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Tuesday, 12th September, 2000                          Term 3 Week 10

Principal’s Report

Early dismissal Friday

The timetable will be shortened on Friday and students dismissed at 2.30 pm. As this is the final newsletter for term 3 I wish everyone a restful term break and remind parents that, as indicated in previous newsletters and initiated by the Minister for Education, Monday 2nd October will be taken as an additional curriculum day. Teachers across the state will be undertaking professional development in the Achievement and Improvement Monitor. Students start term 4 on Tuesday, 3rd October.

Eltham High School Achievements

It has been an exciting week for the school and as reported elsewhere in this newsletter, congratulations are due to our successful music students, volleyballers and Diegesis festival participants. The results at the Royal South Street Eisteddfod were outstanding – with the adjudicator rating the Symphonic Band a level above the other competitors in the Sir Arthur Nicholson Prize. All the other bands played wonderfully and scored well. Of particular note were the efforts of our percussionist who won the new section: The John Chenery Prize for Percussion. Many outstanding individual and group efforts are to be commended too. All volleyballers should feel very proud of their efforts in winning the Schools Cup – an outstanding team effort. Finally the photographic and video skills of our students as displayed in the Infogrames/Cinemedia Diegesis Festival are a credit to all students who entered. In particular the efforts of Tim Hester should be noted.

But above all, the dedication of teachers must be recognised. Ken Waterworth and his outstanding team of music educators. In addition, Greg Thomas, Ian Clark and Kathy Hughes have worked long and hard to assist students to achieve these success and I salute their efforts. Thank you and Well Done!

Paul Rose, Principal


Junior School Parent Teacher meeting

today Tuesday, 12th September, 4.00-7.00pm




Eltham High School continued to be a dominant school in the instrumental and band competitions at Ballarat during last week. Whilst this has tended to be the norm in recent years, it certainly doesn’t happen without a huge amount of effort.

On Tuesday and Wednesday several of our year 12 students competed in the VCE solo sections. In the woodwind section Adam Mikulicz was placed first, Jolynne Yeo second with Simone Bayliss and Kim Tan gaining honorable mentions. In the brass section Jessica Young gained third place with Duncan Wilson obtaining an honorable mention. Thursday saw Kim Tan and Adam Mikulicz combined to win the Under 18 duet section with Jessica Green, Stephanie Tham, Amy Doyle and Anna Smolenaers gaining an honourable mention. Congratulations to these students who performed so well in these individual sections.

The Saxophone Ensemble conducted by Sally Davis, has been working very hard throughout the year and gave a very musical performance of its program, impressing the adjudicators and being awarded second place.

The Clarinet Choir has been a very enthusiastic and committed group this year and was rewarded with first place in its section with

Meg George once again bringing the very best out of this ensemble for this significant performance.

On Friday the Jazz Band (along with our Stage Band), competed in the Stage Band section which included 18 other school bands from around Victoria. This section is conducted in two heats with eight of the bands being selected to play off in the final. The band’s performance was fantastic and naturally conductor Steve Hardie and band members were thrilled. They are to be congratulated on a great effort at this event.

The Stage Band under the direction of Eugene Ball, has been competing at South Street for some ten years and over this time has produced some wonderful performances. This year the band’s performance during the heats, although a little tentative, showed they would give a good showing in the final and that they certainly did. Their performance in the final was outstanding. It was by far the best performance for the year and the band was rewarded with third place against some very stiff opposition. A fantastic effort!!

Saturday morning saw the Intermediate Band compete against nine other school bands, many with students far older than ours. The band has made remarkable improvement this term and on this occasion produced their best performance for the year to be placed third in their section. Congratulations to all the students who through hard work, can be well satisfied with this result. (Note from editor: Congratulations Ken Waterworth)

The Concert Band has continued to improve its standard of performance this year. Performances at the festivals and competitions have been outstanding and this has been in no small way due to the hard work of Mrs Meg George. The performance at South Street was once again first class and the band placed a close second. We are very lucky to have a band of this quality at Eltham High School as our second band. Many schools would be very happy to have such a band as their senior band. Congratulations to Mrs George and members of the band.

