Elementary School

Philosophy
Objectives

The Elementary School paves new roads in learning and creating. The main objective of Mandoulides Schools is students’ smooth transition to the new school environment and the eventual cultivation of love towards their school.

Students in the Elementary School:

Learn: From a select, experienced and qualified faculty employing modern educational methodologies and innovative technologies. Additional hours in Greek language, Mathematics, Computer Science and foreign languages, as well as novel technologies contribute to the in-depth and multifaceted education of students.

Receive: High standards of instruction in foreign languages (English, French, and German). Through special classes and programs taught by expert educators, students gain the ability to think and express themselves effortlessly in a foreign language.

Distinguish themselves: By gaining distinctions in regional and national contests in Mathematics, Physics, arts, rhetorical speech and sports, as well as by earning foreign language certificates.

Enroll in: Clubs, which aim at cultivating students’ individual interests and inclinations.

Express themselves: Through music, theater, dance, and the arts.

Participate in: European and international innovative rhetorical speech programs as well as theater and art competitions.

Are sensitized to: Environmental issues, community service and volunteerism through informative events and excursions and participation as volunteers in community activities.

Enrich: Their knowledge and experience in Computer Science, Mathematics, and the physical sciences through the Art & Science Days program.

Broaden: Their spirit and exercise their body and soul in the after school and extracurricular classes (Mathematics, Physics, foreign languages, robotics, choir, ballet, modern dance, soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis, ski and Tae Kwon Do).

Prepare: Their homework for each following day with their teacher’s help through the Daily Study Program, which is offered free of charge to students of all grades.

Engage: Themselves creatively in the Creative Activities Program during the Christmas, Easter, and summer breaks as well as other school holidays.

Be sure to: Eat healthily and watch their dietary habits through the Eating Healthily at Mandoulides Schools program.

Continue: During the summer months with summer educational and athletics programs: English & Adventure Camp, basketball, soccer, volleyball, swimming and tennis camps, Computer Epathlon & Hackathlon Camp, Mathematical Games, Let’s Talk Workshop.

Curriculum

In the Elementary School, students learn by playing, creating, and using new technologies in a friendly, safe, and civilized environment.

In Elementary School in a laboratory with computers and state-of-the-art software, we approach Information Technology and New Technologies through the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework, which sets out the necessary digital skills of the 21st century students. More specifically, our students learn to #create interactive stories, #program in educational game-based environments, #collaborate through complex projects by developing #critical thinking and # algorithmic logic skills.

Mandoulides Junior Codeweek

Participation in Europe Code Week where students learn programming through educational games and tools, and get acquainted with JavaScript and Robotics. Innovative educational methods such as Adaptive Learning and Pair Programming are implemented.

Hour of Code

An international educational program that teaches programming and code writing.

Python Bootcamp: Introduction to Python3 Programming

Students learn the basic principles and structures of programming in the Python language. 6th Graders are given the opportunity to solve problems, develop their computational thinking and program their own applications. The duration of the program is 12 weeks.

Train Your Young Innovator, by Dr Techniko

The “Train Your Young Innovator” program is a unique, innovative, pioneering programming program for elementary school students, created exclusively for the students of Mandoulides Schools, by researcher and programmer Mr. Nikos Michalakis, aka Dr Techniko.

Through the program the student will participate in a computer game in which he will play the role of a secret agent.

To successfully accomplish his “mission”, the student will need to use knowledge and skills related to computer programming, design technology, engineering, physics, mathematics, inventive and critical thinking. The story of the game unfolds over 6 episodes. The language of the program is English.

Mandoulides Kodu Lab: Complete Kodu Game Development Course

The main objective of the program is to build three-dimensional games using the Microsoft Kodu platform. During the course, students create their own scenarios, design the world of the game and program the characters that they have incorporated into it.

MinecraftEdu

MinecraftEdu, a version of Minecraft designed specifically for school classes, is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration and problem solving. Through MinecraftEdu students will be taught from science, art and even poetry!

Robotics

The main goal of the program is to familiarize students with science and technology in an experiential manner, through construction and experimentation, while also developing their creativity. It involves construction and programming of electronic and robotic structures, experimentation, dramatization and theatrical play, story-making, brainstorming and creative writing.

Scratch Programming

Elementary school students use MIT's Scratch programming environment to build educational applications and make impressive games.

Mobile App Development

Through Google’s MIT App Inventor's specially designed learning environment, students are trained to design  their own Android apps for mobile phones and tablets.

