Term 2 Week 4 - Tue 17th May 2011

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Yr 7 Girls Immunisations ONLY – Thursday 26th May during Period 1

Whole School Assembly – Monday 30th May at 9:00am


Principal’s Report


Student and Staff Achievement:

I congratulate all the students and staff who were involved in the Northern Metropolitan Region’s “Innovations  Showcase” last Friday. The school’s presentation focused on the Donyji Project that we are involved in with LaTrobe University and Doreen and Arthur’s Creek Primary Schools. Detailed information on the presentation is included in a further section of this newsletter.  I wish to commend the students for their confident and passionate presentation of their involvement in the project and for once again representing our school in an admirable way. I also commend Jon Baly and Phil Boyd for their leadership of this initiative, one that will remain sustainable only through the ongoing commitment of all stake holders including the Arnhem Land communities.

Eltham High School volleyball:

Congratulations to all the students involved in the intermediate and senior volleyball teams who competed and won in the North East Conference Finals last week in Bendigo. The teams have progressed to play in the State Final. In congratulating the students I also commend the work and the support provided to the students by their coaches. This is an excellent outcome.

Whole School Assembly:

A whole school assembly will be held in the stadium on Monday 30 May starting at 9:00 am. As is customary the whole school assembly will focus on one of our school core values, and on this occasion it will be value of “The Pursuit of Excellence.” Representatives from the student body and staff will be recognized for the way that they have displayed this value in their day-to-day work. This will be the first time that our year 7 students will experience a whole school assembly and I am certain that they will engage with the presentations and the spirit of community that the event espouses. Parents whose children will be recognized at the assembly will be forwarded a personal invitation to attend ; however, I take this opportunity to extend an invitation to all members of our community to attend the assembly. I ask that if you intend to be there that you RSVP to Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or sca@elthamhs.vic.edu.au  so that we can plan effectively.

Term 2 Working Bee:

I thank all members of our community who attended the Working Bee on Sunday last. The 60 people in attendance did a great deal of work. Of particular notice is the progress that was achieved along the embankment area of the oval where planter boxes and student seating are starting to take shape. I once again congratulate the Grounds Committee for its planning and preparation for the day and in particular John Coates who continues to be a great asset to the school even though he has officially retired. In particular I commend the students who attended. This is a clear demonstration that this is truly a community effort. I look forward to seeing you all at the next Working Bee.


Building Futures Program:

The work is progressing well even though the heavy rain has slowed things down by two to three weeks. The issue of the reinstatement of funding continues to be on the agenda and I will report on this in detail in next week’s newsletter post this week’s School Council meeting.

Welcome to Anna Taifernopoulos:

Anna has been appointed to the 0.6 position of Chemistry teacher, replacing John Coates. We welcome her to the school and hope she has a fulfilling time here.


Vincent Sicari, Principal


2011 DEECD Innovation Showcase


Eltham High School Teachers Jon Baly and Phil Boyd along with students Lucy Robertson and Kristine Alford (2010),  accompanied by Dianne Zobel from Arthurs Creek PS attended the 2011 Innovation Showcase at the Melbourne Conference Centre last week. Their attendance was to present the ongoing program that continues with the NT Homeland Community Donydji (North East Arhnem Land), Latrobe University, Eltham High School, Doreen PS and Arthurs Creek PS. The partnership centres on reciprocal visits of students and programs throughout the year.  Eltham Students have travelled to Donydji twice over the last two years and will return again this June.  The program forms a platform for students to develop both education and life skills. Students assist in teaching, public speaking, fund raising and sharing their knowledge with others back at Eltham High and in the wider community. The program has also assisted two trainee teachers from Donydji to gain experience in teaching at Eltham High and the two Primary Schools. On the day the presentation was well received and connections were made with other schools and teachers as well as RMIT. Overall the experience of presenting was another excellent opportunity to share this powerful program and at the same time provide further growth opportunities for both staff and students alike. It must be said that both our students rose to the occasion and have now taken their public speaking experience to higher and more formal level – a job well done!


Phil Boyd.


2012 Entertainment Books

The 2012 Entertainment Books are now 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 Camp

Eltham High is 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.




School Sport finals

The inter boys and girls and senior boys and girls volleyball teams won their North East Conference finals last week and now go on to play in the State final at MSAC on Thursday the 26th of May.

