On Monday October 29th the entire Cathedral School community came together to commemorate OXI Day. It was an opportunity for our students and community at large to celebrate courage, strength and fortitude. A remarkable moment in history on October 28th 1940, Oxi Day is when the nation of Greece refused to give into the Axis Powers during World War II setting the stage for a resistance. Fundamental to this moment in history is that the people of Greece united with courage, despite the overwhelming odds against the small nation.
This year, students at The Cathedral School were encouraged to take an active role in their own learning, and throughout the program became vivid participants in this historical moment. Through poetry, music and drama our students gave life to the meaning of Oxi Day and in doing so, shared with the larger community their understanding of strength and fortitude. Performances from kindergarten, first and second grades included poetry readings while third through eighth graders acted out dramas of the resistance. The student body also sang popular songs from the time period, creating a performance centered around Hellenic history and culture.
Among our 150 guests, students were proud to have His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and Consul of Greece in New York, Ms. Lana Zochiou join, as well as members of The Cathedral School Board, Cathedral Church Board and Parents’ Association Board. Working together with our students, the Greek Language Department and Music Department crafted a performance that nurtured for our community an understanding of what is just, noble and true.