Text Box: Term 1 Week 2
Tuesday 3rd February 2004



Wednesday 4

School Photos see inside for details

Thursday 5

Year 7 students to Aquarena

School Photos see inside for details

Friday 6

Year 12 Art Excursion to Federation Square

Music RAAF ensemble performances in the morning

Monday 9

O&ES Yr 11 excursion to Toolangi LYN/FRT returns Tuesday

Tuesday 10

O&ES Yr 11 excursion to Toolangi WHI/TRA returns Wednesday



EHS China Tour 2004

We still have a limited number of places left for our September school holidays China tour.  The tour lasts around 12 days and includes visits to Beijing, Shanghai and Xian (Terracotta warriors)

If interested please collect an itinerary and/or call

Di Parry, Pompa Brady or Brendan Monigatti


Principals Report

Busy Start to School Year

A late rush for enrolment places at the end of last year has seen over 1300 students begin the school year at Eltham High School. We welcome all new families and I hope that all the members of the Eltham High community have had a great Christmas and New Year.


Welcome to New staff

Five new teachers have joined the staff and I would like you all to extend a very warm welcome to Ms Amanda McTernan who has joined the Maths Science Staff, Mr Andrew Kypriotis, our new classroom music teacher, Ms Carly Young in the English faculty, Ms Caroline Fratto, joining the P.E. staff and Ms Cecily Vlastuin who is replacing Mr Jon Baly while Jon is on leave for the next few weeks. I would like to wish all our new staff well in their new positions.


Stopwork Action over School Global Budget

Eighty-two teachers took Stopwork Action yesterday over issues related to the funding of the school. A significant number of parents joined the staff in the walk to local member Steve Herbert’s office. The staff were addressed by School Council President Sue Dyet, Eltham AEU Sub-Branch Executive Member Gary McKelvie, Principal, Paul Rose and AEU Victorian Branch President Mary Bluett.


Of particular note in the various speeches was the recognition of the magnificent support given to the school by Steve Herbert MLA, the Member for Eltham. All speakers pointed to the time and energy that our local member has put in, trying to bring the Department of Education and the school administration together to resolve this dispute.


A detailed letter was sent home last week outlining the issues between the department and the school. If you did not receive a copy and would like one please email the school at eltham.hs@edumail.vic.gov.au


State Schools Relief Appeal

There is information in the newsletter about the State Schools Relief Committee Appeal for 2004. I urge parents to support this most worthwhile cause. The State Schools Relief Committee provides uniforms and other forms of support for students and their families across the state who are facing hard times. A most worthy cause.



The Age of Tuesday, 3rd February, in reporting the Stopwork Action stated “students were forced to go home”. This is not accurate.


Students at Eltham High School were not "forced to go home" as reported. The reorganisation of the school for the period of the stopwork action was a planned response to a previously notified action. Parents were informed of the disruption by letter on Thursday, January 29th and on Friday, January 30th were provided with additional, detailed written information about what classes would be running on Monday morning.


Any student, from any year level, who attended school during the teachers' stopwork action was provided with effective supervision and the opportunity to undertake productive schoolwork.


Members of the Eltham High School Sub-branch of the Australian Education Union worked closely with the school's administration to ensure that parents were fully informed of the school's arrangements in a timely manner. To say that students were "forced to go home" is a complete misrepresentation of the events of the day and the truth of the matter


Paul Rose  Principal



A Great year – and more to come in ‘04

I could not begin a new year without a brief round up of the fantastic year we had last year. All 8 teams won the Northern zone volleyball competition. Three went on to be runners up and three won the State VSSSA finals.

Eltham High school won the Victorian schools volleyball cup for the fourth year in a row.

Our senior boys were Victorian champions and played great volleyball to finish fourth at the National Schools Cup. Our senior girls were silver medal winners in Division 1 at NSC. Our Under 16 boys won the VSSSA and National secondary schools competition, the Victorian schools cup and finished second at NSC. The Under 16 girls played great volleyball to finish third at the Vic schools cup and 5th at Nationals. The under 15 girls won the Kew tournament and a silver medal in division 1 at NSC. The under 15 boys won the under 15 state titles and a silver medal in division 1 at NSC. The under14 boy’s teams won the VSSSA final and were 4th and 5th at NSC. The year 7 girls’ team won the VSSSA final. The B team won a silver medal in division 2 at NSC and the A team won the Victorian schools cup and the National schools cup – BEST UNDER 14 GIRLS TEAM IN AUSTRALIA – you can’t do better than that.

