1 to 1 Conference
Last Week Assistant Principal Judy Boyle and I attended the 1 to 1 Notebook Conference. The theme for this conference was “Innovate, Imagine, Inspire” and the keynote speaker was Dr Seymour Papert, mathematician, computer scientist and artificial intelligence pioneer. Seymour Papert is the author of Mindstorms: Children Computers and Powerful Ideas (1980), he was the founding member of the Epistemology and Learning Group at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Papert is a world recognised educationalist and is an expert on how children think and learn. His keynote speech at the 1 to 1 Notebook Conference was truly inspirational.
The Conference was an exploration of the way easy access to computer technology is changing how children learn and the way that schools need to teach to stay relevant to the needs of children and the community. The fundamental proposition is that children have, or will soon have, full time, 1 to 1 access to wireless computing – just as so many of our children have full time, 1 to 1 access to communication through mobile phones and SMS. Our children have grown up with computer technology, they “get it’, we, on the other hand are the “digital immigrants” gaining proficiency in what will probably always be a “foreign” language. It is we who are playing catch-up.
Many of the presentations at this conference were explorations of some wonderful learning and teaching that is occurring in schools where students have full-time, 1 to 1 access to computer technology. This does not mean that the students used their notebook computers every second of every day but they did have access to the power of the computer whenever needed. Some highlights included a group of young men who were designing, building and controlling robots to explore baggage handling systems, automated weather recording and underground animal habitats. Another group were linking students in the science room with other “in the field’ using chat programs to allow for real time data collection, delivery and analysis. In another example a group of students prepared a dance project, while their classmates used a music creation program to interactively write the music for the dance as a third group prepared the program for the performance.
There were many powerful examples of good learning, from public schools, both rich and poor and from the private sector too. Many of the outstanding
programs shown at the conference were from Australia. Even more thrilling was the fact that one of the major presenters was Gary Bass, recent Head of Science here at Eltham High School. Gary demonstrated a number of the activities, using a range of technologies, undertaken in our science program and across the Eltham Innovation and Excellence Cluster.
The Assistant Secretary for Schools, Mr Darrell Fraser, spoke at the conference and stayed for the two days. I know that since his return there has been a lot of discussion about the future direction of learning and teaching in our government schools, already recognised as being in the forefront of innovation in teaching and learning. This was an important conference to participate in and we await some potentially exciting developments.
As the end of the financial year approaches, I would like to remind parents that our building fund is an approved tax deductible fund and that the school appreciates donations to the fund at any time. A donation to the building fund at this time provides a tax benefit to those families looking to support a worthy project and assists the school as well. Donations can be made in person at the school, by mail, or by card over the phone. Receipts will be issued promptly. Two major projects that the Building Fund will support are the upgrade of the bike sheds (scheduled for the June school holidays) and the upgrade of the school canteen – a major project that we are building up our bank account to complete as soon as possible.
Every year the school supports an award for an unpublished manuscript at the Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards. We were all very pleased to learn that the manuscript that won the 2002 award has now been published. A Real Book At Last! The novel is The Last Ride by Denise Young and is published in paperback by Harper Perennial. As well as the FAW Jim Hamilton Award the manuscript was a winner in the 2002 Varuna Award for Manuscript Development. Congratulations to Denise.
Did you know that this year has been designated the “International Year orf Rice” by the United Nations?
At first glance it might seem somewhat unusual for the UN to ask the world to celebrate a plant- but Rice is a vital part of the lives and cultures of thousands of millions of people all across the globe. To celebrate this special year the Eltham Innovations and Excellence Cluster is undertaking two special projects. More details about these projects will be included in next week’s Parent Newsletter.
Paul Rose, Principal
THIS WEEK IN SOSE
Problems with excursions….
Unfortunately a number of excursions had to be cancelled recently. The main reason for this has been the late payment or non payment of excursion monies.
Parents and students are asked to pay this money and bring consent forms well before the date.
