Text Box: Term 4  Week 5
Wed. 5th November 2003


Excellence in the Arts              Invitation to the VCE Arts Festival

All parents, students and friends are invited to attend the VCE Arts Festival. 

On Thursday evening an exhibition of Art, Visual Design, Photography, Ceramics, Textiles furniture and Multi Media will be displayed in the school hall.  The program will include the chamber ensembles, the Senior Choir, Solo Dance performances, Media presentation and a fashion parade.  The festival will be officially opened by Paul Hogan, past student and corporate entertainer at 7pm.

The viewing times are: Thursday 6-9pm & Friday 9am-4pm


Note: TONIGHT - Wednesday 5th November at 6:30pm the VCE photography exhibition

will be officially opened by Gale E Spring in the Long Gallery at Montsalvat.


Come along and enjoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Excellence in the Arts

Jeanette Carter, Teaching and Learning Leader Arts


Principal’s Report

Congratulations to Eugene Ball

WE were all very pleased to learn that Eltham High School music teacher and conductor, Mr Eugene Ball, came a very distinguished second in the National Jazz Awards for Trumpet and Trombone. Eugene received his Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival last weekend. Well Done Eugene and thank you for all your hard work with Eltham High School students.

A Big Week in the Arts

I look forward to seeing parent and students at our two major Arts events this week, the opening of the photography exhibition on Wednesday evening and the opening of the VCE Arts Festival on Thursday evening. Congratulations to all or students and their teachers who are involved in these prestigious events.


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.


Paul Rose Principal



8J’s Mock Trial

On Wednesday 29th October 8J went to the Eltham Courthouse for our mock trial.  Next door to the Eltham Courthouse were the policeman’s house, a lock-up area and stables.  We had a look around and then went into the courthouse to begin our mock trial. 

Everyone had a role in the prepared mock trial; and Ian “squizzy” Tannenaum was charges for burglary and attempted murder.  His punishment will continue at the Old Melbourne Goal next month.  It was a great morning and a good learning experience.  We’d like to thank Mr Darling and Harry Gilham for their work.

Emma Cairns & Amy Majoor 8J




The Middle School Achievers for Week 4 are Bianca DeToma and James Hamlet for academic excellence and for Hard work and Progress/improvement Kath Girbau and Brendan Kerss.  In the area of sporting achievement Alice Chilton and Luke Deylen were these weeks’ achievers.  Well-done guys.  Keep up the good work everyone and achievers come and see Mr Ferns during the week for your prize.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Coordinator




Wednesday 5

Music AMEB Exams in Music Centre

Arts Photography Exhibition “Frozen” official opening tonight & continues until Wed 12th

VCE Exam Drama/Further Maths/Specialist Maths/ Economics

Arts VCE dance “We will rock you”

Thursday 6

VCE Exams Psychology/Accounting/PE & Lit

Friday 7

VCE Exams Maths Methods/Design & Tech/PE & VET Arts Interactive Multimedia

SoSE 8E & 7E Electoral Education Centre Visit

Monday 10

Primary Schools Bands Camp to Ferngully Lodge

O&ES M/S ocean Kayaking – Lorne & Cape Otway until Nov 11

VCE Exams Maths Methods & IPM

Tuesday 11

O&ES M/S Ocean Kayaking to Lorne until Nov 12

VCE Exams Dance/Physics/Studio Arts & Legal Studies

Wednesday 12

VCE Exams Chemistry/Aust History/Info Systems/Hist Revolutions






VSSSA State Athletics Championships Report

Olympic Park, Tuesday 21st October, 2003

Congratulations to Emilie Gassin on her Gold medal performance in the Girls Under 16 Shot Put (4kg). Steady rain throughout the program made conditions difficult in the throws events, but Emilie still managed to record a winning distance of 9.89m in the Shot Put. Emilie had earlier competed in the Girl’s Under 16 Discus (1kg) where she finished in 6th place with a best throw of 21.78m.

Year 7 student, Jessica Grey, finished in 4th place in the Girl’s Under 13 Shot Put (3kg) with a recorded distance of 8.89m.

Sean Wilson of Year 7 finished in 14th position in the Boy’s Under 13 1500m in a time of 5:37.31.

Full results of the program can be found on the VSSSA website www.vsssa.org.au


Athletics Training

EHS students interested in joining in with athletics training sessions for running – sprints or middle distance, throws or jumps are invited to join training squads at Willinda Park on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm onwards. Competition for Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 age groups is held at the Box Hill venue on a Saturday afternoon. Contact Max Balchin at the school for further information.



