Greek School

From the time of its establishment, the Greek Orthodox Community of St George showed great interest in the promotion of the Greek language and the Greek culture. In order to achieve this, the first Greek Ethnic School was established in 1927 and since then many teachers have served to impart their knowledge of the Greek language and culture to their students. The Greek Orthodox Community of St George offers a range of educational services, mainly in the teaching of primary school and high school level. Education is one of the most important aspects in the service delivery area that any Community is called upon to address. The Greek Orthodox Community of St George is endeavouring to meet the needs and requests of the Community.

Classes

The Greek School holds classes at: South Brisbane (25 Besant St):

Day Time Classes for 2017 Commencement
Monday 3:45 pm to 6:30 pm Years 1 – 6 30 January 2017
Monday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Adult Classes – Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced Conversational Class 13 February 2017
Tuesday 3:45 pm to 6:30 pm Years 7 – 12 31 January 2017
Saturday 9:00 am to 11:45 am Years 1 – 10 4 February 2017
(* Note: “Saturday” is subject to enrolment numbers *)

Students are only required to attend one of these sessions. Classes run parallel to day school terms and student free days are also observed at our Ethnic School. Classes are conducted, using a variety of methods, as seen at the student’s days schools. The school feels it is important that students be exposed in a variety of ways to aid different ways of learning. Teachers are encouraged to use song, role play, games, dvds, flashcards, wall charts, among other aids. Technology is incorporated in the classroom with the use of laptops. Each class is equiped with a data projector, so the internet and online are used extensively in the classroom. The school fosters a warming and comforting environment for the students

Primary level (Years 1-6)

The Greek Ethnic School runs a course in the Primary sector, which is fully recognised and approved by Education Queensland. The program used is based on the Essential Learnings for Languages, which have been developed by the Queensland Studies Authority to be used in all schools in Queensland. From this document, a Scope and Sequence was developed and a program for the school was then written. Each term students study a theme e.g. About Me, The World Around Us, during which students are introduced to the language and grammar related to that theme. Students are taught to listen, speak, read and write in Greek on these themes. During and at the end of each theme, students participate in assessment pieces, including a culminating task, which draws in a lot of the information studied throughout the term. The topics are sequential and each unit builds on the material learnt in the previous units. Please note, students must be in at least Year 1 at their day school to enter Year 1 at Greek School. Prep day school students will not be enrolled.

Junior Secondary (Years 7-10)

This is a course (theme driven) which has been specifically written to prepare the students for the Senior High School course and is constantly revised, to meet the needs of the current cohort of students. Please note, during to the small number of students attending this level, a composite class is run for these students on each of the days.

Senior Secondary (Years 11-12)

This is a fully accredited course by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (who oversee all senior subjects taught in schools in Queensland). Students who complete this course are able to have Modern Greek included on their Queensland Certificate of Education and also allow it to be used for OP calculations. It should be noted that Modern Greek has equal weighting with all other senior subjects taught in schools. The Greek School, in the past, has run a primary school program (Years 1 to 6), which links to the high school years and is a continuation of what has been taught in the past years. We will continue to run these high school classes to cater for these students. In 2014, we introduced an additional high school class – an accelerated class. We have found in the past, that there are students who  have not attended Greek in the primary school years, but wish to study Greek in the high school level, so that they can study this subject on Years 11 and 12. This new class caters for students with limited or no formal study in Greek. It will run like the language courses in high schools, where in 3 years, students will have sufficient knowledge to successfully study Greek in the senior years. Regardless which junior high school programs students follow, they will be eligible to enter the Years 11 and 12 courses. There are many benefits of completing the Years 11 and 12 course. This course allows students to have Modern Greek included on their Senior Certificate and Queensland Certificate of Education and therefore is used for OP calculations. In previous years the use of Modern Greek has successfully assisted students in achieving their desired OP result. Another benefit is the Bonus Rank Scheme. By completing Modern Greek, students receive two bonus rank points. These points are used by many universities to select students for their courses. As you may be aware, OP scores run from 1 to 25, 1 being the highest. Universities use a much broader scale (1 to 99, 99 being the highest). Therefore each OP would encompass several rank points. By completing Modern Greek successfully, students automatically gain these rank points and therefore could be offered a course higher than the OP achieved. In the past, we have had students who received e.g an OP3 but were offered an OP2 course. As you can see a great benefit with no extra effort from any student.

