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Parent Newsletter


Tuesday 20th June, 2000                                        Term 2 Week 9

Principal's Report

Have a good break

Classes finish up for term 2 at 2:30 pm this Friday. It has been a fast and furious term with lots of hard work and pressure for students and staff.

I hope that you all have a relaxing and enjoyable break from school and I look forward to a very productive term 3. Enjoy spending more time with your children.

Public Education Discussions Goes to School Council

Extensive Eltham High School consultation regarding the school's response to the Public Education: The Next Generation document goes to School Council for adoption tomorrow. The response is a vision of Eltham High School as it can be in the future and provides a clear statement of direction for our school within a high quality public education system. A draft of the response is available on the school website (www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au) and the final response will be available from there on Thursday this week. Thank you to all the parents, students and teachers who have contributed to this response.

The First Year

This week brings to an end my first year as Principal of Eltham High School. This last twelve months has been an exciting, challenging and professionally fulfilling time. I would like to thank the many parents who have helped me to settle into the school and who have provided support and encouragement to me as I have come to grips with the challenges of the job. Thank you.

Paul Rose, Principal







Eltham High School once again scooped the pool in the State Solo and Ensemble Competitions on the weekend. The school won the Junior Aggregate Shield, the Non Championship Schools Aggregate Shield and the overall Aggregate Shield, with many sections having first, second and third places filled by EHS students. Adam Mikulicz, bassoon, was the Champion of Champions for the Open Woodwind Section, Jolynne Yeo, the Champion of Champions for the Under 19 section and Ashlee Bain, the Champion of Champions in the Under 15 section.

Under 15 Clarinet     Ashlee Bain (1st place)

               Ilona Day (2nd place)

               Leighton Wong (3rd place)

Under 15 Saxophone     Nick Jameson (1st place)

               Brad Dupuy (2nd place)

Under 15 Woodwind Champion of Champions - Ashlee Bain

Under 16 Clarinet     Jessica Green (1st place)

               Anna Smolenaars (2nd place)

               Amy Doyle (3rd place)

Under 16 Saxophone     Laura Medcalf (1st place)

               Jolien Quispel (3rd place)

Under 16 Trombone     Alastair Parsons (1st place)

Under 19 Euphonium     Stefanie Kechayas (2nd pl)

Under 19 Tuba          Katherine Halliwell (3rd pl)

Under 19 Clarinet     Jolynne Yeo (1st place)

               Gemma Lethborg (2nd place)

               Amelia Dow (3rd place)

Under 19 Clarinet (Non Championship)

               Holly Clowes (1st place)

               Clare Houston (3rd place)

Under 19 Saxophone     Georgina Butterfield (1st pl)

               Matt Stavrous (2nd place)

Under 19 Woodwind Champion of Champions -

Jolynne Yeo

Under 19 Woodwind Trio

Jolynne Yeo,Jessica Green,Amy Doyle (1st place)

Gemma Lethborg,Amelia Dow,Kim Moore(2nd place)

Matt Baker,Germaine Yong, Kristan Carter (3rd pl)

Under 19 Brass Duet     

Stefanie Kechayas & Katherine Halliwell (1st)

Under 19 Woodwind Quartet

Jessica Green,Stephanie Tham,Amy Doyle,Anna Smolenaars (1st place)

Gemma Lethborg,Amelia Dow,Germaine Yong,Kim Moore (2nd place)

Under 19 Ensemble     Saxophone Quartet (1st pl)

Under 19 Trumpet     James Drapac (3rd place)

Under 19 Horn          Jessica Young (1st place)

VCE (Units 3 & 4)     Jolynne Yeo (1st place)

               Jess Young (2nd place)

               Georgina Butterfield (3rdpl)

VCE (Units 1 & 2)     Stefanie Kechayas (1st pl)

               Nick Taylor (3rd place)

Open Woodwind Champion of Champions - Adam Mikulicz

                    Ken Waterworth


Mid Year Concert Raffle

The Music Support Group gratefully acknowledges the generosity of The New Melbourne Jazz Band and The Victorian Male Welsh Choir, in conjunction with the management of the George Wood Performing Arts Centre - Yarra Valley Grammar School, in donating concert tickets as prizes for our Mid Year Concert Raffle. Prizes were:

     4 tickets for The New Melbourne Jazz Band, a highly talented and entertaining group, who are having a concert at Yarra Valley on Sunday 25th June.

     4 tickets for The Victorian Male Welsh Choir concert to be held on Saturday 1st July also at Yarra Valley. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets for either of these concerts can do so by ringing Barry Davies on 9262 7765. Tickets are around $25.00 each.