EHS Swim Squad

The EHS Swim Squad will be running on Thursday mornings from 7:00am through until December 11th. Any students thinking about improving their swimming before the Christmas break or just getting fit would be most welcome to join us on a Thursday morning at the Eltham Leisure Centre. Cost per session is $7 payable to the school cashier. 



National Schools Cup


Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Albert Park- Dec 7to 12

Training times for teams:

Under 14 Girls A

train Monday lunch/3:30-4:30pm

Under 14 Boys A

train Tuesday & Thursday lunch

Under 14 Girls B

train  Monday lunch / 3:30-4:30pm

Under 14 Boys B

train Tuesday & Thursday lunch

Under 15 Girls Division 2

train Monday 3:30-4:30pm & Wednesday lunch

Under 15 Boys Division 1

train Monday 3:30-4:30pm & Friday lunch

Under 16 Girls Honours

train Wednesday 3:30-4:45pm

Under 16 Boys Honours

train Thursday 7:15am & Friday lunch

Under 17 Girls Division 1

train Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm

Open Boys Honours

train Thursday 7:15am

Open Girls Division 1

train Friday 7am


General details

This year we will be travelling to and from MSAC each day.  Each team will have their own 12-seat bus, which will allow flexibility to fit in with their own game and duty schedule.

List of players, coaches and managers have been put up on the volleyball notice board in the stadium foyer.

Cost per player

$160  This covers entry fee ($473 per team), duty bond, referee levy, Kew tournament entry fee and bus rental and petrol for the week.  Please pay the cashier the total $160 by the end of November.



Kew High Tournament

Kew is running a day tournament on Sunday 9th November.  All teams will benefit from the match practice prior to the Nationals.  A draw will be distributed when available.


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


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



The timetable for book sale is:

Year level in 2003

Hand in Books

Year level in 2004

Buy Books

Hand in Book lists for North if the Yarra



7th, 14th & 25th Nov





Thurs 25th Nov



3 Dec


4th Dec



25th Nov



3 Dec


4th Dec



25th Nov



26 Nov


27th Nov



5th Dec



26 Nov


27th Nov


Fri 5th Dec



8 Dec


9th Dec





8 Dec


9 Dec


9th Dec


Only books that are in good condition will be accepted for sale.  The school sells at 65% or 50% of RRP, depending on the book’s condition.  Where a text book has a CD, both are to be handed in at the same time.  If the CD is unavailable, the book will be sold at 50%.

For organising the book sales, the school takes a 20% commission.  The commission is used to provide services throughout the school.  The refund offered to parents is substantially higher than that offered by book sellers whose normal refund is approx 30% of the RRP.

Students in years 7-10 will be called up in class groups.  Special arrangements will be made for year 11 students to hand in their books.

Sales will from room 503, in the main Administration Block.  Sales commence at 2:00pm and conclude at 7:00pm.  Parents of year 7 students in 2004 also have the opportunity to purchase books on 9th December, between 8:00 and 9:00am.  This is just prior to the Orientation day talk.  Stock is usually very limited at that stage. 

Lists of books for sale will de distributed to students over the next weeks. 

Any unsold books must be collected on Friday 12th December.  Books not collected by this time will be donated the school welfare coordinator for distribution to needy families.

As you may appreciate, the school undertakes a significant amount of work in selling and organising parent refunds.  Cheques will be processed over the Christmas school break, and will be available for collection in early February.  Details will be provided in the Parent Newsletter.


Photographs in 2004

The school has organised student photographs to be taken on the 4th & 5th of February 2004.

For 2004, the year 11 & year 12 photographs will be done as a whole year level.  The large group photos cost is $22 while the group and 7 portraits is $28.

Years 7-10 photographs will be in the traditional home group format.  The group only cost is $15 and the group and 7 portraits is $23.  Where a portrait is selected, students will also receive 6 mini portraits that are suitable for train passes.


School Accounts

Accounts for term 4 have been sent home this week.  Payment of any outstanding amounts would now be appreciated.  If there are any corrections required, please contact the Cashier.

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager




One of our Yr 11 students is recovering after a bout of shingles.  Students who have had chicken pox cannot “catch” shingles from someone who has had it, however, people who have never had chickenpox can be infected with chickenpox if exposed to an active case of shingles.

Any parent who is concerned about their child should see their doctor.  A vaccine against chickenpox is available.

Joy Snow, sick bay attendant



James Morrison Concert – Thursday 27th November

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

A great opportunity to invite family and friends to a really exciting and fun-filled night of entertainment.

