GEC College News

31 October 2018
Issue Seven
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Wellbeing News
Library Corner
Languages Corner
Maths News
Visual Arts & Technology 
Performing Arts News
Around the College
Health & PE Week
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Wednesday 31st October – Tuesday 20th November

VCE Unit 3/4 Exams


Wednesday 31st October

School Tour 9:15am

Year 7 & 9 Hebrew Falafel Restaurant & Library Excursion 12:40pm – 3pm


Thursday 1st November

8B TAASS Year 8 Hub Day Excursion

Year 8 Girls Table Tennis


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day (School Closed)


Wednesday 7th November

SEVR Junior Bandfest Excursion


Thursday 8th November

Year 10 Cinema & Theatre Studies 'A Star is Born' Excursion


Monday 12th November

Year 7 & 9 Hebrew Cinema Excursion 12:40pm – 3pm


Wednesday 14th November

College Council 7pm


Thursday 15th November

Strings/Voice/Piano Night


Monday 19th November

Year 10 SWOT VAC

School Tour 9:15am

Queen tribute  lunchtime concert  (Guitar, Woodwind and Percussion students) 12:40pm - 1:20pm


Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd November

Year 10 Exams


Tuesday 20th November

7B & 8C Geography Fieldwork Coastal Excursion


Wednesday 21st November

8E & 8D Geography Fieldwork Coastal Excursion

Year 12 Valedictory 7pm


Thursday 22nd November

Year 11 SWOT VAC

8A & 8F Geography Fieldwork Coastal Excursion


Friday 23rd November

Languages Assembly 1:30pm

Friday 23rd November – Wednesday 28th November

Year 11 Exams


Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th November

Year 9B Exams


Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th November

Year 10 Camp


Thursday 29th November – Wednesday 5th December

Year 11 & 12 2019 Transition


Thursday 29th November – Friday 14th November

Year 8-10 2019 Transition


Wednesday 5th December

Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening


Thursday 6th December

Curriculum Day (Student Free)


Tuesday 11th December

Year 7 2019 Orientation Day


Wednesday 12th December

College Council 6pm


Monday 17th December

End of Year Program


Tuesday 18th December

Presentation Night


Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th December

End of Year Program


Friday 21st December

 Term 4 concludes

From the Principal

Best Wishes to Year 12, 2018

Our hardworking Year 12 students are about to commence their final exams – how the year has flown.  As has become a GEC tradition the whole school congregated on the basketball courts last Tuesday creating a guard of honour as the Year 12s headed off to Funfields to celebrate the end of classes.


Although this is a stressful period for students, it can also be stressful for families and the people that have supported the students, not just this year but throughout their schooling.   I am confident that the preparation and support they have received over the past years will ensure that they are able to achieve the best results possible.


Year 12 teachers are available to support students throughout their study period as is the wellbeing team, the Assistant Principals and myself.  If you have any concerns or needs please contact me at the College.

State Schools Spectacular

Congratulations to all students who were involved in the State Schools Specular Mass Choir and to the students in the Performing Arts Choir and Orchestra. Congratulations to Sophie Rowsell who had a very significant role in 3 acts as an actor and did a wonderful performance.


Once again it was a fantastic show and a fantastic opportunity for our students.  Thank you to Laura Baker-Goldsmith and Tori Wood who supported students throughout all the rehearsals and the performances.

Relay for Life

Congratulations and thank you to students, Ashleigh Harris and Sierra Danon, who again took the lead on coordinating the GEC team – Getting Even with Cancer.   It is a huge job and Ashleigh and Sierra are to be commended for their initiative.

Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition

Last week was a truly wonderful showcase of the amazing talent of our students in Arts and Technology.  Once again our staff have provided an engaging and challenging program for students in Years 7 – 12.  Every year there is something new to see.  This year I was particularly impressed with the range of photographic pieces created by students. I would like to thank our Arts and Technology Leader, Bernadette McIvor, for leading the production of the exhibition.

Japan Science and Culture Tour

This was our first time to Japan and the trip was a great success.  Students learned a lot and have many wonderful memories.  Thank you to Mr Tsarpalas and Ms Maniatis for looking after the students and helping to provide them with this learning experience and Ms Muramatsu for all the work involved in preparing and organising the trip.


