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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter


Tuesday, 16th November, 1999
Term 4 Week 7

Principal's Report:

Education in the spotlight

I'm sure that most families saw the major article in last Saturday's Age about the impact of the state government's changed policy on self-governing schools. What was of particular interest to me was the fact that principals in schools joined the public discussion. It has been some time since that has happened.

The government has indicated that the "frank and open debate on education policy contributes to the health of our education system". There will be a lifting of "restrictions on teachers and principals participating in public debate". It is good to see that the debate has started and includes teachers and principals. For the record, the Eltham High School Council made a decision not to become involved in the self governing schools program

Eltham Festival

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Eltham Festival. The Jazz and Symphonic bands were very involved as were a number of students who had work on display. It is very important that Eltham High School supports local events. We are, after all, Eltham's school and the community's support of our work is most appreciated.

Paul Rose



Next Sunday 21st November
9am to 12.30pm

followed by a BBQ lunch. The main tasks for this working bee are:

This is the last working bee for the year and your attendance is vital.

Di Parry for the Grounds Committee.


Creating Christmas Hampers for Nillumbik Residents

This year the Junior SRC is working with the Eltham Community Health Centre to provide Christmas hampers and gifts for those in


We have received a letter from Andrew Hilton, Executive Director of Australian Red Cross:

"The generous donation towards the East Timor Crisis Appeal has been brought to my attention. I wish to thank the parents and students of Eltham High School for your support of Red Cross. Please be assured that your gift will be used to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid for the innocent victims of this situation. Your confidence in and support of Red Cross is greatly appreciated - once again I thank you all for your gifts."

The total amount donated to the Middle School East Timorese Appeal was $1085. Thank you to all who gave so generously.

Middle School SRC



This past weekend was a busy one for our volleyballers. On Saturday night we held our inaugural awards night. Feedback from parents and players was very positive and everyone, including our guest speaker Nick Mortimer, had a very enjoyable evening.

On Sunday we had seven teams competing in the Kew Sports Junior Volleyball Tournament. This tournament was a great opportunity for our teams to gain valuable match practice prior to the National Schools Cup (5th to 10th December). Congratulations to all teams on the excellent level of skills displayed. All teams did a fine job.

The U17 boys won the open mens division.

The Year 8 girls won the U15 girls division.

The Year 8 boys were second in the U15 boys division.

The Year 7 girls were third in the U15 girls division.

The 2 Year 7 boys teams were equal third in the U15 boys division, close behind our Year 8 boys team.

Once again, I am very proud of the performances of all of our volleyball athletes. Greg Thomas.

Track and Field Relays

Yesterday, 15th November, students took part in the inaugural School Sport Victoria's Track and Field Relays held at Olympic Park. The competition was open to all schools and was run in two divisions, for Years 5/6 and Years 7/8. EHS entered teams in both the Girls and Boys competitions with 14 members in each team to cover the five track events - 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x80m Hurdles Shuttle relay, Sprint Medley (100m, 100m, 200m and 400m), and Distance Medley (400m, 800m, 800m and 1200m) - and four field events (3 in each team) Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump and Triple Jump. For most students this meant a busy and varied program. Teams finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in each event were awarded ribbons from the podium.

Eltham's most successful team was that of Bianca Rausch, Elizabeth Young and Emily Buffham-Friedrickson, who were placed 1st in the Discus and 2nd in the Shot Put. The aggregate of the best put by each of the girls in the Shot Put was 3cm short of the team from Caulfield Grammar. Other Eltham teams to finish in the top 3 on the day were:

Girls Distance Medley Relay - Carolyn Deller, Nina Barwald, Laura Johnstone and Brooke Palmer (11:39) - 3rd place.

Girls Hurdles Shuttle Relay - Nina Barwald, Kerryn Kirby, Chloe Forbes and Nadia Smith (1:09) - 3rd place.

Girls Sprint Medley Relay - Beth Girbau, Dominique Lamont, Kerryn Kirby and Chloe Forbes (2:06) - 2nd place.

Boys Triple Jump - James Zilm, Jarryd Brigham, Carlyle Kottek - 3rd place.

