Term 4 Week 3 - Tue 19th October 2010

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Principal’s Report


Past Student Achievement:

I congratulate Georgia Bonora for her outstanding performance in gymnastics at the most recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she won a gold medal in the Team Competition and a bronze medal in the Individual All-round. Georgia has been competing for Australia for a number of years and in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games she finished highest amongst the Australian girls, finishing 13th in the all-round individual finals, and assisting the Australian Women’s team in achieving its best ever Olympics result, finishing sixth in the team competition. In the current championships she has been ranked 17th in the World. Whilst Georgia completed her VCE in 2009, she is still very much part of our learning community and we will continue to follow her career in the sport with great interest. 


Year 12 Last Days

A reminder to all members of our community that our Year 12 students will complete their formal classes on 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. 


A number of sub-school and year level assemblies have taken place over the last week to firstly congratulate students on their school achievements so far this year and secondly to remind them of the school’s expectations in relation to behaviour during this period of Year 12 Celebrations. Year 12 students have also been made very aware of the school’s expectations of their behaviour.


I ask all parents for your support to ensure a safe and very positive closure to the Year 12’s secondary education as has been customary at our school over the past many years. I take this opportunity to once again wish the Class of 2010 all the very best with their upcoming exams and with their chosen future pathways and I look forward to enjoying the next few days in celebration with them.


Major Fundraiser Music Support Group:

I invite all members of our learning community to support this outstanding effort of our Music Support Group. The “Eltham Mudbrick House Tour” is one of The Group’s major fund raising activities and we need all of your support. The funds raised through this initiative come back into the School Music Program. They will provide for the upgrade of instruments, sheet music, music composition commissioning and the purchase of new and additional instruments. I encourage you to bring all your friends along to this exceptionally interesting and educational tour. The details are as follows:


·         Ticket Sales will take place from the Eltham Library – Panther Place, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

·         Five Eltham Mudbrick homes will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


For further information please refer to “Musical Notes” in this newsletter or contact Jill Browne (Music Secretary) on 9430 5127.


The Melbourne Cup Period

Over the last two editions of this newsletter I have included some information about the day before the Melbourne Cup holiday, Monday 1 November. Furthermore all students from Years 7-11 were given a notice to bring home on Tuesday 12 October. This is a brief reminder to parents who may have intended to reply but did not do so by the due date to do so by this coming Friday 22 October 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  



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.









Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Seven weeks to go.

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.

Take note that the draw has changed due to the under 17 div 1 boys withdrawing.


This weeks games - 21st October

On the show court.  U/17 girls honours vs U/16 girls honours. 

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

Court 2. U/15 girls honours vs U/15 girls div 1     Duty - U/17 boys div 2

Court 3. U/16 Girls Div 1  vs U/15 boys div 1.   Duty - U/17 boys div 2


Important Dates

9th November  - Northern Zone volleyball for year 7 and 8.

11th November - Diamond Valley Group - Intermediate round  robin (2011) for year 8 and 9 2010 students.

18th November - Diamond Valley Group - Year 8 Round Robin ( 2011) for 2010 year 7's.

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



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





Some of the rehearsals for AMEB exams commence this week.  Students are to talk to their teacher about the accompanist music which is to be put in a plastic folder labelled with the student's name.


Recital evening for VCE Solo Performance trumpets and clarinets is on Tuesday 26th October in the main rehearsal room commencing at 7pm.  Write on the calendar that the Unit 2 Recital evening in Thursday 4th November commencing at 7pm.


The Band rehearsal schedule for this term is Training Band continues Thursday mornings, the 'Concermediate Band' [combination of Intermediate and Concert Band students] is Wednesday afternoons 3.30-5.15pm, Jazz Band [Intermediate] Friday afternoons, Stage Band Monday afternoon and Symphonic Band Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings.


Piano lessons in the After School Program - Ainsley Finn has some timeslots available on Thursday afternoons.  Contact the music office on 9430 5127 with any queries.


The Music Support Group is conducting a Mudbrick House Tour ... read carefully the following details!


You're invited to an open house tour of  ELTHAM'S WORLD CLASS MUDBRICK HOUSES!


The tour features five homes in Eltham providing different perspectives on the creative and functional use of mudbricks which remain a feature of the architectural landscape in Eltham and it's surrounds.


Coinciding with the Practivally Green Festival, the tour will be a great opportunity to see these beautiful homes and a great day out for the family ... but best of all, you will be supporting the renowned Eltham High School music program.  The Music Support Group thanks you in advance!


Details:  Sunday 24th October 10am - 4pm

Ticket sales are 10am-2pm at Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham

Adults $15, Concession / Children $10, Pre schoolers FREE - must bring a parent! Family Ticket $40

Please bring photo ID


Jill Browne – Music Administration



Feeling sick? What to do if you are unwell.

 Over the last few weeks we have had a number of parents arriving at the office to collect a sick child, only to be greeted with blank looks and no child. In order to avoid confusion and wasted time, please familiarize yourself with the procedures described below


If a student is feeling unwell during class time they should ask the teacher for permission to go to the sick bay. Our school nurse, Michelle Ford, will assess the student and decide what needs to be done. If the student needs to be sent home, Michelle will make the appropriate phone calls to arrange a pick up.  


It is important that all conversations about leaving school take place between Michelle (or someone in the office) and parents. Conversations between students and parents (usually on student's mobile phone) often lead to significant confusion. 


If a student is unwell or injured at recess or lunchtime they should go directly to the sick bay where Michelle will initiate the procedures described above. Thanks for helping us to look after your children.

