"We want candidates to succeed in entering the gymnasium and ensure that they continue their studies along this path."
Olga Theofanidis on Rac and Pré-maturité class
Olga Theofanidis, a graduate of the University of Lausanne in Political Science and having followed various pedagogical training courses in the field of continuing education, joined the Lemania School in 1986 as head of administration and then of life-long learning. Since 2009, she has been in charge of the Swiss Maturité, the French Baccalaureate, and the Secondary I.
What is your role in Lemania, and how do you see it?
I am the Director of Secondary I and Secondary II for the Swiss Maturity and the French Baccalaureate. My role revolves around 3 axes. To ensure a targeted preparation, taking into account the specificities of each diploma or certificate. To be constantly attentive to the students and their parents, to make learning effective with a personalized supervision. Organize and maintain a pedagogical structure that respects the profile of each student.
Three keywords to characterize the Connection program and the Pre-Maturity semester?
Consolidation, deepening, choice are the key words concerning this crucial year. First of all, it is a question of consolidating the knowledge acquired through teaching focused on the main branches. Deepening is part of sustainable learning: we want candidates to succeed in entering the gymnasium and ensure that they continue their studies along this path. Important choices have to be made at the end of compulsory schooling. This year of preparation is the safest way to establish these choices.
What is the added value of the Connection and the Pre-Maturity semester?
The added value of the Connection and the Pre-Maturity semester at Lemania is the intensive English course, an undeniable asset to learn or deepen your knowledge of this critical language. Lemania also offers a wide variety of preparations. This allows us to orient our students according to their profile. On several occasions, we have successfully oriented a student towards the French Baccalaureate after a trial in Maturity, or towards the International Baccalaureate, or even towards a professional path.
What is the best time with your students?
Lemania offers tailor-made and rewarding care, so students often decide not to take the Rac exams but stay in Lemania for the rest of their studies. This is a moment of great satisfaction for us. For those who still take the exams, the announcement of their results in June is a compelling moment for them and us.
Why is an interview useful for interested students and parents?
I am always available for an interview because the interview with a future student is a privileged moment. It allows us to define a coherent study plan in line with the student’s profile.
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Olga Theofanidis, Director of the Maturité/Bac/Secondary School section