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Tuesday, 12th October 1999 Term 4 Week 2

Principal's Report: Students Talk Up Our Constitution.

On Monday Oki Gardner of Year 9 attended the State Constitutional Convention which was held at Parliament House, Spring Street. Students from across the state attended the Convention. Oki's participation in this important event is indicative of the serious manner students at Eltham High School approach the future of our country.

Thanks to Ms Hughes

A large number of parents and students have brought the outstanding efforts of Ms Kathy Hughes to my attention. Kathy teaches media studies and just prior to the holidays a vital piece of equipment broke down. It would have been almost impossible for our Year 12 Media students to have completed their CAT on time - so Kathy came into Eltham High School every day over the term holidays to ensure that each student was able to present the best possible work. And you can see this work at the Media CATs Screening next Tuesday, 19th October. Thank you and well done, Kathy.

Senior Students Plan For Successful End of Year

On Tuesday morning Ms Rix, Assistant Principal, and I had discussions with the senior students about the end of year activities. As parents are probably aware, the VCE Formal is on the 21st of October and the Valedictory evening is on the 23rd of November. These events provide a fitting way to celebrate the completion of thirteen years of primary and secondary education. In our discussions regarding the end of the year I was impressed with the maturity and consideration for others that was evident. All students have received a letter from the school outlining requirements and procedures for the end of the year.

There has been a tendency in some schools for students to overstep the bounds. I am sure that our students will approach the end of year activities with the same levels of maturity that they have demonstrated throughout the year. Paul Rose, Principal



Parents are reminded that interviews will take place on this Wednesday, 13th October 4-7pm. Interview sheets were distributed to students last week. Please note that there is no Homework Club for Year 7 and 8 this week due to parent teacher interviews.


Sunday 17th October

9am - 12.30pm followed by a BBQ lunch.

Jobs to be completed are

Some parents have indicated they are available at times other than working bees. For example, one parent regularly does weed control around the school. If you are available at other times please contact Di Parry (Ph.9439 5111/Fax9431 0448).

Advance notice of the final working bee for the year on Sunday 21st November

Di Parry for the Grounds Committee.


An information evening about Middle School for parents of current Year 8 students has been arranged for Tuesday, 26th October at 7.45pm in the school hall. The evening will focus on the Middle School program and selection of Middle School electives. Middle School handbooks and elective selection sheets will be distributed on that night.


An early reminder to parents that books loaned to students from the Welfare Department must be returned as each year level completes the school year. Your assistance with this would be much appreciated.

Also, if any parents would like to donate books to the school for use by students unable to purchase them, please contact me. I'm particularly interested in any donations of VCE books. EHS has a reasonable number of students who live independently of parents or family and they often have difficulty in purchasing books.

Brendan Monigatti, Student Welfare Co-ordinator.


All China travellers should have now received a letter advising them of the changed date. This was necessary because we have such a large number travelling (50 in all!) If you have any concerns, please contact Anna Panas or Brendan Monigatti.


Top Effort by Debaters

The Year 12 inter-school debating team made it into the State DAV Grand Final by defeating the Haileybury College team. Tough topic, but great speeches and argument by Kate Lee, Jilly Charlwood and Tess Lethborg won the night. Even just getting to the Grand Final confirms EHS as one of the top debating schools in the state. Congratulations to the team and their supportive parents. Interested parents and friends are welcome to attend the final at 8pm at Ruyton College, Kew, on Thursday, 14th October.

Australian English Competition Results

Congratulations to EHS students for outstanding results in this annual competition. At all year levels, we performed well above the State average.

High Distinctions, putting students in the top 1% of the state: Anastasia Clendinnnen, Mark Gilham, Nicholas Gurling, Jen Tan (Yr 7) and Laura Black (Yr 9)

Distinctions: Katia Perry, Manning Thomson (Yr 7) Laurence Deam (Yr 8), Adrienne Walters (Yr 9), Catherine Blewett, Rebecca Chanock, Freya Corboy, Emma Symons, Nicholas Taylor (Yr 10), Laurence Corboy, Cassandra Marsh, Ben Muir, William Webb (Yr 11), Katharine Throssell (Yr 12)

Credit Certificates: Sarah Burt, Charlotte Cullum-Jenkins, Yasmin Langley, Rebecca Norman(Yr 7), Angela Allen, Robert Guilfoyle, Kaitlen Meggs, Andrew Wembridge (Yr 8), Aaron Bensaude, Oki Gardner, Anna Smolenaers (Yr 9), Nick Heffernan, Emma Veale (Yr 11).

Year 7 & 8 Class and Inter-class Debating Competition

All Year 7 and 8 students will be involved in class debates over the next three weeks in English classes. Please aid your child's efforts in research and preparation of arguments. Three to five students will be chosen from each class to represent their class as a debating team member, chair or timekeeper for the inter-class debates.

The Age Short Story Competition

See details of this competition in The Age. Closing date Friday 15th October. This competition is particularly suitable for Year 12 students who have done longer pieces for their Writing Folio, and are looking to publish a piece.

The Republic Essay Competition

Year 11 and 12 students who have written on this topic for their folio or issues work may like to enter this competition run by The Age. 1000 word limit. Closing date 13th October. See details in Education Age of 6th October.


On Monday morning Nillumbik Council raised the first Aboriginal Reconciliation Flag to be flown by a local council in Australia. This follows the Nillumbik Council's recent resolution to fly both the Aboriginal Flag and the Reconciliation Flag on a number of days, important to the aboriginal people, and to reconciliation. The raising of the Reconciliation Flag on 11th October commemorates the capture of some 400 aboriginal people by Major Lettsom and 50 armed soldiers from their encampment between Melbourne and Heidelberg in 1840 and their forced march into the village of Melbourne where they were held in the stockade. One young aboriginal man was shot and killed in the capture despite the fact that some of these people were only vaguely suspected of being involved in the spearing of a white shepherd some days earlier near the Goulburn River. The shepherd and his compatriots had been trying to steal aboriginal women.

