Text Box: Term 3  Week 4
Tuesday, 5th August 2003




DATE: Thursday 7th August

TIME: 7:30pm

VENUE: Eltham High School hall

COST: $5




Thursday 7

M/S Art Studies Gallery visit Wire Grass Gallery

Arts- Dance Concert in the hall 7:30pm

Friday 8

Yr 7 Awards Assembly in the stadium- Period 1

Yr 12 Assembly

Yr 9 Meningococcal serogroup C Vac

Saturday 9

NEW DATE Careers Testing in the Library 9-12 noon

Monday 11

Year 10 students Portfolio Interview day (see this page)

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

Tuesday 12

Maths Games Day at MLC Kew

M/S O&ES Mapping at Lower Eltham Park




Monday 11 August is Portfolio Interview day for all Year 10 students; they are not required at school except for their interview time.  Each student will participate in a 10-15 minute interview with a senior member of staff.  The interviews are an opportunity for these students to talk about their subject choices for next year and intentions for the future.  Students are expected to present themselves appropriately for this important activity and be well prepared.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Management


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.


Raffle Winners: Two Ways

1st prize


2nd prize


3rd Prize

Roger Kibell

Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser, the group from EHS left late last week for their Central Australian destination, our best wishes went with the travellers.


Principal’s Report


While it is oft repeated, this truly is a very busy time of the year at Eltham High School, with students and staff engaged in a wide range of activities and events.


Year 10 Work Experience and Portfolio Interviews

Year 10 students have completed their one week of work experience. Reports from visiting teachers and employers were very positive, indicating that students have used this opportunity to assess their possible pathways.


Next Monday these students will be presenting their portfolios to senior members of staff at individual interviews. Each student will be given an interview time and they will not be required at school until this time.  Students need to prepare for the interviews and present themselves appropriately for this important activity.


Year 9 Special Program

While Year 10 students were on Work Experience Year 9 students were engaged in a special elective program. These students participated in a range of activities and heard a number of visiting speakers who spoke around the theme of preparation for work. This was designed to connect with Work Experience for Year 9 students, which occurs at the end of the year.


An undoubted highlight of the week was the City Rally on Thursday. Based on the idea of the car rally where points are gained for answering questions correctly, students were able to demonstrate their initiative and acceptance of responsibility as they completed the tasks.


The organization of Work Experience for over 200 students, the special program and the Thursday activity were mammoth undertakings. Julie Allen as Careers Co-ordinator, undertook this responsibility and worked with the timetabler, Middle School Co-ordinators and staff to implement this very successful week. Congratulations to the students who behaved so responsibly, as we expect, and the staff who made the program work.


VCE Results

Students undertaking Unit 3 studies with exams as part of the mid year assessment, have received their exam results from the VCAA. While we cannot comment on individual results, the Senior School Co-ordinators were pleased with the outcomes with a significant number of students achieving very high scores. Congratulations to all students on their dedication and maintaining the EHS tradition of excellent academic results.  However this can be a difficult time for some families as students come to terms with the implications of this news; advice is available from the Senior School, Careers Co-ordinator and the SWC.


Working Bee

The next working bee will be held on the 17 August. This will involve the usual wide range of tasks suitable to all levels of ability and interest. There will be a lot of mulch to spread, some digging out of old seats and bin holders and planting in the Arts block.


Curriculum Day

Friday 15 August is a pupil free day for staff to focus on curriculum development. The theme of the day is the Middle Years, the years from Grade 5 to Year 9. Staff will be working on improving the curriculum in the light of research results from the Middle Years Research Program. Darren Kruse will be facilitating workshops for staff on the day.


Music Camps

As parents of music students know we are in the performance and competition season. A series of very successful camps have been held over the last few weeks to hone the skills of the performers before the Box Hill and Melbourne Bands’ Festivals and Royal South Street. Thank you to the instrumental staff for their dedication to the students and the other staff who stayed over night at the camp supervising.


Dance Performance

Thursday evening will see the Dance students “strut their stuff” in a concert in the School Hall. This is always a noteworthy occasion, although this year it will be tinged with a little sadness, as it will be the final performance for dance teacher Janelle Campbell who is leaving shortly for England.


 Art Exhibitions

Both an ex-student, Georgina Butterfield, and current staff member, Kevin Spearey, are holding separate art exhibitions locally. Georgina’s is at the Library Gallery and Kevin’s is at the Wire Grass Gallery, both are well worth visiting.



In an earlier newsletter the news of a new position for Janet Goldman was omitted. Janet is now the Head of Junior School, taking the place of Damien Miles who is on leave.

Trevor Jenkins (Assistant Principal Management)


2003 School Immunization Program

Year 9 August 8 2003 – period 4 for Meningococcal serogroup C vaccine.

Trevor Jenkins, Assistant Principal Management



EMA Reminder

Applications for Semester 2 EMA are now open; forms are available from the office and must be lodged no later than the 22 August. 

