On Saturday I attended the debate tournament held at St. Catherine’s School in the north of Athens. 

Fourteen schools were represented there and there was a total of 72 teams made up of two pupils each. St. Lawrence College sent nine teams and we got one team into the final. Being completely biased I was convinced our team had won the debate. The judges didn’t agree with me however.

That said, who won wasn’t really the point. It is the taking part. I know that is a cliché, but with good reason, To see so many enthusiastic young people researching, planning and discussing ethical, cultural and political issues so effectively, while making new friends in other schools – that was really what it was all about. I got the chance to chat with colleagues from other schools too.

Then on Sunday it was the 8 th “Race for the Cure” in Athens. This fundraising event, aimed at the fight against breast cancer, gets bigger every year, as does our school’s involvement with it. Through the organisation of Ms Kladouchou we had an amazing 111 pupils, parents and teachers represented at the event this year – the seventh time we have been involved as a school. Apart from being so important it was great fun – congratulations to Ms Kladouchou who managed to get there andcoordinate – even with a broken foot!