassadors, not just of our school, but of our community.

Year 7 Inquiry Forum

I extend a personal invitation to all parents of Year 7 students to the Year 7 Inquiry Forum to be held on Tuesday, 10 August at 6:00pm in the 400s rooms.  The evening will have two components: beginning with a short presentation by Mr Darren Squires, Assistant Principal, and one of the Inquiry Team teachers.  The presentation will offer additional information in relation to your child’s Program for the second half of the year, as well as provide an explanation of how the year 7 City Experience relates to the rest of the curriculum.  Following this presentation, parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to their child’s team of teachers and clarify any queries or concerns that you may have.  This is an important evening and I strongly encourage all Year 7 parents to ensure that this date is on your calendar.  I look forward to welcoming you all on the night.

Performance and Development Week

Throughout this week all staff are involved in their Performance and Development team meetings.  This is an initiative that began almost two years ago and it is a process which allows teachers to reflect on their practice, identify goals for improvement and work on those goals throughout the year with the support of their colleagues.  Performance and Development Week is always a busy time when each of the collegiate groups meets to provide an opportunity for each participant to discuss the progress of their work in achieving the goals that they have set for themselves.  As part of this process, a number of initiatives have been implemented, including the peer observation program where colleagues observe each other’s classes and provide feedback in relation to identified and agreed areas of teaching practice and performance.   The documentation of curriculum using a concept based approach outlined on the Eltham High School Curriculum Planning Template has also been part of the performance and development initiative, as has been the preliminary work necessary for the introduction of the Ultranet as a tool for collaboration and learning.  All staff, including teaching staff, education support staff and School Council employees, are part of the performance and development culture process,.  The most positive thing to come from this process is the camaraderie and the collegiate support that is developing on an ongoing basis.  I congratulate all staff for their commitment and for the work that they are undertaking in support of improving student learning and student learning outcomes.

Student Achievement

I wish to congratulate Dylan Berry who has been placed second in the AFL Dream Team School Competition.  Dylan has a strong interest in the sport and his knowledge of the game has allowed him to achieve this success.  For his efforts Dylan has won a Sherrin football, as well as football coaching equipment for our school to the value of $500.  Well done and thank you!

Term 3 Working Bee

I take this opportunity to invite all members of our community to attend the Term 3 Working Bee on Sunday, 15 August.  This will be the only working bee for Term 3 and there are a range of different tasks that have been identified by the Grounds Committee which will keep us well occupied throughout the morning.  The working bees provide an excellent opportunity for our school community to come together and to work towards the common goal of continuing to beautify the school grounds to support student learning.  During the morning a delicious morning tea will be offered and at that time I will be updating the community on the progress relating to our building program.  At the end of the working bee everyone is invited to stay for lunch and some social interaction.  I wish to thank all the parents, students and staff who will be attending the working bee, and in particular, I wish to commend the work of the Grounds Committee and Mr John Coates for the work that they do in ensuring that these working bees are a great success.  I look forward to seeing you all there on the day.

Vincent Sicari, Principal   

Working Bee – Sunday 15th August


The Grounds Committee has schedule the only Working Bee for Term 3 on Sunday 15th August from 9:00am until 12:30pm with both morning tea and barbeque lunch supplied.  If attending this event please part your vehicle on the hardcourts adjacent to the library and proceed to the Canteen Courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and given an appropriate task. 


As usual we have a wide range of tasks to suit the skills of our valued volunteers so come along and make a difference to the external environment of our learning institution.  The following tasks have been given priority for this event:-


1.     Removal of pine bollards on the south side of 600’s and replacement with post and pine fence for the newly proposed garden development in that area

2.     Further planting in the environmental complex at the end of the tennis courts

3.     Further mulching along the Western boundary as well as the area enclosed at the end of the tennis courts

4.     Mowing and brushcutting in a variety of areas

5.     Relocation of some Lomandras adjacent to the Hall and Staffroom to the South side of the Stadium complex

6.     Sweeping of area adjacent to the Stadium entrance as well as the Courtyard Complex

7.     Pruning and weeding in a variety of locations

8.     Drains to be cleaned in the Courtyard complex

9.     Seats to be fixed on the Bell St boundary

10.  Planting on the South side of 903 and 904 plus some mulching in the same area


Parents who have nominated this date as their preferred voluntary contribution to the Working Bees will be contacted and advised of possible jobs that they could do on the day. 

Looking forward to your anticipated support.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee


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


VCE Subject Selection Process 2011

VCE Subject selection sheets have been distributed to Year 10 & 11 students for completion and submission to Senior School Office by Monday 30th August, 2010.

