The ceremony of the school leaving certificates for the graduates of the Patriarchate School of St. Demetrios, took place on Friday afternoon of the Bright Week, May 3, 2019.
The Patriarchate kept the Priest’s School under that name too, until the year 1970, when it was moved to the building of the Holy Zion at the Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
In the year 1988, the memorable Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem founded in the same building of the School for Priests a Nursery School, a Primary School, a High School and Lyceum, with the name St. Demetrios, for the children of the Arab-speaking flock. Since then, the School has been operating successfully, offering a high standard education. This year, with the aforementioned ceremony the Patriarchate honoured the 15 Lyceum graduates.
The ceremony was honoured by the presence of Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, who was escorted by the Greek Consul. Katherine Tzima, the Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, the Dragouman and Chairman of the School Board Archimandrite Mattheos, the Dean Priest Issa Musleh, and Mr. Ode Kawas, the Financial Director of the Arab speaking School of the West Bank.
According to the official site of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the ceremony began with the on stage presentation of the 15 graduates, with the prayer “Christ is risen” “Our Father” and the Palestinian and Greek anthems.
The ceremony was sealed by Patriarch Theophilos’ address, which stressed the importance the Patriarchate attributes to the education of the youth in these schools and at the end of the address, the School offered Patriarch a thank you board.
Finally, Theophilos and the School Manager gave the School Leaving Certificates to the 15 graduates, wishing them every success and a prosperous career.