Term 4 Week 5 - Tue 8th November 2011

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Principal’s Report


VCAL Graduation

I congratulate the VCAL Class of 2011 on their completion of the VCAL Program and graduation into full time apprenticeships, traineeships, TAFE Programs, further training or employment.  The VCAL Program has provided this group of students with the opportunity to engage with a range of pathways to meet their individual needs. 


It needs to be acknowledged that while VCAL offers an educational alternative to the VCE, the Program is rigorous and quite demanding in terms of commitment, organisation and time management of the different components, including the school based program which covers areas relating to numeracy and literacy, personal development and work related skills; a VET component which often involves connection with a TAFE College or other Registered Training Organisation; or workplace learning.  The VCAL Program is aimed at supporting the educational needs of young people who learn in a very different way to some other students and, in its demands, is comparable to the VCE.  I commend the students for their commitment to the various components of the Program and to their learning.  I thank their teachers for their ongoing support of each student, and I wish to make particular mention of Mrs Terri Wood, the VCAL Coordinator who joined our learning community only from the start of Term 3, but who arrived with a clear vision of what was necessary to support our young people to a successful outcome and moved into action immediately.  Our VCAL students’ achievements are being recognised at a ceremony today, Tuesday 8 November.


VCAL Coordination Funding

On a very different note, it is unfortunate to see that the State Government has seen fit to withdraw support for the running of the VCAL Program by eliminating funding to schools that provides for a VCAL Coordinator.  The VCAL Program provides for the educational needs of students who could become marginalised simply because of the way they learn best.  The cut in VCAL coordination funding encourages the further marginalisation of these students through a lack of funding.  The Program needs your support.  I urge you to write to your local member outlining your disapproval of the cuts to the VCAL Coordinator funding.  The following list outlines some of the duties of a VCAL Coordinator.  This work will be compromised due to lack of funding:


·         Curriculum planning and design;

·         Staff Professional Development;

·         Individual student counselling;

·         Structured Workplace coordination;

·         VET Coordination;

·         On-site visits;

·         Counselling of parents.

At Eltham High School, we see VCAL as a valuable component of the Senior School Program.  The role of our VCAL Coordinator will be maintained; however, the time allocated to this role will be reduced in 2012 and for us to even be able to provide this reduced coordination time, it has meant taking funds from other school programs.  Again, I urge you to be the voice that will force the State Government to reconsider its decision.  You may wish to write to Minister Dixon directly:


The Hon. Martin Dixon, MP

Level 1

2 Treasury Place

Melbourne VIC 3002


I thank you in anticipation of your support.


Student Support Worker Initiative

We are currently in the process of applying for funding for the continuation of our Student Support Worker Initiative.  The Student Support Worker is part of the school’s Student Services Team and is funded through the National Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.  Part of the application involves demonstrating that the school community values the work of the Student Support Worker, Ms Eva Natsis.  Eva has established a survey for parents/guardians which is located on the school website (www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au).  I ask that you take a couple of minutes to complete the survey to support the continuation of this very valuable Program.  The Student Support Worker is mainly involved in the school on the development and implementation of Programs that support the health and well being of our students and, in turn, their learning.  Programs such as Body Image; Stress Busters; and the Peer Mentor Program, are all examples of the work carried out by the Student Support Worker.  Further to this, the Student Support Worker is the person who investigates local and statewide grants and scholarships, and engages in the work to secure these for the running of programs or for individual students.  The Student Support Worker is also involved in a small amount of case work.  I ask that you support us with this initiative.



Term 4 Working Bee

This is our last Working Bee for the year and there is a great deal of work to be done in preparation for the summer months.  If you have not had the opportunity to join us previously this year, or if you have joined us at an earlier Working Bee and have a couple of hours to spare, please join us this Sunday from 9:00am to 12:30pm to achieve the completion of some of this work.  The day provides a great opportunity to meet with other parents, staff and students and it is a very rewarding experience when we reflect on the work that has been done.  I look forward to seeing you all there.


I take this opportunity to commend the work of the Grounds Committee for its ongoing commitment and hard work.  I do not wish to name people individually, because each person contributes a great deal to the planning, organisation and running of our Working Bees.  I do want to acknowledge the many years of service to the Grounds Committee and the School provided by Mr John Coates.  John has been the driving force of all that has been achieved and, as he moves into the next phase of his life in his retirement, I thank him for his many years of hard work and commitment and encourage him to always remain a close friend of both the Grounds Committee and Eltham High School.


Finally, I want to thank all the parents, staff, students and friends of Eltham High School who supported the work of the Grounds Committee this year and I look forward to your continued support in 2012.


Have Your Say on School Funding

A reminder that 15 November is “Have your Say on School Funding” Day.  Again, I urge you not to remain silent.  Further information is outlined in the attached sheet in this Newsletter.


