Term 2 Week 2 - Tue 3rd May 2011
Term 2 Week 2 - Tue 3rd May 2011
Welcome Back to Term 2:
Welcome back to all students and staff from what I hope has been a relaxing and enjoyable break. In particular I welcome back Mr Seamus Robertson who has returned to work from a period of leave that has proven to be a rather stressful time for him. Mr Robertson was in Christchurch during the time of the most recent earthquakes. Although not personally affected by the tragedy he has supported others who have not been as fortunate. I congratulate Mr Robertson for his strength, courage and resilience during this very difficult time.
Term 2 as always is a very demanding term particularly for senior students (Years 10, 11 and 12) most of whom will be faced with mid-year exams. For all students, Term 2 continues to be a time for learning but also for consolidation of the learning that has already taken place. I encourage all our students to take advantage of all the support that our school and community offers them to ensure the very best outcomes possible. Engagement with each other and their teachers is paramount to a successful academic outcome. I thank parents for their involvement in the partnership of learning.
Congratulations to our debating teams. Their performance at the most recent competitions was outstanding. The three debating teams won against Loyola College:
A Grade: Sarah Klink (Year 11 - Rutter House), Cal Walker (Year 11 – Everard House) and Maddie Charisis (Year 9 – Andrew House, who normally debates with the D Grade team)
B Grade: Joely Mitchell (Year 11 – Everard House), Nathan Kerwood (Year 9 – Andrew House) and Kate Glynatsis (Year 8 - Stewart House)
D Grade: Michaela Prunotto (Year 7 - Everard House), Carly Notting (Year 7 - Everard House) and Kate Dance (Year 8 -Everard House) who competed against Middle School students.
In congratulating these fantastic students I also take the opportunity to recognize the hard work and commitment of our Debating Co-ordinator, Ms Leanne Ipsen. Leanne has taken on this role with great enthusiasm and passion and continues to be an exemplary role model to all the young people in her care. Congratulations Leanne!
Past Student Achievement:
I congratulate Carolyn Deller (Class of 2003, Rutter House) who has been accepted into Harvard University to undertake her PhD studies in Accounting. Carolyn joins a large number of the Eltham High School Alumni who have continued with their learning in a range of overseas Universities and programs. Carolyn will begin her program in August and we wish her all the very best.
Staff Changes Term 2:
At the end of Term 1 we farewelled Ms Natalie Tate and wished her well for her period of family leave. Ms Tate is expecting her first child and we are very happy for her and her husband Brendan.
Mrs Manuela Nicassio will also be on long service leave for Term 2 and we wish her all the very best during her time away from
work. Mrs Judy Taylor will be on leave for the remainder of the year and we also wish her all the very best during her absence. Furthermore, we farewelled Miss Rosie Anastasio (SOSE / English) and Ms Peta Garriga (Science) at the end of their contract period of employment. We wish both Rosie and Peta all the very best with future venture.
I wish to announce that both Mr John Coates and Mrs Jeanette Carter have announced their retirement as of the start of Term 2. Mr Coates and Mrs Carter have been long standing members of staff and have supported and encouraged the learning of a large group of young people during their time at our school. I take this opportunity to thank them both for their contribution to the students at Eltham High School as well as to the government school system. Their careers and their work will be recognized in an appropriate manner.
The following staff members have been appointed to the school as of the start of Term 2.
Simon Maudev (Physics/Science) replacing Natalie Tate
Nina Bursian (LOTE – French) replacing Manuela Nicassio
Hannah Allen (Physical Education/Sport) replacing Judy Taylor.
I extend a warm welcome to each of these new staff members.
Overseas Study Tour:
You will be aware that during the last week of Term 1 and the break I was involved in an overseas study tour organized through the Northern Metropolitan Region of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The tour was both informative and productive from a number of perspectives. We visited four countries: the USA (New York, Washington, Portland – Maine), France (Paris), UK (London) and Denmark (Copenhagen). Throughout the tour we visited a number of schools, met with Department of Education personnel, architects and designers and visited the OECD (Organization for Economic Collaboration and Development) in Paris. A particular focus of the tour was the use of information technology in the learning process and the implementation of 1:1 initiatives (1 computer to 1 child). However, the central agenda focused on creativity, innovation and what we as a system and as individual schools could learn from the experiences of others across the globe. There was definitely some learning across a number of areas. However, I was left feeling very affirmed with the continuous improvement agenda that we as a learning community have embarked upon. The links that we have made with the Concept–based curriculum framework, the Inquiry approach to learning and the Integrated Studies are all elements of the most innovative and creative curricula and pedagogy that I saw throughout the tour. I wish to thank the Northern Metropolitan Region and the Department for the opportunity to continue my learning in order to lead and support the learning of our young people. Furthermore, a big thank-you to Mr Trevor Jenkins who was the Acting Principal during my absence as well as other members of the leadership team and the staff who supported him during this time.
