School Bulletin #36 – 22nd November 2019

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday 25th November: Primary Transition morning
  • Monday 25th November: Primary Talent Show
  • Monday 25th November: Year 11 IB Biology and E-Systems Excursion
  • Monday 25th November: Lessons finish at 12:00 pm for all students
  • Monday 25th November: Year 12 Graduation - 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • Tuesday 26th November: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 end of year trips
  • Tuesday 26th November: Non-uniform day
  • Tuesday 26th November: Lessons finish at 12:00pm for all students
  • Wednesday 27th November: Year 5 Graduation (Year 5 students must wear full uniform! - 8:15am, Auditorium
  • Wednesday 27th November: Non-uniform day (Ugly festive dress - see article below)
  • Wednesday 27th November: Lessons finish at 12:00pm for all students. Last day of school for 2019
  • Thursday 28th November: Year 11 NB Graduation - 6:30pm, Auditorium

WHOLE SCHOOL

LANGUAGE SCHOOL:  As from Monday, the 13th of January, we will start to offer English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes for children and adults.  We plan to start by offering afternoon and evening courses of study at the CEFR B2 and C1 levels as a preparation for the corresponding examinations “Cambridge First (FCE)”, “Cambridge Certificate in Advance English” (CAE) and the IELTS certifications.  We would also offer courses of Conversational English during the day-time.  However we cannot offer any placement tests or registration process until the 9th of December after the School Year has ended.  Then, after the festive season, as from the 6th of January, we hope to manage placement testing and registration for classes in the new premises you may have seen in the South-West corner of the school on the internal road.

ECO-BLOCKS: 2019 has been a year in which the BSCR community has come together to consolidate our ECO-BLOCKS project. The origin of this project was a Year 6 Estudios Sociales class last year when they studied the theme "Environmental Pollution".  The result was that we placed plastic donation bottles in various places around the school including; classrooms, offices, the gymnasium, in the corridors, etc. A number of our families also had donation bottles at home which was a wonderful addition to our project.  Last week we brought all of our donations together and discovered that we had filled a total of 106 eco-blocks with several more still in process.  In total we also filled two baskets of plastic bottle caps; one in Primary and one in Secondary, for a total of 7.5 kg.  This project supports the British School’s efforts to avoid making or buying things that produce waste as the ECO-BLOCKS will now be used for the construction of walls, benches, walls, etc. We would like to invite all members of our community to continue with this innovative and creative project as we continue to strengthen our environmental efforts! Thank you to all members of our community who lent their support to this very positive project!

BUSES: We would like to remind you that no changes in bus routes will be allowed on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November.  This is because all students will leave at noon during these days so there will be no spaces available. We appreciate your understanding.

LOST PROPERTY: All the lost property that has been collected in the last quarter will be available for parents to collect from the Administration building between Monday 25th and Thursday 28th of November.  Any materials that remain after this date will be donated to charity.

INFIRMARY EMAIL ADDRESS: In order to improve our communications efficiency, we have created a dedicated email address for the Infirmary - infirmary@bscr.ed.cr.  We would like to ask that from this point forward all medical communications from parents should be sent to this address.

STUDENT COUNCIL – LAST DAY OF CLASSES: In order to celebrate the 2019 academic year drawing to a close, the Student Council would like to invite all members of our community to come to school on the last day of classes, Wednesday 27th of November, in ‘Ugly Festive Dress’.  The idea behind this day, which began in 2014 in the UK with a Save the Children fundraising campaign, and is now an international event, is to embrace the holiday season in a fun and light-hearted way by wearing clothes that you might not normally wear.  In addition to this initiative, the Student Council will also be organising a concert for between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm on the final Wednesday for our community to end 2019 in style.

STAFF LUNCHES – CHARITY INITIATIVES: Approximately 50 members of staff participated in our annual Charity Lunch Week in which over ₡ 300,000 was raised for the charity, ‘Luz para Sofi’.  The charity hopes to raise $1 million to fund an eye operation for Sofia Bogantes, age 6, who is suffering from a degenerative condition.  The operation is necessary in order to prevent Sofia from losing her sight.

PRIMARY

AFTER SCHOOL CARE: After School Care will operate from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm each day on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th of November.

SECONDARY

NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM: Sofía Bianchi and Alina Carranza from Year 12 received wonderful news this week.  Both students obtained the title of Scholars for their excellence in academic achievement from the College Boards’ National Hispanic Recognition Programme.  This recognition is given to outstanding students who took the PSAT/NMSQT test (a preparatory exam for the SAT which is the admissions exam most universities in the United States use in their admissions process) in the eleventh grade.  Alina and Sofía scored in the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino test takers in the region.  Congratulations to both students for this huge achievement, we are extremely proud of them!

TOP 30 ADMISSIONS RESULTS INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE COSTA RICA: Congratulations to Alina Carranza from Year 12 for placing in the top 30 admissions results at Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Alina obtained the 25th place among more than 17,000 students in the 2019/2020 entrance examinations throughout the whole country.  What an amazing result!

SUMMER PROGRAMMES 2020 FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: We have recently been receiving visits and information about different programmes that students from 9th to 12th grade can attend during the mid-year holiday.  These programmes vary in content, scope and prices but focus on offering pre-college enrichment opportunities.  They are generally designed to give students an insider´s perspective on future careers, experience life on campus at premier universities in the United States or other countries, while also developing leadership and team-building skills.  Some of them also offer scholarships to which students need to apply early.   If you are interested in having your 9th to 12th grade student participate in a summer programme, and you would like more information,  please contact Ana Lourdes Baumgartner (abaumgartner@bscr.ed.cr) in charge of university admissions.

ART BOOKS FOR 2020: We will not be continuing with the large IMYC reflection books after this year in Years 6 to Year 8.  However, it is recommended that students use those books for Art class in place of purchasing new Art books in 2020.

PAN MUN - 9TH AND 10TH OF NOVEMBER: Over the weekend of the 9thand 10th of November, BSCR students participated in the 17th annual Pan-American School Model United Nations conference.  All the BSCR students who attended the conference were fantastic ambassadors for the school.  The following students were recognised by their respective committees: Daniela López - Verbal Mention (ECOSOC), Estela de Jesús Guerra - Verbal Mention (Special Committee), Ariana Chacón - Outstanding Delegate (ECOSOC), Luis Campos - Outstanding Delegate (NATO), Melissa Olivas - Best Delegate (Press Corps).  Miss K and Mr W would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the BSCR community who have been involved in the MUN over the last 2 years and we wish the MUN all the best for the future.

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