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 Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter


Tuesday, 7th March, 2000                                        Term 1 Week 7

Principal's Report

School Council Elections

School Council Election Material is distributed today. Please ensure that you have got your election "package". Don't forget that Ballot Papers are due back by 4:00 pm on Tuesday 14th March.

New Bus Arrangements

The new arrangements seem to be working well. We don't appear to have the incredible congestion at the front of the school any more and the students seem to be getting to buses smoothly. Because the school day only starts 2 minutes earlier than before, students do not have to alter train travel arrangements. There have been a couple of little glitches and the new system is being monitored and fine tuned. But so far thing seem to be working well.

Athletic Sports

Don't forget that tomorrow we have our athletic sports. Details are provided elsewhere in the Newsletter. For parents new to the school, you need to remember that students will be dismissed after they return from the Doncaster Athletics Track. The first buses usually arrive back at school from approximately 10 to 3 onwards.

Paul Rose, Principal



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

Work Experience

The following is an extract from an article by Janet Wilson titled "Working World", taken from The Age's Education section of 26th May 1999.

"For many students work experience will play a major role in their year's activities. Work experience can provide a valuable part of the total school experience and students should plan in advance to make the most of their opportunities. Many students leave it until the last minute and settle for work in the nearest shop or their parents' place of employment. Your parents may be wonderfully talented people but do you really want to do the job they are doing?"

Renee had always wanted to work in hospitality, so she settled on a fortnight in a conference centre. During this time, she was expected to undertake a variety of works, from making beds to serving meals and working in the office. At the end of her two weeks, she hated the sight of linen and cutlery and knew that this was not what she wanted to do, but she had enjoyed the people she had met. So she headed in the direction of public relations and is now happily working for a large city firm. If you hope to undertake an interview-based tertiary course after Year 12, use work experience to enhance your CV. Lucy hoped to do fashion design and found a placement with a fashion design company early in the school year and then followed this up with a stint in a fashion retail store in Year 11. Her interviewers were impressed with her initiative. Sometimes, work experience could help you find not just a career niche but also assist in finding part-time work.

Greg spent his work experience weeks working for Hoyts. He completed the tasks that were required and made him available to fulfil other tasks. On completion of his work experience, he was offered weekend work and is now studying recreation management.

At 16 or 17, you probably don't know what you want to do with your life, but this doesn't mean that the experience should be wasted.

Are there things you like doing? Do you enjoy sport? Do any of your parents' friends have contacts with sporting organizations that they would be happy to contact on your behalf? Look up the Yellow Pages, ring some of the organizations listed under sport and ask them if they take students. Remember that the most popular places may be filled up several months ahead.If you know what you would like to do at the end of your school career, head in this direction. Occasionally, work experience could save you from making a mistaken career choice.

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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Contact Name:

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Business Name and Telephone Number:


The Student Representative Council will launch their first fundraising drive for the year next week. A great offer from Yarra Water ... MULCH/AQUATAIN/ECO BAGS. Save $$$ on your water bills!!! A display will be available in the school foyer next week and all details will be forwarded home next week via the newsletter. Support the SRC and help them support the Eltham student population and various charities.

Mr McCrystal, Teacher in charge of the SRC.


Term 1 Sports Dates

Athletics Carnival -     Wednesday 8th March

(all day) at Doncaster Athletics Track

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.

Return to School Times:

Athletics Sports Day Wednesday March 8th

It is anticipated that students will begin to return from approximately 2.45 pm onwards.

Senior Girls Cricket

Eltham compiled 7 for 102 off 15 overs. Gemma Aldred 27, Gemma Goodwin 27. Viewbank could only manage 10 in reply with Vanessa Pankhurst, Gemma Goodwin, Corrinda Skinner, Rachel Torwick and Amanda Kelly among the wickets. Excellent fielding and team spirit made it an enjoyable if not short game.

Mr McCrystal, Manager.


Canteen Roster




S.McEwin,J Browne,M.Deam,K.Maxwell




Labour Day


D.Kelly,G.Carter,L Wheeler


Training Band

First rehearsal tomorrow, 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 - Pianoforte

Piano lessons have commenced in the after school music program. There are just a couple of vacancies still available. Please contact Denise Frankenberg in the music office should you be interested in filling one of these vacancies.

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 that have not been returned by students who were in the bands and orchestras in 1999. Could these be returned immediately. Those not returned will be replaced at the family's expense ($10.00)

Gourmet Jazz -

Saturday 18th- +Sunday 19th March

Our Stage Band will be performing at this prestigious event on Saturday 18th at 1.45pm. This event will feature Vince Jones and many other professional musicians.


A reminder that the date of the next working bee is Sunday, 19th March 9.00am-12.30pm. The Grounds Committee, organising body for the working bees), is looking for new parent members. If you are interested please speak to Bob Ackland 9431 0020.


Wed. 8th

Wed. 15th




School Athletics Sports

7pm AGM School Council

7.30pm March School Council meeting.


The first weeks of this term have certainly been busy, with a number of transition activities for the Year 7s and their parents, beginning with a very enjoyable Day at the Aquarena pool at Doncaster. This was followed by a very worthwhile Meet the Teachers Evening where parents and teachers appreciated the opportunity to meet and discuss any particular concerns they had. All the Year 7s also participated in the Activities Day last week which was run by instructors from Life Be In It and by all accounts apart from the rain at the beginning of the day, it was a very successful event.

The Peer Support Program at Year 7 is now up and running which always helps with the transition from Primary School. The system of Home Group Teachers and Learning Teams are an essential element of our pastoral care system in the Junior school at EHS and along with all the above events, help contribute to a smooth start. Last week the majority of Year 8 students participated in the very popular Surfing Camp. I would like to thank Lyn Davis for her wonderful

organisation. I know that this year we had a record response and all the students who went on camp enjoyed the surfing, kayaking and the camping.

Finally, all junior students should now be in the routine of using their diaries, carrying them to

every class, and recording homework and forthcoming events such as the Athletics Day on Wednesday March 8th. The athletics sports is a compulsory school event and all students must attend. If for any reason a student cannot attend, could parents please make sure that you provide an absence note. This of course applies to any absences during the year. We would appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Junior Parent Teacher Evening in Term 2, on Tuesday May 9th. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the Junior Co-ordinators if you have any concerns. Janet Goldman, Jnr. School head

Janet Goldman7J,8H; Lyn Davis 7A,7E,8A,8E

Jim Petridis7G,7H,8F,8G; Matt Bryce 7B,7F, 8B,8J; Helen Morris 7C,7D,8C,8D


It is great to hear from past students Melita Monigatti (Year 12 '99) and Justin Tucker (Year 12 '98) who are both planning to study Indonesian as part of their Arts degree at Melbourne, and Shobana Owen who will study French as part of her Commerce/Arts degree at Monash.      P.Brady(KLA Leader LOTE)

Athletics - 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

After School MTB Rides 3.30-5.00pm on Thursdays - Ride the local trails and learn new skills. All levels of riders welcome. No Cost! See Ms Stephens at the school for permission forms. 1st ride of the year is next Thursday 2ndMarch. Training for Great Victorian Bike Ride in November.



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


English Teacher______________________________________________________