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Parent Newsletter


Tuesday, 2nd May, 2000                                        Term 2 Week 1

Principal's Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all for term 2. I hope that you had a good break and that your Easter was a time of renewal. In particular at Eltham High we welcome back Ross Pringle and George Franklin who were on leave for term 1 and thank Mara Lupieri for her high quality work in George's stead. Our best wishes go to Therese Sweeney who has taken family leave. We also welcome Chris Agar who is replacing Colleen Hackett for this term.

Parent Teacher Evenings

This week sees the beginning of the mid-year cycle of parent teacher meetings. I urge all parents to take up this opportunity to work with your child's teachers to plan together for future success. Can I also remind parents of children in Year 7 that you will receive the Eltham High School Student Record of Achievement folder. This folder is provided as a place to keep all your child's reports over their time at Eltham High.

The Travellers Return

Our intrepid China travellers have returned safely and full of enthusiasm. You can find a "pictorial record" of the 2000 China Trip at http://travel.to/china2000 There you will be able to see why Pizza has become a national delicacy.

A Clean Sweep

Congratulations to Greg Thomas and the 8 volleyball teams who made a clean sweep at last week's competition. Each team was a winner. Thanks to Greg's drive and enthusiasm and a lot of hard work and dedication from students and teachers, Eltham High School has become a real force in this sport.

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations go to Llewella Vivian-Taylor and Raine Macaulay who have been named in their respective State teams. Llewella is a member of the Victorian Secondary Schools Girls Hockey Team and Raine has been named in the Victorian Secondary Schools under 16 Volleyball team. Well Done to Llewella and Raine.Paul Rose, Principal



This Thursday 4th May 4-7pm

Interview sheets were distributed last week


During the Easter holidays a group of 47 students, ex-students, parents and staff from EHS travelled to China for 8 days. We spent most of the time in Beijing, China's modern capital, exploring many of the historic sites. After a 16 hour flight we arrived at Beijing in the morning and began our tour after checking into the hotel. Throughout the week we visited places such as: TianAnmen Square, The Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven, The Forbidden City, The Ming Tombs of 13 Chinese Emperors, a farming community at Zhouzhou, the Summer Palace and the Zoo to see giant and baby pandas. We also saw gymnastic/acrobatic displays, visited a school and saw displays of martial arts. We shopped a lot and learned to bargain. Our biggest shoppers were Ms.Panas and Ms.Lacey.We had two fantastic Chinese tour guides and we learnt about the amazing history of China and we were given a taste of Chinese culture and society. At the end of the tour we all left with suitcases bulging and utterly amazed at this fantastic trip. A special thanks to Mr Monigatti and Ms Panas for organising the trip. (Lisa Firth Yr 11, Tim Monigatti Yr 7, John Doyle Yr 12)

I would just like to add that the trip was a great success. The students' behaviour was excellent and I believe the trip added an enormous amount to their historical and cultural knowledge. I was particularly pleased to have some ex-students who studied history at EHS. These young people added a lot to the trip. I believe that a China trip every 3 years is now firmly on EHS's calendar. B.Monigatti,Tour, Organiser


During the last week of term 1, 37 year 10 and 11 students and 4 staff travelled to Sydney to take in her Olympic and historic sites. Included were tours of the Olympic sites at Homebush, including a swim at the Aquatic Centre, night views of the city from the Centrepoint Tower, Harbour Cruises, a tour of the Opera House, visits to the Maritime and Contemporary Arts Museums, Ghost Tours, time at Fox Studios with even appearances by some students on 'V-TV', A memorable and enjoyable experience for all 41 participants.


Nominations are now open for the 2001 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), an exciting two week residential program 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 technology related field. The program 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 or 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.

Our Experiment With An Experiment ... can you help?

