Text Box: Term 3  Week 5
Tuesday, 12th August 2003





Thursday 14

Arts/Drama Yr 11 Excursion to Arts Centre Playhouse

Friday 15

Curriculum Day

Environmental Group to Little Desert – 3 days

Sunday 17

Grounds Working Bee from 9am until 12:30pm

all welcome

Monday 18

VTAC Parent Information Session in the Library 7:30pm

Tuesday 19

VCE Parent/Teacher Interviews 4-7pm




The Meningococcal and Hep B injection program for students is now finished for 2003. However a number of students, particularly Year 9 students, missed their injection due to absence from school. Students who handed in a form and missed their injection will receive a letter from the Health Centre giving times and locations of places where they can get their follow up injections.

Trevor Jenkins Assistant Principal Management




Fact of the week

Q. How do World Health Organization (WHO) project workers get vaccines to people in remote, hot areas where there are no roads and electricity for fridges to keep the vaccines cold?

A. Small mobile fridges that fit on the back of camels or donkeys.  These fridges have solar power cells built into them.

Source World Bank Teachers and Students Page. Www.worldbank.org/html/schools.depweb.htm




All parents are invited to the VCE Parent/Teacher Session on Tuesday August 19th from 4-7pm.  Students have been given a booking sheet for this night.  Please start you interviews at the library foyer, where information of locations of staff will be provided.  Parking is available on the hard courts beside the Library.  These interviews provide a valuable opportunity for staff and parents to talk about the progress and needs of students. 

Please put this date in your diary.

Hermi Burns Assistant Principal



Principal’s Report


Farewell Janelle

On Friday this week we say “farewell” to our Dance Teacher, Ms Janelle Campbell, who has been invited to continue her development in dance in England for the next year. Janelle will be teaching and will have the opportunity to work with a range of other experienced dancers and dance educators. Janelle has led some very pleasing development in dance at Eltham High School, in particular the creation of Velocity. We wish Janelle all the best and know that she will return to us full of new ideas, which will benefit our students. Appropriate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that classes continue and that our senior students will be well prepared for their end of year requirements.


Year 7 Certificates

I was privileged last Friday to attend a Year 7 and a Year 12 Assembly. It was enlightening to speak with out newest and our most experienced students. I also had the opportunity to present Achievement Certificates for First Semester to our Year 7 students. I was overwhelmed by the number of students who have started their time at Eltham High School so positively. Many students received certificates for outstanding achievement, which signifies a significant number of A grades in the semester reports. There were also numerous presentations for achievement, participation, improvement and diligence in their class subjects and in wide range of extra-curricula activities. Congratulation to our young students, you have made your school very proud of your efforts.


Better Schools

Parents and students have been invited to provide the Minister for Education with feedback, ideas and suggestions for the improvement of education across the state. A special website has been set up at www.betterschools.com.au. I would encourage all parents and students to visit this site and make your voice heard.


Paul Rose Principal



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




Congratulations to the following students who have had their photos pre selected for the ACMI ATARI DIEGESIS Festival of Student Film and Photography to be held at ACMI in early September.


Sophie Grange

Ultra Voilet

Rapt in Film

Bonnie Taylor (2002)

Nude Through Window

Gemma  Aldred


Trudi Marsh

Spurts of Summer

Spread the Theme

Gemma Mather


Information on tickets  etc will be conveyed ASAP.

Ian Clark Photography teacher


Two short films –Ruthanne Molloy’s Screaming Red and Alice Wegner’s Maybe Sunday – were selected for the Diegesis Festival. 

Congratulations to them both.

Kathy Hughes Media teacher



Year 9 & 10 homework club Tuesday in Room 201 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



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





Sunday 17th August 9-12:30pm

The Grounds Committee has planned a range of tasks for this day including spreading mulch around the new buildings, moving some crushed rock into the new courtyard area inside the portables and pulling out some damaged seats on the western boundary.  There is garden bed rehabilitation to do as well as some weeding.


As there is much mowing and gardening on the agenda also please bring along your mower and whipper sniper if possible; wheelbarrows and shovels will be of great value too.


