Text Box: Term 2 Week 6
Tuesday 25th May 2004


Invitation to National Award winning collection of student writing ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH. . . . . . . . . . “Follow the Pulse”. . . . . .

THIS Thurs 27th May - Gallery Foyer of Eltham Library from 6-8pm

Guest speaker Chris Wallace-Crabbe & a host of student readings.Glen Pearsall, Head of English



Principals Report


Launch of Anthology

The Banner Headline announcement this week reminds us that a most important school celebration occurs this week- the launch of follow the pulse this is a highlight of the school year and I hope that parents and friends of the school will join with our student writers and their teachers this Thursday evening at the Eltham Library.


Danger at Station

Our school bus company, Panorama, has alerted me to a very dangerous situation that is occurring at the Eltham Station. Students from many schools are gathering at the bus interchange and are spilling out onto the roadway, in the face of buses that are turning into the station. This is obviously a dangerous practice and has the potential to cause injury or worse. I ask all Eltham High School students who use the station and bus interchange to take great care to stay on the footpaths and not move onto the roadway.


Congratulations to Jazz and Stage Bands

Our Stage Band and Jazz Band receive a fantastic write-up this week about their highly successful, recent trip to Mt Gambier. I commend the report to you. What the report doesn’t say is that the behaviour and demeanour of our students came in for significant praise. Thanks also to the teachers – Mr Eugene Ball, supported by Ms Alex Cameron and Mr Andrew Kypriotis.  To hear our students praised so highly adds another layer of gloss to an outstanding effort. Well Done All.


While we’re talking about our musicians, congratulations to all our students involved in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Performance Competition over last weekend – and a special thanks to Ms Sally Davis too.



Paul Rose, Principal




Wednesday 26

SoSE M/S Environmental Fieldwork to Edendale Farm 11:45am-1:15pm

Thursday 27

Intermediate Band perform Eltham East PS 8:30am

SoSE Yr10 Geog Fieldwork to City, Beacon Cove, Caroline Springs

Junior Choir perform at RSL Aged Care services 12:30pm

Cross Country Fun Run period 3 & 4

Anthology Launch Eltham Library 6-8pm

Monday 31

Music-Choir Boorondara Eisteddfod evening




Many people in Yr 9 & 10 are achieving within and outside the school this year.

Those to be recognised this week-

for academic excellence Sally Thomas

for program/improvement Adam Anderson

for practical excellence Luke Grigolopoulos

for program improvement Vicky Cook and

for extra Curricula Taran Medcalf

Well done guys! just visit Mr Ferns in Middle School for your reward.  More nominees to Middle School please and keep working hard!

Luke Ferns, MS Coordinator



Year 12 Australian History Excursion

The Year 12 group visited Soverign Hill last week to study the gold-rushes.  The trip proved very rewarding and enhanced the students’ history studies.


Year 10 Geography

On Thursday 27th May and Wednesday 2nd June Geography students will visit Beacon Cove, Rialto and Caroline Springs as part of their urban studies.  Students are required to pay $22 and return their form to the cashier immediately.

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher


Jazz and Stage Bands in Mt Gambier

In the cold morning light of Friday 14th May, The EHS Stage and Jazz Bands along with their director Eugene Ball and accompanying staff Ms Alex Cameron and Mr Andrew Kypriotis piled onto our bus and headed west.  Where were we headed?  The “Generations in Jazz” National Stage Band Championships held by Australian jazz trumpeter James Morrison in Mt Gambier, just over the South Australian border.  After a long bus trip, we were in our motel car park, freshened, settled and ready to head out for some dinner and ‘light’ entertainment in The Barn.  Yes, it is what it sounds like, a giant barn.  We ate our dinner and watched performances by the Australian Navy Big Band, James Morrison and festival patron, Darryl Sommers.  As the night drew to its end, we headed back to the motel for an early night and some much needed sleep.

Saturday, competition day.  The Stage Band was up first in Division 1, a large division of 20 odd bands from all around Australia.  We played three charts, featuring our 1st trumpeter Kent Ohanessian, 1st Tenor sax James Stanfield and 1st Alto sax Tom Fisher.  Upon finishing, we quickly raced over to see the Jazz Band play in Division 3.  Their three charts, featured solos by Molly Hanlon on Alto sax, Cara Skeen on tenor sax, Cameron Browne on trumpet and Huw Gregory on piano.  With both our performances finished before the lunch bell, we settled down to some lunch and then off to watch the remainder of the 1st division bands before a quick stop at the motel and then on to The Barn for another big night.  The highlight of the night was the announcement of the ‘Super Band’ and ‘Future Finalists’.  The ‘Super band’, chosen by James Morrison, are considered the best players of their instrument in the whole competition, and ‘Future finalists’ is a select group chosen as the best soloists in the whole competition.  There was a mighty roar from the EHS mob as Stage band members Tom Fisher and Ben Hanlon were announced in the Super Band, and ‘Emmanuel’ Kechayas was announced as a ‘Future finalists’. We were all thrilled when the Jazz Band were awarded 2nd place in their division.  A fantastic result!

