BULLETIN No. 25 – 25th of August 2023

School Bulletin

Upcoming Dates

 Friday 25th of August  Year 4 Football V Centro Educativo Divino Pastor (2:00 pm)
 Tuesday 29th of August  Secondary Parent Workshop ‘Preventing Drug Consumption in   Adolescence’ (8:30 am, Auditorium)
 Wednesday 30th August  Y11 NB & Y12 visit to UCR Vocational Fair
 Thursday 31st August
 Year 9 Workshop on ‘Preventing Gender Violence’
 EY and Y1 Parent Workshop ‘Parents: A Powerful Influence’   (8:30am, Auditorium)
 Friday 1st September  Olcoma Math National Semi-finals – Years 7 to 12
 Year 9 visit to Teatro Nacional – ‘Mujercitas’ (8:10 am)
 Year 10 Workshop on ‘Preventing Gender Violence’
 Friday 8th September  Primary Talent Show


New Campus Update
Following a request at last week’s Parent Council meeting, we are pleased to share that we continue to make good progress with our new campus plans and remain on course with the timeline that was presented earlier in the year.  All plans are now ready for submission, with the exception of those provided by our structural engineer who has been delayed slightly.  However, these should be completed by the end of next month at which point we will submit them to CFIA.  We are now in the process of consulting with suppliers with a view to starting the construction process once the necessary permissions have been granted.


Parent Workshop
Our Student Development Services department warmly invite all Early Years and Year 1 parents to the in-person workshop “Parents: a powerful influence” which will be facilitated by Gabriela Gutiérrez and Andreína Azofeifa (SDS staff members) The workshop will be Thursday 31st of August, at 8:30 am in the Auditorium, and it will be conducted in Spanish. We hope to see you there!

House Competitions
This week many of our students have been competing in the House Volleyball finals. So far, we know that Barva has won the Year 3 competition. All other finals will be concluded later this week. Throughout this tournament, the support from students has been exceptional.

Primary Library
There are exciting activities happening in our library this coming week. To celebrate the legacy, history, culture, natural resources and contributions Black People and Afro Costa Rican Culture give to Costa Rican identity, we will have different activities from August 28thto September 1st in the Primary library including: Limón and African short stories, the creation of African masks, word searches and we will also learn the calypso style of dance.


Service Learning 
This week, Year 9 students participated in service learning trips to the Albergue Hogar Bíblico – Asociación Roblealto. As a part of the trip, students completed part of their service learning programme, working towards helping the community improve their infrastructure, while also sharing fun and engaging activities with the children who live there.  We are proud of the level of student engagement and leadership in these activities.

MEP Language proficiency exam
MEP has informed us recently that our Year 11 NB students will be presenting their online language proficiency exam in English on Monday 28th of August. This exam will take place in the BritEd building on campus. As a result, students should report to the BritEd building (the house to the South of the main Reception Entrance) at 7:45 am, as the test will start at 8:00 am. Students are required to wear full school uniform and to bring a valid ID card (carnet del colegio, cédula, cédula de menores, pasaporte).

UCR Visit
Our graduating students have been invited to visit the Vocational Fair offered by the University of Costa Rica. As a result, Year 11 NB and Year 12 students will visit UCR on Wednesday 30th of August where they will be able to see the different programs, talk to teachers and students, and understand entry requirements.

On Friday 1st of September, 22 students, from Years 7 to 12, will represent our school in the OLCOMA semi-final Math Olympiad. We wish them great success and feel proud of everything they have accomplished in reaching this stage of the competition.

PSAT 2023 – For Year 10 and Year 11 students only
The PSAT/NMSQT is the pre-SAT exam or practice test for the SAT; a test widely used for university admissions in the USA and other countries. The test measures knowledge and skills in reading, writing and maths that students learn in the classroom and which they need to succeed in college and a career.  This year, for the first time, the PSAT will be digital.   The exam will be on Saturday, October 14 at 7:45 at the school Auditorium. The deadline to register is Monday, September 4th. The cost of the exam is 12,000 colones. To register your student there are two payment options:

1- Sinpe 8782-2796 The British School of Costa Rica. 
2- Wire Transfer (Transferencia Bancaria):
Céd 3-101-047574
Cta Iban Colones:  CR32010400000118030119
Banco Davivienda

The wire transfer or SINPE payment should include the name of the student and PSAT in the payment detail. A copy of the wire transfer or SINPE should be sent to smadriz@bscr.ed.cr. If this information is not received, the payment cannot be processed.  If you have any questions please contact Ana Lourdes Baumgartner at abaumgartner@bscr.ed.cr or 2220-0131 ext.171

Workshop for Parents
Our Secondary Student Development Services (SDS) would like to invite all Secondary parents to the workshop ‘Prevention of Drug use in Adolescence’. The workshop will take place next Tuesday 20th of August at 8:30 am in the Auditorium, and will be facilitated by the SDS Secondary Team. At a time when all young people are under great pressure to use alcohol and other drugs, we look forward to discussing this important topic with you.

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