Text Box: Term 4 Week 10
Tuesday 9th December 2003

Special Orientation Day issue


Welcome to our Year 7 students for 2004






Eltham High School has been named as one of the top ten schools in Australia for General Excellence. This is the second year in a row that the school has won this prestigious accolade.



“Superb all round performance” is how the Australian Newspaper has described the top schools in the country, winners in the Australia’s Best Schools Competition, 2003.



Eltham High School is the only Victorian school, public or private, to be named a top school in 2003, and shared Victorian winner status in 2002 with Methodist Ladies College.



The naming of Eltham High School as a school of sustained general excellence recognises our students’ achievements in all areas. Our school has a long tradition of high quality student achievement. We are all proud that that tradition is being maintained.”



The award is based on students’ academic results, their achievements in extra-curricular programs such as our Anthology of Student Writing, the Performance Music Program,

the Elite Sports Program, the Visual and Performing Arts Program, the very special Two Ways Program and our internationally recognised Science and Mathematics Programs.



An independent panel of educational experts assessed the performance of the school and evaluated that performance against all other entrants in the category.



Eltham High School has now won three Australia’s Best Schools category awards in the last two years. As well as winning the General Excellence category in 2002 and 2003, in 2002 the school’s Performance Music Program won in the category “Excellence in a Specific Area”.



Eltham High School is clearly a high performance school, achieving outstanding academic and general excellence. We have maintained that exceptional standard over time.




Paul Rose Principal




James Morrison in concert with Eltham High School bands


This concert on November 27 2003 was another wonderfully successful event organized by the Music Department. More than 180 musicians performed on stage in three of the school's bands.

James Morrison collected his own band members together from across the breadth of the nation to perform with our school bands. They have performed successfully in concert halls in countries around the world.

James Morrison worked with the school's musicians during the day and then he accompanied the Intermediate, Concert and Symphonic Bands on stage that night.

All attending were impressed by the performances of the school bands, the presence of James Morrison and the performances by him and his band. School band members have been inspired and the impact will be with them for years ahead.



Tuesday 9

Orientation Day for Yr 6 students to Yr 7 2004

Volleyball Nationals Schools Cup all week

Year 9 Work Experience continues this week




Students in Years 7, 8, and 9 have been allocated activities for the final week of school.  The activities have been posted on the windows of the general staff room.  Students should now collect permission forms from the General office by this Thursday 11th December.

The forms are colour coded for each day of activities –Monday (pink) Tuesday (blue) and Wednesday (yellow).  You need to fill out and return a form for each day of each activity.

Students not involved in out of school activities will participate in school based activities.


Lisa Willson for the End of Year activity team



Show Jumping Ribbons

On Friday 5ht December Eltham High studentsHannah Norris of Year 9 and Alysha Somers of Year 7 rode for Eltham High in the Ivanhoe Grammar Interschool Show Jumping Competition at Mernda.  Both girls acquitted themselves extremely well in very competitive fields.  Hannah rode at B level and came 1st in Top Score, 4th in Championship and 5th in Power and Speed.  Alysha rode at D level and placed 1st in Power and Speed.  Alysha rode at D level and places 1st in Powewr and Speed and 4th in Top Score.


Congratulations State Volleyball Champs


On Wednesday the 3rd of December the VSSSA volleyball finals were held at MSAC for Year 7 and 8 boys and girls.


The Year 7 girls were also undefeated on the day and defeated Upwey in a very exciting ‘come from behind’ victory to become the year 7 girls state volleyball champion team for 2003.

This team was made up of –

Lena Skipper

Hannah Martin   Alex Smith

Rachel Velo

Megan Patterson

Johanna Young

Brigit DeToma

Erica Choong     Carly Norman

Justine Moffat

Rachel Lee

I had the pleasure of coaching the year 7 girls to their victory.


The Year 7 boys defeated Monbulk in the final to become the Year 7 boys state volleyball champion team for 2003.  This team was made up of –

Billy Pearce

Adam Wollaston

Sean Wilson

Nathan Cadee

Max Massingham

Dane Pearce

Ashley Payne

Brett Way

Tom Lester

Nick Guthrie

Justin Courts

Dom Potter

The team was coached by Lucas Simpson and Mr Whiteley.


The Year 8 girls played great volleyball to win through to the grand final and put up a wonderful effort only to lose to Upwey in a very exciting three set match.

The team members were –

Genevieve Blewett

Vanessa George

Kate Kirkland

Petrice Fatchen

Bethany Coleman

Emma Smith

Gabby Creed

Monique Ruedin

Skye Allen

Jess Deacon

Thanks to Cameron Blewett and Mrs Traeger for coaching the girls.


