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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 January 2016
26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 JANUARY 2016 SCHOOL’S BACK! SCHOOL’S BACK! Protypo Greek Centre A holistic approach from Zenon Located in Oakleigh since 1981, Protypo has an enrolment of more than 600 children, with classes for babies and toddlers as well as three-year-old kindergarten through to VCE. The student community of Protypo Greek Centre consists predominantly of third and fourth generation Greek Australian students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds. Many of the students come from homes where only one parent is Greek. Protypo prides itself on providing an innovative, current and engaging curriculum supported by the eLearning iPad programs. The interactivity and integration of iPads and technology into the classrooms has given birth to progressive ‘iProtypo’ learning spaces. Using power teaching informed by brain research, the school creates and delivers captivating and effective Greek learning lessons and environments. ‘Protypo’ in Greek means ‘ahead of its time’, and the school is driven to reinvent and adapt the curriculum to keep students engaged and passionate about learning Greek while achieving the highest possible results academically. In addition to the innovative teaching and learning approach, the parents of the students are offered a number of informative seminars each year by the principal, Dr Maria Gindidis. These focus on topics related to bilingual learner research, brain-based learning and eLearning. Protypo also organises a bi-annual international Greek immersion camp for its secondary students. Protypo Greek Centre operates on the following days and times: Baby and toddler program/ kinder-year 6: Saturdays 9.00 am to 1.00 pm Years 7-9: Fridays 5.30pm-8.30 pm VCE Years 10, 11 & 12: Mondays 5.30pm-8.30 pm Zenon Education Centre is a modern Greek language school in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, catering to the needs of the new generations. Zenon's aim is for its students to develop a love and appreciation of the Greek language culture, while connecting with their roots. The school's philosophy is based on the virtues and stoic teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher Zenon, enabling students to live in harmony with their environment and grow holistically as confident individuals. Thus, Zenon students build up confidence and pride in themselves as they learn about their heritage. The renewed curriculum of Zenon aims at positive education through engagement and participation in a wide range of learning activities. Last December, Zenon Education Centre was the only school from Australia to participate in the Ted Athens International Conference. The school is continually achieving and is an active part of the local community. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM From a recent performance by the Zenon Education Centre students. Creating bilinguals and Philhellenes MARIA FOSCOLOS Some of the students of Protypo who participated in last year’s march for Greek Independence Day. St John's College Saturday School Hellenic Studies' program in Preston is looking ahead in 2016 and beyond at inspiring and creating the next generation of Greek Australian bilinguals and Philhellenes. Its vision is to embrace all students and work closely with them to engage them in their life long journey in the discovery of Hellenism. Regardless of what stage students begin this Hellenic school journey, the role of the educator is to inspire the student to become an active participant in developing these life skills, where their speaking, reading and writing in the Greek language will further enrich their English language. The history of the college dates back to the early 1970s, and is well known from its early days, from the Greek Orthodox Church Community of St John's in Lygon Street, Carlton. It is the first ‘bilingual’ Greek Learning Greek is a fun activity for these young students of Protypo Greek Centre. College in Melbourne and in Australia, inspired by the Greek Egyptian Education Model of the early 19th century by the Cairo and Alexandrian Greek communities of the diaspora. In 2016, St John's follows the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority's teaching and assessment guidelines according to the National Curriculum from Foundation (Prep)-Yr 10 and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE-Years 11 & 12), combining the best resources and methodologies from the Education Department of Greece together with specialised materials and technologies, written by highly experienced Greek Australian teachers to engage, and thus meet, the specific linguistic and pedagogical needs of second and third generation students learning Greek in Australia. The Saturday School Hellenic Studies' program at St John's is available for all first and second language learners. Classes begin at Foundation level, through to VCE, where outstanding results are an annual event and top scorers within Victoria a regular occurrence. Highly experienced and dedicated Greek teachers will ensure all children are "well looked after, meeting their individual learning needs". The Hellenic Studies program incorporates the teaching of Greek language, cultural studies, Orthodox faith and practices, as well as Greek history, geography, mythology and the wider context of the Greek Australian migration experience and the present Greek Australian community of the diaspora. In addition, students participate in National Day celebrations, such as the 25 March parade to the Shrine of Remembrance. Students are being exposed to the medium of language acquisition through performing arts, such as dancing, singing, drama, public speaking and debating. The methodology is as closely tied to that of the English day school, which students know best, using a wide range of technologies to enrich and engage student learning. There will be a greater focus on the use of technology within the Greek classroom and beyond as of 2016 so that teaching and learning skills can be enhanced where students become more independent and active participants in their own learning. The EDIAMME (University of Crete) resources online, as well as the Education Perfect vocabulary builder, ACER Testing (Australian Council of Educational Research) and the Certificate of Greek Language Proficiency are some of the initiatives that the Hellenic Studies program will be participating in. The Greek Community of Melbourne and across Australia has been experiencing a new wave of migration from Greece in the last few years, which has enriched Hellenism throughout the wider Australian multicultural society on many levels. We welcome and embrace our brothers and sisters as well as their children, who are first language Greek learners trying to find their bilingual balance within an Anglo Saxon, English-speaking society. Likewise, the second language Greek learner needs to learn as much as the Greek family environment can offer, but needs to ensure that a good choice is made, as far as the selection of an appropriate Greek Language Program, or an after hours Greek School is concerned. St John's continues to see its role as a leading educational provider of Hellenic studies, which reflect the reality of our very quickly changing times, in order to keep up with relevant educational programs and engage learners to become active participants in their life-long learning. The teaching programs, as well as the grounds and facilities in Preston, are very inspiring, where your child will feel safe, valued and happy to attend their personal Hellenic journey. Interested parents and grandparents are encouraged to visit the school on Saturday 6 February, or any other Saturday from 9.00 am till 1.00 pm.
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