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The G C School of Careers Newspaper - Issue: May, 2009
A womans job is never done
let alone a mayors p.3 The G C School Musicians of Zenios! p.7
Best Youth Male Athlete p.15
The hazards of doping p.14
July 2! Should the G C School of Careers be renamed into the G C School of
Performing Arts? According to reliable sources which we cannot disclose,
Mr Hadjipetris is considering it after the huge success of this years Starry
p.5 Night! p. 8-9
Sleepless in Germany!
From Frankfurt to Heidelberg, from Stuttgart to the Europa Park, the fourth-
form trip to Germany was a thrilling rollercoaster! Some had to stay sleepless,
however, making sure that everything was under control! p.8
Meeting Crusader knights and Popeye the Sailor Man in Malta p.16
Seems like yesterday
Photo of the Term
Seven years have already passed since
we first came to the GC School.
Seven years which seem to have passed
Seven years of learning, exams but of
course topped with fun.
We have now reached the end of our
school-life; we are all certainly more
educated and well-prepared as young
adults to take a leap into the real world
and face the challenges.
As reporters of the GCS info team, we
were given the chance to write about
different things that interest and excite us.
We managed to develop our creative
writing skills, learn how newspapers work
but most importantly, we developed
character. Along with that, we were given By Chloe Americanou...
the chance to attend events and act as Rumour has it it will be used as the promo of new thriller I know what you are going to do this Summer!
real life journalists, as well as meet,
interview and explore the life and
personality of prominent members of our
society. The Informer The Sketch-former
Pavlos Demetriou, Form 4
Petros Rafael, Form 7
Id like to take a moment and thank a
woman who helped us do all that; Ms
Maria Chrysanthou. Without her help,
precious advice and expertise from the
world of journalism, we would have not
been able to achieve so much. Thank 2009 Graduates
Enjoy and have a nice summer!
Editorial Committee Teachers:
Stylianos Vrikkis Form 2
George Kypridemos Form 3
They looked so smart in their formal uniform,
Loucas Nicolaou Form 3
posing for their final school photograph! Just for
Sylia Louis Form 4
Andrea Hadjikyriakou Form 4 a moment they had everybody fooled! The morning
Haralambos Mouzouros Form 4 after, however, their true face was revealed. We
Evie Vassilopoulou Form 4 love them anyway!
Panayiotis Michaelides Form 4
Maria Kenti-Kranidioti Form 4
Flori Mina Form 5 of form 4
Georgia Kakouri Form 6 discovered the
artist in him when
Ellen-Maria Vafeades Form 6
he was presented
Marie-Nicole Papadopoulou Form 6 with a plate of
Constantinos Andronicou Form 6 delicious pizza! A
Sophia Christou Form 6
galleries in Europe
Petros Rafael Form 7 are fighting over
Michalis Eleftheriou Form 7 this most creative
The GCS Photographic Society
By Marie-Nicole Papadopoulou
A Mayors job is never done!
Eleni Mavrou was elected Mayor of Nicosia in December 2006; the first woman to be elected to the post. This year
she was chosen as Best Woman Politician by the Madame Figaro Awards, which aim to honour women of different
walks of life for their contribution to Cyprus society. Some years ago she was also conferred the Knight of the Order
of Merit by the French Government.
How do you feel about the Madame Figaro Award of Best Woman Politician?
An award is always a great honour and a great responsibility. The fact that the work
we are all doing in Nicosia, is recognized and appreciated, gives us strength to
How easy or difficult is it for a woman to make it in the world of politics?
Cypriot women have always been politically active even though they may not have
held as many high posts in public office as men. The world of politics is very demanding
and requires more work than talk if one wishes to really serve the public. This applies
doubly to women, who are still regarded with more cautiousness than men and
expected to work harder to prove themselves. This is changing, however.
Do you feel it is important to reward women for their contribution to society?
Civil society, men and women, still needs to be convinced that women can be as
capable in politics as men. There is still a need for role models. So, awards of this
kind make the work of women more visible and help in overcoming prejudices and
stereotypes more easily.
How do you feel about being the first woman Mayor of Nicosia?
Mayor Eleni Mavrou havings as a background former Mayors portraits.
I am very honoured that the residents of the capital have elected me to the post, but
Being the Mayor, you must be very busy. How do you relax?
at the same time rather anxious to carry out this demanding job as well as possible
so as not to let them down. I may be the first woman Mayor, but I hope more will
To be honest, I have very little free-time. I always try to make some time for my
family and friends, however. I love listening to music and going to the cinema
especially to watch thrillers and films that keep you on the edge of your seat! I am
also very good at gardening and
What exactly is the Nicosia Master Plan?
The Nicosia Master Plan is a bi-communal project concerned with the revitalisation,
historic conservation and future development of Nicosia. It began in October 1979
and it is on-going. It aims at the restoration of the old within-the-walls city as one
unit and also at resolving many practical issues that concern our every-day life. Did
you know that the first issue to be dealt with, back then in 1979, by Mr Lellos
Demetriades and Mr. Mustafa Akinci was the sewage system?
We often use the slogan Nicosia, the last divided European capital. Does
the municipality take steps for rapprochement with the Turkish Cypriot
We definitely do not wish for this slogan to remain and we do encourage bi-communal
contacts. When people talk and co-operate, they are bound to find solutions, no
matter how hard they may seem.
Do you have a vision for Nicosia of the 21st century?
My vision is that of a modern and humane city which will develop and progress,
always respecting its history and culture.