The Year 8 boys have improved a great deal this year and after winning the under 15 State titles only a week or two before this competition were unlucky to be beaten in the semi final by Horsham who then went on to win the competition , defeating Mt Eliza easily in the final.   Team members were –

Jason Cole

John Van Noorden

Scolaighe Morison

Taran Medcalf

James Deacon

Liam Twomey

Rhyse Burke

Gilchrist Clendinnen

Luke Skewes

Thanks to Nick Coburn for coaching the boys.


Well done teams and good luck for the Nationals this week – GO for gold EHS!!


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.

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 CD of all the images with some Symphonic band music.  These are not printable, but play on MAC or PC.

Ian Clark, Photography teacher.




Christmas Concert 


Our annual Christmas Concert was once again a wonderful way to conclude a very busy year of music making.  Scheduled for the courtyard, weather caused a transfer into the hall [again!].  An enthusiastic audience enjoyed some music from the Concert Strings, Flute and Saxophone Ensembles and the Clarinet Choir.  After partaking of the food provided by the Music Support Group, everyone enjoyed joining with the Symphonic Band and Choir in some carol singing.  The Choir also provided some solo items adding to the Christmas spirit, which we all enjoyed immensely. 


The Choir has had a wonderful year and will be looking forward to new members joining in 2004.



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



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

Property not removed by this date will be placed in the lost property bin.

Bruce Martyn Business Manager




29 January 2004                       Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11


30 January 2004      Year 12 whole school attends



School Grounds Committee

This group holds Working bees throughout the year ensuring our Grounds are in top condition.  Come along and lend a hand.  There are always plenty of tasks and your support will be appreciated.  This is a great opportunity to meet other school parents and staff and to contribute to improving our facilities.  Be sure to stay for the BBQ lunch afterwards.

Contact John Coates


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.



Booklists can now be submitted to North of the Yarra in the traditional way by leaving at the school office or submitting 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 2004

Buy Books

Hand in Book lists for North of the Yarra




some books still available




please hand in NOW






Tues 9 Dec


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

Early payment (before Dec 17) 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


Our school relies on parent volunteers to provide support in running the school canteen.  This is a great working atmosphere offering you the opportunity to get to know other school parents in a very friendly environment.

Hope you are able to help us continue this invaluable service for students and staff.

R O S T E R    ____________



Wed 10


Thurs 11


Fri 12


Mon 15

June, Bev, Di

Tues 16

June, Bev, Di

Wed 17

June, Bev, Di

Bev Cust, Canteen Manager



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

Activities program begins

Ceremony to open Memorial Garden -4:30pm – 5pm

Yr 11, Junior School & Yr 9 Reports distributed


Wed 17

Sport - Volleyball awards night in the hall 7:30pm

School Council Meeting 7:30pm in the staffroom


Thurs 18

Yr 10 reports available from Middle School

Final assemblies for Yr 7 & 8 with students dismissed at 12:36pm


Fri 19

End of Term for staff




Thurs 29 Jan

Year 7, 8,9,10,11 begin school year


Fri 30

Year 12 school year commences


Wed 4 Feb

School photos VCE & Year 7


Thurs 5 Feb

School Photos Year 8, 9 & 10

Year 7 Students to Aquarena



Community Announcements/Advertising


Allana LeMar - School of Bellydance

Belly dancing is great for all ages, especially children & teens.

Promotes a healthy body image, high self esteem and is a lot of fun.

For a brochure phone Allana on 9432 2492


Kickz101 Basketball Camp Mill Park Basketball Stadium ……. 9am – 3pm

Redleap Reserve Basketball, Mill Park

(Cnr Childs Road & Redleap Avenue)

Melways Ref 9 K4

Monday 19 January 2004

Tuesday 20 January 2004

Wednesday 21 January 2004

Boys and Girls 7-14 years of age

All standards welcome

Andrew Gaze will be making an appearance, each child receives a ball and T-shirt, there will be daily prizes and lots of fun.

For details contact 1300 66 1232 nigel@gaze.com.au or checkout our website at www.gaze.com.au


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


Greenhills Neighourhood Centre, Community Drive, Greensborough

Melway Map 21 B1

After school tutoring & homework service

Enrolments are now open for 2004 for a limited number of places for both Primary & Secondary students.  Registered teachers.  If your child needs help with reading, English, maths, spelling or comprehension call 9459 2847 to leave a message or try 0413116096.  Some financial assistance may be available for students with learning problems.


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



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

Contact Barb Gregory, Art office



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



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


FOUND purple suede Ripcurl wallet (dolphin) with contents – please contact General office



Sport at EHS- attention our 2004 students

Don’t forget you can order your uniform & be ready to have a go in 2004 – the money goes to the cashier with your form – it’s easy!!