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Absences:  9430 5299


Whole School Assembly

Friday, 11 October: 9.00am – 10.30am

EHS Mudbrick Tour

Volunteers Needed: Sunday, 20 October

Principal’s Report

Welcome Back

I welcome all students and staff for the start of Term 4 and trust that you all had a restful, relaxing break. This term will be a very busy term. It includes the final assesment period, particularly for our senior students. We continue planning for 2014, and to welcome the next cohort of Eltham High School students and families into our learning community. It will be a term with lots of excitement and joy, as we farewell our Year 12 students, the Class of 2013. We also feel a little sad at the conclusion of their six years of secondary education. As they move into their chosen pathways which will provide them with the opportunity to make their mark on the world, we will miss them! With all of this ahead, I look forward to both the challenges and the satisfaction that Term 4 brings.

Eltham High School Mudbrick Tour

The Eltham High School Mudbrick Tour will take place on Sunday, 20 October. This is the major fundraising event, conducted by the Music Support Group, and supported by the Shire of Nillumbik, Monsalvat and a large number of private enterprises.

I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to participate in this wonderful event that celebrates the history of the area and gives credit to a valued past. Information about the Tour is outlined in the flyer that accompanies this newsletter, but I do want to make a call for volunteers to support the running of this very worthwhile event.

All volunteers are invited to an Orientation Evening at Eltham High School at 7:30pm on Thursday, 17 October, to meet the home owners, help launch the guidebook, and cover logistics arrangements for the day. Drinks and Nibbles provided.

Please contact Simon Kennedy on 0417 431 020, or email:

Student Achievement

Junior Craft Award – Royal Melbourne Show:

Congratulations to Adam Moss (Year 10, Rutter House) for having been awarded the Royal Melbourne Show Technology Award for Junior & Senior Secondary Schools, as well as  the "Best in Show - Junior Craft Award -2013."

Adam submitted his carved student desk, which he began working on in 2012, and completed throughout this year. The imagery in the desk depicts sensitive and skilful cut-out images of Elephants.

Adam Moss: Royal Melbourne Show Technology Award for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, and “Best in Show – Junior Craft Award 2013”

It is fantastic to see that Adam’s hard work and commitment to this area of the curriculum has paid off with such outstanding accolades. I know that Adam would like me to acknowledge the teachers who supported him whole-heartedly throughout the creation of this fabulous masterpiece; Mr Phil Boyd and Mr Oscar Vitez.  This is a great achievement for this passionate and talented young man.

Adam has chosen to study Product Design and Technology Wood next year as an enhancement subject.

I wish Adam all the very best with his studies in 2014 and outstanding results when he completes his studies in 2015.

Space Camp

During the last Week of school, and part of the Term holidays, a number of our students attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. Our students were part of a collaborative project involving two other local secondary schools, Montmorency Secondary College and St Helena Secondary College. One of our staff members accompanied the group, in addition to the staff from the other two schools. Ms Naomi Edrees has reported that it was a wonderful experience for all involved and that the students were a real credit to our school, the parents, our community and our country. The students reported having had an awesome experience, and felt grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of this very enterprising initiative. I take this opportunity to thank Ms Edrees for her commitment to our students, and for giving up some of her family time to accompany our students on this adventure. Similarly, I wish to thank Mr Ross Pringle for, without his support, planning and organisation, this venture would not have come to fruition. An experience such as this is something that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Donydji and Gapuwiyak Community Trip

During the last week of Term 3, and part of the term break, a group of ten students and five staff ventured into Central Arnhem Land to visit the Donydji and Gapuwiyak communities.

This visit continues to build the relationship that was established with these communities, with the support of LaTrobe University and in particular, Neville White, past parent of Eltham High School, over the last few years.

From all reports this has been a life changing experience. The exposure to these communities has really changed, not just the thinking, but the feelings that our young people and staff experience in relation to our indigenous communities and people.

