GEC College News

20 December 2017
Issue Eight
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Arts & Technology News
Library Corner
Congratulations to the  Year 7 Girls Softball Team
Performing Arts News
Girls Football at GEC
Languages Corner
Around the College
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
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Key Dates

December 2017

Wednesday 20th December

Activities Week: Lawn Bowls Excursion

2018 Production Auditions

Driver Education Incursion


Friday 22nd December

Last Day Term 4

January 2018

Monday 29th January

Campion Book Collection 9am – 3pm

GECPA Second Hand Uniform Sale 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 30th January

First Day Term 1

February 2018

Monday 5th February

School Photos


Tuesday 6th February 3:20pm – 5:30pm

2018 Production Auditions


Wednesday 7th February 3:20pm – 5:30pm

2018 Production Auditions


Monday 12th February

Year 7 Elevate Educate -  Junior Time Management Incursion 11am - 12:40am


Tuesday 13th February

Senior Interschool Sport

Year 9 Elevate Educate - Study Skills Kick Start Incursion 1:30pm - 3:07pm


Wednesday 14th February

Curriculum Day (student free)


Thursday 15th February

Library Lovers' Day


Monday 19th February

GEC Swimming Carnival


Tuesday 20th February

Intermediate Interschool Sport

March 2018

Tuesday 6th March

Beachside Swimming


Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th March

Year 7 Camp


Wednesday 14th March

Year 8 Interschool Sport

Book-Buying Excursion (Library Monitors & Book Club)


Friday 16th March

Year 10- Shape Your Destiny + Personality Profile Incursion 9am - 12:30pm


Tuesday 20th March 2:30pm - 6:30pm

Years 10 - 12 Parent Teacher Interviews


Wednesday 21st March

Harmony Day


Thursday 22nd March

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Wednesday 28th March 2:30pm - 7:15pm

Years 7 - 9 Parent Teacher Interviews


Thursday 29th March

GEC Cross Country Carnival

Last Day Term 1

From the Principal

2017 has been another wonderful year.  I am so proud of our students, staff, parents and community.   I am truly grateful to our community and I appreciate the work that you all do in supporting our students to achieve the very best they can in all aspects of their lives at GEC.

I would like to thank our School Council, Parents and Friends and all other volunteers who contribute so much to the College.


There are many highlights of the term. Here are just a few:

  • Year 12 Valedictory: For the first time we exceeded the space we have at school and celebrated at the Langham hotel – a very fitting venue.  Students were awarded with certificates and commemorative 'owls'.
  • Annual Languages Assembly: We were delighted to have David Southwick as our guest speaker.  It was exciting to see so many students recognised for their success in French, Hebrew and Japanese.  The results for students participating in the DELF (Diplome Elementaire en Langue Francaise) exams get better every year.  The results also show that whichever option our students have chosen, a high level can be reached.
  • Visual Art Show – an amazing display of the wonderful talents of our students in a range of media.
  • The Music Festival was again a great showcase of the musical talents of our students.   
  • The Year 10 surf camp was a huge success.  The students and staff had a wonderful time and everyone learnt a few new skills.
  • Moving in to our wonderful new facilities.


I am very proud of our 2017 Year 12 students and grateful to all of their teachers over the years for the outstanding support they give to each and every student.

The VCE results are a huge source of celebration.  Some highlights include:

  • 15.9% of scores 90 or above ( 9.5% in 2016)
  • 30.5% of scores 80 or above ( 11. 7 % in 2016)
  • One student scored a 50 in a subject taught at GEC—outstanding!
  • 5.1% of study scores 40 or above (3.2% in 2016)
  • Mean study score of 29 (28.74 in 2016)
  • Median study score of 29 (same as 2016)
  • 9 students awarded the VCE Baccalaureate
  • It is my absolute pleasure that, with a score of 99, I announce our DUX of 2017 - Elena Shi.

    Our DUX is a very focused, dedicated and high achieving student. She has an outstanding work ethic, regularly in the library after school and attending any extra classes on offer by her teachers.  Her sheer determination to not only succeed but also excel in everything she undertakes enabled her to be the Dux of Glen Eira College.  She achieved a perfect study score of 50 for Maths Methods. I know that with such a hardworking, committed nature and mindset she is sure to succeed with her University studies and future aspirations.                    


Congratulations to our 2018 school captains: Ashleigh Szmerling and Morgan Edwards  and Vice Captains Boris Pribil and Berenice Mickelburough.    


Congratulations to our 2018 junior school captains: Ben Matthews and Jenna Casamento and to the Vice Captains Aimee Harris and Paul Palatsides.


We say farewell to:

  • Lee Dalton, Fiona Finnegan, Matthew Robson, Michael Kelty, Dorit Tane, Dee Mehte and Shupu Wang and thank them for their wonderful contribution in working with our students in their time at GEC and we wish them all the best at their new schools.
  • Tori Mulligan – Congratulations to Tori who will be the Assistant Principal at Bacchus Marsh Secondary College. We thank you for the fantastic contribution you have made to the college over an extended period of time as Teaching and Learning Leader, Junior Sub School Leader and for significant efforts in promoting cultural aspects of the school.
  • Loveena Narayanen, but only for term 1, as she embarks on a teacher exchange to France.
  • Emma Power and Georgina Peters and thank them for their wonderful contribution in working with our students in their time at GEC and all the best as they take a year to travel.

 As our numbers continue to grow we are in the wonderful position of recruiting excellent teachers to the college.  We welcome: 

Aaron Petersen:  Assistant Principal

Alicia Davey: Leading Teacher – Numeracy Improvement and Maths KLA Leader

Casey Deng: Maths / Accounting

Sue Rio: Food Technology

Duncan La Nair: Art / Material Technology

Delanka Pieris: Pyschology / Science (Year 7 Coordinator)

Mogane Roge: French 

Karen Eap – English / Humanities

Naomi Zander: English / Humanities

Despina Filippidis: Maths

Daniel Lake: Maths / Science


Also, Chris Allen will be replacing Parminder Kaur who will be on family leave in semester 1.


