The Grammar Junior School
This is intended to give you only a brief introduction to the Grammar School Junior. It is recommended that parents not only come see the premises but also to arrange a meeting with us to discuss all matters pertaining to private education and our school in particular. This ensures that the right decision concerning your child’s education is made. Since it was founded in Limassol in 1975, The Grammar School Junior provides its students with an all-round education and lays down the foundations to help children develop mentally, emotionally as well as physically. The overall aim of the school is to provide a general education so that our students can be eligible to enter any Secondary school, not only in Cyprus, but abroad as well. The teachers maintain a close and friendly relationship with the pupils and each child is treated with respect. Able and experienced teachers, small classes and well-equipped classrooms provide the appropriate learning conditions.
|Music Teacher||Cleopatra Papa Kyprianou|
|Computers Teacher||Riana Philippidou|
|Special Education Teachers||Nadine Mokbel|
In order to enter our Reception class, the child’s name must be entered on to our waiting list as early as possible. An interview with the parents is strongly recommended. However, it must be made very clear that simply putting your child’s name on the waiting list does not ensure enrolment. Priority is given to families that already have other siblings attending either The Grammar School or Junior. Further priority is given to parents who are alumni of the school. When entering the school from Class 2-6, a Placement Test is required in Mathematics, English and Greek to ensure that the student is up to standard with other children their age.
Computer Lab: The Lab is fully equipped with multimedia computers which are regularly replaced or updated to keep the students up to date with technological advances. The students have access during their Computer lesson or in order to enhance other parts of the curriculum. The students are supervised when using the internet and software ensures that they are unable to access inappropriate sites. School Hall: The school has a large hall that can seat 250 people used for assemblies, seminars, conferences as well as afternoon activities such as dance and karate. Library: The school has a library with a wide range of books both in English and Greek. Sports Hall: The school has a semi-closed sports hall where the Physical Education lessons takes place as well as afternoon activities such as Basketball and Volleyball are played. Canteen: The school operates a canteen offering an array of healthy snacks and drinks that serve the children during the two breaks. The younger children (5-8 years old) have separate access to the canteen so that they all have the opportunity to get something to eat/drink.
In Reception, Classes 1 and 2, emphasis is on basic numeracy and literacy to ensure that the children have a solid foundation before expanding the curriculum. Subjects such as Art, Music and Physical Education help the students grow emotionally, socially as well as physically. From Classes 3-6 the curriculum is expanded to include Science, Geography, History, and Computers. From Class 3 onwards, students must take class tests in their subjects and results are part of their school report grades. Greek: Although Greek is taught in the school as a second language, we follow the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education using the same books used by the public Greek schools. The students are expected to learn reading, writing, comprehension, grammar and History as all part of the curriculum. Greek in introduced from Reception Class and is compulsory for all students whose parents are of Greek origin. For students whose parents are not Greek, or for students not raised in Cyprus, Greek is also offered at a lower level. The teachers will recommend which students are eligible to attend these classes.
The school organizes two Parent-Teachers meetings, once during the autumn term and once during the spring usually approximately half way through the term. These meetings give the parents the opportunity to see how their child is progressing. School reports are given three times per academic year at the end of each term. Parents are always welcome to the school on any given day to discuss academic matters with teachers provided an appointment has been made which is convenient for the teacher.
Assemblies: The school attempts to organize assemblies once a month for the duration of the school year. There are various themes to these assemblies, ranging from informative/celebratory on national and/or religious holidays or other educational topics. The assemblies take place in the school hall. Shows: The school believes that theatrical performances are very educational and give every student the opportunity to excel at something other than academics. Theatrical performances take place at Christmas, in the Spring and other specified times of the year. Also Greek plays are performed and usually the school choir participates in all theatrical performances. Art Exhibition: In the last few years in recognition of the immense talent that we possess in art, a art exhibition is held to honor the founders of the school. The school will sometimes choose the best works of art to be published as Christmas cards or calendars. Sports: The school also recognizes that sports is an intricate part of education and students are given the opportunity to show off their skills in mini-football and bowling tournaments as well as an annual Sports Day. School Trips: The school offers 2 class trips (in fall and in spring) to all students of the school which combine educational and fun activities. However, teachers are strongly encouraged to take their students on educational excursions in or around Limassol more regularly. Clubs: Extra curricular activities are an important part of the day. The school usually offers various types of dance lessons, Karate, Basketball and Volleyball on the premises of the school. Other clubs such as the Green Club and the Choir are also an option.
