GEC College News

04 June 2019
Issue Five
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
From the School Captains
Library Corner
Science News
New Caledonia Tour
Law Talks Excursion
Year 11 Geography Fieldwork
Around the College
Performing Arts News
Careers Corner
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Tuesday 4th June

World Scholars Cup 9am – 6:30pm


Wednesday 5th June

Year 8 Australian History Competition


Thursday 6th June

Year 8 Interschool Sport

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am


Friday 7th June

Year 12 Business Management Excursion 12pm – 2:45pm


Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (School Closed)


Tuesday 11th June

Year 10 SWOT VAC

Year 8 Sleep & Tech Incursion 11am – 12:45pm


Wednesday 12th June

GAT for Unit 3/4 Students 10am – 1:15pm

Year 9 Program: United Nations Conference (Library Closed)

Year 10 Exams


Thursday 13th June

Year 7 Interschool Sport

Year 9 Program: United Nations Conference (Library Closed)

Year 10 & 12 Exams

Year 9B Exams


Friday 14th June

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am

Year 11 SWOT VAC

Year 10 & 12 Exams

Year 9B Exams


Monday 17th June

Year 10, 11 & 12 Exams

Year 8 Sleep & Tech incursion 1:30pm – 3:07pm


Tuesday 18th June

Year 12 TIS - Tertiary Institute Service Excursion

Year 11 Exams


Wednesday 19th June

Year 11 Exams

College Council 7pm - 8:30pm


Thursday 20th June

Year 11 Exams


Friday 21st June

School Tour 9:15am


Friday 28th June

Last Day Term 2


Monday 15th July

First Day Term 3


Thursday 18th July

Radio Club Excursion 7am - 10:45am


Friday 19th July

School Tour 9:15am


Monday 22nd July

French Language UN Model Excursion


Wednesday 24th July

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal


Tuesday 30th July - Thursday 1st August

School Production - The Wizard of Oz


Wednesday 31st July

Year 11 & 12 Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition

From the Principal

Our students have been involved in a wide range of programs already this term including the Athletics Carnival, interschool sports, incursions for Reconciliation Week, Safety Online incursion presented by Susan McLean, a range of excursions, lunchtime activities and more.  You will read about many of these throughout the newsletter.


Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s production, The Wizard of Oz.  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 30th and 31st July and 1st August. 


Last night we held our Semester 1 Instrumental  Music Concert which was a wonderful showcase of our talented students.  

Intervention Programs

The Gonski funding model introduced three years ago provided schools with equity funding.  Our Literacy support teacher, Cristina Presa, does a wonderful job in supporting students in the classroom and providing professional development to staff to better support students in the classroom.


The outcomes for the past three years of the intervention program have been very positive with students showing growth over the year, along with an increase in their confidence and self-esteem.


This year there are two new positions funded by the Department which commenced this term.  Firstly we have Jennifer Lovell who is a Literacy intervention teacher supporting students in Year 10.  Jennifer works across 4 schools – GEC, Bentleigh SC, Brighton SC and Albert Park College.   We also have funding for half a day per week to support Year 10 students with Numeracy.  Arivu Kumaran has taken on this role as part of her allotment.


Our students Years 7 – 12 have all participated in the Annual Attitudes to School Survey.  This is administered by DET and covers the areas of Wellbeing, Teaching and Learning and Student Relationships.  Students completed the survey on line.

Your feedback is always welcome.  It is always great to hear your positive comments and I appreciate receiving this feedback and sharing it with staff and students.  I also greatly value your suggestions and ideas for improvements and for raising any concerns that you have.  It is important to us that we work together to ensure the best outcomes and opportunities for our students.  Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with me via telephone, a meeting or emailing.


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

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 and / or jumper.


The exam period begins on the 11th June for senior school students, starting with Year 10 SWOT Vac on Tuesday 11th June, the GAT on Wednesday 12th June for those doing a Unit 3 and 4 subject and Year 11 SWOT Vac on Friday 14th June. 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


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 General Office.


This week students will be participating in the Students Attitudes to Schools Survey run by DET. This provides us with valuable information about how we can keep improving to meet the educational needs of your children.


You play such an important role in the education of our students. 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 your child’s learning
  • Supporting your 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.


We are always seeking to improve our communication processes. Please see below our communication tree. I am always pleased to hear from parents how we might improve.



Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

House Athletics

Our annual house athletics carnival was held in glorious sunshine last Wednesday.  As a school of over 800 students, this is one of the few opportunities we have to come together as a whole community.  It was fabulous to see students running, jumping and throwing with such a wonderful attitude.


Our college values were evident as our enthusiastic and motivated students worked hard to earn house points.  Our staff worked very hard all day to ensure that students could seize opportunities to participate and I noticed how respectful our competitors were throughout the day.


Students who won their events at the house event will now proceed to the Beachside Division Athletics Competition.  This event is held late in term 3 and students will be notified closer to the date of the details. 


I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Peter Bales and Marybeth Atkinson without whom this event could not have happened.  They spent many hours putting together the program, logistics and equipment needed for the day and their efforts meant the day was an enormous success. 


Be on time – learning begins at 9!


Daily attendance is important for all young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind both socially and developmentally. Minimum 95% attendance is expected from all students in all year levels. School participation maximises life opportunities for young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.


Parents are required to contact the school absence line on 9571 4178 on any day a student is late or absent. Alternatively, write a note or email the school at the following address: 

Uniform at interschool sport

Our students have represented the college with pride and distinction at recent sporting competitions. 


For most competitions, students who have signed up to compete in sport are required to meet at the flagpoles at 9:00am and are expected to return to school by 3:07pm. 


On these days, full and correct PE uniform should be worn to and from school; students should not be in casual clothes.   The college PE uniform includes:

  • GEC polo shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Black tracksuit pants
  • GEC black jacket


Students may also bring their personal sport-specific equipment if they would like to use it. 


I ask for your assistance in ensuring that your child wears the correct uniform at all times. A uniform dress code reinforces a pride in your own appearance and in your school.

We are proud of our college and the reputation that we have built over many years in the community.  In order that our school continues to be held in high esteem we ask that you support the College by e
nsuring that you have the correct college uniform and that it is maintained in good condition and worn each day of the school week.

We are always able to support families with items of uniform.  Please contact the wellbeing team for assistance.

