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TUESDAY 19 March




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

Absences:  9430 5299



Student Progress Interviews

March 20      11am – 7pm

March 26        4pm – 7pm

There are no classes for students on Wednesday 20 March.  Students are expected to attend the Student Progress Interviews with their families at the booked times.


Eltham High School Council

Annual General Meeting

Tomorrow night, Wednesday 20 March, the School Council will hold the Annual General Meeting.  The Annual Report to the community will be presented. All parents and community members are welcome. The meeting commences 7pm sharp in the conference room.

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

International Ice Hockey Championships

I take this opportunity to wish Sarah Turbach (Year 11, Stewart House) all the very best in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Championships which will take place during the term holidays. Sarah will first travel to Newcastle where the Australian Team will train for a week before heading off to New Zealand where they will compete in Division 2 against other countries including Japan, Great Britain, Spain and Italy. I wish Sarah and her team all the very best in the competition and in her future involvement in the sport.

Student Performance at the NAB Cup

I congratulate Andeli Zuzic (Year 7, Rutter House) for having been selected as one of two young people who sang the Australian National Anthem at the start of the NAB Cup Grand Final on Friday evening. Andeli has a beautiful voice and staged a wonderful performance at the game. Her performance can be viewed and listened to on the link below. Andeli is initially seen walking on the ground alongside The NAB Cup Trophy and her performance begins at around 10 minutes 50 seconds.

I wish Andeli all the very best with her singing and encourage her to keep it going well into the future.

Past Student Achievement

Congratulations to Lydia Wegner (Class of 2006, Andrew House) on her upcoming photography exhibition “Folded Colour” at The Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) at 404 George Street Fitzroy. The exhibition will be open to the public between 3 April and the 19 May in the “Gallery 4” space. Whilst at school Lydia demonstrated great talent in the arts and her work is featured in the school’s collection. Lydia’s artist statement includes the following:

“Folded Colour evolved through the assembly and placement of acquired objects and unconventional scraps from my studio. These objects including paper, plastic and metal are arranged together to create intriguing yet delicate constructions that are then photographed on the studio tabletop. The application of various technical effects, including studio lighting and reflected light, distort the depicted objects that appear in the final photographs as unrecognisable visual entities.

The objects themselves are not important, but are used as a means to create the image. I use a 4X5 large-format camera to retain the fine detail found in the material used, working with their surface, colour and form; but in the end there is no significance in the object itself; it’s the image created which now holds importance.”

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

I wish Lydia all the best with her exhibition and of course with her career as an artist.

Lydia Wegner is represented by ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne and you can follow her work and career at

Student Progress Interviews

Parents should be aware by now that Student Progress Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 20 March from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and Tuesday 26 March from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Bookings can be made through the Compass Parent Portal.

If you have not as yet made a time to see your children’s teachers I strongly encourage you to do so a.s.a.p. Spaces are quickly filling up and in light of the current industrial action in relation to reports this is a good opportunity for parents to have a discussion with teachers on student progress.

Personal Goods brought to school at owners risk

I take this opportunity to remind parents and students that any personal property brought into the school by students and visitors is at the owner’s risk. Personal Property can include but is not limited to mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, toys, musical instruments, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development does not hold insurance for personal property brought to school and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Students and visitors are discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

Final Working Bee for Term 1

I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to join me at this final working bee for the term. A great day has been organised for Sunday 24 March from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. I look forward to seeing you all there. I acknowledge the work of the Grounds Committee in the planning for this day and thank them all for their ongoing support of the school. Parents, students and friends are all welcome, come along and bring others with you!

Gonski School Funding Review

You will be aware that the Victorian Government’s plan was to abandon the offer of funding proposed by the Federal Government, in line with the Gonski Review, in place of its own unworkable funding plan.

It would be a mistake for us to remain dormant and just allow this to happen. The change of leadership in the Victorian Liberal Party may force it to see reason but we cannot depend on this.

The State Government’s funding plan would result in students in government schools receiving considerable less funding than anticipated by the Federal Government Plan, once again asking government schools to do more with less.

The Gonski Review has produced a blueprint for more equitable, transparent and consistent funding arrangements across all schools providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver fairer funding arrangements for all students, across all states and territories. The Victorian Government's plan is a recipe for disaster. Effectively it would see the introduction of a failed American voucher model designed primarily to shift funding from public to private schools.


