Text Box: Term 4  Week 8
Tuesday 25th November 2003


Eltham High School presents James Morrison in Concert

7:30pm THIS Thursday 27thNovember George Wood Performing Arts Centre

Yarra Valley Grammar School       Melways ref  Map 36 D 12


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


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



Tuesday 25  TONIGHT

Year 12 Valedictory Evening in the hall 7-10pm

Wednesday 26

Yr11 to Yr12 Course Counselling Interviews

Arts M/S Drawing to Federation Square am

Thursday 27

Year 12 Orientation

Arts M/S Painting to Mc Donalds

LOTE 8B & 8D Indonesian Teayara Café

MUSIC concert James Morrison Yarra Valley CEGGS

Friday 28

Year 12 Orientation

LOTE 8A & 8C Indonesian Teayara Café

Monday 1 December

Year 9 Work Experience continues for 2 weeks

Peer Support Training am

Y10-Yr11 Orientation pm

Afternoon tea for Canteen volunteers 2:15pm

Tuesday 2

Peer Support Training am

Y10-Yr11 Orientation pm



Principal’s Report

Sporting Success Recognised

Congratulations this week go to three students who have won Victorian School Sports Awards and to two students who have won Northern Metropolitan Region Sports Awards.

Igor Yudin (Volleyball), Daniel Bass (Basketball) and Tara Wood (Disabled Athlete) have all won Victorian School Sports Awards. These awards are the highest accolades for sports in Victorian Government Schools. Tara, Daniel and Igor will receive their awards at a ceremony held in March at the Hilton on the Park.

Emilie Gassin (Soccer) and Daisy Pearce (Volleyball) have both won a Northern Regions Sports Award. These awards will be presented in December at LaTrobe University. Congratulation to these very fine athletes and to their coaches and P.E./Sport teachers.


Tonight sees the last formal event on the Year 12 Calendar – the Valedictory. Students, their parents and other relatives, teachers and friends will gather to celebrate the successes and achievements that our Year 12 students have achieved over their entire school life. This is a very important event on the school calendar and I am sure that Senior School Head, Jenny Choong and her team of outstanding Year Level Coordinators will once more provide a memorable event for all.


Working Community Celebration

Students involved in the “Working Community “Project will be celebrating their successes this week at a special function to be held at the Eltham Living and Learning Centre. The project has received very wide recognition and congratulations go to the students, their staff support leader, Assistant Principal Trevor Jenkins, and the staff of the Living and Learning Centre for their outstanding support.


James Morrison Concert THIS WEEK

Don’t forget this marvellous event – James Morrison in Concert with Eltham High School which is being held on THIS THURSDAY 27th November.

See you there!!


Instrumental Music Program Staff Cuts

As a result of decisions taken outside the school, the Department of Education is reducing the allocation of Instrumental Music Teachers to this school for 2004. The reduction is in the order of one full day’s teacher time per week (about $13,000 for the year). The consequence of this is that we will lose the services of Ms Anne Coleman, who has been with us for twenty years. I have written to the Department seeking a review of this decision, but so far, no change is likely to occur. The Music Support Group will be providing further information to parents at the James Morrison Concert. As this staff cut arises from state-wide changes to the funding arrangements for Instrumental Teachers, parents who are concerned about the impact of these changes should raise their concerns with their local member of parliament.


Paul Rose Principal



2003 Victorian Awards for Planning Excellence

Congratulations to Lottie Hudson of 106, her Geography essay ‘How Should the future growth of Melbourne be managed?’ won a Commendation at the Planning Institute Australia’s Victorian Division awards.

The awards were held by a professional planning body and presented by Planning Minister Mary Delahunty MP on Friday night.  Of the entire Secondary student entrants only 3 were short listed, and only one commendation and one award were announced.  And what’s more, Federation Square won a commendation with no award announced in its category.  So you’re at least on a par with that controversial piece of work Lottie!



On the 19th November, our class had an excursion to the city to the Australian Electoral Commission. We travelled by bus with Mrs Panas and Mrs Wheatley. First we had a presentation about Government and Politics. Then the students went through a maze-like activity to complete questions and activities on different sorts of governments. We also took part in a mock election.

After the AEC, we walked to the Bourke St Mall and went to McDonalds, Red Rooster and KFC for lunch and a quick peek at the Myer Christmas windows.

After lunch we walked to the Rialto Towers to watch a 20-minute video on Melbourne and to have a look at Melbourne from the observation deck. All the children completed a booklet with questions about Melbourne’s environment.

After the visit to the Observation Deck, we caught the bus back to school and arrived at about 3 p.m.

It was a very enjoyable day.  7J would like to thank Mrs Panas and Mrs Wheatley for organising the day.

