Text Box: Term 4 Week 9
Tuesday 30th November 2004

Second hand book sales (Year 12, 11, 10 & 9) from 2pm until 6:30pm



Annual General Meeting Building Cooperative 7:30pm in the staffroom TONIGHT


twilight christmas concert

in the Music Courtyard commencing 7pm this Thursday 2nd December. . . . . . . . all welcome


Principal’s Report

Student Successes

Congratulations to Amy Vine and Joshua Bride both of Year 7.  Amy has been selected for the Victorian U/15 Girls Cricket Team for the Australian Championships in Adelaide.  Joshua has been selected for the U14 State Baseball Team he will be competing in Perth in January.  Well done Joshua and Amy!

Congratulations also to Rosie Milne of Yr 11 who has been asked to sing the National Anthem at the Australian Schools Volleyball Cup.  A great honour indeed.



Concert With The Stars A Huge Success

Special congratulations to all staff, students and the Music Support Group for a wonderful night of high quality music at the 2004 Concert With the Stars – Ross Wilson.  A full house and high energy led to a wonderful night for all involved.  There was even dancing in the aisles!  Next year you’ll all have to book very early indeed.



Creating eLearning Leaders Initiative.

Congratulations to Eltham High School and Eltham East Primary who have been appointed one of only 30 CeLL schools in Victoria.  This initiative is a joint venture between Microsoft and the Department of Education &Training. It provides funding over three years to train a core team of teachers within each school in a range of advanced and specialised ICT skills and gives the schools access to a range of ICT professional learning opportunities and specialist services, including eLearning Capabilities, Intel® Teach to the Future Program, Digital Content and Kahootz.


Andrew Petty from Eltham East, Seamus Robertson and Rob Coventry from Eltham High will undergo extensive training and then act as mentors to others within their schools and across our cluster. The strength of this project is that it is a team approach that blends the skills, knowledge and facilities of two schools that will operate collaboratively and in parallel. Our application was praised as the only p-12 application between 2 schools.  Another great example of cross cluster co-operation!  This will enable us to first further develop the skills of the teachers within our schools, which will then be used as models of good practice and share their programs as schools across the Region as able to purchase training programs provided by our skilled leaders.


It is a great credit to Eltham East Primary and Eltham High to be recognised for their school wide use of technology and large, well resourced ICT centres.



Paul Rose, Principal



Wednesday 1

Work Experience Year 9 (over15yrs) until Dec 10

Peer Support & Orientation for Yr1 1(2005) all week

VSSSA Yr 7&8 Volleyball

Thursday 2

Music – Break up Barbeque & Concert from 6pm

at the School

Friday 3

Junior School (7&8) hand in books for sale

Middle School students clear out lockers

Last day for Yr10- students

Sunday 5

Volleyball National Schools Cup begin

Monday 6

Second hand Book Sales for Yr 7 2005 (2-6:30pm)

Tuesday 7

Year 7 2005 Orientation day & book sales

Garden Awards Ceremony




Fund raiser for Media

Buy a DVD – comprising

¨       The 2004 Valedictory Evening Video

¨       Bonus Material

¨       The year in pictures – slide show of Yr12 students

¨       Pay $20 to the Cashier by January 28th 2005

DVD’s will be available to be collected from the main office from February 21 2005.

Kathy Hughes, Media teacher




Australian Schools Cup

Our very own Rosie Milne has been asked to sing the National Anthem at the Australian Schools cup opening ceremony.  This will be great for Rosie and a great honour for Eltham High School.

Payment for the Australian schools volleyball cup should be paid to the cashier by today.  Payment forms and parent permission forms can be collected from Mr Thomas in the stadium.

A draft draw will be posted on the web site.

To access the draw go to www.avf.org.au



Follow the prompts to the draw and results


AVL finals

The AUSTRALIAN VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE finals will be held at MSAC on Saturday and Sunday on the MSAC show court.


VSSSA State Volleyball Finals

On Wednesday the 1st of December our Year 7 boys and our Year 8 boys and girls will be competing in the state volleyball finals at MSAC.. We leave for MSAC at 7.30 am and should be back at school by approx. 5.00 pm.


Upcoming date

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

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Congratulations to the Year 7 girls’ basketball team for making it through to the VSSSA finals last week. The team played well to end up 3rd in their pool.  Well done to Tegan Moxon, Sam Creed, Kim Duncan, Rachel Hill, Larna McLachlan, Sam Molyneaux, Amy Vine, Bianca Holman, Ellie Whitechurch, Deanna Morton, Zoe Lipshutt and Sophie Allen.