EHS Swim Squad

You're invited! Come along on a Thursday morning at 7:00am to the Eltham Leisure Centre and share 1 hour of fun and fitness in the pool under the guidance of coach Neroli Nixon. Cost - $5.00 per session, payable to the school cashier. The improvement of some of our junior members has been evident as well as the way all who come along seem to be enjoying the sessions.

                         Max Balchin

Kevin Sheedy Football Camp - 17th Year - June 26, 27, 28.

ASC Netball Camp- 5th Year - June 28, 29, 30.

The camps are for players aged 6 to 17 of all standards and are based at International House in Parkville with live in or day places available.

Brochures are available from Mr Nicholson.


Victorian Schools Cup -

In September we will be entering a number of teams in the Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball competition. It will be held on Friday 8th till Sunday 10th September. There is also a single day competition held on Tuesday 5th September - mainly for teams that cannot compete in the weekend competition.

The entry must be lodged before the holidays so students taking part are asked to collect details from Mr Thomas and pay their entry fee by Friday.

Eltham High Volleyball Jackets

Any students interested in buying a volleyball tracksuit jacket should see Mr Thomas for details. A $10 deposit is required by Thursday so that the order can be placed on Friday.

Greg Thomas

Victorian Schools Cross Country


Five Eltham High School students competed in the 2000 Victorian Schools Cross Country Championships held at Bundoora Park on Saturday 17th June. In perfect conditions for Cross Country racing, the five Eltham High School students did extremely well in the large and competitive fields. These events were a Selection Trial for the 2000 Australian Schools Cross Country at Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne on the 5th August. Year 12 students, James Attard and Kathy Young are both likely to gain selection as a result of their runs on Saturday.

Kathy Young (GU18 had a setback when she was forced out of the 4km event at the first turn through a series of mishaps as the large field jostled for position and Kathy was sent to the turf and lost a shoe. The Athletics Victoria officials were sympathetic to her plight and agreed to a request for her to take part in the following event - the Girls Under 20 6km CC. To her credit, Kathy recovered her composure and ran an excellent race to finish in 8th position.

James Attard gained Eltham HS's top position in recent years when he finished in 4th position in the Boys U20 8km event. James worked himself through the field in the four lap race to be in medal contention in the last lap, but had to settle for fourth in the race home over the last kilometer.

Full results were:

Stefan Courtot      Boys U14 3km 25th (166 in race)

Nicholas Laurence Boys U17 6km 39th (102)

Kathy Young      Girls U20 6km 8th (38 in race)

Cameron Laurence Boys U20 8km 28th (65 )

James Attard      Boys U20 8km 4th (65 in race)

Year 7 Girls and Boys Soccer

Eltham High School fielded both a Girls and Boys Soccer team in the Diamond Valley Sporting District's Round-Robin held at Gabonia Reserve, Greensborough on Wednesday 14th June.

The Boys team lost each of their two matches 0-1 against St Helena and Montmorency. Max Law-Sparkes, Asher Carter and Callum Poliness provided a strong defence against some talented opposition players. Both matches were played in good spirit and the Eltham team gave a good account of itself. Other team members were: Thomas Gould, Kent O'Hannessian, Tyson Lopez, Chris Watts, Peter Poposki, Matthew Sairle, Alistair Mason, Callum Robinson, Tim Ritchie, Tim Moulas, Tristan Crellin and Harry Hicks.

The Girls team won their first match against St Helena 1-0. Maddy Spawton gave the team plenty of drive from the centre and scored the winning goal in the second half. In the second match against Montmorency, it was Shilo Neilson who seized her opportunity and scored the winning goal. In both matches, Amber Lane, Cassie Pankhurst and Lauren Batty worked well in defence, while goal-keeper Erica Marsom made several great saves. Other team members were: Sally Van der Zwart, Suzanne Smith, Jenni Lonsdale, Maree Lachmund, Lauri Fisher and Ellisha Matheson. The Girls team will play Diamond Valley SC this Thursday afternoon.

Thanks to Middle School students, Andy Demetrius and Pierre Labigang for their assistance in coaching both teams as well as to Mr Nicholson for refereeing every match.               Max Balchin

Northern Zone Cross Country

Eltham High School will have six students competing at the VSSSA Cross Country Championships to be held on Tuesday July 11th, following a very successful day at the Northern Zone Finals. The finals were held at Lords Raceway, Junortoun, Bendigo on Monday 19th June. The races started at the trotting track and headed through an adjoining State Forest before looping back to finish at the trotting track. Competitors found the course a fair challenge and the weather was ideal for cross country racing.

