Hi Jamie, In reply to you last post, no you are not being nosey, my biggest worry on moving here was my sons education. He was in Paralimni 4, they put the kids back two years so they can learn greek! problem is they only get greek one period a day so for the rest of the day they have to sit thru all the other lessons which are all taught in greek, withlittle or no translation by the teachers, the only subjest they can understand is maths but that is two years behind what they were doing iin the uk so not learning anything new, except greek, in which they teach them to read and write in greek however they dont know what the words mean which makes no sense! The teachers are lazy they cant be bothered to translate letters or homework etc so the kids miss out on trips spec occcasions etc because they have not dressed correctly or have not taken a pack lunch. They dont check the homework they give them and dont seem to measure thier progress in any shape or form. There is no supervision in the playground and the greek kids run amuck, they dont mix with the british kids. My son is dyslexic and we just felt he wasen't getting the help he needed or being challenged in any way. I am all for him learning greek but not to the detriment of his education.
Hi Linda, As you know, after our chat to-day, we have become dissalusioned. Jack has been at Paralimni 4 for almost eight months now, what has he learned apart from Greek? zero! yes, the teachers are very nice, and very kind, but they only teach in Greek, and also our kids are put back two years, result? boredom, and no education. You are also right about dicipline, it doesn't seem to exsist! Jack is now complaining every day about lack of learning, and I see him becoming lazy. So, I will be going to see the Headmaster to-morrow-again, and he will be told that if things don't improve overnight, I will take Jack out of School, and formaly complain to the Education Department. I fully expect to get the same reply from this Headmaster as I usually get,'This is a Greek School' that's all the English he seems to know! Watch this space.
Well, He didn't say 'This is a Greek school' to-day, he smirked! and mumbled something about speaking to Jack's teacher I will now re-think Jacks options here, and will be contacting the Education Department.
This is dire, and so dissapointing. I have completely changed my mind about the schools here, certainly the Greek ones.
We spoke a few times before we left the Uk but lost touch with the move and so on (sorry). Just caught up with you on this thread and noticed you are in Kapparis too - i am almost certain your apartment complex is (via a back road) next to ours - we're in Eva Court?
Well, Things are on the up! Jack is to be moved after Easter, up a year, as his Greek has come on leaps and bounds, according to the school to-day. Jack is very happy with this decision, and wants to remain in the Greek system for now, so be it-for now.
We have 3 boys and the 2 eldest (ages 4 and go to the local school in Ayia Napa.
They love it and have made lots of friends. They have struggled with picking up the language (as it is taught all in greek) but the teachers are great and will give them as much help as needed. They now seem to be really picking it up quite well. When they go back after this summer holidays though i am going to send them to private lessons one day a week for english, maths and greek (just so they dont fall behind while they are picking up the language).
I thought we would struggle with the school hours over here (7:30 till 1) but i have found it much better and you can spend the whole afternoon with your kids which is nice.
My 4 year old goes to the smaller school right nexty door to my eldests, they charge 45 euros a month for snacks and 45 euros a month goverment fees but i think when they turn 5 you just have to pay for the snacks every month.
They have medical cover for the hours they are in school.
They go on lots of school trips here too (a lot of picnics and trips to museums) which the kids love.
The teachers are fantastic (its completley different to the UK) they give all the kids lots of cuddles and its really nice.
I wanted the same as you, for them to learn the language and fit in with the cypriot kids and the community and I really feel like this has happened.
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