GEC College News

12 December 2019
Issue Twelve
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal 
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
Careers Corner
Languages Corner
Performing Arts News
Updated GEC Assessment and Reporting Policy
Health & PE News
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates

December 2019

Monday 16th December

Pool Day Activity or Production Workshop


Tuesday 17th December

Presentation Night Rehearsal 1pm - 3pm

Presentation Night 6pm - 8pm


Wednesday 18th December

Lawn Bowls Activity 


Thursday 19th December

Environmental Duties Activity


Friday 22nd December

Staff Last Day Term 4

January 2020

Friday 24th January

Campion Book Collection 9am – 3pm


GECPA 2nd Hand Uniform Sale 10am – 11am


Thursday 30th January

First Day Term 1

February 2020

Saturday 1st February

GECPA Committee Meeting, Workshop Cafe, 1146 Glenhuntly Road 11am


Thursday 6th February

GEC Swimming Carnival


Monday 10th February

School Photos


Year 7 Elevate Education Incursion 11am – 12:45pm


Tuesday 11th February

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


Friday 14th February

Library Lovers Day


Senior Interschool Sport


Year 10 Teen Issues Excursion 9am – 2pm


Wednesday 19th February

Year 7 Parent Evening 6:30pm


College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Thursday 20th February

Robotics Mission to Mars - Victorian Space Science Centre Excursion


Sunday 23rd February

GECPA Family Picnic, Booran Reserve 11am – 1pm


Monday 24th February

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Thursday 27th February

Year 12 Formal 6:30pm – 10:30pm

March 2020

Monday 2nd – Friday 6th March

Year 7 Camp


Tuesday 3rd March

Beachside Swimming


Friday 6th March

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 9th March

Labour Day Public Holiday (School Closed)


Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th March



Friday 13th March

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Monday 16th March

Year 7 Immunisations


Thursday 19th March

School Tour 9:15am


Parent Teacher Interviews A – K


Friday 20th March

Whole Staff PD Day (Student Free)


Tuesday 24th March

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Thursday 26th March

Parent Teacher Interviews L – Z


Friday 27th March

GEC Cross Country Carnival


Last Day Term 1

From the Principal

It is with great pride that I thank all members of the GEC community for all that you have done to make 2019 another wonderfully successful year for our students and our college.  I am so proud of our students, staff, parents and community.   I appreciate the work that you all do in supporting our students to achieve the very best they can in all aspects of their lives at GEC.

I would like to thank Ruth Gordon - Council President and the School Council, Parents and Friends Association and all other volunteers who contribute so much to the College.


 There are many highlights over recent weeks. Here are just a few:

  • Year 12 Valedictory: The City of Glen Eira Town Hall was packed with students and their families.  Students were awarded with certificates and commemorative pens.
  • Annual Languages Assembly: We were delighted to have Johanna Durand, the new Alliance Francaise director as our guest speaker.  It was wonderful to see so many students recognised for their success in Language learning.    
  •  Arts and Technology Showcase: An amazing display of the wonderful talents of our students in a range of media.
  • Various music performance evenings showcased the musical talents of our students.   
  • The Year 8 and 9 camps were huge successes.  
  • Year 7 2020 Orientation Activities for parents and students.


We had 7 students competing in National Athletic championships in Perth achieving wonderful results at this very high level.

  • Our students did extremely well with GEC coming 6th in Australia - all should be so very proud of their achievement.
  • William Wong, Year 8: First in the Hurdles and is the new National Champion
  • Haddi El Shorbagy, Year 9: 3rd in the shot put
  • Seif El Shorbagy, Year 7:  7th in the hammer 

All students have commenced their 2020 studies and have been given course overviews and activities to ensure they are fully prepared for the start of next year.

VCE Results

I am very proud of our 2019 Year 12 students and grateful to all of their teachers over the years for the outstanding support they give to each and every student.


We were delighted to have Channels 2, 7, 9, and 10 at school this morning interviewing students and parents who were able to share their stories and their pride that all their hard work has paid off.  You should be able top see our students on the news tonight


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

  • 22.2% of ATAR scores 90 or above (up from 15%)
  •  39.5% of ATAR scores 80 or above
  • 58% % of ATAR scores 70 or above
  • 5.5%  of study scores 40 or above   
  • Median Study Score of 30 - increasing again
  • Mean Study score of 29.9 - increasing again

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

Mobile Phone Policy

Thank you to all parents, students, staff and School Council for their support of our Mobile Phone Policy.  We have reviewed and refined our policy in line with the DET new mobile phone policy effective as of Term 1 2020.