Other Activities

Students are also exposed to Greek dancing and aspects of Greek culture. Their learning is also enhanced by the use of language programs on the computers. The school celebrates the two Greek national days (25 March and 28 October). A concert is also held at the end of the school year, showcasing the talents of our students and for the awarding of special academic awards.

Greek dancing classes

The Greek Orthodox Community of Saint George is proud to provide the opportunity for our young Greek School Students as well as any young Greek child, to partake in learning our traditional Greek dances. The community believes that it is an important part of our culture for dancing to be available to all children who wish to extend their participation in our rich history and culture.

The Greek Dancing Classes will operate on Monday, Tuesday and Saturdays, during lessons  at the Greek Ethnic School of Saint George, Brisbane. This is in order to allow each and every student the same access to learn. The classes will operate weekly as follows:

MONDAY:  during Greek School Lessons      

TUESDAY: During Class Hours and at 6.30pm for Senior Dancing Group

SATURDAY:  during Greek School Lessons  

 

The lessons are provided Free of charge ( for GOC St George Members)(Non-members $30 membership fee apply) and are open not only to all students of the Greek Ethnic School, but to any student who wish to participate in learning to dance. If you would like to participate, we kindly ask you to contact the Greek Orthodox Community of Saint George, Administration Offices on ph.3249 1000 to express your interest.

Adult Classes

Adult classes are also offered to Greek and non-Greek speaking adult students. These classes are held on Mondays evenings, normally from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Greek School Building at 25 Besant St, South Brisbane). Numbers permitting, the levels offered are

  • Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Conversational

The aim of the adult classes is to cater to adults of non Greek heritage, who wish to learn Modern Greek or adults of Greek heritage who did not have the opportunity to learn Greek in their early years. These classes also cater for adults who wish to brush up their Greek language skills. Students are able to enter at any of the three levels, according to their ability. Adult Classes were set up by the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane to provide courses in Modern Greek for adult students whose needs were not served by secondary schools or by other institutions. In these courses the emphasis is on communicative teaching ie. there is an emphasis on being able to communicate.  This is achieved by basing all teaching on the four macroskills: listening, speaking, reading and writing (in the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced classes) and listening and speaking (in the Conversational Class). Due to the nature of the course, it is essential that students set aside time at home to study.  When learning a language, if constant practice and repetition does not occur at home, then they find that progress is slow. Classes run 2 hours a week for 30 weeks, with the opportunity of an optional examination at the end of each of the courses. If the examination is not sat, students will be able to receive a certificate stating they have completed the course.

COURSES

In 2017, four courses/levels of Modern Greek will be offered (numbers permitting):

ELEMENTARY                     30 weeks – for students with no previous knowledge of the language. In this course you will be introduced to the Greek Language and will begin to learn functional Greek, which can be used in everyday life in Greece.

INTERMEDIATE                  30 weeks – for students who have completed the Elementary Course, or have a basic level of competency in the language and wish to further develop their capabilities in the language. In this course, grammar study will be extended with all four macroskills developed further.

ADVANCED                          30 weeks – for students who have completed the Intermediate Course or who are able to achieve a satisfactory level of communication in the language. More rigorous grammatical structures will be taught, which will allow a greater capability to be able to converse in Greek on more advanced topics.  

CONVERSATIONAL CLASS           30 weeks –This is a new course that commenced in 2015. This is aimed at students with a basic command of the Greek language, who only wish to develop their listening and speaking skills. In this course minimal time will be spent on developing writing skills. But students will need to be able to read the Greek language, as all written materials will be presented in Greek. Grammar will be taught, when required, and will be incorporated in the topics studied. This course is not for students with no command of the Greek language.

For more information, please call the Community Offices on 07 3249 1000 or email us at reception@gocstgeorge.com.au

FORMS AND INFORMATION FOR 2017 ACADEMIC YEAR