community news


TUESDAY 18 June 2013




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Absences:  9430 5299


End of Term: Friday 28 June 2013

2.30pm Finish

Principal’s Report           

Please support Gonski   

In the last few days, Education Minister Martin Dixon released a list of Victorian Government Schools that he says would be worse off under the Gonski Reforms when compared to the current funding arrangements. Eltham High School is not one of the schools on this list. The State Government’s modelling does not align with the modelling presented by the Federal Government based on the implementation of the Gonski recommendations whereby 2019 Eltham High School would see an increase in funding per student of 44.3%.

The Minister has refused to explain how he has calculated his figures whilst the Federal Government has guaranteed no school will lose a dollar. This is the latest attempt by the Victorian Government to stonewall a Gonski Agreement for our schools with blatant scaremongering among Victorian school communities. This is totally unacceptable and it is up to us to tell him so.

The Gonski funding arrangements would see more than $4 billion in extra funding for Victorian schools, with Government schools receiving over 80% of the new, ‘needs-based’ investment. The Federal Government has stated that all schools would receive increased funding under the Gonski Reforms. 

The only way any school would lose money under the Reforms is if the Victorian Government cut funding to State schools - something the Baillieu/Napthine Government has done every year since elected in 2010.

We need to take action now. Tell Minister Dixon and Premier Napthine to stop playing politics with our kids' futures and sign up to Gonski so that much-needed funds can be delivered to Victorian schools. 

By taking five minutes to make these calls, you can help ensure a fairer funding model for the young people in our school and for our Public Education System.

Tell the Government what you know - that extra funds would mean more individual attention, more resources and more support for the kids who need it most.  

  • Call Premier Napthine on 03 9651 5000 
  • Call Education Minister Martin Dixon on 03 9637 3196  
  • Call your local MP - click here for a phone list

Here's a link to some tips to help you make the call. It's up to us to make sure our Politicians deliver.

Student Achievement

Victorian Indonesian State Wide Speaking Competition (Sayembara Lisan):

Congratulations to Juweria Ahmed (Year 10, Stewart House), who received a Highly Commended Award at the Victorian Indonesian Teachers’ Association (VILTA), State Wide Speaking Competition (Sayembara Lisan). Juweria was one of a number of students state wide to be recognised for her skill in the language. Congratulations to all our other students that participated in the same Competition. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Parkville, in the Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre on Friday 28 June, from 6.00 -8.00 pm. I wish Juweria and her peers well with their ongoing study of the Indonesian Language.

Victorian State Schools’ Spectacular:

Congratulations to Adam Witbooi (Year 12, Everard House) who for the fourth time around has been selected as a Soloist in the Victorian State Schools’ Spectacular, 2013, to be held at the Hisense Arena on 27 July, 2013. Adam is a very talented young man with great plans and aspirations for his musical career. A detailed collection of Adam’s achievements and aspirations were published in last week’s edition of the Diamond Valley Leader – Review Lift out. I wish Adam all the very best with his future career path.

Basketball achievement:

Congratulations to Anneli Maley (Year 9, Everard House) who for the second year in a row has been selected for the Victorian Under 16s’ State Basketball Team. Of greater interest is Anneli’s selection as a Member of the Australian Junior Basketball Team which will compete in the Under 16s’ World Championships’ in Romania in 2014. Anneli is the youngest girl to be selected for the Team and she spent the long weekend training with the Team at the AIS in Canberra. I wish Anneli all the very best as she prepares for this great experience.

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

Student Services Update

As we move towards the end of the Term I would like to acknowledge the range of fantastic opportunities available to our students through the Student Services Team. Many of the programs involve a partnership with a Community Group, and the opportunities are targeted at students where there is a recognition that they would benefit from some further support.

Below is a summary of the programs that have run this Term. Programs for Term Three are being finalised. Further information about programs on offer are available through the Student Services Team:

Year 9 Personal Enrichment Program For Girls:

This program is aimed at challenging girls in Year 9 to think about how they can make a positive difference in the school by creating awareness about health issues that concern our students. Through Group Research Projects, the students work in teams to investigate a Mental Health concern in the school and explore the programs on offer in the community that will help our students. Students will also learn about their values and beliefs that shape their attitudes to life and learning and develop leadership skills. The program moves into a new phase of exploring personal significance and meaning.



Peer Mentoring:

Peer mentoring involves the leadership, support and follow up of students in the Junior School who require assistance in managing homework, developing friendship skills and relationships with their families. Year 10 students meet once a week with Year 7 students to provide support, care and attentive listening with a range of day to day concerns.

