GEC College News

13 September 2017
Issue Six
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
School Council Report
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
Arts News
Performing Arts News
Sports Report
Languages Corner
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Tuesday 19th September

Year 7 Immunisations 9am

DAV Junior Debating 6:45pm - 8:30pm


Tuesday 19th September 2:30pm – 7:15pm

Years 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews

All students dismissed at 1:30pm


Wednesday 20th September 9:15am

School Tour


Friday 22nd September

End of Term 3

All students dismissed at 2:30pm


Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th September

Year 12 Practice Exams


Sunday 8th October

BUPA Around the Bay in a Day


Monday 9th October

First Day Term 4

Year 10 Biomechanics Excursion 8:45am - 3pm

Year 7B & Year 8 Coastal Fieldwork Excursion 8:45am - 3pm

Year 12 – Normal day

Year 7 (except 7B), 9, 10, 11 – 11am start time


Tuesday 10th October 6:45pm – 8:30pm

DAV Junior Debating


Thursday 12th October

SMR Final - Track & Field


Monday 16th October

NAP ICT Test for 20 Year 10 Students


Wednesday 18th October 7pm – 8:30pm

College Council


Friday 20th October

School Tour 9:15am

Year 7-11 Progress Report 2


Monday 23rd October

Last day of Year 12 classes


Tuesday 24th October

Year 12 Celebration Day

DAV Junior Debating 6:45pm – 8:45pm


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th October

Relay For Life


Wednesday 1st November – Friday 24th November

Unit 3/4 Exams


Monday 6th November

Years 7-9 Start Smart Workshops


Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup Day (School Closed)


Thursday 9th November

School Tour 9:15am

Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion 12:30pm


Tuesday 14th November 6:45pm – 8:45pm

DAV Junior Debating


Monday 20th November

Year 10 & 11 Study Day


Tuesday 21st November – Friday 24th November

Years 10 & 11 Exams


Monday 27th November – Tuesday 28th November

Year 9B Exams


Monday 27th November – Wednesday 29th November

Year 10 Camp

From the Principal

Our students and staff have certainly been involved in numerous activities this term. You will read about the many wonderful opportunities our students, staff and community have been involved in this term and I am grateful for everyone’s contribution.  Some of the highlights include; Fame Junior, numerous extra-curricular and sporting activities, Science week, Book week, Health and PE week, visits by French senators…and the list goes on.

Fame Junior

I am so proud of everyone who was involved in this year’s musical, Fame Junior.  Over 100 members of the cast and crew achieved 3 sell out shows and a wonderful matinee for the primary schools.  Particular thanks must go to Laura Baker-Goldsmith, Sarah Mortimer, Georgina Peters, Ben Wickham, Karys McEwen and Zoe Tuttleby (ex-student) for their overall leadership and creative talent in production, music, set design building and costumes.  This year saw our students taking on many of the leadership roles in the production, their talents being nurtured by our staff. It is experiences such as these that remain with students for decades to come.     

Year 7 2018

It was wonderful to officially welcome our 2018 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 meet staff who will be involved in the transition of their child into GEC, begin networking with other parents, learn about our wonderful Instrumental Music Program and our very successful French immersion program and new Japanese Immersion program.

Rod Dilnutt– Principal for a Day

Every year we participate in the Principal for a Day program coordinated by ACER. The mission of Principal for a Day is to increase and strengthen relationships, based on knowledge and understanding, between the private sector and education.


I was delighted to welcome Managing Director of William Bethwey & Associates – Rod Dilnutt - as our PFAD.  He is a member of the Australian Computer Society and lectures at Melbourne University. 

 In his work with the Australian Computer Society he has been looking at the broad area of employment in the Technology industries and in particular, doing research with people in their first 4 years of work. 


Rod spent time in VCE Software Design and Year 10 IT and Robotics classes.  He shared ideas with our Information Technology Staff and Pathways Coordinator and had time with our student eLearning Squad.

Embedding the Victorian Curriculum – Professional Learning for Staff Monday 6th November

The Department of Education and Training has provided schools with additional funding for Replacement Teachers (CRTs) to take classes to enable staff to work together on developing resources for the Victorian Curriculum, which came in this year. We will use Monday 6th November (day before Cup Day) to do this work.  We believe this will minimise disruption to students.  Also, the Year 12 exams will have commenced.


