Friday, 15 June 2018

37: Friday 15th June 2018

From the Director


Last night we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2018. We were joined by Exabrit Ariela Suster as our guest of honour as well as the British Ambassador Bernhard Garside. Ariela talked about her memory of school and how she found her path in life. The stars of the show were the Class of 2018 and their achievements. All members of the Class have every right to be proud of their individual achievement and we celebrated each of them last night. In particular I would like to highlight our top academic graduates and our major prize winners

Top Graduates
  1. Fernando Vega
  2. Daniela Duran
  3. Laura Monterrosa
  4. Andres Figueroa 
Prince Philip Shield for leadership 
Andres Figueroa

Gilda de Vergara Trophy for Social projects
Sofia Martinez

McGuigan Cup for IB Extended Essay Rebeca Herrera
British Ambassador Awards for Sport and Arts
Diego Arevalo
Sofia Castro

Headmasters Medals
Daniela Castillo 
Matias Hudson
Diego Behrens 
Carlos Rosales

We have a busy week leading up to the end of term next Friday. Please keep your eye on the calendar and I look forward to seeing many of you in school or at graduation events.

Primary News

Congratulations to our World Cup winners! The children had a fantastic experience playing matches against each other. We were very impressed with their football skills and their demonstration of our Team Player value.

LP Winners:
PK Siri, K Suarez, Prepa Kennedy, 1st Pineda

UP Winners: 
2nd Tutty, 3rd Segovia, 4th Rumsey, 5th Navas

Well done to Gabriel and Sara from PK for their participation in the Graduation. It was so exciting to imagine our PK children being on the same stage in 2032 for their own graduation.

During this week the children of Upper Primary Grades 2-4 took part in the start of their end of year celebration events with the Effort LEads to Success Assemblies. After much thought, the teachers were able to pick and talk about the highlights of the year as well a remind the students why they are so special. Each child was awarded a ROC value award, and for those demonstrating excellence during the year Academic Awards were handed out for the curriculum subjects. A special mention for James Lin, whom managed to scoop a massive 5 certificates this week. Congratulations to all that took part!

The children took home their end of year reports today, we are very proud of their effort and achievement. This year the children have made great progress in their learning, each at their own pace. We encourage you to celebrate your child’s individual successes.

A note for next week, there will be the school Lower & Upper Primary Talent shows being put on. Do not forget that if you are performing there will be rehearsal times for you to practice with Mr. Diaz. Good luck to those that are going to entertain us next week, I am sure you will do a fantastic job!

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
June
Friday 15th: LP reports go home
Friday 15th: Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Monday 18th: First grade trip to Cinemark, La Gran Vía
Thursday 21st: LP Talent Show
Friday 22nd: Leave at 11am (no Sala Cuna)

Upper Primary
June
Friday 15th: UP reports go home
Friday 15th - Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Monday 18th - 5th Truscott’s Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15am- PAC
Tuesday 19th - Children’s Fun Day for Upper Primary (Kombi-dar)
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Party - 5:00pm - 8:30pm - PAC
Friday 22nd - Last Day of Term 3 and End of School Year. Upper Primary children will leave at 11:30am.

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Designated Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary News

Dear Parents and carers,

I begin this weekly by saying what a wonderful celebration of success and achievement we had at the school Thursday evening at our class of 2018 Graduation. They will be missed at school and we wish them the very best in their next academic step. We look forward to welcoming them back at future Headmaster’s reception and share their successes. 

Today we kick off the Awards Ceremonies with Grade 10 and we are grateful to all the parents who made time to come and support the year group. We remind you that G6,7,8,9 and 11 have their Awards ceremonies next week and they are all published on the calendar. 

HABITAT for HUMANITY
From Mr Colin Hogan and Ms Kay Brown
The Grade 11 Habitat for Humanity team spent a productive Saturday morning last week digging a well and painting a new build. Here the are, hard at work. This has been a year-long Grade 11 CAS project, with help from the Grade 10s and the team has organised four successful construction activities over the course of the year. 





KOMBIDAR
From Carmen Chávez- Pastoral Coordinator
On Tuesday we organised a breakfast activity with all KS3 students. The purpose of this was to help all those people in need. Kombi-dar is a non profit organisation that help all those people who don't have shelter and provide a breakfast meal for free for everyone they sell. The breakfast was a success and we manage to collect over $600 dollars and more than 260 servings.

One of the nicest parts of the breakfast was that all of our blue men and women in our community joined us, and one of our Grade 8 ambassadors thank them in name of all the students.

This again is a great opportunity for our students to give back and share with the community.



Grade 6 Cocktails for Guatemala
From the Maths department
Please read the maths blog here

Grade 7 - From Maths
Please read the maths blog here

Grade 9 Work Experience
From Mr Quijano
“As part of our Vocational and University Orientation Program, every year we carry out an educational activity based on a work experience with our Year 9 students. Students are placed in a real life work situation, and they take on the responsibility of an internship / work experience for an entire week. They perform tasks directly related to the career(s) involved in that line of professional work, and the idea is that the student can see how the career option they are considering in their professional future, has real applicability in a particular field. 

We have students working all around the city of San Salvador and Santa Tecla, in institutions and companies like TCS, Channel 10, Hotel Barceló, Hospital San Rafael, Santa Tecla Community Clinics, La Prensa Grafica, Latitude Sports, Monica Arguedas Fashion Store, Espino Law, Arias Law, TELUS, Channel 33, and as many others as the diversity in our student’s vocational interests. Our students have shown interest in the Law, Public Relations, International Relations, Communications, Economics, Business Administration, Marketing, Psychology, Education, Health, Engineering, Hospitality, as well as, TV Production, Fashion, Aviation and Scientific Research. At the end of the workweek, we will guide students on a reflection about careers and the work experience, so that they may continue to explore professions.

