Oakleigh Grammar News 

04 August 2017
Issue Seven
From the Principal
Deputy Principal
Important Dates & Notices
Inaugural Business Breakfast
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
The Leader In Me
The Arrowsmith Program
The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar
Faculty News
Parents' Association
Community Board
Oakleigh Grammar
77-81 Willesden Road
Oakleigh, Victoria, 3166

From the Principal




I trust that all members of our school community enjoyed the recent holiday break. I extend a warm welcome to all of our new students, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff who have joined us at the commencement of this term.


We also welcome our new international and short term study students who contribute to the richness and diversity of our school.


At the commencement of each term our staff come together for professional development for our strategic initiatives.


Our students enjoyed access to their newly refurbished Library, Junior School toilet block and Modular Classroom. We are currently awaiting delivery of the second modular classroom which will be earmarked for performing arts.


I wish to remind all parents, guardians and grandparents that it is an offence to smoke within the vicinity of a school. In addition, due to the congestion at pick up time in particular, I request all parents to be mindful of parking restrictions, road speed and comply with one way traffic restrictions on Clapham Road.


Our Cyber Safety initiatives have been well received by parents and students, and I encourage all parents to discuss safe and appropriate use of social media.


Annual Report 2016

The 2016 Annual Report can be viewed on our website under the '2017 Tab'.


I look forward to a productive, rewarding and enjoyable Term 3.

Deputy Principal


Deputy Principal


Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety

Over the past few months, the School has had a renewed focus on Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety.

Teachers in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools plus Oakleigh Grammar parents, have taken part in workshops led by Irene Anderson from the ISV (Independent Schools Victoria) and Dean Damatopoulos our eLearning Coordinator. Here the aim has been for all of us to develop the skills to support our children to become good digital citizens, and be cyber safety conscious.

Currently our children have access to an enormous amount of information via the internet. In the words of Mitchell Kapor, a pioneer of the personal computing industry, “getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant”. Access to information has never been easier e.g. blogs, social network sites, You Tube, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. but sifting through it has never been harder.

Digital technology is radically changing the way education is delivered, and the way students learn both in and outside the classroom. Our children are embracing these new ways of learning e.g. global classroom, flipped classroom, online learning, mobile learning, blended learning, eBooks, iBooks, etc.

The digital environment has created some new issues of ethics in regards to ownership, copyright and plagiarism. It is important for schools to manage online ethics without restricting the creativity and information flow of the shared learning environment.

We want our students to become good digital citizens who appreciate the need to self-monitor their habits, in order to sustain and improve the digital communities which they enjoy and depend on. Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and supportive environment for all their students where the risk of cyber harm is minimised. At Oakleigh Grammar, Cyber Safety is addressed as part of a planned whole school approach where policies and procedures have been put in place to help ensure a child safe environment.

Our parent community engaged in a successful workshop on Monday 31 July that provided them with various practical strategies to monitor their children in the Cyber World. The session also allowed parents to share information and concerns regarding the Digital World, which assists us as a school to tailor further sessions to suit the needs of parents and their children.

A common thread in the discussion was ‘how to limit device use at home.’ We explored several resources particularly the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and faithandsafety.org. Although the Digital World can be overwhelming, it is important we work together as a community to address these important issues. We are here to support each other to ensure that our children have a positive experience and leave a positive footprint in the Digital World. We look forward to hosting more workshops in the near future.

Peter Cummins and Dean Damatopoulos

Important Dates & Notices

School Safety Tips

The following is an excerpt from the July 2017 Monash Bulletin:


A parent or carer is often the first role model for children to learn about being safe and travelling to and from school.


However, sometimes parents or carers rushing to drop children off can make poor decisions that compromise the safety of their child and other children.


Whether you're a parent or carer walking, driving, cycling or as a passenger in a vehicle, remember who is watching you and learning from your behaviour.


Some key tips include:

  • Try to stay calm particularly when driving and always allow enough time to avoid rushing
  • Always obey reduced speed limits around schools
  • Take extra care to be alert and on the lookout for children (they can be unpredictable) when you drive or park near a school
  • Obey parking restriction signs, keep clear of school crossings and never double park. Don't overstay the drop-off / pick-up short term parking areas
  • Parking is not allowed within 20 metres of the approach side and 10 metres of the departure side of a school crossing. Parking in this space makes it difficult and dangerous for children and the crossing supervisor to get a clear view of the road and any approaching vehicles
  • When you drive to school, get your children into the habit of using the kerbside doors, away from traffic
  • Try parking a few streets away from the school and walking the rest of the way. This helps reduce the traffic around the school
  • When walking to school, where there is a school crossing, use it! Crossing the road anywhere else creates a risk and sends the wrong message to your child.

Absentee Line

The Absentee Phone Line and e-mail address can be used by parents to report student absences promptly and conveniently.  


Simply phone the line and state your child's name, year level, estimated duration of and reason for absence after the tone. 


Your message will be sent directly to Student Services so that your child's absence can be recorded. Reports of absences WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED via any other means other than those listed below.


Absentee Line: 03 8554 0050

Email: [email protected]

Skoolbag: Select 'eForms' then 'Absentee Form'.

