Text Box: Term 3  Week 3
Tuesday, 29th July 2003




Wednesday 30 July

VCE Music excursion to Genazzano Kew

School Council; Meeting 7:30pm in staffroom

Thursday 31

Yr 7 & 8 Immunisation program

Two Ways (Remote Area Literacy Festival) to Northern Territory – 9 days

Music Symphonic Band Rehearsal Camp at Ferngully Lodge Healesville until Saturday 2 August

Tuesday 5 August

O&ES Yr 11 Cross Country to Lake Mountain




Carolyn Deller of Year 12 was recently awarded a traineeship at KPMG (recently listed by Business Review Weekly)

She will commence working fulltime next February and study Accounting part time for 2 years.  In her third and fourth year she will study full time and work part-time until her course is completed.  Carolyn heard about these traineeships at school during a presentation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants so attended an Information Evening.  During May she completed an application over the Internet including marks – obtained over the past 2 years.  This was followed up quickly with an interview with a Manager (approximately an hour long and a 2nd round interview with a partner.  She had to examine a financial situation and produce a response.  This was complemented by a tour of the firm and lunch.  Carolyn was one of 17 out of 300 applicants to achieve success.  Congratulations on your great effort, Carolyn.

Helen Morris, Accounting teacher


SOSE staff have moved into the new building and are enjoying their new rooms.  The proximity of the staff room to the classes and the enhanced storage is making life easier.  Thank you to all staff that assisted in the move.

Students in Year 8 & 9 who would like to be considered for the Student Parliament to be held the first week of September should see Mr McCrystal in the SOSE staffroom in the new building.



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.



Principal’s Report



Aim Test

The 2003 Achievement Improvement Monitor (AIM) Tests for all Year 7 Students at Eltham High School will occur on the afternoons of Tuesday 5th August and Wednesday 6th August. It is now compulsory for schools to administer this test, whereas previously some schools undertook this test on a “voluntary” basis. The test is not a diagnostic test and does not provide assistance to teachers about ways for students to improve. Its purpose is to make an assessment of standards (a snapshot) in English and Mathematics. The AIM Test comprises 4 elements: Short Answer Questions In Mathematics, Extended Answer Questions in Mathematics, Short Answer Questions In English, a Writing Task. Each element will take either 40 or 45 minutes. The whole AIM testing will take place over two days.


Parents may seek an exemption from the AIM test for their children. Exemptions are granted at the school level. Exemptions are available for students with disabilities or impairments, to students who have been learning English in Australia for less than two years and in other circumstances. If you wish your child to be exempted from the AIM test then yo need to contact the school and ask for an Exemption Form, which will be mailed to you.


Early Notice of Possible Industrial Action

Members of the Australian Education Union employed at Eltham High School have indicated that they intend to take stop work action whilst the AIM Test takes place next Tuesday and Wednesday. If this occurs then I will have no alternative other than to dismiss some students for the afternoon. However I will not be able to make a decision as to which students until Monday, 4th August. All parents will be notified by letter on the afternoon of Monday 4th August regarding the situation on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.


Dance Teacher

We are looking to appoint a Dance Teacher until the end of the year. If you know of a qualified Dance Teacher who is able to teach to VCE level and who can work for up to three days per week, please ask them to contact Assistant Principal Judy Boyle at the school as soon as possible.




Paul Rose, Principal.







Congratulations to Daniel Bass who represented Victorian Metro at the U18 Australian Basketball Championships.  The tournament was held in Newcastle, NSW from July 12th –19th.

Vic Metro were favourites to win this year, and lived up to everyone’s expectations going through the tournament undefeated, winning gold in the grand final, 88-50 against SA metro.  This is the 3rd consecutive year that Vic Metro has won the title.


Junior & Inter Boys Netball-Northern Zone Finals

Friday July 26th saw the 2 boys teams head off to Royal Park to play in the Northern Zone Finals.

