GEC College News

12 March 2019
Issue Two
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Darwin Defenders Service
Library Corner
New Caledonia Tour
Intermediate Girls Softball
Year 9 Activities
Junior School Activities
Business Management 
Aiming For Successful Learning
Performing Arts News
Arts & Technology News
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Wednesday 13th March

ELC 4C City Tour Excursion


Thursday 14th March

Year 10 Biomechanics Excursion


Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion - MMT Class 11:50am – 3pm


Friday 15th March

Year 8 Interschool Sport


ELC 3B & 3C excursion to Science works Museum


Monday 18th March

Year 11 Business Management CBA Start Smart Incursions


Tuesday 19th March

Year 7 Interschool Sport 


All ELC students excursion to Docklands


Wednesday 20th March

Francophonie Day


Year 11 & 12 French Film Festival Excursion 9am – 1:30pm


Year 9 Alpine School Information Session 6pm


College Council AGM 6.30pm


College Council 7pm


Thursday 21st March

Harmony Day


Friday 22nd March

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 25th March

Year 7 French & Year 8 CNED French Film Festival Excursion 9am – 1:30pm


Tuesday 26th March

Year 7 Immunisations


Parent Teacher Interviews A – K 2:15pm – 6:30pm

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


ELC Parent Teacher Interviews 2:30pm – 6:30pm


2019 STEAM Frontiers & Applications Tour Parent Information Evening 6:30pm 


Wednesday 27th March

Andrew Fuller Presentation 6:45pm 


Thursday 28th March

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd April

ELC Camp - Camp Rumbug


Tuesday 2nd April

Parent Teacher Interviews L – Z 2:30pm - 7:15pm

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


Wednesday 3rd April

School Tour 9:15am


Year 8B PE Excursion 1:30pm – 3pm


Thursday 4th April

Year 9 Program Sleepout


Friday 5th April

GEC Cross Country Carnival


Last Day Term 1


All students dismissed at 1:30pm from Caulfield Park

From the Principal

There has been a great range of activities at the college this term - some of the highlights include:

  • The Swimming Carnival - a wonderful Whole School event.
  • Many students have represented the college in a number of inter-school team sports.
  • Our variety of lunch time and after school clubs and activities continue to grow. Activities include Drone Club, Rainbow Retreat, Anime Club, French Club, Book Club, Library events, Engineering Club and various Year 12 subject study groups. These are proving very popular with our students, as is the range of instrumental music opportunities including ensembles.  There are also many staff coaching sports teams.
  • The Year 12 formal was a wonderful night – our students looked so elegant and really had a wonderful time.
  • Elevate Educate have presented a workshop to Year 7 students on Time Management and to Year 9 students on Study Skills.
  • All Year 9 students participated in a ‘Wheel Talk’ incursion for PE.
  • Year 9 students participated in the ‘St Kilda Beach Clean Up’ as part of the Year 9 Program.
  • Radio Club has begun broadcasting.
  • Rehearsals have begun for this year’s production, The Wizard of Oz.
  • Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association continue to promote our community at events such as the Multicultural Supper, which was very well attended.  It was a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other.
  • The Year 7 information evening was a fantastic opportunity to welcome our Year 7 parents, many of whom are new to our college community.

We will soon be celebrating Cultural Diversity Week, Harmony Day and Francophonie Day.  There will be an opportunity for students and staff to wear orange to celebrate Harmony Day or their national dress.  There will be a range of activities at lunchtime for students.


Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022

Our Strategic Plan has been approved and is available on our website. Our goals are:

  1. To improve literacy and numeracy across the curriculum in Years 7-10
  2. To improve learning outcomes in VCE
  3. To build student engagement and empower all students as learners and leaders
  4. To enhance student connectedness and wellbeing in an inclusive school environment

Our focus is to continue to improve outcomes for each of our students, providing them with a challenging and supportive learning environment with a range of opportunities to develop their skills and talents. Improving our practices in relation to Differentiated Teaching Practice and Student Voice and Agency are major foci for 2019.


We also have a focus on improving our communication to parents and any feedback about our processes and practices on this would be welcome.


We are currently finalising our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan and will provide further information in the next newsletter.

Student Progress Reports

All students Years 7 – 12 will have received their progress reports via XUNO and hopefully you will be able to attend parent teacher interviews in the last two weeks of term. Please discuss the progress reports with your child to assist them with planning for the next term.  Homework Help has resumed on Tuesday and Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the library.  All students are welcome and there are tutors available to assist.

School Council Elections


Wednesday 20th March 2019 @ 6.30pm

Conference Room


I am delighted to announce our School Council for 2019.


Parent members: Ruth Gordon, Johnathan Lock, Kristen Skinner, Nicole Harris and Katie Karanika

Student representatives:   Ashleigh Harris and Sean Kelly

Staff representatives:  Jenny Sanchez, Nick Hamer-Smith, Aaron Petersen and Gabrielle Darvell


I thank all those retiring councillors for their superb work over the past year(s): Julie Staunton, Laszlo Kiss, Tracey Swiatlo, Ben Hobbs-Gordon, Charlotte Skinner and Morgan Edwards.  All of the work of our councillors is valued.


We are always looking for ways to involve our parents in our community. Please contact me if you have ideas of how you would like to be involved. Our Parents and Friends group is an excellent way to meet other families and I encourage you to join.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 15 March 2019

Glen Eira College will be celebrating the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 15 March 2019.


The National Day of Action is an important opportunity for the whole community to reject

bullying and cyberbullying and help keep young Australians safe.

The theme for 2019 is Bullying. No Way! 


All students will receive wallet cards which direct students to a fantastic online app they can utilise when in need.


Keeping our young people safe is a shared responsibility.

As parents, we know that it can be challenging to raise children today in a world where risks to safety can appear not only on the street but online. And it is not always easy to navigate when the online world can have real world physical and mental health impacts.


The Government has developed resources to empower parents (and schools) to protect

children and prepare them to be resilient, responsible and respectful adults:


  • that promote online safety including tackling image-based abuse and a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying.
  • for students, parents and teachers to create a learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships.


You can also visit  for education and advice for kids, parents and schools on how to combat and respond to bullying.

Student Punctuality – Learning starts at 9.00am

We have a staff member on yard duty from 8.30am every day.  All students should be at school by 8.50am at the latest.  This provides them with enough time to say hello to friends, put their bags away and get their books for team, periods 1 and 2.  Team meeting commences at 9.00am.  

Lateness can have a negative effect on the education of not only those students who are late, but also the other students in the class.


What impact does being late have on the student?

Students who are late miss a lot of instructions and information about what is happening, not to mention important learning sessions. This means that they have to catch up somehow. Students also miss out on catching up with their friends in the playground before school. Students can feel unsettled, disorganized and unhappy for the rest of the day and it can take them some time to complete and understand the work that they have missed. It’s similar to being late to see a movie and not being able to understand what’s happening because you have missed out on who the characters are and what the plot is.