Girls Triple Jump - Chloe Forbes, Kerryn Kirby, Nina Barwald - 3rd place.

Girls Long Jump - Chloe Forbes, Nina Barwald, Nadia Smith - 2nd place.

At the end of the day EHS finished in 3rd place in the Girls 7/8 competition and in 5th place in the boys competition. Other team members were: Girls - Kristy O'Loughlin, Paige Hoskins; Boys - Shaun Lowery, Matthew Frankenberg, Adrian Horsman, Tristan Hopkin, David Crowden, Chris Morton, Marc Heenan, Aaron Humber and Andrew Walters.

Thanks go to Pauline Kottek who kindly officiated for EHS on the day and to Nicholas Laurence (Yr9) for his coaching of the teams.

The format of the program and the conduct of the meeting was excellent and certainly worth doing again next year. Perhaps EHS could enlist the support of a local primary school to enter teams in the Years 5/6 division next year.

Max Balchin.


Hayley Walshe, a Year 10 student gave an inspiring performance as Salina Spiros, the 17 year old victim of incest in local playwright and current teacher at EHS, Maggie Main's (alias Mrs Postlethwaite's) tale of tragedy in "Krista". The one and a half hour play had a full professional reading at the Carlton Courthouse theatre on Monday 8th November. Hayley's acting and dancing talents were highlighted in this production, which saw her impress her audience in her first professional performance. Well done to all concerned.



The school, once again, is pleased to provide this valuable service to you. Please note the following dates and take advantage of the opportunity to make and save some money! It is also a fundraising activity for the school.

Secondhand Book Sales


The following dates have been set for purchase of secondhand books

2000 Years 7 and 8

Monday 6th December 4.00-7.00pm

Tuesday 7th December 8.00-9.00am

in the school canteen.

2000 Years 9 and 10

Wednesday 1st December 4.00-7.00pm (this date has changed from Tuesday 30th November)

in the school canteen.

Even though this is during Year 9 Work Experience, make sure you don't miss out!

2000 Years 11 and 12

Thursday 18th November 8.00am-1.30pm

in room 503

Year 12 students (2000) may purchase English novels in room 503 at lunchtime on Thursday 18th November.


Books for sale by Year 11 and 12 students are to be handed in with the completed form to the school office only by 17th November. For all other year levels (7-10), books will be collected as below. The relevant form to accompany the books will be distributed to all students. Additional copies are available from the school office. Books for sale will be collected from students (Yr 7-10) on the following dates:

Year 7 Thursday 2nd December

Year 8 Friday 3rd December

Year 9 Friday 26th November

Year 10 Thursday 25th November.

Books in a poorer condition will attract a lower price.

Payment to Sellers

On 14th and 15th December from 8.45am to 12.30pm cheques may be collected from the cashier and unsold books may be collected from room 503 (Year 12 Study room).

Enquiries to Peter Gurney or Helen Morris


Tile Mandala

Throughout term 3 and 4 a group of Middle School students including Alice Wegner, Hannah Phillips, Katherine Anderson, Emily Hemmingway, Kimberley Heath, Heidi Stubbs and many others on an intermittent basis, have been making steady progress in the design and construction of the Tile Mandala which will eventually be installed in the area between the Arts and Science Blocks. The full-size master drawing is almost complete and 3/4 of the central background tiles (representing 1/5 of the total tile area) have been stamped, stained and glaze-fired. At this point it is clear that our optimistic finish date (late term 4) is unachievable due to my work commitments and the work experience timetable which commences in late November.

After discussion with the staff and participating students we have decided to 'pause' the project until Term 1, 2000. I hope that some of the current students will be able to continue to participate in some capacity next year so that they can enjoy seeing the project progress.

I extend a warm thank you to the eager students who have turned up week after week at short notice to continue the work. I also thank the long suffering staff members who have had to sign release forms also at short notice to provide me with my creative tilers.

Judy Roberts, project coordinator.


The library is selling an old set of Encyclopaedia Britannica (copyright 1981). All offers considered. Contact Ms.Malone in the library.

As the end of the year is fast approaching, would parents please check with their children whether they have outstanding library resources which need returning. Many thanks.

