It has been a pleasure to welcome all students, parents and staff particularly those new to our school community this year. I have been pleased to attend Information Nights in all sections of the School as well as induction gatherings of our new staff and students.
I congratulate our Graduating Class of 2016 on their VCE results and it was rewarding to see some of our students return to our school to thank their teachers last week. The Dux of our School was Michaela Takos and I am happy to report that the majority of our students received their first preference in tertiary offers.
Our school has reported record levels of enrolment and demand continues for the 2017 school year. We have wait lists at many year levels and whilst we prioritise siblings of current families, it is important to register for enrolment as early as possible. Our Early Learning Centre was at capacity enrolment in September last year. Please request interested family and friends to enrol early if they wish to secure the enrolment of their child at Oakleigh Grammar.
Our new extension to the Early Learning Centre is now open and caters for 4-year-old students undertaking the five day program this year.
Our Junior School Playground is now complete and I thank our Parents Association for contributing to this important project.
Concurrently we have two significant projects underway being the Library refurbishment and Junior School amenities. I thank all members of our community for your understanding in relation to the temporary restriction of access while these projects are underway.
New Staff 2017
As part of our growth in enrolments, we welcome a large number of new staff to our school:
Emily Angelidis: Teacher’s Aide
Marissa Andrews: Teacher - Year 4
Fiona Baudinette: Arrowsmith Teacher - Adult Class
Scott Barton: Teacher’s Aide
Sharon Cheung: Mandarin Teacher
Catherine Croft: ELC Co-Educator
Sharon Davies: ELC Teacher
Sarah Day: ELC Teacher
Dianna Favotto: Arrowsmith Teacher
Paras Gameras: Teacher - Year 3
James Gobbo: Teacher/Daily Organiser
Caroline Leach: Teacher/Coordinator JS Sport/PE
Clare Macdonald: ELC Co-Educator/OHSC/Holiday Program
Alesha Milne: Administration
Delayne Merritt: Administration
Rachel Mercer: Co-Educator
Dianne Nash: Art Teacher
Nathan Nielson: Arrowsmith Teacher
Maria-Stella Papageorgiou: Greek Language
Melanie Paton: ELC Teacher
Ashlee Scott: Year 5 teacher
Meral Simsek: Teacher English/Hums/Coordinator Year 8&9
Nerida Trask: Art Teacher
Vanessa Velliou: Teacher - JS
Tiffany Weston: ELC co educator
Jenny Xu: Arrowsmith Aide
I am delighted to announce the safe arrival of Atticus Wolfgang Steven Leeder born on 31 January.
Congratulations on the engagements of Kathryn Bogiannidou to Phillip Kotrotsos and Rebecca Ball to James Foden.
Congratulations are extended to all students who were recently inducted into student leadership positions at our Whole School Leadership Induction Assembly.
School Captains: Anastasia Horomidis & Spiros Houpis
Vice School Captains: Katelyn Limnios & Anthony Malamas
Bradman House: Naoum Lazis
Rose House: George Daglaras
Fraser House: Renee Derimboglou
Prefects: Stanko Stankovic, Sophia Thomson & Sophia Gotsis
MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERS
Middle School Captains: Imaan Jamaldeen & Irene Pilakis
Middle School Arts Leaders: Giorgia Kalogeropoulos & Claudia Ciempka
Bradman House Captain: Lia Bauzon
Rose House Captain: Anastasia Anastopoulos
Fraser House Captain: Alexandra Bonney
JUNIOR SCHOOL LEADERS
JUNIOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Gerry Angelatos & Nicola Grigoropoulos
ACTING JUNIOR SCHOOL LEADERS: Charlotte Woodfield & Vas Michaelides
FAITH LEADERS: Sotiris Bakalis & Giorgie Zafiropoulos
ROSE HOUSE LEADERS: Jaeda Louw & Theofilo Romanidis
FRASER HOUSE LEADERS: Arietta Apostolopoulos & Michael Nicolaou
BRADMAN HOUSE LEADERS: Areti Andreou & Chris Papakatsikas
PEER MEDIATION LEADERS: Mia Hatziminas, Matteo Camiselle, Georgia Christofi, Jayden Williams, Catherine Giannaros, Alexi Bauzon, Akhila Sesham, Charlotte Woodfield & Ellie Tziotzis
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS: Victoria Khatchmanian & Vas Michaelides
VISUAL ARTS LEADERS: Ella Whyte & Thomas Papadopoulos
SPORT LEADERS: Paris Gerantidis & Dean Alabournos
SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERS: Pranav Ahuja & Anastasia Karagianni
LOTE LEADERS: Joanna Tsoulakos & Konstantin Fouki
PERFORMING ARTS LEADERS: Shanaye Whiteside & Cameron Rocks
ICT LEADERS: Jovan Milenkovic & Camryn Stubbs
INQUIRY LEADERS: Heleana Papadopoulos & Christos Babatsias
ARROWSMITH LEADERS: Matilda Bourke & Coby Rechtman
8A: Evangelia Starakis
8B: Jonathan Sarris
7A: Michael Kaniadakis
7B: Helena Kassabian
6A: Chrissoula Horomidis
6B: Gregory Milonas
Students using Public Transport
The child age range is now 5 years to 18 years old inclusive. If a student has a concession MYKI they can continue to use this as it gives them the same concession fare as a child MYKI (up from 16 years to 18 years). Students in school uniform will not be asked for proof of age by the Public Transport Inspectors.
Parking – Pick off and Drop off
I request that parents allow sufficient time to park legally in designated areas around the school. As our school is located in a residential area parents need to respect the parking restrictions and work with our residents to ensure our streets are safe and accessible for everyone.
I wish all members of our school community a productive and successful 2017 school year. Communication is available to all parents via our school Facebook Page, Skoolbag App, Website and Newsletters.