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Start of Term 1

Wednesday, 29 January: Years 7, 11 and 12

Thursday, 30 January: Years 8, 9 and 10

Principal’s Report

Student Achievement

Class of 2013 VCE Results:

I congratulate the class of 2013 on their results. A range of excellent results have been received and an analysis of these is currently on the way. A number of students achieved ATAR scores above 90, with a top score of 98.05, and this is very pleasing. I wish all members of the Class of 2013 the very best in gaining entry into their chosen pathway. I remind them all that the school is here to support them through this process, and that they should take advantage of the offer if needed. I will provide a more extensive report on the results in an early edition of the 2014 Community Newsletter.

National Volleyball Cup 2013:

I congratulate all members of the Volleyball program, including students, coaches and managers, for their concerted effort in last week’s National Competition. I know that a great deal of work went into the organisation and preparation of the teams on your behalf and I acknowledge your hard work and commitment. I am certain that you all represented our school community admirably, and as a result, achieved some great outcomes. I take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers that supported the teams and of course, Mr Greg Thomas, who continues to lead this program with great passion and commitment. I look forward to the next season of training and competition in 2014 when we will also welcome new additions into the program from our Year 7 cohort. A great effort by everyone!

Staff Acknowledgements and Farewells

On behalf of the Eltham High School Community I take this opportunity to both acknowledge and thank all the teaching and non-teaching staff for their hard work and for the level of support that they provided to all our students and community members throughout the year. Each one of them strived to support the learning of our students in a variety of different ways, more so than not, beyond the call of duty. I congratulate them all for the academic success achieved and for the exceptional level of pastoral care provided to each student through the variety of co-curricular programs and initiatives that have been implemented throughout the year. Whilst the time seems to have flown by, it has been a very satisfying year. We have consolidated our move into the new buildings, and whilst there is still work to be completed around the school, we feel that we have been in a much better place.

As is the case at this time of every year we farewell a number of staff and we wish them all well in the future. I do want to acknowledge Mrs Brenda Kline who will be moving into a period of leave followed by retirement. Mrs Kline has been a valued member of staff for many years. She has taught in the areas of Health and Textiles and was one of the Middle School Coordinators for many years. She has been very committed to her students and has always had their best interests at heart. Mrs Kline also entrusted the education of her own children to Eltham High School. I wish her all the best during her leave as well as into the next phase of her life.

Ms Robyn Stephens also has decided to retire from the teaching profession. Ms Stephens has been a valued member of the teaching staff for many years, and over a number of them, has been the school’s timetabler and daily organizer. Her role has had a positive impact on various areas of the school, including in her teaching of mathematics. I thank her for her contribution to our learning community and wish her well in the future.

Mr Craig Bradley has been appointed to an Assistant Principal position at Collingwood College. Mr Bradley first joined our learning community four years ago in the role of Leading teacher: Teaching and Learning Coach and at the end of last year was appointed to the role of e-learning/ICT Leader. Mr Bradley has taught in the area of ICT as well as Interactive Digital Media. He has led and supported the implementation of the school’s notebook program and the development of the infrastructure to support this initiative, as well as the setting of the school’s vision for ICT into the future. I wish Mr Bradley all the very best as he moves into his role in his new school.

Ms Julia List will be leaving us at the end of this year to take up a permanent position at Suzanne Corey High School in Werribee.  We thank Julia for her efforts in the classroom, as well as her contribution to the Junior School team, and wish her luck in her new position.

Mr Ben McLeay and Mr Brian Chiha will be leaving Eltham High School at the end of this year and I want to thank them for their work during their time at Eltham High School and wish them well with their future career paths.

I also wish to acknowledge the valued contribution of Ms Fanny-Louise Rousseau, our French Language Assistant who has been with us throughout this year supporting our French studies program. I thank her for her persistence and hard work and wish her well as she returns to her own country at the end of the year.

Ms Soile Keskinen, Ms Panagiota Vassis, Mrs Athena Maslaris and Mr Steve McCrystal will be on leave for 2014, doing a range of things during their time away from school. I wish them all the very best during their period of leave.

The appointment of new staff will be communicated to you in the first edition of the Community Newsletter for 2014.