Level Crossing Safety

Following concerning reports from staff at Glenhuntly Train Station, all students are reminded about the importance of acting in a safe and responsible manner at level crossings.  In conjunction with staff from the station, we are reviewing CCTV footage to identify students who have not been meeting college expectations whilst travelling to and from school.


As a pedestrian you must not cross the train tracks if:

  • warning lights are flashing 
  • warning bells are ringing
  • a gate, boom or barrier is closing
  • a train is approaching or entering the crossing.


These laws are set out for the safety of all members of our community and failure to follow them can result in hefty fines. 


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Highlights

The Year 7 cohort have once again been highly active over the last month, showing great motivation in their studies and extra curricula activities.


The Athletics Carnival showcased the Year 7's enthusiasm to give everything a go. The weather couldn’t have been any more perfect as students competed in a range of competitions including high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, running relays and more!


Camp has now been confirmed for the end of term 3 in the week beginning 16th of September. It can’t come soon enough!


Daniel Lake and Sue Rio

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 7 Students Learn Strategic Thinking with Professor Buckingham

What do you do when something totally unexpected comes along? Panic? Run around screaming? Hold your head in your hands and sigh? As human beings, we are programmed to do all these things that help us manage stress, and much more.


But, what if we could turn these moments of complete and utter panic into something more productive to help us work through any dilemmas that come our way. Well, on the 4th April, Year 7B learnt about strategic thinking and how to handle the situations of panic using a Black Swan Matrix.


Firstly, we learnt about the four by four thinking matrix that explores the known and unknown of what you do and think that was presented by Professor Buckingham from Monash University.  We are programmed to learn routines such as tying up our shoelaces, but when we are not always sure, we turn to assumptions.


Assumptions tell us what we have accepted to think about and trust that they will happen. For instance, the teachers assume that on the students' day off, they do homework (little do they know…). After relying on your assumptions for a period of time, your assumptions become routines.


However, when that doesn’t work, you use Strategic Thinking. Strategic Thinking is about analysing what you have in order to make a situation work, and fixing what is stopping the situation from working in the first place. This is an opportunity to handle anything quickly and effectively, before moving onto the final step: innovative thinking. The matrix is called a Black Swan Matrix as it is a framework to develop innovative thinking to resolve events that could never be imagined, like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. In this situation, you have to react faster than you have time to think, and in those few seconds, a quick decision can become life-threatening and therefore we must be prepared to think beyond the obvious to solve problems that arise.


Professor Buckingham guided us through an activity called Mentally Exhaustive Comprehensively Exclusive (MECE) to solve a practical problem. It was a great way to think about solving future problems that we don’t even realise could happen.


So, in the future, if 7B are ever confronted by any problems, we know what to do. Thanks Mr Buckingham!


Eve Gascoigne

Year 7B

Year 9 Highlights

A very busy term for  Year 9! Students are currently preparing for the Model United Nations Conference where they will be asked to deliver a Preamble and an Operative. This is a great opportunity for students to support fellow delegates by collaborating, debating, and to use their negotiation and diplomacy skills.


This term Year 9 was visited by former Victorian Police Officer and current author, Susan McLean, to address issues surrounding cyber safety and strategies to use the internet in a safe, smart and responsible way.


Last but not least, well done to all Year 9 students who took part on our school athletics day - your enthusiasm and school spirit, made the whole day thoroughly enjoyable. Well done also for your sportsmanship at the inter-school sports.


Brenton Hale

Year 9 Coordinator

Preparation of a War Memorial in Year 9 History

Students from Year 9D took time to study the Gallipoli exhibition in the Library to garner ideas for their Memorial Project. Students are required to develop an artefact or memorial to commemorate different aspects of WW1. After Ms Michael visited our classroom to show students five different databased for background research via the Library Quick Links, students visited the Library to take notes and raise questions around representations of the Great War. Gaining insight into how artefacts are presented allowed students to develop inquiry questions to begin their own research and presentation. Year 9D appreciate Mr Tserkezidis, Ms Gatt and Ms Michael’s generosity in sharing their personal ANZAC paraphernalia for students to experience.


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher


Senior School News

Senior School Exam Preparation

Success in the VCE for many students relies on performing well in exams.  Our Year 11 and 12 students have now had exam strategies sessions run by Success Integrated as they prepare for the Semester 1 exam period. It is always challenging to prepare well for midyear exams whilst the Unit 1 & 3 classes and assessments are still running. Hopefully the exam strategies sessions have provided our students with an insight into the organisation and mindset required to do this well.

The key to exam success is preparation.


As winter is setting in we would like to give a timely reminder that all students are required to be in correct school uniform for the entire school day including on their way to and from school. It is important that the school uniform policy is followed by all students. If your child has a reason to be out of uniform please provide a note explaining the reasons.  Further information about the school uniform policy can be found in your student planner.

Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.


Jeff Micallef

Senior School Leader

Year 10 News

Thank you to the Year 10 students who attended the Peer Leadership Program. They were chosen, as they are influential within their peer groups.


This program provided an opportunity for the students to learn some leadership skills to keep them and their friends safe as they navigate through their teenage years and potential exposure or experimentation with alcohol and other drugs.


The peer support leaders will present a ‘project’ back to their peers by the end of the school year. There will be opportunity to have a mentor from one of the program partners to assist in completing this.


Peer support leaders who attended the leadership program


Gauri Gupta

Luisa David

Dhugal Leathley

Alexander Leathley

Sanjaykumar Selvakumar 


Thanks to all Year 10 peer support leaders. Your weekly involvement with  Year 7 students is much appreciated and your contribution to Glen Eira’s community is peerless.


Year 10 students are preparing for their exams. They should be revising, filling out mock exams under time conditions and seeking feedback from their teachers.  Additionally, should any Year 10 student need assistance in developing a study plan or help with exam preparation, please come to the Senior School office and see me for advice.


Delanka Peiris 

Year 10 Coordinator

Year 11 News

 The Year 11 Exams will be taking place in Week 9. Now is the time for students to ensure they are properly prepared with a study regime. In addition to this, it is important that students understand the difference between homework and home study. Homework is set by your class teacher to be completed by a set date. Home study is additional work, revision or research that you undertake to develop and strengthen areas of knowledge that you have identified yourself. At Year 11, you should be aiming to complete at least 8 hours of study per week (1.5 hours per day).


Creating a home study timetable will allow you to prioritise what subjects to study more for. You should set more time to study subjects that you know require more work than others. There is a study timetable template in your school planner to help you get started however, you may find that a digital timetable is more appropriate and flexible to use.


