School Bulletin #12 – 26th April 2019


  • Monday 29th April: Year 10 IGCSE Accelerated Maths Exam - Paper 2
  • Monday 29th April: Year 8B Estudios Sociales trip to Mezquita de Omar - 9am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 30th April: Year 10 IGCSE Accelerated Maths Exam - Paper 4
  • Tuesday 30th April: Year 2 IPC trip to the Planetarium, UCR - 9am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 30th April: Year 8C Estudios Sociales trip to Mezquita de Omar - 9am to 2pm
  • Wednesday 1st May: HOLIDAY - Labour Day.  School closed
  • Thursday 2nd May: Primary Parent Workshop: Instituto de Investigaciones Psicológicas (UCR) - 8am to 9am
  • Thursday 2nd May: Year 9C Estudios Sociales trip to Mezquita de Omar - 9am to 2pm
  • Friday 3rd May: Early Years 1 IEYC trip to Energym, Escazu Village - 10am to 1pm
  • Friday 3rd May: Early Years 3 IEYC trip to Parque La Montaña - 8am to 9:15am
  • Friday 3rd May: Year 4 Spanish trip to Mirador de Orosi - 8:15am to 1:15pm
  • Friday 3rd May: Year 9 Visual Arts trip to the Gold Museum - 9am to 12:30pm
  • Friday 3rd May: Primary Maths Olympiad – Escuela Yorkin - 2:30pm a 4:30pm
  • Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of May: Expedición D. of. E. trip al Parque Prusia, Irazú


SPORTS FESTIVAL RACE: There are still a number of spaces available for students to inscribe in our upcoming annual Grand Race which is on the 11th of May (part of our Sports Festival).  The deadline for students to inscribe at the Caja is Friday 26th of April at 1pm.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept any more adults/parents inscriptions due to the requirements of our INS insurance policy.

SODA BALANCE: At present, the only way to check the balance of your child’s account at the soda is by sending an email to or a message  via WhatsApp to 7268-8590. Please include your child’s full name and class. The company that operates the soda is planning to implement a digital system whereby parents will receive an email for every transaction that will also include the account balance. We will provide you with further information on this change when we receive it from Newrest.


PHOTO WEEK SCHEDULES:  Year group and individual photos will be taken over the next two weeks. Each year group is assigned a day for their photos, both as a year group and as individuals. Students who are absent for the year group photo will, unfortunately, not be included.  Individual photos will be taken at a later date for students that are absent on their assigned day.

Monday 29th April - Year 2
Tuesday 30th April - Year 5
Wednesday 1st May - School closed
Thursday 2nd May - Year 4
Friday 3rd May - Year 3
Monday 6th May - Year 1
Tuesday 7th May - Early Years 1
Wednesday 8th May - Early Years 3
Thursday 9th May - Early Years 2

 UCR IIP STUDY:  We have received an invitation to collaborate in an investigative project named “Aprendiendo a dar mejores razones” in coordination with the University of Costa Rica and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in France. We would appreciate the support of the school community and the participation of the children. An information meeting for interested primary parents will be held on Thursday 2nd May, starting at 8.10am in the school auditorium.

HEAD LICE:  Parents are requested to take preventative action concerning head lice to reduce the number of infestations that the school has. Parents can do this by regularly checking their child’s head for lice and applying an appropriate treatment, if necessary. If you find lice or their eggs in your child’s hair, please contact the infirmary so that the school can take the necessary steps to prevent lice spreading further.


SECONDARY PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS: these will take place on Tuesday 7th of May between 12:30pm and 3:00pm.

Y10 ECONOMICS STUDENTS VISIT THE GOLD MUSEUM: The week before Semana Santa holidays the Year 10 Economics group of 40 students visited the new and improved Numismatic section of the Gold Museum put on by the BCCR.   Students were able to explore and understand the function, use and historical progression of physical currency in Costa Rica.   There was a new addition to the museum which focused specifically on the art and development of paper currency which was well received.  We hope to continue this trip in subsequent years for all economics students.

CUBA TRIP 2019: During the first week of the Easter holidays, the school made a third visit to Cuba.  In total 16 students and 4 teachers travelled from San Jose to Havana to spend a week immersed in the culture of this unique Caribbean island.  A group of students spent their mornings visiting museums and places of historical interest, while two smaller subject specific groups spent their mornings studying with Art and Music teachers from ‘Instituto Superior de los Artes’, Havana’s University of the Arts and at the International School of Havana working alongside IS Havana students there.

The IB Art students were fortunate to be in Havana at the start of 2019 Art Biennale 13th edition ‘Construction of the Possible’. They viewed many diverse Cuban and international artists and their work exhibited throughout Havana and had the fortunate opportunity to meet and interview international artists such as French muralist J.R. On the final night in Havana in the grounds of the hotel, the music students had the wonderful opportunity to perform alongside their Cuban tutors to a very appreciative audience. Other highlights of the week included a day trip to Viñales, ‘salsa’ dance classes and a workshop on Cuban percussion that both the students and teachers really enjoyed.

Throughout the week, the students were excellent ambassadors for both The British School and for Costa Rica and all teachers were proud to be with them, experiencing the culture and the inspiring environment of Havana.

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