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Twilight Evening Concert

Monday, 2 December: 6.30pm

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Volleyball Team for their win of the School Sport Victoria State Volleyball Final at MSAC yesterday. The Girls performed admirably as they took down their opponents in each of the matches they played. This is a fantastic outcome which adds to the string of successes experienced by the various teams throughout the year, bringing a total of 57 Volleyball Flags back to Eltham High School. In congratulating the girls I also wish to congratulate their coach, Ms Bree Pascoe for her unfailing support of the team and for the time she has put into coaching the team to such a fantastic outcome. Well done everyone!

Year 12 Valedictory

The Year 12 valedictory evening took place last Wednesday, 20 November. It was a fantastic night of celebration of our young people’s achievements, not only during 2013 but for most of them over the last six years of their secondary school life. Our guest speaker, Ms Moira Kelly, (Humanitarian) kept the audience in awe with the memories that she had collected from across the globe. Our Student Leaders did a wonderful job as MCs and our House leaders led the presentations of the certificates and awards. I acknowledge the attendance of our School Council President and his contribution to the awarding of the various certificates, and I congratulate all members of the Senior School Team: Mrs Anna Panas, Mrs Terri Wood, Ms Cindy Ahearn, Ms Natasha Geralovski, Ms Amanda Saliba, Mrs Jan Baddeley and Mr David Allender for their hard work in organizing the evening. I particularly wish to thank Mrs Vinnie Gandolfo for once again coming up with a scrumptious and fantastic looking Valedictory cake; from all accounts it was a great success. Well done everyone!


The Year 12 students, 2014 are almost at the closure of their HEADSTART program and the Year 11 students, 2014 have next week to go. It seems from all parts that the program is a real success and one that is welcomed by the students, the staff and the parents. It is important to acknowledge all the work that has gone to making this a real success. There has been a great deal of preparation by the individual staff, and each of the key learning areas,  to ensure that this is an authentic experience and one that can be built upon on the students return to school in 2014. At this point I wish to thank all the staff for their hard work and ongoing commitment to our students. The organisation of the program has meant rewriting a new timetable at a time when the Timetabler is quite busy and concentrating on the 2014 Timetable, so once again I do want to acknowledge the hard work of Ms Robyn Stephens in helping to make this happen. The Senior and Middle School Teams have also had a large part in the organisation of the program, as have the Assistant Principals. It is clear that this has come together through the cooperation and collaboration of a number of people and I congratulate and thank them. Last but not least, I wish to congratulate our students for their commitment and their ongoing hard work, which in turn has translated into the success of the program.

Student Safety

The issue of student safety through the circular drive is once again raising its ugly head. Student safety is of imperative importance, and once again I ask parents to take care when driving through the circular drive at the front of the school. At these times there are a number of students walking through that area and we would not like to see an accident occur. It would also be very much appreciated if parents did not park in the area of the circular drive; the purpose of the drive is that it is a ‘pick up’ and ‘drive through’ zone. Particularly, parking along the edge of the green area causes added congestion, thus compromising student safety. I look forward to your support with this.

Riding Bikes etc. and Wearing Helmets

Can I ask parents to ensure that if their child is riding to school in any form that he/she wears a helmet at all times. It is a legal requirement to wear a helmet when riding on the road and unfortunately over the last week or so I have noticed that some students are riding bikes etc. without using a helmet. It has been made clear to students that if they ride without a helmet their bike etc. will be locked up and that their parents will be called up to collect it. This is not about the school being difficult but purely about your child’s safety. Please speak to your child about this concern. Once again I thank you for your support.

Vincent Sicari


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.

Jodie Sutton

Middle School Team Leader

Book Listed Maths Resources for Year 9 and Year 10 2014

The following information is regarding the book listed Maths resources for 2014:

A Year 9 student needs the following items for Year 9 Maths:

1)    ICE-EM Year 9 books 1 & 2 (may be purchased second-hand)

2)    HOTMaths access code

3)    Texas Instruments TI30XB scientific calculator (or a similar scientific calculator)

A Year 10 student needs the following items for Year 10 Core Maths or Maths Extension:

1)    ICE-EM Year 10 books 1 & 2 (may be purchased second-hand)

2)    HOTMaths access code

3)    CAS Nspire calculator (In addition: retain the TI30XB calculator from year 9)

Please Note:

·         If the ICE-EM books are purchased new, they are bundled with the HOTMaths access code.

