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Working Bee

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Principal’s Report

Eltham High School Art and Technology Exhibition

I congratulate all the students and the staff that contributed to the success of the Art and Technology Exhibition which once again was of a very high standard. The exhibition was open over the weekend and a number of locals were privy to the excellent work produced by our students throughout 2013.

The exhibition was officially opened by local and well renowned artist Deborah Halpern, and as she said in her presentation, she was astonished by the level of work as well as the variety of work on display.

The art, the visual communication and design, the wood technology, the fabrics, the metal work and the food technology were all outstanding, and the creative design that went into bringing all of the exhibited pieces to life needs to be commended.

Featured amongst the exhibited works were two installations. One produced by Year 12 student photography student Tess Newport (Stewart House), which allowed the viewer to interact with a calm serene environment that set the moment aside from the “craziness” of the everyday world. This was well received by the audience who viewed the exhibition. The other was created by Year 11 art student Jessica Black (Andrew House). This installation allowed the viewer to engage with an environmental experience where common materials such as concrete and steel were transformed into a green environment. The nest-type structure positioned in a creative manner at the far end of the enclosure seemed to be the core of the environment’s existence.

Of particular interest was the exceptional wood work, which remains located along the sides of the hallway leading from the front entrance.

I wish to acknowledge and thank our sponsors, Andrew and Trish Edgoose for their continued support of our students through the Claire Edgoose Awards for Excellence in Art; The Brock Foundation, for the Peter Brock Award in memory of past student Peter Brock; Mr Steve Herbert our local member of State Parliament for the Steve Herbert Award for Overall Excellence in the Arts.

I congratulate the following students who have had their work selected for the two annual acquisition prizes:

Isabel Rosenthal (Year 12, Andrew House)-The Wes Muir Acquisition Prize

Eleanor James (Year 11, Rutter House) – The Principal’s Acquisition Prize

Furthermore, I congratulate Tom Ross (Year 12, Andrew House) for having received the Principal’s Recognition of Excellence in Technology Prize.

I do wish to acknowledge the hard work of the staff in bringing together this exhibition, as well as all their helpers, students and volunteers alike who can share in the glory of an outstanding show. I finally congratulate Ute Leiner whose curatorial expertise provided the necessary leadership to bring the show together.

It was a great deal of effort for an excellent outcome by everyone involved.

Student Achievement

I congratulate all the students that represented our school at the 2013 Victorian All Schools’ Track and Field Championships. An extended report appears in a further section of this newsletter.

I wish to make particular mention of Maddison Coates (Year 10, Andrew House) who not only won the Women’s U17 100m and 200m challenges but also qualified for the National Championships to be held in Sydney early in 2014. A fantastic effort! I wish Maddie and all the students that participated in these championships the very best as they prepare for future challenges.

Final Working Bee for the Year: Sunday, 17 November

I take this opportunity to extend a personal invitation to all members of our school community to join me at the final Working Bee for the year. This Working Bee will constitute crucial work in getting the grounds ready for the coming summer months during the long break, and we need the support of everyone to get what needs done completed.

I wish to thank and commend the work of the Grounds Committee for all that they do throughout the year in planning for the work.

If you have an hour to spare on Sunday, 17 November from 9.00am, then please come and work alongside other parents, students and staff on this great effort.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Vincent Sicari


Assistant Principal’s Report

Student Dress Code

With the warmer weather arriving, it is timely to remind students about the school’s Dress Code requirements.

There is an expectation that students work within the Dress Code requirements at all times when they are attending school, this includes attendance at exams and Head Start programs for the following year.

We appreciate the support of families in encouraging students to comply with these requirements.

Middle School News

Year 9 Students – Last Day of School: Friday, 29 November 2013

All Year 9 students are required to attend school until Friday, 29 November 2013.  During the week after the exams (18 - 22 November 2013) students will review and reflect on their exams.  The following week (25 - 29 November 2013) students will complete a ‘HEADSTART’ program which is an orientation into Year 10, and all Year 9 students are required to attend. 

Work experience cannot be undertaken at this time unless you are part of the Volleyball Team and have negotiated with the Middle School.  Thank you.

Year 9 Activity Program: 19 May - 23 May 2014

As part of our Year 9 Activity Program “Challenging the Individual” a three day camp is included, along with two days of school activities.  The whole program will focus on personal development, team building, self-esteem and enjoyment.

