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Latest News

• Bakers at Work

Children in Year 4 have been learning about where our food comes from in Geography this term. They have thought about how different ingredients are exported and around the world to fulfill our needs. Read more...


• The Yellow Brick Road

The Junior Drama Club, along with help from several members of the Senior Drama Club, waltzed down the yellow brick road under the direction of Ms L. McMullin on Wednesday the 1st June 2016 for a memorable performance of The Wizard of Oz. Read more...


• Creativity is Contagious, Pass it on!

"Creativity is Contagious, Pass it on!" Albert Einstein cleverly pointed out. And that's certainly what's been happening in the Junior Art Club which is held every Friday afternoon under the expert tutelage of Ms Dova. Read more...


• We Came as Strangers, We Leave as Friends!

On Friday 10th June, 2016, Ms Rickard's Year 6 class performed the Leavers' assembly for this academic year. In their show, called St Lawrence Has Got Talent, they took a very positive look back over their time in Junior School with an entertaining collection of tasks to carry out. Read more...


• Rhythmics

On Thursday 2nd June, 2016, the Rhythmics and Cheerleading Clubs put on a show in the indoor gym to a very impressed audience of parents, peers and teachers. Read more...


• Lygeri's Journey

In May, each of the 3 classes in Year 2 scurried off to Athens in search of a real life historical experience. The enchanting Benaki Museum near Syntagma was the venue for Year 2 pupils to take a magical trip into the past as it illustrates so well the character of the Greek world from times gone by. Read more...


• On the Ancient History Trail

On Wednesday 1st June, Year 5 as a whole soaked up the history of old Athens when they visited one of two main attractions in the city centre. One group headed for the archaeological site of the Classical Agora, in Plaka, Athens. The pupils who follow Greek History and their teachers, Ms Kyriakopoulou and Ms Tsirigoti, followed the route of the ‘peripatos’ that leads from the Acropolis to the Agora. Read more...


• Move It

On Friday, 3rd June, Ms Siafakas' Year 5 class entertained us with a fun-filled assembly all about playground games. The pupils showed us all not only why it's so important to keep ourselves amused in the playground, but various ingenious ways of doing so. Read more...


• Aim High

New school records were achieved in Years 5 & 6 on Tuesday 31st May 2016. The day saw great excitement and tension mounting for competitors as the High Jump finals for KS2 were held in a most eagerly awaited competition.  Read more...


• The Recess Queen

Ms Katsamba’s and Ms Pateloudi’s Reception children put on a wonderful assembly on Friday 3rd June all about playtime.In a fast-moving set of playground scenes, the children learned how to resolve conflict and even befriend the most difficult child in the school so that they could play safely and happily together. Read more...


• Junior Debate 2016

Congratulations to Joanna Sakkadas and Markella Papadopoulos, the 2016 St Lawrence College Junior debate champions. Read more...


• Let the Sea Set You Free

Summer holidays are just around the corner so let's remind ourselves how we should behave at the seaside. Did you know that by 2050 there might be more plastic waste in the sea than fish? Read more...


• Is that the Chatanooga Choo Choo?!

On Thursday 26th May, Year 3 were treated to a trip to the Athens Railway Museum to support this term's topic of study in Geography. Read more...


• Little Farmers in Action

'Why try to explain miracles to your children when you can just have them plant a garden?' What a true sentiment, and yet how easily we forget! Well, Year 1 recently had a delightful trip to the Garden Activity centre in Vari known as the Perivoli. Read more...


• Year 10 Experience the Beauty of the North

Last weekend the Year 10 pupils enjoyed a recreational and educational three day trip to North Greece.  They had the opportunity to visit the beautiful village of Anavra in Magnesia, a small settlement that has transformed itself to become a model of rural sustainability for all of Europe with an eco-park, organic farming, a wind farm and much more. Read more...


• Sports: the Greatest Physical Poetry

The highlight of our annual school sports calendar is undoubtedly a successful sports day. With each key stage of the school having its own sports day this month, there was certainly a competitive and excited feeling in the air. On Thursday 12th May, Years 4 to 6 had their day, with Years 1 to 3 a week later on 19th May. Read more...