Glen Eira College understands that students may bring a mobile phone to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school or to extra-curricular activities.

While at Glen Eira College, in the buildings or outside on the grounds, at any time prior to the end of the school day phones must be switched off and locked securely in the student’s locker.

After the end of the school day (after 3.07pm), students may access their phones as long as they are not in the school building.

  • Exceptions to this policy may be applied if certain conditions are met
  • When emergencies occur, parents or carers should reach their child by calling the General Office.


Mobile phones owned by students at Glen Eira College are considered valuable items and are brought to school at the owner’s (student or parent/carer) risk.  Students are encouraged not to bring a mobile phone to school unless there is a compelling reason to do so. 


Please note that Glen Eira College does not have accident insurance for accidental property damage or theft. Students and their parents/carers are encouraged to obtain appropriate insurance for valuable items.  Students are responsible for items brought to school.


Students who use their mobile phone in breach of this policy will have their phone confiscated and stored at the General Office.  For students who repeatedly breach this policy a parent / carer will need to collect the student’s phone.

Please click on the link below to see the full policy or go to our school website.


We say farewell to:

  • Brenton Hale, Fiona Tingate, Monica Kartika, Chris Cowie, Joseph O’Farrell, Palmina Iacobelli, Kathleen Pellizzer, Kelly Blake and Candice Wang and thank them for their wonderful contribution in working with our students during their time at GEC and we wish them all the best at their new schools.
  • Charlotte Cowley, Emma Nishikubu, Cedric Chamontin and Ying Lee but only for a year or so while they take leave.

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


We welcome back: 

Karen Muramatsu - Japanese / Science

Keira McLean – Physical Education

Elizabeth Tasiopoulos – Biology / Maths


We welcome:

Narelle Pritchard – Maths / Accounting

Lyndell Roper – Japanese

Simone Genovese - French / Humanities

Karyn Lindner - Arts

Stanley Cheng - Mental Health Practioner


Finally, I wish all students and families a happy and safe holiday. I look forward to seeing our students ready for the 2020 academic year on Thursday 30th January. 

Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principal 

Presentation Evening

Our annual Presentation Evening will be held on Tuesday 17 December 2019.  This special gathering of our school community will be held in the college gymnasium on Tuesday 17 December July from 6:30pm. All award winners in Years 7-12 must wear FULL summer school uniform and need to be seated by 6:10pm.  Parents, siblings and guests are to be seated by 6:15pm.


 If you would like to reserve a seat, please click here to indicate the number of seats you will require prior to midday on Monday 16 December.

 Awards will be presented in four categories:

  • Academic Excellence awards recognise outstanding academic achievement across the breadth and depth of the curriculum.
  • Endeavour awards are presented for outstanding effort, attitude and application by students.  Award winners have been nominated by their teachers. 
  • Special awards acknowledge excellence in the fields of sport, special interests, and community service.
  • Scholarships and bursaries.

All students receiving awards will be required to attend a rehearsal on Tuesday 17 December 2019.  This will assist us in making sure that the event runs smoothly on the night.  Students can dress in casual clothes and will need to be at school by 1.00pm and will be dismissed no later than 3.00pm.  The canteen will not be open.  Students will not be supervised prior to 1.00pm.

Students who are not receiving an award are not required at the rehearsal.


With holidays rapidly approaching, many families will need to update items of uniform.  Items may need to be adjusted, mended or replaced.  Similarly, expectation around piercings, facial hair and clothing remain unchanged for next year.  Please familiarise yourself with the college’s uniform policy if you are unsure of what is expected.  Here are some important reminders:


Dresses, shorts and skirts

All hemlines should be no more than 5cm above the knee. As our students grow, the length of their garments may need to be adjusted accordingly. 



Black leather lace up school shoes (no T-bars allowed).  Gym shoes/runners are not to be worn except for PE.  Thongs, sandals, and boots are not acceptable footwear.



When students return from holidays, hair styles should not be extreme. This relates to cut, colouring and length.  Hair is to be worn in a neat and tidy manner. If hair is coloured it must be a natural hue.

Facial hair is not permitted and students are expected to be clean shaven at all times.


