GEC College News

27 February 2018
Issue One
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
College Council News
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Legal Studies Excursion
Library Corner
SRC Report
Languages Corner
Careers Corner
Wellbeing News
Performing Arts News
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Tuesday 27th February

Year 9 Program Excursion 9A-C - Prahran Mission 1pm - 3:07pm

Year 7 Parent Evening 4:30pm – 5:45pm


Wednesday 28th February

Year 9 Program Excursion 9D-F - Prahran Mission 1pm – 3:07pm

ELC Swimming Program 1:30pm – 3:30pm


Friday 2nd March

ELC Swimming Program 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Tuesday 6th March

Beachside Swimming

Year 9 Program Excursion 9A-C - St Kilda 11am – 3pm


Wednesday 7th March

Year 9 Program Excursion 9D-F - St Kilda 11am – 3pm


Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th March

Year 7 Camp


Friday 9th March

ELC Bowling in Moorabbin 10:40 – 2:30pm


Monday 12th March

Labour Day Public Holiday (school closed)


Tuesday 13th March

Ballot for Parent representative for School Council closes at 4pm

School Tour 9:15am

Year 10 Cinema & Theatre Studies Excursion

Year 9 Program Excursion 9A-C - Sea Shepherd

Stress and Anxiety Parent Information Evening 6:45pm - 7:45pm


Wednesday 14th March

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Friday 16th March

Year 7A/B, 7C, 7D & 7G, 10, 11 & 12 French Film Festival Excursion

Year 10- Shape Your Destiny + Personality Profile Incursion 9am – 12:30pm


Tuesday 20th March 2:25pm – 6:30pm

Year 10-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

All students dismissed at 2pm


Wednesday 21st March 7pm – 8:30pm

College Council


Thursday 22nd March

Year 7 Interschool Sport

GECPA Multicultural Picnic 6pm - 7:30pm


Friday 23rd March 9:15am

School Tour


Tuesday 27th March

Year 7 Immunisations

Year 9 Program Excursion 9A-C - St Kilda 11am – 3pm


Wednesday 28th March

Year 9 Program Excursion 9D-F - St Kilda 11am – 3pm

Year 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm – 7:15pm

All students dismissed at 2pm


Thursday 29th March

Last Day Term 1

GEC Cross Country Carnival 11am – 1:30pm

All students dismissed form Caulfield Park at 1:30pm

From the Principal


Welcome to all students and families - returning and new.  It has been a great start to the year for students and staff. Our wonderful Parents & Friends association organised our annual second hand uniform sale just prior to school commencing.  Many families were able to take advantage of the opportunity.  Thank you to the team of hard working parents who were on hand to help.


The swimming sports were a great success – not to mention very colourful with staff and students dressed in their house colours. 


Later this week you will receive information and a ballot paper for Parent Representatives for School Council for the period March 2018 - February 2020.  We have four nominations for three positions.  Please ensure your ballot paper reaches the General Office by Tuesday 13th March at 4pm.

Candidates have the opportunity to provide a brief statement to the community that will be included in the information that is being mailed home.  The Department of Education and Training states that no campaign literature supporting candidates or groups of candidates may be distributed or posted in the school and no school resources, whether human or material, may be used to support particular candidates or groups of candidates.


Our staff spent the first day of the year engaged in professional learning.  With so many new staff we took time to:

  • review our 2017 staff, student and parent survey data
  • ensure a common understanding of our Behaviour for Learning Process and our SABRE instructional model
  • provide Learning Areas with an opportunity to work together

Our focus for 2018 is to continue to improve outcomes for each of our students, providing them with a challenging and supportive learning environment with a range of opportunities to develop their skills and talents. 


Our goals and Key Improvement strategies from the 2018 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) are below.



On Wednesday 14th February staff were involved in a full day of professional learning centered on the Performance and Development Program in which all staff participate.  It was wonderful to have every staff member working together no matter what their role in the school.


Our facilitator, Sue Perillo was excellent and challenged our thinking.  We engaged in a range of activities, discussed feedback for improvement and worked on our goals.  All staff will complete goals under the DET headings:

  • Student Outcomes
  • Professional Knowledge
  • Professional Engagement
  • Professional Practice


‘The Glen Eira 5’ is a document that articulates the practices behind the promises we make as a staff.

The Glen Eira 5

5 promises teachers make to our students;

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

5 promises staff make to one another;

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

5 characteristics you will see in our teaching;

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

5 things you will see from our students;

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

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

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

New Teachers

With our growth in student numbers comes growth in our staff also.  I am delighted to welcome and introduce our new staff.


