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Tuesday, 5th. October 1999 Term 4 Week 1

Principal's Report: Welcome to new and returning staff

We welcome back to Eltham High School a number of staff this term who have been o leave. Kerry Lambert has returned to the Maths department, Therese Sweeney to the Maths Science department, Barbara Gregory to the Art department, and Hermi Burns to the English Department. Kereen Ely-Harper is continuing with us through Term 4 on a reduced time fraction and Haidyn Cox joins the staff in the SOSE department for the term. Welcome (back) to all.

Students Achieve Success

Congratulations to Yvette Muscat who was a member of the winning U/20 Victorian State team at the National Soccer Championships in Darwin.

To: Brianna Barling for winning a Minor Bursary ($25) and Cass Mortimer-Eipper for winning a Merit Certificate in the Science Teachers Association of Victoria "Science Talent Search".

Also to Brenna Henderson for her article on school funding in the spring edition of the Australian Educator.

Also to Alice Wegner Year 9 for being selected to undertake a Student Exchange to France for 1st semester next year.

Glenn Piper 8G, Jarrod Burke 7F, Michael Steven 7E and Shaun Griffin 7H were part of the Eltham Wildcats U14 basketball team which went on to take out the national title last week (see Junior School News)

Paul Rose





Parents are reminded that interviews will take place on Wednesday, 13th October 4-7pm. Interview sheets will be distributed to students today.


That's Write!

Students have many opportunities for getting their writing recognised and published at EHS but there are lots of competitions and publications out there waiting for their entry. So why not try some of the following:

Leader Newspaper Young Writers' Competition. Entry details in the Diamond Valley News and The Heidelberger. 1,000 word limit. Closing date 11th October.

FAW National Literary Awards (Individual entry sections). Poetry, play and story sections are available. Closing date in November. See Ms Burns for entry forms.

Whittlesea Agricultural Society

Short Story.

500 words for Years 7 and 8; 1000 word maximum for Years 9 to 12.

Poetry Section. Entries close 16th October. See Ms Burns for entry forms.

Novella National Writing Competition for school age students - 10,000 to 20,000 words! Closing date 10th December.

Young Writers' Page

Orbitmag.com is a new Australian Internet journal aimed at primary and secondary school students that wants to publish your work. They publish short stories, poems, news items and just about anything young writers write. They also publish artwork. For more information visit:

www.orbitmag.com or telephone 9934 5516.

Maroochy Arts Festival

Junior competition for writers under 18 years of age. Poetry in free or rhyming verse to 25 lines maximum, open theme. 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75. Short Story, open theme to 1000 word. 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75. For entry form, send self addressed envelope to FAW.

Scarlet Stiletto Award - 6th Annual Women's Crime and Mystery Short Story Competition.

The Allen & Unwin Young Writers Award for women under 25 years. Short story to 5000 words. Prize: $250. Entry fee: $5. For entry form send self addressed envelope to FAW.

Judah Waten National Storywriting Competition.

The Little Book Room Teenage Prize (14-18 years inclusive). A maximum of two stories per person. Stories should not exceed 3000 words. Prizes: 1st $250, 2nd $100, 3rd $50. Entry fee: $5 per each registration. For entry form send SSAE to FAW.

Neighbourhood Watch Short Fiction Competition

Short story on "community safety" incorporating Neighbourhood Watch theme. Entries must be previously unpublished. Junior sections: 10-12 years, 13-16 years. Prizes of $50-$500. Free entry. For entry forms send SSAE to: Neighbourhood Watch State Co-ordinator's Office, PO Box 415, Melbourne 3005 or visit


Dolly Magazine

Each issue of Dolly has a section entitled Short Pieces where readers can contribute original poems (no stories). The poems are short and range between 50-100 words in length. No payment is provided other than a nominal prize of three lipsticks(!) but names of contributors are published. Poems, together with full name and address should be sent to: Short Pieces, Dolly Magazine, GPO Box 5201, Sydney, NSW 1028.

There is also a letter page - each letter printed earns $10; and a Spill a Secret page where readers are invited to share the worst thing they ever did. The Top Secret of the month earns $100.

In addition, contributions are sought about experiences, true stories or opinions on a wide range of topics which are suggested in advance, e.g. in the July issue of Dolly, stories are sought on boys - experiences; net stories; Internet romances; and sister/sister romances. Stories, again with name and address, should be sent to Dolly "We Want To Know" at the above address. For more information on Dolly, check out their website at: dolly.ninemsn.com.au


Congratulations to Kate Mildenhall of Year 12 and Christian Teese of Year 7 for their excellent results in the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne Oral and Written Competition. Both scored Tres Honorable (Grade A) in the oral component and Kate scored Honorable in the written part. Well done!

We are organising a trip to Puckapunyal at the end of the year to give assistance to the Timorese refugees. Many students have shown a great interest in this. We will give you more information once we've worked out dates and activities involved.

