Oakleigh Grammar News 

05 May 2017
Issue Four
From the Principal
Deputy Principal
Important Dates & Notices
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
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 all members of our School Community enjoyed their recent Term break over Easter and this term we welcome new students and families as well as a short term contingent of thirty students from Thailand. Since the term commenced we have already had a well-attended Open Day, EISM Athletics Carnival as well as an ANZAC Day Service.


The annual Oakleigh Grammar Trivia Night organised by our Parent’s Association was a fun and enjoyable evening for all in attendance. Approximately $3,500 was raised on the evening. I wish to thank our Parent’s Association under the leadership of Mr Nicholas Nicolaou and his committee for their ongoing support.



I am pleased to advise that our Library refurbishment has been completed and will be operational next week.  Opportunities to visit our new facility will be advised in the next edition of the Grammar News.


National Schools Event

The National Schools Event was held at All Saints Grammar, Sydney. Our students represented our school admirably and enjoyed the whole experience. I thank Mr Greg Joyce and the supervising team for their oversight of this annual event.


Business Networking Committee

We are pleased to extend on the initiative of formulating a School Business Directory, available on our website, to a new business breakfast initiative.  We have secured Mrs Helen Kapalos, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australian journalist and television presenter, for the inaugural Business Breakfast which will be held on 22 June at 7:00am in the Conference & Assembly Centre.  Details will be advertised shortly.


Staff News

Congratulations are extended to Ms Jacqui Thomas and Ms Zoe Taylor on their respective engagements to Rafael and Sam.


At our recent commencement Assembly we recognised 5 and 10 year Service Awards for the following staff:


10 Year Service Awards

Mrs Sharron Frame

Mr Erik Rinkel

Mrs Elizabeth Aivaliotis

Mrs Soula Mitsopoulos

Mrs Toula Bletas


5 Year Service Awards

Mrs Cathy Crerar

Mrs Helen Gameras

Mrs Jenny Sare

Mr Vince Falzarano

Mr Andrew Phillips

Mr John Scott


Pre Service Placements for Term 2

We are pleased to be hosting Pre Service Teachers Ms Emily Wdowik and Ms Bianca Winkels.


Community News

Condolences have been extended to the Christopoulos and Koutsiomiros families on the passing of Mr John Christopoulos (husband of former Board Member Mrs Despina Christopoulos) and Mrs Maria Koutsiomiros, a former part time staff member (mother of former Teacher Kristina Kakavas).

Deputy Principal


Deputy Principal


2017 International Baccalaureate Global Conference - March 29-31, Yokohama, Japan
Late last term I attended the 2017 IB International Baccalaureate Global Conference with Mark Robertson and Haydn Flanagan. The conference took place in Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city with a population of over three million.


Yokohama is located less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train. The history of the city dates back to the 11th century when it was a small fishing village on the east coast. Up until the 1860’s Japan maintained a policy of self-isolation. Yokohama's port was one of the first to be opened to foreign trade. Consequently, Yokohama grew quickly into one of Japan's major cities. Yokohama had a turbulent first half of the twentieth century with much of the city being destroyed by an earthquake in 1923 and half the city was again destroyed by U.S. air raids during World War II.

The conference was located in the Minato Mirai 21 area of Yokohama. This large coastal, high-rise development of hotels, shopping malls, convention centres and amusement parks was imbedded with Japanese culture and spectacular scenery. It is an area of the city that has undergone rapid and successful globalization. This provided a captivating and inspiring back-drop to the conference.


The conference theme was “Inspiring Community”. Over the three days of the conference there were a number of keynote addresses, dozens of workshops and forums. These sessions were all designed to stimulate thinking and engage teachers in the important topic of inspiring learning communities to tackle the challenges of educating young people in the 21st century.

Dr Alma Harris gave the opening keynote address on the theme of ‘Educational Leadership and School Improvement’ with a focus on leading inspiring communities and why leadership is more important than ever. She emphasised that the quality of leadership (the practice of influencing others) is a key factor in improving school and system performance. Dr Alma spoke of the need for leaders at all levels and that leaders need to be ambitious for their school. Schools need to build the leadership capacity of their staff and that leadership should be shared within, between and across all parts of the school.

