GEC College News

19 June 2017
Issue Four
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Library Corner
VCE Business Management 
Languages Corner
Careers Corner
Performing Arts News
Around the College
Sports Report
School Council Report
From the Office
Community News/ Advertisements
Glen Eira College
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Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Wednesday 21st June

Curriculum Planning Day (Student Free)


Wednesday 21st June

Year 12 Exams


Wednesday 21st - Thursday 22nd June

Production Camp (non-residential)


Thursday 22nd June 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Year 12 Formal


Monday 26th June 7pm

Semester 1 Music Gala Night


Monday 26th – Friday 30th June

Year 10 Work Experience


Thursday 29th – Friday 30th June

Year 12 Exams


Friday 30th June

Last day Term 2

Students dismissed at 2:30pm


Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th July

New Caledonia Trip


Monday 17th July

First Day Term 3


Wednesday 19th July 4:30pm - 5:30pm

VCE Information Night


Tuesday 25th July

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Monday 31st July – Monday 7th August

 Hosting Students from our sister school College Dumbéa Sur Mer


Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th August

School Production: Fame Jr


Friday 18th August

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Friday 18th – Friday 25th August

CBCA Book Week


Wednesday 23rd August

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Monday 28th August

Melbourne Writers’ Festival Excursion


Monday 4th September

Beachside Track & Field


Monday 4th – Friday 8th September

Year 9 Camp


Friday 8th September

Year 10, 11 & 12 Meningococcal Immunisation


Saturday 16th September 1pm & 6:30pm

Victorian State Schools Spectacular


Tuesday 19th September 9am

Year 7 Immunisations


Friday 22nd September

Last Day Term 3

From the Principal

It has been a particularly busy term with students involved in a broad range of activities, which will be evident as you read this newsletter.

GEC Students Win 1st Prize in the Dis-Moi Dix Mots International Competition

Students in the Year 9 Immersion class, Year 7 and 10 CNED class submitted a project on the '10 words of the Francophonie' and won 1st prize in the Dis-Moi Dix Mots Annual International competition organised by the French Ministry of Education in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs.


The students worked on the ‘10 words’ in class with their teacher Ms Narayanen. Then, they interpreted the words in their own way and brainstormed ideas on how they could represent the words using the theme ‘LA TOILE’ which means ‘the web’. One of the instructions by Ms Narayanen was for students to ‘let your imagination travel to different horizons’.


The students’ creations were amazing and Camille Lancelin, our intern from Telecom Lille, helped students to create a website that hosted all the projects.  Here is the link to our project:


It was my privilege to attend the awards assembly at the Acadamie Francaise in Paris last month with Ms Narayanen and three students - Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen, Tahlia Delaney-Murnane and Leah Sandow.  The students had to make a presentation at the Acadamie in French and they were wonderful – outstanding representatives of the college.


We were delighted to welcome Bertrand Pous, Cultural Counsellor Embassy of France, to the college for a special assembly to present certificates and gifts to all the students involved.

Congratulations to Loveena, Camille and all of the students involved in the project.


Year 7: Noah Bennie, Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen, Alexine Dubois, Estelle Laville, Baptiste Mazuel, Emily McLenaghan, Ael Menard, Constance Thevenon, Lucas Vaidie, Jarrod Wisdom


Year 9:  Kahiya Ali, Mitchell Bennie, Oscar Crick, Tahlia Delaney-Murnane, Kirra Foster, Lily Gordon, Rachel Hoch, Louis Jacobe de Naurois, Morgan Jaulin, Estelle Lipovetsky, Dominique Liu-Hervo, Julian Mansfield, Isabella McFarland, James McLoughlin Parsons, Pamela Parvakis, Aurelie Personnier, Christopher Rudel, Leah Sandow, Bridie Skinner, Kei Someda, Louis Villeseche, Cooper Walters


Year 10:  Alice Sabouraud


Capital Works

We have now moved in to the new General Office, Conference Room, Wellbeing Centre, First Aid room, one Food Technology room and the pantry.   It has been quite a big task and I am very grateful to all the work of the staff and students in assisting with the move.


The next phase to be completed will be the new Arts / Technology wing which includes Visual Arts, Visual Communication, Ceramics, Dark Room, Digital Media, Robotics and Physics.  These will be ready for the start of term 3.  This will also provide an additional student entrance to the ground floor.


The builders are now commencing work on the next two science rooms, staff offices and the second Food Technology room.  At the start of term 3 they will commence the last 2 science rooms.


We are looking forward to the handover of new student entrance / staircase in mid-August.  


You will see that work is really moving along in the gym which is due for completion in October.










We have several staff on or commencing leave and we welcome:

Brenton Hale replacing Melanie Mattsson on Long service Leave until the end of term.


Kathy Moutsos replacing Mary Maniatis currently on Long Service Leave until the end of the first week of August.  Dorit Tane has taken on the role if Year 11 Coordinator.  Edgar Bonne will be sharing the teaching of Year 9 Maths with Ms Tane during this time.


Kathy Moutsos is also replacing Keira McLean currently on Long Service Leave until the end of July.  Any questions or concerns concerning the Junior School can be directed to any of the Junior School Year Level Coordinators.  


Brenton Hale replacing Deborah Cordingley who is working in another area of the Department of Education for 12 months from the start of term 3 2017.


