GEC College News

31 October 2017
Issue Seven
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principal
College Council Report
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Year 11 Physics Excursion
Library Corner
Around the College
Sports Report
Performing Arts News
eLearning News
Languages Corner
Arts & Technology
Careers Corner
From the Office
GECPA News
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
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Caulfield East, VIC, 3145
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Key Dates

November

Wednesday 1st November

Year 7 Table Tennis

Year 8 Girls Hockey

2017 Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Night 5:30pm - 7pm

 

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd November 9am – 4pm

2017 Visual Arts Exhibition

 

Wednesday 1st November – Friday 24th November

Unit 3/4 Exams

 

Friday 3rd November 12:30pm – 3:10pm

ELC Swimming Program

 

Monday 6th November

Years 7-9 Start Smart Workshops

 

Tuesday 7th November

Melbourne Cup Day (School Closed)

 

Thursday 9th November

School Tour 9:15am

Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion 12pm – 3:10pm

 

Friday 10th November 12:30pm – 3:10pm

ELC Swimming Program

 

Monday 13th November

National Young Leaders Day Excursion

 

Tuesday 14th November 

ELC City Excursion

DAV Junior Debating 6:45pm - 8:45pm

 

Wednesday 15th November 7pm – 8:30pm

College Council

 

Friday 17th November

ELC Multicultural Beach Program

 

Monday 20th November

Year 10 & 11 Study Day

 

Tuesday 21st November

ELC City Excursion

 

Tuesday 21st November – Friday 24th November

Years 10 & 11 Exams

 

Thursday 23rd November

School Tour 9:15am

Year 7 Girls Softball

Year 12 Valedictory 7pm

 

Friday 24th November 12:30pm – 3:10pm

ELC Swimming Program

 

Monday 27th November – Tuesday 28th November

Year 9B Exams

 

Monday 27th November – Wednesday 29th November

Year 10 Camp

 

Thursday 30th November - Wednesday 6th December

Years 11-12 2018 Transition

 

Thursday 30th November - Friday 15th December

Years 8-10 2018 Transition 

December

Monday 4th December 7pm

Music Concert

 

Thursday 7th December 

Curriculum Day (Student Free)

 

Monday 11th December

Year 7 2018 Parent Information Evening

 

Tuesday 12th December

Year 7 2018 Orientation Day

ELC Scienceworks Excursion

 

Wednesday 13th December 6pm

College Council 

 

Friday 15th December

Years 7-9 Mock Elections

 

Monday 18th December

Years 7-9 End of Year Program

 

Tuesday 19th December

Presentation Night

 

Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st December

Years 7-9 End of Year Program

 

Friday 22nd December

Last Day School is Open

 

From the Principal

State Schools Spectacular

Congratulations to all students who were involved in the State Schools Specular Mass Choir and to the students in the technical team.  Once again it was a fantastic show and a fantastic opportunity for our students.  Thank you to Laura Baker-Goldsmith and Sarah Mortimer who supported students throughout all the rehearsals and the performances.

All the Very Best to the Class of 2017

I can hardly believe our wonderful Year 12 students are about to commence their final exams. Although this is a stressful period of time for them I am confident that the preparation and support they have received over the past years will ensure that they are able to achieve the best results possible. This year the students initiated a film and pizza night in the PAC prior to commencing their study period.  It was a wonderful evening for all involved. The following day they were farewelled with a guard of honour from the entire school before heading off to Funfields.  The students looked really fabulous in their yellow and orange high visibility vests!  Not to mention the two dinosaurs! 

 

Relay for Life

How wonderful to have two outstanding students, Ashleigh Harris and Sierra Danon, supported by Georgina Peters take the lead on coordinating the GEC team – Getting Even with Cancer.   It is a huge job and Ashleigh and Sierra are to be commended for their initiative.  We had over 60 members of the school community on the team and so far have raised just under $5000.  You can still make a donation by using the following link: http://fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=3653&team_id=42652

Health and Physical Education Week

We began the term engaged in activities to improve our understanding and knowledge of physical and mental wellbeing and how to ensure we look after both. Activities included students and staff walking around the oval after lunch and a very well attended parent / student information evening about Mental Wellbeing. 

Capital Works

I am delighted that we have finally had handover of our wonderful new gym.  The space has been very well received by students and staff.  Work has now commenced on the Junior School and Senior School areas.

 

Embedding the Victorian Curriculum – Professional Learning for Staff Monday 6th November

The Department of Education and Training has provided schools with additional funding for Replacement Teachers (CRTs) to take classes to enable staff to work together on developing resources for the Victorian Curriculum which came in this year.  We will use Monday 6th November (day before Cup Day) to do this work.  We believe this will minimise disruption to students.  Also, the Year 12 exams will have commenced.

We will run an alternate program on this day for all students Year 7 – 11. 

 

Activities will include sessions on Cybersafety, Wellbeing, Financial Awareness and Film as Text.  As students will participate in sport, they are permitted to wear the school sports uniform for the day.  Year 10 students who do not have a school sports uniform will need to wear full school uniform and change into appropriate sports gear.

 

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

Finally

Our students continue to achieve in a broad range of areas.  A huge congratulations to:

  • Adelin Zipman in 9E who received the 2017 Spoken Word Next Generation Champion award at the Battle of Art Competition for slam poetry.  This is particularly impressive considering Adelin was the only 14 year old among a group of 16-18 year olds.  Her slam poems   brought the crowd to their feet with a standing ovation.
  • Haddi El Shorbagy in 7E - an outstanding athlete. Haddi will be competing in the State Finals in Javelin, Discus and Shot Put – a wonderful achievement.
  • Ebony Franzi-Jones and Alexandra Vasilakopoulos from 9F who were finalists in the Write4Fun 2017 Schools Writing Competition. Their short stories were published in an anthology with all the other winning stories from across the country.

 

The GEC staff team enjoyed good weather and some fierce competition in Ballarat at the Teachers Games—GECs 10th year in the last school holidays.  Well done to the GEC team.

 

Congratulations to Abe Brash who created the Technology and Arts Weeks poster and to Sean Kelly who created to banner for the Visual Arts Show which is on this week - hope to see you at the opening of this Wednesday.