To be able to run the Year 9 Camp in 2014 we require a deposit of $80.00 from each student.  The camp is an important part of our Year 9 Program, and to secure the camp venue booking, we must have the $80.00 deposit paid by Monday, 2 December 2013.   

The total cost of the camp is $320.00.  The remaining $240.00 will be payable in early Term 1, 2014. 

Please make payment of the $80.00 deposit, either through Compass via BPay, or to the Eltham High School Cashier (telephone: 9430 5118).  Thank you.

Middle School Semester Two Examination Period: 11 - 15 November 2013

Examinations are compulsory for all subjects.

Starting times: Each examination commences with a 10 minute reading period which is included in the times shown on your timetable.

Venues: The Performance Centre and designated classrooms, as indicated on students Compass schedule.

Students are not required at school during the examination week, except when they have an examination scheduled, or in the following circumstances: 

·         If students have an examination in periods 1 and 2, and none in periods 3 and 4, but have an examination scheduled for periods 5 and 6, they must remain at school for the whole school day. These students will be supervised, in designated rooms, during periods 3 and 4, and they are expected to use this time to study for their forthcoming examinations.

Students are not required at school until their first scheduled examination for the day. 

Students are not required at school after their last scheduled examination for the day.

Students are required to be at school 15 minutes prior to the commencement of their examinations.

Students will be issued with an examination schedule electronically. Copies of the examination timetable will be posted around the school, and are also published below. All students should have their examination timetable on their Compass schedule.

Please note that if there are any issues in relation to the examinations, please contact the Middle School Office.

Wed Nov 13


8:55 am –9:43 am

Yr10 English


9:43 am –10:35 am

Yr10 English







10:55 am –11:43 am

Yr10 – LOTE 


10:55 am –11:43 am

60 Min Exam

Year 9 Science



11:43 am –12:35 pm

Yr10 – LOTE


11:43 am –12:05 pm

60 Min Exam

Year 9 Science



1:30 pm –2:18 pm

Year 9 History





2:18 pm –3:10 pm

Year 9 History







Nov 14


8:55 am –9:43 am


60 Min Exam

Year 9 Maths






9:43 am –10:05 am


60 Min Exam

Year 9 Maths







10:55 am –11:43 am

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Nov 15

8:55 am –9:43 am

Yr10 Science



8:55 am – 9:43 am

60 Min Exam




9:43 am –10:35 am

Yr10 Science



8:55 am – 10:05 am

60 Min Exam



10:55 am –11:43 am (B6)


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1:30 pm –2:18 pm

Yr9 & Yr10

Catch Up Exams



2:18 pm –3:10 pm

Yr9 & Yr10

Catch Up Exams



Jodie Sutton

Middle School Team Leader

Calculator Sales for VCE Maths, Year 10 Maths Extension or Year 10 Core Maths 2014

A representative from the Organiser & Calculator King will be at the School:

Date:                           Monday, 25 November 2013

Time:                           12.30pm - 1.00pm

Location:                    Conference Room

Calculator Required:  TI-Nspire CX CAS

Cost:                           $185 To the Top

Payment Methods:   

Cheque or cash on the day: Cheque to be made payable to “The Organiser & Calculator King”. (Please ensure your name and phone number is included on the back of the cheque).

o    Payment by Credit Card: *Payment by Visa / MasterCard / Amex or Diners cards incurs a surcharge of 3%. Payment must be made by Friday, 22 November 2013.

You can pre-order and pay via the website and your child can pick up their calculator on Monday, 25 November at the School.

To receive this special offer, go to the Website

1.    Search for TI-Nspire CX CAS, (CODE: TINSCX)

2.    Add to cart and enter discount code ELTHAMHS in the coupon area.


3.    Fill in your billing information using your child’s name & address

4.    Your child’s calculator will be ready for pick up on Monday, 25 November at 12.30pm.

For further information contact the shop at Unit 6, 25-37 Huntingdale Rd, Burwood. Telephone: 9808 5633.

