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Tertiary Information Night for VCE Students

Thursday, 29 August: 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Room 158 in Main Building

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

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.

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

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, so that we can plan for an appropriate meeting room in the school.

Curriculum Day

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.

Tim Natoli

Assistant Principal

Senior School News

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.

Anna Panas

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. 

Year 11 OES Cross-Country Ski Trip: Lake Mountain

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.

Nic Cooper

Outdoor and Environmental Studies Teacher

Middle School News

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

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

Christine Andrews

Student Growth and Student Leadership Leader

Musical Notes

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.

Jazz Choir:

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!

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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.

Senior Strings

Saturday, 31 August

Intermediate Band

Monday, 2 September

Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday, 3 September

Small Senior Ensembles

Wednesday, 4 September

Concert Band

Thursday, 5 September

Jazz and Stage Bands

Friday, 6 September

Symphonic Band

Saturday, 7 September

As you can see, this is a very busy term, with the competitions listed above, as well as:

·         A Pre South Street Concert for our large participating bands:

Date:                     Thursday, 29 August

Time:                     7.00pm

Location:              400s Block

And, finally our 'Celebration Concert' for all our Music Program Ensemble students, taking place:

Date:                     Monday, 16 September

Time:                     7.30pm

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

Rick Plummer
Director of Music


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.

The Winning Team: EHS Senior Boys’ Football Team

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


Joel Clamp

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.


Spikezone Grand Final Winners

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Spikezone Grand Final

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).

Greg Thomas

Volleyball/Elite Sports Coordinator

Parents and Carers

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


Year 9 Work Experience:

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 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,

·         Contact us at

·         Find us on Facebook at

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.

Ross Pringle

Careers Coordinator



Free Community Presentation on Transition to University

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

TIME:                          7.00pm

VENUE:            The Auditorium at ELTHAM College, 1660 Main Road,

                        Research, 3095. 

RSVP:              Limited places, so please RSVP to Liza Coviello; telephone 94339954 or email

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.

Margie Jordan

Lifework, ELTHAM College





















































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Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  2

Senior School News  3

Middle School News  4

Musical Notes  4

Sport  5

Parents and Carers  8

Careers  8


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  3

Upcoming Canteen Menu   3

School Term Dates: 4

School Absences  4

Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure  5

Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley Bus Network  5

School Term Dates  5

Smart not Scattered   5

Extra Maths Help   5

Homework Club   7

Japanese Language Classes  7

Why Not Get Involved! 8

Chess Club   8

Drama  8

Drawing Club   8

Eltham High School Swimming Club   8

Interschool Debating Team    8

Manga and Anime Club   8

Girltalk Yoga  9

Topline Tennis Coaching  10

Weight Watchers  10

Yoga at Eltham High School 11








School Calendar

Wed 28

School Council Meeting

Thu 29

VTAC Parent Information Evening

Year 9 Maths Games Day


Tue 03

School Council’s Planning and Policy Review Committee Meeting

Sat 07

Royal South Street Symphonic Band

Sun 08

Middle School Snow Camp

(08 – 13 Sep)

Wed 11

Curriculum Day – Student free day

Thu 12

Year 12 Assembly: Safe Partying and Valedictory Rehearsal

Donydji Cross Cultural Partnership

(12 – 23 Sep)

Fri 13

2014 VCE Subjects published

Mon 16

Celebration Concert – Yarra Valley Grammar: 7.00pm

Space Camp

(16 – 30 Sep)

Wed 18

School Council Meeting

Fri 20

End of Term: 2.30pm Finish


Term 4


Fri 08

Art & Technology Exhibition

(Fri 08 – Sat 09)







Canteen Roster


Wed 28

Nicole Clark

Julie Temple

Donna Lasner


Thu 29

Joanne Grigg

Kathryn Phillips


Fri 30

Tracy Clark

Catherine Rainey



Mon 02

Jana Eustance

Marianne Sparks

Rachel Wallace


Tue 03

Danielle Ashby

Volunteer needed













Upcoming Canteen Menu

Wed: Chicken Schnitzel Rolls

Thu: Quiche

Fri: Lasagne

Mon: Wedges

Tue: Meatball Subs


School Term Dates:

Term 3:

Finish    Friday 20 September – 2.30pm

Term 4:

Start     Monday 7 October


Term 1:

Start     Wednesday 29 January

(Years 7, 11 and 12)


            Thursday 30 January

(Years 8, 9 and 10)














School Absences

All Junior, Middle & Senior School absences can now be reported to:

9430 5299

(designated 24 hour answering service)

Please advise: name of child, year level, reason for absence and length of absence.


Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:

Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure

Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley Bus Network

School Term Dates







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








Extra Maths Help

When: Tuesday

Location: Room 706

Time: 3.10pm – 4.00pm

Mrs Milner

Maths KLA Coordinator





Senior Boys’ State Final













The Dynamic Duo: Peter ‘Nicco’ Nicholson and Stephen ‘Macca’ McCrystal








Homework Club

When: Tuesday

Location: Room 908

Time: 3.15pm – 4.00pm

Julia List

Junior School Coordinator






















Japanese Language Classes

Japanese Language Classes are available:

When: Friday

Location: Room 136

Time: 8.10am – 8.45pm

Madame Hughes






Why Not Get Involved!

Chess Club

When: Wednesday

Location: Library

Time: Lunchtime

Ben McLeay

English/Drama Teacher


When: Tuesday/Thursday

Location: 111 Drama Space

Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm

George Franklin

Art/Technology KLA Coordinator

Drawing Club

When: Friday

Location: Room 168

Time: Lunchtime

Melissa Hughes

Eltham High School Swimming Club

When: Thursday

Location: Eltham Leisure Centre

Time: 7.00am – 8.00am

Phil Boyd

Junior School Coordinator

Interschool Debating Team

When: Wednesday

Location: Room 166

Time: Lunchtime

Leanne Ipsen

Debating Coordinator

Manga and Anime Club

When: Friday

Location: Room 156

Time: Lunchtime

Melissa Hughes



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:  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












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









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 you’re 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 3, 2013
Wednesdays 4:45pm

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:

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