Text Box: Term 1 Week 3
Tuesday 15th February 2005

Curriculum Day THIS Wed 16thFeb-

no students required to attend this day


THIS Wednesday is your chance to claim it

The school will have a view and claim day on Wednesday 16th February.  Property can be viewed between 9am-12noon and 1pm-3pm 

Please come to the general office.  Any unclaimed property will be disposed of



FRIDAY all levels



Calling all music minded year 7 parents and students to the

Music Information Evening this Thurs 17th Feb, 7.30pm in the school hall.


For more details please see inside


Principal’s Report

Council Elections

The number of nominations for School Council equalled the number of vacancies. I am please therefore to declare Jill Tait, Rosalie Russo, Henry Haszler, Jenny Choong and Trevor Jenkins elected to School Council for the next two years. I am also pleased to welcome Michelle Stenborg as a new member of the Planning and Policy Development sub-committee of the School Council. The next School Council meeting is on Wednesday, 16th February at 7.30 pm in the staff room. 


IDEAS Project Parent Survey

Eltham High School is taking part in the IDEAS Project. IDEAS is a program that helps schools to identify their strengths, celebrate their successes and use the ideas of the students, the staff and the parents to develop the school even further. IDEAS has been used very successfully in over one hundred and eighty schools across Australia. “IDEAS” stands for Initiating, Discovering, Envisioning, Activating and Sustaining. The program takes at least two years to complete because effective change and development needs time for serious thought and reflection.


The first part of the program asks staff, students and parents to reflect on the school. This is done through the use of surveys. Over two hundred parents will be asked this week to support the school by completing the anonymous parent survey.

There will be a Curriculum Day held on 11th March to develop our IDEAS project.


Student Recognition

Alexandra Webb and Simon Walsh, both members of our 2004 Year 12 class, have been invited to exhibit their VCE work in the Seasons of Excellence ~ Top Designs. Alexandra will exhibit in the area of Visual Communication and Simon in Media. Well done to both Alex and Simon, fantastic role models for this year’s VCE students.


Curriculum Day

A reminder to all families that tomorrow is a Curriculum Day and students are not required at school.



Meg Russell – VSSSA State Champion U15 Triathlon is competing in Penrith in the coming school holidays.

Paul Rose, Principal


THIS WEEK AT Eltham High School

Wednesday 16

Curriculum Day Students not required at school

LOST PROPERTY View & claim day from 9-12 noon AND 1-3pm

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday 17

Junior School Assemblies in morning

Music Information Evening for Yr7’s 7:30pm in hall

Sport - Year 7 Cricket

Friday 18

Swimming Carnival at Greensborough Pool – all levels-whole school day event

O&ES Yr12 Camp to Wilson’s Promontory return Sun

Sunday 20

Grounds Working Bee – see all details inside this issue

Tuesday 22

SoSE M/S Yr10 Physical Geog to Melb Museum & IMAX

Wednesday 23

SoSE Yr 10 Geog Coastal Fieldtrip to Bell’s Beach

Sport-Senior Round Robin

Farewell to Roger Kibell in the library from 4-5:30pm




Payments/forms are now due; if there is an issue please see the Junior School Office immediately.

Lyn Davis, Camp Organizer


Many parents have been registered to receive an email version of the newsletter- this is a guaranteed means of your copy reaching home.

We encourage other parents to go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Newsletter link and choose subscribe.



Swim Carnival

The House Swim Sports is on this Friday 18th February at Greensborough Pool (10am until 2pm) It is a whole school event and attendance is compulsory.  Students are encouraged to dress in House colours and go in as many events as you like.

Events include:







Lap swimming



Parents are also welcome to attend.

On Friday all Year 12 students should go straight to the bus bay.  All others (students Yr7-11) should go to their period 1 class and they will be called to the buses in order.  Students will be bussed back to school from 2 till 3 o’clock.  A kiosk will be operating on the day and students are also reminded to take adequate precautions in the sun and heat.

Peter Nicholson, Sport Coordinator



State Team Selections

Students interested in trying out for a state volleyball team should attend the trial as advertised below.

Under 15 boys and girls - born 1991 or later

Sunday 20th Feb. at the Ashburton Leisure Centre


Under 16 boys and girls – born 1990 or later

Saturday 26th February and Saturday 5th March at Berwick Secondary College.


Under 17 boys and girls – born 1989 or later

Under 19 boys and girls – born 1987 or later

Under 21 boys and girls – born 1985 or later

Sunday 20th and 27th February at Oakleigh Recreation Centre.

