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SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

At “Rodion Pedia” Senior High School the centrepiece of the program preparation of the pupils for admission to universities and integration in to the productive chain of society afterwards. In order to achieve this, the main objective is to supply the pupils with knowledge and skills that will ensure a successful and professional career.

Indeed, the High School program is highly intensive. Enhanced teaching hours of core courses, highly-experienced teachers, small groups in the last grade of Senior High School and their constant evaluation guarantee systematic and methodical preparation as well as their success in the general (final) exams.  Also, not only is psychological support offered to the pupils mentally and emotionally boosting them and enabling them to cope with the examinations, but also a guidance for the selection of the field of studies and the profession they will follow. Personal contact with the student and his family, the exploration of his special inclinations and the identification of new trends and developments in the market are key elements of the approach to professional orientation.

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By comparing the results in examined subjects in Panhellenics (final school exams in Greece) of the pupils in third grade of Senior High School at “Rodion Pedia” school to the ones of pupils from other schools around Greece, we can conclude that the results of the pupils at “Rodion Pedia”- during all its years of operation- have been significantly higher than those of pupils from other schools in Greece. These high scores are the result of a systematic work carried out within the school.

In Secondary School at “Rodion Pedia,” emphasis is given to the quality of the teaching process, the implementation of new technological information in educational practice, the use of modern tools and methods of teaching, as well as the development of multifaceted activity programs, tailored to the needs of the adolescent.  This ensures a high level of learning and promotes the physical, mental, and social health of pupils.

 

CURRICULUM

To acquire the above mentioned, a complete program is followed, which includes both the enriched core curriculum and the training program.

 

ENRICHED CORE CURRICULUM

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With the expanded program followed in the Senior High School, pupils occupy higher self-motivation levels, having confidently built new knowledge, having taken one more step towards achieving their goals.  With this program, the hours that the pupil spends at school are substantially utilized, and any additional assistance outside the school is avoided, since each pupil’s difficulty is detected early and effectively cared for, within the school, during school hours, as well as hours of additional instructional support.
Indeed, the additional instructional support is given by the same teachers who teach each lesson in accordance with the timetable, since they know both the potential and weakness of their pupils.  Thus, teachers focus on what the pupils really need, utilizing effective teaching methods, covering the common teaching-learning goals. 
Moreover, with the enriched core curriculum, a nurturing working environment is created, and the time spent at home studying is reduced, which results in the pupil processing the knowledge he has built up at school, acting independently, fully absorbing the lesson, and also having the possibility of more time to live a balanced social life.
In addition, the effectiveness of the Senior High School’s program is ensured through designing the daily timetable based on the interests and the needs of the pupils, providing elaborate notes for all courses, organizing educational field trips, completing the course syllabus on time in all courses—in order to have more time for substantial revision—, identifying promptly and dealing with weaknesses through individualized teaching support.Furthermore, the school psychologist is always there for the pupils in order to support them in their struggle and resolve their personal problems. 
Indeed, for the most comprehensive and straightforward operational efficiency, the curriculum in both secondary and senior high school is based on six sectors: Department of Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences, Foreign Languages, Information Technology, and Physical Education.

 

Department of Humanities
Following the principle that learning is not just knowledge and skills but also creation, imagination, exploration, collaboration and self-assessment, even literature courses are updated as far as means and targets are concerned. This is an obvious educational and scientifical act in order to facilitate the implementation of modern teaching purposes.
The Literature courses, as they intergrate cognitive disciplines, specifically favor the combination of spiritual and moral-social maturity. They also play a significant role in the critical and reflective assimilation of fundamental ways of thinking, highlight the creativity of speech, kindle the imagination and, finally, they illuminate with Greek light the core values of human civilisation.
In a flexible and educationally charming environment, the artificial boundaries between children with “scientific” or “theoritical” perception are abolished, the experimental way of thinking is favored in such a way that pupils are encouraged to do practical research as well as to start thinking and being creative. Through the teaching experience and the scientific methods which are used by the digitally-literate educators, pupils are able to use both New Technologies and the school’s rich library, while in collaboration with teachers of other courses, they have the potential of various interdisciplinary approaches. Besides, in the field of literary courses the combination of theory and action, imagination and speech is the most suitable for a successful learning outcome. This is why those things that help teaching are an integral part of the learning process.
Thus, not only are films shown to the pupils- aiming at the familiarisation, easier comprehension of both the meaning and the content of the literary courses- but also projectors are used- for viewing manuscripts, chronological chartboards or newspaper clippings with issues that could start a conversation class and pose queries. Moreover, pupils make use of the internet as well as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programs in order to present their school projects. Furthermore, the digital era has transformed the way pupils perceive and create written forms of speech.  What makes the lesson more interesting and enjoyable is the presentation of cartoons and illustrated material. It is worth noting that a spelling bee competition takes place at school.
Indeed, the literary courses, by targeting the mind, morality and aesthetics, are extended to various activities, within and outwith of the school, by exploiting the rich cultural infrastructures of our city- museums, galleries, archaeological and historical sites. The essence of the modern school is the “complete-global human being” and this is highlighted by the awareness of a person’s national identity in conjunction with his cognitive enrichment and aesthetic delight.
At “Rodion Pedia” the teacher doesn’t need only to be well versed in terms of the course he teaches, but also to love it. It is necessary not only to dictate but to “direct” the knowledge that he will share with his pupils. With a solid relationship of trust between teachers and pupils, educators assert a careful balance between scientific theory and teaching practice. Also, meetings take place on a weekly basis between the teachers and the Coordinator of the Department of Humanities, who is informed of their work in the past week. During the meeting, projects for the upcoming week are prepared, topics of a scientific, pedagogical and curricular content are discussed and sample lessons are regularly presented by the teachers.

