GEC College News

13 February 2019
Issue One
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School News
Senior School News
Library Corner
Performing Arts News
School Production
Wellbeing News
From the Office
We Welcome New Staff
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Wednesday 13th February

Year 9A, 9B & 9C Program Indigenous Walk Excursion 11am – 3pm


Production Auditions 3:30pm – 5:30pm


Thursday 14th February

Library Lovers’ Day


Year 9D, 9E & 9F Program Indigenous Walk Excursion 11am – 3pm


Friday 15th February

Senior Interschool Sport


Year 9 TAASS Exploration Day Excursion


Wednesday 20th February

Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion – BCO Class 8.30am – 1:30pm


Year 9A, 9B & 9C Program St Kilda Beach Clean Up Excursion 11am – 3pm


Year 12 Parent Information Evening 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Library


Year 7 Parent Information Evening 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Performing Arts Centre


GECPA Multicultural Picnic 6:30pm - 8pm


College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Thursday 21st February

Year 9D, 9E & 9F Program St Kilda Beach Clean Up Excursion 11am – 3pm


Monday 25th February

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Wednesday 27th February

Year 9A, 9B & 9C Program Williamstown Sea Shepherd Base visit Excursion 


Thursday 28th February

Year 9D, 9E & 9F Program Williamstown Sea Shepherd Base visit Excursion 


Year 12 Formal 6:30pm - 10:30pm


Friday 1st March

GEC Swimming Carnival


Monday 4th March – Wednesday 6th March

Year 7A, 7B, 7C & 7F  on Camp


Tuesday 5th March

Beachside Swimming


Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th March

Year 7D, 7E & 7G on Camp


Wednesday 6th March

Year 11 Biology Zoo Excursion


School Tour 9:15am


Monday 11th March

Labour Day Public Holiday (School Closed)


Thursday 14th March

Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion - MMT Class 11:50am – 3pm


Friday 15th March

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Tuesday 19th March

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Wednesday 20th March

College Council 7pm - 8:30pm


Friday 22nd March

School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 26th March

Year 7 Immunisations


Parent Teacher Interviews A – K 2:15pm - 6:30pm


Wednesday 27th March

Andrew Fuller: From Stressed to Strong Presentation 7pm - 8:30pm


Tuesday 2nd April

Parent Teacher Interviews L – Z 2:30pm - 7:15pm


Wednesday 3rd April

School Tour 9:15am


Friday 5th April

GEC Cross Country Carnival


Last Day Term 1, Students dismissed at 1.30pm


From the Principal

Welcome to all students and families - returning and new.  It has been a great start to the year for students and staff. Our wonderful Parents & Friends association organised our annual second hand uniform sale just prior to school commencing.  Many families were able to take advantage of the opportunity.  Thank you to the team of hard working parents who were on hand to help and to all those who donated items.


Our staff spent the first 2 days of the year engaged in professional learning.  With so many new staff we took time to:

  • review our 2018 staff, student and parent survey data and VCE results data
  • ensure a common understanding of our Behaviour for Learning Process and our SABRE instructional model
  • complete training in regards to Anaphylaxis and Mandatory Reporting
  • develop our individual performance management plans
  • provide Learning Areas with an opportunity to work together.

We commenced work on our 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan.  Our focus is to continue to improve outcomes for each of our students, providing them with a challenging and supportive learning environment with a range of opportunities to develop their skills and talents. Improving our practices in relation to Differentiated Teaching Practice and Student Voice and Agency are major foci for 2019.


It has been wonderful to have already had two whole school assemblies in Weeks 1 and 2.  The second assembly was to congratulate all of our students who have taken on formal leadership responsibilities across the College.


Parent Information Session with Andrew Fuller: From Stressed to Strong - Wednesday 27th March.  See the Wellbeing News section for details and how to book your place.

The Glen Eira 5

‘The Glen Eira 5’  is a document that articulates the practices behind the promises we make as a staff.


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.

Being involved at GEC

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.
  • Nominations for School Council are due Wednesday 20th February.  This is a great way to get involved in the College. If you are interested in nominating, you can collect a nomination form from the General Office.

VCE Results

We were very pleased with the wonderful results achieved by our Year 12 students. Congratulations to Morgan Edwards, our Dux, with an ATAR of 99.25.   

  • We had a 100% pass rate    
  • Our students’ mean ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score was 66.85
  • 6.6% of study scores were 40 or above
  • 15% of our students scored ATARs greater than 90, 28% of our students scored ATARs greater than 80
  • Our students’ mean study score was 29.68 rising annually
  • 94% of students received 1st round tertiary placement offers

Professional Practice Days for Teachers

As part of the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017, teachers will receive one day per term when they are out of the classroom to focus on the improved delivery of high quality teaching and learning.  These are not student free days.  Casual Replacement Teachers (CRTs) will be employed to cover classes. We are scheduling the days ahead of time and have planned the day so that there is minimal impact.


