Oakleigh Grammar News 

17 November 2017
Issue Eleven
Principal's News
Deputy Principal
Important Dates & Notices
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

Principal's News

Hot List 2017 – Congratulations to our Principal

In an industry rife with talent and strong leadership we congratulate our Principal Mr Mark Robertson for being recognised in the ‘Educators’ annual Hot List for 2017. 


Educational professionals around the country have continued undertaking outstanding work, in the name of ensuring all students have the highest quality educational experience as possible.  We are delighted Mr Robertson was included on the Hot List for 2017, our Board, staff, parents and students congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.


On behalf of the Board, gratitude is extended to the Oakleigh Grammar staff and broader school community for supporting our annual festival, which was a huge success this year.


Our annual festival is growing into a well-recognised Melbourne cultural event, and is a reflection of multi culturalism in the City of Monash.


We pay tribute to our President of the Greek Orthodox Community & District, Mr Angelo Sardellis for his leadership of this important community event.


We thank Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis for his address and support of the event, along with all other dignitaries who attended.

Deputy Principal


Deputy Principal


Examinations and Assessments . . . . Building Resilience!

As this term quickly unfolds the focus for teachers and students alike, is the upcoming assessment period.

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be sitting their Semester Written Examinations commencing Monday 20 November. This is a key educational experience that is of enormous benefit to students as they progress through their upper secondary years to VCE.

The Middle School Assessment Week begins on Monday 27 November. Here students sit summative assessment tasks (for each of their core subjects) that they have been preparing for during the course of the term. This year in Years 6 and 8, we have introduced Language & Literature and Mathematics Semester Tests, that give students the experience of preparing and sitting major assessments in these two key subject areas.

Assessment in its many forms is integral to all teaching and learning at Oakleigh Grammar. It is central to our goal of guiding students through the key elements of the learning process. It enables teachers to direct and drive student learning. It requires teachers to identify, gather and interpret information about student achievement, to provide feedback on the learning process.


Students across the school are assessed using a variety of strategies and tools, both formative (assessment for learning) and summative (assessment of learning). It is good teaching practice to gauge what it is that students have grasped, and what else they should know or be able to do. Formative assessment tasks allow teachers to provide students with feedback, targeted assistance, and coaching to improve student learning.

The exams and assessments should be seen as a learning experience designed to enable students to test their knowledge and understanding, to work under time constraints, and to become used to the pressure associated with formal examinations.


As with most situations in life, it is through practice, failure and success that people grow more comfortable with the challenge of difficult situations, and consequently build resilience. 

Important Dates & Notices

2019 Scholarships

Oakleigh Grammar in conjunction with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), will hold the Scholarship exams for students entering into Years 6, 7, 9 and 10 in 2019.


Scholarships awarded will cover Academic and General Excellence (Music and Sport).


We are seeking talented, motivated and civic-minded students who have the potential to make a contribution in a leadership and academic capacity and join our current cohort of students in a wide range of School activities.


For more information, head to http://www.oakleighgrammar.vic.edu.au/scholarships/



A message from Admissions.

Waiting lists are now growing longer for entry into many years at OGS from the ELC through to Senior School.


If you or a friend wish to enrol your child feel free to join us on one of our monthly Tour Days and fill in the enrolment application or download here.


Enquiries are always welcome via our Admissions Office 8554 0014.

Lily Anne Jewellery Fundraiser for Oakleigh Grammar.

My name is Dimitra Georgiadis and I am Independent Consultant for Lily Anne Jewellery. 

With our gorgeous & ‘sentimental’ range of Jewellery you can create the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones, which will be worn close to the heart. 


We have jewellery to suit all budgets and every occasion: birthday, Mother’s Day, Baptism, Easter, Graduations, gifts for teachers and let’s not forget Christmas which is around the corner. 


Up until 20th of December, I will be running a Fundraiser for our School and will be donating 100% of my commission from all sales. I will also be donating an additional $5 for every Jewellery Bar booked.


Our preview brochure is available at https://issuu.com/lilyannedesigns/docs/issuu_october_2017_preview


Head on over to my website at: www.lilyannejewellery.com.au/SentimentalAboutYou and be sure to select “Oakleigh Grammar Fundraiser’ upon checkout. 


