GEC College News

12 September 2018
Issue Six
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
National Tree Day
SRC Activities
Library Corner
English News
eLearning at GEC
Around the College
Performing Arts News
Welcoming Students from Ogaki, Japan
Careers Corner
Visual Arts & Technology
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Thursday 13th – Friday 14th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Full Day Rehearsals 


Saturday 15th September 1pm & 6:30pm

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Performances


Monday 17th September

Beachside Track & Field

ELC Melbourne Zoo Excursion


Thursday 20th September

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:40am

Years 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews 2:25pm – 7:15pm

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


Friday 21st September

Last Day Term 3

All students dismissed at 2:01pm


Saturday 29th September – Saturday 6th October

Japan Languages & Science Technology Trip 2018


Monday 8th October

First Day Term 4


Wednesday 10th October

School Tour 9:15am


Wednesday 17th  - Friday 19th October

Visual Arts & Technology Exhibition


Wednesday 17th October

Visual Arts & Technology Exhibition Opening Night 5:30pm - 7pm

College Council 7pm


Thursday 18th October

Year 7 & 10 Immunisations


Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October

Relay For Life


Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October

Year 9 Camp


Monday 22nd October

Last Day of Year 12 Classes

Year 12 Valedictory Photo


Tuesday 23rd October

Year 12 Celebration Day


Wednesday 24th – Tuesday 30th October

Year 12 SWOT VAC


Wednesday 31st October

School Tour 9:15am


Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day (School Closed)


Monday 11th November

Year 11 SWOT VAC


Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th November

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 14th November

College Council 7pm


Monday 19th November

Year 10 SWOT VAC


Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd November

Year 10 Exams


Wednesday 21st November

Year 12 Valedictory


Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd November

Year 9B Exams

Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th November

Year 10 Camp


Thursday 29th November – Thursday 6th December

Year 11 & 12 2019 Transition


Thursday 29th November – Friday 14th December

Year 8-10 2019 Transition


Wednesday 5th December

Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening


Thursday 6th December

Curriculum Day (Student Free)


Tuesday 11th December

Year 7 2019 Orientation Day


Wednesday 12th December

College Council 7pm


Monday 17th December

End of Year Program


Tuesday 18th December

Presentation Night


Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th December

End of Year Program


Friday 21st December

Last Day of Term 4

From the Principal

Trivia Night

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the recent Trivia Night.  It was a really wonderful evening and lots of fun.  Thank you to our fabulous parents and friends for all the work involved, led superbly by Svetlana and Juliet.

Instrumental Music Gala Evening

Our instrumental music students recently played to a packed Performing Arts Centre and were amazing.  I was so proud of the effort students put in to their performances – many of the pieces having a high degree of difficulty.  I greatly appreciate the work of our Instrumental Music Teachers and our Performing Arts Leader, Laura Baker-Goldsmith.     

Year 7 2019

It was wonderful to officially welcome our 2019 Year 7 families to Glen Eira College at our welcome afternoon.  We are expecting approximately 175 students in Year 7 next year.  Parents had the opportunity to listen to a range of staff and learn about the many wonderful program and opportunities.  

 Student and Community Awards

This week we welcomed Steve Dimopoulos, State Member for Oakleigh, to our VCE assembly. Steve presented the Community Builder Award to Eliza Sharpe in Year 12 – a very worthy recipient.  Well done Eliza.


I was delighted to be able to award our Pierre De Coubertin Award Recipient at this assembly also.  You will have read about this in the last newsletter. 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.


Earlier in the term we welcomed David Southwick, State Member for Caulfield to a Year 10 assembly.  David presented the 2018 Caulfield Volunteer Award to our School Council President, Ruth Gordon.  Ruth does an amazing amount of work for our community and very much deserves this award.  Well done Ruth.


School Review

We are continuing to prepare for our school review which will be in term 4.  We have completed the self – evaluation and have almost completed the review of our school policies/documentation for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) Minimum Standards check. 


The Department of Education and Training now provides a suite of policy templates for schools and we have utilised these templates in reviewing our policies.  Below is the link to our Bullying Prevention Policy.  Your feedback is welcome.


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 them so that there is minimal impact.


Several staff have opted for the day prior to Cup Day.  We believe this will minimise disruption to students.  Also, the Year 12 exams will have commenced.


We will run a combination of timetabled classes and alternative activities on this day for all students Year 7 – 11.   Further details will be provided next term.


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


State Schools Spectacular: I am looking forward to seeing our students perform in the State school Spectacular this Saturday.  Students have been working hard in preparation. 


Japan trip: 17 excited students will be participating in our inaugural Science and Culture trip to Japan in the holidays, accompanied by Mr Tsarpalas and Ms Maniatis.  Thank you to Karen Muramatsu for all the work involved in organising such a trip – it is a huge job.


Landscaping: The landscaping in the area in front of the main building between the General Office and the canteen is almost complete.  A focal point in this area is a stage for student performances.  There is also seating and grassed areas.


During the holidays we will be concreting an area along the front of the gym parallel to Booran Road in readiness to install more bike racks.  Students are reminded that they will need to bring a suitable device to lock their bike to the bike rack.


Lockers:  All students are required to have a lock for their lockers.  Combination locks are available at the General Office ($15).  Any lockers without locks will not be available for student use.  I ask for parent support in providing a lock for their son or daughter.


