Text Box: Term 4 Week 1
Tuesday 5th October 2004

VISIONS – a photographic exhibition by Eltham High School students

at The Long Gallery, Montsalvat from 5th – 17th October

Official opening TONIGHT -  6:30-8:30pm Tuesday 5th October All Welcome


Yr 12 Music Solo Performance Recitals on TONIGHT 7pm in the Music Centre

Lucy Kirkland   trumpet / Hannah Riley   trumpet / Manny Kechayas   drum kit / Adrian Horsman   drum kit

Parents and friends are invited to hear these senior musicians, the evening is expected to conclude at 9pm



Principal’s Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 4, I hope that all our families had a productive break from school. At the end of last term we said good-bye to Anthony Politini who completed his internship very successfully and to our finance Officer, Lisa Ball who has taken up a permanent position at Montmorency Secondary College. This term we welcome back Ms Jeanette Carter who has spent a five weeks on a Ceramics study tour in France.  We also welcome back our intrepid travellers who spent the vacation in China.


VCE Focus

With two and a half weeks of formal classes left for our Year 12 students, it is time for the whole school to assist with the final push for outstanding results. I appreciate that this can be a stressful time for families and remind you that the school’s resources are there to assist you too at this time. All students in Year 7 to 11 need to recognise that our senior students must remain focused on their studies at this time. In fact, for some, examinations begin this week – in performance subjects and languages


Alpine School

Our team of Year 9 students has settled in at the Alpine School at Dinner Plain. Parents have made the long trek back after their visit last weekend. The Alpine School program is an exciting one and we look forward to hearing about the team’s progress.


Debating Success

Congratulations to Mark Gillham who has won the Swannie Award for Best Speaker in the A Grade Debating Competition run by the Debaters Association of Victoria.  Well Done Mark!


Arts Festival

The Official Opening of the 2004 Eltham High School Arts Festival is on Friday, 22nd October – a definite date for your diary, keep 6:30 pm free! But the Photography Exhibition “visions” opens this evening at Montsalvat at 6:30 pm.  I hope that you can make it – the exhibition runs until the 17th October.

Paul Rose, Principal




Wednesday 6

HPE Yr11 HHD to Mercy Hospital

Visions Photography Exhibition at Montsalvat continues until 17th October

Thursday 7

SoSE Yr10 Geog Fieldwork to Rialto, Beacon Cove, Doreen

SoSE Legal Studies Electoral Ed Centre visit

Friday 8

HPE Yr 11 HHD excursion to Mercy Hospital

Monday 11

SoSE Yr7H &7F Civics to Parliament & Electoral Ed Centre

O&ES M/S Camp to Kinglake returns Tuesday

Tuesday 12

Music Yr12 Recitals in the Music Centre 7pm





During the holidays 41 members of the Eltham High School community, including students, parents ex-students and staff spent 12 days visiting Shanghai, Xian and Beijing in China.  Highlights included visiting the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and many other places.  We also visited 2 kindergartens, a primary school, a secondary school and an English language school, where we spent time talking to the students. 

It was a great trip and special thanks to Bu Brady, Ms Parry and Mr Monigatti for organizing it.

Jonathan Chng, Courtney Green, James Hamlet, Emily Kersing, Jenni Lonsdale & Tim Monigatti, tourists




October 21st, at 9 Darling Street, South Yarra 7pm-11:30pm.  Payment, award nominees and table lists are required to be submitted immediately.  The formal is fast approaching and necessary arrangements cannot be made until the above are finalised. 

Thank you.

The Formal Committee





The EHS Swim Squad is back in action this Thursday morning under the guidance of Level 2 Performance Coach Neroli Nixon. Students meet poolside at the Eltham Leisure Centre at 7:00am ready to commence the hour long session. On returning to school the members of the Swim Squad are treated to a hot chocolate before heading off to class. The cost of the ten week term (finishing on Thursday 9th December) is $70 payable to the school cashier. The squad caters for all levels of swimming ability. For further information contact Max Balchin at the school. See you poolside.



Any student interested in participating in a season of Track and Field athletics with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club is invited to register their interest with Max Balchin. Competition gets under way on Saturday October 16th and supervised training sessions are held are held at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melway 21 A4) from 5:00pm on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Check the DVAC website – www.valleyaths.org for further information.

