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Tuesday, 15th June, 1999 Term 2 Week 9

From the Principal

Dear parents

National Success

Congratulations to Daniel Carter of Year 11 who has been placed third in the carpentry section of the National Workskills competition. This competition attracts entrants from across Australia and from as far afield as Norfolk Island so this is a wonderful achievement. Congratulations, too, to Daniel's teacher Alan Bennett.

Main Rd. Crossing Meeting

The Minister for Roads, Geoff Craigie, will be at the crossing on Main Rd. at Dalton St. on next Wednesday, June 16, at 10.30 am. Together with Eltham Primary School, we have raised serious concerns regarding the safety of the crossing which is used by many of our students. The presence of concerned parents would help make the point to the Minister.


This is my last newsletter as principal and I would like to take the opportunity to thank members of the school community for their support and friendship. Eltham High School is a very fine school and it has been a privilege to serve as principal. Terry Danckert, Principal


On June 18th the school community will be farewelling Terry Danckert, our principal for the last two years. It is with a great deal of regret that we will say goodbye to him. The two years of his principalship here at Eltham have been marked by his personable, caring approach to staff and students and the vigor and energy of his involvement in all aspects of the school. He has spent many hours with students - a veteran of the sleeping bag, cabin or tent on overnight camps, supporting students on the sporting field, proudly watching in debating, drama and music concerts. A student voiced her appreciation publicly at the Information Evening "Even the Principal comes - the school really supports you." He has continued that same energy in managing the school effectively and carefully providing direction and educational leadership for staff. Terry brought with him to the principal's role an understanding and regard for the school, having spent six years at Eltham (1980-85) as Year 7 Co-ordinator, timetabler and discipline co-ordinator. He has had a distinguished career in state education with 36 years with the Department of Education, including 1 year as Assistant Principal of John Gardiner Secondary College, 7 years as principal of Reservoir Secondary College and 31/2 years as a District Liaison Principal. His knowledge and understanding of education and the strength of his support for the state system has been evident throughout that career. We are very pleased that Terry has chosen to continue that valuable work in a new role as a Principal Class Organizer for the Australian Education Union (Victorian Branch). However, the school will miss him.

Helen Rix on behalf of the staff.


TUES. R. Wembridge,J,Poliness, Di.

WED. C.Richards,C.Simpson,K.Maxfield,L.Burleigh,


THURS. S.Pearman,J.Samphier,A.Hennel,K.Perry.

FRI. M.Kilcullen,K.Gatcum,K.Nelsen,A.Rodger.

MON. R.Burke,N.Hefferman,J.Molloy,J.Poliness,J.Seidel

Mid Year Concerts 1999

To be held at

Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School

Tickets sold at the door

$10 (adult); $7 (child/concession)

$30 (family - 2 adults plus children)

Thursday 24th June

Training Band Intermediate Band

Jazz Band Guitar Ensemble

All String Ensembles VCE Soloists


Friday 25th June

Stage Band Clarinet Choir

Concert Band Tuba Quartet

Symphonic Band Saxophone Ensemble

VCE Soloists Flute Ensemble


Parents of Year 12 students

Please note that all Year 12 students are issued with a copy of Career News at EHS every month. It contains lots of information about career choice, particular careers, important dates, etc. Please ask to have a look at a copy if you haven't already seen it. The better informed parents will be able to better assist with choices later in the year.

UMAT test

Is your student intending or thinking about applying for a Medicine, Dental Science or Physiotherapy course. If so he/she must apply for the UMAT Aptitude Test. An application fee applies. Details of how to apply are available from the Careers room. Students are encouraged to not 'put it off'. Come to the Careers room this week!! Closing date for applications is 30th June.

Work Experience

The following is an extract from an article by Janet Wilson titled Working World, taken from The Age's Education section of 26th May this year.

For many students work experience will play a major role in their year's activities. Work experience can provide a valuable part of the total school experience and students should plan in advance to make the most of their opportunities. Many students leave it until the last minute and settle for work in the nearest shop or their parents' place of employment. Your parents may be wonderfully talented people but do you really want to do the job they are doing?

Renee had always wanted to work in hospitality, so she settled on a fortnight in a conference centre. During this time, she was expected to undertake a variety of works, from making beds to serving meals and working in the office. At the end of her two weeks, she hated the sight of linen and cutlery and knew that this was not what she wanted to do, but she had enjoyed the people she had met. So she headed in the direction of public relations and is now happily working for a large city firm. If you hope to undertake an interview-based tertiary course after Year 12, use work experience to enhance your CV. Lucy hoped to do fashion design and found a placement with a fashion design company early in the school year and then followed this up with a stint in a fashion retail store in Year 11. Her interviewers were impressed with her initiative. Sometimes, work experience could help you find not just a career niche but also assist in finding part-time work.

Greg spent his work experience weeks working for Hoyts. He completed the tasks that were required and made him available to fulfil other tasks. On completion of his work experience, he was offered weekend work and is now studying recreation management.

At 16 or 17, you probably don't know what you want to do with your life, but this doesn't mean that the experience should be wasted.

Are there things you like doing? Do you enjoy sport? Do any of your parents' friends have contacts with sporting organisations that they would be happy to contact on your behalf? Look up the Yellow Pages, ring some of the organisations listed under sport and ask them if they take students. Remember that the most popular places may be filled up several months ahead.

