Text Box: Term 1  Week 11
Tuesday, 8th April 2003





Wednesday 9th

Youth Week Lunchtime concert 12:45pm-1:30pm

Music Primary School Strings Workshop 4-5pm

Thursday 10th

SOSE M/S Criminal Law Magistrates Court

Music Symphonic Band Concert with MYSB, Grainger WS at Luther college Chapel see Music section for details

Friday 11th

Last day of Term students dismissed 2:20pm

Term 1 holidays

Students return Monday 28th April



Principal’s Report


The Premier’s VCE Awards for Excellence

Last Wednesday I was honoured to represent the school at the Premier’s VCE Awards for Excellence. Award winners are in the top five students in the state for the particular subject. Five students received Premier’s Awards. David Edelman received a Premier’s Award for Mathematics. Both Nashira Carr and Hannah Wykes (Yr 11) received Premier’s Awards for Outdoor and Environmental Studies and Alice Wegner received a Premier’s Award for Media. I was pleased to be able to congratulate the award winners, their parents and families and their teachers at the ceremony. Well Done.


Melbourne University Prizes

I am pleased to inform you that David Edelman was presented with a Melbourne University Access Scholarship at a simple reception at the Myer Asia Centre by Vice Chancellor Allan Griffiths. I am also very pleased to learn that David has just won the Deans Prize for Science at Melbourne University as well.


Parent Teacher Interviews

Last Wednesday’s Parent Teacher Interviews for Junior School were very well attended and seemed to be very successful. Can I remind parents who are new to the school, that if you were not able to meet all the teachers that you wanted to see, then please feel free to ring the school and make an appointment either for a meeting or for a telephone discussion of your child’s progress. Don’t forget that Assistant Principal Hermi Burns is conducting a review of our Parent Teacher interviews. If you would like to make a comment on the organization of the interviews please give Hermi a call.


Last Day of Term

This Friday is the last day of term. Parents are reminded that classes will finish at 2:20pm. Bus schedules will be amended to suit.



Unfortunately, I will be absent for some weeks in from the beginning of Term 2.  I am required to have some surgery. Ms Barbara Peachey will be the Acting Principal while I am away. Barbara is an experienced principal and brings a wealth of experience to the school. I am sure that you will join with me in welcoming her to Eltham High School. I look to my return, healthy again, towards the end of term.


Paul Rose, Principal.


2002 Annual Report

The Eltham High School 2002 School annual Report is now available on the school website. This report provides a wealth of information for parents. And has been tabled at School Council. Interested parents and community members should follow the link contained in the Principal’s Message.



Easter Egg Raffle –drawn this Thursday

Business Management students

project full details in this edition






Eltham High School, together with Eltham Primary, Eltham East Primary, Research Primary and Montmorency South Primary Schools has been granted funding under the Innovations and Excellence Program.


Over the past decade or so there has been extensive research done on the reasons for a sharp decline in the engagement in learning of middle years students (years 5 – 9). The reasons are complex but include such factors as the need for students to be actively involved in their learning, to have some choice in what they study and for the material to be challenging, relevant and meaningful.


The government has set up a number of clusters of primary and secondary schools to find effective ways to plan and deliver curriculum to implement the findings of middle years research so far. Each cluster must identify its own goals and establish an action research model for its process.


On March 25th Grade 5/6 teachers from the four primary schools spent a highly successful day with a range of teachers from Eltham High to clarify the focus of our program. Teachers welcomed the opportunity to discuss educational ideas and philosophies from the two sectors. It is anticipated that the Cluster will advertise in the near future for a Cluster Educator to coordinate this 3-year project.


The goal for the Eltham Cluster is to build high-level social competencies in our students, as this is believed to be an essential component of student engagement and commitment to education. We aim to have our students grow into resilient young adults who will be actively involved in their community. Over the next 3 years the schools will enhance the way curriculum is designed and delivered to increase student engagement in learning and the interaction between the schools and their community.


What are social competencies?




