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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 16th May, 2000                                        Term 2 Week 3

Principal's Report

Public Education: The Next Generation

The Minister for Education has released a discussion paper that invites us all to think about the future of public education in our state. The paper includes some statements of principle: "The Principles of Public Education", and six areas for discussion and consideration. Schools and individuals are invited to make a response to the paper. But the timeline is short.

This paper will be looked at carefully by the School Council and its sub-committees, the staff and by the SRC. There will be a public forum on this paper to be held at the Darebin performing arts centre on June 5th. Members of the Eltham High School community are also invited to participate in the discussions held in the School Council Sub-committees and a list of dates and issues for discussion will be published in next week's parent newsletter.

This discussion and the submissions will help to shape a major paper on state education to be released by the Minister later this year. The future of public education for the next decade is being thought through and I invite the Eltham High School community to be part of this important task.

Funeral Arrangements

A large number of staff attended the funeral of Noelene Oliver today. Our thoughts and best wished went out to Paul and Liam, Erin and Shannon. Many classes had to be re-arranged to accommodate the number of staff who attended. Thanks to the efforts of Fran Boothey, our Daily Organiser, all classes were covered and received appropriate instruction.                                             Paul Rose, Principal

School Council President's Report

The new School Council year commenced at the beginning of April and I am taking this opportunity to introduce our School Councillors for the year. At Eltham High School, the Council currently has 13 members who are drawn from staff, students and the parent community.

As a parent, it is encouraging to see staff making an extra effort for the benefit of the school and the students. Participation on School Council is no exception and it is excellent having Glennis Pitches, Diane Stone, Barry Hutton, Trevor Jenkins and Paul Rose as School Councillors. In addition, School Council benefits from the valuable support given by Peter Gurney and Phyllis Mill. Without their contribution Council could not be as effective as it is.

One of the great things about Eltham High School is the participation of students on School Council. This year, Chiara Lawry and Kira Baylis continue a long-standing practice of having direct student representation on Council.

We have a full complement of parent representatives on Council as a result of the decisions at the April meeting, filling two casual vacancies. The six parent representatives are: Helen Cahill, Sue Dyet, Wendy Hames, David Scott, Malcolm Birch and myself, Peter Silva. With a good mix of experienced Councillors and some new people with fresh ideas, I am looking forward to a productive year for School Council.

Unlike many organisations where the voting members elect the office bearers, with School Councils the responsibility for the appointments falls to the Council itself. I thank Malcolm Birch for accepting the role of Vice President. I am honoured to be elected President and I thank the Councillors for their confidence and support.

In closing, there are four other people to thank who, for a variety of reasons, will not be continuing on School Council this year. Firstly I thank Georgina Butterfield for two years as a student representative on Council. Stepping in at a time of waning student enthusiasm for participation, Georgina responded to the challenge and demonstrated that students can make a valuable contribution to School Council. Thanks also to two parents whose association with Council has ended, Rod Marsh who was with us for two years and Laurie Baldwin. Laurie served on Council for a number of years and was President for the last two. Laurie had the distinction of heading Council during a period of changing faces in the role of Principal. It was a pleasure working with Laurie during this period and I thank him for his efforts.

Finally, acknowledgment must be given to Gordon Fluck for his contribution to the school through his work on School Council. In addition to all his other tasks and responsibilities Gordon had amassed 18 years service as a School Councillor, a mammoth contribution in anybody's terms. Gordon, on behalf of the school community both past and present, thank you for all your work on School Council.                     Peter Silva - President


Sunday May 21st from 9am to 12:30pm

The main tasks at this working bee are:

Wheelbarrows, spades and enthusiasm very welcome.

There will be a BBQ lunch at 12:30.

Di Parryfor the Grounds Committee


Congratulations to Year 12 student, Trudi Kelly, for her recent success. As reported last term, Trudi was one of a select group of 65 secondary students selected statewide to participate in The Australian Business Week program at Deakin University. Below is part of the correspondence received in recognition of Trudi's success:


Student, Trudy Kelly, from your school attended the Australian Business Week State Program held at Deakin University, Geelong, this past week. She had been awarded a scholarship valued at $2000 to undertake the week's program with 66 students from across Victoria. Her participation was outstanding and she was an excellent ambassador for the school. The 2000 State program was very successful. The students not only developed understandings and skills involved in running a million-dollar business, but also made new friends. More importantly, they experienced the value of teamwork and gained an understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses. Sandra Ross, General Manager."