Lost property: We have a growing mountain of unnamed lost property including jumpers, jackets and shoes.  I ask parents and carers to ensure all items of clothing and books are named so that they can be returned to students.


I wish all students and their families a safe and relaxing holiday.  To the Year 12 students - I trust you will make the most of the opportunity to complete the practice exams to the best of your ability.  This will inform you as to where your energy and time needs to be spent in the final weeks of study.


Our enthusiastic staff will again be competing in the annual Teacher’s Games in Ballarat and I wish them all the best – and bring back a medal!


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals


Thank you for supporting the school in ensuring your child is in full school uniform. We remind parents that students should be wearing no jewellery aside from a watch and no more than two sets of earrings (studs or sleepers).


We are very proud of our students’ NAPLAN results. Our results are consistently at or above the state average. More importantly, we have made significant gains in moving students from medium to high growth over the last few years, as can be seen in the tables below. This is testimony to the work of our fantastic teachers, including our English Leader, Justine Douglas, and the Literacy Coordinator, Cristina Presa, who are leading the school in continuing to improve the writing and reading skills of our students through such programs as the Traits of Writing and the reciprocal teaching of reading model.


% of students experiencing high growth at Glen Eira College

Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal


We’re excited to announce that Glen Eira College has been selected to take part in the Bicycle Network’s Ride2School initiative, MIND.BODY.PEDAL.


MIND.BODY.PEDAL is a one-day event for our Year 7 Girls that aims to inspire, energise and empower girls to get active through bike riding.  Research tells us that girls are active for less than 30 minutes a day – less than half the 60 minutes of daily exercise recommended for teenagers.  Led by a team of experts, MIND.BODY. PEDAL will set out to support and celebrate the differences that make girls unique while addressing issues of self-esteem and confidence that hold many back from riding a bike.


On the day, MIND.BODY.PEDAL will be broken into four sessions designed to encourage girls to get active through interactive elements.


On the same day, our Year 7 Boys will be focussing on R U OK? Day by thinking about strategies to maintain a health body and mind. 

Water Polo

In a first for Glen Eira College, nine boys and six girls represented the school at the recent Victorian Water Polo Secondary Schools Cup, a whole day event that was held last Tuesday at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.  This is another great example of student voice helping drive activities at the school. 


This year, in an effort to enhance the access to and participation in secondary schools water polo, Water Polo Victoria and Glen Eira College collaborated with Melbourne High School to bring together students from schools that do not currently have a water polo team.  Our athletes formed a total of four composite teams by combining with similar schools from across Victoria.  Many of our students were complete novices but that did not stop our girls from winning the silver medal on the day.  Congratulations to Bella, Olivia, Lulu, Rusha, Natasha and Lola and all of the boys who played on the day. 



Glen Eira College is committed to supporting all students to achieve the highest attendance rates. At GEC 'learning starts at 8.55am'.


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 (


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

2019 Year 7 Welcome Afternoon

We had a wonderful evening on the 5th September with our 2019 Year 7 parents. The PAC was packed with over 250 parents, all excited to become a part of this vibrant learning community. Parents learnt about our Parent’s Association, Immersion Programs, Instrumental Music Program and the many opportunities afforded to both our parents and students.


Parents were given the opportunity to make friends and start building relationships that may last for the years ahead. We reminded parents that the transition to Secondary College could be very challenging and that it’s important that they are involved with their children and stay in communication with the college throughout this important coming of age.


We are always looking for more parental involvement/volunteers for these events. If interested please contact the school or the Glen Eira Parents and Friends Association (GECPA)- Svetlana Bauchiere 


Mathieu Givogue 

Junior School Leader

Year 7 Highlights


On Tuesday 4th September the Year 7 students participated in the whole school athletics. The students were involved in many events such as long jump, shot put and track races. All students displayed positive sportsmanship and won many awards for their achievements.



The Glen Eira College Instrumental Music  Gala Concert  saw so many Year 7 students challenging themselves with the range of performances. Amazing performances by the Year 7 students included the Year 7 choir, piano solos, the violin group and ensembles.



Year 7 book club students who attended the Melbourne Writers’ Festival hand a mind-blowing experience.


Bernie Coghlan & Delanka Peiris

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

Year 8 Boys Soccer

Congratulations to the Year 8 boys’ soccer team who came runners up at the Southern Regional Championship round. After winning a dramatic penalty shootout to qualify for the final game against Frankston, the boys were right in the game before some late goals blew the margin out to 3-0. It was a great effort and the team was very close to qualifying for the State Finals. 


Daniel Mulligan

Year 8 Coordinator


Australian History Competition Results

In May, Year 8 students participated in the Australian History Competition. The Year  8 paper is  broadly based on the Australian Curriculum: History for Years 7 and 8.  Students responded to a variety of questions addressing knowledge, skills and understandings.  Students had 45 minutes to complete 50 multiple choice questions with many of the questions source-based.


Congratulations to the following students for their  achievements in the Australian History competition.