All of the schools in the cluster will undertake a values education program to give students the skills to develop positive relationships with each other, with groups and the community. The program will foster best practice curriculum and lead towards middle years students being involved in a multi-aged, integrated, social or environmental project which will give them the opportunity to develop their social competencies and leadership skills. As the Eltham area is well known for its involvement in social and environmental issues it is felt that using this type of active citizenship, as the context will build on and reinforce the existing ethos of the community.

If you have any queries about the program please contact me.

Judy Boyle, Assistant Principal (Curriculum)



Head Lice

There have been more reports of head lice in the junior school population.  Now would be a good time to check your children’s head and if any beasties are found, carry out the appropriate treatment.

Joy Snow, Sick Bay attendant


Students from Yr8 are having a fantastic time at the surf camp.  Sudents are reminded that they must be at school by 8:15am on departure day and will arrive back at school at 3:15pm the following day.

Monday 7th àTuesday 8th           8A  8C

Tuesday 8thàWednesday 9th      8D  8G

Wednesday 9thàThursday 10th        8B  8E

Thursday 10th àFriday 11th          8H  8J

8F students and Yr8 choir students have been allocated to appropriate camps.


An instruction sheet with What to bring has been distributed.  Spares are available from the Junior School Office.

Parents with any queries should contact Junior School office.

Junior School Coordinators



The Junior Choir and Senior Choir have both performed for the first time this year.  The Choirs are open to any student in the school who wishes to join – new members are welcome to attend rehearsals:

Senior Choir Wednesday 12:55-1:25pm in Room 406

Junior choir Friday 8-8:45am in Room 406

Any queries should be directed to Ms Alexandra Cameron, Choir Director




Buses for Year 11 Students

Panorama is providing a bus to Eltham rail station for year 11 students after the end of timetabled classes on Thursdays.  The bus will leave from the bus-parking bay in Ely Street at 12.45pm.  Normal Met tickets are to be used for the bus.

This service will run as a trial until the end of this term.  A decision about the continuation of the bus service will be made during the April holidays. 


Student Injury Personal Accident Protection Plan

Jardine’s Insurance is again offering insurance coverage.  This covers students for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year.  For annual coverage, the cost is $17.  Payment is to be made to the school cashier.  Application forms are available from the General office.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager




The History department is desperately seeking the help of the wider school community.  Staff are trying to put together a collection of Australian Memorabilia that can be used in the teaching of Australian History.

For example

If you can help – please contact Mr Mc Crystal at the school on 9439 5111


Newsletter via email

Are there some parents who would like to receive the newsletter via email? If so, go to our website, www.elthamhs.vic.edu.au click on the Newsletter link and choose subscribe, fill in the form and the newsletter will be emailed to you each week.



Trudi Bons from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia will be speaking to the Year 11 Accounting class at 9am on Thursday April 10th.  Middle School and Senior students who are interested in Accounting are encouraged to attend.  They need to give their name to Ms Morris in 701 (Commerce Office) if they would like to join the Year 11’s.  There are many and varied opportunities available for Accountants in Australia and overseas.  Accounting is also one of the most recession proof occupations.

Helen Morris, Accounting teacher



Both Active Girls classes went last Thursday 27th March to Eltham Lawn Bowls Club.  It was very enjoyable experience for all.  We were taught how to play by the experienced bowlers from the club who gave up their time voluntarily.  They were very helpful and very friendly, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.  We just like to thank all the people who helped us out and encourage others to try new and different things such as Lawn Bowls.

Natalie Dobell and Molly Hanlon, Year 9




First Symphonic Band Concert for 2003:

Thursday 10th April

The Symphonic Band will be joining the Grainger Wind Symphony and the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band for a concert of exciting wind band music. Details are as follows: 

Date     :           Thursday 10th April 2003

Time     :           7.30pm

Venue:             Luther College Chapel

[cnr Plymouth and Yarra Road, Croydon]

MELWAYS Map 36 G11

Tickets:$5:00 with $10 for family              [purchased at the door]

Further Dates for your diary

Symphonic Band at Box Hill Salvation Army – Saturday 3rd May                                       Intermediate Concert Tour: 6th & 7th May [NEW DATES]                                                                 Year 12 Recitals: Monday 12th May [NEW DATE]  Training Band Debut Concert: Thursday 22nd May


Music Support Group News…

Hot Cross Buns. . . . Thank you to those who ordered….. have you collected yours from the Music Office?

