Friday, 8 December 2017

15: Friday 8th December 2017

From the Director

I am beginning this weekly meeting with an important message from the Board and myself following the recent girl’s uniform option trial.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Director of the ABC, we thank you for participating in the survey regarding optional uniforms for Secondary girls, your feedback is very important to us. We have agreed to keep the current uniform unchanged as detailed in our uniform and jewellery policy published in our website under the parent portal.

https://sites.google.com/a/abc-net.edu.sv/abc-policies-and-handbooks/Home/secondary-section/uniform-and-jewellery 

As we approach the last week of this term I would like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for all the work they have done. In my role I get to visit lots of classrooms and see children in so many different activities. I am always delighted by the energy and commitment of the teaching staff to their vocation but equally it is a pleasure to see how our children participate in their learning. We have had similar feedback from recent educational visitors to school and we are rightly proud of our positive learning environment. I also heard from the staff who joined the education visits to Portezuelo that our children behaved like ROCs and joined the activities with energy and enthusiasm.

As many of you will recall Virginia Catlin returned to the UK earlier this year because of her health. I am delighted to report that she has had some excellent news about her cancer. Her health is much improved and she is looking forward to returning to a more normal life. We are hoping she may even visit us here at school at some point in the future. It is encouraging to know she is making such a good recovery and I wanted to share the good news with many of you who knew her.

I have seen many children arriving at school with shoebox presents and I want to personally thank so many of you for your generosity.

I would like to remind you about our Lower Primary Christmas Shows and Santa's Festival next week. As I mentioned in previous newsletters, all proceeds from the Santa's Festival go towards the Fairs to Educate program, which pays tuition fees for the children of our maintenance and security staff.

This week, I would also like to personally congratulate Rommel García Ibarra, one of our scholarship recipients, who graduated school this month. 

Last Sunday we had a party for all our ABC staff and families. We hosted 600 people with many children. A great day was had and many of our staff and students worked really hard to make the day a success. Thank you to Actúa and especially Estefanía Chacón, Anabella Soto and Natalia Carrillo for their amazing contributions to the event. 

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week the Grade 4 students had their camping trip to Corinto. They had an amazing time, learned a lot and built their social skills. Here are some photos that were taken while they were away. As you can see they had a drone there!




Last night it was the Upper Primary Christmas Concert. The feedback from parents has been that they really enjoyed watching it and thought the students were wonderful. That there was a very special atmosphere. The students performed a show adapted from ‘Gold, Frankincense and Mirth!’ written by Sheila Wilson. Sheila kindly gave us special permission to make some changes. I am sure she would be very proud of all our students especially as they only had two weeks and two days to work on it. As always the staff and students at the school were amazing in the way they worked hard and put in their best effort to achieve such a success. And to the support given by our technical team. I would also like to give a mention to those children who made a special effort to come, even though it caused them some difficulty. The character Joseph had been taken to hospital earlier in the day after an accident but was determined that ‘the show would go on!’. Thank you to all the parents who brought in delicious food for the audience to enjoy and to the MAdres for organizing it all. Please see the news blog for photos.

Today reports will be sent out for all Primary students. If you are a parent with an Upper Primary child you will see that we have added an additional box on the report to explain the grades. The full significance of each grade has been explained in a letter sent out on Wednesday. If you have any questions please read the letter very carefully before phoning the school.

Grade 3 have been out to clean a beach and release turtles today as part of their IPC unit on materials. Rubbish on the beach really is an issue. The damage it does to the wildlife and the environment in general is now a major world problem as is the use of ‘one use plastic’. We are encouraging people not to use plastic bags but to take their own reusable bag as well as dispose of their rubbish carefully. We are conducting a series of visits with Funzel and will be fundraising to support their work in the spring.

On Wednesday we will be having our Lower Primary shows and Santa’s Festival. We will have lots of nice food, the tombola, games and a Santa’s Grotto. Every LP class is involved in a show and they are always very entertaining. We look forward to seeing you all there.

