Term 1 Week 7 - Tue 15th March 2011

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School Council AGM - Wednesday 16th March – 7:00pm in the Conference room

Student Progress Interviews – Junior School & Senior School - Wednesday 23rd March 11am-7pm

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

Yr 7 Open Morning- 9:30am – 12:00pm on Friday 1st April





Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Talkback Classroom Program:

I congratulate Emily Deague-Hall (Year 12, Everard House) for her continued involvement as an Australian Youth Ambassador in the Talkback Classroom Program, Australia/Malaysia Forum, an initiative to enhance Asia Literacy within our schools. I welcome Malaysian students Sunshine Devan and Nabihah Rosli to Eltham High School who are involved in a reciprocal visit to our Country and our school as part of their investigation into the theme of Education in the 21st Century. Together with the Co-ordinator of the program Mr Steven Cutting, this afternoon the students will be meeting with Ms Kath Kirby, Director Asian Education Foundation and later in the afternoon with the new Minister of Education, Martin Dixon. The team plans to pose questions during the meetings around these agreed themes:


·         The definition of Asian Literacy;

·         The relative importance of Asian Literacy as an Education priority;

·         The importance of teaching Australian students to speak an Asian language to promote; Asian Literacy c.f. teaching cultural understanding;

·         Initiatives in schools to promote Asian literacy;

·         Obstacles to promoting Asian Literacy;

·         The languages that should be taught;

·         Initiatives to promote links between schools in Australia and Malaysia.


The team will then continue with its investigation by visiting a number of other schools in Melbourne; travelling to Canberra for meetings at the Malaysian High Commission and the Australia-Malaysia Institute;  and a meeting with Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Immigration and Citizenship .


The team will also be involved in an ABC radio broadcast at 11:00 am on Friday 18 March.  During their stay in Canberra the students will also visit places of National interest including Parliament House and the National Museum of Australia.


I congratulate the students on their initiative and for the leadership that they are showing through their representation of the young people in both countries.


Principal’s Advisory Group (PAG):

I congratulate the following students who have been elected to represent the student body on the PAG group:


Lia Burchell (Year 12 – Everard House)

Peter Shackleton (Year 12 – Andrew House)

James Burke (Year 12 – Rutter House)

Andrew Page (Year 12 – Stewart House)

Ariel Skippen (Year 11- Everard House)

Amy Steele (Year 11 – Andrew House)

Rose Wilson-Harrison (Year 11 – Stewart House)

Nick Pantelejenko (Year 11 – Rutter House)

Grant Healy (Year 10 – Andrew House)

Samantha Stevens (Year 10 – Andrew House)

Rebecca Sacchero (Year 10 – Stewart House)

Bridget Basset-Smith (Year 9 – Andrew House)

Neesha Nurmohamed (Year 9 – Rutter House)

Scott Van Germert (Year 9 – Rutter House)

Jules Vinckier (Year 9 – Andrew House)

Jordan Gough (Year 8 – Everard House)

Taliesin Sterry (Year 8 – Everard House)

Antares Car (Year 8 – Everard House)

Isabella Mulholland (Year 8 – Rutter House)

Demi Lacey (Year 7 – Rutter House)

Nathan Jetson (Year 7 – Stewart House).


The PAG group provides another opportunity for student voice as well as a direct link to influence the decisions that are made around the school particularly around the Teaching and Learning agenda. The group had its first meeting on the 10 March and after the initial welcome and get-to-know-each other activity, the group worked through an agenda which posed both a strategic and operational focus. We agreed on the following ways of working together;


1.         Listen With Empathy and Understanding;

2.         Adopt a Shared Sense of Responsibility;

3.         Adopt a Respectful Collaboration;

4.         Address Problems Constructively;

5.         Keep an Open Mind;

6.         Acknowledge Diversity and Difference;

7.         Assume and Act With Positive Intent;

8.         Use Constructive Language;

9.         Share Ethically.


We then moved straight into a discussion around our school purpose statement , values and the “Deeds that Count”, followed by an introduction on the establishment of a student commission on learning. From an operational perspective we began to discuss the implementation of the Student Attitudes to School Survey which the PAG group will administer in coming weeks.

I am very proud of all our young people who are willing to take up the opportunities that the school is able to offer them. I know that this year’s PAG group will be a pleasure to work with. I certainly know that they will challenge a range of areas of the school’s operation and strategic plan and in so doing they will have an authentic opportunity to be heard and to influence the decisions of the school.


School Council Elections:

I congratulate the following people who have been declared as members of the new School Council.

Parent Member Category:

Mr Henry Haszler – (parent of Rosie - Year 12)

Mr Sanat Rathee – (parent of Naomi - Year 7)

Ian Temby – (parent of Mirringa - Year 7)

DEECD Employee Member Category:

Trevor Jenkins

Robyn Stephens


I congratulate these five people on their appointment to Council and look forward to working with them in the coming years.

Post the first Meeting of the new School Council I will announce the Community Representatives and those members elected to the various badges of office. I will also recognize any retiring members and take the opportunity to thank them for their contribution to the work of School Council over the years.


