GEC College News

03 December 2018
Issue Eight - Special Edition
Celebrating Our Success
Year 12 Valedictory
Baseball Brilliance
Softballers Shine
Track and Field Glory
Relay Record!
Soaring to New Heights
Table Tennis Stars
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Celebrating Our Success

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, it is worthwhile for our community to celebrate the remarkable success of groups and individuals who spend their days learning at Glen Eira College.  For some of these students, their success has come in an area of natural giftedness. But for most, their success comes from effort, toil and perseverance. French writer Luc de Clapiers believed that true fulfilment and dignity was achieved through personal endeavour.  He went on to say that “The fruit derived from labour is the sweetest of pleasures.”

 

Our students have experienced so many successes in recent weeks that we did not want to wait to share them with you.  These triumphs reflect students’ ability to work hard, endure struggle, fail, and try again. 

 

In this newsletter, our emphasis is on our sporting success at recent State Championships and our Year 12 Valedictorians.  These success stories would not be possible without the ongoing support of the parents and carers of these wonderful students.  We offer our sincere thanks to them for nurturing, supporting and guiding each incredible young person through their educational journey. 

 

 

Year 12 Valedictory

Last Wednesday parents, students and staff gathered together to celebrate the end of secondary school for our Year 12 students.  They had their final farewell at the Glen Eira Town Hall and it was a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment they have shown to their studies, and the college, over the years. Students were individually presented to the audience and awarded with certificates and commemorative owls. Thank you to the parents, carers and families for attending this milestone occasion.

 

Our Year 12 students have now finished all of their exams and they have certainly been committed to getting the very best results they can – they are a very focused group of students.  Although this has been a stressful period of time for them, their teachers are confident in the preparation, guidance and assistance they have received over the years.

 

Our students will received their results from 7.00am on Friday 14 December.  On this date students will receive the results for each of their VCE subjects as well as their ATAR.  Our DUX for 2018 will be announced at our end of year Awards Assembly.  

 

Congratulations to all of our students who are part of the Graduating Class of 2018.  

 

Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Baseball Brilliance

It has been a long wait for the Year 7 boys to play their state final.  They won their divisional final in Term 1 but only played their state final last week. Mr David Ebert has been steadfast in his dedication to coaching the team and we are also very appreciative of Darcy Messenger’s help in mentoring and guiding the boys.  Ultimately, the wait was worth the reward – a tremendous second place at the State Championships.  

 

Their journey through the rounds of competition can be read about below.

 

The Year 7 boys baseball team first represented Glen Eira College at the Division Finals for interschool sport. In this competition we beat every team and we progressed through to the Regional Finals. Our coaches Mr Ebert and Darcy Messenger helped us by providing training every Monday to help us improve. At the Regional Finals, we beat every team in the round robin section of the competition, meaning we were through to the final. In the final we won 5-4 in overtime meaning we qualified for the State Final.

 

On 21st November the successful baseball team competed in the State Final. In the group stage, 3 of the 4 teams finished on 2 wins and 1 loss, meaning it went down to run difference. Our team made it through to the finals because we had the highest run difference by one run. In the final we played Maribyrnong. They had an amazing pitcher so we weren’t able to score any runs in the first three innings, but once we went into overtime they had to change pitchers. They scored another three runs and we weren’t able to score any, so unfortunately we lost the final 5-2.

 

Congratulations to the entire baseball team and thank you Mr Ebert and Darcy for spending so much of your time coaching us.

 

Cameron McCutcheon

Year 7

 

 

Softballers Shine

It’s not every day you receive a wildcard invitation to play in the state championships, but that’s exactly what happened for our Year 8 girls just  weeks before the tournament.  They had been a close second place at the Regional Final so they leapt at the chance to play in the highest level of competition available through School Sports Victoria.  Mr Peter Bales and senior student Sierra Danon assisted by hosting training sessions in the lead up to the competition and the girls were rewarded with a top 3 finish. 

 

Lauren Raftopolous prepared this report. 

 

On Thursday the Year 8 girls’ softball team went to the state finals. We arrived at school especially early and took a bus to Jells Park in Waverley. The first team we played was Brentwood Secondary College; we had a slow start in the first innings and eventually lost 5-3 but it was a good effort. The second school we played was Maribyrnong College – during this game we really lifted our performance and defeated them with a score of 14-1. The last school we played was Hazel Glen College.  This was another close game but this time we came out on top with a score of 9-7. Coming second in our pool means that we are third in the state which is a great result.  Thank you to our coaches who have assisted us this year.

 

Lauren Raftopoulos 

Year 8

Track and Field Glory

Each year our House Athletics sports provides a fabulous opportunity for the whole school to come together and demonstrate incredible spirit and passion within a friendly competition.  It also leads some students towards further progression and success within School Sport Victoria competitions.

  

Six Glen Eira College students progressed to the State Athletics Finals in 2018.  In the following sections you can read about Haddi’s recent medal haul (including a couple of golds), William’s hurdling prowess and the huge improvement our relay team showed to claim fourth place in the state final.  We were also delighted to see Chloe Kaufmann throwing at the state championships and she is determined to throw even further next year. 

