GEC College News

16 September 2019
Issue Nine
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
Health & PE News
Robotics Club
Around the College
Business Management
Science News
Performing Arts News
Wellbeing News
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Monday 16th September

Beachside Track & Field


Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th September

Year 10 Camp


7A, 7B, 7C & 7F Camp


Monday 16th – Friday 20th September

Year 10 Work Experience


Wednesday 18th September

Year 11 Geography Fieldwork Excursion


Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th September

7D, 7E & 7G Camp


Thursday 19th September

VCE Literature Assessor Lecture 10:45am - 12:30pm


Parent Teacher Interviews Years 8 – 10 2:30pm – 7:15pm

All students dismissed at 2pm


Friday 20th September

Last Day Term 3

All students dismissed at 2:30pm


Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th September

New Caledonia Trip


Monday 23rd – Friday 27th August

Year 12 Practice Exams


Monday 7th October

First day Term 4


Monday 7th – Monday 14th October

New Caledonia Sister School Visit


Tuesday 8th October

7C PE Footsteps Incursion 11am – 12:45pm


Susan McLean Parent Information Night - Growing Up Online 6:30pm


Wednesday 9th October

7E & 7G PE Footsteps Incursion 1:30pm – 3:07pm


Thursday 10th October

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


School Tour 9:15am


Year 11 PE Rock Climbing Excursion


Friday 11th October

7A & 7F PE Footsteps Incursion 9:10am – 10:45am


Monday 14th – Friday 18th October

Health & PE Week


Wednesday 16th October

College Council 6:30pm – 8pm


Thursday 17th October

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations


Monday 21st – Friday 25th October

2019 Arts & Technology Exhibition


Monday 21st October

Last Day Year 12 Classes


2019 Arts & Technology Exhibition Opening Night 5:30pm – 7pm


Tuesday 22nd October

Year 12 Celebration Day Excursion


Wednesday 23rd October

Book Club Kenny Chan Manga Workshop 12:30pm – 1:30pm


Year 8 Japanese Kenny Chan Manga Workshop 1:30pm – 2:20pm


Saturday 26th October

Relay For Life 12pm – 10pm


Monday 28th – Thursday 31st October

DELF Exams


Wednesday 30th October

SEVR Junior Bandfest


Wednesday 30th October – Wednesday 20th November

VCE Unit 3/4 Exam


Friday 1st November

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday (School Closed)


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 12 Valedictory


Year 10 & 11 SWOT VAC


College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th November

Year 10 & 11 Exams


Thursday 21st November

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th October

Year 9B Exams


Monday 25th – Friday 29th November

Year 8 Camp

Friday 29th November

Curriculum Day (Student Free)

From the Principal

Instrumental Music Gala Evening

Our instrumental music students recently played to a packed Performing Arts Centre and were amazing.  I was so proud of the effort students put in to their performances – many of the pieces having a high degree of difficulty.  I greatly appreciate the work of our Instrumental Music Teachers and our Performing Arts Leader, Laura Baker-Goldsmith.    

Year 7 2020

It was wonderful to officially welcome our 2020 Year 7 families to Glen Eira College at our welcome afternoon tea.  We are expecting approximately 175 students in Year 7 next year.  Parents had the opportunity to listen to a range of staff and learn about the many wonderful programs and opportunities.  

Funding Announcement

This week we welcomed Steve Dimopoulos, State Member for Oakleigh, and Josh Burns Federal Member for McNamara to school.  They announced to the student assembly that the College will receive $100, 000 to further develop our outdoor learning spaces, which is absolutely wonderful news.


Furthermore, Glen Eira College has been allocated a total of $143,764 across 2019 and 2020 for a range of essential maintenance and compliance programs.

Growing up Online: Susan McLean Parent Presentation to Parents & Carers - Not to be Missed 

Tuesday 8th October in our PAC – 6.30pm

Book tickets via Trybooking:


Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She is a mother of three and was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and since then she has conducted extensive research and has completed advanced training in this area in both the USA and UK and is a sought after presenter and advisor to schools, elite sporting bodies such as the AFL, GP’s, and both State and Federal Governments. She is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB)Cybersafety Committee and is afforded ‘expert’ status on the Safer Internet Programme Data Base. She is also a member of the Australian Government's Cybersafety working group and a published author. Her book 'Sext's Texts & Selfies', is the definitive parents' guide to helping their children stay safe online.


Growing up Online: An informative and entertaining session for parents and carers is delivered with Susan's famous 'no nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of:

  • What are kids doing online – The popular social networking sites and apps. What they are, what are the legal ages to use them & why these rules should be obeyed. The difference between an 'online friend' and a 'stranger'.
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? What are the warning signs & what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child.
  • Cyberbullying - What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent and what to do if it occurs. Also the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges.
  • ‘Sexting’ – the taking and sending of explicit images...what are the REAL consequences. (Primary school kids too).
  • Potential dangers and safety tips – how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online via parental controls and restriction passcodes.
  • Learn the lingo…….be able to converse with your children in the language of cyberspace.
  • Be confident in setting rules and boundaries around internet use in the home. It's OK to say NO
  • The session will conclude with time for Q's. Susan also provides a range of useful handouts and information about where to go to access further up to date information.



