Athens and our beloved school - Lycée Franco

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The history of the LFH ED
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Succeeding to the small school "Collaros" installed without status in the premises of the French Institute of
Athens, on Sina Street, the creation of the Lycée Franco-Héllénique resulted of political will and agreement of
two Heads of State: Mr. Karamanlis and Giscard d'Estaing in 1974. The rapprochement they wanted, between
the two educational systems and, beyond, between the cultures of both countries was realized in 1975 by an
exchange of letters between the governments and, by the provision of a land, thanks to the Hellenic state, the
same year, to build a school, meant to be half French, half Greek. Because of the fact that a foreign state could
not benefit from a long lease of 99 years, a Franco-Hellenic Association for Education (AFHE) was created and
included figures attached to the development of cultural ties between the two countries and also to the
strength of the use of French in Greece. The construction of the school finally started in 1978 and everything
was ready in 1981.
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In 1986, an international agreement was reached between the two governments, creating the LFH as a foreign
school, organized using a framework statute published in the Official Gazette of Greece in 1988. This status
framework was accompanied by an agreement by which the AFHE, an association of Greek law, yielded to the
French Association for Education in Greece (AEFG), an association under French law with headquarters in
Paris, the management of LFH. This AEFG chaired until 1990, by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. With the creation of the Agency for French Teaching Abroad, its director became the President of the
Association Manager of the LFH. In July 1990, appeared in the French “Journal Officiel” the decree number 90541, promulgating the agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the
Hellenic Republic on the LFH. Two agreements were, then, signed between the AEFE and the AEFG, between
1993 and 1996. These agreements specified the conditions for provision of the staff, the management training,
the place and the articulation of the French section and the Greek section, the terms of the grant award by the
French State, the conditions of payment, considering the staff, as well as other conditions. In this context, the
Council of administration of the LFH’s management Association meets once a year in Paris or in Athens, under
the chairmanship of the director of the Agency. Finally, in 2008, the board adopted, as the name of the school:
Lycée Franco-Héllénique Eugène Delacroix.
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The LFH ED statutorily includes two sections: a French one (K, elementary school, middle school, high
school) and a Greek one, which consists of a Hellenic gymnasium and high school. The rules in force since 9697, approved by the Greek authorities, are common. The harmonization and alignment time of the school
calendar were made in 96-97. The teaching of French is taught more intensively in the Hellenic section.
Conversely, Modern Greek is taught at all levels in the French section. A validation of skills in Greek is
organized by the University of Athens, a validation of the French language skills is the DELF and DALF. Much
work is done in the area of school life to "living together" and not in parallel, students in both sections. The
LFH ED is one of the schools of the AEFE network. Under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this network,
present in over 130 countries enrolls in its 430 schools over 240 000 French and foreign students. It aims to
ensure the public education service for French children who do not live in France and to contribute to the
influence of the French language and culture in particular with the reception of foreign students. Apart from
that, it aims to participate in strengthening the relations of cooperation between French and foreign education
systems and to help families cover the costs of education, including scholarships to French children. Finally, it
aims to promote the results of foreign students by awarding scholarships.
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LFHED EVENTS
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Our school is the successor to the small school "Collaros" which was installed in the premises
of the French Institute of Athens at SINA Street. The creation of the Lycée FrancoHellenique result of political will and agreement between the Greek prime minister and the
French president: Mr. Karamanlis and Mr. Giscard d'Estaing in 1974. The Hellenic state gave a
land to the French State and the construction of the school was realized from 1978 to 1981. As
the years passed by more and more events started to take place in LFHED.
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Lots of events have taken place in our school such as cultural events, sport events, historical
celebrations and even parties (Halloween, Carnival etc...). Each year plenty of sport
competitions are held in our school, students are competing in football, basketball, volleyball,
dance and ping pong! At the end of each school year, the elementary school’s choir presents us
a show and BIFIDUS, the school’s band, where teachers and students participate, performs a
concert. Other events less important take place as well. Although the most important event
that has ever taken place, is the school’s 30th anniversary.
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The event of the 30th anniversary took place on the 3rd of May 2011. Many important people
were invited to that special night! After our principal’s speech a diner reception was held and
then we celebrated with plenty of music and fireworks! This day was written to our school’s
history and will always be remembered.
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Antoine Farran,
Theophile Contargirys,
Paul Evangelopoulos and
Stylianos Grigoriadis
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Sofia Yazitzoglou 2e1
Tuesday, January 31st 2012
English
American elements integrated in the Greek culture
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For the past twenty years or so, Greece has gone into a phase of transformation, trying to follow
the example of many other European countries. In as slow but steady pace it has integrated quite a
few American elements in its society.
McDonald’s is probably the best example to start with. In 1991, the first restaurant opened in
downtown Athens, followed by a second one in 1992. Since then, the fast food chain has developed
more than 29 restaurants all over Greece. In recent years it has even created a variety of meals
exclusively for the Greek consumers, to suit the country’s traditional meals. Continuing with food,
I should refer to frozen yogurt, which I believe is quite popular in California. Well, in the last,
approximately, five years, it has become a much enjoyed snack by the Greek. Even though it still
has a long way to go before becoming as famous as it is in the United States, there are a few shops,
mostly in Athens that offer this healthy and tasty refreshment. The concept is American, but the
yogurt and some of the toppings relate to Greek traditional products, such as the “gliko tou
koutaliou” which literally means “dessert on a spoon” and looks a like marmalade with fruits.