We were experimenting with limewater, a drinking straw, a beaker and our breath. We put 50ml of limewater into the beaker. Then we both took a drinking straw and blew into the water. As a result the water turned cloudy as it should have. We were curious to see what happened if we put a few drops of metho in it. At first nothing happened but as we put more metho in particles of what looked like white froth formed in the water. We showed our Science Teacher, Mr Tankey and he was fascinated. We went back to our table ready to write our report but then decided to add dilute hydrochloric acid (Hcl). So we put some in and slowly the fluffy white particles started to disappear. It turned into a faint smokey swirl in the water. We dropped a small piece of zinc in and the smokey swirl dissolved around the zinc. We then put metho back in to see if the fluffy white particles would form again but they didn't and the water stayed clear. We showed Mr Tankey and told him what we had done. We asked him why all this happened but he suggested we try to find out ourselves. We wrote this article to ask you if you know what could have caused it. So if you know, please let us know through Mr Tankey. Article and experiment by Holly & Rita 7J


In the coming weeks, the Australian Taxation Office will be offering Year 10 students the opportunity to obtain a Tax File Number (TFN). Most students who don't already have a TFN will want one soon, either to reduce their tax on earnings from a part time job (without a TFN they will be taxed at 50%) or for AUSTUDY. Students enrolling at University also need a TFN for HECS purposes. After listening to a talk about the benefits of having a TFN, confidentiality, privacy and other tax issues, students can choose to fill out a TFN application form in class. This is a simple process - they only have to write their name, address and date of birth. The class teacher and the school will then certify that they know the student. This means that the student doesn't have to provide the usual proof of identity documentation such as birth certificate, a passport, etc. It is not compulsory for students to participate in this activity. It is offered as a service to make it easier for students to get a TFN and to help educate them in a range of important issues related to living in Australian society. Any Senior School student who doesn't already have a Tax File No. but would like to obtain one needs to contact the Careers Room to collect a form. If you have any further questions feel free to contact the school or phone the Student Education Unit of your local Tax Office on 13 23 61 Julie Buckland - Careers Teacher. PS Please tell your son/daughter if they already have a Tax File No.





PRIZE:     The Chuppa Chups &

          $100 Basket of Cadbury


COST:     20C A Guess or

          6 Guesses for $1.00


          CANTEEN During School


Hi everyone and welcome to Term 2. Two Scholarships worth $2,500 each are offered to French students to go as exchange students to either France or Belgium in January 2001.To qualify for this students must be studying French and be aged between 14-19.Mrs Wheatley has details. Applns. close before July 1st. P.Brady (KLA Leader, Lote)


WED.     L.Burleigh,D.Shepherd,J.Kilkenny,


THURS.      S.Smith,J.Lock,N.Phillips,G.Gallacher

FRI.     M.Parsons,H.Devlin,M.Young

MON.      J.Molloy,N.Heffernan,S.Batchelor,


TUES      L.Wheeler,J.Poliness,C.Tilley,B.Bensaude,



It was with sadness that we learnt of the passing of Zoe Edmonds. Zoe was a valued member of the music program at EHS between 1988 and 1993 and developed into a talented saxophonist. In her final year she achieved outstanding results on saxophone as well as playing lead sax in the Stage Band and being leader of the Symphonic Band. Her achievements whilst at the school made her family very proud. Zoe was featured on our compact disc, "Strike up the Band" and her beautiful playing was heard on this CD during a very special memorial service held last Thursday. She was a wonderful person who exuded a great deal of enthusiasm, which encouraged other students in their commitment to and development on the instrument. She will be sadly missed but we have many memories, which will continue to remind us of the outstanding contribution she made to the EHS music program.

Visit of the Haruhigoaka HS Band (Japan)

During the last part of term one we were very fortunate to host the Haruhigaoka High School Band from Japan. It was a wonderful experience for our visitors from Japan and I believe our students certainly enjoyed themselves. There was a whole host of activities organised for our visitors, each proving to be extremely valuable. After initial introductions in the bandroom, host families took our international guests home, where they stayed during their time with us. From all accounts this was a wonderful experience for our guests as well as the host families, where the language barrier tested everyone's communication skills; all came through unscathed. A special thank you to our host families for the willingness to open their homes and look after these young people so well. The students from Haruhigaoka High School had the opportunity of attending regular classes at EHS during their stay. This allowed them to experience something of what school is like here in Australia. Thank you to the teachers who cooperated in having extra students in their classes during this time.

