Category Archives: Greece – activities within school

Educational Lecture on Climate Change

In the framework of Education for Climate Change and of the school subject Geology-Natural Resources Management, A Class students attended a lecture by Mr Tassos Krommydas, executive member of Global Water Partnership (GWP), an international network created to foster an integrated approach to water resources management, especially those of the Mediterranean Sea. The event took place at Ralleio Lykeio on Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Mr Tassos Krommydas, Electrical Engineer specialized in economics and energy policies, is a consultant to international organizations about matters of adaptation to climate change.

The event was organized by the Director of Ralleio Lykeio, Dr D. Kalaitzidis (Geology- Natural Resources Management Teacher).


Educational visit to the archaeological site and the museum of Eleusis

All the students and teachers of the school visited the archaeological site and the museum of Eleusis on the 12th of April. Greek Language teacher Ms A. Keskesiadou and A class students A. Exertzi and M. Mastrokalou spoke about the main buildings of the site and about Eleusinian Mysteries. The visit was organized by Ms M. Kokkaliari (Mathematics teacher), who was also responsible for the guided tour in the museum.

A CLASS: Four-day educational trip to Thessaloniki

From 17 to 20 March 2016, in the framework of the subjects of History and Natural Resources, A class students visited the city of Thessaloniki, the archaeological site of Vergina, the Basilica of Saint Dimitrios and the Byzantine Museum in the center of the city and the natural spa of Pozar further north.

Accompanying teachers: Dr D. Kalaitzidis, Director, Ms V. Ploumi and Ms A. Keskesiadou (Greek Language and Literature Teachers) and Mr N. Panagiotopoulos (Sociology Teacher).

Educational visit to the Athens Observatory

C class Science students visited the Observatory at the historical center of Athens on 15 January 2016, accompanied by their Mathematics teacher Mr Stavros Drosakis, who organized the educational visit.

The students were guided to various rooms of the Observatory by astrophysicists Mr Tsimpidas and Mr Papadimitriou, whom we would like to thank for the valuable insight. The students were particularly impressed by the room of the Dome and the replica of the Antikythera mechanism.

Educational visit to the Department of Biology, University of Athens

C class Science students visited the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Plant Physiology of the Department of Biology, University of Athens, on 15 January 2016, accompanied by the Biology teachers Mr G. Katopodis and P. Markopoulos, who organized the educational visit.

Assistant Professor Mr Kosmas Charalambidis and his associates talked to the students about the importance of the science of Biology, the interconnection between sciences and the need for cooperation and, finally, about research issues in the laboratory. The students then performed various laboratory activities.

We would like to thank our hosts, Assistant Professor Mr Kosmas Charalambidis and his associates, for the knowledge and laboratory experience they offered our students.

Club “OUT”: Educational trip to the centre of environmental education in Amfissa

The students and three teachers of the Εnvironmental Εducation Programme “OUT” went on an educational trip to Amfissa in Central Greece from the 30th November to the 2nd of December 2015 in the framework of the ERASMUS+ European Program “ROUTE”.

The students and teachers were hosted at the local Center of Environmental Education where they attended a lecture about environmental problems by Mr M. Theocharopoulos, in charge of the center. The following day the students took part in a program of the Centre called “Geomythological and Geoenvironmental Paths” in the framework of which they were guided to the Museum of Delfi and viewed the exhibits from a different angle, connecting myth with science , human fears and the intervention of the divine element. Later they hiked for four kilometers, they role-played the ancient myth of Erysichthon and visited the canals of the rivers Mornos and Evinos. In the evening the students prepared and presented their own presentations in groups. On the last day the students visited the dam of the river Mornos where they were guided by the Head Electrician of the dam and filled in special worksheets.

The trip was organized by the Coordinator of the Εnvironmental Εducation Programme “OUT”, Director Dr Dimitris Kalaitzidis and Ms Kalliope Bechraki (Greek Language Teacher) and Ms Magdalini Kokkaliari (Mathematician).

Club “OUT”: Horseriding/Malakasa

Ralleio Educational and Recreational Club “OUT” in cooperation with the Parent-Teacher Association of the school visited the Riding Club in Malakasa in the framework of Erasmus+ Program ‘ROUTE”. Students, teachers and parents were guided in the facilities and were informed about horseback riding and the horses themselves. They then took a 45-minute ride in the nearby forest which everyone enjoyed.

