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The Greek School of Oxford - Summer term arrangements (24th Apr - 11th Jul)

Dear parents,

I hope that you are all doing well and that you had a good Easter break.

First of all, I would like to thank you for your support to the School during our transition to online classes. These first three weeks allowed everyone to adapt to the new setting and we are now ready to move on to the next phase of our distance learning.

More specifically, in the summer term, teaching will continue online and during the same one hour for each class, unless the circumstances surrounding the pandemic change. Nonetheless, to make the lesson more engaging for our young learners and to allow for more interaction between students and teachers, the sessions will now be taking place via live audio (live video is not considered suitable due to various safeguarding and privacy concerns).

More precisely, we have now embedded the extension "Google Meet" into Google Classroom. At the beginning of every lesson, teachers will upload a link to Google Meet on each Google Classroom's steam. By clicking on this link, students will be able to join the audio session, where the teacher will be delivering the lesson live. Students will thus have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in class discussions, exactly like in a physical classroom. However, I should underline that Google Classroom remains a basic tool for the learning: teachers will be uploading in the class stream all the teaching material they are using and students will continue to upload their assignments in the same way as before.

The worksheets uploaded to Google Classroom will be available even after the class. However, since recording the live audio session goes against the School's safeguarding policies and is therefore not possible, children should attend during the actual hour of the lesson, so that they can keep in track with the classwork and taught material.

I do hope that lessons in this new phase will run as smoothly as the ones before Easter and I remain at your disposal if you need any help or clarifications.

Kind regards,

Ioannis Fotiadis

Headteacher

Onsite school closure - switching classes to e-learning

Dear parents,

This is the latest update regarding the School's reaction to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Since the health & safety not only of our students but of everyone in our community is our top priority, the School Committee has unanimously agreed yesterday to suspend teaching within the School premises until the 4th of April (in the first instance). I want to reassure you that this measure is solely precautionary, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and not related to any cases identified within the Greek School or St. Barnabas Primary School.

However, to ensure that this decision will not affect students' learning, teaching will still be offered to all our learners via Google Classroom, which we had already set up since last year (at the same time, we will be evaluating other methods of remote learning delivery, that are supported by our current technology, against safeguarding and other limitations). More specifically, the platform which was previously being used for homework will now also function as an environment where teaching will be delivered.

The plan is as follows:

  • Teachers will be available on Google classroom for an hour on the usual day of teaching: 6.00pm - 7.00pm for the Friday classes, 11.00am - 12.00pm for the morning classes of Saturday and 1.15pm - 2.15pm for the Saturday afternoon sessions. The committee approved this slight reduction of teaching time to allow for teachers to prepare for the exigencies of online tuition.
  • Students will be provided with Learning Objectives, PP slides, worksheets and learning activities, with which they will engage during the aforementioned slots.
  • Subsequently, parents will upload screenshots of students' work, which will be marked by the teachers.
  • At the end of the lesson, homework/extended learning will be provided. During the sessions students will be able to post any questions or comments they have on the platform and teachers will respond in real time.

Finally, I will be available online during said times to assist with any issues that might occur.

Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the current coronavirus pandemic, we are trying our best to minimize the impact on learning while also not compromising students' and staff's health.

Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation and I wish you health during these challenging times.

Kind regards,

Ioannis Fotiadis

Headteacher

Christmas Celebration and Bazaar

Our Christmas Celebration took place on Saturday, December 14th. Our celebration was packed with a number of activities from all age groups, including Christmas songs by our school choir, theater plays and poems. Santa made a special appearance at the end and gave presents to all our pupils! Our school headteacher Ioannis Photiades presented the activities and our teacher Aliki Dermati spoke about the importance of this celebration.

Our celebration also featured a Christmas Bazaar, with delicious sweets, Christmas cards and Christmas socks kindly provided by our Parish members. We also had a number of game activities for children to take part. All proceeds went to the school and we would like to thank all parents for their contributions!

Parents Day and Open Day

We had our Parents Day on Saturday 30/11 during school hours, when parents discussed with teachers of all classes about their children's progress.