- Upcoming dates

Senior (year 11 and 12) volleyball round robin – Wednesday the 18th of Feb.

Selection meeting for players – Wednesday 4th Feb (tomorrow) at lunchtime in the stadium.


Inter( year 9 and 10 ) volleyball round robin

Thursday the 26th Feb.


Team selections

Thursday the 5th Feb

Year 8 volleyball round robin

Tuesday the 16th of March

Team selections

Friday the 6th of Feb

Year 7 volleyball round robin

Thursday the 25th of March

Year 7 boys team selection

Monday the 9th Feb.

Year 7 girls team selection 

Tuesday the 10th Feb

All selection trial will be held in the sports stadium at 12.45 pm.

Any students interested in trying out for a team but unable to be at the trial should see Mr Thomas.


Victorian State team Trial Dates

Any students interested in trying out for a position in a Victorian volleyball team should take note of the following information.

Under 15 state team for players born in 1990 or later.

Feb 8th

Boys 9.00 am to 12.00pm

Girls 12.30 to 3.30 pm

Feb 15th

Girls 9.00 am to 12.00 pm

Boys 12.30 to 3.30 pm


Ashburton Recreation Centre,

8 Warner Ave, Ashburton

Under 16 VSSSA state team – Players born1989 or later

Saturday February 14th

Boys 10.00 am– 12.30 pm

Girls 12.30 pm– 3.00 pm

Saturday February 21st

Girls  10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Boys 12.30 pm – 3.00pm


Berwick Secondary College, Manuka Rd, Berwick

Under 17, 19 and 21 trials will be held on February 15th and 22nd at Oakleigh Recreation centre.

Further details next week.


Volleyball Committee Meeting

There will be a volleyball committee meeting Friday evening at 8.00 pm.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator


EHS Swim Carnival

The House swimming sports is on Thursday 19th February at Greensborough Swimming Pool from 6-9pm.  Entry is FREE and there will be a FREE sausage sizzle.  Competitive and novelty events will be staffed throughout the evening.  Families are encouraged to join in the spirit of the evening and come armed with picnics, deck chairs and loud cheering voices.

House points will be allocated and some students will be chosen to represent the school at the Interschool sports on Tuesday March 2nd.

A FREE shuttle bus will be available for students who are unable to meet at the pool.  This will leave at 5:15pm from outside the stadium.  Students are encourages to dress in House colours and swim in as many events as they wish.

Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator


EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad will commence its sixth year of operation this Thursday morning – 5th February.  Students from Year 7 to Year 12 who wish to improve their swimming as well as their fitness are invited to join the EHS SWIM SQUAD.  Neroli Nixon, a level 2 Performance Coach, supervises each session that commences at 7am at the Eltham Leisure Centre.  The sessions finish at 8am after which students are welcomed back to school with a hot chocolate.  Cost for the 9 weeks term is $63 payable to the school cashier.  For further information, contact Mr Balchin at the school.


Sports Uniforms have not yet arrived at the school.  Parents will be notified of payment instructions and distribution.


National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition.  Students have the chance to win a trip to Sydney or even overseas!  The 1st round of this countrywide competition will be held at school and comprises 40 multiple choice questions on all things Geographic.  eg country knowledge, map skills and natural environments.  Students must be under the age of 16 years on 31st August 2004 to be eligible for the prizes.  They can register by giving their name and $2 to Nikki Gemmill in the SOSE office by Monday February 23rd.



Eltham High School has arranged for a professional photographer to be available at school on Wednesday February 11th at 12.35pm to provide instant, colour photos as required for the 2004 Student Travel Concession Cards. The current cards expire at the end of February, after which students must have new cards in order to obtain the P.T.C. Student Concession Rate.

The cost for a set of 2 professionally taken colour portraits is $ 6.00 payable to the photographer at the photo session.

The photos will be processed on the spot and returned immediately to the student. The photographer who will be using quality lighting and equipment guarantees portrait Quality Photos.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



On Wednesday February 11 all Year 10 students will listen to a guest speaker, Darren Pereirra.  His seminar is designed to:

*motivate and inspire students to believe in themselves and put in their personal best at school

*help students take personal responsibility and build self-discipline to achieve success at school and beyond

*help students make the connection between having a focus at school and creating a bright future.

The seminar is one of a number of activities planned for Year 10 students that will help them prepare for VCE and beyond.

Peter Goddard, Career Teacher





AMEB Theory Exams

Theory exams are held in May and August each year.