Some staff will take their term 1 day on the day of the Swimming Carnival.  The remaining staff will take their day in the week 4th – 8th March 2019 (Year 7 Camp Week).  Teachers will ensure planned work is provided for students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Monday 11th February

This week we promoted the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.


Here is a quote from the United Nations: ‘Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.


In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted  resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.’


We contributed to an article in the Leader Newspaper with some of our Year 12 female science students being photographed.  The library had a display and the day was promoted via the Student Hub.  Science teachers did a range of quizzes and activities in classes.  Other activities included creating posters on female scientists from around the world and an interesting activity ‘Draw your idea of a female scientist’.


Schools have been advised by the Department that it is not compulsory for schools to offer a whole-of-school insurance policy, and to remind families that any insurance needs to be taken up on an individual user pays basis.


Parents/Guardians are also reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance / transport and any other transport costs. Parents/guardians can purchase insurance policies from commercial insurers if they wish to insure their child.


Mobile Phone Policy - I congratulate our students on how they have embraced the new Mobile Phone Policy and thank parents for their support.


Communication at and with GEC - our staff endeavour to respond to your email and telephone calls in a timely manner and within 48 hours.  Many staff teach 250 students (or more!) and can be overwhelmed with correspondence.  If you are having difficulty getting responses, please contact me directly.


We have many wonderful events planned for 2019, including Cultural Diversity Week in March which will be a highlight for term 1.  Lunchtime and afterschool activities have begun – see the website for a full list.   


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Welcome back to all our students. A particular welcome to our new students and Year 7 students. We are very pleased with the performance of our students in the first few weeks. They are making learning their focus, presenting themselves well in their uniform and treating each other with kindness and respect.


Please find below important dates to note for this semester. If you do not have access to Xuno or have lost your password please contact the General Office.

Reporting timeline – Semester 1, 2019

Years 7-11 Progress reports - 3 times per semester


Year 12 Progress reports - 2 in term 1, 3 in term 2, 3 in term 3


Assessment Task Criteria 7-10


Year 11 and 12 – Assessment Tasks are graded as a percentage.

Parent Teacher Interviews Term 1

Surnames A - K: Week 8, Tuesday 26th March 2.15pm – 6.30pm

Surnames: L – Z: Week 10, Tuesday 2nd April 2.30pm – 7.15pm


Bookings will open on Xuno a week prior to the interview day. All students will be dismissed at 2:01pm on the Parent Teacher Interview days.

Last day of term

On Friday 5th April students participate in the cross country run.  The school day concludes at 1.30pm.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

SEAL Program Year 7 Entrance TEST 2019

Registrations for the 2020 Year 7 SEAL Program Entrance Test will open very soon.  Testing for students will occur on Friday 17th May 2019 from 1pm to 4pm. Note this is a change from the previously advertised date of May 10. 

The test comprises 4 online multiple choice components of 30 minutes each and a 15 minute written expression component.


All applicants for the SEAL program will also be asked to sit a 10-minute interview with a panel of teachers as part of the selection process. This is an opportunity for each child to discuss why they chose to apply for the SEAL Program, talk about their strengths and areas they want to work on as a learner, what motivates them to do their best and how they will demonstrate their commitment as a student at Glen Eira College.

Year 9 Exploration Day at Melbourne University

Four Year 9 students will be attending the Year 9 exploration day at Melbourne University as part of The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools annual program.  This event will introduce Year 9 students from various TAASS schools to the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus and immerse them in activities that encourage them to think about future areas of study. 

Alpine School

I am delighted to announce that Glen Eira College has been allocated 6 positions at the School for Student Leaderships Dinner Plain Campus in Term 3 of 2019.  The positions - for 3 boys and 3 girls  - will be open to all Year 9 students.  A selection process will commence in Term 1, with positions to be confirmed by the start of Term 2.  An information session for students and parents will be held in coming weeks. 


School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training initiative offering a unique residential education experience. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students' home regions.

