School Bulletin #35 – 10th November 2017

UPCOMING DATES:

  • Monday 13th November: Student Council Bake sale
  • Monday 13th – Wednesday  22nd  November: IB Exams continue
  • Tuesday 14th November: Primary 5A Induction to Seniors | IGCSE Exams end
  • Wednesday 15th November: Primary 5B Induction to Seniors
  • Thursday 16th November: Primary 5C Induction to Seniors | Senior 6 Biology/Environmental Systems students trip to Los Sitios
  • Friday 17th November: Senior 6 Biology/Environmental Systems students trip to Los Sitios
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th November: End of Year Exams: Senior 1 – Senior 4

WHOLE SCHOOL

CLARIFICATION - SCHOOL START TIME 2018: We would like to clarify that school for all students begins at 8:00 a.m..  We would also like to remind parents that the gates to the playground open at 7:15 a.m. and therefore the arrival of students should take place between 7.15 a.m. and 7.55 a.m.

END OF SCHOOL YEAR:  The last day of school will be Wednesday 29th of November, at 12:00 midday.  On Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th, classes for all students will also finish at 12:00 midday.  As all students will be leaving at the same time, there can be no changes to bus routes on these days.

CLUBS AND BUS SERVICE FOR STUDENTS: Please note that the clubs end on 17th of November.  Due to the Senior 1 - Senior 4 exam week from 20th to 24th of November, bus service will be offered only at 12:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m.  Therefore, there will be no bus service available at 3:00 p.m.

PRIMARY (INCLUDING EARLY YEARS)

WRITING TO INSTRUCT IN PRIMARY 3:  The Primary 3 students were recently visited by parents and grandparents.  They visited us and enriched the Spanish lesson in the writing area in which we were writing to instruct.  They shared different activities such as cooking, art and dance.  They also had the opportunity to participate in a pottery workshop in the Secondary classrooms by art teacher, Rosene Haigh.  The students internalised their learning in a creative and fun way.  Many thanks to all the collaborators.

PRIMARY 5 GRADUATION:  Family and friends of Primary 5 students are invited to attend their Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 29th of November, starting promptly at 8:15am in the school Auditorium.

PRIMARY LIBRARY:  The Primary library informs the parents that their children have time to return the English and Spanish books they have on loan from this week until 29th of November.  Those students who have not returned the books on time will be charged fines accordingly.

PAN AMERICAN SCHOOL SPORTS FESTIVAL: We are pleased to inform you that our school achieved excellent results in the different football categories at the Primary level in the Pan American Sports Festival last week.

The Primary 3 team obtained second place, while Primary 4 achieved first place with two victories: against Pan American 3-2 and against Berkley 5-1.  Also, the representative A team also took first place beating the Pan American 3-0 and Saint Jude 5-0.  We appreciate your collaboration throughout the school year, and we hope to continue promoting student sporting success.

INTERNATIONAL FAIR 2018 RACE: We would like to remind you that the registration process for the XXXII Grand Classic Race of the 2018 International Fair is already active.  This registration can be made at the Caja (Administration).

PRIMARY 5 PARENTS’ INDUCTION:  We thank the Primary 5 parents for their attendance at the Seniors induction meeting.  This demonstrates their commitment to their children’s education and the school.  We hope that the information shared was beneficial for this transition process.

PRIMARY ART CLUB:  The Art Department would like to invite parents and teachers to view the Primary Art Club ceramics display in Administration this week.  The art work was created by students from Primary 3, 4 and 5 who worked in the Senior art studio to create their own vase based on Pre-Columbian artefacts.  Well done to all those students involved in the wonderful display.

SECONDARY SCHOOL

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: The Department of Social Studies held on 1st and 2nd of November a tour to "Dos Pinos" with the Senior 4 students.  Among the objectives of this tour are: relate the milk industry and its derivatives with the theme studied in class (Industrial Revolution), observe the evolution and modernisation of the industry in Costa Rica by carrying out experiential learning with the students and sharing theoretical knowledge outside the classroom.

NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: On 6th November, we received a visit by Dr. Andrea Maldonado, representative of NSLC (National Student Leadership Conference) Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students. The NSLC hosts career-focused, leadership development conferences each summer for outstanding high school students from all over the world. They provide opportunities to:

  • Experience life on a U.S. college campus (including UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, Fordham, Harvard Medical School, Yale, American, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Rice, Vanderbilt, U. of Washington);
  • Develop leadership skills; and
  • Explore a future career through simulations, site visits and meetings with industry leaders.Dr Maldonado met with interested students from different grade levels.

If parents would like more information about these programmes for 2018 they can contact Ana Lourdes, María José or José Ignacio in the SDS office.

JADE MUSEUM: The Social Studies department, as part of the Costa Rica History unit, carried out an educational tour to the Jade Museum on 2nd, 6th, and 7th of November with all groups from Senior 1.  The goal was that the students could identify the political, social, economic and cultural characteristics of the aboriginal peoples that inhabited our country.  Through a guided tour, the students were able to clarify their doubts as well as appreciate how pieces of jade, gold, stone and pottery were made in ancient Costa Rica.

TEACHER PAMELA SERRANO:  Congratulations to art teacher Pamela Serrano who is currently exhibiting her own art work at the Teachers ECA 2017 art exhibition titled ‘Animal Retrato’ at the Centro Cívico por la Paz in Heredia.

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