GEC College News

02 April 2019
Issue Three
Key Dates
From the Principal
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
From the School Captains
Supreme Court Excursion
Senior School Activities
Library Corner
Science News
Performing Arts News
SRC Activities
Premier's Active April
Year 7B English
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


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

SingFest Excursion


Year 9 Program Sleepout 4:30pm Thursday - 6am Friday 


Friday 5th April

Last Day Term 1


GEC Cross Country Carnival

All students dismissed at 1:30pm from Caulfield Park


Monday 8th – Monday 22nd April

School Holidays


Tuesday 23rd April

First Day Term 2


Year 11 VCE Success Strategies Incursion 9:09am – 10:45am


Thursday 25th April

ANZAC Day (School Closed)


Tuesday 30th April

Senior Boys Football & Girls Netball


Languages Open Day Tour 9:15am


Year 7 Share Our Success Afternoon 2:30pm


Wednesday 1st May

School Tours 9:15am, 11:30m & 1:45pm


Year 11 & 12 Media Top Screen 2019 Excursion 11am – 3pm


Thursday 2nd May

Girls Football & Boys Netball (all)


Friday 3rd May

Year 11 & 12 VCE and Careers Expo Excursion 10:50am - 3:07pm


Monday 6th May

School Tour 9:15am


Enrichment (SEAL & Immersion) Information Night 6:30pm


Wednesday 8th May

Book Club Book Buying Excursion


Thursday 9th May

Staff PD Day (Student Free)


Tuesday 14th May

Senior Interschool Sport


Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th May

NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9


Wednesday 15th May

Year 10 Cinema & Theatre Studies Excursion 11:56am


Thursday 16th May

Year 12 VCE Success Strategies Incursion 9:09am – 10:45am


Friday 17th May

Beachside Cross Country


SEAL Testing – Year 7 2020 1pm – 4pm


Monday 20th – Tuesday 21st May

Year 10 Careers Fast Track Interviews


Wednesday 22nd May

GEC Athletics Carnival


Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th May

Year 10 Careers Fast Track Interviews


Thursday 23rd May

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am


Friday 24th May

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 27th May

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Wednesday 29th May

Susan McLean Parent Information Night - Growing Up Online


Year 9 & 10 Wellbeing Incursion - “Lets Get Real”


Thursday 30th - Friday 31st May

School Production Rehearsal Camp (non-residential)


Monday 3rd June

Year 10 Careers Fast Track Interviews


ELC Curriculum Day (student free for ELC only, Years 7-12 have normal classes)


Wednesday 5th June

Year 8 Australian History Competition


Thursday 6th June

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am


Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (School Closed)


Wednesday 12th June

GAT for Unit 3/4 students 10am - 1:15pm


Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th June

Year 9 Program: United Nations Conference (Library Closed)


Thursday 13th June

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Friday 14th June

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am


Friday 21st June

School Tour 9:15am


Friday 28th June

Last Day Term 2

From the Principal

The college will continue to do the ‘finishing touches’, to our capital works project with the landscaping phase beginning in the holidays. This will include recreational and outdoor learning areas at the back of the college including a sensory garden and a barbecue area.

Open Day / Night

We are again delighted to be holding our Open Days and Night early next term. On May 1st we have our Open Day tours and in the evening our Open Night presentation and tours of the displays our teachers and students have set up. The day before we will hold our Languages Open Day where prospective parents will see a range of language classes running and speak to our Languages teachers.

College Council

Congratulations to Sue Gordon and Julie Staunton who have been appointed co-opted members of council and who will join council. Congratulations also to Ruth Gordon who has been re-elected as President and Jonathan Lock who has been re-elected as Treasurer.


Ruth Gordon (President)

Jonathan Lock (Treasurer)

Ashleigh Harris (student)

Sean Kelly (student)

Katie Karanika

Kristen Skinner

Julie Staunton

Sue Gordon

Nicole Harris

Nick Hamer-Smith

Gabrielle Darvell

Aaron Petersen

Attendance Requirements from the Department of Education & Training

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence, by calling the student absence line on 9571 4178, calling the college on 9571 7838 or emailing

Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


It is a requirement that all Victorian government schools contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.


Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.


The Glen Eira College Attendance Policy which outlines the school’s processes and procedures for monitoring, recording and following-up of student absences is available on the college website:         

Seeking Work Experience Positions

Do you have a business or work for a company that could offer a work experience position for our Year 10 students? We would like to broaden our Employer base. Our work experience runs between 16th & 20th September 2019, or any of the school holidays. Please contact Carol McCaskie on 9571 7838 or email


The ANZAC Day Commemorations at Glen Eira College will be held in the first week of term 2. Families will be most welcome. We will provide further information closer to the time. You will read a report in the next newsletter.  Thank you to John Tserkezidis and Aaron Petersen for coordinating the assembly.


Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s production, The Wizard of Oz.  Over 100 students are involved on stage and back stage / off stage, ensuring there is a role for everyone who wants to take part.  Make sure you save the dates – performances are on the 30th July, 31st July and 1st August.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Acting Principal

Junior School Highlights

Get organised, get involved, get focused

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.