Sunday, the wind down.

We were up and packed before yet again heading to The Barn for the last of the festivities.  We sat through a quick workshop, and some lunch before gathering to hear our boys make us proud in the Super Band and future finalists (some of us blubbering and taking photos).  We cheered till we couldn’t cheer any more and then we loaded onto the bus victorious, with the Jazz Band towing 2nd place behind them.  Tired, yet strangely awake we pulled into the school basketball courts just before 12:30am on Monday 17th May, unloaded the bus and stumbled home.

Firstly we’d like to thank Mr McCrystal and the school community for the support they provided.  Secondly thank you to Mr Kypriotis and Ms Cameron for their help on the trip.  Congratulations to ALL members of the bands for their hard work and last of all thanks to our director Eugene, who without him, all would not be possible.         

Jen Tan



Clasax report

On Friday evening the 21st and Saturday 22nd May, Eltham High School music department hosted the annual Clarinet and Saxophone Society Performance Competition.  Friday evening saw over seventy students from schools around Melbourne compete in the Ensembles section with the EHS Saxophone Ensemble placing first and the EHS Clarinet Choir second in the senior large ensembles section.  Congratulations to all students.

In the Solo sections on Saturday EHS was well represented by many of our senior students.  In the 16yrs and under Tom Fisher was placed second.  Well done also to Cara Skeen, Tammy Yeo, Claire Aulesbrook, Johannes Collopy and Megan Hall for their excellent performances in the section.  The 18yrs and under saw Jarrid Ohanessian placed third and Honourable Mentions to Ilona Day and Lane Schlotterlein.  Tom Fisher was awarded the prize for best performance of an Australian Composition.  Amy Poole, Rebecca Norman and James Stanfield are also to be commended for their performances in this section.



Training Band Debut Concert

Our new Training Band thrilled a very enthusiastic audience in their debut concert last Thursday.  Members of the band commenced lessons in March this year and have made excellent progress on their instruments.  This concert was the opportunity for the students to bring it all together for this first concert.  A very excited group of students presented a very polished performance of band arrangements featuring different sections of the band as well as soloists from within the band.  The School Choir, directed by Ms Alexandra Cameron, also participated in the evening presenting a varied repertoire of songs which were enjoyed by everyone.  Congratulations to all the students on a fantastic concert. 


Theory Exams

If you are intending to sit for a theory exam in August please collect the appropriate letter from the Music Office.  See Ms Cameron if you have any questions.


Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Upcoming events

Mon 31st May -

VCE Vocal Ensemble competing at the Boorondara Eisteddfod evening (Hawthorn Town Hall, in Burwood Road)

Thurs 3rd June

4-7pm Year 11 recitals

Sat 5th June

Evening Concert Band performing at Ringwood Salvation Army 7:30pm

Tues 15th June

Mid Year Concert at IGGS

Wed 16th June

Mid Year Concert at IGGS




Our next meeting is Monday 31st May, 8pm at 14 Moola Place, Eltham.  All welcome!



Interboys Netball

Congratulations to the Intermediate boys who went through the group round robin undefeated.  The attack through the centre provided by James Piper and Darren Patterson was unstoppable, whilst Nick Philippi, Aaron Fluck and Riley Smith were sharp shooters.  When the ball entered the defensive area Aaron Zilm, Beau Biggs and Shaun Cole were not about to let anything through. 

Congratulations, well done

Andrea Traeger, coach



A group of 6 Indonesian students are coming to Melbourne from the Satyawachana Christian School in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia in August and we have been asked if we could host them for a week from August 9th until August 16th – they leave on the 17th.  They are around 16-17 years of age and would be in year 10-11 classes.  This is a great opportunity for us to be part of a hosting program and also a fantastic opportunity for students to practice their spoken Indonesian.  VCE students you will have a tutor at hand for a whole week. 

We are requesting host families from the Eltham High School community, students do not necessarily have to do Indonesian to have the opportunity of learning about the culture of our nearest neighbour through a local from the country itself.  All students coming are very carefully chosen, they can speak English and have the highest level of integrity and good behaviour. 