How does it affect the other students in the class?

Students who are late have an unsettling effect on the rest of the class. Because not all late students arrive at once, the interruptions go on until the last student is settled. Students who are late often have things that need to be done prior to them joining the class and this causes even more disruption. Sometimes other students have to wait to get the teacher's attention and important issues can be forgotten.


Why does student lateness cause difficulties for the teacher?

The teacher has a certain amount of material and activities to cover each lesson. Also, organizational issues are usually dealt with at the beginning of the day. Teachers can become increasingly frustrated when late students continually and repeatedly interrupt their planned routines, as they have to stop teaching to deal with the issues involved.


We are all human. Cars can break down and unexpected situations can occur. We know that family morning routines are not always straightforward. If you are experiencing problems, speak to us, as we may be able to offer suggestions to help.


We are happy to accept that students will be late on the odd occasion because of unforeseen circumstances with a note from a parent or guardian. However, arriving late on a regular basis is not acceptable. Students who are late to school without a note from a parent will have to attend a lunchtime detention on the same day in Room 104. Failure to attend will result in attending a Friday after school detention.



A student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year.

From Stressed to Strong: Systematic Mental And Resilience Training

A parent information evening you will not want to miss.

You are invited to an informative and engaging parent information evening presented by Andrew Fuller on Wednesday 27th March at 6:45pm in the Performing Arts Centre.


Come and have a fun evening with well-known Clinical Psychologist, Andrew Fuller. Andrew’s talks are always fun and informative.  Andrew’s work aims to have people create futures they can fall in love with.


Glen Eira College Performing Arts Centre

6:45pm – 8:30pm Wednesday 27th March

Tickets are $5 and can be booked via Trybooking:


Topics covered will include:

  • The active ingredients of resilience
  • How parents can develop these in their children
  • Understanding anxiety
  • How to stay sane in a crazy world
  • Neurochemistry and parenting
  • Parenting tricky kids
  • Creating happy kids
  • Building self-esteem and dealing with set backs

Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Softball State Championships

Cameron McCutcheon of 8B  recently competed in the U15 Boys Softball State Championships.  Cameron - who was playing for the Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association - was part of the winning team that were the undefeated champions!  Sensationally, Cameron played a decisive part in the win, hitting two home runs in the final.  Well done Cameron!


SEAL Program Year 7 Entrance TEST

Registrations for the 2020 Year 7 SEAL Program Entrance Test are now open via the Teaching and Learning tab of the college website. 

Register for the SEAL Test


Testing for students will occur on Friday 17th May 2019 from 1pm to 4pm. Note this is a change from the previously advertised date of 10th May.  The test comprises 4 online multiple choice components of 30 minutes each and a 15 minute written expression component.


All applicants for the SEAL program will also be asked to sit a 10-minute interview with a panel of teachers as part of the selection process. This is an opportunity for each child to discuss why they chose to apply for the SEAL Program, talk about their strengths and areas they want to work on as a learner, what motivates them to do their best and how they will demonstrate their commitment as a student at Glen Eira College.

Ride To School Day

All students from Glen Eira College are encouraged to ride their bike or scooter to school each day.  However, as part of national Ride to School Day, a special house competition will recognise students who pedal their way to school.  On Friday 22nd March, any student who rides to school will be able to register their ride at the special sign-in display near the canteen and earn points for their house.  Our college House Captains will be there to assist students to sign in and distribute stickers. 


Please ensure your bikes are securely locked in the racks provided near the PAC or gym.


Posters have been put on display around the school and we look forward to celebrating human powered travel on this special day. 

Alpine School – An exciting opportunity for Year 9 students

I am delighted to announce that Glen Eira College has secured 6 positions at the Alpine School  during term 3 this year. Parents and students are invited to learn more at an information session on Wednesday 20th March at 6pm in the GEC Performing Art Centre Theatre. 


Opened in April 2000 as an innovative specialist setting for leadership education, the Alpine School is extraordinarily unique.  Situated at 1600 metres above sea level near Dinner Plain Village in the Victorian Alps, the school provides an intensive, high quality leadership and enterprise program for small teams of Year 9 students selected from Victorian government schools.  At the Alpine School, the curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects.


The placements, for 3 boys and 3 girls, offers a unique residential education experience for Year 9 students who live full-time at the school for 10 weeks. Students will live and work in a very close environment with up to 44 of their peers; they sleep, eat and do work under the one roof. 

There are separate sleeping and showering facilities for both genders. There are 11 rooms in each of the two accommodation wings, one each for male and female. Two students will be allocated to each room.

There is a great deal of independence offered to the students at the Alpine School. Participants are responsible for helping maintain the school, organizing rosters for doing various jobs around the school and generally controlling the nature of their home and place of learning.

There are lessons on human relationships that will arise from this lifestyle. Great friendships are made, tolerance is learned and teamwork is created.


Glen Eira College’s selection process will include a written application and an interview and will be outlined in full at the information session.


I look forward to seeing interested families at the information session.  If you have any questions, I encourage you to visit the Alpine School website ( or contact me at the college.   


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal


Attendance is very important to ensuring your child makes the most of their education. Being late to school will impact on their ability to achieve their best. Remember learning begins at 9am. It is expected that all students will have at least 95% attendance rate at school over the year. It is vital that notes are provided when students are absent or are late. Please note that if your child is not participating in inter-school sport then they are expected to be at school participating in the program for the day (and a program will be run for them).

Reading Comprehension and Maths tests online

Students in Years 7-10 have recently completed Reading Comprehension and Maths tests online to help teachers determine the level of ability and tailor their instruction in classes accordingly. We are very proud of our successful NAPLAN results over a number of years that demonstrate high levels of learning growth from Year 7 to Year 9.

Parent, Student and Teacher Interviews

Our parent, student and teacher interviews are at the following times;


Surnames A - K: Tuesday 26th March 2.15pm – 6.30pm

Surnames: L – Z: Tuesday 2nd April 2.30pm – 7.15pm

All students will be dismissed at 2:01pm on the interview days.


Bookings will open on Xuno a week prior to each set of interviews. We encourage you to bring your child to the interviews to discuss their progress with their teacher and yourself.

Last Day of Term 1

Please note that on the last day of term 1, students will participate in the cross country run.  The school day concludes at 1.30pm and students will be dismissed from Caulfield Park.

2019 STEAM Frontiers & Applications Tour

Glen Eira College is exploring the opportunity of conducting a Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) Frontiers & Applications Tour in 2019. This tour will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA. This experience is offered as an optional excursion to immerse students in the field of STEAM. On this tour students are given the opportunity to attend the Kennedy Space Centre, iFly, Universal Studios, Disney World and the Florida Everglades. 