We will run an alternate program on this day for all students Year 7 – 11.  Activities will include sessions on Cybersafety, Wellbeing, Financial Awareness and Film as Text.  As students will participate in sport, they are permitted to wear the school sports uniform for the day.  Year 10 students who do not have a school sports uniform will need to wear full school uniform and change into appropriate sports gear.


Many families choose to go on a holiday over this time. If you intend to for your child not to attend on this day please let the office know as soon as possible.

Capital Works

We are excited that on the first day  of term 4 we will be able to move into 4 new science classrooms and that our new student entrance will be open. The work will be completed by the end of the school holidays.


This means that on the first day back we will need time to set the new rooms up.  We will also need to relocate quite a number of lockers in preparation to hand over some classrooms on the first and second floors for the term 4 works (Rooms 101 – 104, 201 – 203).


College Council has approved an 11am (period 3) start on Monday 9th October for students in Years 7 (except 7B), 9, 10 and 11.

  • Year 12 classes will run Team and periods 1 – 6 as per normal.
  • All Year 7B and Year 8 students will attend a Geography excursion to the Mordialloc Estuary and Frankston Coast departing the College at 8.45am.
  • Year 10 Biomechanics class will be going on an excursion so students must be here by 8.45am.

As there is a lot of moving to do where the current Year 7 lockers are located, therefore an alternate program will be provided to ensure their safety.

  • Periods 3 and 4 - Film in the PAC
  • Periods 5 and 6 – Wellbeing Program in the PAC

Year 7 and Year 8 students will need to empty their lockers on the last day of term 3 to enable us to re locate their lockers on the first day of term 4.  These students are asked not to bring their books etc. back until Tuesday 10th October as they will not have access to their lockers until the Tuesday.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.


We are looking forward to our students experiencing their new learning spaces.


I wish all students and their families all the best for the holidays.  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 Ballarat and I wish them all the best – and bring back a medal!


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principal

NAPLAN Results

We are very proud of our students' NAPLAN results. Our results are consistently at or above the state average. More importantly, we have made significant gains in moving students from medium to high growth over the last few years, as can be seen in the chart below. This is testimony to the work of our fantastic teachers and the commitment of our students to their learning.


Uniform Sub Committee

The Uniform Sub Committee made a number of recommendations to Council last year that resulted in some significant changes to the Uniform Policy in response to surveys we sent to our community. These changes included greater flexibility in what items of uniform students could wear and when they could wear it. Other changes included allowing students to wear the jacket without the jumper and black socks for all students. This year we recommended to council that a waterproof jacket be introduced as a uniform item. We are seeking further feedback from our community. We would appreciate your feedback, either through  email or through the survey we sent to parents. We will also send a survey to students and to teachers.


As you are aware, we changed our reporting system this year in response to surveys conducted last year. The results of the survey indicated a need to provide more regular reporting, hence we introduced 6 weekly progress reports for Year 7-11 and 3 weekly reports for Year 12 on Xuno.


Last semester we also used the Xuno assignments and tasks feature to report on our assessment tasks. In response to feedback on this feature, we have changed this semester to report this on a PDF found on Xuno under ‘Reports’.


We are seeking further feedback from you to help keep our reporting system relevant and informative. You are welcome to email the college or provide feedback on the survey we sent to all parents.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

School Council Report

Council Business

Council met twice this term in July and August.  Council approved several camps for next year.  The year level camps offer opportunities for students to strengthen friendships with other students and staff and also offer opportunities to try new activities such as skiing, surfing, camping and other adventures.  Council reviews the risk registers for each camp to ensure that these activities are well managed and risks are minimised and reviews the costs before giving approval.


Council approved the uniform sub-committee’s recommendation to introduce a new GEC branded rain jacket for 2018 which will provide another useful uniform choice for GEC students.  Council reviewed the capital works progress and approved the late start on the first day of term 4 as a way of safely managing some of the transitions required.


Council members enjoyed watching students perform in the school musical Fame Jr.  This is always a highlight of the GEC calendar. What a fantastic effort by performers, backstage, sound and lighting crew, staff and volunteers!  Thanks also to GECPA for preparing a delicious supper at intermission.

