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Parent Newsletter



Tuesday 25th July, 2000                                                Term 3 Week 3

Principal’s Report

Welcome Back

This term we welcomed Colleen Hackett back from her well-deserved Long Service Leave. I inadvertently left Colleen off the “Welcome back” list and apologise for that.

Dramatic Success

I got along to see Medium Rare last Thursday evening and I was most impressed with the skill, enthusiasm and quality of the performance. Congratulations to all the students involved and to the crew. Special Thanks to George Franklin, Liz Lacey and Kiah Gudde for their leadership.

Speaking of things dramatic, Allison Lemcke and Diane Robertson have been selected to perform in Catchment Players “Catchment Kids in Concert” to be held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre on August 17 – 20. Well Done Allison and Diane.

Business Award       

Trudi Kelly has been awarded a High Distinction in the AMP/Australian Business Studies Competition. Trudi will receive her award at a presentation ceremony to be held at the University of Melbourne. Well done Trudi.

New Zealand Principals Visit Eltham High School

Last week Eltham High School played host to four principals from New Zealand. During their visit they explored curriculum, professional development, compensatory education, music program and management issues. Our visitors were most appreciative of the work of out staff, the commitment to the success of each child, our ability to take a long term view of a student’s development and the high quality of our programs. As well as the visit to Eltham High School, Helen Rix (Assistant Principal, Student Welfare) made a presentation to the NZ Principals Association Conference and I participated in a conference forum discussion on the impact of changes in Victorian education.                                                             Paul Rose, Principal

School Council President’s Report      

In comparison to Term 2 and all the work on the Public Education: The Next Generation discussion paper, Term 3 has begun relatively quietly for School Council. Among the business discussed at the July meeting was the Year 7 enrolment for 2001. It is very pleasing to see that the school enjoys strong community support and that we have large numbers of people wanting to enrol their children at our school. With the urgent need for permanent classrooms to replace some ancient portable rooms, the support this school has in the community is something that DEET should recognise and consider.

In years past, Eltham High School has been fortunate to have had a number of major building upgrades. These have provided the specially set up rooms necessary for Art, Commence, Science and Technology subjects. In comparison, the school only has a limited number of permanent general purpose classrooms. Our general purpose rooms are mainly portable classrooms, some extremely old and, in general, lacking the additional support space provided in new permanent buildings. Despite this rather gloomy assessment, there is hope. It has been acknowledged within DEET that Eltham High is entitled to more permanent classrooms. Our challenge is to have our need become a DEET priority in the next building budget.                         Peter Silva, President

Found – a boy’s bike During the last school holidays a boy’s bike (a black Giant, Boulder 520) was left in the bike shed. To prevent it being stolen it was moved to a locked storage shed. Despite announcements over the PA system, an article in last week’s newsletter and notices in the daily student bulletin the bike was not claimed. The bike may now be claimed at the police station in Pryor St.

LIBRARY NEWS      Unfortunately quite a number of students have library resources which are overdue and need to be returned. Would parents please check with their children whether they do have overdue resources? Once students have overdue items their borrowing  privileges are suspended until the items are returned.  This then impacts severely on their ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and also affects other students as those resources are not available for general use. Lists of overdue library resources are uploaded every Thursday afternoon on to the school’s intranet.  They can be located under the heading “Library Overdues” on the school’s intranet homepage. Therefore, there is no excuse for students saying they did not know they had overdue resources. On a more positive note, the next meeting of the Library’s Bookclub will be held in the very near future.  We intend to meet twice this term, probably during week 4 and week 9.  The meetings will be held during lunchtimes, rather than after school.  All students are welcome.            Rhonda Malone, Library Co-ordinator


Parents are reminded that if your were entitled to EMA (Centrelink pension card, health care card) on10th July 2000 and have not previously applied for EMA at EHS, applications must be submitted to the school office by Friday 11th August Please direct questions to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney.


Coming Events!!