STEAM: Frontiers & Applications tour is priced at $6,300 per person (broken down into payment installments over a 12-month period), and is an all-inclusive package, including all meals and travel insurance, with only the following items not included:

  • The cost of a passport ($142 AUD for students aged under 16, $282 for those aged over 16)
  • The cost of an ESTA (VISA application for Australian citizens - $14 USD)
  • Any discretionary spending money

We will be holding a Parent Information Session on Tuesday 26th March at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Centre.

Glen Eira College Hat

A few students are wearing non-college caps to school. We have a school cap that students can wear. Please remind your child to wear the Glen Eira College hat or cap. The school encourages sunsmart practices (e.g. wearing a school sun hat for PE in term 1 and 4) as outlined in the school’s sunsmart policy

Glen Eira 5

Our values and beliefs are encapsulated in our Glen Eira 5, which was created a number of years ago in consultation with staff, students and parents. We seek to live by these values to provide our young people with a supportive learning community. Please take some time to read and discuss these with your child.


5 promises teachers make to our students;

  • maintain a safe learning environment.
  • know how you learn and what direction your learning should take.
  • make classes engaging.
  • listen, encourage and support.
  • involve the wider community in your learning.

5 promises staff make to one another;

  • share resources.
  • support one another.
  • work collaboratively to improve student learning.
  • be consistent in applying policies.
  • learn from one another.

5 characteristics you will see in our teaching;

  • differentiate teaching and learning to support and challenge the full range of abilities.
  • structure lessons according to SABRE.
  • be innovative and reflective.
  • be enthusiastic.
  • be accountable for improving student outcomes.

5 things you will see from our students;

  • be enthusiastic and motivated.
  • communicate and be respectful.
  • seize opportunities to participate and learn.
  • work together, acting responsibly and creatively.
  • direct their own learning through questioning and exploring.

5 things you will see from our parents, carers and guardians;

  • be involved and contribute to the broader educational program.
  • play an active role in the child’s learning.
  • support their children in achieving their learning goals.
  • promote the school values.
  • maintain open lines of communication with the school.


Nick Hamer-Smith 

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Get organised, get involved, get focused

Our Junior school is currently focusing on the concept of community and it was so wonderful to see students in Years 7-9 strongly representing their houses at the Swimming Carnival. Many students got into the house spirit and dressed in their colours, while also being willing to get in the pool and participate, whether it be in the novelty events or the swimming competition.



Junior School Captains

Congratulations to our Junior School Captains in their leadership role. We look forward to the contribution you will make throughout the course of the year. Junior school students are welcome to call on the assistance of these students to provide support in their time at GEC.


Haddi El Shorbagy, Darcy Messenger, Yashasvi Agrawal and Sebastian Buley-Delanty.

Homework Help

Every Tuesday and Wednesday after school, tutors in key subject areas will be available in the library to assist students with their homework queries from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. It is highly recommended that students attend these sessions to get the most out of their learning and be on top of homework. The library is available as a quiet study space after school Monday-Friday.


GEC recommended homework time is:

Year 7 & 8: 30 to 45 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

Year 9: 45 to 90 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

Year 7

Our Year 7 students have now had five weeks to experience GEC. During this time, they have had a parent information session, been enthusiastic participants of our Swimming Carnival, obtained their Bunsen burner license and even presented their first oral presentation focusing on autobiographies. It has been a pleasure to watch them assimilate into our community and we value their contribution already.


Wednesday 20th February was our Year 7 information night where parents and students came to find out how to work their way around Xuno, how the students were settling in and meet other parents. We were very proud of one of our students who spoke eloquently, Lambros Argiriou, addressing everyone about the use of the school planners and how to stay organised. We are very pleased to see how students have been proving to us their managerial skills so early in their school year.


Year 7 Camp

There are currently no further updates on the Year 7 camp rescheduling. Once we have a date, parents will be informed via Xuno.

Year 8 

Our Year 8 students have been participating in a variety of learning activities, one of which was an incursion around the effects of graffiti on the community. Here’s what Alexandra Wood-Freeman took from the session:


“In week 2, Year 8 had an incursion on graffiti where I learnt that a lot of taxpayers’ money goes towards the removal of graffiti instead of building/renovating community facilities. Some graffiti can look nice but the tags are the real issue and are  just ugly. We also learnt that the fine you can get from graffiti can be up to $40,000. Graffiti is legal in some places and you can get a licence, but it's the kind of graffiti that could be art/use talent instead of just drawing lots of tags. Graffiti also can reduce the value of a property.”

Year 9

Year 9 is off to a busy start with the Year 9 Program in full swing. Students have thus far participated in an indigenous cultural walk, giving back to their community through cleaning up St Kilda Beach and have been visited by the RSPCA. This is community participation is designed around the principles:

  • That students learn best when they are involved in and accept responsibility for their own learning
  • That students learn best when they are engaged in authentic, rich tasks
  • That students need to learn not just content and skills but also how to learn—how to become better learners.

Interschool Sport

Year 8 Interschool Sport - 15th March

Year 7 Interschool Sport - 19th March

All students should have signed up for their sport of choice in the Assistant Principal's office if they are wanting to attend. This opportunity facilitates the development of teamwork and learning experiences outside the classroom.

Key Messages in Junior School

  • Learning starts at 9am - We appreciate your efforts in working together to have students at school and ready to learn by 9am. This is paramount for the best learning to occur and to set positive habits in place for students’ futures.
  • Correct uniform - all students should now be wearing the correct uniform. If there are queries about this, please refer to the uniform policy set out in the Student Planners.
  • Step outside your comfort zone - it is where the magic happens.
  • Attitude to learning - we all get to choose how we respond to situations in our life and learning is no different. Having a positive attitude to our learning will open many opportunities to take our learning further.

Important Dates:

  • March 15th - Year 8 Interschool Sport
  • March 19th - Year 7 Interschool Sport
  • March 26th - Parent Teacher Interviews (Student surnames A-K)
  • April 2nd - Parent Teacher Interviews (Student surnames L-Z)
  • April 5th - GEC Cross Country


Junior School Team

Year 7 Coordinators: Daniel Lake and Sue Rio

Year 8 Coordinators: Laura Baker-Goldsmith and Charlee Cowley

Year 9 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Junior School Leader: Ryannan Mathieson

Senior School News

Year 12 Formal

Since the last newsletter Year 12 students have had a wonderful night celebrating the beginning of their school year at their formal.  This year’s formal was held at Merrimu Receptions, with the students looking fantastic in their formal attire.  It was a great evening, one that was enjoyed by all in attendance, even with the power outage.  It was hot and humid but the students soldiered on and continued to enjoy the evening. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Year 12 executive members who contributed in some way large or small to ensuring that the event was a success.


