Term 3 Week 1 - Tue 19th July 2011

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VCAL Information Night – Thursday 21st July - 7.30pm in the Library

VCE Information Night (for all Yr 10 Students) – Tuesday 26th July

(see newsletter notice for further details on times)



Principal’s Report


Welcome back:

Welcome back to all students and staff to the start of Term 3. There are many things to look forward to this term including planning for 2012. A number of information sessions will take place starting with the VCAL Information Evening this coming Thursday, 21 July, followed by the VCE Information Evening next Tuesday, 26 July. The Curriculum Design Team will be very busy discussing new curriculum offerings within the Middle School elective program and suggested changes to current offerings so that any decisions made can be included in the handbook. During this term, we also hope to appoint two Assistant Principals to start in January 2012 in the vacancies created by the retirement of Mrs Hermina Burns and Mr Trevor Jenkins. We also hope to have the first stage of the building program completed by early September. There is a lot happening and a great deal to think about and you can all be part of these initiatives.


I wish to welcome the following new staff into our learning community:

Mrs Terri Wood (VCAL/VET Co-ordinator)

Ms Eva Natsis (Student Support Worker)

Mr Max Balchin (English: Replacing Mr Stephen Ford on Leave for Term 3)


I also welcome back from leave:

Ms Rai Jones (Teaching and Learning Coach and Teacher of English),

Mrs Manuela Nicassio (Teacher of French),

Miss Michelle Harper (Senior School Coordinator and Teacher of English).


A small number of teachers are currently on leave for short periods of time and they have been replaced by casual relief teachers (we are trying very hard to maintain a high level of consistency with the teachers of these classes). These classes will have their permanent teachers return within the next two weeks.


Student Achievement:

I congratulate all the students both current and past who represented Victoria in the Junior National Volleyball Championships in Gawler, South Australia.

Sam Brisbane (Year 12, Stewart House);  Georgina Burley (Year 12, Rutter House);  Jordan Richards (Year 12, Everard House);  Cale Skidmore (Year 10, Stewart House);  Andrew Hague (Year 10, Andrew House);  Luke Brisbane (Year 10, Stewart House);  Cassandra Stockton (Year 10, Everard House);  Stephanie Harrington (Year 10, Andrew House);  Mikaeli Blair (Year 10, Andrew House);  Ella Heaney (Year 11, Stewart House);  Teigan Cloke (Year 11, Rutter House); Hannah Williams (Year 11, Andrew House);  Hayley Deards (Year 11, Andrew House);  Renee Faulkner (Year 11, Stewart House)  and Brodie Collins (Year 11, Everard House).

Past-students Sophie Paine (Year 12, 2010, Everard House) and Hillary Grubb (Year 12, 2010, Everard House) played in the U21 team. Petrice Fatchen (Year 12, 2007, Everard House) and Lena Skipper (Year 12, 2008, Stewart House) were assistant coaches.


In congratulating these students it is important to acknowledge that they not only represented our State but also our School.  I understand that our students contributed to Victoria winning the following medals:

Under 17 Women - Silver Medal

Under 17 Men - Gold Medal

Under 19 Women - Bronze Medal

Under 19 Men - Gold Medal

Under 21 Women - Silver Medal.


Further to announcing last term that two of our students have been selected to take part in the 2011 Victorian State Schools Spectacular, I take this opportunity to congratulate a third student Blythe Robinson (Year 12 – Everard House) who has also been selected for “The Spectacular”. I wish Blythe all the very best with this initiative.


Staff Acknowledgement:

I take this opportunity to thank Ms Julie Allen for her contribution to teaching and learning at Eltham High School in the last 26 and a half years. Ms Allen joined the staff at Eltham High School in 1984. During her time here Ms Allen has had a range of roles as a classroom teacher including teaching PE, Outdoor Ed, Health and SOSE she has also taken on various areas of responsibility including Careers Coordination and the VET VCAL Coordination. She has contributed greatly to a number of both curricular and co-curricular activities including the Evolve Program, the Volleyball program, World Challenge Expeditions, camps, sporting teams and excursions. Ms Allen has always demonstrated a keen interest in student welfare and well-being and this was a strong consideration in her teaching. On behalf of the Eltham High School Community, I wish her all the very best with any future ventures she wishes to engage with.


A reminder about 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 in 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.


Vincent Sicari




Year 10 students Not sure about next year? Or where you wish to go once you finish your secondary education. Perhaps VCAL is for you?



Thursday 21st July in the Eltham High Library

Beginning promptly @ 7:30pm


Application packages will be handed out, interviews and selection completed by the end of Term 3.


If you wish to have an invitation or a reminder posted home for your parents please email vetvcal@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

with your name, your parents/carers/guardians names and a POSTAL address.


Terri Wood – VET/VCAL Coordinator




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 changed your contact details? Please notify Cathy Cukier of any changes you have made ASAP Contact 9430 5113 or cuk@elthamhs.vic.edu.au





The VCE Information night is being held on the evening of Tuesday 26th July, 2011 for all current Year 10 students. Students, parents & guardians will be requested to attend in House groups commencing with Andrew & Everard Houses at 7:00pm in the 400’s open learning area (Library entrance).

Students in Rutter & Stewart Houses are requested to attend session two commencing at 8:10pm in the 400’s open learning area (Library entrance). 

VCE Handbooks will be distributed at the allocated times and VCE, VCE VET & VCAL program requirements discussed.  The evening provides an opportunity to meet with Key Learning Area teaching staff and view KLA displays.

This week, students will receive a notification slip informing them of their scheduled session time.

Further details are available from the Senior School Office.

Anna Panas

Senior School Team Leader




Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

Uniforms should arrive by the end of this week and will be given out at training. Players will also receive a schedule of game times and bus arrangements this week (depending on Vic schools cup draw coming out). Less than 2 weeks to go.


Eltham Volleyball Website

We are working toward updating the volleyball link on the Eltham High web page. This should contain all the volleyball info you need and the parent permission forms etc that you may have missed. Check it out.


School Sport Victoria State champion hoodies have arrived. Pay and pick up from Mr Thomas when you have training if you haven’t got yours yet.

Volleyball Jackets should also arrive this week. Keep your eye on the daily bulletin for an update.


Senior /Under 17 Girls Honours vs Division 1 vs U/17 girls – 3.30 – 5.00pm Thursday. Training and game. All girls in the above teams are required for training and practice games this Thursday after school.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

29 - 31st July - Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

8th November – Northern Zone Volleyball finals – year 7 & 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


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. I have copies of the Nillumbik sporting achievement grant application form if you require one.

Email - tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator




EMA – Education Maintenance Allowance

EMA applications for the second instalment are due by Friday, 5th August.


If you have already completed an application at the beginning of 2011, you need not submit another.


If your circumstances have changed and you are now an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit, you may be able to claim EMA. Please call into the school office to collect an application form.




Welcome back everyone!  Term 3 is the busiest term in the music department.  We start off with music camps, then Melbourne School Bands Festival and Royal South Street Competitions.  Top it off with our big September concert ... yes, its full steam!


First, music camps this week.  Tuesday the Training Band departs at 9am to Ferngully Lodge staying overnight and returning Wednesday at approximately 4.15pm.


Wednesday morning it's the Intermediate Band departing at 9am, overnight at Ferngully Lodge, and return at approximately 4.15pm on Thursday.


Concert Band departs at 8am [note the earlier time] on Thursday, Ferngully Lodge overnight and back at EHS at approximately 4.15pm on Friday.


Special note:  no regular rehearsals for these bands this week, due to the music camps


Next week information will be given to students regards the Melbourne School Bands Festival and Royal South Street competitions.


Any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127.


Jill Browne, Music Office



Australian Mathematics Competition

Reminder for all entrants in this year's competition, it's time to start practising. Visit the Australian Mathematics Trust website and try some practice papers. The address is: http://www.amt.edu.au/. The competition is on Thursday 4th August periods 1 and 2.





EHS Swim Squad resumes this term on Thursdays at Eltham Leisure Centre at 7.00am.


New members welcome!  Every level catered for with expert coaching from Neroli Nixon and Maddy Bennett.


We work on stroke correction and fitness but mostly it’s about having a fun time.  Don't forget we have hot chocolate in the staff room back at school after squad. 


Get fit for Summer!!!


Further details see Phil Boyd






The builder is progressing quickly, despite the very wet weather conditions that have been experienced over the past few months. This has delayed the project completion with Stage 1 handover now not expected until October 2011.


Nevertheless the works are taking shape.  The steel and timber frames are in place.  The precast concrete panels for the performance centre are in place and the 30m long roofing sheets have arrived.  Windows are being installed.  Block work for the new boiler room has commenced and heating pipes from the new boilers are being installed.


There have been significant levels of service works taking place.  Around the building works, new storm water drains are installed.  At the Ely Street end of the school, new electricity supply has been laid to the 700s and 900s block.  Work is also in progress to bring a new supply main in from the street to our main switch board.  Currently the conduits are being laid in readiness for the new supply that is expected to come on line in the next few months.  These works will improve the reliability of services to the school.


The floor to the performance centre has not yet been laid.  This will happen shortly and after this has been poured the heating engineers will be able to lay the in-slab heating system.  Once this is complete the final slab will be poured.


With the Stage 1 works not far off being completed we are looking at some of the fit out options that have recently been re-introduced to the project.  In particular are the landscaping works and audio/visual services to the performance centre.  There had been little certainty that the Department would allow these works back into the project.


It will not be too long before the next stage of the project commences, later in October.  This will be more difficult than the current works as it is in the centre of the school.  Hopefully this will all run smoothly as has this first part of the project.


Bruce Martyn – Project Manager



It’s time to get excited; the 2011 Rock Eisteddfod open Division is on Thursday 18th August at the Hisense Arena and tickets are for sale.

Eltham High school has been allocated 210 tickets at the moment with the possibility of purchasing additional seats if possible. Tickets are $50 each and must be ordered by the end of the day on Tuesday 28th of July. I realise that this is a very tight time line, but is not dictated by us. Any tickets we don’t purchase by this date will be offered to other schools and then to the general public.

All students involved in Rock Eisteddfod will be guaranteed two tickets providing your order is in by the due date). As not all students will need two tickets, please feel free to order and pay for as many as you like, we will happily refund any money for tickets we can’t provide.

All payments and queries should be directed to Ms Edrees in the science office. I can also be contacted on 9430 5165 or via email edr@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Thanks Naomi Edrees




JULY 2011

Wed 20

Music – Training Band Rehearsal Camp

Music – Intermediate Band Rehearsal Camp (until 21/7)

Thu 21

Music – Concert Band Rehearsal Camp (until 22/7)

Mon 25

SAC Week

Tue 26

MS Reports Online

Wed 27

Maths – Yr 8 Maths Games Day 8 Students

Thu 28

Maths – Yr 10 Maths Games Day 8 Students

Fri 29

Sport – Vic Volleyball Schools Cup (until 31/7)

Transition – KLA Presentations to Year 10’s


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.


Canteen Roster

JULY 2011

Wed 20

Julie Temple

Thu 21

Carol Stewart, Sue Ball

Fri 22

Julie Wright, Catherine James, Jenny McCormack

Mon 25

Christine Carroll, Jill Rachim

Tue 26

Cathy Horsfield, Jana Eustance

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122




The following Middle School Students have been involved in the second phase of the Mosaic Project. Charlotte Edwards, Clarissa Sparnen, Morgan Taylor, Kathleen Lund Alison Avram, Maddie O’Toole, India Heys, Paige Goodwin, Jessie Neil, Peta Scully-Wicks, Lucas Goodridge, Ashkr Audet, Isobel Rosenthall, Marie Price, Mikayla Alderton and Ruby Oakley.

Over several weeks the group has developed design ideas and explored the meaning and concept of Hope. They have worked as a team to come up with an overall design and implemented a team approach to creating four large panels of Mosaic which will continue the work done in term one with the Junior school group.  We are grateful to CAVE (Community and Volunteers of Eltham) for their generous donation of $500 to provide us with materials to create the Mosaic and ensure the growth and continuation of the project.  

Again, the group has worked in collaboration with art therapist/artist Kerry Kaskamanidis and myself. The students’ insight, creativity and ability to work as a team; exhibit leadership and commitment to the project and process have been a wonderful thing to observe and be a part of. I commend each and every one of them for their effort, persistence and team work. The panels will be installed in the Arts Courtyard (600’s) early in term 3 and I hope parents will take the opportunity to have a look at the work.

The third phase of the project will extend an invitation to the wider school community to create the final mosaic panel for the courtyard starting with a working-be in term three. If you are interested in being a part of the next phase of the project please contact me via email hea@elthamhs.vic.edu or phone – 9430 5177.

Louise Heathcote - Student Support (Bushfire Recovery)




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



Kids Teaching Kids Conference Report

On the 23rd and 24th of June, six Eltham High School students attended the Annual “Kids Teaching Kids Conference” for the first time. The Conference was run over two days. The first day was held at Etihad Stadium where we spend most of the day watching other school group’s presentations about their ideas of caring for the environment and water conservation.

In the evening we attended a gala dinner where Myf Warhurst (Spicks and Specks) was guest MC.  Harry O’Brien of Collingwood Football Club was also a special guest, as well as a special performance by the “Indigenous Hip Hop group.


The second day was spent at the zoo, where the groups moved through different workshops and activities which were all based around conveying the message about the harmful effects of pollution on our wildlife.


Overall, we had a really great time and learnt a lot about the environmental action kids can take and how we can convey these messages to the rest of the school.


We would like to thank our teacher, Katie Reed, for taking us on the excursion.


Lisa Girbau and Chloe Morriss


(in picture Joely Mitchell, Chloe Morriss, Lisa Girbau,

Myf Warhurst (from Spicks & Specks) & Phoenix Goozee)





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.


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.

































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Eltham High School provides this information as a community service, we have no arrangement or connection with either The Salvation Army Greensborough or PowerGroup Purchasing. Eltham High School has not verified the details of the information, this is the responsibility of any interested party. All questions need to be directed to Julie at the number below.


You are invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday 21st July at 2pm at the Salvation Army, cnr. Flodden Way and Glendale Roads, Briar Hill.  RSVP Julie 9432 1961.


The Salvation Army Greensborough Corps has been approached by PowerGroup Purchasing with a view to The Salvation Army Greensborough Corps facilitating the creation of a power buying group.


Briefly, PowerGroup Purchasing arranges discounted energy costs for their clients, who are banded together as a buying group, thus establishing a strong bargaining position.


The Salvation Army Greensborough Corps does not have any business relationship with PowerGroup Purchasing, and has no vested interest in the scheme.


As we understand the scheme, the buying group, via PowerGroup Purchasing, will ask for bids from rival power supply companies; each member of the buying group will be given an opportunity to take up a contract with the successful bidder.


The Salvation Army Greensborough Corps has agreed to distribute the expression of interest form, see below or obtainable from them, so that interested individuals can register. Clearly, the bigger the buying group, the more likely significant discounts can be achieved. The forms need to be returned to The Salvation Army Greensborough in time for us to advise PowerGroup Purchasing of the raw number of households registered by 31st August, 2011.