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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 9th May, 2000                                        Term 2 Week 2

Principal's Report

Parent Teacher Interviews

My thanks to all the parents, students and staff who have made these Parent Teacher interviews such a success. If you weren't able to meet with your child's teachers, don't hesitate to contact the school and arrange another, more suitable, time.

Internet Training

At the Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews, a flyer was circulated about the Eltham High School internet training program. If you did not receive one of these pamphlets please contact the office and one will be sent to you. Your school has great expertise in the use of the internet and it is good to see that expertise being made available to the school community.

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations go to Caroline Keating who has been named in their respective State teams. Caroline is a member of the State Under 16 Hockey Team. Well Done!                    Paul Rose, Principal



Tonight 9th May 4-7pm

Interview sheets were distributed last week


Parents and students must have agreed to the conditions for use set out in this policy to have access to the school network and Internet. Students who have not handed in the signed return sheet by the 19th May will be barred from access to the network and the Internet by the Network Co-ordinator.

Copies of the Policy and Conditions of Use are available from outside the General Office.


Year 9 students are invited and encouraged to take part in The Simpson Prize.

This is an essay competition based on The Gallipoli campaign during World War 1. First prize is a trip to the Anzac Day ceremonies in Gallipoli in 2001.

Interested students should see Mr McCrystal at school or contact their history teacher.

National History Challenge

Interested students should contact Mr McCrystal at the school for competition details.


Newspaper reports last week indicated that school equipment hired to students will now not be subject to GST. If true, there will be no GST added to hire charges for music instruments in semester 2.                    P.Gurney





PRIZE:     The Chuppa Chups &

          $100 Basket of Cadbury


COST:     20C A Guess or

          6 Guesses for $1.00


          CANTEEN During School


Notice to Parents of all Year 9 English Students

Yr 9 KLA English Special Event

In the hall

9am Tuesday May 16th

Performance by

Black Cab Productions


Beauty is Your Duty-

Fit the Image

A play about Self-esteem, Consumerism and Eating Disorders

Cost $4.50 - Pay Cashier by 15th May


Year 12 Recitals

Two evenings of excellent music were presented by our Year 12 Music Performance students last week. The standard of playing/singing was excellent and each of the students is continually improving. This is extremely encouraging and certainly stands them in good stead for their final recitals in October. Thanks to parents, family and friends for your support of these wonderful young people and congratulations to the following students for their performances: Simone Bayliss, Fiona Costolloe, Genevieve Rebbechi, Jolynne Yeo, Holly Clowes, Jasmine Tearle, Ruth Lindsay, Jessica Young, Susie Monigatti, Niall Hewitt, James Drapac, Stephen Huf, Duncan Wilson, Danny Richardson, Alex Bowes, Greg Browne, Owen Davey and Georgina Butterfield.

Symphonic Band Performances at Greensborough Salvation Army

Last Sunday night saw the Symphonic Band play at the Greensborough Salvation Army Hall as part of a music-based service. Playing to a near capacity crowd, the band performed a number of works and was warmly appreciated by church members and visitors alike. The night finished with the audience joining in, singing three chorales with the Symphonic Band accompanying. Thank you to all band members who made the effort to attend the concert. Performances such as these are valuable experience and will certainly aid our preparation for our trip to Ballarat in two weeks.

Training Band girls

Last term Training Band girls were measured for their band skirts. The skirts are now available to be picked up at the Main Office for $15.00. If you have any queries, contact Chris on 9431 2194 after 5pm.

Dates for Term 2

Tuesday 9th May     Guitar Concert

Thursday 11th May     Concert Band extended


Thursday 11th May     Percussion Concert

Monday 22nd May     Training Band Debut Recital

               with Choir (evening)

Thursday 25th May     Concert Band extended


Thursday 25th May     Symphonic Band Concert

               at Ballarat Grammar School

               (depart lunch)

Friday 26th May          Saxophone Ensemble

performing at Clasax


Monday 29th May - Thursday 1st June

               Concert Band Tour

Wednesday 31st May     Year 11 Recitals (evening)

Thursday 1st June     Year 11 Recitals (evening)

Chamber Music Concerts

We have two further chamber music concerts this week. The guitarists will be presenting a concert in the music room tonight Tuesday 9th May and the percussion students will be performing Thursday 11th May in the school hall. Both concerts will commence at 7.30 pm.

State Solo Competitions

The school will be entering the State Solo Competitions again this year. After our outstanding success last year we are keen to 'defend' our title and encourage students to consider entering this competition to represent EHS. Students interested should see Mr. Waterworth.

AMEB Exam entries due

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

Semester 1 Music Accounts

Those families who have not yet paid in full their semester 1 music accounts are encouraged to pay immediately. Letters to those who have not paid or have not contacted the music office or Business Manager by Thursday will be sent on letters requiring payment by Friday 19th May.