Our next meeting is Monday218th April (first day back Term2!) 8pm at 14 Moola Place, Eltham.

If you have any queries about the Music Support Group, phone Jill on 9439 9673.


Yarra Valley Regional Library and Eltham Bookshop are presenting the following two events in the coming weeks.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta


Diamond Valley Library


Tuesday 15th April 2003


6:30-7:30pm FREE!!

Melina Marchetta, hugely popular author of Looking for Alibrandi will speak about her novel Saving Francesca.  With thanks to Meera from Eltham Bookshop, copies will be available for purchase and signing on the night.  Refreshments will be served.

Bookings essential 9434 3809


An earful of static by Archie Fusillo


Eltham Library Foyer


Sunday 4th May 2003



To be launched by Michael Hyde.  Refreshments will be served.  Booking Essential 9439 8700


Now for house keeping matters.  As this is the last week of term 1 could parents please ask their children whether they have overdue library resources that should be returned?  It is library policy that students may not borrow additional resources until overdue library resources are returned.  Overdue lists are published on the school’s intranet weekly.  It is the responsibility of students to regularly check these lists if in doubt of their borrowing.

Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator




National School Cup (Dec 2002) photos

Collect a copy of your team photo from Mr Thomas.

These are for students who participated in the National Schools volleyball cup last December.

The photos are free – please collect one.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator

Northern Zone Finals

Congratulations to all six of our volleyball teams on winning their ¼ finals matches last Thursday.  All eight of our volleyball teams will now play Northern Zone volleyball finals at Reservoir Secondary College this week.  The Yr 7 & 8 teams play today and the senior and intermediate teams will play tomorrow.  We wish them luck.


As well as the many students who were selected in Victorian teams we have five students who are currently training with the Victorian Institute of Sport volleyball program.  They are Evie Lake, Laura Greve, Cameron Blewett, Lucas Simpson and Aaron Fluck.


Cross Country

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club will be conducting a Cross Country Trials & Registration Day at Willinda Park, Greensborough (Melways 21 A4) at 9:00am on Saturday, April 12th. The coming season of Cross Country running with Athletics Victoria is open to women & men of all abilities from Under 14 to Open age.  Contact Max Balchin at the school for further information.


VSSSA Swimming Championships

Three Eltham High School students competed at the VSSSA Swimming Championships held at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 2nd April 2003.  Year 7 student, Tara Wood swam in two events and came away with two gold medals.  Tara won the GU15 50m Freestyle (AWD*) and the GU15 50m Backstroke (AWD).  In the GU13 50m Butterfly, Erica Choong finished in 4th place.  In the BU14 50m Breastroke, James Cuthbertson finished in 5th place.  Congratulations to all three students on their achievements.

*AWD Athlete With Disability

Max Balchin, Swimming Coordinator



(Warriors for Easy Environmental Design)

Congratulations to Soon-Lai for winning the naming competition – hope he enjoyed the pizza prize!! Thanks to all the students who submitted entries.

The habitat area is now fully rabbit-proofed and the frog habitat is going to be excavated over the holidays.  The work done by previous students in the middle school Environmental Management class was a fantastic experience from which we have learnt much, and whilst the drought has hampered progress, we have big plans for this year.

Improving recycling at the school is another project, which will be getting under way next term.

There is also an art competition run by Australian Recycled Carton board for students to paint up recycle bins in the school or in their street to promote recycling.  This is a great way to get your art displayed weekly and to win $10000 for the school!

Students can get involved in environmental action at school in a numbers of ways.

  1. Attend planting and weeding activities in the habitat area at lunchtimes
  2. Help organise other lunchtime activities
  3. Take on an environmental project in your artwork
  4. Look out for an environmental trip later in the year
  5. See Nikki Gemmill in Room 104 if interested, and listen for activities announced in the bulletin.
  6. Not only is environmental action a fun and rewarding thing to do, but also it looks great on your resume!!

