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TUESDAY 7 May 2013




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Curriculum Day Friday, 17 May 2013

Student Free Day

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Sasha Pollnitz (Year 10, Stewart House) and Danielle Wiles (Year 10, Andrew House) who competed at the Under 18 National Lacrosse Championships in Perth during April winning the championship.  They competed in seven games over seven days and won every match.  Their highest winning margin was 17 to 4 against WA.  Both students play for the Victorian Under 18 East side even though they are only 15 years old!  It was a fantastic achievement and a real accolade to Sasha, Dani and their team. An outstanding effort!

Generations in Jazz – Mt Gambier

Congratulations to all the students and staff who participated in the Generations in Jazz Festival during last weekend. All the bands and choirs performed exceptionally well and a full report is published further on in this edition of the newsletter further on in this newsletter. However, the outstanding performance of our Stage Band under the direction of Mr Ed Fairlie needs to be commended: The Band were awarded equal third place in the Division 1 category. The monetary award received will most certainly support the development of music at Eltham High School throughout this year, but this is not as important as is the accolade received by having the talents and skills of the band recognised in such a positive fashion. Furthermore, congratulations to Aidan Puglielli (Year 12, Andrew House) and Harry Symons (Year 11, Stewart House) who were selected to play in the Division 1, Super Band in the finale concert.

Generations Stage Band.

This has been a wonderful experience for all the students and I take this opportunity to thank all the staff for giving their time to provide this opportunity for our young people. It is through events such as this that one can see just how much our staff go beyond the call of duty for the benefit of our students. Something like this just could not happen without their support. Had this event been scheduled during the time of the Industrial Campaign our students would not have been privy to the experience and the accolades. On the whole teachers consistently give more than is recognised and I thank them for it.

Whole School Assembly

Our first whole school assembly for 2013 took place on Tuesday 7 May. The school value of Social and Environmental Responsibility was the focus of the assembly and we were very pleased to have past student, Miss Ashley Fletcher (Class of 2008, Andrew House) with us on this occasion. Ashley is one of the Worlds Youth Ambassadors to Antarctica and she was able to communicate to our students how she continues to live this school value well after graduating from our school. Our MCs did a fabulous job, Alex Domaille (Year 12, Rutter House) and Mitch Green (Year 12, Stewart House) and I congratulate the students that were recognised on this occasion for living the value of Social and Environmental Responsibility. These included:  For Health and PE – David Dunn (Year 10, Rutter House), Madi Quinsee (Year 11, Andrew House); for English – Nathan Strebinos (Year 8, Andrew  House), Luke Gundry (Year 11, Stewart House); for Study of Society and the Environment – Zofia Laxton (Year 11, Rutter House), David Hands-Baker (Year 12, Andrew House); for Science – Lucy Barr (Year 11, Andrew House), Samantha Stevens (Year 12, Andrew House); for Arts/Technology – Eliza Stone (Year 7, Everard House), Rebeca Sacchero (Year 12, Stewart House); For Languages – Zarah York (Year 7, Andrew House); for Mathematics – Kaitlyn Leffley (Year 11, Rutter House); Ivan Moore (Year 9, Stewart House).

Furthermore, I congratulate Miss Danielle Cotter (staff member) for having been recognised for living this school value through her hard work and commitment to student learning through the establishment of the first school rain garden. A great effort and an outstanding outcome!

I also congratulate the following students: William Naughton-Gravette (Year 12, Andrew House) and Tom Ross (Year 12, Andrew House) for their presentation on “Cybersafety”; Alex Domaille (Year 12, Rutter House) and Emily Everett (Year 11, Rutter House) on their presentation on their Extended Investigations (Units 3&4) research topics.

I thank all the parents that took time out of their busy day to join us on this occasion.

Overall it was a great assembly and I congratulate all the students for their attention and participation and all the staff for their support in making this a very successful experience for all.

Eltham High School Athletics Carnival

The Eltham High School Athletics Carnival took place on Tuesday 30 April at the George Street Athletics Track in Doncaster. A great deal of organisation and preparation for the day took place particularly on behalf of our two Sports Coordinators Ms Lucy Bowman and Mr Nic Cooper. I congratulate them on a very successful event. Feedback from students has been very positive and fun was had by all in attendance. This was an opportunity for students to demonstrate team spirit and for us to celebrate as an entire community. I congratulate all the students that took part in the events and all the others that cheered them on.  A big thank-you to the staff for their support on the day and in particular to our Daily Organizer, Mrs Cathy Cukier for her support with the planning on the lead up to the day.

