Term 4 Week 2 - Tue 12th October 2010

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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

I congratulate Genevieve Hughes who was selected to take part in the Australian Girls Choir International tour to London, Paris, Villers-Bretteneux (Regional France), Leysin (Switzerland) and Singapore. Genevieve travelled with the group between 17 September and the 8 October performing at various venues representing our country. Genevieve is a very talented singer who continues to demonstrate her love of music through her commitment to this well renowned choir. She is a great ambassador for our school community and I commend her for her great achievement.


Similarly I congratulate Aiden Smith who was selected as a member of the State team competing in the National Soccer Competition earlier this month. I understand that Aiden’s team won the competition and its members are National Champions. I commend Aiden’s commitment to the sport and congratulate his team and coach on such an outstanding achievement. We will follow Aiden’s involvement in the sport with interest.


I congratulate Dean Schulz, Adam Witbooi and Scott van Germert for their stupendous performance at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular on the 18 and 19 September.  This has been an almost year long commitment on the part of these boys amongst the myriad of other commitments that they have had throughout the year including their academic studies. It shows that our young people are resilient and determined and embrace challenge as a normal part of life. Well done!


Phoenix Day Tree Planting Ceremony:

On Friday 8 October, representatives of the student body and the staff were involved in the “Phoenix Day Tree Planting Ceremony”. You may recall that in early February we commemorated the “Black Saturday” bushfires through a strong focus of acknowledgement and renewal. The students agreed that the planting of a commemorative tree would be symbolic of renewal and regrowth. It was decided that this ceremony would be postponed for an appropriate time (weatherwise) to ensure the greatest opportunity for the tree to prosper and grow. The ceremony was conducted with a high level of regard and respect for all members of our community who in whatever way have been touched by the events of “Black Saturday”. However, it also emphasised a strong sense of hope, belief and commitment towards the rebuilding of our community.  The students took part in one or more aspects of the ceremony and were supported by the staff. Everyone present demonstrated the resilient spirit that is so reflective of our community. I take this opportunity to thank all the students, Mr Jon Baly, Mr John Coates, Mr Brendan Monigatti and Mrs Hermina Burns who worked closely with the students to bring this ceremony to fruition.


Irrespective of all the work that has been done in the last 18 months, there are still members of our community who are still in need of support. Carolyn Westall, a parent of our school lost her sister (Sue Evans), brother-in-law, her nephew and two of her nephew’s friends in the Black Saturday bushfires. Carolyn has set up “The Sue Evans Fund for Families”. The main purpose of this fund is to assist vulnerable families in the community. If you are able to support this initiative you can do so by directly visiting the following website: www.sueevansfund.com.au  Alternatively you may wish to make a donation through the school. A collection tin is located in the school canteen, or you may wish to send a cheque made out to the “Sue Evans Fund” which we will forward to the fund.


Year 12 Class of 2010

Year 12 students will complete their formal classes next Wednesday afternoon, 20 October, with the traditional countdown in the Canteen Courtyard at 3:10pm.  This will be followed by the Year 12 breakfast on Thursday morning and the Year 12 formal on Thursday evening, 21 October.  This is a time for us to celebrate together the achievements of the Year 12 students, not just throughout this year, but across their six years of secondary schooling.  It is also an opportunity for the students to reflect on their secondary education and to acknowledge the contribution to this by all of their teachers from Year 7 right through to Year 12, as well as the ongoing support of their parents.  Specific information relating to this period of celebration has already been sent home to parents of Year 12 student.  The information contained therein clearly outlines the processes for the breakfast and the formal, as well as a clear outline of the expectations that we have in terms of student behaviour and our focus on student health and wellbeing.  Further to this, a Safe Partying brochure accompanied this information.  I encourage all parents to ensure that they take some responsibility for the activities that their young people will be involved in during this period.  It is imperative that we all acknowledge that whilst it is a great opportunity for young people to celebrate the completion of their formal secondary education, experience has shown that it can also be a period of risk taking behaviours which may result in negative outcomes.  Therefore, whilst we would support students enjoying themselves and celebrating the completion of their secondary school education, we also encourage all students to think about the choices they make and ensure that they maintain themselves in safe environments in such a way that they will be able to fulfil their aspirations by participating in the final assessment processes to their greatest advantage.  I take this opportunity to congratulate all the Year 12 students for having completed their VCE.  This in itself is a great achievement.   I also wish to congratulate all students who have completed their VCAL program and wish them all the very best with their future pathways.

At this week’s whole school assembly we will acknowledge the Year 12 students and provide an opportunity for all the students to wish them well in their upcoming exams.  Further to this, a number of other assemblies will take place and these will continue throughout the next week as a way of communicating to all students both the school and the community’s high expectation of their behaviour around the Year 12 celebrations.  I ask parents to have conversations with their children to ensure that they fully understand that this period of celebration is purely focused on the Year 12s and that no other students should involve themselves in either the school based celebrations or any other.  I thank parents in anticipation for your support in this matter.