Student Leadership

At last Friday’s whole-school Leadership Assembly, we publicly acknowledged students who have been appointed to leadership positions at Glen Eira College for 2019.  It was exciting to share this celebration with all parents, students and staff.  Congratulations to the following students:


School Captains

Sean Kelly

Sierra Danon


School Vice Captains

Ashleigh Harris

Taylor Lowery


House Captains


Hanna El Shorbagy

Shruthi Sasi Kumar



Zoe Markopoulos

Shoan Kondhalkar



Sanjay Medikonduru

Maayan Ashkar



Chloe Guss

Antoine Hobbs

Georgia Goodson


Junior School Captains

Yashasvi Agrawal

Haddi El Shobagy


Junior School Vice Captains

Sebastian Buley-Delanty

Darcy Messenger



Year 12

Ashleigh Harris

Jack Meehan


Year 11

Antoine Hobbs


Year 10

Aimee Harris

Gauri Gupta

Luisa David


Year 8

Rusha Shah

Dana Gonshor

Sydney Steinwinder

Yvette Lipvestky

Candice Roxas

Anaelle Micciche


Year 7

Sholem Burstin

Liam Mischel

Harshitha Meenakshishundaram

Jennifer Biller

Alexis Rowshan

Oscar de Bruin

Odelia Ashkar

Natalie Duieb


Library Captain

Abigail Staples


Year 12 Executive

Angela Horta

Ashleigh Harris

Chloe Galileos

Dips Thaker

Eliza Miller

Ivan Au-Yeung

Noa Kantor

Sean Kelly

Shruthi Sasi Kumar

Sierra Danon

Tali Maltz

Taylor Lowery

Thomas Fasham

Vishnudutt Kappagantula


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Junior School News

Get organised, get involved, get focused

Welcome back to 2019 and a special welcome to our new students, parents and guardians to the Glen Eira College community. We look forward to working with you throughout 2019. We acknowledge that learning is a partnership between all members in a student’s life and welcome all communication to work together to aspire to our best learning outcomes.


I would like to thank all returning students for their focused and calm start to the year. The learning occurring in each and every room has been a pleasure to see.


We have an Information Session on Wednesday 20th February for all Year 7 families 5.30pm - 6.30pm.  Hope to see you there.

Junior School Captains

Congratulations to our Junior School Captains in their leadership role. We look forward to the contribution you will make throughout the course of the year. Junior school students are welcome to call on the assistance of these students to assist in their time at GEC.

Haddi El Shorbagy, Yashasvi Agrawal, Darcy Messenger and Sebastian Buley-Delanty.

Year 7

Our Year 7 students have had a positive start to their learning at GEC. It has been wonderful to see their enthusiasm over the first weeks of secondary school and their efforts in creating new links with peers. Year 7 students have had an opportunity to experience all their new classes along with a study session run through Elevate Education to kick start their positive study habits.


Year 7 camp is also fast approaching. Further information will be sent out this week, please contact the school if you have not received this by the end of the week.


Year 7 Team Leaders:

  • 7A - Karen Eap
  • 7B - Daniel Mulligan
  • 7C - Jenny Sanchez
  • 7D - Lou Tsarpalas
  • 7E - Michelle Jacobs
  • 7F - Emma Nishikubo
  • 7G - Fiona Tingate

Year 9 Program

Our Year 9 program has gotten off to a great start. The focus of this program is for Year 9 students to be actively involved in their local community. Students will experience a number of incursions and excursions with the aim to increase awareness around a number of issues our community faces and work to help reduce the impact of these issues. Students will shortly participate in an indigenous walk and scavenger hunt and a beach clean-up day.

Elevate Education

On the 11th and 12th of February, Elevate Education visited our Year 7 and 9 students to teach them strategies around time management and memory mnemonics, designed to get students thinking about organisation and move students away from rote learning. Developing positive study habits from Year 7 will set our students up for success, but this should be reinforced both at school and at home.


Please explore Elevate Education’s website for more information and to access the Student Portal which has many tutorials on developing positive memory and organisational skills, please visit: We ask that you have a conversation around the learning your student has gained from this session and assist them to put new strategies into place around their study, in particular revision strategies at home.

Key Messages in Junior School

  • Learning starts at 9am - We appreciate your efforts in working together to have students at school and ready to learn by 9am. This is paramount for the best learning to occur and to set positive habits in place for students’ futures.
  • Correct uniform - all students should now be wearing the correct uniform. If there are queries about this, please refer to the uniform policy set out in the Student Planners.
  • Step outside your comfort zone - it is where the magic happens.
  • Attitude to learning - we all get to choose how we respond to situations in our life and learning is no different. Having a positive attitude to our learning will open many opportunities to take our learning further.


