Term 3 Week 7 - Tue 30th August 2011

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Junior School & Middle School

   Wednesday 31st August 11:00am-7:00pm

(students are required to attend only during their interviews)



Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

I congratulate all the students who participated in the most recent Melbourne School Bands Festival and their accompanying conductors and supporters. Each band and ensemble performed admirably with the Symphonic Band being asked to perform at the Gala Concert on Saturday 27 August at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. Furthermore, I congratulate all the bands, ensembles and choirs that have already competed or are embarking on competing in the Royal South Street Competitions. In particular I congratulate the members of the Jazz Quartet that came first in its section of the competition with the Rock and Woodwind groups also being recognized for their performance. I commend the work and support of their VCE Music Group Performance teacher, Mr Gabriel Piras.


Congratulations also to Michaela Prunotto (Year 7, Everard House) on her outstanding achievement in being awarded first prize in the Under 13 section of the Leslie Barklamb Flute Competition. Michaela is a very committed musician and this award will serve to further encourage her to live the school value of the “Pursuit of Excellence”.

I remind you all of our “Celebration of Music Concert” on Monday the 19 September at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre at Yarra Valley Grammar School. This is the final concert for the year featuring all bands and ensembles. Information about ticketing will be available soon but I encourage you to mark this date on your calendar. It is not a performance to be missed.


I take this opportunity to congratulate Jordan Gough (Year 8, Everard House), who during last week took part in the finals of the World Virtual Flying Competition in Brisbane and was awarded second prize. Jordan was one of over 600,000 contestants worldwide and 20,000 Australians in the competition. The competition tested skill, strategic planning and decision making and of demanded great commitment. Flying is obviously an area of great interest to Jordan and may in fact provide him with a career path for the future. Well done!


Middle School 2012 - Course Selection Process:

The Middle School Course selection process is currently underway with students required to complete the process by Tuesday 6 September. The Information Evening was well attended and an outline of the new online process was presented. This is the first time that we have embarked on an on-line system for course selection at Middle School and therefore we ask that if you have any difficulty following the process that you contact either Mr Darren Squires (squ@elthamhs.vic.edu.au) or Mrs Christine Andrews (and@elthamhs.vic.edu.au) immediately.


A new Middle School semester long unit “Extended Investigation” is being introduced in 2012. This is a unit designed to meet the needs of independent learners. Students who already demonstrate this way of working or are on the way to developing the required skills are strongly encouraged to include this unit in their choices. Students selecting this unit, irrespective of whether in Year 10 or Year 9, will be counselled by one of the Middle School Coordinators as to whether or not this is an appropriate choice for them at this time.



The Extended Investigation Unit provides an opportunity for students to develop, refine and extend their knowledge and skills in independent research and carry out an investigation that focuses on a rigorous research question, the exploration of which adds to the depth of their middle school program of study.


The unit allows students to undertake a self-directed activity that is focused on an area of interest that supports depth and breadth of academic study. The investigation may be an extension of an area of curriculum already undertaken by the student or it may be completely independent of any other study in the student’s middle school program.


The unit is designed to enable students to:

·         Design and undertake an independent investigation

·         Understand and apply research methods

·         Undertake depth of learning in a chosen area of investigation

·         Develop as independent, critical and reflective learners

·         Develop project management knowledge and skills

·         Analyse and evaluate results

·         Develop skills in written and oral presentation

·         Use learning experiences to support personal aspirations for VCE studies, higher education and career development.


Throughout this study, students will be supported by their teacher and a mentor possibly from one of the nearby Universities.



Exploring Thinking: Folio of written exercises.

Learning about research ethics: Exploration and response to case studies.

Undertaking research: Written proposal and plan.

Explaining research: Oral report and written summary.

Presenting the research: Written Report.


