GEC College News

25 June 2019
Issue Six
Key Dates
From the Principal
From the Assistant Principals
Junior School Highlights
Senior School News
Performing Arts News
Library Corner
Model United Nations 
World Scholar's Cup
Science News
Year 12 Yakult Excursion
English News
Year 10 World of Business
Launching a NEW Israeli culture program @ GEC
Staff Development Desk
From the Office
Community News / Advertisements
Glen Eira College
03 9571 7838
76 Booran Road
Caulfield East, VIC, 3145

Key Dates


Wednesday 26th June

Year 7 Yarra Trams Safety Incursion 9:10am – 10am


Friday 28th June

Last Day Term 2

All students dismissed at 2:30pm


Monday 15th July

First Day Term 3


Wednesday 17th July

College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


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


VCE Information Night 4:30pm - 5:30pm


Tuesday 30th July

School Production - The Wizard of Oz 7pm


Wednesday 31st July

Year 11 & 12 Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition


School Production - The Wizard of Oz 7pm


Thursday 1st August

School Production - The Wizard of Oz 7pm


Monday 5th August

Intermediate Interschool Sport


Friday 9th August

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am


Thursday 15th August

School Tour 9:15am


Year 7 Science Week in Schools Incursion 2pm – 3pm


Friday 16th August

Year 8 Interschool Sport


Saturday 17th – Friday 23rd August

CBCA Book Week


Tuesday 20th August

Year 7 Interschool Sport


Wednesday 21st August

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal


College Council 7pm – 8:30pm


Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd August

ELC Camp


Thursday 22nd August

Parent Teacher Interviews Years 7, 11 & 12


Thursday 29th August

Radio Club Excursion 7am – 10:45am


Music Gala Concert 6:30pm


Tuesday 10th September

Year 11 Legal Studies Marngoneet Prison Excursion


Thursday 12th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal


Friday 13th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular Mass Choir Rehearsal


Year 7B Parliament Role Play Excursion


Saturday 14th September

Victorian State Schools Spectacular 1pm & 6:30pm


Monday 16th September

Parent Teacher Interviews Years 8 – 10


Beachside Track & Field


Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th September

Year 10 Camp


7A, 7B, 7C & 7F Camp


Monday 16th – Friday 20th September

Year 10 Work Experience


Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th September

7D, 7E & 7G Camp


Friday 20th September

Last Day Term 3


Saturday 21st – Saturday 28th September

New Caledonia Trip

From the Principal

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

Congratulations to Alicia Scott who has earned the Australian Scout Medallion

To attain the top award in each of five sections in Scouting reflects initiative in tackling this challenge, sustained effort over many months and years, plus self – discipline, teamwork and leadership.

Congratulations to Alicia on this wonderful and inspiring achievement.

Congratulations Ashleigh Harris

Ashleigh Harris (12A) was recently celebrated as a finalist in the Glen Eira City Council’s Young Citizen of the Year Award.  Ashleigh was presented with her finalists' certificate by the Mayor of Glen Eira City Council and was welcomed onto the stage with nine other worthy nominees. 


Ashleigh is one of our school vice-captains and was recognised for her advocacy on behalf of her peers as well for organising a range of student-focused activities including the college's Relay for Life team.


Ashleigh has demonstrated strong leadership skills in a range of endeavours and she is a gifted public speaker. She was voted onto school council in 2018 and is a member of the SRC. She represented the college at the Model UN Conference.


Ashleigh is polite and courteous and she works well with students and adults alike. She has a strong academic record and has demonstrated sound effort and achievement across a broad range of subjects.




We will be welcoming Joseph O’Farrell (Maths /Science) and Heather Palm (Careers and Pathways Coordinator) commencing term 3.

Karyn Lindner will replace Charlotte Cowley who is on leave in term 3.

Jake Sherman will replace Elizabeth Tasiopoulos who is on leave in semester 2.

The Wizard of Oz

Tickets are now on sale for this year's production of The Wizard of Oz. Our students have been working incredibly hard, superbly lead by Sarah Mortimer.  You will not want to miss this show.

Adults $20, students/concession/seniors $10 and family (2 adults and 2 students) $45 


Sheereen Kindler


From the Assistant Principals

World Scholar's Cup

Glen Eira College was selected to host the Melbourne Round of the World Scholar's Cup, an academically focused competition that emphasises the joy of learning. Over 200 students from across Victoria participated in this exciting program.  Spread over two days, the event offered students the chance to deal with serious global issues without ever taking themselves too seriously. 


The four rounds of competition were:

  • Team Debate - students faced teams from other schools, three-on-three, and argued motions related to a key theme. We are incredibly thankful to the parents and staff who volunteered to judge the debating. 
  • Scholar's Bowl - each team raced the clock to answer questions using a special clicker.
  • Collaborative Writing - students worked with their team to argue positions related to the theme in written form.
  • Scholar's Challenge - students took a test called the Scholar's Challenge: an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge across multiple subjects.


Glen Eira College students were exemplary in their efforts and performance.  11 teams featuring 32 students have now qualified for the Global Round of the competition. These teams have earned invitational berths at their choice of the following World Scholar’s Cup Global Rounds in 2019:

  • Beijing
  • Astana
  • The Hague (Amsterdam)
  • Sydney
  • Manila
  • Durban

Participants at all six Global Rounds will have equal opportunities to earn invitations to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University. 