 

Sheereen Kindler

Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Uniform Sub-Committee

Thank you to those who responded to the uniform surveys. We will post the survey results on the school website for you to view. The uniform sub-committee will discuss the results of the surveys and consider further revisions to the uniform policy. School Council approved the GEC rain jacket so this will be a new addition to the uniform list as of next year.

 

We appreciate your continued support in making sure that students come to school dressed in line with the uniform policy, including the wearing of black leather, lace-up school shoes only, not runners. Students should be in the school uniform on the way to school and when returning home as per DET policy.

 

Uniform Sub-Committee want to remind you of the following;

  • Just a reminder that gender restrictions of uniform items do not apply e.g. girls may wear trousers. Bob Stewart, our uniform supplier, is able to accommodate different designs and will tailor trousers and shorts to fit all body sizes.
  • The rain jacket is a new item that will be added to the uniform list in time for winter next year.

Attendance

We are very proud of the way our families make student attendance at school a priority. Every day counts! Research indicates that each day missed is associated with lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading. School is a ‘training ground’ for the workplace. Arriving at school on time is an important life skill. Please ensure your child arrives on time to school. If students are late to school they will do an after school detention on that day unless they provide a note from home.

Reporting Process

We are currently reviewing the new reporting process implemented this year. We appreciate your feedback provided so far through the surveys. The progress reports published every six weeks provide you and the school with important information to track student achievement. A reminder that Assessment Task results can be found on the XUNO Portal under ‘Reports’ as a PDF document. These will be updated later this term. We hope that you have looked at Progress Report 5, recently released, and discussed this with your child.

 

Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal

College Council Report

School Council Report - October 2017

Council met once this term in October and will meet again in November. Council approved a number of policies and the 2018 parent payments as well as overseeing the school finances. Council approved the first GEC trip to Japan for 2018. This exciting opportunity for Year 7-10 students will be run in the September school holidays and have a science and culture theme.

 

Council approved the uniform sub-committee’s revisions to the GEC Uniform Policy for 2018 and saw a sample of the very smart-looking GEC branded rain jacket which will provide another useful uniform choice for GEC students. Survey feedback on the previous changes to the policy have been positive.

 

The Premier, Daniel Andrews, recently announced that it will be mandatory for all school councils to have student representation with full equal voting rights commencing next year.  I am proud that GEC has already had student reps on Council for the past two years and look forward to this important change rolling out to all Victorian Government secondary schools.  Student voice on Council is critical as they have insight into how school polices work on the ground and are a valuable addition to parent, staff and community representation on Council. 

 

Students, staff and families participated in the Cancer Council’s Murrumbeena Relay for Life on 28th – 29th October. This is a fantastic community event - fundraising for a good cause that affects us all. In previous years, GEC has raised enough funds to fund a research program so let’s get fundraising.

 

If you can, please donate to the GEC Getting Even with Cancer Team –

click here to Donate to GEC Relay for Life – every little bit helps.  Note that donations can be made after the event.

 

Good luck to the Year 12s for their exams.  This can be a stressful time so take care and do your best. I recommend joining the GEC Old Students – GECOS Alumni to stay in touch with GEC when you finish school. Please email [email protected] with your details (non-school email) to join GECOS.  

 

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

 

Ruth Gordon

President

Glen Eira College Council

Junior School Highlights

In the Junior School

Although every newsletter is special, both allowing us to touch base with our valued parent-community, and of course, brag about our students! This one in particular seems especially, special. Keira McLean has moved literally up to lead the Senior School. I’m sure it will undoubtedly prove to be an exciting time for her and the college. She has always approached her role as Junior School Leader with boundless energy and infectious positivity. On behalf of everyone I’d like to say, thank you Keira.

 

Now back to business, we have an extremely busy transition planned for our students this year with a range of differing experiences. Students will learn about important eSmart skills through Chromebook Transition and an incursion on Cyberbullying. There will be an in depth look at the challenges of researching in the 21st Century and we’ll be helping students develop important interpersonal leadership qualities as well as empathy working with a charity. Many will be going to the Zoo and into the city to broaden their horizons. And finally, as a special treat, we’ve even got the Victorian Electoral Commission coming in to run mock elections with the students! I fully expect other opportunities to also be booked in the weeks ahead. Any concerns please give us a ring.

 

Please keep an eye on your emails in early November for information about Activities Week.

 

Mathieu Givogue

Junior School Leader

Year 7 Celebration

We’d like to thank every student who participated in athletics and sport last term. Ultimately, it is about going out, giving it a go, and having fun! However, we have had one students move on to state, Haddi El Shorbagy in 7E. Haddi will be competing in Javelin, Discus and Shot Put. We’ll all be barracking for you. These events are invaluable in encouraging students to stay fit and active.

 

As part of our high challenge and expectations, we’ve strongly encouraged junior students to participate in debating this year and have had quite a bit of success. We’d like to congratulate Lauren Raftopoulos 7E, Sam Sehee 8C and Marcus Georgiou 8E for winning their first debate against Caulfield Grammar. If you are interested in getting your child involved make sure they check the Hub or Bulletin for the next opportunity!

 

We are currently pushing an initiative with junior boys to connect and share with each other at a newly founded boys club called Man-Up. It is about informally sharing experiences and difficulties boys face in order to increase their resilience and make some mates. We hope it will help them connect with each other and the college. It happens every Tuesday at lunchtime in the Wellbeing Centre.

 

Daniel Mulligan and Bernie Coghlan

Year 7 Coordinators

Year 8 Coastal Landscapes Excursion

The building works going on at school meant that locker changes on the first day of term 4 were going to be organised chaos. So the Humanities Department, led by Ms Mattsson, took the opportunity to arrange for Year 8 and 7B students to  do some Geography fieldwork to reinforce the concepts of their recent study of coastal landscapes and human impacts.

We travelled to Mordialloc and looked at wave frequency and height, litter in the intertidal zone, the use of the pier, wind direction, tides and council facilities on the foreshore. We then hopped on the train and studied a very different beach at Frankston and compared human impact and use, conservation schemes and local council policies and facilities.

 

Although many students would have regarded the option of a Macca’s lunch in Frankston a highlight, the best thing that came out of the day was the compliments we received from the general public about the behaviour of our students and their interest in learning  skills as geographers: “experts in the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these”.  

