From the Principal - St George College

From the Principal
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Schools
National Schools Event
St. George College recently hosted the annual Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Schools - 2012
National Schools Event.
Some 350 senior students from St George College (SA), St Spyridon College (NSW), St
Euphemia College (NSW), All Saints Grammar School (NSW), St Andrew’s Grammar
School (WA), St John's College (VIC) and Oakleigh Grammar (VIC) from our Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese Schools took part in this annual event where they competed for the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Championships in a variety of sports. In addition, students took
part in the Spoken Arts Festival where students performed poetry and prose recitation,
dialogues and theatre skits Modern Greek.
The significance of this event is best articulated by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos,
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, in His Foreword in the PINAX
Volume 1, “The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame”.
“One may not immediately realize the connection between Church and sport. And yet, the
relationship derives from the very essence of each of them. To “strive” and to struggle are
the quintessence of Church and sport, and the original Greek term “athlos” means an
achievement, not only in sporting activities, but also in moral endeavours”.
Our students also attended the St. George Church for the traditional Thanksgiving Service
which was officiated by his Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon, The Very Reverend Father
Diogenis Patsouris, Father Kon Skoumbourdis, Father Peter Photakis and Decan Michael
We congratulate all students who took part in this worthwhile event and for their conduct
befitting students of our College’s.
St George College
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Community and Parish of St George, Thebarton, SA
Senior Campus: 73 Rose Street, Mile End, SA, 5031 T: (+61 8) 8159 8100 F: (+61 8) 8234 5942
Junior Campus: 54 Rose Street, Mile End, SA, 5031 T: (+61 8) 8159 8117 F: (+61 8) 8159 8111
P.O. Box 29, Torrensville Plaza, SA 5031 [email protected]
In light of the High Court decision the Gillard Government
introduced legislation into the Parliament this week so as to
amending the Financial Management and Accountability
Act 1997 and regulations under that act, to provide
legislative authorisation for existing programs that have
already been approved by the Parliament through the
Appropriation Acts. The legislation will also include a
regulation-making power for additional programs that
The term of the current Board has lapsed and a new Board might be identified in the future.
of Governors is to be appointed in the near future by His
Eminence. If you wish to be considered for appointment to MGM
the Board of Governors of our College and have the Communications
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1. improved student attendance
Torrensville Plaza SA 5031.
2. reduction in unexplained student absences
High Court Decision – Chaplaincy Program
3. compliance and enforcement of best practice student
On the 20 June 2012, the High Court handed down its 4. attendance management processes4 improvements in
administration efficiencies
decision regarding the challenge to the nationally funded
Chaplaincy Program by Mr Ron Williams (from 5. reduction in staff workloads
Queensland). Mr. Williams commenced legal proceedings 6. meeting and exceeding schools’ duty of care
against the federal government in the High Court arguing 7. closer engagement of schools with their the parent
that the Commonwealth should not be paying for school
chaplains. Mr Williams, a father of four from Toowoomba,
Parents are requested to notify the Administration of the
challenged the scheme on two grounds: that it violated
College if their child is going to be absent from school.
religious freedom protections in the constitution, and
Equally, we request that parents respond to automated
exceeded Commonwealth funding powers and that the
messages from the College regarding students with
National School Chaplaincy (NSCP) has created a nonunexplained absences.
secular pro-Christian culture in the state schools his
children attended.
Congratulations and Commendations
After years of correspondence and meetings with the (then) Congratulations are extended to:
Elle Pirintzis who has been selected to play in
federal Education Minister Julia Gillard, state education
SAPSASA – Primary School Sport 12 and
and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace
Girls Football (soccer) Team. The team
Relations (DEEWR), Mr. Williams sought advice regarding
in the School Sport Australia
a possible High Court challenge to the constitutional
will be held in Darwin, NT
legality of the Commonwealth providing treasury funds to
during the period September 2nd to 7th 2012.
the National School Chaplaincy Programme.