In closing, I wish all the very best to all our Year 12 students in their final preparations for their exams and even though this is the end of their formal education, I want them to always remember that they will continue to be members of the Eltham High School community and that this is a port of call for them when in need of support.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with them and their families.


Whole School Assembly:

Our Whole School Assembly for this term will be held on Thursday 14 October, 9:00 -10:30 am. This assembly will focus on the School Value of “Individuality”. Furthermore, it will be at this assembly that we will formally recognize and farewell our Year 12 students, the Class of 2010 and wish them all the very best with their exams and their transition into further education, training and/or employment. I extend an invitation to parents and other members of our community who would like to attend this assembly. This is the last Whole School Assembly for this year. For planning purposes, I ask that you R.S.V.P. by contacting Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or sca@elthamhs.vic.edu.au  no later than Tuesday 12 October.


Community Working Bee:

I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to participate in our next Working Bee which will take place this coming Saturday 16 October. A number of tasks have been identified as outlined in a further section of this newsletter. The Working Bees are much more than what the title may indicate. Whilst it is implicit that our aim is to work together to further develop our grounds and achieve a better learning and working environment for our students and staff, Working Bees are also social events where members of our community can meet each other and engage in social conversation. As always the Grounds Committee offers a delicious morning tea and a barbeque lunch and we encourage all present to join in and celebrate our day’s work. Our Working Bees are well organized and you will be guided into an area of work on your arrival. The Working Bee starts at 9:00 am and concludes at 12:30 pm. Even if you are available for one or two hours we would love to see you there.   I take this opportunity to commend the work of the Grounds Committee and of John Coates who is the liaison person between the Grounds Committee and the School and the person who ensures that all is ready for when we arrive. Without the commitment of these people what we achieve just would not be possible. Many thanks to you all and congratulation!


The Melbourne Cup Period

Historically the day before the Melbourne Cup holiday, Monday 1 November, has had a very poor student attendance.  As a consequence, and as a way of causing the least disruption to the educational program of the school, the last few years has seen this day used as time‑in-lieu for teachers.  As clearly expressed in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2008 and supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this compensates teachers for the time that they allocate beyond work hours throughout the year to student progress interviews involving students, parents and staff.


In the past, irrespective of the time-in-lieu arrangement, the school has remained open on the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day as Year 12 exams are on during that time, and the school is an examination centre.  This will again be the case in 2010.  However, whilst this day would seem to be the most appropriate in terms of minimising disruption to the educational program of the school in the provision of time-in-lieu, I am writing to ascertain your intention to your child’s/children’s attendance on Monday 1 November in order for us to plan effectively.  The school will be open on this day and based on previous experience, due to poor student attendance, it is most likely that an alternative educational program will be in place.  Your information will be valuable in ascertaining staffing requirements for this day.


I ask you to confirm with us only if your child will be attending on Monday 1 November 2010 by contacting the appropriate Sub-School Office either by telephone on 9430 5111 or by e‑mail through each of the Sub‑School Team Leaders by Friday 15 October:


Senior Sub-School          Anna Panas


Middle Sub-School         Soile Keskinen


Junior Sub-School          Ross McKinnon



I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with this matter.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  



The transformation of Eltham High School is about to commence.  The old hall and surrounding buildings (but not the Spanish Mission administration building) are due for demolition very shortly.  While there is some sentimentality about the old buildings, what we will receive after will be some great learning spaces for our community.


The old and tired buildings will be replaced with modern, practical and flexible spaces that will not require the high level of maintenance that the old building need. Tenders have been called and prices close this week.  A contract should be let shortly afterwards.


There has already been some work completed in preparation of the upcoming demolition works.  In particular has been the creation of new facilities for Media and Photography.


Additional relocatable buildings are coming to the school.  The first arrived today and is being placed on the hard-courts south of the Stadium.  Two further relocatables will arrive this week and will be placed on the rear oval.  These and the other portables to be relocated will be operational for the start of the 2011 year.


While there will be some interruptions to our normal activities the upcoming Year 12 examination period will not be affected.  The builder will not be given Possession of Site until the last Year 12 examination is completed.


It is expected that the work will take approximately 15-18 months to construct.  During this time the School will be working closely with the builder to ensure that a safe work place is always maintained.  Advance notice will be provided where disruptions to activities occurs.  Where issues require some action, please refer them to the School’s project officer, Bruce Martyn.


As the work progresses, look for updates on the school web page.  A new School plan is being developed and this will be on the web page shortly.


