Term 3 Week 10 - Tue 14th September 2010


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Term 3 – finishing Friday 17th September (early finish) at 2:30pm

Term 4 – commences Monday 4th October at 8:50am

Please have a safe & enjoyable break.





Principal’s Report


End of Term 3:

The end of Term 3 is quickly approaching. In reflection it has been an extremely busy term for all of us. As a learning community we have been consolidating learning and challenging our students to embrace the opportunities being offered to them. A lot has happened within both the curricular and co-curricular programs and I take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their hard work, the students for their application and commitment and the parents and community for your ongoing support. The Term 3 break provides an opportunity to re-energize and get ready for the final leg of the learning cycle. In particular I want to encourage Year 12 students to focus on their preparation for the coming assessment period but also to ensure that they do take a break from their studies and have a rest. Once Term 4 starts, the end of formal secondary education for these students will arrive at the blink of an eye. For the Year 11 students it is also an opportunity to consolidate their work and to begin thinking about their preparation not only for the exams but also their year 12 program that will be supported by the Study Camp and Orientation Program in mid-late November. A large number of these students are undertaking units 3/4 as enhancement subjects and they need to concentrate on their preparation for a very successful outcome. Middle school and Junior school students need to remain focused during Term 4 in order to complete their work and embrace the ongoing assessment process with confidence. I wish all the students and staff a very safe and restful break and I look forward to seeing you all back at the start of the new term. On Friday 17 September school will conclude at 2:30 pm.


Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2010:

I congratulate Dean Schultz (Year 12); Adam Witbooi (Year 9); Scott Van Germert (Year 8) for having been selected for the “Shine On 2010” Victorian State Schools Spectacular. The spectacular will showcase over 3000 Victorian Government School students in a performance of music, song and dance in a three hour theatrical spectacular. Dean and Adam will be featured as singers whilst Scott will be featured as a musician (playing the trombone). I wish them well during this fantastic opportunity and I know that they will represent our school, our community and the government school system admirably. The performances will be held at the Hisense Arena on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September. I strongly encourage you all to attend and support our students in this event.


Celebration of Music Concert:

The celebration of Music Concert took place on Monday evening 13 September. It was a wonderful evening of entertainment, fun and enjoyment. I congratulate all the bands and ensembles that performed on the evening in particular the Training Band who has come so far in its level of skill and musicianship. “Section 4” performed a piece from their repertoire and was highly appreciated by the audience. The “pièce de résistance” of the evening was the finale performed by the Symphonic Band, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. This performance once again reflected the exceptional skills of the students and of their conductor, Ingrid Martin. It also provided another opportunity for the students to demonstrate just how passionate they are about their music whilst reflecting a strong sense of fun. It was a great evening where we also acknowledged the Work of the staff, and the acting Director of Music, Meg George. We also introduced our new Director of Music, Mr Mark Shiell to our community. The end of the evening was also a little sad because it was the last formal performance for the current Year 12 members of the Symphonic Band. In saying goodbye to them I can attest that there were a few tears being shed.  Overall, a wonderful evening and congratulations to the students, the staff and the Music Support Group.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  



IMMUNISATION – ALL Year 7 Students


This is a reminder that Year 7 Girls will receive the 3rd dose of the HPV Cervical Cancer immunisation and ALL Year 7 Boys & Girls will receive the 2nd dose of Hepatitis B immunisation. The immunisations will be given by Nillumbik Community Health Service during Period 1.






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.



DVC provides buses to outlying areas.  This service can be accessed by Eltham High School students provided that an application and payment has been received.  For details of the bus services, application forms and commonly asked questions, go to


If you wish to use this service, please forward your application and payment to EHS.  We will then process the application.


Applications and payment of fares for 2011 are due by Friday 2 December 2010



‘The Celebration Concert’ is over... Thank you to our wonderful students and staff for a fantastic night of music. This concert is always tinged with a little sadness as we say goodbye to our year 12s.

Next term our bands are ‘juggled’, intention forms are due back and some get ready for AMEB exams. But instrumental lessons continue!


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


Jill Browne, Music Administration




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.




