The summer term has started in blistering fashion in more ways than simply the temperature! The IGCSE and IB public examinations are well and truly underway whilst the Sports Day season is very much upon us – the Year 5/6 Sports Day at Filothei saw Victory run out as winners whilst great fun was had by all at the Reception Sports last Friday. Chejon Fernandes, the gold medal-winning Paralympian from Rio last year and our good friend came into school for a Key Stage Three assembly in the first week of the new term to repeat his motivational tips for our Year 7/8 COBIS team as they prepare to head off to Sheffield on May 17th. His words proved really helpful for our Junior Games team in Milton Keynes over Easter break.
The beginning of the Easter break had seen a really successful reprise of the “Hoops for Hope” Charity Basketball tournament. Congratulations go to Michalis and Georgios Tsikopoulos as well as Evangelia Voukidis (all Year 12 students) who organised the event whilst thanks are also extended to Navarino Telecom SA for sponsoring the event. €2.207 was raised for the UNHCR in order to support their invaluable refugee relief work. The latter part of the holiday saw another very successful Sports Camp organised by our own Mr Grannon and Mr Moustakas. Look out for details of the one planned for the first week of the summer holidays! Don’t forget too there will also be the annual Summer School for the younger children organised by Mrs. Westerink.
The Bank Holiday weekend saw the Year 10 Bronze International Award team on expedition in Helikon – a successful trip lead by Dr Miniotis, Mr Sharratt, Miss Eaton and Miss Voase. Friday 28th April saw the Year 9 visit to the Cultural Centre of Nea Smyrni and Year 2 quizzed a visitor from the 17th Century – the renowned diarist Samuel Pepys was in school to answer their probing questions. They certainly knew about his life and times – well done Year 2. The Year 2 pupils had also enjoyed some modern visitors earlier in the week when the Fire Brigade were in school – they asked lots of questions of them too!
Huge congratulations to Year 8 student Filippos Nasiakos who came out on top in the National Rock Climbing competition for the second year running – he is hoping to join the full national team in the World Championships in Austria in July – watch this space! Bravo as well to Dioni Ellinikaki and Dimitra Georgantakis who spent the Bank Holiday weekend at Cambridge University competing for Greece in the final of the International Competition for Young Debaters.
Finally on Saturday we welcomed members of the glorious Greece 2004 European Championship winning side to the school for a charity soccer even in aid of local Athens children’s charity Kivotos. It was great to see the likes of Aggelos Basinas, Antonis Nikopolidis, Giourkas Seitaridis, Takis Fyssas, Leonidas Vokolos and Sotiris Kyrgiakos taking on students from across the school and playing alongside parents and staff in aid of a worthwhile cause – bravo to everyone who played.
Coming up this week:
Monday 8th May:
- Key Stage 2 Sports Day (Filothei)
- Year 1 Trip to Eltrak
Tuesday 9th May:
- Year 3 Maths Workshop for Parents
- 6A & 6C Landscape Drawing Trip
Wednesday 10th May:
- U16 Tennis @ Campion
- PWP Yrs 4-6 “Residential Trips”
- 6B & 6D Landscape Drawing Trip
Thursday 11th May:
- Visit to see the Red Arrows at Tanagra
- Year 5 Maths Workshop for Parents
- Oxford University Visit
Friday 12th May:
- Nursery Trip to Garden Centre
- Year 4 Maths Workshop for Parents
- U14 Tennis @ ACS