Mandoulides Schools’ 12th grade student Apostolos Panagiotopoulos received an honorable mention in the 56th International Mathematics Olympiad, which took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The student participated as part of the National team that represented Greece.
We congratulate our student for his great distinction!
In an atmosphere filled with emotion, this year's 12th grade Graduation Ceremony was held on the premises of the Junior-Senior High School. Mr. Georgios Dellios, Dean of the AUTH Law School, Professor of Civil, Civil Procedural and Labour Law was the keynote speaker of the event. Mr. Dellios originally referred to his close relationship with the Schools since, as he said, "he was a student and close friend of Evangelos Mantoulidis, a classmate and friend to the tireless Aikaterini Mantoulidou and father of three children and grandchildren that he chose to send to this school."
Mandoulides Schools’ student R. Tsiamis, won the gold medal in the 19th Junior Balkan Mathematics Olympiad for Junior High School students, held in Belgrade, June 24th-28th, 2015. We congratulate our student for his great distinction!
In the 3rd Panhellenic Competition for Elementary School students organized by the Greek Physicists Association, the following students received distinctions, out of a total of 2700 participants:
10th grade students participated in the final phase of the Panhellenic Competition for the selection of the best virtual enterprise, which took place in Athens on June 25th, 2015, on the premises of the American College of Greece DEREE. There, our students won seven 50% scholarships for a four year attendance of DEREE College and a full scholarship for the summer entrepreneurship program at the Economic University of Athens for all students.
- 5 students reached the top, having collected over 19000 units
- 23 students excelled, having collected over 18000 units
- 44 students stood out, having collected over 17000 units
- 66 students succeeded, having collected over 16000 units
By preparing ecological paper from recycled materials in the school yard, the pioneering program implemented by fourth grade students "Agents of the Planet, Mission: Trash" was completed. The students, closely following the Agents’ instructions, gave their own proposal for the modern problem of overconsumption of natural raw materials, and actively demonstrated their environmental consciousness, by implementing the basic principles: Reuse - Recycle. This action offered them an ecological course of unique importance for the first grade attendees.
Sixth grade students gained unforgettable experiences, during their three-day field trip to the Epirus, held on 10-12/06/2015, and combined knowledge with fun and play. Initially they toured the P. Vrellis wax museum and visited the island of Ioannina where, through a very pictorial tour, they learned the story of Ali Pasha and saw the house where he lived until his death. In the beautiful forest village "Kedros" they experienced the magic of the mountain, enjoyed the fresh air and the scents, they hiked in the imposing waterfalls of the region and were entertained with various sports activities. They were all enchanted
Intense emotions characterized the graduation ceremony of sixth grade students, which marked the culmination of events of the elementary school, held at the Schools’ Cultural and Sports Center. Children presented a very beautiful celebration with enthusiasm, and were applauded by parents, teachers and friends. They participated in theater, sports and dance performances, sang, danced traditional dances and reminisced, in a climate of nostalgia, on their Elementary school life, which was coming to an end. Teachers and the administration bid farewell to the graduates with many wishes for a creative high school career, full of progress, dreams and inspired goals.
Blossoms and Beatles students explored the wonderful world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in the environmental Dinosaur Park and Mammoth Museum with wonder and enthusiasm. Children admired huge dinosaur exhibits up close, observed and studied real fossils. At the Mammoth Museum, they were impressed by the complete skeleton of a mammoth in actual size and observed fossils. Furthermore, in an original program, they were informed about climate change and the reasons it contributed to the disappearance of these prehistoric animals.
What does life in the forest look like? What is the value of the forest and how valuable is it for the quality of our lives? Beatles students sought answers to these questions with their participation in the innovative educational program: Forest "The Green Factory", organized by the scientific group "Young Heroes". In a forest location in Seich Sou, children explored life in the forest and the secrets of living there in an experiential way. Furthermore, they learned how to orient themselves with the help of a compass, but also how to make a hut out of branches and nests for small birds. Through a hidden treasure game, they observed and explored the beauty of our natural oxygen source.
