TERM 4 WEEK 3
TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2013
30-60 WITHERS WAY ELTHAM VICTORIA 3095
PHONE (03)9430 5111 – FACSIMILE (03)9431 0448 – EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Absences: 9430 5299
The Year 12 Class of 2013 will be completing their formal classes on Wednesday, 23 October through the traditional ‘count down’ at 3:10 pm in the Central Courtyard. On Thursday the Year 12 students have been invited back to school for a celebratory breakfast, which will be followed by the Year 12 Formal on the same evening. I take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of them on their completion of either VCE or VCAL, and I wish them well for their upcoming exams.
A series of assemblies took place on Monday, 21 October, and every year level including the Year 12 students, were informed of the expectations around behaviour as we move into this period of celebration. I ask parents to have a conversation with your children in relation to these expectations. It has been made clear to all Year 7 -11 students that this is not their time for celebration and that the expectation is that classes will continue as normal in an orderly manner.
For the Year 12 students, it is their time for celebration, and we wish to support them to ensure they have a very successful and positive closure to their secondary school education.
I look forward to your support and to enjoying the final days of the Class of 2013, as has been the case in past years.
Eltham Mudbrick House Tour
Congratulations to all the organisers for what undoubtedly has been the best organised “Mudbrick House Tour” yet. I particularly wish to congratulate and thank Mr Andrew Evans for his leadership of this wonderful initiative, the major fund raiser for the Eltham High School Music Support Group.
Everything seemed to align beautifully on the day: the weather; the beautiful homes; the music and, as a result, the level of enjoyment that came from the experience was very high. I do wish to acknowledge the generosity of the owners of the five homes that were donated to “the cause” for the day. Also, the organisers, the volunteers and the writer, editor, photographic researcher, photographer and the designer of the Booklet, Mrs Lynnsay Prunotto, Julie Jay, Jane Hinwood, Mr Ian Clark and Mr Steve Guest respectively. I also wish to thank our two major sponsors; The Shire of Nillumbik and Montsalvat, as well as all the other sponsors that contributed to making the event such a success.
Most importantly, I do want to acknowledge the amazing talent of our students, the Community Choir and their director, Mr Jamie Yung, and the Music Department. The student performances in the Barn at Montsalvat set the scene for a wonderful experience from the day. I thank them for their hard work and commitment and again congratulate them for their outstanding performances. Below you will find a short paragraph written by Jeannette Davison, Arts Manager at Montsalvat.
“On Sunday, 20 October the Barn Gallery at Montsalvat was filled with the gorgeous sounds of performances by the Eltham High School Music students. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and their dedicated teachers for providing our visitors with such a professional, beautiful musical experience. We will not be surprised to see your students perform in a professional capacity in our spaces in the years to come. Bravo!”
A great deal of work went into bringing this initiative to fruition. Everyone should be very proud with the outcome. A great effort!
Chess Victoria State Final:
I congratulate Cameron Yung and thank him for representing Eltham High School at the Chess Victoria State Final. Cameron was one of 150 students that participated in the tournament. I believe that the strength at the top end was incredibly high and Cameron did very well finishing on 5 points from 7 games. His final standing was 20. In his final round Cameron played against one of the International Masters. This is a great effort and one that needs to be acknowledged.
We need more students to engage with the Chess Club and I call on all parents to encourage their children to give this some consideration. More of our students should be presenting to the State championships in future years.
Eltham High School Anthology:
I congratulate all the students that have contributed to the Anthology and I draw our community’s attention to the website which was recently launched at the last whole school assembly.
The student Anthology is a collection of writings and art works, which not only encapsulate, but highlight the talents of the Eltham High School students. I congratulate the student editors and their support teacher Mr Stephen Ford. I encourage you all to visit the website in order to experience the talent.