Students are currently examining the Dismissal of Gough Whitlam in 1975. Where were you on that fateful day? The class will debate the issue in the near future; if your child is studying this class your opinion would be welcomed.
Year 9 History
Research projects are due very soon. Who will win this semester’s prize?
Classes have also been looking at the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and studying Australia during World War 2.
Year 7 SoSE
The big Greek Festival is on Thursday the 10th of June during periods 3 & 4 in the stadium. All Year 7 classes will be competing for great prizes in a range of fun activities.
Remember to bring a ‘sheet’!
M/S Criminal Law
Constable Chris Murtagh spoke to the Middle School Criminal Law students last Wednesday about the Police role in the local community and the type of crimes being committed. Students enjoyed her visit and had many questions to ask. We thank her for giving up her valuable time to speak to the group.
Year 11 Business Management
Students are to be congratulated on the high standard of the Business Plans that they prepared recently as a major part of their assessment. We look forward to seeing some of these students as successful business operators in the future.
Venue: Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School,
Upper Heidelberg Rd. Ivanhoe
Admission [1 ticket for both concerts]
$ 10.00 [adult] / $ 7.00 [child/concession]
$ 30.00 [family- 2 Adults + children]
Date: Tuesday 15th June 7:30pm
Date: Wednesday 16th June 7:30pm
Groups performing: Stage Band/Clarinet Choir/Concert Band/Symphonic Band/Saxophone Ensemble/Flute Ensemble / VCE Soloists/Percussion Ensemble/VCE Vocal Ensemble
FREE PIZZA !!! FREE PIZZA!!!
Yes that’s what we got at the first ever! Pro art meeting, why? We don’t know bribery perhaps? Or just really nice art teachers.
What is pro art? It’s a group of individually picked “Special” art students, chosen to participate in a new revolutionary art committee involved in building sculptures, organizing exhibitions and even making murals! At the meeting they gave us pink cordial and various pizzas. But then it was down to business. We listed our individual “special skills” and were divided into “special groups”. We brainstormed and came up with some “special ideas”. They then tried to feed us more pizza, at this point we were cold, it was raining outside and it was well into period five.
Ingrid and Anna, Pro Art
SPORT SPORT SPORT
School Sporting Excursions
In order to streamline proceedings in the school office when students participate in sporting events we need to ensure that permission forms and payment (usually $6) come to the cashier at the same time. We will no longer be accepting permission forms without the payment for the bus/umpires/venues.
This will allow us to track students who are participating in sport in a more efficient fashion/.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator
Senior Boys Volleyball
More Successes for the Volleyballers
Friday 21st May saw the senior boys Volleyball team go to the VSSSA final. The boys were the red hot favourites going into the day and did not disappoint, only dropping one set through out the pool matches. The final, against Mt Eliza, proved to be a challenge early on with the peninsula rivals taking the boys to 3 set. Solid performances from Igor “The Russian Import” Yudin, Cam Blewett and Lucas Simpson proved too much for the opposition taking the deciding set with ease. The boys look in good form for the Vic Schools and National Schools Cups coming up later in the year.
David Lynch, team Manager
Eleven EHS students participated in the Victorian Schools Cross Country Relay Championships held at Coburg on Saturday 5th June. In ideal conditions, the students had to run a 3km course that took in some challenging hills at the back of the Coburg athletic track. The most successful of the Eltham teams was the Girl’s Under 14 team of Bianca Holman, Taryn Grindal, Shiri Singh and Meg Russell which finished in 5th place out of a large field. Aiden Oesser, Lyulph Car, Rick Bennie and Lachlan Deller made up the Boy’s Under 16 team, while Matthew Reilly, Nicholas Pernice and Megan West ran in teams that were incomplete. The endeavour of each student who took part was first class and the encouragement received from team mates and parents spurred each runner on to their best efforts. Quickest times for each age group on the day were as follows: Girls U14 Meg Russell – 12:16, Girls Under 16 Megan West – 13:33, Boys Under 14 Matthew Reilly – 11:57, Boys Under 16 Aiden Oesser – 10:56.
