Text Box: Term 3  Week 7
Tuesday, 26th August 2003




Wednesday 27

SOSE Geog Fieldwork 101 & 105 to the City

Thursday 28

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

Friday 29

Health/PE Yr11 Excursion to Mercy Hospital

Year 8 Awards ceremony in the stadium

Sunday 31

Health –PE Ski Camp returns Friday 5 September

Monday 1

Maths Games Day Year 7 at Scotch College

Tuesday 2

Back to School Day

Yr8->9 Parent Info 7:30pm in the hall & Yr9à10 Enhancement Info Night 7:30pm in the library




The Information Evening for VCE 2004 will be held in the school hall TONIGHT 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







Yr 8->9 Parent Info. Evening in the hall

All parents and students of Year 8 are cordially invited to attend.  The evening will involve a general introduction to Middle School organization, explanation of the curriculum base and in particular the elective process.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Ross Pringle, Coordinator


Yr 10 – 2004 – Enhancement Info in the library

This evening will provide parents and students with all details regarding Units 1 & 2 subject opportunities.

Jenny Choong

VCE Coordinator



Principal’s Report

Volleyball Championships

On Saturday eleven Eltham High School students leave for Canberra to represent Victoria at the national under 16 volleyball championships. To have eleven players in the Victorian squad of 24 competitors is a great achievement for our school. Congratulations to students Daisy Pearce, Brianna Spoor, Sally Thomas, David Parsons, Guy Franklin, Aaron Fluck, Shaun Cole, Aaron Zilm, Lachlan Gardner, Beau Briggs and Darren Patterson. We wish them a successful and enjoyable tournament. Congratulation also are due to Mr Greg Thomas for his leadership of this wonderful program.


Middle School and Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher interviews for both Junior School and Middle School are scheduled for Wednesday September 10th. Following the success of our “day and evening” format in the past and after consideration of feedback from parents and teachers, there are some refinements to the program for second semester. Interviews will run from 12 noon until 8 pm. Students are required to attend their interviews.  Interviews will focus on progress, teacher/parent/student expectations, feedback on performance, completion of homework and the development of improvement plans for students.  As a consequence of these changes no classes will run on September 10th and no students from Yr 7-12 will be required at school, except those attending interviews.


Principal for a Day.

Steve Herbert, the Member for Eltham, spent a very positive day with our students and staff last Wednesday as part of the “Principal for a Day” program. Steve had the opportunity to visit a large number of classes and he also met with student leaders for lunch. He was impressed with the range of skills that our students possess, their dedication to achieving their best and their intelligent consideration of ways for our school, and state education, to improve. I would like to thank Steve for his time and energy and for the very positive feedback that he provided on his experiences as Eltham High School Principal for a Day.


End of Term Concert

Put this date in your diary: Monday 15th September. This is the date for the end of term concert.

A great night for all is assured.


Paul Rose Principal





Hindmarsh Landcare Weekend

We shared a bus for 5 hours with people from all over Melbourne – cultures from far and wide.

We set up tents and swags under the stars and woke to crunchy frosts.

We planted thousands of trees and breathed the air from the millionth tree planted in the last 6 years.  We drummed, danced, sang and had ghostly visions in the moonlight.  The humorous locals struck our hearts and made us laugh.  They put on sunny days, sensational sunsets, sunrises (for some) and starry nights.   They let us play with ‘Gav’ the bazooka-planting machine.  They gave us fabulous free food – pumpkin soup in a washing machine, muesli in a bin, steak and duck on the BBQ.  They built a big bonfire where country and city met.  Best of all, a beautiful bunch of people from EHS enjoyed each other’s company.

Co–written by all the team Hannah Wykes, Skye Holder, Emily Morison, Clare McKay, Nikki Gemmill, Erich Schipp and Paul Skeen.

SOSE news

The middle school Environmental Management class attended a full day Land Management education program at Edendale Farm last week.  Activities included a farm tour, revegetation, water watch testing, and 3D modelling of topography in a sand box!  Students were congratulated at the end of the day on their conduct and level of engagement.  Their concepts and statistics gained from the day will be used in their term project, which will assess the health and future management of the local Diamond Creek catchment.

Guest Speaker – M/S Business Management

Paul Caridi, the Manager of Subway, Eltham spoke to the MS Business Management students last Wednesday.  He spoke about his past experience in the Army as a carpenter and then selling motor bike parts, the job that he really loved.  As this required him to be away from home, he looked at other options so he bought into a Subway franchise.  Our thanks go to Paul for giving up his valuable time to be involved in the education of our students.