The university counselors at the school have been visiting students at work during the week. We have observed our students show great interest in their work, confidence on the tasks they have been guided to perform, showing ability, proactivity, and teamwork; and we have received very good comments from their mentors about their performance, including: they have been very punctual, show respect for adults, show much enthusiasm, and are eager to learn. From the students’ perspective, they feel grateful to have the opportunity to learn about a career they would want to pursue in the future. This feeling was corroborated in an email sent to us by one of our parents, which I would like to share:

“I would like to express my satisfaction for this activity; I believe that it is really contributing to the induction of students in work environments, particularly in the Espino Nieto Office, where they have put great effort to prepare tasks which are appropriate to the interests of young people and the objective of the experience…”

Finally, this activity would not be a success without the support of our professional community, which includes many parents of our ABC community. Thank you.”

LAST DAY OF LESSONS- Very important information!
Last day of lessons is around the corner on June 22nd and our traditional Supermatch will be held on that day. There will be lots of fun sports activities which we truly hope your child does not miss out! We are asking that ALL STUDENTS come wearing PE kit and bring a change of clothes (PE uniform) since there will water games!

One more week to go and still many events to go! I thank the parents in advance for your support in ensuring your children come to school to enjoy the last week of their school year. Don’t forget that next Friday 22nd of June, Secondary school students are allowed to leave at 12.00pm.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
June
Monday 18th - Grade 7 Awards Ceremony, 7.00 a.m. PAC / Grade 9 Award Ceremony, 10:15 am PAC / Grade 11 Award Ceremony, 11.00 a.m. PAC / Grade 11 Learning Review Day-all day by appointments in LRC
Tuesday 19th - Grade 7 Poverty Day / Grade 6 Award Ceremony, 7.00 a.m. PAC & Grade 8 Award Ceremony, 1.00 p.m. PAC / Grade 9 Learning Review Day-all day by appointment in LRC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS / ABC’s Got Talent 10.00 a.m.
Friday 22nd - Last Day of Term three and End of School Year. Students leave at 12.00pm. 

Friday, 8 June 2018

36: Friday 8th June 2018

From the Director


It was distressing to hear about the devastation in Antigua and the surrounding area following the recent eruption. We are sending supplies to help with relief work for people who have lost everything in the wake of the eruption. Thank you to everyone who has already helped on this appeal. We will still accept supplies on Monday if you want to collect items over the weekend. In particular rice, beans, dry food, oil, tinned foods, blankets, clothing and sanitary items including paper. You can read more about this on our newsblog.

We celebrated our annual Lap of Honour this morning with children processing round school. 

As we approach the last two weeks of this term I would like to take an early opportunity to thank my colleagues who are leaving after completing their time at the Academia Britanica Cuscatleca. In particular I would like to thank Mrs. Sharon Short for her contribution to the school over the last few years. She has been a highly valued colleague and on behalf of all the school community I would like to wish her and Andrew the very best in their future. I know they will not forget us! 

At a very busy time of the year I would like to add my appreciation to the Digital Video Awards team who organised last nights event.This event is an amazing focal point for so much creativity and independent learning. For me the highlight is seeing the engagement of the participants in their work and their pride in their achievements. Congratulations to everyone involved.

We are looking forward to welcoming members of the Class of 2022 from their Washington field trip tomorrow. They have had the chance to visit inside the White House and the Pentagon as part of their visit. Our thanks to parents and friends for helping to organize parts of this trip.

On Thursday 14 June we will celebrate the graduation event of the Class of 2018. As a result there will be no extra curricular activities after 2 pm on Thursday. The Class of 2019 and 2020 will represent our students at the event which starts at 5 pm promptly and should finish by 8 pm.

I wish you all a pleasant weekend with your children and families.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Staff have been very busy carrying out final assessments this week and writing reports that will be shared with you on Friday 15th June. We know that all of our students try their hardest and some find school work easier than others. We want to support all our students to achieve their best.

This week our grade 5 students have been visiting the Secondary school for a taste of Secondary school life. They are being taught all of the essential things they will need to know before they get there and experiencing some of the different routines and locations. Feedback so far has been that they have had a great time.

Grade 5 parents were sent their invitation to the Parent Partnership meeting with both Secondary and Primary teams this week. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th June at 6.00pm in the PAC. Please ensure you are there. If you have friends with children in grade 5 please make sure they know about it too.

Today all of the rest of our Primary students have visited their new classrooms and either introduced to their new teacher or told who their new teacher will be if they are not in the country yet. They will have started an activity that will be finished or contribute to next years start of term. I am sure they will have lots to tell you about their new class. 

On Monday we had our first UP Assembly for a few weeks and there was a lot of catching up to do. So many children had won team or individual events that it took about 35 minutes to recognise them all. We did have a visit from the secondary Spanish department to make the awards for the Poems primary children had written for their competition and they were able to present the winners with their certificates. Here you can see some of our talented Primary children below. There were three winners from each class.



During the week the grade intertribal ‘dance offs’ also continued and the results are available on the PE blogspot https://pe-sw-abc.blogspot.com/ The students are amazing it is well worth a look.

We have now completed the auditions for the talent show. Please console your children if they did not make it and help them to be better prepared for next year. We had over 40 applicants for some shows so the competition was tight. We do see the standards go up a little each year. 

