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All Greek schools have the same school calendar. Start and end dates vary a little depending on the day the date falls on and the variations in public holidays. All Greek school have long summer breaks, as well as breaks over Christmas, New Year and at Easter.
|School Year 2014/2015|
|Back to school||1 September 2014|
|Christmas holidays||24 December 2014 to 7 January 2015|
|Easter holidays||6 April to 19 April 2015|
|Summer holidays begin||16 June 2015. For Secondary School: End of June examination period (varies)|
Note: School terms that begin on a Friday are usually pushed back to the following Monday. Summer holiday dates may change and are confirmed nearer the time.
|Other Special Dates|
|Ochi Day||28 October: commemorates Greece saying "No" to Italy's demand for surrender during World War II|
|Independence Day||25 March: Greece celebrates its independence from the Ottoman Turks|
On both of these days school children wear uniforms and take part in marches (this happens throughout the country). Depending on the size and location of a school, not all students march every year. The students taking part are selected at least a month before the march.
Foreign students may not be expected to take part in a march: this can be confirmed with a child's school directly.
Although the following dates are officially full school days, many schools hold some sort of celebration or prepare for the following day's celebrations.
In some schools, the day may be very short, for example one hour, while others may hold a full day of classes. Each school provides information in advance. Schools often ask that a parent or family member attend the celebration.
In some areas, schools will be closed on the local saint's day.
During elections, many schools are used as polling stations. During this time there are no classes and the schools are closed.
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