Term 2 Week 5 - Tue 24th May 2011

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NO After - School Drama this Thursday 26th May

IMMUNISATIONS - Yr 7 Girls ONLY – Thursday 26th May at the beginning of Period 1

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

Year 10 Exams – Monday 6th June & Tuesday 7th June

Year 11 Semester 1 Exams – Monday 6th June – 15th June

General Assessment Task (GAT) – Thursday 16th June

Report Writing Day – Friday 17th June (no students required at school)



Principal’s Report


Building Futures

First of all I wish to thank all the members of our community who supported our initial effort to have the suspended works from the Building Futures Project (substantial “hard” landscaping; the development of locker pavilions; acoustic treatment in the performance space; development of new parking spaces, etc.) which were budgeted for in the 2009-2010 State Budget, re-introduced into the current building program. I did received acknowledgement of the communication that Minister Dixon received from you. Minister Dixon also sent a letter to Mr Guy Metcalfe (School Council President) in response to the letter that Mr Metcalfe sent to the Minister on behalf of the School Council and the Eltham High School Community (23 March).


In both his letters Minister Dixon acknowledges that the budgeted figure for our project in the 2009-2010 Budget was in fact $9 million and continues to say that Eltham High School will receive a value of $9 million dollars by the conclusion of the project. You will then not be amazed at our surprise and confusion in reading that the value of funds allocated to our project in the 2011-2012 State Budget (Victorian Budget 2011-2012 State Capital Program – Budget Paper No. 4, Page 19) is $8.038 million, a decrease of $962,000 from the original announced and budgeted figure.


On behalf of School Council Mr Metcalfe has written to the Minister asking him to address this discrepancy by instructing the relevant personnel from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to release the remaining $962,000 so that the suspended works can be reintroduced now into the building project.


For your information and guidance I have posted both the Minister’s letter to Mr Metcalfe and the School Council (2 May) as well as Mr Metcalfe’s most recent letter to the Minister (19 May) on the School Website as well as the list of suspended works that relate to the $962,000 discrepancy.


I once again ask everyone for your support by emailing or writing to Minister Dixon, specifically asking that this discrepancy be addressed so that our students get what was originally intended. A few minutes of your time can mean so much for our students and for our community. In anticipation, I thank you for your cooperation and effort.

martin.dixon@parliament.vic.gov.au  or



The Hon. Martin Dixon, MP
Minister for Education
GPO Box 4367



Welcome to new Staff members:

I welcome the following staff into our learning community:

Katie Hill (Art)

Ewan Humphreys (Business Management – SOSE)

Sukantala Nagesan (Laboratory Technician)

I wish them all well and hope that their engagement with Eltham High School will be of benefit to our students and for each of them personally.


Student Achievement:

In the week leading up to our whole school assembly where we will recognize the “Pursuit of Excellence” of our students and staff I wish to congratulate the seven students Mitchell Green (Year 10, STEWART HOUSE), Kris Battyanyi (Year 10, RUTTER HOUSE), Rosalie Bartolo (Year 9, STEWART HOUSE), Kia Centonze (Year 9, RUTTER HOUSE), Madeleine Charisis (Year 9, ANDREW HOUSE), Rhyannon Perkins (Year 9, RUTTER HOUSE), Morgan Taylor (Year 9, STEWART HOUSE) who on Saturday 21 May competed in the Radio Kita 3ZZZ , 92.3FM Poetry Recitation Competition at the Indonesian Consulate. These students have pursued and achieved excellence through the great effort that they put into their preparation for the competition and into their language studies. I commend them for their hard work and commitment. Furthermore I wish to acknowledge Madeleine Charisis (Year 9, ANDREW HOUSE) who was awarded second place in the competition. Madeleine is currently undertaking Year 10 Indonesian as an enhancement subject and her award is well deserved. Both first and third places were awarded to Year 11 students.   Congratulations also go to their teacher Mrs Pompa Brady for the support that she has provided to these students.