Digital Storytelling

The Digital Storytelling program aims to inspire students to channel their creativity digitally, learning to program, design and direct interactive 3D stories, and to create virtual 3D worlds.

my.mandoulides.edu.gr

Educational material is posted on the platform where each student has access to an enormous interactive teaching material database (e-books, notes, educational videos, tests, topical scientific articles).

MsOffice & Office365

Students are trained to use the Office suite and more specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Sway and Windows. At the end of their studies from Elementary School, students can take certification exams in these modules.

 

English

The teaching of English is part of the Elementary School curriculum from the 1st grade.

The program’s objectives are achieved by:

  • Daily instruction, enriched with songs, stories, drama and games in English.
  • New technologies lessons for the 1st and 2nd grade.
  • Clubs.
  • Literary program (Booktime).
  • Participation in foreign language competitions.
  • Participation in After School Bilingual courses for bilingual children and After School Link.

In school bilingual program

The English language program for bilingual students is aimed at students who:

  • Were born or raised in an English-speaking country.
  • Attended an English-speaking school.
  • English is their native language.

The program

  • Is carried out in an English-speaking environment.
  • Focuses on teaching vocabulary and writing.
  • Is based on books taught in the U.S.
  • Is taught by experienced teachers who are native English speakers.

Let’s Talk

This is an English language rhetorical speech tournament organized by the Schools, in which 6th grade students from Mandoulides Schools as well as other public and private schools participate.

Students are invited to:

  • Develop their skills in Debate.
  • Discuss their views on current events in Group Discussion.
  • Read a short literary text - dramatic or comic - of their choice in an expressive way in Oral Interpretation of Literature.

French and German

French and German are taught as a second language in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

The students:

  • Learn basic grammar and syntax.
  • Enrich their vocabulary.
  • Cultivate the ability to speak and write with songs, stories and dramatization.
  • Participate in clubs.

Morning Program 07:00 - 08:20

Teachers welcome students from 07:00 to accommodate working parents.

Creative Activities Program

For the convenience of working parents, the Schools provide the optional creative activities program on a daily basis from 14:10 to 15:45. The program is free of charge and does not include teaching.

During the program, children have the opportunity to eat in a place that meets all the requirements of hygiene and safety, to work creatively or to do their homework.

Students return home on school buses at the predetermined stops of regular services.

Children also have the option to stay in the school until 17:00, in which case parents need to pick up their children.

 

Creative Activities during school holidays 07:30 - 17:00

The Schools remain open and offer creative activities programs during the holiday breaks at Christmas and Easter as well as other school holidays, from 07:30 to 17:00.

Summer Creative Activities Program 07:30 - 17:00

The Schools offer the summer creative activities program during June and July and remain closed throughout August. They welcome students with a variety of activities, innovative programs, lots of games, relaxation and joy. In a safe and creative environment, children:

  • Learn by nurturing inclinations and interests.
  • Read, tell and dramatize favorite tales.
  • Get to know their city, their country and the world through online games and activities.
  • Play with nature and physics.
  • Learn to love mathematics through smart math games.
  • Learn by supervised surfing of the Internet.
  • Participate in sports, dance, play and sing.

Clubs are an innovative initiative of the Schools that enables our students to:

  • Discover and cultivate their specific inclinations and talents.
  • Express their creativity and ingenuity.
  • Take initiative in the spirit of teamwork.
  • Engage in something unique.

1st - 2nd grade Clubs

Culture and Arts

  • STREAM
  • Young artists - great creators
  • Creating with imagination and clay
  • Board gaming
  • The children are cooking something
  • Dancing with tradition

Sports

  • Mini golf
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

 

3rd - 6th grade Clubs

Culture and Arts

  • Let’s Talk - Εnglish rhetoric speech
  • French
  • German
  • Puzzles and math games - Kangaroo Contest
  • Acting for the environment
  • Young scientists
  • Young reporters
  • Develop your strategy and thinking with board games
  • The conquerors of the chessboard
  • Ecological art creations
  • Games from the past
  • Programming the future
  • Healthy and playful cooking
  • Dancing to tradition

Sports

  • Fun playing mini golf
  • Conquer the courts
  • Hoops and three-pointers
  • Spikes and serves
  • Wizards of the ball
  • Rings, ribbons and skittles
  • The feathered balls (Badminton)

Maps, Compass...Here we go!

The "Maps, Compass....Here we go!" program aims to bring students into contact with other places, other traditions and cultures. The program culminates in a school geography contest, in which representatives of each class try to win first place, using all the knowledge gained during the program.

I work, I feel, I count...I sharpen my mind!

Is it possible, really, to learn mathematical operations without problems and without hand-outs, books, and notebooks? The goal of this program is the experiential approach of mathematics through original and group projects inside and outside the classroom. Students are divided into groups, and with their worksheets, knowledge, and the necessary instruments, add an original "mathematical note" to their school life.

