TERM 3 WEEK 4
TUESDAY 06 AUGUST 2013
30-60 WITHERS WAY ELTHAM VICTORIA 3095
PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL: email@example.com
Absences: 9430 5299
‘Eisteddfod by the Bay’ Competition:
Congratulations to our Junior Choir on their performance at the ‘Eisteddfod by the Bay’ Competition on Thursday, 1 August, where they were awarded 2nd place. The choir competed against a number of other choirs from around the State, and receiving this excellent recognition for their skill and talent was very pleasing for both our students and their conductor, Ms Lynlee Williams. I thank Ms Williams for her ongoing support and guidance, and I look forward to hearing more of the choir’s performance achievements in the coming weeks. A great effort, well done to all!
Federal Government Funding Reform: Gonski
As you have probably heard by now, Premier Napthine has signed on to the Federal Government’s Funding Reform, however, with some compromises.
The Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development commented:
“The announcement by the Victorian and Federal Governments to provide an additional $12.2 billion dollars to Victorian schools from next year to 2019 is historic.
It allows for funding to grow at an average of 4 per cent per student each year, and provides six years of funding certainty against which schools can better plan.
It also commits the Commonwealth to amend the Australian Education Act 2013 to reduce its power to unilaterally set education policy and intervene in the operation of schools.”
I take this opportunity to thank all members of our school community that supported the ongoing lobbying of our State Government to sign on to the Reform Funding. I am sure that it helped get us over the line.
What remains are lots of questions to be answered. As a system, we will work through these, and as a school, we will make the best possible decisions that will support us to meet the needs of our young people in order to enhance student learning and achievement. These additional funds are for our kids!
Symphonic Band Tour
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Symphonic Band, their conductor Mr Rick Plummer, and all the other support staff all the very best as they set off on their tour to Adelaide this coming Sunday, 11 August. I understand that they have a range of varied performances which will provide additional opportunities for the students to perfect their skills for the upcoming season of competitions in early September. I wish them a safe trip and look forward to hearing about their experiences on their return.
Nillumbik Health - Community Participation and Engagement Group (PEG)
I am very honoured to represent our community on the Nillumbik Health – Community Participation and Engagement Group (PEG), the role of which is to guide the Management Team and Board of Directors of Nillumbik Health on how to facilitate Community Participation and Engagement, to enable Nillumbik Health Service to meet the health service needs in the community. The group, consisting of a number of community representatives and Nillumbik Health, intends to provide a forum for the community to provide input on:
· Health service operations
· Policy Development and
· Quality activities and outcomes to improve community engagement and consumer (as defined in the Victorian Government Policy “Doing it with us not for us” 2010-2013) experience.
The “Consumer” in the Nillumbik Health context refers to a current or potential ‘Client or Patient’ of the service.
The Community PEG sets out to achieve a clear Engagement and Participation pathway to Nillumbik Health and vice versa, and is considered an invaluable tool to both Management and the Board in ascertaining community interest in proposed health service developments.
Eltham High School has close affiliations with a number of areas of service at Nillumbik Health that supports both our students and families. However, there are a vast range of other services available to the community that I was not even aware of, and I wonder how many people know about these services, or know how to access them.
From time to time I will be including some information in my Newsletter Report relating to my work on the PEG, to keep you informed and to engage your participation so that, through the PEG I can feed back to Management and the Board of Nillumbik Health, your views on how the services provided best meet your needs.
Student Progress Interviews
The Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews will be across two sessions:
Wednesday, 21 August: 4.00pm-7.00pm
Tuesday, 27 August: 11.00am -7.00pm
(No scheduled classes on this day, however, students are required to attend interviews with their parents/guardians)
Bookings will be available via Compass after Monday, 12 August. We encourage all students to attend the interviews with their parents/guardians.
Year 12 ‘Ace Your Exams’ & ‘Study Calm’ Workshops
Day/Date: Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Time: 1.15pm – 3.10pm
This is a compulsory program for all Year 12 students.
