Thursday, 14 September 2017

4: Jueves 14 de septiembre de 2017

From the Director

I would like to start by wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day tomorrow. Please remember we are also celebrating being independent as our ABC value this month so please use the opportunity of celebrating national independence alongside the virtues of all of us also being independent. In our school world being independent means thinking for yourself, not simply following a crowd or a trend and ensuring we are true to what we really believe in.

I would like to thank the Class of 2018 for doing a great job helping with the Independence Day assembly today.

We have Joe Terrasi from Positive Coaching Alliance in school next week and on Wednesday evening he is holding a session for parents with their children to explore how we can support and encourage our young athletes at home and at school. Please come along if you can with your son or daughter.

We will be celebrating Peace One Day next Thursday and hope you join in the celebrations.

I know the Admin Car Park has been difficult this week. We have been trying a new plan and we have been unlucky with the weather as it has rained every day this week at 2 pm making pick ups inevitably slower. We will be reviewing our changes after two weeks to try to improve the situation but I would like to make a couple of points
  • Please do not arrive too early for your pick up as waiting cars block the access routes to school as well as the car parks
  • Please try to use the whole pick up area and move forward into open spaces before stopping.
  • Please ensure each morning that your child knows where and when you will be picking them up. Cars going round and round are blocking our entrances and pick ups
  • Please consider sharing pick ups with a neighbour especially for older children to help reduce the number of cars around the campus 
  • Please note the PAC Car Park is only closed from 2 - 2.30 pm for Secondary parents. You can arrange to collect your Secondary students at 2.30 pm from the PAC car park when it is often quiet.
Thank you very much for your patience and I am sure if we work at this we will end up with a much improved pick up in the afternoons

Have a wonderful long weekend and see you all on Tuesday!

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

The car park trial in the afternoon is throwing up some interesting situations but the trend is good. Monday the primary students all got away from the PAC car park area by 2.21pm, Tuesday 2.16pm and yesterday 2.12pm, unless they stayed for extras of course. We are trying to find out patterns of behaviour to keep improving the circumstances for everyone. We will keep you updated. 

Please note that students are not allowed to bring birthday cakes into school. It gets too competitive and actually takes away a lot of teaching and learning time when you have 25 children in the class to manage.

Next week is Peace One Day when we ask our students to work hard to have a day without conflict. We think of children in war torn lands and the things they suffer and encourage a more positive attitude to resolving perceived wrongs than violence. On Thursday 21st September children can wear jeans and a white T-shirt to school (No slogans). They will be participating in class and school events to raise awareness of the need for peace, and that one day is a good start.

We are also organising the McLay Fun run on the 29th September for Grades Pre-K to 4th and October the 6th for Grade 5. Students are asked to bring in a dollar to buy sports equipment for a local school. 

Both these events will be examples of our students fostering International Mindedness and thinking globally and acting locally.

The second criteria of the Bottom Line 9 for the accreditation is ‘A shared vision about the kinds of children we are helping to develop’. We all know we are trying to develop Responsible Outstanding Citizens or ROCs for short, but please ask yourselves what you are doing at home to support the school with this. Are you modeling the values yourselves? Are you encouraging your children ? Do you discuss the values when a situation crops up? I am sure you are. Please keep it up. Please also note that there is a lot of IPC information in the Upper Primary HCB or Lower Primary reading folder.

Best wishes for the long weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
September
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Friday 22nd - 1st Padilla Spanish assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 29th - First Henriquez Assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

Upper Primary
September
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Wednesday 20th - 3rd Mena Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Wednesday 27th - 2nd Lourdes Hernández Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

A short, a busy week this week. We have been focusing on our value of Independent and it is a very fitting value for our Civic month. It is a value we really want to keep promoting among our children, especially in terms of being independent when making a decision regarding their behaviour in and out of school. We encourage you to talk about this at home and consider how your children practise this value and are independent in their everyday lives. 

