Term 3 Week 9 - Tue 13th September 2011

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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Operation Newstart

Congratulations to Hassan Ahmed (Year 10, Stewart House) and Sarah Grieves (Year 10, Stewart House) who recently completed a five week leadership course at Operation Newstart.  Jenny Fowler (Student Welfare Co-ordinator) and I had the privilege of attending their graduation ceremony where both Hassan and Sarah spoke confidently and with considerable insight to a mixed audience of their peers, parents, teachers and mentors about their goals and achievements at Operation Newstart.


Operation Newstart Enhance is a five week program that promotes leadership and communication through a variety of outdoor adventure and life skill activities. The Enhance program focuses on the individual goals with respect to personal development, school and the community and as a global citizen. The students experienced a conservation project at the zoo, a community project at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, a shared canoe experience and a two day placement at a primary school. Outdoor activities included high ropes, giant swing, abseiling, canoeing and downhill skiing.  Our students received excellent reports in all areas. Well done Sarah and Hassan.


Generation in Jazz Academy:

Congratulations to Felix Watson (Year 12, Stewart House) who has been offered a place in the Generation in Jazz Academy for 2012.


The Generations In Jazz Academy is a Jazz Performance course run by Graeme Lyall catering to a select group of young musicians from around Australia. It is run in Mount Gambier, South Australia.


The course covers Aural & Theory work, Arranging and Improvisation. All students rehearse together as a large ensemble for 90 minutes, Monday to Friday. The ensemble has the opportunity to play with James Morrison at the Generations in Jazz Festival.


This is a great opportunity for Felix who is an outstanding musician. We wish him all the very best with this initiative.


Drama Ensemble Performance 2011:

Congratulations to all the members of the Drama Ensemble who participated in the production of “The Remarkables”. Once again it was a most entertaining performance which was well received by the audience. The students performed admirably and the storyline was something that everyone could relate to. In congratulating the students I also congratulate George Franklin for his encouragement and leadership of the students and the program as well as Loren Reid (Year 12 – 2010, Rutter House) who returned to us and worked towards bringing this year’s production to fruition. Furthermore I wish to recognize the talent of our production technician, Cal Walker (Year 11, Everard House) who has provided exceptional support to ensure the success of the performances. This has truly been a team effort and an outstanding outcome.


Visit from Singapore Delegates:

The school recently hosted a number of delegates from a range of schools in Singapore. We see this as a very important responsibility in representing the Government School system in Victoria and we welcome such visits. Our guests were very interested in our integrated model of teaching and learning based on the inquiry process, in our concept-based curriculum framework and into a range of other areas of the school including staff professional development and the teacher professional standards. They left us indicating that they had learnt a great deal from their visit and that they would be taking a lot of learning back to their own schools. I thank Trevor Jenkins for organizing the visit and Darren Squires for taking the overall responsibility for coordinating the time our guests had in our school.


Visit from Steve Herbert, Daniel Andrews and Helen Coleman:

On Tuesday 6 September we were visited by our local member of State Parliament Mr Steve Herbert, The Leader of the State Opposition Mr Daniel Andrews and the Mayor of the Shire of Nillumbik, Councillor Helen Coleman. The visit focused on the Building Futures Project and our Project Officer Bruce Martyn was able to organize one of the builders to take us for a walk through the building. It was an amazing feeling to be walking through these fabulous (although still unfinished) spaces. The size of the various spaces (particularly the Performance Space and the Dance/Drama Space) is amazing and the design reflects the importance that the school has placed on ensuring that these facilities meet the needs of various sectors of our community.  All present were impressed with what we had managed to achieve. Each visitor arrived with his/her own publicity officer so I envisage that there will be some photos in this week’s editions of the local papers.  I thank Bruce Martyn for organizing the walk through.


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.


It has been reported to me that recently fines have been imposed by the police and the Traffic Officers from the Shire of Nillumbik. Please do not refer fines to the school you will need to take this up with the issuing organization: the Police or the Shire of Nillumbik but definitely NOT the school.



Vincent Sicari





Year 8 Maths Games Day

Earlier this term, 8 students from Year 8 represented our school at the Statewide Mathematics Games day for that year level. Harriet Clark, Indi Lacy-Carr, Emily Pendlebury and Ashlyn Kennedy made up one team, with Jack Liu, Caleb Swan, Jordan Pascoe and Darcy Goodridge making up the other team. There was plenty of tough opposition, with more than 130 teams representing 87 schools across the state. Our teams were equal to each other for the first four rounds, with the boys edging ahead in the final round. Although our teams did not finish in the podium places, they did a great job, scoring well in all the puzzles and tasks. Congratulations for your efforts. Thank you to Mrs Keating for her organisation and for accompanying the group.