You can stay up to date with specials/sales by visiting my Facebook page at: https:/m.facebook.com/SentimentalAboutYou/


If you would like to know more please contact me on 0413 799 235.


Keys 2 Drive Driving School - Special Fundraising Offer

SPECIAL OFFER FOR OAKLEIGH GRAMMAR - Limited once a year offer


Keys 2 Drive Driving school would like to offer the senior students of Oakleigh Grammar the opportunity to receive one free 45min driving lesson (normally $55.00) with an option to continue their lessons at no obligation.


This is a limited offer to Oakleigh Grammar Senior School students.


The requirement for the senior students of Oakleigh Grammar to be eligible,

  • Must be 16 years of age and hold a valid Drivers Learner Permit.
  • Student must also bring their learner drivers log book.

For any students wishing to further develop their driving skills after their free lesson, Keys 2 Drive driving school will donate $5.00 for every Oakleigh Grammar student that books a one-hour lesson.


Example:  if 20 students book a 1hr lesson after their free 45min lesson, that’s a donation to Oakleigh Grammar will be made of $100.00!

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]

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.

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.

Senior School

Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School


The term will end in a few short weeks. As always the focus in the business end of the school is on assessment, examinations or preparation for both.


At this time of the year, students have completed all the required work and should now be focused on revision. Recall is not what is examined. The ability to comprehend, logically process information and then construct an answer using information from a question is what is examined.


Students are challenged by unfamiliar contexts to read and think before they start writing an answer. Most rush in without taking a deliberate pause to consider how to respond before they commence the answer. Many simply repeat the question without determining what it is asking, and so do not really answer it despite writing what they consider is a long response.


So, top tips for revision and examinations:

  1. Clear organised notes – if they aren’t done by now it’s probably too late
  2. Attempt as many practice questions as possible – writing practice is the key, not reading notes
  3. Talk to teachers about the practice questions - have them mark them and provide feedback
  4. Eat well, have plenty of water and sleep
  5. Get off your phone and social media
  6. Take time to read and analyse questions
  7. Plan the answer - don’t rush it and don’t repeat the question in the answer

Remembrance Day Service

The new student leadership team accompanied me to the Oakleigh and Carnegie RSL Remembrance day service, on Saturday 11 November. This was their first official duty as the School’s 2018 student leaders, and they performed their roles proudly.


Well done to Eva Demirgelis, Christina Gougoussis, Tomas Smith, Anthony Tawfilis, and Nicola Zois who attended.

The positions of the 2018 School’s Student Leaders will be formally announced at the Middle and Senior School Awards Evening, Thursday 7 December.    


Senior School Examinations

Examinations will commence for Years 10 and 11 next Monday 20 November and will run until Thursday 23 November. Students will be dismissed, with parental permission, following their last examination each day. Pertinent information regarding examinations has been forwarded to families and students already.


Transition Program

Students will commence the VCE 2018 Transition Program on Monday 27 November. The program will run until Wednesday 6 December, which is the final day of the year for the Senior School students. Information and timetables have been forwarded to families and students already.


I wish all the families in Senior School a very safe and happy Christmas, and look forward to seeing you again next year!

Middle School

Head of Middle School


As we approach the mid-point of Term 4 our Middle School students are gearing up for their end of year assessments and examinations, whilst also trying hard to restrain themselves from being overcome with excitement at the fast approaching end of year.


Year 9 Examinations

Our Year 9 students will begin their examination week on Monday 20 November and should all be busy studying and preparing to do their best over the weekend.


Wilson’s Promontory Bushwalk

Following the examinations, our Year 9 students have the chance to walk off the stress and anxiety caused by all that study, on the Wilson’s Promontory Bushwalk. The Year 9 students have been honing their cooking skills in preparation from the walk during Health and Physical Education classes, experimenting with various recipes that will hopefully keep them energised and fulfill their appetites over the three days walk. They will also be learning how to set up their tents and pack appropriately with staff from KayKaze Outdoor Adventures this coming Thursday.

We look forward to hearing all about the camp upon their safe return.


Year 7 Excursion

On Friday 10 November our Year 7 students travelled to Monash Universities Jock Marshall reserve to collect aquatic information to assist their Year 7 Science Ecology unit. All the students had a fantastic learning experience as can be seen in the account below, written by Helena Papageorgiou and Maya Haddad.