Ashlea Oates 7J




Kew Tournament

Congratulations to our volleyball teams that competed in the Kew tournament on the weekend of November 9th.

The Yr8 girls defeated PEGS in the U15 girls final.  Our Yr8 boys lost narrowly to Mt Eliza in the U15 boys final.  The U16 boys won the U17 boys division and the U16 girls were runners up to PEGS in the U17 girls division.  Our Yr7 students also had many valuable practice games competing in the U15 divisions which will prepare them well for the National Schools cup coming up in a few weeks time.


VSSSA State finals

On Tuesday the 2nd December both our Yr8 boys and girls teams will be competing in the state volleyball finals at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park.

We will need to leave school at 7:30am on these days.  Students will be given parent permission forms to be signed prior to the competition.  Bus fee of $5 should be paid to the cashier with the permission form.


Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 2003

Students taking part should pay the balance by November 28th.  The competition is at MSAC between 7-12 December.  Students will be given more details this week.

There will be a meeting for parents requiring more information at 7:30pm Wednesday 3rd December in room 105 at Eltham High.


Awards Night

Wednesday the 17th December.  Please mark this down in your diary 7:30pm in the school hall.  All teams, coaches and parents should attend to celebrate a very successful year.


Thursday Practice matches

This Thursday after school is the grand final of our Junior volleyball competition.  The Dream Team will play ‘Ask Beau or Chris’ in the grand final on the show court at 3:25pm.

Other matches to be played

8 boys vs. 7 boys A

bronze medal match

court 1

8 girls vs. 7 girls A

5th/6th place

court 2

7 boys B vs. 7 girls B

7th/8th place

court 3


Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator


Year 7 girls State Basketball - student report

After successfully winning the zone and district the Eltham High Svhool Year 7 girls basketball team went to MSAC on Friday 21st November to compete against other schools for the state title.

The team consisted of captain Carli Norman, Brigit De Toma, Kim Deylen, Megan Patterson, Johanna Young, Hannah Martin, Megan Pickering, Rachael Velo and Jessica Eberly.

Our first match was at 10:20 and we defeated Wanganui Park24-15.  Our second match was against Mirboo North.  Eltham won 38-20.  The semi-final against Williamstown was a very close match, but in the end Williamstown pulled up and defeated Eltham 24-23, putting Eltham in 3rd place in the State.  Special thanks to coaches Claire Bass and Mr Ferns, scorers Anna Warburton and Amy Faulkiner and team Manager Mrs Garth.

Better luck next year girls!!

Hannah Martin 7C



The Middle School Achievers for Week 8 are Kate Van Noorden and Luke Bain for academic excellence, for Hard work and Progress/improvement Alex Rosenthal and Tina Tezgerevska and in the area of Extra Curricula Emily Kersing.

Well-done all achievers and keep working hard, you may be next; there’s only a couple of weeks to go.  See Mr Ferns in M/S office for your prize.

Reminder - M/S Homework Club on Tuesday 3:15-4:30pm.

Luke Ferns, Middle School Coordinator



It is almost the end of another year but we’ve been busier than ever.  Recently students of year 10 and 11 Indonesian classes participated in an interesting cultural workshop comprising games, dances, music and shadow puppets at the Ceres workshop in Brunswick.  Everyone agreed that it was a lot of fun and it was a great first hand learning experience.

In 2004 July holidays we have planned a Darwin Kakadu Trip for all students who have studied or are currently studying Indonesian.  All teachers and parents of Indonesian Students also welcome.  The program theme is “Advancing The Awareness of Relationships between Australia and Indonesia’ – a cultural, language and historical perspective.  Based on the television survivor series, students will work in teams to work through a series of challenges throughout each day.  The challenges offer students opportunity to develop language, problem solving and team building skills.  As an extra we are also going to Kakadu National Park. 

A copy of the itinerary (with approximate costs) is available from the front office.  A meeting of all students and parents interested in this trip will be held on February 19th at 7:30pm in 2004 at EHS.  A deposit of $200 to EHS can hold your place.  Meanwhile all queries to one of us – Bu Brady, Bu Pollard or Pak Oliver.  We are hoping that people from all levels will be able to participate and enjoy discovering Australia’s link with Indonesia and improve their Indonesian.  We urge all enthusiastic travellers to also look at www.smart.traveller.com.au for all the latest advise on travelling – also www.dfat.com.au for all overseas travel.  All French students who are interested in the New Caledonia trip (Oct 2004) are advised to see Madame Wheatley.

Sampai Jumpa and à bientôt!

Pompa Brady, Teaching and Learning Leader LOTE



James Morrison Concert – two days to go Thursday 27th November

The excitement is building as we look forward to what will be a fantastic concert on Thursday evening.  The concert at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School commences at 7:30pm.  Tickets are still available from the music office and will be available at the door on the night.  Adults $25 Child.Concession $20.

