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Eltham High School

Parent Newsletter


Tuesday 11th July, 2000                                        Term 3 Week 1

Principal's Report

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that you have had an enjoyable time with your children over the last two weeks.

There is a lot of work going on around the school at the moment. This has included removal of some of our trees which has become dangerous or diseased (replanting will occur soon) and maintenance painting around the school.

Leadership Team Changes

This term we welcome Trevor Jenkins to the position of Acting Assistant Principal. Trevor is replacing Gordon Fluck who is taking some well deserved long service leave. Trevor is leading the Curriculum and Reporting functions of the school for this term. Andrew Blyth is the Curriculum Coordinator for this term. Helen Morris is replacing Anna as a Senior School Coordinator. I thank all these staff for their willingness to take on new responsibilities and wish them well.

Welcome to New Staff

This term we welcome Terry Buckley to the staff and welcome back Chris Agar. Terry is replacing Anna Panas who is on leave and Chris is now taking some of Trevor Jenkins classes while Trevor replaces Gordon Fluck.

Public Education Discussions Goes to Working Party

Our submission was finalised and sent off to the Public Education Working Party last term. I have had some very positive feedback about the submission, focusing on the depth of the analysis, the willingness to look at issues frankly and the innovative proposals that we have made.

A copy of the submission is available on the school website (www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au). Thank you to all the parents, students and teachers who have contributed to this response. In particular thanks to the Writing Team: Trevor Jenkins, Glennis Pitches and Helen Rix.

International Visitors

Later this week we will be hosting the Bay Area Wind Symphony of San Francisco as visit Melbourne. There is a major joint concert next Monday evening and I hope that you will be able to be present to hear some very fine music. Next Tuesday the school will host a visit from a small group of Principals from New Zealand who are here to learn about the operations of Victorian public schools and our approaches to curriculum development and implementation, student welfare and staff professional development.

Paul Rose




Canteen News

The Canteen Committee met late last term and agreed that due to a lack of information at this stage concerning the GST effect on canteen supplies, prices would not change at the beginning of term 3. We will hold a special meeting of the Canteen Committee in the fourth week of term 3 to review prices and, if necessary, prices will change following that meeting.

Claire Kelly, the parent representative on the Canteen Committee, resigned at the last meeting due to a change in her employment. Claire has been very involved in the canteen and has provided support in many ways. We are very grateful to Claire for her longstanding contribution to this important aspect of the school community. (a copy of a letter from Claire to the Canteen is further on in this newsletter).

As a result of Claire's resignation there is a vacancy on the canteen committee for a parent member. Would anyone interested in supporting the school in this way please contact the Canteen Manager, Bev Cust, or the school Business Manager, Peter Gurney?

Education Maintenance Allowance

EMA applicants from semester 1 need not reapply for the semester 2 EMA instalment. EMA applicants from semester 1 who are no longer entitled to EMA should advise the school office so that their name may be withdrawn from the semester 2 listing.

People who have not previously applied for EMA this year, or parents of students new to this school who have

been eligible at their previous school, must please submit their application by Friday 11th August. To be eligible applicants must hold a Centrelink pension or health card valid as at 12th July 2000 and their child must be under 16 years of age as at 12th July. Application forms are avaialble at the school office reception counter.

If there are any questions please contact the Business Manager, Peter Gurney


Mid Year Concerts

Two excellent concerts were presented to conclude a busy semester of work undertaken by our music students. The first concert held at Yarra Valley Anglican School featured our Intermediate and Training Bands, String Ensembles, Concert and Chamber Strings along with the Jazz Band and Guitar Ensemble. A wide variety of music was presented with all groups playing at a very high standard. Year 12 students, Jolynne Yeo, James Drapac and Jessica Young presented repertoire from their respective final recital programs which not only added contrast to the evening, but each student were excellent role models to all the young musicians present.

The Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School Performing Arts Centre was the venue for the second of our mid year concerts. The Stage, Concert and Symphonic Bands performed some outstanding repertoire with excellent performances by Duncan Wilson and Simone Bayliss. Several of our chamber ensembles: clarinet choir, saxophone ensemble, Concert Band percussionists and Flute Ensemble further enhanced the evening with some wonderful performances.

Congratulations to students for the outstanding performances and thanks to the conductors/directors for the continued hard work with their respective ensembles.

Concert Band performs well at Bendigo, Benalla and Wangaratta


Symphonic Band in Ballarat


Visit of the Bay Area Wind Symphony (San Francisco, USA

We are pleased to be hosting this exciting band from America this weekend. The band's visit will culminate in a combined concert, featuring our guests, the Bay Area Wind Symphony and our Stage and Symphonic Bands. The concert will be held at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School on Monday 17th July commencing at 7:30 pm.

