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Parent Newsletter


Tuesday, 21st March, 2000                                        Term 1 Week 9

Principal's Report

Haruhigaoka High School Band

Eltham High School is honoured to welcome the Haruhigaoka Senior High School Band from Japan. This outstanding band will be visiting the Eltham High School community from 22nd to 28th March.

Amongst the many activities that our friends from Haruhigaoka High School will participate in is the combined concert, to be held on Monday 27th March at 7:30 pm. This concert will be held in the Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School Performing Arts Centre. All Eltham High School families are invited to attend.

School Council Elections

Following the election for School Council last week I am pleased to announce that the newly elected School Councillors are: Helen Cahill, Peter Silva and David Scott. The election process is a very important way in which all of the Eltham High School community can participate in the development of our school. My thanks go to you all for your interest and involvement.

Trudi Kelly - Future Business Leader

Congratulations to Trudi Kelly who has been selected to attend the prestigious Australian Business Week Residential Program at Deakin University. Only a very select group of students are invited to attend this sought after activity. Trudi follows on from Meg McMahon's participation last year. Well Done Trudi.

Paul Rose, Principal


Congratulations to Trudi Kelly of Year 12 for her success in being selected to participate in the Australian Business Week residential program at Deakin University next month. This scholarship is only awarded to 65 students statewide from all secondary schools, both government and independent. In particular, it reflects upon the endeavour and academic achievement of students in their studies, particularly in the Commerce area. Undoubtedly, in the eyes of the judging panel Trudi was a worthy recipient of this scholarship. Congratulations.

Easter Egg Raffle

In the coming weeks leading up to the term 1 holidays and Easter, a group of keen and enthusiastic Year 11 Business Management students (Nicole Clifford, Amelia Dow and Jessica Driscoll), will be involved in a school-based business activity. Tickets: 50c. each/ 3 for $1 Prizes:     1st - $200 value of easter eggs

2nd - $100 value of easter eggs

3rd - $50 value of easter eggs.

.Where to buy tickets: lunchtimes in canteen and VCE parent/teacher interviews in interviews in the last week of term 1.     M. Darling, Commerce Co-ordinator


Thankyou to those parents who came to the working bee on Sunday 19th March. A lot was achieved by a relatively small group. A fence was constructed around a Heritage Listed tree (planted in 1922) to protect its roots. Bare areas around new pathways to the bus bays were sown with grass seed. 10 metres of mulch were wheel barrowed to garden beds around the hall and central courtyards - greatly improving moisture retention and the appearance of these areas. Other areas had protruding boarding removed to improve safety. Anyone interested in joining the Grounds Committee should speak to Bob Ackland on 9431 0020 AH before the next meeting on Thursday 11th May. The next working bee is on May 21st. Di Parry, for the Grounds Committee.


Wednesday, 5th April 4-7pm.

School Mulch Drive

Order Box is located at the front office next to the display of products on offer. Orders by 28th March.


EHS Swim Team wins Northern Zone (Metro)

Following their exciting victory at the local derby (Northern Zone Section A), the EHS swim team capped off a great season by taking out the Grand Aggregate at the Northern Zone (Metro) at the Broadmeadows Swim Centre last Friday, 17th March. Once again the Eltham team's main rival for the honour of top school was Mill Park Secondary College; in a similar script to the Section A sports, it was the depth in the relays that got the Eltham team through in first place. A total of 28 schools were represented at the Northern Zone (Metro).

The final tally for the top eight schools in the Grand Aggregate was:

Eltham High School


Mill Park Secondary College


Melbourne High School


Montmorency Secondary College


Melbourne Girls College


Princes Hill Secondary College


St Helena Secondary College


Macleod Secondary College



As well as the Grand Aggregate, the Eltham team took out the Junior Boys pennant with 72 points to St Helena's 64 points. Members of the EHS Junior Boys team were: Blair Ewart, Dan Nicholson, Kallan Smyth, Bryce Martin and Brent Tilley. Only the winning individual swimmers and relay teams go on to the VSSSA Finals which will be held at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, 5th April. The Eltham students who have won through to the VSSSA Finals are: Beth Girbau in the GU15 200m Freestyle, GU15 50m Butterfly and GU15 50m Freestyle; Jessica Choong in the GU21 400m Freestyle and GU15 200m Individual Medley; Blair Ewart in the BU14 50m Breastroke; Jessica Choong, Beth Girbau, Kerryn Kirby and Tahnee Jones in the GU15 4x50m Freestyle Relay; and Teneille Lloyd-Teagle in the GU14 Diving. More detailed results of the day to follow later.

EHS Swim Squad

The turn-out for the EHS Swim Squad has been extremely good, with over 20 swimmers filling three lanes from 7am until 8am on a Thursday morning. Coach Neroli Nixon has the squad working hard and the improvement in the student swimmers has been noticeable. The EHS squad will be running in term 2 at a cost of $50 for the 10 week term. Fees should be paid to the cashier.

