ORTHODOX SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF THE EAST (OSSAE)

The Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church lays great emphasis and importance on educating children with the values of Christian life, the contents of the Holy Bible and the Church history. The Sunday School Samajam started functioning in 1931 with the appointment of Puthencavu Geevarghese Mar Philexinos as its President and Fr. K. David as the General Secretary. On 15 October 1964 it was rejuvenated to receive its present form as "Orthodox Sunday School Association of the East" (OSSAE). Sunday School units operate in the Orthodox Churches both within and outside Kerala.

This spiritual organization functions in all the parishes of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church throughout the world. It takes care of the spiritual nurturing, by bringing them up in the knowledge and fellowship of Jesus Christ and His Church. The classes are conducted in Malayalam, English and other regional languages for better understanding of students. It has a separate wing for the parishes outside Kerala, known as OSSAE-OKR (Outside Kerala Region).

‘OSSAE Ghaziabad’ comes under Delhi Diocese headed by our Metropolitan His Grace Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios . Our Sunday School with around 120 students follows OSSAE - OKR syllabi and exams are conducted every year as per schedule. We follow a curriculum, jointly prepared and published by the Oriental Orthodox Churches which is revised from time to time. The curriculum includes study of Old Testament, New Testament, religious lessons and Church history, Writings of Fathers, Doctrines and Christian Hymns. The students are divided into various classes from Nursery to the 12th based on age. Board exams are held at OKR level for class X and XII. Certificates are issued from OSSAE-OKR office for students clearing the board exams.

General Assembly and Classes are held after the Holy Qurbana, every Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON. Under the guidance of our parish vicar, various practices are adopted to develop ownership of the students and parents towards Sunday School activities:

  • Old testament reading by girl students before the holy Qurbana
  • Parents teacher meeting every Quarter
  • Short Video presentation during general assembly
  • Movie shows on social issues and debating skills for senior classes
  • Participation in community service activites of the church.

The overall development of students is looked after by a group of young, energetic and self-motivated teachers who interact closely with students and play a major role in their overall development.

ANNUAL EVENTS:

Unit Level Cultural Competition: Students show case their talents by taking part in various competitions like Solo & group Song, Elocution, Essay writing and Quiz Competitions etc.

OVBS - Orthodox Vacation Bible Studies: The vacation Bible School conducted during the winter holidays (OVBS) is a very vibrant wing of the O.S.S.A.E. OKR. They publish separate text books, devotional materials, song books and CDs for the OVBS every year.

Orthodox Faith Fest - Annual Camp: Students from our unit participate in annual 2 day camp organized at diocese level every year.

HEADMASTER - Mr. Kenny John Mathew

The class wise allocation of teachers is as follows:

Nursery - Mrs. Anu Lany
Class I - Mrs. Shinu Thomas
Class II - Mrs. Susan Simon
Class III - Mrs. Ceejo Jobin
Class IV - Mrs. Shirley Baby
Class V - Ms. Nitty Nelson
Class VI - Mrs. Asha Rent
Class VII - Mrs. Vineeta Varghese
Class VIII - Ms. Elizabeth T. Kurian
Class IX - Mr. Jishin Jose
Class X - Mrs. Jolly John
Class XI - Mr. Kenny John Mathew
Class XII - Mr. Abu John Mathew