Gary Bottomley replacing Lou Tsarpalas who is on Long Service Leave for term 3.


Georgette Pontikis replacing Tina Boutselis who is on Long Service Leave for term 3.  Georgette is currently fulfilling the role as our receptionist until our new receptionsist, Kelli Lawson joins the College at the start of term 3.


Congratulations to all students who are participating in the Government Schools Spectacular.  I am very proud of all students involved and appreciative of the work of our performing arts and instrumental music teachers.  Please see the Performing Arts section later in the newsletter for full details.  


Congratulations to Tahlia Delaney-Murnane who was successful in applying for The Melbourne School of Engineering Girl Power in STEM program which will be held in the school holidays.


Thank you to Erin Cavanagh for the huge job in organising the upcoming trip to New Caledonia.  It is a huge task taking close to a year to arrange.  It is set to be a wonderful experience for all involved.


Thank you to all families who will be hosting a student from our sister school in New Caledonia in term 3.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principal

Assessment and Reporting

In the final week of term you will find subject assessment task grades on Xuno as well as Progress Report 3 for Years 7 - 11 and Report 5 for Year 12, the final progress report for the semester. You will also be able to access a PDF report on the Victorian Curriculum levels for each subject for students in Years 7 - 10. Progress Report 3 indicates if your child has been on an individual learning plan in a subject. It also indicates if the student has satisfactorily completed the semester or not (S or N). The 6 weekly reporting system we have introduced this year has enabled us to track the learning progress of students and implement interventions where necessary. We hope this system has also enabled parents to more successfully monitor their child’s progress. We will conduct a review of this reporting system at the end of the year.

Uniform Sub-Committee

This committee continues to meet regularly to review our uniform policy and make recommendations to council for any changes. Currently we are working to produce photographs on our website to make uniform requirements clearer to our community. We are also seeking to introduce a GEC endorsed weatherproof jacket.


Just a reminder that students should be wearing the school jacket or jumper to school and that no jewellery other than a watch and two pairs of earrings are to be worn.

Glen Huntly Park car park

Currently the council works in the car park and the staff and parent traffic make this area a hazard for students. We ask parents to avoid using this car park to drop off their children. Students should not access the school via the gate in this car park. It is a staff only entrance.


We wish all our students a restful and safe mid-year break and look forward to seeing you all back on the 17th July.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Junior School Highlights

The Junior and Senior School combined to host assemblies to celebrate student successes earlier this term. It was fantastic to see so many students receiving awards, but also many students presenting on behalf of their club/group. Well done to Zoe and John who ran their first assemblies and Emma, Georgia, Aimee and Antoine for speaking on behalf of the Student Voice and eLearning Squad.

We’ve had several sporting activities: GEC Athletics Carnival, intermediate interschool sport, intermediate softball state championships and the Beachside Cross Country. A big shout out to Jared Freedman who placed 1st in the 13 years old boys division at the cross country competition. Huge congratulations to the intermediate softball team who played at the State Finals on Tuesday 23rd May. The Year 8 badminton girls and boys were the division winners on Thursday 8th June. Good luck at the SMR finals in August!


The Art Club is in full swing with the hoarding around Room 108 looking fabulous thanks to the very talented students, led by Miss Cowley. If you get the chance to view the artwork, you will not be disappointed.


We welcome back Leah, Tahlia and Tiphaine who were selected to represent the college in Paris for a week, accompanied by Madame Loveena and Mrs Kindler as a result of winning the Dis-Moi Dix Mots competition. It was an amazing team effort by students of 9C, Year 7 and 10 CNED. You should all be very proud!


The production is full steam ahead with many students involved throughout the Junior School. If you haven’t yet heard, the production is FAME JR. Students can be involved in the crew: backstage, lighting, props. We are very much looking forward to the performances and hope to see you all there.


I will be away from Monday 19th June - Monday 31st July. If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact one of the members of the Junior School Team.


Keira McLean

Junior School Leader


Year 7 Highlights

Well done Year 7s, you have completed your first semester at secondary school. Once again term 2 has proven to be very busy.  Many students have written their first essay in English, played a new sport, completed their first chemistry experiment or even done their first and last detention for being late to school.


The annual Athletics Carnival saw many interesting costumes and perfect weather for competing. It was exciting to see the large number of Year 7s competing in track and field events. Stay tuned for the next newsletter to hear about our Junior School Assembly and our amazing achievements.


A new semester means several new subjects including Home Economics and Materials. This is the time to ensure you have all the correct equipment and books before commencing term 3.


Bernie Coghlan and Daniel Mulligan

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Highlights

Rather than talk about the semester ahead and the assessment tasks due, it might be a good time to reflect on where we were 3 months ago and to remember camp Kangroobie, when students were challenged outside of the classroom. It was a very positive camp and proves to us that this Year 8 cohort is a great group.

“The apples were really good and my favourite activity was the farm activities.” – Clea


“I really liked the atmosphere and there were acres of space. The food was good too.” – Nicola


“It was cold and acceptable, and occasionally warm.” – Lucas


“It was fun and tiring, and wet and cold. The best thing was playing table tennis.” – Richard


“The people running it were very nice.” – Ishi


“I liked being near the hills and the coastal cliffs.” – Claudia  


It now seems a world away. Make sure you all get out of the city on the holidays.


