Humans of Oakleigh Grammar – Mrs Kathy Haramis

Kathy has worked at Oakleigh Grammar for 20 years. We honoured her length of service in the 2017 year book with the following interview:

How did you find yourself at Oakleigh Grammar?

I was asked to volunteer to teach Orthodox Studies by the founder of our school, Father Nicholas Moutafis. Best profession decision of my life.


Tell me about your role here

I’ve had quite a few roles. Having a law/accounting background, I’ve worked in accounts, as the secretary to the Principal, reception, administrator for Markbook reporting, in the library and uniform shop. Having introduced TLIM to our school, I am an accredited 7 Habits Facilitator. I also now teach Orthodox Studies in the Junior School from Year2-Year 5.


What is your favourite memory from your time here?

One of my special memories was when the Board agreed to meet with me in regards to TLIM, and subsequently endorsed the leadership framework as part of our strategic plan.


Who has influenced you the most at Oakleigh Grammar and why?

Many people have been transition people in my life at OG – the key person though was Father Nicholas Moutafis – he is still the voice in my head and heart. He taught me so much about love, integrity, faith, compassion and the importance of living in the moment.


What do you do when you aren’t working?

I love baking, walking and reading.


If you could close your eyes and appear anywhere in the world where would you be?

Nafplio in Greece – the first chosen capital of Greece. A hidden gem.


What’s you go-to karaoke song?

“I say a little prayer” – by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.


What is the best advice someone has ever given you?

‘Be your own best friend’ – this is one of the keys to living a stress free life from within.


If you could switch jobs with anyone at Oakleigh Grammar who would it be with and why?

Sorry – but I wouldn’t swap with anyone. I have the ideal balance at OG – teaching children and facilitating leadership at a whole school level.


If you weren’t working at Oakleigh Grammar where would you be?

Writing my children’s book.