Text Box: Term 4  Week 2
Tuesday, 14th October 2003


Eltham High presents a new original adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream   STARTS TONIGHT

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

Shakespeare’s Dream recurring…………………DON’T MISS A GREAT NIGHT!!!!!!!





Wednesday 15

Midsummer Night’s Dreams reloaded tonight 7:30pm

Thursday 16

VET Sport & Rec Yr11 Overnight camp & bushwalk returns Friday 17

Yr 11 Solo Recitals (see Music inside this edition)

Saturday 18

Grounds Working Bee starts 9am

Monday 20

Year 12 Assembly

Tuesday 21

Yr 7G SoSE Electoral Education Centre Visit

Yr12 Short Films Screening 7:30pm in the EHS hall……………… see last page



Principal’s Report


Congratulations go this week to Year 9 student Catherine Considine, who has been selected to join an STS Exchange Program to France for two months from next January. Congratulations also to Geogia Bonora of Year 8, who has been invited to attend a special training camp for Gymnastics Australia, designed to select participants for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Further congratulations to Sten Nigol of Year 7, who was named the best Under 14 Archer for Compound Bows in Victoria, adding this recognition to a gold medal won in January. Sten is now recognized as the best Under 14 Archer in Australia.


Memorial Garden

Eltham High School is establishing a Memorial Garden to remember students and staff who have died while they were members of the school community. There will be a memorial service held at the school at 4:40 pm on Monday, 15th December, to which members of the school community are invited. More detail will be given closer to the timer.


Strings Program 2004

I wrote to parents of our strings students at the end of last term seeking feedback regarding the future directions of the program. Thanks to those families who have replied so far. I remind parents that your response is needed by the end of next week. I will acknowledge responses individually then and will reflect on your responses as we plan our way forward.


Leading Edge Festival

We have many students and staff involved in the Victorian Schools Innovation Commission’s Leading Edge Festival. Students’ work will be displayed, the choir will sing and the drummers drum. In the evening I will be speaking at a major forum on the future of education in this state. The Leading Edge Festival is on Thursday October 23rd, 10:3 am to 3:30 pm at the Melbourne Museum and from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Melbourne Town Hall, hosted by former student of Eltham High School, Phillip Adams AO.


Arts Festival

More details of the Arts Festival are included in this Newsletter. Don’t forget that the Arts Festival opens on the 6th of November.


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.


Year 12 Last Days

Classes for our Year 12 students end on October 23rd. VCE success is the product of good practices over a long period of time. Intense energy and concentration now will 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 spoke  with VCE students today, to thank them for their efforts so far and to encourage them at this important time.


Late to School

Many parents are still delivering their children to school after the start of morning classes. It is essential that students are on time for Period 1 and sanctions will be imposed on late students. Your assistance in this matter will be appreciated.


Paul Rose Principal


Yesterday the Yr 11 Geography class visited Debney Park Secondary College.  Working with a group of Yr11 students from DPSC our students compared living conditions (transport, housing, health, pollution, youth issues, social facilities, employment etc) in the two areas.  Major differences were found and discussed.  It was an excellent learning opportunity and a chance to renew acquaintances made in the cultural week visits last year. 

All Yr 7 & 8 students will soon be attending a workshop at the Electoral Education Centre in the city.  The purpose is to broaden and enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Australian Electoral System.



Fact of the week

There are 1.4 billion people living on under $US1 a day.  The Japanese Government gives farmers $US1.7 subsidy a day per cow. - $11.90 per week per cow – that’s any cow in Japan.  Subsidies in Japan, America and the EU cost poor 3rd world countries $5000 billion a year.

Source WTO paperer 2003, Oxfarm 2003, UNDP 2002



SYNFM 94.7


Over the past 2-3 years Eltham High Students have enthusiastically participated in live radio broadcasts at the SYN FM Radio Station at RMIT City Campus.

Listen in it began last week! (9th October) from 1-2:30 Thursday afternoons for the next 3 weeks.  Already Laurie Fisher, Robyn Hanlon, Max Fuhrer and Michael Hodge have had a turn.  Next week (16th October) a new group from Ms Ipsen’s Creative Writing class Ben Norman, Sam Aloi-Carlus, Amy Faulkner and Clare Chapple will interview Adrian Horsman and Benn Gaylor Yr 11 student members of two emerging rock bands called “Far from Friday” and “Disarouse”

The following week (23rd October) Macca Rundle, Daisy Pearce, Jess Lee and El Harwood will be roving live at the Victorian Innovations Expo at the Melbourne Museum where 129 schools from around the State will have displays and finally 30th October two students Rosie Milne and Kate Grange will sing live and be interviewed by Cassie Murchie.

