We promote educational excellence within a
“We promote educational excellence within a caring environment”
At St. Spyridon College we aim to educate our students to take their place in a rapidly changing world with confidence and success.
We endeavour to develop the whole person- strong in mind, healthy in body, endowed with love, faith and compassion, able to make a conscious and positive contribution to the well being of our Australian community.
In this process we strive to provide them with the firm foundations of the Greek Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Ideals.
Academic performance is strong, with over 90% of Year 12 students continuing to Tertiary studies on completion of the HSC. To maximise HSC and ATAR results , the College offers scholarships for University Entrance, Junior School Dux, ACER scholarships for Year 7 and Year 10 entrance, as well as special programs, such as the HSC Winter Elevate and the Preparing for the Preliminary and HSC Courses. An excellent range of subjects provides access to three learning pathways: From school to University, from school to TAFE, from school to work.
The Junior School has a strong Literacy focus, using the Spalding Multisensory Language and Literacy program. The Preparatory Middle School, leads to successful transition to Senior School studies. As IPSHA and HICES member school, we participate in Music festivals, sporting competitions, leadership and cultural activities.
Extensive co-curricular programs incorporate sports, the performing, spoken arts, and visual arts. As a member of the Independent Sporting Association (ISA), St Spyridon offers students opportunities to compete at an elite level. We are proud that St Spyridon students have represented the ISA, the State and Australia, in futsal, basketball, netball, gymnastics and swimming.
Building Leadership Capacity in every student is the aim of our Pastoral care program. The four pillars of 21st Education-learning to know, learning to do, learning to be, learning to live together, are strengthened by the cornerstone of learning to love. Our students’ community action takes them from hospices to soup-kitchens, where they develop sensitivity, conscience and a sense of responsibility for others. They engage with global issues and contribute enthusiastically to environmental and humanitarian aid programs. They participate in state, national and international youth forums, where they learn from and contribute to current debate.
Based on two campuses, the College offers technology-rich environments and purpose-built facilities for Visual Arts, Hospitality, Information Communications and Technology (ICT), Woodwork, the Sciences, Music, Drama and Sports. The new Sports and Performing Arts Centre is a wonderful addition to our facilities.
The College is situated on the doorstep of the City of Sydney and its proximity to beaches, universities, galleries, museums and the Harbour makes for a very rich learning environment.
St Spyridon College was established in 1983 and is the first Greek Orthodox College in New South Wales. Students come from 20 different cultural backgrounds, including overseas.
The purpose of schooling is to prepare students to manage futures that, due to rapid technological and social advances, we can neither pre-empt nor predict. At St. Spyridon College, we do this by encouraging students to excel in all that they attempt. We provide an education that is academically rigorous and challenging. We believe that a strong sense of identity and self-worth are the basis for managing the challenges of life with confidence and success. Our pastoral care instills values that inspire our students to make a positive contribution to their school and the wider community.
The most distinctive aspect of Hellenic thought is the desire to solve the mysteries of the universe through a logical and innovative search for knowledge. As a Greek Orthodox school, we believe that we have a responsibility to promote the concept of a Thinking School. We give our students every support to fulfil their potential in their Learning Journey K-12.
Our programs explicitly address the four pillars of education as identified by the UNESCO International Report on Education for the 21st century, “Learning; the Treasure Within’:
Learning to Know;
Learning to Do;
Learning to Live Together; and
Learning to Be.
It is these four pillars that in turn support what we believe is the essential platform for a fulfilling life and ultimate purpose of our endeavours here at St. Spyridon College – Learning to Love.
Students need to have a sense of belonging in order to embark on an “inner voyage” where they develop faith, resilience, sense of purpose and responsibility. In partnership with parents, we endeavour to make their journey both challenging and joyous.
Mrs. Efrosini Stefanou-Haag
Head of College
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Our Values And Beliefs
At St Spyridon College we promote the harmonious development of students into intact, resilient and socially responsible persons. We believe that this is the best way to nurture students’ ability to manage the complexities of an ever-changing world.
At a simple and practical level, we premise our actions on these fundamental values:
- The sacredness of the human person as the icon of God
- The critical role of the family in promoting the social, emotional and spiritual development of young people
- The community as an extension of the Orthodox Church and a duty to contribute to the welfare of others
- The Greek language as the deepest expression of Hellenic cultural heritage
Our education program addresses the development of the whole person in explicit and demonstrable ways.