Shaun Reynolds

Year 8 coordinator

Year 9 Highlights

The first Year 9 camp with students from 9D, 9E and 9F was held in Week 6 at Rubicon Nayook. Thanks to Adam Golding, Tori Mulligan, Kathryn Vaughan-Niven (student support) and Sasha Byrnes (student teacher) for attending with me. The weather, thankfully, remained mild for the residential group, with all the outdoor activities for us to do, such as canoeing, high ropes, caving and rogaining, however, it was a bit more challenging for the 12 students and Mr Mulligan who spent the week hiking and camping in Wilsons Promontory in the occasional torrential downpour. Nevertheless, students in all groups had a fantastic time and got to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

Congratulations to Mikki Clemans who has been cast in this year's Victorian State Schools Spectacular. As part of this program, Mikki has also been selected to take part in a workshop event with the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the Performing Arts Unit on Monday 26 June. This event will see VSSO players working with some of Australia’s most exciting string players.


Another Year 9 student who is seeing great success in performing arts is Niomi Adelman. Niomi has been cast in an local production of Grease Jr, which will be performing in July at the Richmond Theatrette. More information and tickets can be found at:


Fiona Finnegan

Year 9 Coordinator

Senior School News

Senior School News

I’d like to start by saying a huge congratulations to all award recipients in Years 10, 11 and 12 who received awards at our Celebration Assembly earlier this term. I’d also like to acknowledge the many students involved in extracurricular activities, who were also acknowledged at the assembly.  Many students have shown a commitment to their studies and received very pleasing results in all subjects. I encourage all students to aim high and make learning their focus. Here’s hoping we have even more students receiving awards at our next assembly.


It is great to see so many students putting in the time required to the complete class work and home study, thus ensuring success with their exams. This is the time of the year that many students need a helping hand in their organisation and motivation to keep going. Students are encouraged to use the study tips, techniques and planning documents provided in their planner. I strongly encourage all students to regularly access the VCAA website to further consolidate exam type questions. This should be done throughout the semester and not just in preparation for exams. This is a very successful strategy to improve their performance during examination periods.


I would also like to acknowledge all of the hard work done by the teachers in preparing students for their exams and for the final push to complete assessment tasks in preparation for reports.  A huge thank you to the sub-school assistant, Kathryn Allen, for all her support in the lead up to exams.


As we come to the end of term 2, students start to think about their Pathways options. Year 12 students are considering their tertiary options and students from Years 9-11 will be making their subject selections for the following year. It is important for students to do their research. When the Senior School handbook becomes available at the beginning of next term, all students should  ensure that they are assessing the different options available to them. I encourage students to visit the VTAC site and have a look at the pre-requisites for courses of interest.


Year 9 students wishing to complete an enhancement (Unit 1 & 2 VCE) subject and all Year 10 students and their parents are invited to attend the VCE Information Night on Wednesday 19th July from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.


Haroula Loucaides

Senior School Leader

Year 10 News

It has been a busy end to term 2 for Year 10. Students have been participating in the careers fast-track program, including meetings with careers councillors to discuss pathways and options that might be of interest. This also starts the Year 10s down the path of thinking about what subjects they might want to do in the future.


Work experience in the last week of term is a great opportunity for students to get involved in a work environment and explore possible career paths for the future.


Finally a big congratulations to all Year 10 students  for completing their first set of exams in the senior school.  These are essential practice for the future. I hope you all have a fantastic and safe break and look forward to another action packed term 3.


Year 10 camp will be in Anglesea for surfing and paddle boarding. It is going to be a fantastic three days, so please stay tuned for more information coming soon.


Matthew Robson

Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 News

This past month has been a busy time for Year 11. Firstly we had the Year 11 Business Management students showcase their entrepreneurial skills by running makeshift businesses, all to the delight of the school community, with many students entering the ‘food and hospitality' industry.  We had pizza, cupcakes, Brazilian brigadeiros, (cake truffles) and even chicken for sale.  The rewarding aspect of these ventures was that collectively, the students raised over $800.00 in funds that they have donated to the Cancer Council of Victoria.  Well done to everyone involved.


On a more sombre note, the Year 11 History students have been studying World War II and had the opportunity to visit the Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick to gain a deeper understanding from those who endured incredible pain and suffering.  Students met Joe, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor who spoke of his experience in camps.  Having visited the museum on many occasions over the years, our students are so fortunate to hear and learn from survivors, especially when so many have now passed on and their stories have been recorded for future generations.  When I asked Mr Robson what life lessons were conveyed to students, he said the most striking one was "Trust your first instinct". Joe said this is what kept him alive all the years in the camps.

One Year 11 English class had morning tea "Oscar Wilde" style.  A tea party was held in the first week of June to appreciate the important role tea parties held in Victorian times.  The aristocracy used these parties as a way to be seen in the right circles, finding potential husbands for their daughters and developing business associations.  One student, David, went so far as to dress up and assume the persona of Algernon much to the delight of the class.  An array of wonderful delights graced the table, even those delightful cucumber sandwiches which were a real hit.  Thank you to all students who contributed. A special mention to Anna Rowsell for her homemade scones and Berenice Mickelburough for the delicious apple tart and apple rose tartlets she baked.  Our hips thank you!