Leaving us in 2017?

Remember - one terms notice is required in writing to the Admissions Office if your child is not returning to Oakleigh Grammar.


For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team to discuss on (03) 8554 0014 or [email protected]

Greek Independence Day March - Professional Photo for Sale

Professional Photographer and parent of the school Peter Psarros of Smile for Peter Photography took these stunning photos at the Greek Independence Day March on the 25th of March 2017, and is selling the photos in poster form (850mm x 390mm).


Option 1

Option 2

You can purchase the posters for $50 each, and Peter is generously donating all profits to the school.


To purchase a copy, please email Zoe Taylor, Marketing Officer:

[email protected]

indicating which option you would like to order. 


(Note: if you would like the poster framed, please indicate this in your email for more information on this pricing).

Parking Courtesy

Please be mindful of our neighbours when parking your car at drop-off and / or pick-up times. We understand that parking is limited in the area, especially at this time, however please avoid parking across or partially blocking residents' driveways.


Please do not double park cars at any time - a number of staff and community members have been blocked in many times and this is should be avoided.


Please also be mindful of pedestrians in the area. It is a 40KM/HR zone at all times, and there is a lot of foot traffic around the school, presenting a number of hazards to be aware of. Safety first!


We thank you for your cooperation.

Save the Date - Junior School Musical

Save the Date: Wednesday 20 September
Location: Drum Theatre, Dandenong


Stay tuned for more information!

Lost Property

Please check your child’s school uniform to ensure they have not accidentally taken a peer’s blazer / sport jacket / etc. home with them by mistake.


Please also ensure all of your children’s uniforms are clearly named to ensure the correct uniform is returned to them if found in the playground or taken to lost property at the front office.

Update Your Email Address

A reminder to families to please ensure that you are not missing out on important information for your child/children and please ensure your email contact details are current as all correspondence from the School is via Email, Parent Paperwork and Skoolbag .


As of Term 2, 2017, we are no longer providing hard copies of electronic correspondence.


Please update your email address with our Admissions Team, via [email protected]


Please check your spam folder. If you find any emails from us, make sure you mark them as 'not spam' or 'trusted' to ensure they are delivered directly to your inbox.

Oakleigh Grammar Business Directory

We are proud to announce the launch of the official Oakleigh Grammar Business Directory. Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, staff members and past students are invited to list their business on the directory! Head to http://businessdirectory.oakleighgrammar.vic.edu.au for more information and to list your business.


Conference Centre & Arrowsmith Centre Venue Hire

We are now accepting external hires of our Conference Centre & Arrowsmith Centre.


If you would like to make a booking, or obtain more information, please contact

Miss Zoe Taylor, Marketing Officer on (03) 8554 0001 during school hours or on 0449 863 622 after hours to leave a message or via email at 

[email protected]


Check out our website:



You can also find us on Facebook:


and Instagram: @ogconferencecentre.

School Mobile App

Download our ‘Skoolbag’ App to stay informed!


We send push notifications straight to your phone regarding news, events and updates.


You can also report absences easily and conveniently using the app.


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Places Filling Fast

Places are filling fast for Prep, Year 7 and Year 9 for 2018.


If you or a family member are interested in enrolling your child in these year levels, please contact our Admissions team as soon as possible on (03) 8554 0014 or via email to [email protected]

Inaugural Business Breakfast

On Thursday 22 June 2017 we hosted our inaugural Business Breakfast for 150 local business owners in the Oakleigh community. An idea that came to fruition thanks to our Business Network Committee and plenty of hard work.


Guest speakers Helen Kapalos and Alan Rich were both warmly received by the room, and presented their business ethos’ much to the gratitude of their business minded alumni.


The event ran from 7-9am and included a fully catered hot breakfast from generous sponsors, Vogue Ballroom, who donated their time and efforts.


Rob Keoylian, a member of our Parents Association, was a terrific MC, and led the breakfast from beginning to end without a hitch.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who helped shape the morning, and look forward to seeing you all next year!


Senior School

Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School


Welcome back to Term 3. It will be of no surprise to learn Senior School will again be busy with learning and assessment. The Senior School is called the “business end of the school” and this is our core business which commences the minute students enter Year 10. Year 12 students will complete their last unit of VCE study this term and commence their final preparations for life after Oakleigh Grammar, which may or may not include the external examinations in November; while students in Years 10 and 11 continue to develop the necessary skills and understanding of the VCE.

Year 12 Formal

On Thursday 28 June, both staff and students came together to enjoy the Year 12 Formal held again this year at Fenix in Richmond. The venue overlooks the Yarra River and despite the threat of rain, proved to be the perfect back drop for a very enjoyable evening.


Year 10 New Zealand Ski Trip   

A group of 22 students accompanied by Elise Zijai and Senior School Home Group teachers, Manoj Patel and Sharon Cheung travelled to Mt Hutt in New Zealand at the end of Term 2. Students participated in ski lessons every day to ensure they had the required skill set before attempting the beginner slopes of Mt Hutt. Side excursions to Christchurch and Rakaia Gorge for a Jet Boat discovery ride gave all an opportunity to learn more about the area.