Here are some useful study tips…

  • The most effective study is completed within 45 minute sessions. Remember to take small breaks (10-15 minutes) to maintain effective studying
  • Study should be done when you are most mentally alert. Some people focus better in the morning while others focus better at night.
  • Set more study time to difficult subjects. This will allow you greater time to strengthen weaker areas in your knowledge. You don't need to spend as much time on areas you are already good at!
  • Be realistic and keep a balance. Many students have casual jobs or community and sporting commitments. Remember to keep yourself balanced and include time to socialise, exercise/work etc. so that you don't overload yourself.
  • Minimise the distractions. Find a quiet place to study free from unnecessary distractions i.e. TV, mobile phones, Facebook, Snapchat etc. Quiet, gentle music is a useful way to reduce distracting background sounds.
  • Make it visible. Make sure your study timetable is somewhere that you (and your parents) can see it. This will help you get into a routine that you have set for yourself and allow you to achieve your overall goals.
  • Sleep. Sleep is a vital requirement for a healthy mind and a healthy body. Make sure you aim for eight hours of sleep each night!


Benjamin Wickham

Year 11 Coordinator

Year 12 News

On Wednesday 15th May six year 12 students and myself attended the Chadstone/East Malvern Rotary ‘Taking on the Challenges’ dinner.  During the course of the evening students had the opportunity to listen to various speakers talk about their journey from secondary school through to work.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students who attended: Sean Kelly, Sierra Danon, Ashleigh Harris, Taylor Lowery, Dips Thaker and Shoan Kondhalkar for their attendance and their thoughtful questions during the question and answer time.


Laura Brancatella

Year 12 Coordinator

VCE Literature: Lunching with Shakespeare’s Othello

The Year 12 Literature class spent a double lesson on Friday at a cafe up the road from the school, Upsy Daisy. Our teacher, Ms Cordingley organised this as a change of scenery to study Literature in a Café because good Literature is best served with coffee and delicious food. We set up an iPad and speaker and listened to a dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s Othello while annotating our play scripts. It was fun to have class in a public space and allowed us to share our love of Literature.


Kyle Paterson

Year 12



From the School Captains

Softball Regionals

On 13th May, we played against four schools in our inter school sport region - McKinnon Secondary College, Mac Robertson Girls’ School, Hampton Park Secondary, and Nossal High School, winning every game! This meant we came first in our regional division, and we can thank of all our efforts to the years of playing for the school. This accomplishment felt amplified in that our final year (for some of us) has seen us advance to the State competition. It meant a lot that our team played their hardest in all our games up to this point, and our efforts paid off. We are extremely excited to announce that we will be participating in the State finals on the 30th of May, and for some of us (the Year 12s) this will be our last time playing for the team. Thanks to Mr Bales for organising all the trainings and competitions days, and Ms McLean for her constant support.  We look forward to playing some more softball very soon!


Alanna Gray and Sierra Danon

Year 12


Taking on the Challenges: School to Careers Dinner

This term on 8th May, myself and five other Year 12 students attended an inspirational seminar, held by the Rotary Club of Chadstone/East Malvern, which discussed the transition from school to career. While I was initially drawn in by the offer of a free dinner at the Matthew Flinders Hotel, I became quickly invested in the stories of all four of the panellists, and found their disparate stories of their lives after high school a gentle reminder that there is no single pathway to success. Each panellist provided such contrasting stories, it felt reassuring to see how versatile the school-to-career process is.


While one panellist immediately knew what she wanted to do after school, and has been pursuing the same goal ever since, another panellist had simply been going job to job, testing out different university courses, before ultimately landing where she is: beginning her own business. I especially enjoyed this event as it provided four guests with extremely different interests, and extremely different pathways to their careers. As someone who is entirely unsure on what she plans on doing next year - constantly switching between the desire for a gap year, or jumping straight into university, or simply trying to get more experience in the workforce - hearing stories from such different people was a kind reassurance that there is no one way to complete high school.


Furthermore, up until this event, I was entirely unaware of what Rotary clubs actually were, and I am especially delighted to now have this knowledge of all the magnificent services they provide. Hearing about all the incredible international and local humanitarian services, such as youth groups, construction services, food services, and the many other community involvements provided by this club was genuinely inspiring, and is something I hope to someday have an involvement in.


Taylor Lowery

Year 12

Athletics Day

On Wednesday 22nd May, Glen Eira College held it’s Athletics Day and, sadly, as a Year 12 student graduating at the end of the year, this was my last Athletics Day. Despite this being the final school event where my friends and I were able to dress up in our house colours and compete in sporting events, we all knew we had to go out with a bang. In the past, we have created unique costumes including the Power Puff Girls, Social Media Platforms, and Harry Potter houses - and for our final, departing costume, we opted to dress as Mario Kart characters (something that seemed especially appropriate as we ran (or “drove”) in the track races.


Although I’m not particularly athletically gifted, from Year 7 to 12 the sports carnivals have been some of my favourite days, and provided some of my best memories in this school. Entire days dedicated to friendly competition between classmates, and some magnificent costumes will always entertain me, and while I am definitely sad with this being my last Athletics Day, I am definitely excited to see the pages in our end-of-year Yearbook dedicated to these events.



This year, we were blessed with some amazing weather (something we see so rarely in Melbourne) as it was that perfect level of warm, but not so warm that the prospect of exercise seemed impossible. I ran in two events - the hundred and two hundred metres - and managed to win neither, however no one can deny that I triumphantly came 2nd in a heated card game of Uno played between myself, my friends, and others who simply just wanted in on the fun of the game. So, while I didn’t manage to win any events (or an Uno game, either), the main reason I’ll always come to these sports days is purely to dress up in fun costumes, and lay out a picnic with my friends where we’ll bring snacks or cards or even classwork - anything that gets us engaged with each other, with the added bonus of being in an outdoor, sunny environment. I am really going to miss these house competitions. I know I’m always going to look fondly at all the photos I have of my friends and I in our ridiculously fantastic costumes, and although it never happened in all my years attending high school, I do hope that someday Blue House will manage to bring home a victory.


Taylor Lowery

Year 12


This year, our ANZAC Day service was especially memorable with two wonderful speakers, Colonel Jason Cook and Mr Philip Spence. Much to our surprise, Mr Spence was an ex-Glen Eira College (or Caulfield High School, as he knew it in 1975) student who later went on to join the police force, a career which often took his duties overseas. In comparison, Col. Cook grew up in Clayton and immediately joined the Army Reserves in 1982 to later become a Colonel.


