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Tuesday, 10th August 1999 Term 3 Week 5

Principal's Report

Wilderness and Beyond

I wasn't able to get to the opening of the Wilderness and Beyond photographic exhibition two Sundays ago. But I was able to take a little time away from work and pop down to Montsalvat during the week. What a fantastic exhibition it was.

Those of you who were able to visit the exhibition will agree with me, I'm sure, that the vision, imagination and execution that was displayed on the walls of the Long Gallery was most impressive. Our young photographers, guided and encouraged by Ian Clark, have demonstrated an exceptionally high level of artistic ability.

Many of the photographs captured the emotion of the moment or the character of the subject. I was particularly impressed by the landscape photography. Landscapes can be bland, "point and shoot" pieces. But not these. In every case some aspect of the natural world was being highlighted and commented on.

A most impressive exhibition and I can't wait for the Year 12 photographic exhibition later in the year.


Congratulations to Sarah Constantinos of Year 12 who has won the Open National Championship in Tae Kwon Doh. Well Done.

VCE Parent Teacher Interviews

It was good to see so many parents last Wednesday. Parent Teacher Interviews are an important element in the partnership between parents, young adults and teachers that makes VCE such an important experience.

I was also pleased to be able to meet with so many parents. Your comments on the positive value of the school in your children's lives and your welcoming remarks were most appreciated.

Industrial Action

Parents should be aware that staff will be taking industrial action on Thursday of this week. At this stage Year 7 and Year 8 students are required to attend school. Further advice will be provided when all details are finalised. Paul Rose, Principal


It has been decided to change the publication day for the Parent Newsletter from Monday to Tuesday. The newsletter will now be distributed to students during period 6 on Tuesdays.

Allana O'Kane, Assistant Principal.


A reminder of the meeting this Wednesday 11th August at Bob Acland's ( 72 Sackville Street) for all members of the Grounds Committee. Other interested people are welcome to attend.

Diane Parr, Grounds Committee.




Invite you to a Panel Discussion on

The Australian Republic - the case YES

a recently published anthology of essays representing all shades of republican views by high profile Liberal, Labor, Democrat, independent and non-partisan writers. The panel will include

Venue: Eltham Library Foyer, Panther Place

Date: Tuesday, 24th August

Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm until 8.30pm

Cost: $5, students free

A light supper will be served.

Music by the Flute Ensemble.

Bookings essential at tel./fax 9439 8700.


The library hosted a very successful Book Club meeting last Thursday week with a good number of Junior and Middle School students attending. Radha, from Eltham Book Shop, brought along a selection of new fiction covering all different genres. A very pleasant three quarters of an hour was filled with general discussion about the new books and also what students were presently reading. Our next meeting is in a couple of weeks (date to be confirmed) and any other students who wish to attend are more than welcome. Rhonda MaloneLibrary Co-ordinator


Pamphlets advertising Youth Week August 28-September 4 are distributed with this newsletter. Students who would like assistance with Youth Week 99 should contact Mr McCrystal at the School.


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.


Achievement Through Art Exhibition

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.


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.

So you want to be an electrician?

The electrical and electronic industry has become the largest industry in the world. It is also the source of well paid careers. Most technicians and managers for the industry enter through apprenticeship as electrical mechanics. Through further study they become the operatives in greatest demand. For more than 15 years the National Electrical and Contractors Association (NECA) Ph. 9645 5533 has been conducting a pre-selection test for students interested in an electrical or electronic career. The test is highly regarded by employers as it provides one common assessment of all candidates. A successful result in the test will greatly enhance your entry prospects. The test is not difficult, and is set at about Year 10 level. NECA is holding the next apprenticeship pre-selection test in Melbourne on Friday, 16th October. Cost is $20. Applications forms are available in the careers room.


Banyule Festival

The Strings, Intermediate and Training Bands represented the school extrememly well at the Banyule Festival over the last couple of weeks. Each group's performance was outstanding and audience members were most impressed with the students, not only for their playing but also for their behaviour during this event. Special thanks to conductors, teachers and parents for their support during this festival.

Stage Band

The Stage Band performed at Aunty Sue's last Monday evening and were very well received. Many commented on the band's fine playing. Thanks to Ian Whitehurst for directing the band for this concert as well as working with the band over the last few weeks during Eugene Ball's absence.

Symphonic Band Perform with the Eltham East Primary School Choir

The annual combined concert of the Symphonic Band and Eltham East Choir was held on Saturday 7th August at the Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School. The concert was well attended and certainly appreciated by the enthusiastic audience. The choir continues to produce amazing standards of performance, singing a very diverse range of music to an outstanding level throughout the evening. The discipline, deportment and commitment of these students is evident in the way they sing under the direction of Anne Williams.

