School Bulletin 20 – 22nd of July 2022
We would like to send a warm greeting to our BSCR Community as we start the second semester. We hope that families and staff members had an enjoyable break and we are looking forward to a positive and enjoyable 18 weeks full of wonderful learning experiences.
Friday 22nd July: Students may attend school in national dress
Monday 25th July: National Holiday (“Anexión del Partido de Nicoya”) – School closed
Wednesday 27th July: Secondary Parent -Teacher Meetings (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Tuesday 2nd August: National Holiday (Virgen de los Ángeles) – School closed
New Staff Members
We would like to welcome the following new staff members to the BSCR Faculty:
James Morris: Teacher of Science (Secondary)
Karla López: Year 1B Teaching Assistant
Early Years and Primary
Primary Math Olympiad Team
Good luck to our Primary Math Olympiad Team on their first round of the COLIBRI National Primary Math Olympiad competition on Saturday, 30th of July at the Anglo-Americana School in Concepción de Tres Ríos!
Over the course of this semester, we are evaluating the effectiveness of Tapestry, Dojo and other forms of communication to Primary and Early Years parents. We would greatly appreciate any feedback to your respective class teachers regarding the usefulness of these platforms. We are very keen to upload class information and photos though we want them to be beneficial to you.
Last quarter we also sent a link to our Early Years and Primary Art website; we would also like to know if this information is helpful or of interest to you.
Our new semester of clubs and extracurricular activities have now begun. As a reminder, any students taking part in sporting clubs will be able to change from their school uniform into their sports kit after the school day ends.
Our collection of water bottles and blue sweatshirts continues to grow. We endeavour to return all “named” items to students. However, all items in our lost property are not named. We would greatly appreciate it if you could check that your child’s school clothing and water bottles have their names on them.
Secondary Parent -Teacher Meetings
Secondary Parent -Teacher Meetings will take place on Wednesday the 27th of July between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. To sign up for a virtual meeting please click on this link: Parent -Teacher Meetings. To facilitate these meetings all Secondary classes will end at 12 noon on this day.
Ley Penal Juvenil – Presentations
During Monday and Tuesday of this week, Year 6 and Year 7 students had the opportunity to participate in a talk on “Ley Penal Juvenil” given by the Judge of the Tribunal de Apelación de Sentencia Penal Juvenil, Licda. Marianella Corrales Pampillo. The students were able to clear up all their doubts about how criminal proceedings are carried out for minors, what is a crime and what is not, cybercrimes, how to report and, above all, how to prevent crimes. The students showed great interest and asked a variety of questions about the topic. We thank Doña Marianella for her valuable time and we hope that she will visit us again this semester, this time with Year 8.
Secondary Math Olympiad Team
Congratulations to the following 16 students who are in the Top 30% Nation-wide and going to the National Semi-Finals for the OLCOMA Secondary National Math Olympiad from the 31st of August to the 2nd of September:
Level 1: Daniel Brampton, Lucía Herrero, Gabriel Sáenz
Level 2: Isabela D’Arsie, Mariana Gallegos, Cristel Haaversen, Leonardo Jiménez, Marco Laurencich, Ally Lin, Daniela Martínez
Level 3: Roberto Zúñiga, Jimena Garrett, Camila Gutiérrez, Nicole Lipschitz, Carlos Shum, Steven Wu
Costa Rica IMO Team Members
Congratulations to Nicole Lipschitz on achieving an honorable mention at the international competition in Norway and to Carlos Shum for achieving a Bronze Medal. Carlos obtained the highest score ever earned by a Costa Rican participant!
This week 53 Year 9 and Year 10 students undertook PISA assessments after The British School of Costa Rica was selected by the Ministry of Education to participate in this international initiative. PISA is a global study, which has the objective of evaluating educational systems around the world by assessing student performance in the areas of mathematics, science, reading, financial literacy and creative thinking. We would like to thank all participating students and hope that their participation will provide valuable data for the Ministry of Education to effectively inform its future planning.
The next SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) this year is on Saturday, August 27th 2022 at the school. The registration deadline is Friday, 29th of July, 2022. The test costs $98 and should be paid online. We recommend that students who register for the first time to take this test coordinate a meeting with Ana Lourdes Baumgartner, University Counsellor, to complete the registration procedure. The SAT is a standardized test, administered by The College Board, which many universities around the world, but especially in the United States, take into consideration either as a requirement or as an optional part of the university application process. Should you have any question please contact Ana Lourdes at email@example.com.