Text Box: Term 2 Week 1
Tuesday 20th April 2004


Principals Report

Welcome back

I hope that you have all had a very enjoyable school holiday period.  Term Two is a very busy time for the school.  Students need to remain focused and organised to gain the best results from their semester one studies as possible.  Good luck to all.


Staff Changes

There have been number of staff changes this term.  Mr Howard Tankey retired at the end of term 1 and was farewelled and thanked by staff for his dedication to our students and school.  Mr Gary Bass has taken up a position as an Innovations and Excellence Cluster Educator in the Templestowe area.  Gary was offered this position in recognition of his outstanding leadership in Science Education over many years.  He will be an asset to the Templestowe cluster and we wish him well in his new position.  Gary’s position of Teaching and Learning Leader for Science will be filled for the remainder of this year by Ms Amanda McTernan.


Judy Taylor and Bill Taylor have returned from long service leave and Ms Di Parry and Mr Greg Thomas are taking long service leave this term.  Mr Chris Agar will replace Di Parry as a Senior School Coordinator.


Student Success

Congratulations to Camille Peressini who attended Australian Business Week at Deakin University.  Camille was a member of two winning teams during this prestigious event.  Well Done Camille.


Paul Rose, Principal



Wednesday 21

O&ES Yr11 Grp 2 Cycling & Caving to Warburton returns Thursday

RUMAD Training for selected Junior Students at Edendale farm

Thursday 22

SoSE Anzac Day Commemmorative service 9xYr9 students to the Shrine of Remembrance

Friday 26

Arts Yr11 & 12 VCD, D&T Tex TOP Designs to Melbourne Museum

Concert Band tour to Castlemaine returns Wednesday

Tuesday 27

M/S Sose Travel & Tourism to Melb Airport

Robert Manne presents in the EHS Library 7:30pm

(see details inside this issue)



From the 12th to the 17th of April I was lucky enough to be selected as one of sixty year 12 students across the State to attend the Australian Business week (ABW).  Deakin University hosted the event at the Geelong Campus (5 star) Management Centre.  Throughout the week our group which consisted of nine other students participated in a variety of tasks.  These included running a $10m hypothetical company, producing and marketing a product, developing a TV commercial, participating in a mock trial, an annual share holders report and presenting an oral presentation to 300 people.  The skills which I developed through working in a team during high pressure situations are both vital for the real business world and my own personal development.

Being in a situation with 59 strangers all with the same interests and strong personalities was both testing and rewarding.  By the end of the week the friendships I formed are undoubtedly ones which will last a lifetime.  Not only did I make new friends I also met amazing individuals who had followed their goals and dared to dream, as a result have multi million dollar organizations.

For any student who has passion for business or to commerce and knows what they want out of life I recommend you speak to your teachers and work really hard to get selected. The experience is a great way to meet new people, further your knowledge and rub shoulders with some of Australia’s business giants.

After all sometimes it’s not what you know it’s who you know.

Camille Peressini



2004 National History Challenge

The 2004 theme for the National History Challenge is Celebrations in Australian History.  This theme encourages students to investigate, analyse and record for example:

Students may produce their entries in one of four formats:

ü       A research paper (individual entry only)

ü       A three dimensional museum display

ü       A multimedia format (audio/video/website) or

ü       A performance

Enter NOW to win some great Prizes which include:

Numerous cash prizes at State /Territory level / further cash prizes at National Level / Air travel to Canberra and accommodation / Touring around Canberra including some restricted areas

Some research ideas are listed on the website to start you thinking. www.historyteacher.org.au -read carefully each sponsor’s requirements.

Closing date for entries: Friday July 30th, 2004

Further details from Mr McCrystal.


The Battle for Australia Commemorative Award

In the year 2004 we honour the Australian and American pilots, crew and members of land based support teams who participated in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.


You are invited to investigate the life of any person who served in any capacity in the Battle for Australia, 1942-1943. 

