GEC College News

19 June 2018
Issue Four
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Year 9 Program
Senior School News
Library Corner
Humanities News
Sports Report
Performing Arts News
Wellbeing News
Languages Corner
Careers Corner
Year 10 World Food
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Tuesday 19th June

Year 9B Exams

Year 10 Exams

Year 11 Exams

Year 12 Tis Excursion 12:40pm – 3pm

ELC Parent Teacher Interviews 4pm – 6:30pm


Wednesday 20th June

School Tour 9:15am

Year 10 Exams

Year 11 Exams

College Council 7pm


Thursday 21st June

Year 11 Exams

Year 12 Formal 6:30pm


Friday 22nd June

Curriculum Day - Student Free (College only)

ELC Scienceworks Excursion


Monday 25th – Friday 29th June

Year 10 Work Experience


Wednesday 27th June

Real World Maths in Action Excursion


Thursday 28th June

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


Friday 29th June

Last day Term 2 - 6 shortened periods, students dismissed at 2.30pm


Monday 16th July

First Day Term 3


Wednesday 18th July

VCE Information Evening 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm


Friday 20th July

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 23rd July

French Model UN Conference Excursion


Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th July

School Production: Little Shop of Horrors


Wednesday 25th July

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal


Friday 27th July

Year 11-12 Berthe Mouchette Competition


Friday 3rd August

Model United Nations Excursion


Monday 6th August

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Thursday 16th August

School Tour 9:15am


Friday 17th August

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Friday 17th – Friday 24th August

CBCA Book Week 2018


Tuesday 21st August

Year 11 Legal Studies Supreme Court Excursion


Wednesday 22nd August

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Wednesday 27th August

Melbourne Writers' Festival Excursion


Thursday 30th August

Years 10-12 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm – 6:30pm


Saturday 1st September

GECPA Trivia Night


Tuesday 4th September

GEC Athletics Carnival


Thursday 13th – Friday 14th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Full Day Rehearsal


Saturday 15th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Performances 1pm & 6:30pm


Thursday 20th September

Years 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm - 7:15pm


Friday 21st September

Last Day Term 3

From the Principal

It has been a particularly busy term with students involved in a broad range of activities which will be evident as you read through this newsletter.


As you are aware our capital works project has been completed with some defects still to be addressed.  We are close to engaging a landscaping company to begin major works at the front to the school. 


Congratulations to Ashleigh Harris and Morgan Edwards who were successful in their nomination for student representatives on School Council.  It was wonderful to have so much interest and I thank all students who expressed interest and who participated in the election process.

School Review – Term 4 2018

This year we will complete our 4 year review.  The review is set for term 4.  However, we are well underway with preparations.  School Council has attended training and I have attended professional development regarding the process and also in data analysis.  A reviewer will be appointed to us soon.


A key feature of the new model of school review is the increased role of Pre-Review Self-Evaluation (PRSE) in determining the length and focus of each review.  Completing a strong PRSE with input from the whole school community is critical to gaining the full benefit from a school review.

We will being seeking your input and have this section completed by the end of term 3.

At least four weeks prior to Validation Day, we will need to provide electronic copies of:  

  • all school policies/documentation for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Minimum Standards check to the reviewer
  • the endorsed Pre-Review Self-Evaluation Report to the school review panel, along with other data and information that will inform the review.

The Government Schools Spectacular 2018, Saturday 15th September 1pm & 6.30pm at Hisense Arena

We are really excited that our school has again been accepted to participate in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.  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. 


Seventeen students have been selected to sing in the 1200 voice Mass Choir.  Congratulations to: Alannah De Jesus, Alexandra Wood-Freeman, Alicia Scott, Anaelle Micciche, Caleb Hopewell, Dasha Tolkach, Georgia Wood-Freeman, Harriet Rowsell, Isabella McFarland, Jasmine Shaw, Layla Carmeli-Wolski, Lottie Hudson, Orleanna Murray de Brossard, Rudi Hudson, Sophie Swiatlo and Kei Someda.


Congratulations to: 

  • Mikki Clemans, who was selected again as a violinist in the orchestra  
  • Sophie Rowsell who has been selected as an actor
  • Estelle  Lipovetsky and Maani Baker, who were successful in auditioning for the  Performing Arts Unit Choir.

I am very proud of all students involved and appreciative of the work of our performing arts and instrumental music teachers.  I am looking forward to the production.  


To purchase tickets, visit or phone Ticketek on 132 849.


We have welcomed Kylie Hillemacher who has joined the integration team.


We will be welcoming Maybeth Atkinson who joins us as a sports assistant and Kevin Patterson as our new Facilities Manger.


Fiona Tingate will replace Lou Tsarpalas for the first 4 weeks of term 3.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Gifted and Talented Awareness Week

Glen Eira College celebrated Gifted and Talented Awareness Week from the 7th to the 14th May.  GEC is committed to the support, education, and development of gifted and talented students, however all students were encouraged to participate in the celebrations for this special week. 


The week began with the SEAL and Language Immersion Information Night.  Future and prospective students and their families were able to meet with our staff and hear from our students. This was followed by the launch of the Junior School Extension Maths Group.  This group, which meets every Wednesday at lunchtime is open to all Year 7 - 9 students who would like to explore some more challenging maths problems.  This initiative was catalysed by some enthusiastic students who now combine their lunch break with learning.


GATAW also featured a Maths Scavenger Hunt around the quadrangle.  Students used their mobile phones to collect QR codes and answer maths problems. 


The week ended with the Languages and Science Mashup which allowed all students the opportunity to participate in an immersion experience.  The final activity of Gifted and Talented Awareness Week was a Readers Team Challenge which was held in the library. Teams of students competed against one another for book-knowledge supremacy.  A special thank you to Anaelle Micciche of 7B who created a great quiz.


Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 to 17 years (unless an exemption from attendance or enrolment has been granted).  Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind both socially and developmentally.


Parents and carers are required to contact the college on the day of a student absence to notify us of the absence.  As of the end of term 2, all Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence.  Our school will also identify individual students whose attendance is below 95% and will work with these students and their parents to improve their attendance.  The college will make contact via email when attendance initially falls below 95% and will then provide additional support if it is required. 


Our students have recently been involved in helping the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) with the development of a vision for the Caulfield Station Precinct.  This precinct includes Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, Monash University’s Caulfield campus, Glen Eira College, Glen Huntly Park and East Caulfield Recreation Reserve.


You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas about how to best shape the future of this place for the community by attending a Community Visioning Workshop or completing an online survey (click here for the survey).

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Location: Monash University Caulfield, Ground Floor, Building H, Room H116

Please register your details by clicking HERE or call VPA on (03) 9651 9600 to secure your place.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Assessment and Reporting

On the Xuno Parent  Portal in the final week of term you will find a PDF document of subject assessment task grades under ‘Learning’ – ‘Reports’. The Progress Report 3 for Years 7 - 11 and Progress Report 5 for Year 12, the final progress report for the semester, is found under ‘Learning’ – ‘Progress Report’. These Progress Reports will indicate if your child has satisfactorily completed the semester or not (S or N) for each subject.


You will also be able to access a PDF report on the Victorian Curriculum levels for each subject for students in Years 7 - 10.


Please also note the following:

  • Each progress report result refers to work done in the last 6 weeks.
  • Learning progress / Quality of work refers to the students’ progress in particular assessment tasks and not their Victorian Curriculum levels.  For example, a student achieving ‘High’ Quality of work does not mean that they are working a year ahead.
  • Similarly for Year 12, the Learning Progress may not be indicative of the students final grade from VCAA (due to the exam being the significant component of the final grade)
  • Most assessment tasks will have a rubric (marking criteria).  Parents / carers are encouraged to look at these documents with their child.

