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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter

Tuesday, 30th May, 2000                                        Term 2 Week 5

Principal's Report

Hasn't it been nice to get some rain. I hope that your garden is full of life after the last few days. You school has certainly been full of life. Last week we were involved in the Parent Information Evening and the Education Week Open Day, both of which kept us very busy.

My thanks go to the parents and students who made Education Week such a celebration. On Thursday night the Concert Band, our students and staff demonstrated to the community why Eltham High School is such a special place. On Friday morning Year 10 students conducted tours of the school. A very large number of visitors took up this opportunity. My thanks to the students for their efforts. And my special thanks to Ross Pringle and his team for taking such care to present our school to the community in such an honest manner.

Paul Rose, Principal

GST and Eltham High School

As we get closer to 1st July issues regarding the new tax system and its application to schools are being resolved, sometimes on a daily basis. This brief item explains some of the most common issues affecting Eltham High School:

This information will be updated as necessary. Questions may be directed to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney or the Bursar, Bruce Martyn.

Temporary Laboratory Technician

Thank you for the interest in this position, advertised in last week's newsletter. The position is now filled. We wish our former laboratory technician, Alicia Lee well at her new school, and we welcome Wendy Mather to the school.

Integration Aides

Diane McGhee and Rhonda Schickerling have found new positions in primary schools due to the cyclic decline in integrated student numbers at Eltham High School. We wish them well and thank them for their dedication and contribution to our integrated students, and others, over the years.


Dates for Term 2


Wednesday 31st Year 11 Recitals (evening)


Thursday 1st      Year 11 Recitals (evening)

Monday 5th     Training Band Workshop with                primary school bands



Primary School Visits Program

The Junior School co-ordinators have recently completed the pre-selection visits to feeder primary schools with the assistance of an excellent team of Year 7 helpers. The following students deserve great praise for the enthusiastic, informative and competent manner in which they presented Eltham High School to the grade 6 students.

Allister Skelly, Jessica Trask, Stefan Courtot, Adele Neale, Rachel Apostola, Rosalie Milne, Stephanie Chesna-Zervos, Courtney Dummet, Ross Irvine, Jenni Lonsdale, Marli Greenway, maree Lachmund, Tess Woodward, Rebecca Pantelejenko, Robert Shilo, Drew Smith, Kate Ballantyne, Robert Pike, Claire Pollard, Hilary Guilfoyle, Michael Basson, Suzanne Smith, Andrew Scott, Lauren Batty, Lachlan McGough, Bianca De Toma, Tammy Yeo, Asher Carter, Felicity Paciocco, Carlie Kruger, Dean Prowse, and Katherine Lacy.

Further opporltunities for students to participate in the transition program for Year 7 2001 will occur in term 4 with a visit to all successful primary school applicants, preparation of the Year 7 Passport and Orientation Day on December 5th.


Year 9 students attended a highly successful performance, Beauty is Your Duty. Andrew Wembridge of 96 wrote a review. Below is shortened version:

Black Cab Productions produced an interesting play to get a message across to us that image isn't everything.

Commercials, advertisements all try to tell us how to be. Everybody listens and peer group pressure is a total bonus for companies selling beauty products. The message from the play was successfully given - 'Don't go to extremes to look good, just be yourself.

Australian English Competition

Notice to students who paid to enter this activity. Competition date is Tuesday 13th June. Please bring pencils and an eraser. There are a few places left for students to enter from yr 7 to 12. See Ms Burns if you are interested.


Attention all students! English teachers will presume that they have your permission to submit your writing to the Anthology Editorial Committee, UNLESS you tell them otherwise. Thanks,      The Anthology Committee




Congratulations to our intermediate and senior teams on a fine performance at the V.S.S.S.A volleyball finals last Monday 24th May.

The intermediate girls played well and came close to winning a couple of games. The intermediate boys drew with Glen Waverley and defeated Grovedale and Carwatha to finish top of pool A. Unfortunately they were beaten in the cross over semi final by Wangaratta. A good effort by both our intermediate teams which were largely made up of year 9 students. Valuable experience was gained for next year. Thanks to Mrs Traeger for coaching the intermediates.

The senior girls drew with Fairhills and defeated Sebastopol and Westall to finish top of their pool. Unfortunately they were defeated in the semi final by Wonthaggi. A great effort from a team which had a mix of inexperienced players and some very talented players. All combined well to produce a good team performance.

The senior boys were runners up in the final to Wonthaggi after earlier defeating Kew, Sebastopol, Springvale and Braybrook. These boys really played excellent, powerful volleyball and were unlucky to lose. Thomas Bull, Cameron Devlin, Andrew Hargraves and Ben Northey played great, along with Ben Thomas, Chris Tucker and Niall Hewitt, who finish their volleyball career in year 12 this year with an impressive 3 V.S.S.S.A championships and one runner up title and have won the Northern Zone championship six years straight. That really is something to be proud of guys.               G.Thomas


Intermediate Boys Soccer

The Eltham High School Intermediate Boys Soccer Team came away from its two matches with nil-all draws and went close to taking out the Round Robin in the penalty shoot-out at the end of the day. In the first match against St Helena, Shannon Smyth was unlucky to hit the cross bar of the goal with a strong attack while goal-keeper, Andy Demetrius made a spectacular save to stop a certain goal.

The second match against Montmorency was a hard slog in the cold conditions. Both defences were on top for most of the game. Michael Carter gave splendid leadership all day and was well supported by Luke Riley, Peter Williams, Nicholas Laurence, David Crowden and Sam Horsman. The result was another nil-all draw.

