School Bulletin #25 – 25th August 2017

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Friday 25th to Saturday 26th August: Senior 4 International Award trip to Pejibaye, Cartago
  • Saturday 26th August: OMCEP National Semi-Finals Maths Olympics - Primary (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Saturday 26th August: IV Costa Rican Philosophy Olympiad - UCR (8:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Monday 28th August: Primary 1A/C IPC Trip - Tobías Bolaños International Airport, (8:20 am – 11:30 am)
  • Thursday 31st August: Senior 4 Economics trip to the Gold Museum (8:15 am - 12:30 pm)
  • Friday 1st September: Primary 5 IPC Trip - El Tablazo, Agroecological Farm (8:10am – 1:30pm)
  • Friday 1st September: OLCOMA/National Semi-Finals/Maths Olympics - Secondary (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
  • Friday 1st September: Primary 1B/D IPC Trip - Tobías Bolaños International Airport, (8:20 am – 11:30 am)

WHOLE SCHOOL

SOLAR ECLIPSE:  On Monday 21st of August, British School students had the opportunity to view the partial eclipse of the sun.  We were fortunate to have clear weather for a considerable portion of the eclipse which enabled students to get a good view of the moon passing in front of the sun.

P.E. UNIFORM:  We would like to remind parents that students must have their complete Physical Education uniform (gray and black) in each lesson.  Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the reduction of their assessment grade.  Thank you for your understanding.

PRIMARY (INCLUDING EARLY YEARS)

ESTEFANO PAPA ROSALES: Congratulations to Estefano Papa Rosales (Primary 4B) for being formally recognized by the cantón of Santa Ana, for winning 7 medals at the recent National Games.  Estefano also won a further 6 medals last Saturday (19th of August) in the Elite Cup and placing third in the overall tournament.

PRIMARY LIBRARY:  On the occasion of the Independence Day Celebration, the Primary Library invites children of all levels to participate in the Lanterns Competition.  Participants should create lanterns that are 100% original and made from recyclable materials. The 10th of September is the deadline to deliver your creations to the Library. Please note that the lanterns should not include batteries or spotlights.

As students had the opportunity to observe the partial sun eclipse this week, we invite children of all levels to participate in the Drawing and Writing Contest (Writing, Short Story or Poem) about the Eclipse.  The purpose is for students to illustrate or write about what this experience was like for them and what they learned about it.  Drawings and writings must be delivered to the Library no later than the 1st of September.

TALENT SHOW:  There has been a tremendous response to the Talent Show initiative in Primary School, with over 100 students wanting to be involved.  The students have begun the first heats which will narrow down to three contestants per year group.  These contestants will perform in a final show during the lunch break for Children’s Day, on Friday 8th of September.

SECONDARY

SENIOR 3 GEOGRAPHY TRIPS:  Senior 3 Geography students recently spent one day investigating the impact of tourism on Jacó.  Despite the hot weather conditions, the students enjoyed their time learning outside of the classroom.  They spent time in the town and on the beach, collecting primary data in order to prepare for their mini-investigation on Tourism.  The trip was a positive experience and the students were a credit to the school - well done Senior 3!

SPORTS UPDATE:  Our S3 to S5 male football team are obtaining very positive results in the ACEP tournament.  This Tuesday, the 22nd of August, they played against the EMVA School and the result was 3-2 in favour of the BSCR.  Thank you very much for your support.

SERVICE LEARNING UPDATE:  During the last two weeks we have developed several very significant Service Learning projects, which are listed below:

Casa Milagro: On 10th of August, Senior 2B students developed their "Service Learning" project.  They visited the Casa Milagro Foundation, whose headquarters are located in San Pedro de Montes de Oca.  They took with them the donations that they had been collecting at the School for the last couple of weeks.  These donations included blankets, clothes, shoes and toiletries, as well as a donation of ₡112,000, which had been raised through a breakfast sale to staff at the school.  Their visit was of great help, as they collaborated by classifying the donations and preparing food which was distributed that same day in San José. The experience was very gratifying for everyone with the students sharing time with people in need which made many of them consider the validity of certain stereotypes that society holds about this population.

One-on-One La Sirena School:
In the case of Senior 3B, students completed their project on 16th of Augus at La Sirena School, located in Guápiles. This is one of more than 1300 one-on-one educational centers in the country.  The main motivation was to experience, serve and learn from a school that is located away from the Metropolitan area.  The visit had four purposes: to paint a mural and the shield of the visited School, to share a lunch, to carry out different games and to give a donation of school supplies. We achieved the objectives, highlighting the service as a way of learning and establishing solidary bonds with the La Sirena School’s students and teacher.

Costa Rican Food Bank:
On the 22nd of August, Senior 2A students visited the Costa Rican Food Bank. It was a truly enriching experience for everyone, in which they had the opportunity to collaborate by doing different tasks like cleaning the plant and classifying and packaging food. In addition, a significant amount of non-perishable food such as rice, sugar, beans and milk was collected and donated that same day.  Thanks to the work done on Tuesday by this group of students, and many other volunteers who work day by day together to carry out this job, many at-risk populations in our country will be able to receive the help they require.

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