Term 3 Week 2 - Tue 26th July 2011

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VCE Information Night (for all Yr 10 Students) TONIGHT

(see newsletter notice for further details on times)

Middle School Reports – available via intranet TODAY



Principal’s Report


Congratulations Cadel Evans!



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Victory for Cadel Evans:

The Eltham High School Community joins the rest of the world to celebrate the victorious performance of Cadel Evans in the “Tour de France.” Cadel Evans, past student (Class of 1994) made history Sunday night by becoming the first Australian to win this prestigious cycling event.


This community has been following Cadel’s outstanding career over the years with great interest and excitement. Cadel’s teachers fondly remember him as a visionary, determined, committed and intense young man whose focus and excitement for cycling inspired many others.  One of his teachers (Orietta Wheatley, now retired) recalls in Year 10 during a session of Peer Support Leaders Training, students were required to bring to school "Something of Value". When it came to Cadel to show what he had brought for the activity he said: "I couldn't bring my thing of value because it's too valuable".  He was referring to his bicycle. Instead, he had brought his helmet.  He proclaimed on that day, that his ambition was to become a World Champion. The rest of the students were in awe of this young man who was quietly spoken but obviously ambitious and very clear about his ultimate goal.  He had made an impression!


In pursuing his passion Cadel was also very aware of the importance of completing his education and this remained a primary consideration as he drove himself to realizing his ultimate dream of making his mark on the world stage.


We are very proud of Cadel, he is an outstanding role model for our young people and through his commitment and determination he consistently demonstrates that each day lives the Eltham High School values as well as the relevance of our school motto, “Deeds Count” in our everyday life. Having the dream is inspiring but doing the deeds to fulfil the dream is exhilarating!


Students were asked to wear yellow to school on Monday 25 July to demonstrate support for Cadel and to celebrate his achievement.  Junior school students will be engaged in the creating of some art work commemorating this remarkable event and In Cadel’s honour the school will be offering an additional prize to the 2011 Year 12 awards which will become a yearly prize. The inauguration of the Cadel Evans prize for persistence, commitment and perseverance will be awarded at the Valedictory night in November.


We hope to have Cadel join us at Eltham High School during his next visit to Melbourne. Cadel is yet another example of our exceptional past students who have embraced their chosen pathways with passion and determination to make their mark in the world. The Eltham High School Alumni is something to be proud of and will always part of the Eltham High School learning community.


Our Congratulations Cadel!


VCE and Middle School Course Selections:

In the coming weeks VCE students (2012) and Middle School students (2012) will be involved in the course selection process. Prior to this a number of information sessions will be run to support this process. The VCE information evening will take place this evening 26 July. Information about the VCAL and VET programs will also be provided. Notice of this event has been sent home and published in the newsletter over a number of weeks. I ask that parents ensure that these dates appear in your diaries in order to support your child through the process. Due to lack of an appropriate space to accommodate all students at once, this evening will be run in two sessions based on Houses. It is imperative that you attend the session for your House. Further information on this appears in a later section of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you this evening.


Year 7 City Experience Camp:

Our Year 7 students are really excited about their upcoming camp into Melbourne. I strongly encourage every student to attend and to be part of this learning experience. The learning has a direct link to their studies of English, SOSE and Science through their Integrated Studies program. During their time on camp the students will also visit some iconic Melbourne sites and engage in some research, collect data, analyse the data and report on their findings once back at school. I am hoping to visit each group during their experience which I am sure will be a memorable one. I take this opportunity to congratulate the organizers of this initiative, the Junior School Team and the Integrated Studies Teams. More on this after the camp.


Music Performance:

All students involved in the Instrumental Music Program have been involved in a training camp. These camps are annual events organized through the music department to support a concentrated focus on skill development and performance preparation. I congratulate Mr Mark Shiell (Director of Music) and his team including our extremely efficient music secretary Mrs Jill Browne for their hard work in making this year’s camps a great success. 


Sport Success:

I congratulate all the students who performed admirably in the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships, Michaela Prunotto (Year 7 – Everard House); Taylor Ramsdale (Year 7 – Stewart  House); Joel Clamp (Year 8 – Rutter House) and Shaun McLachlan (Year 10 – Rutter House). The results of these students’ achievements appear in a further section of the newsletter.  I also congratulate their coach and supporter Mr Max Balchin.


I further congratulate Brie Mountford (Year 8 – Stewart House); Anneli Maley (Year 7 – Everard House) and their coach, past-student Ben Cukier (Class of 1998 – Andrew House). Brie and Anneli play for the Eltham Wildcats Basketball under 14, 1st team and have been selected to represent Victoria in the National Championships in Darwin from the 3-8 October. We wish Brie, Anneli and Ben all the very best with this competition and we will follow their progress with interest.