At present we are collecting clothes (especially childrens clothes) and shoes which can be placed in the East Timorese Refugees Clothing Appeal bin situated outside the general office. Your contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Pompa Brady, LOTE KLA Co-ordinator


East Timor Relief Appeal

Thank you very much to those families, students and staff who donated money to the Red Cross East Timor Appeal. The present total of donations is $875.00. Further donations will be accepted at the cashier's office up to Friday of this week. Di Parry.

PLAN International Sponsor Child

The SRC is sponsoring a girl named Karen Basitan, from Baguio in the Philippines. Karen is 12, as of February and started Grade 6 in June. Unfortunately, education in the Philippines has a low priority. For those who can go to school, many classrooms are run-down and overcrowded. Public elementary and secondary education in the Philippines is free, but many parents cannot afford school supplies and uniforms, so many children do not get an education. Karen's family is being helped with the school fees so Karen goes to school. She walks the 1 kilometre distance to and from school, taking a packed lunch "in order not to be tired in going home to eat" as Karen's mother wrote in her letter to us. The letter contained a drawing of flowers, with the caption "flowers are beautiful and so are you all!" from Karen.

We wish Karen, her family and community all the best! Anastasia Clenndenin, Junior SRC


Important Dates

Strings Recital Monday 11th October

An evening of solo performances by our string students commencing at 7.30pm in the Music Room.

Guitar Concert Tuesday 22nd October

A concert featuring our guitarists in the school hall starting at 7.30pm.

All Groups Concert - Friday 22nd October

Keep this date free! It will be a fantastic concert. Tickets will go on sale next Monday.

AMEB Exams

Exams will take place on the following dates: Flute - October 27 & 29;

Violin - October 28

Clarinet - November 3, 4, 5 & 8;

Brass - November 3, 4 & 5;

Bassoon - October

Oboe - October 29


On the last Thursday of term 3 the student book club meeting was held after school in the library. As we munched our way through a delicious afternoon tea, we talked about what we had recently read and what types of books we liked to read. Again Rada from Eltham Bookshop brought in a selection of new fiction and the students who attended had the opportunity to select what they thought the library should purchase. The students then borrowed their chosen novels for the holidays (after they were processed of course). All in all we had a very relaxed and pleasant time.

Eltham Bookshop will be co-hosting the forthcoming events (bookings are essential):

Wednesday, 6th October 4.00-5.30pm at Eltham Library in the Foyer, an afternoon with Meme McDonald and Boori Pryer, winners of the 1999 CBC Children's Book of the Year - Younger Readers Award for My Girragundji. $2 per person.

Tuesday, 12th October 6.30pm for 7.00-8.00pm at the Eltham Library, a celebration of Australian feminism with Marilyn Lake, author of Getting Equal. Cost $7 including wine and finger food.

Monday, 18th October 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at Eltham Bookshop, an evening with David Day, author of John Curtin : A Life. Cost $7 including wine and supper.

Thursday, 28th October 7.00-8.30pm at Montsalvat, an evening with Stephanie Alexander in celebration of her new book A Shared Table. Cost $15 including light supper.

Last, but not least, I ask that parents check with their children whether they have overdue library books. All books that were borrowed last term, except for some English class sets, are now overdue and should be returned as soon as possible.

Rhonda Malone, Library Co-ordinator.


Athletics - Coming events

VSSSA Northern Zone Athletics - Thursday, 7th October at Meadowglen

1999 Victorian Schools Track and Field Championships (selection trail for the 2000 Pacific School Games) U18/U20 - October 9th and 10th; U11/12/13/14/16 - October 30th and 31st (entries close 8th October). Contact Mr Balchin for further information.

Athletics training - every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Willinda Park, Greensborough from 5pm until 6.15pm. An EHS teacher will be in attendance to supervise training.

Diamond Valley Athletics Club - Trials and Registration Day on Sunday, 10th October at Willinda Park, Greensborough from 1pm. Competition from U14 age group on. Track and Field competition starts on Saturday, 16th October.

EHS Swim Squad

Get fit for summer - join the EHS Swim Squad. Bookings for a place in the squad are now open for term 4. The squad will be coached by Neroli Nixon a Level 2 performance Coach who has now worked with the EHS squad for 2 years. The sessions are held on a Thursday morning 7.00-8.00am. All levels of swimming ability are catered for and there is a friendly and supportive group of girls and boys at each session. The cost for the ten week term is $50 which is payable with the school cashier.

Starts this Thursday morning



Urgent need for volunteers in term 4. Contact Bev Cust, Canteen Manager.


WED .Burleigh,D.Shepherd,J.Zilm,A.Luckman

THURS.A.Hennel, M.Thomas,H.Devlin.

FRI. C.White,A.Rodgers,A.Batten.

