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Tuesday, 26th October 1999 Term 4 Week 4

Principal's Report:

VCE Arts Festival

The Arts, in all their forms, play an important role in the life if Eltham High School. Over the year there have been a number of highly successful and important activities where the artistic efforts of our students have been on display. In the short time that I have been at Eltham High School I can remember the Melbourne Bands Festival, the dance recital, the improvisation evening, South Street, photography at Montsalvat, the Diegesis Awards, Media CATs presentation and the all groups concert last Friday - and I know that there has been much more over the year.

On Thursday, 4th of November, Eltham High School will stage the 1999 VCE Arts Festival. This will be a showcase of student work at the highest standard. I hope that all of you will take the opportunity to enjoy this festival of visual arts, music and drama.

Curriculum Days

The arrangements for the curriculum days this Friday and next Monday are indeed unusual. This arises from an additional statewide curriculum day in September for the new VCE which led to a rescheduling of our own days. Over the two days staff will be very actively involved in preparation for the new VCE requirements, receiving a report from the school council on planning for the future and identifying tasks that need to be done to provide the highest possible standard of teaching as the changes to curriculum begin. Paul Rose Principal



An information evening about Middle School for parents of current Year 8 students has been arranged for tonight 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 also be distributed tonight.

Barry Hutton Middle School Co-ordinator


Thursday 4th - Friday 5th November 1999

Official Opening:

Thursday 4th at 7.30pm

Thursday : 4-9pm

Friday: 9am-3.30pm

Eltham High School Hall

Visual Arts

Music and Drama


Boys Year 7 Basketball to State Final

Congratulations to the Year 7 boys Basketball team on a fantastic effort in winning the Northern Zone Finals last Thursday, 21stOctober. In 4 games the boys were never really threatened as the following scorelines indicate:

EHS 30 vs Macleod 24; EHS 62 vs Lalor Nth 9

EHS 46 vs Mill Park 14; EHS 40 vs Northcote12

Team members: Shaun Griffiths, Michael Steven, Jarrod Burke, Matthew Godden, Trent Harries, Nicholas Johnston, Brent White, Daniel Whitechurch. Coaches: Evan Henderson, Tom Bull. Scorers: Adrian Franklin, Vincent Corneille, Trent Courts, Cameron Blewett.

Good luck in the All High Finals.

Peter Nicholson.

Year 8 Girls basketball

Congratulations girls - Northern Zone Premiers! We cruised through the early rounds, defeating Mill Park SC and Elwood SC by 24 and 21 points respectively. The final was a different matter. Although we led for the whole game, we were only up by 4 points at half time. During the second half we gradually gained full control and beat Melbourne Girls by 12 points, the contributions by everyone made this a real team win. The positive attitude of the girls was excellent. They are a great bunch to coach and I'd like to acknowledge their attitude and commitment. Congratulations to Breanna Skeen, Paige Hoskins, Jessica Crosbie, Kathryn Luxford, Kristie Anderson, Liz Smith, Emily Smith and Min Chadd.The cheering and support of the parents who were able to attend was a real boost for the team. Thanks to Noelene and Lennie Anderson, Jill and Eric Smith, Karen and Brian Hoskins, and Greg Skeen. (Karen Nelson who was refereeing was also able to watch us.) Thanks also to Kate Nelson, our scorer. In the last few minutes of our final we couldn't hear anything because of the pandemonium caused by the boys final. It was great to see the girls rush over to add their voices to the noise. The sight of the girls and boys teams celebrating their joint win in the middle of the boys court was one of those moments that make teaching at EHS such a pleasure (congratulations also to the boys coach, Luke Ferns.) Paul Oliver, Coach

Year 8 Boys Basketball

After a lot of training and preparation the Year 8 boys basketball team played in the Northern Zone finals at Coburg on last Thursday. The team managed to win a hard fought first game against Mill Park, then won convincingly against Elwood to make the grand final. The final was a tough and high quality game against Viewbank (last year's winners) and, with Eltham some 10 points down with approximately three minutes left in the game, it seemed that a loss was inevitable. However, in an amazing turn-around, the boys managed to get up by one point and win. Excellent play all day by all team members. Congratulations and well done to the team: Russell Holland, Matt Kelly, Brenton Neal, Derek Heffernan, Michael Kerss, Damon Ashworth, Raine MacCaulay and Scott Bradley. Good luck and train hard for the upcoming state finals. Luke Ferns , Coach

