1 6 April, 2011 ISSUE: 3 (to 3 May, 2011) APRIL 2011 Fr 1 K-12 School Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 8:45 am Tue 5 PHILOTIMO DAY at Senior School Fri 8 9am ANZAC Commemoration Service at Senior School 12:45 pm ANZAC Commemorative Service at Junior School Term 1 concludes for PK 12 Sun 17 Palm Sunday (Holy Week commences) Fri 22 Sun 24 Mon 25 Holy & Good Friday Great & Holy Pascha Easter Monday School Closed ANZAC Day 25 March Celebrations My sincerest thanks to all students, parents and staff that attended and participated on Sunday, 27 March for the annual Independence day celebration of 25 March. Your attendance, support and patience was greatly appreciated and although rained out, you still attended and supported the day by representing the School proudly. My thanks. Congratulations to our students and particularly to the students that presented items at our own Church assembly following the Liturgy earlier in the day. Congratulations to Georgina Palden Yr 8 on her recitation of her poem and to our School Captain Costa-Dean Kontakos who gave a heartfelt speech in Greek on the day s significance and what it meant to him as a young Australian of Greek heritage. I asked his permission and have included it in this Newsletter to share with those who may not have been there or for those who were genuinely touched by his words. Tue 26 ANZAC Day Public Holiday Wed 27 PK 12 classes resume for Term 2 Thu 28 MAY 2011 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sun 8 Senior School Pascal Day Yr 7 HPV#2 Vaccination Schools arrive for Greek Orthodox Schools National Schools Event National Schools Event commences with Ayiasmos Service at All Saints Church National Schools Event cont National Schools Event concludes with Presentation of Awards at 4 pm All Saints Church Hall/Multipurpose Hall Gymnasium Happy Mothers Day!!! Tue 10 NAPLAN assessments Yrs 3,5,7 &9 Wed 11 NAPLAN assessments Yrs 3,5,7 &9 Yrs 11/12 Parent-Teacher Reporting Thu 12 NAPLAN assessments Yrs 3,5,7 &9 Sat 14 ACER Scholarship & Entrance Examinations, 8:30 am 12 noon in Senior School Library National Schools Event It is with great excitement and anticipation that soon after we return from our Easter break ASG hosts this year s Greek Orthodox Schools National Schools Event. Mr banks and his team have been working extra long hours this term in preparing for this grand event and we hope and trust that all our visiting schools will be well looked after and warmly received throughout the week of activities. This week is similar to when family members come to visit once a year we re excited to see each other again, we re excited to catch up and there s definitely a very familiar and family feel in the air. Although events will be held all over Sydney, we do encourage visitors and expect that our own parents visiting these events will act as warm and encouraging hosts also to our extended family. Kalo Pascha & Happy Easter With this opportunity, I would like to extend my own good wishes to all and hope each one of us has the opportunity to reflect on ourselves during this last period of Lent and in the lead up during Holy Week to rejuvenate and refresh with what is important in life and through our Faith to continue serving and assisting others selflessly. Please take care and if leaving your home for travel, then travel safely and I look forward to seeing everyone return on Wednesday, 27 April for the commencement of Term 2. Mon 16 Respect, Understanding, Acceptance Interfaith Meeting 2, Jewish Museum with Year 9 NB: Please check dates regularly as changes may be necessary
2 From the Chairman of the Parish Board of Directors The following was received through general . I read it and it touched my heart and thought I d share it with you also given we have just celebrated 25 March Independence Day celebrations Ο μεγάλος Γερμανός συγγραφέας Έρχαρτ Κέστνερ έκανε την εξής εξομολόγηση. «Στα 1952 πήγα για πρώτη φορά μετά το πόλεμο, στην Αθήνα. Η γερμανική πρεσβεία, όταν άκουσε πως είχα πρόθεση να πάω στη Κρήτη, μου συνέστησε, επειδή ήταν πολύ νωρίς ακόμα και οι πληγές από τη γερμανική κατοχή ανεπούλωτες, να λέω πως είμαι Ελβετός. Αλλά εγώ τους ήξερα τους Κρήτες. Από την πρώτη στιγμή είπα πως ήμουν Γερμανός και όχι μόνο δεν κακόπαθα, αλλά ξανάζησα παντού όπου πέρασα τη θρυλική κρητική φιλοξενία.»