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Tuesday 8th August, 2000                                        Term 3 Week 5


Principal’s Report

Curriculum Day

Tuesday, 29th August has been nominated as our next Curriculum Day. Each of the Key Learning Areas will be undertaking activities designed to enhance the delivery of curriculum and/or the value of our reports to parents. No students will be required at school on the 29th – with the exception of Year 12 students who are needed for a practice examination (see item below).

Advance Notice: As you might have seen in the papers, Monday, 2nd October (the first day of term 4) has been assigned as a pupil free day by the Minister for Education. This affects all schools in the state. The purpose of this day is to allow teachers to prepare for the introduction of the Achievement Improvement Monitor. The Aim is a government initiative that will replace the LAP and provide a range of measures of student performance across the system.

VCE Practice Exam - English

All VCE ENGLISH Unit 3 and 4 students are required to attend a practice exam on Tuesday 29th August. This is a very important activity and needs to be treated very seriously. Thank you to the VCE English staff for providing this exam in a way the minimises disruption to the rest of the school.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Mr Chris Agar who has returned from leave and resumes his teaching duties.

We Are Not Immune

Last weekend many of you would have read an extensive piece in The Age about the state of schools in Victoria. The articles were based around the research findings of Professor Richard Teese of Melbourne University. (If you don’t have an access to the article, it is available from the Eltham High School library.) Professor Teese’s findings point to high failure rates in some government schools, particularly in the north and west of Melbourne and parts of rural Victoria, in comparison to other areas of Melbourne and in comparison to other school systems. It will come as no surprise to you that areas experiencing high failure and drop out rates parallel areas where poverty and social dislocation are common. One of the points raised in the discussion was the importance of active intervention to address disadvantage.

We could be forgiven for thinking that these are issues far from Eltham High School, given our strong record of academic and extra-curricula success. But the reality is that a number of our families face difficulties and a number of our students need active support to make the most of their time at school. For this reason, over the last two years we have developed and implemented an effective literacy improvement program – Corrective Reading. We know that literacy is essential for building self-image, a sense of connectedness to others and good coping skills. It also helps our young people achieve greater academic success. Our program assists a significant number of students in years 7 to 9 each year. And we are looking to develop it further if there is a need. The Mathematics KLA is also planning an interventionist numeracy program to further support students.

All children, no matter where they live or how well off their families may be, deserve high quality education. One of the central issues of the Public Education: The Next Generation Report will be the funding of schools in an equitable manner to address disadvantage. Professor Teese’s research findings and the discussions in The Age come at an important time in the development of public schools. I encourage you to think about these important matters and join in the public discussion.

Possible Asbestos Hazard : Advice to Parents and Students

Last week students were reminded that they are not to trespass on the market garden land opposite the school in Bell Street. In particular students were warned not to be in the vicinity of the small shed on the property. The school has reason to suspect that the shed contains broken asbestos cement sheeting. The matter has been referred to the Nillumbik Shire with a request for action to be taken and the Department of Education, Employment and Training has been consulted about this matter. Parents are requested to emphasise the importance of this matter with their children.                                             Paul Rose, Principal


SENIOR SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS today Tuesday 8th August 4.00-7.00pm in the library


Neighbours of the school in Ely Street are concerned about the damage being done to their nature strip by cars parking on the grass. The cars belong to staff members, students and parents picking up and dropping off students before and after school. Advice from Nillumbik Council is that since last December it is an offence in Victoria to park motor vehicles on  nature strips. At Eltham High School we work well with our neighbours to solve problems and to maintain good neighbourly relations. Please respect our neighbours and do not park on their nature strips.


Parents are reminded that if you were entitled to EMA (Centrelink pension card, health care card) on 10th July and have not previously applied for EMA at Eltham High School this year, applications must be submitted to the school office by Friday 11th August 2000 for the second semester’s EMA. Please direct questions to the Business Manager, Peter Gurney.


Coming Events!!

