GEC College News

07 May 2018
Issue Three
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Sports Report
Library Corner
Performing Arts News
Around the College
ANZAC Day Commemorations 
Arts & Technology News
Wellbeing News
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Monday 7th May

Years 7-10 Berthe Mouchette Competition

Youth Forum Excursion

SEAL Information Night 6:30pm


Wednesday 9th May

Book Club & Library Monitors Book Buying Excursion

Stringfest Excursion


Thursday 10th May

School Tour 9:15am


Thursday 10th May – Friday 11th May

Production Camp (non-residential)


Monday 14th May

Year 7 First Notes Concert 6pm


Tuesday 15th May

Senior Interschool Sport


Tuesday 15th May – Thursday 17th May

NAPLAN for Years 7 - 9


Wednesday 16th May

ELC City Tour Excursion


Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th May

Year 8 Camp


Thursday 17th May

Year 12- Achieve Your B.E.S.T. Incursion 9am – 10:40am


Friday 18th May

SEAL Test for 2019 1pm – 4pm

Year 12 Studio Arts & Year 11 Art Excursion

ELC Excursion to Sovereign Hill


Tuesday 22nd May

Beachside Cross Country


Wednesday 23rd May

Year 8 Australian History Competition

Monday 28th May

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Tuesday 29th May

Year 8B Film & Screening Excursion - Edward Scissorhands


Wednesday 30th May

ELC City Tour Excursion


Thursday 31st May

Year 11 Biology Healesville Sanctuary Excursion


Friday 1st June

Year 12 Business Management Yakult Factory Excursion


Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th June

ELC Camp – The Summit


Wednesday 6th June

Year 10 Cinema & Theatre Studies Excursion


Thursday 7th June

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (School Closed)


Wednesday 13th June

GAT for Unit 3/4 Students


Thursday 14th June

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Thursday 14th – Friday 15th & Monday 18th June

Year 12 Practice Exams


Friday 15th June

Year 10 & 11 Swot Vac

ELC AMF Bowling Excursion


Monday 18th – Tuesday 19th June

Year 9B Exams


Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June

Year 10 & 11 Exams


Wednesday 20th June

School Tour 9:15am

College Council 7pm


Thursday 21st June

Year 12 Formal


Friday 22nd June

Curriculum Day (Student Free)


Monday 25th – Friday 29th June

Year 10 Work Experience


Monday 25th – Tuesday 26th June

Intermediate Bandfest - SEVR Event


Friday 29th June

Last day of Term 2

From the Principal

We are very pleased that the capital works project is completed.  Staff and students are really enjoying the wonderful new and refurbished learning spaces. The college will continue to do the ‘finishing touches’, the major project being the landscaping which will include recreational and outdoor learning areas.  We have our master plans and are currently seeking quotes for phase 1 – the area directly in front of food technology. This area will include an outdoor stage as our students do love to perform!  We have also applied for a grant to landscape a large section of the rear of the school adjacent to the food technology and wellbeing areas.  One of the challenges has been to find companies that are able to quote on the works which includes concreting for phase 1.  If you are aware of any suitable people please pass their details on to me.

Open Day / Night

We were again delighted with our Open Days and Night. The contribution by our students in every single area of the college was outstanding.  It will come as no surprise to you that the feedback from our visitors in regards to our students was glowing. It was a wonderful team effort - our staff, students and parents were passionate and committed in showing the community what a wonderful school we have here at Glen Eira College.  Our Languages tour the day before, allowed parents particularly interested in our Language programs an opportunity to see these classes in action. 


On Open Day we ran three incredibly well attended tours during the day and had a packed PAC in the evening.  Special thanks to Year 7 students Olivia Colletta and Zac Palatsides and school captains Ashley Szmerling and Morgan Edwards who spoke so beautifully at the formal presentation.  Subject areas really were on show with lots of opportunities for our visitors to participate in a wide range of learning activities – our staff worked incredibly hard to ensure parents were well informed and that there were plenty of activities for the primary students to get involved in.  I am very proud of the vast number of students who participated in the evening, talking to prospective parents and students – fantastic ambassadors each and every one.  Our parents were on hand all over the college to share their experiences with prospective families. 


In the afternoon we held our annual ‘Share Our Success’ event, where Year 7 students invited a teacher from their primary school to show them around the college and to share in their success.   


Thank you to all staff, students and parents for being a part of these events – greatly appreciated.

New Attendance Requirements from the Department of Education & Training

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence, by calling the student absence line on 9571 4178, calling the college on 9571 7838 or emailing

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.


It is a requirement that all Victorian government schools 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.


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 college website:         


This year the Department of Education and Training have included a Student Representative category to School Council.  We are excited by this as for several years we have included students on School Council. 


All students have been emailed a letter regarding this through their school gmail.  Information is also on the student bulletin and students will be reminded in team and year level assemblies.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the General Office and must be lodged at the General Office by 4.00pm on Friday 11th May 2018.

Information relevant to parents regarding student nominations has been sent via XUNO.


The ANZAC Day Commemorations at Glen Eira College were truly fitting. You will read a report in this newsletter.  Thank you to John Tserkezidis and Aaron Petersen for coordinating the assembly.


Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s production, Little Shop of Horrors.  Over 100 students are involved on stage and back stage / off stage, ensuring there is a role for everyone who wants to take part.  Make sure you save the dates – performances are on the 24th, 25th and 26th July 2018.      


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

It is with great pleasure that we announce that a new partnership between the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Glen Eira College has started. The Award is comprised of three levels (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and four sections (service, physical recreation, skill and adventurous journeys).  Our first intake of students has met with Chris from the Duke of Edinburgh Award to set up their program.


Year 9 students have the opportunity to complete part of their Bronze Award within the Year 9 Making Connections Program in which we offer students activities such as community service, career exploration, health awareness, leadership activities and more. Students will also be expected to complete part of the Award within their own time.


As you may already know, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a leading youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. As a framework, the Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, complete adventurous activities, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.


Cedric Chamontin will be the point of contact for students and parents, so please contact him through the General Office if you have any inquiries.

