TERM 3 WEEK 7
TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 2013
30-60 WITHERS WAY ELTHAM VICTORIA 3095
PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Absences: 9430 5299
Eltham - State Football Champions:
Congratulations to our Senior Boys’ Football team who last Tuesday, 20 August won the School Sport Victoria State Grand Final. The Team won the title at Victoria Park by defeating Frankston High School 55 to 46. The boys had previously won their Division and Regional Championships, and through this, won the chance to compete in the Grand Final. Special congratulations to Ciaran Porter (Year 11, Stewart House) who was nominated ‘Best on the Ground’.
In congratulating the students, I also wish to commend and congratulate the two coaches: Stephen McCrystal and Peter Nicholson. Stephen has taken this group of students under his wing and trained them to rise to the occasion. Peter has supported the boys and Stephen in order for them to achieve this fantastic accolade.
The effort and skill of these young people and their coaches has put Eltham High School on the football map. Well done!
Under 16 Girls’ Northern Football League:
I congratulate Chloe Johnson (Year 9, Stewart House), Molly Simpson-Reinke (Year 8, Rutter House), Hinako Eyre (Year 8, Rutter House), Brianna Dalgleish (Year 8, Andrew House), Sarah Townsend (Year 8, Everard House), Alexandra Collins (Year 8, Everard House), Georgie Cleary (Year 7, Rutter House) and Ashleigh Setches (Year 9, Andrew House); all members of the Under 16 Girls’ Northern Football League. Our girls played in the Grand Final on Sunday, 18 August and won the inaugural Championship Cup. An added bonus was that Georgie Cleary was nominated as ‘Best on the Ground’. This is a fantastic result for these dedicated and highly skilled young people, who have certainly made their mark on the sport. A fantastic effort!
Chess Victoria - Open Rapid Play Championship 2013:
Congratulations to Cameron Yung (Year 9, Stewart House) who, over the last weekend (24 – 25 August), was declared Victorian Open Rapid Play Junior Champion 2013. Cameron competed in this Open Tournament which attracted both juniors and adults of a range of skills levels. At the end of 11 rounds, Cameron finished on the same score as another junior player. To determine who would get the title, they played 2 rounds of "Blitz" chess (5 mins on the clock per player). Everyone was in awe of these two junior players that the competition was stopped during their match. Cameron came out the clear winner with 1.5 to 0.5, and as such, took the title of Victorian Open Rapid Play Junior Champion 2013.
Cameron has been a very keen chess player and earlier this year represented Eltham High School at the Chess Victoria Interschool Tournament. He is an excellent ambassador for our school and our community, and I wish him all the very best in the Secondary Schools Open State Final which will take place on Monday, 14 October. I am sure that Cameron will do us proud. A great commitment and effort!
Royal South Street Music Competitions:
With the Royal South Street Competitions beginning this week, I take this opportunity to wish all the Ensembles the very best with this year’s event. Already we have had some fantastic results with the Jazz Choir being awarded 2nd Place in their section “Open A Cappella” on Sunday, 25 August. The Junior Choir came 3rd in their section, and the Junior Jazz Choir was awarded a Silver Standard Award on Monday, 26 August. Congratulations to all of our students and their Conductors, Ed Farlie, Lynlee Williams and Louisa Rankin. There is more to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, with the big Finale taking place on Saturday, 7 September.
Regional IT Conference
Eltham High School was host to the Regional IT Conference on Monday, 26 August. Conference delegates came from a range of both Primary and Secondary Schools within the Region to listen to a variety of presenters.
I congratulate Mr Craig Bradley (e-learning/ICT Leader) on his initiative to get this conference happening. Craig was the main organiser of this event and I am sure that he is pleased with the positive feedback received. The conference provided us with the opportunity to share our experience of the 1:1 Notebook Program and to lead the discussion as to what is the next level of work. I thank the sponsors of the conference for their generous support: Dell; Dataflex; Intel; Compass – School Manager.
The conference was not only a success in terms of meeting its stated goals, but also in putting Eltham High School on the Map in the IT arena. Well done Craig and team.