Mrs Milner

KLA Coordinator Mathematics

Middle School Outdoor Education visits the Otways

The wettest place in Victoria? Really? Whilst the semester 1 Outdoor Education class experienced the Otways in all its wettest wetness, the semester 2 class saw the Otways in its spring splendour. Given the conditions we experienced it is not surprising to learn that there is a place not far from Lorne called Sunnyside! Our 2 day trip consisted of a 10km waterfall walk, visiting Phantom, Henderson and Won Wonda Falls, as well as a delightful scamper through an area known as ‘The Canyon’. The pictures below reflect the scenery and the weather of the day. The morning of day 2 was spent sea kayaking with ‘Go Ride a Wave’ at Point Roadknight (Anglesea). The weather was even better than the day before, and the surf conditions were perfect for our abilities (or lack of!). Thanks to Danni Cotter for accompanying us on this trip; without teachers who are prepared to spend nights away from home, trips like this cannot happen.  

Phantom Falls                                               Henderson Falls

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Team Leader

Junior School

Going the Distance!

Starting this week, Year 8 science classes of Mr Baly, Mr Coventry and Mrs McDonald will form into groups to build bridges across room 909 using only one role of masking tape, one ball of string but unlimited amounts of cardboard.  There are two requirements that all groups must achieve:

·         The bridge may not touch the floor at any point, except at the feet of the tables.

·         It is to be built strong enough for someone to walk on. 

If I can walk across the bridge without it or myself touching the floor, then that group will win a special prize!

The students will form into groups of about 12 students, design and build a bridge that has to span the gap between two tables placed either side of room 909; a distance of 4 metres. Within their groups, the students will decide upon a leader who will then be responsible for making sure the group works harmoniously, that there is an agreed plan and that everyone has a job to do and it is kept on task.

In class, students will be shown various types of bridge designs to get them started; arch, beam, suspension, cantilever and the various types of truss bridges.  From these they can decide on which design is the most appropriate for the materials available and the skills within their group.

This project will take up the remaining 3 – 4 weeks leading up to the end-of-year program.  In a practical way, the students will use their knowledge of forces and materials science, the mathematics involved in geometry and measurement and collaborative learning through the functioning of the groups.

The challenge is now on so do check out the students' progress on the Community Newsletter and also on the school web page over the coming weeks.

Rob Coventry


School Notebooks

All school notebooks are to be handed into IT Support once a year for maintenance and an operating system upgrade. Please find below a brief schedule for school notebook maintenance; a more in-depth schedule will be released at a later date on Compass. It is important that you note the week you are to be updated. IT Support will collect your notebook from your class. You need to back-up your school files in your H: home drive and back up other files to a hard drive or usb. You will be without a notebook for 3 periods. It is essential that you update on the week that has been allocated to you.

If you miss the update slot you need to drop your notebook into IT Support the next day. Without the update your notebook will not work in 2014. All notebooks in Year 7 - 9 are to be updated prior to the school holidays. The 2014 Year 11/12's will be upgraded in the first two weeks after the holidays. 

Year Group 2013

Date For Maintenance

Year 9

18 November 2013

Year 8

2 December 2013

Year 7

9 December 2013

Year 12 (2014)

3 February 2014

Year 11  (2014)

10 February 2014

Craig Bradley

IT Leader

Musical Notes

Eltham Town Festival

On Saturday, 9 November the 2013 Jazz Band performed at the Eltham Festival.  Our students got back together specifically for this day, with a rehearsal the week prior.  Their professionalism shined through with a great repertoire, wonderful performance and a very appreciative audience (even if the weather was a little miserable!).  Thank you to our students and their conductor, Monty Mackenzie, for supporting the local community.

Chamber Ensembles Concert: Friday, 22 November

Date:               Friday, 22 November

Time:               4.00pm – 6.00pm

Location:        Drama Space

Entry:              Free

Please come and listen to our Senior Chamber Ensembles perform the pieces focused on this term; a great opportunity to appreciate the talents of our students!

Unit 2 Recitals: Monday, 18 November

Date:               Monday, 18 November

Time:               7.00pm

Location:        Drama Room

Parents and friends are welcome to support our students, and to hear the pieces they have worked on for this unit of study.

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.

Intention Form

We are still awaiting the return of a number of Intention Forms.  If your child has misplaced their copy, please email Jill in the Music Office, and she will forward you a replacement form. 