Young Seeds students had the opportunity to become acquainted with the profession of firefighters with their visit to the 3rd Fire Station of Thessaloniki. Children explored a fire truck, in which they got to see saw the firefighters and vehicle’s equipment up close (helmet, suit, wireless, fire hose, etc.), they learned how the equipment is used and were informed about basic fire safety rules.
Young Day Care Center students (Juniors, Seniors) offered moments of relaxation, joy and optimism and said goodbye to the school year with the performance "Finding summer." With music, songs and dance, children transported viewers to a beautiful summer atmosphere, thanks to their liveliness and spirit.
The educational program "Spelling Lessons", in cooperation with the Institute of Modern Greek Studies, M. Triandafyllidis Foundation, culminated this year in a spelling bee. Fifth and sixth graders with a cheerful mood and high spirits gathered in the elementary school soccer field, which was formatted by Orthografix and his friends for the Schools’ students! Without any stress and anxiety, the children responded to the tests given by Orthografix and wished him a "Happy Summer"!
Mandoulides Schools’ students ranked as follows:
Fifth and sixth grade students concluded their trip in the neighbourhoods of Greece and Europe in the interdepartmental Geography competition, under the educational program "Maps, Compass...Here we go!". With joy and enthusiasm students recruited knowledge gained during the school year in order to be dubbed winners... of Geography!
1st grade students bid farewell to their first year of elementary school by presenting their performance titled "Letters - Words - Stories with cabbages ... and laughter." With imaginative and cheerful songs they brought experiences, knowledge, and performances they acquired during the year to life and travelled to the magical world of their childhood innocence.
Mandoulides Schools, as part of the program "Eating Healthily" welcomed the famous chef Lefteris Lazarou, who revealed his secrets during the event "Fish Raised with care." 5th grade students, the cooking club and parents who attended had an amazing experience!
English Garden students gave countless smiles, full of life and spirit, in saying goodbye to the school year with the presentation of the theatrical performance "The Day the Crayons Quit", based on the homonymous book by Drew Daywalt. Through a story full of unexpected surprises, students convinced the audience that, with willpower, nothing is impossible.
On Saturday, May 23rd, the Fun Fair was held on the Kindergarten and Elementary School premises. Students, parents and friends played and were entertained with pleasant activities. Music, dance, games and workshops provided an opportunity to both children and adults to spend a special evening, and say goodbye to the school year.
Pre-Kindergarten students had the opportunity to observe the impressive changes that occur in nature in spring with their visit to the dam of Thermi. Through an educational walk around the lake, the children observed feathered friends of the city, flowering trees and flowers, and admired the spectacular spring scenery.
In an enthusiastic atmosphere, Kindergarten students brought Ulysses’s exciting return trip to Ithaca to life on the stage, in saying goodbye to Kindergarten. Countless children’s smiles, songs and beautiful melodies flooded the Schools’ Cultural and Sports Center Theater, where children presented the play "The Adventures of Ulysses". The famous Cyclops Polyphemus, fearsome Lotus Eaters, the sorceress Circe, the seductive Sirens and other legendary history figures brought the audience into a world of magic. With their vitality and freshness, students managed to excite and teach us that the journey itself is life experience, full of unforgettable adventures and valuable knowledge.
Six teachers of the Schools participated in the Science Festival of Thessaloniki, hosted on the premises of TIF from 14-17 May, in order to present our Schools’ innovative programs. Students of Mandoulides Schools and other schools of the city had the opportunity to experience the fun side of mathematics, through the program "I think, I feel, I count, I sharpen my mind...", to experiment with chemical compounds and solutions, but also to build a simple engine. They also acted as true hackers, by solving interdisciplinary puzzles on the internet and came into contact with the magic of the biological microcosm, through biology experiments.
Pre-Kindergarten students sent messages of love, friendship and brotherhood through the play "Trigonopsarouli, do not ever trust...an urchin!”. Based on the homonymous tale by Vaggelis Iliopoulos. The young protagonists animated adventures of their favourite hero, proving how, through dilemmas and conflicts, we can find ways to confront injustice, discrimination and exclusion.