Students are required to carefully check the venue for each session and bring a pen to the workshops. The class rolls will be marked in both sessions. There is a $20.00 cost to students for this activity. Parents/guardians are requested to please finalise payment for this activity by Friday, 9 August via the Compass Portal.
Students will attend two workshop sessions:-
‘Ace Your Exams’:
The ‘Ace Your Exams’ Seminar, facilitated by Elevate Education, examines what students need to do in the lead up to exams in order to be properly prepared. The seminar also covers a range of exam room skills including:
· Effective preparation - Students are introduced to 8 steps used by the state's top students to prepare for an exam.
· Fixing mistakes - Students are shown how to identify exactly what they're doing wrong on mock exams and practice papers, and how to ensure these mistakes are not made in the exam room.
· Allocation of time - Students are taken through a step-by-step process to ensure preparation is completed in advance to prevent last minute cramming.
· Exam room techniques - Including stress management, planning, time allocation and how to tailor a succinct, focused answer.
‘Study Calm’ Workshop:
The ‘Study Calm’ Workshop, to be facilitated by Felstead Education, is designed for students undertaking senior studies. It is a practical workshop aimed at enhancing both the academic performance and overall well-being of students, assisting them to deal with the pressures and demands in the lead-up to the final assessment period. By learning and practising specific techniques, the aim is for students to be able to:
· Reduce their levels of stress, tension and anxiety.
· Better cope with the demands of their studies.
· Improve their problem solving capacity.
· Enhance their memory and concentration skills.
· Develop a greater feeling of overall well-being.
· Maintain calmness in challenging conditions.
· Improve their self-confidence.
Day/Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Periods: 1 - 4
Venue: Performance Centre
The workshop is aimed at reducing the road toll and trauma on young drivers, and helping students to survive and enjoy the independence of driving. The program will include: Peer Workshops, a Road Safety Presentation facilitated by Victoria Police and a Melbourne Fire Brigade case study.
Students will remain in the same groups as listed for periods 1-2 for the duration of the program; students are requested to check their email for detailed instructions.
This is a compulsory event for all Year 11 students. Parents/guardians are requested to please finalise payment for this activity by Friday, 9 August via the Compass Portal.
Year 10 students undertaking an Enhancement study during these periods are requested to attend the program with their Year 11 class.
Senior School Leader
Middle School Subject Selections
To be Completed by Thursday, 15 August 2013
All current Year 8 students and Year 9 students must complete their Middle School subject selections on-line. The range of electives available in Year 9 and Year 10 is listed in the Middle School handbook. The handbook can be accessed from the EHS web page and details the course content of each subject.
Subject selections must be completed on-line as well as a signed, printed copy of the subject selections to be returned to the Middle School Office by Thursday, 15 August 2013.
Middle School Team Leader
Attention: All Middle School Students with Lockers Numbered 1 -198
Could all Middle School students, who have a locker in the roller door bays, numbers 1 – 198, please empty their locker, after school, on Monday, 26 August. On Tuesday, 27 August, which is a student free day, the roller doors will be repaired. To do this all the lockers have to be moved and it will help a great deal if the lockers are empty. Thank you for your co-operation.
Middle School Team Leader
Edmodo and Compass Training for Parents
Both Edmodo and Compass are internet based software programs that are used extensively in Year 7 at Eltham High School. Members of the Year 7 team are offering parents the opportunity to build their understanding and skills of these programs by providing a ‘hands on’ training session to support the use of the parent accounts. In particular we will focus on:
· Accessing your parent account
· Tracking you child’s work
· Supporting your child accessing resources and uploading work.
· Support your child using an online planner.
· Accessing your child’s submitted work and feedback.
· Accessing the weekly Edmodo parent blog.
· General troubleshooting (questions welcome).
· Accessing your parent account.
· Keeping up to date with school news and events.