Coordination: Dr D. Kalaitzidis , School Director

Participating Teachers: Stavros Drosakis (Mathematician), Panos Kagidis (PE Teacher), M. Kokkaliari (Mathematician) and Kalliope Bechraki (Greek Language and Literature Teacher).

Club “OUT’’ ventures to Dekeleia/Tatoi

Ketonomada, a team of the Educational and Recreational Club “OUT”, organized the third field trip to Dekeleia/Tatoi in northern Attica on Sunday 18 January 2015. A total of 25 students, teachers and parents participated in the trip and, among them, the Director of the school, Dr Dimitris Kalaitzidis, who is also the coordinator of the Club.

Tatoi or Dekeleia is a protected forest and natural reserve of renowned natural beauty in northern Attica where the estate of the former Greek royal family used to be located. There are also a few horse-riding clubs nearby, that is why we thought that a day trip to the area would combine horse riding with a history lesson on site.

We booked 15-minute beginner horse riding lessons with Mega Sports horse riding school; we booked a shuttle bus for the day and organized a guided tour to the former Greek royal estate that is the summer palace called Tatoi. We also created a worksheet regarding activities, horse riding and history.

We set off at 9.15 and reached our destination an hour later. On the bus during the trip, our team presented information about the history of horse riding and the usefulness of the horse for humans throughout the years.

Upon arrival, the group was guided around the historical buildings of Tatoi Estate by Mr Koutsavlis, the Chairperson of Tatoi Friends Association and then we enjoyed our horse riding lesson. We also visited the stables. We had late lunch in a beautiful tavern nearby admiring the view and by 18.30 we had returned to Pireas.

Everybody had a good time combining historical knowledge, natural beauty and fun horse-riding.

Club “OUT’’ ventures to the volcanic terrain of Methana.

The students and the teachers who are members of the Educational and Recreational Club “OUT” organized a trip to Methana, in north-eastern Peloponnese on Sunday 22 December 2014. Apart from the members of the Club and the Director of the school, Dr Dimitris Kalaitzidis, who is also the coordinator of the Club, students from other classes, teachers and parents participated in this one-day trip.

The peninsula of Méthana with its two steep volcanic slopes is actually a volcano that emerged from the sea. In the area there is a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and diverse flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries. Unfortunately the spa was closed and we did not have the opportunity to visit it but the strong smell of sulphur was definitely there.

We then went on to visit the tiny village of Kameni Hora (Burnt Land) at the foot of the volcano where we had the opportunity to see the rock holes named “refrigerators”, where the temperature remains stable throughout the year. After some rest, we trekked the steep path to the top of the volcano and admired the breathtaking view and the boulders of petrified lava. We returned to Pireas in the late afternoon, having had a beautiful day learning impressive information about volcanoes and their usefulness to human beings.

Natalia Giannakopoulou

Class B1

Club “OUT’’ ventures to Lake Vouliagmeni

Skydivers, a team of the Educational and Recreation al Club “OUT”, organized their first field trip to Lake Vouliagmeni in southern Attica on Sunday 16 November 2014. A total of 22 persons participated in the trip, in particular, 9 students and 12 teachers and parents and, of course, the Director of the school, Dr Dimitris Kalaitzidis, who is also the coordinator of the Club.

The water of Lake Vouliagmeni is about 50 centimeters above sea level and so it is constantly overflowing and being replenished by the hot springs beneath it. The composition of the lake water is brackish and full of such mine rals as potassium, natrium, lithium, ammonium, calcium, ferrum, chloride, iodine and is slightly radioactive. These minerals are known for giving relief to bone and muscle problems as well as those listed above. The lake is recognized as a wonder of nature because of its unique appearance and the surroundings. Scientific research and studies have discovered that millions of years ago, where the lake is now, there was once a large cave with a large number of hot springs. Due to an earthquake roof has collapsed.

Before the visit, we let the school community know about the event by written notices. We printed the program of the activities to take place on site and finally, under the supervision of Dr Kalaitzidis, we created the worksheets to be filled during the field trip. We set off from Pireas at 8.00 am and drove to the Lake. Upon arrival we took pictures, we handed out the worksheets to the students and Dr Kalaitzidis gave a brief lecture on the geomorphological features of the area. Then, one of the doctors of the spa and a lifeguard talked to us about the services provided by the Lake spa. Before leaving, we had a group discussion about filling in the worksheets. We asked questions and we talked about things that made a good or a bad impression on us. This was food for thought for the preparation of the next field trip. The following day we handed out evaluation sheets to all the participants.

Katerina Vogiatzoglou

Class B1