If you have already received the EMA during Semester 1, there is no further action required. 

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager




Thanks to those parents who have paid the deposit money or advised me of their intention regarding the trip.

At this stage we are struggling for the necessary numbers to make the trip viable.

Students have been advised of an extension date for the deposit money - 8/8/03.

A final decision on whether the trip will run will be made the following week.

Please contact Mr McCrystal at the school on 9439 5111 and advise him if other arrangements regarding payment are necessary.

Stephen Mc Crystal Gallipoli tour leader




Class visitor

Nik Sproal, the Marketing Manager at Greensborough Plaza spoke to the Yr11 Business Management students last Wednesday about the Marketing Strategies used and the changes that are occurring with the building of a fresh food area.  Students particularly enjoyed the virtual tour of the centre on Nik’s laptop.  Nik also discussed the part-time and casual employment opportunities that will be available soon at the Centre, as the alterations will be completed by November.  Thanks to Nik for giving up his time to talk to the class.

Helen Morris, Business Management Teacher.


History Competition

Judges have just decided on winners for the Year 9 SOSE project “A defining moment in Australian History”.  First semester winners have been decided and will be presented with their prize at the next assembly.  There is a $25 prize for the best assignment in each SOSE class and a $100 prize for the best overall assignment.  This assignment continues to be popular with Year 9 SOSE and will also be run for Semester 2 students.

Year 9 History Prize winners - Semester 1

1st prize

Lydia Wegner 910

runners up

Simon Jameson 98

Catie Sheehan 92

David Leamon 96

Simon Langford 94



Fact of the week

Including Australia and New Zealand, which nation in Asia has the best water supply and access to sanitation?

No, not Australia it is Singapore.

Source Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 WHO and UNICEF




Year 9 & 109 homework club recommences on Tuesday of week 4 in Room 201 and runs from 3:15 until 4:30pm

Come along and get up to date, get ahead, use school facilities or get some help.

See Mr Ferns in Middle School for more details or just be there.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Coordinator



VSSSA State Championships

Four EHS students qualified for the VSSSA State Cross Country Championships that were held at Bundoora Park on Thursday 31st July.  Each race on the program attracted close to 100 competitors and while the conditions were cold and wet, the course was in reasonable condition.  The standard in all events was exceptionally strong.

In the girls U14 3km Grace Rank finished the 3km race in a time of 15:52 and finished in 82nd place.  Lyulph Car and John van Noorden staged their own race in the boys U14 3km event with Lyulph finishing in 45th place in a time of 12:14 and John hot on his heels in 46th position in 12:16.  Tristan Hopkin of year 12 has lined up for the State Championship in Cross Country for each of his six years at Eltham High.  This year Tristan finished in 33rd position in the Boys U20 5km event in a time of 20:05.  Well done, Tristan.

2003 Victorian Schools Road Relay Championships

Six EHS students took part in this year’s Schools Road Relay Championships held at Latrobe University on Saturday 19th July.  In the Boys U14 4x2km Relay, the team of Lyulph Car, Dominic Potter, David McKinnar and Adrian Eccles finished in 19th place overall.  Lyulph Car ran the quickest leg of the relay in a time of 7:50.  Other EHS students to take part on the day were Jocelyn Wright in the Girls U14 event and Tristan Hopkins in the Boys U20 event.


Morning run from the front of the school continue to be held each Wednesday morning from 8am.  All students welcome.  EHS students are also free coaching at the Willinda Park track in Greensborough (Melways Map 21 A4) on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5pm onwards.

EHS Swim Squad

A strong squad of EHS students continue to turn out AT THE Eltham Leisure Centre each Thursday morning from 7am until 8am.  A squad of 16 braved the cold weather last Thursday morning to undertake a challenging session supervised by coach Neroli Nixon.  All students enjoyed the free hot chocolate back at school after their swim.  The cost of each session is $6 payable to the School Cashier.

Volleyball Victoria Registrations

VVI rego cards have arrived for those students who played beach volleyball earlier in the year.  These can be collected from Mr Thomas.

Volleyball dates – note your dairy

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



All Music students should have notices regarding both these events - Box Hill Band Championships and the Melbourne School Bands Festivals.  Please see the Music off ice if you need one.


IMPORTANT Information for Parents

Box Hill Band Championships

Melbourne School Bands Festival

South Street Competitions

For all dates and performance times please see the web edition of last weeks newsletter (29 July 2003)


The City Rally

I got up bright and early and met the other year 9 students at underground Safeway.  It was raining, but not much.  We got our met cards and jumped on the train.  Nearly an hour passed, but suddenly the train pulled into Parliament station and we got off.  And suddenly the teachers were waving goodbye to us and walking away.  That is when the day got better.  It was like wagging school and going to the city to do whatever we liked.  Except we had a question sheet that we were forced to fill out.  But answering the question sheet was easy when you’ve walking through the city with your friends.  Altogether the day was easy and fun and I um…. learned a lot.  I hope Eltham High does another City Rally soon.