We will also have Baptiste Oueriagli as an intern from Telecom Lille for January to May 2018 working in the area of communications.


Finally, I wish all students and families a happy and safe holiday. I look forward to seeing our students ready for the 2018 academic year on Tuesday 30th January. 


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principal


Thank you for supporting our young people to reach their goals over the year. We are very excited to see them continue to grow and develop into resilient learners in 2018.
Thank you also for your contributions to the Reporting Survey parents completed in term 4. Since moving to a more continuous reporting model of every 6 weeks we have found we are better able to track the progress of your child. The review of the reporting process seeks to cater for all stakeholders at the school. We had 67 respondents and the feedback has already been discussed through our Staff Professional Learning Teams and some refinements of the process have been recommended. We have put the survey results on our website for your reference.
Have a great safe and happy Christmas holiday!
Nick Hamer-Smith
Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

This period is an exciting time of year, with students meeting new classmates and teachers. There are also many opportunities to help students get excited for the year ahead. The Transition Program is in full flight. We had Project Rockit come in to teach students about Cyberbullying and Leadership, excursions to the zoo and the city. There are many student representative roles on offer for 2018: Peer Support, School Captains, eLearning Squad etc. It can all be a bit hectic and overwhelming. Information is available for students on the GEC Hub (link on the school website). Feel free to call with any questions or concerns.

Year 8 Highlights

The departing Year 8 Coordinator Mr Reynolds wishes the best to everyone going into Year 9. He enjoyed his time in the role but wants to focus on his teaching in the year ahead. Here are some of the things he had to say:


“It was great to see how many Year 8 students were called up for sporting and community awards at the last assembly. It doesn’t surprise me though.


I have really liked working in the Junior School team these last few years. I’ve always enjoyed, and have tried to focus on, the most satisfying part of this job that is about helping students through difficult times as they grow up and learn. It is a much better use of our time than the uniform passes and late detentions”.


And one last message from the former Year 8 Coordinator:

“Please wear the right socks in Year 9 so that your teachers can spend their time on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet rather than uniform passes”.


Next year Daniel Mulligan will be moving from Year 7 up Year 8 Coordination. 


Mathieu Givogue

Junior School Leader

Year 9 Highlights

The Year 9 Program finished on a high with the students presenting their promotional videos to the rest of their classes. I would like to thank Mr Kelty, Ms Power, Mr Lou, Mr T Mulligan and Mr Pereira for all their work with the Year 9s in the Year 9 Program this year. The students have definitely achieved many things over the year and learned a lot along the way.


As this is my final newsletter of 2017, I would like to wish good luck to all the Year 9 students moving on to Senior School. It has been a pleasure coordinating you this year. Thanks must also go to all the parents who I have worked with as we supported your children in their learning and well-being.


Next year, Sarah Mortimer will be the new Year 9 Coordinator. I’m sure she’ll do a great job!


Fiona Finnegan

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

This has been an amazing year and we all agree that it has been the best one yet! Looking back on the year everybody achieved so much and gave it their all. It is so great to see how far we have all come from the start of the year. There were many great events and achievements throughout the year and we could not imagine having spent the year in any other way, with our school community.


It has been an honour being Junior School Captains and we strongly encourage many students to run for the wonderful opportunity next year. We would like to thank all students and teachers for their support, it would not have been the same without it.


John Fassoulis and Zoe Markopoulos

Junior School Captains

Senior School News

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2017.  They had their final farewell at The Langham on Thursday 23rd November which was a great celebration to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to their studies, and the college, over the years. Thank you to the parents, guardians and families for attending this milestone occasion.


Our Whole School Assembly was held on Wednesday 29th November in the recently renovated Gym. It is the first time we have had the opportunity to recognise all students as a community. Congratulations to all students who received awards.

VCE Transition for 2018 has now concluded. Ensure you get organised over the school holidays, read set texts, begin making notes, and check Google Classroom. It’s imperative you give yourself the best start to VCE by getting organised and focused.

Year 10 Surf Camp

Year 10 Camp saw 45 students in Torquay for three days. Sun, surfing and stand up paddle boarding tested the students balance and determination. It was fantastic to see so many student throwing their all into the activities. To see the smiles as students stood up from being dumped by a wave and getting right back on the board was fantastic. Stand-up paddle boarding was new to a lot of the students and the concentration and coordination to keep moving and navigate over and under the bridges was phenomenal. Overall it was an amazing camp and I want to thank everyone for a great time.

Thank you to the Year 10s for a fantastic year and I wish you all the best over the holiday season and in your VCE endeavours.  

Sporting Achievements

Alanna Gray and Sierra Danon coached the Year 7 softball team to the grand final of the SSV State Finals. Both coaches demonstrated outstanding leadership skills throughout the day. Their commitment to training and assisting the Year 7 students was exceptional.  The team finished second in state behind Glen Waverley. Well done Sierra and Alanna.

Final Note

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Robson for all of his hard work, commitment and never ending positivity he displays towards the Year 10 students and staff.  I know he will be dearly missed as he moves on to bigger and better opportunities. On behalf of the Senior School Team, we thank you and will miss you.


Senior School Team for 2018

Senior School Leader: Keira McLean

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Year 11 Coordinator: Mary Maniatis

Year 10 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Arts & Technology News

Visual Arts Exhibition 2017

The 2017 Visual Arts Exhibition was held 1st November to the 3rd November in the PAC. Over the three days students in all year levels were given the opportunity to view the vast array of artwork on display.


The official opening occurred on Wednesday 1st November and was attended by many parents, students, staff and friends. Guests were entertained throughout the night by pianist Richard Shao. Asheigh and Aimee Harris greeted the guests and offered refreshments whilst Maayan Ashkar and Phoebe Yan photographed the opening.

Mrs Sheereen Kindler opened the exhibition followed by Daniela Scaramuzzino presenting The Deans Arts awards for 2017 to students who demonstrated excellence in their field and intend on pursuing a career in The Arts.


