GEC College News

09 May 2017
Issue Three
Key Dates
Dis-Moi Dix Mots​ Winners!
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
College Council Report
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
International Student Day
Performing Arts News
Sports Report
Languages Corner
Careers Corner
ANZAC Day Commemorations
Around the College
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Tuesday 9th May

Senior Interschool Sport


Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th May

NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9


Tuesday 9th May 7pm – 8pm

SEAL/Immersion Information Evening for Year 7 2018


Saturday 13th May 9am – 12pm

SEAL Test for Year 7 2018


Tuesday 16th May

GEC Athletics Carnival


Wednesday 17th May 11am - 3:10pm

Year 11 History Excursion


Friday 19th May 12:40pm

Year 11 Business Management Lunchtime Activity


Monday 22nd – Friday 26th May

Year 9 Camp Group 1


Monday 22nd May

Beachside Cross Country


Tuesday 23rd May 9am

Year 7 Immunisations


Wednesday 24th May 11am

Dis-Moi Dix Mots Ceremony


Thursday 25th May

Year 11 Biology Excursion


Monday 29th May 

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Sunday 4th June 6:15pm

GECPA Movie Night: Wonder Woman


Thursday 8th June

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Monday 12th June

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (School Closed)


Wednesday 14th June 10am - 1:15pm

GAT for Unit 3/4 Students


Wednesday 14th – Monday 19th June

Year 10 Exams


Thursday 15th June

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Thursday 15th – Tuesday 20th June

Year 11 Exams


Monday 19th June 5:30pm

Sister School Host Family Briefing Session


Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th June

Year 9B Exams


Wednesday 21st June

Curriculum Planning Day (Student Free)


Wednesday 21st June

Year 12 Exams


Thursday 22nd June 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Year 12 Formal


Monday 26th June 7pm

Instrumental Music Concert


Monday 26th – Friday 30th June

Year 10 Work Experience


Thursday 29th – Friday 30th June

Year 12 Exams


Friday 30th June

Last Day Term 2


Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th July 

New Caledonia Trip

Dis-Moi Dix Mots​ Winners!

Bravo students of Glen Eira College!!

I am delighted to tell you that our students have won a most amazing award.  Students in the Year 9 Immersion class, Year 7 CNED and a Year 10 student submitted a project on the '10 words of the Francophonie' and won 1st prize in the Dis-Moi Dix Mots Annual International competition organised by the French Ministry of Education in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs.


The students worked on the ‘10 words’ in class with their teacher Loveena Narayanen. Then, they interpreted the words in their own way and brainstormed ideas on how they could represent the words using the theme ‘LA TOILE’ which means ‘the web’. One of the instructions by Loveena was for students to ‘let your imagination travel to different horizons’.


The students' creations were amazing and Camille Lancelin, our intern from Telecom Lille, helped students to create a website which hosted all the projects.


800 projects were submitted internationally and GEC came first in the category ‘Etablissements à l’Etranger’: Overseas schools! We have been invited to attend the prize giving ceremony at the prestigious Academie Francaise in Paris on the 18th May with 2 students paid for by the Acadamie.  GET Tours are also sponsoring a student to attend which is great news.


Attending with Loveena and myself are:

Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen

Tahlia Delaney-Murnane

Leah Sandow


Students  completed expressions of interest - it was a difficult decision for the panel which included Ruth Gordon our School Council President, as all applications were of a high quality.  


Here is the link to the project:

Please jump on and have a look.


We have organised a ceremony on Wednesday 24th  May at 11am at the school to celebrate the achievement of all students involved in making their project “Dis-Moi Dix Mots sur la toile” No 1 in the world! Cultural Counsellor, Bertrand Pous, Embassy of France will be in attendance.


Congratulations to all students involved in the project and to Loveena and Camille - outstanding!


Year 7: Noah Bennie, Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen, Alexine Dubois, Estelle Laville, Baptiste Mazuel, Emily McLenaghan, Ael Menard, Constance Thevenon, Lucas Vaidie, Jarrod Wisdom


Year 9: Kahiya Ali, Mitchell Bennie, Oscar Crick, Tahlia Delaney-Murnane, Kirra Foster, Lily Gordon, Rachel Hoch, Louis Jacobe de Naurois, Morgan Jaulin, Estelle Lipovetsky, Dominique Liu-Hervo, Julian Mansfield, Isabella McFarland, James McLoughlin Parsons, Pamela Parvakis, Aurelie Personnier, Christopher Rudel, Leah Sandow, Bridie Skinner, Kei Someda, Louis Villeseche, Cooper Walters


Year 10: Alice Sabouraud


Sheereen Kindler


From the Principal

Open Day/Night

There was definitely a buzz in the air during our Open Day and Night. It was a wonderful team effort - our staff, students and parents were passionate and committed in showing the community what a wonderful school we have here at Glen Eira College. Our Languages tour the day before allowed parents particularly interested in our Language programs an opportunity to see these classes in action. Joining me on the tour were Year 7 students   Emily McLenaghan, Aran Pinsky, Sofia Tsimprailidou, Kael Lok and Jasmyn Roberts. On Open Day we ran five incredibly well attended tours during the day and had a packed PAC in the evening.  Special thanks go to Year 7 students Aliya Gray and Lucas Baldwin and school captains Ben Hobbs-Gordon and Charlotte Skinner who spoke so beautifully at the formal presentation.  Subject areas really were on show with lots of opportunities for our visitors to participate in a wide range of learning activities – our staff worked incredibly hard to ensure parents were well informed and that there were plenty of activities for the primary students to get involved in.  I am very proud of the vast number of students who participated in the evening talking to prospective parents and students – fantastic ambassadors each and every one.  Our parents were on hand  to share their experiences with prospective families.  In the afternoon we held our annual ‘Share Our Success’ event where Year 7 students invited a teacher from their primary school to show them around the college and to share in their success.  I am very proud of all of our students who engaged with our visitors, who led tours and who assisted staff in so many ways – I have received wonderful feedback from those attending the evening, regarding the outstanding qualities of our students.