Thursday 27th      Parent/Teacher Interviews & AGM for Music Support Group

Friday 28th      Extended rehearsal (Jazz Band)

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


Mon 7th      Intermediate & Training Bands perform at Banyule Music Festival

      Stage & Jazz Band performance

Tues. 8th      Concert & Chamber Strings perform at the Banyule Music Festival

Sat 18th      Box Hill Championships – Stage and Jazz Bands

Sun 20th      Box Hill Championships – Training, Inter., Concert & Symphonic bands

Clasax Competitions

Over the weekend some of Eltham High’s clarinet and saxophone players had the opportunity to show their stuff at the annual Clarinet and Saxophone Society Competition. Across the board there was some very fine playing from both senior and junior students. In the Junior section Eltham took the lot with Ashlee Bain 1st, Brad Dupui 2nd and great performances by Leighton Wong, Ilona Day and Nick Jameson.

The intermediate section had Anna Smolenaers, Jess Green, Amy Doyle and Stephanie Tham playing some of their best music, with Laura Medcalf receiving an Honourable Mention.

Amelia Dow, Gemma Lethborg, Clare Houston, Holly Clowes and Jolynne Yeo played extremely well against some tough competition for the Isobelle Carter Award, with Owen Davey winning the award in the saxophone section and Jolynne Yeo receiving the Peter Clinch Encouragement Award.

In the Senior Ensemble section the saxophone ensemble played very well despite being down in numbers. Having held the title for numerous years, first prize was again awarded to Eltham High, this year going to our Clarinet Choir.

Thank you and well done to all who participated in this very successful event.

Congratulations to Yr 12 percussionist Danny Richardson who was recently awarded Plenty Valley FM’s music scholarship for 2000. Performing on xylophone and vibraphone, Danny competed against musicians from Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik.


Eltham Swim Squad

7:00am–8:00am at the Eltham Leisure Centre every Thursday morning.  Let coach Neroli Nixon help you to enjoy swimming and improve your fitness.  $55 for the term, payable to the School Cashier.

Year 8 Football

Eltham was defeated by Northcote last week in the third round of the Year 8 competition. Northcote dominated onball and despite the best efforts of the Eltham boys they were unable to get into the match. Final scores were Eltham 5 goals 8 lost to Northcote 10 goals 8. Cameron Blewett was a standout player for the team and his attack on the ball and overhead marking a feature of his play.  Other boys to stand out included Luke Neil and Ben Phillips. Thanks to all boys for their efforts this year as we certainly had some memorable moments.  Special thanks to the team officials in Shaun Pennant, Andrew Moyle, Jarryd Brigham, Harry Pearce &Blake Leonard & to Mr Nicholson for umpiring our last match at short notice.                  Mr McCrystal – Coach

Junior Volleyball

The Grand Final will be held at 3:30 pm on Thursday afternoon between ‘Big Balls’ and the ‘Awesome Twosome’.  The bronze medal game will be played at the same time between ‘Dodgy Fridges’ and ‘Don’t Care’. All teams are asked to attend the Grand Final as trophies and M.V.P. awards will be presented after the games finish at approx. 4:10 pm.  All participants will receive something regardless of where their team finished, so please attend.      Greg Thomas

Cross Country

Six Eltham High School students competed at the Victorian State Secondary Schools Association’s Cross Country Championships held at Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield, on Tuesday, 18th July. In the Boys U20 5km event, James Attard finished in 8th place in a time of 16 min 56 sec. Scott Wheeler finished in 46th place in a time of 19:02 with Cameron Laurence close behind in 50th position in 19:11. Kathy Young completed an excellent season of schools cross country racing when she finished the Girls U20 3km event in 11th position in a time of 11:57. Lindsay Parsons came home in 50th position in a time of 13:47. Brooke Palmer competed in the Girls U16 3km race and finished in 71st position in a time of 13:58. James Attard has been selected for the Victorian Schools Team and will be representing Eltham High School in the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held at Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield on Saturday 5th August. We wish James all the best at the Nationals.


Phillip Adams Endowment.

The EHS Mercury Writing Awards have received a wonderfully generous gift of $2000 from Phillip Adams to support book prizes for students.  We are immensely grateful for this kind of practical support from this well-known ex-student.  If you are aware of any parents or ex-students who are able and interested in endowing specific areas, we would love to hear from you.  The amount need not be large to be helpful.