Visit to the school by Local Federal Member – Jenny Macklin MP

We were very pleased to welcome our local Federal Member of Parliament, Ms Jenny Macklin, Member for Jagajaga and Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform. Jenny has been a friend of Eltham High School and has provided support for our school and our community during her time as our Federal Member.

Her visit allowed us to give her a tour of our new facilities and to congratulate her on the legislation supporting the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Jenny was impressed with the outcome of our Building Futures Program and congratulated us on the wonderful work that she believes the school is doing in support of our young people. It was great to see Jenny in our school once again.

Official Opening of the Melbourne School of Dance

I was very privileged to join Mr Martin and Mrs Michelle Sierra together with Mrs Melissa Hughes and Mrs Terri Wood for the official opening of the Melbourne School of Dance in Brougham Street, Eltham on Sunday 5 May. Eltham High School has had a long association with this dance school and a number of our students continue to benefit from the exceptional talent of both its teachers. Now that the school is much closer to us we look forward to further developments in our relationship in support of better learning outcomes for our students. I congratulate Martin and Michelle on a very successful transition to the new location and congratulate our students (both current and past) on their wonderful performances last Sunday afternoon.

Term 2 Working Bee

A big thank-you to all of you that took part in last Sunday’s Working Bee. In particular I wish to thank all the students that attended on the day and worked alongside their parents and staff to make this one of the most successful Working Bees of the year so far. A great deal was achieved and I thank the Grounds Committee for their planning and preparation for the day. A particular thanks to John Coates, Bruce Martyn and Frank Capozza who supported the Grounds Committee in achieving its goals for the day. The school was a hive of activity and the outcomes of the day were very visible on Monday morning. I look forward to our next day of work together.

Note of Condolences

Our most sincere condolences are extended to Mr Ross Pringle and his family on the passing of his mother on 29 April.

Similarly our sincere condolences are extended to Ms Naomi Edrees and her family on the passing of her mother last Saturday 4 May.

Our thoughts are with both families at this very sad time.

Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Infection in Melbourne and Regional Victoria

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium (‘crypto’) infection that causes gastroenteritis is ongoing across Victoria.

The outbreak investigation has found that contamination of swimming pool water by patrons, including children, is likely to be contributing significantly to ongoing spread.

There are a number of actions that children who attend swimming lessons and swim clubs need to take, to break the cycle of infection of this outbreak.

A letter from the Department of Health can be located on the school website through the following link.

Vincent Sicari


Ross Irwin with Eltham High School students.


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Assistant Principal’s Report

Compass and the late to school process

Students have recently been issued with new Compass ID cards.  All students are expected to be at school at 8:45am to organise themselves and to be prepared for their period 1 class which begins at 8:55am. As such from Monday 13 May, students who are late to school in the morning will be required to proceed to the Library foyer and touch onto the Compass kiosk with their ID card to collect a late pass to take to class. Students will not be admitted to class period 1 without a pass. A member of the school leadership team will be at the kiosk having conversations with late students and continuous lateness will be dealt with seriously.

These cards can also be used by students to find their schedule or teachers at the kiosk and topping up print credit.  In the future they could be used for paying for items at the canteen.

Year 10 Work Experience and Year 9 Careers Information Week

Year 10 students will be undertaking work experience in the week of 20–24 May.  Year 9 students during this week will undertake a combination of normal core classes and special programs including: cyber safety, Reach Foundation leadership and an "Amazing Race".  More details and a Program will be provided to students and parents shortly.

Darren Squires

Assistant Principal

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Senior School News

Year 11: Semester 1 Examinations

The Year 11 Semester 1 examination period commences on Thursday 30 May and concludes Friday 7 June, 2013. The examination timetable has been forwarded electronically to students this week. Students are requested to read this carefully taking note of the date, time and venue for each of their exams. In the event that two examinations are scheduled simultaneously or an absence occurs during the course of the examination period, students are requested to access the Google drive (forms) links to re-schedule their examination(s) to the last day Friday 7 June, 2013 during periods 3-4 and 5-6 as listed in the exam timetable. Year 11 students enrolled in a Year 12 subject are required to attend their scheduled examination as a priority and liaise directly with teaching staff in relation to completing the set working tasks missed. Where this occurs, student absences will be recorded as 'approved' on Compass.

SAC/SAT Redemption

This notice is to remind students who are absent on the day of a scheduled SAC/SAT that the redemption must occur within ONE week of a student's return to school. The SAC/SAT redemption day is each Tuesday afternoon between 3:30pm and 5:10pm. Year 12 students are expected to complete their SAC/SAT redemption during their next scheduled 'spare' periods upon their return to school prior to the Tuesday after school session. A medical certificate is required, dated on the day of the absence for students to qualify for a scored assessment.