The Grounds Committee supplies morning tea and lunch at the conclusion of the morning’s efforts.  Parking is provided on the hard courts adjacent to the library and you will be met by a member of the Committee in the Canteen quadrangle from 9am onwards.  Hoping to see you at this event.

Bob Ackland, Convenor Grounds Committee







IMPORTANT Information for Parents

Box Hill Band Championships

Melbourne School Bands Festival

South Street Competitions  see page 4

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


Important change to Choir rehearsals

The development of our choir program this year has been excellent.  We are keen to see this continue and feel that an afternoon rehearsal time will be far more beneficial.  Students have been finding it difficult to avoid clashes with other activities with which they are involved at lunchtime. Beginning this week, rehearsals for the choir will now take place on Wednesday afternoon – 3.20 – 4.30pm. 

Don’t miss a great night out!!

Combo, Jazz & Stage Bands perform at Dizzy’s Jazz Club (evening) Swan St Richmond next Tuesday 19th August

8pm.   Entry $10/ $8 concession


Concert Band Sectionals

Concert Band will be having sectional rehearsals this Wednesday lunchtime.  It is important that all students are in attendance.


State Band Championships

Saturday 16th and –Sunday 17th August

Our bands are involved in the State Band Championships this weekend to be held at the Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd. Nunawading.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend to support our students at this competition.

Saturday 16th

Stage & Jazz Bands – 6.30 – 9.30pm

Sunday 17th

Training Band – 11.00am – 12.15pm

Intermediate  - 12.00 2.15pm

Concert Band – 3.00 – 4.15pm

Symphonic  - 4.30 6.15pm


Melbourne Schools Band and String Festivals

All bands and strings ensemble are participating in this prestigious festival over the next couple of weeks.  All details should have been received at home via students with necessary forms and payments being due on Monday 11th August.  Please ensure that forms are returned ASAP if this has not been done.


South Street Competitions

South Street is always an exciting and exhausting occasion for us all. In order to have everything in place we ask that you make yourself aware of the following.  Important information will come home this week about this event.  Please carefully read all details regarding travel and meal arrangements and return the relevant forms by Monday 18th August.



End Of Term Concert – Monday 15th September

Put this date in your diary. This concert, to be held at the Besen Centre will showcase all our students and celebrate the wonderful musical achievements of the term.

Ken Waterworth, Musical Director

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



In conjunction with this year's Children's Book of the Year awards, the library is conducting its traditional "Judge a Book by its Cover" competition. Details are available on the library web site and in the display window in the library foyer. We welcome as many entries as you have time to handwrite neatly. The entry box is located at the circulation desk.

Val Muir Library Technician





Mars Attacks!

Notice from the Astronomical Society of Victoria.  Through the time of Mars' closest approach to Earth, from 22 - 31 Aug, we will be taking large portable telescopes to various municipalities through Melbourne and inviting the public to come and look at the Red Planet (more orange really).  Here are the locations, times are from 8 - 10:30pm. We'll have at least 10 large portable telescopes at each of these locations. 

'Cooper's Settlement' Bundoora Park, Bundoora 30 & 31st August.  See the web site for other locations.

More information can be found at the ASV web site www.asv.org.au

Gary Bass Science Coordinator



Recently our M/S Indonesian Class went to Dallas Brooks Hall to listen to a series of guest speakers from various backgrounds on how they have found it useful to learn Indonesian and how they are using the language in their workplace and for personal enjoyment.  Our students heard interesting experiences of doctors, lawyers, TV presenters, teachers, volunteer workers, writers (from Lonely Planet), engineers people from the navy, defence force and tertiary students.  Although the program was very long with a late Indonesian lunch, most students found the talk very worthwhile.  They learnt that studying a LOTE at VCE can increase their study scores and may just help them get into the course of their choice.  Studying LOTE gives students valuable experience in communicating lateral thinking, problem solving and awareness of other cultures and it shows that you are bright and hard working.  In addition, learning and knowing about a    language and culture is highly regarded by employers in any industry, as it demonstrates that a person has an open mind and commitment top learning.  Here’s what some of our students thought about the event: Its good to keep learning another language because it can give you opportunities than someone who doesn’t have a LOTE. 

