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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 7th December,                    1999Term 4 Week 10

Principal's Report:

In our last newsletter for the year, I would like to warmly welcome our Year 7 students for next year. A very successful Orientation Day was held today and some of the tribulation and concerns felt by both parents and students were allayed. Naturally, coming to a different school with all its new challenges is a little daunting but by the end of today the majority of parents and children felt they had been welcomed into our school community. Paul Rose, our Principal, is attending a National Educational Conference in NSW this week. Therefore it gives me much pleasure on behalf of the staff, to make some final comments about the year before we all begin Christmas and New Year celebrations.

1999 has seen many changes. We farewelled Terry Danckert at the end of term 2, and welcomed Paul Rose as our new Principal. We have been able to appoint new members of staff to the school, and we continued to attract large numbers of students to year 7.

There have been successes recognised for many of our programs including Debating, Inter school sport, School Anthology, Visual and Performing Arts, Science and Maths and Global projects (SOSE Language and Science).

At the same time, we have been saddened by the deaths of members of our school community including David Lacey (husband of staff member Liz Lacey) and Tim Boldiston (Year 12). Our thoughts are with their families.

A very special mention should be made of our Year 12s as they begin the next part of their lives. We wish them the very best as they move into the world of work and tertiary education.

I also wish to extend to the whole school community, warm greetings for Christmas and the New Year and a safe and happy holiday for everybody. We look forward to another exciting year in education in the year 2000. Helen Rix, Assistant Principal


Calendar for remainder of year

Monday 29th November-Friday 10th December

Work Experience for all Yr 9s

Friday 10th December

Last day of academic program for Junior School

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th December

Activities program for all Yrs 7,8,9

Monday 13th December 7.30pm

Year 8 Awards Night

Monday 13th-Thursday 16th December

End of Year activities program Yrs7-9

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th December

Collect cheques/unsold books

Tuesday 14th December 2.30pm

Awards assembly for Year 7s

Wednesday 15th December 7.30pm

Drama and Dance Academy Awards 7.30pm


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 students in years 7, 8 and 9. 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.



By Amelia Dow, Year 10

Over two days last week all Year 10 students undertook the compulsory Peer Support Training Program. We all separated into groups of 10-12 students and completed activities aimed at developing confidence and self esteem. The students have the opportunity of taking a small group of Year 7 students next year and to teach them to be self confident and to meet new friends outside their core class and inner friendship group. Some of the activities were based on trusting your partner and my peer support teacher organised activities around this concept. One of the 'trusting' activities was being led around the school while blindfolded. The object of the activities was to trust your partner not to run you into anything around the school. Based on the idea that many of the students will undertake peer support, the new Year 7 students to EHS will be put into groups randomly based on approx. 1-2 students per class. I thought that the two days peer support training were very valuable in terms of leadership skills and talking to people who you don't usually get the chance to talk to. The training program is a valuable asset to anyone's resume and the leadership skills that are learned are great and worthwhile to have. Overall, peer support is a great idea for Year 10s (next year's Year 11s) and new Year 7s to get to know one another.


At 7.30pm on Wednesday 15th December the Drama/Dance Academy Awards will be presented at a glittering event in the EHS hall. All nominees will receive a certificate and the winners will receive a coveted "Roger", named in honour of the thespian and teacher, Roger Kibell. There will be lifetime achievement awards for graduating Year 12s, and all eyes will be on the announcement of the winner of the prize of prizes, the Golden Roger. So get prepared for a night of gowns, suits and tiaras on Wednesday, 15th December.


The final meeting for the Library's bookclub will be held on Thursday this week from 3.30-4.15pm. All students are welcome. It will be a great time to get some of that holiday reading to read under a tree by the swimming pool on that hot summer day!


A recent routine assessment of the bridge by Shire engineers revealed deterioration of certain components of the structure. Nillumbik Council has closed the bridge to vehicle traffic until repairs can be effected and the bridge made safe. The pedestrian bridge remains open.


Year 10 Secondhand Book Sales

Last chance - Year 10 books are available for purchase in room 503 3.30-4.30pm on next Tuesday, 14th December.

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


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. 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/Preparation

9.30-11am Working with Students.

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





For students using school-owned instruments:

Instruments must be returned to the music office this week.. All instruments will be checked and repaired. Students will be permitted to take instruments over the holidays and can be picked up on Wednesday, 15th December.

Music Support Group News

Students who have not already done so, please hand in bows, sashes/ties and vests to the music office. Second-hand uniforms may also be left in plastic bags with your name and phone number.

If you are requiring a new piece of uniform or have any questions contact Chris Byrden on 9431 2194 after 5.00 p.m.

Stage Bands at The Cotton Lounge

After years of competing against each other, the Eltham and Blackburn High School Stage Bands will join forces in a Not-To-Be-Missed performance, featuring the music of Duke Ellington (The Far East Suite), Charles Mingus and Thelonius Monk. To be held on Thursday, 9th December at The Cotton Lounge, 26 Toorak Rd South Yarra. Cost: $5 entry; $40 for 3 course dinner (inc. entry).

Bookings:The Cotton Lounge ph. 9866.8545.


Free event for young people at Whatmough park, Greensborough 8-11pm Saturday 12th February 2000.

The event, featuring local bands Mobius, THC and Blindside, is funded through Banyule City Council's VOTES project. Security and first aid services will be present. Greensborough Police have also been involved in the early stages of organisation.

For more information Ph.Mark 9467 7152.

Summer School Workshops 2000

ICS will be conducting a series of workshops in January 2000 to prepare students for the year ahead.

Advanced Reading Skills for Year 10,11 and 12: Get serious about reading! Learn how to read to your full potential.

Study Skills for Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students:

These programs are designed to encourage students to become more self confident and independent in their study habits.

Workshops will be held at MLC, Community Education Centre, Kew. Class sizes are limited and bookings are taken in strict order of receipt.

Ph. 9818 3888 or the MLC Centre 9274 6412.