Text Box: Term 2 Week 2
Tuesday 27th April 2004

TONIGHT:Tues 27 April 7.00–8.30 pm - Eltham High School Library

Wakefield Press and Eltham Bookshop in association with

Eltham Living and Learning Centre and Oxfam Community Aid Abroad

invite you to the launching of                  DARK DREAMS: AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE STORIES

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.

Refreshments will be served and books will be on sale.      Entry $2.00. Bookings essential – ph(03) 9439 8700.


Principals Report

A good start to the term

I am pleased to be able to report that Term 2 has got off to a very good start. Students and staff have remarked to me about how quickly classes settled down and got back into the groove of serious work. This augurs well for student results in the mid-year.


We were all pleased to learn that the proposed AEU Stopwork action across the whole northern region would not go ahead. While the issues that the AEU is negotiating with the government are serious ones (the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) no one likes to see disruption to the school program. Hopefully the EBA will be negotiated successfully.


I was pleased to be invited to the opening of our local member’s new electoral office. Steve Herbert’s new office is near the school and already Steve has suggested that the meeting space could be useful for our students when they are investigating local issues. Premier Bracks will officially open the office tomorrow and I look forward to continued positive relations between the school and our local MLA.


Choral Festival

A date for the diary – this Sunday at Montsalvat our choir and the VCE vocal Ensemble will be performing as part of the Choral Festival. I hope to see you all there.


Melbourne University Access Information

I have received quite a lot of information from Melbourne University about their new scholarships and student access support programs. If you are interested in this please contact Head of Senior School, Jenny Choong or Careers Teacher Peter Goddard.


Curriculum Day Reminder

Students will not be required at school Friday May 7.


Paul Rose, Principal






Wednesday 28

Concert Band returns from tour

SoSE - M/S Environmental Education Fieldwork pm to local area

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

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Friday 30

SoSE Yr 12 Geog fieldwork to Mornington all day

Saturday 1 May

O&ES Yr12 Horseriding & Bushwalking Mt Stirling & Mansfield returns Sunday pm

Sunday 2

Choral Festival with Eltham East PS at Montsalvat

Monday 3

SoSE Yr11 History to Holocaust Museum Elsternwick






This term Year 7 SoSE students will study Ancient Greece and Year 8 students will study the Middle Ages.  Year 8 students were given an excursion form for the visit to Montsalvat to see the Hawthorn Medieval Players on May 13th (8A, 8D, 8H and 8J) or May 17th (8B, 8C, 8E, 8F and 8G).  The $15 charge and permission form need to be returned to the cashier by May 10th.


The Travel and Tourism excursion to the airport will take place on Thursday April 27th.


Middle School Environmental Management will begin their local environmental study this week involving practical activities along Diamond Creek.

Helen Morris, SoSE Activity Reporter






Sixteen Year 7/8 Eltham High School students attended leadership training last Thursday at Edendale Farm alongside 16 students from local Primary Schools.

The day was run by Eltham Innovations and Excellence Cluster Educator, Lynda Cutting, and the R.U.M.A.D. (Making a Difference) organization.  Our students came away from the day having formed 3 teams, each with some fabulously worthwhile ideas for community projects.  These ideas will continue to grow and be developed back at school, always asking “How will that make a difference?’  The students are to be commended for their work throughout the day, and I’m sure they’ll have exciting news about their projects to report soon.



Interviews of Year 9 applicants took place last Friday.  Thanks to the panel – 3 former Alpine School students, Sally Hill (Yr 10) Cassie and Rebekkah (Melbourne Girls College), and Lynda Cutting.  Results out soon!!!

Nikki Gemmill, Student Leadership Co ordinator.


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



Evan Telfer represented EHS at the Australian MTB (Mountain bike) Inter Schools Competition in Thredbo from April 23-25.  He finished 5th in the division 1 Cross Country event. 

Congratulations on a great ride!

Robyn Stephens, fellow bike supporter


Intermediate Boys Tennis

On Thursday 22nd April a very talented group of Year 10 boys won the Northern Zone Tennis Final.  Anders Villani, Guy Franklin, Luke Grigoropolous and Todd Miles came along with me to Melbourne Park Tennis Centre to compete against Northcote High, Melbourne Boys High and Lalor Secondary College.  Playing both singles and doubles the boys did not lose a set for the day.  Their performance for the day was very impressive.  Congratulations! Anders, Guy, Luke and Todd now play in the State finals on May 21st and whether they win or not, these boys are wonderful ambassadors fro Eltham High School.

