Text Box: Term 1 Week 10
Tuesday 30th March 2004


DON’T MISS !!!   on this week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Symphonic Band in concert with the Grainger Wind Symphony and the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band ……. Thursday 1st April 7:30pm

Luther College Chapel (Corner Plymouth & Yarra Road, Croydon)

Tickets available from Symphonic band students $5 (children free / no concessions) $10 family



Principals Report


FAW Mavis Thorpe Clarke Award

Congratulation to all our anthology students and to their staff team leader, Ms Claire McKay.  The 2003 anthology has won the prestigious FAW Mavis Thorpe Clarke Award for group writing.  This is the sixth time that Eltham High School students have won this award.  Congratulations also to Emily Kersing who received a High Distinction for her work in the FAW national writing awards as well.


Parent Teacher Student Interviews

The Parent Teacher Student Interviews held last week were very well attended and I was pleased to see that the students were an integral part of the planning for improvement.  This change in our reporting processes has been very well received and I would like to thank all involved for the thoughtful approach taken to the interviews.


Working Bee

Thanks to John Coates and the Grounds and Environment Committee and to the forty or so people who assisted at the Working bee last Sunday.  A very pleasant day and lots of great work completed to make our school a better place for the students.

Well Done All!


End of Term Arrangements

Term 1 finishes this Friday.  Classes will conclude at 2:30 pm.  Buses will change their times to suit this. Classes resume on 19th April.


Happy Holidays

I would like to take the chance two thank all members of the school community for the support shown to Eltham High School over the term.  It has been a very busy and challenging start to the year.  The support of our parents and teachers has been very welcome. I hope that you all have a wonderful time with your children over the next two weeks and look forward to a great term 2.


Paul Rose, Principal


Anyone able to assist in the canteen, for even a short time we would love to hear from you.  No prior experience necessary.  This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the Eltham High School community and to also provide a valuable service to our staff and students.  Please contact the Business Manager, Bruce Martyn if you are able to assist.  Thanks, Bruce Martyn



Wednesday 31

Music Intermediate Band Tour to Ballarat Sovereign Hill returns Thursday

Thursday 1 April

Lunchtime Music Event Little Day In

Music Symphonic Band Concert at Luther College in the evening with MYSB & Grainger WS

Friday 2

Last day of term finish 2:30pm



Hi everyone!  This week we have Catherine Considine telling us about her exciting experience in France.

I went to France with the attitude that “nothing is better or worse, just different”.  France definitely is a lot different from my home in Australia.

Firstly, I was overwhelmed by the dark, early mornings.  School in France starts at 8am and usually goes until 5pm.  It’s a long day but on Wednesdays school ends at midday.  I spent two months living with a host family in a town near Bordeaux.

I’d learnt French for 3 years so I was able to cope with the language which became reasonably fluent by the time I left.

During my stay, my host family took me to Paris and to the Pyrenees mountains.

There are many things to love about France.  I made some great new friends and I’m anxious to return one day very soon.

Catherine Considine 108


Also last week our Yr 7 Indonesian Students attended an Indonesian Dance workshop and here is what two of the students have to say about it.

“Selamat Pagi everybody,” Pak Supri said as he came to our class to teach us the ciak dance.  We were divided into 4 groups and were each taught a different tune.

To go with our tune we had a different action.  There were 3 different actions.  Hannah was our leader and Jackson made the “bong” noise.

The last song was the hardest to remember, not the action but the words.  It was great fun to start the week.

Rachael Hill


The Ciak Dance

On Monday the 22nd, some year 7 kids went to learn an Indonesian dance, the ciak dance.  Pak Supri who was our dance teacher had a very strong Indonesian accent but we all could still understand him.

I was the leader who made sure everyone was ready to start.

After I made sure everyone was ready I had to say cha then everyone would start.  When I thought everyone was getting sick of saying the same thing then I said gee and everyone stopped.

We all had fun.  Thanks Pak supri.

