Text Box: Term 3 Week 4
Tuesday 3rd August 2004


ON TONIGHT . . . . . . .


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



Monday 2nd-Wednesday 4th Lady Northcote Recreation Camp

Thursday 5th School based program about work experience

Friday 6th 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

A Busy Week for Middle School

This week is a very special one for Middle School students. All Year 10 are undertaking their formal Work Experience and I hope that their experiences in the workplace will be valuable, enlightening and enjoyable. Year 9 students have had the opportunity of participating in a 3-day leadership camp this week and later in the week will be involved in the school based work education program and on Friday the City Tour. I am very pleased to see our Middle School students so engaged in a range of personal development and leadership skills development activities.


Aim Test

As I indicated I last week’s parent newsletter, insufficient staff were available to conduct the AIM Test. I reported this situation to both the Department of Education and Training and to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.


Camera Phones

Parents will be aware of the very serious discussion that has developed surrounding the potential of camera mobile phones to invade the privacy of others.  Quite clearly the biggest concerns are about the potential for pictures taken in change rooms and toilets to find their way onto the internet or to be used to harass or intimidate other students.  The school rules indicate that mobile phones can be brought to school but require them to be turned off in class and not be visible.  These rules will be enforced and if there is a lack of cooperation, mobile phones may be confiscated and returned at the end of the school day.  Signs will soon be placed around the school indicating that the use of camera phones is prohibited.  Schools are subject to the Information Privacy Act and photographs of students can only be published where explicit, written permission has been granted by all people in the photo.


Skye Vallve, (Year 12 Dance, PE, Biology, Health & English 2003) recently signed with EMI records a 3 year development contract.  She will produce 1 album early next year.  Skye has been a student of the Jaanz Singing School for the past 5 years.    Good luck Skye.                                                        


Paul Rose, Principal




Wednesday 4

Careers-Work Experience Yr10 this week

LOTE – Aust Language Certificate Tests

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

Music-Stage Band extended rehearsal 3:30-8:30pm

Geelong Eisteddfod Intermediate Band 12-5pm

Thursday 5

Geelong Eisteddfod Stage Band 5-10pm

SoSE Yr11 Politics excursion to Montsalvat 7pm

Sunday 8

Music performances see Music section for details

Monday 9

Anthology Week – in school activities for all students

SOse 8E,F,G,H,J Excursion to Melbourne

Tuesday 10

Careers Portfolio day all Yr10 students

SoSE 8A,B,C,D to Melbourne Zoo – 8:50am depart

Music –Training Band workshop 7:30am-9:30am

            Symphonic Band Rehearsal 3:30pm-8:30pm





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.

Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal



Special Library Bookclub

We are very fortunate that at the next meeting of the ibrary’s Bookclub on Tuesday, 10th August,  author Robert Newton will be in attendance speaking to the students.   This special presentation has been arranged by Eltham Bookshop.


Robert Newton is a full time fire fighter, and when not putting out fires he likes to surf and write.  He has a black belt in Karate and one-liners.   As a child he played the trumpet and played briefly with the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Orchestra.  As the son of an army officer he spent his childhood moving between postings.   He now lives in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.    His previous novels are The Khaki Kid, the Punjabi Pappadum, and My Name is Will Thompson.   He will be speaking about his latest novel Saturday morning, Mozart and burnt toast.


If students wish to purchase a copy of the book ($16.95) and have it signed by Robert they are more than welcome to do so.

Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator



The Grounds Committee has scheduled its only Working Bee for Term 3 on Sunday 15th August.  As usual there is always something to do to keep the school looking neat and tidy and we always endeavour to have a project which adds to the overall improvement of our amenities and environment.

In summary the following has been planned:

1.The construction of a cypress pine fence on the south side of the 400’s similar in design to the fence adjacent to the stadium along Withers Way.

Crowbars, shovels, stringlines and spirit levels are required.

2.Completion of the Greenhouse in the Habitat Reserve

3.Planting of 200 tube plants in and around the 400’s block.  Gloves, mattocks, shovels are required

4.Further mulching on the western end of the 400’s block.  Wheelbarrows required.

5.Brush cutting and mowing in selected areas.  Brush cutter and mower will be provided

6.Pruning and tidying in the northwest corner of the school adjacent to the stadium.  Gloves and pruning shears required.

7.Positioning of 2 bin holders. 

Crowbars and shovels will be needed.

8.Staining of the new cypress pine posts after the fence is constructed.  Brushes and stain are supplied

9.Weeding and some further planting of grasses in the habitat area.  Gloves and gardening equipment are required.