Girls Fitness Challenge/Boys Fitness Challenge:

This is a Fitness Program at Eltham Leisure Centre to promote the health and well-being of ‘at risk’ students in a supportive environment. Each session focuses on both individual and partner work. The session includes elements of resistance and cardiovascular exercises that varies each week.  Each session is run by a qualified, Certificate IV Personal Trainer and assisted by Youth Workers from the Shire of Nillumbik.

Grey Horse – Growth and Learning:

A five week Personal Development and Leadership program focusing on relationships, self-esteem and confidence building. The program offers learning experiences for young people, with horses acting as a focus tool, to help participants gain insight into their patterns of behaviour and thoughts. Participants work with up to three horses in an enclosed arena, undertaking activities that are designed to be both fun and challenging.

Drum Beat:

The program is run by an outside facilitator. The students learn African drumming through the 10 week program learning drum songs to promote collaboration and increased levels of focus and commitment. They participate in drum games with analogies that support engagement and teamwork; discussions linked to healthy relationships that encourage personal reflection, improvisation that supports creative approaches to new challenges and a performance that provides recognition of achievement and a link to the Community.

Fran Mullins

Assistant Principal

Senior School News

New VCE Subject – VCE Extended Investigation

Extended Investigation is a new VCE subject at Eltham High School which will be a scored study in 2014.  The subject has been piloted at Eltham High through VCAA for 2 years with much success.  The subject is a Unit 3/4 sequence only and is available to all Year 11 and 12 students.

The focus of the subject is on students developing and conducting a research project in an area of interest to them.  Students are able to pursue almost any area of interest through their investigation.  The research project is an individual project although students work collaboratively to support each other through the research process.  Students are taught skills including developing research questions, critical thinking, research ethics and method design, academic writing and presentation.  Eltham High School has also developed a partnership with La Trobe University who pair Extended Investigation students with a university based academic mentor.  The skills taught in this subject are of benefit not only in other VCE subjects but as students’ transition to higher education.


Further details are available in the Senior School Subject Selection Handbook.  Anyone who would like further information can also speak to Ms Clarke (Office Room 304), Mrs Reed and Madame Hughes (both in Room 144), all of whom teach the subject.


Loren Clarke & Katie Reed

Extended Investigation Teachers


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Middle School News

Middle School Examination period: 17 June - 21 June 2013

Examinations are compulsory for all subjects.

Starting times: Each examination commences with a 10 minute reading period which is included in the times shown on your timetable.

Venues: The Performance Centre and designated classrooms, as indicated on students’ Compass schedules.

Students are not required at school during the examination week except when they have an examination scheduled or in the following circumstance: 

·         If students have an examination in periods 1 and 2, and none in periods 3 and 4, but have an examination scheduled for periods 5 and 6, they must remain at school for the whole school day. These students will be supervised in designated rooms during periods 3 and 4, and they are expected to use this time to study for their forthcoming examinations.

Students are not required at school until their first scheduled examination for the day. 

Students are not required at school after their last scheduled examination for the day.

Students are required to be at school 15 minutes prior to the commencement of their examinations.

Students will be issued with an examination schedule electronically. Copies of the examination timetable will be posted around the school, and are also published below. All students should have their examination timetable on their Compass schedule by Tuesday 4 June 2013.

Please note that if there are any issues in relation to the examinations, please contact the Middle School Office.



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Enhancement Information Night: Current Year 9 Students


When:   Monday 24 June 2013

Time:    8.00pm – 9.30pm

Where: Eltham High School Performance Centre


The Enhancement Information Night will inform current Year 9 students about the enhancement opportunities available in 2014.  If your child has any interest in studying an enhancement subject it is very important they attend this Information Night.  Please note this information session will follow on from the VCE Information session for our current Year 10 students.

Subject Displays will be open from 7.30pm and students attending the Enhancement Information Night are most welcome to view these displays and speak to teachers before the Information session.




VCE & VCAL Information Nights - Current Year 10 Students


VCE Information Night


VCAL Information Night

When:   Monday 24 June 2013

Time:    7.00pm – 9.30pm

Where: Eltham High School

             Performance Centre

When:   Wednesday 26 June 2013

Time:    7.00pm – 8.00pm

Where: Eltham High School

             Performance Centre


The VCE and VCAL Information Nights will inform current Year 10 students about the VCE and VCAL opportunities available in 2014.  It is important for all current Year 10 students to attend the VCE Information Night, and if they are considering completing the VCAL Course, then they should also attend the VCAL Information Night.

