The Dandenong Parish School

The Dandenong Parish School was established in 1963 and serves the Russian Community in the Eastern, South Eastern and Bayside suburbs of Melbourne.

The Dandenong Parish School is an integral part of the Parish of the Dandenong, Russian Orthodox Church Abroad which is registered under the Religious and Successory Trusts Act, 1958, and it is from this Act that the School derives its legal status.

For many years the school operated on Saturdays out of premises including; the Parish Hall, Dandenong South Primary School and Dandenong AMES Centre. In February 1998 the Dandenong Parish School moved into its own premises at the Russian Community Centre in Kirkham Road, Dandenong South.

All lessons are conducted in Russian in an atmosphere which is designed to encourage the students to respect and enhance their knowledge of their cultural heritage. During the past five years a number of new teachers have joined the school with teaching experience from both Russia and the Ukraine. This has enhanced the quality of service provision and complimented the work done by émigré teachers in the past. The school co-operates in close harmony with the local Russian Orthodox parish and the families of all students, to ensure meaningful and harmonious learning experiences.

In addition to its core curriculum, the Parish School Dandenong has provided from time to time, such extra curricula programmes as: adult Russian classes, Catechisms, Russian history and geography studies and national dancing and choral workshops. Families interested in these activities should discuss the matter with the School Principal.

In January 1999, the Parish School Dandenong joined with the Russian Orthodox parish schools in Melbourne and Geelong to form the Victorian Deanery Russian School. Today the Deanery School co-operates from three campuses.


The Very Reverend,
Fr Michael Protopopov OAM
(03) 9706 3122

Mrs Irene Hayes
0419 001 399

Dandenong Campus
Mrs Valentina Tretiakov
164 Kirkham Rd
Dandenong South 3175
03 9795 9814

Melbourne Campus
The Very Reverend,
Fr Nicholas Karipoff
Cnr Harrison and Albion Roads, Brunswick East, 3057

Geelong Campus
Rev. Fr. Simeon Kichakov
17 Yaraan St, Bell Park 3215
03 5278 7783