If any student (or parent) wishes to enter the May Theory exam, they should see Ms Cameron in the Music Office for entry details.  Entries through the school will close on Friday 6th February.

Alexandra Cameron, Music teacher


Band rehearsals commence this week.

Symphonic Band

Tuesday 3:30pm

Intermediate Band

Wednesday 7:30am

Concert band

Thursday 3:30pm

Music lessons will commence next week.


Enrolment forms are being sent home to Music students this week.  Parents are advised that the Instrumental Music Handbook is available on the schoo’ls website.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Music Support Group News …

The group’s first meeting for this year is on Monday 9th February, 8pm at 14 Moola Place Eltham.  We are always very pleased to have new members. 

For queries, ring Jill on 9439 9673.

Remember our Second Hand Instrument Register and Second Hand Uniform Sales – queries ring the Music Office on 9431 4324.



The Senior School Program

Last week, Mrs Choong, Head of Senior School welcomed back over 450 VCE students. This year, we have over 20 new students, who were welcomed to Eltham High.  The Senior School program is comprehensive, already we have completed an Outdoor Education excursion to the Cradle Mountain area.  Term 1 Sign Up Days for Sports teams are underway.  The Peer Support Program, a leadership development opportunity for Yr 11 students starts next week.  The Contact Mentor Program, which provides all Yr 12 students with a supporting adult to assist them during Yr 12, is underway.  Students will be notified of their first interview in the next few weeks.

VCE students this year will be allocated to a coordinator according to their House.  This year, the following coordinators will support students: Jenny Choong, Max Balchin - Rutter House students, George Franklin - Everard House students, Andrew Lilienthal, Stewart House students and Diane Parry. - Andrew House students.  (You might need to put the name of your child's House on the fridge door, or somewhere handy for making contact with their coordinator.)  We would like to farewell Jim Petridis and Peter Goddard who were dedicated coordinators in Senior School last year.  Both are taking on new challenges in the school.

The Middle School Program

This has started very effectively.  We have been impressed with the positive atmosphere, and indications of excitement as students started the elective classes that they have chosen.  The experienced team of coordinators from 2003 will continue to coordinate our Middle School students, lead again this year by Ross Pringle.  This year, these coordinators will support students in the following core groups:

Ross Pringle





Kerry Lambert





Siole Keskinen





Luke Ferns





Brenda Kline






Junior School Program

Congratulations to all junior school students on a smooth start to the year.  Year 7 students will be attending Aquarena Aquatic & Leisure Centre on Thursday 5th February.  Please have appropriate clothing – sunscreen etc.  Lunch will be a sausage sizzle.

All year 7 and 8 classes have a home group teacher in 2004.  These teachers have an important role in supporting students during the year, and are often a key source of information.  As in previous years each class is also linked to a junior school co coordinator.  If you have any questions please contact us.



Junior School Program continued

Year 7

Home Group teacher



Margaret Fyfe

Christine Andrews


Natalie Tate

Seamus Robertson


Chris Agar

Janet Goldman


Orietta Wheatley

Christine Andrews


Athena Maslaris

Lyn Davis


Stephen Ford

Lyn Davis


Damien Miles

Damien Miles


Seamus Robertson

Seamus Robertson


Year 8 students don’t forget the surf camps the week beginning March 1st camp, details will be out soon.


Year 8

Home Group teacher



Lewis Tiegen

Lyn Davis


Jim Petridis

Dianne Pollard


Barry Hutton

Seamus Robertson


Trevor Jenkins

Lyn Davis


Amanda McTernan

Seamus Robertson


Sue Pickett

Christine Andrews


Deborah Gribben

Janet Goldman


Julie Allen

Dianne Pollard


Gary Bass

Christine Andrews

We look forward to a productive and successful school year within all sub-schools. If you have any concerns, suggestions or requests, we would encourage parents to contact one of the coordinators.  We look forward to your participation in your children’s education at Eltham High School.

Jenny Choong, Ross Pringle, Damien Miles,  (Subschools Leadership) and Hermina Burns (Assistant Principal)



Darwin Kakadu Trip July 2004

Places are still available on the Darwin Kakadu trip.  Details of the trip and itinerary are available at the General office.  A meeting will be held for all those who wish to know more about the trip later this month, date and venue will be advertised in the bulletin/newsletter.  This trip is open to all students and the school community, however, preference will be given to studying Indonesian.

