GEC College News

14 December 2018
Issue Nine
Key Dates
From our Principal
From our Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Around the College
Student Achievements
Library Corner
Languages Corner
Performing Arts News
Humanities News
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
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Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates

December 2018

Monday 17th December

End of Year Program for Years 8-10 in 2019 – Pool Day


Tuesday 18th December

Presentation Night Rehearsals 1pm – 3pm

Presentation Night 6:30pm


Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th December

Duke of Edinburgh Camp on French Island


Wednesday 19th December

End of Year Program for Years 8-10 in 2019 – Lawn Bowls Day


Thursday 20th December

 End of Year Program for Years 8-10 in 2019 – Environmental Day


Friday 21st December

Last Day of Term 4

January 2019

Friday 25th January

Campion Book Collection 9am – 3pm

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


Thursday 31st January

Students Resume - Term 1

February 2019

Monday 4th February

School Photos


Monday 11th February

Year 7 Elevate Education Incursion 11am – 12:40pm


Tuesday 12th February

Year 9 Elevate Education Incursion 1:30pm – 3:07pm


Thursday 14th February

Library Lovers’ Day


Friday 15th February

Senior Interschool Sport


Tuesday 19th February

Year 12 Parent Information Evening 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Year 7 Parent Information Evening 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Wednesday 20th February

College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Monday 25th February

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Thursday 28th February

Year 12 Formal

March 2019

Friday 1st March

GEC Swimming Carnival


Monday 4th March – Friday 8th March

Year 7 Camp


Tuesday 5th March

Beachside Swimming


Wednesday 6th March

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 11th March

Labour Day Public Holiday (School Closed)


Friday 15th March

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Tuesday 19th March

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Friday 22nd March

School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 26th March

Year 7 Immunisations

April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April

School Tour 9:15am


Friday 5th April

GEC Cross Country Carnival

Last Day Term 1

From our Principal

Thank you to all members of the GEC community for all that you have done to make 2018 another great year for our college.  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: This year we celebrated at the City of Glen Eira Town Hall.  The auditorium was packed with students and their families.  Students were awarded with certificates and commemorative ’owls’.
  • Annual Languages Assembly: We were delighted to have Japanese Consul- General Matsunga as our guest speaker and City of Glen Eira Mayor, Jamie Hyams, as a special guest.  It was exciting to see so many students recognised for their success in French, Hebrew and Japanese.   
  •  Arts and Technology Showcase: An amazing display of the wonderful talents of our students in a range of media.
  • Various music performance evenings showcased the musical talents of our students.   
  • The Year 9 and 10 camps were huge successes as was our first science and culture trip to Japan.  The students and staff had a wonderful time and everyone learnt some new skills.
  • Our 2019 NAPLAN results show that our students experience strong growth from Years 7-9. These results are among the best in our region. We have made significant gains in moving students from medium to high growth over the last few years. This is testimony to the work of our fantastic teachers, including our English leader, Justine Douglas, and the Literacy Coordinator, Cristina Presa, who are leading the school in continuing to improve the writing and reading skills of our students through such programs as the Traits of Writing and the reciprocal teaching of reading model.
  • Softball teams, baseball teams and table tennis teams all competed and achieved awards at state level.
  • Berthe Mouchette French awards: We had 7 winners (5 in the poetry writing competition!).


I am very proud of our 2018 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% of scores 90 or above

·  27.6% of scores 80 or above

·  6.6% of study scores 40 or above, up from 5.1% in 2017

 DUX—well you will have to wait until Tuesday evening!


Congratulations to our 2019 school captains: Sierra Danon and Sean Kelly and Vice Captains Ashleigh Harris and Taylor Lowery.

Mobile Phone Policy – changes effective as of the beginning of 2019

Thank you to all parents, students, staff and School Council for their contribution to the review of our Mobile Phone Policy.  As a result we have changed the policy effective as of the first day of 2019.  In essence mobile phones must not be used:

  • while at school, in the buildings or outside on the grounds, at any time prior to the end of the school day
  • to send inappropriate, harassing or threatening messages or phone calls
  • to engage in inappropriate social media use including cyber bullying
  • to capture video or images of people, including students, teachers and members of the school community without their permission
  • to capture video or images in the school toilets, changing rooms and gym.