School Council AGM:

A reminder that the Eltham High School Council AGM will be held this Wednesday 16 March at 7:00 pm in the Conference room. The agenda comprises of the presentation of the School Report to the Community. All members of the community are invited and are welcome to attend. I ask that you RSVP to Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or sca@elthamhs.vic.edu.au. Following the AGM the first meeting of the New School Council will take place at 8:00 pm.


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  



Due to insufficient student payments for the excursion to Montsalvat being received by the due payment date of 10 March, this excursion has been cancelled.

Excursion payments receipted on Friday 11 March or prior will be credited to the family account unless requested otherwise.

Excursion payments left at the office by students but not receipted on Friday 11 March have been returned to students today.

Excursion payments have not been accepted from students today.

Should you have any queries please contact Helen Morris on 9430 5111 or by email at mor@elthamhs.vic.edu.au



Next week, all instrumental and choral students will receive their paperwork, including fee details.

Please note that the first payment will be due the first week of April, excluding year 7 students, whose will be due in May.

Year 7, Training Band students, your lessons are now in progress!  Your first band rehearsal will be on Thursday 7th April.  Training Band parents are welcome to come and listen to those first 'fantastic' notes at 7.30am!
A special thank you to Helen van Gemert for overseeing the Second Hand Instrument Register ... this is the busiest time at which Training Band parents are searching for an instrument.
A reminder that we have piano, drum kit, guitar and electric bass lessons in our After School program.  Contact Jill in the Music Office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Administration





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


Ms Burns, Ass. Principal.



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






The Victorian Beach Volleyball Schools Cup is being held at South Melbourne beach, Beaconsfield Parade opposite Victoria Ave 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 taking part should dress appropriately for the event (bring a hat).

The bus leaves at 7.30am from Ely street Wednesday and Thursday and from the stadium on Friday morning.

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.


Next Tuesday six teams of Eltham students will be taking part in the Diamond Valley Group volleyball competition. Students should go to period one. At 9.45am they then go and change into their PE uniform and assemble in the stadium. The competition will be played at Eltham Leisure Centre.

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 Thursday 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 Wednesday morning at 7.30am.


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 commenced the beginning of March.

Bookings are required.  Further information can be obtained by contacting Deanne Jones on 9434 3809.



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.


Canteen Roster

March 2011

Wed 16



Ali Burley, Erin Russell

Fri 18

Craig Lacey, Yvonne Mitchell

Mon 21

Linda Mountford, Carol Guille

Tue 22


Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.





March 2011

Wed 16

School Tours (bookings essential)

Vic Beach Volleyball Schools Cup

Yr 8 A,D,F,D,J Middle Ages Experience- CANCELLED

School Council AGM – 7:00pm

Thu 17

School Tours (bookings essential)

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 (until 20/3)

Vic Beach Volleyball schools cup

Yr 12 Legal Studies Court visit

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

HPE- MS Football The Australian Way Coaching

VCE Drama Fieldwork

Mon 21

SAC Week

Tue 22

School Tours (bookings essential)

English – Yr12 Cosi Performance

Sport – Yr7 Round Robin (Baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball

Photoshop Basics 418

Wed 23

School Tours (bookings essential)

Reporting – JS & SS Student Progress Interviews 11:00am – 7:00pm

Music – Symphonic Band Concert - Ballarat

Reminder to all families that payments and notices for all excursions are due back to school at least 5 days prior to the event




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.



Malaysia Safari Trip – September 2011

There are still some 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.




Barefoot - Bullying flyer 2011


”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:



EHS Chess News

Wednesday Lunchtime Chess has started.  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. 

Secondary Schools chess tournaments.  This year EHS intends to take part in school chess tournaments.  Students can register their interest now by emailing 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





You’re invited to join us to support this worthwhile cause and hopefully help us to improve on last year’s collection total of $10,268.75!


Eltham High School, in conjunction with the Pied Pipers, is organising the annual Good Friday Appeal in this area to support the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital.


Students (both past and present) and families are encouraged to join us to help with our door knock collection on Good Friday.  Collectors will meet at the school, in the main staffroom at 8.20am on Friday 22nd April and in groups of four will be driven to the area where they will be collecting for the morning. At all times students are under the direct supervision of an adult supervisor. All Collectors will return to school by 1.30pm.


You will be provided with drinks/a snack/ Easter eggs/hot cross buns throughout the morning and on your return to school. 


So, get a group of friends or family together (or come by yourself!), and collect permission forms from Mrs. Choong and do your bit for the Royal Children’s Hospital!! Permission forms are to be returned to Mrs. Choong


Parents wishing to assist with the collection are requested to notify me of their intention on 94305111 or by email at cho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Thanking you in anticipation of your support of the Good Friday Appeal!


2011 RCH Good Friday Appeal Poster:    Each year students ask about the child featured on the poster they see displayed around the school. The 2011 poster features Scarlett McGowan, now a 2 year old, heart transplant recipient. Scarlett was the first to receive an ABO incompatible heart transplant in Australia.  This transplant technique is considered a last resort for children such as Scarlett.


Jenny Choong


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




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



Eltham Lacrosse Club is currently recruiting boys for the under 14's age group.


Under 14 boys come and join Eltham Lacrosse Club and play the fastest game on two legs.

Training: Thursdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm commencing 7th April Training is FREE, so come down and check it out.

Junior Director: Jai Arambatzis 0425 328 223

Secretary: elthamsec@lax.org.au



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







































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