Friday, 17 November 2017

12: Friday 17th November 2017

From the Director

I want to start by congratulating the Class of 2018 on their excellent PAES results. 94% of our students achieved the Superior level and our overall average was 7.98. There is an ABC blog entry to celebrate the success. We had some amazing individual results including Daniela Duran with an outstanding full marks in Science and Nicolas tapias a s our overall top student with 9.01. When you consider our students take the PAES with its separate curriculum, while doing a full IB Diploma their results are amazing! Congratulations to all involved.

I hope many of you were able to join us at the Guy Fawkes Party today to mark the end of British week. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the week including the British Ambassador, Mr. Bernhard Garside for his video message which can be seen on our Facebook page. We celebrate British week because of the special relationship the school has had with Britain since its foundation in 1970, this has been developed by the many staff at the school who have come from Britain and of course the hugely respected British educational ideas which underpin the school. The ABC is in many ways a British school with similar programmes to excellent schools in Britain however I often think of the ABC as an institution which wears many different cloaks and that has been apparent this week with the visit of the IPC team this week. The IPC has its origins, like the ABC in British educational values but has grown into an international, values - based organisation promoting high quality learning and reflection with a truly international perspective. In this sense the IPC is promoting internationalism, as do CIS and the IB, the other main external influences on our school and its curriculum. These influences, together with our own rich cultural background make the ABC an international school. So the ABC is a British school in many ways but it is also equally a very international school.

This brings me to my third cloak because in my view the ABC is essentially a community school in all senses of the word. It is a community of people working together to achieve an amazing start to life for our 1,450 students. It is a community that believes in certain values and has high expectations of our young people and each other. It is a community which cares. It is the community around our children which essentially defines our school. It is also a community that has to mutually support each other in the best interests of our children in every sense of the word. I expect my staff to support your children, I expect you as parents to support our community and I expect all of us to nurture and protect our children. The ABC is not a British or international island, like some international or foreign based schools might be. We are a community that defines itself in these terms choosing their values to support our children and sustain a community to make the world a better place. As Sharon describes in her piece we had an IPC visit this week and we await their formal feedback to see if we will become an IPC accredited school. However at the end of the week we did get some comments from the visitors. They told us it had been a privilege to be part of our community this week and that our children were committed to our values and happy in school. Sharon, Tom, Marianne, Ana and I were delighted to hear these words. We all believe that children need to be happy, enthusiastic and interested if they are going to be effective learners but also to grow up into caring young people who will understand and influence their world for good.

So as a British, international community school that develops happy, confident learners I want to urge all of us to continue working together, talking to each other and sharing ideas for moving our community forward. I was disappointed this week to hear that some secondary parent partnership events were cancelled because of lack of participation. In turn some parents felt the school had not fully communicated the events. We all lead busy lives. Our children need their share of our lives and we need to set aside time to discuss their needs as a community as well as within our families. The school communicates through its calendar, available on the website and through this weekly as well as via email reminders. All of these were used to promote these events and I know the topics were important. We will be talking to parents and community members to see how we can make these events even more relevant but I suspect the issue is time and I do urge that we all find time to support each other and our children at parent partnership events in future.

As many of you are aware we have been trialing the option of girls having the choice to wear trousers as part of the ABC uniform. We see this as a possible option and not as a replacement for the traditional ABC skirt. I know some parents are concerned that the skirt may be replaced by trousers but I can reassure you that this is not our intention. We are simply considering an option for trousers in an adult world where most women do not routinely wear skirts and are certainly not required to wear skirts in the workplace. School is simply looking at the possibility of reflecting this. We will be surveying the community later this month for your views on this issue. On the uniform issue I am pleased to report that long PE uniform pants are now available from the school shop. They are a slightly different design and can be worn with PE uniforms on PE days. 

We are looking at food provision at school at the moment and we are committed to safeguarding our children’s wellbeing through the food we offer. We are not against fun food or treats but we do not want our children to be eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis and certainly not at school when they are out of your restriction. We will be ensuring our on site food is healthier and we are also not allowing students to receive delivery of fast food at school either directly from the restaurant or delivered by parents. Please take note the school will not allow fast food to be delivered or left for children. It will be returned when it arrives at school and you will be informed.

Please note that our Guy Fawkes Party tonight will be streamed live for those who will not be able to attend. You will be able to see the livestream here.

I hope to see many of you this evening and hope you have a great weekend with your children.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has been an interesting one for our staff as our IPC Accreditation Team visitors have ‘dug deep’ into our school. We wanted to make sure that the visiting team saw everything that will help them when they are writing their report. We will hopefully know their verdict just before Christmas. We would like to thank those parents and Board members who gave up their time to meet with the them in what was a very engaging meeting

Miss Aviles volunteered herself and her class to do the assembly while the visitors were here. They all did a terrific job and ticked all of the IPC boxes as well as entertaining us all splendidly. They had a standing ovation from the family members present. Well done and thank you 2nd Aviles. All of our students have been their usual enthusiastic, curious and delightful selves and the visitors said how much they liked our school and what a happy place it was.

On Wednesday First Grade put ‘being Global’ into practice. They worked as a team to clean an area of San Diego beach. They were all surprised to to find out how much rubbish people leave behind or gets washed up on beaches. This helped them reflect on different things they can do to help keep the environment clean, like putting rubbish in the bin and trying not to use durapax plates. They finished off the day by releasing turtles understanding that doing this will help protect them and save them from extinction. Thank you very much to the parents, mostly Dads, who accompanied this trip.


