What can you do to help the European School Heraklion?

Some people have asked me what they can do to help the European School in Heraklion. Should they write to the European Schools organization, for example?

To answer this, I need to say a little about the nature of the problem. In order for the school to remain open, two things need to happen. […]

Continue reading What can you do to help the European School Heraklion?

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #8

#8 It creates citizens of the world

The Greeks have a saying: παπουτσι απ’ τον τόπο σου κι ας είν’ και μπαλωμένο (shoe from your own place even if it’s mended). It means that a partnership is more likely to succeed if it’s with someone from the same background. People sometimes use it to advise […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #8

Why do I care about the European School Heraklion?

A friend has asked why I’ve been writing posts in support of the European School. After all, I’m not working there at the moment and my children do not currently attend the school. Why am I still bothered?

Well, I want to see the school survive and flourish. Selfishly, I would like to return […]

Continue reading Why do I care about the European School Heraklion?

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #7

#7 It gave a 5th grade Dutch/Italian student the confidence to perform Shakespeare like this

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #6

#6 It creates engaged and independent learners

Learning is (or should be) a journey of discovery, in which students learn how to approach problems and find solutions for themselves. It about learning how to learn as much as about acquiring information, and the teacher’s role is to accompany and assist students in their journey. Teaching […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #6

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #5

#5 Because it has people like this

I stopped by the Venetian Loggia in Heraklion today, where children from various local schools were presenting their projects on the theme of water. The European School was represented, of course, and it was great to catch up with pupils, colleagues, and parents. Here are a couple of […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #5

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #4

#4 It is vital for the academic life of the city

Heraklion is a major centre for scientific research. It is home to the Engineering and Medical faculties of the university of Crete (ranked 51st among the top 100 universities worldwide founded in the last 50 years). It is the headquarters of The Foundation for […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #4

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #3

#3 It is not elitist

I’ve heard it said that the European School in Heraklion is elitist. Only someone who didn’t know the school could say this. The facts is that it is a state school, run by the Greek government. It changes no fees and does not select by academic ability. (This isn’t to […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #3

Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #2

#2 It is more than a school.

The European School is not just a place where kids are taught. It is a whole community, which has expanded gradually over the years and which now extends across Europe and beyond.

The school has many local Greek students, of course, but it has also welcomed children from […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #2

Reasons to Love the European School Heraklion #1

#1 It is a European school, which follows a European curriculum and is open to children from across the continent.

Yes, I know. At the moment many people would say this is a reason to hate the school. We all know about the failures of Europe — the bureaucracy, the lack of solidarity, the way […]

Continue reading Reasons to love the European School Heraklion #1