Term 1 Week 3 - Tue 15th February 2011


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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Sunni Holt (Year 9k – Andrew House) for her outstanding achievement in dance. Sunni was selected with other excellent dancers to represent her dance school in the “Showcase” National Dance Competition in Queensland in January. Sunni was awarded 9 Gold Awards in solo, duo and troupe events and a first place and National Champion title in her acrobatics solo.  As a member of the Eltham High School Community Sunni also represented our community and proved herself a worthy ambassador of our school and State. This is something to be very proud of and I encourage Sunni to continue her dedicated approach to this very challenging activity which rivals any demanding sport. In congratulating Sunni we also congratulate her coaches and dance school. We will continue to follow Sunni’s achievements with great interest.


Past Student Achievements:

I wish to congratulate Will Dudley-Bateman (Class of 2009 – Rutter House) for having been offered a place at Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague, an international honours college of Leiden University situated in the world’s capital of peace and justice.  LUC The Hague provides a unique combination of world-class scholarly depth, drawn from the oldest university in the Netherlands, with a cutting-edge and globally conscious curriculum. Will’s studies focus on issues of Peace, Justice and Sustainability.  Will is part of an international contingent of high achieving students who are passionate about addressing the global challenges of today’s world. Will’s program is organized around diverse, interdisciplinary studies across central themes such as world politics & governance, global justice, human & cultural interaction, and environmental sciences. These studies will support Will’s aspiration to make a real difference in the world. Will joins a large number of alumni who have made their way across the world and have continued to engage with learning building on the excellent foundations laid down during their time at Eltham High School. The Eltham High School Community wishes Will all the very best with his career development and future endeavours.


I congratulate Daniel Bass (Class of 2004 – Andrew House) for his outstanding achievement in sport. Daniel was due to make his AFL debut last Saturday with Port Adelaide in the pre-season competition but a late injury kept him out. Daniel showed great promise as a basketball player during his time at Eltham High School and was encouraged to pursue his dream and bring this to fruition through a basketball scholarship to an American University. However because of his height and agility, like a number of former basketballers, he was lured back to Australia and AFL. I am certain that it has taken a great deal of hard work, commitment and dedication to achieve this excellent result and we are very proud of him. Daniel’s family has a strong connection with the school, his father also being a teacher at the school. We wish Daniel all the very best with his football career and we anticipate great success for Daniel in the sport.


Teacher Achievement:

I wish to Congratulate David Matters (Stewart House) for having his photographic work selected for the Symbols of Loss and Recovery Exhibition currently on show at Montsalvat. I acknowledge that a number of parents, also artists have had their work selected for the same exhibition. Scheduled to coincide with the second anniversary of Black Saturday, Nillumbik Shire Council invited artists to submit work in an exhibition which chronicles the effect the fires have had on the people, townships, and landscape of the Shire. Many local artists have found their creative practice restorative as they purge 7th February 2009, others simply want to share their own humble record of destruction and renewal. David, a past student of the school returned to us in 2008 as a teacher, he is a member of the Arts/Technology Key Learning Area and a talented practising artist.  He is an excellent ambassador for our school and community. As a person directly affected by the fires David needs to be commended for his courage and contribution to the recovery of this community. If you have not seen the exhibition, I encourage you to make the effort. You will not be disappointed.


Working Bee:

I extend a warm invitation to all members of our community (Parents/guardians, students, staff and friends of Eltham High School) to join me and the Grounds Committee this Sunday 20 February at our first working bee for the year. Outside of the great work that we do together to enhance the learning environment for our young people it is also a very worthwhile social event where new friendships are made and old ones nurtured.  Our work starts at 9:00 am and finishes around 12:30 pm. However, if you are only able to contribute an hour you will be most welcomed and your contribution greatly appreciated. A delicious morning tea will be on offer as well as a barbeque lunch. I look forward to seeing you all there. Don’t let this opportunity to contribute to your school escape you!


