A long-time human rights advocate and anti-apartheid campaigner, Greek-South African lawyer George Bizos was honored by the board of the Saheti School he helped found, also marking his 92d birthday.
Grade Four students sang the Greek song To Thalassiono Trifili and Grade Seven student spoke about the lessons they had learned from Bizos. Saheti is an English-medium, independent school dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, whilst promoting the ethos and values of Hellenism.
The school motto Know Thyself, founded in ancient Greek thought, is at the core of the school’s ethos.
A Greek dance, Rouga-Corfu, was also performed by Grade Three students said the Bedfordview and Edenvale news in a report. Bizos got a birthday cake with everyone singing Happy Birthday in Greek as well as English.
Former student Nicolas Bizos – his grandson – also gave a speech at the ceremony, saying that his grandfather gave Greek a representation at the school that opened in 1974.
“Love for the Greek culture, without the exclusivity, is what Saheti and my grandfather is all about,” said Nicolas. “As your grandchild, I couldn’t be more proud of you,” he added.