Text Box: Term 4  Week 9
Tuesday 2nd December 2003


Music end of year event

Break up barbeque & Twilight Concert 2004 Bands


7:30pm THIS Thursday Dec 4 in canteen courtyard

(weather permitting or the hall)   all welcome………details below


Preceded by the Eltham High School Music Building Co Operative Meeting at 6:30pm



Tuesday 2

Peer Support Training am

Y10-Yr11 Orientation pm

Wednesday 3

Year 10-> 11 Orientation

Peer Support Training

Thursday 4

Year 10-> 11 Orientation & Final Assembly

Music Break up barbeque & Twilight Concert 2004 Bands 7:30pm

EHS Co-op meeting 6:30pm

Friday 5

Yr10 to Yr11 Student Promotion Interviews

Last Day for Year 10

Monday 8

Volleyball Nationals Schools Cup

Tuesday 9

Orientation Day for Yr 6 students to Yr7 2004



Principal’s Report

Year 7 and 8 Celebrations: Arrangements for 18th December

On Thursday, 18th December there will be a series of celebration and orientation events for students in Year 7 and 8. There will be presentations of Excellence Awards for Year 8 beginning at 11:00 am and presentations of Excellence Awards for Year 7 commencing at 11:45 am. Year 8 students will have an Orientation to Middle School session during Period 4. All Year 7 and 8 students will be dismisses at lunchtime. Bus arrangements will be altered to suit the changes.

James Morrison Spectacular

The concert with James Morrison, our three major wind bands and the James Morrison Sextet last Thursday was indeed one of the year’s highlights. Students, parents and teachers were overwhelmed by the quality on display. James Morrison was full of praise for both the music staff and the students, recognising their high levels of achievement. A wonderful night for all concerned.  Special Thanks to the Music Support Group and our Instrumental Music Staff for making it all possible.

Working Community Program Recognised

Last Wednesday saw all our Working Community students celebrated for their great efforts over the semester.  The students’ projects were displayed and parents, friends and key staff recognised the growth and development shown through this program.  I am please to announce that Assistant Principal Trevor Jenkins has secured funding for the program to continue into 2004.  Our current Working Community students have been selected to speak to teachers across the state about their experiences and successes in this great program.  Well Done All.


Paul Rose Principal


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.



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, Strings, 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.



Year 9 History Competition

Results of this competition will be published soon but the judges were very impressed with the standard of work and would like to congratulate all Year 9 students on their efforts.

Stephen McCrystal, SoSE KLA



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

All details have been given to students.  Consider your options and sign up.  Some activities such as fishing, golf and go carting are now FULL.

Lists of students in activities will be posted on the staff room windows (pizza sale site) on Wednesday.

Permission forms will be distributed on Wednesday please note there will be a different coloured form for each day and a separate form must be completed for each activity. 

Forms and payment to be returned to the cashier by Wednesday 10th December.


Don’t forget for those not choosing to go out of school there will be heaps of great activities in school throughout the week.


Monday 15 December

Toboggan Park

Fishing - FULL

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 - FULL


Fishing - FULL

Wed 17 December

Williamstown Adventure

Fishing - FULL

Mountain Madness

Out of Africa




VSSSA State Finals

On Wednesday December 3 both our Year 8 boys’ and girls’ teams will be competing in the State volleyball finals at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park.

Details of their success in next week’s news.


Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 2003 

Students taking part should have paid the balance by last Friday.  The competition is at MSAC between December 7 and 12.  Students have been given final details, but if parents didn’t get the handout, if you require more information or would just like to help out in some way then there will be a meeting for parents requiring more information at 7:30pm Wednesday 3rd December in room 105 at Eltham High.

On Sunday December 7 the Australian Schools cup opening ceremony will take place at 6pm at MSAC, Albert Park.  Students are encouraged to attend with their parents but attendance is optional.  If students attend they will be able to check with their team manager or coach on their first game or duty time on Monday and what time they will need to be at Eltham High School on Monday to catch their bus.  IF STUDENTS DO NOT ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY THEN THEY WILL HAVE TO RING THEIR MANAGER OR COACH ON SUNDAY EVENING TO CHECK THEIR TRAVEL TIMES.

A draft draw is also available on the website www.avf.org.au  Please note that this draw is only provisional until teams register on Sunday afternoon and is subject to change.


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 4th December - Practice matches

U 15 Div 1 girls

(Ms Traeger)


U14 Div 1 girls

(Gill Irvine/Ms Garth)


Petrice Fatchen

court 1

U15 Div 1 boys

(Nick Coburn/Mr Lilienthal)


U14 Div 1 boys

(Grant Way/Ms McLeod)



Van Noorden

court 3

U14 girls Div 2

(Brendan Kerss/MsTaylor)


U14 boys Div 2 (David Delaland/Mr Hutton)


Katherine Lacy

court 4

These matches are dress rehearsal for Nationals and all

Greg Thomas, Volleyball Program Coordinator





James Morrison Concert Photos

As a fundraiser for the photography department we are offering prints of the concert.  Approx 150 photos were taken – a mixture of close ups and full band photos with James Morrison.  You can view and order these at the EHS cashier.

Also available is a QuickTime Movie CDS of all the images with some Symphonic band music.  These are not printable, but play on MAC or PC.

Ian Clark, Photography teacher.






NEW CD - A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC 2003 a great Christmas gift

Recorded live at The Besen Centre  - ONLY $ 20.00 - Available from the Music Office



On Thursday the 27th of November, the intermediate, concert and symphonic band students had a musical experience that they will never forget. In a hope to raise money for a new music studio, all 3 bands played alongside the renowned jazz artist James Morrison and had the chance to witness his infamous jazz ensemble.


