Our Vision for Learning
Why Christian Values are critical to our school.
We are a Christian school and as part of the Orthodox Church we are committed to educating our children with respect to Christian values. The Christian faith is at the centre of the school’s focus on enriching the minds, bodies and spirits of its students. Our school Chaplain leads our school in ensuring the wellbeing of our children is cared for.
We believe strong Christian values are necessary and important for successful growth; academically, spiritually and socially. The following attributes play strong roles in the education at Saint Spyridon College.
Students are empowered through the development of character, social skills, personal excellence, and community involvement.
Saint Spyridon College is supported by its Chaplain, Reverend Father John Psalios. He has a Bachelor of Theology from the Theological University of Athens and was ordained in 1985.
After a brief stay in Townsville Queensland, he returned to Adelaide in 1987 and has been a member of the community since 1998.
Father Psalios has been an advocate and one of the principal drivers for the establishment of the College.
Academic Curriculum – A Broad and comprehensive curriculum
Our key educational goal for our children is to incorporate a diverse curriculum in their learning that broadens and inspires them according to their abilities and interests, while encouraging them to work co-operatively with others, with reference to the SACSA Frameworks and the new National Curriculum.
The school curriculum from Reception to Year 6 is organised into 8 distinct disciplines:
- Languages other than English – Greek
- Technologies – Digital technologies and Design technologies
- HASS (History, Social studies and Geography)
- The Arts (Music, Art, Drama and Dance)
- Health and Physical Education
Each of these modules complements our children’s journey to achieve our three modules of wisdom; being Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual learning. We have specialist teachers teaching the specialist areas of music, language, and P.E.
Beyond the Australian Curriculum, Saint Spyridon College offers;
- Religious studies
- Pastoral care – Second Step
Our Reverend Father and our Local Parish play a large part in our education. All students participate in one religion class a week and are encouraged to participate in cultural events held throughout the year. Our pastoral care system is critical in developing the social and emotional wellbeing of our students. Classes participate in pastoral care after lunch for 15minutes. All classes take part in the second step program.
8.30 – 8.45am DROP OFF
8.45 Prayer and Daily Bulletin
Lesson 1 8:50 – 9:30
Lesson 2 9:30 – 10:10
Lesson 3 10:10 – 10:50
RECESS 10:50 – 11:15
Lesson 4 11:15 – 11:55
Lesson 5 11:55 – 12:35
LUNCH 12:35 – 1:30
PASTORAL CARE 1:20 – 1:40
Lesson 6 1:40 – 2:10
lesson 7 2:210 – 2:50
Lesson 8 2:50 – 3:30
PICK UP 3:30 – 3:45
Please note that all students arriving after 8:50am will be marked as late
2021 TERM DATES
TERM 1: 27th Jan – 9th Apr
TERM 2: 27th Apr – 25th Jun
TERM 3: 20th Jul – 24th Sept
TERM 4: 11th Oct. 10th Dec
Beyond the Classroom
Our unique extracurricular program includes opportunities to pursue interests in a diverse range of activities. Involvement in these allows our students to develop their social, intellectual, emotional, and physical skills in a broader setting than the classroom. All students are encouraged to participate in our extracurricular programs.
CHESS CLUB: Chess is a great way for our children to gain confidence and enhance their skills to ‘think outside the square.
CODING AND ICT CLUB: Students learn the language and practice of coding in a great learning environment with experienced professionals using a range of programs and tools to make coding exciting for beginners through to experienced students.
LEGO CLUB: Students are invited to participate in creating from their imagination or through following instructions. They may also participate in competitions. It can be collaborative or individual work depending on the task at hand.
TABEL TENNIS CLUB: Table tennis is a great way to improve your hand-eye coordination and reflexes, whilst doing a bit of exercise and keeping your brain sharp. Students have the opportunity to play doubles or singles which also improves and develops their social skills.
After School Activities
GREEK SCHOOL: Our Greek school is traditionally run by the Saint Spyridon Parish and offers academic and cultural lessons to all students from beginners to advanced. All students wishing to converse and develop their knowledge of Greek language, culture and history are encouraged to participate in these after hours lessons.
SINGING WITH MS ARHONTOULIS: Miss Sofie is a professional performer, musician and advocate of music. Her classes are dynamic, diverse and a great investment for children interested in music.