Text Box: Term 3 Week 2
Tuesday 20th July 2004



Principal’s Report

Student Achievements

This week I have a number of students to congratulate on some really outstanding achievements.


Sam Creed (Yr 7) is a member of the Eltham Wildcats U/14 championship Team and this team has been selected by Basketball Victoria to attend the national Club Championships in Canberra. Well Done Sam.


Jonathon Chng (Yr 8) has been selected to attend the Summer Wushu (Martial Arts) Camp in Beijing. Congratulations to Jonathon.


Hamish Fox, Ria Hearse, Belinda Kelly and Lucas Simpson (all Yr 12) were supported by Eltham Leisure Centre Scholarships to attend the YMCA Leadership Camp held during the last holidays. The students described this camp as a “life changing experience”. Congratulations to the students and a special thanks to the Eltham Leisure Centre.


Daniel Bass (Yr 12), member of the bronze winning Metropolitan Men’s basketball team at the recent National Championships, has been selected and is currently touring the United States with the Victorian All Stars Team.  The team is participating in the US All High Championships held in Las Vegas.  Congratulations to Daniel on his selection.


Shakespeare Festival

Congratulations to George Franklin, Taiyo Takizawa (Yr 11), Taran Medcalf (yr 9), Andrew Lilienthal, the members of Scrambled Prince Theatre Company and the students who performed scenes from Macbeth and Twelfth Night at last weekend’s hugely successful Montsalvat Shakespeare Festival. Scrambled Prince’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Reloaded was the hit of the festival. The other effort of note was the outstanding work of Taiyo and Taran whose technical expertise was widely recognised as the glue that held the Festival together. Well Done All.


Special Thanks

Thank you to all our parents and students for your support of the school last week. The funeral of a staff member is a significant event for the school and the support of the school community, enabling over sixty staff members to attend is appreciated. The attendance of some students, former students and former staff was also recognised and appreciated.



Year 12 Formal

This newsletter includes information about the Year 12 Formal. This formal should not be confused with a presentation ball being run by Jam Dance Functions for students from a number of local schools. Some of our year 11 students are attending this function. Jam Dance Functions is a reputable company and runs functions on behalf of a number of local schools. However, this particular function is not a school function and has no association with Eltham High School apart from the participation of some of our students.

Paul Rose, Principal




Wednesday 21

Music Camps continue this week

Year 7 Immunization

Yr 8 Maths Games Day at Essendon Penleigh Grammar School

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday 22

SoSE-Yr12 Politics Lectures Excursion

Friday 23

Music - National ABODA Conference Performances

Eng –Theatre Works Macbeth Yr11 Excursion

Jazz Band extended rehearsal until 8:30pm

Monday 26

Music Support Group meeting -14 Moola Place 8pm

Tuesday 27

Maths Yr10 Maths Games




All parents are invited to the Student Progress Interviews.  VCE interviews will be on Tuesday 17th August from 4-7pm.  Middle and Junior School Progress interviews will be held on Tuesday 31st August in 3 session’s 12noon–2:30pm, 3pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm.  Please note regular classes will not be held for students on Tuesday 31st August, all students are expected to attend their Progress Interviews with a parent.


Booking sheets will be available 10 days before interviews, fill in the preferred times making sure to keep bookings to one session in Middle & Junior School Interviews.  Interviews will be held in the 400’s block and the library, parking is available on the hard courts between the library and stadium.  Entry is via the main door to the 400’s block behind the library.

Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews

VCE Interviews

Tuesday August 17th ---4-7pm

Middle School Interviews

Tuesday 31st August

12noon-2:30pm / 3pm-5pm / 6pm – 8pm

Junior School Interviews

Tuesday 31st August

12noon-2:30pm / 3pm-5pm / 6pm – 8pm

Note: There will be no regular classes on Tuesday 31 August because all students are expected to attend their progress interviews.

Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal



Kindergarten Visit

Three weeks ago I spent some time with the kindergarten children at Eltham Child Care.  The aim of my visit was to introduce the children to the spectacular world of colourful chemistry.  The kids were spellbound to see liquids (mostly acids and bases) change colour almost magically before their eyes.  Pink cordial turned to water and back to pink cordial.  Purple cabbage juice became green as ammonia was added and Texta dots made rainbows on  chromatography paper.

The children also experienced the sinking fog created by dry ice and the volcanic eruption of bubbles when too much detergent was added to the dry ice solution.  The kids had a great time and so did I.  Many thanks to Wendy and Sally for the invitation.

PS Household acids and bases (eg lemonade, vinegar, lemon juice, bi-carb soda, ammonia, soapy water) can be added to solutions made from boiled purple cabbage to produce some very nice colour changes.

Therese Sweeney, Science teacher



Payment for the Formal is now due.  $90 is the total amount, if you’ve made earlier payments please the balance to the cashier ASAP



History Prize Winners for Semester 1

Congratulations to the following students for their excellent effort in being winners in the History competition.

Tara Newton

Arabella Moppert – Reid

Ashley McLachlan

Naomi Harris

The presentations will be conducted next week.

