School Bulletin 8 – 18th of March 2022
Art for Peace
The Art Department would like to extend a big thank you to all staff and students who have contributed to the United for Peace display board this week, with their individual sunflower designs. The sunflowers are a symbol of a united voice of hope for peace in Ukraine as it is the national flower of Ukraine. The development of the United for Peace board is a collaboration between the British School of Costa Rica staff and students and is a contribution to the global Peace for Ukraine Art exhibition that can be seen alongside many other schools across the world on the virtual Padlet map – Art for Peace (password – PeaceForUkraine). This map has been developed to show support for international and national staff and students at our NEASC sister school, Pechersk School International, Kyiv. There are many schools from all corners of the world, who have come together on this virtual platform, in a world collaboration of Art to share the same message, Peace for Ukraine.
Esperanza Urbana, one of our service learning partners, is organising a ‘Hike for the Homeless’ on Saturday the 26th of March. All proceeds raised on this day will be used to provide food and hot beverages for San Jose’s homeless population. For more information, please click on the following link – ‘Hike for the Homeless’.
We would like to remind all members of our community that Friday the 25th of March will be a virtual learning day for students in all year levels. The reason for this is that BSCR staff members will be receiving their third vaccination (booster) on this date. Teachers will be providing students with learning instructions for this day in the coming days.
We also remind community members that we will be celebrating Down Syndrome day on Monday the 21st of March with students and staff members being invited to wear odd socks on this day in recognition of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome.
Early Years and Primary
Last week, Primary students were able to take part in special House events every lunch time with the following results:
– Arenal won the Relay races;
– Poás and Barva tied to win the Year 4 – Year 5 Dodge Ball;
– Barva won the Year 1-Year 3 Penalty shoot-Out;
– Arenal won the Year 4-Year 5 Penalty Shoot-Out.
The students all showed great sportsmanship and we were very impressed with the leadership, support and organization that each of the House Captains demonstrated.
Between 21st and 23rd of March, Early Years 1 to Year 5 students will be having their individual photos taken. Your child’s Form Teacher will inform you of the specific day.
All Early Years 1 to Year 5 Parent Meetings will take place in the week beginning March 28th. Your child’s Form Teacher will contact you next week to arrange a time for your meeting. Please be aware that we are still only offering virtual meetings: we hope that we will be able to offer in person meetings later in the school year.
Shortened school day
On Wednesday, March 30th, to assist with Parent Meetings, all Early Years and Primary classes will end at 12:00 pm. There will still be After School Care between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm for any child that needs to remain at school.
Early Years Earthquake and Evacuation drill
Following practice drills earlier in the week, on Wednesday our Early Years students and staff took part in an earthquake drill. The students did an amazing job in implementing our procedures under the professional guidance of our staff. An evacuation on the second floor was also undertaken to trial our updated evacuation procedures with staff utilising a red and green card system to signify concerns (red card) or the all clear (green card). We would like to thank all our Early Years staff and students for their continued diligence and cooperation in preparing for potential emergencies.
Thank you to all Secondary students who had their 2022 Yearbook photos taken this week. For any Secondary student who missed their scheduled photo in the last few days, the School Photographer will be taking ‘catch-up’ photos on Thursday the 25th of March between 10:30 am and 11:30 am.
Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion – TOK and Maths
On Thursday the 17th of March our Year 12 students attended an interdisciplinary panel discussion aimed at reflecting on the limits and scope of mathematical knowledge. Students and teachers from the subjects of TOK and Mathematics engaged in a lively and productive dialogue as they explored a number of interesting and relevant topics within this theme. We send our thanks to all who participated.