The following students were awarded a certificate and prize:


Year 10 Visual Arts – Ionatan Maghidman

Year 11 Studio Art – Kali Appleby

Year 12 Studio Art – Shiree Vallins

Year 10 Visual Communication Design – Carlos Lyford

Year 11 Visual Communication Design – Sean Kelly

Year 12 Visual Communication Design – Talya Bahari

This is the fourth year Deans Arts Supplies has sponsored our Visual Arts students. Glen Eira College appreciate their ongoing support.


Bernadette McIvor

Arts & Technology Coordinator

Arts and Technology Week

To coincide with the annual Visual Arts Exhibition, the Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Technology staff celebrated Arts and Technology Week. From Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November lunchtime activities were held for students in the newly refurbished rooms. The array of activities encapsulates the diversity of subjects offered at Glen Eira College.   


Bernadette McIvor

Arts & Technology Coordinator


Portrait Exhibition - A Reflection

A few months ago, Ms McIvor invited me to participate in a portrait exhibition of 100 portraits of 100 centenarians by teenagers. I found this an inspiring idea and was very excited to make a contribution. I was partnered with a centenarian, and a time was organised to visit their residence to speak with them and their family. The person I was to paint was a gentleman named Eric Edwards. 


Before meeting Eric and his family, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was worried that I wouldn’t know how to talk to him and his family. But when I met with Eric and his family, and they told me his story, I learned how much they all cared about each other. They were such lovely people and Eric’s story was full of not only moments in history, but a strong family bond of care and love. I learned how Eric grew up in the depression era, how he lost his father and of his war service. Eric was one of the Rats of Tobruk and was taken as a prisoner of war in WWII. He was also a man with many interests who loved his family more than anything.


About a week after hearing Eric’s rich and moving story from his family, I was informed that he had passed away shortly after his 101st birthday. I attended his funeral, it was a beautiful service.


When the painting was done, and I had written a short biography, it was all sent off to be put in the exhibition. The exhibition was quite a sight. One hundred different paintings, all beautifully different, each telling their own story. Over 10,000 years of life displayed in three rooms.


Now that the project is finished, I know that I have been a part of something I will never forget. And I hope that my painting will bring happiness to his family, and provide an everlasting paper memory of Eric.


Tahlia Delaney-Murnane

Year  9

Tahlia presented to Eric’s family, Russell and Jacinta, her portrait at the school assembly. The family was so moved by the art work that the family paid for a water colour workshop for Tahlia and other Glen Eira College students to further develop their artistic skills. Rosie Marshall, an Illustrator, conducted a 2 hour workshop with the students during transition.


Bernadette McIvor

Arts & Technology Coordinator

Library Corner

This term the Book Club participated in the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Bookmark Exchange Project. We were matched with three different schools in Hungary, Slovenia and Portugal and posted out our handmade creations. It was a fun experience and a simple way of sharing the pleasure and delights of reading, and of making new friends through school libraries worldwide. So far we have received bookmarks from the school in Hungary and we were very impressed with the high quality and diversity of artwork! We now wait eagerly for the bookmarks from the other schools.


The library recently announced the Book Review Prizes for semester two, and they were awarded to:


Top Reviewers – Georgia Wood-Freeman (8D) with 30 reviews, Aimee Harris (8A) with 19 reviews, Tracey Kry (8D) with 11 reviews and Elizabeth Lindner-Craig (11C) with 9 reviews.

Best Overall Review #1 – Jasmin Kalpins (7F) for Word Nerd

Best Overall Review #2 – Anika Dixit (10B) for Clockwork Princess

Best Overall Review #3 – Adelin Zipman (9E) for Sad Girls


Congratulations to these students and thank you to everyone who wrote excellent book reviews for our library catalogue this year.


We would like to say a very big thank you to our 2017 Library Monitors. This group of students from Year 7-12 have gone above and beyond when it comes to helping in the library this year, whether it be with simple things like keeping the space clean and tidy, to helping organise library events and mentoring younger students.


Ms Megan Gatt and I are extremely grateful for this assistance and the 20 students were acknowledged in the final assembly with a certificate and letter of appreciation. They are:


  • Daniel Stepien
  • Jennifer Foster
  • Aaron Immerman
  • Taylor Lowery
  • Jackson Vigh
  • Jett Wheildon
  • Grace Wheildon
  • Tobey Weidl
  • Georgia Wood-Freeman
  • Alexander Leathley
  • Alanna Gray
  • Adelin Zipman
  • Gresa Berisha
  • Caitlin Blair
  • Manasvi Shirgaonkar
  • Riley Quintal
  • Lachlan Belyuga
  • Joshua Boon-Gray
  • Leana Fourman
  • Sai Chandraditya Akella


If you are interested in becoming a Library Monitor or Library Captain in 2018, information about how to apply for these positions will be emailed out early next year.


I am proud to be the recipient of the 2017 School Library Association of Victoria Research Fellowship, which I received on Friday 24th November at an awards ceremony during the SLAV annual conference. The fellowship includes a grant which I will use to travel to Singapore in 2018 to investigate the ways in which school libraries best serve their multilingual patrons. I will use this research to establish better collections and services for our EAL and LOTE students at Glen Eira College, including for the immersion programs.


The library is now closed for 2017 due to renovations taking place. We will re-open at the beginning of term 1 2018, and the work is expected to be finished by mid-term. We are very excited and are looking forward to a vibrant, refreshed library next year!


Finally, thank you for a wonderful year in the GEC Library and a very happy holidays to all. We hope you get stuck into some great books over the break!


Karys McEwen

College Librarian


Moove over, it's time for Movember!

Our annual Movember fundraising day took place on Wednesday 29th November. There were mustaches to paint on or stick on, cows with mustaches, mustache cupcakes and mustache cookies. 


