Text Box: Term 3 Week 3
Tuesday 27th July 2004


Careers Night       this Wednesday 28th July at 7:15pm

please park your car on the hard courts and make your way to the hall for a key note address & welcome.                    Sessions begin at 8pm and conclude 9:40pm with supper


Reminder to parents: Year 9 Camp

Lady Northcote Recreation Camp Monday 2nd-4th August

The Year 9 camp is close at hand and payment needs to be made prior to the date.  This will confirm essential information necessary for staffing of the camp and classes for students not attending.   A camp for Year 9 has not been organized before and your support in encouraging your child to attend is greatly appreciated.  If payment of the camp is an issue please contact Bruce Martyn, Business Manager to discuss payment options.

Thursday 5th August School based program about work experience

Friday Year 9 City Tour

All year 9 students will spend the day in the city in small groups completing a question/answer sheet on Melbourne City.  The only cost will be a Metcard purchased by the student and money for lunch.

Ross Pringle. Middle School Head

Principal’s Report

Aim Test

The 2004 Achievement Improvement Monitor (AIM) Tests for all Year 7 Students is scheduled to occur on Tuesday 4th August and Wednesday 5th August. The test is not a diagnostic test and does not provide assistance to teachers about ways for students to improve. Its purpose is to make an assessment of standards (a snapshot) in English and Mathematics. The AIM Test comprises 4 elements: Short Answer Questions In Mathematics, Extended Answer Questions in Mathematics, Short Answer Questions In English and a Writing Task. Each element will take either 40 or 45 minutes. The whole AIM testing is scheduled to take place over two days.


Parents may seek an exemption from the AIM test for their children. Exemptions are granted at the school level. Exemptions are available for students with disabilities or impairments, to students who have been learning English in Australia for less than two years and in other circumstances. If you wish your child to be exempted from the AIM test then you need to contact the school and ask for an Exemption Form, which will be mailed to you.


The Eltham High School Council, at its meeting of Wednesday 21st July passed a motion opposing the administration of the AIM Test to students of the school. Members of the Australian Education Union employed at Eltham High School have indicated that they intend to take stop work action should any AEU members be required to administer the AIM Test. If this were to occur then the disruption to the school program would be extensive. There are too few staff



who are not members of the AEU to administer the AIM in the manner required by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. I have informed the Department of Education and Training of the situation.  


Australian Science Challenge

Congratulations to Jesse Abdurazak and Meg Russell of Year 7 who receive a Distinction in the 2003 Australian Science Challenge. David Morrison of Year 8 also achieved a Distinction. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Science Challenge.


Sports Achievement

Congratulations to the Eltham High School Under 14 Road Relay Team who came second at the recent championships. This is a first for our school. More details in this newsletter.

Garth Van Noorden, Year 12, has been selected into the Victorian School Sports Association Team for Basketball. Garth will compete in the Australian Championships in Canberra in three weeks. Congratulations to Garth on a fantastic achievement.


Paul Rose, Principal



A note for your diary:

Sunday 15 Aug Grounds Working Bee


Wednesday 28

Careers Night begins in the hall at 7:15pm

Thursday 29

Music–Symphonic Band Camp returns Saturday

Maths – Australian Mathematics Competition

Expedition to Vietnam – Parents presentation 7:30pm in the library

Friday 30

LOTE-MS Indonesian Presentation at Dallas Brooks Hall

Monday 2 August

Careers – Work Experience Week Yr10

Year 9 Special program

LOTE Australian Language Certificate Tests

Work Experience week for Year 10’s

Tuesday 3

LOTE-New Caledonia Parent Meeting 7:30pm in the library




Snake Snow

Fred, the Snake man, ran a very entertaining and educational session this week for all Year 7 students.  He showed off his collection of snakes (venomous and non-venomous) and selected Victorian reptiles.  The show lasted 90 minutes and his talk included endangered species biodiversity, safety and enabled students to become familiar with and gain hands on experience with the snakes.

