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TUESDAY 19 February




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**  All school charges and subject levies are now due.

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Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the Eltham High School Stage and Jazz Bands for having been invited to perform at the Eltham Jazz Food and Wine Festival on Saturday 23 February. The Bands will be performing between 12 - 1pm on Stage 1 (the main stage) in the Town Square. I encourage you all to attend in support of our young people, in particular all new families to school; you will get a glimpse of yet another aspect of our Instrumental Music Program. I am sure that the students will be looking forward to seeing you there.

Congratulations to Paige Goodwin (Year 12, Stewart House) who has qualified for the open 50 metre backstroke at the upcoming National Championships in April.  I am told that following 5 personal best times during the recent State Carnival, Paige is peaking at the right time for the Australian Championships.  Good luck Paige !

School Focused Youth Services

Recently the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released a paper called: “Reforming Support to Vulnerable Young People – A Discussion Paper”.  The following preamble introduces the paper:

“The Victorian Government is currently reviewing investments in order to improve service delivery and better align resources and interventions for vulnerable children and young people. The Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry and the subsequent Victoria’s Vulnerable Children directions paper, Our Shared Responsibility, has identified five key action areas that will feed into a final reform strategy to be released in 2013.

The directions paper acknowledges that education and training are critical to an individual’s life chances, and that education is a pathway out of poverty and intergenerational disadvantage. One of the key action areas is specifically focused on Enhancing Education and Capacity Building.

To this end the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is seeking opportunities to align existing effort and work with program stakeholders to provide a contemporary program and policy environment that will better engage vulnerable young people in learning……”

It then highlights the purpose of the paper as the following:

“The purpose of this discussion paper is to seek comment on a new approach to supporting all young people in learning, specifically those that have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education settings.

The intention of the new approach is to build on the strengths of existing DEECD programs and governance structures, streamline connections between programs and combine a contemporary understanding of best practice through recent research concerned with and involving vulnerable young people.”

While the intent on building the strength of existing DEECD programs and governance structures and streamlining connections between programs can be viewed as positive, there is very little in the discussion paper as to how this will be achieved.  As the paper itself identifies, one initiative that has specifically focused on vulnerable young people for the past fourteen years is the School Focused Youth Services (SFYS) Program. However, the paper does not emphasise the program’s strengths and ability to connect other programs as well as establish viable and sustainable networks between schools and community organisations. Therefore it is possible that SFYS may disappear as a result of funding cuts.

The SFYS initiative has had a major positive impact on the lives of many young people within our community. In the Nillumbik/Banyule areas SFYS has been a central link between learning organisations and community organisations.  It has supported a myriad of initiatives aimed at addressing the needs of young people and it has functioned as a Brokerage Agent in the establishment of partnerships and networks with a high level of success and sustainability. Its work is crucial in supporting further development of such relationships because they will address a range of issues and provide support for young people and families alike in the areas of health including mental health, and education.

In this day and age where our young people are more vulnerable and less able to cope with the demands, influences and expectations of both family and society, funding for  initiatives such as SFYS should be enhanced, not cut. The work that SFYS has supported within this community is vast and varied and includes the following:

•     A focus on mental health and well-being aimed at developing young people’s self-esteem through a myriad of programs that look at body image, drug education, gender diversity and sexuality in the fight against bullying and youth suicide in addition to supporting young people through grief and loss;

•     The introduction of a “Safe Connections” Program across a number of both primary and secondary schools in the Nillumbik area (Government and Catholic) which resulted in a range of resources including a “Safe Connections Policy” and related “Use Agreements” for young people and staff in schools; a resource for Parents to help them support their children as they engage with new technologies (which is updated each year);

•     The engagement of young people in positive, skill development initiatives such as Youth Leadership programs in collaboration with partners such as The REACH Foundation;

•     The implementation of programs to support both retention and re-engagement of vulnerable young people with learning and their engagement in sustainable future pathways.

Examples such as these highlight the relationship between the work of SFYS, Local, State and Federal Government priorities. The success of SFYS is measured by the sustainable programs and renewable resources that are currently in place. The preventative and supportive nature of the work of SFYS is highly valued by this community and it should be further encouraged rather than ignored. School staff and individual community organisations will not be able to deliver the same outcomes. The mandate of SFYS is clear and effective, and I ask that you support its continuation by contacting your local MP and voice your view on the importance of continued funding to SFYS. Its continuation will in fact support the effective implementation of the intent of the reform agenda.