This is a fantastic student-led initiative that was the brain-child of Coen McGinniss back in 2013. The GEC Movember day has run every year since, with Coen's younger sister, Erin, taking over the reins this year. Special mention to Phoebe Clarke, Kate Stamp, Nat Cosgrave and Lauren Raftopoulos who, along with Erin McGinniss, were at school early to set up the stall and baked the goods for sale.

Thank you to all staff and students who generously donated their money on the day. At this point, we have raised over $400 for the Movember Foundation.


Tori Mulligan

Teaching and Learning Leader

Congratulations to the  Year 7 Girls Softball Team

SSV State Softball Finals - Year 7 Girls

Thursday 23rd November was the day we had been training for since term 2.  It was the SSV State Softball Finals and we were ready. With our two Year 10 coaches in hand, Alanna and Sierra, we were ready to leave it all on the diamond. We had nothing to lose and everything to gain.


Our draw saw us play Alamanda College and Viewbank College in very challenging conditions as the weather was extremely hot. Our pitching and catching duo, Aliya and Ashleigh, pitched and caught each game without complaint, Phoebe took a stellar catch to stop all runs coming in, Alicia managed to tag out two players at second base and they were just a few highlights. Our batting and base running was what won the two games for us. The girls beat Alamanda 11-8 and Viewbank 10-6, which secured their spot in the grand final. Glen Waverley were too good in the end, however, the girls gave it their all and came away as runners up at the SSV State finals all receiving medals.


A huge thank you to our supporters and cheer squad - Alicia’s mum and her grandparents, and Aliya’s mum and dad. It meant the world to us having you there supporting us in the grand final, even if the weather turned on us.


For those of you who don’t know, these girls have been training since term 2 - rain and shine. For some, they have been training twice a week to improve their batting and pitching. We have had Year 10 students, who played in the state finals in May, assist during trainings and help teach rules and strategies- thank you Taylor, Ashleigh, Sierra and Alanna for giving up your time.  The commitment and teamwork these girls have displayed throughout the year has been exceptional.


Congratulations to the Year 7 Softball Girls who are the SSV Runners Up. You are all stars and I am very proud of each and every one of you.  


Aliya - Pitcher

Ashleigh - Catcher

Tess - First base

Phoebe - Second base

Erin - Third base

Emma L - Short stop

Alicia - Second Base

Emma G - Outfield

Kate - Outfield

Dahlia - Outfield

Maani - Outfield

Keely - Outfield


Keira McLean

Softball Coach

A Reflection

What a great way to end the softball season! All the hard work and many practises with our amazing coaches - Ms McLean, Alanna and Sierra - must have paid off because coming second in the whole state of Victoria is a pretty big deal! It started off with division. We were nervous in that game because it was our first time playing together but we pulled through and won!


The next round was regionals. We didn't expect to win so we planned on just having fun. We did end up losing the final game by just one point however one week later we got a call saying that a team pulled out of state so we got to go! The whole team, especially Ms McLean, was ecstatic. It was then that we trained at lunches and after school for months in order to prepare for states.


When the 23rd of November finally came around, it was off to states we went! The fun bus ride to Jells park was just the very beginning of an amazing day. Luckily we arrived early with plenty of time to prepare and warm up. The first team we played was Alamanda College and we had an amazing game! We came off with a great win. We were so happy and proud of ourselves but knew we had to win the next game to advance to the grand finals. It was an exciting game and we almost gave Ms McLean a heart attack but thankfully we played as a team and won against Viewbank College much to Ms McLean’s delight.


We had a 2 hour wait before the finals which gave us plenty of time to rest and of course eat a lot of sugar! After hours of waiting in the heat it was time for our final game against Glen Waverley College. Even though we somehow got caught in a rainstorm, the water didn’t dampen our spirits and we powered on to the finish.


Although we had an amazing loss of 14-1 there was not a disappointed face on the team because we knew we had all done Ms McLean and the school proud. We want to just say a huge thank you to Alanna and Sierra in Year 10 for their commitment in coaching, supporting and helping out the team! Great job to the fantastic team of Kate, Alicia, Tess, Emma G, Emma L, Dahlia, Erin, Phoebe, Ashleigh, Maani, Keely and myself (Aliya).

Aliya Gray

Year 7B

Performing Arts News

Radio Club

Mr Daniel Mulligan accompanied 7 students down to Southern FM studios in Brighton for the last GEC Radio broadcast for 2017 bright and early on Thursday 23rd November. Michael Linardakis, Nick Johnston and Leto Agnew-Mildren discussed a range of topics from sport and gaming to their thoughts on the age-old question, “what should you do if you find money on the ground?” The 7C students also played an eclectic mix of songs whilst they were on the air, including Slim Dusty and Charlie Puth. Whilst this engaging broadcast was being streamed live on 88.3 FM and online, we also had a second team of students planning and training in the spare radio studio. This team included Aimee Harris 8A, Essie Wilson 7C, Sebastian Buley-Delanty 7F and Isabella Zambas 7F. Both teams (and Mr Mulligan!) enjoyed the debrief and breakfast afterwards at a local cafe before coming back to school.


Well done to all students who participated in Radio Club this year, either in planning and preparing broadcast content at our weekly meetings and/or delivering the shows live on the air.


Leto Agnew-Mildren 7C

Nick Johnston 7C

Michael Linardakis 7C

Essie Wilson 7C

Sebastian Buley-Delanty 7F

Isabella Zambas 7F

Amy Harris 8A

Georgia Wood-Freeman 8D

Jay Scott 8F

Izzy McFarland 9C

Kate Pulver 9F

Erin Herr 10A

Sierra Danon 10B

Manon Personnier 10B

Alice Sabouraud 10A

Barney Miller 11B

Boris Pribil 11B

Anna Rowsell 11B

Ashley Szmerling 11B


There are many benefits in participating in Radio Club. This includes improving planning, public speaking and listening skills as well as working productively as part of a team. Speaking fluently, articulately and on your feet is a life skill that is required in all fields. If any student from Year 7-12 is interested in participating in Radio Club 2018 keep an eye on the bulletin and the GEC student HUB at the start of next year.