Days later Governor LaTrobe ordered the release of all the aboriginal people unless they could be charged with the crime. Eleven were subsequently charged and the rest freed. The eleven managed to escape, despite being handcuffed, by diving overboard from a boat while being taken downriver to a ship enroute to Sydney for trial.

Daniel Fisher, Harry Pearce (both of Year 8) and Mr Gurney represented Eltham High School at this important local event. Local historian Mick Woiwod briefed them on significance of the day and of the reconciliation flag and they met Elizabeth Savage Kooroonya, a Koori person, local artist and Eltham High School parent. We came away knowing and understanding more of our history and of the importance to us all of the undertaking by Nillumbik Council to fly this flag. Daniel Fisher, Harry Pearce, Peter Gurney


An information evening has been organised for Wednesday, 20th October at 7.30pm in the school library. Parents of students taking French in Years 9, 10 and 11 who may be interested are invited to come along. A representative from GET, the tour operator, will be available to answer questions. You will receive a letter and some information on the proposed tour this week. Orietta Wheatley.


East Timor Relief Appeal

Donations now total exactly $1,000 and will be sent to the Australian Red Cross on Thursday. Thank you for your generosity.


Important Dates

Guitar Concert Tonight

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. (See enclosed advertisement)

AMEB Exams

Rehearsals with the accompanist have commenced this week. All students should ensure that they are aware of their scheduled time. 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 29

Oboe - October 29


The Music Support Group still needs second hand books for our stall at this year's Eltham Festival. Please telephone Julie 9437 0873 or Wayne 9439 1940 to arrange pick up if you can't get them to the music office.


WED. L.Burleigh,R.McMaster,C.Simpson,Di

THURS. M.Deam,K.maxfield,S.McEwin,J.Johnstone

FRI. V.Vivian-Taylor,M.Kilcullen,K.Gatcum,


MON. J.Poliness,J.Seidel,N.Heffernan,R.Seidler

TUES. B.Honeyman,M.Hamilton,B.Bensaude,



Northern Zone Athletics - Metro

The EHS athletics team competed in the Northern Zone (Metro) at the Meadowglen Athletics Stadium on Thursday 8th October. In the overall competition between the 34 schools represented at the meet, EHS (427 points) finished in 4th position behind Mill Park (554), Montmorency (532) and Viewbank (505). The EHS Junior Boys finished 2nd, Junior Girls 3rd, Intermediate Boys 8th, Intermediate Girls 6th, Senior Boys 4th and the Senior Girls 6th.

The following 14 EHS students will advance to the VSSSA finals to be held at Olympic Park on Tuesday, 19th October:

Chloe Forbes 1st GU14 Triple Jump, Long Jump and 80m Hurdles

Sandra Melgalvis 1st GU16 Javelin

Bianca Rausch 1st GU15 Discus

James Attard 2nd BU21 3000m& 1500m

Shaun Griffin 1st BU13 Discus

Alex Djordjevic 1st GU1Long Jump

Ben Thomas 1st BU17 High Jump

Clare Taylor 1st GU16 High Jump

Jessie Vreulink 1st GU17 400m

Laura Johnstone 2nd GU13 1500m

Brooke Palmer 2nd GU14 1500m

Tristan Hopkins 2nd BU14 1500m

Nicholas Laurence 1st BU15 1500m

Kathy Young 1st GU17 1500m

Victorian Schools Track and Field Championships

Kathy Young and James Attard competed at the U18 and U20 Victorian Track and Field Championships held on the weekend at Olympic Park. Kathy Young finished the 1500m in a time of 5:17 in a heat of the GU18 event, while James Attard running in a heat of the BU18 1500m finished in a time of 4:23. Well done to both athletes. The U14 and U16 divisions of the Victorian Track and Field Championships will be held on 30th and 31st October. Late entries are still possible - any students interested should contact Mr Balchin.

EHS Swim Squad

There was a good turn-out at the first session of the EHS Swim Squad for term 4 last Thursday morning. There is still room for further enrolments. Cost is $50 for the term payable at the school. Session time: Thursday mornings 7-8am. All levels of swimmers welcome. Come along and join the fun.


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

Theatre Sports 7.30pm

Thurs. 14 Debating: Grand Finals at Ruyton Girls School

Sun.17 Working bee 9am-12.30pm

Wed.20 Last day for year 12's

Thurs. 21 Year 12 Formal

Fri. 22 All Groups Concert

Tues. 26 Middle School Parent Information Night for current Year 8 students

Oct.27-Nov.8 AMEB exams


Thurs. 4 VCE Arts Festival 4.30-9pm

Official Opening 7.30pm

Fri. 5 VCE Arts Festival 9am-4pm

Sun. 21 Final working bee


A description of various scholarships available to students is distributed with this newsletter.



The Apex Club of Diamond Valley is keen to assist youth in obtaining employment and have organised information/discussion evenings aimed at maximising employment opportunities. They invite youths from schools in the area, and their parents, to attend the sessions which will be question/answer format and will be attended by a cross section of employers who are working in administration, management and trades.

Thursday, 14th October at 7.30pm

St Helena Secondary College Theatre

(20th October at 7pm at Viewbank Secondary College)

For information contact: Sue Gordon

Wattle Glen Festival

The Festival will be held at the Wattle Glen Primary School 2pm-10pm on Saturday, 16th October.