Year 11 2018 VCE Information Evening

Thank you to all parents and guardians who attended the evening. As mentioned at the presentation, students will be interviewed after the submission of their subject selection form to ensure their choices are in line with, not only their intended career area, but also with their academic strengths.

The choice of subjects for VCE is important and counselling is key to ensure appropriate choice as well as successful outcomes at the end of Year 12. Should you have been unable to attend please ensure your child has seen the Head of Senior School to collect their ‘showbag’ as soon as possible. I encourage parents to contact me should you have any concerns or questions about the process.


Keys Please

Run by VicRoads, this presentation was included in the Year 10 Careers Program. For parents who are just commencing the ‘Learn to Drive’ experience with their child, this course is designed to provide valuable information about the process and, more importantly, explains the role of supervisors and how to make their experience in this role enjoyable and meaningful for both parties. Please ask your child to share what they learnt.



Year 10 Careers Program

Year 10 students were taken off their normal class schedule to participate in a three day Careers Program during Week 2. During this time, valuable skills in resume writing and grooming were discussed and assessed so that on Wednesday July 26, they could attend interviews from potential employers, Toys R Us and McDonalds, dressed to impress. Students also completed the required [email protected] certificate for possible work experience placement later in the year, and a recognised CPR certificate course. Lastly, students were able to learn more about alternate pathways for the completion of their VCE studies from VET providers before attending the Senior School Careers Expo.



One of the best parts of my job is being able to recognise the outstanding achievements of our students. I am very pleased to share with you the brilliant news passed onto me by one of our Year 12 students recently. During the recent term break, Nicole Papazois auditioned for the prestigious dance school, the Ministry of Dance, a tertiary institution run by Jason Coleman, one of the judges on So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

Nicole is a highly talented dancer who has undertaken studies in both VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance and is planning to pursue a career in this area. Nicole was offered and has accepted a place in the school for 2018 following the first-round auditions, a testament to her talent and dedication. Congratulations and well-done Nicole; we are all very proud of you.

Middle School

Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School


Welcome back to Term 3 to all our Middle School students and families. The Oakleigh Grammar Middle School continues to grow and this term we have welcomed 9 new students to the Middle School, including 1 returning student.


It is fantastic to see that the reputation of the School continues to flourish in the community and more families are looking to the School for their children’s education.


On behalf of the school community I would like to formally welcome our new families to the school. I am sure you will be made to feel very welcome.


Term 3 has begun at a hectic pace with many events already undertaken to report upon and celebrate.


Parent Workshops

The Middle School have held two parent information evening/workshops over the last few weeks with a number of parents taking advantage of the opportunity to hear from experts in the field on matters pertaining to parenting in the 21st century. Both information sessions were enlightening and extremely well received by those in attendance.


Teenage Sleep

The first session, held on Tuesday 25th July, was a Sleep Workshop held by Monash University’s Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory. During the evening the presenters informed parents on the importance of sleep to the physical, emotional and intellectual development of children and teenagers. They also provided advice on creating a healthy sleep environment for teenagers.


Three pointers to promoting good sleep discussed were;

  • Have a buffer zone of 1-2 hours between any stimulating evening activities and going to bed. Ensure you turn off computers and similar electronic devices. Their light suppresses a hormone, melatonin, that helps you sleep.
  • Remove all devices from the bedroom at night. Phones and devices should be charged overnight outside the bedroom. Even having the device nearby, has been shown through research, to increase anxiety and effect sleep.
  • Maintain a regular sleep pattern, Go to sleep and wake at the same time each day/night.

If you would like an information pack from the session, please email [email protected], and one will be forwarded to you.


Cyber Safety

Monday 31 July, Mr Dean Damatopoulos co-hosted an information session on Cyber Safety with Irene Anderson from Independent Schools Victoria. The session provided practical strategies to help parents promote safe internet use and how to be aware of the digital footprint they leave. Again the session was extremely well received and additional forums are in planning.

Be sure to look out further opportunities offered by the School to support you in the most important job in the world – parenting!


International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science Competition

Last term, over 30 Middle School students undertook the ICAS Science Competition.  Over one million students sit for ICAS from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually.  In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.


Congratulations to all students who participated and a special mention to the students (including Junior School students) listed below, who achieved exceptional results.


Distinction (top 10% of all entrants)

Year 8: Saanya Bahtia

Peter Karkanis

Hamohit Singh (top 2%)

Thomas Woodfield (top 2%)


Credit (next top 20% of all entrants)

Year 4: Mary Alexopoulos, Alexander Korlos

Year 5: Michael Nicolaou, Theofilo Romanidis, Charlotte Woodfield

Year 6: Lazar Licina, Noah Peoples

Year 7: Grace Bugg, Jonathan Daoulas, Hugo Vu

Year 8: Mitchell Rocks, Bruce Chen

Year 9 Health and Well-Being

This week the Year 9 and 10 students came together to undertake workshops to investigate issues surrounding resilience and self-esteem. The Girls' workshops were run by Enlighten Education and the Boys' were organised by Goodfellas.


Both sessions were well received by the students and all appeared to walk a little taller on the way out!


Many thanks to the 9Ways staff and Mrs Tsiagalos for her organisation of the day.