Festival of Music - Semester 2 Instrumental Music Concert

Monday 4th December was the final instrumental music concert for 2017. It was a showcase of students from the GEC instrumental music program, with a huge variety of performances from solo piano, flute and violin, to small and large guitar, percussion, woodwind, string and vocal groups. It was a celebration of a big year of music, with an array of ensembles and genres of music played by students from all year levels. Emma and Gabriel from Year 8 were our student MCs and did a brilliant job of announcing each of the acts.


The final item for our 2017 Festival of Music was the GEC Band students, playing the song Louie Louie and led by our woodwind teacher Mr Mark Dipnall. Some of the Year 7, 8 and 9 students in the band have only been learning instruments from the beginning of the year. There was also a special guest performer - our Principal, Mrs Kindler who played the conga drum beautifully and with full concentration.


Thank you to all the instrumental music students who performed at the Festival of Music, and also to the instrumental music teachers for preparing everyone and organising the concert,  including Mr Voogd, Mr Westlake, Mr Dipnall, Ms Wood, Ms Morley and Ms Wijaya, as well as the Head of Performing Arts Ms Baker-Goldsmith. Thank you also to the college students who helped out with the technical side of the concert. We would also like to thank all of the college staff, students and families for coming along on the night to support the performing arts at GEC.



We were proud and excited to have had GEC students from Years 7-11 participating in the 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Anything is Possible in the auditioned PAU Choir, the Mass Choir, the Orchestra and even behind the scenes in marketing and technical production. This program – managed by the Department of Education and Training – helps to develop each student’s performance skills, discipline, perseverance, cooperation and confidence under the training of industry professionals. One in five state government schools participated in this year’s State Schools Spectacular, including over 1200 school students in the Mass Choir.


This year’s Spectacular was held at Hisense Arena on Saturday 16 September, with two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm. We’re excited to confirm that the Channel 7 broadcast of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be on Saturday 16 December 2017 at 7pm. The two-hour broadcast will feature highlights from the live performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.  Tune in from 7pm to 9pm to catch all the action and relive the Spectacular memories.


At our recent whole school assembly, we were able to recognise and celebrate this involvement and present students with certificates.


Performing Arts Unit (PAU) Choir

Sophie Rowsell 9B

Estelle Lipovetsky 9C


Mass Choir students

Maayan Ashkar 10A

Bridie Skinner 9C

Kei Someda 9C

Sophie Swiatlo 8B

Jasmine Shaw 8B

Rosie Bitmead 8C

Sasha Hudson 8C

Mieka Maloney 8C

Clea McKeown 8C

Lottie Hudson 8E

Emma Laird 8E

Maani Baker 7C

Keely Edwards 7C

Alicia Scott 7C

Caleb Hopewell 7F

Maiya McLean 7F

Isabella Zambas 7F



Mikki Clemans 9C


Technical Production

Barney Miller 11B

Ashley Szmerling 11B

Boris Pribil from 11B

Christopher Rudel 9C


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

2018 Production

The 2018 school production planning and preparation is well under way with auditions this week.


A google doc has been put onto the student hub and you are to choose one of those days to audition.  You must put your details into the document to audition.


2018 Year 7 students will be able to audition and those students who are absent/ or already on holidays during the December auditions will have the opportunity to in week 2 of term 1, on Tuesday 6th Feb and Wednesday 7th Feb after school.


Please keep an eye on your emails also as Mrs Mortimer will be sending out emails for updates on the processes of auditions. A Xuno email is also being sent out to parents this week with the full details of the process.


The school production in 2018 will be in week 10 of term 2.


We encourage everyone to get involved in the cast or the crew. Everyone, no matter what your talents are will be accepted into the show, and it is a great opportunity to make new friends and develop your existing talents.


Any questions or queries please come and see or email Mrs Mortimer.


Sarah Mortimer

2018 Production Director

Girls Football at GEC

GEC Girls Footy 2017 Series

In the year of the inaugural AFL-W season, GEC decided to host a series of Girls Football matches, rather than our regular one-game showcase. We are proud of the emerging talent that walks among us in relative obscurity. So why do we need to showcase girls football? To show to our school community that there are girls here that are just as good as the boys in sport - if not even better. To show girls that they can do it do, to try something new and take a positive risk to get involved. And to be recognised and celebrated for their Greatness, Excellence and Commitment. As unfortunately, this is not always the case with girls sport in real life and this needs to change. Take a look at the soccer, for instance. There has been a lot of recent attention on our national men's team, the Socceroos, and their 'Road to Russia'. But what about our women's team? While our blokes' current FIFA ranking is 39th, with their best result in a World Cup a Round of 16 in 2006, our Matildas are currently ranked 6th in the world, have had more World Cup appearances than the blokes, made it to the Quarterfinals 3 times, are 3 times Oceania Cup winners and won the Asian Cup 5 years before the Socceroos did. Clearly here we have a case of the girls doing better than the boys and it not being as widely recognised or celebrated as it should. Our girls deserve better. And it starts here, at the grassroots level.


Game 1 was held on 18th September. With AFL fans caught up in September fever - and the Tiger Army dreaming of breaking the 37-year drought - GEC Girls Footy fans spilled out through the driveway to Glen Huntly Oval to watch the GEC Red Team take on the GEC Black Team. The atmosphere was as electric as a final at the MCG and not just due to the storm-clouds brewing overhead. Mr Dalton had some words of wisdom for the GEC Red Team, while Mr Mulligan drew on the emotion of this being one of the last times that GEC great, Charlotte Skinner, would lace up the boots in a GEC uniform. The first quarter set off at a ferocious pace. Central umpire, Mr Coghlan found it hard to keep up with the pace. Luise Verhoeven was a stalwart in defence for the GEC Reds, while Charlotte Skinner and Tess Keogh were all around the ball in the middle for the GEC Blacks. Amy-Lee Sobotka has a lot of the ball early for the GEC Reds, as did Jay Scott. Alice Hornby for the Reds had a tough ruck contest with new up-and-coming ruck talent, Phoebe Clarke. With the scores almost level at half time, the wind-speed and leg-speed factor proved to be a huge difference in the second half. Runcha Jiva-Anan, Charlotte Skinner and Tess Keogh dominated for the GEC Black team and piled on the goals. As lightning struck away in the distance, poor Mr Dalton was blown away by the thunderous GEC Black victory.

