Posted on January 24, 2019

The New Year has certainly started in earnest for our Year 11 and Year 13 students as they move towards the end of their important mock examinations this week. Whilst on the academic front, we have also received some excellent news either side of the vacation as three of our IB2 students received early offers for US universities namely, Georgetown, NYU and Chicago and another three received offers from Oxford (Modern History) and Cambridge (Social & Political Sciences and Natural Sciences). Of course, a lot of hard work is still required for them to achieve the offers but getting the offer in the first place is still an excellent achievement.

St. Catherine’s British School is committed to the ongoing professional development of our staff and each year we invest a great deal of our budget in ensuring our teachers remain at the top of their game. Recently, our Lower School teaching team benefitted from some excellent INSET presented by Tara Loughran from the UK on Developing Excellence in Maths whilst next month we will be welcoming back Pie Corbett, a renowned UK expert on Reading and Writing in English. Pie went down very well (forgive the pun!) when he came out for our COBIS Teaching and Learning Conference in the spring of 2015 so we are looking forward to some more high quality training which of course will help all of our children as well.

The PTSA ‘’Cook for Good’’ event on Saturday also drew a large number of St. Catherine’s families – it was great to see so many of our community coming together for such a fun, yet really purposeful, philanthropic activity. This year, 1000 food parcels were put together for those local families in Lycovrissi who struggle to make ends meet, for the social welfare department of Marathon many of whose residents are still in shock following the catastrophic fires of July 2019 as well as for the NGO STEPS ‘’One-Stop’’ project (see https://steps.org.gr/en/one-stop/) . Bravo to everyone concerned! A big thank you as well to the sponsors: V Gourmet Catering for providing not only the cooking equipment but also their chefs; Tentstyle for covering and heating the outdoor cooking stations; Zewa for the paper rolls and Amaryllis Café for their delicious cakes. Incidentally on a similar culinary theme a group of our year 12 CAS students have been selling a cook book of Middle Eastern recipes put together by refugees and endorsed by three Michelin-starred chefs (see picture). Entitled “Recipes Welcome – The refugee recipes that borders couldn’t stop”, the book costs €25 with all the proceeds going to the Elea Project charity. If you are interested in finding out more about the Elea Project and buying a copy of the book, then go to their website: www.projectelea.org.

Wishing everyone in the St Catherine’s community a happy and prosperous New Year – it is certainly going to be a busy exciting year for the school.

 

Stuart Smith

Headmaster