Oakleigh Grammar News 

11 November 2016
Issue Seventeen
From the Principal
Deputy Principal
Important Dates & Notices
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar
Faculty News
Parents' Association
Community Board
Oakleigh Grammar
77-81 Willesden Road
Oakleigh, Victoria, 3166

From the Principal





Most of our Year 12 students have finished their external examinations. Their Graduation Dinner was a wonderful evening filled with good banter and dancing and was a perfect Oakleigh Grammar send off for our graduating students  and their parents.  Our School has commenced transition days for next year in some year levels whilst others are undertaking internal examinations.

Please note key dates in this edition of Grammar News so that you are following your childrens programme until the end of this year.



Our Glendi last weekend was highly successful with fine weather and record crowds in attendance. The theme of multi culturalism enshrined by unity and diversity was palpable over both days. The raffle draw was won by Year Prep student Dion Bazirgiannis, which was a return trip to Greece. I take this opportunity to thank the President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh & District, Mr Angelo Sardellis for his leadership in coordinating this highly successful community and school event.


Deputy Principal



Deputy Principal


Strategic Planning

It has been an exciting year of growth and development, unparalleled in the history of the School. We are in the process of creating an exciting learning environment where students are grasping the value of learning and that learning matters. But excellence is a moving target.


To this end, the School is engaged in the process of strategic planning. Strategic planning helps drive the School forward to realise the Oakleigh Grammar Vision and ensure that the school maintains a process of continuous improvement to provide all students with the best educational outcomes.


This term staff took part in two strategic plan consultation sessions with the aim of providing the Senior Leadership Team with ideas and feedback on the 2016-2022 Oakleigh Grammar Strategic Plan draft.

The 2016-2022 Strategic Plan is divided into a number of sections or objectives that include: Student Learning; student development; Co-curricular Opportunity & Student Leadership; Performance & Standards - Professional Development; Professional Educational Leadership; Communication - Fostering Leadership: and Governance.


In the first consultation session addressing Student Learning, our team focussed on strategies to ensure quality teaching and learning practices in order to deliver an effective curriculum. We also discussed the practices that need to be implemented to collect and use data to improve student learning outcomes.

In the next session on Co-curricular Opportunity & Student Leadership staff were asked to give feedback on how students could be encouraged to identify issues of concern and translate their concerns into action. This discussion revolved around ‘student voice’ and greater participation by students in the life of their school, their engagement in issues that are of concern to them and the need for students to be given the skills to work collaboratively with their teachers to bring about positive change.

The valuable feedback we received in these consultation forums will help the Senior Leadership Team develop an action plan to implement the key targets selected from the Strategic Plan for 2017. Further consultation with staff, parents and other interest groups will be necessary in this process.

Strategic planning does not deal with future decisions but rather with the future of present decisions.

Important Dates & Notices


We are extremely excited to announce that the student that sold the most raffle tickets for the Glendi Raffle was Georgianna Petridis, who sold 190 tickets! As a result, Georgianna was presented with a $500 JB Hi Fi Gift Voucher!


Congratulations Georgianna! We really appreciate your support.


Twilight Cinema

The Oakleigh Parents' Association invites you to a twilight screening of 'Zootopia' on Saturday 19 November in the outer yard weather permitting (entry via Clapham Road) or the Conference Centre if it is raining.


Gates open at 7PM. All welcome! Gold coin donation at the gate for entry.


Victoria Police concerns around harm occurring to young people

Dear Parents/Carers of Students (Years 7-12),

I am writing to inform you that we have received information from Victoria Police about local ‘pop-up’ parties and social gatherings being organised via social media which are unsafe for the young people attending.


These parties are being hosted in private homes, abandoned buildings and public halls across south eastern and eastern Melbourne.


Victoria Police acknowledges that many young people are also attending safe parties.


