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Hellenic College of Thessaloniki



Hellenic College of Thessaloniki


A history of 58 years in education...

~ When the past and the present met the future of education ~

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he Hellenic College of Thessaloniki was founded 58 years ago by Petros and Ioanna Founta in Kalamaria, Thessaloniki. Today it is the largest educational organization of N. Greece and one of the largest in Greece. With an innovative philosophy based on the application of standard educational methods, such as the Montessori and Decroly, the Hellenic College was a real revolution in the educational sector in Greece. Today, our new modern facilities house the following departments: preschool education center, kindergarten, primary school, high school and lyceum. Here, our total respect for children, our 58 years of valuable experience and our free and innovative spirit come together in a unique way to create well mannered and complete people. People who love knowledge, develop their personality, discover and cultivate their talents. To that end, we have recruited the finest child educators, selected using very strict criteria. In small groups, modern education rooms and a pleasant environment, the teacher attends to each child with great care to introduce it to a substantial way of thinking instead of simply providing barren information. Our well organized facilities include fully equipped laboratories, computer rooms, sport facilities and event halls to ensure a high level of studies. All that combined with the excellent teaching of three foreign languages, English, French and German, result in a fully educated student. Our students have the greatest success rates in the finest universities in Greece and abroad. this is a result of a well organized and methodical effort from all of us. However, the Panhellenic Examinations are only a destination. We have learned to benefit from the entire journey. To that end, we organize and participate in competitions, festivals and cultural, educational and sports events. The awards, accolades and distinctions received by our students prove that talent and proper preparation make winning a necessity.
Every start is ... beautiful In an environment rich with stimuli, exciting children's imagination, the kindergarten of the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki aims to help children already from their early education to develop their judgment, discover their inclinations, grow properly physically, emotionally, intellectually and

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It is not an exaggeration to say that I like kindergarten more than any other school institution!
socially. The equal integration of preschool education in the unified educational planning is of utmost importance for us. After all, that is when the foundations are laid for a smooth educational process. Our kindergarten curriculum has been based on an experiential approach to knowledge with the goal of developing positive self-perception, autonomy, critical and creative thinking and an understanding of social values. Under the constant care of our experienced teachers, all of who have an English language degree, and by applying model educational methods, the children learn to speak properly and to become sociable, take initiatives and familiarize themselves with the English language. Through educational games in the College's specially configured outdoor playgrounds, they come in contact and learn to love Nature, while they also get prepared for their entry in primary school. Our Kindergarten curriculum includes, among others: Language (oral communication, reading, writing) Fairy Tales - Lending Library Educational trips - Museum Education Natural Sciences - Environmental Education Kindergarten celebrations Aesthetics Health Education Music and Movement Education Puppet shows Theatrical games Foreign language (daily) Familiarization with new technologies


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Supremacy suits us. we are not afraid of comparisons, we seek them out!

Our philosophy is: Say yes to multifaceted education. Say no to providing barren knowledge. We want children to develop their critical skills and use the knowledge they acquire in a productive way to become active citizens in the future. This is achieved through their participation in a wide range of educational programs which aim to bring out their intellectual inclination. Our high success rates in Panhellenic competitions such as those by the Hellenic Mathematical Society and the Hellenic Physics Society, in poetry and painting competitions and chess and swimming championships are evidence to that. With an excellent teaching staff our students not only receive the knowledge expected from primary education but also the greatest possible development of their psychological, intellectual and physical skills. In modern and well equipped facilities, with modern computer labs and through the use of standard teaching methods, we approach each child individually, because each child is SPECIAL!

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George Eliot

Success inside the ... classroom

~ It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question ~

n the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki, all students can take advantage of the modern supervisory means of teaching, evaluate their skills, self-act, examine knowledge in depth and assimilate it. The Hellenic College of Thessaloniki is today the largest Educational Organization in Northern Greece. Education starts while children are still infants and goes all the way to the last class of Lyceum, in well organized facilities which meet the highest standards. With experienced teachers, holding postgraduate degrees, PhDs and who have published many articles and can communicate knowledge. These combined with the use of standard educational methods contribute to the high admission rates our students achieve in Universities in Greece and abroad. The Hellenic College of Thessaloniki is a sponsor of the Fulbright Foundation and has a dedicated program with specialized teachers for students who want to study in the U.S.A. As a result of the above, our students enjoy a perfect success rate in the examinations for receiving scholarships for foreign universities (YALE, HARVARD, CERN, ESSEX etc.). That way, we offer the chance of a modern and rounded education. Our many years of participation in European and International programs in which we received distinctions, awards and success, offer our students the necessary knowledge and qualifications for a successful professional path.

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Educating people

critical time for all people. Adolescence. The time when the path the student will follow professionally is defined, after Lyceum is over. Here at the Hellenic College we treat this difficult time in our students' lives with the utmost care and understanding. We reach out to the teenagers and impart them with the necessary knowledge, through codes and methods that touch them. We make them love knowledge. Love school. In a safe environment with an excellent teaching staff who are always close to them through individual teaching, customized for each teenager's specific needs. Our goal is not for them to simply be admitted into a university; we also aim to raise the bar and make them dream of becoming the best they can be. And we make this happen! Evidence to that is the large number of our students who are admitted in the best university schools in Greece and abroad.