Students who use their mobile phone in breach of this policy will have their phone confiscated and stored securely at the General Office.

Parents and students needing to communicate with each other during the day can do so through the General Office.


Please open the attachment below to see the full policy.


Bell Times

Please note the following bell times effective as of the start of 2019.  Teacher supervision prior to school commencing is on the basketball courts from 8.30am. 


Learning starts at 9.00am and all students are expected to be in Team Meeting on time at 9.00am.  Parent/carer support is appreciated in assisting your child(ren) to be on time to school.



We say farewell to:

  • Karys McEwen, Louise Mason, Mathieu Givogue, Ann Butler, Eileen Fogarty, Yehuda Kaplan, Mandy Shen, Kathryn Vaughan-Niven, Dee Mehta and thank them for their wonderful contribution in working with our students during their time at GEC and we wish them all the best at their new schools.
  • Karen Muramatsu and Ounsane Siriamphone, but only for next year while they take leave.
  • Aurele Roy who returns to France after completing a wonderful year as French Assistant at GEC and Coatesville Primary School. Aurele has been a wonderful contributor to the languages learning area and has supported our students to further improve their French language skills.


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


Clinton Chiumello – Teaching and Learning Leader, Humanities teacher

Jeffrey Micallef – Senior School Leader, Maths teacher

Ryannan Mathieson – Junior School Leader, English / Humanities teacher

Fiona Tingate – Biology / Science teacher

Jess Ballingal – Health and Physical Education teacher

Monica Kartika – Japanese / Science teacher

Linda Flynn – Maths / English teacher

Arivu Kumaran – Maths/IT teacher

Sherri Michael – Librarian

Tanya Tsiakos – General Office Administration


Finally, I wish all students and families a happy and safe holiday. I look forward to seeing our students ready for the 2019 academic year on Thursday 31st January. 

Sheereen Kindler


From our Assistant Principals

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 2019. 


One of the highlights of this year include our students' wonderful NAPLAN results indicating that the college continues to deliver quality educational outcomes for all students. The number of students experiencing high growth from Year 7 to Year 9 are among the strongest in the state compared to schools similar to ours. Other highlights include the performance of our language students across a range of competitions, the way students represent the college on our many and varied excursions and the work of the SRC over the year in contributing to the vibrant life of the college.


We are very proud of the way our families have made student attendance at school a priority this year. Every day counts! Research indicates that each day missed is associated with lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading. School is a ‘training ground’ for the workplace. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child arrives at school on time, as this is an important life skill. Please continue to ensure your child arrives on time to school next year.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

The departing Year 7 Coordinators Mr Coghlan and Ms Peiris wish the best to all students going into Year 8. We enjoyed our time in the role and Ms Cowley and Ms Baker-Goldsmith are looking forward being the Year 8 coordinators in 2019.


Congratulations to the Year 7 Baseball Team who recently came runner up at the State Finals. The following students represented Glen Eira College with aplomb:

  • Ezra Bloch
  • Igor Dubrovski
  • Max Kais
  • Raphael Nicolas
  • Oscar Gardiner
  • Jonah Ariel
  • Zac Palatsides
  • Cameron McCutcheon
  • Maxime Eysseric
  • Jay Trickey
  • Hayden Cormick
  • Ed MacLeod-Smith

It 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.  We have had some exciting excursions to the zoo and the liveability excursion to the city.


Bernie Coghlan & Delanka Peiris

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

Now is a great opportunity to look back at some of the 2018 highlights. 


There have been some outstanding results in interschool sport this year, with Year 8 students representing the College at all levels and across a wide range of sports. Special mention to the boys and girls table tennis teams, and the girls softball teams, who made it all the way to the state finals.

