Head of Foreign Languages Dpt.

Αναστασία Λάζου Διευθύντρια Ξενόγλωσσου Τμήματος

Anastasia Lazou
Head of Foreign Languages Dpt.

Learning to speak a Foreign Language is a prerequisite for the preparation of the citizen of tomorrow. Our program is designed to provide our students with a diverse and rich foreign language environment in which they develop positive attitudes to the foreign languages we offer. In applying the international educational system of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), students are taught English from pre-kindergarten and French or German from Grade 3 (3 Demotikou). Through creative activities children attain basic language skills at an early age.

Students learn by engaging in individual or group projects and presentations, attending and participating in plays, watching foreign language films, and borrowing literary works in a foreign language from the school library. The school introduces them to different cultures. A good example is our bilingual program. In the bilingual program students encounter English naturally and in a pleasant way. Language is taught much like it is in an English school. They participate in creative activities and celebrate holidays that are celebrated abroad such as Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.

The Foreign Language Department is implements the IB PYP program. Our students are well prepared for the next educational level which is the MYP.

Head of Elementary School

Δρ. Διονύσης Τσαφταρίδης Διευθυντής Δημοτικού

Dr. Dionisis Tsaftaridis
Head of Elementary School

 

Platon School upholds a strict commitment to educational values and to a harmonious and balanced development of its students. The school is a ‘Life Lab’. Here life is approached through education and interaction. We instil a strong sense of positive self esteem in our students while ate the same time encouraging them to be courteous, kind, prudent and creative.
Furthermore, at Platon School students are not criticized or “judged” they are evaluated. Knowledge is not merely “knowing” facts but also attaining an understanding of the subject at hand. We do not merely seek knowledge but we aim to teach our students to learn how to learn and ultimately applying the knowledge we gain correctly. Our students begin to understand that they do not simply exist; they go from “I” to “we”, embracing a coexistence.

 

At Platon School we do not work ‘as’ a family. We are Family! A Greek Family! With the same immutable principles and values! Our school fosters these values, we teach and uphold them. This is our commitment! We are parents, we are teachers, and we are mentors for our students!

 

Kindergarten Principal

Δήμητρα Μπέλλου Διευθύντρια Νηπιαγωγείου

Dimitra Bellou
Kindergarten Principal

Kindergarten is a child’s first entry to the world of formal education. Surveys have shown that the early childhood years lay the foundation for future growth and development. The aim of Kindergarten is to help young children develop physically, emotionally, mentally and socially. In Kindergarten we implement the International Baccalaureate (Primary Years Programme) which enhances the national program. Students in a safe and stimulating environment, explore with their senses, create ideas with their imagination and build their knowledge. The experience they gain through the programs we offer is the keys to their success. Our cornerstone is “learning to learn”, where the focus of the educational process is on the student.

The activities developed by the interdisciplinary studies show increasing difficulty, with regard to the objectives and expectations. Subjects are chosen in order to provide students with the opportunity to research and to collect data and materials, which are discussed in the classroom. The children work in groups (Cooperative Learning), assume roles and responsibilities, and mutually help each other. Our program is comprised of lessons and activities in the following areas: Language (oral communication, listening and writing), Mathematics, the Environment, and the Arts.

Kindergarten students begin to prepare for first grade. The children come in contact with what is required of them. They begin to learn the alphabet and syllables, grammar and math. Each child has their personal portfolio. The portfolio contains work presented in chronological order to chart the student’s progress throughout the academic year.

PYP Coordinator

PYP Coordinator

Stelios Stilianidis – PYP Coordinator

Becoming a student is a milestone in the life of a child. Research has shown that children do better at school if their first classroom experience is governed by quality, safety and creativity. A child must be in an environment that attends to their natural inclination to learn. Thus, each day must be filled with creative activities and positive stimuli. Teachers help their students build confidence and self esteem by exploring their talents. For all children, even those that seem more independent than others, the beginning of their education is a step towards a new world full of promises, and a step away from a world that is familiar. Educators and parents have special techniques to support children at this time. It is of utter importance to maintain a close working relationship between the family and the school.

Before the school year begins, we invite parents to join their children at school helping them get familiar and feel safe and comfortable in their new environment. Then, once the children have adapted to the classroom, they are encouraged by their teachers to bring photos of their family to connect family and school life. At Platon School, we feel it is important from the very start to be aware of children’s feelings of hesitation and reservation and to help them smoothly adapt to changes. We empathize with a child’s concerns during this transition and we assist them in understanding themselves and their classmates. The child is now a member of a peer group with similar interests. The school becomes the child’s link with society. At Platon a child builds self awareness by discovering his peers are similar and different, working as a member of a team they learn to respect diversity.