The conference brought together teachers, academics, administrators and commercial providers from schools, universities, governments and business in the Asia Pacific region. Over 1500 delegates attended the conference representing 29 countries and from over 770 schools. The collegiality and warmth of the IB community is a special feature of these conferences. We re-acquainted ourselves with colleagues from overseas and from schools around Australia, while also forging new connections and relationships that will assist in the further development and promotion of the Middle Years Program in the year ahead.


Important Dates & Notices

Fundraiser for Anglicare Victoria

A huge thank you to staff, students and parents for the support and generosity shown during our Altitude Shift fundraiser for Anglicare Victoria. 

During Week 2 of Term 2, students in Grade 7B raised awareness for Anglicare Victoria by promoting the event throughout the school and collecting donations. Over $700 in total was raised, with all proceeds going towards helping support foster carers and the hundreds of children in foster care, ensuring these children have access to a safe and supportive environment when their families are no longer able to look after them. 

As part of the Altitude Shift fundraiser for Anglicare Victoria, I also successfully abseiled 27 stories down the St. James building in the CBD which certainly was a step (or two!) out of my comfort zone, but it was an amazing experience and the event was very well-orchestrated by the superb team at Zenith Events. I certainly knew I was in safe hands the whole time!

Standing on the edge of a building and looking 113m down is not too dissimilar to the nerve-racking feeling a child would have when faced with the prospect of growing up in a new home, with a new family, and without the support of their parents. Yes, abseiling down a building takes courage, but what these children in crisis face takes far more courage and resilience. 


If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please head to Anglicare Victoria's website (https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/) for more information. 

Book Fair


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).

Queensland University parenting Study

The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland is undertaking an online study looking at how parents and teenagers get along with one another and how parents thoughts and feelings during difficult moments with their teenagers affects the parents’ coping and their teenagers’ wellbeing.  This ties in with Oakleigh Grammar’s 2017 theme of Resilience.


The information collected will remain anonymous and will form the thesis for a Masters in Clinical Psychology for a member of the Parenting Teenagers Research Group, Peter Gillogley, from the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University.


What is the study about?

Families, and in particular mothers and fathers, are really important in supporting their teenager to be healthy, happy and to meet their potential.  Research shows that mothers and fathers who have close, loving relationships with their teenagers and that are more connected and less hostile, have fewer difficulties during adolescence and into adulthood.  Research also shows that parents' own thoughts and feelings about their children and being a parent can affect the relationship they have with their teenager and how they deal with problems.


This study looks at how parents and teenagers get along with one another and how parents’ thoughts and feelings during difficult moments with their teenagers affects the parents coping and their teenagers’ wellbeing. Outcomes from the study will provide insight into strategies to assist parents to better support their teenagers. The survey has University of Queensland ethics approval (17PSYCHMAP3JH).


What will parents do?

  • Complete an anonymous online survey with questions about parents’ thoughts and feelings during difficult moments with their teenagers, parent mental health, parent - teenager relationships, and teenager wellbeing.
  • The survey will take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete, with an optional participation in a draw for a double movie pass.


Why is this important?

  • The information that will be obtained from parents will help the group to learn about the relationship between parenting psychological flexibility, the parent - adolescent relationship and adolescent wellbeing.
  • We will use findings from the study to develop better ways to support parents to have good relationships with their teenagers and to promote teenager’s well-being.

If you are a parent of an 11 to 18 year old child and would like to assist by taking part in the survey, please access the following link:




All responses remain confidential and participants in the survey are anonymous.

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 will no longer be 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.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.

For more information, download the flyer below.

To apply for CSEF, download the form below.


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.


Business Breakfast - Save the Date!


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) 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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Senior School

Head of Senior School


Head of Senior School


Leadership is not always about a badge or a title. It should be about the manner in which someone conducts themselves on a daily basis, being prepared to be a good role model for others without the seeking of recognition and reward; for simply doing what needs to be done. Students in the Senior School are leaders. Beyond the normal expectations placed on them as the oldest and, therefore, more experienced students, they should seek to learn from every opportunity provided and share with our younger members what they have discovered.