Full details are posted on the volleyball information notice board in the stadium foyer or contact Volleyball Victoria on 9521 4800.


Senior Volleyball

The senior volleyball round robin will be held on Wednesday the 23rd of February. Any year 11 or 12 students who would like to play in the competition should see Mr Thomas this week if you wish to be included in a team. Training for both teams will be held Thursday the 17th Feb. at lunchtime in the stadium.


Junior Volleyball

The Eltham High School Junior volleyball competition will begin again on Thursday the17th of February at 3.25 pm. Games take place each Thursday after school between 3.25 and 4.00 pm and the season will run until the end of term 2. This competition is for year 7, 8 and 9 students and is a great opportunity for students to 1. play socially with a group of friends, 2. get some valuable match practice in the lead up to the group round robin and Northern Zone volleyball finals and 3. for players to practice in the lead up to state team selections.

It is expected that any year 7 to 9 student selected in a school volleyball team be involved in this competition.


Mini Volleyball or Spikezone

This primary school competition will resume for the year on Thursday the 24th of February with a free come and try night in the stadium beginning at 4.00 pm.


Beach Volleyball

Details of the beach volleyball cup to be held at Mordialloc beach in March are now on the

Volleyball information board in the stadium foyer. Students are invited to read the details and sign up if interested in playing.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Fourth week of term and it’s like the holidays never happened.  The library is well and truly in full operational mode.  I hope many enjoyable books were read over the break.

Unfortunately there are still over 500 books outstanding from 2004 which need to be returned by students.  Support from parents in encouraging their children to return books on time would be much appreciated.


On a brighter note, Eltham Bookshop is again running Chatterbooks.

What is Chatterbooks?  Chatterbooks is a chance to talk about your favourite books and authors, and let Eltham Bookshop introduce you to the most exciting and readable books.  Don't forget that we also run writing & story telling workshops and close encounters with acclaimed authors.   

Especially for 9-13 year olds.


The next Chatterbooks event will be


Freaky Fearless Fred: The bouncing balls of death By Tony Barber

on Sunday, 27th February, 3.30-4.30pm

Bookings essential:  9439 8700


Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator



Year 7’s will be starting Ancient Egypt very soon.  The excursion to the IMAX will take place of the 28th February – Consent forms will be sent home soon.

Year 8’s will be starting the Middle Ages unit soon and will take part in the Medieval Festival. Details will follow in the coming weeks.

Stephen McCrystal, Teaching & Learning Leader SoSE



The Year 12 Indonesian class would like to thank the whole school and particularly the year 7’s for their generosity in raising money for the Tsunami appeal.  We raised a total of $240 which has already been sent to Oxfam.

Many thanks from the Yr12 Indonesian class



Last week I wrote about the role of the Grounds Committee in bringing about improvements to our school environment through our Working Bees.

In 2004 close to 400 individuals from the Eltham School community along with the Eltham Baptist Church and the Wildcats Basketball Club attended the working bees.  The Gould League recognised Eltham High School in the Victorian Schools Garden Awards as having the best school garden for a post primary school in the whole of the State.


In Term 1 2005 we have planned to squeeze in two Working Bees.  Both are Sunday events, kicking off at 9am and concluding at 12:30pm.  Morning tea as well as a barbeque lunch and drinks are provided at the conclusion of the event.  The 2 dates are Sunday 20th February and Sunday 20th March.  Parents who have nominated these events have been forwarded a reminder letter and will also receive a phone call from me so that tasks can be better coordinated and catering can be organised accurately in advance.

For the Working Bee scheduled for Sunday the 20th February the following tasks have been targeted:

  1. Eight new bin holders to be assembled and concreted into position.
  2. Extensive weeding and cleaning up of the gardens following the summer break and now the February downpours.
  3. Pruning and hedging of plants in the Central Courtyard area
  4. Mowing and brush cutting along our Western boundary
  5. Mulching in selected areas.
  6. Planting of some grasses and shrubs in the Environmental Area at the end of the tennis courts.
  7. Rubbish removal from the Environmental area to the skips
  8. Providing some crushed rock to the entrance of the replacement portable on the back oval.
  9. Reinstating the lockable bollard which was vandalised and removed during the holiday period
  10. Removing the honeysuckle creeper from garden adjacent to the bike shed.

Parents attending working bees are advised to park their vehicles on the hard courts adjacent to the library follow the signs to the central courtyard where you will be signed in and assigned a designated task.

Looking forward to meeting both new parents to the school as well as the experienced contributors of past years.

