Term 4 Week 1 - Tue 11th October 2011

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Principal’s Report



Welcome to Term 4:

Welcome back to all students and staff to the final term of the year. I trust that you have all had a restful and relaxing break and that you are all geared up for the challenges of Term 4. This term demands real focus on preparation for the upcoming assessment component of the various programs which we run. In particular I wish to draw attention to all the Year 12 students who will be completing the formal part of their secondary education on Thursday 27 October. And who will shortly after embark on the period of written examinations. All Performance and LOTE students will also be undertaking their performance and oral exams respectively. The remaining two and a half weeks is of crucial importance and it is the time to review your work and understandings as well as to take advantage of the support that the school is offering you. Be mindful that your teachers and parents are going through your Year 12 with you and that they are there to provide that added encouragement and support as required. I ask parents to be mindful that the following weeks can be stressful on your Year 12 student. I ask that you maintain close contact with the school and in particular with your child’s teachers and the Senior Sub-school Co-ordination Team and convey any concerns that you may be faced with during this time. If we are aware of issues then we may be able to help if we are not then it is very difficult for us to extend the greatest level of support possible to your child.


Similarly Year 11 students need to be focused on their preparation for their exams as well as their preparation for their Year 12 program in 2011. There are a number of things in place to help you embrace these challenges. The Year 12 Study Camp and Orientation program are just two things that have been organized to benefit you and support your transition into the final stage of your secondary education. It is expected that ALL students participate in both the Study Camp and the orientation program. Appropriate guidance can be obtained from the Senior Sub-School Office.


For students in Years 7 – 10, this term is also a critical time for your preparation for the conclusion of the school year. Whilst I understand that you may think that there is still quite a lot of time left for you to concentrate on your work and your ongoing assessment and exams (as relevant) time will move very quickly and before you know it is will be the day before a major submission or assessment period. It is important that you remain focused and that you work towards the completion of all required work and consolidation of your study by the set dates. I look forward to continuing our work together as a learning community in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our students.


I take this opportunity to welcome the following staff to our school: Mr Peter Laurence (English);

Miss Rosie Anastasiou (SOSE) and Mr Frank Capozza (Maintenance Team). Furthermore, I welcome back Mr Stephen Ford; Mr Greg Thomas; Ms Naomi Edrees; Mrs Hermina Burns and Mrs Helen O’Meara who have returned after a period of leave.


Student Achievement:

Debating Association of Victoria (DAV) Swannie Awards:

Congratulations to Aidan Puglielli (Year 10, Andrew  House) who has won the B Grade Swannie Award for the Watsonia Region, 2011.

The Swannie Awards are presented annually and are awarded to the speaker in each region and grade who has the highest average speaker score after completing at least three debates during the year. The average is calculated solely on speaker scores, and is not affected by the best speaker awards that are announced at the end of each debate.

The Award will be presented to Aidan at a ceremony at the BMW Edge, Federation Square, at 6:30pm on Monday, October 31st.

The speaker with the highest average score in each grade across all 20 regions is awarded a Competition Swannie Award. The top three speakers in each grade are nominated for the award, and the winner will be announced at the ceremony.

The DAV is a non-profit association which exists to promote debate. It is the peak debating body in Victoria and runs large competitions for adults and for schools across Victoria. It provides training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators.

This is an outstanding achievement for Aiden and for our school and a bit thank-you must go to the other members of our debating teams and Ms Leanne Ipsen who has been their Coach, Mentor and Number 1 Supporter.



Student Tour to Malaysia:

Without doubt, the student tour to Malaysia was an outstanding success and once again we need to be proud of the way that our young people represented themselves, their families and our learning community. The group set off in the first Monday of the Term 3 break and returned on the Second Thursday of the break. Everything that has been reported to me indicates that they had a wonderful experience filled with new learning and fun. The group was fortunate to visit our sister school, Malacca High School and as the students reported they were treated with high regards and respect.  I know that the students will be providing a report for next week’s newsletter. All the staff on tour also commented on the outstanding success of the tour. I do congratulate and thank Mrs Pompa Brady for her hard work and commitment to the organization of the tour as well and Ms Sha Shukor and Mr Matthew Barker who committed the major part of their break to the tour. Furthermore I wish to thank and acknowledge Mrs Katrina Kelly (parent) who also participated in the tour and supported the work of the staff. I also wish to thank everyone who supported the group’s fundraising efforts prior to the departure. This was highly appreciated by the students and staff alike. If it were not for people like these, such opportunities would not be possible for our students. An outstanding effort on the part of everyone involved.