Training runs are also held at school – 8:00am on a Monday morning for the distance running group and 8:00am on a Friday morning for the Sprint group. All students are welcome to attend either session.



Meg Russell is a Year 7 student who competed in the VSSSA Northern Zone Cycling finals at Bundoora Park on Monday 6th September. Meg finished in first place in her age group in the Mountain Bike race and in second place in the Road Bike race.

Meg represented Victoria at the Australian Schools Triathlon Championships earlier this year and puts less time into training for the cycle leg than she does for the swimming and running, riding just a few times after school. Meg has been cycling for about a year and says that it is lots of fun.

Leesa Burke & Kaitlin Orr, Stop Press


Crazy Hair Day Report TUESDAY 14 SEPT

Thank you everyone for your donations, we raised $322.30

You can still help us raise money by going to the SoSE office and putting some loose change or big bucks into the cause.

Big thanks also to Village Meats & Bakers Delight for their donations.

Crazy Hair day Student action group

Fund raiser for Lighthouse Foundation



The following students have received Certificates for their performance in French oral and written competitions.

French Recitation

Julien Djedid Yr 7

High Honours

Jesse Abdurazak Yr 7


Catherine Considine Yr 7

High Honours

Written Competition

Catherine Considine Yr 10

High Honours

Claire Samphier Yr 112


Jessica Macrae Yr 12

High Honours

Emma Lee Knape Yr 12


Felicity Paciocco Yr 11


Adele Neale Yr 11

High Honours

Emily Morison Yr 11


Peter Mc Mahon Yr 11


Emily Gassin Yr 11


Benjamin Crowther Yr 11


We congratulate all students for their effort and for their excellent results.  Many thanks to Madame Wheatley and Madame Nicassio for their support and hard work in helping students to reach such high standards.


Statewide Speaking competition

Congratulations to Georgina Hodge Yr 8 for achieving a distinction in the state wide Indonesian speaking competition organised by Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association.  Georgina will receive her certificate shortly, well done!

LOTE links with Innovations and Excellence

Middle School Indonesian students ran a series of workshops related to French and Indonesian games and culture on September 7th,  8th and 14th for Grade 5/6 students from Eltham Primary and Montmorency South Primary Schools.  Here are some comments from our students.  We were all given different activities such as running The Tarawa workshop (Indonesian Rules Volley Ball) Petanque (French Bowling) Augklung (Indonesian Musical Instrument) making Ropes, and dressing up in traditional costumes.  We had a really fun time running the workshops and the Primary students enjoyed themselves.

The Primary school students were really enthusiastic and picked up hoe to play the games really quickly.  They also picked up how to play the Augklung quickly.

Sarah, Abbey & Kaitlin


Our students certainly had a chance to develop some leadership, team and organizational skills when they ran these workshops.  I thank all students involved for their hard work.  Also many thanks to Lynda Cutting for organizing the link between our school and the Primary School and for all the assistance she has given us tirelessly to make it happen for us.  Thanks also to teachers Rebecca Austin (Eltham Primary) and Liz May (Montmorency South Primary) for bringing their students over for the workshops.  We hope to run this again next year.

Pompa Brady, Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



Year 9 Work Experience - Monday 29th November to Friday 10th December

All Year 9 students (15 years or older) are reminded that the deadline to hand in the completed Work Experience arrangement form is Friday 19th November. This is only seven weeks away so you need to get onto it soon. Remember that other local schools also do Work Experience at the same time so competition for places will be great.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher



First Prize Arts Raffle

Piers Bateman painting

See this original painting and all raffle prizes when you visit the school foyer.  Tickets available at the General Office & Victorian Artists Supplies, Main Rd Eltham.



In one week, we raised $208:60.  What an amazing effort!  Thank you so much to everyone who donated, no matter how small. It all adds up.  Thanks also to Ms Sweeney, Ms Taylor, Mr Dunlop, Mr Oliver and Mr Baly for their active support at the canteen door.  My sincere thanks also to my classmates Prue, Chris and Matt for taking over when I needed them, and last but by no means least, thank you so much Bu Brady, Mrs Muir, Ms Malone and Mrs Maslen without your support, I doubt this fundraiser would have happened.

