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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 March 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM There is something to engage Greek students of all ages in the guide. The Hellenic Museum’s education guide aims to enhance students’ appreciation of the Greek language through the exhibition. Greek language lives through Benaki treasures A collection of artefacts spanning 8,000 years of Greek history is the inspiration behind a unique Greek language program developed by Australia’s Hellenic Museum The Hellenic Museum has developed a high-level Greek education guide for the Benaki Museum exhibition ‘Gods, Myths & Mortals’. The guide will promote Greek language through primary and secondary schools Australia wide. The guide - developed in conjunction with Greece's cultural icon, the Benaki Museum - aims to enhance a student's appreciation of Greek language by having them think about the past, discuss the present and focus on the future through the priceless and timeless treasures. "We have developed the guide in order to provide a holistic learning experience for students. One that includes Greek language along with Greek culture and history," says Hellenic Museum's Penni Pappas. "And it's also a great way for parents to become more involved in the student's education by visiting the museum with their children." The education guide works hand-in-hand with a guided tour of the collection for primary and secondary Greek language students. Using the guide, teachers are given the chance to engage the stu- dents through questions and activities before, and then after the guided tour. The museum chose to launch the education program in March to coincide with the Speak Greek in March campaign. The museum is also in the process of developing a detailed catalogue specifically for nonEnglish speakers. "We have the exhibition ‘Gods, Myths & Mortals’ here at the Hellenic Museum for an unprecedented ten years, so it's anticipated that we will be encouraging the learning of Greek language in Australia through cultural displays University of Queensland establishes Greek association This week saw the establishment of The Hellenic Society at the University of Queensland - the first Greek association of its kind at the university. A non-profit organisation, the group was created with the vision to develop a network of Greek and Philhellene students, giving them the opportunity to participate in social events where they can freely mix and mingle. The key players in the founding of the association are president Stephen Kakoniktis, social event organiser Tom Davies, secretary Andrew Mylonas, treasurer James Calokerinos, and sponsorship officer Socrates Aronis. So far they report an overwhelmingly positive re- (L-R) Sponsorship officer Socrates Aronis, secretary Andrew Mylonas, treasurer James Calokerinos and president Stephen Kakoniktis. sponse, with more than 80 student members already signed up. The first event for the group on the university calendar will be Greek Independence Day later this month on March 25, with sponsorship from AHEPA Queensland, offering to contribute $500. and exhibitions well into the future," says Ms Pappas. The collection, which spans an incredible 8,000 years of Greek civilisation includes: Neolithic pottery; Cycladic statues; Minoan figurines; Mycenaean jewellery; Hellenistic sculptures; Byzantine icons and manuscripts; postByzantine secular art and costumes; and Neo-Hellenic art and weaponry, including ornate swords and pistols belonging to Greek revolutionary heroes Kolokotronis and Mavromichalis. These antiquities showcase the developments of Greek history, when dynasties reigned, kings conquered, and cities fell. Through exploring the cultures and technologies of the past, students are provided the opportunity to immerse themselves in history while gaining new perspectives on today. For more information on the education guide, as well as guided tours of the Benaki collection ‘Gods, Myths & Mortals’, contact the Hellenic Museum on (03) 8615 9016 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hellenic Museum is located at 280 William Street, Melbourne and is open from Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Greek National Day 2015 Thousands of students are expected to take part in a parade at the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate Greek National Day on Sunday 29 March, 2015. Schools, parents and officials will gather in Melbourne to pay their respects to the heroes involved in the uprising against the Ottoman Empire on March 25 1821, marking the day that Greece was liberated from 400 years of Turkish occupation. The parade will officially commence at 1.00 pm, with participants required to assemble by noon. For all enquiries, contact general secretary Kon Kontis on 0412 312 412 or email greeknationalday@gmail. com Young Greek Australian students taking part in the parade.
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