Lyn Milner KLA Coordinator Mathematics




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.



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.



Change of Arrangements for

After School Extra Maths Help

Extra Maths Help is moving to Tuesdays from this week. Our new room is 706.


Students from all year levels are invited to take the opportunity to get additional help with their Maths work from Maths teachers. The session ends at 4pm.


Lyn Milner, KLA Coordinator Mathematics




Taste Tempters, Australia’s leading supplier of quality cookies announces the launch of a new range of nut free, gourmet cookies. The new cookie range, called Not a Trace, are completely free from tree nut and peanut traces. They’re made in Australia’s first nut free bakery. The factory, ingredients, and supply chain are all free from tree nuts, peanuts and any traces of tree nut and peanuts.

The range features popular Chocolate Chip, Mixed berry, Lemon with White Chocolate and Double Chocolate flavours. For extra freshness and protection each cookie is individually wrapped in a full colour branded and sealed bag.

We hope you enjoy these cookies and would appreciate your comments on this exciting new range of Nut Free Cookies.

For more details visit www.tastetempters.com




Please note there is After School Drama this Thursday 15th September.





Ticket sales for the 'Celebration of Music' Concert are in full swing!  These are available 'on line'!  To book tickets go to http://www.trybooking.com/VOM   If you have trouble navigating your way through, use the Keyword 'Eltham High School Music Concert'.  The opportunity to make bookings will be till 2pm on the 19th Sept ... the date of the concert!  If you have any queries, please contact the music office on 9430 5127 [Please note that Jill is not available on Fridays]


All students have been given information about this concert.


Auditions!  The music for auditions is in the music foyer ... please have your child read the instructions carefully!  These are commencing this week ... Jazz Band and Stage Band are Thursday 15th Sept, for current Symphonic and Concert band members there are two days - Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st Sept, and for the current Intermediate band members your auditions are held on Thursday 22nd Sept. Training Band is continuing in its current form until the end of the year.


A special mention ... congratulations to Alessandra Prunotto who has received an A+ for her 8th Grade AMEB clarinet exam.  After lots of practice, you can't get better than that!


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





Wed 14

Transition – Yr10 Interview Skills James Lynch

Sport – Yr8 Round Robin (Basketball, table tennis, hockey)

School Council Meeting

Thu 15

Chess Tournament

Fri 16

Boys’ Challenge Program

Mon 19

SAC Week

Music- Celebration Concert


OES- Middle School Indoor Rock Climbing, Nunawading

Wed 21

MS Earth and Stars Field work

Arts- Gallery Visit 7K

SOSE- MS Criminal Law Fieldwork

Fri 23

Boys 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.



 Canteen Roster


Wed 14th

Jenny Alford, Chris Campbell

Thurs 15th

Teresa Reid, Kerrie Laing

Fri 16th

Wendy Dixon, Petra Leaford, Margot Mc Donald

Mon 19th

Debra Gregg

Tues 20th

Kathy Smith, Dianne Milankovic


Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.




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 10 Interview Skills Workshop – Wed 14th September

All year 10 students will attend a double period session which is part of their Managed Individual Pathways (MIP’s) program and supports the Student Portfolio interview day in term 4.


Year 10 2012 – Box Hill TAFE Pathways Program

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



Victoria Police – Work Experience 2012

Details are not yet available as to the application process but if you are interested please e-mail Ross Pringle to register your intent to apply.


YEAR 9 Work Experience 2011 – Mon Dec 5th to Fri 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




With the term break almost upon us the builder is gearing up to complete a range of works that would otherwise be disruptive to our normal school days.  In particular there is the running of a new electricity supply to the school during the second week of the break.  Also, the paving around much of the new building will be done over the break. 

However, to achieve this there is a lot of preliminary work to be completed.  New underground services need to be put in place in the area between the new building works and the stadium.  This area will be closed off from the 15th September until the end of the term break.  This is an unavoidable inconvenience however it does mean that we are getting that bit closer to having this area available to us sooner.  Withers Way access will be available through the tennis court area and also via the west of the stadium.  Of course full access will be available from the Withers Way side of the school.

Work is proceeding quickly in other areas.  Plastering is going up, glazing is being installed, heating systems are going in and other fit out activities are moving along at a rapid rate.

There is a real sense that the Stage 1 works will soon be complete and that staff and students will soon be working in these new areas. 

The finish date for stage 1 is still mid November.