MON S.Wilson,T.Butler,R.Gore,J.Kennedy.

TUES. L.Laos,L.Poulton,G.Carter,R.Seidler


The Visual Art and Technology Faculties have decided to change the format of the Arts Festival: This year we invite parents and friends to celebrate the work of our senior students. The exhibition will be held in the school hall on Thursday 4th November 4.30-9pm and Friday 5th November 9am-4pm. The official opening will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday evening. The program will also include senior drama and music.

Jeanette Carter, Visual Arts Co-ordinator.



Wed. 13 Junior School Parent Teacher evening 4-7pm

Thurs. 14 Debating: Grand Finals at Ruyton Girls School

Fri. 22 All Groups Concert

Oct.27-Nov.5 AMEB exams


Thurs. 4 Arts Festival 4.30-9pm

Official Opening 7.30pm

Fri. 5 Arts Festival 9am-4pm


In this final part of the report on the Year 7 Parent Survey I report on the range of other comments made by respondents.


Communication between the student and teacher, and student and student was seen by parents, rightly, as very important. Students should feel able to talk to the teachers and have a circle of supportive friends. Whenever there is the feeling that communication is breaking down, parents should not hesitate to contact a Sub-school Head or Level Co-ordinator. It is also important to remember that when something happens outside of school it can have an impact on a student's behaviour in school. Once again, if a parent has information which is relevant to a student's school life then contact should be made with a Sub-school Head.

Work Experience

It was suggested that Work Experience at Year 10 was too early, except for students leaving school before Year 12. Work Experience is an opportunity for students to see how a workplace operates, perhaps to try out a possible career or to confirm that they are better off at school! The first work experience actually occurs at the end of Year 9 when all students are given the opportunity to organise a placement. In Year 10 Work Experience is optional, students choose the place and time after consultation with the Careers Co-ordinator and teachers. In VCE students can ask to complete Work Experience and this is usually fitted in around their class work. Some students choose to study Vocational Education and Training studies, these have tasks which have to be completed and assessed on the job, these are much more formal than Work Experience.


As most parents will know, homework can be a vexed issue. The school doesn't have a homework policy but teachers are aware of the need to set students homework. In general homework can be finishing off classwork, completing longer term projects or assignments such as essays, preparing for tests, or undertaking set reading. Homework gives students the opportunity to learn to organise their time to meet deadlines, spend longer brackets of time on the activities and pursue indepth research. It is the responsibility of the teacher who sets the homework to decide on the consequences for failure to complete it. This might be a reduction in marks, or it might be arranging for the student to complete the work in detention. If the latter, and the detention is after-school, then parents will be given 24 hours notice. Parents can also encourage students to use the homework clubs after-school where they have access to help from teachers.


Every student receives a diary at the beginning of the year. They are valuable planning tools as students record homework, due dates, upcoming tests and other activities. They are also places where a lot of the school information is published, such as procedures and rules. Some Junior homegroup teachers make it a practice to sight and sign the diary to check that it is being used appropriately and the student's homework load is not excessive. Parents can certainly use it in the same way.

Assignment sheets

KLAs have their own procedures for design of assignment sheets. For example it has become the practice in some KLAs that Level-wide assignments will note the outcomes that the work is focusing on. Individual teachers will have their own preferred approach. However as teams of teachers are now working on developing shared assignments, the inclusion of outcomes and other information about the assignment will probably become more common. This suggestion that the scope and expectations of assignments should be clearly stated will certainly be referred to KLA Leaders.

Report Folders

The report folders, issued to each student at the start of their time at Eltham, has certainly been well received. With the introduction of computers more widely into the record keeping systems and the reporting process it should become easier to record and list extra curricula activities.

What did parents praise?

Thank you to all the parents who took the time to complete the survey, we value your contribution to the life of the school, the suggestions have gone to the appropriate members of the school community.

Trevor Jenkins, Curriculum Co-ordinator



Over the holidays four junior school students participated in the Australian Basketball Club Championships held at Noarlunga in Adelaide. Glenn Piper 8G, Jarrod Burke 7F, Michael Steven 7E and Shaun Griffin 7H were part of the Eltham Wildcats U14 team which went on to take out the national title by defeating North Adelaide with a 3 point shot on the buzzer. Congratulations to the boys and to the Wildcats for their first national title. Ross Pringle, Head of Junior School.


Spinal disease and disorder are the number one cause of physical handicap and activity limitation in the young. Scoliosis (spinal curvature) is one of the more important problems which may affect the teenager's spine with significant consequences later in life. Early detection with early treatment results in better outcomes. In the early stages scoliosis causes no symptoms and so the way to detect it is, simply, to look for it! With the disbanding of school screening programs a new strategy was introduced in 1997 based on a self-detection program. A simple brochure has been developed for Year 7 girls to take home to their parents. This has been distributed with the Parent Newsletter. If after reading the brochure, the girl or her parents think she may have a curve, consultation with a family doctor is strongly recommended.