Thank you to all staff, students and parents for being a part of these events – greatly appreciated.

School Council

The new school council had their first meeting in March and I am delighted to announce the following office bearers and council members:

President: Ruth Gordon

Vice President: Paula Darvas

Treasurer: Jonathan Lock

Building Community and Identity Subcommittee Chairperson: to be advised


Parent Representatives: Laszlo Kiss, Rhonda Corbett, Julie Staunton


Staff Representatives: Jenny Sanchez, Haroula Loucaides, Tori Mulligan, Nick Hamer-Smith


Community Members: Michael Polonsky (parent), Vicki Williams (parent), Ben Hobbs-Gordon (student), Charlotte Skinner (student).

Hosting a student from our sister school

This July/August 2017, 26 students will visit us from our Sister School College Dumbéa Sur Mer in Nouméa, New Caledonia.


The GEC students who attended previous trips to New Caledonia really benefited from the time they spent at our Sister School. The opportunity to host a student is a wonderful experience – a benefit to the entire family. Not only will you be sharing Australian culture but you will be learning about another world, have fun and most of all make friendships which will last a life-time.


The students are aged between 14 and 15 years old. On school days they will attend school with their host student or be involved in activities arranged by their teachers.


Expectations of Host Families

  • To provide a safe and comfortable place to stay in your home.
  • Homestay parents to participate in a briefing session at school in the library on Monday 19th June 5.30pm to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the visiting students.   This will include
    • Cultural, linguistic and religious information about the country where the students are from to ensure that the families are aware of any significant cultural differences and to avoid misunderstandings
    • The needs of young people away from their home environment
    • A flexible approach to matters of discipline, house rules and cooperative living
    • What to do if a problem occurs (refer to school’s emergency management plan), including a 24 hour emergency contact number.

Duty of care

The visiting students’ overall welfare is the responsibility of Glen Eira College and the Department of Education and Training (DET).


We will provide homestay families and visiting students with 24 hour contact numbers and will be available to respond to emergencies or complex situations. We will ensure that the levels of supervision provided by the families are appropriate, including supervision to and from school and outside school hours. We will also ensure that the families have appropriate information.


All adults over 18 years old regularly in the household are required to have a cleared Working With Children Check (WWCC) before they are eligible to host a student.  Further information can be found at: or on 1300 652 879.

We will help with this.


We will provide homestay families with a copy of visiting students’ personal information, medical information and signed student authority and medical release form.


Expressions of interest have been emailed to all families.  If you need a form, please contact the General Office.

Safety in the car park behind the school

If you are dropping off or picking up a student at the car park behind the school please be mindful of everyone’s safety.  At pick up time, cars are often queued up in the roadway (rather than being parked) causing a traffic jam in the car park.  Please consider parking on Neerim Road if there are no parking spaces available while you wait for your son or daughter.


We are delighted to have our new music room and new canteen in operation.  At the end of the month wellbeing, admin and one food tech room will be handed over to the College.


In the last holidays we landscaped part of the area behind the PAC.  Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association who contributed a significant amount to the project.  Students are greatly enjoying this new outdoor area.


The ANZAC Day Commemorations at Glen Eira College were truly fitting.  It was great to have representatives from the Caulfield RSL, cadets and army vehicles on display.  Thank you to Dorit Tane and John Tserkezidis for coordinating the assembly.


Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s production, Fame Junior.  Approximately 50 students will be on stage and 40 back stage/off stage; ensuring there is a role for everyone who wants to take part.  Make sure you save the dates – performances are on Tuesday 13th August, Wednesday 14th August and Thursday 15th August.   


Lovely feeedback about our wonderful students:

"I just wanted to drop you a short line to let you know how refreshing it was to have a young male student from Glen Eira College kindly offer me his seat on the train this morning. I also saw another student do the same for a passenger.

While I am by no means "elderly", it was nice (and unusual) to see young students showing such respect and good manners to adult travellers.

Well done on fostering this behaviour."


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principal

We are very proud of our students and this is reflected in the way they present themselves to the community. We appreciate your support in reminding students that the only jewellery to be visible is a watch and no more than two pairs of studs or sleepers (plain gold or silver). The only over garments to be worn at school are the Glen Eira College approved jacket or jumper.


The exam period for senior school students begins on the 14th June.

It is vital your child has a quiet place to study. Some study skills they may use include;

  • Summarising notes taken in class and then summarising the notes
  • Making concept maps or mind maps of the material they have covered
  • Using post it notes to write key words or summaries and pin them around their bedroom


On the 21st June we have a Curriculum planning day for staff. Students will not be required at school.


You play such an important role in the education of our children. We really value the support and guidance you provide to our students. The Glen Eira 5 articulates our vision and philosophy at the college. This is a commitment made by parents, students and teachers. The following are the 5 commitments from our parents;

  • Involvement and contributions to the broader education program
  • Playing an active role in the child’s learning
  • Supporting their children in achieving their learning goals
  • Promoting the school values
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with the school


To see the commitments from staff and students have a look in the school planner or check out our website.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

College Council Report

About College Council

The Glen Eira College Council is made up of parent and staff representatives and community members.  We currently have 15 members from across these groups with a broad range of interests, background and skills.  A full list of Council members is available on the GEC website.  The Council meets once a month during school terms and has responsibilities for governance of the College.  The Council approves budgets, camps and excursions and establishes and reviews school policies as well as discussing significant issues affecting the governance of the College.


