Primary School

Student Council accredits ESK as a Sun Safe School

School council is very excited to share that we are an accredited Sun Safe School! Students are well-versed in sun safety, always wearing their hats, putting on sun cream, staying hydrated, and hanging out under the trees.

Students represent ESK at Think Clean event

Year 4 students Ela and Mehmet represented ESK at the President’s Estate for an event themed ‘Think Clean’. The event included a Biologist who spoke with students about the importance of saving our environment and being resourceful, and giving an opportunity for students to draw what they want their world to look like. Ela and Mehmet did a stunning job, actively listening to the speeches, introducing themselves to Mrs. Akinci, and thanking all of the organisers for a wonderful event.

ESK Students receive 2nd and 3rd place in Poetry Competition
Interschool Swimming Competition

Over the past two days, Primary and Secondary students have been representing ESK at the Interschool Swimming Competition. Congratulations Sezi Balaban, Sayman Demirciler, Sanem Kutlu, Mert Tursoy, Azra Yagmur, Sedef Filiz Arpaci, Arda Cengizer, Serra Soydan, Dimitrii Kazantsev, Erol Ozcelik, Kuzey Cihanoglu, Arin Tursoy, Abdallah Oguz El Erain, and Elis Demirciler. All of the students did a fantastic job swimming their hardest and cheering for one another.

Congratulations to the students listed below who finished in the top three:

Serra: 3rd in the 100 Meter Freestyle, 3rd in the 50 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd in the 100 Meter Breaststroke.
Arin: 3rd in the 50 Meter Breaststroke 
Arda: 3rd in the 50 Meter Butterfly
Sanem: 2nd in the 100 Meter Backstroke, 2nd in the 200 Meter Backstroke, 2nd in the 50 Meter Backstroke.
Mert: 1st in the 50 Meter Breaststroke and the Record Holder, and 1st in the 200 Meter Breaststroke and the Record Holder, 1st in the 100 M Breaststroke, 2nd in the 50 Meter Freestyle.

Arda Cengizer and Mert Tursoy qualified to represent ESK in the National Swimming Competition in Turkey in June! #exceptionalesk#esklions

Primary Chess Tournament

The art and history of chess date back to the early 1500s. Our Year 3 and 4 students, Masal, Duru, and Akasya were magnificent in the skills and tactics they displayed playing this age-old game during their Chess Tournament.

Please help us in congratulating Masal, Duru, Akasya for finishing 4th place out of 21 teams!

Ten Exceptional Years

The English School of Kyrenia opened in 2008, however, the story of ESK starts long before that.

On January 27th, 1964, Mr Hasan Nevzat, Fehim Nevzat’s Father, along with Mr Behzat Gursel and Mr Mahmut Islamoglu opened the first English School for Turkish Cypriots to ensure they received a high-quality education.  That school is open today and has been renamed Turk Maarif Koleji.

Once the plan to open an accredited school was implemented, finding land for the school was important and a very meticulous process.  In the end, the decision to build a school on the Bellapais land seemed like destiny.  The land belonged to Fehim Efendi, the grandfather of Fehim Nevzat.  In 1934 Fehim Efendi donated the land to a charitable foundation also know as Vakif.  Upon looking at the history of the land Fehim and Bilge Nevzat discovered the connection, and the decision became simple.  The land in Bellapais was the perfect space for their school.

As everything fell in place, ESK was ready to open in 2008 and for the first year, the school was located on Mustafa Cagatay Caddesi.  A year later The English School of Kyrenia moved to the permanent campus in Bellapais.  Since then, the campus has grown substantially with the addition of the Eco-Building and the Boarding House.

Today, founders Fehim and Bilge Nevzat claim they have 171 children and 958 grandchildren.  A family business carries a different meaning to them- they attribute the success of ESK to their advisors, staff, and the students.

The late Hasan Nevzat’s dream to begin a world-class school quickly became a reality we now call The English School of Kyrenia.  Dreams have come true with ESK graduates attending top Universities around the world including the University of Cambridge, UCL, LSE, Imperial, and Smith College (to name a few).

We look forward to see the accomplishments for the next hundred years.



The New Entrance to the Library

ESK student Hazal Otun Say spent four weeks this summer revamping the library door, and the finished product is amazing! Hazal’s goal was to give students the feeling of curiosity and possibility as they entered the library.

Her plan for the entrance was extremely well thought out. She picked coy fish because they symbolize good fortune, they show determination in the Chinese culture, and Buddhists believe they symbolize courage. The details around the door include photos of influential people in the world, and in Cyprus. As a thank you, Ms Ucarturk held an unveiling and thank you party for Hazal.