On Thursday evening we had our annual DVA awards. In the primary school the children work on their presentations as part of their lessons with the goal of building skills and understanding. We had several nominees in each category. The winners were thrilled and delighted with their awards. If you voted for the winners you can see the skills progress across the school and the creativity develop. Well done to all the participants and congratulations to those who won an award. 

This morning, every student from Upper Primary who had represented the school in some way or other, or who had achieved well in sporting or similar activities on an individual basis walked round the school for the Lap of Honour. To be honest we hardly had anyone to watch because so many of our students participate in school matches and events that nearly everyone was walking round. It is just one more reason to feel pleased and proud of our school and students. Congratulations to everyone who took part and keep up the good work! To see the video of this event, please click here.

IPC unit world cup watch some games

On Thursday children going home early no extracurricular after 2.00pm

Parent homework for the weekend! Please have another look at our school safeguarding policy on the parent portal of the ABC website. It in both English and Spanish. You do need to keep yourself up to date and informed on these issues.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Lead Safeguarding Officer. 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
June
Tuesday 12th: Kinder Suarez/Kinder Caceres Trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am - 12:00m.
Wednesday 13th: Kinder Frances/Kinder Quintanilla Trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am - 12:00m.
Friday 15th: LP reports go home
Friday 15th: Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Monday 18th: First grade trip to Cinemark, La Gran Vía

Upper Primary
June
Saturday 9th - UK Trip 2018 Team Building Morning - 9:00am - 12:00pm 
Monday 11th - Grade 2 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Tuesday 12th - Grade 3 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC/ Tuesday 12th - Parent Partnership for Grade 5 parents “Moving into Secondary” - 6.00 pm - PAC
Wednesday 13th - Grade 4 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 13th - 3rd Dykes Assembly - PAC - 9:30am & 12:15pm
Friday 15th - Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Monday 18th - 5th Truscott’s Assembly 10:50am - PAC
Tuesday 19th - Children’s Fun Day for Upper Primary (Kombi-dar)
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Party - 5:00pm - 8:30pm - PAC
Friday 22nd - Last Day of Term 3 and End of School Year. Upper Primary children will leave at 11:30am.

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Designated Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

The end of year is fast approaching and there are still so many things left to do and so many activities planned. As always, I am in awe of the effort and commitment of our fantastic ABC Staff- from teachers, support staff to maintenance and security. All of the events which are so carefully planned out and carried out for our community to enjoy, are the result of hours of dedication and care on their part and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of them. 

On Wednesday we had our Grade 12’s Acción de Gracias ceremony which kicked off the Graduating class’ celebrations. Thursday, our LRC and IT team put on our annual Digital Video Awards (which you can read about in Mr Keslake’s section of the weekly) and today we rounded off the week with our celebratory Lap of Honour. It has been a great week! 

You can see some pictures on the DVA’s here.

Please keep a close eye on the school calendar to be aware of the events pertaining to your child, in particular their year group Awards Assembly. We look forward to seeing you there supporting the whole Year’s achievements. Please note that we do not let students know who has won awards as we like to surprise them at the ceremony. However, if your child wins an award we will do our best in letting you know in order for you to ensure you can be present to support them. We ask that you do not let them know in advance. I repeat that we do try to make these events a celebration of the whole year group’s achievements. 

Grade 7 Tin Marin Visit
From Mr Gale- Head of Year 7
Following a meeting with tutor representatives, there is going to be a trip on Thursday June 21st, where grade 7 will be going to Tin Marin from periods 2 to 5. They will have a tour of the museum followed by the planetarium and a reptile exhibition. The will then return to the ABC for lunch and P6. This is a great chance to finish the year with a fun, educational trip that the majority of the year group asked for.

The cost of the trip is $10 and this includes the air conditioned bus ride and entrance to the museum. A letter has been sent to you via email. Can I please ask you return the slip to your child’s tutor by Friday 15th June.

If you have any questions, please email me at nicholasgale@abc-net.edu.sv

Grade 9 Work Experience
From Eric Quijano
All Grade 9 will be out on Work Experience next week. Parents and students have received information regarding the week and posts but we would like you support in talking with your children about the following points:

1. Read and follow the instructions for your job carefully. Make a copy/picture of your instructions to take with you at work

2. You must dress exactly as instructed. Bring any necessary equipment that they asked you for (some jobs only)

3. You must arrive at work 15 minutes before the scheduled time

4. Do not use cellphones unless you are in your break time

5. Be active at work: positive mind, offer help, volunteer, ask questions about the work and what you want to learn.

6. If there are any issues, email me or call at 2201-6270, 2201-6236. We will visit you at work during the week.

7. Any problems arriving on time, absences (only in extreme situations and with previous permission from me) must be reported to your mentor at work.

8. You will do a presentation about your work placement with your peers, the week after work. Below are your questions that you must consider, and take pictures where possible.

We will visit you at work next week. Let's do our best! 

Student Council - supporting an International event!
Part of being an international school with a global vision of developing citizens of the world is being aware and supporting events of global significance. As you know, the World Cup is starting soon and our children are certainly excited about it and looking forward to such an incredible event. 

This year, the Student Council Executive team asked for support from us to watch a couple of matches and learn from the unity and good sportsmanship on display. We have listened to them and will take this opportunity to make it a learning and community building experience which will start with a Secondary school assembly and will end with the viewing of Spain vs Portugal match on Monday and England vs Tunisia on Monday! There will be food and snacks on sale and the StuCo will also be raising funds for their projects. Thanks to the Student Council, our students and staff will enjoy this match on a super large screen in the auditorium. We are very much looking forward to it! 



