School Bulletin 04 – 19th February 2021

School Bulletin


Learning Schedule for the week of the 22nd to 26th of February:

   Date       In-person Learning       Virtual Learning   
Monday 22nd February EY, Y1, Y3, Y5, Y8, Y10 and Y12 Y2, Y4, Y6, Y7, Y9 and Y11
Tuesday 23rd February EY, Y1, Y2, Y4, Y6, Y9 and Y11 Y3, Y5, Y7, Y8, Y10 and Y12
Wednesday 24th February EY, Y1, Y3, Y5, Y7, Y10 and Y12 Y2, Y4, Y6, Y8, Y9 and Y11
Thursday 25th February EY, Y1, Y2, Y4, Y8, Y9 and Y11 Y3, Y5, Y6, Y7, Y10 and Y12
Friday 26th February No classes Staff Accreditation Day


WEEK IN REVIEW:The last five days have seen us increase the number of year levels who are receiving in-person learning each day to the extent that we are now operating at nearly the full capacity for in-person learning permitted by the Ministry of Health’s protocols and procedures. Despite the increase in numbers of students on campus, we have been extremely impressed by our communities’ ongoing adherence to, and understanding of, our various risk control measures. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank both students and parents for their patience and collaboration during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up procedures. With more students on campus then previously, it has naturally led to these activities taking a little longer than usual and we very much appreciate our communities support in this area so that we can ensure that all of the required health and safety procedures are fully observed.

PARENT COUNCIL 2021: We are delighted to announce that our Parent Council, made up of 16 parent representatives – one from each year level, has now been confirmed for the 2021 academic year:

EY1: Sue Mei Acón
EY2: Diana Baltodano
EY3: Daniel Badilla
Year 1: Susana Jimenez
Year 2: Gerardo Castillo
Year 3: Catalina Bruce
Year 4: Mónica Rojas
Year 5: Priscilla Somarriba
Year 6: Marcelle Van der Laat
Year 7: Claire Riddle
Year 8: Paula Convery
Year 9: Syomara Bremont
Year 10: Alicia Arias
Year 11NB: Marcela Abellán
Year 11IB: Paola Bruno
Year 12: Claire Dean

We would like to thank all members of the community who expressed an interest in participating in this initiative and take the opportunity to remind the community that the role of these parent representatives are primarily to:

  • Communicate year level or general concerns and suggestions to the School’s Leadership and Governance teams.
  • Serve as a year level representative as and when necessary (e.g. leading focus groups on particular issues).
  • Help promote the School’s Guiding Statements.
  • Redirect individual parent concerns to the appropriate member of staff.

At the same time, we feel it is important to clarify and reinforce that the parent representatives that make up the Parent Council will not:

  • Make decisions, it is an advisory role only.
  • Deal with individual parent concerns as these should be raised by parents directly with the relevant staff member.
  • Act as a moderator between parents whether this be on social media sites or in other contexts.

We are very excited about continuing with this initiative throughout 2021 and are confident that it will not only lead to improved communication between the parent body and the School’s Administration but will also enable us to serve our students in a more effective way.

FRIDAY 26TH OF FEBRUARY – SCHOOL CLOSED: We would like to remind all members of our Community that there will be no classes (either in-person or virtual) on Friday the 26th of February. The reason for this is that our staff members will be working on our accreditation processes, both for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), through their participation in one of 21 different working committees that are evaluating various aspects of life at the BSCR.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: As part of our ongoing commitment to health and safety, we regularly undertake drills of our emergency procedures to ensure their effectiveness. This week saw us undertake three earthquake drills with our Secondary students and staff members. Utilising the drop, duck and cover method our students and staff successfully demonstrated that they knew what to do in the event of an earthquake occurring while they were on campus. We will be running earthquake drills for Early Years and Primary students next week so they have the opportunity to practice this important emergency procedure.

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