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Curriculum ‘Student Free’ Day

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Eltham High School Presents:

“Romeo and Juliet, The Truth At Last”

Tuesday 10 - Friday, 13 September

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Outstanding Academic Achievement:

I congratulate Ellen O’Brien (Year 11 – Everard House) on her selection to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January 2014. Ellen’s nomination was supported by the Rotary Club of Eltham. Ellen will be attending the Orientation function sometime this month and will then head off to Canberra in January. This is an outstanding achievement and opportunity for Ellen, who continues to demonstrate a passionate interest in science. Ellen’s dream is to embark on a career in science, and the National Youth Forum will allow her to explore various areas so that she can identify a preferred career pathway. Over recent weeks Ellen has been involved in a very competitive process, along with a number of our other students. I am certain that each of them would have been worthy of this opportunity, and I congratulate each of them for taking up the challenge and applying. However, for 2014 it will be Ellen’s opportunity.

In addition to the exposure that students will have to various areas of science, they will also participate in a simulated ‘Senate Inquiry’ where students, in the role of senators, question the witnesses to become better informed about issues arising from a bill. The senators use the evidence gathered to recommend either that the bill be accepted, rejected or that appropriate changes be made. This will provide NYSF students the opportunity to look into how the parliament can have an impact on their possible future careers in science and engineering.

I know that Ellen will be an outstanding ambassador for Eltham High School and Victoria. Once again, congratulations Ellen!

Royal South Street Music Competitions:

Congratulations to the Eltham High School Intermediate Band, who yesterday, were awarded Second Place in their division of the South Street Competitions. The Band performed admirably and they were very pleased with their performance and overall result. I also congratulate their Conductor, Mr Monty McKenzie, and I thank him for his ongoing support and encouragement of our young people; an excellent outcome.

I congratulate all members of the Senior Strings Ensembles on their exceptional effort at the Royal South Street Competitions. Our students were well prepared and their Conductor, Amberley Bremner, was very proud of their achievement. The Strings Program is continuing to make a bold mark on the Eltham High School Instrumental Music Program. Well done to all.

Maths Games Day:

Congratulations to our Year 7 students who attended the most recent Maths Games Day at Overnewton College, Taylors Lake Campus. Two teams represented our school in the competition against teams from schools across the State. The students had a great deal of fun working on a range of Maths problem solving activities, and put in a fantastic effort throughout the day. Thank you to Mr Maurdev, who accompanied our students on the day. Well done!

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

Emergency Management

Last term the school conducted a lockdown and evacuation exercise. The school is currently working with EMQ Emergency Management to refine the processes for response to emergencies. This involves: updating all wall charts (following the completion of the building project), Warden Training for the School Leadership Team and staff and student briefings, to inform the school of the procedures.

Early in term 4 we will conduct a further evacuation practice; this time under the supervision of EMQ, where they will provide expert advice and feedback to support the safety of staff, students and visitors to the school.

Darren Squires

Assistant Principal

Junior School News

Year 7 City Experience Camps

What a busy time August is in the Junior School! All three Year 7 City Experience Camps have now taken place, and students have settled back into the daily rhythm of school. I have been privileged to see some of the presentations students have created about their city experience and the ways in which the City of Melbourne can be critiqued against the Eltham High values.

I would like to thank the students for the enthusiasm and energy they brought to the camps, and their parents for the support they have shown for this program. It is also important to acknowledge the support from staff for the City Experience Camps; approximately 66 days of staff time were required to run these camps, time which was offered generously and without reservation. Thank you to the teachers for your support.

Included in this Newsletter are a number of photos which provide a great overview of some of the activities in which students participated, as well other aspects of the City Experience.


Deborah Halpern is an internationally known sculptor, mosaic artist, painter, printmaker and potter.  She is the creator of many of Melbourne's most cherished public sculptures, including the Angel at Birrarung Marr. She is represented by Mossgreen Gallery.

Deborah will be presenting her work to Year 11 and Year 12 Eltham High Art students this Friday lunchtime:

Date:               Friday, 6 September

Time:               Lunchtime (please arrive before 12.45pm)

Location:        Room 111 (Drama Space)

All Year 11 and Year 12 Art students (including art, photography, film, media, VCD etc.) are welcome.

Ute Leiner

Art Teacher


Eltham High School presents Romeo and Juliet, The Truth At Last; a fast paced, comedic, and musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s play:

Dates:             Tuesday, 10 September – Friday, 13 September (4 nights)

Time:               7.30pm

Location:        Room 111 (Drama Space)

Cost:               $15 Adults

                        $10 Students/U18s

Tickets:           Purchased at the door


Musical Notes

Royal South Street Competitions:

Sunday, 25 August – Saturday, 7 September

Pre-South Street Concert: Thursday, 29 August:

An appreciative audience listened to the 'Royal South Street Bands' perform on Thursday evening at Eltham High.  The occasion highlighted just how much work our ensembles had put in to achieve such a high standard of performance, with a challenging repertoire.  We wish them all, including our Strings and Small Ensembles, the very best of luck in the forthcoming competitions.

Senior Strings:

On the morning of Saturday, 31 August our Senior Strings Ensemble headed off at 6.30am for their trip to Ballarat.

