Text Box: Term 4  Week 7
Tuesday.18th November 2003



Eltham High School presents James Morrison in Concert

7:30pm Thursday 27th November George Wood Performing Arts Centre

Yarra Valley Grammar School  Melways


Tickets from the Music office. . . . . . . . .a memorable night promised


don’t miss this very special  event showcasing out talented music students




Wednesday 19

Music Semester 2 Assessment Period

8G & 8J Electoral Education Centre & Old Melb Goal

SoSE 7J Electoral Education Centre Visit

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

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thursday 20

Year 11 exams VCD, Art, Physics, HHD

VCE Exams Political Studies

Friday 21

Year 11 Exams: Maths Methods, Acc, Indon, Philosophy, Photography

Monday 24

Arts M/S Drawing to Art Centre & Federation Sq.

Year 11 exams Psych, PE, Geog, Bus Man, Music Styles

Music-Strings Recital in Music Centre 7:30-9:30pm

Tuesday 25

Yr 12 books due in for second hand book sales

Yr 11, 10, 9 hand in books for second-hand book sales

Year 11 exams History, Politics, D&T (Wood), Gen Maths, Ceramics

Year 12 Valedictory Evening in the hall 7-10pm

Wednesday 26

Yr11 to Yr12 Course Councelling Interviews

Arts M/S Drawing to Federation Square am






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

Year 12 Exams

Year 12 exams finish this week, students have coped well with their changed exam venue in rooms 903 and 904.  The supervisors have reported that students have applied themselves well.  We wish them all the best.

A reminder to students and parents that the Valedictory Night is on next Tuesday night at 7pm in the school hall.



Congratulations this week go to Meg Russell of Year 7. Meg was selected in the Victorian Under 15 Lacrosse Squad, which competed in the national Championships in Adelaide. Well Done Meg!


Exams for Year 11

Year 11 student’s finished formal classes last Friday and are now in exam mode. I would like to wish all our Year 11 students success in these most important exams.


2004 Curriculum program

The organization of the 2004 Curriculum program is well advanced with sub-school heads and the AP Curriculum Judy Boyle enrolling students into their courses.  This process will be completed shortly.


Staff Changes

There have been two significant and unexpected staff changes over the last week. Ms Dina Manikas has ceased working at Eltham High School and her classes are being taken by Ms Deborah GribbenMs Helen Morris is unwell and will not be returning to work this year. We are currently making arrangements to have a consistent replacement teacher for Helen’s classes. We all wish both Dina and Helen the best and hope for a speedy recovery.


Paul Rose Principal



Most junior school visits to courts and the Electoral Office have finished. Yr11 students have exams.  Good luck to them all.

Middle School need to be aware that assignments are due in very soon.



Talking about Australian companies: Did you know that the NAB made $7500 profit per second in the last year?

Source: The Australian.

And now for a prize . …. the first person to give the correct answer to this question on Wednesday to Mr Oliver or Mr Darling or Mr McCrystal win ½ pizza on Thursday.

Name the company that has a headquarters building, which is nicknamed Battlestar Galactica.




U15 State Titles

Congratulations to our Year 8 volleyball teams for fine performances in the u15 state titles at Oakleigh over the weekend.

The U15 boys defeated Mazenod College in the final to win the ‘gold’ after a very close 5 set match.  The girls narrowly missed out on making the grand final (by a point) and a chance to play the team they beat last weekend to win the Kew tournament.

They finished well with a 5 set win over the Gippsland Academy of Sport to win the bronze medal playoff.

Thanks to Nick Coburn and Cameron Blewett who coached the boys and girls teams respectively and thanks to all the parents who gave our teams great support.

David Parsons, Shaun Cole, Sally Thomas, Bee Spoor and Daisy Pearce acted as officials and did an excellent job.

Congratulations to John Van Noorden and Petrice Fatchen on being named the best male and female players in the competition.  Rhys Burke was also an excellent player for the boy’s team.