Special mention should be made of Eve Gascoigne (7B) who was the Scholars Champion in the Junior Division.  Together with Armand Goupil she was also selected to participate in the showcase round of debating, where teams argued the proposal that “All teenagers should spend a year living in poverty”. 



The following teams from Glen Eira College earned Global Round berths through their exceptional performance at the 2019 Melbourne Regional:


Team 807 - Isabel Conrad-Stewart, Hayden Cormick, Sarish Edukulla


Team 808 - William Fassoulis, Gabriel Faux, Armand Goupil


Team 809 - Elliot Davies, Natalie Peverell, Oliver Sallay


Team 811 - Bennie Howell, Jake Kelly, Eve Gascoigne


Team 812 - Beth Waters, Khai Tschuemperlin, Vidhath Dulala


Team 813 - Oskar De Bruin, Harshitha Meenakshisundaram, Lani Tan


Team 814 - Nick De Bono, Soham Shinde, Yasmyn Malik


Team 816 - Parul Hassan Ramakrishna, Ezra Bloch, Harry Chen


Team 818 - Orleanna Murray De Brossard, Raphael Nicolas, Lexi Nuelant


Team 819 - Anirudh Sonti, James Robbs, Harriet Rowsell


Team 821 - William Wong, Iliya Zolotarev, Brandon Irawan (Hope Christian College)

Interschool sport

Term 2 has been a very busy term for interschool competitions.  All round robin competitions have now concluded and our cross country team has also competed in the Beachside Competition.  We have seen students from Glen Eira College universally praised for their attitude, effort and comradery with peers, opponents and officials. 


Stand out results from this term include:


Badminton – Year 7 boys and girls both won their competitions (undefeated) and progressed to  the southern metropolitan regional final.


Soccer – Year 8 boys progressed though the round robin phase undefeated but lost the beachside division grand final.


Soccer – senior girls have won the southern metropolitan regional final and are through to the state final.


Cross Country – 15 students progressed from the beachside division into the southern metropolitan regional finals.  Liam Mischel (Year 7) was the winner of his age group at the beachside division. 


Softball – our senior girls won the beachside division and southern metropolitan regional final.  At the state final they showed tremendous skill and perseverance through the entire tournament, which allowed them to progress to the final match.  They were unable to win on the day but we are very proud of their silver medals.  Their pennant will be presented to the school at the next whole school assembly. 




All students are reminded about the importance of acting in a safe and responsible manner whilst travelling to and from school. 


For students who travel by bicycle, this means wearing your helmet every day, walking your bicycle inside the school and moving near pedestrians and cars with care.  Once at school, all bicycles must be parked in the racks provided.  There are two sets of bike racks; one on either side of Booran Road.  If one is full, bicycles should be locked at the other site. 

School Uniform

I ask for parent/guardian assistance in ensuring that all of our students are wearing the correct uniform at all times. A uniform dress code reinforces a pride in our school and in students’ own appearance.

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:

  • Ensuring that you have the correct college uniform and that it is maintained in good condition and worn each day of the school week.
  • contacting the wellbeing team if you are unable to afford uniform items.  They are only too happy to be of assistance.


I remind everyone that non-school hats, including beanies, are not to be worn and scarves should be plain red or black or grey. Students who wear tights should ensure they are opaque black (60 – 80 denier) and worn only with the college skirt.  School bags should preferably be the approved Glen Eira College bag. 


Makeup and coloured nail polish are not part of the uniform and must not be worn. Natural coloured foundation with SPF is the only permissible makeup. Nails must be of a reasonable length to participate in the curriculum safely.


The only jewellery permitted is:

· Two pairs of earrings (surgical sleepers or studs) in the ears only. These must be plain gold or silver (no colours). Maximum diameter of stud is 3mm. Maximum diameter of sleeper is 10mm. No other piercings are permitted.

· Watch

Any other jewellery is not to be visible.


Aaron Petersen

Assistant Principal

Assessment and Reporting

In the final week of term on the Xuno parent portal you will find a PDF document of subject assessment task grades under ‘Learning’ – ‘Reports’.


The Progress Report 3 for Years 7 - 11 and Progress Report 5 for Year 12, the final progress report for the semester, is found under ‘Learning’ – ‘Progress Report’. These Progress Reports will indicate if your child has satisfactorily completed the semester or not (S or N) for each subject.


You will also be able to access a PDF report on the Victorian Curriculum levels for each subject for students in Years 7 - 10.


Please also note the following;

  • Each progress report result refers to work done in the last 6 weeks.
  • Learning progress / Quality of work refers to the students’ progress in particular assessment tasks and not their Victorian Curriculum levels.  For example a student achieving ‘High’ Quality of work does not mean that they are working a year ahead.
  • Similarly for Year 12, the Learning Progress will be indicative of the students final grade from VCAA (due to the exam being the significant component of the final grade).
  • Most assessment tasks will have a rubric (marking criteria).  Parents / carers are encouraged to look at these documents with their child.


Just a reminder that we have homework help running in the library after school from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a great  opportunity for students to receive extra assistance from teachers and volunteer tutors from university.

