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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter



Tuesday 1st August, 2000                                        Term 3 Week 4

Principal’s Report


Olympic Torch

Congratulations go to Leah Daly of Year 9 who has been selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer in the Cranbourne area and also to Jolien Quispel of Year 10 who has been selected as an Escort Runner when the Olympic Torch Relay goes through Mt Dandenong. Eltham High School has a proud record of Olympic involvement and it is good to see that our current students are involved as well.


Cross Country Success

James Attard of Year 12 has been selected as a member of the Victorian Secondary Schools Cross Country Team.


School Reporting

Accompanying this Newsletter is a brochure from the federal Minister for Education about reporting to parents by schools. The brochure outlines some important information about good practice in reporting. At Eltham High School we are always trying to improve the way that we report to parents. In the annual survey of parent opinion, the value of our reporting practices rates highly and we are pleased that our reporting system meets the needs of the vast majority of parents. But we don’t claim to have got reporting to parents 100% perfect. If there are ways that you think we can improve our reporting to parents please let us know, preferably by writing to the School Council Curriculum Committee care of the school.


Paul Rose




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!!


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




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.



Congratulations to 4 of our senior students who recently took part in the Junior National Volleyball Championships in Adelaide.

Jess Vreulink and Rebecca Trethowan were members of the Victorian U/19 womens team that won silver medals and Thomas Bull and Ben Thomas were members of the Victorian U/19 mens team that also won silver medals at the championships.

Junior Volleyball

Congratulations to the Awesome Twosome (Michael Kerss and Luke Thomas) on winning the junior volleyball grand final last Thursday.  Runners up were: Ryan Bridgeman, Matt Godden, Lucas Simpson, Nick Johnston and Cameron Blewett.

Dodgy Fridges were 3rd.  Don’t Care were 4th.

Most Valuable Players for each team were:-

     Hannah Trethowan    -     Dodgy Fridges

     Ryan Bridgeman       -    Big Balls

     Tessa Byrne               -    Whatevers

     Rachael Apostola       -    The Unknown

     Shaun Griffin             -    Don’t Care

     David Parsons            -    Five Inch Nails

     Marli Greenway         -    Roxy’s

     Steven Keast              -    Dead Men

     Vicky                   -    Team X

     Maddy Spawton         -    Mad Grievers

     Michael Kerss           -    Awesome Twosome


Michael Kerss was also awarded the Most Valuable player for the competition.

Any students who won a trophy but were not present at the presentation ceremony can collect their trophy from Mr Thomas.

A NEW SEASON will start next Thursday.  Students in year 7 to 9 who would like to have fun and improve their volleyball skills should get a team together and enter on Thursday night at 3:15 in the stadium.


Year 7 Girls Soccer

One win, one draw and two losses.  This was the final scoreline for the Eltham High School Year 7 Girls Soccer Team at the Northern Zone finals held at Findon Reserve, Mill Park, on Thursday July 27th.  The story that this scoreline does not reveal is the courage of all the student teams on a day when the temperature struggled to hit double figures and the venue offered virtually no shelter.  Despite these difficult conditions there was not one complaint from the Eltham team members and their commitment to the team was unwavering all day.

The Eltham team lost 0 – 3 to the eventual winners, Viewbank, defeated Reservoir 2 – 0 (goals to Emma Baker and Jessica Whitechurch), lost 0 – 4 to Thomastown and drew 0 – 0 with Northcote.  In all, an admirable display of soccer skills and team spirit throughout the day.  Team members:  Erica Marsom, Lauren Batty, Jenni Lonsdale, Maree Lachmund, Susie Smith, Maddy Spawton, Shilo Nielson, Amber Lane, Sally van der Swartz, Alicia Mathieson, Lauri Fisher, Jessica Whitechurch, Emma Baker, Vicki Law-Sparkes, Shelly Sforcina, Rita Wollaston and Jessica Manzie.  Thanks to Andy Demetrius and Pierre Labigang for their assistance with team management and coaching.          Max Balchin


Victorian Schools Track Relay Championships

Students interested in competing in the Victorian Schools Track Relay Championships are invited to register their interest.  The Relay Championships are held at the Doncaster Venue over two days – Tuesday 29th August (4X200m & 4X800m) and Thursday 31st August (4x100m & 4x400m).  The events start at 1:00pm with the U14 age group and go through to the evening with the U18 and U20 age groups.  It is intended to transport students to Doncaster by bus, but have parents arrange transport from the track.  The first date (Tuesday 29th August) is a Curriculum Day at EHS.  Contact Mr Balchin at the school for further information.



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




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.


Please Note:  Parents attending the workshop on the internet should enter the school via Ely Street on Thursday 3rd August.  The computer room is very near to this entrance.          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, G.Lane

THURS     S.Smith,J.Browne,M.Schotterlein,M.Russell

FRI.     V.Vivian-Taylor,S.Lynch,Di,T.Goonan,A.Hennel


MON.        V.Fitzgerald,D.McCorkill,H.Hunter

TUES          R.Wembridge,D.Kelly,M.Lacy

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



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 Sept

J/S Interim Reports  Distributed

Tues 12th Sept

J/S Parent Teacher Night




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