Planning has commenced for next year’s trip New Caledonia which will be in September.

Parent Survey

Thank you to all parents (113) who completed the parent survey late last term.  We value the positive feedback received and take on board the suggestions for further improvements.   We received some data and a summary of the comments this week.  School Council and the leadership team have reviewed the data and discussed strategies to further develop our strengths and improve in areas of need.


I am always willing to hear your feedback so please do not hesitate to give me a call, send an email or contact the office to arrange a time to meet.

Professional Practice Days for Teachers / Monday Before Cup Day

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 them so that there is minimal impact.


Several staff have opted for the day prior to Cup Day.  We believe this will minimise disruption to students.  Also, the Year 12 exams will have commenced.


Year 10 and 11

  • Students will have supervised private study or an opportunity to work on assessment tasks.
  • Year 10 and 11 students to be in regular full school uniform.


Year 7 – 9

  • We will run a combination of timetabled classes and alternative activities.
  • A timetable will be provided to families.   
  • Year 7 – 9 students can wear full PE uniform as they will have a double of sport.


Many families choose to go on a holiday over this time. If you intend to not have your child attend on this day please let the office know as soon as possible.


The canteen will be closed on Monday 5th November.


Lockers:  All students are required to have a lock for their lockers.  Combination locks are available at the General Office ($15).  Any lockers without locks will not be available for student use.  I ask for parent support in providing a lock for their son or daughter.


Lost property: We have a growing mountain of unnamed lost property including jumpers, jackets and shoes.  I ask parents and carers to ensure all items of clothing and books are named so that they can be returned to students


The GEC staff team enjoyed good weather and some fierce competition in Ballarat at the Teachers Games—GECs 10th year in the last school holidays.  Sue Rio achieved a bronze medal!   Well done to the GEC team.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals


The progress reports published every six weeks provide us with important information to track student achievement. 

A reminder that Assessment Task results can be found on the Xuno portal under ‘Learning’ and then ‘Reports’ as a PDF document and the Progress Reports are found under ‘Learning’ and then ‘Progress Reports’. Please discuss these with your child.


The final release of Progress Reports and Assessment Tasks will be during the week beginning 10th December.


Attendance - Learning starts at 8.55am

We are very proud of the way our families make student attendance at school a priority. Every day counts!


Research indicates that each day missed is associated with lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading. School is a ‘training ground’ for the workplace. Arriving at school on time is an important life skill.


Please ensure your child arrives on time to school. If students are late to school they will do an after school detention unless they provide a note from home.


Just a reminder that gender restrictions of uniform items do not apply at Glen Eira College e.g. girls may wear trousers. Bob Stewart, the uniform supplier, is able to accommodate different designs and will tailor trousers and short to fit all body sizes.


School shoes must be leather, lace ups – not runners even if they are all black.


Students should be in full school uniform on the way to school and when returning home.


Nick Hamer-Smith and Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principals

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

New and exciting things have been happening within our Year 7 cohort this term. The Mind Body and Pedal incursion provided a range of activities for students, including bike riding, yoga, Body Shop and the kindness effect. These activities enabled students to learn about the importance of wellbeing.


Congratulations to the Year 7 Girls Water Polo team.  Bella, Olivia, Lulu, Rusha, Natasha and Lola came first in this event. It was a close game as the girls fought until the end.


On Monday 17th September, a group of students attended the Beachside Athletics sports. It was a day full of fun and competition. Congratulations to the following students for their wins.


William Wong

  • 1st Under 12-13 Hurdles
  • 4th 12-13 100m

Under 12-13 Relay 1st 

  • William Wong
  • Jay Trickey
  • Cameron McCutcheon
  • Roanin Jackson

At the State Finals on Monday 22nd October the boys smashed their PB by 1.5 seconds coming 4th in the State U12-13, 100m relay! They showed great teamwork and motivation in training for their event which has paid off with a great "personal best time".


Students took part in the Relay for Life, which is an amazing 24-hour relay event that aims to raise money in order to help people with cancer. Communities from all over Victoria gathered to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them.


Bernie Coghlan and Delanka Peiris

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

In Year 8 we had two students qualify for the School Sport Victoria State Athletics Finals. Haddi El Shorbagy defended his crown from 2017 and will represent the college in discus, javelin and shotput. Chloe Kaufman qualified for the discus. Congratulations to both students and good luck at the event.


