Term 4 Week 8 - Tue 23rd November 2010

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SECOND HAND BOOK SALES – see details in the newsletter

YEAR 9 – Work Experience Dates – Mon 29 November – Fri 10 December

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUBJECT SELECTIONS – will be available online Mid December

REPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE – Year 11 Fri 10 December, Junior & Middle School Wed 15 December




Principal’s Report


Year 12 Valedictory Night:

I congratulate all year 12 students on their completion of VCE. Last night was the Year 12 Valedictory Night, a night of celebration and recognition of the achievements of our Year 12 students. This evening marked a new beginning, one filled with great hope and aspiration for our students and for the wonderful things that will come their way. We look to these young people as our future leaders in a myriad of fields working locally, nationally and internationally and in so doing taking the name of Eltham High School with them throughout their endeavours. In becoming past students they also become lifelong members of the Eltham High School Community.  Past students are very much part of the culture of Eltham High School. The class of 2010 too will become part of this culture building process as they return to us over the years to share their stories. Throughout the evening we recognized each student and his/her achievements through the presentation of certificates, prizes and gifts. The following demonstrate some examples of this recognition:


Valedictorians 2010:

Kristina Gorgievska

Sophie Paine

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards:

Adam Bulman

William Broom

Caleb Dawson

Kristina Gorgievska

Sophie Paine

Eltham High School Values Award:

Kristine Alford

Outstanding Contribution awards:

Sport: Sophie Paine

The Performing Arts – Drama: Thomas Franklin, Kristina Gorgievska, Loren Reid

The Performing Arts – Music: Nicholas Aston, Melanie Simpson, Allison Wright

Nominees for the Principal’s Award:

Ruby Mitchell

Loren Reid

Caleb Dawson

Sophie Paine

Recipient of the Principal’s Award:

Loren Reid

W H Everard Award for Environmental Responsibility:

Georgia Watts

Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork Awards:

Tom Thorneycroft


I wish to personally acknowledge the ongoing commitment of a highly professional group of people, the teachers and support staff at Eltham High School. The Year 12 teachers continued the work and enhanced the learning that had been instituted by teachers in the pre-VCE years. I thank them all for their unfailing support of our young people.


Furthermore, I wish to acknowledge the work, commitment and support provided to the students by the Senior Sub-School Team: Mrs Diane Parry, Mr Jim Petridis, Miss Michelle Harper, Mr John Elordieta under the leadership of Mrs. Anna Panas. Without their passion and ongoing effort what has been achieved could not have been achieved to the same level.


Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar:

Kwong Lee Dow scholarships are awarded by the University of Melbourne to Year 10 students who demonstrate outstanding academic results and leadership skills. Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars retain their status through their Year 11 and 12 studies and the first year of university should they choose to enroll at the University of Melbourne. The program assists students to achieve their full potential through creating a network and community of students who engage with the University and each other through an extensive range of events and activities.


In 2010 the nominees for the scholarship from Eltham High School were Madeleine Dawson, Zoe Gerardson, Emmet Scanlan, Ariel Skippen and Rose Wilson-Harrison. We congratulate each of them on their nomination. Last week we were very pleased to learn that Rose Wilson-Harrison had been successful in gaining a place in the program. Congratulations to Rose, her endeavours in the music program, helping re-establish the Environment Club and her work in the Anthology committee make her a very worthy recipient of the scholarship. 


Eltham High School Swim Team Lap-a-thon:

Congratulations to all the students (past, present and prospective) and staff who participated in the 2010 Lap-a-thon on Thursday 18 November, at the Eltham Leisure Centre. It was a great effort with the top lap count of 164 laps in the hour allocated going to Emily Voss. Overall the group swam over 40 kilometres. The funds raised will be donated as Christmas gifts to the Smith Family for distribution as appropriate. This was a true sign of student leadership, student voice and an outstanding success. A real credit to all involved!

2011 Orientation Programs:

The Year 11 to Year 12 orientation program is well under way. Student began their engagement with this from Monday 22 November and this will continue throughout this week. This will be followed by the Year 10 to Year 11 Orientation program. It is imperative that all students attend the program to gain full benefit from the experience and to begin their preparation for 2011.


Building works:

The Building Contractors will be taking possession of the site over this week, installing the cyclone fencing to secure the site. As this occurs access to various areas of the school may change, the car park outside the front office will be out of bounds and access to the General Office can be gained from the Ely Street end of the school on foot only.  The circular drive for the drop off and pick up of students will remain open, see the map below for guidance. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the General Office on 9430 5111.



Vincent Sicari, Principal  







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

(designated answering service).

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





The 2011 booklists, school charges information and second hand book sale lists have now been given to students in all year levels, if you have not received these notices please ask your child to collect a copy from the general office.



The second hand book room is operating from ROOM 616 (enter via Ely Street only) from

Monday 22 November to Friday 10 December from 8.30am – 1.30pm


Orders for all year levels can now be placed at the book room and will be processed on a first in basis. Please ensure you bring your completed order form with you.