The format of the entry can be a

Any entry other than an essay must be accompanied by a written description (as part of the word limit.)  The prize will be awarded to the best entry submitted by a Year 9 or 10 students from a Victorian school.  A judging panel from The History Teachers’ Association of Victoria will determine the winner.


Entries close on Friday August 20, 2004.  The winner and runner-up will be announced at the Battle for Australia ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wed. September 1, 2004


Accompanied by a chaperone, the prize will be an all expenses paid trip to Canberra from, Friday November 5 to Sunday November 7, 2004.  The trip will feature visits to the Australian War Memorial, the National Library and other highlights, including the National Museum and Ole Parliament House.

Further details can be obtained from Mr McCrystal.


Travel and Tourism Excursion April 27 to Melbourne Airport for a study of Customs and Quarantine.


Anzac Day Celebrations

A small group of Year 9 History students will attend the Legacy Service at the Shrine on Friday.  They will be part of a larger group of students who are commemorating Anzac Day.

Anzac Day badges will be sold at school by a number of students to continue the support of this worthy cause.



This is a reminder to those people who had booked to do the level 2 First Aid Course that it starts next Monday, 26th April at 3:45pm

Joy Snow, Course Instructor



Are there some parents who would like to receive the newsletter via email? If so, go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Newsletter link and choose subscribe, fill in the form and the newsletter will be emailed to you each






There are still a number of outstanding library loans from last year.  Overdue lists of library resources are published weekly on the school’s intranet.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the lists on a regular basis to ascertain whether loans are overdue.  Library policy states that students with overdue resources may not borrow additional items until the overdue items have been returned.


On a more pleasant note Eltham Bookshop, 970 Main Road, Eltham, runs a book club on the fourth Sunday of every month at 3.30 – 4.30pm especially for 9-13 year olds.  Chatterbooks is a chance to talk about your favourite books and authors, and to be introduced to the most exciting and readable books.    They also run writing and story telling workshops.   For more information ring 9439 8700 or email elthambookshop@bigpond.com


Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator




The 2004 EHS Athletics Carnival saw many enthusiastic competitors in action on a cloudy day at Doncaster Athletics Track.  Lots of competitors put in some great efforts with many records being broken.

New Records:

Emily Gassin

Girls U 17 Shot Put 9.55m


Girls U14 long jump 4.74m

Emily Gassin

Girls U17 discus 27.15m

Lena Skipper

Girls U14 javelin 19.60m

Jocelyn Wright

Girls U14 triple jump 9.20m

Laura Greve

Girls U21 hurdles 19.29sec


Boys U13 100m 13.28 sec

Adam Franklin

Boys U21 800m 2.05.53

Meg Russell

Girls U13 800m 2.46 38


Boys U13 200m 27.55

Meg Russell

Girls U13 1500m 5.31.33

Overall Scores

1 Everard


2 Andrew


3 Stewart


4 Rutter


Students who performed well will be chosen to represent the school at the Group Athletics on Tuesday May 4.

Congratulations to all staff and students on a fantastic day.


Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator



Congratulations to all of our volleyball teams that have qualified for the Northern Zone Volleyball finals to be held at Reservoir Secondary College this week. The intermediate and senior boys and girls teams play on Thursday the 22nd and the year 7 and 8 teams play on Friday the 23rd of April. Any students that have not collected a parent permission form can collect one from the P.E office tomorrow.

I will be on leave during term 2 and wish all our volleyball teams the best of luck in their Northern zone and VSSSA finals. Thankyou also to the many staff, parents and students on their kind thoughts extended to my family and me over the past few weeks.


Upcoming dates

Thursday 22nd April – Intermediate and Senior Northern Zone Volleyball

Friday 23rd April – Year 7 and 8 Northern zone volleyball

Friday 21st May– Intermediate and Senior VSSSA Volleyball Final

Wednesday 1st December – Year 7 and 8 VSSSA volleyball final.

Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup – September 11, 12 and 13.

National Schools Volleyball Cup – December 5th – 10th.


Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator




VSSSA State Swimming & Diving Championships 2004

Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Thursday 1st April

Nine EHS students took part in this year’s State Swimming Championships on Thursday 1st April. The Boys U13 200m Freestyle Relay team came away with a silver medal while Tara Wood won a bronze medal in the Girls U21 50m Freestyle (MD). Congratulations to all nine students on their excellent achievement in reaching the State championships.


Erica Choong

Girls U15 200m Freestyle 2:20.46

6th place


Nick Mann

Boys U13 50m Breastroke 44.90

8th place

Simon Wright

Boys U16 50m Breaststoke 35.80

5th place

Bryce Pavey

Boys U13 50m Butterfly 34.42

Boys U13 50m Freestyle 31.25

4th place


6th place


Tara Wood

Girls U21 50m Freestyle (MD) 50.15

3rd place

Nick Mann, Matthew Thompson, Matthew Reilly, Bryce Pavey

Boys U13 200m Freestyle Relay  2:15.19

2nd place



Interschool Athletics

Following the House Athletics sports on Tuesday 30th March, the Interschool Athletics sports for the Diamond Valley/Warringal group of schools on Tuesday 4th May at the Meadowglen Athletics stadium. Team lists will be posted this week and training sessions held on the front oval on Friday mornings from 8:00am.



The Diamond Valley Athletics Club invites anyone interested in taking part in a season of Cross Country running to contact Mr Balchin at the school. The season starts this Saturday afternoon with Cross Country relays at the Werribee Equestrian Centre. The distance for juniors – U14, U16 & U18 is 3km. The distance for U20 and Open age is 6km. Training sessions are held at Willinda Park on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:00pm.

(EHS students interested in training for Cross Country also have a training session at school on a Monday morning at 8:00am.)



Congratulations to Meg Russell of Year 7 on her achievement in finishing in 10th position in the Girls U15 Australian Schools Triathlon Championship. The Championships were held in Perth over the school holidays. Meg was the first member of the Victorian team to finish. She was also a member of the Victorian relay team that won the gold medal in the Interstate competition. 



Improve your swimming as well as your fitness – come along to the Eltham HS Swim Squad sessions on a Thursday morning. Students from all Year levels participate in the sessions and new members are always welcome. The cost for the ten week term is $70 and covers lane hire as well as our coach – Neroli Nixon – a Level 2 Performance Coach. Sessions are held at the Eltham Leisure Centre and run from 7:00am until 8:00am each Thursday starting this week. Numbers are limited to 24 so book in early. The money should be paid to the cashier at the school. For further information contact Mr Balchin at the school.


Home Work Clubs Kick off Week 2

Junior School

Middle School

Year 7 & 8 students

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

Wednesday afternoon 3:15-4:30pm in room 412.

Behind schedule? Need extra help? Use the school facilities- computers etc.

See Marg Fyfe for Junior school and Luke Ferns for Middle school enquiries.


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



Extended Rehearsal – CONCERT BAND

This Thursday 3:30pm until 6:30pm

BYO own dinner

re Concert Tour – payment to be made NOW.  If you have special dietary requirements please tell the Music Office.

Meg George, Concert Band Director


Choir Rehearsal MON 26th APRIL 3:30-4:30pm & FRI 30th APRIL for Montsalvat Performance.


Term One Review

First Term concluded with a busy schedule of performances and activities for the Music faculty.

EHS Showcase -  Two lunchtime concerts were presented in the Eltham Town Square by a number of our small ensembles.  Enjoyable performances were given by the Flute Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Ensemble.  Congratulations to all students involved and thanks to the ensemble directors for their efforts in preparing their ensembles.

Autumn Concert – Our Concert Band were joined by the Stage Band Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Choir and VCE Vocal Ensemble in presenting a wonderful evening of music to a capacity crowd at the Doncaster Salvation Army Auditorium.  A very appreciative audience enjoyed a variety of music presented very professionally by our students.  Special thanks to the Music Support Group and teachers involved: Alexandra Cameron, Megan George, Sally Davis and Eugene Ball.