On Friday the 10th of November the Year 7 students went to Jock Marshal Reserve (Monash University Clayton campus) to conduct a field study on aquatic ecosystems. We were taken to the laboratory and we were informed about different macro-organisms that we might find. We were then taken to the lake with nets and buckets to collect water samples and bugs to study for our investigation. At the lake we also tested turbidity and temperature to determine the healthiness of the lake. Back at the lab we took samples of the water and tested for phosphorous, nitrogen and ph levels. We also used magnifying glasses to inspect the organisms and identify them. We learnt so much at Jock Marshal Reserve.


Middle School Leadership Elections

As we approach the end of the year and begin looking toward 2018, the process of nominating and selecting our Middle School Leaders has begun. Our current Year 8 students have the opportunity to nominate themselves for House or Arts Leader positions and staff are asked to nominate students for the Middle School Leader positions.


We encourage all students who are interested in taking on a leadership role in the school to nominate themselves for one, or both of the positions and to undertake the challenge of a leadership role.


The Middle School Leaders for 2018 will be announced at our final assembly on Wednesday 6 December.


Upcoming events

  • Year 9 Examinations – Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd November
  • Report writing Day – School Closed – Friday 24th November
  • Year 9 Wilson’s Prom Bushwalking Camp – Monday 27th – Wednesday 29th November
  • 2018 Transition Day – Wednesday 4th December

Other News on our Latest News blog:

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 together, and enjoy the slower pace of the usual morning rush to school over the Melbourne Cup long weekend.


Thank you for your support and encouragement during the Glendi this year, the weather was magical! The Junior School students were absolutely sensational on the main stage, and I was so proud of our performing students. I’m sure there were many treats to be had and enjoy afterwards. Thank you to all of our families and friends for joining the fun especially with the glorious sun that came out on both days. 


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 6 December, and correspondence for this has already come out to families.  It is a casual clothes day for all students.



Junior School is an important chapter in your child’s education. It is fabulous when parents learn more about their child’s homework, what your child learns, and how you can get involved.


Each student has a homework contract, and standards are clearly set out in the school diary.  On top of the students homework, oral reading, spelling practice, and multiplication tables practice is expected on a nightly basis.  If a child does not complete their homework in the Junior School without explanation or a note, they will be asked to complete it at lunchtime.  If this happens regularly students will receive an infringement notice. 


Please note it is not the parent’s responsibility to complete homework, it is the student's and the school will support these measures to ensure there are no unnecessary hardships at home! If your children would like more homework we encourage all students to go on to the school website for activities, Mathletics and Reading Eggs to cater for extension at home. Students are permitted to borrow as many books as they like from the library as long as borrowed book are returned regularly.


Life Education Van Visit

We have been lucky enough to have Harold and his van at school again this year, delivering the primary school curriculum based modules that focus on issues around food and nutrition, personal safety, physical activity, cyber safety, safety with medicine and legal drugs; tobacco, alcohol and caffeine. 


By taking a comprehensive approach to drug and health education the modules help children to develop relationship skills, positive communication (both face to face and online), problem solving and decision making skills. The educators and puppets provide students the opportunity to develop strategies, and practice the skills required to avoid the harms associated with an unhealthy lifestyle. Each module presents an issue or issues with memorable and engaging activities. The trained educators ensure that all messages are age-appropriate, relevant and enhance and support the messages taught in Australian schools.


Thank you to Ms Caroline Leach for organising the van again this year. Read more here.






ELC Church Visits

Children from the ELC have been on their annual visit to St Anargiri Church this week. Everyone finds the trip to Church fascinating, as we get to experience our Church environment first hand. 

Father George was conducting a special service while we were there, and talked to us about the Holy Cup, Holy Cloth and Holy Spoon, before some children took Communion.


We also saw the different icons and other children lit a candle as they entered the Church. The respect that everyone showed for this important excursion was wonderful to see, and we thank Father for having us.


No Packet November

No Packaging November has a health focus, as much as an environmental focus. The idea is to eat less processed and pre-packaged foods and make healthier alternatives at home. This fits in nicely with our Term 4 Health Units.