 

Shaun Reynolds

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 9 Camp

The second group of Year 9 campers were off in early September. Students developed their teamwork and decision making skills through canoeing and rafting, cross country skiing and bushwalking up in the mountains. Thanks to Mr Kelty, Mr Chamontin and Ms Cornelia for attending along with Miss Finnegan.

This term for the Year 9 Program students will be visiting the city as a part of the City Experience - Making Connections topic. Over a series of weeks, students will collect information about and photos of different attractions in the city and then turn these into a promotional video about Melbourne.

 

Congratulations to Ebony Franzi-Jones and Alexandra Vasilakopoulos from 9F who were finalists in the Write4Fun 2017 Schools Writing Competition. Both girls will have their short stories published in an anthology with all the other winning stories from across the country.

 

Fiona Finnegan

Year 9 Coordinator

From the Junior School Captains

We had some great success with the GEC futsal cup this year. It attracted a great crowd every week and was a great way to enjoy lunchtime. With the final game being extremely close, The Cougars have made history at GEC by winning the competition for the third time in a row! Thank you to everybody who participated and watched the futsal cup, it was a great success!

 

As part of Health and PE week, there were a range of activities  throughout the week but the highlight was definitely the girls' AFL match. This year there were two games and both gathered a great crowd. It was great to see such a large group of girls from all year levels getting involved in the match. Mr Mulligan’s black team, despite being down three players in the second game, came out victorious winning both games while Mr Dalton’s reds experienced another disappointment for the third year in a row.

 

It is great to see the participation and enthusiasm climbing throughout the year. As the end of the year is coming fast, we hope it can only continue and improve going into next year.  

 

John Fassoulis and Zoe Markopoulos

Junior School Captains

Senior School News

Senior School News

Thank you to Mrs Loucaides for all of her hard work in the Senior School this year and best of luck as she begins her new adventure.

 

Year 10 and 11 students have now selected their subjects for 2018. The draft subjects will be posted outside the Senior School Office. If you have any questions, you need to see the Senior School team.

 

The exam period is fast approaching, so now is the time to Get Organised and Get Focused on your studies and revision. Students need to ensure they attend exams punctually with the required equipment. Parents are encouraged to assist students to prepare adequately for exams. Ensuring there is a quiet space in the house, away from distractions is important. If you have any concerns, please contact the Senior School Team.

Farewell Year 12, 2017

It’s nearing the end of Secondary School for our Year 12, 2017 cohort.

 

Monday saw all students finish their last day of classes followed by a movie night organised in the PAC with the aim of raising money for the Lighthouse Foundation. It was a fantastic night with many Year 12 students attending. Thank you to Lou, Tori, Emma and Lee for coming along and supporting.

On Tuesday, the Year 12 students ventured out to Funfields for as a group to celebrate their final day together. There were lots of laughs, tears and screams as students went down water slides, played mini golf, turned upside down on terrifying rides. A big thankyou to the Masterchefs on the day: Bernie, Shupu, Matt P and Carol.

 

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to Raf, Lewis and Ana who all represented the college at the SMR Regional Athletics Finals on Thursday 12th October. In particular, congratulations to Ana who finished 3rd in her events. We are very proud of you all.

Year 11 Camp

In mid-September, 50 Year 11 students and five staff went on the Year 11 Ski Trip to Mt Buller.  The weather was perfect for skiing for the four days we were there.  We talk about 4 seasons in one day for Melbourne weather but the visibility on the slopes changed at a moment’s notice – one minute people could be seen on the slopes the next, we could not see one metre in front of us. Many students had not seen snow before let alone skied and they were delighted to have had such an opportunity available to them.  All students tried their hand at skiing or snowboarding and by the end of the trip, many who began as beginner skiers were taking on the challenging runs and having the time of their life.  The staff who attended were exceptionally proud of the behaviour students displayed on the trip.  Highlights of the trip included a snowman competition and snowball bombardment by sniper Ari!

 

Year 10 Highlights

Year 10 participated in a Keys Please presentation on 21st September, an excellent presentation about safe driver education and being not only a good learner but also how to help nervous parents be a good supervisor.

 

They have also been doing subject selections for next year. If students have concerns or want to make changes they need to come to the senior school office at recess, lunch or after school.

 

There are still places left for the Year 10 camp to Anglesea: 27th to the 29th November. The camp has been a fun filled experience in the past with students learning to surf and stand up paddle board.

 

If you’re still interested please contact Matt Robson, Year 10 Coordinator.

Key Dates

Keira McLean - Senior School Leader

Matthew Robson - Year 10 Coordinator

Mary Maniatis - Year 11 Coordinator

Laura Brancatella - Year 12 Coordinator

Year 11 Physics Excursion

On 18th October I went on an excursion that many people could only dream of. For our unit on Flight for Physics, the Year 11 Physics class went to Moorabbin Airport to have a once in a lifetime experience.

 

It was a beautiful sunny day. The temperature was around 30 degrees and we all felt like sweating pigs, but what we were about to experience was worth the suffering. The time came and I was the first one to step inside the plane. It was a magnificent Cessna 152. The instructor taxied the plane to the runway and advanced the throttle, with a speed of about 65 knots we took off and what I saw next blew my mind. I could see the beautiful city of Melbourne and the stunning beaches of Frankston. It was a view to behold. I, along with the instructor controlled the plane for 30 minutes, which felt like 5 minutes. I truly had experienced something that some people (like the ones that do psychology) could only dream of. I was the most satisfied person on the face of this planet. After 30 thrilling minutes, it was time to get back to the harsh reality of life on the ground. The museum had an exclusive collection of old and some new planes. The museum was truly prestigious. Overall it was a once in a lifetime experience that I can never forget, hopefully.

To quote Leonardo Da Vinci “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return”.

 

Shoan Kondhalkar

Year 11

Library Corner

Term 4 Activities in the Library

As the year starts to wind down, we still have plenty of things to look forward to in the library this term. We’ve decided that Book Club will meet every week, due to popular demand! If you’ve never been before, you can join in the discussion on Wednesday lunchtimes at any time. It is not like a “normal” book club where you are assigned books to read… instead we get together to chat about what we’re reading and make recommendations to each other. Book Club also gets first pick of all the brand new books coming into the library.