On behalf of the school community, congratulations Trudi.      M. Darling, Commerce Co-ordinator


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.


Eltham High School has been selected as one of 25 schools Australia wide to participate in the Atmosphere Monitoring program for World Environment Day. As well as the usual temperature, rainfall, cloud cover recordings, we are assessing Visual Air Quality and Dust content of the air.

On World Environment Day (June 5th) our students will be able to 'chat' on the Internet to the scientists that use the information.               J. Cousins


Atom Awards - 20thMay

Congratulations to Liz Armstrong for having her Yr 12 Media Cat "Looking for Mr/Ms Wright" selected as one of five finalists in the Australia wide Atom Awards - Secondary Schools Category. Well Done Liz!                     Ms K Hughes


Guitar Concert

Last Tuesday evening Sue Ellis presented a guitar concert at Eltham High School. Primary school students and VCE students played solos and duets throughout the presentation. The guitar ensemble (new members Adam Graham, Nicholas Handly, Aaron Bonning and Kyle Robertson) finished the short evening with a South African and a jazzy American piece. The concert was well supported by parents and family.

Percussion Concert

Last Thursday the percussionists finally had their turn to show off their talents. The evening began with the Symphonic Band playing "Pieces for Wood". After this we heard the first soloist for the evening. Also playing were other sections from the Intermediate Band and Concert Band. Smaller ensembles also played. The night concluded with Danny Richardson playing his solo. I'd like to thank Stephen Hardie for organising and compering. The tea and coffee provided by the Music Support Committee was also appreciated.                Belinda Keast.

Dates for Term 2



Monday 22nd

Training Band Debut Recital with Choir (evening)

Thursday 25th

Concert Band extended Rehearsal & performance at EHS Information Night

Thursday 25th

Symphonic Band Concert at Ballarat Grammar School (depart lunch)

Friday 26th

Saxophone Ensemble performing at Clasax Concert

Monday 29th May - Thursday 1st June

Concert Band Tour

Wednesday 31st

Year 11 Recitals (evening)



Thursday 1st

Year 11 Recitals (evening)

Monday 5th

Training Band Workshop with primary school bands

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 immediately to complete the relevant entry form.

AMEB Exam entries due Fri 19th May

We would encourage all students to consider entering for the Australian Music Examination Board assessments to be held in October/November this year. The closing date is Friday 19th May. Students should collect forms from the music office and hand into the cashier.

Training Band Debut Concert Monday 22nd May

Next Monday will see the Training Band give their debut performance in the school hall commencing at 7.30pm. Parents should ensure that all students have their uniform for this important concert.

Concert Band Tour

The Concert Band Tour is fast approaching with Meg George and the students working very hard towards this event. It is always an extremely valuable experience for the students and also provides a beneficial period of time for development of the group. Parents should be aware that all medical forms and payments must be paid by Friday, 19th May.

Congratulations to the winners of the "Guess the Number of Chuppa Chups Competition".

1st Prize - Michael Kurtschenko

2nd Prize - Sarah Winwood

3rd Prize - Greg Molloy


Our 14 volunteers joined 370 other secondary school students to make the Good Friday Appeal a great success this year. It was a hard ask when the doorknock occurred at the end of the term break. Even so, our Eltham kids raised $2,686.50 for the Royal Children's Hospital. Fantastic job: Simone Bayliss, Nashira Carr, Vanessa Costelloe, Laura Elliott, Rebecca Johansson, Craig McEvey, Danielle Oldroyd, Elise Rynia, Joanne Silva, Jessica Street, Jessica Strachan, Carly Taylor, Eleni Treloar and Jess Young!


WED.     L.Burleigh,S.Courts,D.McCorkell

THURS     Curriculum Day

FRI.     S.Lynch,L.Johnson,J.Harris,J.Malloy

MON.      S.Wilson,L.Rush,J.Matheson,R.Gore,D.Woolaston

TUES       B.Honeyman,A.Batten,R.Wembridge,M.Lacy,


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


EHS Swim squad

The squad will continue this Thursday despite it being a Curriculum Day. New members welcome. 7-8am at the Eltham Leisure Centre.

Fun Run

On Wednesday 24th May year 7 and 8 students will spend the afternoon participating in the 3km cross country/fun run. All year 7 students have been given a sponsorship book and should be busy collecting money prior to the fun run. Year 7 and 8 students can collect a book or additional books from Mr.Thomas in the stadium. Great 'thank you' prizes are on offer so get going with your fundraising. Students can return money and booklet to the cashier before or after the run.

