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TUESDAY 26 March 2013




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Absences:  9430 5299



End of Term 1

Thursday 28 March 2013

2:30pm Finish Time


Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Australian Athletics Championships

I congratulate Maddie Coates (Year 10, Andrew House) on her amazing win at the Australian Athletics Championships in Perth last week.  Maddie defended the title for the 200 metres event that she had won previously in Hobart and had another convincing win. She is yet again the Australian Champion. Well done Maddie and the best of luck in all future events!

Northern Metropolitan Region Golf Tournament

Congratulations to Toby Walker (Year 8, Rutter House), Kyal Baart (Year 10, Stewart House), and Todd Wilkinson (Year 11, Andrew House) on their participation at the Northern Metropolitan Region’s Golf Final on Friday 22 March at Whittlesea Golf Club. They achieved the following results:

Toby Walker: Junior Division 1st with a Gross Score of 80, Nett 71

Kyaal Baart: Senior Divsion 3rd with a Gross Score of 77 Nett 73

Todd Wilkinson:Senior Division 9th with a Gross Score of 94 Nett 79

This is the 6th year in a row where an Eltham High School Student has won either the Junior or Senior Division.

All three boys have qualified for the State Finals later in the year (dates yet to be announced). I wish them all the very best with the upcoming competition.

Prospective Year 7 Students and Parents 2014

Open Day and Information Sessions

The Prospective Year 7 Students and Parents Open Day and Information Sessions will take place on Thursday 18 April. Student led school tours will take place at 9:15 and 11:15 am. Information sessions will take place in the Performance Centre at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and will include the Principal’s address.  Information packages will be distributed on the day. All families will be invited to join staff and students for refreshments and to view the Key Learning Areas displays located in the new building.  The structure of this day is somewhat different to what has occurred in the past so I ask you for your support in “spreading the word”. If you know of someone who would be interested in attending our Open Day please pass on this information to them. Information has also been distributed through primary schools and the local media.

Student Exchange Programs

We have a large number of students involved in exchange programs across the globe throughout the year and it is only fitting that we reciprocate the experience for students from other countries. Thank you to all the members of our community that show a willingness to open up their homes and family life to such students.

I take this opportunity to remind parent that if you are planning a reciprocal exchange program for your child with the hope that when the student from overseas visits you they will be enrolled at Eltham High School or any other Government school, that you check that the Exchange Organization is on the approved list of organizations of the VRQA. The list is printed below for your convenience. If you make a commitment for a reciprocal exchange with an organization not on this list government schools will not be allowed to enrol the overseas student therefore it will not be possible for us to welcome them into our school.

Working Bee

A big thank you to all members of our community that attended the last Working Bee on Sunday, 24 March. It was a great day and a great deal was achieved. In particular it was fantastic to see the number of young people in attendance. Once again many thanks to the Grounds Committee for its hard work and for the planning that takes place prior to the day. A particular thank you to Mr John Coates whose experience continues to support the work of the Grounds Committee. If you missed this one there will be other opportunities in Term 2 for you to get involved. I look forward to seeing you all at these upcoming events.

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.

End of Term 1

It seems that the end of Term 1 has just come upon us quite suddenly. Thinking back a great deal has been achieved during this term and I look forward to an even more productive Term 2.

I take this opportunity to wish all students and staff a very restful and enjoyable break and a very Happy Easter to everyone.

A small number of staff will be on leave at the start of Term 2 and I wish them a relaxing time away from work. In particular I congratulate Miss Amanda Saliba who is to be married during the term break and wish her and her future husband a wonderful life together.

See you all at the start of Term 2.

Vincent Sicari


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Assistant Principal’s Report

Well done to all the students who have worked hard during Term 1; you have earned a well-deserved break!

Term 2 is going to be busy; Some important dates to remember are:

17 April – Immunisations (Year 7, Year 9 boys, Year 10)

Please return your child's card if you have not already done so.  

