GEC College News

21 March 2017
Issue Two
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
Sports Report
SRC News
Performing Arts 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 20th – Friday 24th March

Cultural Diversity Week


Tuesday 21st March

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Tuesday 21st March 2:15pm - 6:30pm  

Year 10-12 Parent Teacher Interviews

All students dismissed at 1:30pm


Wednesday 22nd March

Harmony Day


Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th March

Year 8 Camp


Monday 27th March 

AGM 6:30pm

College Council 7pm


Tuesday 28th March 2:30pm - 7:15pm

Year 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews

All students dismissed at 1:30pm


Friday 31st March

GEC Cross Country Carnival 11am - 1:30pm

Last Day Term 1 (1:30pm dismissal from Caulfield Park)


Tuesday 18th April

Start of Term 2


Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC Day (School Closed)


Tuesday 2nd May 9:15am

Languages Open Day Tour


Wednesday 3rd May

Open Night School Tours 9:15am, 11:30am, 1:45pm

Evening Presentation 7pm


Friday 5th May

VCE & Careers Expo Excursion:

Year 12 – All Day

Year 11 – 9:15am – 12:15pm


Tuesday 9th March

Senior Interschool Sport


Tuesday 9th May 7pm – 8pm

SEAL/Immersion Information Evening


Tuesday 9th – Friday 19th May

NAPLAN for Years 7 & 9


Saturday 13th May 9am – 12pm



Tuesday 16th May

GEC Athletics Carnival


Wednesday 17th May 11am - 3:10pm

Year 11 History Excursion


Monday 22nd – Friday 26th May

Year 9 Camp Group 1


Monday 22nd May

Beachside Cross Country


Tuesday 23rd May 9am

Year 7 Immunisations

From the Principal

By the time you read this newsletter we will be preparing to move into the new music classroom!

Work is progressing very well.  Tentative dates for the phases currently being worked on for handover are:

End of term 1—Music room and canteen

End of week 5 term 2—Administration, Wellbeing, Daily Organiser and ISP offices, one food tech kitchen.

End of term 2—Arts / Technology

Early term 4—Gym

Over the term 1 holidays we will also be developing some of the space directly behind the Performing Arts Centre.  We will be installing a tiered outdoor area to maximise the use of the shade provided in that area.  The remaining funds from the Parents and Friends trivia night will contribute to this project.


There has been a great range of activities at the college this term. 

  • The Year 8 camp this week is sure to be a great success.
  • Many students represented the college in a range of interschool team sports.
  • The Parents and Friends multicultural picnic was very well attended and a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other.
  • Our wide range of lunch time and after school clubs and activities continue to grow. Activities such as Art, GEM magazine, French, Environment, Chess and Robotics Clubs are proving very popular with our students, as is the range of instrumental music opportunities including a range of ensembles.
  • Our wonderful Parents and Friends Association continue to promote our community at events such as the recent Party in the Park. 
  • Funky Hair Day activities raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation. 
  • Cultural Diversity Week, Harmony Day and Francophonie week will see students and staff wearing national dress or orange – the colour of Harmony Day, making crepes, playing petanque, learning a Hebrew dance and eating delicious French cakes.  

School Council Elections

I am delighted to announce our new members of school council.

Parents:  Julie Staunton, Laszlo Kiss, Rhonda Corbett, Vicki Williams. They join Ruth Gordon, Michael Polonsky, Johnathan Lock and Paula Darvas.

Staff:  Haroula Loucaides, Tori Mulligan and Jenny Sanchez.  They join Nick Hamer-Smith.


I thank all the retiring councillors for their superb work over the past year(s): Rhonda Brooks, Michael Segar, Dieter Schadt and Peter Brown.  All of the work by our councillors is highly valued.  I would like to acknowledge Rhonda Brooks who has been an outstanding School Council president for several years.  Her contribution to the College has been outstanding and greatly appreciated. I also acknowledge the long years of service of Mike Seager who has been a proactive member of Council for the past 5 years.


The Annual General meeting of School Council is on Monday 27th March 6.30pm - 7.00pm in the Library.


We are always looking for ways to involve our parents in our community. Please contact me if you have ideas of how you would like to be involved. Our Parents and Friends group is an excellent way to meet other families and I encourage you to join.

Commendations for our students

I received two wonderful emails recently from members of the public.


1.  “Yesterday my 2 sisters and I (3 ladies in our 60s/70s) got on to a train at Richmond station about 4pm after a day in the city. Half of the seats in the carriage were covered with rubbish including half eaten food, a birds nest, bottles, all kinds of wrappers and snack packets. I would say the mess had been left purposely by thoughtless children. People obviously gave the seats a miss.

