Term 2 Week 7 - Tue 7th June 2011

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VCE Unit 1 Exams – Monday 6th June – 15th June

Queens Birthday Holiday – Monday 13th June (Public Holiday)

VCE Unit 3 Exams – Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 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:

I begin this report with a big thank you to all the members of our community who supported us through letters to Minister Dixon and ongoing encouragement in our toil to have a number of suspended works reinstated into our building futures project.


We have had a successful outcome! Minister Dixon has seen reason in our request and in doing so and to his credit has guided a positive resolution to the issue.


At a meeting yesterday morning with Mr Steve Lupton (Assistant General Manager – Infrastructure Division DEECD) and Mr Doug Harnetty  (Manager, Program Team 2 – Infrastructure Division DEECD) an agreement was reached that most of the suspended works would be re-introduced immediately into the  project. Consideration of the individual elements defined within the landscaping budget will define the specific works which will be introduced into the project at the same time.


In light of our current experience with unexpected works (e.g. the discovery of a diesel fuel storage tank, three metres below ground in the location of the new performance space which did not appear on any plans) it was agreed that funds also needed to be held over as contingency funds for any further unexpected works, hence the development of the new south-east car park and the extension of the western car park still remain as suspended works. The understanding and agreement is that since these works can be carried out close to the end of the project, dependant on the amount of money left in the contingency fund these works will be carried out at that time.


We did not achieve this outcome on our own and I want to acknowledge the consistent support that we have received from our local member and now Shadow Minister for Education Mr Steve Herbert. Steve has been behind us from the very start of this initiative. Most recently he served us well by consistently raising our issue in Parliament and requesting on our behalf that Mr Dixon honour the promise and commitment made to the Eltham High Community in the 2009-2010 State Budget. On behalf of our community I thank him.


In having achieved this positive outcome, I now ask all members of our community to cease writing to Minister Dixon on this matter. Once again many thanks for your support!


Student Achievement:

I congratulate Kyle Burns of 7D (Everard House) who Joins Warwick Purchase of 7C (Stewart House) having also 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. Kyle will be playing in a little League tournament around Danville, and will be billeted with a local family. Kyle has also undergone 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 follow Kyle’s and Warwick’s progress with interest.


Congratulations to the 8 students who represented Eltham High School at Chess Victoria’s Open Zonal Competition at Canterbury on Friday. Cameron Yung of 7K (Stewart House)

achieved the Star of the Tournament Award and two other students received credits, for many of the students this was their first tournament. Thank you to Mr McKinnon, Mrs Biddiscombe and Mrs Yung for their support of the fledgling Eltham High School Chess Club. The Club meets every Wednesday lunchtime in the 400s Seminar Room.


Work Experience Program:

With the completion of the Year 10 Work Experience Program, I take this opportunity to congratulate all the students who once again represented us in an admirable way within both the local and wider communities. Feedback from employers has been outstandingly positive and students’ own reflections on their experience emphasise the importance of programs such as this in informing the decisions that students and parents make in relation to future pathways. I congratulate Mr Ross Pringle (Careers and Pathways Coordinator) for his leadership in the organisation and implementation of this initiative, Mrs Rhonda Bonfante for her administrative support and all the staff who supported the program by visiting students and maintaining that contact with them and the employers during the time of the placements.  Most importantly I wish to thank all the members of the community that accepted our students into their workplace and provided such a positive experience for them. We look forward to your ongoing support.


Year 9 Camp and Leadership Program:

I congratulate the Year 9 students for their commitment and exceptional manner with which they engaged in both the Camp and Leadership Program. The feedback from staff on camp, and the organizers of the program has been nothing but positive. Well Done! I thank all the staff that supported this initiative by either being part of the camp and/or leadership program or taking extras for those participating. I thank and congratulate the Middle School Team for its great organization and an outstanding outcome.


Eltham Music:

I congratulate all members of the Music Faculty including all the conductors and of course the Music Secretary Jill Browne, on an outstanding Mid-Year Concert last Wednesday evening. Furthermore, I congratulate each and every performer on the night who gave of their all to produce an evening of exceptional entertainment and fun. The variety of performances was very well received by the audience and the students really demonstrated a sense of joy in their involvement with the program. I want to make particular mention of the Training Band. Its debut was a performance that will not be easily forgotten by either themselves or their parents.   Even though they only had six rehearsals prior to the evening their performance was outstanding.  A wonderful effort! It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the talent and vision of our Director of Music Mr. Mark Shiell who irrespective of the fact that he had little voice on the night he made himself heard through the exceptional performance, talent and skill of his team and the students in their care.   


Staff Changes:

I take this opportunity to inform you that Mrs. Helen Morris has retired from her full-time teaching position at Eltham High School as of Friday 3 June. However, as a way of providing continuity for her Year 12 Business Management class, Mrs. Morris will be employed by the school on a part-time arrangement until the end of the Year 12 program including the end-of-year examination period after which Mrs. Morris will move into retirement. To replace Mrs. Morris in relation to her other classes for the remainder of this year I welcome Mr. Ewan Humphreys who started with us as of Monday 6 June. Furthermore I welcome Miss Kate Hill who has returned to our learning community after having been a graduate of Eltham High School. Kate joins the Arts and Technology faculty replacing Jeanette Carter who retired at the start of Term 2. I wish both these new teachers all the best and I hope that they have a very positive experience from being part of our learning community.


