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Tuesday, 17th October, 2000                                                    Term 4 Week 3


Principal’s Report

Final Stretch for Year 12s

This week sees the end of formal classes for our Year 12 students. After a great year of effort, study and hard work students and teachers will have a relaxing breather before settling into the final examination preparation time.

On Thursday morning Year 12s and their teachers will have a breakfast together here at school and in the evening the Year 12 Formal will give us all a chance to celebrate the end of 13 years of formal schooling. In the past these celebrations have been conducted in a spirit of friendship and good will. I am sure that this year’s celebrations will continue this fine tradition.

Parents should be aware that normal classes operate for all other students and no disruption to the normal school day is expected.

Student Achievements Recognised

Yesterday I had the pleasure to present Achievement Certificates to a large number of Junior and Middle School students. Students and staff recognised achievements in a very wide range of endeavours. Student achievements in writing awards, LOTE awards, maths competitions, interschool sporting achievements, community work and community achievements were all recognised. One highlight was Beth Girbau of Year 9 who was able to display the Gold Medal that she won over the weekend as part of the winning 4x100 freestyle relay team at the National Shortcourse Championship. My congratulations to all students who were recognised at assemblies yesterday.

Major Scholarship Awarded.

We received the news last Friday evening that Tim Hester of Year 12 has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship provided by the International College of Professional Photography. (See article below.) Our congratulations go to Tim for this well deserved success. I would also like to thank Tim’s teachers, especially Ian Clark, whose guidance and support have helped Tim to reach the very high standard of work that his scholarship recognises.


We were saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our former students Joel Rebbechi. Joel, a world class hang-glider, had made quite a name for himself in that industry as a pilot and designer. At Eltham High School he had been a high achieving student who excelled in the music program and toured with the Symphonic Band to USA in 1993. We offer our condolences to his parents Robyn and Brian, brother Donovan and sister Genevieve at this difficult time.                                                                Paul Rose, Principal



After a year of success in various photographic competitions, Tim Hester has done it again!

On Friday night we went along to the
StKevins Exhibition, “When Photography becomes Art” that combined a competition of VCE student work with photos from 45 of Australia’s leading photographers. A few days before the event Tim was interviewed by the judges and told he was in the top four students. Tim, with family and friends went to the Opening, hoping he may take out the major prize.

The build up was tense as some of the minor prizes were awarded and then with fanfare and a glowing commentary on Tim's photographic skills from the judges, he was awarded the ultimate prize for a budding photographer – a $20,000 scholarship to the International College of Professional Photography. Well done, Tim. You are most deserving of this success.                              Ian Clark.



All parents are invited to attend the screening of the Year 12 Media student’s videos. Tonight, Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm in the Eltham High School hall.



Official Opening by Dominique Falla

2.00pm on Saturday 28th October



Many thanks to all who came to the working bee on Saturday. It was great to see parents, teachers and a student working so enthusiastically. The main jobs done were:

Painting around newly installed boarding at the bottom of portables

Arts courtyard clean up/weed/mulch



Rubbish clean up

The improvement in appearance and usefulness of things around the school is greatly enhanced by these working bees. We would urge everyone to please note down the last working bee for the year as Sunday, 19th November – even if you can only make it for an hour.

Di Parry, Grounds Committee.


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.



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.


The Christian Blind Mission helps sight impaired people in third world countries to improve their sight. One means by which they do this is to collect used spectacles from countries like Australia and distribute them to poor people in the third world. If you have a pair of spectacles at home not being used please bring them to the school office and we will pass them to the Christian Blind Mission to help in this good work.             Peter Gurney, Business Manager.



The School Council general charge has been set at $200 per student for 2001. The Building Fund donation remains at $30. Payment of the School Council Charges before 15th December will attract the early payment bonus of a pack of stationery with a retail value of around $30. More on this, the re-enrolment procedures and second hand text book sales in the next newsletter.



The school and the Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club have joint use of the school’s sports stadium that was built in 1995. The original plans and agreement for the facility included extension to include a third playing court approximately five years after the facility was opened. The club and the school have been working on the plans and the finances for this for about twelve months. This project will benefit the school as we have use of the facility each school day both for PE classes and for sport. The facility will belong to the school. We are pleased to announce that the project is progressing towards the building phase. There are still some meetings to be held with Nillumbik Council, but we are confident that construction will commence in the next month or two. The project is being financed largely by the club who will very much appreciate donations to the project. Donations may be made to the Eltham High School Building Fund, Third Court Project, and are tax deductible. Donations may be paid to the school cashier or to the club office in the stadium. Questions may be addressed to John Mathews of Eltham Wildcats Basketball Club, or to Peter Gurney, the school’s Business Manager.