After School Voice Lessons

A couple of vacancies exist for after school voice lessons.  For further information, 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

Working Bee: Sunday, 17 November

The Grounds Committee has scheduled the final Working Bee for 2013 on Sunday, 17 November from 9.00am until 12.30pm, with both morning tea and barbeque lunch provided.  Please park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the Library and then register with a member of the Grounds Committee on the western side of the new building, just outside the Canteen. You will be directed to an appropriate task that is matched with your abilities.  Please remember to bring protective clothing, gloves and your drink bottle on the day.

The following tasks have been prioritised for the November Working Bee:

·         Several metal uprights need to be positioned and concreted into place in the inner Courtyard adjacent to room 138.  Sleeper retaining wall will then be completed at the February Working Bee next year.


·         Another 6m3 of soil needs to be barrowed into the garden complexes on the western side of the new building.


·         Pruning, weeding and mulching needs to occur throughout the garden complexes on the western side of the school, particularly around the Stadium and far western boundary.


·         Brush cutting and mowing needs to be completed across the campus complex.


·         Further paving needs to be completed around the edges of the raised box garden adjacent to the Stadium.


·         The paving surrounding the Memorial Garden and the lockers adjacent to the 700’s need to be pressure cleaned.


·         Further weeding and pruning needs to be addressed in the Environmental Reserves at the end of the tennis courts.

I look forward to your anticipated support on Sunday, 17 November.

John Coates

For the Grounds Committee


Australian Volleyball Schools Cup

Team lists are displayed on the volleyball information board in the Stadium and on the volleyball home page on the Eltham High web page: ‘Teams for Australian Volleyball Schools Cup’. -

Final information is now available on the volleyball web page. Simply select ‘volleyball’ on the Eltham High web page. On the volleyball home page select ‘Downloads’. The document ‘Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup 2013’ has all the details you will need leading up to this National Tournament.

The final payment is due on or before Friday, 15 November. This should be paid to the Cashier. Parental permission can be given on Compass.

Should you need more information, or clarification regarding the above, please free to contact me at

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State Volleyball Finals

Congratulations to the Year 8 Boys and Girls and the Rear 7 Boys on winning the Northern Zone Volleyball Finals last week. Those three teams now progress onto the School Sport Victoria State Volleyball Final at Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre on Tuesday, 26 November. Details are now on Compass.

Important Volleyball Dates for 2013:

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


2013 Victorian All Schools’ Track and Field Championships:

Maddison Coates literally showed the challengers a clean pair of heels in the Women’s U17 100m and 200m fields at the 2013 Victorian All Schools’ Track and Field Championships. 

Maddison went through each of the heats and finals unbeaten over the weekend of Championship action, establishing a decisive lead early in each race, and carrying it through to the finish. Her winning time in the 100m was 12.10 and in the 200m she won in 24.79. Both times are well under the qualifying times needed for the National Championships that are to be held in Sydney early next year.  The wins also qualify Maddison for the 2013 Australian All Schools’ Track & Field Championships to be held in Townsville in December 2013.

Nicholas Phillips commenced his program for the weekend by qualifying for the Final of the Men’s U17 400m in a time of 53.24. In the 800m, Nicholas finished 10th in the Final of the Men’s U17 800m in a time of 2:05.62.

Michaela Prunotto finished in 6th place in the Women’s U16 3000m in a time of 11:59.34.

Tim Logan was 8th in the Final of the Men’s U18 1500m. His time was 4:23.09.

All students are to be congratulated on their achievements at this year’s Victorian All Schools’ Championships.

Max Balchin

Secretary DVAC

Parents and Carers

2013 Mercury

Don’t miss out on your copy of the 2013 MERCURY!

Orders will be finalised on Friday, 15 November and will be mailed early 2014 to all families who have paid the ‘School Magazine’ voluntary charge on their family statements.

If you are not sure if you have paid, please check your current statement or contact

Don't be confused, MERCURY is a record of the school year and is very different to the student ANTHOLOGY of writing. MERCURY includes the class photos, samples of artwork, stories of student achievements and Faculty adventures as well as photos and details from some of the major school events - Swimming and Athletic sports, Drama production, Arts festival, Outdoor Ed, Overseas trips etc.

In fact you can even become involved - if you have ideas about what should be included or can write a paragraph about a significant school event or have some good photos that show our students in action, then please email them to Get them in before the end of November!

