Once again, students of The International School of Paphos (ISOP) have shown their academic excellence by winning Outstanding Learner Awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education. Six of the school’s pupils received prizes in five different subjects for their performance in the summer 2017 examinations. All of them achieved the top marks in Cyprus in their respective areas of study.

 Alexandra Mamina obtained the “Top in Country” Award for AS-Level Information Technology.  

Marcus Chojnowski received a High Achievement Award for A-Level Economics. He had won the same prize at AS-Level last year and is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Exeter University.

The following students also obtained High Achievement Awards: Yianna Achilleos for AS-Level Economics, Declan Richards for AS-Level Business Studies, Andreas Drymiotis for IGCSE Greek and Kateryna Vitiuk for IGCSE Art & Design. 

Together with winners from other schools, the six outstanding students were honoured at a ceremony in Nicosia on 15th January. They continue a long-standing, proud tradition of ISOP, whose pupils have won Cambridge Awards frequently since 2000 and every year since 2012 in a wide range of different subjects.

Headmistress Dr. Litsa Olympiou commented: “We are extremely pleased that our success story continues in the school’s thirtieth year. This confirms once more that we do indeed offer excellence in education and stay abreast of the changing challenges in our field. We congratulate our award-winners, their families and the teachers who helped them gain these awards.” 

 

(Photograph shows four of ISOP’s Outstanding Cambridge Learners 2017, with parents and Deputy Heads of School, Mrs C. Polycarpou and Mr. S. Spies-Gordes)

 

Together with winners from other schools, the six outstanding students will be honoured at a ceremony in Nicosia on 15th January. They continue a long-standing, proud tradition of ISOP, whose pupils have won Cambridge Awards annually for more than 15 years in a wide range of different subjects.

Headmistress Dr. Litsa Olympiou commented: “We are extremely pleased that our success story continues in the school’s thirtieth year. This confirms once more that we do indeed offer excellence in education and stay abreast of the changing challenges in our field. We congratulate our award-winners, their families and the teachers who helped them gain these awards.” 

 

 

As part of the celebrations of its 30th anniversary, The International School of Paphos (ISOP) hosted a spectacular cultural exchange event on its premises. The dancers, producers and artists of the “Shaanxi CHG Performing Arts Company” traveled all the way from Xi’an, China, and performed parts of the historical masterpiece “The Song of Everlasting Sorrow”.

The event, which took place on Thursday 7th December, was organised by Ms. Haini Wang from the Paphos China Desk in coordination with ISOP’s staff and pupils. It was covered by ANT1 TV and attended by many distinguished guests, including His Excellency, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Wang Yaping, the Mayor of Polis, Mr.  Papachristofi, the President of the Paphos Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Demetriades, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The International School of Paphos, Mr. Aristodemou, students, parents, teachers and other staff. 

The masterful dancing, colourful costumes and accompanying explanations of Chinese traditions and history combined to leave a lasting impression. The audience also enjoyed a group of ISOP pupils performing the dance “Kalamatianos” and was captivated by the angelic voice of Year 11 student Polina Kapona, who sang the traditional Cypriot song “To Yiasemi”.

 

Welcoming the visitors, ISOP’s Managing, Mrs. Aristi Andriotis, said: “With the growing population of expatriated families choosing Paphos as their second home, we are privileged that cultural exchanges such as this one take place in our school, expanding the horizons and artistic experience of our pupils. We are a school community of many nationalities (42 this year) that for 30 years have co-existed harmoniously and learn from each other, in and out of the classroom. 

Diversity is one of the fundamental aspects of our existence as a school, while, at the same time, keeping our traditions alive keeps us connected to our roots.  We try constantly to keep this balance. As Plato said: ‘The dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and it is the gift of gods.’ This is a cultural lesson that cannot be learned through textbooks.” 

 

On Friday 8th December 2017, the Kindergarten and Reception children gathered back stage to perform their Christmas play “Cock-a-doodle Christmas”. Some children were very excited, some were nervous, some were upset. But when the curtains opened, they sang their little hearts out. 

It was an enjoyable afternoon with an original take on the Christmas story: The animals on the farm were waiting for their presents. The piglets wanted a silky red ribbon, the cows wanted a shiny bell, the cockerels wanted a jazzy bow tie and the mice wanted some yummy cheese. When they saw the birth of baby Jesus, they realised he was the best Christmas present of all. All of the children danced, sang and said their lines beautifully. 