Council is proud to extend the opportunities for students to have a voice with two new student representatives – Year 12 School Captains Charlotte Skinner and Ben Hobbs-Gordon.  Students are greatly affected by Council’s decisions so it makes sense to include students in the decision making processes.  This provides another avenue for students to raise their views and have their opinions included.

Council Subcommittees

Council currently has four subcommittees, allowing time for more discussion on these important topics and also allowing for the inclusion of a broader membership group to contribute to making recommendations to Council on these issues. The sub-committees are:

  • Uniform subcommittee
  • Building Our Community and Identity (BOCI) subcommittee
  • Finance and Facilities subcommittee
  • Canteen subcommittee


At our last meeting a new Canteen subcommittee was established to continue working on improving the menu in line with the Healthy Eating Guidelines. This subcommittee will include staff, parents and students as well as the canteen managers.

Building Our Identity and Community (BOCI) subcommittee

GEC is a proudly multicultural Government school and this diversity enriches our entire school community. In BOCI, we aim to preserve and promote mutual respect, harmony and equity. The next BOCI meeting will be held on 11th May and new members from the school community are welcome to join. Please contact me at if you are interested in attending this meeting.

Revised Uniform Policy

I would like to take some time to highlight the work of the uniform subcommittee in reviewing the uniform policy over the past year, which was recently pointed out by one of our parents in a recent letter to the Age (see below).



The Age letters, 1 April, 2017.


Cathy’s letter was in response to an article complaining that girls in Australia still have to wear dresses and skirts to school.  Cathy’s letter sums up the revised uniform policy brilliantly. 


After consulting the school community last year, GEC now has an approved uniform list that any student can choose from regardless of gender or season.  For example, girls can wear shorts if they prefer or long pants in winter; boys can wear shorts in winter or long pants in summer; and transgender students can choose their preferred uniform.  This allows students some choice and eliminates discriminatory elements of the past uniform policy which reinforced gender stereotypes that may have negatively affected both boys and girls. 


At our last Council meeting, Jenny Sanchez, Student Wellbeing Leader, commended Council for the positive impact that the revised uniform policy has had on students and their wellbeing providing a practical approach to uniform for all students.   


Thanks to the uniform sub-committee for their hard work and to everyone who contributed their views through the survey and discussions.  Glen Eira College educates students about respectful relationships and promotes an inclusive culture.  I am proud to be part of a school that values inclusiveness and diversity and now has a school uniform policy reflecting these values. 


I am happy to be contacted on issues relating to Council by email at



Ruth Gordon


Glen Eira College Council

Junior School Highlights

What’s on in the Junior School

Thank you to all the parents and guardians who attended the parent/teacher interviews last term. It’s important continue to check XUNO to stay informed about your child’s progress.


The Year 9 Program had a very successful end to their term 1 projects. The captains will talk about that in their article.


We have had many teams represent the college at the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals. Students went out on the book club excursion and had a fabulous time. We had an abundance of students volunteer to assist on Open Night - too many to mention in this article! Thank you for your time. Thank you to the Year 7 speakers, Aliya and Lucas, who spoke in front of a packed audience on Open Night. Well done to all.


If your child is absent or going away for an extended period of time, please ensure you stay in touch and inform the relevant coordinator and leave a message on the absence line.


Keira McLean

Junior School Leader

Year 7 Highlights

Term 1 was a period of transition for all students as they adjusted to high school. The challenges faced and the resilience gained from the experience will serve them well as they progress through the college. The Junior School leaders have already noticed an increase in maturity of Year 7 students in the early stages of term 2. As students settle into the year it is important that they continue to make learning their focus and make the most of the academic and extracurricular programs offered at GEC.


The school cross-country carnival was towards the end of term 1. The Year 7s participated with great enthusiasm, with a number of students progressing to the next stage of competition later in term 2.

The school athletics carnival is coming up very soon. We look forward to seeing the Year 7 students participate.


Daniel Mulligan and Bernie Coghlan

Year 7 Coordinators  

Year 9 Highlights

Our Year 9 students celebrated the culmination of many weeks of planning with their Year 9 Program Market Stall event selling milkshakes, cupcakes and chocolate and running sideshow style games.  Thanks to the Year 9 Program team for all their work to provide students with the opportunity to test out their business skills and do something worthwhile for the local community.


Year 9 camp at Rubicon for 9D, E and F is quickly approaching in Week 6 (22/5 - 26/5). Students attending had a session in the first week of term with a staff member from Rubicon to learn about the aims of the camp and what to expect when they are there. Information about the camp and supplies needed has already been distributed to students so if you need any further information please let me know.


As always if you have any questions or concerns about your student please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Fiona Finnegan

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

Thank you to everybody who participated in the cross country carnival on the last day of term 1. It was a successful day and great to see many students participating in the race and cheering for their peers. Congratulations to the students who will be competing in the division cross country. I’m sure we are all looking forward to another great day at the upcoming athletics carnival.


As I’m sure many students have noticed our canteen and music room have been completed and the rest of the renovations are on their way!


Congratulations to all the Year 9s on their market stalls, who may have in fact put the canteen out of business!  We should all be very proud of the $1200 we raised for Sacred Heart Mission and the Aboriginal Elders Council. Thank you to all students and teachers who supported the stalls and overall made the day a huge success.


