BULLETIN No. 27 – 8th of September 2023

School Bulletin

Upcoming Dates

 Saturday 9th September:  Colibrí Primary Math Olympiad – Years 4 to 6   (Yorkín School)
 Monday 11th September  Year 11 NB Talks (details below)
 Tuesday 12th September  Early Years Semana Cívica Celebration (8:15am,   Auditorium)
 Tuesday 12th September  Year 7B Service Activity – Centro Diurno de   Pavas  (8:00 am to 12:30 pm)
 Wednesday 13th September  Science Fair – Years 6 to 8 (8:00 am to 12:30 pm,   Auditorium)
 Thursday 14th September  Independence Day Celebrations
 Friday 15th September  School Closed – National Holiday (Independence   Day)
 Friday 22nd September  Last day of Quarter 3
 Monday 2nd October  First day of Quarter 4


Health Week
This week our Learning Community has been celebrating Health Week with a wide range of learning experiences.  Highlights have included daily workout sessions to start the day, talks on various health related topics, workshops on lacrosse, cheerleading and taekwondo and a series of exhibition sports matches.  Please see our social media pages for photos.  Thank you to all students and staff members for all of their hard work in making this important week such a success!

Semana Civica
Next week our Learning Community will be celebrating Costa Rican independence.  On Tuesday, our Early Years students will have their own Acto Cívico in the Auditorium before participating in our traditional lantern parade around the whole campus on Wednesday.  We will then have our whole school Acto Cívico on Thursday morning, with contributions from each of the different sections of the School, before our students share a traditional lunch.  All members of our Community are invited to come to School in Costa Rican national dress on Thursday 14th of September in celebration of Costa Rican independence.


Talent Show
In celebration of Children’s Day, we will be hosting our Primary Talent Show this Friday 8th of September.  The show will showcase many of the wonderful talents that our students possess and each of the participants have all shown commitment, skill and determination on their journey to be a part of the show. We would also like to thank all of the parents that have supported their children in their preparation for this show.  Please check our social media pages for photos of this event.

Parent-Teacher Meetings
Next week, all Early Years and Primary parents will be receiving a message from your child’s teacher to arrange a Parent-Teacher Meeting.  As with earlier in the year, these meetings can be virtual or presential depending on the preference of the parent. Participation in these meetings is very important as they allow us to update you on your child’s progress, while also allowing you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.  Please do let your child’s teacher know if you are unable to meet during the times offered and we will be happy to find a more convenient time.


Year 11 National Baccalaureate “NB Talks”
On Monday 11th of September, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm the Year 11 NB students will deliver what has become an annual tradition in the English Department: the NB Talks.  This is a public speaking experience in which our students choose a topic they are passionate about and prepare a speech in the TED Talk format. Not only do students learn a lot about public speaking, but they also get to teach us about something that they consider is relevant nowadays, which then becomes their legacy as graduating students, as evident in our NB Talks website.  Parents and relatives are welcome to join us in the Auditorium at this time and we will also have a Facebook livestream available for those who cannot attend.

Service Learning
A number of our students from different year levels have been working together in the last few weeks to make a positive impact in a number of local communities.  In the last few weeks alone, Year 7 students have worked with Escuela Montserrat in Coronado, Year 10 students have worked with the Fundación Pro Unidad de Cuidado Paliativo Pediátrico and CODECE (Asociación para la Conservación y Desarrollo Sostenible de los Cerros de Escazú) and our Year 9 students worked with the Roble Alto Association.  We are very proud of the commitment that our students have for these important service initiatives and the positive impact that they are having on each of the communities in which they work.

Science Fair
On Wednesday of next week, we will have our Year 6 to Year 8 Science Fair. In this fair, our students will present the scientific inquiry, which led to their project and demonstrate their learning process, knowledge, skills and understandings.  We look forward to seeing parents of Year 6 to 8 students at the Fair. 

Workshop “Prevention of violence”
Last week we had the visit of the psychologists and specialists Kattia Rojas and Mafalda Flores from the Paniamor Foundation. The students of Year 8, 9 and 10 had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on the prevention of gender violence in which they discussed issues related to gender violence, its manifestations and causes, myths of romantic love, partner violence and inappropriate relationships as well as protection strategies against violence. The students were very interested and highly participative.  We thank the Paniamor Foundation for this collaboration in the high-quality learning process of our students.

Swimming Success
Congratulations to Matías Castro on his recent performance during two open water events in Punta Leona.  Matías finished first in the 2,200 metres (13 to 14 year-old boys’ category) and fifth overall (open category) in the 1,500 metre competition.  Photo

Spanish Spelling Bee
Throughout this quarter, students, as part of their Spanish classes, have been working on improving their spelling skills in preparation for the Spanish Department’s annual Spelling Bee.  After elimination rounds were undertaken during class time, 24 students won the opportunity to participate in the semi-final, which was held on Thursday the 7th of September.   From these 24 students, the following eight students progressed to the final, which will be held on the 20th of September: Emilia González (Year 6), Stefano D`Arsié, Lucía Rojas and Isabella Jiménez (Year 7), Leila Campabadal (Year 8), Santiago Calvo, Ariana Rojas and Marco Laurencich (Year 9).  Congratulations to all participants on their efforts

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