Jewellery and makeup

A reminder that the only jewellery permitted is:

  • Two pairs of earrings (surgical sleepers or studs) in the ears only. These must be plain gold or silver (no colours). Maximum diameter of stud is 3mm. Maximum diameter of sleeper is 10mm. No other piercings are permitted.
  • Watch
  • Any other jewellery is not to be visible.
  • Makeup and coloured nail polish are not part of the uniform and must not be worn.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

Well this year has flown and so much has taken place. I cannot stress enough how proud we are of this Year 7 cohort and their ability to adapt to secondary school life. This year is only second to how big their Year 12 year will be, and believe me that time will be coming up quickly as well.


These students have made the transition into secondary school and now are in transition week, getting ready for being in Year 8. These two weeks will be full of Year 8 classes and activities such as the Smart Start Workshops, Melbourne Liveability Excursions, Peer Support Sessions, and their dance performances.


Last week the Music department had their band playing at lunchtime for students and staff. The majority of the band was made up of our ever so talented cohort displaying their amazing abilities.



Patrick Cruden

Hanako Gunton

Odelia Ashkar

Hugh Buckingham

Tilly Delord

Crystal Cao

Eden Thomas

Felix Dressel-De Bruyn

Natalie Peverell

Rachel Chourpo

Nina Gibbs

Alyssa Borrirak

Oskar De Bruin


Our moto this year was “Getting out of your comfort zone”, which so many students did and with the interest in the 2020 leadership positions, it is looking like this will continue. It has been great to Coordinate these students this year and we are looking forward to continue on with them next year.


On behalf of Daniel and myself, we would like to wish you a happy and safe break so we can see you all refreshed for the New Year.


Sue Rio and Daniel Lake

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 7 Liveability Field Trips

Year 7 students had 184 years of history condensed into two hours, learning about the Batman Treaty, the Gold Rush, and Marvelous Melbourne. The students had a guided walking tour of our wonderful city, learning what has made Melbourne so liveable for a long period of time.


A wonderful learning experience had by all.


Lou Tsarpalas

Year 7 Humanities Teacher



Year 8 Highlights

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Year 8 students on a successful 2019. We are proud that many students in the cohort have dedicated themselves to their studies, their social relationships and their personal growth throughout the year.


Thank you to all students who attended camp for their excellent behaviour. All students and teachers had a fun-filled and positive experience at Kangaroobie.


Here is a short reflection from Evelyn Krelle of 8D, “During the Year 8 camping trip to Kangaroobie I have enjoyed the activities such as survivor, game of life and death and the obstacle course. Although the weather hasn’t been the best we have been able to experience each activity to its fullest. I have also enjoyed the food and getting to know everyone in my cabin. This camp has allowed me and my peers to bond and get out in the bush away from our city lifestyle. The bush walks, although challenging, are beautiful, they allow us to experience being out in the bush and see the earth’s natural beauty.



We wish all the Year 8s safe and enjoyable holidays and all the best for Year 9 in 2020.


Charlee Cowley & Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinators

Year 8 Geography Field Trip

North-westerly, southerly, 30°C, 12°C, windy, sunny. Just some of the conditions our Yearr 8 students experienced on their Geography field trip to Mordialloc and Frankston.


The students completed their field report based on observations, measurements and questionnaires, on the use and management of coastal landscapes. Students learnt how natural forces particularly wind and wave action change coasts and how humans interact within coastal landscapes.


It was terrific to  see students put into practice what they had learnt in class and discuss possible changes that may occur in the future based on human and natural causes.


A most enjoyable and worthwhile experience enjoyed by all.


Lou Tsarpalas

Year 8 Geography Teacher

Year 9 Highlights

To all Year 9s, on the notice board by the main entrance there is a certificate and a thank you card from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for your amazing feat of raising $1630.55. Have a read when you can!


And last but not least, a big thank you to all Year 9s who have made 2019 a wonderful year to be a coordinator!! You are an amazing bunch of people and I wish you all the very best in 2020 and in all your academic pursuits. 


Brenton Hale

Year 9 Coordinator

Materials Project

It’s always pleasing to see students who want to step up and want to learn more. Evelyn Krelle, Hashim Farah, Theo Cavanagh and Bhrugu Patel asked if they could do more in Materials. So rather than give them small projects during lunchtime breaks I asked if they would prefer something a bit more challenging. As an extracurricular task they built a water carrying trailer to attach to a quad bike. It’s not a Furphy but they did a great job and along the way picked up some valuable extra skills. Skills that would normally be more suited to senior students. For them, the next years project is to build go kart.


