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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter



Tuesday 22nd August, 2000                                        Term 3 Week 7


Principal’s Report


Building Progress

Last week the Minister for Education, the Hon. Mary Delahunty, MLA announced that Eltham High School had received approval for the planning of our new $1.2m classroom block. The Minister made similar announcements for four other local schools; Greensborough SC, Viewbank SC, Eltham East PS  and Glen Katherine PS.  Montmorency SC received funding for the final planning of their technology and library upgrade.

However, the Minister emphasised that planning does not guarantee the timing of building. “If a master plan has been finalised and approved … it is possible that individual projects could be considered for inclusion in the Department's 2001-2002 Capital Works budget submission.” We will need to work quickly and effectively to meet this challenge.

Do You Know a Maths Teacher?

We need a maths teacher to replace a member of staff on leave for term 4. It is possible that there is a qualified Maths teachers in our community who would be interested in taking up this position. If you know of someone who might be interested please ask them to contact Trevor Jenkins at the school. We offer a great atmosphere, stimulating classes and fabulous morning teas on a regular basis.

Curriculum Days

As mentioned last week, next Tuesday, 29th August is our next Curriculum Day. No students (apart from Year 12 students undertaking a practice examination for English) are required at school. Don’t forget that an additional Curriculum Day has been set down for October 2nd – the first day of term 4.

Paul Rose, Principal



VCE Parent Information Evening

Are you a parent of a 2000, Year 12 student?

Would you like to help your son or daughter through one of the biggest periods of their lives but are more than a little confused about: Preferences? Prerequisites? The ENTER? University or TAFE courses? Applying for courses? If you are (and be assured you are not alone) Eltham High is conducting an information evening to clarify some of these concerns.

Date:      Thursday 24th. August

Venue:      Eltham High Library

Time :      7.00pm



If you are unable to attend this evening, VTAC will be conducting a Parents; Information Seminar on Wednesday 31st. August at RMIT University, Storey Hall, 342-348 Swanston St. Melbourne at 6.30—8.30pm

For further information phone 1300-364-133

Or check out the VTAC.


Year 9 students and parents

are reminded that work experience will be operating for two weeks during Term 4 from November 27th. to December 8. Students have been given all relevant information and forms.  The arrangement forms are due back at the careers room at the end of this term. A reminder that work Experience is a compulsory school activity.          Julie Buckland



WED.     L.Burleigh,E.Voss,J.Zilm,C.White

THURS      M.Deam,K.Maxfield,M.Baldwin,J.Davey.

FRI.     M.Parsons,H.Devlin,D.Lopez, Di.

MON     N.Heffernan,S.Batchelor,J.Molloy,


TUES     Curriculum Day, 

Wed.     L.Burleigh,L.Alford, C.Snow



Student Finalist - Melbourne Writers' Festival

Chelsea Stanley has been chosen as one of the fourteen finalists in the Write to the Limit competition.  If she wins, on Wednesday 30th of August, she takes home $500 in cash and $500 in book vouchers.  Congratulations on her success to this point.

DAV Interschool Debating

B Grade debaters have made it through the play-offs and are now into the prestigious Octos.  Congratulations to Oki Gardner, Ruthanne Molloy, Courtney Scanlon and Maggie Mildenhall, coach Jilly Charlwood and co-ordinator, Roger Kibell.

Student Presenters, Melbourne Writers' Festival.

EHS students attended a training day where they learnt about chairing forums of Australian and international YA fiction writers at the Melbourne Writers' Festival Youth Literature Days.  Erin Lander of Yr 11 is coordinating the EHS students as well as all student presenters from other schools, private and state. EHS students involved are: Zilla Bailey, Katherine Byrne, Nadia Bailey, Stephanie Kechayas, Oki Gardner, Ruthanne Molloy, Simon Child, Julia Wells,  Maggie Mildenhall, Reuben Liversidge and Leah Martin.

Novella Competition

Three students have collected forms to enter the Novella competition for an unpublished manuscript of 10,000 words.  We have some great writers at this school! Anyone wanting an entry form should call at staffroom 304 and see Ms Burns.

