GEC College News

06 August 2018
Issue Five
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
College Council News
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Crazy Hair Day
Library Corner
Performing Arts News
Languages Corner
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Monday 6th August

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Tuesday 7th August

Year 7 & 8 Boys Soccer regional finals

Tertiary Information Night 6:45pm


Thursday 9th August

Radio Club Excursion 7am - 10:40am

Junior School Australian Maths Competition


Friday 10th August

Coffee with the Leadership Team 9:30am

Intermediate Boys Soccer regional finals


Wednesday 15th August

Year 10 Cinema & Theatre Studies Excursion - An Ideal Husband 11am – 3:30pm

College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Thursday 16th August

School Tour 9:15am

Year 11 Health & Human Development Excursion 9:52am – 12:40pm

Science Week Bio21 Institute Excursion


Friday 17th August

Year 8 Interschool Sport

Year 7 STEMania! Incursion 9:52am – 10:40am


Friday 17th – Friday 24th August

CBCA Book Week 2018


Monday 20th August

Year 7 Book Week Author Talk Incursion 11am – 12:40pm


Tuesday 21st August

Year 11 Legal Studies Supreme Court Excursion

Year 8 Book Week Author Talk Incursion 11am -12:40pm


Wednesday 22nd August

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Thursday 23rd August

Radio Club Excursion 7am - 10:40am

Year 9 Book Week Author Talk Incursion 11am – 12:40pm


Sunday 26th August

Matinee du francais (French conversation morning) Excursion 9:15am – 12pm


Wednesday 29th August

Melbourne Writers' Festival Excursion


Thursday 30th August

Years 10-12 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm – 6:30pm

All students except ELC dismissed at 2:01pm 


Saturday 1st September

Fright Night Trivia Night 7pm


Monday 3rd September

Instrumental Music Gala Concert 6pm


Tuesday 4th September

GEC Athletics Carnival


Wednesday 5th September

Year 7 2019 Information Afternoon 4:30pm - 5:30pm


Thursday 13th – Friday 14th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Full Day Rehearsals 


Saturday 15th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Performances 1pm & 6:30pm


Monday 17th September

Beachside Track & Field


Thursday 20th September

Years 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


Friday 21st September

Last Day Term 3

From the Principal

Welcome to the more than 20 new students who have joined our College this term and the 50 plus new students in the English Language Centre.


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

Little Shop of Horrors – 2018 School Production

What an absolutely amazing production we had this year with almost 100 students involved!  Congratulations to Sarah Mortimer who led the production commencing with auditions last December.  Thank you to all the staff and parents who were involved in a range of roles.   I cannot count the number of hours staff and students did in preparation, which certainly paid off.  It was highly professional, completely engaging and loads of fun for the audience and all the students involved.  Well done to everyone involved.  

Australian Olympic Committee Presents the Pierre De Coubertin Award to Zoe Markopoulos

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 Olympic Athlete has been a role model to you and how?'


Congratulations to Zoe Markopoulos who won the Most Outstanding Digital Award - an outstanding achievement.

Homer Poetry Competition Winners

Humanities 21 is a non-for profit advocacy organisation that is committed to promoting the importance of the humanities in work and in personal life.  They offer students an opportunity to enter a Homer Poetry Competition which includes a cash prize and an opportunity to present their poem at a public event.


Congratulations to Jasmine Shaw who won the inaugural competition in late 2017 with her poem depicting Odysseus yearning for Penelope inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.


Congratulations to Gabriel Gliouzberg who won this year with his poem about the saving of Helen in the Trojan War based on Book 9 of Homer’s Odyssey.

Coffee and a Chat With Members of the Leadership Team

Friday 10th August at 9.30am

Parents/carers are warmly invited to school for a coffee and an informal discussion.  It is an opportunity for you to speak with us and share your thoughts and ideas about your child’s experience at GEC.

School Review

As mentioned in the last newsletter we are currently preparing for our school review.

We are currently

  • finalising all school policies/documentation for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Minimum Standards check
  • preparing the Pre-Review Self-Evaluation Report to the school review panel, along with other data and information that will inform the review.

Every year we administer the Attitudes to Schools Survey (students), Staff Opinion Survey and the Parent Opinion Survey.  The Parent Opinion Survey is administered to 30% of our families as determined through a computer generated random sample as per DET guidelines.  I am keen to provide an opportunity for input from all families.  If you have not received a link to the DET Parent Opinion Survey I would appreciate it if you could complete the survey accessible via the link below by Monday 13th August.


Here is the link:

Work Experience

In the last week of term 2 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. Many students make important connections to the workforce and our students received very good feedback from their employers.

Buildings and Landscaping

Last week a group of students, staff and parents led by Cathy McNaughton began planting in the area behind the Performing Arts Centre and are doing a great job.  Thank you to Cathy and Elizabeth Allan for leading this initiative.