Medical Certificates

I would like to remind all parents and students that a medical certificate is required to be presented upon the return to school when your son/daughter has missed a SAC.  Without the medical certificate the work will be assessed as an outcome only and will therefore be given a ‘0’ as the SAC mark. 

Important Date

Friday 15th March is the closing date for 2019 special examination arrangements.  All forms and documentation need to be at VCAA by this date.   Thank you to parents who have already sent the documentation to the school.



Senior School Team:

Senior School Leader: Jeff Micallef

 Year 10 Coordinator: Delanka Peiris

Year 11 Coordinator: Ben Wickham

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Careers and Pathways Coordinator: Carol McCaskie

 VASS Coordinator: Monique Leftley

Darwin Defenders Service

On Tuesday 19th February the School Captains, SRC representatives and Ms Schmidtke visited the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate and acknowledge those who fought to protect Australia and those who were affected by the events of the Darwin Bombing that occurred on 19th February 1942.  We met with students from multiple schools and were honoured to be in the presence of Army Veterans who fought during the Darwin Bombing.


There were multiple speakers who educated us on the tragedy that was the Bombing of Darwin. However, the main idea that struck us most was the censorship in regards to the bombing and how very little Australians know the truth of the events that happened during the very first war fought on Australian soil. 


It was wonderful to have Ms Anne Connor, author of Two Generations, as the guest speaker. Ms Connor‘s father fought in the Darwin war and she was determined to find out what really happened in Darwin under all the hidden secrets. Her book, Two Generations is a memoir of the “secrets” of the Darwin Bombing and the life her father lived during the war. Shortly after her speech, a flypast by RAAF Museum Aircraft flew over the Shrine from Point Cook to commemorate the Air Force, Naval and Army Soldiers who fought in Darwin.


Throughout the memorial service, emphasis was giving on how important education on the Darwin bombings, and Australian history is essential to honour those who fought for and supported our country. On 19th February 1942, Australian soil came under attack for the first time during World War II.


The attack was completely unexpected; with Japanese soldiers sailing far off shore, and then flying in from the east with an air attack, there was no way for Australia to predict or prepare for the oncoming attack.  With Pearl Harbour just happening months prior, Australia had expected the attacks to stay on American land.


Through this, the Australian defence forces were completely inadequate against such an attack. Not only was all of Australia lost on how the war was brought so close to our doorstep, however the rest of the world shared this feeling, and as such little help was offered to Australia and its citizens. The area was then subjected to a further 64 bombing through to 12 November 1943.


More bombs were dropped on Darwin than on Pearl Harbour, and more boats were sunk from the Darwin bombings than in Pearl Harbour, and more civilians were killed in Darwin, than in Pearl Harbour. Despite this, little support was offered to the struggling Australians.

With families being forced to move across the country, with little money and in the mourning of those lost or injured from the bombings, families begun to be broken apart. As the Parenting Payment that is now provided by the government was non-existent at the time, many mothers were forced to put their children in orphanages the moment money ran out - often leading in the separation of siblings. Australia continued to be offered little support from other countries, and was still being urged to send the defences we had available overseas to assist with other conflict. So the Australian government opted for censorship as the best course of action.


Strict censorship was imposed as diaries and letters from Darwin were slashed with razor blades, and all information and official documents regarding the air raids were stamped ‘Not to be released until 1995’ in an attempt to both keep Australian citizens calm, and hide how unprepared Australia was against these attacks. Families continued being separated, as Australia received little to no help and provided bare minimum amounts of information to Australian citizens. Because of this lack of information at the time, it is immensely important to keep the story of Darwin alive and commemorated in the present day.


It is crucial that we remember our history as a country, and provide recognition and respect to the families torn apart by the Darwin bombings, and the 200,000 Australians who served in Darwin over the course of World War II.


Sierra Danon, Taylor Lowery and Ashleigh Harris

Year 12

Library Corner

The Library has been bustling with activity during the past month.


Book Club members have attended two fortnightly meetings, sharing book reviews and brainstorming future competitions.


The SRC joined forces with Library Monitors to create 400 purple ribbons to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March. A bookmark design competition was also organised by SRC and we are looking forward to seeing the three winning designs printed, laminated and available to students as they borrow in the library. A feature display was mounted in the Library to highlight this very important day in the GEC calendar. It follows on the heels of the display celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th February.



Library Lovers’ Day, celebrated annually on 14th February, proved popular again this year. Students who took the plunge to borrow a romance novel - “A Blind Date with a Book” - enjoyed Pink Lady chocolate hearts as they dated their books.



The Library continues to encourage student browsing and borrowing during the library’s opening hours which are unchanged from last year:


Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

The library is open at Recess to Year 12 students and Library Monitors only

Lunchtime opening from 1:00pm onwards (Closed to general access during the fortnightly Book Club meetings)


Sherri Michael

College Librarian

New Caledonia Tour

Smart crows lead the way in New Caledonia and we will be following them in September 2019

‘More than 620 million years of evolution separate crows from humans, but the birds show that they can plan three steps ahead.’ 


It’s not often that we follow crows, but Betty, a New Caledonian crow, is leading the way with her three step plan to solve a tricky problem, and forty GEC students will be looking for Betty in September.


Betty, a New Caledonian crow, fashions a hook from a piece of wire and used it to pull a small container with meat from a tube.


If you are interested in these smart crows see:


Forty excited students will be heading off with the crows and flying towards the sunny shores of New Caledonia in September. Plans, passports and francs are being organised for the trip ahead. Soon there will be French sessions during lunch time to ensure we have our French conversation perfected! Having a wide range of students across all year levels will make the study tour a time to remember. Here are some voices from our enthusiastic students who are seizing the opportunity to participate and learn a new culture:


"I'm really looking forward to going to New Caledonia because my brother went on a previous trip and loved it. I'm very excited for staying with my host family and improving my French with them, and for the day trip to Amedee Island. I can't wait to immerse myself into another culture!"

Freya Matthews 8C


"The reason why I am going on the New Caledonia trip is that I enjoy travelling and have enjoyed French. I am most looking forward to learning about the culture there and how life is different there from how it is here."

Lauren Raftopoulos 9E


"I am going on the New Caledonia trip to further develop my French skills, and become more confident speaking in public situations. I am super excited to meet new people and experience school life in another country."              

Jenna Casamento 10E


Watch this space for more news about the 2019 Glen Eira College Tour to New Caledonia.


Deborah Cordingley

English & Humanities Teacher

Intermediate Girls Softball

On Monday 25 February, 17 very keen Year 9 and Year 10 girls ventured out to the Kingston Heath Reserve in Cheltenham to participate in the Softball competition for the intermediate years interschool sports day.