· Contacting teachers.
· Giving permission and paying for excusions.
· Monitoring attendance and approving absences.
Details of the training session:
Date: Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Location: Please meet at reception at 5.50pm. The training will occur
in the computer labs in the 400s block.
If you wish to attend please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as places are limited to the number of computers we have available. Whilst this event is targeted at Year 7 parents, parents from other year levels are welcome to attend.
Year 7 Integrated Studies Team
Year 7 City Experience Camps
The Year 7 City Experience Camps are now underway. Please ensure all appropriate paperwork has been returned, and payments finalized. There are two things on the equipment list that are worth emphasizing:
· Make sure your suitcase is small/light/easy to carry (because that is what you will be doing!)
· Make sure you have practical footwear.
I hope students are looking forward to the camps as much as I am!
Year 10 Indonesian Class Excursion to “Why Learn Indonesian Forum” and Indonesian Restaurant
Our Year 10 Indonesian students attended the ‘Why Learn Indonesian Forum” on Friday, 2 August: an event organised by the Victorian Teachers’ Association and sponsored by DEECD. This was a highly successful event, with over 500 Middle School students of Indonesian coming together from all over Melbourne.
The Forum featured a number of speakers, addressing topics such as:
· The Indonesian Government’s perspective on why learning Indonesian is important for Australian students
· University opportunities for Indonesian
· Work opportunities for Indonesian speakers
· Work opportunities and careers in the ADF for Indonesian speakers
· VCAA scaling for languages
The Forum ended with an Indonesian Music Performance by the Indonesian Melbourne Musicians’ Network.
We then went on to enjoy lunch at the Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant in Hawthorn, where the food was not only cheap but absolutely enak! Our students had the opportunity to order their food in Indonesian. Lunch was followed by a trip to the Laguna Indonesian Supermarket where our students were introduced to food and grocery items that are used daily by Indonesians; our students enjoyed buying and trying different produces.
The day was both productive and fun, delivering first-hand information to our students on the importance of learning a second language and providing an opportunity to enjoy a great Indonesian food experience.
I would like to thank all students who participated in this event, David Dunn our resident photographer, and Mr Tim Natoli, for accompanying our students and assisting in this annual event.
Year 10 and Year 11 Indonesian Northbound Student Program
Indo Austay Limited is organising its sixth Northbound Student Exchange Program for Australian students studying Indonesian in Year 10 and Year 11. It will allow students to experience homestays in Indonesia, with Indonesian families, and be immersed in the language and culture of Indonesia. The program will run from December 7, 2013 - January 18, 2014. More information can be obtained from the Compass Newsfeed. This is a great opportunity to fast track your skills in Indonesian and to experience what is a vibrant, exciting and beautiful country.
Australian Mathematics Competition 2013
The 2013 Australian Mathematics Competition took place on Thursday, 1 August. Over 30 Eltham High School students competed in this significant event, organised by the Australian Mathematics Trust and the University of Canberra. All competitors will receive a certificate and a detailed report on their mathematical and problem solving skills which were tested by sitting the competition. Congratulations to all participants and well done. I would also like to thank Mrs Tania Cocco for supervising the event.
Year 8 Maths Games Day 2013
Adam Buckingham, Bailey Hume, Holly Johnson, Indigo McKinnon, Leif Sundstrom, Sarah Townsend and Ebony Turner formed Eltham High School’s two teams for the Interschool Year 8 Maths Games Day on Monday, 29 July at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Keilor. Approximately 55 teams from more than 30 Government and Independent schools competed. Our teams scored well and should feel proud of their achievements, particularly as one of our teams achieved a score higher than 60% of all teams on the day. Thank you to all our students for their efforts on the day, including several Year 8 students who were on standby, should they be needed, and Jon Baly for accompanying the teams on the day.