John Coates, Environment Coordinator for the Grounds Committee.





Year 7 – Hepatitis B (2 doses required) pink card

Year 10 Boostrix (Adolescent Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis) – Aqua card

Only the perforated completed consent card is required to be collected by Nillumbik Community Health prior to the immunisation session.

HOWEVER it is a requirement of DHS that all consent cards are returned for data collection i.e. please return your card if you do NOT require your child to be immunised.


Cards should be returned to the General Office NOW for pick up on February 16



Automotive Industry Careers Seminar

(part of the 2005 Melbourne International Motor Show)

The aim of the seminar is to give students an opportunity to learn about the various careers that are available in the Automotive Industry:






Information Technology


The seminars involve young people speaking about their experiences working in the Automotive Industry, followed by a question and answer session.

Attendance at the seminar is FREE and students then get a discounted pass to the Melbourne International Motor Show for $9.00.

Date – Tuesday 8th March                      

Seminar Time – 1.15 to 2.00pm              

Motor Show Time – 2.00pm-4.00pm

Students in Years 10-12 interested in attending this seminar should see Mr Goddard a.s.a.p. - places are limited.


The Age VCE & Careers Expo 2005

See the ad for this event elsewhere in the Newsletter. I have a number of free tickets, first in best dressed.


Peter Goddard, Careers Teacher


Special thanks to Helen Clements and Vaughan Losewitz for running our parenting information evening Introduction to Adolescence evening, held last night.  We had around 60 parents attend who enjoyed their evening.

Brendan Monigatti, Student Welfare Coordinator


Vacancies for Malaysia/Vietnam Tour

Only 1 place left…..don’t delay !! sign up now for the Malaysia Trip.  If interested please see Mr Oliver, Mr Monigatti or Ms Brady.  We are finalising details for our trip now.  A meeting of all Malaysia travellers has been scheduled for March 3rd in the Library at 7:30pm. 

Details are set out in the letters to parents and students which will be handed out shortly.




Band Rehearsals

PLEASE NOTE TIMES [Apologies for any confusions]

Symphonic - Tuesday 3.30 - 5.30pm / Fri. 7.30 - 8.45am

Concert - Thursday 3.30 - 5.30pm [for term one but may need to changed next term]

Intermediate - Tuesday 7.30 - 8.45am [not Wednesday]

Stage - Wed 3.30 - 6.00pm

Jazz Band – Fri 3.30 – 5.30pm


Yr7 Band Recruitment Evening Thurs 17th February

This is a fantastic time of the year for the Music Faculty.  Starting our new Training Band is always exciting and with the level of interest shown by so many of our Year 7 students this year, I’m sure it’s going to be a huge band.  If you would like your child to learn a musical instrument and join the band make sure you are at our special recruitment meeting this Thursday commencing at 7.30pm in the school hall.


Enrolment Forms Due

Parents should now have received enrolment forms.  Could these be returned to the music office ASAP.   Please Mrs. Jill Browne in the Music office if you need any further information.


EHS Choir

Students in Years 7 to 9, interested in joining the school choir are welcome to attend on Monday.  Rehearsals will commence at 3.30pm and conclude at 4.30. If you are interested please speak to our Choir Director, Ms. Lynlee Williams and sign up at the music office.


Senior Vocal Ensemble

Students in Years 10 to 12 are welcome to join our senior Vocal Ensemble which will rehearse on Thursdays at 12.40pm.  Non music students are invited to participate.



The Music Faculty is pleased to announce that Deborah Conway will be the special guest at our annual “Concert with the Stars” spectacular.  Following fantastic concerts with James Morrison and Ross Wilson over the last coupe of years, this year’s show will be an event not to be missed.  Tickets will go on sale in March.  Keep an eye on this space for details.


Music Support Group News ...

Our first meeting was fantastic, with some new faces!  We look forward to seeing you again; remembering new members are always welcome. Our next meeting - Annual General Meeting, Monday 21st March 2005, 7.30pm in the main music room.  All positions on the Executive Committee will be declared vacant.  Don't be turned off by the title of 'AGM' - this is just a good opportunity to meet other members and hear what we've done in the last year. For those parents with a child in Year 7, we hope to see you at the Information Evening this Thursday 17th February, 7.30pm in the school hall. Two services the group provide that always are of great interest Second Hand Instrument Register (contact Kathy on 9439 3597) and Second Hand Uniform Sales (contact Jenny on 9439 2065) any queries, contact Jill on 9439 9673.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Please NOTE new start date - Rehearsals commence on 23-2-2005

George Franklin Productions Co ordinator

Ben Whimpey Ensemble Director


EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad has had a great start to the year with large numbers attending the first two sessions. Coach Neroli Nixon is delighted with the strength of the squad and is looking forward to a very successful year. The EHS Squad commences at 7:00am on a Thursday morning at the Eltham Leisure Centre; sessions are one hour long and students are given a hot chocolate on their arrival at school. Payment for the Squad should be arranged through the cashier at EHS.