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.

Yarra Trams Safety Presentation

Yarra Trams are giving presentations to schools regarding safety around trams; Year 7 students will participate in this safety presentation in term 2. 

Year 7 Highlights

The first term of High School is coming to an end and what an amazing experience it has been for the Year 7s so far!


Cultural awareness week was a huge success with students joining in many activities throughout the week including the Harmony day casual dress as can be seen in the photos!



Students also participated in the Swimming Carnival where standout performances went on to compete in the Divisional Championships. Matilda McIntyre, Natalie Peverell and Felix Dressel-De Bruyn were strong competitors in a range of swimming events, with Felix making it through to the Regional Championships!!! Poppy Burrage also did Glen Eira College proud in the diving!


Year 7 interschool sports day showcased not only how willing this cohort is to give anything a go, but how cooperative, respectful and well behaved they are. They should all be very proud of how they performed.



With the School Production, Cross Country, Athletics Day and the Year 7 Camp around the corner, there is still so much for students to get excited about!


Our Year 7 classes are continuing to be involved with all the school curricular activities. This year our production is The Wizard of Oz and we need many students to make this a successful event. Apart from the roles that you see on stage, we also need students to help with all the unseen activities that make the production a success. We asked our Year 7 students if they were interested in this task and we are very proud to say we had a great response. The following students will be helping:


Nina Gibbs 7A

Odelia Ashkar 7A

Harshitha Meenakshisundaram 7B

Isabella Mints 7B

Sholly Burstin 7C

Lynn Cheong 7E

Poppy Dry 7E

Lauren Gilfedder 7E

Hanako Gunton 7E


Thank you to all of those involved.


Daniel Lake & Sue Rio

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

The Year 8 students have had a fabulous start to the year meeting their new teachers, and for some students, their new classmates. We welcomed many new students to GEC this term and are proud of their peers for making this a smooth and comfortable transition for them. On Tuesday 12th February, we were lucky enough to host a fully funded ‘Graffiti Prevention Through Life Skills’ Incursion from Warner Youth Services, thanks to the Glen Eira City Council. The students enjoyed the engaging presentation which provided them with resources, support contacts and information about creative projects and programs in the wider community.


On Friday 15th March many of our Year 8 students competed in Interschool Sports (Beachside Division). We had teams competing in volleyballbaseball, softballlawn bowls and tennis. Our girls’ volleyball team just missed out on a place in the grand final of the round robin, while our lawn bowls team placed second and will progress to Southern Metro Regionals. We wish the lawn bowls team the best of luck!



We had further success with our boys’ baseball team, coached by Darcy Messenger of 9E, topping their competition for the day. We wish the team all the best and hope they beat their 2018 success of progressing to State. We are looking forward to celebrating even more sporting prowess during our Cross Country Carnival on the last day of term. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.


Charlee Cowley & Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinators

Year 9 Highlights

There is a holiday opportunity for Year 9 girls to be involved in ‘Girls do Cyber’, which aims to increase the ratio of females in cyber-related jobs. It is a free event and students are welcome to see Ms Mathieson or Mr Hale for further details.


As usual the Year 9 Program has been incredibly busy with visits to Williamstown to learn from Sea Shepherd, an organisation to help protect, defend and conserve our oceans, to incursions held by such organisations as the  RSPCA and St Vincent de Paul's. Thanks to all Year 9 students whose behaviour, attitude and inquisitiveness on both incursions and excursions has been exemplary. 


An honourable mention goes out to Haddi El Shorbagy who will be competing in the national athletic finals in javelin, discus and shot-put - good luck in Sydney! And to Sebastian Buley- Delanty who has reached the finals for Class Clowns 2019, a national secondary school comedy competition. Good luck and we hope to see you as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 


Brenton Hale

Year 9 Coordinator

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 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.

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

We are into the full swing of things now in Senior School with many VCE students having a busy time with SACs over the past few weeks. Most of the students have coped well with that so far, using their time to prepare well. As the term 1 holidays approach we would like to remind students that term 2 in Senior School will be very busy as we build towards exams. It is important that students get the break they need to refresh, but also return to school up to date with their work.


Also another reminder that if a VCE student is absent on the day of a SAC they are required to bring in a valid medical certificate in order to be graded on the SAC. If a student does not submit a valid medical certificate, then the student will be able to sit the makeup SAC the following Tuesday but only an S or N will be recorded and no graded assessment. Students who sit a SAC but do not satisfy the criteria for the SAC are therefore given an N (non-satisfactory) but they will be given the opportunity to re-sit the SAC in the hope that they can show understanding of the outcome being tested in order to be given an S, (satisfactory).  Please note, that the graded assessment will not change just the N will change to an S. If the student has satisfied the outcome addressed by the SAC through other work they may not be required to re-sit the SAC to achieve the S.


Jeff Micallef

Senior School Leader

Year 12 News

This is a timely reminder to all students that their focus should be completing all work to the best of their ability and therefore whilst at school the VCE study centre is to be used appropriately during all private study periods, recess and lunchtime.  Private study is a quiet time for completing work including revision and study of class work.  Students can access and use the kitchen facilities at this time, but they do need to move onto their study quite quickly. During recess and lunch this space needs to be used appropriately and all mess needs to be cleaned and organised by the end of these times. 


Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and students who have followed the correct procedure when students are absent.  A phone call to the absence line on the day of the absence, followed by a signed written note, or when a SAC or redemption task is missed, a medical certificate is to be presented upon the students return to school. 


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Year 10 News

Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been facilitating the Year 7 team sessions each Friday for “Fun Friday”. They have been doing a marvellous job of making the transition period for the Year 7s a most welcoming and positive experience.


Congratulations to all Year 10 students who participated in the swimming sports. It was great to see so many students representing the college in a variety of events.


Work Experience Week will be on the 16th – 20th of September. This is a great opportunity for students to work in a field of their interest for the week. Students need to ensure they see me or Ms McCaskie if they have any issues or questions. Work Experience is held in Week 10 of term 3.


Students will have the opportunity to attend the  Year 10 camp that provides great facilities and activities located on the Great Ocean Road. Camp dates are from the 16th – 18th of September.


Progress Reports are available through XUNO. It’s important that parents, guardians and students sit down and look through the report together. It’s an ideal time to set goals, develop study routines at home and touch base with teachers if there are concerns. We are looking forward to seeing you at parent/teacher interviews.


Delanka Peiris

Year 10 Coordinator



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

From the School Captains

Term 1 is nearly over already and how fast it has gone!  From the Year 12 Formal to senior school sport, we have been kept on our toes with the ever growing demands of senior school. The term began with the most anticipated event for us Year 12s, the Formal.  We had all been extremely busy in the holidays finding the perfect outfit and locking in hair and makeup appointments. The event itself was held at Merrimu Receptions, which has a huge dance floor that had the whole year level up on their feet from entree to dessert.  The food itself was delicious as well. Thank you again to Merrimu for hosting the event.


Another thank you goes to all of the teachers, present teachers at the College and past teachers, who came to join us.  And a special mention to the DJ, Mr. Tori Mulligan. You all made the evening a whole lot more special. Everybody looked spectacular and I feel the Formal brought our year level even closer together.



However, there was no rest for the Year 12s as the very next day was the House Swimming Carnival.  The weather was above 35 degrees but that did not slow down the swimmers. Congratulations to everyone who participated and earned points for their house and further congratulations to Red House who continues to top the leader board in the Swimming Carnival.


Of the eight weeks of Year 12 that we have experienced so far, the Year 12 cohort can probably all agree that this year is going to be a mentally and physically challenging year. No matter how many people say, “your ATAR does not define you”, the pressure still seems to be there. However, we are starting to realise that the pressure may not necessarily be a bad thing.  Yes, too much pressure on yourself will be detrimental to your health, just like any other thing you do in large amounts, however, a little bit may push you forward and give you the determination you need to succeed. The question is, how do you manage your study time and social life to find the perfect balance? That is the question we will be trying to answer through our journey through this year. So, to everyone in Year 12 tackling the same feat as we are, this year will be hard, however, it will only be as challenging as you make it, so remember to have some fun and make the most of it.  (Because this year only happens once.)


Earlier this term, the Year 12 Literature class was honoured to host Sister Paula, a Carmelite from a monastery in Kew. Sister Paula arrived at Glen Eira with the goal of assisting the literature class in their understanding of religion and society in preparation for their first SAC. She was able to provide unique insights from her firsthand experiences in her religious culture, and not only discussed the thematic concerns of Robyn Cadwallader’s novel, The Anchoress, but discussed her own values and life in the monastery.


She told us about growing up with religion, the numerous marriage proposals she’d turned down, and all about the monastery’s bees (most notably how the bee-keepers at the monastery have such a good relationship with their bees that they can distinguish them from the wild bees that roam around the monastery’s gardens). Sister Paula spoke with such ease that none of us were expecting, similarly to how we had mostly predicted her to arrive donned in the stereotypical black-and-white clothing expected from a nun, only to have her arriving in a brown-and-blue attire. After reading such a strong, historical religious text, we were all so pleasantly surprised by Sister Paula’s lightheartedness and optimistic attitude; especially as she talked about the monastery’s means of gaining funds through hand-made football cards.


It was genuinely such a wonderful experience that provided insight to a spiritual and wondrous part of the world we live in, and allowed us to further our knowledge and preparation for our SAC. She also allowed us to acknowledge a fascinating part of society and history that many of us had little experience with. As a class, we thank Sister Paula for coming to see us and imparting her knowledge and experiences on the subject.



Over this year, each of the elected School Captains will be dedicating time towards their own legacy projects, something to leave behind at the school for the years after our departure. This term has allowed for the free flow of all the different ideas that we believe would leave an impact on the school, and has marked the beginning of the execution of the projects. Through these projects, we hope to leave a personal mark that emulates our values and ideals, and ultimately improves our school culture and environment. As to what these projects actually are, however, will be left as a surprise to come over the course of the year.


