Text Box: Term 1 Week 8
Tuesday 16th March 2004


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. 

NEXT WEEK. . . . . . . . . .

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

Students are expected to attend the interviews with their parents.

PLEASE NOTE: ON 24th MARCH, students DO NOT attend classes on this day

Timetable: 12pm until 2.30 pm Interviews /2-30pm-3pm Tea break/3pm until 5pm Interviews/5pm - 6pm Dinner break/6pm until 8pm Interviews                                                                   Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal



Principals Report

2003 School Sports Awards

Three of our students received 2003 School Sports Awards at a glittering presentation last Sunday. The awards, known as Victorian Sporting Blues, were presented to Daniel Bass for Basketball, Tara Wood for Swimming and Igor Yudin for Volleyball. These three students have been recognised for having reached “the highest level of play and sportsmanship”.


The Sporting Blues were presented by sporting celebrities Michele Timms, Larry Sengstock, Nicole Richardson and Matt Welsh. The Minister for Education, Lynne Kosky, was in attendance and spoke with the Eltham High School contingent. Winning one Sporting Blue is a great honour, for three of our students to achieve this honour in one year is a wonderful recognition of their ability and ability of our school to foster and extend talent.


Congratulations to Daniel, Tara and Igor and our thanks to their parents and coaches for all the support that has led to this magnificent achievement.


Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder to parents that Middle School Parent Teacher interviews occur on Thursday afternoon this week. Junior and Senior School interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 24th March.


Speed Skating Achievements

Daniel Greig, Year 8, won nine gold medals in the junior men’s division of the Australian Speed Skating Championships held at the Gold Coast last week. Daniel won 7 gold medals for Road events over distances ranging from 200 metres to 5 kilometres and 2 Golds for Track events at 500 and 1000 metres. In all Daniel competed in 13 events including relays.


Also competing in the Australian Speed Skating Championships was Tessa Byrne of Year 11. Tessa


competed in 7 Road events and 4 Track events, including relays. Tessa achieved very creditable seconds on both the 300 and 500 metre Advanced Ladies Time Trials. I am reliably informed that Tessa has been invited to a special experience event in Germany and has been selected in the Australian Team for the Oceania championships in April this year.


Congratulations to Daniel and Tessa on their outstanding achievement in speed skating.


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 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

Paul Rose, Principal



Wednesday 17

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

M/S Active girls rock climbing am

LOTE 8A-D & Yr11 Indonesian incursion

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thursday 18

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

Friday 19

Music Eltham Jazz Festival

Monday 22

LOTE Yr7 Indonesian Incursion Period 1

Tuesday 23

O&ES Yr11 Grp1 local Cycling



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Imax Excursion

The Year 7 excursion to the Imax Theatre last week was a great success.  Students enjoyed the program on Egypt which complemented the study that is being completed at school.  Thanks to all parents for sending the admission money and allowing the administration to be quickly finalized.

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher

SoSE Levies

A letter will soon be distributed to all Middle School and Senior School students with regard to levies.

Platypus Care

What is Platypus care and how can I help?

The platypus is one of Australia’s most amazing animals.  Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that its numbers are declining in some areas.  There is an urgent need to describe how platypuses are actually distributed – where the animals are common and where they have disappeared.

Platypus Care is a community-based program to map where platypus occurs and develops a reliable “snapshot” of the status of platypus populations.  In turn, this information can be used to identify where conservation actions are needed now to protect this very special animal.

If you have ever seen a platypus in the wild, you can make a valuable contribution to Platypus Care by providing details of your sighting.  To record your observations, pick up a form from SoSE staffroom in the 400’s block and return it there for bulk postage.


Earthwatch Student Challenge Program

What is the Student Challenge Program?

The Earthwatch Student Challenge Program, now in its fifth year, is designed for students in Years 10 & 11.  Teams of eight students will be selected from schools around Australia to participate in scientific field research.  For six days you will be part of a scientific research expedition, involved in all aspects of field research, including radio tracking or spotlighting to locate animals, capturing and handling animals and collecting and recording data.  You will receive all the training you need to work on the project and will learn many new skills.

