Term 4 Week 11 - Tue 14th December 2010

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Principal’s Report


VCE Results:

I congratulate the class of 2010 on their results. Students received their results on Monday 13 December and I know that amongst the cohort there will have been a large number of very happy students. I also acknowledge that amongst the group there would have been some who are disappointed with their results, as there are each year. It is important that students access the support that the school is able to offer them. Mr Goddard is available to guide them with any decisions that they need to make. The top ATAR score for 2010 was 99.3. More on this in 2011.


End of Year program:

The end of Year program is progressing smoothly and I wish to thank all the students and parents who have supported the initiative. It is our intention to survey the students on the last day to gain insight into the success of the program as well as in identifying any changes that need to be made for the following year. As indicated to the students, absences will be followed up. If absent, students are expected to bring a note from home explaining their absence as is the normal process. Any unexplained absences will be followed up.


Volleyball National Competition:

Congratulations to the sixteen teams that participated in the National Volleyball Competitions at MSAC and the State Volleyball Centre throughout last week. I was fortunate enough to attend at MSAC last Thursday and to watch a number of our teams winning games. The competition this year was fierce and our teams came home with two bronze medals and a number of places just out of a medal. I know that whilst the week was hard work all the students and their coaches had a great time representing our school. It’s not always about winning. Competing with dignity and pride brings about very satisfying outcomes. I thank all the staff who participated in the week as well as all those staff who supported the program by taking extra classes back at school. I wish to thank Mr Greg Thomas for his leadership of the program and for his continued encouragement of our students and staff.


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.


Staff Movement:

I congratulate the following staff who will be retiring as of the start of the new school year:

Mrs Liz Lacey, Mr Peter Goddard, Mr Michael Darling and Mr Peter Webster. I acknowledge their work as teachers at Eltham High School over many years and thank them for their outstanding contribution to the education of our young people and to government school education. In particular, Peter Goddard has served as the Careers Coordinator for a number of years and his hard work and enterprise has seen the introduction of a number of programs such as the Year 10 Portfolio Day and the continuation of such initiatives as the Careers Nights in addition to the Work Experience Program that has benefitted our students. I wish them all the very best as they move into the next phase of their lives.


I also wish to acknowledge the retirement of Mr Michael Pagan (Laboratory Technician). Michael has been with us for a number of years and he has made a great contribution to the Science Department. In addition to carrying out his day-to-day work supporting the preparation of the practical component of the science program, Michael has been the designer and creator of a range of pieces of equipment that have served the science staff and students for many years. His technical skills and talent have provided the servicing of equipment and repairs that would have cost the school a fortune. I wish Michael all the best and on behalf of our learning community I thank him for his outstanding contribution over the years.


I congratulate Ms Therese Sweeney who will be moving into a Leading Teacher position (a promotion) as Head of Science at McKinnon Secondary College. Ms Sweeney has been a staff member at Eltham High School for many years and I wish to thank her for her outstanding contribution to the science program and the young people in her care. I wish her all the very best in her new role.  I also thank Mr Anthony Condon, whose contract position has come to an end and wish him all the very best with his new adventure teaching in the Northern Territory.


A number of staff will also be on leave during 2011 including: Mr Glen Pearsall, Ms Elizabeth Campbell, Mrs Kylie McColl, and Mr Chris LaRosa. I wish them all a very satisfying and productive period of leave. Ms Rai Jones and Ms Jane Thomas will also be on family leave and I wish them all the very best as they prepare for the birth of their children. I also wish Mr John Coates, Mr Seamus Robertson and Mrs Jeanette Carter a relaxing time during their Term 1 leave. As always I will be introducing all new staff to you in the first edition of the Community Newsletter for 2011.


Best Wishes for the Festive Season:

As the year draws to a close, I thank all members of our learning community for their ongoing support throughout 2010. I wish all our students, parents, families and staff a wonderful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. I hope that everyone will be able to have a very relaxing break and I encourage our students, in particular those in the senior years, to spend some time preparing for 2011. However, it is important that you take time out and have fun. Please keep safe and think about the decisions and choices that you make. I look forward to our work together in 2011. All the best!


Vincent Sicari, Principal  



The school Cashier will be closed on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 December. Due to the end of year processes we are unable to receipt payments received after Wednesday 15 December until 2011.

If you have any regarding this matter, queries please Kathleen Hannan, Business Manager on 9430 5105.



