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 Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 23rd May, 2000                                        Term 2 Week 4

Principal's Report

Public Education: The Next Generation

The Minister for Education has asked the people of Victoria to join with her in a discussion about the future of public education in this state. Her aim is to have a broad discussion which informs the creation of government policy. Your School Council has enthusiastically endorsed the importance of the Eltham High School community being a part of this discussion.

To that end, Council spent almost two hours examining the discussion paper last week. The staff also spent time exploring the issues at the Curriculum Committee meeting. And now, the school community is invited to participate by obtaining a copy of the discussion paper Public Education: The Next Generation and attending a School Council Sub-committee meeting which will discuss aspects of the paper in detail.

The Council intends to make a detailed submission to the Ministerial Working Party by June 23rd. Our submission will be finalised at the June 21st School Council Meeting. Details of the meeting schedule are included in this newsletter.

I urge you to join in this important discussion. Your contribution to the future of public education is valued and important.

Information Night for New Year 7 Students (2001)

This Thursday evening at 7:30pm there is a special information night for all new year 7 students for 2001. Please come along and be part of the evening. There will also be an 'Open Day' on the next morning (Friday) starting at 9:00am. All welcome.

Paul Rose, Principal

School Council President's Report

At its May meeting, School Council devoted considerable time to a dissection and discussion of the paper Public Education: The Next Generation. Presented as a framework for a guided discussion, the paper offers a view of the state of education in Victoria and sets out a number of issues and challenges for the future. We are eager to make a submission to the Ministerial Working Party that reflects the thoughts and opinions of the community that is Eltham High School.

Within the school, forums have been established to capture the views of the staff and, through the SRC, the students. Untapped by these forums is that large body of opinion held by the parents and other interested people that make up our school community. To gather that opinion, some of the School Council Committees have the task holding public meetings to discuss specific aspects of The Next Generation discussion paper. Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will find the details of these meetings and the topics for discussion. These are opportunities for you to have your say on the future of education so I encourage your participation.

Peter Silva, President

Employment Opportunity

We are seeking a temporary part-time assistant laboratory technician, 19 hours per week, for six months from Monday 5th June 2000. Enquiries to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney, please.

Public Education: The Next Generation School Forums

How to obtain a copy of the Discussion Paper:

  1. Copies are available from the school office
  2. Copies are available from the school Website at www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au/publiced/

The following School Council Sub-committees will discuss aspects of the Discussion Paper:

Mon 5th June, 7:30 pm     Strategic Directions S/c     "Opportunities for innovation and excellence"

Wed 7th June, 8:00 am     Finance S/c     "School Funding models which enhance local school flexibility within an equitable State framework."

Wed 7th June, 7:30 pm     Welfare S/c     "Student welfare and student services"

Wed 14th June, 3:30 pm     Curriculum S/c     "Continuous improvement in school effectiveness and enhancing student learning outcomes."

Further information

Further information can be obtained from www.sofweb.vic.edu.au/publiced

Northern Region Public Forum

A public forum will be held at the Darebin Arts Centre, cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd on Monday June 5th - time to be advised.

                                        Paul Rose, Principal


Dates for Term 2


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

Inter-school Debating Update

We have just completed Round Three in the DAV competition.

In Round Two the competition was fierce. We won four out of seven debates with the topics being:

  • That the Playstation has destroyed the Playground.
  • That Australians are quick to cut down tall poppies.
  • That we should ban Internet gambling.

In Round Three, last Tuesday evening, D Grade debated the topic 'That we should punish school bullies'.

D1 with Briana Barling, KC Reynolds and Lily Van Eeden won with KC being awarded Best Speaker.

D2 with James Saunders, Abi Hodge and Ben Hanlon narrowly lost. Despite the loss, Ben Hanlon was awarded Best Speaker.

D3 with Ben Poulton, Mark Gilham and Sarah Burt narrowly lost.

D4 with Madelaine Goddard, Adele Neale and Rebecca Pantelejenko won.

D5 with Jem Edsall, Tim Monigatti and James Barber won with Tim Monigatti being awarded Best Speaker.

C Grade with Paul Skeen, Oliver Butterfield and Cass Mortimer-Eipper won with Oliver Butterfield being awarded Best Speaker. They debated the topic 'That the Snowy River flow should be increased'.