It really is a delight to see students gain such experiences to enhance their learning.  Speaking of learning, I would like to wish every Year 11 student success with the exams and a great start to semester 2 studies.  To Year 11 staff, thank you for all you do in providing students with opportunities to learn and be inspired to do their best.


Pauline-Mary Maniatis

Year 11 Coordinator


Year 12 News

On Wednesday 14th June all students completing at least one Year 12 subject completed the General Achievement Test (GAT).  The following is information is taken from the GAT pamphlet that was given to each student weeks before the GAT.  It stipulates what the GAT is and why it is important.


What is the GAT?

The GAT is a three-hour test of your general knowledge and skills in:

  • Written communication
  • Mathematics, science and technology
  • Humanities, the arts and social sciences

Why do you have to do the GAT?

The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment process.


While it is important that you attempt the GAT, the test does not count directly towards your VCE.  However GAT results may play a very important part in determining your final assessments for the VCE.


GAT results are used to check that your VCE external assessments and School-based Assessments have been accurately assessed.


The GAT is used in these checks because its results are a good predictor of final VCE studies.  If a student has done well on the GAT, they are likely to do well in their School-based Assessments and external assessments.


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

Library Corner

This term in the Library

This term has been full steam ahead! With exams and assessments well underway, the Library is a busy place, but also a haven for those needing to unwind. To that effect we have created a “De-Stress Zone” with couches, colouring-in sheets, and feel-good picture books for students (or staff!) that need to get off their screens and have a mindful break.


In line with recent research that shows teens overwhelmingly prefer print books when it comes to reading for pleasure, we continue to purchase the newest, best reading material for students. In particular, I am working to build our collection of biographies, graphic novels and manga, Australian young adult fiction and STEAM resources. We’ve extended our borrowing period to encourage students to read more, and books are flying off the shelves. According to our circulation statistics, students are currently borrowing three times as much as the same time last year. With holidays coming up, we’re also encouraging everyone to take a few extra books home to curl up with and enjoy.


We celebrated Library and Information Week this term with a book display and trivia, and to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Library Technician Megan Gatt and I dressed as if we were librarians working 80 years ago. The students thought we’d lost our minds when they saw our 1930s-style hats and gloves, but we had fun! It was a worthy event to commemorate, as ALIA provides invaluable support for library professionals throughout Australia.


The Book Club is growing every week, and everyone is welcome to join in! We have been discussing topics like the importance of reading diversely, new series in the library, and making recommendations to each other as always. Crinkling News (the Australian youth newspaper) also got in touch asking for students to write book reviews for their publication, and I warmly congratulate Georgia Wood-Freeman and Caitlin Blair who were selected to participate. The best part is they get free books!


The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is being attempted by all Junior School students, and next term there will be prizes awarded to the top readers and best performing class. So far 7C is in the lead, but it’s still anyone’s game! I have been visiting classes throughout the school to promote the challenge, as well as teaching students important research skills including referencing, searching TROVE and other databases, and navigating the library. Information literacy is a life skill that students in Year 7-12 can always work on improving.


Although this term has been busy, term 3 is always the biggest for school libraries. We are looking forward to exciting events such as Book Week, our very own Glen Eira Writers’ Festival, visits from three big name Australian authors (stay tuned!) and an excursion to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival to learn about diverse mediums from slam poetry to fan fiction.

As we descend into the colder months, remember: it’s warm in here at the Library, and we have enough good books to get stuck into that your winter blues will soon be the last thing on your mind!


Karys McEwen
College Librarian

VCE Business Management 

Year 11 Business Management – Excursion Activity

On Thursday 4th May all Year 11 Business Management students explored the Victoria Market, Melbourne Emporium and Melbourne Central in order to investigate different business locations and the factors that affect the choice of location.   Students considered visibility, cost, proximity to customers and suppliers, proximity to competitors and complementary businesses.   One of the purposes of this excursion was to help students plan for their school based business activity that ran later in term 2.


‘We got a good insight into how these businesses run.’ – Zachary Davis


‘We experienced a diverse range of marketing cultures.  We enjoyed learning about the different atmosphere that was created in each location.’ – Lexa Parmar


‘It was inspirational to see some actual businesses in action and made us think about the advertising strategies that were used in the different business locations.  This helped us reflect on the most effective strategies that were used to attract customers which we can now apply to our school based business activity’. – Michael


‘Observing how the businesses at the Victoria Market engaged with their customers made us think about what we could do for our school based business activity.’ – Campbell Hymans


‘We really liked the whole idea of going to different locations particularly the market to get an idea of the prices and the variety in the products that are being sold especially as some were similar to our school based business idea.  We learned how we can improve our business ideas from looking at the places we visited in areas such as presentation, service, price and variety of products.’ – Madhusmitha Nallari


Melanie Mattsson

Humanities Coordinator

Year 11 Business Management Activity

On 19th May, the Year 11 Business Management classes ran their school based business activities on school grounds with the purpose of demonstrating some of their knowledge in a practical situation and with the idea of raising money for the Cancer Council. Some of the business activities included puppies and hot drinks, home-made baked goods, noodles, donuts and many more versatile ideas.