Eltham Mudbrick Tour 2011:

The Eltham High School Music Support Group invites you to a tour of Eltham's world class mudbrick houses. The tour features five homes in Eltham providing different perspectives on the creative and functional use of mudbricks which are a feature of the architectural landscape in Eltham and its surrounds. The tour has been organized for Sunday the 23rd of October from 10am-4pm. For further information, please visit the events section of the school webpage http://www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au/  This is the major fundraising event in support of the school’s renowned Music Program. Please support our efforts.


Whole School Assembly:

Our Whole School Assembly for this term will be held on Thursday 13 October, 9:00 -10:30 am. This assembly will focus on the School Value of “Individuality”. Furthermore, it will be at this assembly that we will formally recognize and farewell our Year 12 students, the Class of 2011 and wish them all the very best with their exams and their transition into further education, training and/or employment. I extend an invitation to parents and other members of our community who would like to attend this assembly. This is the last Whole School Assembly for this year. For planning purposes, I ask that you R.S.V.P. by contacting Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or sca@elthamhs.vic.edu.au  no later than Wednesday 12 October.


The Melbourne Cup Period

Historically the day before the Melbourne Cup holiday, Monday 31 October, has had a very poor student attendance.  As a consequence, and as a way of causing the least disruption to the educational program of the school, the last few years has seen this day used as time‑in-lieu for teachers.  As clearly expressed in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2008 and supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this compensates teachers for the time that they allocate beyond work hours throughout the year to student progress interviews involving students, parents and staff.


In the past, irrespective of the time-in-lieu arrangement, the school has remained open on the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day as Year 12 exams were on during that time, and the school is an examination centre.  Irrespective of the fact that this year the Year 12 exams do not begin until the following week, the school will be open on this day.  However, whilst this day would seem to be the most appropriate in terms of minimising disruption to the educational program of the school in the provision of time-in-lieu, I am writing to ascertain your intention to your child’s/children’s attendance on Monday 31 October in order for us to plan effectively.  The school will be open on this day and based on previous experience, due to poor student attendance, it is most likely that an alternative educational program will be in place.  Your information will be valuable in ascertaining staffing requirements for this day.


I ask you to confirm with us only if your child will be attending on Monday 31 October 2011 by contacting the appropriate Sub-School Office either by telephone on 9430 5111 or by e‑mail through each of the Sub‑School Team Leaders by Friday 21 October:

Senior Sub-School          Anna Panas                              pan@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Middle Sub-School         Christine Andrews                     and@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Junior Sub-School          Ross McKinnon                        mki@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation with this matter.


A reminder about Student Safety:

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. There was an incident in the last week 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 did not engage the level of care required in the area at peak times and whilst the student was not seriously hurt potentially, the situation could have been very serious.


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.


Vincent Sicari, Principal



Don't miss out on your copy of the



Orders will be finalised on 28 October and will be mailed early in 2012 to all families who have paid the 'School Magazine' voluntary charge on their family statements.

If you are not sure if you have paid, please check your current September statement.


Don't be confused, MERCURY is a record of the school year and is very different to the student ANTHOLOGY of writing. MERCURY includes the class photos, samples of artwork, stories of student achievements and Faculty adventures as well as photos and details from some of the major school events - Swimming and Aths sports, Drama production, Arts festival, Outdoor Ed, Overseas trips etc.


In fact you can even become involved - if you have ideas about what should be included or can write a paragraph about a significant school event or have some good photos that show our students in action, then please email them to cla@elthamhs.vic.au Get them in before the end of November!


The magazine serves as a great record of our school community's achievements. By being published at the beginning of the following year, it doesn't get lost in the Christmas rush and will hopefully inspire students, staff and parents to get involved in the new year in a multitude of ways


Ian Clark - Mercury Coordinator





Aus Volleyball Schools Cup

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.