Iliana Nicoloau Performance

Our Music students continue to impress! At this week’s Middle and Senior School assembly, Year 7 student Iliana Nicoloau entertained the audience with a wonderful rendition of John Lennon’s “Let it Be”.  As we all know, public performance takes a great deal of courage, and to do it well also takes a great deal of talent. Congratulations go to Iliana for demonstrating plenty of both.


Art Week

Next Week is Art week across the School with an abundance of activities on offer for Middle School students to get involved in the fun.

Activities include;

  • Monday - Karaoke
  • Tuesday - Theatre Sports
  • Wednesday – Paper Craft
  • Thursday – Create your own Ninja Stars
  • Friday – Dance and Drama Workshop, Puzzle Mural Creation and the Annual OG Has Talent Show!

It will be great to see all students involved during the week.

Stasi Georgakopoulos

Earlier this year, our budding Year 7 soccer star, Stasi Georgakopoulos, ventured to Dubai to represent Australia. Over a period of five days, Stasi played against a variety of Spanish Soccer teams, and other teams from around the world.

Stasi played against all teams and received positive feedback from other coaches. His hard work, discipline and application resulted in him being selected to do pre-season training in Spain for three weeks, with the Celta De Vigo team.


This is indeed an honour for this young and talented student. The Oakleigh Grammar School Community wish him all the very best in Spain. Whatever the outcome, Stasi’s achievement at an international level is testament to his commitment and work ethic. We look forward to sharing his experiences with you upon his return.


Upcoming events

Arts Week – Next week, all week!

9Ways City Experience – Tuning in – Wednesday – Thursday 6 & 7th September

Year 6 – 11 Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 7th September, 4 – 6pm.

Year 6 – 11 Parent Teacher Interviews - Tuesday 12th September, 4 – 8pm.

Year 7 Camp – Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th September

Year 8 Camp – Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September

9Ways City Experience– Monday 18th – Friday 22nd September

Junior School

Head of Junior School


Head of Junior School


Welcome back to Term 3 - I hope all families had a safe and relaxing break.  This Term is an exciting term of curriculum events, as well as this, it's when children are refreshed and can set goals based on their school reports. Encourage your child to discuss their goals with their teacher and you, and please assist where possible at home with these individual learning targets.



The weather is definitely cooler and while many have a spring in their step after the holidays, I would like to issue a reminder. “Students are expected to arrive by 8.40am so that they may be able to commence the day’s activities at 8.45am.”  This is important for a variety of reasons, two of which include; when students arrive prior to the bell they have an opportunity to socialise with their peers and build relationships. They can therefore enter the classroom with confidence and a readiness to settle to tasks. The second reason being that in the Junior School, the designated two-hour literacy block is utilised to the fullest with instruction beginning as soon as the morning routines are completed, which is usually by 8.50am. 


Students arriving after this time miss learning time while organising their belongings and then settling into the task. This can also be disruptive for the students who are involved in the lessons taking place. If students arrive at school after 8:45am, parents are asked to sign them in at the office, as rolls have been taken by this time. 


Thank you so much to the parents who have been respecting our wishes and remaining out of the corridors and classrooms of a morning and afternoon. Parents are required to say goodbye at the entrance and wait for their child/children at their exit door please. If you are inside the classrooms you need to have signed in as a parent helper and must display a visitor’s badge. If you would like to assist in the classroom, we welcome your support. Parent helpers require a working with Children Check, and this card must be provided to reception.


Please remember to complete the Student Temporary Absence Form if you are taking your children out of school during term dates. Oakleigh Grammar does not support removing students from class time or during term dates for family holidays, this must be put in writing to the school. 


Reading - Talking to Teachers

If you have concerns about your child’s reading, talk to the teacher first. Working with your child’s teacher is vital if your child is experiencing difficulties. The school will identify your child’s strengths and reading needs so that the most appropriate help can be put in place. The school may bring in other people to decide if your child needs additional support, such as a specialist teacher or student support opportunities.


Schools encourage parents to tell them about any concerns they might have by:

  • Identify reading and spelling abilities right from when your child first starts school using the transition statement worked out with your kindergarten
  • Regularly report and monitor reading progress
  • May provide access to specific literacy support for children not making expected progress by the end of the first year
  • Target the teaching in class to assist any children with reading difficulties

Start talking to your child’s teacher as soon as you have concerns about your child’s progress. The teacher may also approach you.  A conversation might include concerns about your child’s progress in reading, their attitude towards learning and their self-esteem; what you and the teacher have noticed and when it was noticed; what you and the teacher are doing to support the problems, e.g. teaching which concentrates on the reading difficulties, support in the classroom, or supportive home activities.


The information that the teacher can share with you also helps for a partnership with assessments and overviews of your child’s learning; specific difficulties your child is having and how they are being supported at school; your child’s strengths; and how you can help at home.


Features of a successful home-school partnership may look like this: reading difficulties are identified early; students are helped to make out the sounds in oral language, match sounds to letters, and learn the meaning of words; practical support is provided; activities and tasks that allow students with difficulties to recognise not only what they have difficulty with, but also their strengths – (a common strength among children is the ability to recognise images and to visualise).




