Term 4 Week 4 - Wed 2nd November 2011

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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement

Australian Mathematics Competition 2011:

I congratulate all our students who participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition and acknowledge the outstanding effort of our top achievers: Jaime Sacchero (Year 7, Stewart House), Michaela Prunotto (Year 7, Everard House); Sean Richards (Year 7, Andrew House); Isabella Mulholland (Year 8, Rutter House); Jack Liu (Year 8, Andrew House); Sam Northcott (Year 8, Stewart House); Ellen O’Brien (Year 9, Everard House); Gabby Seymour (Year 9, Everard House); Sarah Gerardson (Year 9, Everard House); Simone Beattie (Year 10, Everard House); David Bulman (Year 10, Stewart House); Sally Meikle (Year 10, Everard House); Matthew Shackleton (Year 11, Andrew House); Monique McLennan (Year 11, Stewart House); Amos Fun (Year 11, Rutter House);  Hannah Beattie (Year 12, Everard House); Michael Yates (Year 12, Rutter House); Jaimie Russell (Year 12, Rutter House). In particular I wish to congratulate Isabella Mulholland who was awarded a High Distinction in the competition and is placed in the top 1% of students in her year level across Australia. Furthermore I congratulate Jack Liu for being the Prudence Award winner. The Prudence Award is given to the student who has achieved the highest number of consecutive correct results.

These students and the others who participated in the competition have excelled in the academic arena and have demonstrated that they live the school value of the “Pursuit of Excellence”. We are very proud of them.


School Sport Victoria, Secondary State Track and Field Championships:

Whilst a very detailed report appears in a further section of this week’s newsletter I want to personally congratulate all the students who once again represented our school in such an admirable way in these championships. A number of medals came home after the event and our students performed brilliantly. In particular I wish to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of Lachlan Dalgleish who not only won two medals but was also awarded the prize for the “most Inspirational Athlete” of the meet. Lachlan is an outstanding role model and we should all draw inspiration from his efforts. In congratulating the students I also want to acknowledge the work of their coaches, parents and teachers who through their support and encouragement allow these young people to reach their full potential.

Annual Lapathon:

The Eltham High School Swim Squad will be running its annual Lapathon. This is a major fundraising effort directly aligned with our school value of “Social Responsibility”. In the past the funds raised through this effort have supported the Smith Family and more recently Local Primary Schools that were affected by the Back Saturday bushfires. This year it has been decided that the funds will go to supporting the work of Oxfam. I urge you to be very generous in your support of our young people by sponsoring them and the staff who participate in this yearly event. This year the Lapathon will take place on the 24 November in the Eltham Leisure Centre pool starting at 7:30 am.

Eltham High School Community Choir:

The Eltham High School Community Choir is a reality. I congratulate everyone who faced their fears and attended the first meeting. It was a vibrant night with lots of fun. I congratulate our Director of Music, Mr Mark Shiell for his vision and for living our school motto “Deeds Count”. See you all there.


Vincent Sicari, Principal




Dear Parents,

The Federal Government has provided funding for 1:1 computer access for students from years 9 to 12.

In relation to this funding the school has started several initiatives to provide student access to Personal Learning Devices (Notebook) in 2012 and beyond.

Students in years 9 and 10 will be provided with their own device at the start of 2012, while years 11 and 12 will have dedicated access through existing and upgraded computer labs.

Students in year 7 and 8, although not catered for with the Federal Funding initiative, will have the option to engage with their own Personal Learning Device (Notebook) through a parent contribution arrangement that will run for 3 years.

To support the implementation of these initiatives information will be provide through the following information nights:

Year 9/10 in 2012 – Tuesday 22nd November

Year 8 in 2012 – Thursday 24th November

Year 7 in 2012 – Information Evening – Wednesday 7th December

Darren Squires

Assistant Principal

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 on the day.


Cheques are to be made payable to:

“The Organiser & Calculator King”


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


Community Choir

The Community Choir is off and running!!!


For those who missed it (and may yet join us) the choir was launched into being on Wednesday October 26th with 52 people in attendance.   It was a brilliant turn out for the first session and with the power of 'word of mouth' I am imagining....well.....a lot!!


We would like everyone to know (especially those people who believe they can't sing!) that they are welcome to come and join us for a sing on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm - 9.30pm.   You won't regret it!!



Mark Shiell – Director of Music




A list of titles suitable for sale by Year 12 students will be distributed tomorrow outside the library after the English exam. Students may leave their books for sale with Jeremy Taylor who will be operating a temporary collection point outside the VCE Common Room from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Friday 18th November & 11:00am-1:00pm on Tuesday 22nd November.

