Term 4 Week 7 - Tue 22nd November 2011

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Principal’s Report


Malaysia Sister School Relationship:

On Friday 25 November we will be welcoming a representatives of the Department of Education from Malaysia who will be visiting us to discuss the sister school relationship that we have established with Malacca High School. We have been involved in this relationship for two years now and we have seen a number of developments over this time. To begin with we have had a number of reciprocal visits of teachers from both schools. Just recently Mrs Pompa Brady, Ms Sha Shukor and Mr Matthew Barker visited the sister school with a group of students and a couple of parents that took part in the Malaysia LOTE trip. Our group was made very welcome by members of the Malacca High School Community. Prior to this we hosted students and staff from the school as they experienced Australian culture and more specifically the Eltham High School culture. During the visit later this week we will be exploring other ways of enhancing the relationship between our two schools and communities. Of interest to Malacca High School are our Instrumental Music Program and our sports program. They also have an interest in the Arts and the enhancement of the English language amongst their students. Or interest lies in the development of a deeper understanding of Malaysian culture and the enhancement of Indonesian language. I welcome Ms Rohaida Abdul Manap, Ms Nor Aripah Ali and Ms Zaiton Abdm Hamid to our school.


World Challenge Program:

The Eltham High School contingent left for the North of India (Uttaranchal) on Sunday 20 November. The trip is an exciting opportunity for our students and one staff member to have the experience of a life time. The group will be away for approximately one month and will be involved in some construction work in a village as well as some trekking activity in the foothills of the Himalayas. The group has been preparing for this adventure for almost two years and they were very excited to be on their way. I wish the group every success with this venture and I look forward to hearing about their experiences on their return. I do wish to thank World Challenge for its support in the organization of this tour, the parents, the students and Mr Phil Boyd who is accompanying the group.


Writer’s Notebook’ – Featuring the Eltham High School Student Anthology on Channel 31:

A number of our students were filmed during term 3 for the Writer’s Notebook’ series on Channel 31. The film highlights the great work that our students have engaged in during the development of the 2011 Student Anthology. Writer’s Notebook’ is broadcast on Channel 31 each Wednesday at 4:30pm and repeated each Saturday at 8:00am, beginning Wednesday 7th December 2011. Each episode will also be available online for two days after the Wednesday broadcast, for those who miss an episode, or for those who don’t have access to C31. www.c31.org.au  ‘Catchup TV’. I take this opportunity to congratulate the students who have taken on this initiative with a great deal of passion and commitment and it is great to see that their work has been deemed worthy of a television broadcast. I wish to thank Jenny Isaac (Anthology Co-ordinator) who has provided exceptional support and ongoing encouragement to these young writers. Finally I thank Lisa Keskinen who has shown great interest in our students and staff and has selected their work for the broadcast. An outstanding effort all round.


Annual Lap-a-thon:

A reminder to all members of our community that the annual Lap-a-thon will take place on Thursday 24 November in the Eltham Leisure Centre pool starting at 7:00 am. 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.


Twilight Concert:

A reminder that the final music concert of the year will be the Twilight Concert which will take place on Monday 28 November in the central Courtyard starting at 6.30 pm. I am looking forward to favourable weather and we deserve this since in the last two years this concert had to be cancelled on the afternoon of the performance due to inclement weather. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this year will be different. I look forward to seeing you all there.



Vincent Sicari, Principal






The 2012 booklists, school charges information and second hand book sale lists have now been handed out to students in all year levels, if you have not received these notices please ask your child to collect a copy from the general office.




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 7:30pm in the 400’s inquiry space TONIGHT

Year 8 in 2012 – Thursday 24th November 7:30pm in the 400’s inquiry space

Year 7 in 2012 – Information Evening – Wednesday 7th December 7:30pm in the 400’s/Library space

Darren Squires

Assistant Principal




·       Year 10 Exams will occur on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November. 