The Junior School Athletics carnival was held on the 1st of August at Duncan McKinnon where the rain thankfully stayed away. It was a very successful day with all events running smoothly. The Sports and House Leaders did a wonderful job motivating competitors and house spirit. It was great to see all students cheering their team meets on during the individual events and races.


Back at school our Prep to Year 2 students completed a wide variety of novelty events and activities throughout the day which were thoroughly enjoyed. The events also added to the House totals. The Oakleigh Grammar Athletics team will be announced by Mr Greg Joyce before the Bentleigh Districts Athletics carnival, and parents will be notified.

A huge thank you Caroline Leach for the organisation of the carnival and the staff on their designated areas. We had great assistance from the Year 9 students throughout the day, and it was wonderful to see some parents supporting the children.


ELC Grandparents Day

On Monday 31 July and Wednesday 2 August, the ELC invited their grandparents and special friends to visit the school for the morning. Our guests were treated to a song with our Music teacher, dancing with our Dancing instructor in the Gym, visited the classrooms and shared a morning tea. The children were very proud to share their school and achievements with their loved ones.  It was wonderful to see so many people come along to share a morning with us. Read more


100 Days of School

The Prep students celebrated their 100th Day of School on Wednesday 2nd August. The students spent all week celebrating 100 by bringing 100 small, manageable items to school. There were many different items including 100 pieces of macaroni, 100 buttons, 100 sequins, 100 feathers, 100 pictures from a magazine, 100 acorns, balloons and 100 pegs.


The student’s imaginations ran wild and it was great seeing them comparing, counting, weighing and measuring their items in their classrooms throughout the week. 

The special celebration on the 100th day of school included a cake with 100 smarties, and both classes were presented with a 100 Days of School certificate and badges. Thank you to our Prep teachers for their organisation and fun activities.  Well done to our Preps on their first 100 days of School!


More stories on our latest news blog:

The Leader In Me


Leadership Facilitator


Leadership Day

The Junior School is a hive of activity as we plan and prepare for our wonderful annual Leadership Day. Students have been rehearsing songs and poems, displays look amazing and invitations have been given to the Senior Executive Leadership Team.

This year we have auditors from FranklinCovey attending, who will assess our journey towards receiving Lighthouse status as an exemplar school of leadership. Pretty exciting! It's been a rigorous  several months but we can all agree that that our Leader in Me journey has been authentic, exciting  and truly honours the unique potential we all have within.

Please attend our Leadership Day and celebrate with us on Thursday 24th August at 9.30am in our Conference and Assembly Centre. We look forward to seeing you there. Remember that seating is limited, so first in best dressed!

The Arrowsmith Program

Head of Arrowsmith

Head of the Arrowsmith Program


When beginning the Arrowsmith Program, parents often ask, “When can I expect to see changes in my child?” There is no definitive answer because the levels of neuroplasticity and cognitive deficits varies for each individual.


Sometimes the changes are subtle and only noticed by parents of the child. This is not surprising given the time and effort parents have invested in helping their child with their learning deficits.


As Arrowsmith teachers, we want to hear from parents about the changes they notice. It might be that children suddenly start enjoying reading chapter books, understand movie plots or express themselves verbally with confidence. Please contact us with your stories. Below are some examples of changes in Australian children completing the Arrowsmith Program.


Arti Yagnik is a warm, energetic-sounding mental health social worker in Sydney, and an individual, couple and family therapist. In 2013, she noticed her middle child, Niam, was having social and learning problems at school. "He was really struggling with maths and English," she recalls. "He didn't talk until he was three, so we'd already been through lots of speech pathology, occupational therapy, diet, everything. 

"At five, he was diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder" – a condition involving neurological difficulty in processing sound. "He couldn't sit still, or take in what was said; he was naughty and getting into trouble." Like Arrowsmith-Young, he also had terrible hand eye co-ordination, and a stutter.


In 2015, when Niam was 10, Yagnik took him to a summer intensive Arrowsmith Program in Vancouver. She'd become interested in the system after reading Arrowsmith-Young's book. There, Niam spent six weeks on the very first exercise Arrowsmith-Young developed for her own brain: the clock. 


In Vancouver, Arti Yagnik was thrilled by Niam's progress on the clock exercise. But bizarrely, this was the least surprising thing he seemed to learn. "He was doing things I just couldn't have imagined. At the end of two weeks, I could give him $10, send him to the shop for three things, and he could find the shop, get the things, and bring the right change back. I wouldn't even have trusted him to cross the road!" Niam now attends an Arrowsmith class in Sydney. "I really believe we need to address learning challenges with an integrative approach: the mind, brain and immune system," concludes Yagnik. "Arrowsmith was a crucial piece of the puzzle for our family."


Another Australian parent on the Vancouver intensive course, Perth civil servant Susie Beare*, had the same experience with her teenage son Jack*.  "At home, he hadn't wanted to finish year 10," she explains dryly. "We were spending $20,000 a year on private school, $100 a week on tutoring, plus extracurricular stuff."


Jack, also diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder, had a working memory on the eighth percentile. He, too, spent weeks on the clock exercise, and Beare, like Yagnik, noticed strange improvements. "Scrabble, and the movies. We came out and he said, 'That's the first time a movie wasn't like a maths lesson.'


