Certificate Award Ceremony 2015-2016 & the 2017 New Year Cake cutting along with the annual Theatrical Performance.
It was with unprecedented success and in the presence of many students and parents that the Fani Karatzou Language Schools held their annual Foreign Language Certificate Award Ceremony and the cutting of the 2017 New Year Cake at the ground floor of the “Palladium” reception Hall in Larissa, Greece.
Continuing a long tradition Ms Fani Karatzou as a visionary school principle supported always by her well trained teachers and devoted staff, has been responsible for the excellent success rate of her schools, remaining loyal to the communicative approach while simultaneously maintaining parent – teacher – student cooperation, providing the students of her school with an all-round excellent education in foreign language from nursery to university level.
The event opened with Ms Fani Karatzou delivering a speech about the long and dynamic presence of her language schools emphasizing the viral role of a teacher as someone who can inspire, ignite passion and imagination and instill love for learning allowing students to succeed not only locally but globally.
As she mentioned, the educator’s passion and enthusiasm are milestones needed for the effective, constructive, thought provoking and stimulating teaching always remaining loyal to the school’s principles.
The performance of Pre-junior, A junior and B junior students in the dramatized songs “If you are Happy and you Know it”, “Old McDonald Had a Farm”, the “Green Cross Code” and the single act play in French “A Visit to the Dentist” had been outstanding and a loving lasting memory for all present.
The highlight of this year’s theatrical presentation, in flawless English was the extracts from the famous plays, “The Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins” adapted and directed by Ms Fani Karatzou and taught by the teacher Mrs. Sonia Lytrokapi. The music teacher Mrs. Maria Rouka escorted the students on the piano and taught them their musical parts.
The gifted students that participated with great enthusiasm in the play “Beauty and the Beast” were: Noula Christine, Banias Lefteris, Papadimitriou Jim, Bizios George, Founda Katerina, Tatsiou Elena, Triantafillou Zoe, Zoumboulidou Despoina, Skoumis Ilias, Pantazis John, Nari Xanthipi, Fitsili Ioanna, Arseniou Apostolia, Koukoubliakou Filio, Zafiri Eftixia.
The students or rather bright stars who were involved in “Mary Poppins” and demonstrated their unique talent and the supreme quality of their spoken English language, thus becoming role models and a source for inspiration for all were Kalogianni Lydia, Kaltsogianni Maria, Papadimitriou Jim, Bizios George, Notas Konstantinos, Kalambaliki Aggeliki, Giovanopoulou Despoina, Panagiotou Konstantinos, Masouras Thanos, Visviki Fenia, Fragogoula Pavlina, Tzomaka Chrysa, Papastegiou Charikleia, Tsantiraki Rafaela, Nota Maria.
This year’s theatrical performance involving students of our school’s theatrical club demanded talent in dancing, singing and a background in music in order for students to offer a lasting and cherished memory for everyone present.
We would not certainly exaggerate if we dared to say that the students’ performance in many cases had reached a truly professional level thus rightly deserving the warm applause and the standing ovation from the audience.
Following the end of the theatrical performance the representative of Cambridge University, Mrs Olga Leondari, in a lucid manner talked about the importance of the Internationally recognized Cambridge exams and presented Ms Fani Karatzou with a letter of congratulations by Cambridge English for her passion and enthusiasm and her lasting contribution to English language training and education.Mrs. Leondari stressed with great emphasis how impressed she was with our students’ performance, a mere reflection of talent, dedication, excellent and inspirational language training.
It was a great honour to have Mr. Nikolaos Fragos, the representative of Michigan Exams, who stressed the long lasting and successful cooperation of the Fani Karatzou Language Schools with the Michigan University Exams. He also awarded the Michigan Certificates to all the successful students along with a book entitled “Homer and the Alphabet”, by Nanos Valaoritis, published by the Hellenic American Union.Mr. Fragos, being impressed by the exceptional performance of our students, mentioned that the event brought back memories of his school years in the United States.
The representatives of “Express Publications”, “Grivas Publications” and “Mm Publications” offered a tablet each and the representative of “Burlington Books” who kindly offered a lucky charm, for the New Year.
More than 100 certificates were awarded. Ms Fani Karatzou mentioned also that names of the 20 IELTS and GMAT successful candidates.
The success of certain of the aforementioned students has already produced successful results in that there are now studying at Universities of their choice abroad with the skilled mediation of our school.
The event ended with the cutting of the 2017 cake. Ms Valida Panagiotou won a lucky charm for the New Year offered by “Burlington Books” and Nota Despoina, Zouboulidou Despoina and Moustaka Athanasia won a tablet offered by “Express Publishing”, “Grivas Publications” and “Mm Publications” respectively.
This year’s Cetrificate Award Ceremony will be memorable not only for the numerous certificate holders but also for the unique performance of our gifted, talented and inspirational students who became role models and the greatest ambassadors for their language school.