Interschool Sport

I’m sure you will join with me in congratulating the Year 8 Girls Softball, Year 7 Boys Baseball, and Senior Lawn Bowls teams who each won their respective Beachside Division competition.  William Wong was the college’s sole champion in swimming.  He took out the 50m Breaststroke and competed at the SMR Region finals at MSAC.  During term 1, GEC fielded a wide variety of teams in Cricket, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Lawn Bowls across all year levels and they represented the college with pride and distinction. 


In term 2, students will compete in Netball, Football, Badminton, Soccer, Handball and Cross Country.  For our senior students, this will be their last round of interschool competition for the year, so they will also compete in Basketball, Table Tennis, Hockey and Futsal.


Term 2 Sport Dates:


SEAL Program 2019

At Glen Eira College we provide a differentiated curriculum that caters to the needs and abilities of all students. Our Select Entry Accelerated Learning Program (SEAL) has recently been accredited with The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools (TAASS).


Registrations for the 2019 Year 7 SEAL Program Entrance Test are NOW OPEN.  Testing for students will occur on Friday 18th May. Any interested families who have a student commencing Year 7 in 2019 need to register by following the link on the GEC website.


Glen Eira College will also be hosting an Enrichment and Enhancement information session at 6:30pm on the evening of Monday 7th May.  Please contact the college for more details.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal


We are very proud of our students and this is reflected in the way they present themselves to the community. We appreciate your support in reminding students that the only jewellery to be visible is a watch and no more than two pairs of studs or sleepers (plain gold or silver). The only over garments to be worn at school are the Glen Eira College approved jacket or jumper.


The exam period begins on the 13th June for senior school students, starting with the GAT for students doing a Unit 3/4 subject. It is vital your child has a quiet place to study. Some study skills they may use include:

  • Summarising notes taken in class and then summarising the notes
  • Making concept maps or mind maps of the material they have covered
  • Using post it notes to write key words or summaries and pin them around their bedroom


On the 22nd  June we have a curriculum planning day for staff. Students will not be required at school.


Just a reminder that Progress reports can be found on the Xuno parent portal under 'Learning' - 'Progress Reports'. These reports come out every 6 weeks. Year 12 Progress Reports are made available every 3 weeks.


Assessment task grades are updated throughout the semester as subjects complete assessments. These are updated every 6 weeks also. These assessment tasks can be found on the Xuno portal under 'Learning' - 'Reports'. At the end of the semester these reports also include the Victorian Curriculum achievement levels.


If you do not have a login to the Xuno portal please contact the front office.


NAPLAN is running for Year 7 and 9 students on Tuesday 15th May, Wednesday 16th May and Thursday 17th May. Please encourage your child to do their best, while reassuring them they need not be unduly stressed. They will need a 2B lead pencil, eraser and calculator.


You play such an important role in the education of our children. We really value the support and guidance you provide to our students. The Glen Eira 5 articulates our vision and philosophy at the college. This is a commitment made by parents, students and teachers.


The following are the 5 commitments from our parents;

  • Involvement and contributions to the broader education program
  • Playing an active role in the child’s learning
  • Supporting their children in achieving their learning goals
  • Promoting the school values
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with the school

To see the commitments from staff and students have a look in the school planner or check out our website.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

It is a mantra in the Junior School for students to Get Organised, Get Focused and Get Involved. And as always, GEC students have been busy living up to our expectations.

Year 7

Our newest cohort, the Year 7s, have been setting a high bar for sport this year. Let’s start with our very own Southern Metropolitan Region Champions in Baseball: Maxime Eyserric, Jonah Ariel, Ethan Rosens, Oscar Gardiner, Ezra Bloch, Gustavo David, Jay Trickey, Max Kais, Hayden Cormick, Cameron McCutcheon, Zac Palatsides, Jeffery Liu, Raphael Nicolas, Thomas McBain, Xavier Sanchez, Igor Dubrovski and Roanin Jackson. Well done boys! We wish you all the very best at the state level.


It’s important to go out and do your best. Participation is the first step to success and you are setting a great example to other students. Oliver Gill, Rudi Hudson, Elijah McNamara and Orleanna Murray De Brossard won their division in a favorite Aussie past time, Lawn Bowls. They stood out for their gamemanship and cool heads under pressure. Congratulations to William Wong for representing Glen Eira College at the Regional Swimming Carnival. This year level is on fire!


The top 5 girls and boys for cross country were: Harriet Rowsell, Alexandra Wood-Freeman, Olivia Colletta, Erin McNaughton and Tanah Guntarik-Davis (girls), and, Raphael Nicolas, Ali Hussaini, Jay Trickey, Remi Griffiths and Matteo Leclerc (boys).  A special mention to everyone who participated in cross-country and swimming. Even if you do not move on to the next stage, it’s important to have some fun with your peers.

We are delighted  by the way the Year 7 students have transitioned into GEC.  It would be great to see more involved in the SRC and school clubs. There is always lots going on, please make sure your son/daughter keeps informed by checking the student run website - GEC HUB or stopping by our office and asking. Lets keep this enthusiastic group of young people doing their best to juggle academic success with sport and extra-curricular activities. Get Organised, Get Focused, Get Involved!


Year 8

There have been a number of highlights in Year 8 since our last school newsletter. The Cross Country Carnival was held on the last day of term 1. The following Year 8 students qualified for the Beachside Cross Country meet, to be held later in May:

Chloe Kaufman
Leila Newby
Keely Edwards
Phoebe Clarke
Emily McLenaghan
Kate Stamp
Ashleigh Datt
Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen
Agathe Dutrieux
Emma Lightbody
Ruby Gordon
April Mckay

Baptiste Mazuel
Jared Freedman
Thomas Coleman
George Lamb
Lucas Baldwin
Barnaby Kinsella
Yoni Chul
Lucas Vaidie
Troy Gogle
Jeremy Pekar
Darcy Messenger
Michael Linardakis


The Year 8 girls softball team qualified for the Southern Region Competition and competed on Thursday 3rd May:
Tess Keogh
Erin McGinniss
Phoebe Clarke
Ashleigh Datt
Emma Lightbody
Alicia Scott
Emma Gould
Kate Stamp
Lauren Raftopoulos
Maani Baker
Keely Edwards
Bianca Williams-Strong
Dahlia Berhang

Year 9 

This year we have a very enthusiastic and engaged group of Year 9s who have been making their appearance known throughout several different activities for the college. Sport, Performing Arts, Open Night, Radio Club, College Tours and their overall academic education.


