GEC College News

25 October 2019
Issue Ten
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
2020 Confirmation of Enrolment
Library Corner
From the School Captains
Languages Corner
Health & PE News
Around the College
Careers Corner
Wellbeing News
Performing Arts News
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Monday 28th – Thursday 31st October

DELF Exams


Wednesday 30th October

SEVR Junior Bandfest


Wednesday 30th October – Wednesday 20th November

VCE Unit 3/4 Exams


Friday 1st November

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday (School Closed)


Friday 8th November

Year 10 Cinema & Theatre Studies Excursion


Sunday 10th November

GECPA Movie Night: Ride Like a Girl (6:30pm TBC)


Wednesday 13th November

College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Thursday 14th November

Strings/Voice/Piano Night 6:30pm


Monday 18th November

School Tour 9:15am


Lunchtime Concert


Tuesday 19th November

Year 7C Parliament Role Play Excursion


Wednesday 20th November

Year 10 & 11 SWOT VAC


Year 12 Valedictory 6:45pm


Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th November

Year 10 & 11 Exams


Thursday 21st November

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


Monday 25th – Tuesday 26th November

Year 9B Exams


Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th November

Year 8B, 8C, 8D & 8E Camp


Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th November

Year 8A, 8F & 8G Camp


Friday 29th November

Curriculum Day (Student Free)


Tuesday 2nd – Friday 6th December

Transition for Years 11 & 12 in 2020


Tuesday 2nd – Friday 13th December

Transition for Years 8-10 in 2020


Thursday 5th December

Year 7 2020 Parent Information Evening 6:30pm


Friday 6th December

Languages Assembly


Monday 9th – Friday 13th December

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 10th December

Year 7 2020 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11th December

College Council 7pm 


Tuesday 17th December

Presentation Night

From the Principal

Best Wishes to Year 12, 2019

Our wonderful Year 12 students are about to commence their final exams – how the year has flown.  Earlier this week we held our farewell assembly to celebrate the end of compulsory schooling for these outstanding students.  At the end of the assembly the Year 12s left the gym to huge cheers and applause from the student body and a guard of honour by the Year 11 students.  It was wonderful to have the GEC band playing at this important event.  The Year 12s headed off to Funfields the next day to celebrate the end of classes.


Although this is a stressful period of time for students, it can 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.

Relay for Life

Congratulations and thank you to our students, Aimee Harris, Freya Matthews, Luisa David and Liam Mischel who have taken the lead in coordinating the GEC team – Getting Even with Cancer.   It is a huge job and they are to be commended for their leadership.  I hope to see as many families as possible at Duncan Mackinnon this Saturday – you can sign up on the day.

Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition

This 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. Thank you to our Arts and Technology Leader, Bernadette McIvor and all the staff involved in supporting students to create this wonderful exhibition of their work.

Parent Survey

Thank you to all parents who completed the parent survey late last term.  We value the positive feedback received and take on board the suggestions for further improvements.   We have received some data recently in regards to the percentage of respondents who agreed or disagreed with the various statements.  School Council and all staff have reviewed the data and discussed strategies to further develop our strengths and improve in areas of need.


The survey is in three sections:  Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Positive Climate for Learning and Community Engagement and Learning.  We were delighted to see continued improvement in the data with 17 of the 19 subsections scoring improved agreement from parents.  Two showed no change or a slight drop.

Particular strengths identified included High Expectations, Respect for Diversity, General Satisfaction, School Support and Physical Environment.  We were also pleased with the improved perception related to Student Voice and Agency, which continues to be a key area of our Strategic Plan.


Parents indicated the Experience of Bullying was low.  However the perception of how we managed these situations remains stable. This is consistent across our Region.  I am particularly interested to hear your thoughts in how we can, at GEC, improve in this area. 


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    


Many families choose to go on a holiday over this time. If you intend for your child to be absent on this day please let the office know as soon as possible.


The canteen will be closed on Monday 4th 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


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Alpine School

We are pleased to advise that Glen Eira College has been allocated places for 4 boys and 2 girls  at the Alpine School Campus in term 2, 2020.  Applications will be sought from current Year 8 students in the second half of Term 4.  Interested students will be asked to complete a written application, participate in a group task and speak with an interview panel.  Successful candidates will be notified prior to the end of the year. 


The school offers a fully residential program for one school term with accommodation for up to 45 students in a purpose-built facility.