Bruce Martyn – Project Officer 



Eltham High School’s Rock Eisteddfod 2011 by Genevieve Bennett (Stop Press)

On the 18th August, a group of about 60 performers and 25 backstage crew caught the bus from Eltham HS to the Hisense Arena in Melbourne to compete in the 2011 Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Australia is an initiative of the Global Rock Challenge which is a not-for-profit organisation that runs on the money from sponsors and ticket sales. Rock Eisteddfod has been going for 31 years and aims to provide kids with life skills and the opportunity to perform on a stage in front of hundreds of people.

Eltham High School has only been involved with The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge for 4 years, and performed 3 times (2008-2009-2011). Brooke Gannon who is a teacher at Eltham High has been running Eltham’s Rock Eisteddfod team every year and doing a great job of it too!

Last year in June Brooke was on a school camp and got talking to kids about themes for 2011 Rock Eisteddfod. Brooke said she couldn’t really remember how the topic came up but everyone spoke about how illegal downloading music and movies is such a big issue at the moment. From then on, ideas starting flowing and eventually Brooke chose four year twelves to be Eltham’s student leaders. Rikki-Lee Burley, Jessica Allen, Jaimee Russell and Brooke Riddell were chosen as the leaders. The leaders then had to each choreograph a dance and were in charge of running a particular group of younger students, and teaching them the dance. The year 12 leaders were also involved with designing costumes, music, make-up, props and sets. While the performers were busy learning dances, the backstage crew started making props and sets. This year’s theme involved Lady Gaga, limewire and frostwire, Balinese dancers, everyday people and Wavatars (Avatars).


Finally the 18th of August arrived and it was time to perform! When we were called to backstage, the nerves finally started kicking in. Performers and backstage crew buzzed with nervous energy as other students called out encouragement. “Have fun out there!” “Good luck guys! It’s the best feeling!”

The performance starts with Lady Gaga’s concert, then limewire and frostwire fairies seduce a computer user to use their programs and illegally download music.

The next scene sees a group of colourful Balinese dancers come on stage trying to convince tourists to buy their products - including pirated DVD's. Avatar the movie then begins, but as the people buy and hand out pirated copies of their DVD they begin to fade away.

 The finale song comes on- Save the World by Swedish House Mafia- and everyone comes onto the stage to dance together. The everyday people are then unmasked and forced to realise they do make a difference. They have to make their decision about whether to illegally download music and movies.


 “I was a bit worried at the middle of the year”, Brooke said, “but [the final performance] I loved it!” “The colours and spacing looked great, team work, costumes, make-up, just everything, when it came together looked great!”

Eltham received great comments from the judges, and even Brooke was tearing up! Overall, Eltham didn’t place but won 4 awards including the Award of Excellence for choreography, Award of Excellence for stage use, Award of Excellence for stage crew and the Award of Excellence for Environmental and Social Awareness.

This year Rock Eisteddfod Australia decided in order to save money they would only run finals... no heats (rather than hiring the venue twice. If there were too many schools to compete in any one section they would simply run two finals with two winners. Each school’s video is reviewed at the end of the performance to become the Australian champion, so two finals would not have favoured or disadvantaged anyone. In the end, after the year off, only 12 schools competed in the open division, however, many of those schools were very experienced.

Brooke would like to thank everyone that helped with making Eltham’s performance in Rock Eisteddfod come together. In particular; Lisa Leffley, Susan Shulz, Anne Hawting, Tom Thorneycroft, Michelle Chubb, Phil Boyd and Naomi Edrees.

The team is already planning big things for next year with the theme of the first moon landing. Bigger and better sets are being planned so we need more help from anyone willing! Parents, previous students, grandparents, aunties and uncles, any help for next year would be greatly appreciated. Tom Thorneycroft has made a DVD with backstage pictures and videos as well as the final performance on video! If you would like a copy, we are selling them for $10 each.  Contact Brooke Gannon for more information.



Final Year, Final Piece

Thomas Banger, 18 and Alex Janssens, 17 are two year 12 art students at Eltham High School. Their passion for art is evident in their semester two artworks. Each student must choose a theme that they will happily experiment with throughout the whole year, and create final pieces based on this theme. Thomas chose the theme of hedonism and Alex chose to do people (emotions and cultures). The folio that students must produce throughout the year makes up 50% of their grade, and each drawing must be annotated.


Alex says that she has “always had a passion for art,” and plans to pursue her passion in TAFE. Her main inspiration is the surrealist artist, Salvador Dali. Her artworks are very fantasy like and feature bright colours and warped bodies. Alex’s main piece for semester two is called ‘The Mime’s Dream’. It took her six weeks to complete and the idea of the painting is based around a photograph that she took in photography class. Alex has modelled the image into a kaleidoscope of bright colours and has warped parts of the image, mimicking the surrealist works of Salvador Dali.