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher



The Children Book Council’s Awards for Book of the Year are to be announced on the 20th August 2004.   The short listed books in the Older Reader Section are:

Burning Eddy by Scott Gardner

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Boys of blood & bone by David Metzenthen

Black taxi by James Moloney

How to make a bird by Martine Murray

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

In the forthcoming weeks the library will be holding a competition

“Judge the Book by the Cover”, where students can select which novel they believe will win, the selection criteria being the attractiveness of the cover.

Upcoming events from Eltham Bookshop (Bookings essential 9439 8700)

Journalist John Martinkus, author of “Travels in American Iraq” and “A dirty little war”, will be at Montsalvat, on Thursday, 5th August, from 7.00-8.30pm.  Entry $10.

Robert Dessaix, author of “Twilight of love – travels with Turgenev” , will be at Montsalvat, on Monday, 30th August, from 7.00-8.30pm.  Entry $10.

Robyn Vickers-Willis, author of “Men navigating midlife” will be at Eltham Bookshop on 14th September, from 7.00-8.30pm.  Entry $2.








Parents are reminded that students who are undertaking visual Arts subjects in semester 2 are required to pay a subject levy as follows:


Art $10

Photography $40

Studio Arts ceramics $15

Multi-media $80

VCD $10

Media $35

Middle School

Art Studies, Painting, Drawing, Puppetry, Illustration & Design, Architectural drawing & modelling, ceramics, Print/draw $10

Film studies $14

Multimedia $80

Photography $40


Equipment VCE, M/S Years 7 & 8 Visual Arts students

Parents please make sure your child has the following equipment. (We know you bought it at the beginning of the year but we ask you to check pencil cases and replace items that have been lent or lost.)

HB, 2B 2H pencils / ruler / glue stick / eraser / scissors / black fine tip pen

Year 7 & 8 Students require a sketchbook

Middle School students require a visual diary.  This can be purchases at school for $6

Linda Mcleod, Arts Teaching & Learning Leader



Year 8 Maths Games Day

On Wednesday 21st July, over 130 teams from more than 70 schools (mainly Private) competed in the Annual Year 8 Mathematics Games day at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar.

The Eltham High School team of Culham Dowes, David Williamson, Shaun Wilson and Max Massingham solved mathematical puzzles and problems and competed against other schools playing maths games.

Despite the challenges, the students enjoyed the competition and performed extremely well, finishing 18th.  A great performance considering that our students were competing against the top mathematics students from each of the participating schools.  Well done.

Barry Hutton, Mathematics Coordinator

Test yourself with one of the problems the students worked on




what are the values of A,B,C,D & E?



Missed out on the band program at Eltham High School?  Opportunity still exists to learn a string instrument in the after school music program.  Professional lessons are available on violin, viola and cello.  Learn an instrument and be part of the EHS string school.  All lessons are individual with access to ensemble playing and AMEB exams if required.  Primary School students of all ages, in all areas are also encouraged to be part of our program. Further details contact Mr Andrew Kypriotis, 9431 4324



Silver Medal at Road Relays

The Eltham High School Girls Under 14 Road Relay team won a silver medal at the Victorian Schools Road Relay Championships on Saturday 24th July. The Relay championships were conducted around the campus of Latrobe University and students in the U14 and U16 age groups each ran a 2km leg while the distance for each runner in the U18 and U20 age groups was 3km. The EHS Girls U14 team was made up of Meg Russell, Bianca Holman, Shiri Singh and Taryn Grindal. The Boys U14 team of Erdem Ozturk, Matt Reilly, James Eason and John Considine finished well up in the field in a very even team effort.

Thirteen other EHS students took part in the program on the day running in a mixture of incomplete teams and composite invitational teams with students from other local school.