Board Nominations
As you might know the operations of St George College are
governed by a Board of Governors. The Board comprises
persons appointed to serve for a term of two years with the
approval and Blessing of His Eminence Archbishop
Stylianos on the recommendation of the Executive
Committee of the Community and Parish of St George.
The High Court ruled that the national school chaplaincy
program is constitutionally invalid because it exceeds the
Commonwealth's executive funding powers. The High
Court did however rule that the case did not impact on the
freedom of religion, unanimously dismissing Mr Williams's
claim that school chaplains' religious position breached the
constitution. The constitution says that "no religious test
shall be required as a qualification for any office or public
trust under the Commonwealth”. Whilst the direct impact
of this decision relates to the chaplains program the indirect
impact may be much more significant given that the High
Court’s decision does go to the reach of executive power of
the government of the day as granted by Section 61 of the
Constitution, which provides that the executive power
"extends to the execution and maintenance of this
constitution, and of the laws of the Commonwealth” and
did "not involve any judgment about the merits of public
funding of chaplaincy services in schools".
Jamileh Darwishi for her outstanding manners
and conduct when engaging with adults.
On behalf of the Very Reverend Father Diogenis Patsouris
and the Chairman Board of Governors Mr Evan Christou
OAM, I would like to wish you all a relaxing and safe
holiday and look forward to seeing you all in Term 3 which
commences Tuesday 17 July 2012.
Dr George Panagopoulos
«Μαθαίνω γλώσσα επειδή τη χρησιμοποιώ»
Ιούνιος 2012
Με υγεία και προκοπή φτάνουμε στο τέλος του 2ου
τριμήνου της σχολικής χρονιάς 2012. Τα σημαντικότερα
γεγονότα που έλαβαν χώρα κατά το 2ο τρίμηνο στις τάξεις
μας είναι τα ακόλουθα: συνεχίστηκαν οι δραστηριότητες σε
όλες τις τάξεις Ελληνικών καθώς και οι αδελφοποιήσεις
τάξεών μας στο πλαίσιο της ηλεκτρονικής μάθησης, με
αποκορύφωμα τον ηλεκτρονικό εορτασμό της Μάχης της
Κρήτης μαθητών του Κολλεγίου μας και του Δημοτικού
Σχολείου του Άδελε, του νομού Ρεθύμνης.
ΑΔΕΛΦΟΠΟΙΗΣΕΙΣ: Τρεις τάξεις μας, στο πλαίσιο της
ηλεκτρονικής μάθησης του προγράμματος
συνεχίστηκαν και ολοκληρώθηκαν οι συνεργατικές
δραστηριότητες με τάξεις τόσο από την Ελλάδα όσο και
από άλλες χώρες της Ελληνικής Διασποράς. Οι
δραστηριότητες που περάτωσαν οι μαθητές μας είναι οι
ακόλουθες: «Ο εαυτός μου», «Ένας διάσημος
Ελληνοααυστραλός», «Η πόλη μου». Έτσι:
• Η Τρίτη Λυκείου μας με την αντίστοιχη Τρίτη Λυκείου
του σχολείου «Αριστοτέλης» της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας
Τορόντο του Καναδά καθώς και την αντίστοιχη τάξη
του ιδιωτικού σχολείου «Ροδίων Παιδεία» της Ρόδου
είχαν τηλεδιασκέψεις στις οποίες παρουσίασαν τις
εργασίες τους προβάλλοντας το σχολείο μας, την πόλη
μας και διάσημους Έλληνες.
Στο πλαίσιο της ηλεκτρονικής μάθησης το Κολλέγιό μας
έλαβε μέρος στον εορτασμό της Μάχης της Κρήτης, την
Παρασκευή 25 Μαΐου. Ο εορτασμός αυτός ήταν
διαφορετικός, γιατί έγινε μέσω τηλεδιάσκεψης από το
Πανεπιστήμιο της Κρήτης. Τον εορτασμό τίμησε με την
παρουσία της η πρέσβειρα της Αυστραλίας, κα Jenny
Bloomfield. Η κα Bloomfield έλαβε μέρος στην
τηλεδιάσκεψη μεταξύ των μαθητών του Δημοτικού
Σχολείου Άδελε και του Κολλεγίου μας απευθύνοντας
χαιρετισμό στους μαθητές των αδελφοποιημένων τάξεων.
