Text Box: Term 3  Week 1
Tuesday, 15th July 2003




Thursday 17

Music Parent/teacher interviews from 7pm in the library area.  Appointments may be made through the Music office.

Monday 21

Music Camps: Training, Intermediate & Concert Band and Concert Strings begin at The Basin.

Tuesday 22

O&ES Yr11 Cross Country Skiing at Lake Mountain




Symphonic Band Tour

Each year one of the musical highlights for the EHS Symphonic Band is the tour that is taken at the end of term 2. It is not only an important social event for the bonding of the group but it is a chance to show other musicians around the country what "EHS musos" have to offer.  Last term saw the band travel to Canberra and Sydney. We spent a single night in Canberra where we didn’t get a chance to see much. We performed with Canberra Youth Music in the evening and went home with our billets for a good nights sleep.


When the band arrived in Sydney the next morning we performed at Darling Harbour to a large audience by the harbour side. We were then off to Chatswood to meet our new billets and enjoy a free afternoon with them. On the Wednesday morning we had a combined rehearsal with Chatswood, then we went to play for Mowbray Primary School. After a fun morning playing for very excited kids we participated in a workshop with Dr. Robert Feller.  Dr Feller is a very well known American conductor and we were very fortunate to have the opportunity of working with him. It was a very valuable experience and I’m sure that everyone learnt lots from his simple yet very effective method of teaching. We then performed a combined concert with Chatswood in the evening and I know I speak for everyone by saying it was an enjoyable and rewarding yet very exhausting day.


On the Thursday we travelled to Manly Selective High School, where we unpacked, and then headed off to play for Mona Vale Primary School. Once again they were a highly excitable group of kids who sang, danced, clicked and clapped along to the music. We went home with our new billets for a meal, and then met back at the Manly Leagues Club for a concert to help raise money for a much needed piano for the school.    

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Principal’s Report


Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 3. this term is a very exciting one – with much serious work to be done by VCE students as they prepare for end of year examinations. Our new buildings are now in use and almost totally finished. I would particularly like to thank Business Manager, Bruce Martyn, who has made a super-human effort over the last weeks and led a great team of workers to ensure that classrooms and lockers were ready for students on Monday. Thank you Bruce.


Staff changes

This term we welcome back Liz Lacy who has returned from her year’s leave. It’s good to have Liz back with us. We also welcome Deborah Gribben who is replacing Damien Miles who is unwell, Ms Jenny Maclean who is replacing Manuela Nicassio who has taken long service leave for Term 3, Ms Lisa Ball who has replaced Marika Smith as Finance Manager. Marika is on family leave and we wish her, her partner and their new baby all the best.


At the end of Term 2 Ms Barb Oliver resigned from teaching too pursue other career options. We will have a farewell function for Barb in the very near future. Barb has made a major contribution to the education of many students over her years at Eltham High School and I thank her for that. Barb is being replaced for the remainder of this year by Mr Stephen Ford and we welcome him to our school.



Congratulations to Carolyn Deller (Yr 12) who has gained an Accounting Traineeship with KPMG for 2004.  Congratulations also to Luke Deylen (Yr 10) who has been selected for the U/16 Victorian Basketball team, to Lauren Batty (Yr 10) who has been accepted into the Victorian Gymnastics Team to compete at the national championships in August, to Guy Franklin (Yr 9) who has been selected for the VSSSA Volleyball Championships Team and to Emilie Gassin (Yr 10) who has been selected as a member of the 2003 VSSSA Soccer team competing in Melbourne next month.


Paul Rose, Principal.


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On the Friday after a very busy week we were off for a day of fun at ‘Australia’s Wonderland’. It was a very enjoyable day of rides, photos and sideshows. In the evening we went to Pizza Hut for dinner before getting back on the bus for the 12-hour bus ride home. At 6am we arrived back in Eltham then took ourselves home to bed for some needed sleep.