Suddenly two students in school uniform got up from the other end of the carriage and worked their way down the rows of seats collecting all the rubbish in a bag.

My sisters and I asked them which school they were from and they replied Glen Eira College. We also asked their names, which were Leana Furman and Brandon Wasbutzki. We thanked them gratefully for their consideration in cleaning up the mess so that others could sit down.

We would like to commend them for their actions and the thoughtfulness they showed for other people.  We would also like to thank Glen Eira College as well as their parents for instilling a sense of pride in these 2 teens. They are a credit to their upbringing.”


2.  "I want to tell you about something positive that happened this morning....


I was walking my dogs this morning next to the tennis courts adjacent to the school.   It looked like a class from your school playing tennis.


A ball went over the fence and I offered to retrieve it.   I find it difficult throwing a ball but decided I would return it.   I had 3 misses and the students were very encouraging, without being

patronising.  We were all laughing and they thanked me very politely when I succeeded on the 4th throw.


Students don't always get acknowledged when they do the right thing, which is why I decided to let you know."


Congratualtions to our Librarian, Karys McEwan, who has been invited to be a panellist for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this year. This is a very prestigious position among teachers and librarians in Victoria.


Again we have a large number of items in our lost property basket in the General Office - mostly school uniform items and without names.  If items are named they can be returned directly to students.


All students Years 7 – 12 will have received their progress reports via XUNO and hopefully you will be able to attend parent teacher interviews in the last two weeks of term. Please discuss the progress reports with your child to assist them with planning for the next term.


I want to share this good news with you.

After completing Year 12 at Glen Eira College, Saahil Luthra went on to study Multimedia at Victoria University. He set up a multimedia company ‘Dhoom Films’ and has made a number of films. Last week his latest film Somewhere over that Rainbow was nominated for 4 awards.


I wish you all a wonderful term break and look forward to a successful term 2.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principal

Term 1 is almost over. I have been impressed by the way our students have conducted themselves during the building works. They have been very co-operative and patient.


This term has seen our teachers focus on improving our practice through Professional Learning Teams. Teachers are working collaboratively to refine, innovate and improve in a range of areas including;

  • Xuno markbook
  • Student writing across the curriculum
  • Student reading comprehension
  • Xuno progress reports
  • Enhancing student connectedness to school
  • Team program
  • VCE exam preparation


Our curriculum day was used to do some significant work in these areas and we hope you will begin to see evidence of this in your child’s experience at school.


Our values and beliefs are encapsulated in our Glen Eira 5 which was created a number of years ago in consultation with staff, students and parents. We seek to live by these values to provide our young people with a supportive learning community. Please take some time to read and discuss these with your child.


5 promises teachers make to our students;

  • maintain a safe learning environment.
  • know how you learn and what direction your learning should take.
  • make classes engaging.
  • listen, encourage and support.
  • involve the wider community in your learning.

5 promises staff make to one another;

  • share resources.
  • support one another.
  • work collaboratively to improve student learning.
  • be consistent in applying policies.
  • learn from one another.

5 characteristics you will see in our teaching;

  • differentiate teaching and learning to support and challenge the full range of abilities.
  • structure lessons according to SABRE.
  • be innovative and reflective.
  • be enthusiastic.
  • be accountable for improving student outcomes.

5 things you will see from our students;

  • be enthusiastic and motivated.
  • communicate and be respectful.
  • seize opportunities to participate and learn.
  • work together, acting responsibly and creatively.
  • direct their own learning through questioning and exploring.

5 things you will see from our parents, carers and guardians;

  • be involved and contribute to the broader educational program.
  • play an active role in the child’s learning.
  • support their children in achieving their learning goals.
  • promote the school values.
  • maintain open lines of communication with the school.

Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Junior School Report

We are off to a flying start in the Junior School. We’ve had school photos, interschool sport, Shave for a Cure and many other extra curricular activities. Congratulations to the Year 9/10 softball team who are through to the SMR finals. Year 8 Camp is just around the corner so stay tuned for the next newsletter.  


Thank you to the parents and guardians who attended the Year 7 parent evening, followed by the XUNO parent information session. It was lovely to catch up informally. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Year 7 - 9 Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 28th March.


