School Bulletin #29 – 4th October 2019

UPCOMING DATES

  • Wednesday 9th October: Primary Parent/Teacher Meetings - 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9th October: Year 9C Service Learning Activity - Asociación Roble Alto – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Friday 11th October: Cultures Day Celebration

WHOLE SCHOOL

“GALILEO” PLAY FOR YEARS 3 TO YEAR 6: On Monday 30th of September, all Year 3 to Year 6 students had the opportunity to watch the play "Galileo", a musical theatre performance in English, brought to our school by the travelling theatre company, Artspot, from Argentina.  Students learned about Galileo's discoveries in an entertaining way, through performance, humour, special effects and music.

PEACE DAY: On Friday 20th of September, the British School of Costa Rica, in alignment with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, celebrated its first school-wide Peace Day.  In addition to classroom activities throughout the day, students and staff members were invited to come to School dressed in white in exchange for a c500 donation.  In total, we raised ₵332,325 which will be donated to the Bahamas hurricane relief efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian.  Thank you to all members of our community for their contributions to this worthy cause.

CULTURES DAY: This month, we have the celebration of the "Cultures Day" on 12th of October.  On Friday, October 11th, we will celebrate Costa Rica's cultural and ethnic heritage thanks to our indigenous groups and immigration. Thus, students can choose to wear typical or historical costumes that represent the different cultural groups that make up our nation.  Since we have just celebrated Independence Day, we are expecting costumes from other countries or local ethnic groups, not typical Costa Rican costumes. To avoid stereotypes and in order to represent these groups respectfully, students should ensure that they carefully research their family's roots and details about the costume they will choose. It will not be acceptable to wear regular non-uniform clothes or inappropriate attire for a school context.

HEALTHY EATING: The Primary and Secondary Eco Committee are motivating parents to ensure that our students have a balanced diet. This is in line with one of the Eco Committee’s chosen Eco themes which is ‘Health and Wellbeing’.  To involve the wider School community, we request that on Thursday 10th October, parents prepare a healthy and nutritious pack lunch for their children. Parents should consider including a range of healthy food options from the various food groups.

PRIMARY

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS: Parent-Teacher Meetings for Early Years 1 - Year 5 will be held on Wednesday 9th of October.  You should have already received an appointment time from your child’s class teacher.  To avoid delays and impacts on others we ask parents to please respect the times provided.  All Primary classes (Early Years 1 – Year 5) finish at 12:00 pm on this day, and there will be no after school clubs available.

PRIMARY LUNCHES: Acting on parent feedback, we have altered the timetables in Primary to include separate times for students to eat their lunch and to play.  All students from Early Years 3 to Year 5 now have 15 minutes of dedicated eating time before lunch each day.  During this eating time, students will either be eating their packed lunch from home in the classroom or their school lunch in the Soda.  The snack bar section of the soda (which sells empanadas, cookies, enchiladas, etc.) will be closed during eating times.

PE UNIFORMS: We would like to clarify the changes to the use of the PE uniform on PE days.  All students should arrive at school in their PE uniform.  They will stay in this uniform all day.  Students are not permitted to “Mix n Match” between the PE and regular uniforms (i.e. leggings with the regular shirt).

SECONDARY

MODEL UNITED NATIONS: On Thursday 19th of September, 8 BSCR students from Years 9 and 11 donned their best formal business attire and attended the Puntarenas MUN conference.  Valentina S, Rebecca L, Mariana G, Ariana C, Catalina H, Grace C, Jorge A and Keoni G all excelled in their committees – ECOFIN, Asamblea Legislativa, Human Rights and Historical Assembly - debating issues such as the crisis in Venezuela and gun control in Costa Rica.  Special recognition is due to Rebecca L for her verbal mention, Keoni G for his honourable mention and Ariana C for her best delegate award.  Although it was an incredibly long and hot day, all the students were fantastic ambassadors for the BSCR and Miss K and Mr W thank them all.

YEAR 11 SEXUALITY WORKSHOP: On Tuesday 1st of October, Year 11 students participated in the "Sexuality and Affectivity" workshop conducted by Psychologist Margarita Murillo, who has extensive expertise in this subject.  Our students took advantage of this opportunity and enjoyed the various activities that were facilitated by Margarita.  Students learned about interpersonal relationships and their psychosexual development, among a range of other topics.

YEAR 8 GEOGRAPHY TRIP TO JACÓ (17th OF SEPTEMBER): Our Year 8 geographers did us proud this academic year with their recent field trip to Jacó.  They showed commitment and a positive attitude to learning even though the weather was very hot.   Students collected data on the impacts of tourism in Jacó which will now be analysed and evaluated in class.  Their hard work will set them up for success for their final assessment in Geography.  The Geography department would like to thank all involved for their support.

VI PHILOSOPHY OLYMPIAD 2019: We would like to congratulate students María del Sol Vargas (Year 11) and Jorge Arredondo (Year 11) for their participation in the VI Costa Rican Philosophy Olympiad, which was held last Saturday 24th of August at the University of Costa Rica.  Thirty-four students from more than 15 schools from all over the country took part in this event.  Both of our students had an outstanding participation.  Sol won Bronze Medal and Jorge, Honorable Mention, for which we deeply appreciate the effort made, not only through their participation, but also for their work in highlighting that philosophy can be used as a way to rethink (think critically) who we are and what we can do for our world.

TALK FOR SECONDARY PARENTS: The SDS Department would like to invite parents from all Secondary School levels to the talk "Adolescent Children: Challenges and Obstacles", given by our school's Secondary psychologists (SDS Department).  It will be held on Wednesday 16th of October in the Secondary Common Room at 6:30 pm.  We hope to have a large attendance.

PSAT: On Saturday 19th of October morning, we will be administering the PSAT exam in the school’s auditorium.  The PSAT is an external preparatory exam for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) which is used for admission purposes in most universities in the United States.  The test is offered for interested Year 9, Year 10 & Year 11 students and it has a cost of 21,000 colones which should be paid at the Caja.  Upon completion of payment, the student will receive an informative booklet which provides instructions for the exam as well as practice papers.

 

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