Text Box: Term 3  Week 8
Tuesday, 2nd September 2003


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.


Parents of Junior & Middle School students are invited to the Parent-Teacher Student Progress Interviews on Wednesday 10th September. We are running three sessions, from 12noon - 2.30pm, 3pm - 5pm and 6pm - 8pm.  Please book interviews for the first or second or third session, not across sessions, as this would result in unnecessary waiting for you. Students will be given a booking sheet and need to schedule a time with their teachers before the P/T Student Progress Interviews. We expect students to attend the interviews with their parents. These interviews provide a valuable opportunity for staff, parents and students to talk about the progress and learning of the student. We look forward to meeting you on this occasion.

Hermina Burns, Assistant Principal





Tuesday 2

Health PE Ski Camp until Friday Sept 5

Back to School Day

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

Thursday 4

SoSE Student Parliament 4 Yr 9 students to State Parliament

SoSE Philosophy Excursion to Zoo

Monday 8

Arts –VET Multimedia Forum – to Federation Square

Health PE Yr11 visit to Mercy Hospital









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



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


Back to School Day

Today is “Back to School Day”. We were very pleased to have former students Tracy Harvey and Ben Brazil back with us today. Tracy is a well-known comedienne and spent time today with Middle School and Year 12 Drama students. Ben is a successful musician, music manager and motivator. He undertook some excellent work with Year 10 English students. Back To School Day is a terrific means for our school to recognise and celebrate the great students that make teaching at Eltham High School the pleasure that it is.


Blueprint for Education

Last Friday, the Minister for Education released the Key Findings and Recommendations of the Leadership Groups as part of her Blueprint for Education. I was privileged to have been invited to work on the Excellence and Innovation Working Group over the last six weeks. The time spent with the group was stimulating and very challenging. The minister is still seeking public comment on the Blueprint. Copies are available at http://www.det.vic.gov.au/det/consultation/blueprint/feedback.htm. General comment and feedback can be made on line at http://www.betterschools.com.au/


September 15th National Day of Action

The Australian Education Union has called on teachers and support staff across the country to take protest action on Wednesday, September 15th. The action relates to the Union’s belief that state governments are not taking strong enough measures to support public education and to negotiate appropriate Enterprise Bargaining Agreements in many states. The Victorian Branch of the AEU has asked its members to take stopwork action on September 17th. I believe that there will be unavoidable disruption to the school program on that day and will keep parents advised of developments.


Lateness to School

Senior staff are concerned at the number of parents who are delivering their children to school after 8:50 am of a morning. The Warning Bell goes at 8:50 am and students are expected to be in class by 8:58 am when Period 1 starts. However, too many parents are still delivering students to school well after 9:00 am. If you drive your children to school, can you please arrange that you drop them off before 8:50 am.


A Big Weekend

This weekend sees the students of Eltham High School actively involved in the ACMI’s Atari Diegesis Festival 2003. This celebration of photography and media is a major event and a large number of our students are represented. We are hopeful of some real success. Special thanks to Kathy Hughes and Ian Clark for their great leadership in these areas of the Arts.


As well, this weekend is the Bands Weekend at the Royal South Street Eisteddfod. Our musicians and their conductors have been working very hard in preparation for this very significant event and I wish Director of Music, Ken Waterworth, and his outstanding conductors, Meg George, Sally Davis and Eugene Ball all the best for this weekend.


As well we wish our ensembles all the best for their South Street efforts this week: Saxophone and Flute Ensembles on Wednesday, the Clarinet Choir on Thursday and the Percussion Ensembles on Friday


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



Zoo Excursion

8B and 8F had a very successful excursion to the zoo to study the rainforest environment.  Students completed the rainforest trail where they were able to observe and record information about the rainforest and the habitat of a variety of animals.  We saw the new elephant enclosure and in the afternoon went to the zoo school where we were able to feel an albino snake (collected by customs officers when, it was being smuggled into the country).


Forthcoming Student Parliament

This week will feature Annie Van Eeden, Josh Russo Batterham, Abby Creed and Macca Rundle.  The team has to convince the Parliament that the Australian people should appoint the Governor General.

Eltham will take on St.Aloysius College who will try and prove the residents who complain about live music venues should just move elsewhere.

Toolangi Excursion

Last Thursday 8G and 8J went to Toolangi State Forest.  Students were given a guided tour of the rainforest where they saw the remaining pristine rainforest.  They were taken to a sawmill to see the latest processes involved in saw milling (all the parts of the timber are used).  All had a very educational day and students are to be commended for their very good behaviour on the excursion.


