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International Student Literature Conference

Mandoulides Schools - Zografeio Lykeio

An original and creatively conceived kind of student conference has been taking place, with great success, since the spring of 2012 in Istanbul, organized by Mandoulides Schools and Zografeio Lykeio, under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.


The 7th International Student Literature Conference: 

Antonis Samarakis. The Eternal Adolescent
April 10th - 14th 2019, Istanbul

Organized by Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul and Mandoulides Schools of Thessaloniki, under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was successfully held at Zografeio Lykeio from 10 to 14 April. The attendance of the delegates exceeded all precedent.

About 450 participants, students and teachers from 19 public and private schools from Greece, Cyprus and Istanbul met with scientists, writers, actors and journalists. If Antonis Samarakis could see how many children uttered his name at this congress, he would have been happy. His wife, Eleni Samaraki, who made the opening speech, agreed that this is exactly how he would have felt.

The life and work of Antonis Samarakis emerged through the original ideas and presentations of the students, the contributions of the scientists and the discussions that took place. It is worth mentioning that the theme of the conference was multifaceted and highly interesting, while a particular reference was made to how relevant and prophetic Antonis Samarakis is throughout his work, still until today.

At the same time, issues related to his prose and poetry, as well as his relation to history and language were analyzed and discussed while the reasons for which his works have been translated in multiple languages were also examined.

The 7th International Student Literature Conference was broadcast live by Livemedia.


Giorgos Theotokas, the Constantinopolitan
March 14th - 18th  2018, Istanbul

The 6th International Student Conference "Giorgos Theotokas, the Constantinopoilitan," organized by Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul and Mandoulides Schools of Thessaloniki under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was held with great success at Zografeio Lykeio.

For five days, from 14 to 18 March, students and teachers from 20 public and private schools of Greece, Istanbul, Cyprus, and America met with scientists, writers, actors, artists and journalists, and approached the life and work of the Constantinopolitan writer of the Generation of the ΄30s Giorgos Theotokas.

In 2019 the conference is dedicated to Antonis Samarakis, the eternal adolescent!



Odysseas Elytis: The Poet of the Aegean
March 30th - April 3rd 2016, Thessaloniki

The 5th International Student Literature Conference was titled Odysseas Elytis: Poet of the Aegean,” and organized by Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul and Mandoulides Schools of Thessaloniki, under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Because of the recent tragic events in Istanbul at that time, the conference was held at Mandoulides Schools in Thessaloniki, from March 30th to April 3rd, and was dedicated to His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch and the 25 years of his work. Some 300 students and teachers from 18 public and private schools of Greece, Cyprus, the U.S., and Istanbul met with prominent academics, writers, actors and journalists.

It was a unique journey on the wings of a dream, with "art, luck, and courage" over the universal roads mapped out by the work of our great poet Odysseas Elytis. The conference theme was multifaceted and compelling. Particular reference was made to the universality of Elytis and the Byzantine echoes of his great work, "Axion Esti." Issues relating to the translations of his poetry, to numerology, solar metaphysics, and the artistic measure of the poet, as well as to Elytis’ theoretical thinking, and to his unique literary language were analyzed and discussed.


G. Vizyenos. The Road to Istanbul
March 12th - 15th 2015, Istanbul

The 4th International Student Literature Conference "G. Vizyenos: The Road to Istanbul," organized by Mandoulides Schools of Thessaloniki and Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was held with great success at Zografeio Lykeio. The number of participants exceeded all expectations. About 300 students and teachers of 16 public and private schools from Greece, Cyprus and Istanbul met with literary scholars, writers, actors, and journalists in a unique and rare collaboration in honor of our great poet and novelist G. Vizyenos.