The Year 7 students participated in a Time Management Seminar run by Elevate Education. Students received a booklet which focused on creating a home study planner, breaking down assignment tasks and revision of content.  This website is applicable and beneficial to all Junior School students. Follow the steps below to access information and resources:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter username STUDENT
  3. Type in password pacco


Student Feedback:

"I learned how to be able to fit in times to do homework when I thought I had no time." (Nat Cosgrave 7E)


"During the time management seminar we wrote down a timetable to help us plan out our week. It helped to find time to do homework and to write down what other activities we do. We heard really good tips like only doing one hour of homework at a time so that you can stay focused and that we should do the harder work first. I found these tips really helpful." (Emma Gould 7E)


Parents and guardians, we encourage you to be checking the planner each week to view the homework, assignments and upcoming events. It is a way of keeping the communication lines open.


As per the Homework Policy in the GEC Planner, homework is the work the teacher sets for students to practise a skill or develop their understanding of the content. Short, quality, purposeful homework tasks make a difference to fostering good lifelong learning and study habits.


Year 7 and 8

30 to 45 minutes daily, maximum 5 days a week

Year 9

45 to 90 minutes daily, maximum 5 days a week


Parents and guardians can help students with their homework by:

  • Encouraging a homework routine each night.
  • Providing a regular place to complete homework that is free from distractions.
  • Talking to the teachers about any homework problems.
  • Helping balance the time spent on homework and extra-curricular activities.
  • Checking the planner regularly to monitor the students’ progress.


Homework Help occurs every Tuesday and Wednesday in the Library until 4.30pm


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Junior School Team.


Keira McLean

Junior School Leader

Year 7 Highlights

What a fantastic first term for our Year 7 students. It was wonderful to see so many Year 7 students participate in the variety of events at our annual Swimming Carnival. The Elevate Seminar was a success with many students taking away some fantastic strategies to organise their homework and study schedules. We also had our annual Year 7 Parent Evening, which was a fantastic opportunity for parents to meet their children's teachers. Some of the things on the horizon are Interschool Sport in week 8, Parent Teacher Interviews in Week 9 and the Cross Country held on the last day of term 1.


Just a reminder, if a student will be absent for an extended period during term, as a result of a planned family holiday, please inform the Year Level Coordinator so that teachers can arrange any work that may need to be completed. We hope you all have a very restful holiday.        


Bernie Coghlan and Daniel Mulligan

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

Students have just finished summer sports. Aside from some great individual batting and bowling in cricket from Yash, Cormac and Miro, the whole team played in the spirit of the game. Tennis and softball teams had some mixed results and other schools seem to have a greater average height which was a disadvantage in volleyball.

The Kangaroobie camp is just around the corner and everyone is excited about getting away. Having said that, it is important that students keep up to date with assessment tasks towards the end of term, because Year 8s have definitely been busy. Generally, Year 8 students have been keeping themselves organised and with the Chromebooks we have seen a noticeable drop in problems with students losing or forgetting work.


Shaun Reynolds

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 9 Highlights

Term 1 is already almost over and the Year 9s have definitely been busy. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Year 9 students have been going out to St Kilda for the Making Connections topic in the Year 9 Program. This term is focused on exploring homelessness and Indigenous culture in St Kilda.


I recently accompanied the Junior Captains to the Gold Medal Schools Program workshop run by the Cathy Freeman Foundation. This was a great opportunity for the captains to develop their leadership skills and learn more about the fantastic work done by the Foundation in addressing educational disadvantage in Indigenous communities.

In regards to school work, the latter part of term 1 is always a busy time for assessment tasks. In the lead up to joining the Senior School and looking ahead to VCE, it is important for Year 9s to ensure they have developed successful strategies to manage their study time. This includes having an effective home study timetable, developing timeframes for larger assessment tasks and having a range of revision strategies. If you feel that your child needs further support in these areas, please let me know and I can work with them to help develop these skills.


Fiona Finnegan

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

This year is off to a great start, with the Year 7 cohort settling in to the Glen Eira College school life.  Our gym finally got knocked down as I’m sure everyone has noticed, and all of the renovations are going to plan and are well on their way. Last week we had a crazy hair day raising money for the Leukaemia foundation.  Our school is proud to say that 5 students got their hair shaved for this occasion, including Runcha Jiva-Anan (Year 12) who donated a large amount of her hair to the cause. District Swimming was on Tuesday the 7th March, with many of us finishing in the first 4 places. Congratulations to everyone that raced, and we’re proud to say that everyone demonstrated excellent sportsmanship to all the other schools on the day. A reminder to everyone that we have the Cross Country Carnival on the last day of term. Thankyou!


Chloe Guss and Leah Sandow

Junior School Vice Captains

Senior School News

I’d like to start by congratulating the senior school students on a great start to the year.  It’s been great to see students attending school regularly and on time, in full school uniform and prepared for classes.