 

In Week 3 we held a book sale to raise funds for the Relay for Life effort. It was a great success with 150 second-hand books finding new homes, and money donated to a great cause. Thank you to the Library Monitors who helped out on the day.

We also celebrated the Australian Reading Hour with a whole lunchtime worth of silent reading. This national event encourages children and adults to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Many students and staff enjoyed the chance to read in peace, and requested we make it a weekly occurrence in the library!

Our new library system, Accessit, allows students to write book reviews for anything they’ve borrowed from the library. Twice a year we award prizes to the Top Reviewer (the student who writes the most reviews) and the Best Overall Review. These will be announced in Week 7 this term. For more information on how to add your book reviews to the catalogue, just ask your friendly library staff.

 

We change our window display every few weeks and this term you can look out for displays with books on these themes: Writing Guides for Budding Writers, Mental Health Week resources, Biographies & Memoirs, and Summer Holiday Reading for everyone. We also put all our new books at the front desk and the tops of the shelves, so check out those spots for the latest and greatest reads.

 

With exams coming up, keep an eye out for the return of our De-Stress Zone in the back corner of the library, with colouring-in, stress balls, jigsaw puzzles, picture books and other relaxing, mindful activities to give you a mental break when you need it.

 

Finally, a very special thanks go to our amazing Year 12 Library Captains/Monitors: Josh Bereson, Suzannah Stone and Maya Dalpas. Thank you for your contributions to the library this year, and all the very best for the exciting adventures that lie ahead! We will miss you in the library.

 

Karys McEwen
College Librarian

Around the College

Year 8 & 7B Geography Fieldwork Excursion

On the first Monday of term 4, 9th October 2017, the Year 8 and 7B Geography classes travelled to Frankston and Mordialloc beach to investigate and compare two Melbourne beaches and inquire into the impacts the population has had on coastal landscapes. This involved collecting data through making observations, taking measurements and photographs, interviewing coast users, sketching maps and carrying out experiments. When we came back to school we completed a Geographical report on the two coastal areas.

 

Firstly, we went to Mordialloc beach and attempted a few observations from the fieldwork booklet.  It was extremely windy and difficult to carry out some of the observations. Most of the work was done at Frankston, such as the ‘Longshore Drift Experiment,’ where the students threw oranges into the ocean and counted how long they took to get back to shore to determine longshore drift.

 

There is now a lot more awareness in Year 7 and 8 about the coast, making everyone want to do more to help keep the beaches clean and safe. Most people, after going on the excursion, want to do more to make sure they never pollute or do anything to harm the beach.

 

Overall the coastal excursion was innovative and fun for students, it had great experiments and was at amazing locations.

 

Sofia Jorgovic, Aliya Gray and Penny McNeill 

Year 7B

Literacy Planet

As we get closer to the end of the year, it can become more challenging to find engaging methods of home study for Junior School students. One option might be Literacy Planet, which all students in Years 7 - 9 now have free access to until the end of 2017. Literacy Planet is an online program with thousands of interactive exercises aligned to the Australian Curriculum to help support what students are learning in the classroom. If students do not already know their user names and log in codes, they can find out from their English teacher. For more information you can visit their website at www.literacyplanet.com/au/.

 

Any feedback about the program from either students or parents and guardians would be appreciated.

 

Michael Kelty

Literacy Coordinator

Debating Achievements

Mikki Clemens, one of our Year 9 students who is a keen and committed debater recently won a Swannie Award. The Swannie Awards are awarded to the speaker in each region and grade who has the highest average speaker score after completing at least three debates during the year. The Schools competition this year involved more than 10,000 students from over 1,400 teams representing 268 schools in 4 grades across 19 regions. Mikki was one of only 92 people across all grades and states to be presented with a Swannie Award, which is a fantastic achievement! Well done Mikki!

  

Our junior debaters in the Junior Secondary Debating Program (Marcus Georgiou, Sam Sehee, Lauren Raftopoulos, Mint Inchomnan, and Jasmine Shaw) have also been doing very well, working hard and developing their debating skills, ready for the schools competition in 2018. They have won both debates so far against competing schools this season, and we are excited to see how they progress in years to come. 

 

Georgina Peters

Enhancement and Enrichment Coordinator

Sports Report

Southern Metropolitan Regional Athletics

On Thursday 12th October, nine students competed in the Southern Metropolitan Regional Athletics finals. Out of these nine students, GEC won 5 medals! This is a terrific effort from only having 9 students compete on the day. Ana Garcia Landeira placed third in the under 17 girls 100m and 200m sprint. Well done Ana. The other medals came from our future Olympian hopeful Haddi El Shorbagy, who came first in all three events he competed in. These events were the under 13 boys Shot Put, Javelin and Discus which means that Haddi now competes in the Victorian State Athletics Finals at Lakeside Stadium. We wish Haddi well at the state finals and hopefully he can bring back the first GEC first place medal at a state level.

 

Adam Golding

Health & PE Coordinator

 

 

Performing Arts News

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2017

This was my first year of doing the Victorian State School Spectacular and I truly loved it. We began rehearsals at the beginning of the year and ever since we have had rehearsals every Monday lunch. Ms Baker-Goldsmith was very organised and insisted that we practice every week. Not only did I enjoy singing at Hisense Arena, but I found that all the rehearsals have given me a chance to get to know other students. The whole experience was a blast and I recommend students to participate in the future.

 

Emma Laird

Year 8E

Being in the orchestra was in one word - incredible.

I am so grateful that I have had the privilege of meeting like-minded people and making incredible music together. It was an incredibly humbling experience, being part of a 64-piece orchestra and learning with the best players in Victoria. Even though we had a grueling repertoire of 38 songs and rehearsed every Sunday for eight hours (in Collingwood!) and worked through the school holidays - I have come out of it so much stronger and aware of what I can do. One of the absolute highlights was being able to play with and learn from MSO professionals who taught me a lot about approaching the music I’m playing. I went in not knowing anyone and came out with many new friends who I still keep in touch with. I really hope I have the privilege of doing it again next year!                                                                                                                                      

Mikki Clemans

Year 9B

To those of you who have heard of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, you will be well aware of the amazing way students are encouraged to participate in the performing arts. Some of you may even know about the students who are part of the production crew. One aspect of student participation you may not have heard of is marketing. Boris Pribil (Year 11) and I have had the great pleasure of being the first students to work in this area and it has been an invaluable experience for us both. Through meeting with the creative producer of the spectacular we brainstormed exactly what type of work we wanted to do with the production team, we were able to develop and implement a media marketing plan for a period of 200 days. Participation in this required us to go to the Performing Arts unit in Collingwood once every few weeks to work on our plan and meet with cast members to gather and prepare content for media releases. During the show itself, we had the pleasure of interviewing lighting crew members, including our very own Christopher Rudel (Year 9) who was operating one of the incredible PRG Ground-Control follow-spots.