Representing GEC after school hours

Our students are wonderful representatives of our school and we are very proud of the way they conduct themselves in the community.  Recently a few members of our wider community have expressed concern about some anti-social behaviour of a small group of Year 7 and 8 students at Booran Rd Reserve after school. We would appreciate it if parents could please reinforce with their children the importance of using appropriate language in public places and being considerate of others in the use of the park. While the students are in school uniform such behaviour reflects poorly on everyone in our school community.

Last Day of Term 2

Friday 29th June is the final day of semester. The day will finish at 2.30pm. Each lesson will be shortened by 8 minutes.


We wish all our families a relaxing winter break and we look forward to seeing your child on Monday 16th July for the beginning of semester 2. 


Nick Hamer-Smith 

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

Congratulations to all the Junior School students who competed at Beachside Cross Country. They did the college proud. A special mention to Raphael Nicolas who qualified to go to the

Southern Metro Regional final on Monday 18th June. With football, badminton, soccer and netball teams going out on interschool sports in Week 9, we expect a lot more success to come.


The Big Science Competition tests students' inquiry skills and ability to evaluate data and draw valid conclusions. It helps them understand human endeavour including the development of science knowledge and processes across cultures over time and its practical applications. Well done to the following students who participated in this Science competition:

George Fetsis - Distinction
Avinaba Das - Credit
Dana Gonshor - Credit
Dheeraj Erla - Credit
Maxwell Winslow - Credit
Farhan Andalib - Credit
Evelyn Krelle
Filip Arnaut
Kris Patel
Sree Charan Maruvada
 Susannah Staples
Yashwanth Sateesh

Year 8 Highlights

In week 5 of this term the Year 8s travelled down to Princetown for a three day camp near the picturesque Great Ocean Road. Some of the highlights included a beach walk, obstacle course and survivor game. Students were pushed out of their comfort zones at times, and responded really well, even in some difficult weather conditions. 

Back in the classroom students have been busy taking advantage of a range of learning opportunities. There have been dissections of hearts in Science, and student run AFL and Hockey competitions in PE (as part of the SEPEP unit). A number of the Year 8 classes will be involved in a project based learning trial towards the end of term, that focuses on cross-curricular, student centred learning.


Congratulations to the students who were involved in The Big Science Competition:


Chloe Kaufman

Daniel Mijares Mendez

Haddi El Shorbagy

Jasmin Kalpins

Keely Edwards

Kobe James

Leila Newby

Leto Agnew-Mildren

Nathaniel Cosgrave

Truong Tran

William Middleton

William Wang

A special mention to William Wang who received a High Distinction result. 


The Year 8 boys soccer team successfully defended their Beachside Division title from last year, and will progress through to the regional stage next term.


Year 9 Highlights

The Year 9s have had a lot of events going on in the past few weeks including: Year 9 Geography competition, Cross Country, Interschool Sports, School Production and State Schools Spectacular.

We have a high level of interest in the Year 9 level cohort in this year’s school production which include the following students in cast and crew:
Ben Matthews - 9C
Jasmine Shaw - 9B
Liam Ben-Moyal - 9B
Lottie Hudson - 9E
Aimee Harris - 9A
Alannah De Jesus - 9E
Georgia Wood-Freeman - 9E
Chhavi Goel - 9A
Marcus Georgiou - 9E
Preyanshi Shah - 9E
Layla Carmeli-Wolski – 9B

Jenna Casamento - 9E
Gauri Gupta - 9E
Dhugal Leathley  -9C
Well done to those students for the amount of time and effort you have embedded into your roles so far. The school production will be performed at the college in week 2 of term 3. Tickets will go on sale in the near future.
In week 1 of term 3 there will be a VCE information night for anyone to attend. This is a good opportunity for Year 9 students that are considering completing a Year 11 subject in 2019 and will give the opportunity for them and their parents to ask questions to specific teachers on what those subjects entail.
In week 11 of term 2 the Year 9 students will hear from teachers and students from the Arts/Technology areas on the subjects offered to them in Year 10. It is advised that students ask as many questions as possible to make the right choices for 2019.
Junior School Team:
Junior School Leader: Mathieu Givogue
Year 7 Coordinators: Bernie Coghlan & Delanka Peiris
Year 8 Coordinator: Daniel Mulligan 
Year 9 Coordinator: Sarah Mortimer
Junior School Assistant: Kathryn Allen

From the Junior School Captains

The cast of the 2018 GEC Production is well under way in their rehearsals, and with just weeks left until the performance, we can really see the show coming together. Despite there being many members of the cast and crew who are completely new to performing and participating in shows, it’s clear that everyone is prepared and dedicated to seeing this show through. And, with some of the fabulous choreography put together by the students of GEC, you don’t want to miss this amazing show.


Ben Matthews

Junior School Captain


The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally accepted award that encourages students from the ages of 14-25 to get involved in the community, develop a new skill, take an adventurous journey and get physically active.  The Year 9s at Glen Eira College have been given the amazing opportunity to participate in the award.  Around 20 Year 9 students have taken up the challenge, this is what some of them have said; “I love being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone.”
“Being given the opportunity to volunteer in the community has opened my mind to new experiences.”

Some of the skills that our Year 9s have picked are; learning a new instrument, teaching themselves how to cook, learning a new language or sport, just to name a few.  As part of the volunteer section of the award students are taking up shifts at their local opportunity shops, coaching sport teams or even teaching young kids.  For the adventure journey section of the award the school hosts a hike for all of the participants.  During the 5 day hike the Year 9s will need to cook their own food, set up camp and work as a team.  Overall the Duke of Edinburgh Award provides a fantastic opportunity for students to get motivated and achieve things they never thought possible.


Aimee Harris

Vice Junior School Captain


This year as part of the Year 9 Program, the Year 9s were tasked to get into groups and raise money for a chosen charity (RSPCA, Sea Shepherd, Prahran Mission, St Vincent De Paul’s, Sacred Heart and the Cathy Freeman Foundation) by organising a market stall. Students sold everything from giant bowling, to milkshakes, crepes, popcorn and even a chocolate fountain. Overall we had a great turnout, raising over $1400. This was a really great experience and I got to work with both people I know and people I don’t as well as getting to interact with the other students of GEC.


Paul Palatsides

Vice Junior School Captain

Year 9 Program

Year 9 Program Report: The Real World

Following our successful market stalls on the 8th May we concluded our topic of Community Service, leading us on to our new topic, ‘The Real World’. The topic began with us creating a career action plan, in which we discussed our aims and nightmares for the future. This assisted us in planning what subjects we might undertake in the coming years, before our upcoming meetings with Ms McCaskie, the Careers Counsellor. Following this, we created a bucket list outlining our future goals, helping us plan out what we might want to achieve in the next few years. We learnt how to write and structure a resume, and discussed tips and watched videos in order to prepare us for our mock job interviews.

In preparation for our interviews, we were required to finalise our resume, put together an appropriate outfit and bring in any other documents we felt necessary. On the days of the interviews, we were expected to arrive 15 minutes early fully clothed and prepared, to show our preparation and organisational skills and discipline. Special guests from an organisation called White Lion came to the school to run our mock interviews. The mock interviews lasted 10 minutes and consisted of a series of questions that might be asked in a real job interview. We were given feedback throughout the interview and tips as to how to better our interview and question answering skills. It was a very successful and educational experience that left us with valid feedback and information that will definitely assist us when applying for jobs in the future.


