Oakleigh Grammar News 

16 June 2017
Issue Six
From the Principal
Deputy Principal
Important Dates & Notices
Senior School
Middle School
Junior School
The Leader In Me
The Arrowsmith Program
The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar
Faculty News
Parents' Association
Community Board
Oakleigh Grammar
77-81 Willesden Road
Oakleigh, Victoria, 3166

From the Principal




We were recently blessed by a visit by the Honourable Mr Terens-Nikolaos Quick, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, accompanying Mr Quick was the Ambassador of Greek to Australia, the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne. Mr Quick was most impressed with the facilities and energetic greetings by our students.


Modular Classrooms

I am pleased to advise that during the school holidays a brand new modular classroom which will predominantly cater for Year 9 students will be installed in the area of the old amphitheatre.


JS Amenities

Our Junior School toilet refurbishment will be completed prior to the end of this term.


Key Events

We are looking forward to two key events during the last two weeks of the school term, the inaugural Oakleigh Grammar Business Breakfast will be held on Thursday 22 June between 7:00am and 9:00am in the School’s Assembly and Conference Centre. Tickets are still available to families and members of the broader community.  Key note speaker will be Ms Helen Kapalos of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. For more information about this event please contact Ms Zoe Taylor, Marketing Officer.


The official opening of our refurbished Library will be held on Wednesday 28 June at 11:00am, the Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer, Member for Higgins will officially open our new centre.  We thank the Federal Government for their generous grant which has allowed us to provide our students with a contemporary and spacious resource centre.



The Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and our School community paid their respects to the Zafiropoulos family on the recent passing of Mr Dimitri Zafiropoulos founding member of our community.


Condolences were also extended to the Giannaros family on the recent passing of Mrs Despina Giannaros, mother of parent and Board Member Mr George Giannaros.



Staff News

We welcome to Oakleigh Grammar the following staff:

Mrs Gwen Harper, Receptionist

Ms Casey Runco, Marketing Assistant

Mrs Maria Dalakouras, Integration Aide

Ms Caitlin White, Year 1 Teacher replacing Mrs Ziagis on Long Service Leave

Mrs Constandina Dounis, LOTE Teacher replacing Mrs Kousourakis on Long Service Leave

Ms Anoushka Bouri, Year 3 Teacher replacing Mrs Elizabeth Aivaliotis on Long Service Leave

Ms Marnie Fookes, Teacher Prep V, replacing Ms Vanessa Velliou


We farewell Mrs Mariam Matta, Finance Officer, Ms Belinda Mason, Marketing Assistant and Mrs Vanessa Velliou, Prep Teacher.


As this is the final Grammar News Edition for the term I take this opportunity to wish all families a safe and restful midyear break and look forward to greeting students on Tuesday 18 July.

Deputy Principal


Deputy Principal


Oakleigh Grammar contributes to another international program of great worth and benefit

Oakleigh Grammar has agreed to take part in a major project with Monash University and the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The project “Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion” aims to contribute to the realisation of Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan 2020 and transform school education across the Kingdom by exposing Saudi Teachers to best practice in teaching and learning around the world.

The Saudi Teachers commenced the initial phase of the program in early March 2017. In the first three months, they undertook an intensive English Language training at Monash in order to improve their current levels of fluency. At the conclusion of the English Language Program, the teachers have been placed in top performing schools in Melbourne for a period of 12 weeks. Oakleigh Grammar was approached by Monash University to be one of these schools and accommodate a group of five Saudi Teachers who began their placement this week.

The purpose of the school placement is for the Saudi Teachers to be immersed in the learning culture and practice of a top performing Australian school, and observe classes, interact with teachers, and be exposed to new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. During the 12 week placement (finishing at the end of Term 3) they will observe a range of classes and learning contexts and will be involved in day-to-day school life as appropriate. To support their learning each Saudi Teacher will be mentored by an Oakleigh Grammar Teacher.   

[Left to right: Abdulaziz Muhammad S Al Zahrani, Fahad Saad J Alshehri, Ahmed Bin Nasser B Asiri, Peter Cummins (Deputy Principal), Hassan Bin Huwaymil and Ali Mohammed Ali Bashiri] 


To guide and enrich this experience, the Saudi Teachers have twelve learning themes through which Monash University and the host school will aim to develop the Saudi Teacher’s knowledge, skills and capacities. These themes range from ‘developing 21st century teaching and learning’ through to ‘developing health, wellbeing and engagement to meet all learner needs’.

The school placement will be 3½ days per week (Tuesday to Friday noon). On a Monday, the Saudi Teachers will take part in seminars on teaching and learning practices at Monash University. The participants will also be working on a project for implementation in their school once they return to Saudi Arabia. It is hoped that through the school immersion experience they will find inspiration and ideas for their project focus.

Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion program is very much an international program with universities in seven different countries hosting Saudi Teachers. This project is part of a bigger initiative by the Saudi Government to improve the quality of learning and life in Saudi Arabia, including a more liberal approach to the role of women in society. This current trial program is likely to develop into an annual program for the next five years.

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, our aim is to foster and develop intercultural understanding, international mindedness and global engagement, and how better to do this than to be a key player in this international education program and contribute to the transformation of school education across Saudi Arabia.

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'.

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).

Parking Courtesy

Please be mindful of our neighbours when parking your car at drop-off and / or pick-up times. We understand that parking is limited in the area, especially at this time, however please avoid parking across or partially blocking residents' driveways.


