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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 15th February, 2000                 Term 1 Week 4

Principal's Report

Curriculum Day

You will be aware that this Friday is our first Curriculum Day for the year. No students are required at school. The aim of this curriculum day is to explore improved ways of teaching - in particular to undertake in-depth work in the area of "Co-operative Learning". This study will have a direct application to the Year 7 and 8 Teams approach that we have instituted this year. It will also have an impact in the development of co-operative classroom activities across the school. I know that pupil free days can be a hassle for parents, but I also know that the improvement of teaching and learning at Eltham High School is well supported by our school community.

School Council Elections

The role of schools councils is an important one. An effective, vibrant and focused council is an important asset to our school. Council's primary functions are to establish the longer term planning focus of Eltham High School, to ensure that the appropriate policies are in place to achieve those goals and to develop the financial structures to support the provision of high quality education. In this important task the school council is supported by the Principal and the Business Manager. The Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET) also has a section devoted to supporting school councils. Some of the important work of your school council includes: planning for the maintenance of our high quality education through to the 100th anniversary of Eltham High School, overseeing the planning and construction of the new classroom block and the music facility extension (when the funds become available), developing the curriculum plan so that the subjects we teach in the future will meet students' needs. School Councillors do important work for our school.

Our third TopCat

The success keeps rolling along. Last week we received the fantastic news that Michael Rankin was selected into the TopCats for Music Performance. Michael is a trombonist. Congratulations to Michael, our third TopCat for 1999.

Captain Ben Thomas

Congratulations to Ben Thomas (Yr 12) who has been made the Captain of the Australian Youth Volleyball Team and is currently competing in Taiwan. We wish Ben and the team all the best.


Don't forget the Instrumental Music Information evening this Thursday at 7:30 pm

Paul Rose, Principal



Tomorrow 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 tomorrow night 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, Junior School Head.


  1. Thursday 17th February
  2. Tuesday 14th March

3.     Tuesday 15th August


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.



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)



Next Tuesday 22nd February Eltham High School will be hosting a Volleyball match between a Japanese Team and the Victorian Mens Team.

This will be a great game as David Beard, the Captain of the Australian Volleyball team and other Australian Volleyball team players will be taking part. The warm up starts at 11.00am and the game will begin at 11.30am in the stadium. Many of our students will have the opportunity to see this match. Interested parents are also invited to watch.


Congratulations to the nine Eltham High School students who were selected in the Victorian Under 15 Volleyball teams which will take part in the National U/15 Championships in Melbourne during the Easter Vacation:

Girls - Rebbie Creed, Hannah Trethowan and Anna Warden.

Boys - Luke Thomas, Cameron Blewett, Manny Kechayas, Matt Godden, Lucas Simpson and Michael Parsons.

Congratulations also to Ben Thomas on being appointed Captain of the Australian Youth Team on their tour of Taiwan.               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 next 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).


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.


Want to contribute to Approach, the quarterly local magazine? Budding writers and journalists, we are looking for articles of poetry, real life stories, reviews, etc. Any events happening in your local area that you would like publicised? Want to join the committee? We're looking for young people aged 12-25 interested in writing, desktop publishing, drawing, etc. Local bands, advertise gigs and gain recognition. Any questions? Phone Joanne on 9431 1275 or Naomi on 9457 9935.

Send any contributions to: Approach, Youth Services, P O Box 51, Ivanhoe. 3079.

E-Mail: approachmagazine@hotmail.com.


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)



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


Enrolment forms were 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 Instrumental Music Information Evening - Thursday.17th Feb.

A special meeting for all parents and students will be held in the school hall on Thursday 17th February commencing at 7.30pm. This is an extremely important meeting where details of the Instrumental Music Program will be outlined and selection of instruments will take place. If your child is interested in learning an instrument or maybe still undecided, this meeting is vital for you to attend. Music teachers will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the program.


Melbourne School Bands Festival Compact Discs

Those families who ordered a CD of last year's performances should collect their CD from the music office.

Secondhand Instruments

As the Year 7 Information evening is taking place on Thursday 17th, should you have an instrument to sell it is important to collect the appropriate form from the music office.

Visit of Haruhigoaka High School Band (Japan)

Eltham High School will be hosting this outstanding band from Wednesday 22nd until Tuesday 28th March. We are looking for families to billet these students during their stay. Should you be interested in having two students stay in your home could you please contact Ken Waterworth.

After School Music Program - Pianoforte

We are pleased to announce that Trudy Lais will be commencing lessons next week for piano students. Trudy is a graduate of Melbourne University and in addition to her Bachelor of Music holds a Master of Arts Degree in piano and has studied in Russia. I am sure she will be a valuable addition to the music staff at EHS.


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,C.Davis,R.McMaster,J Steinkrug

THU: J Browne,K Corneille,K Maxfield,N Phillips

MON: L Detoma,N Joy,C Deylen,M Lemcke

TUE: M Hamilton,C Snedden,R Wembridge,G Carter,G Barber

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



9.00am Start

10.30am Morning Tea

12.30pm Finish and BBQ Lunch

Thank you to all those people who indicated on the parent response form that they were intending to come to the working bee on the 20th February. Members of the Grounds Committee will contact you this week and provide more information.

Of course, anyone else is very welcome, even an hour of your time would be useful.

The main tasks are:

     Pruning bushes and trees

     Cleaning up along the Bell Street fenceline

     Some small digging jobs

Umbrella repairs (someone handy with wire and brackets).

We welcome parents who are new to the school. It is a good chance for you to have a wander around the school and meet other parents and teachers.

The meeting place is in the central courtyard area. Enter from the gate on the south end of the main building. Parking inside the school grounds is sometimes in short supply, especially with cricket and the Baptist Church also in the grounds on Sunday mornings.


Parents are invited to take part in the Mitre 10 VIP Fundraising program.

Danahers Mitre 10 Heidelberg will give a 7.5% discount on purchases made in the store. (The discount may not be available on some advertised or special lines).

A further 2.5% of the cost of these purchases will then go to the school. All you have to do to take advantage of this great offer, is to obtain a VIP Fundraiser Card Application Form from Mr McCrystal or the general office. Return it to school and we will forward your card to you as soon as it arrives. Help yourselves to the savings while helping the school at the same time.

S.McCrystal - School Fundraiser


An Eltham manufacturing company close by is looking for students between the ages of 15-17 to carry out a responsible role doing process/material preparation tasks. You will need to be accurate, coordinated, highly motivated, able to follow written instructions and available 7-8.30am 5 days a week. Please apply in writing with a brief outline of work history, work experience and/or hobbies to:

Production Controller

P O Box 369

Eltham 3095