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School Holidays in Cyprus
When the children are on holiday: the school term dates you need to know in Cyprus...
The Cyprus school year follows the three term system with vacation breaks in summer, the Christmas/New Year period and the Greek Orthodox Easter period falling in spring. Most English-curriculum schools have a mid-term break of one week in October and February.
- The school year includes registration days
- Some primary schools named after a Saint are closed on the corresponding Saint's day
- The Minister of Education and Culture (MOEC) may choose to change the dates for educational benefit reasons
- The school year can officially begin on any of the first ten days of September. The exact date is set each year by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Secondary school vacation dates vary from district to district, and private international schools have different dates for their school holidays.
Note: Please always check with the relevant school to confirm the holiday dates.
General Guide to School Holidays in Cyprus
|Back to School||8 September 2014
|Cyprus Independence Day||1 October
|Ochi Day||28 October
|Christmas Holidays||23 December 2014 - 6 January 2015|
|Three Holy Hierarchs||30 January holiday|
|Green Monday (Clean Monday)||First Monday of Lent
|Easter Break||6 April 2015 - 9 April 2015
|Greek Independence Day||25 March holiday|
|Greek Cypriot National Day||1 April holiday|
|Labour Day/May Day||1 May holiday|
|School year ends||17 June 2015 (Summer vacation from 18 June 2015 to 11 September 2015)
Private School Dates
This is a rough guide to the dates of private international schools' terms for the school year. Please note that term dates are approximate, as each private school has its own timetable.
Private International Schools
|September term begins||Late August to early September
|October half term break||Last week of October|
|December break||Third week of December to end of the first week of January|
|Half term break||One week between late February and early March|
|Easter holiday||One week
|Summer break||From third week of June