From the teacher’s end, all participants are part of an action research group who aim to ensure that indigenous culture and understanding feature in the curriculum of all young people at Eltham High School. A number of the discipline areas were represented in the group of teachers that participated in the trip: Jon Baly (Science); Phil Boyd (Technology); Cassie Kreymborg (Education Support); Ute Leiner (Arts); Diane Parry (SOSE).

From the student’s end, this has not just been a memorable experience but also one that is life-changing.

I take this opportunity to firstly thank both the Donydji and Gapuwiyak communities for welcoming our students and staff into their homes and lives. Secondly, I want to thank Jon Baly who has been the driving force behind this initiative, alongside Neville White. I then want to thank the five staff who, through their voluntary contribution of time, commitment and support, made this all happen. Last but not least, I want to both congratulate and thank our students who took part in the trip. They took our community into two remote aboriginal communities and are now prepared to share their experiences, thoughts and feeling with the rest of us. They are the future and really the ones who, through their work, will be able to turn the disadvantage that exists within our indigenous communities on its head. I have a great deal of faith in our young people and I know that with the support of our school and community their work will not go unnoticed.

Malaysia Study Tour

Over the term break twenty students and three staff travelled to Malaysia on the Biennial Indonesian Language Study Tour. This was a very successful trip that provided our students with the opportunity to practice their language, and develop a deeper understanding of Asian Culture. A highlight of the tour was a visit to our sister school Malacca High School. This was something that the students and the staff were looking forward to and it was a reciprocal visit to Malacca High School’s visit to us last year. Once again, our students represented us admirably and I congratulate them. I also take this opportunity to thank the three staff that participated in the trip: Bu Brady, Madame Nicassio and Mr Natoli, who gave up their time to make the trip possible. I am sure that the tour was the highlight of the student’s Term 3 break.

Day Before Melbourne Cup Day

Historically the day before the Melbourne Cup holiday has had very poor student attendance. As a consequence, and as a way of causing the least disruption to the educational program of the school, the last few years has seen this day used as time‑in-lieu for teachers. As clearly expressed in the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2013, and supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, this compensates teachers for the time that they allocate beyond work hours throughout the year to student progress interviews involving students, parents and staff.

In the past, irrespective of the time-in-lieu arrangement, the school has remained open on the Monday before Melbourne Cup Day, as Year 12 exams were on during that time, and the school is an examination centre. This shall also be the case this year. However, whilst this day would seem to be the most appropriate in terms of minimising disruption to the educational program of the school in the provision of time-in-lieu, I am writing to ascertain your intention to your child’s/children’s attendance on Monday, 4 November in order for us to plan effectively.  The school will be open on this day, and based on previous experience, due to poor student attendance, it is most likely that an alternative educational program will be in place. Your information will be valuable in ascertaining staffing requirements for this day.

I ask you to confirm with us only if your child will be attending on Monday, 4 November 2013 by contacting the appropriate Sub-School Office, either by telephone on 9430 5111 or by email through each of the Sub‑School Team Leaders by Friday, 25 October:

Senior Sub-School       Anna Panas

Middle Sub-School       Jodie Sutton

Junior Sub-School        Ross McKinnon

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

VCE Unit 4 Examinations will begin on Wednesday, 30 October with English, and will run for the following weeks, finishing with Indonesian on Thursday, 21 November. All students studying a Unit 4 subject will be busy revising and preparing for these examinations over the coming weeks, and we wish them all the best of luck. Please see the full timetable below:


30 October

9.00 am – 12.15 pm


English as an Additional Language (EAL)

31 October

9.00 am –
11.45 am


3.00 pm –
5.15 pm


1 November

9.00 am –
11.45 am


3.00 pm –
4.45 pm

Further Mathematics Exam 1

4 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

Further Mathematics Exam 2

11.45 am –
1.30 pm


VET Community Services

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Australian Politics

Classical Studies

Indigenous Languages

IT Applications

Japanese FL

5 November

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

6 November

9.00 am –
10.15 am

Mathematical Methods CAS Exam 1

11.45 am –
1.30 pm

Product Design and Technology

Theatre Studies

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Health and Human Development


