Page 995 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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Mr Alexios Christopoulos, the Greek Ambassador; Mr George Stavropoulos, representing the Cyprus High Commission; Acting High Commissioner for New Zealand, Mr Vangelis Vitalis; Mrs Veatriki Mouka and Mr John Koch from the Greek consulate; Mr Greg Diamond, the President of the Hellenic Club; Mr and Mrs Dino Nikias; Mr Con Poulos; Senator Gary Humphries and me and Mr Nic Manikis, the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

His Excellency Mr Alexios Christopoulos, the Greek Ambassador, then delivered an inspirational commemorative address as he talked about the importance of commemorating 25 March 1821—Greek Independence Day—the fight for anexartisia, or independence, and the restoration of freedom and democracy to the ancient home of democracy 190 years ago.

Then we were treated to a performance by St Nicholas Greek language school students as they performed Hymn to Liberty by Dionysios Solomos. The flag bearers were Ariadne Stergiou, Cass Graham, Leonidas Dritsas, Alexandra Papoutsi, Lucas Donald, Ana Karkazis, Sophia Petropoulos, Eleni Vitalis, Phoebe Sofatzis, Kate Katheklakis, Alexander Gounaris, Georgia Gale, Sophie Gale, Connie Kambouris, Blake Faunce, Athina Katsibiris, Christopher Gale, Iona Serras, Angelina, Peter Andrewartha, Nektaria Bezos, Alexandros Stathis, Alethea Bradley and Aleka Serras, Alexandra Lyras, Nicholas Graham, Adonis Katrivessis, Michael Anthrak, Eleni Serras.

The musicians were Samuel Hansen on clarinet, Phillip Hansen on drums, Georgia Antonopoulos and Daniel Wells on keyboard and Anastasia Kalloniati on violin. They were supported by Vivianne Anthrak, violin tutor and parent, Erini Kostetsu, piano tutor and teacher, and Dimitrios Tsakalos, trumpet player and grandfather. The conductor was Alexander Kalloniatis, choirmaster and parent. The leading role of Dionysios Solomos was performed by Mihalis Theoharidis.

Reciting parts of Hymn to Liberty were Mahalis Theoharidis, Antonis Vitalis, Dimitra Katsanevas, Antonio Donald, Evelyn Karatzas, Dimitri Bezos, Carla Brancella, Anastasia Kalloniati, Georgia Antonopoulos, Phillip Hansen, Mihalis Theoharidis, Olivia Kambouris, Nikola Sofatzis, Bridget Graham, Nicolette Kambouris, Nicholas Levantis, Samuel Hansen, Yiannis Karatzas, Francisco Vitalis, Daniel Wells, Katerina Levantis, Mihalis Theoharidis and Tina Kambouris.

The costume organiser was Rose Wells, a parent, teachers Christina Katsifolis, Erini Kostetsu, Georgina Sofatzis, Helen Keranas, Liana Xirakis and Maria Georgiadis, and the principal, Eleni Pavlidou.

The Canberra Hellenic dancers were Peter Apostolopoulos, Sophia Katsanevas, Kostas Derlis, Katerina Levantis, Samuel Hansen, Katelyn, Andrew Krnc and Nicolette Kambouris. The teachers were Bill Skountzos and Katerina Mechanicos. I congratulate them all on a fantastic performance.

Sailability ACT

Mr Darren Lockyer

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.22): It was an outstanding pronunciation of Greek names by Mr Doszpot there and I cannot let it go unnoticed. I would like to speak about a launch on Sunday, 27 March. Sailability ACT launched their new boat down

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