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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 1st February, 2000                         Term 1 Week 2

Principal's Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the year 2000 school year. I hope that you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and that your children have been a source of joy to you over the holiday break. A special welcome to the parents and children who are starting at Eltham High for the first time - mostly in Year 7 but some at other year levels too.

I would also like to welcome some new staff and welcome back some who are returning from leave. Michael Bowen is our new Assistant Principal replacing Allana O'Kane who is on leave for the year. Phillip Knight joins us to teach Maths/Science, Kia Gudde is our new Dance Teacher now that Heather Daniel has left us and Mara Lupieri replaces George Franklin, while George is on leave for Term 1. Steve McCrystal, Peter Sharp, Peter Goddard, Leonie Rainey Liz Lacey and Roger Kibell have all returned from leave and we are very glad to have them back.

Hard Work Brings Success

The vast majority of students at Eltham High School finished the 1999 school year very successfully. VCE results were improved on the previous year. Slightly over 10% of students obtained study scores of 40 or more. This placed Eltham High School's results in the top 20% of all schools in the state and the top 5% of public schools.

There were a number of outstanding individual results. Loretta Bartolini obtained an ENTER score of 99.7, Jessica Holden obtained a 99.05, Bronwyn Hamilton 98.35, Kate Mildenhall 98.35, Katharine Throssell 97.65, Beth Kline 97.45, Tess Lethborg 97.40, Lachlan Ashelford 96.65, Rachel Bowen 95.95, Brenna Henderson 95.85 and Jilly Charlwood 95.8 were some of the highlights. 13% of students received ENTER scores of 90 and above. Another 13% received scores between 80 and 89. Well done to all.

As well Christie Heideman's art and design work has been selected for display in the TopCats and TopDesign exhibitions.

Students in years 7 to 10 achieved very good results in their CSF assessments. At the key indicator points of Year 8 and Year 10 85% of students were performing at or above the expected level in Mathematics. English results showed the same pattern of high performance, with Year 8 (CSF Level 5) showing a high number of students performing above the expected level.

When you add to these results the outstanding achievements in co-curricular activities such as sport, music, debating, performing arts the 1999 school year finished on a high note indeed! Paul Rose, Principal


Our maintenance worker, Graeme Bailey, will be taking leave in February and we are seeking a temporary replacement for the period 14th Feb until 3rd March. This job would suit anyone with handyman skills and the ability to work with people in what can sometimes be a demanding environment. The job includes minor building maintenance work, some yard and ground maintenance, and emergency cleaning. It is a full time position.

Please contact the Business Manager, Peter Gurney, 9439 5111 for further details.


Road works are under way to seal Bell Street on the school's eastern boundary and to build new bus parking bays in Ely St on the southern side of the property. Work is scheduled for completion by 11th February. This will free up over 20 spaces in Withers Way for car parking and will also reduce the traffic congestion at the front of the school thereby making it safer for everyone. Included in this work is improved, safer pedestrian access to the school with a pedestrian crossing in Withers Way. Also, pedestrians will no longer be able to cross over Bell St from the Dalton St footbridge and access the school grounds through the gap in the Bell St fence. Improved fencing will be installed. We will be encouraging students to be aware of the changed pedestrian and traffic conditions and to be safe on the roads and footpaths.

The Brougham St Bridge still awaits repair. We understand that a contract is about to be let and that work will commence shortly with a completion date of 20th February. In the meantime the bridge remains closed to vehicles, but open for pedestrians. While road works and bridge works are under way vehicle access to the school at peak times for the first few weeks of the school year will be difficult. Please be patient, and where possible reduces traffic around the school by dropping off students within walking distance.


Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) application forms are now available at the office. People who hold health care/health benefit cards, are TPI veterans or are foster parents may apply for EMA for children under the age of 16 years attending school. For secondary school students the EMA rate is $254 per year, paid in two split instalments. Completed applications and a photocopy of the entitlement card are to be submitted to the school office by FRIDAY 25th FEBRUARY (late applications are not permitted).

Please address any questions on EMA administration to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney.


During the summer holidays a range of improvements were carried out around the school, with more to come in the next month or so. Work completed included:

To commence late in February is the construction of a new darkroom for photography classes and a new video-editing suite for media. These will cost more than $30,000.

The road works currently under way will also require fencing and footpaths internal to the school property. We have budgeted $10,000 for this work which should be completed in February.

These improvements have been funded from school raised income including donations to the Eltham High School Building Fund. Thank you to all families who contribute to the school in this way.


Would parents please ensure that cheques for second hand books sold last December are collected from the office this week. Also, unsold second hand books may be collected on Wednesday at lunch time from room 503, the Year 12 Study Room. Students were asked to collect unsold books late last year and also last week. Books not collected this Weds will be donated to the Student Welfare Counsellor.


