Text Box: Term 1 Week 3
Tuesday 10th February 2004

Attention Year 7 Students

You’re invited to join the Band


Special Meeting for parents & students

Where  EHS Hall

When  Tuesday 17th February  Time  7:30pm



Wednesday 11

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

Careers – Yr10 Motivation Talk 9-10:30am in the hall

Travel Concession Card Photos in the stadium at lunchtime

Music – Aust Army Band Performance 12:45-1:30pm

Thursday 12

SoSE Yr11 & Yr12 Legal Studies Prison visit

Parents Meet The Teachers Night for Year 7 only 7:30-9:00pm begins in the library

Friday 13

Music-Musical Instrument Demonstrations all Yr 7 students in the music centre

Tuesday 17

Curriculum Day – Students Free Day

Music Meeting Yr 7 parents & students at 7:30pm in the hall



Principals Report

Settling In

After a hectic start to the school year I am pleased to report that students are settling into school routines well and that teachers report that our students are already making good progress. I met briefly with a small number of student leaders last Thursday, there was a positive and productive atmosphere to our discussions. I look forward to further opportunities to work closely with our student leaders to improve our school.


Meet the Year 7 Teachers Evening

This Thursday is the annual Year 7 Parents meet the Teachers Evening. Head of Junior School, Damien Miles, and the Junior School Coordinators have put together an informative program for the evening and I am looking forward to the chance to meet with all of our “new” families and to catch up with some old friends of the school. I encourage all parents of students in Year 7 to take up the chance to meet your child’s teachers on Thursday evening, starting at 7:30 pm in the Library.


Curriculum Day: Pupil Free Day

Next Tuesday, 17th February, is our first Curriculum Day for 2004. Staff will be focusing on developing improved classroom curriculum activities with a special emphasis on Junior and Middle Schools. No students will be required to attend school. On Tuesday 17th February. (But don’t forget the Year 7 students and parents Instrumental music information evening that night!)


Important Information Inside

This Newsletter contains details of the 2004 Educational Maintenance Allowance Application process. If you think that you are eligible for the EMA please read the details carefully. This week there is also information about the Working Bee on 22nd February. I hope to see you there.


Paul RosePrincipal




A week in the life of ……

Sam Baddeley 7E

The first day of high school wasn’t such a big step for Sam Baddeley as he came from Eltham East Primary School, which also has a big number of students.  The decision to come to Eltham High was also very easy, as a number of Sam’s relatives have attended this school the first of which was Sam’s grandmother who came to the school in the 1940’s.  Sam’s first day was fairly hard with all the new rooms but he says the best thing about his first day was getting his locker!  The second and third day became easier as he knew more people and teachers.  Sam says the weirdest thing about coming to high school was that he had just become the oldest at primary school then he came to high school and was the youngest. 

Sam finds the relationship between his high school teachers and primary school teachers is pretty much the same although there are more teachers at high school.  Looking at both the primary school and the high school canteen, Sam said that the high school canteen sells more appropriate things.  Sam’s hobbies are playing lacrosse and playing the drums.

Written by Melissa McCormick , Stop Press

Watch for another article in next week’s edition



Eltham High School has a distinguished record for volunteer related activities supported by its parent groups.  Weekend working bees have been one of the more successful activities that have given long-term benefits to both students and staff around our school over a number of decades.

The Grounds Committee is an active and social group of parents and teachers who plan and execute the Working Bees that take place on 7 occasions during the school year.  While most parents have already indicated their preferences for attendance at our events, this does not preclude you from turning up at any of our Working Bees, so keep an eye out for our planned activities during the year.

In Term 1 we have 2 – 22nd February and 28th March respectively – both Sunday events.  Since we have no gardener or full time grounds person the responsibility for tidying our grounds and general maintenance falls on the Grounds Committee Group, therefore many of our activities are directed towards the maintenance of our ever-improving external environment.