ένα σούρουπο, καθώς ο ήλιος βασίλευε, πλησίασα το γερμανικό νεκροταφείο, έρημο με μόνο σύντροφο τις τελευταίες ηλιαχτίδες. Έκανα όμως λάθος. Υπήρχε εκεί και μια ζωντανή ψυχή, ήταν μια μαυροφορεμένη γυναίκα. Με μεγάλη μου έκπληξη την είδα ν' ανάβει κεριά στους τάφους των Γερμανών νεκρών του πολέμου και να πηγαίνει μεθοδικά από μνήμα σε μνήμα. Την πλησίασα και τη ρώτησα. Είστε από εδώ; Μάλιστα. Και τότε γιατί το κάνετε αυτό; Οι άνθρωποι αυτοί σκότωσαν τους Κρητικούς». Και γράφει ο Κέστνερ. «Η απάντηση, μόνο στην Ελλάδα θα μπορούσε να δοθεί». Απαντά η γυναίκα. «Παιδί μου, από τη προφορά σου φαίνεσαι ξένος και δεν θα γνωρίζεις τι συνέβη εδώ στα 41 με 44. Ο άντρας μου σκοτώθηκε στη μάχη της Κρήτης κι έμεινα με το μονάκριβο γιο μου. Μου τον πήραν οι Γερμανοί όμηρο στα 1943 και πέθανε σε στρατόπεδο συγκεντρώσεως, στο Σαξενχάουζεν. Δεν ξέρω πού είναι θαμμένο το παιδί μου. Ξέρω όμως πως όλα τούτα ήταν τα παιδιά μιας κάποιας μάνας, σαν κι εμένα. Και ανάβω στη μνήμη τους, επειδή οι μάνες τους δεν μπορούν να 'ρθουν εδώ κάτω. Σίγουρα μια άλλη μάνα θα ανάβει το καντήλι στη μνήμη του γιού μου». Σωστά έγραψε ο Γερμανός, ότι «Μόνο στην Ελλάδα θα μπορούσε να δοθεί η απάντηση αυτή». Polycarpos Kouroushis School Captain s Address - Κωσταντίνος Κοντάκος, Τρίτη Λυκείου Η 25 η Μαρτίου Η 25 η Μαρτίου είναι από τις πιο σημαντικές εορτές της ελληνορθόδοξης θρησκείας. Η ημερομηνία αυτή δεν επιλέχτηκε τυχαία απο τον επίσκοπο Παλαιών Πατρών Γερμανό, να κηρύξει την επανάσταση εναντίον της Τουρκικής κατοχής. Οπως ο Αρχάγγελος Γαβριήλ μετέφερε στην Παναγία την χαρμόσυνη είδηση, ότι μέσω αυτής θα ενσαρκωθεί ο Υιός του Θεού, ο Παλαιών Πατρών Γερμανός ενημέρωσε τον ελληνικό λαό ότι η γιορτή του Ευαγγελισμού θα σήμαινε την έναρξη της ελευθερίας του ελληνικού έθνους. Έτσι, από την Άγια Λαύρα στα Καλάβρυτα, ξεκίνησε η ελληνική επανάσταση. Τα επόμενα εννιά χρόνια γράφτηκε η πιο σημαντική και ένδοξη σελίδα της ελληνικής ιστορίας. Η σελίδα της ελευθερίας και της ανεξαρτησίας. Τους ήρωες της εποχής αυτής, τους τιμούμε και τους δοξάζουμε σήμερα. Προσωπικότητες όπως αυτές του Ρήγα Φεραίου, Αθανάσιου Διάκου, Γεώργιου Καραϊσκάκη, Θεόδωρου Κολοκοτρώνη, Αλέξανδρου Υψηλάντη, Μαντώς Μαυρογένους και άλλων, καθώς και το σύνθημα της επανάστασης, ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ Η ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ, χαρακτηρίζουν την αποφασιστικότητα ενός λαού που δεν θα επέτρεπε σε κανέναν να του στερήσει τα βασικά του δικαιώματα, όπως την ελευθερία και την πίστη. Όσα χρόνια και να περνούσαν, η δύναμη της ψυχής δεν αποδυναμωνόταν. Χάρη σε αυτούς τους ανθρώπους, αλλά και σε άλλους πολλούς, επώνυμους και ανώνυμους, η Ελλάδα κέρδισε την ανεξαρτησία της και τη θέση που της άξιζε ανά τον κόσμο.
3 Πέρασαν περίπου δύο αιώνες από το Εκατομμύρια άνθρωποι ήρθαν κι έφυγαν. Η Ελλάδα δοκιμάστηκε αρκετές φορές από πολέμους και καταστροφές. Εξακολουθεί όμως να υπάρχει ως ένα ελεύθερο ειρηνικό κράτος, που θαυμάζεται για τη πλούσια ιστορία του, και την γενναιότητα του λαού του. Μου ζητήθηκε από το σχολείο μου, να σας περιγράψω τι σημαίνει η 25 η Μαρτίου για μένα. Δηλαδή, τι σημαίνει για ένα παιδί που γεννήθηκε 173 χρόνια αργότερα και που ζει σε μια χώρα χιλιάδες μίλια μακριά και σε μια κοινωνία που οι διαφορές με την εποχή εκείνη είναι ασύλληπτες. Πιστεύω πως η κάθε γενιά επηρεάζεται από την προηγούμενη. Η ιστορία διαμορφώνει το παρόν και το μέλλον. Προσπάθησα να φανταστώ πώς αντέχει ένας λαός, υπόδουλος επί 400 χρόνια; Τι δύναμη σωματική και ψυχική θα κρύβει μέσα του ώστε να διατηρήσει τη γλώσσα, τα έθιμα, τη θρησκεία και την παράδοση; Και τι αντοχές χρειάζεται για να μπορέσει να επαναστατήσει και στο τέλος να δικαιωθεί; Σίγουρα ο λαός αυτός αξίζει το θαυμασμό και την εκτίμηση όλων μας. Έτσι κι εγώ λοιπόν, τους θαυμάζω και τους εκτιμώ. Νιώθω υπερήφανος που κάποιοι οραματίστηκαν το δικό μου μέλλον και με τις δικές τους θυσίες, μου το χάρισαν. Υπερήφανος γιατί διεκδίκησαν τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα 200 χρόνια πριν, και σήμερα αυτά τα δικαιώματα προστατεύονται παντού από το νόμο. Ζούμε σε μια χώρα φιλόξενη και γενναιόδωρη. Μια χώρα που όχι μόνο μας επιτρέπει να διατηρήσουμε την εθνική μας ταυτότητα, αλλά και μας ενθαρρύνει. Το λιγότερο που θα μπορούσα εγώ να κάνω ως ένας απόγονος αυτών των ανθρώπων, είναι να καλλιεργήσω την ελληνική γλώσσα, να ασπαστώ την ελληνορθόδοξη θρησκεία, να διατηρήσω την ελληνική παράδοση και την ελληνική κουλτούρα, και να συνειδητοποιήσω τη σημασία της ελληνικής μας ιστορίας. Με αυτόν τον τρόπο πιστεύω πως κρατάω μέσα μου ζωντανό το πνεύμα της εθνικής επανάστασης και αθάνατη τη μνήμη των εθνικών μας ηρώων. Είμαι σίγουρος πως αν ο Θεόδωρος Κολοκοτρώνης ήταν παρών, εδώ στην εκκλησία των Αγίων Πάντων σήμερα, θα ένιωθε και αυτός μεγάλη υπερηφάνεια και ικανοποίηση πως οι θυσίες του 1821 δεν ήταν μάταιες, άξιζαν, γιατί στο Σύδνεϋ της Αυστραλίας ένας απόγονός τους, νιώθει την υποχρέωση να φωνάξει, Some Photos from 27 March ΖΗΤΩ Η ΕΛΛΑΔΑ, ΖΗΤΩ ΤΟ 1821, ΖΗΤΩ και Χρόνια Πολλά. School Captain Costa-Dean Kontakos presenting Georgina Palden, Yr 8 His speech on what the significance of the day Means to him as a young Australian of Greek heritage.