Building our Community and Identity Policy

GEC has always been a tolerant and welcoming place for all nationalities and cultures. We are currently reviewing our Building our Community and Identity Policy in the light of recent DET staff training in Indigenous culture and awareness. Please see below the Building  our Community and Identity Policy with recent revisions to include some reference specifically to Indigenous culture. This has recently been endorsed by School Council.



Last day of Term 2

Friday 28th June is the final day of semester. The day will finish at 2.30pm. Each lesson will be shortened by 8 minutes.


We wish all our families a relaxing winter break and we look forward to seeing your child on Monday 15th July for the beginning of semester 2.


Nick Hamer-Smith

Assistant Principal  

Junior School Highlights

Year 7 Sport Highlights

Four of our Year 7 students qualified for Southern Metro Region cross country through receiving a placement in the Beachside Division cross country. This is a great effort.


These students were:


Liam Mischel



Max Gilbert



Mateo Munoz



Lily Skinner



On Thursday 13th June Year 7 had their interschool sports day, and here are some highlights.


Girls Soccer

Captain and Best Player was Lila Hamilton with our Goal Scorer being Lily Skinner. The Best Players were Matilda McIntyre (defender), Alyana Burns (Midfielder) and Jessie Kelly (Midfielder).



We had 14 boys and 16 girls so we fielded 3 boys teams and 3 girls teams for the round robin competition. Several players were new to the sport, as well as a number who have played competitively. In Teams B and C, all players enjoyed some success - each player contributed points for their team and each team won at least one match.


All players demonstrated great enthusiasm and sportsmanship, ensuring that everyone received fair opportunities to play, encouraging their teammates, working cooperatively with players from other schools and being both gracious winners and losers. Both Boys A and Girls A won every match, advancing to the next round.


Boys A

Hugh Buckingham

Dhruv Pawar

Prajval Pramod Kumar

Ben Webber


Girls A

Lynn Cheong

Arusha Mane

Bansari Patel

Ananya Prathima

Swara Rao




Our Netballers had a very big day, from starting play as soon as they arrived to the last game, with no breaks. Even under these conditions, and not receiving high scores, the girls never gave up enthusiasm and were optimistic throughout. It was noted by other schools how well their sportsmanship showed.


Sue Rio

Year 7 Coordinator

Year 8 Hightlights

All Year 8 students were fortunate enough to partake in Glen Eira Youth Services’ incursion Sleep & Technology, where students learned about fundamental human needs and the impact that technology is having on our vital need for sleep. The incursion covered strategies to deal with troubled sleep that don’t involve the use of technology, as well as drawing attention to our favourite memories and noting how few of these (if any) took place online. While we recognise that our lives are intertwined with technology, we don’t need to let it impact our basic human needs. We hope that all students have taken something new on board and are more mindful of their screen time use, as well as how getting enough sleep can have a positive impact on learning.


On Thursday 6th June we had most of the cohort out for the day on Year 8 Interschool Sport. We fielded teams in a variety of sports; from netball and football, to European handball, badminton and boys soccer. All students involved enjoyed the day, engaging with other schools in some healthy competition and represented the College well. We commend the boys soccer team in particular for making it to the grand final. Their efforts were fantastic; unfortunately Albert Park scored in the final minute leaving us in second place and runners up overall.



Talking of representing the college, congratulations to those students from 8B (and 7B!) who were involved in the Melbourne Round of the World Scholar’s Cup, held for the first time ever at GEC. There were all manner of different thought-provoking activities happening across the two days, and a number of our teams were successful in advancing to the next stage of competition. Well done!


Charlee Cowley & Laura Baker-Goldsmith

Year 8 Coordinators

Senior School News

It has been a hectic finish to term 2 in Senior School. Year 10-12 students have completed their Semester 1 exams, and are now finalising Unit 1 & 3 SACs.  Hopefully most students feel that they have performed well in their exams and have learnt something to help them with the next exam experience. I encourage all students to discuss their preparation and results with their teachers to help them refine their approach to the exams.


It is also getting closer to the time of the year where students start to look beyond this year. Our Year 12 students attended the Tertiary Information Session event on the 18th June. This event is designed to outline the process and dates for applying for University and TAFE courses through VTAC, as well as applying for scholarships that may be available for tertiary studies.  The Year 10 and 11 students will also begin their course counselling process early next term. Information will be provided to students and families outlining this process in the near future.


We would like to wish all students and their families an enjoyable holidays, but also remind students of the importance of completing the work set over the break. In most cases the homework is designed to ensure that students are not going two and a half weeks without thinking about their studies at all. Most of this work is just to keep the information fresh in their minds and will not be excessive in its time commitment.


Jeff Micallef

Senior School Leader

Performing Arts News

School Production

Glen Eira College is proudly performing The Wizard of Oz early next term. The dates are as follows:


Tuesday 30th July, Wednesday 31st July and Thursday 1st August at 7pm.


Tickets are now on sale for all shows and we really hope that you can come and see the show. We have munchkins, witches (good and bad), a haunted forest, bubbles, smoke, glitter, dancing, singing, acting, glow in the dark and even body paint.


