During the Autumn school break, a number of Greek Orthodox Community of NSW students had the opportunity to participate in a theatre workshop and perform the allegorical myth “The Little Prince” (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Greek actor and drama teacher in Athens, Haris Aronis, led the students through the workshop, a limited five rehearsals and finally the actual performance, and managed to instill to very young and older students the principle of discipline in theatre and a love for it. The initiative was taken by the Education Department of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW and the Hellenic Art Theatre.
The Centre for the Greek Language (Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Greece; Member of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL)) announces the new period of the distance training program
“Routes in Teaching Greek as a Second/Foreign Language” for teachers in Greece and abroad
The program is implemented entirely on distance mode and consists of the following eight modules, which cover all thematic areas of interest for the teacher of Greek as a second/foreign language:
1. Lesson planning, Classroom Management and Learning Strategies
2. Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation
3. Teaching Languages to Young Learners
4. Language Performance Assessment
5. Computer Assisted Language Learning
6. Aspects of Language
7. Bilingualism: Language and Thought of the Bilingual Speaker
8. When Cultures Converse at School: Intercultural Education Issues
The program is addressed to anyone involved and/or interested in teaching Greek as a second/foreign language in Greece and abroad, provided he/she is a B.A. holder from departments of Greek philology, foreign language philologies, pedagogical studies, theological studies or other departments of Greek or equivalent foreign universities. Candidates who have not completed tertiary education may also be admitted under conditions.
Commencement of the course: Monday, 16 September 2019
Course duration: 10 months
Registrations are submitted from 1 April 2019 until 7 June 2019 at
For more information, please visit:
Enrolments for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek 2019 have been extended.
Applications for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek 2019 now close on the 30th March 2019.
The registration process, the registration fees and the registration documents remain the same and can be found in the link below:
Certificate of Attainment in Greek 2019
The Greek Festival of Sydney is holding each year the "Dionysios Solomos Awards," a prestigious event hosted by the Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies, University of Sydney, to commend the highest-ranking Greek language students in NSW. The 2019 Awards were presented on Sunday the 17th of February to the top 5% of NSW Higher School Certificate students and other high-achieving students in Modern and Classical Greek. In the presence of family, friends and distinguished guests, the hard work of this year's awardees was acknowledged, while they were further encouraged to continue to strive for excellence in Greek language studies.
The dates for Apokries vary from year to year, but generally the festive Carnival season occurs between February and early March. “Apokria” or “Apokries’ in Greek refers to the ten week period before Greek Orthodox Easter. It lasts for three weeks and culminates on the weekend before “Clean Monday” (Ash Monday, Καθαρή Δευτέρα), which marks the beginning of Great Lent (Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή) and is on the 11th March this year.
Apokries literally means "saying goodbye to meat" as preparation for the fasting period during Lent. The focus of celebration mostly includes masquerading with the use of costumes and masks, float parades, playing jokes or dancing around big fires on the streets.
Educational resources in relation to the theme of Apokries for stages 1, 2 and 3 can be found here.
The Directorate of High School Education in Pieria, Greece, and its Innovative Actions Department organise every year the International Youth Meeting of Ancient Drama, Music and Athletics which is set under Approval of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
The Games, a revival of the ancient games, "Olympia in Dion", take place at the foothills of the famous Mount Olympus, the home of the ancient gods, in the Ancient Theatre of Dion and last for nine (9) days during the second half of September. Each day is dedicated to each of the nine Pierian Muses: Calliope, Euterpe, Clio, Erato, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, Urania.
The themes of the games include student performances of Ancient Greek, Latin and other people's Dramas, concerts and athletic meetings of archaic style. The event is not a competitive event and interested participants can be schools, universities and informal groups.
Deadline for submitting an application form: 15 March 2019
For information about participation and the application form, please see attached files below.
NESA has published a new K-10 syllabus for Modern Greek.
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