GEC College News

08 August 2017
Issue Five
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
Parent Opinion Survey
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
Enhancement & Enrichment
Languages Corner
eLearning News
Careers Corner
Performing Arts News
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
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Key Dates


Tuesday 8th August

Year 12 Legal Studies Excursion


Thursday 10th August

Year 11 & 12 French Berthe Mouchette Competition


Monday 14th August 

Traditional Japanese Shamisen Performance 10:40am

Year 12 Biology GTAC Excursion


Tuesday 15th August 1.30pm & 7pm

School Production: Fame Jr


Wednesday 16th August

State Schools Spectacular Rehearsal

School Production: Fame Jr 7pm


Thursday 17th August 7pm

School Production: Fame Jr


Friday 18th August

 Year 8 Interschool Sport


Friday 18th – Friday 25th August

 CBCA Book Week


Monday 21st August 11am

Year 7 Leanne Hall Author Talk


Tuesday 22nd August 11am

Year 8 Melissa Keil Author Talk


Wednesday 23rd August

Year 7 Interschool Sport

Year 9F Udon Making Workshop 11am


Thursday 24th August 

Year 7F Udon Making Workshop 11am

Year 9 Cath Crowley Author Talk 11am


Friday 25th August

Year 12 Progress Report 2

Years 7-11 Progress Report 1

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 28th August

Melbourne Writers’ Festival Excursion


Thursday 31st August 11am

Year 8F Udon Making Workshop 11am


Thursday 31st August 2:15pm – 6:30pm

Years 10-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

All students dismissed at 1:30pm


Monday 4th September

Beachside Track & Field


Monday 4th – Friday 8th September

Year 9 Camp (9A, 9B & 9C)


Friday 8th September

Years 10, 11 & 12 Meningococcal Immunisation


Monday 11th September

Year 7 2018 Afternoon Tea


Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th September

Year 11 Ski Camp


Friday 15th September

Year 12 Progress Report 3

Year 10 CNED Excurison


Saturday 16th September 1pm & 6:30pm

2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular


Tuesday 19th September 9am

Year 7 Immunisations


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

From the Principal

Australian Olympic Committee Presents the Pierre de Coubertin Award to Sierra Danon

On International Olympic Day, 188 Victorian Senior Secondary School students and State Sport Association athletes were acknowledged with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award.


Named after the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Award recognises students who demonstrate academic excellence and sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values. Each award recipient must participate in sport and display the Olympic values, in particular, good sportsmanship.


 As part of the nomination each student submitted a literary, artistic or digital piece to this year’s theme: “Which Rio 2016 Olympic Games moment has had the biggest impact on you?”


Congratulations to Sierra Danon who won the Most Outstanding Artistic Piece - a wonderful and inspiring achievement.


Adam Golding, Health and Physical Education Leader, noted Sierra as “displaying terrific leadership qualities since her time at the College. She is willing to give up her own time to help coach interschool sports teams during lunch time and after school. Sierra shows amazing sportsmanship that every student at our school should look up to; encouraging and supporting her opposition, giving her very best when she is pitching in the State Softball Competition or smashing an overhead volley in regional badminton. She epitomises the true qualities that the Pierre de Coubertin Award represents.”

Welcome to our new staff and students

Welcome to the 26 new students who have joined our College this term and the 40 plus new students in the English Language Centre. I am pleased to welcome the following staff this semester: our new receptionist Kelli Lawson,  Tori Wood, voice teacher and Charlene Wijaya, piano teacher; Brenton Hale replacing Deborah Cordingley for 12 months;  Gary Bottomley   replacing Lou Tsarpalas for term 3 and  Georgette Pontikis  replacing Tina Boutselis for term 3.


This year’s mid-year awards assemblies were, again, a wonderful celebration of our students’ success. Thank you to the parents and friends who were able to attend.

Sister School Visit

26 students had a wonderful time in New Caledonia in the holidays.  Thank you to Erin Cavanagh for the huge amount of work involved in coordinating an overseas trip for students.