All teams won through without losing a set. The senior girls defeated Wodonga and Mildura. The inter boys defeated Bendigo and Wodonga and the inter girls defeated Chaffey and Yea. Thanks to Ms Pascoe who coached the inter girls, Mr Allender who coached the inter boys and Dan Simpson who coached the senior boys to wins against Wodonga and Bendigo.

The parent permission form and $7 for the state final must be returned to the cashier by Wednesday the 25th of May.The bus leaves from the bus Bay in Ely st at 9.00am.

The Northern Zone and state finals for year 7 and 8 are in November.

Volleyball Payments

Volleyball payments for participation in the volleyball program and Victorian Schools cup are due this week. Victorian Schools Cup will be upon us soon so please pay a.s.a.p. Team selections for payed up players will take place over the next few weeks. Students are also responsible for payment of registration to Volleyball Victoria this year.

Please note that any player who is found to be unregistered during the Tournament, will result in forfeits for the matches they were involved in. Fees are now due. Please pay the balance by 20th May. If you are unsure of your payment status please check with me or the cashier.

Moonee Valley Tournament -29th May

Students will receive information about this tournament this week. Just a reminder that students have to make their own way to and from the venue in Essendon.

Volleyball Jackets have been ordered and will be here before Victorian schools cup (July).

Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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: tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator


Despite the recent wet weather, the structure is now being erected and the buildings are starting to take shape.  With over 450mm of rain so far this year, this has made conditions on site (and elsewhere) more difficult than usual.  The rain has delayed some activities and completion of Stage 1 has been pushed back to September.  As a result, Stage 2 completion has also been pushed back.  Hopefully there are not too many more rain affected days.

Steel framing to the canteen and food areas and also part of the new administration area are progressively being erected.  Carpenters have commenced framing and bricklayers will be here in the next few days.  The overall shape of the building is now becoming more obvious. 

Foundations for the hall are almost finished.  Some more work is still required to the north side of the building. 

The next step is installing the steel for the dance/drama space.  This is likely to occur towards the end of this month.  There will be several truck loads of steel arriving on site and these will be delivered and partially erected throughout the day.  The builder does not expect there to be much interruptions to access from Withers Way during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

In mid June the steel for the performance space will arrive.  Shortly after this the concrete wall panels will be delivered.  These activities will definitely cause disruptions to traffic access from Withers Way.  Traffic management will be in place when this occurs.  Student and staff information about changed arrangements will be in the Parent Newsletter, Daily Bulletins and other notices.

Also check out the School web page for updated information.


Bruce Martyn



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

K Hannan

Acting Business Manager



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




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.


Canteen Roster

May 2011

Mon 16th

Sharon Alexander, Debbie Gregg

Tue 17th

Ruth Glynatsis, Jana Eustance

Wed 18th

Joan Bull, Robyn Walshe

Thu 19th

Joanne Kesteren, Lynne Siejka, Liz Deacon

Fri 20th

Suzie Gerrard, Nicole Hassall, Sally Bowen

Mon 23rd

Volunteer needed (2)

Tue 24th

Kerrie Lester, Volunteer needed

Wed 25th

Christine Farrugia, Volunteer Needed

Thu 26th

Pearl Yung, Karen Biddiscombe, Jane Weinert

Fri 27th

Matthew Watts, Sue Gavan.

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



A busy couple of weeks ... 18th to 20th May the Concert Band head for the Daylesford area.  Next week the Intermediate Band are in the Geelong / Anglesea region for their tour.

An important event coming up - Mid Year Concert, Wednesday 1st June, 7.30pm at Yarra Valley Grammar. All large ensembles are performing as well as the choirs.  This is a VERY IMPORTANT concert for the Training Band ... it's their DEBUT concert! Notices will be given to students in ensembles this week.  Tickets will be available from the 24th May through the Music Office.  Seating is allocated.  Adults $18,Children/Concession $10.

Training Band uniform - boys will be measured this Thursday at rehearsal for shirts.  These are being purchased through Spurlings in Greensborough. The girls have been measured for skirts [coming in the form of kits] and blouses last week.  The kits will be available this Thursday, blouses are in stock in the music office.  Payment can be made to the music office, to receive these items.

