Term 1 Week 10 - Tue 5th April 2011

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END OF TERM 1 – this FRIDAY 8th APRIL at 2:30pm

TERM 2 COMMENCES– WEDNESDAY 27th April at 8:50am


28th April - Student Progress Interviews – Middle School – 4pm-7pm (forms avail via link below)




Principal’s Report


With Vincent Sicari currently overseas as part of the High Performing Principals Program, I have taken the keyboard to write this week’s report.


Athletics Carnival

Once again the school turned out in large numbers for one of our major whole school events: the athletic sports at the George Street Reserve in Doncaster. There were a number of outstanding record breaking performances by Anneli Maley, Maddy Coates, Tess Mitchell, Louise Alford, Caitlin Smith, Sammy Lily, Cassie Stockton, Simone Beattie, Andrew Hague and Sam Richards, these are detailed in the Sports Section of the Newsletter Congratulations to all of you and to those students who beat their personal bests and who competed.

This event is a demonstration of the dedication of the students to do their best in the track and field events, to strive for the next level and test themselves against the best available competition, something we are endeavouring to instill in all our students in whatever they attempt. The other aspect of the event is the support that these athletes get from their families, their training partners, coaches and their fellow students who cheer them on. It should remind them that while they are responsible for their own performance they are also the beneficiaries of being part of a team.

On a relatively dull day in terms of weather, the spectators enlivened the day with their house colour themed costumes and other enhancements.

Events such as these require a lot of planning and organisation. After many years of having this responsibility, Peter Nicholson has handed that baton on to Nic Cooper and Lucy Bowman who provided a very smoothly run event.


Middle School Reports & Progress Interviews

Interim Progress Reports will be available from the EHS Intranet (logon required) on Friday of this week. Parents experiencing any difficulties should email Darren Squires squ@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

MS Progress Interviews will be held on Thursday 28 April in the afternoon, bookings required.


Information Evening and Open Day

In a departure from the norm, caused by our building program, our Information Evening for families wishing to enrol students in Year 7 in 2012 was held last Thursday in the auditorium at the 360 Centre in Main Road Lower Plenty. The foyer was decorated with displays presenting the work of Year 7 students. Before the presentations began the audience was entertained by two pieces from the Symphonic Band’s repertoire. The Principal did the main presentation most ably supported by Junior School Head Ross McKinnon and a number of both Senior and Junior School students who spoke about their experiences at Eltham High School.

The next morning a large number of visitors attended the Open Morning and were taken on tours by a group of volunteer student guides from Senior School. The feedback later focused on how much parents appreciated the information provided by those students, particularly their sincerity and genuine pride in their school. This event takes a lot of preparation, the Transition Co-ordinator, Natalie Tate, plays a major role supported by the rest of the Junior School team, APs Hermi Burns and Darren Squires, thank you all and the other staff in the KLAs who provided the displays..

School Tours continue in Term Two on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, these need to be booked by phoning 9430 5111.



We say farewell to Rosie Anastasio and Peta Garriga who have been covering the leaves of Seamus Robertson and John Coates. John has indicated that he will be finishing his teaching career and not returning from his leave, although he is going to continue to work with the Grounds Committee. Judy Taylor will be on leave from Term 2 2011 into 2012. The services of all these teachers have been greatly valued, we wish them well in their future.


End of Term

This has been a very busy term with staff working hard to implement many of the changes that have been planned over the last few years. Their skill and dedication to the education and well being of young people in our community cannot be underestimated. It is more than disappointing when a newly elected government who promised to give the best monetary recognition in Australia to the profession begins its conditions’ negotiations by offering what will be effectively a pay cut.

Enjoy the coming break, remember school commences in Term Two on Wednesday 27 April. Please be safe.


Trevor Jenkins (Acting Principal)






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 Thursday 28th April for Middle School from 4pm-7pm.


Students are still required to attend school on this day.




Volleyball program

Students taking part in the volleyball program this year have charges due. Collect a payment form from the PE office if you don't have one. Any student needing a uniform must return the order form by Wednesday so that they can be ordered before the holidays.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

Tuesday 3rd May - Senior Northern Zone volleyball Final

Friday 6th  May - Intermediate Northern Zone volleyball Final

Friday 13th May - Senior and Inter North East Conference Volleyball

Sunday 29th May - Moonee Valley Tournament

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

5th - 9th December - Australian Volleyball Schools Cup


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


Greg Thomas – Volleyball Coordinator



Following a resounding victory in the Banyule/Nilimbuk region swimming on Thursday the 17th, Eltham High School swimming team has returned from the Northcote pool as runners up in the Northern Metropolitan Region Swimming. We had many successful individuals and relay teams making it through to state finals. 


Congratulations to the Girls 15-16 Medley relay (Emily Voss, India Heys, Paige Goodwin, Ebony Santin), Girls 17-20 Medley relay (Aleks Leffley, Rikki Lee Burley, Hannah Chubb and Kirsten Alderton), Girls 16 freestyle relay (Maddie O Toole, India Heys, Emily Voss ad Paige Goodwin) and the boys 16 freestyle relay (Nic Philips, Adam Witbooi, Daniel Sowden and Hugh Heys). 