4 Enrolments of Siblings for Existing ASG families with children commencing in Kindergarten in either 2012 or 2013 are asked to ensure they have completed the requirements of Application for Enrolment. Currently both 2012 and 2013 are being finalised by the School and it is essential that existing families that may not as yet have completed their subsequent child/ren Application Form do so as soon as possible. For all Enrolment enquiries please contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Leanne Apokourastos (Tue, Thur and Friday) by phone ( ) or Parents interested in Pre-Kindergarten are asked to contact Mrs Apokourastos who will also help you with any enquiries relating to the School s Pre-Kinder enrolment process. With the success of this programme evident over the past 18 months, I would encourage parents to contact the School at their earliest convenience as placements are filling up very quickly, especially for School Open Day Tours Our previous two tours that occurred last month were particularly successful with parents (and in some cases their children) attending and viewing how our School operates at both the Junior and Senior campuses. The next scheduled Tours are: Junior School on the morning of Thursday, 19 May commencing at 9 am for parents considering enrolling their children at ASG wishing to view the school environment. Senior School on the morning of Friday, 20 May and 27 May commencing at 9 am for Junior School parents and new parents wishing to consider ASG as their child s secondary school. These tours are worthwhile opportunities for existing parents wishing to see for themselves how our Senior School functions in everyday mode. During the tour, there is no show, there is no set up and parents will get a first hand experience in viewing a normal day. Feedback to this format has been exceptionally positive and appreciative from many who have attended. Please forward your intention to attend to Mrs Leanne Apokourastos on
5 Bullying The Feeling of Acceptance & Belonging In the past, I have often mentioned events, strategies and procedures relating to programmes the School has in place to address bullying issues. These are not static and are constantly being evaluated and in most instances require additions, deletions or adjustments as the case may be to continually reflect this ever changing, and ever present concern. Regularly, through the written and visual media you would have heard and read of bullying cases and how schools and the individuals concerned handle these. No bullying case is ever simple, and no bullying case is ever easy to solve. In fact, the severe and more obvious cases normally are the most simple to deal with and easiest to solve. It is the small, continuing, most times purposeful actions of others that possibly cannot be traced or referred directly to someone that we are all more concerned about as these small incidents and behaviours accumulate over time and grow like a tumour. Once it reaches a point of no return we often ask ourselves, Where did this come from?, I knew nothing about it., Why didn t someone say something? and the list goes on, and these responses are most times validated unfortunately as this then makes the task even more difficult. Allowing a bully or bullies to continue their behaviour and not speaking up is a major contributor to their continuing behaviour. A child, a student, a parent, a staff member needs to be encouraged to seek someone they trust and tell them what is happening and how that behaviour has made them feel. Most times, an understanding ear and some realistic guidance can assist and solve the problem, however at least if this does not occur and things continue, then the person involved at has some support and assistance to take it to the next level if required. To be fair, there are many times at school when a student s problem is investigated and once the problem is exposed and the bully is informed and made known as to how the other person feels there are normally positive changes. In some cases, the bully did not realise or know their behaviour was so negative towards others. This of course is all part of growing up and learning how to interact with others and we shouldn t confuse the issues, other than to say if repeated behaviours make someone feel uncomfortable, the first step is to voice their concern to someone they trust. You may be reading this and thinking circumstances that you or members of your family have experienced first hand, and at varying levels as is alluded to above. In one Newsletter recently I even mentioned bullying amongst parents and the various problems this type of bullying raises. This became relevant to me first hand recently where a parent had felt so excluded and ostracised over a period of time that the family felt it best to just call it quits and move on. The behaviours they experienced were not limited to the parents, but also experienced by their children. The behaviours they experienced were in some instances comments directed to the children, comments directed to the parents themselves, but mostly the experiences were of the silent sort. Were our parents aware this was the message they were giving to this family through their behaviours? We should ask ourselves: Is this the community that we have become and that we wish to cultivate and nurture and share our experience and knowledge with our children to model from? It s human nature not to like everyone we come to meet we warm towards some and we feel little in common with others so tend to take a little more distance with them. That is normal human behaviour. What I m referring to here is a family who initially thought that also, however experienced constant exclusion, people who chose not to even respond with common greetings and courtesies, instructed their children not to associate with their children etc. This behaviour was deliberate and achieved the outcome these parents wanted. Personally and professionally, I do not want our community to allow this to continue. We are all different, and we should embrace each other s differences. Race, ethnicity, faith, language and the diversity this brings to a community should be encouraged and applauded. The School consciously seeks to enrol students from other ethnic and religious backgrounds at great expense through marketing initiatives and promotion. We are currently waiting approval for our Application to be able to enrol International students as educationally we feel as a school, as a Board and I hoped as a community that we know that diversity can be extremely worthwhile as it assists us in educating our students with an additional perspectives and challenges.
