Ensuring the future of Modern Greek at Northcote High School


In our ever-expanding global community, the ability to speak multiple languages is a precious asset. Learning a second language is not just about communication; it’s a gateway to personal and academic growth. Northcote High School‘s 40 year old Modern Greek language program is a unique opportunity to explore the treasures of Greek culture. However, it is at risk of being discontinued due to the low number of students taking the subject.

The Greek language is more than just words; it’s the key to understanding a world of literature, philosophy, and history. From the epic poems of Homer to the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, to the literary output of Kazantzakis and Elytis, learning Greek gives you direct access to the foundation of Western thought and culture. It also enables you to dive into the rich tapestry of Greek history, from the classical era to the more recent Greek diasporas, including our own in Australia.

Enrolling in the Greek language program at Northcote High School is about cultural immersion. The dedicated educators and resources make this journey engaging and rewarding, offering a unique opportunity to explore Greek culture firsthand. By enrolling in the Greek program, students embrace a culture which continues to be vibrant today. They gain a broader perspective on the world and open doors to future opportunities. Whether it’s connecting with family, here or overseas, or understanding
STEM terminology better (which is mainly derived from Greek) or obtaining a workplace advantage (with future Greek-speaking patients or clients) or preparing oneself for a richer travel experience to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, learning Greek at school is an obvious choice.

On Monday 6th November, Pharos representatives Denise Diakodimitriou, Theo Markos and Dr Stephie Nikoloudis met with the principal of Northcote High School, Mr Chris Jones, to explain the mission of Pharos, a broad-based alliance dedicated to the revitalisation of the teaching and use of Modern Greek across all sectors in Victoria/Australia, and to enquire about the future of Greek at the school. Mr Jones agreed that ‘Greek is an important part of the school community but also of the local community’. A large cohort of students with Greek background attend the school.

However, he also pointed out that there has been a concerning recent drop in student enrolments in Greek language subjects. Currently, the Year 7 Greek language class for 2024 will not go ahead unless more students enrol in the subject.

If you are zoned in the Northcote High School area, please consider enrolling in Greek for Year 7 2024. This would directly help to ensure the long-term future of this program. We look forward to your support in this matter. For any questions or concerns please contact Pharos-Revitalising Greek on 0411 789 798 or email