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

Excursion Bus Pick-up/Drop off     To avoid traffic congestion at the front car park at the start/finish of the school day, all excursion buses will be leaving from the Ely Street bus bays.  The bus companies will be advised of this change.




Canteen Prices

The Canteen Committee met on Friday last to review canteen prices since the beginning of the new tax system. There have been a number of items that have increased in price since our last review at the end of 1999 that have nothing to do with the GST, and there have been some prices that have increased in accord with the GST. A few items have dropped in price and a few have remained much the same. We are pleased to advise that all sandwiches, rolls and hot food items will not increase in retail price at all. There will be a charge for tomato sauce, which has previously been provided free. Cakes, croissants and lollies will increase in price by 10 cents . Fruit juices will increase by between 5 cents and 20 cents. Soft drinks will remain at the current retail prices which are well below local retail levels and will help to offset the lower cost increases in food items. The range of prices for some favourite items are:

Sandwiches and rolls     $1.00 - $2.10     

Cakes                $1.40 - $1.60

Croissant     $1.10 - $1.70 (depending on filling)

Pies               $1.80, $2.00 with sauce

Noodles          $1.50          

Fruit juices/Prima     $0.70 - $1.30

Tea/Coffee/Hot Choc     $0.80 - $1.00

Important note: The new prices will come into effect on Monday 14th August.


WED.     L.Burleigh, K.Baxter, Di

THURS S.Pearman,M.Schotterlein,M.Milne,G.Carter

FRI.     K.Nelsen,J.Griffith,Di Woolaston C.White,      N.Joy

MON.        L.Adams,D.Baker,A.Collins

TUES       L.Arnaud,K.Corneille,J.Poliness,C.TilleySPORT SPORT SPORT

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.

Cross Country

James Attard (Year 12) represented Eltham High School at the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships held at Yarra Bend, Fairfield, on Saturday 5th August.  Running in the Mens Under 20 8km event, James finished in 25th position in a time of 28:09.  Congratulations to James on an excellent achievement.



Year 8 Personal Development –

“Rite Stuff Program”.

From Monday 14th August the year 8 students in their homegroups will take part in a personal development program looking at the transition from adolescence to adulthood and the recognition of significant experiences in their lives.The sessions will be conducted by Catherine Poussard who is an Arts Psychotherapist and teacher, specialising in the mental health of young people.  She will work with Annette McDonald, a Visiting School Nurse with extensive experience in the area of student health and working with parents/teachers.  The cost for the double period session is $5.00 and should be paid to the cashier in the office prior to the session along with a completed permission form. The program will run on consecutive Mondays and this should have all groups provided for by the end of term.

 Enquiries to Ross Pringle, Junior School Head.

Year 7 Hep B Injections

Year 7 students will receive their final booster injection on Tuesday 15th August at 9:00 am in the VCE study room.  Any students missing this booster should contact the Eltham Community Health Centre for follow up assistance.


Interim Reports

It is four weeks until distribution of interim reports for term three and as such teaching staff will be in the process of documenting student progress for completion of the reports.  It would therefore be wise for students to check with their teachers on a weekly basis that they are up to date and for parents to ask their son/daughter to write down any outstanding work.  Any enquiries regarding you child’s progress at this stage should be referred directly to the appropriate co-ordinator as follows:

Ross Pringle          7C     8D

Janet Goldman          7D       7J     8C     8H

Lyn Davis          7A     7E     8A     8E

Matthew Bryce          7B     7F     8B     8J

Jim Petridis          7G     7H     8F     8G



Macbeth Excursion for all Year 11 Students.

A further reminder to parents and students of this excursion which is on Thursday 24th August.  The buses will leave at 8:50 am and return at 12:30 pm.  The cost is $17.  Students should pay the Cashier as soon as possible.

Interschool Debating

Mixed Success

In the Final Regional Round Debates of Season 2000, there were some successes and some upsets to the EHS inter-school teams.

