Class Of 2015


Bang in summer and off on our jollies..

But, we couldn’t leave until we had a little chat about the Class of 2015..

Over the years at Friends Corner we have watched many a kid bloom.

This year, our Class of 2015 grew into a forest of amazement. 

We’ll be saying goodbye to those who are moving on to ‘big school’, and we’ll be welcoming back those who will make up the ‘Class of 2016′ on their return in September.

Here, I’d like to pay homage to these wonderful little people who have blessed our Clubhouse, and our lives, this past school year.

Fay, Phoebe, Emilia, Odyssea, Elli, Kyriakos, our two Stamatis’, Ben, Leonidas, Angelos, Isaiah, and three sets of siblings; Nikos & Maya, Thomas & Alice, and Thanos & Konstantinos, have all graced our premises over the year, and have enjoyed interacting with the ‘everyday’ kids who make up the Class of 2015.

Older and younger siblings of the Friends Corner little ones also add to the beauty of the place when they visit, so a deserved ‘shout-out’ to Leon, Maisie, Iasona, Nelly, Maya, Yasmin, Marylou, Joseph and Soffia – Thanks for brightening up the Clubhouse and inspiring us with your uniqueness.

And, that Class of 2015 I was telling you about.. ..where do I begin..

I’ll start with Little J, whose beautiful curls are as wild and free as his energy ..and his appetite!

Running around, he passes Aristotelis who, on his bike, is beaming away. A beautiful smile that can light up a million rooms.

Costis is not far behind, he’ll lovingly serve you the best playdough pancakes you ever did see.

Beside him in the play kitchen, you’ll find Bella, holding on to the counter top – proud – as she prepares to take her first steps.

In the ‘grown-up’ kitchen, fiery and independent Danae is hanging out and, at just two years old, she can squeeze you an orange juice and peel you a boiled egg.

Ioli’s singing away through Song Time. She loves to dance and sing.. and smile.

Sweet, special Myrto is there too. Clapping her hands to the rhythm. A truly beautiful soul.

Little Nikos is kicking a ball. Our fair-play footballer in the making. Petros is beside him; guiding him – a true gentleman.

Elektra‘s over there, playing Princesses & Fairies with Izabella and Anastasia. These three have just sprinkled their happy dust and are flying in sparkles.

A smiling Thomas is running around, a great observer. He pauses as Steve bounds in. He needs no introduction, his laughter can be heard a mile off.

Marlon loves role-play. He’s over there pretending to be a tiger. He’s a real master of amateur dramatics.. and ever so sweet.

Adam is here too. As he should be. He’s the boss! The place runs better when he’s around.

And, finally, there’s Ilida, who despite being primarily Greek-speaking, will never leave without the most beautiful “bye bye”, to one and all.

These children are supreme. Top of the top. 

For the sake of this post, I have tried to find the right words. But, no amount of simple prose, or indeed great literary work, can properly describe these incredible little human beings.

You are the Class of 2015

..and you have rocked our world.

Dream big, little ones. We love you, we’ll miss you, and we thank you.

You have been the greatest teachers to us all.

Now.. let’s get out there. It’s summer o’clock!

Until next time..

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”

– Winnie the Pooh 


The Friends Corner Summer Book Party


We do like a party over at Friends Corner. And, mixed with our love of summer, and books, we decided to put all three together and come up with this: 

The Friends Corner Summer Book Party.

Alongside our good friends at Usborne, and with your help, we’ll be setting up a table of yummy food as well as an Usborne pop-up stall. 

Manned by Felicia, where you can browse, purchase and/or order children’s books, the Usborne pop-up stall has got you covered. 

Our Summer Book Party will take place at the Friends Corner clubhouse on Thursday 25 June, between 11:00-15:30, and is open to all.

In order to make the buffet table a feast for all, please bring along a savoury dish and a nice healthy appetite. 

Please join us with your little ones for this sweet summer jolly. 

Let the fun begin!

Here comes the sun..


A Thank You Note


Summertime has hit us, and we’ve wrapped up the school year here at Friends Corner – and, what a blast we’ve had!

So many people have played a huge part in making a success of another great year at this precious club of ours.

First and foremost, absolutely nothing is possible without the support from you; our members, visitors and friends. To all of you – Thank you.

With you, we finished up the school year with The Friends Corner Summer Fair. A fun, family event held in aid of the Club.

We had music, singing, yummy food and cakes, Yoga with Ariadne, crafts and face painting (paintmeathens@gmail.com), as well as some wonderful raffle prizes. 

All this only possible thanks to the generous souls who gave their time, donations and nous – Thank you.

The Friends Corner Team™, and all volunteers who grafted in arranging the Summer Fair and making sure that everyone was accomadated – Thank you.

All those who donated prizes for the Raffle – Thank you. They are:

Ariadne Hotel • Gold Art (gtsour@gmail.com) • Perivoli stin Vari • Cava FaidonEpic Day SpaCooking To ShareThe GeorgeiNetworkSklavenitisOenotria LandUsborne Books 

Gratitude, as always, also goes to our Advisors and Supporters, who are there for us throughout the school year – Thank you.

And, then, we find ourselves here..

..the part of this blog post where a super special THANK YOU is hollered.

This part is for Mina..

With the close of this school year, Mina is leaving us, as her own little girl moves onto ‘Big School’ and their family turn a new page.

Two years ago, Friends Corner changed hands. A new president and committee were put in place, the Clubhouse refurbished, and a new lease of life took its first breath.

Mina, a Friends Corner alumnus of nearly 30 years prior, answered our prayers when she agreed to take on the role of ‘teacher’ for the play group Morning Programme.

There are not enough words to express what Mina has meant to our “Little School”, but it is fair to say that she left an unforgettable impression on those she guided over these two years.

Thank you, Mina. For your time, your care, your laughter..for being part of this journey with us. For everything.

I will personally never forget the time we all went on a field trip to the beach, as part of one of the Morning Programme themes..

Mina had just acquired a new mobile phone and was given the job of taking photos of the day on it. Still getting used to her new phone, there really was something special about Mina having taken 25 eye-squinting ‘selfies’ because she didn’t know the camera was turned the other way, and couldn’t see the screen from the sunlight.

Ahh, memories of Mina at Friends Corner.. That one is up there with the time someone came along to enquire about the Club, and I explained that the lady lying on the ground doing bicycle kicks in the air with the kids – while wearing a belly dancer’s belt (don’t ask!) – is the ‘teacher’. *am still laughing*

Thank you, Mina. We will remember your time with us always. We’ll miss you, pal.

As for us..

We’ll be open throughout most of the summer for crafts, free play and splashing about in the paddling pools outside.

We’ll be there; happy, probably soaking wet, and waiting for you. So, come on over.

Until next time..

You are amazing.. Remember that.