A number of Year 8 students were involved in focus groups to help the college review teaching practices within the classroom. I'd like to thank the following students for providing valuable feedback on the teaching and learning practices at the college:

James Dimogotsi
Darcy Messenger
Maiya McLean
Masha Salsky
April McKay
Louis Ericson
Sukeyna Ali
Shai Varon 
Jasmyn Roberts
Benwyn Desuyo
Emma Lightbody
Jett Wheildon   


Congratulations to Penny McNeill who, out of around 700 entries, received a distinction in the 2018 Maths Talent Quest. 


Daniel Mulligan

Year 8 Coordinator

Australian Geography Competition

Geography students from Glen Eira College tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2018 Australian Geography Competition.


We have a number of student geographers at our school who performed to a very high level in the Competition this year with James Mazis in the top 1% in the Year 9 level across Australia, 1 high distinction, 4 distinctions and 9 credits.


Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the Australian Geography Competition.


James Mazis 9E – Top 1%

Patrick Hornby 9B – High Distinction

Elijah Briggs 9A – Distinction

Zakhar Zolotarev 9B – Distinction

Benjamin Matthews 9C – Distinction

Akash Prabhakaran 9D – Distinction

Rafael Bauchiere 9A – Credit

Carmelle Kent 9A – Credit

Omri Segal 9A – Credit

George De Bono 9B – Credit

Sophie Swiatlo 9B – Credit

Carmen Garcia Landeira 9D – Credit

Marcus Georgiou 9E – Credit

Georgia Wood-Freeman 9E – Credit


Over 72,000 students from 743 schools across Australia entered the Australian Geography Competition so the results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of Geography.


Melanie Mattsson

Head of Humanities

Senior School News

Year 10 News

Congratulations to all Year 10s who participated in the Visual Arts & Technology Exhibition. A special mention to Emile Boulos for his stunning design work, and to Guy Cosgrave who won the Deans Arts award - may your prize fund your future artistic endeavours. We all look forward to seeing what you produce in future exhibitions at Glen Eira College.


We are excited that our Year 10 students again have the opportunity to attend Araluen Camp and Go Ride A Wave Surf School in 2018. Consent forms and payment options have been sent through Xuno.


Thank you to all Year 10 students who participated in the Relay for Life. Your contribution to raising funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention and support services, is commendable and admirable. A special mention to Estelle Lipovetsky, Sophie Rowsell and Isabella McFarland whose outstanding music performances are well appreciated.


Brenton Hale

Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 News

A huge congratulations and thanks need to go to the Year 11 students who participated in Relay for Life, raising funds for Cancer Council's research. A big shout out to Sierra Danon and Ashleigh Harris who played a major part in organising students and teachers from Glen Eira College, showing great leadership and responsibility!

The dates of end of year exams have been set, and they are fast approaching. Many Year 11 students who are completing unit 3/4 studies have their first exams within the next two weeks. We want to wish them all the best in their studies!


Finally, well done to Ivan Au-Yeung who received awards in the Australian Science Olympiad for Biology, Chemistry and Physics!


Daniel Lake

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 Celebration Day

On Tuesday 23rd October Year 12 celebrated the end of their secondary schooling with a day at Funfields. The whole school gathered in a guard of honour to send them off on the day.

Wishing our year 12 students all the very best for the end of year examinations.


Year 12 Important Dates


Wednesday 31st October - Wednesday 21st November - VCAA examinations (full school uniform is to be worn). Students are to arrive for the exams 1/2 hour before commencement of reading time – holding room 204.


Wednesday 21st November - Year 12 Valedictory


Friday 14th December - ATAR results released


Wednesday 19th December - Early offers for international students


Wednesday 8th January 2019 - First round offers for international students


Wednesday 16th January 2019 - First round offers for domestic students


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Wellbeing News


As part of the RUOK awareness campaign, all Year 7 Boys participated in an educational workshop to understand and discuss the 4 simple steps that could change a life. The four steps included 1, Ask… RUOK, 2. Listen, 3. Encourage Action and 4. Check In.  