Nikki Gemmill, SOSE Teacher


Host Family and Exchange Families

I would like to thank the Principal, A.P’s, office staff, co ordinators, teachers and students for accepting our American exchange student, Shella Swain, at the school and for making her feel so welcome.  May I also thank Alice and Tom Bishop and their family, and Max Balchin and his family, for responding to my request for a new host family for Shella.

Thank you. Klaus Schumann, Community Coordinator


Any uncollected Cheques from 2002 Second-hand book sales will be posted early Term 2

Marika Smith, Finance Manager





Over 50 parents, students and teachers attended the working bee held at the school on Sunday 30th March and more tasks were completed than planned due to the enthusiastic turnout. 

What follows is an impressive list of tasks completed.

1.       Continued paving around the major Eucalypts in the canteen courtyard.  Yes, we are nearly finished and it looks great.

2.       Pits cleaned of rubbish in the courtyard precincts – thanks Craig.

3.       Significant amounts of pruning of plants in the Courtyard complex

4.       Watering and weeding of plants along our Western boundary

5.       8 new students seats constructed on the Eastern side of the school

6.       Significant amount of brush cutting and mowing in all parts of the school

7.       Watering of plants inside the Environmental Reserve

8.       Completion of the rabbit proofing of the Environmental Reserve

9.       Removal of a significant tree branch on the Western side of the school – chain sawn, cleaned and made tidy.

10.   Reinstatement of fresh soil around the entry to the library and some new plants established.

11.   Refurbishment of a section of retaining wall along the south side of the tennis courts

12.   Removal of mulch along the Bell street boundary

13.   Part of the drain cleaned along the Western side of the front oval.


Again thanks to Philip Green for supplying morning tea and the picnic hamper for our raffle at morning tea.  Also thanks to Bob Ackland organising our lunch and drinks at the conclusion of this most successful event.


The following individuals are acknowledged for their attendance and contribution on the day.  Apologies top any who may have attended and didn’t sign our attendance book.  Sharon Smith, Bob Ackland, Mal Sinclair, Bruce Voice, Sharon Edwards, Bob Baker, Ken Hopkins, Ken Wilson, Lee Bennie, Rita Coleman, Vicki Fitzgerald, George and Vicki Beissbarth, Peter Batten, Philip Green, Geoff, Jessica and Grace Cox, Peter Wain, Helen Butler, Vic Sidebottom, Mario Maddalena, Nikki Gemmill, Stephen Hamilton, Chng Huan Choah, Andrea Black, Jim Phillips, Michelle Mc Carthy, Craig Mc Evey, Darryl Dellar, Jenny Cavanagh, Christine Lachmund, Maryann, Peter, Isabel and Louise Rosenthal, Lionel Marriner, Danny Koers, Gordon Williamson, Brendan Monigatti, Bill Taylor, Rob Reid, Philippe Roussel, Sharyn Dimech, M.Neale, Jill Tait, Chris Brandon, Linda Hughes, Judy Boyle and Hermi Burns.


A reminder that our next working bee will be on the 18th May and lets hope it rains and rains before the day so we can organise some serious replacement plantings around the school.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee





Students please note:

Excursion Payment Date:







due by

M/S Criminal Law

Broadmeadows Magistrates Court


Tues 8th Apr

M/S 95/96

Ned Kelly Greensborough


Wed 9th Apr

Jill Wallis, Cashier



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 9

K.Moppert, L.Lillie, J.Tait, L.Burleigh

Thurs 10

M.Deam, J.Samphier, help needed

Fri 11

S.Allen, G.Carter, R.Brak, D.Arrowsmith

Term 2


Mon 28

J.Rachim, S.Wilson, H.Febo

Tues 29

L.Bligh, S.Way, E.Nigel

Wed 30

D.Bok, T.Paulka, L.Burleigh, H.Sloggert

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager





S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R



Year 8 Surf Camp this week

Wed 9

Youth Week Lunchtime concert 12:45pm-1:30pm

Music Primary School Strings Workshop 4-5pm

Thurs 10

SOSE M/S Criminal Law Magistrates Court

Music Symphonic Band Concert with MYSB, Grainger WS at Luther college Chapel see Music section for details

