Term 3 Week 9   Tue 7th September 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


Eltham Music:

I was very fortunate to be part of the audience at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat over the last week-end to hear our students perform during the Royal South Street Music Eisteddfod. A range of school bands from across the State took part in this annual competition. The event brought students from the government, catholic and independent sectors together under the umbrella of Music. Regardless of the terrible weather a large number of parents, staff and past-students were present throughout the afternoon and evening performances on Saturday, some even made it a week-end experience. The results of each ensemble’s performance in their section of the competition are outlined in a further part of this newsletter. I congratulate them all for their achievement as well as their conductors who did a fabulous job in supporting our young people to receive these accolades. However, I would like to comment on the bands whose performances I feel privileged to have experienced.


The Eltham High School Concert Band was one of thirteen bands that performed throughout Saturday morning and afternoon. To come first was an outstanding achievement and one that is credited to the skills, commitment and musicianship of the students and of course to the leadership and conducting skills of Mr Ed Fairlie.  The students performed their three pieces with skill and passion and should be really proud of their success. The Eltham High School Symphonic Band only played one piece, Soulstrom by Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw. This was an outstanding selection (outside of the general list presented to schools) which allowed our students to rise to the challenges and demands of not only the music but also the composer who was present at the performance on Saturday evening. The band played this piece with passion and high emotion and they had the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the entire performance.  We continuously ask students to do their best, members of the symphonic band were in fact asked to identify their best and then play beyond this which they all did without exception.


This would have been a very difficult piece to judge and I did not envy the work of the judges who had to arrive at a decision on a number of excellent performances. There were 12 bands taking part in the competition. Our Symphonic Band was awarded third place with a score of 96, Christian College, Geelong second place with a score of 97 and Blackburn High School was awarded first place with a score of 98. The level of performance was exceptional and together with the Eltham High School Symphonic Band I congratulate both Blackburn High School and Christian College, Geelong for their outstanding achievement.


Personally, the result itself fades into insignificance compared to the exceptional performance of our symphonic band. Each member walked away from the evening having performed beyond their best and setting another level of challenge for the 2011 Symphonic Band to follow in its footsteps. Their achievement was acknowledged by everyone around them. I congratulate them and in doing so I congratulate their dynamic conductor Dr Ingrid Martin whose leadership and vision has taken this group of students to a higher level of performance.  The ambience of the auditorium was one of admiration and pride.


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 the 17 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  



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.



If you have been sent a “Parent Opinion Survey” can you please return your survey to the office as soon as possible.





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.



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.




Coles are running a promotion whereby if you collect vouchers after shopping at Coles, Bi-Lo or PacknPay you can bring them in to school and place them in a box at the office. The school can then convert the vouchers into sports equipment.

If you spend more than $10 dollars ask for your vouchers and then have your child bring them to the school office so they can be collected and redeemed at the end of the promotion on Oct 31.


Peter Nicholson

Sport co-ordinator



On Wed September 15 all Junior School students will participate in the Junior School Picnic. At the end of lunch time students will assemble in the stadium for roll marking and then walk to Eltham Lower Park. At the Park we will provide a sausage sizzle and a train ride (at no cost). Students are encouraged to bring picnic goodies to share with friends, and to make the most of this opportunity to mingle with other students in a social context.  There will also be some novelty events for students to participate in.  Students will walk back to, and be dismissed from, the school at normal time.  Any enquiries to Ross McKinnon in the Junior School office.




All Junior, Middle & Senior School absences can now be reported to 9430 5299

(designated answering service).

Please advise:- name of child, year level, reason for absence and length of absence.




September 2010

Wed 8

MS Ski Camp (until 10/9)

Sport – Yr 8 Round Robin Basketball, Table Tennis, Hockey

Photoshop Course 418

Thur 9

Parent Information – Drug & Alcohol Forum 7.30pm in the Library

Fri 10

SoSE – MS W in the W – Immigration Museum

MS Ski Camp (returning)

Sat 11

VET IDM Class 418

Mon 13

SAC Week & PAG Week

Eng 8C, D, E & H Film


Music – Concert Celebration

Tue 14

VCAL Extended Work Placement

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

September 2010

Wed 8

Christine Williams, Yvonne Herringa

Thurs 9

Rhonda Constantinou

Fri 10

Sharon Davies, Janine Peterson, Janine Kerwood

Mon 13

Jill Rachim

Tue 14

Leanne Johnson

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.