Fact of the week

Part 1 (because we missed last weeks edition)

Which country, one of the poorest in the world, pays children of the poorest section of society to go to school?


In a trial program children who would normally be working in the fields for the survival of the family, are paid in wheat to go to school.  The children must attend 80% of classes.  14,000 tons of wheat is distributed each month.  Parents like the program because for the first time in their lives, they have a regular supply of food.

Part 2

How successful is this program?

The World Bank, which financed the project says it is very successful – criteria for success

Ø       Regular attendance of students – 94%

Ø       New students passing – yes (there is only a one mark differential between project schools and non-project schools even though the project schools have many more students in the classes

Ø       Boys and girls are both being educated

Ø       More children have access to medicine provided by clinics but, with better nutrition they are not using it.

Ø       This shows imagination in solving a major problem – poverty v education.

Source World Bank and IFPRI



This week achievers are Carla Hillsley & Emily Morison for academic excellence, David Ballock & Daniel Cartwright for hardwork/progress

Lauren Batty for sporting prowess and Jessica Wheeler for Arts.

Congratulations and well done to these people.  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 Coordinator



School Accounts

As a means of keeping parents up to date with information about school accounts, statements will be forwarded to all parents each term.  Statements are being posted out this week.  Payment of any outstanding accounts would be appreciated.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or EFTPOS with our Cashier.  If you wish, Credit Card transactions can be telephoned directly to the Cashier.

The statements will also provide you with an opportunity to identify any incorrect items.  These may occur from time to time where students may not have been involved in an activity. 

Where parents have entered into a confidential financial arrangement, statements are forwarded for your information.

If you have any concerns about any of the items listed on your account, please contact Jill Wallis, the School Cashier, in the first instance.  Action will then be taken to rectify any issues.

For parents who receive the EMA, the statements do not take this into account. The school is expecting the parent component of the EMA cheques in the near future.


Student drop off

There is considerable traffic congestion around the school when students are being dropped off in the morning.   Parents are reminded that student safety is of paramount importance.  Parking across driveways into the school, particularly on the west side of the stadium, is causing some concern.  Please ensure that students are set down at appropriate areas such as near the stadium or in defined parking areas in Withers Way or Ely Street.

Your assistance would be appreciated to help improve conditions for both pedestrians and drivers.


Bruce Martyn, Business Manager



Choir rehearsal this week – Wednesday 3:20pm-5:00pm.

On Monday September 8th Choir will rehearse at lunchtime and in Period 6 and

on Tuesday September 9th from 3:30pm-5:30pm will be a dress rehearsal.

Choir performance


10th September

All day/evening

at South Street Competition


Choir Concert at Macleod College

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

Alexandra Cameron, Choir Director


Melbourne School String Festival

Congratulations to the Concert Strings for their participation in the String Festival at held Monash University.  This event not only gave the ensemble a great opportunity to perform but also allowed the students to hear other string groups. 


Melbourne School Bands Festival

Last Saturday night saw the culmination of the Melbourne School Bands Festival for 2003 with the Gala Festival Finale being held at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University.  Some of the outstanding groups of the festival presented a fantastic evening of music.  Awards were announced with the Eltham High School bands being recognised for their outstanding performances throughout the festival.  The Concert, Jazz and Stage Bands received Gold Shields with the Intermediate and Training Bands being recognised as outstanding bands in their respective sections.  The Symphonic Band was invited to perform as special guests at the concert, producing a wonderful performance, which brought prolonged applause from a very appreciative audience. 

SUSHI DAY…… available from the canteen

FRIDAY 12th SEPT….don’t miss out!!

South Street Competitions

We wish all our students well as they travel to Ballarat over the next week to participate in this prestigious event. Parents will want to make sure they are aware of final details for the competitions, which are being distributed at rehearsals this week.



Eltham High School







The Besen Centre

Mt. Scopus College, Station St. Burwood

Monday 15th September, 7.30pm


A Celebration of Music at EHS

We will celebrate the musical achievements of our students at The Besen Centre, Mt Scopus College, Station Street Burwood on Monday 15th September commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults-$15.00 Concession-$8.00 Family-$45.00 [2A + 2 Child]

Tickets should be purchased from the Music Office at Eltham High School,     ph. 9431.4324    [reserved seating plan]



Eltham High School says  “ Merci” to members of our school community:

To Mesdames Janet Gale and Brigitte Labigang, two of our parents, who have volunteered to assist with conversation sessions for year 12 students. 