With a bye in the first round, the girls spent their time practising their throwing, batting and fielding skills, followed by enjoying some shade whilst eyeing out the competition.


With Mentone Girls’ Secondary College losing their game to the Mac Robertson Girls School, they went straight into a second game against our Glen Eira College girls.


Eager to impress and get runs on the board early, our girls were very enthusiastic. Ms McLean (a previous coach and PE teacher now on maternity leave) also came to visit the team, whilst nursing her five month old son Hunter, which raised the excitement even more.


Unfortunately one of our girls took a bad knock to the thumb whilst batting in the early stages of the match; however this made the team even hungrier for victory against Mentone.


Amy-Lee Sobotka scored a brilliant home run in the third innings, sending all other base runners over the home plate; leading to a strong 19-3 win overall.



In the scorching 35 degree heat, with no shade nearby and only a short break between matches to indulge in some lunch and rehydrate, the girls were forced to go straight onto the field against their next opponent.


Fresh from their long break, MacRob came out firing scoring runs early in their first innings; whilst Glen Eira equalised in the second. Tied at 2-all for most of the match, MacRob ran away with a convincing victory in the final innings, with a 6-2 win overall. Tess Keogh did an excellent job of pitching for both matches.


The girls also appreciated the boys’ baseball team cheering them on, after their winning matches had ended.


Exhausted and sore, coach and supervising teacher, Ms Jacobs said, “The girls displayed great team work and sportsmanship and should be proud of their efforts, particularly in such extreme heat conditions.”


We now wait to find out if the team has made it through to the next round of competition.


Michelle Jacobs

Maths & Science Teacher

Year 9 Activities

Year 9 Program Report

As part of the Year 9 Program “Making Connections” all students in Year 9 have spent 3 weeks out in our local community. On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February we had our indigenous cultural walk. Our guide, Dean Stewart, walked us through the 40,000 year history of our local area.


On Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February our Year 9 students were involved in a beach clean-up along St Kilda beach foreshore. The students were amazed at the amount of litter they collected in a short amount of time.


The follow up to the foreshore clean-up was a visit to Sea Shepherd HQ in Williamstown on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th February. Here the students were given facts and figures on their own beach clean-up and the amount of rubbish that makes its way into our oceans. A truly valuable learning experience.


If you have any questions/queries about the Year 9 Program please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Lou Tsarpalas

Year 9 Program Teacher

Beach Clean Up

In week 4 our group took the tram to St Kilda beach where we met a volunteer from Sea Shepherd. We put on gloves and got large bags so we could collect all the rubbish we found along the beach. We spent an hour cleaning up the beach.


In my group some of the things we found were cigarette butts, glass, plastic tags, bottle caps, plastic bags, fast food packaging as well as glass and plastic bottles. At the end of the clean up time we all met up and made a pile of our rubbish and sorted it into different categories -  recyclable plastics, non-recyclable plastics, aluminium cans, cigarette butts, wood and clothes. By the end of the sorting 962 cigarette butts were counted and all the buckets were full of rubbish.


Nat Cosgrave

Year 9


Sea Shepherd Base Visit

In week 5 we took a private bus down to Williamstown to the Sea Shepherd base. We spent over an hour sitting down listening to the representative talk about what Sea Shepherd does to help marine life conservation. We learnt about how they stop poachers and illegal fishing all over the world, removing the drift nets from the ocean, and then the fish from the by-catch of the nets. Apparently, sometimes they need to chase after the illegal fishing boats, one of which lasted over 100 days, from Antarctic waters to the West African coast.


Afterwards, we got to see one of their ships that was being retired due to its damage, the ship being the ‘Steve Irwin’. As well as learning what they do for the community, we also learned what we can do to help our environment such as reducing our plastic use by using reusable water bottles and lunch containers, saying no to straws and plastic bags, and using environmentally friendly cleaning products at home.


Lauren Raftopoulos

Year 9


Wheel Talk

This term in PE, Year 9s are focusing on modified games for inclusion. Students are learning about why modified games are important and engaging in multiple different activities. This term the Disability Sport and Recreation Organisation came and took the Year 9s through their stories and had them participate in wheelchair basketball and other activities. Everyone loved the day and all had sore arms the next day.


“It was an interesting experience and incredibly fun” 

Dahlia Berhang


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE



Junior School Activities

Year 8 Graffiti Incursion

On Tuesday 12th February the Year 8s had an incursion on graffiti and its consequences.  Xavier from the Glen Eira City Council came in and talked with us about peer pressure, choices and the effects of graffiti on not just the property, but on the neighbourhood and on ourselves. We learnt that when a property has been vandalised, its value goes down and so does the value of properties around it. The council has to spend lots of money each year cleaning graffiti, which instead could be spent on parks and open spaces, or sports equipment for schools.


"In the incursion, Xavier informed us in a funny, engaging way about how peer pressure plays a big role in teenage criminal activity. He mentioned the ripple effect of illegal graffiti and how people’s homes, their business and their neighbourhoods are affected by it. Xavier also told us about the direct consequences to the offenders, including fines, criminal records and possible juvenile detention time. He also gave us valuable advice on what to do in situations you’re not comfortable with. The classes learnt about the difference between legal and illegal graffiti. It was a great, interesting presentation and all the Year 8’s learnt a lot."


Gus and Freya 8C



"Year 8 had an incursion on graffiti where we learnt about how graffiti affects people, residents, the government, shop owners and the general population of Melbourne in a negative way. We learnt mainly about the impacts on mental health and the habits graffiti can get you into. We also had a quick look at the good side of graffiti, where artists make pieces of real art on a wall with legal permission."


Lee 8G



"In week 2 Year 8s had an incursion on graffiti where we learnt that graffiti and the environment don't mix together. If you do graffiti you will get into trouble and you can get a massive fine."


Charlee 8G



"In week 2, Year 8 had an incursion on graffiti where we learnt about how graffiti is bad for the environment, not to do it, and what amount of trouble you could get into. We learnt that the police can find people who have done graffiti even if you only leave spray cans by using your finger prints. We all had fun and the speaker was kind of funny which was nice. We all learnt at least one thing on that day, the show gave me even more reason why not to do graffiti. I really hoped that it also persuaded other students not to do any graffiti. All in all it was an extraordinary experience for us. There is one way you can graffiti - by getting paid for it."


Edison  8G

The Back of Our Hands

It was an ordinary Thursday at GEC, and class 7C were in the library taking Ms Cordingley’s English lesson. It was period 5, and everybody was very apprehensive because in period 6 we were going to have a history test.


Class 7C does Immersion French and even though we have really good teachers and some people have French as a second language, it was still very daunting.


Normally in the library, we work on our grammar books and if people have finished that we normally read, or in this case we were offered a third option: to practice our French words. A group of students who were enthusiastic and motivated jumped up on the whiteboard in the library and organised extra revision for the next lesson.