Currently in the Year 9 Program students are working on their market stalls in groups to help raise awareness for specific charities. They will sell products and then donate the profits to their desired charities. The next unit they will be covering will be focusing on their futures and career pathways. This is a very exciting time for our Year 9s and towards the end of term they will start making subject choices for their Year 10 studies. In week 2 of term 3 students will have an information session about Year 10 subject choices. Stay tuned.


In week 2 of this term we had an ANZAC Day ceremony where we had Jarrod Kiss (9B), Dhgual Leathley (9C) and Alexander Leathley (9D) present in uniform to support the soldiers who fought for our country. Well done.


9B exams will be held on Monday 18th June and Tuesday 19th June. All other Year 9 classes will run as normal.


Junior School Team:

Year 7 Coordinators: Bernie Coghlan & Delanka Peiris

Year 8 Coordinator: Daniel Mulligan

Year 9 Coordinator: Sarah Mortimer

Junior School Leader: Mathieu Givogue

Junior School Admin: Kathryn Allen

From the Junior School Captains

On the last day of term 1, the school set off to Caulfield park to complete our cross country. This day was very enjoyable, and was a test of our endurance and fitness! Everyone who participated did an amazing job and earned points for their house. Congratulations to everyone who got through to the next round and good luck.


We are all looking forward to our inter-school sports later this term and wish all sporting teams the best of luck.


Congratulations to the year 8 girls and intermediate girls softball who are both progressing to the regionals stage in a couple of weeks. Good luck!


Jenna Casemento

Junior School Captain


Since August 2016, the school was given money from the government for renovations. From that day, there have been workers all over the school. At the start of this term, the building works have finished and the school has had a complete makeover. The school looks brand new from the inside and out.


On the 2nd May we had the school Open Night. This was our chance to show possible future students and parents what GEC is about. 


Paul Palatsides

Junior School Vice-Captain


Later this term, our school will once again be participating in the Berthe Mouchette French poetry competition. This competition, which all French-learning students from Years 7-10 participate in, gives these students the chance to improve their knowledge of the language, and then show off these newly learned skills. This competition is not without reward, as the finalists can win a 6 week exchange trip to France. This competition is a great way to get students more involved in their French classes, and is overall a good experience to have completed.


Ben Matthews

Junior School Captain


At Glen Eira there are a variety of extra - curricular activities that we can get involved in.  Some of these are; production, fun clubs like radio club and robotics club, cool competitions, exciting excursions and interesting learning opportunities.  On the 19th of April, radio club hit the streets and went on air from 8-9am at the 88.3 southern FM radio station.  This was great fun and we had a blast talking about what’s making news.  


Every fortnight bookclub gets together in the library and has a meeting.  At these meetings we discuss what books we are reading currently, new books that have come to the library and any book related events coming up in the near future.  On the 9th May book club is heading into the city to buy new books for our library.  This is now an annual event that is a highlight for all of the book clubbers.  


There are so many amazing opportunities at Glen Eira to get involved in that are not academic.  This makes it a fun and enjoyable place to be.  There is something for everyone.


Aimee Harris

Junior School Vice-Captain

Senior School News

We would like to welcome Monique to the college and to the Senior School team. We are very excited to have her on board and working with staff and students.


Well done to the Senior girls netball team who went out on Wednesday 2nd May to represent the college at the Beachside competition.


A huge thank you to all the students who assisted on Open Night and Open Day. It was fantastic to see many Year 11 and 12 students working in different faculty areas, and touring and chatting with parents.  


Year 10

Year 10 students participated in Shape Your Destiny seminar run by Success Integrated. Shape Your Destiny is considered to be one of the most effective seminars run throughout Australia and New Zealand because it addresses the cause of why many students lack motivation at school and are unclear about their future. Each student received a booklet that focused on step-by-step action plans to build momentum toward their academic and career goals.


On Wednesday 2nd May the school was visited by slam poet Luka Lesson who engaged all students with his poetry. Adelin Zipman, one of our Year 10 Glen Eira students also performed two of her own amazing poems in the Performing Arts Centre.


We had an ANZAC Day ceremony this year in the quadrangle. Year 10s helped make this a memorable moment.  Thank you to Daijan Denny who sang the national anthem of New Zealand.


And a very special thanks to all Year 10 Peer Support Leaders who run the Year 7 teams each Friday. Your efforts to creating a well-integrated school community are very much appreciated.

Year 11

Year 11 students participated in the Exam Success Strategies seminar run by Success Integrated. The focus was to help students prepare for their exams and provide them with effective exam room strategies and ways to increase their exam performance.


On Friday 20th April the Year 11 Geography class went to Marysville to investigate the impact of the Black Saturday bushfires. We started at Steavenson Falls where several black trees were a reminder of the effects of the fire. We then met with Barry from the Bushfire Education Centre who showed us footage of the fires and ran through some scenarios with students of what choices they might make if they found themselves caught in a bushfire and what their chances of survival would be as a result. It was very moving to see the collection of objects people gathered from the ruins of their homes and have donated to the museum. Students finished off the day by surveying people in the town about the impact the bushfires had on them  and whether or not they would chose to stay and defend their homes.

Year 12

It never amazes me how well this cohort of students use their private study periods.  Most pleasing is the fact that they work collaboratively when the need arises as well as working well independently.  However, at times their focus does wander.  This is therefore a timely reminder that mobile phones and other devices are to be used for school work only.  These devices will be confiscated if they are used for any other purpose. 


On Thursday 3rd May all Year 12 students attended the VCE and Careers Expo 2018 at Caulfield Racecourse.  Each student was given tasks that needed to be completed at the Expo.  This work is the beginning of the preparation required for applying for tertiary courses.


Please contact me at the college regarding any school issue.