Please do not double park cars at any time - a number of staff and community members have been blocked in many times and this is should be avoided.


Please also be mindful of pedestrians in the area. It is a 40KM/HR zone at all times, and there is a lot of foot traffic around the school, presenting a number of hazards to be aware of. Safety first!


We thank you for your cooperation.

Lost Property

Please check your child’s school uniform to ensure they have not accidentally taken a peer’s blazer / sport jacket / etc. home with them by mistake.


Please also ensure all of your children’s uniforms are clearly named to ensure the correct uniform is returned to them if found in the playground or taken to lost property at the front office.

Update Your Email Address

A reminder to families to please ensure that you are not missing out on important information for your child/children and please ensure your email contact details are current as all correspondence from the School is via Email, Parent Paperwork and Skoolbag .


As of Term 2, 2017, we are no longer providing hard copies of electronic correspondence.


Please update your email address with our Admissions Team, via [email protected]


Please check your spam folder. If you find any emails from us, make sure you mark them as 'not spam' or 'trusted' to ensure they are delivered directly to your inbox.

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

Oakleigh Grammar is proud to announce the inaugural Business Breakfast. The breakfast provides business owners and those looking to progress in their career with the opportunity to network and hear from high-profile professionals on various topics.

A full cooked breakfast will be provided, along with ample networking opportunities and prizes to be won


Get your tickets here: http://ogbusinessbreakfast.eventbrite.com.au

Junior School Dance


Conference Centre & Arrowsmith Centre Venue Hire

We are now accepting external hires of our Conference Centre & Arrowsmith 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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Places Filling Fast

Places are filling fast for Prep, Year 7 and Year 9 for 2018.


If you or a family member are interested in enrolling your child in these year levels, please contact our Admissions team as soon as possible on (03) 8554 0014 or via email to [email protected]

Senior School

Head of Senior School

Head of Senior School


Examinations complete the assessment program for Semester 1 in Senior School. They are not the favourite form of assessment for many but unfortunately, they do provide an opportunity to prepare students for the all-important VCE Unit 3 & 4 external examinations. Completing work under test conditions is not easy. Practice, however, can reduce the associated stress whilst aiding to develop strategies to increase focus and the ability to apply theory in unfamiliar contexts.

A necessary evil!


Following closely behind the examinations will be semester reports. Please take a moment to talk about these with your child. If you have questions or concerns, I strongly encourage you to contact the relevant teachers or myself as we are only too happy to talk to parents.


Year 12 Interviews

Following the Unit 3 examinations, students in Year 12, will participate in performance review interviews conducted by the Head of Senior School and the Deputy Principal. The aim is to reflect on their performance to date and discuss options post school. It is not uncommon to find many are struggling with workloads, time management and stress at this time of the year. Simple solutions and direction can result from these conversations, provided the students themselves recognise they are responsible for changing distracting habits, seeking assistance and completing all required work. Next term, on Wednesday August 2, parents are invited to attend the VCE Parent Teacher interviews to discuss their child’s progress with VCE teachers.

Year 12s will have holiday homework to be completed during the term break, which must be done prior to returning on Tuesday July 18.


Monash Scholars Program

Congratulations to Mary Seriatos, William Athanasakis and Alexandra Di Meo who have been accepted into the prestigious Monash Scholars Program run by Monash University. The program begins in Year 10 and follows students through their VCE years providing support, career advice and access to the facilities of the University.

Save the Date!

Parents and students in Year 10 are invited to the 2018 VCE Information Evening on Wednesday July 26. Subject selection for the VCE years requires serious research into options and consideration should include the strengths and weaknesses of each individual student. Students have participated in two forms of testing designed especially to provide this information. The Morrisby Report links student interest and strengths in order to suggest suitable career paths for each student, whilst the ACER SPT test, completed this week, highlights subject areas most suited to students. Results of both tests will be made available to parents and will be included in discussions regarding subject selections next term.


Subject Selection Forms for Year 12, 2018

Subjects selection forms for 2018 will accompany the Year 11 reports this semester. Students will be required to return these forms to the Head of Senior School by Monday July 24.


A Night at the Theatre

This evening celebrated the talent we have in both Middle and Senior Schools within the Performing Arts. Presentations included Year 7 Music, Years 8, 9 and 12 Media and VCE Unit 1 Drama. It is the two performances by the Unit 1 VCE Drama students that I would like to make a special mention of. The two groups tackled the very controversial topic of social media in a mature and thought provoking manner, as they expressed their views on this topic.


The first ensemble performance, titled ‘Strangers Can Be So Cruel’ starred Antonis Stamatakos, Patricia Rozakis, Stefania Karakousi, Eleni Kourkoutzelos and Zaiden McKay. The second ensemble performance, titled ‘Caught in a Web’ starred Vayia Karanikas, Jordan Kollatos, Briget Rooke, Zacharias Smyrnis and Hanna Turewicz. For both performances the students had to draw on personal, cultural and social factors to create and tell stories that look at the positive and negative sides of social platforms and they did so in a stunning and brilliant manner.


Their main message, to be paraphrased, said ‘social media is not at fault for its inappropriate use, humanity is’.  A powerful thought and one to consider at all times



Middle School

Head of Middle School


Head of Middle School


Year 9 Drama  Drama Victoria Theatre Festival

Congratulations to the Year 9 Drama students who last week performed in the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival. The students performed a piece of their own creation “You are Never Alone” which was a vibrant piece that managed to tell a life story in a matter of minutes. Congratulations to all staff and students involved. Read more.


