On Sunday 28 October 2018, The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia’s annual celebration of “OXI” Day was held. This event is organised annually by the United Association of Greek Orthodox parishes and communities of Melbourne and Victoria, for the recognition of the 1940 Commemoration Day. Oakleigh Grammar students paid their respects to the significant day by attending three commemorative events.
Selected students from Middle School together with Mrs Angelis attended the Doxology Service in our parish church, Sts Anargiri. Students held the Greek and Australian flags with pride, showing their respect for both countries.
Year 10 SRC members and Middle School students represented our School at the Holy Monastery of “Axion Estin” Doxology Service followed by a Memorial Service, being accompanied by Mrs Patsaris and Mrs Spanos. This year, Mairlena Loupo and Alexandra Konstantinidi recited two poems in Greek for the significance of the day. During the Memorial Service, Arthur Milaras and Floria Takos read “The Ode” in Greek and English. Angelica Athanasakis and Jordan Karavendzas laid a wreath on behalf of our School.
On the same day, a second group of SRC members together with Mrs Gilinas represented the School at St Eustathios Church in South Melbourne. Following the church service, students took part in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance. Andrew Asimakopoulos from Year 11 and Kiki Gilinas from Year 10 laid a wreath on behalf of our School. The students were also invited to the Hellenic RSL where they joined the members for lunch. During the lunch, Mr Steve Kyritsis, President of the Hellenic RSL, presented a Certificate for Appreciation to Oakleigh Grammar, in grateful recognition of the School’s generous support provided to the Hellenic Sub-Branch in Melbourne.
We would like to thank all the students and staff for attending the events and representing Oakleigh Grammar.