6 By even stating my concerns in this Newsletter publically I am exposing this negative to not only all who read the Newsletter itself but to numerous others that receive the Newsletter (colleagues at other public, Catholic and Independent schools across the country), as well as it being available on our website to all and sundry. I was saddened, embarrassed and frustrated when I conducted the exit interview with this specific family recently. It must be said however that normally the actions of a few do not reflect the whole school population, however unfortunately in this case this is exactly what has happened with these few people left unchallenged, they have brought our school name and the good work and effort of the majority to mean very little. One thing however is that we are resilient, we are courageous and we are a majority and I know that most of us are welcoming individuals; that we embrace others irrespective of where they re from, what colour they are, the shape of their eyes or colour of their skin or who/what they may believe in. So with that I have Faith that we can work together and in harmony to teach our kids right from wrong and that it costs nothing to show kindness or be polite to every one of God s people. Together and in a conscious manner we can model our good behaviour to our children, and amongst us be loving and respectful of one another this I know we can do and with this attitude we will make this school one that is embracing and nurturing for all. Cyber-Bullying Strategies As with most schools, we are also at school and board level constantly reviewing our policies and programmes and trying to keep up with new situations and instances surrounding use of the internet when it comes to bullying. The following is the first of 4 articles written by a colleague, Graham Leo, Head of Emmanuel College on the Gold Coast who addresses issues surrounding social networking. His concerns and the relevance of the article is not only pertinent to his school population and is relevant to us all. He has been kind enough to allow its inclusion into our Newsletter for our population. Article 1: Facebook Newsletter Articles March, 2011 Graham Leo, Emmanuel College, Gold Coast. The issue I want to address is that of social networking media, and their effect on student achievement. I will take 3-4 weeks to address this topic at length. Firstly, today, an introduction. At no time in human history have there been so many opportunities for people to stay connected with each other, regardless of physical distance. Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones, SMS and a range of online chat systems and blogs provide endless opportunity for the most garrulous, or the most emotionally deprived, to stay connected with others. I used quotation marks in the last sentence because there is a fair bit of doubt about the value of the connection that most of these media allow. It is possible to be connected with hundreds, and yet be very isolated. Herein lies my first issue for parents to consider in regard to these things. All teenagers have a deep desire to be part of a herd. Even when they deny this, and declare loudly that they choose to reject their parents values or association, and want to assert their independence, and not be one of the crowd, they immediately choose a form of dress, speech and communication methods which their selected crowd of other non-belongers favour. And woe betide them if someone does not follow the dictates of that inner circle. Given all of this, one of the things that parents need to think seriously about is this: Which group (which herd) do I really want my teenager to roam with? Or, to put it in the negative, Which herds do I need to make sure my teenager does not choose as their herd? Thoughtful parents will recognise that if you only start to ask this question once a child hits high school, or even worse, Year 9 or 10, it is almost too late. Once people adopt their tribal patches (associates, clothes, language, music genre, hairstyle, and general demeanour) the chance of
7 breaking the belonging is slim indeed. (Imagine asking politely to be allowed to leave the Hell s Angels and join the Finks, and you will see what I mean.) So, this issue is one that parents from Prep upwards must take seriously, if they want their children s teenage lives to be successful. What has this to do with social networking media? Everything! Being on Facebook is something that even grannies do. (Wait for a few more wrinklies like me to join Facebook, and the next new thing will emerge, because Gen Y won t want to be on it anymore.) What really matters on any social networking medium is whose friend you are, and how you use the site. Do you notice how nothing much has changed from when you were at school, though, really? What really mattered as you walked out to the shady tree in the school ground to eat your warm vegemite sandwiches, was whose friend you were and how you used that relationship. Nothing is new except the medium. So parents can take heart. There is no point in preparing Preps on how to use Facebook when they finally are allowed to have their page in Year 8. By then, the name will have changed, but not the game itself. Here are the rules of how to be safe and succeed in every game that kids (and big kids) have played since time immemorial, and they will work with these media as well. I think you will see that children as young as five can benefit from practising these, and being taught them day in and day out by their family culture. 1. In all your relationships, don t speak or write without thinking first. Think about how the other person will react, whether you could use better words or timing, and always follow the rule that face to face is always best if you can. 2. Don t use rude or crass words. Even if they don t offend the other person, you are better off finding friends would be offended by that language, anyway. 3. Don t say anything about anyone else that you wouldn t like that person to hear. In fact, remember the old advice, If you can t say something nice, don t say anything at all. 4. Remember that hardly anyone shows on the surface (on their home page, if you like) what they are really like as a person. Trust what they do consistently, rather than what they say. 5. It s always wise to keep some distance from friends. Don t live in their pockets. Never visit a friend at mealtimes, early in the morning or late at night. Give them their space. It is pretty easy to see how Facebook breaks many of these common rules of human interaction, or at least tempts users to break them. Think about these, and put them into practice within your family life, and you will have set some important steps for succeeding in the online world for years ahead. Respect, Understanding & Acceptance Programme ASG has been invited to participate in this year s RUA Programme, an initiative of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. In the cluster we belong to, we are one of 5 schools where each school attends with Yr 9 students to learn about the similarities and differences experienced by other students from different cultural or religious backgrounds. The other schools in our cluster included Masada College St Ives, The Armenian School Galstoun, St Pauls College Manly, The Islamic College Mt Druitt. The first of three days this year was held at Shalom College UNSW where all students had the opportunity to get to know one another, hear about each others schools and cultures and religions. This was indeed a great experience and an eye opener for not only our students but all students present. As expected, there were preconceptions that were broken down, there were anxieties that were calmed and there was knowledge provided so we could all see that irrespective of our
8 background or belief, we must learn to respect, understand and accept one another s differences. Knowing about others faith strengthens our own faith. The second session will occur on 16 May and will be a trip to the Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst where students will witness one of the worst cases of intolerance in the history of mankind. To introduce each school, two representatives were requested to give a 3 5 minute brief of their school, their background and their likes and dislikes. To an audience of approximately 150 students and 20 staff, our two representatives were volunteers Peter Liaskos and Marissa Theodorou. Not only did they do a brilliant job, but they researched and presented their talk confidently and captured the essence of a student s life at ASG. Congratulations to all the Yr 9 students that attended and a special congratulations to Peter and Marissa. Terms 2 & 3 Winter Uniform Parents and students are advised that there is no transitional period in the wearing of the school uniform. All students are to wear the Winter uniform from the commencement of Term 2 end of Term 3 without exception. If in the early start the weather is a little warmer than normal, students still attend in their blazers and once at school can remove them until needed again in the afternoon when they depart. The jumper is an accessory and if travelling top and from the school or on excursion cannot be worn without the blazer. The jumper can only be worn on its own whilst at school during the day. Parents are asked to check children s Winter uniform items and make any adjustments to ensure the unfirm fits correctly (particularly length of skirt for girls and length of trousers/shorts for boys). Yeronga Uniforms is open throughout the break (except public holidays) for parents requiring to purchase replacement pieces. Clothing Pool Additional to the above, please be reminded that our own Clothing Pool is available for families and is kindly operated by a volunteer parent, Mrs Sevy Atsalis three mornings per week from the Senior School each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 8:30 am 9:15 am. She advises me that she has a healthy collection of Winter tunics, hats, blazers, boys and girls shirts, track tops and bottoms and many more items. Home & School Working Together - Further Communication Can Achieve Wonders Recently I received this from one of our good people on staff which raised a number of worthwhile issues and strategies that cost nothing and could certainly assist and direct our students and their parents to a more positive mode of behaviour, or to increase their academic achievement, or assist in any number of issues faced by the student. I was initially going to paraphrase and then thought others would benefit more from reading it in its entirety and so will better understand its meaning (I have replaced names however with??).