John Tserkezidis

Materials Teacher



Senior School News

I would like to congratulate the Senior School students on a wonderful year.

To the Class of 2019 we congratulate you all on a fantastic year and sincerely hope that your results allow you to move into your intended pathway next year. Please remember that if need any career advice Heather and the Senior School team are available.


Our preparations for 2020 have been in full swing. Our VCE transition week has been completed with all classes beginning their courses and students being introduced to the courses they have chosen to study. All students need to make sure that they have registered for the google classroom groups for each of their 2020 classes. It is important that you complete the required holiday homework by the beginning of the school year. If you were absent and did not get the codes for google classroom please contact your teachers and request the code.


To all 2020 Year 10 students, welcome to Senior School. Year 10 transition will be finishing on the 13th of December.


We wish you all a Happy Holidays and an enjoyable break and look forward to seeing you in 2020.


I would like to introduce the Senior Team for 2020

Senior School Leader: Jeff Micallef

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Year 11 Coordinator: Daniel Mulligan

Year 10 Coordinator: Sarah Mortimer

Career and Pathways Coordinator: Heather Palm


Jeff Micallef

Senior School Leader

Year 10 News

Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been facilitating the Year 7 team sessions each Wednesday and Friday. They have been doing a marvellous job of interacting with the Year Year 7s on a daily basis making it a positive experience. To further support the Year 7 cohort, the Peer Support Leaders have organised an incursion (Year 7 Wellbeing Quiz) to create awareness around mental wellbeing amongst young people. It was a wonderful learning experience for Year 7 students who are transitioning to Year 8. This event was held on Thursday December 5th from period 1 to 3.


Transition has now commenced.

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 2020 will begin. Holiday homework will be distributed during this time.


Delanka Peiris

Year 10 Coordinator

Library Corner

The examination period is now over and Transition into 2020 is underway in earnest.  We farewelled our Class of 2019 and wish them well in the next stage of their life journey. This is the perfect time for all students to tidy up bookshelves, lockers and school bags and return unwanted library books and other loans. 


Activities in the Library are continuing with Book Club lunchtime meetings and class bookings. Congratulations to Lauren (7E) and Lynn (7E) who teamed up to win the Book Club Kahoot Quiz #2 and shared a scrumptious Cadbury Favourites prize. Other Book Club participants enjoyed chocolates and lollipops as they pondered their Kahoot answers.


The Christmas festive season also highlights the plight of families who are in need and the Library was a collection point for two College incentives. A large Giving Tree was set up by Year 9 students calling for donations of new and used toys/books/clothes for local disadvantaged children. The ELC provided a Food Drive box for donations of non-perishable food items.



This term we have been fortunate in the services of three Duke of Edinburgh Scheme students who each volunteer one hour a week to assist with library duties. Caitlin (9B), Yashasvi (9B) and Lucas (9A) have proven quick learners and perform their tasks in a very pleasant manner.



Lunchtimes in the Library continued to be busy and it was lovely to see so many groups of students engaged in playing Uno, cards and board games. Several new card games were ordered at the end of November and we hope that students enjoy these before the December holiday break. Five new sets of Uno cards were also included in a second order.


The Library has been a very popular community space before Team and we invite you to enjoy some recent snaps of students enjoying the Library spaces and collections. Our featured display for November was a selection of new books - several lovely art and design texts in addition to bestselling fiction, biography and YA titles. Check out these new reads and don’t forget the selection of ebooks and audiobooks available via the College’s Wheelers ePlatform and Ebsco eBook Collection. Visit the Library’s catalogue and follow the links:



Library Opening Hours:

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)


Homework Help:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school, 3:15pm to 4:30pm


Sherri Michael

College Librarian

Careers Corner

RSA Course

We recently had a large number of Year 11 and Year 12 students who expressed their interest in attending a training session to complete their Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate at the school. The RSA certificate is a mandatory certification required by anyone wishing to work within the hospitality or retail industry where alcohol is sold or served. By students completing this course, they have increased their future options and chances of employment once they turn 18. All the students really enjoyed taking part in this course and it will hopefully benefit them both now and in the future.