·       All year 10 students must attend the scheduled exams for their core classes for semester two and are only required at school during these exam times.

·       All year 10 students must attend the English and Maths exams at the time specified.

·       If students are completing Geography and Science this semester they must also attend these exams.

·       A student studying Indonesian or French must attend this exam also.


MONDAY 28th November

9.00am – 10.30am



11.00am – 12.30pm



1.30pm – 3.00pm

LOTE – Indonesian


Tuesday 29th November

9.00am – 10.30am



11.00am – 1.00pm



1.30pm – 3.00pm

LOTE - French



All year 9 students are expected to attend school on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November, as all core classes and most electives will be running as normal.



Wishing to congratulate Rikki-Lee Burley (Year 12) on her first prize win in the Eltham Idol last week.

Rikki-Lee wrote and performed her own song in the Under 21’s Original Section.

Congratulations to Rikki-Lee was awarded a recording contract (valued at $5,500) and 12 month management with a company.

The Secondary School Immunisation Program for 2011 is now complete.

Students who have not completed their immunisation course, may attend public immunisation sessions to complete their vaccination schedules. See below for Immunisation Timetables for both 2011 and 2012.


It is also important that parents are aware that the Year 7 Gardasil Cervical Cancer Vaccine is only funded for female students in Year 7. To be eligible for the funded vaccine, the course must be commenced in Year 7 and completed no later than Year 8.


The cost of the vaccines is $150 per dose, hence we would encourage eligible female students to complete their course in a timely manner.





Nillumbik Community Health Service

917 Main Rd, Eltham

(3rd Monday evening, 4th Saturday morning)


Eltham Library

Panther Place, Eltham

(2nd Friday morning)


Diamond Creek Senior Citizens

Gipson St, Diamond Creek

(2nd Saturday morning, 4th Wednesday morning)


Hurstbridge Community Centre

Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge

(1st Wednesday morning)



DVC provides buses to outlying areas.  This service can be accessed by Eltham High School students provided that an application and payment has been received.  For details of the bus services, application forms and commonly asked questions, go to


If you wish to use this service, please forward your application and payment to EHS.  We will then process the application.

Applications for Term 1-2012 are due by Friday 2nd December 2011.




Y9,10, 11 & 12 students may take books to room 616 as from Monday 28 November  between 8.30am – 1.00pm.

Y7 & 8 classes will be given the opportunity during classes commencing Monday 5 December to take their books for sale to the book room. 

Please organise with your child which books (if any) are to be taken to the book room for sale.

Please ensure you bring your completed sellers list with your books and also complete a sellers slip for each book for sale.



Y7,8, 9 & 10 students may take order forms to room 616 as from Monday 28 November between 8.30am to 1.00pm.

Orders will be processed on a first in basis.  Book room staff will notify you by phone when your order is ready to collect.

When an order cannot be completed, you will be contacted by book room staff and advised of the titles available and time for collection.

Books must be collected within 2 working days of notification. Orders not collected in this time frame will be made available to other purchasers.


Payment of your order is to be made upon collection of your books at room 616 either by EFTPOS, cash, cheque, MasterCard or Visa card.


As from 28 November please contact Jeremy Taylor 0427 327 399 at the book room with any queries.



It's assessment week for those music program students who didn't undertake an AMEB exam or take music as a VCE subject.  A list of names and times is in the foyer of the music block.

AMEB exams ... we're getting to the end!  The last is percussion exams on the 29th November.
And remember the Twilight Concert on Monday night, 28th November, 6.30pm in the school's courtyard [students to arrive by 6.15pm] with the Music Support Group having BBQ sales, and a 'touch of Christmas' to the evening.  BYO chair or rug ... and hopefully, umbrellas will not be required!!!


Jill Browne – Music Administration



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



Aus Volleyball Schools Cup –12 days to go!

There are still some parent permission forms that have not been returned. 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).

