TERM 4 WEEK 2
TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2013
30-60 WITHERS WAY ELTHAM VICTORIA 3095
PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL: email@example.com
Absences: 9430 5299
I draw your attention to the achievements of the Eltham High School Athletics Team who recently competed at the Northern Metro Track and Field Championships. There were some fantastic performances, with a number of students going through to the State Finals.
I encourage you to read the results posted in this Newsletter and congratulate all students involved.
School for Student Leadership (Formerly the Alpine School)
Expressions of interest have been called for amongst our current Year 8 cohort for selection into the Leadership Program run at the School for Student Leadership (previously known as the Alpine School). The program for our region has been scheduled for Term 2, 2014 at the Snowy River Campus.
The program is a “live-in” that runs over a period of 9 weeks. Students interested have been asked to attend a meeting this week. More information on this appears in a further section of this newsletter.
The program requires not just commitment from the students but also from families, as well as a financial commitment. However, this is a great opportunity for a number of our students to take on the challenge of learning in a very different environment and then sharing their learning with their cohort back at school, as well as with the rest of the Eltham High School Community.
Mrs Christine Andrews is coordinating the program on behalf of our school, and she will be sending home some additional communication outlining the expected level of commitment from home, following the student meeting.
I encourage all parents of Year 8 students to speak with your children and support them to put their hands up for this wonderful opportunity. From past students’ feedback, this is an experience of a lifetime.
For further information, please contact Mrs Christine Andrews on 9430 5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Eltham Mudbrick House Tour
I extend a personal invitation to all our families and friends to take part in the 2013 Mudbrick Tour this coming Sunday, 20 October. This year, the tour will begin from Montsalvat, starting at 10.00am. Shuttle buses have been organised for this event. You can pre-purchase tickets by visiting www.trybooking.com
The houses on display are new additions to those shown in previous years, and I can assure you that you will not go home disappointed. Whilst this is the major fundraiser for the Eltham High School Instrumental Music Program it is also a very fitting way to celebrate the architectural past of the area.
I take this opportunity to first thank the house owners who have been willing to open up their homes to us and to the public, our major sponsors: The Shire of Nillumbik, Motsalvat and all the other sponsors that made this event possible. I will refrain from acknowledging everyone involved in the organisation of the event until next week’s edition of this newsletter, outside of saying that they all did a fabulous job.
I look forward to seeing you all there on the day.
Performing Arts Students
All of our performing Arts students will be undertaking their solo performance exam in the next few days. I take this opportunity to wish them all the very best as they make their final preparations.
A number of our students performed at the Whole School Assembly last week, displaying their talent and skill in extraordinary performances. Performances both planned and rehearsed, as was the case with Fiona Macdonald’s (Year 12, Andrew House) Drama performance, as well as improvisation, as displayed by Music students Maddison Carter (Year 12, Everard House), Jared Becker (Year 11, Andrew House) and Tom D’Ath (Year 12, Rutter House).
Once again all the very best with your upcoming examinations!
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 e‑mail through each of the Sub‑School Team Leaders by Friday 25 October:
Senior Sub-School Anna Panas email@example.com
Middle Sub-School Jodie Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Sub-School Ross McKinnon email@example.com
Shizuoka Education Exchange Experience
I was fortunate to be included in a teacher exchange through the Australian Education Union to Japan in the recent school holidays. The trip included a conference, a homestay and a visit to a school.
I spent a day at Atagawa Junior High School in the Shizuoka Prefecture. The school was small with only 176 students and catered for students in years 7 - 9. The school community were very welcoming and it was wonderful to meet and talk with the students in their English classes. While there are many common elements in schools that I observed, there were some significant differences that I would like to share:
· I observed little technology being used. Students were surprised to hear that our students had access to a personal laptop and wireless internet. Classrooms had blackboards and students working at individual desks.
· Lunch was provided for everyone, with students and staff eating lunch in the classrooms at their desks. A small carton of milk was served each day to all students and staff.
· At the end of lunch and at the end of the school day the school community actively participated in ‘cleaning time’. Schools in Japan do not employ cleaners - it is the responsibility of students and teachers to clean the school at the end of the day; that includes dusting, cleaning toilets, washing floors and removing all rubbish. I did not see any rubbish at all in the school.
· After cleaning time (approximately 3.30pm) all students attended a club. The clubs on offer at the school I visited were Kendo, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis and Music. All students attended their club every night for 1½ hours and they also attended the school on the weekend for further training. I would say that students trained for around 10 hours a week.