Year 11 students will receive their booklists for 2012 shortly and may now view 2011 titles suitable for sale on the list outside the Common room. They may also leave their 2011 books for sale and their 2012 second hand book order at the temporary collection point outside the VCE Common room from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Friday 18th November & 11:00am-1:00pm on Tuesday 22nd November. After this date please go to room 616 with books and orders.

2011 students in years 7, 8, 9 & 10 will also be receiving their 2012 booklists shortly with a list of 2011 texts suitable for resale.

As from Monday 28th November the second hand book room will operate from room 616 and families wanting to see 2011 texts or order 2012 texts may do so until Friday 16 December.

Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 students can bring their books for sale during the week commencing Monday 28 November

Kathleen Hannan – Business Manager



The next working bee is scheduled for Sunday 13th November.

More news in next weeks newsletter.

John Coates for The Grounds Committee


Year 12

Are you interested in obtaining your RSA (Responsible Serving of Alcohol) accreditation. There will be a course on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December to be held in the year 12 study room. The course also includes training in waiting skills. The cost is $125 and you can obtain a registration form from outside the study room. Please forward the form and cash/cheque to Mr. Pringle in the Careers office.  Best of luck with exams!!


Year 10 Portfolio Day

Due to organisational issues the program cannot be provided this year. A replacement program will be organised for year 11 in 2012. Students should however continue updating their resume, considering further work experience in year 11 and start investigating post secondary pathways. Please see Mr. Pringle for any assistance with the portfolio components.


Year 9 Work Experience: Mon Dec 5th – Fri Dec 16th

Students should be actively seeking a placement for the two week period. The final date for submission of forms for processing is Tuesday 29th November.  It is advisable to try different placements for each week but two weeks with the one employer is quite acceptable. The program is an alternative to the normal curriculum so all students over 15 are expected to participate. If a student will not be completing one or both of the weeks please forward a letter of explaination to Ross Pringle or e-mail on   pri@elthamhs.vic.edu.au   


Ross Pringle – Careers & Pathways Co-ordinator




AMEB exams are starting ... lots of activity in the music block!


The 'Strings Evening' is in the music rehearsal room tonight ... all welcome to attend!


The students have been given a flyer regards the Twilight Concert on the evening of Monday 28th November, 6.30pm in the school's courtyard.  Reminders will be given out!




Aus Volleyball Schools Cup – 33 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 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.

Volleyball Bags and Back Packs

Any students interested in purchasing a sport bag or back pack with their name embroidered on it should collect an order form from Ms Pascoe in the PE office. Sports bags are $30 and back packs are $25. Orders must be returned by Monday 7thth November.


Northern Zone Volleyball Finals for year 7 and 8

Students taking part have been given parent permission forms. The form and $7 are to be returned to the staff member as students enter the bus on the day of the excursion. The bus will leave from Ely St bus bay at 9.00 am. The competition will be held at Darebin Community Sports Centre, Plenty Road, Reservoir on Tuesday 8th November. We should return to school by 3.10 pm.


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


If your child has a unique sporting moment or is selected in a state or National team please let us know so we can share the good news. I have copies of the Nillumbik sporting achievement grant application form if you require one.

Email: tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au


Greg Thomas - Volleyball Coordinator



Twelve Eltham High School students competed at the School Sport Victoria, Secondary State Track & Field Championships held at the new athletics facility at Albert Park on Tuesday 25th October. These students had won the right to be in the State finals by having been successful in the regional finals held earlier in the year.


Lachlan Dalgleish, competing in the Shot Put and 100m for AWD - ‘Athletes with Disabilities’ in the 12-15 Years age group came away with medals for each event. Lachlan recorded a personal best performance of 4.99m in the Shot Put to win the silver medal. In the 100m, Lachlan won the bronze medal.


There was also a special presentation to Lachlan in the course of the program awarding him the ‘Most Inspirational Athlete’ of the meet. The presentation was made by Tamsyn Lewis Manou and greeted with great enthusiasm by all in attendance. We all congratulate Lachlan on this achievement.


Maddison Coates won the Silver medal in the Girls 14 Year Olds 100m. In the 200m, Maddison powered home over the final 60m to win the race in a time of 27.00.


Rory Kelham won the Boys 17 Year Olds 1500m in a time of 4:41.19. Rory made his move to the lead with 300m to go and was good enough to kick home and hold off all challenges.


Chris Moffat came away from the State Championships with a Bronze medal in both the 100m and the 400m.


Tessa Mitchell won a Bronze medal in the Girls 18-20 200m.

