Kindergarten – Nursery School/IB Primary Years Programme
The main goal this year is to educate young children in the implementation of protection measures and to assimilate the instructions in an experiential way so that they learn to protect both themselves and those around them.
-The utilization of outdoor spaces and the transfer of the ‘play area’ to an outdoor natural environment.
-The holding of events for every class.
-The adaptation of research programmes in order to implement them even in e-learning.
-The use of the technology available to CGS (ManageBac, MS Teams, Office 365) in a specific way in order to directly support educational activities (e.g. tele-conferencing, the uploading of digital material, communication, etc.)
-Regular communication between students’ parents and all teachers (morning meetings, PTA afternoon meetings, scheduled appointments)
Primary School - IB Primary Years Programme
- The bolstering of our students’ mental resilience through the fostering of relationships.
- Maintaining daily contact with them and their socio-emotional development and support.
In the students’ weekly timetable, the Primary School introduces new thematic units, which focus on proactive actions to meet students’ needs according to their age and interests. For example:
- cultivating a sense of “belonging” and empathy,
- recognizing and managing all key emotions,
- cultivation of self-knowledge,
- conflict / dispute resolution (school bullying)
- sex education
- link to the Secondary School.
In addition, regardless of teaching methods and the way schools operate, the following have been planned:
- Planning and scheduling daily activities / actions with the flexibility to adapt them to any situation
- Holding general events, culminating events, an Exhibition and other activities through which students have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills with the flexibility to adapt to any situation.
- Creating clubs whose activities can be applied to any given situation
- Equipping the classrooms with visual aids specially designed for the Arts courses (Music, Visual Arts, Drama) for their use by all the teachers / students throughout the timetable
- Use of the digitized books of the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs and the approved educational pages
- Selection of foreign language books, which are also available in digital form, use of multi-modal aids, literary books, and educational material specially designed for the needs of a course, as they arise each time.
- Use of the technology available to CGS (ManageBac, MS Teams, Office 365) in a specific way in order to directly support educational activities (e.g. teleconferencing, posting of digital material, communication, etc.)
- Training students, always according to their age, in the new routines that they will need to follow during the year with the aim of their achieving independence (familiarity with digital platforms, homework, the next day’s timetable, etc.)
- Regular communication with the parents of the students by all teachers (morning meetings, PTA afternoon meetings, scheduled appointments).
IB Middle Years Programme & General Lyceum
In light of the current situation, the planning for the IB Middle Years Programme and the General Lyceum focuses on three pillars:
The primary goal for our students is their smooth integration and adaptation to the school process but also their safe return to and stay at school. A basic prerequisite is for students to create relationships with their classmates and teachers in order to cultivate a sense of “belonging” to a class. This will be achieved through:
a) Class teachers, who will guide the students in order that they attain their goals, the educational material, the tasks and the activities pertaining to each course, as well as the method of evaluation both in the online educational process and in the classroom.
b) Form teachers, who will facilitate the induction of students, in particular IB MYP Year 1 students, but also for the newcomers in other years.
c) Tutors, who, through one-to-one meetings with their tutees, either remotely or with them in person at school, aim to develop a constructive relationship of trust between the student and the teacher in order to properly support student development and progress.
B. EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL- SKILLS
As you may well know, all textbooks are available in electronic form on the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs’s “Digital School” website. There is also a selection of interactive books, which in many cases act as teaching aids.
CGS training materials have been adapted to the new situation we find ourselves in. Specifically, all the booklets, worksheets and resources will be available on the Managebac platform or will be sent by email to the students of B ‘ and C’ Lyceum. In addition, alternative activities and presentations have been designed by each department (e.g. virtual experiments, online quizzes, teamwork activities) in case conditions require distance learning.
Basic skills that students need to cultivate are the organization of their studies, autonomy and initiative in learning, as well as personal responsibility for their progress. Each teacher, but also tutor, will focus in this direction, in order to “listen” to the needs of the students and to guide them appropriately. Depending on the scheduled skills periods (ATLs) for each year, but also on class time, teachers have adapted actions and activities in order to achieve educational goals in both modern and asynchronous teaching.
An important factor in the educational process is the cooperation of teachers and parents. Initially, an online first communication with the parents of the new students has been planned with the administration of the Middle Schoool and the IB MYP Heads, for which you will be informed in the next communication. For clarifications on educational and day-to-day issues you can contact us by phone, or by scheduled appointment with the administration and subject coordinators.
ΙΒ Diploma Programme
In the IB Diploma Programme, our goal this year is our students’ safety and, simultaneously, their proper preparation both for obtaining the IB Diploma and for their successful integration in the university of their choice.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has already taken steps to make it easier for students to meet this year’s requirements, reducing, for example, the course material in some subjects.
In the IB Diploma Programme we are ready again this year to successfully cope with distance learning, if it is deemed necessary.
All the material, books, brochures, homework sets, tests are available to our students through the Managebac platform.
Our students can communicate with their teachers via email, Managebac and Microsoft Teams. Classes will be conducted through the Microsoft Teams platform.
Scheduled PTA meetings will also take place through the Microsoft Teams platform.
For any clarifications and/or further information, the Administration and Teachers of the CGS IB Diploma Programme are at the disposal of parents.