Penny McNeill                    HIGH DISTINCTION

Alexine Dubois                   DISTINCTION

Daniel Mijares Mendez   DISTINCTION

Emily McLenaghan          DISTINCTION

Jasmyn Roberts                DISTINCTION

Kian Kelly                             DISTINCTION

Luis Tanag                            DISTINCTION

Nathaniel Cosgrave          DISTINCTION

Sofia Jorgovic                     DISTINCTION

Sukeyna Ali                          DISTINCTION

Thomas Coleman              DISTINCTION

William Middleton             DISTINCTION

William Wang                      DISTINCTION


Melanie Mattsson

Head of Humanities


Book Week Activities

For Book Week, 8C students participated in a book-making activity. They wrote, printed and bound a book about mountain-dwelling endangered species as part of the Year 8 Humanities Immersion program. Students loved the hands-on activity and could not be happier when they saw the final product. 


Cedric Chamontin

French Immersion Teacher


Year 9 Highlights

 Our Year 9 students are preparing for their camp that will be occurring in week 3 of next term. We currently have about 66 students with their names down but have room for 70 students in total. If your child is still interested in attending, please make sure they see myself or Kathryn in the Junior School office so they can be put on the list and given a medical form. The camp is only $200 for 5 days and will be a very enjoyable time away for all.


We have several Year 9 students involved in the Mass Choir for the Victorian State School Spectacular this year which is being performed on Saturday 15th September in two massive shows. Those Year 9s are:


Layla Cameli-Wolski

Alannah De Jesus

Lottie Hudson

Sasha Hudson

Jasmine Shaw

Sophie Swiatlo

Dasha Tolkach

Georgia Wood-Freeman


Book tickets quickly and help support the school's amazing talents.


We also had a number of boys participate in the Water Polo Cup which was headed by Mr Peterson, congratulations to all of those involved:


Anatole Dutrieux

Ilay Fridberg

Willem Gorissen

Patrick Hornby

Dhruva Kaluvakolanu

Jarrod Kiss

Alexander Leathley

Dhugal Leathley

Harley Reitberger


Sarah Mortimer

Year 9 Coordinator

Senior School News

Year 10 News

Thank you to all Year 10 students who participated at the school athletics. A special mention to Zoe Markopoulos for her fantastic 1500m run and to Emile Boulos for all his aerial endeavours. 


Congratulations to the following students who have been nominated for the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program. The following students may have the opportunity to receive a Commonwealth supported place into selected Melbourne undergraduate programs.


Hayley Naidu-Fernandez

Sophie Rowsell

Guy Cosgrave

Mikki Clemans

Leah Sandow


And last but not least, all the very best to all Year 10 participants in the GEC 2018 Gala Concert - Estelle Lipovetsky, Kei Someda, Izzy McFarland, Niomi Adelman, Mahala Ginzburg and Rico Tran Dao.


Brenton Hale

Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 News

 The last couple of weeks have been busy as we start preparations for the 2019 school year.  Ms McLean worked hard to ensure each Year 11 student went through the course confirmation process, discussing choices for subjects for Year 12 2019.    


I was so proud to see so many Year 11s attend the GEC Athletics Day on Tuesday the 4th September.  It was a great day, so many great events that Year 11s rocketed through .  Well done to all Year 11s who attended, for showing great sportsmanship and being great supporters for their house.


Pauline-Mary Maniatis

Year 11 Coordinator



Year 12 News

Year 12 students have been working towards completing unit 4 and getting prepared for their end of year exams.  Early next week each student completing a unit 3/4 subject will be given an examination advice slip.  This document is to be retained by the student as it has their individual timetable for the end of year exams.


It is the time of the year that students are encouraged to attend open days at the various tertiary institutions.  They are also encouraged to attend the examination preparation lectures that are being held in various study areas. 


Students have also been registering for VTAC and working with Ms McCaskie and her replacement Ms Pirihi whilst Ms McCaskie is on leave. 


The September practice exam timetable has been published and students are expected to attend these exams.  If there are any issues regarding these exams please contact the school and speak to either myself or Monique Leftley who is the senior school administrative assistant. 


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

National Tree Day

The Environmental Club has achieved the following so far this year: removing straws from the canteen, having a paperless bulletin for staff, improving our paper recycling program and initiating the Terracycle/Colgate program.


Another very important environmental goal recently achieved was planting trees /shrubs and grasses for National Tree Day on Friday 27th July. With the support of Mrs Kindler and Mrs Cathy McNaughton Glen Eira College had plants donated by Glen Eira Council and the Level Crossing Removal Authority. Cathy McNaughton and Ross McNaughton with the help of members of our parent committee did a wonderful job landscaping and preparing the ground for students to plants at lunchtime on the day.


It was great to see our Environmental Club members (Ashleigh Harris, Twiza Christian and Shruthi Sasi Kumar) being joined by a number of students, staff and parents in placing our trees/shrubs and grasses around the Performing Arts Centre. It was an activity that was enjoyed by everybody and it was great to see the lovely green landscaping that was developing.

Glen Eira College and the Environmental Club would like to extend a big thank you to Cathy McNaughton for organising the plants plus guiding the landscaping, Ross McNaughton for digging all the holes for the plants, members of the Glen Eira College Parents Committee and all students who helped with the planting. It will be great to watch the plants grow and develop over the coming year.


Elizabeth Allan and the Environmental Club


SRC Activities

House Trivia

In week 3 this term the SRC ran the very first non-sport house event, trivia week. Every lunchtime from 30th July to 3rd August students came to the library in teams and answered questions that fell under a range of themes. Monday was Entertainment, Tuesday was Music and Arts, Wednesday was Sport, Thursday was Humanities and Friday was General Knowledge. The event was well participated as both students and teachers competed to win the ultimate prize... a MASSIVE box of Favourites and of course, house points!

