Posted on April 7, 2017

The Spotlight version of “The Lion King” on Wednesday was a magnificent production to end another busy term here at St. Catherine’s.  The dancing, singing, and acting of the children were a pure delight and the guest appearance of Ubuntu, the African Dance Group, added another dimension to the whole show.  A huge well done to all the children and also to the staff Spotlight team of Ms McCarter, Ms Zerva, Mrs Jackson and Mr Bradley.  Sport and outdoor activity has also featured predominantly this week: in the Key Stage Two Assembly on Wednesday we welcomed back into school Chejon Fernandes to recount his gold medal winning performance at the Rio Paralympic Games last September as well as provide some useful motivational tips for our Junior COBIS team who head off to the UK next Monday for the 2017 Games in Milton Keynes; at the Under 15 Sports Festival held at Campion on Tuesday and Wednesday both our teams won the respective overall competitions in Football, Basketball and Volleyball.  Indeed the boys were undefeated in all competitions – bravo to all!  A glorious day yesterday saw an outstanding Key Stage Three Sports Day down at Filothei with Mayflower leading the way home from Endeavour, Revenge and Victory.  The quality of athleticism was mirrored by the fact that 18 school records were broken.  The IA Silver Award expedition to Gherania returned on Wednesday after three grueling days – great team work enabled the group to complete a most difficult route – again bravo to all!


The IB2 Art Exhibition also proved a real draw with a large turnout for the private viewing on Sunday evening – the impressive feature of the pieces on display was the variety of style and theme, creative and daring are two words that spring to mind.  I am also delighted to report that all of our four IB2 applicants have received in total eight (8) offers from Medical Schools between them!  This is a most impressive achievement by Nina Voyatzaki, Daniella Soussis, Natalie Georgopoulos, and Natalia Chilal – again well done to all of them.  I am also pleased to report that two IB2 students have just received offers from two prestigious US universities – Omar Fidawi from Stanford and Yianni Karellis from Berkeley.  The commencement of study leave for IB2 and IGCSE students this week heralds for them a busy month of revision and focussed study before the real business of the examinations begin.  With some school-bound revision sessions over the Easter holiday they should be ready for the challenge ahead – good luck to all our students taking public examinations this summer.


I would like to end with reference to a letter from SOS Children’s Villages Greece thanking the PTSA for their magnificent efforts on Sunday 19th March down at their Children’s Village in Vari.  I have sent out a copy of the letter by email to our whole school community.  Again a superb exchange of St Cats Acts and wonderful nature of our work.


Stuart Smith