Term 4 Week 3 - Tue 25th October 2011

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Principal’s Report


I congratulate all our Year 12 students on the completion of their VCE Program and on behalf of the school community.  I wish them all the best in their exams and their future pathways.


A range of assemblies have taken place over the last week outlining the school’s expectations in relation to student behaviour during this period of Year 12 celebrations.  As indicated in an earlier edition of this newsletter, the Year 12 students will complete their formal secondary education on Wednesday, 26 October with the traditional countdown in the Canteen Courtyard.  They will then join the staff for breakfast on Thursday morning (27 October) after which they will leave the school ground by 10:00am and prepare for the formal that same evening.


Students from other year levels are not to take part in any of the year 12 celebrations (this has been made very clear to them).  Any form of misbehaviour will not be tolerated.  I ask parents for your support in further communicating this expectation to your children.  Year 12 students have also been made aware of the school’s expectation in relation to their behaviour.  We want to support them to remain safe and to look out for each other during this period of time.  I look forward to a positive and enjoyable end to the Year 12 school year.


Student Achievement

‘Wide Asleep Photography Exhibition’

I congratulate all our students who exhibited work in the ‘Wide Asleep’ photography Exhibition.  The exhibited work is outstanding and the show itself has been curated with a high level of professionalism.  I wish to thank Ian Clark who has taken the responsibility to liaise with the gallery owner and students to ensure such a successful outcome.  Many thanks to Narelle Byrne for donating her gallery space (a commercial exhibition space) and in so doing for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students. 


The exhibition opened on Sunday, 16 October and, even though I was unable to attend the opening due to illness, I visited the gallery last Saturday morning and was very impressed with what I experienced.  The Wide Asleep Photographic Exhibition is a joint venture of student work from both Eltham High School and Thornbury High School.  The work remains on show until Saturday, 30 October at the Narelle Byrne Gallery, 545 High Street, Kew.  Work is on sale by private arrangement with the individual student, through Ian Clark (cla@elthamhs.vic.edu.au).  I strongly encourage you to visit the gallery and experience this high quality collection of student work.


Break Thru People Solutions Art Competition

I congratulate the nine Middle School students who took part in this competition.  Break Thru Solutions is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that, amongst other services, provides specialist employment services to a wide range of job seekers, school leavers/students and people with a disability, injury or health condition.  The theme of this year’s competition was “keeping it together”, aimed at raising awareness of the issues of mental health in the community, particularly with the youth who are the future.  Though raising awareness, the ultimate hope is to expel any stigma associated with mental health issues.

The judges were very impressed with our students’ art work and commented on how the students demonstrated an awareness and ‘sensitive’ approach to exploring mental health issues.  I congratulate Callum Croft (Year 9, Andrew House) for having being awarded the second prize in the competition and a bursary of $100.  I also congratulate and thank Ms Ute Leiner for her support and encouragement of students.


Principal’s Advisory Group

I congratulate all members of the Principal’s Advisory Group for their work this year and for their support and advice that they have provided to me throughout 2011.  Their work this year included:

·         The implementation of the Student’s Attitude to School Survey across the entire school;

·         The analysis of the data obtained from the Students’  Attitude to School Survey with a range of recommendations from this data;

·         Input into the research of Effective Teaching and Learning and Student Motivation;

·         Contribution to the review of the Middle School Program;

·         Engagement with a “Type-2 Diabetes” educational program (this will continue into 2012).


The 21 young people in the group (across each year level) have been outstanding representatives of the student body and when called upon, outstanding ambassadors for our school and community.  Students currently in Year 7 through to Year 11 have nominated to remain in the Group and I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the four Year 12 students who have contributed a great deal to the group and the school: Lia Burchell (Year 12, Everard House); James Burke (Year 12, Rutter House); Peter Shackleton (Year 12, Andrew House); Andrew Page (Year 12, Stewart House).  We wish you all the best with your exams and your future pathways.

Eltham High School Debating Teams

As the year draws to a close and the assessment period begins, groups such as our debaters take pause from their commitment to the team, but not before a little celebration.  I was very fortunate to join our Debating Teams for lunch on Monday, 24 October as they celebrated their year of achievement and farewelled our Year 12 students.  What an amazing group of young people.  They are very talented, motivated and passionate about what they do.  However, they all relay their success to the overwhelming commitment of their co-ordinator and No. 1 supporter, Ms Leanne Ipsen.  I congratulate the group and thank them and Ms Ipsen for having lived the school values in the most admirable of ways by representing our school community and showing others what we stand for.  Well done!


