Oakleigh Grammar hosted the highly anticipated 2023 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia National Schools Event (GOAANSE) on 2 May, attracting students from Greek Orthodox schools across the country.

The event, held over three days, featured a wide range of sporting competitions and a Creative Arts Festival, culminating in a memorable closing ceremony.

GOAANSE kicked off with a Blessing and Opening Ceremony at Sts Anargiri Church Oakleigh, setting the stage for an exciting and spirited competition.

Over 400 students and staff from all over Australia gathered for the National Schools Event. Photo: Supplied

Students showcased their skills in Boys and Girls Futsal, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys Football, Girls Netball, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Boys and Girls Table Tennis.

Oakleigh Grammar emerged as the triumphant team, securing victories in Boys Basketball and Girls Volleyball.

The home crowd’s enthusiastic support added to the thrilling atmosphere, creating an unforgettable experience for all participants. The outstanding performances of Oakleigh Grammar’s athletes demonstrated their dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Students and staff enjoy a hearty meal and lots of dancing at the National Schools Event Gala Dinner. Photo: Supplied

The Creative Arts Festival was a notable highlight of the event, offering students the opportunity to express their artistic talents through song, dance, poetry, presentations, and plays.

This segment celebrated Greek culture and added a touch of creativity to the overall competition. The festival was followed by a joyous dinner dance, where students and teachers came together to celebrate their accomplishments and fostered friendships.

Oakleigh Grammar students perform at the Creative Arts Festival as part of the Nationals Schools Event. Photo: Supplied

The event concluded with a presentation and closing ceremony, where Oakleigh Grammar Principal, Mark Robertson, expressed his gratitude for the three days of competition, artistic performances, and camaraderie.

Oakleigh Grammar Drummers at the Creative Arts Festival held at the Nationals Schools Event. Photo: Supplied

“We enjoyed an amazing few days of sporting competition, creative arts performances and camaraderie,” Mr Robertson said.

“It was particularly heart-warming to see staff and students come together on the dance floor at the gala dinner in celebration of culture and friendship. And of course, it was wonderful to see our remarkable Girls Volleyball team and outstanding Boys Basketball crowned champions – my congratulations to them and all teams in the competition which was conducted with humility and respect.”