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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter



Wednesday, 30th August, 2000                                        Term 3 Week 8


Principal’s Report

State Schools Constitutional Convention

Congratulations to Catherine Macrae and Alice Goddard, both of year 10, who have been selected to attend the State Convention of the 2000 Schools Constitutional Conventions program. Catherine and Alice will join 138 other students from across the state on October 9th at the Parliament of Victoria.


Students Selected for diegesis Festival

Seven students and former student have been selected into the final program of  this year’s diegesis Festival. The festival is a celebration of student achievement in screen and photographic arts. Congratulations go to  Evan Taylor, Josie Lee, Bonnie Birkett-Rees, Tim Hester, Michael Breen, Jacqui Bell, Krysten Carter and Peter Spark.


Building Progress

Di Stone, Peter Gurney and I attended a briefing ;last Friday regarding masterplanning for the new building. The Masterplan needs to be completed by October 16th. This is a very tight timeline and will require a focused effort by the school and the  School Council. However I’m sure that we will achieve this goal. Once the Masterplan is approved our building plan can be considered for funding in the next state budget.


Curriculum Day

Yesterday’s Curriculum Day was very successful with staff developing materials for the new CSFII courses that are being introduced into years 7 to 10. Don’t forget that the Minister for Education has provided an additional Curriculum Day for the first day of term 4, (October 2nd). This day will see teachers across the state undertaking professional development in the Achievement and Improvement Monitor.           Paul Rose, Principal


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


Adolescent ownership of mobile phones has increased dramatically in the last couple of years, and a considerable number of students are bringing mobile phones to school. While it is not the schools intention to ban mobile phones, parents and students need to be aware of the following:

·         Mobile phones should not be visible in class, and must be switched off. Staff will confiscate mobile phones from students if these basic rules are not adhered to. The mobile phone can be picked up at the end of the day from Ms.Rix’s office.

·         It is the student’s responsibility to look after the mobile phone.  School time and resources will not be used to investigate the loss of mobile phones, or other expensive equipment such as discmans, which are not essential items for the school day.


Students and parents are reminded that two blue phones are available for students phone calls, and that level coordinators will always assist students who need to make emergency calls.

Helen Rix. Assistant Principal.





Melbourne Schools Band and Orchestra Festival

Over 300 students participated in the Festival during the past two weeks. This festival attracts some 260 ensembles from all over Victoria, providing Eltham High School with a great opportunity for recognition at this prestigious event. Our Concert Strings, always growing in number, played extremely well being given a Bronze Shield for their performance. The Training band once again was very impressive along with the Intermediate Band who received a Gold Shield as one of the outstanding bands in their section. Both the Concert and Symphonic Bands continue to produce outstanding standards of performance with both groups being awarded Gold Shields. The standard of the Jazz section is always improving but it is pleasing to see our Jazz and Stage Bands continuing to perform well in these sections. This year the Stage Band was awarded a Bronze Shield with the Jazz Band gaining a Gold Shield for the first time.

The format for the final evening took on a new look this year with one group from each section being selected to perform at the Festival Finale Concert. This gave more schools the opportunity to participate and we were extremely pleased that the Concert Band was asked to play this year. The band’s performance was outstanding and very admirably represented Eltham High School at this concert.

Congratulations to all staff and students for their work in preparing for this event and thank you for the support of parents who came to hear the various performances throughout the event.

Bring on South Street !!!

Important dates (changes/additions)



Wed. 30th

Stage Band extended rehearsal 3.30-6.30pm


Intermediate Band Rehearsal periods 1 and 2

Thurs. 31st

Concert Band Extended Rehearsal 3.30-5.30pm




Stage Band Rehearsal 3.30-6.30pm


Symphonic Band Extended Rehearsal 3.30-6.30pm


Jazz Band Rehearsal 3.30-5.30pm TBC


Concert Band Rehearsal 8am + period 1

Thurs 7th

periods 3&4 – Intermediate Band

Fri. 8th

South St – Jazz & Stage bands (all day)


South Street Details


Jazz and Stage Bands


Friday, 8th September

Heat times:

10.30am (Stage);3.15pm (Jazz)



Depart EHS:


Return to EHS:


Section :

Intermediate Band


Saturday, 9th September



Depart EHS:


Return to EHS:



Concert Band


Saturday, 9th September



Depart EHS:


Return to EHS:



Symphonic Band


Saturday, 9th September



Depart Eltham High School:


Return to Eltham High School:



754.1 – Percussion Ensembles


Sunday, 10th September



Transport arrangements

In order to finalise transport details for the bands going to South St, I need to confirm the number of students who will require transport. Unless I am notified by parents to indicate alternative arrangements, I will be arranging coaches assuming all students will be travelling to and from Ballarat by coach. If you wish to indicate alternative arrangements, please do so, in writing, as soon as possible.

Payment for coach travel should be made by this Friday, 1st September.