On the 22nd February we have targeted the following tasks for attention

  1. Additional seating areas to be provided for on the back oval.
  2. Significant amount of weeding to be addressed in the Habitat reserve on the Eastern end of the Tennis courts.
  3. Four bin holders to be installed at selected locations around the school.
  4. A significant amount of pruning and tidying up in the central courtyard.
  5. 200 plants left over from 2003 to be found homes and watered in on the Southern side of the 400’s block.
  6. Mulching to be continued and extended around the new 400’s block and at the end of the Tennis Court area in the Habitat Reserve.
  7. Tree guards to be constructed and placed around newly established trees on the northern side of the 400’s block.
  8. Drains in the central courtyard are a to be cleaned.
  9. Mowing and brush cutting in selected areas around the school.


As usual the Ground Committee provides morning tea and barbeque lunch for all participants and we guarantee a stress free day at school.  300 volunteer participants in 2003 made EHS a better place for all those who work at our special institution of learning.  Come and join the community of this great place.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee



“Madame Wheatley, are you French?”  is a question I am often asked.

The answer is, that I speak French because I grew up in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, where French is spoken.

Most people I talk to know very little about this small tropical island, and yet it has a lot of historical links to Australia, going way back to early settlement.

Would you like to know more?  Come to La Faya.

La Faya, which means celebration, fiesta, party, dialsa, is the name of a festival, which will take place in Federation Square, starting on Friday 12 March at noon with an official ceremony to celebrate Mauritius National Day and showcase the rich and colourful culture of these islands, it concludes on Sunday 14 March.

The festival program includes:

*An exhibition on the“History of Migration and Settlement of Mauritians & Rodriguans in Victoria”

*A variety of exotic, traditional dance and song

*Documentaries about the Islands, the People and the Culture

*Cooking Demonstrations and Food stalls selling authentic food.

For more information on this event, refer to one of these websites:




Come along, bring family and friends and discover a whole new world. 

Orietta Wheatley, French teacher




The first meeting of the EHS Running Club will be held this Friday morning February 13 at 8am.  The sessions will be supervised by staff members, Mr Balchin and Ms Davis, and will cater for students interested in preparing for track athletics as well as Cross Country and Fun Runs.  Students wishing to join in the activities should bring a note giving permission to join in on training sessions that will sometimes use the pathways in neighbouring parklands.  Students wishing to take part should meet at the front of the school at 8am.



Upcoming dates

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


Inter (year 9 and 10) volleyball round robin

Thursday 26th February


Year 8 volleyball round robin

Tuesday 16th March

Year 7 volleyball round robin

Thursday 25th March



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


Players interested in trying out should see Mr Thomas for the details.


Under 17, 19 and 21 trials

Sunday Feb 15

Under 17 boys

9.30am – 12.30pm

Under 17 girls 1.00 – 4.00pm

Under 19 and 21 boys

1.00 – 4.00pm

Under 19 and 21 girls

9.30am – 12.30pm

Sunday Feb 22

Under 17 girls 9.30am – 12.30pm

Under 17 boys 1.00pm-4.00pm

Under 19 and 21 boys –

9.30am – 12.30pm

Under 19 and 21 girls

1.00 – 4.00pm


Oakleigh Recreation Centre. Park Rd Oakleigh.


Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator


EHS Swim Carnival is on next week

The House swimming sports is on NEXT 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

7:00am - Thursday February 5th at the Eltham Leisure Centre and Three lanes are taken up with 20 EHS students.  Coach Neroli Nixon has just set the first activity for each lane and it’s white water as the students set about the task.  For the next hour the students from Year 7 to Year 11 follow a busy program and listen to the advice that Neroli provides from the pool deck.  After the session is over and students arrive at the school, where  they are treated to a hot chocolate.  Most choose to sit around the canteen courtyard in small groups and relax.  Soon enough it is time to go to class for Period 1.  The nine week term costs $63 and is payable to the school cashier.  Contact Mr Balchin at the school for further information.



