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Eltham High School


Parent Newsletter




Tuesday, 14th November, 2000                                           Term 4 Week 7


Principal’s Report


Parent Opinion Survey

Last week I spoke about the “Academic Rigour” section of this year’s Parent Opinion Survey. This week I’d like to talk about the Student Reporting Section.


Student reports is an area of our school’s operation that has changed remarkably over the years. The information on the report has changed and the basis for making the report has changed too. The aim is to provide students and parents with clear information about development of skills, progress against recognised standards and means to improve in the future. A hard task indeed!


The overall result was high with a weighted score of 5.87. In fact, this was the highest result for all of those areas that are covered in the state-wide section of the survey. When you look at the results for the individual questions you see that our reports are considered informative in that they indicate achievement levels and are comprehensive. The Eltham High School staff are considered approachable by parents regarding student progress and the whole school is perceived as offering helpful information about the progress of children.


Twenty-two parents also made individual comment about the school’s reporting process. Parents have indicated that they would like to see more comments by staff, and that sometimes the computer based reporting program is a little clinical in the way information and comments appear on the page. Parents indicated that they valued good reporting and are interested to see it improve even further in the future.

Paul Rose, Principal


Sunday, 19th November


This is the last working bee for the year and as usual there is a lot to do. We would ask parents (especially those who haven’t made it to a working bee this year), to please give some of your time, even an hour on Sunday.



Does anyone have some red bricks (about 100) they could donate?

The main tasks are

Ø      Mulching in preparation for summer (wheelbarrows needed)

Ø      Brick paving

Remove material so students can tile

Ø      Construction of boarding to contain mulch



Di Parry for Grounds Committee.




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. Please note, there may also be a small quantity of second hand graphics calculators for sale.


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.


Next week’s newsletter will have information on Year 9 and Year 10, 2001 enrolment and second hand books.

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.


Possible Bus Delays – tomorrow Wednesday 15th November

Panorama Coaches have advised that due to commitments at a very large event the after school buses on Wednesday may be slightly delayed. Panorama Coaches may be able to provide more details, if necessary.



Students who have borrowed books from the school this year are reminded that they need to be returned to me at the appropriate time. If you require books for 2001 please contact me as soon as possible on

9439 5111.

Brendan Monigatti, Student Welfare Co-ordinator




WED.     L.Burleigh, K.Baxter

THURS      J.Browne, M.Deam, K.Maxfield, L.Skipper

FRI.     G.Carter, K.Gatcum

MON     S.Wilson, L.Rush, S.Paull               

TUES     M.Hamilton, C.Snedden, D.Paulka, G.Guilfoyle

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.



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

Last day of term 1 Friday 6th April


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



Year 7 Indonesian Annual Poetry Recitation Competition

Hi everyone, last Thursday a very eager group of Year 7 students competed fiercely in the annual poetry recitation competition. The students were judged on their pronunciation, expression and initiative. The judging of this competition was somewhat challenging because of the strong calibre of entrants.

Equal firsts were Tessa Byrne (7D) and Naja McFadden (7A). Equal second were Chris Watts (7A), Kim Grundy (7A) and Matthew Searle (7D). Third prize went to Emma Jamieson (7D). Runners up were Kelly Sorensen, Dinali Hewa Kapuge, Katherine Lacey and Jandamarra Olle of 7D and Lachlan McGough (7A). We thank all students who participated enthusiastically. These students will receive their prizes and certificates shortly. Well done! With thanks


Guest Speaker for Year 10 Indonesian Class

Last Thursday Derryn Mansell an Aussie student studying Masters in Indonesian at Melbourne University came to speak to the students about her experiences as a foreign student in Indonesia. She showed some interesting pictures to our students and spoke about her experiences as a “Anak Kos” or a boarder in an Indonesian hostel. Boarding houses in Indonesia shut their gates by 9pm and if the students are late returning, they are unable to get back in till 4am the next day. She also spoke about her interesting experiences during her stay with Ibu Tuti who could not speak a word of English whilst Derryn’s Indonesian was rusty. Derryn maintained that her knowledge of Indonesian language and culture even though little in the beginning certainly helped her enjoy her stay and achieve a more meaningful insight into Indonesia and its people. Our students found her talk really interesting.

P. Brady (KLA leader LOTE)




Over the weekend Eltham High School had six teams competing in the U15 State volleyball titles. Our four Year 7 teams were very competitive and would have gained a great deal of experience heading into VSSSA finals and the national schools cup.

Our Year 89 girls played very well and were runners-up in a three set final to Wonthaggi.

Our Year 8 boys played very confidently and defeated Mazenod 2-0 in the final.Coming up

Boys & girls Year 8 VSSSA finals Monday 27th Nov.;Boys & girls Year 7 VSSSSA finals Tuesday 28th Nov.

Permission form coming home soon.

National Schools Cup 3rd-8th December; Volleyball Awards Night Tuesday 12th December


School Calendar

Year 8 girls volleyball teamNovember


Wed. 22nd

VCE second hand book sales


Year 10 second hand book sales


Year 11 exams conclude


Year 9 second hand book sales



Mon. 4th

Yr 7&8 second hand book sales


Year 7 2001 Orientation Day


Canteen luncheon


Year 10 last day


Years 7,8 and 9 last day

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.


Nillumbik Shire Council

Koala Count Sunday 19th November

It’s time to look for koalas again and we would like students to join in the fun and help. All it takes is for each student to check their backyard or property and tell us if they spot a koala on Sunday 19th November. The more people who participate in the count the more valuable information we will receive. Forms are available from the school office.

Christmas Craft Market and Family Fun Fair

Plenty Valley Montessori School, 315 Aqueduct Road, Diamond Creek opp. St.Helena Marketplace.

Lots of quality stalls, entertainment, food & fun. Free balloons, free face painting and activities. Animal farm, reptiles, jumping castle, go karts, dunking booth, pony rides, games of chance, raffles, live bands, clowns, fairy floss, sausage sizzle, pita pockets,

muffins, gelati, craft stalls,

pottery, paintings, gifts, blown glass, dolls clothing, parents for music, aromatherapy, plants, fresh produce and much, much more!

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.


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

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. Free drug and alcohol information, Health promotion stalls, Poster competition, Refreshments, Plenty of parking available. Poster comp winners announced on the night.



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.

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.