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St Catherine's students celebrate the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence 1821-2021

24 Mar 2021
School News
Thank you Ms Burbidge for the backdrop from past March 25th celebrations
Thank you Ms Burbidge for the backdrop from past March 25th celebrations

Tomorrow is March 25th and we celebrate the 200 Year bicentennial of Greek Independence 1821-2021 and our students have participated in their virtual classrooms through celebrations through their projects and creations.

The little ones in EYFS coloured flags and Evzones and in their music class played marching music and waved flags. Ms Polymenakou told the children about secret school and sang 'Feggaraki mou lambro..." - Everyone was very enthusiastic and really enjoyed the spirit of the celebration and this momentous day in Greek History! 

Some words from the Mrs Dora Tsepa, Head of Greek in Lower School:

"Bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence

In the Lower School, we commemorated the 200 years since the beginning of the Greek struggle for independence in every yeargroup. During our lessons, we did readings that explained this landmark and put it in the context of world history. We learnt that the Greek revolution started together with the revolution of Argentina and that they were both inspired by the teachings of the French enlightenment, as was the American revolution. We explained how in that historical period there were many powerful empires, which encompassed many nations. Gradually, the idea that each nation should have its own state was born and many revolutions started at around the same period. We saw that the 1821 revolution was successful partly because of the diplomatic struggle of the Greeks of the diaspora and explained the role of philhellenism in the creation of the first independent Greek state. There were also 6 assemblies, which sought to highlight the symbols and inspiration of the Greek revolutionaries, their traditional clothes, the music, and the national anthem. "


Some words from Ms Athina Nassioula (Head of Greek in Upper School 

The Revolution of 1821 is the most significant event in Modern Greek History because it was the start of a course that lasted many years and led to the liberation of the Greek people after 400 years of servitude. At the same time,   it is an event of global importance because the premise of an uprising of an oppressed nation led to its transformation and into the creation of the first
independent nation-state, Greece. Subsequently, the creation of other nation-states would follow. The Greek Struggle for independence, according toRoderick Beaton, “reveals the remarkable achievement, during the last three hundred years, of building a modern nation on the ruins of a vanished civilization”.
This year we celebrate two hundred years since the Revolution of 1821 and now more than ever our school’s Greek Department is thrilled and touched by the way our students perceive and portray these events through their creative work. In all the Upper School classes of both Greek fluent and non-fluent speakers, the response, through the creation of works of painting, collage,
posters, and presentations surrounding the events in 1821, was enthusiastic and the works produced were especially impressive. We appreciate the efforts of our students who come from other countries and who showed great
interest in Greek history lessons, who were inspired by the events and created very beautiful projects. We hope the efforts of the Revolution's fighters, their sacrifice and their belief in the ideal of freedom will forever inspire our students in their every effort.     St. Catherine’s British school has the honour of being directly linked to thewarriors of 1821, as our student, Sofia Giatrakou (Y11) is a descendant of the veteran of Mani Panagiotis Giatrakos. Furthermore, our students Alexandra (Y10) and Valeria (Y8) are direct descendants of the heroes Giorgakis and Dimitris Plapouta who operated in Arcadia.
We hope you enjoy all the projects created by our students.

Athina Nassioula
Head of Greek

Congratulations to all of our students for their great work!  Enjoy the student work and  projects from Upper and Lower School in the gallery below.

Happy Independence Day to all!

Χρόνια Πολλά Ελλάδα!

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