Posted on February 24, 2017

The pace of life at St. Catherine’s continues at top speed – we certainly live life in the fast lane!  The last week has seen keenly fought KS2 and KS3 (Years 5 & 6) Games Day; an Upper School Open Day; our GCSE and IB Options Evenings for Years 9 and 11; a Governors/Senior Leadership Team Workshop and Development Planning evening as well as a number of trips:

  • Year 4 McArthur Glen Trip
  • Year 8 Trip to Ancient Agora of Athens
  • Nursery Trip to Goulandris Museum

Lower School LAMDA examinations came to an end this week and we are now moving ahead albeit belatedly with provision for the Upper School over the coming months.  The LAMDA examiner proved our most proactive yet and was indeed a very familiar face to Brits who had lived in the UK in the 1980/1990s – Julia Watson was a lead actress in the BBC Saturday Night Prime Time TV show “Casualty”!   As well as the examining she did some excellent staff training sessions. Staying on the thespian theme, we also hosted a performance of the “Thucydides Dramaticus – the Theatre of War” for Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 following a recommendation from a parent.  Andronike Makres from the Hellenic Education and Research Centre (HERC) wrote to me this week commenting, “it was a wonderful experience for us to perform at St. Catherine’s British School and we were impressed with how well the pupils coped with such a heavy and narrative-orientated performance.”  It was certainly stretching for our pupils but it reflects our aim to bring important classical literature such as Thucydides closer to the young by means of dramatization of the text – in line with my view expressed las week about how Shakespeare should be watched live!

 

Congratulations are also due to some of our debaters – at the International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD), Dioni Ellinikaki and Dimitra Georgantaki once again qualified for the finals later in the year – this time at Cambridge University. They “broke first” out of 68 teams with NO losses – Bravo!  George Roupas and Alkis Strangalis also made it into the semi-finals with George finishing Top Speaker in the competition – Bravo again!

 

Congratulations as well to the Girls Under 14 Football team who won their tournament at St. Cats last Friday.  Great fun was also had at the KS3 Valentines Ball last Friday – thank you to all the staff and CAS students who gave up their Friday evening to organise it.

 

It was good to see so many parents attend the PTSA quiz night on Wednesday evening – a hard fought ten round quiz saw a parents’ team tying for top spot with a staff team – exactly as it should be!  Thanks go to Maria and Tiffany from the PTSA as well as Janet, Rachel and Lisa from the staff – the food was top-notch too!

 

Before I sign off and wish you a good half-term – a slight respite from the frenetic life at St Catherine’s – I hope you have noticed that the tickets are now available for 60th Anniversary celebration on 24th March at the Grand Resort Lagonissi – you will find the link on an email sent out in the last couple of days.  I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Stuart Smith

Headmaster