Report Writing Day:

I draw your attention to the Report Writing Day which will take place on Friday 17 June.  Whilst Schools may organize this day to occur on a different date this is one of the Statewide approved student free days and as such students will NOT be required at school on this day.


I ask that parents make appropriate arrangements for the supervision of students at home on this day.


Parent/Guardian Alert:

I wish to alert parents and guardians to the dangers associated with young people engaging in conversation with strangers who may approach them when walking to and from school or in any other circumstance. There was a situation recently where two young female students were approached by a man driving a car alongside them who persisted in attempts to offer them a lift to school. The students reported this t to the school. The school immediately responded to this incident, including contacting the police.


As the first priority is the safety of all students, I ask that you have a conversation with your children about what is expected of them should a situation like this happen to them. Generally, we ask students confronted with such a situation not to engage with the person and continue to move away from them; to go to the nearest safe house and report the approach. Take details, and the number plate if possible. Immediately inform parents and the school.


I ask that you review with your child’s safety arrangements for coming to and going home from school from time to time.


Vincent Sicari





The Grounds Committee has scheduled its second Working Bee for term 2 on Sunday 19th June.  Following on from our last successful event we are again looking for a healthy number of volunteers to complete the range of tasks that have been planned. Again the main focus of our attention will be the new landscape project adjacent to the 600’s block and the cricket nets. If you have nominated the 19th June as your volunteer day you will be contacted by phone over the next few days to help with the organisation and catering requirements for the day.

The Working Bee kicks off at 9:00am and concludes at 12:30pm. Both morning tea and barbeque lunch are provided.  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 19th June Working Bee:-

1.   Further construction of the retaining wall seating on the eastern side of the 600’s block

2.   Extension of the post and pipe fence in the same area as above

3.   A cleanup and prune of the gardens surrounding the stadium complex

4.   Pressure cleaning of the pavers and bricks adjacent to the 700’s block

5.   Mowing and brushcutting across a range of areas on the campus

6.   Some planting along the western boundary

7.   Further mulching and cleanup of western boundary

8.   Repair of the rabbit proof fence surrounding the environmental area at the end of the tennis courts

9.   Sweeping in a variety of areas, in particular the carpark adjacent to the stadium and courtyard precincts

10. Further weeding of the environmental area at the end of the tennis courts

11. Cleaning of drains in the courtyard precincts

Please remember to bring protective clothing, hats, gloves and sunscreen.  Looking forward to your anticipated supported on the 19th June.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee



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



Reminder to all families that the Report Writing Day is on Friday 17th June.

Students are not required to attend on this day.


Eltham High School Chess Champions.

 Congratulations to all the students who competed in the Chess Victoria Zonal Tournament on of Friday June 3. Cameron Yung, Alexandra Biddiscombe, Jaime Sacchero, Josh Harris, Chris Page, Declan Gray, Ben Fitzpatrick and Josh Mallard spent the day in intense competition with a range of success, varying from a great day out through to 'Star of the Tournament'. All students are to be commended for their great sportsmanship, with special congratulations to the following students:



Keep your eyes on the Newsletter for information on forthcoming competitions, particularly the Term 3 Zonal Tournament. 


Ross McKinnon



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


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.



Work is progressing quickly with steel work erected for the dance room and timber framing going up in other areas.  The builder has now provided us with some important dates concerning the construction of the new performance space. 


This work will impact upon car access to the Withers Way car park and drop off point.  This area will not be available for parking or dropping off and picking up of students for the following times:


20 – 23 June 2011: Steel work is being delivered and erected

27 – 28 June 2011: Pre-cast concrete panels arrive.


Of course these dates are dependent upon weather conditions.  More information will be provided in next week’s Community Newsletter.


Traffic management arrangements will be in place to manage pedestrian and vehicle access.  Nevertheless, the use of alternate drop off points for students near the Leisure Centre or in Ely Street would help reduce traffic in the vicinity of the works.


Bruce Martyn




The Mid Year Concert was held last Wednesday evening ... a fantastic night of music!  Congratulations to our very talented students, our hard working music staff and the work of the Music Support Group.  Special mention to the Training Band and their conductor, Aaron Vreulink, on their debut performance.  With only six rehearsals, the standard of playing was extraordinary! 
Last night our Jazz and Stage bands along with a visiting group from New Zealand, showed their talents at the beautiful Montsalvat! A very appreciative audience enjoyed an outstanding night of music!

Not to be outdone, the Eltham Combined Primary Schools Band [under the umbrella of Eltham High School] and conductor Daniel Neal enjoyed 1st placing in their section at the Boroondara Eisteddfod.