Grade 11- IB Art Exhibition

From Lucila González- Art HoD
11th grade IB Art students organized a small art exhibition to show the work produced during this school year. The works exhibited are the result of a theoretical and practical work related to the human being which the children interpreted like: toxic loves, mental issues, love and happiness, and social reality, amongst others.


It is important to emphasize the variety of techniques and visual resources used by the students in order for the observer to understand and achieve a degree of rapport with the ideas. We invite everyone in the community to visit the exhibition.


Grade 9 were out all day on their Empowerment activity with the pastoral and LSU team. Much fun was had and a big thank you to the staff team who led and organised the day! 






Have a wonderful weekend! 

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
June
Friday 8th - Grade 10 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS
Monday 11th - Logros Event for all Grades, 6.00 p.m. PAC
Monday 11th to Friday 15th - Grade 9 Work Experience - off site
Tuesday 12th - Grades 6, 7 & 8 Kombi-Dar breakfast/ Parent Partnership Meeting for Grade 5 parents, 6.00 pm PAC
Thursday 14th - Class 2018 Graduation Ceremony, 5pm in the Auditorium - Grades 10 and 11 students must register into school at 4:15 p.m in their Tutor groups 
Friday 15th - Grade 10 Awards Ceremony, 9.00 am PAC
Monday 18th - Grade 6 Water Day / Grade 7 Awards Ceremony, 7.00 a.m. PAC / Grade 9 Award Ceremony, 10:15 am PAC & Grade 11 Award Ceremony, 11.00 a.m. PAC
Tuesday 19th - Grade 7 Poverty Day / Grade 6 Award Ceremony, 7.00 a.m. PAC & Grade 8 Award Ceremony, 1.00 p.m. PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS / ABC’s Got Talent 10.00 a.m.
Friday 22nd - Last Day of Term three and End of School Year. Students leave at 12.00pm. 

Team Sports

57th Student Games- BKB - Mini (f) -


In spite of the storm and as the only sporting event of the day, the girls mini Bulldogs team played against Colegio ECI (Escuela Cristiana Internacional). A very exciting and difficult match. During the 3rd quarter, the Bulldogs managed to score enough points and win the game.


ABC 36 - 15 ECI

Congratulations!!

TSP Track and Field
Athletics


TSP wishes to congratulate Anabella Herrera Turcios for participating in the Central American Youth Athletic Tournament, which took place in El Salvador between 1st and 3rd of June. She won a bronze medal in the U18 category in the heptathlon.

Congratulations!!

TSP Football
Bulldogs Cup - Football - U10 -


The Bulldogs Cup is now in the Semifinal stage, and our team played against BeSport and Escuela Alemana. Both games were won by the Bulldogs.


ABC 4 - 3 BeSport
ABC 1 - 3 Escuela Alemana

TSP Football
57th Student Games - Football - U14 (m) –


The Bulldogs won for the second time in a row! This time playing against Colegio Inmaculada Concepción.

Congratulations!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

35: Friday 1st June 2016

From the Director

Congratulations to our swimming team who won the national swimming competition on Thursday. It was a fantastic team effort and we are very proud of them. It is a huge achievement.

As you know we have had to change our ABC Summer Camp because of our on site building programme. I am pleased to inform you that we have managed to arrange an alternative location using the Maya Club and Punto Infantil (Literario) from Monday 25 June to Friday 13 July from 8 am to 12 noon. This three week summer camp needs to be prepaid and signed up in advance to secure a place. The cost for the three weeks is $325. If you would like to reserve a place please contact Sara Suster at school. More details will be provided next week.

Last night we celebrated our annual Headmaster's Reception which is a traditional Exabrit welcome to the graduating class.

Thank you to all the Exabrits who were able to attend and hopefully renewed some friendships as well as making new ones. The Class 2018 Graduation schedule moves to the Accion de Gracias next Wednesday. Please note that on that day we will not have any extra curricular events after 2 pm as we need to clear the campus. We will also be cancelling extra curricular classes next Thursday when we have the graduation.

As you may be aware we are making changes to the cafeteria system. Mrs Beneke our current provider is leaving after many years and we are very grateful to her for the service she has provided. As she closed down and will be leaving it is vital that all cafeteria credit must be paid in full. Please note that as she winds down the business there may be reduced options available. Please bear with her and the school as this transition takes place. Just to reiterate all credit must be paid up to date as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Wednesday we had the final of the inter tribe dance competition. The students have been really engaged with this event and have participated enthusiastically. The have not only demonstrated their dance skills but also their negotiation and collaboration skills as well as creativity, enthusiasm and independence. Please have a look at the PE blogspot for some of the highlights. I was able to watch the grade 5 ‘Dance-off’ and I was really proud of the effort that all students made to participate. As one of the judges I marked for creativity, synchronization, technical difficulty and the finale. The students did a great job organising their own routines and practicing. Well done to all the students and thank you to the PE team for organising the event.

Please be aware that on Monday it is the last day of school for the grade 12 students. It is an exciting time for them and we wish them all well. It is traditional for them to make a grand entry and visit all areas of the school including primary first thing in the morning. This usually means that the school gates have to be closed for a short time. Please try and get your children to school early and avoid the 6.55 to 7.15 time slot.

Our own grade 5 students are building up to the finish of their time in Primary. They will be visiting Secondary and undertaking a variety of activities. Some parents have asked to film some of these last activities on behalf of the whole grade to make a souvenir for the students. We have sent a letter to Grade 5 parents giving them the option of withdrawing their child from the film. If you do not want your child to take part you must let us know by Monday 4th June.