I also congratulate the three students Nada Hasan (Year 7, EVERARD HOUSE), Sarah Burke (Year 9, STEWART HOUSE), Emily Everett (Year 9, RUTTER HOUSE) who have been selected to represent our school in the 2011 Indonesian Speaking Competition - Victoria organised by The Victorian Indonesian Teachers' Association. The finals will take place later this week. These students have also made a strong commitment to their preparation and the study of the language. I commend the work of their teacher Ms Shukor for the support that she has provided these students.


Recognition of Past Student:

I just received information that past student and Tasmanian lawyer Alexander (Sandy) Duncanson (Class of 1990) died recently at the age of 37, after surviving cancer for sixteen years. I am told by those who knew him that Sandy spent his too short life demonstrating the values that Eltham High School instills in its students. In 2002 Sandy visited Woomera Detention Centre and interviewed refugees seeking asylum. At the time he was still a law student and this experience had a lasting impact, inspiring Sandy to dedicate his working life to social justice.  In recognition of Sandy’s commitment to social justice, his friends and family have established a fund in his name through the University of Tasmania Foundation.


The Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund will grant a bursary each year to a University of Tasmania student with a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Applicants will be asked to nominate a social justice project or activity, and to explain how they will use their bursary to support it.  This may involve working with an established organization on a recognized issue, or involve an entirely new initiative.


The University of Tasmania will also hold a public lecture in Sandy’s name each year, inviting prominent commentators, activists and academics to speak about social justice.  Bursary recipients will also be invited to share the outcomes of their project or activity at this event.


The lecture will raise awareness of social justice issues amongst UTAS students and staff, legal practitioners and other professionals, and across the wider Tasmanian community. The inaugural Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture was hosted by the Faculty of Law on Monday 2nd May and delivered by The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG “My Journey with Social Justice”. 


Contributions to the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund can be made as once-off donations or recurring donations at intervals of your choice. All donations are tax deductible. Your donation can be anonymous or named.


Donate online now or download a donation form or phone 03 6226 1920.

Download PDF copy of the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund Flyer


I thank Ros Spence (past student) who informed me of this news.


Vincent Sicari




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.


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


Year 7 Girls (only) Immunisation Reminder

The Nillumbik Community Health Service team will be back this Thursday 26th May at the beginning of Period 1 to issue the HPV Cervical Cancer – Dose 2 to Year 7 female students only.

We suggest that students be vigilant and ensure that they have eaten breakfast and have had adequate fluids prior to the immunisation.


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

                Group 2 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.



This week it was the Intermediate Band's turn to go 'on tour' to the Anglesea / Geelong area.  We look forward to hear about their adventures!


For the calendar ... very important ... 1st June 7.30pm at George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar ... our Mid Year Concert.  All ensembles performing.  Ticket order forms have been given out at ensemble rehearsals [Intermediate Band will receive theirs today] Orders to be made, left at the music office.  Tickets can be picked up after ordering the same or next day.  Please note that Jill is not in the office on Fridays.


Training Band - new shirts for boys - these are now available for pick up at Spurlings in Greensborough.


If you have any queries about uniform, especially Training Band, please contact Jill on 9430 5127.  Skirt kits for the strings ensembles - we are still waiting on a fabric order.

Included in this newsletter is a little summary of the Concert Band Tour last week from band leader, Danny O'Donnell...


Concert Band Tour 2011 (18th - 20th May)

During last week, Eltham High School's Concert Band toured Greater Bendigo, visiting areas such as Daylesford, Castlemaine and Bendigo itself.  Throughout the three day tour, the Concert Band performed to a variety of schools and participated in a 'combined bands' workshop.  The tour gave members of the concert band an opportunity to showcase and improve their efforts prior to the mid-year concert.  Though the conditions were somewhat cold, fun was had by all!


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

Jill Browne, Music Office



School Sport finals

The inter boys and girls and senior boys and girls volleyball teams now go on to play in the State final at MSAC on Thursday the 26th of May.