Senior Girls Cricket

Eltham 2 for 52 off 9 overs (K.Tongi 13 n.o. V.Pankhurst 10, G.Goodwin 15 n.o.) defeated

MacRobertson Girls High 7 for 41 off 15 overs

(C.Skinner 3 wckts, V.Turner & R.Torwick 2 each)

Eltham 1 for 74 off 17 overs (K.Tongi 29 n.o., A.Kelly 29) defeated

Whittlesea 8 for 69 off 20 overs (4 run outs, G.Goodwin 3 wckts)

Eltham are now the Northern Metropolitan Champions and play the country champions next week. Congratulations and well done. Special thanks to Mr Hutton and Nick Lambert of Year 11 for coaching the girls in a very busy school week.

Mr McCrystal - Manager

Year 8 Girls Cricket reports

Two interschool games have been played by the Year 8 girls cricket team in the last 10 days; one on 10th March for a win against LaTrobe Secondary College and secondly for a loss against Melbourne Girls College on 20th March. The girls acquitted themselves well on both occasions and were a credit to themselves and to the school they represented.

In the first game LaTrobe batted first for a total of 60 for the loss of 8 wickets. Kristy O'Loughlin took 2 wickets and Belinda Kelly took 4 magnificent catches as wicketkeeper. The fielding was sharp and enthusiastic and Elizabeth Young contributed with two runouts and a wicket with the ball. In reply, Eltham stumbled to be 4 for 20 but bounced back with a solid stand between Kristy O'Loughlin (21 not out) and Siobhan Myring (10 not out) to overtake the LaTrobe score with 2 overs to spare. The girls celebrated with a victory dance all the way back to school (pity the poor neighbours).

In the second game Melbourne Girls College batted first for a solid total of 2 for 75 off the 15 allocated overs. Brigid with 30 not out for the opposition batted superbly, although being dropped once in the twenties. Lauren O'Loughlin took the two wickets and was, on a hat trick. Lauren West took two good catches close in, but a total of 20 wides and no balls proved a bonus for the opposition. In reply Eltham again made a tentative start and was 2 for 9, but settled with Lauren 14 not out) and Belinda (11) to build a competitive total in the latter part of the innings. At the close Eltham reached 5 for 71, 6 runs short of victory. Congratulations girls on a fine effort over the 2 matches. The team spirit and sportsmanship (sportspersonship) was fantastic. Well done. Team players: Melinda Gimson, Laura Jonstone, Belinda Kelly, Kristy O'Loughlin, Elizabeth Young, Katherine Rogers, Siobhan Myring, Lauren West, Sally O'Meara, Miriam Fishwick, Alexi Bettiol, Candice McKay, Kate Hayes and Laura Elliott. Thanks to Mr McCrystal for his effervescent coaching and pizza treats.

John Coates (Year 8 girls cricket day coach).

Beach Volleyball

On Friday March 17th 45 Eltham High School Students took part in the beach volleyball cup at Mordialloc beach. All students had great fun in the sun. We made the finals in all but one division. The Year 7 boys won gold medals in their division. They were: David Parson, Stefan Courtot, Brendan Kerrs and Ryan Dunne. Four other teams won silver medals.

Year 8 Boys - Manny Kechayas, August Skipper, Jarrod Burke, Adrian Franklin and Lucas Simpson.

Year 8 Girls - Skye Holder, Bec Norman, Anastasia Clendinnen and Steph Barker

Year 7 Girls - Laura Greve, Laura Head, Maddy Spawton and Georgia Young.

Senior Girls Pairs - Rebecca Trethowan and Jess Vreulink.

A special mention should also go to the Year 7 girls team of Holly, Rachel, Rhiannon, Cara and Lotti who played very well and were done out of a medal by an administrative error.

Congratulations to all our players on a display of great sportsmanship and skill. A big thankyou also to Mr Harty for giving up his time to help out on the day.

Greg Thomas


Year 8 round robin next Monday, 27th March.

Year 7 round robin next Wednesday 29th March


Congratulations to Peter Vivian-Taylor for being selected in the Victorian U21 State Hockey Team to play in Adelaide around Easter in the National Tournament.

We hear Peter's brother and past student Lachie Vivian-Taylor is also training with the Australian Mens Hockey Olympic Squad. Good luck boys.

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


Entry into year 9 is open to students presently enrolled in Year 8. Application forms are available from the above schools or by contacting Eltham High. Procedures will be outlined in The Age and Herald Sun on Saturdays 11th March & 13th May.


Visit of the Haruhigoaka High School Band (Japan)

We welcome the Haruhigoaka High School Band from Japan to EHS during their visit to Australia and particularly to Melbourne. Whilst our countries may not share a common spoken language we look forward to communicating through the language which transcends all barriers --music. I am sure this unique opportunity will be an extremely valuable experience for all of us. Our Japanese friends will get a taste of our culture through homestays with families from our school and will be attending some classes during their stay. As well as performing with our bands (see below), the Haruhigoaka High School Band will present a concert at Eltham East Primary School. I am sure all of us at EHS will make our international visitors feel very welcome during their stay at our school.

