Text Box: Term 2  Week 5
Tuesday, 27th May 2003


This Thursday and Friday we welcome prospective students and their parents to see the school community at work



Thursday 29th May 7:30pm in the hall.  Please let friends and neighbours know of this date if they have children in Grade 6.


Friday 30th May.  Parents who have children in Grade 6 or below are invited between 9 and 12 noon.  Morning tea will be provided between 10:30 - 11am.

Tours will run from the Library commencing at 9:30am.  No Bookings necessary. 


Any further queries regarding enrolment should be directed to Damien Miles, Head of Junior School

Visit our web site to learn more about our school.





Wednesday 28

Concert Band Tour to Mt Beauty & Wodonga

SOSE M/S Legal Studies Excursion Magistrates Court, Heidelberg & Old Melbourne Goal

Thursday 29

SOSE M/S Environment Studies visit Edendale Farm

Yr11 Art & M/S Painting to Bundoora Homestead

Friday 30

Year 7 2004 Open Morning for parents and students starts 9am in the library

SOSE M/S Legal Studies Heidelberg Magistrates Court

Year 7 2004 Parent Information Evening in the hall 7:30-9:30pm

Monday 2 June

All Yr7’s Gamelan Workshop

Music Training Band Workshop

Yr11 Recitals 4-6pm and 7-10pm

Tuesday 3

Careers Tertiary Information Morning all Yr12’s to LaTrobe University


Principal’s Report

Thank You

I would like to thank all the staff and parents of the school who have so warmly welcomed me back from sick leave. I have missed being at work very much. Being Principal of this fine school is a most satisfying job and I am pleased to have returned.


I have taken the chance this week to reflect on the way our school is progressing. Last year was a very successful one for our students and for the school. VCE results were outstanding, with four students winning Premier’s Awards for Excellence. Our students also excelled in a very wide range of extra curricula activities including student writing, a number of elite sports, performing arts, visual art and photography and performance music. We also tend to remember the “big event” activities such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival or the Fellowship of Australian Writer’s Awards Ceremony. However, most of our students gain their successes by plugging away on a daily basis in class with their success reflecting that ongoing effort. I think of the students who gained High Distinctions in the UNSW Mathematics competitions, or the very successful group of students who entered and won sections in the schools’ poetry competition.


It was this wide spread high level achievement that led to our school winning the Australia’s Best Schools Competition in the section for Outstanding Overall Achievement.


I am very pleased to see that the dedication of our students and their teachers continues through this year.


I would like to thank Ms Barb Peachey who stepped into the principal position while I was ill. Her experience as a principal was of benefit to the school and I thank her for her efforts. I would also like to thank the Assistant Principals, Hermina Burns, Judy Boyle and Trevor Jenkins, and our Business Manager, Bruce Martyn, who took on additional duties and responsibilities over the last six weeks. Their extra efforts have clearly made the difference as we move towards the end of the first semester.


Anthology Launch

This Friday sees the launch of the Award Winning 2003 Student Anthology, see me through cellophane. This will be a great evening and we will be making a number of very significant awards to students, including the 2003 Philip Adams Award. I would like to congratulate all the students who have been published in the anthology, the winners of the various awards, the editorial committee for their leadership and Ms Clare McKay for her outstanding dedication to excellence in literature.

Paul Rose, Principal.

Your Invitation to attend , , , ,

Anthology launch

see me through cellophane

2002 FAW National Winner!!!!!

Friday 30 May

Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery

Westerfolds Park


launched by Brian Patterson, Indigenous Writer and Journalist from the Herald/Sun

Music: three causeless blows (EHS VCE students)

RSVP 9439 5111 by Thursday 29 May



Almost 30 parents, students and teachers turned out to the working bee at school on the 18th May.  This was a working bee that almost didn’t make it off the ground due to adverse weather in the initial stages, but by 9:15am Sunday the skies cleared and it was full bore ahead with most jobs completed by 12:30pm due to the input by the contributors who attended.  The following tasks were completed successfully.

·         230 plants positioned, staked and bagged in the courtyard complex and at the end of the tennis courts.

·         20 cubic metres of mulch spread around the new plantings in the Courtyard complex and the Environment Reserve.

·         A new post and rail fence constructed adjacent to the bike shed.

·         A new retaining wall constructed in the Arts courtyard.

·         Brush cutting and mowing completed in a range of areas around the school.

·         Concrete refuse and rubbish removed from the end of the tennis court complex.

Thanks to Philip Green who supplied morning tea and Bob Ackland who supplied lunch and cooked it.  Thanks also to the families who braved the elements and contributed to an overall excellent result.  We salute the following families who came on the day.

Jenkins, Heffernan, Hughes, Froebel, Hattam, Paul, Lynch, Taylor, Mauger, Portman, Benjamin, Robertson, Fueggle, Lillie, Neale, Boyle, Allan, Reynolds, Stewart, Chilton, Anderson, Grey, Ackland, Baker and Green.