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.  Open girls Honours vs U/17 boys 1A.  Duty - U/17 Girls Hon

Court 1. U/15 Boys Honours vs U/16 boys Honours. Duty - U/16 girls Hon.

Court 2. U/15 Girls Honours vs U/15 girls Div1.  Duty - U/16 girls Div 1

Court 3. U/15 Boys Div 1 vs U/15 girls Div 1.   Duty - U/16 girls 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 11.00am            

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 Hayley Pringle on winning the T-shirt design competition for the Australian Volleyball schools cup. Second prize went to Steph Harrington and third prize went to Angus Symons. Thankyou to all students that entered the competition and came up with some great ideas. The winning entry will be displayed on the PE office window.


Armstrong Lazenby has been selected to be part of the Australian Ice Racing Inc Sub target Training Group. This training group aims to develop skaters to an elite level with the goal of representing Australia at international World Cup events. We wish Armstrong the best possible preparation with his training in the future.



Last week I mentioned a couple of girls that were selected in the under 15 state lacrosse team.

Jordan Andonovski, Harry Caddy, Dalton Pollnitz, Bryce Wiles and Jake Garner also play for the Northern Warriors and will be going to Adelaide in September with the Under 15 Victorian Lacrosse team. We wish all the lacrosse players the best of luck in their coming 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




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.


Year 12 VTAC applications

A reminder to Year 12 students that timely applications close on 30 September. Before you can apply you need to register and for that you will need your VCAA number. Register this week so that if there is a problem it can be fixed, we can’t help you in the holidays!


Pathways Program at Box Hill TAFE

The Pathways Program at Box Hill TAFE (formerly called the GAP program) allows students to explore career options in the following areas: allied health, automotive, building trades, children’s services, electrical, engineering & manufacturing, extreme engineering, fashion design, hospitality – cookery, hospitality – event management, hospitality – restaurant, IT technologies, IT technologies – computer systems, patisserie, outdoor recreation, retail, trade taster, welding

Students attend one day a week for a semester. Semester 1, 2011 applications are now open to those who will be in Year 10 in 2011 (must be 15 years old at 01/01/11). See me in the Careers Room if interested.


2011 UNSW Mineral Summer School

This is for Year 10 and 11 students interested in Science or Engineering and wanting to find out about a career in the minerals industry. Held at the UNSW Sydney campus from January 10-13, there will be lectures and lab sessions before heading off to the Hunter Valley and Central West NSW. Heavily subsidized, the summer school will only cost $200. Further info at www.mining.unsw.edu.au and application forms available from Careers Room.


Swinburne Walk‘n Talk

For those who missed Open Day, this event is for students and their parents and will include a presentation on Swinburne courses, pathways (including the new Guaranteed Entry Scheme) and how to manage the transition from secondary school to tertiary study. There will be a tour of our main academic areas, as well as our sport, recreation and on-campus accommodation facilities. Find out more information by visiting http://www.future.swinburne.edu.au/events


Discover Deakin

‘Discover Deakin’ will give you a look at what is on offer. Guided tour, course info, meet students, see accommodation. When: 10.30am, 21 Sept; Where: Deakin (Burwood); Register: www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/campus-tours/discover.php. Also at Geelong Waterfront campus on Wed 23 Sept

La Trobe University “ Talk and Tour” – 27th September

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


SEAS (Access Melbourne) Information and Application Help Sessions

Students in Year 12 might be eligible for a SEAS (Access Melbourne) application. The University’s Information Centre will be open on upcoming weekends with Office of Admissions staff on hand to assist with VTAC and SEAS (Access Melbourne) applications. When: Saturdays 18 & 25 September and 4 October, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Where: Information Centre, Richard Berry Building, Swanston Street (near Gate 3), The University of Melbourne


Mechatronics Day at RMIT (Year 10-12 students)

Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical and electronic engineering to produce devices and systems to improve human lives. Examples include robots, car controls, traffic systems and elevators. Students will participate in the following activities:

» Robotino Competition – Control mobile robots to navigate a maze avoiding hazards whilst competing for a prize!

» Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) – Use an RFID system to automatically track and detect objects

» SAGE-TTIM – Experience an Industry based automation system demonstration and learn about careers in Mechatronics

» Sign and Make - Scan your signature and cast it in steel with the use of the CNC machine. Secure your place and register online by 12 September at: www.rmit.edu.au/aeromecheng/mechatronicsday  or ring 9925 6167


Electrical and Computer Engineering - EnGenius 2010

Discover what RMIT students learn and create as part of electrical engineering degrees and see devices and gadgets designed and developed by RMIT students. You could witness the next engineering innovation. You'll also have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals and view demonstrations of their products and services. Date: Thursday 21 October, 2 pm – 5.15 pm,  Storey Hall, 336 Swanston Street, Melbourne


School Holiday Program at Kangan

Kangan TAFE’s Institute of fashion is running these short courses in the September holidays: Make a Fascinator for the Races, Window Displays, Tote Bag Taster, Ready Set Retail. Further information: www.kangan.edu.au/courses/short-courses and select ‘Fashion and Millinery’ or ring 9425 5764.


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


The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites any student or their parents interested in a season of Track & Field athletics to come along to a TRIALS AND REGISTRATION AFTERNOON on Saturday 2nd October 2010 at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) beginning at 1:00pm. 

The club also welcomes interested athletes to join in club training sessions at Willinda Park on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:00pm. Athletes will find qualified coaches on hand to assist with their preparation.

For further information check out the club website www.valleyaths.org or contact Max Balchin on 0409 005 406.

The season of competition with Athletics Victoria commences on Saturday 9th October 2010 and is open to women and men from Under 14’s through to open age.


Max Balchin



September/October 2010

Wed 15

VCAL Extended Work Placement

SAC & PAG Week

English – 8G & 8F Film – Greensborough

Junior School Picnic

Photoshop Course 418

School Council Meeting

Thu 16

Immunisations – ALL Year 7

Arts – Yr 12 Studio Art Moderation - 209

Fri 17

Last Day of Term 3 – Students finish at 2:30pm

NO Canteen available today – BBQ & Pizza will be available  during Staff Student Footy Match





4 Oct

Term 4 Commences at 8:50am

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/October 2010

Wed 15

Christine Williams, Lisa Howes

Thurs 16

Kathryn Phillips, Joanne Grigg

Fri 17

Teresa Reid, Kerry Laing


Working Community BBQ, PIZZA during Staff Student Footy Match



Mon 4 Oct

Jamie Kelly, Helen Hunter

Tue 5 Oct

Diane Milankovic, Kathy Smith

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.




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.





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


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


Yr 12 Students: SEAS applications

 SEAS is the umbrella program run by most institutions for applicants who experienced educational disadvantage. There are ten categories including family circumstances, disability or medical condition, under-represented schools, socio-economic background...


Melbourne University recognises a disadvantaged financial circumstances. If you receive Centrelink benefits or your family receives Family Tax Benefit A. Entry for Arts is guaranteed with an ATAR of 78 and Biomedicine or Commerce with 88. See the poster outside the Study Room.


If this applies to you a reminder that SEAS applications close on Friday 8 October. This is the date when all the required information has to be in to VTAC.


That means that you need to have:-

a) applied for SEAS by logging into MyInfo and filling out your response in the relevant category/s (after you have completed your VTAC course application)

b) checked the supporting evidence required and obtained this, either online or on the specialised SEAS statement of support form. 

c) used the personalised cover sheet to send evidence


If you wish to have a teacher/co-ordinator/SWC provide supporting statements, that needs to be done before the end of this term.


VCE co-ordinators 




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.



Register to receive an email version of this newsletterthis is a guarantee your copy reaches home – simply go to the web site – www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the newsletter link, choose subscribe and follow the prompts. 

Thank you for helping save paper & considering the environment.


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.



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.









– 18 SEPTEMBER 2010

Solar Shop Australia would like to invite you to attend a Solar Power Workshop to explain the benefits and rewards of going solar. Bring an electricity bill along and find out how you can eliminate your bill and become carbon neutral.


Venue: Edendale Farm Community Environment Centre

Gastons Road, Eltham VIC 3095

Time & Date: Saturday 18 September

First Session at 12:00noon – 2:00pm

Second Session from 3:00pm – 5:00pm





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!



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/