The tour was definitely a highlight of the year and an experience that everyone will remember for a long time to come. Special thanks goes to Mrs George, Ms Cameron, Mr Drysdale and of course Mr Waterworth.  Without teachers like yourselves a tour such as this would not have been possible.

Ashlee Bain Symphonic band leader


Music Support Group News...

This Thursday is the Music Support Group's Annual General Meeting.

We welcome new faces and will not put pressure on you for executive positions!

Just come along and hear what the MSG is about and meet our members.

The meeting will be in the school's Library at 8pm.

Any queries, please ring Jill on 9439 9673.


Bills could win your school $5000

Australia Post’s Postbillpay Competition gives schools the chance to benefit from a $5000 prize.  Whenever you pay a bill by phone, Internet or in person, through Australia Post from July 7 to September 26, you can enter a competition to win $5000 for yourself and $5000 for your school. 

For more information, log on to www.auspost.com.au/postbillpay or www.postbillpay.com.au




WEEDS are organising a weekend camping and tree planting in Little Desert National Park (see details below) as part of a larger Landcare program.

Free camping, food and entertainment.  Bus leaves Friday afternoon back Sunday night.  Group will be fully supervised by EHS teachers.  We need to know numbers by Monday 21 July.

See Nikki Gemmill to register interest.


Hindmarsh Landcare Network

Landcare Weekend - 16th & 17th August 2003

Hindmarsh Landcare Network invites you to the 6th annual ever-popular weekend based at the Whimpey’s famous Little Desert Lodge, just south of Nhill.

This year we will focus on Landcare issues within the region.  Planting sites will be mostly on private properties where Land care members are working hard to reduce the effects of salinity.  Your work will help the farmers meet their aims and contribute to re-establishing natural vegetation.  You will also meet the farmers and learn first hand what has been achieved so far and their future plans.

The other site is Snape Reserve, a 500ha property purchased by Trust for Nature for conservation and restoration of its valuable ecosystem.



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.



30TH July 2003 – Australian Stock Exchange

Download registration form: www.icaa.org.au/cacareerforum

Helen Morris, Accounting teacher



Students of the Middle School Puppetry class were required to design their own puppet and choose the most appropriate materials to construct them.  They were also required to build and install a working moving part, eg wings, eyes, mouth or eyelids.

This week a most interesting and colourful display of puppets can be viewed in the administration foyer.  Congratulations to all students involved in this exciting project.

Sue Pickett, Puppetry class teacher



Congratulations to Danielle Gori who won 2nd Prize of $50 and 3 films/processing for the print in the “My Monty” photo competition, as seen in last weeks Diamond Valley News.

Ian Clark, Photography teacher



EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad will re-commence this Thursday morning – 7am until 8 am at the Eltham Leisure Centre.  Under the guidance of Level 2 Performance Coach, Neroli Nixon, the EHS Swim Squad has consistently required 3 lanes to accommodate the good turn –out.  The sessions are varied and enjoyable.  All levels of swimming abilities are catered for in the sessions.  The cost for a 10-week term is $60, payable to the School Cashier.

Max Balchin, Coach


2003 Road Relay Championships

EHS students are invited to participate in this enjoyable and well-organised road relay held around the campus of Latrobe University this Saturday – July 19th

The program is as follows:


Age Group




Under 14


4 x 2km


Under 16


4 x 2km


Under 18


4 x 3km


Under 20


4 x 3km

Students intending to participate must confirm their place with Mr Balchin.  Cost for the event is $5.  Students participating must arrive at the start/finish area (Car park 6 from Ring Road) at least 30 minutes before their event.  Assistance from parents able to help officiate at the start/finish area would also be appreciated.

Max Balchin, Athletics coach



Intermediate Girls Netball

On June 24th Eltham High School Girls Intermediate Netball played Viewbank for a place in the zone finals.  The Eltham girls played extremely well, but unfortunately, Viewbank defeated Eltham 25-11.  The Eltham netball team consisted of Daisy Pearce, Brianna Spoor, Claire Bass, Hannah Massingham, Shannon Twomey, Emma Baker, Jess Whitehead, Sally Thomas, Amy Deacon and Felecity Paciocco.