I sat down and started to review all the words that my mum tested me on 65 times at home. As I was reviewing my words that I was going to be tested on, I remembered what Hugh, a boy in my class, said, “Apparently if you situate your hands into fists and put them together then that is how big your brain is.” In my head, I was repeating, ‘Come on Peri, the more you write the bigger your hands will get which then equals a big brain.’ Somehow that chant started to escort me out of my head and into trying to memorise these words like the back of my hand.

I looked up and saw the group of girls directing their own learning on one whiteboard by testing themselves on all the 10 words that we have to know like the back of our hands.


Peri Su Ceyhan

Year 7C

Business Management 

Incursion by Reserve Bank of Australia

New and exciting things have been happening within our college this term as there was another incursion  on 27th February by Reserve Bank of Australia.


The main purpose of this incursion was to provide engaging information and a valuable learning experience for our Year 10 World of Business students and a snapshot of the Australian economy and the role of Australia's central bank in economic growth. These incursions not only provide a range of information, resources and learning experiences to support students with their learning but also guide them to choose their future pathways. This incursion was an important event for the Year 10 World of Business course as it was very much relevant to their first assessment task.

Following are some highlights of this event.


Students learnt about Government banking that include Centrelink payments, old age pensions, Medicare payments, and how welfare payments during times of crisis like floods or bushfires are made by the RBA on the behalf of the Australian Government.


The presenter also mentioned about the importance of financial stability, types of payment systems in Australia and the concept of cash rate, which helps the government to decide the Monetary Policy in the country.


It was interesting for our students to understand how the recent data and graphs indicate the country’s growth and helps in making future government policies and predictions.


Another interesting fact mentioned was that new 20-dollar notes are going to be in circulation by October 2019, designed and produced by RBA. Another fact they learnt is that RBA is also the lender of last resort. The presenter also discussed with our students how to become an economist and make their carrier in RBA.


Overall, students and staff found this incursion a valuable learning experience 


Parminder Kaur

Mathematics and Business Management Teacher


Here are few words from our students who attended this event.


Year 10 World of Business cohort this term got an opportunity to understand how the RBA or the Reserve Bank of Australia works. We had a guest speaker Ms Sharon who talk to us about the non commercial bank, RBA. The main focus for this incursion was to interpret the different policies and role of an economist in society. We further learned about financial stability and monetary policy. During the session, we were told the different job options that could be ideal for an economics student. The incursion was really helpful and gave all of us a better idea of why the Reserve Bank is important in our economy.


Chhavi Goel Year 10



On 27th February Sharon, an economist from RBA came to GEC to give us knowledge about the economy. We were informed about the monetary policies, which involves cash rates, exchange, circulation of money and the production of notes. We also discussed the difference between unemployment and underemployed; it was shown via two graphs. Overall we think these incursions are a good learning experience and we should organise for more to come in.


Zac, Lilli and Phoenix Year 10



In our World of Business incursion on 27th February, we learnt about the role of Reserve Bank of Australia. The unemployment rate was very high in the late 80s the unemployment rate since has dropped to under 5%. What we learnt in the topic of GDP was the GDP formula, which is Consumer + Investment + Government spending + Net imports. We also learnt the Head Office of Reserve Bank of Australia is based in Sydney but has its branches in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. RBA also have branches overseas in London and New York.


Overall it was an informative event for all of us. I enjoyed this event.


Peter Haritos Year 10

Australian Tax Office (ATO) Incursion

On Thursday 21st February 2019, Year 11 Business Management and Year 11 Accounting students had an excellent opportunity by having an incursion hosted by Australian Tax Office. The School Education Program helps prepare students to enter and interact with the tax and super systems by teaching the topics in an engaging way.The purpose of this program is to provide a chance for students to be able to extend their subject knowledge on Tax, Super and Businesses in Australia.


Following were the topics that were discussed during this presentation

  1. An introduction to the tax and super systems
  2. Why you need a tax file number (TFN) – How to get one
  3. Information on tax and HECS/HELP scheme, when preparing to enter the workforce or study
  4. Understanding tax bracket and how to lodge tax returns
  5. What type of information ATO wants from businesses in Australia
  6. Taxable deductions in the businesses
  7. Cash economy in the country
  8. How to spot if there is a SCAM under the name of ATO, what strategies can be used to avoid such scams
  9. An overview of superannuation.


It was a very informative presentation through PowerPoint and videos to engage students. It was very nice to see that our students were asking questions of the presenter about how they can prepare themselves to work in ATO in their future careers. 


The students and staff who attended found the incursion to be an invaluable learning activity.


Parminder Kaur

Business Management and Mathematics Teacher

Here are few words from our students on this Business Incursion


On Thursday 21st February, the Year 11 Business Management and Year 11 Accounting classes had the opportunity to learn and gauge new skills in relation to tax and managing our money as we mature, from an expert Mr Chris Ramsden, who works at the Australian Taxation Office.


At the beginning of the incursion, we were all extremely interested to learn about what was involved in transitioning into working life, getting a job and how all this related to how we will ultimately give back to our cities and country as a whole. We were assisted to understand why taxes are important and how they benefit the nation and communities.The whole year level found it extremely important and helpful to learn about tax file numbers in depth as this is something that I personally will be coming across in my future very soon as will many fellow students who are in the same position.


Mr Ramsden also explained how we should be protecting the security of our Tax file numbers and why this is important. In today's modern world it is crucial to understand where personal information should and should not be shared and we were extremely glad this was discussed in relation to the personal income we will be receiving when entering the workforce.


The incursion was largely a powerpoint presentation, however Mr Ramsden included videos, helping to visually explain what he was talking about in a simpler form. I believe everyone who attended the incursion found these videos really interesting and I thought this gave us a unique and memorable way to understand what we were learning about.


Overall, this presentation was extremely informative for me and my fellow students who are keen to study business and economics. From learning about topics ranging from tax returns to student loans, the information presented in this incursion was highly beneficial and will guide me in this important area long term.


Bridie Skinner Year 11


Last week a representative from the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) came and gave all the Year 11s who are doing Business Management an incursion oh what the ATO is about and what rights and responsibilities we as citizens of Australia have regarding taxation. We learnt the reasons for paying tax including how tax funds many parts of our infrastructure including hospitals, schools and roads as well as that the amount of tax we pay depends on our annual income. The main part of the presentation was about your tax file numbers. He explained the reasons of having a tax file number, these include being taxed the right amount according to your wage, superannuation, the ability to defer your higher education fees, lodge your tax return and lastly the ability to access Centrelink allowances such as a Youth Allowance and Newstart. After explaining the reasons for getting a tax file number he then showed the appropriate way to protect your tax file number from scams and other persons. Overall I found this incursion by the ATO extremely helpful in widening the range of my business knowledge.