Please remember to take the food out of its packaging (within reason) . E.g. snacks and muesli bars, sandwich wrap, bananas etc. Obviously food from the canteen and chips won’t be able to be removed, therefore if we encourage waste free/nude food lunches each day we will reduce the amount of rubbish in landfill, and that gets out to litter our school grounds.

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School Happenings

- We Celebrate Diwali 

After School Care Activities 

- K3 Motion Movie 

- St Johns Ambulance Visit 

- Humans of Oakleigh Grammar 

- Prep Incursion

- Year 2 Incursion

The Leader In Me


Head of Teaching & Learning

On behalf of Kathy Haramis, Leadership Facilitator


Shining Leaders at Prep Orientation

Our Year 5 leaders synergised their efforts to plan, write and present a very informative presentation on The 7 Habits.  The students gave up part of their lunchtimes to rehearse their presentations, and put their ICT skills into action to put everything into a PowerPoint presentation.


They are truly living The 7 Habits, and took the time to evaluate how applying The 7 Habits has impacted their learning, their relationships with friends, teachers and their school community.


It can be daunting to speak to a large audience, and I am very proud of our leaders who spoke with clarity and confidence. 


In the Junior School we are beginning to delve into developing an understanding of what it means to ‘Find Your Voice’, Habit 8.  Here is a small excerpt from Paras Gerantidis and Prnav Ahuja’s presentation.



To find your voice ask four questions. What are your abilities? What do you like? What can you help with? And what do people expect of you? You need to be passionate about whatever you do in life, you have to believe it’s the right thing and support the action, or the goal, or the dream 100% of the way.


Well done to all of the Year 5s that chose to take part in sharing their in-depth knowledge of The Leader In Me.


The Arrowsmith Program

Head of Arrowsmith

Head of the Arrowsmith Program



Students who enter the Arrowsmith Program have already been dealing with a range of problems related to their learning difficulties. Often, they are required to be resilient to deal with the academic, social and emotional challenges facing them. However, resilience doesn’t always equate to success in and out of the classroom. It means they manage to survive through school and life using their own coping strategies.


The Arrowsmith program provides a learning environment where students can build resilience skills and experience learning success at the same time. It not only builds the weak underlying cognitive areas but helps to build self-esteem and confidence. Many of the tips for building resilience in the following article are a daily part of the Arrowsmith Program.


We all can develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Following are tips to building resilience.


Make connections
Teach your child how to make friends, including the skill of empathy, or feeling another's pain. Encourage your child to be a friend in order to make friends. Build a strong family network to support your child through his or her inevitable disappointments and hurts. At school, watch to make sure that one child is not being isolated. Connecting with people provides social support and strengthens resilience. Some find comfort in connecting with a higher power, whether through organized religion or privately, and you may wish to introduce your child to your own traditions of worship.




Help your child by having him or her help others
Children who may feel helpless can be empowered by helping others. Engage your child in age-appropriate volunteer work, or ask for assistance yourself with some task that he or she can master. At school, brainstorm with children about ways they can help others.


Maintain a daily routine
Sticking to a routine can be comforting to children, especially younger children who crave structure in their lives. Encourage your child to develop his or her own routines.


Take a break
While it is important to stick to routines, endlessly worrying can be counter-productive. Teach your child how to focus on something besides what's worrying him/her. Be aware of what your child is exposed to that can be troubling, whether it be news, the Internet or overheard conversations, and make sure your child takes a break from those things if they trouble her/him. Although schools are being held accountable for performance on standardized tests, build in unstructured time during the school day to allow children to be creative.


Teach your child self-care
Make yourself a good example, and teach your child the importance of making time to eat properly, exercise and rest. Make sure your child has time to have fun, and make sure that your child hasn't scheduled every moment of his or her life with no "down time" to relax. Caring for oneself and even having fun will help your child stay balanced and better deal with stressful times.


Move toward your goals
Teach your child to set reasonable goals and then to move toward them one step at a time. Moving toward that goal — even if it's a tiny step — and receiving praise for doing so, will focus your child on what he or she has accomplished rather than on what hasn't been accomplished, and can help build the resilience to move forward in the face of challenges.


