School Bulletin 5 – 24th of February 2023

School Bulletin

Upcoming Dates

 Monday 27th February:  Start of Cultures Week in Early Years and Primary
 Monday 27th February:  Start of Student Political Campaigning Week in Secondary
 Tuesday 28th February:  Yearbook Photo Retakes (for students who were absent)
 Thursday 2nd March:  Student Council Elections (Lower Secondary)
 Friday 3rd March:  Student Council Elections (Upper Secondary)
 Saturday 4th March:  International Fair (9:00 am to 2:00 pm)

Whole School

Emergency procedures, training and drills
To ensure the health and safety of our community members we have a comprehensive set of emergency procedures, including those for earthquakes, lockdowns and evacuations.  In order to ensure familiarity and compliance with our procedures, students have received (age specific) training and emergency drills have been conducted for both staff and students. The findings from the drills undertaken have been very positive and student behavior and compliance has been excellent. Many thanks to all our students and staff who took part.  Further training and drills are scheduled, so that by the end of Quarter 1, our students will be trained and will have taken part in separate earthquake, lockdown and evacuation drills.
Parent Council Meetings
This week we had our first Parent Council meetings of the 2023 academic year.  Thank you to all Parent Representatives for their participation in each of these meetings.  The minutes for each meeting can be accessed via the following links:

Early Years Parent Council Meeting Minutes
Primary Parent Council Meeting Minutes
Secondary Parent Council Meeting Minutes
Soda Contact Details
If any member of our Learning Community would like more details about Willy’s Bake (the School Soda), or how to pre-order meals, you can either visit their Facebook page or contact them directly on either or via WhatsApp: 8764-4536.
Course Overview Site
Please click on the following link to access our Course Overview site for each of our year levels and subject areas – Course Overviews
International Fair Assistance
If any parent would like to help with the International Fair but was unable to attend the recent organisation meeting then please email Reception on indicating your availability.  Any offer of assistance for this important day for our Learning Community is greatly appreciated.
Traffic Flow
The School is currently reviewing its traffic flow procedures in light of the new road markings that were created last week.  In the meantime, we would like to take the opportunity to remind all members of our Learning Community that we run a one-way system between 7:30 am and 8:15 am each morning and during the pick-up processes in the afternoon.  As such, parents should enter the School via the East Gate and proceed to exit the campus via the West Gate.  To ensure a continual flow of traffic we ask that parents do not park in the road by our West Gate; doing so has the potential to cause complete gridlock that would prevent the entry of emergency vehicles.

New Campus Website
Thank you to all parents who attended last week’s presentation evening about our new campus.  Please click on the following  link to access our New Campus Google Site.
National Walking Championship
Congratulations to Tiago Núñez (Year 4) on being crowned National Champion after winning the U13 3,000 meter walking competition at the FECOA 2023 National Walking Championship – Photo
House Football
This week our House Captains have been organising our first House tournament of the Year – House Football. We are still competing to see who will be in the finals next week. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm from the spectators this week at each game as they have supported their Houses.
Cultures Activities
Next week all of Early Years and Primary will be learning about different cultures throughout the week. As a part of this celebration, on Friday 3rd of March we would like students to come to school dressed in clothing associated with any country of their choice. Students that do not wish to take part are asked to come to school in their regular school uniform.
Tennis Champion
Congratulations to Adrián Quirós on being crowned Tennis Doubles Champion at the Torneo J60 de la Federación Internacional de Tenis that was held in Guatemala between the 13th and 17th of February.
Geography Trip
On Wednesday of last week, 16 Year 11 students visited a stretch of river near Ciudad Colón, as part of their IB Diploma Geography course.  They collected a range of data on characteristics such as river velocity, channel width, gradient, discharge, and river depth.  Their behaviour and attitude was exemplary throughout the day and their overall feedback after the trip universally showed how much they enjoyed the learning activity.
Art Learning Experience
On Wednesday 22nd of February, The Art Department organised an excursion to The Jade Museum, Calderón Guardia Museum, The Children’s Museum, and the Museo Costarricense in La Sabana. It was a wonderful event with students having the opportunity to attend a practical artist’s workshop at the Calderón Guardia Museum with the current exhibiting artist Enar Cruz.  Students also received a fascinating talk on the Harold Fonseca and Luisa González de Sáenz exhibitions at the Museo Costarricense. The whole excursion was a valuable experience for the students’ IB Visual Arts research and studies – Photo 1 / Photo 2
International Mother Tongue Day
On Tuesday 21st of February, the Spanish, French and English departments motivated students to celebrate International Mother Tongue Day.   We found out that there are at least fifteen different languages spoken at home beyond English, French and Spanish, such as, Mandarin, Cantonese, Gujarati, Enpingnese, Italian, Portuguese, Catalá, Korean, Arabic, Sign language, Dutch, Russian, Ukrainian, German, Gaelic, Japanese.
Students and teachers taught us about their mother language, noticing similarities and differences, cultural aspects and further developing an appreciation for their family heritage and language learning.   Through this activity we encourage our students to preserve these languages, as well as valuing cultural diversity and multilingualism in our community.

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