In the last few weeks we have carried out a detailed Bullying Survey in Primary. As far as we were concerned bullying is at a low level in school and we deal with any issues as soon as we are aware of them. Unfortunately occasionally parents spread rumours about bullying situations in school that are not factually correct. Sometimes this is becasue paretns mistkake single incidents for bullying, or equal power rough play for bullying or friendly teasing for bullying. We have carried out a survey from grade 1 upwards to find out the students perspective. The facts are that the survey showed 98% of our children are happy in school. 89% of students were able to explain what bullying is correctly and of the few incidents reported in the survey some were things like ‘I don’t want him/her to sit next to me on the carpet’ and these have been addressed. Any other comments are being followed up. We also have systems in place for children to report if they are hurt or bullied. Just one of them in Upper Primary is the ‘trusting hands’ children write down the names of 5 adults they think they could talk to if they were being hurt either at school or at home. The method we tend to use most to resolve issues in Primary is the Support Group Approach which is generally very effective. If you are concerned about bullying in the Primary School please contact the class teacher and we will do our best to address those concerns.

Thank you for all the shoeboxes and toys that have come in so far.

One week to go!

Best wishes,

Sharon Short
Head of Primary 
Safegurding Officer

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
December
Monday 11th - 1st Bonet trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Tuesday 12th - 1st Henríquez trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Tuesday 12th - Non-uniform day for children who brought in a filled jar.
Wednesday 13th - LP is leaving early: 
  • Pre-Kinder 11:00
  • Kinder 11:30
  • Prepa 12:30
  • 1st grade 1:00pm. 
Wednesday 13th - LP Christmas Show & Christmas Fair:


Friday 15h - Last day of school - Leave at 11.10 with siblings
8th January, 1st day back.

Upper Primary
December
Thursday 14th - Team Sports extracurricular activities finish.
Thursday 14th - Whole School Christmas Concert - 6-7:30pm
Friday 15th - Last Day of School (Christmas Holiday) Leave at 11.40.
8th January, 1st day back.

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

We are rapidly heading to the end of term and the much longed for holidays! Looking back it seems incredible that a whole term has nearly passed since I wrote welcoming you to the new school year! So many activities, events, projects and opportunities for learning and personal growth! It has certainly been an exciting and rewarding term and I thank each and everyone of the parents who actively support the school community in different ways.

The Christmas shoe-boxes are slowly coming in but it is wonderful to see that everyday we have more boxes! Please try to send at least one in with your child next week. These gifts are very much appreciated and they go a long way in restoring faith and hope in children who are less privileged. 

We are also collecting food items for the Christmas baskets our students are putting together as gifts for our maintenance and security staff. The Christmas spirit is one of giving so I would like to thank you all for your contributions towards this as it is a really special sentiment to be grateful to the people surrounding us for everything they do for us and take an opportunity to focus on giving and not on receiving. Our staff have also been very generous in this respect! I know together as a community we will have a lovely thank you christmas basket for each member of our school maintenance and security staff! 


This week we have also been delighted to hear of a very special recognition given to one of our students. Congratulations to Ariana Rodriguez, who was given a recognition by the Sports Commission of the Legislative Assembly for her outstanding performance in her equestrian Federation. We are very proud to see one of ROCs being given such an honourable recognition. Way to go!


CAS activity at Hospital San Rafael
From Roberto Mayorga- class of 2018
The students in the pictures worked along with Fundación Lolo at Hospital San Rafael to sponsor part of a Christmas Party that was being celebrated for the children. The purpose of this activity was to help the children and their parents to distract themselves from the stresses of being internalized in the hospital. We brought snacks, boxed juices and candies for the children and their parents to enjoy.


We continue to celebrate our students’ success and I invite you to visit the PE blog to see our ABC records which our athletes hold! This week we have been having Tribal assemblies and the “Top Performer” has been recognised and given a certificate. Please ask your children to show you! 