Junior and Middle School Student Progress Interviews:

A reminder that Junior and Middle School Student Progress interviews will take place on Wednesday 31 August from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Students are required to attend only during their interviews. The process for booking interviews involves an online system if you are encountering any problems contact Mr Darren Squires (Assistant Principal) on squ@elthamhs.vic.edu.au  or 9430 5103. Often glitches can be resolved quite easily if we know about them.  Junior and Middle School Reports are already on line. However, the reports are not available on the Compass System at this  time (the system that we have just employed for the Progress Interviews bookings) though we plan to roll the Progress Reports into this system in a future cycle. To access the report you must login using your child’s login details and password as you have done previously.


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.


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.


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.


I remind all drivers that the maximum speed in the area of the school is 40 Kph and inform you that both the police and the traffic officers from the Shire of Nillumbik have begun patrolling the area of the school during peak times to help deter reckless driving and unlawful parking.


This may result in reprimand and fines.


Vincent Sicari




A reminder to families that payments for all excursions are due 7 days prior to the date of the excursion. If sufficient funds have not been received at this time the excursion will be cancelled.

Please support the teachers planning these events by ensuring your payment is received by the due date.





Diamond Valley College Bus Network will NOW be operating on Thursday 1 September. Diamond Valley College apologise for any inconvenience





Middle School Students 2012

The subject selections this year are being entered on-line. Students will need to log on, as explained in the information sessions, and after submitting your preferences, print a copy, which parents must sign and then hand this in to the Middle School office.


To access the MS Handbook you need to go to the Eltham High website and click on handbooks.


All selections are to be made by the end of the day TUESDAY 6th September.


If you have any queries regarding this please see contact Middle School.





On Saturday night the Symphonic Band performed at the Gala Concert for the Melbourne School Bands Festival.  We congratulate them on being invited to this event and for performing brilliantly!  Big applause for their conductor, Ms Ingrid Martin for guiding them to such a high standard.


The Royal South Street Competitions have started!  On Sunday the VCE groups headed to Ballarat - the Jazz Quartet came 1st in their section with the Rock and Woodwind groups also performing very well.  Thank you to their subject teacher, Mr Gabriel Piras for all his support. Today it’s Senior Flutes, Clarinets and Saxophones, tomorrow the Senior Percussion students, Thursday Intermediate Band, Friday Jazz and Stage Bands and Saturday Concert and Symphonic Bands.


Then on Sunday the Choral section commences with our Chamber Choir heading for Ballarat, followed by the Junior Choir on Monday.


On Saturday EHS student, Michaela Prunotto came 1st in the under 13 section of the Leslie Barklamb Flute Competitions. We congratulate Michaela on this wonderful achievement.


A reminder of the 'Celebration Concert'  at Yarra Valley Grammar on Monday 19th September in which all our ensembles will perform!  Ticket information will be available shortly. 


Any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127. A reminder that Jill is not in the office on Fridays.


The Music Support Group are again overseeing the Eltham Mudbrick Tour ...



Do you have a business or workplace that would benefit from reaching a target audience? If interested, please email the Music Support Group at msg.ehs@gmail.com or

ring Stephe Dean on 0411 406 227





Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

96 Days until Aust Schools Cup. Since Greg Thomas will be on long service leave from 5th September until the end of term, details concerning Aust Schools Cup will be given out to players at training this week. Players should confirm their availability for Nationals by returning the $100 deposit and T-shirt order form by 14th October (1st week back after the holidays). Check the volleyball information board and the school volleyball link for details of Aus schools cup.


Students are invited to submit a design for this year’s Eltham High T-shirt at the Australian Volleyball schools cup competition.

Entries must be submitted to Mr Thomas by the end of August 2011 (that’s Wednesday).

Get designing.

Victorian Volleyball Teams

In 2011 Eltham High has had many students participate in the junior nationals volleyball competition representing Victoria. In the under 16's age group from Eltham High Caitlin McGregor, Louise Alford, and Gabby Seymour all participated for the girls’ team which won the gold medal. Louise Alford also made the All Star 12 selection at the end of the competition. In the boys’ team Daniel Seymour and Sam Richards played finishing with a bronze medal and Sam Richards making the all star 12.

