A modern Greek odyssey

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TRIP to Greece and vis­it­ing his­tor­i­cal and re­li­gious sites for three weeks will be a high­light of the school year for a group of Year 11 and 12 stu­dents from St Ge­orge Col­legewho are un­der­tak­ing mod­ern Greek stud­ies.

The school has forged ties with uni­ver­si­ties in Thes­sa­loniki and Rhodes and twice a year, Greek lec­tur­ers pro­vide video con­fer­enc­ing ses­sions to aid stu­dents’ de­vel­op­ment in their lan­guage stud­ies.

The study tour aims to … im­merse them in the Greek lan­guage and cul­ture by at­tend­ing classes in schools in Thes­sa­loniki and Rhodes.

On April 13, the stu­dents fly to Athens and will be ac­com­pa­nied by the head of the ju­nior school, Stephanie Kos­me­tos, and mod­ern Greek teacher An­gela Drakopou­los.

On April 13, the stu­dents fly to Athens and will be ac­com­pa­nied by the head of the ju­nior school, Stephanie Kos­me­tos, and mod­ern Greek teacher An­gela Drakopou­los.

Ms Kos­me­tos said the trip would not only be ben­e­fi­cial from a cul­tural and lan­guage point of view but would be a bonus for stu­dents who were com­plet­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion project as part of the SACE re­quire­ments.

Ms Kos­me­tos said the trip would not only be ben­e­fi­cial from a cul­tural and lan­guage point of view but would be a bonus for stu­dents who were com­plet­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion project as part of the SACE re­quire­ments.

The project re­quires the stu­dents to fol­low up on their as­sign­ment task on a fa­mous Greek and in­ter­view aca­demics to do fur­ther re­search.

The study tour aims to as­sist stu­dents to com­plete their in-depth study re­search and to im­merse them in the Greek lan­guage and cul­ture by at­tend­ing classes in schools in Thes­sa­loniki and Rhodes, and daily in­ter­ac­tion with the lo­cal peo­ple,

Ms Kos­me­tos said.

Global ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents are key strate­gic pri­or­i­ties for stu­dents at St Ge­orge Col­lege.

The group will also go to Rhodes to visit classes at lo­cal schools, tour the an­cient ru­ins in Del­phi and at­tend lec­tures at Univer­sity of the Ae­gaean (Rhodes). They will visit the tomb of Phillip – the fa­ther of Alexan­der the Great – tour the Parthenon and the new Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum, and travel to the north­ern re­gion of Greece and Me­te­ora – a place of re­li­gious sig­nif­i­cance.

Year 11 stu­dent Vic­to­ria Pa­paniko­laou, 16, has trav­elled to Greece with her par­ents and is look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing his­tor­i­cal sites that will help her Year 12 in-depth study project. Vic­to­ria plans to study mod­ern Greek at a ter­tiary level next year.

I am look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum of Dion as I haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity in my pre­vi­ous hol­i­days to visit,

I am ex­cited to re­visit the Parthenon be­cause of its his­tor­i­cal mean­ing and its breath- tak­ing panoramic view of Athens, as well as the New Acrop­o­lis Mu­seum, the Me­te­ora and Vergina in North­ern Greece.’

 

MAR­TINA SIMOS

ED­U­CA­TION WRITER

Advertiser: Education on 17 March 2015

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