If you know what you would like to do at the end of your school career, head in this direction. Occasionally, work experience could save you from making a mistaken career choice.

The aim of the work experience program at EHS is to:

All Year 10 students have been given information concerning work experience arrangements for 1999. The "trickle system" is now in place whereby students may organise a week's placement at a time suitable to the employer and the school. That is, it is basically up to the student to choose any time throughout the year, excluding beginnings and ends of terms to complete their work experience. Year 11 and 12 students have an opportunity to undertake work experience in the school holidays if they so choose. Parents please note - work experience should be formally arranged with the Careers Teacher so that the student is fully covered by workcover provisions. Year 10 students in particular need to visit the careers room at lunchtime and begin to make some arrangements.

All Year 9 students will undertake a two-week work experience placement at the end of term 4, beginning on 29th November 1999. Further details will be given to students during term 3.

Parents, can you help?

EHS is always on the lookout for new workplaces for our students. If you have your own business or the organisation you work for may be interested in offering a position to our students, please fill in the reply slip on page 4 or e-mail me at school on careers@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Many thanks. Julie Buckland, Careers teacher.


Sport Results Hit the Net !!

Inter school sport results from district round robin days can now be found on the internet and in The Age newspaper each Wednesday. Interested parents and students can now be updated regularly on the participation and successes of our school sporting teams and individuals.


then go direct to Eltham High or Diamond Valley District location. Call up the results you wish to view. P.Nicholson, Sport Co-ordinator.

Junior Volleyball Results

Congratulations to 'The Balls' (Luke Thomas, Glenn Piper, Chris Wells and Michael Parsons) on winning the Grand Final last Thursday. It was a very close game with 'Wolfpac' losing by the narrow margin of 2 points in the third set.

(Score - 25-21,13-25, 15-13)

Thank you to Mr Pringle for presenting our Year 7 squad members with their uniforms and the competition winners with their trophies.

Most valuable players in each team were: - The Balls - Vincent Corneille, St.Nuc - Cameron Blewett, Little Miss Naughty - Jess Crosbie, Who Cares - Craig Mc. Evoy, Sandy Chicks - Hannah Trethowan, Hoobe Joobe - Adrian Horsman, The Six Chicks - Juanita Kottek.

Best player in the competition was Michael Steven. Thanks also to our umpires Ben Thomas, Reb Trethowan, Jess Vreulink, Brad Richardson and Megan Seidel. Greg Thomas

Eltham Lacrosse Club

Urgently require players (with or without experience) for the U13 and U15 teams. If you can help please phone Mary Millar on 9435 9169


Glandular Fever

Some year level co-ordinators have expressed concerns over what seems to be an unusually high number of students who currently have glandular fever. In view of this I have contacted the Health Department but, as glandular fever is not a notifiable illness, there are no records kept regarding the frequency of the illness and therefore it is impossible to say if we have more than our "fair share" of cases at present. However, parents and students need to be aware of some of the facts regarding glandular fever.

* Frequent hand washing

* Careful disposal of soiled tissues

* Not sharing drinks or drink bottles

* Not sharing toothbrushes.

Of course these simple measures will also help prevent the spread of many infections and should be practised at all times.

Head Lice

Back again by unpopular demand. You have been warned. Joy Snow, Sick Bay Attendant

Drugs Hypothetical

Where: Montsalvat, Hillcrest Ave., Eltham.

When: June 17, 8 p.m.; Cost: FREE

To include:Brosnan Centre,Eltham Community Health Centre,drug and alcohol Counsellors,Federal and State MP's



Tues 15th Interschool Debating from 7pm

Strings Concert 7.30pm

VCE Semester 2 begins

Sun. 20th Working Bee. 9am-12 noon

Wed 16th School Council 7:30pm

Thurs 24th Mid Year Concerts

& Fri 25th at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School

from 7:30pm each night

Fri. 25th End of term.Dismissal at 2.20pm


Parents are reminded that this (yellow) document has been distributed via a recent Newsletter. All students must have a signed and receipted contract in order to use the school's network and Internet connection. This document sets out the school's expectations of users of the network and Internet connection and its signing is an acknowledgment that the document has been read and the expectations accepted. Students

must hand the signed contract to the office for receipting. It will be returned to them to be fixed in their diaries. Students who have not got a receipted contract may be denied access to the network and Internet at school.


Saturday, 19th June 10am - 3pm, Harley Davidson rides, Trash and Treasure, Silent auction, Food stalls and much more ...

Fruitbowl, FreeZA & Nillumbik present



Friday 25th June 7.15pm-11.30pm at Eltham Roller City (Susan Street). TIX in advance at Vibrations Music or at the door. $12 + B/F with a pass / $14 + B/F without. This is a fully supervised, drug and alcohol free event. FreeZA is a Vic.Govt.Dept Human Services Initiative


Detach and return to Ms Buckland, Careers Co-ordinator


NAME: ................................................. TELPHONE No. .............

Name: _________________________ Contact Name: ________________________

Address: _____________________________________ Contact Phone No.: ____________________


Followed by a BBQ lunch. As usual we have a large number of jobs that need doing around the school. Please indicate which jobs you are interested in and return the slip below to the main office or Ms Parry by next Friday, 18th June.


Reply slip for Working Bee to be held on Sunday, 20th June

Name: ........................................ Phone: .................

seat construction mulching (a trailer would help) planting

ins installing new bin holders weeding/trimming clearing(whipper snipper)