The following is the link for where you can purchase tickets, and trust me you won’t want to miss this:


Adults - $20

Students/ Children/ Concession and Seniors - $10

Family (2 Adults and 2 Children/Students/Concession/Seniors) - $45


Students were involved in a non-residential 2 day camp in May where we got to see the show come together; doing full runs throughs of the show so that all involved could see how amazing and hardworking the cast and crew have been.  We will also have a full day of rehearsals in the first week back of term 3.


A massive special mention to Harriet Rowsell who has taken on the role of Dorothy Gale and has been at every single rehearsal this year so far. Also, being in 8B, a SEAL class, she has taken on the role with maturity, dedication and is always making the rehearsals a fun place to be.


We also require parent and student assistance with the painting of sets this year. If you are interested or know of anyone who is, please contact Sarah Mortimer on the following details:


Mrs Sarah Mortimer

Head of School Productions

Email -

School phone number -  9571 7838


Thank you all for your support thus far and we really look forward to seeing you down the Yellow Brick Road.


Sarah Mortimer

Head of School Productions

Interested in learning a musical instrument?

There are a limited number of additional spaces in the College Instrumental Music program for Semester 2 for the following instruments:

  • Brass - trumpet and trombone

  • Voice

  • Woodwind - flute, clarinet and saxophone

  • Strings - violin, viola and cello


Instrumental Music lessons occur on a rotating timetable during class time. This minimises the chance of students missing the same class more than once a month. All students are expected to participate in at least one ensemble, with rehearsals occurring during lunchtime or after school. The semester levy is $200, which covers the costs of delivering the program including purchasing/maintaining instruments and equipment, photocopying and the like. There are also limited numbers of instruments available for hire from the college for $100 per semester.


For further information or to request a place in the Instrumental Music program, please contact Ms Laura Baker-Goldsmith (Head of Performing Arts) on 9571 7838 or

Semester 1 Music Concert

On Monday 3rd June, the GEC instrumental music department showcased instrumental music students from Years 7-11 at our Semester 1 Concert. The focus for the evening was our beginning students as well as our diverse range of ensembles.


There was a huge variety of performances from solo clarinet and piano and small groups of beginning students, to large-scale ensembles with our guitar, strings, vocal and percussion students. The evening was truly a celebration of a busy semester of music.


It was a busy evening for our 7B and 8B instrumental students who were also participating in the World Scholar’s Cup on the same night. There was definitely some quick running across the quadrangle to and from the PAC!


Thank you to all of the Instrumental Music teachers who work tirelessly throughout the semester to help prepare students for this performance evening, and many other formal and informal performance opportunities throughout the year. We look forward to our Gala Concert coming up in term 3!

  • Ms Zamarah Morley - strings

  • Ms Charlene Wijaya - piano

  • Ms Tori Wood - voice

  • Mr Robert Westlake - guitar and bass

  • Mr Mark Voogd - drums and percussion

  • Mr Mark Dipnall - woodwind

  • Mr George Hronakis - brass


Thank you also to all of the college staff who assisted with or otherwise attended the evening, particularly Mrs Kindler for being our MC for the evening, Ms Marks for all her assistance with the tickets as well as Ms Cowley and her amazing photography students Vas Dabos and Marcus Georgiou for being our official photographers. Thank you also to all instrumental music students and their family and friends for their attendance and support of the Performing Arts at GEC.




There are a number of ensembles that are open to all College students, regardless of learning an instrument at the school! They include:


Vocal ensemble (directed by Ms Wood) - Tuesday lunchtime


Guitar ensemble (directed by Mr Westlake) - Wednesday lunchtime


String Ensemble (directed by Ms Morley) - Wednesday 3.30-4.30pm


Acapella (directed by Ms Wood) - Thursday lunchtime


Production Orchestra (directed by Ms BG) - Monday and Thursday 3.30-5.30pm


We also have an ensemble that will be performing music from The Wizard of Oz (as well as other film music) before each of the evening performances of this year’s production. This group is made up of intermediate and advanced students as well as Instrumental Music staff.


Online recordings of the Regional Singfest (with Kate Gould) in Term 1 have been made available to share with the College community. Please click on the following link -

Upcoming dates

Week 2


VSSS Mass Choir Town Hall Rehearsal 1

Week 3


School Production - The Wizard of Oz

Week 6


VSSS Mass Choir Town Hall Rehearsal 2

Week 7


Instrumental Music Gala Concert


Laura Baker Goldsmith

Head of Performing Arts

Library Corner

The weeks are flying by and our students have enjoyed many events and celebrated special days. Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day were important events in the Glen Eira College calendar. In support of teaching staff the Library staff curated a colourful display which incorporated sprigs of various native plants of significance to traditional custodians. These were sourced and arranged in the display case by Mrs Megan Gatt.  



The annual House Trivia Competition was run in the Library over a series of lunch sessions and was very well attended. The daily Quizzes were well organised and a wonderful example of student agency in action.



Students participating in this year’s Year 9 program recently performed the roles of United Nations General Assembly delegates. The Library played venue for two days of debate, public speaking, problem solving  and critical thinking. Students represented 21 nations during the first Model Convention and 23 nations during the second Model Convention.



Eight students have completed  The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge - six students in 7B and one student each representing 8E and 8G. 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.


