School Bulletin #27 – 13th September 2019

UPCOMING DATES: 

  • Saturday 14th September: Primary Football matches Vs Colegio Humboldt - 8:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Saturday 14th September: Duke of Edinburgh Activity – Irazú Volcano: Prusia / 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Monday 16th September: Start of Year 11NB Final Exam Week / Start of Year 11 IB Final Exams in MEP subjects
  • Monday 16th September: Year 2 Exit Point - 8.10 am to 9.00 am
  • Monday 16th September: Year 9B Service Learning Activity - Hogar de la Esperanza – 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday 17th September: End of Year 11 IB Final Exams in MEP subjects
  • Tuesday 17th September: Year 8 Geography Trip - Jacó – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday 18th September: Early Years 3 Exit Point - 8.10 am to 9.00 am
  • Thursday 19th September: Year 1 Exit Point – 8:10 am to 9:00 am
  • Thursday 19th September: MUN - Colegio Laboratorio del CUP, Puntarenas - 6:30 am to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 19th September: Year 4 Exit Point – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Friday 20thSeptember: BSCR Peace Day
  • Friday 20thSeptember: End of Year 11 NB Final Exam Week
  • Friday 20thSeptember: Year 3 Exit Point – 8:10 am to 9:00 am
  • Friday 20thSeptember: Last Day of Quarter 3
  • Monday 23rdSeptember to Friday 27thSeptember: Mid-Semester Break - No Classes

WHOLE SCHOOL

BSCR PEACE DAY: On Friday 20th of September, the British School of Costa Rica will celebrate its first ‘Peace Day’.  As is detailed on their website, this day, officially celebrated on the 21st of September each year, was established by the United Nations in 1981 and provides ‘a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace’ (un.org/peaceday).  The theme for 2019 is ‘Climate Action for Peace’ and aims to reinforce the importance of combating climate change as a tool to protect and promote peace in all countries.  On this day all British School students and staff are invited to come to School dressed in white, as a symbol of peace, in exchange for a suggested donation of 500 Colones.  All money that is raised from these donations will be donated to the The Bahamas relief effort following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.  In addition, various teachers throughout the Primary and Secondary school will facilitate learning activities related to both Hurricane Dorian and the current situation with the Amazon fires.

CHILDREN’S DAY: On Monday 9th of September, the British School celebrated Children’s Day.  Students in Early Years participated in a number of activities which included playing on a bouncy castle.  At the Primary level, students had an extended lunch time and were able to participate in a number of different activities which were organised by our Secondary students.  Finally, Secondary students participated in an inter-generational dodgeball competition which everybody enjoyed.

PRIMARY

PRIMARY PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS – 9TH OF OCTOBER: The Parent/Teacher Meetings for Early Years and Primary will now be held on Wednesday 9th of October, between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm.  This is a change from the original date of 2nd of October.  Teachers will send home appointment times before the holidays.

NEW PRIMARY ASSISTANT & EMAIL: We would like to welcome Beverly Furniss to the team as the administrative assistant in the Primary school.  She has assumed the role from Yanis who is leaving us to broaden her horizons in south-eat Asia.  To improve and streamline communication, she can be contacted via a new email address: primary@bscr.ed.cr as Yanis’s email address will be deactivated.

PRIMARY PE UNIFORM CHANGES: Starting next Quarter, we will be making changes to the PE uniform in the Primary school.  Students of all levels should continue to arrive at school in their PE uniform on their respective PE day.  At the end of the PE lesson, students will no longer change into their regular uniform but stay in their PE uniform.  This will provide consistency to all levels from Early Years 1 - Year 5.  It also means less clothes-washing for parents and fewer items for students to carry and possibly loose.  Older students might want to consider bringing a roll-on (not spray) deodorant.  Additionally, we would like to remind parents that students can wear plain black or blue lycra-style pants (¾ leg length or longer) as part of the PE uniform.  We would recommend that boys wear their PE shorts as well (as many professional footballers do when they train).  Sweat pants are not appropriate.

EXIT POINTS: Throughout next week, students from Early Years 3 and Years 1 to 4 will be sharing their learning during different Exit Points.  Please check the “Important Dates” section above for details. Also, if you would like your child from a different year level to attend, please follow the instructions in the next article.

STUDENTS ATTENDING EVENTS OF THEIR SIBLINGS: For reasons of security and supervision, if you would like your child to attend a school event (e.g. Exit Point, assembly, exhibition) involving their brother or sister only (not cousins, etc.), please ensure that this is communicated with the class teacher or Reception via either email or the Communication Book.  Students who provide only verbal permission (i.e. “My mum said I could go”) will not be allowed to attend as we cannot be certain that the parent is actually attending and will be responsible for that child.  In certain cases, students will not be permitted to attend with their parents because the whole class will be attending at a different time that day.

