After rather a dislocated week that greeted our return from the Christmas vacation, it looks as though some normality is returning to the weather at least in relation to the temperatures!
I am pleased to inform you that the ISI Inspection report is now in the public domain – you may access it via the Information tab on this website or alternatively it is also on the ISI website: www.isi.net . To be judged as excellent across all categories is a superb endorsement of the quality of education provided here at St. Catherine’s. My previous experience of twelve years of headship in the UK provides me with an awareness of how outstanding our school actually is – nevertheless it is still reassuring to have it confirmed by an ISI team including inspectors with considerable experience of headship in both UK and International schools. Congratulations to everyone in the St. Catherine’s School community – pupils, staff, governors and parents alike.
I am also pleased to report some outstanding achievements announced last week. Three of our IB2 students have been successful in receiving offers from the highly competitive selection process for places at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Congratulations to:
- Eleni Athanasiou – Modern History at Oxford
- Ioannis Karellis – Human Political and Social Science at Cambridge
- Daniel Cronin – Geography at Cambridge
Both Eleni and Ioannis have been at St. Catherine’s since nursery whilst Daniel is a more recent entrant from a British Embassy family. Needless to say they have the offer but a lot of hard work remains between now and the summer to ensure that they achieve the grades! Ioannis Karellis is also celebrating selection along with a fellow IB2 student, Sam Manchester, for the National Debate Team who will represent Greece at the World Schools’ Debate Championships in Bali in the summer. Congratulations also go to the IB1 team of Eleni Papafilippou, George Alevras and Michael Batavanis who have secured a place in the EUSO (European Union Science Olympiad) Panhellenic Final later in the year.
I would like to flag up two upcoming events that I am sure you will find really enjoyable whether your children are involved or not. Firstly there will be a Flute Concert in the School Hall on Saturday 3rd February featuring many of our talented youngsters from across both Lower and Upper school as well as the “rarescale Flute Academy” from the UK. Also our Year 11 will be performing “The Merchant of Venice” the week after on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February.
Many of you will have seen the 60th Anniversary mugs and tile coasters at the PTSA Christmas Fair in December and you will notice that there are pictures on the St. Cats Today gallery. These are available for sale from the Lower and Upper School offices. Prices are: large mug €8; medium mug €7; tile coasters €4.
As we get back into the swing of the New Year I would also like to point out that the school calendar for 2017/2018 academic year can be viewed on the website under the calendars tab.
Coming up this week:
Tuesday 17th January:
- Lower School Open Day
- Partnership with Parents – LAMDA
Thursday 19th January:
- Year 5 – Day in Ancient Athens Workshop
- KS1 /KS2 Pupil Progress Meetings (3.45-7pm)
Friday 20th January:
- Debate Tournament – Moraitis
Saturday 21st January:
- Debate Tournament – Moraitis
Sunday 22nd January:
- St Cats Alumni Basketball Tournament vs Moriati Alumni