7 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am


VET Hospitality

VET Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)

VET Information Technology

11.45 am –
2.00 pm

Music Style and Composition

Physical Education

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Mathematical Methods CAS Exam 2


8 November

9.00 am –
10.15 am

Specialist Mathematics Exam 1

11.45 am –
2.00 pm


Outdoor and Environmental Studies

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

History: Revolutions

VET Interactive Digital Media*

* computer based

11 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

VET Furnishing

VET Integrated Technologies

Studio Arts

11.45 am –
2.00 pm


3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Environmental Science

History: Australian

Specialist Mathematics Exam 2

Texts and Traditions

12 November

9.00 am –
11.45 am


3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Legal Studies

13 November

9.00 am –
11.45 am


 3.00 pm –
4.45 pm

VET Business

VET Equine Industry

Visual Communication Design

14 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

Agricultural and Horticultural Studies


11.45 am –
2.00 pm

Chinese FL

English Language

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Business Management

15 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

Food and Technology

11.45 am –
1.30 pm

Music Performance

VET Sport and Recreation

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm


History: Renaissance Italy

Industry and Enterprise

IT: Software Development



18 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

Systems Engineering

11.45 am –
2.00 pm



Japanese SL

Religion and Society

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm


19 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

VET Music: Technical Production

11.45 am –
2.00 pm

Global Politics

3.00 pm –
5.15 pm



20 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

VET Engineering

11.45 am –
2.00 pm


3.00 pm –
5.15 pm

Chinese SL

Chinese SL Advanced

21 November

9.00 am –
10.45 am

VET Laboratory Skills

11.45 am –
2.00 pm

Indonesian FL

Indonesian SL

Darren Squires

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

Musical Notes

Welcome back to a term of changes! 

2014 Band Lists

The 2014 band lists were posted on the Music foyer notice board on Monday, and students have been notified, via email, to check and confirm the times of their ensembles' weekly rehearsal.

Term 4 Ensembles Rehearsal Times:

Intermediate Band:   Thursday 7.30am

Concert Band:                        Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Symphonic Band:       Tuesday 3.30-5.30pm and Friday 7.30am

Training Band does not 'exist' this term, with members now in the Intermediate Band.

NOTE:  Junior Jazz, Jazz and Stage Band auditions are this week - rehearsals for these ensembles will commence next week.

Mudbrick Tour: Sunday 20, October

A reminder of the Mudbrick Tour on Sunday, 20 October; an event all of the Eltham community and beyond can enjoy.  Some of our senior students will be performing, from 10.30am – 11.30am; students involved will be notified and are to arrive at the Montsalvat Barn Gallery by 9.30am.

Twilight Evening Concert: 2, December

The Twilight Concert, involving all Large Ensembles, will be taking place:

Date:               Monday, 2 December

Time:               6.30pm (students to arrive at 6.00pm)        

Location:        Eltham High School

This event is a great opportunity to invite family and friends.

Music Fees

The last day of the payment plan was on Friday, 20 September.  It would be appreciated if any outstanding payments can be finalised ASAP.  If you have any issues with payment, please contact our Finance Business Manager, Kathleen Hannan, immediately on 9430 5111.

After School lessons: Term 4

We have a vacancy for drum kit on Monday at 4.45pm.  If you are interested, please contact Jill in the Music Office.

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

Working Bee

The Grounds Committee has scheduled two Working Bees for Term 4:

·         Sunday, 27 October

·         Sunday, 17 November

More details to follow in next week’s Newsletter.

John Coates

For the Grounds Committee


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 - 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 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


Family Violence

Northern Integrated Family Violence Services and Women’s Health in the North are offering a series of workshops and support groups for women, children and men who have experienced family violence, difficult relationships or trauma.