Thank you to the 22 families who hosted our 24 excited students from New Caledonia.  The students really had a wonderful time and have forged many new friendships.  We look forward to further developing our relationship with Collège de Dumbea-Sur-Mer in New Caledonia.

Work Experience

In the last week of term our Year 10 students participated in a week of work experience. Thank you to Carol McCaskie for coordinating this program and to the staff who visited the students in their workplaces. This program would not occur without the generous employers who gave of their time and experience to support these young people.

Fame Junior – 2017 School Production

I cannot count the number of hours staff and students have contributed so far in preparation for this year’s school production – Fame Junior.  Having seen a couple of numbers from the show I know it is going to be an outstanding show.  Well done to everyone involved.  I hope to see you at one of the performances.

Tuesday 15th August 1:30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 16th August 7pm

Thursday 17th August 7pm

The Government Schools Spectacular 2017 - Anything is Possible - Saturday 16th September 1pm & 6.30pm at Hisense Arena

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter we are really excited that our school again has many students participating in a range of roles in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2017.  


To purchase tickets, visit or phone Ticketek on 132 849

Unclaimed Lost Property

There are still many items of unnamed lost property in our lost property basket - shoes, shorts, jumpers, jackets etc. As the items are unnamed we are unable to return the items to the rightful owner. Please assist by naming every item of clothing, including shoes.

Capital Works Update

We are delighted to have moved in to the ground floor arts, physics, robotics, digital media and tech rooms. This includes a new student entrance to the building.  These new spaces have been very well received by students and staff. The façade of the school has had quite a face lift which is just about completed.  Work is proceeding extremely well in the gym and in the next four science rooms and second food tech room.  We have also received some concept designs for landscaping including opening up the area along the back of the school to students and a new bike parking area.  We hope to get some images on the school website soon.


Sheereen Kindler



From the Assistant Principal

Teaching and Learning

We have a focus on improving outcomes for students in writing and reading this year at the college.


The Our English KLA leader, Justine Douglas, has been leading the focus on improving the writing skills of students across the school. A particular focus has been at Year 7. These students have been working on the Six Traits of Writing program, which helps develop different facets of student writing. The experience of other schools that have employed this program shows that it provides a strong foundation for writing in the later years of schooling. Our teachers often moderate student writing together to improve the quality of written work. We are hosting our network of schools to moderate writing later this term so as to develop greater consistency of teaching the skills of writing from primary to secondary level.


Michael Kelty, our literacy leader, has been working with our teachers on ensuring that our students’ reading skills are enhanced. We are using a reading strategy that enhances the ability of students to be discerning and intuitive readers. This is particularly important when reading exam questions. The reading program seeks to develop the following skills;

  • Predicting
  • Questioning
  • Determining Importance
  • Connecting
  • Visualising
  • Inferring and clarifying
  • Summarising


Our new model of reporting seeks to provide more regular information to parents about student progress. For Year 12 students we provide progress reports every three weeks. For Years 7-11 we send out provide progress reports every 6 weeks. Assessment task results in first semester are found under ‘Assignments and tasks’ on Xuno. You need to click on ‘More’ so that semester 1 subjects appear under the semester 2 subjects. The Victorian Curriculum levels for Years 7-10 appear under ‘Reports’ and is a one page document giving the curriculum level at which your child is operating.


In response to feedback from parents, this semester we will place Assessment Task results on the same page as the Victorian Curriculum levels so that parents do not have to navigate to somewhere else to obtain this.  Year 11 and 12 students will also find Assessment Tasks under the ‘Report’ tab in a PDF document on Xuno rather than in ‘Assignments and Tasks’.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher interviews will be on the following dates. You will be able to book appointments on Xuno a week prior to each date. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress.