Work Experience

I have recently met with all of the Year 9 students to encourage them to begin searching and applying for Work Experience opportunities for Year 10 in 2020. Quite a few of the popular Work Experience programs are starting to open registrations already, so students need to be quick as to not miss out on these great programs. For any Year 9 students who didn’t receive the information I handed out and emailed around, please feel free to come and see me in the Senior School Office.

University Information

During ‘Change of Preference Period’ most Universities hold expos, one-on-one appointments or have hotlines set up to assist students with discussions about courses and pathways. I have sent around an email to all Year 12 students with details of these University events. this information can also be accessed on individual University websites.

2019 Year 12 Students

I want to give a final reminder to all Year 12 students who have recently finished school, to take note of all of the  important ATAR and VTAC dates below. These dates detail when ATAR and VCE results will be available, as well as when VTAC offers will be released.


For any students who need support, advice or assistance over this period, whether it be in regards to changing of preferences, confidential discussions in regards to ATAR results or even just assistance with resumes and interviews, you are more than welcome to come in to the Senior School Office to meet with me, although if possible just send me through a quick email or phone call to make sure I am available first.


ATAR and VCE results are released at 7am on Thursday, 12th of December 2019.


Domestic Students:

December Round VTAC offers are released on - Wednesday, 18th of December 2019

(Please be aware that students have until 4pm on Saturday, 14th of December 2019 to change their preferences before First Round VTAC offers)

January Round VTAC offers are released on - Wednesday, 15th of January 2020

February Round VTAC offers are released on the below dates:

Monday, 3rd of February 2020

Monday, 10th of February 2020

Monday, 17th of February 2020

Monday, 24th of February 2020

International Students:

December Round VTAC offers - 18th December 2019

January Round VTAC offers –

Round 1 - 7th of January 2020

Round 2 - 10th of January 2020

Round 3 - 15th of January 2020

Round 4 - 20th of January 2020

Round 5 - 24th of January 2020

GEC Career and Pathways Website

We have recently created a new link from our GEC Website to the Glen Eira College Careers Website. I encourage both parents and students to visit this site in order to gain further information about post school opportunities, VTAC, as well as useful links for parents to help their students with career planning and career conversations.

Students are even able to create an account within the ‘Student Secure Area’ where they can create Career Action Plans, conduct Career Personality and Interest Tests, as well as get assistance in creating a resumes and cover letters.

Please follow the below link in order to access the Glen Eira College Careers page, or you can access it through the GEC website by selecting ‘Careers and Pathways’ under the ‘Teaching and Learning’ tab.


Heather Palm

Career and Pathways Coordinator

Languages Corner

Crepes Competition with Caulfield Junior College

You can't get enough of Masterchef? Well, at Glen Eira College, we're in the same boat so we had to organise our own. We invited our neighbours, the Year 5s from Caulfield Junior College to participate in the competition. Each crepe was judged by French students from Glen Eira College and was given a total mark out of 15. The prize for winning the competition: one kilo of lollies! Congratulations to all winning teams. 



Congratulations Berthe Mouchette Winners 

Congratulations to Anna Lewis, Estelle Lipovetsky, Luisa David, Anatole Dutrieux and Eloi Pourtau for winning this year's Berthe Mouchette competition. The ceremony took place on Tuesday 19th November at the St Kilda Town Hall. Prestigious guests such as the French Ambassador and the Honorary Consul General gave awards to the Glen Eira College attendees, some of them even had the opportunity to recite their poem in front of the audience.


Cedric Chamontin

Head of Languages



Performing Arts News

2020 Production Announcement

A heads up about next year’s college production – we are doing the brilliant new show Freaky Friday! We are one of the first schools in Australia to be performing this show, so exciting times ahead in 2020!


Earlier in term 4 there was a student focus group meeting, where current students provided feedback and input into the production planning process. This also included the creation of a Production Handbook which details information about the roles as well as expectations for students who are thinking about being involved in the cast, the crew and the orchestra for next year’s show.


The Production Team are also planning to run an Information session early in 2020 for students and their families to discuss the commitment involved, leadership opportunities and expectations.


Synopsis: The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, features a book by Bridget Carpenter – the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” – and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just 24 hours before Mom’s big wedding to put things right again. Freaky Friday is a hilarious, contemporary update of the classic story, in which a mother and daughter see what it means to be a family while experiencing each other’s lives firsthand, if only for a day. Set in the present day, Freaky Friday features a tuneful pop-rock score, befitting a work that has effortlessly updated throughout its several iterations. Warmhearted, humorous and touching, this fresh take on the classic story is perfect for family audiences of all ages.