Glen Eira College believes that avoidable student absences contribute significantly to lack of student success, poor motivation and lack of engagement. VCE students are required to attend 95% of classes in order to successfully complete their year. Any attendance below 95% will be monitored closely. This includes absences which are approved through the school such as attendance at sporting events or student leadership training. If students are unable to attend school for a legitimate reason, such as illness, we ask that parents ‘approve’ the absence through calling the school absence line on 9571 4178. Parents can leave a message on our absence hotline to provide a "note" and reason if the absence is approved, or let the school know that they believe their child should be at school. If a student is absent on the day of an assessment task they must provide a medical certificate for that day.


Students who have a number of ‘unapproved’ absences will be required to account for these and parents will be contacted. Any ‘unapproved’ absences at the conclusion of the year will affect the ability of the Senior School to approve the satisfactory completion of the year and therefore compromise subject selection.


We ask for your support in managing punctuality, in particular in the morning. Students need to be in class for team meetings at 8:55am. This means they need to ensure that they have allowed enough time to go to their locker first and arrange their books for Periods 1 and 2. It is recommended that students arrive no later than 8:40am to allow for this. Parent support is a key part and by arriving on time students will maximise their learning and minimise the need to rush. Thank you in anticipation.


Please contact the Senior School Office if you have any inquiries about attendance.


Parents and students need to understand that in VCE, students MUST adhere to subject due dates in order to achieve an 'S'.  Work cannot be submitted work after a due date unless teacher permission has been granted.  


In regards to SACs, (School Assessed Coursework), when a date is set for a SAC, students must attend in order to complete the work and be awarded a grade.  If a student is absent on the day of a SAC, a medical certificate must be handed in to the Coordinator in the Senior School office so that teachers can be notified and the student can sit a make-up SAC on the next Tuesday of the week; a graded assessment for the work they complete will be awarded.  If a student does not submit a valid medical certificate, then the student will be able to sit the makeup SAC the following Tuesday but only an S or N will be recorded and no graded assessment. All students who sit a SAC but do not satisfy the criteria for the SAC are therefore given an N (non-satisfactory) but they will be given the opportunity to re-sit the SAC in the hope that they can show understanding of the outcome being tested in order to be given an S, (satisfactory).  Please note, that the graded assessment will not change just the N will change to an S.


All make up SACs and resits are conducted after school on Tuesdays from 3:15pm onwards.  The length of SACs will vary according to the subject and task.


Haroula Loucaides

Senior School Leader

Year 12 News

It has been a tremendous start to the year for our Year 12 students.  As I wander the corridors as I am heartened to see that collectively they are using their private study periods effectively by completing either set homework or preparing for SACs.


However there will be times when students' stress levels will increase especially as the amount of work increases.  I cannot stress enough the importance of organising a home study routine, which is flexible and which encompasses some free/fun time.  I encourage Year 12 students to come and see me if they need assistance with putting together a home study timetable.


I want to take this opportunity to remind students that they should be using Edrolo as a means of home study, in order to assist them with consolidating and revising key knowledge areas and key skills. This is a wonderful tool that will assist them reach their full potential.


The Year 12 Executive is working hard organising the Year 12 formal, which I am sure is going to be one of the highlights of their year. At the time of writing this article the invitations are nearly ready for printing.


We also had a number of Year 12 students participate in the Funky Hair Day, where they raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation.  Congratulations must go to Ben Hobbs-Gordon, Nathan Markopoulos, Joshua Susskind, Katelyn Stanhope and Runcha Jiva-Anan for shaving their heads.  The girls’ hair was then donated for the making of wigs. A great effort by these students on making a positive contribution to the wider community.


Congratulations Andrew Wilson of Year 12

Bronze Medallion Winner

Victorian State Rowing Championships


Please contact me at the college if you have any queries about your student.


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Year 11 News

Year 11s have been immersed in their studies and getting used to VCE procedures and SAC requirements.  I have been incredibly pleased to hear from Year 11 staff and students of the progress being made and the results they have achieved.  Keep up the great work everyone.


Last month, school council approved a Year 11 Ski Camp to Mt Buller in September.  This is a very exciting opportunity for our Year 11 students. The camp will be a 4 day ski camp and the first of its kind for Glen Eira College.  The dates for the camp are Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th September.  Although we would love to take all students, only 50 students can attend because of the accommodation restrictions.  Further details for the camp will be emailed to Year 11 families with a payment schedule so that families have the option of paying for the camp in full or by instalments. The first payment instalment will be required shortly.