• Bonjour!

The French Department happily took the Year 5 French class to have a truly Gallic experience - a continental and quite delicious breakfast at the famous boulangerie-patisserie PAUL in Glyfada on Wednesday 18th May. Read more...


• I Dream my Painting and I Paint my Dream

On Wednesday, 13th April 2016, once again Year 2 headed for the Vorres Museum in Paiania. The children's artistic morning there started with a tour of the contemporary art exhibitions where they contemplated the images and messages the artists were trying to portray. Read more...


•Buzz Buzz Busy as a Bee

On Thursday 12th May, Year 2 buzzed off to the honey workshop ‘Zaxaios Patitiri’ in Paiania, to learn about honey production. Read more...


• Fire Fighters to the Rescue

To reinforce the topic, “People Who Help Us”, the Foundation Stage Years 1 & 2 classes visited the fire station at Hellinikon on Thursday 12th May. Read more...


• First I saw a white bear, then I saw a black, then I saw a camel with a hump upon his back!

On the last day of the Spring term, Friday 22nd April, the Foundation Stage classes visited the Attica Park Zoo in Spata for a little taste of the wild side of life that's on offer to see there! The Reception classes followed this with their own exciting trip there during the first week of the Summer term, on Thursday 12th May, 2016. Read more...


• Table Tennis

The St Lawrence College Table Tennis Championship recently came to a close with some very exciting matches and some outstanding results. Read more...


• Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

One act of kindness really stood out this month from a pupil in Year 3 when she made the brave and generous decision to donate her beautiful long, dark hair to an organisation that would put it to good use. Read more...


• This is your Conscience Calling

'May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears,' said Nelson Mandela. This motto was explained very well indeed on Friday, 15th April, by Ms Orfanogianni's capably confident Year 6 class. They performed an outstanding assembly titled 'Choices' which showed us what it means to make the right decisions every day. Read more...


• When Telephones had Wires

On Monday 11th April, Year 4 visited the OTE Museum in Kifissia. The children were fascinated to find out how people in the past used to send information long before the invention of telephones, using both fire and hydraulic telegraphs. Read more...


• Without History, there would be no Future

On 13th April 2016, Year 6 pupils went on two different but equally fascinating trips to support their History lessons. Read more...


• Anyone for Tennis?

Well it seems that an awful lot of pupils at St Lawrence are saying 'Yes' to this age-old invitation these days! There's no stopping the youngest and oldest pupils in the Junior School from participating in many tennis tournaments both at school and in other venues. Read more...


• Good to be Me!

On Friday, 8th April, Ms Bondiotis' Year 3 class treated us to a lovely assembly entitled 'Good to be me.' The children gave us a wonderful experience of self-acceptance and understanding that we all have equal value in the world no matter where we start out or what we are. Read more...


• Telling the Truth

On Friday 1st April, the whole school was treated to two assemblies on a wholly appropriate theme for a day on which many people's noses grow a little like Pinocchio's! Telling the Truth was the title for each. Read more...


• Greek Independence Day

As a celebration of Greek Independence Day, a performance of exceptional effort and quality was put on by the children of the Junior School under the guidance of our dedicated Greek department. Read more...


• Forensics

Another very successful Panhellenic Forensics Association Tournament this year, which took place on the 17th - 20th March, as St Lawrence College achieved very impressive results! Read more...


• Outstanding Performances Once Again

Tuesday March 22nd saw St Lawrence College host the girls under 16 basketball tournament. 4 schools participated, ACS, Campion School, ISA and ourselves. Read more...


• Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

In order to reinforce the topic of Space currently under study, the Reception classes visited the National Observatory of Athens in Thissio on Tuesday 22nd March for an enlightening and fascinating look at a presentation designed just for them. Read more...


• Forensics 2016

This weekend, 30 of our pupils, ranging from Grade 7 through to A-Level pupils, will be representing the school at the Panhellenic Forensics Association Tournament. This annual event sees eighteen schools and over 400 participants from across Greece compete in a range of speaking disciplines. Read more...