Have you set any goals which you would like to fulfil during your term in
I focus more on providing the city with the infrastructure that will make our daily life
better public transport, pavements that will help people move safely, bicycle lanes,
Works for the new Eleftheria Square,
already underway, have revealed new parts small parks and sport facilities in the neighbourhoods etc. I also consider very
of the Venetian Walls which had been important social programs that take care of the people who are more in need of our
buried in concrete for decades. support, such as the care services we provide for the elderly, after-school care
services for children and programmes for the integration of migrants.
04 By Constantinos Andronicou and Sophia Christou, Form 6 Watch, Read, Listen, Play
Suggestions for this Summer
Films to see
Books to read
In the light of recent childish obsessions and of what can
only be described as a commercial phase in all things
vampirical, we have decided to take a look at two of the most
well written and crafted book series that have garnered a lot
of critical acclaim for their plots as well as their neat style,
but which, lamentably, have been overshadowed by several
mediocre books of the same subject matter.
The Southern Vampire Mysteries
The Southern Vampire Mysteries is a series of books which has reached 9 in total by this past May
and was created by The New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. The books have been The Saga of Darren Shan
a tremendous success with critics and have a strong fan base which was won over with the creativity
and originality of the novels.
After growing up with stories about vampires and giant
The setting is Bon Temps, Louisiana, as we follow Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with the ability to spiders, Darren is fascinated to have the chance to go
hear peoples thoughts. Everything changes when the Japanese release synthetic blood; this allows to the Cirque Du Freak. However, the group of Darren's
vampires to come out to the public, asking for acceptance now that their needs can be met with friends only find one flyer and can only get two invitations.
synthetic blood sold in bottles and humans are allegedly no longer on the menu. The vampires now So, after a game, Darren and his friend Steve emerge
live among people and are demanding equal rights as well as political power. The first books story the two lucky ones. Mesmerised and disturbed by what
follows various murders around Sookies town at the same time as she gets embroiled in a romantic they see at the Cirque, they are eager to find out more
entanglement with a vampire neighbour. The first book was released in 2001 and was described as about the act of the mysterious Mr. Crepsley and his
one of the years best, written by an author of rare talents. giant spider Madam Octa. What they witness after the
show will alter their lives forever...
The series success has sparked off the creation of a TV show called True Blood on American cable
channel HBO, which has proved to be a tremendous success for the channel. Many times movies
And of course after a bestselling book, a movie is always
and shows are blamed for savaging the well-written books which they are based on; this is not the
expected. Cirque du Freak, the movie, will be out in
case with these books since the source material the shows creators had to work with was tremendously
rich, which is more than can be said for other book franchises.
Out and About 05
By Petros Rafael, Form 7
Live at Kallipoleos!
G C School talent in music has been more than obvious at Starry Nights and other school events over the years. Tasos
By Petros Rafael, Form 7
Their performances have not only impressed their schoolmates and teachers but also people in the music industry, Tsikkouris
and they have been invited to play at more professional concerts.
Music idol: Vasilis Papakonstantinou
In December Tassos Tsikkouris and Harris Aristodemou were invited to play at the Pub Western Star at Protaras.
They had managed to attract such good audiences that the invitation was repeated in March, with the same Favourite genre of music: Rock
excellent results. It was really moving to see our very own on stage being applauded
and of course this was,
Favourite musical instrument: Guitar
our great chance to make as many requests as we liked!
Instrument you play: Guitar and Drums
On July 2 we will have one more great chance to enjoy the G C School music talents on stage, at Kallipoleos
4! Tasos Tsikkouris, Harris Aristodemou, George Stylianides and Michael Kallis will perform as a band, ¼,ôé íÜíáé, Band: ¼,ôé íÜíáé
along with ×Üñôéíåò ÑùãìÝò. They will be performing Greek Rock and other songs popular among fans of good
music. Bearing in mind their recent great performances at Starry Night, it is certainly First Guitar: Ibanez Steve Vai
an event not to be missed!
Started playing at
Aristo Favourite band: Metallica
NOT TO BE MISSED! Music idol: To
Favourite song: ÐÜñå ìå by
July 2, 2009 Favourite genre of musi
c: Progressive Papakonstantinou
and Jazz Favourite composer:
Tasos Tsikkouris, Harris Aristodemou, ent: Piano
sical instrum Mikis Theodorakis
George Stylianides and Michael Kallis,
u play: Guitar Music to you: A different
Instrument yo dimension; it is a way to
performing live at Kallipoleos 4! The íáé express myself and my
Band: ¼,ôé íÜ emotions
show starts at 20:30. Be there! caster Highway
First guitar: Fender Strato
An unforgettable music
eleven. event: AC/DC, live in
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bands to choo
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Biologists Night Out! By Petros Rafael, Form 7
One thing that Biologists know how to do well other than bisecting frogs or hearts is enjoy good food!
This was demonstrated with voracious success at Zanettos tavern. All students performed brilliantly, making
Mrs Janet Panteli and Mrs Eleni Hadjisavva really proud!
Due to the presence of the two VIP teachers, extra security measures had to be taken. The task was
assigned to two GCS Men-In-Black who carried out their duties impeccably!
For a special night out we suggest ÌïõóéêÝò ÄéáäñïìÝò
in Larnaca! Star of the show, who else but our very own
Music teacher George Zenios! A small group of teachers
and students, we took a short break in-between exams
and went to listen to him on a Saturday night. We
thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
06 GCS Clubbing
Junior Science Club
By Maria Kenti Kranidioti,Form 4
Do you really know what you are eating?