Please help us host these students from Indonesia by offering your home for a week.  The students will come to school each day and participate in our school program.  If interested please contact me at school ASAP.

With many thanks,

Pompa Brady, Teaching & learning leader LOTE



A case of head lice has been reported at Middle School level.  Could all parents be vigilant and watch their children for any signs.


Reminder Careers Night

Every second year the school runs a Careers Night and this year on Wednesday 28th July this event will occur again. The aim of the function is to help students in their quest for an appropriate tertiary course or job by allowing them to listen to and ask questions of people currently working (or studying) in a wide range of occupations. It has a uniquely Eltham feel because only parents and ex-students of current students are on the ‘panels’.



We aim to cover the widest range of occupations, from animators to zoologists, from the trades to the professions. This year I am particularly interested in promoting occupations that are accessed via Apprenticeships and Traineeships as there are tremendous employment opportunities in these areas and I want to dispel the notion many students have that apprenticeships are second best.



The format of the night is that 3-5 people working (or studying) in similar jobs comprise an ‘industry panel’. They will each give a short presentation of what their job entails and then answer questions from their audience. The audience (students and parents) can go to three panels on the night and so the panels ‘perform’ three times.



The success of the evening depends on having a large number of parents and ex-students volunteer their services. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the slip below and return to me a.s.a.p.

Feel free to phone if you have any queries.


Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher



Please consider volunteering for our careers night and complete the slip below. . . . . .



Joy Snow, Sick Bay attendant



Cut along line please











Work Phone no







CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 26

Mandy Bryne, Sue Courts

volunteer needed please

Thur 27

Jan Baddeley, Maritta Car,

Meg Russell, Robbie, Mette Guest

Fri 28

Meg Davis, Kerry Armstrong,

Jan Pavey volunteer needed

Mon 31

Connie Deylen, Lyn Dalgleish,

Trish Kent



Tues 1

Rhonda Hall, Gabrielle Dougherty, Jenny Harcourt

Wed 2

Karen Woods, Debbie Bok

volunteer needed

If for any reason you are unable to swap or cannot continue with Canteen duty for the remainder of 2004, please ring 9439 5111 between 8am-2:30pm.

Gael Carter, Acting Canteen Manager



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

May 2004

Wed 26 until

Tues 1  June

see front page



Wed 2

Yr 9 Maths Games Day at Bundoora SC

SoSE Yr10 Geog Fieldwork to City, Beacon Cove, Caroline Springs

Thurs 3

SoSE M/S Physical Geog Fieldwork to Organ Pipes Dight’s Falls

Music Yr11 Recitals in the Music Centre 7-9pm

SoSE - Yr7 Greek Festival

Sat 5

Music – Concert band at Ringwood

Mon 7

VCE Exams – see details this issue

Wed 9

VCE Exams & GAT exam

Curriculum Day Student Free day

Thurs 10

Music – Symphonic Band Concert




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Home Work Clubs on this week

Junior School

Middle School

Year 7 & 8 students

Wednesday 3:15-4:20pm in room 412

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


Community Announcements/Advertising


Donate Blood in Eltham

Community & Reception Centre

Cnr Main Road & Pitt Street, Eltham

Monday 28 June 1:15pm-7:30pm

Tuesday 29 June 1:15pm-7:30pm

Wednesday 30 June 1:15pm-7:30pm

New donors welcome  -   please call 13 14 95



Term 2 Vacation Workshops

For Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 students

Presented by ICS Learning Group

Giving students that extra help - open to all students & held at MLC, Kew

Monday 5 July to Thursday 8 July

*advanced reading skills

*study skills

*essay writing skills

Class sizes arte limited early booking advised

Contact 9818 3888 or www.skillscentre.com.au


The Bolt youth lounge

Shop 4.266 Bolton Street just near the Ridge Health Club.

Available to ALL students at Eltham High School Friday afternoon 3:30-6:30pm

Study/homework assistance available

Café, pool & foozball facilities.  Come in to study, chat, or just hang out. 

If you need any information ring 9431 1115




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




Pottery Classes for Beginners

Adults & children 7 years to teens

Learn the ancient craft of making pottery in a well-equipped studio. Lessons incorporate hand building, wheelwork, basic decorating and glazing techniques.

Small class sizes

Contact: Linda 9439 8057 / 0417 054 035




Ever Thought about Fostering?

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 and Recruitment Unit for Foster Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9458 5788