Text Box: Term 1  Week 3
Tuesday, 11th February 2003



Thursday 13

Music Information & Recruitment Evening for Yr7 Band & Music students in the hall 730-9pm

Friday 14

Music Instrumental Levies due

Monday 17

Yr12 Chemistry Prac Excursion La Trobe Uni 8:30am -12:30pm

Tuesday 18

Symphonic Band performs at Penola College 7:30pm

Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 Curriculum days

 S t u d e n t    f r e e     d a y s


Principal’s Report

We have a firmly held belief that the educational experience for a young person is greatly enhanced when a partnership exists between their home and their school.  That partnership may be exhibited in a number of ways:

…just to name a few.


However this partnership is manifested, there is little doubt about its value.  Eltham High School provides a better experience and environment for our students when parents involve themselves in the life of the school – contributing to our working bees, supporting our student dress code, asking about homework, discussing issues, nominating for School Council, saying “Yes, of course you go to school today, it’s the House Athletics, it’s a school day”, arranging the family around the practices and performances, encouraging and rewarding good work habits.


Importantly, this partnership between school and home develops in our young people an understanding of community, clearly demonstrating the interconnectedness between the various components of their lives,  supporting and nurturing all involved.


On behalf of the staff at Eltham, I’d like to acknowledge and express our gratitude for the work that parents do everyday to support our partnership – in the canteen, at working bees, on School Council, contributing to the performing arts program, ensuring your children are supportive of school codes of practice, and encouraging them to make the necessary effort to gain the most from the opportunities we work to provide.


Allana O’Kane, Acting Principal



On behalf of the school community I would like to thank Sue Dyet, Rod Hagen, Linda Kelly, Trevor Jenkins and Mary-Anne Allen for their contribution to the School Council over their two-year term, which finishes at the end of March.  In addition, our appreciation is extended to parents Peter Silva who no longer has children at EHS and is resigning mid term and Bob Ackland who was co-opted to the Council for the period ending March 2003.

Allana O’Kane, Executive Officer


The official Schedule 4: Notice of election and call for Nominations and Schedule 5A: Nomination form for Parent Member Category are published in this newsletter (and available in print format only). Nominations are called for three Parent member positions and Two DE&T positions on the Eltham High School, Council.  The term of office is from 19-3-2003 (the date after the declaration of the poll, as required by DE&T guidelines) until March 2005. 

In addition there are two casual vacancies (one for a parent member and one for a DE&T member) for positions vacated mid term.  The term of office for these casual vacancies is from 18/3/2003 until next Council election in March 2004.

Nomination forms and a short (150 words) statement for publication are due at the school office by 4pm on Tuesday 25th February.

 Voting in the election will conclude at 4pm on Tuesday 11th March.  Results will be published in the newsletter Tuesday 18th March.

Allana O’Kane, Returning Officer







Parents of Yr 7 students are invited to meet the teachers on Thursday 20 February at 7pm in the library. It is anticipated that the evening will conclude at around 8.30 pm, after a light supper.  Parents are asked to come equipped with the names of their child's teachers, and their form group. We look forward to meeting you on the night.

Damien Miles, Head of Junior School





This trip is being proposed for September 2004.

At this stage we are seeking expressions of interest from students particularly those in Year 9 and above.

Specific details are not yet available as we are seeking student numbers first before bookings are made.

The proposed trip will last 10 days and the costs are estimated at around $3000.

Please note that the purpose of such early notice about the trip is to allow extensive fundraising to take place.

This promises to be a fantastic trip and a unique educational opportunity.

Expressions of interest should be given to Mr McCrystal in Room 104 as soon as possible.



During the Christmas holidays 31 members of the Eltham High School community, including students, ex-students, parents and staff spent 2 ˝ weeks travelling around India.  Highlights included the Taj Mahal, built entirely of white marble, Jodhpur, where an enormous 18th century fort is built into a cliff face and in the town below the buildings are all painted turquoise, Udaipur, where we stayed in a former palace overlooking a lake, Bharatpur, which has one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the world and Jaipur where all the buildings are painted pink and we had an elephant ride.  India is a beautiful country with incredible scenery but still has an enormous number of poor people and sometimes this poverty can be upsetting.  We appreciated how lucky we all are in Australia after a couple of weeks in India!  We enjoyed bartering for the price of everything, even drinking water. Wherever we went Indians made us very welcome and wanted to talk about cricket.  Thanks to Ms. Parry, Mr. Monigatti and Bu Brady for organising the trip.