Finally, cupcakes. Just like, frozen yogurt, they are not as famous with the Greek public, but there
are quite a few connoisseurs and the five or six shops in Athens prove it. Unlike frozen yogurt, no
changes have been made on this particular dessert.
Moving on with TV and cinema. Greece, has developed in recent years an equivalent to many
American shows such as “America’s got talent” which has become “I ellada exei talento” (Greece’s
got talent), WIPEOUT, “American Idol” which has become “Greek Idol” and finally, “America’s
Next Top Model” which is called “Next Top Model” in Greece. The idea, however, remains faithful
to the original program. As for cinema, Greece is one of the few countries in Europe that doesn’t
dub the movies, except for a few, and mostly cartoons. So, in order to understand, most of the
Greeks are fluent in English.
These are just a few of the topics concerning the main subject, but they are the most noticeable
ones as well as the most integrated ones. As you can see, globalization affects everyone, and Greece
is no exception.
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Popular Greek tale for little children!
Once upon a time in a small village, there was a poor
fisherman who was trying all night to catch a fish but
he could not. When the dawn came he was saying to
himself :< Oh my God! What a misery! I’ve got such a
bad luck! My children are going to die>. But suddenly
he felt that a fish had bitten the bait. He brought it up
and he saw a gold fish. All of a sudden he heard a
voice whispering:<Throw the fish in the sea and
something good will happen to you.>He threw it and
then he heard the same voice again telling him :<What
do you want me to do for you?>He replied:<I want to
go home and find some food! >.He went home and
found a house plenty of food. He told his wife the story
and she told him to ask for a castle. The next day he
went fishing and found the same fish. He asked the
voice for a castle and when he went home, his house
had become a beautiful palace. His wife told him next
time to ask the voice to become a queen and a king. He
went again and did the same things. But when he went
home he found a cave and his children hungry.
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Poems
The died torrent:
The torrent runs, the torrent lives, the torrent kills
The river is its friend, the rocks also
The torrent rumbles, the torrent dies
Friends of the torrent cry,
Enemies of the torrent dance.
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Incredible:
Cat in the sun rubs his lashes, dolphins diving into the sky and bats
and eagles flying into the sea. The garden is filled with thousand roses
with a thousand colors. The sun shines like a thousand fires and the
moon, herself, is magnificent. Dressed in pink silk and tulle star, the
bride enters.
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From summer to autumn:
The summer has left its coat of sun, sleep and honey. And clothed
himself with brown, orange and we have to suffer with his sinister
grumbles. Heres come the chestnut cream and roasted chestnuts with
honey. The summer has left his coat of sun, sunburn, sleep in the sun,
and honey for an autumn without brown or honey color birds. The
bee’s stopped to produce honey and now spin wool by listening to the
fiddle. The summer has left his coat of sun and honey.
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How do crazy people go through the forest?
They take the psycho path
What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long?
Polaroids
What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?
A stick
What do you call cheese that isn't yours?
Nacho Cheese
What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite
Where do you find a dog with no legs?
Right where you left him
Why don't blind people like to sky dive?
Because it scares the heck out of the dog
What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic?
Sanka
Why does a pilgrim's pants always fall down?
Because they wear their belt buckle on their hat
What's the difference between a bad golfer and a bad skydiver?
A bad golfer goes, WHACK! "Darn."
A bad skydiver goes, "Darn." WHACK!
What do you call a man with a car on his head?
Jack
How do you catch a unique rabbit?
Unique up on it!
How do you catch a tame rabbit?
Tame way, unique up on it!
What do you call skydiving lawyers?
Skeet
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Pastitsio (spaghetti) with meat and béchamel sauce):
Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
2 lbs. ground beef (or ground lamb, or a mixture of both)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 14 oz. can tomato puree or sauce
3 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tbsp. breadcrumbs
500g or ziti penne
4 beaten egg whites (reserve the yolks for béchamel sauce)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
For the béchamel sauce:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 quart milk, warmed
8 egg yolks, beaten lightly
a pinch of ground nutmeg
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Ingredients:
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup Greek yogurt, strained
1 cup sour cream
2 cucumbers, peeled and grated
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill
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Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter
(margarine for vegan/dairy free)
2 cups (510 grams) brown sugar, packed
1 cup (250 ml) light corn syrup or maple syrup
1 14-ounce can (396 grams) sweetened condensed
milk (vegan versions available)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Orange food coloring (optional)
Orange shoestring licorice (optional)
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Meringues:
6 egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 sugar
Raspberry curd:
1 container (6 oz or 170 g) raspberries
1 1/4 c (250 g) sugar
4 egg yolks
1 stick (8 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 (60 ml) fresh lemon juicePinch of salt
Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream and fresh fruit for serving, if
desired.

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