Term 1 Week 6 - Tue 8th March 2011

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School Council  AGM- Wednesday 16th March- 7pm in the Conference room

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)

Yr 7 Open Morning- 9:30am- 12pm on Friday 1st April





Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

I congratulate Allison Wright (Year 12-2010; STEWART HOUSE) on her outstanding achievement in Music. Allison was selected to be part of the Top Class Season of Excellence where she, with the support of the Eltham High School Symphonic Band, performed her own Composition (Ghost in the Machine) at the Melbourne Recital Centre last Thursday the 3rd of March. The performance was well received by music professionals and the audience. Allison will continue her studies in music this year at the Conservatorium (Melbourne University). I further congratulate all members of the newly formed Symphonic Band 2011 for an exceptional performance as well as their Director Ms Ingrid Martin.


Year 8 Surf Camps:

The Year 8 Surf Camps at Torquay are currently underway, students who have already attended have reported a very enjoyable and memorable experience. The students are in the care of their teachers and for the surf and kayak activities the staff is supported by the highly experienced team from “Go Ride a Wave”. We have been working with this organization for many years now and the safety of students and staff is their primary concern. The students also take part in a tour of the Surf Museum. I congratulate all the students for the way that they are engaging with the camp and for having a go with activities that they don’t normally experience that may pose a challenge. I also wish to thank and congratulate all the senior student leaders who are participating in the camp and are working alongside the staff to support the camp program. I wish to acknowledge the organizational prowess of Peter Seymour who over the last few years has employed the skills necessary to bring together such a large collective of students, teachers and other professionals who work together for a very successful outcome. I thank them all for their ongoing commitment and contribution.


Recovery - Community Connectedness Mosaic Project:

Eltham High School is initiating a Recovery – Community Connectedness project. This will involve a number of students, staff, parents and community members who will design and create a mosaic in an area of the school which reflects the school community’s experience of recovery and connectedness. The aim is to engage students from across the school in an activity which enables interaction with others and supports reflective practice through creativity and symbolism. Students will collaborate with each other, staff, parents and members of the local art community.


Art Therapist Kerry Kaskamanidis and Student Support Worker Louise Heathcote will work with groups of 10 or 12 students of various ages and student leaders to design and make individual mosaic pieces, the pieces will eventually be combined into a large mosaic. Artist parents will be invited to work alongside groups of students through a collaborative approach. This is a fantastic initiative. I congratulate everyone involved and look forward to enjoying the end product.

ACARA (My School) Website:

As you may be well aware, the ACARA (My School) website was launched late last week. The Federal Government has been very active in communicating via the media that the format of the website is much improved as is the quality of the information presented in comparison to last year.  Eltham High School welcomes the transparency and accountability intent of the Federal Government and we have no issues with the publishing of data. In education, we have been accountable to our students and community for as long as I can remember and at Eltham High School we continue to do so irrespective of the ACARA Website through our annual report (published each year and distributed to the community in hard copy and also made available on the school website); our reports to parents and students on student progress; through the face-to-face student progress interviews; and the myriad of parent and community forums that take place within a year to name a few.


What does concern us about the ACARA (My School) website is the explanation (or lack of) of the interpretation of the data. As an example, you cannot be blamed if you fail to understand from the website what the financial statement is actually saying and inferring. A close analysis at a local level provides the explanation which the community is not privy to through the website. There is no indication of the nature of the school outside of the ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) calculated from a measure of parent socio/education advantage, school location (metropolitan/regional), level of non-English speaking background families and the number of indigenous students enrolled in the school. The level of students with special needs rates no mention, specialist programs offerings such as VCAL rate no mention and other programs that attract funding for specific reasons are not identified in recurring funding figures.


