Term 2 Week 9 - Tue 21st June 2011

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End of Term 2 – Friday 1st July (2.30pm dismissal)

Start of Term 3 – Monday 18th July



Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

I congratulate all the members of the Junior Choir who excelled in the most recent “Eisteddfod by the Bay”. The following students competed in this event as one of eleven choirs and came home with the winning trophy. This is an outstanding achievement for the students, their conductor, Ms Lynlee Williams and for our school. We are very proud of them and look forward to their next their next adventure.





Andrew House




Everard House




Rutter House




Rutter House




Everard House




Andrew House




Rutter House




Rutter House




Andrew House




Rutter House




Rutter House




Everard House




Everard House




Everard House




Rutter House




Stewart House




Rutter House




Andrew House




Stewart House




Andrew House




Rutter House




Andrew House




Stewart House




Everard House




Rutter House




Stewart House




Everard House




Andrew House



SAYEMBARA LISAN 2011 - Annual Indonesian Speaking Competition:

I congratulate Nada Hasan (Year 7 – Everard House) for having been awarded third prize in the annual Indonesian Speaking Competition. This is a great achievement and a fantastic effort on behalf of Nada as well as her teacher Ms Sha Shukor and the language assistants Rahmi Asep-Safitri and Erin Oliver. Nada will be recognized at a function held at The Charles Pearson Theatre, University of Melbourne on the evening of Friday 29th July. A very positive outcome!


Asia Literacy Ambassadors Project:

Nine of our Year 10 Indonesian Students – Kate Armstrong (Everard House), Kris Battyanyi (Rutter House), Mitchell Green (Stewart House), Tara Hardy (Stewart House), Isabelle Mayne (Everard House), Ebony Lee Saddington (Andrew House), Emily Voss (Rutter House), Michelle Williams (Rutter House), Alicia Wilson (Andrew House) were provided with a fantastic learning experience through their participation in the Pilot Work Placement Program for the Asia Literacy Ambassadors project in association with Specialist Link. Through the initiative the students were able to take their learning out into the community in a very genuine manner, and to gain insight into the opportunities that their learning is opening up for them.


The students were guests of a private company, Specialist Link, to translate a rather complex health document from English into Indonesian for the launch of the company into Asia in November. They travelled into the city and were welcomed into the Board Room of the company situated on the 40th floor of a building in William Street. There they received a presentation on the history of the company, its founder and the venture that the company is going to launch into Asia, beginning with Indonesia. With an understanding of the document that had been prepared in English and its aid in terms of what information it was hoping to convey about the business, the students then worked in small groups to translate the various parts of the document into Indonesian. When they had completed their translation they typed it up and orally presented each of their sections, in Indonesian, to the company founder, a member of the management team and a representative from AsiaLink (University of Melbourne). The students enjoyed a "working lunch" and made many suggestions to the company representatives based on their knowledge of Indonesian society and culture, about issues they thought may be encountered in launching such a service into Indonesia (Internet based allied health consultations with Australian Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, etc.). They also had the opportunity to hear from the company founder and manager about living and working in Asia and the opportunities available there.

The huge benefits from this event resonate with the fact that this was a real life situation and experience, with a genuine outcome being sought. The students presented with great confidence and demonstrated a high capacity to tackle the task which they approached conscientiously. All students were happy with their efforts and expressed a very positive view regarding the experience (some even deciding that perhaps the 'corporate life' was for them!)


In congratulating the students I also wish to commend the work of their teacher Mrs Pompa and the language assistants Rahmi Asep-Safitri and Erin Oliver for their contribution to the students learning and preparation for this event. This is yet another example of how our students, teachers and support staff continue to make us proud.


Kids Teaching Kids Conference:

I congratulate the six students who have been selected to represent our school at the ‘Melbourne Kids Teaching Kids Conference’. Lisa Girbau (Year 11, Everard House); Tissa Schwindt (Year 11, Rutter House); Chloe Morriss (Year 11, Everard House); Phoenix Goozee (Year 11, Rutter House); Joely Mitchell (Year 11, Everard House) and  Monique Van Oorschot (Year 11, Everard House) will be attending the conference on Thursday and Friday 23 and 24 June.


The theme of this year’s conference is water quality and is sponsored by Melbourne Water. The conference aims to educate students about environmental issues as well as developing young leaders to pave the way to a more sustainable future. During the conference the students will be participating in activities at Etihad stadium including the opening ceremony and workshops. They have also been invited to attend a conference dinner and will visit Melbourne Zoo. I thank Ms Katie Reed for her support in the organization of this experience for our students and commend her for the support that she provides for them. Furthermore I acknowledge the Shire of Nillumbik for its provision of a grant to fund this opportunity. We look forward to the students report in the next edition of the Community Newsletter.