Ross McKinnon - Junior School Team Leader



Calculators for year 10 and VCE Mathematics

The school has arranged for a calculator supplier to visit on 10 November from 12:30pm to 1:30pm to sell the new touch pad Texas Instruments Nspire calculators directly to students/families, the cost is $195 and includes a 1 year warranty.  This is the only time this special price will be offered.  The booklisted price for the calculator is $219.95. Only cash or cheque will be accepted on the day. Cheques will need to be made out to The Organiser & Calculator King.  All cheques require name, address and phone number on the back.  A receipt will be given with each purchase which must be kept for warranty purposes.


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).

The 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.


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.


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


Malaysia Safari Trip - September 2011

This great trip for Indonesian students is being organised again for next year. The aim of the trip is to give our students the experience of life in a South East Asia culture and to develop speaking skills through personal contact with Malaysian people eg at the markets and restaurants.

Highlights of the tour include:

·         Tour of Kuala Lumpur , including Chinatown, markets, Sunway lagoon Theme park, crafts and the Batu caves

·         Taman Negara  National Park

·         Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. The group takes part in a special program including elephant rides and feeding and bathing the elephants

·         Kuantan , a resort town

·         Chendor  turtle Centre

·         Tour of Malacca

·         Visit to Malacca High School, our sister school.


There is an information night at the school at 7.30pm November 9 in the staff room about the trip. Please contact Bu Pollard or Bu Brady at school if you have any questions.




Despite the most challenging of weather conditions on Saturday morning – hail, rain and low temperatures the Grounds Committee of EHS combined their resources with the Eltham Baptist Community (EBC) to complete a range of activities around the school to improve the environmental outcomes for staff, students and the rest of the community who utilise Eltham High School. At least 45 contributors helped to make a difference on the day. The EBC as usual provided a sumptuous morning tea and the members of the Grounds Committee provided the leadership for the tasks that were prioritised for the day. Most tasks, despite the harrowing conditions, were completed as planned. Thanks goes out to all those that contributed on the day and made a difference. Summarised below is a list of tasks that were completed on Saturday:

1.     A further 20 metres of post and pipe fence were constructed adjacent to the cricket nets

2.     50 plants were provided with a new home in the environmental reserve’ bagged, staked and then finally mulched

3.     A significant amount of mowing and brushcutting was completed in a range of locations around the school

4.     The garden beds on the south side of the stadium were pruned, weeded and cleaned of rubbish.

5.     A significant amount of sweeping was completed adjacent to the stadium complex as well as the courtyard areas

6.     A substantial amount of mulch was spread on the western boundary

7.     The post and wire fence on the western boundary was repaired and re-tensioned

8.     A seat was removed adjacent to room 104 as this area will be part of the demolition in November

9.     The fence around the pin oak was repaired

10.  The gardens adjacent to the 400’s block were pruned with stakes and bags removed for the upcoming summer period


Again a big thank you to all those despite the cold and rain made the sacrifice and attended on the day. Your resilience and persistence in the face of adversity is applauded. The final Working Bee for 2010 will be held on Sunday 14th November from 9:00am until 12:30pm with barbeque lunch and drinks provided. Below is a list of those who signed our attendance book on the day. Thank you again for your contribution. I know a number of EBC member did not sign our book so thank you to you as well for your provision of food and labour.


John Coates, Philip Green, Leo Adamson, Richard & Kamilla Laxton, Matt Jones, Bruce Voisey, Sue Gwilym, Ali Burley, Mark Croft, Ross Dawson, Mick Alderton, Robert Ackland, Sue Washington, Ross Dawson, John Hattan, Neil Strugnell, Kylie & Zarah York, Sue Hamilton Green, Suzie Gerrard, Pete Green, Vincent Sicari, Helen & David Telfer, Mark Henry, Bruce Gaucer, Russell Bulman, Michael Mueller, Stewart Hunt, Lisa & Rick Klink, Sue Forster, Bron Cervinci,Leanne Ipsen, Paul & Lindy Smith, Graham Bradbury, Mick Cervinka


Looking forward to your continued support.


John Coates

Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee



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.




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



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



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.




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


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



Canteen Roster

October 2010

Wed 20

Michelle Dalton, Margaret Toohey, Tracey Angelopoulos

Thurs 21

Liz Deacon, Lisa Emmins

Fri 22

Leonie Knoblock, Kylie O’Reilly, Teresa Reid, Kerrie Laing

Mon 25

Carole Guille, Robyn Flanagan

Tue 26

Laura Barr, Sally Malkoutzis

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.

CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS required for the following dates:-

November 16, 29 & 30   December 1 – 3.



October 2010

Wed 20

PAG Week

Transition – Last Day Yr 12 classes

Sci – MS Earth & Stars VSSEC Strathmore SC

HPE – MS RRS Roller skating

Incursion – Yr 11 Hist & Yr 12 Int Studies

Photoshop Course 418

School Council Meeting

Thu 21

All Year 10 Students “Keys Please”

HPE – MS RRS Roller skating

Mon 25

SAC Week

OES – Surf Camp Lorne

HPE – MS RRS Squash

Tue 26

OES – Surf Camp Lorne

VCAL – Fishing – Westernport

Wed 27

OES – Surf Camp Lorne

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyora

Photoshop Course 418

Thu 28

Unit 4 Exams begin (until 18 Nov)

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyora



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




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, family $40


Tickets are available from

Eltham Library from 10am-2pm

(photo ID required)




Briar Hill Primary School – Spring Fair

23rd October 10am-3pm

Gladstone Road, Briar Hill

Come & join us for our annual traditional fair with great food, rides, music, market stalls and family fun activities.


Wattle Glen Art Fair

At Wattle Glen Primary School

October 22, 23 & 24 2010


Over 220 works of Art

45+ artists incl well renowned local artists


Contact Wattle Glen Primary School on 9438 1259 for more information & Gala opening tickets.