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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter



Tuesday, 10th October, 2000                                            Term 4 Week 2


Principal’s Report


A Celebration of Musical Achievement

Last night I attended the All Bands Concert. What an impressive event this was. Over 400 students are involved in our instrumental music program and the quality of their work is consistently high.

Our young musicians must be very pleased by the plethora of awards, shields, medals and other indicators of success that they have won over the year. But more important than these is the development of teamwork, commitment to the task and discipline that high level performance demands. I was particularly impressed by the development of the Training Band. I was present when this band had its first rehearsal for the year and their playing last night was confident and assured. Well Done to all the Baby Band members.

Well done, too, to Musical Director Ken Waterworth and his outstanding team. It takes excellent, dedicated staff to bring out the best in our young players. Thanks to Head of Arts and Classroom Music Coordinator Di Stone for her leadership and the work that her team undertakes establishing the appreciation of music across the school.


Special thanks go to the Music Support Group and to our parents. The Music Support Group’s logistical abilities are a real asset to the school and the day-to-day practical and fund-raising support is most appreciated. Our musicians’ parents also make a huge contribution to the success of our music program. It is not easy to be there every time, ferrying children, encouraging, exhorting and urging. Your efforts and support is truly appreciated.


Through the hard work and dedication of our young musicians, their teachers, parents, supporters and with outstanding leadership from Ken and Di, the Eltham High School Music Program can truly claim to be of international quality. Last night’s All Bands Concert demonstrated this once again.

School Council

Please contact me if you are interested in adding your name to a register of parents who are interested in contributing to School Council activities.                              Paul Rose, Principal


Saturday, 14th October 9-12.30

Following by a BBQ lunch. Main tasks are

We’d love to see you at our only Saturday working bee for the year.

Di Parry for the Grounds Committee.


Congratulations to Tim Hester for being awarded two merit certificates in the Ilford Schools’ Competition for his photos      

The Namakto Inuit and

          The Tempest

Certificates from Ilford Imaging Australia were presented to Tim this week. Well done.

Ian Clark



Last Sunday night saw the opening of the Eltham High School Photography Exhibition, BELIEVE, at the Long Gallery, Montsalvat. An appreciative crowd of about 150 people heard Ralph Shuhbach, a photographic artist, speak highly of the students’ work and commitment.

Congratulations to Evan Taylor and Tim Hester for their organisation of the event which Sigmund Jorgensen said was done “in a very professional manner”. Also a big “thank you” to John Gilham and Emma Veale for their untiring assistance on the night serving clients and food.

We encourage you to call in and see this exhibition which is open until Sunday, 15th October.                    Ian Clark

Photography Supplies

ILFORD     Running out of equipment towards the end of the year? Don’t want to fork out full price? Looking for a top quality bargain?

90ft+ black and white Ilford film

75+ sheets 3.5x5.5in photo paper

Speak to Mr Clark or Daniel Hogan (Yr.12A).

All ridiculous offers considered.



Concert time …

Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Our next dance concert is on Friday 13th 7pm in the hall. All dance classes will be performing – it’ll be a great night. Cost $2/$4 or $10 for the whole family. Enquiries to Kiah on 9439 5111.

VCE Dance Evening

The dance and drama evening was a long but enjoyable evening and great preparation for the students practical exams. Well done and good luck for your exams.

Dance fees

Invoices regarding overdue dance fees from term 3 were sent out in the last week of term 3. Please finalise these and any after hours term 4 fees as soon as possible. Thank you.

Upcoming performances

Middle School          Primary school performance

Senior A/H dance     Health & well being                     performance

Senior A/H & Yr11     28th and 29th October

               Arts Festival

A/H dance          production 30th Oct.-2nd Nov.


Australian English Competition

EHS students achieved some outstanding results.  High Distinctions (top 1% in the state) were gained by Geoffrey Lemon Yr 12, Rebecca Chanock Yr 11, Laura Black, Lewis Allan Yr 10, and Anastasia Clendinnen Yr 8.

Distinctions were awarded to: Adele Neale Yr 7,Zoe Sharp and Jen Tan, Yr 8,Naomi Lambert Yr 10,  and Cassie Marsh, Yr 12.