The school crossing in Withers Way was completed last Monday and used for the first time on Tuesday. By Wednesday the flags had been "souvenired". We have requested new flags from Nillumbik Council. Any school crossing flags that might have found their way home with students would be very welcome back at school. Please drop them off at the office. There is an obvious moral and safety dilemma with the flags being missing that should be drawn to the attention of students. Under law a school crossing is only a school crossing when the flags are displayed cars may not stop at other times.


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


VSSA State Swimming Finals Wed.5th April.

A team of 6 EHS students entered the finals and came away with 3 gold medals and 1 bronze medal. An excellent result. Beth Girbau won the U15 200m Freestyle and the U14 50m Freestyle events as well as finishing in 4th place in the U14 50m Butterfly. The EHS U14 4X50M Freestyle Relay Girls team of Beth Girbau, Jessica Choong, Kerryn Kirby and Tahnee Jones, not only won their event but set a new record time of 2:07.47. Jessica Choong was 3rd in the Girls U15 Individual Medley and 4th in the Open 400m Freestyle. Blair Ewart was 8th in the Boys U14 50m Breastroke. Teniel Lloyd-Teagle finished in 7th place in the Girls U13 Diving.

Victorian All Schools Swimming Championships -Sunday 30th April. Congratulations go to Beth Girbau on winning five gold medals in an exhausting one day program. Beth won the Girls U15 Division: 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle and the 100m Butterfly.

Also congratulations to Jessica Choong on winning a gold medal in the Girls U15 400m Freestyle and finishing 4th in the Girls U15 200m Individual Medley. An excellent effort girls.

Australian Age National Swimming

Championships were held during the school holidays. Beth Girbau finished 14th overall in the 200m Freestyle, recording a PB of 2:13.54. in the 100m Freestyle, Beth finished in 21st place after recording a PB of 1:02.22. Well done Beth.

EHS Swim Squad

Wanted:     Students willing to brave the cold and dark and get out of bed early on Thursday mornings to join the EHS Swim Squad at the Eltham leisure Centre by 7.00am.

Reward:     By 8.00am you will feel terrific after a session in the pool under the guidance of coach

Neroli Nixon. Your swimming will improve and you

will feel the benefits of a healthy work-out.

Cost:      The cost for the remainder of term 2 is $35 payable at the school office. See you there!


EHS finished in 2nd place behind Montmorency Secondary College in the overall aggregate at the Northern Zone (GroupA) Athletics held yesterday, 8th May at the Meadowglen Athletics Stadium. The participating schools were Peter Lalor, Diamond Valley, StHelena, Lakeside, Montmorency, Bundoora, Eltham and Northland. The EHS team won the Junior Girls section. Eltham students to advance to the Northern Zone (metro) final on 17th May by finishing in 1st or 2nd place, are as follows:

First:     Bianco Rausch (GU16 Discus), Kristy Togni (GU17 javelin), Emilly Buffham-Friedricksen (GU16 Javelin and GU21 1500 Walk), Chloe Forbes (GU15 90m Hurdles and 400m), Nina Barwald (GU14 80m Hurdles), Jem Edsall (BU13 80m Hurdles), Kate Dorrington (GU13 80m Hurdles, 800m), James Attard (BU21 3000m, and 800m and 1500m), Belinda Keast (GU16 Shot Put), Elizabeth Young (GU14 Discus), Dominic Lament (GU14 100m), James Alexander (BU15 100m), Laura Johnstone (GU14 800m), Broke Palmer (GU15 800m and 1500m), Nicholas Laurence (BU16 800m and 1500m), Thomas Bull (BU17 800m), Kathy Young (GU21 800m and 400m and 1500m), Kallan Smyth (BU14 Javelin), Matthew Batten (BU17 Discus), Michael Kerrs (BU15 Triple Jump), Kent O'Hannessian (BU13 400m), L.Head (GU13 Shot Put), GU 14 4x100m Relay - (Dominic Lamont, Laura Greve, Laura Johnstone, C.Roy), BU15 4x100m Relay (James Alexander, Cameron Blewett, Carlyle Kottek, Shaun Lowery).