Grade 6 Empowerment Camp Trip to Portezuelo
From Ms Chávez
On Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6h of December, Grade 6 went to Portezuelo to have their team building activity and end of year trip. The children had a fantastic time with all the activities we offered: the bubble football, horse riding, volleyball games, sack race, water football and much more! Our 2 hour hiking up the mountain was exhausting and real fun! Students had a first hand experience of walking in the middle of the forest and really enjoying the contact with nature. In the evening we gathered around a bonfire and roasted marshmallows and we were in for a real treat: the story of one of the Portezuelo “legends” - we even had the “ghost” who came to life and played a trick on all of us! They lived a 2 day experience surrounded by nature, adventure and a lot of games. We all saw in Grade 6 a very positive attitude and it truly was a great bonding time between friends. They were very well behaved, and most of all, they had a lot of fun. Each day they are becoming more independent and responsible. Our team of teachers worked very hard to ensure students were entertained and the parents who kindly offered their time were a great part of the team, always involved. We had two of the happiest days enjoying their enthusiasm and never ending energy! Thank you parents for trusting us and for giving your children an opportunity of a fantastic and unforgettable experience.


I look forward to our last week of term which I know will be a very busy week! I would like to kindly ask parents to respect the school calendar and do not book family holidays before the end of term. The last day of term is a Tribal celebration and one where every student’s participation is important. We must remember that learning does not only happen inside the classrooms or measured by assessments. The tribal group activities and community celebrations are a key aspect of being part of a community and are part of the memories we carry with us as adults.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
December
Monday 11th- Grade 7 Christmas Family Lunch 12.20 - 2.00 pm
Thursday 14th- ABC Christmas concert 6.00pm PAC
Friday 15th - End of Term 1. Last day of school
Secondary school students leave at 12.00 pm
January 2018
Monday 8th - First day of Term 2- Please be punctual for a 7.00 am start!
Friday 12th - Grade 6 Learning Review Day
Friday 19th - Grade 7 Learning Review Day
Tuesday 23rd - G9 and G11 Parent Teacher Meetings 4.30 pm- 7.00 pm

Friday, 1 December 2017

14: Friday 1st December 2017

From the Director


As I write this letter we are approaching the last two weeks of what has been a long and successful term. We have many end of term and Christmas activities and events coming up and are looking forward to seeing many of you here at school. Thank you to so many of you who are supporting our shoe box and other fund raising campaigns to help less fortunate children enjoy their Christmas. As we approach Christmas let us all remember the importance of our families and our community at this time of year.

Today, around the world is HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and in school we have been talking to our secondary students so they are aware of issues relating to HIV. It is important for their own well being that they are aware of the dangers so they can stay safe. More information is provided in the Secondary Section of this newsletter.

We had a Superhero Day today. It was a pleasure to see the children arriving in their costumes this morning and sharing fun during the day. We caught a group of Superheroes in this picture.


I had the pleasure of watching the Pre mini boys basketball team yesterday in an amazing game of basketball which ended 22 points all. At the end I took this photograph of our team. We are very proud of them. I loved witnessing their energy, enthusiasm and team spirit. Well done to everyone involved with them. I hope you all have a great weekend with your children. 


Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

2nd grade students, parents and teachers had a wonderful experience under the stars on Friday 24th November. The children were able to work as a team and be respectful towards each other by playing fun and interactive games, including problem solving activities to find the hidden treasure in the scavenger hunt. We would like to thank the Madres Enlace for their wonderful organisation of dinner and snacks and the fathers for being so brave sleeping out in the cold night. It was a marvelous experience for all.



Important Grade 4 Reminder. We are trying to make sure that every student who wants to go to the UK in 2019 has the opportunity. The trip will be more or less the same as this year but with the company Equity doing the complicated booking arrangements and providing a representative 24/7 to make sure that everything goes smoothly. If you would like your child to go please make sure you have paid the deposit of $500 by the 4th December. The places will be booked at this point and only students new to the school will be able to get onto the trip after this date. 

UK Trip 2019 - Pay the deposit!

4th grade camping



Today was Superhero Day when students were allowed to come to school either dressed as a Superhero or in a Superhero t-shirt to support TECHO and our CAS students. All of our little superheroes were flying all over the place but all was in a good cause. Back to normal on Monday - Phew!