Students exchanged their thoughts and feelings about each step and were able to move forward being confident and prepared to ask the question. The boys then identified positive attributes about one another, encouraging friendly conversations on their Walk and Talk around the park.  Yellow bandanas with mantras of their positive attributes clearly stated on the front were worn proudly.  The “Walk and Talk” activity facilitated students to practice the RUOK steps they had learnt in a non-threatening environment while engaging in a fun and meaningful practice.


Mental Health Week 15-19th October

To celebrate and promote good mental health students and staff participated in activities that increase positive emotions and strengthen social engagement. Mental Health is about wellness rather than illness. When we have a high level of wellbeing all sorts of good things go along with that including better learning, better relationships, greater productivity and better general health.


What better way to increase happiness than to dance? Students gathered at the English Language Centre to strut their stuff in a K-Pop dance session lead by some very talented English Language Centre students. The room was full of great vibes, laughs and dancing. No prerequisite skills were required and all students displayed inclusiveness and encouragement with one another.



We were also lucky to have Ms Deng lead a lunch time Yoga class in the gym. We spent time out from the busy school day schedule to focus on our breathing, clearing our minds and improving our flexibility. We are hoping this might become a regular occurrence as everyone involved came away feeling relaxed and calm.


All week GEC students and staff participated in the “OFF LINE Lunchtime Challenge”.

The whole school purposely turned off all forms of technology at lunchtime aiming to reconnect with their friends, peers and colleagues. It was by no means an easy task, yet many gave it a go. This is something you may like to try at home - “disconnect to reconnect”.


You could start with a phone free time sharing dinner and maybe a conversation starter about one thing you were grateful for during your day.

Kaz Schurmann

Student Wellbeing Support


Empowering and inspiring teenage girls to be more active

During Mental Health Week, Glen Eira College in partnership with Bicycle Network Victoria provided a wonderful opportunity for our young women to participate in a free single-day event (incursion) at the school. The aim was to inspire more teenage girls to get active through bike riding, increase confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The program was delivered to the Junior School girls.


The program was led by a team of experts and set out to support and celebrate the differences that make high-school aged girls unique, while addressing issues of self-esteem and confidence that hold many back from being active.


The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive saying that it was “fun and informative”, “challenging” and “the best way to learn about mental health”.


The program included:

1. Bike ride: A fully-supported bike ride that explored the local area by bike and learned basic road safety skills.

2. Bike maintenance: Designed to help develop skills and confidence in maintaining a safe and working bike.

3. Mind: Designed to address issues of self-care and resilience, focusing on social media pressures, peer perception, anxiety and depression.

4. Body: Designed to cover self-esteem in relation to looking after yourself by taking part in a yoga workshop.


Christalia Formoso

Adolescent Health Nurse 

Library Corner

At the end of last term we celebrated Australian Reading Hour with quiet reading in the library at lunchtime. It was a chance to relax with a good book and unwind after a busy term!


Why is reading important?

  • Reading reduces stress by 68%, relieving stress more quickly than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea
  • Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days
  • When tested for empathy, readers of narrative fiction achieved significantly higher than other groups
  • Reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities


For more information, please head to the Australian Reading Hour website.

We also held our Term 3 Library Monitor morning tea, which is a small reward for our hard working volunteers! A very big thank you to our Term 3 Library Monitor MVP Freya Matthews. Freya shows initiative by undertaking important library tasks without being asked, including shelving books, tidying our space, and helping to promote the library services to her peers.

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge has now wrapped up for 2018. We would like to extend our congratulations to the following students who completed the PRC this year:


Year 7: Lily Nicolo, Leo Bizas, Diksha Padmakumar, Pranjal Menariya, Casper Fforde-Lutter, Bhrugu Patel, Rusha Shah, Farhan Andalib, Dana Gonshor, Roni Segal, Lexi Nuelant, Anjana Sivaraman, Erin McNaughton, Amiya Panwar, Edison MacLeod-Smith, Safal Gandhi, Dheeraj Erla, Scott Rodgers & Elijah McNamara

Year 8: Alicia Scott

Year 9: Meret Hau & Tracey Kry


These students were awarded their certificates during year level assemblies. The challenge is to read at least 15 books and log them on the PRC website. However, many of these students read over 100!