We have been practicing some of the songs for the Effort leads to success assemblies. The first one is grade 2 on the 11th of June. We look forward to seeing parents or other family members there.

Kindest regards,

Sharon Short
Lead Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
June
Tuesday 12th: Kinder trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am - 12:00m.
Friday 15th: LP reports go home
Friday 15th: Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Monday 18th: First grade trip to Cinemark, La Gran Vía

Upper Primary
June
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - Grade 5 Secondary Transition days
Saturday 9th - UK Trip 2018 Team Building Morning - 9:00am - 12:00pm 
Monday 11th - Grade 2 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Tuesday 12th - Grade 3 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC/ Parent Partnership for Grade 5 parents “Moving into Secondary”, 6.00 pm, PAC
Wednesday 13th - Grade 4 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 13th - 3rd Dykes Assembly - PAC - 9:20am & 12:15pm
Friday 15th - Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Tuesday 19th - Children’s Fun Day for Upper Primary
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Party - 5:00pm - 8:30pm - PAC
Friday 22nd - Last day of SY 2017 - 2018

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Designated Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

It seems we are running against the clock now although we still have three full weeks. There are many events and activities for students, staff and parents. Please keep a close eye on our School calendar so you do not miss activities related to your child’s Grade. 

Cal 3 is coming to a close for all grades and I know what expectation this creates. The final reports are published on the iSAMS portal the last week of term.

We had a very useful INSET day for teachers on Thursday where we spent time in collaborative groups reviewing what went well this year and what we want to continue developing and preparing for next academic year. We started the day with a strong emphasis on “Active learning.” It was a great reminder of the importance of being active in our lives and working in teams. We looked at how the brain needs to be challenged and free to be creative in finding solutions and ways of problem solving and how as teachers, we need to provide the appropriate context for our children to own and guide their learning. It was also interesting to emphasise how our children learn and develop in a bilingual context. 

Libraries in the Cloud and Practical Applications for Makerspaces.
From Hilda Gómez and Jennifer Garcia
Libraries around the world are turning into dynamic innovative places, that motivate communities to create, innovate and learn. 

On Saturday May 26th, 2018 the LRC team hosted a series of short workshops entitled Libraries in the Cloud and Practical Applications for Makerspaces. Participants included teachers, librarians and interested individuals from around the country 

This initiative was one of many activities that took place during the celebration of Salvadoran Librarians Week, during the 60th Anniversary of Contributing to the Development of Information Professionals: Globally United as Agents of Change. 

Various sessions were offered as morning workshop: Google Drive and Sites, Virtual Reality and 360 degree Tours 360 degrees with Google Cardboard, Expeditions, Panoform and 360 degree Cameras, Makerspaces, Drones, and 3D Design and Printing amongst others.

The excitement and active learning were palpable as participants moved from one activity to the next. Each one of them left the workshops with several exciting new ideas for their own institution as well as implementation strategies.  

The excitement isn’t over yet. Participants have kept the discussion going through our ABES Google Classroom, where 3D models and other ideas are still being uploaded. It is truly a pleasure to work with such motivated individuals as we work together as educators to share ideas, best practice and inspiration. 

You can view media from the workshops here


As part of the University Guidance process, we will be holding an information session entitled "University Search and Application Process". Parents and students of Grade 11 are strongly encouraged to attend as we are certain it will provide information regarding the application process which will prove very helpful throughout the year. It will cover how to search for universities, and the requirements and deadlines for different countries.

Monday June 4th at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC

If you would like to send questions in advance, we will gladly consider these questions during the Question and Answer part of the presentation.

We hope to see you all there!

Next week we kick off with the Grade 12 Graduation celebrations
First, with the traditional SENIOR EXIT, followed by their Senior breakfast and final assembly, to then round the day off with their final jump in the pool! On Wednesday it is their Thanksgiving ceremony and then on thursday 14th of June, their Graduation Ceremony. All these events are very important for us and they do entail support from the whole community. 

Please be advised that:
  • The bottom car park will stop traffic at 6.45am on Monday 4th. Please make arrangements to arrive a little earlier than usual as Grade 12 parents will be using the car park to attend the Senior Exit and traffic can get heavy
  • There will be no Extra Curricular activities on Wednesday 6th of June or on Thursday 14th of June
  • Secondary school will finish school at 11.25 am on Thursday 14th (with the exception of Grade 11 who will attend a short rehearsal for Graduation and will finish the day at 12.00 pm) 
  • ALL Grade 10 and Grade 11 students must attend the Graduation ceremony
If you have any questions regarding these events, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
June
Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th - Grade 8 History and Science Washington trip
Monday 4th - Grade 12 Senior Exit and last Day of School; Grade 11 University Guidance Parent Partnership Meeting, 6.00 p.m. PAC
Thursday 7th - ABC DVA Awards, 6.00 p.m. PAC
Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th - Grade 5 Moving Up Days into Secondary 
Friday 8th -Grade 9 Empowerment Day and Grade 10 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS
Monday 11th - Logros Event for all Grades, 6.00 p.m. PAC
Monday 11th to Friday 15th - Grade 9 Work Experience 
Tuesday 12th - Grades 6, 7 & 8 Kombi-Dar breakfast/ Parent Partnership Meeting for Grade 5 parents, 6.00 pm
Thursday 14th - Class 2018 Graduation Ceremony, 5pm in the Auditorium - Grades 10 and 11 students must register into school at 4:15 p.m in their Tutor groups 
Friday 15th - Grade 10 Awards Ceremony, 7.00 am PAC
Monday 18th - Grade 6 Water Day / Grade 7 Awards Ceremony, 7.00 a.m. PAC / Grade 9 Award Ceremony, 10:15 am PAC & Grade 11 Award Ceremony, 11.00 a.m. PAC
Tuesday 19th - Grade 7 Poverty Day / Grade 6 Award Ceremony, 7.00 a.m. PAC & Grade 8 Award Ceremony, 1.00 p.m. PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 in Secondary Moving Up Assembly, 7:30 am PAC / Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS / ABC’s Got Talent 10.00 a.m.
Friday 22nd - Last Day of Term three and End of School Year 