Before the ceremony itself began, the four school captains had the privilege of meeting Col. Cook and Mr Spence, and I was delighted to find out how light-hearted and cheery the two men were. Mr Spence was eager to discuss with us the changes Glen Eira College had gone through since he last attended, and shared many of his fondest memories as the delinquent, football-loving student he was before joining the Australian Federal Police in 1979. Col. Cook introduced himself as Melbourne-born, and told us just how excited he was to take part in our school ceremony.


After the students took their seats, and the catafalque party marched into position, us group of speakers left the front office and made our way towards the stage. I know I felt an immense sense of pride and importance walking towards that stage alongside the other leaders of our school, and the inspirational guest speakers. Honestly, having written this article over a month after the ceremony, I couldn’t possibly remember each individual process and order of it all, but what I do distinctly remember is the speeches given by both Col. Cook and Mr Spence, and how they introduced ideals and concepts which I had simply never thought about before, and how they genuinely provided one of my most memorable experiences with guest speakers at this school.


I remember how Mr Spence quickly gained the students' attention through sharing his past experience attending our school, but far more than that I remember how he described how detrimental the first World War had been. Asking students to look around at their peers and imagine different groups of them as dead, or injured, or simply going into the war at such a young age, Mr Spence allowed faces to be associated with statistics - rather than simply stating percentages or numbers, he encouraged the students to look around, and recognise how many real people are impacted by these conflicts in our world. Mr Spence later went on to describe the importance of the phrase ‘Lest we forget’ - and how it doesn’t simply describe that we won’t forget, however that we can’t. It acknowledges our duty as a nation to remember and commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives, and that they should never be disregarded.


Of Col. Cook’s speech, the moment I remember especially clearly was he talked about the service provided by members of the armed forces, and how it is something to take pride in and be recognised for - and that one of the kindest ways to spark a conversation with many members of the field is to ask for their stories, in particular the stories behind their medals. In that moment I realised how obvious it seemed to take an interest in the medals given to these men who had done so much for our country, and yet I am so aware that when we first met the guests before the ceremony had begun, it didn’t even cross my mind. I do acknowledge now that it is something respectful to do, but furthermore it is interesting to hear about, and leads to so many great stories - and I am extremely grateful that we were able to talk to the guests after the ceremony had concluded so I had the opportunity to ask them more about their service, and their awards. After the speeches had come to an end, the laying of the wreaths by the Australian flag had begun. While I myself didn’t lay the wreath, I stood at the podium reading the ‘Ode to Remembrance’ as my fellow captains, guest speakers, Connor McCaskie, and Mr Hamer-Smith walked down the aisle (a pathway that was expertly created through carefully placing where students sat). This was followed by a respectful minute of silence.


After the ceremony, the captains, alongside other teachers and cadets, were able to have some refreshments and continue the conversations with the two guests. Inspired by the speech of Col. Cook, I quickly became engaged in a conversation with Mr Spence discussing his medals. While the majority of his medals were received for his police work overseas, it was difficult to not be especially enthralled by his Australian Bravery Medal, something he had received for his heroic involvement during the Canberra bushfires of 2005 - a medal which only around a thousand Australians have had the privilege of receiving. I am extremely grateful to not only have attended this beautiful ANZAC ceremony, but to have also had the additional opportunities to really talk to and get to know the guest speakers who each had such inspirational and unique stories which they were eager to share.  


Taylor Lowery

Year 12



Library Corner

The Library staff celebrated Library and Information Week, May 20th - 24th, with a colourful display set up by Mrs Megan Gatt. This year’s theme was Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK). On the final day of this special week students competed in a MARVEL Quiz during lunchtime. The winner, Prithvi Shah (7G), was awarded a Spiderman Bobble Head while all contestants enjoyed Freddo Frogs. Special thanks to Library Monitor Dan Federer (7G) who organised and emceed the Quiz and to those Library Monitors who were available to assist.



Another highlight of the past few weeks has been the Book Club Book Buying Excursion. Twenty-three students,  accompanied by Ms Cordingley and Ms Michael toured the State Library Victoria then visited the Readings SLV store to make book selections. It was particularly pleasing to see Year 10 students looking out for the Year 7 students and taking on a mentoring role. At the subsequent Book Club meeting on May 15th the students had a second opportunity to select items for the Library collection. Lamont Books had dropped off three tubs of new releases, which were then collected later that day.



Several Library Monitors have continued the long process of preparing prize-winning bookmarks for lamination. Spurred on by Gauri Gupta (10E) the close-knit group has worked on the bookmark-making project during lunchtimes. A big thank you to Charlee Lowe (8G) and Anjana Sivaraman (8G) who have spearheaded operations.


Many students have had their fifteen reading books verified for The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. It’s not too late to log in and start the Challenge - follow the links on the Library’s Web OPAC page: Please see Library staff should you need your log in details.


Confused by the thousands of results Google returns in a search? For reliable websites aligned to the Victorian Curriculum try the WebLinks-Plus database. This is currently available to GEC students on trial until June 14th. Access is via a link on the Library’s Web OPAC page.


The days are growing shorter and the nights much cooler - perfect weather for snuggling in your favourite chair and reading a good book. Pop into the Library to check out new releases and to grab a fun winter warmer read! And don’t forget the great range of eBooks and audiobooks available through the College’s ePlatform.


Library Opening Hours:

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

Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

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

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


Homework Help:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school, 3:15pm to 4:30pm


Ms Sherri Michael

College Librarian

Book Club Excursion

Recently, the GEC Book Club, along with Ms Michael (our School Librarian) and Ms Cordingley, went for their annual book buying excursion!


This is always a great opportunity to explore new book releases and a chance for the students themselves, to choose some books to expand our school library. This is extremely exciting for students to buy books for the Library.


First we went to the State Library, where we had a chance to browse through all of the interesting books there as well as look at amazing pieces of art and take lots of photos. There were even games of checkers and chess to play with your friends!


After exploring the extensive State Library of Victoria, we went to Readings gift shop where we were able to choose two books each to buy for our school. We all began looking through various books and making a tough decision around which texts we were going to buy. There were so many wonderful books that is was difficult to choose only two. After much browsing, students put forward their choices to be delivered to the school soon.


