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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 January 2016
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 JANUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Athens school celebrates Australia Day GEORGIOS HATZIMANOLIS Students at an Athens school celebrated Australia Day this week with sausage rolls, Vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons in a classroom decorated with Australian and Aboriginal flags. The Irene Stroumpas Xantheas Language School in Agios Demetrios, in Athens’ south, hosted an Australia Day event attended by staff, students and their families, along with a representative of the Australian Embassy in Greece. The owner of the school, Irene Stoumpas Xanthes, a Greek Australian originally from Melbourne, says she hosted the event to help her students learn more about Australia. "As a language school owner and teacher, teaching students the culture is as important as the language," Irene told Neos Kosmos. "My school motto is ‘Language and Beyond’. This year I thought it was imperative and meaningful for my students to learn more things about my home country. That's why we decided to celebrate Australia Day at my school on the 25th and 26th of January." Irene Stoumpas Xanthes (C) with two teachers of her language school. To prepare for the event, students at the school, with the help of their teachers, researched information about Australia and prepared various posters about Australian sport, food, the currency, the animals and famous Australians. "We transformed one of our classrooms into an interactive museum. Their work was displayed and the teachers prepared various Australian snacks such as Vegemite sandwiches, sausage rolls and lamingtons for the students to taste." The two-day event was attended by all 250 students and their parents, along with a representative from the Australian Embassy. "It was a great honour for us Celebrate our rich multicultural society during Cultural Diversity Week Victorians are invited to celebrate our rich multicultural society during Cultural Diversity Week, 12-20 March 2016. Coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the week coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. With hundreds of events and activities set to take place across the state, Cultural Diversity Week provides Victorians from all walks of life with an opportunity to come together and recognise, em- brace and celebrate each other's cultural heritage. This year, the state's premier multicultural celebration promises vibrant festivities under a music theme: 'Together we stand in harmony' The week opens with the Premier's Gala Dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 12 March, where guests will enjoy a spectacular line up of Victoria's best multicultural music and dance acts, as well as a sumptuous threecourse meal and wine. Celebrations will peak at the end of the week with Victoria's Multicultural Festival at Federation Square on Sunday 20 March. The family-friendly festival will showcase culturally-diverse music and dance across four stages, delicious international cuisines, a world art and craft market, children's activities, demonstrations and workshops. Victoria's young people are also invited to use their creativity to voice what multiculturalism means to them in the Primary School Art Competition. Greek students in Athens celebrate Australia Day. when the Australian Embassy in Athens accepted our invitation to visit our school and see the children's work. Sarah Goodall (deputy head of mission) attended the event representing Ambassador John Griffin, and was amazed at all the work that had been done by the students." The parents in attendance were all very impressed by their children's work and labelled the event a big success, while teachers and school-owners from other language schools in Athens also expressed interest in visiting the school’s temporary museum. Irene was also extremely happy with the event, which further reiterated her and her students admiration for Australia. "My students have always loved Australia as there are so many things in my school that are Australian. I have always shared with them stories about my home country. My youngest students, not knowing how far Australia is, have always asked me to organise a school trip to Melbourne. Who knows, maybe one day I will." Greek elderly give thanks to Australia The Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria hosted its sixth Australia Day gathering last Sunday. Held in conjunction with 3XY Radio Hellas, the com- munity event took place at Coburg Park Lake, where thousands turned out to give thanks for the opportunities awarded to Greek Australians Down Under over the years. Celebrating in Greek style, there was plenty of food, Greek music and folk dancing. Among those gathered on the day were federal and state government representatives, along with a number of dignitaries. Representatives of the federation with young Greek Australian folk dancers.
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