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Tuesday, 3rd August 1999 Term 3 Week 4

Principal's Report

Last Friday afternoon I was invited to the presentation of our latest MindShop Excellence participants Sarah Williams and Thomas Bull, both of year 10.

For those of you who are unaware of the MindShop Excellence program it provides training to young people in team skills, creative thinking and business acumen through the development of solutions to real life problems. This program is supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Nillumbik Shire Council. Thanks go to Leigh Daly who led this week long activity. Sarah and Thomas worked with four students from Plenty Valley Christian School to develop an awareness and involvement raising program for Community Fireguard. Community Fireguard is a program of the Country Fire Authority that aims to improve the fire-readiness of rural and semi-rural properties. This is an important community program and one that needs our support. The six participants in the MindShop have designed a Fireguard Community Awards program that will achieve the awareness raising aim. The recommendations from the team were presented in a forum last Friday and now go the CFA and to Nillumbik Council for consideration. The "good oil" is that most of the recommendations will be supported.

The lesson for Eltham High School, and education in general, is very clear here. Through the MindShop program and numerous other programs such as Streamwatch and Community Do-Care, young people make a positive, important contribution to the development of real knowledge and true community improvement. They learn and practise important skills that assist in their classroom activities. Our young citizens are full of enthusiasm and energy, they also are not tied down by preconceptions of what will and will not lead to success. Through effective partnerships between schools, community and business we will all benefit. Paul Rose Principal

Year 11 and 12 Parent Teacher Meeting

4.00-7.00pm this Wednesday, 4th August. Interview sheets have been distributed and teachers look forward to discussions about student progress.


Beginning Wednesday 11th August, 1999 at 7.30pm in the school library, educational psychologists Helen Clements and Geoff Bowen will be conducting a six week course on parenting adolescents. This is open to all parents who have a child at Eltham High School or Montmorency Secondary College.

The course has relevance to adolescents of all ages. It is necessary to book.

If you would like to attend, please contact either Evonne Locke, school receptionist or myself, or return the slip on page 4 to the General Office. A donation of $10.00 per family is required for the course.

Brendan Monigatti, Student Welfare Coordinator

Wilderness and Beyond

EHS Photography Exhibition at Montsalvat

1st to 8th August

Parents and students are invited to view this exhibition of talented students' work


Leaving April 8, 2000. We have space for one more student traveller. Total all inclusive cost is $1,515.00. If interested ring Brendan Monigatti or Anna Panas as soon as possible.


VCE Raku Firing

A very enthusiastic parent Judith Roberts arrived in the school early on Thursday morning with a t railer load of fire bricks and timber. With the help of Middle School ceramic students unloading the bricks and cutting the timber, Judith built the kiln and started the fire. Year 11 and 12 students arrived at lunchtime and proceeded to dip and pour the glaze over their pots. Judith had previously mixed the glazes which included a shine copper lustre, blue beyond and a clear crackle glaze. Pots were set on the kiln to dry. Pots were then fired six at a time for 20 minutes and removed by students with tongs and plunged into shredded paper and then water to cool. The firing continued all afternoon with the students becoming very excited by the spectacular effects produced by the firing. Brett Bradely, Selene De Bree, Ryan Burl and Tritan Hillier stayed on to fire the kiln until 5.30pm and Judith and I completed the firing at 6.30pm. We would like to thank Judith for sharing her knowledge, enthusiasm and giving her time and energy in order that we could share this experience.

Jeanette Carter

VCE Ceramics and Visual Arts Co-ordinator

Achievement Through Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Tyson Powell of Middle School Architectural Studies and Krysten Carter of Middle School Ceramics for being shortlisted to have their work displayed in the "Achievement Through Art" exhibition. The theme for this year is 'Your Tomorrow' in which students created the future as they see it. There were many outstanding artworks submitted statewide. The 1999 Achievement Through Art Exhibition dates and venues are:

From Wednesday 25th August to Sunday 5th September

From Thursday 16th September to Sunday 26th September

Sue Pickett.