State Schools Spectacular: Our students will be performing in the State school Spectacular this Saturday.  Students have been working hard in preparation. 


New Caledonia trip: 39 excited students will be participating in our biannual trip to our sister school in New Caledonia.


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.


I wish all students and their families a safe and relaxing holiday.  To the Year 12 students - I trust you will make the most of the opportunity to complete the practice exams to the best of your ability.  This will inform you as to where your energy and time needs to be spent in the final weeks of study.


Our enthusiastic staff will again be competing in the annual Teacher’s Games in Geelong and I wish them all the best – and bring back a medal!


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Alpine School

Glen Eira College is lucky enough to have six students from Year 9 currently living in residence at the Alpine School (which is part of the School for Student Leadership).  This intensive residential experience is proving to be full of many challenges for our young people, but it is also providing many rewards. 


The selected students from Glen Eira College are:

Jett Wheildon

George Lamb

Daniel Fluxman

Jasmyn Roberts

Kate Stamp

Leila Newby


In an exciting development, we have recently been offered a place for an additional six students to attend the school in 2020.  During Term 2 next year, 4 boys and 2 girls will be able to live at the Alpine School and experience life in this unique program.  Applications will be sought from students in the second half of Term 4. 


The school offers a fully residential program for one school term with accommodation for up to 45 students in a purpose-built facility. The Alpine School accepts students from metropolitan and country regions each term – this term our students are living on site with students from Maffra Secondary College, Sale College, Brighton Secondary College, Elwood College, Yarram Secondary College, Doveton College and Lakes Entrance Secondary College.


There are a number of unique lessons students get to experience at the Alpine School. In designing the curriculum, they have aimed to select classes that are relevant, enjoyable, engaging and integrated with learning from the core School for Student Leadership educational program.


The unique program at the Alpine School focuses on engaging the students in activities which 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.  I was recently able to spend 24 hours at the school, visiting their rooms, sharing a meal and spending time skiing with our students. 



As part of their time at the Alpine School, our students have developed 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. Students symbolically are wedded to their projects, which aim to deliver an action outcome of their learning into their home communities.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal


We are very proud of our students' academic focus and determination to work hard. This is reflected in our excellent NAPLAN results. The growth our students achieve from Year 7 to Year 9 over the last few years are some of the best results for secondary schools in our region. This trend has continued this year with strong growth across all areas of Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Grammar and Punctuation and Spelling from Year 7 to Year 9. This growth is well above the state average.


Our teachers work very hard to incorporate the ‘Traits of Writing’ program to help develop student writing across the curriculum. Our writing results are slightly down from last year but continue to be above the state, while our focus on improving grammar as part of our writing program is certainly evident with 26% of our students in the top two bands compared to the state of 17%. Our numeracy results are similarly strong with the growth from 7 to 9 at 31% compared to the state 23%. Reading this year has proved to be the most outstanding of our NAPLAN results with 33% of students in the top 2 bands compared with the state at 21%. This is testimony to some significant work being done to improve our reading program in English classes and having teachers in a range of subjects implementing reading strategies.

Communication Policy

Below is an excerpt from our Communication Policy for your reference. We have also included in this newsletter the Communication Tree to assist you to determine the best person to contact.


The College will communicate with parents/carers in a number of ways including:

  • A newsletter sent electronically to every family
  • Through the Xuno portal
  • Information on our website at www.
  • Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews, Progress reports and Assessment Task reports
  • Parent representation on College Council and its committees.
  • Communication from staff during business hours will occur via:
  • email
  • phone calls
  • letters
  • Xuno messaging


Parents needing to speak to their child should contact the General Office. A parent must arrive at the General Office to sign out the student. A staff member will collect the student from class.


We are committed to responding promptly and helpfully to all enquiries. If a person has an issue they would like to raise they should:

  • Seek an appointment with the relevant person
  • Always enter the College via the General Office
  • If the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, seek advice from the Principal
  • If still unresolved, contact the Regional Office of DET



  • During class time, students will go to the General Office or Year Level Coordinator if they need to contact parents (only in emergencies).

Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal



Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

Year 7 camp is just around the corner and the Year 7's excitement is obvious. It is going to be a great opportunity for them to solidify their friendships, with the potential of making more.


Over the last month Year 7 students had their interschool sports day with the opportunity to play Basketball, Futsal and Table Tennis. As can be seen in the photos, students pushed themselves and had great fun in the process.



