Term 3 Week 10 - Tue 20th September 2011

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TERM 3 CONCLUDES at 2:30pm (early) this FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER







Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Chess Victoria Tournament:

Thirteen students across Years 7-9 participated in the Chess Victoria Secondary Open Zone Tournament on September 15th. Cameron Yung (Year 7, Stewart House) received a Certificate of Distinction and a Bronze Medal for the Year 7/8 Competition and placed 19 in the overall competition. Cameron qualified for the Chess Victoria State Final.

Connor Galea (Year 9, Rutter House) received a Bronze Medal in the Year 9/10 Competition.

I congratulate all the participants for an outstanding effort and for the way that they have represented our school. I take this opportunity to thank Mr Ross McKinnon for his support of this highly focused group of students.


Jagajaga Student Leadership Forum:

Cassie Bleechmore (Year 12, Stewart House) and Sarah Klink (Year 11, Rutter House) were invited to attend a Student Leadership Forum organized by Jenny Macklin (Federal Member for Jagajaga). This was an opportunity for young people in the electorate to advise the government of youth issues, both locally and internationally. Together with other student representatives from Viewbank Secondary College, Concord School and Our Lady of Mercy College, our students were involved in discussions that included such topics as educational opportunities available to young people in the area, youth allowance, cyber bullying and alcohol abuse. 


The Student Leaders also raised personal areas of concern, such as the government's current foster care scheme, the effects of the carbon tax on young Australians moving into the workforce and the mental health care services in schools. 


Cassie and Sarah both reported that The Forum was well organized and that they appreciated the time spent with Jenny Macklin. They also commented that The Forum was enlightening, for example it was surprising for all the representatives to discover the range of youth services currently on offer in the Jagajaga electorate. This is something that our Student Support Worker could take on board, to advertise through the school, the range of youth services available to young people within our community. I congratulate both Cassie and Sarah and thank them for being great ambassadors for our school.


Celebration of Music Concert:

Congratulations to all the members of the Instrumental Music Program for an exceptional performance at the Celebration of Music Concert on Monday evening 19 September. It was an evening of pure entertainment and a demonstration of outstanding skill on the part of the students and the staff.


2011 has been a great year full of excitement and achievements across all areas of the program. Throughout this year our students have participated in a range of activities, performances, camps, tours and competitions. Of recent the Melbourne Bands Festival and the Royal South Street Eisteddfod where Bands, Ensembles and Choirs have returned with outstanding accolades.


The support of the Music Staff has been overwhelming. They have taken on the challenges that the year offered them and transformed them into amazing experiences for our students. The results of competitions almost fade into insignificance when you consider the depth of feeling and emotion that our students have been exposed to through their music over this year. Our students are amazing but so are our teachers. I acknowledge Amberley Bremner; Anna Camara; Russell Davis; Ed Farlie; Ainsley Finn; Carol Galea; Meg George (Assistant Director of Music); Mary Glen-Norman; Chris Grimmond; Charly Harrison; Monica Lamperd; Jodie Lockyer; Monty McKenzie; Ingrid Martin; Michael Meagher; Daniel Neal; Gabriel Piras; Allison Pollard; Naomi Ra; Nikolai Sanadze; Daniel Van Bergen; Aaron Vreulink and Lynlee Williams for the great outcomes that they bring out in our students.


I thank our Director of Music Mr Mark Shiell for his vision and leadership of people and the program. His engagement with the staff and our students continues to ensure an approach where each individual and team irrespective of whether staff or student continue to  challenge themselves to achieve heights which at first they never thought possible.


I acknowledge the work and commitment of our Music Secretary Mrs Jill Browne who continues to work tirelessly in support of everyone associated with the Instrumental Music Program. Furthermore, I wish to express my appreciation and the appreciation of the whole school community for the work of the Music Support Group. Performances such as the one witnessed last night would not be possible without the ongoing support of this group of volunteers.


Finally I wish to thank all our young people and their parents/guardians for their ongoing commitment to the program and I look forward to another wonderful year of music in 2012.


NAPLAN Test Results:

The school has received the Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Test results and hard copies of these will be mailed out to parents during the term break. Can I ask that any parents of Year 7 or Year 9 students who may have changed their address and not notified the school that you do so before the end of Friday 23 September so that the results can be mailed out to a correct address.


A reminder about Student Safety:

Last week there was an incident in the street outside the school that could have been very serious. One of our students was struck by a car when moving off the pathway onto the road. I understand that the driver may not have had the level of care required in the area at peak times. Whilst the student was not seriously hurt, potentially the situation could have been very serious. Over the last few weeks I have been purposely repeating my plea for drivers to be very vigilant during peak traffic times of the day; the morning drop off and the afternoon pick-up. This has been my ongoing attempt to emphasise that student safety is of paramount importance. I have also informed our community that traffic infringement officers are now patrolling the area during these times and that fines have already been applied to a number of drivers for either reckless driving or illegal parking. Unfortunately it seems that my plea is not being taken seriously by some.


I understand that we would all like to have our needs met and that we do not want to be inconvenienced; however, once again I ask you to reflect on the purpose of my plea, “Student Safety”. If you do drive down Withers Way and you are unable to move through the school circular drive way, it may be more appropriate to exit the area via Bell and Ely Streets rather than attempting to make a U-Turn on Withers Way. I ask you to be vigilant of students in your path. We will continue to emphasise to the students the importance of also being vigilant when walking to school and crossing roads.


On another note, I inform you that there will be changes to parking conditions (which will come into effect over the next few weeks) on the north side of Withers Way (adjacent to the Leisure Centre and the School Drive) during peak periods. Some of the current parking bays in this area during peak times will become non-parking and a drop-off zone.