Instead of providing certainty for public schools, as Gonski would, The Victorian Government’s Plan would mean shifting levels of funding that make it impossible to ensure a high-quality education is delivered to every student.

The Victorian Government needs to stop short-changing students in public schools by slashing funding levels. It should negotiate fairer funding arrangements with the Federal Government that will benefit all students.

For the benefit of all our young people both currently in schools and those in the future I ask that every member of this community takes up this cause by registering for Gonski at the website below. I also encourage you to leave a very clear message for the new Premier to ensure that our young people are not short-changed but provided with the funding that they deserve.

Vincent Sicari








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Assistant Principal’s Report

The Eltham High School Open Day and Enrolment Information Sessions will be held on Thursday 18 April (the first week of Term Two).

The day offers prospective families a great opportunity to see the school in action. Tours will run at 9:15am and 11:15am on the day and are led by senior students offering participants the chance to learn about the school from a student perspective. Information Sessions will run at 10:00am and 5:00pm which provide families the opportunity to learn more about the enrolment process while also hearing from senior and junior student leaders and our Principal. There will also be displays showcasing the work of the various Learning Areas.

In addition weekly tours run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9:30am. Bookings are required for these tours.  Please telephone the General Office on 9430 5111.

We encourage families to pass this information on to prospective families.

Fran Mullins

Assistant Principal

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Diamond Valley College Bus Network

Please note that Diamond Valley College will be finishing at 2.10pm on Thursday 28 March 2013.

Any students using the Diamond Valley College bus network are required to make alternative arrangements.

Roz Saladina Student Transport Co-ordinator

For Diamond Valley College

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Senior School News

Senior School Assembly - 13 March 2013

The Senior School assembly facilitated by the Student Leaders and Senior School Coordinators focussed on the areas of student motivation and study skills. With guest presenter, Grace Keenan (Year 12, 2012) enlightening students on her experience as a recent graduate of the VCE, students were able to reflect on the importance of gaining new experiences and perspectives and developing skills including communication, time management and organisation as well as self-discipline, persistence and resilience. 

A pamphlet outlining strategies and additional resources available via the EHS Intranet Senior School Page to further support their study habits in the Senior Years page was distributed to students.  Copies of the pamphlet are available from Senior School.

Year 12 Road Safety Initiative: ‘Fit to Drive’

Description: C:\Users\pan\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\F3WW5EGD\SnipImage.JPGOn Tuesday 26 March Year 12 students will be attending a “Fit to Drive - Look After Your Mates” workshop aimed at reducing the road toll and trauma on young drivers and helping students to survive and enjoy the independence of driving.

The rationale behind the Program is that we are responsible for our mates and we must not let them drive when under the influence of alcohol.

‘Looking After Our Mates’ is a PowerPoint presentation interspersed with challenging video clips. Specific content that will be covered includes:

·         Speed and braking distance

·         Fatigue and its link to alcohol

·         Alcohol and its impact

·         Recent drugs testing

The workshop is about putting the student in charge to find out what each individual can do to tackle the problem of reducing the road toll amongst young people.

The “Fit to Drive” workshops are being implemented in Knox, Monash, Whitehorse, Manningham and Nillumbik Secondary schools, with the support of RoadSafe groups, VicRoads and DEECD.

The workshop will run for one period. Students have received notification of their scheduled workshop session.

Anna Panas

Senior School Leader

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Working Bee

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the second Working Bee for Term 1 on Sunday, 24 March from 9:00am until 12:30pm with morning tea and barbeque lunch provided.  As usual we have lots of tasks to be addressed, ranging from skilled construction tasks to a full range of maintenance tasks.  As well as the construction tasks planned there is lots of weeding, pruning and selective watering tasks planned for the day.  Identified below are activities we see as priorities for this Working Bee:

·         Fixing the timber seating tops to the recently constructed retaining wall seats adjacent to the canteen;

·         Construction of post and pipe fence on the east side of the new building.  Crowbars, spirit levels, shovels required for this task;

·         Pruning, weeding and selective watering in a range of locations across the campus;

·         Staining of the remaining bollard on the south side of the campus complex;

·         Brush cutting and mowing of a range of areas across the campus complex;

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

Please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the Stadium or on the back oval (enter via Ely St) and follow the directional signage to the area adjacent to the School Canteen 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 24 March.