4x 2km GU14 Meg Russell 7:18, Bianca Holman 8:49, Shiri Singh 8:50, Taryn Grindal 8:57

4x 2km GU16 Megan West 8:23

4x 2km BU14 Erdem Ozturk 7:35, Matt Reilly 7:24, James Eason 7:39, John Considine 7:52

4x 2km BU14 Lachlan Deller 8:49

4x 2km BU16 Rick Bennie 8:11, Lyulph Car 8:01

4x 2km GU16 Natalie Grindal 9:49

4x 3km BU18 Adrian Franklin 9:11, Asher Carter 11:22

4x 3km GU18 Daisy Pearce 13:57

Nine EHS students will be taking part in the VSSSA State Cross Country Championships this Friday (30/7/’04) at Bundoora Park. The students taking part are: GU13 - Meg Russell, Bianca Holman, Taryn Grindal, BU13 - Matthew Reilly, James Eason, Tim Woods, GU14 - Megan West, BU14 - Lyulph Car, and BU16 - Aiden Oesser. The events begin with the GU13 at 11:00am.


The distance running group trains on a Monday morning at 8:00am, leaving form the front of the school. A sprints session is held on a Friday morning at 8:00am. All interested students welcome. No charge.

Max Balchin, Athletics coach




Congratulations to all of our state volleyball representatives on successfully representing Victoria in Perth last week at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships. Here is a report by on the spot reporter, Evie Lake.

The 2004 Australian Junior Volleyball Nationals were held in Perth this year from 10th – 17th of July. Nine Victorian teams competed and three teams came away with Gold: U/19 men; U/19 women and U/17 boys. For the 4th year in a row Victoria also won the President’s Cup for the overall most successful State.

Students from Eltham High School who made Victorian teams and competed were: Cameron Blewett, Ryan Dunn, Lucas Simpson, Sally Thomas, Daisy Pearce, Igor Yudin, Evie Lake, Dave Parsons, Laura Greve, Aaron Fluck, Darren Patterson, Bee Spoor, John Van Noorden and Chris Varsamakis.  Cameron Blewett, Igor Yudin and Dave Parsons were also awarded ‘All Star Six’ selection.


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. Team lists have been posted up on the volleyball information board in the stadium foyer.


Upcoming dates

Ballarat Tournament – Sunday 22nd August

Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

One day event – Thursday 2nd September.

Three day event– September 10,11,and 12

National 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

A new season of junior volleyball begins this Thursday after school in the stadium. Any interested students are invited to join in. Games begin at 3.25 pm and usually finish at 4.00 pm.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Northern Careers Expo

Northern Careers & Employment Expo held at the Darebin Arts Centre (Corner Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston) on TONIGHT 27th July, 6-9pm.

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


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



Why learn French?

We thank James Alexander and Christian Teese for an entertaining and highly motivating talk to our year 8 French classes on the “Benefits of learning French”.  These students have great leadership skills, initiative and are clearly great mentors for our younger students.  Here are some comments from our year 8 French students 

On Tuesday 21st, all the year 8 French classes gathered in the library to listen to two year 12 students, Christian and James, talk about why we should do French as an elective.  They talked about the benefits of continuing French and about their own experiences while learning the language.  Their talk encouraged us to continue French and we would like to thank Christian and James for giving up their time to talk to us.

Dominque Emerson, Lucy Anderson & Amelia Beveridge 8G

A similar talk will be held for Indonesian students soon.

A big thank you to Madame Nicassio, Madame Wheatley and Monsieur Menaud for initiating this event.

Also a big congratulations to Julien Djedid Yr7 for being selected to participate in the finals of the Speaking Competition in French to be held by Alliance Francaise.  We wish him the best of French luck. (We also wish the VCE students the best of luck for their trial exams held by Alliance Francaise.  Written are being held today and oral are on 3rd August) 


Student Exchange Australia is offering scholarships in French Please see Madame Wheatley for details.

Visit by Convenor of Exchange program from Satya Wacana School.

On Friday 23rd July Ibu Numuk from Satya Wacana Christian School from Sala Tiga (Central Java, Indonesia) came to visit us and introduce herself to our school.  She was accompanied by Mrs Beth Crompton, Indonesian teacher from Eltham College.  Ibu Numuk spoke about the schooling system in Indonesia, unlike Eltham High, Satya Wacana Campus consists of kindergarten, primary and secondary school students and senior high school students work closely with the Satya Wacana University especially in the Sciences. 