Jasmine Shaw and Layla Carmeli-Wolski

Year 9

Senior School News

A couple of reminders:

  • Our attendance policy requires a minimum attendance of 95%. If you are absent, or your child is absent, you must provide a medical certificate the day upon returning. In order to be successful in your studies, you must be at school every day - every day counts.
  • Subject Changes for Semester 2 have now closed. Thank you to all those students who submitted forms and sought feedback from teachers. New timetables will be distributed at the end of term. To confirm your changes, please look at the notice board outside the Senior School Office.
  • 2018 VCE Examination Timetable is now available. The link is below which contains the VCAA rules for conduct, as well as the timetable. Please ensure you read over this.

VCE Information Evening 2019

The VCE Parent Information  Evening for 2019 is being held on Wednesday 18th July (week 1, term 3) from 4:30pm-5:30pm in the library. It is compulsory for students wishing to undertake an enhancement subject in 2019 to attend with parents/guardians. VCE teachers will be present in order to discuss the variety of subjects so please ensure you come prepared with any questions you may have.  An invitation to the VCE parent information evening will be sent via XUNO.

Transition Dates for 2019

It  is important to review the transition dates for 2019. Students are expected to attend transition right up until the last day. For students studying Units 1-4, important information is distributed and the courses for 2019 will begin. Holiday homework will be distributed during this time.


  • Year 11 and Year 12, 2019: Thursday 29th November - Thursday 6th December
  • Year 10, 2019: Thursday 29th November - Friday 14th December

Year 10 News

Thanks to all students who represented Glen Eira College at interschool sports. A special mention to the to the Year 10 boys soccer team who proceed to the next round and a very special thank you to Zoe Markopoulos who coached and managed the junior girls softball team.

Thanks to all Year 10 peer support leaders. Your weekly involvement with the Year 7s is much appreciated and your contribution to Glen Eira’s community is peerless.


The Year 10s are also preparing for work experience in the final week of term. I look forward to catching up with a number of Year 10s at their chosen place of work and wish all of them the best of luck.


Aside from interschool sports and work experience, the Year 10s will also be preparing for their exams. They should be revising, filling out mock exams under time conditions and seeking feedback from their teachers. I wish them all the very best. Additionally, should any Year 10 student need assistance in developing a study plan or help with exam preparation, please come to the Senior School office and see me for advice.

Youth Forum Excursion

Antoine and I were lucky enough to have the honour of representing our school at the inaugural Victorian Youth Forum at the State Library. In the beautiful venue, we were given the chance to voice our opinions and give feedback on our city and region.

We were first split into tables where we met students from other schools and played a game of Government Bingo, in which we learned which responsibilities and duties were those of the local, state and federal government. We then went into our separate regions. Glen Eira is in the south-east region, so we were able to suggest improvements and give feedback about the things we were frustrated about and the things we loved. After lunch, we went back into our regions and discussed our priorities concerning the youth for 2018, and shared them with the other regions at the end.


Antoine and I were so lucky to have this experience and I’m so excited to see what the government does with our feedback.


Mikki Clemans

Year 10

Year 11 News

Congratulations to the following students who came top 10 at the Beachside Cross Country competition to qualify to go to the Southern Metro Regional final on Monday 18th June.

Dean Linardakis 11C

Oscar Bolt 11C

Hayato Serag 11D

Nicholas Silka 11D


Students’ exam preparation should be well underway now.  Revising over notes, creating summaries, reading text notes, etc. is crucial to understanding the content of each subject to then have the knowledge to apply to exams.  I wish all Year 11 students success for their mid year exams and if anyone needs assistance with exam preparation, please do not hesitate to see me.

Year 12 News

On Wednesday 13th June all students completing at least one Year 12 subject completed the General Achievement Test (GAT).  The following is information taken from the GAT pamphlet that was given to each student weeks before the GAT.  It stipulates what the GAT is and why it is important.


What is the GAT?

The GAT is a three-hour test of your general knowledge and skills in:

  • Written communication
  • Mathematics, science and technology
  • Humanities, the arts and social sciences

Why do you have to do the GAT?

The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment process.

While it is important that you attempt the GAT, the test does not count directly towards your VCE.  However GAT results may play a very important part in determining your final assessments for the VCE.


GAT results are used to check that your VCE external assessments and School-based Assessments have been accurately assessed.

The GAT is used in these checks because its results are a good predictor of final VCE studies.  If a student has done well on the GAT, they are likely to do well in their School-based Assessments and external assessments.


The Year 12 Executive have been working tirelessly to finalise arrangements for the Year 12 Formal, which is on Thursday 21st June at Quat Quatta.  It is a big event for them organise and I would like to thank them for all of their organisational efforts to ensure that the night is going to be a huge success: Morgan Edwards, Ashley Szmerling, Berenice Mickelburough, Boris Pribil, Jack Aaronfeld, Kali Appleby, Nicholas Brooks, Jia Jia Chow-Phillips, Andriane Demetriou, Eli Douek, Elouise Krelle, Ariella Karavanny, Sam McFarland, Barney Miller, Anna Rowsell, Eliza Sharpe and Ari Verrios.


 I would also like to thank Steven Miller who is the father of Barney, Eliza and Claudia who printed the formal invitations.

Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Year 10 Exams: Monday 18th June - Wednesday 20th June
  • Year 11 Study Day: Monday 18th June
  • Year 11 Exams: Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st June
  • Year 9B Exams: Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th June
  • Year 12 Formal: Thursday 21st June
  • Year 10 Work Experience: Monday 25th - Friday 29th June


Senior School Team:

Senior School Leader: Keira McLean

Year 10 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Year 11 Coordinator: Mary Maniatis

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Careers & Pathways Coordinator: Carol McCaskie

International Student Coordinator: Tara Fang

Senior School Assistant: Monique Leftley

Library Corner

Term 2 in the Library

We can’t believe how quickly this term has flown by! The library has been busy with classes and other activities, and continues to be a hub of the school.


We recently celebrated Library & Information Week along with many other libraries throughout Australia. The theme this year was “Find Yourself in a Library” and we hosted two events in the library - a Treasure Hunt where students followed clues around to discover a hidden message (YOUR LIBRARY LOVES YOU!) and our first ever Library Open Mic where students were given 100 words to respond to the question: How did you find yourself in a library? Our spoken word experts Ms Douglas and Ms Schmidtke judged the performances, and after much deliberation, awarded runner-up to Adelin Zipman (Year 10), and first place to Freya Matthews (Year 7). The audience was in awe of each brave student who got up to speak, so congratulations to them all! We also co-hosted a Zine Workshop with the art department as a part of Arts & Technology week (which ran at the same time as Library & Information Week). The workshop was so popular that students have requested we start a zine club at school. Stay tuned!

As always, we continued to commemorate a number of local and international events in the library with competitions, screenings and book displays. Most recently that has included National Reconciliation Week and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). We have many incredible resources that tie into these events, and are happy to report that when they go out on display at the front of the library, they are most likely borrowed by our staff and students! Our current display is a winter reading theme, with snowy white book covers that make us feel a bit cold just looking at them!

Exam time is nearly here, and we encourage senior students to use the library as a space to study, as well as a “de-stress zone” should they need to take some time out. As well as our collection of study guides for each VCE subject, we have plenty of books that can help students improve their study skills and stay clear-headed during exam time, such as VCE Survival Guide, Smashing VCE: How to study and still have a life, and If You Want To Blitz Your Year 12 Exams Read This Book.


