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TERM 1 WEEK 2

TUESDAY 5 February

 

 

30-60 WITHERS WAY ELTHAM VICTORIA 3095

PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL: eltham.hs@edumail.vic.gov.au

Absences:  9430 5299

 

 

Principal’s Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all students and staff from what I hope has been a very relaxing and restful break. In particular, a big welcome to all of our Year 7 students and all new students across the school that join our learning community for the first time. Likewise I welcome all new families to our school and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship as we join together in partnership to provide the very best educational opportunity possible for our young people.

I welcome Miss Kimberley Ames into the English and SOSE Learning Areas and into our school, and I welcome back from Family Leave Ms Naomi Edrees (Science; Integrated Studies).

I take this opportunity to remind parents of the use of the Compass Parent Portal.  If you are a new parent and do not have your username and password please contact the relevant sub-school office via the General Office on 9430 5111. The Compass Parent Portal gives parents up to date information relating to your child’s timetable, attendance, reports, upcoming events etc. as well as allowing you to approve your child’s attendance on excursions and make payments on line, plus a host of other things. If you have accessed the Compass Parent Portal before but have forgotten your password please contact the relevant sub-school office through the number indicated above.

It has been exciting to have full access to the new building. Although the Teaching and Learning spaces within the new building will be used by a range of year levels and classes, they have been primarily allocated to the Year 7 students.  This will provide them with a base in which to undertake most of their studies with the exception of studies that require specialist facilities such as science, art and technology. It also provides our Year 7s with a home room that they can be responsible for and be proud of. 

Our Year 12 students now have a special place in the new building in which to undertake their private study periods. The Year 12 Study Centre provides the opportunity for students to work in an uninterrupted environment without distraction. Students are reminded that the same rules apply in relation to private study Periods as in previous years (i.e. if students have private study during periods 1 and 2 they are allowed to arrive at school during Recess, and those that have private study periods 5 and 6 are allowed to leave the school at lunchtime).  However, we would hope that with the availability of this new space students will choose to arrive early and remain at school and use this space to study in. Students who have private study during periods 3 and 4 are now required to use this space. The Year 12 Study Centre is available to the students from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm on most days. The Careers Centre is located almost directly opposite the Year 12 study Centre and whilst this space is available to students across all year levels, Year 12 students will have easy access from the Study Centre.

The Student Services Centre is in now in full operation and it is located within the newly refurbished 1926 Building alongside the new Integration Space. 

Staff have now moved into the new Staffroom and are happy to be in a permanent location. 

While internal signage is in place we are still to complete the signage outside of the building and this is the next level of work.

Student Achievement

To begin with, I congratulate our Year 12 class of 2012 on their excellent performance. A number of outstanding results were achieved by the students with top student Sarah Klink (Rutter House) achieving an ATAR Score of 99.85. Sarah is currently enjoying an extended trip to Germany before returning to take up an offer from Monash University to study a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery.  Sarah has also been awarded a Monash University Scholarship for Excellence which will provide financial support during her studies, and is awarded on academic achievement and offered to the highest achieving students. 

A further note of congratulations is also extended to Jennifer Ball (Stewart House) who has accepted a place into a double degree in Science and Accounting (majoring in Mathematical Sciences and Accounting) at La Trobe University.  Jennifer has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence offered by the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering which is the highest scholarship offered by the faculty and is based on academic achievement. Furthermore, Jennifer has been awarded the SEMS Ambassador Scholarship in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, achievements in life, interview and references. This scholarship provides Jennifer with a mentor, and the opportunity to represent the University as required. This is both an outstanding achievement and honour for Jennifer who eventually hopes to achieve her lifelong goal of joining the Australian Federal Police.

Twenty two of our students received ATAR scores over 90, and 30% of the cohort received scores over 80. Those students who worked hard throughout the year have reaped the rewards of their effort and I take this opportunity to acknowledge both the commitment and hard work of the teaching and support staff as well as families that have encouraged and provided the appropriate support and home environment for the students to prosper in. I wish the class of 2012 all the very best in their future ventures as they finalize their individual pathways for 2013 and beyond.

Past Student Achievement

Congratulations to Sally Hill (Class 2006, Andrew House) for having been awarded one of four National Prime Minister’s Asia Awards to support her undergraduate studies in Indonesia. Sally is a student at La Trobe University undertaking studies with a focus on Indonesian Language and culture. This award recognizes Sally’s quality and ambition as a student and it compliments La Trobe University’s mission to strengthen its engagement with Asia. The award aims to develop internationally-aware, skilled future leaders, build human capital within organisations and contribute to productivity gains and innovations, and establish enduring education and professional linkages.

Sally was an outstanding student during her time at Eltham High School and her passion for the study of language and Asian culture has continued to grow over the years. We wish Sally all the very best with her future study and career path.

Respect for School Expectations

I ask parents/guardians for your support in ensuring that students arrive to school on time of a morning. A reminder that classes begin at 8:55 am and hence students should be at school no later than 8:45 am to give themselves enough time to visit their lockers and arrive to class on time. Lateness to school or class is disrespectful of the school, other students and the teachers who are in the process of engaging the students with their learning. I also ask that parents move quickly through the front driveway and that you pay particular attention to student safety when moving through this area. You may have already noticed that the north side of Withers Way has been designated a drop off area during peak periods; please move off quickly in order to enable other parents to do the same. I also ask you for your support in reiterating to students the expectations in relation to the school dress code. This is clearly outlined in the student planner and has been addressed with the students at each of the assemblies at the start of the week.