The unique program at the Alpine School focuses on engaging the students in activities that allow them to explore and learn about the local environment and cultures, both indigenous and non-indigenous. Gaining a sense of belonging in local places through knowledge and experience is a key learning outcome.  Students have spent a significant amount of time learning to survive and thrive in the alpine environment.  Providing these safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences facilitates the practical application of knowledge gained from Thinking and Learning, Peer Skills, Leadership and Teamwork classes. 


As part of their time at the Alpine School, all students develop a Community Learning Project (CLP) that will provide an opportunity for all members of our school community to take part. The CLP is the curriculum thread that runs in an adjoining and continuous manner through the program. It provides the purpose for attendance and the motivation for departure.

Rubicon Outdoor Education Centre Partnership

GEC has recently entered into a new 4 year partnership arrangement with Rubicon Outdoor Centre, an outdoor secondary school operated by the Department of Education of Training (DET). 


The partnership will enable deeper collaborative partnerships to be established between GEC and Rubicon and ensure that the teaching and learning programs delivered in partnership with Rubicon may be more effectively integrated into student learning for improved outcomes. 


The primary focus of this partnership will be to enhance student outcomes through the provision of an Outdoor Learning program integrated into the school curriculum. In addition, the longer term nature of this agreement will provide greater strategic certainty for our school.   Our partnership will commence next year when we send 50 Year 9 students to Rubicon’s Thornton Campus for 5 days in October. 


Two teams of students represented GEC at the recent state final of the 2019 Victorian Coles Nitro Schools Challenge.  Teams of 7 competed in a range of traditional and non-traditional events, with points gained in each event determining the winning team.  Our Junior Boys Team came second overall, qualifying for the National Final, to be held in Perth during December.  Congratulations to Liam Mischel, Jay Trickey, Cameron McCutcheon, Seif El Shorbagy, William Wong and Zac Palatsides.


60 students competed at the recent Beachside Division Athletics.  Our students represented the college with distinction on the track and in the field - GEC was second overall; second overall boys team; first Junior Boys team and 1st Intermediate Boys Team.  We also had three students named age group champions:

  • Boys 12-13 Years - Seif El-Shorbagy
  • Boys 15 Years Haddi El Shorbagy
  • Boys 18-20 Years Lachlan Priest G

13 athletes qualified in 20 events for the SMR Athletics Finals which were held in windy and cool conditions at Casey Fields.  From this competition, three athletes qualified for the state finals.  Congratulations to the following athletes:

  • William Wong – Hurdles
  • Chloe Kaufman – Discuss
  • Seif El Shorbagy – Javelin

Astonishingly, a further 7 athletes came second in their events.  We are very proud of all of the students who represented the school.




Kristiana Vasilakopoulos (7D) 12-13 year old girls Javelin

Agathe Dutrieux (9A) 15 year old girls 1500m

Chloe Kaufman (9F) 14 year old girls Discus & Javelin

Zoe Markopolous (11D) 17 year old girls 100m

Seif El Shorbagy (7A) 12-13 year old boys Discus, Javelin, Shot

Liam Mischel (7A) 12-13 year old boys 800m & 1500m

William Wong (8B) 12-13 year old boys 100m & 200m & Relay

Zac Palatsides (8B) 14 year old boys Triple Jump & Relay

Jay Trickey 14 year old boys Relay

Cameron McCutcheon 14 year old boys Relay

Barnaby Kinsella 15 year old boys 1500m

Haddi El Shorbagy (9E) 15 year old boys Discus, Javelin, Shot

Michael Mints (9B) 15 year old boys Triple Jump

Gerrard Jackson (9E) 15 year old boys 800m

Rilind Berisha (11A) 16 year old boys Javelin

Lucas Vaidie (9A) 16 year old boys Shot Put

Lachlan Priest (12D) 18-20 year old boys Triple Jump

Hayato Serag (12D) 18-20 year old boys 800m


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

We finally got there… and it was worth the wait! Our Year 7 camp was at Rawson Village, a two hour drive away, north of Melbourne. It was great to be outdoors in the tree-laden grounds of this camp. The weather was also in our favour, most of the time, for being out in the fresh air. We were also spoiled with our accommodation, with each room having only three bunk beds and an ensuite.



"Camp was the best experience. We did get the news that we would still go but later in the year. I didn't realize that I could make so many new friends. Many people have told me that they have made new and awesome friendships as well. The activities were definitely the best part of the whole camp. We did commando course, high wall rock climbing, zip line, high ropes, mountain biking, archery, initiatives and bush walking. Overall camp is a really good experience because you get to make new friends, conquer fears and try new things. I would definitely recommend camp to everyone."

