Term 1 Week 5 - Tue 1st March 2011

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Anthology Launch - Thursday 3rd March (400’s area) 7:30pm

IMMUNISATION – all Year 7 & 10 students – Thursday 10th March (during Period 1)

Yr 7-2012 Information Night - Thursday 31st March 7:30pm Yarra Plenty Centre (360 Main Rd Lower Plenty)





Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the 2010 Student Anthology “Revolution in Tongue” has won the Mavis Thorpe Clarke award.  I congratulate all the students whose work was selected to be part of the entry in the competition and of course each of the student editors. I further congratulate Jenny Isaac for her support of the students and her leadership of this initiative. This is a great achievement for the students and the school. The award also serves as an encouragement to all students to continue to write and create art works and to submit their work to the Student Editorial Committee for possible selection for the 2011 Anthology. The launch of “Revolution in Tongue” will take place on Thursday evening 3rd March starting at 7:30 pm in the 400 space. I extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to attend this celebration of student work and achievement. Please RSVP by contacting Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or sca@elthamhs.vic.edu.au.


I also congratulate Chloe Biddiscombe, Sam Brak, Anika Cook, Bridie Davey, Max Kaskamanidis, Robert (Callum) McKechnie and Elizabeth Tori   (all Year 12 - 2010) for having had their art works selected for the Creative Minds exhibition curated by the Arts and Cultural Services at Nillumbik Shire Council. Creative Minds is a selected, annual exhibition featuring the top art and photography works from VCE students attending schools in the Nillumbik area during 2010. Creative Minds aims to both inspire younger students and provide insight into the creative minds of our young adults. The works are exhibited at the Eltham Library Community Gallery and I invite all members of our community to visit the space and enjoy the exhibition.


I congratulate Isis Lowery (Year 9 – Andrew House) and Brianne Allen  (Year 7 – Rutter House) who have just returned from a trip to the United States competing at the Nadia Comaneci Invitational in Oklahoma, followed by the  WOGA Classic in Texas where they performed in the international competition for the first time.  Isis captured attention in Australia last year when she placed second all around in the level eight competition at nationals and placed second on vault and third on floor.  Brianne’s talent is recognized by having been selected to participate in the trip. Congratulation must also be offered to Jets Gymnastics and their director Ross Bouskill for the outstanding opportunities offered to these young and amazing athletes. We will continue to follow both Isis and Brianne as their gymnastic career develops. For further information on this trip, visit (www.thecouchgymnast.com) and search “Jetsetters flying high”.


Year 7 Meet the Teachers evening:

The Year 7 Meet the Teachers evening that took place last Thursday was a great success. The evening provided the opportunity for parents to meet with their children’s teachers and engage in a dialogue about the school, the curriculum program, the co-curricular program and their children’s learning. Feedback from all sectors has been outstandingly positive and I take this opportunity to thank all the parents that attended as well as all the staff who participated in the evening. Once again I acknowledge the excellent work of the Junior Sub-School Team and in particular Natalie Tate (Transition Co-ordinator) who worked hard at ensuring a very successful outcome. For those parents who were not able to attend, there is another opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers later on this term through the 1st Student Progress Interviews. For Junior School and Senior School these will take place on Wednesday 23 March, 11:00am -7:00pm (further information on this will be published soon). Of course I encourage all of you who wish to make contact with teachers prior to these interviews to do so. E-mail is the most convenient way. Teachers’ e-mail addresses are their timetable initials (published in the first edition of this year’s newsletter) @ elthamhs.vic.edu.au. You are also welcome to telephone 9430 5111.


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.


Building Future:

I have very little to say at this point in time other than that the work is proceeding to schedule. The builders have completed the grading of the land and are currently organizing the necessary plumbing prior to the construction of the slab. Once this happens I envisage that we will start to see a change to the landscape in a short time.


A note of Congratulations:

The Eltham High School Community congratulates Ms Naomi Edrees on her recent Marriage. We wish Naomi and Tim all the very best on their future life together.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  




Year 8 Surf Camp 2011

Year 8 surf camp begins this 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


Mr Seymour (Yr 8 Camp organiser)



Excitement is high ... this week the 'potential' Training Band members for this year have received their allocated instrument.  Their replies are due back Friday.

Rehearsals for the other ensembles are in full swing with the Senior String Ensemble commencing this Friday at lunchtime.

Second Hand Instrument register - if you've got an instrument ... we must see it now!  Parents of new training band students will be on the hunt for an instrument this week.  One of our staff must check the instrument and the cost is $10 for the register

Any queries please contact Jill 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.




Launch of 2010 EHS Anthology

Revolution in Tongue


The EHS Anthology Committee would like to extend an invitation to the official launch of the 2010 Anthology, Revolution in Tongue. The anthology is an exceptional achievement for Eltham High students. In order to celebrate this occasion the committee would like to welcome guest speaker, Fiona Sievers to speak briefly about Revolution in Tongue and share her experiences in the Australian writing profession. We would also like to formally acknowledge students who contributed to Revolution in Tongue with awards in accordance with our school values and the deeds that count.

Please join us!

Thursday 3 March 2011 - 7.30pm

Venue: Eltham High School, Withers way, Eltham

(The 400s Space)

Jenny Isaac

Anthology Coordinator



Our builder, MELBCON started work in earnest in January with the demolition of the hall and adjoining rooms.  Since then there has been a lot of work importing dirt onto the site to bring the ground up to the right level for the concrete slabs.  This is now complete and services (water, sewer and gas) are now being installed.

The pouring of the slab is expected to occur in mid March and when this occurs there will be significant disruptions to vehicle access into the school from Withers Way.  The car park and drop off area at the “front” of the school will be closed to all vehicles when the slabs are being poured.  This area is being done for student, staff and visitor safety.  A traffic management system will be in place on these days and notices will be provided through the bulletin, on the web page and also in Community Newsletter. 

