Term 1 Week 8 - Tue 22nd March 2011

 
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DATES TO REMEMBER

 

Student Progress Interviews – Junior School & Senior School

Wednesday 23rd March 11am-7pm in Library & 400’s wing

Students are not required at school

(it is recommended that students attend the Progress Interviews with families)

 

31st March – MAJOR TRAFFIC ACCESS/DISRUPTIONS see building project update report for full details

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

1st April - Yr 7 Open Morning – 9:30am – 12:00pm from the Library

28th April - Student Progress Interviews – Middle School – 4pm-7pm

 

 


 

Principal’s Report

 

Student Achievement:

VCE Season of Excellence 2010:

It is with great pleasure that I announce that three additional students have been recognized in the VCE Season of Excellence 2010. Georgina Burley (Year 12, 2011 - Rutter House); Denny Louis (Year 12, 2010 – Everard House) and Max Kaskamanidis (Year 12, 2010 – Everard House) have had their work selected for the Top Design Exhibition which will open this coming Friday 25 March at the Melbourne Museum. Georgina’s work in the area of Design & Technology – Wood and both Denny’s and Max’s work in the area of VET – Multimedia are outstanding examples of the high quality of learning and skill development that takes place in our school.  I congratulate these students and in so doing I also congratulate and thank their respective teachers Mr Oscar Vitez (Wood) and Ms Marian Stoney (VET Multimedia) for the guidance and support they provided these students and continue to provide to all the students in their classes.

 

Victorian School Sports Awards 2010:

I congratulate Sam Brisbane (Year 12, Stewart House) for having received a Sporting Blue Award. Sam’s talent and skill in the sport of Volleyball was recognized at a ceremony on Friday 18 March held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Sam has shown great commitment and enthusiasm for the sport over the years so he is a worthy recipient of the award. Sam was a member of the Australian Junior Volleyball Squad and currently plays in the Australian Volleyball League, the most elite competition in the country. Sam has been selected for the Victorian under-15, 16, 17 and 19 teams captaining the under-19 team that received a silver medal at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships. Sam captained the Eltham High School Senior Boy’s volleyball team that contributed to Eltham High School being the School Sport Victoria State Champions in 2010. Sam also plays beach volleyball and was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Victorian Beach Volleyball Team in the 2009-2010 season.

On the 15 April, Sam will be heading off to Thailand representing Australia in an international volleyball competition. I wish him well!

 

I also congratulate Luke Brisbane (Year 10, Stewart House) for his high level achievement in the Sport of Volleyball. Luke has been part of the elite volleyball program and has represented our school on many occasions. Luke has also been selected to represent Australia in the international competition in Thailand and hence will be accompanying Sam on this very exciting venture.

 

In congratulating these students, it would be remiss of me not to also congratulate all the staff who have contributed to their success; all their coaches and teammates. In particular I want to acknowledge the strong commitment of Mr Greg Thomas to the program. Greg has been an outstanding coach and mentor for all the young people in the program over many years and it is important that we recognize that the accolades associated with the school program are largely due to him. A big thank you!

Congratulations also to the Beach Volleyballers who did so well at the recent competitions. Please read the report later in this newsletter.

 

Prospective Year 7 Parents and Students - 2012:

The enrolment process for prospective Year 7 students -2012 is well under way. School tours began three weeks ago and will continue into the first few weeks of Term 2. School tours are scheduled to run each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting at 9:30 am in the school foyer. They conclude at 10:30 am. I strongly encourage any prospective parents and students to book in for one of these tours by contacting the General Office on 9430 5111. I also ask current members of the school community to communicate this information to other family members or friends who have shown interest in the school to support their decision of a secondary school placement for their child.

 

The Year 7 - 2012 Information Night will take place on Thursday 31 March, starting at 7:30 pm. Due to the current building works and the unavailability of a space on site to accommodate a large number people, we have had to take the information evening off-site. This year it will be held at the Yarra Plenty 360 Centre located at 360 Main Road Lower Plenty. Parking will be available on site and parking attendants will direct you on your arrival. The Eltham High School Symphonic Band will open the evening and this will be followed by a number of presentations with a range of information and supper. Various displays will also be on show. An enrolment/information package will be distributed at the start of the evening.

