Elementary School

Elementary
School

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 using 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 21st century students. 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.

my mandoulides

A personalized platform for all parents and students where they can access useful information on school programs and events as well as educational material.

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. Mandoulides Schools as a Microsoft Showcase School grants all elementary and junior high school students a free license to use Office 365 software. This license can be used to install Office 365 on five PCs and other compatible devices (tablets and smartphones). At www.office.com, each student, after logging in with the details of the account given to him/her for my mandoulides, can download and then install Microsoft Office 365 by clicking on the “Install Office” link.

Educational Technology 1:1

Combining tradition with progress, Mandoulides Schools are implementing the use of computers as a key tool for the education of 5th and 6th Grade students. The integration of technology tools into the courses transforms learning into a participatory process, helps students understand and reinforce knowledge, and enhances 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and computational thinking. The combination of traditional and contemporary teaching methods makes learning effective and enjoyable. Through modern and innovative educational material, knowledge becomes accessible. With Office 365 learning becomes experiential, interactive, and more pleasant while students become creators and teachers become guides.

Train Your Young Innovator by Dr Techniko

The students of 6th Grade are taught programming, and thus acquire the vital skills that 21st century citizens will need to possess, irrespective of their field of employment.

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

As part of the program, the student participates in a computer game in which he takes on the role of a secret agent. To successfully accomplish his “mission,” the student needs to use knowledge and skills related to computer programming, technology, engineering, physics, mathematics, as well as inventive and critical thinking. The story of the game unfolds over 6 episodes while the language of the program is English.

Digital Citizenship

Our main objective is to provide our students with the skills to use technology effectively and responsibly in both their school and civic life. Digital Citizenship is a pioneering web security educational program that is implemented in all grades of elementary school as of this year. The program takes the students’ age and stage of development into account, thus providing them with the appropriate education and at the same time contributing to the efforts of parents to keep their children safe online.

Coding Girls

Coding Girls, a unique educational program that aims to inspire all girls to channel their creativity digitally by learning to program, design and direct interactive 3D stories and impressive games.

The program includes:
• Create virtual 3D worlds for girls only
• Programming and directing interactive 3D stories
• Design computer games with MsKodu
• Developing impressive projects with Alice3D
• Learn programming easily and in style.

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.

Python Bootcamp: Introduction to Python3 Programming

Students learn the basic principles and structures of programming in the Python language. Sixth 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.

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

Mandoulides Kodu Lab: Complete Kodu Game Development Course

The main objective of the program is to build 3D 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.

Hour of Code

An international educational program that teaches programming and code writing.

Scratch Programming

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

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!

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.

IT club

In the IT club, students of 4th and 5th Grade come into contact with the secrets of programming, express themselves creatively, utilize modern digital technologies, learn how to create their own games by using images and sounds, and practice using various tools. It is an interesting, creative, fun and, above all, modern club where children acquire skills regarding the use of digital tools, programming, and computational thinking.

Art & Science Days

The programs are aimed at Elementary School students of the Schools and of other public and private schools in the city. The main objective is to bring them closer to the world of IT (Computer Epathlon & Hackathlon).

Special Programs - IT

The main objective of the IT program is to get students better acquainted with computers and new technologies through experiential activities such as creating online newspapers, programming games, making films and more. The IT program includes MinecraftEdu and Hackathlon, and in this way learning becomes fun!

Robotics Preparation Programs

Students prepare for the First Lego League competition.

 

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

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
  • Have English as 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.

Mandoulides Schools provide their students with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and cultivate their interests and skills in Preparation Courses.

  • Mathematics Fun Club
  • Physics Fun Club
  • First Lego League(Preparation for Robotics World Competition FLL)
  • Let’s Talk
  • Choir

Clubs enable 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 club
  • Creating with imagination and clay
  • Board gaming
  • Creative arts & crafts
  • Young artists - great creators
  • The children are cooking something

Sports

  • Mini Golf
  • Basketball
  • Modern Dancing
  • Soccer
  • Dancing with Tradition

3rd - 6th Grade Clubs

Culture and Arts

  • Puzzles and math games - Kangaroo Contest
  • Acting for the environment
  • Develop your strategy and thinking with board games
  • Young reporters
  • The conquerors of the chessboard
  • Ecological art creations
  • Programming the future
  • Healthy and playful cooking

Sports

  • Fun playing mini golf
  • Hoops and three-pointers
  • Spikes and serves
  • Wizards of the ball
  • Games of the past
  • Rings, ribbons and skittles
  • Athletics
  • The feathered balls (Badminton)
  • Dancing to tradition

The program caters to 5th and 6th grade Elementary School 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

Junior Code Week

STREAM DAY includes STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) actions aimed at cultivating skills, developing critical thinking and making learning pleasant and creative.

During STREAM DAY, Elementary and Junior High School students will have the opportunity to:

  • Present various STREAM arts and crafts that they created during the school year
  • Watch original and impressive experiments in the well-equipped physics, chemistry and biology labs
  • Get to know the world of architecture from the ARKKI SCHOOL team
  • Design and play with KODU and SCRATCH
  • Watch FLL races
  • Learn while playing and having.
Train_Like_An_Astronaut

We are thrilled to announce that we are taking part in the new educational project “Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut” which is an international educational challenge, focusing on fitness and nutrition, that encourages students to train like an astronaut.

Overseen by ESERO-UK, the program is supported by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, and forms part of the program “Eating healthily at Mandoulides Schools.”

