Posted on December 1, 2017

Kalo Mina – If you hadn’t already noticed Christmas is rapidly approaching! November is always an action-packed month at St. Catherine’s and this year has been no exception.  With so many things to mention I feel sure that something will be forgotten!  Anyway here goes!


The month started with the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Faliro Cemetery and St Catherine’s was not only represented with our Brownie Pack who assisted the dignitaries with laying the wreaths but also with our Junior Choir led by Mrs Morsink providing a musical backdrop to this most moving of services.  Senior students Michael Piperakis, Laura Grigoratos and Sarah Sideras also provided some music and words to this annual service of remembrance.


The same day also saw the annual Athens Classic Marathon involving a large number of the school community.  In particular I would like to congratulate the IB CAS volunteers who did a sterling job in supporting the organisation of the event.  On the running side I must single out Mr Gibbins, our ICT Network Manager, who completed the full marathon in 3 hours 4 minutes and 3 seconds – bravo indeed!


The same weekend saw St. Catherine’s students performing really well at the Deree College Debate Tournament.  George Roupas, Dimitra Georgantaki, and Fonie Mitsopoulou all reached the semi-finals whilst Dioni Ellinikaki and Jason Singer made it to the finals with Jason and his Athens College partner running out as the overall winners.


On Saturday of the same weekend a number of our students were involved in the Indian Embassy’s Shankar-on-the-Spot Drawing and Painting competition – Iliana Stylianou from Year 4 was one of the runners-up in the Junior category – bravo Iliana!  On the same artistic theme Reception classes had great fun down at the Van Gogh Live exhibition at the Megaron Mousikis whilst Year 5 classes dressed up as Victorians on the 22nd November.  Teachers and pupils were most impressive in their costumes and I must say that the knowledge they displayed during the Victorian Headmaster’s lesson on the British Empire was most impressive – although they do need to know more about that most English of sports, cricket!


As we do every year we also had a focus on relationships during our Anti-Bullying weeks – I must say that the Odd Sock Day was a particularly fun way of focusing on our differences.  There was also a really well organised second hand Book Sale in the Lower School – thank you to all the kind donations.


As always lots of sports activities are going on – most recently our Key Stage 4 boys won silver in their Volleyball tournament whilst the girls won gold in their simultaneous Football tournament.


Mid-November saw our two qualifying teams head across the Atlantic Ocean for the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University.  Over 2000 students from over 50 countries travelled to the USA for this truly global event.  Our Junior team of Alexandros Alexandrakis, Carolina Bafas and Vincent Bechmann performed really well and were ranked in the top 100 teams out of over 400 teams in total.  On an individual level Carolina came second in the Science competition and was ranked 136th overall – an amazing performance.  Our Senior team of Alex Noel-Baker, Stephanos Kirkis and Nicholaos Mytilineos also performed creditably.  Stephanos was placed 48th out 900 in Social Studies, Nicholaos 120th out of 900 in History, and Alex 62nd out of 900 in Special Studies.


This half term started with the amazing PTSA Halloween event and a week on Saturday they will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar – don’t forget to buy some of their raffle tickets – the best raffle in northern Athens thanks to the amazing generosity of our community – thank you to everyone who has donated prizes.  Also I would like to encourage all of you to come to our senior play next week “Blue Stockings.”  Set at Girton College, Cambridge in the late Victorian period, the play involves four very talented female undergraduates and their campaign to be allowed like their male colleagues to receive a formal degree qualification! I do hope many of you will join us to see our production directed by our talented Mrs Raikopoulos – it will be an undoubted treat and it is on for three nights!


I am also pleased to say that our new building development is moving along really well as I outlined at the PTSA General Meeting last week – click on the link below for my notes from the meeting.


PTSA General Meeting Minutes – 16/11/17


I hope to see many of you not only at the play and the Christmas Bazaar next week.


Coming up this week:

Monday, 4th December:

  •      Year 1A Christmas Show
  •      Year 11 Partnership With Parents – Careers & Options

Tuesday, 5th December:

  •       Year 1C Christmas Show

Wednesday, 6th December:

  •       ABRSM Music Exams
  •       IA Cooking Competition
  •       Year 1B Christmas Show
  •       Senior Play Performance “Blue Stockings”

Thursday, 7th December:

  •       ABRSM Music Exams
  •       Year 1D Christmas Show
  •       Senior Play Performance “Blue Stockings”

Friday, 8th December:

  •       KS3 Partnership With Parents
  •       CGS MUN Conference
  •       Senior Play Performance “Blue Stocking”

Saturday, 9th December:

  •       KS4/IB Tennis Tournament
  •       KS4 Boys Football Tournament
  •       CGS MUN Conference
  •       PTSA Christmas Bazaar

Sunday, 10th December:

  •       KS4/IB Tennis Tournament
  •       KS4 Boys Football Tournament
  •       CGS MUN Conference


Stuart Smith