I take this opportunity to thank all members of the Leadership Team, and in particular all members of the Executive Leadership Team: Ms Fran Mullins, Mr Tim Natoli and Mr Darren Squires, Ms Kathleen Hannan and Mr Bruce Martyn for all the support that they have provided to me in my role.

I wish all the staff a well-deserved and relaxing break and a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and I look forward to our work together in 2014.

Christmas Wishes

I take this opportunity to thank you, the Eltham High School Community, for your ongoing support throughout this year. I thank the School Council under the leadership of Mr Roger Carter, the Finance and Facilities Team, the Grounds Committee, the Music Support Group, the Planning and Policy Review Team, the School Foundation Team, and all the other volunteers whose work is so valuable and appreciated.

Finally, I wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please look after each other and our young people.

I look forward to your continued support in 2014.

Vincent Sicari


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

Junior School

Year 7 and Year 8 Students: Final Day of Term 4 Arrangements

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday afternoon for the showcase of student work which has been achieved over the last two weeks.  This is a great opportunity for us to meet with parents and celebrate the achievements of our students. Traditionally, the focus for Thursday (last day of school for students) is a celebration of the year’s work through a picnic lunch involving staff and students at a local Park.

This year, extreme weather conditions are forecast for Thursday and as such, it has been necessary to modify the plans for the day. Due to the extreme heat forecast we will no longer be taking students to Alistair Knox Park, but instead we will remain at school. Whilst we intend to create a similar, celebratory atmosphere, we also need to ensure that students are kept cool, comfortable and engaged. We will provide activities for students from the start of the school day and, as planned, will provide a barbecue lunch. The formal part of the day will be an assembly that runs from 1.15pm until dismissal at 2.30pm.


Wednesday, 19 December from 3.30 – 4.30pm: Years 7 and 8 students will showcase the work they have created over the last 2 weeks in the 100s and 400s Open Learning Spaces (enter via Reception). Parents are cordially invited to come along and view this work and share in afternoon tea to celebrate the students’ success.

Ross McKinnon

Junior School Team Leader

Musical Notes

Reminders for 2014

Instrumental Lessons and Ensemble Rehearsals 2014:

Instrumental lessons and Ensemble rehearsals start in week 2 (week commencing Monday, 3 February.

Second Hand Instrument Register:

At this stage instruments will be check early Term 1.  The cost to register is $10, and a form will require filling out.


There will be a slight increase in fees to cover costs.  Notification of these will be given at the beginning of Term 1.

AND FINALLY ... Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful New Year ... brimming with music!

If you have any queries regarding this or any other aspect of the Music Program, please ring the Music Office on 9430 5127 or email Jill, the Music Secretary at 

Rick Plummer
Director of Music

Parents and Carers

General Office/Cashier Hours for the Remainder of the School Year

In order to prepare for the 2014 school year, the cashier will be closed on Thursday, 19 December and Friday, 20 December; please finalise your account prior to these dates. 

The General Office will also be closed from 12pm Friday, 20 December.  

Thank you for your support throughout the year and best wishes for the holiday season.

EHS Education Support Staff Administration Team

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.  Applications may be downloaded from the College website under the Enrolment tab, Buses, Non DVC Traveller.

Diamond Valley Bus Network - Term Dates:

Please 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

2014 Term 1:  First day for buses Wednesday, 29 January

Student Wellbeing

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

Louise Heathcote

Student Services Leader




























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Principal’s Report  1

Senior School News  3

Junior School 3

Musical Notes  4

Parents and Carers  4

Student Wellbeing  5


School Calendar  2

School Term Dates: 3

School Absences  3

Smart not Scattered   4

Extra Maths Help   4

Homework Club   4

Japanese Language Classes  4

Why Not Get Involved! 5

Chess Club   5

Drama  5

Drawing Club   5

Eltham High School Swimming Club   5

Interschool Debating Team    5

Manga and Anime Club   5

Topline Tennis Coaching  6
















School Calendar



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)
















Log into Compass Parent Portal for Information on:

Diamond Valley Bus Network: 2014

Junior School Lockers – End of Year Arrangements

Pride March

School Term Dates

Year 7 Shared Futures Program

Year 9 Camp Deposit for 2014

Year 12 Study Camp




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.

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