Withers Way, Eltham 3095 Telephone (03) 9439 5111 Facsimile (03) 9431 0448
Tuesday, 23rd November, 1999                     Term 4 Week 8

Principal's Report:

Sporting Blues

Congratulations to Russell Ford of Year 10 and Ben Thomas of Year 11 who have achieved School Sports Awards from the Department of Education. Russell achieved his Sporting Blue for Hockey and Ben received his Sporting Blue for Volleyball. A Sporting Blue is awarded to the most outstanding students in the state in the particular sport. Well Done Russell and Ben!

Program development

At its last meeting the School Council approved the curriculum program for 2000. The Council particularly noted the extensive Middle School Elective Program, the large number of studies offered in the VCE, the careful grouping of subjects to allow for the extension of students and the new structures to allow for improved arts and technology delivery in the Junior School. Council recognised the very difficult task of developing a high quality curriculum to meet student needs and thanked Gordon Fluck and his team, Trevor Jenkins, sub-school leaders and KLA heads for their efforts.

Building Fund Usage

I am pleased to report that significant works will occur over the January break. The Junior School toilets will receive an upgrade, Room 702 will be modernised to meet the needs of an up-to-date computer lab, there will be a major revamp of the darkroom facilities and, or course, the relocation of the bus bays and associated works. All up, about $50,000 of the Eltham High School Building Fund will be used on these projects. The Building Fund is made up of parent contributions. Many thanks to all those parents who contribute to the fund. Your donations are being well spent.

Second-Hand Book Sales

A number of parents have noted the lack of second-hand books for VCE studies. Unfortunately, with the change to the VCE starting in 2000, many texts have been updated and reissued in new editions. This has led to some availability problems, beyond the control of the school. Hopefully the new texts will be used for a number of years and second-hand copies will be available in the future. Paul Rose, Principal

Calendar for remainder of year

Tuesday 23rd November

Year 12 Valedictory evening

Friday 26th November

Last day of Middle School

Monday 29th and Tues. 30th November

Peer Support Leaders training for all Year 10s

Monday 29th November-Fri. 10th December

Year 9 Work Experience

Wednesday 1st December

Year 9 and 10 secondhand book sale

Canteen Christmas Luncheon

Monday 6th December

Jnr School secondhand book sale 4-7pm

Tuesday 7th December

Jnr School secondhand book sale 8-9pm

Orientation Day primary students

Wednesday 1st and Thurs. 2nd December

Year 11 Orientation program for all

Year 10s

Monday 29th November-Fri.10th December

Work Experience for all Year 9s

Friday 10th December

Last day of academic program for Junior School

Monday 13th-Thurs.16th December

Activities program for all year 7,8,9

Monday 13th December 7.30pm

Year 8 Awards Ceremony

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th December

End of Year activities program Yrs.7-9


Monday 13th - Thursday 16th December

With the academic year completed, the Activities Program for Years 7-9 has been devised to include activities which are not only appropriate for the time of year but also challenging, stimulating and fun. Over the four days, Monday 13th-Thursday 16th December, a combination of excursion and school based activities have been arranged. Details of the Activities Program have been distributed to Year 9 students and will be distributed to Years 7 and 8 students this week. Parents are asked to complete the Parent Consent form and send payment to the cashier for chosen activities by the date specified. (Please note: As bookings must be made in advance, payment for tobogganing, Scienceworks and aquatic activities may not be refundable). Any questions may be directed to Max Balchin, Activities Program manager.

Allana O'Kane, Assistant Principal.


We have received the following message from the Secretary of Australian Chornobyl Children's Relief Foundation Inc.:

"On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank the students from Eltham High School, who were involved in fund raising for the Children of Chornobyl. Please convey our thanks to them for raising the sum of $110.95. The money has been used to help purchase an industrial washing machine and dryer for an orphanage situated just 50 kilometres from Chornobyl. Your students have just become one of the sponsors of this project and accordingly a small plaque reading Students of Eltham High will join other similar inscriptions naming other donors."

John Cousins, SOSE KLA Co-ordinator


Creating Christmas Hampers for Nillumbik Residents

Please keep in mind the Junior SRC collection of toys and non perishable Christmas foods for our hampers for Nillumbik residents. A collection box is located in Ms O'Kane's office.

Chiara Lawry for the Junior SRC.


WED. L.Burleigh, A.Luckman, R.McMaster

THURS.A.Hennel, Y.Wong, J.Browne

FRI. A.Rodgers, L.Johnson, Collette

MON. K.O'Hara, C.Simpson, J.Molloy.

TUES. V.Bates,M.Hamilton,G.Carter

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


Thank you to the small band of workers who braved the warm but rainy conditions on Sunday. Mulching along the western fenceline was done, with six metres of mulch being laid. Paving stones which had been lifted by tree roots were realigned and trees and shrubs in the courtyard were pruned. Unfortunately, once again, there were more jobs than workers. The Grounds Committee looks forward to increased attendance next year with the major project for 2000 being landscaping the slope along the front oval and improving pedestrian access from alongside the tennis court.

Di Parry, Grounds Committee.