Student ID Cards:
As a result of the initiative of a group of students we have organized for the production of student ID cards for 2011 directly from Fotomakers. Details of how to order an ID card are outlined in the information contained in this edition of the newsletter.
Eltham Library Community Gallery – Art Exhibition:
I draw to the attention of our community an upcoming art exhibition by local artists Kath Armour and Annie-Rose Armour (Past student, Class of 2010 – Andrew House). The exhibition will run from 5th -17th May with the official opening taking place on Sunday 8th May at 2:00 PM. I commend the exhibition to you and wish both Kath and Annie-Rose all the very best with the show.
Note of Congratulations:
I extend our congratulations to Lyn Ivory and her partner Geoff who will be married this coming Saturday 7th May. We wish Lyn and Geoff a long and happy life together.
Vincent Sicari, Principal
Eltham High will be running a special year 9 activity program called “Challenging the Individual” during the week of Monday 23rd of May to Friday 27th of May 2011. This program is specifically designed for year 9 students and is an important part of the overall educational development of students at this level.
The program consists of:
· A three day camp at the Lady Northcote facility located near Bacchus Marsh:
· A specialised careers program to be held at school; and
· A series of personal development forums run by the Reach Foundation and other organisations to be held at school.
Due to the large number of student enrolled in Year 9, classes will b split into two groups which will attend camp on the following days:
Group 1 23,24 and 25th May 2011
English Core classes 9A,9B,9C, 9D and 9E
Group2 25,26 and27th May 2011-04-28
English Core classes 9F,9G,9H,9J and 9K
When students are not on camp they will be expected to be at school at normal times to undertake other aspects of the program.
Parents and guardians of year 9 students are reminded that all permission forms need to be returned to Middle School office and payments to be finalised by 6th May for the school camp. Please make contact with the school business manager if you are experiencing difficulty with payment.
Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and also the School does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Staff and students should not bring any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.
The 2012 Entertainment Books will now 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.
School Sport finals
This week our Senior and intermediate volleyball teams are playing Northern Zone volleyball finals at Reservoir Secondary College. Plenty Road, Reservoir. The bus will leave from Ely St at 9.00 am and we should return at 3.00pm.
If we are successful these teams will then go on to play a North East conference final in Bendigo on Friday the 13th of May. The winner of three conference finals then play off in a state final at MSAC on Thursday 26th May.
The Northern Zone and state finals for year 7 and 8 are in November.
Under 15 state Team
Over the holidays a number of Eltham students represented Victoria in the National under 15 volleyball championships in Albury. A report from one of the students will be included next week.
Eltham Volleyball Jackets
Every two years we place an order with Kea sports wear for volleyball jackets and tracksuit pants. This is your chance to order a jacket and be part of the team. We won’t be ordering next year so if you want one get your order in by Friday 13th May to the cashier. Orders need to be in by May 13th so that the jackets will be ready for the Victorian schools volleyball cup at the end of July.
Order forms are available from the P.E. office.
A reminder notice will be issued shortly so that parents that have paid the deposit only can pay the balance by 20th May.
We run a competition for students in year 8 to 11 each Thursday night after school. This is an excellent opportunity for teams to have a game under match conditions each week in the lead up to Vic schools cup. At present support for this competition is poor. Please consider the development of your team and get along and play each week. If your team is not able to play please let Mr Thomas know in advance.
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
Thursday 26th May – School Sport State volleyball finals – Senior and Inter.