Recently, parents of Arrowsmith students in Years 2-5 joined their children in completing cognitive exercises. It was great to see the students teaching their parents the exercises and the reasoning and thinking behind each one.


Bring a Buddy to Arrowsmith

Gerry is a strong-willed student, and a brilliant junior school leader who plays a pivotal role in the Arrowsmith program. Gerry discovered that there was a lot of chatter amongst his mainstream peers as to how Arrowsmith works, so he decided to take things into his own hands. Read more.

The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar



Monash Art Project

Last term four Year 6 Oakleigh Grammar students participated in a community art project as part of the visual arts curriculum.


Maria Patrikiou, Keerat Kaur, Stephen Pliatsikas and Georgiana Petridis worked alongside an artist on the school grounds, then went out to the Atkinson St car park to complete their installation using stencils on the concrete pillars to create murals.


The space provided came with an ‘Oasis’ theme brief, and was organised by Ms Dianne Nash who described the activity as, “an amazing collaborative and vibrant community arts project.”


Read all about it here.


The Show Must Go Wrong - Student Produced Performance


Faculty News

Careers News


Career Advisor



· ‘INSIDE MONASH’ – Aug 15th Music, 31st Education; 31st Science and Careers, Sept 5th Education; Register: www.monash.edu/inside-monash


· OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY - Careers Night on 17 Aug; [email protected]


· ‘ASPIRE’ applications are open at La Trobe University; close 31 August


Open Days

University and TAFE Open Days are now in action. Open Days are a great way to find out about campus facilities and courses, to hear course presentations, and meet staff and students. You need to attend to help you decide which institution best suits you. All Senior Students received an Open Day list, reminders are also in the bulletin and dates are also listed here: 


· AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY (ACU) – Sun 13 August (Melbourne); Sun 27 August (Ballarat)

· BOX HILL INSTITUTE – Sun 20 August (Lilydale); Sun 27 August (Box Hill)

· DEAKIN UNIVERSITY – Sun 6 August (Warrnambool); Sun 20 August (Geelong); Sun 27 August (Melbourne)

· FEDERATION UNIVERSITY – Sun 27 August (Ballarat, Berwick and Gippsland)

· THE GORDON (Geelong) – Sun 6 August

· HOLMESGLEN – Thursdays – book visit on-line

· KANGAN TAFE – Experience Days; see website

· LA TROBE UNIVERSITY – Sun 6 August (Melbourne); Sun 27 August (Bendigo)

· MELBOURNE POLYTECHNIC – Sat 19 August (Preston)

· MONASH UNIVERSITY – Sat 5 August (Peninsula); Sun 6 August (Caulfield and Clayton); Sun 20 August (Parkville – Pharmacy College)

· RMIT – Sun 13 Aug (City and Bundoora)

· UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE – Sun 20 August (Parkville)

· VICTORIA UNIVERSITY – Sun 20 August (Footscray)



How to get the most out of your Open Day visits

· Get an Open Day Guide from the Institution’s website before you attend Open Day: www.deakin.edu.au/openday www.openday.unimelb.edu.au


· Be there when relevant information sessions are scheduled

· Allow sufficient time for your visit; two hours or so would be advisable

· Speak to staff/students about courses which interest you - note your questions beforehand

· Collect information/brochures

· Ask about industry based learning (IBL) or work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities; these can assist with gaining employment, and are a feature of some courses and institutions. For example, some courses offer a 6 or 12-month paid work placement, often leading to a job  

· Ask about international study opportunities – an increasingly popular option

· Consider transport issues; is the campus accessible from where you will live? 

· Check out the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?

· Consider the facilities offered at each institution, particularly if you are considering a course where facilities available will be an important consideration (e.g. sporting, laboratories, etc.)

· Check out clubs and societies on offer at each campus

· Consider a rural campus - ATAR’s are often lower at rural campuses and they can offer other advantages (e.g. smaller classes).

· Accommodation is usually available on campus if you book early.


 NOTE: If you plan to apply for a course involving an interview/folio presentation/audition as part of the selection process, attendance at Open Day is A MUST! You might be asked what you learned at Open Day. This can be an awkward question to answer if you did not attend!


Year 12 News - When can I apply for courses for 2018?

A VTAC Information Session @ OG for ALL YEAR 12 STUDENTS regarding this and the procedures will be occurring shortly!


Applications are made on the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website with timely applications closing on Sept 28 (5pm) (see www.vtac.edu.au). You will be able to apply for up to eight courses, placing them in the order you most want them. Application interviews with Mrs. Mascaro will be available to assist you. The cost of timely applications is $35.00 (this increases greatly if you apply late). 


Download the VTAC App

This app enables easy access to course information for your course research. Just search for VTAC in the app store on your device it is free!.


Special Entry Access Scheme 

As we know, some circumstances can spoil a student’s academic achievement. Tertiary institutions are aware of this and offer alternative entry schemes taking into account short-term and long-term disadvantage. Most are offered through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) SPECIAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME (SEAS) application process.


Note: SEAS applications cannot be completed until you have made a VTAC course application. See: www.vtac.edu.au/applying/seas.html.