The gross income per student is even more difficult to understand since the figure published here makes no distinction between “user-pay” co-curricular programs or community initiatives that are processed through the school such as the Instrumental Music program; the After-School Drama Program, School Camps, LOTE-Overseas tours, the Eltham High School Community tours; The Donydji project in collaboration with a central Arnhem Land community etc. etc. etc. These initiatives seem to contribute to the overall income of the school which is then averaged out per student. No acknowledgement is made that this capital is actually targeted funds that move out of the school pretty much as soon as they come in and that the school is actually providing a service not building up its financial capital.


One needs to also question the like school association which once again is created from the three measures outlined above. Outside of the fact that student performance is comparable across a number of measures, what are the other similarities that exist between Eltham High School and let’s say Loreto College (SA) or Pacific Lutheran College QLD or Lindisfarne Anglican School (NSW) (schools in our like school group); is it our culture; our values and beliefs, what is it?


If you are going to engage with the ACARA Website and it is worthwhile to have a look at it, do so having in mind the limitations of the data, how it is presented and the comparisons made.


The School Annual Report will be published in the next week and will be presented to the School Community at the School Council AGM on Wednesday 16 March starting at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. This is a more realistic document of transparency and accountability. In it you will see our strengths and our identified areas for improvement. It will be clear to see from our bank balance that much of the “real” income is spent on programs in support of student learning.


Music Support Group AGM:

The Music Support Group AGM took place on Monday 7 March. I wish to thank all members of the group for their continued support of the Instrumental Music Program and for all the work that they undertake throughout the year. I wish the 2011 leadership a great year. I know that the group is always looking for other parents to join in particular parents of Year 7 students who have joined the school for the first time in 2011. You can make contact with the Music support group by contacting the Music Office on 5430 5127. The leadership Group consists of:

Stephe Dean (President)

Dean Notting (Vice President)

Helen Van Germert (Treasurer)

Cathy Geradson (Secretary).


Building Futures Update:

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 is necessary 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 the Community Newsletter. 


After the slabs are poured, the structural steel will be brought 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 performance space 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.


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.


Vincent Sicari, Principal  


Year 8 Surf Camp 2011

Year 8 surf camps continue throughout this week.

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

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


Mr Seymour (Yr 8 Camp organiser)



The potential training band students for 2011 should have returned their intention form last Friday. The 'Part 2' sheet with purchase requests for instrument, book and music stand is due back TOMORROW.  If you have any queries about the program ring Jill on 9430 5127.

Next week the lessons commence for our new students ... you will be notified as to when they are.  'New' instruments, books and stands will come from Allans/Billy Hyde on Wednesday 16th March.  Students will be called out of class to receive these and shown where to store them.

After School Lessons - we have instruction on piano, drum kit, guitar and bass guitar.

Bass guitar lessons are starting on a Thursday after school.  Guitar lessons Wednesday and Thursday after school.

Piano lessons Tuesdays and Wednesdays and drum kit lessons Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you have any queries about these, please contact Jill in the Music Office on 9430 5127.  A reminder ... Jill is not available on Fridays!


Jill Browne, Music Administration


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.


Canteen Roster

March 2011

Mon 7

Jill Rachim, Melissa Smythe

Tue 8

Margaret Hilton, Karen Cochrane

Wed 9

Ruth Robinson, Anita Lucas


Joanne Kesteren, Lynne Siejka

Fri 11

Sue Anderson, Elisa Hart

Mon 14

Labour Day

Tue 15

Karen Smith



Grounds and Maintenance person (part time). Refer to the school web page for details or contact Bruce Martyn on 9430 5171




 Attending Open Days is a great way to find out more about universities and TAFE Institutes; see facilities, find out about courses, collect information. Here are some dates for your diary. More information and dates as Open Days get closer.