Points were awarded for every correct answer and a prize (chocolate) was given to the winning team at the end of each day. The successful House winner was Blue on 5114 points, Green was second on 4989 points, Red was third with 4864 points and Gold came last with 2454 points. And the winning team for the week was: The Green Sexy Turtles!


Thank you to everyone who participated and we are looking forward to seeing you at our House baking competition, the first ever GEC Bake Off, in September!



The Model United Nations

The Model UN is a youth conference that replicates the formal structure of the United Nations Assembly. It gives students in Year 10 and 11 from different schools the opportunity to come together and experience the processes of UN law making. This year the event was held at Methodist Ladies College in Kew on Friday 3rd August.


The following members of the SRC: Adelin Zipman, Antoine Hobbs, Shruthi Sasi and Dips Thacker, were given the job of representing Syria in a discussion about the refugee crisis.

We had to present our country position statement on a draft resolution and then debate proposed amendments in a formal and informal caucus.


It was an amazing chance to build a range of skills from public speaking, debating, analysis and problem solving.


Dips Thacker and Shruthi Sasi Kumar

Year 11

Library Corner

For us, the highlight of the year is always our celebrations for CBCA Children’s Book Week in term 3. This year we had back-to-back author talks, library activities, a morning tea and various other festivities… and what a week it was! We’re still exhausted, but it was so worth it.


The Library Monitors hosted a Book Week Quiz, Bookmark-Making Workshop, Book Hunt and Book Cover-Making Competition, and a group of brave students visited each year level assembly during the week to do some bookish trivia questions. Thank you very much to Anaelle Micciche, Orleanna Murray de Brossard, Lexi Nuelant, Sofia Johansson, Anjana Sivaraman, Caitlin Blair, Manasvi Shirgaonkar, Penny McNeill, Aimee Harris, Carmelle Kent, Tracey Kry, Georgia Wood-Freeman and Shruthi Sasi Kumar for all their help with these activities.


Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the prize of “Top Borrower” during each year level assembly throughout the week:


Year 7: Nicole Mazis (also the Top Borrower overall at GEC)

Year 8: Penny McNeill

Year 9: Grace Rockman

Year 10: Antoine Hobbs

Year 11: Shruthi Sasi Kumar

Year 12: Minhal Gill

ELC: Sunny Feng

Staff: Naomi Zander


These students won book vouchers for being such frequent and enthusiastic library patrons.


We also held a Book Club Open Day where regular book clubbers invited peers or teachers along to check out what we get up to in our fortnightly get-together. During our meeting, students chose to dress up as their favourite book character, perhaps out of nostalgia for their primary school book parade memories! We had Harry Potter, some manga characters, Auggie from Wonder and Katnis Everdeen among other esteemed literary guests.


Three authors visited for Book Week; Sammy J (Year 7s), Nova Weetman (Year 8s) and Cath Crowley (Year 9s). The feedback from these authors was very positive, with all three gushing about the behaviour and engagement of our students, and the interesting questions the students asked during the presentations. On the other side of things, students also expressed how exciting they found the author visits, and many brought along books to be signed.

Finally, we also held our very first D.E.A.R Day at GEC. Several times throughout the day, an announcement was made to “Drop Everything and Read!” All staff and students were required to carry something to read with them all day, and no matter what they were doing... they had to put down pens, pencils, laptops and textbooks and read something for pleasure. Even the students who had Phys Ed on the oval got involved!


The week before Book Week we held an incursion for Write a Book in a Day, where groups of students hunkered down in the library to write and illustrate their own books. The quality of the work they produced was astounding, and all of their books are now available to borrow in the GEC Library. A very big thank you to Justine Douglas for all the work she did in organising this event.


On Wednesday 29th August, the Book Club attended the Melbourne Writers’ Festival schools program to see a number of different author talks and literary events, including a presentation of “Anxiety: How to Deal” and another on “Creative Careers”. 40 students came along on this popular excursion, and found the day to be inspiring, empowering, and an opportunity to discover some great new reads.

We will keep our Book Week display up in the corridor window for the rest of this term, complete with shortlisted books from the CBCA Book of the Year awards. We were so happy to hear one of our favourite books won the prize for Older Readers: Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood. In the library this term we also had a science book display and film screening for Science Week, and last week on our front desk we showed off our various resources on technology and the internet for eSmart Week. We are always happy to create book displays or find resources on any celebration or educational awareness week.


Karys McEwen (Librarian) & Megan Gatt (Library Technician)

English News

It is outstanding to see so many of our students achieving significant growth in the development of their reading and writing skills. Recent NAPLAN results demonstrate that our students are experiencing high growth in their reading and writing at a rate well above the state mean. In recent years, we have surveyed students about their attitudes to reading and writing to gain a better understanding of students’ needs.  At GEC, we believe that the best way to improve student outcomes is to develop students’ intrinsic motivation to read and write. It is essential that we ensure students have choice in what they read and what they write about.


