Term 2 Week 6 - Tue 31st May 2011

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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


Semester 1 Examination Period:

Mid-Year exams begin next week with Year 10 students engaging in this examination period on the 6 and 7 June. Year 11 and Year 12 (for those subjects that set mid-year exams) will take place between the 6 and 15 of June. All students undertaking a Unit 3 & 4 subject this year will need to sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) irrespective of having sat this exam in previous years. This will take place on Thursday 16 June. The Reporting Writing day is scheduled for Friday 17 June. I ask parents/guardians to arrange appropriate supervision of students (particularly younger students) at home on this day. Together with the Assistant Principals I have been visiting each class reminding students of the importance of continuing their commitment to their work and putting in their very best in relation to this assessment period. Semester two for VCE studies begins on Monday 20 June.  I take this opportunity to wish all the students the very best with their mid-year exams and we look forward to some excellent outcomes.


Student Achievement:

I congratulate all the members of the Intermediate and Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams that returned home victors of the School Sports Victoria Volleyball Championships. It was truly a clean sweep with each of our competing teams winning their competition.  Congratulations also need to go to their coaches who supported the students’ skills development over a period of time and of course to Mr Greg Thomas for his leadership of the program.


I would also like to acknowledge “the silent achievers” the lunchtime coaches and referees from the student body who not only support these outstanding outcomes but who generously commit their time and share their expertise for the benefit of the various teams. The referees at the State Volleyball finals were Maddi O'Toole (Rutter House), Colleen Mann (Stewart House), Katie Bett (Everard House), Tim Logan (Everard House), Mitchell Clamp (Rutter House), Gabby Seymour (Everard House) and Harrison Symons (Stewart House). Congratulations for an outstanding effort. Brodie Collins (Everard House), Gabby Seymour (Everard House), Georgia Ross (Andrew House), Michelle Harrington (Andrew House), Sam Richards (Everard House) and Daniel Notting (Everard House) support the coaching and some are also players themselves. Georgina Burley (Rutter House) and Laleina Kwara (Andrew House) help referee the in school games and Brodie Collins (Everard House) is also the hall manager for the after school competitions. What an exceptional effort from such a talented group of young people. A job well done!




I wish to congratulate Maddi O’Toole (Rutter House) , India Heys (Stewart House), Paige Goodwin (Stewart House) and Emily Voss (Rutter House) all members of the girl’s relay team that won gold at the State Championships earlier this year. This was once again an outstanding achievement for these girls and our school. Well Done!


I take this opportunity to congratulate Caitlin McGregor (Andrew House) who has been selected to represent Victoria in the Volleyball Championship at the School Sports Australia 15 years and under Championship event to be held in Mandurah, Western Australia from 13 – 19 August, 2011. I wish Caitlin all the very best with this opportunity and we will follow her progress with great interest.


Congratulations to Warwick Purchase of 7C (Stewart House). Warwick has been selected to participate in Baseball Victoria’s 2011 Kangaroo Touring Teams. The team will be travelling to San Francisco in USA from the 19 July to 7 August 2011. Warwick went through an exhaustive selection process to compete for a place in one of the three teams that travel to the USA or Japan. I congratulate him on his achievement and wish him all the very best with this opportunity. We will also follow Warwick’s progress with interest.


Eltham High School Debating:

Eltham High School WON two of our three debates on Monday May 30th 2011 in the Interschool Debating Round at Loyola College.


Congratulations to the following students:

A Grade: Secret Topic - “That we should prohibit Home Schooling”, Peter Shackleton (Andrew House), Sarah Klink (Rutter House) and Ben Hague (Andrew House) Loyola College won but Sarah was commended by the adjudicator for her persuasive arguments.

B Grade: Secret Topic - “That we should ban all Violent Sports” with Joely Mitchell (Everard House), Nathan Kerwood (Andrew House) and Aidan Puglielli (Andrew House). Nathan and Aidan were equal best speakers and the team won against Loyola College.

D Grade : Kate Dance (Everard House), Kate Glynatsis (Stewart House)and Madeleine Charisis (Andrew House) superbly argued “That we should ban Beauty Pageants”. Maddie was congratulated for annihilating the other team, St Monica’s College’s arguments.

A big congratulations and thank you to Ms Leanne Ipsen for her unfailing commitment to the team and for all the support that she provides. Any-one interested in a feisty discussion on Mondays in Room 104 is welcome to come into the warm, bring your lunch and participate in predicting the next secret topics.