Jodie Sutton

Middle School Team Leader


Deakin University Study (REVAMP): Attention All Families with a Child in Years 7-9

Earlier this term, all families with a child in Years 7-9 should have received a Survey from Deakin University asking about their views of their local neighbourhood and their use of local parks.

If you have already completed this Survey and returned it to us we thank you for your time.

If you have not completed this Survey, this is a reminder to complete it as soon as possible.

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.

If you have misplaced your survey, please contact Dr Jenny Veitch: or call Elly Fletcher on 9244 5019 and we will send a survey to you.

We greatly value your input to this important study.

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health

Deakin University

Junior School News

Year 7 City Experience Camps

Year 7 City Experience Camps will be taking place in August this year. Year 7 classes will be divided into three groups, with each class attending camp on the dates shown below:

·         Camp One: Wednesday July 31 – Friday August 2: 7A, 7B & 7C       

·         Camp Two: Wednesday August 7 – Friday August 9: 7D, 7F & 7H     


·         Camp Three: Wednesday August 14 – Friday August 16: 7E & 7G


You will receive further paperwork (consent forms, gear list, program, transport information etc.) towards the end of this Term. If you have any questions about the Year 7 City Experience Camp please contact Ross McKinnon on 94305111.

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Team Leader


Victorian Indonesian Teachers’ Association State Wide Indonesian Speaking Competition 2013

A record number of 21, Years 8 – 10 students from Eltham High School challenged themselves by competing in Round One of the ’Victorian Indonesian Teachers' Association State Wide Indonesian Speaking Competition 2013’, which is largely dominated by private schools. 13 students successfully qualified for Round Two of this Competition which was held on Saturday 25 May, at the Sydney Myer Asia Centre. We thank all students who took advantage of this opportunity, and as one parent pointed out, especially those who gave up their Saturday to attend this event.

The Finalists were:

Bill Burgess 8D                                   Liam Samat 9L

Ebony Turner 8A                                Madi McCormack 9F

Jes Broeren 8D                                  Venetia Kvalic 9D

Alanah Chapman 9H                          Dani Wiles 10J

Josh Logan 9A                                    Juweira Ahmed 10B

Lewis Uwland 9G                               Ummi Suufi10C

Congratulations to Juweria Ahmed, who achieved an award in the Highly Commended Category for Year 10 Indonesian.  I would like to thank Bu Sha and Pak Jeremy for their assistance in helping to organise this event and for making it such a significant and successful experience for our students.

Eltham High Middle School Languages Link with Eltham Primary School

On Tuesday 4 June, our Year 9 Indonesian students visited Eltham Primary School to run a ‘Languages Games Workshop’ in Indonesian for the Grade 6 classes. Our students had worked hard to create and prepare language games based on the vocabulary taught by Ibu Cate Stuart, Indonesian teacher at Eltham Primary School. 18 of our students managed 60 very keen and simply gorgeous Grade 6 students for an hour. Our students were able to display their language, creativity, organisational and team skills in running this Workshop. Several students also demonstrated leadership skills by leading each of the sub-groups.  This event was a great success and students from both schools enjoyed teaching and learning languages whilst having fun. The teachers at Eltham Primary School commented favourably on the way our students conducted and organised themselves as well as the Grade 6 students. I would like to thank Ibu Cate and the staff at Eltham Primary School for enabling our students to continue the languages link with our Primary School, and our students for their enthusiasm and passion for learning Indonesian and for sharing this so readily and enthusiastically with the Grade 6 students.

Pompa Brady

Indonesian Teacher


Musical Notes


All are welcome to come and listen to our senior students perform their pieces for their study units:

When:             19 June (Unit 3 Group and individual)

Where:            Room 111 (Drama space)

Time:               7.00pm

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Box Hill Salvation Army Concert

This is a fund raiser for the Salvos:

When:             Sunday 23 June

Where:            17-23 Nelson Road BOX HILL

Time:               2.15pm

Our Symphonic Band will be performing along with Lynlee Williams, one of our talented music teachers, and the Box Hill Salvation Army Citadel Band. Tickets are $10 Adult, children under 16 free.  Tickets are available from the Music Office.

Music Support Group Raffle

Amazing prizes - tickets $5 each, and available from the Music Office.