At school, break down large assignments into small, achievable goals for younger children, and for older children, acknowledge accomplishments on the way to larger goals.


Nurture a positive self-view
Help your child remember ways that he or she has successfully handled hardships in the past, and then help him understand that these past challenges help him/her build the strength to handle future challenges.


Help your child learn to trust himself/herself to solve problems and make appropriate decisions. Teach your child to see the humour in life, and the ability to laugh at one's self. At school, help children see how their individual accomplishments contribute to the wellbeing of the class as a whole.


Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook
Even when your child is facing very painful events, help him/her look at the situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Although your child may be too young to consider a long-term look on his/her own, help him or her see that there is a future beyond the current situation and that the future can be good. An optimistic and positive outlook enables your child to see the good things in life, and keep going even in the hardest times. In school, use history to show that life moves on after bad events.


Look for opportunities for self-discovery
Tough times are often the times when children learn the most about themselves. Help your child take a look at how whatever he/she is facing can teach them "what they are made of." At school, consider leading discussions of what each student has learned after facing down a tough situation.


Accept that change is part of living
Change often can be scary for children and teens. Help your child to see that change is part of life and new goals can replace goals that have become unattainable. In school, point out how students have changed as they moved up in grade levels, and discuss how that change has had an impact on the students.


Head of Sport


Head of Sport


EISM Year 7 Indoor Cricket & Softball Gala Day


Year 7 Boys - Indoor Cricket

On Wednesday 1st November a group of Year 7 students represented Oakleigh Grammar at the Year 7 EISM Central/Southern Division Boys Indoor Cricket Championships.


It has been many years since Oakleigh Grammar has participated in a cricket competition, and only three of the students play regularly in an out of school. Despite this limited background, great strides were made by all the boys in learning the skills of batting and bowling, and the game rules for indoor cricket, which is a greatly modified version of the traditional form.  


The team was led lead well by Rajas Satija as Captain, with great support from Matthew Cormie and George Bitzios.


Year 7 Indoor Cricket Team:

Rajas Satija (Captain)

George Bitzios

Matthew Cormie

Jonathon Daoulas

Thomas Georgakopoulos

Michael Kaniadakis

Alexander Kotsirilos

Jack Menelaou

Jack Oliver

Aimar Peoples

Jordi Thompson

Chris Tsiagalos


Although the team did not win a game, the boys were very competitive and showed great improvement during the day as they learnt the tactics and strategies of indoor cricket, and their game skills improved.


Mr Sexton (Year 7 Boys Cricket Coach)


Year 7 Girls - Softball

On Wednesday 1st of November, 12 Year 7 girls participated in the annual EISM Year 7 Softball Gala Day, held at Jells Park. Oakleigh Grammar was one of 10 schools that participated in the Softball Carnival. The girls endured a wet and cold day to learn the basic rules of softball. They learnt the importance of communication and decision making on the diamond. The girls improved throughout the day in scoring runs, as well as developing the skills to field in the diamond.


Stand-outs on the day were:

Stephanie Burnett as catcher and batting

Stephanie Lazos in pitching and batting

Marissa Karboulahanos in batting


Year 7 Girls Softball Team:

Stephanie Burnett

Marissa Karboulahanos

Helena Kassabian

Stavroula Kourkoutzelos

Billi Lambropoulos

Angelique Lazos

Stephanie Lazos

Tiah Menelaou

Vasiliki Milchov

Helena Papageorgiou

Mia Sidiropoulos

Toni Stathopoulos


Well done to all students!

Ms Sideris (Year 7 Girls Softball Coach)


Bentleigh District - Milo T20 Blasts Schools Cup

On Thursday 9th November, selected Year 4 and 5 students represented Oakleigh Grammar at the Bentleigh District Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup. To prepare, students participated in additional morning training sessions to develop their bowling, batting and fielding skills. Oakleigh Grammar's performance was very impressive, achieving some excellent results.


Congratulations to the the Girls All Stars and Boys All Stars teams who finished 4th. A fantastic result for our school as it returns to playing competitive cricket.  Well done to all competitors!


Ms Leach (T20 Cricket Coach)


The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar


Faculty News

Careers News


Career Advisor



As part of the Year 10 Careers program in 2018, you will be participating in YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE! 



