Text Box: Term 3 Week 7
Tuesday 24TH August 2004

M/S Ski Camp Mt Buller Meeting in Library Tonight    7:30pm

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

Students have received an invitation to this important evening for parents and students.

Ross Pringle, Head of Middle School

Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews

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.

Reports have been issued to students this week and booking sheets have been distributed for 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.

Jenny Choong, Acting Assistant Principal



Principal’s Report

Planning for Improvement

Parent Teacher Student interviews for Junior and Middle School are scheduled for next Tuesday.  Parents and students are invited to meet with teachers, consider the progress made so far this semester and develop a plan for future improvement.  This is indeed a complex task and there is not much individual, direct interview time scheduled.  So it is very important that all involved use the time wisely.  It is always useful if parents and students have had a discussion at home about the way things are going at school.  Look for what is working well and how those good elements of school work can be extended.


When meeting with the teachers, try to gain a quick understanding from the Interim Report and then focus on strategies for improvement for the rest of the semester.  Remember that you are more than welcome to set future times for contact to check progress.


To allow as much time for interviews as possible, the school day has been restructured.  Students are expected to attend interviews and classes have been cancelled to allow this.


Comments on Newsletter

Thank you to the over twenty parents who have responded with their thoughts on the development of the Parent Newsletter.  It seems that many parents are more than comfortable with the idea of an on-line weekly newsletter.  There are still some families who feel that the printed version is best. I will wait for further comments and feedback.  It might even be possible to reduce the number of “hardcopy” newsletters down to a point where it could be mailed home to those who need this version!  More to come in the future.



World Team Challenge to Vietnam

About twenty students have indicated that they wish to participate in this month long challenge camp in Vietnam next year.  A very positive group of young people indeed.  Parents need to be aware that the school’s involvement in this activity is very limited.  A member of staff will accompany the tour to look after students’ pastoral care, but World Team Challenge is the manager of the activity.  This company has good references and I am looking forward to a very successful leadership development process for our students.


Paul Rose, Principal




Wednesday 25

Melbourne School Bands Festival continues this week – see Music section

Transition Yr9 Information Night for Yr 8 students in the hall

Thursday 26

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

Music Symphonic Band Rehearsal 7-10pm

Saturday 28

Music MSBF Gala Concert at Robert Blackwood Hall

Sunday 29

Music Jazz Band Rehearsal  11-1:30am

            Stage Band Rehearsal 1:30-3:30pm

            Percussion Ensemble Reh’l 3:45-5pm

Monday 30

LOTE French Crepe day

SoSE Criminal law EXCURSION TO Heidelberg Magistrates Court

Tuesday 31

Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews

No regular classes for student this day




Summer Scholarship 2005

The National Gallery of Australia are offering a scholarship for Year 11 students interested in the Visual Arts.  16 students will be selected to join the National Gallery of Australia team for a week, find out why works of Art are acquired, how exhibitions take place and what happens in a gallery behind the scenes.  If you are in Year 11 and interested please see Ms McLeod for details.



So far this year with improved growing conditions the Grounds Committee has planted approximately 1500 plants in our grounds to improve both the environment and appearance of our school.  Also the Environment class at middle school has planted numerous species in the Habitat Reserve at the Eastern end of the tennis courts under the leadership of Nikki Gemmill.

We would like to continue and enhance the process while these great growing conditions prevail.  However, Budgetary pressures have meant that we will have to reduce our plantings this year unless we can find some resources to purchase more plants in our grounds.  Most tube plants can be purchased from $1 and 6” (150mm) pots can be obtained under $4.  With a donation of $10 we can put 10 plants into our gardens.  $20 will put 5, 150mm plants into our gardens.

If you can’t make it to a Working Bee this is your chance to donate a sum of money that can be put to the advantage of our environment.  All donations will be acknowledged.  Please make payments to Eltham High School and indicate that it is a donation to the Grounds Committee Planting fund.


A reminder that our next Working Bee is in term 4 and it is a Saturday, yes! Saturday 16th October when we combine with Eltham Baptist Church to tackle a vast array of tasks.

Please give generously to our planting fund and reduce the CO2 in our atmosphere.

John Coates, Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee



Are you interested in youth issues in your community?

The Foundation for Young Australians is looking for enthusiastic people to become members of the Victorian committee.

The Foundation for Young Australians is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and empowering young Australians aged 12 to 25 years.  We invest in young people, working with them and supporting them to be catalysts for change throughout their communities.