A reminder that our next Working bee will be on Sunday 22nd June when we will again be tackling a range of tasks to improve the environmental outcomes for the school.  Thanks again to all those who contributed on the day.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee




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.





Boorondara Eistedffod

The Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Ensemble participated in the prestigious Boorondara Music Eisteddfod last week.  Ensembles from both private and state high schools competed with many groups performing at very high standard.  Our three ensembles performed extremely well with the Saxophone Ensemble gaining third place amongst some very stiff competition.  Congratulations to all the students involved and thanks to their directors, Julie Danaher, Meg George and Sally Davis.

We wish our year 11 and 12 students well as they compete in the solo sections of this competition this week.


Debut Concert

Last Thursday saw our Training Band present its debut performance in the school hall.  This concert is always a special event, with this occasion being no exception.  The Combined Primary Schools Band [Jenni Ahpee and Daniel Neal], performing for the first time, commenced the concert with three pieces before the Junior Choir [Alex Cameron] presented two contrasting songs.  The Training Band [Sally Davis] performed a program, which included full band arrangements along with items, which featured different sections of the band as well as individual soloists.  The evening was a great success with many relatives and friends enjoying the performances of all three groups. 


Year 11 Recitals

VCE Unit One Music Performance students will be presenting their solo recitals on Monday 2nd June.  Due to the large number of students, recitals will be in two sessions: 4.00 - 6.00pm and 7.00 - 10.00pm.  All recitals will be presented in room 404.


Mid Year Concerts

Two concerts will be presented at Yarra Valley Anglican School on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th June.  These concerts will feature all bands; choir’s ensembles and string orchestra so put these dates in your diary. Further details will be published in next week's newsletter.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Fun Run

Sponsorship books and money must be returned to the cashier by Thursday.  The thank-you prizes will be ordered on Fridays and should be distributed in 2-3 weeks.

Volleyball Training this term

Yr 7 boys

Tuesday lunchtime

Yr 7 girls

Monday lunchtime

Yr 8 boys

Monday 3:15 – 4:30pm and

Thursday lunchtime

Yr 8 girls

Monday 3:15-4:30pm and

Wednesday lunchtime

Inter boys

Friday lunchtime

U16 girls

Wednesday 3:15-4pm

Senior boys Senior/ U17 girls

Break until Term 3

VSSSA Volleyball Finals

Congratulations to our intermediate boys volleyball team on winning the VSSSA volleyball final for the second year in a row.  The boys went through all three rounds of the competition undefeated.  The term comprised of David Parsons, Ryan Dunn, Elliot Winfield, Aaron Fluck, Aaron Zilm, Darren Patterson, Beau Biggs, Shaun Cole, Lachlan Gardner and Guy Franklin.  Our senior boys and girls both made the final of their competitions but were narrowly defeated in the final.  The senior boys played a superb match and lost by only 3 points to Berwick Secondary College.  The senior girls coached by Mr. Ferns also played some great volleyball but couldn’t overcome a very determined Eummemering SC in the final minutes of the day.  Our intermediate girls team played very well and were unlucky to make the finals.


Thank-you to Mr. Fluck, Ms. Traeger and Mr. Ferns for their support and coaching expertise during the day.


Under 17 state titles

The under 17 state titles are scheduled to be played at Kew High School on Sunday 22nd of June.  Any under 17 players interested in playing should see Mr. Thomas for details.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



Exciting activities.

Hi Everyone.  Winter’s here but we are not hibernating.  There are lots of activities to look forward to.  The year & Individual classes will be off to the Zoo on June 6th to study about the animals of the rainforest with particular reference to Indonesia.  An exciting competition called “Why learn French” is coming up soon for nominated Year 10 French students.  The prize is a return airfare and insurance plus $500 picket money allowance.  For details please see Madam Nicassio and also the website www.studentexchange.org.au.  Also there is writing and speaking competition for years 7-11 held by Victorian Indonesian Teachers Association and details are available from you Indonesian teachers.  All the best with your LOTE studies.

Pompa Brady Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



Each Tuesday night after school 3:30-4:30pm in room 301.

Get up to date, catch up, get some extra help, and get ahead!

Come along for any of the above reasons.  See your M/S coordinator for more info.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Coordinator




Parents of Year 12 students, please note that all Year 12 students are regularly issued with a copy of Career News at EHS. It contains lots of information about career choice, particular careers, important dates, etc. Please ask to have a look at a copy if you haven't already seen it. The better-informed parents will be able to better assist with choices later in the year.



Are you intending or thinking about applying for a Medicine, Dental Science or Physiotherapy course anywhere in Australia? If so, you must apply for the UMAT Aptitude Test. Applications to sit the test close on 13 June 2003.  The test date is 30 July 2003; an application fee of $120 applies. Students must ring ACER on 9277 5673.  Failure to sit the test means you cannot be accepted into a course regardless of your ENTER.