Good effort girls!

Written by scorers - Jasmine Putra-rachim and  Hannah Jones



Special Volleyball Evening – Wednesday 25th June.

Thank you to those parents and players who supported the volleyball presentation night.

Visiting team from USA

During the week July 7-14 we hosted a girls volleyball team from Iowa.  Nine very lovely girls and their coach played games against Hawks, Monash University and Eltham High as well as visiting Torquay, Melbourne City, Victoria Market and the MCG (thanks to Tony Newlands for organizing the tickets).  A huge thankyou to those families that put their hand up to help look after the girls while they visited Melbourne.  Thanks to the Fatchen, Velo, Baker, Spawton, Adams, Dattner, Way, Newlands and Jones families, your hospitality was greatly appreciated.  Coach Kehe said everything was ‘really neat’.

Congratulations to the twelve students that represented Victoria in Brisbane last week

The U17 boys and girls teams both won gold medals and the U19 boys and girls teams both won silver medals.  Victoria retained the Presidents cup for the best overall team.  Congratulations to Ryan Dunn and Ogor Yudin on being selected in the Australian all-star six in their age group.


Other important volleyball dates

August 30- September 5

U16 Vic teams to Canberra

September 13, 14 & 15

Victorian Schools Cup

December 2

Yr 7 & 8 VSSSA state finals

December 7 to 12

National Schools Cup


Volleyball Banner Competition

Entries will be accepted up until this Friday.  The winner will be announced next week.

Junior Volleyball

A new season of junior volleyball begins this Thursday after school.  See Mr Thomas for an entry form this week.

Victoria Schools Cup

Entries for the Victorian Schools Cup have to be in by next Wednesday.  All students who wish to take part will need to collect details from Mr Thomas in the P.E. office.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator




Applications for Semester 2 EMA are now open.  If you have already received the EMA during Semester 1, there is no further action required. 

For new applications, forms are available from the office.  Applications must be lodged no later than the 22 August. 

FREE to a good home

The school has a number of old metal lockers that are looking for somewhere new to live.  If you would like one, please contact me.  We will be disposing of lockers at the end of next week.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager



Yr 9 Classes

Whilst the Yr 10s are out on Work Experience for one week beginning Monday 28, July, the Yr 9’s will be continuing with ‘normal’ core classes but will be involved in an alternative program during ‘elective’ times.

This will include an excursion to the City and sessions on Tax File Number Registration, Indigenous movies, Work Experience preparation for December, Work Safety Issues, and electives.

Total cost of $10 including a train & tram ticket.

Students will be given further details on Friday of this Week


Open Days UNIS & TAFES 2003

It is vital for year 10-12 students planning on tertiary study to go to University and TAFE Open Days. Many students do not select the most suitable course because they do not do their research, often basing their decisions on the opinions of others, or sheer guesswork. Check out courses, facilities, location, transport, nature of courses by going to the institutions. Open Days are usually on Sundays, during August. Parents are strongly encouraged to take senior students or to encourage them to organise for a group of friends to go together. Year 10 and 11 students should collect a timetable of Open Days from the Careers Room this week.


Year 10 Work Experience

one week only Week 3 Term 3

July 28 - Aug 2.

New government regulations regarding work experience require employers to complete a risk assessment form. Students must ensure that this ‘pink’ form is completed and attached to the arrangement form.

Is your work experience form in?  Please take action NOW


Psychometric testing

The total cost of this service is $90, for all details of this testing see Week 8 edition of the Newsletter dated 17th June via our website

Test Date

Saturday, August 2

Eltham High School library - 9am

Julie Allen Careers Coordinator



The Federal Government has developed a Meningococcal C Immunization Program.

Starting on 1 July 2003, students from Prep to Year 9 are able to take advantage of this through school based immunisation programs.