Our committees are responsible for identifying key issues for young people within the State, making decisions on grant applications, working with the grant partners they select and supporting the work of The Foundation at a local level.  We are looking for young people 16-25 to join or State committees.  People aged between 16 and 21 are particularly encouraged to apply.

These committees comprise approximately 10 members, including 6 or 7 young people.

A Foundation staff member is allocated to the committees to provide information and assistance when necessary.

What is involved in being a member of a committee?

Committee members selected through this application process will be appointed for a term, which begins October 2004 and finishes December 2005.

Each committee meets approximately 3 to 4 times per year in Melbourne, although on occasion some committee members may participate in a meeting via teleconference.

Each committee member will be expected to commit the equivalent of approximately 7-10 days (usually on the weekends and in the evenings) per year.  The busiest period will be during the grant selection process.

The Foundation will provide training to ensure that all members feel equipped to carry out their role on the committee.

What is the selection process?

Applications must be in writing and directly respond to the questions asked on the application form.

Applications must be received by Tuesday 31st August 2004

More information & Application foirmms are available on our website: www.youngaustralians.org.  See Nikki Gemmill (SoSE office) for more information, or assistance with your application



Year 10 Geography Excursion

Year 10 Geography students travelled to Beacon Cove, Rialto and Caroline Springs to view urban development.  This is a valuable component of the course and proved to be a successful excursion.

Principal for a Day program

Mr Frank Gucciando, a local barrister spoke to the Yr 12 Legal Studies class and Middle School Criminal Law group about the current justice/sentencing debate, cases that he has handled in the courts and student rights and how they should deal with the police.  The students presented Mr Gucciando with many interesting questions and we would like to thank him for his attendance at these classes.

Student Parliament

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to attend State Parliament on 2nd September – Simone Fuegle (Yr8), Gilchrist Clendinnen (Yr9), Brydie Taylor and Vanessa George. (Yr10)

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher



The Canteen Ice cream window as of last week will be selling the usual summer favourites with 50% of the profits going towards UNHCR fundraising.

By purchasing an ice-cream at lunchtime or making a donation at the main administration office, you are helping to save lives every little bit helps.  Thank you.

Baden Minas, UNAA Representative


Melbourne Schools Bands Festival – Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University

The Festival is in full swing and continues through this week, with the Gala Concert on Saturday evening.  Parents note: Students will be advised on Wednesday if they are required to attend the Saturday night Concert. 


A REMINDER TO ALL Music Program students that all forms and payments for Melbourne School Bands Festival and South Street must be given to the cashier by tomorrow: Wednesday 25th August.


Stage Band

Wednesday 25th August – 9.30pm

Jazz Band

Friday 27th August – 2.20pm


Not to be missed!

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

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Next meeting 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!  

If you have any queries regards the group, please ring Jill on 9439 9673



A Report on Exchange Students From Satya Wacana

A group of 6 Indonesian students (Jeane, Ariella, Faustina, Wahyu, Sava and Stella) arrived here on the 9th of August for 9 days to spend their time at Eltham High School to experience the Australian way of life, to brush up on their spoken and written English as well as to help our students with their spoken and written Indonesian. We sincerely thank the following host students and their families who hosted these students. We really appreciate the time, effort, and amazing hospitality that each our host families have given to these students to make their stay at Eltham a productive, enjoyable and a memorable experience. Every one of these students have commented on how great their host families have been to them.  As with any program, there are bound to be challenging situations and we thank our families for managing these very well.

Mr &Mrs Monigatti: host student Tim (yr11)

Mr & Mrs Monteleone: host student: Rochelle (yr11)

Mr & Mrs Fatchen: host student: Danielle (yr12)

Mr& Mrs Da Toma: host student: Brigette (yr8)

Mr & Mrs Marins: host student: Jessy (yr 10)

Mrs Syarifuddin: host student: Damai (yr8)

A special thank you to the Martins family for organising a lovely Indonesian banquet for all the exchange students and their host families on the last Saturday of their stay in Melbourne.  On the last Friday of their stay, our host students and our students from Satya Wacana met Steve Herbert, our MP who together with Paul Rose wished them all the best and hoped that the relationship between our countries can be strengthened by educational ties such as this program. This was followed by a lunch after which Mr Rose presented each Indonesian student with a memento from the school and EHS was presented with a souvenir replica of the Borobodur temple in Java.

I wish to also thank Paul Rose, Brenda Wilkins, Jenny Choong, Paul Oliver, Dianne Pollard, and Steve Herbert whose contributions and assistance helped to make the make the farewell lunch a great success.