This term, the Glen Eira College senior girls softball team competed against MacRob in an enthralling game. Through the teamwork and dedication provided by Bridie, Jeni, Pamela, Kei, Ashleigh, Sierra, Taylor, Alanna, Mayaan, Gabriella, and Zoe, we managed to take home a  victory and will now be competing in regionals on May 9th next term.


As a team, we’d definitely love to acknowledge Ms McLean’s presence at the game - and staying so dedicated to our team that even during her maternity leave she visited us and coached us (along with her adorable little boy Hunter!). In our matching red-socks and red-jerseys the Glen Eira team was (and always is) the best dressed team out on the field, however the quality of our stylish coordination does not compare to the talent and hard work provided by the team, training multiple times weekly, and always trying new positions and tactics, and learning new skills even during the game.


Some girls on our team had never batted nor played before, and yet they practised and put in an enormous amount of effort, and ultimately tried and achieved their best. No matter what experience or ability we started off with, every single teammate has improved so much since the beginning of our softball journey, and we are all looking forward to the Regional competition in less than two months.



On behalf of the School Captains and Year 12, we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and a great year.



Ashleigh Harris and Taylor Lowery

School Vice Captains


Supreme Court Excursion

Year 11 Legal Studies

On 14th March, the Year 11 Legal Studies class visited the Supreme Court, one of the highest courts in Victoria. This court hears the most serious indictable offences in the state and deals with cases in areas of homicide and terrorism alongside others.


When we arrived, we were introduced to two volunteers from the Supreme Court’s education team and taken to a courtroom to undertake a mock trial. Here we were allocated different roles in a fictitious homicide case, including the judge, solicitors and jury, whose responsibilities in trials were then outlined to us. The room had been built in 1852 and was sophisticated and formal, having remained unchanged since its completion.


After finishing our mock trial, we were taken to Courtroom 1 to observe a child homicide case. Sitting in the public gallery, we were able to see the entire courtroom and observe the reviewing of evidence in the first hearing, also known as the ‘bashing’. It was difficult to comprehend the dialogue exchanged between the expert witness, barristers and the judge due to the design of the courtroom, which caused the sound to echo and reverberate.



After viewing the case, we explored the Supreme Court Library, where regal paintings of judges decorated the walls. A portrait of the first female judge of the Supreme Court was distinguishable from the others. Our guides told us about the gender imbalance within the legal system, informing us that female law graduates now outnumber their male counterparts. Overall, it was crucial to see the application of the skills and knowledge of the legal system that we had been building in class in real life situations.



Tia Storch and Sophie Rowsell

Year 11

Senior School Activities

International Students' Lunch

19th February was the Lantern’s Day, last day of celebrating Chinese Spring Festival. Our International Students had a big lunch with our Principals, Year Level Coordinators and some parents.  A huge thank you to our parents who contributed their time and abundant foods for this lunch. The students and staff enjoyed the time very much.


Tara Fang

International Student Coordinator



Sister Paula joins the VCE Literature class for a lesson in 13th Century Catholicism in England

On 4th March, the Year 12 Literature class, currently studying The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader was fortunate to have Sister Paula from the St Carmelite Monastery join their lesson. Sister Paula gave the class much-needed insight into monastic life as she herself took a calling at a very young age and has committed herself to the wider community.


Sister Paula’s extensive historical knowledge and commitment to the church helped the class to understand the context in which the book was set and the reasons why the protagonist, Sarah, chose to seclude herself from the outside world and enter a ‘living death’ as an Anchoress in 1255AD England. Both Sister Paula and the fictional character, Sarah, solely devoted themselves to the worship of God. Sister Paula offered great insight into a world that we do not recognise and this supported a deep understanding for our first SAC in Literature.



Sister Paula was able to answer all our questions allowing for a more sustained, in-depth knowledge of the text. Before the external examination at the end of the year, we will reciprocate her generosity and visit her and the nuns at their Monastery in Kew.


Luise Verhoeven

Year 11

VCE Literature Under the Tree

Last week, the Unit 3 Literature class decided to have a change of scenery from our usual classroom environment and relocate to behind the newly renovated PAC to be accompanied by the birds and the early Autumn sunlight. Our change in scenery also meant a change in text after completion of our first SAC where our class excelled in creative responses based on The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader along with intense group discussions about each other’s adaptations.


For the past week, we have begun to study Shakespeare’s Othello, by reading and annotating our copies of the play and listening along to a recording of it. During our double on Friday afternoon we brought our texts and highlighters outside and sat under the shade of a tree, sharing ideas among our small class of seven.



Personally, I believe it was extremely beneficial to conduct our lesson outside. If not just for the fresh air, the class was able to spread out and conduct discussions without interruption, as well as have a complete change of our surroundings from the usual classroom environment into the fresh air.


Next Friday, our class is planning on walking the few hundred metres down Booran Rd to ‘Upsy Daisy’ in Glenhuntly, where will share lunch and ideas in the company of Othello. Our Literature double on a Friday afternoon has truly become a sanctuary and something to look forward to for all!


