Term 4 Week 5 - Wed 3rd November 2010

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VCE ART & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION – 5th & 6th November – see online newsletter for times

MALAYSIAN SAFARI TRIP meeting – Tuesday 9th November 2010 7.30pm EHS Staffroom

CALCULATOR SALES – YEAR 10 & VCE MATHEMATICS – Wednesday 10th November 12.30pm-1.30pm

FINAL WORKING BEE FOR 2010 – Sunday 14th November 9am-12.30pm (see article for further info.)

SECOND HAND BOOK SALES – see details in the newsletter




Principal’s Report


Staff Achievement:

Congratulations to Louise Heathcote who on Tuesday 26 of October received her Masters Degree in Student Welfare and Guidance from LaTrobe University. This is an outstanding achievement that resulted from a number of years of hard work and commitment. Louise is currently employed in the school as one of the Student Support Workers and is primarily working in the Student Support / Bush Fire Recovery area. We wish Louise all the very best with her new career path.


Year 12 Exams:

The Year 12 written exams began on Thursday 28 October and have been progressing quite smoothly since then. Students have generally left the examination rooms with a positive sense of achievement. They continue to be well supported by their teachers and I remind students to use the resources that have been set aside for them to the fullest. I have seen a number of students around the school as they come in to meet with their teachers and also to use the school as a place for study. The exam supervisors have indicated that the students have been well organized and have arrived well prepared for their exams. There are a number of exams scheduled for this week and once again we wish our students all the very best.


Eltham High School VCE Arts/Technology Festival 2010:

I extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to attend the opening of the VCE Arts/Technology Festival on Friday 5 November at 6:30 pm. Viewing of the exhibition will be from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday 6 November, from 1:00 pm -4:00 pm. A range of students will be recognized for their work at The Opening and awards such as the Peter Brock Arts Award and the Steve Hebert Arts Award will be announced and awarded. Further to this the Wes Muir Arts Acquisition Prize will be announced as will be the Principal’s Acquisition Prize. Since these prizes are selections from Year 12 students’ work, the awarding of these two prizes will take place at the Valedictory Evening on Monday 22 November. This year we are very honoured to inaugurate through the generosity of Mr and Mrs Edgoose the “Claire Edgoose Awards for Excellence”.  These awards commemorate the spirit of a wonderful young woman who although was taken away from us at a young age she inspired us all to be the very best we can be in every facet of our lives. Claire was an outstanding student, a wonderful daughter and friend, but most of all she was an exceptional person. She was attracted to the Arts both the Visual and Performing Arts and these awards are presented in memory of her commitment and love of both these areas. Three Visual Arts awards will be presented one at each sub-school level and two Music awards to two Bass Section players across the Music program. We are very honoured to have Mr and Mrs Edgoose attend the opening of the exhibition to present the inaugural “Claire Edgoose Awards for Excellence”.


Farewell to Brenda Wilkins:

I wish to congratulate Brenda Wilkins on her retirement and on behalf of the Eltham High School Community I wish her all the very best as she embarks on the next phase of her life.


Brenda has been an outstanding member of the Education Support Staff and has been to a large degree the face of Eltham High School for many years (she was generally the first person that visitors would come in contact with when entering our school).


As a staff member, Brenda has contributed tremendously to the education of our young people over her 21 years of service. Brenda, I believe began her work with us in 1989 in the Integration area during Mr Ron Edwards Principalship and in her time here she has undertaken several roles. Her last role may have been defined as the school’s receptionist but she has in fact been much more than this. Hospitality coordinator; Master Chef; Florist; Second-Hand Books Coordinator; School Council Secretary, AEU Education Support Staff Representative on the Executive to name a few.


As a parent of Eltham High School, having entrusted the education of her two sons, Ryan and Bryce to Eltham High School, Brenda has also contributed greatly to various aspects of school life. I take the opportunity to also acknowledge Roy, Brenda’s husband who has also contributed greatly to the life of the school. Roy was one of the founding members of the Grounds Committee which has progressed from its humble beginnings to the extensive group that it is today.