"Congratulations to all Year 8 students who were involved in interschool sport this year. It was a pleasure to see you represent the college with enthusiasm and pride. And we had some excellent results across the board this year. Look forward to seeing you out there representing GEC next year."
Peter Bales

Sports Coordinator


The year 8 cohort have had some outstanding academic results throughout the year, which will be formally recognised at Presentation Night during the last week of this term. Students will be recognised for academic excellence and endeavour across all subjects.


The Year 8 camp was a particular highlight this year, as we headed down to beautiful Princetown on the Great Ocean Road. Over the 3 days students were taken out of their comfort zones and given the opportunity to develop new skills and friendships. 


"Camp this year was more practical than usual as we were staying on a farm. I learned a lot about farming and the countryside and got to see some really cool nature. I also learnt what it is like to be stung by an electric fence, among other things!" 

Haddi El Shorbagy


More recently, students headed to Fitzroy for an excursion relating to their work in Geography on an Aboriginal agriculture excursion. From all reports it was an enriching experience that brought the work done in the classroom to life.

"In Fitzroy we saw some great street art, met with leaders at the Koorie Heritage Trust and learnt more about Aboriginal history in agriculture. We also got to eat barramundi and kangaroo."

Tess Keogh 8B


Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all students the best as they progress through their high school years. I have enjoyed coordinating this cohort over the last two years. I have seen students grow and develop as people, from shy early Year 7s to confident nearly Year 9s. There have been some challenges for this group over the last two years and I've been impressed with their resilience and compassion towards each other. I wish students and families a great summer break and look forward to seeing you around the college next year.

Daniel Mulligan

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 9 Highlights

During 2018 we have focused on the positives and celebrating student success as much as we can. At our Friday morning assemblies students received certificates for various events and activities including maths and geography competitions and also end of semester academic and endeavour awards. It is an opportunity for their peers to see the great work they have succeeded in.


This term Ms Byrnes, Ms Cowley, Mr Ebert, Ms Rio, myself and 63 students embarked on our Year 9 camp journey to Rubicon camp, which was approximately 2 hours from school. We had  had an amazing time. 


Students were given the opportunity to both camp outside for 2 nights and also be back in warm bed for 2 nights. We didn’t have any complaints on camp outs, students were patient and cooperative and really did show their maturity. Even if there were a few midnight visits from possums, kangaroos and even a deer.  

Our Year 9 Junior School Captains have been great showing initiatives and leadership skills. Congratulations and thank you:


Ben Matthews

Jenna Casamento

Paul Palatsides

Aimee Harris


I will truly miss coordinating this year level next year but will be excited to be able to teach most of them again in Year 10. 


Sarah Mortimer

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

What a year it has been! As a school, we have had many achievements this year, and moments to be congratulated. We have participated in many fundraisers, like Jump Rope for Heart and Relay for Life. There have been new clubs and lunchtime activities born, and we were able to put our newly upgraded school to use. We are proud of individuals who have represented the school whether in sports, languages or general excellence. We congratulate all those who received awards in the languages assembly, for French, Japanese, Hebrew and Spanish, and I’m sure we were all enthused at the talents that were showcased throughout the afternoon. Thank you to everyone for an enjoyable year and good luck in the future.


Jenna Casamento

Junior School Captain

At the beginning of this year, an opportunity was given to all of the Year 9 students. This was the Duke of Edinburgh Award. A number of Year 9s have participated in this program and taken advantage of the many amazing skills the program provides.  As part of the adventurous journey section of the award, all of the participants participated in the Year 9 camp. This was their practice journey where they went camping with no running water or power, for 3 days.  The experience was incredible, and all of the groups became really close friends. The next step is to partake in the qualifying journey where the participants have little to no guidance from the supervising teachers.  This journey is happening on the 19th and 20th of December on French Island. Overall, all of the students have had a great time partaking in the program and are really looking forward to the qualifying journey.


Aimee Harris

Junior School Vice-Captain


The end of the school year is busy time for everyone. Students finishing their final projects, last tests and exams, and looking back on a productive and successful 2018. Now, students have completed their final weeks of their 2018 year level, and have entered the transition period. This time is an excellent way for students to adjust to any possible changes in classmates, getting to know their teachers for next year, and in the case of us captains and the other Year 9s, being introduced to our new subjects. This year’s transition marks our last days as part of the junior school, and introduces us to the senior school. This comes with having selected subjects to complete next year, and many of us have selected enhancement subjects, choosing to take on the extra challenge of early VCE. The Junior School Captains hope everybody adjusts well to their new schedule, and thanks everybody for an incredibly enjoyable and productive year.


