Events

Milestones

35 Years Mandoulides Schools

1978 - 2013

The celebration of 35 years of the operation of Mandoulides Schools and their contribution to education and culture was brightened by the presence of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos. Students, parents, friends and colleagues of the Schools had the honor and pleasure to receive the blessing of His All Holiness on the premises of the Junior - Senior High School.

As part of his visit, His All Holiness planted an olive tree in the garden of the Senior High School. It was a symbolic gesture "as a memento of the visit of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos to Mandoulides Schools.”

Afterwards, the musical "A Magical City,” based on the fairytale of Eleni Priovolou and written specifically for this performance, was presented, starring students of the Zografeio Lykeio and Mandoulides Schools Elementary School.

30 Years Mandoulides Schools

1978 - 2008

To commemorate 30 years of creativity and contribution of the Schools to education, Mandoulides Schools held two events: a concert honoring Dionysis Savvopoulos on March 15th 2009 in collaboration with the orchestra and choir of Mandoulides Schools; and a 2-day conference titled "School 2009: Culture And Language - a Tribute to the Founder, Evangelos Mantoulidis" held May 15th - 16th 2009.

In Memory of Evangelos Mantoulidis

The conference titled "School 2009: Culture And Language" began on Friday afternoon, May 15th with a tribute to the founder, Evangelos Mantoulidis. Colleagues, friends, associates, and students spoke about the life and work of Evangelos Mantoulidis. Savvas Anastasiadis, Prefectural consultant - President of the Management Body of the Koroneia and Volvi Lakes, spoke about the man, Evangelos Mantoulidis. The Regional Director of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia Georgios Karatasios mentioned the significant educational contribution of Evangelos Mantoulidis. Nikos Karatzas, President - CEO of Ianos S.A., spoke of his "friend, Vangelis Mantoulidis," while Sarantos Kargakos, historian and author, highlighted the spiritual and educational work of Evangelos Mantoulidis. Vice President of the American College Anatolia and mathematician Georgios Lysaridis talked about "the man and friend Evangelos Mantoulidis" while Eva Tsoukalidou, economist and graduate of Harvard University and Aristotle University School of Law, who met him as a student at Mandoulides Schools, spoke on the topic "Evangelos Mantoulidis, Our Signalman." Finally, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at Aristotle University Ioannis Hasiotis focused on "Ideology and Practice in the Educational Path of Vangelis Mantoulidis."

Greetings were given by Minister of Macedonia - Thrace Stavros Kalafatis, Prefect of Thessaloniki Panagiotis Psomiadis, and Mandoulides Schools President Mrs. Aikaterini Mantoulidou. The event ended in a heartwarming atmosphere with the concert of Loudovikos of Anogion, whom Evangelos Mantoulidis appreciated both as a person and as an artist.

Education and Language

On Saturday morning May 16th, the conference on "Education and Language" with lectures by leading public figures and men of letters began with the participation of ministers, MPs, representatives of government and education, and hundreds of university teachers and friends of Mandoulides Schools.

The opening speech for the conference was given by the former Minister of Education Marietta Giannakou, who addressed the European dimension of the Greek language.

Ioannis Kazazis, Professor of Classics at Aristotle University and Associate President of the Greek Language Center, spoke on "The Streets of Words: Philology and Culture in School Practice." A speech by Georgios Papanastasiou, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Aristotle University and Director of the Institute of Modern Greek Studies (Manolis Triandafyllidis Foundation), followed, who expanded on the theme "The Greek Language through the Ages: Educational Issues." In the second session, Christos Tsolakis, Emeritus Professor of Modern Greek at Aristotle University, spoke on "Language and Culture," while Christos Giannaras, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Panteion University, addressed the topic: "Language: the ‘Land’ of the Greeks.” In the third session, speakers were author Theodoros Ziakas, with the theme "Modern Nihilism and Education," and 2nd Office Head Apostolos Apostolidis, who spoke about "Silent Praise." The conference ended with a lively discussion on the role of teaching Ancient and Modern Greek within current Greek education.

Minister of Internal Affairs Konstantinos Gkioulekas addressed brief remarks to the audience at the conference which was held under the auspices of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki.

Concert by Dionysis Savvopoulos

Mandoulides Schools held a concert honouring Dionysis Savvopoulos on Sunday March 15th 2009 in collaboration with the orchestra and choir of Mandoulides Schools. It was a memorable evening full of memories, emotion and excitement to commemorate 30 years of creativity and contribution of the Schools to education.