Working Bee: Sunday, 27 October
I extend a personal invitation to all members of our community to join me at the next Working Bee which will take place on Sunday, 27 October starting at 9:00 am. The Grounds Committee has done quite a lot of planning for this event, and is looking forward to your support on the day. A good deal of work needs to be achieved as we begin to plan for the summer months and the coming long break, so the more in attendance the more can be done. As always, a delicious morning tea and barbeque lunch will be on offer. Students, parent, grandparents, friends, visitors are all welcome. This coming Sunday, the Eltham High School Working Bee is the place to be. I look forward to seeing you all there.
I take this opportunity to thank the Grounds Committee for their ongoing commitment of the school and for the hard work they do as a collective and for what is achieved.
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
Year 11 Written and Performance Examination Timetable – Semester 2, 2103
Starting Times: Each examination commences with a 5 minute reading period which is included in the times shown in the timetable.
Examination Length: English - 2 hours; General Maths Methods & Maths Methods - 2 examinations: 1x 1 hour and 1 x 2 periods.
Drama Performance examination (Individual timetable to students of Performance timeslot).
All other examinations are two periods in length.
Venues: The Performance Centre; Drama Performance exam - Drama Room 111; Music - Room 321; VET IDM- Room 418; Rooms 402-404.
End of examination period
Year 11 - 12 HEADSTART Orientation Program:
Monday 18 November- Friday 29 November, 2013 (Year 12, 2014 classes commence)
Year 12 Study Camp:
Wednesday 19 February – Thursday 20 February, 2014
Senior School Leader
Class Requests Year 8 2014
Can Year 7 parents please note that all Year 7 students recently received the following message on their Compass Newsfeed:
'Dear Year 7 students, we will soon be creating Year 8 class lists for next year. All Year 7 students are invited to collect a form from the Junior School Office which allows you to submit your requests for next year. This form needs to be signed by a parent and returned to the Junior School by the end of October. Late submissions will not be accepted.'
Student requests provide one part of the information used to create our Year 8 classes. Details of the mechanics and the philosophy of this process are provided on the form itself. Parents are required to countersign this form, ensuring that the topic has been discussed and that you are aware and informed of the process. If you have any questions about, or would like to discuss this process, please contact Ross McKinnon or Peter Seymour in the Junior School Office.
Junior School Team Leader
Malaysia Study Tour 2013
The Malaysia Study Tour 2013 included destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, the National Park in Taman Negara, Kuantan and Malacca. Our activities included:
· City tours
· A visit to Petronas Towers
· A visit to the Pasar Malam night market, bargaining in Indonesian
· Engaging in traditional arts; batik making and making pewter bowls at the pewter factory
· A visit to Taman Negara National Park, a tropical rain forest which is 130 million years old, where tapirs, wild boars, monkeys and deer’s roamed close by.
· A Day at the Elephant Conservation Centre, feeding and bathing with elephants
· Trip to the Turtle Conservation Centre to learn about conservation of these endangered animals
· A fun day at the Sunway Lagoon theme park
· Fun rides on becaks
· Henna painting on hands
· Face painting with colours from river bed pebbles at the rain forest
· A visit to our sister school, Malacca High School, where students attended classes, gave speeches, played a friendly hockey match (we lost) and made new friends.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students most sincerely for their excellent behaviour and to Mr Natoli and Madame Nicassio for their assistance.
Here are some comments from the students: Mirringa Temby, Alanah Chapman and Makayla Walker:
“The Malaysia trip was just amazing. We saw so many different sides of Malaysia, such as cities, the countryside, national parks and our sister school Malacca High School.”
A Report of the Eltham High School Students and Staff Visit to Malacca High School:
On the morning of Wednesday, 2 October everyone woke up at 6:45 am to be ready to go and have a great experience at Eltham High Schools’ sister school, Malacca High School. After a 2 minute walk from the hotel we were soon greeted by the some of the boys and the school Principal, as we entered the school gate. After Mr Han Hasan (the teacher in charge of the Sister School Program) introduced himself, we were then taken through their main buildings to the back of the school, where there was a large, open classroom and a canteen. The Vice Principal welcomed us to their school and to Malaysia, and Mr Natoli thanked them on behalf of our school. We watched as primary school girls performed 2 gorgeous traditional dances.