 

Currently we are evaluating marketing analytics as well as developing new ideas for the 2018 marketing campaign. Our goals for this are to drive ticket sales for next year as well as to increase awareness for student participation. So, in the interest of our marketing goals, more information can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/spectacularinvolve.aspx and registrations will be open in that space later this month. Students can register to be involved as vocalists, instrumentalists, lighting and sound technicians, camera operators or even puppeteers. Your involvement in such a large scale event is limited only by your imagination and all you need to do is speak to the friendly production team. Don’t forget to like the Victorian State Schools Spectacular Facebook page and keep an eye out for tickets to next year’s show. If you’ve missed this year’s show and would like to see it, Channel Seven will broadcast the highlights of the show later this year.


Ashley Szmerling

Year 11

The 2017 Victorian State Schools Spectacular was an amazing experience and we are so glad to have been a part of it! This year was especially exciting because we were lucky enough to get through the auditions and be accepted into the Victorian State Schools Choir. To get into the choir, the audition process consisted of an individual audition where we had to sing two contrasting songs and a group audition where we sang in large group so they could see how we worked with others.

 

It was such a privilege to represent our school on the big stage, but before that, we had 120 hours worth of rehearsals running from March to September. For three hours every Saturday, we worked on 20 songs in the repertoire which we eventually had to learn off by heart.

 

During our time with Victorian State School Spectacular we had the amazing opportunity to go to Sing Sing studios and record one of our pieces. The biggest challenge would have to be learning a song in Latin and juggling our commitment with all our school work and other activities but ultimately, the positives outweighed the negatives. From learning proper technique and how to take care of our voices to little tricks of the trade, being a part of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular taught us so much.

 

There were 39 people in the choir and by the end we had become a really tight knit group. It was so much fun to spend time with like-minded musicians and to see each other grow as individuals and within the group. We would definitely recommend auditioning for next year's show because of all the incredible opportunities we were given thanks to the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. It was amazing to work with industry professionals and see how a show of this magnitude all comes together. Auditions are open mid-October and can be accessed through their facebook page. We will definitely be giving it a go again next year!

 

Sophie Rowsell and Estelle Lipovetsky

Year 9

 

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2018

Interested in being involved in the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular?

Find out about auditions here:

 

eLearning News

Glen Eira College has officially become an eSmart school! This means that GEC received funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in order to create a safe and smart environment where there is any online activity at GEC. We have implemented ICT and Google Apps for Education (GAFE) policies that every student and parent or guardian has to sign which states the ins and outs of the rights and wrongs to do with the use of technology on college grounds. Parents can find this on Xuno.

 

We are also working on an “eSmart Transition,” which will be run by the new eLearning Coordinator, David Ebert. This provides a more in depth exploration into what students should and should not do online. This has already been implemented in many classes and will continue to be enabled throughout the school. These two safety precautions will be especially enforced when a student receives a Chromebook, as the internet is more accessible as the Chromebooks are students’ personal laptops.

 

The eLearning team are working on some small stickers, one for each checkpoint, that students can have on their Chromebooks to say that they have completed these safety briefings. Students in younger year levels will also be taught in health classes about the dangers associated with online activities. Teachers and the eLearning team have been working hard to raise awareness of the importance of educating students about being safe and smart online.

 

Other cool stuff that is happening is the beginning of an after school Engineering Club and the winning of a grant that will allow the school to purchase 3D printers! This means that design, robotics and materials classes will have access to new and innovative technology to complement their education. The eLearning Squad is also looking into offerings by Code Club Australia (formerly Noah Code). This would be an after school club run by a professional in the area of coding. The eLearning squad are running a test session to see if we’re interested. We are very excited for all of these opportunities.

 

Another cool new thing that the eLearning team have been talking about is an innovative way to access news tailored to what you're interested in sent directly to you via texts. How it works is you put in your preferences of what news you want, how often you want it and BAM, free, easily accessible and current news about anything you want sent directly to your phone. We are working to get this technology to students to encourage them to be up to date on all the current world events. The team is working on a special something that allows students to do this but with news from Glen Eira College like the daily bulletin or other GEC news through Facebook. An app that is similar to this experience is called “Quartz”, which simulates a conversation in the app that gives you the most important news daily. It has quirky features that allow you to ask for more information on the topic or move onto the next one. It even has a “Trump Snooze Button” if you don't want to hear about the latest debaucheries of the current US president all the time.

 

Another awesome thing is a podcast available wherever you get your podcasts called “Hackable?”.  It includes pop culture references of insane hacking feats shown on TV and in the movies and asks is it real? Through demonstrative experiments, the team at “Hackable?” sheds some light on how secure we really are in a world full of “Malicious cat photos, sketchy Wi-Fi networks, rogue rental cars and all-knowing webcams.” It's also highly entertaining.

 

Last thing! A reminder to never EVER share your Chromebook password or any other device with anyone, even with your friends. Students have been complaining about “hacked” Chromebooks. Change your passwords regularly. You can do this by delving into your settings page.

 

Elizabeth Lindner-Craig

eLearning Captain

Languages Corner

Japan Trip 2018

We will be organising our 1st trip to Japan next year in the September 2018 holidays. We are all very excited and any students from Years 7-10 are welcomed to attend. Please note that any students can attend, you don’t need to be studying Japanese to participate in this exciting opportunity.

 

We will be sending out information packs soon with details about dates and information sessions.

Watch this space!

Berthe Mouchette Winners

The results are here and I am very proud and excited to announce our winners!!