Dionysis Savvopoulos, the leading troubadour, shared his excitement about this collaboration with members of the orchestra and choir of Mandoulides Schools, and members of the choir of children with special abilities "En Dynami,"stressing that it was his childhood dream to play with such a virtuoso student ensemble, and wished Mandoulides Schools another 30 years of creativity and enlightenment. He also congratulated the orchestra director Gianni Polymeneri and the choir director Eleni Theodoridou, for their important work.

In the event the President of Mandoulides Schools Mrs. Aikaterini Mantoulidou addressed a greeting confirming that she, her family, and the colleagues of the Schools will continue the important work that began 30 years ago led by her partner and founder of the Schools, Evangelos Mantoulidis.

Director of Mandoulides Schools and philologist Aspa Hasioti, who coordinated the event, with journalist and author Kostas Mpliatkas, made remarks in honor of the history of the Schools, the teacher and visionary, Evangelos Mantoulidis, and the official guest Dionysis Savvopoulos.

20 Years Mandoulides Schools

1978 - 1998

Mandoulides Schools celebrated its 20th Anniversary with the special publication of a book that confirms the Schools’ creative presence in the educational life of Thessaloniki. The book, entitled “Thessaloniki, Through Writers of the Past,” was presented by Minister of Culture Evangelos Venizelos, writer Nikos Bakolas, Aristotle University Professor of Law Giorgos Anastasiadis, and publisher of the book Nikos Karatzas, head of Ianos, S.A, while excerpts were read by Alexis Kostalas.

Remarks on the pedagogical role of Mandoulides Schools were made by the Minister of Culture, founder of the Schools Evangelos Mantoulidis, Professor of the Philosophy School of Aristotle University Ioannis Hassiotis (representing parents of the first students of the Schools), and philologist of the Schools Aspa Hasioti.

Honorary Events

Patrons of the Nation

08/02/2015, Thessaloniki

In a heartwarming honorary event, the Cappadocian Association "Agios Vasileios - Vasileiada” and Mandoulides Schools recognized four important Greek figures for their distinguished service to Thessaloniki and Hellenism: Yiannis Demirtzoglou, Director of the Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul and Archonta M. Referendario of the Great Church of Christ; Anastasios and Ioulia Mpillis, great benefactors; and Nikolaos Papageorgiou, great benefactor, Honorary Chairman of Papageorgiou Hospital, President of the Papageorgiou Foundation, and Archonta Referendario of the Great Church of Christ.

Ioannis Tsoukalas, Emeritus Professor of Aristotle University and a Member of European Parliament, together with author Giorgos Skampardonis, spoke of the timeless presence, work and contribution of these Greek benefactors.

Thessaloniki, City of Great Educators

05/12/2012, Thessaloniki

Mandoulides Schools organized an event honoring the outstanding educators of Thessaloniki as part of the celebration of 100 years since the liberation of Thessaloniki, under the general title "Thessaloniki, City of Great Educators."

Biographies and works of great educators who influenced the development of the Greek language were presented at the event, held at the Cultural Center of the Schools.

Speakers included renowned professors, journalists and authors such as: Giorgos Anastasiadis, Giorgos Papanastasiou, Kostas Bliatkas, Giorgos Dellios and Thomas Korovinis.

Through special video and photographic material, prepared and presented by students of the Senior High School, extensive reference was made to the biography and works of Manolis Triantafyllidis, Dimitris Glinos, Alexandros Delmouzos, Gianni Kakridis, Linos Politis, Emmanouil Kriaras, Christos Tsolakis and Evangelos Mantoulidis.

Literature and Discourse Programs

The literature and discourse programs that Mandoulides Schools implement each year aim to broaden the horizons of students, enriching their knowledge, cultivating team spirit, and using new technologies to prepare them for the demands of our times.

Bookmates and other literature programs

Within the framework of the Bookmates program, students of Day Care Center - Kindergarten have the opportunity to become acquainted with books, authors, and illustrators of a publishing house during a school year. Thus, the book becomes a game, joy, knowledge, communication, an act of creation.

From 1994 through 2006 the reading program was pioneered in cooperation with Ianos and included the following programs: Reading Rally, Literature in Education, Give Me Your Book, World Days and Literature, Literature Writes about History, Literature Writes about Society, Literature Writes about the Olympiad, Lessons of Thessaloniki, Literature on the Silver Screen - History on the Silver Screen, Aesop Was the Beginning, Re-Reading the Greek Classics. Through these programs, renowned literary figures made presentations at Mandoulides Schools: A. Varela, N. Dimopoulos, S. Zarampouka, A. Zei, M. Kontoleon, N. Bakolas, L. Petrovits - Androutsopoulou, E. Proviolou, Z. Sari, G. Skampardonis, G. Soureli, P. Sfyridis, E. Trivizas, E. Fakinou, T. Chortiati, and V. Hislop.