·         If the ICE-EM books are purchased secondhand, the HOTMaths access code must be purchased separately via North of the Yarra Bookshop.

To activate HOTMaths two codes are required: HotMaths code and a current book code

HotMaths is an interactive on-line product that provides the student with access to Australian Mathematics Curriculum resources to Year 10 across year levels. HotMaths includes tutorials, videos, self-assessments and a variety of practice and teaching materials. Students are linked to their class and class teacher. The material can be used both at home and at school. Each topic is organised to match the current text book. The codes are active for 12 months and expire in January.

A Year 10 student studying Foundation Maths 10 needs the following items:

1)    Jacaranda Foundation Maths set of books

2)    Texas Instruments TI30XB scientific calculator (or a similar scientific calculator)

Lyn Milner

KLA Coordinator Mathematics

Junior School

The Continuing Story of Bridging the Gap

Groups have commenced building their bridges, with various degrees of success.  There is a great deal of cutting cardboard, plaiting string, pondering how the bridge will be built and wondering if their creation will take Mr Coventry's weight!  Here is an update on what is happening with three groups:

The "Knight Clubberzz" have started building a suspension bridge, the first stage of which is to make the cables that support such a bridge. To make cables strong enough with only string, it has been platted into rope. Next will be the decking, and making towers that will hopefully hold up the bridge.

The "Kittens with Mittens" are making an arch bridge from both ends, Sydney Harbour style. But they have to support it while they do, with their heads.  We are still wondering if this is their long term solution to support Mr Coventry walking over the bridge!

The "Foodlepoppers" are making a combined truss and suspension bridge, with maybe an arch for good measure. Here we see them stress testing the decking; note the light-weight construction. I'm sure I weigh more than him though!

Rob Coventry


Musical Notes

Chamber Ensembles Concert

The Chamber Ensembles Concert was held on Friday, 22 November in the Drama Space.  It was a great afternoon of music, showcasing the various chamber ensembles in the Music program.  All the performances were outstanding, with special mention to the Year 7 Flutes Darcy Green, Heidi Neale, Eliza Stone, Andeli  Zuzic, Nicole Carter and Nellie Pascoe, for performing together for the first time.  

Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended the concert; it was great to have such a wonderful audience to perform to.

Twilight Evening Concert: Monday, 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 to listen to the wonderful music performed by your children; it has a little ‘touch of Christmas’!

Instrumental Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals

This is the last week of instrumental lessons and ensemble rehearsals.  Tutors will be assessing hired instruments for repairs/maintenance over the holiday period.

After School Lessons

Some after school lessons may still occur during the first week of December but tutors will inform students of these.

Forthcoming Performances

‘After School’ Students:

‘After School’ students of Natalie Bartsch and Ainsley Finn will have a performance opportunity:

Date:               Tuesday, 3 December

Time:               5.00pm

Location:        Eltham High School

Year 7 2014 Information Evening:

Our Stage Band will perform for parents and students at the Year 7 2014 Information Evening:

Date:               Wednesday, 4 December

Time:               TBC

Location:        Eltham High School

‘Empty Chair’ Concert:

Our Symphonic Band has been invited to a very special performance at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.  This has been organised by Tobin Bros for people to remember loved ones at Christmas:

Date:               Wednesday, 18 December

Students will receive more details from their conductor.

Second Hand Instrument Register

For those wanting to sell an instrument, it must be checked by our Music staff.  Instruments, labelled with the student's name, can be brought to the Music office next week for checking.  The cost is $10 to register.  Listings of instruments/contact details are given to parents of incoming Year 7s after the students have been told their instrument allocation in February. Sale of instruments is not guaranteed.