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 – yr 7&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




Thu 13


Fri 14

Boys Challenge Program

Mon 17

SAC Week (all week)

VCE Studio Arts Photography Exhibition “Wide Asleep” (until 30 October)

Wed 19

School Council Meeting

Fri 21

Boys Challenge Program

HPE Racq & Rec - Archery


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.



Working Bee Term 4

The Grounds Committee has scheduled 2 working bees for Term 4, the first on Sunday 23rd October and the final Working Bee for the year on Sunday 13th November. The focus for the remainder of the year will be the new landscape area adjacent to the cricket nets and further salvage of materials around the staffroom prior to that area being given over to the builders when Stage 2 of the building process is initiated in late November. Given all the rain we have experienced over the last month there are lots of maintenance tasks that need to be attended to as well. So in all there are lots of jobs in hand. For the 23rd October event the main priorities are as follows:-

1.   Continuation of the construction of raised box retaining wall seats in the area below the 600’s block. Crowbars, shovels, spirit levels required.

2.   Drainage established around the 2 completed raised box seats using plastic and 20mm screenings.

3.   Some repair work to post and pipe fences in a number of areas around the campus.

4.   Salvage of sleepers and plants around the staffroom precinct.

5.   Further pruning and weeding around the 400’s complex and the garden adjacent to the Science block.

6.   Sweeping in the area adjacent to the stadium complex as well as the courtyard precincts.

7.   Mowing and brushcutting across the entire campus.

8.   Mulching of plants in the environmental area at the end of the tennis courts.

9.   Pressure cleaning of concrete adjacent to the locker area near the 600’s block.

If attending this event park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the library and make your way to the canteen courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and directed to an appropriate task. Again I would like to emphasise that both Working Bees this term are Sunday events that start at 9:00am and conclude at 12:30pm with barbeque lunch provided. Morning tea is also included in this package. So don’t miss out on this opportunity.

I look forward to your anticipated support on the 23rd October

John Coates for the Grounds Committee


 Canteen Roster


Wed 12

Margaret Toohey, Michelle Dalton, Tracey Angelopoulos

Thu 13

Ali Burley, Erin Russell

Fri 14

Julie Wright, Catherine James, Jenny McCormack

Mon 17

Christine Carroll, Jill Rachim

Tue 18

Anne Hawting, Rhonda Steele

Volunteers required for Wed 26 Oct, Fri 28 Oct & Wed 9 Nov

Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.




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.



The builder had hoped to have the internal courtyard concreting completed over the term break, however the weather over this period was atrocious and threw the schedule right out.  Only a small amount could be completed.  As a consequence the work is being finished off this week.  We expect full access will be available from the start of next week. 

The cut over to the new electricity supply did not occur as planned.  Our electricity supplier had advised us that it would happen over the break however this did not eventuate.  This caused an inconvenience for our builder who must now organise for this to occur later in the year.

Even with all of these delays there has still been significant amounts of work occurring.  Over the break up to 50 workers were on site each day.  They have been busy finalising the many components in the new building.  The services people have been busy roughing in wires, connecting plumbing fittings, installing the heating systems as well as glazing, carpentry and plastering.

Work has also commenced with the fit out of specialist lighting and audio services for the performance centre and drama room.  The work is concentrating on having the infrastructure in place now.  As further funds become available the school will be able to purchase and use the specialist equipment without the need to have major construction work take place.

We are in discussion with the landscape designer concerning the construction and location of locker bays.  We are looking to have undercover and secure locker pavilions located in the new courtyards.  There will also be a number of projects that our Grounds Committee will become involved with.  This will add to the ambience of the spaces with a variety of plantings and also construction of some of the seating areas. 

The big issue at present is funding the seating in the Performance Centre.  The project budget does not extend to this work.  The school will need to fund raise as well as establish a co-operative.  In all we will need to raise approximately $300,000 for this.  While this may sound expensive the outcome will produce a great result for our school community.  We look forward to your support to achieve this.  There will be more information in the next Community News.


The finish date for stage 1 is now expected to be in early December and work will commence shortly after for Stage 2 works. 


