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Monday, 21 May 2018 21:46

CGL Examinations 2018 Concluded!

For the fourteenth consecutive year, the Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) Examinations have been sat, completed, and sent to Greece for marking! This year, a total of 17 candidates, including candidates from St. Andrew’s Grammar, other schools and workplaces, sat for one of the 7 levels on offer. The examinations were held on the 15th, 16th and 17th of May respectively.

Levels: A1 (8-12 year olds), A1 (Adolescents & Adults), A2, and B1, with Examination Invigilators (Left: Mrs Eva Tsapazi and Mrs Katina Maounis; Right: Mrs Katerina Reklitis and Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis)


The examinations were held in the Harmanis Block of St. Andrew’s Grammar, starting after midday on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which involved a number of CGL candidates. On Thursday, the two candidates who sat the highest level (C2) commenced their examinations at 8.45am.

Level C2

With commemorations for the anniversary of the Battle of Crete upon us, The Battle of Crete Memorial Committee (WA) wishes to remind readers that it will soon be seeking support from the Greek community to fulfil its aim of establishing a specific war memorial, befitting the significance that the Battle of Crete has in Australian and Greek history. Supported by the Western Australian State Government, the RSLWA, the Greek-Australian RSL (WA) and various Greek associations, the Committee has been allocated a site in Kings Park for a future memorial. When completed the memorial will be a place where people can pay their respects, lay wreaths and learn and reflect on the Battle of Crete. Below are extracts from two newspaper articles reflecting the importance and bonds between Australians and Greeks during the Battle of Crete.


As Australia commemorates ANZAC Day, it is appropriate to briefly remember Gallipoli’s Hellenic links. The disastrous Gallipoli campaign, which commenced on 25 April 1915 as an attempt to seize the Dardanelles and open a sea route to Constantinople (Istanbul) to enable Britain to establish a southern front against her enemies and alleviate Russia’s southern supply problems by knocking Turkey out of the Great War, is regarded by many as a turning point for Australia: Our young nation’s “baptism by fire”. For most Australians it conjures up images of bravery, mateship and honour; not to mention death, destruction and sacrifice.

To the Turks, the Gallipoli campaign is considered a defining moment for Kemal Ataturk and modern Turkey as the foreign invaders were repelled. For the British, it is another example of poor decision-making while running a war from a room/bunker in London. For the people of Lemnos (about which I have written elsewhere), it is the hospital, recreation site and base for the Allied campaign of 1915.

Gallipoli is derived from the Greek term, kali poli: good town. In Turkish, it is known as Gelibolu, which is a play on the Greek name. Gallipoli was settled in the 600s BC by Ionian and Aeolian settlers. Twelve towns were established on the peninsula of the Hellespont, the body of water now called the Dardenelles (another Greek link with Dardanus being an ancient Hellenic polis on the Asian shore of the strait, which in turn took its name from Dardanus, a son of Zeus and Electra.) Not far from Gallipoli, at Aegospotami, the Spartan commander Lysander defeated Athenian forces in 405BC bringing an end to the Great Peloponnesian War. The Hellenic character of the region did not change much over 2,600 years. What did change was who controlled the area. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all claimed the peninsula.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:24

Archbishop Iakovos and Martin Luther King

Two weeks ago, on April 4, various commemorative services were held in the United States to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King. In those difficult and turbulent times, many parts of the American south were crucibles of hate. So much so that on March 11, 1965, white American Unitarian minister James Reed was brutally clubbed to death by segregationists while marching for civil rights in Alabama. Days later, on March 25, Martin Luther King led thousands of non-violent demonstrators to the steps of the Alabama capitol in Montgomery, after a 5-day 54-mile march from Selma. Archbishop Iakovos would travel to Selma and march with King for a few hours. The photo below is of Archbishop Iakovos marching with King as King holds a wreath for Reed’s memorial service.

Many Greeks have seen this iconic "Life" magazine cover below. Not all appreciate the courage it took for a Greek Orthodox leader at that time to stand arm in arm with African-American leaders. Coretta Scott King, King’s widow, would later highlight how important it was to have the support of Archbishop Iakovos:
"At a time when many of the nation’s most prominent clergy were silent, Archbishop Iakovos courageously supported our Freedom Movement and marched alongside my husband, and he continued to support the nonviolent movement against poverty, racism and violence throughout his life."

Archbishop Iakovos explained that it was that obligation to speak up that led him to Selma:
"We have fought oppressive and repressive political regimes, based on Christian principles, for centuries. A Christian must cry out in indignation against all persecution. That’s what made me walk with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma."


Dr John N Yiannakis OAM

Monday, 05 March 2018 10:55

The Pink Hat Luncheon 2018

Imagine a world where every cancer patient becomes a survivor.

Together we have the power to make it happen.

Around 130,000 Australians are likely to be diagnosed with cancer this year and one in two Australians will be diagnosed during their lifetime. It is estimated that by 2040, there'll be 1.9 million Australians living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis. Sadly though, it is one of the leading causes of death in Australia with an estimated 45,700 people passing away from it each year, many of them children.

A diagnosis of cancer has a profound, unimaginable effect on a person, their family and friends. But, we can all help. By filling the gaps in our knowledge, spreading the word about cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and support services; donating to research projects and service organisations like Cancer Council and, attending fundraisers like The Pink Hat Luncheon; we can improve their lives and the lives of future generations.

Pledge your support for a cancer free future by purchasing tickets to this year's Pink Hat Luncheon to be held on Sunday 24 June 2018 at the Greek Macedonian Club. Tickets are only $50 and include a fabulous 3 course smorgasbord, guest speakers, entertainment, generous door prizes and raffle. All monies raised will go directly to Cancer Council WA.

The Pink Hat Luncheon is an officially registered Cancer Council WA event (Donor ID# 1179781). Both men and women are welcome to attend.

By attending The Pink Hat Luncheon you will help Cancer Council WA to continue funding world-class cancer research, run education and prevention programs and provide much-needed support to West Australians affected by cancer and their families.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and you will be sent a tax receipt.

All interested persons are now invited to register for this year's Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) Examinations to be held in May at St. Andrew's Grammar (officially-recognised CGL Examination Centre).

Prospective candidates of Greek and also non-Greek background are invited to test their written and spoken Greek language competency skills through these annual examinations. Successful candidates will be issued with a Certificate of Attainment in Greek from Greece's Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, and the Centre for the Greek Language: Division for the Support and Promotion of the Greek Language (Thessaloniki, Greece).

There are 7 levels on offer, catering to a full spectrum of Greek language competencies. These include a level for children aged 8-12 years old (children who are over 8 years and below 12 years old on the 31st of May, 2018); a level for beginner adolescents and adults, through to a level for persons with excellent knowledge of the Greek language. Candidates younger than 16 are strongly advised to avoid taking the examinations for levels B2, C1 and C2 as the examination content for these levels may require general knowledge and experience beyond their years.

The full complement of levels on offer is as follows:

  • A1 for children 8-12 years old (Elementary knowledge)
  • A1 for adolescents and adults (Elementary knowledge)
  • A2 (Basic knowledge)
  • B1 (Intermediate knowledge)
  • B2 (Good knowledge)
  • C1 (Very good knowledge)
  • C2 (Excellent knowledge)

The 2018 CGL Examinations will be held on the following days:

  • Tuesday 15 May for levels A1 (for children 8-12 years & adolescents and adults), A2 and B1
  • Wednesday 16 May for levels B2 and C1
  • Thursday 17 May for level C2

Saturday 10 March 2018

Commencing 1.00pm at St. Andrew’s Grammar

(Greek Room, Palassis Building)

Light Refreshments Provided


  1. Welcome and Opening of Meeting
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Previous AGM
  4. Confirmation of Minutes
  5. Annual Report
  6. Financial Report
  7. Election of Office Holders and other Committee Members
    • Chairperson
    • Deputy Chairperson
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Committee Members
  8. Other Business (of which notice has been given)
    • WAMGLTA Rules – proposed changes
  9. General Business
    • CGL Examinations 2018
    • Speak Greek in March Campaign 2018
    • WAMGLTA Initiatives
    • Special Meeting for Modern Greek ATAR Results
    • Other
  10. Close


Friday, 05 January 2018 17:49

WAMGLTA AGM Announcement

Dear Stakeholders of the teaching of the Greek language in WA

This is early notice regarding the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The West Australian Modern Greek Language Teachers' Association Inc. (WAMGLTA). The AGM is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10 March at 1.00pm, at a venue to be confirmed. Light refreshments will be provided. Existing and new members welcome! The AGM Agenda and other relevant documents will be disseminated in due course. For further details or queries, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0402 400 367.


Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
WAMGLTA Chairperson
5 January 2018

Saturday, 30 December 2017 21:19

Combined Epiphany Celebration - 7 Jan 2018



Blessing of the Waters with the Holy Cross at Matilda Bay Reserve


(Hackett Drive, Crawley - Opposite UWA)


The Greek Orthodox Parishes of Perth with the Holy Monastery of St. John of the Mountain are hosting the annual Epiphany Celebration on the foreshore of the Swan River at Matilda Bay Reserve with the retrieval of the Holy Cross from the Waters on Sunday 7 January 2018.

Service Commences at 12:30pm

Parking available at UWA and Street Parking

  • Tents for Shade
  • Souvlakia & Sausage Sizzle from 11:00am
  • Cold Drinks
  • Sweets
  • Jumping Castle

Strong swimmers over the age of 15 and who are interested in swimming for the Holy Cross are to contact Fr Elpidios on 0407 260 071



The complete 2018 Epiphany Celebration Pamphlet can be downloaded from here.

Sunday, 17 December 2017 21:49

St Tabitha 2018 Bi-Lingual Calendars

The St Tabitha 2018 Bi-lingual (Greek and English) calendar is now available. Featuring outstanding colour photos of our parishes in WA. These calendars are a great reference tool for the whole year and make a great Christmas gift. It includes:

  • All the Feast Days and Fasting Days of the year
  • The days that Divine Liturgies are conducted in the Greek and English languages
  • Contact details of the local Archdiocesan offices, Monastery and the Parishes in Perth
  • Selected passages from the various saints of our church
  • Outstanding colourful photos

Available for sale at our church hall, as well as from Presvytera Mary Stamatiou. Cost only $20 each - proceeds assist the Philoptohos of St Tabitha with its charitable works within our community.

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