9 I am all for more communication between school and home. If undertaken in a constructive, meaningful and respectful manner we then both work for the benefit of your child. I am proud to have students like this in our school and even more proud to have staff like this in our school who have a direct and positive impact on our students. Communicating with them directly can have its disadvantages but I believe as the front line with your child, they are also the first person to seek assistance and as my staff member says, most staff would be more than happy to oblige in any manner they can in or out of school to encourage and assist their students to further themselves. Dear Anthony, You know that I am not one to "blow my own trumpet", but the thread below has really put a smile on my face and I thought I would share it with you. Sometimes we lose sight of the reason we are here.?? is not a "Straight A" student and probably won't set the world on fire with his grades but he is a respectful, friendly and kind hearted young man with a real Christian attitude. He has had the tendency to attract trouble in the past and as a result may have attracted some unwanted attention. It seems that he may be turning that aspect around. If we could encourage parents to take more of a (positive) interest in their child's education, and not wait until parent/teacher night, as Mrs?? has done, perhaps we can nurture and encourage more students like?? onto the right path. This costs the school nothing and can result in many positive outcomes. As you can see from Mrs?? responses, she is happy that we are taking a genuine interest in her child. Personally, this is the big payoff in teaching. If I could live on this sort of feedback, I wouldn't draw a wage at all! Perhaps you could remind parents that it is OK to /phone etc to find out how their child is progressing on a more regular basis. I think the vast majority of teachers on staff would be happy to take a minute or two to discuss both negatives and positives. Thanks?? Staff Movements The end of this term sees us farewell Miss Polis (Stage 3 teacher at the Junior School) as she prepares to take on a position at Shore next term. On behalf of the School community, I thank Miss Polis for her effort and commitment and wish her every success in her new position. The School is currently in its process to secure a suitable replacement and will inform you of the replacement in the first Newsletter back next term. We also farewell Mrs Garcia who commences her Maternity Leave next term and wish her our best for her first child s birth later this month. Principal & Parents Focus Committee Nominations Following extensive promotion of this initiative over the past few months, I welcome the following people that have nominated to be members of the new Principal and Parents Focus Committee and encourage others to submit their interest during the course of the year. Whilst not fully subscribed, I will be commencing with an initial meeting early next term and advise all through the Newsletter of the matters raised at that meeting. Two representatives were required from each Stage within the School. The vacancies shown will be filled in time I believe as people become used to this Committee s brief and I encourage others to become part of this. The Charter and the Nomination Form are on the School s Web Site as explained in the initial Letter to Parents and may be accessed/downloaded from there if additional copies are required. Stage 1 (PK Yr 2) 1. Mrs Helleni Katsaros 2. Vacancy Stage 2 (Yrs 3/4) 1. Vacancy 2. Vacancy Stage 3 (Yrs 5/6) 1. Mrs Tiphanee Athans
10 2. Mrs Jacquie Moustakas Stage 4 (Yrs 7/8) 1. Vacancy 2. Vacancy Stage 5 (Yrs 9/10) 1. Vacancy 2. Vacancy Stage 6 (Yrs 11/12) 1. Mrs Athena Mavros 2. Vacancy 2012, Yrs 7-10 Entrance & Scholarship Examinations The following letter has been distributed to all current Year 6 families regarding the upcoming Entrance & Scholarship Examinations being held at the Senior School Library, 14 May 2011 and is included for your information. A variation of this letter has also been sent to non-asg students on our Yr Waiting List. Entrance & Scholarship Examination Applications Now Open On Line Dear Parents, Re: Years Entrance and Scholarship Examination All Saints Grammar will be participating in the ACER Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program and will be conducting its Annual Entrance and Scholarship Examinations on: Saturday, 14 May :45 am 12 noon in the Library, at The Towers Senior School Campus 31 Forsyth Street, South Belmore In addition to the ACER CSTP Entrance and Scholarship Examination, please note that scholarships will automatically be offered to successful students who achieve a percentage in either of the two categories below, based on the average of their final Semester assessment mark, following the completion of their yearly examinations. The School s Scholarship Policy is available on its web site at: This policy outlines the various forms students may achieve a scholarship and does not necessarily require existing students to apply or sit for the ACER exam. Two categories of Academic Scholarships are: 1. for results averaging between 85-90% - 50% Scholarship for tuition fees only; 2. for results over 91% - 100% Scholarship for tuition fees only. If you still feel your child will benefit from sitting for the ACER CSTP, you are invited to register your child for that examination by either:- a) Completing the CSTP registration form which can be obtained from either school office and returning it to the Senior School no later than 3:00pm on Friday 8 April 2011 together with the non-refundable Registration Fee of $ Registration forms received after that date will incur a late fee. Or b) Completing the on-line registration form by accessing the school s website at and following the scholarship link. On-line registrations will be accepted up until Friday 8 April Payment by credit card will be required. Students who are registered to sit for the examination are to arrive no later than 8:40 am. Stationery will be supplied. Supervision of students will be available until 12:15pm. ACER will advise schools of the results of the Examination by the end of Term 2 and a report will be forwarded once received by ACER. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school on Yours sincerely, Mr Anthony Tsoutsa PRINCIPAL
11 GWC Belmore Outside School Hours Care All Saints Grammar Junior Campus Cnr Isabel and Cecilia Sts Belmore NSW 2192 Tel: (office) (direct for centre) Postal Address: PO Box 784 Newtown NSW Cost Hours of Operation $16.00 A.S.G. 3.30pm pm Family Assistance All families wishing to use our services are required to register with the FAO in order to be able to receive Childcare Benefit (CCB). Please phone or visit
12 Junior School News from Acting Deputy Principal Mr Psomas, Acting Head of the Junior School What a busy term it has been at ASG It is hard to believe we have filled the 10 weeks with so many events. From swimming carnivals to excursions, Years 4-6 school camp to Myuna Bay, the Year 5 Bathurst trip, school dance, Year 6 fundraising days, 25 th March celebrations and more. We have had an incursion for Maths and whole school activities for Harmony Day which is so significant if we are going to successfully raise citizens who are tolerant of the many cultures within Australia. So how are we able to cram so much in? The simple answer is through the combined efforts of our conscientious staff, the concerted work ethic and commitment by our students and the cooperation and support of the parents. And of course there is the day to day learning which occurs in the classrooms. It is a delight to see our students interact with their teachers and peers as they participate with enthusiasm in all Key Learning Areas. Our students also show empathy for others as is reflected with their donations for the various fundraising activities we undertake. So participating in SchoolAid where we raised funds for Queensland and Victoria who experienced extreme weather conditions was an important initiative. But just as we look back and reflect on the term which has passed, we also look forward to the term ahead. Term 2 also promises to be filled with significant events and opportunities for students to continue to shine. We want our students to continue to strive to do their best and achieve their own personal goals and attain the best possible learning outcomes. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our whole school community: students, parents and teachers, Kalo Pascha. May the Holy Week give us all the time for reflection and growth as we look forward towards Term 2 which will commence on Wednesday, 27 April. Staff update On behalf of all the staff I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Miss Paskalis on her impending marriage. We wish you a lovely wedding day and look forward to hearing all the news upon your return next term. Also we convey our best wishes to Mrs Garcia who will be commencing her maternity leave next term. We hope that everything goes fantastically well with the birth of your baby. And finally, we would like to wish Miss Polis all the best as she undertakes a new challenge and commences a new job at Sydney Church of England School (Shore) which will also significantly reduce her travel time. Letterland Parent Information Evening Letterland is a 40 year old phonemic awareness program, which is used in over 110 countries around the world. We introduced this phonics program into our classrooms mid 2010 and since then it has proven to be a great success. The stories and characters, which are a fundamental part of Letterland, have provided our Infants students with the clues they need to remember the abstract letter shapes and sounds. Using characters and actions to teach phonics is supported by scientific research on memory and the way we learn. After the positive feedback we received on the Letterland information evening held last year, we have decided to hold it again for new parents and anyone who may have missed the first presentation. To find out more about this program and share in the journey and excitement, a Parent Information Evening will be held on Thursday 12 May between 6pm and 7pm in the Junior School Library. Please RSVP by contacting the Junior School office on by Tuesday 10 May.
13 Year 6 Fundraising What a colourful night our Hawaiian themed dance night proved to be. Students (and some parents) embraced the theme and enjoyed the night of fun and dancing. Just as important, Year 6 raised funds which will go towards their gift to the school at the end of the year and so on behalf of everyone at the Junior School I would like to thank everyone that attended, assisted and participated. Waste Watchers On Monday the 7 March, Year 5 students had a visitor from Canterbury Council who spoke to us about recycling as we are learning about this in Science. She made us aware of how important it is to recycle. She also taught us about the seven different types of plastics that we can recycle. The most interesting part was when she explained the recycling process and what happens to these materials when they are recycled. For example cardboard cartons are turned into office paper. Nikki Saris Absences from school Dear parents, please be advised that when your son/daughter is absent from school that on the day of their return a note needs to be given to the class Roll Call teacher explaining their absence. The note can be a medical certificate or a note which you have written, signed and dated. If a note is not provided then their absence will be recorded as an unexplained absence. If going on holidays for an extended period which falls within the school term please notify the teacher in writing and record your child s last day of school attendance and their expected day of return. To avoid possible concerns, written notification must be received by the Principal as all extended leave must be authorised as per Board of Studies requirements. (e.g. only a certain number of days may be approved for extended leave in order to ensure your child has met BOS requirements otherwise there is the possibility of repeating the year.) Updating parent information It is very important that when personal details such as phone numbers are changed that the school is updated with these changes. There have been occasions when we have needed to contact parents for an urgent matter and the phone numbers we have on our records are not operational. If this has happened in your home, please contact the school and notify the Office Staff of the change. Battle of Crete Remembrance Service On Saturday 30 April, 2011, our school along with the other Greek Orthodox Colleges have been invited to take part in the 70 th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign. This invitation is extended to our senior students of Years 5 and 6 to attend and take part in a Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph at Martin Place at 1.15pm. Please advise the Office if you would like your child to participate. Harmony Day Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March each year. It's a day where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. The day is also the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The continuing message for Harmony Day in 2011 is that Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background. It's a time to reflect on community participation, inclusiveness and respect celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live. To celebrate Harmony Day the School organised a whole
14 day educational program that provided students with the opportunity to embrace multiculturalism and interact with performers from around the world. Ms I Zeritis, K-6 Curriculum Coordinator Rhythm of Africa Italian Theatre Library News Family Reading Month Following the success of last year s Family Reading Month we would again like to invite family members to come to the library and read to their child s class. Please contact Mrs Poulos for class session times. Scholastic Book Fair The Junior School Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday 16 th May to Friday 20 th May; mornings(8-8:35am) and afternoons(3:20-4pm). Parent volunteers are sought to assist with sales. Please contact Mrs Poulos if you are able to help. SPORT Orthodox Swimming Carnival On Monday the 7 th March, All Saints Grammar participated in the Orthodox Swimming carnival held at Canterbury Swimming pool. All swimmers from ASG did an amazing job and gave 110%, which resulted in our school winning the Orthodox trophy. This has been the first time ASG has ever won the Orthodox Swimming carnival. The schools that participated on the day included St Spyridon College and St Euphemia College. On behalf of all the ASG students, we would like to thank the teachers who attended and helped organise this event. Leah Balaouras and George Mavridis, Yr 6 Junior Oz Tag On Wednesday 23 March, the Junior Oz Tag team played at Thomas Hassel Anglican School. It was a really challenging game. In the first half we were ahead 6-2 and then in the second half we continued to play well and won Well done All Saints! On Wednesday the 30 March the Junior Oz Tag team played William Carey Christian School at Parry Park. Before the game we were really excited. The half time score was 5-2. In the second half we played even better and ended up winning with the final score being George Kosmas, Yr 4 Senior Oz Tag On Wednesday the 30 March the Senior Oz Tag team played one of the final games this term. Our mission was to beat William Carey. In the first quarter there was nothing stopping us. We had the lead by 3. In the second half they started to slowly come back. In the end we had a great day and won 9-4. Peter Kosmas, Yr 6