Important note for parents with children with allergies:

It is imperative that parents with children with allergies contact the school immediately if you have not yet done so. We want to be to be able to effectively support your child through any allergic reaction and we will not be able to do this if we are unaware of the condition and the strategies that you employ when such a condition flares up. There are also some Departmental requirements that we need parents to follow through with such as, the provision of a medical action plan and an Epipen if necessary. I ask that you contact Michelle Ford (Sick Bay Attendant) on 9430 5111 or fod@elthamhs.vic.edu.au. This request is to support your child’s health and wellbeing, please do not put off contacting the school another day.


Student Accident Insurance:

Parents/guardians are reminded that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Likewise the school does not have a whole-school policy for personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including transport costs. Reasonably low cost accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Parents/guardians may wish to purchase such a policy for individual students.


School Council Elections:

I draw your attention to the insert which outlines the School Council Elections for 2011. Parents/guardians can contribute to the school and their children’s education in a range of ways. A place on the Eltham High School Council, the governing body of the school and its community, is one way in which you can be a part of this agenda. I encourage you to give this opportunity due consideration.


Information available on school website (click here)


Building Futures:

During the building program the easiest way to access the General Office is to enter the school via the Ely Street entrance. Whilst you will not be able to drive in you should be able to find a temporary car park at this end of the school and then follow a direct route to the office. It is a more complicated path to reach the General office from the Withers Way end. However, if you do come that way then the easiest route to take is the gravel path alongside the building site fence along the front oval. Once again I ask for care and diligence from all drivers and pedestrians during peak times of student arrival and pick up. If you do use the circular drive, please ensure that you are in and out as quickly as possible. I ask that you give yourselves plenty of time for students to arrive on time. Classes begin at 8:55 am and students should be at school not later than 8:45 am. It is very difficult to address any lateness with the students when it is parents/guardians who at times are the cause of the lateness. Over the last week we observed a number of parents driving into the school at 8:55 or even later. Late arrivals disrupt classes and are disrespectful of other students and teachers. I ask you for your support with this matter.


On another note, the Building program is progressing well and within the timeline. The ground has been cleared of any rubble and is being graded in preparation for the laying of the concrete slab which should occur in the near future. I will continue to keep you informed as the work progresses.


Note of Condolences:

Our most sincere condolences are extended to Neil, Gareth, Angela and Sophie Voigt on the recent passing of Linda. Linda was a highly regarded and valued member of the Eltham High School Community. Her contribution to various areas of the school and in particular the Instrumental Music Program was greatly appreciated. She will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with her family.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  





Is your child studying:

-       ART





If so teachers of these subjects are holding an information session for parents on TUESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY at 7PM in the 400's Learning area.


Linda McLeod



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 immediately.



The first couple of days this week are hectic with auditions ... concert band, senior strings and the choirs!  Plus we have new year 7s who are already showing their talents with music and have to be 'slotted' into the appropriate ensemble.

Intermediate band rehearses on a Wednesday morning [7.30am start, till 8.45am] and Concert band rehearses on the Wednesday afternoon [3.30pm start, till 5.15pm]

Rehearsals for these two ensembles commence this week.

After School lessons - some are commencing this week ... you will be notified by your teacher.

But the BIG ONE ... YEAR 7 MUSIC INFORMATION EVENING ... Monday 21st February starting at 7.30pm with a free bbq [provided by Music Support Group] is available at 6.30pm.  This is a 'hands on' event ... after the initial 'talk' the students get the opportunity to try various instruments! Year 7 parents and students are encouraged to attend and find out what 'music at EHS' is all about!

Any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127.  Please note that Jill will not be in the office on Fridays!


Jill Browne, Music Administration




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.


Canteen Roster

February 2011

Wed 16

Margaret Toohey, Michelle Dalton, Tracey Angelopoulos

Thur 17


Fri 18

Alice Eastwood, Tracey Maher, Melissa O’Brien

Mon 21

Sharon Alexander, Debbie Grigg

Tues 22

Ruth Glynatsis, Jana Eustance




February 2011

Wed 16

Sport – Yr7 Cricket

Music – Chamber Choir Auditions

Music – Senior String Ensemble Auditions

School Council Meeting

Thu 17

Sport – House Swimming Sports – Aquarena

Fri 18

Art – Yr 11 Fieldwork – Ian Potter Gallery

Mon 21

SAC Week

O&ES Yr 11(3) Indoor Rock Climbing

Music - Instrumental Music Information Night 7.30pm-9.30pm - 400’s block

Tue 22

O&ES Yr 11(5) Indoor Rock Climbing

Wed 23

Music – Stage Band Performance – Lunchtime

Thu 24

Sport – Senior Round Robin (cricket, baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, table tennis)

Reminder to all families that payments and notices for all excursions are due back to school at least 2 days prior to the event




Want to get better at volleyball?

