TERM 2 WEEK 3
TUESDAY 30 April 2013
30-60 WITHERS WAY ELTHAM VICTORIA 3095
PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL: email@example.com
Absences: 9430 5299
Curriculum Day Friday, 17 May 2013
Congratulations to the Eltham Debaters on an excellent performance at the last Interschool Debating Competition. Further information is provided by Ms Ipsen in a later section of this newsletter. The A grade debaters consisted of: Aidan Puglielli (Year 12, Andrew House); Scott Van Gemert (Year 11, Rutter House) and Nathan Kerwood (Year 11, Andrew House). The B grade debaters include Chloe Beare (Year 10, Stewart House); Ellis Evans (Year 10, Everard House); Genevieve McNiff (Year 11, Everard House). The D grade debaters include: Jessarne Palmer (Year 7, Everard House); Indigo McKinnon (Year 8, Stewart House); Abigail Wilson (Year 7, Stewart House).
Both A and D grade debaters won their debate. Aidan and Jessarne were awarded best speaker. The B Grade team narrowly missed a win.
I want to commend each of these students on their exceptional effort on the night and I also congratulate the outstanding talent of their coach Ms Leanne Ipsen. However, somehow the C Grade debaters got their wires crossed, got confused about the time of their debate and had to forfeit. Not to worry - I am sure that they will conquer next time around.
Boroondara Music Eisteddfod
Congratulations to Alessandra Prunotto (Year 11, Everard House) who participated in the Boroondara Eisteddfod and was awarded second place in the woodwind solo section. This is an outstanding achievement and I wish her well with her music and any upcoming music events.
My congratulations are extended to all students and staff that participated and organised the “Eltham High School – Jazz Night” last Wednesday evening 23 April. Unfortunately due to the fact that it was also the School Council meeting night, I was unable to attend the full evening but I was there to witness the exceptional talent of our young people through a range of performances. I have to say that having the wonderful sounds coming out of the Dance/Drama Centre in the background in many ways enhanced the general running of this School Council meeting. It was a very successful night for both the performers and the audience. Congratulations to all the organisers and supporters.
Congratulations to all our students on the way in which they participated in the ANZAC Day Commemorative Ceremony which took place in the central courtyard on Wednesday 24 April. The manner in which our students approached the occasion was with the highest level of regard and respect for the ceremony and for the students that ran the ceremony. I wish to congratulate in particular, Romy Stephens (Year 12, Andrew House) and Daniel Sowden (Year 12, Rutter House) our Masters of Ceremony; all the Senior School Leaders; Heidi Neale (Year 7, Everard House); Korey Baruta (Year 10, Andrew House) who presented the Lone Pine Address; Liam Samat (Year 9, Andrew House) who read out the Ode and Laura Pantelejenko (Year 12, Rutter House) who brilliantly performed “The Last Post” and “Reveille”. Laura also needs to be congratulated for her performance at Diamond Creek Primary School on the same morning during their ANZAC Day Ceremony.
Three of our students participated in the Dawn Ceremony run by the Montmorency/Eltham RSL: Heidi Neale (Year 7, Everard House); Kyle Olsen (Year 12, Rutter House) and James McQuillan (Year 12, Stewart House) attended the ceremony which I am told had 1800-2000 people present. Heidi, Kyle and James took part in the wreath laying ceremony and the placing of a flag on the Cenotaph.
It was very good to see that some members of our community join us for this event.
The first Term 2 Working Bee is scheduled for this coming Sunday, 5 May. An outline of the work that has been planned for this Working Bee is presented to you in a later section of this newsletter. I wish to extend a personal invitation to all members of our community, parents, students and staff to join me at this event. This is a further opportunity for us to work together towards a common goal, the ongoing beautification of the environment in which we work in and your children learn in.
As always a scrumptious morning tea and a barbeque lunch will be provided as well as a great deal of social interaction and conversation. I look forward to seeing you all there.
We are aware that some students are arriving late for school on a fairly regular basis. Unfortunately this is a situation that can have a negative effect on the education of not only those students who are late, but also the other students in the class.
What impact does being late have on the student?
Students who are late miss a lot of instructions and information about what is happening, not to mention important learning situations. This means that they have to catch up somehow. It is like being late to see a movie and not being able to understand what is happening because you don’t know who the characters are and what the plot is. Students can feel unsettled and disorganised for the rest of the day and it can take them some time to complete and understand the work that they have missed.
How does it affect the other students in the class?