Bruce Martyn – Project Officer



Eltham High Super Raffle

The Working Community class have arranged a raffle to raise money for 5 different charities and a new Graffiti Mural behind Eltham Senior Citizens. Some of these charities include The Variety Club, which has achieved great success in helping disadvantaged kids. The Butterfly Foundation, who have helped many people with body disorders and have changed many lives. The Lighthouse Foundation, who worked to end youth homelessness and we are also working with the Eltham Senior Citizens and Nillumbik Shire.


The raffle prizes are a Hot Air Balloon ride, an Xbox 360 and a $100 gift card for Westfield.


Raffle drawn 5th November


Tickets are $1.00 each or 3 for $2.00 and can be purchased from the front office or sent home with your child.


Contact Mr McCrystal at school on 9430 5111 for further details and ticket information.




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.




Year 9 Work Experience

If they haven’t done so already, Year 9 students need to be arranging their Work Experience placement now. 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.



Peter Goddard

Careers Teacher




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




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.





Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Students received information about National schools cup last week. Any student that did not attend the meeting can collect the permission forms/T-shirt order from Mr Thomas. Please return the $100 deposit and T-shirt order to the cashier by the 15th October so that team entries can be confirmed.


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 - 14th October

On the show court-Open girls honours vs U/16 boys honours

 Duty - Mr Thomas

Court 1. U/16 Girls Honours vs U/17 boys Div 1.

 Duty - U/15 boys Honours

Court 2. U/15 girls honours vs U/15 Boys Div 1. 

 Duty - U/15 girls div 1

Court 3. U/16 Girls Div 1 vs U/17 boys Div 2.  

             Duty - U/15 girls Div 1



Congratulations to Aiden Smith of year 10 on being a member of the team that won the U/16 VCSA soccer final , 3-2 against WA over the holidays.

Congratulations also to the following students that were selected in the 2010/11 Victorian Beach Volleyball State Team training squads.

Luke Brisbane and Andrew Hague - Under 17 boys

Sam Brisbane - Under 19 boys

Renee Faulkner- Under 17 girls

Georgina Burley - Under 19 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


From the St Andrews to Hurstbridge

Bus Service Group

The Department of Transport has pressured Panorama to cancel their new St Andrews to Hurstbridge bus service at the last minute. The bus was scheduled to start Monday but DoT told Panorama it had not received Departmental permission to run the service.

We have started a petition which will be in the General Stores at St Andrews, Smiths Gully and Panton Hill and have sent out a press release to state and local media. Danielle Green is pursuing the issue and we hope to hear from the Minister for Transport at some point.

FOR UPDATES AND COMMENTS go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Andrews-Hurstbridge-Bus/111906302203472?ref=ts





This is the first entry for this term ... and as expected, it's a busy one.  AMEB exams - rehearsals will commence next week.  A timetable will be available in the foyer later in the week.


VCE recitals - tonight it's vocal and percussion students.  The 26th October it's trumpet and clarinets.  The evenings commence at 7pm in the main music rehearsal room.


The Jazz Band has been very busy performing in the Town Square last Thursday for the opening of Eltham's Bendigo Bank.  Along with the Stage Band, the groups performed at the Panton Hill Festival on Sunday.  They were very well received by the many people attending!


Auditions - the current Jazz Band title is now being named the 'Intermediate Jazz Band'.  Auditions for this group will be periods 1 and 2 on Wednesday 20th October.  Those interested can sign up and collect audition music this Wednesday from the music foyer.  A third Jazz ensemble is being established.  This will be known as the 'Junior Jazz Band'.  More information to follow about the audition timeline for this ensemble.


Any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127


Jill Browne – Music Administration


Calculators for year 10 and VCE Mathematics

A limited number of second hand Texas Instruments Nspire click pad calculators are available for sale at the school for $120. Students wishing to purchase one of these calculators should pay the cashier and bring the receipt to Ms Ivory in 704 at recess or lunchtime.

The Texas Instruments Nspire calculator is the essential and required calculator for year 10 core Mathematics and the following VCE Mathematics subjects:

General Maths (Further) (1&2), General Maths (Maths Methods) (1&2), Further Maths (3&4), Maths Methods (1&2,3&4) and Specialist Mathematics (3&4). This calculator is NOT required for Foundation Maths (1&2).

A new touch pad model has recently been released and the current click pad version is now only available second hand. Either the click pad or touch pad calculators are suitable for use by students in year 10 core Mathematics and the listed VCE subjects. There are no plans to change calculators at this stage.

The school has arranged for a calculator supplier to visit on 10 November to sell new Texas Instruments Nspire calculators directly to students/families, the cost will be approximately $200.  Further information in next weeks newsletter.

For further information contact your child’s Maths teacher or Ms Ivory, KLA Coordinator Mathematics.