Additional SAC/SAT redemption sessions will be scheduled for Year 11 students on Thursday 16 and 23 May to support the completion of Unit 1 assessments due by Monday 3 June, 2013.

General Achievement Test - Information sessions

Year 12 students will be attending a General Achievement Test (GAT) information session and meeting on Wednesday 15 May period 4 in House Groups.  Year 11 students undertaking a Unit 3/4 subject are to attend the information sessions scheduled on Thursday 16 May commencing at 12:45pm in Rooms 321/322. VCE students undertaking studies in Units 3/4 will be completing the compulsory GAT assessment on Tuesday 12 June, 2013 between 10:00am and 1:15pm

Year 12 – Tertiary Information Service event

Year 12 students will be participating in the Tertiary Information Service event held at LaTrobe University on Wednesday 22 May, 2013 periods 1-3 inclusive. Parents/guardians are requested to access the Compass Portal to arrange payment and consent for this event.

Forthcoming dates for VCE:-

VCE Year 11 student assembly-Course selections 2014

Monday 13 May

VCE Year 12- Unit 3 GAT student session

Wednesday 15 May Period 4

VCE Year 11 -Unit 3 GAT student session

Thursday 16 May 12:45pm

VCE Unit 1 concludes

Wednesday 29 May

VCE Year 11 Examinations

Thursday 30 May Friday 7 June

VCE Unit 3 concludes

Friday 7 June

Queen’s Birthday holiday

Monday 10 June

Report Writing Day

Tuesday 11 June

VCAA GAT examination-students undertaking a Unit 3/4 subject

Wednesday 12 June 10am–1:15pm

Units 2 & 4 Commence

Thursday 13 June

Year 11 Written Examination Timetable - Semester 1, 2013                  

Examination period:  Thursday 30 May Friday 7 June

Starting times: Each examination commences with a 5 minute reading period which is included in the times shown in the timetable.

Examination length:

English 2 hours;

General Maths Methods & Maths Methods 2 examinations- 1x 1 hour & 1x2 periods.

All other examinations are two periods in length.

Venues: The Performance Centre; Music Performance & Music Styles examinations Room 322; VET Interactive Digital Media examination Room 418

30 May

8:55 am – 10:35 am



LoTE French

Food Technology

10:55 am – 11:43 pm (12:55pm extended supervision time)


1:30 pm – 3:10 pm


SA Photography

SA 3D Art

Maths Methods Exam 1 (1 hour)

31 May

8:55 am – 10:00 am

English Language


10:55 am – 12:35 pm

General Maths Further

1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Visual Communication and Design


General Maths Methods Exam 1 (1 hour)

3 June

8:55 am – 10:35 am


Business Management

10:55 am – 12:35 pm

Classical Studies

LoTE Indonesian


1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Health and Human Development


4 June

8:55 am – 10:35 am



10:55 am – 12:35 pm

General Maths Methods Exam 2

Outdoor Education

1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Legal Studies

Music Performance

5 June

8:55 am – 10:35 am

Maths Methods Exam 2

10:55 am – 12:35 pm


1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Music Styles

6 June

8:55 am – 10:35 am

Physical Education


10:55 am – 12:35 pm



1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

VET Interactive Digital Media


7 June

8:55 am – 10:35 am

PD Fibres

PD Wood

10:55 am – 12:35 pm

Re-scheduled exams

1:30 pm – 3:10 pm

Re-scheduled exams


Monday 10 June:       Queen’s Birthday  

Tuesday 11 June:      Report Writing Day (students not required at school)

Wednesday 12 June: VCAA GAT Assessment Date for all students undertaking a Unit 3 / 4 subject(s)

Thursday 13 June:    Units 2 & 4 Commence              

Anna Panas

Senior School Team Leader

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Musical Notes

Generations in Jazz

Congratulations to our Stage Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir and Junior Jazz Choir for their outstanding performances at the Generations in Jazz Festival held in Mount Gambier on the weekend. All the students and directors were extremely proud of their performance and we were very satisfied with their achievements (even before knowing the results). As it turns out this was the most successful year at Generations for the Stage Band, coming equal 3rd in Division 1. To put this great achievement in perspective, there were over 100 bands competing in the various divisions over the weekend from around Australia. Special mention to Aidan Puglielli (Trumpet 4) and Harrison Symons (Percussion), who were selected from all the musicians in division 1 to perform in the ‘Super Band’ and had the opportunity to workshop with an amazing group of international musicians. The adjudicators selected the best students from all the division 1 bands to take part in the Super Band, which involved a brief rehearsal on Sunday morning, followed by a performance in front of the 2,500 musicians that participated in the festival.