Year 12 English Practice Exam

All Year 12 students must attend this exam which is on Tuesday, 29th August 9am-12.15pm. It is vital preparation for the end of year exam.     H. Burns


Box Hill Band Championships

Last weekend was a very busy time with all our bands competing in the State Championships for school bands held at the Box Hill Town Hall.

On Saturday evening both our Stage and Jazz bands competed in the cabaret style evening competition involving some eleven bands. Despite not being placed, the Jazz band performed extremely well having worked very hard over the last month under the guidance of their director Stephen Hardie. The Stage band (Eugene Ball), has really established an outstanding reputation for itself in the last couple of years and certainly performed up to this reputation being placed 2nd in the competition.

On Sunday, starting at 8am, the Training band led the charge from Eltham High School with an excellent performance in their section, being placed 2nd and competing against much older students from other schools. Similarly, the Intermediate band also competed against more senior students and showed just how well they have been playing this term with a very creditable 2nd place. Special thanks to Sally Davis for conducting both these groups despite being far from well herself.

The Concert band continues to perform at a standard which is the envy of other schools. To have our second band perform at such a standard is really an outstanding effort with the band blitzing their section and being placed 1st. Congratulations to Meg George and all the band members.

Galilean Moons has proven to be a wonderful piece of music for the Symphonic band to feature this year and the band’s performance at this competition showed why we have the finest band in the country. The band received much acclaim from the adjudicator for its performances, winning the A Grade section and being acknowledged as equal to any school band in Australia. Congratulations to every member for their dedication and their commitment to performing at such a level.

The logistics for such an event were a mammoth task, with every piece of percussion equipment being required throughout the weekend. Special thanks to Rick Browne and his helpers for a fantastic effort in making this weekend an outstanding success.

South Street Competitions – Ballarat

Students will be bringing home important information about this important event. The majority of students will be performing on Saturday, 9th September. Parents should ensure that they make themselves aware of all details for these competitions.

Music Support Group

The Music Support Group is considering the idea of running a supporters’ bus to South Street, if sufficient numbers. Current school families, past families and students are all welcome. Cost of bus to be advised, estimate $20-$25 bus only.  Contact Paul Houston 9718 2518 or Viv Fogarty 9439 3432 by Friday.


A big thank you to the parents and students who came to the working bee last Sunday, especially the Marr, Davey, Norris, O’Sullivan, Ackland, Franklin and Silva families who did a mammoth job -

pruning around the library and commerce block area, mulching garden beds, chopping up dead and fallen limbs, cleaning out stormwater drains, making a drinking tap area more user friendly.

A reminder that the last two working bees for the year are          Saturday, 14th October

          Sunday, 19th November.

Please mark these dates on your calendar.

Di Parry, Grounds Committee.


Eight Year 10 students attended the Mathematics Association of Victoria’s Games Day at Loyola College recently. A total of 200 students from almost 40 schools participated. The initial daunting atmosphere soon gave way to friendly rivalry as the mathematical games began with a one-on-one game of strategy involving simple rules, but requiring a thoughtful, planned approach. This was followed by a set of 40 problems, tackled co-operatively in teams of 4 students. Other games followed, each challenging the students’ abilities to develop and use problem solving strategies, to think laterally, or to apply their knowledge and understanding of mathematical skills to unfamiliar tasks. Our students, Lewis Allan, Adam Cann, Michael Carter, David Edelman, Carly Goodson, Joanne Gordon, Amanda Kelly and Andrea Pearce, performed extremely well throughout the day, excelling particularly in the team-oriented problems but also producing some impressive results in the competitive games of strategy. It was certainly an interesting and challenging day and these students are to be congratulated on their performance. Thanks also to Mr Miles and Mr Bowen who gave up their own time to assist with transportation.     G.McKelvie


The above bus service has been operating for the last four years with services to and from school each day. The service has been patronised satisfactorily in the past but this year passengers using the bus have dropped to a point where Panorama Coaches is not meeting operating costs. The viability of the service will be assessed over the next four weeks and if patronage does not increase Panorama may have to cease the service. As we worked hard with Panorama to establish the service in the first place we wish to encourage families living in Hurstbridge, St Andrews, Smiths Gully, Kangaroo Ground, Wattle Glen, Diamond Creek and Ryans Rd North Eltham to use the bus service whenever possible. The timetable for the major stops is:


Hurstbridge CFA






St Andrews PS



Smiths Gully Store



Panton Hill Store



Kangaroo Ground PS

(links to Warrandyte Bus)



Wattle Glen Store



Diamond Creek Shops



Eltham North Store



Eltham High School


Please note: there are other stops to those shown above. The driver, or Panorama Coaches, has details. Please direct questions on the bus service to Panorama Coaches, phone 9438 3666.     