Hannah McCarthy


Bonne Valance and Selemat liburan (Happy Holiday)

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



Thank you to Derek Russell, a parent, who spoke to a Year 7 SoSE class about mummification.  The talk was really enjoyed by the class and gave them greater insight into life in Ancient Egypt.

Year 7 SoSE classes are all working on the topic Ancient Egypt and Year 8 classes are to be congratulated for their excellent bushfire projects. 


EHS Students in National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition.

Students from Eltham High School are taking part in the National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition this week for a chance to win an overseas trip to the next National Geographic World Championship.  The Competition is run by the Royal Geographic Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teacher’s Association and is proudly sponsored by National Geographic Channel.

Celebrating its tenth year in 2004, the Competition has grown to include over 78,000 students from all around Australia.

Geography makes a distinctive and wide contribution to a well-rounded education and is an essential component in preparing young people for their future lives, said Kathryn Berg, Competition Coordinator

“The Competition gives us a chance both to inspire students with the excitement and relevance of geography, and to reward student excellence.”

The top student from Victoria will win a three-day trip to Sydney to join seven other State and Territory finalists for a fun-packed weekend culminating in the National Final on 7 June.

The Australian winners from 2004 and 2005 will represent Australia at the 2005 National Geographic World Championship.

“The venue for the next National Geographic World Championship has not yet been decided”, said Kathryn Berg, Competition Coordinator.

“Countries in contention are Portugal and Japan, but the Australian team always has a fantastic time, wherever it is”.



Guest Speaker Y11/12 Economics

Rocco Montanaro, from Morrison Kleeman of Eltham spoke to the Yr11/12 Economics class about the property market.  The school wishes to thank Rocco for his interesting presentation and for giving up his time on this occasion to further develop links between school and industry.



Young Writer Short listed in 2003-2004

National Novella Competition

Every year Queensland’s Somerset College conducts a competition for writers between the ages of 12 & 18.  Last year there were 152 entries drawn from all around Australia.  The competition is simple enough to understand: each Novella must be at least 10,000 words but no longer than 20,000 words.  The Novella can be anything; there is no category or subject to uphold.


It is up to a panel of judges to decide 5 state finalists; one from Qld, Vic/Tas, NSW/ACT, WA, South Australia / Northern Territory.  From these entrants a National Winner is chosen.  The judges also choose usually 4-5 entries from each state for their “short list, most publishable” section.

The National Novella Competition is a great way of getting young writers there, giving them a large goal and seeing the imaginative products.  To reach such a word length is not an easy thing to do; neither is it to create a Novella that is chosen as a State Finalist or obviously the National Winner. These finalists’ are sure to be seen much more often in the near future.


This year, Gabrielle Creed of Year 9’s entry was short listed for Victoria/Tasmania with her 2003 novella Peach and Chocolate Skin.  We congratulate her on this high level of success – as the judges’ shortlist only four stories for each state.

Clare McKay, English teacher


First Aid Classes

workplace level 2 First Aid Course

Monday 26th April to Monday 31st May

3:45pm until 7:15pm

Cost: students $80

Adults $125

For students Year 10 & onwards, also open for parents. 

Info and bookings         Joy Snow, Sick Bay attendant



EHS Swim team at the Northern Zone (Metropolitan) final.  A team of 26 students travelled to the Broadmeadows Swim Centre of Friday 12th March for the Northern Zone (Metro) Swimming Sports.  Only those students or relay teams who won their event are eligible to compete at the Victorian State Secondary Schools Swim Championships to be held the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Thursday 1st April.  On a day of high-level performances, all Eltham HS students gave their best efforts and can be proud of their achievements.

Eltham HS finished in 5th place in the Aggregate score out of the 22 schools competing.  Montmorency SC, Melbourne HS, St Helena SC, and Melbourne Girls College finished ahead of Eltham on the Aggregate score.