In concert - the Hauhigaoka High School Band

We are pleased to feature the Band in concert with the EHS Intermediate, Concert and Symphonic Bands. Come along and enjoy an outstanding evening of music.

Date:     Monday 27th March, 2000

Time:     7.30pm

Venue:     Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: $10 (adults) $5 (conc.) $25 family.

The EHS Chamber Music Festival 30th March to 6th April

A series of concerts featuring students Year 7-12. Come and hear some outstanding solo and chamber music.

Thursday 30th March


Monday 3rd April

Clarinet and Saxophone

Tuesday 4th April


Wednesday 5th April

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon

Wednesday 5th April


Thursday 6th April



7.30pm Eltham High School hall.

Admission: Adults $2; Children free.



Music Support Group

Hot Cross Buns Fundraising

Would Music Students who have not yet received their order form for Hot Cross Buns please collect one from the Music Room. Orders and money are to be returned by Friday 24th March. These Mother Earth buns are delicious and only $2.50 per half dozen pack. They will be available for pick up from the Music Room on Tuesday 4th April. Please help to support our Music Program and enjoy a nice bun at the same time.


ELTHAM HIGH IS PROPOSING A TREKING TRIP TO NEPAL FOR 20 DAYS IN APRIL 2001 ... INTERESTED? 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 next Tuesday 21st March in the EHS staffroom at 7.30pm. Further information - Contact Julie Buckland at Eltham High on 9439 5111.

Needed for Textiles/Graphics

Any unwanted shirts for art smocks. Any unwanted copies of magazines - Weekend Age /Australian/Times/Bulletin/Domain - Wed.Age.

Can be dropped off at art/technology staffroom or front office. Thank you. Sue Pickett





Visit of Haruhigoaka HS

Mon. 27th

Yr8 Round Robin

Wed. 29th

Yr7 Round Robin


Apr.6 EHS Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 31st

"Thus,The Absurd Nature"



Wed. 5

7.30pm School Council

Wed. 5

Senior School parent/teacher

Wed. 5

VSSSA Finals,Melb.Aquatic Centre




Homework Club 2000

This is a call for all Junior School students who wish to join HOMEWORK CLUB. In particular it is a call for those students who are behind with their work and find it difficult finding time to do their homework. Homework Club is:

Please collect a Homework Club form from Junior School Office to join Homework Club.


WED.     L.Skipper,L.Burleigh,D.Shepherd,E.Voss

THURS. N.Phillips,A.Hennel,J.Harris

FRI.     J.Goodwin,R.Eade,K.Hudson     

MON.     C.Lachmund,J.Seidel,T.Butler,J.Matheson     S.Batchelor     

TUES.     R.Wembridge,M.Lacy,L.Laos

More help needed. Canteen helpers needed - especially Tuesday and Thursday. Just once a term would be a help. Thanks. Please ring me on 9439 5111 Bev Cust.


Interschool Debating starts at Loyola tomorrow 22nd March. Congratulations to all teams for participating in the 2000 debates.Topics and Times:

BGrade 7pm Negative

That we should support safe injecting houses.

Cgrade debated 7pm Negative

That we should have compulsory military training

Dgrade 8pm That the Victorian Government should save Waverley Park

D1 Negative, D2 Negative, D3 Affirmative,

D4 Negative, D5 Affirmative. Thanks to staff members Roger Kibell, Leanne Ipsen and Glen Pearsall for coaching and supporting teams.      H.Burns.


Greensborough Junior Hockey Club is welcoming new players for the new season starting 30th March. We have teams from U9 to U17 age groups, boys and girls, from beginners to 'A' Grade. Please contact Colin Riordan on 9432 8560.

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. Training for Great Victorian Bike Ride in November


The photographers advise that photos will be at the school for distribution to students very early in next term


Expansion of services - Current eligible groups for school dental care include primary school students and dependants of concession card holders in Years 7 and 8.

The new policy will extend the program to include the dependants of concession card holders up to Year 12. Dental care will now be provided at no cost for eligible students in Yeas 9 and 10.

Eligibility for School Dental Care forms and further information are available from the school office.


Area 7, The Get Up Kids & Elephant Gun - Sunday 2nd April - All ages 6.30-10.30pm Eltham Roller City Susan St Eltham. Tickets at Fruitbowl, Vibrations & Rolling Thunder. $16 plus B/F pre-sold. Fully supervised, drug and alcohol free event. Ph.9439 0222.


The launch of the student writing anthology


(winner of the FAW National School Group Prize)

to be held at

The New Barn, Montsalvat

Friday, 31st March, 7.30-9.00pm.

Guest speaker: Phillip Adams OA (an ex EHS student). For further information contact Glennis Pitches or Hermina Burns on 9439 5111. Entry $2.00

Nillumbik Community Forum

"The Social Uses of Pesonal Stories and Life Writings:. Special guest speaker: Dr Inga Clendinnen. Tonight 21st March 6.30pm The great Hall, Montsalvat. Cost Adults $5; U18 free.