Monash Art Project

On Wednesday this week, a number of Middle School students began working on a number of murals in the Oakleigh community as part of the Monash Art Project. The project involves students working with local artists to brighten up some of the communities public spaces.

The students involved were;

Julia Paboukis year 11
Alexandra Konstantiniois year 9A
Maria Patrikiou 6B
Keerat Kaur 6B
Stephen Pliatsikas 6B
Georgiana Petridis 6B


This fantastic opportunity has been organised by Ms Dianne Nash and is a wonderful way for our students to contribute to the community and learn new techniques from working artists. We look forward to seeing the final works.


Year 9 Examinations

This week was the first Examination Week for our Year 9 students.  Congratulations are extended to all Year 9 students for the time and effort they put into what can be a tiring and stressful week.

Examinations form an important part of assessment in the final years of school and indeed within further study, so it is important that students begin to develop the preparation and execution skills to be successful in these situations.


The examinations themselves are just one aspect of the assessment process at Oakleigh Grammar. More than just an assessment week and aside from providing students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning, the purpose of introducing the Examination Week at Year 9 is to familiarise students with the examination room environment and to promote the development of examination skills.


Over the course of the week all students acquitted themselves well and managed to survive intact.

9 Ways Health and Wellbeing Day

To help blow away the stress of examinations, our Year 9 students will end Examination Week with their second Health and Wellbeing Day. 

Students will be travelling to the Olinda in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges to pit themselves against Trees Adventure’s Tree top obstacle course. The obstacle course promises to be a fantastic adventure and an opportunity for students to safely take themselves outside their comfort zone.


Many thanks to the 9Ways staff escorting the students and particular thanks go to Mrs Tsiagalos for her organisation of the day.

We look forward to some great photos!


Year 7 Music Performance

Music has been extended into the Middle School this year with amazing results. Following their acclaimed performance at the Night at the Theatre, the Year 7 Music class presented an encore performance of the Cranberries classic “Zombie” at the Secondary School assembly last week. The group was rewarded with rapturous applause and, if this is anything to go by, we look forward to further fantastic entertainment from the growing music department. Congratulations to the students and to Mr Kiely for his tuition and guidance.


Blackheath and Thornburgh College (BTC) Camp

We wish our Middle School students heading to Northern Queensland safe travels as they head off to Blackheath and Thornburgh College this Sunday.


Students heading to Northern Queensland will be experiencing school life and meeting new friends at Blackheath and Thornburgh College, visiting an outback cattle property and visiting the Ravenswood sugar property that forms the backbone of the Charters Towers economy. They will also be lucky enough to visit Townsville and Magnetic Island for some sun and snorkelling and a visit to a Turtle Hospital before coming home.

Again we wish them all the best and extend our thanks go to Mr Gridley and Ms Spanos for their organisation and participation in the trip.

I can’t wait to hear all about it on their safe return.


Upcoming events

  • 9Ways Health and Wellbeing Day – Friday June 16th
  • Blackheath and Thornburgh Exchange – Sunday 18th June – Friday 23rd June
  • 9Ways Cultural Diversity Week Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th June

Junior School

Head of Junior School


Head of Junior School


Resilient Youth Survey

This term Year 3 – 5 students participated in a Student Wellbeing Survey - The Resilience Survey - Resilient Youth Australia.  The Resilience survey consists of approximately 100 questions in which the students being asked to talk about themselves, their experiences and their feelings.

This survey is an on-line, anonymous survey which collects, collates and analyses the self-reported strengths of the students in terms of developmental assets e.g. support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, positive identity.

Once the survey is completed a Resilience Survey Report will be generated. This report will provide us with a profile of our Year 3, 4 and 5 students by class, year level and other variables thus giving us:

  • An accurate measure of the resilience and well-being of our student cohort.
  • A sound basis for planning and implementing targeted resilience building initiatives within our pastoral Care sessions i.e. tailoring our Social Emotional Learning program to the needs and strengths of our students.

This report is confidential. We do not get direct information of individual students but rather the pattern of the group’s response.

If you wish to know more about the Resilience Survey please follow the link below:




The Science of Hugs

Hugging is understood by all languages and cultures.  Did you know that there is a National Hugging Day that has become international?


There is an Organisation that accepts nominations for the 'Most Huggable People', and provides information on how to hug.  This took me aback a bit, because I didn’t realise we needed instructions to hug. There is also a global Hug Your Kids Day!  Sometimes we get into a routine and forget to hug our loved ones.  The hug back that you receive, along with the smile, will help ease some of the stress of your day while adding to your child’s sense of security.


Are you a hugger?  What has been your experience when hugging your children? Read more.


Junior School Happenings

Tabloid Sports

To celebrate Mothers Days, prep foundation students and their Mums participated in a Tabloid Sports Competition. Read more.


Visit from the Mayor

On Tuesday 23 May, the City of Monash, Rebecca Patterson visited Oakleigh Grammar. Our Year 4 students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with Ms Patterson, where she gave the students some insight into the local council and her roles and responsibilities. Read more.


ELC Families have Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

On the evening of Tuesday 23 May, ELC families were able to attend a parent workshop that explored Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies as part of Education Week. Read more.