Βooktime

Under this program English Garden students read literary books not only to practice their English, but also to enjoy reading and to share the joy with their peers, teachers and parents.

In addition, an interdisciplinary approach to the books with visual tasks, language exercises, games, and dramatizations serves to spur discussions.

Spelling Lessons

The Spelling Lessons program for 5th and 6th grade students aims to:

  • Develop their spelling capabilities in a pleasant and creative way.
  • Enhance their interest and love for the Greek language.
Words write their own history...through Etymology

"Words write...History," but history has many interesting facts to tell us about the evolution of words over time, confirming the richness and the enormous range of our language.

We talk about us

Under this program, our older students have a chance to interact with experts on issues directly affecting their interests, their concerns, their goals and aspirations each year.

Bookmates and other literature programs

Within the framework of the Bookmates program, students of Day Care Center - Kindergarten have the opportunity to become acquainted with books, authors, and illustrators of a publishing house during a school year. Thus, the book becomes a game, joy, knowledge, communication, an act of creation.

From 1994 through 2006 the reading program was pioneered in cooperation with Ianos and included the following programs: Reading Rally, Literature in Education, Give Me Your Book, World Days and Literature, Literature Writes about History, Literature Writes about Society, Literature Writes about the Olympiad, Lessons of Thessaloniki, Literature on the Silver Screen - History on the Silver Screen, Aesop Was the Beginning, Re-Reading the Greek Classics. Through these programs, renowned literary figures made presentations at Mandoulides Schools: A. Varela, N. Dimopoulos, S. Zarampouka, A. Zei, M. Kontoleon, N. Bakolas, L. Petrovits - Androutsopoulou, E. Proviolou, Z. Sari, G. Skampardonis, G. Soureli, P. Sfyridis, E. Trivizas, E. Fakinou, T. Chortiati, and V. Hislop.

Βooktime

Under this program, 1st and 2nd grade students read literary books not only to practice in English, but also to enjoy reading and to share the joy with their peers, teachers and parents.

Current Events

A series of lectures - debates on current affairs by today’s leading experts in many fields, such as: A. Antonopoulos, C. Giannaras, S. Theodorakis, S. Kouloglou, T. Lalas, L. Lazopoulos, I. Manoledakis, P. Noutsos, G. Souflias M. Sfakianakis, P. Tsimas, C. Tsolakis, V. Tsouderou.

Eugene, the Grammar Expert

A competitive spelling game between Junior High School classes that fosters fair play and raises students’ concern for correct spelling, etymology and the meaning of Greek words. Eugene, the Grammar Expert, is a program named after the Byzantine Greek grammarian who created the first dictionary with Greek words classified in alphabetical order and the spelling rules that needed to be followed.

Polybius, History Ignoramus

A historical knowledge game that aims to urge students to love history by having fun and gaining experience that will certainly prove useful in the future, because history, much like our lives, goes in cycles.

Bookmates and other literature programs

Within the framework of the Bookmates program, students have the opportunity to become acquainted with books, authors, and illustrators of a publishing house. In this way, books become associated with fun, knowledge, communication, creativity. Books become our best friends.

From 1994 through 2006 the reading program was pioneered in cooperation with Ianos and included the following programs: Reading Rally, Literature in Education, Give Me Your Book, World Days and Literature, Literature Writes about History, Literature Writes about Society, Literature Writes about the Olympiad, Lessons of Thessaloniki, Literature on the Silver Screen - History on the Silver Screen, Aesop Was the Beginning, Re-Reading the Greek Classics. Through these programs, renowned literary figures made presentations at Mandoulides Schools: A. Varela, N. Dimopoulos, S. Zarampouka, A. Zei, M. Kontoleon, N. Bakolas, L. Petrovits - Androutsopoulou, E. Proviolou, Z. Sari, G. Skampardonis, G. Soureli, P. Sfyridis, E. Trivizas, E. Fakinou, T. Chortiati, and V. Hislop.