Leah Sandow

Year 11

Library Corner


The Library turned purple then orange during March as GEC celebrated International Women’s Day then Harmony Day and Cultural Diversity Week. Congratulations to Queenie Phan (10A) and Natalie Duieb (7A) who were winner and runner-up of the joint SRC/Library Bookmark Design Competition. Many wonderful designs were entered, each one celebrating an inspirational woman as part of the college-wide observance of International Women’s day on Friday 8th March. The winning designs will be available in the Library in the near future.


The annual Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge has commenced and interested students may contact Ms Michael to obtain their sign in details. Participants are required to read 15 books from the suggested reading lists before 6th September.


Avid readers can now enjoy listening to audiobooks as part of GEC’s Wheelers ePlatform subscription in addition to accessing eBooks. Library staff can assist you getting started. An app is available to download to mobile devices so that books can be enjoyed on the go.


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

Science News

2019 Science Talent Search

Registration for the 68th Science Talent Search is now open!!

The Science Talent Search theme for 2019 is Destination Moon: more missions, more science


Students can choose to demonstrate science learning through:

- Working Models

- Inventions (eligible winning entries will be entered into the National BHPFSEA Competition)

- Experimental Research (eligible winning entries will be entered into the National BHPFSEA Competition)

- Creative Writing (Foundation to Year 10)

- Science Photography

- Games

- Videos

- Computer Programs

- Posters/Scientific Wallcharts (Foundation to Year 10)

- Class Research Project (Primary school entries ONLY)


In most sections, students are not limited to the theme if their interest in science is in a different area.


All students who submit an entry into the competition will receive a certificate:

- Major Bursary (Certificate + Monetary prize from $25 up to $300)

- Minor Bursary (Certificate + Monetary prize from $20 up to $200)

- Distinction Award Certificate

- Merit Award Certificate

- Acknowledgement Certificate


Registration closes Monday 27th May. See Mrs Loucaides for more information.

Year 7 Science

Our Year 7 students have been busy “Predicting, Observing and Explaining” while conducting experiments like “tea bag rocket” and “hidden ink”. Alongside this they are learning about all the various types of equipment and safety rules in the laboratory. Well done to our budding scientists.


Haroula Loucaides

Head of Science


Performing Arts News


“Rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz are well and truly underway and we’re making great progress so far. A lot of the singing for all the musical numbers is completed, and the cast is very excited to start moving onto blocking the scenes and dances. From what we’ve seen so far, this year’s production is looking to be the best yet!”

Freya Matthews 8C



We have now been rehearsing for The Wizard of Oz for 5 weeks as well as 2 weeks of auditions earlier in the term.


We are now starting to get to the exciting part of the process with costumes, set design and props under way. We have three of our talented students assisting with choreography this year; Aimee Harris (Year 10), Lottie Hudson (Year 10) and Ella Dry (Year 8). They have been working hard alongside myself with some fantastic routines that our featured dancers are picking up with ease, and I know you will be impressed with the finished product.


A big shout out to Harriett Rowsell (Year 8) who has the massive undertaking of the role of Dorothy Gale, who is in every scene except two minor scenes. Her dedication to the role thus far has been quite impressive.


Students have been undergoing, rehearsals of dance, blocking and vocal (which has been with the assistance of Tori Wood our vocal teacher). We have a cast of 42 this year with recent sign ups of 32 students for the backstage crew. I am so excited to continue the path to the yellow brick road and hope you are too.


Show dates:

Tuesday 30th July

Wednesday 31st July

Thursday 1st August


Tickets will be available on Trybooking closer to the date. 

Any parents who would like to assist please don’t hesitate to contact me


Sarah Mortimer

Production Director


4 quick facts about Music Education

Taken from Australian researcher Dr Anita Collins’ project “Bigger Better Brains” –


  • One of the only activities that activates, stimulates and uses the entire brain is making music
  • Music education improves our verbal memory
  • Our brains work faster and more effectively the more we learn and play music
  • The ability to read music has been associated with better memory later in life.

Radio Club

Radio Club gives students 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 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.


We currently have many students from Years 7 to 12 involved - if you are interested in participating, contact Ms Baker-Goldsmith or come along to our weekly lunchtime meetings on Tuesdays in the Room 1.


We had our first broadcast for this term on 8th March – on the air with the Big Boppers (Aimee Harris, Carmelle Kent, Essie Wilson, Sebastian Buley-Delanty and Raphael Lazarus). Alanna and the Bananas (Alanna Gray, Sierra Danon, Taylor Lowery, Ashleigh Harris and Maayan Ashkar) will be presenting their breakfast radio show on Thursday 28th March from 8am to 9am, tune in to 88.3 Southern FM.


Thank you to those students who expressed interest in the Mass Choir for this year’s State Schools Spectacular. We had a sufficient number of places so we are able to accommodate all students who handed in their forms and registration fee. Rehearsals will start next term – keep an eye on the bulletin for more information.

Upcoming Dates

4th April - Singfest regional event for Vocal students                 

22nd May - Stringfest regional events String students


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 YLC & Head of Performing Arts


SRC Activities

International Women's Day

As a part of International Women’s Day, the SRC and the library ran a bookmark making competition. Students had to design a bookmark about an inspiring woman. Our runner up was Natalie Duieb from 7A and the winner was Queenie Phan from 10A. Thank you to all those who entered. All the designs will be available as laminated bookmarks in the library. 