It would take a great deal of time to cover all that Brenda has contributed to our learning community over time and everything that she has achieved. This community will miss not having Brenda to rely on. Personally I know that I will miss her high level of professionalism; exceptional skills; her ongoing support; her calming spirit, her initiative, her creative flair and her attention to detail.


We wish Brenda a Wonderful time away from work and we are sure that she and Roy will make the most of every opportunity. All the very best from all of us!


Building Futures Program:

I am very pleased to inform our community that with the closing of Tenders for the building project on the 17 October, all came in under the designated $9M budget. The Contract has been awarded to Melbcon. This company comes highly recommended by architects and organizations that have engaged them previously. We are looking forward to a very fruitful relationship with Melbcon. With the Tenders coming in below budget it has meant that we are in a position not to exercise any tender options which may have seen some of the desired work left undone. In fact we are currently working with our architects looking at what was previously excluded from the project design phase that can now be re-introduced into the contract. Melbcon are beginning to take possession of the site but serious work will not begin until after the VCE exams. I take the opportunity to thank all members of our community who contributed to this very positive outcome, in particular the team from Gray Puksand Architects,  Bruce Martyn (Project Manager), Trevor Jenkins (Assistant Principal) and Steve Herbert (State Member for Eltham). I will continue to keep you informed as the work progresses.


Information for Parents/Guardians of Children who Walk to and/or From School

Please be aware that due to the recent rain a number of footbridges in the local area that cross the Diamond Creek have been damaged and are closed for at least a week.  I would therefore ask parents to be aware and to consider alternate routes for students that do walk to or from school.

The safest route from Eltham shops and station is along Main Road, crossing Bridge Street at the lights and then to the end of Dalton Road, turn right,follow the bike path to Withers Way and cross at the School Crossing.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  


Second Hand Books Sales for 2010


Year 12 students have been advised of the titles suitable for sale at this year’s Second Hand Book Sale and may leave their books for sale with Brenda Wilkins who will be operating a temporary collection point outside the VCE common room from 1 – 3pm on Friday 12 November & Friday 19 November 2010. The book room will be open for collection after these dates.

Year 11 students will receive their booklists for 2011 shortly and may now view 2010 titles suitable for sale on the list outside the common room.  They may also leave their 2010 books for sale and their 2011 second hand book order at the temporary collection point outside the VCE common room from 1 – 3pm on Friday 19 November 2010. After this date please go to room 616 with books and orders.

2010 students in years 7, 8, 9 & 10 will also be receiving their 2011 booklists shortly with a list of 2010 texts suitable for resale.

As from Monday 22 November the second hand book room will operate from room 616 and families wanting to sell 2010 texts or order 2011 texts may do so until Friday 10 December.

Year 9 & 10 students can bring their books for sale during the week commencing Monday 22 November

Year 7 & 8 students can bring their books for sale during the week commencing Monday 29 November

Any queries please contact 0427 327 399.

Brenda Wilkins


Yr 11 to 12 Study Camp

A reminder that all Yr 11 students should have returned their permission/medical forms for the Study Camp which is on from the 24th to the 26th of November. Information on the camp was posted home during the last term break. Please see the VCE office with any queries.


Di Parry

Senior School Coordinator


Year 8 Classes for 2011

The Junior School team will soon begin to create the Year 8 class lists for 2011. The aim of this process is to create the optimal learning environment for all students. In order to do this, we tap into the insights of the current Year 7 teachers who provide advice on what combination of students will create productive classes. During this process we take into account the social, emotional and academic needs of students. Parents and students also have an opportunity to provide input into this process. If you have any genuine requests regarding student placement for 2011, keeping in mind that classes will be constructed to create positive learning environments for all students,  please send them, in writing, to Ross McKinnon, Junior School Team leader or email to Ross McKinnon at mki@elthamhs.vic.edu.au.     



COLES SPORT FOR SCHOOLS PROMOTION – please bring in ALL your vouchers

Coles were 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.

Please have your child bring them to the school office so they can be collected and redeemed at the end of the promotion which ended on October 31.



Eltham High Super Raffle

– Please return tickets as drawn this Friday

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 school or sent home with your child.


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


EHS Swim Squad

Hoodie Jackets have arrived and are ready to be picked up.  Students who have paid a deposit of $20.00 need only to complete the balance of $33.00. 