The Grounds Committee supplies morning tea along with drinks and a barbeque lunch.  The event starts at 9am and concludes at 12:30pm.  Park your vehicle on the hard courts adjacent to the library and make your way to the canteen courtyard where you will be met by a member of the Grounds Committee, signed in and allocated a task.  Looking forward to fine weather conditions and a productive day on the 15th.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee





Transition Yr11 Information Night for Yr10 students 7:30pm








Visit of Bainbridge College

We were pleased to host music students from Bainbridge College, Hamilton last week.  On arriving at lunchtime they were fed [very well] thanks to the work of Jill Browne and assistance of Jane Poole.  After lunch the concert band were put through their paces by Mr Waterworth and really showed some wonderful skills.  After school the band students observed our Symphonic Band in action whilst Mr. Kypriotis worked with a delightful string ensemble from Bainbridge College.  Having had our Concert Band visit Hamilton in 2002 in nice to be able to renew acquaintances with friends from that visit.


Geelong Eisteddfod

We wish the following groups well as they compete at this competition during the coming week: Intermediate Band – Wednesday 4th August

Stage Band – Thursday 5th August

Choir & VCE Vocal Ensemble –Thursday 12th August


Upcoming Concerts

Sunday 8th August

The VCE Vocal Ensemble will be participating in the Nillumbik Choral Festival (the Bointe 25 years Winter Festival), part of the Banyule Festival.  It also features The Chocolate Lillies, Phoenix and Klezmeritis.  

The concert will be held in the Petrie Park Community Hall, Mountain View Rd. Montmorency commencing at 2.30pm.

Enjoy an afternoon of good music.

Entry $12, $8 Conc.  Enquiries 9417 1983.

Please note the Choir will not be performing at this concert.


Our Clarinet Choir, Saxophone and Flute Ensembles will be presenting a Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Concert, also on August 8th at the Silverwood Retirement Village, Porter St. Templestowe commencing at 2.00pm


Parents and friends are most welcome to attend both these concerts.


Thursday 12th August

There will be a concert in the EHS hall featuring our Jazz Combo, Symphonic, Concert and Training Bands commencing at 7.30pm.       Admission is free.


Melbourne School Bands Festival

Students will be bringing home detailed information about this event this week. 

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


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




Blue and White jacket Dinner

On Saturday night Volleyball Victoria held its annual awards night to celebrate winning the President’s Cup again this year. Once again Eltham High School was well represented with 22 students being selected to play for Victorian volleyball teams. Hannah Martin, Daisy Pearce, Darren Patterson and Ryan Dunn were also given the honour of being named the Most Valuable Players in their respective teams. Well done to all players concerned and thank you to their parents for their ongoing support.


Ballarat Tournament

Details will be sent home and published in the newsletter as soon as they are available.


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 Aug

Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

        One day event – Thursday 2nd Sept

        Three day event– Sept 10,11,and12

National Schools Volleyball Cup – Dec 5th – 10th.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Nine EHS students took to the hilly cross country course at Bundoora Park to compete in the VSSSA State Cross Country Championships on Friday 30th July. The competition was very keen with fields in each event numbering close to 100 runners.

Meg Russell finished in third place in the Girls Under 13 3000m, giving EHS its first medal at an All High Cross Country for many years.  In the Boys Under 13 3000m, Matthew Reilly ran a very fast time and came across the line in 15th position. Lyulph Car finished in 41st place in the Boys Under 14 3000m. Aiden Oeser ran a strong race in the Boys Under 16 5000m to finish in 31st place in a time of 19:11. Other EHS competitors to take part in the Championships were Bianca Holman, Taryn Grindal, Tim Woods, James Eason, and Megan West.

This event completes the school’s Cross Country season. It has been a very successful season and well done to all EHS athletes who have taken part.

The EHS distance running group will continue to train on a Monday morning at 8:00am from the front of the school.                            Max Balchin, Athletics coach


Girls U 13 3000m

Meg Russell

3rd        11:42


Bianca Holman

48th      13:39


Taryn Grindal

84th      14:28

Boys U 13 3000m

Matthew Reilly

15th      11:21


Tim Woods

88th      12:59

Girls U 14 3000m

Megan West

85th      14:59

Boys U 14 3000m

Lyulph Car

41st      11:21

Boys U 165000m

Aiden Oeser

31st      19:11


There are several vacancies in the EHS Swim Squad for any students looking for a healthy workout on a Thursday morning. Come along to the Eltham Leisure Centre at 7:00am on Thursday morning and join in the fun.  The sessions cost $7 each to cover coaching fees and lane hire, and the money is payable to the school cashier.