GET A HEADSTART, SEARCH AND APPLY FOR A PLACEMENT NOW! Applications are already open for some placements. To apply for these early vacancies please visit the OG Careers Website and check out the placements that may be of interest to you!  


You should also commence sourcing your own placements, and if you require assistance see Mrs. Mascaro. 


VCE 2018 Summer School Programs

Get a head start to your final year of VCE!  Summer Schools offer unique opportunities to

experience university life while preparing for the demands of the VCE year ahead. The format of the programs involve detailed VCE preparation lectures, and students receive subject specific study notes. Students revise key concepts from Units 1 and 2 that form an essential base for each subject. There is also an emphasis on helping students understand each subject’s assessment criteria. Strategies, problem-solving and exam techniques are also a focus so that students can further develop these skills throughout the semester as they work towards their exams.


Access Education Summer School Venue: Monash University (Clayton Campus)

Dates: Monday 22 – Thursday 25 January 2018

Visit Access Summer School to find out more or to download a brochure for this program. https://www.accesseducation.com.au/summer-school.aspx


Neap VCE Summer School Program Venue: Victoria University (Flinders Street Campus)

Dates: Wednesday 10 – Saturday 20 January 2018

Visit NEAP Summer School to find out more about the 2018 program. 



The School for Excellence Summer School Venue: University of Melbourne

Dates: Thursday 4 – Thursday 25 January 2018 

Visit TSFX Summer School to find out more about the 2018 program.



Thinking about studying Medicine or Dentistry in 2019? 

Students commencing Year 12 in 2018, and planning to apply for Medicine at Monash Uni, Dentistry at La Trobe Uni, as well as other courses interstate are reminded that part of selection into these courses requires that students sit the UMAT – Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test, which will be held on Wed 25th July 2018. Applications open early in December 2017. For more information visit: 

https://umat.acer.edu.au/, call (03) 8508 7643 or see Mrs. Mascaro.



Looking for casual work or volunteer work?

Please visit the OG Careers Website where vacancies are advertised regularly.


Students are reminded not to limit themselves to the website, but to also think about places near to their homes, that are close by, the shops they go to, the places they eat, etc. Volunteering for local charities is also a great way to contribute to the community and gain valuable work experience! 

Student Representative Council (SRC)


SRC Coordinator


Students Leaders have been very busy the last three weeks representing our school at a number of events.


On Saturday 28 October, we celebrated the anniversary of 1940, Oxi Commemoration Day. Selected students accompanied Mrs Angelis

to the Doxology Service in our parish Church, Sts Anargiri.

On the same day Middle School Leaders and members of the SRC represented the School at St Eustathios Church in South Melbourne. Following the Church service, we took part in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. The students were also invited to the Hellenic RSL, where they joined the members there for lunch.

On Sunday 29 October, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia’s annual celebration of “OHI” Day was held. This event is organised annually by the United Association of Greek Orthodox Parishes and Communities of Melbourne and Victoria, for the recognition of the 1940 Commemoration Day.


SRC and Middle School students represented our School at the Holy Monastery of "Axion Estin" Doxology Service followed by a Trisagion Service. This year our students sung the National Anthems and Agapi Zoi recited a poem in Greek for the significance of the day. Tomas Smith and Eva Demirgelis laid a wreath on behalf of our School.


The 1st of November was a special day for the Oakleigh Community, the feast day of Sts Anargiri, the Patron Saints of our Church. On that day, Year 6 and Year 7 students represented the School at the Divine Liturgy at our parish Church. The following Sunday our Drummers participated in the annual Oakleigh Glendi parade, representing our school with pride.

On Sunday 12 November the Pancretan Association of Melbourne organised a memorial service to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Holocaust of the Arkadi Monastery. Oakleigh Grammar was invited to attend the service at the Greek Orthodox Parish of AXION ESTIN. Anastasia Anastopoulos and Chris Giannaros laid a wreath on behalf of our School.

Middle School Leaders and Year 10 SRC members attended the National Young Leaders Day on Monday 13 November. The National Young Leaders Day is an annual event hosted by the Halogen Foundation to develop strong leadership values in young Australians. The program is designed to benefit any student who shows an interest in developing their leadership potential. Students were inspired after the conference, having learnt about leadership skills and how they can support their school community in the future.