Noah Loven Year 11


Aiming For Successful Learning

As one of the new Teaching and Learning Leaders at Glen Eira College, when new information relating to improvements and achievements occur in the teaching and learning space, I will aim to share this share information with the school community.


Since arriving at the start of the year, it has been a priority to build the use of Learning Aims and Success Criteria in all classrooms at Glen Eira College. After some initial professional learning, teachers have been working collaboratively to incorporate Learning Aims and Success Criteria into their instructional practice. The use of Learning Aims and Success Criteria are intrinsically linked to Glen Eira’s SABRE Instructional Model (Starter – Aim – Body – Review – Evaluate). Further information on SABRE can be seen on the school’s website under Teaching and Learning.


Why use learning aims and success criteria?

Using Learning Aims and Success Criteria ensures all students know what they are going to learn and where they are heading. Success Criteria helps teachers and students to decide whether they have achieved the Learning Aim.


What do current students think about using learning aims and success criteria?

“It has been useful, I like teacher’s using Success Criteria and Learning Aims, particularly when it is changed up each lesson.”

“Success Criteria gives us a clear goal to reach and pushes us to reach that goal”

“I think it is good to use, it gives us a goal to achieve and if we achieve our goal we feel good about ourselves.”


Clinton Chiumello

Teaching and Learning Leader

Performing Arts News

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2019

Glen Eira College again has the opportunity to be involved in the Mass Choir for the Victorian State School Spectacular in 2019.  The Spectacular includes a cast of over 3000 Victorian government school students, working towards a common goal in a collaborative, competition-free environment. Its dual aim is to provide an invaluable performing arts opportunity to Victoria's government school students and to showcase the enormous talent that exists in our schools. This all comes together in a 2-3 hour scripted show that celebrates a diversity of performance mediums, including choir, dance, vocal, drama, and a live orchestra.


Students who participate in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular are provided with a unique opportunity to work with internationally renowned industry professionals across all disciplines, as well as the amazing experience of performing live in front of thousands of people, whilst also being broadcast on national television.


There are also a number of other talented GEC dancers and vocalists who have already auditioned and received call-backs in February for the highly competitive principal and featured positions. We also have a number of students who were accepted in the PAU Choir. Congratulations!


There are still a number of limited positions available to work BACKSTAGE or to play in the ORCHESTRA (if you are AMEB Grade 5 or above on your instrument). For expressions of interest and audition information have a chat with Ms Baker-Goldsmith in the Music Office / Junior School Office.

Radio Club

Are you a confident speaker, or interested in improving your public speaking skills? Do you like working as part of team? Maybe you might be interested in joining the GEC Radio Club in 2019!


Radio Club gives groups of students from the college the opportunity to prepare, organise and then present their own hour-long radio show live on the air. A number of times per term (usually once every 2-3 weeks), students meet early on a Thursday or Friday morning and make their way to in North Brighton to present a morning breakfast radio show on 88.3 Southern FM. The radio show can include conversations and music, but it is up to the group to decide what they would like to present during their hour on air. After the radio show there is a debriefing over breakfast to discuss what went well and what could be improved for the next show.


If you are interested in participating in one of our next shows, contact Ms Baker-Goldsmith or come along to our weekly lunchtime meetings on Tuesdays in Room 1. Hope to see you all there!


We are next on the air from 8am to 9am on 88.3 Southern FM this term on Thursday 28th March.


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinator & Head of Performing Arts

Arts & Technology News

Visual Arts Captain

Hello! My name is Sapir Triffon, and I’m your new Visual Arts Captain for the year! I’m here to listen to your creative needs and help inspire creativity within all of you, no matter what kind! But before I can do all that, let me tell you a bit about myself.


I am a Year 10 student, and enjoy multiple art forms, such as acting, music and illustration. I may not be the best at these in the whole school, however, I can assure you I’m very passionate about them! I love to sing whenever I get the chance to, and on a stage is one of the most fun places for me to be! Not to mention, I spend a lot of my spare time sketching at home.

If it wasn’t clear enough already, let me say it again. I LOVE Art! And this is exactly why I applied to become the Visual Arts Captain for 2019.


What I hope more than anything is to open up people’s creative side and give them a chance to express themselves a bit more artistically, in whatever way they’d like! I love to seek and view art, but the one thing I love to see even more is someone smile as they’re doing something they enjoy.


So be sure to pay attention to what artistic chances and events pop up throughout the year, because they might just be more fun than you expect!


Sapir Triffon

Visual Arts Captain

Careers Corner

Year 12

Careers Chat

Dear Year 12s

I will be handing out an information sheet for you all to fill in in the next couple of weeks. Please fill this in and bring it back to me when you have 5 minutes to go over the information with me. This will help us both in knowing your plans for beyond Year 12 and information that I can help you with.


UCAT (Previously known as UMAT)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.

The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020).

The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.  It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.

It is also an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate aptitude for a demanding programme of study.

The UCAT ANZ is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations.

Please note that some pathways to medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences will not require the UCAT.  For some applicants a different test may be required.  For details candidates should refer to the websites of the universities to which they intend to apply.


UCAT Dates 2019

Candidates taking the UCAT in 2019 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2020 should note these key dates:

Find out more here –


UCAT Free Practice Papers


The UCAT is a 2 hour computer-based test that will run throughout July 2019. You can download a brochure here – UCAT Handbook

We also have UCAT guides and a free full-length UCAT practice exam available for download on our website:

Find out about the UCAT Masterclass here –


NSW Health has compiled an extensive list of extremely useful fact sheets to assist students in making more informed career choices about the many careers in the health industry, and to ensure their career plans not only fulfil their personal aspirations but also align with the needs of the industry.  Students keen on finding out more about what the job is about, whether or not there is a shortage, etc. are encouraged to browse the following link on NSW Health - Medical Career Planning

University Information

Study Medicine | New information: FAQs and the AMA

This free resource provides detailed information to questions such as:

  • How do I increase my chances to get into medical school?
  • What’s Plan B if I don’t get into medicine?

The FAQ links to the Australian Medical Association (the AMA also links to Study Medicine), pointing students to highly credible and authoritative information about a career in medicine.


How We Got In : Our Journeys to UPenn, UChicago & Duke | Hawthorn

Sun, March 3 | 3pm – 4:30pm | Hawthorn Arts Centre

If you’re feeling like there must be other options out there than the major two or three local unis then this event is for you!

Hear from Australian students who have just been offered a place at three of the top colleges in the US…

University of Pennsylvania – tied at #8 by US News, UPenn is an Ivy League college known for its world-leading business school and a culture of student internships.

University of Chicago – tied for #3 spot by US News, UChicago is a top private college known for its maths and economics department as well as its quirky student culture!

