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Sydney: All Saints Grammar commemorates Greek Independence Day with respect and dignity

All Saints Grammar proudly commemorated Greek Independence Day with dignity on Sunday, 24 March. The event, organised by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, saw participation from all staff and students of All Saints Grammar School.

This year’s commemorations began with Year 12 students attending the official Doxology Service at the Annunciation of Our Lady Cathedral in Redfern, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia. Students represented All Saints Grammar and pay homage to this significant milestone in Greek history.

Following the Doxology Service, students and staff gathered at Martin Place Cenotaph for the solemn laying of wreaths. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12, demonstrated respect and reverence for those who fought in the struggle for Greek independence.

A march then proceeded from Martin Place, along Pitt Street, to the Opera House, where the afternoon segment of the celebrations took place. Choir students showcased their talents in front of thousands on the steps of the Opera House, further adding to the significance of the occasion.

“We are immensely proud of the respectful and dignified manner in which our students represented All Saints Grammar during the Greek Independence Day commemorations,” said Mrs Lillis, the Head of School. “Their participation in this significant event not only honours the history and heritage of our nation but also upholds the fine reputation of our School.”

At All Saints Grammar, the school’s calendar is filled with events that immerse students in our faith, culture, and history. Notable occasions include Τριώδιο-Απόκριες (season preceding Lent), Καθαρά Δευτέρα (Clean Monday), Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου (Annunciation of the Theotokos), Πάσχα (Greek Easter), Η Μάχη της Κρήτης (Battle of Crete), All Saints Day, Η Κοίμησις της Θεοτόκου (Dormition of the Theotokos), and OXI Day (28 October).

Students at ASG learn about these events through Modern Greek language and Orthodoxy lessons, often organising special presentations, or during school assemblies. Modern Greek Language lessons, provides students with a strong foundation in language skills and a deeper understanding of Hellenic culture. The lessons aim to cultivate religious and cultural awareness through practical, immersive experiences. These lessons go beyond words, fostering a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of faith, language, and culture.

All Saints Grammar has been helping shape the lives of students and partnering with families since 1990. Founded by the Parish and Community of Belmore and District, the School was established to support families in their quest to introduce and instil Hellenic values and the Orthodox Christian faith to the next generation of Greek Australians. Today, our School attracts students from many different faiths and backgrounds, all of whom become the beneficiaries of this rich heritage.