See Phil Boyd.






Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Five 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. Check the new draw on the volleyball info board.

This weeks games - 4th November

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

 Duty U/16 boys honours

Court 1. U/16 Girls Honours vs U/15 boys Honours

 Duty U/16 boys honours.

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

 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


Diamond Valley Group Volleyball Round Robin

On Thursday 11th November our year 8 and 9 students will be taking part in the Diamond Valley Group sport round robin. This is the 2011 intermediate round robin for students who will next year be in year 9 and 10.

Because we have so many volleyball teams we will be running a pre round robin competition on Friday the 5th November so that our 6 boys and 6 girls teams can play off to see who represents Eltham High in the round robin. The pre round robin will be played period 1 and 2 in the stadium on Friday the 5th. Details are on the volleyball information board.

Northern Zone Volleyball Final

On Tuesday 9th November our year 7 girls and year 8 boys and girls will be taking part in the northern zone volleyball finals at Reservoir Secondary College, Plenty Road, Reservoir.

We will leave school at 9.00 am from Ely St and return at 3.00pm. Students will be given a parent permission form at training this week.


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




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.



The final Working Bee for 2010 will be held on Sunday 14th November from 9.00am until 12.30pm with morning tea, drinks and barbeque lunch supplied.  If attending this even please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the Stadium complex and make you way to the Central Courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee.


The following tasks have been prioritised for completion on the day:


1.     Removal of some bin holders around the Hall complex prior to the Hall’s demolition

2.     Mulching on the Western Boundary

3.     Mulching in the Environmental Complex at the end of the tennis courts

4.     Mowing and brush cutting in a variety of locations

5.     Sweeping around the Stadium as well as the Courtyard complexes

6.     Weeding around bike shed precinct along Ely St.

7.     Weeding and pruning of the gardens in the Courtyard Complex

8.     Drain cleaning inside the courtyards

9.     The repositioning of a seat on the back oval

10.  Staining of some bollards in 2 main areas


Looking forward to your attendance on the day.


John Coates

Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee




AMEB exams are commencing this week for some of our students.  Those not doing an exam will have an assessment during their lesson time in the next couple of weeks.
A new date for the calendar!  Thursday 2nd December we are attempting [let the weather be very kind] to have our Twilight Concert.  All students involved in the music program will take part.  The evening commences at 6.30pm [students to arrive by 6.15pm]  It will be held in the canteen courtyard area or the junior school courtyard area.  Bring along chairs or rugs.  Invite family and friends.  The Music Support Group will have BBQ sales too!  This is an evening with a 'touch of Christmas' so bring your best carol singing voice!
Have you got an instrument you want to sell?  Please bring it to the music office for staff to check whether it's suitable to go on our 'second hand instrument register'.  The Music Support Group oversees this service and there is a fee of $10 for submission of an instrument.
Any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127


Jill Browne – Music Administration




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


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 (Room 911) 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).


A notice about the sale of the new Nspire calculators is being handed out to year 9 students this week.


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




Please donate your old ipods to LOTE.

Recently we have been the lucky recipient of grants which have enabled us to purchase ipod touches for use in LOTE for all our listening tasks. We were fortunate recipient of both Federal and state grants to improve student engagement in LOTE as this is one of the state and federal priorities for Education in the 21st century.

Students are really very excited about the use of these devices and we have noticed a significant improvement in engagement and successful completion of listening tasks in classes where these devices were used. However, like everything good which comes in small doses, we do not have enough ipod touches for use with all our classes. So we are requesting that if your son or daughter has graduated to an iphone or updated their ipods and you no longer need your old ipods/MP3 players, please don't leave them lying around in drawers. We can use them in our classes for listening activities.  Please donate them to LOTE via one of the LOTE teachers in staff room B.


Many thanks

Bu Brady


=====  Social Chess Nights at EHS  =====

Monday Night social chess in Eltham


Where: Eltham High School.  Withers Way

When: Monday nights, 7pm to 9:30pm Starts Mon 8th Nov


Cost: $5 ($2 for healthcare/senior card holder), free tea and coffee

Who: All welcome, any age and skill.  Great venue, friendly atmosphere.  Equipment provided, spectators welcome.