Saxophone Ensemble Performs Victoria Park

The Saxophone Ensemble were fantastic ambassadors for EHS, once again providing music at the annual Fred Hollows Dinner at the Collingwood Football Club.  Thanks to Sally Davis and the students for their efforts on this occasion.

Theory Exams

If you wish to enter for theory exams in May 2004 you should speak to Ms. Cameron ASAP


Stage Band At Eltham Festival

The Stage Band will be part of the opening of the Eltham Festival this Saturday 8th November.  The band will be performing at the Eltham Town Square at10.30am.


Ken Waterworth, Director of Music


Don’t forget to get your tickets NOW for the James Morrison Concert – call in at the Music Office or ring 9431 4324!

Reminders: Uniforms Secondhand sales throught the Music Support Group.  (see last weeks Newsletter)

Instrument Register ….Please keep in mind that the MSG has an Instrument register for  buying and selling second hand instruments.

For further details ring Kathy Skeen on 9439 3597.


Music Support Group’s next meeting is Monday 17th November. 

We need more members!  If you’ve been ‘thinking’ about joining the group – here’s your opportunity.  The meeting is at 14 Moola Place, Eltham 8pm.  Contact Jill Browne 9439 9673 if you have any queries.



The Grounds Committee is holding its final working bee for 2003 on Sunday 16th November from 9am to 12:30pm followed by our popular barbeque lunch in the Canteen Courtyard.

So come along and lend a hand to one of our jobs on offer as summarised below:

  1. Construction of 8 new student seats on the northern side of the new building.  Crowbars, shovels, spirit levels will be required.
  2. Further planting on the southern side of the new building.  Mattocks, wheelbarrows, shovels etc requires.
  3. Further mulching of bare ground on the western end of the new building.
  4. Weeding and general gardening tasks on the western boundary as well as in the Habitat Reserve.  Gardening tools and gloves required.
  5. Pruning of a range of plants around the stadium complex.  Pruning shears and gloves required.
  6. Repair of a small brick edge around a garden adjacent to the administration block.
  7. Mowing and brush cutting in a number of locations around the school.  Relevant equipment for this task will need to be supplied

A number of parents phoned their apologies for the last working bee due to other commitments, so we are hoping that you can make our final working bee for the term on Sunday 16th November.  Please p[ark your car on the hard courts adjacent to the library and make your way to the Canteen Courtyard where you will be signed in and assigned a task by one of our committee.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday the 16th.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.


The Eltham Skate Park Committee NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.  We invite you to be part of our group in the Eltham Festival Parade.

You are welcome to skateboard, roller blade/skate, scooter or cycle.  Parents and Grandparents welcome to join in the parade too.  Only I hour of your time is needed.

Lets make this parade as BIG as we can!

Meeting place: beside the Fire Station/Post Office in Main Rd, Eltham

Assemble at 10:15am – parade commences as 11am.   More info ph Jacque 0417 356685


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 5

K.Finkelde, J.Oates “help needed”

Thurs 6

P.Beauchamp, M.Schotterlein, N.Phillips

Fri 7

H.Devlin, M.Parsons, M.Hanlon

Mon 10

J.Hacansson, B.Khoshmashrob, M.Cefai

Tues 11

G.Doherty, L.Stewart, K.Armstrong, D.Greig

Wed 12

L.Alford, J.Baxter, W.Waghorn

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 5 to

Wed 12 Nov

See front page

Thurs 13

VCE Exams Art/Geography/Business Management

Fri 14

Last day Yr11 classes

VCE Exams Music Per Solo/VCD/H&HD

SoSE 7D &8H Electoral Education Centre Visit

Mon 17

Yr 11 exams begin

VCE Exams Food & Tech/Music Styles/O&ES/Philosophy/Media

Tues 18

SoSE 7C &7B Electoral Education Centre Visit

Wed 19

SoSE 7J Electoral Education Centre Visit

VCE Exams LOTE French & Indonesian/Systems & Tech/Theatre Studies

School Council Meeting 7:30pm





Ever wanted to walk The Great Wall, view the Terracotta Warriors, visit the Forbidden City??  Then the EHS community tour is for you.  The tour of about 10-12 days will be in the School holidays (18th September to 3rd October 2004) and visit China (Shanghai, Xian and Beijing), with the possibility of a side-trip to Japan, Cambodia or Tibet.  The trip is open to currently enrolled students, parents and ex-students, staff and family members of students.  The approximate cost is $2,900, which includes return economy airfares, domestic flights in China and most meals.  An information sheet is available from the General Office, with a deposit of $300 requires confirming a place.  For more details speak to Brendan Monigatti, Di Parry or Pompa Brady.