Stephanie Harrington and Cassie Stockton played in the Under 17's girls’ blue team finishing with a silver medal, and Mikaeli Blair played in the eastern team. For the boys under 17's teams Luke Brisbane, Andrew Hague, and Cale Skidmore played in the blue team finishing with a gold medal and Luke Brisbane made the All Star 7, Tom Ross played in the eastern team. In the under 19's girls’ teams Georgie Burley, Ella Heaney and Teigan Cloke played in the blue team finishing with a bronze medal and Hayley Deards, Hannah Williams, Renee Faulkner and Brodie Collins played in the white team. In the boys’ under 19's team Sam Brisbane and Jordan Richards finished with a gold medal and Sam Brisbane made the All Star 7. In the under 21's girls’ team Hillary Grubb, and Sophie Paine played finishing with a silver medal and Sophie Paine making the All Star 7. For the Victorian teams Luke Brisbane, Hayley Deards and Hillary Grubb were awarded all the Most Valuable Players.

A fantastic effort by some elite volleyball athletes.

Thanks to Hayley Deards for writing the above summary.


Victorian Beach Volleyball State Team Trials

U/17, U/19 and U/23 students are invited to try out for the Victorian Beach Volleyball team.

The trials will be held at the State Volleyball Centre. The first trial will now be held on Sunday 28th August – times as follows.

U/17 boys – 8.30am to 11.30am  

U/17 Girls – 11.00am to 2.00pm

U/19 Boys and Girls – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

U/23 Men and Women – 4.00pm to 6.30pm

Details are on the volleyball notice board in the stadium


Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

8th November – Northern Zone Volleyball finals – yr 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:



Greg Thomas

Volleyball Coordinator


The Senior Girls ventured on a long bus ride to Shepparton on Monday to play matches against Wodonga and Mildura Secondary College. In the first game, against Wodonga, the girls proved too strong and went on to win 66 - 24. The following game against Mildura Secondary College was a lot tougher, the girls led 22-24 at half time. With a fantastic second half the girls were able to hold Mildura out to win 54-42. A special thank you to Ms. Pascoe for driving the bus for over 5 hours!

The Senior Girls will be representing the school in the State Final to be held on the 30th of August. Only the top 3 High Schools in the State make it to the State Final. Congratulations girls and Well Done!

The Year 7 boys and girls played in the Northern Metropolitan Zone. The boys won their first two matches against Montmorency and Diamond Valley College. They were unable to overcome a tall and highly skilled St. Helena side in the final. The Year 7 girls won all of their matches in an outstanding display of basketball and therefore progress to the Northern Metropolitan Region round of competition.

Well done to all the boys and girls who participated with a special thank you to the coaching efforts of Connor Dalgleish, Lewis Glasgow, Amelia French and Cassie Stockton.

David Allender




YEAR 12  2011  VTAC Information Sessions

Year 12 students who are intending on applying for TAFE or University courses should have registered by now and have put in some preliminary preferences. Once this has been done, you can edit your selections as often as you wish. Please be aware that payment for your application must be made otherwise you will be withdrawn from the VTAC process.


Year 11 and 12 Parents

There will be VTAC Parent Information Session for any yr 11 or 12 parents who wish to better understand the process ie dates, Special Entry Scheme, Scholarships etc. The meeting will be held Thursday September 1st in the library at 7.00pm.

Year 10 2012 – Box Hill TAFE Pathways Program

Students in year 10 2012 have the opportunity to attend Box Hill TAFE Pathways program. You will attend one day a week for semester 1 with the program repeated in semester 2 for new applicants. Please visit the following site to view the program options.


 If interested please see Mr. Pringle to obtain a parent approval form which needs to be signed prior to applying. Applications close October 14th but positions are filled in order of application.


Zoos Victoria Secondary School Work Experience 2012

Applications for 2012 are now open until Friday 7th October 2011.