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



Year 12 students are reminded about selling their textbooks through the Second hand Book Sales. 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

WORKING BEE – THIS Sunday November 13

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the final Working Bee for 2011 on Sunday November 13 starting at 9:00am and concluding with a barbeque lunch at 12:30pm. Morning tea is also provided in this package deal. After making great progress on the new landscape project adjacent to the 600’s block it is hoped that most of the raised box seats will be in place after this Working Bee. Of course there are many other maintenance tasks that need to be addressed around the campus so make an effort, come along and make a different to the learning environment of your child. If attending this even please park your car on the hardcourts adjacent to the library and then make your way to the canteen courtyard where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned a task. The following tasks have been make priority jobs for November 13:-

1.   Continuation of the construction of raised box retaining wall seats in the area below the 600’s block

2.   Drainage established around the 3 completed raised box seats using plastic and 20mm screenings

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

4.   Further pruning, weeding and mulching of the gardens surrounding the 400’s block

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

6.   Mowing and brushcutting across the entire campus

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

8.   Pressure cleaning of the area adjacent to the locker area near the 700’s block

9.   50 plants to be planted on the Western Boundary

I look forward to your anticipated support on the 13th November


John Coates for the Grounds Committee




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.





Aus Volleyball Schools Cup –26 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).



Diamond Valley Group Volleyball Competition

Students in year 8 and 9 will be involved in the Diamond Valley group volleyball round robin on Thursday 10th November. This will be held at Eltham High and Eltham Leisure Centre. Team lists are posted on the volleyball information board in the stadium foyer. Parent permission forms should be collected from Mr Thomas.


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 – year 7 & 8

10th November – Intermediate Round Robin at Eltham High

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




2011 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships

Four Eltham HS students competed at this year’s All Schools Track & Field Championships held at the new Albert Park Athletics Centre.

Madison Coates ran the 100m and 200m events, making it through very competitive heats to reach the finals of both sprint distances. Madison finished fourth in the 100m Final in a personal best time of 12.72. In the 200m Final, Madison won the Silver medal, finishing in a time of 26.48.

Madison has qualified to represent Victoria at this year’s Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships to be held in Brisbane on the first weekend in December.

Amy Stirling won a Bronze medal in the Women’s Under 18 Hammer Throw. Her best throw went a distance of 39.54m.

Rory Kelham struck one of the hottest fields of the meet in the Men’s U18 1500m with the winner finishing in 3:53. Rory went through the first 400m in 62 seconds and he finished in a personal best time of 4:18.23.

Andrew Kelham (U15) finished the 800m in 2:24.0.


Women: Under 15:

100m:   Maddison Coates (Heat) 13.34 Q; (Final) 12.72* (4th)

200m:   Maddison Coates (Heat) 26.47* Q; (Final) 26.48 (2nd)

Under 18:

Hammer Throw: Amy Stirling (Final)        39.54m (3rd)


Men: Under 15:

800m:               Andrew Kelham (Final)   2:24.0

Under 18:

1500m:             Rory Kelham (Final)       4:18.23* (8th)


Eltham Fun Run:

EHS student featured well at the Eltham Fun Run on Sunday 6th November.  Talen Pettie won the Men U16 5km run in a time of 18:38.1 with Tim Logan 2nd in 19:32.4 and Nicholas Phillips 3rd in 20:11.9. Congratulations to all three.


Max Balchin



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 explanation to Ross Pringle or e-mail on   pri@elthamhs.vic.edu.au   


Ross Pringle – Careers & Pathways Co-ordinator




The AMEB exams are in full swing.  It's a very busy time!  Percussion exams occur a little further on ... the 21st and 29th November.  Students have been notified of rehearsal times. 

Remember the Community Choir is rehearsing this Wednesday evening. And ... have you marked the Twilight Concert date on your calendar?  Monday 28th November 6.30pm in the school's courtyard!
Any queries, contact the music office on 9430 5127


Jill Browne – Music Administration





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




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 9


Arise Program (Churinga)

Thu 10


Arise Program (Churinga)

Sport – 2012 Intermediate Round Robin (baseball, cricket, softball, tennis, volleyball)

Fri 11


ARTS Festival

Boys Challenge Program

Year 11 Last Day of Classes

Mon 14



SAC Week

Year 11 Study Break

OES – MS OES Lorne Ocean Kayaking

SoSE – Yr 10 Geography Fieldwork (City & Docklands)

Tue 15


SAC Week

Year 11 Study Break

OES – MS OES Lorne Ocean Kayaking

SoSE – Yr 10 Geography Fieldwork (Hampton Beach)

Sport  - 2012 Yr 8 Round Robin (baseball, cricket, softball, tennis, volleyball)

HPE Racq & Rec – Westerfolds Sports Centre

Wed 16

Unit 4 Exams

Unit 2 Exams

SAC Week

School Council Meeting




 Canteen Roster


Wed 9

Joan Bull, Christine Williams

Thu 10

Joanne Kesteren, Liz Deacon

Fri 11

Matthew Watts, Sue Gavan

Mon 14

Michele Courtney & 1 VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Tue 15

Rhonda Constantinou

Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.









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