Helen Morris, Business Management teacher

Student of the Week

Henry Sherrell of Yr11 represented the school in Canberra at a workshop called “Talkback Classroom”.



Congratulations Jessica Wheeler

MS student Jessica Wheeler recently won the Nillumbik Shire student review award.  Giving her cash prize of $500 and having her critique published in the DV News and ArtStreams magazine is a fantastic achievement for a Yr9 student.  Her article featured comments and refreshing ideas on the styles and works of several of the participating professional artists all of whom had been invited to exhibit in the Nillumbik Art prize.  Well done, keep writing.

Barb Gregory, Ceramics teacher

A pleasure to read Jessica!  Ideas are thoughtfully expressed and your writing shows maturity beyond your years.  What is more – the pictures come to life with your vivid and detailed descriptions – well done!

Lyn Davis, Art teacher




Advance notice . . . . . .

Junior & Middle School Parent-Teacher Student Progress Interviews

Wednesday 10th September

No students will be at school on this day, except to attend their interviews. (see Principals report this issue)



Mars up close don’t miss your chance  to use the telescopes at ASV

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 & 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



Recently the winners of the Childrens Book Council awards were announced.  The Messenger by Markus Zusak was the successful novel in the section for Older Readers.  All the nominated novels are available for borrowing from the library.  Our annual competition “Judge a Book by its Cover” (students select which novel they think will be the winner by judging the covers of the nominated books) was again very popular.  Five lucky students received chocolate prizes.

Last Tuesday students who attended the Library Book club were treated to a visit from author Neil Grant.  Neil, an ex-student of Eltham High, is the author of Rhino chasers, a story of surf, friendship and the long road to adulthood.  Neil spoke to the students about what influenced him to become a writer and his approach to the writing craft.  The students really enjoyed listening to him speak.

Rhonda Malone, Library Coordinator





A way of recognising Yr 9 & 10 students doing some great things around the school.

This week achievers are Rochelle Monteleone & David Taylor for academic excellence

Laura Greve & Anders Villani for hardwork/progress

Daisy Pearce for sporting prowess.

Congratulations and well done to these people, these results will be published in the school bulletin, Internet & newsletter.  Students should see Mr Ferns in Middle School for their prize.  More M/S achievers to be announced next week.  Keep working hard.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Corodinator





Choir Notes

Our new combined choir sounds great!

Our rehearsals this week is:


27th August

3:20 – 4:30pm


29th August



Our Performance dates (Parents and friends welcome):


29th August

Period 1 Yr 8 Assembly


10th September

All day/evening


South Street - Parents your invitation to attend

Please advise the Music Office if you would like to a) travel in the bus with the choir and/or b) attend any of the 3 Choir sessions @$5 per session (usually $8 per session).  Please let me know by Thursday 28th August.


Choir Concert

Wednesday 17th September with other choirs from the Northern Suburbs, including the RMIT Choir conducted by Faye Dumont 7:30pm at Macleod College stay tuned for more details later.

Alexandra Cameron, Choir Director



Enhancement Studies In LOTE

Already know it all in your LOTE class? Need a challenge? Then think about pursuing enhancement studies in LOTE. There are many ways of doing this and there are of course many benefits. At junior level, a year seven student who is already proficient can pursue a year eight course – several students are doing this already. The same is true for middle school. In VCE you can study a university subject i.e. if you are studying units 3 & 4 in a LOTE or have successfully completed units 3 & 4 in a LOTE with good grades and are coping well in your other subjects then you might consider an enhancement study. Apart from boosting your ENTER it also gives you a taste of university life as described by one of our students, Jessica Choong.  For more details see your LOTE teacher.


Studying an enhancement LOTE at Uni.

Having already completed two-year 12 subjects in year 11, I was looking for a more stimulating experience during my final year at high school. It was suggested that people who were interested in undertaking a first year university subject (given they had the appropriate pre requisites) apply to the university. I took this advice and was accepted into La Trobe Uni’s advanced Indonesian class.

My first impression of the uni was the size of the place (really huge) and also the expectations for the students. University semesters are much shorter that school semesters, and we had to complete four assignments (two oral, two written) a semester along with two exams at the end of each semester (one oral, one written).