Duke University – tied at #8 by US News, Duke is a top research university in North Carolina known for its sporting teams as well as its engineering and business schools.

By the end of this event, you’ll come away knowing why Australian students are choosing US Colleges over local universities and how to work towards your own journey overseas!

Book now and use code STUDYWORKGROW for $10 off –


Courses in Global and International Studies
Many universities in Victoria offer courses that include major studies in international studies, global studies, international relations, policy studies, politics, etc. that students keen on a career as a diplomat, or working in government or NGO’s, might be keen on studying.  Students should note that the prerequisite VCE subject for most of the degrees listed below is only an English or EAL.  For a comprehensive list of all relevant courses (including the many other double-degree options) on offer at universities, visit VTAC



Year 10

Work Experience and Year 10 Camp

16th to 20th September

As the College grows it gets more and more difficult to find work experience placements for all students. Some organisations no longer take secondary students or instead take on Tertiary students through internships. We have had large numbers of students over the past few years rely on the school to find them a work experience placement and many of these students have been reluctant to participate in the program at all. Our aim when running the two programs in the same week was to give the students the option of not participating in work experience if they are attending camp.

Students who wish to be involved in both programs can participate in work experience during the term holidays. Glen Eira College will continue to support these students with their work experience in the same way we support all students doing work experience. I already have 2 students going out in the April School Holidays on great placement opportunities.

If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact me.


There are many benefits to work experience.

  • People are more likely to hire you if you’ve tried a job and still like it 
  • It shows you have initiative and can try new things 
  • You’ll have an opportunity to get a valuable reference from your ‘employer’ 
  • Network, meet potential future employers, find out about their graduate positions or if they offer apprenticeships and traineeships.  

Do you know someone in an interesting job?  If so, perhaps they will host you for a week.  


Ask around.   Many of the best opportunities aren’t advertised. Try putting together a cover letter and CV then applying as you would for a job. You’re more likely to get a spot, plus you can chalk up some practice at applying for real jobs. 


What is Workplace Health and Safety?

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), also known as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), are a series of laws and regulations. They’re in place to ensure that employer's make every effort to protect you (their employee and the public) from both physical and psychosocial workplace hazards.

All year 10s will have completed the [email protected] certificate as part of the Year 9 program. Year 10 students new to Glen Eira College will need to undertake these modules prior to work experience.

Please come and see me for more information.


Work experience as a Surveyor

 Details are on this link:


General Information

Young Women Leaders in AI

It’s a 12-month journey.
Starting with our 6-day AI Leadership camp, followed by ongoing mentorship.

We’re scouting Australia for talented individuals who are ready to think big. If you’ve already got AI ideas, or if you simply like the sound of pursuing a passion that really will change the world then get your application in as soon as you can. Places in the program are capped to achieve a remarkable mix of young women.

Who? Women ages 16-26 from all over Australia.

Leadership Camp - 12th to 17th April 2019 | Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast, QLD

Applications close 17th March 2019

Participation in the program is Free. However, any cars, planes, trains and accommodation you need are not included in the camp.

Find out more –


Maths: Make your Career Count

Students often ask where maths and statistics can take you!  Are there jobs out there that use maths?  By browsing Maths Careers, students will certainly find out just how many jobs use maths! 


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.

Xuno Portal

Need your login details for the Xuno portal? Contact the College on 9571 7838 or email [email protected]


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 [email protected] or on  9571 7838.

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


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.


Please find attached the CSEF application form.  


If you applied for the CSEF here at GEC in 2018, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances (such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019).


You only need to complete an application form if you are new to GEC in 2019 or you did not apply in 2018.


Please contact the General Office on 9571 7838 if you have any questions.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Multicultural Picnic

Our Multicultural Picnic on Wednesday 20th February was lots of fun for families who joined us and a warm welcome to the school for new families.



Ride2School Day Friday March 22   

Active transport is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst students and the wider school community. Whether they ride or scoot all the way, or part way, it's a great way for all students to get active, learn new skills and increase their confidence. National Ride2School Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage active travel within your school community. The day celebrates those who already actively travel to school and encourages those who don't to start.


In 2015 Glen Eira College adopted an active travel charter to encourage students and staff to travel by active means. Half way is ok - so if you are driving organise for your kids to walk from say Glenhuntly Road or station, Booran Reserve or scoot or ride from EE Gunn Park or the Town Hall.

Safer bike lanes for students near Glen Eira College

Glen Eira Council is planning to upgrade Inkerman St bike lanes to link the new Djerring trail under the skyrail at Caulfield to the proposed new St Kilda Road safer bike lanes and serving over 17,000 Monash Uni students. Safer bike lanes with more separation from traffic are also needed along Glen Eira, Booran and Neerim roads for students to ride more safely to Glen Eira College, libraries, shopping centres and the Bay – some 9000 students attend schools this route.  Glen Eira Council is inviting feedback on safer bike lanes so please send your suggestions for safer routes for students and families on these and other local bike routes to [email protected]

Djerring Trail family ride Sunday morning 31st March

The Glen Eira Bicycle Users Group is hosting a family friendly ride along the new Djerring Trail under the new skyrail from Caulfield to Murrumbeena for a 1 hour ride.

Sunday 31 March 10am meet at Dudley St Carpark, East Caulfield Reserve. Option of coffee after. RSVP Cathy Erin 8E’s mum 0412 119 807


Join our Facebook group to find out what is happening with cycling in Glen Eira

Next Meeting: Thursday 14th March at 6.30pm at Anabella Pizza and Pasta, 1141

Glenhuntly Road, Glenhuntly. (Near Glenhuntly Station) 


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.

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 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 [email protected]. To Eliza and Svetlana


Our next meeting will discuss possible

  • Party in the Park – Allnutt Park Bentleigh Sunday March 17
  • Movie Night
  • Autumn school uniform sale

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

Weekly walk and talk  

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

Caulfield Primary School Fete

Our famous Caulfield Primary School Fete is coming. We’re gearing up for a magnificent day filled with amazing food, fabulous wine, and exciting events. There’ll be a petting zoo, carnival rides, show bags, silent auction, live music, crafts, Japanese activities, workshops, and more. We can’t wait to see you there.

Where: Caulfield Primary School – 724 Glenhuntly Rd. Caulfield South

When: Sunday 31st March, 11am – 4pm


Teen school holiday program April 9-18th

Activities are open to young people aged 12 to 18 years. All participants must live, work or study in Glen Eira. To find out more, visit our booking information page, contact Youth Services on 9524 3676 or email [email protected]

Bookings open Monday 18 March at 9am and close Friday 29 March at 5pm.

Bookings for activities are made online and places are limited. Book online*

If your child requires additional support to participate in the Teen School Holiday program, please contact 9524 3676 to discuss activities and support requirements before booking.


Cathy McNaughton


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