Junior School Team

Year 7 Coordinators: Daniel Lake and Sue Rio

Year 8 Coordinator: Laura Baker-Goldsmith and Charlee Cowley

Year 9 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Junior School Leader: Ryannan Mathieson

Senior School News

Welcome to the students, families and staff of Senior School 2019 and a special welcome to our new students. As the new school year commences, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce the Senior School Team:


 Senior School Leader - Jeff Micallef

 Year 10 Coordinator - Delanka Peiris

Year 11 Coordinator - Ben Wickham

Year 12 Coordinator - Laura Brancatella

Careers and Pathways Coordinator - Carol McCaskie

 VASS Coordinator - Monique Leftley


The Senior School Team, along with the class teachers, is really looking forward to working with students this year. Our goal is about giving students at Glen Eira College the best chance of achieving successful outcomes from their Senior School years. In doing this we aim to continue to set high expectations that we are confident our students can reach.


Being new to the College, I have enjoyed getting to know our students and will continue to throughout the term. On the whole, the students seem to have settled in to the start of the year quite well.

Now is the time for students to get organised and stay organised. Students are reminded to manage their time accordingly and prepare fully for upcoming SACs /assignments. It is very important to us that parents and guardians have a good working relationship with staff. Working together we can ensure the successful progress of each student.

Year 10 Work Experience

Last year we reviewed our Work Experience Program.  As a result we have changed the timing of Work Experience Program to coincide with the Year 10 Camp.


Work Experience: Week 10, term 3 Monday 16th September – Friday 20th September 2019.


Year 10 camp: Week 10, term 3 Tuesday 17th September – Thursday 19th September 2019.


As the College grows it gets more and more difficult to find work experience placements for all students. We have had large numbers of students over the past few years rely on the school to find them a work experience placement and many of these students have been reluctant to participate in the program at all. Our aim when running the two programs in the same week was to give the students the option of not participating in work experience if they are attending camp.

Students who wish to be involved in both programs can participate in work experience during the term holidays. Glen Eira College will continue to support these students with their work experience in the same way we support all students doing work experience.


If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact me or Ms McCaskie, Student Pathways and Work Experience Coordinator.


Jeff Micallef

Senior School Leader

Library Corner

2019 has kicked off with a burst of positive energy. The Library Team has welcomed a new Librarian, Ms Sherri Michael and farewelled Ms Karys McEwen. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Ms McEwen for her tireless effort in promoting reading for pleasure and information skills.


The opportunity for holiday reading was taken up at the end of last year with high loans experienced during the last week of the 2018 school year. This is a timely opportunity to remind students to clear out wardrobes, cupboards, bookshelves and bags so that any outstanding library items can be returned. The previous schedule of overdue email notifications continues and students have already received reminder notices and overdue notices.


Homework Help continues on a fortnightly basis, with this year’s first session being held on Tuesday 5th February. It was pleasing to see many students availing themselves of tutoring assistance.


Likewise the first Library Monitors meeting was convened on Wednesday 6th February during which Abigail Staples was elected Library Captain for 2019. Monitors were introduced to their role and began preparations for Library Lovers’ Day in earnest.


Library Lovers’ Day will be celebrated on February 14th with romance fiction and chocolates on offer for lucky borrowers. Other special events will be celebrated throughout the year.

Book Club members have enjoyed their first meeting for the year and shared their holiday reading favourites. They have a host of activities and events to look forward to this year, building on the wonderful foundation established by Ms Karys McEwen.


At present the library shelves are bursting with hard to fit books. Students are invited to continue borrowing outside of their classroom wider reading programmes. With a broad range of formats and genres - biography, fantasy, romance, adventure, graphic novels, manga, general interest nonfiction - students are encouraged to browse and borrow during the library’s opening hours which are unchanged from last year:


Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm


Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm


The library is open at Recess to Year 12 students and Library Monitors only


Lunchtime opening from 1:00pm onwards (Closed to general access during the fortnightly Book Club meetings)


Sherri Michael

College Librarian

Performing Arts News

Why Music?

Information taken from the latest Music Australia report (


An education inclusive of music maximises student opportunity
Music maximises student engagement and provides opportunities for a child’s personal development. It makes a positive contribution to a child’s individual development that no other subject can match. Young people who engage with music and learn an instrument are more likely to be “better citizens” Music helps underperforming students to improve across a range of subjects.


Music improves confidence, self-expression and fosters creativity
Music is a powerful tool in enhancing health and wellbeing. Creating and performing music can improve a young person’s sense of self-worth and promote positive self-confidence. Creating, learning and performing music is rewarding for students in many ways. It helps them to express themselves and allows an opportunity for them to feel valued. Music facilitates and nurtures emotional growth by teaching students about responsibility, expression and assessment.


Music promotes teamwork and collaboration
Making music with other people helps to establish a culture of tolerance and acceptance. Creating and experiencing music as a group leads young people to understand and value diversity. It promotes sharing, listening and encourages social growth by asking students to work together.