Booran Road Pedestrian Crossing Safety

Thank you to everyone who contacted their local MP and the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, sharing the information from the fact sheet.  The fact sheet is included below.  This remains an ongoing issue so please email or phone your local MP asking them to improve the safety for our children at the crossing.


In response to our advocacy, David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield, presented the written petition that we have been working on since last year to Parliament on Wednesday 6th  September.  David raised this issue in Parliament again on behalf of the GEC community.


You may have noticed that Glen Eira Council parked a speed sign trailer near the crossing to highlight the school zone speeds and times and encourage motorists to slow down.


It is not too late to sign our online petition at  Please forward this link to your family and friends so we can work together to advocate for a safer crossing for our children.


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


Ruth Gordon


Glen Eira College Council


Junior School Highlights

Sporting Highlights

What an exciting term we have had so far in sport with students representing the college at different competitions. We had the Year 8 Interschool Sports Day where the girls/boys hockey team won the Beachside competition. Best of luck to them at the SMR Finals.


More recently, the Year 7 students competed in the Beachside Division in table tennis, futsal and basketball. The girls and boys table tennis teams won the competition, making them the Beachside Champions.  Congratulations to Ashleigh, Lauren, Erin, Phoebe, Baptiste, Ben R, Sam, Nat and Shai who will be representing the college at the SMR table tennis finals on 1st November.


Congratulations to those students who represented GEC at the Beachside Athletics competition. In particular those who came first in their events and are now off to the SMR finals:

  • Haddi El Shorbagy: Shot Put, record broken by 1.38m, Javelin, record by 2.69m, Discus, record by 5.07m
  • Sofia Jorgovic: Discus
  • Paul-Antoine Galliot: Triple Jump
  • Josh Agar: Shot Put


Students in Year 7 have been working very hard choreographing dance routines to perform at our Dance Extravaganza in Week 10. It is always a highlight for students who get to showcase a range of rhythmic performances to a rather energetic crowd!

Academic Highlights

Congratulations to the 125 Year 8 students who took part in the Australian History Competition. There were some fantastic results which students should be proud of. A special mention to the three students who achieved High Distinctions: Ben Matthews, James Mazis, Zak Zolotarev.  Our students achieved:

  • 3 High Distinctions
  • 5 Distinctions
  • 20 Credits
  • 22 Merits


Year 7B students have been using balloons to demonstrate static electricity in Mrs Loucaides Science class. They were able to use the balloons to pick up pieces of paper from a distance, make their hair stand on end and even move water. Students then had a competition to see how many balloons they could stick to themselves using static electricity. Further to this, students used the Van Der Graaf generator to test the flow of electricity through a chain of students. All students were able to feel the effects of the generator, with their hair standing on end.


Remember that Parent Teacher Interviews are just around the corner and bookings are now open. Please ensure you touch base with you child's teachers and review the progress report together.


Finally, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support over my years as Junior School Leader, as I transition to Senior School Leader replacing Mrs Loucaides for the year. I’d like to introduce Mr Givogue who will be the new Junior School Leader from term 4 2017 through to term 4 2018. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all and I look forward to celebrating many more successes in the Junior School.


Remember to always Get Organised, Get Focused, Get Involved


Keira McLean

Junior School Leader


Senior School News

Course Counselling and much more in the Senior School in Term 3

In Senior School this term, we have been busy meeting with students to assist them with their course counselling and subject selections for 2018. It is great to see how motivated students are to get into their chosen pathways and choose subjects that will support them in achieving their goals.  


The Year 10 camp to Anglesea is running 27th to the 29th of November and will  include activities such as surfing and stand –up paddle boarding and promises to be a lot of fun. The forms and information are on XUNO, please ensure medical forms are to be returned to the General Office. If you are having trouble with XUNO please contact the General Office.  Questions about the camp itself to be directed to Matthew Robson, the Year 10 Coordinator.