Years 10-12 - Thursday 31st August 2.15pm – 6.30pm


Years 7-9 - Tuesday 19th September 2.30pm – 7.15pm

Uniform Sub Committee

The Uniform Sub Committee is continuing to meet regularly. Currently we are seeking to make a recommendation to school council that we include a waterproof jacket on the uniform list. We are also collecting photos to display on our website and promotional material to make the uniform requirements clearer to our community. Please contact me if you are interested in joining the sub-committee.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

Parent Opinion Survey

We want our parents to tell us what they think

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.


It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.


Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.


The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September. The results will be viewed by staff and School Council. A summary will be provided in the newsletter.


For further information, please visit:

Junior School Highlights

What’s Happening in the Junior School

Welcome to all of our new students who are joining us for Semester 2 in the Junior School. Congratulations to all students who received academic excellence and endeavour awards at the Mid Year Awards Ceremony. It is always exciting to see students being recognised in front of peers, teachers and families for their successes.

Extra Curricular Highlights…

Rehearsals for the production, Fame Junior, are in full swing, with many Junior School students taking part in a variety of roles: cast and crew.  We look forward to watching all students shine throughout the shows and wish them all the best. As the saying goes, break a leg.


Late last term the Year 7 boys' soccer team won the Beachside Division round robin, defeating Albert Park College 1-0 to advance to the next stage of the competition. We wish them all the best for their next game in a few weeks time.


The Year 8 badminton team represented GEC at the SMR finals on Friday 4th August. Both teams, boys and girls, came 1st in their pool beating the others schools 6-0. The grand final was a tough match and ultimately the competition was too good for us this year. Both teams are the SMR runners up and took home another pennant to add to their collection. Congratulations to Cherry, Ysabelle, Sam, Georgia, Devanshi, Richard, Jacky, Karan, Sanjay and Ashwanth. A huge shout out to our supporters on the day, Mr Mishra and Mr Radhakrishnan, who came along to cheer on the team.

Congratulations to Tess Keogh who recently won the Victorian Public Speaking award, a fantastic achievement.   

The Year 9 students are currently in the midst of subject selections for Year 10. This is linked with this term’s focus for the Year 9 Program on jobs and careers. This term students will have the opportunity to investigate possible career pathways as well as develop some handy job seeking skills such as how to write a resume and a cover letter and how to have a successful job interview. It is always an exciting time for the students who, towards the end of the term, get to dress up and participate in a mock job interview to practice their newly developed skills.


Semester 2 means new subjects for many students. You need to make sure you have all the required equipment for each of your classes. Parents, you can assist by looking at the planner on a weekly basis to see what events and activities are coming up.


We hope you have had a chance to go through your reports and discuss goals for Semester 2. If you need any support with your studies please see one of the Junior School Team.


Junior School Team

Keira McLean - Junior School Leader

Daniel Mulligan & Bernie Coghlan - Year 7 Coordinators
Shaun Reynolds - Year 8 Coordinator

Fiona Finnegan - Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

We are off with a great start to the second semester! Congratulations to all students who received awards in the first week. We thank you for your hard work so far this year and hope it continues. We wish further congratulations to everyone who participated in the Geography Competition. We received some fantastic results, with Alex Ellenbogen and Antoine Hobbs receiving High Distinctions!


Well done to all interschool sporting teams who have gone out and represented the school this term.


The futsal competition has recently begun with students from all year levels competing for that top spot. Despite the absence of the gym this year, it is great to see the amount of  students not only participating in the event but everyone else who has come down to cheer on their peers. We have had a great first semester, so let's make the second one even better!  


John Fassoulis and Zoe Markopoulos

Junior School Captains

Senior School News

Senior School students are to be commended for their hard work in Semester 1. This diligence has certainly paid off for many, so a huge congratulations to all award recipients who received Academic Excellence and Endeavour awards. They have shown a commitment to their studies and as a result received very pleasing results in all of their studies. I encourage all students to aim high and make learning their focus. Here’s hoping we have even more students receiving awards at the end of this semester.