In car safety-Important. For many years now we have tried to encourage parents to ensure their children are safely strapped into the car. For the last two years we have been recommending booster seats for all primary children. Please see this latest safety video and make sure the drivers, grandparents or anyone else who picks up your child knows the rules. This should include your private transport buses as well.

https://youtu.be/D9EGCi922Ps essential viewing! 

On Thursday 7th December it will be the Upper Primary Christmas Concert. All students are expected to take part. They should arrive in school at 5.00pm where they will be served PIzza and drink in their classes and then taken down to the Auditorium with their class. Parents are also invited for refreshments before the show. If you are bringing food please remember it can be delivered anytime between 7.00am and 2.00pm on the day.

On Friday 15th December the school will be closing early as is usual on the last day of the first term. Please make the arrangements for your child’s collection now and do not let it get forgotten. The times are below.

Lower Primary can leave from the blue and white benches at 11.10 am and take their Upper Primary siblings with them. (not Secondary siblings) 
At 11.40 am Upper Primary can be collected. Those students with Secondary siblings can go the the Admin car park and wait as normal.
Secondary students will not be leaving until 12.00. Those students with Primary passes can come down to the white benches at 12.10 pm.

Please note those primary children who are not collected on time will be taken to the Playroom until 12.15 pm and then to Claudia Aviles office where someone will be expected to sign for their collection. If you need help with anything please contact the class teacher or Claudia.

Kind regards,

Sharon Short
Head of Primary 
Safeguarding Officer 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
December
Friday 1st - Extra-curricular activities finish - 2nd session
Monday 4th - Prepa Macdonald trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Tuesday 5th - Prepa Kennedy trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Wednesday 6th - Prepa Pashley trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Thursday 7th - Prepa Ware trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Thursday 7th - 1st Pineda trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Friday 8th - 1st Padilla trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Friday 8th - LP reports go home
Monday 11th - 1st Bonet trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Tuesday 12th - 1st Henríquez trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Tuesday 12th - Non-uniform day for children who brought in a filled jar.
Wednesday 13th - LP Christmas Show & Christmas Fair - 3:00pm - PAC
Friday 15h - Last day of school

Upper Primary
December
Friday 1st - Extra-curricular activities Session 2 ends.
Thursday 7th - Upper Primary Christmas Concert (6:00pm - 7:30pm) - Auditorium
Friday 8th - UP reports go home.
Thursday 14th - Team Sports extracurricular activities finish.
Friday 15th - Last Day of School (Christmas Holiday)

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

iSAMS Parent portal 
Thank you for all the feedback we have received regarding the iSAMS Parent portal. We are happy to see it is working well and on Tuesday we successfully published G6, G7, G8, G9 and G11 reports on this platform.

We are rapidly getting to the end of term and they are busy weeks indeed! In these weeks we are working together as a community to give back! We have three different campaigns going on with which you can all help out. All parents were sent our “shoe box””campaign letter last week and we are very grateful to all of you who have already sent your contributions in! It is truly heart-warming to see. 

I take this opportunity to let you know the pick up details of the last day of term. Secondary students are involved in different activities up to midday and we ask you to please not come to collect them before that time. We are running tribal activities where their participation is needed. Primary school will look after Upper Primary siblings so they can be picked up at 12.00 along with their older siblings.

Leaving times: Lower Primary: 11.00am; Upper Primary 11.30am; Secondary 12:00pm.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Super Hero Day


Photos here.

IB Marketing project
From Mr Murgatroyd- Head of Business and Management Department
As part of the Marketing unit of the Business Management course, the Grade 12 students were given the remit of "creating a Marketing Plan for a product of their choice" the only stipulation being the product must be new to the Salvadorian market.

While a portfolio of justified decisions and a GoogleDoc of summarized notes ensured the academic element of the project was covered, the practical side is often the more fun. It began with a 10 minute presentation to a Panel of 3 judges, in which samples were consumed and questions asked. Judges ranked the plans, and Round 1 was done. Round 2 was a display of printed promotional material, including a prototype where possible, and of course the media-based advert was sent to parents electronically beforehand. You, the parents, were asked to vote, and vote you did. Round 1 and Round 2 scores were averaged out to create an overall winner, who will be immortalized in our Wall of Fame outside Room H6. 