Amanda Hughes Year 12, Tim Monigatti Year 10, Aaron Fluck Year 9



PE Uniforms

PE uniforms (shirts & shorts) are now available.  It is compulsory for all Yr7’s and Yr8’s to wear this uniform for Physical Education classes and for sport.  Please pay the cashier and bring your receipt to the PE office in the stadium.

Andrea Traeger, PE Co ordinator

Beach Volleyball

This year’s beach volleyball cup will be held at Mordialloc beach on the 12th, 13th and 14th March (one day for each age group).  Students in Years 8-12 interested in playing beach volleyball are invited to put their name on the list in the stadium foyer and collect details from Mr Thomas.  Forms and money must be returned to the cashier by Friday 21st February at the very latest.



There is a vacancy on the USA Volleyball tour planned for April 2003.  Any interested boys can see Mr Thomas for details.



Congratulations to Cameron Blewett and Rebbie Creed on being selected in the Australian Youth Volleyball Squad.

Victorian team Trials

Students interested in trying out for a State volleyball team please note that trials will be held at the Oakleigh recreation centre, Park road, Oakleigh on Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd of February 2003.

U17 (born 1987 or later)

U19 (born 1985 or later)

U21 (born 1983 or later)

Sunday 16th February

Women trial 9:30-12:30

Men Trial 1-4pm

Sunday 23rd February

Men Trial 9:30-12:30pm

Women Trial 1-4pm

Athletes will need to pay $5 for each trial.

Selected teams will compete in Queensland in July.


VSSSA U 16 team trials

Trials for the Victorian U16 boys and girls teams will be held at Berwick Secondary College (Ross Miller Stadium), Manuka Road, Berwick on Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd February.

Saturday 15th. February

Girls from 10-12:30pm

Boys from 12:30 till-3pm

Saturday 22nd February

Girls from 10-12 noon

Boys 12:30 till 3pm

Athletes will need to pay $5 for each trial.

Selected teams will compete in Canberra in August.


Competitions in February

Senior volleyball round robin – Tuesday 18th February

Intermediate volleyball round robin -Thursday 27th February


2003 Travel Concession Cards Photos –NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Eltham High School has arranged for a professional photographer to be available on campus this Wednesday February 12th at 12:34pm to provide instant, colour passport photos as required for the 2003 Student Travel Concession Cards.  The current cards expire at the end of February after which students must have new cards in order to obtain the PTC Student Concession Rate.

The cost for a set of 2 professionally taken colour portraits is $6 payable to the photographer at the photo session.

The photos will be processed on the spot and returned immediately to the student.  Portrait quality photos are guaranteed by the photographer who will be using studio quality lighting and equipment.


Important Information to Students regarding travelling with a concession ticket.


All students 15 years and older travelling on a concession fare are required to have a valid Victorian Public Transport Primary/Secondary Student Concession Card.

When a student turns 15 years of age they are no longer entitled to travel on a concession fare unless they are carrying a valid Victorian Public Transport Primary/Secondary Student Concession Card.  This has resulted in a number of students receiving fines of $100 for travelling on an incorrect ticket.

Once a student has obtained a Student Concession Card they are entitled to purchase a Yearly or Half-Yearly Student Pass from any of the issuing locations (metropolitan premium train stations/selected bus depots)

For further information call VicTrip on 131 638



There will be a meeting held Wednesday February 12th at lunchtime in the dance studio for anyone wishing to be part of our Cabaret.  We are organizing a Cabaret evening show full of sultriness and sizzle to be performed early next term Thursday May 15th.

If you can dance, sing or help out in any way please attend our meeting.  There will also be auditions held on Wednesday February 19th and Thursday February 20th to formally include those with a song or dance that follows the ‘cabaret style theme’.  It will be a lot of fun and we can never have enough talent.  Hope to see you at the meeting.