Next week we commence landscaping in the area in front of the main building between the General Office and the canteen.  This project is funded by the college.  A focal point in this area will be a stage for student performances – and our students do like to perform!  Funds from the Trivia Night organised by our wonderful Parents and Friends Association will be used to fund the stage which costs approximately $20, 000.


Hope to see you at the Trivia Night!

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.

Congratulations to Our Talented Students

Congratulations to Bridie Skinner who was a member of the 2018 Victorian Intermediate Calisthenics State Team this year. Congratulations  to Ruby Carroll who was a member of the 2018 Victorian Senior Calisthenics State Team this year. Both girls were extremely honoured to represent their state.


Bridie and Ruby commenced training in November 2017 after auditioning for team selection and had compulsory Sunday training sessions. The year’s journey culminated in a concert to a sold out audience at the Palais Theatre in June and the National Championship Team Competition held at the Canberra Arts Centre in July, against other competing states.


Bridie’s team of 25, 14- 16 year old calisthenics performers was successful in winning the National Championships. They competed in six 3 minute routines and scored first place in each one to win the overall aggregate championship trophy. 


Ruby’s team of 18, 17 and older calisthenics performers was successful in winning the National Championships. They competed in six 3 minute routines and scored first place in each two items to win the overall aggregate championship trophy. 


It was a very exciting time for Bridie and Ruby and their hardworking teammates. 


Calisthenics combines strength, flexibility, grace, apparatus and performance elements in choreographed gymnastic and dance routines performed to music. Teams are adjudicated out of 100 points on the elements of uniformity, technique, interpretation and execution by a panel of interstate judges.   

Congratulations to Jarrod Wisdom.  Jarrod has been a member of the Australian Boys Choir for 6 years and has been successful in auditioning to perform in the 2018 tour of Europe.  This is an outstanding achievement - only 20 out of approximately one hundred members of the Australian Boys Choir get to participate in this international tour.  Jarrod will be performing in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic .  Well done Jarrod.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Learning Begins at 8.55am

Glen Eira College is committed to supporting all students to achieve the highest attendance rates.  When students are late to school without a note or a phone call from their parent or guardian, they are required to attend a lunchtime detention on the same day. 


If your child is late for any reason, it is best to contact the school office as soon possible.  This can be done by phone (9571 7838) or email (


A new term brings new sporting opportunities for interschool sport.  The term 3 sports are Futsal, Basketball, Table Tennis and Hockey.  Students have been signing up over the first few weeks of the term and their competitions are being held on the following dates: 


It has been fantastic to see three boys' soccer teams progress through to the Regional Final.  Our Year 7, Year 8 and Intermediate (Years 9 and 10) teams all won their Beachside Division Final and their respective playoffs for the Regional Final against schools from Casey South.   Our staff have been running extra training sessions and the commitment of the boys has been commendable.  We wish them well in their upcoming finals. 

Hosting a student from Ogaki, Japan
Thursday 16 August to Tuesday 21 August 2018

Every two years Glen Eira City Council accepts exchange students from the Ogaki International Exchange Association (OIEA) as part of a sister city relationship.


Glen Eira College is delighted to be a part of this program in 2018 by providing our families the opportunity to host 9 students aged 12 – 15 years and three delegation leaders in August 2018. This is an excellent opportunity for students and families to learn more about Japan, its history, people and culture and to expand their Japanese language skills.


The opportunity to host a student is a wonderful experience, a benefit to the entire family. Not only will you be sharing Australian culture but you will be learning about another world, have fun and most of all make friendships which will last a life time.


We still require a couple more host families.  If you would be willing to host a student or a leader please contact the General Office as soon as possible. 

Award Recipients

It was our pleasure to recognise the outstanding effort, attitude and application of our students at the recent Mid Year Awards Assemblies.  Awards were presented in the fields of Academic Excellence and Academic Endeavour.  Award winners were nominated by their teachers and presented with their certificates by our Principal, Sheereen Kindler.  On behalf of the students, staff and parents I would like to thank the brave students who were willing to sing the national anthem at each assembly. 


Congratulations to all of the students listed below. 


Academic Excellence


Academic Endeavour

Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

New Attendance Requirements

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence, by phoning the absence line on 9571 4178.


Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.


If you are planning to go on holiday you need to contact the Year Level Coordinator as soon as possible to make a meeting time in order to plan for the absence, preventing your child from falling behind in their learning.


All Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.


This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.


The Glen Eira College Attendance Policy which outlines the school’s processes and procedures for monitoring, recording and following-up of student absences is available on the school website.

Writing and Reading

We continue to have a focus on writing and reading this year at the college. The English KLA and Literacy Leader, Justine Douglas, has been leading a focus on improving the writing and reading of students across the school. A particular focus has been at Year 7 and 8. These students have been working on the Seven Traits of Writing program and how to become more sophisticated readers. The experience of other schools and the educational research into these programs provide a strong foundation for our approach. Our teachers regularly moderate student writing together to improve the quality of written work. Staff have been undergoing professional development over the year in vocabulary development, reading strategies and the traits of writing.