You will learn about the natural environment and will have the chance to take science out of the classroom and into the field, experiencing ‘hands on’ what field research is really all about.

All you need to contribute is a strong interest in the natural world and wildlife.  You must enjoy the outdoors and love learning.  You don’t need to be  a science student; the program is open to all students from any discipline.  All we require from you is enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard; we’ll provide the adventure!

If interested see Nikki Gemmill in the SoSE staffroom for more information on the projects, held in the next summer holidays.  Fundraising ideas are also available.



195 students participated in four two day camps at Torquay in the week March 1 to March 5.  The weather was superb for camping and for the water activities of sea kayaking and surfing.  The staff who attended the camps were very impressed with the behaviour and good spirit shown by the groups.  These sentiments were echoed by the surf instructors and the camping ground management.

Junior school coordinators.

Surfs Up! Torquay 2004

I had never surfed before, but there I was, on a surf camp to Torquay.  It was great fun on camp and the first activity I did was sea kayaking.  It was a lot of fun but my partner and I had a few problems when it came to steering.  When we had finished kayaking, we went back to camp to meet up with the other class of year eights who had been surfing and went on a night walk.  We slept in tents and were woken up early so that we could put on our wet suits and get ready for our next activity.  I was surfing that morning and had an excellent time.  When we got down to the beach, we were given boards and shown the basics.  Then we surfed for the rest of the time and many of us achieved standing on the board.  Everyone loved surfing and had a great time on camp.

Emily Miranda 8C



First Aid Classes

A workplace level 2 First Aid Course will be held during term 2 at Eltham High School.

Starting on Monday 26th April to Monday 31st May.

6 weeks from 3:454pm until 7:15pm

Suitable for students from Year 10 onwards and also open for parents.  Cost: students $80

Adults $125

Please contact me at the school for further details or to make a booking.    Joy Snow, Sick Bay attendant




Use of aerosol deodorants has become of increasing concern to staff and students with respiratory conditions, including asthma.  Spray deodorants are increasingly a health issue in corridors and locker areas.  There are also some other safety concerns with this type of deodorant.  We are asking parents for their support in removing spray deodorants from the school environment.  Students are requested to use non-aerosol deodorants.  If your child brings an aerosol deodorant to school, please note that use is restricted to the change rooms.  Teachers are being asked to confiscate aerosol deodorants used in corridors or at lockers.  We would very much appreciate you talking to your child about this issue.

Hermi Burns, Assistant Principal Welfare & Management




The Grounds Committee has scheduled its second Working Bee for term1 on Sunday 28th March and as usual we have a great variety of tasks to complete to cater for the skills that our volunteers have on offer.  We kick off at 9am and conclude at 12:30pm.  Morning tea in the staffroom occurs at 10:30am where parents get a chance to meet with other parents as well as the leadership group of the school.  At 12:30pm the Grounds Committee provide drinks and a barbeque lunch to conclude the event.  Our major tasks to address on the day are as follows:

  1. A realignment of the raised box garden in the Canteen Courtyard complex to make more room for students entering the Canteen.  Some carpentry skills required plus digging etc.
  2. Depending upon weather conditions planting out on the northern side of 107/108 plus mulching and watering
  3. Trimming and pruning of plants on the eastern side of the Administration block.
  4. Significant weeding, watering and mulching in the Habitat Reserve on the Eastern end of the tennis courts complex – Gloves plus pruning equipment required.
  5. Replacement of a section of post and rail fence adjacent to the bike shed – crowbars, stringline & spirit level required
  6. Painting – staining of the bollards on the eastern side of the school.  Paintbrushes will be supplied.
  7. Mulch spreading to be completed on the Western boundary.
  8. Some planting, guarding and watering in of some new plants on the Western Boundary.
  9. Removal of a redundant fence line on the Western edge of the new 400’s complex – crowbars & shovel required
  10. Watering of plants on the southern and western sides of the new 400’s complex.
  11. Realignment of a section of fence adjacent to the bus pick up area.
  12. Mowing and brush cutting in selected areas.