18 April – Open Day

30 April – House Athletics Carnival, George St Athletics Track

13/14/15 May  – NAPLAN Tests

17 May – Curriculum Day (no students required at school)

30 May – 7 June – Year 11 Examinations

11 June – Report Writing Day (No students required at school)

12 June – General Achievement Test (GAT) - all students enrolled in a VCE 3/4 subject

17–21 June – Middle School Examinations

24 June – Semester 1 reports available on Compass

Have a safe and relaxing break.

Darren Squires

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.  Therefore 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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Working Bee

There was another good turnout for the working bee held last Sunday 24 March.  The mild weather was pleasant to undertake a variety of tasks.  One team finished the seat tops to the raised box garden.  Now we require a few truckloads of good top soil to plant it out.  Do you know of anyone wanting to dispose of some good clean top soil?  If so, please contact Bruce Martyn at the school on 9430 5111. 

Another team started work on post and pipe fencing near the locker bays.  The activity during the morning by these construction teams was very impressive.  Brick paving was placed around the existing raised garden bed next to the Canteen. 

A massive effort went into the brush cutting, mowing, pruning, weeding and watering around the school.  With the skips overflowing piles of pruning’s are ready for the next bin collection. 

Work was also done around the front of the school in our new rain garden.  Soil and stones were moved away from the building and weeding done.

The school certainly appreciates the commitment of the members of the Grounds Committee in organising and hosting the morning of activity.  Members of the School community who attend do go home a bit weary but very satisfied with their efforts.  The school would also like to thank those who attended on Sunday.  Every little bit greatly assists the school have a wonderful environment for students and staff.

Thanks go to;

Leo Adamson, Marian Birkett, Rachael Bishop, Carol Carlisle, Roger Carter, John Coates, Kylie & Freya Costa, Mark Croft, Veronica Curmi, Brett Ditchfield, Dave ben & Cam Eales, Luke Gundry, Jacqui Harley, Sue Harvey, Louise Heathcote, Kamilla Laxton, Simon McDonald, Bruce Martyn, David McKinlay, Frank Medcalf,  Chris Morrison, Christine Muscat, Ewan Mutimer, Tim Natoli, Lisa & David Norden, John Prenc, Sonia Randle, Vincent Sicari, Mal Sinclair, Doug Sterry, Stephen Stone, Sue Washington, Chris & Victoria Weale, Craig Williams

Bruce Martyn

Business Manager

The school has had a long association with Diamond Valley Mitre 10 as our supplier of quality building material.  In particular they have been supplying Eltham High School with cypress pine posts, galvanised pipe and other accessories necessary to construct all the post and pipe fencing around the school. 

The crew at Diamond Valley Mitre 10 have been very helpful in ordering of these materials.  They have delivered the order materials on time. 

Diamond Valley Mitre 10 has kindly donated four $50 shopping vouchers to our Working Bee attendees for March and May.   Congratulations to the two lucky winners on Sunday.  Another two vouchers will be raffled at our Working Bee on May 5 so come along, volunteer your time and be in the draw for a $50 voucher.  Thanks again to Mitre 10 of Hurstbridge Road Diamond Creek for their generosity in supporting our Working Bees at Eltham High School.

John Coates

For the Grounds Committee

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Senior School News

Year 12 Road Safety Initiative: ‘Fit to Drive’

On Tuesday 26 March Year 12 students attended 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 including:

· Speed and braking distance

· Fatigue and its link to alcohol

· Alcohol and its impact

· Recent drug 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.

Anna Panas

Senior School Leader

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Debatable Debating

Our Interschool debating teams officially began their speaking last Tuesday night representing Eltham High School in the Watsonia Region at Loyola College.

We have new speakers and want the whole school to support us in giving good ideas for arguments, dropping in to help with research and wishing us luck.

Our D grade team is the Year 9 age group consisting of Year 7 and 8 students: Abigail Wilson (Year 7, Stewart House), Jessie Pelley (Year 7, Rutter House), and Indigo McKinnon (Year 8, Stewart House) trying to argue that “We should legalise all performance enhancing drugs in sport” but we lost by one point to Loyola College.

Our C Grade team was Sian Gavan (Year 9, Stewart House), Lauren Edwards (Year 9, Rutter House) and Ummi Suufi (Year 10, Stewart House) arguing “That the government should fund controversial art’. Sadly Marymede College won by one point again.