Unfortunately, not everyone wishes to listen or accept advice positively. The resultant interactions between the various age groups can be both fascinating and frustrating to watch as the maturing young adults struggle to cope with what we as parents deal with daily, the rebellious and contrary nature of adolescents.  Patience is tested and communication skills developed, as they learn not to be reactive to what seems like provocation from someone who does not have the same level of understanding. Yet as school leaders, they continue to mostly rise to the occasion and seek to achieve positive outcomes. The ongoing development of skills and understanding is a major focus in the Senior School. We seek to assist our students to become responsible citizens and caring members of the community.


With this in mind, I was very proud of the members of the Senior Student leadership team who accompanied me to represent Oakleigh Grammar at the Dawn Service in Oakleigh on ANZAC Day.  Despite the early hour and extremely wet and cold conditions, they arrived in full uniform and stood amongst the gathered group to pay their respects and honour those who fought for their country. Thank you for representing your School proudly, and showing the wider community what the student leaders of Oakleigh Grammar can do. Well done to our School Captains, Anastasia Horomidis and Spiro Houpis who laid a wreath on behalf of the School community, School Vice Captains, Katelyn Limnios and Anthony Malamas and Prefects, Sophia Gotsis, Stanko Stankovic and Christina Katatrioti.


Congratulations and well done also to our SRC Representatives who accompanied Mrs Spanos to the Shrine on Tuesday 25 April.


Year 12 School Jackets

Term 2 sees a change in student uniform for Year 12 students. Each year, instead of wearing their blazers each day, Year 12 students are permitted to design and wear a jacket with their uniform. This year is no different. Check out the look for this year.

Year 10 Morrisby Report Testing

Students in Year 10 have undertaken the three-hour testing process that will result in the production of an informative individual report outlining areas of strength and potential career choices which will aid them in the all-important VCE subject selections in Term 3. Reports will be available to both parents and students at the 2018 VCE Information evening on July 26. Follow up interviews with our Career Advisor, Michelle Mascaro will take place at that time and parents are warmly invited and strongly encouraged to be active participants in this process.

A Reflection from the National Schools Event Team Captains

The National Schools Event team left on Tuesday to compete in Sydney at the annual National School Event. This year the composition of the team truly reflects the growing cultural diversity of Oakleigh Grammar. For the first time we have two of our international students, Aaron Shang (Year 11) and Chris Yuan (Year 10) selected to represent Oakleigh Grammar in Basketball. The Team Captains are required to compose a speech reflecting on their experience and present it both in English and Greek so because of the theme of leadership in my article I thought I would share it with you. Read more.

Mother’s Day Classic fundraiser

On Sunday 14 May, a team of Oakleigh Grammar Year 11 students and a handful of teachers and supporting family members will undertake the Mother’s Day classic walk at the Botanic Gardens. As part of the Year 11 pastoral program, students have been challenged to engage in a “service above self” activity. The students themselves asked if they could participate in the Mother’s Day Classic, presenting the idea to the class. They have worked hard to organise the event, and have contributed to the cost of participating.


“The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Our aim is to deliver a fun, healthy and inspirational event that brings the community together on Mother’s Day to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.”


If you would like to support our students in their goal of raising funds for breast cancer research you can contribute via the everyday hero website. Donations are fully tax deductible.


Middle School

Head of Middle School


Head of Middle School


The first weeks of Term 2 have been a hive of activity in the Middle School.


International Study Tour

This term the Middle School have welcomed 27 Thai students from the Sarasas School, Bangkok. The students have undertaken a program which consists of several sightseeing tours around Melbourne and integration into Middle School subject lessons. The Thai students have impressed us all with their command of the English language, their willingness to become involved in lessons and their beautiful manners and smiling faces.


The opportunity for our students to work with and get to know international students is so valuable in developing intercultural understanding and extending international mindedness. I encourage all parents to discuss the experience with your children and ask what they have learnt and what they feel they have gained from the experience.