In Years 7-9, students have the opportunity to read books that engage them in independent reading sessions. Teachers and librarians support students to select ‘just right’ books and at the end of their reading session, students write a journal entry about what they have read. Students are really engaged in these sessions and have significantly developed their capacity to read since the beginning of the year – many students have doubled their capacity and some have even tripled their capacity. This term, Year 9 students are reading together in literature circles, which introduces a social dimension to their reading. Students selected the book that they will read together in their groups and the arrival of their books was greeted with palpable excitement.


We have implemented a foundational program in Year 7 English to focus on the development of students’ writing skills called the Traits of Writing. Students carefully analyse examples of exemplary writing to inform their own work. Teachers have noticed this strategy also develops reading comprehension skills. In Year 8 English, students are participating in Writer’s Workshops, which focus on developing a process for writing and support the development of editing skills. In Year 9 English, students have focused on the features of different forms of writing and have significantly developed their ability to write engaging introductions and effective conclusions.


This year we have supported the teaching of literacy skills across the curriculum through a series of professional learning sessions in the Traits of Writing, reading and vocabulary development. It is wonderful to witness this focus on literacy in classrooms across the school. 


Justine Douglas

Head of English

eLearning at GEC

Robotics Club News

Three teams from the Glen Eira College Robotics Club competed in the RoboCup Junior Victoria state championships at The University of Melbourne on Tuesday 14th August. It was the largest competition ever held in Victoria with 740 students representing 56 schools and clubs across the state. Our teams competed in the Rescue division, but also had opportunities to watch the RoboCup Junior On-Stage performance and Soccer competitions. They performed well under highly competitive conditions, but most importantly they had a day to improve their own robots and learn from those around them. Although there were no trophy winners, everyone gained in fun and experience. Now to prepare for next year!


Digital Technology at GEC

Digital technology is very much a part of our everyday life and will have an even greater impact on our future. We can prepare students for this future by providing opportunities for them to use the equipment of today, but equally importantly by guiding them towards being the creators of the tools of tomorrow.  


Last year Glen Eira College was fortunate to receive Digitech Startup Initiative money from the state government and a Maker Space grant from the federal government. This has allowed us to significantly upgrade and add to the digital technology equipment at GEC. Among the purchases were a bank of 3D printers, additional robotic sets, digital design tools and equipment for the creation of electronic gadgets based on programmable Arduino microcontrollers.


The equipment is already being put to good use by students in the Year 12 Visual Communication and Design class, the Year 10 ICT and Robotics class and will be used in the Year 7 Materials class. The additional equipment has also added to the creative opportunities for students who come along to a combined Drones and Engineering Club run weekly at lunchtime. Never mind that it is just FUN!


David Ebert

eLearning and Pedagogy Leader



Around the College

Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion to the Supreme Court

On 21st August, the Year 11 Legal Studies class had the opportunity to experience the daily works of the Supreme Court. Upon arrival, the group was guided into a non-sitting courtroom where we learned all about the ins and outs of the court. A volunteer from the Supreme Court Education Team explained all about the layout and personnel of the courtroom and the types of cases they hear on a daily basis such as serious indictable offences like murder and terrorism. 


We participated in a mock trial consisting of swearing in witnesses and choosing and challenging possible jurors. Shortly after, we were taken into a criminal trial currently being heard where an expert witness in DNA analysis was being questioned by the defendant’s barrister. We sat in the public gallery where we observed the defence question the DNA specialist in order to discredit the evidence that was in favour of the prosecution. Overall, the excursion provided insight into the inner workings of a court and the types of cases that pass through the court regularly.


Chloe Galieos and Sarit Moshe

Year 11


International Student Public Speaking Competition

On evening of 22nd August, Cici Wang and Gloria Wang attended the International Student Public Speaking Competition at Northcote High School. They had worked hard on the speech and enjoyed the night very well.  Cici was the youngest competitor among 33.


Tara Fang

International Student Coordinator


Wear it Purple Day

Glen Eira College’s “Rainbow Retreat” LGBT+ group worked tirelessly over the past 4 weeks to put together a fantastic market stall for the Glen Eira students.


On offer were stickers, ribbons, wristbands, friendship bracelets, a “Guess How Many Lollies?” competition and a ton of free resources!

The Rainbow Retreat students were overwhelmed with support and raised over $150 for Minus18, an LGBT+ group supporting youth education and empowerment.


Wear It Purple Day is a national day celebrating LGBT+ inclusion, equality and empowerment. The students at Glen Eira College were incredibly supportive, wearing their purple accessories throughout the day and proudly promoting LGBT+ information.


Morgan Hunter

Student Support Worker


Performing Arts News

Gala Concert

Monday 3rd September was GEC’s Instrumental Music Gala Concert for 2018. The evening was a showcase of instrumental music student ensembles, small groups, duets and solos across the Woodwind, Strings, Guitar, Percussion, Vocal and Piano programs. This was a celebration of a big year of music at the College, with a diverse range of instruments and styles of music played by students from Years 7-11.


Ensembles that performed during the evening included the Year 7 Choir, the Percussion Ensemble, the Woodwind Trio, the Year 7 and 8 Violin Ensemble, the String Ensemble, Acapella, the Vocal Ensemble and finishing with the Guitar Ensemble.