We successfully learned the basics and importance of business planning and raised more than $800! The whole activity was a success and having the opportunity to experience what operating a business is like was resourceful for our learning and useful for real life situations.

Well done to everyone who participated and raised money for a good cause.


Kali Appleby

Year 11

Year 12 Business Management Excursion – Yakult Australia Pty Limited

This term our Year 12 Business Management students went on an excursion to Yakult factory in Dandenong. The excursion was relevant to their Business Management Course and there is a case study on Yakult in the students’ textbook where they can apply their knowledge from this tour.


During the trip, students gained knowledge about the Yakult’s operation management, inputs, various types of technology (CAD/CAM/CIM/Automated Production lines etc.) used. Students  learnt practical knowledge about quality checks, quality control and quality assurance in Yakult under strict lab conditions. They also become familiar with the waste management approach, which is lean management and their commitment toward corporate social responsibility. Students have learnt by watching every process through the glass screens while the factory was performing their daily operations. This tour has also given us information about the Yakult business processes, equipment used at various stages and job qualification and roles of employees of Yakult etc. All students were offered a free Yakult drink and an information pack on Yakult products and their business objectives.

Students  watched a short video on Yakult, their business objectives and how they maintain 100% satisfactory customer service.  They  also watched videos showing how packaging bottles are manufactured inside the factory by using recycled plastic, filled with the Yakult via automated production line, then sealed and packed in an efficient and effective way. They also learnt about how faulty products are detected quickly and waste is minimised.


Overall, students learnt about the operation system of modern businesses and how the whole production processes are operated effectively and efficiently by the business to increase the profits.


This was a very successful excursion as per student feedback. I look forward to going on this excursion again next year with our new Year 12 Business Management group.


Parminder Kaur

Year 12 Business Management Teacher

Languages Corner

Paris Trip

Message from students about the trip:

“The trip was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing to be around so much rich culture and history! I have created strong friendships and have learnt how beautiful and diverse Paris is.” – Leah Sandow


 “I enjoyed the trip to Paris. It was very good!! It was a great opportunity especially to make new friends! Thank you very much!” - Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen


 “Although a lot of people spoke English, it was wonderful to be fully immersed and hear the language everywhere, in the trains, taxis and even just down the street.” – Tahlia Delaney-Murnane


Message from students about the ceremony at the Academie Francaise:

“It was an amazing feeling to be welcomed by everyone at the ceremony, and it was really interesting to listen and look at all of the different projects that were submitted around the world. It was such an honour to look around Academie Francaise and be surrounded by all of the culture and history of the French language.” – Leah Sandow


“The building was ornate and beautiful, and having the opportunity to go was an honour. Given that everyone there spoke French, and few knew English, it was a great way to be immersed in the French Language, especially in hearing all the speeches from different places.” – Tahlia Delaney-Murnane


“I was very honoured to be at this prestigious place. The building was very beautiful. The ceremony was very good, in enjoyed listening to all the speeches. I was very nervous but at the end I was very happy to be here! It was a great opportunity.” – Tiphaine Chevalier Freyeisen


Read about our mentions in the Australian and French media:


In French

In English


Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages

Japanese Club

Every Wednesday lunchtime, the Japanese Club meet in Room 108 where we chat about Japanese interests, taste test Japanese food like "umeboshi" and "dorayaki" and made origami. We look forward to some Japanese activities next term!


Karen Muramatsu

Japanese Teacher

Hebrew News


Year 7 students proudly viewing their own pictorial dictionaries which they worked diligently on.


Dorit Tane

Hebrew Teacher

Careers Corner

Years 11 and 12

University Open Days are late July to August. A flyer will go out to all Year 11 and 12 students at the start of term 3.  It is a great opportunity to find out about new courses and pathways into various courses.  Current students are on hand to talk to and there are often various information sessions held on the day.


5 handy tips to improve your writing

University Information

ACU University Experience

Registrations are now open for ACU University Experience events.

These events will take place on 4th July at the Melbourne campus and 11th July at the Ballarat campus.


Admission to ACU through VET studies

ACU considers Vocational Education Training (VET) studies a significant pathway into university. By completing a certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma at a TAFE or registered training organisation (RTO), you may be eligible for one of the following admission pathway options:

  •  Direct Application
  • Application for admission through QTAC, UAC or VTAC


Swinburne Open Day

Sun 30th July, 10am – 4pm @ Hawthorn campus


AIE Industry Experience Day

A reminder about the upcoming Industry Experience Day on 14th July.


Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2018 gap year opened in March 2017.

The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians who have finished Year 12 or equivalent, aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training & lifestyle whilst gaining new skills over a paid gap year.


The Good Universities Guide: Online and Distance Education

Materials for students interested in online and distance education, with information on what is online and distance education, where and how are courses offered, different options, flexible study options and interactivity and support.

Year 10

Work Experience

Forms have been slow to come in and if you haven’t got a placement you need to come and see me immediately.  My appointment times are on the board outside the Senior School office where I am located, or just pop in and see if I am free. Forms were due in by the end of last term.


Year 10 students have just completed their Careers sessions this term with Careers Fast Track with the third stage, face to face interviews. Hopefully, this will help in term 3 with the course counselling sessions.