Important Dates:

  • GAT: Wednesday 13th June
  • Year 12 Practice Exams: Thursday 14th, Friday 15th June
  • Year 10/11 Exams: Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th June
  • Year 9B Exams: Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th June
  • Year 12 Formal: Thursday 21st June
  • Year 10 Work Experience: Monday 25th - Friday 29th June


Senior School Team:

Year 10 Coordinator: Brenton Hale

Year 11 Coordinator: Mary Maniatis

Year 12 Coordinator: Laura Brancatella

Senior School Leader: Keira McLean

Careers Counsellor: Carol McCaskie

International Coordinator: Tara Fang

Senior School Assistant: Monique Leftley


Sports Report

SMR Regional Final Champions - Intermediate Softball Girls

Wednesday 2nd May was the intermediate SMR regional finals for softball. We were given an invitation to compete on the day and each of the girls outperformed. 


We played against Nossal in the first game, winning 14-3. Shaan, Cherry and Sasha were an excellent team, making many of the outs for the game. 


Our second game saw us play against McKinnon. Even with a faster pitcher, Amy-Lee managed to hit three, three base hits scoring several runs. We won 12-2 and secured our spot in the grand final.


We played the grand final against Mac Rob. We knew it was going to be a tough game but the girls did not falter. Coline managed to steal several bases at a time. Jenna, as our catcher for the day, did a fabulous job making several outs. Devanshi and Gabi finished off the final innings with a double play and a great catch in the outfield. The girls won the grand final  11-6 and are the SMR Regional champions. Congratulations to the entire team on their efforts today. Stay tuned for the state finals...


Team: Georgia, Coline, Gabi, Sasha, Ysabelle, Shaan, Cherry, Devanshi, Jenna, Mieka, Amy-Lee

SMR Regional Finals - Year 8 Girls Softball

The SMR regional finals for Year 8 softball girls took place on Thursday 3rd May. This is the second year in a row that the team is competing in the finals. 

Donning our distinct red socks and tops, we set out for Kingston Heath Reserve. Our first game was against Dandenong. We managed to shake off the nerves early on and bat extremely well. Some excellent plays between Tess, Phoebe and Ashleigh helped secure our win, 12-3.


Our second game we played Alkira, a school we competed against last year. Even with a fast pitcher, the girls were patient and disciplined in their batting. We were able to score many runs in the first innings giving us a comfortable lead. We had several excellent plays in the field and ultimately won 12-3.


We then progressed into the grand final against EMC. It was a tough game but the girls worked together to score two runs early on. We managed to have loaded bases several times but couldn't quite convert those into runs. In the final innings, we managed to make 5 runs, but the score reverted due to an incomplete innings. Ultimately, EMC proved too strong and the final score was 5-2. 


Congratulations to the entire team and thank you to Zoe (Year 10) for assisting with the coaching. 


Keira McLean

Senior School Leader

Library Corner

The refreshed library space is open for business! We are thrilled with our brand new circulation desk, offices, wall display, and photocopy room. However, our new entrance is the most exciting development, as it has opened and brightened up the front of the library and communicates what a welcoming and inclusive space we are for the staff and students at GEC. We encourage everyone in the school community to come and take a peek!

The Book Club continues to grow and thrive. Our first meeting this term had 60 students in attendance! That’s 60 students willing to spend their lunchtime discussing their love of reading! This week we are also heading out on an excursion to Readings Kids (one of the best young adult bookshops in Australia) so that the members of Book Club can each choose two books for the library collection. This is a great reward for the students who make the effort to read widely, broaden their horizons through literature, and chat about these experiences with their peers during our fortnightly meetings.


The Library Monitors have been working hard as always, and just before the holidays we announced our Term 1 MVPs - Anaelle (7B) and Abigail (10B). Congratulations and a very big thank you to these students for their efforts in helping to loan books at lunchtime, keeping the space neat and tidy, and assisting other students in the library.

Plans are already underway for CBCA Book Week next term, and we encourage any students to get in touch if they would like to suggest authors to visit during our celebrations. With our Librarian Ms Karys McEwen recently being nominated as the Vice President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Victorian branch, we are going to be celebrating big this year! Alongside author visits we will have a number of competitions, displays, events and workshops in the library and throughout the school. It is something to look forward to!


Ms Megan Gatt, our Library Technician, created a beautiful book & poster display to commemorate ANZAC Day earlier this term, with many of the items being loaned by students who wanted to learn more information about this important day.


It seems very far away… but we have already started thinking about 2019 booklists. To that effect, we would welcome any feedback from our school community about their past experiences with our booklists at GEC. Please head to to fill out the survey (this is also available through the Library page of the GEC Hub), or email with any comments or suggestions.


We hope everyone has hit the ground running in term 2, and don’t forget: your friendly library team is always here to help!


Karys McEwen – College Librarian

Megan Gatt – Library Technician

Performing Arts News

Performing Arts Key Dates

Term 2

  • 9/5 - Stringfest
  • 10-11/5 - Production Camp
  • 14/5 - Year 7 Instrumental Music Night
  • 25-26/6 - Intermediate Bandfest (SEVR event – 2-3 yr exp)

Term 3

  • 25/7 - Victorian State School Spectacular Mass Choir rehearsal
  • 24-26/7 - Little Shop of Horrors - Production performances

Production Update

We are 12 weeks away from putting on  a fantastic show and what a massive journey it has been so far.


Our mains, minors, featured dancers and ensemble have been rehearsing for several hours each week to make this trip to Skid Row an exciting one for our audiences. We have been sourcing props, costumes, wigs, sets and everything else to produce what will be our greatest show yet.


We have had a lot of input from college staff including Ms Butler assisting with our costumes, Mr Tserkezidis with our sets, Ms Cavanagh who will be in charge of our makeup for the shows, Mr Bales who will be in charge of our props, Mrs Maniatis who will be ordering our lovely cast t-shirts, Ms Baker-Goldsmith who will be in charge of our live band and is our Musical Director for the shows and Ms Wood who has been our vocal teacher for all of the amazing songs in the show. We have many more staff who will be involved in the latter parts of bringing the show together. Stay tuned.


The cast will be attending a 2-day non-residential camp in week 4, Thursday 10th May and Friday 11th May. This is for all cast and some crew members to get to know each other and how a show comes together when collaboration and team work is at hand. It is a very exciting time and I know all students are eager to make this show what it is destined to be, a great show!


We have also had sign-ups for the student crew and have had an amazing 33 students sign up. We have 2 senior students who are going to be our Stage Managers this year: Chloe Guss 10D and Shakira Nugent 11C.


