School Bulletin 19 – 18th June 2021

School Bulletin


WEEK IN REVIEW: We would like to congratulate all members of our community on making it to the end of one of the most difficult semesters in the life span of The British School of Costa Rica.  The challenges that have been presented in the last 21 weeks, have required levels of flexibility, adaptation, resilience and perseverance from all members of our community that have rarely been required in the last four decades.  We are extremely proud of, and grateful to, our students, staff members and families for all of their efforts in making this such a successful semester in spite of the context in which we have been operating.  We hope that all members of our community enjoy the mid-year break and have plenty of opportunities to rest, relax and recover.  Please keep safe and we look forward to the start of the second semester on Monday the 19th of July.

PLANS FOR SECOND SEMESTER:To date we have not received any confirmation as to whether we will be permitted to resume our Dual Learning Model at the start of the Second Semester. We will notify all members of our community as soon as the Ministry of Health makes a decision on whether schools are permitted to resume in-person learning in July.

GREEN DAY: On Friday the 4th of June, Early Years and Primary celebrated Green Day.  Throughout the day, students from each of the year levels participated in a number of learning activities aimed at promoting sustainability and environmental awareness.

STAFF GOODBYES: As we come to the end of the first semester, we will sadly be saying goodbye to four very talented teachers as they move on to the next stages of their lives. Simon Goldsworthy and Nicola Pitsillis will be returning to the UK after four years in our Primary programme, while Yvette Gillespie (Ms. G.), who has worked in our Secondary Maths Department since re-joining us in 2011, will be moving to Bogota, Colombia. Finally, Ana Teresa Font is retiring after working at the British School as an EY/Primary Spanish Teacher for the last 23 years. We are extremely grateful to each of our departing staff members for all that they have done for our students during their time with us and we wish them the very best with all of their future endeavours.

YEAR 11 NB TALKS: On Monday the 14th of June, our Year 11 NB students delivered a series of fantastic talks to Secondary students and staff members as part of the NB English programme. The students choose to talk about a wide range of fascinating and challenging topics including: How to face failure, how to build a routine without living a routine life, why “positiveness” is so important in life, the power of believing in yourself and why it is important to have a competitive sport in your life. Many congratulations to each presenter for the way in which they confidently and articulately spoke about such diverse and interesting topics.

CONTACT DETAILS: We would like to remind all parents of the importance of ensuring that the School has your correct contact details.  If you have recently changed your contact details, or if you are not receiving email correspondence from the School, then please contact reception on

HEALTH AND SAFETY: As the mid-year break approaches, we would like to remind all members of our community of the importance of continuing to follow the health and safety requirements and recommendations of the Ministry of Health.  We have include a link to our ‘Foreign Travel and Campus Access Procedures’ for those members of our Community who are planning on international travel during the break.



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