Volleyball National Schools Cup


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

General details

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




Other important volleyball dates:

December 2 – Year 7 and 8 VSSSA State Finals

December 7 to 12th – National Schools Cup


AVL Sunday 23rd November 2pm – 4pm.

Eltham High School stadium – show court

On Sunday, Eltham High will be hosting a round of the Australian Volleyball League with games being played in the show court at 2pm and 4pm.  This is a great opportunity for students and parents to see some top quality volleyball.  All Welcome.

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator



James Morrison Concert – only nine days to go Thursday 27th November

Tickets are selling fast but there are a limited number still available from the music office.

Adults - $25 Children/Concession $20.  If you are intending to purchase tickets at the door I suggest you contact the school on the day to see whether there are any tickets left.  Better still buy tickets before the night!

Students will bring home information this week outlining details for the day.  Students will be travelling to the venue by coach and must bring their own food and drinks from home.  It will not be possible to buy food at the venue.


Choir Performance

The Choir will be performing at the Yr12 Valedictory Evening on Tuesday next week.  Rehearsals will be tomorrow Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm, Monday and Tuesday next week 12:45pm


Stage Band to Perform at Eltham East Primary School

The Stage Band will be performing at the Eltham East Primary School Fair on Saturday 22nd November.  This is always a big event and the band will be providing some exciting music from 3pm.


A date for your diary

Our Christmas Break-up will take place on Thursday 4th December.  This is always a really fun night and a great way to finish the year’s activities.


Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



Don’t forget tickets - James Morrison Concert – call in at the Music Office or ring 9431 4324!

Uniforms …. Here is your opportunity to sell uniform items if you are no longer taking part in the program or have grown out of them!

Skirts - $10.00, other items ie. trousers, shirts and vests (suggested is ½ the original price), pin a name tag (with your name and address AND selling price) to the clean item.  For each item sold a $2 handling charge will go to the Music Support Group.  Leave items at the Music Office, please.


Instrument Register …. Please keep in mind that the MSG has a register through which second hand instruments can be bought and sold.

Visit the Music Office with details of your instrument and pick up a registration form.

For further details ring Kathy Skeen on 9439 3597.


2003 Text Books on loan

Students who have borrowed books from the SWC need to return them as their particular year level finishes.  If you require books for 2004 please contact Mr Monigatti.



Students will receive book lists for 2004 together with important information this week, please check your package for Sellers list 2003 books, Parent Volunteer form, School Council Information, payment and enrolment procedures and significant dates.


Books should be presented with the sellers list on the days advertised in last week’s newsletter (check the website for all the details).  They should be clearly named, free of pencil marks and contain CD’s if applicable/labelled to attract the best price.



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



7, 14 & 25 Nov





Tues 25 Nov



3 Dec


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25 Nov



3 Dec


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26 Nov


27 Nov



5 Dec



26 Nov


27 Nov



Fri 5 Dec



8 Dec


9 Dec





8 Dec


9 Dec


9 Dec


Bruce Martyn, Business Manager



Fortunately Sunday was a lot cooler than the Saturday and our planned working bee went ahead with almost all tasks completed with zest and enthusiasm for those in attendance.  Thirty-five individuals were in attendance for our final challenge for the year.  Highlights for the day included the following:

*   320 plants positioned, watered and staked into their new homes on the southern side of the new building.

*   14 Cubic metres of mulch spread around the south and west sides of the new building complex.

*   8 new seats, constructed on the north side of the new building complex

*   significant amounts of mowing on the western boundary of the school.

*   significant pruning completed around the stadium complex by members of the Wildcats Basketball Club group.

*   a number of tree stumps removed from the grounds of the school, thanks for John Cobbett and his equipment.

*   Weeding and mulching in the Central Courtyard Complex as well as the western boundary

*   a brick retaining edge was repaired adjacent to the Administration Complex – thanks Mal Sinclair

This working bee is the final one for the year and I think it has been one of the most successful years we have experienced.  We have had in excess of 300 attendees for the year and our Grounds Committee is extremely proud of the tasks that have been addressed over the last 7 events we have staged.

