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Post: #1   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:41 pm Reply with quote
lyndy-lou
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I wonder if anyone can help me, my son is 12 years old and attends a greek school. I would like to educate him at home as I find that the greek schools don't have much time for english children and as he is now 12 I feel I no longer want to waste anymore of his time sending him to the greek school. He can speak greek and read and write, this has taken him 3 years to learn which I'm proud to say he is very clever to have acheived this.

The problem is while learning his greek he has also lost a lot of education, I feel he will never catch up. The only way he is learning anything is spending most of his free time on the internet.

If anyone could tell me if it is possible to teach your child at home like you can in the uk, if so do you know who I contact.

thanks.
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:51 pm Reply with quote
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We were told by the Paralimni school, up from Poplife, that you can just do it yourself, then apply and pay to do the exams.

I dont know if thats the correct procedure, buts thats just what they said.


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Post: #3   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:22 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks, was you thinking of educating your child at home.
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:32 pm Reply with quote
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We were when we first came over, my daughter was 14 nearly 15 then. They put her in the last year of high school, with no greek! At the end of the year they told her to go to the Lygio (spelling, sorry). They wouldnt take her as she had no leaving certificate. They said shes nearly 16 she can find work or home educate, and do the gcse's that way.

My daughter was lucky enough to find a good job, well paid, and hopes to pick up her education again in the future. Smile

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Post: #5   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:38 pm Reply with quote
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Hi.
We are Home educating our daughter in Paphos. She has never been to school so we never had to go down the de-registering route, but I guess you would just write to the school informing them that you are educating your son at home.
We are members of the UK charity Education Otherwise who offer a wealth of info. and support if you need it. There are other support groups too.
There is a Yahoo Group..CyHomeEd where you can contact other Home Edders around Cyprus.
It's said that schooled children need a month for every year they have spent in school just to relax and find themselves again. Dont worry that your son will "never catch up"...you will be amazed how much he will learn even when it appears that all he does is spend his time on the P.C. There's loads of time to take exams if thats what he wants to do. Its only in school where everything's a race until final exams time.

Welcome to the world of HE. Smile
P.M me if I can help with any info.

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Post: #6   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:39 pm Reply with quote
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Thats really good that your daughter found a well paid job here, this is why I did not want him to stay at greek school, as I thought if he stays in greek education he wont be able to leave school and get a well paid job.
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Post: #7   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:53 pm Reply with quote
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Chris,
My kids are grown and I don't think I would have been clever enough to educate them at home.
However, when you HE what do you do to maintain contact with other children during this time?
Thanks Paul.
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:01 pm Reply with quote
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On the Angloinfo forum there was a long discussion on home schooling a while ago. I don't think I can post the link here but just do a search on home schooling and you'll find a post called 'Can you educate you children at home in Cyprus'.

Good luck!
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Post: #9   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:16 pm Reply with quote
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Having both of my boys in Greek school this is something i have often thought about. My wife is very well educated and the boys are very bright but i wonder where discipline comes into it, my boys don't so as they are told and i cannot imagine them behaving when it comes to educating them. It is a pity because my 8 year old is doing very well in school having started in the first class as he has been given a lot of encouragement by his teachers, my other son who is 10 is the complete opposite. The teachers have given him no time and 2 years down the line we are still having to go into school to find out what is going on. He gets no homework and if i look in his maths books he has done about 3 pages when the other kids have finished the book. I never expected the teacher to devote more time to my son but surely when the teachers can speak english they could have explained some things.

I will check out the anglo info forum as, at this stage, it may be the better option rather than putting them back into an english school. In 1 year my son should be going to secondary school and there is no way that he will be back up to scratch. I was wondering if the english schools hold children back like the greek schools, this is the only way that he could catch up with the work that he has missed.
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Post: #10   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:27 pm Reply with quote
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This is very interesting, as we have more than once, thought about it. The only thing is, our grandson is learning Greek so fast, he might lose out on that. We have decided that he is learning nothing except Greek in school at the moment, which doesn't seem to bother the school, but it bothers us!

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Post: #11   PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:45 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Lyndy,

This is a link to a blog that I read, she has home educated both her boys in Larnaca.

http://home-ed.info/he_days/ourstyle.htm

And this is her blog: http://www.cypruslife.blogspot.com/

Hope it helps.

Ruth

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Post: #12   PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 10:06 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Paul,
You really dont need to be clever to Home Educate. We have 3 grown up children who all went through the school system in the UK. We spent countless hours helping them with reams and reams of homework. Now thats clever! Smile
We have made the decision to HE are youngest, aged 5, simply because we know we can do a better job than school can (and we kinda like having her around.lol)
As for our daughter spending time with other children? She has a couple of close friends but she is used to spending time with people of all ages. I dont think she sees any difference to be honest. Research has shown that children do not need to spend large amounts of time with their peer groups (as in school) but friends are important Smile
As she gets a little bit older she will be able to attend things like Brownies, Art Groups, Music and Drama Groups etc. where she will have the opportunity to meet other children.
When I tell folk that our Daughter is HE, thay nearly always respond "What about socialisation?" To which I reply.."Yes, we have trouble fitting it all in!"
Chris.

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Post: #13   PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 12:53 pm Reply with quote
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Hi to everyone here in the schools section.

