Text Box: Term 1 Week 7
Tuesday 9th March 2004


Wednesday 10

O&ES M/S Ocean Kyaking LYN,FRT  returns Thurs 11 

Sci Chemistry Yr12 Excursion LaTrobe Uni

Art Yr11&12 Ceramics Excursion

Yr12 VCD Fieldwork Eltham

Eng Yr 12 Performance of Stolen CUB Malthouse 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday 11

Junior School Life Be In It


Junior School Sticks & Stones

Tuesday 16

Yr11 Grp1&2 Lwr Yarra River Cruise





Thursday March 18th interviews for Middle School students from 4-7pm

Students have a booking sheet, and need to schedule a time with their teachers before the P/T Night. We look forward to meeting you on this night. The interviews provide a valuable opportunity for staff, parents and students to talk about the progress and learning needs of the student. 


Wednesday March 24th, between 12 noon and 8pm: interviews for Junior and Senior School students. 

PLEASE NOTE: ON 24th MARCH, students

DO NOT attend classes on this day. 

Students are expected to attend the interviews with their parents.


Parents of Junior and Senior School students are invited to the Student Progress Interviews on Wednesday March 24th.  The timetable follows:

12pm until 2.30 pm



Tea break

3pm until 5pm


5pm - 6pm

Dinner break

6pm until 8pm


Students will be given a booking sheet and need to schedule a time with their teachers for the interview which is also suitable for you. The interviews provide a valuable opportunity for staff, parents and students to talk about the progress and learning needs of our students. 

We look forward to talking with you on this night. 


Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal


Principals Report


Congratulations to Meg Russell of Year 7 who has been selected as a member of the VSSSA Triathlon Team. Well Done Meg!


Parent Teacher Evenings

Middle School Parent Teacher Evening in on Thursday 18th March from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. This is an important opportunity for students, parents and teachers to reflect on how the year is going and how progress so far can be built on over the rest of the semester.  While Parent Teacher Interviews for both Junior School and Senior School are held on Wednesday 24th March. These interviews will run from 12 noon until 8:00 pm. Students are expected to accompany parents to the interviews. Classes do not run on the 24th March to facilitate this.  However, a number of VCE classes will be running and teachers are informing students of those details.



Help Needed

The school has a number of important tasks that need to be completed each year. Many of these tasks involve data entry. We are seeking additional volunteers to assist with non-critical data entry tasks that occur over the year. We hope to establish a “Volunteer Bank” of parents that we can draw on to assist the school at peak times. If you are interested in having your name added to this list of volunteers, please contact Business Manager, Bruce Martyn


Welcome to New School Councillors

Congratulations to John Considine, Peter Hanlon, Grace Tham and Bruce Martyn who have been elected to school council for the next two years. The first school council meeting will be held on next Wednesday, 17th March. The meeting will consider the cooption of student and community members to the council.


Paul Rose, Principal


School Council Elections: Declaration of the Poll

At the close of Nominations, John Considine, Peter Hanlon, Grace Tham and Bruce Martyn had nominated for School Council. The number of nominations was not more than the number of vacancies. Therefore I declare John Considine, Peter Hanlon, Grace Tham and Bruce Martyn elected to the Eltham High School Council for the period of 10 March 2004 to March 2005.

Paul Rose, Executive Officer

Eltham High School Council



Tour review by Student

On the 21st of February 2004 school age members of the Scrambled Prince drama company set out for Adelaide to perform in the Adelaide Fringe Festival.  They performed George Franklin’s play “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream Reloaded”, a  comedy based on the William Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

It merges theatre with video to create an harmonious mix of stage and screen – the two most popular dramatic mediums.

For those of us unaware of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, it is a large international arts and comedy festival, which is held every two years.  Scrambled Prince has performed in the Fringe since the mid 1990’s, each time with a different line-up.

The Members stayed at the Western Shores Caravan Park, just outside of Glenelg for 8 days. (interesting Glenelg is the same spelt backwards as forwards).

Everyday of the week the group were out on the mean street of Adelaide handing out flyers to sell the show.  From the Regal Tent, to the Hub, to Rundle Mall, Scrambled Prince was everywhere.

The production was held at the Mercury Cinema.  Performances were held from Monday to Saturday.  The Adelaide theatre guide review gave the production 5 out of 5.

The members of the cast were all equally as important in the play. (While some were more equal than others).  The cast included Reuben Liversidge as the amateur film director Bottom, Paul A. Hogan  as Mayor Theseus, Ria Hearse, Tim Monigatti, Michelle Lock and Ben Whimpey as the lovers, Maddie Spawton as Puck and Oki Gardner as Titania.

The audiences were all enthused about the show, and it went off with a bang.

When we reached Saturday (our last show) the cast were all winding down to go back to Melbourne, but still put in the energy to finish the season like a bat out of hell.

