GEC College News

18 November 2019
Issue Eleven
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
Performing Arts News
Arts & Technology News
Science News
Around the College
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Monday 18th November

School Tour 9:15am


Lunchtime Concert


Tuesday 19th November

Year 7C Parliament Role Play Excursion


Murrumbeena Primary School Visit 8:30am – 2pm


Wednesday 20th November

Year 10 & 11 SWOT VAC


ELC Surf Life Saving Victoria Incursion 9am – 10am


Year 12 Valedictory 6:45pm


Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th November

Year 10 & 11 Exams


Thursday 21st November

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am


Caulfield Primary School Visit 8:30am – 10:45am


ELC RoboBus Incursion


Friday 22nd November

Year 12 Responsible Service of Alcohol Course 10am – 2pm


Monday 25th – Tuesday 26th November

Year 9B Exams


Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th November

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


Tuesday 26th November

Murrumbeena Primary School Visit 8:30am – 3:07pm


Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th November

Year 8A, 8F & 8G Camp


Thursday 28th November

ELC Robobus Incursion


Friday 29th November

Curriculum Day (Student Free)


Year 11 Responsible Service of Alcohol Course 10am – 2pm


Tuesday 2nd – Friday 6th December

Transition for Years 11 & 12 in 2020


Tuesday 2nd – Friday 13th December

Transition for Years 8-10 in 2020


Wednesday 4th November

Year 9 Gymnastics Performances 1:30pm – 3:07pm


Thursday 5th December

Year 7 2020 Parent Information Evening 6:30pm


Friday 6th December

Year 7 Dance Performances 9:10am – 11:56am


Languages Assembly 1:30pm – 3:07pm


Monday 9th – Friday 13th December

Year 9 Camp


Tuesday 10th December

Year 7 2020 Orientation Day


Wednesday 11th December

Year 7 Melbourne Zoo Excursion


College Council 7pm 


Tuesday 17th December

Presentation Night


Friday 22nd December

Staff Last Day Term 4

January 2020

Friday 24th January

Campion Book Collection 9am – 3pm


Thursday 30th January

First Day Term 1

From the Principal

Sporting Champions

At the School Sport Victoria Secondary Track & Field Championships held at Lakeside Stadium in October four GEC students represented the school with distinction.


Congratulations to the following students who achieved outstanding results at the recent All School Athletics Championships. 

  • Seif El Shorbagy, Year 7, won silver in the hammer and bronze in the javelin
  • William Wong, Year 8, won gold in 90m Hurdles and in 200m Hurdles setting a new state record
  • Haddi El Shorbagy, Year 9, won gold in the shot put, silver in the javelin and bronze  in the discus

All three have qualified for the all school national final in Perth. 


Also competing in Perth representing GEC at the Nitro Athletics are:

  • Cameron McCutcheon - long jump, 60m sprint
  • Jay Trickey  - Relay
  • Liam Mischel - Relay, 800m

Congratulations to Chloe Kaufman who came 6th in the Girls 14 Discus Throw.


We will make arrangements for students to watch their events in the PAC.  We are very proud of all the students competing and wish them all the very best.


We will commence our 2020 timetable on Monday 2nd December.  Students going into Years 11 and 12 in 2020 will have one week of transition classes.  They will receive documents relating to each subject and its expectations and preparation that should be completed prior to returning next year.


Students going into Years 8 – 10  in 2020 will have two weeks of transition classes. 


In the final week of the school year we will run an alternate program.


Prior to transition commencing, Year 12 2020 students will participate in the process for nominating for School Captain.  All other student leadership positions will be determined during transition.


There are a number of scholarships available for students.  For Information about scholarships offered at Glen Eira College please go to the Scholarships page under About Us on our website. The closing date for applications for 2020 scholarships is Friday 29th November 2019.

Grounds Development

Oval Redevelopment:  This week we will finalise the plans for the oval redevelopment and prepare to go to tender.   


