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TUESDAY 16 April 2013




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Principal’s Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all students and staff and I trust that you have all had a very relaxing break and are ready to engage with the exciting work ahead as  Term 2 unfolds.

The wider school community was saddened by the tragic passing of Alexander (Zander) and Bridget Jones and our most sincere condolences are extended to their parents Ian and Sue and to all the staff and students (both current and past) of Montmorency Secondary College. Zander and Bridget attended Sherbourne Primary School and a number of our students were associated with them and the Jones family.  As such our community was represented at the funeral service last Wednesday morning.

Whilst the events surrounding Zander’s and Bridget’s death are difficult to comprehend it does bring home the importance of valuing our young people for who they are and for what they contribute to our lives. In their short lives these two young people achieved a great deal and I know that everyone that knew them cannot be anything but proud of them.

In the teaching profession it is true that we have the opportunity to influence the development of our young people; after all they spend most of their waking time at school.  It is just as true to say that no day goes by when we do not learn something from them. 

Eltham High School is a place of learning; we value the pursuit of excellence, creativity, individuality, social and environmental responsibility, diversity and integrity. We work together to learn together.

This seems an opportune time for me to thank all of our young people for what they bring to the mix and for the way that each day they support my ongoing learning.

Social Responsibility

Over the term break I received the following e-mail from one of our Year 8 students; Indigo McKinnon (Stewart House)

“Dear Mr Sicari,

My Uncle and two of his friends are undertaking a bike ride to raise money for multiple sclerosis or MS. They are riding from Falls Creek to Darwin, 4000km. I have a written an article (below) and I am hoping that you will put it in the next school newsletter. There is also a photo of the riders attached. There is a link in the article so people can make donations.”

Here is Indigo’s article:

“Ride for MS:

As you are reading this article my uncle and two of his friends (one of whom is married to someone with MS) are riding their bikes towards Darwin. The three are riding from Falls Creek in Victoria to Darwin in the Northern Territory. They are riding to raise money for research to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis or MS. The ride is over 4000km and will take six weeks and the riders would love your support.

MS is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system.  It can also affect or delay the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. There is no cure for MS and the medication available only helps stop further degeneration, not improve a current condition. MS Australia relies on donations to fund research and provide help for patients. To donate to Ride for MS please visit Donations can be made in any amount and every dollar will help. Please help the riders to reach their goal of $7500.”

I wish to congratulate Indigo on her initiative and in living the school value of social responsibility. I invite you all to support these riders’ efforts and I wish Indigo’s uncle and his friends the very best for the trip.


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 peruse the Key Learning Area 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 Achievement:

Congratulations to Jamal Fuller (Year 11, Stewart House) who was invited to participate in the 16th International Suzuki Music Convention in Matsumoto, Japan from 27-31 March, 2013. Jamal has been studying Suzuki Classical Guitar for a number of years and along with his teacher and 12 other guitar students from Melbourne, Jamal embarked on this wonderful adventure. He is one of 4 senior students demonstrating Suzuki Classical Guitar.  Whilst in Japan Jamal participated in group classes, master classes and Symposia, and performed in the Melbourne Suzuki Guitar group performance on Saturday, 30 March. There were 5000 delegates and parents in attendance from around the world.   Although Suzuki Music Method was instigated in Japan, initially for violin and now including many other instruments, Suzuki Classical Guitar is not taught there. Thus, this was a wonderful opportunity and honour for Jamal to represent Australia and showcase his talent alongside his teacher and fellow students. Well done Jamal!

Congratulations to the Girls 4 X 50 Freestyle Relay Team for winning Gold at the State Swimming Finals on Wednesday, 27 March. The team members: India Heys (Year 12, Stewart House), Shirin Nurmohamed (Year 12, Rutter House), Maddi O’Toole (Year 12, Rutter House) and Paige Goodwin (Year 12, Stewart House) were a force not to be reckoned with. An outstanding outcome and well done to one and all!

Congratulations to Paige Goodwin (Year 12, Stewart House) on her selection as the Diamond Valley Leader’s Junior Sports Star. Paige will compete in the 50m Backstroke at the Australian Open Swimming Championships in Adelaide from 26 April. I wish Paige all the very best with the competition and look forward to hearing about her achievements.