On Thursday evening the Pre- Kinder parents came into school for their curriculum night. They learned how it my just look like play but every activity has a learning purpose. It was a good turn out and I would like to thank all those parents who came and the Madres for the lovely refreshments. It will be the Kinder curriculum night on Tuesday 21st and we look forward to seeing all our kinder parents there.

We started British Week with an Upper Primary assembly and a game of ‘Call My Bluff’, a very traditional British TV game. The students were given three possible answers and we had to convince them that each answer was correct then they made their choice. The students did very well and knew a lot more about Britain than I thought. They were very pleased to share how much they knew. We are of course ending the week with Guy Fawkes night. It is one of my favourite evenings and I love the sparklers. Please make sure your children are closely supervised by a parent when they use them. We recommend gloves to hold the metal stalks as well. I know the primary children have been practicing hard and that there will be some great entertainment from all sections of the school along with the ‘Spooky Alley’ and the artisan stalls in the auditorium. I do hope to see you all there tonight.

We would like to inform you that Ms Taylor had her baby this week; an 8lb 3oz boy on the 14th November. Mother and baby are doing well. In Ms Taylor’s absence Mrs Ana Cabrera will be Acting Deputy Head Teacher for Lower Primary and she will fulfilling all of Ms Taylor’s duties for this time. Congratulations to Marianne and her family and I know you will all support Mrs Cabrera in her new role.

The letters for the Lower Primary Toy Collection and the Upper Primary Shoebox campaign will be out very shortly. Please keep an eye open for them. This is a very successful charity collection and we thank you in advance for your support and hope you enjoy preparing them. I know I do. The letters for Santa’s Festival are also about. Lower Primary fill the jars for the very popular Tombola for this event. Please remember that not every tombola ticket is a winner. The standard ratio is 1 in 5 tickets but we are usually a more generous than that!

Have a happy weekend everyone.

Kind regards,

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Safeguarding Officer

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
November
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Celebrations 6:00pm
Monday 20th - Lower Primary Christmas Toy Collection begins
Tuesday 21st - Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Tuesday 21st - No PE or Team Sports Extras
Friday 24th - Prepa Pashley Assembly 7:30am - PAC
December
Friday 1st - Prepa Kennedy assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 1st - Extra-curricular activities finish
Friday 8th - LP reports go home
Wednesday 13th - LP Christmas Show & Christmas Fair - 3:30pm - PAC
Friday 15h - Last day of school

Upper Primary
November
Wednesday 15th - 2nd Avilés Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Friday 17th - 3rd Grade Madres Enlace BAKE SALE (during breaks).
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes and Christmas Fair Celebrations - 6:00pm - Field
Tuesday 21st - Shoe Box Campaign Begins
Wednesday 22nd - 4th Grade Spanish Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Wednesday 22nd - Upper Primary Extra-curricular Enrollment (becomes active 9:00am)
Friday 24th- Camping day#1 Starts at 4:00pm (2nd Grade)
Saturday 25th - Camping day #2 Ends at 11:00am (2nd Grade)
Wednesday 29th - 4th Molina Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Wednesday 29th - Pastorela Comité Católico (2:00pm - 5:00pm) - PAC
Thursday 30th - Last Golf class from Term 2.
December
Friday 1st - Extra- curricular activities finish.
Thursday 7th - Upper Primary Christmas Concert (6:00pm - 7:30pm)

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

This week we celebrated British week and it was wonderful to see how our students embrace our school’s identity. A huge thank you to Mr Hall for organising Lunchtime entertainment for our students to watch British tv series and a fun quiz in the morning!

We look forward to the closing of this week with our Guy Fawkes celebrations tonight! 

PAES Results are in!
From Mr Quijano
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for achieving an 8.0 global average. 94% of the students scored at the Superior Level of 7.5 and above, and our top score reached was a 9.0! The PAES is a national exit exam for graduating students, which covers the Natural Sciences, Maths, National History, and Spanish Language and Literature. Over 80,000 students took the exam on October 11th and 12th of this year; 23,661 came from private institutions. Our students scored higher than the average for private schools at 6.5, in La Libertad. We are very proud of our students' effort and dedication, and very thankful of the support of all our teachers who work with them. The national PAES average stands at 5.3. Yet, we want to work hard to stay strong and deliver our earnest effort. 

Learning Review Day for Grade 12 was very successful and a huge thank you for making your appointments and supporting this new system of feedback and communication. We look forward to next Friday 24th November for our Learning Review Day for Grade 10

INTERNATIONAL KNOWLEDGE BOWL
From Mr Paul Hickey
Last Thursday the ABC competed in the International Knowledge bowl competition entering a Junior Varsity and Varsity team. A fun day was had by all with an intense competition of very fine margins. Congratulations to all the students that competed, especially to the Varsity team which claimed third place!