The standard of the work at uni was higher than that at school, and lecturers discouraged giving individual help. Tutorials were very beneficial as the interaction with the other students allowed discussion, ideas and advice with work. Now, at the end of the year I look forward to university next year and feel confident about uni life. There are vast numbers of different people at university and many opportunities to meet new people and form new friendships.

I would recommend this type of study to people who are willing to put in a lot of individual work, are committed to doing their best, and who have sufficient time on their hands.

Jessica Choong Yr 12



Eltham High School







The Besen Centre

Mt. Scopus College, Station St. Burwood


Monday 15th September, 7.30pm


Tickets:                 Adults-$15.00 Concession-$8.00

Family-$45.00 [2A + 2 Child] [bankcard welcome]


Tickets should be purchased from the Music Office at Eltham High School,

ph. 9431.4324    [reserved seating plan]





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





VSSSA Volleyball Championships

On Saturday, eleven Eltham High students leave for Canberra to represent Victoria at the National Under 16 volleyball championships in Canberra.  To have eleven players in the National squad of 24 players is a great achievement for Eltham High school.  The Students are Daisy Pearce, Brianna Spoor, Sally Thomas, David Parsons, Guy Franklin, Aaron Fluck, Shaun Cole, Aaron Zilm, Lachlan Gardner, Beau Biggs and Darren Patterson.  We wish them a successful and enjoyable tournament.


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


Sebastopol/Ballarat Tournament

On Sunday 24th August a number of Junior Volleyball teams took part in a tournament at Ballarat.  Congratulations to all of our teams on a great day out.  The results are as follows:

U15 girls division

Eltham Yr8 girls

Eltham Yr7 girls A

Eltham Yr 7 girls B




U15 boys division

Eltham Yr8 boys

Girton Grammar

Eltham Yr7 boys A

Eltham Yr 7 boys B







CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 27

C.Richards, T.Paulka help needed

Thurs 28

P.Beachamp, J.Perissini, M.Car

Fri 29

G.Gallacher, D.Baker, M.Davis

help wanted


Mon 1

R.Brak, E.Corbett, H.Febo, S.Kelty

Tues 2

B.Honeyman, K.Armstrong,

help needed

Wed 3

R.Wembridge, K.Finkelde, H.Sloggert, S.Carr

Few hours to spare?? Canteen would love some extra help, especially on days marked help needed

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager



More wanted …….. can you help??

to assist in VCE project

Any old hula-hoops even if they’re broken, they’re wanted. 

                        I’ve given my hula-hoop

Please drop them off at the General office.

Jacqi Taylor, Yr 12





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


Your parent members on School Council

Helen Cahill

Sue Dyet

Tamara Knowles

Robert Ackland

Jill Tait

Grace Tham

Parents wishing to make contact with parent members of School Council need only phone the School and arrangements will be made.



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 26 to

Tues 2

See front page


Thurs 4

SoSE Student Parliament 4 Yr 9 students to State Parliament

SoSE Philosophy Excursion to Zoo

Mon 8

NO band or rehearsals this week

Health PE Yr 11 HHD visit to Mercy Hospital

Wed 10

Parent Teacher Interviews – Junior and Middle School

Fri 12

O&ES Yr12 to Mitchell River return Sunday

Mon 15

VCE subject Selections due to the VCE office



Community Announcements/Advertising

Northern Blackhawks

Gridiron Football Club


Clinic for Junior Players 16-18 years

All Welcome

Saturday 30th August 12noon

Sausage Sizzle

To be held at Greensborough Secondary College, Nell St., Greensborough

Junior & Senior Gridiron players will be in attendance

Come along and have a go!!


Ever Thought about Fostering?

Can you give a child or young person a place to call home for a while?

Your local foster care program can provide you with training, support and a non-taxable allowance.

For more information on fostering and how to get involved ring the Publicity and Recruitment Unit for Foster Care

Phone 9458 5788


ELTHAM WILDCATS basketball club

Saturday juniors (free clinic Fri 5 September 5-5:45pm at EHS Sports Centre)

New Season commencing October 11

New players welcome – enrolments being taken now

phone 9439 5686 or Email wildcats@techno.net.au


Student exchange Australia

Host families and Exchange students

We are hoping to place a number of exchange students, boys and girls aged 15-18 from Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Italy, France, Japan, America and other countries, with voluntary host families.  If you and your family are at all interested for any length of time please contact 9758 4279.