Intention Form

URGENT - we are still awaiting the return of a number of Intention Forms.  We need to know what your child is doing in 2014 regards their participation in the Music Program. If your child has misplaced their copy, please email Jill in the Music Office, and she will forward you a replacement form. 

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


School Sport Victoria State Volleyball Finals

Congratulations to our Year 8 Girls Volleyball Team, and their Coach Ms Bree Pascoe, on winning the School Sport Victoria State Volleyball Final at Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre.  Well done!


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.

A small number of players still have to make their final payment.  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

Australian Schools' Volleyball Cup – Practice Matches

Thursday, 28 November: 3.30 pm

CRT 3: Under 15 Girls Honours vs Under 15 Boys div 2 vs Under 15 Girls

Div 2

(3 games – each team plays 2 sets and referees one set)

Thursday, 5 December: 3.30 pm

CRT 1: Under 16 Boys Hon vs Under 16 Boys Div 2 vs Under 16 Girls Hon

(3 games – each team plays 2 sets and referees one set)

Senior Boys and girls: Training at 9.00am  Matches at 3.30 pm

CRT 3: Open Boys Honours vs U/17 Boys Hon vs Open Girls Hon

3 games – each team plays 2 sets and referees one set

Year 7 Students have the opportunity to play each Monday at 3.30pm

Important Volleyball Dates for 2013:

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





Second Hand Book Sales For 2013

·         VCE students – if you have been unable to leave your texts on the early collection dates, the book room will be open for general collection and orders from Wednesday, 20 November at 8.30am– 10.30am. 

·         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. 

·         2013 Year 12 We have orders for Literature, Further Maths, Photography, History but no texts to fill them.  So, if you haven’t already brought your 2013 texts in to sell, please do so!

·         As from Wednesday, 20 November the second hand book room will operate from the Y12 Study Centre from 8.30am – 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 10 There has been an order left at the Second Hand Book Room for Year 11 texts (Wood, Art, Further Maths, English) without a name or contact phone number.  If you think this may be your order, please contact the book room staff on 9430 5178 or 0428 122 638.

·         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


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

Hospitality Training Australia: Summer School

Hospitality Training Australia is looking to run a summer school at Eltham High School for students interested in obtaining skills and qualifications in the hospitality industry.  The course commences on Monday, 16 December and will have a break over Christmas and New Year before resuming in mid-January 2014. 

Fliers concerning the course are available from the Careers office and also on line.  There is a minimal cost ($21) that is paid directly to HTA.

If you are interested you can contact HTA on 9369 5551 or email:   You can also enrol on line.

Student Wellbeing

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

Wellbeing for Young People – Contact with Nature can be Restorative

Being in natural settings is intrinsically soothing and is shown to reduce unhealthy behaviour. Exactly why isn’t clear, but there is probably an evolutionary factor, as human beings and their predecessors were raised in, evolved in and likely designed for natural settings.

This affinity to natural life forms, what researchers term “biophilia,” is now being incorporated into new therapy techniques such as walk-and-talk therapy and adventure-based counselling, according to clinical psychologist Mary Gregerson of Heartlandia Psychology in Parkville, Mo. Being outdoors, she says, allows individuals an opportunity to “decompress” and can be a meditative experience. “You give yourself a change of pace and are able to lose a sense of that time pressure. It’s about being in the moment. That in and of itself is the achievement that you’re looking for.”

While the positive effects of nature have been illustrated in numerous studies, researchers are just beginning to understand why and how this happens. So heading in to the holiday period, make sure you and your family take time to "decompress" and commune with nature; we are lucky in Nillumbik to live close to it.

Via link: Contact with nature can be restorative Republican American.

Louise Heathcote

Student Services Leader

Tuning in to Teens: Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 December 2013

This workshop has no pre-requisites, so it is perfect for workers in caring professions who work primarily with children and adolescents over the age of 10. The price of the Tuning in to Teens workshop is $695.00 and includes a program manual with DVD. Catering is provided for the whole day.