Homework Help continues to run every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.15pm-4.30pm, and there are a number of volunteer tutors that are available to help with subjects in all year levels.


In exciting news, we are working closely with the IT department to get our library catalogue Accessit available from outside of school. That means students will be able to use the library 24/7 to search for books, renew their loans, write book reviews and utilise our extensive digital resources.


Finally, we announced our biannual Book Review prizes last week. Congratulations to Georgia Wood-Freeman (Year 9) for writing the most reviews this semester (56!) and also to Manasvi Shirgaonkar (Year 8) and Leo Bizas (Year 7) who have written the best reviews as judged by the library staff. These students were awarded book vouchers so they can buy some brand new books to add to their own libraries!


Winter holidays are just around the corner, and we hope you find the time to get warm and cosy with a great book!


Karys McEwen College Librarian & Megan Gatt Library Technician

Humanities News

Legal Studies Law Talks Excursion

On Tuesday 15th May, Year 12 VCE Legal Studies students participated in Law Week Law Talks which was a free one-day program that brings the law to life.


The program included a range of dynamic presentations delivered by senior members of the judiciary, practitioners and leaders of key legal bodies including:

Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University - Passion to make a positive difference: from high school student to Attorney- General and founder of the Centre for Innovative Justice Nick Gadd, Communications Manager, Victorian Law Reform Commission and Philip Cummins AM, Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission - The role of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Deborah Glass, Victorian Ombudsman - The role of the Victorian Ombudsman David Leonard, Manager, Community Engagement, Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria - Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Victorian Civil justice system.


The presentations related directly to the Legal Studies curriculum, and there was a session on how to succeed with Legal Studies assessment tasks and the exam.


For the afternoon, the students visited the County Court and participated in a role-play on jury empanelment with Paul Dore, Juries Commissioner, Juries Victoria.


Reconciliation Week

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2018 is 'Don't Keep History A Mystery'. In Humanities classes, students explored the past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developed a deeper understanding of our national story.

Students participated in a competition where they created a postcard from the future imagining that Australia has achieved reconciliation.   Congratulations to Nicole Mazis from 7F for winning the postcard competition for 2018.   A special thank you to the following students for their postcard entries:


Isabel Conrad-Stewart 7B,  Harriet Roswell 7B, Hayden Cormick 7B, Jonah Ariel 7B, William Fassoulis 7B, Sofia Johansson 7B, Lexi Nuelant 7B, Sophia Foda 7F, Lola Vaysman 7F, Jess Whiteman 7F, Jacob Zoudi 7F and Dana Gonshor 7F.

A big thank you to the library for also hosting a screening during the week and to the SRC for running a quiz with all year levels.

Australian Geography Competition

Year 9 Students recently took part in the 24th annual Australian Geography Competition. Over 70,000 students from around Australia have entered the competition, which is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland.


Competition Coordinator, Bernard Fitzpatrick, said that the Competition gave teachers an opportunity to highlight geography in their schools and challenge their students. “With current international affairs, geography is a vital subject that all young people should study. Understanding place and people, and the socio-economic and environmental interactions at local, regional, national and international scales is important to the economic and environmental future of Australia,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

Australian History Competition

On 23rd May Year 8 students participated in the Australian History Competition. The Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom.


The Year  8 paper is  broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for Years 7 and 8.  Students responded to a variety of questions addressing knowledge, skills and understandings.  Students had 45 minutes to complete 50 multiple choice questions with many of the questions source-based.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the competitions.


Melanie Mattsson

Head of Humanities

Sports Report

Intermediate Softball SSV State Finals  

After progressing to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals and winning, the intermediate girls softball team competed in the SSV state softball competition on Thursday 31st May at Jells Park.


We started the day with an amazing first game against Chairo Christian College, keeping them scoreless. We ended up winning that game 17-0. Next we played our rivals - MacRob who we had played every round so far. We gave it our best shot and came out on top by 1 run, winning 9-8. In the finals qualifying game we played Brentwood. It was a tough game and it was extremely hard to compete against their strong batting. We did a really good job not giving up till the end and continuing all day.


Thanks to Ms McLean and Zoe Markopoulos for coaching us on the day!


Jenna Casamento

Year 9


Congratulations to the Intermediate Softball Team:

Jenna, Shaan, Sasha, Cherry, Coline, Gabi, Georgia, Mieka, Devanshi, Amy-Lee and Zoe.


The team did an absolutely fabulous job representing the college with pride. Jenna and Shaan were able to pitch and catch each game, never once needing a break. We had some fabulous hitting by Amy-Lee and Georgia who managed to score runs in our tight games. Sasha, Cherry and Coline proved to be an excellent team playing 1st, 2nd and right field. Many outs were taken on this side of the diamond. Gabi took two amazing catches in the outfield while Mieka and Devanshi were able to steal bases and score. Overall it was a fabulous day. Thank you to Zoe (Year 10) who was assisting with coaching, scoring and managing the team.


Keira McLean

Senior School Leader

Year 8 Interschool Soccer

This year on 8th June, for interschool soccer, Glen Eira College took three teams to compete against other schools; two boys' teams (A team, B team) and a girls' team. The boys' B team tried their best but unfortunately came last. They lost to every team but they worked very well as a team and made some nice plays during the competition. The girls team did very well and made it to the final, winning most of their matches and showed immense skill, teamwork and agility but unfortunately lost to Yavneh College after winning their first two games. The boys A team came out on top and won the whole competition without a single loss. The boys had to overcome some tough challenges winning in the last minute against Albert Park College and coming back to level the scores against Elwood College. In conclusion is was a very exciting and fun day for everybody who came, with one of the three teams winning through to the region final and the girls team doing extremely well.  Hopefully the boys A team will do well next round.     


Marti Casanovas

Year 8

Performing Arts News

Production Update

Things are coming along nicely for the school production this year. We have packed in as many extra rehearsals as possible so that students can perfect the show as much as possible prior to you all attending the show in July.


We have been lucky enough to have been given 4 plants for the show, as a “pay it forward” motion from Marian College in Ararat. They look amazing and will be artistically brought to life by our very own students Jenna Casamento of 9E and Izzy McFarland of 10C.


Tickets for the show will be on sale within the coming weeks and we look forward to you coming to see one of the biggest shows we have put on in recent years. We have a cast of 61 students and 31 crew members. We have a high student input into the choreography this year as well as Mrs Mortimer, these students include Ash Polonsky, Jazz Whittaker, Aimee Harris, Lottie Hudson, Layla Carmeli-Wolski and Leila Newby.


Tori Wood our singing teacher has been highly involved with our vocals this year and perfecting the songs our students will be performing. There has been so much improvement with these students and it is now becoming a show. Laura Baker-Goldsmith has also started rehearsals for our live band, which will accommodate the students voices and dance moves. It will sound like you are really in the town of Skid Row.


Mayu Kano-Ton of 10F completed her Year 10 work experience early this year at an advertising agency where she was asked to complete some work of her choice. She has put together her interpretation of the show, and below is a copy of her final creation. Well done Mayu!

6 weeks until we see you at Mushnik and Son....


Sarah Mortimer

Production Coordinator and Director


On the 9th May, the Glen Eira College String Ensemble jumped on a train and headed over to Stringfest 2018, hosted at Cheltenham Secondary College. Stringfest invited schools from all around Melbourne to be a part of the festival, with over 100 string (violin, viola, cello and double bass) students participating. The day started off with us arriving and getting settled in. The conductor had everyone playing scales together to warm up, before jumping into rehearsing for the first piece.