John Fassoulis and Zoe Markopoulos

Junior School Captains

Senior School News

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the senior school team for their hard work and support of all senior students, particularly those new to the College, during term 1. It was great to see so many students attend the “New Student Luncheon” and see how well they have settled in. Students appear to be more confident and understand the expectations for learning and behaviour in each of their subjects.


Based on the progress reports thus far, the senior school team is pleased with student progress in general. We would like to congratulate and thank all those students who go above and beyond normal class work to be involved in a variety of school events and programs. Your leadership and participation is valued greatly. It is important for parents to constantly discuss their child’s learning goals and discuss their progress to date and outline strategies that they can use to improve their performance.  Please remind your son/daughter that they can attend Homework Help every Tuesday and Wednesday between 3:30pm and 4:30pm. However, if you feel that your child is still having difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or the relevant year level coordinator.


It was great to have Darren Pereira return to the College to talk to Year 11 about study skills and we look forward to having him return on the May 18th to talk to the Year 12 students. With exams fast approaching, his tips and advice will come in handy.


Haroula Loucaides

Senior School Leader

Year 10 News

It was good to see many Year 10 students running at Caulfield Park for the school Cross Country.


The work experience week, 26th-30th June, is fast approaching and it is intriguing to hear about all the professions that our Year 10s are going to be spending the week doing. However it is also a timely reminder to make sure the blue work experience form is brought back and that if you are lost for ideas to contact Ms McCaskie or Mr Robson.


Matthew Robson                

Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 News

It is with great excitement that we announce that the Year 11 Ski Camp in September has been approved.  Year 11 students were very excited and within a week, we had reached the maximum number of 50 students paying the initial deposit and 4 other students on the waiting list.  I would like to thank School Council for their support and as this ski camp is the first one for Glen Eira College, I am sure it will become an on-going event in the following years.


The first day of term 2 was invigorating for Year 11 as they were scheduled in for a seminar with Darren Pereira from Success Integrated.  In the two periods, students learnt the importance of developing a positive approach to study and how a fixed mindset can prevent growth in their thinking.  Some tips for students include reviewing notes:

  • In brief blocks of time spread out over longer periods of time
  • Do your first review immediately
  • Then do a short review of your notes that night
  • Correct any errors
  • Clarify any misunderstandings
  • Then spend one hour reviewing the week’s notes
  • Then review your notes approximately once per month
  • Then again after a month.

If students follow these tips, they have the ability to retain 95% of information they learn and review.


Mary Maniatis

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 News

It never amazes me how well this cohort of students use their private study periods, whether it be in the common room or the library.  Most pleasing is the fact that they work collaboratively when the need arises as well as working well independently.  That is not to say however, that at times their focus does wander.  This is therefore a timely reminder that mobile phones and other devices are to be used for school work only.  These devices will be confiscated if they are used for any other purpose.


On Friday 5th May all Year 12 students attended the VCE and Careers Expo 2017 at Caulfield Racecourse.  Each student was given tasks that needed to be completed at the Expo.  This work is the beginning of the preparation required for applying for tertiary courses.


Please contact me at the college regarding any school issue.


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Library Corner

10 Ways That Libraries Power High Performance Schools

School libraries have been in the news lately, but not for the best of reasons. Many schools across Australia are choosing to reduce their library services, or even shut their school libraries completely. This is causing outrage across the library community and beyond, as well-resourced libraries are linked closely to academic success and student wellbeing. The current Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs has announced on social media that he is investigating the decline of school libraries in Australia and intends to focus his efforts on turning this disturbing trend around. Hopefully he will have some sway because school libraries are worth fighting for.


We are lucky at Glen Eira College to have a warm, inviting library space filled with an array of digital and print materials that are well-utilised. The library staff encourage students and staff to ask for help when they need it and request any resources we don’t already have. The school leadership supports our library by giving us funds to purchase the best materials, hiring qualified and passionate library staff, and being a great champion of the library within our school community. We are proud to declare that the library is the hub of the school.


The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) recently released a document entitled 10 Ways That Libraries Power High Performance Schools. We are working hard to achieve each of these targets at Glen Eira College, as outlined below.


1. Modern Learning Environments

The Glen Eira College library is a welcoming, flexible and dynamic space that accommodates all types of learning. Just this week a teacher mentioned to me that the library was working incredibly well for their needs, and the needs of their class. That kind of feedback is exactly what we want to hear!


2. Digital Hubs

Our school library gives all staff and students access to various e-resources and technologies including online databases, loan laptops, and Clickview. We are particularly proud of our brand new library system Access-it which encourages the students to become more information literate.


3. Research Skills

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, but a librarian will find you the right one. I work with classes, groups and individual students every week to locate resources, assess sources for reliability, create bibliographies for assignments, and hone down research skills for tertiary study and beyond. This term I have been working with Year 7s and 8s on research projects covering diverse topics like Body Systems and Vikings.


4. Reading for Pleasure

Sadly and surprisingly, this is something that can be overlooked in school libraries today. Glen Eira College is one that breaks that mould. Not only are students encouraged to read for pleasure during English classes, but we also have a strong participation in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, library staff that read fanatically to be able to make recommendations, a healthy budget for our fiction collection and a growing and enthusiastic lunchtime Book Club.


5. Curriculum Support

Not only do we supply teachers with the textbooks and digital resources that they need, but we make sure to stay abreast of the curriculum ourselves so we can help enrich students’ classroom learning. Our Library Technician Ms Megan Gatt prioritises the processing of new curriculum materials so these items are available promptly for our staff and students.


6. Cyber safety

We aim to give expert advice and access to support networks for students in all aspects of cyber safety, including online bullying. We monitor computer use in the library and have resources for parents who may be concerned about the appropriate use of social media.