Congratulations to those who showed a pleasing level of commitment and creativity.- certainly some very good ideas presented and the entrepreneurial skills of our students continues to amaze. 

1st Place. KONO : somewhere between a burrito and an ice-cream, where eating the cone is the best part of the experience. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO : Gabriela Garay, Nicolas Tapias & Raquel Isart

2rd Place. COFFEE-O-MATIC : it’s about the experience as much as the product, as coffee meets innovative face-recognition technology. 

3rd Place. VEGGY : healthy vegetable based snacks, that have all the flavour and less of the fat of traditional alternatives. 





Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
December
Tuesday 5th - Wednesday 6th- Grade 6 Portezuelo Trip
Thursday 7th - Friday 8th - Grade 8 Portezuelo Trip
Monday 11th- Grade 7 Christmas Family Lunch 12.20 - 2.00 pm
Thursday 14th- ABC Christmas concert 6.00pm PAC
Friday 15th - End of Term 1. Last day of school
Secondary school students leave at 12.00 pm

Friday, 24 November 2017

13: Friday 24th November 2017

From the Director

I hope everybody who celebrates Thanksgiving Day had a good celebration yesterday. Thanksgiving Day is increasingly celebrated in many parts of the world. In an increasingly commercial world it remains a celebration based on family, sharing and gratitude. It is something all of us in our families should be thankful for and we as a school community grateful for all we have.

As many of you know I am interested in sports and have really enjoyed the sporting events this week. The Secondary sports day was an amazing event and from my perspective enjoyed by everyone. We saw some very talented athletes in action. I also want to congratulate the boys U18 football team for an excellent result against Lamatepec this week.

Over the last few weeks we have been trialling a uniform option for girls. It was originally suggested by the older girls that girls should have the option of wearing a skirt OR trousers. In response this half term some girls have been wearing trousers. You can see them in the picture below. We are deciding whether or not to include trousers as an option for girls and we would welcome your opinion. If you have time please respond through this questionnaire. We are also surveying students and teachers for their views. Please note we are not suggesting girls uniform will change, we will still have a skirt for girls but we are considering whether girls should be allowed trousers as an option, especially on cold days or if they are concerned about being bitten by mosquitoes where trousers provide more protection. The older girls also feel trousers allow them greater freedom of movement and that business attire for women nowadays is trousers. We realise that change is sometimes difficult to cope with and we do not want to lose our ABC traditions but we also want to ensure our uniform is modern and up to date.


Our traditional Christmas Fair is coming up on December 13th and like the International Friendship Fair, all proceeds go towards our Fairs to Educate project. Fairs to Educate aims to raise funds to provide scholarships for the children of our maintenance and security staff.

This is Daniela, the a daughter of one of our maintenance team. She has just finished Grade 2 at the top of her year, earning a 1st place medal. It is thanks to your participation in our events that we can sponsor children like Daniela and pay for their tuition fees until they graduate.

We want to thank you for your support throughout the year and encourage you to come along to our Christmas Fair so we can keep helping children like Daniela.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the celebrations on Friday. The entertainment from the students gets better each year, the food was delicious and the fireworks were spectacular. The spooky cellar was as popular as ever I understand although I didn’t queue to go in it myself! The students really enjoyed the chance to hold the sparklers and create patterns in the air. 

I would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in organizing the event.

This week the students have started their rehearsals for the Christmas Shows and concerts. Many of them will have lines and actions to learn. Please take an interest and help them to talk very slowly so we can all hear each and every word.

There are a variety of collections going on, as is usual at this time of year, and we thank you to everyone who has already sent in their jars, toys and shoe boxes. Please continue to bring in your contributions as soon as possible. The Lower Primary students who bring in a filled jar will have a non-uniform day on Tuesday 12th December.

Our 11th Graders are running a campaign to support the provision of shelter for the poorer people of El Salvador it is called TECHO. We have been invited to come dressed as a superhero on the 1st December in exchange for a dollar. We do hope to see lots of batmen, spidermen, wonder women etc on the day.