Students who are late have an unsettling effect on the rest of the class. Because not all late students arrive at once, the interruptions go on until the last student is settled. Students who are late often have things that need to be done prior to them joining the class and this causes even more disruption. Sometimes other students have to wait to get the teachers attention and important issues can be forgotten.
Why does student lateness cause difficulties for the teacher?
The teacher has a certain amount of material and activities to cover each lesson. Also, organisational issues are usually dealt with at the beginning of the day. Teachers can become increasingly frustrated when late students continually and repeatedly interrupt their planned routines, as they have to stop teaching to deal with the issues involved.
We are all human. Cars can break down and unexpected situations can occur. We know that family morning routines are not always straightforward. If you are experiencing problems, speak to us, as we may be able to offer suggestions to help.
We are happy to accept that students will be late on the odd occasion because of unforeseen circumstances. However, arriving late on a regular basis is not acceptable.
A BIG thankyou to everyone involved in the Jazz Night @ EHS last Wednesday. It was very successful with great music not only from our students but also our guest performers, the Nat Barsch Trio. The oversight from staff members and the Music Support Group allowed the large audience to enjoy the smooth running of the evening.
This Friday our Stage, Jazz Bands and Jazz Choirs head for Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival. We wish them a great trip and know they'll be wonderful ambassadors for the school.
Please note that the Concert Band Tour will now be the 20-22 May 2013. More details to come.
Congratulations to Alessandra Prunotto (Year 11, Everard House) on second place in the woodwind solo section at Boroondara Eisteddfod.
Any queries about the Music Program please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127 or email Jill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music
The first Working Bee for Term 2 is this Sunday, 5 May from 9am to 12:30pm. Morning tea, lunch and drinks are provided. As usual we have a wide range of activities planned that requires a solid turnout of volunteers to make a difference to the environment of the school.
As well as a range of construction tasks planned there is lots of weeding, pruning and selective watering tasks, along with predictable maintenance tasks such as brush cutting and mowing that need to be addressed. Here are the priorities for this Working Bee:
1. Continuation of the post and pipe fence construction on the east side of the new building. Crowbars, spirit levels and shovels required for this task. A jackhammer would also be fantastic.
2. Construction of 12 uprights for a new raised box seating arrangement adjacent to the Stadium complex. Crowbars, shovels, spirit levels also required for this task.
3. Placement of 6m3 of soil in the raised box garden development adjacent to the Canteen.
4. The second raised box garden adjacent to the Canteen complex requires some deep ripping prior to planting. We need some volunteers to get into the subsoil and deep rip it prior to soil coming and planting. Picks required for this task.
5. Pruning, weeding and selective watering in a range of locations across the campus.
6. Staining of the remaining bollards in the Junior School Courtyard and Central Courtyard complex.
7. Brush cutting and mowing in a range of areas across the campus complex.
8. Pruning, weeding and mulching of the Environmental Area at the eastern end of the tennis courts.
9. Paving around the edges of the raised box garden adjacent to the Canteen.
Please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the stadium or on the back oval (enter via Ely St). Follow the directional signage to the School Canteen where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and directed to a task. Please remember to bring protective clothing, gloves, sunscreen, hat and water bottle on the day.
CAN YOU HELP? We still need some good quality topsoil for our recently completed raised box gardens in our Courtyard complex. We need truckloads rather than a cubic metre or two. Please contact the General Office on 9430 5111 if you can help in the matter.
Looking forward to your anticipated support on 5 May. If you are unable to make this Working Bee, please note in your diary that there will be another on 16 June.
For the Grounds Committee
Every two years jackets are made available to players in the Volleyball Program. We will be placing an order this year. The ‘KEA’ Penfold Jackets are $90 and will be ordered for delivery prior to the Victorian Volleyball Schools’ Cup. Order forms will be given out at training or collect one from the PE office. Forms and a deposit of $40 are due May 10.
Thursday night Volleyball competition from 3:25pm until 4:15 pm. Students in year 8 to year 12 are invited to enter a team. This week will cost players $2 to play. It is very important that students in the Volleyball Program take the opportunity to play a game each week in the lead up to Victorian Schools’ Cup. Get a team together and see you Thursday.
Each Monday night after school year 7 students have the opportunity to participate in a social mixed volleyball competition. Games start at 3:20pm concluding at 3:50pm. This is an invitation to all year 7 students interested in playing volleyball.
Meet in the Sports Stadium at 3:20pm Monday after school.
The mini volleyball competition for primary school kids will start on Thursday 2 May. The first week will be a free ‘come and have a hit’ night when players can organise and enter teams for the following week. Games start at 4:15pm in the Eltham High Sports Stadium on Withers Way. This year we are celebrating 20 years of mini volleyball in Eltham.