Kerry Lambert, Team Manager



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 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



A Choral Festival

Our Choir and VCE Vocal Ensemble are participating in an exciting festival featuring 14 choirs which will take place at Montsalvat on Sunday 2nd May.  Students are to arrive at the venue at 12.00pm for a 1.00pm performance which will take place in the Hall Gallery. 

Year 12 Recitals

Year 12 Music Performance students will be presenting their Unit 3 recitals on Thursday 6th May.  Recitals will commence at 4.00pm with a dinner break from 6.00-7.00pm.  Parents, teachers and students are welcome to come along and not only support our musicians but also enjoy some wonderful music.

Symphonic Band Concert

The Symphonic Band will be joining Lynlee Williams and Murray Mayday [Opera Australia vocalists] to present Autumn Serenade – a concert to be presented at the Camberwell Salvation Army Bowen Street, Camberwell on Saturday 8th May commencing at 7.30pm.  Tickets, $ 7.00 / $ 5.00 will be available at the door.

Members of the band will need to be at the hall at 4.00pm

A Night of Jazz – A CHANGE OF DATE

In preparation for their participation in the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival the Jazz and Stage Bands will be presenting an evening of Jazz in School hall.  The concert will be on Monday 10th May commencing at 7.30pm

Training Band Debut Concert

On Thursday 20th May the 2004 Training Band will be presenting their debut performance.  This is always an exciting evening for parents and students and everyone is welcome to come along and encourage our new instrumentalists.  The concert commencing at 7.30pm, will take place in the school hall and our Choir will also be performing.  A concert not to be missed!


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.



Able to assist in the canteen?

No prior experience necessary.

Please contact Bruce Martyn, Business Manager, if you are able to help.




All About Books Needs Your Art!

Check out the library’s web page for details of a competition being run by THE AGE.  Students are encouraged to design and submit an illustration for THE AGE’s annual ALL ABOUT BOOKS supplement.  One selected entry will feature as the front cover of the 16-page feature.  Prizes of gift vouchers will be awarded to selected entries. Details are also displayed on the new notice board near the exit door of the library or go straight to THE AGE’s web site www.education.theage.com.au.


Norris McWhirter, co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, passed away last week.   With his twin brother, Ross, he started the well-known volume of trivia in 1954.    A reporter from The Age interviewed three of our Year 8 students, William Phillips, Nic Pernice and Aaron Schultz, about their interest in Guinness World Records.   The boys handled the interview in a very mature fashion and were a credit to the school.   The article appeared in The Age on Thursday, 22nd April, on page 8.


Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator




The Grounds Committee has scheduled 2 working bees for second term: the first is on Sunday 16th May and the second has been organized for Sunday the 20th June.  If you haven’t been to a Working Bee at the school before please put the dates in your diary and come along and make a contribution to the improvement of our Grounds amenities.  You will be well looked after (food and drinks) and will be allocated a task on your arrival.

Working Bees kick off about 9am and conclude by 12:30pm which is then followed by a barbeque lunch and drinks supplied by the Committee.

For the next Working bee on the 16th of May we have planned an extensive array of tasks that will require a range of skills and abilities.

A summary of tasks planned include:

1.  The construction of a cypress pine fence on the northern side of the new 400’s complex.  Crowbars, shovels, stringlines and levels will be required.

2.  Some new concrete areas adjacent to 201 and the canteen.  Picks, shovels, spirit levels and screeding equipment required.

3.  Replacement of a section of the Habitat Reserve at the end of the tennis courts.  Rotary hoe will be supplied.

4.  Mulching and watering of plants in selected areas

5.  Further planting on the southern and northern sides of the 400’s complex.

7.  Attachment of rabbit proof netting to the northern side of the tennis court fence.  Materials will be supplied.

8.  Trimming of plants in selected areas.


Looking forward to seeing you in anticipation of your support.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee






With the start of cooler weather, it becomes even more important that students do not leave for school without something to eat and drink.

A surprisingly high number of students report to sick bay feeling sick in the stomach or headachy.  Questioning often reveals that the students have had no breakfast, and often nothing for recess or lunch.  The canteen is open before school for limited sales for breakfast.  Croissants, juice and hot drinks are available.

