community news


TUESDAY 12 February




PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL:

Absences:  9430 5299




Students in Years 8 – 12 inclusive will NOT be able to be accommodated at the school on this day.

All year 7 students are expected to be at school as normal.



Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Scott Van Gemert (Year 11, Rutter House) who has been awarded a Scholarship to the JWA Jazz Camp to be held in Sydney in January. 

The JWA Jazz camp is an annual gathering of talented young jazz musicians from all over Australia and New Zealand held at the Naamaroo Conference Centre in Chatswood West. For over thirty years this camp has hosted and encouraged countless musicians. Alumni of the camp include many who have gone on to become leading professionals in Australian jazz and commercial music, and indeed around the world.  

Each year the Jazz Camp faculty and staff award a small number of scholarships to musicians at the camp who have demonstrated exceptional ability, potential and attitude. We are delighted that Scott has been recognised in this way, out of one hundred and ten students.  I congratulate Scott on being chosen for this award; it is testament to his ability and wonderful attitude. The Jazz Camp faculty believe he shows great potential. Another great achievement for Scott.

I also congratulate Jaydn Colenso (Year 8, Andrew House) for having been selected as one of the top prize winners in the Asthma Australia Poster Design competition that he entered at the end of 2012 while in Year 7. Jaydn’s poster communicates a very important message to all of us with clarity and passion. I commend Jaydn’s level of intellect and his creativity both of which highlight two of our school values. Jaydn was awarded a monetary prize, which I am sure he will spend wisely. A fantastic effort Jayden!


Staff Achievement:

Congratulations to Ed Fairlie on winning the inaugural Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association Victoria Concert Band Composition Competition.  Ed was the winner of the Category 2 section, for a work for concert band for more experienced players, aimed at Grade Level 3–4. First Prize was awarded to Ed for his composition “Death by Tango.” Ed received a monetary prize as well as publication of the work by Brolga Music Publishing.   Together with ABODA Vic, Brolga Music Publishing were responsible for setting up the competition. The judges included Ingrid Martin, along with Brian Hogg and Ralph Hultgren (both well respected composers within Australia and internationally.) Ingrid of course is well known to the Eltham High School Community as the conductor of the Symphonic Band over a number of years and is currently undertaking further studies in conducting in Minnesota, USA.

I have also been informed that Ed has been asked to deliver a series of lectures in Composition at The University of Melbourne. This is an outstanding achievement for a young composer and I look forward to many more accomplishments in the future.

Eltham High School Rain Garden

Our students at Eltham High School are winners, both for the environment and our school, after designing and building a Raingarden to help reduce the school’s stormwater run-off.

One of five winners across Greater Melbourne to pick up $1000 Bunnings voucher from Melbourne Water’s Raingardens competition, our Raingarden is helping to protect Melbourne’s waterways.

I wish to acknowledge the leadership of Danielle Cotter, who supported the students through the design and implementation process as well as the understanding of the need to consider water sensitive urban design. The students designed the landscape using local Nillumbik plants, flowers the colours of the school (red, blue and yellow) and purple to show respect for and support diversity.

I congratulate all the students on their work and on an outstanding outcome. Well done!

School Council Elections

I draw your attention to the information in this edition of the Community Newsletter which outlines the School Council Elections for 2013. Parents/guardians can contribute to the school and their children’s education in a range of ways. A place on the Eltham High School Council, the governing body of the school and its community, is one way in which you can be a part of this agenda. I encourage you to give this opportunity due consideration.

Teachers Industrial Campaign

You will be aware through the media that the Premier of Victoria has taken the Australian Education Union (AEU) to Court seeking an injunction on the current industrial Bans as well as the proposed Stopwork Action scheduled for the 14 February. On Thursday 7 February the Federal Court of Victoria rejected the Victorian Government’s plea and therefore the current workplace bans will continue to remain in place, and the day of Stopwork action that I spoke about in last week’s newsletter will go ahead.

The Eltham High School AEU Branch Executive today informed me of the number of staff that will be taking part in the Stopwork action. As a result of this, students in Years 8 – 12 inclusive will NOT be able to be accommodated at the school on Thursday February 14. All year 7 students are expected to be at school as normal on this day. This information will also be published in the newsfeed section of the Compass Parent Portal and a note will also be sent home via the students.  I ask all parents of students in Years 8 – 12 to ensure that appropriate supervision be organised for students at home.


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 drive way 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.