Putting on a successful concert such as this one involves a lot of time, effort and expertise from many staff and students across the College. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the following contributions:


  • our wonderful MCs for the evening; two of our accomplished Year 10 Vocal students Sophie Rowsell and Estelle Lipovetsky
  • our instrumental music staff, for without them and their contribution the evening would not have been the success it was - Ms Tori Wood (Vocals), Mr Mark Dipnall (Woodwind), Ms Zamarah Morley (Strings), Mr Robert Westlake (Guitar and Bass), Ms Charlene Wijaya (Piano), Mr Mark Voogd (Drum-kit and Percussion)
  • our Visual Arts Captain Sierra Danon and Ms Ann Butler from Admin for taking beautiful photos at many of our concerts this year (including this one!)
  • Ms Penny Marks in Admin for her Trybooking prowess
  • Antoine Hobbs of Year 10, as well as Bhrugu Patel and Edison MacLeod-Smith of Year 7 for providing technical support and running the sound and lights for the evening’s concert
  • College staff and students who came along on the evening.

College Principal Mrs Kindler was in attendance and made a number of encouraging closing remarks about the high standard of performances on the night and the vibrant culture of performing arts within the school.


Most of all, thank you to all of the GEC instrumental music students for their hard work throughout the year, and to their families for supporting them on their journey as musicians.


Victorian State Schools Spectacular

The countdown is on! Only a few days left until this year’s Victorian State School Spectacular, where a number of talented GEC students (along with over 3000 other young performers from over 200 schools across Victoria) will captivate audiences with show-stopping vocals and high-energy dance routines in a brilliantly choreographed three-hour show. We have had the last of our Melbourne Town Hall Mass Choir rehearsals (see photos below), now we are headed to Melbourne Arena!

Featuring a 74-piece orchestra (including violinist Mikki Clemans from Year 10), 1300-voice choir, 1100 mass dancers, 33 lead vocalists, 16 principal dancers, 20 ensemble dancers, nine backing vocalists, a magician, a puppeteer and much more.


This year’s production ‘With The Beat’ explores ideas of belonging and identity. The journey of exploration will see Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense Arena) transformed into a mystical Venetian masquerade ball and a wondrous Steam Punk Fairground in a cornucopia of new and old mixed together.


For the first time the VSSS Pasifika Choir will perform, and be joined on stage by a featured principal vocalist to perform the hit song, ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from the highly acclaimed movie Moana. Taking inspiration from the Grimm’s Brothers folk tale – The Goose Girl, a famous story of lost identity, will feature a puppet designed by Philip Millar of Creature Technology Company bringing another performing dimension to the stage, featuring our very own Sophie Rowsell from Year 10.

There is something for everyone’s musical taste; songs chosen for this year’s Spec include artists such as Vance Joy, Bruno Mars, Macklemore, Little Mix, Rhianna, Imagine Dragons, Sheppard, Tim Minchin and Beyonce.


With direction from internationally renowned industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin (Olympic and Paralympic Opening Ceremonies), Musical Director Chong Lim AM (John Farnham MD, Dancing With The Stars), Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dance Director Yvette Lee, (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance) this show is a not-to-be missed event!


Two Shows Only - Saturday 15 September @ 1pm and 6.30pm (will also be recorded and shown on Channel 7 later this year).

Upcoming Performing Arts Dates

Term 3

Week 9          

12/9 - Year 10 Cinema and Theatre Studies performance 6pm

13-14/9 - VSSS rehearsals (Melbourne Arena)

15/9 - VSSS performances x 2


Term 4

Week 2 & 3  

Date TBC - Junior Bandfest (SEVR event – 1 year experience)


Week 4

Date TBC - Relay for Life performances


Week 6         

15/11 - Strings/Voice/Piano Soiree

Week 11         

18/12 - College Presentation Evening


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Welcoming Students from Ogaki, Japan

Ogaki Visit

This term we were fortunate to have a visit from Glen Eira’s Japanese Sister City, Ogaki. A small group of students ranging from the ages of 12-15 along with 3 staff members attended our school for two days. Some of the students were hosted by GEC students over 5 nights. On the days that they attended our school, they joined in regular classes as well as participating in a number of special classes designed for them. In particular, they enjoyed their woodwork class led by Mr Tserkezidis and the games and activities session led by Ms Fisher at the ELC.


On their final day we held a Farewell Assembly where students from GEC and Ogaki performed. 7E did a fabulous job starting the assembly off with the Japanese National Anthem and then there was an amusing DAJARE (Japanese / English puns) performance from Sebastian and Caleb from Year 8.  Armand from Year 7 recited a poem in French which was then translated into Japanese by an Ogaki student. The assembly was well run by Hyuk and Lucas from 9F, presenting in both Japanese and English.

The Ogaki students performed a traditional dance and beautifully sang two songs: ‘Let’s search for tomorrow’ and ‘Believe’. Glowing speeches were given by Mrs Kindler and the Principal of Ogaki High school. It was obvious from this Assembly that the Japanese students and staff loved their time in Australia and that our students enjoyed getting a glimpse of Japanese culture.


This was a wonderful experience for all parties and it was such a shame that it all went by so quickly. I would like to thank those families who hosted students as without your support programs like this cannot run. Programs like this remind us all why study languages, as it is after all a means to communicate with others from different cultures and hopefully create long lasting friendships.


Emma Nishikubo

Japanese Teacher


Careers Corner

It has been a busy term so far. The course counselling for next year has finished. Thank you to those parents and students in Year 9 and 10 who came to our VCE night in the Library.