Congratulations to the Senior Boys, Girls and Intermediate Boys Volleyball Teams on winning the Northern Zone Volleyball Competitions. The State Volleyball final dates are listed below.
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
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).
Volleyball/Elite Sports Coordinator
On Tuesday evening, 23 April, 2013, four teams went to debate at Loyola College. Our A Grade debaters won, arguing “That we should not allow advertising of prescription drugs”. Aidan Pugielli was awarded best speaker, aided by Scott Van Gemert and Nathan Kerwood.
Our B Grade team of Chloe Beare, Ellis Evans and Genevieve McNiff argued “That Feminism is not irrelevant to young women today”. The girls spoke effectively, logically and fluently, but were unfortunately narrowly beaten.
Unfortunately half of our C Grade team confused the start time so arrived too late and a forfeit was necessary.
The D Grade topic was “That the government should pay a salary for stay-at-home parents” and we won. Jessarne Palmer, a Year 7 student, was awarded BEST SPEAKER!!!, against year 9 students from Marymeade College and was ably supported by Indigo McKinnon (Year 8) and Abigail Wilson (also Year 7).
Remember we meet each Wednesday lunchtime in Room 166 to discuss issues. The next topic we can prepare ideas for is D Grade “That we should abolish all forms of incarceration for people under the age of 18”. C Grade: general area of Politics. Both A and B grades will be ‘Secret Topics’ for the next round. If there are budding lawyers, politicians or orators who wish to rule the world and would like to join us, please feel welcome.
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.
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!
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 :
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
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.
eLearning & ICT Leader
Additional information regarding the following topics can be accessed by clicking on the link:
· Victorian Alcohol And Drug Association
· Free study for overweight young people looking for help
· Free Seminar
Please contact Louise Heathcote in Student Services on 9430 5123 or at email@example.com for additional assistance concerning welfare issues.
Student Services Leader
Please note the following Term dates and student free days for the remainder of 2013. Buses will NOT run on student free days and times will alter for END of terms. Student free days are:
Term Dates are:
Term 2 Finish 28 June 2.10pm
Term 3 Start 15 July Finish 20 September 2.10pm
Term 4 Start 7 October Last day for buses 19 December 3.00pm
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 www.amt.edu.au Complete as many practice papers as you can. Answers are also made available on the website.
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.
Did you know?
1) The first Eltham Mudbrick House tour was held in 1965.
2) Since 1976 there has only been one year when it has not run in Nillumbik; the year of the Black Saturday fires, 2009.
3) Eltham High School has been the custodian of this event since 2010.
Last year’s Eltham Mudbrick House Tour was a great success and allowed the purchase of the Hoffman Grand Piano that is now located in the Performance Centre at Eltham High School. I send my thanks again to the Eltham High School, Councillors, staff, parents and home owners who made this possible. Thank you!
Eltham High School is running the fund raising event again this year and preparations are already advancing well. The School Council is about to begin selling advertisement space in the guide booklet and the process of sourcing houses for the tour is well underway.
Now I need your help …
We particularly need a volunteer now to take control of and drive promotion of the 2013 event. If this is you or someone you know please contact Andrew Evans on 0417 575 061. I am very keen to get this function started now.
We also need introductions to owners of mudbrick houses of note in the South Eltham area. There are many great "muddies" down there; we just need your help to successfully interest a few more owners in participating and keeping this great tradition going.
Saturday May 4
10:00am to 4:00pm
1570 Main Rd, Research
Huge White Elephant Sale, Great Food, Free Entertainment all day, Amazing opportunities at the Silent Auction, Bake stall, Plant Stall, Craft Stall, Rides and “House of Horrors” for those who dare, and so much more….
Great fun for everyone and all welcome!
School Camps & Excursions: Asthma
If your child has asthma, attending school camps and excursions can introduce them to new asthma triggers especially if they are going into new environments. It is essential that your child can participate fully and safely in all school activities. The following is a list of considerations to make for your child before they go on school camp or an excursion:
· Is your child’s asthma currently well controlled (e.g. no symptoms at night, reliever use less than 3 times per week)?
· Has your child had an asthma attack or asthma symptoms recently?
· Does the school have an Asthma Action Plan for your child?
· Has the school asked you to complete a School Camp and Excursion Medical Update Form?
· Does your child have their reliever medication and spacer on hand at all times?
· Are they attending with any other medications to be taken on the camp/excursion? If so, are there sufficient instructions to staff for use/dosage?