The Library is still highly popular at lunchtimes with many students enjoying the relaxed social vibe of the spaces - reading, playing card games, chess or computer games. Our Book Club students have enjoyed talking about their favourite reads and are always prepared to justify why Harry Potter rules.  New members are welcome - please see Library Staff if you are interested in joining and also if you are keen to be a Library Monitor.



Many new books are now available - most chosen by students via the Book Suggestion Box kept at the Library’s circulation desk.  Come and check these out - 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


Sherri Michael

College Librarian

Model United Nations 

Year 9 Program: Model United Nations Conference

On 12th and 13th June, all Year 9s had the chance to participate in a Model United Nations Conference. Every student had been assigned a country that they would investigate leading to the MUN, which was organised by the UNAA. The focus of our conference was Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crisis.


We were lucky enough to host Carlisle Richardson, former ambassador of St Kitts and Nevis Economic Affairs Officer of the UN, as our Secretary-General. He explained the conference protocols and showed us a touching video about refugees. Shortly after, the country delegates made their position statements concerning the issue. We had a Moderated Caucus, where delegates discussed and debated in a very formal manner. We also experienced an Unmoderated Caucus, where we talked informally to try to form alliances and to work on draft resolutions. After finding sponsors and signatories, we voted on the amendments and the new proposed clauses. Even though different countries and individuals have various views on this topic, we negotiated to make amendments and new clauses that we all agreed to.


Overall, this experience enabled us to develop our public speaking, negotiation, debating, teamwork and creative thinking skills but most importantly, it was an opportunity for us to challenge our global views.


Emily McLenaghan

Year 9A



Model United Nations Conference: Turkey (Year 7B) argue for more support for asylum seekers and refugees

The Model United Nations Conference experience was engaging and exciting. Our Year 7B team, Archie, Elliot, Oskar and myself, were representing the delegates from Turkey. The Secretary-General, Mr Carlisle Richardson (a former Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations, and a former Economic Affairs Officer of the United Nations) gave an overview of the official proceedings. We received a folder with two Amendment slips, a sheet where we could document others ideas (friends or foes) to see which countries aligned with Turkey. We also documented which countries we could turn to for support and which countries would be against us in relation to seeking Human Rights for refugees and asylum seekers. The final document was the logistics for the Conference.


The Conference was organised for 3 different events. The first was officially delivering position statements for all 21 countries where we address our country's situation including the clauses and protocols we will follow. The delegates of Turkey presented our position of the overwhelming number of refugees within Turkey and how we do not have the funds to hold and sustain our colossal amount of refugees who are made up of mainly Syrians who had to evacuate their country due to war which spread throughout Syria.


Next was a moderated caucus where we put forward an amendment. Our amendment was that larger countries with enough funds, such as Russia should support more refugees. Midway through the caucus a second phase began, an unmoderated caucus, which is where we gathered support from countries we had convinced during the moderated caucus. Our main argument was against larger countries, such as America and Russia not pulling their own weight.


Then we began the voting. This is where all countries see the amendments put forward and vote upon them. An acceptance requires a simple majority. We decided to vote upon a few amendments. The ones we supported, were ones that supported our refugee crisis. Then our amendment appeared up on screen. My group and I were anxious to see if our amendment would be accepted by a majority. We received lots of support and our amendment passed with a vote of 80% which was definitely a relief for Turkey.


The researching beforehand along with the debating was the standout for me as it gave me an understanding of the United Nations and the refugee crisis in Turkey. Being mostly against all the other countries and trying to band together a team that supports our ideas and beliefs was really enjoyable and hands down much better than the usual day of school. I can’t wait to do it all again in Year 9!


Khai Tschuemperlin

Year 7B



World Scholar's Cup

GEC successfully hosts our first World Scholar’s Cup

The thrilling World Scholar’s Cup took place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June 2019 at GEC. Students competed from the SEAL classes, 7B and 8B, against a range of other schools that included Ballarat Clarendon, HOPE, Star of the Sea, St Aloysius and many others.


Over 200 students competed against each other in four challenges. Students developed a positive team spirit by working together ensuring everyone was acting responsibly and creatively. The future scholars directed their own learning through questioning, exploring and discovering new ideas and innovative solutions.


The teams of three students were enthusiastic and motivated to achieve the best score possible. Communication and respect gave teams the winning edge as these concepts were the focus of the competition to ensure fair play and inclusive fun centred around collaborative learning. All teams seized new opportunities to participate and learn about the demands of the Scholar’s Cup in hope of competing in the next round. This resulted in a great opportunity to learn about our peers and insight about oneself.



Overall this was a great event to get involved in and learn in a different way from the usual subject lessons. Multiple teams from GEC made it through to the global round where they will compete against students from over 40 nations.


Students will have the opportunity to showcase their own culture and embrace other cultures. The global round will take place in 10 different locations around the world, including our very own Sydney.


The experience made learning fun and I wish everyone the best of luck when they compete in Sydney later in the year.


Bennie Howell

Year 7B

Science News

Japanese Immersion

Year 7 students in the Japanese Immersion class completed a task about the periodic table and state of matters. Students had to choose one element and describe the element in both English and Japanese.