Creating Great Culture At Home and at School

The Leader in Me process has given us so many opportunities to individually and collectively progress through the transformational process, where we are now going for Lighthouse status at Oakleigh Grammar. Read more.



Environment Week

A huge thank you to Mrs Ambre Borneman for arranging a really fantastic Environment Week.  What a great way for our students to showcase their knowledge and action for our environmental footprint.  Every June 5th is a day used by the United Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues.

World Environment Day began in 1972 as a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.  It is a similar celebration to Earth Day which is held every April 22nd. Read More.


"The world is a fine place and worth fighting for."  ~Ernest Hemingway


Life. Be in It.

‘Life. Be in it’ is one of the most widely recognised lifestyle messages in Australia. It promotes healthy active lifestyles by providing fun, enjoyable programs across the nation.   'Life. Be in it.' Australia is a non-profit organisation and health promotion charity. The mission is to prevent chronic disease and get everyone to ‘Be More Active'.   Thank you to Ms Caroline Leach for organising this day for each class across the Junior School.

What’s New at the ELC?

The Oakleigh Grammar Early Learning Centre (ELC) has been very vibrant, with many new and exciting activities taking place. Read more.

The Leader In Me


Leadership Facilitator

Teaching our youngsters the 7 Habits through age appropriate books!


Books are a great teaching tool for parents when it comes to reinforcing the principles of effectiveness through the Leader in Me and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Often, the very books that children love to read and re-read have leadership concepts that parents can use to develop personal and interpersonal development.


The following books from Scholastic books  are examples of how to reinforce the 7 Habits at home with your children:


Habit 1: Be Proactive

For this habit, you are looking for books that have characters taking the first steps to solving a problem. These are usually strong characters who go against the grain of society or make a change in the world.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
I Am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer


Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Goal setting is the main idea of this habit. The books to teach this habit need to focus on a character that goes through multiple steps to complete a task but who knows the entire time what she wants the outcome to be.

Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano


Habit 3: Put First Things First

This habit can be a difficult one for younger students to understand because it extends the goal setting and creates the steps needed to reach the goal. That's why these books are so important.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone


Habit 4: Think Win – Win

The fourth habit is all about how to solve problems where everyone walks away happy with the solution. Compromise is the main idea of these books. Habit 4 in essence is The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would want done to yourself!

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

This helps remind us that we need to listen to others and understand their point of view before we attempt to convey our thoughts.

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman


Habit 6: Synergy

Habit six is easily summed up as working together and coming up with solutions to difficulties.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Stone Soup by Jon J Muth
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack


Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

This habit is about taking care of yourself and doing what you love and what you are talented at because we all need to remember that we are unique and we each have special gifts. Remember that balance is best!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon


Enjoy the time spent sharpening the saw with your children. You are teaching them skills for life and remember…readers are leaders!


The Arrowsmith Program

Arrowsmith Stars of the Week

Last week, Nakita (Year 10) and George (Year 6) were crowned Arrowsmith Stars of the Week! Both have shown great determination and resilience this week, and deserve this recognition.


Arrowsmith Mastery Awards

Alec Snowden, Yanni Diakoumopoulos, Nikita Tan and Darcy Goulis are congratulated for Mastery of Q sense. In order to gain mastery for Q Sense a student must accurately add and subtract a chain of up to 25 numbers over 30 consecutive questions in under 10 secs per question.


Xavier Harpur and Aaron Brabner are congratulated for Mastery of 5 Symbol level of Symbol Recognition. Symbol Recognition masteries are achieved by working through 40 language sets, each consisting of 40 symbol combinations. Students begin with one symbol and then work through until 8 symbols are required to be recalled in perfect order in no more than 2 tries. 


Elianna Ben-David is congratulated for mastering 4 books in L Think. L think requires students to read complex passages of text and condense it into a single main idea. Passages range from basic through to university level. Each book has about 150 passages, so that's a lot of reading, writing and interpreting!

Brain Plasticity: How learning changes your brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

You may have heard that the brain is plastic. As you know. the brain is not made of plastic…Neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, refers to the brain’s ability to CHANGE throughout life. The human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells (neurons).


In addition to genetic factors, the environment in which a person lives, as well as the actions of that person, play a significant role in plasticity.

Neuroplasticity occurs in the brain:

1- At the beginning of life: when the immature brain organizes itself.

2- In case of brain injury: to compensate for lost functions or maximize remaining functions.

3- Through adulthood: whenever something new is learned and memorized


Plasticity and brain injury

A surprising consequence of neuroplasticity is that the brain activity associated with a given function can move to a different location as a consequence of normal experience, brain damage or recovery.


In his book “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science,” Norman Doidge describes numerous examples of functional shifts.

In one of them, a surgeon in his 50s suffers a stroke. His left arm is paralyzed. During his rehabilitation, his good arm and hand are immobilized, and he is set to cleaning tables. The task is at first impossible. Then slowly the bad arm remembers how too move. He learns to write again, to play tennis again: the functions of the brain areas killed in the stroke have transferred themselves to healthy regions!


The brain compensates for damage by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity.

Plasticity, learning and memory

For a long time, it was believed that as we aged, the connections in the brain became fixed. Research has shown that in fact the brain never stops changing through learning. Plasticity IS the capacity of the brain to change with learning. Changes associated with learning occur mostly at the level of the connections between neurons. New connections can form and the internal structure of the existing synapses can change.

