Posted on November 4, 2016

The first week back after half term and it hardly seems as though we have been away – there is just so much going on here at St Catherine’s!  Today has seen the Nursery and Reception children (and staff!) dressing up in their scary Halloween costumes – I am sure that we will see many more amazing outfits tomorrow at one of the highlights of the St Catherine’s PTSA Year – the Halloween/ 5th November celebrations.  I look forward to seeing many of you there – even if I do not recognise you!


It has been an extremely busy week on many other fronts too – Year 1 had a delightful day at the Attica Zoo on Tuesday whilst Year 5 enjoyed excellent weather on their trip to the Acropolis yesterday.  Many of the older students have been busy with entrance exams for Oxford and Cambridge as well as UK Medical Schools whilst we have also hosted university advisor presentations from Sciences Po in Paris, Bocconi in Milan and the university colleges from London.


In my Remembrance Day assemblies this week to Key Stage Two and Key Stage Four/ IB I have been focusing on the theme of Remembrance in relation to the Great War – the Anzacs at Gallipoli, Rupert Brooke on Skyros – as well as closer to our own day with Brigadier Stephen Saunders, the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy at the beginning of this century.  Many of you will be aware of his bronze bust by the entrance to the Lower School and perhaps too of his assassination by “November 17” back in June 2000.  Some of you will also be aware that his wife Heather was one of the Brownie Pack leaders here at St. Catherine’s – a week on Sunday the Brownie Pack will be assisting with the Service of Remembrance at the Faliro War Cemetery.  This is always a most moving and poignant ceremony.  We will also hold our own sign of respect with a two minute silence here in school at 11:00 next Friday, 11th November.


Some congratulations are also due this week to the following students:

  • Amelie Dueckelmann Von Dublany for achieving the highest mark in the world for IGCSE foreign language German in 2016.
  • Ioannis Karellis and Samuel Manchester who have been selected for the 2017 Greek National Debate Squad.
  • Nikolas Kamarinakis who has been selected for the Greek National Cyber Security Team who will be travelling to an international competition in Germany.

I do hope that many of you are looking at the alumni section of our website and related social media – you may have noticed two alumni of St Catherine’s, sister and brother, Tatiana and Nicholas Hadjisava Kaufman are making a real name for themselves in the world of media.  Their most recent success is as producers of “World Party” – a popular TV show on Alpha.

This morning we also carried out our statutory termly Earthquake Drill – I must comment on how sensible all the children across the whole school were in carrying out this important practice in exemplary fashion.  Mrs. Theoharakis will be sending out our normal reminders about procedures if such an eventuality were to occur.


Upcoming events this week:

Tuesday 8th November:

  •         ISI Inspection – Day 1

Wednesday 9th November:

  •         ISI Inspection – Day 2
  •         Year 5 “Acropolis comes to life” Assembly

Thursday 10th November:

  •         ISI Inspection – Day 3
  •         Syracuse & Suffolk Universities Visit

Friday 11th November:

  •         ISI Inspection – Final Day
  •         Armistice Day

Sunday 13th November:

  •         MDA – Special Olympics Hellas Marathon
  •         Remembrance Sunday


You will notice that we will be visited by an ISI (Independent Schools’ Inspectorate) team next week led by Dr Stephen Grounds from the UK.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who completed the questionnaire prior to half-term.  ISI received 634 responses which was an increase of 171 in 2013.  We really appreciate this whole-hearted support and we look forward to welcoming the team of Inspectors from the UK and across the globe to St Catherine’s next week.


Stuart Smith



PS. In case you were wondering, the pictures on the St Cats Today page of the website showing plastic bottles being dropped from the Christine Warren Tutte Building was part of a Year 10 IGCSE Physics experiment led by Dr Reiman and Mrs. Kourkouli!