  • Chris Allen: Maths / Business - replacing Parminder Kaur who will be on family leave in semester 1.
  • Sasha Byrnes: Health and Physical Education
  • Alicia Davey: Leading Teacher – Numeracy Improvement and Maths KLA Leader
  • Casey Deng: Maths / Accounting
  • Karen Eap: English / Humanities
  • Despina Filippidis: Maths
  • Morgan Hunter: Student Wellbeing Support
  • Yehuda Kaplan: Hebrew
  • Daniel Lake: Maths / Science
  • Duncan Le Nair: Art / Materials Technology
  • Emma Nishikubo: EAL / Japanese / French
  • Aaron Petersen:  Assistant Principal
  • Delanka Peiris: Psychology / Science (Year 7 Coordinator)
  • Cristina Presa: Literacy Support Teacher
  • Kelly Rattle: English Language Centre
  • Sue Rio: Food Technology
  • Mogane Roge: French - replacing Loveena Narayanen through the Jules Verne Teacher Exchange program for term 1.
  • Aurele Roy: French Assistant
  • Naomi Zander: English / Humanities

Being involved at GEC

We are always looking for ways to involve our parents in our community.  Please contact me if you have ideas of how you would like to be involved. 

  • Our Parents and Friends group is an excellent way to meet other families and I encourage you to join.
  • College Council - All Victorian government schools with a Year 7 cohort and above, will have a mandated Student member category on their school council. At GEC we already have 2 students on Council.

Currently the Department of Education & Training have not provided the information to schools for elections for student members.


Permanent Telstra Group employees can apply for a Telstra Kids Fund grant ( of $1,200 to support a project or activity run by a non-profit organisation involving a child, 18 years or under, in their immediate family.   Schools cannot apply directly – an employee must apply on behalf of the school. 

VCE Results

We were very pleased with the wonderful results achieved by our Year 12 students. Congratulations to Elena Shi, our Dux, with an ATAR of 99.   

  • We had a 100% pass rate     
  • Our students’ mean ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score was 66.85, rising annually
  • 5.2% of study scores were 40 or above
  • 30.5 % of our students scored ATARs greater than 80, 70% of students scored ATARs greater than 50
  • Our students’ mean study score was 29.2
  • Many students received early round tertiary offers

Professional Practice Days for Teachers

As part of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017, teachers will receive one day per term when they are out of the classroom to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning.  These are not student free days.  Casual Replacement Teachers (CRTs) will be employed to cover classes. We are scheduling the days ahead of time and have planned the days so that there is minimal impact.


Some staff took their term 1 day on the day of the Swimming Carnival.  The remaining staff will take their term 1 day in the week 5th – 9th March 2018.  Teachers will ensure planned work is provided for students.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Capital Works

 We are on track to be finished by the end of term 1.  We have now moved into the new Junior and Senior classrooms, Junior and Senior School offices and Year 12 Study Centre and a new student entrance is open.


Schools have been advised by the Department that it is not compulsory for schools to offer a whole-of-school insurance policy, and to remind families that any insurance needs to be taken up on an individual user pays basis. Parents/Guardians are also reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance / transport and any other transport costs. Parents/guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers if they wish to insure their child.


We have many wonderful events planned for 2018 – Cultural Diversity Week in March will be a highlight for term 1.  Lunchtime and afterschool activities have begun – see the website for a full list.   


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Welcome back to all our students. A particular welcome to our new students and Year 7 students. We are very pleased with the performance of our students in the first few weeks. They are making learning their focus, presenting themselves well in their uniforms and treating each other with kindness and respect.


Please find below important dates to note for this semester. If you do not have access to Xuno or have lost your password please contact the General Office.

Reporting timeline – Semester 1, 2018

Years 7-11 Progress reports - 3 times per semester

Year 12 Progress reports - 2 in term 1, 3 in term 2

Assessment Task Criteria


Parent Teacher Interviews Term 1 

Parent teacher interviews will occur at the following times;


Year 10 – 12: Week 8 Tuesday 20th March 2.25pm – 6.30pm

Year 7 – 9: Week 9 Wednesday 28th March 2.25pm – 7.15pm


On each parent teacher interview day classes will conclude at 2.00pm. Bookings will be made available through Xuno the week prior to each day.

Last day of term – Thursday 29th March

The last day of term is the cross country event. Students will be dismissed at 1.30pm from Caulfield Park.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

GEC Swimming Carnival and Enrichment Opportunities

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce myself as one of Glen Eira College’s new staff members.  I join the school as an Assistant Principal after three years as Director of Teaching and Learning at Lauriston Girls’ School’s Howqua Campus.  Prior to this I spent time at Carwatha College P-12 and as a Teaching and Learning Coach with the Department of Education and Training (DET).  When I’m not at the college, I can be found spending time with my wife and our four children.  I’m also a keen runner and cyclist who takes every possible opportunity to explore the natural environment. I have already begun to know many of students and I look forward to meeting parents and carers in the coming weeks.


The college’s first major house carnival kicked off last week at the annual House Swimming Carnival.  In the battle of red vs. gold. vs. green vs. blue, students in all year levels and the English language Centre were given the opportunity to earn points for their house in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Those students who qualified for the Beachside Division interschool competition will represent the school on Tuesday 6th March. 


For those who focused on participation over competition, there were lots of opportunities to be involved beyond the traditional swimming events.  House spirit was shown by way of appropriately coloured clothing and I would like to extend my thanks to the House Captains for the work they did in preparing their peers for the day.  The novelty events and beach volleyball competitions were a great way for everyone to get involved.  Whilst the diving competition lacked the grace of an Olympic final it certainly provided a very entertaining spectacle. 

