Posted on January 29, 2018

This last weekend of January 2018 proved to be an exceedingly hectic one for the St Catherine’s school community.  It was great to see so many of our families turning out on Saturday afternoon for the St Cats Acts “Cook for Good” activity.  The plethora of beef and rice, spinach pies, Greek salads, and cheesecakes were created by enthusiastic parents and children before distribution to a range of needy children and families.  Mr Protopapas from SOS Villages, Greece, Mrs Sofianidou from EPAPSI (The Association for Regional Development of Mental Health) and Mr Mavridis, the Mayor of Pefki/Lykovrissi, were effusive in their praise of how our school community come together for such an amazing event – well done to everyone involved.   Following my visit to the Pefki/Lykovrissi Town Hall on the Saturday evening to assist in distributing the food, I was also present at the annual Tositsa Foundation Vasilopita cake cutting and Awards Presentation on the Sunday.  For those of you who are not aware, our sports fields actually belong to Tositsa and we also use their refectory to run not only our IB Mock examinations in January but also the real thing in the summer.  Ours is truly a symbiotic relationship.

Our debaters have also been really busy.  Our senior representatives were in Istanbul for the Eurasian Schools Debate Tournament throughout the week.  The top Greek team including Jason Singer reached the finals and lost narrowly to a team from Pakistan.  Another of the Greek teams featured Fonie Mitsopoulou and Dimitra Georgantaki who reached the semi-finals – indeed Fonie finished the tournament as overall 4th Best Speaker!  Our other team members were Dioni Ellinikaki and George Roupas.  The absence of these five obviously left a gap for the Moraitis Debate competition over the weekend.  Although none of our teams reached the semi-finals this year, our nine teams including many from Key Stage Three did us proud.  A special mention should go to two Year 8 pupils, Carolina Bafas and Alexandra Drimiotis who finished 34th out of 84 teams – most of which were comprised of much older students.  However, in the junior event there was some success which augurs well for the future.  Out of 36 teams the St Catherine’s “Demogorgons” team of Melissa Gavrielides and Naomi Meyers finished in 2nd place whilst in the individual speaker rankings they were joined in overall 6th position by Matthew Banner.  Yesterday our MUN (Model United Nations) team headed off to The Hague for a week of intense competition – we wish them all the best for this most prestigious of competitions.  Also this week a number of our Year 12 students are involved in the PeaceJam Youth Leadership Conference, one of the highlights of which will be the lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate, Adolfo Perez Esquivel.  Saturday saw more St. Catherine’s success with our European Union Science Olympiad team of Alex Psalidopoulos, Nick and George Ilioudis finishing fourth in a National Science competition.

Last week saw the second of our Lower School Pupil Progress meetings whilst in the Upper School our Year 13 Parents Evening is scheduled for this Thursday, 1st February and the Year 11 Parents’ Evening for next Tuesday, 6th February.

Stuart Smith

Headmaster

Coming up this week:

Monday, 29th January:

  •       MUN Conference

Tuesday, 30th January:

  •       Upper School Entrance Testing
  •       MUN Conference

Wednesday, 31st January:

  •       Years 5 & 6 Basketball @ St Lawrence
  •       PTSA Visit – Wine and Greek Cheese
  •       MUN Conference

Thursday, 1st February:

  •       Varsity Boys Basketball @ St Lawrence
  •       Varsity Girls Basketball @ ACS
  •       Year 13 Parents’ Evening
  •       MUN Conference

Friday, 2nd February:

  •       PeaceJam – Youth Leadership Conference @ B&M Theoharakis Foundation
  •       MUN Conference