The Music Gala showcased the talent of our musicians at Glen Eira College, with a large group of Year 7s involved. Congratulations to the following students:


On Drums: Prashva Patel, Prajval Pramod Kumar

Guitar: Alyssa Borrirak, Elliot Davies, Tilly Delord, Felix Dressel-De Bruyn, Vidhath Dulala, Alex Galloway, Arusha Mane, Haresh Navaratne, Ananya Prathima, Eden Thomas

Piano: Eve Gascoigne

Strings: Elly Berhang, Talia Hannah, George McQuire, Natalie Peverell, Gursimar Kaur Thethi, Grace Kim, Leilani Tan

Voice: Poppy Dry, Lauren Gilfedder, Zoe Harel Schwarzenberg, Pakhi Joshi, Alma-Mia Marret, Ariana Mijares Mendez

Woodwind: Crystal Cao

Brass: Oskar De Bruin, Rachel Chourpo


Daniel Lake & Sue Rio

Year 7 Coordinators



Year 8 Highlights

Congratulations to the many Year 8 students who received History Competition awards at our Tuesday assembly, handed out by Principal for a Day Mr Jason Kimberly, Managing Director of Cool Australia.


Your coordinators are occasionally suggesting Home Study ideas to your team teachers. These are ideas for things to learn outside of the homework that is allocated. Suggestions this week include taking a trip down memory lane and re-reading Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes on the eve of his birthday on Friday 13th September. There is also the NGV Screen It competition for anyone into animation or game design.


We have also done some winter sports. The girls Ultimate Frisbee team put to shame the boys team by playing in the rain at Elwood Reserve when the weather rolled in. Both teams took on Cheltenham, Elwood and Beaumaris in good spirits. Everyone had a good day out with lunch on the beach, poking dead jellyfish and dipping their feet in the bay. The spirit and behaviour all students exhibited was excellent and we should be proud of them.


Shaun Reynolds and Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinators

Year 9 Highlights

This term Year 9 students have been working hard on their fund raising for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). The ASRC provide food, material aid, legal aid, education and training, physical and mental wellbeing and healthcare to people seeking asylum. The Year 9s will be organising market stalls where they will be selling everything from gourmet milkshakes, cookies, hotdogs and a whole variety of products with all profits going to ASRC.


You will read below a few words from one of our Junior School Captains, Yashasvi Agrawal.


Brenton Hale

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

So far in semester two the Year 9s have had a wonderful and an extremely productive term. They have had innumerable opportunities to connect with the outer community and learn new skills. Six Year 9 students have spent the term in the Alpine School located amidst the snow in Dinner Plain. They are spending their time away from academic studies and utilising that time to learn key concepts of leadership which will benefit them throughout their lives. These students return back to their normal routine next term and face the struggles posed by their academic studies yet again.


On the other hand, students that are still here attending GEC have also had plenty to do besides learn Maths and English. The Year 9 program provides them with numerous chances that lead them to take a stand and plan on their own accord. Recently the Year 9 students planned to fundraise for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre by setting market stalls at lunchtime on the 11/12th of September. Advertisements for these stalls have been plastered on each and every white wall of the school - from inside the classrooms to throughout the corridors. The eye-catching posters really cannot be missed while walking to and from classes.


Some of the Year 9 students have also participated in co-curricular activities such as the school production - which was as usual a huge hit. The participation was very much appreciated and loved by both the crew and the audience.


During the term, we also had incursions and competitions that they had the lovely opportunity to partake in. The author of the book Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley - came in to talk to us about her experiences while writing this book that most of the Year 9 classes are reading as part of their English curriculum. We have also had the whole year level engage in the Australian Mathematics Competition, which is held every year for each year level. 


Yashasvi Agrawal

Junior School Captain

Senior School News

Year 12 News

With not long to go until VCAA examinations, it is imperative that all Year 12 students continue to work towards completing all outcomes.  Now is the time for all students to be accessing and completing VCAA past exam papers and examiners reports.  This is only one way of revising unit 3 and unit 4 content.  Students should also ensure that they have completed their study notes for each subject as well as finalising their bound references (for maths subjects).   


A vital part of revising for the end of year exams is attending the upcoming practise exams (first week of the September holidays). Every student was emailed a copy of the timetable.  Students can wear casual clothes but they will need to have on them their photo ID.  All students are  to attend the exams  as each teacher will be able to provide feedback on the students' level of achievement to date and, most importantly, areas of improvement. 


Each student has been given a copy of the Navigator, a copy of the examination advice slip and a copy of special examination arrangements (for some students only).  All of these documents are published by VCAA and therefore should be read through carefully and put in a safe place.


Students have been working with Heather Palm, our Careers Advisor, on VTAC preferences.  Please ensure that closing dates for the application, SEAS and Scholarships is strictly adhered to and that all the correct documentation is uploaded by the due dates.


I would like to take the  opportunity to thank all Year 12 Executive members who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to organise special occasions such as the Formal and designing and putting together the Yearbook, as well as trying to keep the Year 12 study area in an orderly way.  They have held and attended meetings and have acted upon their cohort’s needs and wants.  Thank you and well done.


Lastly, it is vital that students continue to look after themselves by eating properly, sleeping well and have an overall balance of school, work and general life and a reminder that there are support services within the school that they can access if there is a need.


If you have any queries or questions about the end of Year 12, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school on 9571 7838.


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Year 11 News

There has been a lot of excitement in the lead up to the Year 11 Ski Camp this week. Latest weather forecast… Fresh powder! The Campers headed off on Tuesday morning and we are looking forward to hearing all about their experiences on Mount Buller.