Museum Victoria Work Experience 2012

Application forms will be available on September 1 2011 and applications will be accepted from that date until 31 October 2011. Please visit the following for more information



YEAR 9 Work Experience 2011 – Monday Dec 5th to Friday Dec 16th

Now is a good time to start thinking about placement(s) for this period. If you are not sure of who to ask check your school e-mail and the list of employers that have been previously used. Forms are available from outside the Careers Office in room 102.


Ross Pringle – Careers and Pathways Co-ordinator





Thursday 8th September at 9:00am


Boys will receive the Hepatitis B Dose 2

Girls will receive the Hepatitis B Dose 2 and

HPV Cervical Cancer Dose 3





The School has a position available for the right person.

A job description is on line at www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Look in the Employment section for details.


For details, contact Bruce Martyn on 9430 5171.

Applications close on 12th September 2011.


 Canteen Roster


Wed 31

NO CANTEEN – Student Progress Interviews

Thu 1 Sept

Danielle Ashby, Joanne Griggs

Fri 2

Craig Lacey, Yvonne Mitchell, Robyn Bulman

Mon 5

Nicole Brittain + 1 volunteer needed

Tue 6

Elaine Thompson + 1 volunteer needed


Thurs 8th & 22nd September x 2 helpers

Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.




Wed 31

Music –Royal South Street Competition – percussion ensemble

O&ES – Yr 11 Cross Country Skiing

REPORTING – Junior & Middle School Interviews 11:00am-7:00pm


Thu 1 Sept

Music – Royal South Street Competition – Intermediate Band

Transition – VTAC Parent Information Night

Fri 2

Music – Royal South Street Competition – Jazz Band & Stage Band

Boys’ Challenge Program

Mon 5

SAC Week

MS – Ski Camp (until Fri 9/9)

Music – Royal South Street Competition – Junior Choir

Tue 6

SAC Week

MS – Ski Camp (until Fri 9/9)

Transition – MS Subject Selections due in 9am

HPE – Racq & Rec Roller Skating

Junior School Assembly

Drama – The Remarkables – setting up

Finance Committee Meeting

Wed 7

SAC Week

MS – Ski Camp

Drama – The Remarkables

Thu 8

SAC Week

MS – Ski Camp

Drama – The Remarkables

Immunisation – All Year 7’s (9:00am)

Fri 9

SAC Week

MS – Ski Camp (returning today)

Boy’s Challenge Program


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.




The Remarkables returns….

 ‘The Remarkables’: A Must See

The EHS Drama Ensemble is back. Despite being without a hall for part of 2010 and all of 2011, they will be performing their original play at the Agora Theatre, Latrobe University, on the 7th and 8th of September.


The play is set in a small, conservative country town called Barcoo in the 70’s. It is about a man reminiscing about his childhood and teen years in Barcoo and covers all aspects of life; from teen romances to TV cooking shows, so there really is something for everyone in this ‘remarkable’ tale. The play addresses issues such as racism and sexism in a humorous and enlightening way.

The play follows the style set by previous EHS plays such as ‘Waking Ophelia’ and ‘Juliet and Romeo’, so they can be expected to be full of puns and suitable for the whole family. “You will be comfortable and entertained!” says cast member, Cassandra Bleechmore, who plays Eva White, the host of a cooking show called ‘The Kitchen”.

With a minimalist set and many funny lines, including ‘Animal Farm’ references and a true 1970’s live soundtrack including ACDC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ and some Cold Chisel in there too it isn’t a play you’d want to miss, with Cassandra Bleechmore saying “definitely come and see it.”

The show runs for two nights only at the Agora Theatre at La Trobe University Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of September 2011 from 7p.m.

Tickets are $10-$15, and are available online at

http://www.trybooking.com/13624 or via School Website


Grant Healy and Beth Silverman (Stop Press)


Cast members Zoe Fox and Cassandra Bleechmore are busy promoting ‘The Remarkables’.



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












Symphonic Band

Captains: Jamie Yung & Rachel Cleary

Both captains are in year 12.

