School Bulletin 8 – 17th of March 2023

School Bulletin

Upcoming Dates

 Monday 20th March  Primary Acto Cívico – Batalla de Santa Rosa
 Tuesday 21st March  Odd Sock Day in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day
 Tuesday 21st March  Year 11 IB Estudios Sociales Field Trip to San José
 Wednesday 22nd March  Year 9C Expedition to Laguna Don Manuel
 Thursday 23rd March  Kangaroo International Mathematics Competition (Year 4 to Year 12)
 Friday 24th March  Last Day of Quarter One
 Wednesday 12th April  First Day of Quarter Two
 Wednesday 19th April  Parent-Teacher Meetings Afternoon (classes end at 12 noon)

Whole School

Neurodiversity and Down Syndrome
During the week of the 19th to the 24th of March, SDS will promote awareness and sensitization activities on the topic of Neurodiversity and Down Syndrome (it is World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday 21st of March). Neurodiversity includes: autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome and dyslexia.  To accompany this week, we invite all members of our Learning Community to wear odd, colourful socks on Tuesday.  We also encourage parents to talk at home with your children about the importance of respecting differences.


Reports and Parent-Teacher Meetings
Teachers have been busy this past week preparing the 1st quarter student progress reports. These reports will be emailed to all parents during the first few days of the Semana Santa holiday. Also, next week teachers will be informing you of the Parent Meetings taking place during the week of 17th to 21st April. These meetings will give parents the opportunity to receive more detailed explanations of their child’s performance so far, including strengths and areas for development. These meetings will be offered both virtually and in person.

Exit Points
Our students in Year 2 and 3 are very excited about their upcoming Exit Points, which will take place on Wednesday (Year 3) and Thursday/Friday (Year 2) of next week.  These activities, which are the culmination of their themed projects for this quarter, will see parents invited into School to celebrate the learning of each of these year groups since the start of the year.

Egg Cartons
You may be aware that we recently relocated our Primary Music room to where the Primary Library used to be. To decorate this room, we would like to design a wall using egg cartons – this looks very unusual though it is also an excellent technique for enhancing sound quality in a given space. As a result, if you have any used egg cartons, we would be very grateful if your children could bring them to the School Primary music room at any point in the coming weeks.


National Honour Society – Induction Ceremony
On Tuesday 14th of March, we inducted 40 new students, from Years 10 to 12, into The British School of Costa Rica’s National Honour Society Chapter.  Congratulations to each of our inductees on this impressive achievement.  Please see our Facebook page for a video of the induction ceremony.

Lincoln Model United Nations – 2023
On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of March, 28 students will participate in the Lincoln Model United Nations. Our delegates will participate in the following committees:  WHO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNODC, Asamblea Legislativa, NATO, UNGA, SOCHUM, British Parliament, UNCSW and the Special Committee (Ministry of Magic).

San Jose Trip – Year 11 NB
On Tuesday, March 12, we resumed, for the first time since the pandemic, the Estudios Sociales tour of San José with Year 11 NB. The main objective of the tour was to strengthen their knowledge about Costa Rican history, and to become aware of the influence of the historical perspective through the most important and influential buildings of San José.  We visited the Caribbean Railway Station, the National Monument, and had a short tour of the National Museum. We also had the opportunity to have a guided tour of the National Theater. The tour culminated with a visit to the Central Market, an important place of popular culture. Finally, to end the visit, students returned to School by public bus.  All in all, it was a fantastic learning experience for our students.

Culture in the Middle Ages – Year 8
Last Thursday, March 9, Year 8 students had a conference on the impact of the Middle Ages on today’s society, given by Professor Dr. Luis Diego Cascante. The students were able to learn about different places, customs, traditions, and events that occurred in this space of time, and the significance that they still have today.

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