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Astrophysics with Brian Greene at the MCEC

Brian Greene at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Thanks to Year 10 student Manan Behal, who found out about the eminent Professor Brian Greene talk at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the last day of term 1. Manan Behal found out about the talk through her membership in the Australian Youth Space Science organisation founded by Henry Wu, a Year 12 student at Camberwell Grammer school. It was quite an expedition including two amazing free lectures by world famous Theoretical Astrophysicist Brian Greene, with dinner at Crown in between. Thanks to Mr Blattman who drove the school bus with 23 students.

The students who should gain maximum points for their respective houses, for going on an excursion after school on the last day of term arriving back at school after 9:30pm, spending more time on the excursion than they had at school, were:

Year 7: Prathiksha Ashok Raj Kumar,  Brody Houttuin,  Zachary Heal,  Maple La,  Penny Pantoulis, Chanul Pattuwage,  Cameron Robinson and Matthew Tirca

Year 8: Noah Abdilla, Karsh Patel and Jy Sneesby

Year 9: Andrew Leap, Jade Ralston-Lloyd,  Megan Robinson, Jade Short,  Lefteri Tsitourdis and Aneesh Yellishetty

Year 10: Manan Behal and Janna Fortelaza

Year 11: Jerusha Buckland and Dimitri Gahtidis

Year 12: Ryan O’Shea and Mitchell Wilkin

Please see a youtube video excerpt of Brian Greene talking to the students:

Our 3 International Film Festivals Short-Film Producers

Two South Oakleigh students have presented their Year 9 Media film at three international film festivals.


A hearty congratulations to Ash Ryan and Paige Cosshall, whose short horror film Jeff The Killer has been officially selected to screen in the USA, China and Mexico.

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The film was written, directed, edited by and stars the South Oakleigh students, and played at the Second Asia International Film Festival in Wenzhou, China, The IndieWise Film Festival in Miami, and the Post Mortem Horror Festival in Mexico. The screenings happened over the summer break, and the festival feedback was universal: It’s a hit. The Post Mortem Horror Festival audiences were so impressed that a number of screams erupted at some of the film’s more terrifying moments. Festival officials in Mexico also commented that ‘these kids know how to make a great movie’.

We’re now looking forward to seeing what the South Oakleigh media students come up with next!

SOC Dux 2016


Magdalini as Dux of 2016 has shown her strong work ethic, determination and work ethic has paid off as she has successfully achieved her goals and aspiration to enter Monash University, having received a scholarship to study Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).   Furthermore, Magdalini is to be commended for her Premier’s Award having achieved a perfect score in Greek in 2015.

Magda joined our school in 2014 from her native country of Greece.  She has been a consistently hardworking student throughout her time at South Oakleigh College and has performed at a high level in all subject areas regularly topping her class in assessments. On behalf of the school community I extend our congratulations and best wishes for Magdalini’s future success. Magdalinis’s score is one of many outstanding results across the board for our class of 2016. South Oakleigh College is proud of all our students’ achievements and on behalf of students and parents; I would like to thank staff for their hard work and dedication in supporting all our students to always achieve their best.


Helen Koziaris

College Principal


Our Commitment to Child Safety

Our Commitment to Child Safety

South Oakleigh College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

South Oakleigh College has zero tolerance for child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our policies and procedures.

We are committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our school is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.

We have a legal and moral obligation to contact authorities when we are concerned over a child’s safety.

We support and respect all children and are committed to the cultural safety of all including children from Aboriginal backgrounds and those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

South Oakleigh College has a robust human resource and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.

We are committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.

Every person involved in South Oakleigh College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.

In its planning, decision-making and operations, South Oakleigh College will:

  1. Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
  2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
  3. Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children;
  4. Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
  5. Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
  6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
  7. Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
  8. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
  9. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
  10. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.

Our ‘International Sport Star’ Tom Sharp


Who would have known!!  Congratulations to Mr. Tom Sharp who represented Australia, as part of Australia’s inaugural Kabaddi Team.   The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, was held in Ahmedabad, India from the 7th – 22 October 2016. Although the sport is almost unheard of in Australia, it is the second biggest sport in India (think imagine how big soccer/cricket is in Australia and times the population by 50).   If like me you have no idea of what Kabaddi is, I researched and found it to be contact sport that originated in Ancient India.  Mr.  Sharp’s experience was one which will never be forgotten, although Australia did not win it was exciting to watch and know that Mr Sharp and his Team mates did their best. 






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