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Primary Department Christmas Fun Day

The Falcon Christmas Fun Day took place on Saturday 1st December and raised a wonderful €3000 for the Skapanea Foundation which helps people with Special Needs. The cheque will be presented to the Foundation’s representatives at the Primary Christmas Play on 14th December at the School for the Blind in Nicosia.

The children, parents and teachers all worked together to organize the Fun Day, which was a resounding success. Visitors enjoyed an amazing variety of activities including Pony Rides along the tree-lined School driveway, WaterWalkerz in the swimming pool, Karaoke competitions with the X(mas) Factor in the Primary ICT Room, gymnastics and dance on the open-air courts. There were many stalls with Christmas goods and the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas in his grotto.

Plenty of food and refreshments were available, served from the School’s Pottery Room, while the Primary Choir entertained everyone with uplifting Christmas songs and carols.

The Xmas Fun Day of 2012 will be remembered as yet another success in the Falcon’s long history of providing enriching activities for the community, and encouraging its students to make a significant contribution to caring about others.

Inter-School Primary Basketball Tournament


 
Inter-School Primary Basketball Tournament

Thursday 29th November 2012

The Falcon School was proud to host four other Primary Schools for a morning of intense but highly friendly competition. The matches were played on the indoor and outdoor courts, accompanied by some very enthusiastic cheering from each of the participating Schools. In the end, each of the five participating Schools put in excellent performances from the boys’ and girls’ teams, and Falcon look forward to being able to host similar events in the future.

We’d like to say a big “Well Done!” to everyone who took part, and “Thank You!” to the teachers who organized the event.

Participating teams: Falcon School; Junior School; Grammar School; American International School; American Academy, Nicosia


Falcon Photo Exhibition

Our talented Falcon photographers have been busy preparing their entries for this year’s Photo Competition and Exhibition. The walls of the 1st floor corridor have been vivid with colour and style for the past week during Parents’ Consultation Evenings, until the Exhibition moves to the Ballet Room for the judging process.

   

Primary Water Sports at Dhekelia

The Primary Department Water Sports Club visited the beach at Dhekelia to test their newly learned skills against the forces of the Sea. Having trained in the safe environment of the School swimming pool, the open water of the Mediterranean was a challenge, but Falcon intrepidity won the day!

   

Primary Department Mathletics!

P5 and P6 devoted their intellectual energies to the Mathletics challenge on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November. Mathletics is a web-based competition for students to solve Maths problems in competition with other students around the world.
 

Leila and Alexandra take part in the Mathletics challenge.

UK Universities Fair: November 2012

Many UK Universities have been visiting Cyprus recently for the Universities Fair at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia. Representatives from East Anglia and Queen Mary came to speak to Falcon Students this week, and we regularly arrange visits from other University representatives when they come to Cyprus.



Jake Duffin from Queen Mary University addresses Falcon students

EU Back-to-School Initiative: 5th November 2012

As part of the European Union’s Back-to-School Initiative, two former students, Davinia Wood and Sami Zeidan, returned to the Falcon to give a presentation about their work in Brussels. It was wonderful to see them both again, as they spoke to students about career prospects in the EU, the work of the European Commission, and, inevitably, how Falcon has changed while retaining its character, since they were students in the 1990s.
 

Davinia Wood
 

Sami Zeidan
 

5th, 6th and 7th Formers at the Back-to-School Initiative

PRIMARY NEWS

Platania Visit October 2012

The pupils and teachers of the Primary Department spent a very enjoyable morning in the mountains, accompanied by some of our helpful and supportive parents. Games, explorations and, of course, a picnic ensured that Platania was again a memorable day out for everyone.

Birthday celebrations at Platania
P2 at Platania
P6 at Platania

Primary Swimming Club

The Primary Swimming Club have been making excellent use of our newly renovated Swimming Pool. Imaginative and exciting ideas for using the Pool make this activity very popular.

Preparing for the Umbrella Relay Race
The Umbrella Relay
Primary Swimming Club

P5 French Projects

P5 pupils learning French have been researching the French-speaking world, and prepared some excellent displays about different places where French is spoken.

French project work

Cookery Club

Primary pupils have been busy in the kitchen this term, and enjoyed some delicious results of their labours.

P3 and French Toast
P3 boys in the kitchen

SECONDARY NEWS

George Santis wins DNA essay competition

George Santis’ essay for the European DNA Day competition won First Prize in Cyprus, and has been published in an American periodical. George collected his award at a ceremony organized by the Cyprus Biological Association.

Secondary Swimming Gala

The Secondary swimming gala took place on the last day before the autumn Half-term break. Races were, as usual, hotly contested with excellent performances from all the Flights. In the end, Peregrine emerged victorious.

Secondary swimming gala 2012

 


Falcon School students are active citizens in support of Sophia Foundation
 
On Tuesday 8th May the pupils of Primary 6 welcomed Mrs Poly Grigoras, volunteer for Sophia Foundation, to their citizenship class. There, they presented a cheque for €528.92 raised in support of Sophia Foundation.
After researching poverty in Africa and UN Children’s Rights and following the initiative of 2 pupils, Egor Kamenchshik and Alexander Balkwill, the class had organised, promoted and run a bake sale at school on Valentine’s Day.
 


Congratulations and thanks go to all the parents and pupils who baked and cooked for the event and to the Falcon students and staff who supported the initiative.
 
Well done!
 

 
World Book Day at the Falcon School

8th and 9th March 2012

The Primary and Secondary Departments celebrated World Book Day and the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth with a number of activities and competitions.

As in previous years, we welcomed the Academic and General Bookshop who staged an impressive exhibition of books for all members of our School community to visit. Anita and Jason spent two busy days in School talking to students of all ages about books and reading. It was encouraging to see the genuine interest of the students as they browsed the wide selection of titles on display.

The “What the Dickens!” competition, devised by the English Department, in which students (and teachers) had to identify extracts from Dickens novels, attracted many correct entries. The lucky winners were Panayiotis Papakyprianou (S5), Egor Kamenshchik (P6) and Demosthenis Iacovou (P6). They received collectors’ editions of Dickens novels.

Classes P3 to P6 of the Primary Department participated in a Charles Dickens drawing competition, reading a passage from Oliver Twist and giving their impression of how the scene should look. Anita and Jason selected the winning pictures and invited the young artists to choose books from the exhibition as their prizes. The winners were Asymina Aza (P6), Michalis Marcoux (P5), Nikol Symeonova (P4) and Nicky Georgiou (P3).

The youngest classes in the School, KG and PR, also drew pictures based on Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr Fox”, while P1 and P2 wrote poems about the 3 wicked Farmers in the book, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Once again, Anita and Jason chose the winners and the children chose books from the many hundreds on display. KG chose a book for the whole class to enjoy, while the PR prize went to Sophia Touvanna. The poem prizes went to Iasonas Prountzos (P1) and Evie Bridger (P2).

Our yearly celebration of Book Day is a valuable and enjoyable addition to the School’s busy schedule of activities. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to Academic and General Bookshop of Larnaca, and especially Anita and Jason who worked tirelessly over the two days to make the exhibition a great success.


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