The VCE subject selection handbook has been designed to assist students in their selection of VCE subjects. It should be used in conjunction with the Parent Information Evening held for Year 10 students, and the class and individual careers counseling that is provided to students.

The Senior School subject selection handbook can be accessed via the Eltham High School web site, further information is also available from the VCAA web site (http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au), or from the Study Designs held in the school library.

Apart from these sources, students are advised to consult widely with staff and family for assistance in selecting their VCE studies. Senior School Coordinators, Middle School Coordinators, subject teachers and the Careers Coordinator are more than willing to work with individual students who may require some additional assistance.


Current Year 10 students must select six units for study in Semester 1 & 2, 2011. Students must choose English OR English Language OR Literature in both semesters. Students who undertake a VCE Mathematics study are advised to discuss the varying options with their Mathematics teacher who will sign the recommendation section on the VCE selection sheet. Students are able to select from the following Unit 1/2 sequences: Foundation Mathematics; General Mathematics (Further); Mathematical Methods (CAS) and General Mathematics (Methods).


Current Year 11 students must select five units for study in Semester 1 & 2, 2011. Students must choose English OR English Language OR Literature as a Unit 3/4 sequence. Students who are selecting VCE Mathematics are required to use the following information as a guide in making their subject selections. General Mathematics (Further) Units 1/2 leads to Further Mathematics Units 3/4. Mathematical Methods (CAS) and General Mathematics (Methods) Units 1/2 lead to Mathematical Methods CAS OR Mathematical Methods CAS and Specialist Mathematics OR Mathematical Methods CAS and Further Mathematics.


VTAC Parent Seminar for Bushfire Affected Schools

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre will be conducting a briefing session for Bushfire Affected Schools on Tuesday 31st August, 2010 commencing at 7.00 pm at Whittlesea Secondary College, Laurel Street, Whittlesea. Participating schools include: Eltham High School, Whittlesea Secondary College, Epping Secondary College, Diamond Valley College and Ivanhoe Grammar School. Members of the Eltham High School community are welcome to attend the information session. No bookings are necessary.


VCE Enhancement Information evening

Current Year 9 students who may be interested in undertaking a VCE Enhancement study in 2011 are advised of the upcoming Enhancement Information evening re-scheduled for Wednesday 18 August 2010 commencing at 8:00pm in the open learning area in the 400’s wing.


Anna Panas

Senior School Team Leader



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



Check your child's bag ... information has been given out regards the Melbourne School Bands Festival.  Notices to Intermediate Band were available after the rehearsal and only half the band picked them up - they are performing on Monday 9th August in the early evening so it's vital that parents read the information carefully.  Unfortunately that is also a 'pupil free day', but we have no control over the dates etc.

The Melbourne School Bands Festival, for us, runs until the 19th of August. There is a Gala Concert on Saturday 21st August that has 'invited' bands performing.  We will not know if we're one of them until a couple of days prior!

The music camps are over!  Thank you to all the staff who helped make this event such a valuable opportunity for the students.

Remember to check your uniforms, ready for the upcoming performance events!


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


Jill Browne, Music Administration



The Symphonic Band has recently come back from an incredible tour of China.  During our time in Beijing and Shanghai we had the opportunity to combine with several other Australian and Chinese bands, and gave some of our best and most moving performances. 

One of the biggest highlights of the tour was rehearsing and performing 'Angels in the Architecture' with American composer Frank Ticheli, whose passion and musicality helped to produce two unforgettable concerts. 

Another memorable performance was given at the World Expo, where we had the privilege of playing Ed Fairlie's 'Muerto por Tango' as the accompaniment for an improvised tango by dancers from the Argentinean pavilion. 

We visited breathtaking ancient structures including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Jade Buddha Temple and the Great Wall, as well as markets, museums, and jade and silk outlets.  We also had the fascinating, if errie experience, of visiting Mao Zedong's tomb at Tiananmen Square, and spent two fantastic days expoloring the World Expo.  After nearly two weeks we returned to Australia with cravings for pies and tomato sauce, excellent haggling skills, and memories of an absolutely amazing time. 

We wish to thank [a thousand times over] all of the music staff, Vincent Sicari, Di Parry, the Music Support Group and parents of Symphonic Band members for all of their support before and during the tour.


Band Leaders:  Melanie Simpson and Caleb Dawson



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.


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


2010 Australian Mathematics Competition


The 2010 Australian Mathematics Competition is on this week on Thursday 5th August during periods 1 and 2 in the Library. Participating students need to bring 2 grey lead pencils and an eraser, and arrive early. Reminders and information about practice papers have been made available to students. We have over 60 registered participants and wish them well. Good luck to our Mathematicians!

