The Karpenisi trip was our best trip yet. We were accompanied by amazing teachers who helped us and took care of us (Ms Giannakaki, Mr D, Mrs Bodington and Mr Yates). After a long journey, we were welcomed by the fresh air of the mountains, green trees surrounding us and our wooden bungalows waiting warm and cozy for us. There was excitement in the air, when our teachers announced our bungalow roommates. We were given an hour to unpack and get ready for lunch. We had the classic and delicious spaghetti and minced meat. Afterwards, we began what I believe was the most fun event of the trip - hiking.
We started our walk by following the blue path (blue arrows were painted on trees, rocks etc.) It was challenging, as I was made leader. We walked through a lovely forest with lakes flowing down and trees were swaying on top of us. The birds were humming and the water was trickling; a completely different atmosphere compared to the one in Athens. We wanted to complete the whole route - however the sun was beginning to set so we began our return journey. When we returned from our incredible, picturesque hike, we prepared for dinner and met up at the common room. In the meantime, the rain was slowly dripping on the double-glazed windows, the fire was crackling and the warm, yummy food was being served. After a lovely meal of chicken and potatoes we were all surprised by Mr D’s lovely birthday cakes for Ali. We spent about one hour celebrating and dancing and departed to rest.
The next day, we were not so lucky with the rainy weather. Determined that this would not defeat us we gobbled up our delicious breakfast and we began our “survival” lessons for the day. Unfortunately, we we not able to do many outdoor activities but nevertheless were we were determined to make the most of it. To begin with, we were split into eight groups. Our aim was to collect as many points as possible in order to help us with the treasure hunt. We began by learning about the history of rock-climbing and then we learnt a few basic knots. Luck was on our side... the rain stopped and finally we went outside. We tried our luck in archery and then enjoyed our lunch at a taverna at the top of the hill. Later, when we returned, we completed an obstacle course, a sack race and also a game of tug-of-war. Afterwards, we were given an hour to rest and have fun with our friends. Our coaches were very busy preparing the artificial rock climbing wall. I must admit, when it was my turn to go up - I was terrified! I tried my best, I tried not to look down. I was proud though of the result! Our evening concluded with dinner. We played a very fun treasure hunt game where we were given many clues and we had to go to the next station. The day was long but we had had so much fun.
Our final few hours were spent taking photographs of the sunrise and the surrounding beauty. We would like to thank all the teachers for giving us this very valuable experience and for sharing a piece of the Greek countryside with us. Thank you!
For yet another year, pupils of Spanish at Campion delighted us in the annual 'El Dia de la Hispanidad' assembly. With creativity and enthusiasm, they prepared their dialogues, sketches and dances showing their skills and displaying their talent for Spanish. All pupils worked very hard and participated eagerly for which they deserve to be congratulated!
On Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th of October, the fourth annual Campion Model United Nations conference took place. The members of the secretariat would like to extend their gratitude to all members, admin, security, press, student officers and, most importantly teachers, who helped organise this conference. The effort and preparation that went into this year's conference has surpassed all previous efforts as this year the conference was quadruple the size of last year's. The school's conference has always provided its students with an opportunity to develop their talents. Members of the press displayed their artistic abilities through photography and design, meanwhile delegates showcased their public speaking skills as they delivered speeches in the opening ceremony and in their respective committees. Once again, on behalf of the secretariat and the organising team, we would like to congratulate everyone for their efforts and commend their enthusiasm which resulted in a truly unforgettable conference. See you next year!