The A Grade debaters, Luke Gundry (Year 11, Stewart House) (who also volunteered on the Working Bee this weekend), Aidan Puglielli (Year 12, Andrew House) (Our Swannies Award winning debater) and Nathan Kerwood (Year 11, Andrew House) (who has just returned from a year‘s exchange in France) tried to suggest “That Greece should leave the Eurozone” but again we were defeated by Loyola College.

Our next topics are:

A Grade : “That we should allow advertising of prescription medications”

B Grade: “That feminism is irrelevant to young women today”

C Grade: “That we should ban academic streaming in schools”

D Grade: “That the government should pay a salary to parents who stay home with their children”

Please support the debate team Wednesday lunchtimes in Room 166.

Leanne Ipsen 

Debating Co-ordinator

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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.

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

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!

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: 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 :

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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2013 Australian Mathematics Competition

Calling all interested Eltham High School Students

Date: Thursday 1 August 2013

Venue: Performance Centre

Time: Periods 1 and 2

Cost: $5.50 payable to the school’s Cashier

Payment due by: Friday 3 May 2013

Practice papers and further information is available on the Australian Mathematics Trust’s website  Complete as many practice papers as you can. Answers are also made available on the website. 

Lyn Milner

Maths Co-ordinator

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Musical Notes

First term has flown but a lot has been achieved.  The newly formed Training Band and Junior Strings members have settled in very well. As have new students in other ensembles.

A reminder that all ensemble rehearsals commence back the first week of Term 2.

This Wednesday sees our Symphonic Band travelling to Ballarat for the annual workshop and concert with Ballarat High School and Ballarat Grammar.  We're sure that this will be, enjoyable and rewarding for all.

The Symphonic Band will be performing on 18 April at the school's Open Day and Information Sessions. They look forward to showing what can be achieved by being part of the music program at EHS.

Jazz Night at EHS, Wednesday evening 24 April, commencing at 7pm in the Drama Space. Everyone is welcome.

Paper chase: all music parents have received paperwork for their child.  Please note that the first payment for those students 'established' in the Program, was due on the 22 March.  For ‘newies', the first payment date is 26 April.

Last week the Music Support Group had their AGM.  We acknowledge the following elected executive members of the group:

President: Jane Woollard

Vice President: Christine Robinson

Treasurer: Mary Felton

Secretary: Sue D'Ath

Tie/Sash Co-ordinators: Catriona McKinnon & Tracy Abdallah

Committee members: Andrew Evans, Peter Zagorski, Stephe Dean, Lynssay Prunotto and Claire Butler

If you have any queries about the Music Program, please email Jill in the Music Office at

Have a fantastic break and we'll see you back for a busy Term 2.

Rick Plummer

Director of Music

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Congratulations to our Year 7 boys’ and girls’ teams on winning the Local Group Round Robin last week. The next stage of this School Sport Victoria competition (The Northern Zone Finals) is held on 30 October. Thank you also to the students that acted as referees and coaches for the competition.

Volleyball training

A training schedule has been place 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.

It is most important that students selected for the Volleyball Program attend their team’s practice.

Volleyball Program

Students in Year 8-12 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 the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup there were a number of problems with boys wearing mismatching shorts. All players have to wear shorts of the same style and colour.  This year students are provided with matching shorts that have the ‘Eltham’ logo on the leg. Only these shorts are to be worn for school competitions.

Please pay a deposit of $50 or the balance by 28 March to confirm your place in the Program.

Volleyball Uniforms

Uniforms are being ordered before the school holidays. Please return any uniform orders to Mr Thomas in the PE Office this week. All boys need to order shorts. Boys will have medium sized shorts ordered for them if they do not order by Thursday 28 March.

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 3:20pm and finish at 3:50pm. This is an invitation to all year 7 students interested in playing volleyball.

Meet in the Sports Stadium at 3:20pm each Monday after school.

Important Volleyball Dates for 2013

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


Maddie Coates (Year 10,  Andrew House) established herself as an emerging talent in Australian Athletics by winning the Women’s Under 17 200m at the 2013 Australian Junior Athletics Championships held in Perth.