Year 12 History Excursion

Year 12 students visited the Judge Book Retirement Centre this week.  Students engaged residents in discussion about the Great Depression to assist in their studies on this topic.

Ms Rainey reported that this was a very beneficial experience for the students who gained a number of surprising insights into this period of history.

Snake Show

Year 7 SoSE students will attend this special presentation next week.  Consent forms and information sheets have been sent home.  Parents are asked to return the money and forms as soon as possible.  This should be an excellent experience and will assist in teaching of the endangered species unit this term.

Stephen McCrystal, SoSE Teaching & Learning leader



Eltham High School is introducing a new recycling system from early next week, a recycling bin will be available for use in the canteen courtyard and will slowly replace regular bins.

Items that can be recycled include-

The recycling bins have black push-flap lids with yellow stickers on them.  Students are urged to use the system where they can, and if in doubt, use the regular bins.

Skye Holder, Erich Schipp & Ben Norman




Congratulations to all of our state volleyball representatives on successfully representing Victoria in Perth last week at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships. We will have a full report of their results next week.


Victorian Schools Cup

The Victorian Schools Cup will be held on Friday the 10th till Sunday the 12th of September. Students keen to participate should collect the information and parent permission form at their training session or from Mr Thomas. I need to know who is playing by the end of this week so that the entry form can be submitted.


Ballarat Junior Tournament

I have entered our year 7 ,8 and 9 teams in a tournament at Ballarat on Sunday the 22nd of August. There is no cost involved. Students should collect a copy of the details at training or from Mr Thomas.


Upcoming dates

Ballarat Tournament – Sunday 22nd August

Vic Schools Volleyball Cup – September 10,11and12

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


Fun Run

The fun run was held last term but very few sponsorship books have been returned yet. If you have collected sponsorship money it should be returned with the book to the cashier by the end of this week so that your sponsorship prizes can be ordered. Once ordered the prizes usually take about four weeks to arrive.


Junior Volleyball Grand Final

The finals of the volleyball competition that has been running each Thursday after school will be held this Thursday after school. Presentation of trophies and edible goodies will take place after the grand final at approx. 4.00pm. Trophies will be presented to first and second with medals for third place.


Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator

Congratulations to Morgan Pickett of Year 7 who has been selected for the VCSA State Soccer Team.  Morgan will train now for the Interstate competition in September 2004.


Year 8 Sport

Yr 8 Sport goes ‘SEPEP’

This semester in Year 8 sport on Friday, the students are participating in the Sports Education Physical Education Program (SEPEP)

This involves students undertaking roles other than that of just players.  Each class has a week off (on a rotation basis) where they get to participate as an umpire, scorer, coach, administrator or organiser.

A sports competition between forms will take place with a prize to be organized for the best boys and girls team each term.

Peter Nicholson, Sports Coordinator



Artonline Again

Artonline is a project run by teachers at Doveton Secondary College as a digital showcase for artwork done by primary and secondary students of Victorian state schools. Eltham High School students from last year’s VET Multimedia and VCE Visual Communication & Design have entered some stunning work.  To view it, go to the Year 11 section at this address: www.ozartonline.net

This is the second consecutive year we have entered and, while it is as much about being in it as winning it, it is great that our students have been recognised again – this time Shareena Sloan, who is now in Year 12, received the certificate for Third Prize in the 2003 Year 11 section, and a small financial incentive towards continuing her creative endeavours. 

Marion Stoney, VCD teacher



A student project led by Baden Minas is raising funds for UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees).  Baden, a member of the United Nations of Australia, raised student awareness of the project at a Middle School Assembly held today, donations can be made through the General Office.



Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service is running a number of workshops for small business.  The workshop being held at Eltham Library is Getting Started in Small Business on Wednesday, 28th July, 6-8.30pm.  It will be presented by Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre.  Bookings essential on 9439 9266.

Differents topics will be covered at the other branches.


Are you interested in an informal book chat on one morning a month at the Eltham Library.  They will provide the comfy couches and morning tea and you can chat about books you have read or are reading.  Register your interest with Hilda or Cathy from Eltham Library on 9439 9266.


A note for your diary:

Sunday 15 August Grounds Working Bee



Careers Night

On Wednesday 28th July this event will be held for the fifth time. This event helps students in Years 10-12 make informed career decisions. It is not just for those thinking of going to University; a range of pathways will be covered in the sessions.

The session selection sheets were distributed last week and because I’m a generous soul the deadline for submitting your selections has been extended to this Friday July 23rd.


Northern Careers Expo

You could also attend the Northern Careers & Employment Expo held at the Darebin Arts Centre (Corner Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston) on Tuesday 27th July, 6-9pm. At this event a wide range of tertiary institutions, employment agencies and employers will be present. Ford and Holden will also be there, a great coup for the organizers. Presentations about how to apply for tertiary places through VTAC and how to go about getting an apprenticeship will also be held. If you can you should support this worthwhile event


Year 10 Work Experience (Aug. 2-6)

This is now in the final stages of organization. If your child hasn’t completed the Industry Specific Health & Safety module then they need to do so by this Friday, 23rd July.


