Term 3 Week 8    Tue 31st August 2010


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Thursday 9th September 7:30pm in the Library

If you wish to attend please RSVP by emailing Cassy Nunan - nun@elthamhs.vic.edu.au





Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Volleyball team who on Sunday 29 August were the grand final winners of the Latrobe Valley Volleyball tournament in Moe. I spoke to one of the team members Monday morning and she was very excited about the team’s achievement and the accolade that they were able to bring back to the school. This is yet another feather in their cap! I congratulate their coach and thank their parents for getting them to and from the competition.


Director of Music:

With the appeals process completed, I am very pleased to announce that Mr Mark Shiell has been appointed to the Director of Music Position at Eltham High School. Mark is an outstanding musician and leader and we look forward to working with him to continue the fabulous work of our music department and the ongoing development of our program. Mark will begin his role at the start of Term 4. In welcoming Mark, I do wish to thank and congratulate Meg George who over the last two years has acted in the role of Director of Music. Meg has been an outstanding leader who has executed her role with a great deal of commitment, energy and hard work. The direction that she set for the program over this time has ensured its ongoing success and development. I also wish to thank Mrs Jill Browne (music secretary) for the support she has provided to Meg and the program over this time. It has been a group effort including the commitment of the instrumental and classroom music staff and I am certain that Mark will benefit from the ongoing support he will receive from this highly dedicated group of people.


Eltham Music:

As the students move into another week of competition with the Royal South Street Music Festival, I take this opportunity to wish them all the very best in the upcoming performances. I know that each band, ensemble and choir has been rehearsing extensively and once again the commitment of ours students and staff needs to be commended. Participation in an event such as this is a real privilege and I know that our students are looking forward to this opportunity.


Bell Street Market Garden Land:

On Monday morning 30 August, The member for Eltham Mr Steve Herbert MP, announced that the State Government had signed a contract to secure the 11 acre property opposite the school on Bell Street as public land. He indicated that the contract of purchase has been signed and that a 60 day settlement period will apply. A number of community members including representatives from the Shire of Nillumbik, local residents, representatives from environment groups and students and staff from our school were present at the announcement. This is a great opportunity for the Eltham Community. We look forward to having input into the use of the land and to contributing to its development as we have done previously with the development of the Borrak Reserve.


Building Futures Process:

The following information appeared in last week’s edition of the newsletter. However due to a number of queries I wish to republish:

Our Project Officer, Mr Bruce Martyn is currently working very closely with our architects and other professionals to ensure that the Tender Documents are being prepared within the timeframe for the project to be offered to Tender by mid September. The Tender Process will take 4-5 Weeks before a contractor will be appointed and from there a variety of things need to happen before we begin the demolition of the hall and the 200 Wing.


I want to assure parents and students (particularly Year 12) that this will not take place during year 12 exams and that as always the school will do everything possible to ensure a consistently smooth running examination process.


Vincent Sicari, Principal   


Proposed Bus Services – St Andrews and Panton Hill areas.

Panorama Coaches are talking to the government bus authorities seeking to establish a bus service from St Andrews to Diamond Creek Station via Panton Hill.  While this is still in the early stages of being developed, families may like to contact Panorama to support them to have this service commence.  Contact John Griffiths at Panorama on 9438 3666.



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.






Volleyball T-Shirt Competition

Students are invited to submit a design for this year’s Eltham High T-shirt at the Australian Volleyball schools cup competition.

The design is for the front of the T-shirt and should have ‘Eltham High Volleyball’ on it. It may have other wording if required.

The back of the T-shirt will be the same design as last year and reads ‘Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 2010’.

The winner of the competition will get free entry to Aust Volleyball schools Cup and a Free T-shirt (value $ 250). Non players are welcome to enter and could win $75 and a free T-shirt.

Entries must be submitted to Mr Thomas by the end of August 2010.

Get designing!!


Super League Volleyball

In preparation for the coming National schools cup competitions a special ‘super league’ competition will run each Thursday night after school. The purpose is for Eltham teams to have a regular quality game of volleyball to prepare them for the matches they will encounter in the coming competition. Students will play in their school team in two graded competitions. Both will be held on Thursday nights at 3.25 pm.

Teams will also be required to do duty so that referees’ can gain practice prior to schools cup.

There will be no charge for games. It is very important that all players attend games and provide enough officials for duty.


