Oakleigh Grammar News 

31 March 2017
Issue Three
From the Principal
Deputy Principal
Important Dates & Notices
Oakleigh Grammar Business Network
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar
The Arrowsmith Program
Faculty News
Parents' Association
Community Board
Oakleigh Grammar
77-81 Willesden Road
Oakleigh, Victoria, 3166

From the Principal



Acting Principal and Head of Junior School


I had the great pleasure of attending the National Future Schools Conference last week that boasted many international speakers as well as Melbourne based educational leaders.  The sessions were designed to tackle five specific areas of the future school; future leadership; young learning; special needs; teaching about and using emerging technologies; and STEM, coding, robotics and the new digital curriculum.  It allowed me to come back to school this week with renewed passion, ideas and inspiration for the future of education.  Learning is such a continuous process and at Oakleigh Grammar, we aim to continue conversations for future schooling and have conversations that deepen relationships and impact on teaching and learning.  What resonated the most for myself over the conference is that we need our students to be prepared for the global, competitive, digital world. Through a series of thought-provoking keynotes and real-world case studies, I was able to explore schooling systems, society, behaviours, pedagogy, curriculum, collaboration and learning spaces.  It was wonderful to experience, learn, discover and network over the latest advances in education and be able unpack these experiences back at school.


As resilience is our school theme I thought how appropriate for me to have the privilege to hear Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project. While the psychological theories are complex, he has broken a healthier mental health spectrum into three main pillars of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.  His signature message, which is widely delivered to schools, organisations and sporting clubs was formed from his time spent in India.  He advises many students and adults alike to practise these pillars, through activities such as a daily gratitude journal, which, after 21 days, can rewrite the brain to search for positive aspects of life.  Hugh presented many evidenced based strategies that can increase levels of resilience and in doing so, safeguard young people from mental ill health.  After hearing Hugh's stories, a most engaging speaker, I am glad that we are working to develop a school culture of resilience. 


Parent Teacher interviews were held last week.  The partnership between home and school is vital.  If you have questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to speak to your homeroom teacher.  Thank you for coming into school on these evenings and we look forward to continuing a strong partnership with families to benefit the social, emotional, behavioural and academic success for our students. 


What an exciting week it was last week, leading up to our Independence Day celebrations on Friday 24 March and the march at the Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday 26 March.  A huge thank you and congratulations to the LOTE department, teachers and students.  Our students presented themselves with pride and it was wonderful to see some of our students in their national costumes. It was pleasing to see so many families at the school on Friday enjoying the concert.  Thank you to all staff for assisting and attending at the Shrine for this special occasion.  We particularly thank our drummers and flag holders for outstanding contribution to our school’s presence and Mr Peter Psarros for taking photographs.


Finally, have a safe and relaxing Term 1 break.  The students have worked very hard and I am sure are looking forward to a well-earned holiday. 

Easter blessings to all.

Deputy Principal


Deputy Principal


The Oakleigh Grammar advantage . . . . improving student learning

Now and even more so in the future, employers will want their staff to possess 21st century learning skills and be creative, critical, resilient and socially adept. In adulthood we succeed through collaboration and developing relationships with the people we live and work with. Teachers must work at developing these skills in the students they teach. They must be innovative and create opportunities for students to develop these collaborative skills, together with a range of learning strategies and meaningful life experiences.

With this in mind, the school you choose for your children does matter! Oakleigh Grammar is one of the leading Melbourne schools with a growing reputation for running innovative programs e.g. The Leader in Me, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, 9Ways, Global Citizenship, Digital Classroom, Cognizance Brain Training, Arrowsmith and Reggio-Emilia, that assist our students to become capable, good, successful people with the desire to improve the world in which they live.


Children best develop with teachers that use their enthusiasm and passion to trigger a child’s natural disposition to learn. When they are allowed to apply their creativity and curiosity, children love learning. In the primary and middle years of schooling it is especially important that we don’t suppress this instinct. We want our students to be excited and bursting with energy, ready to engage in their learning.


There is no single education system for teaching students effectively but the best ones have a number of similar characteristics. In particular they allow children to explore in their own ways and develop their interests with teacher guidance and support.

The Early Learning Centre follows the Reggio Emilia approach that allows children to develop their own points of learning based on what interests them the most. This student initiated inquiry can open up a range of learning opportunities that can be resourced and supported by their teacher. Inquiry learning in the Junior School provides students with opportunities to explore themes and ideas, develop transdisciplinary learning skills, and reflect on a range of inquiry questions.


Similarly in the Middle Years Program inquiry learning takes a student’s existing knowledge to new levels of understanding. Here students are guided by their teachers to develop the procedures and skills required to investigate inquiry questions that grow out of a unit of study. Collaboration with fellow students is a key feature of the process.


We have our sights set on being a leading Australian, co-educational school that delivers quality education at international standards. This is made very clear in the School’s strategic plan where there is a clear focus on Improving Student Learning Outcomes by way of targeting the need for quality curriculum programs through better teaching and learning practices.

Important Dates & Notices

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'.

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.

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.

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]

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.


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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Oakleigh Grammar Business Network

Oakleigh Grammar is pleased to announce plans for the formation of its very own Business Network.


The School's Board has established a specialist committee charged with the task of creating the Business Network.


At Oakleigh Grammar we remain committed to the welfare, personal development and academic excellence of our students. We do acknowledge that our students remain part of a vibrant community.


With this in mind, the Business Network will seek to engage current and past students, staff members, parents and stakeholders in the school community.


We are hoping to create greater engagement amongst the school community and opportunities for current students and our alumni.


Stage 1 of the project involves the establishment of the Oakleigh Grammar Business Directory. Parents, staff members and past students are encouraged to register their businesses on the directory as a free means of advertising and promoting their service to the wider school community.


You have all be sent details about how to register online and we encourage you to do so. We are optimistic that members of the school community will be keen to do business with other members.


