Term 4 Week 8 - Tue 29th November 2011

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Principal’s Report


Student Achievement:

Congratulations to Siena Hyland (Year 8, Stewart House) who has just won a national award for her writing.  Last weekend at the Young Australian Art and Writers award Siena won the Helen Handbury Achievement Award, as well as an award sponsored by the 'Murdoch Family' for poetry.  Siena’s winning entry is a poem entitled 'Night'.  This is a wonderful recognition for a budding writer/poet and we look forward to seeing many more written works by Siena reach the same heights.  Once again, congratulations Siena!


Congratulations also to Chloe Morris (Year 11, Everard House) on her achievement on being the editor of a new book that has recently been published. The book entitled "Milanda: A tale of distant Castles" will be launched at the Eltham bookshop on 21 December 2011. This is a fantastic opportunity for a young person and we wish Chloe all the very best in the future.  Chloe is one of our young people currently on the World Challenge Expedition in Utteranchal, India. She will be returning just prior to the book’s launch.


School Sports Victoria - Volleyball:

At the School Sports Victoria Volleyball finals last week Eltham High School made history with the Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Girls and our Year 8 Boys Teams all winning;  and the Year 7 Boys Team coming a close second place.  Congratulations to all students in these teams, as well as their committed and hard working coaches. What this means is that of all eight state competitions that have been held this year, Eltham High School has won seven.  This is an outstanding achievement and an improvement on previous year’s results.  The next closest result ever achieved has been winning five out of the eight.  Well done to everyone! We look forward to some exceptional results at the National Competition in a couple of weeks’ time.


2011 Valedictory Evening:

The Year 12 Valedictory Evening took place on Wednesday, 23 November.  It was an evening filled with celebration and acknowledgement of the achievements of the Class of 2011. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive (I have been contacted by a large number of people by phone and e‑mail congratulating the school for such an outstanding evening) and a good time was had by all.  I congratulate the Class of 2011 and, in particular, our Valedictorians Hannah Beattie and Ben Hague for the way they represented the group and for their very engaging presentations.  As you will appreciate a great deal of work goes into the planning and preparation for an evening such as this and I take this opportunity to both congratulate and thank the senior school coordination team: Michelle Harper; Jim Petridis; Cindy Ahern; Jon Elordieta and Matthew Barker, under the leadership of Anna Panas.  A job well done!


2011 Lap-a-thon:

What a remarkable result!  Thirty nine people (students, staff, past and prospective students) swam a total of 3,741 laps in the allocated hour. This means an average of 96 laps per participant. However, I do want to acknowledge the outstanding effort of Kelly Voss who swam 170 laps. Overall this shows a real effort and commitment by each and everyone involved. The funds raised this year will be donated in support of the work of Oxfam in developing countries.  I congratulate and thank Neroli Nixon who would have to be the most enthusiastic, energetic and committed coach ever, as well as Lyn Davis and Max Balchin who although retired from the school keep returning to support our young people.  I also thank the parents, staff, past, current and prospective students who every Thursday morning show up to be part of the Eltham High School Swim Club experience.  I understand that sponsorship funds need to be received by the school by this Thursday, 1 December. I ask that all sponsors support our swimmers to meet this timeline so that funds can be transferred to Oxfam well before Christmas.  Anyone else who would like to make a donation can do so through the school Cashier.  Once again, thank you for your support and a big congratulations to the swimmers.


2011 Anthology:

The 2011 published Student Anthology arrived in the school on Monday, 28 November. This is once again an outstanding collection of student writing and art works compiled by the Student Anthology Committee with the wonderful support of Jenny Isaacs. This year’s publication entitled “The Dreamer’s Disease’ highlights the works of some very talented writers and artists and I commend this collection to you. If you have not ordered a copy of the Anthology I suggest that you get in quick. Additional copies are limited and you don't want to miss out.  Contact the General Office for further details.


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.



Error on VCE Booklist



Literature (VCE Units 3 &4)

‘THE BOAT’ – should not have been listed


The correct text should be 


'Collected Poems 1909 - 1962' TS Eliot Faber & Faber 2005 (1)




Y9,10, 11 & 12 students may take books to room 616 now 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.



Could all students who have borrowed books from the Student Welfare Dept please return all books to Brendan Monigatti or Jenny Fowler in Room 102.


If you require book assistance for 2012 could you please bring your booklist to Room 102 or ask you parent[s] to contact our office on 9430 5123 or 0417 364 940


Thanks, Brendan Monigatti & Jenny Fowler



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.




Aus Volleyball Schools Cup - 5 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.

Details of other photo options will be given out to players this week.

Copies of the draw may be available if you go to the Australian Volleyball Federation web page – www.avf.org.au  Aus volleyball schools cup – draws.

