Text Box: Term 3  Week 6
Tuesday, 19th August 2003

Don’t miss a great night out!!

Combo, Jazz & Stage Bands perform at Dizzy’s Jazz Club (evening) Swan St Richmond TONIGHT Tuesday 19th August at 8pm.                        Entry $10/ $8 concession

see inside for our latest winners  . . . .

Congratulations   to everyone




Wednesday 20

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

School Council Meeting 7:30pm

Thursday 21

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

Friday 22

Arts M/S Computer Graphics to the Aquarium

New date Yr 8 Awards Assembly in the stadium Period 1

8A, 8D & 8H Excursion to Imax Carlton

Monday 25

SoSE Geography Fieldwork 103 & 107 to the City

Tuesday 26

SoSE 8F & 8B Rainforest Eco-system Study to Melbourne Zoo

VCE Information Evening




All parents are reminded of the VCE Parent/Teacher Interview sessions on TODAY Tuesday August 19th from 4-7pm.  Students have been given a booking sheet for this night.  Please start your interviews at the new building foyer behind the library, 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. 

Hermi Burns Assistant Principal



The Information Evening for VCE 2004 will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 26th August commencing at 7:30pm.

All current Year 10 students and Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the evening to learn about the VCE.  Subject Selection Handbooks and VCE Subject Selection Sheets for 2004 will be distributed during the evening.

The evening commences with an introductory session in the hall followed by smaller group sessions where individual questions or concerns can be discussed.  The evening concludes with a light supper.

Looking forward to your attendance.

VCE Coordinators

Principal’s Report

Principal for a Day.

This Wednesday, 20th August, is the statewide “Principal for a Day” day. We are very pleased that the Member for Eltham, the Hon. Steve Herbert MLA, has requested to be our “Principal for a Day”. As part of Steve’s tour of duty, I have arranged a forum from 1:30 to 2:15 pm to explore Eltham High School’s ongoing place in and relation to the Eltham community. If you would like to participate in this forum please ring Ms Evonne Locke at the school to reserve a place.


VCE Parent Teacher Evening

Don’t forget that this afternoon is the VCE Parent Teacher interview session. I look forward to seeing our VCE parents there.


2004 VCE Parent Information Evening

Also don’t forget that the Information Evening for students entering Senior School in 2004 in scheduled for next Tuesday Evening, 26th August and starts at 7:30 pm.


Physics: EHS Leads the Way

I am very pleased to relate that of the fifty post-graduate Physics students at Melbourne University, over 10% are former Eltham High School students. This is a marvellous compliment to the Physics program and the outstanding teachers who have made the program so successful over many years.


Working Bee

My thanks to all parents and staff who work so hard at the school working bee last weekend. Your efforts are most appreciated.


Bands Success

Congratulations to the Symphonic, Stage, Concert and Intermediate bands on their success at the Band Championships last weekend. Special mention must also be made of the great efforts of the Jazz and Training Bands who performed very well indeed. Thanks to conductors, Ken Waterworth, Eugene Ball, Meg George and Sally Davis and to all members of the Music Support Groups and our “Music Parents” for their great support of our marvellous musicians.


Staff Changes

Mr Jon Williams has left the school to take up an appointment in another government school. We thank Jon for the work that he has undertaken this year. As a result of the suddenness of Jon’s departure we have yet to appoint a replacement. I apologise to students for the unfortunate and unexpected disruption to classes that Jon’s departure has created.


Enrolment Opportunity 2004

Following an unexpected late demand for Year 7 places for 2004, Eltham High School anticipates that an additional Year 7 class will be offered to the community.

If you know of any family who would like to take advantage of this opportunity please ask them to contact Ms Janet Goldman, Head of Junior School on 9439 511 before 12th September.

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



Please encourage any students who you feel would benefit from coming along to our homework club.   Please contact your M/S coordinator if required..

Year 9 & 10 homework club Tuesday in Room 201 from 3:15 until 4:30pm

Luke Ferns, Co ordinator



Canberra Trip

From August 10th to the 12th August I went to Canberra to participate in a workshop called Talkback Classroom.

The trip involved meeting and learning from many different people involved in the media and politics.  I talked with 11 other students from all around Australia, the journalist, Alan Contractor, from the Sydney Morning Herald, Clerks from the National Parliament and local members of parliament.  This was practise for when we go back again in September or November to publicly interview a prominent member of parliament on Radio National.

Henry Sherrell, Year 11


Middle School Environmental Studies

Once again students assisted the “Friends of Falkiner Street Reserve” with revegetation at Falkiner Street Wetlands.  This area is being returned to its original vegetation.


Fact of the week

$85,000 is the amount Nike pays golfer, Tiger Woods each day to endorse its golf products. 

