In a heartwarming ceremony, the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) brought together students, families, educators, and a delegation of the Board of Directors of the GCM to honour the graduating class of 2023 and celebrate the end of the year in a festive and cheerful atmosphere.

The evening was filled with pride, joy, and a sense of accomplishment. It was a testament to the hard work and dedication exhibited by the graduating students throughout their academic journey.

The event commenced with welcoming remarks by the Principal of the GCM Schools, Mrs. Maria Bakalidou, who stated, “Successfully completing Greek school represents significant achievements that demand numerous hours, sacrifices, perseverance, patience, and a deliberate commitment. Many of these students enrolled in our program starting from kindergarten, and we have observed their development over all these years. Today, they stand before us as exemplary young individuals, serving as role models for our younger students and a source of pride for us as parents and educators.”

In her speech, Helene Hiotis, GCM board member, highlighted the importance of the event, “Education is not merely about facts and figures; it’s not about the score you will achieve; it's about fostering a curious spirit that propels you forward. The lessons from Greek studies extend beyond the classroom, offering insights into critical thinking, communication, and cultural appreciation.”

The event was a testament to the power of education in shaping the lives of our young minds and fostering a strong sense of cultural pride within our community. Against the backdrop of six campuses, 44 accomplished students who have emerged, symbolizing the collective dedication to excellence and inclusivity that defines GCM’s educational programs.

Anthi Tzani, VCE teacher, said “As one of their educators, witnessing the growth, resilience, and admirable dedication of our students is truly inspiring. It's a privilege to be part of their academic journey and to see them not only succeed academically but also develop into well-rounded individuals ready to embrace the challenges of the future. "Always bear in mind that the value of a person is not defined by numbers, no matter how impressive they may be.”

Later in the evening, the students were awarded with graduation certificates along with a commemorative Olive Branch Award, meticulously crafted by a Greek artist specifically for this occasion. 

Dr. Nick Dallas, the GCM Head of Educational Programs, stated “witnessing the graduation of 44 students across our six campuses fills me with immense pride. We wish our graduating VCE students every future success. Our students have excelled academically and embraced the values of community, leadership, and service. We are proud of their achievements and look forward to witnessing the positive impact they will undoubtedly have on the world. They are after all our ambassadors, our successors, our future educators, and community leaders.”

Following the Graduation Ceremony, the atmosphere shifted to one of pure celebration. Attendees immersed themselves in the enchanting tunes of live Greek music, creating a lively dance floor that brought everyone together.

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