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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 22nd February, 2000               Term 1 Week 5

Principal's Report

School Council Elections

Parents are notified that an election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of Eltham High School. Three vacancies exist for parent members of Council, each for two years and two vacancies exist for Department of Education, Employment and Training members for two years. Nomination forms, eligibility requirements and nominee statement proformas can be obtained from the school office. Nominations, on the supplied proforma must be received at the school office by 4:00 pm on Tuesday 29th February. A list of nominations received will be posted at the school. Ballot papers and candidate statements will be distributed on Monday 6th March. Ballot papers must be returned to the school office by the close of the ballot, 4:00 pm Tuesday 14th March 2000. The ballot will be declared at the Annual General Meeting to be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, 15th March.

Please Note: there have been significant changes to the eligibility requirements for council membership - especially for DEET employees. Teachers may now nominate as parents for their child's school council.


The school diary is a most important means of assisting students to keep on top of their work and plan their study. It also provides an efficient communication tool between parents and the classroom teacher. It is good to know that the diary, which was distributed a little over a week ago has been discussed widely within the school community.

Last year the Education Department indicated to schools that it was appropriate for parents to be required to purchase the school diary. At Eltham High School the council believed that this was not appropriate, that diaries should be provided free to students, but that the cost to the school of about $7000 was very high. As a trial we chose to use a diary that would be supplied to us for free, that would contain our school information and which would also contain advertising. In this way the $7000 could be put into providing classroom resources for students.

I acknowledge that the diary we have provided has been somewhat controversial. There is more advertising than we expected, the nature of some advertisements is an issue, the paper quality could be better and the artwork has upset some families. At the same time I must say that many students have found the diary interesting and refreshing. We are not insisting that the planner we have provided is the only one that can be used. Families should feel free to replace the planner with a diary of their own choosing. The process for selecting a diary will be reviewed and I am sure that this problem will not re-occur. My thanks to all those students, parents and staff who have taken the time to speak with me over this matter.

Paul Rose


.....Stop press .....EHS SWIMMING SPORTS TONIGHT 6pm at the GREENSBOROUGH SWIMMING POOL - come along and enjoy the evening


The final reminder, completed EMA applications and a photocopy of the entitlement card are to be submitted to the school office by this FRIDAY, 25th FEBRUARY (late applications are not permitted). Application forms are available at the reception counter. Please the Business Manager, Peter Gurney if you have any questions on EMA administration.


This Wednesday and Thursday are photo days. Years 7, 8 and 9 will be photographed on Wednesday and Years 10, 11 and 12 will be photographed on Thursday. Envelopes to order photos have been distributed to students. Please remember to make payment to A-One Photos, preferably by cheque, in the envelope and return the envelope to the photographer on photo day.


Payments are due this Friday. If your child is undertaking a course requiring additional payment please pay by Friday 25th Feb. The relevant sub school handbook contains details of courses requiring payment. (The course charges in the VCE Handbook were amended slightly late last year). Payment requests will be mailed in the next few days. If there are payment difficulties please contact the Business Manager, Peter Gurney.


The bridge is open to traffic. Beware the new speed humps just near the bridge.


Bell Street is also open to traffic. We are grateful to Nillumbik Council and the Department of Education, Employment and Training for funding and managing the road improvements. We have achieved a safer and less dusty environment for the school and also a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians. The buses will continue to park in Withers Way for a short while until paving works and signage is completed. Students will be advised when the buses relocate to Ely St.

Nillumbik Council is continuing with footpath works from the Dalton St footbridge to Withers Way. Students are asked to please not cross into the school grounds on the Bell St corner, but to use the new raised road section crossing adjacent to our tennis courts and main entry. The school's fence on the Bell St corner has been improved to discourage pedestrians crossing at that point. Our next priority in improving road safety around the school is to have Nillumbik Council construct parking bays and footpaths on the northern side of Withers Way, opposite the school.


Junior Volleyball

The EHS Junior Volleyball season starts this Thursday 24th February at 3.30pm. Students in Years 7 to 9 interested in playing, can get details and an entry form from Mr Thomas. Games are played each Thursday between 3.30and 4.15pm with finals for this season being held at the end of term 2.               Greg Thomas

Year 8 Girls Cricket

Eltham bowled first and dismissed Montmorency for 57. Belinda Kelly took 5 wickets and was well supported by Captain Liz Young, Kristy O'Loughlin and Kathryn Rogers. Eltham batted very well in hot conditions and an opening stand of 55 by Michelle Gimson (20) and Laura Johnson (18) took Eltham to a convincing victory. Well Done. Remember training every Monday Lunchtime. Mr McCrystal - Manager

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

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).


For just $13.00 your child can be covered for a range of accidents, 24 hours a day, anywhere in Australia or while overseas on authorised school activities. Coverage is for 12 months, commencing 1st March. For additional details, please contact the general office.