Our thanks go to Ms Hannah Peace for her organisation of the program.


Mr. Harbis – Daredevil

Our congratulations are extended to Mr Andrew Harbis who, last week abseiled 27 floors down the St. James building in the CBD on order to raise funds for Anglicare Victoria who support children in foster homes.


Our Year 7 students became involved in promoting and collecting money in support of Mr Harbis’ fantastic cause and to ensure there was no way for him to back out of his daredevil undertaking.


Mr. Harbis raised over $700 for this important cause and, we are happy to confirm, reached the ground safely and without incident. Well done to Mr Harbis for providing such an excellent example of Service as Action for our students.


Blackheath and Thornburgh Exchange

Preparations are underway for the upcoming Blackheath and Thornburgh Exchange camp. Eleven Middle School students have signed up for the adventure and will be heading to Northern Queensland at the end of this term to experience life in the remote rural township of Charters towers.


In exchange, we look forward to welcoming students from Blackheath and Thornburgh College in September this year. Requests for billeting families will be sent to Middle School parents shortly. The chance for students from remote Northern Queensland to taste life in a major city can be a life changing experience for these students and to be part of this can be a rich and rewarding undertaking for families. I would strongly encourage families to become involved.


Upcoming events

  • NAPLAN testing Years 7 & 9 - Tuesday 9 May – Thursday 11 May
  • EISM Athletics carnival – Monday 15 May
  • Student Free Day – Friday 9 June
  • Queen’s Birthday Holiday – School Closed – Monday 12 June
  • Blackheath and Thornburgh Exchange – Sunday 18 June – Friday 23 June

Junior School

Head of Junior School


Head of Junior School


Welcome Back

Congratulations to all the students for their determination and success to get the Term off to a good start.


Thank you to the wonderful parents who are assisting their children to build independence in the mornings. It is fabulous to see so many children being encouraged to carry their own bags into the classrooms.  Well done to those students who are successfully organised for their days.  The students' behaviour was exceptional at the whole School Assembly and the ANZAC Day service.  Students behaved with respect and a solemness at the service for our fallen soldiers.  Thank you to Junior Students who provided the incredible artwork for this important occasion.  The choir performance was of an exceptional standard and thank you to Mrs Desi Maramis for her leadership.   Students also created wreaths, writing and symbols of ANZAC Day.  Thank you to Ms Diane Nash for creating the large poppy cross with Junior School students in Visual arts classes.  This can be currently viewed at reception 

What a fabulous start to Term 2!



Read more below about the great start to our Term!

Year 2 Inquiry Unit

JS Teachers up-skill on Cyber Safety practices



Thank you to Ms Claire and her team for running a wonderful holiday programme with record numbers attending.  This is testament to the fine planning of events and engaging time for the students who attend each day. Read more.



Thank you to all the wonderful students who arrive and leave the school grounds looking immaculate in full uniform.  It is fabulous to see parents reminding, and children remembering, to wear their blazers and tuck their shirts in for winter.  The following sentence is pertinent in the school diary, “The School blazer is to be worn to and from school and at official School functions and excursions.”  For further information about the uniform please see the Junior School Diary.

I have been picking up many jumpers around the school as students get warm at playtimes and remove them. Please ensure all items of clothing are named correctly, so any items found can be returned to the rightful owner. If you are missing items, the lost property is located at student services desk. Alternatively, if they have been missing for an extended period of time and need to be replaced, the Uniform Shop is run by Dobson’s and items can be purchased online.


After-School Pick-Up

Junior School students are escorted to Oakleigh Grammar Out of School Hours care by the teacher who has them in the last session of the day.  It would be helpful to the teacher if parents could write any changes to routine in the student diary.   If students have not been collected by 3.45 pm your child will be placed in after-school care as an emergency procedure to ensure his/her safety and well-being. Please be aware that there is a charge for Outside-School-Hours Care.


