School Bulletin 28 – 16th of September 2022
|Monday 19th September:||National Holiday – Independence Day (School Closed)|
|Wednesday 21st September:||Early Years and Primary Parent-Teacher Meetings|
|Thursday 22nd September:||Talent Show (Secondary)|
|Friday 23rd September||Public Speaking Competition|
|Saturday 24th September:||Start of BSCR-Humboldt MUN|
|Monday 26th September:||Start of Mid-Semester Break|
|Monday 3rd October:||Start of Quarter Four|
This week the British School of Costa Rica celebrated the Semana Cívica with a number of different activities. Highlights throughout the week included a special Early Years Acto Cívico on Tuesday, a lantern parade throughout campus on Wednesday, a whole-school Acto Cívico on Thursday and a shared lunch for all Secondary students during Thursday lunch. We would like to thank all participants in each of the activities as well as the numerous staff members who worked extremely hard in preparing for such a successful week celebrating Costa Rican independence.
If any member of our community has any questions or feedback related to our After-School programme please contact our new Extra-Curricular Coordinator, Jesús Montero, using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Felipe Hidalgo (Year 3A), Arturo Chavarría (Year 5B) and Tomás Hidalgo (Year 7A) on their participation in the 3rd National Tournament of Racquetball which was recently hosted at the Ciudad Deportiva in Hatillo. Our students received the following results:
Categoría Junior 10
Singles: 1st place = Arturo / 3rd place = Felipe
Doubles: 2nd place = Felipe y Arturo
Categoría Junior 12
Singles: 3rd place = Tomás
Singles: 2nd place = Tomás
Doubles: 2nd place = Tomás
Student Council News
The Student Council’s Childrens Day toy collection initiative was a great success with a large number of suitable toys being donated. Thank you to all of our students who generously gave up some of their toys. A representative from CONAI (National Commission for Indigenous Affairs) collected them on Tuesday and will deliver them to indigenous communities throughout Costa Rica.
Early Years and Primary
Primary Variety Show
As part of our Children’s day celebrations last Friday all students from Early Years 3 to Year 5 either watched or took part in our annual Primary Variety Show. There were many varied acts including comedy, singing, interpretive dance and even a performance from some of our teachers. Thank you to all of our participants for their amazing performances and to all the parents that helped to prepare their children for this show – Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3 / Photo 4
Upcoming Learning Activities
We have a very busy week ahead of us before we break up for the mid-semester holiday: Field Trips, Exit Points, Parent Meetings and Public Speaking are among many activities scheduled for the upcoming week. As part of their study of Volcanoes and the Earth, Year 3 will be heading to Irazú Volcano on Tuesday. We also have two Exit Points next week: Year 1’s Exit Point is the culmination of their study of London Landmarks and the recent Queen’s Jubilee as part of their IPC topic of “Holidays around the world”. The Year 2 Exit Point, on the other hand, focuses on their recent IPC topic study of Plants.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Classes will end for all Early Years and Primary students at 12 noon on Wednesday the 21st of September for the Parent-Teacher meetings. However, After School Care and Extra-Curricular Clubs will continue to be available until 4:00 pm. Please do contact your child’s teacher if you have not yet received an invite to arrange a meeting (Please note that Secondary students will have regular classes until 3:00 pm on this day).
As we close off this Quarter we will also be celebrating the new House Cup winner for the 3rd Quarter. Irazú are still leading though all Houses can still win. Over the final two weeks of the quarter we are having our House Kick Ball competition to promote teamwork and collaboration, along with helping each House to earn points.
Sun Safety Presentation
A group of students from our BSCR National Honours Society (NHS) chapter delivered a very important sun safety presentation to all our Primary Students and Staff Members on Monday. The students learned about the importance of sun safety in Costa Rica and promoted the School’s “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide” approach to sun safety. The NHS students, in conjunction with the Health and Safety Committee, will continue to promote this important message to all members of the School Community.
Science and Humanities Visit
On Thursday 8th of September, 31 students from Years 9, 11, and 12 went to Playa Guacalillo for the day as part of a joint learning venture between the Science and Humanities Department. Student behaviour throughout the day was impressive, and, despite the heat, students successfully measured weather conditions and longshore drift, collected a large amount of rubbish from the beach, and examined ocean pollution. The feedback from all the students after the trip was excellent and we hope to do further fieldwork of this nature in the future!
We would like to congratulate the following students on their achievements at last weekend’s Connell Model United Nations:
Honourable Mentions: Leonardo Jiménez Somarriba (Year 9C) and Gabriel Mejía Díaz (Year 10C)
Verbal Mentions: Roberto Zúñiga Casado (Year 9A) and Juan Pérez Aguirre (Year 10B)
On Wednesday of this week our Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 students presented their science research projects in three Science Fairs. While Year 6 presented their projects virtually, Year 7 and Year 8 presented their projects to an audience of students, staff and parents in the auditorium. We would like to congratulate each of our students on creating such interesting and engaging projects and thank all members of our community who took the time to visit the fairs. We also extend our thanks to our Science Department for all of their work in preparing our students for this activity.
English Public speaking competition
On Friday 23rd of September we will have the annual English Public Speaking Competition. This year there will be two separate sessions, which parents, siblings and classmates can attend in person.
Primary Public Speaking Competition (Year 4 and Year 5): 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Secondary Public Speaking Competition (Year 6 and Year 7): 1:10 pm – 2:05 pm
The students participating in this competition have been selected as the best in their classrooms and have freely chosen the topics for their speech. The judges will be looking for the best organization, quality of ideas, body language and delivery skills.
We hope you can join us and enjoy hearing about the topics that most matter for our students.