Withers Way, Eltham 3095 Telephone (03) 9439 5111 Facsimile (03) 9431 0448


Tuesday, 21st. June, 1999 Term 2 Week 10

Dear parents

I would like to take the opportunity of wishing staff and students a happy and safe holiday. This term has been an extremely challenging one with an enormous amount of work accomplished in classrooms and in a range of music, drama and sports activities. The last few weeks have been darkened by the sadness we, as a school community, have felt for the loss of Tim Bolidston.

On Friday afternoon the mood was mixed as we said farewell to Terry Danckert. His wife Susan, and two of their children Simon and Sarah were present, together with 120 colleagues who had worked with Terry during the 36 years he has spent in government schools. Everyone agreed that we farewelled him well, with lots of laughter and the celebration of a valuable contribution to education. Nevertheless, he will be missed.

Junior and Senior School reports will be distributed to students on 24th June. Middle School reports will be available early next term.

Once again, I wish everyone a happy, safe and well deserved holiday. Students will be dismissed at 2.20pm on Friday, 25th June. Helen Rix, Acting Principal.

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


All students please check that you have the following equipment next term for visual arts subjects:

Year 7 & 8

Botany book for all subjects and spiral book for graphic communication.

Year 9 & 10 11 & 12

Visual diary or workbook.

All classes are required to have a pencil case containing the following 2H, HB, 2B pencils, fine liner marker pen, eraser, pencil sharpener, scissors, ruler, pen. The borrowing of the equipment from other students causes disruption in class. Thank you. Visual Arts Staff

Year 11 and 12 Studio Art Ceramics are fortunate to have Eltham ceramic artist Judith Roberts working with them for a few weeks. Judith recently won an award from the Victorian Ceramic Group for her style of ceramics. Students will be making pots and firing them using Japanese Raku techniques. The pots are heated rapidly, removed from the kiln while red hot and placed into combustible material to cause changes in the glaze colour and heavily smoke the clay body in unglazed areas.

Jeanette Carter, Visual Arts Co-ordinator.


Strings and Jazz Band Concerts

Two successful concerts were held last week. On Tuesday, the string students performed extremely well, presenting solos, duets and ensemble works which were well received by the an enthusiastic audience. Special thanks to Diane Wheeler and Felicity Schijf for their preparation and to the Music Support Group for their assistance.

Saturday saw the Jazz Band performing with a number of Stage Bands from around Melbourne at Balwyn High School. The standard of performance of all groups was excellent and was a valuable opportunity to share music with students from other schools. Our Jazz Band performed well and once again were outstanding ambassadors for EHS.

Clarinet and Saxophone Competitions

On Saturday many of our clarinet and saxophone students participated in the Clarinet Saxophone Competitions at Box hill TAFE. It was an extremely valuable experience for all the students and our students shone through with outstanding performances.

In the saxophone section Karolina Cutler won the Senior section with Jilly Charlwood second and Michael Neal receiving an Honorable Mention.

In the Senior clarinet sections Honorable Mentions were given to Melita Monigatti and Lindsay Parsons. The Junior section was won by Amy Doyle with second place going to Stephanie Tham and an Honorable Mention to Jessica Green.

The Saxophone Ensemble and Clarinet Choir maintained their outstanding level of performance and were judged first and second respectively in the ensemble section. Congratulations to all students who played and represented the school so admirably.

Special thanks to Mrs. Sally Davis and Mrs. Megan George for their efforts in supporting the students and the hours of work put into the preparation of the students for this event.


TUES. E.Still,H.Devlin,T.Elliott

WED. L.Burleigh,W.Williams,D.Shepherd,A.Black


FRI. .S.Hockey,K.Hoskins,J.Kennedy, Di

MON. C.Gillam,M.Lemcke,N.Joy, Di.

Volunteers are needed for canteen 3rd and 4th term. If you can spare a few hours Monday, Thursday or Friday, it would be appreciated. Please ring Bev on 9439 5111.


Mid Year Concerts

It's Mid - Year Concert Time again ! The Music Support Group is looking for goods for their concert raffles. Each family with a child in the program is asked to donate at least one item of non-perishable gourmet style food to this cause. Please bring goods to the Music Office by 9.00am Thursday June 24th. Thank you for your support.

Music Support Group

Medical Forms for Music Camp

Training and Intermediate Band students are required to return medical forms to Music Office by Friday 25th June.

Parent-Instrumental Teacher Interviews

The opportunity for parents to meet with instrumental teachers will be available on Thursday 15th July between 7.00 - 9.30pm. Parents are requested to organise an interview time through the music office by Tuesday 13th July.


Donations to the Building Fund and the Library Fund are tax deductible and are very important sources of income for capital and library resources for the school. If anyone wishes to make a tax deductible donation to either of these funds before the end of the current financial year, please contact the Business Manager, Peter Gurney, this week.


A growing number of students are asking the canteen staff to heat food for them in the canteen microwave oven at lunch and recess. Unfortunately, there is insufficient staff to provide this service and also the microwave oven is heavily used preparing food for canteen customers. The canteen committee has decided that this service will therefore not be available from the canteen to students from the commencement of term 3. Should there be a group of suitable volunteers who would be prepared to staff a separate food heating service for students, we would be pleased to consider some other arrangement.


The Eltham High School Reunions will take place on Saturday, 23rd October, 1999 at 7.30pm at the Northcote Town Hall. This year's reunions are for the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984 and 1989. Class photographs will be taken. Reunions are the ultimate Show and Tell experience. They are great opportunities for savouring past mischief. A time to say thanks to teachers, staff and past friends. There will be confessions! There will be outrageous surprises! Staff and past pupils who have not received automatic notification can register by contacting Wendy Vink of the Ex-students and Staff Association by writing to 50 King George Parade, Dandenong 3175 or by ringing 9791 7029.