End of Term 3:

I take this opportunity to wish all the students and staff a relaxing and safe term break. I know that for the senior students in particular, the term break will provide an opportunity to continue with their preparation for the upcoming examination period but it is also very important that they do have a break.


I take this opportunity to thank Mr Anton Prato (English Key Learning Area) for his work and commitment during the last three terms of 2011 and I wish him all the very best in his future career path. I also thank Mr Max Balchin for all his work. Mr Balchin replaced Mr Ford during his period of leave in Term 3. Mr Ford will be returning at the start of Term 4. I also wish Mr Paul Oliver all the very best during his period of leave in Term 4.


As is usual practice on Friday 23 September school will conclude at 2:30 pm. I ask that parents make additional arrangement as required to ensure their children’s safe travel home.


I look forward to seeing everyone back safe and sound on 10 October.


Vincent Sicari, Principal






DV Bus Travellers



All morning bus travellers must be at their stops the required 10 minutes ahead of normal scheduled time so the buses can run on or ahead of schedule.


Diamond Valley College-year 9 students will be travelling to the City Campus for the week and the buses must run on time so that our students can meet with the train to the city.


Paula Hogan




Last night was the music department's BIG concert for the year.  Always an emotional one as we say goodbye to our year 12 students, who, for most have dedicated 6 years of involvement in the program.


We thank everyone involved for a fantastic evening!


A reminder about the auditions!  The music for auditions is in the music foyer ... please have your child read the instructions carefully!  This week ... 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.


Intention forms for students are being given out this week.  These are to be returned to the music office by Friday 14th October.


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



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

 Jill Browne, Music Administration




Wed 21

MS Earth and Stars Field work

Arts - Gallery Visit 7K

SOSE - MS Criminal Law Fieldwork

Fri 23

Boys Challenge Program

Staff v Students football match

END OF TERM 3 – dismissal at 2:30pm

Mon 26

LOTE – Asia Literacy Study Tour - Malaysia Trip (until 6 October)

Mon 10 October

TERM 4 COMMENCES at 8:50am


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.




It’s well known that ‘Getting Air” is one of the most exhilarating things you can do on the snow.  In the pursuit of this, a mix of first timers, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders spent 5 days on the snow at Mt Buller, each of them having a two hour lesson in the morning to either introduce them to the sport and the mountain, or build on the skills they already had.  It snowed a number of times while we were there with the weather being a mix of sunny, overcast, and white out conditions. When we were not on the snow we played pool, watched movies, listened to music, prepared meals, did dishes and even occasionally did our other duties to maintain a clean  lodge.

Over the week a number of us got to hone our skills with the instructors, getting air with some wooden ‘boxes’ strategically placed in the snow.



Julia Cobbett in action


There were some students who went to Middle School Snow camp and the camp went for 5 nights. We left on Fathers’ Day. Snow camp was fun. You could choose between skiing or snowboarding. My name is Lachlan and I am in Yr 9. I have cerebral palsy but still got to go to camp and ski. I did sit skiing with the help of a ski coach from Mt Buller and the support of another adult. The Eltham High teachers that went on snow camp were amazing and I thank them for letting me experience something that I thought I would never be able to do.

 Lachlan Dalgleish Yr 9




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



 Canteen Roster


Wed 21st

Adrienne Harris, Anna Whittley, Christine Williams

Thu 22nd

Tracey Jarvis, Maureen Wilson

Fri 23rd


Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.





Tan Relays

Seven Eltham HS students took part in the Tan Relays on Saturday 17th September, the final event on the Athletics Victoria Winter program. Running for the Diamond Valley Athletic Club, the students were members of junior teams where each runner completed a 3.8km lap of the Tan.

Rory Kelham 13:13, James White 14:12 and Nicholas Phillips 15:11 formed a Men’s Under 18 team that won a bronze medal.

Year 7 students, Mikaela Prunotto and Taylor Ramsdale made impressive debuts at the Tan. Mikaela completed her lap in 16:29 while Taylor finished his lap in 15:57.

Braydon Turner and Andrew Kelham ran in the Men’s Under 16 team that finished in 6th position. Braydon completed the 3.8km in 14:07 and Andrew finished in 16:37.

EHS students are always welcome to join in training sessions at Willinda Park, Greensborough, on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm. Training sessions are supervised by qualified coaches and each session is carefully structured to match the ability of the athlete.

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club will hold a Trials & Registration Day at Willinda Park for the coming summer season of Track and Field athletics on Saturday 8th October starting at 1:00pm.

Max Balchin



All Junior, Middle & Senior School 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.





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


Brendan Monigatti and Jenny Fowler


Have you changed your contact details?

Please notify Ms Cathy Cukier of any changes you have made ASAP Contact 9430 5113 or cuk@elthamhs.vic.edu.au



BPay Logo Vector DownloadBPay at EHS………. Almost Too Easy

Simply use the biller code and reference number listed on your statement.

It can sometimes be difficult to identify what items your payment relates to, so please provide us with details at the time of your payment so it can be allocated in accordance with your request.  Email your payment details to accounts@elthamhs.vic.edu.au otherwise it will be allocated as follows:

1.     Essential education items

2.     Optional extras

3.     Voluntary financial contributions.


Please note that biller code 87361 will show DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) NOT Eltham High School.  The Department initially receives the payment and then distributes to schools the next day so there is a processing delay of two days.


If you require any further information, please call the office on 9430 5111    Kathleen Hannan, Business Manager



Community Announcements/Advertising









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










2011 Diamond Valley “Oxfam” Bookfair

One day only

Saturday 22nd October 8am-6pm

Eltham Senior Citizens Hall

Main Road, Eltham

Enquiries – Stephen 9439 2063 or Louise 9437 1504