If not, check the Junior Science Club
Life as a Palestinian
projects in E-numbers used in foods and Why did they break my toys, why did they burn my clothes?
drinks, their uses and their effects. How am I supposed to enjoy? wonders a four-year old
Palestinian girl whose house had been bombed
Thirteen young scientists prepared their
presentations. The award for best presentation
Ms Nora Shawwa came to talk to us this term about Life as a Palestinian, a
went to Nicole Hadjisofocli of 3Yellow.
life full of hardships that most of us would have never imagined. Palestinians
could be described as a nation of refugees. According to UNWRA (the UN
Works and Relief Agency), by 2008 the number of Palestinian refugees was
4.6 million. The extract from the documentary Occupation 101, with a four-
year old girl wondering why she could not enjoy what every other child takes
for granted, shocked us.
Ms Shawwa comes from Gaza, but was forced to live away from home most
of her life. For the past 20 years she has been living and working in Cyprus
as a publisher. She talked with great yearning and nostalgia about her home
and her extended family in Gaza. To help us understand the history of Gaza through the centuries she also gave
us copies of the most interesting book by Gerlald Butt, Life at the Crossroads, and kindly donated two copies for
our School Library.
For any questions about what E-numbers stand
have a look:
E100 - E199 Colours Book Presentation
E200 - E29 Preservatives
The new edition of the book Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza by Gerald Butt,
E300 - E399 Antioxidants, acidity regulators
E400 - E499 Thickeners, stabilizers, emulsifiers was launched at an event organized under the auspices of Nicosia Mayor Eleni
E500 - E599 Acidity regulators, anti-caking agents
Mavrou. The book was introduced by the Mayor and Ms Maria Chrysanthou, teacher
E600 - E699 Flavour enhancers
E700 - E-799 Antibiotics of History at our school. At the event were performed Palestinian and Cypriot songs.
E900 - E999 Miscellaneous
E1000 - E199 Additional chemical
By Andrea Hadjikyriakou, Form 4
The G C School students walked for
By George Kypridemos, Form 3
charity, once again raising funds
needed to fight muscular dystrophy. In world full of taboos, it is a relief for a teenager to
be able to talk to someone without embarrassment
Walking keeps you fit and healthy, but it also
about sex and love.
helps to contribute towards funds needed for
research in serious diseases. The G C School
fourth-formers once again walked to raise funds Sex education should be part of a school curriculum, but until
for The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and something like this does become reality, it is good for schools to at
Genetics, helping people with muscular least organize lectures where experts can inform students and
dystrophy. We managed to raise 1130 euros as answer their questions. This opportunity was given us when this
our contribution to Telethon 2009. term Ms Tamara Georgiadou, volunteer at Cyprus Family Planning
Organization visited our School. She talked to us on issues concerning
Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic, coming-of-age and teenage sexuality.
hereditary muscle diseases that weaken the
muscles that move the human body. It can It turned out there were several essential things the students had
cause poor balance and walking difficulties, to be informed of, and the lecture was most helpful, as it revolved
respiratory difficulties, and can sometimes lead around friendship, sexual relationships,
to paralysis. and protection, which is essential to
At the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics avoid sexually transmitted diseases
we had the chance to listen to a lecture on and unwanted pregnancies.
genetics and cancer and possible causes and
cures of the disease, and to talk to the people The students showed great interest
who work in the institute. We also had the chance and had many questions to ask. It is
to see some of the mice used in experiments important that such information is
for potential cures. offered by experts, rather than
expecting adolescents to look for
One thing is certain, GC School students will answers from, perhaps, less reliable
keep on putting their best foot forward for good sources. We hope we will have the
causes! opportunity to attend more such
lectures in the future.
GCS Clubbing 07
By George Kypridemos, Form 3
GCS Music Club
The Big Bang!
The GCS Music Club performed The Show Must Go On at this years Starry Night
and judging by their standard and enthusiasm there will be many more shows
for everyone to enjoy!
The GCS Music Club saw a great revival this year thanks to our new Music teacher graduate
of our School George Zenios, who has inspired so many talented students to join. Perhaps that
is why, in his honour they call themselves: The G C Musicians of Zenios!
The Music Club has 50 musicians and singers that make up the Orchestra and the Choir. There are 5
piano players, 2 key board players, 2 violinists, 7 guitarists, 4 bouzouki and 1 double bass players, 3
saxophonists, 1 flutist and 2 drummers. There are 20 choir members and 4 soloists.
All of them dedicate long hours in practicing and rehearsing to achieve the outcome witnessed at Starry Night. They are also the
backbone of all other entertainment events organized at the School throughout the year, be it national-day celebrations, the Christmas
Bazaar or the DIY Show.
The Music Club is more of a family of musicians rather than just a group of students performing. It has given the chance to many passionate
musicians to reveal and improve their talent, but it has also helped in the creation of great friendships through close cooperation when
striving for a common goal. No-one can doubt that the Music Club made a Big Bang this year, and as Mr. Zenios says: This is only the
beginning! We just hope that promises for a Music Room will be realized
sooner than that of the School Swimming Pool!
A Visit to Carlsberg Brewery By Loukas Nicolaou, Form 3
Carl on a hill!
Junior Science Club members may not be old enough to drink beer
but they had the chance to learn its history and get to know
how it is made.
One of this terms Junior Science Club activities included a visit to Carlsberg Brewery and the Cyprus
Museum of Natural History, founded by the Public, Scientific and Cultural Foundation Photos Photiades.
