Term 3 Week 5    Tues 10th August 2010

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YEAR 7 INQUIRY FORUM – Tuesday 10th August 6:00pm in the 400’s block

USA SPACE CAMP Information Night – Tuesday 10th August 7:30pm Eltham High Staffroom

STUDENT PROGRESS INTERVIEWS – Junior & Middle School – Tuesday 17th August 2010 11:00am-7:00pm (NO students required at school – except when attending interviews)

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




Principal’s Report

Eltham High School’s Volleyball Team is Triumphant!

Congratulations to all the volleyball teams who competed in the Victorian Schools’ Cup over the last week.  Their hard work and commitment ensured the return of the Victorian Schools’ Cup to Eltham High School.  Similar to last year, the teams returned to school triumphant after having been awarded four gold, nine silver and one bronze medal.  The talent, hard work, commitment and effort of both our students and staff have once again been recognised.  In congratulating the students I also congratulate their coaches who supported the teams admirably.  Furthermore, I wish to thank and congratulate the parents of the students for their ongoing support and commitment particularly over the last weekend.  It has been reported to me by various people that the team spirit, supportive manner and leadership demonstrated by our students was second to none.  As always it is important to recognise that an event such as this has the support of the whole school and I do want to thank all the staff back at school who supported the running of normal classes through the taking of extras.  I wish to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of Greg Thomas, who once again has led his teams and this school to outstanding success.  We look forward to the national competitions which are coming up towards the end of the year.

Ultranet Professional Development Day

The student free day on Monday, 9 August allowed staff to undertake professional development focusing on the Ultranet.  The Teaching & Learning Coaches at Eltham High School organised and planned an extensive program which allowed staff to work in their discipline areas, whilst at the same time, provided them with opportunities to engage with a process of familiarisation with the various components of the Ultranet.  While there were some technical issues relating to logging in to the Ultranet at various time throughout the day, the program that was run at the school was well planned and implemented and received a positive response from the staff.  Members of the Principal Class team were involved in the ‘Big Day Out’ with all principals and assistant principals from across the State coming together at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  The program was a varied one which allowed us to focus on the Ultranet as a tool for learning, and provided us with the opportunity to listen to international speakers as well as to reflect on how we can support staff, students and parents to embrace this initiative.  The day also provided the opportunity for collegiate networking, as well as being kept up to date in relation to the ongoing development of the Bastow Institute of Leadership, which has been established by the State Government as a ‘lighthouse facility’ to support the professional development of school leaders.  As a school we are working very hard towards  meeting timelines in relation to the provision of students with the Ultranet ,as well as the provisioning of parents to be able to log onto the Ultranet.  This will not be a quick process in light of the amount of time it has taken to provision staff.  The school is looking at implementing this process in a planned and strategic way to ensure it is managed in an effective way.  More information will be provided on this as we proceed with this work.

VCE Mid-Year Results

I wish to congratulate all the students who participated in the Year 12 mid-year exams.  A range of outstanding results have been achieved by students across the six subjects that were assessed during this period.  In congratulating the students, I also want to acknowledge the hard work and effort of the teachers that supported their students through the learning process.  Studies for Semester 2 commenced prior to the end of Term 2 and I wish all our students the very best with the continuation of their studies throughout the remainder of the year.

Year 10 Portfolio Interview Day

On Thursday, 19 August all Year 10 students will be involved in the ‘Portfolio Interview Day’.  This is an initiative which has been going on in the school for a number of years and one which involves a range of members of our community.  The interviews will focus around a discussion in relation to each student’s aspirations for future pathways and involves conversations centred on work experience, the student’s passions and goals, an examination of their personal portfolio and also a conversation relating to post school intentions and the appropriateness of the VCE subjects selected to ensure a successful transition from school to further study or work.  I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Mr Peter Goddard for his organisation of this event, as well as all members of our community who are taking time to support the ongoing development of our young people at Eltham High School.  Members of the community involved include representatives of the Eltham Rotary Club, as well as people in business and industry.  I want to emphasise that Year 10 students are not required at school on this day, with the exception of ensuring that they arrive prior to their allocated interview time and that in doing so, they bring with them their personal portfolio.  Further information on this initiative appears in the Careers News section of this Newsletter.

Melbourne School Bands’ Festival

The Melbourne School Bands’ Festival will take place across the next fortnight.  I take this opportunity to wish the very best to each of the bands who will be competing in the Festival at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University throughout the next two weeks.  I am certain that our bands once again will represent our school and our community admirably and I take this opportunity to congratulate them for being part of this initiative, and in doing so, I also congratulate all our staff and conductors who will be working with our students and supporting them throughout this event.

Working Bee

I take this opportunity to personally invite every member of our community to attend the Term 3 Working Bee which is on this 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   


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.




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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


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



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 at least one of 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





The Victorian Schools Cup

Congratulations to all Eltham teams that competed over the weekend on winning the Victorian schools cup. All teams contributed to returning the cup to our trophy cabinet.