Maddie won both her heat and the final of the 200m in convincing fashion, running times close to her personal best. In both races, Maddie’s ability to run a strong second half of the 200m saw her draw away from the rest of the field. Her winning time in the final was 24.58.

Maddie was a member of the Victorian Women’s 4x100m Relay team that finished in 5th place in 48.63.

In January, Maddie was chosen to represent Australia at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival held in Sydney. In her first experience of international competition, Maddie won medals in the 200m as well as in the 4x100m relays and the Swedish Relay.

Nicholas Phillips (Year 11, Rutter House) represented Victoria in the 800m. He ran 2:04.90 in the heat of the Men Under 18 800m.

2013 Australian Junior Athletics Championships 12-17 March, Perth WA

EHS Results:

Maddie Coates:

Women Under 17

200m:  24.58 (1st, Final, +2.0); 24.50 (1st Heat, +0.6);

Nicholas Phillips:

Men Under 18

800m:  2.04.90 (8th, Heat);

Cross Country

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club will hold a Trials and Registration Day for the 2013 Cross Country season on Saturday 20 April. The Trials & Registration Day will be held at Willinda Park, Greensborough, (MELWAY 21 A4) starting at 9:00am.

The Athletics Victoria season of Cross Country running commences on Saturday, 27 April with Cross Country relays at Jells Park, Waverley. The competition is held for Women and Men in the Under 14, U16, U18, U20 and Open Age groups. The relay distances are 3km for juniors and 6km for Open Age.

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club offers training sessions as well as free coaching at Willinda Park on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm. As well, there is a training session held at the Eltham North Park on a Saturday morning at 9:00am. Anyone interested is invited to come along and join in.

For further information, contact DVAC Secretary, Max Balchin on 0409 350 280 or at

Max Balchin


Senior Boys Cricket Win Again

The senior boy’s cricket team have qualified for the big show (the State Finals) with a win over Mill Park in the Northern Zone Final on Wednesday 20 March.

Bowling first, Eltham bowled a tight line in the early overs restricting Mill Park’s run scoring and taking wickets steadily. Only a couple of opposition batters got going but that was enough for them to set a challenging total of 120 off 32 overs.

Wicket takers were Josh Turner (4), Matt Lester (3 with 4 dropped catches off his bowling), Oscar Weichmann (2).

The run chase started poorly with our total of 1 for 10 off 5 overs and 3 for 27 off 10 overs putting some pressure on the remaining batters. Fortunately Bill Jenkin (49) and Josh Turner (50) chased down the total and we passed the required total off 30 overs. The highlight being Josh hitting a six to win the match and also bring up his half century.

The dream of State glory remains a possibility with the team showing good all round form and contributions from all players each game. This is the best effort by an Eltham Cricket Team in many years – Good Luck.

Peter Nicholson


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Bushfire Safety Information

The Country Fire Authority has published a range of Community Information Guides for people who live in, work in, or visit areas of high bushfire risk. Specific guides are available for a range of locations including Eltham, Warrandyte, Apollo Parkways/Greensborough, Diamond Creek, Plenty, Christmas Hills, and other surrounding, high risk locations. The booklets contain a host of valuable information about being prepared and staying safe during the summer months.  Bushfire Safety Information can be accessed at:

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Notebook Initiative 2013

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:

·         The Stand Out Network

o    Standing out against homophobia

·         Free study for overweight young people looking for help

o    Staying Fit Project

·         Free Seminar

o    Can learning difficulties be assisted?

·         Short Course

o    Managing Dyslexia

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

Louise Heathcote

Student Services Leader

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Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal

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 29 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 in the Middle School Office 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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Parents and Carers


Nillumbik Community Health Services are scheduled to visit Eltham High School next term on Wednesday 17 April 2013. Completed immunisation cards are now overdue.

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

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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


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

Players Wanted

Under 9, 10, 12 & 15

Come and join ‘The Family Club’

Research Junior Football Club is a dedicated junior football club in the Northern Football League and has teams from Under 9’s to Under 17’s as well as a fantastic Auskick program.

