Our Leadership Team
Dr Vivianne Nikou – Principal
Qualifications: B.A., Dip.Ed; M.Ed Pol Admin, D.B.A; AMACEL; MACE; AFAIM
Vivianne is a passionate educator, who chose this vocation after an inspiring experience with a teacher in the final year of her own schooling. The stimulus from this first year teacher in her own final year has provided Vivianne with the impetus to strive to be an inspiring and connected educator herself.
After spending two decades in a large independent school, with long held traditions, and time in the corporate world where she ran her own successful business, Vivianne has relished the challenge of leading a smaller and much younger school. She fervently believes that as educators “none of us have the right to waste a day in the life of the children we have in front of us and every child should leave school having experienced success”. She brought this same philosophy to Alphington Grammar School in 2013, and has ensured it permeates the community here.
Rowan Evans – Assistant Principal – Head of Secondary
Qualifications: B.A., Dip.Ed; M.Ed
Rowan has a passion for helping young people and supporting their learning. Education became his vocation after his own positive school experience and a desire to provide that for others. He is committed to making a difference by helping to provide a supportive learning community – ensuring that the students at AGS are able to not only succeed, but thrive. Having spent his whole career in education and gaining a wealth of knowledge at both large and small independent schools, Rowan joined AGS in 2014 and has welcomed the strong and vibrant community ethos that exists at Alphington Grammar School.
Tracey Nicholson – Assistant Principal – Head of Primary
Teaching is far more than just a job for Tracey, it is a vocation that she finds the best and most rewarding profession in the world. Her passion for primary education is evident in everything she does, and her philosophy that learning is a lifelong pursuit is central to all that she brings to the Primary Years at Alphington Grammar School. Tracey’s favourite thing about Alphington is the culture, and her favourite thing about her role is having the privilege and great joy of seeing children grow and learn. She is now seeing the second generation of Alphington children on their educational journey with us.
Lukas Silver – Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning
Qualifications: B.A., Dip Ed, PGCE (School Leadership)
Lukas started his teaching career in inner-city London where he worked in schools with high levels of student poverty, deprivation and underachievement. It was there that he learnt that all children, despite their socio-economic challenges, their family situation or their level of prior education, crave learning. He spent over a decade in London working as a senior consultant to improve teenage literacy and remove barriers to learning for all children. Lukas believes that the inclusive, nurturing environment at Alphington Grammar School is an amazing strength for the school, and a solid foundation to ensure that every child achieves their very best. He strongly feels that staff need to have very high expectations of every child so that their potential can be realised.
Manuel Pappos – Business Manager
Qualifications: B.Com, Dip Ed
There are not too many school Business Managers who also have a teaching background alongside their business background. Whilst Manuel was initially an “accidental” teacher, having won an Education Department Scholarship to earn his degree and a Diploma of Education, he soon realised that teaching was the profession for him. Whilst he is no longer in the classroom, he fondly remembers his time in the classroom as among his happiest working days. As the school’s Business Manager, Manuel is able to combine his passion for education with his commitment to this community – having been here almost since day one.