Better buddies Program

One of the most common forms of violence in the lives of children is bullying. In Australia it affects approximately one student in every four.  Bullying can have a devastating effect on a child.  In addition, children who portray bullying behaviours are more likely to commit anti-social behaviour and criminal acts. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Better Buddies Framework is an initiative designed to create friendly and caring primary school communities where bullying is reduced. Through Better Buddies, children in their first and last year of primary school buddy up and learn the values: caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. All children in the school learn these values through formal and informal activities, including their interactions with the mascot Buddy Bear, our giant, fun-loving and caring purple bear.


Better Buddies enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected. It is designed to enhance existing buddy programs or introduce a buddy program to primary schools for the first time.  The evidence-based framework complements existing school welfare programs and links to national curriculum initiatives. The Better Buddies program links intently with our Leader in Me process in the Junior School happens with cross aged activities.  There are 8 multi-age activities across the year for all year levels and a huge thank you to Ms Katherine Bogiannidou for coordinating the programme with the assistance of Mrs Kathy Haramis.



  • Mothers day Breakfast 12 May
  • NAPLAN testing 9 -11 May
  • Education week 22 – 26 May ( Scholastic Book Fair, Better Buddies, Nutrition workshops and hands on experiences in the ELC , Walk to School day.
  • Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 25 May
  • Life Be in It on 8 June
  • Student free day 9 June

The Leader In Me


Leadership Facilitator


Term 2 is “High on the Habits”

We are travelling full speed ahead towards achieving The Leader in Me Lighthouse status in August. One of the key audit criteria under Measurable Data is effective goal setting, for both students and staff. Read More.

Please enjoy this wonderful poem writing by Olga Pavlovic in Year 4T on the importance of paradigms and being a leader.



by Olga Pavlovic

It is easy to understand failure.
But it is a whole different game
To actually take responsibility.
Instead of passing the blame,
Reflect on the past.
Realize that if you don’t take charge,
The chances are,
you’ll finish last!

Pink Ribbon Mother's Day Breakfast

On Friday 12 May 2017 at 9:45AM, Junior School Mums are invited to a special Oakleigh Grammar Mother's Day Celebration at Vanilla Up Stairs.


We will all join together for a morning of great food, fundraising and fun!

The Pink Ribbon Breakfast will be available from 9.45am at Vanilla Upstairs, Eaton Mall, Oakleigh.


Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at reception. $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Vanilla has kindly offered to match this for every ticket sold.



Glass of Prosecco or Moscato or freshly squeezed Orange Juice

Points Sandwiches

Mini Scones or Mini Pites

Mini Tarts

Petit Four


Coffee or Tea


Scholastic Book Fair


The Arrowsmith Program

Neuroplasticity and Exercise Will Keep Your Brain Young and Spr

by Robert Montenegro


Our poor brains.


From 25-years-old on, it's just one long downward spiral toward Age Related Cognitive Decline (ARCD). As Dr. Jack Lewis writes at The Independent, ARCD is an inevitable part of aging. If we were all to live to be 150, he says, our capacity to maintain focus and memory will have long since degraded. It's just a simple fact of life... or at least until those darn scientists figure out this whole immortality thing.


If the above bit of cranial memento mori is getting you down, Dr. Lewis offers solace by suggesting several strategies you can employ to stall the process by which your brain shrinks toward ineffectuality. The first is to exercise regularly. The brain thrives when steady streams of blood pump oxygen through it. Sitting at your desk 40 hours every week isn't doing your brain any favors. Go for a long walk after work in order to feed it what it likes.


Something else you can do to keep your brain fit is to take advantage of neuroplasticity. Just as the muscles in your body get stronger when you exercise them, our brains benefit from activities that cause it to change and adapt.


"By consistently challenging it with fresh mental activities, your brain will be continually forced to restructure, rewire and build new connections to cope with the new demands placed on it."

There are four activities Dr. Lewis cites as delayers of ARCD: learning a musical instrument, playing chess, dancing, and reading.