Performance Dates - late Term 2

Tuesday 23rd June (Evening Performance)

Wednesday 24th June (Matinee & Evening Performance)

Thursday 25th June (Evening Performance)

Production workshop during Activities Week – Monday 16th December

 There will be an all-day audition preparation workshop on the 2020 GEC production of Freaky Friday. It will run for the whole school day and will include sessions on singing, dancing and acting.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the show chosen for 2020 including the synopsis and about the characters, as well as how to choose and prepare audition material. All students who are interested in being part of the cast are encouraged to attend, please bring your own lunch and snacks for the day.


For more information or to register your interest in attending the workshop please contact either Ms Tori Wood ( or Ms Laura Baker-Goldsmith (

VSSS19 - Channel 7 Broadcast

Be sure to tune in to Channel 7 on Saturday 7 December at 7pm for a special broadcast of the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular. The two-hour broadcast will feature highlights from the live performances as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.


The show will also be simulcast via live streaming on the 7plus app and 7plus website (available for 30 days).


Odelia Ashkar 7A

Nina Gibbs 7B

Alma-Mia Marret 7C

Ananya Sreejith Chandroth 7D

Patrick Cruden 7G

Lihee Ashkar 8A

Orleanna Murray de Brossard 8B

Harriet Rowsell 8C

Rudi Hudson 8C

Diksha Padmakumar 8G

Alannah De Jesus 10

Gauri Gupta 10

Lottie Hudson 10


There were some other talented students who performed in other areas of this year’s Spec too:

  • Ben Matthews – Performing Arts Unit choir
  • Yvette Lipovetsky – Performing Arts Unit choir

Hope you tune in and get to see our talented students performing as part of #VSSS19!


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 YLC & Head of Performing Arts

Updated GEC Assessment and Reporting Policy

Throughout this year, the Glen Eira College Teaching and Learning team, in consultation with staff, parents and students have reviewed the Assessment and Reporting Policy. Changes will come into effect at the beginning of next year. Changes include a:

  • Clear statement of what is expected for satisfactory completion.
  • Report category for lateness so parents can see if there child has submitted work late.
  • Performance key so parents can translate the percentage into a grade.
  • Expectation that all students will have their work returned to them or a copy given at all year levels. This will provide greater opportunity for students to respond to feedback and discuss opportunities for learning growth with their families.

If you have any queries in relation to the policy and its impact, please contact Teaching and Learning Leaders Clinton Chiumello or Bernie Coghlan at the school.


Purpose of Assessment

To determine the performance level of knowledge, skills and concepts learnt throughout the semester.


Purpose of Reporting

To communicate to parents and students learning progress towards standards, Assessment Task and Unit results.

Year 7-10 Policy

Year 7-10 Policy for Satisfactory Completion

For satisfactory completion (S), at the end of a semester, students must complete allocated homework, classwork and assessment tasks as documented.


Year 7-10 Assessment Task and Examination Performance Key

The key below shows the performance descriptor and the relevant percentage range for the Grade. At Year 7-10 a Grade is used for reporting on each Assessment Task.




It is expected all 9 SEAL, Year 10-12 students undertake examinations in semester one and two. Students who do not sit examinations are required to provide suitable reasons for absence e.g. Medical Certificate. The examination result is not an indication of requirements for an S/N however, it is used for course counselling.

Victorian Certificate of Education Policy

VCE Policy for Satisfactory Completion

For satisfactory completion (S) students must demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes for the unit in accordance with the specifications set out in the Study Design. This decision is based on the teacher's judgement of student performance on a combination of set work and assessment tasks related to the outcomes.


Achievement of a learning outcome means:

  • the work meets the required standard as described in the outcomes.
  • the set work is submitted and assessment tasks are completed.
  • the teacher is able authenticate that the work upon which the judgement is the student’s own work.
  • there have been no substantive breaches of rules (including attendance requirements)


NB. Students who do not meet the 95% minimum attendance requirement will risk receiving an N for that unit, even if all work is completed satisfactorily. Documentation must be provided such as a medical certificate.


VCE Assessment Task and Examination Performance Key

The key below determines the performance descriptor for percentage that is awarded for each Assessment Task. A whole number percentage is used when reporting. VCE requires students to submit work by set deadlines; if a deadline is missed a zero score is to be awarded.