Jasmine T. 7D 


"Year 7 camp can be scary for most in the first year of high school as you are not used to how things work yet, but when you have welcoming peers, enthusiastic teachers and encouraging mentors, camp is a breeze. There were obviously challenges, such as the activities, whether it was pushing yourself to climb the top of the rock climbing wall or even just trying another food, everyone accomplished something. Camp was like a vacation, I mean three days without doing maths is better than anything. But seriously overall camp was not only an experience, it was an opportunity and I’m glad that I was a part of that."

Kristiana Vasilakopoulos 7D


Three of our students have been doing very well in our sports in both Beachside Division and Southern Metropolitan Region, Liam Mischel and Seif El-Shorbagy have qualified to compete over in Perth. Congratulations to you all, we are very proud of you. 



Sue Rio & Daniel Lake

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

The Year 8s have had a positive start to the final term of the school year. All Year 8 teams participated in a workshop run by Headspace where they engaged in various activities to build a mental health and wellbeing toolkit and developed practical tips for a healthy headspace.


Last week, many Year 8 teams were lucky enough to be audience to 3 Murrumbeena Primary School student speakers who gave a fantastic and insightful presentation on the current sustainability issue of fashion pollution. For students (or families) who are interested in learning more about this, visit this website or have a look at the ABC War on Waste documentary series.


We are also in the final stages of organising our Year 8 camp at Kangaroobie and are very excited for the experience! Parents and guardians are reminded to check Xuno to give permission and payments. Further detailed information including packing lists and activity groups will be provided in the coming weeks.


Finally, we would like to congratulate our very own William Wong on his incredible success competing at SSV athletics where he not only won gold in the Boys 12-13 Hurdles, but set a new state record - what an achievement!



Charlee Cowley & Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinators

Year 9 2020 (Current Year 8 students)

Please note that in 2020 there will be a number of students changing teams for Year 9. Students will be informed of any changes prior to transition in early December. This is a great opportunity for students to learn with new peers.


Ry Mathieson

Junior School Leader

Year 9 Highlights

The Year 9 cohort have been actively busy in their studies and extra curricular activities, and  demonstrating great motivation in their studies. There are a few honourable mentions to make:


Congratulations to Jasmine Korkou who had a successful audition for a lead role in Something Wicked This Way Comes.


Amazing athletic ability was shown by our Junior School Captain, Haddi El Shorbagy, who won the javelin, shot put and discus events in the Southern Metro Region athletics competition.


Well done to Chloe Kaufman who also came first in Discus at the Southern Metro Region athletics competition.


And finally a special congratulations to George Sempelidis and Koosha Kayani who won the National RoboCup competition.


Brenton Hale

Year 9 Coordinator

Senior School News

Year 12 End of Year Celebrations 2019


Year 11 News

The Year 11 Ski Camp was a wonderful success with all students thoroughly enjoying themselves. The organised ski lesson proved very useful for the first time and novice skiers to develop the necessary skills to take on some more challenging runs. We were also very fortunate to have superb skiing weather and excellent snow coverage. It was really great to see the students return to school excited to share their snow adventure stories.



The Year 11 end of semester exams begin on 21st of November. Students should start elevating their home study regimes in preparation for the examination period. Some Year 11 students studying unit 3 & 4 subjects will be sitting their VCE exam in the coming weeks and I wish them all the very best.


Benjamin Wickham

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 10 News

Year 10 Camp took 45 students down to Torquay for three days. Sun, surfing and stand up paddle boarding tested the students’ balance and determination. It was fantastic to see so many students taking part in all the activities. To see the smiles as students stood up from being dumped by a wave and getting right back on the board was fantastic. Stand-up paddle boarding was new to a lot of the students and the concentration and coordination to keep moving and navigate over and under the bridges was phenomenal. Overall it was an amazing camp and I want to thank everyone for a great time. 



Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been facilitating the Year 7 team sessions each Wednesday and Friday. They have been doing a marvelous job of interacting with the Year Year 7s on a daily basis, making it a positive experience. The Peer Support Leaders are organising the Year 7 Wellbeing Quiz event held in December.


Exams will be in week 7. Year 10s should be thinking about the revision techniques that they will use to prepare for the upcoming exams. Additionally, should any Year 10 student need assistance in developing a study plan or help with exam preparation, please come to the Senior School office and see me for advice.