Top Soil Required

The school requires a significant amount of good quality topsoil to fill recently completed raised box gardens in the courtyard complex:  truckloads are required rather than a metre or two.  If any member of the school community can assist please contact Bruce Martyn or John Coates on 9430 5111.

John Coates

For the Grounds Committee

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Career News

Experience La Trobe Friday 5 April

Experience La Trobe is designed especially for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents to get a taste of what it's like to be a university student for a day and get the inside scoop on what really happens after high school.

Participate in workshops of your choice, find out about student life and check out the Melbourne campus, including student accommodation. If you have any questions - University students and staff will be there to help you out.

Experience La Trobe is a free event - with lunch and entertainment on us!

Applying for a Tax File Number

Are you intending to look for part-time work or are currently employed? If so, then having a TFN will reduce or may even avoid you having to pay tax on your wages.  As of 2013 the tax free threshold has been increased to $18,200.  Please complete a Tax File Number application form from outside the Careers Office to ensure you are taxed at the correct rate. Please ensure that the form is filled out neatly with either your birth registration or passport number. Copies of documents are NOT required with the application form. Return the form to the Careers Office to be checked and mailed out. The processing time by the ATO is approximately 4 weeks and any contact with the ATO following your application needs to be done by the applicant.

RSPCA Animal Career Discovery Day

Hear from RSPCA staff currently working in the industry in various roles and gain helpful insider knowledge on planning pathways to a fulfilling career with animals.

Dates: Thursday 14 March, Tuesday 18 June, Tuesday 3 September and Thursday 5 December

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location: Burwood East RSPCA

Cost: $55 includes registration, morning tea, RSPCA career show bag, and all activity costs.

For more information and to download a registration form visit :

Year 10 Work Experience May 20-24 (Term 2)

It’s never too early to think about a placement so put it in your calendar and start to think about occupations of interest.  Make it your focus to find a placement that you may have considered as a future career. Work arrangement forms can be found outside the Careers office and should be returned when completed. The form will be checked over and authorised by the principal then a copy will be mailed home and to the employer. So don’t wait. Make it happen!

Ross Pringle

Careers Coordinator

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At a Snail’s Pace or Galloping Gastropods?

Description: snailFor the third consecutive year Eltham High School will be supporting a team in the Oxfam Trailwalk. This is a 100km fundraising event in which all four team members walk the whole 100km. Whilst participants (about 750 teams) have 48 hours to complete the distance,  the EHS team are aiming for an ambitious time of less than 20 hours (times for the last two years were approximately twenty two and a half hours). Training for this target is progressing well, with the most recent training session seeing the team complete 40km in 6 hours and 15 minutes. The team for 2013 consists of Cameron Laurence, Nic Cooper, Jeremy Taylor and Ross McKinnon. The Trailwalk is Oxfam’s biggest fundraiser, with the 2013 Victorian Trailwalk aiming to raise over three million dollars (yes, $3,000,000!) to support Oxfam’s work both nationally and internationally. If you would like to support the fundraising efforts of the Eltham Gastropods, the simplest way is to make an online donation by following this link:

Eltham Gastropods

Ross McKinnon for Eltham Gastropods

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Leaving Early? Late change of Plans?

What do you do if your son/daughter needs to leave school early? If you are aware that you need to collect your child early, or if they are arriving late after an appointment, please write a brief note explaining the situation and ask your son/daughter to take the note to the relevant Sub-School Office before school, recess or lunchtime. An 'early dismissal' or 'late arrival' pass will be issued to your child who then shows it to the teacher as appropriate.  Please confirm and clarify the arrangements with your child: we are not able to deliver messages during the day except in exceptional circumstances. Any student leaving the school before 3.10 pm needs to sign out from Reception.

Ross McKinnon

On Behalf of all Sub-School Leaders

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Collecting an unwell student from school

It is always a tricky phone call, the one that starts with ‘Mum, I feel sick, can I come home?’ How do you, as a parent, respond? Is your child genuinely sick or just trying to pull the wool over your eyes? How do you assess this over the phone? What does the school require of you? Listed below are a few pointers that may help clarify this dilemma for you, as well as helping to avoided frustrated parents, teachers and support staff.

·         Any student who is not feeling well should go to the Sick Bay

·         At Sick Bay, the School Nurse, Michelle Ford, will assess your child and will do one of three things:

1.    Attend to the problem and send the student back to class

2.    Ring a parent to arrange for the student to be collected

3.    Keep the student in Sick Bay for a short period of time before deciding which of the above (1 or 2) is to occur

·         We are not able to provide extended periods of supervision in Sick Bay

·         If your child rings you directly please advise them to go to Sick Bay

·         Arrangements made between a parent and child (for collection during the day) are not supported by the school as they frequently lead to confusion and frustration.