The first piece we played was called Fiddles on Fire. It started off very unsettled, but when we worked on all of the sections of the piece together under the guidance of the conductor, everything really came together. After this we played and rehearsed March of the Titans, which was undoubtedly everyone’s favourite piece. It had a lot of different melodies and harmonies that intertwined, so it was really important for the conductor to work on smaller parts of the piece to get all of the melodies sounding united and complementary to each other. Everyone collectively put in a lot of effort and the piece ended up sounding fantastic.


At this point, one of our students, Joyce Huang, was moved up to lead the second violins! It was very exciting to see one of our students representing our school at such a high level. We were all very proud of her.

The last piece we played and rehearsed was called Trepak and was originally from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet. It’s supposed to go very fast, but we took it slow at first to get used to all of the notes. We ended up trying it up to speed, which was very exciting but also a little overwhelming! In the end we went with a slightly slower tempo, and everyone decided that this was the best tempo for the whole group.


In the last 30 minutes, the whole group recorded all of the pieces we had rehearsed throughout the day. Ms Baker-Goldsmith and Ms Morley watched and listened to the recordings live. We could both tell that everyone was trying really hard and the result was a really polished and energetic recording from all of the students involved. The GEC String Ensemble sat down and listened to the recording last Wednesday afternoon, and we all thought that the recordings sounded great, acknowledging all the hard work we did on that day.


It was fantastic for our students in the GEC String Ensemble to be involved in such a big event. I’m sure we all found it very different to our usual setup, maybe even more challenging, however we all agreed at the conclusion of the day that it was a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved… even if we did play for almost 5 hours!


Special congratulations to Claudia Miller, Meret Hau, Louis Ericson, Joyce Huang, Sam Pang and Jacinta Ide for all of their hard work in preparation for and on the day of Stringfest.


Zamarah Morley

Strings Teacher

Year 7 First Notes Concert

Earlier this term on Monday 14th May, we had a concert for our new instrumental music students that was aptly titled ‘First Notes’. This was a showcase of both beginners and experienced students from the GEC instrumental music program, with a huge variety of performances from solos to small and large-scale ensembles groups. It was truly a celebration of a busy semester of music from our new Year 7 students (and some beginning Year 8s!).


The students who performed on the night have made great strides in a short time. Many had never played an instrument before February this year, whilst some experienced students have decided to try something different from what they had previously pursued in primary school. We are also fortunate that a number of students who have been learning their instrument for many years have joined our program. The students have not only learned how to make music on their instruments, but also about music theory, how to read music, how to play together as part of a musical group and most of all how to practise and persevere.

Learning a musical instrument can be a very rewarding experience, particularly when students develop an effective practice routine and make significant progress on their instrument. All instrumental music students will be issued a GEC practice diary over the next few weeks to help document their learning and track their practice. The next challenge will be to document 20 hours of home practice over the semester. The next time that you will be able to hear these students, possibly at our Music Gala Night in term 3, they are going to be even better.


Congratulations to all the music students who performed so well and also to our instrumental music teachers; Mr Dipnall, Mr Voogd, Mr Westlake, Ms Morley, Ms Wood and Ms Wijaya for preparing the performances and organising the concert.


I’d also like to thank all of the GEC staff, including our College Principal, Mrs Kindler, who came along to support our instrumental music students. Thanks also to our Visual Arts captain Sierra Danon who became our official photographer for the concert.


Laura Baker-Goldsmith
Head of Performing Arts


Wellbeing News

Thank you to Woolworths Glen Huntly for feeding our hungry Year 12s!

The Wellbeing Team have been providing fresh fruit and vegetables to our Year 12 Students twice a week thanks to Woolworths Glen Huntly.


After completing our Year 12 Lifestyle Checks at the beginning of term 1, the Year 12s identified wanting to learn more about nutrition and it’s link to overall health and wellbeing. With the support of Woolworths Glen Huntly, who’ve partnered with Glen Eira College to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for term 2 and term 3, our Year 12s have been munching on healthy snacks rather than their usual cup of noodles!


The Wellbeing Team have reinforced this eating change with Health Eating workshops, delivered by a Dietician and Exercise Physiologist from Caulfield Community Health. The Year 12s now fully understand the link between what we eat and how we feel, in particular how it impacts on focus during their study for SACs and Exams!


Morgan Hunter

Student Support

Respectful Relationships were a key wellbeing focus this term. During TEAM students and teachers worked through information on respectful relationships including the GEC 5, GEC Rights and Responsibilities and activities for Domestic Violence Awareness month in May.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Respectful Relationships are what each of us should strive for in order to lead happy and healthy lives. At Glen Eira College, we believe it is important to continue to raise awareness about the importance of respectful relationships within the college and the broader community.


This is also a Departmental requirement that Respectful Relationships be included in the curriculum and is a whole school approach.


It is very unfortunate that not everyone is treated with respect and is safe from verbal and physical abuse. People exposed to negative, unhealthy and violent relationships can cause mental and physical health to decline significantly.


At GEC we are committed to supporting our students where they may be experiencing relationships that are not positive and are impacting negatively on their wellbeing.

It is important that we as a cohort support each other to overcome violence and abuse experienced by our family and friends.


If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call 000 for emergency support. Otherwise, Safe Steps can provide information and resources on 1800 015 188. The Wellbeing Team are available to speak with you if required.


We understand that this is a sensitive topic, so please ensure you speak with someone should this cause discomfort or distress.


The email can be used to report any concerns students have that may be impacting on their wellbeing or the wellbeing of other members of our school community.  This includes bullying and harassment and any other behaviour that impacts on their wellbeing and their learning.


Students are also encouraged to report their concerns to any of their teachers, Year Level Coordinators, Wellbeing staff – any staff member that they trust and it will be followed up.


During TEAM sessions students were asked to identify the most important rights and responsibilities outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.


The top two rights were:

The right to be secure and to be treated with respect, politeness and understanding.

The right to be treated fairly irrespective of race, gender, beliefs, age, sexuality, health or economic circumstance.


The top two responsibilities were:

The responsibility to treat others with respect, politeness and understanding and to display mutual respect to teachers, staff and community.

The responsibility to treat others fairly and equally irrespective of race, gender, beliefs, age, sexuality, health or economic circumstance.


“We all have a right to be part of a safe and inclusive Glen Eira College community that is free of bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment and vilification.

We all have a responsibility to consistently behave in a way that creates a safe and inclusive community."


Jenny Sanchez

Wellbeing Leader

Languages Corner

Visit of Bruno Valery, Coordinator of AEFE Asia/Pacifique Zone

On 12th June, we were delighted to welcome Bruno Valery accompanied by Flavie Coulbault from the French Embassy in Canberra and Myriam Boisbouvier- Wylie, Honorary Consul in Melbourne to the school. AEFE is the “Agence pour l’enseignement francais a l’etranger”, Agency for French Education Abroad and is the organisation which granted us the accreditation for LabelFrancEducation. Now the world counts 209 schools with the accredidation in 44 countries and GEC is one of the four schools in Australia who has obtained it.

Mr Valery visited our Year 8 Drama Immersion class and was impressed with the language the students were using for their play “La Cigale et La Fourmi” and the enthusiasm of Mme Cavanagh was noticeable. Year 9 French Immersion recited their poem “ Voyage Voyage" and confidently answered questions in French on their experience of the French Immersion Program. Our senior students had an opportunity to converse in French with our visitors on topic of bilingual education. Mr Valery’s visit ended with a dynamic chat with our Year 7 French 1st language students.