This term students from ELC to Year 7 had the opportunity to take part in the Operation Christmas Child Fundraiser. Operation Christmas Child is a unique project of Samaritan’s Purse Australasia - Operation Christmas Child Limited that brings ‘Good News and Great Joy’ to kids in need, through a simple shoe box filled with gifts. SRC students helped put all the shoe boxes together. We collected over of 150, and were excited to put smiles on faces, and bring joy and hope to those children.


Learning Enhancement


Head of Learning Enhancement




Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program

Congratulations are in order for a few staff members including myself who have recently completed training in various courses of the Feuerstein Instrumental Program (FIE) - a cognitive education program,  this year. Our FIE Mediators are:

  1. Joanne Zacharopoulos completed the Learning Propensity Assessment Device 1 and 2. In previous years, Joanne had also completed the Standards 1, 2 and 3 and Basics 1 and 2 of the FIE program
  2. Tonia Tsalapataris completed Tactile Instrumental Enrichment and FIE Standard 1. Tonia has also completed the FIE Basic 1 course of the program
  3. Susie Atherinos completed FIE Basic 1
  4. Cathy Economou completed FIE Basic 1 and 2

What is FIE?

FIE is based on the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability – that intelligence (adaptability) can be modified. New research on brain plasticity supports Dr. Feuerstein’s theory that he developed 50 years ago. 


Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is a cognitive intervention and enrichment education program that enhances the cognitive skills necessary for independent thinking and learning. It focuses on developing the cognitive tools necessary for success in the 21st century. FIE has been used both individually and in the classroom framework, with people of all challenges and strengths.


Professor Reuven Feuerstein (1921-2014) was a clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist, he was renowned for his ground breaking work in demonstrating that intelligence is not fixed but modifiable. In 1992, Prof. Feuerstein was awarded the Israel Prize for Social Sciences. In 2012, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


For more than 50 years, and in over 80 countries, Prof. Feuerstein’s theories and applied systems have been implemented in both clinical and classroom settings. His theory has led to more than 2,000 scientific research studies and countless case studies with various populations.


The Feuerstein method is a comprehensive approach encompassing theory and applied systems, that can be implemented in a variety of clinical and educational contexts. The basic principle of the Feuerstein Method is that all human beings - regardless of their age, disability or socio-economic background - have the ability to significantly improve their learning and therefore their level of functioning.


The application of the Feuerstein Method leads to the enhancement of peoples learning potential, improvement of their cognitive functioning, and enables them to learn how to learn. FIE programs are built on the idea that intelligence is dynamic and modifiable, not static or fixed. The FIE program seeks to correct deficiencies in fundamental thinking skills and provide students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations and techniques necessary to function as independent learners. FIE increases motivation, develops students’ meta-cognition, and it helps the student learn how to learn more efficiently.


Instrumental Enrichment materials and manuals have received worldwide recognition and have been translated into all the major languages including Braille. The main goal of FIE is to improve ALL learning capabilities in ALL individuals.


Our mediators are working with some of our students this year, and will be continuing the program next year as part of our intervention and enhancement programs at the school.


More information about the Feuerstein Method can be found at:  www.icelp.info/



Head of LOTE


This year at Oakleigh Grammar, the Commemoration Day celebrations for the 28th of October 1940 had a universal perspective. Unlike other years when it was dedicated to heroes and heroines, artists or writers who have honoured the 28th October 1940, this year it honoured mothers.


Mothers who are always anxious, mothers who don’t sleep and don’t rest, regardless of which side their children fight for. It was dedicated to the mothers whose children were soldiers. Middle and Senior School students Evangelia Starakis, Angelical Athanasakis and Yang Liu presented the play “Mothers of War”, where three mothers from different backgrounds get a letter from their son who is at war. The play was trilingual and really touched the audience.  

The Commemoration Day celebration event started by acknowledging some of our grandparents who were very young during the years of WWII, and continued with a great honour as we were privileged enough to host a veteran at our Grandparents High Tea. Mr Kostantinos Tsirivas, 97, when asked about his memories of the Front he answered, “It is like a dream”, a real and true expression of history, he sat and listened to the students singing Παιδιά της Ελλάδος παιδιά, while going down memory lane with the song Ο Σταμούλης ο Λοχίας.