VSSSA Track and Field Championships

Thirteen EHS students competed in this year's VSSSA Track and Field Championships held at Olympic Park last Tuesday, 19th October. This was one of the strongest squads of Eltham athletes to make it through to the All High finals. At the end of the day the squad could boast of two medallists: Chloe Forbes managed to hang on to 3rd place in a desperately tight finish in the GU14 80m Hurdles, while Kathy Young stormed home in the last lap of the GU17 1500m to move from 5th position to take out the bronze medal. Kathy's time for the 1500m was 5:09, lowering her previous best time by 6 seconds. Another student to run a PB in the 1500m was Nicholas Laurence when he recorded 4:39 to finish in 5th position in the BU15 event.

James Attard ran a courageous race in the BU21 3000m to finish 5th in a time of 9:43 and then doubled up to run in the final of the BU21 15000m later in the program where he finished in 7th position in a time of 4:36. Other EHS students in the 1500m races were Laura Johnstone GU13 (6:01), Brooke Palmer GU14 (5:49), and Tristan Hopkin BU14 (5:20). In other events the achievements of the EHS students were as follows:

Chloe Forbes GU14 Triple Jump - 9.43m (6th) GU14 Long Jump - 4.48m (7th)

Sandra Melgalvis GU16 Javelin 22.25m (6th)

Bianca Rausch GU15 Discus 21.96m (7th)

Shaun Griffin BU13 Discus 26.06m (6th)

Alex Djordjevic GU16 Long Jump 4.58m (5th)

Claire Taylor GU16 High Jump 1.45m (8th)

Jessie Vreulink GU17 400m 66.1 (6th)


Congratulations to Sally Wilson for her performances at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships held in Adelaide last week. Sally was a member of the Victorian level 9 team that finished in 3rd place. In a two day competition, Sally finished in 21st place in the Level 9 division. Sally's best apparatus was the Vault.

EHS Swim Squad

It was great to see a number of new faces in the EHS Swim Squad over the past few weeks. Coach Neroli Nixon makes everyone welcome in the squad and sets a program that is achievable by all. Don't put it off any longer - come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre on Thursday morning at 7am and join in the fun. Fees payable at the cashier's office.


Round 1 of Interclub athletics will be held on Saturday, 6th November at the Box Hill venue. Competition age groups start from U14 to Seniors. Interested? Come along to training at Willinda Park, Greensborough on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5pm. EHS teachers

present at each training session. For further information contact Max Balchin at the school.


All Groups Concert

A fantastic evening, of music was presented by our bands, ensembles and choirs last Friday as a climax to the year's work. Congratulations to the students and staff for the excellent presentation and the outstanding work throughout the year.

Year 11 Recitals - Wednesday 3rd - Thursday 4th November

Year 11 Music Performance students will be presenting two evenings of solo recitals in the Music Room commencing at 7.30 pm. Please come along and support our students as well as enjoy some fantastic playing

Eltham Festival

The Jazz Band is performing on Saturday 13th November at 12.30 pm and the Symphonic Band is playing at 1.45 pm on Sunday 14th November.


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.


The inaugural Roundtables were held in Canberra this year and were well received by participants and the Government. The Roundtable enabled young people to talk directly to Government and for Government to directly listen to the concerns of young Australians. Topics discussed covered health and wellbeing, national perspectives, environment, employment, lifestyle and education.

The National Youth Roundtables in 2000 will be held in Canberra in March/April and September and, once again, will bring together 50 young people aged between 15 and 24 years, who are a representative cross-section of their generation, to attend two Roundtable conferences. Participants share and exchange with the Government their views on a range of issues which have impact on young Australians, such as employment, education, training, health and youth services. The Government seeks input from the young people attending the Roundtables on suggested topics of national interest. Community action projects, group conferences and meetings with Parliamentarians also take place between the Roundtable meetings. Students involved with community youth groups or team activities (guides/scouts, sporting groups, StJohns Ambulance etc.) should consider making an application for appointment to the National Roundtable in 2000. (The Commonwealth Government will meet all accommodation and travel costs.) Applications must be posted by Monday, 15th November. See Ms O'Kane for additional information and an application form - or visit the website www.thesource.gov.au or phone the Voices of Youth Hotline, 1800 624 309.