International Women’s Day was celebrated this year with the help of the SRC who made purple ribbons and handed them out to students and teachers as they arrived at school that morning. Thank you to the library who made a beautiful display of books and helped run the bookmark making competition.


Harmony Day

In week 8 GEC celebrated a harmonious week of multicultural celebrations from dancing to French pop songs, to making origami and singing along to Japanese and Korean pop, culminating in a casual clothes day where teachers and students dressed in orange or their cultural dress to celebrate our diversity on Harmony Day. In the process we were able to raise an amazing $640.00  for UNICEF. Thank you to all the teachers and students for their support in making this a lovely week. 


Emma Schmidtke

Student Voice Coordinator



Premier's Active April

This year as a college we are participating in the government initiative Active April. Premier’s Active April is free and aims to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity. GEC are participating this year to promote the same message to our students and broader school community.


Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and many incentives/benefits are free when signing up.

How to register

Step 1: Go to: and click register

Step 2: Fill in your details making sure to include ‘Glen Eira College’ in your school

Step 3:skip, skip, skip’

Step 4:  Verify your account through the email sent

Step 5: Once verified, at the top of your profile click ‘teams’

Step 6: Scroll down to ‘Join a team’ → then enter ‘run-gec’


There are also many giveaways for schools that involve their community and we need your help! Sign up yourselves, your children, your aunties, your uncles and join our team. The most active school during Active April will win a $2000 sporting voucher, with many other prizes to be won, including for the school with the most students and teachers registered.  


As a participant, you can log your daily activity in the mobile or web app and chart your progress throughout the month. You can join teams, track your progress and explore the My Local feature to discover events, offers and facilities that are available near you. You can also access instructional videos to help you keep active every day.

Times to be active in April at GEC 





Lunchtime 12:55pm

Yoga (staff and students)


Before school 8am

Fitness training (staff and students)


After school

Running Club

Bball club


Before school 8am

Fitness training (staff and students)


During School

Cross Country!

When you sign up you get:

(some great things to do on the holidays)


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE

Year 7B English

In 7B English, we have been constructing 60 Second Pitches. Our topic was whether renowned poet, Homer, should be widely read by students. In order to create effective, convincing pitches in a short span of time, we went through a specific process.


Firstly, we chose our argument; yes or no, or yes but!. We watched videos on reviews of Homer, took notes, and formed our three key points that supported our contention. Only then, did we draft our pitch. We made sure to include three persuasive techniques in our pitches to hook and convince the audience. We drafted and kept tweaking our pitch until we were happy with the end result. Lastly, and most importantly, we practised over and over again until we presented our position in front of the class.


This process has made us stronger learners and the polished pitches were amazing. Here is a sneak peek of a 60 Second enthusiastic Pitch written by me.



Hello. My name is Harshitha and I strongly believe that students and adults alike should read Homer.


Before I delve a little deeper into why we should read Homer, let me give you a little bit of information of who Homer really was. Homer was the author of the two epic poems; The Illiad and The Odyssey. He is said to have been blind, but we have no real proof of that. But what we do know is that Homer didn't actually write the epics, but rather composed them orally and sang them.


Now, number one. We should all read Homer because of the immense influence he has had on modern literature. We see this influence and impact through European, especially Renaissance literature. The structure and word usage we see in The Illiad and The Odyssey, have evolved into what we see as modern literature.


Reason two. Well, who here doesn't really enjoy History? Raise your hand. I'm sorry Elliot, because you do like History, and this is a huge generalization. Most people don't like History class. Neither do I. But through reading what just seem like two poems, you learn a heap about ancient history.  But history is not just a bunch of dates, facts, events and places in chronological order, although you do learn that. History is made by the people, right? Through the epic poems, you see how the Ancient Greeks saw their world, the values, such as honour through warfare and hospitality, that they upheld, the way they regarded their foes and the myths they believed in.


Lastly, we should read Homer because he is a role model. He set the benchmark in his writing that poets, dramatists and artists aspired to reach. It's no wonder that he is universally called the father of all literature!


I strongly recommend reading Homer's epic poetry. Next time you go to the library, you should pick up The Illiad or The Odyssey, for the chances are that you will enjoy it!


After writing our ‘Share Our Success’ letters to our Primary Schools, we will be studying Book 9 from Homer’s The Odyssey in class.


Harshitha Meenakshisundaram

Year 7

Careers Corner

Women in Defence High Tea - International Women’s Day 2019

I was honoured to attend the ‘Women in Defence High Tea’ with two Year 11 students, Zoe Markopoulos and Jeni Roitman at the Melbourne Museum on Friday March 8.


We heard from 3 leaders within the ADF, Lieutenant Nicole Grundy (Royal Australian Navy), Warrant Officer Class 2 Cindy Bowen (Australian Regular Army) & Wing Commander Fleur James (Royal Australian Air Force) about life in the ADF and balancing career with family. Afterwards recruitment officers were available to chat and answer our questions on recruitment and the enrolment process in the ADF.