Another important presentation came from the Year 9 students on their 2016 work about “War and Peace” which turned into a collection of poems. This collection looked at the notion of war from different perspectives, and was bilingual.


The celebration continued with dances and a plethora of Hymns from the Byzantine choir, as well as songs from students from Prep to Year 6. Our students performed their songs with pride and soon the audience joined in. The event concluded with Reverent Father George Adamakis’ blessing.



LOTE Teacher 


Early this term our Year 3 students received some beautiful letters written in Greek from the Year 3 students of Saint George College in Adelaide. Our students had the opportunity to respond to the letters from their new friends. They introduced themselves, described their hobbies and explained what they like to do on their free time. Students were excited to participate in this activity and they are looking forward to sending them their wishes for Christmas soon.


On Saturday 11 November Mr Panos Apostolou from SBS Greek Radio Program interviewed Maria Andreou and Vivia Zapantzis.  The students had the opportunity to talk about their participation in the Greek Student Film Festival this year, as well as well as for their achievement coming third in the Secondary School Category, with the film "Treasures of the Heart".  Students explained how they came up with the scenario of their film, and the message they wanted to give to the audience. 


On Thursday 16 November Mr George Stasinakis, the President of the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis from Geneva, Switzerland visited our school. Mr Stasinakis attended a workshop in Year 10 and Year 11 Greek LOTE classes, and provided students with information about the life and the work of the great author Nikos Kazantzakis, since this year marks the 60th anniversary of Kazantzakis’ death.  On behalf of Oakleigh Grammar we would like to thank Mr Stasinakis for his excellent presentation.


Orthodox Studies

Year 10 students went on an excursion to the Monastery of Panagia Gorgoipikoos in Geelong on Tuesday 31 October. A day spent in the quiet and tranquility of the monastery, with an opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and listen to a talk by the Abbess Mother Kalistheni.


They enjoyed their generous hospitality and browsing in the bookshop, buying gifts and religious items, as well as a friendly kick to kick with Father George.


Parents' Association

Lily Anne Jewellery Fundraiser for Oakleigh Grammar.

My name is Dimitra Georgiadis and I am Independent Consultant for Lily Anne Jewellery.


With our gorgeous & ‘sentimental’ range of Jewellery you can create the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones, which will be worn close to the heart. 


We have jewellery to suit all budgets and every occasion: birthday, Mother’s Day, Baptism, Easter, Graduations, gifts for teachers and let’s not forget Christmas which is around the corner. 


Up until 20th of December, I will be running a Fundraiser for our School and will be donating 100% of my commission from all sales. I will also be donating an additional $5 for every Jewellery Bar booked.


Our preview brochure is available at https://issuu.com/lilyannedesigns/docs/issuu_october_2017_preview


Head on over to my website at: www.lilyannejewellery.com.au/SentimentalAboutYou and be sure to select “Oakleigh Grammar Fundraiser’ upon checkout. 


You can stay up to date with specials/sales by visiting my Facebook page at: https:/m.facebook.com/SentimentalAboutYou/


If you would like to know more please contact me on 0413 799 235.


Community Board


Sts Anargiri Greek Language Centre


  • 3 and 4 year older kinder classes
  • Modern Greek Language Classes Prep to Year 10
  • VCE Classes
  • Classes for students that use Greek as their first language (entry is based on a test to determine ability)
  • Traditional Greek Dancing
  • Performing Arts (linked to concerts held during the year)
  • Music program (bouzouki)



Wednesday 5.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Thursday (advanced) 5.00 pm – 8.15 pm

Friday 5.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Saturday 9.30 am – 1.00 pm​



An exciting initiative and one that the school is very proud of, is the introduction of Classical (Ancient) Greek classes at junior secondary and VCE level. The VCE Classical Greek program is accredited by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and makes our language centre one of only a handful of educational providers that offer Classical Greek in Victoria.


Students will come into contact with the rich Ancient Greek language developing a greater appreciation of the development of the Modern Greek and will score extra points on their ATAR.​


A 50 per cent discount of the yearly tuition fee applies for Oakleigh Grammar students.




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