The short version of this is - any student who is feeling unwell should go to the Sick Bay, where the School Nurse will decide on the appropriate course of action. Any other arrangements cause confusion.

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Leader

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2013 Australian Mathematics Competition

Calling all interested Eltham High School Students

Date: Thursday 1 August 2013

Venue: Performance Centre

Time: Periods 1 & 2

Cost: $5.50 payable to the school’s Cashier

Payment due by: Friday 3 May 2013

Practice papers: Available on the Australian Mathematics Trust’s website  Complete as many practice papers as you can. Answers are also made available on the website. 

About the Competition 

The Competition is administered by the non-profit Australian Mathematics Trust, which has representatives on its Board of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Australian Academy of Science and Australian Mathematical Society. A vast network of volunteers from these professional societies and from the teaching profession in particular ensures the highest quality of question paper, its originality and mathematical accuracy.

Benefits to Students

·         All students receive a detailed report showing how they went on each problem, with comparisons as to wider statistics. The reports for each student show the student's performance in all main categories, such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, problem solving and various sub-categories.

·         All students receive a certificate or award commensurate with their performance.

·         The AMC provides the student an extra opportunity for external recognition. The certificates are often kept by students for their folios. They are well understood by employers and so can be used as evidence of problem solving ability.

·         Unlike formal examinations in mathematics, many of the problems are set in situations to which students can relate, indicating the relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. Above all the competition is designed to be enjoyable, even for those students who might not have performed as well as they may have hoped. Certainly the event is intended to be conducted in a pressure-free environment (not normally affecting school assessment) and the questions are designed to be of sufficient interest to stimulate discussion at a later time, with friends, parents or in the class.

·         Competitions can inspire a greater interest in the subject and a love of learning.

·         Students are given an opportunity to participate in a large event attempting the same problems as students in other schools and other countries.

Lyn Milner

Maths Co-ordinator

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Musical Notes

Teachers’ Industrial Campaign and The Impact On The Music Program

You will be aware on 14 February the Australian Education Union membership voted to continue its industrial campaign and its commitment to the rigorous implementation of the 38-hour week classroom teaching and education support campaign. Due to the nature of employment of the Instrumental Music Staff at Eltham High School we are still aiming to offer the extra-curricular ensemble program, however this may be affected by the industrial campaign. Should there be the necessity to make adjustments to our Program, rest assured that I will contact those affected by the change as soon as possible.   

While the school is still able to offer most programs within the department, this industrial campaign has had a large impact on the way in which the Music Department is able to provide these services. The Music Department at Eltham High School supports the industrial action taken by our teachers and education support colleagues. In order to ensure that this industrial campaign does not have a detrimental impact on the school’s Instrumental Music Program in the long term, I encourage you to contact your Local Member to voice your concerns about the possible negative impact of this protracted industrial dispute on both the curricular and co-curricular programs offered within schools. Insist that they urge the new Premier, Denis Napthine, to return to the negotiating table with a sensible offer which acknowledges the value of the teaching profession and education support personnel.        

Vocal Student Recital: To be held on Tuesday 19 March at 7:00pm in Room 111. This will be chance for students who are taking after school vocal lessons to gain some valuable performance experience. Entry is free and all are welcome.

Stage Band rehearsal: There is no rehearsal after school on Monday, 18 March. Rehearsal will be on Wednesday, 20 March from 9:00am to 11:00am instead.  

Training Band and Junior Strings had a first rehearsal on Thursday 14 March. Thank you to the parents who came along to listen to those first wonderful sounds. This is the beginning of a very exciting journey and we look forward to seeing their progress throughout the year.

Paperwork: Parents of students in Intermediate, Concert, Symphonic, established Junior Strings & Senior Strings: your child has received a multitude of papers’. Included are the 'official' enrolment form, hire form (if applicable), calendar of events (for planning ahead) and your invoice. Please read them carefully and return at the appropriate dates.  Please note that for those students established in the Program, the first fee payment is due on 22 March.  If you have financial issues regarding this please contact the Business Manager, Ms Kathleen Hannan.

Training Band and Junior Strings: information will be sent shortly.