There are four SEAS categories:

Category 1: Personal information and location

Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background

Category 3: Disability or medical condition

Category 4: Difficult circumstances.


Applying for SEAS is only the first step. In addition to the application, some categories will require you to include an impact statement, and statement of support from a responsible person who can verify your claim. Applications open on 7th August and close on 10th October (5pm).


Scholarship Applications Through VTAC

Many institutions accept scholarship applications through the VTAC website. Applications open: 7th August; close 13th October (5pm). 


Monash University Guarantee and SEAS 

Monash operates two access schemes, the Monash Guarantee and the SEAS that can help you enter your preferred course, even if your ATAR is below the clearly-in ATAR. It is possible to be eligible for one or both schemes.


The Monash Guarantee can get you into a course even if you don’t reach the course’s clearly-in ATAR. You could be eligible if you have experienced financial disadvantage or if you are an Indigenous Australian (Note: the Monash Guarantee also applies to students who attend a Monash under-represented school). Every course has a Monash Guarantee ATAR. For Info: http://www.study.monash/how-to-apply/entry-schemes/the-monash-guarantee/monash-guarantee-atars.


Pathways Information evening at Monash

Students who are concerned about their ATAR and wish to explore alternative options to get their dream Monash course are encouraged to attend this evening.

When: 6.30-8pm, 23 August

Where: Level 3, Building K, Caulfield campus

See: http://www.monash.edu/information-evenings/pathways


University of Melbourne - Access Melbourne and Equity Programs

The University of Melbourne has a number of programs that are designed to increase the number of disadvantaged students enrolling at Melbourne. For details see: https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/access_melbourne_and_equity_programs








SRC Coordinator


Term 2 concluded with two big fundraisers raising money for good causes. On Tuesday 20th June, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and Junior School Social Justice Leaders held their annual Red Nose Day to raise funds for SIDS and Kids. SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood, and supporting bereaved families. All students came to school in comfortable casual clothes and wore an element of red to highlight the importance of this worthwhile organisation. Junior Students had the opportunity to buy a red nose for $3.00 and support the fundraiser. Our ELC students also took part in this event - they were excited to wear their red noses! We are proud to report that $1300 was raised by Oakleigh Grammar for this worthy cause.

On Tuesday 27 June, our Junior School and ELC students took part in our annual Crazy Hair Casual Day. Students came to school with a crazy hairstyle or wore a wig. Each student was asked to make a gold coin donation. We raised $400 and all money was donated to the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. Students and teachers had a lot of fun, and enjoyed coming to school with a different hairstyle!


Term 3 commenced with a number of meetings and discussions with our SRC members and Middle School Leaders on different topics in relation to our school community.


SRC members and Senior School Leaders represented our school on Sunday 23rd July at the Divine Liturgy at St Eustathios Church to commemorate those lost in the conflict in Cyprus in 1974.

On Friday 28th July, Year 10 SRC members organised the first fundraiser for Term 3. Students and teachers from ELC to Year 12 came to school sporting denim to raise funds for the annual Jeans for Genes Day cause. Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people wear their jeans and donate a gold coin to raise much-needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders. Students and staff enjoyed wearing their favourite pair of jeans. We are excited to announce that we raised $1226 for this worthy cause!

Congratulations to the whole school community for participating in all these events.



LOTE Teacher


Welcome to Term 3 in our LOTE Department! Another exciting term has started, and our students are fully involved in different LOTE activities.


During the last week of Term 2, a group of Year 1 students was selected to participate in the filming of a Greek cultural game for the ELLA program. The students and I had a lot of fun singing and dancing in Greek!


ELLA (Early Learning Languages Australian) is a fun, digital, play-based language learning program for children in kinder. The program, through fun applications (‘apps’), helps children to become more comfortable with different languages early in life so that they can stay engaged with learning languages in later years.


The apps have been specifically designed for preschool children, and come with a suite of support services such as a helpdesk, forum and newsletters.


ELLA is available free to all Australian preschools and we are looking forward to using the Greek program in our ELC when it is available.


Term 3 has started with a number of students participating in different competitions. Year 4 students currently are involved in a drawing competition for the Australian Hellenic Memorial. Year 5 students are taken part at the 8th Greek Student Competition of the history of the Pontian Hellenism. Year 7 and Year 10 students are working on the themes about the Greek Campaign of World War Two for the Australian Hellenic Memorial competition. Good luck to all students entering those competitions!

Chaplain's Corner


School Chaplain


Orthodox Christian August is a sacred month that brings with it a feeling of intensified reverence. It is a month of the Blessed Theotokos. For on the 15th of August the Orthodox Church celebrates one of the most solemn feasts related to the Mother of God, namely, her repose or falling asleep.


Special prayer services are held regularly during the first fifteen days of the month, the Small and Great Supplicatory (Paraklesis) service. It is a period of special fasting devoted prayer and confession similar to Great Lent.


In order to help parents explain the meaning of this sacred period to their children, we propose to deal with the following to questions:

1) What do we mean by falling asleep of Theotokos (Mary)?

2) Why as Orthodox Christians, do we regard her above all the saints as "more honourable than the Seraphim and more glorious that the Cherubim?"