Please note, the scores obtained for School Assessed Coursework (SACs) and School Assessed Tasks (SATs) may change as a result of VCAA statistical moderation.

Progress Reports

Teachers use the Progress Report rubric to make judgements on learning progress for each student they teach. Progress Reports are completed on a 6 week cycle in Years 7-11 and a 3 week cycle in Year 12 in each semester.


The descriptors in the table below relate to the Glen Eira 5 (5 things you will see from our students), Behaviour For Learning (Do your best, Allow others to do their best, Always act respectfully) and Classroom Expectations (Classroom management sequence) documents.


Progress Report Rubric for Year 7-11

Example Year 7-11 Progress Report


Year 12 Progress Report Rubric


Example Year 12 Progress Report

Learning Progress, Homework and Attendance – Satisfactory (S) or Not Satisfactory (N)


Clinton Chiumello

Teaching & Learning Leader

Health & PE News

Last week was a big week in the Health and PE team. It was time for students to showcase what they had been working on over the course of Term 4.


First up on Wednesday was the Year 9 Gymnastic Presentations. This term the students refined their somersault skills, backwards rolls, handstands and cartwheels, which was a new challenge for many of the students. They were gaining confidence in their new movement patterns through practise practise practise! It was an extremely rewarding process for the staff as they see the students develop new skills and then perform proficiently in front of the cohort. The performances were very entertaining and well constructed and the Year 9s should be very proud of themselves and the way they celebrated their final junior PE assessment. WELL DONE YEAR 9s!



After the Year 9s, all focus turned to the Year 7s who were all eagerly awaiting their Rhythmic and Expressive Movement Performances. This truly was a celebration above all else. This cohort were unparalleled in their support for one another. It was hard not to enjoy your time in the PAC with some classic song choices such as ‘Hey Macarena’, ‘YMCA’ and ABBA’S ‘Mamma  Mia’. Mr Mulligan’s MC ability was a highlight, along with Poppy Dry’s amazing, acrobatic aerial skills. It was amazing to see how creative a group can be with the same brief in the variety in performances that occurred. Everyone gave 100% regardless of perceived ability and it was amazing to see everyone enjoying the moment and celebrating their first year of high school at Glen Eira College with their peers. Even the staff wanted to get in on the support performing their own (not copied at all) choreography. 



Once again, a huge congratulations to both year levels on their performances, I hope you all had a memorable day.


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE


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 three times per term. If you have any items of interest to the college community or would like to advertise your business, please contact Penny Marks on 9571 7838.

Parent Payments

The College is committed to providing the broadest possible educational opportunities to prepare our students for life-long learning and success in their chosen field. Most funding for the College comes from the Government. However the amount allocated is insufficient for us to provide the type of education expected by the College community and required in today’s complex world.  Thus we seek parent support with regards to the payment of the Consumable Materials and Service charges. These are used during the school year for the direct and immediate benefit of each student. Monthly statements are sent out to families where there are outstanding fees.


Parents may make payments in instalments, and are provided with several methods of making payment including, cash, cheque, BPay, EFTPOS, Centrepay and XUNO Events. Parents experiencing financial hardship are able to enter into confidential payment arrangements by contacting the nominated parent payment contact person, the School Business Manager (Gabrielle Darvell) on 9571 7838 or

XUNO – APP available for all platforms

The new look XUNO APP has been launched and we encourage you to start using it. Download the APP from the Apple store or the Google Play Store.


You can login using your XUNO login details and use the school code f3ci5b.



Please send through any feedback on


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


2nd Hand Uniform Stalls 

Please donate your unwanted uniform items to the office for these stalls by Friday 13th December. This is a donation to the school and families will not receive any payment for their items.  Please ensure that all items are in reasonable condition and have been washed and dried before you bring them in. 


We cannot sell items that are no longer part of the college uniform, such as polar fleece jackets or the older-style all grey sports tops (sports tops in the current style - with red sleeves- are very welcome). Helpers at the stalls and sorting get first choice for purchases. 