• Carnival Fiesta 2016!

On Friday, 11th March, St Lawrence College put its party face on and celebrated the carnival season in style, with every pupil and member of staff in fancy dress and in the best mood too! Read more...


• Inside Out

On the morning of Friday, 11th March, Ms Fermelis and her class had double the excitement of the rest of the school. Alongside it being Carnival Day, it was also the day of their all-important class assembly called Inside Out. Read more...


• Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole...

On 4th March, the Early Years classes were given a further chance this term to interact positively with another couple of Man's Best Friends, two adorable dogs named Westley and Phantom. Read more...


• Change can be a Good Thing

On Friday 26th February 2016, Key Stage 2 attended the fun-filled assembly put on by Ms Stathopoulos' energetic Year 3 class to be taught all about the subject of Change. Read more...


• You Can Count on Me

On Friday, 26th February, 2G put on a delightful assembly called Friendship, in which the children explored the true meaning of being a real friend to someone. The class, under Ms Grivas' guidance, cooked up a tasty recipe that combined beautifully to make a wonderful friendship. Read more...


• Fixed Vs Growth Mindsets

On Friday 4th March, Ms Babti's Year 4 class gave a splendid assembly on the theme of mindsets. Parents, teachers and the children of Key Stage 2 thoroughly enjoyed the lively performance put on by 4B. Read more...


• Junior School Quiz Week

This was the week of exciting Interhouse Quiz Finals in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 as the teams of contestants battled their way through the challenging questions posed to them by our Quizmaster Ms Diplas. Read more...


• Bullying is only temporary, but lessons you learn from it last a lifetime!

On Friday 4th March, an up-and-coming singer songwriter from Long Island in the USA came to St Lawrence to share her songs and her philosophy with the pupils of Years 5, 6 & 7. Read more...


• Helping those Less Fortunate

Last week, a group of St Lawrence College Year 7 pupils were busy filling the shelves at Social Grocery of the Municipality of Markopoulos with kindly donated clothing. Read more...


• A Tribute to William Shakespeare

Twenty Senior Drama Club pupils of St. Lawrence College paid homage on Friday 19th February to the great Bard of Avon who died in 1616. The stage became their world as they enacted “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”. A difficult play in Shakespearean English, the Drama club pupils worked hard to bring this production together. Read more...


• International Competition for Young Debaters 2016

On Saturday 27 February, over 50 teams gathered at Ekpaidevtiki Anagennisi school to compete in the Athens round of the International Competition for Young Debaters.  Read more...


• Fitness Is Fun!

Throughout the month of February, our Junior School pupils were given the opportunity to participate in many fun sports activities organised by Ms Kalara and the PE department here at St Lawrence College.  Read more...


• A Visit from the English Theatre Company

On Wednesday, 24th February 2016, St Lawrence College was delighted to host a visit by the renowned theatre company known as 'The English Theatre Club'. This dedicated group of actors put on an array of performances which had each audience in turn more engrossed than the last!  Read more...


• Dance Like No one is Watching!

"Let's dance!" as David Bowie said. Well the pupils of Years 4, 5 & 6 did not stop dancing on Friday 12th February at the second disco party of the year. Read more...


• Five a Day

Ms Tapankidis’ Year 2 class assembly took place on Friday, 12th February. The pupils gave parents and KS1 pupils a spectacular “5 A Day Live” News Programme on Healthy Eating. Read more...


• Talk to the Animals, just like Doctor Dolittle!

On Monday, February 15, 2016, the three year groups: FS1, FS2 and Reception, hosted an amazing animal visit from Attica Zoo. Two experienced handlers brought a menagerie of unusual animals for our youngsters to get up close and personal with in the classroom. Read more...


• IA Pupils Explore Mt. Hymettos

Year 10 Bronze International Duke of Edinburgh pupils spent a day on Mt. Hymettos this week (17th February). They were in teams of 7 pupils, with the main aim being to develop their navigation skills. Read more...


