Text Box: Term 3 Week 8
Monday 30th August 2004

Semester 2 Student Progress Interviews

T O M O R R O W . . . . . . . . . .

Middle School & Junior School Interviews Tues 31st August 12noon-2:30pm / 3pm-5pm / 6pm – 8pm


Note: NO scheduled classes Tuesday 31 August - all students are expected to attend their  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.

Jenny Choong, Acting Assistant Principal

Thursday 2nd September

Transition Year 11 Enhancement Information Evening 7:30pm in the library



Principal’s Report

This week has been, as usual, a very busy one.  The Melbourne Schools’ Bands Festival came to its conclusion on Saturday after an intensive week of performances for all the bands.  Congratulations to all the students who participated and gave their best, aside from the shields awarded to the Symphonic, Concert, Stage, Intermediate and Jazz Bands; the Training Band was reported to have given their best performance (no shields are awarded at this level).  These events require not only a lot of superb preparation from the Music staff and students, but also preparation by the classroom teachers as they plan for the absence of one or two students from their classes.  It also of course requires preparation by parents as their home life is disrupted by the events.  Thank you to all of these people who make these concerts so successful.


The Royal South Street Competition has already got underway, good luck to all the students who are participating in this prestigious competition.


Wednesday night’s information session for Year 8 students going into Year 9 was an outstanding success with approximately 150 families attending. Parents commented on the effectiveness of being able to speak to staff who are “experts” in their particular area and to view the displays of student work and the quality of the work.  Thanks are due to Ross Pringle and his Middle School Team for their hard work and to all the KLA Leaders and staff who participated so willingly.


Installation of a new phone system is almost complete, staff training is all that remains.  The school will gradually change to a new school telephone number 9430 5111, but the existing number will remain in service for the next six months.  Parents will notice other differences such as staff having their own voicemails so messages can go straight to the required recipient.  The new system is linked to the school’s computer network as well as the copper wire system giving more flexibility and


making it more expandable.  This project has been funded by the School Council and managed by Bruce Martyn, the Business Manager.


Tuesday is Parent / Teacher Student Progress Interview day from Noon onwards.  While students have no formal classes on the day they are expected to accompany parents to the interviews and take part in the discussions.  For all students this is a time to set their final goals for the year as we head into Term 4.


Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal



Wednesday 1

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

Concert Band workshop 2:30-4:30pm

Thursday 2

Arts Y12 Art, M/S Painting to NGV

SoSE Student Parliament

Transition Year 11 Enhancement Information Evening 7:30pm

Friday 3

Transition Yr12 Subject Selections due in today

Sunday 5

M/S Ski Camp Mt Buller returns Friday 10 pm

Tuesday 7

Music Royal South St-Choir & VCE Ensemble




Feature Ceramics by Judith Roberts

Raffle prize value $250

Raku firing processes have their origins in Japan where they are used to produce bowls for the Tea Ceremony.

Western Raku fired Ceramics are characterized by dramatic crackle, lustre, or matt glazes contrasting with smoke-blackened clay surfaces.

After Bisque firing each piece is glaze fired individually.  The piece is heated rapidly to orange heat, (1000C) in a Raku kiln.  While still red hot the piece is removed from the firing chamber, using tongs, and immediately placed into bins containing combustible materials such as wood shavings and shredded newspaper.  The resulting flame causes changes in the glaze colours and the smoke creates the deep velvety black on areas where there is no glaze.  The crackle patterns appear due to microscopic cracks appearing in the glaze surface while in the post firing bins, allowing the smoke to penetrate while the pots are hot.  These are all characteristic contemporary western Raku firing effects.

Barb Gregory, Ceramics teacher


Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful pot and the other raffle prizes when you visit for the Parent/teacher interviews tomorrow.  Tickets will be available in the 400 foyer



Any parents who attended the Information Session last week and still have questions regarding Middle School electives are most welcome to ring the SoSE office at any time for further clarification.

Where in the World Excursion

An enjoyable day was spent at Werribee Open Plains Zoo last Wednesday by the Middle School Where in the World class, they were joined by the Yr11 Philosophy class.  They were taken on a safari where a rhinoceros became rather excitable, the day was most worthwhile.