The results of the Victorian School Indonesian Writing Competition and Oral Competition have been released. They are as follows:

Year 10 Speaking Competition

Certificate of Encouragement:

Catherine Blewett, Nicole Clifford, Lisa Firth

Credit: Kimberley Chadd

Year 9 Writing

Certificate of Encouragement:

Amber Higgins, Kate Hill

Credit: Melanie Antcliffe, Nadia Bailey

High Credit: Laura Black, Shae Skinner

Over 400 Schools participated in this program and we congratulate all students who had a go!

Certificates from the Victorian Indonesian Teachers' Association will be arriving soon.

Refugees from East Timor

We were all excited about having some East Timorese students from Puckapunyal but, as it turns out, they are not quite ready to leave the safe haven so we need to be patient. Many, many thanks to everyone who donated so generously to the East Timorese clothes and books appeal. We will still be taking books and clothes for another couple of weeks.

Once again many thanks for your contributions and to all students who have helped with this. P.Brady KLA Lote


WED. C. Davis, A.Black,L.Burleigh. J.Gearon.

THURS. J.Harris, K.Perry,K. Corneille,K.Maxfield.

FRI. Curriculum Day

MON. Curriculum Day

TUES. Melbourne Cup Day


Please note the last working bee date for the year is Sunday, 21st November. Please consider contributing to the school by attending this working bee.

Di Parry for the Grounds Committee.


A reminder:

All Year 9 Work Experience forms are due by Wednesday, 17th November. Students can do either 1 two week placement or 2 placements of one week each.


Week 1 29th November - 3rd December

Week 2 5th December - 10th December.

Julie Buckland, Careers Co-ordinator.


Environmental Management Class remembers Chernobyl Victims

Many have forgotten the awful tragedy of Chernobyl. Thirteen years ago one of Chernobyl's reactors had a meltdown and the fallout was huge. Thousands died but now there is a new generation of Chernobyl victims. The children born after the nuclear fallout are now dying. Some are born with deformities, mental illnesses and cancers. Most are abandoned at birth and are sent to mental institutions at the age of four. They cannot afford medical help and rely on charities to survive. We are asking for your help. This week on Wednesday and Thursday we will be coming around to classes and asking for donations to be sent to the Australian Chernobyl Children's Relief Foundation.

M/s Environment Management Class



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

Oct.27-Nov.8 AMEB exams

Fri. Oct.29 Curriculum Day


Mon. 1 Curriculum Day

Wed. 3 Drama Impro Night

Thurs. 4 VCE Arts Festival 4.30-9pm

Official Opening 7.30pm

Fri. 5 VCE Arts Festival 9am-4pm

Sun. 21 Final working bee

Are You Seeking Casual Work?

Are you interested in caring for primary school aged children? The Eltham Primary School Out Of School Hours Care Program has a vacancy for a Junior Child-Care Worker. Applicants should:

See Ms Buckland in the Careers room.

Eltham East Primary School Fete

Grove Street

Sunday, 7th November 10am-3pm

"Get in line ... Fete "99". Rides (including hot air balloon, Harley rides, camel rides and more!) Food and more food! Cakes, toys, books, craft and so much more!

Diamond Creek Swimming Club

Cup Day Biathalon at the Diamond Creek Pool on 2nd November. Range of sections for boys and girls and relays, male, female and mixed. Places will be awarded to each section and all entrants will receive a participation certificate. Registration at 7.30am. Food is available. Entry forms are available from Nillumbik Swim School or by phoning Graeme Butt on 94383123 (Entry fee $8 or $10 on day)

Native Flower Show at the Eltham Festival

By Australian Plants Society, Yarra Yarra Group

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 9am-5pm at the Senior Citizens Hall, 903 Main Road Eltham. Admission free. Featuring: native flower displays, dioramas, plant sales, door prize, children's corner, help and advice from members.