Delanka Peiris

Year 10 Coordinator

2020 Confirmation of Enrolment

2020 Confirmation of Enrolment – available from Friday 1st November 2019

On Friday 1st November, confirmation of 2020 enrolment will be emailed to all families and be made available on our XUNO portal. If you give approval and/or pay through XUNO then you do NOT need to return any paperwork to the College. If you would prefer paper forms then please contact the College and we will arrange to have a set of papers mailed out to you.


Key dates to remember:


If there are any questions in relation to our 2020 re-enrolment process then please contact the General Office on 9571 7838.

Exiting Students

If you have already indicated that your child is exiting the College you will not have any reenrolment events or payments. If you have not advised the College of your intention to leave please do so in writing. You will receive an Exit Form which needs to be returned prior to your child leaving.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager

Library Corner

Welcome to Term Four and the closing chapter in our Year 12 cohort’s Glen Eira College journey. Term Three was a hectic one, with many events and assessment tasks occurring.


In response to student feedback from our Term Two Library survey we ordered in four sets of colourful reading cushions which have proved an instant hit. The Library is now a much cosier destination with plenty of relaxed ambience.



The Book Club members and Library Monitors were treated to a combined luncheon meeting during Week 9. We celebrated an eventful Term Three and awarded Library Monitor certificates to Alex Leathley (10D), Dhugal Leathley (10C), Abigail Staples (11E) and Gauri Gupta (10D). These students displayed leadership skills during the Melbourne Writer’s Festival Excursion and Book Week Lunchtime activity planning.



The whole College turned yellow to celebrate RUOK? Day on 11th September, while the Library staff set up a display of brochures and resources - both fiction and non fiction - to support the College community.



The final days of Term Three featured camps for Years 7 and 10 and Work Experience for Year 10 students. So (10F) and Woody (10E) joined the Library team for that week and were a cheerful addition. They performed circulation duties, laminating, display setups and routine tasks. Woody’s display featured images and books relating to the pending AFL grand final match.



National Reading Hour was celebrated at lunchtime in the Library on Thursday 19th September.


During Week One of Term 4 the Library was the venue for a day of Headspace workshops during which the Year 8 classes participated in wellbeing activities. These sessions were organised by Jenny Sanchez as part of Mental Health Week 2019.


The Library collections have been augmented by a huge selection of new titles. Check out these new reads and don’t forget the selection of ebooks and audiobooks available via the College’s Wheelers ePlatform and Ebsco eBook Collection. Visit the Library’s catalogue and follow the links:


Library Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

The library is open at Recess to Year 12 students and Library Monitors only

Lunchtime opening from 1:00pm onwards (Closed to general access during the fortnightly Book Club meetings)


Homework Help:

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


Sherri Michael

College Librarian

From the School Captains

Legacy Project: Teachers vs Students Tournament

One of the roles of the Captains of the school, is to establish a legacy project which can be continued and enjoyed for years to come.  With my legacy project, I wanted to find a way to get the whole school involved, while strengthening and creating a sense of community within our school.  I settled on the idea of running a students vs teachers tournament. This consisted of four games over four lunchtimes in Term Three; netball, trivia, tug of war (and other games) and futsal.  The winner of each game, students or teachers, was awarded a point for their team. The team with the overall majority of points won the competition and an engraved trophy (as well as bragging rights for the next year).  


The tournament started off with a bang and a win for the teachers who thrashed the Year 12 students 15 to 6 in the netball game.  The atmosphere was really intense and very competitive as the teachers team scored goal after goal, much to the disappointment of the Year 12s.   What the teachers failed to mention was that their team play in regular club competitions! The result was a well played win for the teachers. That meant one point for the teachers and zero for the students.



Netball was followed by the students vs teachers trivia in which ten student teams and two teacher teams competed in an attempt to answer questions and riddles from a range of topics.  Although one student team and teacher team ended up with a whopping 18/19 respectively, the average of the results saw the teachers triumph 17.5/19 to 13.3/19. The overall score was now two to the teachers with no points for the students. 


However, the student cohort would not be deterred that easily and sought retribution in the tug of war and ball games.  With their perseverance through the hot spring sun, the students won five tug of war games to the teachers’ two. Another student success with the ball games meant the total score was now neck and neck with two all.