Royal South Street Competitions ... words describing the performances from our students ... demanding, challenging and inspiring.  Thankyou for giving those listening a wonderful musical experience.  Special thankyous to our conductors ... Ingrid Martin, Ed Fairlie, Monty Mackenzie, Aaron Vreulink, Carol Galea, Meg George, Matthias Schack-Arnott and Daniel Neal.

Placings:  Symphonic Band 3rd, Concert Band 1st, Intermediate Band 3rd, Stage Band Honorable Mention, Jazz Band 2nd, Flute Ensemble 2nd, Clarinet Choir 1st, Saxophone Ensemble 4th, Percussion Ensemble 2nd, VCE Rock Group 3rd, VCE Jazz Group 3rd, Peter Martin Memorial Jazz Solo - Felix Watson 1st place, Eltham Combined Primary Schools Band 2nd and the first result for the Choral Section - A Capella 'Section 4' consisting of Dean Schulz, John White, Jamie Yung and Finn Bennet came 1st. The Clarinet Choir and 'Section 4' have both been invited back to the 'Showcase Concert' on the 30th October.

Congratulations to everyone!

Next BIG event ... The Celebration of Music Concert.  On Monday 13th September 7.30pm at Yarra Valley Grammar's George Wood Performing Arts Centre.  Tickets are on sale in the music office.  PLEASE purchase tickets BEFORE Monday [Jill will be absent from the music office the last week of term 3 and the first week of term 4].

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


Jill Browne, Music Administration




Super League Volleyball

The competition that now runs on Thursday nights after school is a very important match practice for all teams playing in the Australian schools cup in December. It is very important that all team members attend and that when you have duty that you perform it. This is a free competition but we rely on duty teams umpiring matches.

This weeks games -

On the show court.  U/17 girls honours vs U/17 Boys div 1A. 

 Duty - Open Girls Hon

Court 1. U/15 Boys honours vs U/16 Girls Honours.

 Duty - U/16 boys Hon.

Court 2. U/15 Girls Honours vs U/16 Girls Div 1. 

 Duty - U/15 Boys Div 1

Court 3. U/17 Boys Div 1B vs U/15 girls div 1.  

 Duty - U/15 Boys Div 1


Beach Volleyball State Team Trials

Students are invited to attend selection trials for the 2010/2011 Victorian Beach State Team Program. The first trial will be held on Sunday 19th September at the state volleyball centre, 270 Stud Rd Dandenong North.


U/17 Boys - 9.00am to 11.00 am           

U/19 Boys and Girls - 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

U/17 girls - 11.30am to 1.30pm

U/23 Men and Women - 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Age group for trials

U17 - born 1994 or later            

U19 - born 1992 or later

U23 - born 1988 or later


The second trial is on Sunday October 3rd.  There is a $30 trial fee and the information is on the volleyball information board in the stadium foyer.


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



Congratulations to Ruby Mileto on being selected in the u/15 state Lacrosse team again this year with a fellow Eltham High student, Sasha Pollitz in year 7. They will head over to S.A. in September with the team to play in the National tournament


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






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Year 9 Work Experience

The forthcoming holidays provide a good opportunity for Year 9 students to arrange their Work Experience placement/s. Work Experience is for two weeks, Monday 29th November to Friday 10th December, giving students the opportunity to do two different placements if they wish. Maybe one week with an employer with the view to gaining a part-time job and one week to explore a possible future career. The deadline for forms to be submitted is Monday 8th November. Year 10 Work Experience next year is for one week only, May 23 – 27 and students should be applying now for hard to get positions.


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.


La Trobe University “Talk and Tour”

Talk and Tour offers students and their families a great opportunity to:

• ask questions about university life and the transition from school

• hear from current students about their experiences

• talk with faculty representatives about courses and pathways

• take a campus tour

Bookings are essential, register online at www.latrobe.edu.au/talkandtour or call 1300 135 045


Victoria University Open Day

For those interested in Visual art, graphic design, Web & mobile media development, Video & motion graphics and Games development. VU City Flinders campus, Saturday 18 September, 12noon – 4pm.