Department of Mathematics
Mathematical education is necessary for the completion and development of the individual. Therefore, mathematics constitutes one of the major areas of education provided by each country.
The Department of Mathematics at “Rodion Pedia” school has developed a comprehensive curriculum for teaching and learning maths.  In particular, more teaching hours are provided in order for the teaching material to be covered and fully understood, as well as do revision. New knowledge is connected to previously acquired, and its use in life is demonstrated in properly structured applications.
Furthermore, learning is achieved through modern teaching approaches, interest-intriguing activities, organised and continuous evaluation processes, interdisciplinary or synthesis projects, extra lessons- both to those pupils with weaknesses and to those who have an inclination for the subject- and, finally, provision of printed material.
This material includes worksheet packs on every chapter- summarised theory, sample exercises, extensions to exercises-, test sheets-, exercises testing what has been understood from the basic parts of the lesson-, worksheets- multi-levelled homework exercises- and, finally, revision exercises at the end of each chapter. It is worth noting that the school organises a “Logic Competition” every year.
In addition, in the Department of Mathematics, the coordinator leads the regular meeting of the mathematicians, is informed of their work during the past week and coordinates discussions of scientific, educational and teaching topics amongst the members of the faculty.

Department of Science
The teaching of science at “Rodion Paideia” is designed based on a common philosophy and in a way that seeks continuity from Primary to High School by following the latest developments in teaching science.
In order to achieve better learning outcomes various teaching tools and strategies are used. Such tools are questions, metaphors and proportions, problem solving, cognitive conflict, conceptual maps, dramatic play, computer simulations and hypothetical experiments. It should be noted that at “Rodion Pedia” there are two well-organised science laboratories and that the Department of Science organizes the Science Fair every year.
The concept of the Science Fair is one of the most popular events in both America and Europe. This is a fun and educational procedure, a form of informal education- a learning procedure that is outwith the scope of the syllabus defined by institutionalised education-, in which the objectives focus on the cultivation of skills and attitudes. In the Science Fair, apart from gaining experience in experimentation and construction, pupils are engaged in scientific inquiry processes, creating positive attitudes towards the exploration of the natural world and become familiarised with the nature of science and the comprehension of various concepts.

Department of Foreign Languages
It is well-known that, nowadays, the workplace has created the need to educate young people in foreign languages. Also, contemporary educational reality requires the acquisition of certificates.
At “Rodion Pedia” school, pupils familiarise themselves with English, French, and German and acquire certificates that certify their level of knowledge. These are useful skills for both the continuity of their studies and their professional fulfillment. After a placement test, pupils are split into levels and groups are created varying from beginners classes to advanced ones. The Department of Foreign Languages operates with targets tailored to age and educational requirements and needs of the pupils, with programs both designed and based on international standards.  These are flexible with regard to pace, character and content, so that pupils learn the foreign language and its two dimensions- the purely linguistic and the social- depending on their needs and capabilities.
In addition, the methods that are used are anchored to the basic principles of learning a foreign language.  That is following the communication process through model-directed discovery and various cultural and educational activities that help the pupils get to know the country whose language they learn, as well as understand both the cultural differences and possible similarities to their own country.
In time, significant improvement is achieved.  The excellent results achieved by the pupils, and the timelessness of their successes, are the result of systematic work carried out within the school.