Andrea Traeger, team coach



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.




Following the recent flooding of Diamond Creek the footbridge at Withers Way is closed and must not be used by students.  The Nillumbik Council has also informed us that the Brougham Street road bridge will be closed for the immediate future.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal




v      A big thank you to parent Michael Woods for his efforts this last weekend in some repair work to the fence on the northern side of the 400’s block.

v      Also thankyou to Agatha and Steve Stravrous for their donation of 50 pavers to complete the paving work in the Greenhouse at the end of the tennis courts at the last working bee.

v      Finally an enormous thank you to Brenda Wilkins for all her efforts in compiling all the communications with parents throughout the year.  Without her efforts Working Bee events would not be the success they are.

John Coates Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee




Parents are reminded that if their children have borrowed books from the school these need to be returned to the SWC office as your child/children completes the school year. 

If you require books for next year please contact Sue Keating to make arrangements.



Look out for some fabulous photos taken at The Concert with the Stars.              Visit our web site




This Thursday is the Twilight Christmas Concert….always an enjoyable and relaxing way to wind up the program’s year.  Students are to arrive by 6:45pm, the concert commencing at 7pm.  The Music Support Group is having a BBQ, along with the sale of candles, chocolates and soft drinks.  Informal ‘uniform’ for the evening with jeans and white, red or green T-shirt as well as “chrissy” hair accessories.

Bring along family and friends and get into the Christmas Spirit.  And the weather….? Hopefully it will be in the “Music Courtyard”!!!


Hired Instruments: these must be returned to the Music Office for checking by Friday THIS week.  If repairs/service are not required the instrument will be returned to you.


Music Support Group News ...
What a fantastic night ... the 'Concert of the Stars' with Ross Wilson was a memorable one.  For those in the audience - Eagle Rock like you have never heard before!  Thank you to Ken and staff for the wonderful preparation of students and their music.  Thankyou to the members of Music Support for all your hard work during the evening! 

This Thursday is our Twilight Concert.  Enjoy a relaxing and entertaining evening.  The 'group' will have BBQ hamburgers/ sausages, drinks, fruit salad, chocolates and tea/coffee for sale.  Come and say hello to us!  Would you like to donate something 'Christmassy' for our raffle hamper? Just leave it in the box provided at the Music Office.  

Second Hand Instrument Register - contact Kathy on 9439 3597 and

Second Hand Uniform - contact Jenny on 9439 2065.


Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Look out for some fabulous photos taken at The Concert with the Stars.                     Visit our web site


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







Second hand sales Year 9,10,11,12 ON TODAY

Year 7 & 8 for sale Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 Dec





Thinking about Christmas presents……

what about an ORIGINAL ART WORK!

Check out what’s available when you visit for the book sales

The school community are reminded of the invitation to view and buy small original artwork on canvas boards done by students in the following classes.

Self portraits 7E, 7F and M/S Painting / Landscapes M/S Art & Drawing Group / Graphic Designs 7D, 8D, 8H, 8B / Picasso Portraits 8J

These are for sale through the cashier for $5 each.  Your selection can be made at the Art Department, for $15 you may wish to select a suitable frame to make this into a delightful Christmas present.

Barb Gregory on behalf of the Active Arts Student Group



Yr level in 2004

Hand in books

Yr level in 2005

Buy books

Hand in book lists for Nth of the Yarra










30 Nov


2 Dec





30 Nov


2 Dec





23 Nov


25 Nov



3 Dec



23 Nov


25 Nov



3 Dec



6 Dec


7 Dec





6 Dec /

Tues 7 Dec


7 Dec



The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is provided to assist eligible families with the costs associated with the education of their children.  To be eligible for receipt of the EMA you must be:

·  a parent or guardian of a primary or secondary school student up to the age of sixteen; and

·  an eligible beneficiary of a Centrelink pension, allowance or benefit within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 1986 or be a Veterans Affairs (TPI) pensioner or be a foster parent.


The eligibility criteria must be met as at the first day of Term 1 (25 January 2005 which is the first day for teaching staff) and Term 3 (11 July 2005).


The EMA application must be submitted to the school by 25 February 2005 for the first payment and 5 August 2005 for the second payment.  Forms are available from the General Office.  When applying for the EMA please bring your concession card with you.


Parents with continuing eligibility, who are paid the first instalment of 2005 through Eltham High School will not be required to complete a new application for the second instalment.  Parents, who transfer children to another school after 25 February 2005 and prior to 5 August 2005, must reapply at the new school for the second instalment.