• Celebrations at Scholar's Cup

Last weekend, 21 pupils took part in the inaugural Athens Scholar's Cup. The weekend consisted of several competitions including essay writing, debate, and various quizzes. First and foremost, it was a hugely enjoyable weekend, but it was also very successful for the SLC team. Read more...


• A Thrilling Week in Sport

What a week it was for St Lawrence College sports! Monday February 8 saw our boys and girls under 14 football teams participate in inter-school tournaments at Campion School and St. Catherine’s School. Read more...


• Never Give Up!

That was the message that came across loud and clear from Ms Maniatis' Year 6 class in their assembly on Friday, 12th February, 2016. They recounted a selection of stories about some of the most well-known figures in the world, people who seem to represent the very idea of success, yet failed before eventually succeeding. Read more...


• Practice Like You’ve Never Won Before; Perform Like You’ve Never Lost!

And that's what each and every one of the dedicated members of the Senior School Forensics Society is aiming to accomplish in these busy weeks leading up to the 2016 Panhellenic Forensics Association Tournament at Ziridis School in Spata, Attiki. Read more...


• Out of the Darkness

On Friday 29th January, 2T performed their marvellous assembly on the theme of “Light and Dark.” They defined the terms - with a bit of help from Kermit and Grover – and understood that light is the absence of darkness; light is in fact what helps us see. They taught us about sources of light and shared some fascinating facts on the topic! Read more...


• Paris, Powdered Wigs and Seduction! – National Theatre Live

Clad in their best finery a happy gathering of St Lawrence pupils, teachers and parents, 45 strong, came together to watch the much acclaimed theatrical adaptation of Pierre Choderlos pre-revolution classic “Dangerous Liaisons”.  Read more...


• Eat with the Rainbow

On Friday 5th February, Years 3, 5 & 6 were given an illuminating talk on healthy eating by Tammy Valta Nijhof, a dietary expert and graduate of The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. She focused on passing on a message that every child would be able to relate to with an interactive presentation and amazingly informative points of interest.  Read more...


• Eat Your Way to Good Health

"Be a fast food detective and you'll go far, look on every menu, every box, and each jar," sang the children of Ms Pavlounis' Year 5 class on Friday 29th January. With a song and a smile, the class enthusiastically taught us all about how to eat healthily and consume the right foods for a healthy lifestyle.  Read more...


• Horsey, Horsey, Horsey

"Horsey, horsey, don't you stop; just let your feet go clippety clop!" So goes the song, and on Friday 29th January that was just what our little cherubs in Foundation Stages 1 & 2 were very happy to do. They visited the Antoniadou Stables near Keratea for a fun-packed day during which they met all the farm animals that live there and learned about their habitats in and around the stables.  Read more...


• Every Child is an Artist

"Every child is an artist". The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up," said Pablo Picasso. And how true this is, as true today as it ever was. Creativity is a vital part of every child's upbringing and here at St Lawrence we do everything that we can to develop a child's experience of art as much for enjoyment as for its educational value.  Read more...


• All the World's a Stage

Well, some may say the whole world is but a stage, others may say it's not, but everyone who attended the theatre visit on Wednesday, 20th January, would surely agree that the stage in front of them was as full of life as any scene they'd ever encountered. Despite the pouring rain and traffic delays, the children in Years 2 to 6 happily trundled off to downtown Athens in order to enjoy a performance of the well-known story 'Ta Psila Vouna,'  Read more...


• Pet Day

On Friday the 22nd of January the Early Years' children enjoyed a tremendous Pet Day at school. Many children brought in their pets from home to "show and tell" to their friends. All in all, an adorable little rabbit ,a sweet tortoise and two exceptionally well-behaved dogs came along to visit us.  Read more...


• BOO! Scared You!

On Monday 11th January 2016 the Reception classes attended the creative workshop titled “Hello Mr Fear” at The Emotions Museum in the centre of Athens. This trip linked in with their ‘Dinosaurs’ topic and really brought their learning to life. Read more...


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