Grade 12
Rafael Mendoza
Matías George Hudson
David García 
Amanda Toledo
Fernando Vega
Grade 10
Carlos Ernesto Vásquez Arbizú
Martha Julia Espinal Alemán
Ana Carolina Saade Interiano
Ana Sofía Perdomo
Vanessa Guadalupe Nuñez Escobar

Habitat for Humanity- 11th november
From Mr Edward Dafnis
On the morning of Saturday, 11th November four students from 11D and two members of ABC staff equipped with work gloves and hard hats set off to work with Habitat for Humanity in San Juan Opico. Upon arrival we were met by the site manager who explained the site safety rules and the background of the house that we would be working on alongside members of the local community. It was good, hard physical work but commitment was 100% throughout and spirits were high. A particularly poignant moment was when we were joined by the family who would be living in the house once it was completed - they were grateful for our efforts and time and said how the new home would would change their lives. Our students were a real credit to the ABC school and demonstrated a number of the values that are so central to the school community. We're already planning the next trip for grade 11 students in early 2018.


SPORTS DAY!
The big day is just around the corner and we thank all the parents for their support and in particular the Madres Enlace for all their help! We understand there are some concerns regarding our students’ well being as they will be out in the sun but we want to reassure you that caring measurements have been taken. The school will provide plenty of water throughout the day: there will be water spots on the track and field as well as near the spectator's bleachers. The Madres Enlace will kindly provide all students with fruits and healthy snacks throughout the day! In case of an injury or any health incident, there will be a nurse station on the field and an ambulance on grounds for transportation. We will also have a provision of sun block for our students in case they need it. 

We have sent an information pack to all parents and we ask that you read it carefully. All students should arrive equipped with cap, applied sunblock and a lunchbox with healthy snacks and water. 

All parents are welcome to join us and support our students and we ask you to follow our guidelines for parent seating. We have reserved the car park in the Gimnasio for parents.

We have closed the inscription to pick children up from the Stadium as we have coordinated transport to and from the stadium with strict registers and supervision. If you have communicated to us that you will pick your children up from the stadium, please note that you need to be present by 4.30pm as we will leave the stadium and we will not delay any buses coming back to school. Thank you in advance for your collaboration! 

Important notices for Sports Day:
  • All students must be dropped off from 9.00 am and no later than 10.30am by the PAC Carpark ONLY 
  • Please ensure your child brings: Cap, sunblock, water bottle, lunchbox
  • Parents taking their children from the stadium must check in by 4.30pm and register out with Roxana, Marielos or Lissett on their way out at the end of the event. 
  • If parents have not arrived by the time we finish the event, students will be brought back to school for security reasons. 
  • Pick up ONLY by PAC carpark from 5.30pm onwards (Madres Enlace will help keep parents informed of leaving times from the Stadium)
Please do not hesitate to contact us should there be anything else you need to know.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
November
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Party & Christmas Fair (afternoon)
Tuesday 21st - Secondary Sports Day, Estadio Mágico González
Tuesday 21st to 11th December - Shoe Box campaign for whole school
Friday 24th - Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports published on iSAMS parent portal
Friday 24th - Grade 10 Learning Review Day (all day and by appointment)
December
Friday 15th - End of Term 1. Last day of school

Team Sports

The third week of November starts with great news:
Team Sports, 56 student games.
Academia Británica Cuscatleca
1st place, school with the wider participation in sports.
Department of La Libertad.
This is the third consecutive year we obtain this title.


CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to our athletes, teachers, and parents.
BULLDOGS!!!

Bulldogs Cup- Basketball- Mini (f)-
Scheduled game for the Bulldog Cup between ABC and CISS, emotions, and good scores.


ABC 32 - 13 CISS

Bulldogs Cup - Basketball - Mini (m) -
Tuesday game between ABC and Lamatepec. An exciting set of actions that thanks to their efficiency, the game was won by the Bulldogs.


ABC 29 - 23 Lamatepec.

Bilingual League-Football- U16 (m) –
The Bulldogs had a hard and exciting match against their neighbour, Liceo Francés. The ABC was able to win this game at the last quarter of the match.


ABC 4 – 2 Liceo Francés


TSP congratulates Diego Hidalgo (blue jumper with the number 8) for having won during the Indoor Soccer tournament at the Appalachian State University, NC.

Bilingual League- Basketball- Cadets (m) -
During the second game of the season, the Bulldog cadets managed to score three points and win the match against Liceo Francés.


ABC 48 - 20 Liceo Francés

Friday, 10 November 2017

11: Friday 10th November 2017

From the Director


I would like to welcome you back to the second part of this term and I hope you had an enjoyable vacation with your children. We have noticed that most of our children are refreshed and ready to come back after their break. At the moment we are promoting our ABC Value of Ethical which is one of our CORE values. Ethical covers so many things which we value in our children, each other and in our community. It includes being honest and being fair but it also implies a commitment to doing the right thing at all times. Being “ethical” challenges all of us to monitor our own behaviour and attitudes and to ensure we are seen to be true to our beliefs in all we do. It is also a challenge to the school and everyone who represents it, including of course staff and my leadership team, but also all of us who are parents and role models in our community. So please - let us reflect on our actions and let us embrace being ethical at all times. 


As I mentioned in the previous issue of this publication we are undertaking a uniform trial this half term to see how the school community feels about secondary girls being allowed an option to wear trousers. Towards the end of this month we will be asking for feedback via a community wide survey. I want to reiterate that we are simply considering allowing girls an option to wear trousers as some girls have requested. There will be a small number of girls trialing trousers this half term.