Although not being placed, they played extremely well and their Conductor, Amberley Bremner, was thrilled with their performance.

Intermediate Band:

Well done to our Intermediate Band, who achieved Second Place in their Division yesterday. A big thank you to their Conductor, Monty Mackenzie, for inspiring our students to achieve this.

A full report on the remaining trips will appear in next week’s Newsletter.

Small Senior Ensembles

Wednesday, 4 September

Concert Band

Thursday, 5 September

Jazz and Stage Bands

Friday, 6 September

Symphonic Band

Saturday, 7 September

Celebration Concert: Monday, 16 September

A reminder about 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


Tickets will be available via Trybooking on Wednesday, 4 September at 9am. To book, follow the link on the school's website 'book here', or go to Bookings will close at 3pm on Monday, 16 September.

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

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Donydji and World Challenge Trivia Night

A very big ‘thankyou’, on behalf of the Donydji and World Challenge students, to Phil Boyd and his team for organising the highly successful Trivia Night on Friday, 16 August. The Dance/Drama space was transformed and then restored to being a teaching space using the teamwork and cooperation of a large number of staff and students.  As well as being a great fundraiser, it was an excellent social event for all involved.


Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup: 8-13 December

All participants in this year’s competition should be receiving forms in the mail. Please pay your deposit and return your T-shirt order by Friday, 13 September.

AVSC T-Shirt Competition

Congratulations to Tom Ross (Year 12, Andrew House) for winning the competition.

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

Diamond Valley Bus Network - Thursday 5 September:

Please note that there will be NO buses running on the Diamond Valley Bus Network on Thursday 5 September, due to Parent/Teacher Interviews being held at Diamond Valley College.  Students will need to make alternative arrangements for travel.

Diamond Valley Bus Network - Term Dates for the Remainder of 2013:

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


Grey Horse Growth and Learning: Term 4

We are calling for interest in the Grey Horse Growth and Learning program for next term. Maggie Broom is offering our students a full day of equine therapy, in a relaxed and supportive environment in Smiths Gully, for students who might be interested in further self-exploration and confidence building. This program offers students the opportunity to socialise with other students and become familiar with horses.

Due to the lack of funding for this program for next term, Maggie is offering a subsidised version of the program for a full day; this normally runs over a five week period. The cost for each student is $50, and we are looking at recruiting up to 8 students. If you would like to register your child's interest, please contact Eva Natsis at Eltham High School via email at, or call 9430 5177. The date for the event will be decided once numbers are confirmed.

Eva Natsis

Student Support Worker





































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                                                                                                                                                                                        WHEN:          Friday, 6 September 2013

4.00pm - 8.00pm


WHERE:        Clubrooms, Central Park Eltham, Panther Place (under the railway bridge)


AGE GROUPS:      In2Cricket 5-10 Year Olds, U10s,                            U12s, U14s, U16s, U18s


BBQ on and refreshments on evening

*NEW Playing shirt for all players and cap for new registrations




Stuart Biddle

Junior Coordinator

Phone: 0409 412 167

PO Box 44, ELTHAM, 3095



















































Donydji And World Challenge Trivia Night


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Year 7 City Experience Camps






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Principal’s Report  1

Student Achievement  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  2

Junior School News  2

Art  3

Drama  3

Musical Notes  4

Donydji and World Challenge Trivia Night. 5

Sport  5

Parents and Carers  5

Careers  6

Wellbeing  7


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  4

Music Fees Due  4

Upcoming Canteen Menu   4

School Term Dates: 5

School Absences  5

Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure  5

Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley Bus Network  5

School Term Dates  5

Smart not Scattered   6

Extra Maths Help   6

Homework Club   6

Japanese Language Classes  6

Why Not Get Involved! 7

Chess Club   7

Drama  7

Drawing Club   7

Eltham High School Swimming Club   7

Interschool Debating Team    7

Manga and Anime Club   7

Girltalk Yoga  8

Topline Tennis Coaching  9

Weight Watchers  9

Yoga at Eltham High School 10






School Calendar

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)

Tue 10

Drama Performance: “Romeo and Juliet, The Truth At Last”

(10 – 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

Sat 14

Space Camp USA

(14 – 30)

Mon 16

Celebration Concert – Yarra Valley Grammar: 7.00pm

Wed 18

School Council Meeting

Fri 20

End of Term: 2.30pm Finish

Mon 23

Malaysia Safari

(23 Sep – 03 Oct)


Term 4


Fri 08

Art & Technology Exhibition

(Fri 08 – Sat 09)






Deborah Halpern: Internationally known sculptor, mosaic artist, painter, printmaker and potter.






















Canteen Roster


Wed 04

Angela Broeren

Libby Field


Thu 05

Angela Brajkovic

Volunteer needed


Fri 06

Narelle Hart

Sally Edward


Mon 09

Victoria Weale

Anne Gration


Tue 10

Leonie Knoblock

Kylie York



Music Fees Due

All Music Students


Last instalment for all music students due 20 September


Contact Cashier: 9430 5118




Upcoming Canteen Menu

Wed: Hamburgers

Thu: Sushi

Fri: Nachos

Mon: Quiche

Tue: Lasagne


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





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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