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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 8th February, 2000                                      Term 1 Week 3

Principal's Report

Tribute to Ms Valerie Russell

Ms Valerie Russell, a teacher at Eltham High School for 15 years passed away last Sunday evening. A separate notice will be provided with information regarding the way we are marking Val's passing and celebrating her life as a member of staff, friend and mentor to students and staff. On behalf of the school and the School Council our thoughts and bests wishes go out to Val's family and friends.

Hard Work Brings Success (pt 2)

Last week I mentioned Christie Heideman's selection into the TopArt exhibition. I have now been informed that Erika Wells has also been selected to exhibit in the TopArt exhibitions. This is fantastic news and congratulations to Erika from us all. And I'm told that there's some more fantastic news to come!

It Ain't Half Hot, Mum!

My thanks to staff and students for the responsible attitude to schoolwork over the hot days last week. We tend to forget that working in very hot weather is part of living in this country in December, January and February. Staff have been careful to arrange classroom activities that provide meaningful but quiet work during the heat of the day. Students have (in the main) been quite sensible in their use of waterbottles and drinking fountains.

Some parents have asked me if it is possible to let students out early on hot days. In short the answer is "no". I cannot allow students to leave early without parents being specifically informed. This is not possible, nor desirable. Work lost, because students are not in class, is work that has to be caught up. Teachers have been advised to be very aware of the temperature in the classrooms, to move to more appropriate spaces when needed, provide additional, supervised, breaks when appropriate and to monitor the general level of stress amongst students. This seems to have been a successful range of strategies so far.

Where there are medical conditions that require respite from the heat, parents are more than welcome to collect their children from school. In this case parents should come to the main office of the school so that we are aware that your child is leaving. Please do not collect your children from the front of the school. Please do not let your children stay home unless there is a very good reason. If your children are not at school, please remember to send an explanatory note to the relevant sub-school head.

Students who need to leave early

Students often need to leave early for medical or other appointments. Whenever possible parents are asked to make arrangements to collect their children from school. Local police have expressed a concern for children who might be moving around the Eltham area on their own. For safety's sake, collect your children when they need to leave school early, if at all possible. Paul Rose, Principal



Wednesday 16th February 7.30pm in the Library I would like to extend an invitation to all parents of Year 7 students to attend the Meet the Teachers Night on Wednesday 16th February at 7.30pm in the library. The evening provides an opportunity to meet with your son or daughter's teachers. They will in turn, discuss with you their subject areas, their work expectations and some of the topics they cover during the year. I hope you will be able to attend the evening and join us for supper afterwards.Janet Goldman, Jnr School Head.


This camp provides a great opportunity for students to experience outdoor education that many otherwise would never experience. We hope and expect that all students will be able to participate. Any students unable to participate are expected to attend school as usual - a program will be provided for them as we can allocate them to other Year 8 classes. The camp will be run in week 6 commencing on Monday, 28th February. All students should be received camp information including itinerary, medical form, consent form and equipment requirements. Spare forms are available from the junior school office. Payment is due on or before Friday 18th February. If you have any questions on the camp, please contact the Junior School Office.


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). Any questions on EMA administration to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney.


Because of the very hot weather, Bell St work is proceeding more slowly than planned. Bell St should re-open to traffic by next Wednesday and the bus bays completed the following week. New footpaths inside the school property will be built soon thereafter.


Wednesday 23rd - Years 8, 9 and & 7

Thursday 24th - Years 12, 11 & 10

Order/payment envelopes will be sent home with the newsletter next week. These envelopes must be brought with students on photo day and handed to the photographer (cost details are on the envelope). Payment - by cheque made out to "A-One Photos", not Eltham High School.