"I found the High Tea Experience very informative and rewarding towards my general idea about the lifestyle, and requirements for the Navy, Army and Airforce. The speakers were able to answer all questions I had regarding issues such as deployment, mental health and recruitment criteria. Gender equality was talked about in great detail, how much the organisation has progressed within equality in all fields and how strong the community is. It was evident that the organisation provides the opportunity of a lifetime to work in the field that you desire and to form long-lasting family/friendships."


Jeni Roitman 

Year 11



"As the defence force is an area I am strongly considering as a career, today was a wonderful opportunity to receive information and ask any questions I had. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations from each of the guest speakers and I am almost settled on pursuing a career with the defence force."


Zoe Markopoulos 

Year 12

Year 12

Careers Chat

Dear Year 12s,

Thank you to all those Year 12s who have come in to see me so far and filled in the forms for the Post Pathway Planning. For those that haven’t yet, please come and see me in one of your spare periods.



Useful Tips for a University Degree Wannabe (UDW)

UDW: definition - a person who is convinced they want to go to University, but are not sure where or exactly what they want to study! Also suffers from ATAR anxiety.

  • Choose a degree that allows some flexibility in selecting a sequence of units that is right for you
  • Make sure the program offers opportunities for practical work experience (sometimes called Industry Based Learning)
  • Do not base your decision solely on what your friends are doing
  • LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!  Make sure travel time from your residence to the campus is within what you are willing and able to do on a day to- day basis
  • Get involved! Get out there and find out what the universities are offering by attending Open Days and asking questions!
  • Do not just pick courses based on ATAR alone.

University Information

What I wish I knew before I started studying

This video from Deakin University asks recent graduates what they wish they knew before they started university. It’s useful for anyone planning to go to university (not just Deakin!)

Check it out –


Monash University

School Holiday Campus Tours

Students considering studying at Monash University after Year 12 are invited to join Monash students on a scheduled tour – a great way to see and experience each of the campuses.  Students will be taken around the campus and be shown some of the main facilities and buildings.  Tours will commence at 10.00am and run for about 1.5 hours.  Students can attend on any of these days:

  • Friday 12 April – Clayton Campus
  • Monday 15 April – Caulfield Campus
  • Tuesday 16 April – Peninsula Campus
  • Thursday 18 April – Clayton Campus
  • Wednesday 24 April - Clayton Campus

Book a tour at Monash Campus Tours


Monash Seminar Series 2019

Get the inside story of what it’s really like to study at Monash. You’ll hear from a current student, a past student and an academic. It’s the best 90 minutes you could spend researching your course. Bring along your parents too!  The Inside Monash Seminar Series commences in late March and continues until August.  These seminars provide VCE students with an insight into the courses and career options within discipline areas.  The seminars are held in various locations across the Caulfield, Clayton, Peninsula, and City campuses, and seminars with the same title have the same program.  All seminars commence at 6.30pm.  Exact venue details are available on registration at Inside Monash Seminars


Find more details about these events here –






Thursday 13 June



Wednesday 15 May

Arts and Global Studies


Wednesday 3 April

Biomedical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD)


Wednesday 15 May

Biomedical Science, Radiography, Radiation Science, Nutrition


Wednesday 27 March



Wednesday 1 May



Wednesday 26 June



Tuesday 30 April



Tuesday 4 June



Tuesday 21 May



Thursday 23 May



Thursday 30 May



Wednesday 28 August



Thursday 6 June

Fine Art


Thursday 9 May

Information Technology - IT and Computer Science


Wednesday 15 May

Information Technology - IT Double Degrees and Internships


Thursday 29 August

Information Technology - IT and Computer Science


Tuesday 30 April



Tuesday 7 May

Media, Communication, Journalism, and PR


Tuesday 13 August



Wednesday 5 June

Nursing and Midwifery


Tuesday 23 May

Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Paramedicine


Tuesday 7 May

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Tuesday 25 June



Wednesday 8 May

Public Health and Health Science


Thursday 4 April

Science - Science Course Information & Student Experience


Thursday 16 May

Science Advanced – Research, Global Challenges & Applied Science


Thursday 11 July

Science - Science Careers and Industry Engagement


Defence University Sponsorship (DUS)

Whilst studying for a job-relevant degree at your choice of accredited university, join the Australian Defence Force (ADF), have your fees paid for, earn a salary while you complete your degree, and walk straight into a great ADF role following graduation.

Being awarded a Defence University Scholarship (DUS) means that a student can apply for a role in the Navy, Army or Air Force while still studying for a degree at any accredited university in Australia; join their chosen Service, then concentrate on their studies, while enjoying a salary and many other benefits.
In return for being paid to complete their degree course and having the rest of their fees covered, students will be expected to serve in the Navy, Army or Air Force.  Typically, DUS recipients will be required to:

  • complete one to four weeks of training each year during university holidays, and
  • once they have graduated, DUS recipients will need to commit to full-time service for the number of years of university sponsorship plus one year (with a minimum of three years' service).  So, if were sponsored for a 3-year degree, will owe 4-years of service.