All Year 11 students participated in the Fit2Drive program which aims to raise awareness of road safety, fitting really, when so many students are currently applying for their learner’s licence.  The Fit2Drive team, along with members of the MFB and Victoria Police presented students with scenarios where poor choices were made by some drivers and passengers alike, and how these choices devastated families and communities.  Programs like these, are invaluable for our young people, who at times think they are infallible and untouchable by such tragedy.  I strongly urge all Year 11 students to employ the strategies they developed during the program and not only empower themselves but spread the word to other young people and family members with the choices and responsibilities of logical thinking, so we all remain safe on the roads and work towards lowering our road toll in our state.  


The Year 11 Ski Camp is on this week at Mount Buller  - we look forward to hearing about the prowess of our students and staff on the slopes!


As we draw near to the end of term 3, the Year 12s are finalising their coursework and starting to prepare for their exams. We held a VTAC Information Evening which covered all VTAC matters.  The school received positive feedback regarding the session and I would like to thank all parents and students who attended. Following on from that evening, Ms McCaskie has been working with each student to help them with all VTAC applications. Note that ultimately, each student needs to take on the responsibility of completing all the online applications.


Over the holidays the Year 12s will complete practice exams for all their subjects from Tuesday 26th September to Thursday 28th September. These will assess both Unit 3 and Unit 4 coursework. The examination timetable has been emailed to students and parents via Xuno and also made available via the GEC Hub. If anybody has any questions regarding these practice exams please don’t hesitate to contact the college. Each student will be given a copy of the Navigator 2017 which they are required to read and ensure that they understand the rules and regulations of the examinations. Students will also be given a copy of their individual examination timetables and this document should be kept in a safe place.


Haroula Loucaides- Senior School Leader

Matthew Robson- Year 10 Coordinator

Mary Maniatis- Year 11 Coordinator

Laura Brancatella- Year 12 Coordinator

Library Corner

This term we’ve been even more book-mad than usual in the library, with CBCA Book Week celebrations, a visit to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and racing to the finish line of the 2017 Premiers’ Reading Challenge keeping us busy. Plus we’ve had plenty of new books arrive and an array of colourful displays, as always!


During Book Week, the Library celebrated with daily lunchtime events run by some of our dedicated Library Monitors. Georgia Wood-Freeman hosted a Picture Book-Making Workshop that was a flurry of activity and glitter glue. Taylor Lowery expertly chaired a book debate with the topic “Movies have a better representation of stories than books” (which was quickly proved wrong by the negative team!). Carmelle Kent, Aimee Harris and Elizabeth Lindner-Craig organised an entertaining Book Trivia at the end of the week for everyone to enjoy.


Awards for the Top Borrowers in 2017 were announced, and congratulations to Antoine Hobbs for taking out the prize, with Penny McNeill and Caitlin Blair not far behind in second and third place.


We also had three amazing #LoveOzYA authors visit us; Leanne Hall spoke to the Year 7s about her journey to becoming a writer, Melissa Keil painted a picture for the Year 8s of what it’s like to be a creative person working today and Cath Crowley enthralled the Year 9s with the inspiration and backstory to her book Graffiti Moon, which they have just finished studying for English.


As if that wasn’t enough excitement, the Book Club also had the amazing opportunity to visit the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. We saw three panels; one called “Fan Fiction”, another about “How to Be a Slam Poet” and then a session with authors Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell talking about their latest collaborative YA novel Take Three Girls. The students got their books signed, chatted with the authors, and Adelin Zipman even performed some poetry for Maxine Beneba Clarke, which won her a copy of Maxine’s latest poetry book! It was a great day for those who love books and reading.


The Premiers’ Reading Challenge has now come to an end for 2017, and I am proud to announce that over 50 Glen Eira College students were able to meet the challenge for this year. Certificates will be handed out next term. Let’s also give a big cheer for the Top Premiers’ Reading Challenge Readers in each year level:


Year 7: Alicia Scott

Year 8: Alexander Leathley

Year 9: Antoine Hobbs


In other library news, we have just purchased some new French novels and graphic novels, which are now on display in our front window, and are available for anyone to borrow and enjoy...


Nous avons de nombreux nouveaux romans et bandes dessinées en français dans la bibliothèque de GEC! Ceux-ci sont en exposition et sont disponibles pour tous! Parmi les nouveaux livres: Vango, Hunger Games, La cabane à 13 étages, Histoire de Pi, Fantastique maître Renard, Kraa, Les filles au chocolat et les Chroniques de Narnia.