Our Symphonic Band played a wide variety of music which certainly ensured that everyone went home with some special moment for themselves. The major work for this year, the Giannini Symphony for Band received its first public performance. A work of this nature requires a very mature and thorough understanding of the music. Very different to other major works performed by the band in recent years, this symphony places musical demands on the band which are proving to be very challenging. For a first performance there were many fine moments and the piece was very well received by the audience, appreciating the difficulty and demands of such a major work.

The concert concluded with three combined items which brought the evening to a fitting conclusion with all who were there appreciating that they had heard some wonderful music performed by a group of extremely talented students.

Box Hill Band Championships

Sat. 14th - Sun. 15th August

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

The venue for all performances is Box Hill Town Hall, Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.

Ensemble: Jazz and Stage Bands

Date: Saturday 14th August

Time: 5.30 - 10.30pm

Ensemble: Intermediate Band

Date: Sunday 15th August

Time: 1.00-5.00pm

Ensemble: Concert Band

Date: Sunday 15th August

Time 5.00-7.30pm


Melbourne School Bands Festival - Robert Blackwood Hall


Monday 23rd Training Band

Depart EHS :1.30pm Return EHS :5.30pm

Thursday 26th Intermediate Band

Depart EHS :1.30pm Return EHS :5.40pm

Monday 30th Jazz Band

Depart EHS :12.10pm Return EHS :4.30pm

Tuesday 31st Concert Band

Depart EHS :9.30pm Return EHS :2.05pm


Wednesday 1st Stage Band

Depart EHS :2.00pm Depart RBH :5.20pm

Wednesday 1st Symphonic Band

Depart EHS :5.30pm Depart RBH :9.40pm

Royal South Street Competitions Ballarat


Friday10th Stage & Jazz Band

Depart EHS :7.30am Return EHS :1.00am [Sat]

Saturday11th Intermediate Band

Depart EHS :7.30am Return EHS : 2.30pm

Saturday 11th Concert Band

Depart EHS :9.00am Return EHS : 9.00pm Symphonic Band Depart EHS : 3.30pm Return EHS :1.30am [sat]



Tues.10 EMA applications close

Wed.11 Diabetes testing Yrs 7-9

Fri. 13 SRC Leadership Training Day

Sun.22 Working Bee


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

Thurs. 9 VCE Curriculum Day

Fri. 17 End of term


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.



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.


WED. L.Burleigh,J.Lamshed,C.Kelly,J.Zilm.

THURS. S.Pearman,K.Corneille,J.Harris.

FRI. J.Adamson,L.Johnson,C.White.

MON. J.Loughman,M.Lemcke,N.Joy,T.Fishwick.

TUES. R.Wembridge,R.Seidler.


Traffic Safety

When dropping off students in the mornings would parents please not enter the staff car park areas? Parents are encouraged to drop off students at the drop-off point set aside for this purpose at the end of the Hall. The administration car park, the staff car parks just inside the Ely St entrances and the staff car park on the western side of the stadium should be left clear for staff. It is also timely to mention that we have been working closely with Nillumbik Council to improve traffic safety around the school. As a result, by the beginning of next year the school buses will pick up and drop off passengers in a bus parking area which will be constructed in Ely St on the southern side of the school. This will decrease somewhat the potential for accidents in Withers Way. There will also be a pedestrian crossing

In Withers Way and some changes to footpaths linking from the Dalton St footbridge to the school. Would parents when driving cars please continue to be extra vigilant and alert to students in and around the school and please not enter the staff car parking areas?

Would students please continue to act sensibly and with due care on the roads around the school and also with the same care and alertness on our internal roads and in all school car parks?

Pedestrian Safety

Can students please take special care when walking along local roads. Some students have become a traffic hazard by walking in an unsafe manner, in a line across roads, often near the crest of a hill. A number of motorists have reported dangerous incidents to the school.

Mr Gurney, Business Manager


Tuesday, 10th August, 1999. IS THE LAST DAY FOR SEMESTER 2 EMA APPLICATIONS Questions regarding EMA should be directed to the Business Manager, Mr Peter Gurney .


Eltham Leisure Centre pool Thursday mornings. 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.


Play off 1: Thursday 19 August at

Caulfield Grammar School.

Play off 2: Thursday 26 August at

Brighton Grammar School.

Octo-Finals: Thursday 2 September at

Caulfield Grammar School.

Quarters: Thursday 9 September at

Brighton Grammar School.

Semi-finals: Thursday 7 September at

Ruyton Girls School.

Grand Finals: Thursday 14 October at

Ruyton Girls School.

Times 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.

ELTHAM BOOKSHOP together with Diamond Valley and Heidelberg CAA Groups presents a Panel Discussion on

The Third World Debt Dilemma

Presenters: Brett Andrew Inder, Associate Professor, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University; Ian Ross Harper, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne; Andrew Hewitt, Head of Public Policy and Outreach at Community Aid Abroad.

At Eltham Bookshop, 953 Main Road, Eltham on Thursday, 13th May 7.00 for 7.30pm until 8.30pm. Cost: $5 (wine and light supper included). Bookings essential Tel.9439 8700.