Ben Matthews

Junior School Captain

Senior School News

Year 10 News

Congratulations to Osman Haji who has been selected from over 40 schools to represent Glen Eira College at the Melbourne Computing Summer Camp. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your stay at The University of Melbourne learning from professionals in the fields of cyber security, robotics and engineering. 


A big thank you to all Year 10s who attended the Anglesea surfing camp. The feedback from both the campsite and from the surf instructors was immensely positive. Your attitude and behaviour was exemplary and serves as a boon to the Glen Eira community. Thank you!


Last but not least, a very big thank you to the entire Year 10 cohort. You have made my time as a coordinator a thoroughly enriching and enjoyable experience - it has been a pleasure to get to know each and every one of you. I wish you all the very best for 2019!


Brenton Hale

Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 News

What a year! The Year 11s now have a taste of the study commitments and dedication that is required of them to succeed in VCE. While I hope they are enjoying their holidays and recovering from exams at present, they need to be using this time wisely preparing for their final year of study!

There has been a real buzz amongst the cohort over the last couple of weeks as we had some amazing School Captain speeches delivered by four very impressive candidates: Sean Kelly, Ashley Harris, Taylor Lowrey and Sierra Danon. The confidence to get up in front of their peers and deliver some hard hitting and well thought of speeches was great to see.


Once the voting was tallied, the final result ended with your two 2019 School Captains being Sierra Danon and Sean Kelly. The vice captains will be Taylor Lowrey and Ashley Harris. Massive congratulations to all and we are very confident you will be able to handle all the responsibilities that come with being a School Captain.


Rest up Year 11s! One more big year ahead.


Daniel Lake

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 News

A special edition newsletter will be coming out next week.

Around the College

Year 7 Dance

All term in Physical Education the Year 7 topic was rhythmic and expressive movement. In groups, we have been creating and working on an original dance routine. On Friday 30th November, we had our official presentations of all dances. There were many different types of moves and dances, ranging from funny ones to fast ones to gymnastic ones. It was amazing to see all the Year 7s' hard work pay off in the end. They worked so hard for the whole term deciding moves, costumes and songs, and you really could tell the huge amounts of effort and hard work they put into the routines. It was a great day overall and everyone really enjoyed seeing everyone’s dances and having so many support us.


Rusha Shah and Freya Matthews

Year 7


Young Leaders Day Excursion

On 14th November, a group of students from all different year levels travelled to the city for the National Young Leaders Day excursion. While there, we saw four different successful Australians talk about what it takes to be a young leader. First there was Cosentino, a world-famous magician and illusionist, who spoke about no matter what your abilities or where you come from, if you find something you’re passionate about, you can be a success. Holly Ferling, an international women’s cricketer, spoke about how there will always be setbacks in life, but you can always learn something from them. The youngest Australian Olympic swimmer, Leisel Jones, talked to us about how it takes hours and hours of hard work to achieve your goals, but how the outcome is always so satisfying. Finally, Tongan actor Uli Latufeku spoke about how you can be anything you want to be, no matter what your background. Overall, the day was amazing and inspirational. We all learnt a lot.


Freya Matthews and Rusha Shah

Year 7


Jump Rope for Heart

In term 4 the Year 9 program students participated in Jump Rope for Heart; a fundraiser by The Heart Foundation. It encourages kids to have a positive attitude towards exercise, healthy eating and heart health while raising vital funds to fight heart disease. Students were asked to register and fundraise for all the skips they would complete in the event.


A Jump Off competition was also run at lunch times with practice days to see for how long they could maintain skipping. Congratulations to our winners: Chloe Guss, Josh Agar, Jim Short and Ashleigh Polonsky. A huge thank you and congratulations to Paul Palatsides on fundraising over $200 for The Heart Foundation.