A bush dance and spit roast gave the students from both schools a chance to socialise in true "aussie" style. Whilst some of our students were a little sceptical, the night proved to be a great success with everyone really enjoying themselves. The food was magnificent and the dancing great fun. Our visitors gave a concert at Eltham East Primary School to a very enthusiastic audience where gifts were exchanged. A lunchtime concert was given at EHS as well as a major concert at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School with our Symphonic, Concert and Intermediate Bands, with this final concert being a fitting conclusion to a wonderful week. The visit of our fellow musicians was certainly a wonderful experience and a tearful farewell showed just how special the occasion proved to be. Thank you to everyone involved for your hospitality, kindness and hard work in making this visit an outstanding success.

Chamber Music Festival

The last week or so of first term saw a series of concerts presented by many of our instrumental students. The festival commenced with a concert presented by our string students with a highlight of the evening being the performance of the Concert Strings. Two woodwind and one brass concert featured many year 12 soloists as well as small groups of various combinations of instruments. The

standard of the playing throughout the festival was extremely high indicating a great deal of preparation by the students. This different aspect of ensemble performance continues being an extremely valuable opportunity for development of skills. Special thanks to all staff for the hard work with students in making this a wonderful series of concerts. We look to two further concerts, guitars and percussion, next week.

A Night of Jazz

A special evening of music was presented by our Jazz and Stage Bands, along with stage bands from Balwyn and Blackburn High Schools last evening. This concert has developed into a popular night and everyone enjoyed great music along with the relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to our students who performed and the band directors, Eugene Ball and Stephen Hardie, for all their hard work in preparing their respective groups for this event.

Outstanding success for two young musicians

Congratulations to Danny Richardson and Adam Mikulicz for their successful audition for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Program. Both will attend workshops and concerts throughout the year, and will be given opportunity to make solo recording with the MSO early in 2001. Daniel has also been selected as a finalist in the annual Melbourne Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He will appear as soloist with the orchestra in the final later in the year.

Dates for early this term

Wednesday 3rd May     Year 12 Recitals (evening)

Thursday 4th May     Year 12 Recitals (evening)

Tuesday 9th May     Guitar Concert

Thursday 11th May     Percussion Concert

Year 12 recitals

Our Music Performance students are presenting two evenings of solo recitals on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May. Parents, teachers and students are welcome to attend these outstanding evenings of






Thurs. 4

Middle School parent teacher meeting 4-7pm


Tues. 9

Junior School parent teacher meeting 4-7pm


Wed. 17

School Council meeting



Curriculum Day





Thurs. 15

Report writing day

Music report continued.

music, which will be held in the Music room commencing at 7.30 pm.

AMEB Exam Entries Due

The closing date for entries for exams in November is Friday 19th May. Students should collect forms from the music office and hand into the Cashier.


The Tile Project which began last year, (to produce a 4m circular Tile Mandala to be installed in the ground between the Science and Arts block) will restart this week. All interested Middle School students are invited to come to a meeting on Wednesday 3rd May at 1pm in the Ceramics room. I will outline the project so far and discuss the next stage. Permission/Lesson release forms will be handed out. Students who were involved in the work last year are encouraged to continue their involvement even if it means occasional lunchtimes only for those now in Year 11. Judy Roberts


Thanks to all who purchased an ANZAC Day Badge last term. The school raised $176.00 which has been forward to the RSL.           Mr.McCrystal

'Million Paws Walk' entry forms can be obtained fro then front office at the school. The Walk is conducted by the R.S.P.C.A. and is a great family day for people and pets.


