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Parent Newsletter



Tuesday, 31st October, 2000                                            Term 4 Week 5


Principal’s Report

Dear parents

Farewell to Mr Agar

Last Friday we said Thank-you and Farewell to Mr Chris Agar who has been working at the school in a number of roles over this year. Chris was touched by the positive comments of students and parents. He has made an excellent contribution to Eltham High School and I thank him for that. We hope that we will be able to lure Chris back to the school in the future.

Welcome Back Mr Jenkins

After a period of well-earned long service leave we welcome back Trevor Jenkins. Trevor has arrived back in time to make a significant contribution to school planning for 2001.

Arts Festival

Congratulations to all the students and the Arts Staff on the very successful Arts Festival held over last weekend. There was a large amount of interest shown by parents and the general community in the students’ work and a high degree of positive comment on the quality of the works on display.

Pupil Free Day

A reminder to parents that next Monday, 6th November is a Curriculum Day. No students are required at school (VCE exams excepted of course). Staff will be working on planning and development issues for 2001 and preparing for the school’s Triennial Review.     

Paul Rose, Principal







Tonight 31st October to 3rd November

in the school hall

at 7.30pm

Children $4; Adults $8.



Senior Girls Cricket

Eltham was defeated by Kurunjang Secondary College recently in the VSSSA State Semi Final. The opposition were far too strong amassing 4 for 238 off their allotted overs while Eltham managed 86 in reply. Despite the one sided result I was proud of the efforts of the girls during a long season. The girls have consistently made the finals of this competition over the last six years and have been unlucky not to go all the way. However on this occasion the opposition, featuring four State players, proved very difficult. In particular I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Vanessa Pankhurst, Corrinda Skinner, Lauren Crellin and Rachel Torwick. These girls were the remaining originals from 1995 and have been a pleasure to coach from day 1. I hope you take some fun memories from your cricketing days with you. Well played.          Mr McCrystal, Coach.

Intermediate Girls Hockey

Please adjust pacemakers before reading further!

Eltham made the long journey to Bendigo last Thursday to take part in the Northern Zone Final against arch rivals Maryborough Secondary College. Eltham had recently advanced to the Zone final after convincing wins the previous Monday against University High School, MacRobertson Girls High School and Mill Park Secondary College.

The mood on the bus was buoyant but when we finally arrived the girls became very business-like. Maryborough had pushed this side to over 20 penalty strokes the previous year and no one wanted to go through that torture again.

The game began well with an early penetration into the circle but no goal and then an arm wrestle for control took place. Both sides had even possession but defences held firm. The locals seemed to have the run of the umpiring calls and with over 80 classmates to egg them on. Plenty of incentive to do well. Half time whistle and 0-0. Some frustration at the break and after dominating earlier games the team knew they were in a contest.Eltham lifted, attacking play and aggressive free hits created opportunities. Vivien Taylor to Tongi – goal! The pressure lifts and the home side has to dig deep. Goalie Kate Hill makes a great save and the game turns as Eltham maintains position. Numbers back into defence to protect the lead but Maryborough come again. This time they score! Desperate last minutes and Julie Sizeland goes forward; Eltham play to win. Long ball forward but … just misses. Full time!

Penalty Strokes – again. Not the best way to end a great contest but that’s the game – 5 shots each team.

Ø      Llewella Vivien Taylor takes the first stroke – it’s saved

Ø      Maryborough miss !

Ø      Caroline Keating steps up – it’s saved

Ø      Maryborough scores!

Ø      Holly O’Brien – it’s saved

Ø      Maryborough scores !

Ø      Kristi Tongi is up – she scores ! There’s hope

Ø      Maryborough miss – Kate Hill saves

Ø      Gemma White is up – crunch time. Bugs can’t look – she scores. We’re still a chance. Heart rate 60/200 stat!

Ø      Maryborough – misses – It’s just never over! Now sudden death – first to one ahead

Ø      Maryborough have first shot – they miss

Ø      Llewella steps up – there is absolute silence, she scores .. there is hysteria!

Now for the State Finals and Canberra at the end of the year. Great team effort – great day and great team spirit – No need for a radio – we have Alex.

Proud manager, Mr McCrystal.

PS Return pacemakers to normal level for rest of this newsletter.


Dear parents - As part of our plan to raise funds for volleyball this year we are running a Cadbury chocolate fundraiser. I am pleased to announce that for this drive we have Cadbury  Freddos and Caramello Koalas for sale. Selling for $1 each, this represents excellent value to the buyer and all profits will go to running our volleyball awards night on 12th December. We are asking all members of our U14, U15 and U16 teams taking part in the Australian Schools Cup to sell one box each. Sellers participating in the Drive will be issued with a carry box of Freddos or Koalas to sell. You will also be provided with an envelope to collect the money raised. We suggest you sell to family members, friends and known neighbours and perhaps family members can assist by selling to colleagues in the workplace. We ask that all orders and money collected be returned to Mrs Wallis the school cashier, in the envelope provided (please make sure your name is on the envelope), no later than the end of November.