A special mention here goes to Liam McIntyre who filled in for Ben Whimpey as Demetrius and put on a stellar performance, and George Franklin, our director who played Mr Smith and still couldn’t remember the script he wrote.

Sunday was a sad day as we all returned home.  The trip was comfortable and some special thanks go the Ben Whimpey, who acted in the play and was also responsible for the video, Taiyo and Des, our five star techs without whom the show couldn’t have worked nearly as well as it did, and George Franklin, again, who was our director, carer, mentor, driver, patriarch and writer without whom none of this would have been possible.

(Come and see us in July at Montsalvat)

Aidan Phelan, cast member

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Training Band

Our new Training Band has their first rehearsal on this morning.  Fifty-six very excited students had a great time playing their first “sounds” and certainly impressed teachers and senior students who came to listen.  Their first concert is already scheduled, Thursday 20th May, put it in your diary; it will be sensational.

EHS Showcase

The Music Faculty will be presenting a series of lunchtime concerts in the Eltham Town Square during the week beginning Monday 22nd March.  This will be a great opportunity to showcase various ensembles of the faculty and be a means of valuable promotion for the school.

Intermediate Band Concert Tour

The Intermediate Band will be undertaking a concert tour to Ballarat on Wednesday 31st March and Thursday 1st April.  Students will be bringing home details of the trip this week.

Concert dates for your diary

Saturday 27th March – The Stage Band will be performing at 3:15pm in the Eltham Town Square as part of the Eltham Jazz Festival.

Monday 29th March - A concert featuring the Jazz, Stage and Concert Bands along with the Choir to be held at the Doncaster Salvation Army.  More details to follow’

Thursday 1st April – The Symphonic Band in concert with the Grainger Wind Symphony and the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band.  The concert will be at Luther College commencing at 7:30pm.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Music Support Group

NEXT MEETING - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TUESDAY 30TH MARCH at 8pm in the Music Room – don’t be scared off by this!  While executive committee positions will be declared vacant what we also need are parents willing to assist with loading and unloading ‘the truck’ at the school and performance venues when their child’s ensemble is performing.  The more volunteers the fewer times parents will be called on.


SECOND HAND INSTRUMENT REGISTER – a variety of instruments for sale - contact Kathy Skeen on 9439 3597. 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM – (new Training Band members)–contact Jenny Samphier on 9439 2065.

If you have any questions about the Music Support Group please ring Jill or Rick Browne on 9439 9673.



CHINA TOUR - September 2004

The tour is now all booked and proceeding, we still have a limited number of spaces for students.  The price has now dropped by $400 due to the improved exchange rate.  If interested please see Di Parry, Pompa Brady or Brendan Monigatti.




EHS swim team in exciting win

The EHS Swim Team survived an exciting battle with the team from Montmorency SC before emerging as outright winners of the Diamond Valley/ Warringal Section of the Northern Zone Swimming sports held at the Broadmeadows Swimming Pool on Tuesday 2nd March. After leading the points table early in the competition, the EHS team were pushed into second place by the Montmorency squad before the relay events at the end of the program. The EHS team pulled out all stops to field as many relay teams as possible and by the end of the day, the team had pulled away to score an exciting victory. The standard of competition throughout the day was very high and all members of the EHS Swim team are to be congratulated on their performances as well as their team spirit. The strong leadership offered by the senior Eltham students in the team was an important factor in the positive team spirit. The students and relay teams placed first, second or third proceed to the Northern Zone (Metro) finals to be held at the Broadmeadows Swimming Pool on Friday 12th March. 

Aggregate Totals: Eltham 611, Montmorency 566, St Helena 522, Viewbank 331, Diamond Valley 325, Macleod 317, Bundoora 276, LaTrobe 65

Results: Girls

Shae Hart

2nd GU21 100m Breaststroke

2nd GU21 100m Freestyle

3rd GU21 100m Backstroke

Kath Girbau

2nd GU21 400m Freestyle, 2nd GU21 200m Freestyle, 1st GU17 100m Butterfly, 1st GU17 100m Freestyle

Miriam Fishwick

3rd GU21 50m Freestyle

Danea English

3rd GU17 100m Breaststroke, 2nd GU17 100m Backstroke

Jessica Reilly

1st GU15 50m Breaststroke, 2nd GU15 50m Freestyle, 2nd GU15 50m Backstroke

Melissa McCormick

2nd GU15 50m Butterfly

Erica Choong

1st GU15 200m Individual Medley, 1st GU15 200m Freestyle, 3rd GU14 50m Breaststroke, 2nd GU14 50m Freestyle, 2nd GU14 50m Backstroke 