Of particular importance is that senior students (especially year 12 students) have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. The rules around private study periods have been clearly outlined to students and these have been re-iterated in the “Welcome” section of this newsletter. Students must understand that once they arrive at school they remain at school until the end of their school day. No students (including Year 12 students) are allowed to leave the school grounds throughout the day for any reason unless they have a pre-scheduled appointment etc. and have followed the early leavers procedure which includes bringing a note from home, going to the relevant sub-school office to get an early leavers pass and following any instructions given to them by a co-ordinator. This expectation has been clearly outlined to all students. I ask for your support to ensure that students are where they need to be and are safe. Consequences will be enforced if students fail to comply with school rules.

Year 12 students who drive to school need to be aware that there is no parking available on the school grounds and that there is a level of restricted parking around the school.  Students are not to return to their car once they have arrived at school nor use their car as their locker. It is also very important that students understand that they must not offer or accept to carry other students in their car. Students will not be allowed to drive their car to official school events such as excursions, sports carnivals etc.

Gay Pride March 2013

Eltham High School was once again represented at the Gay Pride March this year which took place on Sunday 3 February. I wish to thank Louise Heathcote for organizing our participation in the March. I also thank everyone who took part, students, parents and staff in support of our young people’s basic human right to be themselves without prejudice or fear. It was great to see a large number of other schools join us through the Safe Schools Coalition in support of the entire community. A great effort!

Important Note for Parents with Children with Special Medical Needs

It is imperative that parents of children with special medical needs, including allergies, contact the school immediately if you have not yet done so. We want to be in a position to be able to effectively support your child while at school and we will not be able to do this if we are unaware of his/her specific needs and the strategies that you employ to address them. There are also some Departmental requirements that we need parents to follow through with such as, the provision of a medical action plan and an Epipen if necessary. I ask that you contact Michelle Ford (Sick Bay Attendant) on 9430 5111 or by email at fod@elthamhs.vic.edu.au. This request is to support your child’s health and wellbeing so please do not put off contacting the school another day.

Student Accident Insurance

Parents/guardians are reminded that the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Likewise the school does not have a whole-school policy for personal accident insurance for students. Parents and guardians are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including transport costs. Reasonably low cost accident insurance policies are available from some commercial insurers. These cover a range of medical expenses not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Parents/guardians may wish to purchase such a policy for individual students.

Industrial Bans

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has called on its members to take part in the following ban as of 12am on January 2013:

A ban on all work which would involve members in schools working more than 38 hours in any week, as provided for in Clause 22(2) or 22(5) of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2008 (VGSA 2008), or working more than the hours required or agreed under Clause 19 of the Victorian Government Schools —Schools Services Officers Agreement 2004, as varied (VGS-SSOA 2004, as varied).

This ban applies to AEU principal class, executive class, teacher class, paraprofessional class and education support class members.

In the Community Newsletter of 4 December 2012 I indicated that this ban had been proposed if an agreement was not reached during the summer break. No agreement was reached as the Government only returned to the negotiating table on 31 January 2013.

While the Union reports that negotiations are in progress, it also reports that there is a long way to go before an agreement is reached. I therefore inform you that it is very likely that a day of STOPWORK ACTION will take place on 14 February. I will keep you informed about this and if it does go ahead, information in relation to the management of this day will be provided to you in due course.

The Eltham High School Community has been both supportive and understanding of the plight of teachers and support staff and I ask that you continue in this way. The best action you can take is to contact your Local Member and express how you feel about the current and future state of play.

Eltham High School Grounds Committee

It is that time of the year when the Grounds Committee embarks on its recruiting drive. We extend a warm invitation to all members of our community especially to new parents to the school to join the Grounds Committee. You do not need any set of specific skills: what you bring to the group will be greatly valued and appreciated. The Grounds Committee is a committee of School Council and has a strong interest in supporting the development and maintenance of the school environment; it is responsible for the planning and management of the work undertaken during Working Bees. The Group generally meets the week before an upcoming Working Bee in an informal and social environment to plan the work ahead of the day. The Committee provides an opportunity for parents to meet other parents as well as becoming part of a dynamic group of people who build enduring friendships with each other and the school. I strongly encourage you all to consider joining the Grounds Committee. If you are interested please contact Kate Scalzo on 9430 5111 or by email at sca@elthamhs.vic.edu.au and she will ensure that a member of the Committee contacts you with further details.

Note of Condolences

Our most sincere condolences are extended to Ms Kathleen Hannan (Acting Business Manager) and her family on the recent death of her father. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathleen’s family at this sad time.

Our most sincere condolences are also extended to the Pagon Family on the passing of Michael. Michael was a member of staff at Eltham High School working as a laboratory technician and bringing all his expertise in Sciences and Engineering to the role. Michael previously worked as a teacher at Diamond Valley College. Michael passed away on 15 January 2013 after a long battle with illness.  Our thoughts are with Michael’s family at this sad time.

Vincent Sicari

Principal

Assistant Principal’s Report

Student Dress Code Policy

With the warm weather in place, it is timely to revisit the Student Dress Code Policy with our school community. Last year we consulted with staff, students and parents and as a result we have made some minor updates to the Student Non Uniform Dress requirements. The following rules have been approved by School Council.

The following rules are designed to ensure that student dress is socially responsible, health and safety compliant, and appropriate for the school environment. Students have the responsibility to follow the school Student Dress Code. Students should respect their own dress, and the choice of dress of others. Clothing should reflect the work place nature of the school.

·         Brief clothing, is not appropriate for the school environment, and offers insufficient protection from sun exposure. Examples of the items that are not appropriate at school include;

o    Singlet tops.

o    Brief skirts and shorts.

o    Shirts and dresses with a shoulder strap that is less than 6cm in width.

o    Underwear should not be visible.