After the slabs are poured, the structural steel will be bought on site and erected, followed by roofing, external block work walls and internal wall framing.  The large concrete panels that form the face of the multi-purpose room will then come onto site.  Once all of this is achieved the internal fit out will commence.


Even with the heavy rains that were experienced in Jan/Feb, the work is progressing on schedule.  Completion of Stage 1 work is expected to be August 2011.  Stage 2: work is scheduled for completion in February 2012.



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



Canteen Roster

March 2011

Wed 2

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Thur 3

Marg Cunningham, Lisa Emmins

Fri 4

Suzie Gerrard, Nicole Hassall

Mon 7

Jill Rachim, Melissa Smythe

Tue 8

Margaret Hilton, Karen Cochrane



Year 10 students will participate in the Career Voyage on-line program starting Monday 28th February. This will be completed in their form groups and will provide information relevant to the completion of their MIP’s ( managed  individual pathways) plan. The program allows exploration of personal and job factors relevant to career decision-making and helps clarify suitable career opportunities.

In term1 Year 11 students will be asked to complete their MIP’s plan will and they will revisit the document during Year 12 subject selection interviews in term 3.

Year 12 students have been allocated a mentor for the year and will have term meetings to discuss their personal and work progress. Each mentor has a copy of the students’ MIP’s plan completed at the Year 12 study camp last year and this will form the basis for discussion and feedback.

For further information on these matters or anything else please make contact on 9430-5133 or e-mail   pri@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Ross Pringle - Careers and Pathways Co-ordinator


Malaysia Safari Trip – September 2011

There are still vacancies on this fantastic trip which is open to the whole school community. The aim of the trip is to give our students the experience of life in a South East Asian culture and to develop speaking skills through personal contact with Malaysian people eg at the markets and restaurants.

Highlights of the tour include:

·         Tour of Kuala Lumpur , including Chinatown, markets, Sunway lagoon Theme park, crafts and the Batu caves

·         Taman Negara  National Park

·         Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. The group takes part in a special program including elephant rides and feeding and bathing the elephants

·         Kuantan , a resort town

·         Chendor  turtle Centre

·         Tour of Malacca

·         Visit to Malacca High School, our sister school.


For further information please contact Bu Brady, Bu Pollard or Bu Sha at the school on 9430 5111.



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.




March 2011

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)

Fri 4

HPE- MS Football the Australian Way Coaching

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


Tue 15

School tours

Photoshop Basics

Wed 16

School Tours

Vic Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

Yr8 A,D,F,D,J Middle Ages Experience

School Council

Thu 17

School tours

Vic Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

Banyule/Nillumbik Division Swimming

Yr 10 A,D,F Fieldwork Pt Lonsdale

Fri 18

Yr 12 OE&S Fieldwork Wilsons Prom

Vic Beach Volleyball schools cup

Yr 12 Legal Studies Court visit

Yr 8 B,C,E,H,K Middle ages Experience

HPE- MS Football The Australian Way Coaching

VCE Drama Fieldwork

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



Volleyball - Congratulations

A number of Eltham students have been attending state volleyball team trials over the past two weeks. Congratulations to the following students that were selected to play for Victoria this year.  Under 16 (school sport team) - Sam Richards, Daniel Notting, Gabby Seymour, Caitlin McGregor and Louise Alford. Other teams announced next week.


The Victorian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup is being held at South Melbourne beach over three days in March. Year 7 and 8 - Wednesday 16th March.  Year 9 and 10 on Thursday 17th March and year 11 and 12 on Friday 18th March. Students in the volleyball program will have the opportunity to play in this tournament. By forming a team of 4 or a pair they can enter by signing up on the volleyball notice board and paying $30 to the cashier by 4.00pm on Friday 4th March (The best year 7 students will be invited to take part in a team). Teams that have not paid by 4.00 pm on March 4th will not be entered.

Volleyball Victoria Registration

Any students taking part in a volleyball event run by VVI this year will need to register on line. This includes beach volleyball, state league volleyball, Victorian schools and Australian schools cups. In the past students have been registered through the school. This year students will need to register with Volleyball Victoria directly. Details of how to register is on the back of the beach volleyball sheet or go to www.volleyballvictoria.com.au and click on the membership link.


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!


Just updating you on Shaun's amateur boxing progress!  He will be competing in the Australian National Amateur Boxing titles which are to be held over this weekend in Melbourne.  We hope we're not too late for the newsletter this week.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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




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

EHS Chess News

Wednesday Lunchtime Chess started last week.  Students are invited to come and play games, or watch games being play, during lunchtime.  No cost is involved, just come to the room next to the library to join in.  The first session last week was a special "meet the coach" day where Jamie Cross (who runs the Saturday Chess Squad at EHS) came and played simultaneous games against students who came along. 


Secondary Schools chess tournaments.  This year EHS intends to take part in school chess tournaments.  Students can register their interest by signing up at Wednesday lunchtime chess or send an email to pearl@NorthernStarChess.com  More information on chess tournaments will be provided.


Saturday Chess Squad is held at EHS between 1:00pm to 4:30pm in the 400 block.  3 sessions left in Term 1.  For further details, visit


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


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:



Yoga for teenagers

Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre in Community Drv. Greensborough is offering Yoga classes for teenagers aged 15 – 18 yrs. This program enhances concentration and focus through breathe awareness and yoga postures. Class includes guided meditation for relaxation to reduce the stresses of life.

Classes will be held on Saturday

mornings from 10.30am – 12.00pm.

Phone 9435 9287 for bookings and details

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 evening in Melbourne:


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