Afterwards, we went to Melbourne Central where we had a break for lunch before we began our journey back to school. This is the second time that I have been fortunate enough to attend this excursion and it is always a highlight of my school calendar!


I really enjoyed looking at all of the interesting works of art and browsing through the new books. I hope next year I get the opportunity to attend again! Thank you to Ms Michael and Ms Cordingley for organising this fantastic excursion.


Yvette Lipovetsky 

Year 8



On 8th April the book clubbers went on an amazing excursion with two fabulous teachers, Ms Michael and Ms Cordingley. We caught a train to the city and began our exciting journey. We reached Flinders street and we decided to take and nice walk to a Melbourne landmark and a cultural icon, the State Library of Victoria. We were walking past the streets and roads of the city chatting and admiring the shops and the buildings.


We got to the State Library and all the students were amazed by its majestic domed ceiling, its exhibitions, games and many books. The teachers let us explore the State Library for a while to wander around the walls of the Library and find out secrets. We came across a lot of books, beautiful exhibitions and games to play with your friends like chess and checkers. We explored the beautiful world of information and stories and took lots of pictures.


After we had a look around we went into the book shop of the State Library to choose some thrilling books for the school. There were a wide variety of books to choose from and we all began browsing for books to choose for the GEC library.


By the time we finished we were all starving. We then headed to Melbourne Central where we had lunch with friends. There was a wide variety of delicious food and drink stores to choose from.


After lunch we headed back to school. This was a great highlight of the year and I hope to do it again! Thank you so much to Ms Cordingley and Ms Michael for making it happen.


Rusha Shah

Year 8

Year 7C reading for the Premier’s Reading Challenge in the library

Year 7C students are working towards completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge by relaxing in the Library and committing to reading. After Grammar Units are completed during their English class, all Year 7C students take time for personal reading and document their progress on the official website for the reading challenge. We are hoping that all students reach their goal and enjoy time for reading.


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher



Year 7C Memoirs and French Poetry

Currently, Year 7C students are completing their Memoir writing in the library. In addition to having access to other memoirs as models, students have access to the Library computers to draft, edit and polish their memoirs. Once Memoirs are completed as part of a cross-curricular activity including the Library, French and English class. Students are utilizing their French Poem from the recent Poetry Competition to develop Calligrammes. These are amazing pictorials of French poems developed by Guillaume Apollinaire in 1918. Students will present their work as part of their Writing Folio and hopefully some poems will be on display in the Library soon.


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher



Science News

Open Night

Open Night was a great occasion to showcase student learning and some of the amazing experiments students have the opportunity of completing through Science at Glen Eira College. From “slime making” to “hair mousse trail” to “invisible ink” and “elephant’s toothpaste” just to name a few. The two science rooms set up were buzzing with excitement and displayed the engaging learning environment we offer students! All of this would not have been possible without all of the student support and enthusiasm on the night. Thank you to all of the students who volunteered to support Science on the night.



Year 8 Science

Our Year 8 students have been investigating the properties of cells and their role in living things. They have learnt to use microscopes to explore different types of cells and the structures found within. As part of their assessment on this topic, students needed to source a range of materials and create a 3D Cell Model. Well done to all students on their efforts to put together such creative models.


Haroula Loucaides

Head of Science



New Caledonia Tour

New Caledonia Tour: 2019

As preparation for the upcoming tour to New Caledonia, students met in the Library to learn about the indigenous people from Mr Chamontin.


Did you know?

Kanak is the local name given to New Caledonian Melanesians. The term Melanesians refers to the group of people who inhabit the islands in the southwest Pacific. They comprise just under half of the total population of New Caledonia, around 45% by some estimates. They have inhabited the archipelago for about 6,000 years, living in autonomous tribal communities in the narrow valleys between the mountains.


The term ‘Kanak’ (or canaque, as the French originally spelt it) was invented by early Europeans living in Polynesia. It is probably derived from the word ‘Kanakas’, which was used for people from the South Pacific who were abducted by blackbirders (slavers) to work in Australia and other places in the 19th century. The word was viewed by New Caledonia’s indigenous people as an insult and it eventually died out as the French colonial authorities preferred to use indigène (native).


New Caledonia counts 341 tribes which perpetuate this ancestral way of life, living mainly off agriculture and fishing. Kanak culture is based on oral transmission, exchange, myths and animist legends, the traditions being the central axis of the culture that governs its social organization. This culture regroups its people in a traditional society founded on an organisation determined by the clans, with clearly defined relationships in terms of hierarchy.  Men and women comply with established roles. Besides, the wisdom of their ancestors is always pre-eminent and their attachment to the land is strong.


We are looking forward to tasting the native food of New Caledonia, but until our next meeting ‘taltoul’ (bye bye).


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher

Law Talks Excursion

On Tuesday 14th May our Year 12 Legal Studies class attended a law week excursion in order to give what we have been studying real life context and see how it applies to a variety of careers. The day started at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law with a very engaging presentation from former Attorney General, Rob Hulls. He discussed his experiences as a legal aid lawyer and explained a few of the many injustices he witnessed throughout his career. The Legal Studies course has focused on several ways in which the Victorian Justice System can continue to improve, especially in regard to increasing its accessibility for members of the community who are at a disadvantage. Having Mr Hulls explain how his passion for providing equality in the legal system developed we were able to gain insight as to how these issues are affecting people in real life. We also had the chance to hear from the president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Michelle Quigley, about her role in providing Victorians with a low cost civil dispute resolution method as an alternative to going to court.


Later in the year, we will we focus more on the function of law making so as an introduction to why this is such a vital part of the justice system, Nick Gadd spoke on behalf on The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC). The main focus of his presentation was to inform us about how critical it is to keep laws relevant and adapt them to social change. An example he gave of something that the VLRC is currently working on is inquiring about the role of victims of crime in the criminal trial process.



To get a sense of what is like inside a courtroom, we headed to the County Court. There, former County Court judge, Jane Patrick, described some of the tough cases she was involved in. She also mentioned her role in law making including, through the interpretation of statutes. To conclude our visit at the court we were part of a mock jury selection process where we experienced a role-play of how jurors are chosen. Part of our curriculum is to assess how the formalities of the processes and procedures of pursuing a case (and in particular when initiating a civil claim) can deter individuals from exercising their rights. Although it was not real, this glimpse into how formal court processes can be definitely gave me a much better understanding of what people initiating claims, victims and witnesses may go through and how they feel.


