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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter



Wednesday, 8th November, 2000                                           Term 4 Week 6


Principal’s Report


Dear parents


Building Masterplan Approved

Last Thursday our Masterplan was approved. The Masterplan proposal can now considered for  funding in the next State Budget. The Approved Masterplan would see the removal of eight old portables and their replacement with a new classroom block at the western and southern sides of the library and a new Personal Development classroom block on the Ely Street entrance to the school.

I would like to thank the member of the School Council, Eltham High School staff, SRC members, Mr Joe Scully from Henderson & Lodge Architects and especially Business Manager Peter Gurney for a great effort in having the Masterplan approved.

Curriculum Day

Last Monday was a very successful curriculum day with good work completed by all Key Learning Areas. Issues surrounding the development of the 2001-2003 School Charter were also on the agenda, especially the results of the 2000 Staff Survey. Thanks to Glennis Pitches and Trevor Jenkins for their leadership of the curriculum day.

Parent Opinion Survey

One of the key areas examined in the parent survey is “Academic Rigour”. This area covers parents views on meeting children’s needs, the perceived academic standards of the school, the balance between academic and social needs and whether or not the school is seen to be challenging students. Parents were asked to express their opinions on a 1 to 7 scale in each area and written comments were welcomed.

The overall result was quite high with a weighted score of 5.79. This means that in the main parents are happy with the level of academic rigour at Eltham High School but that there is room for improvement. The result compares very well to the general results across all government schools. The individual score for the area of “provides sufficient challenge” was 6.26. This is a very high result and reflects strong parent support for the school program.

There were 22 individual written responses that related to the standard of work expected. As you would expect, parents comment on the need for high standards and that aiming for a pass is not a satisfactory goal. Parents also noted that expectations differed between teachers and that sometimes this becomes a problem for students. Parent comments supported improved use of the student diary and greater communication between the school and home. One parent noted that VCE was a very burdensome time for students with high workloads and potential “burn-out”.

In summary, Eltham High School parents feel that we are doing a very good job in the area of academic rigour but that with better communication, improved monitoring of student performance and more consistent and higher expectations of students across the school we can do even better than at present. This is a great challenge for the school to take on.                          Paul Rose, Principal



Chocolate Drive

Thank you to all the families that are currently selling/eating a box of Freddos or Koalas. Just a reminder that they sell for $1.00 each and that $40 is due back to our cashier Ms Wallis by the end of November.

Kew – Friday night competition

I finally have a draw. 10th Nov. (this week):

Eltham Yr 7 girls vs MLC at 5.15pm

Eltham Yr 7 boys vs Kew Yr9 girls at 6.20pm

Eltham Yr 8 girls vs Kew Yr 9 boys at 6.20pm

Eltham Yr 8 boys vs Balwyn Boys at 6.20pm.

A copy of the draw is on the noticeboard in the stadium or available from Mr Thomas.


Kew Tournament – Sunday 12th Nov.

We have six teams entered in the U15 State titles at Kew on 12th Nov. Two x U14 girls, two x U14 boys, U15 girls and U15 boys. This will be a great pre-practice day for the VSSSA finals on 27th/28th November and the Australian Schools Cup (3rd-8th December). All players will need to arrive at Kew by 7.45am for an 8.00am start. I will distribute draw and details when they become available.

Greg Thomas



Year 11 and Year 12 students and families are reminded that a large range of text books used this year may be sold on to students for next year. Year 11 students may hand in their books for sale to the office any time during the Year 11 exams which finish on Tuesday 21st November. Year 12 students may hand in their books up until their exams end on 16th November. The second hand book sale for next year’s Year 11 and Year 12 students is Wednesday 22nd November, 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm in Room 503.

Second hand book details have been posted home to current Year 12 students. Re-enrolment and second hand book information will to Year 11 students shortly. Year 10 students (Year 11, 2001) will receive their information in class by 17th November.


Parents please note, we will need help to staff the second hand book sales. If you can volunteer a couple of hours to help, particularly between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm, please contact Peter Gurney by phoning the school.


A special plea for this week – due to illness of regular worker in the canteen we urgently require a volunteer to work from 8.30am. Bev would be glad of this extra assistance.

The operation of the canteen has been made very difficult recently when no notice is received of unavailability of rostered volunteers. One morning no-one turned up! A phone call to Bev would help 9439 5111.


