Term 4 Week 9 - Tue 30th November 2010

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YEAR 7 – 2011 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT – Wed 1 December 7.15pm Library/400’s wing

CANTEEN – last day Fri 3 December and will reopen in 2011

YEAR 7 – 2011 Orientation Day – Tue 7 December 9:00am-3:00pm

2011 BOOKLISTS – due in by Tue 7 December (hand in at General Office)

SECOND HAND BOOK SALES – see details in the newsletter

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


Student Achievement:

I congratulate all the year 7 girls and Year 8 boys who were part of the teams that competed in the VSSSA State Volleyball finals late last week. Both the Year 7 girls' and Year 8 boys’ teams came home champions after winning the competition.  The girls’ team coached by Ms Bree Pascoe remained undefeated throughout the day. The boys’ team coached by Mr Greg Thomas had a narrow miss during one of the games but came back fighting producing a victorious outcome. Congratulations to the teams and their coaches. Once again an outstanding result!


We now look forward to great outcomes in the National Competition which will take place during next week. I take the opportunity to wish each of the 16 teams competing in the Nationals as well as their coaches all the very best with this event.


2011 Orientation Programs:

The Year 10 to Year 11 orientation program is currently taking place to help prepare students as they embark on their VCE. There has also been an orientation morning with prospective VCAL students. The purpose of these programs is to better prepare students for the challenges that they will face in 2011 and for them to develop an informed understanding of the expectations of these programs including workload; work ethic; planning; time management etc. I thank all the staff involved in the organization and implementation of these programs which I am sure will benefit our students. 


Year 9 Work Experience:

As of Monday 29 November, all Year 9 students embarked on their Work Experience Program. This has been in planning from possibly this time last year. Generally, students have been well organized, some finalizing the work placements as early as December 2009 and Term1 2010. However, as happens each year there are some who seem to think that the whole thing is so far away until the realization that there are only weeks to go.  This year our students are embarking on a large variety of professions branching out from such placements as hospitals & universities, through to small businesses and the trades. Each student will be visited/contacted by a representative of the school during their placement to ensure that all is well. Any issues with a work placement must be reported to Mr Goddard immediately

so that it can be resolved or for other arrangements to be put in place. I wish all the students a very fruitful experience hoping that they will gain the most from their placements. Whether students make favourable decisions in relation to a future pathway or simply realize that a particular job is not for them, is a positive outcome. I wish to thank Mr Peter Goddard for his unfailing commitment to supporting our students throughout this process as well as all the staff who will be visiting students in their placements.


Year 7 and Year 8 End-of-Year Program:

A great deal of work and planning has gone into the organization of the End-of-Year program 2010. Starting on December 15, all year 7 and Year 8 students will be involved in a mostly school-based program aimed at extending the learning that has taken place in 2010 and preparing them for 2011. There will be a letter sent home to parents during this week, outlining the program and asking you for your support in ensuring your child’s attendance on 13, 14, 15 and 16 December. I ask that as parents/guardians you accept no excuse from your child to absent himself/herself from the program. This is a new initiative, the success of which relies on student attendance. I thank you in anticipation for your support.


Twilight Music Concert:

The Twilight Music Concert is scheduled to take place this Thursday 2 December, starting at 6:30 pm in the Canteen Courtyard. I draw you attention to the information under “Musical Notes” in this newsletter. This is the last opportunity for this year for families and friends to enjoy the wonderful sounds of the various bands and ensembles. It is at this event that we will be announcing the recipients of the two inaugural Claire Edgoose awards for excellence in music as well as the two music scholarships. The Music Support Group will also be providing a sausage sizzle and other delights at a small cost in support of this year’s fund raising. Please come along and support the students, bring your family and friends along and sustain the Music Support Group in its efforts.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  




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 3 December 2010




The second hand book room is operating from ROOM 616 (enter via Ely Street only) until Friday 10 December. Hours of operation are 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.



Students who missed the previous book collection days may bring their books for sale to room 616 during the above times.


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.