Overall, it was a very beneficial experience giving us an opportunity to understand how what we learn in class applies to real life.


Morgan Leeb

Year 12

Year 11 Geography Fieldwork

Student Reflection on Unit 1 Geography Fieldwork

All students in the Year 11 Geography class visited the Kinglake region, taking on the roles of members of a private research organisation that was hired by the State Government of Victoria to investigate all 2019 aspects of the Black Saturday Bushfires, 2009. Students gathered primary data on different aspects of the disaster which then contributed to a larger report that is intended to be delivered to the Government. Students took on different roles, including ecologists, geologists, geomorphologists, economists, historians, building, infrastructure and structural engineers, urban and land use planners, sociologists, anthropologists and psychologists to gather data and to write reports.


Clinton Chiumello

Teaching & Learning Leader



Noah Loven (Year 11) reflects on his experience:

On 6th May, the Year 11 Geography class went to the Kinglake region, a region that in 2009 was devastated by the Black Saturday Bushfires, documented as one of Australia’s most destructive fires. We went to the Kinglake region as a part of our Year 11 fieldwork, to survey many aspects of how the region changed and developed since the fires. We explored many areas of the region as well as seeing many of the beautiful natural wildlife that the Kinglake region has to offer. The excursion also brought the devastation of the fires to the forefront of our minds as we visited the bushfire memorial at the Toorourong Reservoir. I for one thoroughly enjoyed this excursion as it exposed me to a part of Victoria I rarely get to experience.


Noah Loven

Year 11

Around the College

Year 9 Program: Integrating literacy with preparation for Model United Nations Conference

Year 9 students are preparing for the upcoming Year 9 Program’s Model United Nations Conference. The Conference will have 23 country delegates that will discuss Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crisis on 12th and 13th June in the library. To prepare for the Conference, students completed a SEE, THINK, WONDER Thinking Routine after collaboratively reading a range of picture books and novels from our Library. Students discussed different representations of people seeking asylum that were presented globally for young minds. After working in teams, students constructed a range of questions for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre from Footscray. The information session presented a deep understanding of the fear that people encounter when they seek refuge, the travels people must endure and the dangers of finding asylum. Many personal insights were gained as people’s stories were shared with students and questions answered on a personal level.


Next week, the Human Rights Commission will visit the students before they begin researching their nominated countries. Watch this space to see the success of our first Model United Nations Conference in the Library.


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher



Active April

Thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural Glen Eira College Active April team. We had great numbers at running club, morning fitness, yoga and at the street basketball tournament. RUN-GEC had 87 members who accumulated 1,800 hours of activity in April. This on average meant our team members participated in 20 hours across April achieving the goal of 30 minutes of activity a day.


A huge congratulations to Tommy Huberts who achieved 92 hours, averaging 3 hours of activity a day in April.


Can’t wait for next year!


Sasha Byrnes

Head of Health & PE



Year 7B and 7C send their respects to the ANZAC speakers

After a wonderful and respectful service to our ANZACs, Years 7B and 7C decided to thank Philip Spence and Col Jason Cooke for attending and speaking at Glen Eira College. Below is range of comments from both classes that were sent to the speakers along with a heartfelt card so that they will remember us too.


"Beautiful. That is the word that would fit the whole episode of the ceremony. The cadets walking strongly, gracefully but ever so powerfully. When you look around, the students had frozen, with respect in their eyes, impressed and shocked by the new knowledge we are learning. Though it was obvious to see that the whole school was amazed by the new and marvellous and inspiring ideas of the speeches. The powerful speeches that reigned on us. All of us students later mentioned how much we were amazed by how respectful the officials were when they gave the flowers to the dead."

George McQuire 7B


"I was amazed by the numbers of badges that the speakers were awarded. The students marched very neatly and respectfully. Their speeches seemed very thought out. I loved how you talked about when you where in this school and that you where in the football and cricket team."

Margaux Gaultier 7C


"I’ enjoyed the respectful minute of silence, where we were able to absorb the speeches we had just listened to, and commemorate the ANZAC soldiers. It was heartfelt, and perfect."

Harshitha Meenakshisundaram 7B


"I was touched to listen about why we should never forget about the brave soldiers that fought in the war to defend our country. I really enjoyed the speech and how he mentioned so many great things about G.E.C." 

Ariana Mijares Mendez 7C


"Carrying the wreaths through the students demonstrated respect to not only our school, but to us, the students."

Eve Gascoigne 7B


"I was impressed by how neat and professional you looked, it reflected the immense responsibility of the military and police force. I was interested in your description of P.T.S.D. for I had never thought of it as anything but survivors guilt, I now have a deeper understanding of the condition. I was very fascinated by the origins of ‘Lest We Forget’, I think it shows the influence of poetry and how it carries strong messages and conveys emotion."

Leilani Tan 7B


"I was impressed and  inspired by your speech and I also really appreciated the time and effort you put to make it entertaining for all of us teenagers. I think from everyone's perspective the speeches were great and what really inspired me was when you told us that you use to go to this school which now makes me want to come back in the future and tell all of my great adventures too."

Alma-Mia Marrett 7C


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher


SEAL Program: Xavier’s Poetry Unit is a success for Y7B poets

A new initiative for the Year 7B SEAL program includes a past SEAL student teaching Aesthetic Poetry and Block-out Poetry to reveal a love of words. Xavier Gerrard (Year 10) is currently taking over the Year 7B English classroom and the students are enjoying the experience and experiencing a steep learning curve. Xavier has developed an exciting unit to develop students’ Writing Folio. Incorporating IT, song lyrics, images, colour, in addition to a personal reflection, students are creating Aesthetic Poetry based on their favourite songs. Students have been taught how to overlay the three artistic features and reflect on how meaning has been constructed including linking the poetry to a personal and heartfelt reflection. Xavier’s natural teaching skills and love of language emanates in the classroom as Year 7B students improve their creativity and communication through the power of words and images. The poems will form part of a Pop Up Poetry exhibition.


Deborah Cordingley

English/Humanities Teacher


Performing Arts News

Exciting news!

We would like to warmly welcome George Hronakis who has recently been appointed as Brass Teacher in our College music department.

George completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Teaching at Monash University and is passionate in educating students in music and brass playing. George has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and currently is conductor of the Melbourne Lawyers Big Band.