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



The contact-mentoring program for year 12 students is continuing in 2004.  The aim of the program is to provide an adult contact person to support Year 12 students at the start of the year and help to set up the patterns for the year.  The list of students and their contact teachers will be posted by the end of this week and year 12 students need to make an initial meeting time.  The meetings are an opportunity to raise concerns and seek assistance and guidance.

Diane Parry, VCE Co ordinator



Band Rehearsals

Band rehearsals have commenced and times for this year are as follow:


Tuesday 3.30 - 5.30pm / Fri. 7.30 - 8.45am


Thursday 3.30 - 5.30pm


Wednesday 7.30 - 8.45am


Wed 3.30 - 5.30pm

Jazz Band

Fri 3.30 – 5.00pm


Instrumental Lessons

Lessons commence for all students this week. Students should check the timetables in the Music Centre for lesson times.


Year 7 Information Evening – Tues 17th February

A special meeting will be held in the hall commencing at 7.30pm.

It is extremely important for parents who would like their child to learn a musical instrument to be present on this evening

Celebration Of Music 2003 - Compact Discs

A professional recording of last year’s final concert has been produced. CD’s are available from the Music Office  [305] at $ 20.00 each


Enrolment Forms Due

Parents should now have received enrolment.  Could these be returned to the music office ASAP.   Please Mrs. Jill Browne in the Music office if you have not received one.

EHS Choir

Students in Years 7 to 10, interested in joining the school choir are welcome to attend the first rehearsal on Monday 16th February.  Rehearsals will commence at 3.30pm and conclude at 4.30. If you are interested please speak to our Choir Director, Ms. Alex Cameron and sign up at the music office.


VCE Vocal Ensemble

Students in Years 11 and 12 are welcome to join our senior Vocal Ensemble, which will rehearse on Wednesdays at 12.50pm.  Non music students are invited to participate.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concerts at the Art Centre

If you are interested in purchasing a subscription ticket for a series of 6 Monday evening concerts in a group booking please contact the Music Office for more details of the programs and the ticket prices

The 6 dates are Mon 15 March/Mon 31 May/Mon 26 July/Mon 23 August/Mon 27 September/.Mon 22 November.


Attention Year 7 Students

You’re invited to join the Band

Special Meeting for parents & students


EHS Hall


Tuesday 17th February



Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Music Support Group News …

Second Hand Uniform … hand in now!

Unwanted or outgrown band uniform can be sold second hand through the Music Support Group.

We accept skirts, blouses, trousers, shirts, vests and jackets clean and in good condition.

All items for sale must be individually labelled with a tag-stating name, address, phone no. and price.  Skirts are all $12.00.  Trousers, blouses, vests and jackets to be priced by the seller – be realistic!

Music Support Group takes $2.00 from the sale of each item.  All items can be left at the music office.

Second Hand Instrument Register

Wanting to sell your instrument?  Call in to the music office for a registration form.  There is a $5.00 registration fee.



Darwin Kakadu Trip July 2004

Places are still available on the Darwin Kakadu trip.  Details 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, preference given to those studying Indonesian.

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



The Government funded school immunization program will cover Year 7 and Year 10 students this year.

It will commence on Thursday 18th March with Year 7 students receiving their first Hepatitus B dose and Year 10 students receiving their Boostrix dose (Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis)

Year 7 students’ second Hep B dose will be administered on Wednesday 21st July.

Cards will be handed out later this week, and need to be returned to the appropriate boxes at the General office before Wednesday February 25.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Management



Fotomakers have now completed photographs of staff and students.  Parents who may require additional photographs should contact the photographer on 1300 660 626

Also a special thank you to all the students.  Your cooperation helped the photograph days run very smoothly.  It was greatly appreciated.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager


Thank you to the school community

The Eltham High School members of the Australian Education Union wish to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the large number of parents who showed their support for our campaign to ensure EHS received full funding from the Government.  The messages of support and the presence of parents at our rally on Monday February 2 assisted us greatly in gaining a successful resolution and therefore ensuring all programs and staffing will be maintained for 2004. EHS Australian Education Union sub -branch members



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.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager


Reminder: State Schools’ Relief Annual Appeal envelopes needed

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.  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


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.