Mirella Bottarelli, Rochelle Downing, Kathryn Farrell, Alexander Jenkins



Students in the Years 11 and 12 at Eltham High School are called upon to demonstrate leadership within the school community in a number of ways.

Year 11 students who underwent the training for the Peer Support program at the end of Year 10 have commenced the term long program in which two Peer Support leaders will work with a small group of Year 7 students.  The program aims to ease the transition to secondary school and to provide the Year 7 students with an ongoing contact in senior school.

At Year 12, a number of students have already taken on the role of House Leader.  The group of students engaged in this venture will help oversee the House sports program, including the House swimming carnival on Tuesday 25th February and the House Athletics Carnival on Thursday 6th March.  As well, the House Leaders have already embarked on a range of other sporting and social service activities that will continue to run throughout the year.

Max Blachin, Year 12 Coordinator





Performance! Friendship! Fun!

The EHS Drama ensemble will meet every Tuesday in the school hall from 3:20pm –5pm.  The ensemble involves fun rehearsals, skill development and theatre workshops.  The casts for school production and improvisation performance are drawn from the ensemble.  Every student who joins the ensemble is guaranteed a part in both of the schools productions for the year.  Casting and rehearsal for the first production will begin from week 3 of Term 1.

Cost is $50 for the Term, which equates to around $5 per session.  This year we will augment the EHS staff with guest industry workshop leaders.

Positions in the school’s elite touring company, the Scrambled Prince Theatre Company, will be filled through auditions.  If you wish to be a member of the Scrambled Prince Theatre Company you must first join the drama ensemble.

Forms can be obtained from the front office or from Ms Willson.  Completed forms and monies must be returned to the cashier.  Ensembles will commencer from Tuesday 18th February.

Lisa Willson and George Franklin, Drama Leaders



Curriculum Days February 19 & 20

2003 is the final year of our current Charter, so it is an important time for reflection and review of EHS programs and directions. Feedback from staff in 2002 suggested that sometimes good ideas formulated in one-day PD sessions are not fully implemented because there is not enough follow-up time. The aim of these days is to plan how the ideas suggested could be incorporated into EHS programs. For this reason, two consecutive days have been set aside for 2003. The first day is a day for whole staff reflection and review, while the second day is a small group planning and implementation day.


The Curriculum Day on Wednesday February 19 has four main components:

§         to reflect on and highlight the goals and directions for EHS in 2003 and beyond

§         determine the major focus (theme) for each year level from year 7-12

§         a review of the major curriculum models that have been studied by EHS staff in professional development sessions over the last few years, with an emphasis on how these concepts can cater for individual differences in student learning.

§         KLA group discussions of how to enhance their programs to further engage students in their learning.


On the second day, Thursday February 20, teachers will be working in small KLA based groups to apply the ideas and suggestions formulated on the Wednesday to prepare curriculum materials to further engage students in their learning.

Parents will be able to have input into this process through the Policy and Planning Committee, School Council and the annual Parent Survey that will be distributed later in the year.


Senior School students should use this opportunity to prepare for SACs and to catch up with homework. Year 8 and Middle School students could use the extended time available for research on on-going projects. Year 7 students may find this an opportune break to rest and prepare for the remainder of a busy term.


Junior School Arts Rotation

In the past, year 7 and 8 students have studied two Arts/Technology subjects each term over the two years. This provided variety, but there were some problems:

§         often the teacher just got to really know the students when it was time to change to a new group at the end of each term

§         the short time for each subject meant that students often did not have the opportunity to develop more extensive projects

§         in theory, all students studied all subjects over the two years, but in practice several students missed out on some of the subjects.


The rotation has been changed for 2003:

§         All Junior School students study four Arts / Technology subjects in both Year 7 and 8. All* year 7 students study Art, Drama, Woodwork and Ceramics for a semester each. (Music is still part of the Core program in year 7).

§         All year 8 students study Visual Communication, Metalwork and Music for a semester together with Food and Mixed Media for a term each.

