Text Box: Term 1 Week 4
Wednesday 18th February 2004



Vale Luke Thomas

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the tragic death of Luke Thomas.  Luke, a recent student of the school, died last Saturday night.


Luke was the son of Joan and Greg Thomas, the brother of Ben, who completed Year 12 in 2000 and Sally who is currently in Year 10. He is well remembered by both teachers and students.


Luke’s father, Greg Thomas, is a highly respected Physical Education teacher at Eltham High School, who manages the elite volleyball program. Luke’s mother, Joan, works in a local primary school.  Clearly the Thomas family’s tragedy reaches deeply into our community.  I have visited the family and offered them the heartfelt sympathy of our whole school community, as well as any support we are able to give.


I would like to recognise the care, concern and support offered to the Thomas family at this difficult time.  I know that all members of the family have appreciated that support.


Luke’s funeral will be held on Friday morning at the Fawkner Cemetery. I anticipate that a number of students and a very large number of staff will wish to attend.  Students should only attend with a member of their family able to support them.


It is possible that school organisational arrangements for Friday morning will have to be altered to accommodate the number of staff attending the funeral. I will provide advice regarding this to parents as soon as possible.


It is possible that some children may be affected by Luke’s death. I ask parents to monitor your children if you feel that there may be some adverse reaction to news of Luke’s death.  Should you or your child feel the need for counselling or support, please contact Brendan Monigatti, our Student Welfare Coordinator on 94395111.


Our heartfelt sympathy, compassion and condolences go out to Joan, Greg, Ben and Sally Thomas at this most difficult time.


Paul Rose, Principal




Be in the S W I M !!


EHSSwim Carnival THURSDAY Greensborough Swimming Pool from 6-9pm


House swimming sports    Entry FREE     FREE sausage sizzle     Competitive & novelty events


Families are encouraged to join in the spirit of the evening and come armed with picnics, deck chairs and loud cheering voices.

FREE shuttle bus leaving at 5:15pm from outside the stadium. 

Students are encourages to dress in House colours for the whole day and promote the House spirit

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

Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator




Wednesday 18

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thursday 19

Music Intermediate Band Performance –Springview Primary School Blackburn

Yr11 Art Surrealist Exhibition to Heide Gallery Bulleen GOL DAV

Careers Yr 11 Motivation talk

Swimming Sports Twilight Meeting at Greensborough Pool 6-9pm

Friday 20

M/S Art Surrealist Exhibition to Heide Gallery Bulleen DAV

Sunday 22

Grounds Working Bee

Arts-Scrambled Prince to Adelaide Fringe Festival returns Sunday 29 February




Erica Choong is a Year 8 student at Eltham High School.  Erica is an outstanding swimmer.  In  2003 Erica won her way through to the VSSSA State Championships.  Erica trains with Carey Aquatic at the Bulleen centre.  Erica has just finished competing in the State Swimming Championships where she finished in the top 12 in the U13 age group in all swim strokes.  Erica trains 6-7 sessions a week; these include training sessions out of water doing weights and bikes, as well as swim sessions that last for 1 ½ hours.  Eric’s best strokes are freestyle and backstroke.  Eric’s best times for each of the four swim strokes over 50m are in the area of – Freestyle 29/30 sec, Backstroke 34 sec, Butterfly 35 sec,

Breastroke 41 sec.  Erica started swimming when she was 4 years old and she still really likes swimming but doesn’t want to become a professional swimmer when she is older.  While swimming Erica has meets lots of new friends and that’s what she loves most about swimming – the social side of it.

Erica’s tips for improving your swimming are as follows:

Diving – keep your arms together while entering the water

Backstroke – keep your head back at all times

Freestyle – Imagine a line straight down your body and when your arms come down make sure you don’t cross the line.

Breastroke – keep your head down as much as possible

Casey Schlotterlein, MS Stop Press




Mini Volleyball

Mini Volleyball for primary school children starts this Thursday after school in the sport stadium. Mini volleyball or ‘spikezone’ as it will be called this year will be supported by the Australian Volleyball Federation and should be even better than before with added benefits for all participants. Any children interested in taking part in a free ‘come and have a hit’ night can get involved and get more information this Thursday at 4.10 pm in the stadium.


