Music is a vital part of a child’s education. It is an integral part of the timetable from Nursery up to Year 9, during which time children develop their confidence in singing and playing musical instruments together. IGCSE and IB courses are offered later on for those who opt to continue.
In addition to our classroom teaching, we are supported by a team of peripatetic teachers who give one-to-one music lessons to those who would like to register. The majority of our teachers work for Athens orchestras such as ERT and the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, and can be seen
performing regularly. They specialise in preparing children for ABRSM music exams, which are held in school twice a year.
In both Junior and Senior schools orchestras and choirs meet regularly in preparation for major concerts at Christmas and in the spring in which children of all levels are encouraged to participate.
Once a year Senior School Music and Drama departments collaborate to produce a Musical.
Recent graduates of our IB music course have been offered places at the Royal Northern College of Music, Leeds College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and at various UK universities such
as Edinburgh, Surrey and Hull.
Campion has always taken Drama seriously. The Junior School holds two productions annually for children of all year groups. Junior staff work hard to create sets and costumes which are a delight to behold. Children put much time and effort into rehearsals to produce musicals and plays which both they and their parents are proud of.
Drama is a subject taught throughout the Senior School from Year 7 and is on offer both at IGCSE and IB.
The Senior School’s Drama and Music departments have a reputation for producing musicals of outstanding quality. Rehearsals are held after school and occasionally on weekends.
Forensics and debate offer a chance for pupils to develop their public speaking and presentation skills. Throughout their time at Campion, pupils use their presentation and communication skills in a wide variety of situations. The confidence that pupils gain from taking part in the annual Forensics speech and drama tournament in Spring is evident, through the personal challenges of overcoming nerves, memorising lines and writing original speeches.
Debate stretches the most able minds in analysing topical issues and developing critical thinking skills. They learn to construct solid arguments, form rebuttals and persuasive techniques. Throughout the year, Campion debaters take part in several inter-school tournaments, international tournaments ( ICYD) and past pupils have been chosen for the World Schools Debate Team of Greece.
There are novice competitions as well as a knock-out debate tournament (for Year 7) at the end of the school year.
Campion Debate Club meets after school (and occasionally lunchtimes), with lower school and senior school groups, depending on age and experience.
Despite the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19, Campion’s MUN club is stronger than ever, with an active weekly online participation. The club is held every Thursday evening from 7pm-8pm by our MUN Adviser and organiser Ms G Theoharopoulou and run by students. Members of the MUN organising team Dimitris Alexopoulos, Katerina Tsenekou and Yiannis Katsikis act as moderators, and take over the club on a rotational weekly basis.
During our sessions we advise delegates, discuss MUN issues, debate and practice. This is a great way to keep connected during the pandemic as well as helping delegates to build up their confidence when attending Campion’s and other school’s MUN conferences. It also gives a chance for prospective chairs to sharpen their skills and get some real-world experience.
Dimitris Alexopoulos, Year 12
Campion’s ‘Kouroi & Kores’ Greek Dancing group is an integral part of the school’s extra curricular activities. Lessons are open to pupils from Year 3 straight through to Year 13, bringing them closer to this aspect of Greek heritage and cultural wealth. The efforts of all students combine forces in the Annual Greek Dancing Evening.
Furthermore, Greek Dancing is present at a plethora of important school events such as Graduation/Prize Day, MUN, International Day, etc. Campion’s Greek dancers have also represented the school in charity events and performances in other parts of Greece and abroad.
PE is offered at all levels and Campion has a rich extracurricular sports programme in which good sportsmanship is considered the first essential.
Soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, rugby, track and field, cross-country and swimming are part of the PE curriculum. Senior teams hold sports practices after school and participate in both local and international events, including the World School Games and the COBIS games.
Sports activities start at 3.45pm and finish at 4.45pm. For the Senior School (years 7-13), there is a late bus that leaves the school at 5pm. This is a free service for all pupils, whether they use the normal bus service or not. Late bus routes can be found on our school website (www.campion.edu.gr).