Students wanting to improve their volleyball skills should do one or more of the following things. 

1. Try out for a Victorian team. The extra training is excellent and if selected you will improve greatly with the elite training a state team provides.

2. Play regularly.  Eltham High has some regular competitions held here at school. Soon a competition will start for year 7 students in the stadium on a Monday night and our junior competition for year 8 to 11 students will be on again on a Thursday night after school.

3. Join a club.  There are a number of excellent state league volleyball clubs that would love to have you join them for training and even playing state league.

Falcons Volleyball Club - Girls train Tuesday night. Guys train Wednesday at Luther College, Plymouth Road Croydon. www.falconsvc.com.au or ring Bill 0417 341 685

Heidelberg Volleyball Club - Training at Catholic Ladies College in Eltham on Thursday nights. Jenny Becker will be training the junior players. Check out the Clubs blogsite at heidelbergvolleyballclub.wordpress.com or call them on 0433 200 500.

Both the above clubs have excellent coaches.

Details are on the volleyball notice board in the stadium foyer.

U/17, U/19 & U/21 2011 Victorian State Team Selection Trials

1st Trial Sunday 20th February at the State Volleyball Centre, Stud Road Dandenong North.

U/17 boys - 12.00 to 2.45pm      U/17 Girls-3.00 to 5.45pm

U/19 boys - 12.00 to 2.45pm      U/19 Girls-3.00 to 5.45pm

U/21 Men - 3.00 to 5.45 pm        U/21Women-12.00 to 2.45

2nd Trial Sunday 27th February, 2011

U/17 Boys- 3.00 to 5.45pm        U/17 Girls-12.00 to 2.45pm

U/19 Boys -3.00 to 5.45pm        U/19 Girls-12.00 to 2.45pm

U/21 Men -12.00 to 2.45pm        U/21 Women-3.00 to 5.45

Further details are available from the volleyball info board in the stadium foyer.


Under 16 State Team ( School Sport Victoria ) Selections


Sat 19 Feb & Sat 26 Feb 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Yarra Valley Grammar School Sports Complex, enter via Plymouth Road, Ringwood (Melway Map 36 E11)


15 & Under

Born 1996 or later


to be paid when registering


Sat 19 Feb & Sat 26 Feb 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Venue: Yarra Valley Grammar School Sports Complex, enter via Plymouth Road, Ringwood (Melway Map 36 E11)


15 & Under

Born 1996 or later


to be paid when registering


Eltham High Volleyball trials

Over the next few weeks we will be running selection trials for all Eltham teams. For our older students this will be to confirm who wants to play in an Eltham team this year. New students are welcome to try out for a team. We need to have a commitment from students early in the year because registration has to be paid to Volleyball Victoria and uniforms have to be ordered for those requiring a new uniform.

For students in year 7 and 8 athletes will trial for selection into the volleyball program. The volleyball program participants train during sport time plus one lunchtime each week. All competition is held during school time except for one weekend (the Victorian schools volleyball cup). Eltham High has many talented athletes playing volleyball for clubs, state teams and school teams and most of these had not played volleyball before entering Eltham High. So if you are an athletic person and would like to have a go at playing a great team game, keep an eye on the daily bulletin for your year level trial in the stadium. Details will also appear on the volleyball information board in the sport stadium foyer.



