CYPRUSA SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE PUPILS AND TEACHERS OF TRIMIKLINI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CYPRUS - LOCATION• Cyprus is an island, located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest island in he Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia
CYPRUS - BASIC HISTORICAL FACTS• Cyprus has been settled since pre-historic times and virtually every Mediterranean civilisation has left a cultural footprint on the island.• In 1878 the British (who bought the island from the Ottomans) took control of Cyprus.• The Cypriot people fought for their freedom during the 1955-1959 EOKA struggle which resulted in Cyprus being declared an independent state in 1960.• The period between 1960-1974 was one of instability and intense differences between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots (the two main communities on the island).• In 1974 attempts by the Greek Junta regime to mount a coup against the Cypriot Archbishop Makarios (the Republics leader), resulted in a Turkish Military Invasion. The Turks invaded and seized the northern third of the island, forcing 2000,000 Greeks to flee their homes.• The Turks declared the occupied areas into the “The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus‘” in 1983; although this has not been officially recognised by anyone else.
CYPRUS – THE SITUATTION TODAY• Even though Cyprus officially became an EU member state in 2004, 37% of the island still remains under Turkish Occupation, while UN-backed talks continue to take place in search for a peaceful and just solution.
CYPRUS - SOME BASIC INFORMATION• Cypruss capital is Nicosia (which after Berlin remains the only divided city in Europe!).• The main language spoken on the island is Greek but almost everyone can also speak English.• Cyprus has a territory of around 9200 Km2 (this includes both the occupied and non-occupied areas).• Its population is around 1 million (800000 in the non-occupied areas and 200000 in the occupied areas).• Cyprus has two airports (Larnaka and Pafos) and one main port in Limassol. (The Nicosia airport and Famagusta port are under Turkish Occupation since 1974).• Cyprus adopted the Euro in 2008 which was the successor to the Cyprus Pound.• Cyprus’s economy is mainly dependent on Tourism and the provision of Services.
CYPRUS – THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM1. Every child in Cyprus is entitled to the following education:• Pre-Primary School (5-6 yrs)• Primary School (6-12 yrs)• Gymnasium (12-15 yrs)• Lyceum (15-18 yrs)6. After the completion of the Lyceum, pupils can either take the State University Entrance Exams and try to obtain a position either at one of the two public Cypriot Universities (The University of Cyprus or the Cyprus University of Technology) or at one of the Greek Universities. Studies at these Universities are free.7. Alternatively, many Cypriots study in the UK(mainly) and other parts of the world, where they pay fees as EU citizens.8. Male pupils have to complete a two year military service before being allowed to commence their studies.
SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT OUR SCHOOL• Our school is a small rural elementary school on the island of Cyprus, located about 20 Km outside the city of Limassol, in (a traditional Cypriot village, located on the foothills of the Troodos mountains).• During the current school year, we have 71 pupils studying at our school. These pupils come from 11 surrounding villages. We have one class in each year (i.e. one 1st grade, one 2nd grade, one 3rd grade, one 4th grade, one 5th grade and one 6th grade).
HOW OUR SCHOOL WORKS Our school is one of 15 schools all over Cyprus that incorporates an all-day schedule. Therefore children attend school from 7:30 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Conventional elementary schools in Cyprus work from 7:30 a.m. till 1:05 p.m. The extra hours that pupils spend at school are used for including English and Computer lessons in the curriculum (starting from the 1st grade) as well as for sport, dancing and completing their homework. Pupils also get a 50 minute lunch & rest period at midday. This timetable is applied for 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). On Wednesdays pupils finish school at 1:05 p.m. Our school has 15 teachers that work either from 7:30a.m. - 1:05 pm or from 10:25 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
OUR SCHOOL’S WEBPAGE http://www.schools.ac.cy/trimikli-lim-dim/ •Our Webpage has been up and running for about two years now and is used for informing pupils and parents, publishing pupils work, communication etc. •Last year we added a new section, with all the information about our school and its activities in English. •Pay Us a Visit and let us know what you think! All suggestions are more than welcome P.S. Just type TRIMIKLINI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Google!!!