Friday, 25 May 2018

34: Friday 25th May 2018

From the Director


As you will be aware we have an exciting building programme across our campus this summer which includes new science and mathematics classrooms, developments in the LRC, new lights for the field and a new reception area for the top car park. We have now contracted a company for these projects and have been advised that with the extent of the work including the noise and pollution that we will not be able to offer an ABC Summer Camp this year at school. We have only just taken this decision and I am sorry it is late especially if you were planning to send your children to the ABC Summer Camp. We had anticipated that we would be able to work around the construction on our campus, as we have done in previous years, but ultimately we have concluded it is not safe! There is work in more parts of the campus than ever before. We are looking into possible alternative arrangements and will let you know if we manage to do so especially for those students for whom we have recommended participation in the Summer Camp. I apologise for the inconvenience caused. 

It is only a week until the Headmaster's reception for the Class of 2018. ALL Exabrits are invited to welcome the Class of 2018 into the ABC Exabrit family but we especially want to welcome Exabrits who are celebrating a 5, 10, 15, 25, 30 or even a 35 year anniversary of their graduations in 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988 or 1983. If you are an Exabrit from one of these years please do make the effort to get a free ticket for the event. You will get to meet friends, make new friends, take part in some quiz trivia and help the Class of 2018 celebrate their graduation from school. Our ABC community is very important to our families and our children and at times like this we can show that unity and togetherness as Exabrits. Please write to anabellasoto@abc-net.edu.sv to confirm your attendance.

In my role I often get asked about success and what is success. Sometimes success is obvious and we can see that someone has succeeded and achieved. At other times success is harder to observe but it does not mean it is not there. I know from talking to parents, staff and children that all our children’s lives are full of successes but sometimes we do not recognise them. I think this is very sad. It is vital for all of us to recognise the progress and successes of our own children and each other’s children, how we are seeing them grow and develop, learning new skills, learning to have an active and full life, learning to work as a member of a team and discovering their own interests and passion. All of these are big successes as our children grow up and as the year starts to close we should be reflecting on these with our children. It is important we do not judge our children against other children or against a predetermined idea we had for them. We should judge them for who they are and how they have grown this year. Please celebrate these successes with your children and help them feel positive about their worlds and their futures. They need to feel your appreciation of what they have done and we are trying to ensure we do the same in school. 

We have an INSET Day next Thursday when school will be closed for students. I hope you have a nice weekend. 

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have recently completed out inter tribe competitions in school and would love you to see all the information about them. Please have a look at the PE blogspot link here ihttps://pe-sw-abc.blogspot.com/ and see our youngsters in action.

The new term of the Upper Primary Science Club has started. Our graduates from last term have led the instruction for our new members, in the safe use of Bunsen Burners. New students have now obtained their Bunsen Burner licenses and can successfully boil water safely, using laboratory equipment under supervision. For many students, this was their first experience lighting matches and working with flame. Having mastered these skills, students were able to make Harry Potter, movie prop, magic wands using magnesium metal burning in air. Some other notable experiments were “energy in cookies” and “reacting sugar with acid”. A recent exploration was in the area of forensic science where the question we were seeking to answer was “what is in ink?” Using chromatography, students were able to demonstrate that inks are often composed of many unique colours, allowing us to identify which pen was used in our “crime scene”. Students are recording their experimental observations in their science journals, as all good scientists should, and receiving feedback about their work. It is encouraging to see our Primary students excited by and engaged in Science.
On Thursday 31st May the school is closed for an INSET day. This is where the school carries out inservice training for the staff and allows teams to get together for planning and preparations to begin for next year, Including the ordering of resources from abroad which can take several months to get here. We hope you have an enjoyable day. We will be working very hard!

Please check the dates below or the whole school calendar for the end of year assemblies when we recognise ‘Effort Leads to Success’. As mentioned in last week’s ABC weekly we will be awarding ROC Values awards this year.

The school will be closed on Thursday 31st May for staff training. Please make a note in your diary and check child care arrangements are in place.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Lead Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
May
Thursday 31st May - school closed INSET for teachers 
June
Tuesday 12th - Kinder trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am - 12:00m.
Monday 18th: First grade trip to Cinemark, La Gran Vía

Upper Primary
May
Friday 25th - Grade 2 Trip to Bicentenario Park - 7:30am - 11:30am
Thursday 31st May - school closed INSET for teachers 
June
Friday 8th - Moving up day
Saturday 9th - UK Trip 2018 Team Building Morning - 9:00am - 12:00pm 
Monday 11th - Grade 2 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Tuesday 12th - Grade 3 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 13th - 3rd Dykes Assembly - PAC - 9:20am & 12:15pm
Wednesday 13th - Grade 4 Effort leads to Success Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Friday 15th - Last day of Extracurricular Activities
Tuesday 19th - Children’s Fun Day for Upper Primary
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Assembly - 7:30am - 9:00am - PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 Moving on Party - 5:00pm - 8:30pm - PAC
Friday 22nd - Last day of SY 2017 - 2018

Please note Ana Gloria Mena and Edda Padilla are Designated Primary Safeguarding Officers

Secondary News

Dear Parents and carers, 

I start this message with a great big THANK YOU to Hilda Gómez, Melissa Hernández and Judith de Méndez, our incredible LRC librarians on their day! It is important to recognise that our LRC staff teach all of us important literacy and technology skills, which we will benefit from for life!