·         Clothing with offensive slogans or pictures are not appropriate.(See Anti-Bullying Policy)

·         Thongs are not permitted. Sandals and open shoes are discouraged, as these may involve health and safety issues.

·         Health and safety standards require protective clothing and solid footwear in some subjects, and students are expected to comply with teacher instructions in these subjects regarding the wearing of items such as safety glasses. The wearing of jewellery should be consistent with Health and Safety requirements.

·         Students are encouraged to wear hats when exposure to sun is an issue.  In classrooms, hats may be required to be removed at the discretion of the teacher.

This policy has been discussed with all students in the first week of term. Thank you to families for your support in the implementation of this policy.

Fran Mullins

Assistant Principals

GROUNDS WORKING BEE:

The next working bee will be held on 24th February.  We would love to see you there. If you have not already volunteered and would like to attend, please let me know.  There are a great many tasks to work on including building new planter boxes, pruning, weeding, mulching and generally improving the amenity of the school area.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend this working bee, there will be more during the year.  Put these dates in your diary;

24 March, 5 May, 16 June, 18 August, 27 October and 17 November.

For more information, either email or ring me.  I look forward to meeting you at the next grounds working bee.

Bruce Martyn

Business Manager

T  9430 5171

mar@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Notebook Initiative 2013

Families who have chosen to take part in the notebook initiative for 2013 will be able to collect their notebook on Thursday 7th February 2013 between 3pm and 7.30pm from room 412 (IT Office). This is located in the corridor behind the Library. A parent will need to sign for the notebook on collection. The deposit and first payment, due 4th February, will be required for the notebook to be released.

Payments can be made via credit card or BPAY to Paula Hogan (Cashier) who can be contacted on 94305118. hog@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Notebook Initiative 2012

The second payment date for last year’s families was 30th November 2012. If you have an outstanding payment then this is required to be paid immediately. As per the agreed terms of the lease, regular payments are required to continue the use of a school notebook.

Payments can be made via credit card or BPAY to Paula Hogan (Cashier) who can be contacted on 94305118. hog@elthamhs.vic.edu.au 

Notebook Care

Students are required to bring their notebooks to all classes fully charged unless given different instructions by their Teacher. Students should carry their notebooks in their carry case. Chargers are not permitted in classrooms under any circumstances. Protective skins are supplied to keep the notebook clean and to provide an address in the event of loss.

Dell can be contacted on 1800634560 option 1 for any hardware faults. You can arrange for a repair at home or in school. A service number will be required from Dell for repairs organised in school. The notebook should be delivered to our IT team as soon as possible.

Software issues can be repaired in school by our dedicated IT team. Student repairs will be undertaken from the Library and the desk will be operational before school, recess, lunch and after school.

 

Notebook Re-image 2013

All student notebooks will be re-imaged with the Eltham High School 2013 image when students return in February. This important task will be completed in class time with as little disruption as possible to students learning. All students will need to back up their personal files. School work can be stored in the home drive (H:) as this will be backed up by our server. Any accidental damage will be logged and repaired. Any malicious damage, including removal of protective skins, will require a payment for repairs before the notebook is released by IT.

Notebook Re-imaging: Week Beginning  

February 11th - Year 11

February 18th - Year 10

February 25th - Year 9

March 4th - Year 8

If you require any further information regarding this planned work please contact Craig Bradley via email brd@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Grounds Committee

Working Bees at E.H.S 2013

Working Bees at E.H.S have been an integral component of community involvement at the school for over two decades ensuring the external environment surrounding the buildings are improved for the wellbeing of both students and staff who learn and teach at this institution. The Grounds Committee consisting of parents, staff and a number of past parents coordinate the 7 working bees throughout the year. In 2013 all working bees will occur on Sundays starting at 9.00am and concluding at 12.30pm with drinks and barbeque lunch to follow. The Working Bee dates for 2013 are listed for your reference. Please get involved and make a difference, we need you.

Term 1

Sunday 24th of February

Sunday 24th of March

Term 2

Sunday 5th of May

Sunday 16th  of June

Term 3

Sunday 18th of August

Term 4

Sunday 27th of October

Sunday 17th of November

 

Already many parents have indicated through the parent involvement form their commitment to one or more of these dates and we as a group look forward to your presence and help on one of these days. The parent involvement forms can be collected from the General Office.  I urge you to put one or more of these dates in your calendar and make a contribution. As Sunday the 24th of February looms closer the Grounds Committee will prioritise a set of tasks for the first working bee and will publish the details in the coming newsletters building up to the event. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

 

Kind Regards

John Coates for the Grounds Committee 2013.

 

 

 

 

Careers News

Tax File Number Application

Any student requiring a tax file number application form can obtain one from the notice holder outside the Careers Office (next to the drama room). The forms need to be neatly filled out without any errors, whiteout, crossing out etc. as the tax office is very particular about this. You will need to know your birth registration number or passport number and processing takes about 6 weeks.

Ross Pringle

Pathways and Transition Co-ordinator

 

Musical Notes

Welcome back everyone ... to the 'oldies' and 'newies', we look forward to seeing you play lots of great music during the year!

This week the instrumental lessons AND the ensemble rehearsals commence!

The exception is percussion lessons which will commence the week of the 11th February.

Remember ... Rehearsal times for 2013 are as follows:

Stage Band, Monday 3.30-5.30pm

Jazz Band, Monday 3.30-5.30pm [note change of day]

Junior Jazz, Wednesday lunchtimes

Symphonic Band, Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm & Friday 7.30-8.40am

Concert Band, Wednesday 3.30-5.15pm

Intermediate Band, Wednesday 7.30-8.40am

Junior Strings, Thursday 7.30am - 8.40am [note change of day and time]

Senior Strings, Thursday 3.30-5.15pm [note change of day]

Jazz Choir, Thursday afternoons 3.30-4.30pm

Junior Jazz Choir, Tuesday afternoons 3.30-4.40pm

Junior Choir, Tuesday lunchtimes for students year 7-10 in room 905. If you missed this week's Junior Choir rehearsal - don't worry ... go next week to find what it's all about!