Training runs are held each Wednesday after school from outside the front of the school. Interested students are also invited to train at Willinda Park, Greensborough on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5 pm. Entry forms for the Victorian Schools Cross Country Championships which will be held at Bundoora Park on Saturday, 17th June, are now available. Entries close Tuesday 30th May. Age groups are U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 and U20. Contact Mr Balchin for further information.






Wed. 17

School Council meeting


Curriculum Day

Wed. 24

EHS House Cross Country


7.30pm Yr 7(2001) Information Night

Fri. 26

Yr 7(2001) Open Morning



Thurs. 15

Report writing day



V.S.S.S.A finals for our senior and intermediate boys and girls teams take place next Monday 22nd May at Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough. Players can collect a parent permission form from Mr Thomas and return it with $5.00 to the cashier before Monday. We leave from the stadium at 7.45am and will return to Eltham High at approximately 4 pm.

Senior Girls Soccer

On Friday, Mrs Taylor took the senior girls soccer team to Eltham North to play Montmorency and St.Helena. This team was made up of: Natasha Filotow, Yr 10, Sophie Jarvis, Katherine Spink, Katherine Walker,

Aiyesha McInerney, Lilly Martin, Alex Djordjevic, Claire Taylor, Kate Gavan, Amaya

Dunne and Sarah Williams, Yr 11 and from Yr 12, Alison Lonsdale. The first game against Montmorency was played after only one short training session. Due to an early goal, Montmorency won 1 - 0. During the second game against St.Helena, we became quite confident and produced a stronger defence line and more well-positioned attackers. However, both teams were unable to get any goals leaving the score 0 - 0. At the end of the two games, all girls went home feeling like they played extremely well and are looking forward to starting the indoor soccer competition to be played during lunch times.      Sarah Williams 11J


In the last three weeks of sport the year 7 girls have been playing netball.

Last Thursday there was a grand final played. Rutter 1 vs Everard 1. Rutter 1 won the match by 4 goals. Everyone played fantastic. The players were:

Rutter 1: Shannon, Jess, Nicole, Michelle, Amber, Courtney, Jess and Rita.

Everard 1: Diane, Bianca, Felicity, Cath, Leanne, Lauri, Denali and Leanne.

Shannon Twomey,Diane Robertson& Michele Rudd


Sally Wilson of Year 9 was a member of the Victorian Gymnastics team that competed in the Pan Pacific School Games held in Sydney from 28th May to 8th June. A Level 10 gymnast, Sally competed in the Level 10 (Div 1) section of the gymnastics competition which was held at the State Sports Centre at Homebush. In the two days of competition, Sally's results were good enough to put her in 10th place overall. In the four areas of individual apparatus, Sally finished in the following spots - Vault (8th), Bars (10th), Beam (11th) and Floor 910th). The Victorian team finished in 4th place. Sally enjoyed the whole experience of the Pan Pacs, especially being able to compete against people from all over the Pacific. "It was great cheering for your team mates at a meet with such an international feeling." Sally gained a great deal of satisfaction from her performance in the Vault. "I stuck my vault doing a Pike Tsuke". Sally hurt her leg in the beam when she fell off the beam doing a back Korbett. In the course of the Pan Pacs, Sally made lots of new friends. Sally trains with the MLC Gymnastics Club 5 nights a week for 4 hours each session. Her other sporting interests are diving and athletics.

DRUGS Are your children at risk?

Your answer may be NO, because you see them as too young. The sad reality is the drug problem isn't going away. Statistics now show nearly every child is at risk - even yours. At last - there IS something for parents. Presented by Eltham Baptist Church. "How to drug proof your kids" is a remarkable 6 week program (2 hours per week) developed by Focus on the Family Australia. It's for every parent who is saying "Show me how!" Over 6 weeks and 6 sessions you will learn:

"How to Drug Proof Your Kids" will be held on Wednesdays at Eltham High School commencing tomorrow May 17 at 7.30pm concluding on June 21. The cost, including parent information booklet is $45 per person or $65 per couple. Please note this course is for parents only, no children to attend. Information and registration Ph. Peter and Di Roberts on 9435 7794 or the church office 9431 1115.

INVITATION TO DO LUNCH DOES POETRY FEATURING ... Helen Lucas and Ian McBryde. Enjoy an evening of poetry, wine and food at do lunch Café. You are invited to join in our open section. Food available from 7pm. 8pm start. Thursday 18th May, panther Place, Eltham. Tickets $5 ($3 redeemable on the night). Bookings 9431 2611.