View the Business Directory here: businessdirectory.oakleighgrammar.vic.edu.au


Stage 2 will involve the roll-out of Business breakfasts with high profile keynote speakers. The first breakfast is scheduled to take place in June 2017 and will be undertaken at our school campus. Stay tuned for further details.


The Business Breakfasts will provide parents, alumni and stakeholders with the opportunity to network with other keen supporters of Oakleigh Grammar and to fundraise for projects aimed at enhancing the school to the benefit of current and future students.


Stage 3 will see a formal launch of the Business Network at a Gala Ball in 2018 which will coincide with the school's 35 year anniversary.

The fundamental purpose of the Business Network is to create opportunities for all members of the community. We envisage the establishment of a School Foundation in due course to support scholarships and bursaries and the funding of strategic projects.


Parents will experience enhanced business and networking connections. Students will receive mentoring and the prospect of work experience and job opportunities when they move beyond school. The school will expect new fundraising opportunities and greater engagement amongst its alumni and supporters.


As Principal Mark Robertson has stated, "I am so excited about this initiative. The prospects for Oakleigh Grammar are limitless and having a Convenor in Vic Rajah, a current parent, successful lawyer and community leader we are really optimistic that's its roll out will be to the benefit of many."

Chair of the Board of Oakleigh Grammar, Angelo Sardelis is another keen supporter. He says, "the Board is wholeheartedly committed to the establishment of the Business Network. It is something that I encourage all parents to support and embrace. It will advantage you, your children and the school."


Stay tuned for further information and if you have any queries or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Zoe Taylor, Marketing Officer on (03) 8554 0001 or via email to

[email protected].

Senior School

Head of Senior School


Head of Senior School


The term comes to a close today, Friday 31 March. It has been a short, yet very busy term. However, by now many of our students have completed the first of their many assessment tasks for the year. With the end of the term each student’s performance and progress will be reviewed and those found to be under-performing or perhaps experiencing excessive amounts of stress will be interviewed.


The Principal calls the Senior School the ‘business end of schooling’ and it is a very apt description. By the time students have entered Year 10 they should be well on their way to being independent and self-motivated learners. The one statement you should never hear from Senior students at any point in the year is “I don’t have anything to do”. There is always revision to ensure full understanding of presented ideas and preparation for examinations that can be started. Organisation and commitment to achieving the best possible result is integral for successful outcomes in VCE studies. However, at the same time, excessive and non-directed study can also be ineffective and in fact, potentially detrimental to a student’s well-being.


Balance is the key to success in Senior School. Students need to ensure their study program and habits at home support their learning rather than impede it. Homework should be timetabled to ensure each subject is given sufficient time and attention. It should reflect and support the learning from that day. It should include down time, time for sport, time for work and time to hang out with family and friends. Whilst it may not be a ‘cool’ concept, thinking about the week(s) ahead means nothing is forgotten, and preparation for all important assessment occurs at a pace that allows knowledge to be assimilated and understood. There will be a number of interruptions in the first few weeks of next term, and so, students are encouraged to make time during the term break to ensure that they consolidate this term’s work and return organised in Term 2. 


Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to the parents who have attended interviews on one of the evenings set aside for parent teacher interviews last week. These are important conversations between home and school as they provide relevant detail about how your child is progressing. The Interim reports are indicative but cannot answer your questions or provide you with answers to things that may concern you as a parent. If you have not attended but would like to speak to teachers, please make time to contact them via email or phone. Senior School staff are always happy to work with parents to assist their students to achieve positive outcomes.


Coming up in Term 2

  • Morrisby Testing for Year 10
  • A Night at the Theatre
  • Senior School Examinations
  • The VCAA GAT Examination
  • Year 10 Ski trip
  • Year 10 Careers Program
  • Senior School Careers Expo
  • Year 12 Formal

Please note, students in the Senior School will commence Term 2 on Wednesday 19 April due to a staff PD running on Tuesday 18 April. I ask parents to take a moment to check student uniforms and to replace items that have been outgrown and ensure all dry cleaning is done before the Easter weekend.


I wish everyone a safe and relaxing break - Kalo Pascha

Middle School

Head of Middle School


Head of Middle School


Term 1 2017 feels like it has passed in the blink of an eye as the Middle school students continue to be involved in an array of amazing activities in, and outside of the classroom.


EISM Swimming Carnival

Last week our school representative swimming team competed in the EISM interschool carnival with outstanding results. Finishing in 2nd place overall, the team achieved the even greater feat of winning the Most Improved School, for the second year running. This award is gives an indication of the outstanding and continued growth being made by the swimming team, thanks to the dedication and commitment of both the students and sports staff. Our congratulations go to all team members and our thanks go to the Sports staff, under whose direction this success has been made possible.


Middle School Swimming Success

Our younger Middle School swimmers have also made a big splash at the Bentleigh Districts Swimming Carnival, with three students; Georgianna Petridis, Kai Di Natale and Verinoca Micallef qualifying to represent the School at the Bentleigh District at the School Sport Victoria Beachside Division Swimming Carnival. This is a fantastic achievement for the students and a great honour for the school to have such representation at this high level event. Read more.


Georgianna Petridis placed 1st in the Under 11 Girls 50m Backstroke, taking just 39.59 seconds to complete the race. Kai Di Natale swam the Under 12/13 Boys 50m Breaststroke in just 52.44 seconds, and Veronica Micallef swam the Under 9/10 Girls 50m Breaststroke in just 53.30 seconds!


Georgianna went through to the Southern Metro Regional Swimming Championships on Wednesday 29th March and she did extremely well once more, placing 3rd in the Under 11 Girls 50m Backstroke at a record time for Oakleigh Grammar of 39:58! Well done Georgianna!


Year 9 Media excursion

On Wednesday 15 March Media Studies students from Years 9 and 12 travelled to ACMI at Federation Square to view the Screen Worlds Exhibition and to see the Top Screen Presentation of Victoria’s best films produced by the VCE Class of 2016. Through the excursion, students had the chance to see the quality of work being produced by their peers, encouraging students to aim high and inspiring them with ideas of what can be possible. Read more.