Spikezone is a modified volleyball game designed for primary school kids. A new season will begin on Thursday 24th February in the stadium at 4.00pm.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

24th Feb - Senior Volleyball round robin/Spikezone at 4.00pm

16th - 18th March - Victorian Beach Volleyball schools cup

22nd March - Year 7 Round Robin

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

5th - 9th December - Australian Volleyball Schools Cup


Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator

WORKING BEE – Sunday 20th February

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the first Working Bee for 2011 on Sunday 20th February from 9:00am until 12:30pm with both morning tea and barbeque lunch supplied. The first Working Bee is focused around a clean up of the campus following the summer break and with all the rain we have experienced weeding, mowing and brushcutting will feature as major activities. Also with the new building project underway not all of the campus is as easily accessible as it was in 2010. Given the restricted parking on the hardcourts it would be advisable to park your vehicle on the back oval with access made via Ely St. You then need to make your way to the Canteen courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned a task. The following tasks have been identified as priorities for the first Working Bee:-


1.      Mowing and brushcutting across a range of areas throughout the school

2.      Weeding of the garden beds in the Courtyard complexes, around 400’s and on the east side of the 600’s

3.      Laying of 3m3 of crushed rock along the eastern bank to improve student movement. This area adjacent to 602

4.      Sweeping in a variety of areas in particular the car park adjacent to the stadium and courtyard complexes

5.      Repair of the retaining wall adjacent to the tennis courts

6.      Repair of the post and pipe fence adjacent to the Withers Way Road

7.      Removal of pavers from the building site to the horticultural enclosure on the back oval

8.      Removal of some pine bollards near the tennis courts to the bike shed enclosure

9.      Removal of weeks and aged plants from the area adjacent to the school sign on Ely St

10.    A cleanup of the fern garden in the 600’s complex

If parents have nominated their attendance at this Working Bee on the Volunteer form they will be contacted in advance by me by telephone in the week leading up to the event. Of course if for some reason you didn’t fill out the volunteer form last year, everyone is invited to come along without notice and make a contribution. Your attendance will be much appreciated. Remember to bring protective clothing, hats, gloves and sunscreen. Looking forward to your anticipated support.


John Coates for the Grounds Committee



Have you moved on from BEANBAGS

The VCAL Rm is in desperate need of Beanbags

If you have any that you are willing to donate,

Please hand them in to the main office where they will be gratefully accepted


Thank you

Julie Allen


Year 8 Surf Camp 2011

Year 8 surf camp is drawing close. The schedule is as follows:


Camp 1 Wed 2nd/Thu 3rd March    8B and 8G

Camp 2 Thu 3rd/Fri 4th March       8C and 8D

Camp 3 Mon 7th/Tue 8th March     8F and 8K

Camp 4 Tue 8th/Wed 9th March     8H and 8J

Camp 5 Wed 9th/Thu 10th March   8A and 8E


Meetings for each of these camps will be held Lunchtimes starting next week where full equipment lists and detailed programs will be given out.  Please ensure all paperwork with payment is returned to the general office by Thursday 17th February.  If you need to vary the payment schedule please phone the Business Manager.


 “Surfs Up” Mr Seymour (Yr 8 Camp organiser)



Eltham High School has a tour to the national parks of Kenya & Tanzania, including the Serengeti leaving 1st July.

This tour is available to students and members of their extended family.

The tour is $7100, all inclusive. If you are interested please contact Di Parry or Pompa Brady on 9430 5111 or Brendan Monigatti 0417 364 940




Come along and find out more about how children, parents, teachers and the wider community can recognise, understand and combat bullying.

Wednesday 16th March, 2011 - Presented by Maree Stanley

Eltham Community and Reception Centre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham

Doors open 7pm (limited parking)

7.30pm (prompt start) – 10.00pm

Tickets: $20/$15 conc. - includes light supper

RSVP by 11th March by emailing charlotte@barefootmagazine.com.au

Tickets must be paid for prior to event at barefootmagazine.blogspot.com

Other enquiries please call 0417 509 756.

Proudly supported by Nillumbik Women’s Network and Nillumbik Shire Council.

ELTHAMBookshop will have books for sale on the night.


Brendan Monigatti and Jenny Fowler


Reminder to parents. Federal Gov’s 50% Education Tax Refund.

Education Tax Refund – Parents hold onto your receipts!

Eligible parents can now claim a 50% tax refund on: laptops, home computers, Home internet connections, printers, educational software, trade tools, text books stationery (max refund $375 per primary school child or $750 per high school child.)