Congratulations to Sam Brisbane for being awarded the Most Valuable player for the Victorian under 17 boys volleyball team. Sam also plays for our Eltham senior boys team, Melbourne Uni renegades and the GMVA. Well done Sam on your reward for the effort you have put into becoming an excellent player.


Congratulations also to our year 8 girls team on their win at the Latrobe Valley tournament in Moe on Sunday.

Grand Final - Eltham d Upwey 8s, 2 – 0: 25/14, 25/10.

Thanks to the parents that transported and coached the girls.


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


Canteen Roster

September 2010

Wed 1

Christine Williams

Thurs 2

Joanne Munro

Fri 3

Kathryn Sparkes, Margie Pendlebury

Mon 6

Vivian Heath

Tue 7

Kimbra Shrubshall, Kim Butler

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.




Eltham High School currently has an international cultural exchange student from France attending in Yr 11.


There is a wonderful opportunity for a local family to volunteer to host this Year 11 boy. You could enhance your studies, your travels, and your career. Learn of new customs, language, attitudes, and have fun teaching Australian culture.


If you would like to seize this opportunity, please contact Robert Lindsay (robert.l@scce.com.au) at Southern Cross Cultural Exchange now (www.scce.com.au), on free call 1800 500 501 to obtain further information.




Royal South Street Competitions ... that's the buzz this week.  The VCE Rock Group and the VCE Jazz Combo went up to Ballarat on Sunday and both received third places.  This is the first time we have entered these sections. Congratulations!  Please note, that the Training Band do not attend these competitions

Parents, please check the school bags for any updates/reminders for these competitions.  We have had a couple of changes of departure time - clarinet and percussion ensembles, both leaving EHS at slightly earlier times.

Concert Band bus ... are there any parents wanting to go on the bus to South Street?  Please ring Jill asap if available.

It's a busy but fun week ... enjoy!

The Celebration of Music concert - Monday 13th September at Yarra Valley Grammar, 7.30pm.  This is allocated seating and tickets are now available from the music office.  Please place your order by Friday 10th September - there will be limited attendance in the office on the concert day.

If you have any queries, please contact Jill in the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Administration




September 2010

Wed 1

SAC Week

Music – Royal South Street Percussion Ensemble

Music – Royal South Street Ensembles

Photoshop Course 418

Thur 2

Senior School – UNIFEM Forum 4 Students

Music – Royal South Street Intermediate Band

Fri 3

Transition – SS & MS Subject Selections Due

Music – Royal South Street Jazz Band

HPE – MS RRS Ten Pin Bowling

Music – Royal South Street Stage Band

Sat 4

OES – Yr 12 Rafting

Music – Royal South Street Concert Band & Symphonic Band

Sun 5

MS Ski Camp

Music – Royal South Street Choir

Mon 6

Music – Royal South Street Chamber Choir

HPE – MS RRS Boxercise

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





Keeper for a day at Healesville

This is a careers program for Year 9 students and above who are interested in working with animals. When: 21, 22, 28 & 29 Sept; Where: Healesville Sanctuary; Cost: $99 (incl. morning tea); Bookings: 9285 9406; Info: http://www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Programs/HSKeeper_for_day


Aquarist for a day

An opportunity for students interested in the marine sciences. When: September holidays; Where: Melbourne Aquarium; Cost: $70; Info/book:  www.melbourneaquarium.com.au (go to Education, Special Programs).


Forensic Science Careers Information Session

Career Information sessions give insights into career options in the forensic sciences and information about requirements to enter into those careers. Speakers include a forensic pathologist, toxicologist, odontologist, entomologist, mortuary technician, physician from clinical forensic medicine and representative from the Donor Tissue bank of Victoria. When: 12.30pm4pm, September 24; Where: Coronial Services Centre, Institute Lecture Theatre, 5783 Kavanagh St, Southbank; Registration: http://www.vifm.org/careers_info.html


Interested in studying Medicine?

If so, then the ‘Becoming a Doctor Information Session’ may interest you. Hear university staff, and ask questions to help prepare your application to study medicine at Melbourne or Monash. Hear Prof. Geoff McColl (Director, Medical Education Unit, Melbourne) and Prof. Ben Canny (Dep. Dean, Monash Uni, MBBS program) describe their courses, and provide advice to help with the application/interview process. Hear from current medical students and recent graduate, Dr James Hillis about the demands of the course. When: 6.30-9.30pm, Thurs 9 Sept; Where: AMA House, 293 Royal Parade, Parkville; Cost: $95 per student; Info/register: www.solutionsplustraining.com.au (see Short Courses).