Eltham HS students to win their way through to the VSSSA State finals were:

Girls U15 200m Freestyle

Erica Choong

Boys U13  50m Breastroke

Nicholas Mann

Boys U 16 50 Breaststroke

Simon Wright

Boys U 13 50m Butterfly

Bryce Pavey

Boys U 13 50m Freestyle

Bryce Pavey

Boys U13 4x50 m Freestyle Relay

Bryce Pavey, Matthew Reilly, Nicholas Mann, Matthew Thompson

Girls U21 50m freestyle (MD)

Tara Wood

Girls U21 50m Backstroke (MD)

Tara Wood



Cross Country Running

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club invites any interested students to come along to its Cross Country Trials & Registration Day at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) on Saturday, April 17th at 9am.  There will be Junior run of 3km and a senior run of 6km.   The season of cross country running with Athletics Victoria starts in April 24th and caters for all ages groups from Under 14 to Open Age.  Training sessions are held at Willinda Park from 5pm on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.  For further information, phone 9439 5062 or 9439 7843 or check the DVAV website www.valleyaths.org.au




Following a very successful Term 1, bookings are now being taken for Term 2 with the Eltham High School Swim Squad.  The cost for the ten week term is $70 and covers the cost of the lane hire as well as our coach, Neroli Nixon – a level 2 Performance Coach.  The session is held at the Eltham Leisure Centre and runs form 7am until 8am on a Thursday Morning.  Numbers are limited to 24 so book in early.  The money should be paid to the cashier at the school.  For further information contact Max Balchin at the school.


House Athletics Sports on today

watch for all the results next edition

Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator

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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 Chapel (Corner Plymouth & Yarra Road, Croydon) commencing at 7:30pm.  Tickets will be available from Symphonic band students at $5 (children free / no concessions) $10 family


Did you know Eltham High offers violin/viola lessons?  It’s in our After School Program.  Cost is $188.00 a term for 8 lessons.  The instrument?  Violins aren’t an expensive instrument.  $200 can buy a quality student violin.  Contact Mr. Andrew Kypriotis in the Music Department for more details.


A special date for your dairy

Choral @ Montsalvat

Music in the Round Revisited

Sun 2 May 2004 – A Festival of 14 Choirs

Eltham High Choir performs in the Hall Gallery 1pm

More details next term


Tree planting dedication

Members of the Grounds Committee along with the Eltham Baptist Church came together on Sunday to plant a tree in the school grounds in memory of Phil Burley who was tragically lost to this world 12 months ago.  Elle Burley along with her 3 daughters Georgina, Mikayla and Sigourney planted the tree in a quiet spot on our Western Boundary.  We all hope this tree grows strong and tall and provides welcome shade just like Phil did in his life for the people around him.



To be held on October 21st at 9 Darling Street, South Yarra.

The first instalment is now due and should be made to the cashier as soon as possible.  The second will be in Term 2 and the third in Term 3. Thank you for your cooperation.

Year 12 Formal Committee




Home Work Clubs

Junior School

Middle School

Year 7 & 8 students

Wednesday 3:15-4:20pm in room 706

Wednesday afternoon 3:15-4:30pm in room 201.



Almost 50 volunteers turned out to the working bee at school on Sunday to complete an impressive range of tasks in fairly hot and dry conditions.  Thanks to all those who made the effort as well as our Committee members who provided leadership roles on a range of jobs to make the day a success.  Special thanks to Philip Green who provided morning tea and cooked lunch along with Bob Ackland who procured lunch and drinks in advance of the day.  Here is a list of jobs completed on the day.

ü       A significant re alignment of a box garden in the canteen courtyard.  Paving work will be completed over the school holidays.

ü       120 plants found new homes on the north side of 107-108 along with mulching and watering

ü       Trimming and pruning of plants on the Eastern  side of the school

ü       Significant weeding, watering and mulching in the Habitat reserve

ü       Replacement of a section of post and rail fence adjacent to the bike shed

ü       Staining of the bollards on the eastern side of the school – 2 coats

ü       Further  planting, guarding and watering of plants on the Western Boundary

ü       Removal of a redundant fence line on the Western Boundary

ü       Further mulching on the Western boundary

ü       Drains cleaned in the courtyard complex

The following families were represented on the day.  Thanks to one and all that came along and made it a success.