Special thanks also to Brendan Monigatti for helping out also with transporting students from Mt Eliza to Eltham and also for helping to take them to the airport at 5.30am on Tuesday!


Presentation By Senior LOTE Students To Year 8 Classes.

Last Tuesday, some of our year 8 classes were entertained by a brief presentation on the benefits of learning a LOTE by our senior students: Mirian Fgishwick, Yr12 Chris Watts, Yr11 and Matt Bolger Hobson, Yr11.  We thank Miriam, Chris and Matt for their creative talents, initiative and for giving up their valuable time so willingly to share with the junior students their enthusiasm and passion for learning languages.


Farewell to our visitors


Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE




Ballarat Tournament

On Sunday the 22nd of August, 8 Eltham High School teams competed in the Ballarat Junior Volleyball tournament. I would like to thank all the parents for their support for driving their teams to Ballarat for the day. All teams played up an age group to give them practice for the coming Victorian schools cup competition and all did very well. Congratulations to all teams.

Year 7 girls – 2nd year 7/8 girls division

Year 7 boys – 4th year 7/8 boys division

Year 8 girls – 1st intermediate girls division

Year 8 boys – 1st & 3rd intermediate boys division

Year 9 girls – 3rd senior girls division

Year 10 girls – 4th senior girls division

Year 11 boys – 2nd senior boys division.

Thankyou to Brendan Kerss and parents that assisted in coaching and managing teams on Sunday.


Victorian Schools Cup

The Victorian Schools Cup will be held on Friday the 10th till Sunday the 12th of September. 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. The three day draw should be available later this week.




Upcoming dates

Ballarat Tournament – Sun 22nd August

Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

            One day event – Thurs 2nd September.

For U/17 boys and girls teams only

Three day event– September 10, 11,and 12

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

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



The winners of The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards

announced last Friday were:

Book of the year

Older readers

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Book of the year Younger readers

Dragon keeper by Carole Wilkinson

Book of the year

Early childhood

Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen

Picture book of the year


Cat and fish by Neil Curtis & Joan Grant

Best information book


Animal architects by John Nicholson

Melina Marchetta, author of another very popular novel Looking for Alibrandi, took out the book of the year for older readers section with Saving Francesca, a novel of a teenage girl’s life with a depressed mother, and her experiences.

The winner and all the other short listed books in the older readers’ section are available for borrowing from the library.

Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator



VTAC Information night for year 12 parents

On Thursday 9th September there will be an information session for parents wanting to know how the VTAC system works and what they can do to help with the application process. 7.30 in the Library.


Careers in Psychology Information Night

On Tuesday 14 September, 6.00-9.30pm at RMIT’s Storey Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne a range of speakers will offer an insight into:

Clinical Psychology / Forensic Psychology / Clinical Neuropsychology / Health Psychology / Counselling Psychology / Organisational Psychology / Sports Psychology / Australian Defence Force


Psychology Course Information Day

Speakers from Universities offering undergraduate psychology courses will speak about:

• application and selection process

• university course structure and content

• number of places and costs involved

Saturday 18 September, 9.00-1.00pm at RMIT’s Storey Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne

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



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.





C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   


August 2004

Wed 25

Janet Oates, Mandy Byrne, Linda Stewart

Thurs 26

Christine Buller, Sue Ball, Robyn Walshe

Fri 27

Meg Davis, Jill Black, Leanne Wilson

Mon 30

Karen Hofman, Heather Febo, volunteer needed

Tues 31

No canteen this day

Wed 1 Sept

Rhonda Hall, Sue Costello, 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

August 2004

Wed 25 until

Tues 31  

see front page


Wed 1 Sept

Music Royal South Street all week - details in next Mondays newsletter

Concert Band workshop 2:30-4:30pm

Thurs 2

Arts Y12 Art, M/S Painting to NGV

SoSE Student Parliament

Transition Year 11 Enhancement Information Evening 7:30pm

Fri 3

Transition Yr12 Subject Selections due in today

Sun 5

M/S Ski Camp Mt Buller returns  Fri 10 pm

Thurs 9

VTAC Information night careers

Sept 11

LOTE Indonesian Mock Oral exams Mallauna Sec College




Community Announcements/Advertising


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


Come and Start playing tennis

A skills session for people with disabilities

Sunday 12 September  1-3pm Age 7 upwards Cost: free

Eltham Tennis Club Youth Road Eltham

A grant from Nillumbik Shire Council means we can offer participants regular professional coaching

Contact Lauire Sparks for more information:

9434 3527 / 0427 830 163


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


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



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