Mr Dalton did some fast talking, wheeling and dealing in the mid-season prior to Game 2 on the 20th of October. His coup netted the number one ruck in the competition, Phoebe Clarke, and arguably the second best midfielder in Tess Keogh. With Tess and Phoebe swapping their Black jerseys for Red ones, Mr Mulligan's GEC Black team was staring down the barrel of a decisive defeat and was in desperate need of defensive players. With Mr Dalton stacking the Reds as an attacking side, Mr Mulligan had negotiated a deal with the best defender in the league, Luise Verhoeven. With Luise in the backline for the Black team, the playing field seemed slightly levelled. The game started with Charlotte winning the toss and choosing to kick into the wind in the first half. Phoebe and Tess proved to be excellent trades for Mr Dalton, easily winning centre clearances and delivering it forward to Amy-Lee, Mekkhala and Ysabelle. Charlotte and her team had their work cut out for them. With Luise and Hayley strong in defence and Zoe Markopoulos helping across centre-half back and around the ball with Charlotte, the contest tightened up. Tess Keogh kicked not only the goal of the day, but the goal of the series. A Super Goal from the back line sailed through the goal posts and it seemed an ominous sign. Mr Dalton called for an early siren, but central umpire, the ever-professional Mr Golding, was well in control of the game and kept up with the pace. With great decision-making, allowing for a free flowing game, Charlotte, Runcha and Zoe were able to wrestle the ball away from the Reds and started to kick home in the second half. Not even the sibling rivalry of Bridie Skinner trying to take down her big sister Charlotte could stop the late charge of the Black team. With the wind both at their backs and in their sails, the GEC Black team romped home victorious. They took the series 2-nil.


Congratulations to Charlotte Skinner, Runcha Jiva-Anan, Cynthia Dunkley, Alice Hornby, Marissa Putri, Tristan Vienna and Zoe Benier, who all hang up the boots for GEC on account of being in Year 12. Thank you for your contributions to GEC Girls football over the years and we would love to see Charlotte Skinner try out for the AFL-W at some stage. Watch this space!! These girls can retire proudly knowing that they have passed the touch on to a new breed of younger players who embody the Grit, Enthusiasm and Commitment shown by the Year 12s. With Year 7s like Phoebe, Tess, Sasha and Ashleigh getting involved, along with the host of other students across Year 8 to 11 (Sasha, Lilly, Maayan, Sierra, Alannah, Emma, Sammy, Niomi, Aurelie, Liza, Grace and all of those mentioned) girls football at GEC will continue to celebrated and something to be proud of.


Here's hoping that we will be able to put our talents to the test in the Beachside Interschool Competition during 2018...


Tori Mulligan

Teaching and Learning Leader

Languages Corner

Japan Trip 2018

We are very excited about our Science Japan Trip in 2018!

If you missed our information night, make sure you contact the school in term 1 so you don’t miss out on this exciting adventure!


Karen Muramatsu

Japanese Teacher


French Pen Pals

Yashasvi and I have been exchanging letters with our pen pal Elsa from France. We told Elsa about life at Glen Eira College and she told us about her school. It has been a great learning experience for both of us and we can't wait to write back to Elsa!


Manasvi Shirgaonikar

Year 7B


2017 Languages Assembly 

The annual GEC Languages Assembly was held on Monday 11th December and was a lovely celebration of languages learning at Glen Eira College. Congratulations to all the award recipients.


Around the College

Diwali Celebrations

We celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, with henna tattoos and a delicious staff morning tea.


Start Smart

On Monday 30th October, the Year 10 Business Studies class, both the Year 11 Business Management classes and some classes from the English Language Centre participated in workshops run by the Start Smart Programme.  The same facilitators also came on Monday 6th November to run workshops with our Year 7-9 students. 


Each workshop focuses on a different topic in depth and explores financial concepts such as understanding the impact of financial choices, getting your first job and managing your mobile phone as well as basic investment principles, savings goals and budgeting.

The Secondary program is an interactive learning experience that is designed to engage students and empower them to make confident financial choices.


Melanie Mattsson

Humanities KLA Leader

Head of Humanities

Below is a reflection from one of our Year 10 Business Students:

This excursion was a very special one. It was our first ever incursion for Business Studies and we were so excited to attend our first class in the new gym. We had Lisa from the Commonwealth Bank’s Start Smart Programme facilitate the incursion. It was a very useful incursion as many of us have just started to manage money. The facilitator was very friendly and engaging. The content of the workshop was relevant to most of us. We came to know about the strategies that can be used to control our spending and different types of influences on our spending. The students of Year 10 Business Studies would like to Thank GEC, Miss Kaur and the facilitator for giving us one of the best experience ever.


Shruthi Sasi Kumar 

Year 10


Careers Corner

2017 Year 12 Students 

It’s an exciting time of the year as the Year 12s have now received their ATAR results.  

Local students can change their preferences up until Wednesday 20th December. Check the VTAC website for further information on this. Go to:


I am available to see students during this time. Please  call on 9571 7838 or email me for an appointment or advice on

University Information

VTAC Videos

This series of videos is useful for students and their families who want to understand or refresh their knowledge of the VTAC preferencing system.


Pathways to University

If you’re worried you won’t get the marks to get into the university course you were hoping for, check out the universities’ websites about pathways options into their degrees.

Monash –

Deakin –

La Trobe –


Swinburne –

VU ­–

Fed Uni –­



Three things first year uni students need to know

Get the tips here –


ACU: Find out about deferring

If you’re not sure whether you’re going to accept your ACU offer, find out about deferring here.