Year 11 & 12 students who missed the previous book collection days may bring their books for sale to room 616 during the above times.

Year 9 & 10 students can bring their books for sale to room 616 as from Monday 22 November 8.30am -1.30pm

Year 7 & 8 students can bring their books for sale to room 616 as from Monday 29 November 8.30am -1.30pm

Please ensure you bring your completed sellers list with your books.

Any queries regarding the second hand book sales/orders

please contact Brenda Wilkins on 0427 327 399




Dates to remember ... December 3rd is the last day of instrumental lessons.  November 26th is the Strings Soiree at 5pm in the main rehearsal room.  December 2nd is the Twilight Concert where all our ensembles are involved - a 6.30pm start with a touch of Christmas, in the courtyard.


Remember the music support group's Second Hand Instrument Register is available for sales. If you have an instrument it needs to be checked by a staff member and the cost of 'registering' it is $10.  Then, hopefully a new student in our program in 2011 will purchase it!


Any queries, contact the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne – Music Department





Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

TWO weeks to go. All athletes, coaches and managers are required to attend a meeting in the stadium at 7.30 pm on Sunday 5th December. At this meeting each team's first game time will be confirmed, T-shirts will be given to players and team photos will be taken. Players should attend in full playing uniform for the photo. Students will receive further details this week at training.

Any player needing knee pads or girls bike shorts can see Mr Thomas this week.


On Friday the 3rd of December Riccarton High School from New Zealand will be visiting us to play some practice games in the lead up to Australian schools cup. These games will take place from 12.30 till 4.00 pm and will involve the senior and Under 17 girls honours teams.


Super League Volleyball

No games after school this week due to the VSSSA volleyball finals on Thursday.


VSSSA State volleyball final

Congratulations to our year 7 girls and our year 8 boys and girls on winning the northern zone volleyball finals last week. All three teams will now progress on to the state VSSSA volleyball final at MSAC on Thursday 25th November. The bus will leave from the Ely street bus bay at 7.45 am and will return at approx. 5.00 pm.


Congratulations to Shaun McLachlan on his recent boxing success.

On Sunday 21 November, Shaun competed in the State 52kg junior final which attracted a crowd of over 500 people.  He unanimously won his final with an 11-3 victory.  This now enables him to be picked in the Victorian State team for which he now has a chance to compete in the Australian National Championships which are held in Melbourne in March next year.  Following his win on Sunday, he has also been asked to compete in a Victorian team which will be competing against Tasmania on the 11th December.


Important Dates

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




November/December 2010

Wed 24

SAC Week

Transition – Yr 11- Yr 12 Orientation CAMP

MS Assembly – Period 5

Sci – Yr10 Science Fieldwork – Scienceworks

Photoshop Course 418

Thur 25

SAC Week

Transition – Yr 11- Yr 12 Orientation CAMP

Sport – Volleyball Yr 7 & 8 VSSSA Final

Fri 26

SAC Week

Transition – Yr 11- Yr 12 Orientation CAMP

Transition –Last Day MS Classes

Yr 10 Exams Finish

Music – Strings Soiree

Sat 27

Chess Coaching Sessions 400’s

Mon 29

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Transition – Yr 10 into 11 Orientation

Chess Club 7.00pm-9.30pm 400’s

Tue 30

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Transition – Yr 10 into 11 Orientation

Planning Committee Meeting

Wed 1 Dec

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Transition – JS to MS Transition Meeting

Photoshop Course 418

Transition – Yr 7 2011 Parent Information Evening

Thu 2

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Music Twilight Concert & BBQ

Music Final Concert

Fri 3

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)



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Thank you for helping save paper & considering the environment.



Canteen Roster

November 2010

Wed 24

Christine Williams, Robyn Kaires

Thurs 25

Kathryn Phillips, Joanne Grigg

Fri 26

Kathryn Sparkes, Margie Pendlebury

Mon 29

Vivian Heath, Terrie Bayliss, Christine Farrugia

Tue 1 Dec

Nicole Hassall (one volunteer required)

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



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



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



Want to play netball in 2011

Eltham Netball Club is currently taking registrations

for the 2011 seasons for ages 9/u to open age.  Games are played at the Templestowe courts on a Saturday.

All details available on our website

www.elthamnetballclub.com or email Julie on



Montmorency Junior Football Club

In 2011 we are actively seeking players for our Under 17 team.  The Montmorency JFC is a very strong and progressive club. We also offer a clear pathway to senior footy along with outstanding club resources and facilities.


For further details please come to our information session Wednesday 24 November 7:30pm Para Rd, Montmorency


All new Under 17 players will receive 2 pairs of shorts and one pair of socks in their 2011 registration fee.


Tony Course (Coach) 0418 393 082

Mark Cleary (Team Manager) 0429 917 755









  =======  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, 7:00pm to 9:30pm in the 400’s

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