In the interval, the Junior Choir performed Christmas songs under the guidance of Mrs Taskova, as always with joy and verve.

Then the children of Year 1 and 2 dazzled the audience with their performance of “Santa’s on Strike”.  With colourful costumes and enthusiastic acting and singing, they led us on an adventure, trying to convince Santa to change his mind and deliver the presents after all. Of course, they succeeded!

For those who may have forgotten, this play was a sensitive, witty reminder and a celebration of all that is still good about Christmas … and children.

Well done to all staff involved and a big well done to all the pupils who took part in our two plays this year!

 



By Panareti Neophytou , Year 12 Student at The International School of Paphos (ISOP)

Euroscola offers an immersive experience in the chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, allowing high-school students to learn about European integration by experiencing it first-hand. Students from the 28 EU member states are selected to become Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for one day. They take the floor in plenary and committee sessions to debate and vote on resolutions on current affairs, practising their language skills and making friends with fellow students from across Europe. Teachers also have the opportunity to meet their colleagues and exchange feedback about their own classroom practices & experiences.

After receiving an award for an essay about Europe in my mother language, Greek, I was honored to be one of the 12 students from Cyprus - and the only one from Paphos - selected to represent my country in Strasbourg at the Euroscola conference on the 30th of November. During the conference, I was chosen by a majority of votes to represent the Environmental Committee as its spokesperson, addressing the serious problem of Climate Change. Seizing the opportunity, my faith and hope for a united Cyprus gave me the strength and courage to address the MEP, Inés Ayala Sender, and the EU parliament about the sensitive issue of the division of Cyprus. This was based on the entrapment of Cypriots in a divided nation, whose human rights are suppressed by the Turkish occupying forces. I felt the need to ask the EU ambassador for the European Union’s stance on this issue, as Cyprus is the only divided nation in the EU. My voice echoed the voices of all those Cypriots who urge strongly for a united, free and democratic Cyprus. Throughout the conference, we shared our viewpoints on the climate change issue and suggested possible solutions, including greater EU funding, changes in fiscal policy and adjustments of the already existing programmes to achieve greater efficiency and to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit, thereby creating incentives for the discovery of new, innovative ideas for utilising our renewable energy resources. Similarly, we emphasised the need to raise awareness of the external costs that arise from global warming, aiming to fill the information gap of the people, who must alter their lifestyle to a more environmentally friendly one. Our resolution passed with the majority of votes in favour. The conference definitely enhanced my organisational skills, as I was challenged to prepare a structured speech in a limited amount of time. I had the opportunity to interact with students from 22 different member states, specifically during the “Eurogame”, where we collaborated with students from three other countries to answer questions written in different languages. The trip to Strasbourg was an unforgettable experience where I gained many friendships that will hopefully last for a long time. During our tour of the city, we discovered the history of the place through its beautiful architecture and we witnessed some of France’s traditions at the multiple Christmas markets. Subsequently, I felt a sense of freedom, when we easily passed the border from France to Germany to visit the city of Heidelberg. There, in an exceptional educational experience, we visited archaeological sites, not only discovering parts of German history but also embracing the beauty of nature while it was snowing! This experience will always be carved in my heart and has definitely encouraged me to learn more about the EU in the future. I believe in adding to the skills and knowledge that the educational system provides for us. This was a great opportunity to represent not only my city, Paphos, the European Capital of Culture 2017, but also my school, The International School of Paphos, which has offered me the knowledge and skills to become its representative. I would like to thank the teachers who accompanied us and the Euroscola programme for such an enthralling opportunity!

 

 

As part of our theme for the academic year, “Beyond the Classroom”, Primary School celebrated “Outdoor Classroom Day” on 10th November.  

“Outdoor Classroom Day” is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.  Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with what they learn and leads to a better connection with nature.  It also creates lasting memories, provides more opportunities to think independently and gets children to feel challenged and excited by learning. Play not only teaches critical life skills, such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but it is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

The main focus of the day was on enjoyable and eye-opening activities like bubble-chasing, water play, bear hunts, games, free drawing, studying fossils and aliens and looking at the world from a new perspective. Our pupils also learned about Greek dancing, geometry, ancient Greek theatre and music, while others recycled bird feeders, planted trees or developed an awareness of how to take better care of the playground environment.

The children and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed the day and, as one pupil in Year 1 stated, it was “busy and fun.”

