Palouriotissa Gymnasium is one of
the oldest schools in the center of the capital, Nicosia. It
suffered extended damages during the
Turkish invasion in 1974 and
reopened in 1975 to receive the refugee students who came here from
the occupied areas.
Today, the building is shared
between the Upper Secondary (Palouriotissa Lyceum) and the Lower
Gymnasium). The school is situated
in a disadvantaged area with many refugees and immigrants We have
460 students and 70 teachers. About one third of the students come
from mixed marriages and half of them are immigrants.
Our priorities are to minimize
social exclusion and early school leaving. We have special
programmes for the newcomers where we offer support in Greek and
Maths . Another priority is to raise the levels of academic
knowledge and prepare them for the Upper Secondary School. We also
work on different activities that have to do with the European
Dimension (E -twinning and other European competitions) sports,
voluntarism, environmental issues, culture and we are open to any
activity that adds to the formation of European Citizens.
We use different approaches and
extra curricular activities for our students such as competitions,
music events , theatre, art, voluntarism, visits to museums and
other places of interest, and we help them publish a school
newspaper and magazine. We encourage them to be active members of
their school community and their representatives take part in the
administration meetings once a month.