Glen Eira College is proud to offer a range of enrichment and extension activities to our students.  On Monday 12th February, selected Year 9 students were invited to attend the TAASS (The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools) Exploration Day at the Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre.   This event is designed to introduce select Year 9 students to the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, and to experience some of the opportunities available to the University’s students. The day included a lecture on how to Design a Path to a Sustainable Planet, a tour of Melbourne University’s campus and an afternoon workshop with Engineers Without Borders, an NGO that specialises in providing assistance to developing countries.  As 2018 progresses, there will be further opportunities for all students to participate in exciting activities that further enrich their academic studies including the World Scholars’ Cup at Genezzano College. 


As a keen cyclist myself, I have been encouraged to see so many students riding their bikes to school. Students who ride or walk to school are much more likely to achieve the minimum physical activity level of 60 minutes per day. Evidence also shows that they are also more focused and ready to learn compared to those who are driven.  If you are a parent who drives their children to school, please help keep our cycling students safe by slowing down and allowing enough space when you pass a cyclist. When parked in front of the school, get into the habit of always using your mirrors and doing a head check before opening your car door.  When getting into your car, face the passing traffic so you can see bike riders travelling towards you.  Together, we can ensure all our students are safe during their journey to Glen Eira College.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

College Council News

Pedestrian Crossing Campaign Victory

Glen Eira College Council recently received formal notification from the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Hon Luke Donnellan MP, that the Booran Road pedestrian crossing will be upgraded in 2018.


VicRoads will install four new electronic speed signs on Booran Road in Caulfield East outside the College.


Minister Donnellan wrote "The signs will display 40km/h during the extended hours of 8am-5pm, school days, and are expected to improve safety of students crossing Booran Road throughout the day". 


VicRoads expects to commence the work early this year with completion by June 2018. 


On behalf of the College community and College Council, I would like to thank you all for your support on this crucial safety issue.  It was wonderful to have the support of the community with 415 signatures on the online petition and many signatures on our petition that was presented to Parliament in September 2017.  Thanks to all the students, staff, parents, friends, grandparents, aunties and uncles and neighbours who signed the petition in support of improved safety for our children.  Thanks also to those who wrote to the Minister, our local Members of Parliament and Glen Eira Council on this issue.


I would like to thank Minister Donnellan and VicRoads for making these changes to improve the safety of the Booran Road pedestrian crossing for our children.  Thanks to our local Members of Parliament and the Glen Eira Council for their strong support and advocacy in the campaign.


The success of this long campaign demonstrates to students that if a community pulls together on a strong cause, we can effect positive change through persistence, advocacy and collaboration.


Let's hope there are no accidents in the meantime and we look forward to a safer school crossing in 2018.


Have a great 2018.


Ruth Gordon

Glen Eira College Council President

Junior School Highlights

Year 7: Participating from the Start!


The Year 7 leadership team would like to welcome all students and parents into the Glen Eira College community. The transition into secondary school can be a challenging experience for students and families. We are here to support each member of Year 7 to ensure you get the most out of your time at Glen Eira.
It has been an exciting  first few weeks of school. The Year 7 students had the Elevate Seminar where they were able to work on their organisation and time management skills. The Swimming Carnival was the first extra-curricular event of the year, and the Year 7 students participated excellently. We look forward to students getting involved in the many extra-curricular activities on offer throughout the year.


We are also delighted to host the Year 7 Meet the Parents evening on Tuesday 27th February which will allow parents to learn about Xuno and Traits of Writing. This event will also give parents an opportunity to speak with our Year 7 teaching team and exchange contact details with other parents. We hope this will help facilitate our education community’s connection.


We look forward to Camp coming up in week 6, which is a great opportunity for the Year 7 students to continue to build on friendships that they have already started to form. Please do not hesitate to contact the Year 7 leadership team via phone or Xuno if you have any concerns regarding your child.


Bernie Coghlan and Delanka Peiris

Year 7 Coordinators


Year 8: Making GEC Better

Welcome back to all the Year 8 students at GEC, and welcome to the new students starting at the college in 2018. It has been a busy and refreshing start to the year. I am thrilled to have moved up as Year 8 coordinator with the cohort and look forward to continuing to support students in achieving success at the college.


With the building works nearing completion, the future of the school is beginning to take shape. The Year 8s were welcomed with new team rooms and classrooms on their return to school, and are making great use of the new science, cooking, and sporting facilities.


In Year 8 we have three representatives on the 2018 Student Representative Council- Mila Taczynski, Kate Stamp and Jasmyn Roberts. We congratulate the girls on their initiative and look forward to them having a voice in making GEC a better place.


The 2018 swimming sports carnival was an enjoyable and inclusive day, with lots of colour, music and fun. A large number of Year 8 students performed well in individual events, diving, and beach volleyball. All the best of luck to the students who will progress to the Beachside Division competition later in the term.