Grounds Committee:

The Grounds Committee is a Committee of the School Council. Its main role is to support the ongoing development and maintenance of the school environment and its work is greatly valued and enjoyed by the entire school community. The Committee is made up of a group of highly dedicated volunteers who identify, plan and undertake (with the support of the community) the necessary work to ensure a safe and pleasant learning environment for students, staff, and other community members who make use of the school facilities after school hours. Further to this The Committee provides an avenue for the development of very positive relationships amongst members and the camaraderie that it supports is fundamental to the work that gets done. There are still members in The Committee whose children have long left Eltham High School. The Committee is looking for new members. You don’t need to have any particular skills to join the group any skills that you bring to The Committee will be highly valued. I ask that new families to the school consider becoming part of The Committee, particularly parents of our Current Year 7 and 8 students who will benefit from the work of the group for many years to come.  Please consider becoming part of this group and supporting the succession of the wonderful work that we do together. If you are interested please contact Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or sca@elthamhs.vic.edu .au. Your name and details will then be passed on to Mark Croft (President of the Grounds Committee) who will be in contact with you.


Student Safety:

I ask all members of our community to take great consideration around student safety during peak traffic times of the day; the morning drop off and the afternoon pick-up. Of recent we have had a small number of uncooperative drivers who have impinged on the safety of our students.


There is a weekly report on the newsletter as to what work is planned to be carried out over the following week in relation to the building works and how this will affect the traffic management system particularly at the Withers Way entrance of the school. I ask that all parents who drive their children to school make a point to read this so that you are informed of what is happening and how this may affect you. Student safety is the number one priority and once again I ask you for your support.


It is important that you support your child’s timely arrival to school of a morning. There have been a number of occasions of late when parents arrive at the front of the school close to 9:00 am or even later; classes start at 8:55 am, the warning bell for period 1 sounds at 8:45 am, every child should be in the school by this time. Late arrivals tend to cause a level of panic in both the driver and the student and safety is often compromised.


Members of staff on duty have been placed in difficult situations because of thoughtless driving and or parking which impinge on student safety. They have had to deal with some less than ideal situations and on occasions have been verbally abused. This is not appropriate behaviour and it is unacceptable.


In order to minimize the amount of traffic during the period of the building program, if your child can arrive at school via some other means outside of being driven to the school I ask that you encourage them to do so. If you must drive and pick up your child from school then I ask that you plan with your child where an appropriate and safe drop-off and pick-up point might be. I suggest that you consider the Ely Street end of the school or some other place close by which alleviates you having to drive right up to the front gate of the school.


We need to work on this together and again I ask for your support. Unfortunately if the situation does not improve both at drop-off and pick-up times, in the interest of student safety we will have no other option but to engage the support of traffic officers from the Shire of Nillumbik or the police.



Vincent Sicari







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.





The Grounds Committee hosted another successful Working Bee even on the 19ths June with a healthy 50 volunteers in attendance. Thanks to those who made the Winter sacrifice to attend and make a difference to the Working environment of the school for those who teach and lean in this valuable educational institution. As usual these events would not be as successful as they are without the leadership of the Grounds Committee members who take charge of tasks on the day, provision for food and drink and just make people who attend, often for the first time, comfortable in this volunteer environment. Most of the tasks planned were successfully negotiated and as usual the whole campus looks a lot cleaner and more loved for the efforts of those in attendance. Below is a summary of the tasks that were completed on the day:-

1.   Further construction of the retaining wall seating on the Eastern side of the 600’s block. The project is progressing well.

2.   A further 20 metres of post and pipe fence was constructed in the same area as above. All of the materials for this task were recycled from the area of the new construction area last year prior to demolition. A great saving. Well done.

3.   A major cleanup, prune and mulch on the south and Western sides of the stadium complex

4.   A significant pressure cleaning exercise was completed adjacent to the 700’s wing on the bricks as well as the pavers in the Memorial garden complex. It looks so clean now.  Well done crew. Let us get rid of chewing gum!

5.   Mowing and brushcutting again was competed over the entire campus including the Bell Street frontage to the road. An excellent result.

6.   70 new plants were found homes on the Western boundary. Most were staked and bagged.

7.   The rabbit proof fence surrounding the environmental area that the end of the tennis courts was repaired and hopefully make childproof. I am testing you here readers.

8.   Sweeping particularly in the courtyard precincts was again successfully negotiated.

9.   A lot of rubbish was collected over the entire campus and deposited appropriately.

10. A number of redundant bollards on the East side of 601 were removed and relocated to the storage area adjacent to the bike shed.

Again a big thank you to our valuable volunteer base (acknowledged below) who come along and make a difference to the environment of our school. It would be great to see a few more volunteers from the year 7 and 8 class years as your children will be the beneficiaries in the coming years of what we now construct for the future.

John Coates, John Prenc, Mick Kennedy, Sue Washington, Steve Moon, Simon MacDonald, Philip Green, Frank Medcalf, Leo Adamson, Bruce Voisey, Matt Jones, Catherine & James Neil, Suzie Gerrard, Pete Green, Nigel Alexander, Ross Alford, Paul Garth, David & Lisa Norden, Bron & Mick Cervinka, Marian, Trevor, Jamal & Maneesha Trotter, Rick Klink, Richard, Kamilla & Zofia Laxton, Michael Bachelerd, Chris Morrison, Craig Lacey, Ian & Anne Owens, Hermina Burns, Sue Gwilym, Vincent Sicari, Bill Taylor, Christine Farrugia, Gabrielle Cornford, Naughty Sea Monkey, Mark Croft and Leanne Ipsen

Our next Working Bee is now not until 21st August which is a couple of months away. Please put this in your diaries and come and make a difference to your child’s learning environment. Looking forward to your anticipated support in August.


John Coates for the Grounds Committee



Work is now progressing quickly on the new buildings.  The timber frame is up for most rooms in the administration and food areas, the steel frame for the drama area is complete and most of the pre-cast concrete panels are now in place for the performance centre.  The steel frame for this area is currently being erected.  Work will be completed later during the week.  

As a consequence, vehicle access into the school at Withers Way will not be available when the steel work is being erected.  Similar interruptions will occur when the concrete floor is being poured and roofing materials arrive.  The school will continue to provide advance notice in the Community Newsletter and also in the Student Bulletin concerning interruptions.   Your patience during these times is requested.  There have been some actions by parents driving students to the school that have not been helpful for the well being of others.

Over the recent weeks there have been a number of intermittent interruptions to the electricity supply at and also coming into the school.  A new supply main is to be installed during the upcoming term break.  We are hopeful that this work will overcome a number of the problems that have been experienced. 

The builder is working hard to complete stage 1 of the works.  The current expected handover date for this stage of the works is at the end of September this year.


Bruce Martyn – Project Manager




Senior boys and Girls training resumes this Wednesday morning at 7.30 am

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. Students are also responsible for payment of registration to Volleyball Victoria this year. Go to the volleyball Victoria website to register.

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-. tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Level One Referees Course

Has your team got a level one referee? On Monday the 20th June a referee course will be run for students. It will take place in room 003 in the stadium from 4.00 – till 5.00 pm each Monday, after the year 7 competition, for three weeks (June 20, 27 and july18). Students interested in becoming a level one volleyball referee should see Mr Thomas for details.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

8th November – Northern Zone Volleyball finals – year 7 and 8.

16th November – North East Conf Volleyball finals – yr 7&8.

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

5th - 9th December - Australian Volleyball Schools Cup



Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator






EHS has a tax deductable Building Fund.  This is used to improve school facilities.  Over the years there have been many areas where the funds have been used around the school to improve facilities. Over the past two years there has been an extensive use of Building Fund donations.  Some of the works undertaken includes; upgrade of the Library and adjoining 400s Block classrooms, installation of data projectors and LCD televisions throughout the school as well as upgrading rooms in the 600s Block for Media, Photography and Technology subjects.  


These works have made real improvements for student learning.  Your donation is tax effective and now is the ideal time to make a Tax Deductible donation just prior to the end of the financial year.





Bump into the conductor of the Junior Choir and she'll be all smiles.  That's because the group won their section against 10 other competitors at the 'Eisteddfod by the Bay' last Thursday!  Congratulations to the students, their conductor Lynlee Williams and their accompanist Jodie Lockyer!


This week the Symphonic Band are on their tour. They left on Saturday morning for Canberra and they'll make their way up to Sydney where they will fly out on Friday afternoon.  We wish the students and accompanying staff - Ingrid Martin, Aaron Vreulink, Monica Lamperd, Mark Shiell and Trevor Jenkins a fantastic time!


Please note that even though Mr Vreulink is not available this week for Training Band, rehearsal is ON!  Ms Anna Camara will be taking the band bright and early on Thursday morning.


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


Jill Browne, Music Office




Cyber Outreach - Internet Safety Awareness

Parent workshop on how to keep your children safe when they are on-line run by Nillumbik Community Heath Service.


When:  Monday 27th June 7 -8.30 pm  

Where:   At Eltham College Performance Centre 1660 Main Road Research


How to register:  phone Lisa Spratt on 9430 9100 or email   lisast@nchs.org.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.



