The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has decided to open three new after-hours campuses in 2018 in the outer Melbourne suburbs.
Neos Kosmos reports that students from South Morang, Narre Warren, and Point Cook.and surrounding areas will be attracted to the new campuses.
The GCM places education at the forefront of its priorities and this has been demonstrated by education initiatives this year that include encouraging Northcote High School to return Modern Greek to its senior curriculum.
Speaking to Neos Kosmos, GCM education spokesperson and board member Dr Nick Dallas said, “this decision was made after a lengthy and detailed study of Melbourne’s emerging demographics.”
“Melbourne is changing, it’s expanding outwardly as housing affordability becomes more of an issue for families, and many Greek families are part of this demographic shift.”
“We had some ideas about potential locations but the release of the latest 2016 Census data in July confirmed our thoughts and essentially gave the green light to the campus expansion project. The board was overwhelmingly in favour of the project and sees it as an investment for the future”, Dr Dallas said.
The Community has considerable experience in setting up campuses from scratch, Neos Kosmos says.
Just four years ago it established new campuses in Melbourne’s CBD and Malvern East aimed at meeting the needs of children who have Greek as their primary language and whose families had recently arrived with the onset of the Greek economic crisis.
These flourishing campuses have around 300 students and continue to receive new enrolments as the influx of newly-arrived migrants from Greece hasn’t abated.