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Last Day of Term 3

Friday, 20 September at 2.30pm

Working Bee

Sunday, 27 October

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Celebration of Music Concert:

The end of Year ‘Celebration of Music’ Concert took place on Monday, 16 September, and what a fantastic concert it was! The students performed to a full house, including Councillor Helen Coleman (Shire of Nillumbik), and Andrew and Trisha Edgoose (Benefactors of the Claire Edgoose Award for Excellence in Music). Apologies were received from our local State Member of Parliament, Mr Steve Herbert, and The President of the Board of Montsalvat, Ms Morag Fraser.

The evening began with the wonderful sounds of the Training Band, setting the tone for the remainder of the night, which concluded with an amazing performance by the Symphonic Band of David Maslanka’s “Traveler”. In between was an outstanding repertoire of music and song, performed by the various bands, Strings Ensembles and Choir. It was truly a remarkable evening of entertainment and fun. The fun was enhanced by the comical antics of our exceptional ‘Master of Ceremony’, Mr Geoff Paine, who kept the audience laughing throughout the various stage changes.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge:

·        The Music Staff for their ongoing passion and commitment and for their talent and skill which continues to make the Eltham High School Instrumental Music Program one of the best in the country. Of course, I do want to acknowledge the hard work and effort of the students and their parents, without whom there would be no program. There is no one that can say that our students lack commitment. The program demands a great deal of them and they all rise to the occasion. Big congratulations to them all!

·        The leadership of our Director of Music, Mr Rick Plummer; without his vision and guidance, the program would not be able to continue to develop, from what is known to be a very successful past. I know that Rick is consistently looking to find ways to improve in the next year, irrespective of the successes of the current year. We are very fortunate to have such a forward thinking Director in our midst.

·        The Music Secretary, Mrs Jill Browne, for all the hard work she puts in to making sure that the day-to-day needs of the program, the students and the staff are met.

·        The fabulous work of the Music Support Group should never go unrecognised. These volunteers do a great job to ensure that the concerts and the fundraising, and everything else they do, runs like a well-oiled machine. They cannot be thanked enough for what they do.

Finally I wish to acknowledge the Year 12 students for whom the Celebration of Music Concert was their last performance as members of the Symphonic Band. They now join a large number of Eltham High School Instrumental Music Program Alumni as they take their place in the world. A big thank you and congratulations to:

Sarah Abdurazak (Rutter House)

Kristopher Battyanyi (Rutter House)

Maddison Carter (Everard House)

Barnabas Dean (Everard House)

Tom D’Ath (Rutter House)

Tayler Heaney (Stewart House)

Kerry Palmer (Rutter House)

Laura Pantelejenko (Rutter House)

Aidan Puglielli (Andrew House)

Samantha Stevens (Andrew House)

Claudia Williver (Rutter House)

School Production - Romeo and Juliet:

The School Production of Romeo and Juliet, I am sure, would have left you amused. I believe that even William Shakespeare would have learnt something, and perhaps even said to himself “Oh is that how it should be done?!”

I congratulate all our students who participated on each night of the production. There were two different casts assigned to roles, and each night’s performance was fantastic. The audience enjoyed it, the Director enjoyed it, but most importantly, the kids enjoyed themselves in the midst of creating a memorable rendition of the classic play.

I have to say that I don’t know how they do it but each year somehow they manage to “drag” me into the production no matter what the subject matter is, no matter where I sit in the audience, or even which night I attend. This year I have Harry Foote (Year 12, Everard House) to thank for drawing all of the audience’s attention to me. Well done Harry! I guess that it was all in a good night’s fun.

All in all, big congratulations to everyone that contributed and/or supported all of our young people in this year’s production.

School Crossing Supervisor

After over 12 months of negotiations, the School Council has managed to secure the services of a Crossing Supervisor across Brougham Street. I wish to acknowledge the hard work and persistence of Mr Henry Haszler (School Councillor-Community Member) in bringing this benefit to fruition. A large number of our students cross Brougham Street, adjacent to the Eltham Leisure Centre, both to and from school, and the level of traffic along this street at peak times has been of concern. The Shire of Nillumbik has finally concurred with this and has seen fit to appoint a crossing supervisor. I thank them for their commitment which will benefit the safety of our students. We believe that the supervised crossing will be operational from early Term 4, 2013. This is a great achievement for our students.

