SA’s first Greek Orthodox school welcomes the Evzones

On Friday the 28 October, South Australia’s first Greek Orthodox school held a guard of honour on Rose Street in Mile End, for the Greek Presidential Guard, as they marched from the school’s senior campus to the community and parish of Saint George Orthodox Church.

Students from St George College, stood along Rose Street waving Greek flags to welcome the Evzones.

In honour of OHI Day, the college unveiled their new monument which commemorates 200 years of Greek independence.

A church service was also held hosting distinguished guests from across Adelaide including Bishop Silouan of Sinope, Greek Deputy Defence Minister Nikos Hardalias, Steve Georganas MP and the Mayor of The City of West Torrens Michael Coxon.

The school’s principal (L) with the two paintings gifted to the Greek Presidential Guard envoys. Photo: Supplied

On Monday, 31 October, the Evzones returned to St George College to attend the school assembly which gave the members of the Greek Presidential Guard the opportunity to talk to staff and students about what they do, and the significance of their uniform.

The Greek dancing students of St George College kicked off the celebrations with performances by the middle school, which concluded in the whole school’s participation in dancing the Zorba.

The College’s captain Isabella Aronis and vice captain Alex Kambanou Nikolic alongside the college’s principal Peter Karamoshos, gifted the guard paintings created by the students.

The two paintings depicted Giorgos Karaiskakis and Laskarina Bouboulina, both heroes of the 1821 Greek war of Independence.

The Evzones marching along Rose Street. Photo: Supplied