Outdoor Learning Area:  This week we will meet with the architects who will manage the redevelopment of the currently unused area adjacent to the Biology and Chemistry classrooms.


Kitchen Garden: We will begin to plan our kitchen garden to be developed near the Food Technology area.  I am very grateful to have David Southwick, MP, assist us in getting started.  He has organised for Jane Edmanson, gardening expert, to come to Glen Eira College to discuss the garden and planting.


We need someone to tidy up some existing garden beds and mulch our garden in preparation for the summer.  If you know anyone who may be interested in this employment opportunity,  please let me know.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Student Appearance

Our uniform seeks to contribute to enhance the profile and identity of the school and its students within the wider community.  In order that our school continues to be held in high esteem we ask that you support the College by ensuring that all students have the correct college uniform and that they are adhering to the school’s uniform policy.



  • Hair styles should not be extreme. This relates to cut, colouring and length.
  • If hair is coloured it must be a natural hue.
  • Facial hair is not permitted and students are expected to be clean shaven at all times.

Jewellery and makeup

  • The only jewellery permitted is:  
    • Two pairs of earrings (surgical sleepers or studs) in the ears only. These must be plain gold or silver (no colours). Maximum diameter of stud is 3mm. Maximum diameter of sleeper is 10mm. No other piercings are permitted.
    • Watch
  • Any other jewellery is not to be visible.
  • Makeup and coloured nail polish are not part of the uniform and must not be worn. Natural coloured foundation with SPF is the only permissible makeup.
  • Nails must be of a reasonable length to participate in the curriculum safely.

Mobile Phones

Glen Eira College understands that students may bring a mobile phone to school, particularly if they are travelling independently to and from school or to extra-curricular activities.


While at school, in the buildings or outside on the grounds, at anytime prior to the end of the school day phones must be switched off and locked securely in the student’s locker. After the end of the school day (after 3.07pm) students may access their phones as long as they are not in the school building.


Students who use their mobile phone in breach of this policy will have their phone confiscated and stored securely at the General Office. Parents and students needing to communicate with each other during the day can do so through the General Office.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

With only a couple of weeks of Year 7 left, we would like to congratulate the entire Year 7 cohort on their dedication and motivation towards their studies this year. Many have pushed outside their comfort zone and shown great growth in mindset and maturity.


Transition Leaders are making primary school visits to welcome our future Year 7 students to Glen Eira College and give them a taste of what they can expect. They have presented in front of students answering any questions or concerns that the primary school students might have. A big thank you to Alana Smith, Eve Gascoigne, Bennie Howell, Harshitha Meenakshisundaram and stand in Lambros Argiriou for all their hard work.


Bandfest was a great success with students from different schools coming to Glen Eira College and performing a range of music which was then recorded. Well done to Elizabeth Waters, Hanako Gunton, Soham Shinde, Nina Gibbs, Oskar De Bruin, Prajval Pramod Kumar, Harvey Edwards, Natalie Duieb, Akino Gudan and Crystal Cao for their great performance.


In athletics, Seif El Shorbagy continues his amazing form placing Silver in Hammer and Bronze in Javelin at the State All Schools Athletics Championship. Congratulations Seif.


Daniel Lake & Sue Rio 

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

Term 4 is flying by with our Year 8 Camp rapidly approaching - the students (and attending staff) are very excited for our upcoming time at Kangaroobie. We look forward to having 8B, 8C, 8D and 8E join us on Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th November, and 8A, 8F and 8G for Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th November. We look forward to sharing our camp experiences with you in the next newsletter.


Congratulations to all the Year 8s involved (including Freya Matthews who was part of the GEC organising committee) in this year’s Relay for Life event held on 26th October. In particular to the following students for your fundraising efforts: Ella Dry, Kayla Fox, Ines Gotmaker, Ben Lin, Freya Matthews, Erin McNaughton, Harriet Rowsell, Candice Roxas, Amelie Somers and Jay Trickey. There were also some Year 8 Instrumental Music students who performed on the day. We are so proud to have such enthusiastic students involved in our wider community, working together to support the Cancer Council.