Year 12 vs teachers futsal was the decider. With both teams hungry for the win, the game was going to be brutal.  However, the years of experience from the teachers meant they were ahead six nil in the final quarter. And as the minutes ticked down with still no score from the students, the situation was looking dire.  However, a last minute goal from the Year 12 team took the finishing goals to six for the teachers and one for the students. This left the comprehensive score to be three points for the teachers with two for the students.  Leaving the teachers victorious and with the all important trophy. 



The competition was a huge success with over 100 students and 20 teachers involved.  The tournament encouraged a closer sense of community between students and teachers and I am very excited to see who will win next year.


Ashleigh Harris

School Vice-Captain

Languages Corner

New Caledonia Trip

On Saturday 21st September, 39 students embarked on an exciting journey to New Caledonia. Accompanied by Mr Lake, Ms Byrnes, Ms Morgan and Mr Chamontin, the students had a fantastic time. They visited Amedee Island, a beautiful tropical paradise, amongst other things. They even spent one day at school following their French pen pals' timetable. Not only is their French now exceptionnel, but they also made lifelong friendships. 


See you next time in New Caledonia!



Sister School Visit

Guess who came to visit us on the first week of term 4? If your answer is 29 students and 2 teachers from New Caledonia, you're right! We treated them to several Aussie activities, including a footy workshop and a barbecue. The friendships that had started in New Caledonia flourished even more and new friendships were also created. Thank you to all families who hosted a student during that week. 


Cedric Chamontin

Head of Languages



Health & PE News

Year 7 PE

The first week of term 4 the Year 7s had Footsteps come in to introduce their new unit, ‘Rhythmic and Expressive Movement’. The students were pushed out of their comfort zone with some of the new moves with this being their first dancing experience. Everyone enjoyed the challenge and learnt choreography to a full song. Well done Year 7s and we cannot wait for the concert at the end of the year!



Year 11 PE

As part of the Year 11 PE study design, students are to participate in a variety of lifestyle and cultural physical activities. Therefore, the Year 11s went on a rock climbing adventure. All students gave rock climbing a go and challenged themselves on the harder walls and racing each other to the top. Many of the students were shocked with how difficult rock climbing actually is and had some very sore muscles for the next few days. I would like to credit and thank the Year 11s for all acting responsibly on the journey to and from school, supporting each other and giving it a go!



Health & PE Week

Week 2 of Term 4 was Health and PE week. The HPE team put on a number of events big and small to encourage the school population to be active and healthy. On Monday the gym was opened up for a whole school dodgeball game. At the request of the Year 12s participating they had a team take on the rest of the school. About 50 students took on 10 very confident Year 12s and won! The Year 12s persisted but eventually the enormity of their task was too much.


Mountains and mountains of fruit was provided to all students on a few occasions this week. With the selection of grapes and apples a few mornings a week, the grapes were in very high demand and were finished on the first day! It was great to see so many students enjoying a healthy option for recess.



Tuesday and Thursday the gym was open at lunchtime for free play. At first not knowing how this would go, it was amazing to see so many students swarm into the gym and share the space. Sports like basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, tennis and more were popular. This highlighted the love for activity as all students were interacting with each other across many different activities and being respectful of different interests.


Wednesday brought the annual AFLW match. This brought many highlights for the students, whether it was cheering on their peers, trying a new sport or tackling a teacher. I think we might have a few entries into the AFLW draft coming from Glen Eira College in the years to come.



Friday brought the annual GEC Futsal Tournament grand final. The atmosphere in the gym was unlike anything else. After many attempts, many saves and many slick passes between teammates it was 1 all at full time. 2 minutes of extra time couldn’t separate the teams either. It was then down to sudden death penalties which saw ‘Messy with a Y’ come out on top.


A huge thank you to all the HPE team for organising these events, it was great seeing so many students participating in the week in multiple ways.


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE

GEC Futsal Cup

The 2019 GEC FUTSAL CUP Grand Final was held on Friday 18th October in front of a thunderous crowd in the gym. It featured a Year 12 and Year 11 boys team. The Year 12s got on the board early through Sanjay Medikonduru. It appeared they were headed for victory until a late equaliser from Clem Lambert sent the game into extra time. With scores still tied after the added 2 minutes, the game headed to sudden death penalties. Lachy Priest saved the first penalty and Shoan Kondhalkar sealed the deal for the Year 12s with a top class penalty to crown Messy With a Y as the 2019 GEC FUTSAL CUP champions.