Photos will be taken on 23rd and 24th February. Details next week.



During 5th-10th December 1999 EHS had 7 volleyball teams compete in the Australian Schools Volleyball Cup at MSAC Albert Park. All of our teams were very competitive and played with great spirit and sportsmanship. We finished the week with 2 silver and 2 bronze medal teams.

The Senior girls won a silver medal in their division. Congratulations Gill Irvine, Anna and Miriam Fishwick, Kate Firth, Fiona Clark, Rebecca Trethowan, Jess Vreulink and Kate Wilson. The girls played great volleyball and only lost one game for the week.

The U17 boys won a bronze medal and played in some very close and hard-fought games. Ben Thomas was also awarded the most valuable player in Australia in this age group. Congratulations Ben, Thomas Bull, Grant Baker, Tyson Powell, Cameron Devlin, Leigh McTaggart, Andrew Hargraves and Gavan Pietsch.

The U15 girls were placed 13th in their division. They had some very close games and were unlucky not to finish higher. Congratulations Kate Nelson, Katherine Luxford, Jess Crosbie, Jess Choong, Liz Smith, Merinda Chadd, Chiara Lawry, Brigid Hanlon and Rachel Heath. Thanks to Mr Whiteley for coaching the girls.

The U15 boys finished 9th - a big improvement on last year's result. Congratulations Raine Macaulay, Damon Ashworth, Glenn Piper, Craig McEvey, Caleb Young, Marc Heenan, Chris Wells and Michael Kerss. Thanks to Mrs Traeger for coaching the boys.

The year 7 boys were a very talented bunch and after winning the VSSSA State Volleyball Final on 30th Nov., the team was split into two U14 boys teams for the National Schools Cup. Vincent Corneille, Thomas Sterling, Brent White, Jarrod Burke, Nick Johnston, Adrian Franklin and August Skipper finished 9th after some extremely hard games in the 'tough' side of the draw. A fine effort. Thanks to Kyle Griffith and Mrs Sweeney for coaching the boys.

Manny Kechayas, Cameron Blewett, Lucas Simpson, Mitchell Edward, Shaun Griffin, Michael Steven, Luke Thomas and Michael Parsons defeated Rosstrevor (SA) in their final match to win a bronze medal with some fantastic volleyball. Thanks to Mr Ferns on a great coaching job.

The U14 girls also only lost one game for the week to finish 2nd in Australia out of a pool of 20 very good teams. A fantastic effort from the current Victorian Schools Cup champs. Congratulations to Jen Tan, Anastasia Clendinnen, Rebbie Creed, Vanessa Costolloe, Hannah Trethowan, Anna Warden, Evie Lake, Skye Holder, Steph Barens and Eloise Norman. Eloise also won the competition for the best jump in the U14 girls division in Australia. Well done.

I was very proud of all of our athletes on the skill level they displayed and on the very positive way they approached each and every match. The sportsmanship and enthusiasm of our athletes was a feature of all EHS teams. Greg Thomas,Head Coach.

Victorian Volleyball Team Selection Trials

U15 boys and girls 6th Feb 10am-1pm

13th Feb. 9-11am.

(Athletes have to be U15 or not turn 15 for the whole of the year.)

U17, 19, 21 20th and 27th Feb

Venue: Oakleigh Recreation Centre, Park Road, Oakleigh. Cost: $5 per person per trial. Athletes should wear their numbered volleyball shirt.

Eltham High School Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad will start this week on Thursday morning at the Eltham leisure Centre. The Swim Squad is open to students from Year 7 to Year 12 who wish to improve their swimming. The sessions which run from 7.00-8.00am on a Thursday morning are conducted by Neroli Nixon, a Level 2 Performance Coach. Neroli conducts the sessions in a well structured and friendly manner so that students of all levels of ability are able to improve their swimming. The cost of the 10 week term is $50 to cover the cost of the coaching and the lane hire. Payment for the term should be made to the school cashier. For further information contact Max Balchin at the school.

EHS Swimming Sports

This year's EHS Swimming Sports will be held as a Twilight Meet at the Greensborough Swimming Pool on Tuesday 22nd February starting at 6pm sharp. The basic events for all age groups will be 50 meter heats of Freestyle, Breastroke, Butterfly and Backstroke with longer races for the older age groups. Relay races and Medley races are a part of the program. There will also be a range of novelty events throughout the evening. The sports will be run as a part of the House competition. All students are placed in one of the four House groups of EHS; the House names are Andrew (green), Everard (gold), Stewart (blue) and Rutter (red). Admission to the pool is free and families are invited to come along and enjoy the evening. There will be a poolside BBQ.


