Text Box: Term 2  Week 1
Tuesday, 29th April 2003



Wednesday 30th

School Council Meeting 7.30-10.00pm (Staffroom)

Thursday 1st May

PE MS Active Girls 9-12.30pm Nunawading Rock Climbing

MS Earth & Stars 9.45-3.10pm Scienceworks

Y8A,C,E,G,J Montsalvat Medieval Day 9-12.35pm

Friday 2ndMay

Saturday 3rd May

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

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

Monday 5th May

Arts Yr 11 VCD VET Multimedia to Melbourne Museum

Tuesday 6th May

Intermediate Band Tour Healesville area

O&ES Yr11 Canoeing to Lower Yarra & Herring Island

Arts Y11 &12 Studio Arts Ceramics – Raku Workshop 9-11am at EHS



Principal’s Report

In the last parent newsletter for term one, your Principal, Paul Rose, announced his intention to take leave due to  illness.  I am pleased to report that his recovery is on track and his return to school is anticipated before the end of second term.

In the meantime, as a liaison Principal for Northern Region, I will be replacing Mr Rose as Acting Principal at Eltham High School.

Let me introduce myself and give some background…

I am Barbara Peachey.  I have been principal in the region for more than a decade – having served in both Brunswick and Preston.  I was seconded to Facilities Division in the Ministry to work on two Statewide projects.  The first project was to initiate and commence delivery of a model which would increase secondary students access to computer technology.  (This school has included computer access pods in its current building construction program)  The second project involved the updating and rewriting of advice and guidelines for principals managing facilities in Victorian school.

More recently I have undertaken short term relief work in two quite different Northern Region schools.  I had the opportunity to see how the newly relocated Distance Education Centre of Victoria provides for 4000 plus years prep to 12 students.  I was hugely impressed by the quality of the comprehensive on-line service that the centre provides to Victorian students.

My last appointment was at Lalor North Secondary College in the Whittlesea Shire.  This school was obviously a lot more traditional than DECV but boasted an outstanding Integration program in a sprawling, multicultural setting.  Just like Eltham, Lalor North is in the midst of a building construction program and I was pretty occupied overseeing the finalisation of the first and contemporaneously commencing the next and final stage of a major modernization process.

I am pleased to have been appointed here this term as I have heard a deal about Eltham’s fine tradition of arts and music let alone the schools clear record of excellence over a broad range of educational pursuits.

Just today I received correspondence from our Regional Director noting the outstanding achievements of 5 VCE students, David Edelman, Nashira Carr, Hannah Wykes, Alice Wegner – each Premiers VCE Excellence Award recipients, and Ruth Molloy for Top Class Presentation VCE Excellence Drama.

CSIRO Student Research Scheme

Christian Teese must be congratulated on his acceptance into this exciting research scheme.  Christian will be working alongside an experienced scientist over the July holidays.

Victorian Institute of Sport

I would like to congratulate Evie Lake, Laura Greve, Cameron Blewett, Lucas Simpson and Aaron Fluck who are currently training with the Victorian Institute of Sport Volleyball program.

Nillumbik Shire Exhibition

Gemma Mather and Briana Barling have been granted Youth Arts Scholarships and have collaborated with another young artist to mount a week long exhibition of their works.  Congratulations to Gemma and Briana on achieving their scholarships, which is in recognition of their pursuits in art.

If you wish to view Gemma and Briana’s work visit the Eltham Library Community Gallery between

30 April and 6 May

Year 8 Surf Camp

Our year 8’s have returned from a most successful surf camp at Torquay.  Twenty staff (and five student teachers) organized a commendable and enjoyable series of camps.

Thanks and congratulations are due to Lyn Davis, Janet Goldman, Damien Miles, Seamus Robertson, Ross Pringle, Luke Ferns, Soile Keskinen, Mitzi McRae, Vinny Gandolfo, Natalie Shilo, John Elordieta, Greg Thomas, Dina Manikas, Jon Williams, Linda McLeod, Mark Drysdale, David Lynch, Judy Taylor, Max Balchin, Andrew Lilienthal, Robbie Moloney, Leanne Melgaard, Alison Shella, Kathy Young and Jane Lake.