Rhonda Malone, Library Co-ordinator


Any girl over 15 years interested in participating in a Debutante Ball on 8th April 2000 please contact Kylie on 9431 2903 or leave a note with name and contact number with Middle School Co-ordinators ASAP. The Debutante Ball is being organised in conjunction with Jams Dance in Eltham.

Barry Hutton, Middle School Co ordinator.


All Year 9 Work Experience forms are DUE TOMORROW Wednesday, 17th November.


Week 1 29th November - 3rd December

Week 2 6th December - 10th December.

Julie Buckland, Careers Co-ordinator.





FRI. V.Vivian-Taylor,S.Lynch,Di

MON. J.Seidel,N.Heffernan,R.Burke.

TUES. L.Laos,B.Bensaude,R.Wembridge

All canteen volunteers are invited to our Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, 1st December at 2.00pm.


Congratulations Canada White of Year 12 on her acceptance to travel to France for 11 months from January on a student exchange program with International Education Forum Australia. We wish you well and trust you will enjoy the experience.

If you would like information on the IEF Student Exchange Programs please call 9598 5111 or 1800 33 5766 or visit website at www.iefaust.org.au.


Yesterday, 15th November, Laura Murray, Bonnie Taylor, Andrea Pearce, Richard Armstrong, Jason Nass and Mr Bryce, attended the National Young Leaders Day at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The day was for improving leadership skills and to share with other schools their questions and ways of running groups throughout their school. Lectures of inspirational and informative leadership skills were lead by Professor Leon Man and the politician of the Bendigo East seat, Lindsay Gaze, Andrew Gaze, Kevin Sheedy and Tan Lee, the Young Australian of the Year 1998. It was a great day that I think next year we should have more EHS students involved in. I think that it was a great oppportunity for those involved. Andrea Pearce.



Wed. 17 School Council meeting

Thurs. 18 Secondhand book sale for VCE 2000

Sun. 21 Final working bee for 1999

Tues.23 Year 12 Valedictory evening


Yr 9 Work Experience


Wed. 1 Year 9 and 10 secondhand book sale

Wed. 1 Canteen Christmas Luncheon

Mon. 6 J/S secondhand book sale 4-7pm

Tues. 7 J/S secondhand book sale 4-7pm

Tues. 7 Orientation Day primary students

January Summer School

Applications from Primary, Secondary and V.C.E. students for the annual summer school and/or ongoing tuition and homework help during next year are now being accepted by the Greensborough Greenhills Community centre in Community Drive.Melway 21 B1. If your child needs help with V.C.E. subjects, Reading, Spelling, English, Maths or Science call Michael on 94656409 during office hours or 98832197 (24 hour.line) for information or to reserve a place. Free enrolment, no contract, personal lessons. Low fees. Classes commence Monday 3rd January 2000.

1999 Nillumbik Artists Open Studios

Artists living in the Nillumbik Shire invite you to join them at their studios next weekend Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November.

Information and maps on participating artists are available from Volumes Café/Bookshop, the Library and at Eltham Festival. Drew Gregory Artworks will be open for viewing and sales both days from 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment on 97148324. Detailed maps are available from Barb Gregory at EHS and Victoria Artists Supplies. Drew's current exhibition is at Delshan Gallery 1185 High Street, Armadale until 21st November.

Lost - A new blue EHS Concert Band windcheater after Monday's concert at Ivanhoe. Contact Sam Horsman 9718 1023.


An Eltham Wildcats short sleeved warm up top (buttons in front) size 12 or 14. Ph. 9439 2716 if you can help.


University of Melbourne Genetics Department Summer School for Young Researchers 2000.

The Genetics Department is co-ordinating a summer programme for boys and girls who have a fascination for science. This programme will run over 2 days and has been developed for children of high intellectual potential who are in late primary or early secondary school. Students will be selected on the basis of a pretest and interview. The program centres around activities relating to:

Genetics and Molecular Biology
Planetary Science
Earth Science.

If you are interested please obtain an application form and map of the university from Mrs Maslaris or your science teacher at the school.


9.30am-4.00pm (students will be supervised at all times) on 18th and 19th January 2000 at the University of Melbourne. Cost: $75 per student (includes notes and practical materials).