Whilst we have been working around a national focus and local awareness, we continue to promote our International Mindedness as a part of our ABC school’s mission and I would like to share a very interesting article with you published by the IB board regarding this topic. In particular, it outlines some aspects for us to reflect upon our own international mindedness. Although the article is aimed at parents in the UK, it certainly offers food for thought. Please read it and discuss at home with your children. A phrase we use at school is “think globally, act locally.” How do we practise this at home?

Civic month:


Independence Day Assembly
Please visit this link to see more pictures of what the Secondary school has been doing to celebrate this month.


Thank you to our Grade 12 and our HNC and music teachers for organising a wonderful Independence day assembly. It was wonderful to see staff and students in the Role play on the Peasant uprising under General Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez. The student speeches were inspirational and displayed pride in their country and people. Congratulations to our Grade 6 winners of our Art competition “Peace and Justice” 


As you know next Monday is a professional development day for our staff and students have a long weekend ahead. We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 19th of September at 7.00am!

¡Feliz día de la independencia patria!

Warm regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
September
Friday 15th - National holiday - Independence Day
Monday 18th - School closed for students - INSET day for teachers
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day celebration
Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th - Geography Grade 11 IA Field Trip to Antigua Guatemala

Friday, 8 September 2017

3: Friday 8th September 2017

From the Director

As I am sure you are aware we will be closed next Friday to celebrate the 196th year of national independence. We will also be closed on Monday 18th September for a staff training day. During this week beginning the 18th Setember we will be visited by Joe Terrasi from the Positive Coaching Alliance. He will be working with students, teachers and coaches but we are also offering a workshop for parents and athletes together on Wednesday 20th September in the PAC. Further details are on our website. The session will focus on understanding what motivates young athletes and ideas for helping parents promote a positive attitude. 

My main focus this week needs to be our car park changes for next week. As you will all know we are experiencing traffic congestion in the afternoon pick ups. As advertised earlier this week we are planning a change in access rights next week to try to help traffic flow. From next Monday we will only allow Primary cars into the PAC car park to collect primary children until 2.30 pm. The pick up times for Primary students will remain as before with open access to all primary collection at 1.50 pm. You will not be allowed to enter the PAC car park without a primary access park. The 2-5 pass is needed for access between 1.50 pm and 2.30 pm. During the period up to 2.30 pm all Secondary students will have to be collected from the Admin Car park. Primary children with Secondary siblings will also be picked up at the Admin Car Park during this time. After 2.30 pm we will permit all cars to enter the PAC car Park and Secondary children will be allowed to wait to be picked up in that area. Our intention here is to try to avoid blockages which have caused hold ups across both car parks in the afternoons. We do ask for your patience and cooperation during this trial. If you can arrange to carpool with a friend or neighbour thereby reducing the amount of traffic, and the pollution, we would be very grateful. 5th Linares did mention the problems of car pollution in their assembly and they would also urge you to try to reduce car traffic! We would also like to request that you do not sit in car parks, blocking other traffic, while waiting for one of your children. This has been our biggest issue this year and is ultimately why we are trying to separate the traffic into primary and secondary pick ups. We are optimistic that it will lead to a big improvement in waiting times and to reiterate we ask for your cooperation in helping make it work for all of us.

We are planning two open morning on Saturday 30th September and Saturday 7th October for parents of children who may be entering Pre Kinder in August 2018. Please book this date in your diary if you are currently a parent of a 2 year old!! We would like to invite community members with children for Pre Kinder next August to come to school with their children on the 30th September from 9.30 to 11 am to see our facilities and understand our to approach to learning. We will also be inviting parents and children from our local kindergartens and will be sending more details next week. 

We would like to remind all our parents to please complete the CIS survey if they haven’t already done so. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us and to the accreditation process. This survey works best on a desktop or laptop computer.

Link: http://survey.cois.org/s3/Parent-Academia-Britanica-Cuscatleca

I would like to wish you a pleasant weekend with your family.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are very sorry to announce that Rebeca Martinez our Upper Primary secretary is leaving us today for pastures new. We are grateful to Rebeca for all her hard work and wish her all the best in her new job. We have recruited a new secretary and will share their details with you next week. In the meantime please contact Claudia Aviles for any queries while they get settled in.