For more information regarding the application process, the courses that qualify for sponsorship, and the roles university sponsorship can lead to, visit Defence University Sponsorship (DUS)


Snapshot of RMIT University in 2019

  • One of Australia’s original educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University now has more almost 83,000 students, including more than 12,000 at postgraduate level
  • Based on the QS World Rankings by Subject RMIT ranks # 1 in Australia and #11 worldwide in Art & Design, and #6 in Australia in Business Studies, and Computer Science, and #8 for Accounting and Finance, and ranked in the top 250 universities in the world - Top Universities
  • RMIT provides you with a range of education options, from an apprenticeship, traineeship or certificate, to an associate or bachelor degree, or a postgraduate degree by coursework or research - RMIT - Levels of Study


  • Students are encouraged to browse the ATAR Course Finder to discover the right degree for them at RMIT


RMIT has a strong pathway program to courses providing students an opportunity to transfer from one RMIT program to another - RMIT and Recognised Pathway Courses and Student Experience

Year 11

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

Current Year 11 students, with a passion for science, are reminded that the National Youth Science Forum is the only program in Australia that offers students the chance to test-drive a wide range of universities and careers in the sciences.  Students learn how to make informed decisions about courses and careers in the sciences and gain a professional skill set to help them realise their potential.
Applications for NYSF 2020 open Friday 1 March 2019 and close on Friday 31 May 2019.  

For more information about the National Youth Science Forum and the application process, visit National Youth Science Forum

Year 10

Work Experience 16th to 20th September

There have been a few Year 10s that have given me their completed work experience forms. I need to have these forms by the 27th June in order to process the forms and get the signature of the Principal. Please come and see if you need ideas for work experience or employers to approach.


Parents if you can offer any Year 10 a work experience placement in the business you work for, I would love to hear from you.


Careers Fast Track Program

New students to Year 10 this year, need to come and see me in regards to completing the quizzes for your Career Fast Track booklets. Interviews with an outside counsellor will happen in May this year.

General Information

Careers with Victoria Police

Victoria Police are currently in the middle of their biggest recruitment drive ever. Find out about what it takes to become a member of Victoria Police.

Find out more –


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

From the Office

Update Your Information

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

Student Absences

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


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

Early Leavers

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


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

Centrepay for Payments

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

XUNO Events and Payments 

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


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

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

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


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 To Eliza and Svetlana


Our next meeting will discuss possible

  • 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).

We Need a New Co-Convenor
and Other Positions (Secretary, Event Planner, Public Relation Officer)

One of the Co-Convenor of the Glen Eira College Parents Association (GECPA) is now working full time and is unfortunately less available for this amazing role.

Please consider to taking this role.

The Co-convenor role mainly involves being the main contact point for GECPA and making sure that things happen as and when they should. Most work is shared with other committee members. We urge you to please consider whether you can take on this crucial role.

Here are some great reasons to consider taking on the role:

  • You will have a wonderful team behind you. You will benefit from our experience. GECPA was started 5 years ago, and since then we have learnt what works well, and how to get the most out of our events without wasted time or effort.
  • Experienced committee members will be there to help you, and the previous convenor Juliet Brianton has written guidelines and checklists available for our regular events. We will also make ourselves available to provide training and assistance.
  • We keep things simple. We are much less demanding than most parents associations at primary schools.
  • You will have a greater connection to your child's school. In this role, you will build relationships with other school families and school staff. You will sometimes be informed earlier and in more detail of issues and developments at the college, with opportunities to contribute your views.
  • You will show your children that their school is important.
  • Our meetings are always friendly and fun and provide a great way to get to know other school families.
  • This role is vital to keep GECPA going. GECPA has been invaluable in enabling school families to get to know each other and in supporting the college, including raising thousands of dollars to improve facilities and equipment.

Our committee needs the help of a Secretary to organise the meetings and take care of the GECPA documentation.

We also need an
Event Planner for all the events organised by GECPA during the year (2nd hand uniform, Party in the Park, Movie Night, Multicultural picnic, Trivia Night, Sausage sizzle)

We need also  a Public Relation Officer in order to communicate with the stakeholders.

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

Consider also how great it is to put one of the roles on your CV!!!!

We are keen to hear from you whether you are interested in taking one of these roles.

Svetlana Bauchiere & Eliza Agpoon
GECPA Co-Convenors

Glen Eira College parents were pleased to support Ride2School day on Friday 22 March

Over 90 students and teachers rode, scooted or skated to school and with those walking all started the day with some healthy exercise. Parents, formers students and teachers handed out Ride2School stickers to kids to mark the day. Half way is ok – so if you need public transport or a car – walking from a little further away than usual is still healthier and helps to reduce congestion and unsafe traffic at our school gate.



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


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.

Entertainment Book

Thanks to Deana for organising the fundraising Entertainment book available at the school or digital meberships.

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



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


Basketball, Winter season - McKinnon Basketball League

Entries are open for the coming Winter season starting 23rd April and ending 15th September Telephone: 9579 1200


Some local teams that GEC students play for are

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

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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