Cristina, our literacy teacher, has been working with our teachers on ensuring that our students’ reading skills are enhanced. We are using a range of reading strategies such as reading conferences that enhances the ability of students to be discerning and intuitive readers. This is particularly important when reading exam questions.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

College Council News

School Council Report

Council met  in July and will meet again in August. Council has been working on a number of policies including the Canteen Policy, Attendance Policy and Homestay Policy. Council has started discussing the implications of the available results of the Students Attitudes to School Survey. GEC is also investigating and consulting on mobile phone usage at school with students, staff and parents. This feedback will inform the Council’s policy review of this issue.


GEC Council is writing to CDC regarding recent timetable changes to the bus route 623 (St Kilda - Glen Waverley) via Booran Road.  If your children are negatively affected by these changes, you may want to email to raise your concerns. 


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our two new student elected representatives to Council – Morgan Edwards and Ashleigh Harris. Morgan and Ashleigh are already valued members of Council after only a couple of meetings. Student voice on Council is critical as they have insight into how school polices work on the ground and are a valuable addition to parent, staff and community representation on Council. 


The electronic speed signs on Booran Road are now operational. I am thrilled every time I see the signs and, from what I have noticed, cars seem to be traveling slower all through the school day. Steve Dimopoulos, Member for Oakleigh, attended GEC in June to celebrate the installation of the signs with students and staff from VicRoads.


Congratulations to the team who put on such an entertaining and successful production Little Shop of Horrors. Thanks to the students, staff and parents who contributed to produce a show of such high standards. A lovely supper was provided by the GECPA.  What a great night out!


Thanks to Cathy McNaughton for organising a fantastic tree planting day last Friday at GEC. Students, staff and volunteers worked together on a lovely sunny day to plant trees and shrubs, some of which were donated by Glen Eira Council and by the Level Crossing Authority. Also thanks to Ross McNaughton for his hard work digging holes and assisting on the day. Some students said they had never planted anything before and we all enjoyed working together to beautify the school environment. Now the students can enjoy watching their plants grow and can use these skills at home too!

The GECPA Trivia Night is coming up on 1st September.  This is always a fun night out and a great way for staff, parents, friends, alumni and Year 12s to support GEC.  Mr Lou will be Trivia Master and there will lots of great prizes.  The theme is Fright Night. So book a table, plan your costume and come along. See the GECPA page for more information and booking details.


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


Ruth Gordon


Glen Eira College Council

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

A massive Glen Eira welcome to the five new students in Year 7 who are already fitting in seamlessly; George Liu, Joshua Emptoz, Jasmin Weisberg, Daniel Bromley and Ebony Ryan.


Amazing effort from the  students who won the Academic Excellence Awards for Semester 1 and an equally impressive effort by the students who won the Academic Endeavour Awards for Semester 1.

Congratulations to the Year 7 Boys Soccer Team who won 4 - 1 against Cranbourne Secondary College in Southern Region Preliminary Finals. The following boys are off to the Southern Region Finals:

Zac Palatsides

Matis Lambert

Igor Dubrovski

Raphael Nicolas

Lee Swiatlo

Maxime Eysseric

James Robbs

Jess Whiteman

Arki Zakkas

Gus David

George Fetsis

Iliya Zolotarev

Dusty Silawan

Ethan Danon


Lastly well done to all the Year 7 students who participated in this year’s school production, and what a show it was. The following students were a part of the cast:

Harriet  Rowsell

Ella Dry

Izzy Keusgan

Lihee Ashkar

Rudi Hudson     

Yvette Lipovetsky

Georgia Immerman

Ella Carmeli-Wolski

Rayne Harari

Olivia Colletta

Hayden Cormick

Mandeiya Green

Alexandra Wood-Freeman

Raphael Lazarus

Anaelle Micciche

Eve De Blanpre

Freya Matthews

Orleanna Murray De Brossard

Erin McNaughton

Susi Staples

Kayla Fox

Parmis Abedini

Lulu Schori

Nicole Mazis

Mila Bowman

Shira Reznik


And the crew:

Angel Ortell

Kreepa Bhusal  

Ines Gotmaker 

Max Walker-Adair

Roni Segal          

Evelyn Krelle     

Bella Campbell 

Isabel Conrad-Stewart  

Eloise Ng             

Sophie Kiss        

Jason Scott        

Jemma Willingham         

Max Kais


Mathieu Givogue

Junior School Leader

Year 8 Highlights

As usual there has been a lot happening in Year 8 with no shortage of highlights from both inside and outside the classroom. 

We have welcomed four new students to the Glen Eira College community: Alana Pergl, Jackie Smith, Lizzie Strutt and Hayoung Kim. We wish them a smooth transition into Glen Eira and look forward to them being successful members of the school community. 


Congratulations to the Year 8 students who helped make the 2018 production of  Little Shop of Horrors one of the best the college has seen. There were a number of Year 8s who had roles in the cast and crew. See the performing arts section for a more detailed report on the production.


