All she knew of Australia was what she gathered in letters from her father, who has been in Australia for 10 years, and by seeing Australian soldiers in Greece during the war. On her arrival she went first to Islington School, New South Wales, and then to Cook’s Hill Intermediate High School, where she topped her class in recent examinations. There are 39 girls in Loula’s class. Her average for the half-yearly examination was 77.69 per cent. Loula likes all subjects, but French is her favorite. She thinks English is much harder to learn. In Greece, she said, they learned mostly Greek history and knew little about English or Australian history, except for the comparatively modern period since the 1914-18 war. Children were taught about Socrates, Aristotle and other Greek ancients.
Greek Migrant Tops the Class
- Date: September 2, 1949
SYDNEY: Loula Stavros, a 14-year-old Greek girl, has, in two years, not only mastered the intricacies of the English language, but has topped her class at school. Loula came from Greece with her mother two years ago, knowing little of Australia or its background. She could not even speak English... the article was published in the Daily Mercury, Mackay, on Fri 2 Sep 1949.