Dean, Campbell and Daniel Yr 10

Our students were also entertained with a traditional Balinese Welcoming Dance and an excerpt from the Mahabharata as well as a segment from an Indonesian soapy similar to our “Home and Away” which students found most enjoyable.

We thank the Victorian Indonesian Teachers Association and Department of Education & Training for organizing and funding this event.

Pompa Brady Teaching & Learning Leader LOTE



Open Days UNIS & TAFES 2003

Vital for year 10-12 students planning to go to University and TAFE.

On this weekend, check with the careers office for the venues.

Psychometric testing

Thursday 21st August Careers Testing feedback session 7pm in the staffroom

VTAC Parent Information Session  Monday August 18th in the library 7:30pm



All former Cabaret members photo forms and money must be in no later than Thursday 14th August.

Inquires to Kathryn Farrell Yr12

No Photo order forms – no photos!



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 13

J.Johnson, L.Lindsay, S.Pickering

Thurs 14

S.McEwin, R.Walshe, Di Arrowsmith

Fri 15

Curriculum Day

Mon 18

C.Deylen, S.Allen, A.Collins, K.Hofman

Tues 19

L.Bligh, S.Way, M.Pask

Wed 20

J.Oates, J.James, K.Moppert

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 13 to

Tues 19

See front page

Wed 20

O&ES Yr 12 Skiing to Mt Stirling-3 days

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thurs 21

Careers Testing (Psychometric) feedback session 7pm in the staffroom

Fri 22

New date Yr 8 Awards Assembly in the stadium Period 1

8A & 8D Excursion to Imax Carlton

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


Eltham East Primary School is celebrating its 40th birthday

The school will be having a special celebration at its fair on November 22nd from 1pm to 7pm.

We are keen to hear from past students, staff and parents who have memorabilia to lend to the school and stories to share

Please contact the school on 94399793



Eltham Primary School

Before and After School Care

Require junior staff 17 years+ to work in their Out of School Hours Care Program

7-8:45 am or


This is a casual on call position

For further information please call Joy Birkett, Coordinator on 9431 2143


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



House to sit or rent, from August 16ish until early mid December 2003.

Eltham, Research or close by would suit perfectly, as children attend EHS & EEPS.  Family doing major house renovations and have to move out.

Please phone Pauline on 9431 4201 or 0408 595 758 if you can help.


Warrandyte Neighbourhood House Inc

Young Women Stay Strong

Improve your fitness and Body Shape, increase strength, fit into your summer outfit and have fun!

Floor exercise and hand weights based on the scientifically researched book “Strong women stay young”.

Contact 9844 1839 for details

Time Out for Mums Creative approaches – strategies to help you find space for you - ways to cope with stress and tension – a safe place to relax and unwind

Time: 10-12 Tuesdays          Cost: $3 per session

Bookings: 9844 1839 

Childcare available for children over 12 months


OVERLOAD poetry festival  13-27 August 2003

For all the details call 9415 8089 or email overload_inc@yahoo.com.au to find out more.  At school you can see Max Fuhrer Yr10 for all the info.

This year’s festival truly lives up to its name.  Over 15 days in August there are 48 events stretching across Melbourne and up to Ballarat, featuring some of the best and brightest poets around. Poetry workshops, Slam competitions, book launches, CD launches, music etc…


Parents & Band members please note…………

South Street Competitions - updated times as at Tuesday 12th August


Saxophone and Flute Ensembles

Wednesday 3rd September - late afternoon / evening

Percussion Ensemble

Thursday 4th September

departs EHS 11:30am

-late morning / afternoon

Clarinet Choir

Thursday 4th September

departs EHS  2:30pm- afternoon / evening

Jazz Band

Friday 5th September –

departs EHS 8am -all day

Stage Band

Friday 5th September

departs EHS 3:30pm- 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

departs EHS 9:30am- morning/early afternoon


Wednesday 10th September - day/ evening