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is provided to assist eligible families with the costs associated with the education of their children.  To be eligible for receipt of the EMA you must:

·                be either a parent or guardian of a primary or secondary school student up to the age of sixteen; and

·                be an eligible beneficiary of a Centre link pension, allowance or benefit within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 1986 or be a Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner or be a foster parent.


The eligibility criteria must be met as at the first day of Term 1 (28 January 2004 which is the first day for teaching staff) and Term 3 (12 July 2004).


The EMA application must be submitted to the school by 27 February 2004 for the first payment and 6 August 2004 for the second payment.


The EMA provides an annual amount of $127 for primary students and $254 for secondary students and is paid in two instalments.


Parents with continuing eligibility, who are paid the first instalment of 2004 through this school, will not be required to complete a new application for the second instalment.  Parents, who transfer children to another school after 27 February 2004 and prior to 6 August 2004, must reapply at the new school for the second instalment.

Application forms are available from the school office.



Photographs will be held at the school on Wednesday and Thursday THIS week.  Order envelopes have already been distributed to all students.  If however you do not have an order envelope yet, these can be collected from the General Office.  Envelopes must be brought to school on the appropriate day and all money is paid direct to the photographers.


The timetable is

Year 7

Wednesday periods 1 & 2

Year 8

Thursday periods 5 & 6

Year 9

Wednesday periods 3 & 4

Year 10

Wednesday periods 5 & 6

Year 11

Thursday periods 3 & 4

Year 12

Thursday periods 1 & 2


Panorama Bus Services

During Week 1 of the new school year a number of concerns raised by parents about inadequate bus services to and from the school.  Discussions have been held and will continue to be held with Panorama about the provision of the required level of buses.  The problems have been from Panoramas end and they are attempting to ensure that the school is properly serviced from this time onwards.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager


State Schools’ Relief Annual Appeal

Although EHS does not have a uniform the State School Relief Committee regularly assist students from this School with the purchase of shoes, clothes, PE and Music uniforms.  Any donations received will go directly to assist students from this school.  Please return completed envelopes to the school cashier.  Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be issued upon request.

Students have been issued with donation envelopes.  It would be wonderful if each child could give just $1  for this worthy cause. 

Please support our Annual appeal.  Your contribution will make a difference.

Brendan Monigatti, Student Welfare Coordinator



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 4

K.Finkelde, T.Anderson, M.Bryne

Thurs 5

M.Car, M.Russell, S.Ball, C.Tilley

Fri 6

M.Davis, J.Vance, D.Edgell, K.Bleiswick

Mon 9

T.Kent, S.Allen, R.Mundy, L.Adams

Tues 10

S.Hodgson, R.Hall, E.Nigol, K.Lester

Wed 11

K.Woods, L.Alford, T.Paulka, L.Stewart

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

February 2004

Wed 4th until Tues 10

see front page

Wed 11

Yr 10 Careers Motivation talk

Travel Concession Card photos in stadium at lunchtime

Music-Aust Army Band performance

Thurs 12

SoSE Yr11 & Yr12 Legal Studies Prison visit

Meet the Parents Night for Year 7-7:30pm

Tues 17

Curriculum Day – Student free day

Music – Year 7’s Band Info/Recruitment Evening in the hall

Wed 18

Junior School Life Be In It

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thurs 19

Career Yr 11 Motivation talk

Swimming Sports Twilight Meeting at Greensborough Pool








Community Announcements/Advertising


Welcome Platypus Festival

Celebrating Community, Arts & Environment

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March 2004-01-30 Allwood House & Ferguson’s Paddock, Main Road, Hurstbridge  (Melways Map 185 K8)

FREE hands on arts and crafts workshops / Live music / roving entertainment / healthy food & drinks / environmental displays / walks & talks on the Diamond Creek / Singing, dance & history displays / processional parade / rock climbing wall & more.     Creative fun for the whole family

Sat 6th March  & Sun 7th March 10am - 5pm for program information contact: Vicki 9718 2717 or 0438 596 344 or Isha 9718 0290






re Victorian Public Transport Primary/Secondary Student Concession Cards 2004

Connex will be staffing a ticket booth at Doncaster Shoppingtown from Monday 9th February until Friday 5th March 2004 and will be located in front of Coles Supermarket.  Opening hours will be from 10am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays.  Students can pick-up applications forms and pay for their tickets by cash, credit card or cheque (made payable to Connex and endorsed on the back with all ID details) at the booth.



