The objective of the Bilingual Extended Program is for students to discover their interests. Through a variety of art, sport and technology activities, students gain knowledge and skills while enhancing their aptitude in the English and Greek languages. At the same time, they develop collaborative and communicative capabilities as they are given an opportunity to meet and interact with students from other sections who have similar interests.
The Extended Program takes place daily from 13:15 to 13:55 in the Kindergarten facilities. It is followed by lunch in the Kindergarten’s dining halls.
Activities in English
During the academic year 2020-21, Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students will participate twice per week in English language enhancing activities. The activities are as follow:
- Kindergarten: Art, Storytime, Active Games in English, Board Games & Coding Games
- Pre-Kindergarten: Art, Storytime, Active Games in English & Board Games
Activities in Greek
Students can select up to 3 activities from those offered to Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students respectively.
Note: Registration for activities will be on a first-come, first-serve basis as the number of students in each activity determines the quality of its delivery.
Sports Games give students an opportunity to become acquainted with the principles and values that athletics exemplifies. Recreational athletic activities and educational games expose them to various sports. During the school year, students can participate in Track & Field (Running and Throwing), Soccer, Gymnastics, Basketball and Mini-Tennis.
The objective of this class is to create the opportune conditions for students to get to know the aforementioned sports and their techniques.
Ballet class allows students to express themselves through movement while developing their proprioception (awareness of the position and movement of their bodies). They cultivate a sense of rhythm and learn how to use both their personal and surrounding space. Lastly, the class prepares students for the postures, positions and series of movements associated with classical ballet, as students gain better control and coordination between their movements and music.
Swimming activities for Kindergarten students take place at the “Alexandra Prokopiou” Swimming Center, “John A. Gabriel” Swimming Pool, while swimming activities for Pre-Kindergarten students take place at the “John M. Carras” Kindergarten Swimming Pool.
Classes aim to introduce students to treading water and, through play, to teach them to move safely and confidently. Students are taught the basic techniques of freestyle and backstroke swimming through games and activities tailored to preschool age.
In Modern Dance, students are taught the primary exercises of the Modern Theatre branch of ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). Having learned the basic techniques of various dance styles (jazz dance, musical theatre and contemporary dance), students then learn short choreographies and improvise by interpreting modern musical scores.
In Music-Kinetic Training, students become acquainted with Orff (percussion) instruments. They are exposed to songs, develop expressive abilities and discover rhythm through body percussion. Additionally, they cultivate their musical development and explore sounds through fun-filled, rhythmic and music-kinetic activities.
In group piano lessons, children are provided with small pianos to create a musical ensemble. They learn musical notes and rhythmic values by exploring sounds via music-kinetic games. At the same time, they take their first steps at playing musical pieces on the piano whilst accompanied by orchestrated English language songs.
In Martial Arts classes, students cultivate three basic skills:
1. Development of discipline and concentration through specific exercises – games.
2. Improvement of self-confidence by developing a physical and muscular tone.
3. Training in hand techniques (blocks, strikes) and feet techniques (kicks).
The core of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten courses is the same in order to facilitate a logical continuity. What differs is the volume of exercises, their intensity and their level of difficulty.
Through the Arts, students practice their skills and are motivated to learn. They are empowered and encouraged to be innovative, to express their thoughts and feelings in a unique way, but also to observe and describe their aesthetic experience when listening to music or when looking at a painting. Additionally, they are trained in multiple literacies, which contribute to the development of creative and critical thinking skills. Classes conducted in the Art Workshop place special emphasis on students’ creative engagement with various art forms. Painting and sculpture give students an opportunity to work with various materials, such as paper, clay, fabric and metal, as well as to create three-dimensional pieces using different techniques. The objective of Art classes is to cultivate children’s creativity, sense of aesthetics, critical thinking skills and cultural development.