Apostolos Panagiotopoulos (12th grade) who will staff the National Team and will represent Greece in the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad to be held in Thailand (July 2015)
On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, the second year of the program «Diploma in Leadership Skills: Children of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow", which is implemented by the University of Macedonia was completed. In the graduation ceremony, the following students of the Schools received their diplomas: V. Niavi (11th grade), S. - M. Digktsi, A. Tagtalenidis (9th grade) and A. Kourti (8th grade) who completed the two-year their studies and students A. Zefgaridou and A. Niavis (A grade), who attended the program during the school year 2014 - 2015. These students will participate in the 1st International Conference “First International Meeting of Children Leaders” to be held on September 26th in Thessaloniki. As part of the same event, students M. Viti (7th grade), V. Triantafyllou, Th. Fesatidou (8th grade), K. Athanasopoulos and I. Liakou (9th grade) participated in the innovative contest «Leadership Skills Contest 2015”.
3rd grade students visited the 12th International Book Fair children’s corner, on Saturday at noon, having been invited by the candidate for the Andersen Prize, author, Eleni Dikaiou. They had prepared a small tribute to her literary work, presented a theatrical event, filled with music and dance and wished the author "Good luck!" from the bottom of their hearts.
The A2 class of the Schools’ Senior High School visited the Association of Persons with Disabilities "Taking action to make a difference", and were informed about the association’s mode of action and operation and offered money and necessary items for the Association’s workshops.
VIZYINOS. THE ROAD TO ISTANBUL" held in Zografio Lykio in Istanbul, under the auspices of the Patriarchate, presented the masterpiece of Georgios Vizyinos: "His life’s only journey." One of the most interesting and charming stories written by the author, infused with humor and irony. G. Vizyinos journeys back to his childhood and embeds intense experiential stories into the essay by describing the harmless and weak-willed character of his grandfather and the authoritarian and his oppressive grandmother. The performance received praise from the audience, as our students were applauded by both participants of the conference of G. Vizyinos in Istanbul, and the students who participated in the first Panhellenic Rhetoric Games, organized by Mandoulides Schools, where the representation of our Schools won first prize, among other school performances, earning the highest score by the judges.
After the excursion that took place in December, the Schools’ Environmental Group returned to the Dam of Thermi to complete the Ecology experiments they had started in the winter. Students also had the opportunity to observe various species of the local fauna such as turtles, frogs and birds, and of course, to admire the spring landscape.
10th and 11th grade students of the Schools presented their work on Case Studies, at the Schools’ Cultural and Sports Center Theater. Case Studies are plausible narratives containing a central scientific dilemma with various aspects, for which the answer is not obvious. Students thus learn through research to develop their critical thinking, to cultivate the ability to overcome business problems and of course the ability to effectively interact with their classmates.
Within the framework of the program Diet Day "Mediterranean Land", which was launched this year, 8th grade students of the Schools prepared an interdisciplinary project involving the lessons of Home Economics and Art. Each class undertook one topic (olive, life cycle of wheat, honey, pesticides in our food.) The students worked in groups during the year and created challenging projects, painted tables, visited beekeeping units and Thessaloniki’s TEI. Each class presented their project, once it was finished, to all Junior-Senior High School grades.
10th grade of the Schools A. Zevgaridou was accepted to the Drawing Intensive program of Brown University in the US to be held from July 13th to 31st 2015. The program is aimed at students interested in drawing and doesn’t require a specific level of expertise to join. During the program, drawing lessons by certified teachers who will help students to build their own portfolio will be conducted.
The 11th grade students of the Schools C. Vafeiadis, A. Dimitriou, T. Zikouli and A. Vardou were accepted by the Economic Bocconi University in Italy (Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi), to attend the summer program «Discover Your Talent - Summer Week »organized from June 30th to July 2nd at its premises in Milan.