Similarly, I 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 was discussed with 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 the students and these have been re-iterated in the “Welcome” section of the last edition of the newsletter. Students must understand that once they arrive at school they remain at school until the end of their school day. No student (including Year 12 students) is 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 this school rule.

Year 12 students who drive to school need to be aware 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.

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 This request is to support your child’s health and wellbeing, 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.

Eltham High School Working Bee:

I extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to attend our first working Bee for the year to be held on Sunday, 24 February 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. The Grounds Committee is working hard in the planning for the day and I am sure that with your support a great deal will be achieved. This is a great way of connecting with the school, other parents and other community members and contributing in whatever way you can to the learning environment of your child. If you are only able to attend for an hour or two this also welcomed and greatly appreciated. As always a delicious morning tea and barbeque lunch will be offered on the day. Do come along and bring the kids with you. They are our greatest asset and it is great to see them also engage with the school in a different way. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Student Exchange

Niamh Felton (Year 10 Andrew House) has recently returned from a Student Exchange in Belgium.  I share with you below Niamh’s reflections on her experience:

“I recently spent five months on exchange in Belgium to learn French. I chose Belgium because I thought it would be more interesting to discover somewhere that not many people know about. Belgium is officially a trilingual country (French, Dutch, and German), where the best chocolate comes from, and where waffles and “French” fries were invented. Brussels is the capital of Europe as well as Belgium, and everything is in the two main languages, French and Dutch.

I lived just outside of Brussels in the Dutch area, but I lived with a French-speaking family and went to a French-speaking school just inside the capital region. My host family were some of the funniest people I’ve ever met and made me feel really at home halfway across the world. Everyone at school was super nice and they all wanted to speak English which was really weird. I met people from all over the world too; since being on exchange I’ve got friends in Brazil, Italy, Mexico, and even Estonia. While I was there I visited Spain, the Netherlands, France, took the Eurostar to England, and went to Paris twice! Even just in my town I saw snow, a castle (with moat), and a woman who frequently wore her towel on the bus.

I had the best time ever travelling and being on exchange, and if anyone is thinking about it, you should definitely go!”




Vincent Sicari


Eltham High School Council

School Council Elections

As our School Council elections are due to take place, I take this opportunity to provide you with information about the operation of School Councils. Each year a number of positions become vacant on Council and I urge you to consider this opportunity. The following information may help you clarify some of the main roles of School Council and the responsibilities of School Councillors. More detailed information is available from the school on request.

What Is A School Council and What Does It Do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides to its students.

Who Is On The School Council?

There are three possible categories of membership:

A mandated elected parent category: More than one third of the elected members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training employees can now be parent members at their child’s school;

A mandated elected Department of Education and Training employee category: Members of this category may make up no more than one third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members;

An optional community member category: Its members are co‑opted by decision of the council because of the person’s special skills, interests or experiences. Department of Education and Training employees are not eligible to be community members.

The term of office for members is two years. Normally half the members retire each year and this creates vacancies at the annual school council elections.

Why Is Parent Membership So Important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.

Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How Can You Become Involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which will be held in early March. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.  In view of this, you might seriously consider either standing for election as a member of the Eltham High School Council and/or encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I Need Special Experience To Be On A School Council?

No. What you need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.

What Do You Need To Do To Stand For Election?

A notice of the election and a call for nominations accompanies this document. If you decide to stand for election, you will need to arrange for someone to nominate and second you as a candidate in the parent category. Once the nomination form is complete, return it to the school within the time stated on the notice of election.

If there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted in the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember The Following:

Consider standing for election to the Eltham High School Council this year. Be sure to vote in the election if it goes to ballot.  Contact the Principal for further information.

School Council Election Timeline – 2013

Tuesday, 12 February 2013:             Call for nominations

Tuesday, 19 February 2013:             Nominations Close, 4:00 pm

Wednesday, 20 February 2013:        Display list of candidates and nominators

Tuesday, 26 February 2013:             Distribute Ballot Papers

Wednesday, 6 March 2013:              Close Ballot, 4:00 pm

Thursday, 7 March 2013:                  Count votes and declare the poll

Wednesday, 20 March 2013:            First Meeting of New School Council

School Council Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the School Council will take place on 20 March 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Staffroom (enter via the main doors of the new building). This will be followed by the first meeting of the new School Council starting at 8:00 pm.

All members of the School community are invited to attend the AGM and will be most welcome.