State Finals

Congratulations to our junior volleyball teams on a fine performance at the state volleyball finals on Thursday 24th November. Our year 7 boys won one and lost one to a bigger Westall team. Second in the state is a fantastic performance. Teams have to progress through four competitions to achieve a place at the School sport Victoria finals. Our year 7 girls coached by Nick Cooper, year 8 girls coached by Bree Pascoe and the year 8 boys all won the final competition to be 2011 state volleyball champions.

This year Eltham High won seven of the eight state volleyball titles on offer. A new record for the number of wins in one year. Well done to all players involved.

Important Volleyball Dates for 2011

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



Winding up a little in the music department ... for the students ... band rehearsals have finished.  Lessons continue to Friday 9th December.


Hired instruments - after the student's final lesson these are to be given to the teacher for checking and servicing over the holidays.


If you have any queries please contact the music office on 9430 5127


Jill Browne – Music Administration



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




All students entering year 9 or 10 in 2012 need to return their 1:1 notebook initiative paperwork to the general office by Friday 2nd December 2011 to be processed for a notebook for next year. Spare copies are available from the general office as well as on our school website.

All students entering year 8 in 2012 need to return their 1:1 notebook initiative paperwork to the general office by Friday 2nd December to be eligible for a notebook this year. The school is aiming to distribute notebooks to families that have their paperwork returned but cannot guarantee this. We will be accepting paperwork until the start of Term 1 2012. Spare copies are available from the general office as well as on our school website.

Craig Bradley – Teaching and Learning Coach



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.



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 TODAY 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



 Canteen Roster


Wed 30

Ruth Glynatsis, Annette Lambert, Jacqui Harley

Thu 1

Kathryn Phillips, Carol Stewart

Fri 2

Petra Leaford, Margot McDonald

Please contact Gael 9430 5122 to assist.




Monday 19 December 2011

7.00pm – 9.30pm in the Canteen

To all our wonderful parents who had helped in the Canteen over the years, please join us on this evening to thank you for your support and also to farewell to the canteen as we have known it!!

Drinks and nibbles provided.

Please RSVP to Gael cat@elthamhs.vic.edu.au by 14/12/11.


Year 7 2012

Orientation Information Evening for Parents, Wednesday December 7 - 7:00pm

 A reminder to parents of Year 7 students in 2012 that there will be an Information Evening for Parents on Wednesday 7 December at 7:00pm in the Open Learning Space. The Office/Cashier will be open between 5:00pm and 6:45pm for payment of fees and levies, and PE uniforms will be on display for sizing and ordering. There will also be an opportunity to hear our Jazz Band in the Canteen Courtyard between 6:30pm and 7:00pm. Information provided on the evening will cover Curriculum, the School Netbook Initiative, Student Welfare and the EHS Music Program. The School Business Manager will provide information about fees, levies and other payments, and a number of Junior School staff will be available to answer any questions you might have. The evening will conclude with a light supper. Year 7 students (2012) are not required to attend this program. Parking will be available on the west side of the basketball stadium, in Ely Street and on the oval off Ely Street.            


Ross McKinnon – Junior School Leader



If you have a child starting Year 7 in 2012, you may be eligible for the School Start Bonus.

The School Start Bonus is provided by the Victorian Government to assist low-income families. To be eligible you must hold a valid Health Care Card, Pension Card, or are a foster parent. 

Application forms are available from the General Office and must be submitted by no later than the 15th December 2011 along with a copy of your Centrelink Card.

For more information about the School Start Bonus, visit:




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 direct to Diamond Valley College.

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



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




Tue 29

Yr 10 Exams

Transition – Year 11 to Year 12

Wed 30

VCE Study Camp – Phillip Island

Thu 1 Dec

VCE Study Camp – Phillip Island

Music – Combined Strings Concert – Loyola

Fri 2

VCE Study Camp – Phillip Island

Last Day for MS Classes

Mon 5

Yr 9 Work Experience (until 16/12)

Australian Schools Volleyball Cup

Space Camp

Tue 6

Year 9 Work Experience (until 16/12)

Australian Schools Volleyball Cup (until 9/12)

Space Camp (until 17/12)

Transition – Year 10 to 11 Orientation

Finance Committee Meeting

Wed 7

Year 9 Work Experience (until 16/12)

Australian Schools Volleyball Cup (until 9/12)

Space Camp (until 17/12)

Transition – Year 10 to 11 Orientation

Transition – Year 7 2012 Parent Orientation





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

(1st Wednesday morning)





Community Announcements/Advertising







The EJFC have teams from under 9’s through to under 17’s in the Northern Football League Competition.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from players to join the Club in our under 13, 14 & 15 age groups for 2012. 

The U15’s were premiers in 2011 and both U13’s and U14’s were finalists in 2011.   

This would be a great opportunity to join a successful team and become a part of a friendly & welcoming club. 

Come down and meet our coaches and club members on Sunday 12th February 2012.

For any queries relating to the above, please contact Deb Mallard, Registrations Officer on 0414 442 195

or email debmallard@optusnet.com.au.



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