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LATEST NEWS

January's News

Dear members and friends of our Community,
 
Happy and blessed New Year 2016!
 
50 Year Anniversary

Following previous communications, we would like to share with you the programme of the services and events for the celebration of 50 years from the first Orthodox Divine Liturgy held in our church on Harehills Avenue on 30/01/1966. As you can see on the programme at the following link, there will be services from the afternoon of Friday 29/1 to Sunday 31/1.  During these days we will be hosting part of the Relics of St. Barnabas the Apostle which will be available for all to venerate. It will be our pleasure to have you with us. We look forward to your mass support in our services. After each of the services we will be serving refreshments.

 

 

General Announcements

The
Café (Kafenion) Next Door – Community Events

On Thursday 5/2 at 19:00 the ‘Café (Kafenion) of the Next Door’ opens its doors and starts its activities. The ‘Kafenion’ welcomes people of all ages and it will host activities for all tastes such as board games, arts and crafts, music, dance, movies and discussions on a plethora of topics.  You are all welcome to participate and help in our community’s attempt to create opportunities for us to meet and know each other. We will soon have more information on our website and on our page on Facebook 
 


Donations for the Purchase of New Premises

As we informed you in earlier communications, we are very close to finalising the purchase of the house on 31 Avenue Crescent (opposite the entrance at the back of the community hall) to accommodate the needs of our Greek school. We would like to thank you for your material and financial support in our efforts. If you didn’t have the opportunity to contribute till now you may do so by cheque payable to the ‘Greek Orthodox Community of Leeds’ or by bank transfer to the community’s bank account (Bank of Cyprus UK, sort code: 40-63-77, account number: 45061911). We would deeply appreciate if you could consider donating a small amount every month via standing order (use the account details above) which is to be used towards the repayment of the loan for the purchase of the house. In addition, completing a Gift Aid form will increase the value of your donation at no extra cost to you.

Community Letter - Κοινoτικό Γράμμα

December's News

Dear Parents and Friends of the Greek School,
 
This newsletter contains important dates for your diary and a message from our head teacher.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Christmas School Show and Christmas Bazaar  13.00hrs
 
"Come and join us and enjoy a Christmas fairytale! Our youngest children will be presenting their nativity sketch with great enthusiasm. Our older children will be trying to catch Santa in action by transforming into Santa's elves and "Christmas decorations" that come to life.....

The traditional Greek Christmas spirit will be spread this Sunday, 13 December....
 
We look forward to seeing you all!
 
Maria Karageorgi
Greek School Headteacher" 
   
All children are asked to attend the school show.
 
The programme is as follows:
 
Church Service:
Please bring your children to the Church Service from at least 11.30am onwards (ends 12.30pm).  (Parents are responsible for supervising their children during the church service.)
 
Lunch
A delicious meal of roast turkey with mixed vegetables, gravy and trimmings will be served.  Please buy your food ticket at the entrance of the community hall.  Price: Adults £6 and Children (including Greek School) £3.
 
On this occasion children are kindly requested to remain with their parents until collected by their teacher for the show at approx. 13.30pm.
 
Christmas Bazaar
Professionally printed, Greek School Christmas cards, will be for sale. Each class has designed one set.  £5 for pack of 10.  Matching gift tags £3. Other Christmas gifts too such as hand decorated porcelain plates and special homemade christmas cookies!
 
Tea/Coffee Stall
A variety of cakes (donated by parents) as well as tea, coffee, juice drink and water will be available to buy.  (We need your cake donations - so please get baking!)
 
Please bring your cakes to the hall before 12pm on Sunday.
 
Saturday 19th December 2015 12.00pm
Children's Christmas party
 
Music, party food and a little surprise for the children... Don't miss it!
 
Christmas School Holidays 20/12/2015 till 07/01/2016: Greek School closed.
 
Friday 8th January 2016 and Saturday 9th January 2016 Greek school opens and cutting of "Vasilopita"
 
The traditional cutting of "Vasilopita" will take place during the school breaks under the supervision of teachers and volunteers. If you wish to help please contact Mrs Anna Trakoli or email .
 
Finally, may we wish you on behalf of the Greek School,
 
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!"
 
With kind regards,
 
Theodora Georgouli
Greek School Committee Secretary
 
Barry Paschali
Greek School Committee Chairman

November's News

Dear members and friends of our community,

  • On Sunday the 15th of November Fr. Andrew Michaelides (from Nottingham) will be with us to hold confessions. For more information please contact the Chairman Dr Christos Hadjiharitou (07710033125).
  • The AGM of our Community will be held on Sunday 29th of November at 13:30 in the Community hall.

