Term 1 Week 4 - Tue 22nd February 2011


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YEAR 7 – MEET THE TEACHER - Thursday 24th February 7:00pm in the 400’s wing

EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE (EMA) – forms due in by no later than 28th February

IMMUNISATION – all Year 7 & 10 students – Thursday 10th March







Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Ben Hague (Year 12, Andrew House) and Saari Nigol (Year 11, Rutter House) as the recipients of the inaugural Claire Edgoose Award for Excellence in Music. These awards have been established through the generosity of Andrew and Trish Edgoose in memory of their daughter Claire who was very much involved in both the visual and performing arts programs in the school. Claire was part of the instrumental Music Program throughout her six years at Eltham which culminated in her membership of the Symphonic Band. In receiving this recognition for excellence, both Ben and Saari also receive a monetary contribution which they can use to support their development as outstanding musicians.


I also congratulate Maddy Dawson (Year 11, Everard House) and Alessandra Prunotto (Year 9, Everard House) as the recipients of the Ferngully Lodge Music Scholarships. Madeline and Alessandra are being acknowledged as having made an outstanding commitment to the Instrumental Music program as well as for their musicianship. The scholarship involves a bursary which will go towards supporting the students’ costs in the program. This is an outstanding achievement on the part of these four students and once again I congratulate them.


Year 7 Meet the Teachers evening:

I extend an invitation to all parents/guardians of Year 7 students to join us at 7:00 pm on Thursday 24 February in the 400 wing to a “Meet the Teachers” evening. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to gather some information about the Year 7 Curriculum and expectations from your child’s teachers. Year 7 students are not required to attend but are welcomed if supervision at home is an issue. It is envisaged that the formal part of the evening will conclude at around 8:15 pm, followed by a light supper. I look forward to seeing all Year 7 parents/guardians on Thursday evening.


Year 7 Orientation Program:

On Tuesday 15 February all of our Year 7 students attended a range of activities at Aquarena as part of the Year 7 Orientation Program. It was a great day, the weather was kind and the students had a fantastic time. I visited the centre in the early afternoon and moved around each group chatting with students and taking note of their strong focus on their particular activity. I congratulate Natalie Tate (Transition Co-ordinator) for her organization of the day, all the other members of the Junior School Team and all the staff that supported the day. It was another outstanding venture!


2011 Swimming Carnival:

I congratulate the 1000 students who were in attendance at the swimming carnival last Thursday 17 February. This is a whole school activity and I want to commend the student leaders who really worked hard at ensuring that the day was one of participation, whole school spirit and fun. The House Leaders executed their roles with enthusiasm and lots of energy encouraging members of their House to take part in the sports as well as in ensuring that they supported each other during events. The carnival atmosphere was enhanced by the various costumes reflecting house colours that the students presented with on the day.  The House Leaders were even successful in encouraging staff to dress up in house colours in support of each House.  All in all it was a fantastic day where community spirit was in full force. I congratulate our new Sports Co-ordinators Lucy Bowman and Nick Cooper for their efforts in the organization of the event as well as Cathy Cukier (Daily Organizer) who supported the organisation of the day. I also thank all the staff who once again did a great job in supporting a successful outcome.


Year 7 Instrumental Music Information Evening:

The year 7 Instrumental Music Information Evening took place on Monday the 21 February. It was another night of great community spirit. The evening began with a barbeque organized by the Music Support Group as a way of welcoming new members into the Instrumental Music Program. The formal part of the evening involved the presentation of the Music Awards and Scholarships, and outline of the program goals and what it is aiming to achieve for the students and the school and then a hands on session where all the students were able to try out a range of instruments with the support of a number of professional who were able to advise them on the instrument(s) that each student would be suited to. It was a very productive evening. I thank the students and the parents and of course Mark Shiell (Director of Music), Meg George (Assistant Director of Music), Jill Browne (Music Secretary) all the Instrumental Music Staff and all the other guests who joined us on the evening to support the initiative. A great team effort!


Working Bee:

I thank all members of our community who attended our first working bee for the year on Sunday 20 February. It was great to see the number of people there and in particular to see all the new faces. What was also very impressive was the number of students who came along with their parents and friends in support of the work of the Grounds Committee. These young people’s contribution was outstanding. I thank The Grounds Committee for its organization of the work and in doing so I extend a particular thanks to John Coates who although is on leave was present and in charge of the day as usual.