Pre-Kinder students went to visit Tin Marin Children’s Museum on Thursday. It was an unforgettable experience for our students who had the opportunity to extend their learning outside of school, as always in a dynamic and fun way. We are very proud to see their independence and security exploring another environment.

4th Rumsey presented their Spanish speaking assembly on ‘The Romans’ this week. Miss Bessy was the teacher in charge with Ms Bea assisting and it was a very informative and well performed assembly, with gods, speeches, soldiers and a lovely dance. The cast looked stunning in their costumes. Here are some photos to share with you.




Have a great week ahead.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Safeguarding Officer

Dates for your diary
Lower Primary
November
Monday 27th - LP extracurricular sign up - 3rd session - 9am
December
Friday 1st - Prepa Kennedy assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 1st - Superhero Day bring a dollar and dress up like a superhero
Friday 1st - Extra-curricular activities finish - 2nd session
Thursday 7th - 1st Pineda trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Friday 8th - 1st Padilla trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Friday 8th - LP reports go home
Monday 11th - 1st Bonet trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Tuesday 12th - 1st Henríquez trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Tuesday 12th - Non-uniform day for children who brought in a filled jar.
Wednesday 13th - LP Christmas Show & Christmas Fair - 3:30pm - PAC
Friday 15h - Last day of school

Upper Primary
November
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 - 9:20 am & 12:15pm - PAC
Wednesday 29th - Pastorela Comité Católico (2:00pm - 5:00pm) - PAC
Thursday 30th - Last Golf class from Term 2.
Thursday 30th - 4th Grade Camping at Club Salvadoreño Corinto
December
Friday 1st - Superhero Day bring a dollar and dress up like a superhero
Friday 1st - Extra- curricular activities Session 2 finish.
Thursday 7th - Upper Primary Christmas Concert (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Thursday 14th - Team Sports activities finish.
Friday 15th - Last Day of School (Christmas Holiday)

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

This week has been a fantastic one at the ABC and one which leaves us with many things to be grateful for, which is befitting to the week of Thanksgiving which more and more is celebrated around the world! We had our first Whole Secondary school Sports Day at the Stadium, a visiting Mexican Muralist who came to work with our Art students and leave a beautiful mural for our school and finally we had the G10 Learning Review Day which gave us an opportunity to reflect upon the first Cal period of the year. 

A new mural at the ABC!
From Ms Lucila Gonzalez- Head of Art Department
On Wednesday and Thursday we had the opportunity of having the Mexican muralist Gerardo Rivera, internationally known as Fósil, visiting the school to work with a group of Secondary students painting a mural with the theme: “ABC Identity”. We are very proud of all the work made by the muralist and the students who made their best to produce an excellent artistic piece of work. Before painting the mural, the students and art teachers attended a workshop about spray painting technique and a talk about graffiti as an artistic expression. Congratulations to our 8°, 9°, and 11° grade participating students: Héctor Himede, Ana Lucía Díaz, Gabriel Saenz, Kiefer Johnson, Alissa Velásquez, Sofía Jah Eun Liu, Andrea María Garay, Guillermo García.




Finally we had our long awaited Sports Day! I must say a special thank you to Ms Cecy Hernandez and Oscar Lima, Heads of the PE department and Mr Adrian Hall for being the motor behind all of this incredible event! The team of Madres Enlace for organising sponsorship and ensuring we were all well looked after and hydrated! The Maths department for running the scores, the incredible LRC team for all their support and cover of the whole event, the PE and Team sports team for the running of the event, our wonderful office support staff for ensuring the logistics were effective and of course our Maintenance and security staff who are absolutely tireless when it comes to serving our community! And last but not least, our incredible students who took advantage and made the most of this phenomenal event! Their enthusiasm was contagious and it was definitely a day which will go down in ABC history!

SPORTS DAY 2017!
From Mr Adrian Hall


On Tuesday, the entire Secondary school came together to celebrate Sports Day at the Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González. The day took nearly a year to plan and organise, and would not have happened without the vision and determination of our Head of PE Cecy Hernandez and her team, who wanted to give our students a chance to demonstrate their athletic abilities to their friends, parents and teachers, and to celebrate ABC sport together with the whole school community.