Yr7 students are currently studying endangered species.  Yr8 students are involved with a study of immigration.  Yr9 students are studying World War 1.

Helen Morris, SoSE teacher


Habitat Area

The EHS Habitat area now has a functional greenhouse!  This will add significantly to the hands-on learning opportunities for students, especially in the Environment Management class, and reduce our need to buy plants.  Work, funds and donations-in-kind are still required for flooring, benches, a watering system and extra roof protection.  Nevertheless, our first lot of seedlings are already nestled into their new warm home.  Thanks again to the students and parents whose labour and expertise this could not have been done without: Jake (Yr 9) and Mark Howard, Jim Phillips, Adrian Tralaggan, Anthony Hill, Bob Ackland, Sally Hill (Yr10)

Extraordinary thanks to Taran (Yr9) and his father Frank Medcalf who have spent over 13 hours onsite on their Sundays as well as time and effort in designing the overall construction and sourcing the assembly kit green house.  What a wonderfully ambitious and successful “Making a Difference” project this has been!

Meanwhile, this semester’s Environmental Management class have been diligently weeding, constructing stable steps to prevent erosion and planning their own Making a Difference projects.  Watch this space….

Nikki Gemmill, SoSE teacher




After performances from over 260 school bands over the last fortnight, the Melbourne School Bands Festival concluded with a Gala Concert on Saturday evening.  Awards were presented at the concert with Eltham High School being at the forefront receiving three Gold and two Silver Shields for performances at the Festival.

Our Symphonic, Concert and Stage Bands were the leading bands in their divisions receiving Gold for their outstanding performances with our Intermediate and Jazz Bands gaining Silver Shields.  Whilst there were no shields presented for Training Bands, our Training Band was highly acclaimed for their performance, the best the band had played.

South Street

An early result.  Congratulations to Robert Clark who was awarded 2nd place in the VCE Brass Solo section yesterday in Ballarat.

Final information will be distributed this week.  Parents should make sure they are aware of details for groups participating in the competitions in Ballarat.

We wish all our students every success as they represent our school at this prestigious Eisteddfod.

Concert – Thursday 16th September

A Celebration of Music, featuring all our performance groups, will take place at the Yarra Valley Anglican School commencing at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 (adults) $10 (concession) $45 (family) will go on sale on Monday 6th September

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music




On Friday 20 August, students of French in years 10 and 11 attended a mini-French Film Festival, organised by the Association of French Teachers in Victoria.  Accompanied by Mesdames Nicassio and Wheatley, they saw 2 films, Monsieur Batignole and Amélie at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square.


Last week, year 11 French students farewelled classmate Rossmore Childs who is off to Amiens in France for 6 months on an exchange program.  We wish her Bon voyage, bon séjour et bonne chance.


Today, French classes had the opportunity to try out and practice their French in a real-life situation.  Monsieur Garric set up his pancake making stall in the canteen courtyard and students  were able to order and sample a traditional crêpe.


More detailed reports on the film excursion and Crêpe Day in next week’s newsletter.

O Wheatley, French teacher



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Year 7 Girls’ Basketball

The EHS Year 7 girls’ basketball team showed their skills on Wednesday afternoon after playing several spectacular matches against neighbouring high school teams from Greensborough, Macleod, Bundoora and St Helena (two teams). They played especially well against Greensborough Secondary College, beating the visitors by an amazing 26 points. The team went undefeated into the finals where they played against St Helena 1 winning the match. This has put them into Northern Zone finals. EHS Year 7 girl’s basketball team will compete in the Northern Zone finals on October 27th. The team members were: Ellie Whitechurch, Kim Duncan, Amy Vine, Tegan Moxon, Zoe Lipshut, Sam Creed, Lana McLachlan, Sam Molyneaux, Deanna Morton, Rachel Hill and Bianca Holman.  Eltham really showed great team spirit and good sportsmanship throughout the day. We are very proud of our Eltham girls. 

Naomi Harris and Larissa Vendramini, Stop Press



Ballarat Tournament

A big thankyou to Steve Guest, father of Will (one of our year 7 volley players ) for creating a wonderful poster showing some of the year 7 boys volleyball team playing in Ballarat. The ‘Eltham High School Year 7 volleyball 2004’ poster is on display in the school foyer outside the general office. Well worth a look.