 

Following this evening the Open Morning will take place on Friday 1 April from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm starting from the school library. An abridged version of the previous evening’s presentations will be available to those who were not able to attend the Information evening, there will also be the opportunity to be part of a student led tour. Various displays will once again be on show and the opportunity to speak with teachers and other staff will be available during morning tea.

I strongly encourage all members of our community who have students moving into year 7 in 2012 to attend both the Information evening and Open Morning. I further ask you to communicate these events to other interested families and I look forward to seeing you there and to welcoming you to our school a dynamic Learning Environment.

 

Working Bee:

I extend  a personal invitation to all parents, students, staff and friends of Eltham High School to join me and the members of the Grounds Committee at the next Working Bee which will take place this Sunday 27 March 9:00am – 12:30 pm. A range of tasks have been planned and these are outlined in a later section of this newsletter. The Working Bees provide us with the opportunity to work together towards maintaining and where necessary improving the physical school environment for our young people in order to support their learning and well being. However, in addition they have a very social purpose as well. People who attend the Working Bees consistently comment on the camaraderie of the group and the collaborative nature of the work. They also comment that they have been able to make connections with other parents and through this identify some common ground around which to have conversations about their kids and their learning.  As always a delicious morning tea and a barbeque lunch is provided. Don’t sit around feeling lethargic on Sunday next, come and join us and get motivated. I look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Annual Report to the School Community:

The Annual Report to the School Community was presented at the School Council AGM last Wednesday evening. It is now available on the School Webpage. A hard copy of the report can be requested from the General Office.

 

Note of Condolences:

On behalf of the Eltham High School community I extend our sincere condolences to the Theodosis Family for the recent loss of their mother/grandmother. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

 

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  

 

 

Building Project Update

Since the hall and surrounding buildings were demolished in January, there has been a considerable amount of work that has taken place on site.  The site has been levelled, underground services are in place and some preliminary concrete work completed.  It is almost time for the pouring of the slab.

The first pour will be the administration, canteen and food technology rooms.  This is scheduled for 31st March however this is dependent upon weather conditions between now and then.  The remaining slab pours for the Dance/Drama and the Multi-purpose rooms will occur during the term break.  Once this has been done it will allow steel work and in slab heating for the multi-purpose room to be installed.  A further pour of concrete will then occur to finish the floor.  This pour will occur after the term break.

The concrete pour of the 31st March will cause some disruption to traffic movements into the school during the morning.  A traffic management system will be in place however concrete truck deliveries may cause some access disruptions to the Withers Way entry. 

On the 31st March it is recommended that students being driven to school are dropped off away from the Withers Way entry.  The preferred location for student drop offs are Ely Street or near the Leisure Centre.  This would reduce traffic in the vicinity of Withers Way.

Bruce Martyn – Project Manager

 

YEAR 10 GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP TO POINT LONSDALE

It has been necessary to change arrangements for the Year 10 Geography excursion to Point Lonsdale.  Only students who made payment to the Cashier by the closing date for payments:  Friday 11 March, will now attend this excursion on Thursday, 24 March 2011.

 

Should you have any queries or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Danielle Cotter on 9430 5111 or by email at cot@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

 

2012 Entertainment Books

The 2012 Entertainment Books will soon be available from the Cashier at the school.

Check out the offers.  The new Entertainment book flickbook is now available at

www.entertainmentmedia.com.au/greater_melbourne_20112012.

The book remains great value at only $65 per book.

 

PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS

The Parent/Teacher Interview forms have been sent home and are also available on the schools intranet via this link click here. The Parent teacher interview night is on this Wednesday 23rd March for Junior and Senior schools from 11am-7pm.

 

No students are required to attend school this day.

 

Please note that the Middle School interviews will be held on Thursday 28th April (4pm-7pm).  The interview sheets will be distributed to Middle School students this week.

