MELBOURNE | It’s full steam ahead for the GOCMV’s new advanced Greek campuses that will begin in early February 2014. Initially aimed at accommodating the needs of recently arrived Greek students, this initiative has also generated considerable interest from local parents whose children have a strong command of the Greek language.
These students are also not been challenged enough by the curriculum of existing after hours schools. According to GOCMV’s spokesperson for these new campuses, Nick Dallas, this development shouldn’t surprise us.
«Your typical after hours Greek School student is now third generation. English is their first language, English is spoken by their parents (and in many cases even grandparents), interaction and exposure with Greek language reinforcing activities varies greatly so there’s a massive gap in language fluency and this chasm will only get greater. Greek-Australian parents who have been proactive in maintaining their children’s language fluency naturally see this school as a possible solution,» says Nick.
The curriculum of the new campuses, to be based in Chadstone (Tuesday evenings) and the CBD (Saturday mornings) will be based on existing textbooks used in Greece, not those published for diaspora Greeks.
Recently the teaching staff, headed by the new school’s coordinator, Maria Bakalidou (photo), conducted a workshop to flesh out the curriculum and school’s program.
Enrolments have already gotten off to a strong start and parental feedback has been encouraging thus justifying the GOCMV’s investment in this education initiative.