Remember to check COMPASS for your instrumental lesson times!

After School Lessons ... we welcome a new tutor - Natalie Bartsch.  Natalie will be taking piano.  Those students who took after school lessons in 2012, your tutor will have been in contact with you.  We offer guitar, piano, drumkit, trumpet and voice. Anyone wanting more information on these lessons, please contact the music office 9430 5127.

Year 7's ... 'Try an Instrument Night' Wednesday 13th February ... 6.30pm a 'welcome BBQ', then 7.30pm information about the music program at EHS and then the students get the opportunity for 'hands on' trying of a large variety of instruments.  Our Symphonic Band and Senior Strings Ensemble will be giving a short performance on the evening ... just a taste of what can be achieved through EHS!  [performing students to arrive by 6.30pm]

New students to the school already playing or interested in starting to play an instrument, come to the music department and introduce yourself ... always welcome!

Second hand uniform sales [items in good clean condition to the music office tagged with name and phone number]

Shortly an updated music calendar will be uploaded to the school's website ... keep your eyes open for that one!

If you have any queries regards the music program contact the music office on 9430 5127 or email Jill bro@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Rick Plummer

Director of Music

Sport

Volleyball

Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 2012

Congratulations to all teams on a fantastic result.  All 17 teams played well to contribute to our best result ever.

Here are the best of the results-

Open Boys Honours – SILVER      Open Girls Honours – SILVER

U/17 Girls Honours – SILVER    U/15 Boys Div 2 team 1 – SILVER

 U/14 Boys Div 1 – BRONZE      U/14 Girls Div 1 – SILVER

The points for the best overall school trophy -

Heathfield = 582

Brighton = 570

ELTHAM  = 567

This program would not be possible if not for the support of the school and the large number of staff and ex-students that offer to assist teams at National schools cup. Thank you all.

Photos

Team photos for National schools cup arrived the last week of school last year. These can now be collected from the PE office.

State Champion Hoodies

The students that were members of the year 7 and 8 state champion teams last year who have not collected their hoodie yet can collect it from the P.E. office ($25).

Eltham High school Volleyball trials

Trials for the volleyball program will be held at lunchtime over the next two weeks.

Students need to consult the trial times on the volleyball information board in the stadium foyer.

Year 7 and 8 students will have trials during their timetabled sport sessions as well as one lunchtime.

State Team Selections

School Sport Victoria U/16 State Volleyball Team

For athletes 15 and under Trial dates  - 16th and 23rd February

Girls 12.00 – 2.30pm  Boys 2.30 – 5.00pm

Venue of trials – Yarra Valley Grammar school

Go to School sport Victoria to register

Volleyball Victoria

U/17   U/19 and U/23 Boys and Girls teams

Trial dates – 17th and 24th February

Venue – State Volleyball Centre, Stud Road Dandenong

Register online – volleyballvictoria.com.au

Falcons Volleyball Club

Falcon’s Volleyball Club is starting it’s preseason training on Tuesday 5th Feb at Luther College from 7pm to 9pm. Students interested in playing Division 1 or 2 state league should contact Bill McHoul if you need more details at bill@i.net.au

Volleyball and the teacher industrial action

Over more than 25 years the Eltham High school volleyball program has provided  fantastic opportunities for students to achieve success in the sport of volleyball. If the present work bans remain in place then many of these activities will have to be suspended.

These include the “spikezone’ competition for primary school kids. (Spikezone will resume on Thursday 28th Feb if the dispute has been settled).

The year 7 Monday night volleyball competition.

The Thursday night junior volleyball competition.

Early morning and after school training.

We will look at running these activities after the union and the government come to an agreement.

Important Volleyball Dates for 2013

·         20th Feb – Senior volleyball round robin

·         19th March – Year 7 round robin

·         23rd April – Senior Northern Zone Volleyball

·         26th April- Intermediate Northern Zone Volleyball

·         22nd May – Intermediate State Volleyball Final

·         23rd May – Senior State Volleyball Final

·         26th – 28th July – Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

·         8th- 13th  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/Elite Sports Coordinator

tho@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Swim Squad

Eltham High School Swim Squad commences on Thursday 7th February at 7.00am sharp.  The squad is expertly coached by Neroli Nixon and runs each Thursday morning from 7.00 am to 8.00 am.  Learning swimmers through to expert swimmers are catered for.  We concentrate on Fun, Fitness and Finesse with the emphasis on Fun. Afterwards, students are welcomed back to the EHS Staffroom to share hot chocolate.  New members along with siblings and friends are always welcome!!! 

Please contact Phil Boyd in the Junior School Office for further details.

Phil Boyd

Junior School Coordinator

 

 

Welfare

Transitions– life’s changing face

There’s no getting around change – love it or hate it, it is part of life. But some transitions result in more physical and emotional upheaval than others.

For young people, starting school, changing schools or moving into the workforce mark some of the major turning points in their lives. School transitions can have a big impact on young people.

This is largely due to the potential for these changes to create situations of social isolation, especially if friends move in different directions or for those who struggle without the structure and routines of school. Other young people are faced with changing family circumstances such as new babies, parents separating or the death of loved ones.