 

WORKING BEE – THIS SUNDAY

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the second Working Bee for 2011 on Sunday 27th March from 9:00am until 12:30pm with both morning tea and a barbeque lunch provided. As usual we have a broad range of tasks on offer ranging from the usual maintenance jobs and gardening activities to the construction of seating / retaining walls in the new garden complex on the eastern side of the 600’s block. If you as a volunteer have nominated to attend this Working Bee contact will be made by phone in the week leading up to the event to help with the organisation and catering requirements. Again due to the restricted parking in the area adjacent to the stadium, parking will be made available on the back oval. Enter via Ely St. If attending this event you need to make your way to the Canteen Courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned and directed to a task. The following tasks have been identified as priorities for the second Working Bee:-

1.   Construction of approximately 20m of retaining wall with combined seating on eastern side of 600’s block. Crow bars, shovels and spirit levels will be required for this task

2.   Repair of a 6m section of retaining wall adjacent to the tennis courts

3.   Weeding, pruning and clean up of the garden beds adjacent to the administration block, 600’s and courtyard precincts

4.   A major revamp of the garden bed adjacent to the bike shed with removal of aged plants and relocation of some lomandras

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

6.   Cleaning of the drains in the courtyard precincts

7.   A cleanup, weed and mulch of the area on the western boundary

8.   Mowing and brushcutting across a range of areas on the campus

9.   A cleanup of the garden on the south side of the stadium along with some debris left after the demolition

Please remember to bring protective clothing, hats, gloves and sunscreen. Looking forward to your anticipated support on the 27th March.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee

 

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.

 

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Cancellation of band rehearsals ... due to the teacher / parent interviews on Wednesday, Intermediate and Concert Band rehearsals are cancelled this week. Paperwork including payment details will be available for students in Intermediate and Concert Bands on Thursday.  These can be picked up from the music office.

Reminder - the Training Band's first rehearsal is Thursday 7th April at 7.30am!   

 

All instrumental students are now having weekly lessons.

 

This week the Symphonic Band are heading up to Ballarat Grammar, for what's become an annual concert at their Performing Arts Centre.  We're sure they'll have a very enjoyable time.

 

A new ensemble is being formed!  The Junior Jazz Ensemble. It'll be rehearsing on Wednesdays at lunchtimes.

Open to all instruments.  Sign up on the sheet in the music foyer!

 

Remember our After School lessons ... electric bass, drum kit, piano and guitar lessons available.

 

Please contact Jill in the music office if you have any queries [except Fridays!]

 

Jill Browne, Music Administration

 

LANGUAGES NEWS

Hi, Selamat Datang and Bienvenue to all our students studying languages. Lots of exciting opportunities are available for students who continue with another language be it French or Indonesian.

Malaysia Safari Meeting Monday 28th March

A meeting is being held in the library on Monday 28th March at 7.30pm for all students going on the trip and for parents and students interested in finding out more about this trip. Students who are definitely going on this trip need to come to this meeting with a parent.

Opportunities For participating in Student exchange

Participating in student exchange programs are practical and fun ways to learn a language quickly. If you wish to participate in student exchange programs in French, please see Madame Nicassio or Monsieur Barker to obtain details about this program. You can either host incoming students or go to a French speaking country.

We need 2 - 4 families to host a couple of Indonesian students who will be arriving in July 19th and will be staying till July 30th this year. You can choose to host these students one week per family or 2 weeks per family. The students are organised by Indo Stay Ltd which is a non-profit organisation. For more information please see Bu Brady or Bu Sha and also check out www.aiav.org.au. If you wish to host a student please see us asap. It is fun, worthwhile and really educational for the whole family.

Bu Brady

DIAMOND VALLEY COLLEGE BUS SERVICE

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.