Kimberlee Olsen

3rd GU14 50m Butterfly

Meg Russell

2nd GU13 50m Butterfly, 2nd GU13 50m Freestyle, 3rd GU13 50m Backstroke



Kallan Smyth

2nd BU21 100m Breaststroke, 3rd BU21 100m Freestyle

Lloyd Smith

3rd BU21 50m Freeestyle

Johannes Collopy

3rd BU21 100m Backstroke

Simon Wright

1st 200m Indivual Medley, 1st BU16 50m Breaststroke, 2nd BU16 50m Butterfly, 2nd BU16 50m Freestyle, 2nd BU21 400m Freestyle

Jared Maddalena

2nd BU16 50m Backstroke

James Cuthbertson

2nd BU15 50m Breaststroke, 2nd BU15 50m Butterfly, 2nd BU15 50m Freestyle, 2nd BU15 200m Indivual Medley

Tom Shakespeare

3rd BU15 50m Backstroke

Indrek Adamson

3rd BU14 50m Breaststroke, 3rd BU14 50m Freestyle, 3rd BU14 50m Backstroke

Nicholas Mann

1st BU13 50m Breaststroke

Brett Pavey

1st BU13 50m Butterfly, 1st BU13 50m Freestyle, 1st BU13 50m Backstroke

Relays: 1st Boys U14 Medley Relay

Nicholas Mann, Bryce Pavey, Matt Reilly, Indrek Adamson

3rd Girls U16 Medley Relay

Jessica Reilly, Melissa McCormick, Alicia Vengust, Jocelyn Wright

2nd Boys U16 Medley Relay

Jared Maddalena, Tom Shakespeare, James Cuthbertson, Simon Wright

3rd Girls U21 Medley Relay

Danae English, Emilie Gassin, Shae Hart, Miriam Fishwick;

1st Boys U13 Freestyle Relay

Bryce Pavey, Nicholas Mann, Matt Reilly, Alex Allan 3rd Girls U14 Freestyle Relay

Lara Beissbath, Sachia van Oorschot, Kim Olsen, Erica Choong

2nd Girls U15 Freestyle Relay

Melissa McCormick, Hannah Martin, Jocelyn Wright, Jessica Reilly

1st Boys U15 Freestyle Relay

Tom Shakespeare, Kris Collopy, Ricky Midlar, James Cuthbertson

2nd Boys U16 Freestyle Relay

Luke Skewes, Jared Maddalena, Heath Pearce, Simon Wright.

Other EHS Swim Team members not listed were: Jeda Cacioli, Beau Deauwadder, Kim Duncan, Rachel Hill, Erin West, Jake Hodgson, Rebecca Lillie, Emma Cairns, Megan West, Rael Birkett, Matt Brown, Shaun Carter, Casey Carter, Emilie Gassin

Max Balchin, Swim coach



A reminder that the $4 entry fee for this competition should be paid to the cashier a.s.a.p.  All students are encouraged to enter.  Every entrant receives a certificate and there are cash prizes as well.  Be in it!!

The Mathematics Faculty.




Are you behind in any classes? Do you need any help in certain areas, or do you just need to use the school facilities (computers etc)? Then come along to homework club.

It’s on Wednesday nights after school from 3:15 -> 4:30pm in room 201.

Fully supervised, specialist help and a snack.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Coordinator


Career News

Issue 2 is out this week, full of vital information for Year 12 students. Parents may like a copy e-mailed to them. Contact me on careers@elthamhs.vic.edu.au if interested..


The Age VCE & Careers Expo

This annual event is held at Caulfield Racecourse on Friday March 19, 2pm-7pm; Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 March, 10am-5pm. More than 100 organizations will be featured – universities and TAFE’s, career counselling, student exchange programs, VCE resource and information providers. There is also an extensive program for subjects including: English, Business Management, Psychology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Art. Free tickets for the first six students who can clearly explain the difference between “career” and “vocation”. 


A World on Campus

The University of Melbourne invites students wishing to gain an “international” edge to their degree to a “Course and Cultural Expo”. This is on Tuesday 16th March, 4.00 – 6.30pm. Check out the posters around the school for more details. Admission is free but students are asked to register at http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/events/world/ or free call 1800 801 662.


Experience Monash 2004

This free program is designed to give students in Years 10 and 11 a taste of university life. They will attend lectures, practical sessions and seminars relevant to their academic interests. It will run at the Berwick campus on April 15 and Peninsula campus on April 16 (ie. in first term holiday). For more information visit www.monash.edu.au/pso/programs/ Brochures and application forms available from the Careers Room.


ANU Solo Expo

ANU invites prospective students and parents to an information day on Saturday 27th March, 10.00am-3.00pm at ANU House, Level 11, 52 Collins St Melbourne. All faculties will be represented, as well as Accommodation Services.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher



As the new school year progresses and homework levels start to increase it’s probably a good time to check your students back pack.

Problems can arise either now or later in life through carrying too much weight, or having the weight unevenly distributed.