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I communicate with the world!

In the Hellenic College we teach foreign languages in ways that students will learn the language easily, quickly and will never forget it, without any need to attend foreign language classes outside school. Our philosophy does not allow us to simply have our students learn grammar rules and vocabulary by heart and to automatically repeat exercises. Our goal is for each student to both receive the degree they want and to also grow to love the foreign language and reach the point of using it as fluently as their mother tongue. Through our foreign language teaching program, students participate in European and International programs such as Comenius, e-twinning & AEC net, which aim to support and highlight and value of the European culture to young people, as well as to help them acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary for their personal development, their future profession and their active participation in the commons, as European citizens. At the same time, they promote the attribute of being a citizen and intercultural education. At the same time, through the educational use of Information and Communication Technologies, they form bonds between the world's educational institutions and they develop environ-


ment a l education, by promoting the attribute of citizenhood and intercultural education. DEGREES

success rate for our students in the examinations for receiving scholarships for foreign universities


You see things; and you say why? But I dream of things that never were, and I say Why not?
Wayne W.Dyer

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Teaching facilities
~ Art is I. Science is Us ~

oday all our teaching rooms are fully equipped with interactive and regular whiteboards and the students can be taught using E-Books.

The students of the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki enjoy: Physics, Chemistry and Biology Labs to assimilate what is taught in the Natural Sciences classes. Regular foreign language teaching: English, German, French. Computer rooms with modern computers. Modern teaching rooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, projectors and multimedia systems. Nurse's office with on-site doctor. Musical pre-education Primary school, high school-lyceum choirs, Symphonic orchestra, byzantine choir, Greek artsinging band Music, Guitar, Synthesizer Dance learning. Traditional and Modern Calisthenics and Ballet in indoor rooms. Artistic Gymnastics. Theater teaching. Ancient and modern in the indoor air conditioned event room sitting 600 people or the outdoor amphitheater. Art and Formative arts, drawing, copper

and pottery making, etc, in specially configured rooms. Sports For the best preparation of athletes attending the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki, the following sports facilities are available: Indoor air conditioned gym. Indoor air conditioned swim center with a heated Olympic-size swimming pool. Tartan tennis court Tartan volleyball court Football lawn fields. Tartan basketball courts with side baskets. Indoor artistic gymnastics, dancing and ballet rooms.

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Computer Learning Certificates

Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification
Karl Popper

The Vellum Cambridge certificate is the top Microsoft applications certificate globally and is accepted by the Greek State. The Vellum Cambridge & Microsoft User Specialist certificate provides students with the computer application skills required today in a modern work environment and also certifies they can be efficient and productive. By attending a scheduled computer application class at the school which is also a Cambridge and Microsoft examination center, our students take examinations to acquire an established computer degree and, therefore, to certify their knowledge. The Hellenic College of Thessaloniki has an extended curriculum with the use of new technologies. More specifically, for high school students it offers: - A projector installation in all rooms, connected with a computer, so classes can take place through the use of Microsoft Office ap-

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Our world is changing

School must not simply keep up with the developments but also define them. It must embrace new technologies and take advantage of all they have to offer. plications such as PowerPoint, Word and others. Therefore, every teaching room has been converted to a projection room and we can avoid the needless movements of students in other rooms for the respective classes, thereby facilitating the educational process. - Rooms with interactive whiteboards which are connected to computers. - Two computer laboratories, fully equipped with modern PCs, an Internet connection and a projector installation.

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Participation in Innovative Programs

1. HMUN-HARVARD MODEL UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM A conference of the Model United Nations which is organized by the HARVARD University. and to meet peers throughout Europe and establish lasting cooperations, while it also helps them work together for common goals and in common fields and to promote each other's understanding on civilization and other people's values. 2. MODEL UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM 7. DEBATE An educational conference - simulation of the bodies and COMPETITIONS works of the United Nations Organization. The main goal of Debate Competitions is to cultivate thinking and to get students in con3. EUROSCUOLA tact with subjects which, although not EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM taught in any specific school class, This program offers young Europeare present throughout the curricuans the chance to meet, exchange lum and are widely known from views on their experiences and on the press and the media. Students the problems they are facing and practice logical thinking to be able to get to know each other. to accurately define the main issues of the given subject, present 4. SAT - PERFORMANCE EVALUATION their views with convincing arguSAT is an evaluation of the performance ments and be ready to answer questions. in critical reading, mathematics and writing which students much pass to be admitted in universi8. RHETORIC COMPETITIONS ties. These competitions improve our students' communication skills and help them practice writing convincing 5. EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT texts, i.e. proof texts. The goal is for students to practice Its purpose is to offer Lyceum students the chance to get correct reasoning, so they do not twist the truth or make valuable educational experience through training pro- it relative, but illuminate it and bring it out. To achieve these grams which enforce the skills of future European Citi- goals, students practice in acquiring a wide range of inforzens and contribute to understanding the way the Euro- mation, an adequate knowledge of the language code and pean Parliament works. composite thinking, in order for them to be able to negoti6. COMENIUS EUROPEAN COMMISION ate each subject in an approved and original way. Comenius offers young people a wide range of opportunities to develop on a professional and personal level 9. PHILOSOPHICAL WRITING COMPETITION