Drama Victoria

On Tuesday 14 March Oakleigh Grammar’s Year 9 Drama students participated in a stimulus day ‘workshop’ at Monash University as part of the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival.


The Festival  celebrates excellence and diversity in drama and invites hundreds of Year 9 and 10 students from different schools to come together for workshops and performances to create work and share ideas – not to compete, but to explore and learn what drama and performance means to different people. Read more.


Year 9 Students – Click against Hate

Over Monday and Tuesday last week, our Year 9 students undertook the two session program, Click against Hate (CAH), which is an interactive cyber-safety program run by the Anti-Defamation Commission. Our Year 7 students had previously been involved in a similar, age appropriate version of this program with great success.


The program covered topics including:

Invasion of Privacy, cyber bullying, online dangers, Stereotyping, Incitement, Defamation, YouTube reporting, Facebook reporting, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, freedom of speech and vilification, pluralism/diversity/multiculturalism, attitudes to Indigenous Australians, bystander vs upstander and scams/identity theft/trolling/phishing.


The aim of CAH is to challenge students and take them ‘out of their comfort zone’, which the program certainly did, and get students involved in the discussion.


Like the Year 7 programme, the sessions run for Year 9 were a huge success and challenged students notions of what is and what is not acceptable online communication.


Athletics Carnival

The Middle and Senior Schools had an active end to the term with the running of the House Athletics Carnival held on Tuesday 28th March. The day was a great success with high levels of participation across all Year levels. Students ran, jumped and threw for their houses in the spirit of participation and competition. Thanks to all staff and students for their contribution to the success of the event. I cannot think of a better way for students to blow off some steam at the end of a hard working Term 1.


Happy and Safe Holidays 

Finally, I would like to wish all Middle School students, staff and families a safe and happy Easter Holiday break. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school, refreshed for another Term ahead on Wednesday April 19.


Upcoming events

Upcoming events to put in the Calendar include;

  • Term 2 Begins – Students Return to School Wednesday April 19
  • ANZAC Day Holiday – School Closed Tuesday 25 April

Junior School

Head of Junior School


Head of Junior School


Cross Country

Our annual Cross Country was a great day. The weather was perfect, children all cheered hard, ran hard and showed terrific sportsmanship and team spirit.  Congratulations to all the students who participated and were striving for their personal best – it was great to see. Thank-you to all the staff, parents and carers who assisted or supported on the day, it was greatly appreciated by Mr. Joyce and Mrs Jacobs.  A special mention and well done to the runners who placed in the top 3. Read more.


Cultural diversity week

Last week we celebrated Cultural Diversity week, which includes ‘National Day of Action Against Bullying' (read more).  At Oakleigh Grammar, we are proud to have many students and parents from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.  In order to enhance community harmony and promote respect and understanding of different cultures, our students have participated in a variety of activities.  They joined ‘Hands in Harmony’ and delighted in making a continuous link of hands around the Junior School building (read more), learnt to count in different languages and shared different artifacts and traditional dress brought from home.  We concluded our week with a thought provoking performance from Brainstorm Productions to encourage our students to stand up against bullying and also to be safe in the cyber world. 


Year 5 have also had their ‘Click against Hate’ sessions, and after the success and feedback received we will have them back in Term 4 before they transition to Middle School. 


Thank you to Ms Katherine Bogiannidou, our Better Buddies Coordinator for arranging National Day against Bullying and to our Year 4 teachers for a fun-filled cultural Diversity week. Read more about cultural diversity week.


House Event

A Social Justice and House competition was held on Tuesday 28 March to help raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.  Our leaders took charge of this event.  The Leaders' role is to encourage and foster an enthusiastic, passionate atmosphere towards their domain at Oakleigh Grammar. The social justice leaders and House leaders assisted in the organisation of a Junior School House event at the end of term that promotes our School as a sustainable and giving community, student well-being and House spirit. Read more.

Then and Now: Year 2 Students Explore Changes in Toys Over Time

Students in Year 2 have been researching toys and how they have changed over time. They interviewed an adult to find out about their favourite toy when they were younger and discussed the changes from then to now. Read more.


Parent Portal

We encourage parents to publish their contact details on the parents portal so that families we can all get in touch with each other.  This can be very helpful when planning play dates and organising birthday parties. Head to

http://parentportal.oakleighgrammar.vic.edu.au/Swift/ParentPortal/ParentPortal/StudentClassDirectory to doso.


Parents need to contact Patrick Lee  [email protected] for a password to log on. 


Co-Curricular School Activities

Thank you to the teachers and parents involved in a school activity such as games room, art and craft, sport training, instrumentals, chess or choir.  If your child is interested in these activities, please encourage your child to speak to their teacher about the wonderful opportunities that exist in our Junior School for next term and complete the relevant enrolment forms.


Happy Holidays 

Thank you to all families, staff and students for a wonderful start to the academic year.  A reminder that students should be reading each night and have access to the Mathletics Website.


Enjoy a safe and happy Easter holiday.

1A and 1S Como House Excursion

On Thursday 23 March Year 1A and 1S went to Como House to explore what life was like back in the olden days. Our students learned all about the Armytage family who lived at Como, their city house, from the 19th C into the 20th C as a wealthy pastoralist family. Read More.



The Leader In Me


Leadership Facilitator


I asked myself the other day whether I lead like a giraffe. I sincerely hope I do and reflect on how I can apply some of their leadership qualities in my life and at our school.


I was researching the qualities of leadership and ways to strengthen our Leader in Me process and I came across some interesting facts about the amazing leadership qualities of a giraffe from our professional development TLIM blog: ‘Redefining Leadership’. I would love to share their following insights. Read more.


Oakleigh Grammar Junior School House Cross Country 2017


Junior School PE Coordinator


On Friday 17 March the Year 3,4, & 5 student participated in their  House Cross Country at Caloola Reserve in Oakleigh. It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic students completing the course and trying their hardest. We had perfect conditions, not much wind and not a hot morning.

The over all results for the day were as follows:

  • 1st Place: Bradman House, 509 points
  • 2nd Place: Rose House, 414 points
  • 3rd Place: Fraser House, 383 points

1st -4th Placings were as follows in each age group. Well done to all the students who participated in the event.


8/9/10 Year Old Boys

1st Dimitry Vlanes

2nd Sotiris Bakakis

3rd Stephen Pegiou

4th Marco Milenkovic & George Psarros


8/9/10 Year Old Girls

1st Veronica Micallef

2nd Natasha Kaniadakis

3rd Mikayla Opasinis

4th Ellie Tziotzis


11 Year Old Boys

1st Jovan Milenkovic

2nd Christos Babatsias

3rd Dean Alabournos

4th Joel Wheeler


11 Year Old Girls

1st Jaeda Louw

2nd Charlotte Wooffield

3rd Georgie Zafiropoulos

4th Mia Hatzimins

Our house flags looked fantastic and so did all the students who dressed up in house colours.


Thanks to all the staff on the course, supervising houses, to our recorder Helen Gameras, Greg Joyce for time keeping and starting and Michael Wengier for being the hare and running the course so the students knew where to run. The day could not have gone ahead without all your help.


Over all, it was a most enjoyable day.

The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar


Head of Arts and Debating


The Arts Department has been very busy over the last few weeks. Students in the Middle and Senior Schools attended excursions, performances, exhibitions and workshops that will help guide them on their own creative ventures within the various art forms.


Mr Gridley and myself escorted the Year 9 and Year 12 Media classes to take part in an interactive adventure at Screenworlds, Federation Square. The students learnt about the history of film, television and the internet, and explored how Australia has influenced the world with our own unique style of screenplay. 


Following the exhibition the students viewed the highest quality films made by 2016 VCE Media students at ACMI. We wish these students luck as they begin to choose and explore their own modalities for their major projects in Media.


Mr Karakotas and Mrs Zijai have been working with the Year 9 Drama class on physical theatre and process-based performance in preparation for its participation in the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival. They attended a stimulus day at Monash University where they worked with students from other schools and brought ideas from a picture ‘alive’ in performance. These students will continue with the artistic process of creating an ensemble performance based on this image, showing their final piece at Xavier College in June alongside performances from other schools that began with the same image. There will be more details to come about the festival. 


The Unit 1 Drama class attended a professional piece of theatre, ‘As told by the boy who fed me apples’, written by Rosemary Johns and presented at La Mama Courthouse Theatre. This visceral and lyrical piece of theatre was performed by two actors and was a tribute to men in war and the poor war horses that never made it home. The students will complete their first outcome on the performance this week. These students will also use inspiration from this piece as they move deeper into the process of constructing and developing their own work.



Over the weekend I supervised Zach Smyrnis (Year 10) and his group of actors as they filmed some scenes for his Personal Project. All actors were dressed to the nines in 1920s fashion with a face full of ‘demonic makeup’. Zach has made an excellent start to his project and I look forward to sharing more as his film evolves. 

Round one of Debating occurred two weeks ago at Wesley College, Glen Waverley. All three teams presented such lively and intelligent debates. Congratulations to the Oakleigh Grammar One C Grade team for their win. The other two teams missed out by one point. Congratulations to William Athanasakis in Year 10 and Georgia Kalogeropoulos in Year 9 for winning the Best Speaker awards.


The Arrowsmith Program

How to Teach Your Kids about the Brain

Laying strong foundations for emotional intelligence.

By Hazel Harrison | March 17, 2016

When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally powerful to parents too. Knowing how the brain works means we can also understand how to respond when our children need our help.

Sometimes our brains can become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, sadness or anger, and when this happens, it’s confusing—especially to children. So giving children ways to make sense of what’s happening in their brain is important. It’s also helpful for children to have a vocabulary for their emotional experiences that others can understand. Think of it like a foreign language, and if the other people in your family speak that language too, then it’s easier to communicate with them.


So how do you start these conversations with your children, make it playful enough to keep them engaged, and simple enough for them to understand?


Here is how I teach children (and parents) how to understand the brain.


Introducing the Brain House: The Upstairs and the Downstairs

I tell children that their brains are like a house, with an upstairs and a downstairs. This idea comes from Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s book The Whole-Brain Child and it’s a really simple way to help kids to think about what’s going on inside their head. I’ve taken this analogy one step further by talking about who lives in the house. I tell them stories about the characters who live upstairs, and the ones who live downstairs. Really, what I’m talking about are the functions of the neocortex (our thinking brain: the upstairs), and the limbic system (our feeling brain: the downstairs).

Who Lives Upstairs and Who Lives Downstairs?

Typically, the upstairs characters are thinkers, problem solvers, planners, emotion regulators, creatives, flexible and empathic types. I give them names like Calming Carl, Problem Solving Pete, Creative Craig and Flexible Felix


The downstairs folk are the feelers. They are very focused on keeping us safe and making sure our needs are met. Our instinct for survival originates here. These characters look out for danger, sound the alarm and make sure we are ready to fight, run or hide when we are faced with a threat. Downstairs we’ve got characters like Alerting Allie, Frightened Fred, and Big Boss Bootsy.


Yes, Sign Me Up! No Thanks

It doesn’t really matter what you call them, as long as you and your child know who (and what) you are talking about. You could have a go at coming up with your own names: try boys/girls names, animal names, cartoon names or completely made-up names. You might like to find characters from films or books they love, to find your unique shared language for these brain functions.


Flipping Our Lids: When ‘Downstairs’ Takes Over

Our brains work best when the upstairs and the downstairs work together. Imagine that the stairs connecting upstairs and downstairs are very busy with characters carrying messages up and down to each other.  This is what helps us make good choices, make friends and get along with other people, come up with exciting games to play, calm ourselves down and get ourselves out of sticky situations.


