Friday, 28 March 2014

ECPE links

I have categorised as well as updated all ECPE links on our school blog:

http://markaki-students.blogspot.gr/2009/11/useful-ecpe-links.html

Do take a look! Lots of useful information!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Read about Women's Day

Do you know how it all started? 

Read about Women's World Day and its connection to the protest against war as described in the UNA-Canada site and find a vast array of information and photos about women's history and achievements in the websites listed here:

http://markaki-students.blogspot.gr/2010/03/8-march-international-womens-day.html

'Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.'

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Saturday, 8 March 2014

A school of nature and colors!



An absolutely alternative perspective of education grows just 
a few miles away from Rethymno in Fourfouras village.

This project is an inspiration of Angelos Passias, a young 

and talented pedagogue 

who identified that there is a huge 

barrier between society and schools 

and his vision is their conjunction , a 

school that respect its students where 

kids would develop and express their personality and will not 

feel isolated or alone.


Assisted by some 

innovative 

teachers he started this 

project,

"school of nature and 
colors!" , an 

alternative educational model 

that fits perfectly in such an 

agricultural society as Crete.

A school full of creativity and self management , in which pupils are taught beyond the curriculum how to sing and dance ,perform theatrical plays,raise funds for their school through a vegetable garden and make their activities and campaigns known to the public through their blog and online channel  Fourfouras TV!

Lets hope that Angelos initiative will be the step for a next generation educational system.




Friday, 7 February 2014

Starting to blog



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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Do we need to learn foreign languages?

It is said that learning foreign languages helps people to broaden their horizons.Others say that everyone  will have  to learn   at least a foreign language as globalisation plays a major role .But if we take a closer look in this topic , we will realise that there are both positive and negative aspects to consider.

   On one hand, lots of students leave their countries to complete  their studies or to find a job.Studying in abroad  means that you will have to be an owner of  a foreign language certificate as you will have to study books which are written in a different language than yours. Simultaneously,you also become more familiar with the language and the culture of the country you  study in. Another significant advantage of studying foreign languages is that helps lots of people to find a job.For instance, a man named Sam Chewkas opened the first  Greek bookstore in New York .Despite the fact that Sam Chewkas is Nigerian,  his love for the Greek language has made him to open a bookshop which provides to students who want to complete their studies a  huge amount of  books which include ancient and modern  literature and history and biographies which are written in Greek and English .

   On the other hand, learning a foreign language has also its drawbacks .Sometimes to accomplish a foreign language course,you will have to devote a lot of time studying the language and also to forget your native language.Moreover, lots of youngsters who study foreign languages they try to combine foreign words with words which belong to their native language and unfortunately the ministries of education cannot do anything to prevent it .

    Considering both sides, the obvious conclusion that we could reach is that learning a foreign language provides you a kind of knowledge that can be  characterised as a privilege  but we should not also forget that native language comes first .

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Congratulations, Nassia!

Great news on our very first day back to school: Nassia Tournaki has passed the CPE exams with a straight A after only 8 months of (admittedly) hard work! Congratulations, Nassia! We have had the pleasure to teach you since the A' Junior and we can confidently say that you deserve the high grade! In the photo, you can see Nassia providing the world with some serious food for thought.

 

Sunday, 22 December 2013

The return of the Bloggers

It's been almost a month since we sit the Michigan  Proficiency exam.While we were studying for the exam , our techers in our english school urged us to blog in a regular basis so as to enrich our english vocabulary and learn the language better.We did this and we saw satisfactory results.Our teachers praised us when we were blogging and they were satisfied with our progress(well, they knew that we could do better). We have completed  the Proficiency course ( we hope to become holders of this certificate ) and we thought  that to maintain our skills in English we will have to devote  some time in blog posting .I hope that our teachers will take into consideration this post cause we will be back ;) ;) ;)