 

On Friday 20th October 2017, our Primary School supported the Global Action Aid campaign “Big Me.” Children from Reception Class to Year 6 were allowed to come dressed as what they want to be when they are older. The school was brimming with excitement, as pop stars, pilots and footballers roamed the premises. The children discussed their hopes and dreams for the future, but they also learned that a small donation can make a big difference for somebody else. In an economically less developed country, it may cost just €30 to educate a child living in poverty for a year. Our school made a real difference by contributing €150.00. We enjoyed exploring our future together while also helping to change the lives of others.

 

 

      

The mission of The International School of Paphos is to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their personal best and become responsible, productive global citizens who embrace lifelong learning.  All pupils, whatever their academic ability, background or race, deserve a quality education in which their individual needs are met and supported.  We provide a safe and positive environment for teaching and learning that values diversity and co-operation while inspiring our students to be proud of their own heritage.  We aim to ensure that their expectations are high and their self-esteem even higher and encourage them to become critical, independent thinkers.  Our valued partners in this endeavour are not just pupils and staff, but also families, parents and members of the local and wider community.  We believe that a balanced education is the root of true excellence.  This is what we mean by our motto: ‘Pan Metron Ariston’.

Παν Μέτρον Άριστον (Pan Metron Ariston) stems from ancient Greek wisdom and illustrates our commitment to set high standards while providing balance, moderation, stability and harmony in education.  We aim to give every child an education for life, with academic achievement as its core but with life skills at its heart.

The school has been registered with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture since 1987 and functions under its regulations and the laws of the Republic of Cyrpus.

The school has strong links with the British Council and is registered as a centre with two of the most prestigious and well-known Examination Boards in England: Pearson/Edexcel and Cambridge Assesssment International Education.

The International School of Paphos is also the only registered centre and the first school in Cyprus to offer the Ellinomatheia Examinations. These examinations were developed by a group of eminent academics at the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki in Greece.  In addition, the school is registered as a centre with the Cyprus Computer Society (CCS).

The school caters for the needs of children from Kindergarten to Year 13.  Our mission is to serve each and every one of our pupils, from the youngest to the oldest, as part of our school family and as an individual.

The Primary School covers under its umbrella the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 to 5.  Our Primary School consists of the Kindergarten, the Infant Classes (Reception, Year 1, Year 2) and the Junior School (Years 3 to 6).  The Secondary School (Years 7 to 13) prepare pupils for external examinations up to ‘A’ Level in Year 13 and for the School’s Apolytirion (School Leaving Certificate), which is recognised by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

The school follows the English National Curriculum, but has a more flexible approach, as it is mindful of both local and international educational needs and cultures.  It is a private Cypriot school which adheres to directives from the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.  The staff has empathy with our students and their varied academic needs.  Furthermore, most of our staff is bilingual and specialists in their subjects.

The programme of study in Years 10 and 11 follows a strict options scheme where students choose for IGCSE up to six subjects in addition to English and Mathematics, which are compulsory.  If students join the school in Year 10, they may not be able to take all eight subjects and therefore be limited to six or seven.  Additionally, students of Greek or Cypriot origin must take IGCSE Greek as a Foreign Language and may do so in an accelerated programme.  Some students at the end of Year 9 are selected to follow an advanced Mathematics programme in Year 10 and complete the IGCSE in Mathematics in one year.

Students in Years 12 and 13 also follow a strict options scheme of up to five ‘A’ Level subjects; the normal expected is four in Year 12 and three in Year 13.  Some students may have the option to take the ‘A’ Level in Modern Greek or Mathematics early.  The school’s policy is not to encourage students to take units in January, but sit all exams in June, at the end of Year 12 or 13.  In addition to ‘A’ Level courses set by the UK examination boards, the school offers a number of compulsory courses such as Citizenship, Physical Education and Writing Skills.  During Year 13, students may also opt to take a course in English Language or Greek Culture.

Predicted grades given to institutes of tertiary education are based on the ‘AS’ Level result, teachers’ judgement and internal assessments.

From Years 7 to 10, reports for students are based on percentages from internal testing.  During Years 11 to 13, students will sit external examinations from the UK Examination Boards Cambridge Assessment International Education or Pearson/Edexcel.  In addition, during Years 12 and 13, students will undertake tests for the Apolytirion which is approved by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.  