Music Support Group Mudbrick House Tour

Many thanks to all the members of the Music Support Group for their many hours of preparation and organisation for this year’s Mudbrick House Tour which took place on Sunday, 23 October.  I acknowledge the support of the Shire of Nillumbik which contributed to the success of this initiative and thank all members of our community and friends who supported it.


Vincent Sicari, Principal



Working Bee Report 23rd October 2011

The Grounds Committee staged their sixth Working Bee for the year on Sunday 23rd October. Close to 40 enthusiastic volunteers fronted in beautiful spring weather to complete a range of tasks that were planned for the school on the day. The School environment looks a whole lot better for their efforts. Thanks goes out to our wonderful volunteers as well as the Grounds Committee members who take charge of important and provided sustenance on the day. Below is a summary of the tasks completed on Sunday:-

1.     Significant advances were made with the construction of retaining seats adjacent to the 600’s block. This area is now really taking shape and with more paving planned for this area it will be a real bonus for our students in their relaxation time.

2.     Repairs were made to a number of our post and pipe fences around the campus.

3.     Further salvage of sleepers from the Stage 2 site was completed. We do like to recycle.

4.     Pruning and weeding adjacent to the Admin block as well as the gardens adjacent to the 600’s block.

5.     Mowing and brushcutting was completed across a range of sites around the campus. The end result is a much tidier and cleaner looking campus.

6.     Mulching of areas adjacent to the Admin block and the 600’s was completed following the weeding exercise.

It was great to see the number of students who attended with their parents on the day and who made a valuable contribution to the end result. Working Bees are great family activities and a way to meet other parents, staff members and to learn more about your school in a very social inclusive environment. It was also pleasing to see the School’s recently appointed Environment Coordinator Danielle Cotter attended our Working Bee on Sunday and get seriously involved in our group’s activities. Thanks Danielle.

Working bee attendees were: John Coates, Mark Croft, Sue Washington, Phillip Green, Vincent Sicari, Leo Adamson, David Norden, Peter & Oliver Zagorski, Bruce Voisey, Bruce Martyn, Michael & Luke Wachinger, Derek Russell, Simon MacDonald, Ken Wilson, Shane, Sandi & Jake Pike, John Uwland, Russell Bulman, Elisa & Jay Smith, Bronwyn & Michael Cervinka, Kamilla Laxton, John Hattam, Danielle Cotter, D Ackland, Suzie Gerrard, Tess & Samantha Williver, Rob Clarke, Ken Walker, Nigel Alexander, Gordon Moses, Karen Cochrane.

Our next and final Working Bee is on Sunday 13th November only 3 weeks away so if you haven’t experienced a Working Bee in 2011 you are running out of time. Please put that date in your diary, set the alarm and make a date with destiny! Looking forward to your anticipated support.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee


New Calculator Sales 10th November

The Organiser and Calculator King will be at the school on Thursday 10th November 12:30-1:30pm in room 917 selling the required calculator for years 10 (core Maths), 11 (subjects: GMA, GMM & MM) and 12 (subjects: FM, MM & SM).


The calculator is the TI Nspire CX CAS, the price is $185 (inc GST) and includes a 3 year warranty with the receipt.


Payment is cash or cheque only.


All cheques require the purchaser's name, address and phone number on the back.


The new calculator is a colour version of the current model, the current model is also suitable for students in the subjects listed.


Mrs Milner KLA Coordinator Mathematics


An Exciting and NEW Community Choir

is starting up in Eltham

Come and give it a go at our first rehearsal workshop


When:    Wednesday 26th October

Where:   Eltham High School

Music Department

Withers Way, Eltham

Time:      7.30pm

Bring:     Yourself and all your friends


Come and be a part of this wonderful community activity.


Mark Shiell – Director of Music



Very busy times in the music department.  Senior students are in the midst of recitals and external exams.  Others are taking part in AMEB exams commencing next week, but the rehearsal schedule is in full swing.


We have a new date for the calendar!  Monday 28th November, 6.30pm start time is the official date for the Twilight Evening Concert.  The Music Support Group will have the BBQ running hot and there'll be 'a touch of Christmas' to the concert.  Dare we say ... BYO chairs, rugs ... and umbrella!  Fingers crossed the heavens will not open!