Terima Kasih Danni Fatchen Yr12



Term 4


Yr 12 Breakfast & Last Day & Formal

Yr 12 VCE Unit 4 Exams commence



Curriculum Day


Melbourne Cup Day Holiday


Yr 11 Last Day of classes


Yr 11VCE Unit 2 Exams commence


Yr 12 VCE Unit 4 Exams end


Yr 11VCE Unit 2 Exams end

Yr12 Valedictory night


Yr 11 to 12 Transition begins


Yr 11 to 12 Transition ends

Last Day


Year 10 to 11 Transition & leadership activities begin

Yr 9 Work Experience begins


Year 10 to 11 Transition & leadership activities begin

Last Day


Yr 9 Work Experience ends





On the last Thursday of Term 3 our bands, ensembles and choirs presented a great night of music.  Our students, who presented a smorgasbord of music, treated an enthusiastic audience to a feast of wonderful performances.  Congratulations to staff and students for a fantastic concert: a culmination of much hard work throughout the year.


Year 12 students will present their final recitals over the next few weeks.  Dates are as follows:

Tuesday 5th Oct. – Trumpet and Drum Kit

Tuesday 12th Oct. – Oboe, Flutes and Percussion

Wednesday 20th Oct. – Horn, Double Bass, Clarinet and Pianoforte

Monday 25th Oct. – Trombone, Bassoon, Saxophone and Voice


Recitals will take place in the Music Centre commencing at 7.00pm

Year 11 students will present their final recitals on Thursday 4th November. There will be two sessions – 4.00 – 6.00pm and 7.00 – 10.00pm



All students are required to have a piano accompanist for the examination.  Rehearsals with the pianists will commence next week.  Students should check the noticeboard on Friday for details.


A Concert with The Stars - Thurs 25th November.

Put this date in your diary for a very special concert to be held at the Yarra Valley Anglican School. 

More details to come.




Intermediate Band – Wednesday 7.30 – 8.45am

Concert Band – Thursday 3.30 – 5.30pm

Symphonic Band – Friday 7.30 – 8.45am



The 'Celebration of Music' Concert - not just a title!   Thankyou to the students and staff of the music program for giving us a night of wonderful music.  All your hard work is rewarded with your ability to entertain a large and appreciative audience.  And ... the Music Support Group - a fantastic team effort!  Second Hand Uniform. Year 12's and those leaving the program, here's your opportunity to sell uniform pieces.  These can be left at the Music Office in a clean condition, labelled with name, address and phone no. and the selling figure.  Skirts are sold at $12.00 with the MSG retaining $2.00.  What can you sell? ... skirts, blouses, shirts, vests and jackets.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL BOW TIES, SASHES AND TIES MUST BE RETURNED TO THE MUSIC OFFICE NOW. Second Hand Instrument Register_ ... Wanting to sell or buy an instrument?  Contact Kathy on 9439 3597



Students who were absent when the last immunisations were given will have received a reminder letter from Nillumbik Community Health Service. Please follow this up to ensure that you have the full protection the immunisation can provide.


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.




Saturday 16th October from 9am to 12:30pm. 

Tasks targeted for attention on include the following:

  1. Some remedial work on the post and wire fence on the north side of the 400’s block to make it more stable and visible.
  2. 350 plants to be accommodated in various areas
  3. Mulching of selected areas
  4. Mowing and brush cutting in selected areas.
  5. Weeding in a range of locations
  6. Cleaning of drain in the courtyard complex
  7. Removal of some overhanging branches adjacent to the Admin block
  8. Paving of the area under the new Greenhouse in the Habitat area.

The Eltham Baptist Church combines with the school community for this Working Bee in our Grounds this day.  All welcome

John Coates for the Grounds Committee


C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   

October 2004

Wed 6

Linda Alford, volunteers needed

Thurs 7


Fri 8

Kerry Armstrong, Robbie McMaster, Suellen Harris

Mon 11

Jill Rachim, Sue Bowles,

Irene Nikolaidis, Karen Corneille

Tues 12

Gabrielle Dougherty, Jill Corbet,

Trish Edgoose

Wed 13

Joanne Johnston, 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 9430 5122 between 8am and 2:30pm

If for any reason you cannot continue with your earlier commitment to Canteen duty please phone.