A number of Year 11 students also participated in the Prevention Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth Program (P.A.R.T.Y.)  at the Alfred Hospital last week. The in-hospital program aimed to provide participants with information that will enable them to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention orientated choices, and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk. Our students participated in a variety of practical sessions facilitated by clinical staff in the following departments:

  • Emergency and Trauma Centre (E&TC)
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

Our students also spoke with a volunteer patient from the E&TC who shared their story and experiences in the Trauma Unit. The overall experience was very sobering and insightful.

Glen Eira College was very lucky to have the opportunity to engage in this program. A special thank you goes to Christalia Formoso (College Nurse) who applied for GEC to participate in the program.



Finally, just a reminder for those Year 11 students studying a year 12 subject… The end of year Practice Exams are being conducted in the first week of the holidays. The students can come in casual clothing but they MUST bring their photo ID. The exam timetable has been emailed out to all students involved. The students should have received their VCAA examination advice slip which they need to keep in a safe place.


Ben Wickham

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 10 News

Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been facilitating the Year 7 team sessions each Friday for “Fun Friday”. They have been doing a marvellous job of making the transition period for the Year 7s a most welcoming and positive experience. Year 10 Peer Support Leaders have been organising a Quiz to promote Mental Health for Year 7 students. The mental health kahoot will be held on 7th October.


Congratulations to all Year 10 students who participated in The Wizard of Oz production. It was a great production full of amazing talent and brilliance.


Students will have the opportunity to attend the Araluen Lutheran Year 10 camp that provides great facilities and activities located on the Great Ocean Road. Camp dates are from the 16th – 18th of September.


Work Experience Week will be on the 16th – 20th of September. This is a great opportunity for students to work in a field of their interest for the week. Students need to ensure they see me or Heather Palm if they have any issues or questions. Work Experience is held in Week 10 of Term 3.


Progress Reports are available through XUNO. It’s important that parents, guardians and students sit down and look through the report together. It’s an ideal time to set goals, develop study routines at home and touch base with teachers if there are concerns. We are looking forward to seeing you at parent/teacher interviews in the coming weeks.


Delanka Peiris

Year 10 Coordinator

Library Corner

Spring is in the air and the hint of summer warmth has begun to tantalize the Glen Eira College community. This was especially so when Book Club members travelled into the city to enjoy the Schools Program of the Melbourne Writers Festival during the first week of September. The State Library Victoria forecourt was buzzing with excitement as our students joined other schools at the Wheeler Centre and the Roadshow Village Theatrette. Thirteen students enjoyed our Monday excursion while fifteen students basked in the festive  ambience of our Tuesday excursion. It was fascinating to hear about the many ways in which storytelling engages our community - from comics, manga, video games and blogs to popular novels, performance and classic literature.



During our August Book Week celebrations students enjoyed presentations by Australian YA authors Scot Gardner, Cath Crowley and Michael Pryor. A small group of Year 9 students participated in a creative writing workshop led by Cath Crowley and learned invaluable tips on characterisation and story development.



Our Library displays have continued to provide a colourful and vibrant backdrop to College life. Ms Gatt curated a bright selection of Spring themed novels and popular non fiction books and a selection of newly purchased  LGBTQ+ themed texts took centre stage in our display which supported the recent College-wide celebration of diversity on Wear it Purple Day.



The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge closed on Friday 6th September. Twenty three students have completed  the Challenge - one student in 7A, eleven students in 7B, five students in 7C, one student in 7D and one student each representing 8C, 8D, 8E, 8G and 9B. It was very encouraging to see those students who logged over 15 titles as part of their Challenge for 2019. Certificates will be released in November.


There is a wide range of resources and  tools available via the Library’s catalogue ( to support student learning as well as develop a love of reading. It is always important that students are aware of  academic honesty and responsible use of copyrighted material. Notices have been placed near College photocopiers to remind users of permissible copying limits. When using information from a book, website or other resource, do not simply copy and paste. Use quotation marks and attribution to show that you are using someone else’s ideas. (The SLASA Online Referencing Generator was mentioned  in the August Issue of the College newsletter). It is especially important that students use Creative Commons images when creating posters and presentations.(Tip: use this website to locate great resources:


These items will permit users to re-use or even alter images as long as they follow the guidelines of the Creative Commons licenses and provide correct attribution of the creator(s).  One excellent guide is the Smartcopying website and the following information sheet may give parents, caregivers and students a better understanding of copyright. A selection of tips are available on the College Library Hub via the Library WebOPAC and by clicking here.


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


Health & PE News

Year 8 Tennis

Over the last few weeks all Year 8 classes have been playing tennis. In the double periods they have been going out of the school and to the tennis court behind the school in the park. They have been learning types of hits that tennis players use such as the forehand and the backhand swing. In the single periods they have been working on the skills they have learned in the double periods.



On the tennis court outside, they have been lucky enough to be taught by one of the tennis club leaders; Graham. He has been teaching students in small groups to enhance their learning by paying attention to only a small group instead of everyone at once. While Graham is teaching the small groups the other students are playing games of tennis or activities in groups of four or five practising tennis moves or techniques.


