Our Principal


Our Principal Andrea Garivaldis

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Master of Arts –Diasporic and Transnational Identities in Greek Australian Literature (RMIT University); Bachelor of Arts –Majors Greek & History (Monash University); Bachelor of Education – Specializations LOTE, ESL, Humanities (Monash University); Diploma in Computer Technology (Monash University); Certificate IV Training and Assessment in Education (First Choice Training); Leadership and Communication; Project Management (Australian Technology Network); Interpreting and Translating (NAATI)

Biographical note about our Principal

Andrea is a specialist VCE teacher with over thirty-five years of teaching experience in the area of Greek language. She has taught Greek and ESL at government, private and community language schools as well as Higher Education institutions. She has attended post-graduate programs in Greece and has participated in several conferences and seminars in Australia and overseas. In 2012 she was awarded a Fellowship Her qualifications in teaching Greek to students living in the diaspora were attained at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2012) and 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 seminar 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 has served as Study Specialist Vetter and Sitter Vetter at the Greek Examination Paper setting panel for VCAA (Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority) and is also an Examiner in both the oral and written VCE Greek final examinations. She is also a Trainer and Assessor in Adult Education.

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

Andrea is a renowned author. 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. Her works also appear electronically in a number of internet sites, ie. Diasporic Literature Spot, The land of Gods, Poetry and Prose writing of Cypriots “Κυπρίων Ποίηση και άλλες μικρές και μεγάλες Ιστορίες Λόγου”.

Andrea is a member of many Literary and Education organisations, such as 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.