A copy of the discussion paper is attached to this newsletter.

Teachers Industrial Campaign

You will be aware through the media that at the rally on Thursday, 14 February the Australian Education Union membership voted to continue its Industrial Campaign. In response to the perceived Government’s inaction toward a resolution, the meeting of members re-affirmed its commitment to the rigorous implementation of the 38-hour week classroom teaching and Education Support campaign. Further, members called on the AEU to plan a sustainable campaign which includes:

•     On-going implementation of the 38-hour week classroom teaching and Education Support campaign;

•     Consideration of all existing industrial bans and limitations;

•     A wide-ranging political campaign focusing on targeted Coalition seats, including member and community activities which target Coalition politicians; and

•     A schedule of half-day rolling regional stoppages commencing Term 2, 2013 targeting Coalition politicians, which may include rallies, marches, leafleting of the public both during and after the half day activities.

I know that negotiations between the AEU and the Government are taking place and I will keep you informed if/as these progress.

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.

Days of Hot Weather

The school will endeavour to support students and staff to be as comfortable as possible throughout the day particularly during days of very hot weather. A number of classrooms have air conditioning or evaporative cooling has been installed within a particular block of classrooms.  Other rooms have ceiling fans to support the circulation of air. However, a number of rooms have no air conditioning or evaporative cooling, and it is very unlikely that these will be installed to cater for every room in the near future.  The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does provide the school with a minimal amount of funding for emergency maintenance but this does not include the cost of installing and maintaining air conditioning in all classrooms, nor does it provide funding for the running of these units.

To support students to achieve a level of comfort that will allow them to carry on with their learning, the school has put a number of things in place:

•     Firstly, students are required to make sensible decisions about their clothing on any particular day. The School Dress Code was revised towards the end of last year and the expectations  outlined in the policy have been clearly communicated to students and parents.

•     On days of extreme hot weather, rooms will be made available to students during break times in the same manner as they are on wet weather days.

•     Students are continuously being reminded of the importance of keeping themselves hydrated. The school has a process in place which allows all students to bring a water bottle to every class and there are drink taps around the school for use at break times and to fill water bottles.

•     We are currently investigating costings to provide better shading for rooms that are subject to direct sunlight.

•     The OHS committee is currently investigating whether it is plausible to dismiss student early on days of extreme hot weather. Whilst this will shorten the time that students need to be in teaching and learning spaces it may bring other issues to the table including correlation with bus timetable, availability of parents for early pick up, supervision of students in the grounds, to name a few.

I assure parents that the school will endeavour to make all students and staff as comfortable as possible, within the constraints that I have outlined above, so that they can all engage in the teaching and learning process.

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

With the continuing hot weather it has been important to ensure that students have a clear understanding of the Student Dress Code policy.  Included in this newsletter is a series of illustrations that will further clarify what is appropriate clothing to wear to school.


The Student Dress Code policy defines clothing appropriate for school and therefore applies in the classroom and in the school grounds. Further to this we encourage students to be ‘Sunsmart’ at all times when in the school grounds, where they need also to consider the use of sunscreen and wearing of hats.


We thank families for their support in the implementation of the Student Dress Code policy.

Fran Mullins

Assistant Principal

Senior School News

VCAA VCE Personal Details and
VCE VET Enrolment Forms

Any student who was absent from classes on Friday, 15 February, 2013 during periods 3 or 4and who is currently undertaking a VCE course of study or subject is required to make contact with their Senior School Coordinator to arrange the completion of the VCAA VCE Student Personal Details and Subject Confirmation form.

Additionally, students undertaking a VCE VET study external to the school or completing a training certificate as part of their workplace employment have been requested to make contact with their program facilitator or employer to confirm their enrolment and module details and return to Ms. Wood- VET/VCAL Coordinator. Senior students are requested to complete these processes before Friday, 22 February. 


Students who are applying for Special Examination Arrangements for Unit 3/4 examinations are reminded that applications must reach the VCAA by Friday, 1 March, 2013.  Categories for Special Examination Arrangements applications include: Severe Health Impairment; Significant Physical Disability; Learning Disability; Severe Language Disorder; Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment.  A Formal application incorporating medical assessment and supporting documentation for long-term, known conditions is a necessary part of the application process.  Students who seek further advice and/or clarification in relation to this process are requested to make contact with their respective Coordinator this week. The application forms are available in the Senior School Office.