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- email@example.com
EMA Cheques have arrived
Parents who nominated to collect their EMA cheques from the school, can now do so from the cashier at the general office during 9am to 3.00pm
Monday to Friday
Acting Business Manager
Anne Hawting, Lyn Samat
Tracey Angelopoulos, Yvonne Lyons
Kathryn Phillips, Joanne Grigg
Alice Eastwood, Tracey Maher, Melissa O’Brien
Rachael Wallace, Christine Carroll
Rhonda Steele, Cathy Horsfeild
Christine Muscat, Alison Jones, Beth Smith
Marg Cunningham, Lisa Emmins
Annabelle Preston, Christina Schwaighofer
Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager 9430 5122.
The term has started off at full pace in the music department.
This week sees our Stage Band and newly formed Jazz Vocal Ensemble head to the Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival, the 6th to the 8th May. We wish them well.
Tours for Intermediate and Concert Bands ... these are coming up in the next couple of weeks. All students received initial paperwork indicating the possible cost and when payment would be required, last term. This week at rehearsal the 'formal' paperwork will be distributed. Please read it carefully and fill out the medical and permission forms and return to the music office on the dates indicated.
Talking of paperwork ... there are still many enrolment and general permission forms for music outstanding - these are now overdue. Please send to the music office without delay!
If you have any queries, please contact Jill in the music office on 9430 5127
Jill Browne, Music Administration
While the contractor has completed a lot of work over the term break, the heating systems for the 100s (103-109), 300s and 500 Block are an outstanding issue. Contractors have been working on the units since before the term break. While their work is complete we are unable to start the boilers until approvals have been received from the Office of Gas Safety. They have been to site and required the contractor to undertake additional works. While these have now been completed, the OGS is required to sign off on the work. OGS will be attending on the 2nd of May. Plumbers will be back on site on the 2nd May. This is when OGS are due back on site. There have been a number of representations made to OGS for them to return to site sooner, but to no avail. We are hopeful that the works will be approved at this time.
Any concerns please contact either Julie Allen or me.
School Tours ( bookings to be advised)
Student’s Attitude to School Survey
Transition- All Year 12 TIS event, La Trobe University
VCAL- Volunteers of Banyule- Greensborough
School Tours ( bookings to be advised)
Student Attitude to School Survey
Student Attitude to School Survey
Mt Gambier Jazz Festival- Music
Arts- Princetown Players, Monash university
LOTE-Victorian Indonesia Speaking competition. Melbourne University
Student’s Attitude to School Survey
OES- Yr 12 Camping, Cycling and Cruising. Barmah. (Returning 4.30pm)
VCAL- Additional Work placement
SOSE- Yr 11 Legal Grp B Court Visit, (City)
Tech- Yr11 and 12 Top Design- Melbourne Museum.
Year 12 Study Skills “Ace Your Exams”- Library
Student’s Attitude to School Survey
Sport-Senior Round Robin
Student’s Attitude to School Survey
Curriculum Design Team Meeting
OES-Yr11 Cycling and Caving Camp.
SoSE-Yr12 Legal Field Trip- Loddon Prison
VCAL-Food Handling Course
VCAL- Student Progress Interviews.
OES- Yr11 Cycling and Caving Camp
SoSE- MS Philosophy
SPORT- Nillumbik Div Athletics.
Reminder to all families that payments and notices for all excursions are due back to school at least 7 days prior to the event
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)
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
The Junior School Homework Club (Years 7 and 8) operates on Tuesdays between 3.20pm and 4.20pm and is supervised by a member of the Junior School team as well as a volunteer group of Middle School and Senior School students.
The group meets in Room 706 so computers will be available. The Program aims to assist Junior School students in developing organisational skills and computer skills and to provide assistance with homework tasks in general. Homework Club is voluntary, and can provide valuable assistance to students. To minimize disruption to other students, those who do attend will be required to stay for the full session.
If you would like your son/daughter to participate in the Junior School Homework Club for the remainder of this term, please contact the Junior School Office for a permission form. So that the Program can run effectively, those students who elect to participate would be required to attend all sessions for the remainder of this Term. A member of the Junior School Team will contact you if your son/daughter does not attend any session.
If you have any queries or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Junior School Coordinators by telephone on 9430 5111.
On Friday May 6th Brainstorm Productions will present “Verbal Combat” a play about cyber bullying and harassment to all Year 7 students. The performance makes it clear to students that certain behaviour (such as excluding people, spreading rumours and sending unwanted text messages or emails) is in fact bullying and will not be tolerated at our school.