And a reminder about the Community Choir ... 1st rehearsal tomorrow night ... Wednesday 26th October 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the school's music rehearsal room.  All welcome ... those that can sing ... and those that can't!


Next Wednesday [2nd November] we are having a 'Strings Evening', in the main rehearsal room, 7pm start, showcasing our strings students with solos and small ensemble pieces.  You're welcome to attend!


Our Debating teams from 2011 met for a congratulatory and farewell lunch today. Congratulating Aidan Pugielli on being awarded the Swannies award for Debating by the Victorian Debating Association. A farewell to our year 12 Debaters: Scout Rodrigo, Ben Hague and Peter Shackleton. All students volunteer their time to meet, discuss plan and give their Interschool debates out of school time and should be recognised for this.

Ms Leanne Ipsen.


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



 Canteen Roster


Wed 26

Christine Muscat, Margaret Toohey

Thu 27

Carol Stewart, Sue Ball

Fri 28

Mara Dale + 1 Volunteer (please)

Mon 31


Tue 1 Nov


Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.



The builders are working hard to achieve a hand over of Stage 1 works by the end of November.  You might have noticed the work is nearing completion on cladding above the entry space.  Concrete to the entry area will be poured in this area over the next few days.


Inside the building work is progressing at a frantic pace.  The installation of a building management system is near complete and work is well advanced on finalising the specialist audio and visual components of the Performance Centre.  With the funds available the school has concentrated in having all of the infrastructure type works put in place.  Special equipment will be purchased as funds become available.


Electricians, plasterers, plumbers and many other trades are busy finalising their work.  Painters and carpet layers will be on site shortly and then followed by cabinet makers to fit out areas.


The raked seating in the Performance Centre is still a big cost item that is not funded by the Department of Education.  We do need to raise a considerable sum to finance this equipment.  The only way open to the school is by starting a co-operative.  We do seek your support to become a member of the co-operative.  You can express an interest to join up by simply providing your contact details.  Go to the school web page, Building Futures Project, and click onto Join Co-operative. 


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


Bruce Martyn – Project Officer




Aus Volleyball Schools Cup – 40 days to go!

Permission forms and the balance must be returned to the cashier by November 18th. Any students who require the necessary forms for the Australian volleyball schools cup may collect them from Mr Thomas in the PE office or from the volleyball link on the Eltham High school web page. The volleyball web page also has a blank parent permission form on it that can be used for any volleyball event. So if little ‘Jimmy’ loses his permission form – you can print off a blank one and get the details off the calendar (also on the volleyball page).


Year 7 Volleyball Competition

The year 7 competition that normally runs on Monday’s after school has been moved to Thursday afternoons for the remainder of the season. Games start at 3.30 pm this Thursday.


Tracksuit pants

I still have a few pairs of tracksuit pants that were ordered when volleyball jackets were ordered on my desk ready for collection. If you ordered tracksuit pants please see Mr Thomas.


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



Greg Thomas - Volleyball Coordinator





Wide Asleep

Wide Asleep – Eltham and Thornbury High Schools’ Photography Exhibition at Narelle Byrne Gallery

16th Oct – 30th Oct 2011    545 High St Kew   

Closed Mondays


Thanks to Narelle Byrne who has donated the space to us, we were able to have an exhibition this year. As the two school had gone on a joint excursion to the Bendigo Gallery to see the American Dreams exhibition, we decided it would be good to do a joint exhibition, helping to live the EHS value of Diversity.


About 100 people attended the official opening and were pleased to see the students’ works displayed in such a professional manner. The whole experience is particularly useful for our year 12 students as their exam is based largely on exhibitions.

It’s great to be able to get our students’ photographs out to the general public. All students should feel proud of their achievements and add it into their CV.


Many thanks to Greg Parker (THS), Mick Lyon, Dave Matters and Narelle Byrne for helping to hang the exhibition. This took many hours on Friday night. Also a large thankyou to Diane Parry and Diane Clark who helped with food and drink preparation.


Please take the time to call in and see our wonderful students’ efforts.


Ian Clark – Art Department


Gal.lery [n]: (\ˈga-lə-rē, ˈgal-rē\) *

Pl. gal.ler.ies


1. A selection of minds nailed to the wall.

2. A hallway of portals to uncharted mental states.

3. A room of infinite truth and truthful beauties.

4. A box of frames, mirrors, questions and answers.

5. A designated venue for consuming someone else's sub-conscious.

Written by Georgia Baddeley – Year 11




The EHS Swim Squad will conduct its annual Lapathon on Thursday 24th of November at 7.00am.  We are encouraging all squad swimmers along with past members and friends to get on board to make this year’s event bigger than ever. 

