Fourteen students from the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) schools were honoured among the 50 participants at the achievement ceremony for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek, held at the Consulate of Greece in Melbourne.
The GCM schools aimed to encourage more students to participate by offering scholarships, covering the cost of exams, and providing free preparatory lessons.
The Principal of the GCM schools, Maria Bakalidou, stated, “In our effort to instil the value and benefits of bilingualism in students growing up in an English-speaking environment, the Certificate of Attainment in Greek can serve as an incentive for Greek language proficiency.”
The only C2 level certificate, representing the highest examination goal, was awarded to Artemis Galazoula, a student of the GCM schools.
The GCM Head of Educational Programs, Dr Nick Dallas, said, “We hope that our strong participation and presence will encourage even more students in the upcoming years. Our main goal is to highlight, promote, and preserve the Greek language and culture.”
The participation of two adult students from the GCM schools was touching as they received the A1 Certificate of Attainment in Greek.
Marie Vilasha Christelle Sangeeleemootoo from Mauritius stated that her fascination with Greek mythology since her teenage years led her to learn the Greek language.
The contribution of GCM teacher Eleni Dimitriou was also vital as, in a very short period, she effectively prepared the participating students.
“We are proud of all our students for the dedication they showed, the effort they exerted, and the time they devoted to achieving their goal. Our students who excelled this year highlighted their linguistic proficiency, reflecting the high quality of our educational programs,” Ms Dimitriou said.
The GCM schools will continue to offer a series of preparatory courses for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek. For registrations, please visit the website: www.greekcommunity.com.au/schools.