Further congratulations to William Wong for his ongoing athletic success, this time winning Gold at the State All Schools Athletics Championships in 90m Hurdles and 200m Hurdles - in each event he was less than 0.1 seconds off the state record! A fantastic achievement - we wish him luck for his progression into Nationals.


We wish our Year 8s all the best in their final weeks of the Year 8 curriculum before transition classes and moving into Year 9. 


Charlee Cowley and Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinators

Year 9 Highlights

As usual the Year 9s have been busy with the Year 9 program, attending Headspace, Safe Partying incursions and learning strategies to maintain a positive mindset throughout their time at school.


A special mention to Chloe Kaufman who finished 6th in discus and 7th in Javelin in the School Sport Victoria State Championship and to Haddi El Shorbagy who finished first in Javelin, Discus and Shotput.


Brenton Hale

Year 9 Coordinator

Senior School News

Senior School News

Our Year 12 students are well into the exam period now. Quite a few of our students have completed their exams. We now look forward to the Year 12 Valedictory on the 20th November.

We wish all our Year 12 students good luck in the remaining exams.


Our Year 10 & 11 students had the exam timetable emailed out last week. The exams will run from 21st November to the 26th November.  A reminder to students that these exams will be used to help determine each student’s suitability for the subjects they have chosen for 2020. Hopefully all students have begun preparing for these exams.


Year 11 students have been informed of the process for applying for School Captain and Year 12 Executive positions for 2020. They can collect forms from outside the Senior School Office. These forms need to be returned with parent and teacher endorsements and signed by the 21st November.


A group of Year 11 students have already begun the planning process for the 2020 Year 12 jacket. We are hoping to have these available early in the year.

Key Dates

Year 10 & 11 exams: 21st - 26th November.


2020 transition begins on 2nd December. All students are expected to attend all days of transition as 2020 VCE classes will be starting on day one.


Jeff Micallef

Senior School Leader

Year 10 News

The Year 10 students have now selected their VCE subjects for 2020. A draft version of the subjects will be posted outside the Senior School Office. If you have any questions, you need to see the Senior School team. 


The exam period is fast approaching, so now is the time to Get Organised and Get Focused on your studies and revision. Students need to ensure they attend exams punctually with the required equipment. Parents are encouraged to assist students to prepare adequately for exams. Ensuring there is a quiet space in the house, away from distractions is important. If you have any concerns, please contact the Senior School Team.


Delanka Peiris

Year 10 Coordinator

Library Corner

The Year 12 cohort has embarked on the serious business of final exam preparations and sitting their exams and many have found the Library a comfortable space for group and private study.


Earlier in the term Manga artist Kenny Chan was invited to workshop with our Book Club students during a scheduled Book Club lunchtime meeting. Kenny then presented a manga drawing session to Ms Monica Kartika’s 8F Japanese class. Book Club members thoroughly enjoyed their workshop, in particular those who had not been able to see Kenny Chan during the Melbourne Writer’s Festival excursion back in September. Congratulations to Diksha (8G) who won the Book Club Literary Kahoot Quiz and was awarded a Smiggle gift voucher. More Kahoot quizzes have been planned for future Book Club meetings.



Glen Eira College students celebrated Halloween with style. Library staff set up a ghoulish display which incorporated spooky reads as well as scary props supplied by Mrs Megan Gatt. Mrs Gatt also sculpted two mini sized pumpkins into Halloween heads and these were displayed on the Circulation Desk. Several Library Monitors assisted Mrs Gatt in adding finishing touches to the display. We were fortunate to take a selection of photographs before the “Halloween”ed students rushed off to Team. A week earlier the College celebrated Diwali and Mrs Gatt set up a small display of books and handmade flowers at the Circulation Desk.