Petition For the Greek Language A-Level Exams

Dear Parents and Friends of the Greek School

IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN TO KEEP THE MODERN GREEK LANGUAGE A-LEVEL EXAM

We are taking part in a campaign to persuade the UK Exam Board, EDEXCEL to reverse its decision to stop the Greek GCE A Level exam from 2017, whereas this exam will still be available in other European languages. This campaign is organised by the Unified Forum for the Greek Education in the United Kingdom (Ε.Φ.Ε.Π.Ε.), the Embassy of Greece and Cyprus High Commission in the UK, and other important organisations of the Greek Community in the UK.

We urge all our parents, community members and friends of the Greek Language to sign the petition to keep these important Greek Exams.


You can sign it online or on printed paper, which is available in our Community Hall, church and school. We are sure that with appropriate political pressure (which has already started) and massive support from our community and other Greek Communities in the UK and worldwide, the initial decision by Edexcel to abolish the Greek A Level Exams can be reversed.


So, please help and sign the petition by clicking on the link below

https://www.change.org/p/edexcel-john-fallon-pearson-chief-executive-officer-nicky-morgan-mp-tristram-hunt-mp-keep-the-modern-greek-language-a-level-exam-5?just_created=true

Please spread the word and share this link with your contacts and friends.

Barry Paschali - Greek School Committee Chairman
Maria Karageorgi - Headteacher

Anniversary of the 25 March and 1 April

The Celebrations of 25th March 1821 and 1st April 1955 in Leeds

Under the general title “1821 continues to teach and inspire us,” the Greek Orthodox Community of Leeds commemorated the National Anniversary of 25th March 1821 and 1st April 1955. The events took place on Sunday 22 March in the Community premises and its protagonists were the students of the Greek School.

The festivities started with the Doxology for the anniversary and the school parade of the pupils, many of whom were dressed in traditional costumes. After the end of the Doxology, the Headteacher of the Greek School, Mrs. Maria Karagiorgi, delivered the panegyric speech, emphasising that “both in 1821 and 1955 a handful of Greeks repelled the occupiers and gave the next generations a free country”. Mrs. Karagiorgi, also invited all the children to learn, remember and emulate our heroes as role models.

The festivities continued in the Community Centre Hall, which was adorned with Greek and Cypriot flags, where the School Committee wined and dined all the attendees. Then, the president of the School Community, Mr. Paris Paschalis, gave a short speech and the festivities peaked with the exquisite performances of the students on stage. The children managed to excite the audience with their enthusiasm singing several songs such as “It was the 1st of April” and “40 Palikaria”, they recited poems referring to “Krifo Scholio” (Secret School) as well as our heroes and they also presented sketches regarding The Oath of Filiki Eteria and the Annunciation of the Theotokos. The show ended with traditional dances, during which our children invited the attendees to join in and were applauded a number of times.

It is also worth noting that during the festivities the contribution and work of the honorary president of the School Committee, Dr. Chr. Varnavidi, was particularly mentioned and he was appraisingly given a commemorative album with photos of the students’ performances and activities.

Sponsored Walk 24 May 2015

Dear community members,

SPONSORED WALK 24th MAY 2015 13:30

In the last few years our community has grown rapidly and the demands on our facilities are at their greatest.  For example, our school now has around 100 students in 13 classes being taught from our Leeds Greek School site.  The demand for proper space and teaching facilities has never been more urgent and it will be unable to continue without some major works to our Community Centre.

Even as a registered charity, we do not receive any state funding or grants, and are totally reliant upon donations and fund raising for everything we do.  So, in order to raise valuable funds for our school and community we have organised, for the 4th year, a 5 mile sponsored walk. The walk will take place on Sunday 24th May 2015 at 13:30 hrs, leaving from our Community Centre at 57 Harehills Avenue, Leeds.

This year we aim to have the largest ever participation. We expect to see people of all ages; young people, children and their parents joining us. Please come and join us.

Also, you can sponsor our walkers by contacting Dr Christos Hadjiharitou (07710033125).

Your help is very important to the future of our community and school.  We truly thank you in advance.

On behalf of the Fundraising Committee,

Christos Hadjicharitou (Chairman of the Community)