I am new to the forum I would like to give all you parents out there some advice whether you are planning to move here or are already living here My parents brought me to Cyprus when i was just 12 and put me in a greek state school now you would have thought i would have had an advantage being my father is half cypriot but I spoke no greek at all. This ruined my whole education as it was impossible for me to understand the lessons this cost me my education and I left school when I was 14 I tried to translate lessons but this was impossible as the greek language is not like english. I do not think it a good idea to be educated at home as it is hard enough moving away from your friends in the u.k and then being isolated fro mthe children here as well. The best solution is to send your children to a private english/greek school where they will not miss out on there education whilst they will be learning greek as well. I understand this is difficult for some people but maybe if people did there homework before moving here people like me would not have suffered I would have rather lived without a swimming pool or lived in a smaller house I think you all understand what i mean. Even though I missed out i continued to socialise with cypriot children and have managed to be fluent in greek and english including reading and writing but not all children will have this wish. There is nothing more important than an education please think hard! Sad
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Post: #14   PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 1:02 pm Reply with quote
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Chris, Thanks for the reply and good luck to you.
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Post: #15   PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 1:18 pm Reply with quote
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Cherry wrote:
Hi to everyone here in the schools section.

I am new to the forum I would like to give all you parents out there some advice whether you are planning to move here or are already living here My parents brought me to Cyprus when i was just 12 and put me in a greek state school now you would have thought i would have had an advantage being my father is half cypriot but I spoke no greek at all. This ruined my whole education as it was impossible for me to understand the lessons this cost me my education and I left school when I was 14 I tried to translate lessons but this was impossible as the greek language is not like english. I do not think it a good idea to be educated at home as it is hard enough moving away from your friends in the u.k and then being isolated fro mthe children here as well. The best solution is to send your children to a private english/greek school where they will not miss out on there education whilst they will be learning greek as well. I understand this is difficult for some people but maybe if people did there homework before moving here people like me would not have suffered I would have rather lived without a swimming pool or lived in a smaller house I think you all understand what i mean. Even though I missed out i continued to socialise with cypriot children and have managed to be fluent in greek and english including reading and writing but not all children will have this wish. There is nothing more important than an education please think hard! Sad


Wise words Cherry.
Personally,I think children need to have as broad and as varied an education as possible.That includes regular contact with other children and adults other than friends and family.
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Post: #16   PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 6:37 am Reply with quote
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My suggestion if you need or wish to place your child into a greek school, is to supplement their education with home tutoring. Find an English teacher to visit your home for say an hour or two a week. You'll be amazed just how much children can take in, in just one hour. If money is an issue as I know it is for many people on Cyprus, why not link together with a few other parents and get your children educated in a small group. My wife and I are both teachers and will live in Cyprus from the end of July. If you do go ahead with home tutoring make sure you ask to see the teachers passport, CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check and teaching qualifictions of course.

Any more help just mail me.
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Post: #17   PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:15 am Reply with quote
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Hi everyone,

Just to let you know, we have 3 boys that attend Ayia Napa School. They were suffering with the Greek language and were also being bullied. After speaking with teachers, the principle and the child welfare we were told something must be wrong with our children for them to be bullied and suggested they see a psychologist!

We decided to take them out of school and give the intensive private Greek lessons for 3-4 months (5 days a week) but unfortunately within this time my husband was arrested by the police and taken to court for doing this as it is illegal to take a child out of school between the age of 6 - 15 in Cyprus regardless of your nationality. My husband was told the penalty for this is 250 euros fine (per child) and 3 months in prision (per child) in our case 9 months in prision! However we had a solicitor who got this reduced to a 600 Euros fine with no prision sentence (THANKFULLY!!)

Please think carefully before homeschooling, we looked on the internet for information and even spoke to eduction companies that deal with ex pats living abroad, even though they said we were in our own right to do this Cyprus offical think otherwise.

Good luck
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Post: #18   PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:52 am Reply with quote
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lyndy-lou wrote:
Thanks, was you thinking of educating your child at home.


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Post: #19   PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:15 pm Reply with quote
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andyb wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just to let you know, we have 3 boys that attend Ayia Napa School. They were suffering with the Greek language and were also being bullied. After speaking with teachers, the principle and the child welfare we were told something must be wrong with our children for them to be bullied and suggested they see a psychologist!

We decided to take them out of school and give the intensive private Greek lessons for 3-4 months (5 days a week) but unfortunately within this time my husband was arrested by the police and taken to court for doing this as it is illegal to take a child out of school between the age of 6 - 15 in Cyprus regardless of your nationality. My husband was told the penalty for this is 250 euros fine (per child) and 3 months in prision (per child) in our case 9 months in prision! However we had a solicitor who got this reduced to a 600 Euros fine with no prision sentence (THANKFULLY!!)

Please think carefully before homeschooling, we looked on the internet for information and even spoke to eduction companies that deal with ex pats living abroad, even though they said we were in our own right to do this Cyprus offical think otherwise.



the law should also state this law only applies if you are foreign...welcome to cyprus!
Good luck
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Post: #20   PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:52 am Reply with quote
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Gashead wrote:
lyndy-lou wrote:
Thanks, was you thinking of educating your child at home.


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