Please make sure you read the car park information that was sent out this week carefully. There are significant changes for afternoon collections. Secondary students are not allowed to be collected from the PAC carpark until 2.30pm.

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the evening events this week. It is always a pleasure to see you and receive your positive feedback. Thank you to the 4th and 5th Grade Madres Enlace who arranged for the refreshments and to the school teams for their preparation and attendance. There is more info on the IPC below.



The closing date has now passed for interest in the UK trip and the Ski trip to Mammoth. We have been delighted with the numbers this year and hope to run 2 well supported trips.

All of our students from Prepa to 5th have been learning about the brain these last few weeks and I have seen some amazing comments from students in the classrooms as I have been round. Please ask your children what they have learned and ask them to teach you!


As mentioned in our Back to School Nights our IPC accreditation is fast approaching and parents are part of the process. Here is the grid for the 1st of the Bottom Line 9 criteria.


If you want to know what you children are learning there are many sources you can use. Here are just a few ideas.
  1. Ask your children.
  2. Look at the grade blogs.
  3. Check out the documents in the HCB or reading folders
  4. Read the unit letter that comes out at the beginning of each IPC unit.
  5. Attend all of the school meetings
  6. Keep track of all school communications. The ABC weekly and the school news blog will let you know about specific events.
  7. Attend class assemblies as they are usually based on what the students have been learning recently, our values or International Mindedness.
If you want to support your child with their learning ask about what they have learned and how they know they were successful. Make sure you know what their IPC home learning target is and that they have the resources to achieve it. Also in the UP HCB there is a section on how to help your children at home. Model learning for your children and show that you are preparing for the IPC accreditation yourselves!

I hope you have a great weekend and a well earned rest.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
September
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Friday 22nd - 1st Padilla Spanish assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 29th - First Henriquez Assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

Upper Primary
September
Wednesday 13th - 4th Rumsey Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Wednesday 20th - 3rd Mena Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Wednesday 27th - 2nd Lourdes Hernández Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

Another busy and enjoyable week at the ABC! We are excited with the prospect of many student led events which are coming up and we want to ask for your support in participating and promoting them in your homes. September is our civic month and we are proud to be learning about our country and heritage. Each week we have a different focus and I encourage you to ask your children about how they are contributing to this civic celebration. Peace One Day is coming up and again, our Student Leaders will be talking to the student body about how they can make a difference in their environment and achieve peace in the world. Next month we will be celebrating Children’s day and UN week, where we will focus on the rights and responsibilities of children and this will all culminate in our now traditional Colour Run. We will start selling the CR kits next week! Please do participate and support and remember all proceeds go to Save the Children NGO.

The Student Leaders ran a competition for the design of the CR T-shirt and a CONGRATULATIONS to Vanessa Reyes for the winning design. We were so pleased to see so many students participating by submitting a design and the finalists enjoyed a pizza lunch today. Thank you Student Leaders for organising this!


Carparks
As you know, as of next Monday we will be trialing a new system for collection of students. I have emailed all Secondary School parents with details and Mr Keslake mentions the changes in his message today. 

My message is about dropping off our students in the morning. When we are on duty we can see that in the majority of cases, parents and drivers are respecting the instructions our Prefects and traffic agents give regarding drop off. However, week to week we still unfortunately see students crossing the road where they should not and this puts them and others in danger as well as slows down the flow of traffic.

We must teach our children to be good pedestrians and help them to grow in their awareness of road safety. This includes NOT crossing the lanes when other cars are coming the other way (for example parents who allow their children to get out of the car in the area by the lay by, under the Lecture Theatre) and by the curb near the triangle where two lanes become one, right next to the lane going towards school.) I urge parents to please not to allow our students to do this and help us raise awareness among our children of safety issues.If you have concerns, about traffic or parking around the school please contact us.

Some pictures of last week’s Grade 11 Empowerment day. 