 

http://www.afmelbourne.com.au/berthe-mouchette-competition/the-2017-winners/

 

Please have a look at the winners list as you will feel very proud to see Glen Eira College.

 

Year 9

(GEC has 3 winners out of 7 overall prizes, 2042 participants and 130 finalists). We are very proud of our achievement in this category.

 

3rd Prize

Adelin Zipman (9E)

 

Special mention of the Jury

Estelle Lipovetsky (9C)

Mitchell Bennie (9C)

 

Year 11

Special Mention of the Jury

Mathilde Papon 

 

Year 7

Poetry Writing Competition

Special Mention of the Jury

Emily McLenaghan (Year 7 CNED)

 

Loveena Narayanen

Head of Languages

Arts & Technology

100 Centenarians by Teenagers

100 Centenarians by Teenagers was a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the community and exhibit as an artist. Anne Burnstein, my partnered Centenarian who is 101 years of age was a delight to speak with and draw as my focal point. I have never met anyone over the age of 100 so this experience enabled me to think with more of an open mind about life as Anne was very wise and generously shared her experiences with me. I went to see the exhibition on three different occasions, each time seeing new artworks and learning about Centenarians and their Artists from the biographies written. Anne visited my artwork on the last day of the exhibition and I am intending on presenting and gifting her the artwork on the 9th of November at her home.

 

I’d like to thank Miss Cowley for presenting this opportunity to me and encouraging me to participate and Ms McIvor for supporting me and organising for Tahlia and I to be involved in the project.

 

Kali Appleby

Year 11

 

Careers Corner

Congratulations Year 12 2017

Year 12 have finished their classes for the year and had a fabulous day out at Funfields for their last day. As they prepare for the start of their VCE Exams I wish them every success for their exams and future pathways. I am happy to see any Year 12 once they have left for their exams if they need to come and discuss courses and pathways with me, and of course once they have received their ATARs on 15th December.

University of Melbourne Hands on Engineering and IT Holiday Program

Dips Thaker from Year 10 was successful in applying to do this program in the September holidays.


"At the University of Melbourne Engineering and IT workshop, we explored Bitcoin's cyber security systems by understanding the basics of cryptography. Soon after, we developed mobile applications - specifically, my group programmed a voice recognition and command application which could translate the properties of motion from a sensor. Then we attended a lecture on Engineers Without Borders where we were challenged to design a mini water purification system that would cost under $50 with prices at stake (my group finished second place). Then finally we looked at biomedical engineering where we used VR headsets to understand the 3D structure of the heart and how engineers require delicate attention to details when design surgical equipment. Overall, the University staff were very supportive and successfully structured the day so students could maximise their learning while exploring the challenges engineers of the future will face through mini practicals."

 

Dips Thaker

Year 10

TCS Asia Pacific Summit 2017, Sydney

 

Congratulations to Anika Dixit Year 10. Anika completed a week of work Experience earlier in the year with TATA Consultancy Services with their Go For IT girls program. Throughout the year TATA run work experience weeks aimed at girls in the Science, Technology and Engineering areas. TATA take on 25 students at a time, several times throughout the year.

 

Students were then able to apply to go to the National Conference in Sydney on 24th October. Anika was one of three successful applicants to be chosen to attend from Victoria.

 

Any Year 9 female student interested in applying for a work experience placement at TATA in their Go For IT please see me to check on dates for next year.

 

"Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is one of the leading global IT companies with 22 offices in 12 countries and the mastermind behind technological innovations of many major companies. TCS opens their doors to girls in Year 10 across Australia to join their GO4IT Program. This program aims to demystify computer science and assist many students to gain the skills and confidence essential to pursue STEM degrees and become future technology leaders. Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to complete my Year 10 Work Experience at TCS and following this program, I was invited to apply for the 2017 TCS Asia Pacific Summit, which explored the concepts around the Business 4.0: Intelligent, Agile, Automated, and on the Cloud. I had to write a short essay on why I would be a suitable candidate for the summit and what we would like to do post the summit. Given my passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and women empowerment, it was exciting to travel along with two other students from Victoria to Sydney to gain an insight into the world of business leaders and build connections with likeminded individuals. The summit brought along CEOs, CIOs and CTOs as well as executive business leaders from different regions of Asia to share their thoughts, concepts and insights surrounding the race to become smarter, faster and lighter enterprises.

 

The atmosphere of the Summit was breathtaking. It was not just a gathering of current and future leaders of technology, it was a celebration of the amazing achievements of how technology has changed people’s lives today. I questioned many business leader and executives about the future of technology and also explained my desire to promote STEM to young women. TCS provides invaluable opportunities for aspiring students to see what the global corporate environment is like. My incredible learning experience with TCS programs has encouraged me to appreciate the importance of STEM in our society and I hope that many of you will also be able to take advantage of such events."

 

Anika Dixit

Year 10

University Information

ACU One-on-one appointments

5 December, 1:30pm – 6pm: Melbourne campus

If you have questions about university study, you can book a one-on-one appointment with an ACU course advisor.

Make a booking now – http://www.acu.edu.au/connect_with_acu/events/melbourne/one-on-one_appointment_melbourne

 

Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders 

The Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders will reward successful candidates with a contribution of up to $15,000 towards tuition fees for their chosen undergraduate or post graduate study. 

All short-listed applicants will be presented with an opportunity to participate in a leadership program, facilitated by DDI Asia Pacific, focused on the fundamentals of leadership, how to better motivate people and provide feedback and the personal attributes that can enable or derail leaders. 

Applications close 1 November.  

Find out more – https://mcdonalds.com.au/charlie-bell-scholarship

 

La Trobe Masterclasses

These masterclasses give potential future students a chance to find out what studying certain degrees at La Trobe is like. Hear from academics and find out about some of the content you’d be studying in the course.

Wed 29 November – Melbourne campus: Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science/Physiotherapy

Register – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/cpmasterclass29

Thu 30 November – Bendigo campus: Bachelor of Criminology and Bachelor of Paramedic Practice

Register – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/cpmasterclass30nov2017

Tue 5 December – Melbourne campus: Bachelor of Cybersecurity & Bachelor of Law Double Degrees

Register – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/cpmasterclass5

Wed 6 December – Melbourne campus: Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics/International Relations and Bachelor of Commerce

Register – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/cpmasterclass6

 

Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships 

Provide financial support and encouragement to students interested in a career in the mining industry, in addition to those who wish to pursue non-technical degrees in other fields. Successful applicants receive between $5,000 (non-technical) and $10,000 (technical) funding each year of their university studies. 