Fri 11

Last day of Term students dismissed 2:20pm

Term 2 starts Mon 28 April

Wed 30

School Council Meeting 7:30pm



Thurs 1

PE-M/S ACTIVE girls to Nunawading Rock Climbing

M/S Science Earth & Stars & Investigating Science to Science works Spotswood

Sat 3

O&ES Yr12 Camp in the Barmah Forest – 3 days

Music Symphonic Band Concert at Box Hill Salvation Army Hall 7:30pm-10pm

Mon 5

Arts Yr 11 VCD VET Multimedia to Melbourne Museum

Tues 6

Intermediate Band Tour Healesville area

O&ES Yr11 Canoeing to Lower Yarra & Herring Island





Community Announcements/Advertising


Orders for the current delivery of Mrs Marshall’s fine treats will be made to the school the first week of Term 2 beginning Tuesday 29th April.

It’s not too late to put your order in

pick up the flyer/order form from the General Office and return it by the last day of Term 1 – 11th April.


Easter Egg Raffle

Business Management students will be in the canteen or near the BBQ every day at Recess and lunch until April10, selling raffle tickets.


1 for 50c or 3 for $1

1st Prize

$100 worth of Easter eggs

2nd Prize

$50 worth of Easter eggs

3rd prize

$25 worth of Easter eggs

Raffle drawn this Thursday, April 10

Ms Morris, Business Management Teacher



I will be running a First Aid Course at EHS in Term 2

The course will run over 8 weeks from Monday 5th May until Monday June 23rd from 3:45pm until 7pm for 7 weeks.  It is open to parents and students aged 15 years or older.  Anticipated cost is Adults $125 and Students $80

For further details or to book please ring me at school

Joy Snow, Sick Bay Attendant



Parents can you help?

Yr11 student requires lift to Wattle Glen after school Tuesdays for 2 months from 28th April until the end of June. 

If you can assist please contact Susanne 9439 4148 (willing to pay petrol costs)



Ever Thought about Fostering?

Children and Adolescent Foster Care

Foster Care shares the care of children when families are in a situation of crisis and do not have family or friends who can help out.  Anyone can apply to become a Foster Carer.  You may be working full or part time, unemployed, retired, living alone or as a couple with or without children of your own.  Foster Care can give you a child or adolescent a chance to experience another family’s life style and provide the support and encouragement they need until they are able to return home.

Phone Trish Clarke – 9458 5788 for further information




Community Announcements/Advertising


Responsible, mature age female teacher looking for house to sit in Eltham area Term 2 or until end of May.  Contact Barb AH 9714 8324



Please see the General Office


Teenage Swimming Lessons

Eltham Leisure Centre

I have had enquiries in regards to teenagers who wish to participate in lessons but feel intimidates when placed in a class of much younger participants.  We are running a class on Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm for those interested or who would be interested at a different time – no’s permitting.

Phone Brett on 9439 2266


Eltham Little Theatre Inc

proudly presents Dazzle


16 May, 23 May at 7:30pm


17 May, 24 May 1t 7:309pm

Matinee Sunday

18 May at 2:30pm

Tickets Adults $16/Conn $14/Child $10

Bookings 9437 1574

Eltham Performing Arts Centre

Main Road Research Melways 22 H 1


Converse All Star Basketball Camps

NBL & WNBL stars will be attending to pass on expert coaching, to boys & girls aged 7-14, at Diamond Valley YMCA Basketball Stadium on 23 & 24 April from 9am – 3pm

For an enrolment form contact 0418 360 634 or

Email nigel@gaze.com.au


Your parent members on School Council

Helen Cahill

Sue Dyet

Tamara Knowles

David Scott

Jill Tait

Grace Tham

Robert Ackland


Parents wishing to make contact with parent members of School Council need only phone the School and arrangements will be made.




Term 1 Vacation Workshops 2003

for Years 10,11 & 12 students

Presented by Improved Communication Skills

Helping you to stay ahead of the competition

These popular workshops are open top all students and will be held at the MLC Community Education Centre, Kew.

Class sizes are limited

Early booking advised

For information & enrolment details contact 9818 3888 or visit the web site www.skillscentre.com.au