Payment for courses is Friday, 25th February. If your child is undertaking a course requiring additional payment please pay by Friday, 25th February. The relevant sub school handbook contains details. Payment requests will be sent home with students next week. Contact Peter Gurney if there are payment difficulties. Note that charge for Middle School Dance is $220. (The charge shown on the back of enrolment form incorrectly shows the yearly charge as the semester 1 payment)



Congratulations to Ben Thomas of Year 12 on being selected in the Australian Youth Team. Ben leaves for Taiwan on Thursday where the Australian team will play Japan, Korea and Taiwan in the Taiwan International Competition.

Under 15 State Team Selections

The 2nd selection will be held at Oakleigh between 9am and 11am this coming Sunday.

Mini Volleyball for primary school age children starts Thursday 10th February at 4.10pm in the EHS stadium. Thursday is a free 'come and try' night where kids can come along and enter teams for the following week. Individual players can come and we'll organise a team for you. Greg Thomas

Eltham High School Swim Squad

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. The cost of the 10 week term is $50. Payment should be made to the school cashier. 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 a BBQ.


Each Wednesday after school, from 3.25pm until 4.00pm there will be a training group for athletics, weather permitting for students of all Year levels Students should have a change of clothing and report to the area outside the general office at the end of school. More information from Max Balchin.

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).


Tuesday, 15th February at 12.40pm in room 003 in the stadium. (Not 14th as previously advertised). EHS has arranged for a professional photographer to be available for instant colour passport photos as required for travel concession cards. The current 1999 cards expire at the end of this month. Cost of 2 colour portraits is $5 payable to the photographer at the photo session and will be process immediately. EHS will benefit by your support of this service and you will save money otherwise paid at Instant Passport Photo outlets.

This is not to be confused with the school photographs to be taken on 23rd/24th February.


Please return books borrowed from class last year. Constitutions/Electoral handbooks and Revision booklets. Mr McCrystal.


Oral English

"Thank you, thank you, thank you,"

"Who's speaking please?"

"This is Eltham High School, Ms Leanne Ipsen, Oral English teacher speaking - I'd just like to thank you. This is Telstra I'm speaking to?"

"Yes, that's correct!"

"Thanks for donating 12 telephones to our class to do Telephone Conversation Techniques and Interviews scenarios ... Even L.O.T.E. can borrow them! Drama teachers are also interested. Thanks again for your generosity!"

"A pleasure, Bye!"

Debating at EHS 2000 Debating

Remember that Eltham High won the A Grade level Championships last year with the Debaters Association of Victoria Interschool Competition?

Well, now is your chance to join the teams to continue our success. We would like to field teams in B, C and D teams again with aspirations to a new A team in the future. Come along to a meeting in room 301 at lunchtime (bring your lunch) on Monday 14th February to record your interest. The Debating teachers are Mr Pearsall, Ms Burns, Mr Kibell and Ms Ipsen Evening Debate dates will be:

Wednesday 22nd March     Tuesday 2nd May

Tuesday 16th May    Wednesday 7th June

Thursday 20th July.

Junior Public Speaking Award

Students 12-14 who are interested in this inter-school public speaking competition should see Ms Burns in 304, or speak to their English teacher.

Success for Student Writer

Congratulations to Oki Gardner Yr 10 who won the Nillumbik first Prize, Junior Prose with her piece "A Glimpse of Real Love."


Bonne Anne 2000, Selamat tahun Baru to all our school community. 1999 ended with great VCE results and we can boast excellent study scores. Loretta Bartolini, our overall top student, has scored a distinction in tertiary French and Shobana Owen scored the highest mark for units 3 & 4 French. Congratulations to everyone for working hard. We welcome Mademoiselle Lagneaux who is our French Assistant for this year Year 7 and 8 parents will receive a letter this week explaining the junior LOTE program for this year. P. Brady (KLA LOTE)


Ice cream containers. The Art department would be grateful for donations of clean ice cream containers and lids. Please send them to the art office. Thanking you in anticipation. Barb Gregory.