If any parent wishes to discuss any VCE issues further, I am more than happy to do so via email, phone or in person.


Mary Maniatis

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 10 News

On Friday 10th March the Year 10s participated in a “Shape your destiny” session with Darren Pereira. It was a fantastic opportunity for the Year 10s to learn about a variety of resources available to help inform their career pathways. It was also an inspiring take on being yourself and playing to your strengths as an individual. I also want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Year 10 Coordinator. I have been at Glen Eira for two years, teaching mathematics and history. I am looking forward to working with this cohort of Year 10s and guiding them through their subject selections and their transition into VCE. I wish you all a fantastic rest of the term and look forward to the rest of the year.


Matthew Robson

Year 10 Coordinator

Library Corner

Library News

So far this term there hasn’t been a quiet day in the library! We have classes working on research projects, Homework Help meetings after school, students recommending books to one another, or the busy Library Monitors helping the library staff with all kinds of tasks. The Year 7s had fun racing around on a library treasure hunt as a part of their library orientation, a group of VCE students were given some top-secret library hacks during a lunchtime Q&A session, and we celebrated Library Lovers’ Day on 14th February  with book blind dates and book match-making galore. The Book Club has been meeting fortnightly, and enjoying the informal chats about what they’re all reading.

The Library Captains for 2017 have now been elected, and we congratulate the successful candidates Josh Bereson and Suzannah Stone. These two leaders will be fantastic ambassadors for our school library, and we are very happy to have them on board.

The brand new library system Access-it is up and running, and our OPAC is dazzling anyone who takes a peek. Check it out (at school only) via this link: You can also stay up-to-date with library news, events and photos on the GEC website library page.

Coming up in the library we have Cultural Diversity Week displays, a pop-up library for holiday reading and as always, plenty of new books arriving every week. (Mrs Gatt regularly publishes lists of the new items - available at the front desk!)


Karys McEwen

College Librarian

Literacy News

With the Premier’s Reading Challenge now underway, this is the perfect time to encourage a regular independent reading program at home.  Research shows that one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve a student’s reading ability is simply to spend more time reading.  There are a number of significant benefits to regularly reading which will not only support a student’s literacy but all of their future studies.


  • Improves comprehension – time spent reading independently is strongly associated with overall reading achievement.
  • Builds vocabulary – students who read widely learn more words and word meanings and consequently grow their vocabularies.
  • Increases fluency – unless children read substantial amounts of print, their reading will remain laborious, limited in effectiveness, and lacking in fluency.
  • Develops background knowledge, cultural literacy and more – Put simply; “Those that read more, know more.”


It also has a number of additional returns, including, but not limited to:

  • Helping students become lifelong readers
  • Allowing for students to take greater ownership over their learning
  • Increasing motivation and engagement across all subject areas


Twenty minutes of sustained reading three times week is enough time to see improvements, but of course, if the student wants to read more, that’s great!  If you are worried about your child not using the time productively, many of the students across the Junior School now have “Readings Logs” in the back of their English exercise books. This is a perfect place for them to record the title of the text, the date(s) they read on and how many pages they read for, which allows them ownership over their learning but also provides some accountability.  Plus, it helps them compile a list of the texts they’ve completed for the Premier’s Reading Challenge!   


Michael Kelty

Literacy Coordinator

Sports Report

Sport Round Up

It has been a big start to sport at GEC this term.  With our own swimming sports in the second week of term and then straight on to senior and intermediate inter-school summer sports. Year 8 inter-school sport was last week and Year 7s will be competing this week.


Students of Glen Eira College have experienced some huge success already with the senior lawn bowls team of Campbell Hymans, Boris Pribil and Ashley Szmerling progressing through the Beachside Division and then continuing their masterful bowling by beating Westernport in extended ends to win the Southern Metropolitan Region. Fantastic work men! Good luck at STATE!!

The intermediate girls’ softball team trounced through the Beachside Division with a notable home run by Zoe Markopoulos against Elwood.  This is the 4th year in a row that the softball team has blitzed the division and will play in the regionals in May. Good luck ladies!

The Year 8 girls’ softball team had their second year in a row without losing a single game and have also progressed through to regionals. Keep it up girls!


Beachside swimming was two weeks ago with all students participating at every opportunity.  With lots of second and third place getters, Paul-Antoine Galliot won the 50m butterfly and progressed through to the next level. Fun was had by everyone and all students should be commended for their spirit and their willingness to give everything a go.  Well done to all involved.

Still to come this term is the Cross Country to be run on 31st March and we anticipate a huge day of spirit and eagerness to score points for their houses.


