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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter


Tuesday, 28th March, 2000                                        Term 1 Week 10

Principal's Report

Premier's award

Our congratulations go to Georgina Butterfield who has won a Premier's VCE Award for Music: History and Styles. This is indeed an honour. Georgina will receive her award at the Premier's Award Presentation at Government House during the holidays. Well Done!

Top Arts

Diane Stone and I will be representing the school at the official opening of the Top Arts Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria tonight. You will remember that Christie Heideman and Erika Wells were both included in this exhibition. Michael Rankin was also included in the TopCats - for music.

Haruhigaoka High School Band

Our visitors left this morning after an emotional farewell session with host families. Last evening's concert was an outstanding affair - high quality, high enjoyment and high jinx. On behalf of the school can I thank all host families for their efforts, friendship and support of our visitors. Your work is most appreciated. Thanks also to Ken Waterworth and his team for a very positive contribution to international friendship and understanding. I'm looking forward to the next visit - by the Bay Area Wind Symphony, in July.

Paul Rose




Wednesday, 5th April 4-7pm.



Interschool Debating

The debating year got off to an excellent start with Eltham High School winning five out of the seven debates. After our success in winning the A Grade State Final last year, enthusiasm is high, as we evidenced by last nights results. This year we have more teachers coaching teams, as well as coaching help from last year's A Grade debaters, Jilly Charlwood and Tess Lethborg.


Last Wednesday night's B Grade team of Maggie Mildenhall, Ruthanne Molloy and Oki Gardener, arguing that we should not support safe injecting houses defeated Parade College.

C Grade debated the topic "That we should have compulsory military training". Nadia Bailey, Oliver Butterfield and Cass Mortimer-Eipper convincingly disagreed with the contention, winning by eight points with Nadia Bailey being Best Speaker.

D Grade had to debate the topic that the Victorian Government should help to save Waverley Park."

D1, consisting of Briana Barling, Lily Van Eden and KC Reynolds defeated Santa Maria 3 by four points, with Briana being awarded Best Speaker

D2, with Simon Walsh, Abi Hodge, and Ben Hanlon defeated Marcellin 2 by three points with Ben being awarded Best Speaker.

D3 with Ben Poulton, Mark Gillam, and Sarah Burt lost narrowly to Parade 2, even though Mark was awarded Best Speaker.

D4 with Madelaine Goddard, Stephanie Howell and Adele Neale won by forfeit. Fortunately, the adjudicator was prepared to listen to them present speeches and give individual help.

D5, with Hilary Guilfoyle, Tim Monigatti and Matthew Bolger-Hobson lost narrowly to CLC3.

D Grade is officially for Year 9 students so it is very impressive that our Year 7 and 8 students are performing so well against older competition.

Thanks to all the students who chaired the debates for the EHS teams taking the affirmative case.The next round of debates in the series of five is on May 2. We look forward to the challenge and excitement.

Roger Kibell. Head of Debating.


The Eltham High community has had a long standing relationship with the Royal Children's Hospital Annual Appeal over the years, raising considerable sums of money and allowing our students the opportunity to take part in a worthy social service.

This year the calendar makes such dedication a challenge, with Good Friday falling, not at the start of the term break, but at the end, on Friday 21st April. Ms Jean Norton will greet the bus at 8.30 am, for any students still wishing to take part in the all-day doorknock.

The Pied Piper Organisation continues to do a fantastic job of supervising its volunteers, providing lunch for all participants. However, permission forms must still be completed for the Pied Pipers, and these documents are available at school from Ms Norton.

For those families not taking part in this appeal directly, an envelope is attached to the newsletter today. It is hoped that your donations will be returned to the school cashier before the last day of term, next week. Any queries, please ring Jean Norton at the school on 9439-5111.


National Youth Science Forum

Nominations are now open for the 2001 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), an exciting two week residential programme in Canberra held in January for current Year 11 students who are interested in science.

The NYSF is now into its 18th year and seeks to encourage students to continue on to a tertiary course and career in science, engineering or a technology related field. The programme is a dynamic mix of seminars, debates, workshops, visits to laboratories and key sites of interest around Canberra, as well as social activities.

Interested students are asked to contact their year 11 science teacher (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology) or Science Co-ordinator Mr Bass for further information. website www.anu.edu.au/nysf

The selection of the 280 participants is competitive and through interview by Rotary Club and Rotary District. Nominations close late in April, for selection in June/July.