Did you know that when you become an expert in a specific domain, the areas in your brain that deal with this type of skill will grow?


For instance, London taxi drivers have a larger hippocampus (in the posterior region) than London bus drivers (Maguire, Woollett, & Spiers, 2006). Why is that? It is because this region of the hippocampus is specialized in acquiring and using complex spatial information in order to navigate efficiently. Taxi drivers have to navigate around London whereas bus drivers follow a limited set of routes.


Plasticity can also be observed in the brains of bilinguals (Mechelli et al., 2004). It looks like learning a second language is possible through functional changes in the brain: the left inferior parietal cortex is larger in bilingual brains than in monolingual brains.


Plastic changes also occur in musicians brains compared to non-musicians. Gaser and Schlaug (2003) compared professional musicians (who practice at least 1hour per day) to amateur musicians and non-musicians. They found that gray matter (cortex) volume was highest in professional musicians, intermediate in amateur musicians, and lowest in non-musicians in several brain areas involved in playing music: motor regions, anterior superior parietal areas and inferior temporal areas.


Finally, Draganski and colleagues (2006) recently showed that extensive learning of abstract information can also trigger some plastic changes in the brain. They imaged the brains of German medical students 3 months before their medical exam and right after the exam and compared them to brains of students who were not studying for exam at this time. Medical students’ brains showed learning-induced changes in regions of the parietal cortex as well as in the posterior hippocampus. These regions of the brains are known to be involved in memory retrieval and learning.


Head of Sport


Head of Sport


Oakleigh Grammar Swimming Season - Bentleigh District Swimming (Year 6)

Congratulations to Georgianna Petridis of Year 6 who won the 11 Girls 50m Backstroke and placed second in the 11 Girls 50m Butterfly at the Bentleigh District Swimming Carnival in Term 1.


Georgianna went on to win the 11 Girls Backstroke at the School Sport Victoria Beachside Division Swimming Carnival and then placed 3rd at the School Sport Victoria Southern Metro Swimming Carnival.


This placed Georgianna in the top 15 swimmers in Victoria for the 11 Girls 50m Backstroke.  

EISM Division 3 Swimming Carnival  

Oakleigh Grammar continued its improvement in Swimming by placing 2nd overall to the much larger Eastern Conference school Billanook College.


For the second consecutive year Oakleigh Grammar won the ‘Most Improved Trophy’. This trophy is awarded to the school with the greatest increase in points compared to the previous year.

Congratulations to the Under 16 Girls Swimming Team (Jenna Menelaou, Efthymia Delichristou, Anastasia Anastopoulos, Isabella Karvouis) on their Age Group Premiership.

Our stand-out performers at each age group were:


Under 13 Girls:

Georgianna Petridis (Year 6)

1st Place - Under 13 Girls 50m Breaststroke

1st Place - All Age Girls 50m Freestyle Relay

2nd Place - Under 13 Girls 50m Backstroke

2nd Place - Under 13 Girls 50m Freestyle 


Under 13 Boys:

Michael Kaniadakis (Year 7)

1st Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Freestyle (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 31.73sec)

1st Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Breaststroke

2nd Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Backstroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 41.61sec)

2nd Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Freestyle Relay

2nd Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Medley Relay (Backstroke leg)

Chrissie Micallef (Year 8)

1st Place - All Age Girls 50m Freestyle Relay

3rd Place - Under 14 Girls 50m Backstroke


Victoria Turewicz (Year 8)

3rd Place - Under 14 Girls 50m Breaststroke

Under 15 Girls:

Efthymia Delichristou (Year 9)

1st Place - Under 15 Girls 50m Freestyle

1st Place - Under 15 Girls 50m Backstroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 35.79sec)

1st Place - Under 16 Girls 50m Butterfly (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 34.16sec)

1st Place - In all 3 Relays:

  • Under 16 Girls 50m Medley Relay (Butterfly leg)
  • Under 16 Girls 50m Freestyle Relay 
  • All Age Girls Relay 50m Freestyle Relay

2nd Place - Under 15 Girls 50m Breaststroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 47.44sec)  

Under 15 Boys:

Jeremy Micallef (Year 10)

1st Place - Under 15 Boys 50m Freestyle (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 30.47sec)

1st Place - Under 15 Boys 50m Backstroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 39.25sec)

1st Place - Under 15 Boys 50m Breaststroke

2nd Place - Under 16 Boys 50m Butterfly (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 36.18sec)

2nd Place - Under 15 Boys Medley Relay

Under 16 Girls:

Jenna Menelaou (Year 10)

1st Place - Open Girls 100m Freestyle

1st Place - Under 16 Girls 50m Freestyle (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 30.78sec)

1st Place - Under 16 Girls 50m Backstroke

1st Place - Under 16 Girls 50m Breaststroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 45.17sec)

1st Place - In all 3 Relays:

  • Under 16 Girls 50m Medley Relay (Backstroke leg)
  • Under 16 Girls 50m Freestyle Relay 
  • All Age Girls Relay 50m Freestyle Relay

Under 16 Boys:

Denis Boukhvalov (Year 11)

1st Place - Under 16 Boys 50m Breaststroke

2nd Place - Under 16 Boys 50m Backstroke

Open Boys:

Christopher James Mertikas (Year 11)

3rd Place - Open Boys 50m Backstroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 37.48sec)

3rd Place - Open Boys 50m Freestyle Relay

Open Girls:

Anastasia Anastopoulos (Year 9 - Swimming Open age group as an Under 15)

1st Place - All Age Girls 50m Freestyle Relay

3rd Place - Open Girls 50m Backstroke


EISM Swimming Champions Carnival

This was our best result since entering the EISM Sporting Association in 1998.

Oakleigh Grammar students qualified for 22 events. This resulted in 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.    


Gold Medal: 

Denis Boukhvalov (Year 11) 

1st Place - Under 16 Boys 50m Breaststroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 37.33sec) 


Silver Medals:

Jeremy Micallef (Year 10)

2nd Place - Under 15 Boys 50m Breaststroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 37.79sec)

Jenna Menelaou (Year 10)

2nd Place - Under 16 Girls 50m Backstroke (New Oakleigh Grammar Record - 35.84sec)


Bronze Medals:

Michael Kaniadakis (Year 7)

3rd Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Breaststroke


3rd Place - Under 13 Boys 50m Freestyle Relay Team:

Michael Kaniadakis, Alexander Kotsirilos, Nicholas Ghanakas, Louka Bauzon

EISM Senior Summer Sport Season (Term 1)

EISM Senior Summer Sport was a successful one for Oakleigh Grammar. We qualified for 5 Grand Finals.


Senior Girls Volleyball A

Senior Girls Volleyball B

Senior Boys Volleyball A 

Senior Boys Volleyball B

Senior Girls Soccer


We won four of the five grand finals. The premiership winning teams were:


Senior Girls Volleyball A

Oakleigh Grammar defeated Huntingtower 2-0 in the Grand Final.

Samantha Kagarakis was adjudged Grand Final MVP.


Renee Derimboglou (Captain)

Agapi Dimitrakopoulos

Paris Karanikas

Katelyn Limnios

Leah Tamvakis

Samantha Kagarakis

Alexandra Fasoulis

Vayia Karanikas

Isabella Karvounis


Senior Girls Volleyball B

Oakleigh Grammar also defeated Huntingtower in the Senior Girls Volleyball B Grand Final

Stavroula Sideris was adjudged Grand Final MVP.


Diana Georgiades (Captain)

Julia Paboukis

Rebecca Dajee

Alexandra Di Meo

Vasilia Tamvakis

Stavroula Sideris

Hanna Turewicz

Angeliki Stamatopoulou

Senior Boys Volleyball A

Oakleigh Grammar defeated Huntingtower in the Grand Final.

Naoum Lazis was adjudged Grand Final MVP.


Naoum Lazis (Captain)

Perry Stamatakos

Christopher Tsoronis

Dimitris Antonopoulos

George Daglaras

Lazar Momcilovic

Christopher James Mertikas

Senior Girls Soccer

After regular time, Oakleigh Grammar and Alphington Grammar were locked at 1-1. After extra time was played, the two teams could not be separated and as a result shared the EISM Premiership.


Maria Spiropoulos was awarded the Grand Final MVP as goal-keeper.

Paras Gameras (Captain)

Sophia Koutsioulis

Kirstin Panopoulos

Emily Pezos

Maria Spiropoulos

Fiona Ziakas

Christina Gougoussis

Kristen Moshos

Nicola Zois

Alexandra Antoniadis

Andreana Gameras

Kiriaki Gilinas

Jenna Menelaou

Nikita Nan Tie

Keely Nicopoulos

EISM Senior Summer Sport All-Star Teams

Each year the EISM selects Senior All-Star Teams for each sport. It combines the best players from each school to form a representative team.

The number of players from each school is dependent on the size of the team and the finishing position of the team at the end of the season.


Congratulations to the following students on their EISM All-Star Team nomination and certificates.


Senior Boys Tennis 

John Christou


Senior Boys Hockey

Tomas Smith


Senior Boys Volleyball 

Naoum Lazis (All-Star Captain)

Perry Stamatakos


Senior Girls Softball

Sarah Burnett


Senior Girls Soccer 

Paras Gameras (All-Star Captain)

Emily Pezos

Nicola Zois


Senior Girls Volleyball

Renee Derimboglou (All-Star Captain)

Samantha Kagarakis


National Schools Event - Sydney 2017

The National Schools Event is a national competition involving seven orthodox schools from around Australia. The host school this year was All Saints Grammar School, Sydney. Read more.

The Arts at Oakleigh Grammar

A Night at the Theatre

On Wednesday 31 May, the Oakleigh Grammar Conference Centre transformed into a spectacular theatre, as an audience was dazzled by performances from many Middle and Senior School students.


A Night at the Theatre consisted of performances from newly formed music ensembles, drama ensembles and media students. Read more.

Year 9 Students prove ‘You are Never Alone’​

On Tuesday 6 June, Oakleigh Grammar’s Year 9 Drama students performed at Xavier College as part of their involvement in the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival 2017. For this program, schools across Victoria work on creating their own performances based on the same stimulus image. Participants get to work on a series of workshops at Monash University and present their work alongside other schools in Melbourne. Read more.

Art & Design

What a busy semester it has been for the Art and Design students at Oakleigh Grammar. The students have enjoyed programs that trigger creativity and design thinking strategies that encompass a wide variety of media, methods and materials.