Χαιρετισμό απηύθυναν επίσης ο Καθηγητής Μιχάλης
Δαμανάκης, υπεύθυνος του όλου προγράμματος, ο
Διευθυντής του Κολλεγίου μας Δρ Γεώργιος
Παναγόπουλος και ο Διευθυντής του Δημοτικού Σχολείου
του Άδελε, Λάμπρος Καρβούνης.
Θέμα της τηλεδιάσκεψης, μεταξύ των μαθητών της ΣΤ΄
τάξης του σχολείου του Άδελε και μαθητών από
διαφορετικές τάξεις του Κολλεγίου μας, ήταν η «Μάχη της
Κρήτης». Η τηλεδιάσκεψη πραγματοποιήθηκε μέσω της
αίθουσας τηλεδιάσκεψης του Παιδαγωγικού Τμήματος του
πανεπιστημίου της Κρήτης και εντάσσεται στο πλαίσιο του
Διασπορά», (Παιδεία Ομογενών), το οποίο υλοποιείται από
το «Εργαστήριο Διαπολιτισμικών και Μεταναστευτικών
Μελετών» (Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ.). Η συμμετοχή της κυρίας
πρέσβειρας στο εξ αποστάσεως κοινό μάθημα των δύο
σχολείων και η ενημέρωσή της γύρω από το όλο
πρόγραμμα αποτελεί για τους συντελεστές του
προγράμματος καθώς και για το Κολλέγιό μας τιμή και
• Η Δευτέρα Λυκείου του Αγίου Γεωργίου με την Το μάθημα αυτό παρακολούθησαν ο Διευθυντής του
«Αριστοτέλης» της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Τορόντο του
Καναδά καθώς και την αντίστοιχη τάξη του
«Πειραματικού Λυκείου Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης» του
Ρεθύμνου μέσω συχνών τηλεδιασκέψεων παρουσίασαν
εξαίρετες συνεργατικές δραστηριότητες σε θέματα που
άπτονται τον εαυτό τους και την πόλη τους.
• Η Τρίτη Γυμνασίου του Αγίου Γεωργίου με την
αντίστοιχη Τρίτη Γυμνασίου της Σχολής «Σαχέτι» της
Νότιας Αφρικής και το Γυμνάσιο «Κουτσουρά» στην
Ιεράπετρα Κρήτης μέσω συχνών τηλεδιασκέψεων
παρουσίασαν εργασίες που πρόβαλαν την πόλη μας και
το Κολλέγιό μας. Συγχαίρουμε όλους τους μαθητές μας
που έλαβαν μέρος σε αυτές τις τηλεδιασκέψεις μέσω
των οποίων βελτιώνουν τα ελληνικά τους και γνωρίζουν
συνήθειες και ήθη άλλων Ελλήνων που κατοικούν σε
διαφορετικά μέρη του πλανήτη μας. Θερμά
συγχαρητήρια επίσης εκφράζουμε στις καθηγήτριές μας
Δρακοπούλου Αγγελική και Μπατζάβαλη Μαρία, οι
οποίες με περισσό ζήλο και όρεξη συντόνισαν όλες
αυτές τις δραστηριότητες.
Κολλεγίου μας, Δρ Γεώργιος Παναγόπουλος, οι μαθητές
μας και πλήθος γονέων. Οι μαθητές των δύο σχολείων
αναφέρθηκαν στην ιστορική σημασία της Μάχης της
Κρήτης, στη σύμπραξη των Ελλήνων και των Αυστραλών
καθώς και στη συμβολή των Αυστραλών στον αγώνα αυτό
για την ελευθερία και τη δημοκρατία. Οι μαθητές του
Άδελε παρουσίασαν το χρονικό εκτέλεσης Κρητικών από
τους Γερμανούς, μεταξύ των οποίων ήταν ο Στυλιανός
Χαρκιανάκης, πατέρας του Αρχιεπισκόπου μας κου κου
Στυλιανού. Θερμά συγχαρητήρια σε όλους τους μαθητές
μας, στους καθηγητές τους και στους γονείς τους για την
εξαίρετη παρουσία τους.