In conjunction with Eltham Library and Eltham Bookshop the school library will be hosting a session with popular author Maureen McCarthy. Join Maureen as she talks about and reads from her recent books "Chain of Hearts" and "Queen Kat, Carmel and St.Jude Get A Life" (seen recently on television).

     Place: Eltham Library Foyer

     Date: Thursday 6th April 2000

     Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm

     Cost: $2.00 per person

Bookings are essential on 9439 8700.


Visit of the Haruhigoaka High School Band (Japan)

Detailed report of band's visit in next week's newsletter.

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

Wednesday 5th April

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon

Wednesday 5th April


Thursday 6th April


Venue:      7.30pm Eltham High School hall.

Admission: Adults $2; Children free.



Senior Girls Cricket

Northern Zone Final

The Senior girls travelled to Banyule for the final against Kyneton Secondary College. The Kyneton line up featured 2 members of the Victorian Under 17 team and the Eltham girls knew they were going to have a tough game. Kyneton elected to bat after winning the toss. The Eltham bowlers toiled hard but 8 dropped catches proved costly! Kyneton making 1 for 85 off their 20 overs. Corrinda Skinner was the best of the bowlers pushing up into a stiff breeze while Gemma Aldred behind the stops did a very good job. The pressure was on and the girls had their chins down when their turn with the bat came, but the decision was to go for it!

All the batters made a contribution but wickets were lost at a steady pace. Amanda Kelly 13 and Vanessa Pankhurst 11 put the team in sight of victory. With 2 overs remaining Eltham needed 12 runs/12 balls. Gemma Goodwin on strike unleashed her power hitting and took 14 from the over and the Eltham girls had made the State Final. 6 for 91 (20 overs).

Great cricket and a great team effort

Special mention to Victoria Turner who blocked out the quick bowler allowing the hitters a chance at the end.

Proud Manager - Mr McCrystal


The Diamond Valley Athletic Club will be conducting a Cross Country Trials and Registration Day at 9am on Saturday, 8th April at Willinda Park, Greensborough. The season of cross country racing with Athletics Victoria comprises 8 races and commences on Saturday 15th April. Age groups for the season are U14, U16, U18, U20 and Open. There will also be a number of club events with the DVAC held locally. Training sessions are conducted at Willinda Park on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon commencing at 5pm. There are members of the EHS staff in attendance at each training session. The track at Willinda Park has now been upgraded to a synthetic rubber surface. For further information contact Max Balchin at the school.

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.


Year 7 round robin tomorrow Wednesday 29th March



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.












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.


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


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.




Wed. 29th

Yr7 Round Robin


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


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


at the Banyule Theatre, Viewbank Secondary College, Buckingham Drive, Heidelberg

Fri.March 31, 8pm     Sat. April 1, 8pm

Sun. April 2, 2pm     Tues. April 4, 8pm

Wed. April 5, 8pm     Fri. April 7, 8pm

Sat. April 8, 2pm     Sat. April 8, 8pm

Bookings 9357 4940. Adults $15. Concession $12





ALL-AGES 6.30-10.30PM,


Tickets available now at Fruitbowl, Vibrations & Rolling Thunder - $16 plus B/F pre-sold - This is a fully supervised, drug & alcohol free event

The City of Darebin & the North Eastern Melbourne Chinese Association in conjunction with the Australian Kite Association present the 4th Annual


Sunday, 2nd April at Bundoora Park, Plenty Rd. Bundoora 10am to 4pm - Entry is free.

A great day out!

Do lunch does poetry

Panther Place, Eltham. Ph. 9431 2611

An evening of poetry featuring Lauren Williams and Bruce Hughes. Food available from 7pm. 8pm start. MC Helen Lucas. Thursday 30th March. Tickets $5. Bookings essential.


Gladstone Road Briar Hill


Thursday 30th March 7.30pm

Cost $7 includes wine and nibbles and a sumptuous death by chocolate supper.

Stalls include:

Kids clothing, Nutrimetics, Le'Reve perfume, Jigsaw toys, DK books, Ladies clothing, Leather bags, Country craft, Fresh flowers, Lovely cards. All welcome!

Koonung Secondary College - VISIT USA

Would you like to visit the west coast of USA in January 2001 with students of Koonung and other local secondary colleges? Visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana, staying in hotels while you explore Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm etc. Stay with an American family and attend an American High School for part of the trip. See the Grand Canyon in winter. Experience the USA as you'll never experience it again, with a group of new friends from several local secondary schools. Three weeks for $3300. Fully escorted. Enquiries : Denise Chaplin, Assistant Principal. Ph. 9890 9661.