 

Haddi El Shorbagy wrote about his season so far. 

 

My season started at District Athletics where I won all throws events and broke records in Shotput and Javelin. From there I progressed into the Regional championships. In the week leading up to the competition, I attended a national athletics camp at the AIS in Canberra. Unfortunately I returned home with a chest infection and had very little time to recover before the Regional competition. I competed ill and managed 3 first place medals and a Shotput Regional record. A couple of weeks later I was in the ring again competing at the SSV State championships, ending up with a personal best and gold medal in the Discus event. I came third place in the Javelin and Fourth place in Shotput.

 

One week later I was back at Lakeside Stadium, competing for Glen Eira in the State All Schools Championships. This competition is run by Athletics Victoria for all high school aged students regardless of what type of school they attend. At this competition I threw 3 personal bests in Discus, Javelin and Hammer Throw, as well as a gold medal in Javelin and a silver medal in Shotput. These performances qualified me for the Australian All Schools Championships in Cairns next month.

 

I enjoy competing, it allows me to make many new friends and motivates me to do my best. I look forward to representing Glen Eira College in future competitions.

 

Haddi El Shorbagy

Year 8

Relay Record!

Six Glen Eira College students progressed to the State Athletics Finals in 2018.  After running a Division Record in Term 3, our junior relay team showed a massive two and a half second improvement through the various levels of competition to claim fourth place in the state final.  Below, William Wong and Cameron McCutcheon write about their experience. 

 

On Monday 22nd October, 4 students from Year 7 participated in the 4x100m relay at the School Sports Victoria athletics championships. In this event, they achieved a 4th place out of 8 state finalist teams.

 

The first official race that the team participated in was at the Division Final which they won and set a division record of 53:91 seconds. After this success they started training often in school and out of school for the coming Regional Championships with the aim to qualify for the State Championships.

 

At the Regional championships the team came first again improving their time to 53:27 seconds. That's when the team started training a lot to try and win a medal. Their time had qualified them second overall, meaning they would run in lane three. The race was run at 6:12 PM so the students went to school before participating. Arriving at the competition the students were nervous and slightly tired from school that day, and felt really lucky to be there. They did really well in their final race coming fourth overall and achieving a personal best of 51:42 seconds.

 

Congratulations to Cameron, William W, Roanin and Jay for competing so well.

 

William Wong & Cameron McCutcheon

Year 7

 

Soaring to New Heights

William Wong was one of six Glen Eira College students progressed to the State Athletics Finals in 2018.  He recently broke the Division Record and won medals at both the SSV State Final and Victorian All Schools competitions.  Here, he writes about his experience.

 

I first represented Glen Eira College at the division athletics finals. I competed in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the 90m hurdles. In the 100m and 90m hurdles I won and broke the division record with a time of 12.82 sec in the 100m and 14.54 sec in the 90m hurdles. For the 4x100m relay we also won and broke the division record.

 

The next competition was the regional athletics finals. At this event, our relay team won. In the 100m I came fourth and in the hurdles I won, set a new personal best of 13.91 and qualified for the State final.

 

On the 22nd of October was the state final, for the hurdles I had qualified second and in the relay we also qualified second. In the hurdles finals, I came up against one of my good friends who ended up winning. I came second by 0.8 seconds. In the relay, although we qualified second, we came fourth and smashed our personal best by 2 seconds.

 

Another competition in which I represented the school was the Victorian All Schools. In this event I competed in the 100m and the 90m hurdles. In the 100m I came 12th out of 24 competitors. In the 90m hurdles I came third missing out on Nationals by one spot.

All of these sporting events were a good experience for myself and my friends on the relay teams.

 

Currently I am training 4 times a week with amazing coaches. Next year I hope to represent Victoria for the 90m and 200m hurdles at the Australian Athletics Championships.

 

William Wong

Year 7

 

Table Tennis Stars

Jenny Sanchez has become Glen Eira College’s new table tennis super-coach; her mentoring of the Year 8 table tennis players saw both the boys and girls teams progress through to the Regional Final.  It was the girls who came out on top at this level to proceed to the state-wide final.  After winning their first two pool matches, they were disappointed to be beaten by their opponents in the third and final game but this quickly turned to joy when it was announced that they had secured a place in the semi-final.  They went on to finish third in Victoria and we are very proud of them. 

 

On Wednesday Phoebe, Erin, Ashleigh and Lauren  went to the state finals for table tennis. We took a taxi to MSAC where we played our first match Mary MacKillop Leongatha and won all of our matches. This really helped lift  our confidence. 

 

The second team we played was Warrnambool College – this game was much closer but we were able to persevere and eventually won 4-2. The final team in our pool that we played was East Doncaster Secondary Colege.  Unfortunately we lost this game 6-0. Since we won against two out of the three school we came second in our pool which meant we progressed into the semi-final.

 

In the semi-final we played Maribyrnong College and lost 5-1 which is a good result against an opponent that was just too god on the day. Losing in the semi-final means that we came third in the state which is an amazing result.

 

Lauren Raftopoulos

Year 8

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