This is an entertaining way to promote discussion and give students strategies to avoid being a bully or a target. We hope you will support this important program to assist in creating a safe harmonious environment for students and staff.
NAPLAN Tests Tuesday 10 May to Thursday 12 May
These commence for Yr7 and Yr9 students on Tuesday 10 May. The Language Conventions and Writing Tests will be held before and after recess respectively on Tuesday, the reading Test on Wednesday morning and the Numeracy Calculator and Non-calculator Tests on Thursday before and after recess respectively.
If you as a parent or guardian decide that you would prefer your Yr7 or Yr9 student not to sit for a particular test or all of the tests you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate this, include the name and class of the student and the test or tests to be withdrawn from.
Students who have been learning English for less than a year or who have significant intellectual or complex disabilities may be granted exemptions. Please use the email address above to request an exemption.
All requests must be received by Friday 6 May.
Trevor Jenkins Assistant Principal
Now is the time for students in year 11 to start becoming familiar with courses that may be of interest in post secondary education. There are resources available in the careers office which students can access at any time and the VTAC website is a must when gathering information on pre-requisites and ATAR scores.
YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE MON 23RD – FRIDAY 27TH MAY
Students have two weeks left to organise their placement and submit their completed form to the careers office for processing. The final date for acceptance of forms is Friday 13th May unless there is prior communication regarding a late submission.
Box Hill TAFE Year 10 Pathways Program Sem 2 2011
Applications for this one day a week trade program will become available online Wednesday 11th May. Applications close on the 8th June.
Interested students should register with Mr. Pringle in the Careers for an interview office prior to applying.
YEAR 9 “TRY-A-TRADE DAY” WEDNESDAY 18TH MAY
The opportunity exists for 24 interested students to attend this presentation at Broadmeadows Town Hall and learn about the exciting range of trades available.
Permission forms are available from the careers office and places will be allocated in the order of returned forms and payment to the cashier.
Ross Pringle – Careers Co-ordinator
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 Bee. 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.
The Grounds Committee has scheduled the first Working Bee for Term 2 on Sunday 15th May from 9.00am until 12.30pm with both morning tea and barbeque lunch provided. As usual we have a broad range of tasks on offer around the campus ranging from the usual maintenance tasks and gardening activities, to the construction of retaining walls with seating in the new garden complex on the eastern side of the 600’s block. If you as a volunteer have nominated to attend the 15th May Working Bee, contact will be made by phone in the next week leading up to the event, to help with the organisation and catering requirements. If attending this event, you will 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 one of the tasks on offer. The following tasks have been identified as priorities for the 15th May Working Bee.
1. Construction of approximately 20 metres of retaining wall on the eastern side of the 600’s block. Crowbars, shovels and spirit levels will be required for this task.
2. Construction of a further 15 to 20 metres of post and pipe fence in the same area as above.
3. Removal of tree stumps in the Courtyard area adjacent to the 700’s block.
4. Paving of an area adjacent to the locker bays near the 700’s block.
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 brush cutting across a range of areas on the campus
9. A cleanup, prune and weed of the gardens surrounding the stadium complex
10. Repair of the post and wire fence on the western boundary
11. Some planting in selected areas
12. A cleanup and weed of the environmental area at the end of the tennis courts
Please remember to bring protective clothing, hats, gloves and sunscreen. Looking forward to receiving your support on the 15th May
John Coates, for the Grounds Committee.
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.
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
“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.
Throughout this term a small group of students have been spending one afternoon a week in Smiths Gully with Maggie Broom (Grey Horse Growth and Learning / Equine Therapy) and her horses 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 and Early Childhood Development. A second and third 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.
BPay 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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0439 324 295.
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!
Alicia 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.
Inbound Exchange Administrator
Phone: 1300 884 733
Teenage Aggression: Responding Assertively
An 8 week support group for parents of adolescents who behave violently at home:
· Understand how violence works
· Get concrete strategies to reduce violence
· Improve your relationship with your child
· Understand adolescent development
· Improve communication
· Share with other parents
PARENTS NEED TO COMMIT TO ALL 8 WEEKS OF THE PROGRAM
Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin
For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700