Year 8 CLASSES, 2011

Class lists for Year 8, 2011 have been completed and displayed. Classes were created using information from teachers and Co-ordinators as well as requests from parents and students (requests were invited through both the Newsletter and the Bulletin). The aim of this process is to create the optimal learning environment for all students, taking into account the social, emotional and academic needs of students. Whilst some friendship groups will be disrupted in this process, we believe that the new classes provide the best possible learning environment for all students. We look forward to working with all our Year 8 classes in what will undoubtedly be a productive and enjoyable new year 


Ross McKinnon

Junior School Team Leader


Canteen Roster

November 2010

Wed 1

Julie Temple, Nicole Clarke

Thurs 2

Michelle Jones

Fri 3

Janine Kerwood, Christine Williams, Matthew Watts

LAST DAY for 2010

REMINDER: Canteen thank you afternoon tea to be held Thu 9 December at 1:30pm.  If you have not given your RSVP please do so by Wed 1 December to Gael on 9430 5122.


Students participating in the Aust Volleyball Schools Cup must finalise payment for this event prior to Friday 3 December.

Thank you for your support.

Greg Thomas & Bree Pascoe




Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

ONE week 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 have been given further details at training. See Mr Thomas if you missed this important information.

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

Last chance for a practice game - Thursday 2nd December.

Show court-Under 15 girls honours v Under 15 boys honours

Court 1 - Under 15 boys div 1 v Under 15 girls div 1.


VSSSA State volleyball final

Congratulations to our year 7 girls and year 8 boys on winning the VSSSA state volleyball final last Thursday. The year 7 girls coached by Ms Pascoe were undefeated on the day. They were Taylor McKay, Toleisha Garsden, Maddison Coates, Georgia Bond, Emily Pendlebury, Sasha Holmes, Jacqui Harrington, Georgia Nethercote, Amber Deague-Hall and Molly Townsend.

The year 8 boys had a closer competition narrowly losing to McKinnon in the first game but coming back to overcome them in the final when it really counted. Well done Sam Richards, Mitchell Clamp, Daniel Notting, Connor Dalgleish, Riley Williams, Dayton Calloway, Lewis Glasgow, Andrew Klink, Darcy Howe and Jack Killeen.

The year 8 girls also made the state volleyball final but unfortunately weren't lucky enough to win their cross over to make the final.


Under 15 Victorian Volleyball Team Selections

Students born in 1997 or later are invited to try out for the 2011 Victorian Under 15 Volleyball Team.

On Sunday 5th December the first of two trials will take place at the State Volleyball centre, 270 Stud Road Dandenong North (Adjacent to Monash Fwy).The boys trial is from 9.00am till 12.00 pm and the girls trial is from 1.00 pm till 4.00 pm.  The second trial will be held on Sunday 12th December.  Girls start at 9.00am and boys start at 1.00 pm.  Any interested students can collect a flyer from Ms Pascoe.


Important Dates

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


The Eltham Leisure Centre swim pool was turned into one giant washing machine on Thursday 18th November, as 42 swimmers taking part in the 6th annual EHS Lapathon surged up and down the pool for 60 minutes.


There were a record number of 42 participants in this year’s Lapathon. The swimmers were spread over 4 lanes, so there was plenty of white water fever happening between the 7:00am start and the 8:00am finish. At one end of the pool, a dedicated team of lap scorers marked off each swimmer as they returned to complete the 50m it takes to swim up and down the Leisure Centre pool.


At the end of the hour a total of 4602 laps of the pool had been completed in the hour, breaking the previous best total of 4010, set in 2009. That meant that the group of 42 swimmers, primarily regular members of the EHS Swim Squad, but also including other students with a interest in swimming, several members of staff, one ex-student and even several younger students from local primary schools had swum a combined distance of 115.05 kilometres!


The average lap count for the group was 109.57 laps in the hour. The average speed for each swimmer was 2.73km per hour. No wonder there was plenty of white water at the pool!

The courtesy and cooperation of the students in the water was necessary to achieve the results and it was evident for the whole sixty minutes of the Lapathon.


Each participant set out with a goal and in most cases, those goals were achieved. The youngest swimmer, Grade 5 student, Indigo McKinnon, set out with the goal of swimming 40 laps for the hour. Indigo finished up with a total of 60 laps!

That story was repeated many times in the one hour session.

Each participant in the 2010 Lapathon is now busy raising money for the Smith Family Christmas Appeal through a sponsor sheet. No doubt many of their sponsors who were kind enough to pledge a sum of money for each lap completed will be up for more than they bargained on.