Swinburne: New Architecture Degree

Swinburne is introducing an architecture degree in 2018. If you want to study architecture and would like to expand the pool of universities you apply to, check it out.


Careers in biomedical science

Find out your options –


National Summer Art Scholarship 

13 – 20 January 2018 in Canberra, ACT 

If you are in Year 11 and interested in art, you can spend a week this summer (13 – 20 January 2018) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 

Become one of sixteen students selected from around the nation—two from each state and territory—to participate in the National Summer Art Scholarship in 2018. 

Applications close 6 November.  

Find our more and apply –

TAFE and Apprenticeships

Box Hill Institute Info Sessions

Tue 12 December, 4pm – City campus

Thu 14 December, 4pm – Lilydale Lakeside campus

Mon 18 December, 4pm – Box Hill campus

More information –


 ADFA Applications Open Now
Applying for ADFA is a competitive, dual application process that can take up to 12 months. It's preferable you apply in Year 11, but you can still apply in Year 12.
Applications for 2018 Year 12 Students (for 2019 entry) close at the end of February 2018.

Year 9

I’m hoping the Year 9s will continue to research and apply for their work experience positions during their school holidays. If you need a work Experience form, or missed out on the information that was delivered during the Year 9 program please come and see me in the Senior School Office.

General Information

Camp America Job Fair 2018 

13 January, 11am @ The Ibis Melbourne 

GET HIRED ON THE SPOT at the 2018 Camp America Job Fairs. 
Camp Directors from camps across the USA will be heading to Melbourne to hire people like you. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet camp directors and have that face to face interaction you cannot have when being hired through our online process. Ask Camp Directors directly about their camps, speak with Student Flights about your after-camp travel or simply hear more about the Camp America program.  
Register here –  


Coding Resources

This page from Careers with STEM has some great coding resources for you to check out if you’re interested in learning some coding or want to pursue a career path in the area.

Check them out –


Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities 

The Australian government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian government departments and agencies. To view these opportunities, visit:


Jetstar Apprenticeship Program

Jetstar anticipate accepting applications for their 2018 intake in mid-to-end of 2017. Sign up online to be kept informed of job openings.


GMG Monash Summer Camp

‘Girls make Games Summer Camp’ hosted by Monash University. Attendees will learn:

Game Programming

Game Design

Game Art

Audio Engineering

Practice Pitching to Industry Experts

Plus there is an excursion to a local game studio/tech company

Camp is being held 15 January 2018-20 January 2018 at Monash University. Age group 12-15 years, there is a cost involved.  For more details see Ms McCaskie in the Senior School Office.


Young Lions Advocacy and Ambassadors Program (YAAP)
This is a 12-month volunteer program for people aged 16–24 who are passionate about social change and getting young people’s voices heard. Participants will develop their leadership and advocacy skills. Applications close Fri 12 January 2018.
Apply now –


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

From the Office

Update Your Information

Have you recently changed, or are about to change, address, home, mobile or work phone number or email address? Please remember to ring the College on 9571 7838 or update your details on Xuno to keep us informed.

Student Absences

Student absences should be reported to the school on the day of the absence. Parents are reminded that the College has a designated telephone line for notification of student absence – 9571 4178.


There is also an absence proforma in the student planner that parents can complete for the student to return to the General Office on their return to school.

Early Leavers

If your child needs to leave school early you are required to provide a signed note for them to show their year level coordinator and bring down to the General Office when they sign out. Students are not permitted to leave the school early without signing out at the General Office.


This newsletter is emailed home to all families twice per term. If you have any items of interest to the college community or want to advertise your business, please contact Penny Marks on 9571 7838.

Centrepay for Payments

We now support the use of Centrepay. Centrepay is a free voluntary bill paying service. Deductions come directly from your Centrelink payments and can be used to pay many types of bills, such as child care, educations expenses, electricity bills or rent. Please download the form that is available on the school website or contact the General Office and the form will be emailed to you.

2017 Parent Payments

As we are approaching the end of 2017 we kindly ask that if you have any unpaid parent payments for your child please submit your payment to the school office.  Payments of elective course fees are compulsory at Glen Eira College.  


Should your family be experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our Business Manager/Nominated Parent Payments Contact – Gabrielle Darvell to discuss payment options.

2018 Re-enrolment

We have moved our reenrolment process online this year using XUNO to electronically sign specific forms and make payments. Whilst this is our preferred method, if you do not wish to use XUNO then please contact the College and we will arrange to have a set of papers mailed out to you.

XUNO Events and Payments 

Please find below our user guide for XUNO Events and Payments: 


If you have any questions  please contact me or on  9571 7838.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Second-hand Uniform Stall

Held at Glen Eira College on Monday 29th January 2017 9am-10.30am (this is the same day as textbooks can be collected at school). 


Please consider donating any spare uniform items.  Smaller sizes are especially appreciated, as they are often sought by families of Year 7 students starting at Glen Eira College.  Please ensure that all items are in reasonable condition and have been washed and thoroughly dried before you bring them in. Please note that we cannot sell items that are no longer part of the college uniform, such as polar fleece jackets or the older-style sports tops (sports tops in the current style - with red sleeves - are very welcome).


Please consider volunteering to help make this stall a success by helping us run and to set up/ pack up the stall. 

Every year, this stall helps many families and raises money for the college.  Any items or time that you donate will be valuable.


Sports uniforms and equipment that can't be reused at GEC can be donated to Boots For All Sports

  • McKinnon Basketball Association11 Clarence Street, Bentleigh East 9579 1200 M-F 9–4.30.
  • Victorian Amateur Football Association - Umpires Association 170 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick Park, Training nights
  • Lord Street Primary School.6 Lloyd Street, Malvern East.9573 4600 M-F 8-4.30.