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 11

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

Thurs 12

J.Baddeley, Y.Connard, R.Carter-Smith, S.McEwin

Fri 13

K.Gatcum, M.Hayley, D.Holman, R.McMaster

Mon 16

K.O’Hara, H.Hunter, L.Adams

Tues 17

Curriculum Day

Wed 18

D.Bok, L.Burleigh, P.McGregor

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

February 2004

Wed 11th until Tues 17

see front page

Wed 18

Junior School Life Be In It

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thurs 17

Music Intermediate Band Performance –Springview Primary School Blackburn

Art Yr11 Art Surrealist Exhibition to Heide Gallery Bulleen

Career Yr 11 Motivation talk

Swimming Sports Twilight Meeting at Greensborough Pool

Fri 20

Art-M/S Art Surrealist Exhibition to Heide Gallery Bulleen

Sun 22

Working Bee starts 9am (see inside)

Mon 23

Arts –Scrambled Prince performs Adelaide Fringe Festival all week


Community Announcements/Advertising

 “Free” Play Tennis Day

Sunday the 15th February 11am to 2pm

Come and join in the fun of Tennis Victoria’s {lay Tennis Day at

Karingal Drive Tennis Club Inc., Malcolm Blair Reserve, Karingal Drive, Greensborough

Check our website at www.vic.net.net.au/   kdtc

For more info contact Jan Ryan 9431 1545


Diamond Valley Netball Competition

Vacancies for Junior Netball teams and players

Under 11, Under 13 and Under 18 Mixed teams

Under 15 and Under 17 Girls teams

Matches are held at the Diamond Valley Sports Complex

Civic Drive Greensborough, on Monday. Tuesday & Thursday afternoons

Costs per player $4 per game, $10 registration per Person & $13 insurance Per year

More info from Susan Rose 9435 1129


Wanted 2nd Hand Ti83 Calculators

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

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Group

Diamond Valley Deanery

This Thursday February 12 there will be a viewing of a BBC documentary investigating Government action taken against those seeking asylum within Australia, followed by guest speaker, Mr Marc Purcell, Executive Director of Catholic Commission for Development, Justice & Peace.

7:30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Henry Street, Eltham in the gathering area

Join us for refreshments afterwards.


Support for Separated Families

RMIT University Psychology Clinic, as part of its research focus, is offering a number of free parenting programs to mothers in recently separated families.  These programs aim to assist young people to adjust to parental separation.

If you’re a parent of a child aged 11-15 years, have separated during the previous 2 years and would like assistance adjusting to this transition, the programs offered by RMIT University Psychology Clinic may be useful.

More information contact: Mandy Kienhuis 09925 7376 or email:mandy_keinhuis@optusnet.com.au


Youth for Understanding

Wanted Host family for Miho Hotta

Miho Hotta arrived from Japan In January and is presently with an emergency arrival family and attending Viewbank College.  Miho would love to find a permanent placement with a volunteer host-family to share her exchange experience, she is 17 years old.  If you are interested in becoming a YFU volunteer host-family and share a wonderful year with Miho, learning about and tasting the Japanese culture please call Regional Coordinator Christine Pinniger on 949994232.


Try doing something Friday night that you won’t regret on Saturday morning…

If you’re interested in outdoor activities or just a bit of social fun, come to the Youth Road Hall at 7:30pm on Friday and see what the Eltham Venturers have to offer.  Anyone aged 14 or over can join, and everyone will be made welcome.  If you have any questions, call 9439 1175 and find out more about where Venturing can take you.


Welcome Platypus Festival

Celebrating Community, Arts & Environment

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March 2004 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



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




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.