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


Hi everyone, it certainly has been a very busy term for us. Some French students and teachers have just left for New Caledonia yesterday. I am sure the weather is a lot better there than what we have here at present. Last week we had a 3 day kite making workshop run by Sarjana Bruins. Years 7, 8 and Middle School Indonesian and Asian Studies students participated in this workshop. Kite flying is a traditional and still popular activity in most parts of Asia. Kites were known to be first flown in China thousands of years ago. In Indonesia particularly in Bali, kite flying is as much a sport as it is also a form of artistic expression. Every year in March there is the annual kite festival where thousands of people gather to fly their kites which take all sorts of shapes and are most elaborately decorated. This festival is not a kite flying competition although there are always some rebel element who coat their kites string with powdered glass so that their kites would cut down the opposition’s kites. Students at Eltham High had the opportunity to make basic kites in the workshop and we will have a display of as many kites as possible on the days of the arts festival on 28th and 29th October. Students will also be reading about the history of kite flying and traditional rituals associated with kites in Asian countries. Furthermore, students will learn why kites fly and also read stories from Indonesia related to kites. We hope all students enjoyed their session of kite making. Also students can see photos of their class during the kite making sessions on the Intranet shared folder. More news next week.       P. Brady (KLA Leader LOTE)



Plan for tomorrow, today

Wednesday 25th October at 7.00pm Eltham Library, Panther Place, Eltham. Gerard Ferrara provides professional advice on how students and adults can plan today for future career and study success. Gerard is a qualified psychologist who has worked for over 10 years as a careers advisor to a range of people including secondary and tertiary level students. Bookings essential on 9439 9266.


Do you have 1 or 2 hours to spare each week? Do Care needs volunteers to visit socially isolated people living in your area. Volunteer training to be held Tues 17th & 24th October at 7pm at our Greensborough officePh.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 much-needed regular break from their constant & demanding role.

October 22 to 28 is Carers Week – celebrating the ongoing commitment 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.

Diamond Creek swimming Club BIATHALON

13yrs & under – 2km run - 200m swim

14yrs & over – 4km run - 400m swim

All Entrants will receive a participation certificate

Diamond Creek Swimming Club is running a Cup Day Biathalon at the Diamond Creek pool on 7th November. There is a range of sections for boys, girls and relays which may be all male, all female or mixed. Registration can be done either at 7am on the day, by collecting an Entry Forms from the Nillumbik Swim School or by phoning  Mr Butt on 9438 3123   (entry fee $10 or $15 on day). Mail Entries close : 29th October8.00am start on the Day





All parents and students are invited to attend the Middle School Information night on Wednesday, 25th October at 7.30pm in the school hall.  Handbooks and students selection sheets will be issued and the Middle School Program will be explained.  Small group workshops will allow parents and students to clarify issues relevant to them and seek further details of the selection process. A light supper will be provided. Looking forward to meeting with you.


WED..      L. Burleigh, D. Shepherd

THURS       S. Smith, J.Lock, A. Hennel        

FRI.      K. Gatcum, S. Paull, L. Johnson

MON      K. O’Hara, M. Lemcke, J. Seidel, D. Woolaston

TUES.      V. Bates, B. Bensaude, T. Edgoose,G. Gallagher


VSSSA Athletics Finals

Ten Eltham High School students took part in the VSSSA Athletics Finals held at Olympic Park last Friday. Year 12 students James Attard and Kathy Young, both won silver medals while all the other Eltham High School competitors gave their very best efforts in a competition that was of a high standard.

In the Boys U21 3000m James Attard was involved in the most dramatic finish of the day. James made a bold move to break away from the lead pack 500m from home and the plan seemed to have succeeded as he led the nearest competitor by 12 meters into the home straight. A struggle ensued as C.Appleby of Emerald High School surged strongly several times in a valiant bid to catch James and each time James responded in a desperate effort to hold him out. It was only a meter from the line when the effort became too much and James fell heavily to the track allowing Appleby to cross the line in first place. The finishing times reflect the excitement of the race with Appleby clocking 9:09.01 and James Attard being timed at 9:09.11. James can truly be proud of his silver medal. Later in the program, James finished in mid-field in the BU21 1500m in a time of 4:31.

Kathy Young won her silver medal in the Girls U21 800m. In this race Kathy trailed the eventual winner Erica Sigmont of Vermont Secondary College, but was well clear of the rest of the field. Kathy finished in a time of 2:29.05. In the GU21 1500m Kathy finished in 4th place in a time of 5:13. In the GU21 400m Kathy ran a time of 65.6. Other competitors and their results were as follows:

Julia Hemingway      GU14 Triple Jump 9.13m

Nina Barwald            GU14 80m Hurdles 16.1sec

Nicholas Laurence      BU16 800m 2:13.05

                  BU16 1500m 4min 42 sec

Emily Buffham-Friedriksen

            GU21 1500mWalk10min39sec                  GU16 Javelin 19.68m

Kc Reynolds      GU15 Triple Jump 8.31m

Brooke Palmer      GU15 1500m 5min 41 sec

Scott Wheeler      BU17 1500m 4min 39 sec

Cameron LaurenceBU21 2000m Steeplechase                  7min 17 sec            

Interschool Snowsports Competitions at Mt Buller

Richard Langley of 11H was the sole representative of

Eltham High School at Mount Buller last term – where other schools were represented by 100 competitors.  Richard competed in the Division 1 Snowboard events, Slalom and Boardercross.  In the latter event he qualified for the semi-finals and eventually finished 7th – out of 96 competitors.   Well done Richard!

Open National Shortcourse Championship

Congratulations to Beth Girbau of Year 9 who won a gold medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay event last weekend. Beth swam with the Carey Aquatics team which included Lori Munz. Beth swam her 100m leg in 59 sec.


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