The Symphonic Band has always taken a pride in performances at South Street for many years now and this year was no exception. Saturday saw the band find that something special to produce a magnificent performance of a piece which has become a real favourite, Galilean Moons. The feeling amongst the band after the performance indicated a very special bond had developed which no doubt contributed to this outstanding performance. Yes, the band won (for the eighth year in succession), but more importantly produced a performance which will long be remembered by those who were there.

The adjudicator had this to say :

“Thank you for a performance I will never forget. There would be very few high school bands that could perform with such an incredible sense of style, musicianship and technical ability internationally (and I’ve heard some of the finest in Europe and North America) as you have this evening. You have a stunning ensemble. You must be extremely proud of your musicians this evening and I sincerely hope that your school community recognises how valuable you are as an ensemble of the highest calibre. A ripper of a performance that left everyone breathless!”

Congratulations to all members for once again performing so brilliantly and showing why the band continues to be rated so highly.

This year also saw the introduction of a new section for percussion ensembles and under the direction of Stephen Hardie,. the percussion sections of both the Symphonic and Concert Bands competed. Both groups certainly played extremely well and we were pleased that the Symphonic Band section brought home the John Chenery Shield as the winner with the Concert Band student being placed third. Congratulations to Steve and all percussionists. The success at this year’s competitions is due to the hard work of all the students as well as the fantastic team of conductors, directors and instrumental teachers who put so much time into preparing the students for this prestigious event. Well done everyone.

Ken Waterworth

All Groups Concert

Monday, 9th October at 7.30pm Yarra Valley Anglican School Performing Arts Centre

Year 12 Recitals

Year 12 students will be presenting their final recitals on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October. This is a great opportunity for students, teachers and parents to hear our leading instrumentalists and vocalists. Recitals will 7.30pm in the music room.




Congratulations to all students who participated in this media and photography festival at Treasury Theatre last Thursday and Friday night.

Eltham High School students won three of the photography categories, a judge’s commendation (Tim Hester) and Tim was also named in the top three students considered for the Festival winner prize.

Advertising          Evan Taylor

Still Life          Josie Lee

Urban World          Tim Hester

All the photographic works that were submitted for this festival (as well as other works), will be on display at our own Eltham High School Photography exhibition “Believe” at Montsalvat Long Gallery from Sunday, 8th October to Sunday, 15th October. Thanks to Evan Taylor for all his work on this exhibition.                     Ian Clark.



We won the Victorian Schools Cup!

Eltham is the best volleyball school in Victoria. The final scores for the event were:

     Eltham          54

     Mazenod     53

     Upwey          51

We also won the shield for the most teams entered (10). Congratulations to all our talented volleyballers. A great effort.

Victorian Schools Cup Volleyball

Last Tuesday, 5th September, we had 4 teams compete in the single day event. The open mens honours team of Ben Thomas, Ben Northey, Thomas Bull, Andrew Hargraves, Cameron Devlin, Evan Henderson,Jess Vreulink and Reb Trethowan won the gold medal by defeating Yarra Valley in the final. The U16 boys honours team defeated Monbulk in a very close final to win the gold medal. Well done Raine Macaulay, Luke Thomas, Marc Heenan, Glen Piper, Michael Kerss and Michael Parsons. Thank you to Mrs Traeger for coaching the boys. The U15 boys honours team also won the gold medal in their division. Congratulations to Lucas Simpson, Michael Steven, Matt Godden, Brent White, Vince Corneille and Nick Johnston

Thank you to Mr Ferns for coaching the UI5 boys. The U16 girls honours team of Liz Smith, Jess Crosbie, Chiara Lawry, Brigid Hanlon, Skye Valve, Kate Nelson and Katherine Luxford, finished 4th. Thank you to Bill McHoul for looking after the girls.

Victorian Schools Cup – Volleyball

Over the weekend we had two U14 girls honours teams play. Our first team won silver after defeating Wonthaggi in 2:0 on Saturday and after being 16:21 down, came back to win which got them into the gold play off. Our second team also defeated Wonthaggi and came 2nd in their pool. The girls ended up coming 4th overall which was an excellent achievement considering they were meant to be in div.1. Well done to all the girls.