We are also seeking parent involvement this year and would like volunteers to do things like supervision on the nights of the shows, quick costume changes in between numbers and overall support for the students on the nights of the shows. Please contact Mrs Sarah Mortimer for more information or to register your interest. You can do this via email or by calling the school. Email: or 9571-7838.


“What a creepy thing to be happening.......”

Sarah Mortimer

Production Coordinator


On 19th April, singing students from the Acapella and Vocal ensembles went to SINGFEST ‘18 at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College. As we walked into their hall, lots of other school were practising cool African songs. When we joined them a group of African dancers and musicians were singing and teaching us an African song. I loved going to Singfest because we got to learn lots of different songs in African languages and add some cool African dance moves to it. The group of African performers told us all about what they do in Africa and how the African lifestyle differs from ours. After that big day, I felt like I learned a lot and now know so much more about how they live and what they love to do in their spare time. Singfest was lots of fun and an amazing opportunity.


Yvette Lipovetsky 7C

Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Around the College

Dark Imaginings: Gothic Tales of Wonder Excursion

On Friday 20th April 8B English went to DARK IMAGININGS: GOTHIC TALES OF WONDER, an exhibition in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, Melbourne University. The exhibition explores the expression of the Gothic from the mid-18th century to the end of the 19th century, primarily as represented in the University’s Special Collections. It marks a number of important gothic anniversaries, including the bicentenary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights.

8B English students are currently studying gothic tales and used the gothic exhibition as inspiration for the creation of their own gothic tale.  



Some student reflections have been included below:

I loved searching for the deeper meanings behind the pictures, the little details hidden in the pictures that makes them even more creepy once you notice them. The room containing all of these illustrations was very calm and we could enjoy a bit of the silence while losing ourselves in the illustrations. 
Constance Thevenon

I enjoyed this excursion as it gave me some inspiration and ideas for my gothic short story. I would definitely go on an excursion like this again as it opened my mind to more elements of the gothic genre. I think I would like to go to a bigger exhibition that has more variety. 
Sam Pang

I found it interesting that so many things were about dissection. I also found it interesting that most of the images were drawings, but had so much detail in them.
Caitlin Blair

Two things I found interesting: the small stained glass panels with a picture inside them. I wonder if people hung them up like a tiny painting? 
I also found the giant book with drawings of partially dissected humans very interesting. The book was so big so the pictures can be drawn in greater detail, which is a good idea, but why don’t we ever have such big books now? Wouldn’t they still be useful? 
Penny McNeil

I enjoyed looking at the different artwork and books because they are so different from what we do now. I also enjoyed reading the history of the exhibits as it tells me more about what it is and who made it.
Harrison Eng

I learnt lots about new settings and themes. I got inspiration for my short story. It also made me second guess my original short story idea.
Kate Stamp


Melanie Mattsson

Head of Humanities

Code Masters Computer Programming Competition

Three GEC Code Masters teams participated in the Code Masters Computer Programming Competition at Melbourne University last term. Students use their problem-solving and coding skills to solve problems. Thanks to the following students for representing Glen Eira College at this challenging competition.

GEC Teams:

Code Breakers: Nicholas Brooks, Oscar Loetch, Justin Santoso

Shining Coders: Shruthi Sasi Kumar, Shivam Dhavde, Jackson Vigh

Kind Coders: Khai Tran, Vishnu Kappagantula, Stephen De Mata


Ounsane Siriamphone

Technology Support Coordinator

ANZAC Day Commemorations 

ANZAC Day Service

To commemorate ANZAC Day, on Tuesday 24th April the college conducted an all school ANZAC Service. Staff and students paid their respects to honour the fallen and those who have served in all conflicts.

Students who are members of Army and Air Force Cadets formed the guard. Under the command of Cadet Sergeant Connor McCaskie we have front rank, Ivan Au-Yeung, Cherry Teddu, Alexander Leathley, rear rank, Dhugal Leathley, and Jarrod Kiss.


Our special guest speaker  was David Petersen, who served for 11 years in the Australian Regular Army. Following graduation from the Royal Military College - Duntroon, David completed numerous postings across Australia and the United States as an Artillery Officer.


 David is a veteran of Australians longest running military campaign in Afghanistan (2012) and has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal (International Coalition Against Terrorism), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Australian Defence Medal, North Atlantic Organisation Medal (ISAF) and the Army Combat Badge.


David was medically discharged from the ADF in 2017.


David now works with beyondblue as a Project Manager for a national suicide prevention service called ‘The Way Back’. David is the Vice President of the Camberwell City RSL and is a strategic advisor to a disaster response organisation called Team Rubicon Australia.


Our school captains gave readings followed by the laying of wreaths by David Petersen and the school captians. The Australian National Anthem was sung by Izzy McFarland and the New Zealand National Anthem was sung by Daijan Denney.


John Tserkezidis

Materials Technology Teacher

Arts & Technology News

From the 2018 Visual Arts Captains 

I am so incredibly grateful for the position of  Visual Arts Captain of 2018. To me, this position means that I have the opportunity to extend the outlook of the ‘Visual Art’ department at Glen Eira College.


As an art student, myself, I feel as though it would be amazing to see the growth of students' work and have them recognised throughout the school. I also feel like it would be a great opportunity for me to be involved in organising events and promoting the school’s art programs. Throughout this year I aim to get more students involved in a variety of different activities and events. This will not only apply to school but to community events as well. I hope to try and appeal to a wider audience than just students who already do art as a subject, by introducing activities throughout lunchtimes as part of the ‘Arts Club’ at school.


I hope this year Zac and I can create a positive and encouraging environment throughout the Visual Arts department and we look forward to the responsibility this position holds. 


Sierra Danon

Year 11


I am very excited that I am one of the Visual Arts Captains for 2018. The Visual Arts Captain means being a role model for students who attend GEC; by helping and encouraging those students who have a love for art.


I hope to be a positive influence for our school, in which Sierra Danon and I will encourage students in art by involving them and their artwork to be on show at the Visual Arts/Technology exhibition at the end of the year. We will also encourage new students to the school to express themselves through art by displaying the Art Department during Open Night at the school.