We are looking for additional players in the Under 9, 10, 12 and 15 age groups. Numbers in each of these age groups are low so plenty of game time is likely.

Specialist coaching is provided with an emphasis on kicking, speed and agility.

Our home ground is Research Park (Main Road Research) and games are played on Sundays.

The 2013 season is scheduled to commence on 14 April 2013.

If you have any interest in joining one of these teams please call Justine Girdlestone (Secretary) on 0417 844 493 or Matt Cronin (President) on 0419 508 858.

Visit our website at


Eltham Lacrosse Club

NEW players wanted in all age groups - ALL Welcome


Boys Tues, Thurs 5.30pm

Girls Weds, 5.30pm


Boys Saturday mornings

Girls Sunday mornings

Registration Day - Saturday 6th April 2013 from 11am at Eltham Lower Park

Enquiries - Pauline Maher

9432 0769


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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 5 May

·         Sunday 16 June

·         Sunday 18 August

·         Sunday 27 October

·         Sunday 17 November

If 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.

Junior School Courtyard

Eltham High School Memorial Garden

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LOL: Libraries Out Loud

Watsonia Library

Friday 12 April 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Aged 12-20? Get together with other young people and play games, listen to DJ’s spin tunes, and spin some yourself

·         Games

·         DJ

·         Table Tennis

·         Description: lol picXbox

·         Foosball

·         Computers

·         Wii

·         Snacks







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Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  3

Diamond Valley College Bus Network.. 4

Working Bee  4

Senior School News  5

Debatable Debating  6

Career News  6

At a Snail’s Pace or Galloping Gastropods?. 7

Leaving Early? Late change of Plans?. 8

2013 Australian Mathematics Competition.. 8

Musical Notes  8

Sport  9

Bushfire Safety Information   11

Notebook Initiative 2013   12

Welfare  12

Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal 12

Parents and Carers  13

Eltham High School Grounds Committee. 14



Entertainment Book  14

Eltham Junior Football Club  14

Research Football Club  14

LOL: Libraries Out Loud   17


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  3

School Absences  3

Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on: 4


Weight Watchers  6

Topline Tennis Coaching  6

Yoga at Eltham High School 7











School Calendar


Tues 26

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


Wed 27

SSV Swimming and Diving

EHS Community Choir

Symphonic Band Workshop with Ballarat High School



2:30pm finish



Mon 15

Term Two Commences

Wed 17


EHS Community Choir

Thurs 18

Year 7 Open Day and Information Sessions for 2014

Fri 19

Unit 3 Legal Studies – Excursion

Mon 22

SAC Week

Wed 24

EHS Community Choir

School Council Meeting

Jazz night

ANZAC ceremony

Thurs 25



Tues 30

House Athletic Carnival



Wed 1

Senior Round Robin

EHS Community Choir


Thurs 2

The Age Careers Expo


Fri 3

Generations in Jazz – Mt Gambier


Sun 5

Working Bee


Mon 6

SAC Week


Tues 7

Whole School Assembly


Canteen Roster

Wed 27

Jenny Alford

Christine Robinson

Thu 28

Nicky Bourne

Leanne Cleary

Julie Kofoed








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

Vaccination cards Year 9 & 10

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

Lost Property




‘Fit to Drive’ presentation delivered by Max Marris



















































Year 12 Students participating in the ‘Fit to Drive’ program




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











Yoga at Eltham High School

Feel a sense of wellbeing - Invigorate the body –

Calm the mind.

Term 2, 2013
Wednesdays 4:45pm

All teachers, students and parents welcome.

·         Dynamic Yoga for flexibility in hips, shoulders and spin;

·         Standing poses for strength and balance;

·         Pilates for core strength and tone;

·         Deep relaxation.

9 Week Course Commences Wednesday 24 April

1 hour sessions.  No experience required.

Yes, you can start in week two and pay for remaining course.

Where: room 408

Cost: $108

Instructor: Gillian Lazenby

Phone: 9444 0700

Register and pay at:

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Senior Boys Cricket Team
























































































































































































































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