The CREST around the flame reminds us that a just reward awaits those who strive to the best of their ability.
The MOTTO of our school is “ΑΙΕΝ ΑΡΙΣΤΕΥΕΙΝ”, an ancient Greek expression meaning “always excelling”.
Του εν Αγίοις Πατρός ημών
Σπυρίδωνος του Θαυματουργού
Της συνόδου της πρώτης ανεδείχθης υπέρμαχος και θαυματουργός, Θεοφόρε Σπυρίδων, πατήρ ημών; διο νεκρά συ εν τάφω προσφωνείς και όφιν εις χρυσούν μετέβαλες, και εν τω μέλπειν τας αγίας σου ευχάς αγγέλους έσχες συλλειτουργούντας σοι, Ιερώτατε. Δόξα τω σε δοξάσαντι, δόξα τω σε στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τω ενεργούντι δια σου πάσιν ιάματα.
ST. SPYRIDON, WONDER-WORKER
Thou, our father, divinely inspired Spyridon, didst show thyself at the first synod a champion and a wonder-worker; wherefore thou didst speak to one dead in her tomb and didst change a serpent into gold, and in the recitation of thy holy prayers, thou, O Holy One, hadst angels to assist thee. Glory to Him Who glorified thee; glory to Him Who crowned thee; glory to Him Who through thee works healing for all of us.
The life Of Our Patron Saint: St. Spyridon
The holiest shrine on the island of Kerkyra (Corfu) just off the western coast of Greece is the tomb of a fourth-century saint whose body after sixteen centuries is in such a remarkable state of preservation that every year St Spyridon is carried in solemn triumph through the streets on the occasion of His feast day.
Born on the island of Cyprus, St Spyridon preferred the tranquillity of the countryside he roamed as a boy while shepherding his father’s flocks. Even after he rose to the office of bishop he would find the time to tend the sheep on a hillside, where he knew complete contentment.
St. Spyridon came from a small village which had no school. He was exceptionally bright, but like most other people of that time, he was not taught to read or write. However, his parents as devout Christians encouraged him to follow Christ’s teachings. As a boy St Spyridon loved his church. He displayed considerable religious fervour and remarkable intelligence, which enabled him to memorize long passages from the Bible.
His parents, not wanting to see his great talent and love for Christ constrained, sought counsel from their priest, who in turn arranged for the boy’s education and religious training.
Ordained a priest just after the turn of the fourth century, St Spyridon was assigned to a rural community much like the one in which he had grown up. He made it his first act to use the church as a school for the education of children. He convinced parents to give their children time away from their chores, to learn at least how to read and write. His dedication to the people and his complete commitment to the Saviour did not go unnoticed. After the death of his wife, he was appointed Bishop of Trimithous, a post in which he won the admiration of his flock and prominence in the international Christian community. Whenever he could get away from the responsibilities of his office, he chose to return to the peace and tranquillity of the family farm.
It was in 325 that the momentous council of Nicaea was convened at the request of the Emperor Constantine to resolve the issues which were so divisive in that era. The greatest figures of Christianity were present at the Council. Among them was the shepherd-bishop Spyridon, whose reputation preceded him and who was therefore made one of the Principals. At this Council St. Spyridon met St. Nicholas, with whom he formed a lasting friendship. Their lives formed a parallel which comes down to us as a glorious part of the rich heritage of Christianity. St. Spyridon acquitted himself most honourably at this meeting and was instrumental in resolving critical theological questions, which allowed for a successful conclusion to the most important Council in Christian history.
Icons of St. Spyridon often recall the miracle he used to illustrate the indivisible nature of the Trinitarian God. Squeezing a brick in his hand he drew the three elements of fire, earth and water. St. Spyridon is known for many miracles, including the turning of a snake into gold to help a poor person pay his debts, before returning it to its original state.
Like his friend St. Nicholas, St. Spyridon fell victim to pagan persecution and was one day hauled off to prison, where he was so brutally beaten by the guards that he lost the sight of one eye. Years of misery were to follow, for rather than execute him the Romans consigned him to the mines. There the gentle saint lived in squalor and labored in agony for many years before at last he died. Faithful to the end, his last words were in praise of the Lord. His body was cast into a ditch from which it was taken by his friends for a Christian burial. Later removed, his body lies intact to this day in Corfu, preserved by the hand of God.
(Based on ‘ORTHODOX SAINTS” – Volume 1)