Lunchtimes in the Library continue to be busy and it is lovely to see so many groups of students engaged in playing Uno, cards and board games.


The Library collections continue to swell with new titles - novels, manga, biographies, Minecraft guides. 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

Performing Arts News

How Playing A Musical Instrument Benefits Your Brain

- taken from


There is now an enormous amount of research that has explored, measured, quantified and illuminated the benefits of music education on cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. Such is the quantity and quality of the research that it is now understood that music education benefits the development of the whole person like no other human activity.


How does it do this? The answer is in the activities that are inherent in reaching the goal of performing a piece of music on an instrument. In order to reach a stage where children can perform a piece in front of an audience, no matter how large or small, they have to master the following skills.


1. Control of their motor cortex that directs their bodily movements – Getting the right note to come out of a musical instrument at the right time with the right sound is an incredible cognitive accomplishment. This is because the human brain needs to coordinate the motor, visual and auditory cortices to synchronise together to produce just one correct note. Imagine the coordination your child’s brain is achieving after playing an entire piece.


2. Control their emotional states and reactions – Rehearsals can be frustrating experiences, mainly because bringing a whole piece together is a slow and repetitive process. This is actually an act in learning how to learn slowly and sequentially while controlling our emotional responses when we might get bored or frustrated or want to be anywhere else. This control becomes immeasurably more complicated in a performance situation when you add adrenaline and excitement into the mix. Your child has a huge number of stimuli running around in their bodies while they are rehearsing or performing, and yet they have to keep their wits about them and keep their emotional responses contained in order to contribute their part to a successful performance.

It is now understood that music education benefits the development of the whole person like no other human activity.


3. Staying flexible and responding to unforeseen events – “Strange things happen in performance” is a common mantra of any musical conductor, as well as “you have to be ready for anything”. If the drum-kit player is struggling to restrain their excitement and starts getting faster and faster, the rest of the band needs to get faster with them and adjust on the spot to the new tempo. The ability to adjust our responses is incredibly difficult, because most of the time we just want to start the piece again. Remember, this also all happens without a verbal instruction being spoken.


These are only three of the cognitive activities that your child is managing right in front of your eyes when playing a musical instrument. Inside their heads, their brains are working really hard to bring you a polished and seemingly flawless performance.

AMEB Results

Congratulations to a number of our Woodwind students (and our Woodwind teacher Mr Mark Dipnall) on their achievements in the recent Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) practical exams. These practical examinations comprise of the following elements: technical work, studies and pieces, aural tests, sight reading and general knowledge. Preparing for these exams can be challenging and time-consuming and these great results are recognition of a year’s hard work and achievement.


Harry Chen 8B (Grade 5 Alto Sax – pass with Credit)

Terry Sun 8F (Grade 4 Clarinet – pass with Credit)

Elizabeth Waters 7B (Grade 1 Flute – pass with High Credit)

Nina Gibbs 7B (Grade 3 Clarinet – pass with Honours)

Crystal Cao 7F (Grade 3 Flute – pass with Honours)

Relay For Life

On 26th October the GEC Vocal and Strings students performed as part of the Murrumbeena Relay for Life at Duncan MacKinnon Reserve. Despite all of the rain and inclement weather, the students still made it to the stage in time for the performance! There were solo and ensemble performances from Acapella and the GEC String Ensemble who played the Incredibles Theme, then the hit song Victorious by Panic! at the Disco. The instrumental music students had many supporters in the crowd, including GEC students, families and staff. It was a fantastic warmup for our next performance on Thursday 14th November for the Strings, Voice and Piano Concert. Congratulations to the Vocal and String students on a fantastic performance!


 Zamarah Morley & Tori Wood

Music Teachers


Glen Eira College hosted the Junior Bandfest on Wednesday 30th October. Many secondary colleges attended a day of rehearsing concert band items. The occasion was an initiative organised by DET SEVR Instrumental Music Regional Coordinators and the Glen Eira College Performing Arts Department. The Band Conductor for the day was Ms Sue Arney from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Education.