Each Wednesday after school, from 3.25pm until 4.00pm there will be a training group for athletics, weather permitting. The aim of the first sessions, starting this Wednesday, will be to work on basic aerobic fitness. Students of all Year levels and abilities are invited to attend. Participating students should have a change of clothing and should report to the area outside the general office at the end of school. For further information contact Max Balchin at the school.

Term 1 Sports Dates

Swimming Carnival - Tuesday 22nd Feb. 6.00pm at Greensborough Pool

Athletics Carnival - Wednesday 8th March (all day) at Doncaster Athletics Track

Senior Cricket and Round Robin -

Monday 14th February

Inter Cricket - Thursday 17th February

Year 8 Cricket Monday 21st February

Year 7 Cricket Tuesday, 22nd February

Inter Round Robin Friday, 3rd March


Year 8 Round Robin Monday 27th March

Year 7 Round Robin Wednesday, 29th March.

P. Nicholson (Sport Co-ordinator).

Mini Volleyball for primary school students begins again at EHS on Thursday, 10th February.



Fri. 18th Curriculum Day

Tues. 22nd Swimming Sports

Wed.23rd and Thurs. 24th

School photos

Fri.25th EMA applications close


Wed. 8th School Athletics Sports

Put this date in your diary:2000 Travel Concession Card Photos - Monday, 14th February at lunchtime in 003 in the stadium - 2 photos $5.00.


Dance Ensemble 2000

Would you like your child to increase their fitness, creativity and have fun? By joining this year's after hour's dance ensemble your child could improve their dance technique and become involved in performances. Classes will be held Thursday afternoons from 3.30-5.pm. Cost for this investment is a very competitive $55 per term. For further enquiries contact Kiah Gudde 9439 5111.

Drama Ensemble

This fantastic fun group will meet every Wednesday from 3.30-5.00pm. Anyone interested in participating needs to meet in the hall tomorrow Wednesday 2nd February at 3.30pm. There will be a fee to pay per semester. Details are yet to be finalised. All are welcome. M.Lupieri, L.Lacey.


After School Music Program

The Program will continue this year with lessons available in Guitar, Woodwind and Brass.This year, new to the program, we will be offering Piano and Singing lessons. Positions will be limited. Further information from Denise Frankenberg 9431 4324.

Rehearsal times:

Rehearsals for all principal ensembles have commenced this week.

Symphonic Band Tuesday 3.30 - 5.30 pm Friday 7.30 -8.45 am

Concert Band Thursday 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Intermediate Band Tuesday 7.30 - 8.45 am

Chamber Strings Thursday 3.30 - 5.00 pm

Concert Strings Monday 3.30 - 5.00 pm

Stage Band Wednesday 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Jazz Band Friday 3.30 -5.30 pm

Enrolment Forms

Enrolment forms have been sent home and are due back by 4 February 2000, these forms must be returned so your son/daughter may be included in the ensemble. First semester payments are due by 25th February 2000. If you have not received your handbook and enrolment form please contact the Music Office.

Secondhand Instruments

Any secondhand instruments no longer required may be sold through the secondhand instrument register. The register currently contains a listing of instruments for sale. Please contact the Music Office.


Lunch orders can be ordered either before school or at recess. Both hot food and rolls may be ordered. Volunteers for canteen duty - if you are interested in helping, please ring Bev Cust 9439 5111.

Roster - Canteen roster will be sent out early next week. See enclosed food price list.

Attention China Travellers (or anyone interested) - Tai Chi classes begin 7pm on Friday, 4th Feb in the school hall. Further information from Lois O'Meara 9439 5111.

Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club

First game for 2000 season end of February. Club is urgently in need of help off the court. Some tasks: video taping matches, statistics, serving food at after match functions, doorkeeping, match commissionaire. Only willingness to learn needed.

Ring Katrina Touzeau on 9439 9007.

Research Junior Football Club

Register Sunday 13th Feb. 9am-12noon. Information from S.Young 9437 1331/G.Harding0418 583914AH

Eltham North Junior Soccer Club

Registration 5th&6th Feb 10am-2pm, Club rooms, Cedar Ave. Eltham North. Ph.9431.4194/9431.4407.

Diamond Valley Learning Centre Inc

VCE 2000 & Return to Study. Ph.,9435.9060. Subjects: English, Psychology, History of Revolutions, Legal Studies, Basic Maths, Anatomy & Physiology (TAFE), Return to Study.

Results Training Group

Certificate I in Planning for Employment and Training. Contact Ph.9870 4000.

Summer in the Parks Free event by Banyule City Council

Sat.12th Feb. 8-11pm at Whatmough park, Greensborough featuring local bands Mobius, THC & Blindside.