Similarly, Year 8 students created presentations about a substance of their choice. They had to categorise the matter and analyse the number of elements and atoms in their substance as well as common uses of that substance. They then constructed models of their substance and presented these to the class, all in Japanese!


Haroula Loucaides

Head of Science



Year 9 Science

As part of learning about the human nervous system and it’s ability to detect and respond to our environment, students were given the opportunity to study the structure and function of the eye. Through being able to directly touch, feel and observe a cow’s eye during our dissection students were able to appreciate the important role of the eye in receiving information from the world around us. A great job was done all round.


Elizabeth Tasiopoulos

Science Teacher



Year 12 Yakult Excursion

Year 12 Business Management Excursion to Yakult

On Friday 7th June, the Year 12 Business Management students visited the Yakult Factory in Dandenong. This excursion is undertaken annually to enhance students' understanding of Unit 3 Area of Study 3 Operations Management. Students were able to view various strategies that Yakult undertake to enhance the effectiveness of their operations for example the use of robotics, waste minimisation and social responsibility.


Students gained knowledge about the operation management of Yakult, their inputs, various types of technology (CAD/CAM/CIM /Automated Production lines) used by Yakult. They received  firsthand information on how quality checks; quality control and quality assurance are done in Yakult under strict lab conditions. They also became familiar with their waste management approach, which is lean management and their commitment toward corporate social responsibility. They also watched how the bottles for packaging are manufactured inside the factory by using recycled plastic, then how bottles are filled with the Yakult via automated production line, then sealed and packed in an efficient and effective way. They also saw how the faulty products are detected quickly and waste is minimised.


Overall, students came to learn about the operation systems of modern businesses and how the whole production processes are operated effectively and efficiently by the business for increasing their profits.


 Students watched every process via the glass screens while the factory was undergoing their daily operations. The tour guide provide us with information about the Yakult business processes, equipment used at various stages and job qualifications and roles of employees of Yakult.

As a part of the tour, all students were offered a free YAKULT drink, a free pencil case along with the information pack on Yakult products and their business objectives. There was a short video on the history of YAKULT, their products and how they maintain 100% satisfactory customer service.


Every single student who went for this excursion from my class and Mr Coghlan’ s  class enjoyed this tour. We always looking forward to do this excursion every year for our Year 12 Business Management students.


Following are reflections on this excursion by our year 12 BM students.


Parminder Kaur

Year 12 Business Management Teacher


Students’ reflections on excursion to Yakult

The excursion to Yakult provided us with the opportunity to visit their factory that manufactures all of the Yakult products for both Australia and New Zealand. We got to see and experience a fully-automated production process, linking in to our current topic on business operations management. It was extremely beneficial as it allowed for us relate the theory we have learnt in class to a practical situation. The tour guides were very friendly and answered any questions we had. They showed us each stage of their production process where they combine the raw materials such as sugar and powdered skim milk, manufacture and fill the bottles and then package them ready for distribution. We had the chance to taste a bottle of Yakult and then watch a video about the history of the company and how it has established itself as a worldwide company

Sean Kelly


Yakult was a very great experience and helped me get more knowledge on the operation management that happens in the business.

Josef Daniel O'Kelly-Goodrich


On the excursion to Yakult factory, we were able to observe the automated production lines used to produce the probiotic drink effectively and efficiently. It was evident that the use of robotics and machinery sped up the manufacturing process while minimising human labour cost. The excursion reflected the area of study we were currently studying, Operations Management, and provided us with a real life, practical demonstration. Yakult's friendly and knowledgeable education coordinators took us on a tour of the factory and even gave each of us a Yakult bottle.

Camille Dubois


Our excursion was useful in terms of understanding all the theory we have done in class. However, I reckon we should have gone before the SAC as this excursion would have helped me much more to answering the questions. However, the tour around the factory helped me understand concepts that I did not get before, and therefore my mark will be improved on my part 2 SAC.

Eleni Kanara


The visit to Yakult provided me with insight on the inner workings of a manufacturing business. The excursion outlined the steps taken to transform raw materials into tangible products that are accessible to a wide population. With this information, I now have a clearer understanding of operations management and the processes from input to output.

Georgia Massey


This excursion gave me a lot of understanding about operation management especially about automated production lines. Everything in the excursion was great, people are friendly, and the product taste fantastic.

Hungthinh (Tony) Nguyen


The Yakult excursion the other day was an interesting and enjoyable experience. I really enjoyed learning about the the processes the business goes through to package their product and knowing what ingredients are incorporated in the product. The tour guides gave a great tour of the factory and I really enjoyed looking around the factory and seeing how all the machines work.

Eliza Miller


I liked the Yakult excursion. It was way better than learning operation management compared to reading the text book.

Hayato Serag


The Yakult excursion was a very good source of learning as it was a lot more beneficial and straight forward to understand the concepts of inputs, processes and outputs as I could easily distinguish each stage of the production when I see it physically in front of me.

Paris Arzanas​​​​​​​


Yakult was a valuable experience, which really helped me understand operations management, inputs, process and outputs as well as the gained understanding of how manufacturing business works.