Congratulations and thank you to Erin Herr for her beautiful rendition of The Australian National Anthem, “Advance Australia Fair” and to the cast of Fame Jr for their performance of a scene from the upcoming school musical during our Celebration Assembly.


Senior School students have been busy making decisions about their future pathways, from Year 10 Work Experience to Year 12 students getting ready to put in preferences for University placements. The Work Experience program is designed to provide a glimpse into working life and possible career paths. I extend congratulations to all the students who completed this program and commend our Year 10 students on how professionally and responsibly they acted during this period.


We had some fascinating placements including Alice Sabouraud who worked at the CBD based office for Telstra, sitting in on meetings, attending the future ways of working workshops and participating in team building activities. Close by was Connor McCaskie at Vendor Panels, not only learning how this business produces its product but also learning about the ins and outs of how the business runs through the accounting and managing teams.

Year 10 students are currently going through the subject selections for Year 11 and beyond. I encourage all students to take the time to think carefully about these choices and choose subjects that appeal to them. 


Our VCE Information Session on Wednesday 19th July was very successful and I would like to thank all the students and parents of Year 9 and 10 who filled the PAC. I would also like to thank our staff who set up subject displays and were available on the night to answer the many questions you had. Information was provided on:

  • VCE and VET subject offerings
  • VCAA guidelines
  • Subject selection process
  • College regulations and procedures
  • Strategies to assist students to successfully complete their VCE


The PowerPoint used on the night was emailed to all parents of Year 9 and 10 students. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you had issues accessing this information. Relevant documentation for students is also available on the GEC Hub.


Important resources for students and parents to refer to include:


June was an incredibly busy month for the Year 12 students.  They completed practice exams, attended the VCE Careers Expo and the annual Year 12 Formal. It is important that learning continues to be their focus, enabling them to move into their preferred tertiary placement in 2018.  For any students who are feeling overwhelmed by the demands of Year 12, I do encourage them to seek the appropriate support, which includes myself, Mrs Loucaides, Ms Sanchez, Christalia, or any of their class teachers.


We would like to congratulate all students on their behaviour during the Year 12 Formal which was held on Thursday 22nd June at The International. We got to enjoy a wonderful night of great food, lots of laughter and dancing.  Thank you to the Executive Committee, in particular Talya Bahari, Cynthia Dunkley, Lucie Eysseric, Gal Gross, Amber Meadow, Charlotte Skinner, Shilo Yitzhaki and Mr Tori Mulligan, the DJ, for their hard work towards ensuring that the night was a success.

The Year 12 Executive committee is now working towards publishing the Year 12 Yearbook, with the intention that students will receive it on their Valedictory Night which is going to be held on 23rd November. Please save this date as the expectation is that all students attend this momentous occasion.


As mentioned in an email sent to all parents, in order to minimise disruptions during the end of year VCAA exams, we will be running these exams in the English Language Centre (ELC). Please note that building works will have ceased in the Gym and therefore there will be no noise interference. We hope that this will give students the best opportunity to successfully complete their exams.

All students will be given the opportunity to complete a SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) Application, which allows selection officers to grant special consideration to applicants whose education has been impacted by disadvantage. They will consider circumstances that may have affected a student's results or educational progress. More information about SEAS and VTAC applications will be provided at a VTAC Information session that will be held later this term.


Senior School Team:

Haroula Loucaides - Senior School Leader

Laura Brancatella - Year 12 Coordinator

Mary Maniatis- Year 11 Coordinator

Matthew Robson - Year 10 Coordinator

Library Corner

Term 3 started with plenty of excitement in the Library, as we were lucky enough to have young adult authors Will Kostakis and Danielle Binks visit the Book Club to discuss their latest books, answer questions and chat about all things #LoveOzYA. The students were enthralled with Will’s hilarious stories of having his first book published while completing his VCE, and Danielle’s sage advice for budding young writers. The authors also spoke about the importance of reading diversely, which is something we have been focusing on in Book Club this year.