Our afternoon pick up is much smoother this week with less cars arriving early and blocking the access roads or the pick up areas. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. There are a couple of points our traffic team would like me to reiterate.
  • Please advance as far into the pick up area as you can so other parents behind you can also enter the pick up area and collect their children. We then expect your children to walk to your car
  • Please note the PAC car park is now open to secondary parents with primary siblings from 2 pm (provided your secondary child has obtained a car park pass) but if you use this facility please do not arrive until after 2 pm)
  • The PAC pick up area is open from 2.20 pm for all parents 
  • On a Wednesday when we have many children picked up at 3 pm - please do not arrive early as you are blocking access for parents trying to collect their children at 2.30 or 2.45 pm
On another note tomorrow is the 99th anniversary of the end of the First World War. A war with an estimated 41 million casualties. On 11th November 1918 the machine guns stopped firing and there was peace. We mark the end of this terrible war in Britain and in many countries with a poppy flower which many people have been wearing in school this week. The saddest part of the story of the First world war is that it has been followed by so many more wars and loss of life. The poppy reminds us of hope for a new generation which will not be blighted by war. 

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Guy Fawkes party next Friday as a climax to our British week celebrations. We will enjoy music, dancing and fireworks as well as food, shopping and each other’s company.

I hope you have a very enjoyable weekend with your children.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We finally have some photos of our IPC International Mindedness activity where we discussed how we belong to various communities - our family, our class, our grade and our school. 


The Stones are now being cemented onto the wall outside of my office as a permanent reminder of the activity and the idea of belonging as part of one’s identity. 

Here is a link to a video of the completed stones on the school field. 

In primary we had several different colour runs but everybody had an amazing time. Thank you to everyone who bought a Colour Run Kit all the money raised will go to Save the Children.

Following the Primary Friendship Fair we were able to present those classes who sold the most raffle tickets with their ice cream treat. The winning classes were 2nd Tutty, 3rd Borgo, 4th Guzman and 5th Navas. Well done to all those students and their families for supporting such a good cause.



This week Grade 5 had their entry point for their new unit ‘Investigators’. The staff had carefully planned a crime scene and the students became the detectives investigating what had happened. They looked for clues and evaluated their significance. All of the students participated really well and some were very creative in their ideas about what had happened.

Nov 21st there will be no PE for Primary as the PE staff will be running a sporting event in the local stadium.

Next week is British week. In Primary we will be focussing on activities on Friday because of the accreditation team in school. The week will round up with the wonderful Guy Fawkes evening. There will be entertainment, food and fireworks. There will also be some stall holders selling items that could make great Christmas presents. There are Sparklers for sale. We recommend the children have gloves to hold them and they must be supervised by an adult as the spent wires can be very hot and they need to be disposed of correctly in the sand bins. We all enjoy this school tradition and we look forward to seeing you there.

In case it has slipped your notice, this coming week is our IPC accreditation visit. We are very excited and a bit nervous but everyone in school has worked really hard towards this and whatever the outcome we have had an amazing journey, deepened our learning and evaluated our practices. The students will be the ones to benefit from all our improvements. Wish us luck. We know all of our students will be amazing and ‘do us proud’ by being friendly, open and sociable with our visitors and sharing all they have learned.

We will not get our official feedback for several weeks but I will let you know the general feel next week.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Safeguarding officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
November
Wednesday 15th - 1st grade field trip to playa San Diego to release turtles 
Thursday 16th - Pre Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 17th - Prepa Macdonald Assembly 7:30am - PAC
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Celebrations 6:00pm
Monday 20th - Lower Primary Christmas Toy Collection begins
Tuesday 21st - Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Tuesday 21st - No PE or Team Sports Extras
Friday 24th - Prepa Pashley Assembly 7:30am - PAC

Upper Primary
November
Wednesday 8th - 3rd Mena Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Monday 13th - Friday 17th - British Week 
Friday 17th - Grade 3 Bake Sale (rearranged)
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes and Christmas Fair Celebrations - 6:00pm - Field
Wednesday 15th - 2nd Aviles Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Tuesday 21st - Shoe Box Campaign Begins
Wednesday 22nd - 4th Grade Spanish Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Friday 24th- First Camping day 4:00pm (2nd Grade)
Saturday 25th - Last Camping day. Ends at 11:00am (2nd Grade)
Wednesday 29th - 4th Molina Assembly - 9:20am & 12:15pm - PAC
Thursday 30th - Last Golf class from Term 2.

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

Secondary News

Dear Parents and carers,

MOVEMBER is HERE!
From Mr Anthony Pike
Following the successful Cancer Awareness assemblies at the end of last half term, and October’s well supported Breast Cancer Awareness month it is time for ‘Movember’!

Movember began in Australia in 2004 when 30 friends decided to grow a moustache for one month. Inspired by the amount of conversation their facial hair created the following year they decided to use their moustaches to raise money and awareness of men’s health issues - setting up the Movember Foundation. 

Since 2004 the Movember Foundation has raised hundreds of millions of dollars around the world supporting charities that are involved in testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and male suicide.

This Movember at the ABC Grade 9 - 12 students have been challenged to grow the most impressive moustache that they can (there will be a competition for the best towards the end of the month) and to donate $5 which will go towards men’s health charities here in El Salvador.


ACTUA activities for Cancer Awareness NEXT Week!
ACTUA, a student organization in school is promoting Cancer Awareness among our students and staff through CAS activities. 

Girls will be allowed to use pink nail polish from Monday 13th through Friday 17th, and asked to contribute a $1 donation on Monday. All proceeds will be donated to fund cancer research. NOTE: PINK polish! No other colours allowed. 