Northern Star Chess is running these weekly until Christmas.  If response is good, it will be a permanent fixture in Eltham!  Please help us spread the word!


Full details and registration: http://www.NorthernStarChess.com/Squad2010.html


Canteen Roster

November 2010

Thurs 4

Leanne Lillie, Danielle Ashby

Fri 5

Robyn Bulman, Jenny Vasiliadis, Rhonda Constantinou

Mon 8

Jenny Reeves, Christine Carroll

Tue 9

Leanne Johnson, Gillian Goldsworthy

Wed 10

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.

CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS required for the following dates:-

November 16, 29 & 30 and December 3.



November 2010

Thu 4

Unit 4 Exams

Fri 5

Last Day Year 11 Classes

Unit 4 Exams

HPE – MS RRS Squash

Mon 8

Unit 4 Exams

SAC Week

Yr 11 Study Break

Chess Club 400’s 7.00pm-9.30pm

Tue 9

Unit 4 Exams

SAC Week

Yr 11 Study Break

Sport – Northern Zone Volleyball Yr7 & 8

Finance Committee Meeting

Wed 10

Unit 2 & 4 Exams

SAC Week

Maths Calculator Sales 12.30-1.30 rm 911 $195

Photoshop Course 418

Thu 11

Unit 2 & 4 Exams

SoSE MS Philosophy Fieldwork

Sport 2011 Intermediate Round Robin

Fri 12

Unit 2 & 4 Exams


Sat 13

Music – Jazz Band Performance Eltham Festival

Chess Coaching Sessions 400’s




Eltham High School VCE students look forward to sharing the fruits of their creative endeavours with the local and wider community.  The annual Arts Festival includes work from Art, Visual Communication and Design, Interactive and Digital Media, Design and Technology (Wood), Studio Arts (Photography) and Media (Film).

The school is committed to building a sense of culture and community spirit through engaging arts students in a wide range of opportunities in the arts. There will also be live music and theatrical performances at the opening.

A diverse range of students have contributed to the exhibition, supported by the school’s teachers. A variety of personal reactions and response to a number of themes have been developed through the use of a variety of media.

The exhibition will open on 5 November at 6.30 and will be open on 6 November 1-4 for viewing.

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.



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.




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



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


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



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


  =======  Social Chess Nights at EHS ========
You are invited to join in:

Monday Night social chess in Eltham
Where: Eltham High School.  Withers Way (enter at the end of Susan Street)
When: Monday nights, 7pm to 9:30pm.  Starting Monday 8th November

Cost: $5 ($2 for healthcare/senior card holder), free tea and coffee
Who: All welcome, any age and skill.  Great venue, friendly atmosphere.  Equipment provided, spectators welcome.
Northern Star Chess is running these weekly until Christmas.  If response is good, it will be a permanent fixture in Eltham!  Please help us spread the word!


======   Weekend Chess Squad at EHS ======

It's coming to Victoria!

Australian Junior Chess Championship 2011
January 15th - January 23rd 2011, hosted at Billanook College.
Northern Star Chess is conducting a number of
chess squad sessions on Saturdays leading up to this exciting event.

These classes are designed to prepare strong school chess level players for longer tournament games, with notation practice, games analysis, and tactic work.  This is essential for juniors who lack experience in ACF rated tournaments, and is considering playing at the Australian Junior Chess Championship in January. 

6 x Saturday afternoon sessions in Eltham, at the Eltham High School.  First session 13th November.

Full details and registration: http://www.NorthernStarChess.com/Squad2010.html




An international high school exchange student wishes to study in Australia from February through June 2011 for the following reasons:


ü  good schools                      

ü  strong economy         

ü  international presence welcomed in schools                

ü  friendly people

ü  good weather                                                              

ü  renowned successful S.C.C.E with 24/7 support

ü  popular outdoor activities

ü  intercultural tolerance developed

ü  popular and widely available wholesome food               

ü  future education and careers enhanced


Australian volunteer host family chooses compatible selected international student and makes him/her a family member.


Tick the above box and make it happen!






Southern Cross Cultural Exchange 1800 500 501 or scceaust@scce.com.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