We are moving to Kapparis in 10 days and our son will start school at Paralimini D4 and our daugther will be going to the kindergarten school near the police station...does anyone have the confirmed(?!) term dates for either or both of these schools???
The other odd questions I have is about lunch/eating before/during/after school...with such a different start time compared with the UK....do the children eat breakfast before they start and lunch after they finish school and then snacK in between or how does it work!?
Hi I send my eldest daughter goes to the 4th School. She has her breakfast and lunch at home and I send her with a sandwich, fruit and water to keep her going in between. They have 3 breaks throughout the morning. You can also send them with money and they have a canteen which serves hot food for one break and cold for the others I think.
Easter finish school on Friday 10th April and go back on Monday 27th April
Finish on 16th or 17th June until 2nd September for summer
Christmas around 23rd December - 7th January
I may have missed out a saints day, but I think these are about right. They do sometimes throw in another day, so if your children come home and say "we've no school tomorrow mum" that will be right, you don't tend to get letter! Bit strange at first, but you get used to it!
Thank you so much - that is REALY helpful...nice to finally hear from someone who will be at the same school...how long has your daugther been there? how did she settle in? Does she have much Greek? how old is she/which year is she in?....sorry for all the questions but I am sooo desperate to know what lies ahead so I can try to prepare them (and me!)...all info advice greatfully received!
My daughter is 8 years old and is in Γ (gamma) which is the third class. She is fluent now, but has worked very hard to get there. She started in the Kindergarten of Paralimni 4, which is lovely. She had extra Greek lessons for 2 years, which were private and when she joined the School itself, she also had the extra lessons provided both during school time and after school.
The school is very helpful with children that don't speak Greek and provide a lot of support.
It isn't easy, but you need to learn as well, so you can help with homework. My daughter has left me behind now, but there are times, when I need to help her. At the end of the day, she is only 8 years old and they do need some help to understand their work from time to time. What would take us a few minutes to explain in English, can take a while in another language. The best advice, is get a good dictionary, I found the best one was the Oxford Greek to English dictionary. You do however need a basic understanding of how the endings of words change, to be able to search for the correct word though, which is why I say you need to learn as well.
If you have any other concerns, I will try and answer them. Otherwise - hope all works out for you!
My daughter loves school, well, as much as any child possibly can do. We moved over in 2005 and I put her straight into the kindergarten then.
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