The Melbourne Writers Festival

Aug 28-31       The organiser of this festival has once again approached the school for student chairs for writers panels and forums.  Erin Lander of Year 11 is the student liaison officer for the festival, and for our school.  She has faxed a list of student presenters through, and they will attend a training day very soon.  You’ll hear more about this event in future newsletters.

University Enhancement Study attached to English Congratulations Georgina Butterfield for gaining a Distinction in her Monash University Enhancement study in Semester 1. 

Macbeth Excursion for all Year 11 Students      This is on the morning of Thursday August 24.  The buses will leave at 8.50am and return at 12.30pm.  The cost is $17.  Students should pay the Cashier as soon as possible.

Australian and National English Teachers Conferences

KLA English had an excellent participation rate in the state conference held at La Trobe University last weekend, and two teachers attended the national conference in Brisbane during the school holidays.  Important trends in English teaching, and in curriculum materials and needs of students were identified.  These professional development activities are of great significance.  They revitalise teachers interest and knowledge in specific areas, and lead to improved professional and student programs.

Writing Competitions

The Novella Writing Competition for all current secondary students. Writing should be no less than 10,000 words, and no longer than 20,000.  Four students have already picked up entry forms. Interested? See Ms Burns for details and entry form.

Write to the Limit 50 word competition.  Open to all secondary students. See your English teacher for an entry form.  Closing date August 11.

The Ansett-APEC National Essay Contest

Entry details at www.apec.org.au  Closing date October 6th 2000

Whittlesea Show Writing competitions.

If you’re interested, ring/fax Ms Lois Taylor 97162276

My (not still living) Hero A competition linked to illustrator Robert Ingpen's book Once Upon A Place is open to students.  You need to visit the website http://www.oldtreasurymuseum.org.au and view the paintings done for the book at Gold Treasury Museum, Old Treasury Building, Spring St 9th June to 30 July.  Then, you nominate your own hero of all time (you can't nominate someone still living), giving reasons for your choice.Closing date end of Term 3.


Thursday 17th August – Eltham High School’s Careers Night – 7:30 pm in the Hall – further details in next week's newsletter

 Thursday 7th September – VCE Parent Information Night

Work Experience for Year 9

Year 9s will undertake two weeks of Work Experience during the last few weeks of Term 4 this year between Monday November 27th and Friday


Tues 8th Aug

Year 11 & 12 Parent  Teacher Night

Thurs. 17th Aug

Eltham High School Careers Night

Tues 29th Aug

Curriculum Day

Tues 5th Sept

M/S Interim Reports  Distributed

Wed 5th Sept

M/S Parent Teacher Night

Thursday 7th Sept

VCE Parent Information Night

Mon 11th Sep

 J/S Interim Reports  Distributed

Tues 12th Sept

J/S Parent Teacher Night


Cont. … December 8th 2000.  Students can do 1 x 2 week placement or 2 x 1 week placements. While the end of the year appears to be a considerable time away, it is important that students begin arranging their placement now. 

For the first time in 2000, two other secondary schools will be starting Work Experience for all their Year 9’s at the same time as us.  If Eltham High students leave it too late, they may not be able to arrange a placement of their choice and instead have to do ‘whatever they can get’. I am therefore requesting students to have completed their work experience arrangements by the end of this term.  Students need to begin now looking for a suitable placement. The following is an extract from an article by Janet Wilson titled ‘Working World’, taken from The Age’s Education section of 26th May 1999.

“… For many students work experience will play a major role in their year’s activities.  Work experience can provide a valuable part of the total school experience and students should plan in advance to make the most of their opportunities.  Many students leave it until the last minute and settle for work in the nearest shop or their parents’ place of employment.  Your parents may be wonderfully talented people, but do you really want to do the job they are doing?

At 14 or 15 you probably don’t know what you want to do with your life, but this doesn’t mean that the experience should be wasted.  Are there things you like doing?  Do you enjoy sport?  Do any of your parents’ friends have contacts with sporting organisations that they would be happy to contact on your behalf?  Look up the Yellow Pages, ring some of the organisations listed under sport and ask them if they take students.  Remember that the most popular places may be filled up several months ahead.If you know what you would like to do at the end of your school career, head in this direction.  Occasionally,

work experience could save you from making a mistaken career choice….”.

