Text Box: Term 3 Week 6
Tuesday 17TH August 2004


VCE Interviews

Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews

T o n i g h t

Tuesday August 17th 4-7pm

Advance Notice

Middle School Information Evening for all Yr 8 students 2004 (Yr 9 – 2005) 7:30pm in the hall Wednesday 25th August

Students will receive an invitation to this important evening for parents and students during this week.

Ross Pringle, Head of Middle School



Principal’s Report

Looking for the Best


Last week’s Curriculum Day gave the staff of the school the opportunity to visit classrooms across the state, seeking out good practice and interesting ideas from our state’s most successful schools. In the afternoon the staff gathered together to share their experiences and to write down what they had seen that could be useful for making our school better for students and teachers. As a consequence we now have a database that our staff can use when planning for the future.


One thing was very obvious from all the reports that staff have made. Other schools have aspects of their curriculum or processes or programs or structures that we can learn from and perhaps modify in the future to meet our needs. But one area where the universal response indicates that Eltham High School is a real leader is in the development of positive relationships between students and between students and staff. Positive student outcomes are built on a sense of care, support and trust. And those are important aspects of education that our school develops year after year after year.


Paperless Parent Newsletter??

For some time now we have given parents the opportunity to receive the weekly Parent Newsletter via email. Despite a few teething troubles this now seems to be working well for some families. Each week we print enough newsletters for every student in the school and many copies end up in the bin – not needed, not home and not read. Do we really need a paper version of the Parent Newsletter? What if we only delivered by email, or even only published on the school’s website and emailed a reminder to families? What do you think? What is your preference? How can the school improve communications with you? Your thoughts are wanted on this matter – please let me know what would suit you by writing to me at the school or be emailing me at “principal@elthamhs.vic.edu.au”

Paul Rose, Principal




Wednesday 18

Melbourne Writers’ Festival Youth Literature days

SoSE M/S Geog Urban Tour to Rialto, Beacon Cove, Caroline Springs

O&ES Yr11 Cross Country Skiing to Lake Mountain

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday 19

Melbourne Schools Bands Festival – see Music Section

Lote 8A,B.C,D, Talk in Library -Benefits of Languages

Friday 20

Melbourne Schools Bands Festival – see Music Section

LOTE French Yr10 & Yr11 Film – ACMI at Federation Square

Saturday 21

Environment Group Lurg Revegetation Camp returns Sunday

Sunday 22

Melbourne Schools Bands Festival – see Music Section

Monday 23

Melbourne Schools Bands Festival – see Music Section

Yr 11 Art & M/S Drawing to NGV return 3:10pm

M/S Art Studies visit NGV return 4:30pm

Tuesday 24

Melbourne Schools Bands Festival – see Music Section




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 scheduled classes on Tuesday 31 August because all students are expected to attend their progress interviews.


Booking sheets have been distributed for VCE interviews please fill in the preferred times. 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



Student Science Photography Competition

As part of Science week, the Science Department is running a competition.  There are 6 photos on display in the Science corridor for you to identify.  Write your answers, neatly, on a piece of paper, with your name and class and put your entry into the box in the Science Staffroom.

Entries close Friday 20th August 4pm

1st Prize - $10 canteen voucher

2nd prize - $ 5 canteen voucher

All neat entries will win a prize.

Photos are on loan from RMIT University and are on display in the library and the Administration foyer.  The display in the library will change over the coming weeks, so keep watching.


The Science corridor and the library window have been decorated reflecting this year’s theme of Space.


A reminder for students to watch out for the “did you knows” appearing in the student bulletin daily.


Your challenge for Science week

Plastic Bag Famine 21-22 August

By taking part in the Plastic Bag Famine, you can help reduce the 6.9 billion plastic check-out bags used in Australia each year.  Take the challenge and go without plastic bags during National Science Week.  For more details: www.plasticbagfamine.com


Amanda McTernan/Wendy Mather for Science faculty



The raffle mentioned last week in this Newsletter is underway – YES! – you can view the amazing prizes generously donated by Piers Bateman (painting,) Kevin Spearey (painting), Judy Roberts (Raku Pot) and Kate Hudson (Lino Print) at the school on parent/teacher night tonight, the 17th and Tuesday 31st August. And of course purchase tickets.  At other times the work will be on display in the Foyer.  Thank you again to the donors of the prizes.  If you wish to view other work by Piers Bateman his exhibition opens this week on Thursday at “Palettes” upstairs@Tannis 404 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.  Exhibition dates 19 August-2 September.