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE

Olympic Change Maker Forum

Hi everyone my name is Cherry Teddu and I am in Year 10. Last week on 4th September Bridie Skinner (Year 11) and I were selected by the school to go to the Olympic Committee’s Olympic Change-Maker Forum. This program outlined how students show change and how they demonstrate leadership within the community. The program was located at Victoria University in Footscray. It was a day well spent with among 140 students around Victoria.


Throughout the day we met a few Olympians across various sports and had a Q&A with Steve Hooker. The forum encouraged us to be motivated and not to give up on anything that you are ambitious about. “To be a change, show a change.” Thank you to the school for letting Bridie and I have this amazing experience. 


Cherry Teddu

Year 10

All School Athletics GEC Boys Results

On Wednesday 4th September, Zac, Cameron, Jay and William represented GEC at the All School Track Relay Championship at Lakeside Stadium in Under 16 boy 4 by 100m relay. Forty teams entered the competition and the GEC team got the 11th best time with a personnal best time of 48.77s. This result is very good knowing that these students are 13 and 14 years old  and competing with 15 years old students.



Also their great teamwork and motivation in training  paid off on 12th September during the 2019 Victorian Coles Nitro School Challenge. 

These 4 same boys with Liam and Seif (Year 7) placed 2nd overall out of 27 junior teams (Years 7 & 8), got silver medals and qualified for Nationals. 


Congratulations to the GEC boys team who has proudly and amazingly represented the school by entering for the first time into these 2 competitions! 


Gwladys Wong


Robotics Club

RoboCup Junior Rescue State Champions!

Not happy to rest on their laurels after a 2nd place finish in the secondary division of the Melbourne Regional Rescue competition, Koosha Kayani and George Sempelidis brought their robot (Pashmam) back to school, rebuilt it, fixed up the code and tested it under the most difficult conditions in preparation for the Victorian State Championships. With 65 teams competing it was never going to be easy to finish in the top three and qualify for the finals, but they did! Their robot completed the head-to-head Grand Final round nearly flawlessly, giving George and Koosha the trophy and a gold medal each. Now on to the Nationals, which are in Melbourne at the start of term 4.



But they weren’t the only team to perform well. Eve Gascoigne and Archie Halliwell’s robot finished equal first on points out of 65 teams in the Riley Rover Rescue novice division. The tie break for teams on equal points is based on the total time taken to complete the five competition rounds. They missed out on a top three finish by a matter of seconds. On to next year!



David Ebert

Digital Technology Coordinator

Around the College

Winter Reading

On a miserable Saturday afternoon, I headed to my local library to refresh my bedside table with some new books. It was heartening to see groups of Year 12 students revising for their upcoming VCE exams and equally encouraging to see families busily selecting and collating piles of reading material.


At GEC, we want to support the development of habits and skills that will foster life-long readers. Contemporary educational research indicates that students need choice in what they read. In our independent reading program, which runs across Years 7-9, students can read about things they are interested in at a level appropriate for them.


In order to improve literacy outcomes, it is essential to develop an understanding of how students perceive themselves as readers. We conduct reading surveys to learn about students’ reading habits and their goals for reading. This year’s outstanding NAPLAN results in reading indicate that students are benefiting from this opportunity. 


You can support your child’s reading development by regularly dedicating some time each week (or even every day) to reading at home. Reflect on your own reading habits with your children and discuss their progress in achieving their reading goals. Finally, head to your local library and fill your home and your heads with inspiration.


Justine Douglas

Learning Specialist in Literacy

Year 11 Excursion
P.A.R.T.Y. Program

Some of the Year 11 Health and PE students went on an excursion to the Alfred Hospital on 5th September. The program was called P.A.R.T.Y. program standing for Prevention. Alcohol. Risk-Related. Trauma. in Youth. The program has been running for 10 years and is designed for nurses, paramedics and surgeons to talk to students about the impact that alcohol has on young people.


Students were told stories about how actions have certain consequences and how not only did the patients suffer but also their family, friends and the emergency services people.  Sue, the nurse in charge of the day, had a repeated saying; “all actions have consequences.” 


The P.A.R.T.Y. excursion allowed students to experience not only the suffering and pain that patients go through but also what the nurses and all the people working in the hospital have to experience every single day. The experience allowed students to see what all aspects of being a patient are like such as; what it feels like to do basic day-to-day activities when severely injured or disabled, how difficult it is to undergo rehabilitation after suffering from trauma, what it's like for the hospital staff to experience trauma on a day to day basis. 


In my opinion the excursion was the best excursion that I have attended as I felt like it drove home how split second decisions that young people make can impact the rest of their life.


Hudson Messenger

Year 11



The P.A.R.T.Y. Program excursion was an opportunity we recognised to be extremely rare and we were very grateful to have been given the opportunity to take part. The program was very eye opening and confronting. It was something we believe everybody should have the opportunity to be included in due to the messages that could be taken away.


It changed all of our minds in a positive way. While being told to enjoy ourselves and make the most of our lives, we understood how much a split second could change our lives.