Charlotte Cowley & Sasha Byrnes

Year 9 Program Teachers


Peer Support Leaders

The Peer Support Leaders have been selected for 2019. This program is designed to enhance peer connections throughout the school.  It's aim is to support in particular the incoming Year 7 students’ transition from primary school to high school. Peer leaders in Year 10 work with small groups of Year 7 students. The groups work through a program of activities which involve developing skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership.


Intensive training took place to prepare the leaders for roles such as: participating in the Year 7 Orientation Day, modelling appropriate behaviour and attendance in accordance with the school’s values, creating a safe and friendly atmosphere in which the group can work and many other responsibilities. At the conclusion of the program it is expected that the network of support developed during the term will continue throughout the year.


Student Achievements

Outstanding In2science Mentee Student Award goes to Sapir Triffon

Glen Eira College has been involved in the In2science program for many years. The program aims to increase student engagement in science and maths by placing volunteer university students into classrooms as peer mentors. During their time helping in the classroom they talk with students about their own journey into the fields of science and/or mathematics, their university studies and where they see their degree taking them beyond university. Our students gain through positive interactions with peer role models and an increased connection between the curriculum and the world outside the school classroom. Each year the In2science program, which currently reaches out to over 2500 students in 52 high schools across Victoria, offers an award to a student “who demonstrated exceptional engagement with their In2science mentor and studies.” This year the award went to Sapir Triffon in 9B. Congratulations, Sapir!



David Ebert

eLearning Coordinator

2018 Maths Talent Quest Winner

On Thursday 18 October, the Maths Association of Victoria held their 2018 Maths Talent Quest Awards ceremony where Penny McNeill of 8B was awarded a Distinction.


Penny’s investigative project was called ‘Should we be sewing our own clothes?’ in which she found that whilst it may be quicker and cheaper to buy your clothes, that shouldn’t stop you sewing your own clothes if you want to experience the resultant satisfaction from doing so. It was a detailed and well-presented project.


All projects were ranked on Originality, Mathematical Content, Communication and Presentation with Penny’s project being ranked High in all of these criteria.


Along with her certificate of High Distinction, Penny received a movie voucher and a $50 prize voucher.


Congratulations, Penny.



Whilst there were many projects at the primary level, there was a much lesser number at Years 7- 9 and even less at the Years 10 -12 level.

A prize in the MTQ is something for all GEC students to aim for in 2019!


Gerry Carmeron

Maths Teacher


Library Corner

Term 4 is always a whirlwind with exams, transition and end of year celebrations making the time whiz by so quickly! It seems that every day the library is full to the brim with students studying, relaxing, borrowing books, socialising, meeting with teachers and planning for next year.


We recently awarded our second round of Book Review Prizes for 2018. Congratulations to the following students who wrote insightful book reviews for our library website and were rewarded with book vouchers to Readings:


Roni Segal (7A)

Pranjal Menariya (7G)

Caitlin Blair (8B)

Penny McNeill (8B)



During the languages assembly we also awarded certificates to the top borrowers for each of our library language collections. They are:


French: Antonin Serrot (7A)

Japanese: Sowndharyaa Ramanathan Manikandan (7E)

Hebrew: Roni Segal (7A)


 Our last Book Club meeting for 2018  was a chance to celebrate a wonderful year of reading, sharing book recommendations and spending time with fellow bookworms. Thank you to every student who attended at least one Book Club gathering this year - there were over 80 of you! - and especially to our “regulars” who make the meetings so much fun.


We also had our final Library Monitors meeting and morning tea, where each monitor was awarded a certificate and small gift. The library staff wish to extend their gratitude to each student who helped keep our library a tidy, inclusive, well-utilised space this year.


During transition we met with all 2019 Year 12 students through a Library Orientation session. With the demands of their final year at school upon them, the library offers numerous resources and services in order to help our senior students achieve the best results in their studies and deal with any stress. This includes extended opening hours, online resources & a healthy VCE collection filled with all the latest study guides in each subject.