We hope to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Satay Warana which will have positive and exciting outcome for both schools.  Six students from Satay Warana will be coming here to EHS from 9th to 16th August.  Whilst learning English as a 2nd language and attending classes at Eltham High School they also hope to help our students with their conversation in Indonesian and impart knowledge of Indonesian culture to others. 

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE





United Nations Association of Australia UNAA is a non-government community based organisation; that raises awareness of the United Nations aims and Ideals.

As a member of the UNAA over the next term I aim to raise awareness and support for UNHCR, a United Nations relief organization dedicated to protecting refugees and seeking ways to help them restart their lives in a normal environment.  UNHCR presently is dedicated to dealing with the atrocities the Sudanese refugees are enduring.  30,000 women and children are dying per month since fighting broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur last year, militant groups have killed, raped and forced hundreds and thousands from their homes.  More than 110,000 Sudanese refugees, mostly women and children as their husbands and older brothers have been attacked and killed, have fled into Chad, and thousands more are scattered along the dangerous and inhospitable 600k stretch of borderland desert.  Under scorching sun during the day and freezing temperatures at night, without food and water and very few possessions these people are starving to death, too weak to continue their search for refuge they simply surrender to the desert, surrender to death.

With the commencement of the rainy season these Sudanese refugees are stranded, becoming unreachable by UNN relief workers.  With the threat of disease looming as a result of the cold the death toll is expected to reach 100,000 by year’s end.

These people need help and we as a school are in a position to provide help.  By making a donation to the UNAA collection jar in the main administration office the funds raised are able to help support UNHCR providing these refugees with care and protection, medicine and establishment.  We can give these destitute families a better chance to re-establish their lives.  As a school we can make a difference.

Baden Minas, Representative for UNAA



The school is cleaning out our class set of table looms and two floor looms.  If you would like a free weaving loom please contact the Art Department to arrange collection.

Linda McLeod, Head of Arts




Looking for the adventure of a Lifetime?

Eltham High is proposing a 28 day trip to



Students and parents are invited to an information/slide night

Conducted by “World Challenge”

To be held this Thursday 29th July in the Eltham High School Library at 7:30pm

Further information contact Julie Allen on 9439 5111





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.

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



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________


Wed 28

Mandy Byrne, Rhonda Hall

volunteer needed Please

Thurs 29

Norma Phillips, Angela Hennel, Meg Russell

Fri 30

Meg Davis, Debra Edgell, Maree Mayall


Mon 2

Sue Kelly, Maggi Doville, Renate Burke

Tues 3

Anne Burgess, Karen Malek, volunteer needed

Wed 4

Jamie Kelly, Jennie Harcourt, Di Arrowsmith, volunteer needed

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 28 until

Tues 3 Aug

see front page


Wed 4

O&ES Yr12 Cross Country Skiing Mt Stirling returns Friday evening

Music Stage Band extended rehearsal

Intermediate Band Geelong 12-5pm

Thurs 5

SoSE Yr11 Politics Excursion to Montsalvat 7-8:30pm –John Martinkus

Tues 10

Careers Portfolio Day all Yr 10 students

Wed 11

Transition  Yr11 Information Night for Yr 10 students 7:30pm

Thurs 12

Curriculum Day Student Free day

Choir & VCE Ensemble to Geelong Eisteddfod

Music Concert 7:30pm in the hall



Community Announcements/Advertising


Class of 1984 – 20 Year Reunion

For former year 12 students of 1984


Monday 9 August 2004


“Walks Café/Bar” 1A Pryor St Eltham 6:30pm


Email elthahhs84@yahoo.com

C/-  EHS84 Reunion

Eltham PO Eltham 3095



The Eltham Living & Learning Centre has registered as a Tax Help Centre to provide a venue and a volunteer to assist people on low incomes (earning less than $35,000) with their tax responsibilities.

Geoff Read is available at the Eltham Centre on Thursday afternoons.

To book an appointment with Geoff, please call Leonie Trufitt on 9430 1301


FOR SALE  Alto Saxophone – Selmer ‘Bundy 11’

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

Phone Anne or Claire 9437 1808



.…an ounce of prevention......