THURS      S.Pearman, M.Schlotterlein, J.Davey   

FRI.     H.Devlin, K.Nelsen,V.Knowles,M.Parsons

MON     J.Adamson, W.Brown, D.McCorkill, H.Hunter

TUES     L.Wheeler, R.Gaiser, K.Daniel, L.Arnaud


Thank you to all the workers who so willingly help with the canteen during the year. We appreciate the help and want to recognise your contribution. We hope you’ll attend the Christmas Party to be held on Tuesday, 5th December at 2pm.



ACER Results

I apologise for a mistake made in last week’s newsletter. It should have read congratulations to Melanie Faour who has scored High Distinction in the Statewide Indonesian Writing Competition 2000. Thanks. P.Brady.



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



Parents of Year 9 students

There are still a large number of students who have not submitted their Work Experience Arrangement forms. Work Experience is a compulsory school activity and students must undertake this for two weeks from Monday, 27th November till Friday, 8th December. Extra forms are available from the careers room. For any problems or further information please contact me at school on 9439 5111. Julie Buckland.

Term dates for 2001:

Teachers resume on Tuesday 30th January

Students begin on Wednesday 31st January


Friday 13th April – Monday 16th April

Term 2

Monday 23rd April – Friday 29th June

Term 3

Monday 16th July – Friday 21st September

Term 4

Monday 8th October – Friday 21st December


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.


For Sale: One Eltham High School jacket size small. Good cond. $40; one Eltham High School sport T shirt size small $10; Two pr fleecy lined dark blue tracksuit pants size 10 $8 each. Ph.9439 1103.

Fruitbowl Productions

Fruitbowl, FreeZA & Nillumbik present


Friday, 10th November featuring Sunk Loto, another Race, H-Block 101 and Slyboots. All ages 7.30-11.30pm. $12 pre-sold, $15 at the door. Eltham Roller City, 27 Susan St Eltham. Tickets available Rolling Thunder Greensborough, Missing Link Records, City, Eltham Roller City & Fruitbowl Productions 9439 0222. This is a fully supervised drug and alcohol free event.

YMCA Adventure Holiday Camps

The school holidays are sneaking up on us again! If you’ve been looking for an active, challenging and safe alternative where kids can discover a whole new world, make great friends, learn new skills and have heaps of fun, then we have the answer. They can take part on the ropes course, tell stories by campfire, go canoeing and raft building, flying fox, arts & crafts, bushwalking, yabbying, overnight hikes, theme days and many other adventurous activities at ..

Lady Northcote (outside of Bacchus Marsh $220)

15th-19th January 2001

Camp Manyung (Mt Eliza $195)

22nd-25th January 2001

Camp Wyuna (Queenscliffe $195)

22nd-25th January 2001

Catering for 12 – 15’s (senior camp).

Payment options are available. Information or brochure contact Nathan or Ang 9480 1177. Transport can be provided if needed. Last date for enrolments – 5th January.

Arthurs Creek Annual Garden Walk

This Sunday12th November 10.00am till 5.00pm. Tickets and refreshments from the Arthurs Creek hall. $10 for seven gardens.

Greenhills Neighbourhood Centre

Summer School

Applications are now open for the annual holiday tuition program for students from prep. To VCE. Subjects available include English, Reading, Spelling, Comprehension, all Maths, Physics and Chemistry.Personal lessons for an hour and commence from Wednesday 3rd January 2001 until school starts. Cost is $25 per hour inc. GST. Information and enrolment Michael Kennedy 98832197. www.nct@start.com.au

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. The performance will be at about 2pm. For more information telephone the school on 9844 3537 or Judy Finger on 9844 3150.


School Calendar



Fri. 10th

Year 12 exams conclude


Year 11 exams conclude




Year 7 2001 Orientation Day


Canteen luncheon


Year 10 last day


Years 7,8 and 9 last day


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.

Plenty Valley Montessori School

Interested in classic cars?

The school has been fortunate to have been given access to the FOX CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM at Docklands for a fundraising event on Sunday, 12th November between 10am and 3pm. The opportunity to view this collection is not often afforded to the public. Cost of tickets $25 family; $10 adult; $8 concession; $5 child. Send cheque payable to P.V.M.S. together with your return address to 315 Aqueduct Rd., Diamond Creek, 3089. Your tickets will then be forwarded by return post. Ph. 9438 3202 for further information.

Sunday Afternoon Concert 2pm 26th November All Saints Church

Cnr High St & Murray Rd Preston.

Featuring TheVictorian Chamber Musicians presenting a program of popular classical music and songs.Afternoon tea. Admission $10.

Bookings and inquiries Ph. 9583 8516.

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.

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.



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.