7. Celebrating Diversity

The library is an inclusive sanctuary for those who need it at school. We support students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds by providing relevant books, running events that promote harmony and understanding, and making everyone feel welcome and included.


8. Participation and Access

Our library supports students with disabilities by enabling access to all. We offer a safe space with approachable staff, and materials to support students with all kinds of needs. Our Library Monitor group also work to improve our library from a student point-of-view, and this diverse group is open for all students to join.


9. Special Programs

It feels like we are celebrating something new every week in the library! So far this year we’ve had displays and competitions for reading-related programs, ANZAC Day, Diversity Week, International Women’s Day, to name a few. We also have plenty of upcoming events including Book Week, NAIDOC Week, Banned Books Week and a Book Club excursion to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.


10. Building Community

Our library hosts meetings, Homework Help sessions, student artwork exhibitions, informal study groups, Book Club, Comic Book Club, and many, many more widespread events and programs. The library is a focal point for community within the school, and we intend to keep it that way.


Karys McEwen
College Librarian

International Student Day

International Student Experience Day 31st March

On the last day of term 1, a group of our Year 12 international students visited Monash University Caulfield campus with Ms Carol McCaskie and Ms Shupu Wang. They were introduced to a range of undergraduate courses offered by the university, and had a chance to meet current students who are completing different degrees. The students shared their experience of transitioning from high school to university life, what they enjoy as a tertiary student and the challenges they face.


The highlight of the day was when students had a chance to visit the faculty of our choices. The best one (arguably) was the Engineering Faculty where we were greeted by the student-made robots. This was followed by a fantastic lunch offered by Monash that included fried chicken and hot chips from KFC!


Students had a fantastic day and are looking forward to attending the next one in the future.


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator


Shupu Wang

International Student Coordinator



Performing Arts News

Glen Eira College is proud to present Fame Jr!

After a hectic audition schedule and an extremely difficult selection process, the cast has now been selected and rehearsals are in full swing under the creative eyes of Mrs Mortimer, Ms Baker-Goldsmith, Ms Peters and we welcome back Zoe Tuttleby (an ex-GEC student who graduated last year).

We will be presenting 5 shows in total this year on Tuesday 13th August, Wednesday 14th August and Thursday 15th August, which will include 2 matinees to local Primary Schools. Soon we will  be meeting with students that are interested in the other side of the stage and helping with lighting, sound, props, make-up and hair. We want this year’s school production to be a team effort, and all students to feel a part of a performing arts community and have one of the best experiences they can during their time at the college. We also have a lot of staff helping out this year, assisting with things like rehearsal supervision, prop making and design, posters, administration, choreography and much more.


So I am guessing you are wondering what is this show all about? We are introduced to a group of students who want to get into the New York High School of Performing Arts. We follow their 4 year journey along the way. It is focused around both student characters - Carmen, Nick, Serena, Schlomo, Iris, Tyra, to name a few – and teachers at the school, like Ms Sherman (who teaches English), Ms Bell (the dance teacher), Mr Sheinkopf (the music teacher) and Mr Myers (the acting and drama teacher). We see the highs and lows that they experience and along the way the audience will listen to the beautiful tones of our student’s voices and the talented moves of our dancers, actors and musicians.

We are really looking forward to this path that we are all taking on this year and look forward to updating you throughout the year. Hope to see you all in August!


Sarah Mortimer


Sports Report

Intermediate Softball SMR Champions

On 2nd May, the intermediate softball team competed in the SMR finals at Frankston. There were four teams in the pool including McKinnon, Mornington, Keysborough and Alkira. It was a tough day, especially with the extreme weather conditions, however we proceeded to win every game to become the CHAMPIONS! For all of us, this is our first time in four years coming out on top and winning. We can’t wait to display our blue ribbon and compete at the State Finals in three weeks.


Champion Team (pictured above): Pamela, Aurelie, Bridie, Kei, Miki, Rachel, Taylor, Alanna, Leah, Ashleigh, Sierra, Zoe, Emilee, Tuesday  


By Emilee, Zoe and Sierra

Years 9 & 10

Year 7 Softball SMR Finals

On Wednesday 3rd May, the Year 7 softball girls left school at eight in the morning to go to Frankston for regionals. We were very lucky with the weather but amazingly lucky for coming runners up out of the whole region. Ms McLean couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of our slides and catches. The first game against Banksia was 7-3 in our favour. The next game was against EMC and unfortunately we lost by one run, the score being 9-8. Next we played Alkira and beat them 15-5. Well done to everyone who played extremely well.


Erin McGinnis and Phoebe Clarke

Year 7


Year 8 Softball SMR Finals

The Year 8s set out with the Year 7s to compete in cold, sunny Frankston. The day started with a game full of rivalry against Bentleigh. Our run scorers were Mint and Coline, each scoring one run. It was a tough game and we ended up losing 7-2.


Our second game was against Keysborough, which we lost 8-11. Our run scorers were Mint, Coline, Amy-Lee, Devanshi and Jenna - after a flip over the catcher. A special mention to Lilli for catching for a whole innings after coming back from back surgery.


Our third game was against Casey in which everyone played amazingly and we won 14-1. Jay, Coline, Sasha, Mint, Amy-Lee, Emma, Georgia and Devanshi all made home runs.


And our last game was against Frankston, which we won due to time. Thanks to Sierra’s super coaching we scored 7 runs and only let them get 5. Overall, we came third and it was a great day, congratulations to Bentleigh who won. Thanks Ms McLean, Sierra and Joey for all giving us this amazing experience.