Ms Ivory

KLA Coordinator Mathematics


Year 7 Inquiry Forum

(City as an Organism Inquiry)

During Term 3, students have been investigating the city of Melbourne through the lens of the Eltham High School Values; Pursuit of Excellence, Individuality, Creativity, Social and Environmental Responsibility, Respect for Diversity and Integrity. This involves work in English, Science and Humanities Toolbox classes, Inquiry classes and the City Camp to answer the question “Melbourne – what a great place to live. Or is it?” Students are researching questions to discover how well the City of Melbourne measures up against Eltham High School’s values? All year 7 parents invited to attend the Year 7 Inquiry Forum at 6pm on Tuesday 10 August 2010 at Eltham High School in the 400’s rooms. There will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to your child’s team of teachers.

Darren Squires




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.






The Victorian Schools Cup is Victoria’s premier volleyball competition.

Eltham High school is entering 20 teams in the three day competition on Friday the 6th till Sunday the 8th of August 2010 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 and buses will return from Dandenong at 4.00, 5.00, 7.00 and 9.00 pm depending on game times.

Leaving for Dandenong on Friday

Most teams will leave Eltham at 6.30 am from the Ely St bus bay.

These teams will leave at 10.30 am – U/15 girls div 2, U/15 boys div 1

U/16 girls honours, U/17 boys honours, U/17 boys div 1A


Leave Dandenong at 4.00pm return to school–5.00pm

14 girls div 1, 14 girls div 2, 14 boys div 2, 16 Girls div 1, 16 boys div 1

Leave Dandenong at 5.00pm return to school– 6.00pm

16 boys hon, 17 girls hon, 17 girls div 1, 17 boys div 1B, Open girls div 1

Leave Dandenong at 7.00pm return to school – 8.00pm

15 boys hon, 15 girls hon, 16 girls Hon, Open boys Hon, Open Girls Hon.

Leave  Dandenong at 9.00 pm return to school–10.00pm

14 boys 1, 15 girls 2, 15 boys 1, 17 boys 1A, 17 boys Hon.                       

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

COSTS   Students should have paid for this event earlier in the year.  The school cashier has records of payment.

If any players need to purchase new knee pads or bike shorts - they are $25 and available from Mr Thomas. I also have some free 2nd hand knee pads.




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

1.   WARM UP

2.  Whatever you do, don’t warm up with the rest of the team. They will understand that you need more time to fix your hair, go to the loo, or pick up!

3.  Let the setter know that their sets suck if you hit the ball into the net. They need to know so they can make you look better during the game.

4.  In serving warm up serve the ball as hard as you can. If  it goes into the net you will get to serve again.

5.  Don’t say ‘good hit’ or ‘good set’ to anyone, otherwise they’ll get a big head.

6.  Don’t collect the balls after the warm up – if the coach hasn’t put you on the court, he can collect the balls – that’s what they get paid for!


Now to be serious.

Good luck to all teams in this weekend's schools volleyball cup. With 20 teams playing there are going to be many Eltham players at the venue. Take time to support another team if you have time between games. Don't forget to bring playing uniform, knee pads, ankle braces (if you have them), runners (and socks) and your water bottle.

Be the best player you can be and don't forget - on and off the court you represent Eltham High school.

Finally - don't forget to thank your coach. They have given up their weekend to help you (and they don't even get to play). Bring home the cup!     


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 


Congratulations to Shaun McLachlan

Shaun McLachlan participated in the Victorian Intermediate Championships run by Boxing Victoria on the weekend and came away with the Victorian Amateur Intermediate Flyweight Title. Well done.


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


Term 3 Programme

It’s a busy time in Term 3, the main events being:

• August 5 – 13: Year 12 VTAC Information Sessions

• August 6: Year 11 Subject Selection Information Session

• August 18: Parents VTAC Briefing

• August 19: Year 10 Portfolio Interview Day


University & TAFE Open Days

Students in Years 10 – 12 are strongly encouraged to attend Open Days so as to help them choose appropriate tertiary courses. Most Open Days are on Sundays in August.

Open Days still to come:

·         Sun 8 Aug – Deakin Uni (Geelong); RMIT Uni & TAFE; Gordon TAFE; Victoria Uni & TAFE (Footscray); William Angliss TAFE

·         Sun 15 Aug – Australian Catholic Uni (ACU) (Melbourne); Deakin Uni (Warrnambool); La Trobe Uni (Bendigo); Swinburne Uni & TAFE; Melbourne Uni; Sunraysia TAFE (Swan Hill)

·         Sat 21 Aug – Holmesglen TAFE

·         Sun 22 Aug – Box Hill TAFE; Deakin Uni (Melbourne); La Trobe Uni (Albury/Wodonga)

·         Sun 29 Aug - ACU (Ballarat); Ballarat Uni; La Trobe Uni (Bundoora)


Parent VTAC Briefing

Want to help your Year 12 son or daughter with their tertiary application but are a bit confused by: the myriad of options available; the VTAC application process; all those acronyms - HECS-Help, SEAS, VGF; etc. Then come along to this info session, 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th August in the Library. Anna Panas and I will help decipher all those mysteries.


