Posted on January 24, 2017

Yesterday saw the final day of the IB2 and GCSE mock examinations for our Year 13 and Year 11 students and, although this pressure point has now passed, coursework deadlines and indeed the summer examinations are only just around the corner!  A momentum has been created which needs to be maintained right through until the summer.  The Year 13 Parents’ Evening next week – Thursday, 2nd February – and the Year 11 Parents’ Evening the following week – Tuesday 7th February – will prove vital in pinpointing areas to focus on as the students prepare for these all important examinations.  In both cases – IGCSE as well as IB – the results achieved this summer will go a long way to determining their future.  In Lower School the first of our new-style Parents’ Evenings took place on Thursday where pupils were involved in discussing their progress and how to improve with their class teacher and parents.  We have received a lot of positive feedback on this and the second such evening takes place later today.


Mrs. Peters contends that there is a correlation between academic success and debate competition!  There appears to be some evidence to support this contention! Once again St. Catherine’s students excelled at a major Athens Debate Tournament at the weekend.  We had a number of teams competing at the annual Moraitis Debate Tournament from Year 6 through to Year 13 and there were many notable successes.  Four of our senior teams reached the semi-finals – out of a total of 76 in the whole competition!  Dimitra Georgantakis and Dioni Ellinikaki; Maya Paniaras and Eleni Papafilippou; George Roupas and Thalia Agoglossakis-Foley as well as Sam Manchester and Ioannis Karellis were our four teams in the semis with several of them hitting the top ten in the individual rankings.  Ioannis Karellis came out as overall best speaker.  No surprise that Ioannis and Sam reached the final – last week they were selected to represent Greece in the World Championships in Bali – it was a little surprising that they did not win the final however!  Nevertheless Sam made up for this disappointment by winning the Impromptu Competition – the final of which also saw Athina Smatsi and Ioannis in contention.  Our juniors also earned with great credit in their first competitive action –  sixteen Year 6 students participated and Mrs. Batavanis believes that their “amazing performance” was the best ever debut from a St Catherine’s Junior team.  This certainly augurs well for the future.  On Friday our MUN (Model United Nations) team visited the Tunisian Embassy to discuss issues relating to the environmental, disarmament and human rights ahead of their participation in the major European Contest next week in The Hague.


Last week also saw the Year 5s enjoy their Day in Ancient Athens workshop and the older Year 10 and IB1 students visiting the Onassis Cultural Centre to participate in a show transcending the boundaries between Art, Technology and Science – photographs of both can be viewed elsewhere on the website.


Finally I would like to flag up some upcoming noteworthy events in our school calendar

Firstly, the first PTSA St. Cats Act of the year, “Cook for Good,” this Saturday 28th January.  This amazing event is a great advert for our philanthropic efforts.  I look forward to seeing lots of families this Saturday from 4:00 pm.

Secondly, as mentioned last week two artistic events of real note are fast approaching:

  • Saturday 23rd February: Flute Concert
  • Thursday 9th / Friday 10th February: “The Merchant of Venice”


Coming up this week:

Tuesday 24th January:

  •         Lower School  Parent’s Evening


Thursday 26th January:

  •         Yrs 7 & 8 Mixed Basketball Tournament


Saturday 28th January:

  •         Annual Tennis Tournament (Yrs 7,8 & 9)


Sunday 29th January:

  •         Annual Tennis Tournament (Yrs 7,8 & 9)
  •         MUN conference in the Netherlands


Stuart Smith