I am excited to start a new art club for GEC students to join because I feel art is a great way for students to express their thoughts and emotions. I will help to display different and unique art pieces during Arts/Technology week and the annual Arts/Technology exhibition. Be sure to look on the GEC HUB and/or school newsletter to find out about the fun and exciting clubs and events within the Visual Arts faculty.


Zac Bereson

Year 11

Wellbeing News


We celebrated World Sleep Day at the end of last term with a lunchtime nap in the gym! Sleep is so important to the overall wellbeing of students including the capacity to focus and learn. Eight to ten hours sleep is recommended for 14 to 17 year olds. Check out the link below for further health information on sleep from Headspace.


Sleep is more important than homework in terms of supporting academic progress – so get to bed on time and improve your learning progress!

Year 12 Lifestyle Checks were completed in term 1, thank you to our Adolescent Health Nurse Christalia and Student Support Worker Morgan for delivering this program. During the sessions with our Year 12 students it became clear that there were some concerns around healthy eating and regular exercise.


The Wellbeing team has now organised for follow up sessions with Year 12s. Caulfield Community Health Service will be working with Morgan and Christalia to provide workshops on healthy eating and exercise for VCE students.


 In addition we have obtained sponsorship from Woolworths in Glen Huntly to provide a weekly delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables for Year 12 students in the VCE centre.


The Student Wellbeing Committee is meeting each Tuesday lunchtime in the Wellbeing Centre, working to support the identification and delivery of wellbeing programs and activities in the college.


Safe Minds is a mental health program designed to support the early identification of mental health concerns for young people. It is used by the Wellbeing Team in identifying and supporting young people with mental health concerns. Our Year Level Coordinators have also completed professional development on Safe Minds, supported by Christalia our Adolescent Health Nurse. Early identification is key in ensuring that we are able to work with students and families to provide effective support for young people experiencing mental health challenges, before they become major issues.


Headspace is a great resource for young people and families seeking support and advice around mental health issues – they have an office in Elsternwick, below is the link to the Elsternwick Headspace website.


The Victorian Department of Education and Training has a great resource for school communities at the Student Wellbeing Hub. This is where you will find information and resources about important topics to help your child have a safe and positive experience at school.  There is information for students, parents and teachers in the Wellbeing hub.   We have activated a wellbeing email account for students to utilise to report any wellbeing concerns they may have or suggestions for wellbeing activities. This is checked daily and any concerns raised by students are followed up.


Respectful Relationships education is being delivered in Year 7 Health including work on identifying strategies young people can use to build their resilience. Overwhelmingly the Year 7 students have identified the importance of their families in supporting their resilience and the trust they have in their families to support them when life gets a bit difficult. The maturity of student responses in all areas of the work on respectful relationships has been impressive.


The Wellbeing Centre is being well utilised by our student community – it is a safe and welcoming space in which students can be supported. We have applied for funding through School Focused Youth Services for funding to establish a sensory space as part of the support provided in the Wellbeing Centre. This will enable students to check into the centre and utilise a range of strategies to assist them to destress before returning to class. Students developing strategies to take care of their own wellbeing is a key focus of the wellbeing support provided at GEC.


Jenny Sanchez

Wellbeing Leader

Careers Corner

Year 12

Careers Chat

Year 12s please come in and have a quick chat with me on where and what you would like to do next year, prior to us meeting one on one in August for your VTAC registration. I have information and resources from universities and Tafe colleges on their courses.


UMAT information

Closing date for registration is Friday 1st June at 5pm.


Monash Scholars Day

Five of our Year 12s spent a day of their holidays at Monash University’s city location for the 2018 Business Scholars Day. Boris, Ashley, Jacky, Mike and Nicholas enjoyed a day of workshops and talks by leading academics, and current and Monash alumni students. Lunch and a free Monash T-shirt were included.


A summary of the day has been written by Boris Pribil:


The day began like any day should

Wake up in the morning, feeling quite good


On the way to the city, the three of us went

To the new Monash campus, the three of us spent.


A day busy leaning, like every day should

Learning business and economics where alumnae were stood


The day was quite brisk, as we sat down for lunch

We started our meals, but were still full from brunch


We started to slow, digesting our food

Down to ask questions, we sat and we viewed.


A wonderful day, a good use of time

Learning, listening, for not even a dime.


Boris Pribil

Year 12

University Information
Open Days & Info Sessions

Photography Studies College – Melbourne Open Day

May 19 | Southbank Victoria

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Endeavour College of Natural Health – Open Day

June 16


Natural Health Open Day is an opportunity to be immersed in the Endeavour College experience. Speak with lecturers and students, find out all about our Bachelor degree courses, explore our campuses, learn about educational pathways and study options, and find out if a career in natural health is for you. 

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Swinburne - Open Day

July 29 | Hawthorn Campus

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La Trobe University Open Day

August 5 – Melbourne Campus

August 9 – City Campus

August 26 – Bendigo Campus

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Monash University Open Day

August 4 - Peninsula

August 5 – Caulfield and Clayton

August 19 - Parkville

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CQUni Melbourne Open Day

August 16 | CQUniversity Melbourne

Get to know CQUniversity a little better at one of our upcoming Open Day events. Whether it’s in relation to your course of interest, student support services, or anything else to do with studying with us, our staff will be on hand to provide you with the answers. 

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Australian Catholic University Open Day

August 12 – Melbourne

August 26 – Ballarat

Come to Open Day and find out everything you need to know about studying at ACU. Tour the campus, meet staff and students, discuss entry opportunities, and talk to experts about your study options and career goals.

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Australian Institute of Music Open Day

August 18 – Melbourne

Come along and experience our vibrant campus come to life with FREE workshops, masterclasses and live performances from special industry guests.

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Deakin University Open Day

August 5 – Warnambool

August 19 – Geelong Waurn Ponds

August 19 – Geelong Waterfront

August 26 - Melbourne Burwood

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Federation University Australia Open Day – Save the Date

Visit one of the following campuses on 26 August.

