School Bulletin 29 – 23th of September 2022
|Friday 23rd September:||Last day of Quarter Three|
|Saturday 24th September:||Start of the BSCR/Humboldt MUN|
|Monday 3rd October:||First day of Quarter Four|
|Tuesday 4th October:||Start of IGCSE external exams (Year 10 only)|
Health and Safety Bulletin
Please click on the following link to access our Health and Safety Bulletin for the third quarter – Bulletin / Boletin
Following our Independence Day celebrations last Thursday, our Service Learning Department organised a donation of a range of foods to both the Association ‘Obras del Espíritu Santo’ and those in need between Terminal 7-10 in San José. Thank you to all members of our community who contributed to this initiative.
Public Speaking Competition
On Friday of this week, students from Year 4 to Year 7 will be competing in our annual Public Speaking Competition. The winners will be posted on social media in the coming days.
Early Years and Primary
Thank you to all parents who met with their children’s teacher/s this week as part of our parent-teacher meetings. It was also good to see some parents choosing to meet with the teacher at school, giving them an opportunity to see some of the wonderful art work and student displays we have in the Primary and Early Years areas.
This week we have also had many members of our Community join us for the Year 1 and Year 2 Exit Points. It was wonderful to see the students talking confidently with our visitors about the learning that they have undertaken this quarter. We would like to thank both the Year 1 and Year 2 teams for all of their efforts in organising these events.
Poás Volcano Visit
On Tuesday of this week, all of Year 3 visited Poás Volcano. This was another excellent opportunity for the children to be standing on a real volcano after their weeks of studying volcanoes as part of their IPC topics.
This week the Primary school is saying goodbye to Andrea Bradley as she leaves to begin a full-time teaching position at another school. Andrea has been an excellent Primary Cover teacher for this past school year and previously she was a Year 1 assistant. We wish her the best of luck with her new position.
French Club – Year 1 to Year 3
In the fourth quarter, we will be launching a new After School, French Club for students in Year 1 to Year 3 – French Club Flyer. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in enrolling your child in this club. The deadline for enrolment is Thursday the 29th of September.
Year 11 National Baccalaureate Talks
Last Friday, September 16th, the Year 11 NB students had their chance to share with the school community their ideas and the issues they care about. Students spoke about a range of interesting topics in a confident manner, which made it a very special morning for everybody. The English Department would like to congratulate all Year 11 NB students for all their hard work in preparing their speeches and for their motivation to do their very best at communicating with the audience. If you missed them, you can check their speeches on our Facebook page. In addition, on the school’s Instagram account there are also some moments behind the scenes.
On Thursday of this week, our Shakespeare Club put on a performance of ‘Macbeth’ in the school’s auditorium. Congratulations to our actors from Years 8, 10, 11 and 12, as well as the supporting staff members, for this wonderfully entertaining performance.
The Student Council sponsored ‘Spirit Week’ began on Tuesday with Year levels decorating their corridors according to their assigned movie themes from 2000 to 2010:
Year 6 – Camp Rock
Year 7 – Hannah Montana
Year 8 – School of Rock
Year 9 – Freaky Friday
Year 10 – Mean Girls
Year 11 – Mamma Mia
Year 12 – High School Musical
We began the week with hall decorations. Wednesday was the theme dress-up day and on Thursday, we celebrated with the annual Talent Show.
Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition
The BSCR Art Department Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition 2022 showcases and celebrates the wide range of learning that has taken place in The Art Department throughout this year. At all Senior levels, Art students are given a theme and a variety of compositions, concepts and starting points to independently explore their ideas with a range of resources and media and techniques. They experiment and investigate at their own pace, building on their knowledge and skills with curiosity and problem solving skills, to produce a sense of awe and wonder in their individual and highly creative visual and artistic responses. This virtual exhibition demonstrates student personalised learning responses in Visual Arts at all Secondary levels from Year 6- 12.
The Senior Art students have demonstrated problem-solving skills through the construction of 2D and 3D creative forms, with independence in their decision making of their artistic designs and ideas, to achieve the varied and refined 2D and 3D creative responses evidenced in this exhibition. They have shown adaptability with the different materials and techniques that they have explored and a resilience in the challenges of the development of their artistic abilities celebrated in this virtual exhibition. Attached to each exhibit, is further information on each project to read (or hear, specifically in regards to the Year 6 ocarinas ceramics project). We invite you to share in the celebration and to explore and experience the artistic growth and achievements experienced this year by the Art students at The British School of Costa Rica.
BSCR Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition – Unfortunately, the LINK to this exhibition is not working at present. We will place this item on our webpage and Facebook as soon as possible.
University Visits This Week
In the past days, we had several visits from universities around the world. Year 9 to 12 students had the option to attend informative sessions with representatives from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Spain, University of British Columbia in Canada, University of Rochester and Babson College in the USA and New York University in Abu Dhabi. These visits are excellent opportunities to engage with universities and get to know the people who will be making admissions decisions. We will be having more visits when we return from the mid semester holidays.
Reminder – PSAT/NMSQT Payment
The PSAT exam, which serves to prepare students for the SAT test, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating that you wish to proceed with test payment for your Year 10 or Year 11 student in include the student’s name and grade level in the message. Please also let Sandra know if you are paying via a credit card 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, our University Counsellor (email@example.com) if you have any questions.