Text Box: Term 4  Week 1
Tuesday,7th October 2003


Eltham High presents a new original adaption of A Midsummer Night’s Dream     NEXT WEEK

A high energy, fun filled entertainment for all the family, apart from that uncle nobody likes.

Midsummer Night’s Dream reloaded    at 7:30pm

Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18 October          Tickets $10 & $7

Shakespeares Dream recurring…………………





Wednesday 8

M/S Bush Camping Kinglake until Thursday

Monday 13

SoSE Yr11 Geography Urban living conditions Fieldwork to Flemington

Midsummer Night’s Dreams reloaded tonight 7:30pm



Principal’s Report

Staff Changes

At the end of last term we said farewell to Ms Debra Gribben and Ms Jenny MacLean who completed their time with us and also to Mr Kevin Spearey and Mr Hendrick Becker who are taking long service leave this term. We also said farewell to Ms Helen Morris and Ms Barb Gregory who are both taking a month’s leave.


We welcomed back Ms Leanne Ipsen, Ms Di Pollard, Ms Manuela Nicasio, Mr John Coates and Mr Damien Miles who had been on leave. We also welcome to our school Mr Ray Clements, who is replacing Kevin Spearey for the term.


Year 12 Focus

Classes for our Year 12 students end on October 23rd. This is only sixteen days away! A shocking thought indeed. For all of us involved in maintaining the focus on VCE success – students, parents and teachers- the next few weeks are important. But don’t forget, that VCE success is the product of good practices over a long period of time. Three week‘s of intense energy and concentration will only put the ‘icing on the cake’. Good study habits and routines, established over the years, need to be maintained, a focus on health and good nutrition are important. Rest and relaxation are as important at this time as they will help to keep the mind fresh. I am meeting with VCE students over the next week, to thank them for their efforts so far and to encourage them at this important time.



Congratulations to Paul Skeen, to our environmental students and staff member Nikki Gemmell.  As a result of their hard work and Paul’s application writing skills they have achieved a substantial grant for the further development of the Habitat Area of the school. Well Done.


Alliance Exam Success

I was most pleased to see the results of our students in the Alliance Française Exams. Outstanding results were achieved in both the oral and the written components. Congratulations to our five Year 12 students who participated and to their teacher Madame Wheatley.


James Morrison Concert

Don’t forget this marvellous event – James Morrison in Concert with Eltham High School which is being held on Thursday 27th November. Tickets from the Music Office.


Congratulations to Catherine Considine who has been successful in her application for an STS exchange students placement to France for two months beginning in January 2004


Paul Rose Principal



Congratulations to Paul Skeen for another successful grant application.

Thanks to Melbourne Water & Mitre 10, the school habitat area will continue to be built up.  The new funding will be used to purchase more plants, establish some propagation facilities and a boardwalk around the bog.

Last week of term saw a number of students planting grasses both at lunchtime and in class time.

More lunchtime planting will be done before the season finishes.


Eltham Copper Butterfly Larval counts 2003-10-07 Come along and join the Friends the their annual Eltham Copper Butterfly larval counts and see the special relationship between the caterpillar and the ants.  Counts are held every Tuesday night during October from 7pm until 9:30pm please bring along your torch and see these Butterfly larvae in action.

14 Oct-Eastern Colony Cnr Eucalyptus Rd & Diosma Rd Melway 22D5 ph 9433 3195

21 Oct-Pauline Toner Reserve Cnr Eucalyptus & Pitt Sts Melway 22C6 ph 8846 400

28 Oct- Yandel Reserve, St.Helena Rd Greensborough Melway 21B1


Fact of the week

Like a cup of coffee? Most of us do.  The price of coffee beans is at a 30 year low.  Yet, the price of our

coffee beans keeps on rising.  Where is the money going? The low price of coffee bean is not due to a glut but to the market power of the major coffee maker Kraft, Proctor & Gamble, Sara Lee and Nestles.

Source Age 28-4-03



Pancake Day.

On Tuesday 16 September, Monsieur Garric of French Accent visited our school to make French pancakes and provide our students with a real situation of ordering in French.  Staff and ex-students of French also had a go at ordering in French.  

Michael Kirkpatrick & Tayla Broekman (7G) and Lachlan Wright (8J) contributed the following comments about the experience:

Students who learn French had the chance to buy a crêpe. Of course we had to order in French.  They were very yummy.  The chocolate and cream ones tasted the best.  All the teachers enjoyed them too.  The crêpe day was a complete success.


Success at the Alliance Française Exams

Last term, as a practice for the end-of-year exams, the 5 students taking French in Year 12 participated in the Berthe Mouchette competition organised by the Alliance Française of Victoria.  Between them, they collected 4 Honourable Mentions and 6 ‘mention très honorable’ in the written and the oral parts of the exams.

In the oral exam, Christian Teese was awarded an A+, Angela Allen and Laurence Deam obtained an A.  Briana Barling and Lily Van Eeden achieved a B.