Parent Teacher Interviews

In the last two weeks of term 1, the school conducted Parent Teacher Interviews.  Now is a great time to follow up on this valuable feedback.  It is most useful to work with your child to set goals for this terms work.  The feedback from teachers would form a sound framework for identifying areas for improvement and setting goals to promote this during the remainder of semester one.

Needless to say, senior students will be focusing on the upcoming examination period and would need to include a highly functional homestudy regime alongside their ongoing work commitment.


Barbara Peachey, Acting Principal.







During the last week of term 1 (7-11 April) the year 8’s went on surf camp at Torquay.  On the way to the Torquay Caravan Park we stopped at the Surf Museum & watched a short film about surfing.  We also had some time to look at some surf shops.  When we arrived at Torquay Caravan Park we set up our things and had some time to get ready for our activities.  We did either surfing or kayaking.  On the way to the beach we were fitted for full-length wetsuits.  When we did the surfing we were taught how to stand up and talked about some safety rules.  Then we went out and had a go.  Most people were able to stand up and even if you didn’t you still had a lot of fun.  When we did kayaking we were taught how to paddle and some more safety tips.  The kayaks were two people kayaks and were reasonably easy to use.  We caught some waves and rode them into the beach.  It was a lot of fun.  We had a BBQ tea, which was tasty.  Some of the students helped to cook it.  W also had a night walk along the beach and enjoyed some night activities.  Overall the camp was a lot of fun.  We would like to thank the teachers who made this camp possible.

Ashley McLachlan & Claire Edgoose 8G



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.





Easter Egg Raffle –Winners

1st Prize Kyle McCormack Y11

2nd Prize Tristan Kelly 8F

3rd Prize George Franklin

Thank you for supporting this business exercise

Business Management students project




When an ambulance is called…



When it is judged to be necessary by a member of staff, the EHS First Aid attendant, the member of staff in charge of a group of students on camp, on an excursion or at sport, an ambulance will be called to transport an injured student, (or staff member or member of the general public) to hospital.


The decision to call an ambulance is the responsibility of the staff member present, exercising the duty of care. Every reasonable effort will be made to contact a parent or designated contact person, but the immediate well being of the student (or staff etc.) will have priority.


Parents need to clearly understand that the cost of such ambulance transport will not be born by the school. The school does not have insurance to cover costs associated with injuries to students. The student insurance scheme offered by Jardine’s Insurance covers the cost of emergency transport, but not by ambulance. Private Health Insurance may cover ambulance transport but each family needs to check the details of their own cover if they have any.


Below is the table of ambulance costs (Taken from the MAS Website)

Emergency Attendance Fee


$ 216.43

Emergency Ambulance attendance and transport fee


$ 659.35

Non-emergency Stretcher Transport Fee

First 10 km
10.1 - 100 km
100.01 - 300 km
300.01 km and over

$ 304.68
$ 7.14 per km
$ 4.74 per km
$ 2.42 per km

Clinic Car Transport Fee

First 10 km
10.1 - 100 km
100.01 - 300 km
300.01 km and over

$ 71.44
$ 2.10 per km
$ 1.06 per km
$ 0.48 per km

Air Ambulance
Fixed Wing Transport Fee


$ 660.11 1st hour
$ 11.01 each additional minute

Transport Fee


$ 2,488.93 1st hour
$ 41.48 each additional minute


The Metropolitan Ambulance Service membership costs $90 for a family and $45 for an individual. Would you consider this a good investment?

EHS Health & Safety Committee











Concert Reviews


On Monday 7th April a number of our performing ensembles presented an enjoyable evening of music at the Doncaster Salvation Army.  The Jazz Band, directed by Eugene Ball commenced the concert with two contrasting pieces.  Despite the group having many new players, the band played very well, showing lots of potential for the future.  The Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Ensemble, conducted by Meg George and Sally Davis respectively, presented some fine chamber music and further contrast was provided by our choirs.  It was very pleasing to see and hear our Junior and Senior Choirs making their debut, with some fifty students being involved in theses two vocal ensembles.  Congratulations to their director Alex Cameron and accompanist Mark Drysdale for their work with these enthusiastic students.  After a short interval Meg George conducted the Concert Band in some contrasting and entertaining music that brought the evening to a fitting conclusion.  Thank you to staff members responsible for their work with these performance ensembles and to the Music Support Group for their logistical support for the evening.  Congratulations to the students for presenting a wonderful evening of music.