B Grade debated the topic 'That Politicians' Private Lives are not the publics business'. Ruthanne Molloy, Oki Gardner and Courtney Scanlon won the debate.

All teams are developing skills with each new debate. We congratulate the students on their commitment, enthusiasm and talents. The next round of debates will be held at Loyola College on Wednesday June 7th.

Work for the Dole Scheme - Supervisor Needed.

The school is making a submission for a work team under the work for the dole scheme. We have a range of building maintenance (minor carpentry, painting, concreting) and ground improvement (weeding, planting, fencing) tasks to be done and we hope to provide some unemployed people with worthwhile work experience and job training. To enable this project to move forward we need to provide one or more supervisors to supervise the workers on a ratio of 1:5. The project runs for six months probably commencing in July, and the supervisor(s) would be required one or two days per week. This is unpaid work but will greatly assist the school and the workers involved. The school will fund the tools and material required for the projects and any other expenses. Ideally, a person with experience in the building trades or handy man would be best suited to this work. Enquiries should be directed to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney.

Increase Your Personal Safety

A course especially for young women aged 15-18 years, and only $4.00. Learn effective strategies to protect yourself and develop a personal plan for dealing with threatening situations - Wednesday 7th June from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at Nillumbik Shire Council, 739 Main Road, Eltham. For bookings ring Leonie on 9439 3463.          Brendan Monigatti

Introduction to Adolescence

On Wednesday 31st May at 7:30pm, in the school library we will be holding a forum for parents of year 7 students entitled 'An Introduction to Adolescence'. This will be conducted by a facilitator from Parentszone and a charge of $5.00 is applicable. It is necessary to book. Please call Evonne on 9439 5111.

The Flying of Reconciliation

Last Monday at 1 o'clock we flew the flag of reconciliation. It is a red flag with a silhouette of a kangaroo bounding forward, leaving behind it the yellow stars of the Southern Cross in a black sky. The designer of the flag is Mr Russell Kennedy. His original idea for the flag was to have the colours red, black and white, but he ended up using red, black and yellow, the colours of the Aboriginal flag. We have reconciliation day to say sorry for all the things that happened years ago, such as, us taking Aboriginal kids and taking over their land.

By Tess Woodward and Kaitlyn Thorneycroft 7h


Fun Run

Tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday 24th May, all year 7 and 8 students and competitors from other year levels will be participating in the Eltham High School cross country/fun run. Students with sponsorship books can return the book and money to the cashier before the run or until 7th June (2 weeks after the run). Please make sure you fill in the BACK PAGE of the sponsorship book with Name, class, the amount raised and most important, the PRIZE you have chosen. The "thank you" prizes usually arrive 2 - 3 weeks after all money has been returned and prizes ordered. All participants in the fun run will also receive a small cordial filled drink bottle on completion of the run, compliments of 'Golden Circle'.                    Greg Thomas


Northern Zone (Metro)

Following the Northern Zone (Metro) Athletics Carnival held at Meadowglen Athletics Centre on Wed.17th May, 9 Eltham HS students will go on to compete at the VSSSA State Athletics Championships. Eltham HS finished in 5th place overall out of 35 secondary schools.

There will be a detailed report of the students to proceed to the State Championships in next week's newsletter.


PhytoBears are a delicious new treat, packed with the nutritional benefits from fresh fruits and vegetables. They are especially formulated from a unique blend of aloe vera and other plant gums, together with 12 essentials including papaya, pineapple, carrot and tomato.

Mannatech Inc. is a US based research and development company, founded in Texas in 1994, and involved in the production of nutritional supplements. Its products have been sold in the USA and Canada and for the past 15 months have been available in Australia.

Mannatech's scientific focus is based on the belief that:

- the body knows how to maintain health and heal itself

- the cell is the basic unit of the body

- healthy cells make healthy bodies

- cells communicate and the better they communicate, the healthier they will be

Students are invited to evaluate this product. Ms Joy Snow (school nurse) is the school contact and students should see her to obtain further details.

Parents who agree to participate in this free PhytoBears project are requested to help monitor the progress their children make. A chart for this purpose will be enclosed with the boxes. It's preferable that students note their own progress and complete the chart themselves at regular intervals. At the end of eight weeks, completed charts should be forwarded to the school for evaluation of the effectiveness of the product.

