Message from the Head of School

I would like to commend our students on their outstanding efforts and achievements throughout the term. Our students have excelled not only academically but also in a wide range of co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

Greek Orthodox National Schools Event (NSE)
In May, All Saints Grammar had the honour of being represented on a national stage at the Greek Orthodox National Schools Event. Our school emerged victorious, securing first place in the boys’ Outdoor Football category. Congratulations to all participants who showcased their exceptional skills and sportsmanship. I would also like to extend a special mention to our coaches whose guidance, expertise, and support played an instrumental role in shaping our teams. Your commitment to nurturing and developing our athletes is truly commendable.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Our Year 9 students recently embarked on their first Duke of Edinburgh practice hike. This experience provided them with the opportunity to acquire new skills and challenge themselves, in preparation for their continued Duke of Ed journey. I would like to congratulate the following students on achieving the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award; Penny Varvaressos, Andreas Papademetriou and Nicholas Stavrou in Year 10, and Peter Englezos in Year 12.

Achieving the Bronze level is a significant milestone and one of the many ways we prepare our students for a global future.

Debating Success
I am delighted to highlight the exceptional performance of our Primary debating students in the IPSHA debating competition. Their dedication and preparation have resulted in an unbeaten record of six wins from six debates. This outstanding achievement is a testament to the continuous support provided by our teachers and parents, who have worked tirelessly to motivate and inspire our students. In particular I would like to acknowledge Primary teachers Mr Richards and Ms Allen for your dedication and enthusiasm in leading this initiative.

Our Secondary debating teams have consistently showcased their impressive performance, not only in the interschool competition but also in the UN Mock debating competition. Their exceptional achievements reflect the dedication and talent of our students. We extend our gratitude to Mr Barra for his role in providing such invaluable opportunities to our Secondary students. His unwavering support has been instrumental in nurturing their debating skills and fostering a passion for critical thinking.

IPSHA Performing Arts Festival 22 August
The IPSHA Performing Arts Festival is a celebration of Music & Dance taking place at the prestigious Sydney Town Hall. All Saints Grammar, along with 10 other independent schools, is thrilled to be a part of the Tuesday night program on 22 August.

Our school’s contribution to the festival is truly remarkable. Our talented Year 5 and 6 students are involved in a school item titled the ASG Big Band, which promises to be a singing and dancing musical extravaganza. Under the guidance of Ms Helen and Mr Carroll, our students have dedicated their time during Term 2 to rehearse this medley. It pays tribute to familiar instruments, combines captivating big band sounds, and even incorporates a nod to the Greek language within a beloved Disney song.

In addition, our Primary Choir will grace the stage as part of the mass combined choir, while four of our accomplished band students will showcase their talent as part of the Combined Instrumental item.

SWISSA Football Championships and Primary Futsal Teams
I would like to congratulate our Senior Girls football team on their victory in the SWISSA football championships. Your skill and sportsmanship have set a remarkable example for others to follow. I would also like to commend our Primary girls and boys Futsal teams for their fantastic display of sportsmanship.  Well done to all students for their exceptional performances.

Mid-Year Parent Survey
I would like to thank all the families who took the time to participate in this survey. Your valuable contribution is instrumental in our ongoing efforts to enhance and refine our school programs and services. With your feedback, we can continually improve and provide an even better educational experience for our students. Once results are collated, we will be sharing the survey results and presenting a summary to parents/carers.

Update from St Nicholas Mission Academy
Last month, our students received an update from St Nicholas Mission Academy in Ghana. Education is indeed a human right, and partnering with an organisation like St Nicholas Mission Academy provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with a cause that aligns with this belief.

Recent updates from St Nic included the relocation of the school, the purchase of a school bus for transportation of students to and from school and participation in extracurricular opportunities like swimming, computer learning, and experiences with solar electricity.  By receiving updates from St Nicholas Mission Academy, our students have a better understanding of where their efforts and time are being directed. They can see the tangible results of their contributions and the positive impact they are making on the lives of the children at the academy.

Transition Tours
Our transition to Secondary tours have concluded for the year. As always, we received wonderful feedback from students on their visit to the Secondary Campus.  Students spent an afternoon experiencing a day in the life of a secondary student, taking part in mini lessons including Science experiments, Visual Arts activities, Music and Design and Technology. The transition tours are held annually throughout the year, designed for students in Years 3, 4,5 and 6 to guide and support students as they embark on their journey to secondary education. 

Campus Open Day
Our Primary Campus Open Day is on Monday 7 August and at our Secondary Campus on Thursday 10 August. Our group Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to witness our world class education, with strong foundations in Hellenic culture in action. Families will have the opportunity to meet our exceptional teachers and students and enjoy a tour of our campus. If you have friends or family members who are preparing their children for Primary or Secondary education, this is the perfect opportunity. Registrations are now open.

All Saints Day
On Sunday 11 June our school celebrated All Saints Day with great enthusiasm and spirit. The day commenced with a whole school liturgy. Students, dressed in traditional Greek costumes and showcased their talents in an impressive display of Greek dancing. All Saints Parish organised a fair, offering an array of delicious food, carnival games, and exciting activities. The celebration of All Saints Day was a memorable occasion, embracing both reverence and joy as the school community honoured the saints and appreciation of our Greek heritage.

As the end of term approached, we celebrated the culmination of our extracurricular activity, with the Primary and Secondary performances of ASG’s Got Talent. Run annually, this event provides our students with a platform to showcase their remarkable talents and perform in front of our school community. The level of talent and creativity displayed was truly inspiring.

I would also like to remind everyone that end-of-semester reports have been sent out via Sentral. I hope that families have taken the time to review the feedback offered. Mr. Rodriguez has written an informative piece on School Academic reports, emphasising the importance of compliance and feedback. I strongly encourage you all to read this, as it will provide valuable insights into our school’s reporting structure.

I would like to inform you that I will be on leave starting from the end of Term 2. During my absence, Mr Rodriguez will be assuming the position and responsibilities of the Acting Head of School. I am confident that he will receive the same level of support from all of you, just as you have shown to me.

Please note, the School office will be closed during the school holiday period from Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July. For emergencies only, please contact Mr Collins on 0437 779 998. During the weeks commencing 26 June and 10 July the office will be operating on reduced capacity. Parents are requested to contact the office by phone prior to attending either campus in person.

I wish you all a restful and rejuvenating time with your loved ones. May this break provide an opportunity for our students to recharge and prepare for the exciting challenges that lie ahead in Term 3. School resumes on Monday 17 July. 

Mrs Elfa Lillis
Head of School PK-12