All Saints Grammar School students receive a world class education with strong foundations in Hellenic culture. Our Greek calendar is always busy with days dedicated to immersing our students in our religion, culture and contemporary history.

This year’s biggest event is the upcoming celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the War of Independence. We have named our event Χαίρε ω χαίρε ελευθεριά, a line from the Greek national anthem. It is a special occasion to reflect on our peoples’ struggles and sacrifices, but also to think about Greece’s present-day position and its future.

Other significant events in our Greek calendar this year include the season preceding Lent (Τριώδιο-Απόκριες), Clean Monday (Καθαρά Δευτέρα), the Annunciation of the Theotokos, which coincides with Greek Independence Day, Greek Easter (Πάσχα), the Battle of Crete, All Saints Day, the Dormition of the Theotokos and 28 October, known as OXI Day (Η ημέρα του Όχι). 

Our students learn about these events through their Modern Greek and Orthodoxy lessons, as well as at our regular liturgies. Students often organise special presentations for these days held at the ASG Gymnasium or during our Friday assemblies.

The study of Modern Greek, which is compulsory up to Year 8, offers our students a unique opportunity to establish a solid foundation for their language skills and expand their understanding of our rich Hellenic culture. Modern Greek is taught for two and a half hours per week in Kindergarten, Years 1 and 2 and three hours per week in Years 3 to 8.

In our Modern Greek and Orthodoxy lessons, we aim to cultivate and instil religious and cultural awareness in our learners. Through a task-based curriculum and engaging, beyond-the-classroom learning experiences, our students understand the purpose of second language learning and how our faith, language and culture are interlinked. These lessons are difficult to teach using words alone, they must be part of a larger immersion experience to build a true understanding.

We take pride in being a 21st century school that tends to our young Greek Orthodox students’ needs whilst simultaneously being an inclusive institution that welcomes students from all backgrounds. At ASG, we focus on our Hellenic heritage’s strengths because we understand the importance of keeping our culture alive. While we foster the traditional aspects of what it means to be Greek, we make sure we maintain a healthy connection to contemporary Greece. We also remember that we are a Greek-Orthodox school in modern Australia; a country that embraces diversity and encourages its citizens to celebrate their unique ethnic backgrounds.

 

Theo Panagiotou

Academic Leader Mission, Faith and Culture