Jenna Casamento

Year 8


Senior Lawn Bowls

Recently, our senior lawn bowlers went to the Victorian state finals held at Darebin City Bowls Club.  After a slow cold morning, and losing their first game against Balwyn, the boys picked up the game and thrashed Yarrawonga and Maribynong.  Progressing through on top of section A, they played Bendigo in the Semi-final.  With a close game, they unfortunately lost on the last end and went down by the narrow margin of 7-9.

With a great effort over a very long day, the boys need to be congratulated on achieving so much.

Well done Campbell, Ash and Boris.

Cornelia Szabadai and Peter Bales


Languages Corner

Semaine de la Francophonie

Discovering French culture during Francophonie week

From 18th March to 26th March, Francophonie week took place at Glen Eira College. This week celebrates and promotes French culture through several activities: for instance, a sale of French cakes was organized during recess, students could play pétanque during lunchbreak, and students sang the French National anthem, “La Marseillaise”.


All these activities allowed students to understand French culture and learn more about the Francophonie, all in a playful way.

Camille Lancelin
French Intern

Japanese Activities

Since the introduction of Japanese in 2016, students have enjoyed participating in a variety of Japanese cultural activities as well as learning the Japanese language. During Harmony Week, a number of students across the school participated in our Japanese Just Dance Competition where we made Harajuku style fashion accessories and danced to Japanese pop music.

Japanese culture continues to spread at Glen Eira College and students around the school are invited to join the Japanese Club every Wednesday lunchtime where we will learn Japanese crafts such as origami and manga drawing and different aspects of Japanese culture.


Karen Muramatsu

Japanese Teacher

Hebrew Activities

Year 9 students have successfully completed their food unit where they had fun making sweet treats. They were assessed on their creative role play restaurants where they have designed a menu and a sign for their restaurant in groups. Their restaurants ranged from juice bar to a silver service restaurant. Some students included real food and drinks as props. It was a fun unit! This term, students are busy designing and describing a school in relation to use of colours and shapes. It's early days, but from what I have seen so far, some are quite creative!


Dorit Tane

Hebrew Teacher


Careers Corner

Year 11 and 12

VCE Careers Expo

Year 11 and 12 had an excursion to the VCE & Careers Expo held at Caulfield racetrack on Friday 5th May.

It was a busy day full of lots of information on careers and various courses and pathways.

Hopefully the information gained will benefit all students in making choices about their pathways after they leave secondary school.


University Open Days

University Open Days are late July to August. A flyer will go out to all Year 11 and 12 students. It is a great opportunity to find out about new courses and pathways into various courses or to sure up your decision for further study.  Current students are on hand to talk to and there are often various information sessions held on the day.


Youth Central: Cover Letters

This resource gives some tips on how to write an impressive cover letter and includes sample letters.

University Information

Inside Monash seminars

The seminar series for May is:  9 – Education 11 – Psychology 16 – Education 17 – Law 17 - Advanced Science 18 - Health Sciences 18 - Information Technology 23 - Biomedical Sciences, Radiography and Nutrition 25 – Engineering. Book online


UMAT information

UMAT registrations are open for all applicants that are required to sit the UMAT for their university course preference/s. Registrations must be made by 5pm on Friday 2nd June. The test date is on Wednesday 26th July 2017. UMAT practice test No.1 is included with the UMAT 2017 registration. Applicants will also have access to some free preparation videos once they complete their registration to sit UMAT 2017. Please see Ms McCaskie if you require further information.


Academy of Design: Visual Communication Design Seminar

20th May, 10:30am – 12:30pm

This event is for students studying Units 3 & 4 Visual Communication Design. Students will hear from an experienced teacher about how to prepare their folios. Registrations should be made online.


FedUni TAFE: Beauty Info Session

Thu 25th May, 4:30pm – 5:30pm @ SMB Ballarat

Find out about careers in the beauty industry, see the facilities, and speak to staff.


Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2018 gap year open in March 2017.

The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians who have finished Year 12 or equivalent, aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training & lifestyle whilst gaining new skills over a paid gap year.


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

Forms have been slow to come in and if you haven’t got a placement you need to come and see me immediately.  My appointment times are on the board outside the Senior School office where I am located, or just pop in and see if I am free. Forms were due in by the end of last term.


Work experience placement opportunity

Interested in Geography, maths, IT and the outdoors; this may interest you!!


Careers Fast Track

Year 10 will be involved in Careers sessions this term with Careers Fast Track. This involves the student producing an individualised careers booklet online and then this booklet will be printed out to be used in a careers session at school and then for individual career counselling sessions for the students.

General Information

Spark Engineering Camp

Melbourne camp: 10th – 15th July

Applications close 26th May, 5pm

This camp is run by Youth Without Borders. It is for students in Years 10–12 to experience university life and find out where a career in engineering could take them.


Radio Training Institute Upcoming Courses

Sports broadcasting: 3rd – 4th June

Advanced radio: 3rd July

Voice over: 7th – 8th October


Australia’s Science Channel: Ultimate Careers

Ultimate Careers is a resource from Australia’s Science Channel, providing information about careers of the future that involve science and technology. They have a magazine and an app, with a video and podcast channel coming soon.


Holmesglen Online

Holmesglen offer various courses online, from short course to degree level.


Volunteer registrations open for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Volunteering at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience for all those who are involved. Volunteer applications are open now.


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

ANZAC Day Commemorations

ANZAC Day at Glen Eira College

The forecast meant it was not clear whether we could go ahead with the first of its kind plan to have a whole school assembly to commemorate ANZAC Day. It rained in the morning, the ground was wet but the blue skies were on our side. Both flags, the Australian and New Zealand were flying. All of us, teachers, students, and admin staff were outside to pay our respects.