Congratulations to Samantha Creed who is a team member of the Eltham Basketball Club under 14 Girls team that won the Victorian Championship Title this weekend.  Sam is also the co captain of this team.



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.

The under 17 boys and girls playing in the one day competition on Thursday the 2nd of September will be leaving from outside the stadium at 7.00 am for Springers Leisure Centre.  We should be back at school about 5.00 pm


Upcoming dates

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



Jumpstart your son or daughter’s career!


The RACV Jumpstart Autobody Traineeship is a new School Based Traineeship for students in Years 11 or 12. It allows them to work in an RACV Preferred Smash Repairer (and be paid a Training Wage for the work they do), study autobody repair at TAFE, and complete Year 12.


So your son or daughter can:


§         Complete Year 12

§         Get on and off the job training and experience

§         Earn some money

§         Attend TAFE and gain a nationally recognised qualification

§         Be supported along the way

§         Have a full time job opportunity when they finish Year 12

§         Be happy doing a job they love, working with cars

§         Take the first step towards securing rewarding career in the autobody repair industry


Sounds good doesn’t it? Then the RACV Jumpstart Autobody Traineeship could be for them!


For more information talk to your career counsellor, visit www.jumpstartyourcareer.com.au, email Jumpstart on info@jumpstartyourcareer.com.au or call the Jumpstart hotline on 1800 008 607.

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.


Apprenticeships in the Automotive Industry

Students interested in becoming a Motor Mechanic, Spray Painter or Panel Beater should consider applying for an apprenticeship with the VACC. They are looking for 60 apprentices to start with their Group Apprenticeship Scheme next year. You need to have a Year 10 pass and be highly motivated with a strong interest in the automotive industry.

Alternatively, you may want to do an Automotive School Based New Apprenticeship. This is where you do your VCE 3 days a week, work for one day and train with TAFE for another. The VACC and the RACV are both taking applicants for their schemes.

Details available from the Careers Room.


Careers in Psychology

The Australian Psychological Society is running two events of interest to students:

Careers in Psychology Information Night

Tuesday 14th September

Psychology Course Information Day

Saturday 18th September

Both events will be held at RMIT’s Storey Hall, Swanston St., Melbourne.

Further details available from the Careers Room.


NIDA Applications

Students wanting to apply for admission to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney need to do so by October 1st. See me for more details.

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   

September 2004

Wed 1

Rhonda Hall, Sue Costello, volunteer needed

Thurs 2

Robyn Carter-Smith, Angela Hennel, Glenda Guilfoyle

Fri 3

Greg Stanford, Anne Chetwyne, volunteer needed

Mon 6

Sue Kelty, Karen Corneille, Rhonda Mundy

Tues 7

Marge Summerton, Susan Hodgson, Anne Burgess

Wed 8

Jamie Kelly, Rhonda Williamson, 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.


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


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

August 2004

Wed 1 until

Tues 7  

see front page


Wed 8

Middle School Ski Camp returns Friday pm

Thurs 9

VTAC Information night - careers

Fri 10

Transition Middle School 8 to 9, 9 to 10 & Yr11 Course Selections due

Sat 11

LOTE Indonesian Mock Oral exams Mallauna Sec College

Tues 14

O&ES M/S To Kinglake 2:30pm Return 3pm Wednesday

Wed 15

School Council Meeting 7:30pm




Community Announcements/Advertising



Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful pot and the other raffle prizes when you visit for the Parent/teacher interviews tomorrow.  Tickets will be available in the 400 foyer






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



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


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


Host Families and Exchange Students

Exchange students from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Austria, Russia, America, Canada, Italy & Brazil are coming here late January 2005, hoping to be placed with volunteer host families.  Should you be all interested in adding a boy or girl aged 15-18 to your family for 2, 3 ,5 or 10 months to share your lifestyle, so establishing a life-long relationship with the other person you choose and his/her family overseas, please phone Klaus Schurmann on 9758 4279  Your call will be very welcome.  If you wish to go overseas yourself as an exchange student, please ring.