James Morrison is a well-known international artist who has recorded many albums whilst playing frequently though out the world. He is well known as a trumpet player but James is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays the trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophone and piano. This last fact was amazing to see, he would play the trombone with the symphonic band and the trumpet in the concert and then play piano in his own ensemble and each of these instruments were played with equal musicianship and ability, it was an amazing thing to see for everyone who was there.


The whole night was a great success. The first half consisted of each of the groups getting to experience the talent of James Morrison.  From a students perspective it was a remarkable feeling knowing that you were backing the most distinguished jazz artists to come from Australia.  It was also fantastic to see how he altered his style to suit each ensemble and fitted in so well in each piece.


Another high point came in the second half when James’s ensemble performed on its own and with the Symphonic band.  His group consisted of a singer (Emma Pask), saxophonist (Troy Roberts), bass player (Phil Stack), guitarist and drummer (Craig Simon). This was a time when all (students and conductors) could sit back, relax and enjoy the music. Each player from the ensemble had a great sound and his or her soloing ability was incredible.  The night ended with the Symphonic Band and James’s ensemble playing a few jazz arrangements, in which James switched from trumpet to trombone in the midst of a solo, this was a great way to cap off a wonderful night of music.


Everyone would like to thank James and his ensemble for this marvelous experience, but also a big thank you to all of the teachers, parents and friends who supported us. Also, another thank you to the students and the conductors Ken Waterworth, Megan George and Sally Davis for their organization and input into a successful night of music.


Caitlyn Davey Symphonic Band Bandleader


Issue Reduction in Department of Education and Training Instrumental Music Staff at Eltham High School.


Impact O.2 EFT Staff Reduction.  Mrs Anne Coleman will be moved away from Eltham High School after 25 years teaching our children.  It is quite possible further reductions will follow.


Why ? No one at the school understands why.  The Regional Music Reference Group recommended that the school’s staffing remain the same.  This recommendation was over-ridden by the Regional Director with no explanation.

            This follows the over-riding of last year’s recommendation to increase the allocation of Department Instrumental Music Staff to Eltham High School.

It appears Eltham High School Instrumental Music Program in effect is being penalised for being successful!!


Consequences    An additional $13,000, for an extra day’s teaching must be found to maintain the program at 2003 levels. 


What can you do?       How much do you value the quality of the instrumental program?

            Do you want to see this excellent program disappear along with the outstanding staffs that teaches our children?

            Contact the local member, Steve Herbert MLA, the member for Eltham, and seek support for a review of this decision.  Steve Herbert’s office is at Shop 2, ANZ Building, Cnr Main Rd & Arthur Street, Eltham. Phone 9439.1500, Fax 9431.0505.

      Contact Victor Perton, Shadow Minister for Education, Suite 1 861 Doncaster Rd.  Doncaster East.  3109   Ph. 9840.1566

      Contact Ms Victoria Trigg, Regional Director, Northern Metropolitan Region, Locked Bag 88 Fairfield, 3078

            Contact Hon. Lynne Kosky MP, Minister for Education, GPO Box 4367, Melbourne 3001. Phone 9637.2000

      Express your support for our wonderful program and ask that the staffing be restored to 2003 levels.


Rick Browne President

Eltham High School Music Support Group



Clearance of student lockers

Year 10 lockers are to be cleared by December 4


All other student lockers are to be cleared out by the 18th December.

Property not removed by these dates will be placed in the lost property bin.





Booklists can now be submitted to North of the Yarra in the traditional 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






















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




Wed 3 Dec



4 Dec




also avail

Wed 3 Dec


27 Nov



Fri 5 Dec


also avail

Wed 3 Dec


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



Books not sold should be collected from Room 503 on Friday 12th December between 9am and 3pm.

Look out for the unsold book list on the web site.




The year 9’s started work experience this week.  They found work in a wide variety of industries many travelling long distances to interesting workplaces.  We wish them all the best; teachers will visit them to check on their progress over the next two weeks.   Dianne Pollard, Careers Co-ordinator



Required by the Art department URGENTLY tile cutters (instrument), so we can proceed with our mosaic project.  Thank you.

Contact Barb Gregory, Art office

CANTEEN  R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 3

J.Oates, J.Tait, K.Finkelde

Thurs 4

J. Wallace, S.Ball

Fri 5

D.Holman, G.Guilfoyle

Mon 8

J.Rachim, H. Hunter

Tues 9


Wed 10


Bev Cust, Canteen Manager


Thank you to the many volunteers who have assisted in the Canteen over the year.  Your support has been fantastic and is really appreciated.  Students and staff are very thankful for the provision of this invaluable service. 

The need for volunteers in 2004 is just as important as was this year and if you can spare some time, this would be greatly appreciated. 

Please complete the Parent Involvement Volunteer Form and return it to the school or contact the

                        Canteen directly.


S C H O O L   C A L E N D A R


Wed 3 Nov to

Tues 9 Dec

See front page

Wed 10

Volleyball National Schools Cup continues

Mon 15

4:30pm Ceremony to open Memorial Garden

Yr 11, Junior School & Yr 9 Reports distributed

Wed 17

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom

Thurs 18

Yr 10 reports available from Middle School

Final assemblies for Yr 7 & 8

Fri 19

End of Term for staff



Community Announcements/Advertising



Happy & Healthy Holiday Package

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