As part of this event, we had an Open Day slot for parents of prospective pupils (or adults wishing to join our respective class) . During this time, parents or adults wishing to join the school could discuss with the Headteacher and Chairman of the school any questions about classes, timetable or other topics.

We had coffee and cookies in the School Hall throughout the event for those who wanted to stay a bit longer!

Celebration for the Greek National Day (28th Oct 1940 - OXI day)

Our celebration of the OXI day took place on Saturday, October 26th. It was extremely well-attended by both parents and children, so many thanks to all for your participation!

Our pupils across all classes conducted various activities according to their age, after weeks of preparation with their teachers. Our school headteacher Ioannis Photiades presented the activities and our teacher Elena Karafotia spoke about the importance of this celebration and its association with today's geopolitical situation around Greece and Cyprus. We closed the celebration with the national anthem.

Our Annual Sanctification (Αγιασμός)

Our annual sanctification at the Greek School of Oxford took place last Saturday, September 14th. As the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on the date, Father Ian explained to our pupils the meaning of this celebration and we then proceeded with sanctification for our pupils, staff and parents.

The Greek School of Oxford - Beginning of the school year 2019/2020

Αγαπητοί γονείς,

Μετά τις διακοπές του καλοκαιριού σας καλωσορίζω πίσω στο Ελληνικό Σχολείο της Οξφόρδης. Εύχομαι να είχατε ξεκούραστες και ευχάριστες καλοκαιρινές διακοπές.

Το σχολείο μας ανοίγει στις 6 Σεπτεμβρίου για τις τάξεις της Παρασκευής και στις 7 Σεπτεμβρίου για τις τάξεις του Σαββάτου. Οι μαθητές/τριες θα ξεκινήσουν από την πρώτη κιόλας μέρα, κανονικό μάθημα με τους νέους δασκάλους τους. Για τον λόγο αυτό, παρακαλώ να φέρουν μαζί τους τα βιβλία και το υλικό που χρησιμοποιούσαν την περσινή χρονιά.

Πιθανώς να έχετε παρατηρήσει την αλλαγή της ονομασίας των τάξεων, η οποία έχει κριθεί αναγκαία για την καλύτερη οργάνωση του σχολείου και τη συμμόρφωση του με τα αγγλικά πρότυπα. Ωστόσο, θα ήθελα να σας ενημερώσω ότι η σύνθεση των τάξεων παραμένει η ίδια όπως και πέρσι, το ίδιο ισχύει και για την ημέρα και ώρα προσέλευσης των μαθητών/τριών. Οι νέοι μαθητές/τριες του σχολείου μας θα λάβουν σύντομα email στο οποίο θα γνωστοποιηθεί η τάξη τους καθώς και η ημέρα και ώρα που θα προσέρχονται στο σχολείο.

Την πρώτη μέρα τα παιδιά κάθε τάξης, πριν το μάθημα τους, θα πρέπει πρώτα να προσέλθουν στην αρχική συγκέντρωση στην οποία θα γνωρίσουν τον δάσκαλο τους και θα οδηγηθούν στην καινούργια τους αίθουσα. Για τους λόγους αυτούς η έγκαιρη προσέλευση στη συγκέντρωση είναι απαραίτηση. Θα παρακαλούσα επίσης ανάλογη τυπικότητα στις ώρες προσέλευσης καθ' όλη τη διάρκεια της χρονιάς.

Εύχομαι σε όλους ένα παραγωγικό και ευχάριστο σχολικό έτος! Για οποιαδήποτε διευκρίνιση είμαι πάντα στην διάθεση σας.

Με εκτίμηση,

Ιωάννης Φωτιάδης

Διευθυντής

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Dear parents,

I would like to welcome you back to the Greek School of Oxford. I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.

The Greek School of Oxford is opening for the new school year on Friday, 6th of September, for Friday's classes and on Saturday, 7th of September, for Saturday's classes. Lessons will be held on the first day so students should bring along their books, notebooks and files they were using last year.

Probably, you may have noticed a changed in the way classes are named. This has been deemed necessary to ensure that the school is better organised and conforms to the UK school standards. However, I want to confirm that all students will attend the Greek School same day and time as last year in the same groups as before. Our freshers will receive an email soon indicating their class, as well as the day and time they will be attending our school.

On the first day, all students must attend the assembly which will take place in the main hall. There they will meet their new teachers and they will be taken to their new classrooms. Therefore punctual arrival to the assemby is necessary and similar punctuality will be exptected for the rest of the school year.

I hope we will have a productive and pleasant school year. I am at your disposal for any questions or clarifications.

Regards,

Ioannis Photiades

Headteacher

The Greek School of Oxford is looking for enthusiastic teachers to join its vibrant community from September 2019.

Due to the increased numbers of nursery students that will be joining us the new school year, we are looking for a teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Studies. At the same time, we always welcome applications from teachers that can cover our wide range of other classes (Year 1-6, GCSEs and adult groups). Candidates should have a teaching qualification and should also be fluent in English. Although previous teaching experience is desirable, newly qualified teachers are also welcome to apply. The school operates on Fridays (6-8 pm) and Saturdays (11 am-3.15 pm).

Those interested can send their CV to headteacher@greekschoolofoxford.org by the 23rd of August, with interviews taking place soon afterwards.

School Committee Elections - Sunday, July 7th.

These are the current nominations for the SC elections to take place during the Annual General Meeting on July 7th at 13:00 at St Barnabas primary school. You can also nominate yourselves on the day by contacting our Secretary Ann Lingas who will be present in the AGM.

Candidate Statements

John Kostoulas

John is the father of 8-year old Valena, who has been a pupil in the school for the last five years. John has been involved in the school committee since 2016 and as chair of the committee since August 2017. Having seen the school growing and progressing in the last few years, John is looking to contribute to its further establishment as a great place for children to learn, form strong relationships, understand Greek culture and heritage, and shape the future of the Greek community in Oxford together with their parents.

George Krasopoulos

George Krasopoulos is the father of two boys attending the school and husband to Cathy. He has been an active member of the school committee and Treasurer for the past 3 years. His intentions are to help the School to succeed and develop; creating an environment of learning, trust and support where the Greek community of Oxford and everyone else willing to learn about Greek language and culture, can attend and enjoy.

Christos Zois

Christos Zois is the father of two boys attending the school. He has been a member of the school committee since 2017.

Metaxia Pavlakou

Metaxia (Menia) Pavlakou is the mother of 8-year-old Orestes and 4-year-old Aris. She has been member of the committee for the past three years and has been actively involved in the school, offering singing sessions to the children. As an educational researcher and music teacher, Metaxia is interested in helping the school develop further with a program richer in artistic activities, a carefully planned curriculum that covers the individual needs of our learners, and a stimulating learning environment that keeps our children motivated and excited about the Greek language and culture.

Summer Fair and Annual Parents Meeting - a big Thank You!

First of all, we would like to thank you for attending the AGM this year. It is very important to hear your views in making the school better every year. The draft minutes have already been posted on the website.

Thank you also for coming to our summer fair, although we started later than expected and it was really warm in the rooms. Thank you for your patience. The children however did their best and enjoyed their performances. Thank you as well for all the delicious food you brought. We are more than grateful!

During the fair, we had our school logo competition and would like to thank Andrea Antoniadou and Chara (Joy) Cleverly for participating! One of Andrea's proposals was the one to get the most votes.

We are very sad to see Mrs Sofia Williams and Mr Nikos Mitakidis go this year. They were fantastic members of our team. Their enthusiasm, their planning, their initiative and creativity made the lesson a pleasant and fun environment. Both their groups were benefited not only by their skills but also by their character and ethos. Thank you very much and our door is always open, if you wish to return. At the same time, we are pleased to welcome Miss Andromache Kesoglou, who was at our fair, to our school from September.

Greek School of Oxford participated in British Museum's Great Postcard Challenge!

On Sunday 4th March 2018, students and parents of the Greek School of Oxford visited the British Museum for an exclusive exhibition called Community Preview of Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton & Leigh Fermor. The exhibition explored the friendship of the artists Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika and John Craxton with the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and how their work was inspired by a shared love of Greece.

As part of this visit, our students took part in the Great Postcard Challenge and had their own artwork, inspired by the exhibition, displayed at the museum on the day.