The day commenced with setting up the seating, music stands and percussion equipment for approximately 90 music students. The aim of the day was to give students the opportunity to explore new repertoire ranging from a majestic Triumphal Procession to Belah The Warrior Sun Woman including body percussion and the well known The Can Can. The participating students were those who had been studying their instruments for approximately one to two years.


The morning session was devoted to familiarisation with the complexities of the music, establishing rapport with fellow students and following the conductor’s directions. After a relaxing lunch, the items were performed and audio recorded. The results were highly commendable with the conductor remarking there was a wonderful spirit to the day. Our students from the woodwind, brass and percussion departments were very appreciative of their experience playing in a large concert band and look forward to recieving and sharing the recordings from the day.



Crystal CAO - FLUTE

Elizabeth WATERS - FLUTE







Upcoming Performances

Week 7: 18th November - Music Department Lunchtime concert (Brass / Woodwind / Guitar / Percussion students)


Week 11: 17th December - Presentation Evening


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Arts & Technology News

2019 Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition

The 2019 Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition was a beautiful showcase of student work held in the PAC from the 21st – 25th October, showing off the talent and large variety of skills amongst GEC students from Year 7 to Year 12.


Artworks and projects were on display from Visual Arts, Food Technology, Media, Materials Technology, Photography and Visual Communication, but the most exciting part of the exhibition week was the opening night.



Monday the 21st October was the open night for the exhibition, where parents, friends, relatives and fellow students could walk around the exhibition from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. It was a wonderful evening with food served for the viewing guests by Rush Shah and Anaelle Micciche

and a showing of short films created by a variety of the school’s Media students. Guests were also entertained by musicians Caitlin Blair, Susi Staples, Evelyn Krelle and Talia Hannah on violin and Richard Shao on piano.


An awards ceremony occurred on the night in which the Principal, Sheereen Kindler, and a representative from Deans Art, Kerry Williams, handed awards to Year 10-12 students who excelled in Art and Visual Communication.


Year 10 Visual Arts – Dorothy Vuong

Year 11 Art – Anastasia Kirpitchenko

Year 12 Art – Sierra Danon

Year 10 Visual Communication Design – James Mazis

Year 11 Visual Communication Design – Lily Gordon



Overall, I am immensely proud of the exhibition and all the student creations that were shown during this time. As both a GEC student and the Visual Arts Captain, I believe the 2019 Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition was a huge success and I cannot wait for the next one.


Sapir Triffon

Visual Arts Captain

Science News

Power of Engineering

On Friday 25th October, a group of Year 9 and 10 female students attended the Power of Engineering program at Deakin University. The event showed the girls that ‘everything is possible’ in their career and gave them a chance to experience first-hand what an engineering career would be like. The girls were inspired by successful women currently working in the engineering profession who shared their stories and the journey they took to get to where they are now. They got to try their hand at various engineering activities using state-of-the-art learning facilities.


One such activity, was the “Earthquake simulation design and building challenge”. The girls were required to design and construct a building which was able to withstand the ‘seismic’ activity generated by a shaker table.



Students then had the incredible opportunity of visiting an ultra-modern Engineering company called Arup in the city. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. They help their clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality, while striving to find a better way and shape a better world.


During their time at Arup, the girls met with various engineers who gave them a tour of the modern office space. They had the opportunity to sit in the “SoundLab” – Arup's unique aural visualisation tool, which allows clients to experience the acoustics of proposed building designs before they are built. They saw how a 3D printer works and were gifted personalised key-chains made using this printer. They were also able to use state-of-the-art engineering and gaming equipment to drive a virtual journey. These virtual tours enable road and bridge designers to eliminate subsequent design variations.


The girls were inspired and intrigued by the many possibilities a career in Engineering can offer.