Congratulations to all teams and thank you to all staff and students who helped out throughout the tournament. Special thanks to Mr Golding, Ms Byrnes, Mr Coghlan, Ms Ballingall, Twiza Christian, Sean Kelly, Shoan Kondhalkar, and Sanjay Medikonduru.


Daniel Mulligan
VCE Health and Media Teacher

Around the College

RoboCup Junior Australia National Champions!

Having won the Victorian state title in the Secondary Rescue division of RoboCup Junior, Koosha Kayani and George Sempelidis were quietly confident going into the national championships, competing against more than 40 of the best teams from every state and territory in Australia and one team from China. Through nine preliminary rounds over two days, their robot, Pashmam, completed nearly every challenge it faced in its quest to rescue a “victim” trapped in the centre of a toxic chemical spill. In doing so, it accumulated more points than any other robot, but it still had to come out on top in a final three round, head-to-head competition against the robots placing 2nd and 3rd.  All three robots had performed admirably throughout the competition, but in those final three rounds there was only one clear national champion! With their win comes an automatic invitation to the RoboCup Junior International finals in Bordeaux, France in June next year. We wish them well.


David Ebert

Digital Technology Coordinator



Tax Super and You Competition 2019 winner

We are pleased to announce that Alma-Mia from Year 7A won the First Prize in the junior category of the 2019 Tax, Super + You competition. This competition is organized by Australian Tax Office (ATO) every year.

She also won another First Prize, which is the People’s Choice Award of the 2019 Tax, Super + You competition. This award is given to the entry which gets maximum number of votes from the people in the community. A big congratulations to Alma-Mia for her outstanding work.



Students from across Australia participated in this competition in which they had to use their creativity to highlight the value of tax and super in the community either by writing or making a video. It was a very hard competition where all the students across Australia did an amazing job at developing their creative products that highlight the value of tax and super.

Alma–Mia won the following prizes for herself and Glen Eira College.

  • First prize winner
  • People’s Choice Award

As the first prize winner she will receive a $400 MasterCard gift card. In addition, our school Glen Eira College will be awarded MasterCard gift cards worth $600.

As the People’s Choice Award winner she will receive a $400 MasterCard gift card. In addition, our school Glen Eira College will be awarded MasterCard gift cards worth $600.


Lastly, ATO will be holding an Awards Ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday 4th December 2019 and would like to invite Alma-Mia (and a guardian) to attend so ATO can congratulate her in person! The travelling expenses are also covered by ATO.


Her video is on the Tax, Super + You website and here is the link to watch her video about the importance of Tax and Super.


Thank you to everyone who voted for Alma-Mia as she was able to win People Choice award with maximum number of votes.


Parminder Kaur

Mathematics and Business Teacher

Future Leaders Conference

On Saturday 12th October, I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Future Leaders Conference run by Swinburne University. This conference brought together young people from all over Victoria to discuss the issues of bullying and school absenteeism and how these issues can be resolved in our schools. Throughout the day we heard from six inspirational speakers about their experience in the above fields.  All of their experience and advice has inspired me to want to implement initiatives in our school. 


One initiative that I think would be great to start is to have an anonymous box in the library. In the box, the student body will be able to submit any concerns that they have about problems, challenges and success they are having at school. This will remove the possible fear and stigma behind raising a problem in a more public forum.  From there, I would make a committee of teachers, students, and Well-being staff to go through the box monthly. This box will provide an opportunity for any student to have a voice. 


I was also fortunate enough to be on the student panel at the event. This was a panel where six of the participants including me, answered any of the questions that the rest of the students had around the topic of bullying and absenteeism. I am so thankful to have had such an inspiring opportunity and I hope that I will be able to attend the conference in future years.


Aimee Harris

SRC, Year 10

Careers Corner

Year 10

A large number of Year 10 students attended Work Experience during the last week of Term 3 and I was so happy to receive such positive feedback about the students. Employers and Teachers who visited some of the students on site all had such good things to say. Many of the workplaces have advised me that they were very happy with the work our students did and the way they represented both themselves and our school. Great work everyone, you should all be really proud of yourselves. I hope all the students were able to gain a lot from this experience as well.


I have included a few photos of our students hard at work during their work experience placements.



Year 12

During the upcoming exam period and after exams have finished, all Year 12 students are welcome and encouraged to come and see me at any time, whether to discuss their university preferences or if they require advice in editing resumes, or assistance with any other alternative career paths. I’m also happy to have confidential discussions with students in regards to their ATAR scores and their options post these being released. Please try to email or phone me prior to coming in, just to ensure that I will be available at the time.