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. 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.


Note of Condolences:

We extend our most sincere condolences to Emily and Joanne Weaver (Year 12 and Year 11 respectively) and their mother Ms Irene Sherriff for the recent loss of their father Allan. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.


Vincent Sicari




Attention all year 7 students

Please return completed camp forms with payment to the General Office by Friday 29th July. This date is final and cannot be extended! If you have any concerns, please see Mr McKinnon in Junior School Office.


Thank you

Junior School Office






The VCE Information night is being held in the evening tonight 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



Student Photo ID Cards

Now Available

All students who had their photo taken by the school photographers this year can now purchase a Student Photo ID card for only $5.


To place your order, please contact:-


Fotomakers - directly on 9550 3550


Payment can be made by credit card (addition $1 charge applies).



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.



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.





Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

Uniforms have arrived and were given out Friday. See Mr Thomas if you haven’t collected yours yet. Players also received a schedule of game times and bus arrangements for Friday and a draw for their team for the weekend. These documents are also available on the School web page.

All students will be transported by bus to and from Dandenong on Friday. All teams should meet at the bus bay at 6.30 am on Friday except these teams that will leave at 10.30 am.

U/14 boys division 1, U/15 girls division 1,U/16 boys division 1, Open men honours and Open women division 1.

Players have to make their own way to Dandenong on Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t forget your uniform, drink bottle, knee pads, food and something warm to wear between games. Bring your whistle if you will be doing duty.

I wish all teams the best of luck for the upcoming weekend of competition.


Eltham Volleyball Website

Team lists, Friday’s travel arrangements and a draw for all teams on Friday are in the download section of the volleyball page. Go to Eltham High school, volleyball link –downloads-competitions.



Brie Mountford and Anneli Maley from 7K who play with the Eltham Wildcats Basketball U14 1st team, coached by Ben Cukier are 1 of 4 teams that have been selected from Victoria to represent there club in the National Club Championships. This will be held in Darwin from 3rd- 8th October.

This is a great achievement and both girls are really excited.

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 and 8.

16th November – North East Conference Volleyball finals – year 7 and 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.



Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator



Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships

Bundoora Park - Saturday 23rd July, 2011

Michaela Prunotto (Yr 7, Everard House), Taylor Ramsdale (Yr 7, Stewart House) Joel Clamp (Yr 8, Rutter House) and Shaun McLachlan (Yr 10, Rutter House) participated in the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park on Saturday 23rd July.

The course took in the steepest slopes of Mount Cooper and the track was very soft, even muddy in places, making the achievement of each runner all the more meritorious. The fields in each race were very large and the standard was extremely high. All four students are to be congratulated on their effort.


Under 14: 3km Cross Country

Michaela Prunotto 13:14 (33rd)


Under 14: 3km Cross Country

Taylor Ramsdale 12:14 (54th)

Under 15: 4km Cross Country

Joel Clamp 16:27 (37th)

Under 17: 6km Cross Country

Shaun McLachlan  25:04 (49th)

Max Balchin





This week students in Training, Intermediate, Concert, Symphonic, Jazz and Stage bands will receive information regards the Melbourne School Bands Festival held at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash Uni in Clayton.


Dates for the Royal South Street Competitions will also be mentioned!  Please note that the Training Band does not attend these Ballarat competitions.  So parents, check in the school bags for this important notice!


A thankyou to the students and staff for the fantastic work done on the music camps last week.  The symphonic band music camp is on the 4th-6th August.


AMEB exams - staff have suggested that some of their students take part in the AMEB exam session in November.  Forms must be returned the very latest 26th July [today] If you 'forgot' to hand the form in, please ring Jill in the Music Office on Wednesday morning ... at the latest!


Please note that this does not apply to percussion students - your exam forms will be given out at lessons over the next couple of weeks.


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




OPEN DAYS ARE ALMOST HERE – Attendance at university and TAFE Open Days is really important. This is especially so if you plan to apply for a course which requires an interview, folio presentation or audition as part of the application process (art and design, music and drama courses for example). Put the dates in your diary. Year 10 is a great time to start some visits. Reading about a course that interests you is good; visiting the institution offering the course is even better.