Daniel Mulligan

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 9: Achieving New Things

New and exciting things have been happening within our Year 9 cohort this term. I myself am new to the year level and bringing loud and positive vibes to an amazing group of students. The Year 9s have been getting involved with their Year 9 Program every Tuesday or Wednesday and in the coming weeks will be going out into the public using their minds to achieve new things.


The following Year 9 students have been successful in auditioning to be a part of this year’s school production:

·        Ben Matthews

·        Jasmine Shaw

·        Liam Ben-Moyal

·        Lottie Hudson

·        Alannah De Jesus

·        Aimee Harris

·        Georgia Wood-Freeman

·        Layla Carmeli-Wolski

·        Chhavi Goel

·        Marcus Georgiou

·        Gabriella Voges


The shows for this year’s school production will be in week 2 of term 3 and we really hope you can come and support the Year 9s as well as all students involved.


We have some very exciting things coming up for the year level this year including a 5 day camp which will be running in week 3 of term 4. Please stay tuned and I look forward to keeping you updated. Watch this space.


Sarah Mortimer

Year 9 Coordinator

Junior School Captains' Address

We’ve had an excellent start to the school year so far, with several events having occurred, like the School Production auditions and school photos. We’ve welcomed several new teachers and even more new students into the GEC community. During the holidays, two new areas of the school building were opened, the VCE study area and the first floor corridor.


Ben Matthews

Junior School Captain


Our annual school production is going to be held on the second week of term two, led by Mrs Mortimer, Ms Baker-Goldsmith and Ms Wood. This is a very exciting time and we would like to congratulate the following students on getting main roles in the show:

Jasmine Shaw, Sophie Rowsell, Maani Baker, Niomi Adelman, Maayan Ashkar, Warne Hewett, Ben Matthews, Liam Ben-Moyal, Layla Carmeli-Wolski, Lottie Hudson, Keely Edwards and Harriet Rowsell.


Jenna Casamento

Junior School Captain


Even though school has just started there has been so much going on.  With all of the new clubs starting it has been difficult to keep track. However, there are still way more fun things to come.  Firstly we had the Swimming Carnival on the 19th February.  This day is always one to look forward to with the awesome music and competitive spirit.  Inter-school sports have also been making the headlines with our Year 11 and 12 softball team who played really well on the 13th February.  The intermediate teams will be heading out later this term to play against other schools and hopefully go through to the next round.  Lastly we have the Cross Country event which is fast approaching us on the last day of term.  This is a really fun day where we get to socialise and exercise.


Aimee Harris

Vice Junior School Captain


On Monday 5th February we had our school photos. Throughout the day, each class was called away from their classes and lined up in height order outside of the PAC. They were then taken inside to take a group photo with their team teacher and year level coordinator. They then went through to take individual photos and then went back to class. During lunch and Period 6, siblings had the opportunity to go into the PAC and get their photos taken together. Overall, school photos were run smoothly and were a great success and we hope to receive them in the coming term.


Paul Palatsides

Vice Junior School Captain


Mathieu Givogue

Junior School Leader


Senior School News

Welcome to 2018! The Senior School would like to welcome our new students, parents and guardians to our community. We look forward to working with you throughout 2018. Please ensure you keep the communication lines open and touch base with us.


We’d like to congratulate the following VCE students who form our leadership team for 2018.  


School Captains: Ashley Szmerling and Morgan Edwards

Senior Vice Captains: Boris Pribil and Berenice Mickelburough


House Captains: Bhayne Lundgren, Ashleigh Harris, Sierra Danon, Anna Rowsell, Ana Garcia, Taylor Lowery, Nasia Mazi, Alanna Gray, Nick Brooks (pictured below at the GEC House Swimming Carnival)

Executive Committee: Morgan Edwards, Ashley Szmerling, Berenice Mickelburough, Boris Pribil, Jack Aaronfeld, Kali Appleby, Nicholas Brooks, Jia Jia Chow-Phillips, Andriane Demetriou, Eli Douek, Elouise Krelle, Ariella Karavanny, Sam McFarland, Barney Miller, Rivka Mitchell, Anna Rowsell, Eliza Sharpe, Ari Verrios


Student Voice: Shruthi Sasi Kumar, Ashleigh Harris, Sierra Danon, Noa Kantor


The Annual GEC Swimming Carnival was held on Monday 19th February with many students donning their house colours and supporting their fellow House members. It was fantastic to see so many Senior School students participating in the various events: swimming races, relay races, beach volleyball and novelty events. The House Captains did a fabulous job rallying the troops, in particular Green House, who had the best overall team spirit with their “Commando” theme.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Year 12 students for the smooth beginning of the school year.  They have settled into the new VCE centre and it is a pleasure to see them working quietly and diligently during private study times.  Even though the year has just begun, there are a a number of administrative procedures that need to be completed; the most important one being applying for VCAA Special Examination Arrangements.  If your child has been given this document please note that it is due into the VCAA by Friday 2nd March 2018. If you have any queries regarding this matter or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me at the college on 95717838.