VTAC Guide 2005

All Year 12 students going onto tertiary study (or even thinking about doing so) need one of these. Only $10.00 from the Cashier – buy one now!

Peter Goddard, Careers teacher



Coming Band performance dates

Geelong Eisteddfod

Intermediate Wednesday 4th August

Stage Thursday 5th August

Choirs Thursday 12th August


A concert is being held in EHS hall 7:30-9:30pm on Thursday 12th August.  Performing will be Jazz, Combo, Concert, Symphonic and Training Bands.


Melbourne Schools Bands Festival

Training 23rd August

Intermediate 18th August

Concert 19th August

Symphonic  23rd August

Jazz 27th August

Stage 25th August                       More details to come


Students who are preparing for an AMEB Theory Exam on Wednesday 25th August are advised that the examination venue is the Union Hall at LaTrobe University.  Students should plan their travel arrangements accordingly.

Ms Alexandra Cameron, Head of Classroom Music


AMEB exam and forms and payment are now OVERDUE.  Please forward to the Cashier tomorrow.



Important Notice to Parents –please note

changes to dates - South Street 2004

Information just to hand indicates significant changes to the schedule of the competitions this year …….



Session starting time


Sat 4th Sept



Fri 3rd Sept



Thurs 2nd Sept



Sat 4th Sept



Thurs 2nd Sept



Wed 1st Sept



Wed 1st Sept



Wed 1st Sept


Saxes & Flutes

Thurs 2nd Sept


VCE vocal

Tues 7th Sept



Tues 7th Sept


Details of transport, meal arrangements will be notified closer to the event



Want a bargain?  Remember to ring The Good Guys Thomastown and book your ‘visit’ to the store this Friday night (23rd July) for the opportunity to buy electrical items at great discount prices.  There’s also special Lay-by arrangements for us … a VIP night for EHS! 

Our next Music Support Group meeting is Monday 26th July 8pm at 14 Moola Place Eltham.  Any queries ring Jill on 9439 9673.


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


Thank you to all the people who have contributed to our food for refugees appeal.  EHS has collected 4 boot loads of non-perishable food and toiletries.  We still have a box in the office foyer.  All contributions gratefully accepted.

Thanks George Franklin/Brendan Monigatti



Parents/guardians who were not paid the EMA in Instalment 1 but who are eligible as at 12th July 2004, must submit an application to the school by 6 August 2004 to receive instalment 2.

Eligibility requirements are that parents/guardians must be,

·    an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit and hold a current Health Care Benefit Card or Pensioner Concession Card or

·    a Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner or

·    a foster parent

If a student turns 16 during the year, the EMA is paid on a pro-rata basis of the total payment.  The pro-rata is on a monthly basis i.e. if a student turns 16 on 4th July, he or she will be paid until the end of July

Please note that parent applications for the second instalment close on 6th August.  Late applications may not be processed after this date.

Bruce Martyn Business Manager



Reminder to Year 7 Parents

Yr 7 Immunization Hep B follow up Wednesday 21 July


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 21

Sharon Dimech, Yvonne Yeering, Anne Marshall

Thurs 22

Cheryl Simpson, Jenny Samphier, Jan Baddeley

Fri 23

Margie Parsons, Meg Davis, Kerry Armstrong

Mon 26

Debbie Baker, Heather Febo, Cheryl Saundry, Trish Kent

Tues 27

Margaret Summerton, Susan Hodgson, Sally Malkoutzis

Wed 28

Mandy Byrne, Rhonda Hall

volunteer needed Please

Thinking of “doing canteen duty?” why not give it a go! meet some great people and be a part of this dynamic group – free lunch supplied.  Give Gael a ring on 9439 5111 between 8am and 2:30pm

If for any reason you cannot continue with your earlier commitment to Canteen duty please phone.


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

July 2004

Wed 21 until

Tues 27

see front page

Wed 28

Careers Information Night 7:30pm

Thurs 29

Music–Symphonic Band Camp returns Saturday

Maths – Australian Mathematics Competition

Expedition to Vietnam – Parents presentation 7:30pm

Fri 30

LOTE-MS Indonesian Presentation at Dallas Brooks Hall


Mon 2

LOTE Australian Language Certificate Tests

Work Experience week for Year 10’s

Tues 3

LOTE-New Caledonia Parent Meeting

Wed 4

O&ES Yr122 Cross Country Skiing Mt Stirling

Music Stage Band extended rehearsal



Community Announcements/Advertising



Last seen on Tuesday at 3:10pm a Nokia 6610 silver phone has a line through the screen so is of less importance than the sim card.  If you have any information or know of the phone or sim card’s whereabouts please notify the office.  Honesty in the form of information or a return of the phone will be rewarded generously

Thank you



Alto Saxophone – Selmer ‘Bundy 11’

VG Condition – excellent first instrument – recently serviced by “Dr Sax” $695 ONO

Phone Anne or Claire 9437 1808



Friday 23rd July 11pm-8am

Roller City Eltham

27 Susan Street Eltham

Breakfast Available  . . . .$15 entry

games – prizes—fun—music—hockey—fun

Fundraiser for Victorian Skaters for World 2004 Mark & Gethyn