Education, Curriculum Structure and Organisation of the School Day
Our school is currently reviewing the way our curriculum is structured and how the school day and timetable is organised to deliver this curriculum. The school is considering a proposal to make a number of changes to the curriculum structure and school organisation in 2015. All of these changes are aimed at improving student learning outcomes. These include:
· Changes to the way that the curriculum is structured at Middle School.
· Moving from a 5 to 10 day timetable cycle.
· Moving to adopt a consistent lesson length for all classes of approximately 75 minutes.
The school is using a number of forums to evaluate whether or not these will be the best option for our school in 2015.
The School Council’s Planning and Policy Review Committee will be discussing these proposals at their next meeting on Tuesday, 3 September at 7:30pm. This will be an open meeting and we invite you attend, to hear about the proposed changes, and to have a chance to provide us with feedback. A decision will be made regarding the proposed changes at the end of this term.
If you are able to come along to the meeting, your input will be welcomed. Please RSVP via email to Kate Scalzo at email@example.com, so that we can plan for an appropriate meeting room in the school.
A reminder to parents and students, that a ‘pupil free day’ is scheduled for Wednesday, 11 September. This day will be used for professional learning activities for staff, as well as for continued curriculum planning and development. A full report will be provided in the newsletter following the day.
Tertiary Information Night for VCE Students and Parents/Guardians
Date: Thursday, 29 August 2013
Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: Room 158 in Main Building
The session will provide a better understanding of course pre-requisites, the application process, consideration of disadvantage, and scholarship opportunities. Booking is not required, but please note the meeting will begin promptly at 7.00pm.
Senior School Team Leader
Year 11 OES Cross-Country Ski Trip: Thursday, 15 August
As part of the extensive practical experiences available to Outdoor Education students, our Year 11 OES class travelled to Lake Mountain for a day of cross-country skiing. A dusting of fresh snow greeted the class, and after some quick directions from our ski instructors, we hit the trails. The students were able to work on their turning and stopping skills during a 90 minute lesson.
At the conclusion of the lesson the class moved to ‘The Camp’ for lunch, before heading out on an afternoon explore. As we skied along ‘Woolybutt Trail’ and out to ‘Lookout Rock’ the weather brightened up and the sun shone through. The skiing was enjoyable and all the students really excelled. Unfortunately it didn’t seem long before it was time to turn for home.
There was a feeling of great accomplishment on our return to the bus. We changed into fresh clothes and after a quick stop in Marysville we headed back to Eltham High.
Outdoor and Environmental Studies Teacher
Year 9 School for Student Leadership: Alpine School 2014
Eltham High School has been successful in obtaining 6 places (3 male and 3 female) for the Snowy River Campus of the ‘School for Student Leadership’ (formerly the Alpine School) in Term 2 2014.
The cost will be $1050 per student.
The Snowy River Campus is situated just outside of Marlo, Gippsland. You can visit the website to see the activities that students are currently undertaking by going to www.snowyriver.vic.edu.au.
Student participants will be selected in Term 4, through a process of written applications, and following this interviews for shortlisted candidates. Criteria for the written application and the timeline will be posted on Compass early in Term 4.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 9430 5147, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Growth and Student Leadership Leader
Victorian Schools’ Music Festival: Tuesday, 20 August
Last week the Intermediate and Concert Bands took part in the Victorian Schools Music Festival. Both groups appreciated the venue at Federation Square for this inaugural event and performed admirably. The Intermediate Band was awarded a Silver Shield and the Concert Band a Gold Shield. Congratulations to both groups.
Greensborough Salvation Army Centre: Friday, 23 August
Our small Senior Ensembles (flute, clarinet and saxophone) performed to a very appreciative elderly audience at the Greensborough Salvation Army Centre on Friday afternoon. These performances are to be encouraged for the enjoyment they bring to community groups.
Royal South Street Competitions:
Sunday, 25 August – Saturday, 7 September
This week the Royal South Street Competitions begin. For some students it means several trips to and from Ballarat.