Small Chamber Evening

When:             Wednesday 26 June

Where:            Room 111 (Drama space)

Time:               7.00pm

Entry:              Gold Coin Donation

The following groups will be performing: Junior Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Junior Jazz Choir, Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Tuba Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, VCE Jazz Quartet, VCE soloists and the Community Choir!

AMEB Exams

AMEB exam rehearsals are under way.  Students and parents please check for emails confirming times and also check Compass for time entry. It is VERY important that you are prompt in coming to the rehearsal on time.  The schedules for the accompanists are very tight to minimize time out of class and maximize the full benefit of the opportunity.  Exams are next week!

If you have any queries about any of the items mentioned above or the Music Program please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127 or email Jill at

Rick Plummer
Director of Music

Working Bee Update

On what started out as a fairly damp and cool Sunday morning, nearly 40 volunteers attended a very successful Working Bee on Sunday 16 June.  Perhaps it was the cool weather that encouraged people to work hard to keep warm.  It wasn’t too long before the weather brightened up into what became a beautiful sunny morning.  The groups working around the school certainly appeared to be enjoying themselves and made light work of their various tasks.

Over the morning teams worked on a number of tasks.  In the area between the Stadium and English block one group was charged with finishing off one planter box and starting off another one; this one will be completed at the next Working Bee.  In some of the already completed garden beds, the soil has been dug over and a liberal sprinkling of gypsum has been applied to help break down the heavy clay.  Bollards around the garden beds have been stained to keep these in good condition.  It will not be too long before these areas will be ready to be planted out. 

Just a side note - do you know where we can obtain some good soil to fill these planter boxes?  If you have any contacts for good (and cheap) soil for our garden beds, do give me a call.


Other teams worked on pruning, mulching and planting around the 400s Block and Arts Courtyard.  This has made these areas much more attractive. 

Special thanks for the following volunteers who worked hard during the day to help make the school environment that much nicer place:

Leo Adamson, Marian Birkett, Bronwyn & Michael Cervinka, John Coates, Veronica Curmi, Ben Dawes, David Eales, Barry Gration,  Philip Green, Jo, Shane, Ryan & Alex Grigg, Peter Hepworth, Francine Jones, Kamilla, Richard & Theresa Laxton, Leanne Lillie,  Jim & Jan McIlwraith, Frank Medcalf ,Chris Morrison,  Simon Maurdev, Tim Natoli, Lisa & Dave Norden, Maurine Orders, Alison Raven with Sebastian & Natasha, David Snell, Trevor Trotter, Craig Wall, Sharon Way, Toni Zuzic

Thanks also to the Canteen staff for providing food for the day.

If you haven’t been to a Working Bee before, do come along to the next one that is on 18 August.  If you haven’t already nominated for a Working Bee do think about it and send me an email with your details so that we can send out reminders to you.

Eltham High School Building Fund

With the end of the Financial Year coming upon us, have you considered making a tax deductable donation to the Building Fund?  All donations over $2 are tax deductable and your money will be used to support improved facilities for our students. 

The money received by the Building Fund allows us to improve the build facilities around the school.  Over the recent years the school has committed significantly to providing better learning spaces for our students.  In particular, with the placing of data projectors and speakers in virtually all learning spaces.  Classroom spaces have been modernised and a Program has commenced to provide cooling systems in rooms.

There remain areas where the school still has work to do:

·         Firstly, to continue with the installation of cooling systems to make areas much more pleasant during what is becoming much hotter summers.  The more funds available, the quicker the whole school can be completed. 

·         The other priority is to use some of the Building Fund to assist with the ‘fitting off’ of the Performance Centre.  Seating and acoustic treatment are important aspects that are still to be completed.  We will be setting up a Cooperative to make a sizable contribution to fund this work.  However, with changes to the way Cooperatives are organised we must now make a considerable financial contribution from the Building Fund so that we can commit to this work.

We do hope that you can make a tax deductable donation to the Eltham High School Building Fund to help with the continual improvement of our student facilities.

Bruce Martyn

Business Manager


Level One Volleyball Referee Course

Week 2 of the Volleyball Referees Course will be held this Wednesday at 3.20pm in room 203.

Training for Victorian Schools’ Cup

All teams should ensure they attend training in the lead up to the Victorian ria Volleyball Schools’ Cup taking place 26 – 28 July; only 4 training weeks left.


Shirts, shorts and jackets should arrive soon.