In 1847 in Valby, a small hill town overlooking Copenhagen, Captain J. C. Jacobsen launched Denmarks
first lager beer. He named it after his son Carl and the hill (berg) on which stood his home-town. Ever
since, Carlsberg has become a most famous brand all over the world. In Cyprus, Carlsberg has been
brewed since 1969 by the Photos Photiades Breweries, located in the industrial zone of Dali. There, we
had the to chance to learn some tips about Jacobsens secret recipe that makes his beer so special, while
we also saw how the ingredients of beer are boiled and stored in big funnels for about 3 months and also
visited the bottling room.
We also had the chance to visit the Cyprus Museum of Natural History, founded by the Public, Scientific
and Cultural Foundation Photos Photiades. There we examined rocks and fossils found today in Cyprus
as well as animals which exist today in Cyprus and in other countries, such as bears and reindeer from
By Panayiotis Michaelides and Haralmbos Mouzouros, Form 4
Sleepless in Germany!
It was early hours and we had not
slept at all the previous night. Still,
as normal teenagers we were going
strong, making sure that the LH3369
Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt would
remain in history as a most lively one!
The Fourth Form trip abroad is definitely one
of the highlights in the school life of every
GC School student. This years destination
was Germany, and it perfectly combined
history, culture and great fun!
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Frankfurt was our first stop! As the tour guide
told us, its name translates into where the Its been six years since the legacy of Starry Night began
Franks crossed the river, and it was built by Charlemagne needless to say, and every year the show gets better and better. The
a piece of information that brought back 3rd Form History memories! Frankfurt,
which is considered to be Germanys financial centre, is a most beautiful city, graduates of 2009 who had the responsibility for
situated on the river Main, with impressive historical buildings, but also modern the organization of this years show received the
skyscrapers. Soon, however, we started feeling tired and what we were trying warmest applause and moved their audience to
to spot was a café for an early breakfast.
tears when they bowed goodbye after a most
The drive from Frankfurt to Heidelberg and then from there to Stuttgart was brilliant performance.
picturesque. Unfortunately quite a number of us missed it, as being exhausted
from the journey we could not resist a nap. What an unforgettable experience it was, combining a great
variety of Greek and foreign music and dance, from modern to
At Heidelberg, which boasts one of Europes oldest universities, we had our first classical and from rock to rembetiko! This years Starry Night
chance to taste German cuisine, but unfortunately it did not please everybody. took place on 20th February at Strovolos Municipal Theatre,
Ice-cream and chocolate seemed to be more to everybodys taste! and for the first time there were two performances in order to meet the
great demand for tickets.
After a quite full and exhausting first day, everyone was happy to hear that the The class of 2009 (Probably the Best Graduates) had formed the backbone
next day was a shopping day. Even the most difficult tastes were satisfied by the of many previous Starry Nights and there was no doubt about their talent. Newcomers
open air mall of Stuttgart. On day three we had a grand tour of the city, which also surprised the critics, however, and this made their job especially hard. It was
included a most interesting visit to the Mercedes Benz Museum, where we learnt not easy during the auditions to decide who should take part in the show and
a lot about the history of car and automation. rejections were very hard to make.
The most anticipated two-days, for both students and teachers, however, were A very stellar night!
the ones at Europa Park, the paradise of roller coasters! We were literally head Who was not but stunned by Harri Aristodemous and Tassos Tsikouris rock, or
over heels, and for two days the park was under Cypriot domination. by Tassos Skouttellas and Artemis Antodiades more classical performances?
Who could resist singing along with the duo of veteran Nicholas Arsalides and
On the last day, on our way back to Frankfurt airport, we crossed the German newly-discovered talent Loucas Chrysochos, or did not enjoy the performances
borders and visited Strasbourg in France, where we got a glimpse of the European of George Stylianides, Sotiris Eliades. Michalis Kallis and Iordanis Kridiotis?
Parliament. We wished the journey had lasted longer, but all good things come
to an end! Who did not laugh to tears with the comic antics of presenters Andreas Tylliros,
and Eva Nicou, who went on improvising even when her heel broke on stage!
Marisa Satsia made the stage seem too small for her talent and enchanted everyone
with her music and voice. She played the piano and sang, moving everyone to
tears, especially when she dedicated her song to classmate Eri Kozakou. Eri was
backstage this time, but she has been on stage on a daily basis for 7 years, either
driving everybody crazy or amazing us with her great courage and smile.
The School Dance Club proved that G C School Can Dance like professionals,
whether it be modern or belly-dancing. As a matter of fact, the belly-dancing so
bewitched Andreas Tillyros that he has changed his mobile phone ringtone to Bos
By Petros Rafael and Michalis Eleftheriou, Form 7 A hard farewell
They were definitely not the
easiest bunch to handle
this just a façade? If one had had
Best Starry Night
the patience to give them a
chance or two
or more, one
would have realised that there
was more to them than teenage
ìüíïé ôï ôÝëïò ðñéí äù
Talented musicians (who will ever
The novelty of this years Starry Night was definitely the enactment of a scene at a Greek tavern, or forget all the Starry Nights in which
ñåìðåôÜäéêï. Andreas Shanios bouzouki made everyone want to leap out of their seats and dance the ÆåúìðÝêéêï they starred), creative script
ôçò Åõäïêßáò and not just the group of 7-formers who performed on stage.
writers and directors (this years
Teacher talent! DIY is the proof), gifted actors
But Starry Night is not just about student talents! Once again, our teacher Mr Tom Strengell excelled both as
a guitarist and harmonica-player, while Mrs Sonia Papadopoulou proved a most gifted dancer and choreographer (the backbone of Greek and
when together with her form class they performed rock and roll. English school plays), reliable
This exceptional night came to an end with a most brilliant performance by the School Music Club of the legendary reporters (see the GCS-info),
Queen song, The Show Must Go On. great sportsmen (scorers and
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end; so did our show. Nevertheless, The Show will Go On
and so will
the legacy of the Starry Night will! goal-keepers), promising artists.