Absence from a SAC or SAT must be supported by a Medical Certificate dated on the day of the student’s assessment.  Students are required to present their medical certificate to the Senior School Office on their day of return to receive an Authorised Absence Slip and arrange a day/time for SAC/SAT redemption with one week of returning to school.  For Year 12 students- redemption can occur during scheduled spare periods in the Study Room while supervised.  Year 11 students and Year 10 students undertaking enhancement studies are required to attend the SAC/SAT redemption session scheduled on Tuesday afternoons between 3.30 pm and 5.10 pm in the Study Room.

Anna Panas

Senior School Leader

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 412 (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 (which was due on 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 at 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

What to do when your child becomes unwell at school:

If a student becomes unwell at school the procedure we would like both students and parents to follow is described below.  It is important that this process is followed to ensure that the school is aware of what arrangements are being made:

•     If a student is unwell during class, they should ask the teacher for permission to go to the Sick Bay;

•     If a student is unwell during recess or lunchtime, they should go directly to Sick Bay;

•     Once at Sick Bay, our School Nurse (Michelle Ford) will assess the student and decide if they need to go home, spend some time in Sick Bay or return to class;

•     If the student needs to go home, Michelle will contact the student’s parents/guardians to discuss the situation and arrange for the student to be collected from school;

•     When a student is being collected, parents need to report to the General Office where they will be directed to Sick Bay.

It is important that this process is followed as informal or alternative arrangements, such as students contacting parents directly, can result in lots of wasted time, as well as students leaving the school without the school knowing.  Please help us to implement this process and ensure that your child understands what to do if they are feeling unwell at school. 

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Leader

Canteen Special

On Thursday, 21 February the Canteen will be serving Sushi and Rice Paper Rolls at a cost of $ 6.00 for a pack of two.

The menu will consist of:


Rice Paper Rolls



Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken Teriyaki

Californian Roll



The Languages Faculty would like to welcome native French speaker Fanny Louise Rousseau to the EHS staff.  We are extremely fortunate to have been allocated Fanny-Louise through the DEECD’s Language Assistant Program. She will be working with all French students at Eltham High School and at Montmorency South Primary School throughout 2013.  Having lived in a number of major cities in France and Martinique, Fanny Louise’ knowledge of the French language and the culture of its speakers will provide invaluable support and learning experiences for our students.

We would also like to welcome Diana McMahon who will be supporting our  Indonesian students.  Originally from Indonesia, Diana comes to us with extensive experience as a language assistant and has successfully coached VCE students in a number of schools.  Students across the Middle and Senior classes in 2013 working with Diana will be immersed in authentic language and cultural experiences.

Matthew Barker

LOTE Coordinator

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

BIG thankyou!

Last Wednesday evening (a very hot evening) many year 7 students and their parents ventured out for the 'Try an Instrument' event, promoting the school's Music Program.  Despite the oppressive conditions the feedback was very positive and the response to joining the junior ensembles was fantastic!
Students attending this evening will now have received their 'offer letter' and will be following the 'prompts' on what to do next.

Special thanks to our Music Program staff, a range of musicians who came in to help, the Symphonic Band members for a great first performance for the year and for the many who remained behind and assisted students with the trying of instruments, the Music Support Group for assisting with the evening and cooking up a great sausage sizzle, and our Assistant Principal, Tim Natoli for assisting with packing up, finishing late into the evening.

After this very successful evening, we have formulated the basis of the Training Band and Junior String Ensemble for 2013.  We would like to offer your child a final opportunity to be involved in this outstanding program.  If your child is interested please encourage them to come to the Music Office and try out a woodwind, brass, percussion or stringed instrument.

A reminder: Upcoming Performance !

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

After School Program

We're getting lots of queries regarding the Program.  Vacancies are available in guitar, bass guitar, piano & voice.  If you have any queries about anything regards the music programs at the school, please contact the music office on 9430 5127 or email Jill in the Music Office,

For further information please contact me via Compass, email ( or telephone on 94305170.

Rick Plummer

Director of Music


Our recently built food room was put to good use last week when Eltham High School VET students embarked upon their year long Hospitality course.  The students were recently kitted out in their chef’s uniforms and set then about cooking up a storm.  Under the direction of Diana Makris the students’ first project was a Thai chicken salad.  The smells coming out from the kitchen were just fantastic.  I am waiting for this week’s instalment with eager anticipation.

