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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 October 2014
6 SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014 AUSTRALIA ELECTRICIAN REQUIRED Enthusiastic 21 years old apprentice looking for new employer to finish his apprentic- ership. Very keen and hard working, reliable and punctual. Contact Chris Stamels on 0418 375 596. Θέσεις Εργασίας Seeking Employment Εργασία Employment With over 900 Greek Austral- ian students and friends in at- tendance, all coming together for the most anticipated event of the year, NUGAS’ annual ball celebrated its 10th anni- versary last Sunday. Hosted at the Victory Room of Etihad Stadium, the event of the year for NUGAS and its nine Victorian members or- ganisations, the ball was the fruition of months of plan- ning and organisation and a lot of hard work, as NU- GAS Victoria president Tass Sgardelis told Neos Kosmos. "It was a very successful ball and one of the biggest we had - both the ball and the after party," Sgardelis told Neos Ko- smos. The special night that wel- comed Greek Australian stu- dents from Victorian univer- sities, youth organisations and NUGAS members past and present featured live entertainment from the re- nowned Glendi Band and in- terstate DJ Nicky Zee, as well as the special guest, singer Carly Yelayiotis. After their inaugural indoor soccer tournament scheduled at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre for this Sat- urday, NUGAS will from this week commence their tour of Greek schools around Victo- ria, with an aim to promote the National Union of Greek Australian Students itself as well as the learning of Mod- ern Greek. "Our aim is to firstly promote Modern Greek, both NUGAS and other students' clubs, as well as to talk to students about transitioning to uni- versity life and to help answer any questions. "We have done it on a small- er scale in the last couple of years, but this year we want to try and cover all the main Greek schools," president Tass Sgardelis said. Sgardelis, who has been at the helm of NUGAS Victoria for one and a half years now, said that in the last 12 months the numbers of its members have almost doubled, from 800 members last year to 1,500 members in 2014. The number of clubs has grown from six to nine, rep- resenting eight Victorian uni- versities. "We are now focusing on en- gaging students before they reach university. One of the main reasons is to inform them about the opportuni- ties to study Modern Greek at university, because a lot of them are not aware of it, and the benefits of it. That's something we want to focus on doing in 2015. "With numbers dwindling in Modern Greek at universities, and courses under pressure, this issue is really important to us. It's our job to try and boost those numbers and sup- port teaching Modern Greek at universities as much as possible." With NUGAS Victoria’s year- ly program including numer- ous social gatherings - the famous annual ball and boat cruises, and many fundraisers, Tass Sgardelis says it is the volunteering of its members that makes a real difference within community. Throughout October, NU- GAS Victoria members will be visiting Fronditha and Agapi Care nursing homes, to volunteer and spend qual- ity time with the elderly of the Greek community. "We found that our contribu- tion to our community is best served with our volunteering rather than with financial do- nations - which we are still doing as well, but we found we can make a bigger impact through just going to nursing homes and helping out where we can." With NUGAS Victoria numbers increasing, and its members associations active at universities around Mel- bourne and Victoria, Tass Sgardelis says there is a lot of potential within the young Greek Australian community. "We have such a unique and wonderful community, and it's just such a great thing to be a part of it. It gives me such great joy to see that our youth want to engage with our cul- ture and come together as Greek Australian students, not only for social events but also to share their culture." For Tass himself, it is a deep sentiment about the organisa- tion and the community that makes him dedicate time to the work NUGAS is doing. "I care very deeply about the organisation because I see it as very unique and I don't see any other cultures doing it to this extent. We work closely with Italians and a couple of other student organisations - and we are the envy of Aus- tralia. Even the interstate members who came over from Sydney and Brisbane for the ball were shocked by the number of members and the organisation. "We recently attended the Italian students’ ball - throughout the whole even- ing, there were only two Ital- ian songs played. At our ball on Sunday, no English songs made it to the playlist. The band even played leventiko, tsamika; there was a great range of modern and tradi- tional Greek music. At the after party - we balanced it out with both English and Greek music," Tass says with a laugh. "It's important for us to keep it that way, and people respond well to it." For more information and to join NUGAS Victoria, visit www.nugasvic.org.au NUGAS to promote Modern Greek eep it that way, and people espond well to it." For more information and join NUGAS Victoria, visit ww.nugasvic.org.au Matching details for a special occasion. Elegant NUGAS Victoria members arrive at the ball on Sunday. PHOTOS: CONSTANTLY FLASHING PHOTOGRAPHY. After hosting one of its most successful annual balls ever, members of NUGAS Victoria will tour Greek schools to promote teaching Modern Greek at universities and their union MAJA JOVIC “It’s our job to try and boost those numbers and support teaching Modern Greek at universities as much as possible.” - Tass Sgardelis, NUGAS Vic president Modern facility wing opens at Oakleigh Grammar Oakleigh Grammar School, which changed its name from Oakleigh Greek Or- thodox College four years ago, is offering students cutting-edge facilities with the opening of its new sci- ence wing. The cash for the project came from the federal gov- ernment ($623,000) and from the Greek Orthodox community ($257,000). Principal Mark Robertson said the new science rooms were a huge step towards the school's vision of be- coming a leading coeduca- tional school. "Science leads to many interesting, well-paid and important occupations in our society, and our stu- dents should be given every opportunity, in the best possible facilities, to excel," Mr Robertson said. Apart from standing united in their social activities, NUGAS Victoria members are active community fundraisers and volunteers.
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