Term 4 Week 10 - Tue 7th December 2010

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CANTEEN – open until Thu 16 December (please pre-order where possible)

SECOND HAND BOOK SALES – see details in the newsletter

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUBJECT SELECTIONS – will be available online via Intranet on 15 December

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



Principal’s Report



Year 7 (2011) Orientation Day:

I welcome all the Year 7 (2011) students and their families to our learning community. There are a number of families that are engaging with us for the first time as well as a number of families that have been part of Eltham High School for a number of years through the previous enrolment of older children. Today has provided an opportunity for the Year 7 (2011) students to have a taste of secondary schooling, to make new links with peers and teachers and to explore the school environment. A well organized program was implemented and I take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Natalie Tate (Transition Coordinator), the whole of the Junior School Team and the other staff for their hard work in ensuring a successful experience for our new students. I particularly want to thank the students for the way that they engaged with the day’s program and congratulate them for contributing to the success of the day.


Last Wednesday 1 December, a parent information evening was held to provide an opportunity for the parents of incoming Year 7 students to hear more about the school and its curriculum. The evening also invited parents to ask questions and to have their queries clarified. Based on feedback from the parents the evening was a great success both fulfilling the needs of parents and those of the school. I wish to thank all the parents who were present on the night and once again the Junior School Team and all the other staff who were there in support of such a successful outcome.


Volleyball National Competition:

Sixteen teams of very excited young people and approximately 20 staff set off for the National Volleyball Competitions running at MSAC and the State Volleyball Centre throughout this week. A big get together took place last Sunday as a final preparation for this week’s event. I wish all the students and their coaches (a number of them past students who have experienced great outcomes in the past through the school program) all the very best for the competition. They have put in a great deal of hard work in preparation for this event and I am sure that they will continue to work hard to achieve the outcomes of which they are so capable. I wish to thank Mr Greg Thomas for his undying commitment to the program and for the way his enthusiasm and love of the sport continues to encourage our students and staff.


I encourage members of our community to visit MSAC and/or the State Volleyball Centre in support of our students. The draw is available on the AVF web site -www.avf.org.au/AVSC.


Year 9 Work Experience:

Year 9 students have embarked on their second week of Work Experience. Members of staff have been very busy visiting students in their work experience placement and each one of them has reported something positive from their visit. Students are enjoying their placements and employers are happy with the commitment and quality of work of our students. I trust that they will continue to have a positive experience throughout this week.


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

By now all parents of Year 7 and Year 8 students would have received a letter outlining out 2010 end-of-year program. I do apologize for the incorrect dates published in last week’s newsletter. The correct dates are 13-16 December inclusive. Once again I ask you for your support in ensuring your child’s attendance on these days and that you do not accept any excuses from your child to absent himself/herself from the program. The success of the program relies on student attendance. I thank you in anticipation for your support.



A small number of parents have been asking about the deployment of the Ultranet for Parents. A number of trials have taken place over the last few weeks through the Central Office of the Department and the initial glitches seem to have been ironed out. At Eltham High School, all staff have access to the Ultranet as do all current Year 7, 8 and 9 students. We will continue with the deployment of the student body in early 2011. Once this has taken place we will then arrange for parents to have access. A letter will be forwarded to you at this time, outlining what you need to do to successfully access the Ultranet as well as what information will be available to you in the initial stages of deployment.


Building Program and Access to the General office:

You may already be aware that the contractors have taken possession of the building site. Over the last week we have been trying out a number of different ways to direct traffic into the school from both the Withers Way and Ely Street entries to the school. A number of fences and railed paths have been created for student travel throughout the day. A gravel path has been created from the tennis court along the side of the front oval adjacent to the builders’ fence. However, the most direct access to the General Office for our community is via the Ely Street entry. I refer you to the map at the end of this newsletter which outlines this path.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  



Parents and students are requested to arrange pick up and payment of book orders now!


The book room operates from 8.30am until 2.00pm with Eftpos facilities and until 4pm for cash and cheque payments.


All orders are expected to be filled by Wednesday this week – please act promptly when contact with your home is made in ready to collection of your order.


Friday 10 December is the last day for all persons wishing to collect unsold books and are asked to make contact with the bookroom, otherwise texts will be considered donated.

Ph: 0427 327 399 / 0428 122 638 or visit Room 616 via Ely Street.


No further orders will be accepted after 1pm Wednesday 8 December.  The book room will cease operation from 1pm Monday 13 December.


Final reconciliation of orders is anticipated later in the week when the process of payments will begin.


