The clubs’ activities begin every October and they provide an ideal environment in which children can nurture their social skills and confidence.
DES is a school with a humanitarian, democratic and modern character that cultivates a broader education and perceptions of life.
The educational material is adapted to experiential learning, experiments, discovery, and differentiation, which make learning enjoyable for the children. The enriched learning procedure, the modern pedagogical methods based on the “International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme”, the “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” (H. Gardner, Harvard University), and advanced methods of knowledge transfer, create a learning environment that increases the children’s abilities. STEM, physical education, music, foreign languages, emotional education, philosophy, rhetoric, science, mathematics, and art, compose our programme.
And all this in the bilingual environment of an IB World School!
Fostering collaboration, responsibility, engendering group loyalty and social and emotional learning are the primary characteristics of the DES House system.
The development of students’ capacity for collaboration, teamwork, loyalty and team spirit, self-confidence, self-discipline and sustained effort for the attainment of goals in the framework of inter-house sporting and academic competitions, directly correlate with the promotion of interpersonal, intrapersonal, bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence and naturalistic intelligence.
The clubs’ activities begin every October and they provide an ideal environment in which children can nurture their social skills and confidence.
ANNIE RIGA is a visual artist and educator based around Europe. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University in the UK and then completed her master’s degree at St. Joost Academy in the Netherlands. Annie has previously run after school workshops and weekly art classes at DES school and other institutions.
The purpose of this English speaking, after-school art class programme is to awaken the student’s imagination and creativity. The children will gain both confidence and an understanding of the visual arts while building, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media skills. These skills will be developed alongside learning about the context, style and technique of different artists and art historical movements. A weekly class will be held throughout the school year. Sessions are challenging and exciting for ages 6-12.
Through guided, hands-on art projects, students develop an eye for colour, composition and design. While mastering the fundamentals, they also learn lifelong habits regarding technique, material use and art appreciation. Throughout the year, we explore various artistic spheres, such as still life, animals, people, landscapes, and abstract concepts.
Through this wide range of themes, this class is a beginning stage for the young artists to reflect visually about current sociopolitical issues, such as the environmental crisis, world inequality and more. By the end of the year, the young artists will take home a fantastic portfolio of completed artwork which they are proud to sign, display, and share.
The Arkki School of Architecture for Children & Youth is an educational organization for children and young people, offering pedagogy through Architecture. Founded in Finland in 1993, it is a unique and innovative educational programme that is being represented in Greece by AKTO since 2014.
Using architecture as a medium, Arkki seeks to inspire and awaken children to become active citizens of tomorrow. During the workshops, children experiment, plan, and discover their talents while strengthening their three-dimensional perception, mathematical thinking and communication skills.
PANAGIOTIS GRITZOS is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts specializing in Painting and he works at DES primary school as an Arts teacher. He is a certified arts educator that has been organizing art workshops for children and young adults in Germany and Greece for the past two years.
“Via my training in the educational Animart seminar and personal fascination with narration, I would like to invite you on a journey to bring our own characters and movies to life! With the use of traditional materials and techniques alongside new technologies the aim of the Cinema Lab workshop is to develop our creative problem solving and story-telling skills and at the same time strengthen our imagination”.
MARIA POULIEZOU has graduated from the Department of Theatre Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a holder of a recognized diploma from Iasmos Drama School and is currently attending the postgraduate course of Theatre Didactics, in the Department of Theatre Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She has completed her internship as a theatre teacher in primary schools in Athens. As an actress she has participated in various performances over the last ten years and has collaborated with the directors Alexandros Cohen and Petros Skarmeas.
In the Theatre Workshop, DES students will have the opportunity to discover theatrical techniques through hands-on experience with the body and voice as their main tools. Through theatrical play and dramatization, children will have the opportunity to interact, explore social issues, reflect, create, and understand themselves and the people around them. Our priorities are children’s dialectical communication, development of creative expression through play and improvisation, interpersonal development through the critical and reflective approach, empathy, and self-realization.
ROCKSCHOOL provides certified high level degrees recognized by the ACF for the basic rock musical instruments—piano, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, synthesizer but also for other fields of studies like music composition, music technology, vocals and musicals.
After completing the required educational material, participating in concerts and the annual summer exams, each registered student of art note Rockschool will receive the necessary certifications (grades). Grades help the children, depending on the College of their choice, to either receive a scholarship or a discount at English Universities.
Machi is the Director of the Music Department at DES and also the representative of “Rockschool” and “Trinity College of London” in Greece.
She studied piano at the Skalkota Music School, where she received her degree with honours, under the supervision of Natalia Michailidou and “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris”. She participates in concerts in Greece and abroad and also Masterclass seminars of famous solists.