Super Thursdays at NMIT

NMIT is opening every metropolitan campus door (Collingwood, Epping, Fairfield, Greensborough, Heidelberg and Preston) on the third Thursday of every month for the rest of the year. This is a great opportunity for potential students to check out the facilities and join in many events ranging from information sessions to interactive classes. The inaugural Super Thursday is on 19th August and the calendar of events can be accessed at www.nmit.edu.au/information_enrolment/super_thursdays.aspx


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.


Monash Engineering Information Evening

This is an informative evening for prospective students and their families with academic, student and graduate speakers followed by a light supper and the opportunity to talk with the presenters, academics and faculty staff. An excellent opportunity for those unable to attend on Open Day and is of particular relevance to students in VCE considering a career in engineering.

When: Thurs 9th September, 7.00-9.03pm, Lecture Theatre C1, Building 63, Clayton campus. Register online at http://eng.monash.edu.au/infoevening or call 9905 3404.


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher



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




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.



Nillumbik Youth Services Network - www.nyp.com.au   provides a range of programs, events and services for young people and families. Plus heaps of fun stuff and more!

Outreach – if you would like NYP outreach to attend your school or another venue where you and your friends hang out, contact Jess Sayers on 9433 3168. For more information visit www.nyp.com.au


Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler































If you wish to attend please contact Cassy Nunan via email: nun@elthamhs.vic.edu.au or call 9430 5111 with numbers attending.




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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


Diamond Valley (OXFAM Australia) 2010 Bookfair

One day only!!

Sat 16 October (8am-6pm)
Eltham Senior Citizens Hall

Main Rd Eltham

Enquiries – Beth 9439 1716


Proceeds from the Bookfair go to Oxfam’s Development Work

– this year is the Emergency Relief Department for the floods in Pakistan.





This is the opportunity to make a difference for your future by hosting a S.C.C.E international student. You could enhance your studies, your travels, your career. Learn of new opportunities, attitudes, and have fun teaching Australian culture. Carefully-selected students arrive in early February from Europe, the U.S.A., Japan and Canada. Check out our brochure “BRING THE WORLD TO YOUR HOME” on the Southern Cross Cultural Exchange website www.scce.com.au. If you want to seize this opportunity while still in secondary school, contact S.C.C.E on 1800 500 501 (we may have a representative in your area), fill in the Host Family Application Form (also available on our website). The February students are being matched now!



Volunteer Drivers required for 12 week

Pilot Program.


Community Shuttle Bus, St Andrews to Hurstbridge Station. Saturdays only 8.00am - 5.00pm 02/10/10 to 18/12/10. A 12 seater bus WWC required. Contact Ron 0439 669 122.



Run for the Firies

Fun Run/Walk (10km/4km)

September 12th


Be an early bird entry (before Sept 1st) and be in the draw for a $250, Nillumbik Tourism voucher.


All details plus entry forms available on:-  www.runforthefiries.com or contact Chris on 0417 526 738





GCC_logoGreensborough Junior Cricket Club

2010/11 Season BOYS AND GIRLS


Players for all age groups required:  U/16’s, U/14’s & U12’s.

All coaches are ACB accredited Level 1 or Level 2.


We are a friendly, family orientated club. Our goal is to assist junior players achieving their potential with sportsmanship and fair play.


Competition Cricket

v Venue:     War Memorial Park, Greensborough.Mel 20-H2

v Contact :  Gary Cameron  0412 680 116

v Training:  Elder Street Reserve, Elder Street, Watsonia. Melways 20-G5

In2Cricket (formerly Milo)

v Venue:    War Memorial Park, Greensborough. Mel 20-H2

v Contact:  Blair Meaney, In2Cricket Co-Ordinator

0423 411 186


Contact: Gary Cameron  0412 680 116


For further information, or visit








Employment Focus

Parent Information Sessions

‘Would you like to know more about Career Opportunities for your son or daughter?’

Youth Connections is offering Parent/Guardian Information Sessions for those who would like to know what programs are

available to help re-engage young people into pathways to employment and further education.

Wednesday 1st September 4.30pm-6.30pm

(Employment Focus) 73 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg


Wednesday15th September 4.30pm-6.30pm

(Neighbourhood Renewal) 155 Oriel Road, West Heidelberg

RSVP your interest by contact Thomas on 9450 5719 or email youthconnections@empfocus.vic.edu.au