Currently I am seeing the Year 12s for their VTAC applications and University or TAFE preferences. Thank you to those Year 12 students and parents that came to the VTAC night. A reminder to Year 12s to check their emails on their VTAC accounts for any important information regarding their account and course selection. Some courses have requirements such as interview, personal statement or folio by certain dates and these could be early so keep on top of your emails so you don’t miss out!!


The VTAC website has all the information on dates, fees and SEAS (Special entry assistance scheme) and scholarships.


I am on long service leave this month and Lorraine Pirihi will be relieving for me in my absence. Please contact Lorraine on the school phone number for any careers assistance.

University Information

University of Melbourne – Exchange in the BSc: Internationalise your degree

September 12 | Parkville Campus

In an increasingly globalised world, international and inter-cultural experience is key to employability. In the Bachelor of Science there are multiple opportunities for students to internationalise their degree - it's just about choosing the opportunity that suits you best.

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Holmesglen – Open Day

September 13 | Various Campuses

Book a session in your preferred study area and get all your questions answered.

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Endeavour College of Natural Health – Webinar – Studying Online

September 20 | Online

Tune in as current Acupuncture student Jess shares her experience with studying online at Endeavour College.

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AIE – Information Evening

September 20 | Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra & Adelaide

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects. Find out about what full time and part time courses are starting in 2019.

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University of Melbourne - The Melbourne JD Showcase

September 26 | Melbourne Law School

The Showcase is designed to give Year 10 to 12 students an interactive experience, combining sample law classes on topics of interest with information about Melbourne Law School and the JD degree. At this one-day workshop, expert teachers will hold master classes on legal issues.

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The Hotel School of Melbourne – Info Evening

September 26 | Melbourne

A great opportunity to meet academic staff, go on a campus tour and ask questions.

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The University of Sydney – Meet us in Melbourne

October 18 | Intercontinental, The Rialto

For one day the University of Sydney will be visiting Melbourne where you will have the chance to talk to a range of university staff and explore opportunities best suited to you.

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The Gordon – Scholarships

Scholarship applications open in November, a variety of scholarships available some with specific eligibility criteria.

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The William Angliss Institute – Scholarships

The William Angliss Institute Foundation provides educational opportunities and financial assistance to support disadvantaged students in achieving their career ambitions. The Foundation has been established in recognition of the pioneering work in the areas of hospitality and foods by the late Sir William Charles Angliss.

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General Information

Free TAFE course for next year - this site lists all the free non-apprenticeship courses and apprenticeship pathway courses available in Victoria for 2019.


Apprenticeships Matter – School Leaver Employment Drive – VIC

September 18 | Greensborough, VIC

September 20 | TBA

With over 200 vacancies live at any one time, an interview with Apprenticeships Matter can open the door to a world of possibilities.

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Find their Feet – Explore the Future World of Work - VIC

October 22 | Hazel Glen College, Doreen, VIC

October 24 | Melbourne Poly Campus, Greensborough, VIC

October 29 | Northcote High School, Northcote, VIC

It’s difficult to advise young people about careers these days. As a parent you want to help them find their feet. Speak with future-focused industry experts one on one and get practical advice and guidance.

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All Health Training – Info Night – Pathology Collection – VIC

October 23 | Blackburn Campus

Info nights are a great night of information and learning, with speakers from within the Pathology sector speaking about what working in the industry means and how you can kick start your career.

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Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and interest in the environment to take part as a volunteer.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and you don’t need any prior skills or experience. To volunteer on an overnight project you need to be over 17.

Projects run from one day to residential programs of 4 weeks or longer.

Find out more -


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Visual Arts & Technology


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.

2018 Parent Payments

As we are approaching the end of 2018 we kindly ask that if you have any unpaid electives or instrumental music fees for your child\ren please log into XUNO to make your payment or submit your payment to the general office.


Thank you for your assistance.

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.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Fright Night Trivia

The Trivia Night was so much fun. Thanks to all the parents who organised the night, made donations and dressed up to create a fun “Fright Night” mood and to Mr Lou for being an entertaining quiz-master. It was pleasing to see the table with one of Glen Eira College’s science teachers got all the science questions right and was the winning table! Funds raised of over $7000.00 will be used for an outdoor stage, bike parking and other improvements to the school.

Thanks to all sponsors of this event:

Thanks to the Guss family and their business, Melbourne Table and Chair Hire, for the tables, chairs and other equipment.


Thanks to Qantas and Roy Armstrong for the donation of the unique flight simulator experience, thanks to Adam Michmacher for his contribution to the improvement of bike sheds.