Machi has been teaching at the National Music School for 20 years and also all age groups at DES Primary School.
ART NOTE is the exclusive representative of ROCKSCHOOL, the no1 Rock Examination Committee of Europe and examination centre of Trinity College of London.
Mr. John Galatis, born May 19th, 1980, has been continually studying Chinese civilization and culture for over 25 years.
He studied at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), following intensive courses up to 2010. Since 2010, he continually teaches Chinese to Greek students and Greek to Chinese, working as an interpreter simultaneously, thus promoting the Chinese culture. John has much experience in teaching the Chinese language.
1,4 billion people speak Chinese, and it is getting prevalent all over the world. Greece and China have ex- cellent relationships; in the last few years, China is investing in Greece, so people of all ages are learning the language!
KOSTAS KONSTANTAS is a graduate of the Department of Physics of the University of Athens and the Department of Primary Education of the University of Thessaly. Utilizing both his degrees, he works at DES Primary School as a STEM teacher. His interests as an educator focus on experiential learning and the use of technology (information and communication) in modern education. In this context, he has participated in several educational seminars (i.e. 9th Panhellenic Convention on “Teaching Information Technology).
Through Stem Education, Kostas aspires to strengthen children’s team work, knowledge in new technologies, problem solving skills and to begin their first steps in computer programming.
LEE NIKOLAIDIS — Coach Lee, in addition to his UK and USA academic credentials, is a fully qualified youth soccer coach from the England Football Association. He has extensive experience, especially in the USA, where he works every summer at top American summer camp Towanda as their Head of Soccer and Athletic & Tournament Director, and has coached championship winning teams and ambitious individual players
In our football club, Lee will be focusing on skills and drills, as well as making our young players aware of positional play, tactical awareness and good sportsmanship with team mates and opponents. In a fun and safe environment, the aim will be to help our children become more confident, and grow as they get to know modern day soccer.
The lessons are conducted in English.
VASIA MICHALOPOULOU — Vasia is a graduate of Physical Education and Sports Science (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), specializing in tennis. She has many years of experience in teaching tennis and her teaching method is based on trust and respect in order to allow the children to develop their abilities. The system applied is established by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and is called ‘’play & stay’’ (serve-rally- score). The “play & stay” campaign consists of a series of programmes according to the child’s age and level. With the help of the suitable ball (red level-orange level-green level) and the use of a smaller field, the game becomes easier and the child develops a very good technique and tactics, as well as love for the sport.
ELENA VALOPETROPOULOU is a senior at the School of Physical Education & Sport Science, specializing in gymnastics. She is involved in the training of gymnastics sports and was a gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics athlete. Two sports that young children are very fond of.
Gymnastics suits young children as it can transfer the games they play at home onto the mats. It is the natural development of a child’s movements. They roll over, they run, jump, do sommersaults. Gymnastics is part of a child’s game and our training is completed in a playful way achieving the best possible results.
Both boys and girls participate in our groups and are separated according to their age. Training takes place once a week, for one hour, in the school’s indoor gym covered with special mats and with all the necessary equipment.
ATHANASIOS BEKAS is a graduate of the European Taekwondo Union’s Training School, a C class taekwondo trainer, and holds a black belt 4th DAN WT. Athanasios has attended seminars regarding nutrition, pedagogical approach and first aid (Lifeguard Hellas), champion’s techniques and competitive WT.
His love for this sport began at the age of 8 and with persistence he soon became a championship level athlete with many Panhellenic and International medals. His experience as a trainer began in 2007. He had the opportunity to build strong foundations as he worked with renowned taekwondo coaches and later moved on to create the Taekwondo Athletic Club of Vari in 2014, of which he is head coach.
Athanasios has worked with children for many years, he is aware of a child’s needs. His training sessions, especially for younger ages, combine play and exercise in order to be sure that the child is having a good time while training. Respect and obedience but also pleasure are the key concepts of his lesson and these are achieved through the reward of good behavior and effort. Children are split in groups according to their age and training sessions take place once a week, for one hour in the school’s new indoor gymnasium which will be prepared with special mats and all the necessary equipment.
Anthi Chatzigiakoumi is a professional basketball player for the team of Proteas Voulas and was a basketball coach at Proteas Voulas Basketball Club Academies from 2017 until 2019. She was a NCAA Division I Student Athlete and earned a full-time scholarship from Florida Gulf Coast University in the United States of America from 2011- 2015. She was also a member of the Greek National Team from 2007- 2014.
Goal: Apart from creating a safe and competitive environment for the players, they will learn about the fundamentals of the sport, and how to cooperate and communicate with teammates on and off the court.
