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Sydney: Agiasmos Service for the start of the new school year at All Saints Grammar, Belmore

All Saints Grammar in Belmore, officially began the 2024 academic year with an Agiasmos Service held at the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Belmore and District “All Saints” Church on Wednesday, 31 January 2024.

The Agiasmos Service is a longstanding tradition at the school and serves as a way to bless the beginning of every new academic year.

The service was officiated by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis representing His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, together with parish priests, Father Christos Triantafyllou and Father Dimitrios Papaikonomou. His Grace read a message from His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and conveyed His paternal love and blessings to the staff and students.

Head of School Mrs. Lillis, expressed her welcome to the parents joining the All Saints Grammar community. “As we embark on a fresh journey into the New Year, let’s celebrate the spirit of new beginnings and endless possibilities. Together, we can provide our students with the best opportunities to learn and grow into wonderful individuals.” she said.

In attendance was the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Mr. Yannis Mallikourtis who emphasised the importance of learning and preserving our Greek language, highlighting its role as a cherished link to our cultural heritage and a bridge connecting generations.

The Hon. Sophie Cotsis MP, Member for Canterbury, the President of the All Saints Parish, Mr. Ulysses Ntoumbos, who on behalf of the Board of Directors reaffirmed its dedication to the wellbeing and success of students “focusing on the students educational and spiritual growth is at the core of our mission. We are devoted to providing the support and resources essential for their educational journey” Mr Ntoumbos said.

Students and families were very excited to begin the next chapter in their education. For some, this is the first step in their educational journey as they start Kindergarten. The Agiasmos service is one example of the way in which our school promotes the values of the Greek Orthodox Faith.

We wish the parents, staff and students of the All Saints Grammar community, the best of success for the 2024 academic year.