Bruce Martyn

Business Manager



AVSC 2012 Photos

Any students that have not yet picked up their team photo can collect it from the PE office.

State Champion Hoodies

All students who were members of the year 7 and 8 State Champion teams last year who have not collected their hoodie can collect it from the PE Office ($25).

Eltham High school Volleyball Trials

Trials continue for the following year levels:

Monday - Year 10 girls;

Tuesday - Senior boys and girls’ practice for the round robin;

Wednesday - Senior Volleyball round robin;

Thursday - Year 7 boys during sport and Year 7 girls at lunchtime. All lunchtime trials held on the Showcourt at 12.45pm; and

Friday - Year 7 boys.

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 is 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 is the State Volleyball Centre, Stud Road Dandenong

Register online at


Want to get better at volleyball?– join a club.

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

Preseason training started 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:

- “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;

- 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 Feb – 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

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).

A rule change that all players should be aware of -

“As of January 2013 the rules for indoor volleyball changed. On SERVE RECEPTION if the ball is played with "overhand finger" pass and the pass is a double contact then this is a fault.”

This means if a player attempts to set the ball coming from a serve and the contact is not "clean" then a fault must be whistled.”  No other changes have been made to the serve reception rules.

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.


Transition– 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 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

Eltham Community Choir


2012 Eltham Community Choir singing at the EHS twilight concert!


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:


Eltham Junior Football Club

Eltham Junior Football Club is seeking new players in the following age groups:U10, U12, U15 & U17 (NFL JUNIOR CLUB OF THE YEAR 2009)

Eltham Junior Football Club offers a great family atmosphere. We offer opportunities for all levels of playing ability, whether that is developing your skills or just to join your friends.  Players can aspire to join our many recruits at the Northern Knights which is a pathway to the AFL.

U10,  U12 & U15 Players required for Season 2013.

U/17 Players required - Come and help the 17’s defend their 2012 Div 1 Premiership Flag.

Please contact:

Deb Mallard - Registration Secretary,  Phone:  0414 442 195


Research Football Club

The Family Club

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.

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

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

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

School Focused Youth Services  1

Teachers Industrial Campaign  2

Eltham High School Working Bee  3

Days of Hot Weather  3

Assistant Principal’s Report  4

Senior School News  4

Notebook Initiative 2013  5

What to do when your child becomes unwell at school: 6

Canteen Special  6

LOTE News  6

Grounds Committee  7

Musical Notes  7


Sport  8

Volleyball 8

Physical Education Classes  10

Welfare  10

Transition– lifes changing face  10

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

Parents and Carers  11

Immunisation  11

Back to School Checklist  11

Is your child ready for new school year?  12

Eltham Community Choir  12


Entertainment Book  13

Calculator Sales  13

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria Presents  13

HELP – I AM BEING BULLIED:  An action plan for parents and their children  13

Research Football Club  14

Montmorency Junior Football Club  (Junior Club of the Year – 2011) 14

Contents  1

School Calendar  3

Canteen Roster  4

School Absences  5

Extra Maths Help  5

JS Homework Club  5

Wanted:  ‘Gourmet Traveller’ and ‘Delicious Food’ Magazines  6

Parent Information  6



Existing DEECD Programs  17


School Calendar


Wed 20

Senior Round Robin

EHS Community Choir

Sat 23

EHS Jazz and Stage Bands:  Eltham Food & Jazz Festival

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 – 2:30pm finish


Canteen Roster

Wed 20

Libby Field

Angela Broeren

Adrienne Harris


Thu 21

Joanne Kesteser

Michelle Francis


Fri 22

Kerrie Laing

Pip Charlton


Mon 25

Christine Carroll

Natasha Macleod

Kylie Ward


Tues 26

Mel Lomulder

Belinda Cavaleri












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 be put on hold because of the current industrial action. It will recommence once the dispute has been resolved.

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator



JS Homework Club

Please note that due to our current industrial dispute the Junior School Homework Club will be put on hold until such a time as the dispute is resolved.


Phil Boyd

Junior School








‘Gourmet Traveller’ and ‘Delicious Food’

If anyone has any Delicious or Gourmet Traveller Food Magazines from the past 3 - 4 years that they no longer require, the Foods Department would certainly appreciate them.  Please contact Christine Andrews to arrange delivery or drop them into the General Office.