Intermediate Band Tour – The Intermediate Band had a very busy time on tour with performances at Mowbray College, Ballarat and Clarendon College and Ballarat Grammar School.  The band stayed overnight at Sovereign Hill and enjoyed attending the production of ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’.  Special thanks to staff, Sally Davis, Andrew Kypriotis, Alison Pollard, Ben Smart and Lyn Garth for giving up their time to allow this activity to take place.

Symphonic Band Concert – The Symphonic Band concluded the term with a concert with Grainger Wind Symphony and Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band.  The concert took place at Luther College and an enthusiastic audience enjoyed some very fine playing by all groups.  Thanks once again to the Music Support Group for their logistical assistance on the night.

Upcoming Events

April 26 – 28 – Concert Band Tour to Castlemaine

May 2 – Choir & VCE Vocal Ensemble sing at Montsalvat –

May 3 – A Night of Jazz

May 6 – Year 12 Recitals

May 8 – Symphonic Band Concert at Camberwell Salvation Army

May 14 – 16 – Jazz and Stage Bands at the MT Gambier Jazz Festival

May 20 – Training Band Debut Concert


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.


Music Support Group News

Firstly thankyous to all those parents who have helped before, during and after the last couple of performances.  To have extras to load and unload the truck is very much appreciated!

The MSG’s Annual General Meeting produced the following executive committee: Rick Browne- President, Wayne Richardson – Vice President, Neil West – Treasurer and Jill Browne – Secretary.  Congratulations to those members!

Other news … remember our Second Hand Instrument Register – contact Kathy on 9439 3597 and our Second Hand Uniform Coordinator -  contact Jenny on 9439 2065

Our Next meeting is Monday 26th April 8pm at 14 Moola Place, Eltham.  Queries?....contact Jill on 9439 9673


The Alpine School - Term 4 2004

Eltham High School has the opportunity of making an application to send a group of six year 9 students to the Alpine School for term 4 2004.

The Alpine School is located at Dinner Plain in the Victorian Alps. It has a curriculum developed with and by students and middle–years experts, which aims to foster and maximise leadership and enterprise capabilities in students. The program has a focus on community learning projects that students develop as a part of the selection process. The school is fully residential for nine weeks during which time students have minimal direct contact with families.  Participation involves a commitment of $1000 per student, which will require fundraising and/or parent contribution.


Interested students and parents are invited to attend an information session on Thursday 22nd April at 7.30 in room 105.

Please direct queries to Nikki Gemmill on 9439-5111



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. 


2003 Student Injury Personal Accident Protection Plan

Parents involved in the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Plan should note that the programme for 2003 has closed to claims against the Trustee.  Should any parent involved in the programme have incurred any losses up to and including 31 Dec 2003, please advise the Claims Manager, Keith Turner on 1800 640 009.


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 21

Lyn Burleigh, Linda Alford, Debbie Bok, Jill Tait

Thur 22

Christine Buller, Meg Russell, Yvonne Wong, Yvonne Connard



Helen Devlin, Margie Parsons, Meg Davis, Greg Stanford

Mon 26

Madeline Cefai, Karen Hofman, Maureen Wray-Roberts, Cheryl Saundry

Tues 27

Julie Corbett, Leanne Bligh, Sharon Way, Bev Honeyman

Wed 28

Johanne Johnson, Lyn Lindsay, Sue Carr, Julie Peressini


The “Bolt” youth lounge

A lounge just for the senior students of Eltham High School has been opened up on Bolton Street. The youth lounge has a pool table, foozball table and a café area that is all for the use of you, the students.  Come in to study, chat, play pool or just hang out we would love to see you.  Shop 4.266 Bolton Street just near the Ridge Health Club.  On this Friday 3:30 until 6:30pm.