Science Talent Search

Earlier in the year, Ishwarya Polisetti in Year 10 entered the annual Science Talent Search run by the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Science Talent Search is an annual event and is open to all primary and secondary students up to Year 12 across all of Victoria.


Ishwarya’s Experimental Research report aimed to observe enzyme activity and the effect temperature and size has on this.  Of all the entries across Victoria, Ishwarya’s report earned her a minor bursary of $150 in the ‘Intermediate- Experimental Research’ division.



I attended the Presentation Day on 28th October 2019 held at LaTrobe University, Bundoora. Over 800 winning entries in 30 sections were on public display. The highlight of the day was when Ishwarya received her medal, certificate and bursary award, sponsored by the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Ishwarya was motivated and inspired by this event and is already planning her entry for 2020. Well done Ishwarya!


Haroula Loucaides

Head of Science

Around the College

Diwali Celebrations

Diwali was celebrated on the 25th October at Glen Eira College and the English Language Centre.



At lunch time students enjoyed watching a dance performance by Shruthi Sasi Kumar of Year 12 and Ms Ronald.


Students also participated in the Rangoli art and Henna activities.


Lilly Francis

English Language Centre Teacher

2019 Maths Talent Quest Winner

The Maths Talent Quest is organised by the Mathematical Association of Victoria and is open to all primary and secondary students. The competition aims to promote interest in and increase awareness of mathematics amongst students, teachers and parents. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and look at real life situations to find the mathematics within.


This year Zac Palatsides and William Wong, two of the boys who represented Glen Eira College at the All Schools 4 x 100 m relay, took their passion for athletics into their Maths Talent Quest entry called Sprinting with Mathematics.


They investigated how the 2018 GEC U13 Boys Relay Team could have changed their time if the baton was changed at different points in the change box and if runners 1 & 3 ran on the inside or the outside of the bend. The boys found that in an amateur race, this could make a difference of over half a second.


The boys also found that Usain Bolt could have lowered his 2009 world record time of 9.58 to 9.18 seconds by improving his reaction time, reducing his weight by 1 kg and benefiting from the highest legal tailwind speed. (Unfortunately Usain didn’t get the memo about his weight).



Zac and Will were awarded a High Distinction in the competition and received their award at a ceremony at La Trobe University on Thursday 17th October. Along with their certificate Zac and Will received a $50 prize voucher. Congratulations Zac and Will.


Gerry Cameron

Maths Teacher

Homestay Hosts Meeting

On 23rd October  half of our homestay hosts attended our 1st homestay host meeting. We  went through the GEC Child Safety Code of Conduct and presented some pictures of nice food and a welcome basket taken by the students.



The hosts shared their experiences of hosting international students and expressed their expectations to their host students.  It was a good chance for hosts to communicate with each other as well.


Tara Fang

International Student Coordinator

Careers Corner

GEC Careers and Pathways Website

We have recently created a new link from our GEC Website to the Glen Eira College Careers Website. I encourage both parents and students to visit this site in order to gain further information about post school opportunities, VTAC, as well as useful links for parents to help their students with career planning and career conversations.


Students are even able to create an account within the ‘Student Secure Area’ where they can create Career Action Plans, conduct Career Personality and Interest Tests, as well as get assistance in creating a resume and cover letter.


Please follow the below link in order to access the Glen Eira College Careers page, or you can access it through the GEC website by selecting ‘Careers and Pathways’ under the ‘Teaching and Learning’ tab.

Free TAFE courses

The Victorian Government has released the list of free TAFE and pre-apprenticeship courses for 2020, please follow the link below to find out which courses are being offered as free TAFE courses in 2020 and to find out if you are eligible.


Heather Palm

Career and Pathways Coordinator

From the Office

Update Your Information

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

Student Absences

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


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

Early Leavers

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


This newsletter is emailed home to all families 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 Night Ride like a Girl – Elsternwick Classic

Thanks to the parents, students and friends who attended and provided the generous supper for an enjoyable night. Interesting to see the horses behind GEC on the big screen!