After the swim, the school provided a breakfast for all who took part. The ‘long table’ in the staff room was quite a sight as the large group of students were treated to a feast of fruit, scrambled eggs on English muffins, Croissants, cakes and hot chocolate. Thanks go to Brenda Wilkins and Lyn Davis for their organisation of the breakfast.


The EHS Swim Squad Coordinator, Mr Phil Boyd was delighted with the success of the 2010 Lapathon. He awarded an EHS Swim Squad ‘hoodie’ to Emily Voss for swimming the most number of laps in the hour. Emily managed to swim a total of 164 laps! A second hoodie will be awarded to the student who raises the most amount of money through the sponsorship sheet. Students are urged to complete this and return all monies raised by the end of the week.


Thanks and congratulations must go to Phil Boyd on his leadership of the Swim Squad this year. The turn-out each Thursday morning at 7:00am has been very good right throughout the year. Special thanks go to the EHS Swim Squad Coach, Neroli Nixon. Neroli established the Lapathon six years ago and continues to be a driving force.


The participants in the 2010 EHS Lapathon were: Maddy Bennett, Kristine Alford, Alex Blanco, Jordan Rouw, Blake Goodwin, Aleks Leffley, Phil Boyd, Louise Alford, Ebony Santin, Nelson Rouw, Zac Shinton, Hugh Heys, Jonathon Page, Emily Everitt, Ryan Grigg, Jordan Heaney, Marie Price, Tom Phillips, Taylor Heaney, Ryan Shinton, Daniel Snowden, Gabby Seymour, Zofia Laxton, Naomi Edrees, Genevieve Bennett, Tayla Bart, Kaitlyn Leffley, Jesse Black, Indigo McKinnon, Louise Heathcote, Bethany Phillips, William Maude, Daniel Carter, Lewis Russell, Adam Witbooi, Nathan Dorman, Danielle Santin, Page Goodwin, India Heys, Ben Hague, Jordan Bayliss, Emily Voss


Max Balchin




Can we say the music department is winding down?  Just a little!


This Thursday [2nd December] we have our Twilight Concert.  It's in the courtyard outside the music block.  The music starts at 6.30pm.  Students have been asked to remain after school on that day and rehearse as a mass band.  This will go to approximately 4.45-5pm.  Students can remain at school after the rehearsal or go home but all students must be back by 6.10pm


Remember to bring chairs or rug, an appetite to purchase the Music Support Group's BBQ sales, and your singing voice ... as there's a touch of Christmas to the evening.


This is the last week for instrumental lessons, including after school lessons.  Please make sure all fees have been paid!

Second Hand Instrument Register:  bring your instrument in for checking by our staff.  It costs $10 to put your instrument on the register.


Any queries, contact the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne – Music Department



December 2010

Wed 1

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)

Mon 6

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Sport – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Chess Club 400’s

Tue 7

Transition – Yr 7 2011 Orientation Day

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Sport – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Finance Committee Meeting

Wed 8

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Sport – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Photoshop Couse 418

Thu 9

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Sport – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Fri 10

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Sport – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Reporting – Yr 11 Reports available online

Tue 14

EoY Program – Fishing Yr 7 & 8 – Westernport Bay

Wed 15

JS & MS Reports available online

EoY Program – Fishing Yr 7 & 7 – Westernport Bay

School Council

Thu 16

Last Day - Term 4



A limited number of places exits for students and/or family members for the Eltham High School tour to Kenya & Tanzania during the school holidays July 2011.  This tour is designed to coincide with the famous 'running of the wildebeest' but we will also see lions, zebra, elephants, baboons, warhogs and lots of other animals & birds.  If you are interested please contact Brendan Monigatti 9430 5123/0417 364 940.



 If students have obtained books through the SWC Office a reminder that these need to be returned to Room 501 as you complete school this year.  If you wish to borrow or purchase books through the SWC office for 2012 [applicable for those who have a HealthCare Card] please contact Brendan Monigatti or Jenny Fowler, Student Welfare Coordinators asap.


Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler



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.


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

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



Community Announcements/Advertising





Ti Nspire Calculator $120

The Texas Instruments Nspire calculator is the essential and

required calculator for year 10 core Mathematics

RRP $220

Purchased from EHS second hand a few weeks ago, no longer required. Please contact Paula in the General Office 9430 5111 for details of the seller.



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




  =======  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