1st team:

Georgie Young, Maddy Spawton, Laura Greve, Laura Head, Courtney Dummett, Melissa Adams, Lotty Hudson and Rachael Apostola.

2nd team:

Emma Baker, Holly Matheson, Erica Marsom, Alex Oxnam, Katherine Lacy, Sue Smith, Rhiannon Taylor and Marli Greenway.

Thank you Max Balchin and Jess Vreulink for doing a wonderful job of coaching both U14 girls teams over the 3 days.

Our U14 division 1 boys team played very well to win a silver medal in their division. They were Bryce Martin, Callum Poliness, Steven Keast, Brendan Kerss, Alister Skelly, Brent Tilly, Matt Searle and Dean Prowse. Thank you to Luke Thomas for coaching the U14 boys.

Our U14 boys honours team of Shaun Griffin, Ryan Dunn, David Parsons, Scott Cary, Elliot Winfield, Stefan Courtot and David Drapac, who are now known as the ‘come-back kings’, won a thriller in the gold medal game to defeat Mazenod 25-23, 26-24. Thank you to Tom Western from Kew Sports for coaching the ‘come-back kings’. Shaun  Griffin also won the M.V.P. for  the U14 boys honours division.

Our U15 boys honours team August Skipper, Matt Godden, Cameron Blewett, Lucas Simpson, Mitchell Edward, Adrian Franklin, Jarrod Burke and Ryan Bridgeman played great volleyball to defeat Billanook and win the bronze medal game. Thank you to Thomas Bull for coaching the U15 boys.

The U15 girls honours team of Hannah Trethowan, Rebbie Creed, Steph Barens, Jen Tan, Vanessa Costolloe, Skye Holder, Anastasia Clendinnen, Mirian Fishwick and captain Evie Lake defeated Fairhills in the gold medal game 25-22, 25-9 to retain their title of Victorian champions for the 2nd year. Rebbie Creed was awarded the M.V.P. for the U15 girls honours division.

In summary - in the 3 day competition:

     U14 boys honours     gold medal

     U14 boys division 1     silver medal

     U14 girls honours A     silver medal

     U14 girls honours B     4th

     U15 boys honours     bronze medal

     U15 girls honours     gold medal

- In the one day tournament:

     U16 girls honours     4th

     U16 boys honours     gold medal

     U15 boys honours     gold medal

     Open mens honours     gold medal

Congratulations to all players on a great display of skill and sportsmanship. You all deserve the great results you have achieved. Thank you also to all the proud parents for your support and for getting our young athletes to their games over the weekend.

Greg Thomas, Head Volleyball Coach



School Calendar


VCE Dance &Drama

Fri. 15th Sept.

Last day of term 3

Tues. 3rd Oct.

First day of term 4

Mon. 9th Oct.

All Groups Concert


2000 Victorian Schools Track and Field

Entry forms are now available for the Victorian Schools Track and Field Championships. The U17/18 and U20 Championships on 7th and 8th October. Entries are due by 5pm this Friday 15th September. The U12/U13/U14/U15 & U16 Championships will be held on 4th and 5th November. Entries close 5pm on Friday, 13th October. Mr Balchin for entry forms.

Eltham High School Swim Squad

Bookings are now open for term 4 with the Swim squad. A 10 week term with coach Neroli Nixon will cost $55.. Contact Mr Balchin


Olympic Dance Competition

The Olympic dance competition held last Thursday was a great success – well done to all performers, in particular Emily Buffam Friedrichsen (1st), Kate Dorrington, Emily Mason,Kathryn Farell (equal 2nd).

VCE Dance and Drama Evening

The dance and drama evening is this Wednesday at 7pm. The evening will include a variety of group and solo performances. All are welcome. Enquiries George Franklin, Kiah Gudde or Liz Lacey

Dance Fees

Reminder that term 3 is almost over and there are still a number of students with outstanding accounts. Please finalise as soon as possible.

Dance concert term 4

The next dance performance evening is planned for Friday, 13th October. All dance students will be involved in the evening so please keep it free.