Thank you to all parents who attended the Chamber Ensembles Concert. All of the ensembles performed extremely well and it was a great evening of music. The next Chamber Ensembles Concert will be late term 2, so keep an eye out for it.  

Rick Plummer

Director of Music

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Volleyball training

A training schedule has been placed on the Volleyball Information Board in the Stadium foyer.

Monday - year 8 girls and senior boys.

Tuesday - year 7 and year 9 girls.

Wednesday - Year 7 boys and senior girls.

Thursday - year 8 and year 9 boys.

Friday - Year 10 boys’ and girls’ teams.

Volleyball Program

·         Students in Year 8 to 12 who have been selected have been given payment forms for the 2013 Volleyball Program. The amounts vary for three groups: Girls continuing from last year pay $145.

·         Students new to the program (boys or girls) pay $250 (to cover uniform).

·         All boys continuing from last year are required to pay $170 this year. This is an additional $25 to cover uniform shorts.

Last year at Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup there were a number of problems with boys wearing mis-matching shorts. All players have to wear shorts of the same style and colour, so this year we are providing matching shorts with the ‘Eltham’ logo on the leg. Only these shorts should be worn for school competitions.

Please pay a deposit of $50 (or the balance) by 28 March to the Cashier to confirm your position in the program.

Volleyball Uniforms

The uniforms need to be ordered before the school holidays. Please return any uniform orders to Mr Thomas in the PE office in the next week. All boys need to order shorts.

Year 7 Volleyball

The Year 7 Volleyball Program will commence after the year 7 volleyball round robin on 19 March.  Six teams will be participating in the competition. From this 16 boys and 16 girls will be invited to take part in the Volleyball Program.

Year 7 Volleyball Competition

Each Monday night after school Year 7 students have the opportunity to take part in a social mixed volleyball competition. The first night is a free ‘come and have a hit night’ where students can enter teams for the regular season of competition the following week. Games start at 3.20 pm and finish at 3.50pm. This is an invitation to all Year 7 students interested in playing volleyball.

Meet in the Stadium at 3.20pm each Monday after school.

Important Volleyball Dates for 2013          

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).

Greg Thomas

Volleyball/Elite Sports Coordinator

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Notebook Initiative 2013

Notebook Reminder

All Notebooks that have not been re-imaged need to be taken to IT Support for an essential update.  All notebooks not re-imaged will no longer have access to the School Network. The essential update will resolve this. 

Notebook Care

Students are required to bring their notebooks to all classes fully charged unless told otherwise 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.

Craig Bradley

eLearning & ICT Leader

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Additional information regarding the following topics can be accessed by clicking on the link:

·         Free study for overweight young people looking for help

o    Staying Fit Project

·         Short Course

o    Dyslexia for Dad’s

Please contact Louise Heathcote in Student Services on 9430 5123 or at for additional assistance concerning welfare issues.

Louise Heathcote

Student Welfare Leader

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Parents and Carers


Please return completed immunisation cards to the General Office by Friday 22 March. Nillumbik Community Health Services are scheduled to visit Eltham High School next term on Wednesday 17 April 2013.

Year 7      Chicken Pox

               HPV (both boys and girls)

Year 9      HPV (Boys only)

Year 10    Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis

The Department of Health – Immunisation website has a new fact sheet titled Immunisation information for parent of school-aged children available at:


Have you lost your Myki card? 

Over the past weeks a number of Myki cards have been handed into the General Office.  Due to privacy regulations we are unable to return lost cards to students without a name on them. Myki cards found without a student’s name listed on them are returned to the Myki office.

Wondering what to do next?

Please follow the link to find out how to report and replace lost/stolen Myki cards:

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Eltham High School Grounds Committee

Eltham High School Grounds Committee welcomes parent involvement in our programs and activities. In fact, we can’t do without your support!

Do you enjoy:

·         Being part of a community?

·         Gardening?

·         Building?

·         Meeting new people?

·         Making a difference?

Become involved in our grounds committee, which contributes time to the schools grounds improvement and maintenance.

Over the years our children have benefited greatly from the hours that parents have spent at school Working Bees building seats, fences, retaining walls, laying paths, landscaping and planting gardens and shade trees.

Working Bee Dates 2013

All Working Bees are from 9am to 12pm, included is morning tea and a BBQ lunch with well-deserved refreshments!