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 Logo Vector DownloadBPay 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



Barefoot - Bullying flyer 2011


Flood Benefit Fundraising Concert - Sunday February 20

At the Eltham Reception and Community Centre,

801 Main Road Eltham

Entry by donation        Afternoon tea included

Tickets at the door

Performances by:

Contact: Angela 9439 7843 email:a-hennel@netspace.net.au or Graham 9439 3267, email:gford@bigpond.net.au

Supported by Nillumbik Shire Council

  The Montmorency Junior Football club would be very appreciative if you could run the following item in this weeks school newsletter.


The Montmorency Junior Football Club are seeking new families for season 2011.The Magpies are holding their registration day this Sunday, February 13 2011, at their home clubrooms, Para Rd Montmorency. The Club will field multiple teams in all age levels from Under 9's to Under 17's.The club is very keen for additional Under 17 players this season. For more information visit www.montyjfc.com or contact the President, Peter Gray via pbgmjfc@gmail.com or 0412 480 809.


Don’t Bug me Headlice Treatment Clinic has recently opened at Suite 4, 43 High St Preston.

We are only 1 of 2 clinics in Victoria that conduct free head lice checks for all ages and guarantee removal of all eggs and head lice in an hour and a half.  We supply a certificate of clearance so students can return to school head lice free. Our aim is to make parents aware of the growing issue and have them know that there is a solution. All products used are plant based animal cruelty free and environmentally friendly. The practise is suitable for all ages.

Suite 4/ 43 High St Preston, Victoria 3072

Telephone: +61 (3) 9480 0974 | Fax: +61 (3) 9480 0694 |

Website: www.dontbugme.net.au



At Eltham High School

with Ray Pereira

Every Thursday night 6.30 to 8pm.

4 week course $80. Drums provided.

All welcome. Bookings Essential.

0403 198 223 or bongopereira@gmail.com


Eltham Netball Club are currently taking registrations
for the 2011 seasons. We have teams for 9/u to open age
and cater for beginners to skilled players.
 For all information visit our website
www.elthamnetballclub.com or phone Julie
on 0433 786 506, its not too late to join.


Teenage Aggression:

Responding Assertively

A one day workshop for parents in the northern region who have an adolescent behaving violently at home:

·       Understand how violence works

·       Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

·       Improve your relationship with your child

·       Understand adolescent development

Telephone: 9450 4700




Teenage Aggression:

Responding Assertively

An 8 week group program for parents in the northern region who have an adolescent behaving violently at home:

·       Understand how violence works

·       Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

·       Improve your relationship with your child

·       Understand adolescent development

Telephone: 9450 4700



More Community Announcements/Advertising on the web this week www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au


WEP Only Logo.jpgStudent Exchange – Memories and Skills for a Lifetime!


World Education Program Australia (WEP), a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the education departments, is now accepting applications for students to live overseas in 2011/12 as exchange students for a summer, semester or year.


Give your child the opportunity to gain international experiences and language skills to kick-start a future career.  Along with distinct language benefits, exchange students mature, gain confidence and develop a much more worldly approach upon their return to Australia. 


WEP is offering $3000 scholarships for year-long programs to Italy and French-speaking Belgium commencing in January 2012. Applicants need to be in year 9, 10 or 11 in 2011 and enrolled in Italian or French.


To find out more

·  Visit www.wep.org.au,

·  Attend one of WEP’s information evenings and open days,

·  Visit WEP: Mon – Fri between 9am – 5pm or

·  Call 9598 4733.


Next information evenings in Melbourne:

22 February 2011

Hawthorn Town Hall

358 Burwood Road



9 March 2011

Kingston Arts Centre

979 Nepean H’way



Open Office during School Holidays

Make an appointment during your school holidays to come into our office and discuss our programs one-on-one.


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Make 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



Warrandyte Neighbourhood House


The non-diet alternative approach to losing weight naturally.

A psychological approach through a weekly support group which will help you identify issues around your body and eating habits, returning to instinctive eating and develop a healthy attitude to your body. Learn also to protect children from the ‘tyranny of the body’.

If you wish to fill your thoughts with something other than food, come along and experience our approach to body image.

Thursdays 7:00am – 4:45pm 6 sessions $75

Enquiries 9844 1839