The great musical moments that our students experienced would not be possible without the dedication of our distinguished ensemble directors; Ed Fairlie, Monty Mackenzie and Louisa Rankin. The continual development of the ensembles is largely due to their vision, repertoire selection and rehearsal techniques, which provide our students with the greatest opportunity to succeed.

Without a doubt the highlight for the weekend for all of the students and staff was the performance on Saturday evening from Gordon Goodwin’s ‘Big Phat Band’. California bandleader Gordon Goodwin is known for his work on Disney soundtracks like “The Incredibles”, receiving eleven Grammy nominations and three Emmy Awards throughout his career. Since 1999, Goodwin has been the driving force behind his own creation the ‘Big Phat Band’, which has now evolved into a modern day big band phenomenon. The Phat band are made up of top-tier Hollywood-based players, including Wayne Bergeron (Trumpet), Andy Martin (Trombone) and Eric Marienthal (Saxophone). The students were also given the opportunity to take part in a masterless with these world class musicians on the Sunday morning, which will no doubt inspire them all to take the next level in their own development.

Other events happening in the Music Program: the school's Junior Choir is performing at the Boroondara Eisteddfod on the evening of Monday 13 May at MLC.  We're sure they'll have a lot of fun!

Senior Strings are performing at the AUSTA String Orchestra Festival during the afternoon of Sunday 19 May at Wesley College in Glen Waverley:  another great opportunity for our students.

Concert Band Tour is now definitely 20-22 May to Rutherford Park, Daylesford region.  Students have received the information on this exciting event.

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

Rick Plummer

Director of Music

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Working Bee


Last weekend’s Working Bee saw 53 students, family and staff members attend.  This was a fantastic number of the Eltham High School community coming together to make our facilities that bit better for everyone.  There was an atmosphere that great things would be achieved during the day; indeed a great deal was achieved.  Garden beds were attended to with mulching, pruning and weeding.  Grounds were mown.  There was more work done around the new garden beds adjacent to the new building and a new planter box area was commenced near the Stadium.  It won’t be too long and we’ll be able to start planting them out.  What we do need though is a good quantity of topsoil to fill planter boxes.  If you know where we can secure some from, please let us know.  There were also a number of people painting hop scotch and hand ball courts in the Junior School courtyard area (these were put to good use today).  More are still to come.

The school’s grounds are certainly becoming that much nicer after the work of the many volunteers at our Working Bees.  You are invited to come along to our next Working Bee on 16 June.  Do put that in your diary.  We would love to see you there.  There are still plenty of interesting projects being developed.

As usual, the Grounds Committee did a fantastic job in organising the day.  Their work of ensuring that tasks are allocated and equipment is ready certainly makes the day flow very well indeed. 

On behalf of the Grounds Committee thanks go to;

Rob Ackland, Leo Adamson, Ross Alford, Ali Burley, David Broeren, Frank Capozza, Caroline Carlisle, John Coates, Jon Colenso, Danielle Cotter, Ross Dawson, Toby Dodds, David Eales, Mark Felton, Suzie Gerard, Mitch & Harry Green, Philip Green, John Hattam, Louise Heathcote, Peter Hepworth, Leane Ipsen, Sam La Rosa, Petra & Steven Leaford, Bruce Martyn, Jan & James McIlwraith, Frank Metcalf, D Milne, Lisa & David Norden, Sue Pickett, John Prenc, Craig & Linda Richards, Keith Robinson, Vincent Sicari, Doug Sterry, Bill Taylor, Jeremy Taylor, Kylie Ward, Sue Washington, Tess & Georgia Williver,  Tony Zuzic, Danica, Celeste & Andelie  Zuzic.

John Coates

For the Grounds Committee

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Volleyball Jackets

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

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.

Year 7 Volleyball Competition

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 runs each Thursday from 4:15 until 4:55pm in the Eltham High Sports Stadium on Withers Way.

Volleyball training – Some changes

A revised training schedule has been place on the Volleyball information board in the Stadium Foyer.

Monday:        Year 9A boys and senior boys.

Tuesday:       Year 9B boys, Year 7 boys and Year 9A and B girls.

Wednesday:  Year 7 girls and Year 8B girls.

Thursday:     Year 8A girls and Year 8 boys A and B.