Our last event for the year will be a Library Open Mic. We are looking forward to hearing from the 10 brave students who have put their name down to perform original songs, poetry and short stories! Anyone else is welcome to step up and take part on the day.


With holidays just around the corner, now is the time to sort out your holiday reading. We encourage students to empty our shelves and take home as much reading material as they can carry… otherwise the books get lonely over the summer!

It is with a heavy heart that I say this will be my last “Library Corner” article. I will be leaving Glen Eira College at the end of the year to pursue another opportunity, and I know I will miss the staff and students here very much. Keep up the love for your library - you are the ones that make it the vibrant hub that it is!


Karys McEwen

College Librarian

Languages Corner

Languages Assembly

Nobody throws a party like language teachers! This year the Languages Assembly at Glen Eira College has proved once again we know how to celebrate students' achievements in languages. From the Japanese national anthem to a seventeenth-century French play, diversity and talent were at the centre of the event this year.



Diwali celebration @ GEC on 7th Nov 2018


On 7th November staff and students celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights. Students enjoyed a dance by Shruthi Sasi Kumar in Year 11 and some activities in the English Language Centre. Staff members also enjoyed dressing up for the occaision!


Performing Arts News

Music Exams High Achievements

Glen Eira College music students: Layla Carmeli–Wolski (flute - grade five), Daniel Mijares Mendez (tenor saxophone - grade one), Harry Chen (alto saxophone - grade three), Terry Sun  (clarinet - grade three) and Bhrugu Patel (alto saxophone - grade one) recently completed their Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) external music examinations assessments. All of these Glen Eira College music students achieved very high grades ranging from High Credits to Honours and Very High Distinction.


The students had to perform extensive technical work from memory, an unaccompanied study, two accompanied pieces and two extra list pieces. General knowledge, sight-reading and aural tests also comprised the assessments. Mr Dipnall taught the students and Ms Wijaya provided the piano accompaniment. The college administration assisted with the enrolments.  Glen Eira College wishes to extend sincere appreciation and congratulations to these music students (and parents) for their success and dedication towards their outstanding achievements.


"The exam was a great way to work towards a goal and it clearly paid off."

Layla Carmeli Wolski


"The exam pushed me to work harder. Everyone was encouraging."

Daniel Mijares Mendez


"The saxophone exam was very challenging. It encouraged me to work hard."

Harry Chen


"I feel much more confident with my standard. I improved a great deal."

Terry Sun


"The more I practised the more I got confident. The examiner was really nice and ensured the exam went smoothly. It couldn’t have been possible without Mr Dipnall’s help."

Bhrugu Patel


Junior Bandfest

Glen Eira College music students participated in a Junior Bandfest organised by the Department of Education and Early Childhood South East Region on 7th November. Our wind and percussion students travelled to Cheltenham Secondary College with Ms Baker-Goldsmith. They then joined six other secondary colleges for a day of rehearsing and recording new music under the baton of Luke James. Mr Dipnall also assisted the students for supervision and general help with any difficulties.  Approximately 150 students attended the whole day with trumpets, trombones, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, bassoons, oboes and percussion instruments.


The students learnt new skills for a very large combined ensemble performance and concentrated very well on the tasks at hand. A recording of the new music was done at the end of the day after an enjoyable and relaxing lunch break. Well done to our music students for their cooperation, concentration and participation in a very successful Junior Bandfest.


Mark Dipnall

Woodwind Teacher


Lunchtime Concert – Queen Tribute Show

On Monday 19th November a number of the Instrumental Music staff put on a lunchtime concert, the first ever on our new outdoor performance stage. Instrumental students from the Guitar, Percussion and Woodwind programs put together an entertaining show with a number of solos and ensemble pieces, the highlight of which was the massed item of all students performing a medley of Queen songs (and a few other well-known tunes!).


Thank you to Mr Mark Dipnall (Woodwind), Mr Mark Voogd (Percussion) and Mr Robert Westlake (Guitar) for all of their work in putting together the program, to Ms Ann Butler for taking some brilliant photos of the event and all of the instrumental music students involved for their performances. We hope this will be the first of many shows and lunchtime concerts on our new stage.