15 You Can School Program - Building a brighter future for young Australians with cancer As a school our aim is to collect as many mobile phones as possible to help with this important cause and also gain important educational products such as laptops and video cameras while helping this worthwhile campaign. To help our school please send in any old mobile phones lying around the house by the end of the term to help with our fundraising campaign. Target 150 mobile phones Currently 60 mobile phones Garden Club With the generous assistance received from Canterbury Council Environmental Programme and Funding, we have been able to establish a garden club at the Junior School. The grant received from Council has enabled us to purchase garden beds, gardening equipment, compost, seeds and seedlings. Enthusiastic gardeners are from: Year 6: Aristea Andreopoulos, Mia Lambrou, Nicholas Nicolettos Year 5: Irene Kazamias, Sophia Giannopoulos, Marissa Liganaris, Ellie Ferreira Year 4: John Parzakonis, Elessa Stivaktas, Rebekah Kokkinos Year 3: Angeliki Nikolas, Zaharoula Ginis To date the gardeners have been busy sowing twelve different varieties/types of seeds (herbs, vegetables and flowers) and caring for the seedlings in preparation for the transplantation to the large garden beds. Mrs Poulos
16 Art Class Throughout Term 1, 20 students have been meeting each week and learning about the different aspects of Art. This term we have focussed on portraits. For inspiration, we have been looking at Vincent Van Gogh and studying the texture and colours that he uses in his portraits. The class thoroughly enjoyed drawing a portrait of themselves and other people in the class. So far we have drawn portraits of each other and painted them in bright colours. We have also discussed each others portraits. It s lots of fun! Krissa Dimitrakopoulos Year 3 Excursion Last week Year 3 went to Calmsley Hill City Farm to see how a farm works. The first thing we did was go and look at the vegie patch and all sorts of amazing fruits and vegetables growing there. Next we looked at some herbs in little jars. We went around sniffing and smelling plants to find where the herbs which we were holding in our hands were from. We finally found all the herbs and had recess.
17 After that we went to look at the sheep and goats. They looked kind of funny but they wanted us to pat them so they were kind of cute too. We also went to the rabbits which were so, so cute. After the rabbits we went to look at the machines that cut up the soil and we took some photos. A long time after that we went to look at the sheep-dog show. The sheep were hilarious. After that magnificent show we went to look at a camel named Coco. He looked awkward and funny at the same time. After lunch we watched a whip-cracking show and a sheep-shearing show which looked quite painful but thankfully it wasn t, it was just like getting a haircut. I almost started to feel like the sheep myself from watching it for so long. After that long day of taking photos and looking at amazing things Year 3 set foot on the bus and set off for school. Katerina Stavropoulos Year 1 Excursion Royal Botanical Gardens On Thursday 24 th March, Year 1 went to the Royal Botanical Gardens. During Term One we have been learning about The Need for Shelter in HSIE. Throughout the day we were able to see different animal shelters in the Gardens. Students went on a camouflage hunt and were able to make their own animal shelter out of clay and other materials they found in the Garden. A warm thank you to all the parent helpers on the day, Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed themselves. My favourite part of the day was making an animal shelter Antonia Mangos Botanical Gardens - Sophia Krallidis I loved when we went on a hunt to find things in the JUNIOR SCHOOL SPORT IPSHA SWIMMING Our swimmers need to be congratulated on their efforts at these Championships. The competition is very strong and all our swimmers gave their best. Final results are in the front office at the Junior School. MARIAH MOSHOVIS Special mention to Mariah who has been selected in the NSW Swimming team to compete at the upcoming School Sport Australian Swimming Championships. These championships will be held in Melbourne commencing on Saturday 30 th July Friday 5 th August, Mariah achieved the following placings: IPSHA Swimming Championships 1 st Place: 8-10 Years 50m Freestyle and 8-10 Years 50m Breastroke 2 nd Place: 8-10 Years 200m Individual Medley and 50m Backstroke NSW CIS Championships
18 1 st Place: 8-10 Years 50m Breastroke 2 nd Place: 8-10 Years 200m Individual Medley and 50m Backstroke 3 rd Place: 8-10 Years 50m Freestyle The school will be helping raising funds for Mariah, so please help where you can. More information will be sent home later. Outstanding effort Mariah, all the best for Melbourne. THE ACTOR S SPACE the 11 th Term 2 Enrolment Form This is the enrolment form for term two 2011 commencing on Monday the 2 nd May (Monday Wk 2). Class times are listed below. Please have this form returned with payment as soon as possible to secure your child s spot. All forms must be in by Monday April. Alternatively you can the form to by the same date. Classes will run from Monday the 2 nd May for eight weeks until Monday 20 th June. After a wonderful start to The Actor s Space in 2010, this coming year we will be providing the students with the opportunity of entering speech and drama eisteddfods where they are able to perform in front of an audience as well as students from other schools with the possibility of winning a trophy. Please write on your form if you are interested in your child entering an eisteddfod this year. Class times term 1: Monday group lessons: All classes in the PMP room Year Group Time Fees (8 weeks) Kindergarten (½ hour) 3:30 4:00 $ Year 1 and 2 (1/2 hour) 4:00 4:30 $ Year 3 and 4 (1 hour) 4:30 5:30 $ Friday and Tuesday private or small group lessons as well as public speaking: Year Group Time Fees (8 weeks) Tuesday Year 5 and 6 4:30 5:30 $ Private Lessons 1 Hour $ Private Lessons Half an hour $ Private lessons will run in half hour increments unless specifically requested, please contact The Actor s Space as soon as possible to book your time. First in best dressed. In addition to these lessons there is the possibility of small group lessons, for example if your child would like to work with one other or two other of his/her friends we can organize a lesson for them specifically. We are also offering public speaking lessons this year; these lessons would focus on speech writing and the language involved, speaking clearly and with intent and presentation and posture. These lessons would benefit those who suffer from stage fright or shyness when it comes to class presentations or those more advanced student who are looking to participate in debating or public speaking competitions in older years.