And that’s it for term 3! Don’t forget to borrow some books to read over the holidays, and if you can’t decide what to get, keep an eye out for our special holiday reading display in the final days of this term.


Karys McEwen

College Librarian

Arts News

The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers

As part of the Victorian Seniors Festival skilled teenage artists have been partnered with centenarians to create their portrait. Two Glen Eira College students, Kali Appleby and Tahlia Delaney-Murnane, are participating in this wonderful project. The girls have met their partnered centenarians for the purpose of getting to know one another so they can then create a portrait.


Kali’s centenarian Anne Bernstein is 101 years old and resides at Gary Smogan nursing home in Caulfield. Tahlia and her centenarian Eric Edwards met but unfortunately Eric has since passed away. Receiving the portrait of Eric will be particularly special for his family.

Between 4th and 17th October, these portraits will be presented in an exhibition as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival at The Stables @ The Meat Market. The exhibition will present 100 portraits of centenarians from a diverse range of suburbs in Melbourne. The art works will then be gifted to the centenarians and their families.


Bernadette McIvor

Head of Arts & Technology

Performing Arts News

Victorian State Schools Spectacular

On Wednesday 19th July an excited group of students and staff attended the Choir rehearsal at Melbourne Town Hall in the City. 16 in the Mass Choir with Ms Baker-Goldsmith and Mrs Mortimer and two students (Estelle Lipovetsky and Sophie Rowsell) in the Performing Arts Unit auditioned choir.

We will be attending further rehearsals this week along with Mikki Clemans in the State Schools Orchestra. These major rehearsals (along with the many hours of additional rehearsals and practice sessions that all groups involved have undertaken) are preparing us for the 2 performances at Hisense Arena on Saturday 16th September, first at 1pm and then later at 6.30pm.


One in five state government schools is participating in this year’s State Schools Spectacular, including over 1200 school students in the Mass Choir.


General Admission tickets are still available if you would like to attend:

Adult – $40

Child under 15 – $20

Concession – $30

To purchase tickets, visit or phone Ticketek on 132 849.


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Fame Jr Wrap Up

We would like to thank all of the staff, students and parents for their involvement in this year’s school production of Fame Jr. It was such a joy to see the excitement on everyone’s faces of being able to achieve the completion of a full school show in just 17 weeks of rehearsals.


The students performed 4 shows in total, with one matinee performed for local primary schools including Caulfield Junior College, Glenhuntly Primary School and Caulfield South Primary School. Many students in the cast and crew were quite excited about this due to attending one of those primary schools themselves, and having their siblings in the audience. Hopefully some of the primary school students (or even those from GEC) who came and enjoyed the show think about trying out to be on or behind the stage in the future.


A large proportion of the students who either performed or helped out with this year’s production have never performed in front of an audience before. It was fantastic that audiences could support them in this new journey. We hope that our production in 2018 will be as amazing as this year’s and that the talent keeps on developing.

Until next time, thank you again for all of your support - it couldn’t be possible without it. Now the planning for next year begins!


Sarah Mortimer


Sports Report

Beachside Division Athletics Carnival – Monday 4th September

The GEC Athletics team competed in the Beachside Division on Monday the 4th September. While the dark clouds loomed overhead at the Sandringham Athletics Club, threatening a torrential downpour, an absolute force of nature unleashed a storm of his own. Haddi El Shorbagy not only made it rain blue first place ribbons, he smashed records with such a force that you could actually hear them breaking like thunderclaps. He obliterated the previous discus record by 5.07m and set a new one at 30.96m. His javelin throw of 33.50 surpassed the previous record by 2.69m and his shot put of 13.72m was 1.38m better than the previous record. As he is only in Year 7, we look forward to watching Haddi’s GEC Athletics career continue to grow and develop, and we wish him good luck at the Southern Regional finals.


I have to say that I was absolutely impressed with all of the students who participated on the day. Every single student who competed in an event put their heart and soul into their effort and strived to achieve their best. It has been a difficult year for GEC Sport, as we have been without a Gym for over a year now, and the paddock space has not provided an ideal training area as we have had in previous years. Even though we have not had the training sessions that we have had in previous years, the sheer grit and determination of the GEC students shone through on the day – as can be seen by our extensive list of winners and place getters.