While some take the upheaval in their stride, others find these new circumstances daunting or downright scary. Some of the difficulties during periods of transition include low self-esteem, time management issues or fears about new social situations, particularly where older students are involved. Some struggle with disruption to their familiar routines or changes in the relationships with their friends. Others might have problems coping with the pressures of school work. Young people going through this can experience frustration and become anxious or disruptive to those around them.

These problems may begin when the change happens but sometimes they take time to develop. This is why teachers often work from a ‘strengths based’ approach to try and help young people identify what they can do for themselves. The Student Services team can take time to talk about the meaning and feelings behind the change in their lives, encouraging students to look at their internal strengths and resources and their external supports. At EHS there is little stigma attached to “having a chat” with someone in the Student Services Team. Confidentiality is maintained.

It’s important to help young people learn to manage the change and navigate through new circumstances. Sometimes the transition is one of experimentation or development such as the first date and the first party, or even trying drugs and alcohol. Kids will experiment and take risks that’s how they learn. It’s important not to place any judgement or blame on them but instead talk to them about how they will keep themselves safe.

How teachers and parents can help reduce the stress of transitions:

      Be alert to how they are handling the change and whether they are experiencing difficulty

      Be supportive and offer encouragement

      Foster understanding of the new environment

      Encourage them to do their homework so they don’t fall behind

      Be available if they have questions

      Encourage a sense of belonging

      Help develop their social and communication skills

      Provide opportunities to develop their social net works

      Support their study and employment choices

      Discuss assignment/study habits

      Encourage them to attend orientation programs and open days

      Encourage them to speak to student support services

More Information on handling transitions is available from www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/hottopics

Louise Heathcote

Student Welfare Leader

Parent Information

EMA – Educational Maintenance Allowance

Reminder 1st instalment closes February 28th. Application forms are available at the General Office.

Please ensure you supply a copy of the concession/health card to ensure full completion of your application. Thank you.

Kathleen Hannan

Business Manager

Staff Email Address Contact List

Email Address:   ‘---@elthamhs.vic.edu.au’

All staff can be contacted by email using the first three initials next to their name, followed by “@elthamhs.vic.edu.au”.  For example, Chris Agar’s email is aga@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

NAME

CODE

NAME

CODE

NAME

CODE

ADAMCZYK, Leonie

ADA

HEATHCOTE, Louise

HEA

NICHOLSON, Peter

NIH

AGAR, Christopher

AGA

HERRING, Luke

HER

O’BRIEN, Anthony

OBR

AHEARN, Cindy

AHE

HOGAN, Paula

HOG

OLIVER, Paul

OLV

ALLEN, Hannah

ALE

HUGHES, Kathy

HUG

O’MEARA, Helen

OMA

AMES, Kimberley

AME

HUGHES, Melissa

HUH

ORTON, Janine

ORT

ALLENDER, David

ALL

IPSEN, Leanne

IPS

PANAS, Anna

PAN

ANDERSON, Chris

CJA

ISAAC, Jenny

ISA

PARRY, Diane

PAR

ANDREWS, Christine

AND

JACOBSEN, Sophie

JAC

PASCOE, Bree

PAS

BADDELEY, Jan

BAD

JONES, Rai

JOE

PETRIDIS, Jim

PET

BALY, Jon

BAY

KEATING, Sue

KEA

PICKETT, Sue

PIC

BARKER, Matthew

BAK

KEENAN, Wendy

KEE

PIRAS, Gabriel  

PIR

BONFANTE, Rhonda

BON

KESKINEN, Soile

KES

PLUMMER, Rick

PLU

BOWMAN, Lucy

BOW

KLINE, Brenda

KLI

PNJAK, Angela

PNJ

BOYD, Philip

BOD

KREYMBORG, Cassie

KRE

PRINGLE, Ross

PRI

BRADLEY, Craig

BRD

LAMBERT, Kerry

LAM

REED, Katie

REE

BRADY, Pompa

BRA

LAURENCE, Cameron

LAU

ROBERTSON, Seamus

ROB

BREGAR, Michelle

BRG

LEINER, Ute

LEN

SAKKAL, Ida

SAK

BROWNE, Jill

BRO

LIST, Julia

LIS

SALIBA, Amanda

SAI

CAMERON, Denise

CAE

LYON, Michael

LYO

SCALZO, Kate

SCA

CARRAZZA, Jeanette

CAA

MACKENZIE, Monty

MAC

SEYMOUR, Peter

SEY

CHAN, Raymond

CHH

MALONE, Rhonda

MAL

SHELDON, Peter

SHE

CLARK, Ian

CLA

MARTYN, Bruce

MAR

SHUKOR, Sha

SHU

CLARKE, Loren

CLR

MARTYN, Ellie

MAM

SICARI, Vincent

SIC

COATES, Tim

COS

MASLARIS, Athena

MAS

SQUIRES, Darren

SQU

COCCO, Tania

COC

MATTERS, David

MAT

STARR, Kimberley

STR

COOPER, Nicholas

COO

MAURDEV, Simon

MAU

STEPHENS, Robyn

STE

COTTER, Danielle

COT

McCOLL, Kylie

MCC

SUTTON, Jodie

SUT

COVENTRY, Rob

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McDONALD, Julie

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TATE, Natalie

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CUKIER, Cathy

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McCRYSTAL, Stephen

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THEODOSIS, Lestina

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EDREES, Naomi

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McCULLOUGH, Warren

MCU

THOMAS, Greg

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ELORDIETA, Jon

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McKINNON, Ross

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THOMAS, Jane

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FIEBIGER, Ralf

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McLEAY, Ben

MCE

TOURNAS, Dean

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FORD, Michelle

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McLEOD, Linda

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TUNNECLIFFE, Geoff

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FORD, Stephen

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McQUEEN, Lee

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VASSIS, Panagiota

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FRANKLIN, George

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MENEAUD, Marius

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VITEZ, Oscar

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GANDOLFO, Vinnie

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MILES, Damien

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WHITELEY, Rob

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GEORGE, Meg

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MILNER, Lyn

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WHITTAKER, Douglas

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GERALOVSKI, Natasha

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MONIGATTI, Brendan

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WILLIAMS, Lynlee

WIA

GERVASONI, Jennifer

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MUIR, Valerie

MUI

WILSON, Andrew

WIO

GIOSKOS, John

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MULLINS, Fran

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WOOD, Terri

WOO

GOGOS, Panayiota

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NATOLI, Tim

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YANCOS, Jessica

YAN

HANNAN, Kathleen

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NATSIS, Eva

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ZORZAN, Adriana

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NICASSIO, Manuela

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NICHOLSON, Jane

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Parents and Carers

Back to School Checklist

Welcome to another school year. With term one approaching it is time to get your children ready for their return to school or attendance at a children’s service. While their asthma is just one of the many things to get ready, this checklist will hopefully make the process easier.

Throughout the year there are significant increases, or ‘spikes’, in asthma presentations to hospitals and emergency departments1. Approximately 1 in 10 children and adolescents in Australia have asthma, and for children and adolescents with asthma these ‘spikes’ usually occur towards the end of holiday periods as they return to school or preschool1. A significant ‘spike’ in asthma presentations and admissions to hospital, of children and adolescents experiencing severe asthma exacerbations, occurs throughout the first few weeks of February1. For this reason, we have compiled a quick checklist for parents and carers to go through to prepare their child for the school year.

Is your child ready for new school year?

·         My child has had an annual asthma management review with their doctor and has had their Asthma Action Plan reviewed

·         My child has up to date ambulance membership

·         My child knows how to recognise early symptoms of asthma and knows when to seek help from staff if they experience asthma symptoms

·         My child understands the importance of taking reliever medication when necessary and knows how to use their puffer and spacer, either independently or with assistance

·         An updated Asthma Action Plan has been provided to my child’s school/children’s service. Even if their Asthma Action Plan has not changed from last year it is important that a letter is provided to the school/children’s service informing staff of this. It is vital that staff know what to do for your child in an asthma emergency

·         A reliever puffer and spacer (and mask for children under 5 years old) has been provided to the school/children’s service for my child. With the change in infection control guidelines, spacers can no longer be shared between children and it is vital that each child has their own equipment

·         I have read and understood the school/children’s services asthma policy

For more information, resources or assistance completing this checklist please contact The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 ASTHMA (278 462) or visit www.asthma.org.au

1 Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (2011), “Asthma in Australia: with a focus chapter on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra 2011.

 Care of: The Asthma Foundation Victoria 479-481 King Street, West Melbourne, Vic, 3003 03 9326 7088
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Entertainment Book

The 2013/14 Entertainment Book will be arriving soon.

Looking quickly through the book, there is a great range of both fine and bistro dining options plus plenty of other great value offers. Again the book is only $65. Order early and you will receive some further discount offers.

There are a number of my favourites included and many new restaurants.  Orders are being taken via the Cashier.  Call 9430 5118 to order you copy.  These are expected to be available after the term break.

Happy dining - Bruce Martyn

 

Calculator Sales

The Organiser & Calculator King

VCE MATHS, YEAR 10 MATHS EXTENSION OR YEAR 10 CORE MATHS 2013

Required calculator: TI-Nspire CX CAS

Cost: $185

Payment:

(1) CHEQUE or CASH IN STORE

Cheque to be made out to: “The Organiser & Calculator King.”

Please ensure your name and phone number is included on the back of the cheque.

(2) Payment by Credit Card

*Payment by Visa / Mastercard / Amex or Diners cards incur a surcharge of 3%

Order and pay for your calculator via the website www.calculatorking.com.au

1. Search of TI-Nspire CX CAS, (Code: TINSCX)

2. Add to cart and enter discount code ELTHAMHS in the coupon area

3. Fill in your billing information

4. Fill in shipping information

For further information contact the shop in South Melbourne

Telephone: (03) 9696 3366

 

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Presents

DELIBERATE SELF HARM:

AN INFORMATION SESSION FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS & CARERS

This information session is presented by Jenny Furey, Psychologist

Date:

Thursday 21st February 2013

7.30pm – 9.30pm

Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre (Large Community Space)

5 Sargood Street, ALTONA, VIC (Melway Ref: 54 G11)

Cost:

$22.00 Non-Members

$12.00 ADAVIC members

Bookings:

Phone: ADAVIC (03) 9853 8089

Email: adavic@adavic.org.au

Website: www.adavic.org.au

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!

Monies non-refundable (no credits available)  

Note:  a $2 administration fee will apply to invoices

For further information and bookings:  http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=155

HELP – I AM BEING BULLIED

An action plan for parents and their children

This information session is presented by Evelyn Field, Consultant Psychologist

Date:

Wednesday 6th March 2013

7.30pm – 9.00pm

Kingston Arts Centre (Theatre)

979 Neapean Highway, MOORABBIN, VIC (Melway Ref: 77/D5)

Cost:

$22.00 Non-Members

$12.00 ADAVIC members

Bookings:

Phone: ADAVIC (03) 9853 8089

Email: adavic@adavic.org.au

Website: www.adavic.org.au

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!

Monies non-refundable (no credits available)  

Note: a $2 administration fee will apply to invoices

For further information and bookings:  http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=156

UNLOCKING CHILDHOOD ANXIETY:

KEYS TO TRANSFORMING MIND, BRAIN & BODY

A workshop for mental health professionals

In association with Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria

By Donna Zander, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Director of a private practice

Date:

Wednesday 13th March, 2013

9.30am to 4.30pm (9.00am registration)

 

 

Venue:

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre (Acacia Room)

Cnr. Bell Street & St. Georges Road, Preston

Cost:

Standard Fee                                                                  $300.00

Pre-Christmas Fee (must be paid by 18th Dec 2012)           $270.00

ADAVIC MEMBER                                                             $270.00

For further details:  http://www.adavic.org.au/product-view.aspx?Id=150 or email us to request detailed information.

Tara -  Teenage Aggression:

Responding Assertively

A one day workshop for parents of adolescents who behave violently at home:

       Understand how violence works

      Get concrete strategies to reduce violence

      Improve your relationship with your child

      Understand adolescent development 

      Improve communication

      Share with other parents

On Tuesday 26 March 2013 9.30am – 4.00pm

Handouts and refreshments provided for the day Open to families from Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik & Darebin.

For enquiries please contact: 9450 4700 (either Julie Shackleford or Kate Cordukes).

Delivered by Berry Street Sourced from: Kate Cordukes Team Leader│MATTERS,Berry Street 677 The Boulevard, Eaglemont 3084 t: 94504700 │ f: 94504701 e:kcordukes@berrystreet.org.au

Immunisation

Please return posted immunisation forms to the General Office as soon as possible.

Changes to the Secondary School Immunisation Program

·         The Department of Health immunisation website has a new fact sheet titled Immunisation information for parents of school-aged children available at: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/factsheets/immunisation-school-aged-children.htm

·         From 2013, the HPV program will include both boys and girls in Year 7.  Additionally, a time-limited catch-up program will be provided to Year 9 boys only in 2013 and 2014. 

·         From 2013, the course of hepatitis B vaccine will no longer be offered as a school-based program. Most children entering Year 7 in 2013 will have had the course of hepatitis B vaccine as an infant. The hepatitis B vaccine will be available in 2013 from local medical clinics or council immunisation services only to students who have not previously received the course of vaccine

The other vaccines administered through the school-based immunisation program (chicken pox in Year 7 and diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis in Year 10) will remain unchanged.

Information regarding the Y9 2013 Male students only and Year 7 & 10 2013 Secondary School Immunisation Program will be sent home shortly with 2013 booklists.

 

 

Indian Curry Evening

Saturday 9 February 2013

Food security and the patenting of seeds by large multinational companies are issues increasingly under discussion as the variety of seeds available to food growers diminishes. This narrowing of choices and genetic modification of seeds degrades biodiversity and the long term security of food production. The result of the increasing control has caused food growers to be forced by contractual agreements to only use seeds purchased for one season and not save seeds the traditional way for following years to come. Seeds sold by large transnational companies are often modified so as not to produce viable seed, even if they were allowed farmers are unable to seed save.

A grass roots revolution has been happening in India. The Navdanya food grower’s alliance has been working hard to promote:

·         Food sovereignty for producers.

·         Fair trade practices.

·         Organic farming methods.

·         Maintenance of biodiversity.

·         Environmentally sound farming practices.

·         Genetically modified free seeds.

·         The creation of community seed banks.

Navdanya was formed in the mideighties by environmentalist Dr Vandana Shiva. One of the essential aims of the organisation is to promote gender equity by supporting the work of women farmers at a grass roots level.

The “Diverse Women for Diversity” or the “Mahila Anna Swaraj”program assists women with support, information and an international platform to share their views.

As Navdanya is an NGO it relies on donations from aligned groups and individuals. To assist the valuable work of Navdanya we are holding a curry evening on the 9 February to raise much needed funds. Local food growers have been asked to donate produce for the gourmet treat and a team of volunteers will help prepare the meal. Duang Tengtrirat from “Real Food Catering” is creating the delicious menu. As this is a grass roots fundraising action there are no overhead costs, all funds raised will be delivered to Navdanya in Delhi.

Date: Saturday 9 February @ 7pm

Venue: Montmorency Primary School, 60 Rattray Rd Montmorency

Dinner: Dinner will be an Indian vegetarian feast from locally grown and prepared produce.

Cost: $20.00 per person

Drinks: B.Y.O. alcoholic drinks, nonalcoholic drinks will be available.

To book your ticket please R.S.V.P. f@felicitygordon.com or 0468 419 732, thanks.

Further Information, please contact Rachel Bishop, 0438 091 262 or Felicity Gordon, 0468 419 732

Research Junior Football Club

The Family Club

Registration Day – 10 February 2013 – Research Park
9.00am to 12.00pm

Research Junior Football Club has teams from Under 9’s to Under 17’s as well as a fantastic Auskick program. We have specialist coaching programs for skills improvement for all players.  All coaches are accredited and have received specialist training with an emphasis on kicking, speed and agility. Weekly team bbq’s and team photos are also included in the registration fees. There will merchandise available to purchase on the day.

Any queries please call Justine Girdlestone (Secretary) on 0417 844 493.

 

Contents

Principal’s Report  1

Welcome Back  1

Student Achievement 2

Past Student Achievement 2

Respect for School Expectations  2

Gay Pride March 2013  3

Important Note for Parents with Children with Special Medical Needs  3

Student Accident Insurance  3

Industrial Bans  3

Eltham High School Grounds Committee  4

Note of Condolences  4

Assistant Principal’s Report  4

Student Dress Code Policy  4

GROUNDS WORKING BEE: 5

Notebook Initiative 2013  5

Notebook Initiative 2012  5

Grounds Committee  6

Working Bees at E.H.S 2013  6

Careers News  7

Tax File Number Application  7

Musical Notes  7

Sport  8

Volleyball 8

Important Volleyball Dates for 2013  9

Swim Squad  10

Welfare  10

Transitions– life’s changing face  10

How teachers and parents can help reduce the stress of transitions: 10

Parent Information   11

EMA – Educational Maintenance Allowance  11

Staff Email Address Contact List  11

Parents and Carers  13

Back to School Checklist 13

Is your child ready for new school year?  13

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS  14

Entertainment Book  14

Calculator Sales  14

The Organiser & Calculator King  14

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Presents  14

DELIBERATE SELF HARM: 14

HELP – I AM BEING BULLIED   15

UNLOCKING CHILDHOOD ANXIETY: 15

Tara -  Teenage Aggression: 15

Immunisation  16

Changes to the Secondary School Immunisation Program   16

Indian Curry Evening  16

Research Junior Football Club  17

Contents  1

School Calendar  2

END OF TERM ONE  3

Canteen Roster  4

School Absences  4

Extra Maths Help  4

JS Homework Club  5

WANTED - GOURMET TRAVELLER AND DELICIOUS FOOD MAGAZINES  5

ADVERTISING   7

Weight Watchers  7

Topline Tennis Coaching  7

Yoga at Eltham High   8

 

School Calendar

------- FEBRUARY ------

Wed 6

SAC Week

Year 7 WaterMarc excursion

Eltham High School Community Choir Rehearsal 7.30-9.00pm Music Room

Fri 8

Student Photos

Wed 13

Year 7 Instrumental Evening

Eltham High School Community Choir Rehearsal

7.30-9.00pm Music Room

Thu 14

Year 7 Cricket

Mon 18

SAC Week

Wed 20

Senior Round Robin

Eltham High School Community Choir 7.30-9.00pm Music Room

Sun 24th

Working Bee

Wed 27

Eltham High School Choir Rehearsal 7.30-9.00pm Music Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

------- MARCH ------

Mon 4

SAC Week

House Swimming Carnival

Wed 6

Eltham High School Community Choir Rehearsal 7.30- 9.00pm Music Room

Thu 7

Junior School Cyber Safety Drama Presentation

Fri 8

Nillumbik/Banyule Division Swimming

Student Photo Catch up Day

Wed 13

Eltham High School Community Choir 7.30-9.00 Music Room

Fri 15

NMR Swimming

Mon 18

SAC Week

Tue 19

Year 7 Round Robin

Wed 20

NMR Dving

Student Progress Interviews

EHS Community Choir Rehearsals 7.30-9pm Music Room

Sun 24

Working Bee

Mon 25

Concert Band Tour

Wed 27

SSV Swimming and Diving

EHS Community Choir

END OF TERM ONE

THURSDAY 28th MARCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canteen Roster

Wed 6 February

Nicole Clark, Julie Temple, Julie Lewis

Thur 7

Joan Bull, Angela Brajkovic

Fri 8

Catherine Rainey, Sally Edwards

Mon 11

Pearl Yung, Karen Biddiscombe, Jane Weinert

Tues 12

Dianne Milankovic, Caroline Hayes

School Absences

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.

 

Extra Maths Help

Extra Maths Help for 2013 will commence on Tuesday 12th February.

Location: Room 706

Time: The end of period 6 until 3:45pm

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JS Homework Club

Junior School Homework Club runs every Tuesday after school from 3.15 - 4.00pm in room 702. Support is provided from some fantastic Year 11 and 12 students who will assist you with homework, assignments or practising tricky maths equations.

Phil Boyd

Junior School

WANTED - GOURMET TRAVELLER AND DELICIOUS FOOD MAGAZINES

If anyone has any Delicious or Gourmet Traveller Food Magazines from the past 3 - 4 years that they no longer require, the Foods Department can certainly use them.

Could you please contact Christine Andrews to arrange delivery or drop them into the general office.

Many Thanks

Christine Andrews

VCE Food & Technology Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVERTISING

Weight Watchers

Life is a grand, messy thing!

With ups and downs and twists and turns! But, that’s what keeps it fun. 

So when it comes to losing weight, why try and fit your busy life around a weight loss plan, when there’s already one that fits you? Family friendly, dinner party proof and socially sound, Weight Watchers is approved by Life TM

Come and join the team and other members at our Eltham High School Meeting, Withers Way, Eltham.

Meeting is held in the 400’s block near the Library.  Enter from Withers Way basketball courts. 

Doors open THURSDAY 6-7pm.

New members please arrive at 6pm for enrolment and your getting started session.

Let our motivational Leader and Meeting team start you on your weight loss journey.

For more information call:

13 19 97 or visit weightwatchers.com.au

 

Topline Tennis Coaching

 

Be one of the first 20 players to sign up for lessons at Eltham High School and receive a FREE Racquet values at $40.00!

Topline Tennis has been the Diamond Valley’s No. 1 tennis coaching business for over 20 years.

We specialise in lessons for beginners with affordable lesson pricing.

We focus on our students learning in a fun, social environment and at the same time developing their tennis skills.

For more information please call

9432 3706

Web: www.toplinetennis.com

Email: info@toplinetennis.com1

Yoga at Eltham High

Feel a sense of wellbeing
 Invigorate the body
 Calm the mind

Term 1 2013 Wednesdays 4.45pm

All teachers, students and parents welcome!

·         Dynamic Yoga for flexibility in hips, shoulders and spine

·         Standing poses for strength and balance

·         Pilates for core strength and tone

·         Deep relaxation

8 week Course starts Wed 6 February

1 hour sessions.

No experience required.

Where - room 408.  Cost - $96

Instructor - Gillian Lazenby, phone 9444 0700

Register & pay at www.geniuswellbeing.com.au/elthamhigh.html