As you can see we have a great variety of tasks on offer so please come along and volunteer your skills as it really makes a difference to our environment.

If you are a new parent to the school park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the library and make your way to the Central courtyard complex where you need to be signed in by one of our Committee members.  You will then be allocated a task appropriate to your skill level.

Thanks in anticipation of your involvement.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee





EHS Showcase

The Music faculty will be presenting two lunchtime concerts in the Eltham Town Square during the week beginning Monday 22nd March.  On Wednesday 24th March the Flute and Percussion Ensembles, along with the Jazz Combo, will be performing at 12.15pm.  The Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Ensemble will present a concert on Thursday 25th March also commencing at 12.15pm. This will be a great opportunity to showcase various ensembles of the faulty and be a means of valuable promotion for the school. Please feel free to show your support by going along to hear our students perform.

Concert Dates for your diary

Saturday 27th MarchThe 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.  This concert will commence at 7.30pm with tickets available from students at $5.00 [children free / no concession]

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. Tickets will be available from symphonic band students at $5.00 [children free / no concession]


Concert Band tour

The Concert Band will be undertaking a tour to Castlemaine from Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th April. Students will be bringing home information this week.



Year 7 & 8 students

Junior school is again running a Homework Club – Wednesday 3:20-4:20pm.

This is available to any student wishing to complete work.  Please contact Junior School Office.



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




Surf camp was fun for everyone

Unique surfing experience

Rare experience for the majority of campers

Fun and laughter all around


Camping was fun

Along we run to kayaking

Much fun we had in the cool, blue water

Powerful waves to bring us to shore


The food was yum and filling

O Torquay, what a wonderful place

Randomly tipping our kayaks over

Queen of the ocean I felt

Under the water we go

A sad goodbye to the big blue

YAY!! That was a great holiday

Morgan Jones 8C




Junior Volleyball

Eltham High School has been very successful over the past few years and one of the reasons teams have performed so well is that many players in year 7, 8 and 9 have participated in the junior volleyball competition that runs every Thursday night after school in the school stadium. This competition is open not only to students involved in the volleyball program but also to any students interested in playing a game each week for fun.

For students involved in the volleyball program this competition is a must as it gives players the weekly game that they require to practice the skills they learn at training. Either way, students should support this competition as it will develop their volleyball ability very quickly. If you plan to play Victorian and National Schools Cup later in the year then you should be playing in this competition.

Students interested in playing should meet in the stadium at 3.20 on Thursday so that teams can be organised for the coming season.


Upcoming dates

Year 7 volleyball round robin – Thurs 25th of March.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Student Safety

There is a continuing problem with students being dropped off in the car park area behind the basketball stadium or with cars parking across the driveway into this car park area.  Movement of cars and children in this small area is creating a dangerous situation for students.  Parents are requested not to use this area as a drop off point.  Student drop off points are more suitable on the North side of the school on Withers Way or within the school grounds entering by the tennis courts. 

Your assistance to reduce this hazard would be appreciated.

Bus to Diamond Creek Update

An after school bus service now runs to Diamond Creek via Eltham Station then Wattletree Rd following Ryans Rd to Diamond Creek Station, stopping at all designated stopping points.  This bus departs from Ely Street at 3:20pm.

Greensborough Bus Update

The 513 to Greensborough now departs Eltham Station at 3:20pm, this now gives students more time to make the connection at Bridge Street.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager



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.

Find out more about Melbourne University 

‘Start at Melbourne’ is an opportunity to speak with experts about opportunities available at Melbourne.  Participants will speak to faculties, go on a campus and/or college tour and nominate an afternoon seminar they would like to attend.  When: Fri 16 April; Where: commence at Sidney Myer Asia Centre Building (Parkville campus, Swanston St, Gate 4, Mel map 74);

www.services.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/events/startmelb/html (pref) or ph 8344 8809.