Towards the end of term 2 8A, 8B, 8C & 8D were involved in a projected-based learning program run by the Australian Council for Education Research. The program was part of a wider research project aimed at developing capabilities like collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking, and research skills. The focus of the project was the humanities subjects but it also incorporated cross-curricular activities. The feedback we recieved from the students involved was that is was a stimulating and exciting project to be a part of and it was great to see students being challenged in different ways. 


Finally, the Year 8 boys soccer team defeated Cranbourne 4-1 to qualify for the Southern Metropolitan Finals to be held in August. We wish the following students all the best in the next stage of competition:

Aran Pinsky
Michael Mints
Michael Linardakis
George Pappas
Marti Casanovas
Lucas Vaidie
Haddi El Shorbagy
Daniel Schauder
Aiden Tsui
Truong Tran
Yoni Chul
Ben Dolidze
Baptiste Mazuel


Daniel Mulligan

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 9 Highlights

We have so many talented students within our Year 9 cohort this year. Recently we had our school production of Little Shop of Horrors, which included several Year 9 students in main roles. Well done to those students involved and I hope that we see you next year for another fantastic, talent filled show. 


These students included:

Ben Matthews

Jasmine Shaw

Liam Ben-Moyal

Lottie Hudson

Aimee Harris

Alannah De Jesus

Georgia Wood-Freeman

Chhavi Goel

Marcus Georgiou

Preyanshi Shah

Gabriella Voges

Layla Carmeli-Wolski


At the start of term we had our Excellence and Endeavour awards which were presented at our weekly assembly.  Parents were invited along to join in on the celebrations and I was so proud of all of the students who were nominated and received an award on the day.  Progress reports are a good indication of how are students are travelling overall in all subjects. Students who have worked hard and show dedication to improvement have been awarded for their efforts. There will be more opportunities for students to gain awards this year at the end of year celebration awards in December.

We have Year 9 camp coming up soon, which will take place in term 4, week 3. This camp is called Rubicon Outdoor Education Camp, and will be available to only 70 students. It is really important that you register your interest as this is a first in best dressed camp. You must fill in a Google form which has been sent to you all. This camp is 5 days and will be a fantastic opportunity for all who would like to be involved. Please stay tuned for more information.


Sarah Mortimer

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

On the first Friday of term 3 the Year 9s had their awards ceremony. During this morning, academic excellence awards and academic endeavour awards were received. The academic excellence awards are given out to students who have excelled across all areas of their study at school. The academic endeavour award is awarded to students who have put in their best effort across all subjects during the semester.


Speeches were made by Junior School Captains and Sheereen Kindler, the school Principal. There was also an award given out for community service. David Southwick was at the assembly to give this award out. This award was given to Ruth Gordon, the president of our college council for her amazing work she does for our school and our community. Overall the awards ceremony is always a great morning where we get to reflect on our successes and achievements.


Aimee Harris

Junior School Vice-Captain


After three fantastic shows, the GEC 2018 production of Little Shop of Horrors has drawn to a close. Throughout this journey over 6 months, the cast, crew and GEC community put together a show that was not only enjoyable to perform, but to watch as well. A huge thanks to Mrs Mortimer for making this amazing production come to life, and to all the teachers who gave up their time to contribute to and supervise the show, and we all look forward to next year’s production.


Ben Matthews

Junior School Captain


The production Little Shop of Horrors would not have been possible without the crew. Thank you for making everything possible, because without you it would be a pretty dull show. Congratulations on being part of something so special and helping out extraordinarily!


Jenna Casamento

Junior School Captain

Senior School News

Term 3 is already well underway with course counselling for 2019 in full swing. All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will have met, or are meeting with Carol McCaskie or myself in regards to subject selections and pathways. All interviews will finish by the end of week 4 and students will be notified of any issues later on in term 3. If you have any questions or concerns about course counselling or subject selections, please contact Nick Hamer-Smith.

Thank you to Daniel Lake who has replaced Mary Maniatis for three weeks while she has been soaking up the sun in Hawaii.


  • The 2018 VCE Examination Timetable has been distributed to all students studying a Unit 3/4 subject this year. The link below contains the VCAA rules for conduct, as well as the timetable. Please ensure you read over this.
  • Our attendance policy requires a minimum of 95%. If you are absent, or your child is absent, you must provide a medical certificate the day upon returning. In order to be successful in your studies, you must be at school every day - every day counts.
  • Transition dates for 2019
    • Year 11 and Year 12, 2019: Thursday 29th November - Thursday 6th December
    • Year 10, 2019: Thursday 29th November - Friday 14th December
  • End of Year Exam dates:
    • Year 11 Study Day - Monday 12th November
    • Year 11 Exams - Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th November
    • Year 10 Study Day - Monday 19th November
    • Year 10 Exams - Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd November
    • Year 9B Exams - Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November
    • Normal classes - Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th November

Key Dates

  • GEC Athletics - Tuesday 4th September
  • Year 12 Valedictory - Wednesday 21st November

I’d like to take the time to thank all of the parents, guardians and students for your support over the years as Junior and Senior School Leader at GEC. I will be taking family leave as of 3rd August so please contact the Assistant Principals if you have any questions. As I have coordinated all of you throughout your time in the Junior School, it’s a timely reminder to Get Organised, Get Focused and Get Involved! I wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing all of your achievements in the future.