Billets still required!!!

We are still in need of families who are able to host our visitors from USA. The band will be arriving on Saturday 15th and departing on Tuesday 19th July. If you are able to assist could you please contact Ken Waterworth at the school asap.

Parent-Teacher Evening / AGM for Music Support Group

Instrumental music teachers will be available for interviews with parents on Thursday 27th July. Appropriate forms will go home with students next week. The Annual General Meeting of the Music Support Group will take place on the same evening, commencing at 8:00 pm.

Music Camp - Monday 31st July - Saturday 5th August

The Training, Intermediate, Concert and Symphonic Bands along with Concert Strings will be having some intensive workshops during the camp, which will be held during the 4th week of term. This week, all students will be bringing home information that will explain in detail requirements for the camp.

Jazz Band

This past weekend our Jazz and Stage Bands were involved in a Jazz workshop over two days at the school. The weekend was fun and valuable for all, thanks to some experienced Jazz musicians such as Norm Harris. The weekend will prove invaluable leading up to the competitions this term. Thanks to all musicians and our dedicated conductors, Steve Hardie and Eugene Ball for making this weekend possible and giving up your holiday time. It is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events!!


Sat 15th - Tues 18th     Visit of the Bay Area Wind Symphony (San Francisco, USA)

Monday 17th     Concert with the Bay Area Wind Symphony - IGGS

Friday 21st     Extended Rehearsal (Jazz Band)

Monday 24th     Primary Schools String Workshop

Thursday 27th     Parent/Teacher Interviews & AGM for MSG

Mon 31st - Sat 5th MUSIC CAMP

Mon 31st - Tues 1st - Intermediate Band

Tues 1st - Wed 2nd - Training Band

Wed 2nd - Thurs 3rd - Concert Band & Concert Strings

Thurs 3rd - Sat 5th - Symphonic Band



Start the Term off by doing something different - join the Eltham HS Swim Squad to improve your swimming as well as your fitness. Starts this Thursday morning at 7:00am until 8:00am. Cost - $60 for the 11 week term (with GST!) payable to the school cashier. Level 2 Performance coach, Neroli Nixon will once again direct the sessions. A friendly and supportive group for students from all levels.

                         Max Balchin



Eltham High School has entered teams in the Road Relay Championships to be held at Latrobe University this Saturday. The age groups and distances for girls and boys are - U14 - 4x2km; U15 - 4x2km; U17 - 4x3km; & U20 - 4x3km. The U14 event starts at 11:00am and the program finishes with the U20 at 1:15pm. Students interested in taking part are invited to see Mr Balchin at school.


Year 7 Girls Soccer

The Year 7 Girls Soccer team confirmed their right to represent the Diamond Valley region at the Northern Zone finals by defeating Diamond Valley Secondary College on Thursday 22nd June. Despite the freezing conditions, the Eltham girls got away to a good start by playing attacking soccer from the start and were quickly rewarded when Maree Lachmund scored a goal. The Diamond Valley girls evened the score before half-time and for the rest of the match the game developed into a torrid struggle of defences. Goal keeper Erica Marsom made several great saves while mid-fielders Shilo Neilson, Maddie Spawton, Amber Lane and Cassie Pankhurst covered a lot of ground for the Eltham team. In the Penalty kicks that followed the 1-1 draw, Eltham won by scoring 3 goals to Diamond Valley's 2 goals. The goal kickers for Eltham were Maree Lachmund, Cassie Pankhurst and Maddie Spawton. The Northern Zone final will be played on Wednesday 2nd August. Other team members were - Sally Van der Zwart, Suzanne Smith, Jenni Lonsdale, Lauri Fisher, Lauren Batten, Alicia Matheson. Thanks to Middle School students Andy Demetrius and Pierre Labigang for their assistance with coaching on the day.

                    Max Balchin


The Senior boys hockey team were defeated at Northern Zone level late last term.

A 3 to 1 win over Viewbank was follwed by a 0 to 2 loss to Melbourne High and 1 to 6 loss to University. All members of the team tried hard but were outclassed on the day.

A special mention to Peter Vivian Taylor, who has represented the school admirably during his time at Eltham High School and also to John Doyle, our goalie. Both these boyls are in Year 12 and will move on next year.



The Year 8 team advance to the next round after a thrilling 1 goal win over Viewbank late last term.