Save the Dates

Last day of year 12 classes - Monday 22nd October 2018

Celebration Day (Funfields) - Tuesday 23rd October 2018

SWOT VAC - Wednesday 24th October 2018 - Tuesday 30th October


The Year 11 Walk to Success is going well. It has been a great step forward in identifying how students have settled in to VCE, their concerns, focusing on organisation and communication with their teachers is key to their success. Also looking at introducing more of a student voice at Year 11 and gauging what events, assistance can best serve them.


We are awaiting official approval of Year 11 Ski camp.  Once this is passed by council, information will be made available. This was an amazing experience for all involved last year so make sure you get involved.


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 Interschool Sport competition last week. It was great to see so many students representing the college in a variety of sports.


Work Experience is just around the corner. 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 11 of term 2.


Progress Reports will be 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 in the coming weeks.


Senior School Team

Year 10 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Year 11 Coordinator: Mary Maniatis

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Senior School Leader: Keira McLean

Careers and Pathways Coordinator: Carol McCaskie

International Student Coordinator: Tara Fang

Legal Studies Excursion

Legal Studies Excursion to Marngoneet Correctional Centre

On Tuesday 13th February the Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies classes went on an excursion to Marngoneet Correctional Centre, a medium security prison in Lara. The purpose of the Schools Program is to provide a forum where students are able to further their knowledge of modern correctional issues.


The 36 students were greeted by the School Programme Officer on the bus and briefed about the formalities of entering a prison including being asked to empty all pockets (including leaving behind phones and watches) and to step through a metal scanner before entering an airlock room and then the prison grounds.


Students were escorted to the Visitor Centre after a brief overview of the various units and facilities within the prison grounds. The students were introduced to five prisoners who were serving sentences for crimes ranging from murder, manslaughter, drug trafficking and prohibited weapons, reckless driving causing serious injury and armed burglary. They were able to hear from the prisoners and ask questions.  The prisoners told the students their history, explained some of the events of their crimes, their views on the criminal justice system, the effectiveness of imprisonment to meet its purpose such as to punish, protect and rehabilitate and the daily life for prisoners.


A de-brief was provided by the Corrections Officer who cautioned the students about the difference between sympathy and empathy.  The students were told to focus on the fact that there are two sides to each story and to remember those people affected by the prisoners’ crimes, including the victims, their families, witnesses, the families of prisoners etc.


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


Melanie Mattsson

Head of Humanities


Library Corner

Welcome back to the Library for 2018! It’s pretty chaotic at the moment with renovations in full swing, but by the end of term 1 we will have a refreshed library space for everyone to enjoy.


We have enjoyed meeting all the new students at the college this year, and the Year 7 classes had a Library Orientation session during their English classes in the first few weeks. They listened attentively while we explained how to use the library and the great services we offer students, and then took off on a frenzied library treasure hunt. Congratulations to the winners in each class who worked hard for their prize!


The first Book Club meeting for the year was held in week two, and over 50 students came along to share the books they read in the holidays, and make reading recommendations to each other. We will continue to meet fortnightly on Wednesday lunchtimes, with two excursions later in the year to look forward to.


A group of 35 Library Monitors have volunteered to help in the library this year. There are dedicated students from all year levels involved, and we thank them for their enthusiasm and commitment to their school library. We are also happy to announce that we have appointed Shruthi Sasi Kumar (11B) as the Library Captain for 2018.


On the 15th February we celebrated Library Lovers’ Day with a “Speed Date a Book” event held in the library at lunchtime. There wasn’t an empty seat left as students tried to meet the book of their dreams. Every three minutes a whistle blew and it was time to move tables and try a different genre! At the end nearly every student borrowed a book. Don’t forget, your Book Matchmakers (the library staff) are available to help you find the perfect match all year long.

We have two new digital resources available through the library in 2018 - Encyclopaedia Britannica and an eBook library. Information on how to access these databases was emailed to all students, but if you have any questions please get in touch with the library staff.


Finally, this week we will host a VCE Forum for any senior students who would like an insight into the rejuvenated VCE Collection and other services available to them in the library. We work hard to make sure these students get the best possible support to be successful in their final years of school.


We hope everyone is settling into the new year, and wish you all a happy 2018 full of great books!


Karys McEwen

College Librarian


Megan Gatt

Library Technician

SRC Report

Introducing the 2018 SRC

After participating in a formal application process at the beginning of term, the following students have achieved a place on the GEC Student Representative Council for 2018.


Dips Thaker 11E

Sierra Danon 11B
Shruthi Sasi Kumar 11B
Ashleigh Harris 11A

Noa Kantor 11A
Louis Jacobe de Naurois 10C

Antoine Hobbs 10B

Adelin Zipman 10E
Chloe Guss 10D

Mikki Clemans 10B
Aimee Harris 9A
Jasmine Shaw 9B

Kate Stamp 8B
Jasmyn Roberts 8B
Mila Taczynski 8B
Jemma Willingham 7A
Rusha Shah 7C
Dana Gonshor 7F


We have reps for each year level from Year 7 to 11 and after our first meeting we have already identified a range of important issues that are of concern to the students at our school, from providing more student leadership opportunities to abolishing the use of straws in the canteen. One of the aims for this year is to raise the profile of the SRC and to engage more students with the opportunity to have a voice and be heard. Our first job is to create an SRC constitution and executive. 