We just hope that the class of 2009 will come back to perform as graduates this time! They are the 2009 graduates!
They call themselves Probably
the Best Graduates in the World.
Having taught them ALL, what I
can categorically say is that they
have definitely left their mark on
the G C School. They are the
unquestionable proof, that there
is more to students than tests and
exams; the unquestionable proof,
that there should be more to
teaching than tests and exams.
It wasnt always easy, but it was
a challenge teaching you and a
pleasure working with you,
sharing some of your break-times
and perhaps a few of your
thoughts, worries and dreams.
Some farewells are harder than
others, I have read somewhere.
Definitely this is one of the hardest
ones for me. You will be greatly
so DO make sure you
keep in touch!
10 By Haralambos Mouzouros and Evie Vassilopoulou Teachers
Brand New Staff
Anna Athanasios Maria
Deliyiannis Triantafyllou Demetriou
Birthday: May 27
Marital Status: Single Birthday: January 18 Birthday: November 3
Subject: English Marital Status: Married Marital Status: Married
with a son Department: Communication
Subject: Chemistry and Activities
First impression of G C School Students
First impression of G C School Students
First impression of G C School Students
I plead the 5th Amendment
I preserve the right Disciplined Polite and cooperative
not to sellf-incriminate!
Hobbies or pastimes
Hobbies or pastimes
Hobbies or pastimes
Walks in Nicosia city. Gym, cinema and shopping!!!
Singing, acting, travelling.
Favourite meal Favourite meal
Favourite meal Spaghetti with mince meat Mexican
Favourite movie Favourite movie
Favourite movie Pirates of Caribbean 3 Deja vous, 21 and What happens in Vegas
Favourite TV series Favourite TV series
Favourite TV series Óå Öüíôï Êüêêéíï Prison Break
CSI (All of them)
Favourite song Favourite song
Favourite song Áåôüò, by Adamantides From my Heart, by Another Level
Green Eyes, by Erykah Badu
Favourite perfume Favourite perfume
Favourite perfume Bulgari Hugo Boss
Dior Rock and Rose
Favourite colour Favourite colour
Favourite colour Blue White
Chocolate or Vanilla Chocolate or Vanilla
Chocolate or Vanilla Chocolate chocolate
Coffee or Tea Coffee or Tea
Coffee or Tea Tea
Summer or Winter Summer or Winter
Summer or Winter Winter
Dog or Cat Dog or Cat Dog or Cat
Dog Dog Both
Role Model Role Model Role Model
My mum! Onassis Andreas Zittis (make sure you read this, boss)
You in one word You in one word You in one word
Adaptable Happy! Introvert!
First morning thought First morning thought First morning thought
Oh God! Wheres the snooze button?!? Breakfast! Alarm I hate you!
Skeletons in the closet Skeletons in the closet Skeletons in the closet
Nope. Im boring. Be fair! They are there to stay
I wish I were
I wish I were
I wish I were
Supernaturally strong so I could put right everything Younger! In Vegas!
that is wrong, by Greta Garbo
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World News 11
By Georgia Kakouri and Ellen-Maria Vafeades , Form 6
Picture of the Term
The World in a Spin A Real Slumdog
The Missing Link
The beautifully preserved remains of a 47-million-
year-old, lemur-like creature have been unveiled
at the American Museum of Natural History in New
York. The preservation is so good, it is possible to
see the outline of its fur and even traces of its last
meal. The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be
a "missing link" between today's higher primates -
monkeys, apes and humans - and more distant
relatives. Some independent experts are, however,
sceptical of the claim.
One would think having a role in a box office hit such as Slumdog Millionaire would secure a movie career and a
Operation drill! lot of money. This has not been the case with Rubina Ali, the nine-year old, who played Latika as a young girl. She
may have walked on the red carpet of the Academy Awards ceremony, but then the fairy tale ended quite abruptly.
Her home in the slums of Mumbai has been demolished, while reports in the press claim her father almost selling
her for $300.000! Lets hope that despite her hardships, her story will have a happy ending.
Theme of the Term
European Parliament Elections
A doctor in Australia used a household drill to bore
into a boy's skull and drain it of blood clots as his
local hospital lacked the required tools. Dr Rob
Carson performed the procedure on Nicholas Rossi,
Elections to the European Parliament
13, after the boy fell off his bike and hit his head.
were held in the 27 member states of the
The doctor had never attempted the surgery before,
and had to be talked through the operation by a European Union (EU) between 4 and 7
Melbourne neurosurgeon. The boy's father said
the doctor's improvisation had saved his son's life. June 2009.
Kuwaiti women MPs The European Parliament is the only directly-elected
body of the European Union. Its members are elected
once every five years by voters right across the 27
Member States of the European Union on behalf of
its 492 million citizens. This year 736 Members of
the European Parliament (MEPs) have been elected
by proportional representation. These have been the biggest trans-national elections in history.