Horror books written for a teenage audience have seen a surge in the publishing industry in 2018, and the genre has been incredibly popular this year at GEC. Our impressive collection of books fly off the shelf! With Halloween just around the corner, we have put up a display with many of our scariest, most mysterious titles. Come and check it out if you’re feeling brave!

Finally, we would like to wish our Year 12s all the very best on their next adventures. If that includes exams: don’t forget to keep borrowing from our VCE collection to help with your study and revision! We have plenty of great resources for all subjects. Good luck and thank you for being great supporters of the library this year!


Karys McEwen (Librarian) & Megan Gatt (Library Technician)

Languages Corner

Japan Trip 2018

Over the holidays a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students went on an adventure to Japan. We departed on the 29th September and arrived back home on the 6th October. The flight was long and tiring.

However, as soon as we landed we were all filled with excitement and eagerness. The first 2 days we were in Tokyo and we explored science museums, amazing temples and the bright lights of the big city. The next 2 days we took the bullet train to Kyoto where we travelled to markets and went to the incredible bamboo forest. For the last 2 days we ventured out towards Hiroshima  where we learnt all about the Hiroshima bombing and to Osaka where we had a guided tour of the Osaka Castle and Glico in the Dotonbori area. Overall, we had an incredible adventure in an amazing country.


Aimee Harris

Year 9



The first GEC Japan Trip has been a huge success. From our departure on 29th September to our return on 6th October, a real energy was felt by the 17 students and 2 teachers.


Tokyo – Kyoto – Hiroshima – Osaka in just 6 days. From hotels to Rhyokans to train stations to markets to temples to shopping complexes,to bamboo forests to traditional theatre - so many unforgettable experiences. Words simply cannot do justice to what we saw and how we felt.


A very big thank you to the families who supported this trip and entrusted the care of their children to us. Thank you to Ms Muramatsu for getting this inaugural trip off the ground, the office staff for all their hard work and to all the students who attended – a truly wonderful trip.


Finally, the biggest thank you from myself, the parents and the students goes to Ms Maniatis for her impeccable planning and organisation in ensuring that this trip ran smoothly, efficiently and drama free.


Lou Tsarpalas

Berthe Mouchette Nation-wide French Poetry Recitation and Writing Competition

We have some great results from the Berthe Mouchette Competition which students studying French participated in earlier this year. We have 7 winners, 5 in the poetry writing competition)! I am very proud to see our school’s name on the Palmares!


The Awards Ceremony is being held on 14thNovember at 7pm at the St Kilda Town Hall.


View the full list of winners here:

(The link has 2017 but it is the 2018 winners.)


Congratulations to everyone!


3ème Prix Year 7 Recitation de Poesie
Yvette Lipovetsky


Année 7 – Thème – un voyage inoubliable

1er Prix : Amelie Somers
Mention spéciale de jury: Maxime Esseyric

Année 8 – Thème – un voyage inoubliable

1er Prix: Emily McLenaghan

Année 9 – Thème – à partir d’un vers de Charles Baudelaire

1er Prix : Anatole Dutrieux
Mention spéciale de jury: Erwan Serrot

Prix Hors-Catégorie Year 12 Oral
Alice Sabouraud

Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages

Maths News

The Australian Maths Competition

This year, Glen Eira College students from Year 7-9 participated in the Australian Maths Competition (AMC). Year 7 and 8 students participated in the Junior Division and Year 9 students participated in the Intermediate Division.


The AMC is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes. The problems are designed to test the mathematical thinking of students and become increasingly challenging as the students go through the competition.   


We are pleased that our students put their best efforts forward and a large proportion were awarded with Credits, Distinctions and High Distinctions, placing them above the state average. A special mention goes to our “Best in school” award winner:  Ezra Bloch.


Top scoring students are listed below.


Top students in Year 7:

Ezra Bloch - High Distinction

Jason Scott - Distinction

Jackson Becker - Distinction


Top students in Year 8:

William Middleton - Distinction

Hayoung Kim - Distinction

Benwyn Desuyo - Distinction

Nathaniel Cosgrave - Distinction


Top students in Year 9:

Ariel Goldman - Distinction

Eli Briggs - Distinction

Ruyuan Liao - Credit

Hyun Kyung Kwon - Credit


All Distinction students:

We would like to congratulate all students on their achievements in this competition.

