Christian Faith

All Saints Grammar School seeks to cultivate in its students a deep appreciation of Christian values within the Greek Orthodox Faith.

The School Crest and Motto are symbols of the school’s ideals and provide an insight into our ethos, aims and goals. The Motto ‘Let us Stand Well’ is a liturgical phrase that is heard at the beginning of the most sacred part of the Divine Liturgy, the Holy Eucharist. On the School Crest, it symbolises an invitation to all to be vigilant in the preservation, development and passing on to future generations the ideals symbolised by the other motifs on the Crest.

School Chaplain

The role of our school Chaplain, Father Apostolos, is to provide social, emotional and spiritual support to students, parents and staff, taking into account the specific needs of the school.

Father Apostolos operates across all three campuses of All Saints Grammar and his main aims are to provide:

  1. Social and emotional support for our students.
  1. Spiritual support and guidance to students with spiritual and/or religious needs.
  1. Mentoring for students and assistance for them to develop supportive relationships for, with, and among each other.
  1. Community Development by working with school-based support staff, community-based youth organisations, Churches and other networks to support students.
  1. Educational Support where involvement by the Chaplain provides further social, emotional or spiritual support for those students who may be at risk of disengagement.

Father Apostolos was ordained Priest and elevated to the rank of Archimandrite in the Cathedral Church of Annunciation, Alexandria in 2012. From 2009 – 2014 he was Head of the Patriarchal Library of Alexandria and Head of the Patriarchal Office (2012-2014). Father is currently serving in our Parish, being at the same time Chaplain and Teacher of Greek Literature and Theology for our school as well as at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College.

Father provides support for a range of day-to-day matters affecting the school community. He operates within a framework of Christian belief and personally models his own faith position. In the course of respectful dialogue, Father Apostolos will respond to questions and may, in good faith, express views and articulate values consistent with his own beliefs, however he does not take advantage of his position to preach, evangelise, advocate for or denigrate a particular view or faith.

Orthodox Studies (Religious Education)

Orthodox Studies at All Saints Grammar is taught from Kindergarten to Year 12. The moral and spiritual development of students is directly related to their education. The main aim is to nurture within students an understanding and knowledge of the Orthodox Church and its teachings in order for them to become living examples of their faith within the wider Australian nation.

All aspects of Orthodox Studies are grounded in the principles of:

  • Living What We Learn – through behaving in ways that reflect hope, compassion, gentleness, self-control, humility, faithfulness, and a love for God, our Church, and other people.
  • Cultivating Respect – by valuing one another, our family, our school community, and broader society.

Liturgy and Spirituality

Students participate in daily prayer during assembly, and attend the Divine Liturgy on prescribed days where they are also provided with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion.

Classroom Program (K-10)

All students are provided with resources that follow the prescribed age appropriate program.  In addition, Orthodoxy covers special Feasts Days, Sunday Gospel Readings, and special periods in the Church Calendar.

From Kindergarten to Year 6 students:

  • learn prayers, hymns and songs
  • complete fun activities with arts and crafts
  • are encouraged to express their opinions in classroom discussions
  • visit the Church to discover more about their faith
  • are addressed by the School Chaplain.

From Year 7 to Year 10 students:

  • learn prayers and hymns
  • are encouraged to express their opinions in classroom discussions so as to become effective listeners and to value the opinions of others
  • attend excursions related to the topics studied in class
  • are addressed regularly by the School Chaplain on contemporary issues.

Classroom Program (11-12)

In Years 11 and 12, the Orthodox Studies Program is incorporated into the Pastoral Program. The purpose of this program is to promote the social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of students. The program aims to provide students with the opportunity to embrace the Orthodox faith by applying its teachings to everyday situations in life.

Primary Orthodoxy Program

Theme Extra Lessons
Heavenly Friends of God – Kindergarten Students will learn about many people over time who became friends of God (i.e Saints, prophets, disciples). Even though some of these people made mistakes, ultimately they fulfilled their purpose in life (which is to be with God).