ISOP GRADE DESCRIPTION

ISOP GRADE

ISOP PERCENTAGE YEARS 7 – 9

ISOP PERCENTAGE YEARS 10 - 13

Excellent

A*

90-100

85-100

Very Good

A

80-89

75-84

Good

B

66-79

65-74

Satisfactory

C

50-65

50-64

Room For Improvement

D

45-49

45-49

Causing Concern

E

40-44

40-44

Fail

U

0-39

0-39

 

GRADE DESCRIPTION

YEAR 11 External Examinations

GRADE DESCRIPTION

YEAR 12 and 13 External Examinations

Excellent

A*

Outstanding

A*

Very Good

A

Excellent

A

Good

B

Very Good

B

Satisfactory

C

Good

C

Room For Improvement

D

Room For Improvement

D

Causing Concern

E,F,G

Poor

E

Fail

U

Fail

U

 

DESCRIPTION

YEARS 12 + 13 APOLYTIRION GRADE OUT OF 20

Distinction

19-20

Merit

16-18

Good

13-15

Pass

10-12

Fail

0-9

 

An exciting new project was launched at The International School of Paphos (ISOP) on October 6th. 48 pupils from Year 7 spent the weekend camping at the school. The aims of the project were to ease the young pupils’ transition into Secondary School, to increase team spirit and to give older students an opportunity for community service. 

As adjusting to Secondary School and mixing with new classmates can be daunting, ISOP’s teachers gave Year 7 the opportunity to join a residential weekend. During this time, the pupils were supervised by both staff and older students. They took part in team-building exercises and games, learnt to cook their own food on a gas stove and to pitch tents (on the school’s football field!). The youngsters also studied the fire that devastated Argaka forest two years ago. They walked in the forest in teams and cleaned the rubbish they found, collecting more than five bags full of litter.

Following this, the Year 7s prepared and cooked souvlaki for themselves at a picnic site and found time to play at the beach. After a visit to Kouyiouka Watermill in Giolou village, where they joined a festival of local products, the students returned to school to an evening of karaoke.

By Sunday, they were exhausted but very happy, having participated in a fun weekend of adventure and personal growth. Mrs Claire Polycarpou, ISOP’s Deputy Head in charge of projects and extra-curricular activities, commented: “We are very pleased that our pupils managed to get to know each other better, increase their mutual understanding and embrace their differences.”

The event, which was subsidised by ISOP’s Parent Teacher Association and supported by a large number of teachers giving up their weekend, also doubled up as a community service project for the school’s older students who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People.

Education beyond the classroom is one The International School’s principles and its motto for the current academic year.

 

In its 30th anniversary year, The International School of Paphos (ISOP) celebrated its annual Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony in style at the Aliathon Holiday Village in Kato Paphos. More than 350 students, parents, staff and guests of honour gathered in the “Aphrodite Hall” for the occasion.

In his address, Deputy Head Mr Stephan Spies-Gordes, praised “30 years of educational leadership in this town and in Cyprus”  and said: “The success story of ISOP has not only meant continuous growth in our student numbers but also the constant adding of new and better facilities and services.” The school just completed another floor on one of its wings, with purpose-built class rooms for its Enhanced Learning Centre and the English Department, as well as an additional Computer Lab and other improvements.

Mr Spies-Gordes pointed out that the IGCSE examination results of ISOP’s students in 2017 had been among the best in the school’s history. 97% of the pupils who had been recommended to take these exams obtained grades A* to C. 42% of all ISOP students received A* or A grades and 66% obtained A* to B grades. At AS- and A-Level, the ISOP candidates also did very well and 97% of the school’s graduates secured places in tertiary education, with many going to prestigious “Russell Group” universities in the UK, such as the London School of Economics, University College London, Exeter, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and York.  

On behalf of the school’s management, Mr. Spies-Gordes congratulated all the pupils, parents and teachers of ISOP on their impressive achievements.

29 students received “Certificates of Merit for Examination Success Ahead of Time”, having passed IGCSEs in Mathematics, Greek, Geography, Chemistry or Physics a year or two early. Their results were outstanding, as most of them obtained A* or A grades.

46 students who completed Years 11 or 12 in the summer received the International School’s Academic Excellence Awards in Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. These prizes are awarded on the basis of a points system that takes into account the pupils’ examination marks at IGCSE, AS- or A-Level.

The International School of Paphos also announced its scholarships for the current academic year. Based on their examination performance in May/June 2017, the three or four top students in each year group from Year 5 up to Year 12 were rewarded in this way. 25 pupils received ISOP Scholarships amounting to a total of over €20,000 and were presented with plaques and certificates to mark the occasion. Two more students received “Papacleovoulou Scholarships for Greek”, each amounting to a €500 reduction in school fees.

 

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