VSSS18 and VSSS19

On Saturday 8th December on Channel 7 there was the special two-hour broadcast of the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular, in which a number of students from the College featured. The show is also simulcast nationally via live streaming on the 7plus app and website. For those who missed the broadcast on Saturday night, there is an extended version of the Spectacular available to watch nationally on 7plus following the 8th December broadcast.


We have also been accepted to participate in the Mass Choir again next year – students who are interested in being involved next year will receive information via the student bulletin and school newsletter early in Term 1. Students will receive a certificate for participating in the Spectacular as well as have their name in the souvenir program. Participating in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular is free for all students and costumes are provided to all schools at no extra cost. Students are required to purchase a Spectacular t-shirt, which the Performing Arts Unit will provide at cost price of $25.00.


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Humanities News

Year 7B & 8 Geography Fieldwork Excursion

On the 19th of November, 7B and 8C went on a Geography Fieldwork Excursion.

The purpose of this excursion was to observe and examine different coastal landscapes in Melbourne; Mordialloc Estuary and Frankston Beach. The aim of this excursion was to learn more about the geographical features of coastal landscapes and have a better understanding of how they change over time.


During this excursion we practiced our data collection and data analysis skills on things such as  water depth, wave frequency, longshore drift, patterns, uses of the beach and impacts on the landscapes. We then used the collected data to create a report stating, elaborating and comparing, the information.


William Wong, Hayden Cormick & Armand Goupil


Some reflections:

It was a fun and refreshing experience. We learned more about the coastal environments near us and how we may affect it. We also met some of the members of our community and listened to their concerns. We came up with recommendations about how we could help resolve these problems.

 Sofia Johansson 7B


There was a lot of things I liked about the excursion. It was an overall great experience and very interesting examining the two different landscapes. Another great thing we did was conducting the experiments.

William Fassoulis 7B


I felt that this excursion was a great idea because it was a great way to get us involved in the topic and give us a real-life experience rather than look at pictures.

Harry Chen 7B


I enjoyed going to the beach, conducting a number of interesting experiments, like the longshore drift experiment. I enjoyed comparing both Frankston and Mordialloc beaches and measuring the width of the beaches, the wind direction, wavelengths, etc...

Raphael Nicolas 7B


Some benefits of both beaches were that there were very little rubbish and had minimal effects on the surrounding area and we also gathered lots of information about both of these landscapes. Also conducting an experiment to see differences in the beach’s waves and backwash.

Zac Palatsides 7B


Careers Corner

Year 12 Results

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


Overseas students will need to change their preferences by Saturday 15th December at 4pm. Local students have an opportunity to do this up to 12 Noon on Wednesday 19th December.


I will be available to see in this period, I will prioritise International Students for the Friday 14th and then local students from Monday onwards.

Please ring on 9571 7838 or email me for an appointment or advice on

University Information

University Change of Preference Expos and Hotlines

Each university will have expo or open days during change of Preference week December 14 to December 19 as well as hotlines set up for students to contact staff and chat about courses and pathways. Check individual university websites for dates.


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 ­–

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Three things first year Uni students need to know

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ACU: Find out about deferring

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


Careers in biomedical science

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 MedView– Uncovering the UCAT
Monday 7 January | Melbourne
Wednesday 23 January | Geelong
Unsure about changes in medical school admissions testing? Come decipher the shift from UMAT to UCAT for Australian med school admissions.
Find out more - La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary


Twilight Tour

19 December | 9pm
Our guide will walk with your group through the Sanctuary and using spotlights, you will be able to spot some of our night-time creatures, whilst also learning about what we do and about the animals that live in this area.
Bookings are essential -


Engineering Link Project 2019

Melbourne (La Trobe University) – April

Melbourne (La Trobe University) – Sept 23 & 24

An ELP lasts for two days, with each day following a similar format. Students select a discipline they are interested in and they spend the day working in that area.

Projects are offered to Year 10, 11 and 12 students, depending on the location.

Over the course of each day, the students complete a proposal detailing the problem, test results and the recommended solution which is assessed by the guest engineer. The students then build their final solution and test it, usually to destruction, before debriefing again with the engineer.