Christine Andrews
VCE Food & Technology Teacher


Parent Information

EMA – Educational Maintenance Allowance

Reminder applications close on 28 February.  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. No late applications can be processed.

Kathleen Hannan

Acting Business Manager





















Rock 2 Reef”















by Robyn Lake

From EHS’ 1961 “Mercury”





















From the EHS









Student Art



















Michael Longmaid
Unit 3/4 Product Design (Wood)

























Year 7 Information Evening










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The Victorian Government is currently reviewing investments to order to improve service delivery and better align resources and interventions for vulnerable children and young people. The Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry and the subsequent Victoria’s Vulnerable Children directions paper, Our Shared Responsibility, has identified five key action areas that will feed into a final reform strategy to be released in 2013.

The directions paper acknowledges that education and training are critical to an individual’s life chances, and that education is a pathway out of poverty and intergenerational disadvantage. One of the key action areas is specifically focused on Enhancing Education and Capacity Building.

To this end the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is seeking opportunities to align existing effort and work with program stakeholders to provide a contemporary program and policy environment that will better engage vulnerable young people in learning.

Research highlights that there are continuing challenges in this area:

·         The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data 2011 indicates that of the total number of 355,460 Victorian young people aged 15-19 years, 36,612 are not in education, training or employment[1]. This equates to 10.3% of the population of Victorian young people

·         A Deloitte report in 2012 found there are approximately 290,000 15 year olds in Australia today. If current early school leaving rates continue, 70,000 or 21% of these students would leave school before completion in 2016.[2]

·           In March 2011 there were 469 young people in Residential Care, educational data is available on 368 of these young people, of the 368:


The purpose of this discussion paper is to seek comment on a new approach to supporting all young people in learning, specifically those that have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education settings.

The intention of the new approach is to build on the strengths of existing DEECD programs and governance structures, streamline connections between programs and combine a contemporary understanding of best practice through recent research concerned with and involving vulnerable young people.

Existing DEECD Programs

The Department of Education and Early Childhood (DEECD) has a wide range of programs that support young people to fully engage in learning, some of which are targeted at particular cohorts, particular learning and development needs, and others that focus on vulnerability where there is a high risk of disengagement.

·         Re-engagement Programs - that target youth who are disengaged or are at risk of disengagement from the mainstream system (including youth in statutory care).

·         Transition Programs - transition programs that support students, some of which are at risk of disengaging, to successfully transition into post-secondary school education, training or employment.

·         Health and Wellbeing Programs – that target numerous health and wellbeing needs of vulnerable young people at risk of disengaging from school, including Student Support Service staff.

·         Indigenous Programs – that support participation and engagement of Koorie students, including Koori Education Support staff.

·         English as an Additional Language Programs – that support language development for refugee and other culturally and linguistically diverse students.

One of the programs that has specifically focused on vulnerable young people for the past fourteen years is the School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) program.

The aim of the SFYS has been to strengthen support for 10 to 18 year-old vulnerable children and young people by facilitating partnerships and coordinating projects between schools and local community service organisations. The SFYS supports a wide range of interventions designed to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors to assist learning, development, health and wellbeing.

The last financial year saw SFYS activity involving:



Recent Discussions, Consultation and Research

The new approach proposed in this Discussion Paper has considered the outcomes from:

·         Discussions with agencies providing or interested in the provision of the School Focused Youth Service program, including community and youth peak bodies, school principal associations, representatives of Catholic Education and Independent Schools, local government and senior staff members of community sector organisations.

·         Consultation with vulnerable groups of young people who have experienced disengagement from education to understand their views on reforms to the system.

·         Research involving agencies and government departments regarding current funding arrangements for vulnerable young people with a view to understanding what limitations are created by funding arrangements and how this might be addressed. 

·         An analysis of the Youth Partnerships governance groups and local stakeholders to determine whether the new governance arrangements have added value and improved responses for vulnerable young people.

·         A review of the Local Learning and Employment Network model of network or partnership approaches that support successful transition outcomes for young people, including those most at risk of disengaging.

·         Consultation with Local Government to determine their current role in supporting vulnerable young people and understand from their perspective the potential for their role in an improved systemic response to vulnerable young people.


DEECD has held preliminary discussions with approximately 100 representatives of community sector, local government and principal associations since a new approach to providing support for vulnerable young people was announced in November 2012.