Tune in, ring in and ask questions, contribute to feedback sessions and help promote our enthusiastic young adults to make their opinions heard in our world.

Leanne Ipsen, Oral English & Creative Writing Teacher


BOOK LAUNCH – for anyone interested in Korrie issues & reconciliation

Dancing with Strangers  - Inga Clendinnen

Thursday 23th October

Eltham Bookshop 7:30pm

“In our deadlocked national conversation about the destruction of aboriginal society, the book seems to offer something new.”  Robert Manne  The Age


VCE Arts Festival Invitation

Congratulations to August Skipper for his excellent design for the VCE Art Festival invitations and posters.  August was inspired by Nashira Car’s original artwork produced for her 2002 VCE Folio.

Martian Stoney & Jeanette Carter, Art teachers


Open Days this weekend

Box Hill Sen Secondary College Sat 18th 11am-3pm and Swinburne Sen Secondary College

Sun 19th 11am-4pm for interested students





Solo Recitals

Last Thursday was a wonderful evening of music making by our Year 12 students, this being the final performance opportunity prior to their Music Performance SAC.  We wish them well in this important recital.  Year 11 students will be presenting their Solo Recitals this Thursday.  There will be two sessions : 4.00 – 6.00pm and 7.00 – 9.30pm.

All parents, friends and teachers are welcome to attend.

Jazz Band Performances

The Jazz Band will be performing at various events in the community over the next couple of weeks.  Next Saturday the band will be playing at the Wattle Glen Festival commencing at 3.00pm and the following Saturday will be at the Eltham South Pre School Fete from 12.00pm

James Morrison Concert – Thursday 27th November

Tickets are selling quickly for this concert.  The Symphonic, Concert and Intermediate Bands will be performing with James on this occasion which will be a fantastic experience for all the students.  Tickets are available from the music office.  Adults - $ 25.00 Children/Concession - $ 20.00

Choir Performance

The Choir has been invited to perform at the Leading Edge Festival on Thursday 23rd October.  This a great opportunity to perform at this important event.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Well done to the many Yr 9 &10 students doing great things in and out of school.  This weeks awards go to Guy Franklin & Emilie Gasson for sporting and academic excellence. Talisha O’hannessian & Max Law-Sparkes for progress, improvement and hard work.  Well done, keep up the good work.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Coordinator



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


WORKING BEE – Sat.18th Oct

The Grounds Committee has scheduled its first working bee for term 4 on this Saturday 18th October from 9am to 12:30pm followed by a barbeque lunch.  We join with the Eltham Baptist Church for this once a year event, which is always, a memorable one for the tasks completed, the positive community spirit engendered and the fantastic morning tea supplied by the church.

We have planned a range of tasks for our attention on Saturday which are 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 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.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.




Physical Education Week Oct 13-17

Eltham High School has organized a number of school-based activities to celebrate physical education week.

Tues 14

Open Day Stadium

*Range of activities offered to students

Wed 15

Year 7 Sport – free fruit and sports drink

Fri 17

Year 7 Sport – free fruit & sports drink

Staff vs. Student basketball


Statistics show that as a nation our children have low aerobic fitness and the number off overweight children is increasing at an alarming rate.  Regular physical activity improves fitness and controls weight gain.  We encourage students and parents to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.  Encourage your children to play sport, walk or ride to school.  Organise a family walk or ride – reduce time spent on passive leisure pursuits.

Advise from the Physical Education Faculty






3 on 3-basketball comp!

Ø       Lunchtimes from 27th-31st October

Ø       1 boys team from each class &

Ø       1 girls team from each class

Ø       entry forms due 21st October to Junior School Office

Year 11 students will be visiting all classes with more information.



VSSSA State Finals

The VSSSA State Finals in Athletics are to be held at Olympic Park on Tuesday 21st October 2003. Eltham HS has four students who are set to compete on the day – Adrian Franklin (Boys Under 17 800m & 1500m), Jessica Grey (Girls Under 13 Shot-put), Sean Wilson (Boys Under 13 1500m) and Emilie Gassin (Girls Under 16 Discus & Shot-put).