Elya Tal

English News

Meeting Individual Needs: the Independent Reading Program

Our Independent Reading Program continues to provide students with opportunities to read widely and develop a range of skills.  Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 have a period each week devoted to independent reading and we encourage students to select texts that enable them to extend their interests and abilities.  Students read at an instructional level, where there is an effective balance between the familiar and the unfamiliar.  Teachers support the process in various ways, such as conducting reading conferences, keeping records of student choice and progress, and setting time for students to write structured reflections in their journals.  These reflections focus on reading strategies such as questioning, making inferences, summarising, making connections and analysing author craft.

The Independent Reading Program allows us to meet the needs of all students and to promote what remains a key skill, for education and for life.


Dictionary use may not be the most interesting aspect of English but it is worth a quick mention.

Students often prefer to use electronic dictionaries but I would like to remind students and parents of the importance of print dictionaries. 


We put a print dictionary on the booklist every year and students do need to bring them to classes and to exams.  As only print dictionaries are allowed in exams, students need to develop the habit of using them efficiently and effectively.

EAL students also need to buy and bring to class a bilingual dictionary.


Cristina Presa

Head of English/EAL

Year 7B: Mixing Plato with The Giver

Year 7B English students are challenging themselves to reimagine The Giver with Plato’s metaphysical and epistemic ideas. Students are beginning to unpack Plato’s Myth of the Cave and draw the complex visual of his account of reality and knowledge. Students will also add The Simile of the Divided Line to expand their Classical knowledge in contrast to their previous studies of Homer’s poetry. The philosophical investigation will allow students to develop a critical lens when studying contemporary literature.


Deborah Cordingley

Year 7B English teacher



Harshitha (7B) collects a writing accolade

Congratulations to Harshitha Meenakshisundaram (Year 7B) for being placed in the top 15 place-getters for the Queenscliffe Literary Festival Secondary School Writing Prize. As part of her prize, she attended a performance poetry workshop with world-renowned performance poet Emilie Zoey Baker on Sunday 26th May at Queenscliff Neighbourhood House.  Harshitha will be sharing some new writing strategies she learned from Emilie with her class in term 3. It is so exciting to have a successful author amongst the Year 7 cohort and we look forward to her next story.


Deborah Cordingley

Year 7B English teacher



Year 10 World of Business

Australian Tax Office (ATO) Incursion 

On Monday 3rd June 2019, Year 10 World of Business students had the excellent opportunity of an incursion hosted by Australian Tax Office.


This School Education Program helps students to understand the importance of Tax and Super (in their core unit on Consumer and Financial Literacy) to become informed citizens of society, by teaching the topics in an engaging way.


The purpose of this program is to provide a chance for students to extend their subject knowledge of Tax and Super in Australia.


The following are the topics that were discussed during this presentation:

  1. An introduction to the tax and super systems
  2. Why you need a tax file number (TFN) – How to get one
  3. Information on tax and HECS/HELP scheme, when preparing to enter the workforce or study
  4. Understanding tax brackets and how to lodge tax returns
  5. What type of information the ATO wants from  businesses in Australia
  6. Taxable deductions in businesses
  7. Cash economy in the country
  8. How to spot if there is a SCAM under the name of ATO, what strategies can be used to avoid such scams
  9. An overview of superannuation.


It was a very informative presentation with PowerPoints and videos to engage the students. It was very nice to see our students asking the presenter many questions about how they can prepare themselves for future jobs as well as about working for the ATO in the future.


The students and staff who attended this event found the incursion to be an invaluable learning activity.


Parminder Kaur

Business Management and Mathematics Teacher

Launching a NEW Israeli culture program @ GEC

Sabra - Israeli culture program

Glen Eira College will be offering Hebrew as a school language program option, to Year 7 students in 2020.


For students currently at GEC we are proposing a new Israeli Culture program at GEC after school - Sabra.


We are now calling for registration for Sabra to begin in term 3.


Taught by trained UJEB teachers, Sabra will be open to students of years 7-10 and will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm . The cost is $200 per term, including light refreshments.


Sabra - Israeli culture program - course outline

Meeting weekly students will learn basic conversational  and experience Israeli culture through interactive activities, modern Israeli music and movies. 


Students will learn about current affairs, Israeli personalities, geographic features, sport, school students in Israel, the cultural melting pot, Israeli minorities, peace process basics, Israeli food and much more. Conversational Hebrew will focus on vocabulary, focusing on situations they will find themselves in while travelling in Israel. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ordering food in a restaurant

Getting around on public transport

Shopping at the mall

Meeting the family

Street signs and maps


The Israeli culture program prepares students for a more personal and connected experience when they visit Israel.


Registration of interest is now open:


Itzik Sztokman

UJEB Executive Director 

Staff Development Desk

Staff Professional Day

All staff, including our teachers and support staff, participated in a Staff Professional Development Day on Thursday 9th May. During the first part of the morning, teachers had the opportunity to attend various workshops. The choices were Differentiating for EAL students (English as an Additional Language), Student Voice and Agency, Literacy Strategies, Student Management Strategies, Success Criteria, Using the CAS calculator and Peer-Observation feedback sessions.


The rest of the day was dedicated to Cultural Understanding and Safety Training (CUST) training. We had two Koorie Engagement Support Officers (KESOs) visit us from the Department of Education who led the staff into some very interesting discussions and reflections on how we ensure that our school is a welcoming place for indigenous people and is delivering a curriculum, which integrates cultural understanding. The professional learning session assisted staff in developing their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Culture.


