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End of Term 4

Thursday, 19 December Finish 2.30pm

Principal’s Report

Year 7 2014 Orientation Day

Today we welcomed our 2014 Year 7 students into our school community. A wonderful group of very excited and energised young people walked through our doors and it was great to watch them arrive, enter the Performance Centre and take their place within our school. They looked confident and determined to enjoy the day. Lots of smiles and laughter, although I suspect that there was also a level of nervousness and apprehension hidden deeper inside, but by the end of the day these had all been alleviated. A great deal of work has gone into the planning of this day and this has paid off in the positive experiences provided for the students. I know that Eltham High School will support them to learn, develop and take their place in the world.  I extend a warm welcome to all the families that join our learning community for the first time and those for whom this is not the start of a new relationship but the continuation of one that started sometime in the past and that will continue to be nurtured.

Today was the first time that our new students experienced what it will be like to attend Eltham High School and I am sure that they will have arrived home with lots to tell. This morning at assembly I strongly encouraged them to talk to their parents/guardians about their experiences throughout the day. I know that parents are looking forward to asking their students about the first day at high school; just be prepared because they did promise me that they will tell you.

Do ask your children about their day. Ask them about their experiences in class, in the playground, in making friends. Ask them about their teachers for the day and about the way that they interacted with them. Ask them what they found interesting and about the friends that they have made.

I hope that every child will be able to relate a very positive experience. However, if your child did come home with some concern I ask that you let us know immediately by contacting Mr Ross McKinnon (Junior School Team Leader) at . We want to do our very best to ensure that every child begins their secondary education in the most positive of ways. We hope to be able to resolve any issue immediately within the constraints that we have.

I was fortunate enough to visit every class during the day and all I can say is that I saw great excitement, passion and optimism. Feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive, as has been feedback from the staff and I look forward to welcoming our Year 7 students back from the summer break on Wednesday, 29 January. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the great work of the Junior School Coordination Team, in particular Mrs Melissa Hughes (Transition Coordinator) and Mr Ross McKinnon (Junior School Team Leader) for their organisation of the day, and of course, all the other staff that contributed to making this day a great success.

Year 7 End of Year Program and Year 8 Morph Program

The Year 7 Program and the Year 8 Morph Program began well on Monday, 9 December. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side, but we ventured on regardless. In Year 7 students are engaging in a study of our Indigenous Australia and are experiencing as much of the culture as possible within the limitations of what can be provided in a school. In Year 8 the Morph Program is focusing on community and in particular our community, the Eltham Community. Students are engaging in a range of activities which are akin to our school value of social responsibility. Feedback so far has been very positive for both programs and I thank the staff involved in the planning and organisation of these programs, including our daily organiser Mrs Cathy Cukier, who has been worked off her feet to ensure that everything runs smoothly. I ask parents to continue the support of the programs by ensuring that their children continue to attend up until the last day Thursday, 19 December and I thank you in anticipation.

Eltham High School Volleyball

This is a very busy week for our Volleyball players; they are out and about defending our position in the National League, at the National Volleyball Competition at MSAC, and at the Dandenong Volleyball Stadium. There are too many teams for me to mention them one by one, and lots of staff and volunteers coaching and managing teams. I wish all the students well and I hope to get a chance to get out there and see them in action.

Symphonic Band Performance at BMW Edge, Federation Square

This free concert on Wednesday evening, 18 December starting at 7:30 pm, will feature the Eltham High School Symphonic Band, as well as 25 choristers from the Australian Children’s Choir, Aldous Tria, the winner of the 2013 VCASS John Hopkins Award and entertainer and media personality, Denis Walter.

Those attending will be invited to bring with them a small gift to be distributed by the Salvation Army to Melbourne’s less fortunate families at Christmas.

Assistant Principal’s Report

Term 4 Curriculum Report

As I write this, students are engaged in a wide variety of activities around the school, including a number of new curriculum initiatives. Students in Year 7 are involved in a fantastic program that explores our historical and contemporary connections to indigenous culture and history. The program has been developed by a highly committed team of staff and allows students to explore and experience these concepts through a variety of practical, hands-on learning activities. The learning from this program translates directly into the curriculum for students in 2014 when they enter Year 8.

Our current Year 8 students are involved in the Morph program which is designed to engage students in exploring their local community through varied learning activities. Students have been out and about (in all weather!) and involved in a wide range of practical activities and events. Currently, students are in the ‘Tuning In’ phase of the program, designed to connect them to key skills and ideas before they apply this knowledge using the inquiry based learning process. The Morph program has also been designed and led by a dedicated team of staff and I congratulate them and thank them for their efforts in creating this experience for students.