Sometimes, in the downstairs brain, Alerting Allie spots some danger, Frightened Fred panics and before we know where we are, Big Boss Bootsy has sounded the alarm telling your body to be prepared for danger. Big Boss Bootsy is a bossy fellow, and he shouts: “The downstairs brain is taking over now. Upstairs gang can work properly again when we are out of danger.” The downstairs brain “flips the lid” (to borrow Dan Siegel’s phrase) on the upstairs brain. This means that the stairs that normally allow the upstairs and downstairs to work together are no longer connected.

Sometimes, Flipping Our Lids Is the Safest Thing To Do

When everybody in the brain house is making noise, it’s hard for anyone to be heard. Bootsy is keeping the upstairs brain quiet so the downstairs folk can get our body ready for the danger. Boots can signal other parts of our body that need to switch on (or off). He can make our heart beat faster so we are ready to run very fast, or our muscles ready to fight as hard as we can. He can also tell parts of our body to stay very very still so we can hide from the danger. Bootsy is doing this to keep us safe.


Try asking your child to imagine when these reactions would be safest. I often try to use examples that wouldn’t actually happen (again so that children can imagine these ideas in a playful way without becoming too frightened by them). For example, what would your downstairs brain do if you met a dinosaur in the playground?


Everyone Flips Their Lids

Think of some examples to share with your child about how we can all flip our lids. Choose examples that aren’t too stressful because if you make your kids feel too anxious they may flip their lids then and there!


Here’s an example I might use:

Remember when Mummy couldn’t find the car keys and we were already late for school. Remember how I kept looking in the same place over and over again. That’s because the downstairs brain had taken over, I had flipped my lid and the upstairs, thinking part of my brain, wasn’t working properly.


When the Downstairs Brain Gets It Wrong

There might be times when we flips our lids but really we still need the upstairs gang like Problem Solving Pete, and Calming Carl to help us.

We all flip our lids, but often children flip their lids more than adults. In children’s brains, Big Boss Bootsy can get a bit over excited and press the panic button to trigger meltdowns and tantrums over very small things and that’s because the upstairs part of your child’s brain is still being built. In fact, it won’t be finished being built until the mid twenties. Sometimes, when I want to emphasize this point, I ask kids this question:

Have you ever seen your Dad or Mum lay on the floor in the supermarket screaming that they want chocolate buttons?


They often giggle, and giggling is good because it means it’s still playful, so they are still engaged and learning. I tell them parents actually like chocolate just as much as children, but adults have practiced getting Calming Carl and Problem Solving Pete to work with Big Boss Bootsy and can (sometimes) stop him from sounding the danger alarm when he doesn’t need to. It does take practice and I remind children that their brains are still building and learning from experience.


Ultimately, this is about enabling children to learn functional ways to manage big feelings, and some of that will happen from conversations about the things that went wrong.


From a Shared Language to Emotional Regulation

Once you’ve got all the characters in the brain house, you have a shared language that you can use to help your child learn how to regulate (manage) their emotions. For example, “it looks like Big Boss Bootsy might be getting ready to sound the alarm, how about seeing if Calming Carl can send a message saying ‘take some deep breaths.”


The language of the brain house also allows kids to talk more freely about their own mistakes, it’s non judgmental, playful and can be talked about as being separate (psychologists also call this ‘externalized’) from them. Imagine how hard it might be to say ‘I hit Jenny today at school’ versus “Big Boss Bootsy really flipped the lid today.” When I say this to parents, some worry that I’m giving children a free pass. “Can’t they just blame Bootsy for their misbehavior?” they ask. Ultimately, what this is about is enabling children to learn functional ways to manage big feelings, and some of that will happen from conversations about the things that went wrong. If children feel able to talk about their mistakes with you, then you have an opportunity to join your upstairs brain folk with theirs, and problem solve together. It doesn’t mean they escape consequences or shirk responsibility. It means you can ask questions like “do you think there is anything you could do to help Bootsy keep the lid on?.”


Knowing about the brain house also helps parents to think about how to respond when their child is flooded with fear, anger or sadness. Have you ever told you child to calm down when they have flipped their lid? I have. Yet what we know about the brain house is Calming Carl lives upstairs and when Bootsy’s flipped the lid, Calming Carl can’t do much to help until the lid is back on. Your child may have gone beyond the point where they can help themselves to calm down. Sometimes, parents (teachers or caregivers) have to help kids to get their lids back on, and we can do this with empathy, patience and often taking a great deal of deep breaths ourselves!


Where to Go from Here?

Don’t expect to move all the characters into the brain house and unpack on the same day; moving house takes time, and so does learning about brains. Start the conversation and revisit it. You might want to find creative ways to explore the brain house with your child.


Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Draw the brain house and all the characters
  2. Draw a picture of what it looks like in the house when the downstairs flips the lid
  3. Find a comic, cut out and stick characters into the downstairs and the upstairs
  4. Write stories about the adventures of the characters in the brain house
  5. Use a doll’s house (or if you don’t have a doll’s house, two shoe boxes, one on top of the other works just as well) and fill it with the downstairs and upstairs characters.

If you find other creative ways to explore the brain house, I would love to hear about them.


Make it fun, make it lively, and kids won’t even realize they are learning the foundations of emotional intelligence.

Faculty News


Career Advisor



UMAT applications close 2 June; test 26 July. Information Booklet: http://umat.acer.edu.au

‘INSIDE MONASH’ – Coming soon: Pharmacy; April 6th  Design and Fine Art, 11th Architecture, 12th Interior Architecture; Register: www.monash.edu/inside-monash

MONASH INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DAY – 31 March; Exhibition Space H1.16, Building H, Caulfield; http://www.monash.edu/monash-international-student-experience-day


‘EXPERIENCE LA TROBE’ – Melbourne (Bundoora): 9.30am – 4.30pm, Fri 7 April; Registrations: Experience La Trobe registrations are now open   OR information: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/experience/events/experience-la-trobe-events

WILLIAM ANGLISS INSTITUTE - School Holiday Program - Thurs 13 April. Book on-line.



The University of Melbourne offers the only Veterinary Science degree in Victoria, and is one of two universities offering an agriculture degree (in addition to La Trobe University). If you are thinking of studying either of these degrees at the University of Melbourne you might like to attend the Werribee Open Day and explore your future. Learn more about these degrees, meet some furry and reptilian friends, and feast at the food stalls on the day. Registrations for course lecture times and veterinary hospital tours are essential – RSVP today at RSVP today. Note: due to limited spaces, the veterinary hospital tours are prioritised to current university science students. When: 10am-3pm, Sunday 29 April; Where: Werribee campus, 250 Princes Hwy, Werribee; Info: [email protected].


Agriculture offers many job opportunities, in fact, staff at Melbourne point out that there are three jobs in agriculture for every graduate, and many of these are in the city.



In a world that is rapidly changing, innovation, agility and creativity are more important than ever. That’s why Swinburne has created this revolutionary new degree. Responding to the needs of industry, this degree is designed to equip engineers of the future with the skills required to meet tomorrow’s challenges.   The course is co-created and co-delivered by industry partners, it is designed to mirror a professional workplace, and it is project-based and team-oriented. It has a studio environment rather than a traditional classroom, and students are assessed by project outcomes and performance reviews.


Traditional majors will not be offered, rather, student will have the opportunity to refine their interests towards industry sectors through the selection of different projects. Team projects will focus on four industry sectors: smart cities, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and People, and products designed for people. Interested? See: www.swinburne.edu.au/engineering-practice-honours  



Like all other Australian public universities, ACU is a university open to all of any faith or no faith at all. NOTE: Australia also has a small number of private universities – e.g. Bond University and the University Of Notre Dame.  ACU has campuses throughout Australia, including in Melbourne (Fitzroy) and in Ballarat.    ACU offers a program known as the Early Achievers Program (EAP). This program allows applicants for ACU to indicate how they have contributed to the community during their lives, and successful applications can lead to an early offer of a place at the university. Applications open online for EAP on Wednesday 26 April and close on Monday 17 July. Offers of places will be made by ACU at the end of August, rather than having to wait until January to obtain an offer through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.  See: www.acu.edu.au/eap to find out more about how to prepare your application, how to submit it, and how to monitor it.  NOTE: La Trobe University has a similar program called Aspire. See: www.latrobe.edu.au/aspire for more information.




The Bachelor of Science (Clearly-In ATAR = 85.00) and the Bachelor of Arts (Clearly-In ATAR 89.30) remain the most popular courses at the university. In total, 7,711 students received offers to study at Melbourne, with just under 2,300 receiving offers for Science and more than 2,000 receiving offers for Arts. More than 450 offers were made for the new Bachelor of Design (Clearly-In ATAR = 88.25) (replaced the Bachelor of Environments).


SCHOLARSHIPS - The University offered 196 Melbourne National Scholarships to applicants achieving an ATAR of 99.90 or more.  Nine of these went to Indigenous students. These scholarships provide a tuition fee-exempt Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) valued up to approximately $30,500 and a $15,000 allowance over the normal duration of an undergraduate degree.   


‘ACCESS MELBOURNE’ – The University of Melbourne is committed to providing education opportunities for students from a range of backgrounds. Access Melbourne was established to assist students whose circumstances have prevented them from achieving their best possible ATAR. Students are able to access degrees despite achieving an ATAR below the published Clearly-In rank. The scholarship provides an allowance of $5,000 per year for the duration of the undergraduate course. Students are awarded a guaranteed place if they are from rural areas or are financially disadvantaged. 

‘MAKE IT POSSIBLE AT MELBOURNE’ – Would you like to find out more about the University of Melbourne? For some years Melbourne has run a program called ‘Focus on Melbourne’. This program is now known as ‘Make it Possible with Melbourne’.


When: 7 April – A Day at Melbourne for Year 12 students (register now at address below); 29 April – Melbourne Veterinary Science Hospital Open Day (Werribee)(register now at address below); 16 May – Make it Possible with Melbourne Biomedicine; 17 May –  Agriculture; 18 May Veterinary Science; 23 May – Engineering; 24 May – IT; 30 May – Science; 31 May – Commerce; 6 June – Arts; 7 June – Design; 8 June - Law; 13 June – Music; 20 June - Fine Arts; 7 July – A Day at Melbourne for Year 10 & 11 students. You will need to register to attend these events, and registrations open in April (except those noted). For dates for all upcoming events at the University of Melbourne, and to register: https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/explore/events.



Deakin University has four campuses: at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool. Deakin is ranked in the World’s top 50 universities under 50 years old according to Times Higher Education.


There will be a Medical Imaging, Optometry and Medicine Information Evening for prospective students on 12 April at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. More details next issue.


‘STEP ON CAMPUS’ is a program running during the school holidays. You'll be taken on a 45 minute tour of your chosen campus, where you'll find out more about university life, study areas and be able to gain a feel for the campus from your tour guide, a current Deakin student. Registration: find more information on dates and locations at: deakin.edu.au/steponcampus.


YEAR 10’s INVITED TO ATTEND MONASH UNIVERSITY IN THE HOLIDAYS – Monash is once again holding Year 10 Discovery Day, providing a chance for you to find out about Monash and its degrees, see the campus, and get questions answered. It will be an interactive day where you can find out what university holds for you. When: 10am - 2pm, Wednesday 5 April; Where: Robert Blackwood Hall, 49 Scenic Drive, Clayton Campus; Register Now (places are limited): www.monash.edu/year10-day.



This Expo will again be a huge event, with 170 exhibitors offering VCE resources, tertiary course and career information, gap year information and study skills resources. Exhibitors include Australia’s major universities. When: Thurs 4 –7 May; Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield (an indoor venue). Free parking available. Admission: $10 or $25 for families. Info: www.vceandcareers.com.au.

Learning Enhancement

Student Recounts


Did you know that there are as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy and that this makes each of us a little universe; or that ninety percent of your body mass is stardust because all the elements except for hydrogen and helium are created by stars? How cool is that? In fact, as astronomer Phil Plait put it, “not everything that’s cool is science, but everything about science is cool.”  