Contact Mr Balchin at the school for further information.


Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews

VCE Interviews

Tuesday August 17th ---4-7pm

Middle School &

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



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.

Late applications may not be processed after this date.

Bruce Martyn Business Manager



On July 30th our Middle School Indonesian students went to Dallas Brooks Hall to attend a Forum “Why Learn Indonesian?” and to hear the exciting musical group from Musica Viva called “Byar”.  The morning started off with an address by the Consulate General, Pak Wahid who said “It is important for Australia and Indonesia to understand each other despite our differences.  This is best done by each country learning each other’s cultures and language and it is through education that we can strengthen our bonds and make it easier to deal with our differences.”  Pak Ismet, an academic from Deakin University who said “Indonesia is one of our closest neighbours yet culturally so different.  By studying a language we get to also learn about the way other people think i.e. we learn to become more flexible and have a more open mind.  Employers are looking for people who are flexible and learning languages therefore is valuable.”  Professor Arief Budiman from Melbourne University added that learning Indonesian will enable us to communicate with at least 230 million people (that is people of Indonesia & Malaysia).  Our Government needs Australians who can speak this language as we cannot avoid dealing with Indonesia.  We also heard Mr Baldwin from Rio Tinto, a mining giant noted that Rio Tinto has had a long association with Indonesia since the 1960’s when this mining giant started exploring for gold in Kalimantan.  Rio Tinto geologists than found it really hard to communicate because they could not speak with the locals.  Mr. Baldwin said that it is better for Rio Tinto to employ people who can speak the local language.  Captain Daly from the Australian Defence Academy at Laverton emphasised that “To ensure Australia’s security we need to have good relationship with our neighbours”.  The defence force employs linguists, interpreters to interact with local soldiers, fisheries and emergency services such as those employed after the Bali bombing.  Having knowledge of LOTE definitely gives you an edge if you wish to join the defence force and it is a high entry requirement for promotions within the defence force.

Our exchange students arrive next week.

Salam et Merci.

Bu Brady, Teaching & learning Leader LOTE



UNHCR is the United Nations relief organization, which at present is concerned about the growing number of refugees and displaced persons as a result of conflict in the Western region of Sudan.

Already an estimated 2.2 million people have fled their homes in fear of their lives. 30,000 are dying per month and now that deadly diseases are spreading 100,000 mostly innocent children, will be dead before years end.  These people are in such desperate need for help, most mothers and fathers can’t even afford the $11.50 hospital fee for medical attention for their dying children.  Many accepting the fact their children will die in their arms.

As a school we are in a position to help.  A few dollars from each student will provide much needed care and protection of these desperate refugees.  A few dollars will make a difference for these people.

Please make a donation to the UNAA collection jar at the main administration office.

Baden Minas, Representative for UNAA



Inkle Looms (table models) are available, please contact the Art Department to arrange collection.

Linda McLeod, Head of Arts


C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   


August 2004

Wed 4

Jamie Kelly, Jennie Harcourt,

Di Arrowsmith, volunteer needed

Thurs 5

Merle Schotterlein, Stef Mc Ewin, volunteer needed please

Fri 6

Merja Hanlon, Greg Stanford,

Ivana Glogowski

Mon 9

Brunhilde Khoshmashrab,

Cheryl Saundry, Denise Lopez

Tues 10

Erica Nigol, Donna Paulka,

Kerri Lester, Gabrielle Dougherty

Wed 11

Johanne Johnson, Lyn Lindsay,

Julie Peressini

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

August 2004

Wed 3 until

Tues 10  

see front page

Wed 11

Music –Intermediate Band Workshop 7:30am-9:30am

Transition Yr11 Information Night for Yr10 students 7:30pm

Thurs 12

Curriculum Day – Pupil FREE Day

Choir (9-3:30pm) &

VCE Ensemble(11am-5pm) Geelong Eisteddfod

Concert Band Rehearsal 9am-12noon

Music Concert 7:30pm in the hall

Fri 13

Music Melbourne School Strings Festival

Sun 15

Grounds Working Bee

Mon 16

SoSE Yr12 Politics Lectures at Southbank until 4:30pm

VCE Parent Teacher Interviews 4-7pm




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



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


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


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 3:30-5pm

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


Thank you to all the people who have contributed to our food for refugees appeal.  We still have a box in the office foyer. 

All contributions gratefully accepted.

Thanks to all George Franklin/Brendan Monigatti


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