On Saturday 4th September, the Eltham HS Symphonic Band will take part in the Senior Bands competition at Royal South Street Society in Ballarat’s  historic Her Majesty’s Theatre. This year will mark the 120th running of the South Street competitions.                           

There are around 50 people in Eltham High’s Symphonic Band and the conductor is Ingrid Martin who has conducted the band for the last 3 years.

For the South Street performance the band will be playing 2 pieces:
1) MARBLED MIDNIGHT MILE - by Stephan Bryant
2) REDLINE TANGO - by John Mackey

Each band has 20 minutes on the stage and can perform as many songs as they would like to, but Eltham’s 2 pieces goes for 8-9 minutes each.

“It’s often the Ballad that wins,” said Rachel Cleary. The first piece is a slow piece that builds up and the second one is a lot quicker.

As the South Street performance is in Ballarat the band will catch a bus from school that leaves at 2pm and will return to school around 2am. Some of the members and students stay overnight because they participate in other bands besides the Symphonic band.

Both Band Captains agreed that, “We don’t care if we win or lose at South Street. We care more about the music and having fun”.

Throughout the years in the band friendships have blossomed and they have bonded as a group.

Jamie says, “The Band has been a big part of my school life and music will be something I will continue for the rest of my life.”

Olivia McInerney (Stop Press)



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.



COMING SOON to a location near you – dedicated recycling bins for cans and bottles at Eltham High School.




Community Announcements/Advertising




Parenting Anxious Children

Free Community Education Seminar


Wednesday 31st of August, 1-3pm

Eltham Library, Multi-purpose room

Panther Place (off Main Road) Eltham


This session has been designed to suit parents of pre or primary school age children.


Topics to be covered include:


·       Understanding anxiety

·       Identifying the signs and symptoms in children

·       How anxiety is influenced by personality, environment & developmental stages

·       Helpful ways to support your child

·       Tips on building resilience

& where to go for more information/help


This is a free event although bookings are required.


Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria – 9886 9233 or 1300 ANXIETY or 1300 269 438

email – admin@arcvic.com.au  or  register via the website @ www.arcvic.org.au






Modified, U12, U14 and U16 players

New Players Welcome

Free training top with registration



At the Clubrooms (behind the general store)

11.00a.m. – 1.00p.m.

For further information

Junior Co-ordinator: Dale Barton

0402125048 or 97197706


What about me?

A Group for 12-16 year olds in Stepfamilies

Come along to our after-school group and discuss the challenges of being in a stepfamily with other kids just like you…because even though every family is different, there are some things that can help you adjust to this new family life.


When: Tuesday afternoons 30th Aug, 6th and 13th September

Where: Drummond St Services – 195 Drummond St, Carlton

How: Call Kate M. to book a spot on 9639 2576




Eltham Cricket Club

Junior Registration Day


When: Friday 2nd September 4pm-8pm

Where: Clubrooms, Central Park Eltham, Panther Place, Under the railway bridge

Age Groups: In2Cricket 5-10yr olds, Under 10’s, 12’s, 14’s, 16’s


Sausage sizzle and FREE coloured playing top with name on back upon registration

Come and join the PANTHERS & have some fun!

Further details contact Stuart Biddle (Junior Co-ordinator) on 0409 412 167 or email sjbiddle@bigpond.com  - PO Box 44 Eltham 3095





Greensborough Cricket Club

Season 2011 /12

Greensborough Cricket Club is looking for players for the coming season.

Teams in Under 12, 14 & 16 available.

New players – no membership fees.

We believe in fostering fair play and sportsmanship in all levels of sport, whilst providing excellent coaching to bring out the best in kids both on and off the field.

Player Registration Day, Sunday 28th August 9am – 11:30am.

War Memorial Oval, McDowell Street, Greensborough (next to Safeway)

Training commences early September, season commences early October.

Contact:            Gary Cameron  0412 680 116








SAT 8th & SUN 9th October

10:00 am - 4:00 pm