The program is implemented in all elementary school grades from March until the end of the school year. During the program, certain actions will be implemented according to the children’s age maturity and background knowledge.

Developed in cooperation with space scientists and fitness professionals working directly with astronauts, NASA's Train Like an Astronaut activities are a physical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and in space. During the pioneering Mission X challenge our students will be participating in physical activities modeled after the real-life physical requirements of humans traveling in space.

Thus, our students, depending on their grade, will take part in the following actions:

What’s your space height (calculation of space weight and height)

Energy of an astronaut (compilation of natural food lists that can guarantee the energy an astronaut needs)

Reduced gravity, Low fat (distinguishing the harmful fat ingredients included in food products we consume every day)

Taste in space (drawing a diagram of the human tongue, demonstrating how different senses can affect our taste).

What is more, our students are involved in the following fitness activities:

Agility astro course

Base station walkback

Build an astronaut core

Explore and discover

Do a spacewalk

Climb a Martian mountain

Crew training

Jump for the moon.

Through this adventurous journey to the amazing world of space, students not only are informed about fitness and healthy eating, but they are also able to become the next generation of fitness explorers.

 

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 paper-making workshops set up in the school yard.

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.

Is it possible, really, to learn mathematical operations without problems and without handouts, 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.

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.

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.

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,” students of 4th Grade come into contact with the most significant creations of Athenian democracy. They work in groups during IT classes and prepare PowerPoint projects on this subject 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, socialm, and cultural benefits.

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, as well as 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

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.

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
  • Dietary rules.

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

Visual arts are 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.

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.

We are thrilled to announce that we are taking part in the new educational project “Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut which is an international educational challenge, focusing on fitness and nutrition, that encourages students to train like an astronaut.

Overseen by ESERO-UK, the program is supported by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, and forms part of the program “Eating healthily at Mandoulides Schools.”

The program is implemented in all elementary school grades from March until the end of the school year. During the program, certain actions will be implemented according to the children’s age maturity and background knowledge.

Developed in cooperation with space scientists and fitness professionals working directly with astronauts, NASA's Train Like an Astronaut activities are a physical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and in space. During the pioneering Mission X challenge our students will be participating in physical activities modeled after the real-life physical requirements of humans traveling in space.

Thus, our students, depending on their grade, will take part in the following actions:

  • What’s your space height (calculation of space weight and height)
  • Energy of an astronaut (compilation of natural food lists that can guarantee the energy an astronaut needs)
  • Reduced gravity, Low fat (distinguishing the harmful fat ingredients included in food products we consume every day)
  • Taste in space (drawing a diagram of the human tongue, demonstrating how different senses can affect our taste).

What is more, our students are involved in the following fitness activities:

  • Agility astro course
  • Base station walkback
  • Build an astronaut core
  • Explore and discover
  • Do a spacewalk
  • Climb a Martian mountain
  • Crew training
  • Jump for the moon.

 

Through this adventurous journey to the amazing world of space, students not only are informed about fitness and healthy eating, but they are also able to become the next generation of fitness explorers.

Within the framework of this program:

Menus are designed by nutritional experts and are based on the Mediterranean diet, using, where possible, raw materials tested for their quality and origin with the exclusion of unnecessary animal fat or additional chemicals.

  • Meals are prepared on the day they are served and are delivered on time
  • Meals are GMO and nut free and thus cannot cause allergies
  • Meals come in individual trays, which cover all the hygiene requirements and contain labels of calories and nutrients
  • Parents can select as many days as they wish depending on the student's participation in extracurricular or after-school activities or in the study program
  • When a student is absent, the charge for the day's meals is still applied.

In order to participate you need to fill out the online registration form at the Schools' digital platform my mandoulides.

Once you have done so, a private agreement between you (parent - legal custodian) and the catering company will be sent to you. Signing the private agreement is a necessary condition for participation in the program. The private agreement is signed only once, after you fill out the first registration form.

The possibility of a weekly trial is offered for the respective five meal fee. On the registration form you can specify which week you would prefer for the trial. Signing the private agreement is a necessary condition for participating in the weekly trial.

The registration form must be submitted by the 20th of each month along with the days of the following month for which you will require the catering company’s services. Payment must be made by the 25th for the upcoming month in the catering company’s bank account.

Elena's Gourmet

Responsible for the daily preparation and distribution of meals will be the company  “Elena’s Gourmet”.

Elena Georgitziki is the owner of the company who, following in her aunt’s, Vefa Alexiadou, footsteps is continuing an established presence in the sector of gastronomy and is ready to prepare a special, homemade menu for you with fresh ingredients that covers all nutritional needs.

The fully renovated food company laboratory which meets all the requirements set forth by the HACCP and has all necessary credentials of the ΕΝ ISO 22000:2005 is at your disposal to cover all your needs.

To become better acquainted with the company “Elena’s Gourmet, visit the website www.elenasgourmet.gr .

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:

  • Presentation, guidance and supervision are provided by select, experienced associates
  • Classes are carried out in the Schools’ state of the art facilities and are held in a safe environment
  • Students are transported using a school bus service
  • Parents save precious time
  • There is extra charge.


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Programs

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Sports Academies

Mandoulides Schools provide 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:

  • Training is provided by highly qualified and experienced coaches
  • Classes are carried out in the Schools’ state of the art facilities and are held in a safe environment
  • Students are transported using a school bus service
  • Parents save precious time
  • There is extra charge.

 


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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.

 


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