Katrina Petersen has worked in the school accounts office for the last six years and more recently has also assisted with the management of the school reports data base. Katrina left the school on Friday 11th August to take up the position as Business Manager at Wattle Glen Primary School. We wish Katrina well in her new post and are very sorry to see her go. Denise Cameron is temporarily in the finance/reports position until it is advertised and formally filled. We also welcome Debbie Spiteri to our non-teaching staff. Debbie will work in the sub school offices each Friday assisting with the administration relating to student absences.


During the year an amazing amount of 2D and 3D work is produced by hundreds of enthusiastic students. By the time some of it is fired, (clay) displayed and assessed some students have forgotten what they made and have not bothered to collect it or take it home. When you know your son or daughter has been involved in art, ceramics, drawing, wood tech., metal tech., graphic communication, mixed media, printmaking, 3d art, painting, art studies or photography, - perhaps you could give him or her a gentle prod to collect work (not on display or being held for the Art Show) `and bring it home. This includes a large number of expensive visual diaries which can be used for future ARTS activities.

I’m sure you will be rewarded by the unique quality of your child’s work.  Thank you, Barbara Gregory


Tues 29th Aug

Curriculum Day

Tues 5th Sept

 M/S Interim Reports  Distributed

Wed 6th 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


Work on the Tile Installation Project is moving along rapidly. To date more than ¾ of the total number of tiles have been completed, i.e, cut, decorated, bisque fired and glazed. On Friday last we laid out sections of the finished design  to get an idea of the final appearance. It looked great!! A huge thank you to the dedicated students who have been regularly working on all the tasks required to complete the project

We are well on track to complete all the tile making by the end of term 3. The actual installation will take place in the last three weeks of term 4.

There is still time to become involved in the tile making, just visit the Gallery area outside the wood and metal work area to collect the permission form and check session times…or check with Mrs Carter or Mrs Gregory in the Art area.  I will  need some assistance with the installation from a few parent volunteers from November 30th onwards. Anyone with tiling experience or simply the enthusiasm to help would be warmly welcomed. I already have two offers of help but need at least two more to reduce the load on us all!! If you are able to give us a hand for a day or even just a couple of hours we would be delighted. For information about the tiling and to indicate your interest in helping please contact

Judy Roberts, 9439-3152



Attention parents of Year 8, 9 and 10 students

Students have received an envelope to take home regarding “Diabetes Research”. Students will remember undertaking a test for Diabetes last year and early in term 4 this year there will be follow up research. Please return your details to the box in the general office as soon as possible.     MikeBowen

Examination Countdown

For Year 10, 11 & 12 Students

A series of practical workshops to help students prepare for the end of year examinations will be held during the term 3 vacation commencing 25th September. class sizes are limited and bookings are taken in strict order of receipt. For more information and enrolment details contact Improved Communication Skills on 98918 3888

For the Love of Nails

Acrylic nails from $30. Evening appointments available.

Call Michelle 9439 4373 or 9431 3366.


On Friday 21st. July, cartoonist Andrew Weldon conducted a workshop with the Middle School elective class Stop Press. Andrew Weldon’s cartoons have appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin. He is the author of the books “The Kid with the Amazing Head” and “Clever Trevor’s Stupendous Inventions”. Andrew took the students through his methods of coming up with ideas for his cartoons and had the students do their own brainstorming sessions followed by drawing their own cartoons. The students responded well to Andrew’s positive approach and many good cartoons were completed by the end of the session.  One member of the class, Alistair Parsons took his pencil to the issue of more homework for students as recently announced as a government policy. His results are shown below.


Parent reminder:     Middle School Parent Teacher meeting Wednesday, 6th September, 4.00-7.00pm

               Junior School Parent Teacher meeting Tuesday, 12th September, 4.00-7.00pm