Ενθαρρύνουμε τους γονείς να επικοινωνούν συχνά με τους
δασκάλους των Ελληνικών για να πληροφορούνται την
πρόοδο των παιδιών τους. Το Κολλέγιό μας ενθαρρύνει
επίσης και την ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΝΙΚΗ ΕΠΙΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΑ, για το
λόγο αυτό παρακαλώ δώστε μας τις ηλεκτρονικές
διευθύνσεις σας.
Ευχόμαστε σε όλους καλές διακοπές και καλή επιστροφή στα
μαθήματα το 3ο τρίμηνο. Εκ μέρους των διδασκόντων Ελληνικά,
Δρ Γεώργιος Μιχ. Φρατζής
Συντονιστής Τμήματος Ελληνικών Σπουδών
Αδελφοποίηση τάξεων μας (Year 11 and Year 12) με τις αντίστοιχες τάξεις του σχολείου Αριστοτέλης του Καναδά. Ο Διευθυντής μας Δρ Γεώργιος Παναγόπουλος απευθύνει χαιρετισμό πριν αρχίσει το μάθημα. Οι μαθητές και οι μαθήτριές μας που έλαβαν μέρος στην τηλεδιάσκεψη (25/05/2012). Salvation Army Blanket Drive and Red Cross
Blood Drive
We extend our warmest possible thank you to all the
parents of our College Community who kindly
donated blankets toward our blanket drive. Your
generosity enables many people in our society to feel a
little more comfortable this winter knowing that
someone has been kind enough to help.
We also encourage everyone above the age of 16 to
donate blood to save lives. Each week in Australia
over 27,000 blood donations are needed to meet
patient demand. St George College can help contribute
towards this demand.
Do something special. Give blood. Save a life. Call 13
14 95 or visit
Γονείς και μαθητές μετά την τηλεδιάσκεψη (25/05/2012) Student Representative Council
Angela Drakopoulos
Αδελφοποίηση της δέκατης τάξης μας με την αντίστοιχη τάξη του σχολείου Αριστοτέλης του Καναδά. National Simultaneous Story Time
At 11am on Wednesday 23rd May the Junior School
participated in the National Simultaneous Story Time.
This year the story was The Very Cranky Bear by Nick
Bland. After reading the story teachers chose some
activities based on the story. The Year 1 and Year 3
students wrote about when they felt 'cranky', the Year 2
students answered questions about the story in
groups. Working with their buddy class, some of the
reception students drew themselves as 'cranky' bears and
wrote about when they were 'cranky'. The pre-school
students listened to the story with their buddy class. I
think our students really enjoyed the feeling of connection
with other students all around Australia. We hope to
participate again next year.
Colleen Roberts
Junior School Librarian
Excursion to the Marine Discovery Centre
On Friday of Week 1 the Year Fours went to the Marine
Discovery Centre. We went down to Henley Beach and
went beach-combing. We found crabs, shells, etc. We
walked back to the Centre, split up into groups and looked
at four stations. The first station was an aquarium. There
were seahorses, puffer fish and a Port Jackson shark.
Year 5V and 5N Excursion to the Migration Museum
On the 6th and 7th of June Yr 5V and Yr 5N visited the
Migration Museum. When we arrived we were all given a
nineteenth century child’s name and we dressed up in
period costumes. Our guide spoke to us about the different
people who migrated to South Australia to start the new
colony. We also got to play games that the children would
have played in those times. Some of the games we played
were knucklebones and hopscotch. The knucklebones were
made of actual sheep’s knuckles! We enjoyed playing the
games and learnt something new.
After our visit we were taken on a short city tour to see the
Statue of Colonel William Light at Montefiore Hill and we
also visited Light Square where Light’s body was buried.