Thanks to all the donators: Piccoli Portrait Photography, Oasis Bakery, Palace Cinema, Sovereign Hill, Cathy McNaughton (Holiday house weekend Aireys Inlet on the Surf Coast, also available to rent in coming school holidays, including Grand Final Long weekend ph 5220 0200), Joanne McCutcheon, Black Gold Carpet Cleaners, Enchanted Gardens Adventure & Tree Surfing, Michael Frajman, Sportsgirl, Gold Class, Rebel Sport, Roule Galette, Bob Stewart Malvern, Classic Cinemas, Theatre de la danse, Kumon Malvern East, Guardian Medical Box Hill, Kids Unlimited, Inner Health Solutions, Campion Education, Rosstown Hotel, Chocolate Buddha Restaurant at Fed Square, Yoga A Go Go, Ros Selan, Frame Spot, Fergus Coffee, The Good Guys – Chadstone, The Avenue Bookstore, Liana James Hair, World Series Paintball Oakleigh, Community Pharmacy Glenhuntly, Steve Dimopoulos, Duldig & Russo Optometrics – Carnegie, Melbourne Music Centre, Waxed, The Comics Lounge, Phillip Island 4 park pass, Mister Sister Cafe, Hog’s Breath Cafe, Pran Central, BIG4 Holiday parks, A Little Viet, KX Pilates Caulfield, Fiona’s Pet Services, Helen’s Eco Store, Helen Matthews, Puffing Billy, Wood Frog Bakery, Theio Theo Greek Restaurant, Dinosaur Designs, Vitalessence, District Brewer Café, Ormond Sets, Partners in Planning, Benn’s Books, Basilico Restaurant, Woodards Glenhuntly, Simply Sensational Catering.


Thanks Lisa Minichiello and room44 for the amazing advertisement.

Thank you Gabrielle Darvell, Penny Marks and all the staff for your constant support.

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 an evening meeting/celebration dinner for the Trivia night  – email for details.


We will discuss

  • Trivia Night successes
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24
  • Future events

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

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).

Safer riding and walking to Glen Eira College

It’s great to see the new speed limits supported by Glen Eira Council and VicRoads to make it safer to walk near GEC. Glen Eira Council recently prepared a new transport plan. One aim is to improve the safety and attractiveness of key routes to schools to encourage more kids to walk, scoot or ride to school. The plan proposes to complete the rail trails from Caulfield Station along the Frankston and Dandenong Rail-lines, which would help some GEC students. However, the Council proposes to downgrade Glen Eira, Booran and Neerim Roads from Melbourne’s Principal Bicycle Plan to give priority to more and faster driving with Punt Road given as a model to copy here. This would make it much less safe to walk or ride to Glen Eira College and the many other schools along these streets and Monash Uni. Please email the Council or talk to a Councillor to tell them that you would like the rail trails completed and safer bike lanes along Glen Eira, Booran and Neerim Roads for further info contact GEC parent Catherine Mc Naughton 0412 119 807


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.

Glen Eira Council Teen Holiday Program

Activities are open to young people aged 12 to 18 years in the September/October holidays. Bookings open Monday 3 September at 9am and close Friday 14 September at 5pm.

Royal Melbourne Show, Spring Sports Day 7 BBQ, Movies and New York New York NGV, Cape Schank Lighthouse, Glaze-it, Burger sand Biscuits Bonanza.

Book online* For further information, contact Youth Services on 9524 3676 or email

Glen Eira Council Sustainability Champions Forum

At this free forum, you will:

  • Learn about sustainability issues, leadership and project delivery.
  • Be inspired by successful sustainability community groups and projects in Glen Eira.
  • Brainstorm sustainability issues and solutions with others.
  • Help shape the new Glen Eira Sustainability Champions Network.

When: Wednesday 17 October, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Social Room, Caulfield Park Pavilion, Balaclava Road, Caulfield
Facilitator: Cultivating Community’s Peta Christensen

Bookings essential. For further information and to RSVP, phone 9524 3333 or email us.

Youth Art Exhibition

Glen Eira City Council’s Youth Leadership Team is calling on young local artists to enter the 2018 Youth Art Exhibition!

Whether your into photography, textiles, graphic art, sculpture, painting, drawing, comics or crafts, the 2018 Youth Art Exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for young artists to have their work showcased at Glen Eira Council’s Town Hall Gallery.

Artists will be in the running to win Westfield gift cards to the value of $200 in each category below:

• Primary (5 to 12 years)
• Secondary (13 to 18 years)
• Senior (19 to 25 Years)

All entries will also be in the running to win an additional theme prize if the piece they submit is judged to best reflect this year’s theme of 'Home'.

Artists must register online and submit their artwork in person at the Youth Information Centre located at 86 Robert Street, Bentleigh by 5pm Monday 24 September.

Artworks will be on display at the Glen Eira Town Hall Gallery from Thursday 11 to Sunday 21 October and a Winner’s Presentation Night will be held on Thursday 18 October.

For further information on the event or to register visit


Cathy McNaughton


Community News / Advertisements







We NEED to hear YOUR Story

We need to hear your thoughts, challenges and ideas for the future. To help us develop a new Youth Strategy for Glen Eira, we want to understand the needs of our young people – so we can put the right information, programs and services in place.


We want to hear from you if you are:

  • 10 to 25 years and live, work, study or socialise in Glen Eira
  • a parent/carer of a young person or an adult who spends time with, employs or provides services to young people in Glen Eira


How to get involved:

In person:       Register to attend one of the Community Workshops

Youth Workshop (10 – 25 years old)

Tuesday 18 September

Boyd Room, Carnegie Library

6pm – 7.30pm

Pizza provided

For Bookings:


Parents, Carers and Service Providers Workshop

Thursday 20 September

Level 1, Social Room, Duncan McKinnon Pavilion

7pm – 8.30pm

Light refreshment provided

For Bookings:

Online:           Take one of our short surveys to share your stories and enter for your chance to win one of

Five $50 Westfield gift cards

  • Survey for Young People aged 10 – 25 years old

  • Survey for Parents, Carers and Service Providers


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