In 2003, Year 10’s will undertake Work Experience for one week, in Week Three Term Three, between Monday July 28 and Friday August 2.

Students must obtain appropriate and relevant work experience that is directly related to a possible career that students may consider for the future. – e.g. fashion designer – at a Chapel Street clothes store.





No student will be allowed to undertake Work Experience unless both of these forms are completed

Work Experience forms MUST be submitted to the Careers Room by no later than Friday June 20 (the second last week of term).

Julie Allen Careers Coordinator




The Eltham Community Health Centre will be visiting the school on July 31, 2003 to offer the Meningococcal serogroup C Vaccine

Parents are asked to read carefully the information fact sheet accompanying the Consent card and note ALL CONSENT CARDS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL.

It is imperative that the Community Health Centre receives all consent cards issued irrespective if the students are to be immunised, previously immunised or choose not to be immunised

Deadline for return of cards is this Friday 30th May

Please contact Eltham Community Health Centre on 9430 9124 or 9430 9138 if you have any enquiries or require further information.


Consent cards have been issued to students in years 7, 8 & 9

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Operations



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 28

J.Shaw, J.Johnson, S.Pickering, C.Richards

Thur 29

J.Samphier, S.McEwin, C.Simpson, C.Buller, S.Ball

Fri 30

V.White-hall, G.Gallagher, D.Edgell, D.Arrowsmith


Mon 2

M.Cefai, R.Brak, S.Lynch

Tue 3

J.Harcourt, S.Malkoutzis, D.Arrowsmith

Wed 4

K.Finkelde, J.Oates, C.Morrison

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager





S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 27 to

Tues 3

See front page


Fri 6

All Yr 7 students Environmental Studies Performance

Yr 9 Reconciliation Assembly

Mon 9

Queens Birthday holiday

Tues 10

Yr11 exams-Info Tech/Music Perf, DT Wood, Dance, Politics, IT/History, Indonesian, Accounting

Wed 11

Yr11 exams-Food Tech/Media,Studio Arts,Ceramics,French/HHD, Economics

Thurs 12

GAT – for all students completing a Unit3/4 subject

Fri 13

Yr11 exams- English/General Maths A & B / Legal Studies, DT Fibres, Drama

Sat 14 & Sun 15

Music Victorian Solo & Ensemble Championships

Mon 16

Yr 11 exams- Maths Methods/ Biology/Phys Ed,Philosophy

Tues 17

Yr 11 exams –Physics ,Art/ Literature, VET Multi Media/ Chemistry,Outdoor Ed

Wed 18

Yr 11 exams- Music styles, Geography, Bus Manage/Psychology/Studio Asrts-Photography, VCD

Thurs 19

Unit 2 commences for VCE students

O&ES Yr12 Marine Discovery Centre at Queencliff



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.

Community Announcements/Advertising


EHS Swim Squad


Thursday morning 7am until 8am


Eltham Leisure Centre

Who’s it for?

ALL students

What it Costs

$6 per session to school cashier covers the lane hire as well as coaching fees -Neroli Nixon, a Level 2 Performance Coach who supervises the squad)

Max Balchin, Athletics coach


Living Today For Tomorrow

Come & Celebrate World Environment Day and Reconciliation Week at Nillumbik Shire Council’s Community Environment Festival

Sunday 1 June 2003 from 10am – 4pm

at Edendale Farm Community Environment Centre, Gastons Road, Eltham (Melway 22 A2)

Eltham High displays student works in the recycled Art project - Children’s Tent at the Environment Centre.


Fruit bowl Productions

Featuring: Revulsion, Neon Nugluu, Shake Well, Anti Ant, All or Nothing, Principle

Friday June 6 – 7-11:30pm  - for All Ages

Diamond Creek Community Centre, Diamond Creek

This is a fully supervised drug & alcohol free event, no pass outs.

More information call Fruitbowl Productions 9439 0222


Whitehorse Musical Theatre Inc




The Besen Centre

87-89 Station St, Burwood

Bookings:        0500 801 474

Adults: $33  Conc: $29  Child: $22

(Special prices on Wed & Thurs)

Suzie Dwyer of Yr 10 has the role of Louisa on

May, 29, 31



Parents – do you have a former Yr 11/12 student in the family who has a TI 83 calculator that is no longer needed?

We have buyers waiting who can turn this calculator into cash. 

Please contact the General Office.


Topline Tennis

Head Start Program

Enrol and receive a FREE racquet to get started with! – for 5-7 year olds

Group lessons /Beginners Lessons / Private Lessons / Adult Coaching / Progressive Training Programs – flyer available at EHS office with all details

Venues: Research and Viewbank Tennis Clubs and Eltham High School

All enquiries and bookings can be made by ringing

David Underwood 9434 3480 / 0415 88 11 38