The tragic life and the multifaceted work of G. Vizyenos emerged through the students' innovative ideas and actions, the lectures of literary experts and the discussions held. Participants followed G. Vizyenos’s long life journey from Vizyi to Istanbul, to Cyprus, to the major capitals of Europe until his tragic death in Athens. The theme of the conference was multifaceted and highly interesting. Particular reference was made to the routes Vizyenos followed; issues related to his poetry, prose, and techniques; and the importance of his psychoanalytic and ideological interpretations. The use of satire in his work and his views on language were analyzed and discussed while his theoretical thinking and unique literary language were also approached.


G. Seferis: From Izmir to Istanbul
March 20th - 23rd 2014, Istanbul

The 3rd International Student Literature Conference, “G. Seferis: From Izmir to Istanbul,” organized by the Zografeio Lykeio and Mandoulides Schools, was held at Zografeio Lykeio in Istanbul under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The hearts of the participants and others who were lucky enough to attend still beat to the rhythm of this extraordinary event.

The 180 students and teachers from 15 Junior - Senior High Schools of Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Volos, Chania, Nicosia, Istanbul and New York, along with the literary scholars, writers, poets, musicians, and actors, provided a unique source of creativity which, with its strength, originality, and imagination exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations of the organizers.


150 Years C. P. Cavafy
April 11th - 14th 2013, Istanbul

The 2nd International Student Literature Conference commemorating the 150 years since the birth of poet Constantine P. Cavafy was organized by the Zografeio Lykeio in collaboration with Mandoulides Schools of Thessaloniki, and held at the Zografeio Lykeio in Istanbul under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Students and teachers of 13 Junior - Senior High Schools from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey as well as Egypt, together with writers, poets, musicians, actors, performers and journalists, comprised a unique, never-depleting source of creativity which surpassed with its strength, originality and imagination even the most ambitious expectations of those responsible for its organization.


100+1 Years Alexandros Papadiamantis
March 15th - 18th 2012, Istanbul

With great success, the 1st Student Literature Conference "100 + 1 Years Alexandros Papadiamantis," on the life and work of the great novelist from Skiathos took place in Istanbul, organized by the Zografeio Lykeio and Mandoulides Schools, under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Under this ambitious project, writers, academics and artists came together with students from throughout Greece and from Istanbul, to jointly study and approach the work of Papadiamantis. Specifically, 142 students participated in the conference from 12 schools of Greece and 3 of Istanbul, 40 teachers, 3 authors, 2 actors, 1 clergyman, 6 academics and His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos himself. There were 8 sessions, 21 readings of short stories, 1 theatrical performance, 4 theatrical events, and an exhibition with artistic creations of the students displayed in the halls of Zografeio Lykeio, in churches and onboard a vessel cruising the Bosporus.


As part of the annual International Student Conference held in Istanbul, Zografeio Lykeio of Istanbul and Mandoulides Schools of Thessaloniki are reviving the “Zografeios Agon,” a competition organized by the Philological Association of Istanbul in the late 19th century to award 10 of the best essays “on living monuments,” essays that present “Greek dialects, traditions and customs of the Greek people,” with the “generous sponsorship of the founder of the competition and great benefactor of the Association, Christakis Efenti Zografou.”

International Short Story Contest “Zografeios Agon 2018” on the theme:
“Around the Neighborhoods of Istanbul”

Announcement of Results

The results of the short story competition “Zografeios Agon” on the theme “Around the Neighbourhoods of the City”, as decided by the jury, are as follows:

1st place Short Story Title    At Eternal Spring’s Feet
Pen name    Magdalini Anastasiadou
Full Name    Nektaria Petrou
2nd place Short Story Title    On the Crossroads of Nations
Pen name    Perotis
Full Name    Vasiliki Paraskevoulakou
3rd place Short Story Title    Father’s City
Pen name    Konstantina Theodorou
Full Name    Katerina Iordanou

Jury Members
Chair: Katrin Velissari, ex-Director of the National Book Centre (EKEBI)
Thanasis Valtinos, Writer, President of the Academy of Athens

Themis Panou, Actor, Writer
Giorgos Skampardonis, Writer
Katerina Schina, Journalist, Literary Critic, Translator

International Short Story Contest “Zografeios Agon 2016” on the theme:

"Istanbul: Real City or Dream City"

Announcement of Results

The results of the short story contest titled "Zografeios Agon" on the theme "Istanbul: Real City or Dream City," according to the decision of the judges are:

1st place Short Story Title Mpit Pazar
Pen name Nicholaos Parthenis
Full Name Dora Karathanasi
2nd place Short Story Title Everyday life
Pen name Knight of the Rose
Full Name Alexandros Charkiolakis
3rd place Short Story Title Istanbul, real or dream city
Pen name Tsafar Kamnenlis
Full Name Alexandra Chrysikopoulou

Chair: Katrin Velissari, Director of the National Book Centre (EKEBI)
Thanasis Valtinos, Author, President of the Academy of Athens
Konstantinos Mpliatkas, Journalist
Themis Panou, Actor, Author
Giorgos Skampardonis, Author
Katerina Schina, Journalist, Literatary Critic, Translator.

Case Studies

For decades, Case Studies have been successfully used as an educational tool in prestigious universities abroad and specifically in law, business and medical undergraduate and graduate schools.

Case Studies are realistic stories that connect academic knowledge with everyday life. In dealing with Case Studies, students assume a leading role and answer scientific and ethical questions. This educational method can be used not only to explore scientific issues, but also to develop critical thinking and cultivate team spirit.


  • Development of critical thinking abilities
  • Cultivation of team spirit
  • Exploration of modern scientific issues
  • Predominantly influenced by STREAM sciences.

Case Studies

Flipped Classroom:
The class is changing...

The program Flipped Classroom takes 8th and 9th grade students on an exciting journey of knowledge in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology through modern online lectures, which students can watch at home, before the lectures are given in class!

The implementation of this program allows teachers to spend more time on additional consolidation exercises and to cooperate with all the students in the classroom, while making lectures enjoyable and creative.


Watch & Learn:
Preparation for the Panhellenic examinations is changing...

For the first time in Greece, Mandoulides Schools are applying exclusively an innovative program, which provides 10th, 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity for further practice on topics of Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry on the model of the Panhellenic examinations, online, at home.

Students are able to:

  • See the solutions to original practice questions on video created according to the Panhellenic examinations’ standards, answered in an exemplary manner, as the examination system requires
  • Familiarize themselves with the system and the examinations’ requirements
  • Practice addressing challenging questions of varying degrees of difficulty.

Watch & Learn

Corporate Programs

Corporate Programs are career orientation programs based on the principles of experiential learning where participants learn through observation and interaction with executives of an organization or a company.

The programs last four weeks and are divided into two phases. In the first phase, students are introduced to the basic principles of operation of a company while in the second phase they acquire experiential experience on its premises on a daily basis, participating in meetings and dialogues with executives and thus familiarizing themselves with the subject.




Eating Healthily at Mandoulides Schools

The fast-paced life of families nowadays, after all, often makes maintaining a healthy diet difficult. Mandoulides Schools, in a continuing effort to educate their students and raise parents' awareness of healthy eating, 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.
  • Calories and nutrients are listed on the individual meal packages, which meet all health requirements.

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 will be completed by all Elementary School grades from March to 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 modelled after the real-life physical requirements of humans travelling 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 will be 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 will not only be informed about fitness and healthy eating, but they will also be able to become the next generation of fitness explorers.


Eating Healthily 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 mymandoulides .

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 the footsteps of her aunt, Vefa Alexiadou, 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 .

Mandoulides Schools’ Program Supervisor

Day Care - Kindergarten - Elementary School
Adamidou Estella
Tel.: +30 2310 473813
Fax.: +30 2310 472001
Principal: Eleftheria Toutountzi

Junior - Senior High School
Eleni Pantositi
Tel.: +30 2310 474024
Fax.: +30 2310 474086
Principal: Florentia Bathrelou