Credit Certificates were awarded to: Stephanie Howell Yr 7, Laurence Deam, Robert Guilfoyle Yr 9, Katherine Anderson, Yr 10, and Emma Veale, Yr 12.

Congratulations to all students who participated.

Let's Write!

There are a number of writing competitions open to students, especially the major FAW awards.  Check the notice board next to 304, or see Ms Burns if you want further details.

Interschool Debating Season 2000

The season ended recently, with our Yr 10/11 team making it through the Octos into the Semis, where they lost to the St Paul's College team.  Congratulations to Courtney Scanlon, Ruthanne Molloy, Oki Gardner and Maggie Mildenhall for winning every debate in the region section, and making it so far into the finals. Thanks to all the teachers who give of their evenings and lunchtimes to support this activity - especially Mr Kibell, Debating Co-ordinator, and Mr Pearsall and Ms Ipsen.

Interested in becoming part of an Editorial Team at The Age?

If you are a secondary student just completing or just about to complete your VCE and keen to pursue a career in journalism, this is your opportunity to become part of the SAGE editorial team. Simply send in a 200 word or less article explaining 2 Issues important to incorporate into SAGE for 2001. Send in your article to SAGE Publication, The Age Education Unit, 250 Spencer St. Melbourne 3000 by Friday, 27th October, 2000.



Eltham Mensland will offer their Dinner Suit Hire Service. A representative will attend the school on Wednesday, 11th October.


The school’s portion of EMA has been received and is now being allocated to accounts. Statements will be sent home shortly showing the status of accounts.


The results of the statewide Indonesian Writing Competition are with us. 23 students from Eltham High School from Years 8, 9 and 10 entered their work and everyone did very well. Ruby Tobin, Georgina Atkinson,
Danielle Gori, Simon Walsh (all from 8C) and Melanie Faour, Krysta Jarvie, Jess Wollaston and Amber Higgins from Middle School, scored a Highly Commended grading which was the highest category awarded.

Congratulations to everyone who entered and students will receive a certificate which hopefully will be presented by our principal Mr Rose at an assembly. Students can come to me and get details of their entry results. More news next week. P. Brady (KLA leader, LOTE)


We have previously asked that students not be dropped off in staff car parking areas. An accident was narrowly avoided this morning in a car park which highlights the reason for this request. Students should be dropped off from cars in either the drop off area near the hall or the in the streets. The nearby Leisure Centre car park also offers a very close and safe place where students can be dropped. They can then walk to school crossing Withers Way at the school crossing.


Scholarships are available for students attending secondary schools, some from the department and some from the school. See Mr Monigatti for further information.


Congratulations to the seventy-one Year 7-12students who took part in the Australian Mathematics Competition for the Bank of Melbourne Awards. This year more than 485,000 students from 36 countries participated. Eltham High School students did very well with one High Distinction, 19 Distinctions and 29 achieving a Credit. Special congratulations Dave Edelman of Year 10 who was placed in the top 1% of Year 10 in the State, and has been awarded a cash prize!

Congratulations too are in order for the 8 Year 10 students who took part in the first Mathematical Association Games Day and performed very well in a field of over 40 schools, most of which were private schools. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Prizes and certificates will be presented at the forthcoming sub school assemblies.

Rob Coventry, Maths KLA


There are spaces for two students for our April school holiday school trip to Vietnam. The total cost is $2,000 which includes airfare, accommodation, meals, etc. If you are interested, please telephone Di Parry, Pompa Brady or Brendan Monigatti 9439 5111.


Victorian Schools Track and Field Championships

EHS had 4 students compete at the Championships held at Olympic Park on the weekend of 7th and 8th October. Year 12 students James Attard and Kathy Young both won medals, making the competition a successful one for Eltham High School. In the boys U20 5000m, James finished in a time of 16 minutes and 15 seconds to take 3rd place. In the same race Cameron Laurence finished in a time of 17 minutes and 50 seconds.

Kathy Young gained a silver medal in the girls U18 800m. Young made her move from 4th position in the back straight with 200m to go and finished strongly in a time of 2 minutes 26 seconds. In the girls U18 400m, Kathy Young finished in 4th place.

Nicholas Laurence ran in the boys U17 2000m Steeplechase and finished in 8th position in a time of 7 minutes and 43 seconds.

