School Bulletin #20 – 26th July 2019

UPCOMING DATES: 

  • Monday 29th July: Year 3A Meet the Teacher. 1.30pm, Activities Room
  • Tuesday 30th July: Year 3 IPC Trip. Irazu Volcano and Noche Buena Museum
  • Tuesday 30th July: Year 2 IPC Trip. Children’s Museum
  • Tuesday 30th July: Year 10 IB/NB Fair - 10:30am to 11:30am, School Auditorium (parents invited)
  • Friday 2nd August: Our Lady of Los Angeles Holiday - School Closed

WHOLE SCHOOL

NEASC PARENT SURVEY: We are pleased to announce that following our successful Learning Principles Visit in May, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has provided us with authorisation to start the next part of our accreditation process - a year-long self-study.    The self-study will culminate in a week-long visit from a number of educational professionals in the second semester of 2020, before the organisation makes a final decision on whether to continue with their accreditation of our institution.  The first part of our self-study is a mandatory, NEASC created survey which should be completed by all stakeholders within the School.  As our parent body, you have a very important voice in helping us identify both the School's strengths and areas for development as we progress through the self-study process.   On Friday, the 2nd of August, we will be sending an email to all parents with a link to this important survey.  The survey, which is available in English and Spanish, should be completed by parents by Friday the 16th of August.  Many thanks in advance to all participants for sharing your opinions with us.

NO GLASS CONTAINERS: We would like to remind parents that, for reasons of safety, student food and drinks must not be sent to school in glass bottles or glass containers. These can easily smash and cause injury to your child and others.  In addition, we would like to remind you that the primary level students are not permitted to use the microwaves to heat food.

PRIMARY

NEW STAFF: We would like to welcome to the Primary School a number of new staff who have joined us at the start of the second semester.  In Year 5C, Mr Colin Doney has joined us from the UK, by way of Malawi in Africa. Mr Brendan Wardlaw, from Australia, is the new teacher in Year 3A and Miss Frosoulla Anastasiades is our new teacher in Early Years 1B.  Frosoulla, from the UK, was most recently teaching in Dubai.  We will soon be holding sessions for parents of students in Year 3A and Year 5C to meet their child’s respective teacher.
We also welcome back to the British School, Monica Vargas as an assistant in Year 1.  Andrea Solis also joins us as an assistant in Early Years 2. Last but not least, we welcome Yanina Logan who is an assistant in Early Years Years 2 & 3, as well as helping facilitate our After School Care programme.

SECONDARY

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS: Congratulations to Mario Ruíz (Year 9), Ben Mc Crea (Year 10), Caleb Marín (Year 11) and Antonio Verdesia (Year 10) who were part of the Sub-17 Furati Academy football team that won in the USA Cup championship in Minnesota last week.

 “SOCIAL NETWORKS AND JUVENILE CRIMINAL RESPSONSIBILITY”: Last Thursday 18th of June, we had the honour of receiving Doña Rosaura Chinchilla, Poder Judicial Judge and Professor at the University of Costa Rica.  Doña Rosaura gave a clear and concise talk to Year 6 students about "Social networks and juvenile criminal responsibility".  This talk covered the topics of:  bullying, cyber bullying, data and personal image, minors' crimes in Costa Rica and recommendations of how not to be neither the author nor the victim of crimes. The students were very attentive and asked many questions about these topics. Doña Rosaura left us with resources which Year 6 students will review first with their form teachers and then will be taken home to be discussed with parents as well. We have asked Doña Rosaura to return soon to share this talk with our parents, so we ask you to be attentive to the bulletin to know the date and time at which this activity will take place.

NEW STAFF: The second semester of 2019 sees us welcome two new members of staff into the Secondary School.  Mrs. Annabel Attwood, originally from the UK but most recently in China, joins us as a full-time teacher of Science.  Licda. Ariana Alfaro also joins us as the newest member of our Secondary Spanish Department focusing on Spanish as a second language.

SAN JOSE - HISTORIC TOUR: Throughout last week, all Year 11 students had the opportunity to participate in a historical tour of the centre of San José. This visit, organized by the departments of Social Studies and Theory of Knowledge, provided students with the opportunity to learn about the different buildings and monuments that represent the history and identity of Costa Rica as covered in both courses.  During the tour the students visited the Estación del Ferrocarril al Caribe, el Monumento Nacional, el Teatro Nacional y el Mercado Central. Both students and teachers enjoyed this activity that culminated in the return to school by public bus.

OLAS – POR UN CABIO ‘TALENT FAIR’: Olas - Por Un Cambio, the youth organisation founded by our Year 11 student Mariana Gaspar, is holding a Talent Fair on the 27th of July at the Centro Corporativo Jorge Volio in Santa Ana.  The event, between 10 am and 6 pm, is free to enter and aims to support the organisation's objective of achieving positive change for youth generations while promoting equity, inclusion, solidarity, respect and self-esteem.

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