However, Victoria Police has made a number of recommendations to ensure young people can safely attend local gatherings:

  • Talk to your children and be mindful of where they are;
  • Be vigilant around monitoring all of your child’s social media accounts (consider there may be multiple accounts) and look online at any events your child wants to attend;
  • Investigate any party your child is attending, and be satisfied of where your child is and who they are with. If a party location is unknown one or two weeks prior to a party date, this may be of concern.
  • Underage alcohol drinking and drug use is not recommended.

If you have any information that may assist police, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


If you are concerned that your child has been the victim of a sexual assault and may require support, please contact Centre Against Sexual Assault on 1800 806 292.

Leaving us in 2016?

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) 9569 6128.

Second Hand Shop

A reminder that the Oakleigh Grammar Second Hand Shop (formerly Uniform Exchange) is currently accepting consignment items and donations.


Donations: any used uniform items will be accepted by School Reception staff.


Consignment: bring items to the Uniform Exchange during its opening hours & days (listed below) where items will be accepted and recorded for resale on your behalf, for up to 30% of new prices.


Second hand, current, official Oakleigh Grammar Uniform items are available for purchase for no more than 60% of new prices. Please note: only current Oakleigh Grammar uniform items will be accepted for consignment. All old OGOC uniform items will be donated to Paradise 4 Kids (P4K) in Africa.


Please direct any queries to [email protected]

Conference Centre & 9ways Venue Hire

We are now accepting external hires of our Conference Centre & 9ways Centre.


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

Miss Zoe Taylor, Marketing Officer on (03) 9569 6128 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.

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. 

Absentee Line: 03 8554 0050

Email: [email protected]

Senior School

Head of Senior School



Head of Senior School


The Senior School report for this issue of Grammar news is short. We have four weeks of this school year left and the current focus of each student in the Senior School is on the successful completion of Semester 2 examinations which will begin on Friday 11 November. Students have received the examination timetable and appropriate revision material already.


The vast majority of our Year 11 cohort have experienced their first external VCAA examination and now know what to expect this time next year. On the whole, students have handled the pressure of the external examinations without drama or hysteria. Their approach has been calm because they know their preparation has been sound.


There have been, of course, nerves before the examinations but theses have been minimised because of their approach. The VCAA examinations at our School will conclude on Monday 14 November and students will begin the wait for the release of ATARs on Monday 12 December.

Senior School will finish for 2016 on Wednesday 30 November.


Please note Friday 18 November is a student free day to allow teachers to complete Semester 2 reports.


Senior School Transition Program

Following the examination period, students will commence their 2017 VCE program on Monday 21 November. The format of the program allows students to focus on one subject each day in order to get a head start on their studies. Each VCE class will receive holiday homework which must be completed and submitted to their teacher at the start of the new school year in 2017.


Students, with parental permission, will be dismissed at the start of lunch (12.40 pm) each day during transition.

Middle School

Head of Middle School



Head of Middle School


Again I would like to take an extract from a terrific website that mentioned before in Grammar News. This edition discusses the importance of regular and punctual attendance at school.



To get the most out of a good education, children need to go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.


Parents can make it easier for their child to attend school by having a positive attitude to learning and education.


Poor school attendance patterns can start as early as Year 1. It is important that from the first day of school parents set an expectation that their children will be at school every day. Missing an average of ten days of school a term adds up to missing two full years of schooling by the end of Year 10.[iii]


During the transition from primary to high school or another school parents need to be clear with their child that they expect them to attend school every day. It is important to remember that all Australian states and territories have legislation in place that requires parents to ensure their children attend school. These laws apply to all students in government and non-government schools.


All Australian governments have agreed to a school attendance target for 2019 where all schools will achieve a minimum of 90 per cent attendance.



  • Talk positively about attending school and learning
  • Help your child get into a routine for getting ready to go to school stress-free
  • Help your child to get ready for school in the morning
  • Talk about the positive social aspects of the school environment:
    • Friends
    • Favourite classes
    • Favourite teachers


  • Talk with your teenager about their long term goals and dreams and how school can help them achieve them

Developing a positive outlook towards education is an essential beginning for students.