A special mention must be made to our Year 12 athletes – Charly Layton, Alex Christopoulos and Andrew Wilson. These students have been major contributors in sport at Glen Eira College. From all of us in the GEC community, we would like to say thank you for your effort, school pride and spirit that you have each displayed throughout your years at GEC. While your presence in the GEC team will be missed, we know you have passed the baton of your passion and pride for GEC sport to the younger students to carry on.


With the new Gym opening soon, coupled with the raw talent we have in our students, the forecast for GEC Sport is looking very bright. Watch this space in 2018…


Final standings

GEC finished 5th overall on 526 points.

Boys Aggregate: Our boys finished in overall 2nd place to Melbourne High.

Girls Aggregate: Our girls finished in overall 6th place.


Age Group Champions

Haddi El Shorbagy 12-13 Boys (set three new records)

Ana Garcia Landeira 17 Girls

Charly Layton 18-20 Boys (even though he came last in 2 of the events…second place out of two runners!)


Winners and place getters

Haddi El Shorbagy: 1st Shot put, Javelin and Discus

Sofia Jorgovic: Discus
Lewis Morgan: Long Jump
Paul-Antoine Galliot: Triple Jump. 2nd 100m, 2nd High Jump
Caitlyn James: 1st hurdles, 2nd Long Jump
Eli Douek: 1st Long Jump 2nd Triple Jump
Ana Garcia Landeira: 1st 100m, 200m and 3rd 800m
Josh Agar: 1st Shot Put
Carlos Lyford: 1st Triple Jump and 3rd Javelin
Charly Layton: 1st 400m, 2nd 100m and 200m

Jared Freedman: 2nd 1500m, 3rd High Jump

Alexis Christopoulos: 2nd Discus and Javelin

Andrew Wilson: 2nd Shot Put

Emile Boulos: 2nd Hurdles

Lucas Vaidie: 2nd Shot Put

Dimitris Chrisoulis: 2nd Discus

Jenna Casamento: 3rd 100m and 400m

Phoenix Luedecke:  2nd Javelin

Raphael Aleksenitser: 2nd 800m

Aiden Crawford: 3rd 200m

Jazz Whittaker: 3rd 200m

Rosie Bitmead: 3rd 200m

Baptiste Mazuel: 3rd 400m

Jett Meadows: 3rd 400m

17 boys Corey Zielinski, Lewis Morgan, Coen McGinniss, Matthew Hobbs: 2nd 4x100m relay

18-20 boys Raphael Aleksenitser, Alex Christopoulos, Andrew Wilson, Charly Layton: 2nd 4x100m relay


Tori Mulligan

Teaching and Learning Leader


Other Sporting Achievements...

Congratulations to the Caulfield Bears under 16 boys football team who recently won their grand final. Well done to GEC students Liam Corbett, Joshua Pincus, Harry MacLeod-Smith and Lachy Priest and the rest of the team.

Languages Corner

Udon Making Workshops

Jun Tanimura, the travelling udon maker, visited our school to teach our Japanese students in Years 7, 8 and 9 how to make the traditional Japanese noodles! To create a chewy texture, the dough was left overnight and stepped on before rolling it out and cutting it up to individual noodles. The students had a great time making their own udon and eating them with nori (seaweed), tsuyu (soy based sauce) and goma (sesame).


Japanese Consulate Visit

Ms Zilla Bailey and Ms Kumiko Toyama from the Japanese Consulate Melbourne visited our Year 9s and spoke about the fantastic opportunities learning an additional language would bring, especially Japanese. Zilla shared her experiences in language learning and working abroad after learning Japanese. The Year 9s asked Zilla about life after school in language learning and had a great time dressing up in yukata, the summer kimono.   

Karen Muramatsu

Japanese Teacher

2017 Alliance Francaise Berthe Mouchette Competition

This year, 110 schools and more than 13,000 students across the state participated in the prestigious Alliance Francaise Berthe Mouchette Competition.


We had more than 200 students take part and 21 finalists (achieving a perfect score). Well done to all students who participated - it is a great experience to take their French language learning to a different level. External examiners came to the school and we are very proud of the achievements of our students. Many students just missed out on the finals and got 19/19.5 out of 20.