The aim of the work experience program at EHS is to: Encourage students to gain a better understanding of the labour market that they will soon be entering;

Assist students in making informed decisions about their transition from school to further study or work;

Give students the experience of being part of a workplace; Building confidence, self-esteem and independence; Learn new skills and transfer skills to a workplace. Year 10 students should also be organising work experience for various times during the terms and are asked to collect information from the Careers Room at lunchtimes.

Parents can you help?

EHS always on the lookout for new workplaces for our students.  If you have your own business or the organisation you work for may be interested in offering a position to our students, please contact me at the school, or e-mail  me on careers@elthamhs.vic.edu.au

Many thanks, Julie Buckland, Careers teacher.


Eltham High School will be running a 10 day tour to Vietnam in the first term school holidays in 2001.

The approximate cost will be $2000.00, which includes airfares, accommodation, tours and some meals.  This tour is available to students, ex students, parents and staff. If you are interested please collect an expression of interest form from Mrs Wallis, School Cashier. This tour is expected to fill up fast, so if you are intending to go, a $200 deposit, payable to Eltham High School is necessary by Thursday 3rd August. If you require further information, please contact Ms Parry, Ms Brady or Mr Monigatti.


A “hands-on” experience about the internet will take place at the school in Room 707 on Thursday 3rd August, 7:00pm–8:30pm.  Come along and discover : What is the internet and www, How to search and surf, Email and how to use it, Internet Service Providers. The cost of the workshop is $25 (GST Inc).  Please indicate your intention to attend on the form below.  Return with payment to the Cashier by Friday 28th July.  Limited to 20 places. Contact Mr Gary Bass or Ms Glennis Pitches.

Internet For Parents

NAME:  ________________________________


CONTACT PHONE NO ___________________

Other things I would like to know about




Please return with $25.00 to Cashier










WED.      L.Burleigh,C.Simpson,J.Kilkenny,C.Richards

THURS      T.Goonan,J.Lock,J.Samphier,L.Skippen,G.Carter

FRI.      M.Young,Denise,L.Johnson,T.Edgoose,J.Grifftiths

MON.         R.Burke,K.O’Hara,W.Brown

TUES           L.Laos,C.Snedden,M.Hamilton,B.Bensaude

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

PHYTO-BEAR SURVEY Mannatech Products would like to remind parents of students who took part in the Phyto-bear trial that the survey forms are now due back. The forms may be dropped into the Sick Bay at any time.  Many thanks for your co-operation.


PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS      Congratulations to Tim Hester for winning a Merit Certificate in the Term 2 Ilford  Photo Competition for his photo “KUHLSCHRANK”.  Well done, Tim


GENES FOR JEANS DAY AUGUST 4 … buy a $2 badge from Year 9 students Amy and Shelley


MISSING 18/07/00

Taken from property in Laurel Hill Dve, Eltham Nth.

Pure bred Boxer pup – Female 10 weeks old.

Colour – Brown with white socks and black muzzle.

Tail has been docked very long. Please contact 9439 3327 if you have any information.       REWARD OFFERED.




PHYTO-BEAR SURVEY Mannatech Products would like to remind parents of students who took part in the Phyto-bear trial that the survey forms are now due back. The forms may be dropped into the Sick Bay at any time.  Many thanks for your co-operation.


PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS      Congratulations to Tim Hester for winning a Merit Certificate in the Term 2 Ilford  Photo Competition for his photo “KUHLSCHRANK”.  Well done, Tim


GENES FOR JEANS DAY AUGUST 4 … buy a $2 badge from Year 9 students Amy and Shelley


MISSING 18/07/00

Taken from property in Laurel Hill Dve, Eltham Nth.

Pure bred Boxer pup – Female 10 weeks old.

Colour – Brown with white socks and black muzzle.

Tail has been docked very long. Please contact 9439 3327 if you have any information.       REWARD OFFERED.