The Melbourne Writers’ Festival program was recently announced, with plenty of incredible Australian and international authors involved. The Book Club will be attending the schools program in late August, but I also encourage everyone to check out the schedule online and attend some of the amazing events if possible. There are many aimed at teens (including a keynote by one of the most popular YA authors in the world right now: Angie Thomas) and several of the events are free.


In other local book news, the first ever Readings Young Adult Book Prize was awarded to Zana Fraillon for her powerful and compassionate refugee story The Bone Sparrow. We have copies of all the shortlisted books available in the Library, as well as longlisted books for the upcoming Inky Awards and CBCA Book of the Year.


Later this term we’ll celebrate Book Week with several events run by the Library Monitors, including a book-themed debate, picture book-making and a lunchtime book trivia. There will also be visits from authors Melissa Keil, Leanne Hall and Cath Crowley, and our very own Glen Eira College Writers’ Festival with various writing workshops and events taking place over the week.


Karys McEwen
College Librarian

Enhancement & Enrichment

There has been much work going on behind the scenes at GEC for Enhancement and Enrichment. In terms of curriculum and pedagogy, the staff SEAL Professional Learning Team has worked with the students and teachers of SEAL classes to reflect on our teaching practice, and critically analyse through the lens of current educational research how we can further challenge our students using high-impact teaching strategies. This will be continued this semester as we continually strive to enrich and extend our students’ learning opportunities.


The Languages faculty has also developed a conceptual curriculum for most units of Years 7-10 French, which gives more room to further enrich our students’ language learning experience, whether in the Immersion program or mainstream Language. This conceptual curriculum ensures that our students are able to not only relate their language learning to the real world, but also broaden and develop their intercultural awareness and ability.


Students have been partaking successfully in many enhancement and enrichment opportunities. Our debating teams had a successful season, with wins against Wesley, Caulfield Grammar, and Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School. Junior debating will be starting  in the middle of the term. In the Junior School, several students participated in the DAV Junior Public Speaking competition. They performed admirably, with Aimee Harris (8A) gaining a Honourable Mention and Tess Keogh (7B) advancing through to the State semi-finals at St. Bede’s College.


Furthermore, four junior students competed in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Regional Final at Kilvington Grammar, with Sharon Mascarenhas (9B) achieving a Special Mention.


Within the Senior School, we had two teams represent the College at the Model United Nations competition at McKinnon Secondary College. They spoke incredibly well, and their comprehensive knowledge of global political issues was evident. More enrichment opportunities are coming up, with the Monash University Asian Studies Debate approaching and other opportunities and partnerships.


Georgina Peters

Enhancement & Enrichment Coordinator

Languages Corner

Enjoying French Crepes while making a difference

We welcomed Crepes for Change at the school on Wednesday 19th July. Crepes for Change is a social enterprise run by young people who have learnt French at school and are now combining their language skills and entrepreneurial skills to make a difference! All their profits go towards eliminating youth homelessness in Australia. Not only were they role-models to our students, they were also selling delicious crepes. Our students were able to savour some crepes and order in French!


Sister School Visit

Our sister school visit is a huge success!! Students from Dumbea sur Mer and Glen Eira College were able to experience a true exchange program,  1 week in New Caledonia and 1 week in Melbourne.

Thank you to all teachers and office staff who have welcomed students in their classes and have put a lot of effort into  organising activities for the students.


The sister school relationship with Dumbea Sur Mer will no doubt continue to thrive in the coming years!

Merci Jessica Blanc and Karlyne Dedieu for all their hard work in New Caledonia for our students to have this opportunity.


 Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages

New Caledonia Cultural Trip 2017

These term 2 holidays, 26 students and 3 teachers went on a wonderful cultural trip to New Caledonia. We went on incredible excursions and saw so many new things. These included Noumea Aquarium, where we were able to watch the animals being fed, visiting our sister school Dumbea Sur Mer, snorkelling in the jaw-dropping corals of Amedee Island, Melanesian dancers and seeing amazing and different parts of Noumea and the outer regions on the “Tchou Tchou” train. We all tried different types of food and most of us enjoyed them very much. The first three nights were spent at the Nouvata Parc Hotel, which most of us adored (especially swimming), and 4 wonderful days and nights of our trip staying with our host families.

Meeting our sister school was a very rewarding experience and we made a lot of new friends who were very warm and welcoming. We all ran in their yearly cross country with the children from the local primary school and got to have early lunches in their canteen.


The trip has left us with some very enduring memories, none of us wanted to leave this beautiful island and go back to the cold weather of Melbourne. We would go back anytime!


Luisa David and Georgia Wood-Freeman

Year 8

Bastille Day Celebrations

During this year's Bastille Day Celebration, Glen Eira's French band, Les Moustachus, had the opportunity to play a French song by Louise Attaque "Jt'emmene au vent" in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Meat Market in North Melbourne. 


Hokusai Exhibition Excursion

Last week, 8C and 8F went on a trip the CBD to discover an exceptional exhibition at the NGV centred around the artworks of Japanese artist Hokusai. The visit was followed by an authentic Japanese Lunch at Chocolate Buddha then a shopping session at Japanese store Daiso. 


Cedric Chamontin



eLearning News

Get involved in eLearning at GEC

This term we are relaunching the Student Tube competition. If you don’t know, Student Tube is a video competition that we run every year. The categories are comedy, educational (students can double up if they’re working on a video in class) and cultural (if they have a video that represents student culture in or outside of school). Students can use a video they’ve already made or create a new one; however, you can’t use one you’ve entered into the competition before. It was a hit last year so we are doing it again this year, hopefully better than ever before! The winners from last year were given a $20 voucher of their choice as a prize. We hope to see lots of students enter!


We’re proud of our Geo Map that we are constantly making available to students so they can pinpoint where they feel their origins are. It’s great to see how diverse our students are and learning about where we are all from. The map will be available for students to pin themselves on it via email again at the start of this term if you haven't already done so.


We also want to congratulate our two new members Anika Dixit and Luisa David. They will be helping out in website design and communication with the SRC. These roles are crucial in the development of our squad and making sure we can better communicate with student needs.


Elizabeth Lindner-Craig

eLearning Captain

Careers Corner

Year 10, 11 & 12

University Open Days are late July to August. A flyer was handed out to all Year 10, 11 and 12 students at the start of term 3 - more are available in the Senior School office.  It is a great opportunity to find out about new courses and pathways into various courses.  Current students are on hand to talk to and there are often various information sessions held throughout the day. It is a good idea to go online to the University website prior to your visit and plan your day!


5 handy tips to improve your writing

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.


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.


VU Osteopathy Info Session – Update

Wed 6 September, 7pm – 8:30pm

The date of the VU Osteopathy info session has changed – this is the new date.


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


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.


The Good Universities Guide: Online and Distance Education

Materials for students interested in online and distance education, with information on what is online and distance education, where and how are courses offered, different options, flexible study options and interactivity and support.



Private Colleges


AIT Open Night

Wed 23 August, 6pm – 8pm @ Melbourne campus


Southern School of Natural Therapies Open Day

12 August, 10am – 2:30pm


The Hotel School Melbourne Open Day

Sun 27 August, 11am – 3pm

Year 10

Work Experience

June 26 to 30 - Wow, what a fantastic week our Year 10s had on work experience! Everything from Media, Legal, Graphic and Interior Design, Childcare, Scientific research, Medical, Landscaping, Automotive and Retail, just to mention a few. Many students were visited by myself and the Year 10 Teachers. It was great to see them so happy experiencing what it is like in the workforce. A few were offered part-time jobs from their placements which was pleasing.


Please see our pictures of some of these visits!