Green, Maddalena, O’Sullivan, Voisey, Coleman, Boyle, Wilson, Sinclair, Stockton, Estipona, Hamilton-Green, Prenc, Heeringa, Edgoose, Gardiner, Black, Brock, Dodd, Neal, Rosenthal, Skeen, McDougall, Ackland, Hughes, Poulter, Sobh, Smith, Burns, Dimech, Bennie, Allen, Buckland, Gemmill, Medcalf and Murray.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee


Donation of Stain

The Grounds Committee acknowledges the donation of stain and paintbrushes to the value of $80 by Una and Alan Grimes which was so ably applied by our volunteers on Sunday at the Working Bee.  Thanks Una and Alan.


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 31

Sue Courts, Jill Tait, Sharon Dimech


Thurs 1

Meg Russell, Angela Hennel, Lyn Sanders, Maree Openshaw

Fri 2

Margie Parsons, Greg Standford, Debbie Knight, Jan Pavey

Term 2

Mon 19

Jill Rachim, Heather Febo, Lorraine Adams, Karen Corneille

Tues 20

Daniel Molyneaux, Trish Edgoose, Sally Malkoutzis, Kaaren Baxter

Wed 21

Lyn Burleigh, Linda Alford, Debbie Bok, Jill Tait


Wakefield Press and Eltham Bookshop in association with

Eltham Living and Learning Centre and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad

invite you to the launching of


by young writers aged 11–20 years

edited by Sonja Dechian, Heather Millar and Eva Sallis,

from the Australia IS Refugees! School Competition 2002,

a nationwide writing project run by Australians Against Racism,

and the Quarterly Essay: ‘Sending Them Home:

Refugees and the New Politics of Indifference’

by Robert Manne.

Speakers will be Heather Millar and Robert Manne. Zana Mujezinovic

will read her story.

Tuesday 27 April, 7.00–8.30 pm

at Eltham High School Library, Withers Way, Eltham

Refreshments will be served and books will be on sale.

Entry $2.00. Bookings are essential – phone (03) 9439 8700.






Parent members of School Council – available for contact via the General Office

Pam Blewett, Richard Browne, John Considine, Sue Dyet, Peter Hanlon, Tamara Knowles, Jill Tait and Grace Tham


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

March 2004

Wed 31 until Fri 2

see front page

April ….. Term 2

Mon 19

O&ES Yr 11 (Grp 1) Cycling & Caving at Warburton return Tuesday

Tues 20

SoSE Yr12 Legal Supreme & County Court visit

Wed 21

O&ES Yr11 (Grp2) Cycling & Caving at Warburton returnThursday

Thurs 22

RUMAD Training for selected Junior students at Edendale farm- all day

Mon 26

Concert Band Tour to Castlemaine returns Wednesday

Yr11/12 VCD, D&T Tex Excursion to TOP Designs at the Melb Museum

Tues 27

SoSE M/s Travel & Tourism Excursion to Melbourne Airport

Wed 28

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Fri 30

O&ES Yr 12 to the Barmah Forest returns Sunday May 2


Community Announcements/Advertising


French Horn for Sale

Yamaha Double F & bflat      Little use  $2900

Phone 9735 2643


Bookings are now open for Polyglot’s Australian Premiere performances of

STOP THAT HOUSE   a ‘must see’ for puppetry students

Fantastic school holiday entertainment for children and families!

Wonderful puppets, big ands small, perform in unexpected places as the audience moves around the grounds of Como, the first National Trust site in Australia.