The magazine serves as a great record of our school community's achievements. By being published at the beginning of the following year, it doesn't get lost in the Christmas rush and will hopefully inspire students, staff and parents to get involved in the New year in a multitude of ways.

Ian Clark

Mercury Coordinator


Second Hand Book Sales For 2013

Starting Tomorrow!

Please note these dates

·         2013 Year 12 students may leave their books for sale at the second hand book room operating in the Y12 Study Centre for early collection of VCE books only on Wednesday, 13 November and Friday, 15 November from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

·         2013 Year 12 U3 + U4 English students are able to sell second hand copies of ‘The Lot’, RRP $29.95.  Please include on your second hand sellers sheet.  Also, if you have an unused workbook for PE, Indonesian or French, please also add to be sold.

·         2013 Year 11 students have received their booklists for 2014.  They may leave their 2013 books for sale and their 2014 second hand book order at the book room operating in the Y12 Study Centre for early collection of VCE books only on Wednesday, 13 November and Friday, 15 November from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

VCE students – to ensure your books are available for sale don’t miss out on these dates as orders for 2014 texts will be filled firstly with texts made available on these dates.  If you are unable to leave your texts on these early collection dates, the Book room will be open for general collection and orders from Wednesday, 20 November at 8.30 – 10.30am

·         2013 Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students will also be receiving their 2014 booklists shortly with a list of 2013 texts suitable for resale.

·         As from Wednesday, 20 November the second hand book room will operate from the Y12 Study Centre from 8.30 – 10.30am and families wanting to sell 2013 texts or order 2014 texts may do so until Tuesday, 3 December.

·         2013 Year 9 & 10 students can bring their books for sale to the Y12 Study Centre during the above times.

·         2013 Year 7 & 8 classes will be given the opportunity during classes commencing Wednesday, 27 November to take their books for sale to the book room.

Please organise with your child which books (if any) are to be taken to the book room for sale.

Place your ORDER EARLY….leave your Second Hand Book order forms at the General Office before Friday, 29 November (remember orders are filled on ‘first in’ basis).

All booklists are available at Click on Information/Second Hand Book Sales.

Kathleen Hannan

Finance Manager

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


Year 12 RSA and Bar/Waiting Skills Course:

Monday, 2 December – Tuesday, 3 December 2013  

On Monday, 2 December and Tuesday, 3 December there will be a course offered to provide RSA Certification and experience in bar/waiting skills.

The cost of the course is $135.00 and payment MUST be made to Mr Pringle in cash or by cheque (made payable to "Best Restaurant Training").

The minimum class size is 10, so please tell your friends and organise yourself now.

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.

Ross Pringle

Careers Coordinator

Student Wellbeing

Back to School Fund

Diamond Valley Community Support is about to launch its annual 'Back to School Fund'. This community support agency provides funding specifically for families in need at the commencement of the school year with 'start up’ costs for books, uniforms and school related materials.

To be eligible, families need to be living within the City of Banyule in the suburbs of Briar Hill, Bundoora, Greensborough, Macleod, Montmorency, Lower Plenty, St Helena, Watsonia and Yallambie. Please note this funding does not extend to Eltham residents. Families must also hold a current Health Care card. The program commences early November 2013 (Yallambie and Macleod residents commence the program in January 2014).

Please contact the Executive Officer, Colin Macklin on 9435 8282 for further information.

Support Groups for Parents and Carers

Is your 12 - 18 year old unusually sad or irritable and or losing interest or enjoyment in many activities?

Does he or she experience the following?

* Poor appetite or overeating

* Significant weight gain or loss

* Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

* Lack of energy or feeling tired

* Restlessness or moving really slowly

* Finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions

* Low self esteem

* Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness

You may also be worried about your teen showing signs of aggression, school refusal, drug or alcohol use or erratic behaviour.

Need help?

There are support groups in Geelong, Carlton, Box Hill, Ringwood and Lilydale.

Please contact Jo Skewes 9244 3055 or email:

Second Hand Books for Student Services

It is that time of year again to think about purchasing and ordering books for your son/daughter. Eltham high school has traditionally provided new and second hand books to families who would otherwise not be able to afford to purchase books from the major book companies. As we do not have a budget and a huge surplus of books in stock, we invite students who have previously borrowed books from Student Services, or who would like to donate used books to us, to deliver them at your earliest convenience. Student Services is currently in the process of sorting through the collection of books we have on our shelves and keeping stock of what will be of use in 2014.