Ballarat (Camp Street Campus)

Ballarat (Mt Helen Campus)

Churchill (Gippsland Campus)

Berwick (Berwick Campus)

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The Hotel School of Melbourne Open Day

August 26 – Melbourne, Lonsdale Street

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University of Melbourne Open Day

August 19 – Parkville

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Workshops & Courses

Two Week International Study Program

Be part of an International Study Program this coming July where for two weeks you will live and study at Cambridge and Durham Universities in England! This opportunity is too good to pass up.

Find out more by submitting your interest here: 


Get Ready for NDIS Webinar

31 May

It’s designed especially for young people aged between 12 – 25. All you need is a computer or mobile device with a high speed internet connection! There will be Auslan interpreters and live captioning.

We’ll cover three different topics and answer any questions you might have.

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Big Day In – IT Careers Conference Melbourne

May 30 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Big Day In… is an IT careers conference designed by students for students. It is designed for both high school (Years 9-12) and University students interested in careers in technology.

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MMVLLEN – Try a Trade 2018 – Melbourne

May 31 | Phoenix Youth Hub, Footscray

Try A Trade is a free event organised by MMVLLEN and Maribyrnong Youth Services. It is a fun and interactive way for students to explore the world of trades.

This presents as a great excursion opportunity for Year 9, Year 10 and, Year 11 and 12 VCAL or any other students who may be interested in pursuing a trade or including VET in their studies.

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Experience La Trobe – Bendigo

June 1 – Albury-Wodonga

July 4 – Bendigo Campus

July 6 – Melbourne Campus

With a wide range of interactive workshops on offer. Experience La Trobe is your chance to be a uni student for the day. See what life is really like at La Trobe by attending workshops, meeting with teaching staff and students, and research your study interests.

Experience La Trobe is a free event – with lunch and entertainment on us!

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Australian Catholic University – University Experience

July 3 – Melbourne

July 5 – Ballarat

University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students and trying out the course you’re interested in.

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CSU MYDAY – Albury – Wodonga

June 27 – Charles Sturt University, Thurgoona

Our series of MyDay events gives Yr 11 and 12 students a taste of university life for a day. Come on campus and participate in sessions relating to the course(s) you’re interested in. Plus, you can meet academics, current students and support staff to get the information you need about any aspect of studying at CSU.

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Academy of Interactive Entertainment – Industry Experience Day

July 13 – Melbourne

September 25 – Melbourne

AIE's Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools.

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Federation University Australia VCE Study Skills Day

July 3 – Churchill (Gippsland Campus)

July 4 – Berwick (Berwick Campus)

July 5 – Ballarat (Mt Helen Campus)

FedUni’s VCE Study Skills Days have proven to be highly popular, helping VCE students develop skills to manage their way through Year 11 and 12 and the transition into university.

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Inside Monash Seminars

8 May: Arts, Criminology and Global Studies

8 May: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

9 May: Public Health and Health Science

10 May: Advanced Science – Global Challenges and Research

16 May: Biomedical Science, Radiography, Radiation Science and Nutrition

17 May: Education

17 May: Information Technology

22 May: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine

24 May: Education

24 May: Engineering

6 June: Nursing and Midwifery

20 June: Psychology

21 June: Business

12 July: Science

14 August: Music

6 September: Information Technology

13 September: Engineering

Find more details about these events here –


How an engineering degree can build your future

This article from Deakin explores what an engineering degree can lead to in the current environment where what we know about manufacturing, business and career paths is all changing.

Read it here –

Year 10

Work Experience

Year 10s need to finalise their placements now. If you are still without one, please come and see Ms McCaskie in the Senior School Office or email me on


Year 10s that are new this year to the school need to see me about completing their safe@work certificates.


There are many benefits to work experience.

  • People are more likely to hire you if you’ve tried a job and still like it 
  • It shows you have initiative and can try new things 
  • You’ll have an opportunity to get a valuable reference from your ‘employer’ 
  • Network, meet potential future employers, find out about their graduate positions or if they offer apprenticeships and traineeships.  
  • Do you know someone in an interesting job?  
  • If so, perhaps they will host you for a week. 
  • Ask around.  
  • Many of the best opportunities aren’t advertised. Try putting together a cover letter and CV then applying as you would for a job. You’re more likely to get a spot, plus you can chalk up some practice at applying for real jobs. 

Careers Fast Track Program

Stage 3 of the program is on May 22nd to May 25th. A Careers Fast Track Counsellor comes out to have a 30 minute interview face to face. Appointment times will come out the week prior. Every student in Year 10 will take part in an interview. If there is any student who hasn’t completed their Career Quizzes, please come and see me in the Senior School Office.

General Information

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways Updated Pathway Flowchart

The flowchart is a great resource for job hunters and students, demonstrating the steps involved to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.


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William Angliss Institute Scholarships for July 2018 intake are now OPEN

Interested in studying Hospitality, Cookery or Patisserie?

Worth up to $4,000, William Angliss' Scholarships are open to new and continuing domestic students.

The Sir William Angliss Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

The Sir William Angliss VET Scholarship



Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Scholarship

Still not sure which scholarship is suitable for you? Click here to book an appointment with one of our friendly staff to find out!

Applications close on May 24

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Australia’s Booming Industries

SEEK has revealed the Australian industries that boomed in the last 12 months. We look to the data and speak to industry experts about the trends that will shape the year ahead.

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They’ve also got a resource that shows how hard it is for employers to fill jobs across lots of different industries -


Seek Free Resume Template

A winning resume is achievement-focused, beautifully formatted, keyword optimised, grammatically correct and… we could go on. Instead, we thought it would be more helpful to simply provide you with our first-ever, professionally-designed resume template. 

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Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships – From Australia’s Chief Scientist

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, has prepared a report on the role of STEM in schools, focusing on how STEM is and should be taught, and how it will relate to the jobs of the future.

“Employers with the vision to invest in the future have the insight to look for T-shaped individuals, those who have deep specialty skills (the vertical pole of the T) and broad enterprise skills (the horizontal bar of the T). Take away the horizontal bar and you are left with an ‘I’ – lots of discipline knowledge but lacking the collaborative skills to contribute that knowledge effectively. Take away the vertical pole and you are left with a dash – possibly smart but always rushing off for the answers instead of being able to contribute to the discussion.”

Read the report here.