Barb Gregory, Art teacher



The crisis in Sudan has been labelled by the United Nations as “the world’s worst humanitarian disaster”.  The Atrocities and violence against simple farmers, women and children because of their race by militia groups is driving these people out of their homes and into the desert in fear of their lives.

As little as $11 will ensure medical attention for a child, $3 can feed them for a week.  Please make a donation to the main administration office.  To those who have donated I thank you, your contributions will affect positive change for these people.

Baden Minas, Representative for UNAA


After an absolute drenching of almost 50mm of H2O on Friday night and Saturday, the wind dropped and the sun shone for our Sunday Working Bee when 40 enthusiastic volunteers comprising parents, students and staff turned out.  Lots of tasks were achieved and our environment is just a whole lot better for all the efforts of those involved.  Thanks to one and all for your contributions.  This is a summary of what was achieved.

ü        The cypress pine fence adjacent to the 400’s block was constructed as planned.  A great job and a wonderful result from all those involved.

ü        250 indigenous plants were provided with new homes on the western end of the 400’s block.

ü        Large amounts of mulch were spread on the western boundary.

ü        2 bin holders and cypress pine posts were positioned adjacent to the stadium complex.

ü        Much sweeping, leaf and rubbish removal and pruning was achieved on the eastern side of the school.

ü        A significant amount of work was achieved in the erection of the Greenhouse in the Habitat area.

ü        Mowing was completed on  the western boundary – thanks Gordon

ü        A pallet of bricks was relocated to the horticultural enclosure.

ü        Staining of the cypress pine posts on the southern side of the 400’s was practically completed.

A sincere thankyou to all those who turned out for the event.  Special thanks go to our organizing Committee in Bob Ackland, Philip Green, Andrew Wilson, Mal Sinclair, Linda Hughes, Sue Hamilton-Green, Gordon Williamson and Bruce Voisey who provide significant leadership and inspiration on the day.  Well done and thank you from the school.

The following families and individuals are acknowledged for their contributions.

Green, Cox, Jessica Cox, Cunningham, Voisey, Coleman, Michelle Coleman, Nigol, Gemmill, Pesananto, Wilson, Hill, Sinclair, Boulter, Adamson, Jennison, Tralaggan, Roussel, Baker, Vincent, Tanya Vincent, Ben Vincent, Hughes, Rosenthal, Ranger, Cruickshank, Hrovat, Hamilton-Green, Kent, Dimech, Boyle, Medcalf, Taran Medcalf, Williamson, Isabel Hamilton-Green Ackland and Taylor.  Apologies to those who didn’t sign our attendance book.

Congratulations to Gordon Williamson and Adam Boulter who have joined our strong committee.  We look forward to your contributions over the coming years.

Thanks to one and all for another great Working Bee event.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee



Year 8 Excursion to Melbourne Zoo

All Year 8 students visited the Zoo this week to further their studies in SoSE, LOTE, VCD and Science.  Students were given a lesson at the Education Centre that focused on the rainforest environment and close observation was made of a number of animals.  This proved to be a most successful combined excursion that all students enjoyed.


Middle School Students

Mr Darling has some exciting new information about studying accounting in VCE (this includes Enhancement Studies).  Please call him on 9439 5111 or students may see him at the SoSE office (Room 403)

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher



Congratulations to the following students who have had work selected for the ACMI/Atari Diegesis Festival of student’s film and photography.  Over 1000 works were submitted and then 64 screen works and 165 photographs were chosen through a pre selection process to be included in the festival which is held  at ACMI on the 3rd and 4th of September.  Each night includes gallery and screen viewing with refreshments.  If you need tickets for either night – photography awards on Friday, Screen awards on Saturday then don’t delay. 

Go to the Diegesis website for details www.acmi.net.au/diegesis/index.htm



Troy Miles - Flashback

Manny Kechayas - The Fisherman

Ryan Bird - Dick Sharp and the case of the missing white out



Miriam Fishwick - Midnight Silhouettes

James Sanders - 5 works: Vertical Distance, Track/Tree, Machine, Untitled and Self Portrait

Nina Bowes - 4 works all untitled

Ian Clark, Photography teacher




Last Thursday the Eltham High School Choir and the VCE Vocal Ensemble travelled to Geelong to compete in the Geelong Eisteddfod.