The school acknowledges the need of parents for information about illicit drugs and appropriate parenting. A cannabis information evening for parents will be held on Monday, 9th August at 7.30pm in the school library. It is necessary to book for this evening and a charge of $5 will apply. Please ring Evonne Locke to book a place.

Brendan Monigatti,

Student Welfare Co-ordinator.


Open Day Reminder

It is vital for year 10-12 students planning on tertiary study to go to University and TAFE Open Days. Many students do not select the most suitable course because they do not do their research, often basing their decisions on the opinions of others, or sheer guesswork. Check out courses, facilities, location, transport, nature of courses by going to the institutions. Open Days are usually on Sundays, during August. Parents are strongly encouraged to take senior students or to encourage them to organise for a group of friends to go together. Year 10 and 11 students should collect a timetable of Open Days from the Careers Room this week.


Banyule Festival

Monday 2nd August Intermediate Band

Tuesday 3rd August Training Band

Venue Heidelberg Civic Centre,

Upper Heidelberg Rd.


Arrival Time 7.00pm

Performance Time 7.30 -9.30pm

All students are required to remain for the entire concert.

Parents welcome to attend.

Admission $ 5 adults, children free

Symphonic Band Performs with the Eltham East Primary School Choir

The annual combined concert of the Symphonic Band and Eltham East Choir will be held on Saturday 7th August at the Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School commencing at 7.30pm. This is always a fantastic concert and certainly one not to miss !! Tickets can be purchased from the office at $12.00 adults, $7.00 concession, $35.00 family

Box Hill Band Championships - Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th August

Information of our participation at this competition is now to hand. Details are as follows :

Ensemble: Jazz and Stage Bands

Date: Saturday 14th August

Time: 5.30 - 10.30pm

Venue: Box Hill Town Hall

Whitehorse Rd., Box Hill

Ensemble: Intermediate Band

Date: Sunday 15th August

Time: 1.00-5.00pm

Venue: Box Hill Town Hall

Whitehorse Rd., Box Hill

Ensemble: Concert Band

Date: Sunday 15th August

Time 5.00-7.30pm

Venue: Box Hill Town Hall

Whitehorse Rd., Box Hill



Sun. 1st -8th "Wilderness and Beyond" at Montsalvat

Tues. 3rd Aust. Maths Competition

Wed. 4th Diabetes testing Yrs 7-9

Wed. 4th VCE Parent Teacher evening

4-7 pm

Mon. 9th Cannabis Information evening for parents 7.30pm

Tues.10th EMA applications close

Wed.11th Diabetes testing Yrs 7-9

Fri. 13th SRC Leadership Training Day

Sun.22nd Working Bee


Thurs. 2nd Middle School Parent Teacher evening 4-7pm

Thurs. 9 Curriculum Day



With the help of the Junior Student Representative Council I am making a time capsule that is to be opened in the year 2050. In order for this time capsule to work we need ideas and written pieces of work to put into it. If you wish to be part of this school's history and you have something to donate and put into the capsule then please contact me.

Emily Buffham-Friedrichsen of 8B on behalf of the Junior S.R.C.


Northern Zone Soccer

Congratulations to the Intermediate Girls Soccer team who competed at the Northern Zone Finals last Tuesday. Although a loss (2-0) and a Nil all draw may sound like a disappointing day, when you consider the soccer strength of our opponents Thornbury and Bundoora, it was a pretty good effort. The girls played hard and teamed together well and improved throughout the day. Captain Sophie Jarvis lead by example and was well supported by her team mates: Lydia Pisevski, Jane Lake, Gemma White, Adrianne Walters, Llewella Vivien-Taylor, Caroline Keating, Clare Taylor, Alex Djordjevic, Steph Tham, Louise Arthur, Kate Hill and Shannon McCauley. P. Nicholson


1999 Schools Knockout Competition

Thursday 9th September starting at 1.30pm.

1999 Victorian Schools Track and Field Championships

(Incorporating selection trials for the Victorian team for the 1999 Australian Schools Championships and the 2000 Pacific School Games)

9th and 10th October (U18,20); 30th and 31st October (U11,12,13,14,16) Entry forms now available from Mr Balchin.


