Palouriotissa Gymnasium is one of the oldest school, build in 1959 in the center of the capital city Nicosia. It suffered extended damages during the Turkish invasion in 1974 and reopened in 1975 to receive the refugees students who came here from the occupied areas. Today the building is shared between the Upper Secondary (Palouriotissa Lyceum) and the Lower Secondary (Palouriotissa Gymnasium).The school is situated in a rather disadvantaged area with many refugees and immigrants. Now we have students from 28 different countries. We have 460 students and 70 teachers. Our student’s ages are between 12 and 15.
Our priorities are to minimize social exclusion, racism and avoid early school leaving. We have special programs for the newcomer’s students for learning the Greek language and we offer support in lessons as language and math’s. We also work on different activities that have to do with the European Dimension (e-twinning and European competitions), sports, voluntarism, environmental issues, culture and we are open to any activity that adds to the formation of proper European Citizens.