Find out more about Monash University

Year 10 and 11 students are invited to ‘Experience Monash 2004’.  Activities include: campus orientation, attending lectures, participating in practical sessions, gathering course info. and meeting current students.  When: Thurs 15 April at Berwick campus & Fri 16 April at Peninsula campus (schoolhols).www.monash.edu.au/pso/programs/

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 17

Kathryn Finkelde, Karen Woods, Help needed

Thurs 18

Carol Tilley, Jan Baddley, Robyn Walsh, Debbie Greig

Fri 19

Kathryn Gatcum, Helen Devlin, Margie Parson

Mon 22

Debbie Mc Cormack, Maureen Way Roberts, Irene Nikolaidis, Dezlie Rytenskild

Tues 23

Gabrielle Dougherty, Rhonda Hall, Kerri Lester

Wed 24

Parent/teacher Interview day

HELP NEEDED – even if for part of the morning it would be most appreciated. Please consider.

Contact Bev or Gael on 9435 4021

S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

March 2004

Wed 17 until Tues 23

see front page

Wed 24

Music EHS Showcase –Eltham Town Square 11:45am until 1:30pm

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

Thurs 25

Music EHS Showcase Clarinet & Saxophone-Eltham Town Square

HPE M/S Active Girls Ten Pin Bowling pm

Sun 28

Grounds Working Bee

Mon 29

Music –Concert-Doncaster Salvation Army 6pm – 10pm

Tues 30

Athletic Sports- whole school activity

Wed 31

Music Intermediate Band Tour to Ballarat Soverign Hill returns Thurs.

Thurs April 1

Lunchtime Music Event Little Day In

Music Symphonic Band Concert at Luther college evening

Fri 2

Last day of term



Community Announcements/Advertising


Mullum Mullum Festival

The 8th Festival offers 22 walks of interest to people of mall ages guided by experts in their field.

Sunday 21st March, opening & walks at Yarran Dheran Mitcham

27th & 28th March, Waterwatch, cycling, astronomy, platypus search are among many different events along the Mullum Mullum valley.

Programs available at School Office, or contact Les 9874 2641 more info www.vicnet.net.au/-mulfest/


Student exchange Australia

The Global Experience – LIVE IT AT HOME

In July 2004 students from over 15 countries around the world will be arriving in Australia to study at local high schools for 5 to 11 months.  Opportunities exist to act as a host family in a volunteer capacity.  Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis.

Host families help provide international students with the chance to study and experience life in Australia.  This is a great way to0 learn about another country and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in another country and contribute to international goodwill.  If your family can offer a friendly, supportive and caring home environment, contact us today.

To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia on 1300 135 331 or visit our website: www.studentexchange.org.au


Eltham North Soccer Club

Players wanted – Under 14 boys (you turn 14 during 2004) contact Paul 9435 6805

                           Under 15 boys (you turn 15 during 2004) contact Geoff 9435 3323)


Rock The Hill Youth Event  Saturday 20 March

Rock The Hill Productions & Nillumbik Youth Services In Conjunction with Cavalier Music & Hurstbridge & District Committee

Bank Battle of the Bands Heat 1 2004/Mind Games/Fight Against Maturity/Negative Purpose/The Almighty Dolla/Fell off the boat/Come along and have a good time,

Panton Hill Hall, St. Andrews Road, Panton Hill,

Doors open 6:45pm > 7:00pm - 11:00pm $6 at the door > $4 with a rth card or flyer $0 with an NYPD Card!  

This is a FReeZA endorsed Drug and Alcohol Free event.

For more information contact

Michael Smith from NYP on 9433 3150 or

Denzil Bentley on 0407 541 427





Blood Donors need to build Easter Blood Stocks

Donate blood at the Community & Reception Centre

Pitt Street (Cnr Main Road)


Monday 5 April 1:15pm – 8pm

Tuesday 6 April 1:15pm – 8pm

Wednesday 7 April 1:15pm – 7:30pm

New Donors Welcome!

Every blood donation you make will save three lives

13 14 95 Australian Red Cross Blood Service


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


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.


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