· Does your child self-administer their medication? If so, has their technique been checked recently?
For more information please contact The Asthma Foundation of Victoria on 1800 278 462 or www.asthma.org.au
FREE Girl’s Urban Art Program
Come along to our girls only paste-up art program for girls 12-17 years and learn about paste ups. Paste-ups are an art process of drawing, painting, cutting, layering and creating a college of images that are then put up in the urban environment for others to enjoy. The program will be supervised by a female youth worker and award winning female artist.
Where: The Hub@ 155 Oriel Road Heidelberg West. Art will be exhibited at the Mall in West Heidelberg.
When: 4 x weeks from Tuesday 7 May
For more info or to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 94579855
We are looking for young people aged 12-29 years who have a migrant or refugee background to be part of an exciting creative expression and writing workshop series. The FREE workshops will be held fortnightly between May and November. Your submission will be published plus you will be paid $100 for your final piece.
Where: The Hub@ 155 Oriel Road Heidelberg West, starts in May.
To enquire or apply contact Alia on 9094 7891 or email@example.com
Competition age groups for girls and boys are Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Under 20. The competition is available to Open age 40+ and 50+ categories. Training sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Willinda Park from 5:00pm, as well as on Saturday mornings.
For further information, check the website www.valleyaths.org or phone 0409 350 280
BMX ‘Come And Try’ Day
A free session for anyone interested in learning about BMX racing. Fully qualified instructors will be present. All ages welcome.
When: Saturday 4 May 9-11am (8:45am registration)
Where: Park Orchards BMX Club, Stintons Reserve Park Orchards.
For more information and what to bring: www.popbmx.com.au or phone 0418 555 365.
NEW players wanted in all age groups - ALL Welcome
Boys Tuesday, Thursday 5:30pm Boys Saturday mornings
Girls Wednesday, 5:30pm Girls Sunday mornings
Enquiries - Pauline Maher
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.
Deb Mallard - Registration Secretary, Phone: 0414 442 195
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.
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 www.researchjuniorfc.com.au
Dance Company School of Excellence
11AM - 3PM
25 Brougham St, Eltham. Phone: 1300 326 234
Meet Thomas Lacey and Alicia Banit from ABC3’s Dance Academy
· Trial Dance Classes
· Careers Pathways
· Food Stalls
· Face Painting
Win MDT Company Production ‘Alice in Wonderland’ tickets.
James McQuillan (Year 12, Stewart House) and Simone Beattie (Year 12, Everard House) presenting wreath at ANZAC Day Ceremony.
House Athletic Carnival
Senior Round Robin
EHS Community Choir
The Age Careers Expo
Generations in Jazz – Mt Gambier
Whole School Assembly
EHS Community Choir
Year 8 Round Robin
EHS Community Choir
Year 9 Work Experience Preparation
EHS Community Choir
Intermediate Round Robin
Unit 1 Concludes
EHS Community Choir
Year 11 Exams Commence
Mandy Grey Stephens
Upcoming Canteen Menu
All Junior, Middle & Senior School absences can now be reported to:
(designated answering service)
Please advise: name of child, year level, reason for absence and length of absence.
Heidi Neale (Year 7, Everard House) and Daniel Setches (Year 12, Andrew House) carrying ANZAC Day wreth.
Romy Stephens (Year 12, Andrew House) addressing Eltham High School Community at ANZAC Day service supported by Daniel Sowden (Year 12, Rutter House).
Extra Maths Help for Term 2 has commenced:
Location: Room 706
Time: 3:10pm - 4pm
Maths KLA Coordinator
After school support group to assist students with time management and organisation skills.
Location: Room 136
Time: 3:15pm – 3:45pm
Shirin Nurmohamed (Year 12, Rutter House) and Ayban Elliot-Renhard (Year 12, Rutter House) presenting wreath at ANZAC Day service.
After school Drama Ensembles have commenced:
When: Tuesday / Thursday
Location: 111 Drama Space
Time: 3:30pm - 5 pm
Art & Technology Co-ordinator
Japanese Language Classes
Japanese Language Classes are available:
Location: Room 136
Time: 8:10am – 8:45am
Mr Sicari addressing students during ANZAC day service.
Laura Pantelejenko (Year 12, Rutter House) played the last post at the Anzac Day Service for Diamond Creek Primary School.
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 weightwatchers.com.au
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.
Feel a sense of wellbeing - Invigorate the body –
Calm the mind.
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
Instructor: Gillian Lazenby
Phone: 9444 0700
Register and pay at: www.geniuswellbeing.com.au/elthamhigh.html