However if students were to have even a drink and a piece of fruit, say a banana at home it might avoid them feeling sick later in the day, to say nothing of improvement to their concentration throughout the day.

Joy Snow, Sick Bay attendant


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 28

Johanne Johnson, Lyn Lindsay, Sue Carr, Julie Peressini

Thur 29

Maritta Car, Robyn Carter-Smith, Andrea Walker, Cheryl Simpson

Fri 30

Robbie McMaster, Debbie Holman, Greg Stanford, Ann Chetwynd


Mon 3

Debbie Mc Cormack, Ellen Corbett, Rhonda Murray,

Tues 4

Gabrielle Dougherty, Erica Nigol, Jenny Harcourt

Wed 5

Janet Oates, Sharon Dimech, Jill Black

If for any reason you are unable to swap or cannot continue with Canteen duty for the remainder of 2004, please ring 94395111 between 8am-2:30pm.

Gael Carter, Acting Canteen Manager


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

April 2004

Wed 28 until

Tues 5  May

see front page


Wed 5

SoSE M/S Environmental Education Fieldwork pm to local area

O&ES M/S Camping to Kinglake

Thurs 6

Yr12 Music Recitals in the Music Centre 7pm – 9pm

Fri 7

Curriculum Day- Student Free day - Staff Assessing Triennial Review

Sat 8

Music – Symphonic Band Concert at Camberwell Salvation Army Hall 7:30pm – 10pm

Mon 10

SoSE Yr12 Aust History Excursion to Ballarat

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

Tues 11

Arts Yr11 VCD to Melbourne Zoo

LoTE M/S Indon to CERES Brunswick

SoSE Yr11 Pol Excursion to Parliament & Electoral Centre

Tech Yr12 Design & Tech to Caroma

Wed 12

Careers Yr10 Interview skills

Parent Information Night Yr 7 2005, 7:30pm







Parents are reminded not to park across neighbours driveways.  There have been several complaints recently received.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager




Community Announcements/Advertising




EHS Wednesday 5th May

Time : 12 midday until 2:30pm

Venue: Study room

A+ Study guides / Checkpoints – 2004 / Insight Study guides / Jacaranda study packs / Macmillan Formula Guides / Wizard Study guides

Link Educational Supplies Pty Ltd.

Jenny Choong, VCE Coordinator






Kevin Sheedy Football Camp

July 6,7,8 – Parkville

ASC Netball Camp

July 7,8,9 – Parkville

ASC Hockey Camp

June 28, 29,30 - Parkville

ASC Soccer Camp

June 28,29,30 - Bulleen

Features include a structured program, video analysis, written reports, lunch drinks & fruit and a coaching ratio of 1:10.  Day or residential places available.

For brochures Freecall Tony Miles 1800 671 808 or

Visit the website www.australiansportscamps.com.au






More than 600 people have sung with the Eltham East Primary School Choir since it started 24 years ago, including current and former students of this school.

Former Eltham East choristers are invited to sing again and meet friends who they may not have seen since their Choir days.  The reunion will culminate in a concert on Saturday July 31.

The program will include:

·                     A social get-together on Sunday June 6, 3.00-6.00pm; ·

·                     Evening rehearsals 7.30-9.00pm, Tuesdays 15, 22 June and 13, 20 & 27 July; and ·

·                      Concert performance, Saturday July 31, 7.30pm.

It will cost $25 to participate to help cover the cost of music, venue, postage and professional costs.

For further information about the Reunion, or an information brochure and registration form, please telephone Vivien Williamson on 0409 969773.  Completed registration forms should be returned by Friday April 30. "





Noisy girls is an 11-week course for young women aged 15 to 24 years of age.  Write your own songs, play your own music, record your own C.D  No musical experience or instrument required – just a love for music.

April 20- to July 2

Tuesdays and Fridays 11am to 5pm.

Jets Studios in Bundoora provides a range of music related services for young people.

For more info on the program ring Mark Hobbs or Elise Bishop 9467 7152



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.



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



Yamaha Double F & bflat      Little use  $2900

Phone 9735 2643



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

Phone Noel 9434 7414 for more information






On display for the past ten days, on the foyer table in the reception area, is work from students in Year 98

. . . . projects from A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove by James Moloney


The display features a diorama, a relief model, a painting and creative writing in response to the novel.  Students are to be congratulated on the workmanship and detail seen in each piece.


Well done to all.