Eltham 4 goals 8 pts defeated Viewbank 4 goals 2 pts.

The game was played in heavy rain with a strong wind blowing straight down the ground. Eltham won the toss and kicking with the wind, peppered the goals for little reward early in the game.

August Skipper dominated the ruck and our onballers led by Captain Jarryd Burke and Lucas Simpson won plenty of the ball, however Viewbank kept us goaless and the pressure was on.

Despite the conditions we decided to attack and with an excellent backline, led by Luke Neil and Cam Blewett rebounding strongly, Eltham turned the game with 2 goals against the wind.

Viewbank fought back strongly and with loose men in defence again kept Eltham from scoring with the wind, leaving us 1 goal up coming into the final quarter. The team were asked for a big effort and Shaun Griffen took the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated the play. Six contested marks in the conditions and great determination lifted his teammates who rallied and again scored against the wind. Eltham managed to holdon during the tense final minutes and deservedly advance to the next round.

I was proud of all boys on the day. The interchange players all made contributions when given a run while the other boys tried their hearts out all game.

Looking forward to the next round.

                    S.McCrystal - Coach

'GIRLS IN SCIENCE' Middle School Elective

Late in Term 2 the girls in science class attended at "Girls in Technology Workshop" hosted by the Department of Electronic Engineering at Latrobe University.

The activity has been recorded on the Latrobe University website with details and photographs of the workshop. Direct access to the Eltham High site can be achieved through the following address:


Please take a look and see science in action.

                         Ross Pringle











First Day of Term 3



Middle School Reports Distributed



School Council Meeting



Reminder that Wednesday 12th July is rehearsal for "Medium Rare" at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre. Permission forms were returned last term. If in doubt see me. The buses will leave from Ely Street at 1:30 pm. The Plenty Ranges staff will be taking all bookings for tickets from Thursday 13th July. It's a fun filled evening of performances so take advantage of the opportunity to see our talented students as well as a very funky local band and some original songs and music.



Congratulations to current Year 13 Photography student, Tim Hester, for winning the Victorian Historical Society Photographic Competition. Tim won $300 and his work will be displayed in an exhibition at their offices. The exhibition highlights Melbourne at the turn of the last two centuries.

Also congratulations to last year's photography student, Christie Heideman, who won the Photography section of the Diegesis last year. One of her photos is now on the posters for this year's Infogrames Cinemedia Diegesis Festival, to be held on the 7th and 8th September 2000 at Treasury Theatre. This Festival has now grown in reputation and has a major sponsor, Infogrames, and includes prizes of a $5000 computer, Video Cameras and photographic equipment.


During June 13 Eltham High School students participated in the Police High Challenge Program. We had a guided tour of the Police Academy at Mt Waverley and we went on a 3 day camp to Bacchus Marsh with 25 police recruits and Ms Stephens and Mr Bryce.

Over the 3 days we did many different activities such as low and high rope activities, abseiling and orienteering as well as lots of other stuff.

The meals were great but the cleaning up wasn't so good. We talked a lot to the police recruits about their job and shared rooms with them. It was a great camp.

Thanks to Mr Monigatti for organsing it.

Adam Madin, Kane Sterling, Glen Seidel and Harry Pearce.


Parents should be aware that we have had one case of whooping cough in the last week of Term 2.

As the incubation period is 7 -14 days it is possible that other students may be affected.

Parents with any concerns should see their Doctor.

The student in question had been fully immunised.

                    Joy Snow


Have you ever thought of working as a volunteer in the School Canteen?

I found it to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. You know you are contributing to the profit of more than $15,000.00 per year that goes into school funds to help with the purchase of extra computers, sports equipment and other curriculum items, even though the canteen prices are more than competitive with shop prices. You see so many students and teachers and get to hear the news and views of young and old involved with our school. There are mums and dads and aunties and grandmas of EHS students on the roster. Still we are very needy of volunteers for Wednesdays and Fridays. Even if you can only do a day per term, that's good. But a day per month is great! Unfortunately my work commitments make it impossible for me to continue, after six years on the roster, but I really encourage anyone who has the time to make this valuable contribution to our students' education.

     Claire Kelly - Parent representative

           Canteen Committee



WED.     L.Burleigh,L.Alford,J.Zilm

THURS     M.Deam,K.Maxfield,S.Pearman,H.Petty

FRI.     L.Johnson,Di,H.Devlin,J.Goodwin

MON.      N.Heffernan,S.Batchelor,J.Seidel,M.Schotterlein

TUES       D.Paulka,G.Guilfoyle,G.Gallagher,R.Gaiser,


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