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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter


Tuesday, 29th February, 2000                                        Term 1 Week 6

Principal's Report

School Council Elections

By the time you read this newsletter, nominations for School Council will have closed. If an election is required (and that appears highly likely from the interest shown so far) you will have a ballot paper distributed to you next Monday - via students. Both parents are entitled to vote. If you need more than one ballot paper please contact the school so that one can be provided. The ballot (if required) will close at 4:00 p.m. March 14th.

Fellowship of Australian Writers Success

The 1999 student writing anthology, Thus the Absurd Nature, has won the Fellowship of Australian Writers, Mavis Thorpe Clarke Award for group school writing for the second year in a row. This is a fantastic achievement in a highly respected competition. As well, Brenna Henderson received an Honourable Mention in the John Morrison Award and Loretta Bartolini received an Honourable Mention in the individual section of the Mavis Thorpe Clarke Award.

Thus the Absurd Nature will be launched by Phillip Adams, OA, thinker, writer, broadcaster and former student of Eltham High School on 31st March at 7:30 p.m. in the New Barn at Montsalvat. All students and parents are invited to attend. The 1999 Mercury Writers Awards will be presented on that evening so it promises to be a great event for the school.

Paul Rose



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. Poet's Licences will be presented to students. Payment of $2 must be paid to the school cashier by Thurs., 2nd March.


The buses will commence using the new bus parking bays in Ely St from next Monday 6th March. Given the buses have further to travel from Ely St to the Eltham transport interchange, the school staff is considering whether it is possible to end the school day a few minutes earlier. An earlier finish time will greatly assist the bus drivers to safely make important train and bus links at the interchange at 3.30pm. If this is possible, the new finish time will also apply from next Monday. Students will be advised accordingly and next week's newsletter will contain all details.

As from next Monday all the parking spaces in front of the school in Withers Way will become available for car parking. This will provide much needed parking spaces for staff, visitor and student parking.






Students, ex-students, parents of students are eligible for the trip and are invited to an Information/Slide night conducted by 'World Expedition' to be held on

Tuesday 21st March in the EHS staffroom at 7.30pm

Further information - Contact Julie Buckland at Eltham High on 9439 5111.


Parents of Year 12 students

Please note that all Year 12 students are regularly issued with a copy of Career News.

It will contain lots of information about career choice, particular careers, important dates, etc. Students have just received their first copy which has important information about the VTAC Guide and an excursion to La Trobe University. Please ask to have a look at a copy if you haven't already seen it. The better informed parents will be able to better assist with choices later in the year.

Work Experience

The aim of the work experience program at EHS is to:

All Year 10 students have been given information concerning work experience arrangements for 2000. The "trickle system" is now in place whereby students may organize a week's placement at a time suitable to the employer and the school. That is, it is basically up to the student to choose any time throughout the year, excluding beginnings and ends of terms to complete their work experience.

Year 11 and 12 students have an opportunity to undertake work experience in the school holidays if they so choose. Parents please note - work experience should be formally arranged with the Careers Teacher so that the student is fully covered by Workcover provisions. Year 10 students in particular need to visit the careers room at lunchtime and begin to make some arrangements.

All Year 9 students will undertake a two-week work experience placement at the end of term 4, beginning on Monday the 27th of November Further details will be given to students during Term 3.

Parents, can you help?

EHS is always on the lookout for new workplaces for our students. If you have your own business or the organization you work for may be interested in offering a position to our students, please fill in the reply slip below or e-mail me at school on careers@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Many thanks. Julie Buckland, Careers Coordinator.

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Term 1 Sports Dates

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.

House Athletics Sports

Wednesday March 8th

The house athletics carnival is at Doncaster

Athletics track on Wednesday 8th March. This is a whole school activity with all students from Year 7 to 12 in attendance. A kiosk will operate

and there is plenty of shade available if it is a sunny day. Students have the opportunity to participate in track and field events for house points. Face painting in house colours on the day is available at no cost. Parents are most welcome to come along and join in the day.