Junior Volleyball

The Eltham High school junior volleyball competition for students in years 7, 8, and 9 will begin on Thursday the 26th of February. More info next week.


Referees wanted

Referees are needed to help run the junior and mini volleyball competitions after school each Thursday. Students can apply to Mr Thomas for details.

Sport continued

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

Under 16 VSSSA state team – Players born1989 or later

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 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


Year 7 Girls Cricket

There was no need for sunscreen last Wednesday when the Year 7 Girls took the field in the local cricket round robin.

Persistent rain made it a tough day for all schools with many girls having their first game of cricket.  Eltham defeated Latrobe and Viewbank but lost to St Helena in a close game.  Despite the conditions the girls had an enjoyable day and quickly picked up the many skills needed in this sport.  Amy Vine was the standout player with both bat and ball while Bianca Holman, Hannah Richards and Lana McLachlan performed very well during the tournament.

All the girls were enthusiastic and tried their hardest.  Special thanks to Belinda Kelly for coaching the team.


Stephen McCrystal, Team Manager

Year 7 Boys Cricket

On Wednesday February 14th, we battled the rain, Montmorency, St. Helena and Diamond Valley Secondary Colleges in the cricket round robin. The “Super 12’s” format meant that in each game the batsmen were in for just 2 overs each and 6 bowlers were allowed to bowl 2 overs each. This format ensured all of our 14 players had a chance to show their skills but it also meant that batsmen had to play their shots from the start.

After dominating our first match against Diamond Valley, we were unable to match the all-round skills of St Helena (the eventual winners) and we then narrowly lost a rain-shortened match against Montmorency.

We had some standout bowlers on the day, including Liam English, Tim Woods, Jye Pawley, Lachlan Pearson, James Eason, Luke Yeats and Carl Robinson. Batsmen who performed well included Luke Yeats, Lachlan Pearson, Tim Woods, Liam English, William Bateman, Callum Jarvis and Jesse Howell. Others who performed well in the field or when batting included Chris Stockton, Patrick Sharard, James Knight and Jacob Dovile.

Congratulations to all players - they contested well and showed excellent team spirit despite the wet conditions.

Garry McKelvie, team Manager



EHS Running Club

Over 20 students from Year 7 to Year 10 joined in activities of the EHS Running Club last Friday morning from 8am.  A busy program of stretching, jogging and sprinting occupied students fro the next 40 minutes.  The group will continue to operate on Friday mornings.

Students seeking extra experience in athletics are invited to join in with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club at Willinda Club at Willinda Park from 5pm on a Tuesday ort Thursday afternoon.  Contact Max Balchin at the school for further information.



Four overnight camps will be held in the week commencing Monday March 1st.

Form groups will attend as follows:

Mon 1st/

Tues 2nd Mar

8E/8J with Ms Davis, Mr Ferns. Ms McTernan, Mr Lilienthal, Ms Gandolfo, Mr Kypriotis

Tues 2/

Wed 3rd Mar

8A/8G with Mr Miles, Mr Tiedgen. Ms Keskinen, Ms Gribben, Ms Andrews

Wed 3rd/

Thurs 4th Mar

8C/8D with Ms Goldman, Ms Wheatley, Ms Allen, Mr Jenkins, Mr Hutton

Thurs 4th/

Fri 5th Mar

8B/8F with Mr Robertson, Ms Pollard, Ms McLeod, Ms Cocco, Ms Gemmill, Anthony Politini

* 8H will be spit over 3 or 4 camps

For students not attending camp there will be an alternative program provided on the 2 days that there class in on camp.  There are still some vacancies on all 4 camps and enquires should be directed to the cashier or the junior school office, before Fri 20th Feb.



You’re invited to attend this coming Sunday, 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



On Friday February 27th, SYN FM (Student Youth Network) will be broadcasting live from Eltham High School at lunchtime.  The table and mikes will be set up outside the canteen.  Tune in, offer to perform music, singing, stand up comedy?….  Any ideas please see Ms Ipsen (English staffroom 303)

Don’t forget Eltham High School is regularly broadcasting LIVE each week from 11 to 1pm each Wednesday from RMIT.

