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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 March 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2016 Students recognised for Greek language achievements The annual Dionysios Solomos Awards took place on Sunday 6 March at the University of Sydney as part of the 34th Greek Festival of Sydney. The event was hosted by the University's Department of Modern Greek and the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW. The awards recognise excellence and promote the study of Greek in Australia. NSW Higher School Certificate students were recognised for their outstanding achievements in Modern and Classical Greek. Additionally, students of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW Afternoon and Saturday Schools were awarded with the Minister's Award for their excel- lence in the Modern Greek language. The event took place in the beautiful MacLaurin Hall, which was filled to capacity with the high-achieving students and their proud families. It was wonderful to see students so enthusiastically connected with their culture. Student Constantina Samartzis, who placed first in both Modern Greek Continuers and Extension offered a word of thanks on behalf of the students and an impassioned speech on the significance of the study of the Greek language. For more information on the festival, visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM AHEPA Youth fundraises for education Hellenic Museum’s education program gets a significant boost thanks to AHEPA Youth David Clarke Harry Danalis Members of AHEPA Youth presented a cheque last week to the CEO of the Hellenic Museum for money raised by the association for the museum's education program. Through the fundraiser cocktail function titled 'A Night at the Museum' - held in the Museum's courtyard last year - AHEPA Youth raised more than $3,000 and donated another $1,000 to ensure Australian students have a Greek cultural and historical element to their education. AHEPA Youth's president Anthea Tsaousis said the association "was instantly drawn to supporting the Hellenic Museum's Education Initiative". "Firstly, because it encompasses so many of AHEPA’s pillars - to support education, to give back to the community (philanthropy) and our civic responsibility as young Hellenes in Australia to support our heritage," said Ms Tsaousis. "Secondly, because it is such an innovative way to enthuse future generations about President Anthea Tsaousis (second from left) and members of AHEPA Youth present a cheque to the Hellenic Museum’s CEO John Tatoulis. learning history in a very powerful way. I remember when I was at school, an experience that stood out to me the most was learning about the Holocaust through going to the Jewish museum. It was in this environment - where my eyes could see the artefacts - that the true essence of that period resonated with me and ultimately empowered my interest in WW2. "Most of our members could recount a similar experience with various museums around the world. So for me and AHEPA Youth, supporting this initiative was a no-brainer, as it will afford students the opportunity to learn about some of the most fascinating historical periods and pre- serve our beautiful culture." Held in the inaugural MPavilion, members of AHEPA Youth enjoyed a night out with food provided by the Sweet Greek herself, Kathy Tsaples. In one of his last official functions as Ambassador for Greece in Australia, Mr Haris Dafaranos addressed the guests at the event, and congratulated AHEPA Youth on the fundraiser, highlighting the importance of the cultural institution's education program. "The night itself was a beautiful way to celebrate this initiative and we were very fortunate to have the former Ambassador Dafaranos and his wife Eyvah - both avid supporters of the arts - give such insightful speeches on the importance of history through artform and its role in the preservation of culture," said Ms Tsaousis. The Hellenic Museum's bilingual education program covers both primary and secondary school education, with the secondary education program divided into subject and year level. The education guide works hand-in-hand with a curator-led guided tour of ‘Gods, Myths & Mortals’, the Benaki Museum collection spanning 8,000 years of Greek history. "It was truly an incredible night, and we hope to continue to collaborate with the Hellenic Museum and support this initiative." Manasis dancers steal the show Sophie Cotsis The Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture entertained moviegoers on Monday night during Melbourne's première of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. The red carpet event took place at Hoyts Cinemas Melbourne Central, where VIP guests were treated to an advanced screening of the comedy. Prior to the screening, the dancers took centre stage with an energetic and dynamic performance. To add to the kefi of the night, a number of guests from the audience were invited to take part in a Big Fat Greek Zorba. After their stellar performance, the Manasis dancers have now been invited to perform at the opening night of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at LIDO Cinemas in Hawthorn later this month. Students were awarded for their excellence in the Greek language. The Manasis dancers with the star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Nia Vardalos. PHOTOS: CHRIS NIKOLAKAKOS (C-NIK PHOTOGRAPHY). Getting in the Greek spirit with the Big Fat Greek Zorba.
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