Posted on February 13, 2017

There is a school of thought, and one that I subscribe to, that Shakespeare should be watched live or even performed if one has the chance!) rather than simply read. This was certainly confirmed, if there was any doubt, by our production of “The Merchant of Venice” in the latter part of last week. An inexperienced cast directed by Mrs. Voutsadakis pulled off an outstanding job – the central theme of prejudice in the form of anti-semitism was confronted head-on with no holds barred! In a week that saw the Year 11 Parents’ Evening it was indeed fitting that an IGCSE set text should be covered in such a way – really good preparation for the summer examinations as well. Congratulations to everyone involved in this superb production.

 

The older end of the Lower School were also very busy last week in a variety of different activities. The Year 5s had a fascinating visit to the Planetarium on Wednesday – I hope they saw the Full Moon too during the week. The Year 6s welcomed renowned children’s author Sofia Paraschou into school – the pupils performed some of the scenes from her book and they listened intently as she related some of her own sprightly tales. They also learned about how to go about writing their own stories. On Saturday a group of Year 5 and 6 girls with Mrs. Pyett and Ms. Voase went to Campion for a thought-provocating and practical science experience.

 

Saturday also saw the climax of the World Scholars’ Cup. Thirty students from Years 7 – 10 participated along with 250 others from local schools in the Regional Qualifying Round of the World Scholar’s Cup held at Ekpedeftiki Annagenesis School. It was hard fought comprising of three debates, an essay writing competition, a challenge multiple choice test and the loud and entertaining Scholars Bowl Quiz Show with all the tasks focussed on this year’s theme of An Unlikely World. Also there was an optional talent show which saw six of the eleven acts featuring St Catherine’s students who confidently and spontaneously performed song, dance, gymnastics, yoga and even a poetry recital in front of the packed hall.

 

The team came back laden with medals and trophies and ten of our twelve teams qualified for one of the semi-final Global Round events in the summer in either Hanoi, Cape Town or by good chance Athens! There were many fantastic achievements. Special plaudits go to Carolina Bafas of Year 7 who was selected to represent the school in the Debate Showcase and was placed third out of 160 Junior Division students despite being one of the youngest. Sophia Banner was also selected to be a Showcase Debate judge on the basis of her strong performance while Stefanos Kirkis was awarded the medal for being our top Senior Division competitor. Congratulations to everyone!!

 

This week also holds a lot more in store for our students – particular highlights will be the Year 11/12/13 Art and Music trip to London (it looks somewhat cold there at the moment!) and the performance of John Lignadis’s play “War, Teacher of Violence: The Plataia Affair and other Tragic Events” to Years 5-8 on Wednesday. The play is a dramatization of selected passages of Thucydides’ “History of the Peloponnesian War” and focusses on the timeless and universal theme of the tragedy of war. To find out more you can log on to www.war.dramaticus.org/en/home.

 

On a happier, romantic note don’t forget Valentine’s Day Tuesday 14th February!

Coming up this week:

Monday, 13th February:
– Year 4 McArthur Glen Trip
– U14 Girls Football @ St Cats

 

Tuesday, 14th February:
– U14 Girls Football @ St Cats
– Year 11 Parents’ Evening

 

Wednesday, 15th February:
– LAMDA Lower School Examinations
– Governors/ SLT Workshop

 

Thursday, 16th February:
– Year 8 Trip to Ancient Agora of Athens

 

Friday, 17th February:
– KS3 Games Day
– KS3 Valentines Ball

 

Sunday, 19th February:
– LAMDA Lower School Examinations

 

Stuart Smith
Headmaster