Each of these activities requires your brain to interpret, adapt, or think critically. Learning guitar requires memorization of finger movements. Playing chess is all about stretching cognitive capacity. Dancing is similar to playing an instrument, though with an intrinsic social element added. Reading involves connecting words on a page with an understanding of what they mean in your mind.


Those four (plus exercise) are but the tip of the iceberg. Learning a new language is another way to expand your brain through neuroplasticity. No matter how you choose to keep your brain in shape, coupling these activities with exercise will postpone ARCD, and thus dementia and Alzheimer's. It's the least we can do for our poor and doomed brains.

The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar


Faculty News



Career Advisor


Oakleigh Grammar Senior School Careers Morning Tea

On Tuesday 2 May our senior school students attended a Careers Morning Tea at our Conference and Assembly Centre.


Our Guest Speaker in attendance was Kerrie Bridson who is Associate Professor (Marketing) and Course Director of the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Commerce Honours

From Deakin University.


She provided excellent advice and key messages to our senior students on the importance of resilience, that we learn from our mistakes, highlighted pathways to tertiary education, and reminded students that entering courses and career paths are not defined by the ATAR!


She also discussed the importance of developing social and interpersonal skills that students can obtain via extracurricular activities that they should pursue.  Whether it be playing sport, a musical instrument, having a part time job, volunteer and/or work experience, it will enhance student’s employability outcomes.  Developing connections from now is also of vital importance for their future.


Kerrie has also offered her email contact details should students wish to keep in touch and ask any questions.  Please see Mrs. Mascaro if you would likee to contact her.  A great opportunity to begin developing new connections!





  • UMAT applications close 2 June; test 26 July. Information Booklet: http://umat.acer.edu.au See Mrs. Mascaro for further information.


  • ‘INSIDE MONASH’ seminars – Coming in May: 9th Education, 11th Psychology, 16th Medicine and Biomedical Science, 16th Education, 17th Law, 18th Health Sciences, 18th IT, 23rd Biomedical Sciences, Radiography and Nutrition, 25th Engineering; Register: www.monash.edu/inside-monash



  • VCE AND CAREERS EXPO 2017: Thurs 4 – Sun 7 May; at Caulfield Racecourse; Admission: $10 or $25 for families. Info: www.vceandcareers.com.au.


VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (VCA) NEW DEGREES – The VCA will be offering two new degrees for aspiring actors and theatre-makers in 2018:

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre), both dynamic, forward-thinking conservatoire-style programs, will nurture a new generation of culturally aware and internationally focused actors and performance makers, preparing them for 21st century careers in the Asia Pacific region across a wide range of stage and screen contexts.  NOTE: The VCA, in South-bank, is part of the University of Melbourne.




BACHELOR OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (LABORATORY MEDICINE) – The vital role that medical laboratory scientists play in the healthcare system to combat superbugs was highlighted at a recent TedX Texas State university conference. The reality of superbugs in healthcare systems and the role of medical laboratory professionals play in combating these superbugs were discussed. RMIT’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) remains as the only degree in Victoria that is professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).


EXPLORE ASIA THROUGH RMIT VIETNAM – You can cross-campus at RMIT Vietnam for up to a year without increasing your tuition or extending your program. Some advantages are: It’s easy to match your academic programs for credit; the affordable cost of living; the food and culture; the chance to travel to some of the best destinations in Asia. RMIT Vietnam is the Asian hub of RMIT University, with campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Programs on offer are: business, creative design and technology.  You need to have completed at least one semester of academic study at RMIT prior to applying for Cross-campus Study at RMIT Vietnam. See: www.rmit.edu.au/students/exchangevietnam 

NOTE: Several other Victorian universities have overseas campuses where part of a degree can be studied. In addition, all universities have ‘partner’ overseas universities where part of a Victorian degree can be completed (eg a semester). See individual Uni institutions for further information.


INTERESTED IN STUDYING HEALTH AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY? Health is the fastest growing employment industry. Deakin is offering information sessions where you can explore your options.