Grade 12 Cal 3 reports
Please access the Cal 3 reports via the iSAMS portal today at 2.00p.m. If you are unable to access your child’s report, please speak with them to verify that they have returned all their books to their teachers and have been “cleared” on our system. The Graduation events are coming up very soon and we look forward to seeing them at the rehearsals and events soon. Please check the Schedule of these events carefully and ensure your child attends and is punctual to all of them as it is compulsory to attend rehearsals. I know we will all enjoy them to the maximum!

Class of 2019- University Search and Application Process- Parent Partnership 
From Maria Eugenia Diaz-Nuila - University Guidance Department 
As part of the University Guidance process, we will be holding an information session entitled "University Search and Application Process". Parents and students of Grade 11 are strongly encouraged to attend as we are certain it will provide information regarding the application process which will prove very helpful throughout the year. It will cover how to search for universities, and the requirements and deadlines for different countries.

Monday June 4th at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC- We hope to see you all there!

As part of the Careers Program we also wanted to invite 11° grade students to take the Vocational Orientation Test (Prueba de Orientación Vocacional). This year the Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado will be conducting them on Thursday June 7th, 2018. We will leave at 7.30 a.m.

The cost of the test is $15.00 per student, and it has to be paid in full before the established date of the test at the Caja ABC (from 7.00 am to 1.00 pm). Please make the payment to the account: PRUEBA DE ORIENTACIÓN VOCACIONAL”, and bring the receipt to the University Guidance office, along with the permission slip to go to the test. The last day to pay for the test is Thursday May 31st. After this date, no payments shall be received due to the fact that the university needs to prepare for the exact number of students. 

This test can be used as an instrument and as starting point in terms of having an idea of which are the areas of preference in opting for a professional career.

EUROPEAN UNION DAY
From Mr Eric Quijano
Today, our Grade 9 students participated in an interscholastic event called “Let's Talk about EU” at the German School with students from there and the French School. We celebrated Europe Day, which here in El Salvador has turned into an entire month of academic, artistic, sports, and cultural activities promoted by the European Union Embassy. The Embassy aims to raise awareness of two basic principles the EU was founded on, unity and respect for diversity, as EU Ambassador Andreu Bassols expressed at the opening ceremony. 

Ms. Ines Kahmann, German School Head, and Mr. Bassols led the inauguration. Teachers and students dressed in the commemorative event t-shirt, which displayed the logos of our three schools and the European Union’s, showing unity and cohesiveness under this year’s theme about the importance of cultural heritage. Afterward, students distributed into workshops in the arts, sports, literature, and culinary arts, to work on topics and activities that are common to the European countries. The students worked very well together, as if from the same school. 

Later on, we joined the ambassadors from Germany, Italy, and Great Britain for an open forum to address topics of interest among students, ranging from what it takes to become an ambassador, to questions like what is the EU doing to help with the refugee situation. In sum, there were great interventions by both students and ambassadors, showing the importance of discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas to reach new understandings. 

The final closing event included presentations by the students in drama, music, video making, food preparation, painting, arts and crafts, and literature; overall, a great ending to a day when we celebrated unity with the European Union. 



Today, our Grade 9 students participated in an interscholastic event called “Let's Talk about EU” at the German School with students from there and the French School. We celebrated Europe Day, which here in El Salvador has turned into an entire month of academic, artistic, sports, and cultural activities promoted by the European Union Embassy. The Embassy aims to raise awareness of two basic principles the EU was founded on, unity and respect for diversity, as EU Ambassador Andreu Bassols expressed at the opening ceremony. 

Ms. Ines Kahmann, German School Head, and Mr. Bassols led the inauguration. Teachers and students dressed in the commemorative event t-shirt, which displayed the logos of our three schools and the European Union’s, showing unity and cohesiveness under this year’s theme about the importance of cultural heritage. Afterward, students distributed into workshops in the arts, sports, literature, and culinary arts, to work on topics and activities that are common to the European countries. The students worked very well together, as if from the same school. 

Later on, we joined the ambassadors from Germany, Italy, and Great Britain for an open forum to address topics of interest among students, ranging from what it takes to become an ambassador, to questions like what is the EU doing to help with the refugee situation. In sum, there were great interventions by both students and ambassadors, showing the importance of discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas to reach new understandings. 

The final closing event included presentations by the students in drama, music, video making, food preparation, painting, arts and crafts, and literature; overall, a great ending to a day when we celebrated unity with the European Union. 

Europe Month
From María Haydée Diaz-KS3 Coordinator - Spanish Department
The ABC Spanish Department, represented by María Haydée Díaz and David Flores, attended “Europe Month” organized by Escuela Alemana. 

Our 9th grade students had a very productive and exciting morning, working on their project “Los héroes del tiempo” (Heroes of Time), which was implemented alongside girls from Liceo Francés. 

This has been a fulfilling experience for them.



End of YEAR AWARDS CEREMONIES
We would like to ask you to make a note in your agendas to come to support your child’s Grade in their End of Year Awards Ceremonies. 