*Note: Due to timetable reasons, one year 7 group will study Food in semester 2 of year 7 and Ceramics in year 8 as a modification to the above rotation.


We believe that this change will allow students and their teachers to develop a closer working relationship and enable students to develop more challenging projects during the semester.

I would like to thank parents for their continued interest and support of the programs offered at EHS. As you are all aware, students achieve their best results when students, parents and teachers work together to improve student progress.

Judy Boyle, Assistant Principal (Curriculum)



The Grounds Committee is dedicated group of parents and teachers of EHS who endeavour to improve the environment and relaxation areas on the campus for both students and teachers.

The Grounds Committee organizes a series of working bees throughout the school year, mostly held on Sunday mornings between 9am and 12:30pm.  The school cannot afford to employ a full time gardener so the voluntary efforts supplied by parents at working bees are an invaluable contribution to the maintenance and improvement of the grounds and their amenities.

In Term 1 we are organizing 2 working bees, one on Sunday 23rd February and the other on Sunday 30th March.  Many parents have indicated, via their parent volunteer forms their preferred dates for attendance and if you selected 23rd February you will be sent a reminder so that you can put in on your calendar.  I am sure many families have difficulty with pre-subscribed dates so if you find 23/02 convenient come along and get involved.  We certainly need you and value your support.

Given the nature of our experience with the extended dry period over summer our gardens have suffered and on the 23/02/03 our focus will be to redress some of the negative efforts of the “Big Dry”.  We need the gardeners.  As summary of tasks on our agenda include.

1.                   Removing dead plants and preparing for new plantings in the autumn.

2.                   Hand watering of plants in several areas.

3.                   Providing further seating around the eastern oval preferably in shaded areas.

4.                   Reinstating some bin holders around the new seats.

5.                   Resetting the paved area around the major Eucalypts in the Canteen courtyard.

6.                   Rubbish removal from the end of the tennis courts.

7.                   Affixing a rabbit proof fence around the new Environmental Reserve at the end of the Tennis Courts.

8.                   The Grounds Committee is also a very social group of individuals who meet regularly during the school year so if you are a new year 7 parent to the school come and join us for the ride.  We always have great morning teas, well-supplied barbeques and drinks at the conclusion of our events.

John Coates, Environment Officer for the Grounds Committee


Week 1 - EHS

Can you remember your first week at Eltham High School?  We thought we had better refresh your memory and interview two year sevens, Kim Olsen and Rowyn Sharp-Bucknall.

Both Kim and Rowyn attended Eltham Primary and now are both in 7A.

When Kim and Rowyn arrived at Eltham High on the 29th January 2003, neither of them was quite sure what to expect.  Even though Rowyn had an older brother who used to attend Eltham High he, like Kim was nervous about finding his friends.

Kim and Rowyn were both worried about getting lost in such a large school and they both thought the assembly was very boring.  By the 2nd day the two Year 7’s found life at school even more confusing.  Kim and Rowyn were getting used to their locks and maps in their diaries but the older kids were still frightening.  This is what caused Rowyn to ask, ”How many people go here?” and the answer to that is an all time high of 1295 students!

By Friday the pair thought it was getting better and they both agreed that art with Miss Davis was good.

Kim and Rowyn both wish to play an instrument in the school band (Kim on keyboard and Rowyn on saxophone), though neither has yet learnt how.  Kim and Rowyn both agreed that having no uniform is great, but having so much homework was not.

Claire Chapple, Middle School Stop Press




Meningococcal Disease

Soon the Year 10-12 will be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.  If parents or students wish to find out more about the disease they can check out an excellent web site, which should answer most of their questions


Joy Snow, Sick Bay attendant





Band and Orchestra Rehearsals

The following band rehearsals will commence this week at the following times:


Tues 3:30-5:30pm

Fri 7:30 – 8:45am


Thurs 3:30-5:30pm


Tues 7:30-8:45am


Fri 3:30-5:30pm

Concert strings

Mon 3:30-4:30pm


Instrumental Lessons

Lessons for all students have begun.  Students should check the timetable in the Music Centre for lesson times.