Eltham High School Mosaic Project:

I congratulate all the students who were involved in the School Mosaic Project and who produced such a creative response to the theme of recovery. Stage 1 has already been installed in the Arts/Technology Courtyard. An invitation is extended to students to be involved in the second stage of the project. I congratulate Louise Heathcote (Student Support Worker) for her work in organizing such a fantastic opportunity for our students and I commend the involvement of local artist Kerry Kaskamanidis who has provided both guidance and her creative talent to the project.


Eltham Music:

I wish to extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to attend the Eltham High School Mid-Year Concert this coming Wednesday, 1 June at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre in Ringwood. The program promises a very entertaining evening with lots of outstanding performances from our bands and ensembles. However, the highlight of the evening has to be the debut of our 2011 Training Band. I am really looking forward to the evening and very excite about the Training Band’s first performance. I know that you will not be disappointed. If you haven’t purchased your tickets as yet please contact Jill Browne in the Music Office on 9430 5127 or bro@elthamhs.vic.edu.au



Vincent Sicari



Cashier Open Hours

Payments by cash can be receipted by the cashier from 8.40am – 3.00pm and EFTPOS payments until 4.00pm (excluding pupil free days).

Students can only make payments at the cashier window from 8.40am until 8.55 then at recess or lunchtime. 

Parents are welcome to contact the cashier on 9430 5118 to arrange payment by credit card at any time.


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Thank you.


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.



The Mid Year Concert - that's the talk this week.  Wednesday evening [1st June], 7.30pm at George Wood Performing Arts Centre [students to arrive by 7pm], Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Rd, Ringwood.


Tickets are on sale from the Music Office.  Send your order in and your child can pick up the tickets the same day.

EVERYONE should have their formal uniform ready, clean and pressed! 

Next week we have the Jazz Night.  This is at Montsalvat, Hillcrest Ave. Eltham on Monday 6th June, 7.30pm start.  Entry is $10 adult / $5 child/conc.  Drinks, tea and coffee will be sold on the evening.  Nibbles will be available!  There's a visiting group from New Zealand who will also perform along with our Stage and Jazz Bands ... and maybe a surprise from the staff!

Over the weekend there were some music competitions ... on Friday evening the Clasax Competition resulted in a 2nd placing for the Clarinet Choir, 3rd place for the Saxophone Ensemble, Encouragement awards for Clarinet Quartet and Trio and for solos Tom D'Ath on saxophone - a 3rd placing and Ali Prunotto on clarinet an Honourable Mention.


Sunday saw the Flute Ensemble receive a 3rd placing at the Flute Guild Competitions.  On all accounts they played very well!


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 were part of a history making victory last Thursday at the State volleyball finals.


This was the first year of a new format which has been run by School Sport Victoria. This saw Eltham teams travel to Bendigo for a North East conference competition in the lead up to the state final at MSAC. All teams went through four rounds of competition without losing a game. Well done to all teams.


At the state final the Senior Boys defeated Victoria University and McKinnon S.C.  Team members - Jordan Richards, Sam Brisbane, Darcy Sharples, Mitch Logan, Joel Henderson, Scott Coleman and Billy Glasgow.


The Senior Girls defeated Footscray City C and Westall S.C.

Team members – Georgina Burley, Hayley Pringle, Laleina Garsden, Renee Faulkner, Hayley Deards, Georgia Ross, Jasmine Tilley, Ella Heaney and Hannah Williams.


The Intermediate Boys defeated Copperfield SC and McKinnon S.C.  Team members – Luke Brisbane, Cale Skidmore, Josh Turner, Andrew Hague, Tom Ross and Sam Richards (Perry Mitchell, Matt Lester and Daniel Notting absent).


The Intermediate Girls defeated Maribyrnong S C and Upwey HS.  Team members – Miki Blair, Steph Harrington, Miki Burley, Cherie Vendramini, Tess Mimmo, Casey McCormick, Emily Voss, Cassie Stockton, Lucy Boyes and Caitlin McGregor.


Thanks to Ms Pascoe, Mr McCrystal and Liam Sketcher for coaching on the day.


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 immediately. If you are unsure of your payment status please check with me or the cashier.


Moonee Valley Tournament - 29th May

Congratulations to three year 8 teams that took part in a tournament in Essendon on Sunday. The year 8 girls teams finished first and third and the year 8 boys were runners up. Thanks to the parents that supported their young athletes.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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


Year 8 Football Report

The Year 8 Football team for 2011 took part in the Winter Round Robin played at Diamond Creek on Wednesday 25th May.  The squad of 27 played three matches, each one 40 minutes long.