Year 5/6 Boys Volleyball Final

This week our Year 5/6 Boys Volleyball team competed in the Southern Metropolitan Regional final, following their Bentleigh District premiership win. This is the first time Oakleigh Grammar students have made it so far in this competition and this, in itself, is a great achievement.  The boys played a fantastic game but were unfortunately were beaten by 1 set to 2.


Year 6 Family Life Classes

Our Year 6 students have also completed their Family Life classes and all reports from the programme have been extremely positive. We hope that the series of classes makes it a little easier for students and families to have conversations that can be sensitive and sometimes difficult to have, in a more informed and mature fashion.


Year 6 Swimming Lessons

Year 6 students are also continuing their swimming lessons as part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. If involved, please ensure that your child is organised with their swimming uniform and towel. Swim goggles are highly recommended. Swim goggles can be borrowed from the PE Department if required.


Jack Menelou, Year 6, Asian Pacific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion

I was informed this week of the amazing achievement s of Jack Menelou from Year 6. Earlier this year I reported on Jack winning the Victorian title in this sport and wished him well for an Australian title. Since then, Jack has gone on to win the Queensland State title, the South Australian State title and indeed the Australian Title. What an incredible achievement!

On the weekend, 30th – 31st October, Jack competed at the Pan Pacific Championships that were held here in Melbourne at MSAC. Jack competed in the 12 year old 48kg to 52kgs weight division under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. Jack won his division and was awarded the Gold Medal. He is now ranked number one in his age group in the Pan Pacific region.

This is an amazing achievement and the result of many, many hours of hard work and dedication from Jack and committed support from Jack’s family.

What I also find amazing is Jack’s humility in his achievements. Jack has kept all of this success to himself. He has not boasted about his success or used this for self-promotion. I think this speaks volumes about Jack’s character. Congratulations to Jack and his family. Oakleigh Grammar could not be prouder!


Middle Years Programme Personal Project 2017

This Friday The Middle Years Programme (MYP) Personal Project was launched to our current Year 9 students. The Personal Project is a culminating assignment designed as a formal expression of what has been learnt throughout the four years of the MYP. It must be based on one of the MYP global contexts and gives students the opportunity to explore a passion or interest.


The Personal Project is a major undertaking, requiring significant hours of work over an extended period of time. We look forward to seeing the talents and passions of our Year 9 (Year 10, 2017) students coming to the fore in the near future and having a chance to appreciate their efforts in this challenging task.


Student leadership

Year 8 students this week also begun the process of nomination and election for 2017 Middle School Leadership positions. The Middle School Leadership team will consist of two Middle School Captains, two Middle School Arts Captains, and three Middle School House captains.


The Year 8 students are looking forward at having the chance to lead the Middle School and play a leading role in developing a positive student culture within the school.


Term dates confirmation

As we approach the end of the year please make note of the Middle School dates below;

  • 18th November – Student Free Day - Report writing
  • 28th – 30th November – Years 6, 7 and 8 – Special Programme curriculum
  • 28th November – Year 9 Student Free day
  • 29 – 30th November Year 10 (2017) Transition
  • November 30th – 2017 Orientation Day
  • December 1st – Final Day Year’s 6 – 9
  • December 1st – Middle and Senior School Awards Evening

Student Medication

A number of painkilling cold and flu tablets continue to be found in the Middle School of late, presumably falling from student’s pockets or lockers which raises many safety concerns. Please be reminded that medication must be left, including instructions, with the school First Aid Officer and taken under supervision when required. Students are not to carry and self-administer any forms of medication whilst at school. Thanks you for your co-operation in this matter.

Junior School

Head of Junior School



Head of Junior School



I trust all members of our school community were able to recharge their batteries, spend some quality family time, and enjoy the slower pace of the usual morning rush to school over the long weekend. Thank you for your support and encouragement during the Glendi this year and the weather was magical this year! The Junior School students were absolutely sensational on the main stage and I was so proud of our performing students.  I’m sure afterwards there were many treats to be had and rides to enjoy.  Thank you to all of our families and friends for joining the fun especially with the glorious sun that came out on both days. 