Please enjoy a selection of photos taken through Term 1 and Term 2 of Years 8 & 9 art classes and Years 10, 11 and 12 Visual Communication & Design classes.


Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Friendship Seat


Faculty News

Careers News


Career Advisor








‘ASPIRE’ is a program at La Trobe which rewards Year 12 students’ community contribution with a conditional early offer to their chosen degree.  Successful applicants need a minimum ATAR of 50 for entry to courses (excluding some professional degree programs). You will also need to meet all course prereqs and any special requirements for your preferred course. Applications now open at: www.latrobe.edu.au/aspire. Offers will be made for the Aspire program in September, well before your ATAR is known.



  • HOW SCHOLARSHIPS BENEFIT STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY – Monash University wishes to increase opportunities for talented students to benefit from a quality education, regardless of their circumstances. Monash scholarships offer students financial support to meet their basic living and education costs. Scholarships allow students to engage in all aspects or university life as well as developing their leadership and employability skills. For information about Monash scholarships see: www.monash.edu/scholarships
  • PATHWAYS TO MONASH LAW -. Designed for students who have the determination to succeed in the B. Laws but just miss out on the Clearly-in ATAR. If you live in a low socio-economic area or have experienced financial hardship, you could be eligible. See: www.monash.edu/law/future-students/undergraduate/pathways/new.



  • A DAY AT MELBOURNE – Explore the Parkville campus, find out more about study options, gather information, and talk to staff. Who: Senior students & parents; When: 9am-3pm, Fri 7 July;

https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/explore/events/victoria_and_interstate/victoria/a-   day-at-melbourne

  • SHORT COURSES THIS WINTER AT VCA AND MCM (UNIVERSITY OF MELBORNE) – Join in for some fun and creativity, starting in July, in Film and TV, Acting, Music Theatre, Youth Jazz Ensemble and Visual Art. Bookings and Info see: http://vca-mcm.unimelb.edu.au/shortcourses.


STUDY TEACHING AT VICTORIA UNIVERSITY VU offers a Bachelor of Education (P-12), which allows graduates to teach at any school level. Throughout the course, students will work in primary and secondary settings to complete at least 80 days of teaching practice. Majors are offered in 16 specialist areas See: www.vu.edu.au/courses/ebed



Then go to an OT Career Night where you will get information and see demos from OT’s in spinal rehabilitation, hand therapy, mental health, neurology, orthopaedic and amputee rehabilitation, oncology and more. When: 5.00pm (registration), 5.30-8.00pm (presentations and questions), Thurs 17 August; Where: Austin Hospital, Heidelberg; Bookings: with Tina Morley, [email protected] Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email (Parking available).


Year 11 Careers Excursion to RMIT City Campus.

On the cold crisp autumn morning of Tuesday 30 May, Mrs. Michelle Mascaro, Mr. Andrew Phillips and Ms. Sharon Cheung took the Year 11 students on a Careers Excursion to RMIT. Special thanks to the host Cody Moore from the RMIT Student Recruitment team who gave us a campus tour, talked about the amazing pathways and opportunities @ RMIT, and organised a team campus challenge! It was a fun and informative morning.


Inquiry Learning


Inquiry Learning Coordinator


Celebrating Environment Week

The Junior School did a wonderful job taking action to make sure their environment was being looked after, and they were lessening their impact on our world, last week.


Monday – we worked with Sparky and Switched off the ‘BIG 3!’

Tuesday – we were Waste Warriors, made an effort to use less paper and Cleaned up our space.

Wednesday we held a swap market and Swapped instead of Shopped! This has a positive impact on the environment and wallets because it saves:

  • Items from ending up in landfill and taking up valuable space
  • Energy and resources that would have been used to dispose of the item
  • Money, because there is no need to buy new things


Congratulations to the winning classes for this week!

Bronze medal:  3G – 10 rubbish free lunches! Wonderful!

Silver medal: 2P, Prep A and Prep V – 12 rubbish free lunches! Brilliant

Gold medal: 4A – 19 rubbish free lunches!!!! Tremendous!

Thursday - we were Wild Children and appreciated nature by taking the classroom outdoors and our student leaders shared a story at recess with the younger students.



SRC Coordinator


As in past years, our Cretan compatriots and the wider Greek Community of Melbourne commemorated the anniversary of the Battle of Crete. This year, the commemoration of the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete took place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May. The date marks an event of great importance to both Australia and Greece, as it forged a close bond between Greek patriots and ANZAC forces in their fight against an invading Fascist army.


On Saturday 27 May, students attended the parade of community schools, organisations and veteran units at the Shrine of Remembrance. Middle School Leaders, Student Representative Council (SRC) Leaders and Unit 3 LOTE Modern Greek students represented our School at the commemoration. Year 11 SRC members, Eva Demirgelis and Nick Agiazis, laid a wreath on behalf of our School community.

On Sunday 28 May, Senior School Leaders represented our School by attending the Doxology at St Eustathios church in South Melbourne. Students also had the great honour of meeting Lieutenant General Konstantinos Floros, Deputy Chief of the HNDGS and Lieutenant Colonel Christos Anastasiadis, Deputy Director of Public Relations Directorate.


On behalf of Oakleigh Grammar, we would like to congratulate the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemoration Council and Event Coordinator Mr Tsourdalakis for this year's commemorative ceremony.


Congratulations to all students who represented our school on both days.