Applications for 2018 close on 31 January 2018.  

Find out more – http://www.northparkes.com/one-team/indigenous-scholarships

 

Swinburne Info Evenings

Wantirna: Tue 14 November, 4pm – 6pm

Hawthorn: Tue 21 November, 4pm – 6pm

Register your interest – https://www.swinburne.edu.au/infoevening/

 

Three things first year uni students need to know

Get the tips here – http://this.deakin.edu.au/study/three-things-first-year-uni-students-need-to-know

 

TAFE & Apprenticeships

Box Hill Institute Info Sessions

Tue 21 November, 4pm – City campus

Thu 23 November, 4pm – Lilydale Lakeside campus

Tue 28 November, 4pm – Box Hill campus

Tue 12 December, 4pm – City campus

Thu 14 December, 4pm – Lilydale Lakeside campus

Mon 18 December, 4pm – Box Hill campus

More information – http://www.boxhill.edu.au/bod-events/

 

ADFA Applications Open Now
Applying for ADFA is a competitive, dual application process that can take up to 12 months. It's preferable you apply in Year 11, but you can still apply in Year 12.
Applications for 2018 Year 12 Students (for 2019 entry) close at the end of February 2018.
https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/students-and-education/australian-defence-force-academy/how-to-apply

 

VTAC Videos

This series of videos is useful for students and their families who want to understand or refresh their knowledge of the VTAC preferencing system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omthIvIIaJc&list=PL9fm2yUJHTjiNn-9g5hhXzYBmI2eFh-yf

 

ACU: Find out about deferring

If you’re not sure whether you’re going to accept your ACU offer, find out about deferring here.

http://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/applying/returning_to_study

 

VU: First Year Model

From 2018, VU is changing the way it teaches the first year of bachelor degrees. The new program will help students manage the transition to university and set them up for success.

https://www.vu.edu.au/study-at-vu/why-choose-vu/a-first-year-like-no-other

 

Swinburne: New Architecture Degree

Swinburne is introducing an architecture degree in 2018. If you want to study architecture and would like to expand the pool of universities you apply to, check it out.

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/news/latest-news/2017/06/architecture-makes-its-way-to-swinburne.php

 

Careers in biomedical science

Find out your options – http://this.deakin.edu.au/career/surprising-careers-in-biomedical-science

 

Exam tips from past year 11 and 12 students

Get the tips here – http://learningfundamentals.com.au/blog/exam-hacks-16-things-you-dont-want-to-do-come-exam-time/

 

Legal Studies HeadStart Workshop

21 November: Victoria University, Queen Street

Year 11 students who are planning to study Legal Studies next year can get a headstart on the year in this workshop. Students will find out what working in the legal profession is like and about studying law at university.

Students and schools can book here – https://www.leap.vic.edu.au/activities/law/events/1064-lsap-workshop-program

 

National Summer Art Scholarship 

13 – 20 January 2018 in Canberra, ACT 

If you are in Year 11 and interested in art, you can spend a week this summer (13 – 20 January 2018) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 

Become one of sixteen students selected from around the nation—two from each state and territory—to participate in the National Summer Art Scholarship in 2018. 

Applications close 6 November.  

Find our more and apply – https://nga.gov.au/SummerArtScholarship/

 

What’s it really like to be an architect?

Hear from an architect – http://this.deakin.edu.au/career/whats-it-really-like-to-be-an-architect 

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           

 

 The Gordon Info Sessions

City campus

Early childhood education and care: 16 October, 6pm

Community services: 17 October, 1pm

Graphic design: 19 October, 5:30pm

Community services: 23 October, 6pm

Fashion design: 24 October, 5pm

Animal studies: 24 October, 5:30pm

Companion animal services: 2 November, 5:30pm

Youth work: 8 November, 12:30pm

Celebrancy: 8 November, 5pm

Accounting: 10 November, 1pm

Health administration: 13 November, 3:30pm

Floristry: 14 November, 11am

Beauty therapy, hairdressing: 14 November, 11am

Early childhood education and care: 14 November, 6pm

Cookery: 15 November, 11am

Event management: 15 November, 11am

Pathology collection: 20 November, 5pm

Individual support: 22 November, 10am

Laboratory technology: 29 November, 6pm

Beauty therapy, hairdressing: 14 December, 11am

 

Vantage Automotive 2018 Apprenticeships Applications Open 

Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd is a major provider of government-funded vocational learning. Applications are now being sought from students that are interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician or Parts Interpreter. Both male and female candidates from all over Australia are invited to apply for the Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program and, if selected, will be offered full time employment at a dealer close to their home and flown to Sydney for block training. This is a funded program with minimal cost to the student.

http://www.vantageautomotive.com/va-apprentice-programs

 

Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for a 2018 gap year open 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.

http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/gap-year/

 

Tips to take the stress out of starting uni

http://this.deakin.edu.au/study/three-tips-to-help-take-the-stress-out-of-starting-uni

Year 9

It’s pleasing to see that some of the Year 9s have listened carefully to the information given at the Work Experience sessions and have been proactive in applying for positions for their work experience week next year. If you need a work Experience form, or missed out on the information that was delivered during the Year 9 program please come and see me in the Senior School Office.

General Information

Holmesglen Open Day 2 November https://www.holmesglen.edu.au/students/open_days

 

SALT – Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen
SALT aim to support women and girls who are (or want to become) tradies.
https://saltaustralia.org.au/ 

 

Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities 

The Australian government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian government departments and agencies. To view these opportunities, visit: 

http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/jobs-and-workplace/australian-government-jobs/cadetships-scholarships-work-experience

 

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.

https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/careers/apprenticeship

 

GMG Monash Summer Camp

‘Girls make Games Summer Camp’ hosted by Monash University. Attendees will learn:

Game Programming

Game Design

Game Art

Audio Engineering

Practice Pitching to Industry Experts

Plus there is an excursion to a local game studio/tech company

Camp is being held 15 January 2018-20 January 2018 at Monash University. Age group 12-15 years, there is a cost involved.  For more details see Ms McCaskie in the Senior School Office.

