Text Box: Term 4 Week 10
Tuesday 7th December 2004

welcome to Yr 7 2005





Principal’s Report


State Garden Award Winner

Eltham High School has won the Schools Garden Award for the Best Secondary School Garden for 2004.  This prestigious Award was presented to the school by the Minister for Education Services, the Hon. Jacinta Allen, at a well attended function at the Botanical Gardens last Thursday. Congratulations to Environment Coordinator, John Coates, the members of the Grounds Committee and all the parents and students who have helped with the Working Bees over the year.  Special Thanks to the members of the Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club and the Eltham Baptist Church for their assistance at two very special Working Bees and to the major sponsors of the Habitat Area: Mitre 10, Melbourne Water, Telstra Foundation and Dyson’s Bus Company.  What a great community effort.


State Sports Award Winner

Year 12 Student, Cameron Blewett has been awarded a State Sports Award for Volleyball.  State Sports Awards are the highest accolade within the school system for achievement in Sport.  Cameron joins recent Eltham High School Awardees, Rebekah Creed (2002, Volleyball), Tara Wood (2003 Swimming), Daniel Bass (2003, Basketball) and Igor Yudin (2003, Volleyball). Cameron is currently in training with the Australian institute of Sport.  Well Done Cameron!


Maths Challenge Successes

Congratulations to the 64 Year 7 students who competed in the 2004 Maths Challenge.  A very tight competition saw Yr 7C and 7E tied in first place.  Well done all!


Peer Support Training Completed

Yr 10 students have completed their peer Support Program Leadership Training in preparation for the


2005 Year 7 Peer Support Program. Peer Support is a program where Year 11 students lead small groups of Year 7 students in a range of transition and school orientation activities over the first half of the year. This program assists new students to gain a deeper understanding of the school, its values and ethos.


Liddy Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Jessica Morton and Josh Russo-Batterham who have won the Liddy Scholarship for 2004. This Liddy Scholarship recognises two students entering Senior School who have made a great contribution to the life of the school and the community during Year 10.





Christmas Concert a Huge Success

Last Thursday evening the courtyards rang to the sounds of Christmas carols, high quality music and some great singing from students.  Parents, grandparents and friends joined with the music department in a wonderful community evening.  Thanks to all the music staff and the musicians who made the night such a special one.

Paul Rose, Principal



Wednesday 8

Volleyball National Schools Cup until Dec 10

Sport Yr 8 Round Robin – Tennis & boys cricket

Thursday 9

Junior School clean out lockers

Friday 10

Junior School clean out lockers

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

Monday 13

Transition Year 7->8 & Awards

Transition Year 8->9 & Awards

Transition Year 9->10

Tuesday 14

Activities Program



Six Year 9 students have recently returned from their 10 week residency at the Alpine School – see next week’s edition for a report of this exciting adventure.



The Environmental management class, Semester 2, 2004 would like to thank Dysons Bus Company for donating money to the habitat.  The money will go towards new plants and equipment for the habitat area.  Thank you

Milly Hattam, Beth Coleman, Jess Deacon & Grace Rank, Year 9



Interschool Sports offered include:

Term 1






Term 2




Cross Country

Term 3



Students will need their PS/Sports uniform.  These are purchased via the pink slip already received and will be distributed in PE classes next year.  Hats, sunscreen and drink bottles are recommended.

Timetable Sport this offers the year 7’s a double period of sport each week.  Students get to choose 12 different sports for the year via selection sheets distributed in Sport next year.

Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator


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


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The Sick Bay at Eltham High is attended by Joy Snow from 8:50am to 3:20pm (minus 30 minutes for lunch).

Students who require attention for First Aid or illness can come at any time during these hours.

During classes the students must have a pass, written in their planner and signed by their teacher.

Parents are welcome to visit the Sick Bay at any time to discuss medical needs of their children or they can ring the Sick Bay directly on 9430 5120

The more information we have on your child’s illness allows us to better help them.


Finally we ask that parents DO NOT send their children to school when they are obviously unwell.


Annual Year 7 Mathematics Challenge

On the afternoon of December 1st, 64 of our year 7 students (8 students from each home group, divided into 2 teams of 4) took part in the annual Eltham High School Year 7 Mathematics Challenge. Each team of four students participated in three activities, scoring points for answering questions correctly or for doing well at competitive games of strategy.


The aim was to provide an environment where students were challenged by a variety of mathematical problems, with elements of fun and friendly competition thrown in.


The first activity required teams to work cooperatively to solve as many questions as they could from a collection of 25 problems.  A time limit added to the difficulty of the task. This was followed by a game of strategy in which teams competed against each other playing a mathematical game called Nim.  The rules were deceptively simple but players soon realised certain strategies enabled them to increase their chances of winning.  Identifying and developing these strategies were key objectives.

The final task was a ‘Problem Solving Relay’.  Teams were given one problem at a time – they had to work cooperatively to solve the question then take their answer to the recording table.  A correct response earned access to the next problem, but an incorrect response meant the team had to spend more time on the original question.  After 3 attempts the team was able to progress to the next question even if they had not found a solution.  A time limit was set for the 10 demanding questions and the combination of intensive problem solving work and frantic sprints to the recording table made for an exciting session.

At the end of the day all students had certainly earned their Certificates of Participation.  The final results showed many teams within a few points of each other and a tie for first place.  All teams are to be congratulated on their efforts, with prizes being awarded to the following:

Equal First Place   

7C Team 2  


7E Team 1   

Lockie Deller, Callum McGough, Tye Manley, Michael Snow.

Lauren Byrne, Ashton Newton, Alex Pantelejenko, Abbey Sharples.

Third Place   

7D Team 2

Taryn Grindal, Zoe Lipshutt, Clara Long, Dharia Senaratne.

Fourth Place 

7G Team 1

Suzanne Burgess, Jacob Dovile, Lachlan Ferguson, Hannah Richards.


The Year 7 students were very enthusiastic and some high level mathematics and problem solving strategies were displayed. Well done to all participants and to the mathematics teachers and year 8 students (Alice Beswick, Cassie Brock, Tayla Broekman, Alex Grimes, Kathrin Khoshmashrab & Lauren Willoughby) who gave their time to supervise, keep scores and run the activities.

Garry McKelvie for the Mathematics Faculty.




Christmas Break Up

Parents, students and friends enjoyed a lovely evening of Christmas music in the courtyard on Thursday evening.  The weather was perfect so it was great to actually have the concert outdoors as planned.  Our bands, choir, ensembles and soloists presented a variety of music in the relaxed atmosphere of the courtyard with new skills being demonstrated by Mr Waterworth on piano and Mr Rose as a  vocalist [assisted by Peter Hanlon and Rick Browne].  The Music Support Group kept everyone well fed with a scrumptious BBQ as the audience joined in singing some of the much loved Christmas carols.  The evening was a fitting way to conclude a busy year.  Thanks to students, teachers and parents for making the Music Program such a wonderful part of life at EHS.



A Great Christmas Gift

Recorded live at The Besen Centre  - ONLY $ 20.00 - Available from the Music Office


EHS owned instruments

All school owned instruments must be returned to the music office by Wednesday 8th Dec. Students wishing to have instruments for the holidays will be able to sign out for these on Monday 13th Dec.


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



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.              

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



Year 9 Work Experience

From Sale to Port Fairy, St Andrews to Aspendale, our Year 9’s are scattered far and wide in what for most of them is their first taste of real “work”.  Some of the activities they’ve been engaged in include: Cray fishing, stocking shelves, climbing the spire of St Paul’s Cathedral, stocking shelves, radioactive sampling, bicycle maintenance and stacking shelves. Teachers have been busy visiting (or phoning) the students to check on their progress and I thank them for fitting this in amongst all the other activities taking place. We look forward to the return of the “workers” on Monday 13th and hearing far more about their experiences.

Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher



Connex trains service Eltham on the Hurstbridge line and there comprehensive bus services provided by Dysons Bus Company 9467 6111, National Bus – 131 638 and Panorama Coaches – 9438 3666.  Timetable information is available from www.victrip.com.au or by telephoning 131 638


School Buses (provided by Panorama Coaches)

Depart Eltham Station

8:40 to Eltham High School (2 buses)


Depart Eltham High School

3:20 to Eltham Station (2 Buses)

3 20 to Diamond Creek Station via Eltham Station & Wattletree Road

3:25 to Research via Eltham Station

3:25 to Beard St, via Pitt Street


Thinking about Christmas presents……

What about an ORIGINAL ART WORK!

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

View and buy small original artwork on canvas boards done by students - 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



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


Merry Christmas and a very happy holiday to all Canteen volunteers  and students, many thanks for your valuable support in 2004



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

December 2004

Wed 7 until

Tues 14

see front page

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



2005 School Year

Jan 25

Staff return to school

Jan 26

Australia Day Holiday

Jan 27

Year 7 & 11 & 12 first day for 2005

Jan 28

Year 8 & 9 & 10 first day of school

All levels attend this day




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




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


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 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

see you next year 





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