Chaplain's Corner


School Chaplain


Reflecting on the last few months we had the opportunity to meet up with our Year 10 classes in our church and discuss what certain items of the church symbolize, such as the church structure, the icons, the wood carvings and the ecclesiastical-items of the church.


We had also our Junior, Middle and Senior School Students attending the church services in the Paschal season. Our Year 6 Byzantine Choir plus students from other year levels chanted brightly for our Middle School Students and our Senior School chanters chanted for our Senior School students. It was also lovely to see our junior school students chanting vividly 'Christ is Risen' in both Greek and English to our congregation at the Apodosis of Pascha.

Next 20, 23 & 27 June will be confession days for Junior and Middle School in the Library. For more information, head to:



Byzantine Choir Announcement

As part of our Byzantine Choir program at Oakleigh Grammar, students participating in the program have been bestowed the honour of chanting at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on our Feast Day of The Holy Unmercenaries  Kosmas and Damianos on Saturday 1 July.


Students are expected to be at church by 8.45am in full school winter uniform. To ensure our students are well prepared for this auspicious occasion I'll be hosting in-school practices and after school in the lead up to these events on the 20th and 27th of June at 12.45pm, and the 23rd of June at 1.00pm. Our students are also encouraged to attend after school practice on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3.30pm to 4.00pm at the church. If you have any further queries you may contact me directly via 0425 746 684. 


I am looking forward to seeing our students chanting with their angelic voices at the service. May Sts Anargiri intercede all your prayers. 

Learning Enhancement


Head of Learning Enhancement



In Term 3 Chess Ideas will continue to provide professional coaching in chess every Monday Lunchtime from Monday 24 July to Monday 18 September.


Chess helps develop critical thinking skills in children such as lateral thinking, concentration, problem solving and decision making to name a few. Most importantly, it’s FUN!


At the start of each session, children learn a new strategy, idea or skill. Then these skills are put into practise with activities, supervised games and individual coach feedback.


Coaching will cost $117 for 9 sessions at $13 per session.


If you would like your child to participate in the Chess Ideas coaching sessions then either:

  • complete the registration form in the link/attachment and submit the form to your child’s class teacher; or
  • email Joanne at [email protected] with your child’s registration details; or
  • send your child’s form to Chess Ideas at [email protected]



Head of Mathematics


A priority target of the Mathematics faculty at Oakleigh Grammar is to improve the academic progress of all our students. We ensure that every student has the opportunity to be supported, challenged and to make the best progress possible during the academic year.


Differentiation is an important part of MYP Inquiry and the Mathematics Department is continuing to focus on varying classroom instruction in order to maximize each student’s potential. Teachers are pretesting to determine learning readiness. They are varying presentation and level of depth and incorporating multi-modal activities & assessment.


There are also many initiatives currently taking place in order to complement our classroom learning. Enrichment Classes and Mathematical Games and Competitions provide excellent acceleration for our high achieving students, allowing them to extend their mathematical development as well as gain a measure of their achievement in an external assessment situation.



The Mathematics Enrichment Program is a program designed to further improve mathematical problem solving skills in high achieving students who display passion for mathematics and have demonstrated performance across a range of observable criteria.

In the Mathematics Enrichment Classes, pupils are exposed to challenging mathematical problems. They discuss and examine advanced mathematical concepts in greater breadth and depth, and learn different and efficient problem-solving strategies to tackle problems. The concepts that are taught in these classes complement the core content covered during curriculum time.


The students are also prepared to participate in Mathematics competitions such as the Australian Problem Solving Mathematics Olympiad (APSMO), International Mathematics Competitions and Assessment (ICAS) and the Mathematical Association of Victoria Mathematical Games. As part of the Enrichment Program students also gain access to Essential Assessment Online program in order to practice advanced skills at home.


Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO)

In Term 2 & 3, selected Year 5 - 8 students participate in the Australasian Olympiad. The Olympiads consisted of five separate contents held between May and September. These tests encourage students to develop important problem solving skills in an enjoyable environment.


International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) Awards

In Term 3, selected Years 3- 11 students participate in the 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Mathematics Competition. There are over one million entries from Australia and New Zealand and from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa.


All students receive a certificate acknowledging their performance and a detailed report showing how they performed on each problem with wider statistical rankings. The certificate and individual student report are also suitable for students to include in their portfolio.


MAV Maths Games Day

During Terms 2 & 3, selected Year 6-9 students take part in the Statewide Mathematical Association of Victoria Mathematical Games Days.


The 2017 MAV Games will be organized by the following host schools:

  • Friday 8 September - Year 6: Genazzano, Kew
  • Monday 4 September - Year 7: Mt Hira College, Keysborough
  • Wednesday 2 August - Year 8: PEGS, Keilor

Mathematics Games Days provide students with the opportunity to develop their mathematical talents and thinking skills in a setting where mathematics is regarded as fun and worthwhile with like-minded students from a diverse range of schools. It is an ideal way for students to participate in mathematical activities without the usual class room pressures and is a very effective vehicle for getting young people – particularly in the middle years of schooling – excited about mathematics.



Head of Science



Congratulations to the selected students in Years 4 to 9  who competed in the 2017 University of NSW International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competitions for Science on the 30th of May. They competed with students from all around Australia, New Zealand and 20 other countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The assessment requires important higher order scientific literacy skills, including experimental design, inferencing, reasoning and problem solving.

Parents' Association

Junior School Dance


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