· At the end of the school day some of the year 9 students attended a private school to train for their entrance exams for entry into High School.
Teachers and students are at school for long hours, with many programs continuing on the weekend. The role of a teacher took on many different responsibilities throughout the day including teacher, coach and cleaner. Classes can be very large which limits access to individual attention for students.
The whole trip was an amazing experience and I want to thank the staff and students at Atagawa Junior High School for providing me with a new perspective on teaching in Australia.
HEADSTART ORIENTATION PROGRAM YEAR 11 & 12, 2014:
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:
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.
SENIOR SCHOOL TERM 4 DATES 2013:
Senior School Leader
Middle School Outdoor Education: Mount Kooyoora State Forest
Middle School Outdoor Education is a subject that aims to expose students to a variety of outdoor recreational experiences. These include lightweight camping and the complementary skills, such as cooking on lightweight stoves, sea kayaking, bushwalking, and navigation with a map and compass. In the first week of Term 4 the class undertook an overnight walk at Mt Kooyoora State Forest; a delightful little park in the rich goldfields west of Bendigo. Perfect weather meant that we could camp right on the summit of Mt Kooyoora, although this did mean that we all had to carry about 4 litres of water in our packs. Mt Kooyoora is believed to have been a significant site for the local indigenous people, playing a role both in birth and burial practices. Fortunately for us, we experienced neither of these on our trip, although we did visit an interesting stone tool making site.
Junior School Leader
School for Student Leadership (Formerly the Alpine School): Year 8 Students
A number of Year 8 students last term expressed interest in participating in the Student Leadership Program run by the Alpine School - now known as the School for Student Leadership.
For any Year 8 students who would like to apply for one of the 6 places, there will be a compulsory meeting on:
Date: Wednesday, 16 October
Location: Room 154
At this meeting the process for applying for a place will be outlined. You will not be considered if you do not attend this compulsory meeting. If there is an issue with this, please see me in Room 164, prior to Wednesday, 16 October.
Student Growth and Student Leader Coordinator
Rutter House Leaders are raising money for the development of future leaders through Reach Foundation Workshops.
The Prize for the raffle is a chocolate hamper valued at $50!
Tickets are: One Ticket $1
Three Tickets $2
Leaders will be coming around to classrooms selling tickets in the next week:
Wednesday, 16 Period 5
Thursday, 17 Period 4
Monday, 21 Period 2
The raffle will be drawn on Monday, 21 after lunch.
Buying a ticket would be greatly appreciated by the current Rutter House Leaders.
Rutter House Leaders
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.
VCE Students – Unit 4 Performance Exams
All the best to our VCE students taking their Unit 4 Performance Exams – we wish them well! These students also have a recital at the school prior to their exam to perfect their performance.
If you have any queries regarding the Music Program, please contact the Music Office on 9430 5127, or email Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grounds Committee has scheduled two Working Bees for Term 4, as follows:
· Sunday, 27 October: 9.00am – 12.30pm
· Sunday, 17 November: 9.00am – 12.30pm
As usual, we have a broad range of activities planned that will, once completed, enhance the amenity of the School environment. At this time of the year there are lots of weeds and grass that require attention. Families who have nominated their services for these upcoming events will be contacted by me for their confirmation in terms of attendance and job preference.
The following tasks have been prioritised for the event on Sunday, 27 October:
· 27 sleepers need to be cut and slotted into the metal uprights around the ironbark trees on the west side of the new building complex. Carpentry skills will be required.
· Placement of 8m3 of soil in the raised box gardens on the south side of the Stadium complex.
· Pruning, weeding and mulching in a range of locations across the campus complex.
· There are still a few bollards that need to be stained in the Central Courtyard complex.
· The wire fence on the western boundary of the back oval needs to be removed and tidied.
· The western boundary fence line needs to be tidied, weeded and mulched.
· Brush cutting and mowing in a range of locations across the campus complex.
· Weeding and pruning in the Environmental area adjacent to the tennis courts.
· Paving around the edges of the raised box gardens on the south side of the Stadium complex.
Please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the Stadium or on the back oval. Follow the directional signage to the School Canteen where you will be signed in by a member of the Grounds Committee and assigned an appropriate task. Please remember to bring protective clothing, gloves and your drink bottle on the day. Morning tea and barbeque lunch will be provided.