·         Sunday 24 March

·         Sunday 5 May

·         Sunday 16 June

·         Sunday 18 August

·         Sunday 27 October

·         Sunday 17 November

Junior School CourtyardIf you are interested please pick up a pink parent volunteer form from the General Office and fill in the relevant details. We look forward to hearing from you.

Eltham High School Memorial Garden

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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

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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.




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.




Eltham Lacrosse Club - Pre-season (juniors and seniors) new and returning players, girls and boys, come along to pre-season training and start preparing for the 2013 season, the club's 50th season of Lacrosse - it's fun and it's fast!

* Free * ALL Welcome * New Players * Returning players * ALL ages Wednesdays 7pm at Eltham Lower Park

•       March 20th

•       March 27th

Enquiries - Pauline Maher

9432 0769

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You’re invited to join us to support this worthwhile cause and hopefully help us to improve on last year’s collection total of over $10,000!


Eltham High School, in conjunction with the Pied Pipers, is organising the annual Good Friday Appeal in this area to support the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Students (both past and present) and families are encouraged to join us to help with our door knock collection on Good Friday. Collectors will meet at the school, in the main staffroom at 8.20am on Friday 29th March and in groups of four will be driven to the area where they will be collecting for the morning. At all times students are under the direct supervision of an adult supervisor. All Collectors will return to school by approximately1.00pm.

You will be provided with drinks/a snack/ Easter eggs/hot cross buns throughout the morning and on your return to school.

So, get a group of friends or family together (or come by yourself!), and collect permission forms from Mrs. Lambert and do your bit for the Royal Children’s Hospital!! Permission forms can be collected from Middle school office or Student Services and should be returned to Mrs. Lambert

Parents wishing to assist with the collection can notify me of their intention on 94305213 or by email at

Thanking you in anticipation of your support of the Good Friday Appeal!


Kerry Lambert

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Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  4

Working Bee  6

Diamond Valley College Bus Network   4

Senior School News  4

Career News  6

At a Snail’s Pace or Galloping Gastropods?  7

Leaving Early? Late change of Plans?  8

Collecting an unwell student from school 8

2013 Australian Mathematics Competition   9

Musical Notes  10

Sport  11

Notebook Initiative 2013   12

Welfare  13

Parents and Carers  13

Eltham High School Grounds Committee  13



Entertainment Book  15

Eltham Junior Football Club  15

Research Football Club  16

Want to play netball in 2013  16


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  3

School Absences  3

Compass News Update  4

Extra Maths Help   4

JS Homework Club   5

Weight Watchers  6

Topline Tennis Coaching  7








School Calendar


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

School Council AGM


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



2:30pm finish



Mon 15

Term Two Commences

Wed 17


EHS Community Choir

Thurs 18

EHS Open Day

2014 Year 7 Information Night

Fri 19

Unit 3 Legal Studies – Excursion

Mon 22

SAC Week

Wed 24

EHS Community Choir

School Council

Jazz night

Thurs 25






Canteen Roster

Wed 20

No helpers required: Student Progress Interviews

Thu 21

Ali Burley

Erin Russell

Sue Ball

Fri 22

Cheryl & Greg Buckingham

Carol Carlisle

Mon 25

Julie Watson

Jo Mills

Victoria Weale

Tue 26

Anne Hawting

Suzanne Craine

Anne Gration




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.









Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:


Interim reports


Student Progress Interview Locations


Asking for Parents Support on an Issue of Concern


Diamond Valley College Bus Network


Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal


2013-2014 Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize – call for entries


Middle School Student Leader Positions


Work Experience Form


L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program – Nillumbik Youth Services


3D Animation and Game Design Industry Day


16 and Under Victorian Girls

Football Team – Tryouts


Australian Sports Camps – April School Holidays


Term Two Sports Signups


Volleyball Uniforms







Extra Maths Help

Due to the current AEU Industrial Ban the After School Extra Maths Help for 2013 has been put on hold. It will recommence once the dispute has been resolved.

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator



JS Homework Club

Due to the current AEU Industrial Bans the Junior School Homework Club has been put on hold until such time as the dispute is resolved.

Phil Boyd

Junior School
















































































Weight Watchers

Life is a grand, messy thing!

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

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

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

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

Doors open THURSDAY 6-7pm.

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

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

For more information call: 13 19 97 or visit


Topline Tennis Coaching

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

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

We specialise in lessons for beginners with affordable lesson pricing.

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

For more information please call

9432 3706


Email: info@toplinetennis.com1