CSIRO Science Boot Camp

5th & 6th July, CSIRO Clayton

Students in Years 8–10 are invited to participate in this science boot camp, where they will visit research laboratories, meet scientists and take part in hands-on activities.

General Information

Jetstar Apprenticeship Program

Jetstar anticipate accepting applications for their 2018 intake in mid-to-end of 2017. Sign up online to be kept informed of job openings.


 Australian Public Service ICT Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship Program is open to anyone who has completed Year 12 (or equivalent) and is looking for support while studying and working within a government agency.

Applications will open in June 2017 and programs will begin in January or February 2018.


Radio Training Institute Upcoming Courses

Sports broadcasting: 3rd – 4th June

Advanced radio: 3rd July

Voice over: 7th – 8th October


Voiceworks Submissions

Voiceworks is a magazine for Australians aged under 25. Submissions are now open for issue 109, themed “Sprawl”. Completed fiction, poetry and nonfiction submissions are due Sun 25th June, and comics and artwork are due Sun 23rd July. Voiceworks pays contributors.


Carol McCaskie

Careers and Pathways Coordinator

Performing Arts News

Fame Jr Update

It is less than 9 weeks until opening night of this year’s production of Fame Jr (which sounds longer than it is!). The students have been working very hard this term in the PAC, both after school and during lunchtimes to perfect vocals, acting status and dance moves. We have also had a number of meetings with students involved in the crew and started allocating roles and responsibilities.


On Wednesday 21st June and Thursday 22nd June the cast, Ms Baker-Goldsmith, Ms Peters and myself will be embarking on 2 full days of rehearsals where we will really see the show coming to life. These rehearsals will be quite intense and where we see friendships across year levels form and where we really see the students’ dedication and commitment go up a notch for the show.


We will also be showing a sneak peak of Fame Jr at the Semester 1 Music Gala Night, which is taking place on Monday 26th June at 7pm in the last week of term 2. This is also a great opportunity to see our fellow performing arts students perform and show you what they have been learning so far this year.


Fame Jr will be showing on Tuesday 15th August, Wednesday 16th August and Thursday 17th August next term. We will keep you posted with when tickets are available and thank you to all for the support so far.


Sarah Mortimer

Director, Fame Jr

Radio Club

Radio Club is a club that gives any student in the college the opportunity to run their own radio show for an hour. A few times per term (usually once a month), a group of 3-4 students meet early on a Thursday morning and make their way to 88.3 Southern FM radio station in North Brighton to present a morning breakfast radio show.


The radio show can include conversations and music, but it is up to the group to decide what they would like to present during their hour on air. After the radio show there is a debriefing at Cafe Whyte to discuss what went well and what could be improved for the next show.


Last week I attended the station and I think it was one of the best shows I have been a part of presenting. The more times you attend, the more you improve and get more comfortable with talking on air and using all of the station broadcasting equipment.


There are many benefits in participating in Radio Club. This includes improving public speaking skills and being part of a team. Speaking fluently, articulately and on your feet is a life skill that is required in all fields.


If you are interested in participating in one of our next shows, contact Ms Baker-Goldsmith or come along to our weekly meetings on Tuesdays in Room 1 (the new Music room).


Erin Herr

Year 10

GEC Semester 1 Music Gala Night

All parents, carers, students and staff are warmly invited to the GEC Semester 1 Music Gala Night on Monday 26th June at 7pm in the Glen Eira College PAC. There will be a range of both ensemble and solo performances from students in the college Instrumental Music Program, including beginners who started learning their instruments this year.


The evening will also include a preview of one of the items from our upcoming performance of Fame Jr.


Book your tickets through Trybooking:

Gold coin donation to go towards the purchase of new instruments gratefully accepted at the door.

Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Victorian State Schools Spectacular – Get your tickets now!

We are proud and excited to have some of our students from Years 7-11 participating in the 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Anything is Possible in the auditioned PAU Choir, the Mass Choir, the Orchestra and even behind the scenes in marketing and technical production. This program – managed by the Department of Education and Training – helps to develop each student’s performance skills, discipline, perseverance, cooperation and confidence under the training of industry professionals.


Performing Arts Unit (PAU) Choir

Sophie Rowsell 9B

Estelle Lipovetsky 9C


Mass Choir students

Maayan Ashkar 10A

Bridie Skinner 9C

Kei Someda 9C

Sophie Swiatlo 8B

Jasmine Shaw 8B

Rosie Bitmead 8C

Sasha Hudson 8C

Mieka Maloney 8C

Clea McKeown 8C

Lottie Hudson 8E

Emma Laird 8E

Maani Baker 7C

Keely Edwards 7C

Alicia Scott 7C

Caleb Hopewell 7F

Maiya McLean 7F

Isabella Zambas 7F


Orchestra - Mikki Clemans 9C


Technical production

Barney Miller 11B

Ashley Szmerling 11B

Boris Pribil from 11B

Christopher Rudel 9C


This year’s Spectacular will be held at Hisense Arena on Saturday 16 September, with two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm. For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure your tickets.


General Admission tickets – available from 9am on Tuesday 13 June

  • Adult – $40
  • Child Under 15 – $20
  • Concession – $30

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

To purchase tickets, visit or phone Ticketek on 132 849.