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.


EHS Swim Squad

Term 3 bookings are now open for the EHS Swim Squad. The squad, which is now in its second year of running, is conducted on a Thursday morning from 7.00-8.00am. training is supervised by Neroli Nixon a level 2 Performance Coach and swimmers of all levels are catered for. The Swim Squad includes students of all year levels and the group is friendly and supportive. The cost for the ten week term is $50 and is payable to the cashier at school.


EHS will be entering teams in the Victorian Road Relay Championships which is to be held at Latrobe University on Saturday, 24th July. The program for the Championships is as follows:

11.00am U14 Boys and Girls 4x2km

11.45am U15 Boys and Girls 4x2km

12.35pm U17 Boys and Girls 4x3km

1.15pm U20 Boys and Girls 4x3km

Age is taken from December 31, 1999. Entry fee of $4 is payable to the cashier at school. Any student wishing to train over the holidays is invited to join a structured training session held at Willinda Park, Greensborough on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5pm. Students intending to take part in the Road Relays should inform Mr Balchin at school before the end of this week.


This Thursday the bike ride will leave school at 2.30pm (ie at the start of period 6). This will allow an earlier finish so students can ride home while it is still light. You must return a permission form to Ms Stephens in the Middle School office if you haven't already done so. Please see Tim or Ms Stephens on Thursday if you are attending. Any queries can be directed to the Middle School Office.


Debating Successes Continue

Great Results from Rounds 3 and 4

Round 3 produced 5 wins out of 7 debates! Yr 12 (A Grade) won by forfeit. Yr11 (B Grade)

lost to Marcellin (but we reckon we were better!) Yr 10 (C Grade) won against Santa Maria: Best Speaker Courtney Scanlon and Ruthanne Molloy Yr 9 (D Grade) D1 Won against Parade. Best Speaker Chiara Lawry and Rebecca Apostola D2 lost to CLC: Best Speaker for EHS Kim McMahon D3 won against Eltham College Best Speaker Keira Alexander. D4 won against Loyola Best Speaker Ben Hanlon

Round 4 produced another 5 wins out of the 7 debates! Yr 12 defeated Plenty Valley Best Speaker Jilly Charlwood; Yr 11 defeated Plenty Valley: Best Speaker Gemma Lethborg; Yr 10 won by forfeit; D Grade D1 lost by one point to Loyola: D2 lost by 1 point to Plenty Valley; D3 defeated Parade College: Best Speaker Lily van Eden; D4 defeated Marcellin Best Speaker Ben Hanlon.

More Successful Speaking

Year 9 student Chiara Lawry has competed in a number of major speech competitions in the last few weeks. She entered The Plain English Speaking Award, competing against mostly Yr 12 students, who presented 8 minute prepared speeches, and then impromptu speeches. She competed in the Junior Legacy Speech Award and Rostrum "Voice of Youth". In each competition, she spoke informatively and confidently. Her preparation for these competitions was excellent. Congratulations are extended to her for her efforts in this area.

Hermina Burns, English Co-ordinator.


103 in the CBD

The main part of this excursion was to look at Melbourne from the Rialto Tower and then looking at the port and city again from the Yarra river. We were able to see all around the city from the top of the tower. Of particular interest were the views of the new projects of Melbourne: the Docklands Stadium, City Link, Federation Square, the Aquarium, etc. It's unusual to get a 'bird's eye' view into a prison too. The boat trip was done when the river was affected by high tides and so the boats were barely able to fit under the low bridges. They even had to take the small light off the roof of the boat so that it would fit underneath. The commentary given was very informative. We learnt:

J. Cousins, SOSE

Year 7 at IMAX

On Friday, 11th June 7G and 7J combined for a visit to IMAX Melbourne to see The Mysteries of Egypt as a culmination of their study on Ancient Egypt for Social Science. Here are some of their comments and impressions:

"I enjoyed meeting new people from the other Year 7 class on the excursion with us"

" .....exciting"".... fascinating" "...amazing" "huge" "The screen was so big!"

"I learned about the rituals they did when someone died."

"I learned about how the pyramids were probably built."

"I learned that the pyramids were aligned with the stars."

"I learned about how hard the slaves who were building the pyramids worked."

"My favourite part was when they flew over the river Nil."

"It felt like you were flying."

"It made you feel like a bird."

O.Wheatley. 7G and 7J SOSE teacher


Learning Difficulties And Attention Deficits Seminar for Parents and Teachers Held at the City of Whitehorse Civic Centre, Courtyard room. 379-397 Whitehorse Rd., Nunawading 3131.

Cost $20 per person includes a fully referenced book covering the research material.

Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic, 82 Blackburn Rd.EastDoncaster 3109 Tel.9842 0370.


8 years and over ... Beginners welcome! Co-ordinated by Women's Golf Victoria and sponsored by Hyundai. Latrobe Golf Club, Farm Rd., Alphington. Thursday 1st July 10am-12 noon. Professional tuition, equipment supplied. Bookings essential on 9523 8511.


My Little Pony toys from the 1980's. Requested by Year 12 Graphics CAT student. Ph. 9850 2830.

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

Second Reconciliation Forum Thursday 24th June from 6pm Kangaroo Ground Emergency Operating Building, Ness Lane, kangaroo Ground (Mel ref.271 E9)

Bush Foods, Aboriginal Art, Music and Dance. Free Admission. Book 9433 3134 (Nillumbik Shire)