EHS students are invited to join in with the Diamond Valley Athletic Club training sessions at Willinda Park, Greensborough, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:00pm onwards. EHS staff members Max Balchin and Lyn Davis will be on hand to look after students who attend. Competition is held at the Box Hill venue on a Saturday and includes all ages from Under 14 to Open age. Last Saturday, EHS students Emily Gassin and Adrian Franklin used the competition to sharpen up for the VSSSA finals. Emilie ran the 100m in 14.1 and Adrian ran the 800m in 2:07.

Eltham Fun Run/Walk

This year’s Eltham Fun Run/Walk is to be held on Sunday, November 9th. Students interested in joining in with training runs in preparation for the Fun Run are invited to meet at 8:00am on Wednesday and 3:30pm on Friday.

EHS Swim Squad

Term 4 got under way last Thursday morning with 22 keen swimmers taking up three lanes at the Eltham Leisure Centre. Coach Neroli Nixon is very pleased with the progress being made by the group. Joining is simple – be poolside at 7:00am. Cost - $7 per session payable to the school cashier.



National Schools Cup

National Schools Cup will be held at MSAC Albert Park from December 7th to 12th.  Entries have to be completed and submitted by tomorrow.  Eltham High is entering 2 x U14 girls, 2 X U14 boys, U15 boys and girls division 1, U16 boys and girls honours, U17 girls division 1, Open girls division 1 and Open boys honours.  All players will be given details soon.

Keep Sunday 9th November free as all teams will be playing in a practice tournament at Kew in the lead up to the Nationals.


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


Greg Thomas,Volleyball Program Coordinator



CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 15

L.Lillie, T.Anderson, S.Carr

Thurs 16

Y.Wong, Y.Connard, M.Magi, M.Car

Fri 17

M.Young, G.Carter “help needed”

Mon 20

K.O’Hara, J.Rachim, L.Adams

Tues 21

B.Honeyman, R.Gaiser, K.Lester, R.Hall

Wed 22

J.Johnson, L.Lindsay “help needed”

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 15 to

Tues 21

See front page

Wed 22

Last DAY Yr12 classes

Yr SoSE Electoral Education Visit

Thurs 23

Arts –Leading Edge Expo

Year 12 Farewell & Formal














Tuesday 21st October – EHS hall at 7:30pm


Community Announcements/Advertising

Eltham Foodshare Inc

As Christmas is fast approaching our stocks of food are getting low – donations of tinned food would be appreciated.  Just this year we have given 479 parcels of food to 953 people in the Eltham area.

Parcels are packed at 903 Main Road Eltham ph 9439 8447


Stressless Session For Vce Students

Wednesday 29 October 1:30-4:30pm

Eltham Community Centre

The session will cover sleeping tips, healthy eating ideas, and the importance of exercises and relaxation techniques.  We will also make stress balls together.  Each participant will receive a “STRESSLESS” show bag including a relaxation music cd, healthy snacks and a guide to services at Eltham Community Health Centre.  RSVP by Friday 24 October 9431 1333

Diamond Creek Living and Learning Centre

119 Cowin Street, Diamond Creek 3089

ph 9438 5350 or Fax 9438 5351 for more info or to enrol

Courses include Computers for the Older Persons…Inrto to Computers…MYOB or QuickBooks..Using the Internet…Bookkeeping…Intro to Writing Your Life Story.


Eltham North Childcare Centre – Market Day

Saturday 18th 10am-3pm

Bring your Christmas shopping list and enjoy the shopping environment.  Stacks of children’s entertainment and Devonshire Tea for the parents.  Stalls: party plan, woodwork, tealeaf readings, children’s furniture…. something for everyone!  Enquiries 9431 4947


Support for Separated Families

RMIT Uni Psychology Clinic, as part of its research focus, is offering a number of free parenting programs to mothers in recently separated families.  These programs aim to assist young people to adjust to parental separation.

If you’re a parent of a child aged 11-15 years, have separated during the previous 2 years, and would like assistance adjusting to this transition, the programs offered by RMIT Uni Psychology Clinic may be useful.

If you are interested in finding out more information please contact:Brendan Monigatti 0417 364 940


Student exchange Australia

Places for boys and girls aged 15-18 from Germany, America, Japan, Italy, Belgium and Brazil are still required – these students are expected next Jan/Feb.  If you and your family would like to enjoy a new member of the family please call 03 9758 4279.  Should you wish to go overseas yourself as an exchange student please phone.


Eltham Little Theatre

Music Hall including Love or Lassos by Leo Regan

Performances Thursday 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov, 4 Dec, Friday, Saturday  - booked out!                     8pm start

Bookings ph 94371574………………….don’t miss out


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

displays – events – lure coursing – agility course pet competitions

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


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


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