By Sarah Williams of Year 10

"On Monday, 8th November, 6 Middle School students attended an Aboriginal Reconciliation Forum at the North Melbourne Town Hall. These students were Freya Corboy, Kim Tan, Adam Mikulirz, Leigh Nuridin and Sarah Williams and Jessica Leonard. We spent the day listening to speakers Ray Martin, Cr David Riestrom and Joy Murphy (Wurundjeri elder), talking about their personal accounts of mistreatment of aboriginals. We then had an opportunity to discuss the draft Declaration for Reconciliation and strategies to advance reconciliation. Each State has been holding forums for almost a year and the aim is to collect people's opinions and devise a document fair to everyone and that can be used as a guide. This document is planned to be released on 27th May, 2000 during Aboriginal Week. We now know stories about many aboriginals that were poorly treated and have learnt about the importance of reconciliation and how to educate others so we can live in a society in which everyone is equal.


In preparing for next year, paents have been given much in the way of information - enrolment procedures, booklists, School Council and subject charges, dates, etc. We are well aware that this large amount of information can be overwhelming. However, we'd like to reassure you, all of it is important. The information packages which have been distributed to all students include :

Enrolment/re-enrolment details

As it is not necessary to check the Student details of every student every year, not all year levels have been issued with a copy of the Student Details to update as necessary. This year, copies of Student Details as currently on the school database, have been issued to this year's Year 8, Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12. These sheets must be returned, whether modified or not, as part of the re-enrolment process. Of course, students in Year 7 and Year 9 whose details have changed during the year, should ensure the school is informed of these changes.


State Sports Awards

Congratulations are extended to 2 of our students who have received Sports "Blues" awards for outstanding achievements in their sport:

Ben Thomas (Year 11) Volleyball

Russell Ford (Year 10) Hockey

Both students are the outstanding nominations from a state wide field of state secondary students and will receive their awards from the Department of Education at a function at the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton in March next year. Well done.

Peter Nicholson, Sports Co-ordinator.

State Finals - Intermediate Girls Hockey

Monday 15th November saw the State Finals of the hockey being played at Footscray Hockey Club on a windy, open field near the Westgate Bridge. Our first match was against Frankston and the girls teamed together for a convincing 7-1 win, which meant a 2hr break prior to the Grand Final. At 3.20 we took to the field against a much bigger and stronger Rutherglen team. The girls played extremely well but eventually went down 3-1 to be 1999 runners-up.

To the team:

Llewella Vivian Taylor, Carly Taylor, Carly Goodson, Adrianne "Bugs" Walters, Gemma White, Carolyn"Kaz" Keating, Amanda"Scruff" Kelly, Kristi Togni, Emma Symons, Julie Sizeland. Alex Muir, Holly O,Brien, Kate Hill, Lisa Firth and Bonnie Birkett-Rees you were fantastic - skills, determination and sportsmanship all showcased. To Mrs Walters and Steph, Mrs Keating, Mr and Mrs Goodson and Mr. Vivian-Taylor thank you for your support (a very vocal group) it was great to have extra cheering and clapping for a group of dedicated girls who have once again had a very successful year.

Stand-in coach Andrea Traeger for Peter Vivian- Taylor



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!


Books for sale for year levels (7-10), 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 on the following dates:

Year 10 Thursday 25th November.

Year 9 Friday 26th November

Year 7 Thursday 2nd December

Year 8 Friday 3rd December

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


A trip to Sydney for current Middle School students is to be held in April next year. There are a few places left for students interested in attending. Currently there are 36 students who will be going on the Sydney trip. Information retgarding the trip is available from Mr Hutton or Mrs Lambert from the Middle School office.

Barry Hutton, Kerry Lambert

Middle School Co-ordinators


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


Aim: To provide students who will be in Years 5, 6, 7 or 8 in 2000, and who are experiencing learning difficulties, with intensive instruction with experienced primary and secondary teachers over a three week period during the summer holidays.

Parent Sessions: There will be two parent briefings. These are scheduled for Thursday 6th and 20th January from 9.30-11am. Students should gain in self-confidence and develop new skills. Parents will have the opportunity of receiving individual consultation and support from qualified staff during the program.

Structure: The Summer School will run 4 days per week:

Week 1 (Tues-Fri) 4,5,6,7 January, 2000

Week 2 (Mon-Thurs) 10,11,12,13 January

Week 3: (Mon-Thurs) 17,18,19,20 January

The daily program is as follows:

9-9.30am Teacher Review/Prep.

9.30-11am Working with Students.

Parent Enquiries: Contact Ms McCarthy at EHS for more details and entry forms.


Work Experience Dates:

Week 1 29th November - 3rd December

Week 2 6th December - 10th December.

Julie Buckland, Careers Co-ordinator.


Music Support Group News

Could all music students in the Training, Intermediate and Concert bands, who haven't yet had their bows, sashes/ties collected, please hand them into the Music office as soon as possible. These are to be handed out to the new bands next year. Also students in the Jazz and Stage bands, please hand in your vests to the Music office if you have not already done so.

Second hand Uniforms

Are you no longer continuing with music, have outgrown a skirt, shirt, etc, or have an older brother or sister who has left school? You may like to donate or sell items of clothing. If so, could you place clean clothing in plastic bags with your name and phone numbers on them and hand them into the Music office.

If you are requiring a new piece of uniform or have any questions contact -

Chris Byrden on 9431 2194 after 5.00 p.m.


Fireworks/bonfire/live bands: Just cruising and Rezin (Diamond Valley College Rock band) St Andrews CFA and Primary School are holding a celebration at the School oval. Saturday November 27 at 6pm. Adults $2, children/students FREE.BBQ & drinks available

Lost - If anyone mistakenly picked up a new blue EHS Concert Band windcheater after the concert at Ivanhoe Ph.Sam Horsman 9718 1023.

Nillumbik Notices