Please contact Louise Heathcote, Student Services Leader, at for more information, or Carmen Hawker, NIFVS Admin & Project Support, Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS)

Women's Health in the North

... Making all the difference to the health and wellbeing of women in Melbourne's North

Phone: 03 9484 1666

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

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Guidelines for safe partying—for parents

Guidelines for hosting teenage parties

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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.

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Black Saturday – ‘The Tree Project
Here is your one chance to see the completed tree with the amazing canopy full of over 3,000 leaves before we take the tree to its final home. We'd be delighted if you joined us for this celebration. 
On Saturday 30 November, the culmination of nearly five years work by ‘The Tree Project’ will be unveiled to the community for the first time as a completed tree.
The unveiling will take place at the Whittlesea Agricultural Showgrounds, we will be opening to the public at 1pm and inviting people to come and walk around the tree (it will be on its side on a low loader trailer).
We will have local Rotary, Lions Club and CWA community groups providing refreshments for a small fee (all money goes back into their volunteer programs).
We will also have some wonderful musical performances during the afternoon, from local school groups and community groups.
At around 2pm, we will have a small ceremony with words of thanks from The Tree Project to all who supported us (it’s a long list!) and we will have a ceremony where the last word in the final message of thanks is stamped into the tree by two blacksmiths (blacksmiths always get the last word), this will be the official moment of completion for the tree.

You are welcome to come and see the tree between 1pm and 4pm on the 30th November in Whittlesea, but in order that we can let our community caterers know how many people to expect, please indicate on Facebook if you are going, or if you are a maybe, by visiting

























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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.



Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  4

Senior School News  6

Musical Notes  7

Eltham High School Swimming Squad ‘Lap-a-Thon’: Thursday, 17 October  8

Working Bee  8

Sport  9

Parents and Carers  9

Careers  9

Wellbeing  10


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   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

Topline Tennis Coaching  8

Weight Watchers  8

Yoga at Eltham High School 9







School Calendar


Wed 09

Year 12: Health and Wellbeing Workshop

Fri 11

Whole School Assembly

Year 10 Romeo and Juliet Performance

Thu 17

EHS Swimming Squad ‘Lap-a-Thon’: 7.00am

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)

Mon 11

Middle School Exam Week

(Mon 11 – Fri 15)

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)


Wed 04

2014 Year 7 Parent Information Evening: 6.30pm (Performance Centre)

Sun 08

Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup

(08 – 13 Dec)

Tue 10

2014 Year 7 Orientation Day

Mon 16

Year 12 VCAA Results available to students

Canteen Roster


Wed 09

Christine Farrugia

Beth Buckton-Smith


Thu 10

Leonie Knoblock

Ali Burley

Heather Febo


Fri 11

Kerri Laing

Pip Charlton


Mon 14

Natasha MacLeod

Mara Dale


Tue 15

Christine Muscat

Allison Jones













Upcoming Canteen Menu

Wed: Chicken Schnitzel Rolls

Thu: Meatball Subs

Fri: Lasagne

Mon: Nachos

Tue: Meatball Subs




School Term Dates:

Term 4:

Finish    Thursday 19 December – 2.30pm


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






Middle School Outdoor Education Students:  Indoor Rock Climbing







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

Yoga focuses and calms the mind.  It develops strength and flexibility.

Relaxation fosters contentment and replenishes energy.

Term 4, 2013
Wednesdays 4:45pm

All teachers, students, parents and friends welcome.

·         Dynamic Yoga for flexibility in hips, shoulders and spine;

·         Standing poses for strength and balance;

·         Pilates for core strength and tone;

·         Deep relaxation.

10 Week Course Commences  Wednesday 9 October


1 hour sessions.  No experience required.  All equipment provided.

Where: Room 408

Cost: $120  (students: $108)

Come and Try: $12

Instructor: Gillian Lazenby

Phone: 9444 0700

Bookings essential. Register and pay at:

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