Fitness Testing - Year 7 and 8

During week 2 & 3 of this term all year 7 & 8 students will be fitness tested during physical education classes. Tests to be conducted are:

Should your child have a medical condition which may prevent them from completing any of the above tests, please notify your child's physical education teacher in writing.      Physical Education Staff


Last week EHS School hosted the National Under 15 Volleyball Championships. Nine of our students were members of the Victorian squad. They were: Hannah Trethowan, Anna Warden, Rebekah Creek, Lucas Simpson, Matt Godden, Cameron Blewett, Manny Kechayas, Luke Thomas and Michael Parsons. In a very close week of competition the Victorian teams proved too strong for the opposition. In the girls competition Victoria White defeated Victoria Blue 3 - 0 in the final. New South Wales defeated A.C.T. in the bronze medal play off. In the boys competition Victoria Blue defeated Victoria White 3 - 1 in the final and N.S.W. also won a bronze medal defeating A.C.T. in a very close 5 set match. Gold and silver medals to the Victorian girls and boys teams is a great result for Junior volleyball in Victoria. Rebecca Creed and Cameron Blewett were also chosen in the Australian All Star Six (as one of the best 6 boy and girl players in the competition). I was very proud of the skills and attitude displayed by all 9 of our EHS representatives during the tournament. Thank you for parent support during the week.

More EHS Volleyball Success

Last Thursday and Friday our 8 school volleyball teams competed in the Northern Zone Volleyball finals. To get to the state finals teams have to win both the Diamond Valley group and the Northern Zone volleyball competitions. All eight of our teams won their divisions and will now compete in the V.S.S.S.A volleyball finals. This has to be a record - EHS represented at the State Volleyball finals in every division. I'm still pinching myself. Congratulations to all of our talented young volleyballers for achieving such a wonderful result and thank you Mr Whiteley, Mrs Traeger, Tom Western and Bill McHoul for their coaching of teams. All teams went through both competitions undefeated even though there were some very close 3 set matches. Well done all.

Year 7 Girls: Laura Greve, Maddie Spawton, Georgia Young, Courtney Dummett, Emma Baker, Laura Head, Rachael Apostola, Bianca DeToma, Erica Marsom, Melissa Adams, Lotti Hudson, Katherine Lacy, Alex Oxnam and Holly Matheson. Year 7 Boys: Ryan Dunn, Stefan Courtot, Scott Carey, David Parsons, Brendan Kerss, Elliott Winfield, Callum Polliness, Brent Tilley, David Drapac, Luke Deylan, Matt Seale, Alister Skelley, Bryce Martin, Dean Prowse and Steven Keast.

Year 8 Girls: Evie Lake, Skye Holder, Vanessa Costolloe, Jen Tan, Hannah Trethowan, Rebbie Creed, Anastasia Clendinnen and Anna Warden. Year 8 Boys: Mitchell Edward, Adrian Franklin, Matt Godden, Vincent Corneille, August Skipper, Cameron Blewett, Jarrod Burke, Michael Steven, Shaun Griffen, Nick Johnston, Brent White, Manny Kechayas, Lucas Simpson and Ryan Bridgeman. Intermediate Girls: Liz Smith, Jessica Choong, Jessica Crosbie, Kate Nelson, Katherine Luxford, Belinda Keast, Emily Smith, Trudi Marsh and Bianca Rausch. Intermediate Boys: Tyson Powell, Tristan Fillis, Raine Macaulay, Luke Thomas, Michael Parsons, Michael Kerss, Craig McEvey, Chris Wells, Caleb Young and Mark Heenan.Senior Girls: Fiona Clark, Bec Smith, Jessica Green, Rebecca Trethowan, Jessica Vreulink, Alex Muir and Kate Hill.Senior Boys: Ben Thomas, Niall Hewitt, Ben Northey, Tim Hester, Thomas Bull, Andrew Hargraves and Cameron Devlin. Senior and Intermediate teams will compete in the State Finals on Monday 22nd May. Year 7 and 8 teams will compete in State Finals in November. Greg Thomas - Head Volleyball Coach


VSSA State Swimming Finals Tues. 5th April. A team of 6 EHS students entered the finals and came away with 3 gold medals on 1 bronze medal. An excellent result. Further details in next week's newsletter.

School Photographs

Photographs are being distributed to students this week. There may be a slight delay in distribution to Year 12 students as the photographer has to correct an error on the Year 12 class group photo.