End of Term 3

Term 3 will come to a close on Friday, 20 September. It has been a very busy term for both students and staff and hence, I wish all of them a very safe and restful break. School will resume on Monday, 7 October.

I am sure that our Year 12 students will use the break to continue their preparation for the final examination period, which is admirable. However, it is also very important that they have a break leading up to their last few weeks of school, which will be both demanding and stressful. I wish them all well as they move into the final stages of their secondary education.

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

VCE & Middle School – Subject Allocations

VCE students should now be able to access their subject allocations for 2014 via the school’s Intranet. It is important that students review their allocations and check their subjects. If they believe that errors have been made, it is important that they contact the Senior School Office, and complete a ‘Change of ‘Preference’ form. This must happen during this final week of term, as any changes will be finalised at the beginning of next term.

I would like to acknowledge the large amount of work that has gone into managing this process. To create individual courses for students, based on their preferences, is a huge task and this has been undertaken by the Senior School team. There will be cases where students may feel that they have not been given a course which includes their top preferences. There may be a range of reasons for this: Particular subjects may not be running, clashes can occur, and these are often unavoidable. Where students’ preferences have not been able to be accommodated, the Senior School team have consulted with students and their families, and this process will continue if further changes are requested.

The process of creating Middle School courses has now begun and it is hoped that this will be finalised by early Term 4. When this has been completed, Middle School courses will be published and students, who have applied for an Enhancement VCE subject in Year 10, will be notified.

Tim Natoli

Assistant Principal

Senior School News



Classes for all students undertaking a Year 11 & Year 12 VCE & VCAL course of study will commence in November, 2013 for a 2-week period as part of the HEADSTART Orientation Program. This means that current Year 10 and 11 students will commence their 2014 studies at the following times:

Year 11Year 12 HEADSTART Orientation Program 2014

VCE & VCE VET & VCAL Programs

Monday, 18 November

Friday, 29 November 2013


Year 10Year 11 HEADSTART Orientation Program 2014

VCE & VCE VET & VCAL Programs

Monday, 25 November

Friday, 6 December 2013

Following a welcome and general information session at the commencement of the program, all students will begin their 2014 scheduled classes. Staff will commence the course work detailing information pertaining to study design knowledge and skills, commence preparation for SACs & SATs and outline tasks to be undertaken as preparation for the year ahead. Attendance is compulsory for Senior School students. Class rolls will be marked and absences counted towards students' attendance records in their respective studies in 2014.

Please note the Year 12 Study Camp is scheduled for Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 February 2014, to be held at the CYC city campus. Further details and information will be forwarded to students during their orientation period.


VCE Student Assemblies-

Year 11- Commencement of Period 5 @ 1.30 pm

Year 12-Period 6 @ 2.45 pm

Monday, 21 October

Last Day Year 12 classes- 3.05 pm

Wednesday, 23 October

Year 12 Breakfast 8.00 am9.30 am

Year 12 Formal- Venue: Leonda by the Yarra 6.30 pm 11.00 pm

Thursday, 24 October

Year 12 Unit 3/4 Written Examination Period

Wednesday, 30 October

Friday, 22 November

Last Day Year 11 classes

Friday, 1 November

Year 11 Examination Period

Wednesday, 6 November

Thursday, 14 November

Year 11Year 12 HEADSTART Orientation Program

Year 12 classes 2014 commence (2 weeks)

Monday, 18 November

Friday, 29 November

Current Year 11 students finish

Friday, 29 November

Valedictory evening/Year 12 Reports issued-

Venue: George Wood Performing Arts Centre  7.00 pm10.30 pm

Wednesday, 20 November

Year 10Year 11 HEADSTART Orientation Program

Year 11 Classes 2014 commence (2 weeks)

Monday, 25 November

Friday, 6 December

Current Year 10 students finish

Friday, 6 December

Year 12 VCAA Results available to students & final results to schools

Monday, 16 December

Anna Panas

Senior School Leader

Junior School News

Year 8 Surfari: October and November 2013

What do you call a Year 8 without a Surf Camp? Grumpy! Want to stop being Grumpy? (6 out of 7 dwarves say “yes”), then come along to the Year 8 Surfari.