Congratulations also to Jordi Bayliss, Neesha Nurmohammed, Emily Voss, Paige Goodwin, Adam Witbooi and Hannah Chubb who received gold medals in their individual events. Well done to a number of other students also received medals on the day. 


Athletic House Sports

Congratulations to Everard House, victors for 2011


Everard - 1278

Stewart - 1266

Andrew - 1265

Rutter -1048


Lucy Bowman


Canteen Roster

April 2011

Wed 6

Jenny Alford, Christine Williams

Thu 7

Pearl Yung, Karen Biddiscombe, Jane Weinert

Fri 8

Linda Turner, Wendy Dixon, Petra Leaford

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.


Gael has jumped into the 21st Century!! – if you have provided an email address to me then your roster will be emailed to you this week. Thank you.



It's the BIG one this week ... the Training Band's first rehearsal!  Students to be in the main music room with instrument so as to play those first notes at 7.30am!  The parents are welcome to stay and listen, to enjoy the experience of that first 'noise'.

The training band will receive their handbook and paperwork at this rehearsal.

On Sunday morning we had our 'Music Smorgasbord' event at the school.  Lots of family and friends, great music from talented children and ... the rain stayed away.  Thankyou to the music support group for the bbq and logistics.

And ... another date to the music calendar ... our Celebration Concert is being held on the evening of the 19th September at Yarra Valley Grammar.

All music students ... have a well deserved relaxing break ready for a very busy term 2!

Any queries contact Jill in the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Administration



April 2011

Wed 6

School Tours (bookings essential)

OES – MS OES Kayaking & Camping Lorne (until 7/4)

Thu 7

School Tours (bookings essential)

Sports – SSV Swimming MSAC

Music – String Ensemble Concert – Music Centre

Fri 8

Reporting - MS Reports online

END OF TERM 2 – school finishes at 2.30pm

Wed 27

TERM 2 COMMENCES at 8:50am

School Tours (bookings essential)

School Council

Thu 28

School Tours (bookings essential)

SoSE – Yr11 History Fieldwork – Halocaust Museum

MS – Student Progress Interviews 4pm-7pm

(students are still required to attend school today)

Fri 29

O&ES Yr11 Fieldwork/Field Trip – Lower Yarra

Art – VCD DT Fibres TOP Designs – Melb Museum

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. Practice papers are also available at http://www.amt.edu.au/

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)

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.



Are you interested in a career in design.  AG IDEAS is an inspiring and informative presentation by 8 designers. Come and listen to them talk about their brilliant careers.

Before the presentation a Design Course Expo will have information booths set up by tertiary colleges offering the courses they offer. 

Ask your VCD or Design teacher for a information and a permission form.


Tuesday 3rd May         

Displays 4-6pm                        Designers talk 6-8 pm

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention centre


Linda McLeod - Teaching and Learning Coach

Email - mcl@elthamhs.vic,edu.au

DV BUS – Important Information

Just a reminder that the dismissal time for Diamond Valley College will be 2.10pm on Friday 8 April. Buses will be departing DVC no later than 2.25pm.

Please advise your travellers to use the link below for all the latest bus network news and timetables.



Mosaic Project

On Thursday afternoon last week the Mosaic Project officially began taking shape in the Arts Courtyard outside room 608. A group of student leaders and some year 7's and 8's worked with Kerry Kaskamanidis to work on the mosaic they have designed around the theme of community connections and recovery. The project will continue on Tuesday afternoon this week. This is the first stage of the project which will involve the whole school community at different stages. Next term Kerry will be working with students from middle school and it is hoped that a group of parents may like to contribute during a Working Be. If you would like more information on the project or to donate some tiles please call Louise Heathcote on 9430 5177 and leave a message.


Louise Heathcote



Starting term 2 Maths staff will be available after school on Mondays to assist students with their classroom Mathematics across all year levels. The sessions will be held in the 700’s wing and conclude at 4pm. Students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity should go to room 702 at the end of period 6 on any Monday.

Lyn Ivory KLA Coordinator Mathematics


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


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


YEAR 9 - TRY – A –TRADE    Tuesday 17th May 

The opportunity exists for interested students to attend an information day on a large number of trades at Broadmeadows Town Hall. There will be a presentation by employment networks, TAFE providers as well as numerous displays. Permission forms will be available as of Wednesday 6th April from the careers office and there is a maximum of 24 spots available on the day.

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE - Mon 23rd – Fri 27th May

Students should be organising a placement for this period in term 2 (Week 5). Please ensure that all sections of the form are completed before handing in to the careers office. This activity is a compulsory component of their year 10 studies so please make contact if there has been difficulty in securing a placement. The final date for accepting completed forms is Friday 13th May.