St Helena and Montmorency completed another goaless draw in the third match forcing the draw to a penalty shoot-out. After putting Montmorency out, St Helena and Eltham faced each other in the final. Eltham went down by 1 goal to 2.

Other team members were: Piere Labiagang, James McCormick, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Beauden Boucher and Damien Turner. A spirited team effort in testing conditions.                    Max Balchin

Fun Run

Students with sponsorship books can return the book and money to the cashier until 7th June. 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.               Greg Thomas

Cross Country

Entries for the Victorian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held at Bundoora Park on Saturday June 17th are due in by Thursday 1st June. All age groups from U14 to U20 compete. See Max Balchin for entry forms.

Middle School Football Round Robin

The middle school football team travelled to Hurstbridge Football ground last Friday to compete in this year's round robin. The first game was against St Helena, and after losing the toss, EHS, kicking into a howling gale, trailed St Helena by only two goals at half time. The rain came and the wind dropped in the second half and despite the great work by Driscoll, Giles and Lambert, and the three goals by Chapple, St Helena were able to hold onto their half time lead. Final scores: St Helena 7 gls 5 pts def EHS 4 gls 3 pts. Goal kickers: Chapple 3, Driscoll 1.

The second game was against Montmorency and despite the strong work in the packs by Lambert and Driscoll, with Powell and Brigham winning many kicks, Montmorency were too good. Final scores: Montmorency 10 gls 5 pts def EHS 3 gls 6 pts. Goal kickers: Batten, Lambert and Powell.

The final game against Diamond Valley was more physical, with a number of hard bumps and tackles being applied. Final scores: Diamond Valley 5 gls 9 pts def EHS 5 gls 2 pts. Goal kickers: Pearce 2, Pennant, Driscoll, Powell. Best players for the day were Driscoll, Powell, Lambert, Young, Giles.                         Barry Hutton


Super Clinic

Athletics Victoria has organised a free clinic on Wed.14th June, for young athletes (13-16 years old) with some of Australia's top coaches. The clinic will be conducted at the Doncaster Athletics track from 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm. The areas to be covered are: sprints, hurdles, long jump and triple jump, high jump and shot put and discus. Reply slips should be in by Wednesday 31st May. See Max Balchin for further information.


Northern Zone (Metro)

As reported in last weeks newsletter, a number of Eltham High School students were successful at the Athletics Carnival held on Wednesday 17th May and the following students will go on to compete at the VSSSA State Championships:

Julia Hemingway

1st GU14 Triple Jump

Nina Barwald

1st GU14 80m Hurdles

James Attard

1st BU21 3000m,

1st BU21 1500m

Nicholas Laurence

1st BU16 800m,

1st BU16 1500m

Kathy Young

1st GU21 800m

1st GU21 400m,1st GU21 1500m

Kc Reynolds

1st GU15 Triple Jump

Emily Buffam-Friedricksen

2nd GU21 1500m Walk

Laura Johnstone

2nd GU14 1500m

Brooke Palmer

2nd GU15 1500m

Scott Wheeler

2nd BU17 1500m

Well done and best of luck.


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.

To participate please contact Ms Joy Snow.

I give permission for my child ________________________-to participate in this project.

Signed: ___________________ Date: / / 2000








Mon 5

1st Semester Assessment Yr 11 Exams

Wed 7

Yr 7 Round Robin

Mon 12

Queens B'Day HolidayYr12 Exams

Thurs. 15

Report writing day

Fri 23

Last day of Term 2 J/S & S/S Reports Distributed

Australian Geography Competition

Congratulations to all competitors in the Australian Geography Competition. In particular: David Doyle who achieved a High Distinction, Alice Goddard for a Distinction, only missing out by one mark on achieving a High. Jessica Macrae and James Alexander who also received Distinctions and Robert Young who attained a Credit. Well Done!

                    J.Cousins, Sose KLA


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

THURS     G.Gallacher,A.Hennel,M.Deam,N.Phillips,


FRI.     S.Paull,L.Grange,Di,K.Nelsen,V.Fitzgerald

MON.      M.Lemcke,J.Seidel,L.Detoma, N.Heffernan.,


TUES       L.Arnaud,K.Corneille,N.Joy,D.Paulka,G.Guilfoyle

Middle School Environmental Studies are raising money for the children of Chernobyl. All money raised will help the children greatly. Please donate. There will be collections during school. Thanks.

Thank You

Thank you very much to Angela Allan (yr 9) and family for their generous donation of fabric to the technology department. The students are really enjoying the range of fabrics and putting it to great use in their cushion covers (yr 7) and marrionette and court jester construction (yr 8).

                    Sue Pickett


Term 2 Vacation Workshops

Held at: MLC Community Centre, Kew

Class sizes are limited and bookings are taken in strict order of receipt.

For more information and enrolment forms, Contact John Surlano at Improved Communication Skills on Phone 9818 3888.

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. Places avail. Brendan Monigatti

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 on 9458 5788.


Dance Evening

On Tuesday 13th June at 7:30 pm there will be a dance performance evening in which all classes/dance students will be performing. Friends and family all welcome. Tickets available at the door.





Attention all year 12 students!!

The End of the Year is Coming

closer and you know what that means...


Where: Rivers (near the casino)

When: 19th October 2000

Cost: $60.00

The deposit of $30.00 is due on the 31st May