Instrumental Music Information Evening for Parents of Year 7 students

Music at Eltham High School is an integral part of the curriculum with over 350 students playing in the many bands and ensembles at the school.  The instrumental program has an international reputation and is regarded as the finest of its type in Australia.  If you are interested in hearing how you can have your child involved in this outstanding program please come to a special meeting which will be held in the hall on Thursday 13th February commencing at 7:30pm

It is extremely important for parents who would like their child to learn a musical instrument to be present on this evening.

Celebration of Music 2002 – Compact Discs

A professional recording of last year’s final concert has been produced.  CD’s are available from the Music Office (404) at $20 each.

Enrolment Forms overdue.

Could these be returned to the music office ASAP. 

EHS Choir

Choir rehearsal commenced on Friday morning at 8am in Room 406.  If you are interested please speak to our new Choir Director, Ms Alex Cameron.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Have you an instrument you would like to place on our Register?  Or are you looking to purchase a second hand instrument? … Ring Kathy Skeen on 9439 3597.Uniform items to sell?  Phone Jill Browne about this and any queries regards the Music Support Group on 9439 9673.



Education Maintenance Allowance

Application forms for EMA are available from the General Office.  Please remember that applications must be with the school no later than 28th February.  LATE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED.


School Photographs

Students who may not have yet ordered photographs but now wish to do so, please contact FOTOMAKERS on 1300 660 626.  The school is unable to accept late orders

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 12

C.Richards, K.Baxter, L.Lillie

Thurs 13

Y.Wong, Y.Connard, L.Sanders, G.Guilfoyle, M.Car, H.Sloggert

Fri 14

K.Bleijswijk, R.McMaster, M.Mayall, D.Lopez, S.Lynch

Mon 17

A.Collins, L.Adama, D.McCormack, B. Khoshmashrob, C.Pernice

Tues 18

B.Bensuade, J.Corbett, J.Harcourt

Wed 19

Curriculum Day

Our canteen tries to offer a large selection of foods but sometimes we run out of some items, to ensure your child gets what you want it is advisable to ORDER.  Ordering can be done before school or at recess.  The Canteen is open for business from 8am.

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager


Year 12 Video 2002 (Fundraiser for Media)

Buy a video – comprising

The 2002 Valedictory Evening Video

All footage of the Last Day Breakfast

All footage of the Formal (2 Video tapes)


Pay $20 to the Bursar by February14th, 2003

Video tapes will be available to be collected from the main office from the 21st February 2003


Kathy Hughes, Media Co ordinator


Community Announcements/Advertising


Eltham High Swim Squad

Fourteen students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12, took part in the first session of the Eltham HS Swim Squad for 2003.  Under the guidance of coach Neroli Nixon, the students worked through a variety of drills and exercises from 7-8 am.  The squad is now in its 5th year and runs for the whole year.  The EHS Swim Squad fee is $60 for 10 weeks, which covers lane hire and coach.  Hot chocolate (with marshmallow) is served back at school to all participants.  See you there on Thursday morning! Max Balchin, Athletics coach


EHS Runners Group

Students wishing to join a running group are invited to join in with other runners on a Wednesday morning at 8am.  The first run will aim to go for 20 mins with walk breaks.  Runners of all abilities are welcome.  Meet outside the stadium.  Any student wishing to train with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club is invited to come along to Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 5pm.  Competition is held at the Box Hill venue for juniors from U14 to open age.

Max Balchin, Athletics coach




PLAY TENNIS DAY  - Sunday 16th February C’mon and try tennis at Eltham Tennis Club Youth Road Eltham adjacent (West) to the Eltham Railway Station




CONNEX TRAINS IS SELLING 2003 Victorian public transport students concession cards at Doncaster Shoppingtown Mon 10 Feb until Fri 8 Mar 2003 will be located in front of the Coles supermarket Open 10am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays



An information evening for girls interested in making their Debut at the Parish Ball on FRIDAY  JUNE 13th 2003, will be held on Wednesday February 26th at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall, 25 Gipson Street, Diamond Creek.  Enquiries please contact Jenny 9438 1812 after 6pm.