Junior boys

The boys had only to win one game against Peter Lalor College and did that convincingly.  Well done to: Sean Wilson, Rhys Burke, Liam Twomey, Scolaighe Morison, Nathan Cadee, John Van Norden, Ashley Payne, Joel Scully, Jake Koers, Cam Brown and David McKinnar.  This team will represent the zone at the VSSSA finals on Monday September 15th.

Inter Boys

The team had a tough draw but came through to win the right to represent the zone at VSSSA finals on Monday August 18th.  All games were close but the must win game against Melbourne High was a thriller.  The boys got a run of 3 goals in the first quarter but although the scores were equal on some occasions we were never headed.

Congratulations to sharp shooters, Riley Smith and Aaron Fluck, the great runners Darren Patterson, James Piper, Nick Philippi and those solid defenders Beau Biggs, Aaron Zilm and Brendan Kerss.

Well done guys

Andrea Traeger coach


Volleyball Banner Competition

Congratulations to Ben Phillips and Bill Pearce on their entries.  It was decided that the new banner will incorporate both of their ideas in the design.  Bill and Ben can collect their prize from Mr Thomas.


Victoria Schools Cup

Team lists have been posted on the volleyball noticeboard in the stadium foyer.  Players can collect details from Mr Thomas.

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

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator




EMA Reminder

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 and must be lodged no later than the 22 August. 

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager





IMPORTANT Information for Parents

Information has been received from organisers of the following events.   I hope this will help parents with planning for these important performances.

Details will be distributed as soon as possible.


Box Hill Band Championships


Stage and Jazz bands

Saturday 16th August -6.00 - 9.30pm

Training Band

Sunday 17th August - 11.00 - 12.15pm

Intermediate Bands

Sunday 17th August - 12.00 - 2.15pm

Concert Band

Sunday 17th August - 3.00 - 4.15pm

Symphonic Band

Sunday 17th August - 4.00 - 6.15pm


Melbourne School Bands Festival


Concert Strings

Saturday 16th Aug. - 3.15 - 5.20pm

Training Band

Monday 25th August - 8.30am - 12.30pm

Intermediate Band

Tuesday 26th August - 12.30 - 4.00pm

Concert Band

Friday 22nd August - 8.15am - 1.00pm

Jazz Band

Friday 29th August - 9.00am - 1.00pm

Stage Band

Friday 29th August - 7.15 - 9.35pm

Symphonic Band

Saturday 30th August - 6.00 - 10.00pm


South Street Competitions - exact times to be confirmed


Saxophone and Flute Ensembles

Wednesday 3rd September - late afternoon / evening

Percussion Ensemble

Thursday 4th September -late morning / afternoon

Clarinet Choir

Thursday 4th September - afternoon / evening

Jazz Band

Friday 5th September - all day

Stage Band

Friday 5th September - late afternoon / evening

Training and Intermediate Bands

Saturday 6th September - morning /early afternoon

Concert Band

Saturday 6th September - late morning / afternoon

Symphonic Band

Saturday 6th September - afternoon /evening

Concert Strings

Sunday 7th September - morning/early afternoon


Wednesday 10th September - day/ evening




Choose a Bright Future… Choose a career that goes…

Planning a career or study pathway is one of the most important decisions that students will make and Term 3 is the time to start thinking about subject selection for 2004.  When considering options, it is important to remember that many of today’s jobs rely on skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), maths and science.

The New Realities campaign is a Victorian Government initiative to help students understand the opportunities ICT careers offer – whether they’re interested in creative, scientific, business or people-orientated pursuits.

Don’t make decisions that might cut off potential career options until you have visited www.careersthatgo.com.au.  The website gives practical and up-to-date information on hundreds of careers that use ICT, maths and the sciences.  Almost 100 young Victorians explain the pathways they took to get in to their current jobs.  This website also helps students match interests with career and study options.



Parents might notice that there is a $2 levy now being applied to all excursions requiring some classroom coverage for the absence of the participating teachers.  This levy was recommended by the Administrative Committee to help address the deficit in the replacement teacher budget.