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

17 October      Year 8 Volleyball Round Robin

29 October      Year 8 Northern Zone Volleyball

30 October      Year 7 Northern Zone Volleyball

30 October      (2014) Intermediate Round Robin (Year 8 and 9 students)

26 November   Year 7and 8 State Volleyball Final

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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Career News

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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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:

·         Victorian Alcohol And Drug Association

o    EDAS First Response family forum

·         What about men?

o    After bushfire – talking to men

·         Free study for overweight young people looking for help

o    Staying Fit Project

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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Parents and Carers

Dates of interest for Diamond Valley College Bus Network

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:

 7     May

14  June

14  August

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

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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. 

Bruce Martyn

Business Manager

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Eltham Mudbrick Tour - 20 October, 2013

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.

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The following three programs are supported by the Banyule Council Youth Service and are free for young people to participate in:

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

Time: 4-6pm

For more info or to  register  email or call 94579855

Express Yourself

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

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Diamond Valley Athletics Club

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 or phone 0409 350 280

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Eltham Lacrosse Club

NEW players wanted in all age groups - ALL Welcome

Training:                                                 Games:

Boys Tuesday, Thursday 5:30pm               Boys Saturday mornings

Girls Wednesday, 5:30pm                         Girls Sunday mornings

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.

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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Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  4

Senior School News  4

Musical Notes  7

Working Bee  8

Sport  8

Career News  9

Notebook Initiative 2013   10

Wellbeing  10

Parents and Carers  11


Dates of interest for Diamond Valley College Bus Network  11

Entertainment Book   11



Eltham Mudbrick Tour - 20 October, 2013  11

FREE Girl’s Urban Art Program    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: 3


Extra Maths Help   4

Smart not Scattered   5

Weight Watchers  6

Topline Tennis Coaching  7

Yoga at Eltham High School 7












School Calendar


Tues 7

Whole School Assembly


Wed 8

EHS Community Choir


Tues 14

Year 8 Round Robin



Wed 15

EHS Community Choir


Fri 17

Curriculum Day (Student Free Day)


Mon 20

SAC Week

Year 9 Work Experience Preparation

Intermediate Band Tour


Wed 22

Year 7 Round Robin

TIS La Trobe University

EHS Community Choir

School Council


Thurs 23

NRM Athletics


Tues 28

Intermediate Round Robin


Wed 29

Unit 1 Concludes

EHS Community Choir


Thurs 30

Year 11 Exams Commence


Mon 3

Career Voyage Information Sessions

SAC Week


Tues 4

Crepe Day


Wed 5

EHS Community Choir


Thurs 6

Nillumbik / Banyule Division Cross Country

Mid-Year Concert


Fri 7

Unit 3 Finishes


Mon 10

Queen’s Birthday


Tues 11

Report Writing Day (Student Free Day)

Canteen Roster

Wed 8

Libby Field

Thu 9

Joanne Kesteser

Erin Russel

Fri 10

Kerrie Laing

Pip Charlton

Tracey Clark

Mon 13

Natasha Macleod

Kylie Ward

Tues 14

Mel Lomulder

Belinda Cavaleri


Upcoming Canteen Menu
Wed: Chicken Schnitzel

Thu: Lasagne

Fri: Minestrone Soup




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:


Student IT Team


Compass ID Cards and Lateness


Extra Maths Help


Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley College Bus Network


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


Missed a VCE Unit 1 or 3 SAC/SAT?
























Generations Tent 2013

Extra Maths Help

Extra Maths Help for Term 2 has commenced:

When:        Tuesday

Location:   Room 706

Time:         3:10pm - 4pm

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator


Smart not Scattered

After school support group to assist students with time management and organisation skills.

When:        Tuesday

Location:   Room 136

Time:        3:15pm – 3:45pm

Melissa Hughes
























Jenny Macklin MP addressing Eltham High School students in the commercial kitchen facilities.


After school Drama Ensembles have commenced:

When:       Tuesday / Thursday

Location:  111 Drama Space

Time:        3:30pm - 5 pm

George  Franklin

Art & Technology



Japanese Language Classes

Japanese Language Classes are available:

When:         Friday

Location:    Room 136

Time:          8:10am – 8:45am

Madame Hughes





Jenny Macklin MP answering questions from Eltham High School students.




Eltham High School Principal Mr Sicari showing Jenny Macklin MP around new school facilities.

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 Commenced Wednesday 24 April

1 hour sessions.  No experience required.

Where: room 408

Cost: $108

Instructor: Gillian Lazenby

Phone: 9444 0700

Register and pay at:

Title: Child's P