The discussions sought input to the following questions:

A summary of the outcomes of the discussion is included in the table below.


Objectives of a New Approach


Potential characteristics of new approach

·         Building resilience

·         Attendance / retention / engagement

·         Responses that span prevention, early intervention and intervention

·         Building the capacity of schools to respond

·         Addressing inequities



·         Approach to be informed by a program logic

·         Data and evidence based not driven by funding eligibility criteria

·         Single point of contact for all wellbeing issues


·         Integrated birth to exit approach

·         Strong, structured, accountable partnerships between agencies, schools and families


·         Universal

·         Flexible and local

·         Supported and skilled workforce


·         Clear governance structures

·         Performance frameworks

·         Evidence of school linkage



The outcomes of the discussion have been incorporated with an investment logic discussion and findings from recent research to form a potential approach for your consideration.


·           It is proposed that a new approach creates seamless connections between external services and the education workforce to improve young people’s engagement with education and training and promote positive mental health and wellbeing with the objectives of:

o   Strengthening the capacity of vulnerable young people to better engage with and participate in learning.

o   Strengthen the capacity of schools and agencies to collectively re-engage vulnerable groups of young people in learning pathways.


Scoping a New Approach

In scoping a new approach to support vulnerable children and young people this paper describes the problem, the benefits we are seeking to achieve and how they would be measured, along with a proposed strategic approach.


The Problem                                        The Benefits                            The Strategic Response

Better life outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.  

KPI 1: educational engagement 
KPI 2: pathways to employment







Please provide your feedback/suggestions to inform the scoping of a new approach. Limit of 150 words per question.


Are there any other issues that should be considered when describing the problem/current context for vulnerable children and young people?



In scoping a new approach to support vulnerable children and young people are there additional Benefits/Key Performance Indicators that could be included?











Are there additional strategic responses that should be considered in developing a new approach and achieving the benefits?




Additional comments relating to the scoping of a new approach



Functions of a New Approach

The strategic response will require change that leverages the strengths of current activity and allows for the characteristics identified in the consultations to date to inform how the new approach will be implemented to make the changes required. Proposed functions of a new approach to support vulnerable children and young people aged 8 – 18 years are outlined in the diagram below.


We invite your feedback on the proposed functions of a new approach. Please limit responses to 150 words per question

Along the continuum of prevention, early intervention and intervention, are there any gaps/opportunities to consider in the proposed functions of a new approach and the key responsibilities at each level?



A new approach will support young people during key transition points, enabling smooth and seamless delivery of services across early childhood, schooling and higher education.  Please indicate your level of support for a new approach targeting vulnerable children and young people aged 8 – 18 years. Please provide a rationale for consideration of a different age cohort.  



The new approach intends to create a single point that young people and agencies can use to access the range of pathways required to support vulnerable groups of young people. This will require formal partnerships that connect universal settings and a range of targeted providers. For example the partnerships should be able to connect to employment pathways or pathways to improved health and wellbeing that will enable engagement in learning. Do you have a view on this partnership approach?




Additional comments relating to the functions of a new approach



Governance of a New Approach

Governance of the new approach will be required to support local independence and engage a senior commitment from across Government and agencies to better connect strategic and local planning and implementation.

The governance arrangement will also be required to formalise partnerships at a decision making and implementation level.


This governance approach will be expected to bring together some current networks and governance groups with a view to collaborative area based planning and service delivery. Do you have any views on the geographical size of a local area? 



The local level governance group for the implementation of this new approach is proposed to operate as a working group of the Regional level governance group with a focus on vulnerable young people. Do you have a view on how the membership of the local level group should be compiled?



What is your view on broadening the focus of the Regional Level Governance Group to consider the education and training needs of all young people?



Additional Comments relating to the governance of a new approach



Please email your response to Kim Wilson at the Youth Partnerships Secretariat via email; by Friday February 22nd 2013.

Next Steps

Your contribution will be incorporated to inform a refined approach to vulnerable young people for further discussion with peak agencies early in 2013.






[1] The ABS define not in education, training or employment as:  People who, in the survey reference week, were not studying or working (and therefore either unemployed or not in the labour force); or studying part-time and not working (therefore unemployed or not in the labour force); or not studying but in part-time work.

[2] Deloitte Access Economics, The Socio Economic Benefits of Investing in the Prevention of Early School Leaving (2012)