RSVP:                   To the Executive Assistant (Mrs Kate Scalzo)

Telephone:           9430 5111 or email at e-mail: 

Vincent Sicari










Assistant Principal’s Report


As we begin our third week back at school students are settling into their classes really well. Year 7 students have benefited from the use of the brand new teaching and learning spaces and it is fantastic to see the range of activities that they are being used for.

Middle School classes have begun smoothly and it is good to see the way students have settled into their new courses. This year there will be no course changes at Middle School (other than in extraordinary circumstances).   If you still believe there is an issue with your child’s course please contact Jodie Sutton (Acting Middle School Leader). There are a number of new Middle School subjects which are running this year including VET Hospitality. VET Hospitality students in Year 10 were measured up for their uniforms in class last week and begin the practical component of their course this week. As a Year 10 student it may still be possible for you to join this course. If you are interested, please contact Mr Natoli as soon as possible.

VCE students are now well underway with their study of both Unit 1 and Unit 3. It is great to see Year 12 students making great use of the new VCE Study Centre, and I would encourage any student who needs a quiet space before, during or after school to use the Study Centre at these times. Year 12 students have been allocated Mentors within the school and mentor meetings will begin over the coming weeks. This is a great opportunity for students to keep track of their progress through the year and to seek advice on any queries or concerns regarding Year 12 that they may have. A large number of Middle School students are also experiencing VCE for the first time as an enhancement subject and I wish them luck in this new challenge.  I look forward to visiting many classes during the next few weeks and seeing how students are progressing.

Tim Natoli

Assistant Principal


Notebook Initiative 2013

Any family that has paid their notebook instalment, but not yet collected the notebook are asked to do so from the IT Support Team in Room 416 (IT Office) between 3-4 pm, Monday-Friday. This room is located in the corridor behind the Library. A parent will need to sign for the notebook on collection. If collection at these times is an issue please contact IT support on 9430 5121 to make arrangements. Please note that the deposit and first payment, due 4 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 9430 5118 or by email at

Notebook Initiative 2012

The second payment date for families who commenced the program last year was 30 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 9430 5118 or by email at

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 1800 634 560 (select 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 Support Team. Student repairs will be undertaken from the service desk at the entrance to the Library.  This desk is 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 student 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 

Monday, February 11 - Year 11

Monday, February 18 - Year 10

Monday, February 25 - Year 9

Monday, March 4 - Year 8

If you require any further information regarding this planned work please contact Craig Bradley via email


Grounds Committee

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the first Working Bee for 2013 on Sunday 24 February starting at 9.00am and concluding at 12.30pm.

What a contrast this year compared to 12 months ago: it has been particularly dry over the last three months and the garden beds around the school are suffering. Much of the focus for this working bee will be directed to the many garden beds around the campus with pruning, weeding and some selective watering being a priority. Identified below are the priorities for this Working Bee:

1.      Pruning, weeding and watering of the garden beds in the Junior
School Courtyard;

2.      Pruning, weeding and watering of the garden beds adjacent to the 400's block;

3.         Construction of the raised box retaining wall seats in the area adjacent to the canteen;

4.       Completion of the staining of the bollards around the campus complex;

5.      Brush cutting of a range of areas with particular focus on the areas adjacent to the cricket nets and Ely St fence line;

6.      Pruning, weeding and mulching of the Environmental Area at the eastern end of the tennis courts.

If you are attending this Working Bee please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the Stadium on the back oval (enter via Ely Street) and then follow the signage to the area adjacent to the school Canteen on the western side of the new building where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and directed to a task. Remember to bring protective clothing, gloves, sunscreen, hat and water bottle on the day.  Looking forward to your anticipated support and involvement on the day.

John Coates
(for the Grounds Committee 2013)

Musical Notes

The BIG news this week:

An invitation to all Year 7s to come to our 'Try an Instrument Night' on Wednesday 13 February.  The evening will start at 6.30pm with a'welcome BBQ', followed at 7.30pm with an information session about the Music Program at the School.  Students will have the opportunity for 'hands on' trying of a large variety of instruments. We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember - rehearsal times for 2013 are as follows (these have commenced)!

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 and Friday 7.15am-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 & 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 Natalie Bartsch as a new piano tutor.  For 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.

Upcoming Performance

Stage and Jazz Bands are performing at the Eltham Jazz Food & Wine Festival on Saturday 23 February at 12midday.  Come down and listen to them in the Town Square!

