Students from the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) were awarded for their participation in the competition for the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation (AHMF) in a ceremony held on Sunday, October 22, at the Domain Gardens, in the presence of members of the AHMF, sponsors and veterans.
The Greek Australian Memorial is located in Melbourne and was created to honour those who served and who lost their lives in the two World Wars, reaffirming the commitment of both nations to freedom, democracy and peace.
The goal of the competition was for students to explore the involvement of Australians and their collaboration with Greeks in the First and Second World Wars, as well as to gain a broader understanding of the creation and symbolism of the Memorial.
Students from the Greek Community of Melbourne School’s (City & Bentleigh Campus), under the guidance of their educator, Vasiliki Lampropoulou, participated in the competition with original poems and literary works, creatively expressing their respect for the bonds of friendship and solidarity that unite the two peoples through the Memorial.
The excellent result was the awarding of four students, two from the Bentleigh unit and two from the City unit:
- Sofia Kolliou, 3rd Prize.
- Kleopatra Charalampopoulou, Special Encouragement Award.
- Kleopatra Varchalama, Special Encouragement Award.
- Niki Christakou, Special Encouragement Award.
Maria Bakalidou, the Principal of GCM Schools, expressed her immense pride in the achievements of the students and their dedication to preserving the school’s historical memory and traditions, which they enthusiastically pass on to their peers and classmates.