Please see Eva Natsis if you would like to return or donate books.

Eva Natsis

Student Support Worker

Parenting Teenagers through Challenging Times

NMIT’s Youth Unit, in conjunction with the Youth Connections Program, present a free seminar to explore effective ways to develop a strong and supportive parent-teenager relationship, manage adolescent behavior, and guide teenagers in the right direction.

Date:               Thursday, 27 November 2013

Time:               6.30pm - 8.30pm

Location:        Northland Youth Centre Shop

J63A Northland Shopping Centre (next to Commonwealth Bank where the bus stops)

Preston VIC 3072

To register or for more information, please contact Brenda McKenzie on 9269 8352

Louise Heathcote

Student Service Leader

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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:


Phone:   9840-0082

Information regarding other languages and other VSL centres can be found on the VSL website:

Or contact the VSL Head Office directly:


Phone:   9474-0500

Register your interest now for classes in


limited places available

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Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  2

Middle School News  3

Junior School 6

School Notebooks  6

Musical Notes  7

Working Bee: Sunday, 17 November. 8

Sport  8

Parents and Carers  9

2013 Mercury  9

Second Hand Book Sales For 2013   10

Careers  11

Student Wellbeing  11


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  4

School Term Dates: 5

School Absences  5

Final Notebook Instalment  5

Smart not Scattered   6

Extra Maths Help   6

Homework Club   6

Japanese Language Classes  6

Why Not Get Involved! 7

Chess Club   7

Drama  7

Drawing Club   7

Eltham High School Swimming Club   7

Interschool Debating Team    7

Manga and Anime Club   7

Topline Tennis Coaching  8

Yoga at Eltham High School 9









School Calendar


Wed 13

Year 8 Surf Safari: 8A, 8D, 8E

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Sun 17

Working Bee: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Mon 18

Year 11 - Year 12 HEADSTART Orientation Program

(Mon 18 Nov – Fri 29 Nov)

Tue 19

School Council Meeting: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Wed 20

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

Year 12 Reports issued

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Fri 22

2014 Year 9 and Year 10 Subjects Published

Chamber Ensembles Performance: 4.00pm (Drama Room)

Mon 25

Year 10 – Year 11 HEADSTART Orientation Program

(Mon 25 Nov – Fri 6 Dec)

Tue 26

State Volleyball Final

Wed 27

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm


Mon 02

Year 9 Work Experience

(Mon 2 Dec – Fri 13 Dec)

Twilight Evening Concert: 6.30pm

Wed 04

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

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Sun 08

Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup

(08 – 13 Dec)

Tue 10

2014 Year 7 Orientation Day

Wed 11

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Mon 16

Year 12 VCAA Results available to students

Wed 18

Symphonic Band Performance: 7.00pm (BMW Edge, Federation Square)

School Council Meeting: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Thu 19

Year 7 – 11 Reports Online

End Term 4: Finish 2.30pm

(Year 7 and Year 8)

Fri 20

Staff Day



Wed 29

Start Term 1: Years 7, 11 and 12

Thu 30

Start Term 1: Years 8, 9 and 10












Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:

ARAFEMI Mental Health – Family Service Program

Pride March Victoria

School Term Dates







Canteen Roster

Wed 13

Julie Lewis

Tania Weddle

Thu 14

Joanne Grigg

Kathryn Phillips

Fri 15

Janine Aldred

Jemima Chianta

Mon 18

Tracy Abdallah

Kylie Ward

Tue 05

Volunteers Needed













Upcoming Canteen Menu

Wed: Chicken Salad

Thu: Lasagne

Fri: Hamburgers

Mon: Quiche

Tue: Wedges





School Term Dates:

Term 4:

Finish   Thursday 19 December:


            (Year 7 and Year 8)



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.





Final Notebook Instalment

The final instalment of the Year 7 and Year 8 2012 Notebook Program is due  30 November

Any queries, please contact Paula on 9430 5118

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

Coach: Whole School Professional Growth


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 – 8.45am

Melissa Hughes

Coach: Whole School Professional Growth


















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

Coach: Whole School Professional Growth

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

Coach: Whole School Professional Growth


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


























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:

Title: Child's P