Ralph was chosen as Chairperson of the School Board in January 2019. He succeeded Paul Savvas. Ralph is an Emeritus Professor of Law and was Foundation Dean of Law at Murdoch University. He taught law in Canada and Australia and served for a time as Chair of the Committee of Australian Law Deans. He retired as a justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in June 2016.
Ralph is strongly committed to a vibrant, academically rigorous and welcoming community at St Andrew’s and looks forward to helping to contribute to that goal.
President of the Hellenic Community of WA
Savvas is the President of Hellenic community and a member of the School Board since 2015. He was a coordinator of Greek Studies at the Notre Dame University from 2002 to 2017 and is currently a Greek language lecturer at TAFE and the Principal of Saturday Greek Community School.
Savvas was the Director of Education of Greek Orthodox Communities of WA and Hellenic Community of WA. Savvas introduced Greek language classes in government schools and he has organised a lot of events to promote the Hellenics in WA.
Savvas was the president of the Cypriot Community of WA, Secretary General of Hellenic Community of WA, President, and Australian Institute for Macedonian Studies Incorporated in the WA and the President for the Society and Friends of the National Centre for Hellenic studies and Research, La Trobe University.
Representative of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
Treasurer of the Hellenic Community of WA
Dimitrios (Jim) Tsokos has been a practising Accountant with CPA Status since 1982, holding a Bachelor of Business Degree.
Jim has been involved in schools since 1997, and has spent many years as a Business Manager, handling school finances and managing all non-teaching aspects of the school which includes grounds, maintenance, building developments, IT, Administration, Finances and overseeing other support staff. He looks to ensure the school has the opportunities to grow and develop.
Jim has been involved with St. Andrew’s Grammar since 1997 when his children were enrolled at the school.
He has held many positions at St. Andrew’s from being a Parent, Treasurer of the P&F, P&F Board Representative and finally being the Business Manager for the school, a position he held for nearly 10 years.
Jim is currently the Treasurer of The Hellenic Community of Western Australia Inc, a position he has held since 2016. He oversees all the financial responsibility of The Hellenic Community of WA Incorporated, St Andrews Grammar and The Hellenic Community Aged Care.
Jim has also been involved over the years with HACCI, has been on the church committee of Evangelismos and Treasurer of the Floreat Athena Juniors.
He strives to promote Hellenism, Our Culture and Our Greek Orthodox Faith
President of the Parent and Friends Association
John is the current servicing President of the St Andrew’s Grammar Parents and Friends Association, having been elected in November 2017 to this position. He works tirelessly to ensure the Parents and Friends Association strives to uphold the ethos of the school and to be an integral part of the wellbeing of the school community. His commitment to the P&F Association and the school has added a significant positive aspect to the school community offering and ensures that all are welcome. The outstanding contribution that the P&F Association has made to the children’s daily experience is a testament to John’s drive and passion for the school with the support of his diverse support team.
John comes with some 20 years’ experience in Commercial and Corporate Banking and is currently employed with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, after spending time with both the Nab and Westpac group also. John has 4 young boys who all attend St Andrew’s Grammar and have since their first day in kindergarten; the oldest of which is now in Year 8 of Secondary School.
Representative of the Hellenic Community of WA
George was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and relocated to Perth with his wife and 2 children in 2013.
He is a licensed builder and real estate agent with over 15 years experience in both industries. He’s currently working as a Projects Supervisor at Roads2000, a company that delivers projects to Main Roads and the local government. George is chairing the Grounds and Maintenance subcommittee at St. Andrews and is also the president of the Centre for Hellenic Studies P&F association and a board member of the CHC association.
George has great passion towards the Greek culture and traditions. One of his goals is to promote, encourage and instill the Greek ethos and values to our students and wider community and to live up to the School motto ‘Strive for Excellence’
Representative of the Hellenic Community of WA
John is a founding partner of Alliance Commercial WA, he currently holds a diploma in property and has over 20 years’ experience in Commercial negotiations. He is the founder and sole director of Zafco property group which has been developing property in Western Australia over the last 20 years for multinational retail groups. John is a first generation Greek and is passionate about upholding the values and growth of the school.
Craig Monaghan is the Principal of St. Andrew’s Grammar, having joined us in 2019 with 29 years of teaching and 18 years of experience in educational leadership across the globe, including New Zealand, Egypt, Portugal and China. Having lead a number of highly successful prestigious schools as well as a number of schools requiring school improvement, Mr. Monaghan has a wide array of experiences which will no doubt assist us with progressing this wonderful school further. He has had an array of curriculum leadership experience including International Baccalaureate; the National Curriculum of England and Wales (IGCSE and A-Levels); International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the American Middle States Curriculum. He has also been a Council of International Schools accreditor and a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) a prestigious UK body of Heads from Eton, Harrow and King’s to name a few.
Mr. Monaghan has strong educational beliefs and drives what is best for the students always. He firmly believes in personalised instruction where it is the responsibility of every teacher to connect with and understand each child and to light a fire from within. Critical thinking and inquiry are cornerstones of our education. Knowledge is not there to be learnt instead it is there to be applied and used. He believes that strategic and systematic planning is all-important to school improvement and firmly believes in the creation of a shared understanding of the school’s direction is integral to strategic improvements. Effective stakeholder communication is an important aspect in fostering buy-in, ownership, engagement and support. He also strongly believes that it is important to set high expectations for staff, and in doing so knows the strengths of every staff member and to be objective in developing and promoting those with merit and in removing those who are ineffective. The small things matter to Mr. Monaghan such as exemplary uniform and manners.
We look forward to the school’s development continuing to be enhanced over the next 5-10 years under Mr. Monaghan’s leadership.