Department of Information Technology
Teaching Computer Science at “Rodion Pedia” aims for pupils to understand the basic concepts of IT (Information Technology), acquire timeless knowledge in IT skills and develop abilities in order to use the computer as a tool for research and learning. Also, it aims at fostering skills of a methodological nature (expression, exploration of ideas, creativity, an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge), high level skills (critical and analytical thinking, synthesis) as well as acquiring broader education in Computer Science.

Department of Physical Education
This course enhances the pupil’s physical, mental and spiritual development, as well as his harmonious integration into society.  There is a particular emphasis given to learning the basic techniques of certain sports and other physical activities, the opportunity to participate in athletic competitions, as well as to cultivate rhythm and kinesthetic expression.  With a view to developing sportsmanship through sports activities, the department of physical education organizes championships within the school.

Alternative Education Zone
Responding to the requirements of our era and as a pioneer in the field of education, “Rodion Pedia” has established a two-hour Alternative Education Zone (ZEE), in which all pupils of the Secondary school and those of the first two grades of Senior High School take part. During these two hours, pupils are offered the opportunity to deal with issues that pique their interests. Pupils learn to cultivate their talents, develop skills and create things by collaborating with both their teachers and peers.
Specifically, there are groups with academic orientation, such as Ancient Greek, the Rhetoric and Art of Argument, Astronomy, Mathematics, Robotics, Cyberspace, Ecology- and Groups with a cultural orientation- such as Cinematography, Music, Cookery, Photography, Journalism, Theatre, and Survival.

Flexible Zone

The basic program enriches a network of extra-curricular activities, such as field trips, cultural and environmental projects, theatrical and artistic events, meetings, presentations and speeches, student publications, exhibitions, sports events, participation in national and international competitions, student exchange, cooperation with other Greek schools as well as schools from abroad and participation in national training events.

 

TRAINING PROGRAM

By combining learning with entertainment, the training program at “Rodion Pedia” offers the pupils the opportunity to creatively utilize their time by acquiring new and specialized knowledge in various subjects so as to develop their special talents and interests as well as to externalize their feelings and their potential.

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Learning a Musical Instrument
The systematic learning of a musical instrument—piano, guitar, keyboard, violin, accordion—can continue the musical education of the pupils which has begun in the core curriculum, by decisively contributing to the complete personality and spirit of pupils.

Choir
The program consists of the teaching and practice of various songs.  Apart from the entertainment that music offers, pupils learn to develop different social skills.

Drawing
Pupils have the opportunity to learn different techniques and familiarize themselves with the use of different materials, so cultivating their imagination and enriching their emotional world.  Thus, they develop skills and acquire knowledge necessary for their psychological and emotional maturity.

IT (Information Technology)
For those pupils who wish, there is the possibility to extend the knowledge they have already acquired in the core curriculum regarding computers, and thus, evolve in a sector that has become increasingly necessary.  They discover vital electronic literacy, while they learn to creatively use computers, a tool useful for professional and scientific success.  Through these programs, pupils acquire certification accreditation.

Football 5-a-side
At the new 5x5 facilities, pupils taste the magic of football.  Along with the acquisition of basic skills in the sport, pupils cultivate team spirit, discipline, and responsibility.

Volleyball
The program combines technique, precision, and teamwork with a good level of physical fitness.

Basketball
Aside from being one of the most popular sports, basketball also develops the pupil’s physical condition and fosters team spirit and social skills.

Handball
Handball not only trains the body perfectly, but it also fosters strategic thinking and contributes in the development of the pupil’s social skills.

Swimming
Swimming is the most suitable way to train pupils and familiarise them with water. 

Taekwondo
As a future Olympic sport, Taekwondo not only trains the body, but also cultivates the spirit and develops self-control and discipline.

Athletic Dance
In a specially designed room, pupils exercise and learn about their body, by improving both the strength and the harmony of their movements.

Dance
Pupils have the opportunity to express themselves through classical, contemporary, and free dance.  Also, they have the opportunity to learn traditional dances.  In this way, they discover their bodies through harmony, rhythm, and movement.

Chess
Pupils are introduced to a special world of cultivating thought and spirit, beginning with understanding the pawns and their movements, and gradually progressing to taking part in competitions/matches within the school.

Foreign Languages
Pupils have the opportunity to learn a third foreign language—French, German, or Italian—beside the two they have already chosen in the core curriculum.

Tutoring Laboratory
In this laboratory, pupils of secondary school and of the first two grades of senior high school, have the opportunity to attend a separate teaching program in these courses: Ancient Greek, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

Pupils who struggle in the above mentioned courses and are therefore unable to follow and participate effectively in the classroom during the learning process may attend the laboratory and so improve their performance and specialise their knowledge.

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