This year we will be focusing our swim on raising money to buy a farm for Oxfam. We hope to beat our previous lap count of 4602, and in doing so raise over $2500.  Everyone is welcome – every lap counts.  Sign up now – See Phil Boyd to register.

Year 12 MEDIA

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Eltham Mud Brick Tour - Sunday October 23

"Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their Sunday morning or afternoon to supervise at one of the houses or selling tickets.


It was brilliant weather and the houses were all stunning. The Music Support group would like to acknowledge all those who helped:-

         Di Parry                                             Kathryn Thomas

         Jacqui Harley                                   Alison Jetson

         Steve Clayton                                   David Butterworth

         Jane Woollard                                  Colin James

         Lisa and Rick Klink                          Andrea Videion

         Peter Zagorski                                  Maureen Orders

         Lynnsay Prunotto                            Linda and Laurie Carter

         Mandy Battyanyi                              Robyn Flanagan

         Jenny Palmer                                   Wendy Gunnoo

         Yvonne Lyons                                  Gaynor McBarron

         Jane Hinwood                                  Chris Harrison

         Helen Heaney                                  Drew Barr

         Georgia Dean                                  Jane Robertson

         Erica Nigol                                        Chris Robinson

         Anne Hawting                                  Sue Anderson

         Jacinta Speakman                          Joanne Kesteren

         Alison and Bruce Gawler




Wed 26

VCE Studio Arts Photography Exhibition “Wide Asleep” (until 30/10)

O&ES Yr11 Fieldwork Surfing & Bushwalking

Year 12 Last Day for Classes

Thu 27

Year 12 Breakfast

Fri 28

Art – MS Illustration Fieldwork

HPE Racq & Rec Archery

Boys Challenge Program

Mon 30

** Limited school classes **

 Tue 1 Nov


Wed 2

SAC Week

Thu 3

Unit 4 Exams commence (until 23/11)

Fri 4

Unit 4 Exams

SAC Week

Boys Challenge Program

Mon 7


Unit 4 Exams

Arise Program (Churinga)





In the spirit of growing Comedy and the Arts throughout metropolitan and regional areas of Australia, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, in collaboration with Nillumbik Community Health Services, are offering a 2-hour workshop to students brought to our performing arts centre or school on request.

A professional Festival comedian puts the students through their paces in a fun workshop environment, exploring styles and genres of comedy and a variety of performance and collaboration skills.


We are seeking 25 interested students who wish to be part of this workshop. It would suit any student, irrespective of their subject selection. There is a ‘class clown’ lurking cheekily in every classroom, just busting for their moment in the limelight!

The Crash Course can be a great warm up for students interested in the competition – helping them prepare their first five funny minutes to unleash on an appreciative audience. Or the workshop can be beneficial for simply assisting students meet curriculum requirements centered on public speaking, listening, problem solving, collaborating, creative thinking and analysis etc.

The workshop will be fully subsidised by the Nillumbik Community Health Service – Bushfire Recovery fund.


For more information or to register, contact:

Eva Natsis (Student Support Worker on 9430 5177)

George Franklin Art Co-ordinator/ Drama Dept (9430 5202)
































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.









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






Diamond Creek Netball


Interested in playing netball?

Then why not join the largest, most successful Club and Association in the Diamond Valley.


2012 Registration

Monday 7th & 14th November 2011

Anytime between 4-6pm

Although it is never too late to join!!

Registration forms available from clubroom anytime or can be downloaded.  www.diamondcreekforce.com.au

Uniform -Skirt and Club Polo Shirt always available from clubrooms $20 each

**All games played Saturday Diamond Creek Netball Complex

**Training Monday after school

4-5pm     9/U & 11/U

5-6pm     13/U,15/U,17/19U

**Cost to join the club and register with Netball Victoria

9/U &11/U               $100*

13/U &15/U             $110*                                  FREE BALL TO

17/19U                    $90 *                                NEW MEMBERS

OPEN                      $100*

(*Subject to change depending on Netball Victoria Registration and Insurance)

For further details look us up on the web, call the clubrooms

9438 6098 or  speak to Kaye Ralph (Club Co ordinator)

9718 2393 /0428 898 393