Program resources, including consent cards and disease fact sheets for students and parents, will be available to assist in the program delivery by local government immunisation providers.

Eltham Community Health Centre will be conducting the immunization program here at EHS on July 31st at 9am.Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Management



Students interested are invited to register their name at the General office.  For more information see Cassie Kreymborg or Jon Baly at school.


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 16

C.Richards, J.Oates, L.Lillie

Thurs 17

S.Ball, G.Guilfoyle, HELP NEEDED

Fri 18

D.Hollman, K.Gatcum, G.Carter, L.Sanders

Mon 21

K.Daniel, H.Febo, S.McFadzean, D.Rytenskild

Tues 22

C.McCormack, E.Nigel, B.Bensaude

Wed 23

K.Baxter, K.Finkelde, C.Morrison, J.Browne

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 16 to

Tues 22

See front page

Wed 23

Maths Games Day Yr 8 at Penleigh

Fri 25

Yr 11 Health to Mercy Hospital

Thurs 31—Sat 2 Aug

Music Symphonic Band Rehearsal Camp at Ferngully Lodge Healesville


Community Announcements/Advertising



Girls band shirt size 10-12

phone 9710 1343 (Liz)



Tues 15July 6-9pm Bunnings Warehouse Epping  RSVP 9408 9100 Lots of prizes to be won!


Diamond Valley Netball Competition

vacancies for Junior Netball teams and players in U11, U13, U18 mixed teams and U15, U17 girls teams.

Matches are held at he Diamond Valley Sports Complex, Civic Drive, Greensborough on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday afternoons.

To find out further details or to register a player contact Susan Rose 9435 1129


Coming soon Georgina Butterfield (VCE 2000) exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery titled RED

23 July until 12 August. 

Official Opening Sunday 27th July at 2pm

The Lit Exchange: Discussions

Transformations – Long Live the Giant!

11:30-1pm Friday 25 July Montsalvat

This is the story of a story.

Of the transformation of a written story to a performed story.

Of a journey that starts with the literary arts, travels via the visual arts, and culminates with the performing arts.

This session will discuss the impulses and creative processes behind the transformation of text into performance.

Long Live the Giant! is a play that ponders the question of our existence – of truth and illusion.  A fairytale written for a modern audience, it is a poetic interplay of image and word.


Author Isobelle Carmody

Theatre director Karyn Kamminga (Theatre de Luna)

Puppeteer & Puppet-maker Paul French (Unique Creatures)

Gemma Mather, Briana Barling (EHS Students) and Lee Ferraro (Nillumbik Youth Arts Scholarship holders)

Long Live the Giant! a short story by Isobelle Carmody, was transformed into a play script by Isobelle Carmody and Steve Taylor and is now in the process of being transformed into a theatre performance combining puppets and actors.

Bookings: 9433 3126

Cost $2 per person


Venturers are members of Scouts Australia aged 14-17 years

Start your Adventure into excitement now!

Contact 1st Lower Plenty Group or see the flyer at the General Office.  For more information please call

Lynne Hoare 9435 8586 / Duncan Mc Coll 0418 416 812 or Andrew Boak 9458 1035


“Tracks”……. an exhibition of works by Elizabeth Savage Kooroonya

3-22 July

Eltham Library Community Gallery

Panther Place, Eltham  (Melway 22 J5)

Proudly supported by Nillumbik Shire Council


Childcare Worker


Occasional Childcare Centre

Job Share Position during school terms

Resumes to PO Box 235 Greensborough or phone 0418 121 074


Warm Someone’s Heart this Winter

An opportunity to be part of an exciting new program commencing at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital – by joining the Aged Care Services Volunteer Program.

Volunteer co-ordinator Geoff Baker is seeking prospective volunteers (chatting with patients, assisting them with tasks or hobbies or even taking them on group outings) who may attend a two day Orientation Program last this month.  No prior training is requires, just a warm heart, a responsible attitude and a desire to assist aged persons.

Ring Geoff on 9496 2152 for details.