Winners are Grinners

Dion Bazirgiannis in Prep VK won first prize in the Glendi Raffle.  He has won two return flights to Greece and is very excited about going with his family.  Our school has also won the second place in the Primary Schools category of the Greek Student Film Festival 2016.  We entered two animation films one with Year 4 (Anastasia Karagianni, Sotiris Bakalis and Zoi Panagopoulou) and one with Prep and Year 1 (Helen Dimakakos and Adam Dimakakos).  The animation by Adam and Helen won the second place for 2016. Some students were also interviewed by SBS last Sunday, the interview is on our Facebook page. “From Morning till Night” was the title of the 2016 Student Film Festival. Oakleigh Grammar proudly participated with two animation films in the Primary School category. The Year 4’s film focused on the way mothers sacrifice their time and always manage to do so many things for their kids … from morning till night… while the Prep and Year 1 film focused more on the adventures of their characters. Short film production, especially animation, expands the students’ linguistic abilities and also gives an avenue for their creative drives as well as bringing students together and creating a happy and artistic climate in the classroom that promotes the learning of Greek.



A reminder to all parents that entry into the School is strictly by date of application. Siblings seeking entry in the immediate future or family/friends considering an enrolment into Oakleigh Grammar are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Application forms can be downloaded from the school website.  Siblings and past students always have a priority over externals if a place is available and also on any wait listed Year level.


A reminder to parents that it is a requirement of the School to collect written evidence of a child’s immunisation history. If your child has had any subsequent updates to their immunisations, since providing evidence upon initial enrolment, you must provide a copy of this (Health Record Book or Immunisation Statement) to the School as and when administered.


Involvement during the day

I remind parents that if you are staying on site beyond the 8.45am, you need to be signed in at the office and have a specific task to attend to, such as helping with reading groups. We have had some parents attending the School during the day without signing in, or bringing their child items such as food at lunch. Family arrangements can be complex so this policy allows us to ensure we look after our students and are aware of who is on site at any one time, particularly in case of an emergency.


Social Emotional Learning

Recently I read an article from 3010 Melbourne University Magazine passed on from a fellow colleague. This article called ‘How a positive ripple can shape our lives,’ written by Professor Lea Waters (Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education). The article refers to positive psychology as a means of unlocking wellbeing and potential. As part of our Social Emotional Learning at Oakleigh Grammar we are embracing the practices of the 7 Habits, focusing on strengths, personal qualities and respectful relationships.

Click here to read Professor Lea Waters’ article ‘How a positive ripple can shape our lives.’


Prep Transition

The first three Prep Transition days have taken place with new students and our K4 students making their way over to visit the Prep classrooms and teachers.  The first session was very successful with only a couple of tears, although the activities taking place in the classrooms soon dissolved these! The second session was exciting where students took a tour of the school ground and ended the session with a play on the Junior School Playground and a discussion about the morning.  A reminder that the whole school transition Day is scheduled for Wednesday 30 November and correspondence for this has been sent to families.


Christmas Concert and Awards Evening

By now you have possibly heard the students singing their songs for the Christmas Concert while completing other tasks.  The students are having great fun learning their songs and actions during Performing Arts lessons.  Mrs. Maramis has been sending information regarding costuming for this occasion and all award winners will be notified my myself prior to the Awards night on December 5.  Arrival time for students will also be sent out from Mrs. Maramis. Year 4 and 5 students will only receive academic awards and the awards evening is in the Sports Complex this year.


Jack Menelaou - Jiu Jitsu Champion!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Jack Menelaou of Year 6 received a Gold Medal in his division at the Pan Pacific Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships!


Jack competed in the 12 year old 48kg to 52kgs weight division last weekend under the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.