Thank you for your co-operation


Brenda Wilkins

Second hand book co-ordinator



The Canteen will remain open until Thursday 16th December with limited stock.


Please pre-order lunches where possible.


Note: There will be no rolls or sandwiches prepared from 13th December.


Reminder – Thank you afternoon tea for the canteen volunteers will be held this Thursday (9/12) at 1.30pm.


Thank you

Gael & Canteen Staff




There were many sad faces last Thursday, especially those of the Music Support Group. 


After all of the organisation for the Twilight Concert, the weather conditions during the afternoon lead to its cancellation.  It was a great disappointment but the necessity for the school to make the decision prior to the students being dismissed was vital.


On Monday all year 7 and 8 instrumental students are asked to bring their instruments to have 'a play' at lunchtime.  There are reminders of this in the bulletin each day this week.


Remember two services available via the Music Support Group ... Second Hand Uniform and Second Hand Instrument sales.


Something to look out for ... the Eltham Jazz Food and Wine Festival on Sunday 23rd January 3-4pm ... the Stage Band is performing!


Any queries, contact the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne – Music Department




December 2010

Wed 8

Transition – Yr 9 Work Experience (until 10 Dec)

Sport – Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Photoshop Course 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



Tue 1 Feb

First day for staff

Fri 4 Feb

First day for Years 7, 11 & 12

Mon 7 Feb

First day for Years 8, 9 & 10



The Christmas Giving Tree in Eltham is coming to an end and more donations would be greatly appreciated.


There is a wheelbarrow placed in the General Office foyer where we are collecting non-perishable food items and gifts.


Please donate.





 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.



headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. It is currently running a pilot online confidential online support and counselling service.  ANYONE Australia-wide can access this service. It is hoped that after the initial pilot period www.eheadspace.org.au<http://www.eheadspace.org.au> will go live nationally.

eheadspace is a confidential online support and counselling service.  It is flexible way for young people to access the support that they need via a method, time and place that suits them.  eheadspace is aimed at young people 12-25 who live in the WA Drought Pilot region however does not exclude young people living outside this area.

Young people might use eheadspace if they:

* want to talk about what's going on in their life

* need advice

* are worried about their mental health or feeling depressed or anxious

* are feeling isolated or alone

* are worried about their alcohol and/or drug use

* are worried about a friend or family member

Young people can register at

www.eheadspace.org.au<http://www.eheadspace.org.au> and then go on to use either the email or web chat features of eheadspace.  Web chat allows young people to talk one on one with a qualified youth mental health professional and is open from 1pm to 9pm WA time (4pm to 12 midnight AEST), 7 days a week. Young people can email at any time with a response taking no more than two days.  The service is confidential, free and there are no restrictions on the number of times people can access eheadspace.

Please contact Carmen Garrett Clinical Project Coordinator for further information: cgarrett@headspace.org.au


A guidebook for any young person looking to make a difference in their community. Written by young people, for young people, this 104 page full colour book is an ideal resource for any young person who wants to make a difference in their community by organising a community event or project. Projects featured range from music, dance and drama to youth forum and anti-bullying campaigns. The common theme is youth-initiated and youth-led
projects, highlighting how effective young people can be when given the opportunity to act on their ideas and passions!

The book follows the timeline of a project and includes some inspiring stories, ideas and helpful guides on how to execute each aspect of a project such as How to Get a Grant, How to Write a Media Release and How to Book a Band.

Cost: $34.00 incl GST

Orders: To order a copy of the book go to www.yapa.org.au/diy<http://www.yapa.org.au/diy> and fill in the online order form. You can also download the introductory pages of the book. All orders will receive a bonus 6 month subscription to unleash, YAPA's magazine of youth action and opinion for young people aged under 20 years. Want multiple copies? Contact YAPA for discounts on 10 or more copies of DIY Reality

Enquiries: Joanne Bennett:

info@yapa.org.au<mailto:info@yapa.org.au> or (02) 9281 5522 ext 3.


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



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February to June 2011 program now available

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Eltham   9433 3744     Diamond Creek   9433 3766          Panton Hill   9433 3799




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


Monday 13th December is the last social chess night for this year, thank you to all the chess players who have come along. We will be back next year.

Northern Star Chess 






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



St Andrews-Hurstbridge Community Bus

Volunteer Drivers Needed


We require 8-12 volunteer drivers to continue running the 12 seater Saturday

St Andrews-Hurstbridge FREE Loop Bus from 15/01/11 to 02/04/11. Motor vehicle licence required and a Working with Children Card (No Application fee payable for WWC Card) ½ day shifts only. Please contact Ron 0439 669 122




======   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