Posted on October 3, 2016

Sunday 25th September saw the centre of Athens overtaken by the Race for the Cure and the St Catherine’s community were right at the forefront of this most evocative charity event.  Having raised over €1000 on the Friday “Pink” Mufti day, the school was represented by close on 200 runners and walkers co-ordinated by the PTSA St Cats Acts Team.  The photographs on this website testify to the fun and good spirit of this most vital of charity causes.

In the middle of these events, Saturday, 26th September saw the school almost as busy as a normal school day! The first full day of our Saturday extra-curricular programme and our community liaison activity with the British Council were joined on-site by the annual St Cats Cup – a debate competition held in high regard in this most competitive of “sports”!  Co-ordinated by Mrs Peters, this annual feature of the Debate calendar attracted more schools than ever before and debate of the highest quality ensued.  And in a closely fought final on the issue of Brexit, St Catherine’s came out on top with Danny Cronin and Sam Manchester shading their rivals from St. Lawrence, HAEF and Moraitis – Bravo!

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Latanis on successfully completing the 6.5km swim of the Corinth Canal on Tuesday 27th September.  He was joined by our Olympic swimming coach – Ioannis Drymonakos who in fact crossed the line in joint 1st place – Bravo to both of them!

Our university information programme has already begun for our older students with a representative from Boston University in school last week and Harvard and John Cabot coming into school this week.  Making decisions about future Higher Education courses and destinations requires a lot of detailed research and it is vital that students are as well informed as possible – we look forward to seeing a large turn-out for both Harvard and John Cabot this week.

Please make sure you keep an eye on your emails over the next couple of weeks – there will be some important communications coming your way: firstly, our Online Safety Policy and Acceptable User Agreement will require perusal and acknowledgement of receipt.  Secondly, the ISI Parental Questionnaire will be issued shortly with a deadline for completion of Friday 14th October – please make every effort to complete this as it provides vital resource for the ISI inspection team visiting in November.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to a fascinating presentation taking place in the school hall on Monday 10th October – “The Windmills of Patmos” will prove of great interest to anyone who has a love for our Greek architectural and cultural heritage.  I look forward to seeing many of you there.

What to look out for this week:

Monday, 3rd October

  •        Partnership with Parents – Yrs 3 & 4
  •        Harvard University Presentation


Tuesday, 4th October

  •        Year 1 Reading with Children at School Information Session
  •        John Cabot University Presentation
  •        Year 6 Trip to Nafplio

Wednesday, 5th October

  •        Partnership with Parents – KS3
  •        Year 6 Trip to Nafplio
  •        IB Theatre Trip to London

Thursday, 6th October

  •        Reception Mathematics Session
  •        Year 6 Trip to Nafplio
  •        IB Theatre Trip to London

Friday, 7th October

  •        Year 6 Trip to Nafplio
  •        IB Theatre Trip to London
  •        Year 9 Art Trip to Ai Weiwei at the Cycladic Museum


Stuart Smith,