In October and November the Junior School will be running a series of Surfari Activity Days, consisting of:

·        A scenic coach trip to Anglesea

·        A surf lesson with the tried and tested surf school ‘Go Ride a Wave’

·        A fantastic pizza lunch

The trip will culminate with yet another scenic coach trip home (sit on the same side of the bus to see all the sights!). Classes have been allocated to the following dates:

·        8F & H: Tuesday, 29 October

·        8 D & J: Wednesday, 6 November

·        8 G & K: Thursday, 7 November

·        8 B & C: Tuesday, 12 November

·        8 A & E: Wednesday, 13 November

In order for these events to proceed (and who could think of a better way to spend a summer day?), consent and payment must be completed by the end of Week 1, Term 4. Please speak to your Year 8 student about this activity, and use Compass for consent and payment. If you have any questions, please contact the Junior School Office. 

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Team Leader


Audiences were thrilled by a highly entertaining mix of comedy, tragedy, mask and music, as our Elltham High School Drama Ensemble presented ‘Romeo and Juliet’, over four action-packed nights. This was a highly crafted ensemble piece, ably directed by ex-student, Tom Franklin. The large cast worked in a very creative and highly disciplined fashion, alternatively delighting and terrorising the audience, as they danced, declaimed and emoted their way through a searching examination of the Shakespeare original.

Particular highlights were the final performances of our Year 12 members, Jesse Ishai, Maddie Edwall, Hannah Jones, Fiona MacDonald, Chelsea Heaney, Ben Dance and Harry Foote. The performance was also distinguished by the outstanding musicianship of Bridgett Basset-Smith and Brianna Eastaway, on grand piano, and the best ‘Rock and Roll’ band in the world, ‘The Little Men’, Dougal James, Ned Baddeley, Josh Lacey and Matt Stone.

Congratulations to all involved.

George Franklin

Drama Ensemble Leader


Youth Art for the Youth of Eltham: What is it like to be a Youth in Eltham?

Students have the opportunity to participate in a workshop with local Eltham artists Syd Tunn and Ona Henderson, to design and paint a banner and a mural at the Eltham War Memorial; the site of the new Youth Services Centre. 

Workshops will be held on:

·        Monday, 23 September


·        Wednesday, 25 September


·        Monday, 30 September


·        Wednesday, 2 October

All sessions will run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Students can attend one or more of the workshop, and are not required to commit to all four.

The theme of the banner and mural are based around ‘What it is like to be a youth in Eltham’, and how superheroes and cartooning can represent youth culture.

If you are interested, please contact Linda McLeod, Teaching and Learning Coach, at

Linda McLeod

Musical Notes

Celebration of Music Concert

Last night was our Celebration of Music Concert, held at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar. You may ask why we have our concert at this venue, and the reason is to enable us to seat our audience of 600 strong.

Traditionally, this celebration provides the large ensembles with the opportunity to showcase their skills to parents, and demonstrate the huge improvements which have been made, even in the short space of time since the Mid-Year June Concert. It also provides the opportunity to bid farewell to our Year 12 students who have been such an integral part of the Program. Fantastic music, talented students, dedicated staff and supportive parents all makes for a wonderful evening! Thank you to everyone concerned.

LOST: Left at last night's concert were several umbrellas and a charm bracelet.  Awaiting collection from the Music Office.

‘New Band’ Auditions for Term 4

This week the students are having auditions for the establishment of the 'new bands' in Term 4; anticipation will be high. Your child will be informed of their placement, and subsequent rehearsal times, promptly.

We take this opportunity to thank students, staff and parents on their wonderful work and achievements in what is always a busy term, and wish them a relaxing break, in preparation for Term 4!