Five 11th grade students of the Schools excelled in the 4th National Philosophical Essay Competition organized by the University of Patra in cooperation with the Greek Philosophical Society (GPS) and the Centre for Greek Studies (Greece) Harvard (KES) and with the support of the Panhellenic Association of Scholars (PAS). The competition took place on February 7th, 2015 in the 31st GEL Harilaou. Specifically, the students:
11th grade students I. Vounotrypidou, K. Dervisopoulos, S. Mpampanatsi and M. Sotiroglou participated in the educational program of the Ministry of Education and visited the Jewish Museum in the Auschwitz - Birkenau State Museum. The Museum includes the land which housed buildings for the mass extermination of Jews and more than 150 other buildings for various purposes, such as barracks for the prisoners, camp administration buildings, SS guardhouses, watchtowers, over 10 km. of fences, and the railway ramp at Birkenau.
Kindergarten students (Juniors, Seniors, Seeds) travelled to the magical world of puppetry with the play "All Together" presented by the group "Alantaloumpa" on the Schools’ Day Care Center premises. The impressive puppets and tender tale of Anastasia Asteriou gave solidarity courses, passing along the message of respect for and acceptance of others. After the show, the children undertook roles and became part of the adventure, by dramatizing various scenarios.
Nineteen (19) Mandoulides Schools’ students qualified for the final phase of the student competition «LYSIAS 2015».
Out of these students, the following ranked first in their grade:1st place nationally: Magkas Stylianos (5th grade)
3rd place nationally: Rafail Tsiamis (9th grade)
The students that qualified for the final phase were:
On Monday, April 27th, 2015 Mandoulides Schools’ 3rd Spelling Contest «Eugene the Grammar Enthusiast» was held at the Schools’ Cultural and Sports Center. The three grades of the Junior High School participated in the competition and students from each class competed with one another after having been selected in the preliminary phase. All students attended the process with great interest and through the "game" and fair play, they were stimulated by the spelling of Greek words.
Mandoulides Schools participated in this year’s international Technology competition «F1 in Schools» held in Thessaloniki from April 24th to 26th, at Anatolia college. The Schools’ team called «Infinite Racing» was awarded the prize for Women’s Participation in Motor Sports, as three of the members of the Engineering and Construction departments were girls, who responded successfully to all requirements of the contest.
During the three days of the competition, which took place with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Education, from April 23rd to 25th, 2015, students of the schools that took part were able to express themselves artistically and look for creative and constructive communication channels.
Student R. Tsiamis was chosen to staff the national team that will represent Greece in the 19th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad to be held in June 2015 in Serbia.
11th grade student G. Papachatzakis was chosen to staff the Olympic Astronomy - Astrophysics team that will represent Greece in the 9th International Olympiad in Astronomy - Astrophysics from July 26th - August 4th, 2015 in Indonesia.
With the slogan "Nothing is given free in life! Everything is conquered with courage and effort!!!", members of the hearing impaired community exchanged views with 4th-6th grade students of the Elementary School, at the second meeting held within the program "We talk about us".
Seven (7) Mandoulides Schools students, out of a total of 27 students from all over Greece, qualified for the final phase of the 27th National Computer Science Competition. The students who were successful will participate in the CAMP and claim a place in the National Computer Science team.Students who received distinctions are:
18 Mandoulides Schools’ Junior and Senior High School students participated in the 7th Computer Science student conference held in the "Planetarium" of the Science Center and Technology Museum "NOESIS" from April 21st to 23rd 2015. Students presented five Computer Science projects, out of which three were selected to be presented on the main stage, two were selected to appear in the e-poster show and one of them was presented in RoboLand.
Mandoulides Schools students I. Vounotrypidou, K. Dervisopoulos, S. Mpampanatsi and M.-E. Sotiroglou (11th grade), participated in the student video creation competition «The Holocaust and Greek Jews», organized by the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education and the Jewish Museum of Greece. Their video «Rozina, Robbie, Fernandez» was ranked within the first 5 (no definitive classification) and the above students will go to the National Museum and the Museum of Auschwitz in Poland on 01-03 May 2015 accompanied by the supervising professor, Mr. Dimitris Chatzakis.