The wheel of life

A very interesting activity was carried out by the students of the 4th, 5th and 6th grade in  the 11th Primary School of Haidari.

Students were asked to fill in a wheel using different colours for each one of the activities that had been made up during a typical hard day.

The results were presented in charts that posed an opportunity for discussion and exchange of opinions on the subject.


Some Nuturing Thoughts and Poems from a Claddagh Teacher

From a Claddagh Teacher, Ms. Kelly O’Connell

The following two prayers have been said at school with the students. The two prayers

Letter from a Friend and Footprints are something that the children can draw on if they

don’t feel so great. It is a support that they can draw on have available to them if they

felt that it could be helpful to them ( maybe at a time when they feel, stressed, ill, get

injured, or a parent / grandparent falls ill ).

The acclaimed author, Stephen Covey, wrote the following about an experience he had

one Sunday morning on a subway in New York :

“People were sitting quietly – some reading newspapers, some lost in thought, some

resting with their eyes closed. It was a calm peaceful scene.

Then suddenly a man and his children entered the subway car. The children were so

loud and rambunctious that instantly the whole climate changed. Continue reading

“Internet addiction and ways to overcome it”

At the beginning of the Erasmus+ Happens project we have undertaken, all the partner schools have decided to do a survey so as to evaluate the level of health and well-being of our students, teachers and parents.

After studying the results of the survey in our school, we have discovered that a high number of students spend quite a long time on computers and the internet.

So based on the results of the survey, one of the  three primary goals of our project has become to help  decrease the time dedicated to screens by our students, especially before going to bed.

A first attempt to deal with this issue was to organize at our school a seminar for all members of our school community.

Parents, teachers and students watched with great interest the presentation :

« Internet addiction and ways to overcome it » that was given in our school by Mr. Nikos Papastergiou, clinical psychologist and Mr. Panayiotis Makridis, journalist .

The speakers analyzed  thoroughly symptoms, causes of the problem and ways to deal with this addiction so that worried parents would know what to look for and where to ask for help and children where to put an end.

Many thanks to our willing speakers for their voluntary offer to inform us about such a hot issue.


Development of children’s mental health

The third regional directorate of primary education of Athens has held a one-day seminar- workshop on: “Development of children’s mental health through the cooperation with Centres of Prevention of Addictions”

The seminar was addressed to head teachers of primary schools and aimed at a better communication and cooperation with the Centres of Prevention of Addictions in our area. Moreover, it attempted to highlight the significant part of the Greek school community in the implementation of programmes advancing mental health.

The workshop engaged the attendants in role-plays where they were called to play the parts of teachers, students and parents  and then  in  a follow-up discussion  where  problematic situations and difficulties were more thouroughly examined.

Abariza, a Greek traditional game

The game was played in the old days but it’s also played today. It is an outdoors game and it can be played by children ages six to eleven.

You play in two teams. Every team chooses a column, or a tree for “home”. The game starts.
The aim of the game is to manage to touch the other team’s home and say “ABARISA”. This means you have conquer the other team’s home and your team wins.

To go out of your home, you should say “ABARISA”. A child from team “A” says “ABARISA” and exits. Another child from team “B” exits too. The second child tries to catch the first one so he/she doesn’t conquer
his “home”. In the same way and at the same time, a second child from team A exits trying to catch the child from team B and a second child from B exits trying to catch the second child of team A and so on.

If a child catches someone, he/she goes to jail. If his team says “xele” he is free again and the game continues. If the one team says “ABARISA” in the other teams “home”, they win and the game finishes.