·         Sat 6 Aug – Monash Uni (Berwick, Gippsland, Peninsula)

·         Sun 7 Aug – La Trobe Uni (Melbourne); Monash Uni (Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville);  William Angliss TAFE

·         Fri 12 Aug – La Trobe Uni (Shepparton)

·         Sun 14 Aug – Australian Catholic Uni (ACU) (Melbourne); Deakin Uni (Warrnambool);

·         La Trobe Uni (Mildura); RMIT (University and TAFE)

·         Sat 20 Aug – Holmesglen TAFE

·         Sun 21 Aug – Deakin Uni (Geelong); Gordon TAFE (Geelong), La Trobe Uni (Albury/Wodonga); Uni of Melbourne; Swinburne (Hawthorn, Lilydale and Prahran)

·         Sun 28 Aug - ACU (Ballarat); Ballarat Uni; Box Hill Institute; Deakin (Burwood); La Trobe Uni (Bendigo)



Don’t wander aimlessly….try the following:

·         Obtain an Open Day Guide beforehand (eg from websites like www.deakin.edu.au/openday, or www.openday.unimelb.edu.au).

·         Plan to be at Open Day when relevant information sessions are conducted

·         Allow sufficient time for your visit; two hours or so would be advisable

·         Speak to staff about courses that interest you - write your questions beforehand

·         Get a student perspective - speak to students studying courses that interest you

·         Collect information/brochures

·         Ask about industry based-learning opportunities  

·         Ask about international study opportunities

·         Consider transport issues; is the campus accessible from where you live? 

·         Check the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?

·         Consider the facilities/clubs offered at your preferred institution

·         Consider visiting a rural campus, especially if you think you won’t obtain a high enough ATAR for a city campus.  ATAR’s are often lower and they often offer more personal assistance, accommodation, and a lifestyle which will suit some students.


Herald-Sun Careers Expo 29th-31st July - Melbourne Exhibition Centre www.careerexpo.com.au.

Ross Pringle – Careers & Pathways Co-ordinator



Reflections on my GAP YEAR:

I’m Kristen Pavey, a past student of Eltham High School (Class of 2010 – Everard House) doing something interesting with my gap year!
I’ll just give you a brief description of what it is I’m doing, and how I got involved. So, coming up to the end of Year 12 I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself; but I knew for sure I wanted a break from studying. I went along to the Age VCE and Careers expo with my best friend Harriet Robertson (also a past student of Eltham High School [Class of 2010 – Everard House]) and we both realized the vast range of options available to us in addition to University! I came across the organization Antipodeans Abroad and thought it was perfect – “Antips” have a range of volunteer programs on offer, and specialize in gap year adventures. So, after some extensive research we both decided Ghana would be the craziest, most challenging and worthwhile destination we could choose. Our placement in Ghana is 3 months long and we jet off (along with 9 other girls from all around Australia) on September 3rd. As volunteers, our main job is to teach English. We’ll each be allocated a different school to work in and have our own class to teach! Apparently class sizes can vary from 20 kids up to 60, which is a scary thought, seeing as though I’ve never had to stand up and teach a class, let alone a class of 60 kids that have very basic English. Ghanaian people are known for their laid back attitude, and apparently we shouldn’t be concerned if our class’ real teacher disappears after the second or third day of school. We’ve been warned that in Ghana they still practice corporal punishment, and that it won’t be uncommon for the local teachers to hit misbehaving kids. School officially runs Monday – Friday from 8-2, but this apparently isn’t always the case and we’ve been told we need to be ‘flexible’. Ghana’s official language is English but for nearly all of them it’s their second, third or even fourth language. There’s a mixture of about 6 other common dialects spoken, and a lot more unofficial tribal dialects. We’ll have a chance to really immerse ourselves in their culture as we’ll all be living with a local Ghanaian family! All the volunteers will be living within the same area, but not necessarily the same town. We are guaranteed to be placed in a house with at least one other volunteer. Ghana probably isn’t as basic as you might think – yes, I’ll be using a squat toilet and having bucket showers, but that’s just the normal thing to do. Even the wealthy don’t think it’s necessary to have the luxury of a flushing toilet. Their cuisine can be quite bland and repetitive, consisting of bread and eggs in the morning and fried yam and a dish called ‘banku’ (which I’ve been told is sort of a ‘gooey mush’) for lunch. I thought that Ghanaian food would be very meat-heavy and in order to prepare myself for the meaty experience ahead I gave up being vegetarian this year. Turns out I was wrong and Ghanaian food has minimal meat, is incredibly spicy and carb heavy. And we’ve been warned that there’s no escaping the weight gain!  Ghanaian’s love large people and will do anything to try and fatten you up.
Now there’s only 38 days until we head off! I’m working 2 jobs like crazy (baker’s delight and working for my dad) in order to make sure I have enough money for everything. I definitely underestimated how much everything would cost, and recently came to the realization that I probably wouldn’t have to have spent thousands of dollars on getting vaccinations against polio, yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, cholera and malaria, or run the risk of getting tuberculosis if I had chosen somewhere like France. But where’s the challenge??
I’m not certain that this has been the best decision of my life, and I’m going to be in debt to my parents for a long time, but I’m so sure it’ll be worth it! – Kristen Pavey.