A reminder to all students to keep checking the GEC Hub website for photos of all our winners and for updates on future events.


Peter Bales

Sports Coordinator

SRC News

Term 1 SRC Activities

The SRC has been busy plotting great activities in the calendar for term one... all driven by students. This provided the opportunity for students to get involved, work as an amazing team comprised of students from many year levels and extend themselves as leaders. 


Funky Hair Day led by Ben Hobbs-Gordon was an absolute success. Year 12 students Katelyn Stanhope, Nathan Markopoulos, Josh Susskind, and Ben Hobbs-Gordon had their heads shaved at lunch time by professional hairdresser, Tony from Liana James  in Carnegie. Runcha Jiva-Anan chose to donate her hair to Cancer patients. The five students planned this in the summer holidays and saw it to fruition, with loud cheers from their peers at Glen Eira College, raising more than $2000 online. At school, we also had a sausage sizzle, team collection, hair spray stands and a DJ. A further $810 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation. Well done everyone!! Thank you to all students, teachers and parents who helped out in making Funky Hair Day a memorable one! #AwesomeEffort


The next event planned is the special Cultural Diversity Week. Watch this space.


The next few lines are a special message for year 7 students... no doubt you know what the SRC is, but what you may not know is that EVERYONE is WELCOME!! So, join us to better our school, help organise special days at our school and help us help the community. See you on Tuesday at lunch time in Room 107. #MakeAdifference


Dorit Tane
Student Voice, Team Program and Special Weeks Coordinator


Funky Hair Day

Funky Hair Day was on Wednesday 8th March  and once again was a brilliant success! It was a great atmosphere, with a barbeque, coloured hairspray and music. Year 12 students Katie, Nathan M, Josh S and myself, shaved our heads for the World’s Greatest Shave and Runcha also cut her hair and donated it to form a wig! Heaps of money was raised and it will be used by the Leukaemia Foundation to fund future research and support patients going through hard times. Thank you for the all the support and donations!


Benjamin Hobbs-Gordon

Year 12

Performing Arts News

Thank you to the GECPA

Thank you so much to the Glen Eira College Parents Association for their generous donation to the College’s Instrumental Music Program. With the funds they raised in 2016 at their successful Trivia Night event, we have been able to buy a range of new instruments and accessories, including a tenor saxophone, an additional electronic drum-kit, two violins and a viola. These additions are greatly appreciated, and will be used by GEC music students now and into the future.

2017 School Production

Planning is underway for this year’s School Production - we can’t reveal what it is yet, but we do want to let staff, students, parents and carers that it is happening! Lock in these dates now – performance week will be in week 5 of term 3, with evening performances on Tuesday 15th August, Wednesday 16th August and Thursday 17th August.


We are hoping to have student meetings and auditions before the end of term 1, and rehearsals will begin on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term 2. Opportunities exist to participate for all students, staff and parents; regardless of previous experience.


Students who are interested in participating in either the production cast or crew, stay tuned for announcements on the bulletin. Parents and carers who are interested in volunteering their time or skills to help out with this year’s production, please contact Ms Laura Baker-Goldsmith by either email ( or phone on 9571 7838.

Instrumental Music at GEC

Introducing some of our talented woodwind students. Our woodwind teacher Mr Mark Dipnall has been working hard with the flute, clarinet and saxophone students since the beginning of the year and is starting up a concert band next term. The concert band (to be conducted by Mr Dipnall) is open to all GEC students who play a woodwind or brass instrument, as well as any student percussionists. The concert band will rehearse in the PAC on Mondays after school from 3.30pm-4.30pm.



Percussion Ensemble 

Monday Lunchtime


Concert Band                                                      

Monday 3.30pm – 4.30pm (starts term 2)


Junior Vocal Group (Year 7 and 8)                 
Tuesday Lunchtime


Guitar Ensemble                                                

Wednesday Lunchtime



Thursday Lunchtime


String Ensemble                                                 

Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm


Other Vocal Ensembles                                     

Friday Lunchtime


All ensemble rehearsals take place in the PAC. If the rehearsal takes place at lunchtime, please turn up promptly with your lunch. If you are interested in participating in any of the ensembles, or would like further information, drop by during rehearsal time or visit Ms Baker-Goldsmith in the PAC staffroom.