  • Exercise and Sport Science at Burwood  6-7.30pm, 17 May and 2-3.30pm, 20 May; at Geelong (Waurn Ponds) 6-7.30pm, 24 May and 2-3.30pm, 27 May
  • Food and Nutrition Sciences at Burwood – 6-7.30pm, 17 May and 2-3.30pm, 20 May
  • Health Sciences at Burwood – 6-7.30pm, 18 May; at Geelong (Waterfront) 6-7.30pm, 25 May
  • Nursing and Midwifery at Burwood – 6-8pm, 26 July and 2.30-4.30pm, 29 July; Geelong (Waterfront) 6-8pm, 26 July and 2.30-4.30pm, 29 July; Warrnambool – 6-7.30pm, 11 August.

Register online at www.deakin.edu.au/health/events; Health course Information: 1800 693 888.


THE SWINBURNE ADVANTAGE – Staff at Swinburne believe that an undergraduate education must be about more than knowledge. In today’s competitive job market, it must be about true job readiness. For over 50 years, Swinburne has been partnering with leading Australian and global organisations to offer students workplace experiences. The Swinburne Advantage is available to all new undergraduates; you just need to choose the Work Integrated Learning that suits you from:

  • Professional degrees – offer high-achieving students the opportunity to enrol in a degree that incorporates a guaranteed, paid, full-time work placement
  • Professional Placements and Internships – through Swinburne’s partnerships with leading companies, you are offered the opportunity to work in a professional placement directly related to your area of study. You are paid and receive academic credit to your degree 
  • Industry-linked projects – problem-solving is a strength that can bolster your prospective career. You need to graduate with the confidence and skills to tackle any project or challenge. Industry-linked projects are usually undertaken as a unit of study during the final year of your course
  • Accreditation Placements – some degrees include a mandatory work placement for accreditation. Swinburne has long-standing relationships with top organisations that welcome Swinburne students (eg in law, engineering and education)
  • Industry Study Tours - are designed to give you experience that will benefit your careers, and give credit towards your degree.

Info: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/advantage


ENTRY TO TEACHING COURSES FOR 2018 - The number of Victorian university graduates applying to become teachers has fallen nearly 40% in a year. This drop has triggered concerns about teacher shortages into the future. Requirements for getting into a teaching course will rise this year, with ATAR’s set at a minimum of 65 for 2018 and 70 in 2019. From this year, Victorian universities will only be allowed to offer two-year graduate entry initial teacher education programs, instead of one-year courses known as the Diploma of Education. This may have deterred some students from pursuing a teaching career, although the difficulty in finding full-time work could be a contributor as well.

A compulsory literacy and numeracy test and a separate test will now be used by many Victorian universities for entry to undergraduate education courses to measure non-academic skills like problem solving, leadership, empathy and resilience (known at CASPer).

CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is an admissions test developed in Canada which assesses non-cognitive or non-academic attributes in an online format in the pre-screening stage of the application process. It will be done using web-cam and cost $80.00.


REMINDER – EARLY ACHIEVERS PROGRAM (EAP) AT ACU – Have you been a regular volunteer, perhaps gaining leadership experience? The volunteering might be at school, a community organisation, or a cultural or religious group. If so, you could be eligible for the Early Achievers’ Program entry into an undergraduate degree. If successful, you’ll receive an offer as early as August. For most degrees the minimum ATAR for an EAP place is 58.50. Law and physiotherapy require a minimum of 70 while Occupational Therapy, paramedicine and speech pathology require 65. Applications are now open, and close on 17 July. See: www.acu.edu.au/eap




SRC Coordinator


Students of Oakleigh Grammar were very busy throughout the last month by representing our school in different events and participating in a number of activities with pride.


During school holidays, students of Oakleigh Grammar were invited by Justice of Cyprus Committee to attend the 62nd anniversary of the struggle of Cypriots to gain freedom from the British Colony. Senior and Middle School Leaders together with SRC member attended the liturgy at St Andrews Greek Orthodox Church in Forest Hill. Anastasia Horomidis and Anastasia Anastopoulos laid a wreath at the Memorial on behalf of Oakleigh Grammar.