 

Current Events

A. Antonopoulos, Actor

C. Giannaras, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

S. Theodorakis, Journalist

S. Kouloglou, Journalist

L. Lazopoulos, Actor, Director

T. Lalas, Journalist

I. Manoledakis, Professor of Law

P. Noutsos, Professor of Politics and Philosophy

G. Souflias, Minister of Education

M. Sfakianakis, Deputy Director of Prosecution of Electronic Crime

M. Alikaki, Actress - T. Triaridis, Writer

P. Tsimas, Journalist

C. Tsolakis, Emeritus Professor of Modern Greek Language

V. Tsouderou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

I. Tsoukalas, Professor of Informatics, Member of European Parliament

Meredith O'Connor, Singer - Songwriter

Bookmates

N. Andrikopoulos, Writer

N. Dimopoulos, Writer, Director

S. Zarampouka, Writer

A. Zei, Writer

V. Iliopoulos, Writer

M. Kontoleon, Writer

N. Bakolas, Writer

C. Mpoulotis, Writer

E. Proviolou, Writer

E. Ritsou, Writer

Z. Sari, Writer

G. Skampardonis, Writer, Journalist

E. Trivizas, Writer

E. Fakinou, Writer

A. Chatzimanoli, Writer

F. Mandilaras, Writer

A. Mitsiali, Writer

T. Korovinis, Writer

A. Papatheodoulou, Writer

Exploring Movies at Mandoulides Schools

Mandoulides Schools promote students’ contact with the Seventh Art by presenting film-related programs titled Movie Camp, Cine Club, and Frame Rate, designed for students of the Elementary School, Junior, and Senior High School respectively. As part of their cinematic experience, students engage actively in dialogue immediately following each screening, exploring the themes of the script, the director’s outlook, and the students’ own personal impressions of the film. The discussions are moderated by talented actor and director Panagiotis Kountouras, with whose help a voyage into the magical world of cinema - in pursuit of meanings hidden within each film - begins.

Movie Camp is a cinematic adventure that is expected to fascinate the viewers. It features a selection of films from different genres, each characterized by directorial excellence and a bold artistic approach, that have a common denominator:  the inner journey of a hero.  Screening include The Truman Show (1998, directed by Peter Weir), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013, directed by Ben Stiller), and Inside Out (2015, directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen).

Cine Club illuminates exciting human stories that teach love through a particularly interesting point of view. Screenings include Cinema Paradiso (1988, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore) and Dead Poets Society (1989, directed by Peter Weir).

Frame Rate explores ideas and attitudes of people in real stories and places that, thanks to the cinematic lens, remain unchanged over time. Screenings include The Wave (2008, directed by Dennis Gansel) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008, directed by Danny Boyle).

Sunday at Mandoulides Schools

The Sunday at Mandoulides Schools program enables children, together with their parents, to attend and participate enthusiastically in a variety of activities.

Workshops, innovative educational programs, and book presentations are just a few of the activities that creatively fill Sunday mornings!

inside_outGrowing up is not easy, especially for Riley, who leaves her quiet life in a small town in Midwest America to settle in San Francisco, where her father now works. Like all of us, Riley is driven by her emotions: Joy, Fear, Anger, Sorrow and Disgust. Emotions reside in the "Headquarters", the control center of the brain, from where they advise her on a daily basis. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life, in the "Headquarters" there is great turmoil going on ...

frozenCourageous and optimistic princess Anna must work with Christophe, a rugged mountain man, on a long journey. Their aim is to find Frozen Queen Elsa, who is none other than Anna’s sister, and to finally break the icy spell that plagues an entire kingdom. Anna and Christophe will be confronted with extreme conditions and they will encounter mythical creatures and magical phenomena in every step of the way. A hilarious snowman, Olaf and a scabby reindeer, Sven will be their invaluable allies in this fight.

101-dalmatiansAnita and Roger are a married couple in love they own a couple of Dalmatian dogs, Perdita and Pongo! The unscrupulous Cruella de Vil, Anita’s boss, abducts their puppies in order to make the coat of her dreams. So now all of them will try to save both them and the rest of the 99 Dalmatians that evil Cruella possesses...

 

nemoNemo, a little tropical fish, escapes from his overprotective father and ends up in the aquarium of a dentist. His father along with Dori, a fish with memory gaps, cross the ocean searching for him ...

RatatouilleRemy is a young rat trapped between the world of the Paris sewers and his love of human gourmet cuisine. His unexpected friendship with clumsy chef Linguini will give him the hands he needs to make the famous dish “Ratatouille” a reality.

Nimiki_VivliothikiA workshop titled "Young Citizens in Action" organized by the Children’s Law Library was held for children from the Kindergarten and the 1st to 5th grades of the Elementary School. Our students had the opportunity through creative activities to get to know what being an active citizen means and what his and her rights and responsibilities are. At the same time, their parents understood the potential of cultivating active citizens from a young age based on several works of children’s literature available in Children's Law Library that were used to create the content of this experiential workshop.