Students will receive final details this week for AVSC. Please take note – all players are required at a meeting in the show court at Eltham High at 7.30 pm on Sunday 4th December for team photos.

North East Conference Volleyball Finals

Congratulations to our year 7 and 8 students on winning the North East Conference volleyball finals in Bendigo last Wednesday. All four teams – year 7 boys and girls and year 8 boys and girls- now have to travel to MSAC on Thursday 24th November to play in the State Volleyball finals.  If they win this competition they will be state champions.

State Finals

Congratulations to our year 7 girls who are playing in the state basketball final on Wednesday and the state volleyball final on Thursday. We wish them all the best of luck. Anneli Maley has represented Eltham High at the state athletics, state basketball and state volleyball finals this year.

Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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



MS Inter-School Cricket

EHS took part in the Inter-School Cricket Round Robin on Thursday 17th November at Eltham Lower Park. Teams were formed from students in Year 8 and Year 9.

The Cricket Round Robin followed the Super 12’s Cricket format in which players bat in pairs for two overs regardless of how many times they go out and two bowlers alternate from the one end until they have completed their deliveries. The result is a shared involvement in both batting and bowling by all members of the team.

The EHS lost to both Diamond Valley and Montmorency. In the match against Diamond Valley, the Eltham team put up spirited resistance, despite not having a full complement of team members. The final score was Diamond Valley 68 to EHS 25.

Eltham’s second match was against a strong Montmorency line-up. The deduction of five runs from the team’s score for the loss of every wicket proved costly as the EHS batsmen went out 15 times. The resultant total of minus 17 fell well short of Montmorency’s 113 runs.

Diamond Valley went on to defeat Montmorency and will go on to play St Helena at a later date.

The EHS team members were: Blake Goodwin, Rory Newport, Max Jones, Braydon Turner, Joel Clamp, Kyle Keenan, Matt York, Trent Grindal, Dylan Griffiths.

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



To the Eltham High School Community,

The Eltham Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the local Lions Club are collecting food and toys in order to provide hampers for families in need. This is an annual event and we would like to show our support by donating toys and food to this cause. The collection of food and toys will be donated to the Christmas tree at Safeway and distributed to families (who will be identified/screened through the Nillumbik Community Health Centre).


If you would like to donate items such as toys or food, please feel free to contact Eva Natsis 9430 5177, Student Support Worker to arrange to deliver these items.

Eva Natsis


 Canteen Roster


Wed 23

Chris Campbell, Anne Hawting

Thu 24

Teresa Reid, Kerrie Laing

Fri 25

Craig Lacey, Robyn Bulman

Mon 28

Sharon Alexander, Debbie Gregg

Tue 29

No volunteers required today

Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.





Tue 22

Unit 4 Exams

Unit 2 Exams

HPE Racq & Rec - Bulleen Driving Range

Wed 23

Unit 4 Exams

Unit 2 Exams

Arise Program – Concord

Transition – Yr12 Valedictory

Thu 24

Unit 2 Exams

Arise Program – Churinga

Fri 25

Unit 2 Exams

Mon 28

Yr 10 Exams

Transition – Year 11 to Year 12

Music – Twilight Concert (Courtyard)

Tue 29

Yr 10 Exams

Transition – Year 11 to Year 12

Wed 30

VCE Study Camp – Phillip Island





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.






Community Announcements/Advertising




Where:   Diamond Creek Community Bank Stadium

Diamond Creek (between Diamond Creek East Primary & Diamond Valley College)


When:    Thursdays After School commencing Thursday 16th Feb - 4pm

Who:       9/U, 11/U, 13/U, & 15/U


Cost:       Team Registration $75 (to enter the team)

Game Fee $48 (weekly)

Ins:          Netball Victoria Registration & Insurance

9/U & 11/U    $30 (per annum)

13/U, 15/U     $40 (per annum)

Contact: Sue Taylor 0413 725 911/ 9438 6098

 for further queries and registration.

Look us up www.diamondcreekforce.com.au