Teacher Exchange – France / Australia

In term 1, I had the amazing opportunity to undertake a teacher exchange in France. Morgane Roge and I swapped schools for a term. While I was teaching at college Jean Rostand in Dijon, Mme Roge was teaching at Glen Eira College. Both of us were able to learn and share new strategies in the teaching of languages. The students in both schools benefited from having an authentic experience of the Australian and French culture. Mme Roge organised a “Fort Boyard” game during Francophonie week and various activities every week in the French club.

 The highlight of my experience was when I organised Australia Day at College Jean Rostand with an Australian 3 course meal (chicken parma/ fries, lamb roast and vegetables and gravy and lamingtons!) and games at lunch time including a Vegemite Eating Challenge! I was also able to organise an excursion to Paris for two of my Year 8 classes to visit the Australian Embassy, which happens to be next to the Eiffel Tower! I think I will never forget the sparkle in the students’ eyes and the screaming in the bus when they saw the Eiffel Tower as for some it was their first trip to Paris.


This exchange has helped to establish a link between our school and the Academie in Dijon and we hope that we will be able to create opportunities for our students in the future. I thank the school and the French Embassy and the Academie de Dijon for their support in making this exchange possible.

Student Exchange – France/ Australia

Sasha Hudson 9C

My French Exchange

Fanny Lozé turned around and faced me. In French, she said something very slowly

“I'm sorry what?” I responded. She carefully repeated the sentence again.

“Er.. je ne comprends pas?” I was forced to respond.

“C’est pas grave” she said and turned back around

“ oui?” I hesitated.

Fanny Lozé was my host mother during the three months I stayed in France at the start of this year and that pretty much summed up how the first couple of weeks were.


I was put with a family of four, Gregory, Fanny, Nathan (although he was in America on his own exchange) and Noemie Lozé. All amazingly kind and welcoming people.


I went to a small local school with Noemi and was welcomed by the community. School started at 8.00am and finishing times varied. Usually school ended around 3.00pm but on  Wednesday and Friday we finished at 12 o'clock. All my lessons were in French.


 On the weekends we went for long walks through Paris, visiting famous galleries and sites in Paris such as Notre Dame, Montmartre, Versaille and of course L’arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.


During the holidays my host family took me to The Alps to go skiing. The snow was amazing and the mountains massive and seemingly endless. We stayed there for a week, skiing everyday. I took ski lessons and was able to improve my skills a lot, lucky my teacher spoke English. Although by this stage my French had improved a lot and I was able to understand and engage in conversations.


All in all it was an experience of a lifetime, in spite of some challenges and bumps along the way. Living with a new family, with rules and new routines, having to speak a foreign language and losing my credit card. These were minor problems though compared to the whole experience.


Mon échange en France par Mieka Maloney 9C

in her own words

Des larmes apparaissent dans mes yeux alors que je marche à travers les portes d’embarquement, je ne pleure pas parce-que je suis heureuse d’aller en France, mais parce que je ne vais pas voir ma famille pendant trois mois. C’est tellement loin pour moi !


Le vent est très froid ici, il engourdit mon corps, c’est l’hiver en France. Mon amie Sasha me dit,”Nous sommes en France!”. Sasha et moi partons pour notre hôtel, il se trouve en plein milieu de Paris. Il y a aussi cinq autres personnes avec nous venant d’Australie. Paris, 'était très beau. Nous avons visité la Tour Eiffel et beaucoup d'autre monuments. Les trois jours se passent très vite et avant même de m’en apercevoir, j’suis dans le train pour le sud de la France afin de retrouver ma famille d'accueil que je ne connais pas, pour moi c’est très effrayant! Dans le train, mes mains sont tremblantes. J’ai passé les cinq premières semaines dans une famille et les cinq dernières dans une autre famille. Ma deuxième famille d’accueil m’a vraiment marquée :


A 15h, j’attends à la gare avec mon grande valise. Ma nouvelle famille est déjà là pour m’accueillir - Emma ma correspondante, elle a dix-huit ans et Aude sa mère. Emma et Aude ne parlent anglais, pas un mot, juste le français, donc c’est parfait pour moi. Leur petit appartement se trouve dans la centre-ville de Perpignan. Les étudiants ont été très gentils avec moi et je me suis faite beaucoup d’amis. A l'école en France, les cours commençaient à huit heures et finissaient à dix huit heures parfois, donc c'était très différent de l’Australie. Mais, la nourriture est tellement délicieuse, tous les jours je mangeais un croissant et je buvais un chocolat chaud ! En France ils mangent beaucoup de pâtisseries et de baguettes. Tous les samedis, on allait faire les courses au marché dans le centre-ville avec ma famille d’accueil. Perpignan se trouve à côté de l’Espagne, donc ma famille m’a fait visiter une petite ville en Espagne et c’était très jolie!


Le premier mois a été très difficile pour moi parce que mon français n’était pas très bon, et ma famille en Australie me manquait beaucoup. Mais la fin de mon séjour en France s’est passée tellement vite, avant que je réalise quoi que ce soit, j’étais dans l’avion du retour ! C’était une très belle expérience et j’ai beaucoup appris. Maintenant je comprends tout et je parle beaucoup mieux le français parce qu’au début je ne parlais vraiment pas bien !

J’espère qu’un jour je pourrais retourner voir mes amis et ma famille d’accueil en France...

Results Berthe Mouchette Poetry Recitation Competition Years 7 -10

Students who study French at GEC participated in the state-wide poetry recitation competition, the Berthe Mouchette. We are delighted to announce our winners for Years 7-10 who obtained a perfect score of 20/20.


 Years 11 and 12 will compete on the 27th of July and students in the French 1st language program are participating in the poetry writing competition. This year’s theme is “ VOYAGE”


Year 7

Yvette Lipovetsky


Year 8

Ben Desuyo

Jovita Joy

Jasmyn Roberts


Year 9

Marcus Georgiou

Ben Matthews

Dasha Tolkach

Gabi Voges


35 students got “ Excellent” which equals to 19/19.5 out of 20!


Hebrew Book Club

Mr Kaplan has started a Hebrew book club, which meets every Monday and Wednesday at lunch times.  The students are enjoying looking at different genres and we hope that more students will join next semester. It is a great opportunity for students to explore narratives in Hebrew.

Science Japanese Immersion

We are very happy that Muramatsu Sensei has been given a grant by MLTAV to develop a science unit in Japanese. Muramatsu Sensei has been teaching the unit to the students in Year 7 Japanese Immersion class and it was interesting to hear them talk about it with excitement! MLTAV is impressed with the hard work that Muramatsu Sensei has put in the development of the unit which will be shared with other Japanese teachers in the state.


Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages

Careers Corner

Year 12

Year 12s have received a flyer on Open Days for the universities and Tafes as well as a post secondary pathways questionnaire to fill in and return to me ASAP to assist them with their choices after Year 12 and to assist me with getting the right information to them.

University  and TAFE Information

Swinburne - Open Day

July 29 | Hawthorn Campus

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La Trobe University Open Day

August 5 – Melbourne Campus

August 9 – City Campus

August 26 – Bendigo Campus

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Monash University Open Day

August 4 - Peninsula

August 5 – Caulfield and Clayton

August 19 - Parkville

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CQUni Melbourne Open Day

August 16 | CQUniversity Melbourne

Get to know CQUniversity a little better at one of our upcoming Open Day events. Whether it’s in relation to your course of interest, student support services, or anything else to do with studying with us, our staff will be on hand to provide you with the answers. 