Parties In The Park

Party In The Park and Pet Expo — Allnutt Park Sunday 18 March 2018, 10am - 4pm

Glen Eira College parents will run a  fundraising stall to support Glen Eira students - selling snow cones, locally grown honey, homemade jams and kid's animal themed craft kits. Volunteers needed.


Other Glen Eira Parties in the park

  • Under the Stars Saturday 20 January 2018, 6pm at Packer Park, Carnegie featuring Archie Roach supported by Ali Barter and JamHaus.
  • Princes Park, Sunday 18 February, 10am - 4pm

Farewell from Juliet, the Outgoing Convenor

It has been a privilege to be co-convenor or convenor of GECPA for the last 4 years. When my children started at Glen Eira College, there was no parents association.  In 2012, two other GEC mothers (braver than I) started GECPA.  Ellen Frajman and Helen Midler were our first co-convenors, and they enthusiastically launched themselves into establishing GECPA.  They thought, as I did, that it would be a valuable addition to the school and the wider community. 


I joined the committee at the first meeting, and eventually became co-convenor then sole convenor.  In 2015 I also had Marie-Pierre Deleplanque as co-convenor. Various other parents have served on the committee and made valuable contributions.  I am grateful to all of them.


I am extremely proud of the contribution GECPA has made to the school so far, and of all the parents who have donated their time and energy for the sake of the school and community. I am glad that I am leaving GECPA in good hands- a bunch of dedicated, creative, enthusiastic and friendly parents. 

A look back at 2017:

  • In January, our second-hand uniform stall raised over $2,000 and helped many families.
  • In March, we enjoyed a Multicultural Picnic in the school grounds.  This free event helped many families to meet each other while enjoying great food and celebrating our diverse community.
  • Also in March, we held a fundraising stall at the council event Party in the Park, selling snow cones and other goodies to raise over $900. 
  • In June, we held our very popular movie night at the Classic Cinema, where we enjoyed watching Wonder Woman.
  • In August, volunteers from our community supported the college production of Fame Junior with a delicious supper at interval.
  • Through the Woolworths Earn and Learn campaign, we helped the college buy new sports equipment, which should arrive in term 1 next year.
  • Monies raised helped Glen Eira College pay for:
    • musical instruments (approx. $5,000 worth)
    • outdoor seating in the area behind the Performing Arts Centre (contributed about $7,000 towards the cost)
    • a defibrillator (approx. $2,000).

Thank you to all our volunteers who have contributed over the course of 2017.

New co-convener – volunteer sought to share role

We are seeking a volunteer to share the role as co-convenor of Glen Eira College Parents Assoc. 

This is a leadership position, that would look great on your resume!

We also have some fantastic and experienced committee members who will provide support and share many roles.


If you are interested or would like to find out more, please email

GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

GECPA is an active, well organised and friendly group of parents from across the school community. All GEC parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings – a great chance to meet some school families and help the school.  Our meetings are friendly and informal, and your level of involvement is up to you. If you are interested being involved in GECPA please send an email to

Weekly walk and talk 

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for about an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:30pm at the corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve.

So that we can keep in contact, we have set up a messaging group on Whatsapp. To join the group, just email us your name and phone number.  (If you don't already have Whatsapp installed on your smartphone, you will need to do that first - it's very easy to install and to use).

School Crossing Campaign

Our campaign to make the street at Glen Eira College safer continues. In August, School Council contacted all Glen Eira College families with a fact sheet analysing traffic data from the Booran Road pedestrian crossing.  Families were asked to contact their local MP and the Minister for Roads and Safety urgently to ask for a safer school crossing.

We are pleased that local MP's have reported receiving a number of phone calls and emails from GEC families.  Glen Eira Councillors are also doing what they can to have this issue resolved.

David Southwick, MLA for Caulfield, presented our petition in the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 7th September, saying 'We call on the state government and VicRoads to urgently install variable electronic speed signage at this dangerous pedestrian crossing on Booran Road, Caulfield East.'  Ruth Gordon, President of School Council, also attended to show her support.

We now have almost 400 signatures on our online petition. If you haven't signed yet, please add your name at and pass this link onto your family and friends (children can also sign the petition).

Thanks for supporting the campaign to improve road safety to save our children’s lives. If you have not yet contacted your local MP or the Minister, here are the contact details again:

Minister for Roads and Road Safety:  Luke Donnellan MP

Ph. 9706 0566

Local Members of Parliament:
Caulfield – David Southwick, MP Ph.

Oakleigh – Steve Dimopoulos MP Ph. 9568 2456

Entertainment Books and Digital Memberships

Please help our fundraising efforts by buying an Entertainment Membership from us. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do - helping our fundraising at the same time!

With the newer Digital Membership (having a copy on your phone), you'll use it even more – especially with the brilliant ‘Near Me’ feature.  You simply hit the 'Near Me' tab to see what deals are around you anywhere, anytime! AND you can download it onto your child/ren's phones for them to take advantage of the offers too! Many families save from $550 - $1000+ per year with their membership. It really is brilliant value for just $70.



Gran Prix Cycles - Supporting GEC and Giving Discounts

Gran Prix Cycles in Caulfield South offers regular support to Glen Eira College with a special offer, which benefits you and the college.  Collect a loyalty card from the GEC office to take advantage of this offer:


Community News / Advertisements




Christmas is a time for families to get together to celebrate the Birth of Christ.  However, for a variety of reasons, some people are unable to do this.


And so a traditional Christmas Day Dinner will be held in St Anthony’s Hall, corner Neerim and Grange Roads, Glen Huntly at midday on Christmas Day for those not celebrating Our Lord’s Birthday.  If you would like to come and celebrate with us, we would love to see you there, so please collect a yellow invitation at the General Office. 


If you would like to help with the Christmas Dinner, please fill out a green form, also available at the General Office, and return it to St. Anthony’s, 74 Grange Road, Glen Huntly 3163.


We invite everyone to please join us in praying for the success of the Dinner. If you would like more information please ring Gwen Fitzgerald on 9569 2099.


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