We spoke to a young man who had recently been in a motorcycle accident and who was badly injured. Through his words and emotions it was understood just how bad the ramifications could be just from a split second decision and also the impact that it has on everyone, not just the injured person.


The messages that stuck with everybody the most would have been that if you have any doubt at all, do not do it. 


Zoe Markopoulos

Year 11

The Australian History Competition

Our Year 8 students participated in the Australian History Competition earlier this year.  The competition was prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom. The primary goal was to provide an interesting and challenging competition for students. The Year 7 and 8 paper was broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for Years 7 and 8. It provided a quality resource that demonstrated approaches to the assessment of knowledge, skills and understandings. 


Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding results:


High Distinction

Hayden Cormick

George Fetsis

Freya Matthews

Eli McNamara



Jonah Ariel

Ezra Bloch

Mael Gaudey

Nicole Mazis

Uno Mondejar

Raphael Nicolas

Lexi Nuelant

William Wong

Iliya Zolotarev



Nancy Basta

Leo Bizas

Finn Black

Harry Chen

Sarish Edukulla

Kayla Fox

Dana Gonshor

Armand Goupil

Cameron McCutcheon

Alika Mogilevsky

Orleanna Murray De Brossard

Lily Nicolo

Zac Romagos

Thomas Scandurra

Jason Scott

Amelie Somers

Jess Whiteman

Alexandra Wood-Freeman



Isabel Conrad-Stewart

Gus David

Jade Davis

Ella Dry

William Fassoulis

Jemima Gill (Woodmansey)

Amielle Goldman

Ines Gotmaker

Remi Griffiths

Alexander Johnston

Max Kais

Sophie Kiss

Matis Lambert

David Loven

Ed MacLeod-Smith

Aidan Meade

Anaelle Micciche

Khang Nguyen

Diksha Padmakumar

Zac Palatsides

Amiya Panwar

Skye Phua

James Robbs

Rusha Shah

Ani Sonti

Susannah Staples

Sydney Steinwinder

Lee Swiatlo

Luna Tomasevic

Jay Trickey

Allen Weisinger Braun

Maxwell Winslow

Kelly Yung


Melanie Mattsson

Head of Humanities

Consul General of France visits GEC

On Thursday 12th September, the newly appointed Consul General of France, Anne Boillon, visited Glen Eira College. She enjoyed meeting Madame Loveena's Immersion class and was very proud of the thriving bilingual learning environment at Glen Eira College. 
Before she left, she took a photo with 8C, Madame Loveena and Monsieur Chamontin.


Cedric Chamontin

Head of Languages



Business Management

Principal For the Day

It was a great opportunity for our Year 12 Business Management students to meet with Jason Kimberly who was the Principal for a day on Tuesday 3rd September. He came to the Year 12 Business Management class and shared his views about three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, in Cool Australia. These three pillars are also known as Triple bottom line of a business.


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is taught at both Year 11 and 12 and is an important part of Business Management studies. Corporate social responsibility is the continuous commitment as well as obligations a business has over and above its legal responsibilities to operate in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner whilst balancing the wellbeing of diverse stakeholders for now and in the future.


This session was highly beneficial for Year 12 BM students and it was just before their next SAC in the same week. Students were able to link the CSR content with a real life business such as Cool Australia and learnt much more from the CEO of Cool Australia.


Parminder Kaur

Year 12 Business Management Teacher



Student reflection:

On Tuesday 3rd September, Jason Kimberley, our principal for a day and the CEO of Cool Australia, came in to present to us briefly on corporate social responsibility. It was great to get some insight on ethical business practices from someone with experience. This topic is very crucial to the Business Management course, so getting another view on the issue allowed us to expand our own understandings. Mr Kimberley was very enjoyable to talk to and meet. Thank you to Ms Kaur for organising this opportunity.


Sean Kelly

Year 12

Australian Tax Office (ATO) Incursion

On Friday 6th September 2019, Year 10 World of Business students had an excellent opportunity by having an incursion hosted by Australian Tax Office.


This incursion is an important part of the School Education Program to help students understand the importance of Tax and Superannuation and to become informed citizens. The purpose of this program is to provide students with a chance to extend their knowledge about Tax, TFN, Superannuation and SCAMS in Australia.This incursion is related to the core unit of Consumer and Financial Literacy at Year 10.


Following were the topics that were discussed during this presentation:

  • Role of ATO in Australia
  • Information about Tax and Superannuation
  • Why we need a tax file number (TFN) – How to get one
  • Understanding pay slips - PAYG, Tax and super calculations
  • HECS/HELP scheme, when preparing to enter the workforce or study
  • Understanding tax brackets and how to lodge tax returns
  • Taxable deductions - what can or can’t be claimed when lodging tax return
  • Cash economy in the country
  • How to spot if there is a SCAM under the name of ATO, what strategies can be used to avoid such scams
  • An overview of the main roles of the ATO in the Australian economy.


It was a very informative presentation through PowerPoints and videos to engage students. It was very nice to see that all our students were fully engaged and were asking the presenter many questions about how they can prepare themselves for future jobs as well as if wish to work in ATO in their future careers.