Over the day, there were more than fifty races involving nearly three hundred students, as well as field events involving a further three hundred. The competitors enjoyed loud and enthusiastic support from their friends watching, as well as the teachers and parents in the stands. After so much work by so many people, it was wonderful to see our students really enjoying themselves and showing great pride and spirit, both for their tribes and for the school. 

There were also some spectacular performances and achievements to enjoy. At the time of writing, we are still awaiting the confirmed results and details from the stadium, however, many of our students will have set school records which will last for many years, and will give a benchmark for students to challenge in future years.


Unfortunately, due to unexpected delays we were not able to complete the final three races of the day. Obviously we were very disappointed about this, but had to take the safety of our students into account as it was getting dark as we left the stadium. For this reason, we do not, at present, have a winner of the 2017 ABC Sports Day! We have decided to run those final races, as well as those pitching the teachers against student, on the last day of term in addition to our traditional tug-of-war competitions. At the completion of those races, we will be able to announce the winning tribe for each grade as well as the overall winner, and award the trophies and medals..

All of our community put in a huge amount of work to make this day a success, but I would like to mention two groups in particular. Firstly, our students were tremendous ambassadors for the ABC from start to finish, and there were many examples of students demonstrating our ABC values of Respect, Resilience and Enthusiasm, as well as, of course, being excellent leaders and team players. I also have to make mention of the Madres Enlace who worked tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the day to ensure our students had a fantastic time and had plenty of food and drink to sustain them in the over the course of the day. Thank you for your sponsorship and support! Their work on the day was also nothing short of heroic, and we are extremely lucky to have such a supportive team of parents who do so much for the school.

As our first event of this type in many years, there are many things to reflect on, and we would welcome feedback from students and parents on ways we might improve going forward. It is clear from the positive feedback so far that the sports day will need to become an annual event, and we hope the 2018 Sports Day will be even better!



Link to more photographs here

I feel very grateful to work at such an amazing learning community filled with opportunities for growth and teamwork! 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón 

Dates for your diary
November
Tuesday 21st to 11th December - Shoe Box campaign for whole school
Friday 24th - Grade 10 Learning Review Day (all day and by appointment)
Tuesday 27th - Grade 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports published on iSAMS parent portal
December
Thursday 14th- ABC Christmas concert 6.00pm PAC
Friday 15th - End of Term 1. Last day of school
Secondary school students leave at 12.00 pm

Team Sports

​The activity started on Friday and continued on Saturday with track and field events during the International Athletic Tournament.


Session one of the First International Athletic Tournament 2017 which is taking place at the American School, San Salvador. Our Bulldogs are participating in the competitions.

Some individual results:
Nancy Massillon 1st place 100 mts.
Airi Shibata 2nd place 1,500 mts.

International Athletic Tournament 2017
During the second and last session, the Bulldogs made
their best effort and managed to achieve good results for the ABC.


Some individual results:
Nancy Sophia Massillon 1st place 200 mts.
Sofia Huezo Bandek 2nd place in cross-country and 3rd place in
long jump.

Training- Youth Football


Methods for youth football taught by Carlos Sotelo (FIFA instructor from Costa Rica).

TSP wants to congratulate Juan Fernando López Schaeuffler for having won the National LII Amateur Golf Championship 2017 in the Boys category.


Congratulations!!

Basketball Bilingual League- Cadets (m)
Lamatepec School and the ABC played a very exciting game played this afternoon. Both teams made their best effort in order to achieve 3 points. At the end, the ABC won thanks to a very effective defence.


Lamatepec 37 – 43 ABC

Bilingual League- Football 18U (m) –
The ABC won the game against Lamatepec School during the match played as visiting team at the LS. It was near the end the end of the game that the ABC Bulldogs won thanks to a free throw.


Lamatepec 1 – 2 ABC

Training session- Football - 8U (m) -
The Bulldogs had their training session at Besport.

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