On Wednesday 19 April, Middle School Leaders and SRC Members represented Oakleigh Grammar at the Anzac Service for schools conducted each year by the Rotary Club of Monash and paid tribute to those solders who lost their lives.

The students of Mrs Spanos’ Greek Yr6 class had the opportunity of visiting Wesley St Mark’s Respite Cottage on Thursday 20 May 2017. Students performed some Greek songs and traditional dances and extended Easter wishes with elderly people. Well done to Yr6 students who participated and for their outstanding performance.

Our Middle School Leaders and SRC members attended the ANZAC Day Parade on Tuesday 25 April. It was a very emotional experienced for our students attending this big event and having the opportunity to be around veterans. The students were also invited to the Hellenic RSL and where they joined the members there for lunch.

Congratulations to those students who represented Oakleigh Grammar to commemorate the anniversary of this significant day.


Congratulations to all students who participated to all events and took part in these significant celebrations.

School Chaplain


School Chaplain


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ


Χριστός Ανέστη - Christ is Risen!


Upon reflecting throughout Holy Week, we experienced the sufferings of our Lord. We reflected upon ourselves meditating upon the scriptures and hymns from the beginning of Lent all the way through Holy Week fighting the spiritual arena and eventually climbing up the ladder to the day of the Resurrection of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ.

Each Easter is a celebration of the first Easter. We approach...as did the women and the disciples, to the empty tomb. The Church is darkened. Will darkness prevail? Is death the end? Where have they taken the Lord? Suddenly the priests opens the royal doors of the altar, bearing light from the altar vigil lamp. He holds the lighted taper high and triumphantly sings:

"Come receive the light, from the never-setting light; and glorify Christ who has risen from the dead."

In the darkness we see the light shining; everyone running to receive the light joyfully and sharing it with thousands of faithful. Let's think here with one light from the priest it goes out to many faithful this is the blessing the grace of God that pours out to everyone and we all become one family in Christ. We see the Resurrection is the power of new life creating and renewing all things in Christ.  St Symeon the new Theologian writes that if we are faithful and willing, Christ's resurrection becomes our own personal Easter. "Christ is buried in us as in a tomb. He unites Himself to our souls and rises again, and raises us with Himself."

Our Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese stated in his Easter message "We must believe like children, who consider nothing impossible, when they know that they have a father. In other words, we are called to be born again, rendering void all our past sinful life through repentance."

Pascha! The feast of glory, the feast of light, the feast of joy! What words can convey the splendor and power of Easter? When our faces & our children's faces are shining with the light of the resurrection and our hearts are glowing with the radiance of the risen Lord we cannot talk about Easter; we can only sing Easter! We emerge in spontaneous rejoicing, embracing one another, singing the resurrection hymn and heralding paschal greetings "Christ is risen!" "Truly He is Risen"!

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι, ζωὴν χαρισάμενος.


Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.


We would like to express our deep gratitude to all our volunteers throughout Holy Week.  Our Committee members including Management, Philoptohos & Fellowship Committees and our Byzantine Choir and Chanters; our Oakleigh Grammar students that assisted as myrrh-bearers & in the choir & our altar boys & all our parents with our students who assisted in making palm crosses and decorating the tomb of Christ.

We would like to thank once again Jun Bastoni from Airtime Productions volunteering his time in capturing the Midnight service of the Resurrection; creating a remarkable visual presentation of our service. God bless!

In Christ

Father George

Parents' Association

Trivia Night Success

The trivia night on Saturday 29 April was a huge success. One hundred people gathered for the evening and had a laugh, played along with the games and activities and put their heads together for a number of head-scratching trivia questions. The evening raised a whopping $3500 for the school! This is our best fundraising result at a Trivia Night.


A big thank you to major sponsors Ray White - George Midas and Helen and Steven Bauzon from Uniquely Transformed, in addition to the  numerous minor sponsors.


Thanks are also extended to all the parents, board members, members of the Senior Leadership Team, teachers, administration staff and members of the wider school community that attended and made the night so enjoyable for all.

Congratulations to the team of parents who can now call themselves 'Back-to-Back Champions' for 2016 & 2017!


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