Tune in to SYN FM – 90.7

Leanne Ipsen, broadcast organizer




Darwin Kakadu Trip July 2004

Places are still available on the Darwin Kakadu trip.  Details/ 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




Congratulations to Hannah Martin, Carly Norman, Megan Patterson and Lena Skipper of Year 8 for their selection in the Victorian Girls Under 15 Volleyball team.  These girls will represent their state at the National Volleyball Competition to be held in Echuca on April 20th to 23rd.  Well done girls.


iNSIGHT 2004

“Celebrating Diversity: Promoting Understanding”

The insight program is a photographic and creative writing program that has been conducted by Nillumbik Youth Services for the last 3 years.

The program is open for young people aged from 13-22 years of age.  Commencing on the 25th February, it will run for 12 weeks on Wednesday evenings (4:30pm to 7pm) at the Scout Hall in Eltham.  At the end of May, an exhibition will be held to display the work created by participants.

The insight program does not require any previous skills in photography, but provides an opportunity for participants to develop and strengthen skills in both writing and photography as a means of expressing and documenting their experiences, opinions and response to the issues that face young people in Nillumbik.

All students are very welcome to apply.  Forms for application are available from Ms Clare Mc Kay in room 303 or Anastasia Clendinnen in class 12L.

Anthology Committee


Walk Against Want (Oxfam Community Aid Abroad)

This year’s Walk against Want will be held on Sunday 21 March. Money raised through sponsorship will support projects such as digging wells and providing clean water for villages in Laos, tools and seeds for farmers in Angola, savings and loan schemes, and training programs in literacy, healthcare and human rights in Ethiopia and East Timor.


This year as well as the City walk, there will be a local walk starting at the Scout Hall in Finn’s Reserve Templestowe (Duncan Street Melway 33 B4). It will follow the Yarra Trail through Westerfold’s Park & Candlebark Park past Petty’s Orchard to Tikalara Park, then return. Walkers can choose to walk 6 km or 12 km. Refreshments will be provided at the turn around point but walkers are reminded to bring water, hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

Registration begins at 8:30 am for an official start at 9:00 am, although walkers can register and start at any time up to 1:00 pm.

For more information on the local walk and sponsorship books contact:

Cathie on 9439 9527 or Val on 9722 1541(AH)



For the City walk contact:

Jo Muir on 9289 9447

Or Waw-vic@caa.org.au to register & organize sponsorship books.



On Friday February 27th, SYN FM (Student Youth Network) will be broadcasting live from Eltham High School at lunchtime.  The table and mikes will be set up outside the canteen.  Tune in, offer to perform music, singing, stand up comedy?  Any ideas please see Ms Ipsen (English staffroom 303)

Don’t forget Eltham High School is regularly broadcasting LIVE each week from 11 to 1pm each Wednesday from RMIT.  Tune in to SYN FM – 90.7

Leanne Ipsen, broadcast organizer


A week in the life of ….

Abby Sharples 7E

Coming from Research Primary School.

Abby has found Eltham High School a lot bigger!  Her choice for coming here was that it was close to her home and also she was interested in the school band.  Abby was excited but very nervous on her first day at Eltham High and says the best thing was making new friends as she was changed into a different class.  Abby agrees with Sam that high school canteens are better and also finds that it is a great place to meet her friends.  Abby says that although there are more of them she finds her relationship between teachers is the same as at primary school.  Abby’s hobbies are playing clarinet and she auditioned for the band on Wednesday.  By Monday work was starting to get harder and it was starting to feel like school.  Abby gets picked up and dropped off at school by her mother.

Interviewed by Melissa McCormick –Stop Press



Rehearsals have commenced and times for this year are as follow:


Monday 3.30 – 4.30pm


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 have commenced for all students. Students should check the timetables in the Music Centre for lesson times.