ü  Sun 27 Mar - Veterinary Science Open Day, Werribee

ü  Sun 17 July - Burnley Gardens Open Day, Burnley Campus, Uni of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Bvd, Richmond

ü  Sun 26 June – Victoria University (well ahead of the other universities this year)

ü  Sat 6 Aug – Monash Uni (Berwick, Gippsland and Peninsula campuses)

ü  Sun 7 Aug – La Trobe Uni (Melbourne); Monash Uni (Caulfield, Clayton and Parkville campuses);  William Angliss TAFE

ü  Fri 12 Aug – La Trobe Uni (Shepparton)

ü  Sun 14 Aug – Australian Catholic Uni (ACU) (Melbourne); Deakin Uni (Warrnambool); La Trobe Uni (Mildura); RMIT (University and TAFE)

ü  Sat 20 Aug – Holmesglen TAFE

ü  Sun 21 Aug – Deakin Uni (Geelong); La Trobe Uni (Albury/Wodonga); Uni of Melbourne; Swinburne (Hawthorn, Lilydale and Prahran)

ü  Sun 28 Aug - ACU (Ballarat); Ballarat Uni; Box Hill Institute; Deakin (Burwood); La Trobe Uni (Bendigo).


Ross Pringle, Careers and Pathways Coordinator.



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


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.




The Parent/Teacher Interview forms are being sent home this week and are now also available on the schools intranet. The Parent teacher interview night is on Wednesday the 23rd March for Junior and Senior schools.


Ms Burns, Ass. Principal.



March 2011

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







More of our talented students have been trying out for selection into a Victorian volleyball team over the last two weeks. The following students have been successful in being selected in state squads. Under 17 Girls - Miki Blair, Cassie Stockton and Steph Harrington.

Under 17 Boys - Luke Brisbane, Cale Skidmore, Andrew Hague and Tom Ross.

Under 19 Girls - Hannah Williams, Georgina Burley, Hayley Pringle, Hayley Deards,Ella Heaney and Brodie Collins.  Under 19 boys - Jordan Richards and Sam Brisbane.

What is of note here is that two brothers, Sam and Jordan Richards were both selected in Victorian teams. Even more notable was that Luke and Sam Brisbane have both been selected in Victorian teams and both have been selected in Australian teams. Luke (under 17) has been selected in the Australian Youth team and Sam (under 19 ) has been selected in the Australian Junior Volleyball team.  Both are heading off to Thailand in April to play in the same tournament.

Congratulations to Shaun McLachlan who represented Victoria in the Australian National Amateur Boxing Titles in his weight division over the weekend and performed well, narrowly losing to the eventual Australian silver medalist.

If your child is selected in a State or National team or has a worthy sporting moment we should know about( and it doesn't have to be volleyball), please send me an email so that we can share the good news on the parent newsletter - tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


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. Teams (for those who paid by Friday) were entered today and details will be provided to participants this week. Students taking part should dress appropriately for the event (bring a hat).

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.

Year 7 Volleyball Competition

This started last week and we have lots of keen little volleyballers playing in a regular Monday night competition. Any students still wanting to play are welcome to come along and join a team.

Eltham Junior Volleyball Competition

This competition will run each Thursday afternoon(3.25pm) and is open to students in year 8, 9 and 10. It will begin on Thurday 24th March. This will be a free 'come and have a bash' night when students can enter teams for the season that will begin the following week.

Senior Girls Volleyball training

We usually train Wednesday morning at 7.30 am. No training this week due to the surf camp.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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

22nd March - Year 7 Round Robin

24th March - Junior Volleyball competition begins

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

5th - 9th December - Australian Volleyball Schools Cup


Greg Thomas – Volleyball Coordinator


Diamond Valley Library Homework Help Program


The Diamond Valley Library will have a tutor available to students free of charge Monday afternoons from 3.30-5.00pm as part of it's Homework Help program commencing Monday the 7th of March. Bookings are required.  Further information can be obtained by contacting Deanne Jones on 94343809.



Students that use the Diamond Valley College buses should note that DVCollege will be holding Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday 31 March 2011. No classes will be run on this day therefore the buses will not be running for Thursday 31 March






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 played, 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



”Careers 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