Toy_StoryA rag doll named Sheriff Woody was the favorite toy of little Andy. When, on his birthday, he receives a space doll, the astronaut Buzz Lightyear, everything schange. Little Andy will love Buzz, the astronaut doll, and make him the leader of the toys, instead of Sheriff Woody.

The_Lion_KingSimba is a courageous, carefree cub eager to become king, following the teachings of his father, King Mufasa about the "Circle of Life." But Scar, his scheming uncle, has his own evil plans: to claw his way to the throne. Thus he decides to cause the death of Mufasa, while driving Simba, who considers himself responsible for the loss his father, into exile. All alone and full of guilt, Simba soon finds companionship in Timon and his good-hearted friend, Pumbaa. Their free and adventurous characters lure Simba to living each day with the motto “Hakuna Matata,” until the moment that Nala, his childhood friend, reappears in his life and reminds him of his true mission and destiny....

AristogatesThe 20th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, “The Aristocats,” is an unparalleled blend of intense adventure, vivid characters and playful music to fascinate you. Our enchanting story begins in Paris, when a peculiar multimillionaire passes away, leaving all her property to her favorite cat! When her evil servant learns of the plan, he decides to kidnap the cat and her litter and abandon them in the middle of nowhere....There they find a charming tomcat named Thomas O’Malley, who offers to escort them back home. Together we get into funny adventures, roam the streets and experience Parisian nightlife!

CINEKID: “Planes”.

aeroplanakiWithin the framework of Sunday at Mandoulides Schools, the program Cinekid continues its successful course. In March 2015 the dubbed version of the movie “Planes” was screened free of charge for Mandoulides Schools’ students accompanied by their parents.

Presentation of the book: “The Young Horse, the Lucky Ladybug, a Bear and Us” by Eleni Dikaiou (Patakis publishing).

alogakiAuthor Eleni Dikaiou invited her young friends to meet Polykarpos, the young ladybug-exterminator, and listen to his adventures. Ladybugs are the guardians of gardens, consuming aphids, the green bugs that stick on plants and dry them up by sucking out their juices. But what will happen when people start to spray their gardens with pesticides? Where will our black dotted red winged friends go? We follow them through an exciting game of hidden bugs!

Presentation of the book: “That Christmas, Everything Turned Upside Down!” by author Maria Papagianni (Patakis publishing)

xristougenaThis Christmas, everything is turned upside down at the Schools’ Christmas Bazaar with author Maria Papagianni, children’s educator Dikaio Chatzipli and Nathan, the young troll who is different from all other trolls. He doesn’t like to jump, kick, be mischievous be at all but loves stories more than anything, and especially the one about the tree of life that supports the earth. In his last journey, he was stuck in Upper Earth for a year and now he awaits us, so we can play and listen to his adventures.

Presentation of the book: “At the Birds’ Festival” by author Athina Mpiniou (Patakis publishing)

panigyri pouliwnAuthor Athina Mpiniou, with her fairytale narration, and through games, songs and dance, invites young children…to the Birds’ festival! This book describes the adventure of a lizard that yearns to listen to and see her favorite singer up close. The lizard tries to find a way to grow wings, to fly to the sky’s concert hall with the birds. But, lizards can only grow wings in their dreams. How else could the lizard do that? With enthusiasm, the lizard finds a way to enjoy the festival’s celebrations, with unexpected consequences…

CINEKID: “Monsters University”

mpampoulesWithin the framework of the Sunday at Mandoulides Schools program, the Cinekid program continues its successful course. In November, the dubbed version of the movie “Monsters University” was screened free of charge for Mandoulides Schools’ students accompanied by their parents.

Experiential workshop based on the book “From White Paper” by Anna Mponarou

apo leuko xartiCan you imagine, I wonder, what can be made from a white piece of paper? In our Sunday meeting, we discover how many things can be created with simple materials. Bring your imaginations and come create with us!

Event on the new book by Eva Ieropoulou “The Bench that Wanted to Become a Boat” (Metaichmio publishing), with the author.

pagkakiThere are many kinds of benches: red, green, yellow, wooden, iron, plastic…Down by the beach, however, there is a bench that’s different. A bench that, doesn’t really like being a bench and that…wants to become a boat! What a peculiar thing! Why would a bench want to become a boat? We searched for this bench, therefore, found it and brought it to the Schools so it can tell its story with words and songs!