The team this year is full of energy, commitment and the desire to effect positive change.


Emma Schmidtke

Student Voice Coordinator


Languages Corner

The Languages Team

This term the Languages Department welcomed new staff members from around the globe! Morgane Roge is a teacher from Dijon, France who is here for one term. Aurele Roy our French assistant, Yehuda Kaplan our new Hebrew teacher and Emma Nishibuko who is returning from a year at the English Language Centre. On behalf of the Languages staff, we are looking forward to continuing our work with you and are very happy to have all in our staff room.


Cedric Chamontin

French Teacher

Hebrew News

The library is in the process of establishing a Hebrew reading and reference section, as well as purchasing additional Hebrew English dictionaries. Students keen to improve their Hebrew reading skills are invited on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at lunchtime to the library to practice reading with the help of Yehuda, the Hebrew teacher.


Yehuda Kaplan

Hebrew Teacher


We are very excited in the Japanese department about the Japan Science trip that is only six months away!
Our group of seventeen students will soon be meeting up at school to learn about the upcoming adventure.


We will soon be collecting deposits for those who have expressed interest. 



Karen Muramatsu

Japanese Teacher

Careers Corner

Year 12

Careers Chat

Dear Year 12s,

Please make a time to come and see me for a quick 10 to 15 minute chat this term.  I have a fantastic new Careers online tool that I would love to share with you. This will make it easier for me to disseminate relevant careers and university information to you.


UMAT information

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.


UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2018 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2019 but NOT 2020. Do not register for UMAT2018 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2019 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2018 Information Booklet.


Interested in a career in STEM?

Here is a list of the top graduate jobs in the STEM area;

University Information

University of Melbourne: Hands on Engineering and IT

The first workshops for the year will be held Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April.

These interactive workshops introduce Year 10 students to engineering and IT concepts. They are a great way to explore a passion and future study or career option. Students need to be nominated by teachers.

More details –



The Good Universities Guide: Online and Distance Education

Materials for students interested in online and distance education, with information on what is online and distance education, where and how are courses offered, different options, flexible study options and interactivity and support.

Year 10

Work Experience

There have been a few Year 10s who have given me their completed work experience forms. I need to have these in by the end of term 1. If you are having difficulties in finding a placement, please come and see me at recess or lunch time or after school.


There are many benefits to work experience.


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


Do you know someone in an interesting job?  

If so, perhaps they will host you for a week. 


Ask around.  

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


Work experience as a Surveyor

details are on this link:


Careers Fast Track Program

I will be delivering the Careers Fast Track Program to all the Year 10s. Many of you started this with the online quizzes regarding work, values and personality. Once the 4 quizzes have been completed, I am able to print out a personalised Pathways Book for you. We then use these booklets in stage 2 of the program, which will be run shortly. Stage 3 is when a Careers Fast Track Counsellor comes out to have a 30 minute interview face to face in May.


I have sent all the students an email with a link to complete the quizzes if they have not already been done.  Please ensure all Year 10 students complete these before the end of the month. If you didn't get the email or are having difficulties with the process, please come and see me immediately.


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Wellbeing News

We have welcomed a new member into the Wellbeing Team at Glen Eira College in 2018. Morgan Hunter has been appointed to a newly created position - Student Support Worker. Morgan will be based in the Wellbeing Centre.


The Wellbeing Centre is located near the Administration Office on the ground floor. This centre is a safe and welcoming place for students to seek help or advice on any wellbeing issues, including any concerns they may have about their learning.


As Wellbeing Leader I am fortunate to be part of a team of professionals that is committed to the support of our student community. The core Wellbeing Team consists of Student Support Worker Morgan Hunter, Adolescent Health Nurse Christalia Formoso, Psychologist Zoe Markopoulos and Wellbeing Leader Jenny Sanchez. This core team meets fortnightly to review the wellbeing needs of our student community and develop evidence based responses to meet those needs.


Our primary focus is the delivery of evidence based programs to improve student wellbeing.


Morgan and Jenny are at Glen Eira full time, Christalia is here on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Zoe attends the fortnightly meetings and may also attend at other times to provide student support. Zoe is a member of a network of Student Support Services Officers (SSSO’s) employed by the government to support schools in meeting the wellbeing and learning needs of students.


If you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing please contact us at the college. Ring the college number 9571 7838 and ask to speak with Jenny Sanchez, if I am unavailable please leave a message with the office staff and they will forward the message to me. The key contact is Jenny Sanchez who manages the referral and support process. You can also contact your child’s Year Level Coordinator as they will work with you and the wellbeing team to provide the required support.

Activities and programs to be delivered this term include:

Lifestyle Checks for Year 12 Students

This term Christalia and Morgan will be delivering the Lifestyle Check program for our year 12 students. This program aims to support students to manage their own self-care and to know when to seek help.