The EMA provides an annual amount of $400 for secondary students and it is paid in two instalments.  Application forms are available from the school office.


If you require further information concerning the EMA, please contact the general office or the School Business Manager


C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   

December 2004

Wed 1

Debbie Hansen

Thurs 2

Jan Baddeley, Pam Beauchamp

Fri 3

Anne Chetwynd, Debbie Holman

Mon 6

Sue Kelty, Brunhilde Koshmashrob

Tues 7

Anne Burgess, Karen Malek

Wed 8

Mandy Bryne



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

December 2004

Wed 1 until

Tues 7

see front page

Wed 8

Sport Yr 8 Round Robin – Tennis & boys cricket

Thurs 9

Junior School clean out lockers

Fri 10

Junior School clean out lockers

Collection of unsold text books from Room 503  all day         all year levels

Mon 13

Transition Year 7->8 & Awards

Transition Year 8->9 & Awards

Transition Year 9->10

Tues 14

Activities Program

Wed 15

Activities Program Fishing trip 1 & 2

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 16

Activities Program Fishing trip 3

Fri 17

Last day of school




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


Diamond Valley Library

Civic Drive, Greensborough

New books night for young adults (12-18years)

Come and borrow the new books at Diamond Valley Library, Greensborough on Monday 13th December @ 6:30pm

Pizza ands coke provided

Bookings essential 9434 3809



Working Ovens - Chef Electric,

- St George upright Electric

Please contact Bruce Martyn, Business Manager 9430 5105

Soccer Goals Fundraiser Raffle


RAFFLE DRAWN December 10


Tickets on sale canteen courtyard 1st 20 minutes each lunch time  Tickets 50c each or five for $2

Be in the run for 6 huge prizes

DVD player / Discman / Skate Park Passes / Skate & Surf Shop vouchers / Ski Gear

Money raised goes to buying soccer goals and a Care Australia child who will receive sports gear and of course a soccer ball.

Thank you to our sponsors

Box Hill Skate & Surf

Eltham Leisure Centre

Sportsco – Greensborough

Gibsons City & Surf, Eltham

Melbourne Snowboard Centre


Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 19th December

Nyora Road Eltham

Nillumbik Community Church Bushland Grounds

6:30pm FREE rides Sausage sizzle

8pm Carols by Candlelight Featuring Special Guest Entertainers Peter Cupples & Ben Price (comedian)


Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club

Annual residential Bronze camp

12-19 December

Candidates must be min. age 15 & able to complete 400m pool swim in 9 mins.

Contact 9549 2703 or email rustyevans@optusnet.com.au


An opportunity to spend a day at the beach . . . Patrolling with Professional Life Guards

Info & Rego day Monday 27 December @ Surf club

For all Nipper (7-14 year olds) start dates please contact Sandy Coull 0421247848


ICS Learning Group

Summer School Workshops 2005

For students in Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 in 2005

These popular workshops open to all students, will be held at MLC Kew commencing 10 Jan 2005

VCE preparation 1 & 2, and 3 & 4, IB Preparation Advanced Reading Skills, Study skills, Essay Writing Skills

Class sizes are limited.  Early booking essential

Enrol hotline 9818 2139 or online www.skillscentre.com.au


Lawn Bowls

Interested staff and students who would like to investigate lawn bowls are invited to attend the Montmorency Bowling Club (Petrie Park) on the last Sunday of every month (except Dec) between 10 am and 12 noon.  These are free open mornings and only sneakers are required.  For further information please ring Andrew on 9437 2048


For all Community Announcements see the web version of this newsletter



Fairhaven/Aireys Inlet

SC Unit with ocean view available before Christmas & after 12-1-05

041731 8377 / 5289 6870


Eltham Little Theatre’ Old Thyme Music Hall

The Furtive Fortunes of Fickle Fate

4 Nov – 4 Dec Thurs, Fri & Sat

Curtain prompt 8pm

All seats $16 - bring your own food, drinks & glasses

Eltham Performing Arts Centre, Main Rd, Research Melways 22Hi

Bookings 9437 1574 - Tables going quick


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


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?

On any one night in Victoria 2700 children and teenagers are safe and sound in the care of Foster carers.  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.


Sacred Heart Parish Diamond Creek Annual Parish Ball will be held Friday May 20th 2005.  Any girls interested in the Debutante Set for this ball can contact Jenny Kennedy 9438 1812 (after 6pm) for further information on costs, dates of practice, etc.