Congratulations to Warwick Purchase (Year 9, Stewart House) who has been selected to play baseball for the Victorian Kangaroo's in South Carolina, USA from 4 June - 18 June.

This will be Warwick's 3rd tour with a Kangaroo's team. Previously he was selected to play in Italy in 2010, and San Francisco in 2011.

Well done Warwick and good luck representing Victoria overseas.

U.S. SWITCH Documentary Screening

At the end of last term Eltham High School was lucky enough to have the only Melbourne based showing of the new documentary “SWITCH.” This took place in our newly completed Performance Centre.  Many local VCE Environmental Science students and schools were invited to come and watch the film, which focuses on sustainable energy solutions in the face of the enhanced greenhouse effect.  After the film we were treated to a Q&A session with the film's director, Harry Lynch, and Monash Environmental Science lecturer Dr Ailie Gallant.  It was an extremely informative session that helped students explore both our demand for energy and the difficulty in supplying this solely with the currently available renewable sources.

I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Mrs Katie Reed for her initiative in the planning and in getting this event to fruition and for providing such a substantive educational opportunity for our students and other students from surrounding schools. This was a great event appreciated by all.

Biodiversity Research

During March, the Year 11 Biology students conducted a week long ant survey to assess the health of biodiversity of the school. Why ants? The world has about 20,000 species of ants of which over 7,000 species occur in Australia. Ants are present in every ecosystem, therefore are often used as “target marker species” to act as a guide to the lack or abundance of general biodiversity. Dr Ken Walker, the Senior Curator of Entomology and Arachnology at Melbourne Museum, visited the classrooms to teach our students about various ecological surveying techniques including direct sampling, pitfall traps and biscuit traps. After the samples were collected, Dr Walker collated the results and used a state of the art microscope camera to take high resolution photographs of the fauna found. These photographs can be found on the following website:

The students enjoyed their work with the Melbourne Museum and learnt a great deal from their research; they are currently arriving at some conclusions about the health of biodiversity at our school.

A big thank-you to Dr Ken Walker for his time and expertise and the Year 11 Biology Teachers, Mr Jon Baly and Miss Michelle Bregar, that provided our students with this rare opportunity.

Teacher Industrial Campaign

The Australian Education Union (AEU) has been negotiating intensively over the past two weeks for a new EBA for school staff and negotiations are continuing this week.

I am happy to inform you that the AEU has reported that progress has been made in these negotiations and in light of this the AEU Branch Executive has endorsed the following recommendation:

That the AEU Branch Executive determines to continue the suspension of industrial action in the schools sector while there is continued progress in negotiations.

This suspension applies to all industrial action, including all bans that are currently in place.

We look forward to a quick closure to this process and I will continue to keep you informed of progress.

Vincent Sicari


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Assistant Principal’s Report

This week is an important one for the school. On Thursday 18 April we will be opening up the school to prospective year seven families. We will be holding two Information sessions on the day, at 10.00am and 5.00pm to introduce visitors to the school and our enrolment procedures.

We will also be running tours of the school at 9.15 am and 11.15 am. The tours will be led by our Senior School Leaders and supported by our Middle School Leaders, and give families a great opportunity to both see the school in action and to also talk directly to our senior students about their experiences as students of Eltham High School.

Parents of grade six students are required to finalise applications for enrolment for year seven by May 17, this process is facilitated by the primary schools. Leading up to that date we will continue to run tours weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

I would like to acknowledge our students on their engagement in these visits. During the tours we visit a range of classes and ask students to talk to our visitors about their learning. Our students are not only willing to do this, but also provide a comprehensive overview of their experiences in class and what they are learning. They are great ambassadors for the school and we would like to thank them for their contributions to this important part of the school program.

Fran Mullins

Assistant Principal

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Junior School News

Junior School Assembly

On the last Friday of Term 1 all Junior School students attended an assembly which focussed on the co-curricular opportunities for Junior School students. We were treated to presentations by a number of students who described the diverse range of activities in which they participate. The overwhelming message is that there is something for everyone. Every student who gets involved in a co-curricular activity describes it as one of the best things they did at school. The list below gives an overview of the activities and some information about how to get involved. The assembly also included an address from Mr Sicari, who reminded us all that living in a community brings both rights and responsibilities. This was illustrated with the example of the right to expect clean and functional facilities, and the responsibility to report any vandalism students may observe. The assembly concluded with a wonderful performance by Jaron Natoli, a Year 7 student - thanks Jaron!   