A program of education for family doctors has been carried out through the journal "Australian Family Physician" in conjunction with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Precise information has been distributed to 22,000 family doctors throughout the country on the detection and management of scoliosis.

This program is under the aegis of SpineCare Foundation and is strongly supported by The Spine Society of Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Allana O'Kane, Assistant Principal.



During the final week of term 3, all year 8 classes were involved in a community planting project in the Falkiner Street Reserve and planted a massive 1600 trees, shrubs and grasses.

Working under the guidance of The Friends of

Diamond Creek - Falkiner Street Reserve group

and workers from Green Corps, the classes were given instruction on planting techniques and an overview of the Falkiner Street Reserve and what the Friends group hopes to achieve in developing a resource the whole community can enjoy. The following is taken from a letter from Carolyn Mellor, the Co-ordinator of the Falkiner Street Reserve Friends group:

"On behalf of all members of our Friends group, our sincere thanks to you and your colleagues and of course those great year 8's without whose help we could not have achieved such a mass planting.

You will appreciate that 1600 plants within a week required a total community effort and here I must acknowledge the excellent help provided by Nillumbik Shire, Melbourne Water and Green Corps. We were all delighted Eltham High School was able to contribute and would love to extend an invitation to the school to participate again next year.

Our task in the restoration of the creek, billabong and the establishment of an extensive new wetlands system within the Falkiner Street Reserve will be a long term project. The benefits however will be to the community and will ultimately complement Wingrove Park and enhance the open space corridor along the Diamond Creek."

Year 8 students can feel proud of their individual contributions to our community through this project. John Cousins, SOSE Co-ordinator.



Final numbers must be finalised by the end of this week for the Formal on 21st October. If payment is not made by Wednesday (tomorrow), then you will not be able to attend.

Amy Skipper


Eltham Mensland is providing a service to hire dinner suits to Yr 12 students for the formal. We have organised them to come on Tuesday 12th October at lunchtime for measurement and suit choice. Prices:

Single breasted inc. shirt & tie $33

Double breasted inc. shirt & tie $36

Double breasted (flair), dinner suit inc.

Shirt & tie $41

Vests - big range of colours $10

Shoes $15

Suits will be delivered 2 days prior to the formal on Tuesday, 19th October. VCE Office.




In response to overwhelming interest, Banyule Council is actively looking to create a second BMX/skating/roller blade facility late next year - this time in the northern part of Banyule. In order to determine what users are after, an initial meeting will be held to explore whether people would like a bowl, street circuit or other style facility and some ideas about where it could be located. Details:

Thursday 7th October 1999


at Greensborough Secondary College, Nell St., Greensborough.

VCE building (carpark - Nepean St.)

All welcome - parents, friends, skaters, bladers, riders, and interested others !!

For more information please contact:

Caroline Sheehan, Leisure Projects Officer

Ph.9457 9913, Gerry Byrne, Youth program Worker Ph. 9457 9939.

Paid Advert


Actors wanted

Term 4 Productions

Learn acting and production techniques

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

Phone Principal: Pam 94328647

Moving Beyond Survival

Have you lost a relationship because of separation or divorce?

Six workshops designed to help you. Commencing Tuesday, 5th October at 7.45pm and for the following 5 Tuesdays. Diamond Valley Baptist Church, 309 Diamond Creek Rd., Plenty 3090. Cost: $40. Ph.9459 9158

Australian Red Cross

Red Cross First Aid courses. Level two, Senior and CPR Certificates are to be held at Greensborough (Monday evenings) and Macleod (Tuesday evenings) beginning Term 4 and during year 2000. Enquiries:BH 9685 9961 Sophie; AH 9439 2307 Arthur

International Education Forum Australia Ltd

Host Families and Exchange students

If you are interested in hosting a student, male or female aged 15-18 years, from Germany or Japan, Belgium or Brazil, Mexico or Argentina, please contact Klaus Schumann on 97584279. You would have the chance of making a great friend and sharing your life with them for the time you choose. The students arrive in early February for 5-11 months, so if you can afford an extra person at mealtimes and have somewhere for them to sleep, either shared room or own, please ring me. All expressions of interest will be very welcome and you choose the student from those available. Should you wish to go overseas yourself as an exchange student, making friends in other countries, hopefully for life, please ring.

Klaus Schumann, IEF Community Co-ordinator

Wattle Glen Festival

The Festival will be held at the Wattle Glen Primary School 2pm-10pm on Saturday, 16th October. It will be a festive affair with food stalls, craft stalls, rides and demonstrations from local community groups. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Diamond Valley Secondary College Band in addition to other local bands. The Festival will conclude with a dance commencing at 8pm to the sounds of Purple Haze.