The lessons are conducted in English.
I was born in Germany. My father was a mechanical engineer, and my mother an interpreter of languages. From a young age, I loved to learn! I finished school in Kastella and university in Thessaloniki and Germany, where I completed my thesis at the Department of Psychology at Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg. I have worked in the field of education since 1989. During my career, I developed an intense activity in research activities, assignments, seminars and conferences in pedagogy and psychology with a specialization in emotional and multiple intelligences. DES is the result of this long and arduous journey. DES is the school where children love to be themselves and love to learn!
This two year old little girl is me! I completed my studies in “German Language & Literature”, but I was a restless spirit, so I continued my studies in the Pedagogical Department and today, I am a primary school teacher, a German teacher, and a principal. I love my profession, as I believe that when working with children, you are reborn. Their constant vitality is so powerful that they transmit it to you even if you don’t want to receive it. I have been in classrooms for the last 16 years, teaching all age groups. I am now conducting my postgraduate studies in Educational Psychology. The only sure thing is that since then I have been a very stylish girl! Besides, you can see this in the photo!
Every time I enter the classroom I think of my teacher-role model and try to copy him. I copy his movements, words, the way he attracts the students’ attention and especially what he does to make the students feel his love for teaching. My teacher-role model is not a real person! But he is the teacher I wanted to have when I was a student!!!
When I was little, DES didn’t exist! So, while I was lively, inventive and with a great imagination, I was very oppressed at school because my teachers did not believe that these skills would be useful in life. I dreamed of becoming a flight attendant because I always liked to travel. But I also loved reading. So finally, I studied philosophy and worked as a Greek teacher for several years. My professional career led me to DES, the school that suits me the most, the school that focuses on everything I love!
When I was little, I did two things: I pretended to be a lady in the mirror and a teacher. And I managed to achieve both! I have been a teacher for many years, and every new year, I still have the same concerns. I love literature, music, and traveling in real life and metaphorically. I believe in friendship and the power of human beings.
The children surprise me every day because their simplicity and purity remind us to respect the child we hide inside.
This is me!!! Well, this was me a few years ago. However, I am still that crazy child who likes to dance, sing, draw and play with other children! I was always full of ideas and colors, so I decided to get actively involved in Education from an early age. Before I even started University, I attended various seminars about different teaching methods! Since then, I have received two Bachelor’s degrees in Educational Policy and Primary Teaching from the University of Dundee and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I love teaching all ages (sometimes simultaneously) and being creative with them! My motto is that if we genuinely listen to the kids and encourage them, they will find their own way to thrive!
As a fetus, I was considered hyperactive. As a kid, my teachers always evaluated me as a very energetic child.
Growing up, things didn’t change much, but I came up with ways to channel my energy into something I love: literature, traveling, new experiences. Joining DES school was one of the best ideas I ever had. Passionate teachers require active, ambitious learners, and thankfully that’s the only kind of student I have ever encountered. As a teacher, I will never cease to admire the diversity and complexity of students’ personalities, learn from them, and participate in a life-changing process called learning.
Ever since I was a child, I was drawn to solving problems in the form of puzzles, games and riddles. As I grew, this interest developed into a love for mathematics and physics, where problem-solving can be applied to the real world. I wish to ignite that same spark in my students and show them the beauty of mathematics. By inspiring and instructing the next generation, I believe that we can, in our own way as teachers, make the world a better place.
I have been a member of the DES team for the last 14 years. I am a French teacher responsible for coordinating the Department of Foreign Languages, and lately, I have also been involved in writing children’s fairy tales. My love for teaching and children led me to the field of education. Over the years, I realised that working with children in a school with a student-centred character develops you as a teacher and a person. I love to achieve behavioral and cognitive goals with children and see them develop as students and as personalities in the journey of learning foreign languages.
I still remember how excited I was about Physical Education on my first day in primary school. Of course, the P.E teacher was my favourite, and I always looked forward to our next class. Dreams do come true and a few years later, I was a Professional Volleyball Athlete with the Panathinaikos team, and I had the honour of being a member of the National Team of Greece. I love travels, music, and dance. I believe in miracles, good thoughts, and the positive energy that we can all spread around us. Today I am happy to teach children and share my knowledge and love for sports! Being on the field with children makes me feel like a small child!
In this picture, you can see my first music students! I had my dolls all set and ready for a music lesson at the age of 4.
After 38 years of playing piano and 23 of teaching music, I have to admit that when words fail, music speaks louder than anything!
Regulations are important as they help a school establish rules and procedures and create standards of quality for learning and safety. Rules provide a sense of predictability and consistency for children, thereby promoting physical and emotional safety. Rules help guide actions toward desired results.