Maths KLA Coordinator
Symphonic Band Tour to Adelaide:
Sunday 11 August – Saturday, 17 August
This week we have the Symphonic Band preparing for their tour to Adelaide. The band will be leaving on Sunday, 11 August and returning on Saturday, 17 August. Their schedule is a busy one, with lots of performance opportunities. We look forward to hearing all 'the news' on their return.
‘Eisteddfod by the Bay’ Competition
Last Thursday our Junior Choir participated in the 'Eisteddfod by the Bay' Competition. The Choir came 2nd with their conductor, Ms Lynlee Williams, being very pleased with their performance. Congratulations to all!
Stage and Jazz Band South Street Rehearsal Day
On Sunday, 4 August our Stage and Jazz Bands had a South Street Rehearsal Day at Eltham High School. This was an opportunity to fine tune their pieces before they perform in the Royal South Street Competition in early September.
After School Program
A reminder that there are a few places available for voice lessons with Louisa Rankin.
There is also a vacancy for piano tuition on a Tuesday afternoon with Natalie Bartsch.
If you are interested in these or any other aspect of the Music Program please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127 or email Jill at email@example.com
The Grounds Committee has scheduled the one and only Working Bee for Term 3 on Sunday, 18 August, from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm, with both morning tea and barbeque lunch provided. As usual, we have a broad range of activities planned that will, once completed, enhance the look of the School grounds. As well as a range of construction tasks planned, there will be lots of the predictable maintenance jobs that will need to be addressed. It is hoped that families who have nominated for this event will be contacted by me for their confirmation in terms of attendance and job preference. The following tasks have been prioritised for this event:
1. Rails and tops to be attached to the raised box garden adjacent to the Stadium complex. Carpentry skills will be required.
2. A short section of post and pipe fence needs to be erected on the west side of the new school building. Crowbars, shovels and spirit levels will be required.
3. Placement of 4m3 of soil in the raised box gardens on the south side of the Stadium complex.
4. A quantity of soil needs to be moved away from the brick wall adjacent to Room 601.
5. Pruning, weeding and mulching in a range of locations across the campus complex.
6. Staining of the remaining bollards in the Central Courtyard complex and around the Pin-Oak adjacent to the bike shed.
7. Brush cutting and mowing in a range of locations across the campus complex.
8. Paving around the edges of the raised box garden adjacent to the Canteen.
9. Weeding and pruning in the Environmental area adjacent to the tennis courts.
10. The wire fence on the western side of the back oval needs to be repaired and re-tensioned.
Please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the Stadium or on the back oval. 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 and your drink bottle on the day
I look forward to your anticipated support on Sunday, 18 August.
For the Grounds Committee
The Victorian Schools’ Volleyball Cup
Following the announcement last week of Eltham High School’s success at the Victorian Schools’ Volleyball Cup, we have now received the official scores. Not only did we win the Victoria Schools’ Cup, but we won it by a very comfortable margin:
Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup: 8 – 13 December
Teams selected to represent Eltham High School at the Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup in December will be displayed on the volleyball notice board later this week.
AVSC T-Shirt Competition
Students are invited to submit designs for this year’s Australian Schools’ Cup T-shirt Competition. The winning design will be printed on our Eltham High School T-shirt, to be worn by our players and coaches at the Nationals this year. The design should include “Eltham High Volleyball” and will need to be handed in to Mr Thomas by Friday, 23 August.
Important Volleyball Dates for 2013:
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).
Volleyball/Elite Sports Coordinator
Eltham High School Swimming Squad
Training for the school Swimming Squad has now started. To join in, be on the pool deck at the Eltham Leisure Centre at 7.00 am. Coach Neroli Nixon will take swimmers through stroke correction and work on fitness, whilst at the same time, work at having fun with a great team of swimmers. We are planning this year’s ‘Lapathon’ for early Term 4, so now’s the time to get in the pool and build up your lap count. Squad hoodies are also being organised, so please get your payment slip back ASAP. Don’t miss out! For further information please contact Phil Boyd on 9430 5265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior School Coordinator
Financial statements are being mailed home this week, together with a summary of your child’s personal information held in our database.