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts


Around the College

Enhancement and Enrichment

My name is Georgina Peters and I am the Enhancement and Enrichment Coordinator for 2017. I currently teach French, English, and Drama (Immersion), and coordinate the inter-school debating program. My role is to oversee enrichment opportunities for the students, and to support the staff in providing high challenge opportunities both within and outside the curriculum. This year we aim to have multiple chances for students to extend themselves and enrich their learning over all faculties. Some highlights that are approaching soon include the Model UN Conference for senior students and the DAV Junior Public Speaking Competition. We ask the students to keep an eye on the bulletin for new opportunities, and we hope to see them taking advantage of all that is offered! 


Georgina Peters

Enhancement and Enrichment Coordinator

Pi Day

Students in Year 8C Maths investigated the value of pi on pi day. They drew a circle of any size and measured its circumference using a piece of string. They measured the length of the string using a ruler and divided this length by the diameter of circle. All students did this calculation and all the answers were closer to 3.14 which is the approximate value of pi. Students were fully involved in this activity and enjoyed learning  the value of pi by drawing circle of different sizes. And later they learnt about how the formula for finding the circumference of circle is developed and this pi number is also used for finding the area of any circle.


Parminder Kaur

Maths Teacher

GEC Geography Championship

On 27th February Mr Chamontin held the Glen Eira College Geography Championship, so he gave me the honour to tell me how the championships work. It is when students from all year levels are welcome to show their geography skills. In 2016 our Geography Championship's theme was Cities and Capitals of the World and this year our theme was the Flags of the World.


We got into teams then Mr Chamontin showed us a flag and then in the teams we had to guess what country the flags belonged to. With every correct guess, you got 10 points. This year we had 4 teams and I went individually, which was very daunting but very fun. Congratulations to Ariel’s team who successfully came first place scoring 190 points, in second place ‘Cool Kids in Israel’ with 170 points, and I came individually in 3rd place with 130 points.

I think the Geography Championships is a great way for geography lovers to show their skills to others, although it was very daunting to be the only person competing individually, it was great fun and as a geography lover I hope to see more championships like this in the upcoming future! Good job everyone and thank you Mr Chamontin for holding the championships. It was a success and I am looking forward to more events like this.

Luisa David

Year 8

Careers Corner

University Information

UMAT information

UMAT registrations are open for all applicants that are required to sit the UMAT for their university course preference/s. Registrations must be made by 5pm on Friday June 2nd. The test date is on Wednesday 26 July 2017. UMAT practice test No.1 is included with the UMAT 2017 registration. Applicants will also have access to some free preparation videos once they complete their registration to sit UMAT 2017. Please see Ms McCaskie if you require further information.


Academy of Design: Visual Communication Design Seminar

20th May, 10:30am – 12:30pm

This event is for students studying Units 3 & 4 Visual Communication Design. Students will hear from an experienced teacher about how to prepare their folios. Registrations should be made online.


Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2018 gap year open 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.


LEAP: Advanced Engineering Workshop

5th & 6th April @ La Trobe University, Bundoora

Applications close 24th March.

This workshop is for students studying VCE Maths Methods or pre-Methods who are interested in engineering. It is run in conjunction with the Engineering Link Group.


LEAP: Next Step – Health Workshop

4th April, 9:30am – 1pm @ The University of Melbourne

Applications close 26th March.

This workshop is open to Year 11 and 12 students who are interested in a career in the health professions. Students will hear from speakers talking about future career options in the health industries, as well as talking about what life at university and the transition from school is like.


LEAP: Next Step – Sciences Workshop

6th April, 10am – 2pm @ Monash University, Clayton

Applications close 26th March.

This workshop is open to Year 11 and 12 students who are interested in a career in science. Students will tour laboratories, find out what studying science at university is really like, and hear about the transition from school to university from current students.


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.

Year 10

Work Experience

It has been nice to meet many of the Year 10s and be able to assist them with Work experience Placements. If you are finding it hard to secure a placement, please come and see me. My appointment times are on the board outside the Senior School office where I am located. Forms with the placement are due in by the end of this term.


Work experience placement opportunity

Interested in Geography, Maths, IT and the outdoors; this may interest you!!


GOITGIRLS Work experience Program

The GOIT Girls program is now in its 4th year and was created to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine. The program aims include developing technical and employability skills and provide insight into industry.

Year 10 student Anika Dixit applied and secured herself a placement in the program run from 6th - 10th March. Her placement included a visit to the Telstra’s Innovation Lab and a teleconference with overseas executives on International Women’s Day.

General Information

NIDA School Holiday Classes

NIDA is running school holiday classes in Melbourne over the Autumn break, with options for young people from Years 7 to 12. If courses are booked earlier then 4 weeks before  the start of classes, then an early bird discount of 10% applies.


