School Bulletin #31 – 18th October 2019


  • Saturday 20th October:  PSAT Exam / 7:30 am to 11:00 am - Auditorium
  • Saturday 20th October:  Year 11 IB Art - Life Drawing / 8:30 am to 12:00 pm - Art Studio
  • Saturday 20th October:  Year 11 IB Art - Visit to the Rodolfo Stanley Exhibition / 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Museum of Costa Rican Art
  • Tuesday 22nd October: Year 1A IPC Trip to Santa Ana Conservation Centre / 8:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday 22nd October: Year 5 Parents Meeting - Year 6 Orientation for 2020 / 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Auditorium
  • Wednesday 23rd October: Year 4 Parents Meeting - USA Cup for 2020 / 6:30 pm - Auditorium
  • Friday 25th October: Year 11 NB - last day of classes
  • Tuesday 29th October: Year 11 MEP Exams begin


YEAR 1 TO YEAR 5 FOOTBALL VS PANAMERICAN SCHOOL: We would like to thank all parents for their support and commitment last Saturday when the students played some very exciting friendly mixed football matches versus the Panamerican School, in the levels of Year 1-2-3-4-5.  It was a very positive experience for all involved as it motivated us to continue working in the best way we can for the students so that they have fun and learn different values through sports.

BOWLING CHAMPION: Congratulations to Antonio Trejos of Year 4C who won first place in his category of the Youth Bowling Association competition on 6th of October.  Antonio plays for Los Halcones and represents the Costa Rica Country Club.

BLUE VALLEY SPORTS FESTIVAL: Last Friday, the Year 5 and Year 6 boys’ basketball team played in the Finals of the Blue Valley Sports Festival.  The final score was 31-24, which saw the team bring back a second-place trophy.


CULTURAL COSTUME COMPETITION: We would like to congratulate all the students and teachers who made an effort to wear something different this last Friday, whether it was something to honour their own culture or a culture close to their hearts.  Thanks to them it became visible for our entire learning community that the British School of Costa Rica is a very diverse international school.  The winners of this contest in Secondary were:

1st place: (Year 12)  Romina Bartoli, for her traditional indigenous costume from Masaya, Nicaragua
2nd place: (Year 7) Ankit Patel, for his traditional Indian attire, usually worn at very formal ceremonies
3rd place:  (Year 8) George Hays, for his Cossack costume, honouring this immigrant community in Russia

Honorary mentions: Year 12 Jackie Fung, Michael Con, Luca Scutari and Andres Wu for making their own Chinese dragon, traditional in New Year and other festivities.  We will have the competition again next year, so start preparing your costume or bring one home from your travels over the holidays.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD: Last weekend, two groups from the Duke of Edinburgh Award - Silver Level, had their Qualifying Expedition.  They hiked on medium and high difficulty trails, camped and showed their navigation and survival skills around Arenal Volcano.  We are happy to congratulate the students for their excellent performance and for having successfully completed this expedition - we look forward to seeing them at the Gold Level!

YEAR 9C – SERVICE LEARNING PROYECT – “ASOCIACIÓN ROBLEALTO”:  On Wednesday 9th of October, the Year 9C students visited the Biblical Home Shelter (Asociación Roblealto) in San José de la Montaña, whose central idea is to attend to the basic needs of vulnerable children and adolescents.  During the visit our students shared work and recreational spaces with the residents.  The students raised money through different activities to cover the cost of the basic needs which the Home Health Fund has and also address some needs such as audio metrics, eye exams, eyeglasses, orthopedic shoes, psycho-affective treatments and medical services in general.  Year 9C students thank all those who helped to bring this Service Learning project to a successful conclusion.

YEAR 6B – SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT – “HOGAR CUNA”: During the last few weeks Year 6B students were working in their Service Learning project with the objective of supporting the children of the Hogar C.U.N.A, which is located in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, San José.  This home currently has a population of 18 at-risk children.  The great work and contribution made by the students had as its main goal to support the home with the different needs of the children who live there, mainly focusing on nutrition and healthy development.  As a further contribution, the students organized a series of activities aimed at the learning and physical development of the children.  On Tuesday 15th of October, the class visited the home to deliver the donations: food, toys and didactic material, and also to interact with the child population through a range of organized activities.  Finally, we are delighted to announce that the Year 6B class fully succeeded in meeting the objectives of the project. In addition, this visit provided significant spaces for reflection which was a unique and beneficial experience for the students of the British School of Costa Rica.

HOUSES: There was the first of several recreational activities for Houses on Tuesday 15th of October.  The winners were:
Jenga                         Cuadros                      Cornhole

1st place                      Arenal                         Arenal & Irazú              Poás

2nd place                      Poás                           Barva                          Irazú

3rd place                      Irazú                           Poás                           Arenal

These points will be added at the end of the quarter to choose a winner.

VISIT TO THE INSECT MUSEUM:  On Wednesday, the 15th of October, the students in Year 7, along with a few Year 11 students, were able to visit the Insect Museum at the University of Costa Rica.  In the museum, the students heard in-depth information about insects from biologist Federico Paniagua.  The students then got to see live insects, hold a scorpion and watch a demonstration cooking class on edible insects!  It was a quick insight to the importance of insects in our world.

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