Staff at Eltham High School organize excursions because they augment the content of student learning and provide students with valuable learning experiences, which are not available in the school environment.  Excursions require a lot of additional planning time and are not approved without valid educational reasons, however there is a cost to the whole school in holding an excursion.  This cost comes when the teachers on the excursion have to have their classes covered at school while they ate out.  This is done through colleagues taking the classes or the employment of a replacement teacher. (CRT).

The employment of a CRT costs approximately $200 a day; while this levy is certainly not going to cover the costs of any replacement, it will do something to reduce the deficit and allow School Council funds to be applied elsewhere in the school for the benefit of all students.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Operations



Yr 9 Classes

This week’s special program includes an excursion to the City, sessions on Tax File Number Registration, Indigenous movies, Work Experience preparation for December, Work Safety Issues, and activities.

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

Students have given further details.


Open Days UNIS & TAFES 2003

Vital for year 10-12 students planning on tertiary study.  (University and TAFE). 

Open Days let you check out courses, facilities, location, transport and nature of courses by going to the institutions.

Open Days are usually 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 10-11 students can pick up a Timetable of Open Days from the Careers Room.


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 9

Eltham High School library - 9am

Thurs 21 Careers Testing feedback 7pm in the staffroom


2003 School Immunization Program

July 31, 2003 – Year 7 & 8 Meningococcal serogroup C and second dose of Hepatitis B for year 7 only.


August 8 2003 for Meningococcal serogroup C only.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Management


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

W.Waghorn, R.Wembridge, T.Anderson

Thurs 31

Y.Wong, Y.Connard, M.Schotterlein, M.Car, C.Buller


Fri 1

R.McMaster, S.Lynch, M.Openshaw, G.Carter

Mon 4

N.Heffernan, R.Burke, S.Wilson, S.Kelty

Tues 5

L.Stewart, V.Schembri, R.Hall

Wed 6

L.Alford, D.Bok, S.Gosteloe, J.Tait

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 30 to

Tues 5 Aug

See front page


Fri 8

Yr 7 Awards Assembly in the stadium- Period 1

Yr 9 Meningococcal serogroup C Vac

Sat 9

NEW DATE Careers Testing in the Library 9-12 noon

Mon 11

Jazz & Stage Band Extended rehearsal 3:30-8:30pm

date to be confirmed

Carers Testing  feedback 7pm in the staffroom


Community Announcements/Advertising


Now on Georgina Butterfield (VCE 2000) exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery titled RED

23 July until 12 August. 


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



Ti83 Calculator as new with instruction book.

Please see Ms Wilkins in the General Office


Recycle your empty egg cartons. 

A box for collection is located at the General office, please deposit here.  Thank you



French language tutor in conversation and VCE preparation 9457 5553


“Take the Pressure Down”

A better health self-management program


High blood pressure is a long term health issue that can cause problems over many years including stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease.  The good news is that changing your lifestyle and the way you deal with your blood pressure may help you avoid these and other health problems.

The Banyule Nillumbik Primary Care Alliance is running a number of Better Health Programs that can help you learn new ways to manage your blood pressure.  Diet, exercise, medication management, stress reduction and communicating with health professionals are some of the topics covered to enable you to take control of your health.

Programs are run at a variety of settings throughout Banyule and Nillumbik, including day and night programs.  For further information and to register please call: Shaunagh Reidy 9430 9157 or Janine Scott 9430 9142 at Eltham Community Health Centre.


RMIT University

Department of Psychology & Disability Studies

Support for Separated Families

RMIT Uni Psychology Clinic, as part of its research focus, is offering a number of free parenting programs to mothers in recently separated families.  These programs aim to assist young people to adjust to parental separation.

If you’re a parent of a child aged 11-15 years, have separated during the previous 2 years, and would like assistance adjusting to this transition, the programs offered by RMIT University Psychology Clinic may be helpful.

If you are interested in finding out more info please contact Many Kienhuis 9925 7376 or email mandy-kienhuis@optusnet.com.au


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




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.



The Salvation Army

Greensborough Church & Community Centre

Homework Club!   This is a FREE service


Tuesday’s during term

What time?

3:45pm – 5:15pm


2-3 Flodden Way, Briar Hill

More info call 9434 5870 / 9434 6990