The Symphonic Band combined with the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band and the Grainger Wind Symphony to present its first concert for 2003.  The concert, held at Luther College in Croydon on the last Thursday of term one, gave the symphonic band the opportunity to present some fine symphonic repertoire, showing the potential to develop into another outstanding EHS Symphonic Band.  The evening was well attended with the enthusiastic audience enjoying some excellent playing from all three ensembles.


Symphonic Band Concert

On Saturday 3rd May the Symphonic Band will be presenting a concert in conjunction with the Box Hill Salvation Army Band.  The concert will be held at the Salvation Army in Nelson Rd. Box Hill commencing at 7.30pm.  Tickets, available at the door, are $ 7.00 for adults and children will be admitted free.


Year 12 Recitals

On Monday 12th May our Year 12 Music Performance students will present solo recitals.  The evening will commence at 7.30pm in room 404.  Students, parents, teachers and friends are welcome to come along and enjoy the playing of our senior students.


Training Band Debut Concert

Each year the Debut Concert of our Training Band is always a special event.  Make sure you are there on Thursday 22nd May to experience this special event and support our newest instrumentalists.  The concert commencing at 7.30pm will be held in the school hall.  Put this date in your diary.





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



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






Northern Zone Champions

Congratulations to all eight of our volleyball teams on winning their northern Zone volleyball competitions in the last week of last term.  This is a huge accomplishment that has not been achieved before.  To get all volleyball teams into the state finals is very satisfying.  We wish them all luck.  The senior and intermediate teams will play at MSAC on Friday 23 May where they will meet the three other metro zone winners and four country zone winners to decide the best VSSSA team in the state for 2003.  The year 7 and 8 teams will also play their state finals at MSAC but not until Tuesday 2 December. Plenty of time to practice.

Volleyball Uniforms

During year 7 sport this week the year 7 volleyball squad members will be able to try on a volleyball shirt to check sizes before we put in an order.  Any other volleyballers in the school who wish to purchase a volleyball shirt must see Mr Thomas this week.

Fun Run

On Wednesday morning, year 7 students will have an assembly to have details of our school fun run explained to them.  At this assembly they will receive a sponsorship book and a pen compliments of ‘Golden Circle’.  Year 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to gain sponsorship for our school fun/cross country run which will be held in two weeks time.  Year 8 students will receive their book and pen in a few days during class time. Details of the fundraising program and the thankyou prizes are all contains in the sponsorship book.  Money raised will go into the volleyball program which runs without school funding.

Students are encouraged to raise as much money as possible and return the sponsorship book and money to the school cashier in the week after the fun run.


Greg Thomas  Volleyball Program Coordinator


EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad offers all students the chance to improve their swimming as well as their fitness.  Sessions are held at the Eltham Leisure Centre on a Thursday morning from 7:00am until 8:00am and will be starting this week.  The cost for a ten week term is $60 which covers the lane hire as well as the coaching fees.  Fees are payable to the Cashier at EHS.  Neroli Nixon, a Level 2 Performance Coach supervises the squad and makes sure that each student is given an constructive and varied session.  The number of students attending in Term One averaged 22 with students from every level taking part.  Get in the swim this Thursday morning!


Cross Country

Interested in a season of Cross Country running?  The season of Athletics Victoria Cross Country events gets under way this Saturday with the Cross Country relays at the Werribee Equestrian Centre.  Age groups for girls and boys for competitions are Under 14, 16 18 and 20.  Open age competition is also conducted.  The Diamond Valley Athletics Club welcomes new members.  Training is held at Willinda Park, Greensborough from 5:00pm on a Tuesday and Thursday.  For further information contact Max Balchin at the school or check the website, www.athsvic.org.au/clubs/diaval

Max Balchin,



Trudi Bons from the Institute of Chartered Accountants gave a presentation to a group of 40 keen students from years 9-12 on April 10th.  She spoke about qualifications required, work involved in being an accountant, money and other rewards such as overseas opportunities once you obtain your Chartered Accounting qualification.  This proved to be a most informative session and hopefully will encourage more students to trake up accounting in the future.

