Greek school

[Episode 6 | 1958 : Michaelis]

Attendance at Greek school is a common expectation for young Greek children in Australia. Michaelis is attending Greek school to learn about the history, language and culture of his ancestry, but his mind is still on the escapades of The Adventures of Robin Hood, a TV serial he is fixated on.


The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [1]

Activity 1: Warriors and heroes
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Subtheme(s): Beliefs; Historical events; Multiculturalism

Michaelis attends Greek School to learn the Greek language of his heritage, but he would rather be watching The Adventures of Robin Hood on television. During class his teacher offers him a holy card of Saint Michael, the saint of warriors.

  • As a class, find out information about Saint Michael; who he was, when he lived, what famous deeds he is noted for, his importance today and who admires him. Additionally, research Robin Hood in the same way and compare the two men. Have a class vote to see which hero students believe displayed more heroic characteristics.

  • Ask students to define what they mean by the term 'hero' or 'heroine'. Ask them to name some heroes or heroines they identify with. List these as well as the eras they lived in.
  • Research the following questions:
  1. When did they live?
  2. Where did they live?
  3. What are they famous for?
  4. What is their importance and to whom?
  • Ask students to research the story of one hero or heroine to share with the class.


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