We all enjoyed the excursion, especially learning about
South Australia’s past.
By Emily Baek and Alexandra Scounos
Written by Year 5 Students
Music Performance Evening
“On Wednesday 20th June, St George’s music students of
all ages and abilities came together to perform in what
turned out to be a fantastic concert for family and friends.
There were performances from the year 11 band and after
school band, junior and senior choirs. There were solo and
small group performances by vocalists, guitarists,
The second station was about being careful about what drummers and pianists.
washes down to the beach. There was a model of Adelaide I was very impressed by the level of talent here at St
where, if you pressed the buttons, some spots would light George, and the music students should be proud of
up. The third station had dried sea life. Then we went on themselves for having the courage to get up onstage and
to the fourth and last station. It was about conserving water perform in front of an audience. Some were performing for
and what you bring to go fishing.
the very first time, so an extra special well done to those
students. I hope to see those students and more performing
We had lots of fun at the Marine Discovery Centre.
next time!”
Written by Annie and Angelique
Year 4 Students
Nicole Weepers
Music Teacher
2012 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
National Schools Event
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia National
Schools Event was hosted by St George College in
Adelaide from Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 4th May 2012.
Participating in this event were Greek Orthodox Colleges
from Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. The Colleges are St
Euphemia College, Sts Anargiri (Oakleigh), All Saints
Grammar, St John’s College, St Andrew’s Grammar, St
Spyridon College and host school St George College.
The activities undertaken by students include, the Spoken
Arts Event, Volleyball, Basketball, Outdoor and Indoor
Soccer, Table Tennis and Netball.
The closing ceremony and trophy presentations to place in
the St George College Performing Arts and Sports Centre
on Friday 4th May with the following results.
Champions 2012
St George College
Table Tennis Boys
St George College
Table Tennis Girls
St George College
St Spyridon College
Indoor Soccer Girls
All Saints Grammar
Volleyball Girls
Oakleigh Grammar
Basketball Boys
St Spyridon College
Indoor Soccer Boys
St Spyridon College
Volleyball Boys
All Saints Grammar
Basketball Girls
St Spyridon College
Michael Rodas
PE Coordinator
Kate Ellis MP—Federal Member for Adelaide
Miss Kate Ellis visited St George College on Thursday 14th
of June 2012 and she addressed the senior school students,
Years 10-12. She spoke to the students about her education
and her work experience as a young member of parliament.
Students were given an insight into the world of politics
and that it is very important for their voice to be heard
through the electorate when they are at the age to vote.
Miss Ellis also answered all questions from our students
and gave them useful advice for their transition from senior
secondary to tertiary education or the world of work. Miss
Ellis also kindly supplied a useful hand out of advice and
ideas for students to use when writing their resume or job
application. “Your Future. Information Kit for School
Leavers”. The kit aims to help young people make
decisions about university and TAFE. This information also
proved highly useful to our Year 10 students currently
studying the Personal Learning Plan.
We take this opportunity to thank Miss Ellis for taking the
time out of her busy schedule to visit St George College.
Angela Drakopoulos
Student Services Coordinator
An excerpt from Michael Grose –
From The Counsellor
I’ve always believed that children’s well-being is very
Thought leader and speaker buddy Matt Church challenges closely linked to their parents’ well-being. Happy parents
usually means happy kids.
speakers to ‘be the mood you want your audience to be.’
That is, if you want enthusiasm, be enthusiastic. If you It’s easier to ‘be the positive mood’ you want from your
want a positive approach take a positive approach yourself. kids when you feel okay. Let’s face it, you can only fake
enthusiasm for so long. The foundations of parent wellbeing lie in making time to:
The same applies to parenting.
If you want happy kids, then you’ve got a better chance if 1. Refresh! Taking regular time to look after foster your
you are happy yourself. If you want confident, then you be own interests, take care of your health & personal fitness
confident. If you want......... well, you probably get the and get plenty of sleep . Time for you helps you refresh!