Any parent who could host a Year 10 on work experience at their work place would be appreciated. It is not always easy finding suitable and varied placements. Some places such as the Museums, Shine of Remembrance and other businesses have stopped their work experience programs for secondary students. Please contact the Careers Office if you can offer a placement in 2018.


Course Selection Interviews

Starting this term, I will be conducting course selection interviews for the Year 10s. This follows the VCE information night that was held at the College on Wednesday 19th July. If you missed out on the session, look out for the slideshow that was emailed to out to you.

General Information

GOTAFE: Every day is open day

During the month of August, GOTAFE has a policy “Every day is open day”. Go and find out about the course you’re interested in studying and ask questions about entry requirements and career opportunities.


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


Camp America

Melbourne: 8 August, 6pm – 7pm

Online: 23 August, 6pm – 7pm

Join us for the 2018 Camp America season launch!

Want to know more about our Camp America program? Come along and find out why more than 7,000 people from around the world head to America every year to work in summer camps.


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Performing Arts News

Fame Jr update

Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, Fame JR. is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of student musicians, actors and dancers who commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With honesty, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. With its topical subject manner and a cast that includes plenty of singers, dancers and instrumentalists, Fame JR. features high energy, contemporary 80s pop music (including the hit title song) and a moving coming of age story.


It’s nearly that time - GEC’s production of Fame Jr opens in just a few short weeks! After the success of our 2 day rehearsal camp in term 2, as well as previews at both the Semester 1 Gala Night and the Mid-Year Awards assemblies, things are really gearing up towards opening night of the show.


There are a large number of students and staff involved in all aspects of putting on this successful production. Tickets are on sale now online, so get in quick!


Instrumental Music Program update

Voice and piano

As some of you might already know, at the end of semester 1 our vocal and piano teacher Lachlan Mack made the decision to depart Glen Eira College, understandably for work a little closer to his home. Lachlan’s contributions to both the instrumental music programs and school productions over his 4 years at GEC have been acknowledged and greatly appreciated, including his work in setting up the college Acapella ensemble, and with his vocal and stage direction of the school production of Legally Blonde in 2015.


We welcome two new teachers in the instrumental music program this term;

  • Ms Charlene Wijaya - piano
  • Ms Victoria Wood - voice


Guitar lessons

There are a limited number of places for students interested in receiving guitar lessons as part of the GEC instrumental music program. For more information, or an enrolment form, please contact the General Office.

Radio Club

On Thursday 20th July, our GEC Radio Club members Izzy McFarland, Georgia Wood-Freeman and Ash Szmerling presented their morning breakfast radio show on 88.3 Southern FM radio station. We were also able to send an additional group of students along for a training session with our own Boris Pribil and Karl Bianco the station manager. Thank you to Mr Daniel Mulligan for accompanying and mentoring the students involved.


Radio Club gives a group of students from the college the opportunity to prepare, organise and then present their own hour-long radio show. A few times per term (usually once a month), the students meet early on a Thursday morning and make their way to North Brighton to present a morning breakfast radio show.

The radio show can include conversations and music, but it is up to the group to decide what they would like to present during their hour on air. After the radio show there is a debriefing at Cafe Whyte to discuss what went well and what could be improved for the next show.


If you are interested in participating in one of our next shows, contact Ms Baker-Goldsmith or come along to our weekly meetings on Tuesdays in the Room 1 (the new Music room). We will have 2-3 shows to present in term 4, so listen out between 8am and 9am to 88.3 Southern FM on Thursdays.

Semester 1 Gala Night

In the final week of term 2 on the 26th June, GEC instrumental music and performing arts programs showcased instrumental music students from Years 7-12 at our Semester 1 Gala Night.


There was a huge variety of performances from solo flute and small groups of beginning students, to large-scale guitar, strings, woodwind, vocal and percussion ensembles. The evening truly was a celebration of a busy semester of music.