EHS B Grade team defeated Santa Maria 1, with Oki Gardner of Year 10 as Best Speaker on the night.  This team is into the Octos – the DAV Finals series.

The EHS C Grade team soundly defeated a CLC team, with Chiara Lawry being awarded Best Speaker on the night.

D Grade:  EHS  1, which had been undefeated throughout the season, went down to another

undefeated team, Santa Maria 1.  EHS  2 soundly defeated the CLC team.  Best Speaker on the night went to James Sanders and Simon Walsh.  EHS 3 were defeated by an Eltham College team, but Mark Gilham was awarded Best Speaker on the night.  EHS 4 were defeated in their final debate, and EHS 5 won their debate through a forfeit by the opposing team. Certificates were handed out to students at the Debaters’ Breakfast at McDonalds on the following morning.  It has been a great season, and we will build on the talent, strength and experience of both our students and our coaching team.

Congratulations to all students, and thanks to Leanne Ipsen, Glen Pearsall, Roger Kibell and ex-students, Jilly Charlwood and Tess Lethborg.



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


In 1999 the school participated in a research project involving the Department of Diabetes at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Most Year 7, 8 & 9 students participated in the research, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital would like to follow up with these students in Term 4 this year. In a few weeks information will be sent home explaining the next step, asking that parents allow their daughter/son to participate.  All enquiries can be directed to Mr Michael Bowen (Assistant Principal).


The School Dental Service (SDS) is offering free dental check-ups and treatment to eligible students in year levels 7 & 8.  For students to receive care, parents/guardians must hold a valid health card (Health Care Card, Health Benefits Card and Pensioner Concession Card).  Year 9 & 10 students requiring dental work should contact the Health Centre to make an appointment.  Treatment will be provided at Eltham Community Health Centre, 917 Main Road, Eltham. If you have any questions about our service, please contact our dental staff on 9430 9134 or you may wish to contact our Regional  Management office on 9389 8888.


Friday 18th August- Area7 SomethingFor Kate,PoundSystem&Sek – ElthamRoller ity,66SusanSt. Eltham. All ages 7.30-11.30pm.Tickets $16.50plus b/f,available atElthamRollerCity, Missing Link- City,RollingThunder, Kew &Greensborough,Fruitbowl Productions and at the door. More information on 9439 0222.This is a fully supervised, drug and alcohol free event. No Passouts.


Term 3 is a very busy time for Careers, here are some important dates for your diaries.

·         Thursday 10th August – Careerwise Aptitude Test Feedback session – 7 pm in the Library.

·         Beginning next week all Year 10 & 11 students will have sessions in English core classes where information on VCE subject selection will be discussed.

·         Next week all Year 12 students will have information sessions on “Life after VCE” and University and TAFE application procedures.

Thursday 17th August – EHS Careers Night - 2000


*  Transition from School to Work – New Apprenticeships, Traineeships.

*  The Trades          *  IT & Computers

*  Health Sciences     *  Engineering

*  Law               *  Science & Maths

*  Business & Finance    *  Emergency Services

*  Media – Photography & Film

*  Graphic Design & Advertising

*  Outdoor Ed & Natural Resource Management

*  Sports Management & Physical Education

*  Army Reservices     *  Aviation

*  Psychology & Social Work

Detatch and return this slip to Mrs Buckland in the Careers Room IMMEDIATELY.




Student Name ___________________Core Group __


Names of other members of your family attending:





From the PROGRAM SESSION OPTIONS,  list in order, your five preference:


Preference 1:_


Preference 2:_


Preference 3:_


Preference 4:_


Preference 5:___





Melbourne City Mission - Banyule City - Winter Sleepout Saturday, 12th August

Ivanhoe Aquatic Centre, 170 Waterdale Rd., Ivanhoe. Starts 8.00pm, finishes 8.30am. Cost $10 donation or raise sponsorships.Bring tent,sleeping bag,pillow, bathers, money & friends.Enquiries: Joe 9439 5555