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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 December 2014
Greek students came out in force for the night. PHOTOS: TRIPLE T PRODUCTIONS. The pain of exams long gone. Greek levendes out for the night. 6 AUSTRALIA Languages on the up in primary schools In the past two years, there has been a 30 per cent rise in primary school students in Victoria who are studying a language More than 225,000 students in Victorian primary schools are learning a language, up from 200,000 since last year. In the past two years there has been a 30 per cent increase in students taking on a language, according to figures from the Education Department. Asian languages are leading the charge, with a 20 per cent rise in students taking on an Asian language in the last year. Mandarin is up by 34.4 per cent, Indonesian up by 13.7 per cent and Japanese 9 per cent. While Italian is still the most widely taught language in the state, its enrolment numbers are down by almost 1 per cent. The number of students studying a language is set to skyrocket from next year when all prep students begin compulsory language education. The initiative will see students learn a language other than English until year 10, and will have certain benchmarks to meet to get a proficiency certificate. All preps starting next year will be given a passport-style book to track their progress until grade three, with teachers stamping their milestones. Passports will be available in the eight most widely taught languages - Italian, Indonesian, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish and Greek. Greek has been seeing a slight rise in primary school student numbers, with 2,579 students enrolled in 2013, up from 2103 in 2012. Greek is taught in only 1.6 per cent of Victorian schools despite there being 252,217 people with Greek heritage living in Victoria. Thirteen primary schools and eight high schools offer the language. A total of 4,355 students in government primary and secondary schools were taught Greek as a second language. Three-quarters of government primary schools were already offering languages in 2014, with many more expected to start programs for the first time next year. A blessing for St John’s renewal To mark the start of a period of renewal at St John's Greek Orthodox College, Archbishop Stylianos paid a visit to the college last month. A detailed master plan introducing new 21st century learning spaces and technology to the school was recently completed. The aim of the upgrade is to help improve and extend the college's learning and sports facilities to ensure the institution continues to offer quality education of a high standard. With the help of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the first stage of the master plan - the new Science Centre - will be underway before the end of the year. Opening its doors in 1979, St John's was the first Greek Orthodox bilingual school to be established in Australia. No more exams? Calls for a party! Greek Australian students in Melbourne finished the year in style, as they put the books down and frocked up for an after exams party last Thursday. Hosted by the Melbourne University and La Trobe University Greek societies (MUnGA and LUGS) hundreds of students danced to the music stylings of DJ Georgie T, Nikki Katifori and Skuba Steve. SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER 2014 Archbishop Stylianos with Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis, members of the college board, teaching staff and school captains. 12th Annual Moncrieff Awards The 12th Annual Moncrieff Community Awards took place last Thursday in Brisbane, with six of the 34 awards given to members of the Greek Australian community. Organised by Honorary Parliamentary Secretary MP Steven Ciobo, the ceremony takes places every year to recognise the contribution of volunteers in the local community who make a difference in the lives of others. Awarded for their voluntary services of 20 years or more were Mr Leon Cominos, Mr Peter Zerveas, Mr Perry Arathimos, Mrs Rebecca Cominos, Ms Sophie Rafailidis and Mr John Alexion. Mr Ciobo said that the volunteers are examples of the character that makes Australia a better country. Referring to the recipients as 'backyard heroes', the MP hopes that their good work will inspire others to follow by example. MP Steven Ciobo (C) and James Nides with Greek Australian recipients of the awards (from left) Perry Arathimos, Peter Zerveas, Sophia Rafailidis, Rebecca Cominos and Leon Cominos.
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