I take this opportunity to remind parents/guardians particularly of students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 that we would really value your contribution to the volunteer program of the school. If you think that your support is no longer required, I want to change your mind; if you have taken a break from volunteering I ask you to re-engage with the process. There are many ways in which you can support the work of the Eltham High School Learning Community. Rest assured that we not only welcome the support of our community but we rely on it whole heartedly. With this newsletter you will find a form asking you to consider contributing to our work. Please complete the form and return it to the general office ASAP.  You will find your involvement a very satisfying experience.


Oxfam TRAILWAKER Melbourne:

A team of Eltham High School Staff have entered the Oxfam TRAILWALKER Melbourne, an event involving a 100km walk to raise money for and awareness of Oxfam Australia. On the weekend of 1-3 April 2011, the Eltham Gastropods, John Gioskos, Naomi Edrees, Cameron Laurence led by Ross McKinnon will be venturing out from Wheelers Hill, up and over the Dandenong Ranges and arriving in Warburton within the set time of 48 hours (the team in fact is planning to complete the walk in half the time).


The event raises vital funds for the programs delivered by Oxfam Australia.  Oxfam are an independent, secular, non-government organization working with their partners in 99 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Our team is hoping to raise well over $1000 to help some of the world’s poorest people.  The fundraising enables Oxfam Australia to continue their work including projects that:

·         improve Indigenous health and wellbeing in regional Australia

·         provide safe refuge for survivors of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea,

·         buy buffalo to increase crop yields for villages in East Asia, and

·         buy nets for fishing groups in Timor-Leste supporting families to improve their diet and generate a sustainable income.


The Eltham High School Team is seeking your support. If you would like to sponsor the team please follow the link: http://www2.oxfam.org.au/trailwalker/melbourne/team/568 then click the DONATE button. Your sponsorship would mean so much to so many. I congratulate the team for its initiative and wish all the members well throughout this endeavour.


Victorian State Schools Spectacular Auditions:

The 2011 Victorian State Schools Spectacular (VSSS) will be held in September at Hisense Arena, Melbourne Park. The Department’s Performing Arts Unit (formerly JOINING the Chorus) is auditioning singers, dancers, choir members, solo vocalists, musicians and specialty acts to be part of the 2011 VSSS. Details are available on the VSSS website at www.education.vic.gov.au/spectacular. Is strongly encourage all of our very talented students to consider this great opportunity.


Personal items brought to school at owner’s risk:

Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.  The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and also the School does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property.  Staff and students should not bring any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  


YEAR 7 – Meet the teachers night

This Thursday 24th February all year 7 parents are invited to meet the teachers starting at 7:00pm in the 400’s wing.


Year 8 Surf Camp 2011

Year 8 surf camp begins Wednesday week.

Camp 1             Wed 2nd  / Thurs 3th March                      8B & 8G

Camp 2             Thurs 3rd / Friday 4th March                   8C & 8D

Camp 3             Monday 7th / Tuesday 8th March              8F & 8K

Camp 4 Tuesday 8th / Wednesday 9th March        8H & 8J           

Camp 5             Wednesday 9th / Thursday 10th March      8A & 8E


Meetings for the camps occurred or are occurring according to the following schedule (March 21-24)

Camp 1 Monday, Camp 2 Tuesday, Camp 3 Wednesday, Camp 4 Thursday and Camp 5 Friday


At these meetings equipment lists and itineraries were or will be distributed.  If your child has misplaced any of these items please have them collect it from the Junior School Office


Any late forms and or payments need to finalised as soon as possible.

Mr Seymour (Yr 8 Camp organiser)




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


Nillumbik’s top VCE art students will be complimented on their outstanding talent at a joint art exhibition which will open on Friday, 25th February with an official launch at 6.00 pm in the Eltham Library Community Gallery. Several of our students will exhibit work from their VCE folios. The art works of these senior students will showcase the exceptional standard of the Arts at Eltham High School. We congratulate the students and in so doing congratulate each of their teachers who have worked very hard in supporting such outstanding achievements. The Exhibition will run until 21st March.

Jane Thomas



Enthusiastic year 7 students and parents took part in the Instrumental Music Evening on Monday evening.  We hope they found it a valuable experience.  Those that are interested in joining the program will receive a letter next Monday with notification of which instrument they have been allocated.  It's an exciting time for all concerned.


A reminder of rehearsal times ...