To Sue Kelty of the Plenty Valley Montessori School and to Hilda Gregory of the Eltham Library for their donations of books and magazines.


To Philippe Roussel and Ross Brady who brought back some interesting authentic French materials from recent trips to France.


To ex-students Yvette Muscat and Pierre Labigang who earlier this year came in to share their experiences of Year 12 French with this year’s students.


Last weekend, two of our year 11 students were recalled to participate in the Finals of the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Competition.  Irene Oakley was a finalist for the year 11 written exam and Christian Teese who is taking year 12 French was a finalist in the oral exam.  Congratulations to both.


Future happenings:  Crêpe Day and the launch of the 2004 New Caledonia Tour. 

Tuesday 16 September, it’s Eltham High School’s Pancake Day.  M. Garric of French Accent will visit to sell his crêpes and all French classes will have the opportunity to negotiate a purchase in French.  Crêpes range in price from $2.00 to $4.00.


Wednesday 17 September, at 7.30 p.m. in the school library, an information night for anyone interested in the 2004 New Caledonia Tour. Letters and preliminary information about this proposed overseas trip have been made available to students currently studying French.  Please contact Orietta Wheatley, the 2004 Tour organiser, at the school if you did not receive that information and to let us know if you plan to come to the information evening.


Orietta Wheatley.



Senior Girls Hockey – All High School Finals

The girls performed admirably in the recent tournament at the State Hockey Centre.  Eltham defeated Trafalgar Hugh School but lost very close matches to Wodonga and Strathmore Secondary College.

All girls deserve credit for the way they conducted themselves during the season and for the way they completed in the matches.

Special thanks to Julie Sizeland who has helped the school team since Year 7 and who has been a very dependable player.

Sherena Sloan was the standout player for the school but was ably assisted by the rest of the team.

Zara White, Heather Wiseman, Connie Brown, Jess Manzie, Jenny Lonsdale, Jess Lee, Miriam Fishwick, Claire Pollard, Clare Chapple, Tessa Bryne, Lydia Robertson, Emma Lee Knape, Nicole Schembri and Nicole Pozzan.

Looking forward to next season.

Stephen Mc Crystal, coach


Basketball Success

Senior boys and girls teams participated in the State School basketball competition last week, a great effort for both teams.  The girls won their first game and were narrowly defeated in the other 2 games.  The boys won all their games and qualified for the final unfortunately narrowly losing to a specialist basketball school in Box Hill, but all should be congratulated on their great efforts and skilful play in making the state finals and the boys now being the 2nd best senior basketball team in Victoria.  Great efforts, Yr 7 boys and girls are next both qualifying for Northern Zone.

Luke Ferns, coach


Congratulations to the members of the Eltham Wildcats U18 team. Michael Steven, Garth Van Noorden and Daniel Bass.

Winning the U18 Victorian Basketball State Championships 2003 played on Sunday.  After going through the season losing only one game out of 22.  The team lived up to expectations of making it to the grand final.  The exiting final quarter began with scores level, 47 all.  It was goal for goal and in the last minute we won by one point defeating Bulleen 65-64.



Entry forms for the 2003 Victorian Schools Track and Field Championships are available from Mr Balchin.  The U17, U18 and 20 Schools T & F Championships will be held on Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th.  Entries close on Thursday 11th September.  The U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16 Championships will be held on Saturday November 1st and Sunday November 2nd.  Entries close on Thursday 9th October.

Running Group

Training runs for students continue to be held on Wednesday mornings at 8qm.  A longer training run will be offered this Friday after school for students interested in taking part in the Eltham Fun Run.  For further info contact Mr Balchin at the school.


Volleyball dates – note your dairy

September 13, 14 & 15

Victorian Schools Cup

December 2

Yr 7 & 8 VSSSA state finals

December 7 to 12

National Schools Cup


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.



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 3

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

Thurs 4

S.Ball, P.McGregor, L.Sanders

Fri 5

S.Allen, L.Wilson, M.Openshaw

Mon 8

R.Burke, K.O’Hara, K.Hofman, J.Rachim

Tues 9

G.Doherty, K.Lester, S.Dimech, R.Hall

Wed 10

Parent Teacher Interview Day

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

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager




S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 3 to

Tues 9

See front page

Thurs 10


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 see front page

Fri 12

O&ES Yr12 to Mitchell River return Sunday

Sushi day…from the canteen




Recycle your empty egg cartons. 

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