The School Dental Service (SDS) is offering free dental check-ups and treatment to eligible students in year levels 7 and 8. For students to receive care, parents/guardians must hold a valid health card (Health Care Card, Health Benefits Card and Pensioner Concession Card). Treatment will be provided at the NILLUMBIK COMMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE 917 Main Road Eltham 9431 1333

near your child’s school.

Prevention of tooth decay and gum disease is the aim of the SDS. Your consent to dental care will assist your child in achieving good dental health.


Dental check-ups and general treatment will be provided by dental therapists. Treatment provided may include dental advice, cleaning of teeth, dental sealants to prevent decay, and fillings. Dentists will perform more complex dental care.

Specialist dental treatment, for example, braces, is not provided. Referral to dental specialists can be arranged.

Information about the SDS will be sent home with your child soon. When you have completed the consent form please put into the post. Our staff will contact you to arrange an appointment. Your child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all appointments.


If you have any questions about our service, please contact our dental staff on 9431 1333 or you may wish to contact our Regional Management office on    9481 3179.



Need Assistance?

A register of tutors is held at the office, please enquire – we may be able to assist.


Puppies for Sale

Prue bred Jack Russell puppies, six weeks old, vaccinated. Contact Tim 9457 5314/0418 590 188 AH


Interested Parents in Bend of Islands area who would like to be involved in car pool

Please contact Linda 0423 284 720


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


My Body, My Life

Body Image Program for Adolescent Girls

Prof. Susan Paxton and Brooke Ellis from La Trobe University are running a free Body Image Program for girls between 15-16 years old.  This is a six week program involving activities to be completed from the My Body, My Life manual, in conjunction with six 90 minute weekly group sessions (5-8 girls per group) conducted on-line in real-time on a secure La Trobe University chart site.  A booster session will follow approximately two months later.

If you think you may benefit from this program and would like to participate, please contact Brooke Ellie on 0411 770 379, or Prof. Susan Paxton on 9479 1736, or email susan.paxton@latrobe,edu.au

Please note: Parental consent will be required to participate in this program.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Melbourne Phoenix Netball Skills Clinic

Venue: Doncaster & District NA

Cnr Anderson & Parker Sts Templestowe

Sunday 8th August 2004-07-19 Age groups – 11/U, 13/U, 15/U Open

Session times 9:30am – 12:30pm

Check in time is 9am   Cost $30 per participant

Australian Squad players include: Sharelle McMahon, Bianca Chatfield, Natasha Chokljat, Susan Meaney, Ingrid Dick.  All participants receive a “Sharelle McMahon” poster

Further info contact Judy Hudson 03 9321 2221 or email: judy@netballvic.com.au


My Monty

Photography Competition

Entries close Wednesday 4th August at 5pm- submit entries to plenty of colour

This is Montmorency Traders Association 3rd annual competition –there are some great prizes and cash to be won!!



Berry Street Victoria

Standing up to Teenage Aggression

A support group for parents will be held on eight MONDAY mornings in Term 3, 2004.  The emphasis of the group will be on mutual respect and support, building on parents’ strengths and reducing feelings of isolation.

To find out more, or to ask for an enrolment brochure, please contact Hien or Naomi 9458 5788 fax 9458 5825 or email: hbui@berrystreet.org.au


Warrandyte Neighbour House

Learn about MYOB from an experienced trainer who will teach you how to use Version 13 and the requirements of GST

Wednesdays 28th July – 15th September 7-9pm


Baseball Umpires Association of Victoria

Annual Umpire Training Camp

6, 7, 8 August

Venue: Waverly Baseball Club (Melways 71 J2)

The weekend consists of separate sessions designed to cover most aspects of baseball umpiring.  Instructors will include accredited instructors and umpires who have attended Professional Umpire schools in the USA.  This will ensure that the latest teachings in Mechanics, Theory and Rules interpretation are presented.

This weekend is vital for continued and further accreditation.

For expressions of interest please contact Greg 0412744491/Ian 0409704459/Mark 0418382339


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


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 week.



DVD of the Impro night performance  available for $20


To order this DVD you will need to collect and return an order form from the school office.

For more information please contact Orsino Images 0408671181



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