On Thursday 15 March at Aspendale PS, two of our students, Evangelos Fabiatos 2K and Maxx Glogring 1S, explored some particularly ‘cool’ topics, from amazing aspects of nature, the science of temperature, and thermodynamics to the incredible tenacity of some lifeforms to survive, even in the most extreme conditions. The workshops challenged, as well as enriched our budding young scientists’ learning adventure, and confirmed that indeed science is really ‘cool’!   Following are their recounts of the day.


"Yesterday I went to Gateways. I learnt about glow worms and we got to see what it looks like when a Blue Ring Octopus explodes. It looked like a colourful jellyfish. Then we went out for recess. Thomas' brother came. We built 3D animals together. Then our teacher blew the whistle. Then I learnt what lives in the cold and we made a seal popping out of the hole. Next we went out for lunch. I played ball tiggy with some people from my group. Next our teacher blew the whistle. We made clouds in bottles. I had fun. I can't wait to go again." - Maxx Goldring 1S


"My first workshop was about ‘Life in the Ice’. I learnt about polar and arctic animals. We did an experiment where we got a coffee cup, turned it over, put ice on it, put the string in the middle of it, put a little bit of salt on it, waited a minute and then saw if the ice would stick to string.


In the next workshop, ‘Brrr … It’s Chilly!’ we learnt about hot, warm and cold stuff. We put blue colouring in the cold water, green in the warm water and red in the hot water to see which colouring would move in the water.


Finally in the last workshop, ‘Cool Critters’ we learnt about glow worms and we did some experiments using glow bands and fake fishing bait.


Gateways was wonderful and I can’t wait to go again." - Evangelos Fabiatos 2K




Our SRC Representatives and Senior School Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects and Middle School Leaders had a busy and productive start to the year.


During Term 1 they had three meetings and discussed different ideas for fundraisers and activities which all students at Oakleigh Grammar can take part in and enjoy. Also they shared ideas on how we can improve our school environment.

Student Leaders have already had the opportunity to represent Oakleigh Grammar at various events.


On Friday 10 March Agapi Zoi and Maria Kourkoutzelos visited the Greek Radio Station, 3XY, and took part in an interview regarding “Speak Greek in March”.  The students talked about the passion of learning Greek and their love of speaking the language with their families and especially their grandparents.


On Saturday 25 March SRC members were invited by the Hellenic RSL Sub Branch to commemorate Greek Independence Day. Students attended the Doxology at St Eustathios Church in South Melbourne. Following the church service, they took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance where they laid a wreath on behalf of Oakleigh Grammar.


On the same day another group of students represented our school at our parish church, Sts Anargiri. Students attended the Doxology Service by holding Greek and Australian flags.


On Sunday 26 March Senior School Captains, Vice Captains, Prefects and Year 12 students represented our school at St Eustathios church before they attended their annual parade for the celebration of Greek Independence Day.


Junior School Leaders, Gerasimos Angelatos and Nicola Grigoropoulos along with Year 6 SRC members, Chrisoula Horomidis and Gregory Milonas, were involved in the National Young Leaders Day on Monday 27 March. The National Young Leaders Day in an annual event hosted by the Halogen Foundation for young people who aspire to lead themselves and others.


The four students participated in a day-long program, where they engaged with keynote speakers, contributed to a discussion and applied their learning through interactive activities and reflection. Students were inspired after the conference and they are ready to support their school, community and their fellow students in many different ways.


The 2017 spirit of Hellenism Awards

Earlier this Term, six Year 10 Oakleigh Grammar students took part in the 2017 Spirit of Hellenism Award Competition. This annual competition is run by Hellenism Victoria and is open to all Victorian students who study Greek in Year 9 and continues in Year 10. Students must research and tell a story of contribution by Hellenic migrants to Australian society. This year, the students were required to interview a migrant and collect information and present it in a format of their choosing.


All six students who entered the completion made it through to the second round and participated at an interview with a panel.


After the interviews Zach Smyrnis and Kiki Gilinas made it to the top three.


Zach interviewed his grandmother and made an art work reflecting the stories she told him. Zach won the third prize, which was an Officeworks voucher!


Kiki also interviewed her grandmother and wrote a poem about her experience traveling from Greece to Australia. Kiki won the first prize with two return tickets to Greece.

Congratulations to Kiki and Zach on their significant achievements.


Congratulations are also extended to the follwoing participants, who made great progress throughout the entire competition.

Sarah Burnett

Alexandra Fasoulis

Andreana Gameras

Nikala Lemonidis

To view the winning pieces, head here.

Orthodox Studies

On behalf of the Greek Welfare Centre we'd like to thank our school community for their generosity in donating to the Welfare Centre Easter Food Appeal.


Our Year 7 students have been learning about the importance of almsgiving during Lent and reaching out to those in the community who are in need. They walked to Oakleigh Centro where they purchased donations and a selection of students delivered all the food items which were generously donated by our school to the Welfare Centre on Tuesday 21 March.


In one hour our students worked collaboratively and enthusiastically to unpack and sort through 5 trolleys of food items and pack 24 boxes which will be distributed to people in our local parishes in time for Easter. Well done to all who contributed in any way! God bless!

Chaplain's Corner


School Chaplain


On the 10th & 17th March our Junior and Middle students of Oakleigh Grammar attended the Pre-sanctified Gift Liturgy service.


To the middle school students we spoke about the life of St Patrick the Patron and Enlightener of Ireland. Also with both Junior and Middle School students we analyzed the St Ephraim Prayer about not to judge our brothers and sisters but to reflect upon ourselves. Also we discussed the importance of prayer in our daily life to give us strength in our many challenges and respecting each other in Christ's manner. When we respect each other in a Christ like manner, we are equally respecting Christ our Savior because we are created in His image and Likeness. (Genesis 1:26)


I would like to thank and congratulate our students and teachers who came to the church service on the 25th of March for the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and the Independence Day of Greece to represent our school. 