All students who attended this event found the incursion to be an invaluable learning activity.


Parminder Kaur

Business Management and Mathematics Teacher



Student reflections:

The incursion was both interesting and useful to myself. We learnt more on the concept of paying taxes, the consequences of collected tax on Australian society and the use of Tax File Numbers, which are extremely important while being employed. Furthermore, I learnt new information on Superannuation such as its significance (especially after we retire) and how to make sure your employer is keeping track of your Superannuation. To wrap the incursion up, we were given techniques on identifying different types of scams, where to report them and why scams make your information vulnerable to unauthorised people.

Akash Prabhakaran

Year 10



A speaker who came from the Australian Tax Office taught us the importance of a TFN (Tax File Number). We learnt that if we don’t apply and receive a TFN, we could get taxed more. Also a TFN is a unique number created for every Australian citizen who is a part of the workforce. No one else can have the same number. To apply for a TFN you need to fill out a form that you can find online, hand it in at a receiving Australian Post, and if achieved you will receive your number within 2 weeks. It was very interesting to learn about applying for a TFN if any student is looking for a part-time job.


Georgia Wood-Freeman

Year 10

Science News

Year 8 Science

Our Year 8 students went back to basics by creating “paper cup phones”. These work by transmitting sound vibrations along a tightly-pulled string. The bottom of each cup serves as a combination "microphone" and "speaker," picking up sound vibrations on one and reproducing the sound at the other. Some students became creative and conducted 3 way conversations. Others were able to communicate with each other from as far away as two flights of stairs!


Haroula Loucaides

Head of Science



STEAM: Frontiers and Applications Tour

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly through space, experience weightlessness, travel to Mars? Have you ever been curious about the physics, the engineering and design of amusement park rides? Have you ever wanted to experience the natural beauty of our own Earth on an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades? 


Next year 15 students from Years 7 to 11 will have the opportunity to do just that and, in the process, learn about the science, technology, engineering, art and maths associated with each of these activities. Sue Rio and David Ebert from the Arts and Technology, Maths and Science departments will be accompanying the students.


David Ebert

Digital Technologies Coordinator



Performing Arts News

Gala Concert

Thursday 29th August was GEC’s Instrumental Music Gala Concert for 2019. The evening was a showcase of instrumental music student ensembles, small groups, duets and solos across the Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Guitar, Percussion, Vocal and Piano programs. This was a celebration of a big year of music at the College, with a diverse range of instruments and styles of music played by students from Years 7-11.


Ensembles that performed during the evening included the Year 7 Choir, the Percussion Ensemble, the Sax Quartet, the String Ensemble, Acapella, the Vocal Ensemble, the Guitar Ensemble and finishing with the Production Orchestra.


Putting on a successful concert such as this one involves a lot of time, effort and expertise from many staff and students across the College. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the following contributions:


  • Our wonderful MCs for the evening; our College Junior School Captains Haddi El Shorbagy, Yashasvi Agrawal, Darcy Messenger and Sebastian Buley-Delanty who did a brilliant job writing out their own speeches and including many music puns and jokes
  • Lauren Raftopoulos of Year 9, as well as Ezra Bloch of Year 8 for providing technical support and running the sound and lights for the evening’s concert
  • College staff and students who came along on the evening
  • Ms Ryannan Mathieson our Junior School Leader for her work in rehearsing and supporting the student MCs
  • Ms Penny Marks in Admin for her Trybooking prowess as well as promotion of our performing arts events within the college community
  • Our awesome team of instrumental music staff, for without them and their contribution the evening would not have been the success it was 
    • Ms Tori Wood (Voice)
    • Mr Mark Dipnall (Woodwind)
    • Mr George Hronakis (Brass)
    • Ms Zamarah Morley (Strings)
    • Mr Robert Westlake (Guitar and Bass)
    • Ms Charlene Wijaya (Piano)
    • Mr Mark Voogd (Drum-kit and Percussion)


Most of all, thank you to all of the GEC instrumental music students for their hard work throughout the year, and to their families for supporting them on their journey as musicians. We have a number of exciting performances and concerts coming up in Term 4 so please take note of important dates in the calendar.



Upcoming Performing Arts Dates

Term 4

Week 3: 26th October - Relay for Life performance

Week 4: 30th October - SEVR Junior Bandfest (hosted by GEC)

Week 6: 14th November - Strings/Voice/Piano Night 6.30pm


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Wellbeing News

R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day is about being prepared to have the conversation with someone you care about when you feel they may need some extra support. At GEC we celebrated this day and reminded ourselves of the importance of noticing if someone you care about is acting a bit differently.

“If your gut says something’s not quite right with someone, chances are that they might need a bit of extra support from the people around them. They might be acting a bit differently, seem to have a lot on their plate, or simply aren’t themselves. Don’t ignore those signs but instead take some time to start a conversation.”


These can be difficult conversations but critical in providing support when mental health and wellbeing is being challenged. You do not have to be an expert and step in to be the “solution provider or problem solver”, you are just saying you have noticed and you are concerned.  Check out the link above for advice on how to have the conversation.


