Our Principal

Our principal Mrs Andrea Garivaldis

MA (RMIT University); BA – Majors Greek and History (Monash University); BEd – Specializations LOTE-Greek, ESL and Humanities (Monash University); Diploma in Computer Technology (Monash University); Leadership and Communication (Australian Technology Network); Project Management (Australian Technology Network); Interpreting and Translating NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters)

Biographical note about our Principal

Andrea Garivaldis was born in Cyprus in 1958 and migrated to Australia in 1975. She is married and has three children. She holds a Master of Arts in Diasporic Greek Literature from RMIT University, a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Bachelor of Education from Monash University, and a Diploma in Computer Technology from Monash University. She also has qualifications in Leadership and Communication as well as Project Management from the Australian Universities Technology Network.

Andrea is a specialist VCE teacher with thirty years of teaching experience in the area of Greek language teaching. She has taught Greek and ESL at government, private and community schools as well as Higher Education settings. She has attended post-graduate programs in Greece and has participated in several seminars and conferences in Australia and overseas. She has trained at the University of Crete (1998, 2004, and 2006) in the areas of teaching Greek in the Diaspora and the utilization of textbooks published by the program “Paideia Omogenon”, especially written for children living abroad. She has also escorted students from Australia on educational trips to Greece and Cyprus, funded by the Greek and Cypriot governments.

In 2006 she presented a conference paper at the International Conference “Greek Language and the Greek Diaspora” organised at the University of Greece, and in 2007 she presented a session at a Greek teachers’ seminar held at La Trobe University on effective teaching methodologies based on Greek textbooks published by the University of Crete. In September of the same year she presented a paper based on her own research on Diasporic Literature at a conference organised by RMIT University. In July 2009 she presented an academic paper on ‘Diasporic and Transnational Identities in the Literature of Greek Writers in Australia’ at the 8th International Conference on Greek Research at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Andrea is employed by VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority) as an Examiner in both the oral and written Greek examinations, and for a number of years, she has served as Study Specialist Vetter and Sitter Vetter at the Greek Examination Paper setting panel.

In addition to her teaching career, Andrea is a researcher (in Greek Language and Identity – RMIT University) and also an accredited interpreter and translator of NAATI (National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters).

Andrea is also an award winner writer. She writes poetry, short stories and academic articles. She has published two poetry collections and several articles and essays in literary periodicals of Melbourne. Her literary contribution has been acknowledged in anthologies and scholarly journals in Australia, Greece and Cyprus.

She is a member of the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Victoria, the Greek-Australian Cultural League, the Hellenic Writers Association of Australia, and the Association of Children and Youth Books in Cyprus.

Her vision is to inspire children to discover the wealth of the wonderful Greek Language and Culture through study and help them succeed as happy, bilingual,  independent, and responsible individuals, proud of their Greek-Australian identity.