There are seven political groups represented in the European Parliament. These are: The European Peoples
Kuwait was embarrassingly late in granting women
party, the European Socialists, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Union for Europe of the
political rights. It was only in 2005 that Kuwaiti
Nations, the European Greens-European Free Alliance, the European United Left and the Independence/ Democracy
women were given the right to vote! They wasted
no time, however, and four years later they have group.
managed to elect the first four women MPs. A total
The European Parliament plays an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on the daily lives of its
of 21 new MPs were elected in the May elections.
citizens: For example, on environmental protection, consumer rights, equal opportunities, transport, and the free
The Emir had dissolved the previous parliament
because it wanted to question the prime minister movement of workers, capital, services and goods. Parliament also has joint power with the Council over the
over corruption. Most of his critics have been re- annual budget of the European Union.
Crime but no Punishment! Person of the Term
Woman of Courage
Burmese pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San
Suu Kyi has been in detention without being charged
for more than 13 of the past 19 years.
Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, made the headlines last
There will be no prosecutions against Catholic
Institutions in the Irish Republic despite the findings year after the great natural disaster that hit the country. The worst
of a report proving gross sexual and physical abuses disaster for the country, however, is the military junta that has
against more than 1.000 children over a period of been ruling it since the 1962 coup and the gross human rights
60 years. The victims were among 35,000 children abuses it has been perpetrating. One of the most outspoken
who were placed in a network of reformatories, fighters for democracy is Suu Kyi, who has been in detention for
industrial schools and workhouses until the early more than a decade. For her non-violent struggle she has been
1990s. The Department of Education had generally
awarded the Rafto Prize and received the Sakharov Prize for
dismissed or ignored complaints of child sexual
abuse and dealt inadequately with them. Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
The 1997 G C School Grads...
Twelve years Later!
One more group of G C School Graduates re-united to remember the good old days!
As teenagers they may have dreamt of leaving school and
giving a shot at making their dreams true. As adults they are nostalgic of
their school days... Achilleoudes Christina
Contact the GCS Graduates Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 22464400
By Michalis Eleftheriou, Form 7
The Sound of Music!
GCS graduates always seem to have a soft spot for the
School, so they are always ready and willing to give a
helping hand when asked. This years Starry Night owes
a lot, as far as its technical production was concerned,
to GCS graduate Christodoulos Procopiou.
How did you decide to study sound engineering?
Even though I didn't really know much about sound engineering as a teenager, I guess
I was always interested in it. I got involved with sound from the early age of 16 when
my band was called in to play live for the first time.
You have been a great help with setting up the sound at our Starry Night.
Did you have similar talent shows when you were at school?
Favourite subject None in particular
Starry what?? Such events did not take place during my school years, so we had to
organize them ourselves after school. It was great fun, however, helping out with your
Favourite teacher Despo Pampori!
Starry Night! It was a very demanding show to set up, with different performers for
English teacher Elena Iacovidou! each scene and a great number of participants. I was amazed at how organized
everyone was before and during the show, and that helped us do a better job. I enjoyed
Studies Sound Engineering working with such talented people and I would like to congratulate everyone again that
participated in this show.
University Lancaster, United Kingdom.
Any messages for your ex-classmates?
See you around...
ÁããëéêÜ Çëåêôñïíéêïß ÕðïëïãéóôÝò
Äåõ & ÐÝì Äåõ & ÐÝì Äåõ & ÐÝì ÔåôÜñôç Tñß & Ðáñ Tñß & Ðáñ Tñß & Ðáñ ÄåõôÝñá Ôñßôç ÔåôÜñôç ÐÝìðôç ÐáñáóêåõÞ ÓÜââáôï
A B C G,H D E Junior 2:40-4:00
Pre-Junior 2:50-4:00 ekids 1 2:40-4:00 4:10-5:30 9:00-10:20
ekids 2 2:40-4:00 4:10-5:30 10:30-11:50
ekids 3 4:10-5:30 2:40-4:00 2:40-4:00 9:00-10:20
Junior 1 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30
ECDL 1 2:40-4:10 4:20-5:50 9:00-10:30
Junior 2 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 10:30-12:00
2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 ECDL 2 4:20-5:50 2:40-4:10 10:30-12:00
Junior 4 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 2:50-4:00 4:10-5:20 5:20-6:30 4:20-6:20
Teens 1 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00 6:10-7:40 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00 6:10-7:40
A-level Year 1 5:00-7:00 5:00-7:00
A-level Year 2 6:00-8:00 6:00-8:00
Teens 2 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00
Ðáãê.ÅîåôÜóåéò 4:20-5:50 4:20-5:50
Teens 3 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00
Senior 1 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00
Senior 2 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00 2:50-4:20 4:30-6:00
ÃáëëéêÜ ÅéóáãùãéêÝò ÅîåôÜóåéò GCS
Ôåô & ÓÜâ Ôñß & Ðáñ Å Äçìïôéêïý ÔåôÜñôç ÓÜââáôï
Stage 1 4:30-5:45
ÅëëçíéêÜ-ÌáèçìáôéêÜ 3:40-6:10 9:00-11:30
Stage 2 3:00-4:15 Äåõ & ÐÝì Tñß & Ðáñ Ôåô & ÓÜâ
Stage 3 3:00-4:15
10:30-11:45 ÅëëçíéêÜ-ÌáèçìáôéêÜ 3:00-5:30 3:40-6:10 3:40-6:10 9:00-11:30
Stage 4 Èá áíáêïéíùèåß áñãüôåñá
Stage 5 Èá áíáêïéíùèåß áñãüôåñá
ËïãéóôéêÞ ÌáèçìáôéêÜ ÔÝ÷íç
Tñß & Ðáñ Äåõ & ÐÝì ÔåôÜñôç ÓÜââáôï
Äåõ & ÐÝì Tñß & Ðáñ Beginners 1 9:00-10:30
A-level Year 1 3:00-5:00
Beginners 2 10:40-12:10
IGCSE / First Level 3:30-5:30
A-level Year 2 5:15-7:15 Intermediate Èá áíáêïéíùèåß áñãüôåñá
3:00-5:00 IGCSE 2:40-4:40
MEPA Lecture By Flori Mina, form 5
Doping Kills the Spirit of Sports
Have you ever wondered why so many athletes use performance enhancing
drugs and what impact doping has on their health, career and life? Kostas
Kenteris, Katerina Thanou, Marion Jones, are only a few names of famous
athletes implicated in cases of uses of illegal drugs and methods to improve
their performance. The question however remains: did they truly
earn all that glory?