Year 9 Work Experience 2011-06-19

The dates for work experience are Monday Dec 5th – Friday Dec 16th. As this is a two week placement students are encouraged to find two different employers.  Each one will need an individual form to be completed. The final day for submission of arrangement forms is Friday November 18th. For students who are not fifteen at this time they will need to make private arrangements for this period. They will have the opportunity to complete multiple placements in year 10 throughout the year if they wish. Get in early and avoid the rush!


Other important dates

Zoo Victoria 2012 (includes Healesville and Werribee) - Applications open August 1st



Museum 2012     Applications open Sept 1st



Victoria Police 2012    Applications open Sept 1st



Year 10 Career Voyage program

Students who have not completed this career exploration program there will be catch up sessions organised during class time before the end of term.


William Angliss Open Day Sunday 7th August – Saving people from desk jobs!


Indulge in foods - wander through butchery, grab a snag and line up for a delicious macaroon.

Love our resorts - watch our dive demos and get a massage and spa treatment

Think Hospitality - explore all the possible careers in hospitality through our interactive displays

Explore the campus, take a tour, speak to students and course coordinator, and learn how William Angliss can save you from a desk job!


Ross Pringle – Careers and Pathways Co-ordinator



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. 

BPay Logo Vector DownloadParents are welcome to contact the cashier on 9430 5118 to arrange payment by credit card at any time.


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.



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





Canteen Roster

JUNE 2011

Wed 22

Adrienne Harris

Thu 23

Jacinta Speakman, Nicole Brittain

Fri 24

Linda Turner, Robyn Bulman

Mon 27

Robyn Flanagan, Michele Courtney

Tue 28

Melissa Smythe, Michelle Chequer

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122





Wed 22

Music – Symphonic Band Tour

OES – Unit 4 Fieldwork (Queenscliff)

Thu 23

Music – Symphonic Band Tour

Science – 6 x Yr12 Enviro Ed Students Kids Teaching

Sport – NMR Cross Country

Fri 24

Music – Symphonic Band Tour

Science – 6 x Year 12 Enviro Ed Students Kids Teaching

Mon 27

SAC Week

Tue 28

Photoshop Basics – Nillumbik Living & Learning

Thu 30

HPE – Yr11 HHD Fieldwork  - Mercy for Women

Fri 1 July

Community Tour – Africa & Tanzania

TERM 2 ENDS at 2:30pm

Mon 18 July

TERM 3 COMMENCES at 8:50am

Tue 19

Sport – SSV Cross Country

Music – Training Band Rehearsal (Fern Gully)


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.





Maths staff are 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






Community Announcements/Advertising



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Art and cooking classes for kids • Arts for health • Life drawing • Painting • Hebel block sculpture • Wire sculpture • Linocut printing • Mosaics • Pottery • Art and pottery open studios • Christmas crafts • Jewellery making • Felting • Soap making • Flower design • Knitting for beginners • Sewing for beginners • Digital photography • Photoshop • Guitar • Piano/Keyboard • We can all sing! • Creative writing • Genealogy • Public speaking • Bookkeeping • MYOB • First aid • Food Safety • RSA • Computer courses • Hairdressing at home • DIY double glazing • Mums’ wellbeing group • Kinesiology • Massage • Yoga • Reiki • Pilates • Tai Chi & Qi Gong • Meditation • Natural skin care • Feng Shui • French, Italian & Spanish language courses • Home brewing • Wine appreciation • Nationally Recognised Qualifications in Children’s Services, Aged Care, Home and Community Care, Disability • and much more!


Eltham   9433 3744     Diamond Creek   9433 3766      Panton Hill   9433 3799






Internet Safety Awareness...


Come along to this free

session on how to help your

children stay safe online


Young people today are immersed in digital technologies.

They use the internet and mobile phones to socialise, study,

exchange ideas and play.


While online activity has many benefits, there are also risks.


Nillumbik Community Health Service is committed to

helping students develop appropriate behaviours when

using digital technologies, both at school and home.


A Cybersafety Outreach - Internet Safety Awareness

presentation will be held on:

Monday 27th June, 7pm - 8.30pm

ELTHAM College Performance Centre,

1660 Main Rd, Research.


To register your attendance, please contact Nillumbik

Community Health Service

Phone: 03 9430 9100 or

Email: Lisa Spratt at lisas@nchs.org.au





School Holiday Rides

Hourly 10am. – 4pm.

Sundays and Wednesdays


Opening Dates – July 3, 6, 10, 13,17


For more information visit our website at www.yvr.com.au