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The goal is to familiarize students, through the analytical and mainly outside of school. reading of classical philosophy texts, with the way philo- sophical thinking is formed and formulated. 14. MATHEMATIC SOCIETY Its purpose is to promote and propagate the various 10. POETRY COMPETITION branches of the Mathematical Science. This purpose is The main goal of poetry is the reader's enjoyment and emo- achieved through a series of set goals which can, in gentional response of aesthetic quality. Therefore, through eral, be summed into the development of the Mathematithe competition, students let their imagination and cre- cal Science. ativity free. 15. CHEMISTRY-BIOLOGY-PHYSICS OLYMPIADS 11. YOUTH PARLIAMENT The purpose of these competitions is to cultivate the stuThe "Youth Parliament" is an educational program of the dents' special talents and skills through classes with a Hellenic Parliament which started in 1995. Its main goal special aptitude. is to boost young people's interest in the commons, helping them become responsible citizens and to introduce 16. ASTRONOMY COMPETITION them to the practices and difficulties of Democracy. The The purpose of the competition is the students' further purprogram's goals are realized through the formulation of a suit and detailed examination of the science of Astronomy, personal proposal by each student participating in the pro- Astrophysics and Space, their familiarization with the wongram. drous discoveries of artificial satellites and other observatories and to reward this inward and exploratory effort. 12. COMPUTER COMPETITIONS The main aim of the Panhellenic Computer Competition for Students is to cultivate the students' Computer education. 13. ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS The main goal of Environmental Education is: "the recognition of the environment as an eco-social system which is organized by biophysical and social processes and to mold responsible citizens who perceive it and evaluate it before acting". It give teachers the opportunity to offer their students new appealing methodical approaches of active participation and experiential learning, characteristics which are displayed during the selected activities, inside

The gold goes to the Hellenic College

~ Because health is an integrated matter ~
- 4th place in the world BOYS VOLLEYBALL Italy 2008 th - 4 place in the world BOYS VOLLEYBALL France 2011 - 4th place in the world GIRLS VOLLEYBALL France 2011 th - 8 place in the world BOYS VOLLEYBALL China 2009 -1st place in Greece BOYS VOLLEYBALL 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 st -1 place in Greece GIRLS VOLLEYBALL 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012

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-1st place in the Prefecture championship BOYS HANDBALL 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 -3rd place in Greece in the international BADMINTON championship -2nd place in Greece in the school FOOTBALL championship -2nd place in the school Prefectural BOYS BASKETBALL championship of 2012-2013 -2nd place in the school Prefectural GIRLS BASKETBALL championship in 2012-2013 -1st place in 400m. BOYS RUNNING -1st place in school SWIMMING GAMES -1st place in Greek school CHILDRENS GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING -1st place in Greek school CHILDRENS FENCING -1st place in the Greek school TENNIS championship

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Center of Preschool Education International Baby College

We founded the International Baby College out of love for children. the road from family to school is at times hard and demanding. Our goal is to make it as easy, pleasant and creative as possible. We want your child to feel safe in a environment full of love and care, which offers everything it needs in its first steps. After all, its entry in the preschool environment introduces a new period in the child's life and its normal development depends on the success of this period. International Baby College is the Center of Preschool Education of the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki for infants aged 6 months to 5 years old. Our goal is the child's harmonious development, the cultivation of its mental and psychological skills and its evolution into a healthy person, ready for a smooth entry in the stages of education. To this end, we have manned our nursery with excellently trained and experienced nursery school teachers, pedagogy teachers, Physical Education, English Literature, French Literature, German Literature, Chinese Literature, Art, Theater, Music and Movement Education and Computer graduates, while there is also daily monitoring by a paediatrician and a child psychologist. The scientific approach by our teachers and experts, combined with our love, care and substantial support guarantee the successful entry of the young student in a large world!

When you consciously choose to become a teacher, you must only have one thing in mind, which is the most important thing of all: LOVE. And I do not mean love for your profession... I mean an endless Love for each child you teach.

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Publisher: Ioanna Founta Editor: Viktoria Karanasiou, graphics designer Text editor: Emmanouil Koskinas, philologist

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Postal address Drosia Thermis - P.O. Box 60034 - ZIP Code 57001 Thermi - Thessaloniki Greece Kindergarten-Primary School Telephones: +30 2310.473.112 - +30 2310.473.134 - +30 2310.473.156 +30 2310.473.178 Fax: +30 2310.475.727 Email High School-Lyceum Telephones: +30 2310.473.830 - +30 2310.473.885 +30 2310.475.723 - +30 2310.475.724 Fax: +30 2310.475.724 Email Url: International Baby College Telephones: +30 2310.476.572 - +30 2310.476.573 - +30 2310.476.574 Fax: +30 2310.476.560 Email Url: