Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas Bulletin Boards

This year the students decided to decorated the boards with their own wishes, memories and resolutions. Some of them were really moving and made us feel very emotional.


















Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Christmas play: Santa's Helpers!

This is the effort of some of our younger students. We prepared a cute little play called "Santa's Helpers"
They are very sweet!

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I'd like to thank all the students who gave their best in their performances, but also those who helped as well, before, during and after our show! It was a really team effort!

Until next year...to be continued!

Christmas Party!

Once more, our annual Christmas party was held at the premises of our school on Friday, 21st December. Our students enjoyed themselves and later their parents, relatives and friends, who chose to attend, applauded our children's choir-small but great!- and a sweet play called "Santa's Helpers." 

As Director of Studies and owner, I would like to wish Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to every student of our school. I would also like to thank their parents for honoring us and entrust us with the education of their children. 

























Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Until next year (....?)

It was one of the best Wednesdays, the 14th of November! My students came to receive their diplomas! I felt so excited and extremely proud of them!




It was one of the few Wednesdays I felt so carefree and happy in the past year. The financial crisis has affected severely every single citizen in my country. Many of us, school owners, do not know if we 'll be able to open our schools next year. We are asked to pay new taxes and change so much within our own school, that I don't know if it's going to be realistically possible to maintain financially and practically our schools. So many years of fighting, struggling to achieve the best and offer quality services to our students, to find ourselves living with uncertainty for our future. 

Nevertheless, when you look at your students' eyes, everything disappears! Taxes, obligations and payments. You feel like a parent, when they see their children moving on and leaving the nest. These kids have a special place in my heart because I saw them growing up in front of my eyes. They belong to the first class of the school ever created, seven years ago! Seven years later, they're young teens, full of dreams and full of life! 
                        

                         

My only wish is to see them being really happy in their lives. My only wish is to know they're happy. Nothing else, no matter what their choices in life might be. Congratulations to all of them and I wish them the very best!

You toss and turn every night, thinking about survival....Eventually, at the end of the day it all comes down to this...and you feel relieved, happy and loved, even if it is for a few minutes! They hug you, give you a sweet kiss, telling you that they love you and thanking you for the years you offered them. What they probably do not know is that a teacher offers a piece of their heart to each of their students.



Congratulations, Class of 2012!!!
You'll always be in my heart!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Happy Halloween, until next year!




As we do every year, we celebrated Halloween and had a lot of fun! Kids were excited about it, and they waited patiently for the trick or treat moment! Even the younger students anticipated this week, though they didn't really know what was all about. Other came in disguised as vampires and witches! We talked about spooky incidents and narrate and listen to scary stories. They practiced their listening skills by watching videos from famous films. We read several versions of Jack O' Lantern's story in class. It was a fun week both for students and teachers. Let us hope for a great one also next year! :)

See some of our pictures here 

Students talking about their favourite horror film.

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Trick or treaters!

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Happy Halloween, until next year.......

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween once more!

 


My kitchen table is full of photocopies, old and new material for the classes and new crafts ready to be created! 


 Many of my colleagues feel very hesitant towards even talking about this kind of holiday, but once you start, you never stop! There are so many ideas that teachers around the world are willing to share-and we are very grateful for it!- so there is no excuse!!!



A special thanks to all the pinners at Pinterest, a huge source of interesting and useful sites for teachers -and not only!

My Halloween Board on Pinterest 
The little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything
Wicked tips/crafts
Making Ghosts
Hanging bats
Looking for Dracula (so fun to perform it in the classroom)
31 days of Halloween 
Scary stories to tell in the dark (an absolute must! The kids love it!)
Halloween with Friends  and the worksheet from Busyteacher
Busyteacher Halloween worksheets
Flashcards
Corpse Bride 1 
Corpse Bride 2
Corpse Bride 3
List of Halloween movies for teens
Top 9 Halloween Movies for School-Aged Kids
The Village worksheet
Nightmare before Christmas worksheet 1
Nightmare before Christmas worksheet 2
Ghostbusters scene 1 - Great for practicing Conditionals (What would you do if you saw a ghost in the library?)
Ghostbusters: Venkman gets Slimed
King of the pumpkins 

DIY Angry birds masks 
Bugs Bunny Halloween
Twilight Zone worksheet 1
The Twilight Zone Companion Lesson Plans for Teachers
Halloween Songs for Kids
Halloween songs
Spooky Spooky - Halloween Song

Halloween Worksheets

Halloween Printable Worksheets

Halloween Worksheets and Printables

Halloween exercises and worksheets

Printable Halloween Worksheets for Kids




                                Have a great Halloween!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) for 2013 – Key changes and overview

Global webinar on next year's changes. Learn more about it here

HAU announcement ECCE & ECPE exams date change

In view of the date of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Greece, the Hellenic American Union has revised the dates of the University of Michigan ECCE and ECPE written section examinations as follows:

ECCE: Saturday, May 26, 2012
ECPE: Sunday, May 27, 2012

More information here