With all this talent ... what's coming next?  The first week of Term 3 sees our Training, Intermediate and Concert Bands heading on music camp, with the Symphonic Band following a couple of weeks later.  They'll be preparing for the Melbourne School Bands Festival in August, followed by the Royal South Street competitions for the Intermediate, Concert, Symphonic and jazz ensembles in September.

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


Jill Browne, Music Office



Canteen Roster

JUNE 2011

Wed 8

Annette Lambert, Jacqui Harley

Thu 9

Danielle Ashby, Karen Cochrane

Fri 10

Craig Lacey, Yvonne Mitchell

Mon 13


Tue 14

2 volunteers required

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122.




Sporting Achievement Grant Program

Nillumbik Council has a Sporting Achievement Grant program which encourages and recognises the outstanding efforts and achievements of the Shire's residents by providing financial assistance to those individuals and clubs who meet the criteria.

Individual Grants:

State competition: $100

National competition: $150

International competition: $200

Team Grants:

State competition: $200

National competition: $300

International competition: $400


We have many students who through the course of the year are selected in state or National sport teams.  If you think you qualify please contact the council. 

Contact: Leisure Services Unit 9433 3130. Mr. Thomas has copies of the application form.


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.


Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

Students have received a notice concerning participation in the Vic schools cup. As it costs $350 per team to enter the competition we do not wish to be in the position where we are forced to forfeit any games over the weekend of July 30 and 31. If you are a member of a team and have a clash that prevents you playing any Vic schools cup volleyball game that weekend – please contact Mr Thomas this week before we put our entry in. Entries are due on June 10th. tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

8th Nov – Northern Zone Volleyball finals – year 7 and 8

16th Nov – North East Conference Volleyball finals – yr7&8

24th November – State Volleyball Finals – year 7 and 8

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




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 this week!!

Louise Heathcote


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 8.55am 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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BPay (Almost too easy….) is our preferred method of payment


Are you aware that you can set up a regular payment schedule to pay your account using BPay?


Refer to your banking provider for details.





JUNE 2011

Wed 8

VCE – Unit 1 Exams

Arts Drama – Monash Play Festival

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyoora

Music – Combined Jazz & Concert Bands

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)

Donydji Camp

Tue 14

VCE - Unit 1 Exams

SAC Week

VCE – Unit 3 Exams

Donydji Camp

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyoora

Photoshop Basics – Living & Learning Nillumbik

Wed 15

VCE - Unit 1 Exams

SAC Week

VCE – Unit 3 Exams

Donydji Camp

OES – MS OES Camp – Mt Kooyoora

School Council Meeting

Thu 16

GAT Exam

SAC Week

Donydji Camp

Music – Choir Comp

Fri 17


– no students required at school


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.



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



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



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BPay at EHS…………… Almost Too Easy

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

Congratulations to the EHS team of chess players who attended a Chess Victoria Interschool tournament on Friday.  8 students from years 7 and 9 ventured out to Canterbury and competed with other students from Billanook College and Brentwood Secondary College.  It was great to see them having a go at the tournament, many of them for the first time, with great sportsmanship.  We are hoping to attend another tournament in Term 3.  Chess players please keep your eyes and ears on further development!


I'm starting a series of coaching materials in these newsletter articles, using materials from the Northern Star Chess collectible cards.  I will select materials of varying levels, hopefully you will find something that interests you and your children.


This week, we start with a theory card.  Some relevant puzzles will come in following weeks.


Series 03, Card 36 – Theory Card: The Elastic Band Combination

       The Elastic band combination is only possible against a pin on a Knight.

       The Knight, with its unique movement, can execute an “elastic band” combination to win a piece or pawn.














Black to move: The White Bishop is pinning the Black Knight to the Black Bishop.

How can Black execute an ‘elastic band’ combination?

Answer: Black can execute an ‘elastic band’ combination to win a piece with

1…Nxd5 2.Bxe7 Nxe7.

If 2.cxd5 then 2…Bxg5.






http://www.cccranebrook.catholic.edu.au/_resources/netball.jpghttp://www.cccranebrook.catholic.edu.au/_resources/netball.jpg          Netball

‘Come and try day!’
All abilities netball

(for young people with a disability)

14 years and up girls and boys
Where: Diamond Creek Netball Courts

Melway Ref: 11 K 6
When: 18th June 2011   Time: 12 noon


Make sure you wear comfortable clothes! e.g. track pants and runners!

Be sure to bring a water bottle.

Join us for a sausage sizzle afterwards!

Contact Marg Hayes on 0400 008 394 or e-mail at mmhayes99@hotmail.com

We would love you to come along for the day and possibly a Netball Season full of fun, fitness and friendship!!!






Registrations from past, existing, new or inexperienced players for boys & girls Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 teams are now being taken. Fees: "EARLY BIRD SPECIAL": $80: before Saturday, 18 June (or $90: after 18 June but before start of season or $100: after start of season). Please see www.hurstbridgehurricanes.org.au (for registration form, DOB's & other info) or contact Sonia Cuthbert: 0417 594 426 or sonia.cuthbert@hurstbridgehurricanes.org.au




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/