An e-Twinning partnership between Greece and PolandThe 3rd General Lyceum of Tripoli and The Gimnazjum nr 103 z Oddziałami Integracyjnymi of Warszawa
Dear partners, We are sending you the present power-point presentationso as to let you know a few things about ourselves and ourdaily life. More specifically, we intend to “tell” you in brief about:our country, our town, our school, our interests and free-timeactivities, as well as our customs and traditions. We are looking forward to receiving a similar electronicpresentation made by you. The better we get to know eachother, the more creative and fruitful our partnership is going tobe. With best regards,The students of the 3rd Senior High School of Tripoli, Greece The teacher of English: Georgia Tsirba
Greece –Hellas - Ellada The Acropolis, the landmark of Greece Greece is a very beautiful country, because it combines all kinds ofsceneries, from sandy beaches with clean seas and green forests to highmountains covered with snow in wintertime. It is well-known for its numerousislands with the small houses in blue and white, which are popular touristdestinations for summer vacations, because they can cater for all tastes andinterests. On the one hand, Greece has a lot of archeological sites which onecan visit and learn more about one of the most ancient and developedcivilization of the world. On the other hand, there are a lot of modern placeswhere they can enjoy themselves until the crack of dawn. You can read more about Greece at the official website of the Geek National Tourism Organisation: http://www.visitgreece.gr/portal/site/eot
Tripoli, our hometown The Areos square, the landmark of Tripoli, with the statue of Kolokotroni, one of the greatest Greek heroes. Tripoli is a city of about 30.000 inhabitants in the central part of thePeloponnese and it is the capital of the prefecture of Arcadia and the centre ofthe municipality of Tripoli (population: 28.000). It is actually like “a bigvillage,” so we all know and care about each other. The winters in Tripoli arerather rainy and harsh, yet the summers are pretty warm. This is exactly thereason why Tripoli has a lot of squares, where young children can go with theirparents and have fun close to nature. People of our age prefer to go to an openpedestrian area where there are a lot of cafes which serve all kinds of coffee, butespecially a Greek cold, instant coffee called Frappe. You can read more about Tripoi at: http://arcadia.ceid.upatras.gr/arkadia/engversion/index.html
Our School 3ο Γενικό Λύκειο Τρίπολης (the name of the school in Greek) The 3rd Lyceum of Tripoli is one of the four Senior High Schools ofour city. There are also two Technical and Vocational Schools as well as twoafternoon Schools, one General and one Vocational, respectively. In short, theGreek Educational System compels students to attend one or two years at aNursery School, six years at a Primary school, three years at a Gymnasium(Junior High School) and three years at either a General Lyceum (Senior HighSchool) or a Technical and Vocational School. At the end of the last schoolyear students take Panhellenic (all around Greece) exams, that is, exams inorder to get into a State University. You can find the website of the school at: 3lyk-tripol.ark.sch.gr
Our schedule Kolokotronis is also featured on the emblem of the city; He played a leading role in the liberation of the Greeks from the Turks in 1821. On the right, the Archaeological Museum. Every day (from Monday to Friday) we go to school from 8.15 p.m. to13.45 a.m. and we are taught several obligatory subjects such as: Ancient andModern Greek, Literature, History, Religion, Math, Physics, Chemistry,Foreign Languages (English and French) and Physical Education. We mayalso have optional subjects such as Technology, Economy, Theater, Music,Arts, Astronomy, Psychology, etc. Unfortunately, the schools in Greece do nothave a lot of sports and computer facilities. In our school there is a gym, but itis not well equipped; and there is an advanced computer lab, which we go toonly two hours a week. We don’t use computers on a daily basis.
School Parades A man dressed as Kolokotronis takes part in the parade. During our school year, which lasts from the 10th of September tothe 30th of June, the students take part in three parades in order to celebratethe liberation of Tripoli from the Turks (that was on the 23rd of Septemberin 1821), the liberation of Greece from the Germans (on the 28th ofOctober in 1940) and the liberation of Greece from the Turks (on the 25thof March 1821). On those days the students wear traditional clothes; inother words, they are dressed as “tsoliades” (the males) and “amalies” (thefemales) and after the parade they go to the Areos Square and performtraditional dances.
Our daily life On the left: The Town Hall of Tripoli. On the right: The Court of Justice at the Areos Square. Even from the first year of the Lyceum, let alone the second and thethird, Greek students study hard so as to get prepared for the PanhellenicExams. This situation makes us stressed and anxious, because even if wemanage to get into the University Department of our preference, when wegraduate it will be difficult for us to find a well-paid job. It is well knownthat Greece is currently undergoing a serious financial crisis and theunemployment rate is very high. As a result, right now we don’t have muchfree time to take up hobbies or to develop our talents. We spend most time ofthe day by either attending lessons or studying on our own.