VSSSA Athletics Championships

EHS will have 11 competitors at the Championships this Friday. The students who have won the right to represent the school are – Julia Hemingway (GU14  Triple Jump), Nina Barwald (GU14 80m Hurdles), James Attard (BU21 3000m & 1500m), Nicholas Laurence (BU16 800m & 1500m), Kathy Young (GU21 800m, 1500m & 400m), Emily Buffham-Friedricksen (GU21 1500m Walk), Kc Reynolds (GU15 Triple Jump), Laura Johnstone (GU14 1500m), Brooke Palmer (GU 15 1500m), Scott Wheeler (BU17 1500m) and Cameron Laurence (BU21 2000m Steeplechase). The Championships will be conducted at Olympic Park and the program commences at 12.00pm.


School Calendar




EHS Photographic Exhibition

Mon. 9th

All Groups Concert


Year 12 Formal


Eltham High School Arts Festival



Mon. 6th

Pupil FreeDay


Year 12 exams conclude


Year 11 exams conclude




Canteen Christmas luncheon

Fri. 8th

Year 10 last day

Tues. 19th

Years 7, 8 and 9 last day



Beginning Thursday, 19th October, 2000 7.30-9.00pm in the staffroom, educational psychologists Helen Clements and Geoff Bowen will be conducting a five week course on parenting adolescents. This is open to all parents who have a child at Eltham High School.

The course has relevance to adolescents of all ages. It is necessary to book. If you would like to attend, please contact either Evonne Locke, at the school. A donation of $10.00 per family is required There is a limit of 20 participants. Mr Monigatti, SWC



12.00-4.00pm Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October

Official Opening by Dominique Falla

2.00pm on Saturday 28th October


Do you have one or two hours to spare each week? Do Care needs volunteers to visit socially isolated people living in your area. Volunteer training sessions to be held on Tuesday 17th and 24th October at 7pm at our Greensborough office. Ph. Laraine or Shirley 9435 1168.


Cyber City – Saturday, 21st October Featuring

DJ Matty Flynn, Rudeboy and DJ Chris Chun

Installations, Light show & heaps of give aways. All ages 7.30-11.30pm. $13 with this pass, $15 without. Eltham Roller City – 27 Susan St. Eltham. This is a fully supervised drug and alcohol free event.


Give a kid a break – take up the Interchange challenge. Volunteers are urgently required to help families in the local area who have a child with a disability. Interchange (a non government, non profit community based respite care service), is seeking caring families, couples, singles or grandparents, to open their homes and their hearts to a child with a disability. We ask you to give just one day or one weekend a month in your own home. The child you are matched with gets to make new friendships, opening up a whole new range of experiences for them. Your contribution would also provide parents with a much-needed regular break from their constant and demanding role.

October 22 to 28 is Carers Week – celebrating the ongoing commitment given by so many individuals in our community to the care of others – be they elderly, ill, or people with disabilities. For more information please call Christine, Donna, Robyn or Jennifer on 9471 1777.

Strathewen Cultural event

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th October

This weekend!!

Fri. 7.30-12.30     Full Moon Dance with “Rafferty’s Rules”

Sat. 8.00pm-1.00am Supershow featuring “Reuben Tice”

Sun. 12.30-2.30pm     Judy Jacque and Marg Roadnight with Gospel Singer

Sun. 8.00-12.00pm     “Blues Casters” dance party a funky Big Band (all fully licenced)

From 12 until 7.30 Sat. and Sun. Fun activities for children

Ø      Art display

Ø      Live acoustic music

Ø      Wine tastings

Ø      Delicious food

Ø      Real coffee

Ø      North Eastern Ranges backgammon & chess championships

ALSO take the opportunity to preview Drew Gregory’s latest work for his upcoming painting exhibition at his private gallery/studio (12-7pm Monday). Tickets available 9714 8553, 97148758. Melways Ref. 263E/1.




WED..     J. Griffiths, L. Burleigh, J. Zilm

THURS      K. Maxfield, M. Deam, J. Browne,S.McEwin        

FRI.     H. Devlin, M. Parsons, L. Grange, G.Carter

MON     S. Wilson, L. Rush, J. Matheson,N.Heffernan

TUES.      M. Lacey, L. Laos, D. Kelly