Seeking professional support is important - see below for web links to key mental health support services. You can also go to your family doctor or any GP and ask for a mental health plan and referral.



At GEC we are fortunate to have a headspace clinician at the school one day a week as part of the Wellbeing Team.


Thank you to everyone for their support on the day – and for taking the time to check in with people they care about and see if they “R OK”.

Wear it Purple Day

Glen Eira College stands up for inclusion and diversity and proudly supports our LGBTI+ students.  Staff and students wore purple and rainbow in support of “Wear it Purple Day”



Why we wear it purple!

Our Purpose: Wear it Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people

Thank you to the members of the Rainbow Retreat who set up our stall for Wear it Purple Day celebrations. Every Wednesday Lunchtime there is a meeting of the Rainbow Retreat in the Wellbeing Centre which is committed to GEC being a safe, inclusive and respectful place for LGBTI+ students.


Thank you to Student Support Worker Alyssa Zumbo and Adolescent Health Nurse Christalia Formoso for their work for and support of R U OK? Day and Wear it Purple Day.

Free School Holiday Programs

During the upcoming  holidays  two stress and anxiety management programs will be run by staff at BGKLLEN. They will  be held at Better Place Cheltenham. Please see the attached flyers for further details.


Mental Warrior (Juniors)

For year 7-8 students

Monday Sept 23 and 30

1:30pm – 3:30pm


Mental Warrior (VCE)

For VCE / VCAL students

Wednesday Sept 25 and Oct 2

10am – 12pm


Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning & Employment Network (BGKLLEN) is a small not for profit that believes good things happen when communities invest in their young people. Further information about BGKLLEN can be found at


Jenny Sanchez

Wellbeing Leader

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


2nd Hand Uniform Stall – Thursday 19th September 5pm, same night as Parent Teacher Interviews

Sale of donated uniforms to help families and school. Helpers needed to set up the stall at 4.30 - please RSVP by sending an email to

Movie Night - Sunday 20th October Michelle Payne Ride like a Girl – Elsternwick Classic

Save the date, more details shortly. The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. Director: Rachel Griffiths, Writers: Andrew Knight (screenplay), Elise McCredie (screenplay) Stars: Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton.

Glen Eira Parents Association Meetings – newcomers welcome

  • Thursday 10 October Anabella Pizza and Pasta, 1141 Glenhuntly Rd just west of Glen Huntly Station, 7.30pm for meeting and coffee or dessert or come from 6.30pm to share a meal first
  • Movie night Sunday 20 October – Ride like  Girl - Michelle Payne’s story, Elsternwick Classic
  • GECPA end of year dinner Thursday 14 November Theio Theo Greek restaurant  5 Waverley Rd Malvern East

Come along and discuss possible class contact lists and help us plan a movie night, and other activities - 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. 


Eliza and Jelena

GECPA Co-convenors

Welcome to 2020 Year 7 Families

Thanks to parents who spoke on the 4th September to families of students coming to Year 7 in 2020 about GEC and GECPA. If you haven’t yet joined the 2020 Year 7 contact list please complete the form here.



Entertainment Book

The fundraising Entertainment book is available at the school office or digital memberships.
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), you'll 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! Many families save from $550 - $1000+ per year with their membership. It really is brilliant value for just $70.


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.

2019 Youth Art Exhibition Call for Artists in Glen Eira 

City Council’s Youth Leadership Team is calling all Glen Eira artists aged five to 25 to submit their best artwork for display at Glen Eira City Gallery in the 2019 Youth Art Exhibition. Artists will be in the running to win Westfield gift cards up to the value of $200 in each category. Entrant categories Primary (five - 12 years), Secondary (13 - 18 years) Senior (19 - 25 years).


Exhibition open - Thursday 3 - Sunday 27 October. Glen Eira City Council Gallery Glen Eira Town Hall, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield Monday-Friday, 10am -5pm. Weekends, 1-5pm.

Winners Presentation Night - All entrants are encouraged to attend on Thursday 10 October 7pm- 8pm. Voting will be held for the People’s Choice Award between 7pm - 7.20pm. Followed by winners announcements.


Submit your artwork by 4.30pm, Friday 20 September. Click below to visit the website and find out how you can submit your artwork. 

Join #YouthVoice

If you have a passion for film, journalism, social media or youth issues, come and join the team.

Youth Voice meets Thursdays from 4:00pm - 5:30pm at the Youth Information Centre, 86 Robert Street Bentleigh


"Youth Voice welcomed me with open arms and throughout the time I have been a part of the team, I have learnt so much, matured and grown as an individual whilst meeting people from all backgrounds with  various values and opinions that opened my mind. It’s the best program for passionate teens seeking a fun, laid back activity".  Youth Voice Participant, Talia Feeman


Glen Eira Pride

A social support group for young people aged 14 – 18 who are questioning or identify as LGBTIQA+. Glen Eira Pride is seeking participants to help us develop and relaunch the program with a focus on advocating for youth LGBTIQA+ issues, planning inclusive and diverse social events and creating connections with other like-minder young people in Glen Eira.


Cathy McNaughton


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