Thomas is “really inspired by music,” particularly Florence and the Machine. His main piece is a mixed media masterpiece of colours and textures and is titled ‘Where is my mind?’ Another brilliant piece of art by Thomas is a drawing of a still from Emily Browning’s film, Sleeping Beauty.


It’s clear that both Alex and Thomas are very talented young artists with a passion for art and are capable of producing amazing pieces. Alex and Thomas are in the Yr 12 Art class taught by Mr Matters. There is another Year 12 Art class taught by Ms Gogos. We wish all Year 12 art students the best as they near completion with their folios.


By Beth Silverman – Stop Press


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





Teenage Aggression: Responding Assertively

A one day workshop for parents of adolescents who behave violently at home:


·            Understand how violence works

·            Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

·            Improve your relationship with your child

·            Understand adolescent development

·            Improve communication

·            Share with other parents


On Wednesday 21st September 2011 9.30am – 4.00pm

Handouts and refreshments provided for the day


Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule,

Nillumbik & Darebin

For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700


Rock and Water

A 6 week program for adolescents that aims to develop self reflection, self confidence and self awareness using a psycho-physical approach based on martial art principles. Goals of the program are: 


·       Teaching young people to deal with aggression and vulnerability in a positive and acceptable way.

·       Get concrete strategies to reduce aggression

·       Improve your relationship and communication with family members

·       Understand adolescent development

·       Learn about body language, body awareness, ways of understanding and managing feelings.

·       Share with other young people. 


Commencing Mondays from October 17th for six weeks (4:00pm-5:30pm)

Includes handouts and refreshments


ADOLESCENTS NEED TO COMMIT TO ALL 6 WEEKS OF THE PROGRAM [preference given to adolescents with parents attending TARA]


Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin

For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700




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









The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites any student interested in a season of Track & Field athletics to come along to a TRIALS AND REGISTRATION AFTERNOON on Saturday 8th October 2011 at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) beginning at 1:00pm. 


The club also welcomes interested athletes to join in club training sessions at Willinda Park on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:00pm. Athletes will find qualified coaches on hand to assist with their preparation.


For further information check out the club website www.valleyaths.org or contact Max Balchin on 0409 350 280.

The season of competition with Athletics Victoria commences on Saturday 15th October 2011 and is open to women and men from Under 14’s through to open age.




Briar Hill Preschool is hosting a Car Boot at the Preschool’s family fun day on the 24th September 2011 from 10-2pm. The funday is open to our preschool families and the general public. Activities include the car boot, market stalls inside the kinder, face painting, jumping castle, art activities, sausage sizzle and cake stall. Entry is free.




Youth Programs at the RSPCA 15-18 years

Every school holiday break.

Numbers are limited so book early!

All sessions are held at RSPCA Burwood East

Call 9224 2286 or visit www.rspcavic.org for more information.



Free Saturday Community Bus from Hurstbridge to St Andrews will continue over Summer.

The community group that runs the Saturday Community Bus will continue to run the bus over the 2011/12 Summer. The Saturday Community Bus is free and it travels in a loop from Hurstbridge train station through Panton Hill and Smiths Gully, to St Andrews, Buttermans Track, Cottles Bridge and back to Hurstbridge station. The bus meets every train that arrives and leaves from Hurstbridge station starting at 9.25 am with the last run leaving Hurstbridge at 5:20pm. This service is driven by Council Volunteers who all have passed police, working with children and medical checks. Many of the volunteer drivers are local parents of teenagers who understand how important it is for young people to be able to travel independently. A large number of young people who live in the St Andrews area use the bus to get to the train station and many people use the bus to get to the St Andrews Market - so that they don't have to worry about the hassle of parking. The bus recently carried its 2000th passenger. Timetables for the bus can be found on the Council website www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au>Community Services> Saturday Community Bus or search for St Andrews – Hurstbridge Bus on Facebook

The bus needs 5 more volunteers to drive the summer timetable - volunteer drivers usually do less than one shift a month and a shift lasts 5-6 hours. If you can offer some of your time to keep the bus going please contact Carol Peterson Transport Connections Officer at Nillumbik Shire Council on 9433 3156.




Australia's national sail training ship Young Endeavour is now accepting applications for youth to join eleven day voyages departing between January and June 2012. Young Australians aged 16 to 23 can apply for the ballot at www.youngendeavour.gov.au until 30 September 2011. No sailing experience is required. 








SAT 8th & SUN 9th October

10:00 am - 4:00 pm