Around the College

Literacy News

Mid-year exams are currently happening for Senior School students and for many, the greatest challenge may not have been the content studied but the ability to write under time limits.  For some students this may be due to simple time management during the exam while for others it may stem from an inability to write for an extended period of time.  However, the good news is that one of the best ways for a student to improve their writing is to simply write more!  One useful way to practice writing is called freewriting, which some students may already be familiar with.


Freewriting, put simply, is a process where students write on a topic for a set period of time.  Usually to freewrite is to write without ceasing, neither stopping to erase or correct, the main thing is to focus on writing whatever comes to mind for as long as prescribed.  It is an excellent exercise for a writing journal, a brainstorm technique or a warm-up activity.  Prompts may be selected by the student, but extensive prompts exist on-line in addition to those which can be provided by teachers.  It can be beneficial for any subject for which there is extended writing involved.


Freewriting reduces stress for students about the entire writing process and removes the mental block that stops many students from beginning the writing process (and therefore wastes valuable time) during an exam or other formally timed assessment.


While it is never too late to start freewriting, it is also never too early and if this is something that you feel may be beneficial, a dedicated writing journal might be a great place to get started.


Michael Kelty

Literacy Coordinator

Year 8 - Have Sum Fun Online (HSFO) Maths Competition by MAWA

In term 2, four students - Ben Matthews, Cherishma Teddu, Clea McKeown and Sam Chau from 8C participated in Have Sum Fun Online (HSFO) maths competition.  HSFO is an online maths competition organised by the Maths Association of WA (MAWA). This was the first time Glen Eira College students experienced this style of multi-round competition spread over three weeks.


I would like to acknowledge their hard work and team effort they put in for this competition. This group scored 20.8 points out of 30 with a difference of 8.8 points from the winning team. They also gained a good understanding of the structure and demands of this style of competition.


As per the feedback received from the students, all of these students enjoyed this competition and wish to participate next time as well, with more preparation. All of these students will receive a certificate of participation from HFSO. I would like to congratulate this group for participating in this competition and for their time, effort and hard work.  


Best of luck 8C group for next time!!!


Parminder Kaur

Year 8C Maths Teacher  

Sports Report

SSV State Finalist Softball Team

On Tuesday 23rd May, the Intermediate Girls Softball team competed in the SSV State Finals, after their win at Regionals. For the majority of the Year 10 girls this was such a big deal as this was their first time getting into State after four years of competitive softball. Throughout the day there were 3 teams that we competed against: Brentwood, Chairo Christian and Broadford.


The first team we played, Brentwood, was by far the most competitive team we have ever faced, however, although we lost 10-1, it gives us a chance to get ready for next year’s round and hopefully achieve a better score. The second team we played was Broadford. They were very enthusiastic about playing, and overall out of all of the teams had the best sportsmanship. Lastly we played Chairo Christian College. They were quite challenging, however our team still managed to achieve a great end result.


Overall the day was such an incredible experience and we can’t wait to compete in next year’s softball. Zoe Markopolous, despite not being able to make it because of camp, has still supported us and attended trainings.


Lastly this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without Miss McLean. She continuously gives up her time to not only train us but other softball teams. Thank you so much Miss McLean for the past few years. Next year is our year :)


Sierra Danon

Year 10

SSV State Finalist Softball Team:

(back row) Aurelie, Emilee, Pamela, Sierra, Alanna, Taylor

(front row) Leah, Tuesday, Rachel, Miki, Bridie, Kei, Ashleigh


Term 2 Interschool Sport

This term has been jam packed full of sports. Glen Eira Athletics was a beautiful sunny autumnal day with huge house spirts and lots of fun.  Senior Lawn Bowls got to the state championship but lost a close game in the semi-finals.  Softball has had continuing success and you can read more about that in another article.  Beachside Cross Country saw Jared Freedman win his event and another dozen students qualified to go on to the Southern Metropolitan Region to be run before the end of this term.


The interschool sports of Aussie Rules Football (footy), International Rules Football (soccer), netball, badminton and handball were all competed in this term.  Year 8 girls’ handball won the beachside competition. Year 8 badminton, boys and girls, both qualified to the next level. Year 7 boys’ badminton is waiting on a count back to determine who progresses and year 7 boys' soccer blitzed their opposition and went through undefeated.


Good luck to all the students still competing in various events and thank-you to all the students (and teachers) for making sport this term so enjoyable.


Peter Bales

Sports Coordinator

School Council Report

Council Business

Council met on 17th May and approved the Year 10 surf camp at Anglesea for November 2017.  Council discussed participation in the community event the Mother’s Day Classic and decided to ask the SRC and Student Wellbeing Committee for ideas for community fundraisers to help assess future participation.


The Canteen sub-committee has been established and has held its first meeting.  The main role of the committee is to work with canteen proprietors to develop a menu that reflects the Healthy Eating Guidelines.  The committee will meet at least once per term and make recommendations to College Council who has the responsibility of approving the menu.


The Uniform sub-committee has been considering re-introducing a GEC rain jacket and looking at the different options to make a recommendation to Council.  The committee is also working on strengthening communication to students about changes to the uniform policy including photos of approved uniform on the GEC website.