Knee Pads

Any student new to the Volleyball Program this year should receive knee pads. If you haven’t got your knee pads yet please see Mr Thomas.


Important Volleyball Dates for 2013:

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


An update on some of our past students/volleyball stars:

Igor Yudin is now in Russia and playing for the Russian Team; Sam Brisbane is playing at a College in Canada; Lena Skipper is playing volleyball in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sophie Paine is about to head off to take up a Volleyball Scholarship at the University of Houston in Texas and Jordan Richards is heading off to the Netherlands in August to play for a Professional Club Team. We wish them all the best of luck. Any past students reading this please email me and tell me of your achievements.

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

Career News

Year 9 Work Experience:  Monday 2 December – Friday 13 December

Although it is a long way off, why not think about placements now for December? To start with have a look at the Employer File sent to all Year 9 students which list, by occupation, placements other students have undertaken. Have a think about how far you are willing to travel and whether you would like one or two employers for this period. Forms are available from outside the Careers Office (next to Drama) and need to be fully completed before returning to the Careers’ Office. You do not need to organise the Principal’s signature as this is done once the form has been checked and approved by Mr Pringle. Good luck and get in early to avoid the rush!

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 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

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 1300 662 087 (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


Seeking Accommodation/Board for a Senior Female Student in Local Area

Please contact Louise Heathcote (Student Services Leader) on 9439 5123 if you think you can, or know of any suitable person who could provide board for a senior female student of Eltham High School.

Girl Talk Yoga

A yoga class for gorgeous young women, ages 16 to 21.

Yoga is all about balance and building up strength and flexibility.  It also supports organ health and relaxation. 

Yoga is a great balancer for Years 10, 11 and 12 and University life, studying or life generally!

When: Wednesdays 7 – 8pm (Free Introductory Class)

Where: Eltham

Numbers are limited to 9 and newcomers are always welcome.

For more information contact Natalie Will on 0415823998.

Louise Heathcote
Student Services Leader

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:

14  August

Term Dates are:

Term 2:                Finish    28 June 2.10pm

Term 3                 Start 15 July          

Finish 20 September at 2.10pm

Term 4                 Start 7 October

                            Last day for buses 19 December at 3.00pm

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





Community Bus School Holiday Bus Timetable!

Catch the community bus this school holidays

School Holiday Bus

A community bus will be running for four days during the next July school holidays connecting the St Andrews and Panton Hill areas to Hurstbridge and the train. This will assist high school aged children, and other residents to get around the Shire to places they need to be. The bus will travel along the same route as the Saturday Bus, and coincide with the Hurstbridge train times.

School Holiday Dates:

Tuesday 2 July

Friday 5 July

Tuesday 9 July

Friday 12 July

Look out for upcoming timetable information on the Saturday Bus Facebook page, Nillumbik Shire Council Facebook page, Young People of Nillumbik Facebook page and throughout the local community at general stores, post offices and the Hurstbridge train station.

For more information about the holiday timetable, or the Saturday Bus please contact Kate Beckford, Project Officer for Community Transport, Nillumbik Shire Council on 9433 3156, or email

Our drivers

All our volunteer drivers:

·         Are friendly and helpful

·         Are fully trained and registered Council volunteers

·         have a medical certificate

·         have a police check

·         have a Working with Children’s Check

Saturday Bus

The Community Saturday Bus has been running every Saturday since 2011. Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with the Saturday Bus Committee has successfully been operating a bus with the help and commitment from a group of trained Council volunteer drivers.

The aim of the bus is to assist teenagers from the rural areas to access the Hurstbridge train station. There is currently no public transport option available to residents who live beyond the Hurstbridge train line.




























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“How Old Is Too Old To Learn Through Play?”


The workshop will explore parent concerns of transition from Primary to Secondary School settings and how we support them throughout.


Delivered By:  Marc Armitage – Independent Playworking Consultant


Date:               Saturday 22 June 2013

Time:               10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Venue:            Hurstbridge Learning Co-operative Primary School

                        10 Laceys Road Hurstbridge Vic 3099


Cost:               $70 (Morning Tea and Lunch Provided)

Contact:          Sabdha Pink Charlton

















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Principal’s Report            1

