Year 12 Awards - applications now open

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Congratulations to all our  2019 year 12 students.  


Applications for the Year 12 Awards are now open

to students who completed the

VCE, IB Diploma or Senior VCAL in 2019.

The Year 12 Awards are available to the children of Active Members of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society who have successfully completed year 12 in 2019.  Members must be financial Active Members for a minimum of two years prior to the year of application for an Award.  Eligible students may apply for one of the following awards:

The Panoyiannis Raftopoulos Awards

  • Two bursaries valued at $1500 each awarded to the two students with the highest ATARs. Applicants must have achieved a minimum ATAR of 85 is required.
  • Note: Applicants will automatically be granted an Ithacan Philanthropic Society Award if their application for a Panoyiannis Raftopoulos Award is not successful.

 The Ithacan Philanthropic Society Awards

  •  Bursaries valued at $500 each awarded to eligible applicants who successfully complete Year 12.

 Apply now ...visit for

  • eligibility criteria
  • application form and application guidelines

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2020.

The awards will be presented at a function to be held at the Society’s Clubrooms. Applicants and their families will be notified of the date and time once applications have been processed.

2019 Christmas Luncheon - a joyous celebration

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A warm family atmosphere was enjoyed by all who attended this year’s Christmas Luncheon at Merrimu Receptions. 

With a record number of guests there was a real buzz in the room as members, families and friends caught up whilst enjoying Merrimu’s great hospitality, wonderful music by UNick , and a fabulous presentation of photos of 2019 events. Guests joined in a heart-warming celebration of the birthdays of senior members all whom celebrated birthdays in their 90s during 2019!

Congratulations to the Events Committee for organising such a successful day. Thanks to all who attended and helped make our end of year celebration such a memorable day.

2019 Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea raises $5,215

An enormously successful ‘Biggest Morning Tea' was held at the Club rooms on Thursday 16 May to raise fund for the Cancer Council.

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A big thank you to all who attended and to those who sent donations.

$5,215 was raised for the Cancer Council which included a generous donation by the Ithacan Philanthropic Society.

It was a fun morning with games and prizes. Trivia tested attendees' knowledge of all things Greek and a round of bingo capped off the morning. 

Thanks to Anna Vlass and Loula Coutsouvelis who, once again, did an amazing job organising this fundraising event.

2019 Children's Christmas Party - simply magic


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The annual Children's Christmas Party was a huge success. Even Melbourne's traffic chaos and inclement weather couldn't dampen the spirits of our young Ithacan families.
Children were entertained by long time favourite Moodles the Clown and a truly amazing performance by magician Alex Unexplainable who not only had the kids enthralled but also the mums and dads, and grandparents. Considered one of Australia’s top sleight-of-hand magicians, Alex was a grand finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, and is one of only a small number of Australian performers to have been invited to perform on America’s Got Talent. He has represented Australia on German television in a competition to find the world’s best variety act.
The arrival of Santa was, as always, higly anticipated and he was greeted with great enthusiasm.
For our 12 year olds it was their last Christmas Party and in recognition of this milestone were also presented with an IPS cap.
Visit our photo gallery to view photos of this great day, click here.

IPS Donates $9766.10 to 2019 Royal Children's Hospital Appeal

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A big thank you to all who supported our Royal Children's Hospital Fundraising effort. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Thanks to the generosity of our members the IPS presented $9766.10 to the 2019 RCH Good Friday appeal. The amount included $5000 donated by the IPS and $4766.10 raised through member donations and fundraising.

Our fundraising kicked off in February at the Annual Picnic where entry donations ($1003.10) and sale of souvlaki sticks ($393.00) raised a total of $1396.10. An additional $3370 was raised at the recent RCH Appeal Fundraiser afternoon through door proceeds, donations and raffle sales. A capacity crowed enjoyed a lively afternoon and a delicious afternoon tea.

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