Intermediate Band - Wednesday 7.30-8.40am

Concert Band - Wednesday 3.30-5.15pm

Symphonic Band - Tues 3.30-5.30pm & Friday 7.30-8.40am

Junior Choir - Monday lunchtime

Chamber Choir - Monday 7.30-8.40am

Senior Strings - Friday 7.30-8.40am

Jazz Band - Friday 3.30-5.30pm

Stage Band - Monday 3.30-5.30pm

Ensembles still to be established are Junior Strings (Friday lunchtime) and Training Band (Thursday 7.30-8.40am)

We have an After School Program - still to be finalised are guitar and piano teachers.  We do have established teachers of jazz style piano and drum kit.  If you are interested in the program please contact the music office.  Those that have already made queries, Jill will contact you when further details are at hand.

Our Music Support Group comprises of instrumental students' parents.  They are great assistance to the program and are always looking for new members.

Two registers are overseen by the group - Second Hand Instrument Register and Second Hand Uniform sales.  For more information contact the music office on 9430 5127.


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/March 2011

Wed 23

Christine Muscat, Alison Jones, Beth Smith

Thur 24

Kathryn Phillips, Joanne Grigg

Fri 25

Annabelle Preston, Christina Schwaighofer

Mon 28

Joanne Agar, Jan Williams

Tue 1 Mar

Robyn English, Jacqui Howe



Reminder EMA applications

1st instalment close February 28


Application forms are available at the General Office. Please ensure you supply a copy of the concession/health card to ensure full completion of your application.  Thank you.



February/March 2011

Wed 23

SAC Week

Music – Stage Band Performance – Lunchtime

Thu 24

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

Transition – Yr7 Meet the teachers 7pm in the 400’s block (ensembles playing)

Mon 28

O&ES(5) Rock Climbing & Surfing – Werribee Gorge (until 1/3)

Tue 1 March

O&ES(3) Rock Climbing & Surfing – Werribee Gorge (until 2/3)

Wed 2

Yr 8 B & G Surf Camp – Torquay (until 3/3)

Arts – Yr 12 Gallery Visit – Heidi & Tarrawarra

Thu 3

Yr 8 C & D Surf Camp – Torquay (until 4/3)

Mon 7

SAC Week

Yr 8 F & K Surf Camp – Torquay (until 8/3)

Tue 8

School Tours (yr 7 – 2012 - bookings required)

Yr 8 H & J Surf Camp – Torquay (until 9/3)

Finance Committee Meeting

Photoshop Basics

Wed 9

School Tours (bookings required)

Yr 8 A & E Surf Camp – Torquay (until 10/3)

Thu 10

School Tours (bookings required)

Immunisation all Yr 7 & 10 students

Mon 14


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



If you are seeking advice and are wondering where the careers office has moved to you will find it on the outside basketball court in Room 102. If you need assistance and the office is unattended there is a clipboard available to leave details and your enquiry will be followed up. Alternatively please contact me by e-mail on pri@elthamhs.vic.edu or by phone on 9430-5133


Year 10 students will shortly begin preparation for work experience in Term 2 which will take place from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May.


They will receive the work experience form this week and it will need to be returned by Friday April 1st (and that’s no joke).


Other program preparation includes the production of student a portfolio which will be part of their assessment in English and used in the term 3 student interview day.  They will also undertake the Career Voyage on-line program to assist in identifying potential career options.


This will provide information to assist in their VCE subject selections in term 3 and career direction.


Ross Pringle - Careers and Pathways Co-ordinator






Club Volleyball

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


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 pm

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


Under 16 State Team (School Sport Victoria) Selections


Second trial  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 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



Spikezone is a modified volleyball game designed for primary school kids. THE FIRST NIGHT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY 3RD MARCH ( a week later than planned) with a free 'come and have a hit' night. We sent out the wrong dates to our local primary schools -woops!


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

24th Feb - Senior Volleyball round robin

3rd March - Spikezone begins at 4.10 pm.

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


Immunisation cards have been issued to all students in Year 7 and 10.  All cards i.e. YES or NO for immunisation are to be returned to the General Office immediately.  Please note funding for immunisation via the Council is based on return of cards, thank you for following this request.



A very respectable 60 parents, ex-students’ parents, students and teachers volunteered for the first working bee for the year in what turned out to be excellent working conditions. An amazing amount of work was completed and the school’s environment looks a lot more loved as a result. Thanks to all our volunteers for turning up on time and getting enthusiastically involved. It was great to see so many parents new to the school joining us for the first time at E.H.S. A big thank you also goes out to members of the Grounds Committee for taking leadership roles on the day and the provisioning of food and drinks for our volunteer crew. The following tasks were successfully completed on Sunday.