The draw is as follows:

Senior Boys

10.00am  Victoria University v Eltham

11.30am  Loser match 1 v McKinnon S C

1.00pm   McKinnon v Winner match 1

Senior Girls

10.00am  Footscray City C v Eltham

11.30am  Loser match 1 v Westall S C

1.00pm   Westall S C v Winner match 1

Intermediate Boys

10.00am Copperfield SC v Eltham

11.30am Loser match 1 v McKinnon S C

1.00pm  McKinnon v Winner match 1

Intermediate Girls

10.00am Maribyrnong S C v Eltham

11.30am Loser match 1 v Upwey HS

1.00pm  Upwey HS v Winner match 1

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 8.00am.  The last game starts at 1.00 pm so we should be back at school by 3.30 pm.

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

Junior Volleyball Competition

Games have been cancelled for this week due to year 9 camps/work experience/state volleyball finals and anything else that may be on.

Volleyball Payments

Volleyball payments for participation in the volleyball program and Victorian Schools Cup are due now. 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 which 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.


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


This will be the first of many updates in the newsletter.


Firstly I would like to congratulate the 4 senior school Student Leaders, Jessica Allen, Rikki - Lee Burley, Jaimie Russell and Brooke Riddell - for their time and effort in choreographing dances and running rehearsals. They are enthusiastic and doing a great job.


Rehearsals are still running at lunch and are now also after school on Tuesday nights, however numbers are beginning to dwindle. It is important that all performers attend as it is hard to work on positioning when half of the group is not there! Also it is disheartening for those who are doing the right thing.


Next week we will begin an out-of-school raffle to raise money. Money will help to cover costs for both the performance and performers!! Prizes include hampers for girls, boys, women and men. Tickets will cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Prize donations, sold tickets and money should be brought to Junior School (Miss Gannon).


If there are any queries please contact me via email on; gao@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Brooke Gannon


Canteen Roster

MAY 2011

Wed 25th

Christine Farrugia, Ann Hawting

Thu 26th

Pearl Yung, Karen Biddiscombe, Jane Weinert

Fri 27th


Mon 30th

Joanne Agar, Jan Williams

Tue 31st

Robyn English, Jacqui Howe


Please note that as the “Report Writing Day” date has changed we now require volunteers for Thursday 16th June. Please contact Gael on 9430 5122 if you can assist on this day.  Thank you.


Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.



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





Wed 25

Transition - Yr 9 WE Program Grp1

Yr 8 Round Robin (football, soccer, netball, badminton, Yr7-9 girls football) Permission slip & $7 cash payable direct to teacher on day.

Art - VCE Drama Unit 1  Ensemble Performance

 Thu 26

Yr 7 girls Immunisations at beginning of Period 1

Yr 10 Work Experience

Yr 9 Camp

Fri 27

LOTE – Yr8 B,D,G,H,J Melbourne Zoo

             (Endangered species)

Yr 10 Work Experience

Yr 9 Camp

Mon 30


SAC Week

Music – Workshop in Jazz & Stage Bands

Tue 31

Science – Earth & Stars Fieldwork

Sport – Intermediate Round Robin

            (Football, soccer, netball, badminton)

Policy & Planning Meeting

Photoshop Basics – Living & Learning Nillumbik

Wed 1 June

Science – Earth & Stars Fieldwork

Music – Mid Year Concert – Yarra Valley CEGS

Thu 2

Sport – NMR Athletics – Meadowglen

Fri 3

VCE Unit 1 Concludes

Art – MS Painting Fieldwork – ACCA Southbank

LOTE – Yr8 A,C,E,F&K Melbourne Zoo (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 and sporting events are due to the teacher on the day of the event.




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




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 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.



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

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 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


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




Community Announcements/Advertising



Chess Club News

Chess club meets at lunchtime on Wednesdays.  No cost involved.  Bring your friends and wander in anytime for a game.


Here's a puzzle to warm up your chess brain cells!  A neat checkmate, see if you can spot it.


White to move and checkmate.

Answer available at the chess club this Wednesday.