A small portion of the School’s Government Funding is determined by this information, so please check the information listed, ensuring an email address is provided for Adult A and B (used for Compass and correspondence), as well an email address for the Family Billing.
Please return the signed form to the General Office as soon as possible (even if the information is unchanged).
A reminder to notify the school of any changes to your child’s medical, contact, accommodation details etc., throughout the year, by emailing the School Registrar at email@example.com.
Pease note the following dates are Diamond Valley College student free days for the remainder of 2013. Buses will NOT run on these days and times will alter for END of terms.
Diamond Valley College student free day: 14 August
Last day for buses 19 December at 3.00pm
Eltham Psychology Clinic - Parenting Group
Peace for parents at their wits end: A group for parents experiencing distressing relationships with a child or adolescent.
Parents who feel they have lost, or are losing, their relationship with their child.
The goal of this group:
To educate parents about the nature of the pain in their relationships with their children, including the effect of:
· Misleading expectations
· Recurring disappointment
· Feelings of anger, failure and rejection
Sample of topics:
The Invisible Twin: How expectations create emotional pain
Even before birth parents think about how their child will be. Mostly these ideas are built on how parents see themselves – their values, dreams and goals. When these expectations are too strong, the child is born with the perfect, but invisible, twin that they are meant to be. When their real child deviates from this expected pattern, the child becomes a disappointment and a problem.
Recognising and enjoying differences
Childrens’ interests and passions are a “waste of time”. Their dislike of interests that parents value becomes laziness, lack of common sense or perseverance. Adolescent’s diverging views and goals become a sign of disrespect or hostility. The parent feels the relationship disintegrating.
Getting along with differences
· What are parents really for? Reproducing themselves as people or parenting their actual ‘bundle of DNA”? How genetics and the inevitability of differences can help parents cope.
· Learning Ghandi’s task. Ghandi asked a Hindu to raise a Muslim child. What are the key skills for managing difference?
· Identifying children’s traits and abilities. Find good examples of what your child can become in the world, not your family.
The surprising benefits of children who are not like their parents.
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 lists, by occupation, placements other students have undertaken in the past. 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 :
Are you intending to look for part-time work or are you 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.
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)
Numbers are limited to 9 and newcomers are always welcome.
For more information contact Natalie Will on 0415823998.
Year 7 City Experience: Camp 1
Wed: Chicken Schnitzel Rolls
Tue: Meatball Subs
Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure
After school support group to assist students with time management and organisation skills.
Location: Room 136
Time: 3.15pm – 3.45pm
Location: Room 706
Time: 3.10pm – 4.00pm
Maths KLA Coordinator
Location: Room 908
Time: 3.15pm – 4.00pm
Junior School Coordinator
Location: 111 Drama Space
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Art/Technology KLA Coordinator
Japanese Language Classes are available:
Location: Room 136
Time: 8.10am – 8.45pm
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!
Starting: 15 July 2013
When: Mondays 3.20 – 4.20pm
Where: Room 134
Eltham High School
Cost: $100 for a 10 week term
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
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
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 you’re getting started session.
Let our motivational Leader and Meeting team start you on your weight loss journey.
Feel a sense of wellbeing - Invigorate the body –
Calm the mind.
Term 3, 2013
All teachers, students and parents welcome.
· Dynamic Yoga for flexibility in hips, shoulders and spine;
· Standing poses for strength and balance;
· Pilates for core strength and tone;
· Deep relaxation.
8 Week Course Commences Wednesday 24 July
Yes, You can start in the 2nd week and pay for the remaining course
1 hour sessions. No experience required.
Where: Room 408
Cost: $96 (students: $84)
Instructor: Gillian Lazenby
Phone: 9444 0700
Register and pay at: www.geniuswellbeing.com.au/elthamhigh.html