Our students who got a perfect score of 20/20, la crème de la crème are:


Year 7

  1. Emily McLenaghan 7A ( French speakers category)
  2. Jarrod Wisdom 7A (French speakers category)
  3. Shaonika Basu 7D
  4. Aiden Crawford 7C
  5. Kael Lok 7C
  6. Daniel Mijares Mendez 7C
  7. Jasmyn Roberts 7B


Year 8

  1. James Mazis 8E
  2. Jasmine Shaw 8B


Year 9

  1. Tahlia Delaney-Murnane  9C
  2. Estelle  Lipovetsky 9C
  3. Leah Sandow 9C
  4. Bridie Skinner 9C
  5. Mitchell Bennie 9C (French speakers category)
  6. Aurelie Personnier 9C (French speakers category)
  7. Sharon Mascarenhas 9B
  8. Sophie Rowsell 9B
  9. Adelin Zipman 9E


Year 11 and 12

  1. Alice Hornby 12D
  2. Mathilde Papon 11B (French speakers category) Oral and Writing Finalist
  3. Berenice Mickelburough 11B (French speakers category)

French Model United Nations Conference

Greta Sandow, Mathilde Papon, Morgan Edwards and Phoebe Foldvari participated in the French Model United Nations Conference organised by the United Nations Association of Victoria. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to meet about 100 other students in Victoria who are studying French at VCE level. Our students proudly represented France and debated in French on the topic of Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crisis.


Representing France, our students had to answer many questions during the discussion for the resolution and they all stepped up and defended their position all in French with conviction!

Well done to all students involved!


Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages


Careers Corner

It has been a busy term so far. The course counselling for next year has finished and I am seeing the Year 12s for their VTAC applications and University or TAFE preferences. 

Channel Seven Media Careers Day

Glen Eira College was lucky to have 3 students accepted into the Media Careers Day held at the Channel Seven Studios at Docklands on Wednesday 23rd August. Sean Kelly (Year 10), Boris Pribil and Ashley Szmerling (Year 11), had an interesting day finding out about different jobs in Media.

"The Channel Seven Careers in Television Day was a great opportunity for those of us who are interested in pursuing a career in the media industry. The day started with a tour of the studios by the one and only John Deeks, which was a highlight for me, as it was quite entertaining hearing everyday talk in that iconic casting voice. There were brief presentations from the heads of each department, and then the opportunity to speak with them in a casual Q&A session. Some of the people who spoke to us were the heads of News, Production and Marketing, although there were about six different presentations spread throughout the day. There was also a really fun chance to have a crack at presenting the news and weather in front of the famous Channel Seven News desk that you all see daily on the television! Overall an amazing experience and a day I won't forget!" 


Sean Kelly

Year 10

University Information

VTAC Videos

This series of videos is useful for students and their families who want to understand or refresh their knowledge of the VTAC preferencing system.


ACU: Find out about deferring

If you’re not sure whether you’re going to accept your ACU offer, find out about deferring here.


VU: First Year Model

From 2018, VU is changing the way it teaches the first year of bachelor degrees. The new program will help students manage the transition to university and set them up for success.


Swinburne: New Architecture Degree

Swinburne is introducing an architecture degree in 2018. If you want to study architecture and would like to expand the pool of universities you apply to, check it out.


Admission to ACU through VET studies

ACU considers Vocational Education Training (VET) studies a significant pathway into university. By completing a certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma at a TAFE or registered training organisation (RTO), you may be eligible for one of the following admission pathway options:

-     Direct Application

-     Application for admission through QTAC, UAC or VTAC


Chisholm Open Night

Thursday 21st September, 5pm – 7pm

This information night is taking place at Frankston and Flinders Lane campuses.


Holmesglen Sports Degrees Info Night

Chadstone campus: 18 September, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Find out about studying Sports Media or Sports Business at Holmesglen.



Vantage Automotive 2018 Apprenticeships Applications Open 

Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd is a major provider of government-funded vocational learning. Applications are now being sought from students that are interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician or Parts Interpreter. Both male and female candidates from all over Australia are invited to apply for the Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program and, if selected, will be offered full time employment at a dealer close to their home and flown to Sydney for block training. This is a funded program with minimal cost to the student.


Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2018 gap year opened in March 2017.

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

Year 9

I have started talking to the Year 9s about the Work Experience Program in Year 10. Start looking around for a placement now. Some work places i.e. Most Hospitals close their applications this year for a placement next year.

See Ms McCaskie in the Senior School Office for more information if you missed out on one of our sessions.


General Information

SALT – Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen
SALT aim to support women and girls who are (or want to become) tradies. 


Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities 

The Australian government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian government departments and agencies. To view these opportunities, visit:


Jetstar Apprenticeship Program

Jetstar anticipate accepting applications for their 2018 intake in mid-to-end of 2017. Sign up online to be kept informed of job openings.


Radio Training Institute Upcoming Course

Voice over: 7th – 8th October


Gap Year – Cultural Care Au Pair

Interested in taking a gap year, travelling overseas and becoming an Au Pair. Come along to an information session at the Hawthorn Library on Saturday 16th September from 10am – 12.00pm.

For enquiries email or call 1800677373.


GMG Monash Summer Camp

‘Girls make Games Summer Camp’ hosted by Monash University. Attendees will learn:

Game Programming

Game Design

Game Art

Audio Engineering

Practice Pitching to Industry Experts

Plus there is an excursion to a local game studio/tech company

Camp is being held 15 January 2018-20 January 2018 at Monash University. Age group 12-15 years, there is a cost involved.  For more details see Ms McCaskie in the Senior School Office.


Carol McCaskie

Careers 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 twice per term. If you have any items of interest to the college community or want to advertise your business, please contact Penny Marks on 9571 7838.

Centrepay for Payments

We now support the use of Centrepay. Centrepay is a free voluntary bill paying service. Deductions come directly from your Centrelink payments and can be used to pay many types of bills, such as child care, educations expenses, electricity bills or rent. Please download the form that is available on the school website or contact the General Office and the form will be emailed to you.

XUNO Events and Payments Survey

We have put together a short survey to gather feedback on how the Events and Payments module of the Xuno Parent Portal has been working for the Glen Eira College community. We value your feedback as it allows us to better tailor the information we send out to families and provide the appropriate payment options. 


Please click on the link below to open the survey:


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


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


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Supper at School Production of Fame Junior

The supper at the school production was well-supported, with plenty of yummy food adding to the success of the evenings.  A BIG thank-you to everyone who baked and/or volunteered.


Thanks also to Glen Eira College for the VIP invitations to the production to key helpers at school and on committees – it’s lovely to be acknowledged.

GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

GECPA is an active, well organised and friendly group of parents from across the school community. All GEC parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings – a great chance to meet some school families and help the school. Our meetings are friendly and informal, and your level of involvement is up to you. The next meeting is on Wednesday evening 13th September.


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

Woolworths Earn & Learn 2017 till September 19

You can help Glen Eira College by collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers when you shop at Woolworths until Tuesday 19th September.

For every $10 spent at Woolworths you will receive a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker. These stickers go onto a Points Sheet, which can be obtained in-store or at  At the end of the promotion, the college will redeem the points for great new equipment for our brand new gym. Previous Earn and Learn programs enabled the college to buy sporting equipment, educational games and literacy aids. 

Please drop the stickers (or, even better, completed points sheets) in the box at the school office.


Woolworths have also announced their new Inspiring Schools Awards.

As a school registered for Earn & Learn, GEC is eligible to be nominated to win the major award:

  • $10,000 towards creating an inspiring learning space for students
  • 1,000 bonus Earn & Learn stickers
  • $2,000 worth of groceries for the school

Woolworths is also awarding seven other schools or Early Learning Centres across each state and territory $3,000 to provide further resources for their school or centre. 

Anyone can nominate GEC now by simply clicking here, filling out the Inspiring Schools Awards form and telling Woolworths in 150 words or less why Glen Eira College is inspiring!

Weekly Walk and Talk  

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for about an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:30pm 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).

Entertainment Books and 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.



Gran Prix Cycles – Supporting GEC and giving Discounts

Gran Prix Cycles in Caulfield South offers regular support to Glen Eira College with a special offer, which benefits you and the college.  Collect a loyalty card from the GEC office to take advantage of this offer:

Cathy McNaughton and Juliet Brianton


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