The EHS Choir sang in the School Choral Section and was awarded an Honorary Mention for their singing of “Five Eyes” and “Dare to Dream”.  Although the Eltham High School Choir was the smallest choir, against large choirs of 50-60 students, adjudicator Faye Dumont commended the choir on its projection of sound, tone quality and phrasing.

The VCE Vocal Ensemble sang in the Secondary School Choral Section where they received an Honorary Mention singing “Stand by Me” and “He Ain’t Heavy” in a very competitive section.  The ensemble also competed in the hotly contested Under 19 Ensemble Section where they were awarded 2nd place with their rendition of “Send Me As A Seal” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.  The VCE Vocal Ensemble were commended for their ambitious works which were well handled, with good control of harmonies, attention  to detail and the balance within the ensemble.

Congratulations to all choir members who continue to make a commitment to the choral program at EHS.

I would like to thank Colin Jenkins who stepped in as our accompanist at short notice.

Alexandra Cameron, Choir Director

Bands to the Fore

There was standing room only in the school hall last Thursday evening for the concert which featured our Jazz Combo, Symphonic, Concert and Training Bands.  A capacity audience were treated to some wonderful playing of some very demanding repertoire.  The students of each of the groups responded to some very enthusiastic encouragement by parents and friends as they presented music which will be performed at festivals and competitions over the next few weeks.  Congratulations to all the students.


Melbourne School Bands Festival – Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University

Many of our students will be performing at this event over the next week or so.  Each group will be involved in listening, performing and workshop activities during their time at the festival. Students are required for the whole activity.  Outlined below are the actual performance times for each group to assist parents and friends who would like to hear the bands play.

Intermediate Band

Wednesday 18th August -2.30pm

Concert Band

Thursday 19th August - 7.10pm

Training Band

Monday 23rd August – 4.00pm

Symphonic Band

Monday 23rd August – 8.10pm

Stage Band

Wednesday 25th August – 9.30pm

Jazz Band

Friday 27th August – 2.20pm


A Date for Your Diary

Our annual All Groups Concert will take place on Thursday 16th September at the Yarra Valley Anglican School.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Our next meeting is Monday 30th August, 8pm at 14 Moola Place Eltham.  We welcome new members - come and hear what we've done this year ... and what's ahead!  

Once again, the MSG are subsidising the cost of the buses to the Royal South Street Competitions - a wonderful opportunity for the students in the music program to have their repertoire heard by many and the opportunity to hear music from other schools. Don't forget our Second Hand Instrument Register - is it time tour date/upgrade your student's instrument?  Ring Kathy with any queries on 9439 3597. If you have any queries regards the group, please ring Jill on 9439 9673



Students attend Peter Singer-The Ethics of Australia

Yr12 Philosophy students attended the first Questions about Australia Lecture at Melbourne University last Friday.  Professor Peter Singer launched his most recent publication How Ethical is Australia?  An examination of Australia’s Record as a Global Citizen and spoke about Australia’s involvement in a range of issues including International Aid and Environmental Policy.  Students August Skipper and Anastasia Clendinnen elected to ask Professor Singer questions in the Q & A session that followed his lecture.  August asked about the role that ignorance plays when determining the level of responsibilities the Australian electorate has over governmental decisions.  Anastasia asked Professor Singer whether he had considered domestic policy in regard to his reply to the Ethics of Australia.  Overall, students found the event a unique opportunity to hear the views of a world renowned philosopher.  Thanks to parent Karen Corneille for her assistance in co-organizing EHS involvement in this lecture.

Clare McKay, Philosophy teacher



Senior Girls Football – VSSSA Finals

For the second year in a row our senior football team competed in the state finals to decide the competitors in the grand final.

Against strong and talented opposition our team played well in difficult conditions, but unfortunately we were narrowly defeated by Mentone Girls (eventual winners) and Benalla.  In the match against Newcomb the large ground allowed our girls to play the open and free flowing brand of football that had brought us undefeated to the finals.  Even though we missed a number of easy shots at goal we still scored a good victory.

All players contributed to our success, but these players were outstanding on the day: Liz Young, Daisy Pearce, Lena Skipper, Steph Barrens, Krystal Mihailovic, Melissa Thomas and Evie Lake.

This competition signalled the end of a three year journey for some of our players, which saw the team develop into one of the best female teams in the state.  Congratulations to all these retiring players: Evie Lake, Krystal Mihailovic, Melissa Thomas, Liz Young, Laura Johnson, Ria Hearse, Tara Young, Sarah Copland, Steph Barrens and Sarah Lynch.