If you have any queries regarding the Music Program, please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127, or email Jill at

Rick Plummer
Director of Music

Eltham High School Swimming Squad ‘Lap-a-Thon’: Thursday, 17 October

The Eltham High School Swimming Squad is running its annual ‘Lap-a-Thon’. The funds raised this year will be donated to the Nillumbik Shire Christmas ‘Wish Giving Tree’. Once again, our swimmers will be asked to swim as many laps as possible in an hour. The money raised will purchase presents to fill hampers for those in our community who do not get to celebrate Christmas as they would wish.

We are keen to get as many swimmers involved. Please feel welcome to come down and swim, help out with lap counting, or just enjoy the charged atmosphere as our squad reach out to make a difference in our community.  

Date:               Thursday, 17 October

Time:               6.45am Sharp! (Swimming commences at 7.00am)

Location:        Eltham Leisure Centre

After:              Breakfast at Eltham High School

The aim is to swim as many laps as possible, within the allocated hour, without placing your feet on the bottom of the pool. Any stroke is permissible, as are kick boards.

We hope to see as many old and new swimmers as possible!

Please contact Phil Boyd on 9430 5265 or Louise Heathcote on 9430 5123 for further details.

Phil Boyd

Junior School Coordinator


Year 8 Boys’ Table Tennis Victory

Congratulations to our Year 8 Boys’ Table Tennis Team (Matt Strebinos, Tilmann Stewart, Drew Holland, Ayrten Korakis, Lachie Fyffe), who were victorious at the round robin on Wednesday, 11 September. Beating teams from 7 other schools, the boys achieved 5 wins 6 – 0 and 2 wins 5 – 1. Good luck at the Northern Zone Competition next term.

Peter Nicholson


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 – Monday, 16 – Friday, 20 September:

Please note that due to Diamond Valley College (DVC) students attending City Campus, from 16 - 20 September, non DVC students who travel via the College Bus Network are advised to be at their stop 15 minutes prior to normal departure times in the morning to allow the bus to drop off at the Diamond Creek Station.  Afternoon buses will run as close to normal time as possible.  

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 are now open for 2014 placements with the Victoria Police. If you would like to apply for next year, please email your interest to Mr Pringle at, and an application pack will be forwarded to you. Please note the final date for acceptance of applications is Tuesday, 15 October 2013.

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


Safe Party Information

The following information is drawn from Eltham High School’s ‘Safe Party’ Factsheet.  This provides lots of valuable guidance for parents and teenagers who might be planning a party. I would encourage you to read the information, and if you have any questions, in relation to it or would like further advice, to contact me here at school.

Louise Heathcote

Student Wellbeing



Guidelines for safe partying—for parents

Guidelines for hosting teenage parties








Eltham High School

 Hosting Teenage Parties

We all love a party and it is important for teenagers to celebrate, have fun and learn social skills. However, no parent welcomes drunken behaviour, property damage, personal injury or gatecrashers.

As a parent, you are the host and have a “duty of care”. You should do all you can to provide a safe environment or you could be held liable if anything goes wrong, even after the party.

At Eltham High school, students in year 9 learn about personal safety issues and the legal requirements about the consumption of alcohol through the Party Safe unit. They are expected to show an understanding of the legal age and the planning behind a safe and successful party.

Bearing this in mind, here are some tips to consider when planning a party for teenagers.


Written invitations have many advantages:

› They are a first point of contact with other parents

› You can work out how many guests to plan for if you include an RSVP

› Invitations send the message that the party is for invited guests only

› You can tell guests what you expect from them, e.g. dress code, whether alcohol will be provided, the finishing time

› Don’t invite guests by SMS, email or through social networking sites such as Facebook—you have more control of the guest list with written invitations. If you do use Facebook, ensure that the event is private and for invited guests only


In 2009, new drinking guidelines were released. They say that for children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking is the safest choice.

› Children under 15 years of age are at the most risk of harm from drinking. It is especially important that this age group doesn’t drink alcohol.

› For young people aged 15–17 years, the safest choice is to delay the introduction of drinking for as long as possible. If drinking does occur, it should be at a low risk level and in a safe place, supervised by adults.