They are taking place in the PAC as follows:
Grade 6- Tuesday 19th of June, 7.00- 8.00 am
Grade 7- Monday 18th June, 7:00- 8:00 am
Grade 8- Tuesday 19th June, 1:00- 2:00 pm
Grade 9- Monday 18th June, 10:15- 11:00 am
Grade 10- Friday 15th June, 7:00- 8:00 am
Grade 11- Monday 18th June, 11:00- 11:50 am

Please take note that next Thursday 31st of May is an INSET day for teachers so school is closed for students. We look forward to seeing them back on Friday 1st of June. Grade 6, 7 and 8 have their annual “Linguistic races” which I know are great fun and a great learning experience for them! 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards, 

Natalia Cáceres Escalón 

Dates for your diary
May
Thursday 31st - school closed for all students: INSET for teachers
June
Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th - Grade 8 History and Science Washington trip
Monday 4th - Grade 12 Senior Exit and last Day of School; Grade 11 University Guidance Parent Partnership Meeting, 6pm PAC
Thursday 7th - ABC DVA Awards, 6pm PAC
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th - Grade 5 Moving Up Day in Secondary 
Friday 8th -Grade 9 Empowerment Day and Grade 10 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS
Monday 11th - Logros Event for all Grades, 6pm PAC
Monday 11th to Friday 15h - Grade 9 Work Experience / 
Tuesday 12th - Grade 5 in Secondary Parent Partnership Meeting, 6pm/ Grades 6, 7 & 8 Kombi-Dar breakfast
Thursday 14th - Class 2018 Graduation Ceremony, 5pm in the Auditorium - Grades 10 and 11 students must return to school at 4:15 to their Tutor classrooms
Friday 15th - Grade 10 Awards Ceremony, 7am PAC
Monday 18th - Grade 6 Water Day / Grade 7 Awards Ceremony, 7am PAC / Grade 9 Award Ceremony, 10:15 am PAC & Grade 11 Award Ceremony, 11am PAC
Tuesday 19th - Grade 7 Poverty Day / Grade 6 Award Ceremony, 7am PAC & Grade 8 Award Ceremony, 1pm PAC
Wednesday 20th - Grade 5 in Secondary Moving Up Assembly, 7:30am PAC / Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11 Cal 3 Reports publishing via iSAMS / ABC’s Got Talent 10am
Friday 22nd - Last Day of Term three and End of School Year 

Team Sports

TSP Football
College Cup - Football - U18 (m) -
ABC 1 - 3 Liceo Salvadoreño was the result of today’s match. 

TSP Football
Bulldogs Cup – Football – U8 (m) –
During Thursday’s second match, the ABC and the Escuela Panamericana played a very exciting game.

Results:
ABC 4 - 4 Escuela Panamericana

TSP Football
Bulldogs Cup – Football – U10 (m) –
On Thursday the ABC played against BeSport, and the Bulldogs won the match 

TSP BKB
57th Student Games– BKB – Mini (m) –
To finish off the second round, the Bulldogs played twice against Santa Cecilia. At the end, our team won the victory over Santa Cecilia. 

Go Bulldogs!!!

TSP Handball
Trojan League- Handball -
The Trojan League came to an end, leaving the Bulldogs as an important opponent.

The U14 Bulldogs team won as the undefeated champion, and although our U12 Bulldogs team won 5th place, they did an excellent job as they played in the U14 category.

TSP Track and Field
Trojan Tournament – Track and Field 2018 -
There was activity in the Track and Field Tournament where sprinters were tested on speed and strength. The results are as follows:

U14 Category
Ana Isabela González Velázquez
1st place 80 mts
1st place long jump
1st place 600 mts 

Andrea Murillo
2nd place 80 mts

Irene Quan Andino
2nd place long jump

U16 Category
Sofía Huezo Bandek
2nd place 100mts
2nd place long jump

U18 Category
Nancy Massillon
1st place 100mts

TSP BKB
Bilingual League – BKB – Cadet (m) –
ABC Champion!!!!

The Bulldogs were crowned champions of the Bilingual League during a very exciting game.

ABC 36 – 34 Escuela Americana

57th Student Games - BKB - Mini (m) -
Showing excellent defensive skills, the Bulldogs managed to control a very difficult match.

ABC 45 - 15 Colegio Santa Cecilia​

Bilingual League - BKB - Pasarela (m) -
The Bulldogs in the Pasarela category, played against Colegio Maya. It was an even game from the beginning, but during the second half the ABC managed to take the lead.

ABC 33 - 23 Colegio Maya

Bilingual League – Football- U8 (m) –
Once more, the ABC played against the American School in what now has become known as the Classic in the Bilingual League. An even match which ended in a tie.

ABC 1 – 1 American School

Bulldogs Cup – Football - U8 (m) –
Two very exciting games in the U8 Category took place. The ABC played against Escuela Alemana, and in the second match the ABC played against Liceo Frances. Great effort shown by our teams, but at the end both games were won by our opponents.

Bilingual League - Football - U12 (m) -
This match took place at the beginning of the week, and the Escuela Alemana won 4-2 against the ABC.

European Union –


Today at the Escuela Alemana, the European Union held a sports event in which an estimated 200 children participated in handball, BKB, and football activities.

The morning was a display of emotions, fun, harmony, and friendship, some of the values sports pursue. 

The participating schools were: Liceo Castilla, Colegio Español Padre Arrupe, Liceo Francés, Academia Británica Cuscatleca, and Escuela Alemana

Congratulations to everyone involved!!!



College Cup - Football - U18 (m) -
The ABC finished the week with a new victory over Colegio Augusto Walte in the College Cup. Now our team has better chances of getting into the next stage of the championship.

ABC 5 - 0 Colegio Augusto Walte

57th Student Games - Pasarela (m) -

The Bulldogs Pasarela team continues participating in the Student Games, this time playing against Colegio Inmaculada Concepción.