Tessa and Chris, in Year 12, have been regular members of EHS athletics teams over their time at EHS and are to be congratulated on being such positive role models to other students at EHS.


The EHS team finished the Championships in 15th place out of the 251 schools to send competitors. This is a great credit to all members of the EHS team.


Thanks go to Ms Lucy Bowman for her organisation and leadership (not to mention bus driving!).


School Sport Victoria: 24th Secondary State Track & Field Championships

Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park / Tuesday October 25, 2011


Eltham High School results:

Girls 12-13 200m

Anneli Maley                 29.42                7th

Girls 12-13 400m

Anneli Maley                 1:08.63             7th

Girls 12-13 High Jump

Kaitlyn Smith                 1.30m               7th

Girls 14 Year Olds 100m

Maddison Coates          13.53                2nd

Girls 14 Year Olds 200m

Maddison Coates          27:00                1st

Girls 16 Year Olds 100m Hurdles

Simone Beattie              18.02                4th

Girls 16 Year Olds Long Jump

Simone Beattie              4.36m               7th

Girls 17 Year Olds Discus Throw (1kg)

Amy Stirling                  21.28m             6th

Girls 18-20 100m

Tessa Mitchell               14.60                6th

Girls 18-20 200m

Tessa Mitchell               29.67                3rd

Girls 18-20 100m Hurdles

Hannah Beattie              20.90                4th


Boys 12-13 High Jump

Edward Mauger             1.45m               8th

Boys 14 Year Olds 800m

Andrew Kelham             2:27.78             9th

Boys 12-15 Shot Put AWD

Lachlan Dalgleish          4.99m               2nd

Boys 12-15 100m AWD

Lachlan Dalgleish          34.21                3rd

Boys 17 Year Olds 1500m

Rory Kelham                 4:41.19             1st

Boys 18-20 100m

Chris Moffat                  12.32                3rd

Boys 18-20 400m

Chris Moffat                  53.64                3rd

Boys 18-20 Long Jump

Chris Moffat                  5.76m               6th


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.



Once a week for the past term, seven students as part of the Arise programme have been going to Concord School for students with special needs. The Eltham High School students have been contributing to the help of a range of students through some of their classes. Some of the subjects include Maths, English and specialised areas such as Sport and Music. Getting involved with the kids has really installed a sense of leadership and direction into a lot of the Arise students. The Eltham High students are now planning to build a 3D mosaic to be placed at the front of Concord. A large group of Middle School students from Concord based in the art department, are helping to build the mosaic over the course of five weeks. The students have really been enjoying their time participating in the Arise program, and getting involved with the students. Here are a few personal comments.


I really look forward to the ARIS program every week. It is a great chance to get involved with the community and meet lots of new people. - Colleen Mann.


I have been enjoying the program and helping the kids each week, I am looking forward to making the mosaic with everyone next term. Maggie Emmins


I really enjoy the program it’s a chance to meet new and different people, it also gives me a chance to help my brother who recently started school there. Tessa Rumney


This programme has been really fun and I look forward to seeing the students of Concord every week. Tayler Heaney


It is so fulfilling to help a student understand something. Riley Portman


On Friday the 9th of September, the Eltham High School Saxophone Ensemble performed for a majority of the middle school students at Concord Secondary School. Dan Carter, Tyronne Cai, Mia Howes, Matt Shackleton and Jared Becker all rocked up up to play, performing two pieces to the kids. The ensemble had recently competed in the well known Royal South Street Competition a week beforehand, and received an Honourable Mention, out of 15 other prestigious ensembles. During the performance, the kids got to explore the different types of saxophones and listen to all of the combined. Judging by the positive feedback that was given, the loved the experience.


Wendy Scriven, Youth Project Worker, Mission Australia






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.


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



This year, the proceeds of the School Lapathon go toward purchasing a farm in a developing country through Oxfam. The social change IMPACT Committee at Eltham High School have decided to get on board with this exciting and worthwhile initiative by selling pizzas on Thursday November 10 at lunchtime to raise further funds for this cause. All profits made will be donated to the Lapathon fund. Please support this worthy cause!

Eva Natsis





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)

Tue 8

Unit 4 Exams

OES – MS OES Lorne Ocean Kayaking

HPE Racq & Rec Squash

Finance Committee Meeting





 Canteen Roster


Wed 2

Rachael Wallace, Barbara, Yvonne Lyons

Thu 3

Pearl Yung, Karen Biddiscombe, Jane Weinert

Fri 4

Suzie Gerrard, Nicole Hassall, Sally Bowen

Mon 7

Carol Guille, Linda Mountford

Tue 8

Melissa Smythe, Beth Smith

Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.






















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