CAS Calculator

The Computer Algebra System (CAS) calculator has been in use for quite some time in all VCE Mathematics courses and is an essential tool for the coursework and exams for these subjects. Students must become experts in the use of their CAS throughout these years so that they can demonstrate competency in using CAS technology as part of their assessed outcomes and undertake technology enabled exams.


In addition to the VCE years, the CAS Calculator is listed as a requirement on the booklist for all students studying Year 10 Maths from 2019 onwards. Our aim is to boost student competency and confidence in the use of their CAS calculator in Year 10 so that we can focus on the key knowledge and skills needed at Year 11 and 12.


A specialised group of teachers from the Mathematics Department have been working hard on developing CAS focussed activities at Year 10 to develop the foundational skills students will master with their calculator in VCE.


The calculator that Glen Eira College has elected to use is the Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX CAS Touchpad Colour. While there are other CAS calculators on the market, purchasing the prescribed calculator will allow students to have support in navigating a device that their teachers and peers will routinely operate.


We thank all parents and guardians of 2018’s Year 10 (and 9B) who have already shown support in this initiative.


Alicia Davey

Maths/Numeracy KLA Leader

Visual Arts & Technology 

2018 Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition

The 2018 Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition was held on 17th October to 19th October in the PAC. Students from each year level were given an opportunity to view and appreciate a wonderful range of art pieces from Years 7-12 on display. It was exciting to see many artworks including sculptures, paintings, movies/videos, and many colourful 2-D artworks. 

The official opening was on Wednesday 17th October. It was good to see many parents, students, staff and friends attend the Glen Eira College Annual exhibition.  It was a relaxing environment with wonderful comments made by the guests about all students’ artwork making this year's exhibition better than recent years.


Guests were entertained throughout the night by pianist Richard Shao and strings by Ishwarya Polisetti and Claudia Miller. I greeted the guests at the door, with the Food Technology Department serving refreshments for everyone, whilst my counterpart Visual Arts Captain Sierra Danon photographed the beginning of the night and I photographed the official speeches. 


Mrs Kindler made a grand official opening speech followed by Sierra Danon who introduced Daniela Scaramuzzino from Deans Art who supplied awards to Year 10, 11 and 12 students in Studio Arts, Art and Visual Communication Design. These students have demonstrated a top understanding within the Visual Arts and may consider continuing this area of study. 


Year 10 Visual Arts - Nicha Lumnok

Year 11 Art - Sierra Danon 

Year 12 Studio Arts - Kali Appleby

Year 10 Visual Communication Design - Guy Cosgrave

Year 11 Visual Communication Design - Camille Dubois

Year 12 Visual Communication Design - Sean Kelly

Zac Bereson 

Visual Arts Captain

Student artists exhibit in Glen Eira City Council Gallery

This month we had 3 students exhibit their artworks in the 2018 Youth Art Exhibition (11th-21st October) alongside other youths aged 5 - 25 from the local community. The annual exhibition is a celebration of emerging young artists in the City of Glen Eira where any art form may be entered and presented to the wider community.


Year 9 students Layla Carmeli-Wolski and Sophie Swialto presented a stencil piece and a drawing, respectively. Kali Appleby of Year 12 presented a personal black and white photographic series.

Massive congratulations to our very own Sophie Swialto for winning the overall Event Theme Award with her piece, ‘Thrown’, a detailed and expressive drawing eloquently encompassing her interpretation of this year’s theme Home. Sophie was presented with a $200 gift card prize at the Gallery’s Presentation Night on October 18th. We look forward to continually encouraging our students to engage artistically with the wider community and foster their creativity beyond the classroom’s boundaries.


Charlotte Cowley

Art Teacher

Performing Arts News


Congratulations once again to all of our GEC students who were involved in this year’s Spectacular - whether in the Mass or PAU Choir, the orchestra or out on the arena stage, our students represented the College (and the amazing talent that we have here in the performing arts) brilliantly! It was a huge undertaking with rehearsals going on for most of the year, but all who came along and watched either or both of the performances enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a great opportunity for our students and we can’t wait for next year!