On Sunday, 25 August our Jazz Choir came 2nd in their section 'Open A Cappella'. The students were thrilled and for their conductor, Ed Fairlie, it was a great birthday present!
Junior Choir and Junior Jazz Choir:
On Monday, 26 August the Junior Choir and Junior Jazz Choir performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat. The Junior Choir were awarded 3rd Place; an outstanding effort considering there were only 7 points between 1st and 3rd Place. The Junior Jazz Choir were awarded a Silver Standard Award. Congratulations to both choirs and to their Conductors, Lynlee Williams and Louisa Rankin.
Senior Strings Ensemble:
On Saturday, 31 August our Senior Strings Ensemble will be meeting at Eltham High School at 6.15am for their trip to Ballarat. We wish them well.
· A Pre South Street Concert for our large participating bands:
Date: Thursday, 29 August
Location: 400s Block
And, finally our 'Celebration Concert' for all our Music Program Ensemble students, taking place:
Date: Monday, 16 September
Location: George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley
After School Program
A reminder that there are 2 vacancies available for voice lessons with Louisa Rankin.
If you have any queries regarding the events mentioned above, or the Music Program in general, please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127 or email Jill at email@example.com
Eltham High School Win Senior Boys’ State Final
On Tuesday, 20 August the Eltham High Senior Boys’ Football Team ventured off to Victoria Park to compete in the State School Final. This was the first time Eltham High had ever made the State Final, but not for their opponent, Frankston High, who won the Championship in 2009 and 2011.
Stephen McCrystal, who has been coaching the Senior Boys’ Team with Peter Nicholson for over 20 years, has only ever wished to come this far with a footy team.
Macca’s pre-game speech was something to cherish as it was the last time the boys would hear it before a game this year.
Eltham High’s Captain Josh Turner won the toss and decided to kick with the wind. The game started off the way Eltham had hoped, with Lewis Glasgow kicking a nice left foot snap 30 metres out. Frankston responded with their run and carry through the corridor which gave them their first goal, but undisciplined football from Frankston would give Turner his first for the match. Late in the first quarter Frankston got a goal to give them the lead of 3 points at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was going to have to be a good quarter if Eltham were to stay in it, but two quick goals from Frankston gave them an early edge. Luckily Eltham were able to respond through Cale Skidmore, who kicked two late goals to keep them in it. Eltham went into the half time break down by 3 points.
At half time Macca knew if his boys kept on digging the rewards would come. “They will come out hard for five minutes and that will be it”. So they did; Frankston fought for a few minutes until they cracked. Birthday boy Billy Jenkin had the quarter of his life in the third term, kicking two goals and giving the team every chance of victory.
Eltham felt as though they needed one more goal, just to get a bit of an edge over Frankston. And the Captain provided it, kicking a goal from 55 metres out. Eltham won the quarter easily, which gave them an 18 point lead heading into the final term.
For the final time this year Macca asked for one more hard effort. Glasgow had the chance to win the game early in the term, but he missed two chances that he would normally nail.
Frankston made the most of their opportunities; they kicked the first two goals to bring the margin to 8 points. Eltham, who kicked poorly in front of goals, missed another two chances and the opportunity to seal the victory.
Not long after the siren sounded and all the boys came together in a group, hugging and celebrating.
Eltham won their first ever Football State Final, winning 7-13-55 to Frankston’s 7-4-46.
Goal Kickers: Billy Jenkin 2, Cale Skidmore 2, Josh Turner 2
Lewis Glasgow 1
Best Players: Ciaran Porter, Lewis Glasgow, Josh Turner,
Billy Jenkin, Riley Williams
Player of the Series: Ciaran Porter
UP THE STALLIONS!!
Senior Boys’ Football Team
Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup: 8 - 3 December
The 29th Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup (ASVC) will be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, the State Volleyball Centre (Dandenong) and the State Netball and Hockey Centre. It is to be held from Sunday, 8 December to Friday, 13 December and is expected to involve more than 3500 students from all over Australia and New Zealand. It is expected that over 370 teams will participate in 28 Divisions across five age groups.