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.  www.australiansagainstracism.org


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

April 2004

Wed 20 until

Tues 27

see front page

Wed 28

Yr11 & 12 Drama to the Malthouse Theatre 6:30pm

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Fri 30

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

Sun May 2

Choral Festival with Eltham East PS at Montsalvat

Mon 3

SoSE Yr1`1 History to Holocaust Museum Elsternwick

O&ES M/S camping to Kinglake

A Night of Jazz at EHS Jazz & Stage Bands in the hall 7:30pm

Tues 4

O&ES M/S 2 Groups Camping to Kinglake  return Wed & Thurs

Thurs 6

Yr12 Music Recitals in the Music Centre 7pm

Fri 7

Curriculum Day- Student Free day - Staff Assessing Triennial Review



Community Announcements/Advertising

Entrance Examination to enter year 9 in 2005

Saturday 19th June 2:30pm

Entry  into Yr9 for 2005 at The MacRobertson Girls High School and Melbourne High School is open to students presently enrolled at a school in Year 8.

Application procedures will be outlined in advertisements which will appear in The Age and The Herald Sun in the coming weeks.  All necessary information about the examination and selection procedures is provided on the respective websites.

www.macrob.vic.edu.au  and www.mhs.vic.edu.au


Army Cadet Unit seeks NEW recruits

Based at the Army Reserve depot on Robinson Road, Surrey Hills, 305 Army Cadet Unit, one of the few cadet units in the metro area, is seeking new members both male and female, aged between 12½ and 18.  Cadets attend on Monday night from 7pm to 9pm during school terms, some ceremonial parades throughout the year, two or three weekend bivouacs (camps), and one seven day camp in the September school holidays.

The annual subscription cost is only $40.  This covers the cost of your army “camouflage” uniform, equipment issue and camps you attend.  From the experience of those cadets who have been or are part of the organization, the experience of being part of the cadet organization far outweighs the financial costs.

As an ongoing member of the cadet corps, you will eventually be involved in teaching and working together with other cadets on many new and different experiences and activities. If you are interested in becoming an army cadet, come visit the unit with your parent/guardian  on any Monday night at 7pm during school terms or contact Lieutenant Clinton Chiumello on 0415 315 760 for additional information.




A group work program for young people aged 14-17 to learn ways to cope better with every day stress.

Do you feel like you are always stressed out?

Do you have problems sleeping?

Do you feel like your worries are making you grumpy with family and friends?




Wednesdays 4pm – 5:30pm


5th May – 10th June


Young people struggling with stress


Eltham Living & Learning Centre 739 Main Rd Eltham


$30 for 6 week program

Please contact Shaunagh if you or your family cannot afford the program

Please contact Eltham Living & Learning Centre on 9439 3463 to enrol

For further information on the program contact Shaunagh on 9430 9126


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 1;30pm, (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


MacKillop Family Services

You can make a real difference in a Child’s Life

MacKillop Family Services are currently recruiting carers in the Northern and Western Suburbs of Melbourne.  There are no restrictions to people who can apply – singles, couples with and without children, older and younger people – all types of individuals and families are needed to provide a home for a child or children form a day, a week, a month, a year or longer.


For further information contact the Home Based Care Team Northern suburbs 8311 4512


Host Families Interested in Exchange Students

Many exchange students, boys and girls aged 15-18, from Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Brazil, Canada and America are still hoping to be placed with voluntary  host families before the end of June.  If you and your family would like to help and enable a student of your choice to come here for 2, 3, 5 or even 10 months please call Klaus Schurmann on 9758 4279.


Wanted 2nd Hand Ti83 Calculators

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


French Horn for Sale

Yamaha Double F & bflat      Little use  $2900

Phone 9735 2643


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


The Australian Plants Society

Yarra Yarra Group – Autumn Plant Sale

Sunday 2nd May 10am to 4pm Cnr Brougham St & Main Rd. Eltham

Phone Noel 9434 7414 for more information




Ceremony for Students

Friday 23rd April 2004 at 11am

The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne in the presence of the Governor of Victoria, John Landy AC, MBE