SECONDARY

CONNELL ACADEMY - MUN: Over the weekend of 31st of August and 1stof September, 13 students from Years 7-9 donned formal business attire and attended the inaugural Connell Academy Middle School MUN conference.  Our students excelled in their committees – WHO, Security, Human Rights, UNEP and Historical where they adopted the role of ambassador for their chosen country or, in the case of the Historical Committee, the huge historical shoes of the figures J. Edgar Hoover and Stokely Carmichael.  We would like to recognize the following students for the awards they received from their respective committees:

  • Best delegate: Luis Campos
  • Honourable mention: Sofía Zúñiga, Andrea Olivas, Rebeca López, Ankit Patel and Tomás Chen
  • Verbal mention: Valeria Madrigal, Cristina Mora, Gabriel Mejía and Carmen Avilés.

All the students were a credit to BSCR and Miss K and Mr W thank them all.

YEAR 11 NB VISUAL ARTS STAINED GLASS EXHIBITION: The Art Department would like to invite the school community to view the excellent work currently on display in administration.  Year 11 NB Visual Arts students have explored the technique of stained glass to produce their own Gothic candle window. Congratulations to Meritxell, Arturo, Mateo, Michelle, Emma, Henry, Camila for all their hard work and dedication to produce an excellent exhibition.

A REMINDER TO PARENTS OF YEAR 10 STUDENTS: Year 10 students are in the final stage of their preparation for IGCSE external examinations that will start in October.  It is very important that they continue preparing in the best possible way for these tests since the results are included in their transcripts or grade certifications that the school provides when they apply to foreign universities.  Low results in the final IGCSE examinations may potentially affect university admission and scholarship possibilities.  Please encourage and supervise your children to continue giving their best effort until the end of this process.

ACEP ART EXHIBITION AWARDS EVENT: On Tuesday 10th of September, the ACEP Art exhibition Awards event was held at the Teatro Eugene O’ Neill in San José, for the ACEP Art Competition 2019.  At the event, Year 12 IB Visual Arts student Stella Sánchez was successful in winning an award and it was an honour for her to be presented with it by the Costa Rican Artist Isidro Con Wong.  Congratulations to Stella and all the BSCR entries, each of which demonstrated excellent standards and quality of artwork.

SPANISH THEATRE TRIPS: Last Monday 9th of September, as part of the Children's Day celebrations, the Spanish Department organized a visit to the Melico Salazar Popular Theatre where the three Year 6 groups attended the play "The Ghost Astronaut".  The play, lasting over an hour, was a holistic performance with students enjoying various performing arts such as dance, physical theater, animated objects, visual arts, cinema, and more.  The main objective of this visit was to illustrate the dramatic genre (one of the next contents to be developed in class) and to show what could happen to Earth if its inhabitants do not act in favor of the preservation of the environment.

BSCR SCIENCE FAIR: Many thanks to the students who participated in the BSCR 2019 Science Fair, and the parents and teachers who attended!  This year's fair surpassed the previous ones, both in terms of organisation and student learning, with superb exhibits presented by the students of Years 6 - 8.  The theme of the fair was "Water, Water Everywhere", and "how we affect the environment around us", allowing the students to learn about the scientific method whilst showing how scientific knowledge can help us to answer important questions about our natural environment.  We look forward to seeing the students build on this foundation in the coming years!

UNIVERSITY VISITS AND FAIRS: During the past couple of weeks our Year 10, 11 and 12 students have had the opportunity to learn more about international universities, their admissions process and their academic and scholarship programmes.  We had the visit of several admission officers to our campus from universities from the United States.  These have included: The College of Charleston, St. Edwards University, Emerson University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design and from Europe we received a representative from EU University.  In addition, several Year 11 and 12 students visited the CIS University Fair at Country Day School and the SRT College Fair at Pan American School where many universities from around the world were represented.  We will continue to receive several university representatives at the school during the next couple of months.

SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT – ESCUELA UNIDOCENTE YOLANDA: during the last few weeks, Year 8C students were working on their Service Learning project which aimed to support the Yolanda School, located in Pejibaye de Cartago.  This school has a population of 24 students in total from the levels of Early Years and Primary. Since 2012 they have received lessons in the terrace of a house after a landslide destroyed the small school they had, leaving it uninhabitable and with a total loss of all furniture.  The great work and contribution (mainly with didactic materials) made by the students and their families made it possible to provide support to the various needs that these 24 children who attend this school, have.  On Monday 9th of September, the students visited the school to deliver the donations and, at the same time, they were able to share games and activities with the students in celebration of Children's Day.

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