Students will be travelling to the venue by coach for a rehearsal with James Morrison.  Students must bring food and drink from home for dinner.  The Intermediate and Concert Bands will leave at 2:30pm and the Symphonic Band at 3pm


Want to win a DVD player ?

A DVD player will be first prize in the raffle at the James Morrison Concert on Thursday night.


Christmas Break-up Thursday 4th December 7:30pm

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.  Our Choir, Symphonic Band and small ensembles will provide Christmas music.  Everyone is welcome to join us in some carol singing in the Canteen Courtyard.  Bring your own chair.  Admission is free and there will be food and drinks available throughout the evening.

Ken Waterworth, Director of Music



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.



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




Students in Year 7 & 8 will be able to choose from a range of activities planned for the last week of school.

All details will be given to student later this week.  Consider your options!

Monday 15 December

Tobogan Park


Shopping tour

Ten Pin Bowling

Sports Freaks’Big Day Out

Williamstown Adventure

Big Bad Bowl

Horse riding and Yabbying at Pretty Sally

Tues 16 December

Museum and IMAX – To the Extreme

Williamstown Adventure

Bike Safari

Ride a Wild River

Go – Schumacher



Wed 17 December

Williamstown Adventure


Mountain Madness

Out of Africa


Booklists can now be submitted to North of the Yarra in the trad ional way by leaving it at the school office or it can now be submitted via the internet at www.schoolbooks.com.au 

Access details are on the back of the booklists.

Codes required are:

School code

year level




















2nd Hand books

Unsold books will be available for collection in Room 503 on Friday 12th December.  Books will be available from 9:30am until 4pm.

A list of books to be collected will be progressively placed on the school web page.

Books not collected by this time will be donated to the SWC.


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 of the Yarra



until Dec 3






Wed 3 Dec



4 Dec


Tues 25 Nov


Wed 3 Dec



4 Dec


Tues 25 Nov


Wed 26 Nov



27 Nov


Fri 5 Dec


Wed 26 Nov



27 Nov



Fri 5 Dec


Mon 8 Dec



9 Dec




Mon 8 Dec


Tues 9 Dec



9 Dec

School fees can be paid at the same time as payment for second hand books.

Early payment of School Council contributions will entitle parents to the stationary kit (value $30rrp)

Bruce Martyn, Business Manager


Long Serving Commitment To School

On behalf of the Grounds Committee and the whole school community I would like to acknowledge the work and commitment that Stuart Rodda continues to provide to our school on a voluntary basis in maintaining the weed-free status of our gardens around the campus.  Stuart’s last daughter Felicity graduated in year 12 two years ago, but he has seen fit to continue his involvement and work for the school which now must be around the 10-year mark.  This is extraordinary by any measure and we as a school thank him, wholeheartedly for his efforts and outcomes.

Well done and thanks Stuart.

John Coates for the Grounds Committee.


The year 9’s start work experience in 1 week – December 1.  Those students still with forms to be returned need to attend to take action NOW.

Dianne Pollard, Careers Co-ordinator

CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 26

K.Moppert, L.Lillie, R.Wembridge

Thurs 27


Fri 28

E.Edgell, G.Gallacher


Mon 1

N.Heffernan, H.Febo, S.Kelty, R.Burke

Tues 2


Wed 3

J.Oates, J.Tait, K.Finkelde

Reminder: Afternoon tea for volunteers

2:15pm Monday December 1……………all welcome

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager



S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 26 Nov to

Tues 2 Dec

See front page

Wed 3

Year 10-> 11 Orientation

Peer Support Training

Year 8 Graduation Awards

Thurs 4

Year 10-> 11 Orientation

Music Break up barbeque & Twilight Concert 7:30pm

Fri 5

Yr10 to Yr11 Student Promotion Interviews

Last Day for Year 10



Happy & Healthy Holiday Package

GO Back to Skool Better that ever!!

Teen Gym @The Ridge

3 month ½ price membership $99

Includes unlimited gym & aerobics classes

Unlimited Fitness assessments

Individualised programs

Fully supervised by the Industries Best Trainers!!

The Ridge Health Club 9431 1223


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


Host Families still needed for Exchange Students

A number of exchange students, aged 15 to 18, are still hoping to be placed with voluntary families before the end on the school year, if possible, to enable them to come here next January 2004.  There are some students from Germany, Japan, Brazil, Belgium and Italy.  They are very keen to begin contact, so if you and your family would like to choose someone to spend some time with you, please call Klaus Schumann on 97584279.  Your call will be very welcome.                              experienceiseverything

                                  students exchange australia ltd


For Sale

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