CINEKID: “Despicable Me”

apaisiotatosWithin the framework of the Sunday at Mandoulides Schools, the Cinekid program continues its successful course. In March, the movie “Despicable me” was screened free of charge for Mandoulides Schools’ students accompanied by their parents.

"Becoming Acquainted with Thessaloniki Through the Arts," an educational program on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the liberation of Thessaloniki (1912 - 2012). The program was designed by the musician and theater educator Rena Athanasopoulou and was presented by teacher Maria Stavridou.

gnorizontas thessalonikiChildren, through creative activities, bring paintings, poems and songs inspired by Thessaloniki to life. Using theatrical techniques, our young friends breathe life to Thessaloniki’s old stores, walk its narrow roads and travel on the city’s history train, filling the unique promenade with colors. In this special artistic effort, poetry and the magical notes of favorite songs act as companions who take children by the hand and urge them to create the city of their dreams.

“The Good Behavior Game: Learning to Love and Make Friends,” a creative workshop for children. The educational program has been designed and is carried out by educator Maria Stavridou.

ta xeria den einaiThis workshop is based on the book by Elizabeth Verdick “Hands are Not for Hitting, Words are not for Hurting, Tails are not for Yanking,” from Metaichmio publishing. Through experiential, interactive games, theatrical expression, musical improvisation and artistic creations, children come to recognize their emotions, come into contact with positive behaviors, ways to approach others and communicate efficiently. They come to understand that all creatures - humans and animals - return love and attention when it’s offered to them. Words express feelings of love and friendship. Hands are offered to give help, to communicate and cooperate. Respect for others becomes a lifestyle and the worth of the phrase “I’m sorry” gains the power it deserves.

CINEKID: “Once upon a Time, a Tree…”

Ένα δέντρο μια φοράThe fairytale “Once, a tree…” of the beloved author of children’s books Triviza is transferred to the big screen ready to move us and prove that sometimes miracles do happen! On Christmas, during the night, on a gloomy sidewalk of a city a neglected tree and a poor boy meet. The tree can see the decorated Christmas trees through windows and is jealous. It asks the boy to decorate it. The boy, however, has neither ornaments nor money. How will he be able to adorn a neglected tree in the middle of a frozen sidewalk? And yet...That night is a night of dreams, a magical night...In an atmosphere that brings to mind the tale “Little Match Girl,” the genius Trivizas sets up a touching, dreamy story that portrays the actual content of Christmas.

“The Sun’s Daughter”: Presentation of folk tales with Anthi Thanou and Panagiotis Koulelis

Η κόρη του ήλιουIn folktale narration by Anthi Thanou and Panagiotis Koulelis, tales of oral tradition unravel themselves and teach us about the sun’s daughter, wise turtles, magical trees, mindless roosters, girls with rose colored cheeks and a red fabric that constantly changes form and finally turns into...

CINEKID: “Ratatouille”

ΡατατούηςA rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef, despite the objections of his parents and the obvious fact that he is...a mouse in a purely "anti - rodent" profession! Suddenly, fate intervenes and places Remy in a famous restaurant, thanks to the chef, August Gkousto. Despite the palpable risks arising from being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen of such a sophisticated French restaurant, Remy 's passion for cooking initiates a crazy chain of events that disrupts the high-class gastronomy in all of Paris! Remy finds himself torn between his gift and the encouragement of others for him to return to the habits of ... his kind. He learns the truth about friendship, family and what it means to have no other choice than to become ... what he is: a rat who wants to become a chef!

"Create your own book!": An educational program for children on the occasion of celebrating 20 years of operation of Metaichmio publishing.
Φτιάξε το δικό σου βιβλίο• What is a book made of?
• What did books look like in the past and what do they look like today?
• How many different books can there be?
•How can I make my own book?
In the first part of the program, children observe images from books of different time periods and different parts of the world and examine selected items from the archive of the publishing house. In the second part of the program, the children, having been inspired, create their own books: they decide the themes of their books, apply a simple method of book binding.

Theater Performances

His Life’s Only Journey

2014 - 2015

Our Schools’ theater group, within the framework of the student conference "G. Vizyenos: The Road to Istanbul,” held in Zografeio Lykeio in Istanbul under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, presented the masterpiece of Georgios Vizyenos, "His Life’s Only Journey." In one of the most and charming and powerful stories written by the author, infused with humor and irony, G. Vizyenos journeys back to his childhood and embeds intense experiential stories into the work by describing the harmless and weak-willed character of his grandfather and the authoritarian and oppressive nature of his grandmother. Our students received praise both from the participants of the G. Vizyenos conference in Istanbul, and from the students and judges participating in the first Art Competition, organized by Mandoulides Schools, where their performance was awarded first prize.