2. Renew! Make some time for your partner and other
important relationships in your life. That includes building
Smile or frown?
your support networks up through interactions whether face
Recently, on my Facebook page I challenged -to-face or through social media. Time for them helps you
parents:“Smile or Frown? What do kids first see from you renew (your relationships)!
in the morning?”
3. Reflect! Take some time to reflect on how your parenting
(and personal life) is going. Most parents I meet are just
People mainly replied that their kids saw a smile.
trying to keep their heads above water, so it helps to take
some time out to reflect on your parenting successes, and
Many replied .....”I wish!”
on future parenting directions. Time for thinking helps you
To be honest, there’s a whole bunch of stuff that can impact reflect (on what’s important)!
on how you greet your kids, including the number of kids
you have, their behaviour (or lack of), and how busy your Again the ability to refresh, renew and reflect are impacted
by many factors such as the age and number of kids you
own life is.
have; whether you work for money as well as the strength
Whilst children’s personalities, temperaments, ages and of your support networks.
external circumstances will impact on their moods, parents
have a tremendous opportunity to set the tone for their kids. BUT you can move toward having better well-being. As I
outlined in my book Thriving!, it’s about taking small steps
adopting a mindset for resilience and well-being.
Mood detectives
By the age of five, kids are pretty proficient mood
detectives. They may not know what put dad in a bad
mood, but they usually know enough to steer clear of him
until his mood improves.
As to impacting on the mood of your kids the best place to
start is by making sure the first thing they see on your face
each morning or evening when you come home from work
is a smile.
US psychologist Martin Seligman found through his
research in the 1990’s that by the age of eight a child’s
view of the world bears such a close resemblance to that of
their primary parent (usually their mothers) that it was
downright spooky. He wrote a book called “The Optimistic
Child” about the phenomenon.
Curl your mouth up at the corners, put a sparkle in your
eyes and tell your face that you are pleased to see
them! It’s not hard to do, just hard to remember!
Seligman found that if their mum catastrophised and
jumped to the worst conclusion about events children were
more likely to do the same. On the other hand, if the
primary care-giver was relaxed or had a ‘take-things-asthey come’ attitude kids were more likely to follow.
He also found that stressed and anxious parents
inadvertently teach kids to stress and worry. They see stress
and anxiousness up-close and personal, so it’s easy to
follow suit.
Your own well-being helps
Ruby Gates
Student Counsellor
Open Boys Indoor Soccer
During Term 2 the Open Boys Indoor Soccer Team participated in a Western Region Zone Competition in which they
put their skills against six other schools from the Western Zone. Despite a shaky start to the competition, the boys
navigated their way safely through this stage as group District winners and onto the State Finals where they played
against the best Indoor Soccer Schools in the state.
During this competition, again they began very shakily, losing their first game but were strong enough to regroup and
eventually top their group and qualify for the finals series. In the Semi Final they came up against a familiar foe in
Glenunga, a team from the Western Zone also. The boys were able to hold of a very tough opponent 2-1 and progress to
the Grand Final, where we lost to Gleeson College. In reaching the Grand Final, the boys progressed to an Interstate
Competition to held in SA in August where they will play teams from Victoria.
Well Done to all the Open Boys Indoor Soccer Team
Issami Siraji
Christos Ktisti
Stavros Bakopanos
Stefan Zekanovic
Stefan Draca
Anthony Vizzari
Abu Sidibay
Dansan Mashaka
Ruon Tongyik
Anthony Dimech
Uniform Shop Trading Hours
During School Holidays
Thursday 12 July 2012
Monday 16 July 2012
Normal Trading Hours Resume 17 July 2012
Pupil Free Day, 16 July 2012
Term 3 Commences for Students, 17 July 2012
Music Performance Evening, 20 July 2012
Year 9/10 Ski Trip, 23 July-27 July 2012
Year 12 English Communications Drama Excursion, 26 July 2012
Sport and New Receptions Photo Day, 8 August 2012
Year 6-10 Life Education, 27 August-31 August 2012
CSIRO Forensics—Year 6, 24 August 2012