By Stephan Spies-Gordes (Deputy Head of School)
Have you ever wondered what these strange names mean: IDALION, KOURION, MARION & SOLI – the names of the houses in which our students compete in their never-ending and sometimes heroic struggle for house points? If you have tried and toiled and not found the answer, here it is. And if you have never bothered or cared, well, here it is anyway! Many people know what Kourion is because they have been there. It is an ancient archaeological site between Paphos and Limassol, a major tourist attraction with a magnificent amphitheatre that is still being used for open-air drama productions and concerts. Indeed, it was the location of a human settlement more than 3000 years ago! And although Marion may sound to you like a girls’ name and Idalion and Soli like nothing at all, they, too, were once cities full of people, sometimes at war and sometimes at peace with each other, each one ruled by its own king and each with its own individual history. I would like to tell you a little bit more about them, so that in future, these names will not seem quite so strange.