Also, on Friday 17th, girls will be allowed to wear pink shirts and boys will wear blue, and asked for a $1 donation to fund cancer research. NOTE: PINK and BLUE only; no hoodies of any other colours on top of your shirt! 

Sports Day
We are really excited and looking forward to the Sports Day coming up and we have sent parents a handbook with all the information regarding the event. Please read it carefully, especially as it asks for parents to confirm whether they will pick up their children from the Stadium or back at school.

We have also sent via email the permission slip which we need to have back by Wednesday 15th of November.

Thank you for your support!

Cal 1 Grade 12 and Grade 10 reports 
Our iSAMS parent portal is working and we have have published our Grade 12 and Grade 10 Cal 1 reports there. Please look at the report carefully with your child and reflect upon their performance in light of how they did at the end of last year. 

Please note we have our Learning Review Days coming up (see calendar below) for Grade 12 and Grade 10 and this will be an ideal opportunity to discuss with us a plan of continued support for them. Letters were sent home and we need you to send back the time which is suitable for you. 

We hope everyone has next Friday afternoon marked on their agenda as we have our traditional ommunity celebration of Guy Fawkes. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
November
Friday 10th - Grade 10 and 12 Cal 1 Reports published on iSAMS parent portal
Monday 13th - British Week
Tuesday 14th - Parent Partnership KS3 (Grades 6 to 8) "Looking after our child's wellbeing" (to be confirmed!) 
Wednesday 15th - Parent Partnership KS4/IB (Grades 9 to 12)"Looking after my child's wellbeing" (to be confirmed!)
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Party & Christmas Fair (afternoon)
Friday 17th - Grade 12 Learning Review Day (all day and by appointment)
Tuesday 21st - Secondary Sports Day, Estadio Mágico González
Tuesday 21st to 11th December - Shoe Box campaign starts for whole school
Friday 24th - Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports published on iSAMS parent portal
Friday 24th - Grade 10 Learning Review Day (all day and by appointment)
December
Friday 15th - End of Term 1. Last day of school

Friday, 27 October 2017

10: Friday 27th October 2017

From the Director

The ABC takes pride in developing global citizens. Our children grow up in an environment where they think about and understand global issues. As a community we work together to help our children understand different people, different ideas and appreciate the importance of listening to other views. As such we are working to help our children be citizens who will make our world a better place when they are adults. We have seen examples of being global this week with our UN activities and the Save the Children events today. This has been a week of optimism and hope, helping our children realise they can be a positive force for change.

I know everyone is looking forward to a holiday next week after a long half term. It has been an amazing half term full of fun and learning and I would personally like to thank so many of you for the support you have given our community and the school.

On a final note congratulations to our football teams who have had an excellent week as well as to our varsity basketball ball team for a great campaign.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you enjoyed the International Friendship Fair as much as we did. The children learned so much from the experience. Handling real money is something that rarely happens in real life these days so they got to be in charge of their stall and their own spending. All of the activities are lots of fun and the students demonstrate so much enthusiasm. The delicious food available also added to a splendid morning with the children’s performances to start the whole thing off. We managed to raise over $8,000 for the education of our support workers and their families and had a great time doing it. Of course events like this do not happen on their own so I have a long list of ‘thank you’s.

Firstly to the ‘Fairs to Educate’ committee who have worked tirelessly for months. Your organisation skills are amazing. You have thought of everything! We really appreciate all of your time and effort that makes this event such a great success. 

Thank you to the music department for the performances that started the event.

Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, filled jars and the lovely food that was for sale. I tasted a few and they were delicious. Thank you to the teachers who gave up their Saturday morning to be there. Thank you to the ICT department who organised the sound system and to Miss Susie the compair. Thank you to Mr Truscott and Mr Mcneil for getting very wet in the sponge throwing. And finally to everyone who came, for making it a wonderful atmosphere. 

Last Friday we finally were able to do the McLay Fun Run for our grade 5s at the Bicentennial Park. You can see how they got on on the PE blog https://pe-sw-abc.blogspot.com/ . As always thank you to the PE team who organised this event.

You have had a reprieve! The IPC team have decided not to send parents a survey after all but we will be inviting a few parents in to talk to them.

Please note we have had a minor outbreak of headlice in school and ask you to check your children’s hair thoroughly over the weekend. We also are concerned about conjunctivitis which has been reported in the country. It is highly contagious if a child touches their eye and then touches another child. If you suspect your child has conjunctivitis please take them to your doctor and get the all clear before bringing them into school after the holiday.

The students really enjoyed the presentation of the Wizard of Oz yesterday. It was a production that was very child appropriate and of course there a strong values moments in the story so It is great to have those re-enforced. If you have not yet paid for your child to see the production you can still send in the $2.

This morning we laid our special stones on the field in a great spiral. Each stone represents a child and we discussed how we belong to families, classes, grades and our school community. Understanding where we belong is the first step in allowing us to develop international mindedness. We can then empathise with others situations and develop a deeper understanding of others cultural influences and lifestyles. We used a drone to take photos of the stones laid out and hopefully I have a picture here for you now. 

Watch Out? United Nations About!! - Mr McNeil

This week the school has been celebrating the United Nations (UN) organisation. As you will know this is a worldwide organisation made up of countries with the aim of making the world a better place to live in for everyone. 