In the September school holidays we will take delivery of $9,000 worth of new lockers and the interiors of the Commerce Block and the English/Music Block will be painted. The following lockers need to be emptied and contents taken home.

Year 8 – lockers in the Commerce Block corridor and the Commerce Block toilets breezeway;

Year 10 – Lockers on the Commerce Block verandah;  Year 11 – Lockers in the area outside 808 and 809 (both sides of the locker area); Year 12 – Lockers in the upstairs corridor of the English Block.



Year 9 French students meet a Parisian performer.


On Tuesday 5th September, the students taking French in year 9 joined together and were introduced to the songs and music of France by Ced le Meledo, a talented entertainer.  Born in Paris, Ced now lives in Melbourne.  The students discovered the "orgue de barbarie" or street organ and some helped in the performance, which featured songs made famous by Edith Piaf and George Brassens, amongst others.


Another opportunity for our students to experience French and an aspect of the French culture.

O. Wheatley,Teacher of French






WED..     D.Shepherd,J.Kilkenny,C.Richards

THURS      M.Russell,J.Samphier,N.Phillips,J.Davey

FRI.     K.Nelsen, S.Lynch,S.Paull, Di

Term 4 MON     Pupil free day

TUES     B.Honeyman, T.Edgoose, K.Daniel, Di


Eltham Library Keys Please Program for pre-drivers and parents, a fun informative session by trained facilitators. Free ‘showbags’ and great prizes. Refreshments. Wed. 20th Sept.7pm. Bookings essential . 9439 9266.


Australian Red Cross Blood Service      Mon. 26th & Tues.27th Sept.1.15-8.00pm; Wed.28th Sept. 1.15-7.30pm at Eltham High School


 How to drug proof your kids - Hosted by Eltham Baptist Church

Are your children at risk? Your answer may be NO, because you see them as too young. The sad reality is the drug problem isn’t going away. Statistics now show drug use includes primary school children which means nearly every child is at risk – even yours.     At last – something for parents. ‘How to Drug Proof Your Kids’ is a remarkable six weeks program (2 hours per week). Developed by Focus on the Family Australia, its for every parent who is saying “show me how?”

Around Australia nearly 12,000 parents have already been exposed to the principals of ‘How to Drug Proof Your Kids’. Parents following the steps of this drug proof plan will save thousands of children the anguish of drug abuse. Whilst that’s no guarantee, it’s the best prevention measure you can take!

The ‘How to Drug Proof Your Kids’ program will be in your area SOON. Using facilities at Eltham High school, Eltham Baptist Church will host this program. Commencing 12th October and concluding 16th November. Thursdays from 7.30-9.30pm - $35 per person or $45 per couple. To register ph. Peter/Di Roberts 9435 7794 or Eltham Baptist Church 9431 1115.


Templestowe Cricket Club Market      Stallholders invited. Sat.23rd Sept. 9am-3pm. $15 stall – to arrive between 7-8am. Templestowe Reserve, Porter St (map 33,G4). Ph.9727 2910(ah)


“Rock the Hill”     A rock extravaganza for 12-16 year olds at Panton Hill Community Hall on Saturday, 7th October 8-11pm. Featuring ‘Esoteric’, ‘Tangent’ (Eltham High School), ‘Poignant’ (Diamond Valley College). $5 admission. No alcohol, No pass outs. Cheap soft drinks and pizza. Security supplied by New Breed Security


Lower Plenty Cricket Club Inc Training at Lwr Plenty oval Para Rd.:U16 & U14 Thurs from 4.30pm

U12 Sundays from 10.30am.  Ph.9439 6258


FREEEZA     Live @ The Show. Live Webcast: 21stSept.-1stOct. 10am-5pm daily. A HOT PROGRAM OF FREE … Live youth bands and music industry workshops @ The Royal Melbourne Show, Government Pavilion, Theatrette. Proudly presented by the Office for Youth/FreeZA www.freeza.vic.gov.au Sponsored by: Ausmusic Workshops, The Push, Tripple R/HITZ FM/PBS FM