Bruce Martyn – Project Officer



The EHS Swim Squad offers students a one hour structured program at the Eltham Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings from 7.00am under the guidance of coach Neroli Nixon.  With summer around the corner now is a perfect time to improve your swimming as well as your fitness.  Students from all year levels and of all ability levels will find the squad a friendly and supportive one.  On Thursday November 24th the EHS Swim Squad will conduct its annual Lapathon to raise money for Oxfam.  This effort has raised over $2000 for each of the past 4 years and is worthy of support by the school community. If you wish to get involved, just register with Phil Boyd and turn up on the 24th ready to put in the hard yards – remember it’s ‘all for a good cause’.  Weekly sessions cost $10 to cover lane hire and coaching fees.  Hope to see all the crew there this coming Thursday – bring a friend!



Welcome back everyone to a busy term 4!


The new listings for Concert, Symphonic, Jazz and Stage Bands were posted on the foyer windows the last Friday of term 3.


Intermediate Band will be made up of this year's Training Band members and those Intermediate Band members that are to remain in the band for another year.


Reminder of rehearsal times ... Intermediate Band 7.30am on WEDNESDAY mornings, Concert Band 3.30pm on WEDNESDAY afternoons, Symphonic Band on TUESDAY afternoons 3.30pm and FRIDAY mornings 7.30am. Jazz Band are FRIDAY afternoons at 3.30pm and Stage Band are MONDAY afternoons at 3.30pm.


Another reminder ... those that haven't handed in this year's ties and sashes, please do so to the music office immediately.


Our Senior students are currently going through the process of rehearsals and recitals ready for their music performance exams.


AMEB exam rehearsals will commence in the next couple of weeks.  Music staff will discuss with their students the rehearsal timetable which will be displayed shortly.


Intention forms - these were given out at lessons and auditions.  If your child did not receive one, these can be picked up from the music office.


Jill Browne, Music Administration



The 2011 Photography exhibition, Wide Asleep, at the Narelle Byrne Gallery 545 High St Kew at 5pm this Sunday 16th October. 


Please see the attached flyer and spread the word to anyone you think would like to see the exhibition which will be on until Sunday 30th October.





Yr 7 Excursion to the Vienna Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria

During the last week of term 7K students went on an excursion to the NGV international thanks to Evelyn Bourke’s art competition win earlier in the year.  Students attended an introductory lecture and then visited the exhibition where they could experience Viennese Art and Design of the 1900s.  In the afternoon they created their own artworks in an oil painting workshop where they produced expressive portrait paintings.  Several of the students’ artworks are going to be exhibited on the NGV website and will be on show during the upcoming Arts festival.  The day was a great success!


Ute Leiner


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



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

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





Community Announcements/Advertising









Do you love to do art? Do you love hanging out, talking and socialising with other girls?

Are you aged 14 to 17 years?


Then the ARTreach Program is for you!


What is it?  ARTreach is a unique eight week community arts program for young women.  You get to choose your visual arts medium, whether it be film-making, print making, photography and more.


When: TUESDAYs, 18th Oct. – 13th Dec. ‘11

(excluding the 1st Nov. - Cup Day)


Where: Banyule Community Health at 21 Alamein Rd, West Heidelberg & Jets Studio at Bundoora

(Transport to Jets will be organised)

Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

For further information or to book (places strictly limited) please contact:
Jane Casey
Youth worker at Banyule Youth Services
e. jane.casey@banyule.vic.gov.au
p. 03 9457 9907 or 0427 833 321



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



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.




Kids Come’n Try Fishing Day

Sunday 16 October, Yarrambat Park Lake, Yan Yean Rd., Yarrambat

(Golf course entry), 9.30am-2pm

NSFFC_Kid's Day CartoonA free community event hosted by the Northern Suburbs Flyfishing Club Inc. to teach kids to fish. All equipment, tackle and bait are provided free of charge. No experience needed – expert anglers are on hand to bait hooks and demonstrate techniques. Fly-casting and fly-tying tuition is available for all ages and abilities. For more information visit the club website: www.flyfishing.org.au or contact Cain Polidano: 0409 703 296.