Make sure you know the laws in your state or territory relating to giving other people’s children alcohol. In a number of states, such as Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, it is an offence for a person to supply alcohol to someone who is aged under 18 years on private property without parental consent. A no-alcohol party is a valid choice. You may decide to ask teenage guests to hand over any alcohol to you when they arrive. Remember:

› You have a right to confiscate alcohol, although it is preferable to do this away from other guests.

› You need to work out what you will do when the guest leaves. You could be held liable if you return alcohol to a young person who then consumes it after leaving and gets into trouble. Consider your approach, such as contacting the guest’s parents, or holding the alcohol until the following day.

What you should do if you decide to serve drinks at a party

Tell parents ahead of time.

› Ensure no one under 18 years is served alcohol unless you have their parent’s explicit approval.

› Set up an agreement between yourself and your teenager about alcohol and adult supervision.

› Only make alcohol available from one area and have a responsible adult, who is not drinking alcohol, serving.

› Take special care to control how much alcohol is drunk and serve only low-alcohol drinks. Make sure non-alcoholic options are on hand.

› Avoid punch and any unsupervised drinks that could be spiked.

› Ensure that food is readily available for all party guests. Try not to serve salty snacks as they make people thirsty and could cause them to drink more


Keep your teenager’s guests amused—and distracted from drinking—with activities such as pool, sports, competitions, trivia, music and karaoke.

Gatecrashers and security

› If you are concerned about security, restrict the guest list.

› Register your party with local police—they often run “party safe” programs.

› If having a big party, consider hiring security.

Have only one entrance to the party. Secure side or back gates if necessary.

› Organise for your teenager and a reliable adult to be on the door.

› Make sure that vehicle access is not blocked.

› Phone police if gatecrashers arrive.

› You should find out about insurance. If the party is on your property, contact your insurer about your home cover. If you’ve hired a venue, contact the venue management.


› Encourage parents of younger age groups to pick up their children at the end of the party.

› Find out how your guests are getting home and who is driving. If a guest has been drinking, they should not be driving.

› Young people may not be able to tell if someone else can drive them home safely.

› Encourage guests to come by taxi or with a driver who won’t be drinking.

Planning for “extras”

› Have some spare bedding available in case someone cannot go home for some reason.

› Parents’ phone numbers may come in handy. For example, to contact parents if a guest injures him or herself.

Further tips

Be careful that your attitude to teenage partying isn’t unduly influenced by the media’s negative portrayal of teenagers (and partying).

  Think about who you listen to and consult. Sometimes it is not useful to consult the advice of other parents as it may be framed by a different experience to yours.

  Parents own experiences of partying and alcohol and/ or the experiences of your teenager’s siblings are not a blueprint for your son/ daughter’s experiences. Making comparison with others who have made bad choices can sabotage all your efforts at communicating. The use of expressions such as “All teenagers…” can be perceived as patronizing.

  Think carefully as to whether or not it would be appropriate to enter a party (of another teenager) to check for adult presence or alcohol. Discuss earlier with your teenager how you will do this. If not handled discreetly, this can cause significant embarrassment and trust issues with your son/ daughter.

  Listen to the suggestions of your teenager as to how to set up the party and what food to serve. Negotiate what is reasonable for both of you. Property can sometimes be accidently damaged if left/ put in certain places that you think is best (eg: speakers outside may end up broken).

  Most teenagers behave responsibly or try to. It is easy to jump to conclusions that your teenager will succumb to peer pressure, will drink and lie. Young people want to be trusted and need certain freedom to prove they can build trust. Allow them to make mistakes. If young people’s independence is unreasonably curtailed, they may act in defiance of their parent’s wishes.

  Encourage open communication by plenty of listening. Guide by offering choices, options and clear expectations vs lecturing. Pick an appropriate time for both you and your teenager to discuss important, serious issues.

Drug Info fact sheet:



Senior Drama Solo Performances
















Laughing Waters Artist in

Residence Program


Birrarung and River Bend Open House

21 September 2013, 1.00pm – 4.00pm


The Laughing Waters Artist in Residence Program has been supporting the work of Australian and international artists since 2000.