For further information contact Ms Joy Snow.


An enormous Thank You to the parents and students who came to the working bee on Sunday. Your contribution does so much to improve the appearance of the school and make it more habitable for students and the community. The main tasks completed were:

    • planting 80 trees and shrubs
    • mulching garden beds
    • constructing and placing seats outside the 100s classrooms
    • repairing signs and seats
    • level and regrass grassed areas
    • fencing around the elm at the southern end of the school
    • removing tree guards from what are now well established trees

Also thank you to W.Kerr for the donation of mulch.

The next working bee is on the 18th June 2000.

          Di Parry for Grounds Committee


WED.     L.Burleigh,C.Richards,E.Voss,A.Black

THURS     H.Petty,L.Skipper,S.McEwin,M.Thomas,J.Lock

FRI.     M.Cary,R.Eade,G.Brockman

MON.      L.Adams,D.Baker,J.Adamson,J.Molloy,


TUES       V.Bates,L.Laos,R.Gaiser,J.Browne









Wed. 24

EHS House Cross Country


7.30pm Yr 7 (for 2001) Parent Information Night

Fri. 26

Yr 7(for 2001) Open Morning



Thurs. 15

Report writing day


In January 2001 a group of thirty local secondary school students will be visiting the West Coast of the USA. This trip is being organised by Koonung Secondary College and

there are five positions available for students who are interested.

They will homestay in Phoenix Arizona for some of the time, staying with an American family and attending an American High School. They will also visit San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana, seeing Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Knotts Berry

Farm etc. tour Alcatraz and explore Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey and also see the Grand Canyon. Experience the USA with a group of new friends from several local secondary schools. Three weeks for $3,300, fully escorted.

Applications close at the end of this term.

Enquiries: Denise Chaplin, Assistant Principal, Koonung Secondary College. Phone: 9890 9662.


Wattle Glen Primary School

June 2nd & 3rd 2000

There will be a Gala Opening on Friday June 2nd from 7:30pm and tickets are $7.00 each which includes sales preview, supper and musicians with special guests. Then Saturday June 3rd from 10:00am - 4:00pm there is a general exhibition, craft sales, artist demonstrations, children's workshops, auction, BBQ lunch and devonshire teas.

Entry forms and information available from: Wattle Glen Primary School, Reynolds Rd, Wattle Glen on 9438 1259 or Michele Owen on 9438 4256.











Striding for Reconciliation March- Sunday May 28th

The Nillumbik Shire Council , with the support of VicRoads, Nillumbik Reconciliation Group, Eltham Police and Australians for Reconciliation Victoria, extends an invitation to surrounding communities to join with them in Striding for Reconciliation.

Special guest, Jim Wandin, Wurundjerl Head Man and Elder spokesperson will be attending.

Welcoming Ceremony begins at 10:30am with the Reconciliation March beginning at 10:45am and finishing at 11:15am.

Assemble at the lake in Alistair Knox Park, Main Road, Eltham (near Eltham Library). The March will proceed along Main Road to Wingrove Park for a gathering at the Scar Tree among the Manna Gums (The Gayip Celebration site).


Eltham High School will be holding it's third biannual Careers Night on Thursday 17th August. Information about a wide range of careers will be presented by ex-students or parents of ex or current students.

I am asking for your assistance to either:

  • volunteer to talk about your career, or
  • 'nominate' someone else to talk about their career

Don't feel intimidated by the prospect as the format is fairly informal. Two 'presenters' from the same or similar industries will be in a classroom talking to a group of students and parents about their career, what they do, the education and training needed, career prospects, etc. You don't have to have 25 years experience in your field in order to talk - recent graduates, those about to graduate, third year apprentices etc all have plenty to offer current students. The success of the night depends on having a great number and variety of presenters. We need people talking about jobs in:

The 'professions', the 'trades', 'hospitality and tourism',

'information technology', 'science/engineering', 'artistic/creative areas', 'business/marketing'.

If you can help, fill out the form below and return to school, or ring me on 9439 5111.

Thanks for your assistance,

Julie Buckland - Careers Co-ordinator.