(B.R.W. 14/08/03)


Year 8 Excursions to Toolangi and the Zoo are talking place soon.  Students are reminded they must pay by Friday, August 22nd.



Year 11’s visit RSL

Year 11 recently ventured to the Greensborough RSL to hear a talk by the Vietnam Veterans Association and view a display of Memorabilia.  A most informative day.


Tip of the Week

Travel Insurance which is half price that of other companies is available on the internet (www.columbusdirect.com.au) or over the phone on 1300 669 999 (Monday to Friday).  This reduction is made possible by the 45% saving that occurs when the insurance is not sold through a retailer.

Helen Morris, Business Management teacher


Gallipoli Trip

Unfortunately we have been unable to get the necessary numbers for this trip and therefore it will be cancelled.  Thanks to all those who made a commitment and apologies to those who had high hopes.  Every effort was made to get this trip off the ground and I share your disappointment.  Full refunds will be mailed home shortly.

Regards Stephen McCrystal



Mars up close

Over the next few weeks, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been for 70,000 years.  On a clear night Mars rises in the East just after dark.  It is the brightest object in the sky (after the moon) its yellow/orange colour is a dead giveaway!  The Astronomical Society of Victoria is holding public viewing nights around Melbourne through August.  For Eltham people, consider heading over to “Coopers Settlement”, Bundoora Park, Bundoora between 8pm and 10:30pm on the nights of August 28 &and 29, For more information visit www.asv.org.au

If you enjoy the night sky, this really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see something really amazing.

Middle School Earth & Stars Class



Ceramics Excursion VCE

Bruno’s Sculpture garden was the destination of the VCE Ceramics excursion for this term.  After a gruelling hour and a half in a mini bus, we stretched our legs and found ourselves in a whimsical garden of fantasy and delight.  Bruno’s sculptures of fantasy animals, tribal primitives and playful creatures look and peek out at you from under trees, rocks and pools of water making this trip through the beautiful rainforest not only a fantastic experience of sculptural art but a hide and seek treasure hunt of adventure and beauty.  The sculptures are inspired from many different sources and are each unique and different in their own way.  Household and natural elements of sculpture are used to create these creatures some of which exceed two meters and others as small as mice.  His gallery contains his earlier works and paintings also and enjoyable experience along with his working studio where he showed the class his latest works in progress.  After a quick lunch at Marysville Bakery it was onto the mini bus for the long drive home.  What an enjoyable excursion.

Baden Minas Year 11


Congratulations to the Stage Band, conducted by Eugene Ball, who won the Stage Band Championship “A” Grade Stage Band Competition at Box Hill on Saturday evening.  The members of the band played confidently with enthusiasm and professionalism and were clear winners over some considerable competition.  Congratulations also go to the Jazz Band members who also competed in this section and were a credit to their conductor, Eugene Ball, and the school.

On Sunday, the Band Championships continued with the Symphonic Band conducted by Ken Waterworth, winning the “A” Grade, the Concert Band conducted by Ms Meg George, winning the “B” Grade and the Intermediate Band, conducted by Ken Waterworth winning the “C” Grade sections.  Congratulations to members of the Training Band, conducted by Ms Sally Davis, for a terrific performance at their first competition, after playing together for only 6 months!

A huge thank you to the Parent Support Group for their valuable assistance over the weekend.

Alexandra Cameron for the Music faculty


Choir rehearsal times

Wednesday afternoon – 3.20pm – 4.30pm. 

If you do not attend this rehearsal you MUST come to the Friday 8am rehearsal.

Alexandra Cameron, Choir Director


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.


Choir performance

On Wednesday 17th September the Choir will be singing at a Concert featuring Choirs of the Northern Suburbs at Macleod College at 7:30pm.

Stay tuned for more details.

Ken Waterworth, Musical Director



Last weekend was a very busy time with all our bands competing in the State Championships held at the Nunawading Centre.  EHS was the leading school where we were judged state champions in four out of the six sections of the competition


On Saturday our Stage and Jazz Bands competed in the cabaret style evening of competition. The Stage Band were outstanding in their performance being placed first with the Jazz Band also giving a fantastic performance playing in the A Grade section for the first time.  Congratulations to the students and their director Eugene Ball.


On Sunday the Training Band led the charge from EHS with an excellent performance in their section, being placed fourth and competing against much older students from other schools.  Similarly, the Intermediate Band also competed against more senior students and showed just how well they have been playing this term to win in their section.


The Concert Band continues to perform at a standard of which is the envy of  many others school.  To have our second band perform at such a standard is really an outstanding effort with the band blitzing their section and being placed first.  Congratulations to Meg George and all the band members.


The Symphonic Band showed once again why many rate the band as the finest band in the country.  The band received much acclaim from the adjudicator for it’s performance, winning the A Grade; with special mention to Ashlee Bain for her exciting playing in Blue Shades.