Reports for all year levels will be available via the intranet from Wednesday 15 December.

Parents are able to access reports by using their student’s login credentials. It is expected that families will download and store reports electronically, either on their computer hard drive, a CD/DVD or a flash drive. Reports will be available online during your student’s time at EHS.



The busy year has come to an end in the music department.  We've had great concerts, wonderful performances to community groups, 'full on' music camps, taken part in inspiring competitions and been on fantastic tours.  What more could you want?


Thank you to our students for your willingness to share your musical talents and to the music staff for finding and encouraging the talents!


We have a great Christmas gift idea available in the music office ... Jazz CD [recording at Dizzy's] ... only $20!


Remember ... for the beginning of term 1 ... the Second Hand


Instrument Register and Second Hand Uniform sales.

From everyone in the music department we wish you all a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year.


Any queries, contact the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne – Music Department




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.




Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Congratulations to all students on their efforts at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. 


This is a tough competition and all teams played well to contribute to Eltham High finishing fourth best school overall. Thanks also to all the staff and volunteers who acted as coaches and managers over the week long competition.



Open Girls Honours - 10th                     

Open Boys Honours - 6th

Under 17 Girls Honours - 8th

U/17 Boys Div 1 - 14th   

U/17 Boys Div 2 - 10th

Under 16 Girls Honours - 6th                 

Under 16 Boys Honours – BRONZE MEDAL

Under 16 Girls Div 1 - 12th

Under 15 Girls Honours – BRONZE MEDAL  

Under 15 Boys Honours - 4th

Under 15 Girls Div 1 - 8th                      

Under 15 Boys Div 1 - 11th

Under 14 Girls Div 1 - 6th                      

Under 14 Boys Div 1 - 11th

Under 14 Girls Div 2 - 8th                      

Under 14 Boys Div 2 - 8th


Overall schools Results

1. Heathfield (SA) - 613

2. Brighton(SA) - 578

3. Billanook (VIC) - 555

4. Eltham (VIC) - 542

5. Rossmoyne (WA) - 531


Under 15 Victorian Volleyball Team Selections

Congratulations to the following students on their selection into the Victorian under 15 volleyball squad.

Katie Bett, Siggy Burley, Amber Deague-Hall, Ellis Evans, Emily Pendelbury, Tayla McKay, Corey Chubb, Trent Grindal, Hugh Heys, Jake Hume, Kyle Mitchell, Sam Northcott, Jayden Sparkes and Angus Symons.


Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator



2010 Statististics:


            573 students lodged books for sale

            577 students placed orders for books

            2237 books have been traded

            319+ hours were worked to enable this book exchange to operate for the benefit of parents and Eltham High School. The success of this venture is due to a great team of hard working ex students/current senior students lead by ex Jeremy Taylor, Loren Reid, Tess Parker, Maddy Bennett, Amy Coates and Zoe Goddard.


Thank you to all the current families and new 2011 families who have supported the bookroom this year. Many positive comments have been received reinforcing the efforts of our tireless team. Thank you to all.


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 this week.


Thank you

Gael & Canteen Staff




Please note that the immunisation cards for all students in Year 7 and 10 will be issued on Day 1 of 2011.


All cards ie. YES or NO are to be returned to the General Office by Friday 18 February.




December 2010

Wed 15

YR 11, JS & MS Reports available online

EoY Program – Fishing Yr 7 & 7 – Westernport Bay

School Council

Thu 16

Last Day - Term 4 at 2.30pm



Tue 1 Feb

First day for staff

Fri 4 Feb

First day for Years 7, 11 & 12

Mon 7

First day for Years 8, 9 & 10

Fri 11

Student Photographs

Tue 15

Music – Concert Band Auditions

Transition – Yr 7 Aquarena

Wed 16

Sport – Yr 7 Cricket

Music – Chamber Choir Auditions

Music – Senior String Ensemble Auditions

Thu 17

Sport – House Swimming Sports (Aquarena)





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 2011 [applicable for those who have a HealthCare Card] please contact Brendan Monigatti or Jenny Fowler, Student Welfare Coordinators asap.


Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler


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



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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


Living&LearningLOGO-CMYK 519 KBMake time for you!

Learn a new skill, meet new people, make new friends!

February to June 2011 program now available

or phone

Eltham   9433 3744     Diamond Creek   9433 3766  Panton Hill   9433 3799



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