School Bulletin #1 – 26th January 2018

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Tuesday 30th January: Back to School Night - Lower Primary (Early Years 1 – Year 1) / 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday 31st January: Back to School Night - Secondary (Year 6 – Year 12) / 6:30 pm
  • Thursday 1st February: Back to School Night - Upper Primary (Year 2 – Year 5) / 6:30 pm
  • Friday 2nd February: House Colours Day for all students

WHOLE SCHOOL

SERVICE DAY ACTIVITIES:  On Thursday the 18th of January, 110 staff members from the British School united to participate in five very different social service projects around the San José region.  The objective of this day was not only to make a positive contribution to each of these projects but also to provide our staff members with an insight into the Service Learning Programme in which our students participate through the Lions Quest and CAS programmes.  The first group shared time and activities with the elderly population at the Hogar Carlos María Ulloa.  Group two, working in conjunction with Esperanza Urbana, took to the streets of San José to provide the homeless with food and clothing.  Group three prepared numerous fun activities for the children at the Orphan Home of San José.  Group four worked with the Proparques organisation to help maintain the physical condition of Inbio Parque in Heredia.  Finally, the fifth group visited the women’s penitentiary where they engaged in a range of different activities with the population there.  Many thanks to all of our staff members and our partner organisations for making this experience a successful day for all involved.

WHOLE SCHOOL HOUSE COLOURS DAY – FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY:  To celebrate the start of 2018's House Competitions, all students are invited to come to school in a shirt of the colour of their house (Arenal - Red, Barva - Green, Irazú - Yellow, Poás - Blue).  During this day, all students will attend their House Meeting and there will be group photographs taken.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS:  We would like to welcome all parents to the new school year with our annual “Back to School” Nights.  This will be an opportunity to catch up on important changes that have been made and are coming up.  It will also allow you to meet your child’s class teachers and find out more specific information related to each class and year level.  We will begin in the auditorium at 6.30 p.m., sharp:

  • Tuesday 30th January: Early Years 1 - Year 1
  • Wednesday 31st January: Year 6 - Year 11
  • Thursday 1st February: Year 2 - Year 5

MORNING DROP-OFF:  We would like to remind parents that the student gates open at 7:15 am each morning.  To avoid congestion at 8:00 a.m., please consider dropping your child off earlier.

PROBLEMS WITH THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM:  we apologise for the problems we have been having with our new accounting system ... for example with the payments for Clubs.  Although we spent an enormous amount of time and energy incorporating this system last year, we are still involved in a process of accommodation, corrections and adjustments.  We hope that we can soon get this system working properly and attend to you more effectively.

PRIMARY (INCLUDING EARLY YEARS)

INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW EARLY YEARS 1:  We have had a very exciting start to the new school year with the introduction of a new year group.  Students as young as 3 years old started Early Years 1 (Pre-Kinder) on Monday.  They have a brand new space where they can actively engage in the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC).  A very special welcome to all of our new families!

PRIMARY CURRICULUM TOPICS:

Early Years 1, Early Years 2, Early Years 3 - All About Me
Year 1: The Things People Do
Year 2: Seeing the Light
Year 3: Material World
Year 4: Being human
Year 5: Fairgrounds - Energy, forces, sound and light

SECONDARY

ENGLAND VISIT:  During the end of year vacation three of our Secondary students (Daniel Chen, Sean Godfrey and Steven Wu) participated in the WSE England Study programme.  Students from the British School have attended this programme over the last three years along with a number of other students from schools in Costa Rica.  The programme sees the students immerse themselves in the language and culture of England throughout their visit.  The students were primarily based at the Westbourne School of English in Bournemouth but also visited multiple sights of interests in the UK including Stonehenge and London.

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