The senior school captains, Ben Hobbs-Gordon and Charlotte Skinner, led the assembly from start to end while everyone stood quietly. They had researched and written their own speech which they delivered to touch all our hearts.


Connor McCaskie and Cherry Teddu, students at the college, our own cadets in uniform, were the flag bearers as instructed by Mr Owen. Mr Pereira and Mr Tserkezidis made sure that the music and sound were right. Erin Herr sang the Australian National Anthem with absolute passion and Ann Butler proudly sang the New Zealand National Anthem. We were privileged to have Vin and Gale Elder from the Caulfield RSL to tell the story of The Light Horse. Towards the end of the service, the captains and our specials guests laid the wreaths. The last post followed the ode sending all of us into thoughts of Lest We Forget during the minute of silence.

By lunch time, the weather proved to be great and our amazing teachers’ band performed some old favourites. Many students sat around to listen while others participated. About $220 was raised for Legacy by selling ANZAC biscuits. Four volunteers from the Victorian Military Vehicle Club brought along their antique vehicles. On display there were the WWII Willy’s jeeps one in Army and the other in Navy colours. There was also a Vietnam era International MK 111 cargo troop transport and a Land Rover 110 Special Forces vehicle. Students demonstrated great interest in the vehicles throughout lunch. Special thanks to Gordon, Paul, Mick and Ramon for giving up their time.


I’m proud to say that regardless of weather, constraint of indoor space, and having to stand for about half hour, our GEC community as a whole took part in a most respectful manner. Thank you to students, staff and the team that was involved with the ANZAC service. Also a huge thank you to John Tserkezidis who was the key to making this lunch time a memorable one!


Dorit Tane
Student Voice, Team Program and Special Weeks Coordinator

Around the College

Year 8 Maths

This term Year 8 enjoyed learning Total Surface Area and Volume of Rectangular and Triangular Prisms by making their 3D models and understanding their nets. They learnt that the Total Surface Area of these Prisms could be developed by adding all the areas of shapes in the net of a Prism. They made 3D models of both type of Prisms from their nets, did measurements to find dimensions and then were able to calculate the Total Surface Area.

In the next lesson, they learnt how to calculate the Volume of these two prisms using 3D models. They also learnt features of a Prism and some other types.


They learnt this for calculating the cost for painting a room/house and flooring their house that was a part of their assessment for this year.


Parminder Kaur

Maths Teacher

Literacy News

Throughout secondary school the average student’s vocabulary is likely to grow at an incredible rate, from general academic content (e.g. analyse/define/identify) to subject specific terminology (e.g. biome/inter-quartile/Rococo).  For some students, the acquisition of all these new words can be overwhelming.  When learning new vocabulary, there are three important ideas for students to keep in mind.


  1. English is a vast and unique collection of words.  Don’t stress if you can’t learn every single new word that you encounter in your reading. Reflect on the new vocabulary and decide if it is worth understanding this word in detail.  Discuss with a friend and especially a teacher, they will be able to give you advice on how important this word (or words) are in your study.   
  2. Although it may seem complex, the construction of English vocabulary is actually fairly simple and consistent compared to other languages.  Meanings of 60% of multisyllabic words can be inferred by examining the word in sections. When reading, ask yourself: Does this remind me of another word?  Learning a few key suffix and prefix word parts can be useful for learning a large number of new words. For example, once we learn that bio means life, it helps us understand the words biography, biology, and even symbiotic.
  3. Learning fewer words well is more effective than trying to learn several words in a superficial way.  Instead of sitting down with a long list and attempting to memorize it, try to make connections between the words and other words you already know or ideas they remind you of.  Mental images are a powerful way to learn vocabulary.  

Michael Kelty

Literacy Coordinator


eLearning News

Technology within our school is constantly growing and adapting to the students’ and teachers’ needs. We have so many wonderful technological advantages that most schools do not have. This includes the use of Chromebooks from Year 8 and upwards. We have technology related clubs and subjects on offer also. The Robotics Club is a great way to apply computer programming skills and have fun. The leading teacher of the club states that “In IT and Robotics students are exposed to various aspects of technology, including building and programming robots, code based programming in Python and the use of software for data manipulation using spreadsheets and databases.” A student exposed to these kinds of technology enthusiastically says that “In our IT subjects, we are given the opportunity to apply our skills in fun and useful activities.”


As well as IT based subjects and clubs we are also working on creating a better way to print from Chromebooks as it is very hard to do at the moment. Talking of printing, there are whispers around the school that we might be acquiring a 3D printer which is very exciting. Students in lower year levels can also be exposed to this kind of technology as there are many opportunities to learn about different programs and applications in daily classroom activities. This may be the use of spreadsheets in maths class or something a little more amusing, the website Kahoot!, a useful tool for learning facts. Overall our school is teeming with educational technological opportunities that students should definitely take advantage of.

Elizabeth Lindner-Craig

eLearning Captain

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.


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 school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download here:


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

XUNO Events and Payments

We have now launched the Events and Payments module on the XUNO Portal. This allows parents and guardians to give electronic permission for their child/ren to attend excursions and incursions and also make an online payment when there is a payment involved.


We will still be able to take payments over the counter and signed forms as is the current process.


To use this module you will need to have your XUNO login and password and a mobile phone to receive a SMS from the system to authorise the event.


Thank you to those parents who have provided feedback on the new system.


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


If you have any questions  please contact me or on 03 9571 7838.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Blockbuster Movie Night – Wonder Woman!! Sunday 4th June

GECPA would like to invite you, your friends and family to join us at 6.15pm on Sunday 4th June at the Classic Cinema Elsternwick for a fun movie night fundraiser with the blockbuster screening of Wonder Woman.  Check out the movie trailer at wonderwomantrailer


We will have nibbles and the chance to catch up with other parents and friends after the movie. All funds raised will go to Glen Eira College. Put it in your diary now. 