In the first match against Diamond Valley Secondary College, the Eltham side was slow to get any flow of play established and gave away too big a lead to be able to win. The effort of the Eltham team was much better in the second half.

Against the eventual winners of the Round Robin, St Helena Secondary College, the half time score showed a dismal no score for Eltham and twelve goals to St Helena. Against all odds, the Eltham team came out to play a great second half, kicking four goals and restricting St Helena to five goals.

Eltham won their final match against Montmorency. In their best display for the day, the Eltham team settled down to play an attractive brand of football. Ben Nethercote provided the team with a lot of drive through the centre, and was well supported by Kyle Keenan and Joel Clamp on the wings. Ben Pain took a number of strong marks in defence while Dylan Karslake was winning in the ruck. Michael Luczkowski -Gibson slotted several telling snap shots through the goals at critical moments to keep the Eltham team in the lead when the final siren sounded.

Cameron McCormick of Year 8 was unable to play due to injury, but provided great leadership on the day by organising the rotations and the team line up.

The conduct of all team members in match play and before and after the games was exemplary.

2011 Year 8 Football Team List: Jackson Kanellos, Cody Johnstone, Joel Clamp, Chris Lynch, Kyle Keenan, Michael Luczkowski-Gibson, Trent Grindal, Sam Northcott,, Angus Robertson, Eden Simpson, Dylan Karslake, Ben Nethercote, Zac Shinton, Lachlan Campbell, Nick Johnson, Liam Fellowes, Jackson Deards, Callum Stevens, Chase Chequer, Aaron Smale, Cameron McCormick, Jack Fitzgerald, Kristian Amenta, Lachlan Holmes, Mitch Wallace, Harrison Russell, Ben Pain.


Max Balchin


Year 12        

UMATRegistrations: close 3 June; test: 27 July;

see http://umat.acer.edu.au



Deakin University is holding information evenings on courses offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.  When/where: 6-8pm, 12 July, Lecture Theatre 13, Building hc2.005, Melbourne Burwood campus; 6-8 pm, 14 July,


Take the opportunity to see why you might want to include VU in future study considerations. Tours available: When: 10am-3pm, Sun 26 June; Where: Footscray Park, Ballarat Rd; www.vu.edu.au/openday.

VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS – In 2012 the VCA is launching its new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), with specialisations in Contemporary Music, Dance, Film and Television, Music Theatre, Production, Theatre Practice and Visual Art. The degree has exhibitions, performances, concerts and production work. Info:  30 June www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/focusonmelbourne. NOTE: VCA has some unique application closing dates to allow for auditions and interviews; 29 Aug – application close for B. Fine Arts (Film & TV); 31 Aug – applications close for B. Fine Arts (Dance). See: www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/bfa.



Thank you to all students who arranged a placement and benefited from the experience and have a better understanding of the demands of full time work. For those who did not participate they are encouraged to seek a placement during term 3 in consultation with their parent, sub-school and Mr. Pringle.

YEAR 10 INFORMATION EVENING AT DEAKIN UNI – Hear from past Deakin students, faculty representatives, talk with current students and enjoy some PIZZA and PRIZES! The evening is 6.30-8pm, Wed 15 June at two locations: Melbourne Campus at Burwood and Geelong Waterfront Campus. Register at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/year10-11/info-evening-form.php.


The Year 9 Introduction to Work Experience program was well received and provided an understanding of OHS, arranging a placement and Tax File Number application process.

A follow up session of the program will be held on Monday 8th June period 3 and 4.

For parents wishing to have their child apply for a TFN through school the completed form will need to be returned to the Careers office by Thursday 9th June for processing and posting to the ATO. The TFN information will be mailed to the home address of the applicant.  From that date TFN applications will be processed on a monthly basis.


Ross Pringle – Careers & Pathways Co-ordinator


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.




Have you seen the beautiful new Mosaic in the Arts Courtyard??

Would you like to be involved in creating another one??

If you would please fill out a "commitment slip" available at Ms. Heathcote’s office near staffroom B and put it in the letter box on the door.

The project starts next week!!