We begin to see our journey’s end, and the radiant feast of the Resurrection comes into view. Lent is journey to Pascha (Easter). It is therefore a season of joyful expectation. If we take Lent seriously, the journey is challenging, however this makes Pascha all the more radiant and joyful. Lent calls us to sacrifice many of those things which, while they tend to occupy such a central position in our lives, while they seem to us to be so important, are in reality things we can do without. Lent is the rediscovering of that which is most essential in our lives. In this rediscovery, we return to God and to the very meaning of life. Therefore having stripped ourselves of all that is petty and futile, having cast off the burdensome baggage of our worldly and often complex lifestyles, we can truly experience Lent as liberation and purification, as the necessary, fruitful, and wonderful journey to the joy of Pascha. May you all have a blessed Holy Easter!

We are approaching Holy Week and the glorious day of Pascha (Easter). Here is a wonderful link that you can download for Holy Week about each service of every day and evening that we will b

e experiencing for the whole week. Read all about it here: http://lent.goarch.org/bulletins/documents/8.5x11_JourneyToPascha_1.0.pdf


Activities for Holy Week 8th April Saturday of Lazarus & 14th April Good Friday

We have also many activities for our students and parents to participate in assisting for the Holy Week.


Saturday of Lazarus we are inviting you on Saturday 8 April to come along and make Palm Crosses and decorating our Church for Palm Sunday at 1.00pm. You will have the opportunity to learn how to make the Palm Crosses at the back hall of our church.


On Good Friday, 14 April we are inviting you come along and assist in decorating the Holy Tomb of Christ with flowers at around 9.30am.


Program for Holy Week for our Parents and Students

HOLY WEEK  to EASTER SERVICES at Sts Anargiri Church



Matins for Holy Monday - Bridegroom Service 7.00 - 8.30 p.m.




Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 8.00 - 10.00 a.m (COMMUNION)

10 April Evening:

Matins for Holy Tuesday - Bridegroom Service 7.00 - 8.30 p.m.



Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 8.00 - 10.00 a.m. (COMMUNION)

11 April Evening:

Matins for Holy Wednesday - Bridegroom Service 7.00 - 8.30 p.m.



HOLY TUESDAY Morning Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 8.00 - 10.00 a.m. (COMMUNION)

11 April Evening:

Matins for Holy Wednesday - Bridegroom Service 7.00 - 8.30 p.m. (HYMN OF ST CASSIANE)


HOLY WED Morning:

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 8.00 - 10.00 a.m. (COMMUNION)


Sacrament of Holy Unction 3.00pm (HOLY OIL)


Matins for Holy Thursday 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. (THE MYSTICAL SUPPER)



Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great 6.00 - 7.30 a.m. 13 April (THE MYSTICAL SUPPER COMMUNION)


Service of the Holy Passion of Christ 7.00 - 11.00 p.m. (12 GOSPEL READINGS & PROCESSION OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED)


HOLY FRIDAY 14 April Morning:

Service of the Great Hours 8.00 - 10.00 a.m.followed by the Decoration of the Holy Tomb of Christ




Lamentation Service – ENGOMIA HYMNS AND   PROCESSION OF THE HOLY TOMB OF CHRIST presided by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis.7.00 - 11.00 p.m.

Evening… Lamentation Service – ENGOMIA HYMNS AND   PROCESSION OF THE HOLY TOMB OF CHRIST presided by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis.7.00 - 11.00 p.m.


HOLY SATURDAY  15 April Morning:

Vespers (DESCENT OF CHRIST INTO HADES) and Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great   6.00 - 8.00 a.m. (COMMUNION)

April 15 leading to Sunday April 16 Evening:

Service of the RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD begins at 11.00 p.m. and is followed by the IMPARTING OF THE HOLY LIGHT  - MIDNIGHT SERVICE THE LIFE-GIVING & GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF OUR  LORD Following the Resurrection Service outside the Church, we will then proceed into the Church to commence the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.  The Service will conclude about 2.30 a.m. when Paschal Eggs will be blessed and distributed.


SUNDAY OF PASCHA 16 April Morning:

VESPERS OF LOVE celebrated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of

Miletoupolis all the clergy of Melbourne at South Melbourne Church St. Eustathios, during

which the Holy Gospel of the Resurrection is chanted in various languages. 11.00 a.m. –

12.30 p.m. Followed by distribution of PASCHAL EGGS



Head of L.O.T.E


What a month it has been for the LOTE- Greek department.


In March we celebrated "We Speak Greek in March" and students practised new words every day that are derived from Greek and used in English too. A great life lesson that made students feel proud and also learn about the origins of words in the English language.


During "Greek Week" we conducted a general knowledge competition on Greek History and Culture. It was pleasing to see that lots of students entered with our three winners being Georgianna Petridis 6B, Antonia Stoumbos 6A and Alexander Kotsirilos 7B. Another activity focused on Art. In Art club students created little miniature bottles of the Greek sea so they can treasure the Greek summer forever. We would also like to thank the Art Club facilitator Marita Halkiadakis for all the help!


Finally our 25th March Independence Day Commemorative Concert  honoured all the heroes of the Greek Revolution. Our students proudly performed songs, recited poems and created videos about the Greek Revolution. Their enthusiasm and wonderful performances transported all those present to a different era.


Art Club


Independence Day Concert


Parents' Association

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Community Board

PRONIA’S Family and Relationships Service


Oakleigh Grammar is lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive community. In conjunction with PRONIA, we are now offering any student suffering from a range of various stresses, anxieties and so forth to contact our friends at PRONIA. Their Family and Relationships Counsellor is based in Oakleigh every Wednesday and can make appointments to see parents from the school community. They are also happy to offer professional development for staff on culturally inclusive practice and effective engagement of culturally and linguistically diverse students and families on a needs basis.


PRONIA’S Family Relationship Services program is funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government through the Department of Social Services (DSS).


For further information please contact:

PRONIA7 Union Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056Tel: (03) 9388 9998Fax: (03) 9388 9992Email: [email protected]Web: www.pronia.com.au

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Monash Health Community Open Day


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