We greatly appreciate your assistance with this fundraising effort. If you feel you can’t support the volleyball team in this way, please let me know no later than Wednesday. Chocolates will be distributed to the sellers on Thursday.     Greg Thomas.


Primary School success

Over the last week both the Middle School and Senior after hours dance groups have been involved with performances at surrounding primary schools. Both performances were a huge success and enjoyed immensely by their junior audiences. Well done.

Production time

As students will be busy with this week’s production Funky, Spunky, Punky. Saturday night after hours class will not run this week. Class will resume as usual next week.


Student writers should check the noticeboard outside 303 for writing competitions to enter, especially the FAW national awards. See Ms  Burns for entry forms for this competition.ENROLMENT FOR 2001 AND SECOND HAND BOOK SALES

Shown below are the dates for enrolment and second hand book sales. This is to help families plan for the end of the school year. Complete and detailed information will be sent home with each student in the next few weeks. Please read the detailed information carefully as this will help to ensure that each student is administered accurately and efficiently.

2000 Year Level

2001 Year Level

Hand in 2000 Texts for Sale


Purchase 2001  2nd Hand Texts


Complete Enrolment Procedures by:

Submit New Texts Booklist by:



29/10 – 16/11






13/11 – 21/11

22/11 NOTE 3






22/11 NOTE 3
























4/12 & 5/12



Note 1:Years 11 & 12 students will individually hand in texts at the school office. Years 7 – 10 students will hand in texts by class groups in Room 503. Note 2: All 2nd hand texts sold 3.30 – 7.00 pm in Room 503 (Year 7 2nd hand texts from 2.00 – 7.00 pm). Note 3: Year 11 and Year 12 new English and Literature novels will also be available for purchase. This gives students the opportunity to read the novels over the holidays. Parents, If you can volunteer a couple of hours to help, particularly between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm on any of the dates in column 4 above, please contact Peter Gurney by phoning the school.


Australian Language Certificates 2000

Great news from A.C.E.R. (Australian Council of Education and Research) to say that our students have excelled once again in their language certificate tests. Highlights include the following:

Laurence Deam and Lily Van Eeden, Christian Teese and Bianca Barling who scored distinctions in both categories of listening comprehension and reading for French Beginners’ level. Also, Christian and Hannah Wykes scored distinction in the listening category scoring in the top 10% of all participants.

For intermediate French, Jolien Quispel scored distinction in reading task. In the Indonesian Beginner Section Valerie Faour, Laura Black, Arend Hardess, Sandra McCullough, Shelley Pearce, Paul Skeen, Rebecca Apostola and Kate Hill scored distinction in categories of reading and listening. Laura Black and Arend Hardess scored in the top 10% of those taking part in reading category and Sandra McCullough was in the top 10% of scores of those participating in the listening category. Many students have participated in this annual event and have all done well. Congratulations and well done to everyone who participated. Keep up the great work. Students who did not sit for it this year can have another opportunity next year. This test is held both Australia wide and also internationally with participants from New Zealand schools as well. Overall, 10,591 students sat this year for beginners’ level French test and 4,341 students for Intermediate level French. For Indonesian beginners’ level 3,706

students participated in this exam. So I hope all students who participated are proud of their achievements because we certainly are.


Arts Festival Satay Making

Many thanks to the following students who came along and helped out on the satay stall: Paul Skeen, Arend Hardess, Breana Skeen, Alex Muir, Kate Hill, Tim Monigatti, Miriam Fishwick and Krysta Jarvie. These students worked like trojans and skewered 10 kilos of meat onto little skewers then cooked and sold them. We made a profit of $81.37 which will go towards subsidising LOTE at school. Also a special thank you to Mr Brendan Monigatti who not only set up the BBQ but also supervised the students and tirelessly cooked as well. Pictures of students making satays are on the intranet on the shared folder for those of you who missed out.

P. Brady (KLA Leader LOTE)


Pencak Silat

Last week the Year 8 Indonesian classes were treated to a display of Pencak Silat (an Indonesian art of self defence). Most of the movements are derived from animal movements. It is an art of peace and war which acknowledges the 2 opposite forces that govern the laws of living known as Halus and Kasar. Mas Ronnie Takdare and Andrew his assistant, demonstrated many of the moves involved and then the students practised them.

Mac Ronnie also gave an entertaining talk on culture in Indonesia and on different articles of clothing and their uses.

It was an enjoyable and authentic way to learn about Indonesian culture. The students certainly enjoyed trying out the moves on their friends!