April 5-8, 10 and 13-17


12 midday and 3pm


Como House, South Yarra

Adult $12 Conc $10 Children Under12 $8 Family Ticket $30


Como House 9827 2500 Enquiries Polyglot 9827 9667

Creative & Production Team

Ian Pidd, Philip Millar, Vanessa Beck, Sarah Krieger, Health McIvor, Bruce Paterson, Ania Reynolds, Renato Vacirca and Tam Pay

Sponsored & Supported by The City of Stonington, Arts Victoria, The Australia Council, Como House & National Trust


WANTED – Child Minder

VCE Female to care for Eltham High student aged 13 plus 2 other siblings aged 11 & 9.  Mon, Tues, Wed 3:45pm until 5:45pm.  Rate of pay $10 per hour.  Must be reliable, local and possess good organizational skills.  Start Term 2 – 2oth April. Phone 9439 6465



Eltham Primary School

ANZAC Honour Board

Anyone related to the any of these families are invited to the unveiling of the refurbished Honour board at the Primary School on Tuesday 27th April at 9:15am, (near the flag pole outside the original building)

Anderson S

Ball A

Bird E

Broomfield G

Broomfield P

Brown g

Brown, G

Brown, J

Brown A.W

Cameron T

Cameron V

Carrucan, J

Clayton, T

Cone L

Crellin W

Crosesley, N

Gilsenan, H

Gollings L

Hill G

Hill.Reg, M.M

Hill R.M.M.

Jarrold, J

Knapman, E

Lyons M

Morris, A

Morris, G

Morris, F

Morris, H

Mc Coll J

Mc Gavin G

Mc Gavin, P

Orford, F

Orford , W

Pryor, J

Pryor, R

Scarce H

Shillinglaw E

Sommerville L

Thomas L

Thomas P

Williams G


Hoping you can join us on this special occasion Christine Johnson Assistant Principal Eltham Primary School


Launch of the “Bolt” drop In-lounge


Saturday 3rd April 8-11pm


Shop 4 266 Bolton street near the Ridge Health club


Live band, lounge area and awesome conversation


For years 10-12


Because we want you to feel part of the community

For more info

Contact Jo or Aaron, phone 90431 1115

Email youth@ elthambaptist.org


Eltham High Students through to the fourth heat of Future Rock

An open invitation to all staff & students to attend and support this young band at the Hard Rock Café Melbourne on Saturday 3 April from 2pm.  There are neither age restrictions nor fee to attend – it is a free, family orientated day designed to support Australia’s best up-and –coming talent.

See Adrian Horsman, Benn Gaylor & Tayler Worth (Viewbank)


Junior Training Camps

Melbourne Parktips from Tennis Champions Peter Mc Namara, Andrew Florent and Paul Kilderry.  Participants can expect an intense and challenging camp these school holidays if children are between 5 and 15.  They will play tennis, get some tuition and have lots of fun with our activities program.

Further information please contact 9286 1244 email aotennis@tennisaustralia.com.au


Eltham North Soccer Club

Players wanted – Under 13 boys (you turn 14 during 2004) contact Paul 9435 6805

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



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


Wanted 2nd Hand Ti83 Calculators

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



Cello, excellent condition

Sell for $250.00

Phone 94392401



For Sale

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





Eltham Little Theatre Incorp.

Presents Equally Divided by Ronald Harwood

Directed by Mick Poor

-how will two sisters resolve the childhood rivalries which re emerge following the reading of their mother’s will? – a moral tale both powerful and comic

29 April to 15 May

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Matinees Sunday 9 May at 2pm

Eltham Performing Arts Centre

Main Road, Research. Melways 22H1

Tickets $16/$14 concession  Bookings 9437 1574



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


Box Hill Indoor Sports Centre

Have a crac   Sports Session

Secondary aged children are invited to become involved during the school holidays by attending our Have-a-Crac session on Friday April 16.  Heaps of action, music and giveaways on the night.  All playing equipment supplied just wear sports clothes and runners.

Cost for the session is $7-50 each and includes a 600ml bottle of Gatorade.  Booking is essential, so make sure you call as soon as possible for further information!

After School Competitions – over 200 teams play weeknights between 4:30pm and 8:30pm

Enjoyable and well organized games for boys and girls of all standards played indoors.


Cricket – Wednesdays Soccer Fridays

Ph 9890 7000



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


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





Any students who would like to assist in collecting for this appeal please see Mr Jenkins , before the holidays.







Best wishes to all students and the school community for a very Happy Easter and holiday season