Enrolment Forms Due

Parents should now have received enrolment forms.  Could these be returned to the music office ASAP.   Please see 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 on Mondays after school.  Rehearsals commence at 3.30pm and conclude at 4.30pm. 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 Officer 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.             Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Year 10 Work Experience

All Year 10 students are reminded that they need to begin thinking about their Work Experience placement for later in the year.  The Work Experience week will take place in the fourth week of Term 3, Monday August 2 –m Friday August 6.  A “Work Experience Planning Package” will be distributed in the next few weeks but in the meantime some placements are in great demand and early preparation is advisable.

La Trobe University has a range of interesting placements available in the Faculties of Law, Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Graphics and Computers.  See me in the Careers room if interested.


Year 11 Motivation Seminar

This Thursday, February 19, all Year 11’s will do a “Shape your Destiny” seminar during Periods 1-4.  Darren Pereira, who last week ran a very successful workshop with the Year 10’s, aims to:

·         remove student confusion and uncertainty about their future by aligning their desires, passions, ideals and talents to a career

·         create a higher level of motivation in students to perform well at school because they have discovered their passion in life and are driven to fulfil it

·         create a step-by-step plan of action, designed by the students to follow through after the seminar, which will be the blueprint for their academic and career success.  This seminar is part of the MIPS program at school.  Any feedback from parents as to what their son/daughter gained from the seminar would be most appreciated.


Careers Room Access

The Careers Room is open for business every lunchtime and for 25 of the 30 periods of the school week.  Conferences, excursions, meetings, etc. reduce this availability but I am there most of the time to help students with their needs.

Peter Goddard, Careers teacher





REMINDER: cards to be returned

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 Hepatitis 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.

Students now have cards that need to be returned to the General office before Wednesday February 25.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Management





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.

The EMA provides an annual amount of $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.



There have been a few problems with the buses arriving and departing from the school.  Some problems have been beyond Panorama’s control, issues are being addressed.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager


EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad will operate this Thursday morning from 7am.  Coach Neroli Nixon has been pleased with the great start to the year over the past two weeks.  Students of all swimming abilities are welcome to join the squad.  Come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre and join in the fun.  Remember – hot chocolate back at school afterwards.  Fees ($63 per term) payable to the cashier at school.



 CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 18

Debbie Bok, Lyn Burleigh, Peta McGregor

Thurs 19

Cheryl Simpson, Margit Magi,

 Sue Ball, Merle Schlotterlein

Fri 20

Maree Mayall, Marja Hanlon,

Anne Chetwynd

Mon 23

Heather Febo, Sue Bowles,

 Kerry O’Hara

Tues 24

Trish Edgoose, Julie Corbett, Gabrielle Dougherty,

Margaret Summerton

Wed 25

Johanne Johnson, Lyn Lindsay,

Sue Car, Julie Peressini

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager

S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


February 2004


Wed 18th until Tues 24

see front page


Wed 25

VET Sport & Rec Yr 11 Camp to Lorne returns Friday

SoSE M/S Environment to IMAX & Aquarium


Thurs 26

SoSE Yr10 Geography 1 & 5 to Pt Lonsdale & Torquay


Sat 28

O&ES Yr12 to Wilson’s Promontory

return Monday March 1






Community Announcements/Advertising


For Sale

Full size cello – contact Jill 9431 3775/0407 481 246


Eltham Rugby Union Football Club

Start a Great Rugby Union Career on 22 February


Sunday 22 February 2004


Eltham Rugby Union Football Club

58 Bridge Street, Eltham


101m – 2pm


Your birth certificate


Registration $85.00


No Prior experience of the game is required


info @Eltham Rugby.com.au or Bill Cooper 0418 335 542

Find out about rugby on elthamrugby.com.au and rugby.com.au or vicrugby.com.au/.


Ever thought about Fostering?

On any one night in Victoria 2700 children and teenagers are safe and sound in the care of foster carers.  Kids in need of foster care far out-number the foster carers available.

Can you give a child or young person a place to call home for a while?

Your local foster care program can provide you with training, support and a non-taxable allowance.

For more information on fostering and how to get involved ring the Publicity Recruitment Unit for Foster Care.

Phone 9458 5788



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.




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


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


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

program information contact: Vicki 9718 2717 or 0438 596 344 or Isha 9718 0290



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