Assistant Principal’s Report  2

Senior School News  3

Middle School News  4

Junior School News  6

Languages  7

Musical Notes  7

Working Bee Update  8

Eltham High School Building Fund   9

Sport  9

Career News  10

Notebook Initiative 2013   11

Wellbeing  11

Parents and Carers  12

Entertainment Book   12


School Calendar  2

School Absences  2

Canteen Roster  3

Upcoming Canteen Menu  3

Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on: 4

Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure  4

Extra Maths Help  4

Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley Bus Network  4

Year 7 Camp 2013  4

Malaysia Language Safari 2013 Trip  4

Girltalk Yoga  4

Smart not Scattered   4

Extra Maths Help   6

Drama  6

Japanese Language Classes  7

Topline Tennis Coaching  9

Weight Watchers  9

Yoga at Eltham High School 10







School Calendar


Mon 17 – Fri 21

Middle School Examination Week


Wed 19

School Council Meeting

Unit 3 Group & Individual Recitals – 7.00pm


Thu 20

Year 7 Expo: 5.00pm – 7.00pm


Mon 24

VCE Year 10 into Year 11 Information Evening: 7pm – 8.00pm

Enhancement Information Evening: 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Subject Displays open: 7.30pm – 9.30pm


Wed 26

VCAL Information Night: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Chamber Ensemble performances


Fri 28

End of Term 2: 2.30pm finish




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




Canteen Roster

Wed 19

Leisa James

Christine Williams

Thu 20

Kathryn Phillips

Joanne Briggs

Fri 21

Sally Edwards

Volunteer needed

Mon 24

Victoria Weale

Dianne Milankovic

Tue 25

Kate Wall

Volunteer needed

Wed 26

Matthew Watts

Christine Williams













Upcoming Canteen Menu

Wed: Wedges

Thu: Sushi & Nacho’s

Fri: Hamburgers





Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:


Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure

Extra Maths Help

Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley Bus Network

Year 7 Camp 2013

Malaysia Language Safari 2013 Trip

Girltalk Yoga

















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





2012 Mercury: $20

Available from the School Cashier




























Extra Maths Help

Extra Maths Help for Term 2 has commenced:

When: Tuesday

Location: Room 706

Time: 3.10pm – 4.00pm

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator






















After school Drama Ensembles have commenced:

When: Tuesday/Thursday

Location: 111 Drama Space

Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm

George Franklin

Art/Technology KLA Co-ordinator






Japanese Language Classes

Japanese Language Classes are available:

When: Friday

Location: Room 136

Time: 8.10am – 8.45pm

Madame Hughes













Year 9 Students attending the ‘Languages Games Workshop’ at Eltham Primary School










Eltham High School Music Support Group Annual Raffle

Each year the music support group hold a raffle to raise funds for Eltham High School’s music program. Tickets are usually sold only on the night of the school bands mid-year concert, but this year we’re making raffle tickets available to the whole school to purchase. 

What you could win!!!

* 2 A Reserve tickets to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performance of ‘Passion of Tristan and Isolde’.

* 2 A Reserve tickets to any Arts Centre Melbourne performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

* 2 tickets to the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Melbourne performance of ‘The Book of Everything’. 27 Nov – 22 Dec.

* 2 audience tickets to channel NINE’s The Footy Show, live recording.

* Makeup & hair services voucher from award winning makeup artist Tracy Bradley - value $200.

* Paul Mitchell hair care products pack - value

* Dining voucher to ELEMENT Restaurant, Lower Plenty – value $100.

* Dining voucher to Henry Hursts, Hurstbridge – value $40.

* Winery experience voucher and wine pack from selected Yarra Valley wineries.

* Facial treatment voucher from VYVE Body & Skin Eltham.                                                    Vyve are also offering a 15% discount to any student at EHS, as an ongoing offer to our school, just present your compass ID card.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Music Office












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










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


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

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Reminder to parents of ALL year 7 Students

Notebook Instalment No. 4:

Due: 1 June 2013

Amount: $150

Contact Cashier: 94305118




Girltalk Yoga

Loving yourself

Loving life!

These yoga classes are designed to help students learn some of the basics of Yoga.  Each week we will explore some of the main postures and central themes of yoga to enhance our daily lives and wellbeing.  Come to learn more about your natural posture, natural medicine, core strength, meditation and deep breathing!

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Starting: 3 June 2013

When:  Mondays 3.20 – 4.00pm

Where: Room 134

Eltham High School

Cost: $5 per class or $20 for 4 weeks 

Phone Natalie Will on 0415 823 998 for bookings & inquiries

Facilitated by Natalie Will - Oki-do Yoga teacher, acrobat and dancer trained in Psychology, Remedial Massage and Dance Movement Therapy