The Letters and Numbers for little saints – Year 1

Students will discover a variety of little treasures drawn from the Orthodox Faith. Through the “Letters and Numbers” our students may begin to perceive themselves as little saints, which is ultimately the purpose of all Christians.

Spiritual Stories – Year 2 

Spiritual stories have been selected to help students learn responsibility, love, obedience and faith. Through the examples of the lives of saintly people, students will learn to follow the Orthodox way.

God in our lives – Year 3

In this unit, “God in our lives,” students will understand that God is still with us, in our lives. The students will learn that life requires love and effort. Getting to know Christ and his teachings changes and transforms our lives. These lessons are concerned with our life and our relationship with other people, our family, our friendships and our co-workers.

Our Journey in life – Year 4

“Our Journey in life” is about following Christ. It is about a new journey, a new life. We go on this journey overcoming all the obstacles together. Our strength derives from the Gospels, which are considered to be the spiritual compass for a Christian’s journey. As the Apostles spread the message of love, we too, go on our journey having Christ next to us. This was always the missionary aim of our church and it continues to spread this message all over the world.

Living a Christian life – Year 5

This theme, “Living a Christian life,” allows students to learn what is expected of us as Orthodox Christians. Students will explore the lives of important people and learn to imitate their lifestyle in a genuine way.

Searching for truth in our lives – Year 6

This theme,“Searching for Truth in our Lives,” is all about encountering Christ in our lives. Christ is seen as the Truth. Students will also learn about basic teachings of our faith as well as our place in comparison to some other faiths.

These lessons are taught throughout the year as they occur in the Church calendar:
Blessing of the Waters (Αγιασμός)

Great Lent

The Annunciation

Clean Monday

The Salutations

Confession

Holy Week

Pascha

Mother’s Day

Ascension

Pentecost

All Saints Day

Sts Peter & Paul

The Apostles

Transfiguration

Dormition of the Theotokos

St Fanourios

Beheading of St John

Fathers Day

Exaltation of the Cross

Nativity

Secondary Orthodoxy Program

Theme Extra Lessons

The Preparation of God’s People  – Year 7

Students will be guided through a comprehensive introduction to the Bible. Specifically, the Old Testament will be examined so as to give students the opportunity to gain an appreciation of God’s plan for salvation.

The Good News – Year 8

Students will learn about the New Testament, which is devoted to the events of Jesus’ life from his birth to his death and resurrection. Students will study Jesus’ teachings and miracles. This will allow students to see how Jesus is a teacher, healer and servant.

Tracing our Tradition – Year 9

In this year, students look at the historical development of our Orthodox Tradition. Beginning from the life of the Apostles and the early Christians through to the Triumph St Constantine and the legacy of the Ecumenical Councils to Orthodoxy in the Modern World since the liberation from the Ottoman Turks.

Faith and Worship – Year 10

This theme will allow students to appreciate prayer as a form of communication and relationship with God. Students will explore the various ecclesiastical cycles of worship, the key teachings of our faith expressed in the Creed and the Holy Scriptures, and the Sacraments.

The Path to Heaven – Year 11

Students will learn about the importance of aspiring to life worth living by considering the relevance of Orthodox, spirituality, worship and worldview. Each aspect will assist students in developing an understanding of the purpose of one’s life – theosis. Students will also be introduced to ‘Ethics and Morals’ from the perspective of the Orthodox Church which teaches through the examples of holy people throughout the ages.

The Life in Christ – Year 12

This theme could provide students with the opportunity to imitate the people who have followed Christ in an exemplary way and have acquired the gifts of the Holy Spirit. By studying the Sunday Gospels and Epistle readings and the the themes of various Feast day students will discover the essential message of Orthodox worship – Christ lives and is the centre of our life.

These lessons are taught throughout the year as they occur in the Church calendar:
Blessing of the Waters(Αγιασμός)

Great Lent

The Annunciation

Clean Monday

The Salutations

Confession

Holy Week

Pascha

Mother’s Day

Ascension

Pentecost

All Saints Day

Sts Peter & Paul

The Apostles

Transfiguration

Dormition of the Theotokos

St Fanourios

Beheading of St John

Fathers Day

Exaltation of the Cross

Nativity