Text Box: Term 4 Week 11
Monday 13th December 2004

EHS Volleyball achieves best ever result

Under 17 boys honours – GOLD MEDAL

Open Boys honours – SILVER MEDAL

Under 17 Girls division 1 – SILVER MEDAL

Under 16 Girls division 1 – BRONZE MEDAL

 All details of the Nationals inside this issue

Principal’s Report


VCE Results Highlight Success


The 2004 VCE results recognise the hard work and dedication of our VCE students this year. ENTER scores were much improved on 2003 results. 15 individual ENTER scores were above 95, with the highest being 99.25. 15.3% were above 90 and a total of 25.5% above 80 (18.5% in 2003). The number of VCE Study Scores above 40 showed an increase on the 2003 results. Congratulations to the 2004 VCE students and their teachers on this very creditable result.


Volleyball Australian Schools Cup Success


A big “Congratulations” to Volleyball Program Coordinator, Greg Thomas, and all the team members and their coaches on a fantastic result in the Volleyball Australian Schools Cup 2004.  Outstanding team results led to our school being placed 3rd in the country.  A marvellous outcome from a great team effort.


Paul Rose, Principal



Tuesday 14

Activities Program begins

Middle School Reports issued from M/S office

Year 11 Reports issued from Senior School office

Wednesday 15

Activities Program Fishing trip 1 & 2

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday 16

Activities Program Fishing trip 3

Junior School Reports issued this day

Day finishes for students at 2:30pm

Friday 17

Last day of school




Australian Schools Cup


Congratulations to the Eltham High School Volleyball team on achieving our best ever result – 3rd with 323 points.  Heathfield (SA) won with 404 and Brighton (SA) had 383 points.  

Third best school in Australia is a fantastic result.


Our best performances were

Under 17 boys honours – GOLD MEDAL

Open Boys honours – SILVER MEDAL

Under 17 Girls division 1 – SILVER MEDAL

Under 16 Girls division 1 – BRONZE MEDAL

The Under 17 boys GOLD MEDAL team of Aaron Fluck, Darren Patterson, Guy Franklin, James Piper, Lachlan Gardner, Beau Biggs, Chris Varsamakis and Shaun Cole won their final in 3 sets.  Thankyou to coach Julie Allen and manager Gordon Fluck.

The open boys honours team lost to Heathfield in 5 sets in the final and only lost this match for the week to finish a very creditable second in the toughest volleyball competition in Australia.  

Scores – 15/25, 25/15. 25/14, 17/25,15/7.



Under 14 girls – 5th

Under 15 girls honours – 4th

Under 15 girls division 1- 12th

Under 15 boys honours – 6th

Under 15 boys division 1 – 11th

Under 16 girls division 1 – 3rd

Under 16 boys honours – 8th

Under 17 boys honours – 1st

Under 17 girls division 1 – 2nd

Open Girls Honours – 13th

Open Boys Honours – 2nd

A big thankyou to our year 12 students – Evie Lake, Steph Barens, Vanessa Costolloe, Lucas Simpson, Cameron Blewett, Matt Godden and August Skipper for being a big part of our volleyball program over the last six years.


Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator


Information for all new students to Eltham High

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


Have you collected your unsold text books from Room 503?

Last chance to do this will be on Tuesday & Wednesday this week.  All books not collected will be considered as donated to the SWC.

Cheques for payment monies from second hand books will be available early in the new school year.




Our six Year 9 students, who’ve been living up at Dinner Plain for Term four have graduated! Two events occurred in their last week at the Centre for Student Leadership that signalled the finish of the “Separation Phase” of their journey in leadership development. The first event was the presentation of their Community Learning Project plans to principals, leading teachers, liaison teachers and Department of Education representatives. The Eltham team was clear in its aims and creative in its presentation. The EHS community will be hearing much more from the team in Term one next year, when they implement their project called “Connecting Worlds”. Congratulations too, to Jessica Adams for co-MC’ing the whole event.


The second event was each student’s Presentation of Learning. I felt very privileged to be present for this event, where students presented to an audience on their personal strengths, areas to improve, achievements and goals. Again, the presentations I witnessed were creative and confident, but more importantly, they demonstrated how mature and self aware these students have become.


I certainly look forward to working with the EHS Alpine team of 2004 next year to expand student leadership development at the school and I anticipate that the community will benefit greatly too.


The Eltham and Cobram Alpine teams had to practice teamwork to build this bridge across a stream.



In the last weeks of term, all Year 7 & 8 SOSE classes experienced democracy at work. They reviewed school rules and policy and conducted class discussions on what changes they would like to see for the benefit of all students. Classes prioritised issues, prepared their reports for the Student Forum and elected their representatives. 


Last Wednesday, all classes were represented at the official Forum. After a welcome from A.P. Trevor Jenkins, the representatives put forward their class suggestions, debated the issues and created a prioritised list for the school’s consideration. All representatives are to be congratulated on their enthusiastic and mature approach to the issues.


The priorities of the Junior School Student Forum of 2004 are:


1. Upgrade the toilets

2. Greater variety in the canteen menu (get a deep fryer)

3. Have a more specific uniform code

4. Unlock the back oval

5. Computer room access at lunchtime

6. Be allowed to use discman/ipod in class when doing individual work

7. Camp for Year 7

8 Unlock images searches and take the restrictions off the internet

Nikki Gemmill,

Student Leadership Development Co-ordinator




A Great Christmas Gift

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


URGENT: EHS owned instruments

All school owned instruments must be returned to the music office now.  Students wishing to have instruments for the holidays will be able to sign out for these from Monday 13th December onwards.

Music Support Group News

Another fantastic year of music!  

Thankyou to the students and staff or giving us 'listening pleasure'!  To all members of our Music Support Group - thankyou for the time and effort put into all aspects of supporting the program.  We appreciate it, as do the students and staff.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a New Year that's all you want it to be.  

Rick Browne - President, Music Support Group.


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


Thinking about Christmas presents……

What about an ORIGINAL ART WORK!

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



Parents are reminded that borrowed books need to be returned to the SWC office.

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



not many sleeps to go!


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R

December 2004

Tues 14  until

Fri 17 Dec

see front page

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.  Further contributions to the box in the foyer gratefully accepted.

George Franklin/Brendan Monigatti




Best wishes to all students and families for a very peaceful Christmas and a relaxing, safe holiday











Community Announcements/Advertising


Soccer Goals Fundraiser Raffle


1ST Helen Harrison

2nd Lou Tiedgen

3rd Nelson

4th Vivian

5th Max Lake

6th Matters


The students raised $760 – many thanks to all those who supported this fundraiser.


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




 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.



YR 12 DVD 2004

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 TONIGHT 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



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)



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





Congratulations to our VCE students



Our best wishes to you for a well earned holiday & good luck for the future