VCE and VCAL students for 2014 (Units 1 – 4) have now completed their respective HeadStart programs. Staff have been very pleased with the level of engagement that they saw from students across these two weeks. The ability to gain this class time ahead of the summer break will hopefully allow for productive preparatory work during this period, as well as increased teaching time in the New Year. We are currently considering how this program might operate in 2015, and as a parent, I would encourage you to direct any feedback regarding the HeadStart program to myself via email (

The last few weeks are the culmination of much hard work from students. I wish all students and their families a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Tim Natoli

Assistant Principal

Senior School News

Year 12 Study Camp: 19 February – 20 February 2014

The 2014 Year 12 Study Camp will be held at the CYC City Campus situated at 538 Collins Street, Melbourne.

The Program involves students actively continuing their VCE Year 12 preparation by engaging in a range of curriculum, study and research skill workshop sessions as well as health and wellbeing and team building activities.  All activities will be undertaken under the direction of Eltham High School teaching staff as well as external facilitators.

We will be travelling to the city site by bus, departing Eltham High School on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 9.15am and will request parents/guardians to collect students the following evening Thursday February 20, 2014 at 7.30pm from the CYC site. Students will need to bring morning tea and lunch for the first day, as we will commence the three Study Skills Workshop sessions facilitated by Elevate Education upon our arrival.

The cost of the Camp will be $260.00 per student payable to the School Cashier by Wednesday February 12, 2014. All payments are to be finalised prior to attendance at Study Camp. The cost is all inclusive of transport to the City site, activities/workshops*, specialised personnel, guest speakers, catering and accommodation. We believe that the program is particularly worthwhile and an integral part of the Senior School Program for students. Attendance at the Study Camp is considered to be compulsory and builds on the HeadStart Orientation Program (Monday 18 November - Friday 29 November, 2013) facilitated by members of staff at school. A payment plan is available should you request this.

Should you have any queries about the Study Camp Program please do not hesitate to contact the Senior School Office.

Anna Panas

Senior School Team Leader

Middle School News

2014 Subject Selections for Current Year 8 and Year 9 Students

The 2014 subject selections for current Year 8 and Year 9 students will be re-published on Wednesday 11 December, 2013.

Please log onto the Intranet, click on ‘My Details’ and your subject selections will be listed in the middle column under the heading ‘Subjects Allocated’.  Wave your mouse over the subject codes to view the full name of the subject.

Jodie Sutton

Middle School 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 Day of Reckoning!

Six classes (fourteen groups) set out three weeks ago to construct a bridge over a 4 metre gap using only cardboard, string and masking tape.

Now the great day has arrived, the day when the bridge will be put to the test by my walking over them.

“Da da Batman”, “The Turtles”, “Kittens with Mittens” and all the other groups began with great designs in prospect, but one by one the task has proven to be too great and they have fallen by the wayside; given up!

But one group, “The Foodlepoppers”, succeeded in building a bridge; a composite design encompassing elements of three different types: suspension, arch and a lattice truss. With time running short, compromises were made and shortcuts taken to get the bridge to at least hold up its own weight. But once assembled, it was time for the test – my walking over it!

But alas, my first step onto the bridge was also a step straight through onto the floor!

So the prize for building a bridge across Room 909 remains to be won; maybe by the Year 8’s of 2014!

Rob Coventry


Musical Notes

Seeking New Instrumental Students

Do you know of a student starting at the school next year who plays an instrument?  The Music Department is keen to follow up on their expertise!  Please email Jill in the Music Office at or phone 9430 5127

Rick Plummer
Director of Music

Swim Squad Fundraiser Lap-a-Thon Christmas Hampers

Last Thursday, eight lucky shoppers from the Swim Squad descended upon K Mart Greensborough; trolleys and calculators in hand. Their task was to spend $1, 800; money raised by their efforts several weeks ago in the Eltham Leisure Centre Pool at the annual Swim Squad Lap-a-Thon. The students purchased a range of gifts and toys suitable for boys and girls both, under and over ten years of age. 

The amazing array of gifts are on display under the Christmas tree in the foyer until the end of this week, when members of Nillumbik Lyons; Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Eltham Baptist Church will take them away, wrap them and distribute them to families in our community who are in need.

Thanks go to all those that have supported the Swim Squad this year; those that swam in the Lap-a-Thon, our happy shoppers: Lachie Chapman, Alex Grigg, Ruben Hayes, India Heys, Bryn Hider, Sarah Krause, Indigo McKinnon, Marcus McLennan, Felix Smith, Joel Taylor, and the support staff: Neroli Nixon (Coach), Lyn Davis and Louise Heathcote.

Louise Heathcote

Student Service Leader


Year 8 Boys SSV State Basketball Finals

Congratulations to the Year 8 Boys on making the State Basketball Finals for the 2nd year in a row. The event was held at MSAC on Thursday, 28 November. I would like to congratulate all the boys for this wonderful achievement and thank their coach, Trent Grindall, for working with the boys this year.