Fabric Donations

Thank you very much to the anonymous donor of a huge amount and range of fabric which will be used in Year 7 and 8 technology subjects. If anyone has fabric they no longer need, it would be greatly appreciated by the students. Please leave it at the general office marked Sue Pickett. Thank you.

Doncaster 2000 MTB Event

$6,000 in prizes. Feb.13th. Round 3 MTBA. Candlebark Park.Mel.ref 21G/12.Ring 0418502 273




Wed. 16th     Year 7 Meet the Teachers Night

Fri. 18th     Curriculum Day

Tues. 22nd     Swimming Sports

Wed.23rd     Photos Yr. 7, 8 & 9

Thurs. 24th     Photos Yr. 10, 11 & 12

Fri.25th     EMA applications close


Wed. 8th     School Athletics Sports


Thank you to all you heroes!

Students who have attended rehearsals on extremely hot afternoons - your dedication and commitment is what makes you such special young musicians.

Enrolment forms due February 4

Forms now overdue. Please return to the music office asap. Semester 1 levies due Feb.25. For handbooks contact Denise Frankenberg.

Year 7 Information Evening

Thurs.17th Feb.

Extremely important for parents who would like their child to learn a musical instrument to attend. In the hall at 7.30pm.

Band & Orchestra Rehearsals

We had an excellent start this week. Students are asked to attend 10 mins prior to commencement.

Instrumental lessons this week.

Students should check timetables in Music Centre.

Visit of Haruhigoaka High School Band (Japan)

EHS will be hosting this outstanding band Wed.22nd to Tuesday 28th March. Families are needed to billet these students. Contact Ken Waterworth.

Secondhand Instruments for sale

Please collect relevant forms from the music office.

After School Music Program

Lessons continue this year on guitar, woodwind and brass and are available to EHS students as well as the community. We are please to offer, new in 2000, piano and singing lessons. Numbers limited. Contact Denise Frankenberg in the music office.


Students attending the Sydney tour should make final payments ($290) to the cashier by Friday, 25th February. The trip has been organised for the last week of term 1 and is open to all year 10 and 11 students. Enquiries to Mr Hutton or Mrs Lambert in the Middle School office.


WED L.Burleigh,S.Courts,C.Simpson,C.Richards

THURS: M. Russell, M.Dean, S.McEwin,J.Samphier,


FRI: M.Young,A.Rodger,J.Kennedy,J.Johnson,Di.

MON: S. Wilson,L.Rush, T.SButler,J.Matheson, C.Lachmund.

TUES C. DowningA.Batten,L.Laos,G.Gallagher

Volunteers are urgently required for Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ring Bev on 9439 5111.

Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club

First game for the 2000 season at the 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. You do not need experience in basketball - only willingness to learn. Contact Katrina Touzeau 9439 9007.

The North Eastern District Girls Only Golf Program professional clinics at Heidelberg Golf Club Thursday afternoons 4.30-5.30pm. First block of 5 weekly clinics commence on Thursday 2nd March for girls aged 10-15 years. Cost $5 per week. In addition girls are offered the opportunity to "Play the Game" with fortnightly sessions at the Studley Park Golf Course 1pm Sundays.9435 7477.

Eltham Football Club is looking for players for the U19 team this year. Contact Joe Donato 9439 7427 or Jeff Waddell 9439 4251.

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Join a Year 2000 Student Exchange Program. Public Information Session Tuesday 15th February 7.30pm. South Yarra Sports Centre, Melbourne High School, South Yarra. Summer in the Parks Free event by Banyule City Council

Sat. 12thFeb. 8-11pm at Whatmough Park, Greensborough.Local bands Mobius, THC

& Blindside.

Diamond Creek Living & Learning Centre Yoga and Relaxation Techniques for Young Women. Beginners course 15-20 yrs. At the Centre 10th Feb.-30th March. Thursdays 5-6.30pm. Cost - $10 for 8 weeks (funded through Adult, Community & Further Ed). Ph.9438 5350 .