Team-Building and Community Service at The International School of Paphos
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.