Rick Plummer

Director of Music



AVSC 2012 Photos

Any student who has not collected their team photo can collect it 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 PE office ($25).

Eltham High school Volleyball trials

Trials for the volleyball program will be held at lunchtime over the next two weeks.  This week will be trials for boys teams:

Monday - Year 8 boys

Tuesday - Year 10 boys

Wednesday  - Year 7 boys

Thursday - Year 9 boys. 

All trials held on the Showcourt at 12.45pm

State Team Selections:

School Sport Victoria U/16 State Volleyball Team:  For athletes 15 and under Trial dates  - 16 and 23 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 17 and 24 February

Venue: State Volleyball Centre, Stud Road Dandenong

Register online at

Want to get better at volleyball ?

Join a club!  Here are a couple you can contact:

Heidelberg Volleyball Club

Trainings from 6.00 - 7.30pm at Catholic Ladies College, Diamond Street, Eltham for all those interested in improving individual skills and playing in tournaments.

Falcons Volleyball Club

They start preseason training on Tuesday 5 February at Luther College from 7pm to 9pm. For students interested in playing division 1 or 2 State League. Contact Bill McHoul if you need more details.

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 28 February if the dispute has been settled); the year 7 Monday night volleyball competition; the Thursday night junior volleyball competition; and 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

20 February – Senior volleyball round robin

19 March – Year 7 round robin

23 April – Senior Northern Zone Volleyball

26 April- Intermediate Northern Zone Volleyball

22 May – Intermediate State Volleyball Final

23 May – Senior State Volleyball Final

26 – 28 July – Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup

8- 13  December - Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Remember, 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

Physical Education Classes

Students are reminded that all students involved in practical physical education classes need to bring a change of clothes and wear appropriate footwear.  All year 7 and 8 students are required to wear the complete Eltham High School Physical Education uniform (polo and shorts) in both physical education and sport classes.  Uniforms can be purchased at school at a cost of:

• Polo Shirt $30.00

• Shorts $28.00

Students undertaking Physical Education electives in Middle School and VCE are required to bring a change of t-shirt and shorts and wear appropriate footwear when involved in practical classes.

Youth Olympic Festival

Diamond Valley Athletic Club sprinter, Maddie Coates (Year 10, Andrew House) won a full range of medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. In addition to this, Maddie has won the 200m at the Victorian Youth Track & Field Championships held last weekend.

The AYOF athletics competition is a stepping stone for elite junior athletes who are on the path to international junior representation and senior elite competition.  In her first event, the 4x100m Relay, Maddie was a member of the Women’s Under 18 Australia Gold team that won Gold in a time of 47.09.  In the Women’s Under 18 200m, Maddie finished in 24.89 to take the Silver medal against a field of international athletes.  Maddie completed her medal haul as a member of the Australia Gold team in the 1000m Sprint Relay. She ran a 200m leg in the team that finished in a time of 2:15.41 and collected the Bronze medal.

EHS Student Results from the 2013 Victorian Junior Track & Field Championships

Women: Under 17

Maddie Coates 200m (h) 25.58 (Q); (f) 25.08 (1st)

Under 15

Danielle Blake Long Jump (f) 4.53m (11th)

100m (h) 14.10

Men: Under 18

Nicholas Phillips 800m (h) 2:00.38 (q); (f) 2:05.92 (7th)

Swim Squad

Swim Squad kicked off the year with 13 new swimmers and the usual host of keen smiling squad members.  Congratulations to our appointed Squad Captains for the year; India Heys, Tayler Heaney and Marie Price. Looks like we are in for another great season with the focus being up and ready for the EHS Swimming Carnival on 4 March.  Squad will continue next week on 14th February led by Coach's, Neroli Nixon and Zoe Girbau.  New Members are most welcome.  Come and join in on the fun and fitness and don't forget the hot chocolate afterwards back in the staff room.  Further details can be obtained from Phil Boyd or Louise Heathcote.

Phil Boyd

Junior School Coordinator


Transitions– lifes 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

Louise Heathcote

Student Welfare Leader

Parents and Carers


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:

·         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.

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 departments. 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 preschool. 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 February. 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

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




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

For VCE Maths, Year 10 Maths extension or Year 10 Core Maths 2013  the

Required calculator is:

TI-Nspire CX CAS

Cost: $185

Order and pay for your calculator at

·          1. Search for 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

This information session is presented by Jenny Furey, Psychologist


Thursday 21 February 2013

7.30pm – 9.30pm

Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre (Large Community Space)

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


$22.00 Non-Members

$12.00 ADAVIC members


Phone: ADAVIC (03) 9853 8089




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 6 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)


Phone: ADAVIC (03) 9853 8089

Email: (Website:


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.