1.     Mowing and brushcutting across the full spectrum of the campus

2.     Weeding and pruning the garden beds surrounding the 400’s wing

3.     Sweeping the stadium carpark, Ely St entry and the courtyard precincts

4.     The retaining wall adjacent to tennis courts was repaired and made safe

5.     The post and rail fence on the northern side of the stadium was repaired and realigned

6.     Hundreds of pavers were salvaged from the building site and relocated to the horticulture enclosure

7.     Bollards and red gum seat tops were salvaged from the building site and relocated in the enclosure adjacent to the bike shed

8.     3 new bin holders were installed adjacent to the portables on the back oval

9.     The fern garden in the 600’s block was pruned, weeded and watered. Also the gardens adjacent to 607 and 608 were weeded

10.  Finally a year 11 mural was attached to the brick wall adjacent to the library entrance. It looks fantastic.

Again an extremely successful day with all tasks completed as planned. Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers who contributed on the day. If you signed our registration book you are acknowledged below.

M Croft, M Kennedy, J Coates, J.N.S Monkey, S Washington, Leo Adamson, Matt Jones, Les Smith, Bill Taylor, Kerry & Jan Williams, Simon MacDonald, Chris Bain, Bron & Mick Cervinka, Andrea Videon, Peter Zagorski, Oliver Videon, Steve, Joanne, Lachlan, Ben & Camille Agar, Jana Eustance, Frank Medcalf, Michael Chubb, Peter & Louis Tori, Anne Eastwaya, Kamilla & Richard Laxton, Terry Phillips, Andrew Rush, Michael Bachelard, John & Maryanne Hitchens, Bruce Voisey, Vincent Sicari, David McKinlay, Gillian, Julian, Lucy & Annie Wilkins, Leanne Ipsen, Robert Ackland, Gaynor & Langdon McBarron, Bruce Martyn, Jane Thomas, Hannah Bachelard, Cameron & Stuart Williams, Teresa & Zofia Laxton, John Prenc, David & Lisa Norden.

Our next planned working bee even is scheduled for Sunday 27th March where hopefully there will be some construction work happening in the area adjacent to the cricket nets.

Looking forward to your anticipated support next month.


John Coates for the Grounds Committee



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



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



'Annie' Stage Production

at Rivergum Theatre, Parade College, March 4-12. 

Admission: General $22 / Concession $18 / Child $16.  Further information and to book online,

go to waterdaleplayers.com/annie


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


Caring for Someone with a Mental Illness:

  Coping Strategies and Resources


Presented by Denise Whimpey

Education and Training, Carers Victoria

If you are caring for someone with a mental illness and would like to know more about helpful coping strategies, please join Denise Whimpey for this informative presentation.


The discussion will encompass the services available through Carers Victoria and other agencies.


Thursday 3rd March in the Meeting Room at Richmond Library, 415 Church St Richmond (entry from Church St) - 7.30 - 9.00 pm

Entry:    Concession:  $10.00         MHFA (V) Members:  $15.00

Non-Members: $30.00

Contact MHFA(V) to book your place 03 9427 0407

e: admin@mentalhealthvic.org.au


”Carers Victoria” is proud to offer our young carers scholarships for a fifth year. We are offering scholarships of up to $500 to secondary school students in Victoria who provide care and support to a family member with an illness or disability”.

More details can be found on the Carer’s Vic website below:




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



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


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





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Do you have a 15 year-old child?

Parent volunteers needed for a survey on children’s everyday activities!


The Royal Children’s Hospital is looking for parents of typically developing, 15 year-old children to complete one 30-minute survey on their child’s everyday activities. This information will help us understand the needs of children who have had a brain injury.

·           Interviews take place over the phone, to make things easier for you. Your child will not be interviewed.

We’d be happy to hear from parents of:

ü   15 year-old children who are typically developing (no major problems with development)

If you can help, please call Ms Vivienne Champness on 0421 957 651 or return the slip below. Thank you!






I am interested in participating in the above Royal Children’s Hospital project (HREC no: 27104). 

Contact person: Ms Vivienne Champness, Research Assistant (0421 957 651)

Parent’s name:   __________________________________________________________________

Child’s name: ____________________________________ Child’s age:  ______________________

Contact number: __________________________ School: ______________________________

Please return this slip to:

Ms Vivienne Champness

Department of Psychology

Royal Children’s Hospital

Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052