Doping is the first choice of a bad trainer, Dr. Michael Petrou of the Cyprus National anti-Doping
Committee stressed talking to G C School students in the framework of activities organised by the
Student Research and Action programme MERA. As he said, athletes use illegal drugs such as
testosterone pills and methods such as sleeping in low oxygen level tents to achieve better results with
Marion Jones admitted in tears she had used illegal drugs.
less effort. He pointed out, however, that this can lead to excess hair growth in women and even death
at an early age. For instance, a German female athlete had to have surgery to change gender due to
the excess testosterone she was using!
For his part, President of the Cyprus Olympic Commission Ouranios Ioannides reminded the audience
of the times when athletes took part in the Olympics to win a wreath made of olive leaves, in contrast
with the present, where the Olympic spirit is for sale amongst the drugs manufactured for athletes and
the unwholesome competitiveness of countries.
Three athletes expressed their opinions at the same event, pointing out that excessive pressures exerted
on them for higher and higher scores could sometimes drive a less confident athlete dreaming of
success to resort to doping. They also said that the state is not as supportive as it should have been.
They did, however, encourage young athletes not to be tantalized and succumb to doping. I prefer
never to win rather than win in an unfair way and destroy my life. Life is too short to be sad, said Antonis
Aresti, who won 2 medals at the Paralympics of 2008.
Award-winning athlete Antonis Aresti.
Girls Futsal Club By Sylia Loui, Form 4
Ladies who can score!
Maria Christophi Nicoletta Louca
Im one of the teams I decided to join the Girls
midfielders and I really enjoy Futsal Club because I like
playing futsal! It was my love playing football! Im a striker
for the specific sport that made me decide to join and I really have fun while playing with my
the club. My best moment was when we won the classmates and the other girls in the Club. My
American Academy girls team! My favourite best moments are whenever my team scores!
football player is Christiano Ronaldo. My favourite football player is Thierry Henry.
Who says futsal is a mans sport? The G C School
Girls Futsal Club is proving to be most popular,
showing that women can score as well as men! Kiriaki Hadjipanteli Alexia Christofi
There are about 20 girls of Forms 1 3 and one 7th former in Im a defender in our schools Girls Futsal I really enjoy playing futsal!
the GC School Girls Futsal Club! They practice once a week for team and I decided to join the club because I like Im a striker too just like Nicoletta,
about two hours every time under the watchful eye of Coach playing futsal. My best moments are whenever I and I feel very proud of being a member of the
Andreas Chrysanthou. Their most remarkable moment was their score and I really feel very proud of myself for Club. My best moment was when we won
victory against the American Academy with a 4-1 score! Here are achieving that! I dont really admire any player in American Academy and I believe that there are
some of the enthusiastic athletes! particular. no bad moments when playing football. My
favourite football player is Christiano Ronaldo.
Kyriakos Ioannou By Panayiotis Michaelides, Form 4
Top score for ethos What do you think about hooliganism?
Hooliganism is undoubtedly the most serious problem faced in sports in general and
especially in football. Hooligans are really a small group of people who go to the
match with only one thing in mind: to harm the sport. Most of them are not even
The Cyprus Olympic Committee has
interested in the performance of their team. They are people who are destructive
honoured the best youth male and female and will take any opportunity to cause damage simply because this is their way of
letting loose. It is one thing to passionately express support for your team and it
athletes of 2008 for all sports at a is something completely different to be a hooligan.
ceremony held at Olympic House on
How do we contain hooliganism?
March 12. Among the athletes
This is a difficult question to answer. They only way to achieve it is with the cooperation
honoured was our very own Kyriakos Ioannou, of all football fans of all teams.
who once more made us so proud. You play for ÁÐÏÅË but do you have friends who play or support other teams
Yes, many of my friends are supporters of other teams, even though most of them
support ÁÐÏÅË. A good example, however, where players of rival football teams
play together and cooperate well is the national team. There we all play together!
How do you feel, having been included among the best teenage
athletes for the year 2008? You are graduating from the GC School this year. Are you thinking of following
football professionally or do you have other career plans?
It is definitely a great honour to be given an award by the Cyprus
Olympic Committee (KOE) as the best teenage football-player but also as the best My goal is to combine as best as I can both football and studies either in Cyprus or
teenage athlete in all team sports. This puts a great burden of responsibility on my abroad.
shoulders but also gives me the courage to continue with even greater zeal in what
I am doing.
Have you ever received any other similar awards?
So far in my rather short football career I have not been honoured with any other
so important awards. The fact, however, that I play for the National Youth Team is
a great honour for me.