Some domain areas at the school have already started using the resources available from the department to devise learning activities for students. We can also find the Indigenous Australia Map in all classrooms now.

CUST (Cultural Understanding and Safety) Committee

A CUST committee consisting of our KESO, John Murray (Koorie Engagement Support Officer), leadership staff, teachers and education support staff has started at the school. We had our first meeting on 30th May and we looked at our “Building our Community and Identity Policy" . John explained his role in schools and discussed the importance of creating a safe space for Aboriginal people. He also stressed on the fact of letting the local people know what we are doing is very important. Anything that we do here of cultural significance should go to land council.

Parent nominations to join the CUST Committee

We are looking for parents to join our CUST committee. The committee will play an important part in raising awareness and ensuring our indigenous related activities are respectful and appropriate. This committee is to help take the school on a journey of discovery, to engage and learn together.


If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Assistant Principal Mr Nick Hamer-Smith on 9571 7838.


Loveena Narayanen

Learning Specialist Staff Development & French Teacher

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.

Parent Payments

The College is committed to providing the broadest possible educational opportunities to prepare our students for life-long learning and success in their chosen field. Most funding for the College comes from the Government. However the amount allocated is insufficient for us to provide the type of education expected by the College community and required in today’s complex world.  Thus we seek parent support with regards to the payment of the Consumable Materials and Service charges. These are used during the school year for the direct and immediate benefit of each student. Monthly statements are sent out to families where there are outstanding fees.


Parents may make payments in instalments, and are provided with several methods of making payment including, cash, cheque, BPay, EFTPOS, Centrepay and XUNO Events. Parents experiencing financial hardship are able to enter into confidential payment arrangements by contacting the nominated parent payment contact person, the School Business Manager (Gabrielle Darvell) on 9571 7838 or

XUNO – APP available for all platforms

The new look XUNO APP has been launched and we encourage you to start using it. Download the APP from the Apple store or the Google Play Store.


You can login using your XUNO login details and use the school code f3ci5b.



Please send through any feedback on

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.  

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2019.


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


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

Woolworths Earn & Learn

We've been busily collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn stickers to help get some new equipment for the school. A big thank you to all the parents, students and staff who've been collecting for us.



Woolworths Earn & Learn finishes on the 25th of June, which means that we only have a short time left. So if you shop at Woolworths, please don't forget to pick up the stickers and place them in the collection box at the General Office before the end of term.


Gabrielle Darvell

Business Manager


Glen Eira Parents Association Meetings

  • Saturday 20 July Aaron & Co Café 11 am 572 Glen Huntly Road west of Kooyong Rd
  • Thursday 15 August Anabella Pizza and Pasta, 1141 Glenhuntly Rd just west of Glen Huntly Station, 7.30 for meeting and coffee or dessert or come from 6.30 to share a meal first
  • Saturday 31 August 11 am – location to be confirmed
  • movie night September 15th tbc
  • Thursday 10 October Anabella Pizza and Pasta, 1141 Glenhuntly Rd just west of Glen Huntly Station, 7.30 for meeting and coffee or dessert or come from 6.30 to share a meal firs
  • GECPA end of year dinner Thursday 14 November Theio Theo Greek restaurant  5 Waverley Rd Malvern East

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)

Co-convenors Eliza and Jelena

Supper at GEC Musical Production 

Tuesday 30 July, Wednesday 31 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?

2nd Hand uniform stall  

Thursday 22 August evening with Parent teacher interviews - helpers and donations needed

GECPA is planning a sale of second hand uniforms as a service for families and fundraiser for the school. Please donate your unwanted uniform items to the office by Friday 9th August. 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).

Welcome to next year’s Year 7 families - Wednesday 4th September 4.15pm

Welcome to Year 7 families  for 2020 – it would be great if some current school parents from the GECPA could be there to give a friendly welcome at this school event.

Recycling and Sustainability at GEC

GECPA is keen to improve GEC eco-sustainability and discuss ideas for recycling and other sustainability initiatives – let GECPA or the school know if you have ideas and can help.

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.

Port Phillip Library School Holiday Program

Monday 1st – Friday 12 July


  • Illustration Competition
  • 1 Hour of code STEAM activity- Learn how to code games, apps and more. This website offers fun games that teach you how to code. Try it for an hour and see where it takes you. FREE Ages 3 - 100 Years
  • Kanopy Kids FREE Ages 3 - 18 Years Kanopy kids is a dedicated kids channel with hundred of curated shows for kids and families to enjoy. Stream shows to your phone, tablet, laptop or smart TV

#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

Bike rides on Djerring Trail, skyrail trail near Glen Eira College

Glen Eira Bicycle Users Group Community rides

Sunday morning June 30th from Carnegie to Yarraman station and then via Paterson River to lunch at Carrum and train back. Mostly on bike trails but some road riding.

Sunday 21 July Glen Eira – Yarra- Bay-return-  mostly on bike trails but some road riding

Start Start 9am sharp Dudley St, Caulfield East Reserve, Djerring skyrail trail. Lunch at St Kilda Beach café Bicycle Network members especially welcome.

RSVP Cathy 0412 119 807


Cathy McNaughton


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