As part of the celebrations the UP children took part in an activity called Model United Nations (MUN) by where each class was assigned a country and they had to work together with other countries the come to a solution for a problem that was given to them. This year the problem was “Lack of Water”, each country selected two delegates to speak on their behalf about the problems in their country and their ideas for solutions.

Each country listened to the others’ issues and then worked together to create a new resolution or plan of action. By being Global Citizens and Internationally Minded each country helped each other in finding answers and solutions for the following areas:
  • cost of water
  • making new water
  • stopping water wastage
  • punishments for not following the rules.
As with all Governments and Politics, nothing is ever easy. When it came time to vote on the new resolution, unfortunately some countries felt that it was unfair to them. So they voted “NO” to implement the new plan of action. However, they did say that they were happy with most of it, they just wanted to change a few things e.g. remove the death penalty for wasting water. 

Even still the children participating have had great fun and hopefully next time they will be able to come to an agreement.


Finally a reminder that we all now have a week’s holiday. It has been a long half term and everyone is tired, students and staff alike. So enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 6th November.


Kind regards,

Sharon Short 
Head of Primary 
and Safeguarding Officer

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
October
Monday 30th to Friday 3rd November - School closed for Half Term
November
Wednesday 15th - 1st grade field trip to playa San Diego to release turtles 
Thursday 16th - Pre Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 17th - Prepa Macdonald Assembly 7:30am - PAC
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Celebrations 6:00pm
Monday 20th - Lower Primary Christmas Toy Collection begins
Tuesday 21st - Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Tuesday 21st - No PE or Team Sports Extras
Friday 24th - Prepa Pashley Assembly 7:30am - PAC

Upper Primary
October
Monday 30th to Friday 3rd November- Half Term (school closed).
November
Monday 6th - Back to school from Half Term.
Thursday 30th - Last Golf class from Term 2.

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

Half term is finally here! What a fantastic celebration of the UN week this week has been, culminating in our now traditional Colour Run. A huge thank you to Mr Hall who put together a very enjoyable UN Assembly for our community and thank you to all the students and staff who participated in the Colour Run! 

G11 students giving back to the community at the Friendship Fair. 
Last Saturday, 11th graders held our ABC Values Based Education high! They had the opportunity to lead by example and work hand in hand with Primary children. During our annual Fair to Educate- International Friendship Fair- they helped primary children run the Fair, be part of a team and shared laughter, learning and a common purpose serving our community! All of them proved to be real ROC's and Global Citizens! Thank you 11th graders!


At the ABC we like doing things in style and truly making an impact! We now look forward to another big event where students and staff will give their best at our up and coming Sports Day! Preparations are underway and you can access all the relevant information on this link. This week our students have been signing up to participate in the different categories and a huge thank you to the Madres Enlace for their work in reaching out to sponsors and being a key link in the organisation process! You can see our video on this here 

ABC Colour Run 2017
From our Head Students: Daniela Castillo and Matías Hudson
The ABC Colour Run is a wonderful event and opportunity for all students to take part in, and help society by doing so. For those that are not aware, the ABC Colour Run is an event that started three years ago with the aim to raise money towards the NGO “Save the Children”, which promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. 

Working on the Colour Run was a new and great experience for both of us. We know it is an event that a lot of students look forward to every year and we wanted to make sure we could deliver the best event so far. We combined ideas from previous years and brought some of our own in, and by working together with the school and other sponsors we were able to organize the event -which was a success! It was a lengthy process, involving efforts from all of the prefect team and a lot of time invested in making sure everything was perfect, especially as we were closing in on the final week of the preparation. 

We are confident both students and staff enjoyed themselves in the Colour Run 2017! We were truly happy seeing how everyone was having fun, and helping a good cause at the same time. Including Colour Run profits, donations from sponsors and the money raised in the bake sale last week, our school is donating a sum of $2,852.00! Thank you all for your support, we hope the Colour Run was a good way to enter your mid-term break. Have a nice week. 

Thank you for all your hard work and excellent coordination Matías and Daniela, Deputy Heads and Prefect team!



This half-term has certainly been very busy but it has also been very rewarding. Thank you to all the community of parents, staff and students who made every day of hard work enjoyable and truly rewarding!

Please look at the dates in the calendar section to add to your agendas! Have a fantastic Half-term break and I look forward to seeing you all back in school, early on Monday 6th of November! 

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón
Head of Secondary School 

Dates for your diary
October
Monday 30th to Friday 3rd November - School Closed for Half Term
November
Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd- Half Term (school closed).
Monday 6th - Back to school - Term 2
Friday 10th - Grade 10 and 12 Cal 1 Reports issued
Monday 13th - British Week
Tuesday 14th - Parent Partnership KS3 (Grades 6 to 8) "Looking after our child's wellbeing"
Wednesday 15th - Parent Partnership KS4/IB (Grades 9 to 12)"Looking after my child's wellbeing"
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Party & Christmas Fair
Friday 17th - Grade 12 Learning Review Day
Tuesday 21st - Secondary Sports Day, Estadio Mágico González
Tuesday 21st to 11th December - Shoe Box campaign starts for whole school
Friday 24th - Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports issued
Friday 24th - Grade 10 Learning Review Day
Saturday 25th to Sunday 12th December - Spanish trip to Madrid

Friday, 20 October 2017

9: Friday 20th October 2017

From the Director


I am writing the newsletter this week from Rio de Janeiro where I am helping with a CIS school accreditation visit. In my absence I am still in regular contact with school and Natalia Cáceres and Sharon Short are deputising for me. I know they will do a great job.

