President of the Hellenic Community of Melbourne Visits College

The President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Mr. Vasilis Papastergiadis, and the Head of the Organization and Maintenance of the Historical Archives of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Ms. Georgia Charpantidou, visited the College on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.


Mr. Papastergiadis and Ms. Charpantidou met with College President, Mr. Richard Jackson, as well as Mr. Dimitris Karamanos - Head of the Scholarship Program, Mr. Apostolos Athanasopoulos – Coordinator the School Units and Director of Psychico College High School, Ms. Alexandra Papazoglou – Director of the HAEF Libraries, and Mr. Dimitris Tsigkros – Head of e-Learning and the Informatics Center.  This meeting was held to review the operation of the “Melbourne - Athens: A Journey of Friendship” Program and to investigate the possibility of expanding collaboration.


Following the meeting, Mr. Papastergiadis and Mr. Charpantidou were given a tour of the College premises by Mr. A. Athanasopoulos.  Afterwards, Mr. Papastergiadis visited Choremi Auditorium where he met and spoke with Psychico College High School students involved in the Program and well as the Club’s Teacher-Advisor, Ms. Ioanna Tsiligianni.


The Program was designed and implemented as a result of the initiative of Sociologist and Psychico College teacher, Mrs. Maria-Filio Tridimas, during academic year 2016-2017 and will continue to operate this new academic year utilizing the latest communication technologies. Obliterating the distance between Melbourne – Athens, it has provided a mentorship role to Psychico College 10th grade students who help teach the Greek language to 9th grade students in the Greek Community schools of Melbourne – to students who are second or third generation Greeks.  At the same time, it has provided College students with the opportunity to become acquainted with the culture of Australia, in particular their way of life and living conditions, as well as the achievements of Greeks in Melbourne, through communication with their counterparts there.

Mr. Papastergiadis was favorably impressed by the facilities and high standards of our School and stressed the importance of the Program for our respective student communities as well as for our School’s overall relationship with Hellenism in Australia.