 

SPORT SPORT SPORT

 

Volleyball

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Congratulations to our beach volleyballers on their competition success last week.  Our year 7 girls - Katelin Smith, Shae Fishman-Alexander, Anneli Maley and Ashleigh Toohey came home with a gold medal. Our year 10 boys played off for the gold medal in the pairs competition with Luke Brisbane and Andrew Hague taking out the final over Cale Skidmore and Tom Ross. Sisters Hannah and Simone Beattie won a silver medal in the year 12 girls pairs competition. Well done all (sorry if I missed anyone). Thank you to the staff, Ms Bowman, Ms Pascoe, Mr Allender, Mr Laurence and Ms George that attended the three days of competition to support our athletes.

 

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. In the past this competition has been very valuable match practice for athletes in the lead up to Vic schools cup.

Senior Girls and Boys Volleyball training Wednesday morning at 7.30 am.

 

Congratulations to Romy Stephens

Romy has been selected to play in the Victorian Schools State Tennis Team.

The Team will be competing in Bendigo on 30th April.

We wish Romy best of luck for this tournament and for her future in tennis.

 

Congratulations

Aidan Somers in year 10 has been invited to be a member of an Equestrian Games Team which will represent New South Wales at the Horse of the Year Show at Hastings, New Zealand. Aidan is the only non NSW rider in the team.

The competition which involves individual and team events over 5 days is a test of the riders fitness, co-ordination and riding ability. We wish Aidan well with this event.

 

If your child has a unique sporting moment or is selected in a state or National team please let us know so we can share the good news. Email:  tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

 

Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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

 

Canteen Roster

March 2011

Wed 23

NO CANTEEN

– STUDENT PROGRESS INTERVIEWS

Thu 24

Danielle Ashby, Jacinta Speakman

Fri 25

Leonie Knoblock, Kylie York

Mon 28

Robyn Bulman, Robyn Flanagan

Tue 29

Kathy Smith, Dianne Milankovic

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.

 

EHS Chess News

Please note: NO LUNCHTIME CHESS THIS WEEK due to parent/teacher interviews.

Wednesday Lunchtime Chess - There's been a steadily growing group of young chess players attending. Last week we had 12 students!  Some of the students (ex Eltham East) have been regulars and of quite reasonable chess skills.  A few beginners who came and had a crash course are now also enjoying chess and playing some good moves.  If there is enough interest I might consider running a casual tournament during the lunchtime in Term 2, with prizes at the end of Term.

 

Weekend tournament this Saturday at Billanook College  Northern Star Chess is running a chess day this Saturday 26th March at Billanook College.  Cost is $15, same format and time control as school chess tournaments (7 rounds, 15 mins per play per game).  Prizes include cash/medals/trophy/giveaways.  For further details, visit

NorthernStarChess.com/Tourney_Billanook.html 

Pearl Yung

 SCHOOL CALENDAR

March/April 2011

Wed 23

NO STUDENTS REQUIRED AT

SCHOOL TODAY

School Tours (bookings essential) FULL

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

Music – Symphonic Band Concert – Ballarat

Thu 24

School Tours (bookings essential)

SAC Week

OES - MS OES Kayaking & Camping – Lorne

SoSE – Point Lonsdale Trip

Sport – NMR Swimming

Fri 25

SAC Week

OES - MS OES Kayaking & Camping – Lorne

HPE – MS Football the Australian Way – Susan St Oval

Sun 27

Working Bee 9:00am-12.30pm

Mon 28

O&ES–Yr11(5) Canoeing–Warrandyte (until 29/3)

SoSE – Yr11 Legal GrpB Court Visit

Year 12 – Look after your mates

Tue 29

O&ES-Yr11(3) Canoeing – Warrandyte (until 30/3)

School Tours (bookings essential)

Wed 30

School Tours (bookings essential)

Arts – Yr12 VCD Top Designs – Melb Musuem

Thu 31

School Tours (bookings essential)

Arts – Yr12 Top Arts – NGV Ian Potter

Transition – Parent Information Night Yr 7-2012 7.30pm (Yarra Plenty Centre – 360 Main Rd Lower Plenty)

Fri 1 Apr

Sci – Yr11 Biol Fieldwork – Marine Discovery Centre Queenscliff

Transition – Open Morning 9.30am-12.00pm

Reminder to all families that payments and notices for all excursions are due back to school at least 7 days prior to the event

 

Australian Mathematics Competition 2011

Students from all year levels are invited to enrich their mathematics learning by entering in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Cost: $5.50 to the cashier

Due: final date for registrations & payment 4th May

Competition date: Thursday 4th August periods 1&2

Venue: The Library

Mathematics staff will provide practice papers and support preparation.