Research Junior Football Club Registration Day

Sunday 16th February 2003 10am until 1pm

at Research Park Main Road Research

Under 9,10,11,12x2,13,14,15,17

Coaches in attendance

New Players welcome especially

Under 9,10,12,14

Further information Contact 0413045928 or 94370118


Eltham Little Theatre Inc

presents Sing On by Rick Abbott

Eltham Performing Arts Centre Main Road Research

Melway Ref: Map 22 H 1


27 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar


28 Feb, 7 Mar, 14 Mar


1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar

Commencing 8pm and also Sunday 9 Mar at 2pm

For bookings 9437 1574

Tickets $16 Concession $14


Diamond Valley Netball Competition

Vacancies exist for JUNIOR Netball teams and players in U11, U13 and U18 Mixed teams and U15 and U17 Girls teams.  Matches are held at Diamond Valley Sports Complex, Civic Drive, Greensborough on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Cost $4:40 per game, $8 registration per season and $13 insurance per year.  Further details from Susan Rose 9435 1129


Tutoring Available

Chemistry: Yrs 11 & 12 / Specialist Maths: Yr 12 / Maths Methods Yr 12 / Further Maths Yr 12 / Physics: Yrs 11 & 12  Biology Yrs 11 & 12 / English all levels / General Maths all levels

Phone 57 861 406 or 0417 585 912

Maths Tutor

Does you child need a tutor in Mathematics? I’m an ex Eltham High School student, an experienced tutor and in my final year of Mathematics and Statistics degree at La Trobe University.  I’m available to tutor all year levels and have vacancies starting immediately.  References available if required.  Contact Owen Davey 9432 8160



Maths Tutor

BA Honours in Economics, Pure Maths and Statistics (Sheffield University, UK) looking to tutor Yr 7 & 8 students through to VCE

Call Martin Drake 0409 540 290




Yr12 VCE Study cards Accounting Unit 3, Accounting Unit 4, Health Unit 3&4.(New $12) NOW $6 each pack.


Study guides for Night, Maths Methods, VCE English Unit 3&4, Snr English, Chemistry and Biology $5 each


Checkpoints VCE Maths Methods, VCE Info Proc and Smart Study Unit 4 VCE Chemistry  $5 each

Manuscript: First Suite in Eb (Holst) 2 copies available $10 each


Please see the General Office



Please see the General Office



Graphics Calculator TI 83

phone 9432 4839




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R



Thurs 13

Music Information & Recruitment Evening for Yr7 Band & Music students in the hall 730-9pm

Fri 14

Music Instrumental Levies due

Mon 17

Yr12 Chemistry Prac Excursion La Trobe Uni 8:30am -12:30pm

Tues 18

Symphonic Band performs at Penola College 7:30pm

Wed 19

PD Curriculum Day CONFIRMED

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 20

PD Curriculum Day CONFIRMED

Meet the teacher Yr7 parents in the library 7:30-10:00pm

Fri 21

O&ES Yr12 Camp Wilson’s Promontory until Sunday 23 February

Yr7 Orientation Program – Aquarena

Music Intermediate Band performs Fawkner SC 90-12:30pm

Tues 25

SOSE Excursion Yr11 & Yr12 Economics Lecture Melbourne University – all day

Sport – Swimming Carnival at Greensborough Pool 6-9pm

Thurs 27

Yr7 Orientation Students coping with change


Sun 2

Music Stage Band perform Eltham Jazz Festival 11-12:30pm

Mon 3

VET Sport & Rec Yr11 to Lorne Cumberland River – 3 days

Music – Year 7 lessons commence

Thurs 6

Sport – Athletics Carnival at George Street Doncaster – whole school

Fri 28

Injections – Yr7 Hepatitis B First injection (follow up 31 July)

Injections Yrs10,11,12 Meningococcal


Mon 7-11

Yr8 Surf camp  Torquay


Aireys Inlet/Fairhaven

Self-contained unit – ocean views one min. walk to Fairhaven Beach.  Phone 9459 0174/0417 318 377



Professional Babysitter

Qualifications – Diploma of Community Services (Child Care) Eight years experience, Ref’s available

Available 7 days a week

Contact Melissa (former EHS Student) 0418 371 437