19 Enrolment Form to be handed in either on the day of lesson or before (if handing in on the day of lesson please The Actor s Space to let them know of your intention to join the class and to secure your place): *Compulsory Child s Name*: Child s Year and class*: Parent s names*: Parents contact details Mobile*: Home: *: Class enrolling in*: Interest in eisteddfods: Payment: Payment can be made in the form of cash, cheque or electronic bank transfer Cash: Cheque: Please hand in with enrolment form Please make all cheques payable to The Actor s Space Bank Transfer: BSB: Account Number: Account Name: The Actor s Space For more information please contact Antonia Harding on: Mobile:
20 Ελληνικές Φωνές Απρίλιος 2011 Τεύχος 3 ο Δημοτικό Σχολείο Αγίων Πάντων Η εφημερίδα των μαθητών των Αγίων Πάντων Γιατί τα παιδιά έχουν τη δική τους φωνή και είναι ελληνική! Στείλε κι εσύ το άρθρο σου τώρα στο: Σ αυτό το τεύχος συνεργάστηκαν: Μαθητές της Ε τάξης Καινούρια χρονιά, καινούρια αρχή Αν και είναι λίγο αργά για να ευχηθούμε καλή σχολική χρονιά κρατάτε στα χέρια σας το τρίτο τεύχος τηε εφημερίδας των μαθητών των Αγίων Πάντων, τρίτο σε σειρά αλλά πρώτο για το Καλή χρονιά λοιπόν! Ευχόμαστε αυτή η χρονιά να είναι δημιουργική για όλους και γεμάτη από Ελληνικά, γεμάτη από τις Ελληνικές Φωνές! Οι μαθητές της Ε τάξης ετοίμασαν αυτό το τεύχος. Γράφουν για τα χάμπι τους. Τα χόμπι μου Το όνομά μου είναι Ιωάννα. Είμαι 9 χρονών και έχω πολλά χόμπι. Πρώτα απ ολα, αγαπώ πολύ το κολύμπι και πάω στην πισίνα για μάθημα δύο φορές την εβδομάδα. Είμαι πολύ καλή γι αυτό έχω κερδίσει πολλά βραβεία. Λατρεύω ακόμη τη ζωγραφική, γιατί και είμαι πολύ καλή σε αυτό αλλά και το βρίσκω διασκεδαστικό. Θέλω να πάω για μαθήματα, αλλά δεν έχω ώρα. τις αγαπημένες τους ασχολίες με τις οποίες γεμίζουν τον ελεύθερο χρόνο τους. Εδώ και αρκετές εβδομάδες μαθαίνουν να μιλάνε για το θέμα και ετοίμασαν σχετικά πρότζεκτ για την τελική τους παρουσίαση την δέκατη εβδομάδα του τριμήνου. Ο αθλητισμός και ο χορός φαίνονται ότι είναι τα δημοφιλέστερα χόμπι. Τα παιδιά θέλουν και να αθλούνται αλλά και να διασκεδάζουν. Επίσης μου αρέσει πολύ να παίζω πιάνο.κάνω μάθημα κάθε εβδομάδα. Μου αρέσει να παίζω τένις και θα ήθελα να παίζω πιο συχνά. Κάτι άλλο που αγαπώ είναι το Κung Fu και πηγαίνω για μάθημα δύο φορές την εβδομάδα. Μου αρέσει που προοδεύω. Με όλα αυτά τα χόμπι μαζί με τα μαθήματά μου, οι ημέρες μου είναι πολύ γεμάτες αλλά δεν με πειράζει καθόλου!!! Ιωάννα Μπουφέα Το ποδόσφαιρο φυσικά προτιμούν τα αγόρια και το χορό τα περισσότερα κορίτσια. Οι Ελληνικές Φωνές θα επιστρέψουν δριμύτερες στο δεύτερο τρίμηνο με περισσότερα άρθρα και μεγαλύτερη ποικιλία στα θέματα. Το σπουδαίο νέο που έχουμε να μοιραστούμε μαζί σας είναι πως το τμήμα των προχωρημένων της έκτης τάξης ετοιμάζεται να πάρει μέρος σε μαθητικό φεστιβάλ ταινιών. Ναι, καλά διαβάσατε! Το σενάριο είναι ήδη στα σκαριά... Νεότερα λίαν συντόμως!