Co-curricular activities for Junior School students:

Chess Club - meets in the Library on a Wednesday lunchtime;

Library - available to students 25 minutes before and 50 minutes after school as well as recess and lunch time;

Swim Club - meets Thursday morning, 7.00am, Leisure Centre. See Phil Boyd;

Stadium access - available to Year 7 students Monday lunchtime, and Year 8 students Tuesday lunchtime;

Manga / Animee club - meets once a week to draw and watch. See Mrs Hughes or Mr McKinnon;

Junior Choir - regular rehearsal and performances. See Ms Williams;

Debating - competitions regularly at Loyola College. See Ms Ipsen;

Drama ensemble - currently meets 2 lunchtimes a week. See Mr Franklin;

Doinydji fund raiser activities - keep your eyes peeled for fun fundraisers to support our ongoing relationship with students in a remote indigenous community.

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Leader


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Career News

The AGE Careers Expo: Thursday 2 May

Excursion for Year 11 students

A bus has been organised for the first 48 Year 11 students who would like to attend The AGE EXPO on Thursday 2 May at Caulfield racecourse. It will be a "first in gets a seat" arrangement.

Excursion forms are available from the Careers Office. The cost is $10 per student, payable to the Cashier.

Year 10 Work Experience: May 20-24

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 :

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 avoid you having to pay tax on the pay you receive from your employer. As of 2013 the tax free threshold will be $18,200 so to ensure you are not taxed you can get an application form from outside the Careers Office. Please ensure that the form is filled out neatly and with either your birth registration number 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 about 4 weeks and any contact with the ATO following your application needs to be done by the applicant

Ross Pringle

Careers Coordinator

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Musical Notes

Check COMPASS for your instrumental lesson times.  They should be entered by staff the week prior to the lesson.

Rehearsals: please make sure you're there on time.

Generations in Jazz: this is the annual BIG jazz event in Mount Gambier. We have our Stage, Jazz, Jazz Choir and Junior Jazz Choir attending from 3 - 5 May.

Updated music dates: being sent out this week.

The Symphonic Band will be performing on 18 April at the school's Year 7 Information Sessions. Check Compass for the set up and performance times. Students will be required to wear formal uniform for each performance.

Jazz Night at EHS: Wednesday 24 April, commencing at 7pm in the Drama Space. The ensemble performing are Stage Band, Jazz Band, Junior Jazz band, Jazz Choir and Junior Jazz Choir. Everyone is welcome and admission is $10 adults and $5 for children.  BYO drinks/nibbles. Tea, coffee and soft drink will be available to purchase.

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 March 22. For ‘newies', the first payment date is 26 April.

If you have any queries about the program please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127 or email Jill,

Rick Plummer

Director of Music

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Thursday Night Volleyball Competition

Now that work bans have been lifted the regular Thursday night volleyball competition will be held each Thursday from 3:25 until 4:15 pm. Students in year 8 to year 11 are invited to enter a team. This week the first game is free as teams enter for the season. It is very important that students in the Volleyball Program take the opportunity to play a game each week in the lead up to Vic Schools Cup. Get a team together and see you this Thursday.

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 ‘came 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 Sports Stadium at 3:20pm each Monday after school.


The mini volleyball competition for primary school kids will start on Thursday 2 May. More information next week.

Northern Zone Volleyball

The Northern Zone Finals are being held for Senior Teams on Tuesday 23 April and for Intermediate Teams on Friday 26 April. Parent permission forms will be given to players at training this week.

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.

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

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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.

Student Services News

On the first Friday of the holidays - Good Friday, a team of dedicated collectors met at 8:30am to begin a morning of tin shaking to raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal. Eltham High School has been the base for this collection, supported and supervised by the Community Volunteer Organisation - RCH Pied Pipers for more than ten years.

The Pied Pipers contributed a record total of $277,794.90 to the 2013 Good Friday Appeal, including the valuable sum of $4,798.40 collected by the students of Eltham High School.  Sincere congratulations to everyone involved in achieving this wonderful contribution. The Good Friday Appeal was another record at $16,405,534.65.