Stis Lismonias ta Meri…

2013 - 2014

The Schools’ artistic groups collaborated in the musical titled “Stis lismonias ta meri...” directed by Eleni Dimopoulou. It was proposed that the show be set under the auspices of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), after the outstanding praise it received from representatives of the UNHCR during the student festival “Days of Art - Spring 2014” at Pierce - The American College of Greece, in Athens.

At Love’s Beckoning: Based on Cavafy’s lyrics

2012 - 2013

Mandoulides Schools’ theater group presented the theatrical performance “At Love’s Beckoning: Based on Cavafy’s lyrics,” within the framework of the student conference “150 Years of Constantine P. Cavafys” that took place in Istanbul under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Theatricality is an element that characterizes Cavafys’ poems and is noticed not only as an external element in the direction of plays, but is also found in the essence of the poem, coloring the thoughts and actions of each character. In this way, Cavafys manages to breathe life to his poems, thus drawing the reader in. Theatricality is an element that often penetrates deep in Cavafys’ work to unearth the foundations of the character of persons within his poems.

Murderess: the First Murder

2011 - 2012

Mandoulides Schools’ theater group presented the play "Murderess: The First Murder" by Alexandros Papadiamantis, adapted and directed by Eleni Dimopoulou. This play was presented at the student conference "100+1 Years Alexandros Papadiamantis," held by Zografeio Lykeio and Mandoulides Schools, with the participation of students, teachers, professors, writers and artists in March 2012.

Making a Brand New Year

2010 - 2011

In a theater of song and painted dreams titled “Making a Brand New Year," along with musicians, singers, dancers and stilt walkers, the great songwriter Dionysis Savvopoulos invited all those who feel like children to "stop being mere spectators and get into history to make it brand new."

Student - volunteers took part in the performances held on 09 - 10/04 and 16 - 17/04/2011 at Thessaloniki Concert Hall with balloons, firecrackers and songs.

Trelantonis

2010 - 2011

Mandoulides Schools theater group presented one of the classic works of Greek literature, Pinelopi Delta's "Trelantonis." This is a wonderful play with an optimistic and hopeful message, particularly relevant to the hard times we are going through. Delta's masterpiece tries to make us all active parties in an age of innocence and purity. The play is put on by the Junior - Senior High School theater group and is directed by Eleni Dimopoulou while the original music was written by Kostas Vomvolos.

Tale Without a Name

2009 - 2010

The play "Tale without a Name" was presented by Mandoulides Schools’ theater group at the end of school year 2009 - 2010, directed by Eleni Dimopoulou and choreographed by Melpo Vasilikou. The Schools’ choir and orchestra also took part in the play, performing unforgettable songs by Manos Hadjidakis, under the direction of Eleni Theodoridou. In addition, members of the En Dynami group participated through their cooperation with student volunteers at Mandoulides Schools. The budding actors, who are children with special abilities, put topical messages across to the audience and were applauded with enthusiasm and emotion.

The show was presented again during the 45th Dimitria Festival in the Schools program in Thessaloniki; as well as at the Zografeio Lykeio in Istanbul.

 

The Dining Room

2008 - 2009

A cast of students, teachers, parents and alumni presented the play "The Dining Room," by A. Gurney to a wide audience as part of the celebration of 30 Years of Mandoulides Schools. The play was directed by Eleni Dimopoulou.

Events in Collaboration with Zografeio

Students of Zografeio Junior High School of Istanbul and the 6th Graders of Mandoulides Schools experienced unique moments as they shared the stage of the Philological Association "Parnassos" with the distinguished composer George Hatzinasios to present the show "Children Drawing on the Wall ... " on Monday, March 13, 2017. The large audience that attended the show was enthused by the students, who gave their best and deservedly stood beside the leading creator. Both children and adults were pleasantly surprised by the honorary presence of the great singer Manolis Mitsias, who sang all-time classic songs along with the composer and the children.

The event was held with the kind support of the Panhellenic Women’s Organization PANATHINAIKI (Neo Psychiko department) and under the auspices of the Philological Association "Parnassos".