Last days for submission …..2005 EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE

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

Further information please contact the general office or the School Business Manager Bruce Martyn


C A N T E E N   R O S T E R   

February 2005

Thurs 17

Mette Hemmingsen, Maritta Car

Fri 18

Swimming Carnival

Mon 21

Joanna Barbagallo, Kim Daniel,

Sharon Dimech

Tues 22

Karen Biddiscombe, Lisa Howes,

Jan McIiwraith

Wed 23

Rhonda Williamson, Anne Marshall,

Sue Vickery



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 15  until

Tues 23

see front page

Mon 28

Year 8 Surf Camp 8D, 8E return Tues

Yr 12 Physics Field trip to Luna Park

SoSE all Yr 7’s to IMAX, Melb Museum


Tues 1

Year 8 Surf Camp 8C,8H return Wed

Sport DV & Warringal Section Swimming at Greensborough

O&ES Yr11 Kayaking –Yarra R.W’ydte

Wed 2

Year 8 Surf Camp 8A, 8F return Thursday SoSE Yr12 Legal Studies excursion am

O&ES Yr11 Kayaking Yarra R.W’ydte

Thurs 3

Year 8 Surf Camp 8B, 8G return Fri




Community Announcements/Advertising



Roger Kibell’s retirement from the Teaching Service after more than forty years of commitment to education, is to be held in the Eltham High School Library on Wednesday 23 Feb 4-5:30pm  Light refreshments $10

RSVP 9430 5111

Jenny Choong, Acting Assistant Principal



Wanted by our Art Department- ice cream containers – all sizes - please



Caulfield Racecourse, Station St Caulfield

Friday 11th March 12 noon to 7pm

Saturday 12th March and Sunday 13th March 10am to 5pm

More than 100 organisations

Extensive seminar program on career and VCE subject specific topics.

Admission is $6 or $15 for families (children under 14 free)

For more details go to www.education.theage.com.au or The Age My Career section on Saturday March 5


See Career News in this edition for how to obtain a FREE ticket from Mr Goddard



Diamond Valley Netball Competition has vacancies for Junior Netball teams and players in the following:

U11, U13, & U19 Mixed teams

U15 & U17 Girls teams

The new season is starting now

Ladies from beginners - experienced are held on Tuesday morning & evenings and also Thursday mornings.

Netta Netball is a teaching program for 11 years and under – games are held at Diamond Valley Sports & Fitness Centre on either Mon/Tues/Wed & Thurs after school

Find out further details or to register a player or team contact Susan Rose 9435 1129


VCE Meditation Class

A class specifically designed for VCE students.  Prepare yourself throughout this challenging and exciting time by learning techniques to bring more inspiration, clarity and a sense of calm to your life, through guided meditation, creative journaling and specific, practical tips.

Accept this invitation and empower yourself to achieve your dreams!

Classes commence Wednesday 16 February 5-6:30pm at Sentient Being, 70 Commercial Place, Eltham

(Upstairs behind Volumes Café)

Payment options: $10 weekly or $60 for 6 week

Further information contact Norma 9435 2357/0402 314 980



Makeup Artistry

Have you considered attending a make up training session – available twice a month on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.  The class runs for approximately 2 hours.  The class will be a mixture of theory and practical application.   The first session will be THIS Wednesday Feb 16, for all costs and more info please contact 9444 6139/0421 617 415


Eltham Rugby Union Football Club


Sunday February 20


Eltham Rugby Union Football Club

58 Bridge Street, Eltham


9:30am to 1:30pm


Your birth certificate


Registration $95


No prior experience or game knowledge


info@elthamrugby.com.au or Bill Cooper 0418 335 542

Find out about rugby on www.elthamrugby.com.au  /www.rugby.com.au


Attention ex-students interested in being a tutor?

Please contact the General Office or phone 94305117


WANTED Ti83 calculators if you no longer have a use for your pre loved calculator, why not turn it into cash – we have buyers waiting.  Please contact the General office.


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








Wednesday February 16