From a child into a Person and a Fellow Person

The program focuses on issues of behavior, ethics and successful emotional management. Through systematic contact with literary texts, the program seeks to develop team spirit, cultivate values and ideals,  teach respect for school rules and ultimately prepare healthy citizens for tomorrow’s society.

In the museum

The program aims to cultivate a positive attitude and behavior towards museums. Students take the role of young archaeologists. By visiting the museum and studying the historical period to which the contents of the museum relate, they participate in an educational program, undertake projects, both group and individual, and, finally, speak with experts.

The paper boat sails away...!

Students - as young seamen - follow the path of paper in space and time. In the last phase of the program they are entertained with games based on paper - crosswords, puzzles, acronyms. The program ends with papermaking workshops set up in the school yard.

Create a problem and ... I'll solve it in a minute!

Who said that mathematical problems are only created by teachers? Children take a leading role in the lesson, they act like mathematicians and create problems, initially simple and then more complex, on the basis of various mathematical situations. In this way, students become familiar with the structure of a problem, its data, its demands and its limitations. In this way they improve their thinking and problem-solving skills through their active participation in such activities.

Getting to know my city

As part of the program " Getting to know my city", the students of 4th Grade come into contact with important aspects of the local history of Thessaloniki. The main parts of the program are: a visit to the White Tower, a tour of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, a tour of the main sights of the city on the cultural OASTH bus line and a participation in a special program of the NOUS Institute of Digital Learning and Communication.

Acropolis

As part of the program “Acropolis: a star that shines throughout the centuries”, the students of 4th Grade come into contact with the most significant creations of Athenian democracy. In fact, they work in groups during IT classes and prepare PowerPoint projects which they present to their classmates.

Teachers4Europe

Our school participates in the European action Teachers4Europe. In its context, students get to know Europe and the European Union through activities that are part of the Teachers4Europe program. These are experiential activities that enhance collaborative learning, embodied learning and use of ICT. The action enables students to define the concepts of the European Union and the European citizen, to ponder over the importance of its creation, to support their rights and to work together in harmony.

Etwinning

Elementary school students have the opportunity to participate in the European eTwinning action. As part of the eTwinning project, our school works with schools from other European countries so that our students can gain pedagogical, social and cultural benefits. Students are thus able to accept diversity, respect the culture and religion of other countries, become aware of global issues such as environmental pollution, play the international educational game Mystery Skype and chat in real time with students from other European countries. The UK, Italy, Spain, Romania, Lithuania, France, Poland and Bulgaria are some of the co-operating countries.

The new innovative program of the Schools aims to help students find solutions to real world problems by combining concepts and methods from the fields of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Maths). Through properly organized projects for all grades of elementary school, students find answers to their questions and discover the scientific truth on their own, using their senses and logic. Impressive experiments with everyday materials, beautiful crafts and original worksheets will be their luggage in this journey through knowledge and creativity. Thus, knowledge acquires a real meaning for children, since it is gained in a playful way and has a direct connection to their own lives.

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

Within the framework of the Bookmates program, Elementary School students have the opportunity to become acquainted with books, authors, and illustrators of a publishing house during the school year. In this way, books become a game, joy, knowledge, communication, an act of creation.

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.


All Literature &
Discourse Programs

The program caters to 2nd - 6th grade students of Mandoulides Schools and other schools of the city, public and private. Its main aim is to bring children closer to the world of Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and the arts.


All Art &
Science Days

The Schools, since their foundation, have the ancient saying “healthy mind in a healthy body” as a guide in combining sports with excellent education.

Sport is an integral part of school life and supported by highly qualified teachers of physical education and coaches, as well as by outstanding infrastructure.

Our students’ numerous and significant distinctions on a world and national level fully justify this choice.

School Sports

According to grade, age and class in the course of Physical Education, objectives and priorities are reached through the following actions:

  • Fitness, orientation in space, neuromuscular coordination.
  • Traditional games.
  • Track and field: sprinting, long jump, ball throwing, javelin training.
  • Gymnastics.
  • Team sports.
  • Basic principles of soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, hockey and badminton.
  • Acquaintance with Olympic sports.
  • Internal group and individual sports championships.
  • Hygiene rules.
  • Diet rules.

Environmental projects

Visits to environmentally important areas for our younger students of kindergarten and elementary schools, and environmental projects, excursions, and various activities for older students of our Junior High School, cultivate the sensitivity of our children towards nature. The environmental actions of Mandoulides Schools have repeatedly been singled out for the Green Flag award by the Greek Society for the Protection of Nature.