 

The Competition is the original and largest competition of its type in Australia and is designed to test mathematical thinking and organisation. Each participating student receives a certificate and a full statistical report on basic skills, the ability to solve routine problems in arithmetic, geometry and algebra and problem-solving skills. The competition is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and sponsors include the University of Canberra and the Canberra Mathematical Association.

 

Lyn Ivory KLA Coordinator (Mathematics)

 

ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL

 

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

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 its Homework Help program commenced the beginning of March.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Community Announcements/Advertising

 

 

 

ARE YOU AN AUSLAN SPEAKER?
We are looking for an Auslan Tutor for an EHS student studying VCE Auslan as an external subject.  We are also keen to meet anyone in the community who would like to get together and practice their Auslan conversation skills.
 
If you can help, please call Helen on 9431 0397.

 

 

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

 

 

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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

 

Do you want to be the next Tim Cahill or Mark Schwarzer?

 

If so then come and play for Watsonia Heights Junior Soccer Club.

 

We are currently recruiting for all teams to come and join our teams.

 

Enquiries for all age groups in boys, girls or mixed teams welcome

 

WHJSC is a family friendly club with competitive fees that focuses on player development.

 

We run specialist goalkeeper training, winter & summer advanced skills programs and exposure to senior players for coaching & mentoring.

 

Please register your interest by emailing Lynn Brighton at info@whjsc.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE PUBLIC INFORMATION EVENING, SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND HOST FAMILY REQUEST

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand, a not-for-profit organisation registered with all state and territory departments of education, is pleased to extend an invitation for Eltham High School students to attend our next information evening in Melbourne on Thursday 7th April at the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, 380 William St, Melbourne. The session starts at 7:30pm.

The evening gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available. Further details are available in the newsletter notice which can be downloaded in either Word format, as a JPG or in PDF format. We would be most grateful if you would place this notice in your school newsletter, on a notice board or website, or mention it in an assembly.

OVER 26 SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER

 HOST FAMILIES NEEDED IN JUN/JUL 11

Each year we offer over 26 scholarships valued from $2,500 up to $10,800. Students don't need to be A-grade to apply and the top language student doesn't necessarily win.

·       Your career advisor and/or language teachers may be interested to promote our 12 x Language, 2 x International Affairs and 3 x Indigenous scholarship opportunities valued from $2,500 up to $10,800 each.

·       Creative Arts teachers may like to be aware of our 9 Creative Arts Scholarships. Valued at up to 35% of the program price these scholarships are in the form of an on-line t-shirt design competition called 'Make Your Mark'. The design theme for the current competition is 'FOREST'.

·       Physical Education teachers may like to inform their students of our Sports Scholarships USA program, which is open to recreational or amateur sports men or women of low, average, and high level ability involved in basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball or golf. A dedicated online information session will be held on Thursday 7th April at 6.30pm (AEST) for any students interested in finding out more. Further information is also included in the newsletter notice.

Please note that the deadline for scholarship submissions for all programs departing between October  2011 - March 2012 is 30th April, 2011. More information on scholarships is available from here.

In June/July 2011 we will also be receiving exchange students from Europe, the USA and Latin America. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 2-10 months.

We are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student. Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!

To this end, we would again be grateful if you would place a notice in your newsletter/bulletin or mention it on your website. You can download the newsletter notice here in
Word format, as a JPG or in PDF format.

Please note that all our host families are interviewed in their homes and carefully checked for suitability. Profiles of students arriving in June/July are currently available on our
website.