Come along and see some great dances by the students of our school. Come and support your friends in dance

WHEN?      Thursday lunchtime 12.50 pm

WHERE?      In the drama hall

HOW MUCH?      Only 50 c entry- not much for great lunchtime entertainment


Angela Allan for Kiah Gudde       Dance teacher


Accommodation required for hard working year 11 student.  Preferably full board.  If you can assist please call Brendan Monigatti on 9439 5111.


WED.     L.Burleigh,L.Alford,C.Snow

THURS      A.Hennel,J.Johnson,L.Skippen,J.Lock,Di.

FRI.     MareeCary,R.McMaster,L.Fillis,K.Gatcum,


MON     R.Burke,K.O’Hara,W.Browne,


TUES     G.Gallacher,A.Batten,L.Laos,B.Bensuade.



Parents need to be aware that one of our year 8 students has whooping cough.

This is the second case this year, both in students who had been immunized.

If parents are concerned over any cough their child may have, they should consult their Doctor.

                         Joy Snow



VTAC will be conducting a Parents Information Seminar tonight 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



Year 7 Girls Basketball

On Monday 21st August, the champion year 7 girls seconds team in basketball won two games at Coburg Stadium.  In the first game, Eltham defeated St. Helena 39-18 and afterwards in the second game, Eltham thrashed Montmorency 41 – 3.  All girls played at their very best both in offence and defence.  Top scorers, Felicity (20), Amber (8) and Courtney (6).  Very pleased to see the girls win.  Congratulations and well done to Felicity Paciocco, Amber Lane, Courtney Dummett, Kelly Sorenson, Sally Van De Swart, Diane Robertson, Heather Donovan and Tess Woodward. Coach: Martine Boot.


The Year 7 girls first team played Montmorency in the first game and kept them scoreless in the first half. Eltham went on to win 19-6 with the top scorers Emma Baker 7, Melissa Adams 6 and Jess Whitechurch 4. In a tough affair against St Helena the girls pulled through to win 13-9 with Melissa Adams top scoring with 6. A slow start against Diamond Valley almost cost the team a win, but a 2nd half fight-back saw the team win 18-14. Melissa Adams had 10 points and Emma Baker 8 points. A special mention to Jess Whitechurch who played great defence through the 3 games. Team Members were: Melissa Adams, Emma Baker, Jess Whitechurch, Kathryn Lacey, Shilo Nielson, Laura Head, Eliza Tulley and Robyn Hanlon. Coach: Cameron Black.


Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup

We have four teams entered in the one-day tournament on Tuesday 5th September.

Open Mens Honour      Dandenong Basketball Stadium

U/16 Girls     Springers Leisure Centre, Keysborough

U/16 & U/15 Boys     Oakleigh Recreation Centre

Due to 8:00am games at the venues, we will need to leave EHS at 6:30am on Tuesday.  We should return to school by approximately 4:30pm.  Don’t forget to bring lunch, drink bottle and your volleyball uniform.

Details of the upcoming three day tournament will be in next week’s newsletter



Infogrames Cinemedia Diegesis Festival 2000

Congratulations to all students who entered this competition. Pre selection of works for the festival has just taken place from the 645 entries by 36 Victorian Schools-public and private.. Eltham High  had two of the 39 videos and 29 of the 147 photographs chosen for display at the festival which is held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th. of September at Cinemedia (Treasury Theatre).

Tickets are limited with half being sold already. Prices are $15 students, $20 adults. Phone Festival Director. Lyn Kerrison 9651 1201. Tickets include drinks, nibbles, photo exhibition and screening of films which are split over the two nights.

Photography awards are presented Thursday night, Film awards and overall Festival Award on Friday night. Students whose work was selected follows. Due to the exceptional quality of work chosen some excellent work missed out on selection this year.

Evan Taylor (3) Peter Spark, Josie Lee (5), Bonnie Birkett- Rees(2), Tim Hester (15), Michael Breen, Jacqui Bell, Krysten Carter (3)





Mon 4th Sept

M/S Interim Reports  Distributed

Wed 6th Sept

M/S Parent Teacher Night

Thursday 7th Sept

VCE Parent Information Night

Fri 8th Sept

J/S Interim Reports  Distributed

Tues 12th Sept

J/S Parent Teacher Night


VCE Dance and Drama Performance night





In conjunction with Friends of Diamond Creek Group, Year 8 Classes (SOSE) will be planting along the banks of the Creek. Each Year 8 Class will have 2 periods planting in the last week of the term, and will be assisted by members of ‘Green Corps’. Students will work in small groups of 3 or 4 with staff and one member of Green Corps. Plants and equipment are supplied by Melbourne Water and Nillumbik Council.     John Cousins SOSE/Coordinator.




Come and support Eltham High Bands Funkamadix and Tangent  as well as Colonel Mustard, Unbenumb and Rise Above  at the Eltham Youth Hall, Youth Road. Eltham on FRIDAY 1ST. SEPTEMBER . Entry is $6



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 tiling and to indicate your interest in helping please contact Judy Roberts, 9439-3152. 





Work on the Tile Installation Project is moving along rapidly.  To date more than ¾ of the total number of tiles have been completed, ie., 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 thankyou 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.