Eltham HS will enter teams in the Victorian Schools Road Relay Championships to be held at Latrobe University on Saturday 24th July. Interested students should contact Mr Balchin at the school.
Cross Country Calendar
Tuesday 15th June 2004 - VSSSA Northern Zone Cross Country Bendigo
Saturday 19th June 2004 Victorian Schools Cross Country Championships Bundoora Park
(note: This is a selection trial for the Victorian CC team to compete in Canberra in August.)
Saturday 24th July 2004 - Victorian Schools Road Relay Championships Latrobe University
MIDDLE SCHOOL ACHIEVERS
Many people in Yr 9 & 10 are achieving within and outside the school this year.
Those to be recognised this week-
for academic excellence Steph Boulter
for program/improvement Vicky Cook
for practical excellence Adrian Cowan
and for extra Curricula Excellence Sally Hill.
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
Reminder: Year 10 Work Experience – August 2-6
Students in Year 10 should be arranging their Work Experience placement. James Lynch told them at their recent “Interview Skills Workshop” that the best way to find Work Experience is by networking – asking family, friends and relatives for names of people who do the type of work they are interested in. As part of the process all students should apply formally to the employer, even if they have arranged it by phone. This means that they should send the employer a letter of application and resume – tasks that they are currently doing in their English classes.
The absolute last day for submission of Work Experience forms is Friday 16th July, (week 1 in Term 3).
Careers Night – 28th July
Thanks to the parents who responded to my request for presenters for this event. If you intended to but didn’t get around to it, contact me ASAP with your details.
Peter Goddard, Careers teacher
REMINDER: GROUNDS WORKING BEE SUNDAY 20TH JUNE
The next Working Bee is on Sunday 20th June from 9am until 12:30pm. This is the working bee where past contributors of our Committee come back and join us for the day. We have planned a number of tasks covering a range of skills:
1. The new bollard fence on the northern side of 400’s block needs to be completed by drilling some of the posts, connecting and tensioning some stainless steel wires through the posts
2. Some paving under the English stairwell along with some attachments of 200mm boards on the outside of the structure.
3. Further planting of 250 plants on the northern side of the 400’s block.
4. Mulching on the western end of the 400’s block.
5. Continued planting and weeding in the Habitat Reserve at the eastern end of the tennis courts.
6. Further staining of the bollards on the western side of the stadium complex.
7. Weeding, pruning and tidying around the stadium complex.
8. Attaching 80m of rabbit proof wire to the tennis court fence.
Morning tea, a barbeque lunch and drinks are provided at the conclusion of the event.
We look forward to seeing you on the 20th of June.
John Coates for the Grounds Committee
CANTEEN R O S T E R ____________
Maggie Dovile, Sue Ball,
Debra Edgell, Martina Harton, Ivana Glogowski
Queens Birthday holiday
Sue Hodgson Donna Paulka,
Sharon Dimech, Anne Marshall volunteers needed
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
Wed 9 until
Tues 15 June
see front page
Music –Mid Year Concert Part 2
All details inside this issue
SoSE M/S Legal studies excursion
Music–Symphonic Band Tour to Tasmania returns Friday 25 June
Grounds Working Bee 9am
School Council Meeting
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
Gaze Basketball Camps present Lanard Copeland
Mill Park Basketball Stadium
Cnr Childs Rd & Redleap Ave, Mill Park
July 7, 8 & 9 from 9am – 3pm for boys and girls aged 7-14 years.
All skills levels welcome. All participants receive a ball and t-shirt and will have lots of fun learning from this Melbourne Tigers Superstar. For an enrolment form phone 1300 661 232, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out website www.gaze.com.au
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
*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
WANTED NOW 2ND HAND TI83 CALCULATORS
Buyers waiting – please contact the General Office if you would like to turn your calculator into cash.
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