GCM student, Vasilis Zotos, wins in global painting competition for Greek Revolution bicentenary

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As part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, Greece’s Ministry of Education and Religion announced a competition for students in Greece and abroad titled, ‘1821-2021: 200 years of the Greek Revolution.’

Vasilis Zotos, a 5th grade student from the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) city school, was distinguished in the competition and will be awarded at the Special Award Ceremony (via internet), which will take place on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 8pm to 10pm at the Athens Concert Hall.

Vasilis’ artwork.

The Director of the School of Language and Culture of the GCM, Ms Maria Bakalidou, said that “it is touching that a student, who is so far from Greece, has been inspired by the Greek Revolution to paint one of its most important heroes.”

“A big thank you to his teacher, Mrs Katerina Grammenou, who encouraged the children to take part in the competition and a big congratulations to Vasilis for his effort.”

Vasilis Zotos.

The Deputy Coordinator of Education for Australia and New Zealand, Dr Georgia Nikolaidou, stated that “Vasilis’ participation was the only one in all of Australia. The Bureau of Education for Australia and New Zealand, rewards and congratulates such initiatives of children which show their creativity, but also that they are aware of the cultural heritage of Greece.”

The Community Schools support and encourage initiatives of their students that promote Greek learning and the development of the cultural, historical and social identity of their two homelands, Greece and Australia, in order to create thoughtful and active citizens of the world.

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