Those families who ordered 'music umbrellas' from last term - they are in the music office awaiting pick up. Anyone who missed out and wants to place an order, please forward the order with payment to the music office by Wednesday this week.  Golf style are $25 and compact $20

If you have any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127

Jill Browne, Music Administration



On Friday the 6th of May, the ‘jazz department’ of EHS took a trip to Mount Gambier, South Australia to take part in the Generations in Jazz National Stage Band Awards. Over 100 bands across four divisions compete over the weekend, and they are judged by some of this country’s best known and most well respected jazz musicians, including the incredible multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.

This year was the band’s first time competing in division 1, and they impressed the judges with their musicality, blend of sound and stylistic maturity.  Of the nine bands in division 1, the EHS Stage Band placed 5th, which is an incredible effort considering that these are the nine top high school jazz bands in the country.  A ‘Super Band’ is chosen at the end of the day of competition, made up of students who stood out to the judges in their school’s performance.  Eltham High students Tyrone Cai and Felix Watson were both selected for the Super Band – a high honour indeed. These students got the chance to work with guest international adjudicator, composer and arranger Gordon Goodwin, and perform in the main concert that evening.

This year’s festival also saw the inclusion of a jazz vocal ensemble award, which was judged by the amazing vocal quartet The Idea Of North.  EHS entered a group of twelve singers, who did an amazing job and had a fabulous time. In Saturday’s main concert, a special mention was made of year 12 student Finn Bennet, who sang a beautiful solo in one of the group’s pieces. In a field of over 2000 students, the Eltham High group stood out as high achievers whose discipline and love of music maintains the school’s reputation as having one of the finest music programs in the country.

Well done guys!

Ed Fairlie, Stage Band and Jazz Choir director. 



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.

Ross McKinnon, Junior School Leader


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.



Students involved in sporting events should bring their permission form and payment of $7 to their coach (not the office) on the day of the event. 

Please ensure the correct money is placed in the envelope provided with the student’s name clearly listed on the envelope.

The permission slip should be kept separate to the money and not enclosed in the envelope.

Thank you

Nic Cooper and Lucy Bowman


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


May 2011

Mon 16th

Sac Week

NAPLAN Collection day

Small Ensembles Concert

Tue 17th

Transition-Yr10 to Yr12 Try-a-Trade Day

Sport- Yr7 Football, Soccer, Netball, Badminton.

Wed 18th

Concert Band Tour- Ballarat

Transition- yr9-Yr10 Try-a-Trade Day, Broadmeadows

School Council Meeting

Thu 19th

Sport- Reserve Day Athletics, Meadow glen

Fri 20th

OE&S-  Yr 12 Horse Riding camp, Mansfield

Mon 23rd

Yr 9 camps Begin

Yr 10 work experience commence

Intermediate Band Tour.

Tue 24th

Africa trip meeting

Transition- Yr 9 WE Program Grp 2

Yr11 Legal studies Field Trip

Photoshop Basics, Sarah Frith (room 418)

Wed 25th

Transition- Yr 9 WE Program Grp 1

Yr 8 Round Robin (football, soccer, netball, badminton, Yr7-9 girls football)

Arts- VCE Drama unit 1  Ensemble Performance

Thu 26th

Yr 7 girls Immunisations

Fri 27th

Yr 8 B,D,G,H,J Field work Endangered species

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


Working Bee Report

The Grounds committee held a very successful Working Bee on Sunday the 15th May, with around 60 volunteers working enthusiastically to complete a range of planned tasks. The weather improved and no rain interruptions occurred throughout the day. Thanks to all our volunteers who arrived promptly and engaged in the tasks on offer. Sincere thanks goes also to our Grounds committee members who organise and manage tasks and provision of food and drinks for our volunteer crew on the day. It was exciting to see progress on the new garden precinct below the 600’s block along with all the garden and maintenance tasks that we do on a regular basis. The school grounds looked a whole lot more loved by the time lunch was served at 12.30pm. The following tasks were completed on the day:

1.     Sleeper wall seating was affixed to existing uprights and a further 10 uprights were positioned and concreted into position for our next Working Bee on the 19th June.

2.     A further 15 metres of post and pipe fence was constructed adjacent to the 600’s block. All of this material for this job was recycled from fencing salvaged from the new building site late last year.

3.     Paving with again recycled pavers was completed adjacent to the 700’s block.

4.     A significant amount of sweeping and rubbish collection was completed around the stadium complex, courtyard precincts and locker areas.

