School Bulletin #18 – 7th June 2019

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Saturday 8th June: Duke of Edinburgh (Silver) expedition to Rincón de la Vieja - departs at 8:00 am
  • Monday 10th June: Year 5 Art Exhibition - Children’s Museum at 8:45 am
  • Monday 10th June: Duke of Edinburgh (Silver) expedition - returns from Rincón de la Vieja at 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11th June: Year 10 Geography Trip to Playa Mantas, Puntarenas - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11th June: Talent Show - 6:30 pm - Auditorium
  • Wednesday 12th June: Primary Sports Day
  • Wednesday 12th June: Last day of Semester 1 - all classes finish at 12:00 pm
  • Monday 15th July: First day of Semester 2

WHOLE SCHOOL

END OF SEMESTER BUS ARRANGEMENTS: The last day of the first semester is Wednesday 12th of June and all students will be finishing at 12:00 pm.  As a result, there can be no changes made to buses, bus routes or special tickets.

EVACUATION DRILL: On Tuesday 4th of June at 12:30 pm, we undertook our second emergency procedure drill of the year by conducting a campus evacuation.  We are delighted to report that all members of the community, upon hearing the signal, proceeded to the designated evacuation area in a quick and orderly fashion.  Regular drills such as this one are extremely important for us to not only check our emergency procedures but also to ensure that our community members know what they should be doing in the event of a real emergency.

NEW CAMPUS PRESENTATIONS: Many thanks to all members of our community who attended the new campus presentations on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.  We will continue to provide you with regular updates as we continue with the process of designing and building our new campus.

STREET GUARD: We have been having problems with the supposed guard in the street to the West of the school who was becoming increasingly aggressive and demanding that parents pay him, not only for his service of guarding cars, but also for the right of passage down the road. The police arrested him and took him away on Thursday.  Unfortunately, he will probably return sooner or later.  If he does return, we can only suggest that parents stand firm and absolutely refuse to pay him anything.  We know this will take some courage but it appears to be the only way to discourage him is by making his endeavours fruitless. We would also suggest that if parents are threatened in such a way that it constitutes robbery (with menaces), then they should call the police immediately.

ENGLISH CLASES (and EXAMINATIONS): After the mid-year holidays, we hope to offer external classes, reinforcing our own younger students' English and preparing older students for the IELTS and possibly Cambridge Assessment examinations.  The IELTS examinations, often an overseas university entrance requirement, are conducted on a regular basis in our school Auditorium at weekends.  The classes will take place after 3 p.m.  They will not be part of the School's Official programme; we shall be paying the teachers separately for teaching these classes and we are seeking qualified EFL/ESL teachers to present them.

PRIMARY

AFTER SCHOOL CARE: After School Care will be in operation on Wednesday 12th of June, from 12:00 pm for Early Years and Primary students.

PRIMARY SPORTS DAY: On the last day of this semester (Wednesday 12th of June), all Early Years and Primary students will be involved in the annual Sports Day.  Students from Early Years 3 - Year 5 will be competing in house teams so they should wear a t-shirt of the colour of their House, together with their PE shorts and trainers. Early Years 1 and Early Years 2 students can wear comfortable clothes for sporting activities.  Please also send your child to school with a hat and water bottle.  All items should be labelled with the child’s name and class.

GREEN WEEK (22 - 26 JULY): Next quarter in Week 2 we will have Green Week, when we will focus on environmental themes within our learning.  It would be wonderful to see what we, as a community, are doing to help our local and global environment.  Therefore we are asking each child in Primary, at the beginning of next quarter, to bring in a photograph/drawing with caption showing something they and their family do that shows they care for the planet - perhaps a litter pick? Reducing/reusing/recycling/refusing single-use plastic?  Reducing our carbon footprint?  We will put your contributions together as an inspiring school display.

NATIONAL SPORTS GAMES 2019: Congratulations to Ariana Carvajal Jaikel of Year 4A, who participated last Sunday in the qualifiers for the National Sports Games 2019 in the discipline of Artistic Gymnastics, classifying in beam, all-around and by teams, for Escazú.

EARLY YEARS 3 AND YEAR 1 LUNCHES: Taking into account feedback from various members of the School community, we will be implementing an extended lunch in Early Years 3 and Year 1 after the holidays.  Students will be provided with 15 minutes to each lunch together, as a class, in their classroom.  After this time, they will have their regular 30 minutes break to play. This will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - students will still leave at 12:00 pm on Wednesdays.  The purpose is to provide students with a place to sit and eat properly without having to worry about missing their play time.  It will also give the teachers an opportunity to support students with their eating and make sure that they are eating properly.  We ask for parent support by sending appropriate, healthy lunches to school that your children will eat.  There will still be no access to microwaves to heat food.  Students that eat lunch from the soda will continue to do so in the Soda, under supervision.  This is a trial implementation for us to evaluate its effectiveness, but also the impact on the loss of academic learning time.

LOST AND FOUND: As of Monday 10th of June, all items from both the Primary and Secondary Lost and Found cupboards will be located in the room between the cashier and the bus company, in the administration building. Any items not collected by Friday 14th of June will be donated or disposed of.

SECONDARY

MEXICO – 2020: If you have students in Year 7 or 8, you will already have received a letter with information about our upcoming trip to Mexico in April 2020.  We will be holding an information meeting for interested parents on Monday 10th of June at 3:00 pm in room 29.  The meeting will be held in Spanish.  Also for any parents who have not yet paid a deposit to secure you place on this trip we will be extending the deadline for paying the deposit until July 26th.  If you have any questions about this trip please feel free to contact José Rojas (jrojas@bscr.ed.cr) or Alan Borrington (aborrington@bscr.ed.cr).

ART EXHIBITION: The Art Department would like to invite parents, guardians, students and staff to view the current exhibition ‘Adorn, Decorate and Embellish’ currently held in Reception.  The exhibition is a celebration of the Year 11 NB students’ hard work and dedication this first semester.  They have researched decorations and motifs from different cultures and different contemporary fashion artists to produce an elegant display of hand-rendered metal and beadwork.  Well done to teacher Nidia and all the Year 11 NB artists involved: Arturo Gutiérrez, Mateo Fonseca, Michelle Evans, Meritxell Mesalles, Emma Silvestri, Henry Ledezma, Camila Corriols.

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