Posted on December 16, 2016

My goodness, what an amazing end to an amazing term we have experienced over the last two weeks.  The production of “Blood Brothers” was a show of professional calibre – a point made by several parents as they departed mesmerised by both the dramatic and singing talents of the cast.  I have to add that the quality of our Christmas shows from Nursery and Reception right through to the Upper School have never been better – I had both tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I witnessed the Year 2 repeat their Christmas songs to a spellbound Year 1 in their final Key Stage One assembly of the term.  The Year 7 too brought a packed hall to an emotional Xmas fever pitch as they rounded off a memorable concert on Wednesday.  The festive mood had been well and truly set by the annual PTSA Xmas Fair last Saturday – again a huge thank you to the PTSA who give up so much of their time for our school and philanthropic activity.


Of course focus on academic activity has remained high on the agenda despite the seasonal festivities.  All seven of our Oxbridge applicants were called for interview over the last ten days – a considerable feat itself given the exacting assessment tests and thorough scrutiny of application forms and academic records.  We will have to wait until the New Year to discover if the actual interviews went as well.  I have also been distributing Headmaster’s Commendations in this final week – once again I have been incredibly impressed by the hard work of our students as well as the generous reception of their peers upon the announcement of the awards.  The work ethic is deeply embedded within our students – arguably the most important aspect of any individual’s personal development.


It has been a hugely successful term not least with the ISI Inspection in early November.  The final report will be published early in the New Year and you will not be surprised to know that it is extremely glowing!  And then of course the much anticipated news about our new building development – since I announced the formal ratification by the Municipal Council of Kifissia a couple of weeks ago we have already been moving quickly, reactivating our meetings with the lawyers, banks, architects and our project team.  2017 will be a really exciting year and I look forward to sharing our vision for St. Catherine’s with our whole community before February half term.  I will announce a date as soon as possible after the holidays.


Talking of dates, as you will have seen from the website pop-up, we are planning a Gala Spring Ball to celebrate the 60th year of St. Catherine’s.  The date to block out in your diary is Friday 24th March and the venue will be the spectacular Grand Resort Lagonissi!  It promises to be an amazing event at an amazing location – more details will be sent out early in the New Year but please do note the date in your new diaries!


Finally I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year!


Καλές Γιορτές και Ευτυχισμένος ο Καινούριος Χρόνος


Stuart Smith