5.     A 30 metre section of the western boundary was mulched in preparation for some winter planting

6.     The gardens adjacent to the tennis courts and stadium were weeded and pruned.

7.     Mowing and brush cutting over the entire campus was completed. It now looks great.

8.     The wire fence on the western boundary was repaired and made safe for students.

9.     Crushed rock was spread in the improvised car park on the back oval.

10.   A significant amount of weeding was completed in the environmental area at the end of the tennis courts. Bags and staked were also removed from the developed plants that no longer required them.

11.   About 40 new correas were planted, bagged and staked on the south side of the 400’s block

So all in all a very successful and satisfying day, with lots of really useful environmental activities being completed. For those who registered ion our logbook, you are acknowledged for your valued contribution on the day.

John Coates, M. Croft, Matt Jones, Philip Green, Leo Adamson, Sue Washington, David and Lisa Norden, F. Metcalf, Simon Macdonald, Kamille, Zofia, Tessa and Richard Laxton, Malcom Heys, Andrew Muscat, Bruno Bernardi, Helen and David Foster, John Uwland, Bruce Volsey, D. Dickinson, A. Romano, J. Romano, R. Zogopoulos, L. Romano, Anne and Ian Owens, Debra and Rachel Gregg, Christina and Rebecca Schwaighofer, Graham Hilton, Chris Morrison, Brett Ditchfield, Gordon Moses, Stephen Lanham, Arimi Rathee, Ian Anderson, Lester and Maria  Dale, Judy McLachlan, Bill Taylor, Vicki, Carl, Tristan, Ellie Bondici, Andrew Evans, Sue Gwilym, V.Sicari, Bruce Martyn, David Boyes Nigel Alexander, Dee, Riley and Matilda Sutherland and Mal Sinclair.


The next working Bee is on Sunday the 19th of June from 9.00am until 12.30pm. Looking forward to your anticipated support.


John Coates, for the Grounds Committee.




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/


Nillumbik Youth Services is hosting a young women’s forum called “A Girl’s World”. It was due to happen on the 10th of May but due to lack of numbers they have decided to postpone the event until June 21st at the Eltham Community and Reception Centre, 801 Main rd, Eltham. They have invited some of our students to attend this event. A Girl’s World is a health and well being day directed at young women in years 8-10. They would love for us to bring along 15-20 young women, so if you would like to attend please speak to Brendan or Jenny in the Student welfare office, as we must RSVP by the 31st of May. If you would like to contact the Nillumbik Youth services directly, you can call Annie Holding on 9433 3168.


Thanks Jenny Fowler and Brendan Monigatti


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 (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. 


Louise Heathcote


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 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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Zanzy ,the Montmorency Community Choir

We are looking for men and women to join us in singing for fun and friendship. No experience necessary. Rehearsals are at the Montmorency Gospel Chapel on Mayona Road at 7.30pm on Thursdays during school terms. Drop in or ring Michelle Morgan, director, on 0409 946 994 for more information.


Anita Andrews

9435 1615

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.

WEP LogoOn Shelly Beach, Ilaria,Liz , Kathleen

Nikki Medwell

Inbound Exchange Administrator

Phone:   1300 884 733

Email:wep@wep.org.au      Online: www.wep.org.au



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


Commencing Weds 4.5.11 – 22.6.11 (10am-12.30pm)

Includes handouts and refreshments


Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin

For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700




We are located behind the Baseball Club within Malcolm Blair  Reserve, which is off Karingal Drive Greensborough .


To play Junior Competition in the Spring 2011 season enquires should be made with the Club by 20th May.

Enquiries: Geoff Kline - 0422 404 301

Jan Ryan     - 0417 300 845


Information on the RED SPOT SPECIAL

As you would be aware Montmorency Traders works hard to build a strong alliance with the local community & to our loyal local customers.

At a recent Traders Business meeting the idea to reward locals on a regular basis was discussed. The outcome was a new imitative which we believe will offer locals a regular on going specials & discounts.

This will be done in the form of a RED SPOT Promotion.

Your School & local family’s just need to LOOK for the RED SPOT in selected Traders Windows & each week ask the participating Traders-

 “What’s this weeks RED SPOT Special”

This allows our Traders to provide something back to locals.

Each Trader will be responsible for there weeks offer.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards


Linda Carroll   [M] 0417 383 410