Results were:

Eltham High School defeated Warrnambool

Eltham High School defeated Berwick

Eltham High School lost to Notre Dame

The boys missed out on making the Final by a percentage; hopefully they can go one better next year!

David Allender

Senior School Coordinator/Basketball Coach


Year 8 Girls SSV State Tennis Finals

The Year 8 Girls Tennis Team competed at the State Finals on Thursday, 5 December at Boroondara Tennis Centre. 

Results were:

Eltham defeated Dromana Secondary College                         3:3

Eltham defeated Emmanuel College                            5:1

Semi Final: Eltham lost to Maribyrnong College           2:4

A terrific effort by our girls, in wet and cold conditions. Overall placing 3rd in the state!

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Year 8 Girls Tennis Team: Danah McMillan, Madi Hart, Natasha Snell and Ebony Turner

Lucy Bowman


Parents and Carers

DEECD Back to School Program: Information Regarding Starting Secondary School

For information about starting Secondary School, please click on the DEECD website link below:

Diamond Valley College Bus Network

Diamond Valley Bus Network - Bus Applications for 2014:

For students who travel on the Diamond Valley Bus Network, please note that applications for 2014 are now overdue. If you have not already submitted your application, please do so as soon as possible.

Diamond Valley Bus Network - Term Dates:

Pease note the following Term dates. Bus times will alter for END of terms. 

2013 Term 4:  Last day for buses Thursday, 19 December at 3.00pm


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

Eating Disorders

If you have a child or loved one with an eating disorder or are concerned that someone you love may have and would appreciate some expert advice and information please be aware that Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) provide a very comprehensive web site and now offer a Psychology service which is Medicare rebatable

EDV are very excited to announce that the EDV Psychology service has expanded and have recently welcomed psychologist Dr Dion Nowoweiski  to the team. All psychologists at EDV have extensive experience in the field of eating disorders, and bring their knowledge and expertise to helping adolescents and adults, as well as their families. If you would like to book an appointment with one of our psychologists, please call 1300 550 236.

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


Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

A seven-session parenting program
for parents of adolescents aged from

10 - 16 years


Would you like to learn how to:

·         be better at talking with your teen?

·         be better at understanding your teen?

·         help your teen learn to manage their emotions?

·         help to prevent behaviour problems in your teen?

·         teach your teen to deal with conflict?


Tuning in to Teens

shows you how to help your teen develop Emotional Intelligence.

Adolescents with higher Emotional Intelligence:

·         are more aware, assertive and strong in situations of peer pressure

·         have greater success with making friends and are more able to manage conflict with peers

·         are more able to cope when upset or angry

·         have fewer mental health and substance abuse difficulties

·         have more stable and satisfying relationships as adults

·         have greater career success –

·         Emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ!


Where:    Eltham High School
30-60 Withers Way, Eltham

When:     Tuesday 11 February-25 March 2014
7.00 - 9.00pm

Cost:       $160 / $240 couples for 7 x 2hr sessions


For all enquiries or to make a booking please call:
Kate Culy - 0404 042 789 or Jodie Harris - 0412 822 858























Principal’s Report  1

Assistant Principal’s Report  2

Senior School News  3

Middle School News  3

Junior School 4

Musical Notes  5

Sport  5

Parents and Carers  6

Careers  7

Hospitality Training Australia: Summer School 7

Student Wellbeing  7


School Calendar  2

Canteen Roster  3

School Term Dates: 4

School Absences  4

Final Notebook Instalment  4

Smart not Scattered   5

Extra Maths Help   5

Homework Club   5

Japanese Language Classes  5

Why Not Get Involved! 6

Chess Club   6

Drama  6

Drawing Club   6

Eltham High School Swimming Club   6

Interschool Debating Team    6

Manga and Anime Club   6

Topline Tennis Coaching  7












School Calendar



Sun 08

Australian Volleyball Schools’ Cup

(08 – 13 Dec)

Mon 09

Morph Program -Transition to Year 9 (Mon 09 – Wed 18)

Wed 11

Year 7 City Visit to Melbourne Museum & Royal Botanic Gardens

EHS Community Choir Rehearsal: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Thu 12

Year 7 City Visit to Melbourne Museum & Royal Botanic Gardens

Fri 13

Year 7 City Visit to Melbourne Museum & Royal Botanic Gardens

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

End of Year Junior School Picnic

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


Wed 19

Year 12 Study Camp

(Wed 19 – Thu 20)




Canteen Roster

Wed 11

Louise Messenger

Thu 12

Michelle Francis


Narelle Hart

Denise Di Petta

Mon 16

Victoria Weale

Anne Gration

Tue 17

Volunteer Needed














Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:

Book Listed Maths Resources for Year 9 & Year 10 2014

Junior School Lockers – End of Year Arrangements

School Term Dates

Year 7 Shared Futures Program

Year 9 Camp Deposit for 2014




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 valued 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