The prize was about ethos as well as talent. Do you believe that ethos and
respect are promoted through sports?
Without any question ethos and respect are the basic ideals of sports. You must
always respect your fellow athletes whether they play in your team or competitive
teams. In the same way fans should show respect both to their team and other
teams for their contribution to Cyprus sports.
Achievements in Sports
The Pancyprian Swimming Competition Georgiades Nicolas Form 4 Bronze Medallion Papachristodoulou, Theofilou Gold Medallion
Alexandros Giragosian Form 5 - Gold Medallion Papachristodoulou Maria Form 4 7th Place Overall Ranking: GCS - 4th place (Girls) / 12th place
Kyriacos Petrou Form 4 - Gold Medallion Charidemou Evelina Form 4 8th Place (Boys)
Pourkou Evanthia Form 2 4th Place The Pancyprian Track & Field Competition
Takkos George Form 1 4th Place The Pancyprian Cross Country Competition Charidemou Evelina Form 4 Gold Medallion in 200m
Savvides Alexandros Form 2 5th Place Georgiades Nicolas Form 4 Bronze Medallion Georgiades Nicolas Form 4 Bronze medallion in
The District Swimming Competition The Nicosia District Track & Field Games Lenas Procopis Form 3 - Silver Medallion in Discus
Nicosia/Larnaca Lenas Procopis Form 3 Gold Medallion (Discus throw) Throw
Alexandros Giragosian Form 5 1st Place Charidemou Evelina Form 4 - Gold Medallion (200m) Grundl Stephanos Form 2 - 5th place in 150m
Kyriacos Petrou Form 4 1st Place Georgiades Nicolas Form 4 Silver Medallion (3000m)
Takkos George Form 1 3rd Place Chrysanthou Andrea Form 4 Silver Medallion (800m) The Panhellenic Track & Field Games
Pourkou Evanthia Form 2 5th Place Theophilou Irini Form 6 - Silver Medallion (200m) Charidemou Evelina Form 4 Gold Medallion (200m)
Savvides Alexandros Form 2 5th Place Papachristodoulou Maria Form 4 Silver Medallion
Isaak Andreas Form 2 7th Place (400m hurdles) The Pancyprian Badminton Games
Nicolaou George Form 2 1st Place
The District Cross Country Competition Relay Team: Charidemou, Chrysanthou, Louca Nicoletta Form 3 - 3rd Place
16 External Events - Excursions
Productivity in Education By Mary Hadjigavriel
A research on Productivity in Education was carried out by a group of G C School
Form 4 students, to examine better and more enjoyable ways of teaching and learning.
The research was carried out within the framework of the project Integration of the Concept of Productivity in
Education of the National Productivity Programme 2007-2013. The teachers in charge of the project were Mrs
Yiota Yerontidou and Mrs Maro Themistocleous of the Department of Modern Greek, and Mrs Maria Mitidou
of the Economics Department.
A team of ten students prepared questionnaires which were distributed to Forms 3, 4 and 6 as well as teachers
of all Departments. Questions focused on how lessons are conducted and how, teachers and students, believe
they could become more interesting, substantial and productive. The findings of the research were then
evaluated and are to be published shortly.
The students involved also made short videos of their fellow students in class and during break time. Lectures
were also held and posters and information leaflets produced. What really impressed students and teachers,
however, was a song especially written and composed on the theme of productivity at school. The lyrics were
written by Marianna Ioannou and the music by Mr George Zenios. We all feel confident that it will make it to
the international top10 charts in no time!
Wildlife in Paphos
Knights of Malta
What better way to unwind just before serious studying By Stylianos Vrikkis, Form 2
for exams begins, than a short trip to Paphos? The three-day second-form trip to Malta brought
alive stories and legends of the Middle Ages
but of Popeye the sailor man, as well!
The trip to Malta was definitely one to remember for all of us
second-formers, and it was great fun! It also seemed as if
we had hopped into a time-machine taking us back into the
chivalric ages of knighthood!
The knights of Saint John were a unique brotherhood of resolute
warrior monks, who arrived in Malta in 1530, seven years after
they surrendered Rhodes to the Ottomans. There, they continued their fight against Islam,
attacking ships and outposts of the Ottoman Empire. After the Great Siege of 1565, they
embarked on the building of the city of Valletta with its lavish and impregnable fortifications.
Just for a while we let ourselves be carried away and imagined ourselves as brave knights
fighting the enemy
and perhaps saving some damsels in distress at the same time!
On May 15 the first formers packed their bags and full of excitement A few kilometers away from Valetta is Popeyes Village. There we had our chance to
boarded the buses for a two-day short holiday in Paphos, accompanied really save damsels in distress, as we joined forces with the legendary sailor against his
of course by their teachers. arch-enemy Bruno! Olive and the girls were more than grateful to be rescued
case any of you harbour any doubts, everything is recorded on tape!
The trip included a visit to the amazing Bird & Animal Park which boasts
for a large bird and animal collection. There, one has the chance to see
rare birds like exotic parrots, hornbills, toucans, eagles, owls, peacocks
and ornamental pheasants, as well as a large variety of animals like
giraffes, camels, zebras, kangaroos and last but not least the Cyprus
In the evening students and teachers had the chance for a sunset cruise
on Sea Star, where the most romantic ones enjoyed the trip under the
moonlight, while the more active ones danced at the boat disco or played
hide and seek!
On the last day everybody had the chance to play beach volley or relax
cooling themselves in the Limassol sea.