Interested in Occupational Therapy?

Then Explore Occupational Therapy as a Career by attending an information/demonstration evening. Hear from occupational therapists in a range of areas, see demonstrations, ask questions. When: 6.15-8.00pm, Thurs 2 Sept; Where: Education Precinct, Level 4, Austin Tower, Austin Hospital, Studley Rd, Heidelberg; Parking: $9 in Austin Tower – collect voucher on the night; Register: Loretta Hanson, ph 9496 5105 or Melissa.whitten@austin.org.au.


Information sessions for students with a disability

·         Navigating the Journey: a workshop for parents, carers and support networks of students with a disability. Rights and responsibilities, legislation, services, needs and hopes, person-centred planning. Confused about what to do? When: 6.30-8.30pm, Wed 4 Aug; Where: Room 5, Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood; Cost: Free; Registration/Info: Sue Dixon, 9895 7041, sue.dixon@yooralla.com.au

·         Two sessions for students with a disability or chronic medical condition on VTAC and SEAS. Hear from VTAC, TAFE’s and universities how to maximise successful entry of students into tertiary education. Learn about the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), how selection officers interpret the application form, and about support services.

1.      When: 6.00-8.30pm, Thurs 19 Aug; Where: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston (Grevillea Room); Cost: Free; Info: Effie Kapsalos, ph 9686 2354, ekapsalos@imvc.com.au; Auslan interpreters; Register: http://www.imvc.com.au/new_site/NDCO_Booking_Request.asp (NDCO event)    OR

2.      When: 6.15-8.30pm, Wed 25 Aug; Where: Building HD3.008, Deakin Uni,  Burwood; Register: http://www.trybooking.com/FYJ Info:jill.sears@rmit.edu.au; Auslan interpreters and live remote captioning will be provided and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Brought to you by NDCO and Deakin Uni.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher



August 2010

Wed 4

Transition – Yr12 VTAC Information Sessions

SAC Week

Yr 7 City Camp 3

Thu 5

Maths Competition

Music – Clarinet Choir – Greensborough RSL

Fri 6

Music – Melbourne School Strings Festival

Sport – Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup – MSAC

SoSE – International Studies Lecture – Melb Uni

Mon 9

Student Free Day – Teacher Professional Development Day

Tue 10

Transition – Yr12 VTAC Information Sessions

English – Yr12 Literature – Gwen Harwood lecture

Music – Melbourne School Strings Festival

Music – Symphonic Band – Melbourne Bands Festival Monash Uni

Finance Committee Meeting

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

August 2010

Wed 4


Thurs 5

Liz Deacon, Joanne Munro

Fri 6

Wendy Dixon, Petra Leaford, Tracey Clark

Mon 9

Pupil Free Day

Tues 10

Dianne Milankovic, Kathy Smith

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



“What kids are doing online and how to keep them safe!” by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

On August 30th at the Novotel St. Kilda (7 to 8pm) Dr Michael Carr Gregg will give an important  presentation to parents and teachers giving an insight into what children are doing online and how to keep them safe.


Following the presentation there will be the opportunity to stay back for an hour or so to mingle with other parents and teachers from all over Australia and NZ.


Finger food and drinks will be provided (8 to 9pm) as part of the $49 admission charge.


To book online please click here: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/3996


To book by phone please call Danielle on (03) 8591 2280 or email admin@criticalagendas.com.au


As places are limited a prompt booking is absolutely essential.


Stillness Meditation – A Simple and Effective Way to Treat Stress and Anxiety amongst Young People.


Attendance at the workshop is suitable for young people aged over 15, parents of all age children, counsellors, youth workers, people experiencing anxiety and interested members of the community.

Wednesday 11th August 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Auditorium, Eltham College 1660 Main Road, Research

RSVP urgently on 9437 1421

Entry $10 on the door (students free)


Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler


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


Billanook College Chess Championship Cup

Final Tournament – Saturday 21st August 2010

Format: 7-Round Swiss                      Cost: $15 

Time: 9:30am-2:30pm

Where: Billanook College 197-199 Cardigan Rd, Mooroolbark

Register online:-





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




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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


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