School Bulletin 27 – 9th of September 2022

School Bulletin

Whole School 

Upcoming Dates
Saturday 10th September:       Start of Connell Academy MUN
Saturday 10th September:       Colibrí Primary Maths Olympiad
Monday 12th September:        Start of Semana Cívica
Tuesday 13th September:        Early Years Acto Cívico – Independence Day
Wednesday 14th September:  Year 7 and Year 8 – Science Fair
Thursday 15th September:      Whole School Acto Cívico – Independence Day
Friday 16th September:           Y11 NB Talks
Monday 19th September:        National Holiday – School closed (Independence Day)

Health and Safety Reminder
We would like to remind all members of our community that in order for us to effectively manage the risk posed by Covid-19 it remains a requirement to inform the school Infirmary ( of all confirmed and suspected cases of Covid-19 within your community.  In addition, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, and other illnesses, on campus we also respectfully ask all parents to ensure that they do not send their children to School if they are exhibiting symptoms.

Children’s Day
On Friday the 9th of September, the British School Community will be celebrating Children’s Day with a range of activities.  Please see our various platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Dojo and Tapestry) to see what activities in which our students took part.

National Dress
As part of our Independence Day celebrations next week, we would like to invite all members of our Community to attend School on Thursday the 15th of September wearing Costa Rican national dress.  Early Years 2 and Early Years 3 students are also invited to wear national dress on Tuesday the 13th of September.

Early Years and Primary

Early Years Acto Cívico – Tuesday 13th of September
We would like to invite all Early Years 2 and Early Years 3 parents to our Early Years Acto Cívico on Tuesday to celebrate Costa Rican Independence Day.   The assembly will commence at 8:10 am in the School Auditorium.   Please click on the following link to see the programme – EY Acto Civico

Year 4 Exit Points
We would like to thank all members of our community who attend the Year 4 Exit Points on Wednesday.  Our Year 4 students did a wonderful job presenting their Passion Projects on a range of interesting and diverse topics.

Parent-Teacher Meetings
All Early Years and Primary parents should have now been contacted by your child’s teacher to arrange a time for your 2nd Semester Parent-Teacher Meetings. If you have not yet received an email, please do contact your child’s teacher; meetings may be virtual or in-person.

PSHE Curriculum
Earlier this year the Primary Parent Council enquired about the possibility of incorporating a finance management component into our PSHE curriculum. As a result, we began researching options to add to our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education) curriculum and next week Year 4 will begin our new topic “Money Matter”. The topic revolves around the idea of why people work, ways people get money, its importance and proper management of money. This programme has been added to the curriculum for Year 4 and Year 5.

For our Year 5 PSHE curriculum, we are focusing on the topic of Health and Prevention. We will be discussing the effect drugs, alcohol and tobacco consumption have on a person and those surrounding them.

House Competitions
Throughout next week, we will be having a number of “House” Sporting competitions. Irazú have just crept ahead in the Primary leader board for the House Trophy and it is only two weeks until we know who has won the trophy for this quarter.


After School Tutoring
Following our message in last week’s bulletin about after school tutoring we would like to confirm that the following tutorials are also offered on a weekly basis, free of charge:


  • Monday           Years 8, 9 & 10              Ms. Haigh
  • Wednesday     Years 8, 9 & 10               Ms. Haigh
  • Friday              Years 8, 9 & 10              Ms. Haigh


  • Tuesday           Years 6, 7, 8 & 9           Ms. Ashton
  • Tuesday           Year 10                         Mr. John
  • Thursday         Year 12 SL                    Mr. John

Maths Olympics
Congratulations to all participating students on some excellent 1st round results in the national Primary Math Olympiad COLIBRÍ.  In particular, we would like to recognise the following Year 6 students who were in the top 10% of participants nationwide:  Emiliano Robalina, Thomas Gray and Agustín Mejía.

Good luck to the entire team during the second round this Saturday, September 10th at the Anglo-American School.  Remember the bus leaves at 7:30 am!

Spelling Contest
The semi-finals of the Spanish Department’s Spelling Contest 2022 took place last week. After a qualifying round in the classrooms, the winners from Years 6, 7 and 8 faced each other on Thursday while the winners from Year 9 faced Year 10 on Friday. The winners will face each other in the grand finale on Wednesday 21st of September. Congratulations to all!

Year 6:   Estéfano D´Arsié, Thomas Gray
Year 7:   Lucía Herrero, Mariana Chartier
Year 8:   Nina Kierszerson, Juliana Corriols
Year 9:   Luisana Gómez, Cristel Haaversen
Year 10:  Sarah Thomas, Diana Wu

Year 11 National Baccalaureate “NB Talks”
On Friday 16th of September, from 8:10 am to 10:30 am 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 about which they are passionate and prepare a speech in the TED Talk format. Not only do students learn a lot about public speaking, but 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 this time, but we will also have a Facebook livestream available for those who cannot attend.

PSAT/NMSQT Payment (Year 10 and Year 11 Students)
The PSAT exam, which serves to prepare students for the SAT test (a very important exam for admissions to universities in the United States), will take place on Saturday, October 15th at the school for Year 10 and Year 11 students who expressed an interest in taking the exam in the past days.  The cost of the test is $40 or the equivalent in colones. Please contact Sandra Madriz at the Caja ( indicating that you wish to proceed with test payment for your Year 10 or Year 11 student and include the student’s name and grade level in the message.  Let Sandra know if you are paying via a credit card charge or a bank transfer. If the payment is a bank transfer, please include the legend ‘PSAT payment’ and the name of the student who is taking the test in the reference for the transaction.  Please contact Ana Lourdes Baumgartner, University Counsellor ( if you have questions.


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