Free-time activities On the left, the Maliaropoulio Theater, and on the right, the Cultural Center, two buildings, where many performances of all kinds take place. When we do manage to find some free time we like going out withfriends at bars and clubs, where we dance and drink some soft drinks,especially on Saturday nights. We also like listening to Greek and foreignmusic, watching TV and doing sports, mainly football, basketball andvolleyball or running. There isn’t a permanent theater in our city, but severaltheatrical performances take place from time to time; and of course there is amulti-cinema. Finally, most of us have a computer at home, so we spend sometime playing computer games, surfing on the net or communicating throughFacebook or by means of our mobile phones.
Our favourite sports On the left: The National Sports Center of Tripoli. On the right: The basketball team of Arkadikos. Although Greece is a small country (10 million inhabitants), it has alot of advanced sports facilities, and as a result, great athletes and greatteams in all sports. 2004 was a very successful year for us, because we wonthe European Cup in both football and basketball. And of course, it was in2004 that Greece held the Olympic Games; the Games actually returned totheir place of birth. The most famous Greek football teams are Olympiakosand Panathinaikos, in both football and basketball. Here in Tripoli manystudents of our school belong to local, amateur teams and we also haveschool teams who play with students from other cities of Peloponnese.
Asteras Tripolis Asteras means “star” in Ancient Greek; it’s “asteri’ in Modern Greek Although Tripoli is a small city, it has a football team called AsterasTripoli, which plays in the Super League. This has been a very old team, but itused to take part in the local championships. It is only during the five lastyears that a new president took up and found new sponsors, new players(even from aboard) and in general, helped the team to reach the standards ofthe A’ class teams. He even founded a Football Academy, with two teams, onefor children under 20 years old and one under 17, where young people get theappropriate training so as to join the big team one day. Many students of ourschool belong to the “under 17” team. You can read more about Asteras Tripolis at its website: http://www.asterastripolis.gr
Local Festivals Easter Festival at the Areos Square Most of the time we listen to modern music (pop and rock), yet wealso like our traditional music and dances, the most famous ones being“kalamatiano” and “tsamiko.” We also learn how to play several traditionalinstruments, like the bouzouki, the touberleki and the klarino. That is themusic that is still played at weddings and at the various festivals that areheld annually by the local municipality. Tripoli is well known for its EasterFestival, during which hundreds of local people and visitors gather at theAreos Square and taste lamp roasted on a spit as well as local wine.Similarly, each village around Tripoli has its own feast dedicated to a localproduct (cherries, potatoes, garlic, etc)
Traditional Food On the left: mousakas. On the right: Souvlaki, kalamaki Visiting Tripoli one can taste all the traditional Greek foods, such asmouzaka (potatoes and aubergines covered with cream), tomato andcucumber salad with a slice of a well known white Greek cheese called“feta,” as well as the one and only “Greek souvlaki,” that is, pieces of porkpierced by a stick. The region of Tripoli is also famous for different kinds ofhome-made pasta, “hilopites” and “trahana” that are accompanied by local,well-bred roosters and are healthy and full of energy. In general, the Greekpeople are in favour of what is called “a Mediterranean diet,” which involvesa lot of fresh vegetables, fruit and virgin olive oil.
A Greek Lesson On the left: the emblem of the University, Pelops on his horse-driven carriage Tripoli is also the seat of the recently (2002) founded University ofPeloponnese and it has two Faculties related to Technology. The other facultiesare in three other cities of Peloponnese, namely, Korinthos, Nafplio and Sparti. We are ending this presentation by teaching you a few Greek words:Greece – Poland, friends for ever: Ellada – Polonia, Fili gia pantaSchool: Sholio, 3rd General Lyceum of Tripoli : Trito Geniko Likio TripolisHello, how are you? : Gia sou, ti kanis (singular), Gia sas, ti kanete (plural)?Fine, thanks : Kala efharisto,Your country is beautiful: i hora sas ine omorfiGood morning, Good evening, Good night: Kalimera, Kalispera, KalinihtaWorld days: Pagosmies imeres, I love you : S’ agapo, Bye bye : AntioWe are waiting for your news: Perimenoume nea sas, Kisses: Filia._ You can read more about the University of Peloponnese at: www.uop.gr