After morning tea, we were given an opportunity to introduce ourselves to everyone, with Eltham High students speaking confidently. We then went on to play the Malacca High School boys in hockey. After a fun, exhilarating and very sweaty game of hockey and a delicious lunch, 10 students had the opportunity to visit the classrooms during lesson time. Louise, Khadija, Juweria and both Alanah and I were lucky enough to join in with an art class, where we made woven handcraft. We all had such an amazing day meeting the students, teachers and having the chance to go to Malacca High School.
By Makayla Walker and Alanah Chapman, Year 9
A BIG thankyou to all involved in the Mudbrick Tour on Sunday; the families who so generously opened their homes to the public, parents who volunteered to be in attendance at homes, music support group members, students who helped doing general jobs, and students and staff who provided musical entertainment in the morning at Montsalvat.
A special thankyou to the overseer of this event, Andrew Evans, who put in a huge amount of organisational work, to ensure the day ran smoothly.
Calendar of Events
A ‘Calendar of Events', for this term, has been forwarded to Training, Concert and Symphonic Band Members. Please check the dates and if any dates clash, please email Jill in the Music Office, or send a note to the Music Office explaining the situation ASAP.
Eltham Town Festival
This year's 'old' Jazz Band is going to perform at the Eltham Town Festival:
Date: Saturday, 9 November
Time: 12 noon -1.00pm
Location: Eltham Town Square
Information regarding this event has been emailed to students' families.
Upcoming Performance for This Year's Training Band
Victorian School Music Festival:
Date: Tuesday, 12 November
Time: Students to arrive at school by 8.30am
Location: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre
Return Time: Students returning to school by 1.00pm
Students taking part have been given a flyer regarding this event.
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.
Students have been given an Intention Form for next year. Can parents please complete their form, sign and return to the Music Office by Friday, 1 November. If your child has misplaced their copy, please email Jill in the Music Office, and she will forward you a replacement form.
After Schools Program
Vacancy for Guitar Lessons:
Time: 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup: 8–13 December
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The final payment is due on or before Friday, 15 of November.
Year 8 Round Robin
Congratulations to our Year 8 boys and girls who won the Volleyball Round Robin competition at the Leisure Centre last Thursday. All teams played very well, with the 1st Team playing the 2nd Team in the Final of both boys and girls competitions. The winners (each 1st Team) will now go on to the Northern Zone Finals on Tuesday, 29 October.
Thank you to; Ruby Boyes, Lachlan Clark, Tom McInerney, Jaimee Dawson, Ellis Evans, Carly Notting, Katelin Smith and Brianna Mountford for doing a great job refereeing, and thanks to Amy Sutton, David Dunn and Cameron McCormick for coaching.
Important Volleyball Dates for 2013:
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: 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Student Services Leader
The 4th Sunday in the month. Familyzone, a space for your family to grow. An hour of intergenerational, interactive fun, followed by a light meal ($10 per family includes meal). Come and bring the whole family.
October is ROCKtober at Familyzone. There'll be rockstars, making 'rockyroad', a rockwizz...
ROCKTOBER is all about building ROCK SOLID FOUNDATIONS FOR OUR KIDS
Join us @ 3.29pm!
Sunday 27th October
37 Taunton Street,
Register: 9842 4744...or just 'rock up'
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
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
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
Working Bee: 9.00am – 12.30pm
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: Fried Rice
Fri: Warm Chicken Salad
Tue: Meatball Subs
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
Coach: Whole School Professional Growth
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 – 8.45am
Coach: Whole School Professional Growth
Location: 111 Drama Space
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Art/Technology KLA Coordinator
Location: Room 168
Coach: Whole School Professional Growth
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