During the Project, the students tour the host university, inspecting facilities and observing current research projects and highlights of each faculty.

If you are a teacher or student and want more information, please click here.

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TAFE and Apprenticeships

TAFE Victoria – How You Can Study For free in 2019
If you’ve been trying to decide whether you’re ready to jump into a new course or career, here’s some news you need to know. FREE TAFE…for lots of jobs.
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Work Experience

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.


Monash Health Work Experience Program

The Monash Health Work Experience Program provides secondary students with the opportunity to gain insight into Monash Health as an organisation and gain experience in the healthcare industry.

The program is open to year 10 to 12 students who, as a part of their school curriculum, are required to undertake work experience for a period of one week (five consecutive working days). Students are placed within departments to observe and learn. Students are able to participate in activities as appropriate according to the training or expertise they require.

2019 Applications now open

Please note that the work experience vacancy will close once positions have been allocated and filled. Due to the high number of applications received we are unable to offer work experience to all students who apply.

To apply please click here 

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General Information

Job Spotlight Radiographer

Combine medicine, tech, and people skills with a career in radiology.

Average Salary – starts from $50,000 per year

Job growth is expected to be strong in this area



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.

2019 Confirmation of Enrolment

Our re-enrolment process is online using XUNO. Within the portal you can approve events, 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. Please note that all of the relevant forms have been included in the email that will be sent to you.

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.

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 sale – helpers and donations needed

Uniform donations - by Friday 14th December

Sorting session - Tuesday 18th December 2-4pm

Stall 25th January 9-10.30am


GECPA will again organise a very handy sale of second hand uniforms in late January school holidays on the same morning as book collections.


The uniform stall is a helpful service for families and a valuable fundraiser for the school. Please donate your unwanted uniform items by the end of term. This is a donation to the school - families will not receive any payment for their items.  Please ensure that all items are in reasonable condition and have been washed and 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).


Parents needed to help sort uniform donations on Tuesday 18th December 2pm - 4pm and to setup stall and sell uniforms on Friday 25th January. If you can help send an email to –helpers get first choice to buy.

Election Day stall Saturday November 24th – Democracy Sausages

Thanks to all the parent sausages shoppers, cooks, cake bakers and craft makers and sellers – our election day stall was a success, presenting a friendly face for our school in the local community and raising almost $1000. The electoral staff and people handing out how to vote cards especially enjoyed our offerings. 


GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

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 in being involved, want to come to any of our meetings or are not already receiving our emails, please send an email to Happy Summer Holidays!

Weekly walk and talk  

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:45pm 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).

Second Hand Books

Please offer your old text books to younger school friends or sell them on Gumtree or Sustainable School Shop. It’s cheaper and more environmentally friendly than new.


Novels and plays can often be found at Brotherhood Books – online oppshop for books that supports community work of Brotherhood of St Lawrence. Most books $5ish and free delivery if you buy 3 or more – something for the students and maybe a novel for you too?


Digital access codes - Oxford books can be reset free of charge for new students - reset on 31st December each year and a new purchaser can log on with access code in the book – codes last for the life of the edition. Other publishers are similar but some may charge to reactive codes – best check with the publisher.

Teen school holidays program – Glen Eira Council

The very popular Teen School Holiday Program will run again during the January holidays.

Activities are open to young people aged 12 to 18 years, who live, work or study in Glen Eira.

Activities include Geelong Adventure Park, Amazing Race - City Dash, Sports, Movies and Bowling.

Bookings open Monday 3 December at 9am and close Friday 14 December at 5pm.

Bookings for all activities are made online and places are limited.

For a full list of activities and to book, visit their website.


Gran Prix Bicycles offer school families a 5% discount and 5% donation back to Glen Eira College.  Collect a loyalty card from the school office and present it in store at Gran Prix Cycles, Glenhuntly Rd, Caulfield South.


Cathy McNaughton


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 email us on or phone St Anthony’s Parish House 9569 2099 or our dedicated mobile 0432 087 494. 

St Anthony's Parish

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