He has had many more achievements and successes with Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, which we cannot wait to share with you in the next Grammar News!


Year 6 Volleyball Success

Our Year 6 Boys Volleyball Team made us extremely proud this year, reaching new levels that no other Oakleigh Grammar Volleyball team has reached before.

It all started with their win at the Bentleigh District Boys Volleyball Premiership. From here, they went on to win the SSV Beachside Division Volleyball Premiership, defeating Elsternwick Primary School.

The team then went on to play in the Southern Metropolitan Region Primary Boys Volleyball Finals and came runners up on the day.


We are so proud of their tremendous efforts, and hope they continue to play Volleyball and reach new levels and goals in the sport!


The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar

International Youth Make Silent Film Festival

A group of Year 9 Students attended the International Youth Make Silent Film Festival on Saturday 29 October in support of some of their peers who had made it into the top 20 at the festival!


For the first time ever, our students won awards for their film 'Reminiscence' on the evening! These included 3rd prize for editing and the People's Choice Award! Congratulations to our Year 9 Media students on their brilliant work!


Faculty News



Career Advisor


Year 12 Reminder: VTAC 2016 Key Dates  

  • VTAC Personal Statement - Friday 2 December 2016
  • ATARs Released - Monday 12 December 2016
  • COP for Early International Offers closes - Thursday 15 December 2016
  • Early Round International Offers - Monday 19 December 2016
  • Change of Preference (COP) closes - Tuesday 20 December 2016
  • Main Round International Offers - Monday 9 January 2017
  • Main Round Domestic Offers - Wednesday 18 January 2017
  • Further Offer Rounds - Tuesday 7 February 2017 onwards

For a full list of cancelled, amended and new courses, visit VTAC Course Updates. Students who missed the SEAS deadline can add information to your course application about how your studies have been affected or disadvantaged by circumstances out of your control. This can be done through the VTAC Personal Statement. The Personal Statement is not a replacement for SEAS. The Personal Statement is not equivalent to submitting a SEAS application, however it is an opportunity for you to outline impacting circumstances.


REGISTER NOW to access VCE Results via SMS

Students must pre-register if they wish to receive their results by text message. To pre-register students will need to send a message to 19 787 888 with their VCE student number (just the eight-digit number, not including the letter on the end) then a space and then their PIN (4 digits).  The PIN is the first four digits of their date of birth e.g. 21 November = 2111 unless students changed their PIN online as was recommended. 

This SMS will cost $1.10 max (incl. GST).  Students must send this message from the mobile number they want the results delivered to. Registrations open at 9.00am on Monday 7 November, and will close at 12 midnight on Sunday 11 December and the results and ATAR will then be sent to the registered mobile number at approximately 7.00am Monday 12 December 2016.   Students who will be overseas as this time should NOT register to have their results sent by SMS, but rather access them on the internet.


Students encountering problems should contact the helpline on 1800 501 083. Instructions on registering for SMS are also available on the VTAC website at VTAC SMS  

Year 12 students who have paid their VTAC fees will receive a copy of their ATAR statement through the post commencing Tuesday 13 December 2016.


Low Income Healthcare Card for Australian Students

Once students have finished school they are no longer a student and may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card.  This card gives access to a range of concessions, not only on some health care items but also on a range of other goods and services. In particular, TAFE and other short courses offer substantial discounts for cardholders.

Students may also be eligible for public transport concessions (Eligibility for a Low Income Health Care Card is based on students income over the previous 8 weeks. As long as the income is less than $4296 over that period students should qualify.


Students will maintain the Low Income Health Care Card as long as their income does not exceed $4296 in any 8 week period.

It is recommended that all graduating Year 12 students consider applying for this card once the exams are over. Visit Low Income Healthcare Card and find out more!


Looking for Work?

Students considering looking for part time or casual work over the Christmas and New Year break, might like to browse the following links:

ColesTargetKmartWoolworths & Big W


Students are reminded to not limit themselves to the above links, but to also think about places near to their homes – think about things that are close by, the shops they go to, the places they eat, etc. 