As well as providing significant improvements to the physical environment of our working lives at school the Grounds Committee has been a vehicle for involving a vast array of disparate individuals into a community where parents, students and teachers interchange ideas and talents to produce significant physical environmental and social outcomes for the common good of the whole school.

A committee like ours does not achieve the outcomes it does without commitment and we have a fantastic group that I have had the privilege to work with throughout the year.  Bob Ackland, our stalwart convenor of the group, Geoff Mason, Mal Sinclair, Linda Hughes, Andrew Wilson, Philip Green, Bruce Voisey and John Prenc have all worked extremely hard to plan, attend and execute our events.  Thanks also to Lionel Marriner who has moved closer to his revered Sydney Swans by moving to Khancoban.  We will miss your initiative and insight in to the vagaries of plumbing and life.

Back to the Working Bee on this last Sunday.  Thanks to Philip Green for his preparation of morning tea and his cooking talents at lunchtime.  Also a great selection of vintages for those in attendance as well as directing the various attendees to the tasks on offer.  Finally I would like to acknowledge those who attended on Sunday.  Thanks to one and all.  Bruce Voice, Geoff Corbett, Philip Green, Linda Hughes, Michael Shelley, Mario Magdalena, Cliff Lynch, Ruth Mason,C.McDougall, J.Paciocco, Graeme Paul, Russell Bulman, Mal Sinclair, Mal Sinclair, Gordon Williamson, Iole Barberi, Lou Barberi, Craig Mc Evoy, Maryann, Isabel and Louise Rosenthal, Judy Boyle, Brendan Monigatti, Andrew Daff, Stephen and Kaye Hamilton, Warren Rank, John Prenc, Merrim Daff, Tim Coates, Linda McLeod, Mary-Lou Proppe and Dylan Cresp.

John Coates (teacher) for the Grounds Committee.

PS I would also like to acknowledge the work that Brenda Wilkins puts into typing newsletters, reminder letters and acknowledgements for working bee’s attendances. 


The year 9’s start work experience in 2 weeks.  Whilst many students have returned their forms there are a number who have not.  These need to be signed and handed into school by this THURSDAY>

Dianne Pollard, Careers Co-ordinator


CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 19

D.Bok, S.Gostelow

Thurs 20

J.Browne, L.Sanders, J.,Samphier, C.Tilley

Fri 21

G.Carter, D.Baker, D.Edgell, K.Gatcum

Mon 24

E.Cobett, K.Corneille, K.O’Hara

Tues 25


Wed 26

K.Moppert, L.Lillie, R.Wembridge

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 19 to

Wed 26 Nov

See front page

Thurs 27

Year 112 Orientation

LOTE excursion 8B, 8D Indonesian Teayara Café Year 12 Orientation

James Morrison Concert at Yarra Valley Grammar School 7:30pm

Fri 28

Year 12 Orientation

LOTE excursion 8A, 8C Indonesian Teayara CafeYear 12 Orientation


Mon 1

Year 9 Work Experience

Year 10 to Year 11 Orientation


Peer Support Training for Year 10 students & Year 10 to Year 11 Orientation

Break up barbeque & Twilight Concert

Tues 2

Peer Support Training for Year 10 students & Year 10 to Year 11 Orientation

Wed 3

Peer Support Training

Year 8 Graduation




For Sale

Yr12 Biology 2003 resources and activity manual.  Half price. Never been used Great for revision. Contact General Office



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




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



Eltham Recreation Bowling Club Invitation

The Eltham Bowling Club invites the school community to a free introductory bowling session at the club greens on Friday 21st November from 5pm to 7pm.

Lawn bowls is a very skilful and challenging game for all ages and can be played as an enjoyable social game or as a serious competition from metropolitan pennant to international level. Just bring you, a friend, or the whole family, with flat-soled shoes or sneakers and find out how great a game it is.

Free sausage sizzle and drinks for all participants.

On the corner of Susan & Bridge Sts., Eltham

Info contact Noel or Meryl Spargo 9439 83263 Club 9439 4404