Stress and Anxiety - Parent Information Evening


Time:  6:45pm until 7:45pm – doors open at 630pm.


We will be delivering a Wellbeing Parent Information Evening focused on how to support your child manage stress and anxiety. The number of students requiring support for stress and anxiety has seen a steady increase over the last twelve months. Supporting young people to manage these challenges is critical to their overall wellbeing, including their academic progress. Jenny, Morgan, Christalia and Zoe will all be in attendance on the night.


World Sleep Day

Sleep is important to health and wellbeing, and is vital to good health. World Sleep Day is on Friday 16 March 2018. It is an annual event created to celebrate sleep and provide a call to action on related issues, such as how a lack of sleep can affect learning. In the lead up to World Sleep Day we will be raising awareness about good and healthy sleep, as well as the negative impacts on health arising from sleep problems.


Jenny Sanchez

Wellbeing Leader

Performing Arts News

Instrumental Music at GEC

The 2018 College Instrumental Music teaching team consists of:

  • Mr Robert Westlake – guitar and bass on Monday and Wednesday (currently being replaced by Mr Daniel Hobson)
  • Mr Mark Voogd – drums and percussion on Monday
  • Mr Mark Dipnall – woodwind on Monday
  • Ms Victoria Wood – voice on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Ms Zamarah Morley – strings on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Ms Charlene Wijaya – piano on Thursday and Friday

This year there has been an increased demand for places in the Instrumental Music program at GEC, resulting in some students being placed on a waiting list for Voice, Guitar and Piano. However, at this stage there are a small number of places available to learn Woodwind, Drums/Percussion and Strings – if any student is interested in enrolling please pick up a form from the General Office, or for more information please contact Ms Baker-Goldsmith.


There are a number of music ensembles or bands that are open to all students at the college. If you are interested please come along to a rehearsal or speak to Ms Baker-Goldsmith or the Instrumental Music staff in the PAC.


Vocal Group

  • Looking for all students from Year 7-12 who love to sing! You don’t need to be having vocal lessons, either at the school or externally. Rehearsals are lunchtime on Thursdays in Room 1, for more information please see Ms Wood the Vocal teacher (on Tuesdays or Thursdays) or Ms Baker-Goldsmith


String Ensemble

  • Looking for students who play the cello or double bass, but will also accept students who learn the violin and viola. Rehearsals are after school on Thursdays in the PAC, for more information please see Ms Morley the Strings teacher (on Wednesdays or Thursdays) or Ms Baker-Goldsmith


Percussion Ensemble - Monday - Lunchtime

Band – Monday - Lunchtime

Acapella – Tuesday - Lunchtime

Guitar Ensemble - Wednesday - Lunchtime

Vocal Group – Thursday - Lunchtime

String Ensemble – Thursday - 3.30pm – 4.30pm


All ensemble rehearsals take place in the PAC. If the rehearsal takes place at lunchtime, please turn up promptly with your lunch. If you are interested in participating in any of the ensembles, or would like further information, drop by during rehearsal time or visit Ms Baker-Goldsmith in the PAC staffroom.

Radio Club

Are you a confident speaker, or interested in improving your public speaking skills? Do you like working as part of team? You might be interested in joining the GEC Radio Club in 2018!


Radio Club gives groups of students from the college the opportunity to prepare, organise and then present their own hour-long radio show live on the air. A number of times per term (usually once every 2-3 weeks), students meet early on a Thursday morning and make their way to in North Brighton to present a morning breakfast radio show live on the air 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 to discuss what went well and what could be improved for the next show.


If you are interested in participating in one of our next shows, contact Ms Baker-Goldsmith or come along to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays in the Room 1.


Broadcast dates this term – GEC on the air from 8am-9am:

8th March

22nd March


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

2018 Production

This year, the GEC school production will be Little Shop of Horrors.


Over 4 days of auditions we saw students try out for the show in areas that included singing, acting and dancing. We were overwhelmed by the level of talent that was on display and the improvement that students have shown. We have 66 students involved in the cast this year and 32 of these are Year 7 students.


The show is set in downtown Skid Row, where there are bums on the street and a little flower shop that struggles to make ends meet. There we meet Seymour, Audrey and Mrs Muchnik. The story takes us on a wild and exciting adventure that includes love, death and humour. We have amazing talent not only in our leads but also within the smaller roles that provide us with some comedic relief.


This year we will be having a band to create a live amazing atmosphere to this incredible cast that we are very excited to watch grow and be a part of a team. Please stay tuned for more updates.


Sarah Mortimer

School Production Director

From the Office

Update Your Information

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

Student Absences

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


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

Early Leavers

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


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

Centrepay for Payments

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

XUNO and Family Payments 2018

Thank you to all families who have paid their parent payments for the 2018 academic year.


This year we are continuing to deliver a more efficient payment and authorisation method for all Essential Learning Items, Events, Sports, Camps and Excursions by using the Events module on XUNO. This method replaces our paper forms and invoices as previously sent to you. Please log on to the XUNO Parent Portal to approve any events or to make any payments.