Booran Road Pedestrian Crossing Safety

Together with representatives from Glen Eira Council and Councillor Tony Athanasopoulos, we met with VicRoads staff to discuss the data collected 2nd – 8th May 2017 in the traffic count around the pedestrian crossing on Booran Road.  The data recorded a high incidence of speeding at all times of the day including during school zone times.  More analysis of the data will be conducted.  This data provides useful evidence that we require variable electronic speed signs at the pedestrian crossing.


In the meantime, VicRoads is progressing with the other works such as larger school zone signs and the Puffin detectors.  In addition, Glen Eira Council will park a speed sign trailer that flashes a passing vehicle’s speed near the crossing to help motorists slow down.


With this amount of speeding recorded on Booran Road, I encourage parents to drive carefully around the school at all times.  Please speak to your children and encourage them to be very wary of traffic and use the crossing at all times of the day.


It is not too late to sign our online petition at  Please forward this link to your family and friends so we can work together to advocate for a safer crossing for our children.

GEC Alumni (GECOS - GEC Old Students)

Council, through the BOCI sub-committee, has been working on the establishment of the GEC Alumni for past students and staff called GECOS – GEC Old Students.  The aim of the GEC Alumni is to develop a network of past students and staff and facilitate reunions and contributions to the College community.  The Alumni is in an establishment phase and is starting a working group to progress the Alumni.  If you have older children or siblings that attended GEC, please encourage them to join GECOS.  Staff are also welcome to join the Alumni. 


Please email to join the Alumni or if you have ideas or want to help develop the Alumni. 

Other News

I was proud to be involved in the GEC Open Day and Night that showcased our school to the community and prospective families.  The School Captains and Year 7 students were fantastic representatives of GEC and gave great speeches and the dedicated staff and student helpers proudly explained their subject areas.  This event truly helps families make their secondary school decision and GEC shined as an excellent choice for our local community.


On behalf of Council, I would like to congratulate the French teachers and students who won the Dis-Mois Dix Mots French competition.  I attended the award ceremony at GEC to celebrate the achievements of all involved.  A video of the speech the students gave in accepting the prize at Academie Francaise was shown.  The standard of French spoken language shown and the confidence of these students was impressive and a testament to the language programs at our College.  Winning this prestigious competition was also highlighted in the local Leader newspaper.  Congratulations to all involved.


GECPA held a sold-out movie night on 4th June.  It was fantastic to be in a cinema filled with GEC families enjoying watching Wonder Woman.  Wonder Woman was empowering as she saved the day and conquered her nemesis.  Thanks to GECPA for this fun evening.


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


Ruth Gordon


Glen Eira College Council


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.

Office Move

The General Office has moved to its new location next to the student entrance on Booran Road. We look forward to welcoming you all to our new space.



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.


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
Parent Applications for the CSEF close on Friday 23rd June 2017.

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


More Information
For more information about the fund visit:

XUNO Events and Payments

We have now launched the Events and Payments module on the XUNO Portal. This allows parents and guardians to give electronic permission for their child/ren to attend excursions and incursions and also make an online payment when there is a payment involved.


We will still be able to take payments over the counter and signed forms as is the current process.


To use this module you will need to have your XUNO login and password and a mobile phone to receive a SMS from the system to authorise the event.


Thank you to those parents who have provided feedback on the new system.


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


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


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


School Crossing Campaign

VicRoads have collected traffic data over a week and sent it to school council, who are now examining the data before deciding on the next steps.


Glen Eira Council has invited community feedback on lowering speed limits to 40kmph on several streets in Glen Eira to improve safety where many people walk; including Glen Huntly Road between Booran and Grange Roads through the Glen Huntly Shopping Centre. Please ask the Council to also lower the speed limit in Booran Road between the Glen Eira Road roundabout and Glen Huntly Road past Glen Eira College and the busy new park – Booran Reserve, because these are busy pedestrian areas with many kids and dangerous fast traffic. Phone

Glen Eira Council Traffic Engineering 9524 3333 or email

Year 7 Parents

Our Year 7 reps have started work on organising an informal get-together for parents of Year 7 students.  Details will be sent out by email soon.

Movie Night

Our movie night on Sunday 4th June was a great night out.  Thank you to everyone who supported the night by coming along and bringing their friends and family to see Wonder Woman with us. This was by far our most popular movie night so far, with 106 tickets sold, which meant the cinema was sold out.  We were very happy to see so many families there, including students and future GEC students! Thanks to Julie Sunter for organising the night, including preparing the food and drinks.  The night raised about $600, which will contribute to the finishing touches around the building work at Glen Eira College.

GEC Parents Association (GECPA) – Join Us!

GECPA is an active, well organised and friendly group of parents from across the school community. 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.  


We are seeking

  • a volunteer with Webpage admin
  • a volunteer to assist our alumni group – we have 80 members so far and need a help to send emails to invite them to events like the movie night and grow membership.

Thank you to Julie Sunter who has volunteered to take on the role of Treasurer.


If you are interested being involved in GECPA please send an email to

Weekly walk and talk

We have a social walking group each Tuesday evening (weather permitting) to walk and chat for about an hour.  We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve - corner of Crosbie and Murrumbeena Roads.

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.

Community News/






GEC College News
CSEF Application Form 2017.pdf
Approving and paying for events in the parent Portal gda.docx
GEC Concert poster Sem 1.pdf