Mrs Pollard (Indonesian teacher)

School Calendar



Mon. 6th

Pupil free day

Fri. 10th

Year 12 exams conclude


Year 11 exams conclude




Canteen luncheon


Year 10 last day


Years 7,8 and 9 last day


On Monday 16th October a group of 13 students of French from Middle School, flew to New Caledonia for a week of French language, New Caledonian and French culture and some fun. They were accompanied by Mesdames Sophocleous and, Wheatley and, Monsieur Clark. The students got to know the other members of the Sophocleous family, in particular Orestes who is also learning French and is in Year 9 at Eltham College.

At first the students found the prospect of conversing in French a little daunting but by the end of their stay, all found that they were able to communicate effectively. The program included some French conversation and writing sessions, visits to the Aquarium and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, shopping expeditions to the “centre-ville” (the city centre) and the market, travelling on the bus, and a day on Amedee island. There was time for swimming, sunbaking, water-polo in the hotel pool and much socializing. Many new friendships were formed. Here are some students’ impressions:

“The place is beautiful!” “It’s been so much fun!” “The people there are so willing to stop and chat.”

“Nicest people in the world!” “It was fantastic!” “I learnt more French than I thought.” And from the teachers: “Fantastic group of students. Very co-operative.”  Orietta Wheatley (Tour leader 2000)

Nillumbik Shire

Children’s Week 2000 Nov 22 to 29.

The Nillumbik Shire Council in association with Focus Force, announced the finalists of the children’s photographic project ‘Nillumbik Naturally’ at Eltham Library Monday 16th October. Eltham High School student Ben Plant was selected as a finalist. The school congratulates Ben and to celebrate his achievement postcards were distributed to all students last week with the parent newsletter.

Well done Ben. Any student who did not receive a postcard can collect one from outside the main office.


By Emily Buffham-Friedrichsen

Remembrance Day is a time to remember not only the people who died in the war but also to remember all the people who went to wars in the past and fought for our country. On Monday 6th November periods 3 and 4, Wednesday 8th period 3 and Friday 10th period 3, students will be visiting classes selling poppies for $1 and $2. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day – wear it with pride.


WED..     L.Burleigh, C.Simpson, C.White

THURS      H.Petty, M.Baldwin, K.Perry, J.Johnson

FRI.     M.Cary, R.McMaster,P.Lopez,Di    

MON     Curriculum Day

TUES     Cup Day holiday

WED.     L.Burleigh, C.Richards, J.Kilkenny

Please remember our Christmas party on Tuesday, 5th December at 2pm. All helpers welcome.

Panton Hill Pre-School Inc


Sunday, 12th November.

$8.50 per person (children under 15 free).

Professional builders and other mudbrick experts on hand for advice. Lunch and refreshments available to purchase during the tour. Tickets and maps available from Panton Hill Pre-School, Main Road, Panton Hill between 9.00am and 12 noon on the day. Enquiries: Belinda Dowel on 9710 1571 or 0415 949 207.

Warrandyte Primary School

The school is holding a reunion with its fete on 18th November. A highlight of this day will be a performance by the largest Warrandyte Bushband ever assembled. We are inviting all past bushband members to join Kevin O’Mara and this year’s bushband to sing a few songs. The performance will be at about 2pm. Bring your voices and instruments and tell as many past students as you can. For more information telephone the school on 9844 3537 or Judy Finger on 9844 3150.



Presented by NEODAS and CAH in partnership with Nillumbik Shire Council, Eltham Community Health Centre and Approach Magazine

About alcohol and cannabis

A Forum for Young People and Families

Sponsored by Yarra Valley – School Focused Youth Service “Encouraging youth participation”

16th November 2000 Doors open at 6.00pm; Speakers start at 6.30pm.

Eltham Community & Receptions Centre, Cnr Main Rd & Pitt St Eltham 3095

Guests include Vito Doquile, pharmacist and naturopath with over 30 years experience in the drug and alcohol field; Dr Colin Riess -–Director of Bouverie Centre and consultant psychiatrist specialising in children and adolescents with 20 years experience working with families.

Ø      Free drug and alcohol information

Ø      Health promotion stalls

Ø      Poster competition

Ø      Refreshments

Ø      Plenty of parking available

Ø      Poster comp winners announced on the night.


Montmorency Village Market

Buskers required for market 8am-1pm 9.30-11.30am. November 12 and December 10.

Craft stalls only.  $10 charge; Christmas stalls (10th) $15 charge. Telephone Lee 9432 1535.

Diamond Creek Swimming Club Inc.

The club is running a Cup Day Biathalon at the Diamond Creek pool on 7th November. Places will be awarded to each section and all entrants will receive a participation certificate. Registration 7am. Food is available. Entry forms are available from Nillumbik Swim School or by ringing Graeme Butt on 9438 3123. Forms are also available from the school office.(Entry fee $10 or $15 on day)




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



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.