Tori Wood (Voice Teacher) and Laura Baker-Goldsmith (Head of Performing Arts)


I have been involved in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular for 4 years now - first 2 years in the mass choir and the last 2 years in the Victorian State schools choir with my sister Yvette. It's been an amazing opportunity to meet and make new friends, as well as work with some of the professionals in the music industry on a production of this magnitude. We also found it very inspirational as we got to meet all the incredibly talented kids who are principal and backing vocalists. That is something my sister and I both aspire to in the future.


It's a challenging rehearsal schedule that starts in March with 3 hours a week, becoming 9 hours a day during production week and culminates in two massive shows at the Melbourne Arena in September.


The massive cast includes around 1300 kids in the mass choir and about 1200 kids in the mass dance group, 40 kids in the Victorian State Schools choir, 9 backing vocalists, a 75 piece live orchestra, about 30 principal vocalists and ensemble and principal dancers too.


The show will be televised on the 8th December on Channel 7 so make sure to tune in to see this incredible show! Auditions for next year opened on October 15, so check it out if you would like to be a part of it. We really enjoyed this experience and my sister and I will definitely be auditioning again.


Estelle Lipovetsky (10) and Yvette Lipovetsky (7C)

Something Spectacular in 2019 (#VSSS19)

The 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular will be staged at Hisense Arena on Saturday 14 September 2019.


Participating students have the opportunity to work with industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim AM and Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge).

The Spectacular also provides a training opportunity for students behind the scenes in audio, lighting and video production, stage management, costume and film, make up, photography, and publicity.


Do you want to be part of one of Australia’s biggest arena shows? Audition registrations and expressions of interest are now open for Victorian government school students. Next year’s Spec is looking for singers, dancers, musicians and other specialty skills such as skaters, BMX and scooter tricksters, acrobats, skippers, cheerleaders or circus performers as well as back stage crew.


To find out more and REGISTER visit or come and speak to Ms Baker-Goldsmith in the PAC.

Relay For Life

GEC Instrumental Music staff and students were once again excited to be asked to play at this year’s Murrumbeena Relay for Life at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve. There were performances from the GEC String Ensemble and Acapella as well as a number of solos and small groups from our talented students. Thank you to our Voice teacher Ms Wood and our Strings teacher Ms Morley for their work in rehearsing and accompanying their students.


Upcoming Performances

Thursday 15th November - Strings/Voice/Piano Night


Monday 19th November - Queen tribute Monday lunchtime concert  (Guitar, Woodwind and Percussion students)


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Around the College

The Great Teacher Bake Off

In Term 3 the SRC ran its first Teacher Bake Off and it was a huge success! Ten teachers generously took the time to bake delicious goods, from chocolate chip cookies to marshmallow delights. Students then had a chance to taste, and then judge, six yummy, sweet treats. House points were won and over $270.00 was raised to purchase a new House trophy for the school. While the standard of baked goods was incredibly high, there could only be two winners: Miss Byrnes who came in second and Miss Baker-Goldsmith who won, both with their individual takes on the traditional caramel slice. A big thank you to everyone involved.


Emma Schmidtke

Student Voice Coordinator


Victorian Teachers Games

Congratulations to all the staff who represented Glen Eira College at the Victorian Teachers’ Games over the September holidays. Well done to Sue Rio and Ounsane Siriamphone at the Cross Country, the track around Fed University turned out to be quite mountainous and the beautiful Ballarat weather was definitely on show. It was a balmy 8 degrees at the finish line, having risen from a fresh 5 at the start of the day. There was surprisingly a larger field than expected but Sue still came away with the bronze (and Osi finishing not far from podium contention too).


Laura Baker-Goldsmith


Health & PE Week

The first week of term 4, Glen Eira College celebrated Health and Physical Education Week. A week to celebrate different ways to be active and healthy and foster community amongst the school.


The first day back of term the weather gods were shining down on us giving us a beautiful sunny day to hold the GEC walkathon. This allowed students and teachers to enjoy a nice stroll enjoying all the benefits that walking can bring, including: stronger bones and improved balance, increased muscle strength and endurance, increased cardiovascular fitness and last but not least an enjoyable social occasion.