Robert Whitely, Senior Girls Football Coach



Ballarat Tournament

On Sunday the 22nd of August, 8 teams will be competing in the Ballarat Volleyball tournament. Games start at 9.00am (draw not available at time of writing).  Our year 7 teams will be playing at Sebastopol Secondary College. Our year 8 teams will play at Loreto College and our year 9 and 10 girls and our senior boys will play at Ballarat High school. Maps and details are available from Mr Thomas. Students will have to make their own way to Ballarat with parents or team mates.

If any parents are interested in helping out as a ‘coach/manager’ on the Sunday your help would be greatly appreciated. Contact Greg Thomas if you can help.


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.

The draw for the one day tournament (year 10 boys and girls) is available from Mr Thomas.


Olympic Volleyball on SBS

August 17          9.00 pm


Upcoming dates

Ballarat Tournament – Sun 22nd August

Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

            One day event – Thurs 2nd September.

Three day event– September 10, 11,and 12

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

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Year 12 Tertiary Application Information Event

Next Tuesday, August 24 during Periods 3 & 4 all Year 12 students will be in the Hall learning about how to apply for tertiary places and procedures to follow if looking for work.

A BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards.


Electrical Industry –Pre-Apprenticeship Test

Students in Years 10-12 interested in an electrical or electronics career are advised to do this test as it will greatly increase your prospects of getting an apprenticeship. It will be held on Saturday 9th October – come to the Careers Room for more details and application form.


Changes at Melbourne 2005

The University of Melbourne has introduced a number of changes to selection and admission for 2005. Parents of prospective students are invited to a briefing outlining these changes:

Wednesday 25th August, 6.30-8.00pm

Prince Phillip Theatre

Admission is free but register your attendance: bl@unimelb.edu.au or phone 8344 6543


Australian Airforce Cadets

401 Squadron, AAFC (based in Surrey Hills) has vacancies in the next recruit intake. Come to the Careers Room for more details if interested.


Exploring Occupational Therapy as a Career

This information evening is on Thursday 2nd September 6.30 - 8.00pm in the Vivian Bullwinkle Room, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Banksia St., Heidelberg. RSVP by August 30 on 9496 4049.


Who Wants to be an Architect Seminar?

This event will be held on Friday September 3rd at Melbourne University – come to the Careers Room for more details.


Engineering Information Evening

This event will be held on Wednesday September 1st at Monash University – come to the Careers Room for more details

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher



See one of our great prizes in the Art raffle at the end of this newsletter


Don’t miss out on buying a ticket or two!


C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   


August 2004


Sharon Dimech, Linda Alford, Anne Marshall

Thurs 19

Meg Russell, Maritta Car, Yvonne Wong

Fri 20

Leanne Wilson, Debbie Hollman, Mette Hemingway-Guest

Mon 23

Jill Rachim, Kerry O”Hara, Helen Hunter, Lyn Dalgleish

Tues 24

Trish Edgoose, Karen Malek, volunteers 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

August 2004

Wed 18 until

Tues 24  

see front page

Wed 25

Melbourne School Bands Festival continues this week – see Music section

Transition Yr9 Information Night for Yr 8 students in the hall

Thurs 26

M/S SoSE Where in the World & Yr11 Philosophy to Werribee Zoo

Music Symphonic Band Rehearsal 7-10pm

Sat 28

LOTE Indonesian Mock Oral exams Mallauna Sec College

Music MSBF Gala Concert at Robert Blackwood Hall

Sun 29

Music Jazz Band Rehearsal  11-1:30am

          Stage Band Rehearsal 1:30-3:30pm

          Percussion Ensemble Reh’l 3:45-5pm

Mon 30

LOTE French Crepe day

Tues 31

Junior & Middle School Parent Teacher Interviews 12 noon until 8pm




Community Announcements/Advertising



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.



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


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

Please contact Linda 0423 284 720



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


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


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.


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


Yarra Valley ARTS Council

Hosts the 9th Annual Summer School of Music & Art!

Jan 10-15, 2005 in Healesville

Courses include – pastel drawing, life drawing, contemporary painting, water colour, nature photography, choir, jazz improvisation, a cappella singing, hip-hop dancing, sculpture for the garden, mandalas, hand-made books & jewellery making PLUS film-making for Youth & Arts for kids

Enquiries 5962 3340 / 0423 932 483

Early bird discounts available


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