The building works are progressing well, despite the bad weather that we have experienced this year.  Remarkably the roof sheets are now mostly in place, the last of the precast concrete panels have been erected, windows are being installed and brickwork has commenced.  Behind the scenes there is a lot of other activity occurring.  In particular is the running of new electricity supply lines throughout the school.  (Recent interruptions to the power supply at the school were as a result of external causes – not from the school).  There is also a great deal of work with roughing in power and data as well as heating lines to the various areas.

The builder is still waiting for a second new heating boiler to arrive at the school.  This will then allow the final sections of the roof to be fixed. 

The first stage of pouring concrete floor in the Performance Centre is expected to occur next week.  At this stage we do not have a definite date when this will occur.  This will mean that the main drop off point near the Stadium will not be available from the start of the day until approximately lunch time.  Parents should look to alternate drop off locations when the pour occurs.  Look for the electronic display board in Withers Way for details.  Information will also be passed to students before the works commence.


The expected finish date for Stage 1 works is now November 2011.

Stage 2 works are unlikely to be complete until May 2012.


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



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




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

Mon 1 Aug

Transition – KLA Presentations to Year 10’s

Transition – Year 10-11 Tertiary Information Subject Selection Sessions (all week)

Tue 2

Transition – Year 10-11 Tertiary Information Subject Selection Sessions (all week)

Wed 3

Transition – Year 10-11 Tertiary Information Subject Selection Sessions (all week)

MS – Lake Mountain Ski Day

Thu 4

Transition – Year 10-11 Tertiary Information Subject Selection Sessions (all week)

Maths – Maths Competition

Music – Symphonic Band Rehearsal Camp (until 6/8)

Fri 5

Transition – Year 10-11 Tertiary Information Subject Selection Sessions (all week)

Music – Symphonic Band Rehearsal Camp (until 6/8)

Mon 8

SAC Week

Transition – Year 11-12 Subject Selection Sessions (until 11/8)

Tue 9

SAC Week

Transition – Year 11-12 Subject Selection Sessions (until 11/8)

HPE – Yr11 HHD Grp1 Fieldwork – Mercy Hosp

Sport – Intermediate Round Robin (Basketball, Table Tennis, Hockey)

Finance Committee Meeting

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


Wed 27

Tracey Angelopoulos, Yvonne Lyons

Thu 28

Kathryn Phillips, Joanne Grigg

Fri 29

Alice Eastwood, Tracey Maher, Melissa O’Brien

Mon 1 Aug

Joanne Agar, Jan Williams

Tue 2

Robyn English, Jacqui Howe

Canteen volunteers - Gael Carter, Manager   9430 5122



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.




Monday 25 July, Eltham High School's debating teams spoke in the last of the debate series. Grade A and B had secret topics, "That Smokers should not be covered by medicare" and "That Performance-enhancing drugs should be legalised in sport". Unfortunately our A-Grade opponents failed to appear so we won by forfeit, thanks to Ben Hague, Scout Rodrigo and Peter Shackleton. We won the B Grade debate, with Sarah Klink awarded the best debater with Aidan Pugielli and Nathan Kerwood. Our D Grade Debate was "That Space exploration is not worth the cost." Carly Notting, Michaela Prunotto and Maddie Charisis were commended for the superior standard of our D grade debaters and although losing by one point, Maddie Charisis was awarded the best speaker. Please congratulate them as you see these competent orators of the future.


Ms Ipsen. Debate Co-ordinator




Community Announcements/Advertising




Transport Needs Assessment Survey

St Andrews, Panton Hill, Smiths Gully

and Cottlesbridge


If you live in St Andrews, Panton Hill, Smiths Gully or Cottlesbridge and you have received your St Andrews and Panton Hill Transport Needs Assessment Survey we urge you to return your survey or complete it online by Friday 5th August 2011. We are very excited that we are finally having the transport needs of our community assessed and hope that a good response from the community to the survey will result in a bus service being implemented. We urge you to make the most of this opportunity and let the Department of Transport know how vital public transport is for our area and how you would use a bus service if it were available.

St Andrews - Hurstbridge Community Bus Steering Committee.