To register online for Tuning in to Teens (credit card payment only), please click here

For cheque payment, please send us the form below accompanied by your cheque:
Download our Tuning in to Teens registration form

If you need any assistance using the online store or you would just like more information about the training, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also find more information and other training dates and locations at our website, , or call Nicholas Wright on 03 9371 0214.

What is Tuning in to Teens?

Tuning in to Teens is a parenting program that helps adolescents to develop emotional competencies. It teaches parents:

·         Awareness and regulation of their own emotions

·         Awareness of their children’s emotions

·         Skills to respond to their adolescent’s emotions in a way that helps the child to develop emotional competencies

Recent research has begun identifying central skills that help people to respond to emotions in themselves and others, and has found that better skills are associated with much better life outcomes. Research has found these emotional competencies to be related to fewer problems with depression, anxiety and behaviour problems. They are important for developing friendships, resolving conflict, learning (enabling young people to focus and concentrate), seeking support when needed, and achieving goals.

What is the program?

The program is a 6-session group parenting program with a structured manual for the facilitator to follow. The manual includes a range of resources, including handouts for parents (also on CD), and a DVD demonstrating the parenting skills showing families from a range of cultural backgrounds. The ideas and techniques taught in the program will are of specific relevance to parents of adolescents.

What is included in the training?

The training introduces professionals to the theory and research behind the program and outlines the philosophical approach, which is a focus on valuing emotions in the parent-child relationship. The training then covers the key skills taught in the program in an experiential way.


Those completing the training will be certified as Tuning in to Teens program facilitators

Who is the training for?

Parent educators, case workers, child protection workers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, guidance officers, teachers, child care workers and others working with children and families.

Tuning in to Kids: Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 January 2014

The next Tuning in to Kids training for facilitator’s workshop in Melbourne will be held on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 January 2014. Training will be held at the Mindful Centre in Flemington. The price includes a comprehensive program manual that can be used to run Tuning in to Kids parenting groups once trainees are certified as Tuning in to Kids Facilitators.

This innovative and interactive evidence-based group parenting program helps parents teach their children to understand and regulate their emotions.

 If you are interested in attending please choose from one of these payment options:

To register online for Tuning in to Kids (credit card payment only), please click here

For cheque payment, please send us the form below accompanied by your cheque:
Download our Tuning in to Kids registration form

Following the above training is an Intensive 1-day Tuning in to Teens workshop for previous trainees on Friday 24 January 2014. Please note: This workshop has the Tuning in to Kids training as a pre-requisite, so only trainees who have completed Tuning in to Kids may attend the 1-day Tuning in to Teens workshop.

To register online for Tuning in to Teens Intensive 1-day workshop (credit card payment only), please click here

For cheque payment, please send us the form below accompanied by your cheque:
Download our Tuning in to Teens registration form

 If you need any assistance using the online store or you would just like more information about the training, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also find more information and other training dates and locations at our website, , or call Nicholas Wright on 03 9371 0214.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Nicholas Wright

Administrator, Tuning in to Kids & Tuning in to Teens

Mindful - Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health

Building C, 50 Flemington Street,  Travancore   Vic  3032

t: 03 9371 0214 f: 03 9371 0250 m: 0412 263 769


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Principal’s Report  1

Middle School News  2

Junior School 3

Musical Notes  4

Sport  5

Parents and Carers  6

Second Hand Book Sales For 2013   6

Careers  7

Hospitality Training Australia: Summer School 8

Student Wellbeing  8


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  3

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













School Calendar



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



Canteen Roster

Thu 28

Leanne Cleary

Romy Gambeale

Fri 29

Tracy Clark

Sally Edwards

Mon 02

Eleanor Dawson

Tue 03

Melanie Ryan






Upcoming Canteen Menu

Thu: Lasagne

Fri: Hamburgers

Mon: No Special

Tue: No Special









“Knight Clubberzz”

“Kittens with Mittens”











Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:

Current Year 8 and Year 9 Students – Subject Selections for 2014

Pride March Victoria

School Term Dates

Year 9 Students – Taster Electives

Year 9 Students – Last Day

Year 10 Students – Is this your Second Hand Booklist Order?

Year 12 RSA and Bar/Waiting Skills Course

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