Distinctions

Through the excellent level of education provided by the Schools, they have established themselves as pioneers in the world of education. In this way, they give students an opportunity to develop their talents and abilities and to achieve leading international and nationwide distinctions in the following subjects:

  • Sciences (Mathematics, Physics).
  • English dramatic rhetorical speech (Let's Talk Tournament).
  • Arts and Culture (theater groups, music groups, choirs, literary groups, art).
  • Sports.


All Mandoulides Schools
Distinctions

Art and Performance
Programs

Music

The objectives of the program are:

  • The experiential approach to the world of music through games, drama, visual works, and learning the glockenspiel.
  • The acquisition of sufficient knowledge for those children wishing to continue their musical studies.

Traditional Dances

Mandoulides Schools, out of love and respect for Greek Tradition, have established the Traditional Dance Festival. By teaching traditional dances, we help students understand the value of tradition and keep alive the elements that characterize us and unite us as a nation: our origins, our ancestry and our customs.

Arts

The course of arts is an integral part of the educational process and is central to the aesthetic culture of children of this age.

Objectives of the program:

  • The approach of famous artists’ works and trends of their times.
  • Activating the imagination of students through games and activities.
  • Familiarizing students with materials and techniques.
  • The externalization of thoughts and emotions through various artistic media.


Art by
Mandoulides Schools' Students

Choir

Through the joy of group singing, students get to know traditional songs and rhythms of our country and other countries. The children present their program at various events of the Schools accompanying their songs with percussion instruments.

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!

Eating
Healthily

The fast paced life of families nowadays, after all, often renders the establishment of a healthy diet difficult. Mandoulides Schools, in a continuing effort to educate their students and increase awareness for parents as far as following a healthy diet is concerned, have been implementing the program “Eating Healthily at Mandoulides Schools.”

  • Free breakfast for the Day Care Center and Kindergarten, which includes: bread, cheese, marmalade, honey and fresh milk.
  • Optional catering service for all students.
  • Labels with calorimetric analysis and nutrient percentages accompany the products offered by the canteens.
  • On the individual meal packages that meet all health requirements, calories and nutrients are listed.


Eating Healthily
Program

Special Programs

Mandoulides Schools give students the opportunity to attend Special Programs that aim at providing an integrated education and cultivate their skills.

In the Special Programs of the Schools:

  • The trust we have placed in the Schools’ standards and experience is substantiated.
  • Presentation, guidance and supervision are provided by select, experienced associates and educators.
  • Classes are carried out in the Schools’ state of the art facilities.
  • Classes are held in a safe environment.
  • Students are transported using a school bus service.
  • Parents save precious time.
Special Programs per level
Special Programs Level
Arkki School 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
BEE (Bilingual Experience & Entertainment)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
FREE (French Experience & Entertainment)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
GEE (German Experience & Entertainment) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Arts 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Theatrical Games (in English) 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Modern Dance 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Ballet 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Computer Science 5th, 6th grades
Robotics 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades


All Special
Programs

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Form

Sports Academies

Mandoulides Schools give students with the opportunity to attend Sports Academies that aim at providing an integrated education and cultivate their skills.

In the Sports Academies of the Schools:

  • The trust we have placed in the Schools’ standards and experience is substantiated.
  • Training is provided by highly qualified and experienced coaches.
  • Classes are carried out in the Schools’ state of the art facilities.
  • Classes are held in a safe environment.
  • Students are transported using a school bus service.
  • Parents save precious time.
Sports Academies per level
Sports Academies Level
Girls’ Volleyball 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Swimming 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Basketball 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Soccer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Tae Kwon Do 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Tennis 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades


All Sports
Academies

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Form

 

Summer Programs

The Schools continue operating in the summer months and offer several educational and sports programs.

Why choose the Schools’ summer programs?

  • We creatively utilize our free time.
  • We acquire knowledge in a fun and playful way.
  • We develop our social skills.
  • We participate in excursions and outings.
  • We practice our favorite sports.
  • We learn by playing and creating in a safe and familiar environment.
Summer Programs per level
Summer Programs
Level
Summer Creative Activities 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
English & Adventure Camp 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
All Star Basketball & Shooting - Footwork Camp 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Girls’ Volleyball Camp 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Soccer Camp 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Swimming Camp 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Tennis Camp 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Educational Programs at Colleges Abroad 5th, 6th grades
Mandoulides Computer Epathlon & Hackathlon Camp 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Mandoulides Robotixlab day 5th, 6th grades
Mathematical Games 5th, 6th grades


All Summer
Programs

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Form