Montmorency Junior Football Club
(Junior Club of the Year – 2011)

Registration Day – Sunday, 17 February 9:30am – 1:00pm at Para Road Clubrooms

Come and play at Montmorency in 2013. This season the Magpies have

Auskick:  3 girls’ teams (U12, U15 & U18) and Boys’ Teams from Under 9 – Under 17.

We are actively seeking new families in all age groups to Para Rd in 2013 to become part of a progressive and highly awarded Junior Football Club. Our Club has outstanding facilities and excellent Coaches. The Club place a premium on participation and enjoyment for the entire family.

For more information visit m/pages/Montmorency-Junior-Football-Club/149809768445100 or contact President Peter Gray or 0412 480 809

Want to play netball in 2013

Eltham Netball club is now taking registrations for the 2013 seasons. We cater for all ages from U9 to open and all abilities from beginner to experienced. We train on Tuesdays and Thursday nights and games are on a Saturday commencing 16 March.  If you would like any information please contact Julie on Players are welcome to come to training for a "come and try" session.




Principal’s Report  1

Student Achievement 1

Staff Achievement: 2

Eltham High School Rain Garden  2

School Council Elections  2

Teachers Industrial Campaign  2

Respect for School Expectations: 3

Important note for parents with children with special medical needs  3

Student Accident Insurance: 3

Eltham High School Working Bee: 4

Student Exchange  4

Eltham High School Council 5

Assistant Principal’s Report  7

Curriculum   7

Notebook Initiative 2013  7

Notebook Initiative 2012  7

Notebook Care  7

Notebook Re-image 2013  8

Grounds Committee  8

Musical Notes  8

The BIG news this week: 8

Sport  9

Volleyball 9

Physical Education Classes  10

Youth Olympic Festival 11

EHS Student Results from the 2013 Victorian Junior Track & Field Championships  11

Swim Squad  11

Welfare  11

Transitions– lifes changing face  11

How teachers and parents can help reduce the stress of transitions: 12

Parents and Carers  12

Immunisation  12

Changes to the Secondary School Immunisation Program    12

Back to School Checklist  13

Is your child ready for new school year?  13


Entertainment Book  14

Calculator Sales  14

The Organiser & Calculator King  14

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Presents  14

HELP – I AM BEING BULLIED:  An action plan for parents and their children  14

Football Club  15

Montmorency Junior Football Club  (Junior Club of the Year – 2011) 15

Contents  1

School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  3

School Absences  4

Extra Maths Help  5

JS Homework Club  5

Wanted: ‘Gourmet Traveller’ and ‘Delicious Food’ Magazines  5


School Calendar


Wed 13

Year 7 Instrumental Evening

EHS Community Choir


Thu 14

Year 7 Cricket

Mon 18

SAC Week

Wed 20

Senior Round Robin

EHS Community Choir

Sun 24

Working Bee

Tues 26

Revised: Student Photo Catch up day.

Wed 27

EHS Choir Rehearsal




Mon 4

SAC Week

House Swimming Carnival

Wed 6

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal 7.30- 9.00pm

Thu 7

Junior School Cyber Safety Drama Presentation

Fri 8

Nillumbik/Banyule Division Swimming

Wed 13

EHS Community Choir 7.30-9.00

Fri 15

NMR Swimming

Mon 18

SAC Week

Tue 19

Year 7 Round Robin

Wed 20

NMR Diving

Student Progress Interviews – all year levels

EHS Community Choir 7.30-9pm

Sun 24

Working Bee

Mon 25

Concert Band Tour

Tues 26

Student Progress interviews 4pm- 7pm – all year levels

Wed 27

SSV Swimming and Diving

EHS Community Choir



28 March

Canteen Roster

Wed 13

Beth Buckton-Smith

Michelle Francis

Shirley Diez

Thu 14

Michelle and Paul Spotswood

Fri 15

Sally Bowen

Nicole Hassall

Mon 18

Peggy Alderton

Nicole Colenso

Mandy Grey

Tue 19

Wendy Gunnoo

Christine Farrugia


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 3:50pm

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.

Christine Andrews

VCE Food & Technology Teacher