Research Football Club Registration Day

Sunday 15th February 2004 10am till 1pm

at Research Park Main Road Research Under 9, 10,11,12,13x2, 14,15,17

New Players welcome for Under 9,13,15

Further information contact 0400607700 or

9437 0118




Come Play The World Game

Diamond Valley Soccer Club


10am – 2pm Sunday Feb 15


Partingtons Flat Kalparrin Ave Greensborough Melways ref 10 J12


From Under 8’s through to Under 15’s

Mixed gender teams lower grades and girls’ teams.  Seniors enquires welcome


Juniors 0410 611 965 Michelle 

Seniors 0413 339 428 Neilson or

0418 304 616 Alan

Bring proof of age to registration


Diamond Valley Table Tennis Juniors FREE night

Two free Round Robin try outs for Juniors – Boys & Girls

Starts 6:30pm Fridays 6th Feb and the 13th Feb

All standards welcome

Location Diamond Valley Sports Complex Just turn up or ring Rex Rouse – Jnr Co coordinator 9435 5588


Warringal Private Hospital 216 Burgundy St, Heidelberg 3084

We are seeking Div 1 Registered Nurses across our specialty areas and would love to talk to you regarding your future career with us.  Please contact Ian Spargo, Clinical Development Unit Coordinator, on Ph 9274 1393 if you are considering a return to nursing, or a change to a dynamic and friendly workplace. 

Email: ian.spargo@maynegroup.com




Eltham Baptist Church has moved to a new community centre!

Shop 4 266 Bolton Street Eltham 3095  Melways map 21 H 8

We still meet for Worship at The Eltham High School Hall Withers Way Eltham 10am and 7pm each Sunday.



Play Tennis Day  - Sunday 15th February Eltham Tennis Club

C’mon and try tennis at your local tennis club from 1-4pm Youth Rd Eltham

Everyone Welcome – beginners, parents & children, ex-players

sausage sizzle – club members assisting beginners clinics/special skills coaching session for people with disabilities.

Hosted by Eltham Tennis Club and Nillumbik Shire Council





computer games billiards

fast internet access

café with a variety of FOOD & DRINK

great place for BIRTHDAY PARTIES

enquire about our PARTY PACKAGES

bring in this ad to receive ONE-hour free computer time

upstairs 11/39 Susan St, Eltham 9439 0211 www.ozforcescafe.com



MacKillop Family Services

Foster Carers Wanted

MacKillop Family Services are currently recruiting carers in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne.  There are no restrictions to people who can apply to become carers – singles, couples, people with and without children, older people and younger people are all needed to provide a home for a day or two, or a year or longer, to children who are in need. Help is needed NOW.  What do you receive!!  An enthusiastic and supportive team at Mackillop will be in regular contact with you.   There is also a 24-hour on call service staffed by one of the Home Based Care Team members and significant financial support to assist you in caring for the children/young people in your care.




Childrens Performing Company of Australia

Drama and Musical Theatre courses 2004 – 5-18 years – boys and girls – beginners to advanced

ph 9326 0661 to make your audition appointment and order your free prospectus.  Flyers are available at the General Office





Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre

Community Drive Greensborough Melway Map 21 B1

Enrolments are now open for after school tutoring and homework help for both primary and junior secondary students.  Experienced and Registered teacher.  If your child has any difficulty with reading, English, maths spelling or comprehension ph 9459 2847 to leave a message or call Michael on 0413 116 096.  Some financial assistance may be available to students who have a learning problem.


Wanted 2nd Hand Ti83 Calculators

buyers waiting – please contact the General Office if you would like to turn your calculator into cash




Carpool for the Thomastown/Lalor area.

Happy to carpool to and from school Yr 8 student.

Live in Parklands Drive, Thomastown

(off Dalton Road and parallel to the Ring Road)

Call Karen on 9464 5888




Allana LeMar - School of Bellydance

Belly dancing is great for all ages, especially children & teens.

Promotes a healthy body image, high self esteem and is a lot of fun.

For a brochure phone Allana on 9432 2492








Philosophy Books: Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance $15

THINK a compelling introduction to Philosophy $16

Sophie’s World novel about History of Philosophy $12

phone 9710 1361


Ti 83 Sci calculator

Books: Further Maths and History Revolutions-Chinese Rev, French Rev, Long Revolution.

phone Dean Tollmar 9439 4370




Sacred Heart Diamond Creek Annual Parish Ball

will be held on Friday May 28th 2004.  Any girl interested in being in the debutante set at this ball can contact Jenny Kennedy on 9438 1812 after 6pm.

An information night will be held on Tuesday 17th February 2004 at 7:30pm in the Sacred Heart Hall, Gipson Street, Diamond Creek.