Arts Festival Events Dates & Times




Fri 22 Oct


Adam Elliott opens Visual Arts Festival



Sat 23

Visual Art display

Media screenings using smart board in 418

Multi media students to work in 418 & Sculpture

400’s & 418


Sun 24

Visual Art display

Media screenings using smart board in 418

Raffle draw & Art awards

400’s & 418

Mon 25

Visual Art display

Primary School visits and workshops

Lunchtime activities

Showcasing Excellence – Top Yr 12 students talk about their Art

Yr 11 Drama performances


Art rooms




Tues 26

Visual Art display

Primary School visits and workshops

Lunchtime activities SYN FM

Showcasing Excellence – Top Yr 12 students talk about their Art


Photo-graphy darkroom



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

October 2004

Wed 6 until

Tues 12  

see front page

Wed 13

LOTE M/S Indon Performance & meal

Thurs 14

SCI Yr11 Physics & Girls Science to

Science works Spotswood

SoSE Yr11 Legal Studies tour & talk-Heidelberg Police Complex

Arts Yr11 Drama Performance-Malthouse Theatre Sth Melb

Fri 15

SoSE Yr7E & 7A Civics to Parliament & Electoral Ed Centre

Music VCE Choir performance 7pm at the World Café

Sat 16

Grounds Working Bee

Sun 17

SoSE Yr12 Revolutions Revision Lecture Melbourne University

Mon 18

SoSE Yr7G &7D Civics to Parliament & Electoral Educ Centre

Tues 19

Arts-VCE Short Films Screening in the Hall 7:30-9:30pm

Wed 20

Music Yr12 Recitals in the Music Centre 7pm




Thank you to all the people who have contributed to our food for refugees appeal.  All contributions to the box in the foyer gratefully accepted.

Thanks to all George Franklin/Brendan Monigatti


Community Announcements/Advertising



English Tutors

Please contact the General office


NBA MADNESS – a basketball extravaganza

Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre October 9 & 10

NBA Madness invitation to all students to participate in the FREE admittance weekend of basketball activities and entertainment

More information & flyers avail www.gaze.com.au


Tennis Victoria – Play Tennis Day

Sunday October 17

Eltham Tennis Club the purpose to promote tennis as a healthy non-contact sport for fitness, fun & recreation.  Anyone who is interested is invited to participate.

Phone Laurie 9439 2941


Nillumbik Pet Expo 2004 – 24 October

The 9th Annual Pet Expo will be held at Marngrook Oval, Diamond Creek from 10am to 4pm

Further information Elke Tapley 9433 3304


Women’s Health in the North present:

Young Women’s Forum 11:30AM TO 2:30PM

Being a Young Woman in the “Noughties”

Wednesday 13th October 2004

City of Whittlesea Civic Centre

Fountain View Room, Ferres Boulevard, South Morang

Lunch will be provided


Tutor - VCE Biology

Have experience in teaching PH D in Biology

Call 9431 1932 or 0403 671 225


For more community see the web site


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


Seeking Volunteer Host Families

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is an Australian non-profit student exchange organization that assists students in furthering tolerance, international understanding and to further learning, self-knowledge and awareness.

We currently have students aged between 15 and 18 from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA waiting to be hosted by volunteer Australian Families.

You can host a student from 3 months to 10 months depending on your circumstances.  What a great way to bring another culture and family member into your home!

High School exchange programs are also available to Australian students wishing to travel and study abroad.  Call now for a brochure and information on students arriving in February 2005. (All students have full medical coverage and will bring their own spending money.)

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange: National Office 9775 4711 or Toll free 1800 500 501


McKillop Family Services

MacKillop Family Services is looking for a committed carer for Jack. Jack is a 12 year old boy who is unable to live at home and has spent the last six months in a residential unit.  McKillop Family Services believes that Jack needs a spportive family or person to provide him with the emotional stability and security that he requires.

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer!!!

Find out who is in need of a loving home and all the details of becoming a foster carer by contacting the Home Based Care Team on 8311 4555


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.


Need Assistance?

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