Helen Morris, Accounting Teacher



WEEDS need brightly coloured, interestingly shaped recyclable bottles such as Preen, Domestos or laundry detergent bottles.  Students will be making native animals from them for display at the Eltham Environment Festival on June 1

There will be a box at the staffroom entrance where students can drop off contributions (preferably washed out – thanks)

Nikki Gemmill, SOSE teacher


Students please note:

Excursion Payment Date:







due by

Intermediate Band

Healesville Camp



MS Science Earth & Stars





Montsalvat Medieval Day



Jill Wallis, Cashier


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

Marika Smith, Finance Manager



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



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.





CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 30

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



Thur 1

C.Tilley, G. Guilfoyle, L. Sanders,S.Ball

Fri 2

H.Devlin, M.Parsons, M.Mayall, D.Edgell

Mon 5

N.Heffernan, J.Rachim, C.Deylen, C. Pernice

Tues 6

Y.Morrison, J.Gale, B.Bensaude, D. Greig

Wed 7

L. Burleigh, W.Waghorn, C.Richards,       K. Finkelde, J. Oates

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager





S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 30

See front page



Thurs 1

See front page

Sat 3

See front page

Mon 5

See front page

Tue 6

See front page

Wed 7

Music – Intermediate Band Tour (Healesville)

O&ES Y11 Cycling 12.40-2.30pm

Sport Inter Sport Group Athletics (Meadowglen)

Thurs 8


Fri 9


Mon 12

SOSE Y12 History Lecture (Federation Hall St Kilda Rd)

Music – A Night of Jazz at EHS (Postponed)

Music Y12 recitals (to be advised)

Tue 13

SOSE MS Crim Law Magistrate’s Court 8.30-12.30 (Broadmeadows)

O&ES Y11 Cycling & Caving (Warburton)






Community Announcements/Advertising




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)




Please see the General Office



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



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



The Nillumbik Youth Arts Scholarship Exhibition

Opening Wednesday 30 April 6-8pm

Exhibition dates:

30th April – 6th May

Eltham Library Community Gallery\

Panther Place

Eltham (Melways 21 J5)

The Shire of Nillumbik, Theatre de Luna, & Unique Creatures invite you to the opening of this exciting exhibition of work produced by the dynamic collaboration of Paul French, master puppeteer, Karyn Kamminga, theatre director and three emerging young artists: Briana Barling (Y12 student EHS) costume design, Lee Ferraro, Puppet construction & Gemma Mather (Y12 student EHS), sculpture











Sports Speak with Tina McKenzie

National Wheelchair Basketballer

Date:29 May 2003

Time:Doors Open 6.30p, for a 7pm start

Where: Eltham Community and Reception Centre

            Main Road, Eltham

A quarterly seminar series in which distinguished athletes with a disability talk about their inspiration, successes and thoughts about being actively involved in sport and recreation.

Local information about how you can get involved in sport and recreation will be available on the night.

Registration is essential.

Phone Megan Andrews or

Marion Swinkels: 9433 3210




Young Women Stepping Forward

Ever felt lonely or depressed?

Want to try something new?

Live in Nillumbik area and want to meet other women in your area?

Are you 18-35 years old?

A program where young jisolated women get together to try out fun activities

Tuesdays 12.30-2.30pm May 6 – June 24

Diamond Creek Living and Learning Centre

119 Cowin St, Diamond Creek

Phone:Jean @Neami Nth East 9459 5455








At our recent working bee at the school I was sadly informed of the tragic death of Phil Burley a Member of the Eltham Baptist Church.

I have only known Phil for the last couple of years but in that time I have warmed to his depth of generosity and humanity in his capacity to work with our school community on a range of working bee projects we have organised together at the school.  Most recently in late 2002 he was instrumental in providing professional support and lots of volunteers to attend our combined working bee at the school on behalf of the Eltham Baptist Church.

Phil’s ability to work with a range of personalities, his big smile, his unflappable nature, his genuine humanity and generosity of time will stick with me in my memories.

Our deepest sympathies go to his family: wife Alison and daughters Georgina, Mikayla and Sigourney.  I was privileged to attend Phil’s Memorial Service at Blackburn in which his life was celebrated by all who knew him.

What a Life!


John Coates

for Ground Committee at Eltham High School