On Tuesday students enjoyed some fruit for a healthy recess option while participating in Jump Rope for Heart, 3 on 3 basketball and an AFLW game. The students devoured the fruit leaving nothing; showing their desire for a healthy snack. Jump Rope for Heart is a great initiative created by the Heart Foundation to raise money through skipping for those affected by cardiovascular disease.


The last activity for the week was the much anticipated GEC AFLW exhibition match with Team Filippidis taking on Team Zander. Team Filippidis was made up of Year 11s, although knowing each other very well, they were up against a strong outfit made up of Year 7s, 8s and 9s for Team Zander. The first half saw Team Zander dominate the scoring leaving Team Filippidis and her girls puzzled. Half time came soon enough and the girls were able to reassess their strategies to bring about an inspired comeback in the second half. However it was left too late with Team Zander able to seal the win with a late goal. The girls demonstrated tremendous amounts of determination, grit, teamwork and sports(wo)manship highlighting the important lessons that sport can have.

What a great week!


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE

Careers Corner

Year 12

Year 12 students are welcome to come and see me anytime during their study and exam period or after exams have finished to talk about their VTAC account and university preferences or other career paths. Please email or phone me prior to coming in to ensure that I will be able to see you.


ATARs are released on Friday December 14.

International Students have until 15 December (4pm) to make any changes in their VTAC account for their university preferences.

Domestic students have until 19 December (12noon)*

All courses listed with VTAC that have not been cancelled will participate in this offer round. 

* Change of preference closes 7am - 11am, 14 December when ATARs are released.

Apprenticeships & TAFE

PwC is hosting a breakfast networking event on their Higher Apprenticeship program

30th November in Melbourne

The aim of the breakfast event is to highlight and increase awareness of PwC Higher Apprenticeships among:

  • High School IT & Technology teachers
  • High School Career Advisors 
  • Year 11 students (Open to Year 12) that are interested in IT that you felt might be considering non-university pathways.

PwC will be providing an insight into a Professional Service firm from the lenses of their very own Apprentices alongside an overview of their planned Higher Apprenticeship program (Recruitment to commence in 2019).



GO TAFE – Information Sessions

October 31 | Community Services

November 8 | Allied Health Assistance

Find out more -


Holmesglen – Apprenticeships

Many apprenticeships available at various campuses. From Building & Construction, Horticulture & Environment to Hospitality, Tourism & Events.

Find out more -


LD TOTAL – Landscape Apprenticeships

If you love the outdoors and are committed to your studies, an apprenticeship in landscaping may be for you. LD TOTAL usually advertises for an apprentice intake in November/December each year. 

Find out more -

Senior Students

Free Tafe courses

Any student considering an alternate pathway next year, please come and see me asap to discuss options.


Carol McCaskie

Careers & 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 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.

2019 Confirmation of Enrolment

Our re-enrolment process is online using XUNO. Within the portal you can approve events, and make payments. Whilst this is our preferred method, if you do not wish to use XUNO then please contact the College and we will arrange to have a set of papers mailed out to you. Please note that all of the relevant forms have been included in the email that will be sent to you.

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.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Election Day stall Saturday 24th November – helpers needed

Glen Eira College will be a polling place for the State Election on Saturday 24th November. The Parents Association stall will sell traditional election day sausages and other treats, welcome the local community to our school and raise some funds. Helpers needed for an hour or so each to set up in the morning till pack up in the early afternoon. Donations of bread, sausages, veggie burgers, onions, sauce, lemons, fresh herbs, flower posies, biscuits, slices, craft, jams etc. very much appreciated. If you can help please send an email to

Second Hand Uniform sale – helpers and donations needed

GECPA will again organise a very handy sale of second hand uniforms in late January school holidays on the same morning as book collections.


The uniform stall is a helpful service for families and a valuable fundraiser for the school. Please donate your unwanted uniform items by Friday 14th December 2018. This is a donation to the school - families will not receive any payment for their items.  Please ensure that all items are in reasonable condition and have been washed and dried before you bring them in. Please note that we cannot sell items that are no longer part of the college uniform, such as polar fleece jackets or the older-style sports tops (sports tops in the current style - with red sleeves- are very welcome).

GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

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


Our next meeting will be an evening meeting/celebration dinner for the Trivia night  – email for details.


We will discuss

  • Trivia Night successes
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24
  • Future events

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 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).


Cathy McNaughton


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