Second:     Natalie Hadjifotis (GU21 Shot Put and Discus), Russell Holland (BU16 Discus), Julia Hemingway (GU14 Triple Jump and High Jump), Jem Edsall (BU13 Long Jump), Maddy Spawton (GU13 Long Jump), Kc Reynolds (GU15 High Jump), Ben Muir (BU21 Shot Put), Robert Young (BU16 100m Hurdles), Carole Tenace (GU16 90m Hurdles), Martine Boot (GU21 Long Jump), Adrienne Walters (GU21 3000m), Breton Neil (BU15 800m), Kristi Togni (GU17 800m and 1500m), Laura Greave (GU14 200m), Beth Girbau (GU15 200m), Shaun Lowery (BU15 200m), Thomas Bull (BU17 High Jump), Elizabeth Young (GU14 Shot Put), Chloe Forbes (GU15 Long Jump), Jayson Isaaks (U21 1500m Walk), James Zilm (BU15 400m), Nicholas Laurence (BU16 400m), Gemma





Tues. 9

Junior School parent teacher meeting 4-7pm

Wed. 17

School Council meeting


Curriculum Day



Thurs. 15

Report writing day

Athletics continued ...

Goodwin (GU17 Discus), Liam Oliver (BU21 Javelin), Tessa Byrne (GU13 1500m), Laura Johnstone (GU14 1500m),Tristan Hopkins (BU15 1500m), Scott Wheeler (BU17 1500m), GU15 4x100m Relay - Skye Vallve, Chloe Forbes, Katherine Luxford, Beth Girbau.

Cross Country

Interested in a season of Cross Country running? Join in with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club for training and competition. All ages from U14 to Seniors catered for. Training sessions at Willinda Park, Greensborough on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5pm onwards. Contact Max Balchin at the school for further information.

Fun Run

Year 7 students and students in volleyball teams have been given fun run sponsorship books. The fun run is on Wednesday May 24th, so students can start collecting sponsorship for the event. More details next week.               Greg Thomas

Senior Girls Football Reports

Last Friday 5th May 16 of our Senior girls battled the odds and won against Montmorency SC 4.3 to 0.3. They put in very committed effort against St.Helena and Diamond Valley. A great day was had by all and surely had some sore spots, tired limbs come Saturday morning. Well Done Girls. P. Knight

Report by Martine Boot - Captain

The team had a fantastic day involving three games of the division in Hurstbridge last Friday 5th May. The whole team performed well against Diamond Valley, Montmorency and St.Helena Secondary College. Even though Eltham High lost against Diamond Valley and St. Helena, the team still managed to win against Montmorency by 27 points. This is an outstanding achievement for Eltham considering we only played with 16 players, no interchange, no real training and no footy boots.

Thank you Mr. Knight for coaching. Also thank you for participating and congratulations to Holly, Krysten, Anna, Lauren, Casey, Shannon, Hayley, Jane, Amelia, Vanessa, Leanne, Nicole, Natalie, Jess and Martine(Captain).

Senior Girls Netball

The Round Robin was played last Friday, 5th May. The first game was against St Helena. Unfortunately they had a slight height advantage. This made their defence very difficult. EHS PLAYED A VERY GOOD GAME. Even though they lost (48-9), their spirits were still high. The next game was against Montmorency. EHS got it together and at half time were in with a chance. But they lost momentum in the 2nd half. Concentration was lacking from both Eltham and Montmorency. Montmorency once again got themselves together. Eltham's defence picked up towards the end but it was too late and they lost (35-14). The girls were tiring by the last game against Diamond Valley but the pace was still fast. This was by far one of the girls' better games. The Eltham girls won (21-15). Montmorency won on the day only after a countback on percentages.

Jade Stuart-Artis, Year 12.


WED.     C.Snow,L.Burleigh,C.Simpson,C.Kelly

THURS     K.Perry,N.Joy,Y.Wong,Y.Connard,M.Russell,


FRI.     A.Batten,J.Goodwin,V.Vivian-Taylor,Di.

MON.      R.Burke,K.O'Hara,C.White,D.Lopez,H.Hunter,


TUES       T.Edgoose,M.Hamilton,K.Daniel,C.Sneddon,


Payment of Lunch Pass money.

It would be appreciated if all students who owe money for Lunch Passes could pay as soon as possible. If payment is not made we will be unable to continue offering this service. Bev Cust


It has come to our notice that Eltham High School ex student Adrian Baddeley has received the honour of being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Adrian was installed in Canberra last Monday as part of Science Week. Congratulations on this honour.

"KEYS PLEASE"Diamond Valley Library in conjunction with VicRoads is holding an informative and entertaining session for Learner Drivers and their parents on Thursday, 18th May at 7pm. The session involves 90mins. Of valuable tips, police talk, video and information needed to maximise the Learner Driver process. Entry is free but bookings by phoning 9434 3809. Free giveaways and showbags for all drivers will be supplied.

Ever thought about Fostering?     Kids in need of foster care far outnumber the foster carers available. Can you give a child or young person a place to call home for a while? Your local foster care program can provide you with training, support and a non-taxable allowance. For more information ring The Publicity and Recruitment Unit for Foster Care. 9458 5788.