Book your tickets through Trybooking:


Booran Road Pedestrian Crossing Safety Update

We are seeking safety improvements at the Booran Road school crossing. Have you seen our eye-catching banners at the corner of Neerim and Booran Roads?


VicRoads, College Councillors and Glen Eira Councillors and staff met on 27th February 2017. VicRoads have agreed to these safety improvements;

  • Investigate installing Puffin detectors at the pedestrian crossing. Puffin detectors (infra-red technology) would sense a crowd waiting at the crossing and make the crossing light go longer. 
  • Undertake a traffic count 1-7 May 2017 to determine the traffic volume, type of vehicle and speed on either side of the crossing.
  • Replace the current school speed zone signage with large signs to highlight the school speed zone.
  • Consider installing a bike box to provide cyclists with a head start at the crossing.


VicRoads should have the above works undertaken by 30 June 2017.  VicRoads confirms that electronic school speed signs has been included on the list of electronic school speed sign locations for future funding consideration, however there is no indication of our place on this list.


We look forward to VicRoads data and changes and continue to advocate with VicRoads on this issue.  We have had continued fantastic support from Glen Eira Council on this issue and value their contribution to making the crossing safer for our children.

Victoria Walks is collecting data on unsafe spots for walking to support TAC road safety funding applications.  Please take a minute to list Booran Road school crossing as a location needing attention –

If you haven't yet signed our online petition, please do it now.  Go to


The popularity of the new park - Booran Reserve just south of the school adds to the need for safer streets for walking and cycling in the area.

GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

Next meeting Wednesday 24th May at 7:30pm

GECPA is an active, well organised and friendly group of parents from across the school community. 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.  

We are seeking

  • a volunteer to help as Treasurer – a small job to keep track of monies spent and received. GEC office staff handle all payments of invoices, etc. 
  • a volunteer to administer the GECPA webpage - If you have some experience with intranet or internet page management and have publishing skills, please consider this role.  It involves updating the GECPA webpage every 1-2 months.  We can supply you with the content, and you would not need to attend committee meetings.
  • a volunteer to assist our alumni group – we have 80 members so far and need a help to send emails to invite them to events like the movie night and grow membership.
  • Year 7 families to join the year 7 contact list – If you are not already on this list, please send an email to including your mobile phone number and permission for us to include your details on the list for distribution to all other Year 7 GEC parents. 


If you are interested being involved in GECPA please send an email to

Mother's Day Classic - Sunday 14th May 2017

Glen Eira College will again be supporting the Mother's Day Classic to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.  We are aiming to register more than 100 participants this year.  To register to become a GEC Pink Panther and participate in the Mother's Day Classic, please log on to:

Party in the Park

Thanks to all the Glen Eira College parents and students who held a stall for the school the local council Party in the Park. The stall raised the profile of the school in our local community and raised $927 for GEC by selling snow cones, home-made jams and dog biscuits. The Parents Association are keen to do it again in 2018 at the Allnutt Park Party in the Park.


A new tiered seating area behind the PAC was built during the holidays with funds raised by the GECPA with some from school's budget.


Weekly walk and talk

We have a social walking group each Tuesday evening (weather permitting) to walk and chat for about an hour.  We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve - corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads.

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).


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.


Cathy McNaughton and Juliet Brianton


Community News / Advertisements

Want to Play Tennis at Glen Huntly Tennis Club?

For more information:

The Club is in the Park behind the College – enter off Neerim Road.

For Junior Teams contact:

Barry Farrell     
0403 054 491

To open the Glen Huntly Tennis Club flyer click below: 


Entertainment Book

Glen Eira College is raising funds. Here's how you can help...

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

With the newer Digital Membership (having a copy on your phone) like many others are discovering, you'll you use it even more – especially with the brilliant ‘Near Me’ feature - you simply hit the 'Near Me' tab to see what deals are around you anywhere, anytime! AND you can download it onto your child/s phones for them to take advantage of the offers too! Of course the traditional Hard Copy is still available, you can simply choose when ordering.

From Subway to drinks, car washes, activities galore, accommodation plus so much more - it really is brilliant value for just $70.

Many families save from $550 - $1000+ per year with their membership.






Sacred Heart Mission’s Dine With Heart Month in May


Leave plenty of room in your diary in May - DINE WITH HEART MONTH is coming!

It’s your opportunity to EAT GOOD. DO GOOD. FEEL GOOD.

Victoria’s homelessness crisis now affects almost 23,000 people. Throughout May, participating restaurants, cafes and bars will join forces with diners to raise money to support Sacred Heart Mission’s Meals Program, which provides hearty, free meals every day for up to 400 people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage and social isolation.

It costs Sacred Heart Mission $4 to provide a person with a meal. When you think about it, for the cost of a coffee, you could help to feed someone in need.


There is a myriad of ways to support the Meals Program during May. Throughout the month there will be cocktail parties, dinners and bespoke desserts. There will be opportunities to donate at the end of your meal, or purchase a meal, knowing that a portion of that money will be donated directly to the Mission. Over 30 venues across Melbourne have signed up already and the list is growing.

Visit for participating restaurants, cafes and bars and for special events.

For any enquiries, please contact Sacred Heart Mission’s Events Department on T: 8534 4140 or E:

GEC College News
GLEN HUNTLY TENNIS CLUB - flyer for GEC March 2017.docx
CSEF Application Form 2017.pdf
Approving and paying for events in the parent Portal gda.docx