I mentioned some weeks back that we were considering some uniform changes and the Board have decided that the school should go ahead with a trial of trousers for Secondary girls. This idea originated with the Student Council and we want to see how functional the trousers are for the girls, and to check they meet our expectations in terms of smartness and school pride. A small number of volunteers will have the chance to try the samples for us and then we will ask the community for their opinion. We will make decisions in December about whether or not we are going to adopt the option of trousers for girls.

Next week is UN Week at the ABC as it marks the anniversary of the start of the United Nations in 1945. I am a big supporter of the United Nations because I believe it sets an example to all of us that we need to work together to address and resolve issues. It has many fine ideals which we want to share with our children and help them become problem solvers in a sustainable and peaceful environment. 

This coming Monday is also the 47th anniversary of the legal formation of the Fundación Escolar Británico-Salvadoreña who are the not for profit foundation who are custodians of the school. Mr. Gary York had been appointed as the first Headmaster three days previously. Almost seven years later, to the day, Ms. Bessy de Hércules was appointed to work with Mr. York and last week we celebrated her 40th anniversary of working at the school. She shared many happy stories of her time at the school including the graduation of her sons. 

We have sent an email to parents this afternoon following a concern expressed by some parents about a CAS project. Please read the email and rest assured that the school encourages student driven community involvement in a wide variety of projects that they care about. These are all done within strict guidelines from the IB and the school. The school does not affiliate itself with any NGOs or support all the campaigns of any organisation.

I cannot finish without thanking so many of you for helping resolve our pick up problems in the afternoon. We are now allowing Secondary students with Primary siblings to be picked up with their Primary siblings at 2 pm in the PAC car park. The only thing we ask is that parents of Primary and Secondary siblings using this procedure must ask for a pass for their Secondary student from the Secondary office and crucially that you arrive in the car park after 2 pm so you do not block the pick up of Primary students from 1.50 pm. Please continue to be considerate. The PAC car park is open from 2.30 pm for Secondary pick ups and is a good option at that time for all student pick ups.

Have a lovely weekend

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a busy week with meetings for parents this week and have more next week as well. We know you are busy but it is important you attend if they apply to you and your children

On Tuesday we had the Grade 1 Curriculum Night. The team looked stunning in their black and orange outfits and had prepared an excellent condensed IPC unit experience for parents. The parents took part in an Entry Point, a Knowledge Harvest, shared the Big Idea, did some research, recorded a task, had some home learning assigned and an ‘exit talk’. All in the space of an hour or so. The staff recorded their work ready to assess, by taking photos of them participating in the activities. I was delighted with the ABC traits and values that parents displayed of enthusiasm, open mindedness and team players. Well done and thank you to everyone who attended.

On Wednesday we held a meeting for the 2019 UK Trip and all 4th Grade parents who were interested in sending their children were asked to attend. We have set the final date for registration for this trip as 4th December 2017 and this should be supported with a $500 ‘non refundable’ deposit. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting with such good questions and to Mr McNeil and Ms Aviles who presented the evening. Please particularly note that if you did not attend the meeting we will not be accepting requests for places after the 4th December unless a child is new to the school. We will need to make definite bookings at that time. However we will ensure we offer places to everyone who pays a deposit by that date.

On Thursday there was a meeting for the students who are going on the Mammoth Ski Trip. There was advice on where to find the right clothing for the cold and the travel documents that the students must have. It was very well run by Mr Turner-Ware and Ms Caceres. We are excited to be taking a bigger a group of students. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Tomorrow is the International Friendship Fair. Staff will be arriving at 8.00 and we would like the children to be at their classroom for 8.30 so they can be registered. The fair opens at 9.00. Each child will be manning their stall for 30 mins during the morning and as team players, they will be expected to help clear up as well. The Primary choirs will be performing with the Batucada band. Students are asked to wear a shirt that represents their country, maybe a colour in the flag or they could pin a picture of the flag to a shirt they have. When we held this event in the spring it was a great morning so we hope parents will stay and enjoy the event as much as the students.

Funzel will be in school on the 23rd October talking to 1st Grade about the food chain and how rubbish can end up hurting us if it is not disposed of properly.

Tuesday 24th November will be the Prepa Curriculum night, all Prepa parents should attend.

Thursday 26th October is the professional theatre company performance of the Wizard of Oz. Students are asked to contribute $2.00 towards this performance, which is obviously extremely good value as a trip to the theatre would be so much more.

The now traditional Colour Run for Save the Children will be on Friday 27th October. All students have paid for their kits and are ready to go. We hope to raise a lot of money for underprivileged children in this area as well as have great fun. Different age ranges will be participating at different times to reduce the crush. 

At the end of Friday the school will close for a week for the half term holiday.