The Pied Pipers have now raised $6,316,917.15 for Victoria’s Royal Children’s Hospital and are very fortunate to have the support of a wonderful group of 11 schools and colleges who this year collectively had well over 900 volunteer students. 

I would like to thank Mr. Bruce Martyn and Mrs. Kerry Lambert for their support on the day both in the lead up and continuing. Most importantly I would like to thank the following current and ex Eltham High School students and their friends for their enthusiasm and dedication in collecting for this very worthy cause as well as the drivers from the Ford Car Club who helped to transport students.

We had a total of 59 collectors this year:

Pip Hubbard, Kathleen ODonnell, Ashlyn Kennedy, Katie Holmes, James Kyritsis, Angelique Kyritsis, Joanna Falalis, Callum McViegh, William Naughton-Gravette, Tess Newport, Kaiden Garlick, Hannah Underwood, Lily Bishop, Rhonda Steele, Amy Steele, Molly Witbooi, Jessarne Palmer, Liam Samat, Bianca Langan, Brooke Powell, Larni Daicos, Paige Goodwin, Isabel Rosenthal, Kris Batanyani, James McQuinlan, Charlotte Edwards, Chantelle Sparnenn, Clarissa Sparnenn, Daniel Winter, Jennifer Young, Rachael Young, Ellie Porter, Melina Barlow, Callum McGough, Rachael Beatson, Sayna Sadigi, Kirsten Langmade, Tom Mundy, 5 volunteers from Eltham College, 15 from Box Hill High School and 14 from Ford Car Club.

In addition a big thanks to our two student leaders Iasbel Rosenthall and Billy Naughton - Gravette for their efforts in recruiting the team of current students to participate!

Louise Heathcote

Student Services Leader

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Donydji Cross Cultural Exchange

September 2013

The Donydji Cross Cultural Exchange is a program that allows students from Eltham High School to visit and become involved with a small Indigenous community known as Donydji, as well as a large hub centre of Gupuwiyak.

Donydji is a small, isolated Homeland community in East Arnhem Land (in the Northern Territory) composed of sixty people, and built on a respect for culture. The Program, set up by ex-parent of the school, Dr. Neville White, (Emeritus Scholar at La Trobe University) and Biology teacher Jon Baly, aims to promote individual and community awareness and respect for Aboriginal culture through the most powerful kind of education; personal experience.

Jon Baly, organiser and avid advocate of the Program, is not without experience in Indigenous communities, having taught in an Aboriginal community. Dr Neville White, liaison between the school and Donydji, has played a primary role in the Donydji community for over forty years. However, his role as spokesperson for the community against mining laws and misguided government policy, as well as interpreting the incomprehensible world of White Australia, cannot continue forever. The Program creates a link between communities, far apart as they may be- both physically and culturally. The small group of students who become involved with the Donydji community return with a new level of respect for cultural diversity, and an understanding of the possibility of building links and bridges between communities and cultures without inequality or disrespect.

Unfortunately, because of the physical distance between Eltham High School and the Donydji and Gupuwiyak communities, there is a high cost associated with the trip, especially considering the nature of the flights. The first flight takes the group to Cairns, from there on to Nhulunbuy/Gove (a remote community at the Northern tip of Arnhem Land) and then a four hour drive in a troop carrier follows, simply to reach the isolated community. While the students contribute, a large portion of the cost must be sought through fundraising. As the program is currently $9000 short, contributions (however small) are very welcome to the school cashier. This unique experience is only possible with community support.

The Donydji Cross Cultural Program is an invaluable promotion of cultural awareness and respect for diversity. Take it from us, the students!

Samantha Stevens

Year 12 Eltham High School Student

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Parents and Carers


Nillumbik Community Health Services are scheduled to visit Eltham High School 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:


Payment instalment plans are due as following:

Music Program:

Existing Students 1st instalment was due on 22 March.

New students to the Music Program 2013 1st Instalment is due 26 April.

2013 Notebook Imitative Program:

2nd Instalment of $150 was due on 1 April.