In commemorating her saints, the church observes not the day of their birth, but rather the day of their death. The reason for this, of course, is our belief that for us the day of death is our real birthday. It marks our entry into the real sphere of existence, namely, eternal and incorruptible life.


And so it is for this reason that on the 15th of August we observe the falling asleep or the death of the Mother of God. We observe this feast joyfully because Christ our God has proved to us that death is not the end, but the beginning of life.

Why do we honour the Theotokos?

It was in the person of the Virgin Mary that humanity gave consent to the Word becoming flesh, to God becoming man and coming to dwell among us.


The Blessed Mother said yes to God. She said yes for all of us. And God came down to earth to live in our lives. Mary the Mother of God made this possible for us. As the first Eve led us away from God, the Second Eve (Mary) brought God to us.  Her yes was for herself and for us. She brought God to the world. We, too, can say yes to the Highest that may come to dwell in us so that we, in turn, may bring Him to our world today.


Do Orthodox Christians pray to the Theotokos?

We do not pray to the Theotokos Mary. We pray only to God. We ask Mary and the saints to pray for us. We ask them to pray for us much as we would ask living friends to pray for us. The Theotokos and saints are living and they are friends as members with us of the same family of God (Body of Christ). Thus we are encouraged to ask for their prayer support. They pray with us to the Trinity.


Was Mary's body taken up to Heaven?

Although it is not a dogma (official teaching), the Orthodox Church believes that upon death, Mary's body was translated to heaven, just as was Elijah (2 Kings 2:11).  Like her Son, Mary underwent physical death of body, like His, was afterwards raised from the dead and taken up into heaven in body as well as soul. The resurrection of the body which all Christians await, has in her case been anticipated and is already an accomplished fact.


May we all have blessed journey in the following 15 days of Lent of the Dormition of the Theotokos. A time to reflect, to pray and fast and confess. May the Mother of our God shelter and protect our school, staff, teachers, students, parents, families, friends, and all the world! God bless!



Thursday 10 August

Service for our parents of our school after drop off.  9.15am -9.45am Small Supplicatory (Paraklesis) Service of the Theotokos in English at Sts. Anargiri church. Come along to ask the Virgin Mary to pray for our children, family members friends etc. for strength, health and peace in the world. Coffee/tea refreshments will be provided behind at our church hall.


Friday  11 August

Small Supplicatory (Paraklesis) Service in English Prep-Year 10


More information about the Supplicatory service of the Holy Virgin Mary


Service booklet in English



Hymns of Small Supplicatory Service in English



Most Holy Theotokos save us!

Υπεραγία Θεοτόκε σώσον ημάς!

Καλό Δεκαπενταύγουστο!

Learning Enhancement


Head of Learning Enhancement



In Term 3 Chess Ideas will continue to provide professional coaching in chess every Monday Lunchtime from Monday 24th July to Monday 18th September.


Chess helps develop critical thinking skills in children such as lateral thinking, concentration, problem solving and decision making to name a few. Most importantly, it’s FUN!


At the start of each session, children learn a new strategy, idea or skill. Then these skills are put into practise with activities, supervised games and individual coach feedback.


Coaching will cost $117 for 9 sessions at $13 per session.


If you would like your child to participate in the Chess Ideas coaching sessions then either:

  • complete the registration form in the link/attachment and submit the form to your child’s class teacher; or
  • email Joanne at [email protected] with your child’s registration details; or
  • send your child’s form to Chess Ideas at [email protected]



Head of Science


International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competitions for Science.

This year, students in Years 4 to 9 were given the opportunity to participate in the 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competitions for Science. Over one million students sit for ICAS from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually.  In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

This year we are pleased to announce that the following students received the following awards:


Distinction (top 10% of all entrants)

Year 8: Saanya Bahtia

Peter Karkanis

Hamohit Singh (top 2%)

Thomas Woodfield (top 2%)


Credit (next top 20% of all entrants)

Year 4: Mary Alexopoulos, Alexander Korlos

Year 5: Michael Nicolaou, Theofilo Romanidis, Charlotte Woodfield

Year 6: Lazar Licina, Noah Peoples

Year 7: Grace Bugg, Jonathan Daoulas, Hugo Vu

Year 8: Mitchell Rocks, Bruce Chen

Congratulations to all participating students. All students will receive a certificate and an individual student report indicating which questions they answered correctly, their total score, as well as their average compared with the rest of the students in the state/region. The student report is also useful for highlighting student strengths and weaknesses in the skills and processes in the ICAS in which they participate. These documents are suitable for your child to include in a portfolio. 

Parents' Association


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Staying warm with a hot souvlaki

On Thursday 27 July, many alumni students from various graduating years joined our current staff for a delicious hot souvlaki at twilight!


The evening provided an excellent opportunity for our past students to re-connect with old staff and peers, catch up on what they have been up to, and reminisce about their fond memories of our school.


It was great to see so many familiar faces from the past and hear how much progress they have made since graduating. Many are parents now, and their children attend Oakleigh Grammar.


We hope to stay connected with these students for many years to come!


Community Board




Oakleigh Grammar News 
EEE Oakleigh Grammar PS Term 3 2017.pdf