Please take a moment to read through the following to ensure your child does not suffer spinal damage.

Joy Snow, Sick bay attendant.









The school has had some success with changes to bus arrangements that serve the school.

580 Bus To Diamond Creek - Panorama Coaches

Commencing 15 March, a new bus service will leave the school for Diamond CreekThe bus will depart at 3:20pm and will travel via the Station, along Main Road, Wattletree Road, Ryans Road, Main Street, Chute Street, Main Hurstbridge Road, and Station Street to the Bus Terminal at Diamond Creek Railway Station.


This will be the 5th bus in Ely Street and will be nearest the cricket nets.  Students are reminded to be careful in this area as there are cars parked nearby.


Discussions are in progress concerning a morning service.  Information will be provided about this shortly.


513 Bus to Greensborough - Dysons Bus Services

Commencing this Tuesday, the 513 bus will now depart Eltham Station at 3:20pm.  This will provide students with a bit more time to walk from school to Bridge Street at the end of day.


Parking in Ely Street

Commencing from the 15th March, an additional bus will run from the school in the afternoon.  This will be parked near existing car park facilities by the cricket nets.  Parents picking up students in this area are requested to be patient if blocked in by the bus.  It is expected that the bus will arrive shortly before 3:10pm and will depart at 3:20pm.  Your cooperation in making this area safe for students is appreciated.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager



 CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 10

Jill Tait, Jill Black, Lyn Burleigh

Thurs 11

Christine Butler, Pam Beauchamp, Glenda Guilfoyle, Janine Wallace

Fri 12

Gael Carter, Karen Bleiswick, Sue Lynch, Trisha Edgoose

Mon 15

Helen Hunter, Sue Pickering, Denise Lopez

Tues 16

Donna Molyneaux, Anne Burgess, Sue Hodgson

Wed 17

Kathryn Finkelde, Karen Woods, Lyn Burleigh

HELP NEEDED Wednesdays & Thursdays to fill our roster – even if for part of the morning it would be most appreciated.  Please consider. Contact 9435 4021

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

March 2004

Wed 10th until Tues 16

see front page


Wed 17

SoSE 10 Geog 2&4 Excursion to Pt Lonsdale & Torquay

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thurs 18

Jewish Holocaust Museum

Yr 7 Hep B first dose Yr10 Boostrix

HPE – M/S Active Girls Excursion Indoor Rock Climbing pm

Middle School Parent Teacher Interviews 4-7pm

Tue 23

O&ES Yr11 Grp1 local Cycling

Wed 24

HPE –M/S Active Girls Ten Pin Bowling am

O&ES Yr11 Grp 2 local cycling

Parent Teacher- Junior School & Senior School Interviews (see notice for details this issue)

Thurs 25

SoSE Legal Studies Electoral Ed Centre Yr12

HPE M/S Active Girls Ten Pin Bowling pm



As the new school year progresses and homework levels start to increase it’s probably a good time to check your students back pack.


Problems can arise either now or later in life through carrying too much weight, or having the weight unevenly distributed.


Please take a moment to read through the following to ensure your child does not suffer spinal damage.

Joy Snow, Sick bay attendant.























Community Announcements/Advertising


An evening parent forum has been organized for schools in our Nillumbik Schools’ Student Wellbeing Network



Developing a relationship that encourages open communication, setting limits, helping young people cope with peer group pressure, how parents can support their children and allow them to grow as individuals.


Monday 22nd March

Start time

7:30pm until 9:30pm


Ashton Manor (formerly The Abbey)

Diamond Creek Road, Diamond Creek



A limited number of places are available – book early

contacting Hermina Burns or Brendan Monigatti  on 9439 5111


Wanted 2nd Hand Ti83 Calculators

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


Stall Holders Wanted

Diamond Creek Primary School

Car Boot Sale / Sunday Market

Sunday 21st March

All types of stalls required

$15 per site payable on the day

Call School 9438 1108



Cello, excellent condition

Sell for $250.00

Phone 94392401



Clean plastic supermarket/carrying bags and ice cream containers for use in Ceramics Department.  Drop in to the Art Office.  Thank you

Barb Gregory, Ceramics teacher



We are looking for girls aged 14 to 18

Drop the misconception that Guides Re Geeks and come and join us on the 22nd of March for a fun filled exciting evening with heaps, of activities, food and laughter.

You may even find yourself wanting to stay!

We meet at the Plenty Hall from 8-9pm. So if you would. like to come please RSVP to Sonya on 0438 323 670 before 14 March.


English & Maths Tuition

Streets Ahead Tutoring

1 Gorge rd., Sth Morang

Year 7-10,VCE, Upper Primary

Experienced and dedicated teachers

Will help your child to succeed in 2004

Phone Deb Parish 9436 8547


For Sale

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


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




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.



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.


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



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




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