In the written exam, Laurence Deam was awarded an A+, while Briana Barling and Christian Teese obtained an A and Angela Allen and Lily Van Eeden scored a B.

Congratulations to all and we wish you success in the coming VCE exams.


Results for the 15 year 11 students who participated in the written exam will be published at a later date. 

Orietta Wheatley. French teacher




…..major happenings!!

Please record in your Dairy

Tuesday 14th October until Saturday 18th October


Drama Production – A Midsummer Nights Dream Reloaded

Tuesday 21st October

VCE Media

Screening in the hall

Saturday 1st until Wednesday 12th November

Photography Exhibition at Montsalvat Long Gallery

Thursday 6th November and Friday 7th November

VCE Arts Festival

6:30-9:30 official opening at 7pm. 

The Arts Festival: Showcases all Arts & Technology, including Senior Music, ensembles, Choir, Media and Dance plus photography Textiles Ceramics, Art, Furniture & Metal and VCD.



Join the Choir

Term 4 rehearsals begin this week for the Christmas Concert in December.   We are inviting new members to join us for this concert, whether students, staff or parents.  If you would like to try singing in the Choir why not bring a friend?  No auditions – just be committed to attending practices on Wednesday 3:30-5pm in the Music Centre.  If you have any queries, please contact Ms Cameron through the school.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW -James Morrison in Concert with our bands -Thurs 27th November

We are pleased to announce that James Morrison will be performing with 3 of our bands at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Anglican School.  This will be a concert not to be missed!  Tickets are available at the Music office.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Music Support Group News

Last term was amazing, wasn't it?  The fantastic efforts of our music students and staff resulted in overwhelming performances for parents, family and friends to enjoy.  Thankyou! Ties and sashes - if yours hasn't been handed in, please do so immediately at the Music Office.

The MSG's next meeting is Monday 13th October, 8pm at 14 Moola Place Eltham. All newcomers are most welcome.  If you have any queries, please ring Jill on 9439 9673.


Two Working bees are scheduled for Term 4.  Our only Saturday Working Bee for the year will be held on Saturday 18th October where the school is joined by the Eltham Baptist Church, in the past this has been a very successful event.  The second working bee is scheduled for Sunday 16th November.

Over the term 3 vacation a significant landscape project was built by Michael Rynia and his team between the Science and Music blocks which in the longer term when plantings are established will continue the successful courtyard which is now less than 2 weeks away.  The focus of our attention on the day is summarised below:

  1. Planting out of 300 or more plants on the southern side of the new building complex.  Mattocks, picks, hammers etc. will be required.
  2. Mulching of bare soil around the new building complex.  Forks and wheelbarrows required.
  3. A post and rail fence to be constructed adjacent to rooms 107 & 108.  Crowbars, shovels, wheelbarrows required.
  4. A repair job to some brick edging adjacent to the administration block.
  5. Weeding on the western boundary and in the new environmental reserve.  General gardening tools required.
  6. Pruning of a variety of plants and removal of weeds around the stadium complex.  Secateurs, mattocks and picks required.
  7. Grass cutting and Brush cutting around various parts of the school.  Mowers and brush cutters required.

Because the school has only limited gardening equipment please come prepared with your own named equipment.

If you are attending on the 18th please park your car on the hard courts adjacent to the library and report to the canteen courtyard where you will sign in and be assigned a task by one of our committee members.

The working bee gets off to a start at 9am, we break at 10:30am for morning tea which is supplied by the Eltham Baptist Church (always a banquet) and we conclude with a barbeque lunch at 12:30pm.

Finally I would like to acknowledge the work done by Dale Harty in my absence in Term 3 as well as the Grounds Committee led by Bob Ackland at the working bee held in August.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.




The Victorian Schools Cup

Last term Eltham High School won the Victorian Schools Volleyball Cup for the fourth year in a row.  This is Victoria’s premier volleyball event with over 120 teams taking part over three days of competition.  The results are as follows:



Year 7 - Under 14 Girls Honours


Lena Skipper


Hannah Martin


Alex Smith


Rachel Velo


Megan Patterson


Johanna Young


Brigit DeToma


Justine Moffat


Erica Choong


Karly Norman was Most Valuable Player in division




Year 7 - Under 14 Boys Honours


Billy Pearce


Adam Wollaston


Sean Wilson


Nathan Cadee


Max Massingham


Dane Pearce


Ashley Payne


Brett Way




Year 7 - Under 14 Girls Division 2


Natasha Strudwick


Jessica Grey


Njameh Cham


Kim Deylen


Morgan Jones


Leah Moody


Rachel Lee


Courtney Deacon


Alysha Holder




Year 7 - Under 14 Boys Division 2


Justin Courts


Jamie Rogalski


David McKinnar


Joe Gilhooley


Calham Dower


Dom Potter


Matt Tucker


Nick Guthrie




Year 8 - Under 15 Girls Honours


Genevieve Blewett


Vanessa George


Kate Kirkland


Petrice Fatchen


Bethany Coleman


Emma Smith


Gabby Creed


Monique Ruedin




Year 8 - Under 15 Boys Honours


Jason Cole


John Van Hoorden


Scolaighe Morison


Taran Medcalf


James Deacon


Liam Twomey


Rhyse Burke


Gilchrist Clendinnen




Year 8 - Under 15 Girls Division 2


Tayah Landmann


Lauren Samphier


Tess Sanders


Skye Allen


Kate Sterling


Jess Deacon



Under 16 Girls Honours


Daisy Pearce


Sally Thomas


Brianna Spoor


Erin Dattner


Hannah Massingham


Ashleigh Dummett


Hannah Jones


Casey Schlotterlein


Janelle Allen




Under 16 Boys Honours


Aaron Fluck


Guy Franklin


Beau Biggs


Aaron Zilm


Darren Patterson


Lachlan Gardner


Shaun Cole


James Piper


David Parsons




Under 17 Girls Honours


Melissa Adams


Vicky Law-Sparkes


Erica Marsom


Felicity Paccioco


Sue Smith


Katherin Lacy


Jasmine Putra


Marli Greenway




Under 16 Boys Division 2


Angelos Blackwood


Ben Corbett


Tom Lock


Tom Lipshutt


Chris Vasalakis


Todd Miles





Open Girls Honours


Laura Greve


Steph Barens


Evie Lake


Rebbie Creed


Vanessa Costolloe


Skye Holder


Emma Baker


Laura Head




Open Boys Honours


Igor Yudin was named Most Valuable Player in the Open Boys Division


Ryan Dunn


Lucas Simpson


Stefan Courtot


Cameron Blewett


Shaun Griffin


August Skipper


Elliot Winfield


Matt Godden


All teams performed well and should be very proud of their contribution towards winning the Victoria Schools Cup for the fourth time.  Thank you to all the coaches, staff members and parents who supported teams over the three days of competition.


Final point scores for the Victorian schools cup

1st         Eltham              191

2nd        Girton               123

3rd         Billanook           120

4th         Upwey              119

5th         Mazenod           101

6th         Wonthaggi         75


Other important volleyball dates:

November 16 – Under 15 Sate finals

December 2 – Year 7 and 8 VSSSA State Finals

December 7 to 12th – National Schools Cup


Under 15 State Titles

The under 15 state titles will be held at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre, Park Rd, Oakleigh on Sunday the 16th of November.  Our Year 8 boys and girls A teams will entered for this tournament which will give them additional match practice for the Nationals.  Entry fee will be $15 per player which can be paid to the cashier.

Volleyball Jackets

Any student wishing to purchase an EHS volleyball jacket should collect details from Mr Thomas in the PE office this week.


Greg Thomas,Volleyball Program Coordinator


YEAR 12 FORMAL- Thursday 23rd Oct.

A reminder to Yr12 students that you should have paid for the formal by now.

Suit hire is available from:

Eltham Formal Hire, 1008 Main Road, Eltham 9439 9677.  They will give a 20% discount for EHS students.  Basic suit hire starts at $50.

Roger David, Level 3 Greensborough Plaza has a student discount.  Your must book 2 weeks prior to the formal, with prices from $49:90 (plus $4:40 accidental damage waiver.)  Student discount vouchers available from the VCE office.

If there is enough interest measurement and hire could be arranged at school.  Please see Ms Parry by Thursday this week.




CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 8

C.Richards, K.Moppert, C,Morrison

Thurs 9

L.Sanders, S.Ball, P.McGregor

Fri 10

K.Gatcum, M.Openshaw, L.Wilson

Mon 13

L.Adams, K.Corneille, H.Febo

Tues 14

J.Harcourt, D.Paulka, Y.Morrison, S.Dimech

Wed 15

L.Lillie, T.Anderson, S.Carr

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 7 to

Tues 14

See front page

Wed 15

Midsummers Night’s Dream reloaded nightly until Saturday 18th 7:30pm



Community Announcements/Advertising



2003 Nillumbik Pet Expo – Sunday 26 October 10am to 4pm in Nillumbiuk Park, Main Street Diamond Creek (Melway 12 AS5)

displays – events – lure cursing – agility course pet competitions

for further info contact Elke Tapley 9433 3304 or Elke.Tapley@nillumbik.vic.gov.au


Holiday rental

Self contained 4-bed unit with sea view, 1 min. walk to beautiful Fairhaven beach, close to Lorne.

5289 6870/0417318377


Recycle your empty egg cartons.  Permanent collection point located at the General office. 







(for 15-19 year olds)

Tuesday, 14 October 2003

9.00am - 5.00pm

The Centre

Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

·                 take part in workshops on issues such as promoting bands, song writing, guitar maintenance, DJ beat mixing

·                 talk to industry professionals

·                 see exhibits by music stores, recording studies and others

·                 attend live performances by local bands

·                 hear keynote speakers including radio presenters

and much more …

For more information call:

Fruitbowl Productions on 9439 0222

proudly sponsored by:

Fruitbowl Productions

Banyule City Council

Banyule/Nillumbik LLEN

Shire of Nillumbik Youth Services




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



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