We are able to offer students the opportunity to learn Trumpet or Trombone as part of the school’s instrumental music program. Thanks to some generous special funding, brand new instruments are now available to be hired. If your child is interested in learning the Trumpet or Trombone, please collect an Instrumental Music form from the General Office, or email George directly at


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts


On Thursday in the last week of term 1, a group of vocal students ages ranging from Year 7 to Year 10 went off on an all-day excursion to Kambrya College in Berwick. There were nearly 300 students from 20 different schools from all over Melbourne that came together to sing. We left early in the morning and arrived at the school, where we were led to their theatre. Here we split off into our different vocal parts, high (Soprano) and low (Alto) for girls, there were also some male tenors and basses. We first did a series of vocal warm ups, then sang songs such as “Joyful, Joyful” from Sister Act 2, a medley of the songs from The Sound of Music and the song Solla Solew from Seussical the Musical. At one point there were students dancing on stage performing dance moves that they had created beforehand. The weather was perfect and the day was full of laughter, singing and everyone enjoying themselves. Thank you to Ms Wood and Ms Baker - Goldsmith for organising this excursion.



Ananya Prathima       

Ariana Mijares Mendez   

Alma-Mia Marret      

Maia Weisinger Braun  

Zoe Harel Schwarzenberg   

Pakhi Joshi                                       

Poppy Dry          

Lauren Gilfedder       

Chloe Lyons           

Myfy Milonas Taylor       

Harriet Rowsell      

Shira Reznik           

Lulu Schori          

Ella Carmeli-Wolski       

Yvette Lipovetsky       

Bella Campbell      

Olivia Colletta          

Ella Dry          

Mila Bowman          

Erin McNaughton                        

Maani Baker          

Alicia Scott           

Leila Newby           

Orel Kolbis          

Keely Edwards       

Trecia Silawan      

Kitana Zheng           

Dorothy Vuong  

Lottie Hudson         

Alannah De Jesus      


Alannah De Jesus

Year 10

Victorian State Schools Spectacular

We are proud and excited to have some of our students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars


The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.


The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 


The Spectacular is a creative vision of industry professionals including Creative Director Neill Gladwin, Musical Director Chong Lim AM, Dance Director Deon Nuku, (Scooby Doo, Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge) and Associate Dance Director Yvette Lee, (Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor Australia, Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance).


For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via

Adult:                           $40

Child Under 15:           $20

Concession:                $30

Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.


Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts



Careers Corner

Year 9

New initiative for Year 9 students with Career Education

The Victorian government has invested in careers education in government secondary schools. This includes an on-line career discovery tool (Morrisby Online) which will help students better understand their strengths and interests and explore different career options. Testing will be conducted in school time and an outline of the time requirements is set out below. Once the student has finished the test, a report will be available to be discussed with the student by external Careers Practitioners at Glen Eira during school time.


Glen Eira will be conducting this service during term 3.  If you don’t give permission for your child to undertake this program please contact the careers office or Year 9 Coordinator prior to term 3.


Practice Test – conducted prior to the test week (you can repeat if you like)


Morrisby Online Test

  • Start of  Term 3 -  during the Year 9 program

Individual Course Counselling

  • Term 3 in August  - during school hours
  • 30 minute interview with external counsellors
  • Parents may also attend


Deakin Explore

Deakin Explore is an excellent resource that students can use to explore courses and careers.  Students can either start by searching for courses and the careers they lead to, or search for careers and the courses one might study to enter that career industry.  Students can filter courses and careers depending on what matters to them, and what their interests are.  Each course and career lists similar options, so students can broaden their ideas.  With more than 600 paired courses and careers, it’s the best way to explore future careers
Even if students are not considering studying at Deakin University, this is still a very valuable resource to use - Deakin Explore



DeakInspire is designed to help you tap into your potential and shape a better tomorrow. Hear incredible speakers discuss their lives and careers. Get hands-on in workshops that give you a taste of university life or the workplace.

This event is especially for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who want to explore their future direction. We've also included a program for parents to gain an understanding of the tools and support students might need as they transition from school to university.

DeakInspire is a free event, with lunch and entertainment provided.

Get the spark of inspiration you need to create your own future.

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Thursday 4 July 2019

Burwood Campus map (PDF, 2.6MB)




Aspire – Early Admissions Program to La Trobe

At La Trobe, we believe there’s more to being a good student than marks alone.

The Aspire program rewards the skills and knowledge students gain from the positive impact they have made on their school or community through community service or volunteerism.  Designed to give Year 12s the tools they need to succeed at La Trobe and beyond, students accepted into the Aspire program will get:

  • A taste of university life at La Trobe with special on-campus events before the year commences
  • The chance to meet and connect with like-minded students
  • VCE revision lectures in the September school holidays
  • Access to our extensive library and campus resources
  • Induction into our Enrichment Program to prepare for what’s to come

Successful applicants also receive their early conditional offer in September for their chosen course along with minimum ATAR requirements.  Many courses have a minimum ATAR of 50, but some professional degree programs have higher requirements.  Up to 40 scholarships worth $5,000 per year for up to four years, will be awarded to leading eligible Aspire students for the first time.


The Minimum ATAR Table shows the minimum ATAR for some professional degree courses for entry through Aspire in 2020.  Should an applicant’s preferred course not be listed on this table, then the minimum ATAR is 50.


Applicants are required to provide information about the length and frequency of their community service and/or volunteering experience, as well as a 400-word description of your involvement and impact.


Types of volunteering include

  • community service or community group activities
  • religious/cultural group activities
  • participating in social justice groups or a school leadership role
  • leadership in sport, the performing arts or charity fund-raising group activities

Further details can be found at the How to Apply link.  Applications open 1 June 2019 

Year 10

Careers Fast Track Program

The majority of Year 10 students have completed their Careers Fast Track Program. The remainder of students will be having their interviews on Monday 3rd June. Students have taken their booklets home to share with their parents and to be able to use the information to help decide on subject selection for VCE in term 3.


Work Experience

Two Year 10 students completed a work experience at the Essendon Football Club. Cherry and Anatole were among 27 students from across Melbourne selected to participate. They had the opportunity to hear from many different employees of the club to learn about the different jobs that make up an AFL club. Physiotherapist, Exercise Scientists, Psychologist, Coaches, Events, Historian, Web and Media, marketing etc.

Anatole loves his sport but did not know a lot about AFL prior to the experience or follow a club coming from France a few years ago. I think he has a soft spot for the Bombers now! Cherry won the signed football at the end of the week for answering all the questions correctly from what they had all learnt.