Best wishes for a great weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Safeguarding officer

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
October
Saturday 21st - International Friendship Fair - 9:00am
Tuesday 24th - Prepa Curriculum Night - 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 27th - Prepa Ware assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 27th - Save The Children Colour Run for First Grade - Sports Field
November
Thursday 16th - Pre Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 17th - Prepa Macdonald Assembly 7:30am - PAC
Friday 17th - Guy Fawkes Celebrations 6:00pm
Tuesday 21st - Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm - PAC
Monday 20th - Lower Primary Christmas Toy Collection begins
Tuesday 21st - No PE or Team Sports Extras
Friday 24th - Prepa Pashley Assembly 7:30am - PAC

Upper Primary
October
Monday 16th to Friday 27th - 3-Way Conference Meetings will be held.
Saturday 21st - International Friendship Fair - 9:00am
Wednesday 25th - 3rd Segovia Assembly (9:20 - 10:05am) -(12:15pm - 1:15pm)
Wednesday 25th - “Comité Católico” and “Caminando con Jesus” extracurricular classes (2nd to 5th Grade) are suspended due to 3-Way Conferences.
Thursday 26th - The Wizard Of Oz - PAC
Friday 27th - Save the Children Colour Run (all day)
Monday 30th - Half Term (school closed).
Tuesday 31st - Half Term (school closed).
November
Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd- Half Term (school closed).
Monday 6th - Back to school from Half Term.
Thursday 30th - Last Golf class from Term 2.

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

What a week! It has been a very busy and interesting week in Secondary and we are so looking forward to our Colour Run in support of Save the Children. The Prefect and Deputy Head team, under our Head Students Daniela Castillo and Matias Hudson have done a phenomenal job coordinating what I know will be a very successful event! Thank you for all your work and thank you to all the students who helped raise $130.80 for the cause today! I feel very proud of how our students rally around for worthy causes and truly embrace our mindset of “ABC Cares”! 

Careers Day- class of 2019
From our University Counselling Department
The ABC Careers Day for Grade 11 students took place last Wednesday 18th. Our students had a great opportunity to look into their future of professional careers and universities. Students started the day early in the morning in the PAC with a keynote speech by Mr. Cortes, Director of Coaching Positivo, on the topic of leadership and teamwork, and setting up goals using the CLIMB system. It was a great message that resonated with our students, which basically said that each person has the power in themselves to achieve the goals they set for themselves! This was immediately followed by a brief intervention by Jose Eduardo Monterrosa, ABC Class of 2017, currently studying at WPI in Massachusetts, USA, who had his own message for the Class of 2019, and it gave them a key to succeed in college: LEARN, LOVE, and LAUGH. Students were dressed up in formal attire to add to the feeling of professionalism that should be inherent to the search of a university and course of study. 

Students then moved on to the next activities, and each student had their own schedule of talks led by professionals on their fields of expertise, where they listened, discussed, and had the opportunity to ask questions about careers they had previously chosen, based on their academic interests. And, a lot of positive feedback has been shared by students about these talks that ranged from Chemical Engineering, Journalism, Law, and Business, to Medicine, Fashion Design, and International Relations. With the prospect of a few careers in mind, students rotated and visited our 9th Annual University Fair, which included an array of 20 something institutions from the USA, Europe, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Grade 9, 10, and 12 students also had scheduled times to participate at the fair. Some of our parents joined us at the fair, and we were happy to see them involved in the university and career process. 

We thank parents, students, university representatives, and our guest speakers for their incredible support.

LRC ReciLectura Club
By Hilda Gómez and Judith de Méndez- LRC Librarians.
On Wednesday 18th October, we paid a visit to Children’s Library of Santa Tecla as part of the activities of our ReciLectura Club. The aim of our visit was to share the experience of a ‘storyteller’ with the children who visit the library during the October when Children’s Day is celebrated. Fiorella Velásquez, a student from 9° grade, wrote and illustrated her first book, “The Boy Who Doesn’t Share” (El niño que no comparte); and took the opportunity during her visit to the Children’s Library in Santa Tecla, to present one book to the library as a donation. Both our students and the children who visited the library enjoyed and shared the best hugs they had ever given. 




Cancer Awareness Month
From Carmen Chávez- Pastoral Coordinator
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year, Breast Cancer Care is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, a powerful symbol for millions of people affected by the disease.

Next week all girls will attend an information talk about Cancer Awareness. We have invited Dra Cecilia de Monroy who is a renamed Clinical Oncologist in El Salvador. 

She will be raising awareness and explaining to the girls:
  • The importance of feeling confident talking about this topic
  • She will increase their knowledge of cancer risk factors
  • The importance of understanding why early detection and early screening are key to a successful recovery
  • The importance of family history and how we can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.
All boys will also attend an information talk about cancer awareness for men and our “Movember” campaign. 

Paseo educativo de 7° grado al Jardín botánico
From Ms María Haydeé Díaz
El departamento de Español y Ciencias se siente complacido de la actividad académica de este día. Ha sido una jornada muy productiva, ya que los alumnos de séptimo grado se involucraron con mucho entusiasmo. Gracias a todos los padres por el apoyo.


Grade 7 trip to the Jardín Botánico
The Spanish and Science department are very happy with today’s academic activity. It was a very productive day as our 7th grade students eagerly participated in the activity. Thank you to all the parents for their support.

You can see more pictures here:




On a final note, I would like to say that all these activities remind us about the importance of working together and supporting each other. We are grateful to parents for their support and interest and we would like to respectfully ask that if in the future there is a doubt or concern over any of our activities, to contact us directly in order to give us the opportunity to clarify and discuss it. In that way we will avoid creating widespread concern within the whole community which as we know has our students’ well being and interests at its heart. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
October
Monday 23rd October - UN Week starts
Wednesday 25th October - IB Information Evening for parents- parents of the class of 2019 - 6 pm PAC
Friday 27th October- COLOUR RUN! 
Monday 30th to Friday 3rd November - School Closed for Half Term