Applications close on Tuesday, 10th August, 1999. If you have any questions regarding EMA please contact the Business Manager, Mr Peter Gurney in the first instance.


WED. L.Burleigh, V.Knowles, D.Lopez

THURS. A.Hennel, Y.Wong, J.Samphier, M.Thomas

FRI. A.Rodgers, J.Adamson, J.Davey

MON. J.Kennedy, C.Deylen, C.Gillam



Eltham Leisure Centre pool Thursday morning. 7.00am-8.00am - structured programs supervised by Neroli Nixon, cost for the term is $50, payable to the cashier at the school. For further information, contact Mr Balchin at the school.


Five Wins out of seven debates !!!

A Grade - Secret Topic: That Schoolies Week should be banned.

Kate Lee, Jilly Charlwood and Tess Lethborg once again won convincingly, 232 to 228 against Loyola College, with Gemma Lethborg as Chairperson. Not only was their delivery and logic impressive but an additional point to keep in mind was that Jilly, Tess and Gemma were all suffering from the effects of the gastric virus that recently hit the band camp and each girl had to rush from the room after speaking. Despite this, Tess Lethborg was announced Best Speaker for the night and the girls will now go on to the Finals. Congratulations.

B Grade - Secret Topic: That Ronald McDonald has lost his smile.

Jonathon Batten, recruited on the day to fill Gemma Lethborg's shoes, (due to the "Band Gastro") Sarah Martin and Stefanie Kechayas defeated Parade College, 218 to 215 with our Stefanie being best speaker.

C Grade - Topic: That Republicans are ruining the Australian Republic.

This was a testing topic which kept the lunchtime staffroom conversation gripped in a quandary! However Maggie Mildenhall, Courtney Scanlon and Oki Gardner, who would each do credit as future barristers, were clear and persuasive and pipped Plenty Valley by one point, 223 to 222. Three equally best speakers were named, two ours, Courtney and Maggie.

D Grade - Topic: - That private citizens should

be able to own guns. Two of our four D Grade teams won this argument. Tahnee Jones, Rebecca Apostola and Jessica Boyle lost to CLC, 228 to 231. Brianna Barling, Kim McMahon and Kc. Reynolds lost to

Montmorency S.C. 222 to 224. Jaci Taylor, Lily Van Eeden and Keira Alexander defeated Eltham College, 228 to 222 with Lily Van Eeden our best speaker. James Sanders, Abi Hodge and Ben Hanlon defeated Saint Maria, 228 to 225 with Abi being best speaker. All four of our D Grade teams are Year 7 and this last debate was against Year 9 girls so we certainly should be proud.


Play off 1: Thursday 19 August,

Caulfield Grammar School.

Play off 2: 26 August,

Brighton Grammar School.

Octo-Finals: Thursday 2 September,

Caulfield Grammar School.

Quarters: Thursday 9 September,

Brighton Grammar School.

Semi-finals: Thursday 7 September,

Ruyton Girls School.

Grand Finals: Thursday 14 October,

Ruyton Girls School.


Play offs: To be advised.

Octos, Quarters, Semi A and C Grades: 8 pm

B and D Grades: 7 pm.

Grand Final B, C and D Grades: 7 pm

A Grade 8 pm.

Roger Kibell and Leanne Ipsen. Debating Teacher Contacts.

Diamond Creek Living & Learning Centre

119 Cowin St. Diamond Creek Ph.9438 5350.

Yoga and Relaxation for Young Women (16-25 yrs.) Thursdays 5-6.30pm. Begins 12th August. Membership $5 (10 sessions)


If interested in the Parenting Workshops, please detach and return to the General Office.

I/We will be attending the "Parenting Adolescents - A Creative Experience" in the Eltham High School library Wednesday 11th August at 7.30 pm. The $10 donation for the course is paid by:


Cash Credit card

NAME: ____________________________________________-

NUMBER ATTENDING: ____________