My work experience at Essendon:

"I did my work experience at Essendon Football Club from the 13th to the 17th of May. I was lucky to get selected and I am very grateful for my teacher who organised this for me because it was the best work experience possible. We were at Essendon Hangar, learning about all the jobs within the footy industry next to the AFL players. People working there were very nice and super interesting. The work experience couldn’t more organised and taught us so many useful skills for the future. We get paid $25 for the week and get free tickets for an Essendon game. One of the more rewarding experience of my life. I recommend it to everyone interested by sport industry or business, it can be an advantage for your future.

Go bombers !"

Anatole Dutrieux 10A



"A few weeks ago Anatole and myself had work experience at Essendon Football Club. The experience was a week long but without a doubt it was one of the best weeks I have had so far. Throughout the week it was our contribution to take part in a group of 27 Year 10s learning about the different qualifications around the club. It not only gained us an experience around the club but also gained us an advantage to meet and talk to a few players and see how there daily life goes by. What interested me the most at the football club was the physiotherapists and the psychologists who had the main roles to take care of the players wellbeing. It is an experience that I will not forget and always take it to an advantage to where it can help me."

Cherry Teddu 10C

General Information

Future of Work Event

Ernst and Young invites students in Years 11 & 12 who are interested in STEM, to visit their offices in Melbourne to learn about what the future of work will look like.  


The day will cover –

  • Welcome to EY and introduction to ‘the Future of Work’ 
  • STEM-based discussion groups with EY professionals to introduce students to future career paths
  • Interactive workshops including employability skills
  • An overview of future student programs that students can aim to be part of
  • Networking opportunities


Date:  Wednesday 10 July 2019

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: EY Melbourne, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Register here to reserve a spot at this free event.



Vic Health – Guide to becoming a nurse

Nursing and midwifery are professions with plenty of diversity, allowing you to match your career with your lifestyle.

Varied working hours with the flexibility of shift work means that nurses and midwives can choose to work full time or part time, leaving time for family commitments, travel or other interests.

Read the guide -


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 three times per term. If you have any items of interest to the college community or would like to advertise your business, please contact Penny Marks on 9571 7838.

Centrepay for Payments

We now support the use of Centrepay. Centrepay is a free voluntary bill paying service. Deductions come directly from your Centrelink payments and can be used to pay many types of bills, such as child care, educations expenses, electricity bills or rent. Please download the form that is available on the school website or contact the General Office and the form will be emailed to you.

XUNO Events and Payments 

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


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

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

CSEF is 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.


Please find attached the CSEF application form.  


If you applied for the CSEF here at GEC in 2018, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances (such as a change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019).


You only need to complete an application form if you are new to GEC in 2019 or you did not apply in 2018.


Please contact the General Office on 9571 7838 if you have any questions.

Woolworths Earn & Learn

If you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June you can earn stickers. Our school will be collecting these stickers, which we will be able to swap for new school equipment like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids, and more.

If you shop at Woolworths, please collect the stickers and drop them in to our collection box, which is located at the General Office or the Glen Eira College box at the Glen Huntly Woolworths.

Thanks for helping out!


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Glen Eira Parents Association meeting Saturday 15 June 11am Workshop Café

1146 Glenhuntly Road, Glenhuntly, just west of the station.


Come along and help us plan a movie night, and other activities - all GEC parents and guardians welcome – 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 Volunteers welcome even in a small way.


We welcome Jelena (7E mum) our new co-convenor with Eliza.

Supper at GEC Musical Production - Tuesday 30th July, Wednesday 31st July and Thursday  1st  August 

Can you bring along some small cakes, biscuits etc. to sell for a gold coin supper for the audience at intermission? Helpers are also needed to set up/clean up.  Can you come one night?

“Democracy sausage” sizzle

Our “Democracy sausage” sizzle and cake and craft stall on election day was popular, welcoming visitors and raising funds for the school. Thanks to all the helpers, bakers, bbqers – and a fine sunny day!



Second Hand Uniforms

If you are needing winter school uniform items, the General Office has some for sale. GECPA is considering another second hand uniform stall as the summer one in 42 degrees was too hot to try on winter gear! We will let you know the date - hoping to line up with another suitable school event - tbc.

Entertainment Book

The fundraising Entertainment book is available at the school office or digital memberships.
Please help our fundraising efforts by buying an Entertainment Membership from us. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do - helping our fundraising at the same time!



With the newer Digital Membership (having a copy on your phone), you'll use it even more – especially with the brilliant ‘Near Me’ feature.  You simply hit the 'Near Me' tab to see what deals are around you anywhere, anytime! AND you can download it onto your child/s phones for them to take advantage of the offers too! Many families save from $550 - $1000+ per year with their membership. It really is brilliant value for just $70.


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).

Winter Teen school holiday program – City of Glen Eira

The very popular Teen School Holiday Program will run again during the Winter holidays. Activities are open to young people aged 12 to 18 years, who live, work or study in Glen Eira.

Activities include Ice-skating, Movies, Garden Workshop, Melbourne Museum, Gym Guru, Rock Climbing, Bowling and Gaming!

Bookings open 9AM - Tuesday 11 June 2019 and close 5PM - Friday 21 June 2019  or until sold out.

Places are limited and will fill up fast!

For full list of activities and booking links, visit their website.

#YouthVoice explores climate change

This term in #YouthVoice, we are exploring a new topic — climate change. Recently, there have been many protests regarding the #stopadani movement and climate change. #YouthVoice has decided to dissect the topic and explore why this is such an important issue for young people. We will be interviewing experts, the public and gaining first-hand accounts and footage of the protests. Throughout this process, we hope to educate and inspire people of Glen Eira. Stay tuned to Glen Eira Youth Service on Youtube to keep up to date.

- The #YouthVoice Crew

Glen Huntly and Caulfield Station/Racecourse GEC area Planning

Glen Eira Council is planning for Caulfield Station and Glen Huntly activity centres including Glen Eira College, Monash University’s Caulfield campus, Caulfield Racecourse, Derby Road and Glen Huntly Road shops and parks. This planning will assist with the rail level crossing removals and future improvements in our school neighbourhood.

Council is inviting ideas and community feedback until Sunday 9 June 2019 via an online survey at

or by contacting Council’s City Futures Department 9524 3421 or email


Cathy McNaughton



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