I look forward to your anticipated support on Sunday, 27 October.
For the Grounds Committee
The EHS Swimming Squad offers students a one hour structured program at the Eltham Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings from 7.00am, under the guidance of Coach Neroli Nixon. With summer around the corner now is a perfect time to improve your swimming, as well as your fitness. Students from all year levels, and of all ability levels, will find the squad a friendly and supportive one. Weekly sessions cost $10 to cover lane hire and coaching fees. Please contact Phil Boyd on 9430 5265 or Louise Heathcote on 9430 5123 for further details.
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 for further details.
Junior School Coordinator
Northern Metro Track & Field Championships 2013:
Fourteen Eltham High School students have won their way through to the School Sport Victoria State Athletics Championships, to be held at the Lakeside Stadium on Tuesday, 22 October.
The students listed below qualified for the State Finals at the Northern Metro Track & Field Championships that were held at the Meadowglen International Athletics Centre on Thursday, 12 September:
Michaela Prunotto 18-20 Years 3000m
15 Years 1500m
Gabby Seymour 18-20 Years 1500m
Isis Lowery 17 Years High Jump
Maddison Coates 16 Years 100m, 200m, Long
Isis Lowery, Caitlin McGregor,
Louise Alford, Gabby Seymour 17 Years 4x100m Relay
Chris Bridge 18-20 Years 400m
Lachlan Dalgliesh 16-20 Years Shot Put AWD, 100m
Sam Richards 17 Years Long Jump
Nicholas Phillips 17 Years 400m
Tim Logan 17 Years 1500m
Nicholas Phillips, Sam Richards,
Billy Marshall, Darcy Howe 17 Years 4x100m Relay
Northern Metro Track & Field Championships 2013
Meadowglen International Athletics Centre – Eltham High School Results:
The Diamond Valley Athletic Club welcomes anyone interested in a season of track and field athletics. The Athletics Victoria Shield Season of Club Athletics gets under way on Saturday, 19 October. For further information, check the club website at www.valleyaths.org, or contact Max Balchin (DVAC Secretary) on 0409 350 280.
Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup
All participants in this year’s competition should be receiving forms in the mail. If you have not received information about the AVSC Competition, please collect it from Mr Thomas in the stadium.
The first payment was required by the end of Term 3. Team lists are displayed on the Volleyball notice board in the Stadium and on the Volleyball page on the Eltham High web page. If you are not able to take part please let Mr Thomas know this week at email@example.com
The final payment is due on or before Friday, 15 of November.
Year 8 Round Robin
Five Year 8 Volleyball teams are taking part in the Volleyball Round Robin on Thursday, 17 October.
Students should attend Period One, and then meet in the Stadium at 9.45am, before going to the Leisure Centre. A copy of the draw is displayed on the Volleyball notice board.
Eastern Institute of Volleyball Summer Boys Program
The Eastern Institute of Volleyball, led by very experienced Coaches, Bill McHoul and Liam Sketcher, will be running a series of training sessions for boys on Monday nights from 7.30 till 9.00pm.
Students interested can read more details on the Volleyball notice board.
Important Volleyball Dates for 2013:
17 October Year 8 Volleyball Round robin
29 October Year 8 Northern Zone Volleyball
30 October Year 7 Northern Zone Volleyball
30 October (2014) Intermediate Round Robin (Year 8 and 9 students)
26 November Year 7and 8 State Volleyball Final
8- 13 December Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup
If your child has a unique sporting moment, or is selected in a State or National Team, please let us know so we can share the good news. (I have copies of the Nillumbik Sporting Achievement Grant application form if you require one).
Volleyball/Elite Sports Coordinator
Dates of Interest for Diamond Valley College Bus Network
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
Monday, 2 December – Friday, 13 December 2013
All Year 9 students, who will be 15 years of age at the time of the work experience, are eligible to participate. For students who will not yet be 15 years old, there is still the opportunity to work at a pre-school or primary school. The normal ‘Work Experience Arrangement Forms’ are used in both instances.
If your child is not going to participate, a written note must be handed into the Careers Office, or an email sent, detailing alternative arrangements. Please note there will be no alternative school program provided during this period for students who are not participating in the Work Experience Program.
Now is the time to get something organised, whether it be with one or two employers for the period. Please contact Ross Pringle on 9430 5133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Zoos Victoria Work Experience: February – April 2014
Are you keen to be part of the workforce at Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary? If you are, then access the site below and download the application forms. Please note, to take part in this work experience you will need to be 15 years of age by the time of the placement.
