Nea Peramos Kavala Senior High School is a State General Education School offering its students a three-year curriculum of both general education subjects and orientation subjects, with the three orientations being Humanities, Science and Technology. It is on the orientation subjects that the students are tested at the end of their third year through National Exams in order to enter Tertiary Education.
The school is a small educational unit of 20 teachers and 180 students ranging in age from 15 to 18. It is located in a coastal, rural, agricultural area of significant historical and archaeological interest, which make it a popular tourist destination especially during the summer.
The school places considerable emphasis on enriching its students’ learning experiences and opening up to the community and broader society. To that end, it has actively participated in educational projects on a local, national and European level. Examples of such activities include: participating in a Comenius project (2010-12), hosting the National Phycology Conference in April 2014, entering national competitions on Maths, Biology and Poetry & Literature as well as European ones like the Juvenes Translatores in November 2014, where one of the students was the winner for Greece.
Finally, it should be noted that the students’ computer literacy and foreign language proficiency are developed through lessons on Informatics and English taught at a B2 -C1 level respectively.
Nea Peramos Senior High School has had an active drama club for the last seven years. Thus, since 2008 they have mounted both full-theatre productions and shorter-scale projects, while they are currently preparing for the end-of-year performance of a modern Greek play. Additionally, they regularly cooperate with and seek the help and advice of experienced theatre practitioners, the Municipal Theatre of Kavala and other theatre groups.
As regards film-making, various school projects have shot short-length films to advance their goals, one of which – about biodiversity, was awarded a prize in a national contest. Obviously, the school’s participation in the SAFTAS project will urge its well-motivated students to eagerly engage in film-making and enhance their practices.
The persons that will be directly involved in the project are a teacher of English, two teachers of the Greek Language and Literature and a teacher of Informatics. The first three have had in-service training and attended seminars from external bodies about theatre in education as well as process- and product-drama practices. The fourth teacher, who also holds an Electrical Engineering University degree, can contribute, with his expertise on computers and advanced technology, to the demands of film-making. All four teachers are also an ardent theatre and cinema audience.