The program is managed by Nillumbik Shire Council and Parks Victoria in two classic Eltham houses in secluded bushland near the Yarra River.  River Bend was designed by Alistair Knox in 1969 and Birrarung was designed and built by Graeme Rose and Gordon Ford in 1974.

All are welcome to visit the two laughing Waters artist residencies on 21 September 2013.

The Open House afternoon is an opportunity to see inside these two classic Eltham houses and to meet current artists in resident, Camille Serisier, Michaela Gleave and Melanie Scaife and view their work in progress. Come and join us in beautiful Laughing Waters Road for an afternoon of informal conversation, afternoon tea and to enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the protected bush at Laughing Waters.

River Bend – 130 Laughing Waters Road, Eltham

Birrarung – 95 Laughing Waters Road, Eltham Melway ref: 22 H9


Enquiries: Jane Woollard (03) 9433 3347





Come and try Little Athletics at

Willinda Park on

Sept 14 & 21 from 9-11am

Ages 5-15

All Abilities Welcome


YPRL Open Chess Tournament

Watsonia Library


Saturday 26 October

12.00pm – 5.00pm

Chess players of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in the Nillumbik-Banyule Open Chess Tournament.


This tournament is intended for entry level players. ACF-rated players are welcome to play but are not eligible for prizes.


This competition has limited places so

bookings are essential.




Debbie Robinson     Summer’s Dream


Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  3

Senior School News  3

Junior School News  4

Drama  5

Art  6

Musical Notes  6

Eltham High School Swimming Squad ‘Lap-a-Thon’: Thursday, 17 October. 7

Sport  8

Parents and Carers  8

Careers  8

Wellbeing  9


Debbie Robinson     Summer’s Dream    22

School Calendar  1

Canteen Roster  3

Upcoming Canteen Menu   3

School Term Dates: 4

School Absences  5

Compass ID Cards & Lateness Procedure  6

Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley Bus Network  6

School Term Dates  6

Smart not Scattered   6

Music Fees Due  6

Extra Maths Help   6

Homework Club   7

Japanese Language Classes  7

Why Not Get Involved!  7

Chess Club   7

Drama  8

Drawing Club   8

Eltham High School Swimming Club.. 8

Interschool Debating Team    8

Manga and Anime Club   8

Topline Tennis Coaching  8

Weight Watchers  9

Yoga at Eltham High School 9





School Calendar


Wed 18

School Council Meeting

Fri 20

End of Term: 2.30pm Finish

Mon 23

Malaysia Safari

(Mon 23 Sep – Thu 03 Oct)

Term 4


Wed 09

Year 12: Health and Wellbeing Workshop

Fri 11

Romeo and Juliet Performance

Mon 21

VCE Student Assemblies

Wed 23

Last Day Year 12 Classes: 3.05pm

Thu 24

Year 12 Breakfast: 8.00am – 9.30am

Year 12 Formal - Leonda by the Yarra: 6.30pm – 11.00pm

Tue 29

Year 8 Surf Safari 2013

(29 Oct – 13 Nov)


Fri 08

Art & Technology Exhibition

(Fri 08 – Sat 09)

Wed 18

Year 11 - Year 12 HEADSTART Orientation Program

(Mon 18 Nov – Fri 29 Nov)

Wed 20

Year 12 Valedictory Evening – George Wood Performing Arts Centre: 7.00pm – 10.30pm

Year 12 Reports issued

Mon 25

Year 10 – Year 11 HEADSTART Orientation Program

(Mon 25 Nov – Fri 6 Dec)


Sun 08

Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup

(08 – 13 Dec)

Mon 16

Year 12 VCAA Results available to students

Canteen Roster


Wed 18

Christine Muscat

Allison Jones


Thu 19

Leanne Cleary

Michelle Francis





















Upcoming Canteen Menu

Wed: Chicken Schnitzel Rolls

Thu: Lasagne

Fri: BBQ & Pizza in school grounds (no lunch from Canteen but icy poles and drinks available)






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)













Grumpy on Year 8 Smurfari



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







Music Fees Due

All Music Students


Last instalment for all music students due 20 September


Contact Cashier: 9430 5118



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



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:

















Solo Drama Performances