Parents are reminded that final payment $290 (total cost $390) should be paid to the school cashier by this Friday 25th February

Barry Hutton, Kerry.Lambert




Swimming Sports

Wed. 23rd

Photos Yr 7, 8 and 9

Thurs. 24th

Photos Yr 10, 11 and 12

Fri. 25th

EMA applications close



Wed. 8th

School Athletics Sports

Wed. 15th

7pm AGM School Council

7.30pm March School Council meeting.


The Student Representative body, the SRC, has commenced its meeting schedule. The SRC has elected its executive group and congratulations to the following people:

President:          Freya Corboy

Vice President:     Karen Bell

Chairperson:          Kiara Lawry

Secretary:          Belinda Keast

Treasurer:          Mark Irvine.

Mr McCrystal, Teacher in Charge.











Kathy Young

Sunny Oliver-Bennets

Yvette Muscat

Clare Harvey-Beavis

Lindsay Parsons

Martine Boot

Leanne Kirby

Jodie Hart


Cameron Black

James Dodd

Cameron Laurence

James Drapac

Niall Hewitt

Hayden Curtis

James Attard

Jayson Burleigh


Year 7 Performance Monday, 6th March

All year 7 students will be treated to a performance by Jill Coath, Ross Mueller and Tiffany Eckhardt in the school hall on Monday, 6th March periods 3 and 4. A selection of highly entertaining poems by living poets, adults and children, will be presented including a small selection of poems written by our own students. Students are encouraged to write, select and hand any pieces of work to their English teacher. There will be a demonstration and suggestions for multi-voice readings, exploration of the link between poetry and music, suggestions encouraging reading and writing of poetry and songs and an invitation to send further poems suitable for public performance, radio competitions or publication. Poets' Licences presented to students. Payment of $2 must be paid to the school cashier by Thurs., 2nd March.


Want to write? Two good competitions for students to enter :

Poems to 60 lines; Stories to 1000

Closing date 7th April

For details look under the noticeboard in the 300 block, or see Ms Burns.


Enrolment forms were due February 4

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

Secondhand Instruments

If you have an instrument to sell collect the appropriate form at the music office.

Visit of Haruhigoaka High School Band (Japan)

EHS will be hosting this outstanding band on 22nd-28th March. Should you be interested in having 2 students stay in your home, could you please contact Ken Waterworth.

Music Support Group

New Year 7 Training Band students are notified that there is a list of all secondhand instruments in the music office. Contact Chris Byrden on 9431 2194







Canteen Roster

D.Shepherd,C.Kelly,A.Black,L.Burleigh, V.Knowles

D.Barling,M.Schlotterlein, K.Perry

J.Goodwin, L.Johnson, S.Paull


V.Bates, K.Daniel, M.Lacey


Congratulations to Mrs Dianne Pollard who returned to school on 10th February after spending six weeks with 20 other teachers, studying Indonesian language and culture in Yogyakarta which is situated in the island of Java. This was the fourth year of her Indonesian studies at Monash University. While there she visited Borobodur which is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and Prambanaarkets ,which is an ancient Hindu temple. She also visited schools, markets and the highlight of the trip was the visit to the Sultan's Palace called Kraton in Indonesian. A reception was held by the Sultan and his wife (Sultana) for the Monash University group. Dianne also met three of the five Sultan's daughters. The older

four children have been educated in Australia. The

Sultan is highly respected in Yogyakarta and rarely meets tourists, so Mrs Pollard's group was very honoured to be invited to the Kraton. Mrs Pollard said that the Sultan spoke to them about the current political situation in Indonesia and the future of democracy which was extremely interesting.

The LOTE faculty, and indeed the whole school, appreciates Mrs Pollard's willingness to undertake these studies, which consisted of not only 180 contact hours during the 6 weeks of the holidays, rest of the time doing homework and learning for tests, but it also meant leaving behind a family over Christmas vacation. For the past few years Dianne has been going to Monash University twice a week after school as well as attending intensive sessions over several of her school holidays. We therefore sincerely thank Dianne for her enormous

efforts. Also many thanks to Mrs Veloo and Norma





















Phillips for offering their time to help with French and Indonesian conversation. The students and staff of the LOTE faculty really appreciate this and we welcome any other parents and friends who are willing to spare some time to hear students read and give them some basic conversation practice in either of these languages. Whilst we are braving the hot weather, 3 of our students are having an

exciting time as exchange students in France. Alice Wegner of year 10 is in Pontault Combault, Soon Yee Teoh of year 10 is in Ales en Cevennes and Canada White who completed year 12 last year is in Beaumetz les Cages. All 3 of these students are going to be in France for approximately one year.

P.Brady(KLA Leader LOTE)


A big "thank you" to all those parents and students who came to the working bee on Sunday. The main tasks completed were: Pruning, Furniture moved; Timber recycled; Bin holders removed and repositioned. The other working bee dates for the year are: Sunday 19th March, Sunday 21st May, Sunday 18th June, Sunday 20th August, Saturday 14th October, Sunday 19th November. Di Parry

Diamond Creek Netball Association

9 & under, 11 & under, 13 & under, 15 & under,17 & under and OpenEnquiries: Helen 9438 2752 Season 26th Feb.at Diamond Creek Complex, Diamond St.Diamond Creek.