Ford Motor Co. Apprenticeships - Engineering, Electrical & Automotive

The 2011 Apprenticeship intake @ Ford Motor Company will occur at both the Geelong and Broadmeadows Plants. A number of positions exist in Electrical, Engineering & Automotive. Students will need to apply directly on-line via: www.seek.com.au.Search wording = "Ford Apprenticeships". Closing date Sept 13th.


William Angliss License 4 Work Program

This program is designed to cover the basic food and beverage skills required for hospitality employment. The next programme will commence on Monday 27th September 2010 at William Angliss Institute, 555 Latrobe Street Melbourne. The programme runs for 3 ˝ days and the cost is $350 per participant. There are theory and “hand-on” components to the course i.e. students will learn how to use espresso machines, practice carry glasses, serving customers etc. Participants are required to attend all sessions and days of the programme. On successful completion, participants will receive a William Angliss Certificate of Participation, RSA Certificate and a special AL4W keytag. Students may complete the RSA if they are 17 years and older.


Further dates, refund policy and further information are available at this website: http://www.angliss.edu.au/Angliss-Licence-4-Work-New-dates-are-now-available

Any students who wish to enrol may do so by calling William Angliss Information/Enrolment on 9606-2111.


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


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


Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher





1. iNSIGHT 2010  


A collaborative photographic project by Nillumbik's young people Tuesday 7 September - Tuesday 5 October 2010 Exhibition Launch Tuesday 7 September 2010 6-7.30

Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough   This exhibition showcases the talents of 13 local young people aged between 12 and 25 who live in Nillumbik. For more information phone Sophie Grange, Nillumbik Youth Project and Communications Officer on 94333159


2. Melbourne Heart Football Club - All girls school holiday football festival Date Wed 29th September Time 1.30 -4 Location La Trobe University Sports Field, Kingsbury Drive Bundoora - NO COST Age range - Primary to Secondary School students RSVP Friday 17 September 2010.

Louise Bisby 9457 1765 or email    louisabisby@melbourneheartfc.com.au


Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler





Science and Engineering Challenge

Earlier this term, an enthusiastic group of Year 9 and 10 students went to La Trobe University for the Science and Engineering Day. This is a yearly national competition that involves secondary schools from all around Australia. Eltham High School competed against 6 other schools for a chance to move on to the next round. There were various challenges such as bridge building, eco house design, hovercraft design, radio dish and satellite decoding. Everyone tried extremely hard and has lots of fun. Several groups won their sections.  We came 3rd overall by just a few marks, which is a great achievement for our first attempt at this competition. Thanks go to Ms Sweeney and Ms George (Gannon) for making this opportunity possible and allowing us to go. Thanks for the lolly bags and support to keep us going. 

Emily Johnson, Amy Steele and ‘The Team’

Earthwatch Challenge 2010

Last December Caleb Dawson, then in Year 11, attended a scientific research camp sponsored by Earthwatch Australia.  He was involved in fieldwork that was assessing the status of a number of critically endangered frogs in the rainforests of eastern Australia.  Caleb not only leant a lot about conservation and scientific research in the field, but had a great time in a beautiful environment with a lot of other young people from around Australia. 

This opportunity is again available to 16 and 17 year old students at Eltham High.  The camps are on at the end of the year and applications/information can be found at http://www.earthwatch.org/australia/expeditions/stud_teen_teams.  This year the camps will again return to the rainforests of eastern Australia and a camp in Melbourne will focus on microbats.  Please let Ms Sweeney know if you intend applying.  Applications close October 1st.


Ms Sweeney



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





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.
































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




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


Run for the Firies

Fun Run/Walk (10km/4km)

September 12th


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



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.




Eltham Little Athletics Club

Caters for athletes from 5- 15 years old.

Come and Try Days/Registration Days

11 and 18 Sep 2010, 9am – 11am

Willinda Park Greensborough (Mel 21 A4) Phone Karen 0422 220 610 Phone

Adam 0413 681 309 eltham_lac@yahoo.com




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 15th 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











SEA AUST-NZ Logo Black+white



In January 2011, students aged 15 – 18 years, from over 20 countries will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 2-10 months.  Opportunities exist to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity.  Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis. 


Host families help provide our students with the chance to study and experience life in Australia.  This is a great way to learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.  If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today. 


To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit our website. http://studentexchange.org.au/