Posted on November 6, 2017

The morning after the weekend before….once again the PTSA Annual Halloween Event proved a great hit with the St. Catherine’s community.  Bravo to the PTSA, staff and student volunteers for converting the school into a mystical, spooky, and ghostly dell (especially given the weather conditions earlier on the day!)  Bravo to the children and families for their own contribution to the magic of the event with their phantasmagorical costumes and make-up!  Bravo to the creators of the creepy, weird and hair-raising pumpkin heads – an eerie and sinister bunch that made it really difficult for Wizard Smith to choose a winner!  Bravo again to the PTSA, staff and student volunteers for returning the school to normality by Monday morning!


Last week was also a busy week for some school trips with the Year 5 out at the Acropolis and Year 8 at the Lavrio silver mines on Thursday, 2nd November.  The Year 12 students also visited the Greek Parliament on the last day of October whilst the older students welcomed representatives from Suffolk and Syracuse Universities at the end of the week as part of Higher Education awareness raising.  A number of IB2 students were also taking university-based tests for Oxford and Cambridge last week – yes, the competition and pressure remains as high as ever!


Another new addition to our sporting calendar was the participation of our Under 16 Boys and Under 18 Girls teams in an international football competition in Verona, Italy.  The boys qualified for the semi-finals losing out to Cairo 2-0 and unfortunately lost their 3rd/4th play-off match 1-0 to Lausanne, Switzerland.  The girls finished in 6th place overall after winning their final play-off match – these were excellent achievements as both teams were somewhat younger than their competitors.  They enjoyed their time in Italy even though the Serie A match they attended between Chievo Verona and Napoli ended in a dull and boring 0-0 draw!


This weekend sees the Remembrance Sunday service taking place at the British and Commonwealth War Cemetery at Faliro and this year St Catherine’s pupils will be providing the music and readings at what is always a most moving ceremony. As part of our Remembrance activities this week, I took assemblies with Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Both groups seemed to really enjoy and understand the messages in the two stories I read to them – “The Hen and the Great War” to the younger ones and “War Horse” to the older ones. I must say that their listening skills and attention was absolutely exemplary.


Coming up this week:

Monday, 6th November:

  •       Varsity Girls Volleyball @ SLC

Tuesday, 7th November:

  •       1C & 1D Zoo Trip
  •       Lower School Open Day
  •       Senior Maths Challenge

Wednesday, 8th November:

  •       Year 8 Parents’ Evening
  •       1A & 1B Zoo Trip
  •       World Scholars Cup
  •       Dr Nigel Holt visiting from UK

Thursday, 9th November:

  •       PTSA Cultural Trip visiting the Queens Estate (Pyrgos Vasilissis) in Ilion

Friday, 10th November:

  •       Remembrance Service Rehearsal

Sunday, 12th November:

  •       Remembrance Service @ Faliro War Graves
  •       Athens Classic Marathon


Stuart Smith