Your application must be handed into the Careers Office for checking and confirmation. All completed applications will then be sent by Mr Pringle to Zoos Victoria.
Victoria Police Future Employment Experience Program 2014
Applications 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 email@example.com, 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 http://www.ysa.org.au/melbourne
· Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ysamelb
If you like the idea of YSA, please consider participating in ‘The Science Experience’ (TSE) which is run every year in January at different universities across Australia. TSE runs for 3 days and is aimed at students in Year 9 and Year 10.
Gurrumala (Formerly Donydji) Cross Cultural Exchange
Victorian School of Languages
Is your child interested in learning another language?
At Doncaster Secondary College on Thursdays after school in 2014, the Victorian School of Languages will be offering:
Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin)
These classes are available to any Victorian school student.*
Grade 1 to Year 10 students: $70 per year
Year 11 & 12 VCE students: $85 per year
* Note: Overseas (non-permanent resident) students:please contact Area Manager
The Victorian School of Languages is a government language school within the Department of Education, consistently producing exceptionally high results in VCE languages every year. There are currently 55 languages offered through the Victorian School of Languages at 40 different schools around the state. Most classes run on Saturdays, but some run after school during the week. VSL also offers a range of Distance Education language programmes, through to VCE.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in one of the VSL languages offered on Thursdays at
VSL at Doncaster Secondary College, please contact us at:
Information regarding other languages and other VSL centres can be found on the VSL website: http://www.vsl.vic.edu.au/
Or contact the VSL Head Office directly:
Register your interest now for classes in
limited places available
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.
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 http://www.treeproject.abavic.org.au/news.html
Year 7 Students and Year 9 Boys HPV Vaccination: Period 1 and 2
EHS Swimming Squad ‘Lap-a-Thon’: 7.00am
VCE Student Assemblies
Year 12 Media Short Films: Performance Centre 7.00pm
Last Day Year 12 Classes: 3.05pm
Year 12 Breakfast: 8.00am – 9.30am
Year 12 Formal - Leonda by the Yarra: 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Year 8 Surf Safari 2013
(29 Oct – 13 Nov)
Art & Technology Exhibition
(Fri 08 – Sat 09)
Middle School Exam Week
(Mon 11 – Fri 15)
Year 11 - Year 12 HEADSTART Orientation Program
(Mon 18 Nov – Fri 29 Nov)
Year 12 Valedictory Evening – George Wood Performing Arts Centre: 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Year 12 Reports issued
Year 10 – Year 11 HEADSTART Orientation Program
(Mon 25 Nov – Fri 6 Dec)
Year 9 Work Experience
(Mon 2 Dec – Fri 13 Dec)
2014 Year 7 Parent Information Evening: 6.30pm (Performance Centre)
Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup
(08 – 13 Dec)
2014 Year 7 Orientation Day
Year 12 VCAA Results available to students
Wed: Warm Chicken Salad
Sunday, 20 October
Volunteers Needed – Can You Help?
Only a 3 hour commitment:
· 10.00am – 1.00pm
· 1.00pm – 4.00pm
All volunteers will receive a free ticket for the Mudbrick Tour
Please contact Simon Kennedy on 0417 431 020
Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:
Finish Thursday 19 December – 2.30pm
Start Wednesday 29 January
(Years 7, 11 and 12)
Thursday 30 January
(Years 8, 9 and 10)
All Junior, Middle & Senior School absences can now be reported to:
(designated 24 hour answering service)
Please advise: name of child, year level, reason for absence and length of absence.
After school support group to assist students with time management and organisation skills.
Location: Room 136
Time: 3.15pm – 3.45pm
Location: Room 706
Time: 3.10pm – 4.00pm
Maths KLA Coordinator
Location: Room 908
Time: 3.15pm – 4.00pm
Junior School Coordinator
Japanese Language Classes are available:
Location: Room 136
Time: 8.10am – 8.45pm
Location: 111 Drama Space
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Art/Technology KLA Coordinator
Location: Room 168
Location: Eltham Leisure Centre
Time: 7.00am – 8.00am
Junior School Coordinator
Location: Room 166
Location: Room 156
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.
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.
Yoga focuses and calms the mind. It develops strength and flexibility.
Relaxation fosters contentment and replenishes energy.
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: www.geniuswellbeing.com.au/elthamhigh.html