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Australian Catholic University Open Day

August 12 – Melbourne

August 26 – Ballarat

Come to Open Day and find out everything you need to know about studying at ACU. Tour the campus, meet staff and students, discuss entry opportunities, and talk to experts about your study options and career goals.

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Australian Institute of Music Open Day

August 18 – Melbourne

Come along and experience our vibrant campus come to life with FREE workshops, masterclasses and live performances from special industry guests.

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Deakin University Open Day

August 5 – Warnambool

August 19 – Geelong Waurn Ponds

August 19 – Geelong Waterfront

August 26 - Melbourne Burwood

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Federation University Australia Open Day – Save the Date

Visit one of the following campuses on 26 August.

Ballarat (Camp Street Campus)

Ballarat (Mt Helen Campus)

Churchill (Gippsland Campus)

Berwick (Berwick Campus)

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The Hotel School of Melbourne Open Day

August 26 – Melbourne, Lonsdale Street

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University of Melbourne Open Day

August 19 – Parkville

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Government announces 30 Free Priority courses at TAFE

Commencing 1st January 2019

Eligible students will pay no course tuition fees for the duration of selected courses. Nominated apprenticeship pathway courses in Government priority areas will also be free, to encourage higher participation and opportunities for students to consider undertaking apprenticeships. This initiative will reduce a financial barrier to training, incentivise students to consider careers in priority occupations and respond to industry demand for skilled graduates.

The initial 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 Apprenticeship Pathway courses in 2019 are:

  • Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Accounting;
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support;
  • Certificate II/III/IV in Agriculture;
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production).
  • Certificate III/IV in Allied Health Assistance;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation;
  • Certificate IV/Diploma in Building and Construction (Building);
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction;
  • Certificate III/IV/Diploma in Community Services;
  • Certificate III in Concreting;
  • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing;
  • Certificate III/IV in Dental Assisting;
  • Certificate IV in Disability;
  • Certificate III/IV in Education Support;
  • Certificate IV in Engineering;
  • Certificate III in Horticulture;
  • Certificate III in Hospitality;
  • Certificate III in Individual Support;
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health;
  • Diploma of Nursing;
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services;
  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways;
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start);
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational);
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways;
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies;
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making;
  • Certificate II in Glass and Glazing;
  • Certificate II in Horticulture;
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services);
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship);
  • Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General);
  • Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance;
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant; and
  • Certificate II in Signage and Graphics.


Experience La Trobe – Bendigo

June 1 – Albury-Wodonga

July 4 – Bendigo Campus

July 6 – Melbourne Campus

With a wide range of interactive workshops on offer, Experience La Trobe is your chance to be a uni student for the day. See what life is really like at La Trobe by attending workshops, meeting with teaching staff and students, and research your study interests.

Experience La Trobe is a free event – with lunch and entertainment on us!

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Australian Catholic University – University Experience

July 3 – Melbourne

July 5 – Ballarat

University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students and trying out the course you’re interested in.

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CSU MYDAY – Albury – Wodonga

June 27 – Charles Sturt University, Thurgoona

Our series of MyDay events gives Yr 11 and 12 students a taste of university life for a day. Come on campus and participate in sessions relating to the course(s) you’re interested in. Plus, you can meet academics, current students and support staff to get the information you need about any aspect of studying at CSU.

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Academy of Interactive Entertainment – Industry Experience Day

July 13 – Melbourne

September 25 – Melbourne

AIE's Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools.

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Federation University Australia VCE Study Skills Day

July 3 – Churchill (Gippsland Campus)

July 4 – Berwick (Berwick Campus)

July 5 – Ballarat (Mt Helen Campus)

FedUni’s VCE Study Skills Days have proven to be highly popular, helping VCE students develop skills to manage their way through Year 11 and 12 and the transition into university.

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Inside Monash Seminars

20 June: Psychology

21 June: Business

12 July: Science

14 August: Music

6 September: Information Technology

13 September: Engineering

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How an engineering degree can build your future

This article from Deakin explores what an engineering degree can lead to in the current environment where what we know about manufacturing, business and career paths is all changing.

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Year 10

Monash University Victoria – Year 10 Discovery Day

July 4 |South One Lecture theatre, Clayton Campus

Not sure about university study? Want to know how your interests and skills might link to different university courses? Come along to Year 10 Discovery Day and start exploring your future! Bring your curiosity, optimism and passion, and discover how you can make an impact to change the world.

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General Information

The Good Universities Guide – Education and Training for a Dentist

To become a dentist, you usually have to complete a degree in dentistry, dental science or dental surgery at university. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a related field followed by a postgraduate qualification in dentistry, dental surgery or dental medicine. 

Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Entry is highly competitive, and you usually need to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and attend a structured interview. You may also be required to complete a structured oral assessment. Universities have different prerequisites, and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

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Rio Tinto Apprenticeships – 2019 Intake Applications Open July
Applications open soon for Rio Tinto's incredible apprenticeship program. If you're interested, then do your research and start putting your documents together to apply.

The 4 year program offers qualifications in the following areas – electrician, heavy duty diesel mechanic, mechanical fitter, and light vehicle maintenance.

Applications will be advertised here –

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Vic Health – Guide to becoming a nurse

Nursing and midwifery are professions with plenty of diversity, allowing you to match your career with your lifestyle.

Varied working hours with the flexibility of shift work means that nurses and midwives can choose to work full time or part time, leaving time for family commitments, travel or other interests.

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Download a ‘Starting Nursing’ Fact Sheet




Australian College of Nursing – Scholarship Resources 

There are lots of scholarships for people who want to become nurses. The list below contains some scholarships for people with qualifications, as well as for those who want to start their training.


JMC Academy Scholarships 2019

JMC is offering up to eight undergraduate scholarships for 2019 worth one year’s tuition.

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AVCAT Scholarships are opening soon

If you have a parent or grandparent with service in the ADF you may be eligible for one of these scholarships - check out the details to see if you can apply.

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Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Year 10 World Food

Year 10 World Food Recipes

As part of the 2018 Year 10 World Food course students were required to choose particular recipes to make for Asian, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine. We had wide variety of recipes made during this time. We have included in this newsletter some recipes that parents and students might like to make at home.



Year 10 World Food class


Spinach and pine nut rolls


·         100 g (2 bunches) English spinach, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1½ tbsp extra, for glazing

·         ¼ small brown onion, finely chopped

·         1 garlic cloves, crushed

·         ⅛ tsp chilli flakes

·         1 store-bought all-butter puff pastry sheets

·         Plain flour, for rolling

·         25g pine nuts, toasted

·         100g feta cheese, crumbled

·         ¼ egg, lightly beaten

Salt and pepper for seasoning



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Then blanch the spinach for 30 seconds, then drain and refresh in icy cold water. Squeeze out any excess liquid, then set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic for 3–4 minutes, until transparent but not coloured. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. Mix the spinach into the onion and garlic and season with the chilli flakes, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Place a sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface. Spread the spinach mixture over the pastry, leaving a 2 cm strip free along one edge. Sprinkle the pine nuts and feta over the spinach. Brush the empty pastry strip with the beaten egg and then, starting at the opposite side, firmly roll
  6. up the pastry into a roulade. Don’t roll it so tightly that the mixture squeezes out. Repeat with the other pastry sheets.
  7. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  8. Using a serrated knife, cut the roulade into 10 equal pieces. Glaze each piece with olive oil. Place on the baking tray (do not overcrowd the tray as the rolls will double in size). Bake the rolls for 18–20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
  9. Remove the tray from the oven and use a pastry brush to glaze the rolls with the extra olive oil. Set the rolls aside to cool slightly before serving warm.

