A message from our Principal, Mr Mark Robertson, on the following new staff appointments this term:
I am delighted to advise the appointment of Mr Lance Ryan as Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, replacing Mr Peter Cummins who left our School at the end of last term. Mr Ryan was previously the Principal of St Johns Greek Orthodox College, and boasts extensive leadership and curricular experience in the educational arena. Mr Ryan was Deputy Principal at Braemar College, and was instrumental in developing their teaching and learning model which continues to be a highly successful model at that school. Mr Ryan will continue to develop the Oakleigh Grammar Teaching and Learning Model which has been touted by Independent Schools Victoria as a model of distinction within the Independent School sector. I wish to acknowledge and thank Mr Cummins for his exceptional contribution to our School over the past eight years, especially related to the development of our curriculum framework, and wish him every success for the future.
Mr Ryan joins an exceptional leadership team at Oakleigh Grammar, and this has been evident by the professionalism, dedication and innovation by our team in transforming our School from ‘face to face’ learning to ‘remote learning’ in a very short time frame during this critical phase of the current pandemic.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge all of our teaching and non-teaching staff for their flexibility and dedication in preparing for ‘remote learning’ which will likely be the key method of educational delivery this term and until further notice. Our teachers have never worked harder to ensure the students under their care will receive the best remote learning experience we can deliver with the resources we have at our disposal. I also pay tribute to our parents and students for adapting to this difficult period, and suporting our School in this time of crisis. I am confident that we will emerge from this pandemic in a strong position due to the resolve and resilience evident in our wonderful School Community.
Another important appointment for our School is our new Head of Library, Mrs Lisa Tabone; who’s most recent position was Lead Librarian at Brighton Grammar School. Mrs Tabone boasts a wealth of experience in Librarianship, and will raise the level of resource development to support our students in their learning journey.
In light of Mrs Rebecca Foden’s forthcoming maternity leave, I am pleased to welcome Ms Lianna Askraba who has joined our Junior School as a Year 2 teacher. The transition has been very strong as both teachers have been working together over recent weeks.
Mrs Anna Lewis joins our staff as Finance Manager, and will commence on the 4th of May. Mrs Lewis has had a close association with Mentone Girls Grammar School, and has had much experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Our new staff join a wonderful community at a difficult time for all of us in our society. I request we all work together and demonstrate true community spirit as we live up to our 2020 school theme and ensure that it is, Your Time To Shine.