Kathy Young won the Girls U21 3.2km event in a time of 13:55. Kathy ran a good tactical race and only took the lead in the final stages of the race. Nicholas Laurence was the other placegetter in the Eltham team when he finished in 3rd place in a very competitive Boys U16 field. Other Eltham HS students to make it through to the VSSSA CC Championships were: Brooke Palmer, Lindsay Parsons, Cameron Laurence and Scott Wheeler. James Attard, who was unable to race at Bendigo is another likely starter for Eltham High School.

Results from Bendigo were as follows:

Girls U14 (3.2km)

Kate Dorrington 22nd (16:06), Laura Johnstone 24th (16:15), Tessa Byrne (16:43), Lane Schotterlein (17:11)

Girls U16 (3.2km)

Brooke Palmer 7th (14:57), Adrianne Walters 39th (16:25), Nashira Car 42nd (16:33), Carolyn Deller 68th (17:44), Jolien Quispel 82nd (19:17), Emily Buffham-Friedricksen 96th (21:43)

Girls U21 (3.2km)

Kathy Young 1st (13:55), Linday Parsons 20th (15:56), Karen Bell 46th (19:06)

Boys U14 (3.2km)

David Crowden 30th (14:04), Stefan Courtot 50th (14:40), Adrian Horsman 56th (14:54)

Boys U16 (4.9km)

Nicholas Laurence 3rd (18:13), Dylan Cresp 29th (20:18), Tristan Hopkin 30th (20:19), Nathan Burke 43rd (20:42), Sam Horsman 58th (21:45)

Boys U21 (4.9km)

Cameron Laurence 9th (18:08), Scott Wheeler 10th (18:27), Daniel Pobjoy 39th (21:37)

                    Max Balchin

Victorian Schools Road Relay Championships

Teams for this popular teams event which is to be held at Latrobe University on Saturday 15th July, are now being organised. Ages are taken from 31/12/2000. The evnets for both girls and boys are as follows: U14 (4x2km), U15 (4x2km), U17 (4x3km) and U20 (4x3km). Cost per team is $16. Interested students should contact Mr Balchin by the end of this week.

Congratulations Bryce Martin

Congratulations to year 7 student, Bryce Martin on being selected in the level 7 Victorian Gymnastics Team which will be competing in Adelaide in July.

EHS Swim Squad

Bookings are now open for places in the Eltham High School Swim Squad for Term 3. Swim sessions will continue to be held at the Eltham Leisure Centre on Thursday mornings from 7:00 am until 8:00 am with Level 2 performance coach, Neroli Nixon. Cost for the ten week term is $50.00, payable to the school cashier. This Thursday the Swim Squad will celebrate the end of term with breakfast at McDonalds after their swim.






Fri 23

Last day of Term 2 (School day


Finishes at 2.30 pm)


Junior and Senior School Reports Distributed



Mon 10

First Day of Term 3

Tue 18

Middle School Reports Distributed


School Council Meeting


SPORT Cont'd


Eltham High School students interested in athletics are invited to take part in training sessions at Willinda Park, Greensborough, on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5:00 pm. Eltham High School staff members, Max Balchin and Lyn Davis, will supervise any EHS student interested in coming along. The venue features a new synthetic rubber track



A Work Place Level 2 First Aid Course will be held at the school next term. Starting on Monday 10th July and

running for 8 weeks it will end on 28th August.

     Time: 4pm - 7pm

Students over 15, or any parent who is interested in doing the course should contact Ms Joy Snow at the school.



WED.     L.Burleigh,A.Black, D.McCorkell

THURS     J.Browne,M.Russell,A.Hennel,S.McEwin


FRI.     V.Vivian-Taylor,S.Lynch,J.Goodwin,M.Cary

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

TUES       J.Poliness,C.Tilley,M.Lacy,K.Gardner,C.Lachmund

URGENT!! Volunteers are needed desperately for Fridays next Term. If you can assist, please contact Mrs Bev Cust in the Canteen.


A big 'Thank You' to the willing workers who completed so much on Sunday.

The only working bee for Term 3 is on Sunday 20th August.

          Di Parry, for Grounds Committee



Students from Eltham High School and the Professional Writing and Editing Course at Box Hill Tafe invite you to

join them for a reading from their original works, some of which were published in the award winning Eltham High School Anthology, on Tuesday 20th June 2000 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Eltham Book Shop, 970 Main Rd, Eltham.



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.







ALL-AGES 7.30PM-11.30PM