Simon Jameson Year 9


Work Experience report

Last week Yr 10’s completed their work experience at a variety of different placements across Melbourne.  Some of us were sorry to leave at the end of the week; some not so much so, but for all of us it was worthwhile and helped us develop an understanding of the workforce.

This year many students worked further from home, in the CBD or different suburbs.  This meant that we got to experience the joy of public transport – fighting for seats on a 7:30 city loop train.  The first day of work experience can be nerve wrecking, but employers do their best to make us feel welcome and put us at ease, and give us work of real value.  It is not easy to enter the workforce without any prior experience.  Work experience provides us with a chance to understand the work force better, and prepare ourselves for years ahead.  Emily Kersing


Inside Nillumbik Shire

For Work Experience I went to Nillumbik Shire Council to work in the communications department.  This is the area that reads and writes most of the stuff the Council sends out to the Public.  I was given a desk and a computer, shown around and set straight to work.  The first thing I did was a media release, which is something that is sent out to all the papers so they can write a story.  I then received a major project. The Council has got a new website and they asked me to write a brochure about it.  I designed it, wrote and did the final layout.  I also went out with an engineer to inspect people’s new houses and then wrote them letters about any issues.  I went out with an environment person and inspected some wetlands.  I wrote several other media releases and learned lots.                                               Chris Wells



Open Days UNIS & TAFES 2003

Vital for year 10-12 students planning to go to 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


Year 9 Education Week!

Hi. my name is Ben Norman and due to the yr 10’s being on a week of work experience the yr 9’s had an education week.  There was a range of activities from movies to the city rally.

There were other activities on the Monday and the Friday.  These included things such as skateboarding, roller-skating, tennis, judo, yoga, mock tails (making non-alcoholic beverages), paper aeroplanes, basketball, fragrant fancies (making environmentally friendly and cheap soap products), landscape drawing and bocce.

On Tuesday we watched a movie called “Yolgnu Boy” it was about 3 aboriginal boys growing up and some troubles they encountered in a modern society.  I didn’t see this film but generally students felt it was an interesting story line but presented in a dull and boring way.

On Wednesday we had 3 periods dedicated to work experience, work safety and taxation which included getting a tax file number.  Most people applied for a tax file number and everybody got their work experience forms.

On Thursday we went to a city rally organized by Ms Allen and many other teachers.  The purpose of this was to give everybody a general understanding of public transport and the city itself.  181 Yr 9 students participated in this event.  Everybody was assigned to groups of about 4-6 and a mobile phone number was registered in every group as a safety precaution.  There were questions to answer on a sheet we were given.  Most people caught trams around the City and everyone got off at Parliament Station, Flinders Street Station or Melbourne Central.  Everyone learnt something about the city and public transport and we all had a great time.

On Friday we all participated in different activity to the ones we chose from on Monday.  We got back into our groups for one period to answer all the questions on the city rally.  Then for the last two periods we saw another movie.  This one was called “Blue Crush”.  It was about surfing and about the problems a group of friends and a sister got into when their mother left home.  It was about achieving your goals and overcoming your fears.

Overall everyone had a fun and enjoyable time and they were glad to do something different from their regular classes.


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 6

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

Thurs 7

N.Phillips, C.Simpson, A.Hennel

Fri 8

M Young, H.Devlin, M.Parsons, D.Arrowsmith

Mon 11

K.O’Hara, H.Hunter, J.Hacannsson, D.McCormack

Tues 12

J.Harcourt. Y.Morrison, D.Paulka, D.Greig

Wed 13

J.Johnson, L.Lindsay, S.Pickering

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 6 to

Tues 12

See front page

Fri 15

Curriculum Day

Environmental Group to Little Desert – 3 days

Thurs 21

Carers Testing feedback 7pm in the staffroom

Fri 22

New date Yr 8 Awards Assembly in the stadium Period 1

Tues 26

VCE Information Evening



Community Announcements/Advertising


WANTED to assist in VCE project

Any old hula-hoops that are worn and neglected (even if they’re broken, they’re wanted).  So put a smile on your hula’s face when you give them to a good home!

                       I’ve given my hula-hoop ………

Any old toys, no bigger than your hand.  They’re being called on the train to Toyland.  So please help your toys find their way home. 

Drop them off at the General office.

Jacqi Taylor, Yr 12


Board wanted – can you help?

18-year-old female is seeking full board in the Montmorency/Eltham area.  She has been living independently for some time.  If you can help please contact Colleen Butler, SWC, Montmorency Secondary College 9435 6399


Don’t miss…. Georgina Butterfield (VCE 2000) exhibition at Eltham Library Gallery titled RED

23 July until 12 August.