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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2015 17 FEATURE yak journey Huw paddling underneath the Rio Antirio Bridge in Patra. Twenty countries in one year. zac story through a teenager’s eyes to a p and d perfo by th Afte on a sch esc nea M Ce w p Remembering the fallen at Portianou Military Cemetery. At the Olympic Stadium in Athens. authentic Greek restaurant authe authe entic Greek restaurant to celebrate my 15th birthday! Having a great time already, Hayley Hickey The group at the Folkloric Museum in Lemnos. Visiting the famous Acropolis. Day 2: Family and new friends connect in Mudros Although exhausted, our group was filled with anticipation and excitement as we met in the breakfast hall at 7.30 am. After feasting on the buffet breakfast generously provided by our hotel in the heart of Lemnos, we were briefed on the day's itinerary. Shortly after breakfast we were greeted by our lovely tour guide Bridgette. Once on board our bus, we departed for the quaint town of Mudros where we met students from the local secondary school. Upon arrival, we were welcomed warmly and treated in s to a presentation and dance performance by the students. After taking us on a tour of their school, we were escorted to the nearby East Mudros Military emetery where we participated in a beautiful service. The Mayor of Lemnos M L and formally welcomed us to the island. Just before we left for our trip, my grand-uncle Rob told me of his uncle who was buried at the cemetery. Thanks to Rowena and Rebecca I was able to place a poppy on his grave and take a photo to share this experience with my grand-uncle. This was an incredible opportunity which I am extremely grateful for. After this, we embarked on a short tour of an ancient site of Poliochni before going to lunch in a harbour-side cafe. When we arrived back at our hotel we were given time to reflect on our day in our journals before continuing our tour to a castle on a mountain side. Once on top of the mountain, we were all amazed at the view which showcased the beautiful countryside and vast horizon. Hungry and slightly wind-blown, we climbed down from the castle and walked to the Romeo restaurant where we awaited the arrival of the Lemnos mayor and numerous Lemnos officials before sitting was also present atesent at the service andformally welco down for another incredible traditional Greek dinner. Maoinin Dooley-Heath Day 3: Goodbye and thank you to Lemnos Another day on the island of Lemnos. Today we ventured off to Portianou Military Cemetery, Anzac Street, where we saw the grave of a Canadian nurse and her matron. After which we placed poppies amongst the graves of the fallen. Multiple epitaphs were extremely moving and heartbreaking. Maoinin, Shannan and Shashira read the confronting diary entries of nurses in Lemnos. After which we headed off to the Folkloric Museum, an old Greek house converted into a museum. Lunch was soon upon us with the extravagant Greek cuisine featuring mixed grill, zucchini chips and amazing traditional doughnuts. We walked up to the Statue of Maroula at the harbour of Kotsinas with full stomachs and keen to visit the holy water. After this we decided to visit the thermal mineral pools used by the war nurses and soldiers to refresh themselves. I and all the study tour group would be honoured to say a big 'efharisto' to the accommodating, kind hearted Lemnos locals and our outstanding tour guide, Bridgette Georgiadis. Cameron Brinsmead Read the full trip blog and see more photos at www. facebook.com/ThePremiers SpiritOfANZACPrize?fref=ts Spirit of Anzac Prize open for 2016 dates Students keen to visit Gallipoli and the Western Front are encouraged to enter the Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize competition. Open for the 2016 dattes, applicants are asked to describe what the Anzac spirit means today in a diverse and multicultural Australia. The lucky 12 students who won the competition this year returned home last week after having gone on a 14day pilgrimage of Gallipoli and the Western Front with a stop-over in Greece. The Year 10 and 11 pupils tracked the journeys of World War 1 nurses at Lemnos, wandered the coastline at Anzac Cove, and laid wreaths and sang the national anthem at a ceremony at Belgium's Menin Gate. The group visited the Shrapnel Valley grave of Major Hugh Quinn, 15th Battalion, who was shot dead by Turkish forces, and commemorated the life of Private Hugh Brian O'Donnell, 11th Battalion, who was killed at age 16. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the tour is a chance for the next generation of Australians to reflect upon the "sacrifices of servicemen and women who so bravely defended our nation". "The students return home with a better understanding and appreciation of an important chapter in our country's history," he says. Minister for Veterans John Eren encourages all students to apply for next year's competition. "By walking in the footsteps of servicemen and women 100 years ago, these students live their memories," he says. "All eligible applicants should consider applying for next year's prize." The prize is open to Year 9 and Year 10 students enrolled in all Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools. Students can submit an essay (up to 1,000 words), a poem, short story, audio presentation (max. 10 minutes), video presentation (max. 10 mintues), musical composition, web page, or artwork. Applications should be submitted via email to SOAP@ dpc.vic.gov.au by 10.00 am, Friday 18 September 2015. To download an entry form, view sample entries and to find more information visit www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index. php/veterans/premiersspirit-of-anzac-prize Students at Anzac Cafe in Lemnos.
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