Careers in the Graphic Design Industry

This website focuses on the range of careers in the Sign and Graphic Design Industry. It includes a list of available apprenticeships by state, career guidance, and more detail about the Sign and Graphic Design Industry.


Australia’s Science Channel: Ultimate Careers

Ultimate Careers is a resource from Australia’s Science Channel, providing information about careers of the future that involve science and technology. They have a magazine and an app, with a video and podcast channel coming soon.


Holmesglen Online

Holmesglen offer various courses online, from short course to degree level.


Defence Jobs Info Sessions

Melbourne: 23rd March, 6pm – Engineering Careers

Warrnambool: 23rd March, 6pm – Defence Careers

Melbourne: 27th March, 6pm – Army Reserve

Melbourne: 30th March, 6pm – Women in Defence


Volunteer registrations open for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Volunteering at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience for all those who are involved. Volunteer applications are open now.


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 or Gabrielle Darvell, Business Manager, 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.


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will be provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.


If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee families. The allowance is paid to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.


The annual CSEF amount per student is:
$225 for secondary school students.


How to Apply
Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download here:


More Information
For the CSEF application closing dates and more information about the fund visit:

XUNO Events and Payments

In term 2 we will be launching the Events and Payments module on the XUNO portal. This will allow 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 anticipate making this a staged roll out and details will be provided to each group as required. We will also 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.


If you have any questions then please contact me or on 03 9571 7838.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

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.   If you are interested in coming to any of our meetings, please send an email to

Multicultural Picnic – 7th March

Many Glen Eira College families enjoyed a sublime summer’s evening in the school garden with a variety of delicious food from our many family backgrounds and catching up with school friends and making new ones. Two parents with kids just started at GEC met again for the first time since their primary school days!

New items from our fundraising

Our secondhand uniform stall in January raised $2,137, which entirely covered the cost of a defibrillator.  The college and the parents association agreed that this is an important piece of equipment to have available in the event of a medical emergency. The new defibrillator is now in the administration area.


Last year's Trivia Night raised over $12,000. The college has just spent $5,000 of this on musical instruments and related supplies:

A Yamaha Tenor Sax  
2 Stentor Violins
A Yamaha Electronic Drumkit
A Stentor Viola
Wolf violin/viola shoulder rests
Neotech Soft Sax Neck Straps
Neotech Sox Harness
Reeds, drumsticks, guitar picks & power supplies


Plans are now being made to spend the remaining money from the Trivia Night on new outdoor seating for the area behind the Performing Arts Centre.

Party in the Park Allnut Park 19th March

Glen Eira College Parents Association held a stall at the festival to raise funds for the college. In keeping with the pet theme of the festival, we sold homemade dog biscuits and animal-themed craft kits for kids as well as sno-cones and jams made by parents.

School Crossing Safety Campaign 

We are continuing to raise awareness of the danger of the Booran Road school crossing with the media and government.  You may have noticed the eye-catching banners recently hung up on the corner of Neerim and Booran Roads.

If you haven't yet signed our online petition, please do it now.  Go to

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).


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 Rd, Caulfield South.

Rubbish-free healthy lunch box ideas Glen Eira Council

Thursday, 30 March 2017 7:30- 9:30PM Glen Eira Town Hall


It is estimated that each school child is responsible for creating more than 30kg of waste from their lunchbox each year. We can help reduce the amount of packaging sent to landfill using reusable packaging, buying in bulk and choosing healthy food options as many come in their own packaging! This interactive session will offer great recipe ideas and tips to help prepare rubbish free, healthy lunches for children, including take home recipes and samples to taste on the night.


Presenter: My Wholefood Romance’s Meg Thompson


Meg is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist, health writer and natural health lecturer. Her passion for wholefood, cooking and using food as medicine led her to create My Wholefood Romance as a means of inspiring others to fall in love with home cooking and the benefits of wholefood.

Bookings $10 Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333.

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Term 1 Study Workshops 2017 

Presented by the ICS Learning Group

Open to all students who are in Years 9 to 12

These popular small group Workshops are presented by highly qualified, experienced teachers.


Held at MLC Kew – from 10 April 2017

  1. Advanced Reading Skills – years 10 - 12

NOTE: Sitting UMAT in 2017? This course will be of benefit

  1. Study Skills – years 10 to 12
  2. Essay Writing Skills – years 9 &10

Class sizes are limited - Early booking essential

To enrol - book online at


For more information call the ICS office on 9818-3888

Presented by the ICS Learning Group

Helping students learn for more than 25 years

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Glen Eira College
Derek Freedman
0425 708 845  



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