During the evening there was also a presentation of certificates and music badges to the first students to complete the 20 Hour Practice Challenge, which is open to all instrumental music students. Well done to Emma Laird on the saxophone and Anika Dixit on the violin - keep up the good work!


Thank you to all of the Instrumental Music teachers who work tirelessly throughout the semester to help prepare students for this performance evening, and many other formal and informal performance opportunities throughout the year. We look forward to our semester 2 performance.


  • Mr Lachlan Mack - voice and piano
  • Mr Robert Westlake - guitar and bass
  • Mr Mark Voogd - drums and percussion
  • Mr Mark Dipnall - woodwind
  • Ms Zamarah Morley - strings

Thank you also to all of the college staff who assisted with or otherwise attended the evening, particularly Mrs Sarah Mortimer for managing the stage and technical crews. Thank you also to our school councillors, parents and friends convenors, and family and friends for their attendance and support of the Performing Arts at GEC.

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 2 students (Estelle Lipovetsky and Sophie Rowsell) in the Performing Arts Unit auditioned choir.


We will be attending another rehearsal this month 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


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

We have now launched the Events and Payments module on the XUNO Portal. This allows parents and guardians to give electronic permission for their child/ren to attend excursions and incursions and also make an online payment when there is a payment involved.


We will still be able to take payments over the counter and signed forms as is the current process.


To use this module you will need to have your XUNO login and password and a mobile phone to receive a SMS from the system to authorise the event.


Thank you to those parents who have provided feedback on the new system.


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 Jr – 15th to 17th August

We will be pleased to provide tea, coffee and a light supper at intermission for each evening performance.  We ask only for a gold coin donation to cover costs.

We will need a few volunteers each night to:  

  • bake a cake, slice or biscuits
  • set up tables, tea and coffee supplies and set out food before the show
  • start cleaning up towards the end of intermission
  • finalise setting up just before intermission and finish cleaning up after intermission.

The first 3 of these jobs can be done on a night when you are also watching the show.  For the last job, we need at least one person who is not watching - you would need to be there for about half-an-hour before and after intermission.


If you can help with any of the above on one or more of these nights, please send an email to or ring/sms Juliet on 0425 787 389.

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.  


We are seeking a volunteer to help with Webpage admin and a volunteer to assist our alumni group – we have 80 members so far and need help to send emails to invite them to events and grow membership.


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


Gran Prix Bicycles offer school families a 5% discount and 5% donation back to Glen Eira College.  Collect a loyalty card from the school office and present it in store at Gran Prix Cycles, Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield South.

Woolworths Earn & Learn 2017

You can help Glen Eira College by collecting Earn & Learn Stickers when you shop at Woolworths between Wednesday 26th July and Tuesday 19th September. For every $10 spent you will receive an Earn & Learn Sticker. These stickers go onto a Points Sheet, which can be obtained in-store or at  


At the end of the promotion, we will send these to Woolworths, and the college will redeem the points for great new equipment for our brand new gym. Please drop the stickers (or, even better, completed points sheets) in the box at the school office. In previous Earn and Learn programs, the points earned enabled the college to buy resources including sporting equipment, educational games and literacy aids. 


Cathy McNaughton & Juliet Brianton


Community News / Advertisements




Chadstone Craft Market

The next Chadstone Craft Market will be held on Sat 12 Aug from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Phoenix Park - Rob Roy Road, Malvern East, Victoria – it will be our biggest Market yet with 40 stalls!


The Chadstone Craft Market offers a fantastic selection of hand made craft items. On offer is candles, body care products, handmade baby and children wares, 3D gift cards, preserves, jewellery, hand kitted items and much more. Not to forget the BBQ Sausage sizzle and the Rotary cafe.


The Market is run by Rotary Chadstone/East Malvern, with all funds raised going back into community projects. 

Come down and see for yourself. Entry is by gold coin donation. You will not be disappointed.


If you are interested in learning more about the Chadstone Craft Market, please contact us at



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