Please take note of the below upcoming dates in relation to ATARs and VTAC University Offers.


ATAR and VCE results are released on - Thursday, 12th of December 2019

Domestic Students:

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

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


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


February Round VTAC offers are released on the below dates:

Monday, 3rd of February 2020

Monday, 10th of February 2020

Monday, 17th of February 2020

Monday, 24th of February 2020

International Students:

December Round VTAC offers: 18th December 2019


January Round VTAC offers:

Round 1 - 7th of January 2020

Round 2 - 10th of January 2020

Round 3 - 15th of January 2020

Round 4 - 20th of January 2020

Round 5 - 24th of January 2020

Wellbeing News

Growing Up Online

Thank you to all who attended the “Growing Up Online” parent information evening presented by cyber safety expert Susan McLean. The presentation was confronting and informative.  Susan outlined the challenges young people face in the online world and the role of parents in supporting and protecting their children. A key message was that parents should ensure they educate themselves about online safety so they are able to provide informed support for their child.


We will be booking Susan McLean again in 2020 both to support our parents and workshops for students.


A very helpful website to find out about a range of online safety issues, as well as how to report concerns about online behaviour is the esafety site.

Toolkit For a Healthy Headspace

During the first week of term Year 8 students were involved in a healthy headspace workshop facilitated by Headspace. Students participated in a range or mini workshops related to developing a healthy headspace.


At the conclusion of the workshop students completed their own “Healthy Headspace Action Plan”. In their action plan there were 7 tips for a healthy headspace they could use as examples of what they could include in their plan.

  1. Get into life
  2. Learn skills for tough times
  3. Create connections
  4. Eat well
  5. Stay active
  6. Get enough sleep
  7. Avoid alcohol or other drugs

Check out the online digital kit by visiting:



Comments from Year 8 students included:

  • “There were activities to participate in, not just writing things down”
  • “Juggling and the colouring in was fun”
  • “Journal writing can help you take you mind off things and get out the stress inside you”
  • “It was great being able to share with others what we do for ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and in relationships to maintain good health”
  • “Juggling and writing down my thoughts was really helpful”
  • “Enjoyed the mindfulness drawing”


Simple things can make a big difference in maintaining a positive headspace!

Kaz Gunther from headspace, in partnership with our Adolescent Health Nurse Christalia Formoso, led the day supported by our Student Support Worker Alyssa Zumbo. It was terrific to have working with us on the day Eliza and Sherri, two former students who are part of a leadership youth group from headspace. They gave of their time voluntarily as part of their commitment to supporting young people and their mental health.


A big thankyou to Kaz and her headspace team and all GEC staff who supported the program. An even bigger thank you to the Year 8 students who participated throughout the day in a respectful, active and enthusiastic way.


Jenny Sanchez

Wellbeing Leader

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, 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! 


Stay tuned for details of the television broadcast, hopefully sometime in early December!


Zamarah Morley and Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Music Teachers


Performing Arts Unit (PAU) Choir

Benjamin Matthews 10

Yvette Lipovetsky 8C


Mass Choir

Alannah De Jesus 10

Gauri Gupta 10

Lottie Hudson 10

Lihee Ashkar 8A

Orleanna Murray de Brossard 8B

Harriet Rowsell 8C

Rudi Hudson 8C

Diksha Padmakumar 8G

Odelia Ashkar 7A

Nina Gibbs 7A

Alma-Mia Marret 7C

Ananya Sreejith Chandroth 7D

Patrick Cruden 7G



This year I participated in the Victorian State School Spectacular in the PAU choir and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I got the opportunity to experience being in a large-scale show made up of people my age who have the same passion for performing that I do. The variety of songs we performed allowed me to test and extend my range and repertoire not only vocally, but as a performer, something I consider unique of the Spectacular. I met people from all around the state and made some friends and memories that will last for a long time. I can’t wait to audition again and to see how much further the State School Spectacular can take me.


Ben Matthews

Year 10

Something Spectacular in 2020 (#VSSS20)

Are you interested in the performing arts, working in creative industries, or simply love to dance or sing?


Registrations are now open for students to participate in the 2020 Victorian State Schools Spectacular, which will be staged at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 12 September 2020.


Students can perform on stage or gain hands-on experience behind the scenes across all creative disciplines under the guidance of industry professionals.