A brief run down of results:-

Under 14 girls division 1 - Silver Medal

Under 14 girls div 1 - Bronze medal

Under 14 boys division 1- Silver medal

Under 14 boys division 2 - unplaced

Under 15 Girls honours - Gold medal             

Under 15 girls division 2 - Gold medal

Under 15 Boys honors - Gold medal              

Under 15 boys division 1 - Silver medal

Under 16 Girls honors - Silver medal

Under 16 girls division 1 - Silver medal

Under 16 boys honours - Gold medal                        Under 16 boys division 1- 7th

Under 17 Girls honors - Silver medal

Under 17 girls division 1 - 5th

Under 17 Boys honours - unplaced                            Under 17 boys division 1A- Silver

Open Women Division 1 - unplaced                           Under 17 boys division 1B - unplaced

Open Women Honours - Silver medal

Open Men's Honours - Silver Medal


Cassie Stockton and Ben Hague were also awarded the most valuable player trophy for their age group.

Thank you to the staff that gave up their weekend to help coach and support teams and thanks also to the parents that attended the tournament to support their children.

Team photos should be available for viewing on the school web page in a few days.

All Players are invited to the show court Wednesday lunchtime to celebrate our victory.


Important Dates

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




Term 3 Programme

It’s a busy time in Term 3, the main events still to come:

• August 5 – 13: Year 12 VTAC Information Sessions

• August 18: Parents VTAC Briefing

• August 19: Year 10 Portfolio Interview Day


Year 10 Portfolio Interview Day

On Thursday 19th August Year 10 students will only be required at school to do their Portfolio interview. This will take fifteen minutes and there are no other school commitments for them on that day. Students are expected to dress as if applying for a job but the interview will be about them - Work Experience, VCE subjects, post school intentions, passions and goals and their Personal Portfolio will contain supporting evidence. Thanks to the Year 10 English teachers for helping students prepare for the interview.


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 15 Aug – Australian Catholic Uni (ACU) (Melbourne); Swinburne Uni & TAFE; Melbourne Uni

·         Sat 21 Aug – Holmesglen TAFE

·         Sun 22 Aug – Box Hill TAFE; Deakin Uni (Melbourne

·         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.


Work Experience at the Zoo

Applications for next year have now opened and close on Friday 8th October. Best suited to current Year 9’s though Year 10-11 students may be able to fit it into their studies. Applications must be endorsed by the school, those submitted directly by students will not be considered. See me for more details.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher




Melbourne School Bands Festival is the flavour of the week / fortnight.

The Intermediate, Symphonic and Concert, Jazz and Stage Bands are performing this week at Robert Blackwood Hall.  The Training Band is Thursday next week.

At the conclusion of the Festival there is a finale concert [Saturday 21st August].  It's by invitation but unfortunately the schools aren't informed until mid next week.  If an invitation is extended we will inform the students involved immediately.

What's coming up?  Royal South Street competitions for all the bands except Training is in the first week of September.

And ... the 'Celebration Concert' involving all students in the music program is on Monday 13th September.

Any queries, please contact Jill in the Music Office on 9430 5127



Jill Browne, Music Administration




August 2010

Wed 11

Yr 7 City Camp 1 – third day

Transition – Yr 12 VTAC Information Sessions

HPE – MS Dance & Gym – Greensborough Hoyts

Thur 12

Music Concert Band – Melbourne Bands Festival – Monash Uni

Fri 13

Yr 7 City Camp 2 – third day

Reporting – Junior & Middle School – online

Music Jazz Band & Stage Band – Melbourne Bands Festival Monash Uni

Mon 16

Transition Yr 11 Subject Selection 2

SAC Week

HPE – Yr12 H&HD – Melb Convention Centre

Tue 17

Junior & Middle School – Student Progress Interviews 11:00am – 7:00pm

NO STUDENTS REQUIRED AT SCHOOL (except when attending progress interview sessions)

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 11

Julie Temple, Nicole Clark

Thurs 12

Leanne Lillie, Danielle Ashby

Fri 13

Robyn Bulman, Jenny Vasiliadis,

Rhonda Constantinou

Mon 16

Michelle Chequer, Jenny Reeves

Tues 17

No Canteen – Student Progress Interviews

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.




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)


EGG is a group for young people in Nillumbik and Banyule who want to explore their sexuality or gender.  We have activities, discussions, arty stuff, food and fun.  This group is FREE and we meet on Monday’s 4:30pm-6:30pm at a venue close to Eltham Station.

For more information: Text/call: 0439 812 316, 9430 9100 or email: davidf@nchc.org.au or contact Brendan Monigatti or Jenny Fowler on 9430 5123.


“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 (8pm 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.


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



AUSTRALIAN PLANTS EXPO 2010: A native gardener's delight, this year's expo showcases Native landscaping, Bush food, and Wildlife, as well as the usual magnificent native flower show, plant sales including indigenous plants, book sales, art, other gift and product stalls. Speaker program. Activities for children - extra attraction of 'water bugs' Saturday afternoon. Lots of prizes to be won. Wheelchair friendly. Ample parking. Refreshments courtesy of 1st Eltham Scouts.Organized by Australian Plants Society Yarra Yarra Inc.

$5 Adults, $4 Concessions, Children free.

11/09/2010 - 12/09/2010 10am-4pm

Eltham Community & Reception Centre

801 Main Road (Mel 21 J6)

or phone Jill  03 94397228

Parenting/Carers Workshop FREE

This workshop will be run by Jeneanne Eastaway an experienced relationships counsellor

Ingredients for a healthy relationship with young adults

WHEN: Wednesday 1st September

WHERE: Diamond Valley Learning Centre

Cnr Diamond Creek and St Helena Roads

TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Contact: Jeannene or Graham on (03) 9435 9060.

Bookings essential.

Supper provided




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