Swimming Carnival Results

1st      Andrew     355 points

2nd     Everard     333 points

3rd     Stewart     259 points

4th     Rutter          143 points

New Records:

Beth Girbau - Grls U/15 200 Ind Medley 2.45.45

Beth Girbau - Grls U/15 200m Freestyle 2.22.74

Blake Griffiths - Boys U/16 50m Butterfly 32.18

Year 7 Girls Cricket

Last Tuesday Eltham played host to St.Helena in

a rain-interrupted limited overs match. Our

opponents batted first and got off to a flying

start with some good hitting by their openers,

being aided by a large tally of extras. The

Eltham girls fought back however and St.Helena

eventually reached 81 runs for the loss of 4

wickets. In reply we made a slow start and

despite some good batting later in our innings,

we could only manage a score of 4 wickets for

42 runs. All players tried hard and played

enthusiastically, with stand out performances by

Emma Baker, Melissa Adams and Kristin

Zimbolani. Well done to all players and a

special thank you to Robert Young (Yr10) for

coaching the girls, and Mitch Skelley for his

assistance.          G. McKelvie

Intermediate Boys Cricket

Eltham High School lost both games to

Montmorency and Diamond Valley but fought

out both games in good spirit with all boys trying

hard. The team was just pipped by Diamond

Valley. And in the other game against Monty (who has a couple of boys who play at district level) were just too strong.



Nillumbik Council will make the new raised surface crossing in Withers Way an official school crossing, complete with school crossing flags. It is hoped that this work will be completed in the next few days. The crossing will not be an attended crossing and students should take extra care.


Year 7 Instrumental Music

Tomorrow Wednesday 1st March, Music Junction, Blackburn, will deliver to the school the instruments, music stands and books ordered by parents. These will be distributed during music classes. If you are just ordering a book and/or a music stand, you must bring on this day either cash or a cheque made out to Music Junction Blackburn. Yamaha Band Student Book $11.95 (Percussion book $17.95); Music stand $20. Should you have also ordered an instrument you will be issued with an invoice which will need to be paid directly to Music Junction.

Training Band

First rehearsal Wednesday 8th March at 7.30am. Students should arrive at school at 7.20am to be ready for the start of rehearsal. Please note that the Athletics Sports are on the same day.but all students are still expected to attend rehearsal before going to the sports. Instruments left in the music storeroom will be secured during the day and students can collect them at the end of the day.

Visit of the Haruhigoaka High School Band (Japan)

EHS will be hosting this outstanding band from Wednesday 22nd to Tuesday 28th March. There are just a couple of students who still need billeting. Please contact Ken Waterworth if you can help.

After School Music Program - Pianofort

Piano lessons have commenced in the After School Music Program. Some vacancies available. Contact music office.



Wed. 8th

Wed. 15th





School Athletics Sports

7pm AGM School Council

7.30pm March School Council meeting.

Enrolment forms due - Feb 4

Now overdue. Please return to the music office asap. First semester levies were due February 25 excluding new Year 7 students. If you have not received your handbook please contact Denise Frankenberg.

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.

Bow Ties and Sashes

There are many bow ties and sashes which have not been returned by students in 1999 bands and orchestras. Please return them immediately. Those not returned will be replaced at the family's expense ($10)

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 Lost Musical instrument in small black case in telephone box outside Eltham Post Office. Reward. Call Chris9431 2194/ 9437 1421


National Award Winning Writing - Eltham High School has won the FAW National Award for group writing from a secondary school for the second year running. Congratulations to the twenty students whose work was selected from the main anthology Thus the Absurd Nature which has been set on the school booklist. The work of Glennis Pitches, Evonne Locke, and student editors Kate Mildenhall and Shannon Walker, should be especially acknowledged.

Phillip Adams for the Launch of The Student Writing Anthology - What a coup! Phillip Adams, ex-student, and national broadcaster will be in Melbourne to launch "Thus the Absurd Nature" on March 31st at 7.30-9pm at Monsalvat in the New Barn. The Mercury Awards for 1999 will also be presented on this night. Entry fee $2. All students and their parents are invited.

1999 Mercury Writing Awards - These were published in Mercury, the school magazine. Congratulations to all award winners. All the students in the list below are invited to receive their awards at the New Barn, Monsalvat, on 31st March, at 7.30pm.

The Phillip Adams Award (Senior School) - Kate Mildenhall, Brenna Henderson.

Distinctions:     Shobana Owen, Karolina Cutler,Erika Wells, Nina Collins, Katharine Throssell, KateLee, Katie Byrne, Jessie Young, Heinz Simpson, Zilla Bailey, Cassie Marsh

The Betty Wickham Award (Middle School) - Nic Taylor, Becky Chanock

Distinctions: Rhiannon Lane, Ruthanne Molloy, Madelaine Arch, Simon Child, Rebecca Trethowen

The Joyce Webb Award (Junior School) - Caitlyn Davey, James Sanders

Distinctions: Marc Heenan, Mark Gillham, Nina Bows, Angel Allen

Australian English Competition - The date for this competition is Tuesday June 13. The closing date for entries is Wednesday March 15th. Students should pay $5 to the Cashier if they wish to participate in this competition. In the past, we have had students who have been placed top in the state at their level. Please return this slip below to the Cashier:

Australian English Competition


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