Remember, there are so many different ways to keep busy during school holidays, and activities do not have to always be paid work.  For example, volunteering for local charities is a great way to contribute to the community.

Inquiry Learning



Inquiry Learning Coordinator


Year 2: Now for the Weather!

Central Idea: Our activity is connected to the Earth’s natural cycles

Key concepts: Form - What is it like? Function - How does it work? Causation - Why is it like it is? Responsibility - What is our responsibility?


Learner Profile: Thinkers, Risk-takers and Reflective - An inquiry into:

  1. The earth’s rotation
  2. Why do we experience climate change?
  3. How can we sustain our environment?

The students in Year 2P made their own experiments or devices to demonstrate different types of weather or devices to measure the weather.


George P 2P – I made a video to teach my class how Tornadoes are formed. I used 2 bottles and some confetti paper. Real tornadoes form by hot air chasing cold air.


Aodhan 2P – I used a glass bottle, straw, blutack and red dye to make a thermometer. It is important to know the temperature each day so you pick the right clothes to wear. Thermometers red part is mercury and when it rises it is getting hotter.


Mikayla 2P – I didn’t know there was so much science in rainbows, I just liked them. Now I know that they appear when sunlight hits raindrops it reflects and we see the colours. My class liked it when I used a mirror, water and the sun outside for my experiment.


Some of the other experiments were cloud in a jar, lightening, windmills, weathervane, and demonstrating how the water cycle works.





Head of LOTE






Oakleigh Grammar Commemorating 28th October, 1940

Oakleigh Grammar’s Junior School students and Middle School students prepared a journey through time for all that were present in Oakleigh Grammar’s Commemoration school celebration on Friday 28 October. Our students welcomed everyone with the Grandparent’s High Tea and then took to the stage to transport everyone through their songs, poems and dancing in an era of heroes and heroines with a final message of love and peace, of cultural diversity and understanding. 

Schools of the world unite their voices for Greece

The Greek School of Bucharest “ATHENA” began this year the effort of creating a song about Greece.  The initiative was taken by the Year 5 and Year 6 students and their teacher Mrs Vaso Basina.


The intention was to create a song, exclusively by students of schools with Greek Heritage in Greece and abroad which aims for cooperation and solidarity between students from every corner of the Earth as well as the common musical expression of their love of Greece.


With every stop the poem grew with a verse created by students learning Greek in Greece, South Africa, Canada, Venezuela, Qatar and Australia. The final destination the Musical School of Siatista.


Our school participated with selected students from Year 8 and created a verse and danced to the tune of the completed song. Students felt a strong connection with the other participating schools and celebrated collaboration as well as felt proud that the Greek Language is being taught to schools all over the world. This project has proven the value of language as a true globalisation tool that united students from all over the world under the Greek Language and music.

Schools who participated in this project include:

  • Greek School of Bucharest “ATHENA”, Romania
  • Primary school of Velvetou Kozanis, Greece
  • Department of Greek Language, Doha, Qatar
  • Archimedes Academy, Miami, USA
  • Tosistaio-Pratsikeio Greek Community of Alexandria, Egypt
  • School of the Greek Community of Valencia, Venezuela
  • Oakleigh Grammar, Year 8, Melbourne, Australia
  • Aristotelis Schools, Greek Community of Toronto, Canada
  • Zenon Greek School, Melbourne, Australia
  • Saheti Prep School, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Music School of Siatista


Chaplain's Corner



School Chaplain


I would like to congratulate our Byzantine Choir that chanted at the 28th October celebration concert. Also I would like to congratulate and thank our students and teachers who represented the school on our Feast Day of Sts Anargiri on the 1st of November and also again our students from the Byzantine Choir who chanted with joy for the celebration of our feast day.


We have added for the first time clips of our students chanting; and there will be many more to come.

God bless you. May Sts Anargiri always protect and guide you and everyone.

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