I Give A Gonski

Parents please show your support prior to the 19 April at

‘The future funding of our schools will be decided at the COAG meeting on 19 April’

Attention All Families with a child in years 7-9

Deakin University Study (REVAMP)

Deakin University is conducting an important study to examine park use and physical activity. As part of this study we are interested in your views about your local neighbourhood and your use of local parks.

In the next week all families with a child in years 7-9 will be sent home with a survey. We would like to invite the adult with the next birthday to complete the survey. We would also like you to answer some questions for your child aged 2-15 years with the next birthday.

We would like you to complete the survey even if you or your child do not currently visit parks or are not highly active.  You will still provide us with valuable information about your neighbourhood. All families who complete the survey and return it to us using the reply paid envelope will go into a draw to win a $500.00 voucher.

We greatly value your input to this important study.

For further information please contact Dr Jenny Veitch:


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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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 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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Entertainment Book

The 2013/14 Entertainment Book has arrived.  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. 

Happy dining - Bruce Martyn

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Diamond Valley Athletics Club

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites students & their parents  interested in a season of Cross Country running with Athletics Victoria, to attend a TRIALS & REGISTRATION DAY at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) at 9:00am on Saturday 20 April, 2013.

Competition age groups for girls and boys are Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20. As well, the competition is available to Open age, 40+ & 50+ age categories. Training sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Willinda Park from 5:00pm as well as on Saturday mornings.

The season of Cross Country running with AV commences on Saturday 27 April with Cross Country relays at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill.

Come along to the DVAC Trials & Registration Day to:

*Find out more about the season of Cross Country running with AV and training sessions.

*Take part in the 3km (Juniors) or 6km (Seniors) Trial run.

*Register for a season of Cross Country running

For further information, check the website or phone 0409 350 280

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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 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



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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

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Youth Services new program ArtBreaker starts this Wednesday with MANGA drawing. Sessions run from 4 – 5:15pm and are FREE. Held at Our Space, Eltham War Memorial, 905 Main Rd, Eltham.

Contact or call 9433 3345 to reserve your place.

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Australia’s First Coloured Commemorative Coin!

Limited Edition

For a $10 donation the $2 Poppy Coin will come with a Certificate of Donation

Australia’s first commemorative $2 coin in colour has been unveiled by the RSL and the Royal Australian Mint. A unique Australian legal tender, this ground breaking $2 coin is simply an outstanding keepsake for every Australian.

The coin depicts the red Flanders Poppy, which is synonymous with Remembrance Day and the sacrifices made by Australians in conflict.

All funds raised go to support our vital RSL programs helping thousands of Veterans’ and serving Defence personnel and their families in homes and communities across Australia.

Available from the RSL National Office at Level 3, 65 Constitution Avenue CAMPBELL ACT

Phone orders can also be made through the National Office at 02 6248 7199.

Please note there will be a minimum postal charge of $5.



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Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  4

Junior School News  5

Career News  6

Musical Notes  7

Sport  7

Notebook Initiative 2013   8

Welfare  8

Donydji Cross Cultural Exchange  9

Parents and Carers  10

2013 Australian Mathematics Competition.. 12



Entertainment Book  12

Diamond Valley Athletics Club  12

Eltham Junior Football Club  13

Research Football Club  13

Canteen Roster  2


School Absences  3

Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on: 4


Extra Maths Help   4

Weight Watchers  6

Topline Tennis Coaching  8

Yoga at Eltham High School 8











School Calendar


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


Fri 17

Curriculum Day


Mon 20 - Fri 24

Year 10 Work Experience







Canteen Roster

Wed 17

Chris Campbell

Christine Williams

Thu 18

Chis Williams

Michelle Francis

Fri 19

Sue Anderson

Sue Gavan

Petra Leaford

Mon 22

Debra Gregg

Sharon Alexander

Tues 23

Elaine Thomson

Volunteer Required








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:


Careers Expo Excursion

Vaccination cards Year 9 & 10

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


































Students viewing SWITCH documentary

Extra Maths Help

Extra Maths Help for Term 2 will commence on Tuesday 16 April.

Location: Room 706

Time: 3:10pm - 4pm

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator



























U.S. SWITCH documentary presented by Harry Lynch




















Staff, students and documentary personnel at SWITCH screening





















Mrs Reed engaging students before the screening of SWITCH presentation.

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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