YEAR 12 - UMAT 2011

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is a 2 hour and 45 minute multiple-choice test used to assist with selection of students into medicine and health science degree programs. It is required for Year 12 applicants for Monash University’s Medicine/Surgery, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Pharmacy/Commerce degrees (La Trobe Uni also uses it for non-Year 12 applicants for Dentistry and Oral Health Science). Registrations are on-line and are now open and must be completed by 5.00pm AEST on Friday 3 June. The test date is Wed 27 July 2011. Before registering for the test you should read the UMAT2011 Information Booklet which is available at http://umat.acer.edu.au. Candidates must be in at least their final year of secondary schooling or above to be eligible to sit UMAT. UMAT Practice Test 1 and 2 are electronic books currently available for sale at the UMAT website.   


·         LA TROBE UNIVERSITY‘Talk and Tour’; Year 10-12 students/parents; check courses, see the uni, ask questions. Fri 15 April, La Trobe, Bundoora; Register: www.latrobe.edu.au/talkandtour 

·         ART AND DESIGN AT SWINBURNEArt and Design Discovery Day (Prahran). 9am-3.30pm, 21 April; registration: www.swin.edu.au/artanddesign; Questions: Montana Daknach, 9214 8904. 

·         THE AGE VCE AND CAREERS EXPO 2011 – collect information, ask questions, explore options at one location; 10am-4pm, Fri 6, Sat 7 and Sun 8 May; Caulfield Racecourse


Ross Pringle – Careers Co-ordinator



A new anti- bullying website - Take A Stand Together - has now been launched. The website was developed by Australian education authorities. The site is part of an online campaign asking bystanders to stop bullying when they see it. The website features interactive activities for students and resources for teachers and parents. Click here to be directed to the website http://www.takeastandtogether.gov.au/


Thanks Jenny Fowler and Brendan Monigatti


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

A Message from SEER:


“We don't inherit our planet from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”

That's why a group of students and teachers who are passionate about the environment have banded together to work for a more sustainable world.

Formerly known as the EHS Environment Club, one of the first actions of SEER (Students for Environmental Responsibility) this year was to perform an audit of all the waste produced in the school in an average day. From this, we have determined that the school sends a mind-blowing 20 tonnes of recyclable waste to landfill each year. Working in collaboration with Wastech Engineering and Visy Recycling, we aim start the first comprehensive school recycling program in Victoria at Eltham High School, beginning in Term Two. This will begin with paper and cardboard, and will later also encompass aluminium, glass and organic waste. At the moment, Eltham High School sends some sixteen tonnes of paper and cardboard alone to landfill each year, all of which could be recycled.

We also hope to work closely with the Buildings and Grounds Committee on projects such as the creation of a community garden within the school.

After a highly successful fundraiser this week, we will again be selling soft drinks in the canteen courtyard at lunchtime on Tuesday the 5th of April. Each can returned to the stall for recycling will be exchanged for a 10 cent refund.

If you would like to become involved and make a difference, SEER meet on Thursdays at lunchtime in 802. It is open to students of all ages, teachers and members of the EHS community.



Grey Horse - Personal Growth and Leadership Skills

Throughout this term a small group of students have been spending one afternoon a week in Smiths Gully with Maggie Broom and her Horses (Grey Horse Growth and Learning / Equine Therapy) participating in a specially designed program focusing on leadership skills and personal growth.


Each week the students have learnt to guide and lead the horses in a most unconventional way. Through making clean observations of the horses behaviour and mirroring their movements the students were able to make the most extraordinary connection with the horses.  The Parallels between the interactions; personal growth and learning were then highlighted by the group as the learning progressed.


It has been a rewarding experience for the students and for me to observe their progress. This project was made possible through funding from the department of education, a second group of students will be selected in term two and again in term three, the activities take place in periods 5 and 6 once a week for five weeks. 


Louise Heathcote

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.



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



Families needed for LaTrobe PhD project

This project will examine the lived experiences of teenagers with High Functioning Autism their parents and siblings, including perceptions of stigma, sibling relationships and physical and emotional health determinants.


If you are willing to be a part of this project or require further information please email Jessica Gill at jmgill@students.latrobe.edu.au or phone 0439 324 295.



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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




Become a WEP Host Family

World Education Program (WEP) is inviting you to experience another culture in your own home by becoming a volunteer host family to one of our international students arriving in July 2011. Our students from Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Japan, Brazil and Chile are looking forward to experiencing life in Australia, making new friends and becoming a member of an Australian family soon.


Meet our Students!

On Shelly Beach, Ilaria,Liz , KathleenAlicia from Belgium: " I want to see what it is like living in this country, learning customs, having a great relationship with a new family."

Francesca from Italy has visited Africa on a volunteer program with her scout group. She has also helped to look after young children.

Laura from Belgium enjoys drama, music and dance and coaches young gymnasts.

Thais from Brazil likes watching TV, playing computers, listening to music, kayaking/canoeing going to the movies, cooking and camping. She hopes to become a successful architect in the future.


Find out more!

Getting to know your student before he or she arrives brings fun and joy to everyone involved.

Take the next step and contact WEP today to receive a full information pack for your family.


WEP LogoNikki Medwell

Inbound Exchange Administrator

Phone:   1300 884 733

Email:                    wep@wep.org.au

Online:   www.wep.org.au






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.



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