                              

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.

Xuno Portal

Need your login details for the Xuno portal? Contact the College on 9571 7838 or email [email protected]

Newsletter

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.

2017 Parent Payments

As we are approaching the end of 2017 we kindly ask that if you have any unpaid parent payments for your child please submit your payment to the school office.  Payments of elective course fees are compulsory at Glen Eira College.  Statements will be distributed to families this week.

 

Should your family be experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our Business Manager/Nominated Parent Payments Contact – Gabrielle Darvell to discuss payment options.

2018 Re-enrolment

We are moving our reenrolment process online this year using XUNO to electronically sign specific forms and make payments. Whilst this is our preferred method, if you do not wish to use XUNO then please contact the College and we will arrange to have a set of papers mailed out 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 [email protected] or on  9571 7838.

 

Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager

GECPA News

Please Join Us!  We Need a New Convenor!

I have been convenor or co-convenor of the Glen Eira College Parents Association (GECPA) since 2013.

At the end of this year, I will be finishing my time at GECPA, as my youngest child is about to finish Year 12.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as convenor and co-convenor, but now it is time to hand on to someone new.  We need a new convenor or (even better) a pair of co-convenors.  The convenor role mainly involves being the main contact point for GECPA and making sure that things happen as and when they should.  Most work is shared with other committee members.  We urge you to please consider whether you can take on this crucial role. 

Here are some great reasons to consider taking on the role:

  • You will have a wonderful team behind you. You will benefit from our experience. GECPA was started 5 years ago, and since then we have learnt what works well, and how to get the most out of our events without wasted time or effort.  Experienced committee members will be there to help you, and we have written guidelines and checklists available for our regular events.  I will also make myself available over the next year to provide training and assistance.
  • We keep things simple.  Some of you will have experience of very busy parents’ associations at primary school.  We do not run chocolate drives, raffles or fetes.
  • You will have a greater connection to your child’s school.  In this role, you will build relationships with other school families and school staff.  You will sometimes be informed earlier and in more detail of issues and developments at the college, with opportunities to contribute your views.
  • You will show your children that their school is important. 
  • Our meetings are always friendly and fun and provide a great way to get to know other school families
  • This role is vital to keep GECPA going.  GECPA has been invaluable in enabling school families to get to know each other and in supporting the college, including raising thousands of dollars to improve facilities and equipment.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please email me at [email protected].

 

Juliet Brianton

GECPA Convenor

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. If you are interested being involved in GECPA please send an email to [email protected]  

Final 2017 Committee Meeting - Join Us For Dinner

We have a tradition of holding our last meeting of the year over dinner at a local restaurant.  As our next meeting will be the last for 2017, we will meet at Almazett Restaurant in Caulfield - on Thursday 14th December at 7:00pm. If you would like to attend, please email me at [email protected] so we can include you in the booking.

Weekly walk and talk

We have a social walking group which meets once a week to walk and chat for about an hour.  We meet on Tuesday evenings (weather permitting) at 7:30pm 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).

Second-hand Uniforms

In late January, we will hold a sale of second-hand uniforms at the college. The uniform stall is a helpful service for families and a valuable fundraiser for the school. Please donate your unwanted uniform items by Friday 15th December 2017. This is a donation to the school - families will not receive any payment for their items.  Please ensure that all items are in reasonable condition and have been washed and dried before you bring them in. Please note that we cannot sell items that are no longer part of the college uniform, such as polar fleece jackets or the older-style sports tops (sports tops in the current style - with red sleeves- are very welcome).

Sports uniforms and equipment that can't be reused at GEC can be donated to Boots For All Sports www.bootsforall.org.au/

  • McKinnon Basketball Association 11 Clarence Street, Bentleigh East 9579 1200 M-F 9–4.30.
  • Victorian Amateur Football Association - Umpires Association 170 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick Park, Training nights www.vafaua.asn.au/
  • Lloyd Street Primary School 6 Lloyd Street, Malvern East.9573 4600 M-F 8-4.30.

School Crossing Campaign

 

In August, School Council contacted all Glen Eira College families with a fact sheet analysing traffic data from the Booran Road pedestrian crossing.  Families were asked to contact their local MP and the Minister for Roads and Safety urgently to ask for a safer school crossing.
 
We are pleased that local MP's have reported receiving a number of phone calls and emails from GEC families.  Glen Eira Councillors are also doing what they can to have this issue resolved.
 
David Southwick, MLA for Caulfield, presented our petition in the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 7th September, saying 'We call on the state government and VicRoads to urgently install variable electronic speed signage at this dangerous pedestrian crossing on Booran Road, Caulfield East.'  Ruth Gordon, President of School Council, also attended to show her support.
 
We now have almost 400 signatures on our online petition. If you haven't signed yet, please add your name at https://www.change.org/p/urgent-action-on-speed-signs-for-glen-eira-college-students and pass this link onto your family and friends (children can also sign the petition).
 
Thanks for supporting the campaign to improve road safety to save our children’s lives. 
If you have not yet contacted your local MP or the Minister, here are the contact details again:
 
Minister for Roads and Road Safety: 
Luke Donnellan MP
Ph. 9706 0566 [email protected]

 

 
 

Local Members of Parliament:

Caulfield – David Southwick, MP

[email protected]

 

Oakleigh – Steve Dimopoulos MP

Ph. 9568 2456

[email protected]

Supermarket Earn and Learn Stickers

Thank you to everyone, including friends and family members, who collected stickers from Woolworths and brought them in.  We had 225 full sheets of stickers returned - that's 110 more than last time!  What a great effort from our school community!

The college has now been shopping with our points, and we're sure that the students will enjoy using some new sports equipment to go with the new gym.  It should arrive in term 1 next year.  Equipment ordered includes table tennis equipment and a variety of other balls and Frisbees.

Entertainment Books and 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.

 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW

Gran Prix Cycles - Supporting GEC and Giving Discounts

Gran Prix Cycles in Caulfield South offers regular support to Glen Eira College with a special offer, which benefits you and the college.  Collect a loyalty card from the GEC office to take advantage of this offer:

Cathy McNaughton and Juliet Brianton

GECPA

Community News / Advertisements

 

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