A few words from our Chairman, Petro Nicolaides:
Welcome to our website,
I have the huge honour to be the Chairman of the Greek School of Apostolos Andreas. The Greek School is a vital part of the Community that is guided by our Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Dormition of Theotokos and Apostolos Andreas. The School is situated within the grounds of the Cathedral on the outskirts of Birmingham City Centre.
The history of our Greek School is now in its seventh decade. It is the most established Greek School of the West Midlands. I am privileged to have been a former pupil of our school. My mother was a pupil of the school, as are my children. This relationship with our Greek School, spanning three generations, is not uncommon. In fact, it is very typical of the community that we live. At the heart of our school are the aspirations, hopes and dreams of our founders who worked tirelessly to establish the School and its Church.
Those values are ones that we hope to carry today. Fundamentally, we want to teach our children
- How to read and write in Greek
- Greek Grammar
- Greek Orthodox religious teaching
- Greek and Greek Cypriot culture, including songs and dances.
- Greek and Greek Cypriot history and geography
All our children follow a path that should take them to GCSE standard. Most of our children leave the Greek School with a valuable GCSE earlier than they would have sat their other exams at their secondary school. It does not end there, we encourage the children to pursue A level studies, and many have been successful in this route.
We have a hugely professional team that deliver the Greek School Curriculum. They are supported by the committee that is made up of volunteers of current teachers, past and current parents. In recent times this committee has been supported with direct involvement of representatives of the central committee of the Cathedral and of the Philoptochos (Ladies Charitable and Auxiliary Committee). They all give of their time willingly and enthusiastically for the improvement of our school, the education and well-being of our children.
I have always maintained that as our School is at the heart of the Community, the relationships that you develop are deeper than those you make at your daytime school. I summarise it with the mantra that “at School you make friends and hopefully for life, at Greek School, you make family.”