The following Eltham High School Teams will be competing:
Under 14 Girls Division 1 and Division 2
Under 14 Boys Division 1 and Division 2
Under 15 Girls Honours and Division 2
Under 15 Boys Honours and Division 2
Under 16 Girls Honours/Division 2 and Division 3
Under 16 Boys Honours and Division 2
Under 17 Girls Division 2
Under 17 Boys Honours
Open Girls Honours
Open Boys Honours
Details will appear on the volleyball notice board in coming weeks, and will be given to students participating at training.
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
Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley College Bus Network
Pease note the following Term dates for the remainder of 2013. Bus times will alter for END of terms. Term dates are:
Term 3: Finish 20 September at 2.10pm
Term 4: Start 7 October
Last day for buses 19 December at 3.00pm
Monday, 2 December – Friday, 13 December 2013
All Year 9 students, who will be 15 years of age at the time of the work experience, are eligible to participate. For students who will not yet be 15 years old, there is still the opportunity to work at a pre-school or primary school. The normal ‘Work Experience Arrangement Forms’ are used in both instances.
If your child is not going to participate, a written note must be handed into the Careers Office, or an email sent, detailing alternative arrangements. Please note there will be no alternative school program provided during this period for students who are not participating in the Work Experience Program.
Now is the time to get something organised, whether it be with one or two employers for the period. Please contact Ross Pringle on 9430 5133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Zoos Victoria Work Experience: February – April 2014
Are you keen to be part of the workforce at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary? If you are, then access the site below and download the application forms. Please note, to take part in this work experience you will need to be 15 years of age by the time of the placement.
Your application must be handed into the Careers Office for checking and confirmation. All completed applications will then be sent by Mr Pringle to Zoos Victoria.
Victoria Police Future Employment Experience Program 2014
Applications for work experience with the Victoria Police will open in late August. Further information will follow, when available.
Year 10 Work Experience: Monday, 19 May – Friday, 23 May 2014
Please consider a pathway related placement for your work experience; organisations such as the Victorian Police and Zoo’s Victoria are currently taking applications. Forms are available from outside the Careers Office. Act quickly to avoid missing out on a great placement.
The Young Scientists of Australia (YSA)
The Young Scientists of Australia are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting science to the youth of Australia, targeting individuals 14 years – 26 years of age. The aim is to improve science communication, staffing of science schools, public science events, and general science support for high school and university students.
For more information about what we do in the Melbourne Chapter of YSA:
· Visit our website at http://www.ysa.org.au/melbourne
· Contact us at email@example.com
· Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ysamelb
If you like the idea of YSA, please consider participating in ‘The Science Experience’ (TSE) which is run every year in January at different universities across Australia. TSE runs for 3 days and is aimed at students in Year 9 and Year 10.
Professor John Dewar, Vice Chancellor of La Trobe University, will deliver a community presentation on “Preparing for Transition to University”. The event will cover many important issues relevant to young people's successful transition. The lecture/discussion topics will include:
· Why universities want "university ready" young academics.
· Why do universities want innovative and entrepreneurial young people?
· Why successful transition is good for both student and university.
· Why self-directed learning is a good recipe for success at university.
DATE: Wednesday, 28 August
VENUE: The Auditorium at ELTHAM College, 1660 Main Road,
RSVP: Limited places, so please RSVP to Liza Coviello; telephone 94339954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event for any students and their parents/ guardians from Year 9 onwards, from the local area, so please spread the word.
Lifework, ELTHAM College
Wed: Chicken Schnitzel Rolls
Tue: Meatball Subs
Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:
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
The Dynamic Duo: Peter ‘Nicco’ Nicholson and Stephen ‘Macca’ McCrystal
Location: Room 908
Time: 3.15pm – 4.00pm
Junior School Coordinator
Japanese Language Classes are available:
Location: Room 136
Time: 8.10am – 8.45pm
Location: 111 Drama Space
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Art/Technology KLA Coordinator
Location: Room 168
Location: Eltham Leisure Centre
Time: 7.00am – 8.00am
Junior School Coordinator
Location: Room 166
Location: Room 156
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
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