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Moroccan Sweet Potato Bake


● 1 tablespoon Moroccan seasoning

● 2 teaspoons mild paprika

● 1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes

● 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh coriander leaves

● 1kg small orange sweet potatoes, cut into thick wedges

● 1 bunch Dutch (baby) carrots, trimmed, scrubbed

● 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

● 1 red onion, halved, cut into wedges

● 1 red capsicum, slickly sliced

● 1 cup wholemeal couscous

● 3/4 cup plain Greek-style yoghurt

● 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind

● 1 tablespoon lemon juice

● Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve

● Lemon wedges, to serve


Step 1

Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan-forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.


Step 2

Combine seasoning, paprika, chilli and coriander in a small bowl. Place sweet potato

and carrots in a large bowl. Drizzle vegetables with 2 1/2 tablespoons oil and

sprinkle with 3/4 of the spice mix. Rub to coat. Place, in a single layer, on prepared

trays. Bake for 20 minutes.


Step 3

Place onion and capsicum in bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with

remaining spice mix. Rub to coat. Add to potato and carrot in oven. Bake for a

further 25 minutes or until vegetables are golden and tender.


Step 4

Meanwhile, place couscous in a 4.5cm deep, 26cm round (4-cup-capacity) baking

dish. Pour over 1 cup cold water and drizzle with remaining oil. Season with salt and

pepper. Cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove and

discard foil. Fluff with a fork to separate grains.


Step 5

Combine yoghurt, lemon rind and lemon juice in a small bowl. Spoon vegetables on

top of couscous. Drizzle with yoghurt mixture. Top with coriander sprigs and serve

with lemon wedges.

Chilli prawn and tomato spaghetti 


·         100g Spaghetti

·         ¼ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

·         1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

·         A small pinch of dried chilli flakes

·         5 medium green prawns, peeled (tails intact), deveined

·         2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

·         ½ tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves



1.      Boil water in a large pot. Keep the lid closed.

2.      Add at least a tablespoon of salt

3.      Pour pasta into water and keep the lid off.

4.      Stir well with tongs

5.      Stir with tongs for approximately 6 minutes

6.      Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

7.      Return pasta to pan.

8.                  Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.

9.                  Add garlic and chilli. Cook for approximately 1 minute or until fragrant. Make sure pan is not too hot.

10.              Add prawns. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until white and cooked through.

11.              Add tomato and cooking liquid. Cook for 2 minutes or until heated through.

12.              Season with salt and pepper. Stir through parsley.

13.              Serve with pasta

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.

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.

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

Parent applications close 22nd June 2018.


If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:
$225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply
Contact the General Office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


More Information
For more information about the fund visit

Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


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


Our next meeting will be an evening on 14th June at 7:45pm in Caulfield South – email for address details.


We will discuss

  • Supper at School Production
  • Students Mobile phone use at school
  • Trivia Night
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24

Volunteers (welcome even in a small way) and other suggestions welcome.

Supper at School Production 24th-26th July (3 nights)

We will provide tea, coffee and a light supper at intermission for each evening performance.  We ask only for a gold coin donation to cover costs.
We will need a few volunteers each night to:  

  • bake a cake, slice or biscuits
  • set up tables, tea and coffee supplies and set out food before the show
  • start cleaning up towards the end of intermission
  • finalise setting up just before intermission and finish cleaning up after intermission.

The first 3 of these jobs can be done on a night when you are also watching the show.  For the last job, we need at least one person who is not watching - you would need to be there for about half-an-hour before and after intermission.

If you can help with any of the above on one or more of these nights, please send an email to

Trivia Night - Save the Date - Saturday, 1st September 2018

Save the date and start planning your outfit. Tickets will be available closer to the date, and you will be able to book a table of 10 people, or book individual tickets and let us allocate you to a table.

In exciting news, we can now reveal that one of our hosts for the night will be our well-known teacher: 'Mr Lou' Tsarpalas. As in 2016, Lou will make the night lots of fun.

Of course, the night isn't just about having fun. We'll also be raising money for a school gate, bike parking and general improvements to the school grounds.

An important part of our fundraising on the night will be our silent auction. If you have a business or a contact, you can help by sourcing sponsorship or collecting vouchers, services, goods, hampers, art, etc and/or donating  for the silent auction. Please contact Jo McCutcheon on 0438 571 574, or send your donation direct to Glen Eira College, 76 Booran Rd Caulfield East 3145.
You can also send us an email or ring/sms Svetlana on 0431 154 662.

Several GEC families have already made generous donations, including:

The Guss family and their business, Melbourne Table and Chair Hire, who are providing our tables, chairs and other equipment for the night.

Previous Trivia nights have been lots of fun and very successful.  We need a few more volunteers to assist planning the night. Please email GECPA if you can help

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).


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.

Glen Eira Storytelling Festival - something for everyone

The 2018 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival has more than 40 events for all ages and interests. Heading into its eighth year, the Festival reboots for 2018 with a breathtakingly fresh new digital work. The Storytelling Machine. Storytelling is how we connect as a community. Join us as we share our tales of identity and our relationships with each other and the world. For further information or to book, visit

MTF Leader Newspapers Transport Forum for Glen Eira

Presented by the Metropolitan Transport Forum and Leader Newspapers Hosted by Glen Eira Council

Wednesday 15 August 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm Caulfield Town Hall

A public forum to discuss transport issues before the State election in November.

Meet the candidates from major parties, hear their policies and ask your questions.

Speakers include;
- Nick Staikos MLA for Bentleigh
- Asher Judah, Liberal candidate for Bentleigh
- Greens speaker TBC

Chaired by Professor Grahame Currie, Chair of Public Transport Monash University.


Topics for discussion include:
- Public transport specifically bus services within East Bentleigh
- Advocacy for remaining level crossings (Neerim Road and Glen Huntly Road)
- Traffic congestion on key routes
- Cycling corridors and cycling safety.

Suggest a topic or question

Free event, RSVP recommended


A chance to raise safety and transport issues such as kid safe bike and walking routes to Glen Eira College and local libraries and public transport.


Cathy McNaughton


Community News / Advertisements

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Questions? Please email:

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Kedem – a Jewish community as a village

Dear Jewish Families,

We are writing to let you know about this lovely Jewish community and invite you to explore.

Here is a quote from one of our members:

‘Kedem is not so much a synagogue as a community: the village with whom we raise our children, the people with whom we celebrate and mourn, the place we find like-minded people who share Jewish values of learning, caring and joy.

I grew up in a traditional Orthodox shul but I wanted my children to grow up in a place where their Jewish lives were egalitarian, meaningful and genuine. I was pregnant when Kedem was founded and my son’s life can be traced from breast-feeding under a tallit, to clearing away Lego when the Torah was coming around. Kedem is relaxed and informal. Each person can put their stamp on things, for example we created a Bar Mitzvah for my son that was meaningful to his individuality and relevant to the world we live in. I know that I have given him an experience he wants to pass on to his children.’

Kedem came into existence through progressive Jewish families who wanted a more organic expression of Jewish life. We have a couple of family Havdallot coming up, dates below, that we would like to invite you to – please be in touch if you are curious to come along. Everyone welcome!

Saturday June 23, 5-7pm

Saturday July 28, 5-7pm

Warm regards,


Sylvie Jonas, Membership Co-ordinator

Ruth Gross, Jewish Life & Education Officer

Phone: 0421 121 727






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