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

From the Office

Update Your Information

Have you recently changed, or are about to change, address, home, mobile or work phone number or email address? Please remember to ring the College on 9571 7838 or update your details on Xuno to keep us informed.

Student Absences

Student absences should be reported to the school on the day of the absence. Parents are reminded that the College has a designated telephone line for notification of student absence – 9571 4178.


There is also an absence proforma in the student planner that parents can complete for the student to return to the General Office on their return to school.

Early Leavers

If your child needs to leave school early you are required to provide a signed note for them to show their year level coordinator and bring down to the General Office when they sign out. Students are not permitted to leave the school early without signing out at the General Office.


This newsletter is emailed home to all families twice per term. If you have any items of interest to the college community or want to advertise your business, please contact Penny Marks 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 and Family Payments 2018

Thank you to all families who have paid their parent payments for the 2018 academic year.


We are now sending out automated statements via email showing outstanding payments for 2018. Payments made in the last 2 days may not be reflected on this statement.


A reminder that  to approve any events or to make any payments, you can do so through the XUNO Parent Portal; alternatively you can contact the general office to make a payment by Cash, Debit/ Credit Card or pay online using BPAY and Direct Deposit.


For those families who are on payment plan, this statement will provide you with an updated balance.  We are happy to support families who would like to go on a payment plan. Please contact the nominated parent payment contact, Gabrielle Darvell (Business Manager) to discuss any arrangements you would like to make.


Families in receipt of Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF), please contact us to allocate your funds.


If you have any questions, please contact the Gabrielle or Sharon in the General Office on 9571 7838.

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.

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

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


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

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


How to Apply
Contact the General Office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


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

Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

All GEC parents and guardians are welcome to attend our meetings – a great chance to meet some school families and help the school.  Our meetings are friendly and informal, and your level of involvement is up to you.   If you are interested in being involved, want to come to any of our meetings or are not already receiving our emails, please send an email to


Our next meeting will be an evening on 14th June at 7:45pm in Caulfield South – email for address details.


We will discuss

  • Supper at School Production
  • Students Mobile phone use at school
  • Movie Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Election Day sausage sizzle Nov 24

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

Supper at School Production 24th-26th July (3 nights)

We will provide tea, coffee and a light supper at intermission for each evening performance.  We ask only for a gold coin donation to cover costs.
We will need a few volunteers each night to:  

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

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

If you can help with any of the above on one or more of these nights, please send an email to


Trivia Night

GECPA is planning a trivia night in September to raise funds for improving school grounds, outdoor seating and bike parking. 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

Year 7 Parents Contact List

Thanks Julie for preparing an updated Year 7 contact list with some 200 parents details for year 7 students. The list enables Year 7 parents to contact each other if they need to. Only those parents who gave us their consent have been included in the list, however the list has been emailed to all parents in Year 7. Having this contact information gives you, as a parent, a backup contact in case your child encounters any issues while out with their fellow Year 7 friends. If you would like to be included on the list, please email

Year 7 Boort Family Camp – setting for “Crow Country” Year 7 novel.   
April school holidays weekend

Boort, north of Bendigo, was a very beautiful and interesting setting to experience Victorian Aboriginal culture and get to know the place in the Year 7 novel. We camped in town beside the lake with a lovely view of the water and waterbirds – but no crows!


Jida Gulpilil’s indigenous eco tour included a family boat trip on Little Lake Boort showing us some of the 500 scar trees where bark was removed for canoes and other uses. Some of the scar trees are upto 8000 years old and Boort has the most scar trees in the world. Jida also showed us many cooking mounds where handmade clay heat beads were used for cooking over many thousands of years. Dja Dja Wurrung people are considering seeking World Heritage Listing for the Boort area. Erin 7E and family enjoyed the chance to throw a boomerang across the lake (luckily it floated in the lake and was picked up from the boat) and to appreciate a possum skin cloak.


Paul and Cath took us for a personal tour telling us more about the area’s Aboriginal and European history, showing us the extensive views over the Mallee from the hill in town and big Lake Boort returning to seasonal wetlands with new gums after being flooded by early settlers (just like Crow Country).

We were amused by the “Spanner Man’s Garden” with many large sculptures and park benches made from spanners welded together.


Unfortunately no other families joined Erin’s family. If Year 7 families want to organise a social camp next year (like other some other schools do) the school could help to better promote the camp to students and families.


If you would like to experience Boort and “Crow Country” for a short holiday – details are

Camping sites and cabins Little Lake Boort and Paul and Cath’s history tour ph 54552064

Gulpilil’s Australia indigenous eco-tour 0497 589 839 2hour, 4 hour or full day tours   

Spanner Man Sculptures

Report from the Multicultural Supper in March

The Supper was a very pleasant evening meeting new families and catching up with GEC friends. Thanks to Mark Dipnall who came and played music for us. Last year we had many more families as the dinner was the same night as the Year 7 parent information evening. Next year we hope that GEC can again schedule the supper on the same day as the Year 7 Information night and promote it to students and in the orientation packs for new students.

Movie Night

Anyone interested in helping to organise a movie night of school families at Elsternwick? – previous movie nights have been very enjoyable and not a lot of work to organise. Please email GECPA if you can help

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.


Cathy McNaughton



Community News / Advertisements

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April our school gym was used to support Impact for Women who prepared “1000 Bags of Love” for their Mother’s Day hampers. These hampers were then delivered to refuges and safe houses for distribution on Mother’s Day.

A similar process will be undertaken for Christmas presents on 2nd December 2018.

Impact is a volunteer run organisation providing assistance to women and children fleeing extreme violence at home via agencies delivering crisis accommodation.

Please see their website for more information and more photos of the day.





You can support Glen Eira College and be rewarded!

We are fortunately able to offer the brilliant Entertainment Book as part of our fundraising and it’s so easy for all to help. Simply Order the New 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership and you will receive 100’s of valuable offers for things you love to do – simultaneously supporting our fundraising. 




Please help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with Friends and Family.


"The Entertainment Book is such great value for only $70! There are so many savings I get back instantly. There really is something for everyone; from casual eating, fine dining, car washes, adventures, movies, to loads of family fun & more!. Can’t live without it.” – Lisa T


Glen Eira College

Questions? Please email:

Derek Freedman at:

or call on: 0425 708845 




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