Dates for your diary
September
Friday 15th - National holiday - Independence Day
Monday 18th - School closed for students - INSET for teachers
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day celebration
Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th - Geography Grade 11 IA Field Trip to Antigua Guatemala

Friday, 1 September 2017

2: Friday 1st September 2017

From the Director

As I have been pointing out at the parent meetings over the last two weeks the ABC is a school which offers world class learning in world class facilities in line with the highest international expectations of a modern, up to date learning institution. This school year we will be visited by the IPC, CIS and possibly the IB with a view to ensuring our practices are up to date and in line with these world class standards. Education nowadays is all about preparation for life and the world and is a partnership between home, teachers and school which focuses on the wellbeing and potential of the child. All of us have a role to play and it is important we all understand the learning processes our children are going through so we can support and encourage them. We will continue to talk about these issues in order to help our children, our parents and our staff fully understand them. Our school values are particularly important in reinforcing these attitudes and traits so our children do become more knowledgeable, more skillful and with better understanding of their world.

We have a number of new staff this year and it has been nice to see them being welcomed so warmly into our school community. I have also seen many new students happily settling into school life. I hope that new parents are also feeling part of our wider community. Please do contact the parent representatives linked to your grade or one of us at school if you are not feeling included!

GO BULLDOGS
I would like to add my congratulations to the Under 17 boys football team for their success in the Under 17 Estudiantiles competition at Las Delicias. They won the cup final on Wednesday with a score of 4-1. More details are available on the Team sports blog but congratulations to all the team, their coaches and supporters. We are very proud of them and they have been practicing over the last few weeks of the holiday and into this year. 


In terms of sport I do need to mention that Joe Terrasi from the Positive Coaching Alliance will be visiting the school again later this month to continue helping us promote our sports programme. I am discussing the details of the visit with him but it seems that on Wednesday 20th September there will be a meeting with parents and him to discuss ideas for encouraging our young athletes.

We are still trying to resolve our traffic situation and have some ideas which we will be trialing and implementing. In the morning we do advise you arrive before 6.50 am and the drop off is relatively straightforward. We are now opening the gates to Upper Primary parents at 1.50 pm. You will need a Grade 2-5 car pass to get into school before 2 pm. We do ask that if you have an early access pass you do not block the car park areas waiting for an older child. You will be asked to move on because such behaviour blocks access for everyone. We do ask for your understanding and patience. I will talk about further plans next week - we are considering restricting access to the lower car park to Primary pick ups only but will make an official announcement in due course. We are aware that it is unacceptable for parents to spend so much time sitting in traffic queues.

I hope you have a lovely weekend with your children.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

School is now back in full swing. It is as if we have never been away. Old friendships are back in place and all the teachers are back into the school mindset, although some a little more than others. We have managed without Ms Ana Gloria Mena this week after she fell over and fractured her ankle. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery.

Very Important. Have you got your car park entry sticker. Especially Upper Primary families. We are proposing some trial changes to student collection after school in the near future. Your sticker will be essential.

On Wednesday and Thursday we held our Welcome (back) to school nights. Thank you to all the parents who turned up and to 2nd and 3rd Madres Enlace who arranged the lovely refreshments and the staff who arranged the Pre-K and Kinder refreshments, also very nice. The teachers did a sterling job of explaining the daily routines and answering parents questions. We are lucky to have such excellent teams in school.

One of the topics covered with the older grades was the IPC accreditation. We are having an accreditation team from London come to visit us from the 13th November to the 16th November. They will be seeing our school in action, talking to the children and talking to parents. I will not share too much now as some of you who have not had your meeting yet but there is a lot still to do. The last two WB2SNs will be next week. Please check the dates below for your grade.

We will start taking school photos next week and I would like to remind you that all children with long hair should come with their hair tied back and everyone should be wearing their best uniform. The staff are sharing the schedules with you as they are confirmed.

The first few weeks in IPC this year have all been on how the brain works. Helping children to understand how they learn. They have been finding out about neurons in the brain and how they make connections as we learn. Here is a link to a very short article on the brain of a young child and how it grows at this crucial stage. Please have a look.


The class assemblies are starting next week as well. The LP assemblies are on Friday mornings and there are two opportunities to see the UP ones on a Wednesday. It is always lovely to see you there.