Dear Parents/Guardians, The administration and the staff of the The Grammar School Junior have found it necessary to circulate this memo to remind our old students and to familiarize our new students with some of the more general rules and regulations of our school. We would also like to inform you that the rules and regulations will be enforced strictly so that the school functions in a more efficient and orderly fashion. We can only succeed if we have the co-operation from home. Therefore, we ask that all parents and guardians take the time to read through this summary, so that our jobs can be made a little easier and so that any possible misunderstandings with the school can be avoided. UNIFORM & APPEARANCE The school uniform must be worn during school hours. This includes upon arriving at school shortly prior to 8:00 a.m. and upon leaving the school at 1:10 p.m. The school uniform must be properly worn in a tidy fashion and must be clean and pressed. Be informed that the school reserves the right to warn the students of any uniform infractions, which my lead to disciplinary measures if the infractions continue. The complete uniform is as follows:
|CREAM SHIRT WITH SCHOOL EMBLEM||CREAM BLOUSE WITH SCHOOL EMBLEM|
|KHAKI TROUSERS||KHAKI KNEE LENGTH SKIRT|
|BROWN OR BLACK SHOES (NO TRAINERS)||BROWN OR BLACK SHOES (NO TRAINERS)|
|FOREST GREEN BLAZER*||FOREST GREEN BLAZER*|
|GREEN PULLOVER (OPTIONAL)||GREEN PULLOVER (OPTIONAL)|
|P.E KIT (ONLY DURING P.E)||P.E KIT (ONLY DURING P.E)|
|TIGHTS: SKIN COLOUR|
*When enforced as part of the winter uniform The winter informs which includes blazer, ties and pullovers will go in effect in November depending on weather conditions. The complete school uniform can be purchased from Aris Uniforms. For a complete list and address of the shop, please contact the school office. In addition to the uniform, the boys should always keep their hair short (above the ears) and CUT EVENLY ALL OVER. Other than a watch and small chain around the neck, we advise that jewellery should not be worn. Likewise for the girls, hair should be kept clean and tidy and if it is long, hair should be tied towards the back. If the girls are to wear any hair-bands or bows, they must match the school uniform. Girls are permitted to wear a small pair of earrings (not hanging) in addition to a watch and a small chain around the neck. Make-up and nail varnish are strictly forbidden. BEHAVIOUR All students must behave during all school hours and during all other school related activities. Proper behavior includes the following:
- Being polite and courteous towards all staff members, which includes teachers, assistants, secretaries, cleaners or any person employed by The Grammar School and Junior School.
- Students must always refer to staff members by their appropriate titles (ie. Mr, Mrs, Miss etc.) followed by their first or surnames.
- When in class the students must show respect to their teachers and the lesson by not talking to their friends, shouting out when they have not been asked to respond to a question, sitting properly, or engaged in unrelated activities. Furthermore, eating, drinking and chewing gum and sweets is not permitted during lesson hours.
- All students must work individually during tests or when homework assignments are being completed. Any student caught cheating or getting help from others will be punished and their grades may be reduced.
- Students must refrain from using foul language at all times when in school. No excuses will be accepted, even if the comments were directed towards their peers in a jokingly manner.
- For the safety of everyone, students must not run through the corridors, slide down stair railings or engage in games in the playground that may be dangerous to themselves or others. This includes all games that may require running, balls or games that are rough in nature.
- Fighting, bullying or verbal threats among students is strictly forbidden at all times, including after school. Any student violating this rule will be punished severely – it may even lead to expulsion.
- Any malicious damage caused to the school premises, or property of another member of the school will lead to strict punishment. Repeat offenders will be expelled from the school without hesitation.
- School starts at 8:00 am. Students are expected to be in the school yard before the bell rings. When the bell rings, the students will line up. The students are expected to be quiet whilst in line. The teacher will escort the students to their class.
- School finishes at 1:10 pm. We kindly ask that all parents wait for their children in the Rear Section (playground) of the school at 1:10 pm. We feel that this is necessary as the front road is too narrow for the amount of traffic, causing unnecessary delays for all, and jeopardizing the safety of our students. Parents are not permitted to wait for their children in the hallways outside the classes. The teachers will escort the students towards the exit where they will be released in the care of their parents or guardians. However, parents are free and welcome to enter the school at any time for official reasons, such as meeting with a teacher or visiting the office. We only ask that the above consideration be applied for the convenience and safety of all.
- Parents are expected to collect their children promptly at 1.10 pm. The school forbids parents to leave their children after school to play and the school will not be held responsible for any injuries occurring after 1.30pm. If you are going to be late in collecting the children, please contact the office as soon as possible. This will put the children’s and the staff member’s minds at ease.
We thank you for your cooperation in order to ensure that we all have a good academic year. Nicos Gregoriou Director – General
The school offices are open all year round from 8am-2pm, except during Christmas, Easter and one month in the summer holidays. The school day is from 8am-1.10pm every day, Monday through Friday. However, students must stay till 2.00pm Friday if the teachers recommends them for Support Hour. Extra-curricular activities take place after the school day is finished.