Instrumental Music at GEC

The College’s Instrumental Music teaching team consists of:

  • Mr Mark Dipnall - flute, clarinet and saxophone on Monday
  • Mr Mark Voogd – drums and percussion on Monday
  • Mr Robert Westlake – guitar and bass on Wednesday
  • Ms Tori Wood – voice on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Ms Zamarah Morley – violin, viola and cello on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Ms Charlene Wijaya – piano and keyboard on Thursday and Friday


  • Wind/Percussion Ensemble – Monday Lunchtime
  • Vocal Ensemble (open to all college students) – Tuesday Lunchtime
  • Guitar Ensemble – Wednesday Lunchtime
  • Acapella (by audition) – Thursday Lunchtime
  • String Ensemble – Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm


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 Office.

Performing Arts Dates

  • Week 8 (date TBC) - Year 10 Cinema and Theatre Studies Excursion
  • Week 9 - GEC’s Got Talent Auditions (with SRC)
  • GEC’s Got Talent Showcase (with SRC)
  • Week 10 (date TBC)   Year 7 First Notes Concert 6.30pm
  • 4th April - Singfest (SEVR event)


Laura Baker-Goldsmith
Head of Performing Arts

School Production

The Wizard of Oz

It is that time of year again and our school production is under way. This year we have chosen a classic, The Wizard of Oz. In 2019 it will be the musical’s 80th anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than for Glen Eira College to put on the best show yet.


Mrs Mortimer and Ms Wood have already started auditions in week 2, with singing and dancing. In week 3 we will be having call-backs as well as acting auditions. The amount of talent that has been showcased is amazing and all students should be immensely proud. It will be a hard show to cast but we are all very excited.


Crew sign ups will commence in the near future, around week 6. Any student in Years 7-12 is welcome to apply and sign up times will be advertised in the bulletin. We need students in all areas: sound, lighting, props, sets, make up, costumes and much more. We will also call upon parents to assist later on, so please keep reading our school newsletter for details.


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


Sarah Mortimer

Head of School Productions

[email protected]

Wellbeing News


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.

Xuno Portal

Need your login details for the Xuno portal? Contact the College on 9571 7838 or email [email protected]


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 

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


If you have any questions  please contact me [email protected] or on  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 being involved, want to come to any of our meetings or are not already receiving our emails, please send an email to [email protected] to Eliza and Svetlana.


Our next meeting will discuss

  • Party in the Park – Allnutt Park Bentleigh Sunday 17th March
  • Multicultural picnic– welcome to Year 7 families – Wednesday 20th February 6:30pm
  • Movie Night
  • Autumn school uniform sale

Volunteers (welcome even in a small way) and other suggestions welcome.

Multicultural Picnic - Wednesday 20th February 6:30pm - 8pm

All Glen Eira College families are invited to share a picnic dinner at the school to get to know other school families. Please bring a plate of food from your culture to share and your picnic set - plates, cups etc. to reduce rubbish. Last year’s picnic was very enjoyable - a sublime summer evening in the school garden sharing a variety of delicious food from our many family backgrounds and catching up with school friends and making new ones. Two parents with kids who just started at GEC met again for the first time since their primary school days!

Second-hand Uniforms - January sale 

Thanks to parents who ran the stall, donated uniform items and sorted, labelled, washed and mended clothes. The uniform stall raised over $2400 for the school and helped families reduce the cost of school clothes.

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 7:45pm at the corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve.

So that we can keep in contact, we have set up a messaging group on Whatsapp. To join the group, just email us your name and phone number.  (If you don't already have Whatsapp installed on your smartphone, you will need to do that first -it's very easy to install and to use).

Ride2School Day Friday March 22

Active transport is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst students and the wider school community. Whether they ride or scoot all the way, or part way, it's a great way for all students to get active, learn new skills and increase their confidence. National Ride2School Day is a fantastic opportunity to encourage active travel within your school community. The day celebrates those who already actively travel to school and encourages those who don't to start. In 2015 Glen Eira College adopted an active travel charter to encourage students and staff to travel by active means. Half way is ok - so if you are driving organise for your kids to walk from say Glenhuntly Road or station, Booran Reserve or scoot or ride from EE Gunn Park or the Town Hall.


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.


Cathy McNaughton


We Welcome New Staff



Jessica Ballingall


Kelly Blake


Clinton Chiumello


Michelle Jacobs


Monica Kartika


Arivu Kumaran


Ryannan Mathieson


Jeff Micaleff


Sherri Michael


Maureen Naguib


Fiona Tingate


Tanya Tsiakos


Community News / Advertisements


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