Louise Heathcote


Collecting unwell students from school:

Now that Term 2 coughs and colds are running rampant, some students are feeling so sick that they would like to go home. Whilst this is not necessarily a problem, there is a process that needs to be followed to ensure that the school is aware of what arrangements are being made. The process is as follows: 

·         If a student is unwell during class, they should ask the teacher for permission to go to the Sick Bay

·         If a student is unwell during recess or lunchtime, they should go directly to Sick Bay

·         Once at Sick Bay, our School Nurse (Michelle Ford) will assess the student and decide if they need to go home, spend some time in Sick Bay or return to class.

·         If the student needs to go home, Michelle will contact the student’s parents to discuss the situation and arrange for the student to be collected from school.

·         When a student is being collected, parents need to report to the Office where they will be directed to Sick Bay.

It is important that this process is followed as informal arrangements such as students contacting parents directly can result in lots of wasted time as well as students leaving the school without the school knowing.  Please help us to implement this process and ensure that your child understands what to do if they are feeling unwell at school. 


Ross McKinnon – Junior School Leader


Canteen Roster

JUNE 2011

Wed 1st

Ruth Robinson, Anita Lucas

Thu 2nd

Ali Burley, Erin Russell

Fri 3rd

Sue Anderson, Cathy

Mon 6th

Jill Rachim, Emma Tamblyn

Tue 7th

Margaret Hilton, Karen Smith


Please note that as the “Report Writing Day” date has changed from our roster and 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.









JUNE 2011

Wed 1 June

Science – Earth & Stars Fieldwork

Music – Mid Year Concert – Yarra Valley CEGS

Thu 2

Sport – NMR Athletics – Meadow glen

Fri 3

VCE Unit 1 Concludes

Art – MS Painting–ACCA-(CANCELLED due to lack of forms & payments being received)

LOTE – Yr8 A,C,E,F&K Melbourne Zoo (Endangered species)

Mon 6

VCE - Unit 1 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Arts Drama – Monash Play Festival

Tue 7

VCE – Unit 1 Exams

Year 10 Exams

Arts Drama – Monash Play Festival

MS AFL Football Guest trainers

Photoshop Basics – Living & Learning Nillumbik

Finance Committee Meeting

Wed 8

VCE – Unit 1 Exams

Arts Drama – Monash Play Festival

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyoora

Music – Combined Jazz & Concert Bands – Dizzy’s

Thu 9

VCE – Unit 1 Exams

Arts Drama – Monash Play Festival

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyoora

Food Technology – food stall

Visit of Singapore Teachers’ Delegation

Fri 10

VCE – Unit 1 Exams

VCE – Unit 3 Concludes

Arts Drama – Monash Play Festival

Sat 11

Donydji Camp (until 20 June)

Mon 13

Queens Birthday Holiday (no school)

Tue 14

VCE - Unit 1 Exams

SAC Week

VCE – Unit 3 Exams

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyoora

Photoshop Basics – Living & Learning Nillumbik

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




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



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


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.













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Paying by instalments?

You can set & forget…………

Check with your banking provider as to how you can schedule regular payments as this process varies between banks.

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



Chess Club News

First EHS Chess tournament - this Friday.

Calling EHS chess players - first time EHS is taking students to play in a Chess Victoria tournament! The event is this Friday June 3rd, from 9:30-2:00pm.  It is held in Canterbury.  Students will travel to venue and back in private cars.  Cost is $15 per child.  If you are a strong player, there's a chance of qualifying to represent EHS at the Chess Victoria Secondary Open state final in Term 4, if you are not so strong then come for the experience and play some chess!

Please get a permission form from Mr. Jenkins and return it as soon as possible so transportation can be organised.


Answer to chess puzzle from last week:

White to move and checkmate.


White plays 1. Qa4+! Black has to get out of check.  1...Kb6 doesn't work because White can checkmate with 2. Qxb5#.  So Black must play 1...Ra5.  White now plays 2. Qc6+. Black's only way to get out of check is to block with the Bishop, so 2... Bb6.  White now has mate in one ... 3. Qc8#.









In June/July 2011, students aged 14 – 19 years from Europe, the USA and Latin America will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 2-10 months. Opportunities are available to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity. Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis.

Host families help provide each student with the chance to study and experience life in Australia. This is a great way to practice another language, share your stories, learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.

Our students bring with them their own spending money, health insurance and a wonderful attitude and desire to learn about their new host country. Your whole family….and your relatives and friends…. will grow and learn as you all get to know your new ‘son’ or ‘daughter’ from another land. If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today.

To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit our website. http://studentexchange.org.au/