Sorting and labelling donated uniforms session - Friday 13th December

(spooky date!) 2pm – 3pm - Helpers needed 

Friday 24th January 10-11am - same day as book pick up

Helpers needed to set up and run the stall from 9.30am 

Helpers please RSVP by sending an email to

Call for co-convenors and GECPA members for 2020  

Please email us at or call Jelena (GECPA 2019 co-convenor) on 0404 609 405 or come to the dinner meeting on 1 February 2020, at 11am at Workshop Cafe, 1146 Glenhuntly Road.

Call for trivia night team and coordinator and team for 2020

GECPA is planning a trivia night in 2020. Previous Trivia nights have been lots of fun and very successful school fundraisers.  We need a few more volunteers to assist planning the night. Please email if you can help.

Glen Eira Parents Association Meetings – newcomers welcome

All GEC parents and guardians welcome – this is 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


Volunteers are welcome even in a small way. We know not everyone is able to make a regular commitment, but we also rely on people who turn up just once or more during the year to help out a little, adn we would love to have more people to join our committee. If you are interested in finding out more, please send an email to

Year 11 and 12 Maths scientific calculators – collection 

Are you finishing with your scientific calculator at the end of the year and would like to donate it to the school? GECPA will be collecting calculators in a box by the office after VCE exams and will offer them to the Wellbeing team for students as needed and sell the remainder at half new price to other students. Please don’t let your students throw them in the bin as they are expensive and valuable for other students! 

Sale of second hand text books and novels 

Please offer your books to younger students at Glen Eira College or other schools or sell on Sustainable Books or Gumtree.  Please discourage your students from throwing textbooks in the bin or leaving them in lockers.

Buying Novels for next year - Brotherhood Books 

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a second hand bookshop online as a fundraiser for their work to end poverty. They sell novels but not text books. Buy 3 get free metro delivery.  

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 (you need to download the app first if you wish to use it). To join the group, just email your name and phone number to

Glen Huntly Shopping Centre and Neerim and Glenhuntly Roads level crossing Removals 

Glen Eira Council is currently seeking feedback for the next stage of development of a draft Structure Plan for Glen Huntly including the level crossing removal plans for Neerim and Glenhuntly Roads. For more information, visit 

Glen Eira Council bike and walking plans and safe cycling route from Djerring Skyrail Trail to St Kilda Road and Bay

Glen Eira councillors will soon be considering plans to make walking and cycling safer in Glen Eira. Including GEC, some 9000 students attend schools along Glen Eira, Booran and Neerim Roads in addition to staff and Monash Uni students. These streets connect 3 libraries with homework help, shopping centres and the Bay. The current painted bike lanes disappear just when most needed at intersections and have no buffer from traffic that would make students safer to ride to school. Glen Eira Council is considering its first safe cycling corridor with a separated bike lane from the Skyrail/Djerring Trail to new St  Kilda Road lanes along either Inkerman, Alma or Dandenong Roads. This safer route would connect Glen Eira to Dandenong, Monash campuses and the city and should be extended to the Bay and would be great for students, families and workers. The Dandenong Road option is a poor alternative with heavy fast traffic, pollution and poorer safety. November and early December are a good time contact your local Councillors to support these initiatives or raise any concerns ahead of Council decision on Tuesday 17th December.


If you would like to discuss Glen Eira Transport Planning issues or join a Glen Eira Bicycle Users Group Sunday morning ride contact Cathy McNaughton on 0412 119 807.

Social Events planned early in 2020

Family Picnic Booran Reserve Sunday 23 February 11am-1pm


Cathy McNaughton


Community News / Advertisements


Christmas is a time for families to get together to celebrate the Birth of Christ but, for a variety of reasons, this can sometimes be difficult.


And so a traditional Christmas Day Dinner will be held in St Anthony’s Hall, corner Neerim and Grange Roads, Glen Huntly at midday on Christmas Day. If you would like to come and celebrate with us, we would love to see you there, so please collect a yellow invitation from the General Office


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


We invite everyone to please join us in praying for the success of the Dinner. If you would like more information please email us on or phone St Anthony’s Parish House 9401 6336 or our dedicated mobile 0432 087 494. 


Press play on your imagination this summer with NIDA!

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The summer program runs from 16–20 Dec and 2–19 Jan at NIDA Melbourne, Wesley College and Abbotsford Convent.

Courses include Acting, Costume, Directing, Musical Theatre and Writing, and are run by professionally trained teaching artists who work across the Australian theatre, TV and film industries.

Book 4 weeks before the course start date and save 10% with the earlybird discount. For more information on NIDA Open and to book, please visit



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