Alternatively you may still request a paper form or make payments by Cash, Debit/ Credit Card at the General Office or pay online using BPAY and Direct Deposit.


If you have any questions, please contact the General Office on 9571 7838.

XUNO Events and Payments 

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


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

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

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


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

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


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


More Information
For the CSEF application closing dates and more information about the fund visit

Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

All GEC parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings – a great chance to meet some school families and help the school.  Our meetings are friendly and informal, and your level of involvement is up to you.   If you you are interested in being involved, want to come to any of our meetings or are not already receiving our emails, please send an email to


Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th March when we will discuss

  • Students Mobile phone use at school
  • Party in the Park
  • Multicultural supper
  • Trivia Night
  • Movie Night
  • Supper at School Production
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24

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

Party in the Park Sunday 18th March 10am-4pm Allnut Park Wheatley Road Bentleigh

Glen Eira College Parents Association will hold a stall at the festival to be visible in our community and raise funds for the college. We will be selling sno-cones, jams made by parents and handmade notebooks made from repurposed exercise books for kids to decorate. Please come and buy something. If you can you volunteer for an hour or 2 between 9am and 5pm please register at 

Multicultural Picnic – Thursday 22 March 6pm - 7.30pm

All Glen Eira College families are invited to share a picnic dinner at the school to get to know other school families. Please bring a plate of food from your culture to share and your picnic set-plates,cups etc to reduce rubbish. Last year’s picnic was very enjoyable - a sublime summer evening in the school garden sharing a variety of delicious food from our many family backgrounds and catching up with school friends and making new ones. Two parents with kids just started at GEC met again for the first time since their primary school days!

Secondhand Uniforms - January sale 

Thanks to parents who ran the stall (especially Julie), donated uniform items and sorted, labelled, washed and mended clothes. The uniform stall raised over $2255 for the school and helped families reduce the cost of school clothes.

Coles Sports Vouchers

Coles supermarkets are offering vouchers for school sports equipment, to customers till May.  Please bring your vouchers to the school office ad GECPA will send them in.

School Crossing – walking, cycling and public transport to school – Glen Eira Council invitation to comment

Great news that the speed limit will be reduced outside Glen Eira College! We should also ask Glen Eira Council and VicRoads to improve safety for kids riding and walking to school especially at the corners of Booran Rd/Neerim and Booran/Glen Eira Roads and riding along these approach roads to GEC. Glen Eira Council has asked for comment on a new transport plan for Glen Eira that includes walking, cycling and public transport and specifically looks at improving safety for kids walking and cycling to school – Please send in a short comment to support further improvements for the safety of kids walking and riding to school by 26 March. Parent, Catherine Mc Naughton is a member of Glen Eira Councils Sustainable Transport Advisory Committee and happy to discuss local transport issues with you – ph 0412 119 807

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).

Ride2School Day Friday March 23 

Active transport is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst students and the wider school community. Whether they ride or scoot all the way, or part way, it's a great way for all students to get active, learn new skills and increase their confidence. National Ride2School Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage active travel within your school community. The day celebrates those who already actively travel to school and encourages those who don't to start. In 2015 Glen Eira College adopted an active travel charter to encourage students and staff to travel by active means. Bike parking is located behind the PAC and scooter parking racks have been made for GEC by the Brighton Men’s Shed.


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.

Year 7 Family Camp

School Holidays weekend 6-8th April Boort to discover “Crow Country” – setting for Year 7 novel


Would you like to join some Year 7 families camping in the Boort Lakes Caravan Park north of Bendigo – a chance to meet some other families and a new place where the Year 7 novel is set. Camping sites and cabins available ph 54552064

We could enjoy an indigenous eco-tour with Gulpilil’s Australia  and discover the spanner sculptures

If you are interested please let the school office know so we can book the eco-tour and also please book your own accommodation.


Cathy McNaughton


Community News / Advertisements

Now Accepting Applicants for 2019 Rotary Youth Exchange!

Are you a Year 9, 10 or 11 Student?  You may qualify as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and have the opportunity to live and study in Germany, France Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Brazil, Hungary, Norway, Spain, Poland, or Switzerland.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a unique opportunity for students to experience the culture of a new country, to learn a new language and develop new friendships.

Applications are now being accepted and close on Sunday 8th April 2018.  Students must be under the age of 17 years and 6 months, as at 1st January in the year of departure.

You can support Glen Eira College and be rewarded!

We are fortunately able to offer the brilliant Entertainment Book as part of our fundraising and it’s so easy for all to help. Simply Order the New 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive 100’s of valuable offers for things you love to do – simultaneously supporting our fundraising. PLUS, if you get your order in now you can receive over $100 of bonus Early Bird Offers (please hurry as these do sell out quickly).



Please help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with Friends and Family.


"The Entertainment Book is such great value for only $70! There are so many savings I get back instantly. There really is something for everyone; from casual eating, fine dining, car washes, adventures, movies, to loads of family fun & more!. Can’t live without it.” – Lisa T


Glen Eira College
Questions? Please email:
Derek Freedman at: 
or call on: 0425 708845 






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