GECPA Meeting / Celebration Dinner

The GECPA meeting/celebration dinner was very much enjoyed by the GEPCA committee at

Theio Theo Greek Restaurant 5-7 Waverley Rd East Malvern – supporters of the last Trivia Night.



2nd Hand Uniform Stalls

Sale of donated uniforms to help families and the school. Please donate your unwanted uniform items to the office for these stalls by Friday 29 November or by Friday 13th December. This is a donation to the school - families will not receive any payment for their items.  Please ensure that all items are in a 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). Helpers at the stalls and sorting get first choice for purchases.


Thursday 5th December 5.30pm-6.30pm:  same day as Year 7 2020 Parents Information Evening.

Helpers needed to set up and run the stall from 4.30pm.


Friday 24th January 10am-11am: same day as book pick up. Helpers needed to set up and run the stall from 9.30am.


Friday 13th December (spooky date!) 2 – 3pm: Sorting and labelling donated uniforms session - Helpers needed.


Helpers, 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.

Call for trivia night team and coordinator 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.

Glen Eira College 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. 


Eliza and Jelena

GECPA Co-convenors

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.

Glen Eira College Precinct planning consultations

Caulfield Station Precinct - The Victorian Planning Authority is preparing a plan for the future development of the Caulfield Station precinct including Glen Eira College. Their ‘Key Ideas’ report includes the vision that “Caulfield Station Precinct will be a regional destination for education, employment and events. Anchored by the university, it will be a vibrant, accessible and integrated centre that supports a diverse local residential population that values the active nightlife, public transport options and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. With horse training to end soon there are opportunities to open up racecourse land for more open space.

You can contribute your thoughts via the online survey by clicking here by 26th November 2019.

You might like to consider;

  • Ways to improve walking and cycling access and safety to Glen Eira College, linking Skyrail Trail/Djerring Trail and Monash University, a safe direct walk from Caulfield Station through the racecourse to Glen Eira College at school times, safe cycling lanes for students separated from traffic along Booran, Neerim, Glen Eira, Queens and Normanby Roads.
  • Some play equipment in Glen Huntly Park suited to teenagers
  • Natural environment restoration opportunities in the racecourse and adjoining parklands



Glen Huntly Shopping Centre and Neerim and Glenhuntly Roads level crossing Removals

Glen Eira Council is currently seeking feedback for the next stage of development of a draft Structure Plan for Glen Huntly including the level crossing removal plans for Neerim and Glenhuntly Roads. For more information, visit 



Glen Eira Council bike and walking plans and safe cycling route from Djerring Skyrail Trail to St Kilda Road and Bay – Glen Eira councillors will soon be considering plans to make walking and cycling safer in Glen Eira. Including GEC, some 9000 students attend schools along Glen Eira, Booran and Neerim Roads in addition to staff and Monash University students. These streets connect 3 libraries with homework help, shopping centres and the Bay. The current painted bike lanes disappear just when most needed at intersections and have no buffer from traffic that would make students safer to ride to school. Glen Eira Council is considering its first safe cycling corridor with a separated bike lane from the Skyrail/Djerring Trail to new St  Kilda Road lanes along either Inkerman, Alma or Dandenong Roads. This safer route would connect Glen Eira to Dandenong, Monash campuses and the city and should be extended to the Bay and would be great for students, families and workers. The Dandenong Road option is a poor alternative with heavy fast traffic, pollution and poorer safety. November and early December are a good time contact your local Councillors to support these initiatives or raise any concerns ahead of Council decision on Tuesday 17th December.


If you would like to discuss Glen Eira Transport Planning issues or join a Glen Eira Bicycle Users Group Sunday morning ride contact Cathy Mc Naughton on 0412 119 807.

Social Events planned early in 2020

Family Picnic Booran Reserve Sunday 23rd February 11am -1pm.


Cathy McNaughton


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