The program helps to develop each student’s performance skills, resilience, perseverance, cooperation and confidence over months of training in a non-competitive environment.

It involves industry partnerships and mentorship for both on stage and behind the stage students.


Students who take part in the Spectacular are provided a rare experience: performing in a world-class arena for a television broadcast.


Students can get involved in several ways:


  • Talented musicians, dancers, and singers can register to audition for the main vocal, dance and orchestra cast at the Department’s Performing Arts Unit in Collingwood, or submit a video audition. 
  • Students who have other specialty skills – such as skaters, acrobats, skippers, cheerleaders or circus performers – can register to audition at the Performing Arts Unit or submit a video audition.
  • Students interested in audio, lighting, film, photography or stage management can register to participate in a structured program of workshops, as well as production week at Melbourne Arena.

Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

From the Office

Update Your Information

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

Student Absences

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


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

Early Leavers

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


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

Parent Payments

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


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

XUNO – APP available for all platforms

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


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



Please send through any feedback on


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Movie Sunday night 10 November Michelle Payne Ride like a Girl – Elsternwick Classic

Please join us for a private screening of this hit movie.


The inspiring story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

Directed by Rachel Griffiths with writers Andrew Knight and Elise McCredie, and starring  Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton and Stevie Payne.


GEC Movie night is a popular fundraiser for GEC, and a great opportunity to get together and share in the spirit of our school with families and friends, old and new - the more the merrier – so please bring along grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbours! Check out the film trailer too.
Ticket prices include a light supper and soft drinks after the show
Adults: $25  Kids /Students: $20
The cinema also has a bar with other food and drinks available for sale.
TIME: 6:30pm for 7:15pm start (TBC on 6th November)


Click here to book your tickets



2nd Hand Uniform Stall – Thursday 5th December 5.30-6.30pm     
same day as Year 7 2020 Parents info session

Sale of donated uniforms to help families and school. Please donate your unwanted uniform items to the office by Friday 29 November. 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 all grey sports tops (sports tops in the current style - with red sleeves- are very welcome). We plan to run another uniform stall early next year if you want to donate uniforms in December.

Helpers needed to set up and run the stall from 4.30 - please RSVP by sending an email to

Call for co-convenors and GECPA members for 2020 

Please email us at call Jelena 2019 c o-convenor  on 0404 609 405 or come to the dinner meeting on 14th November.

Call for trivia night team and coordinator and team for 2020

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

Final GECPA meeting – celebration dinner Thursday, 14 November 

Theio Theo Greek Restaurant 5-7 Waverley Rd East Malvern, 7.15 pm - after strings piano and voice concert at GEC

Glen Eira Parents Association Meetings – newcomers welcome

All GEC parents and guardians welcome – a great chance to meet some school families and help the school.  Our meetings are friendly and informal, and your level of involvement is up to you.   If you are interested in being involved, want to come to any of our meetings or are not already receiving our emails, please send an email to Volunteers (welcome even in a small way). The easiest way to be involved with GECPA is to come to our events, but we especially appreciate those who can volunteer a bit of time.  We need new families to get involved as some families leave the school at the end of each year. We know not everyone is able to make a regular commitment, but we also rely on people who turn up just once or more during the year to help out a little. And we also need people to join our committee.  co-convenors Eliza and Jelena

Year 11 and 12 Maths scientific calculators – collection

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

Sale of second hand text books and novels

Please offer your books to younger students at Glen Eira College or other schools or sell on Sustainable Books or Gumtree. 

Please discourage your students from throwing textbooks in the bin or leaving them in lockers.

Buying Novels for next year - Brotherhood Books

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

Weekly walk and talk  

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:45pm at the corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve. So that we can keep in contact, we have set up a messaging group on Whatsapp. 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). send an email to if you want to walk with us.

Ormond Jets Beginner Program Term 4  - Sundays November 10-December 15

The aim of these sessions is to provide new or beginning players the fundamental basketball skills to allow them to enjoy playing in a JETS domestic team.
Children 9 – 12 years 12.15pm – 1.15pm; Children 6 – 8 years 11.15am – 12.15pm
Elsternwick Primary School (44 Murphy St, Brighton VIC 3186)
Bring a basketball, drink bottle, light and dark top or reversible top. To register follow the link below:
Cost: $30 for the full 6 week program.
To Register please follow the below link.


Cathy McNaughton


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