The logistics for such an event were a mammoth task, with every piece of percussion equipment being required throughout the weekend.  Special thanks to Rick Browne and his helpers for a fantastic effort in making this weekend an outstanding success.


Congratulations to students and conductors for a wonderful day of performances. 

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



The Working Bee last Sunday (17th) was reasonably well attended with 20 hardy souls working on a cold but sunny Sunday morning at the school.  Given the numbers much was accomplished including a great deal of mulch spread around the new buildings, old seats removed from the western boundary, more work on the environmental area behind the tennis courts, and new planting around some of the portables. All the work was wrapped up with a BBQ lunch and much talk in the canteen courtyard.

Thanks to the families who attended, Robb, Paul, Lynch, Watts, Newton, Tralaggan, Baker, Neale, Lock, Rundle and Dougherty and all the committee who came and organized and staff Hermina Burns and Judy Boyle.


Out next working bees are Saturday 18th October, and Sunday 16th November.

Please put one of these dates in your calendar.

Bob Ackland, Convenor 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



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





Volleyball dates – note your dairy

August 24

Tournament at Sebastopol/Ballarat

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


Sebastopol/Ballarat Tournament

On Sunday 24th August a number of junior volleyball teams will be taking part in a tournament at Ballarat.  A copy of the draw, a map and other relevant details is available from Mr Thomas if students don’t already have a copy.

Congratulations to the Victorian Volleyball team representatives who were awarded MVP’s for their teams at the “Blue and White Jacket Dinner” recently.  Five MVP’s from Eltham High School is a wonderful result.  Congratulations to Evie Lake, Lucas Simpson, Cameron Blewett and Igor Yudin.  Also to student Thomas Bull for winning the “Blue and White Jacket” for the best male volleyballer for Victoria at the recent Junior National Volleyball championships.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator


State Finals – Senior Girls Football

In wet, windy and cold conditions our senior girls football team narrowly failed to advance to the state grand final.

The first half of game one against Wangaratta was tight and we went to the long break one point behind.  In the second half we restricted the opposition to 2 behinds whilst scoring 3 goals – 3 behinds to run out comfortable winners.

Game two against Wonthaggi followed a similar pattern in the first half with a low scoring hard fought encounter.  Our team again surged in the second half and after withstanding a spirited comeback in the last quarter by the opposition another sound win was recorded.

The scene was set as the two undefeated teams, Eltham and Essendon-Keilor met in the final game of the competition.  The opposition were tall and fast and scored 1 goal 3 behinds to the non scoring end in the first quarter.  A strong second quarter by the back line kept the opposition scoreless and although we had more of the ball our team was unable to find an avenue to the gaols.  In a hard and slugging second half neither team could break free and although we continually brought the ball into our forward line the Essendon-Keilor defence held tight.  The final score saw a 9-point win to Essendon-Keilor 2-4-16 to Eltham 1-1-7.

The whole team should be proud of their efforts.  This team displayed great endeavour, and worked as a cohesive unit full of positive team spirit in all competitions contested.

On ballers, Daisy Pearce, Krystal Mihailovic and Evie Lake were the driving force behind our success.  Liz Young and Emma Baker dominated the hit outs giving the midfield of Sarah Lynch, Ria Hearse, Erin Dattner and Xian Ditchburn first use of the ball.  The forward line of Jess Butler, Laura Johnson, Skye Vallve, Jess Lee, Sarah Day, Lena Skipper and Tiffany Giannis held the ball inside our attacking 50m.  The backline players – Steph Barens, Tara Long, Sarah Copeland, Melissa Thomas, Laura Greve and Liz Smith were strong in defence and provided a springboard for many attacks.

Congratulations to all players.

Rob Whiteley, Coach


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 20

J.Oates, J.James, K.Moppert

Thurs 21

M.Baldwin, M.Magi, S.Corrigan.C.Tilley

Fri 22

D.Edgel, M.Hayley, M.Mayall, D.Arrowsmith

Mon 25

D.Letchford, M.Cefai, K.Corneille, N.,Heffernan

Tues 26

B.Bensaude, J.,Corbert, D.Grieg

Wed 27

C.Richards, S.Carr, T.Paulka

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 20 to

Tues 26

See front page

Wed 27

SOSE Geog Fieldwork 101 & 105 to the City

Thurs 28

SOSE 8G & 8H Rainforest study –Toolangi State Forest

Fri 29

Health/PE Yr11 Excursion to Mercy Hospital



Community Announcements/Advertising


Can you help??

MORE WANTED to assist in VCE project

Any old hula-hoops even if they’re broken, they’re wanted.  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 seeking full board in the Montmorency/Eltham area.  If you can help please contact Colleen Butler, SWC, Montmorency Secondary College 9435 6399