Photos of
the Event

Children Draw on the Wall…with Giorgos Hatzinasios

20/11/2015, Istanbul

The vast audience, comprised of Greeks and expatriates alike, witnessed a unique experience by attending the anniversary event titled "Children Paint the Wall...with Giorgos Hatzinasios" in honor of the Virgin Mary of Pera and the 122 years since the founding of Zografeio Lykeio in Istanbul. Mandoulides Schools’ 6th grade students traveled to Istanbul, met their fellow students of Zografeio Lykeio, and together they shared the stage with the leading creative artist Giorgos Hatzinasios, in an event with “colorful brushstrokes,” enthusiasm, and of course much good music. The show was held at Zografeio Lykeio in Istanbul where Giorgos Hatzinasios, before going on stage and sitting at the piano, added his own touch to the canvas painted by the children, to give a message of love and creative coexistence. During the event, he was proclaimed by the Director of Zografeio Lykeio Yiannis Demirtzoglou as an "Honorary Zografeiotis" for his contribution to Greek music.


Photos

Zografeio Lykeio Students at Mandoulides Schools

22 - 26/09/2015, Thessaloniki

The student exchange program, under which students of Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul were hosted by families of Mandoulides Schools’ students has been completed with great success. The aim of the program is for students from Istanbul to gain better knowledge of the Greek lifestyle, practice the Greek language, and create close bonds of friendship with their peers from Greece. During the 5-day trip students attended classes at Mandoulides Schools while they experienced Greek hospitality and the daily routines of the Greek family.

The Zografeio Lykeio students, accompanied by their Director Yiannis Demirtzoglou, the President of Mandoulides Schools Mrs. Aikaterini Mantoulidou, and the Schools’ Director Aspa Hasioti, were received by his Eminence the Metropolitan Archbishop of Neapolis and Stavroupolis Mr. Varnava and, after paying their respects at the Metropolitan Church of St. George, dined together.

Regarding this project, the Director of Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul Yiannis Demirtzoglou said: "It is very important for our students to become linked with Greece, to get to know the Greek way of life, and especially to develop lasting friendships with their peers in Greece, despite the geographic distance separating them.”

Before departing, the Zografeio Lykeio students, together with Mandoulides Schools students, biked along the Thessaloniki seafront near the White Tower, enjoyed lunch at Aristotle Square and seeing a film at a nearby cinema, and gave promises to one another to meet again both in Istanbul and in Thessaloniki. It was a journey full of love and emotion.

Thessaloniki - Istanbul: We Sing Together...with Dionysis Savvopoulos

20/11/2014, Istanbul

In an event where excitement and music dominated, hundreds of expatriates and Greeks applauded Dionysis Savvopoulos on the stage of Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul, who was accompanied by students of the Zografeio Lykeio and 6th grade students of Mandoulides Schools. The students, in an original and imaginative way, greeted Dionysis Savvopoulos, the songwriter from Thessaloniki, who has family origins in Istanbul and who sang songs plucked from the common tradition of both cities. Dionysis Savvopoulos sang with the students, and shared memories and favorite stories of his father, George Savvopoulos, who lived in Constantinople. The story of the "Psomathianos" folk singer who was enchanted by fairies and lost his voice literally stole the show. During the event Dionysis Savvopoulos was proclaimed by the Director of Zografeio Lykeio Yiannis Demirtzoglou an "Honorary Zografeiotis" for his 50-year contribution to the Greek song. The honorary plaque awarded by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.

120 Years of Operation of Zografeio Lykeio with Evanthia Rempoutsika

20/11/2013, Istanbul

Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul celebrated 120 years of operation and contribution to education and culture with a concert by Evanthia Rempoutsika on the evening of November 20th. Zografeio Lykeio’s choir, Mandoulides Schools’ choir and the En Dynami choir participated in the concert.

A Magical City…

21/03/2013, Istanbul

Sixteen students from the Zografeio Lykeio and 71 students from the 5th grade of the Mandoulides Elementary School experienced an unforgettable event, as they presented the stunning musical "A Magical City," based on the fairytale by Eleni Priovolou, written specifically for the Zografeio Lykeio and Mandoulides Schools students’ musical.

Tale without a Name

19/11/2010, Istanbul

A large audience of both expatriates and Greek nationals visiting Istanbul attended the play "Tale without a Name" performed by the theatrical group of Mandoulides Schools in the events hall of the historic Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul, within the framework of the events for the celebration of the Virgin Mary, held in that historical school.

Dionysis Savvopoulos with the Choir and Orchestra at Zografeio

11/04/2010, Istanbul

Mandoulides Schools and the historic Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul organized an extraordinary concert with the participation of the singer Dionysis Savvopoulos, accompanied by the orchestra and choir of Mandoulides Schools as well as the choir from Zografeio Lykeio, at the ceremonial hall of the Zografeio Lykeio. The event was honored by the high presence of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.