Keira McLean

Senior School Leader

Tertiary Information Night

Join us for our Tertiary Information Night on Tuesday 7th August in the PAC, to be seated by 6.45pm, starting at 7pm.

Information on the VTAC and tertiary processes and deadlines will be explained. Please contact me for any other information about the night.


Carol McCaskie
Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Crazy Hair Day

On a sunny 12th June (thankfully the rain stayed away) the SRC organised a fundraiser to help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis by having Crazy Hair Day. We had washable sprays to spray the hair of students (and some willing teachers) who wanted to help contribute to this worthy organisation.

We also had a giant food stall of goodies that were between $0.50 - $2.00. There were many different types of baked goods such as brownies, cookies, cakes and lots more, kindly made by the SRC team. People came by to get their hair sprayed in many different colours. The music was playing loudly (thank you Mr Petersen) and there was a rainbow of coloured hair from reds, oranges, gold, silver, purple and blue.


We raised about $220.00, which was great. A big thank you to everyone who supported this activity. We hope to plan many more for the rest of the year.


Rusha Shah and Jemma Willingham

Year 7 SRC Reps

Library Corner

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, the library is busier than ever with students desperately escaping the cold. What a perfect time to snuggle up with a good book! We have also started communal jigsaw puzzles in the middle of the library with numerous students from all year levels working to complete the puzzles in their breaks. Someone recently commented, “I’m addicted!” Well, it’s a nice change from screen overload.


Planning for our CBCA Children’s Book Week celebrations is well underway with plenty of exciting events in the works. Some of the Library Monitors will be hosting lunchtime activities including Book Trivia and a Book Cover-Making Competition, and we will also hold a Book Club Open Day where regular book clubbers will invite peers or teachers along. Three authors will be visiting for Book Week; Sammy J (Year 7s), Nova Weetman (Year 8s) and Cath Crowley (Year 9s). The week before Book Week there will be an incursion for Write a Book in a Day, where groups of students will hunker down in the library to write and illustrate their own books. And the week after, the Book Club will attend the Melbourne Writers’ Festival schools program to see a number of different author talks and literary events. 40 students will be attending this popular excursion!

Keep an eye out for our Book Week display that is going up in our corridor window, complete with shortlisted books from the CBCA Book of the Year awards. The theme for 2018 is “Find Your Treasure”. Books and libraries certainly are treasure, and you can read why the GEC students think so on the pin board display at our library entrance.


In other news, the highly-anticipated Japanese collection has been established and can be found in the Languages section of the library. Here you’ll discover the Hiragana Times (a Japanese magazine) as well as picture books, graphic novels and novels for varying language abilities. Everything in the collection is aimed at students looking for pleasure reading in Japanese, and these new books and magazines have been heavily borrowed from the minute they were placed on the shelves. We are very proud of our new Japanese collection! Next up: a new Hebrew collection! If you have any suggestions for contemporary books in Hebrew, or places to purchase these items, please get in touch with the library staff. We are also seeking donations of books in excellent condition, on subjects of interest to our students.


College Librarian: Karys McEwen

Library Technician: Megan Gatt 


Performing Arts News

Little Shop of Horrors

It only feels like yesterday we started planning the 2018 school production of Little Shop of Horrors. And what an amazing trip down to Skid Row we had. With visiting Mrs Mushnik, Seymour and Audrey we felt every emotion from joy, sadness and anger.


I would like to thank everyone who could come and watch the show during our 3 night performances in our Performing Arts Centre , and especially to those who came to watch more than once, there were many of you. We had a sold out show on Thursday night and the other two nights were very close to being the same. The students and myself appreciate your support and also to all of the staff and parents who supervised backstage during the shows.

All students and staff who were highly involved in the show received care packages that included a show poster, program and participation certificate. There were also 12 special awards given out to the cast/crew who put that little bit of extra effort into their role this year. Well done!


Congratulations to Ben Matthews, Jasmine Shaw, Maayan Ashkar and Warne Hewett who were our main stars of the show and were the ones who just touched the surface of what was an amazingly talented group of students this year.


We have received such amazing feedback on what has been a colourful journey and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2019. We will be having our auditions hopefully in activities week of term 4 and also in February of next year. Please stay tuned to what will hopefully be as successful as this year’s show.


Sarah Mortimer

Production Coordinator

Production Band

 Little Shop of Horrors. would not have been what it was without the amazing work from the band! Ms Baker-Goldsmith and Ms Morley began working on the music with the band in early June, and had many rehearsals (including in the holidays!) before the opening night.


The band had a mix of students, teachers and professionals playing up on the mezzanine above the stage for each performance. At the end of each act, Ms Morley cast her votes on the “Best in Band”, or BIB for short, which is like the Best on Ground or the Brownlow (only much more prestigious). Richard Shao was our inaugural winner, and had to wear his incredible blue bib for the second half of the last performance (sorry Richard!).

Thank you to the following GEC students who played in the band: Layla Carmeli-Wolski (flute), Daniel Mijares Mendez (tenor saxophone), Richard Shao (piano), Olivia Bauchiere (piano) and Lucas Vaidie (guitar). You all did a brilliant job, not only for giving your time to rehearse and perform, but also for putting in a tremendous amount of effort every single time you played.


Also a huge thank you to the following teachers and professional players who were involved: Mr Mark Dipnall, Ms Charlene Wijaya, Mr Jeff Kiat and Ms Laura Baker-Goldsmith (co-musical director). Your input and professional experience helped the show to run as smoothly as possible, and your nurturing work with the students made their experience unforgettable.


And lastly, thank you to the cast, crew and other students/teachers who were involved (including those behind the scenes!). The band loved working with you all – can’t wait until next year!


Ms Zamarah Morley

Musical Director (and GEC Strings Teacher)

Interested in learning a musical instrument?

There are a limited number of additional spaces in the College Instrumental Music program in the following instruments:

  • Brass (new!) - trumpet and trombone
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Woodwind - flute, clarinet and saxophone
  • Strings - violin, viola and cello

Instrumental Music lessons occur on a rotating timetable during class time. This minimises the chance of students missing the same class more than once a month. All students are expected to participate in at least one ensemble, with rehearsals occurring during lunchtime or after school. The semester levy is $200, which covers the costs of delivering the program including purchasing/maintaining instruments and equipment, photocopying and the like. There are also limited numbers of instruments available for hire from the college for $100 per semester.


For further information or to request a place in the Instrumental Music program, please contact Ms Laura Baker-Goldsmith (Head of Performing Arts) on 9571 7838 or

VSSS Mass Choir Rehearsal

Thousands of Victorian students are perfecting their dance moves, memorising their words and tuning their instruments as part of this year’s Victorian State Schools Spectacular, including the following GEC students:



Mikki Clemans 10 (violin)



Sophie Rowsell 10



Yvette Lipovetsky 7C

Maani Baker 8C

Estelle Lipovetsky 10



Anaelle Micciche 7B

Orleanna Murray de Brossard 7B

Rudi Hudson 7C

Harriet Rowsell 7C

Alexandra Wood-Freeman 7G

Alicia Scott 8C

Caleb Hopewell 8F

Layla Carmeli-Wolski 9B

Jasmine Shaw 9B

Sophie Swiatlo 9B

Alannah De Jesus 9E

Lottie Hudson 9E

Dasha Tolkach 9E

Georgia Wood-Freeman 9E

Izzy McFarland 10

Musicians, singers, dancers, skaters, puppeteers and circus artistes will amaze an audience of more than 10,000 people at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Saturday 15th September, with shows at 1pm and 6.30pm.


This year’s show, titled With the Beat, explores ideas of belonging and identity. The journey of exploration will see Hisense Arena transformer into a mystical Venetian masquerade ball and a wondrous Steam Punk Fairground.


There is something for everyone’s musical taste. Talented vocalists and musicians will perform more than 40 songs from artist like Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Sheppard, Tim Minchin and Beyonce.


VSSS18 Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular - With The Beat went on sale from 9am on Thursday 19 July.


Go to or call 132 849. (No code word required. Ignore the prompt on the Ticketek page.)


Adult                           $40 + booking fee
Concession              $30 + booking fee
Junior (U15)              $20 + booking fee

Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (for group bookings please call 1300 364 001).

Upcoming Performing Arts Dates

  • 9th August - Radio Club - GEC on the air on Southern FM 88.3 @ 8am
  • 22nd August - VSSS18 Mass Choir rehearsal (Melbourne Town Hall)
  • 23rd August - Radio Club - GEC on the air on Southern FM 88.3 @ 8am
  • 3rd September - Instrumental Music Gala Concert
  • 6th September - Radio Club - GEC on the air on Southern FM 88.3 @ 8am
  • 13th and 14th September - VSSS18 Full day rehearsals (Hisense Arena)
  • 15th September - VSSS18 performances (1pm and 6.30pm)
  • 20th September - Radio Club - GEC on the air on Southern FM 88.3 @ 8am


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Languages Corner

Bastille Day Festival at GEC

As usual, we had a fun day celebrating the 14th July at GEC.

Crepes for Change came to the school and students enjoyed delicious crepes while making a difference. All the profit goes to eliminating youth homelessness in Victoria.


French Model United Nations

We are very proud of our students from Year 10, 11 and 12 who participated in the French Model United Nations this year. They confidently represented Vanuatu, United Kingdom and Republique Centrafricaine and debated on the topic of Refugees , a Humanitarian Crisis in French!


Bastille Day Festival - 14th July

Our Year 12 students did not hesitate for a second when I told them to perform a French dance at the Bastille Day Festival on a Saturday morning over the holidays!! They have been choreographing a French dance every year since they are in Year 7!


They are true GEC Languages Ambassadors! You've made Glen Eira College very proud!!


The French music band "Les Moustachus" have been working hard in the last three months to bring the Bastille Day's audience their rendition of the French classic " Ensemble" by Jean-Jacques Goldman. When the day came, during the holidays, parents and audience members were delighted to hear the song and many praised the band. Be sure to see the band next time!" 


Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages



Careers Corner

Year 10, 11 and 12

University Open Days are late July to August. A flyer was handed out to all Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Come to the Senior School Office if you need a flyer.  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!


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University Information

University open days are now on in August.

Please check the university websites to plan your day!


NIDA Undergraduate Applications for 2019 are open

NIDA’s three-year practice-based Bachelor courses provide an intensive and immersive experience, as students work together to create, perform and stage full theatrical productions, films, events and exhibitions.

Applications are now open and close September 30.

Click on the individual links to apply –
BFA (Acting)

BFA (Costume)

BFA (Design for Performance)

BFA (Technical Theatre and Stage Management)

BFA (Properties and Objects)

BFA (Scenic Construction and Technologies)

Scholarships and bursaries

Find out more -



 Defence Force Australia – Women in Defence

August 7 | Berwick

Speak with current serving women in the ADF and learn about opportunities in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

Find out more -


Monash University – Education Showcase

August 13 – 17 | Clayton & Peninsula Campus

A week showcasing all that Monash Education has to offer, participate in digital technology activities, learn about the future of health & physical education.

Find out more -


Melbourne Polytechnic – Women’s Market & Greensborough Community Fair

August 26 | Greensborough, Victoria

Celebrating the new Greensborough Precinct, now home to Melbourne Polytechnic. A great day out with roving entertainment, demonstrations, Women in STEM exhibition and lots more.

Find out more -


 Career Expo – Melbourne

September 21 | Federation Square

Virtual Reality Tech Hub, Bean Bag Panel Talk (topic of the jobs of the future, the most in demand skills to have to get hired). Resume Writing Workshop and Job Interview Masterclass.

Find out more -


University of Melbourne – Interstate Student and Parent Info Day

October 5 | Parkville Campus

A day for prospective undergraduate students and their parents.

Find out more -

Year 10 Work Experience

June 25 to 29 - What a fantastic week our Year 10s had on work experience! Everything from Media, Legal, Interior Design, Childcare, Scientific research, Medical, Automotive and Retail, just to mention a few.


Many students were visited by GEC staff. 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 that 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. Please contact the Careers Office if you can offer a placement in 2019.


Course Selection Interviews

Starting this term, I have been conducting course selection interviews for the Year 10s. This follows the VCE information night that was held at the College on Wednesday July 18.  

General Information

Kangan Institute (TAFE) – Experience Days

Our experience days are exciting interactive events that gives students and members of the general public a taste of what studying at TAFE involves.

School registrations are full, but you can still register as an individual.


2 August

20 September


23 August

Find out more -


Metro Tunnel will be looking for 800 apprentices, trainees and cadets

The Victorian Premier’s office has released the following statement:

“Tradies, crane operators and tunnel boring machine crews will all be needed to build the urgently needed Metro Tunnel, which will create nearly 7,000 jobs, including positions for almost 800 apprentices, trainees and cadets.”

Read the release -

Find out about the project -


ASD Cyber EXP – online cyber career exploration

The ASD Cyber EXP sponsored by the Australian Signals Directorate, is an interactive online cyber career exploration experience run on the LifeJourney platform.

It enables students to test drive a day in the life of five ASD cyber professionals.

Users will participate in challenging real-life cyber scenarios, discover the skills and tools used by these ASD cyber mentors, and explore the vast number of careers available in cyber security today.

Find out more and register -


10 Jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

Sustainability and web-based services seem to be driving the change - how does this fit in with your post-school plans?

Watch the video -


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator


Enhancing mental health support in schools

To support school communities to effectively identify and intervene early with the mental health needs of children and young people, the Victorian Government has announced the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative (VABMHI). 


One of the aims of this initiative is to provide enhanced mental health services to young people in Victorian government secondary schools in 2018.


The Department has partnered with headspace to deliver this mental health support through one on one student counselling sessions for students in Victorian government secondary schools. These sessions are designed to increase the availability of mental health support for students, improve mental health outcomes and assist students in finding the right support as appropriate.


Secondary students of Victorian government schools will have easier access to face-to-face and telephone counselling services from headspace. Students can access one on one counselling services via a referral made through a centralised contact person within their school. The contact person at Glen Eira College is Wellbeing Leader Jenny Sanchez.


To be eligible for this service at Glen Eira College students must be identified as experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. Further information for parents is provided in a factsheet which you are invited to access through the following link:

fact sheet’ (pdf - 337.39kb)


If you would like further information please contact Wellbeing Leader Jenny Sanchez on 9571 7838 or email 

Supporting adolescents to understand the harms of substance use

The Wellbeing Team supports students to understand the harms of substance use, and how to support their classmates and friends on minimizing their risk of harm when faced with substances.


The Wellbeing Team would like to inform students and their families of free resources that are available to them if required. The Youth Drug And Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) website, provided by the Youth Support & Advocacy Service (YSAS) has a range of resources for families, carers and youth. These respond to FAQs, as well as outlining harm minimisation strategies and other information.

These resources are accessible from: &

For additional information and service support available for youth, the YSAS website is accessible from:

Should you, or a family member be struggling with alcohol and other drug use, contact the Substance Use Recovery (SURe) service for advice and support on 1300 00 SURe (7873) or visit their website at:

TaskForce also provide programs and advice for adult & youth services in the South East region, visit their website at:

Adolescent Health Nurse: Christalia Formoso

Student Support Worker: Morgan Hunter

Wellbeing Leader: Jenny Sanchez


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 

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


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


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


Our next meeting will be on Saturday 11th August 10am - 11am at Jo's place East Malvern – email for address details.


We will discuss

  • Trivia Night
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24
  • Student mobile phone use at school

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

Trivia Night Saturday, 1st September 2018

Of course, the night isn't just about having fun. We'll also be raising money for a school gate, bike parking and general improvements to the school grounds.

An important part of our fundraising on the night will be our silent auction. If you have a business or a contact, you can help by sourcing sponsorship or collecting vouchers, services, goods, hampers, art, etc and/or donating  for the silent auction. Please contact Jo McCutcheon on 0438 571 574, or send your donation direct to Glen Eira College, 76 Booran Rd Caulfield East 3145.


You can also send us an email or ring/sms Svetlana on 0431 154 662. We have prepared a letter requesting donations to help approach businesses you know.

Several GEC families have already made generous donations, including the Guss family and their business, Melbourne Table and Chair Hire, who are providing our tables, chairs and other equipment for the night.

Previous Trivia nights have been lots of fun and very successful.  We need a few more volunteers to assist planning the night. Please email GECPA if you can help


Tree Planting

Thanks to the parents and teachers who organised and helped with tree planting last week with the Environments Club, the ELC and the Home Economics class. A new bush garden of indigenous plants was planted near the corner of the PAC Neerim and Booran Roads to beautify the school and create habitat. The students had a ball and one girl was thrilled to have planted her first ever plant! Please ask your kids not to walk on our new plants. Ross, a former student, dug over 200 holes for new plants and enjoyed being a buddy planting with Max - lucky to have the same buddy in primary school, high school and in uni holidays!


Stage 2 of the garden will be planted with indigenous grasses donated by the Level Crossing Removal Project Caulfield - Dandenong on Wednesday lunchtime 8th August. If any parents are keen to help please contact Catherine on 0412 119 807.

Weekly walk and talk

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:45pm at the corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve.So that we can keep in contact, we have set up a messaging group on Whatsapp. To join the group, just email us your name and phone number.  (If you don't already have Whatsapp installed on your smartphone, you will need to do that first -it's very easy to install and to use).


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.

MTF Leader Newspapers Transport Forum for Glen Eira

Presented by the Metropolitan Transport Forum and Leader Newspapers Hosted by Glen Eira Council

Wednesday 15 August 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm Caulfield Town Hall

A public forum to discuss transport issues before the State election in November.

Meet the candidates from major parties, hear their policies and ask your questions.

Speakers include;
- Nick Staikos MLA for Bentleigh
- Asher Judah, Liberal candidate for Bentleigh
- Greens speaker TBC

Chaired by Professor Grahame Currie, Chair of Public Transport Monash University.


Topics for discussion include:
- Public transport specifically bus services within East Bentleigh
- Advocacy for remaining level crossings (Neerim Road and Glen Huntly Road)
- Traffic congestion on key routes
- Cycling corridors and cycling safety.

Suggest a topic or question

Free event, RSVP recommended


A chance to raise safety and transport issues around Glen Eira College and community.


The Forum will be a good opportunity to raise concerns about bus services to Glen Eira College and possible improvements. And a chance to argue to retain Glen Eira Road/Neerim Road on VicRoads and Glen Eira Councils Principal Bicycle Network with potential for improved safety for riding to Glen Eira College, several other schools, libraries and the Bay trail.

Thank you

Thank you to the parents who provided and served supper at the school production. there were lots of yummies with a chance to share our enjoyment of the show with school families and friends. We raised $291.80. It is awesome! You made the difference with your smiles and wonderful cakes!


Cathy McNaughton


Community News / Advertisements

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Glen Eira College

Questions? Please email:

Derek Freedman at:

or call on: 0425 708845 






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