Canteen Roster

October 2010

Wed 13

Alison Jones, Christine Muscat

Thurs 14

Sue Ball, Carol Stewart

Fri 15


Mon 18

Rachael Wallace, Michelle Chequer

Tue 19

Anne Hawting, Erin Russell

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.

CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS required for the following dates:-

November 16, 29 & 30   December 1 – 3.


October 2010

Wed 13

SAC Week

SoSE & Eng – 8A & 8B Titanic Exhibition

HPE – MS RRS Roller Skating

Photoshop Course – 418

Thu 14

VET Comm Rec – Initiative & Surfing Camp – Lorne

Whole School Assembly

Fri 15

VET Comm Rec – Initiative & Surfing Camp – Lorne

HPE – MS RRS Boxercise

Mon 18

PAG Week

Tue 19

Sport – VSSSA Athletics

Wed 20

Transition – Last day Yr 12 classes

Sci – MS Earth & Stars – VSSEC Strathmore SC

HPE – MS RRS Roller Skating

Photoshop Course – 418

School Council Meeting

Thu 21

HPE – MS RRS Roller Skating




The Grounds Committee has scheduled two Working Bees for term 4. The first event will be held this Saturday 16th October and the final Working Bee for the year will occur on Sunday the 14th November. Both events kick off at 9.00am and conclude at 12.30pm. Both morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Working Bee that will be held this Saturday 16th October is a combined event between the Eltham High School community and the Eltham Baptist Church community. Traditionally this even has been well supported by both groups with lots of tasks completed by the end of the day. The other great thing about this event is that the EBC community supplies the morning tea which has always been superb and great to look forward to mid morning. If attending the Working Bee please park your vehicle on the hardcourts adjacent to the library and then make your way to the central courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and directed to a task.


The main tasks that have been prioritised for this even are summarised below:-


1.     Construction of a further 20mtr of post and pipe fence adjacent to the cricket nets

2.     Further planting in the environmental area adjacent to the tennis courts. These 50 plants will need to be staked, bagged and mulched.

3.     Removal of 2 seats adjacent to room 103 and 104

4.     Relocation of some lomandras from the central courtyard to the area between 802 and 912

5.     A cleanup and mulch of the western boundary fence line

6.     Repair of the wire fence on the western boundary

7.     Mowing and brush cutting in a variety of locations

8.     Sweeping in a variety of locations – stadium, hall and courtyard precincts

9.     Pruning and weeding in a variety of locations

10.  Staining of bollards in two locations

11.  Pruning of some shrubs on the south side of the stadium


As usual we have lots of tasks on our agenda. So all we need is you to make it a success. Looking forward to your anticipated support.


John Coates for the Grounds Committee


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




Teenage Aggression: Responding Assertively

A 6 week support group for parents of adolescents who behave violently at home:


·       Understand how violence works

·       Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

·       Improve your relationship with your child

·       Understand adolescent development

·       Improve communication

·       Share with other parents


Commencing Weds 27.10.10 – 1.12.10 (10am-12.30pm)





Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule,

Nillumbik & Darebin


For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700




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


 The Eltham High School Swim Squad meets every Thursday morning at 7.00 am at the Eltham Leisure Centre.  We receive swim coaching for an hour and then meet back at school for hot chocolate.  Lots of fun and a great way to feel healthy and get fit for the beach this Summer!

Hoddie tops have been ordered and will arrive within the next few weeks!

Lap a thon this year will be on Thursday 18th November - looking forward to seeing lots of past and present members.

For further info please contact Phil Boyd - bod@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.



Talking to Children About Sexuality

Parents and carers play a vital role in communicating with children about sexuality, however, we know that many parents have doubts about how to talk to their children about sexuality, and what is appropriate for children of different ages. A research project currently underway at the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland and Family Planning Queensland is looking at how parents communicate with their child about sexuality, and what support they would like in teaching their child about sexuality. We are seeking parents of 3 to 10-year-old children to share their thoughts in an online survey, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please visit the website to find out more and take part in the survey.


For more information about the project email: alina@psy.uq.edu.au



Eltham High School Music Support Group

2010 Mudbrick House Tour

Sunday 24 October 10am-4pm

Tickets $15, $10 concession


Tickets are available from

Eltham Library from 10am-2pm

(photo ID required)



Kids Come ’n Try Fishing Day

Sunday 17 October, Yarrambat Park Lake, Yan Yean Rd., Yarrambat (Golf course entry), 9.30am-2pm

A free community event hosted by the Northern Suburbs Flyfishing Club Inc. to teach kids to fish. All equipment, tackle and bait are provided free of charge. No experience needed – expert anglers are on hand to bait hooks and demonstrate techniques. Fly-casting and fly-tying tuition is available for all ages and abilities. For more information visit the club website: www.flyfishing.org.au or contact Cain Polidano: 0409 703 296.