We will be celebrating Peace One Day in September and holding the Mclay fun run. Please have a look at the whole school calendar on the website.

Have a great week ahead.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary
Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
September
Thursday 7th - Prepa and First Grade Back to school night - 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Friday 29th - First Henriquez Assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

Upper Primary
September
Tuesday 5th - Grade 4 & Grade 5 Back to school night - 6:00pm - PAC & UP Classrooms
Wednesday 6th - 5th Linares Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Wednesday 13th - 4th Rumsey Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Wednesday 20th - 3rd Mena Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Wednesday 27th - 2nd Lourdes Hernández Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

A busy week in Secondary and it has been wonderful to see everyone settling in so quickly into the new routines, lessons and activities. Our Extra Curricular programme is up and running as well as Team Sports. All parents were sent the list of activities on offer so please do have a conversation at home with your children about what they intend to participate in and what they are learning! Please encourage them to make the most of the opportunities to explore their interests and talents. You can see the list here

A huge THANK YOU to the Maths department who put on a wonderful event for our Grade 6 students as part of our Transition programme. Here are some pictures of Grade 6 students participating in their Maths Relay this week. Mrs Bradburn also sends the message below to all parents. 

From Karen Bradburn- Head of Mathematics Department
“The Mathematics Department are proud to share their new Independent me homework programme for all secondary school students. You can read all about it on our Maths at the ABC blog. We are really pleased to see our students making independent decisions about their mathematics learning.”

More pictures here: https://goo.gl/chGBCS



Secondary School photographs
We have scheduled the following days next week for the School photographs to be taken. Please ensure your children come in wearing the proper school uniform that day in order to take the picture. 

Monday 4th: Grade 10/ 11A/ 11B
Tuesday 5th: 9E/ 11C/ 11D
Wednesday 6th: Grade 6
Thursday 7th: 7A/ 11E / 11F 
Friday 8th: Grade 8/ Grade 7 (except 7A)/ Grade 9 (except 9E)/ 11G/ 11H

Registration and attendance
Once again we remind parents of the vital importance of school attendance for students’ academic success and wellbeing. It is our expectation to have at least a 95% attendance in the school year and I will continue to contact parents regarding this.

We understand that at times children may be ill or not well enough to attend school but if this is the case, we urge you as parents to ensure you report the absence before 7.00am to absencesecondary@abc-net.edu.sv. This is part of our Health and Safety policy. If your child arrives late but before 7.20am they MUST report to their tutor groups. If they arrive after 7.20am they MUST report to the Secondary School office to register. Next week, we will be contacting parents to alert them if their child has not been marked “Present” or “reported absent” before 8.00 am. We will then ask them to contact school to provide a reason for their absence. Thank you in advance for your collaboration.

Finally another great THANK YOU to Mr Scott Depooter, our LSU team and IB tutors and team for a fantastic Empowerment Day for G11. I know our students gained a lot out of it and it a lot of fun was had. I also thank Grade 11 Madres Enlace for all their care and collaboration looking after our students and staff! 

I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable weekend and look forward to the upcoming Civic month festivities.

Felíz Mes de Independencia,

Regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
September
Monday 4th - Secondary School photos all week 
Friday 15th - National holiday - Independence Day
Monday 18th - School closed for students - INSET for teachers
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day celebration
Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th - Geography Grade 11 IA Field Trip to Antigua Guatemala

Friday, 25 August 2017

1: Friday 25th August 2017

From the Director

I would like to start by welcoming the many new families who have joined our community this year. You will have understood by now that we value our community and expect you to play an important part in the life of our school and the education of our children. As you are probably aware we will be carrying out a school wide self study as part of our CIS reaccreditation and you have been sent a link to a parent survey as part of this process. We would be grateful if you would take a few minutes to fill it out. The link is: 


It has been great to see so much energy come back into school with the return of our students. We have had an amazing first week back and we are all looking forward to the year ahead. We have started our programme of ABC values this week with our CORE values of Creativity, Open Minded, Respectful, Ethical and Enthusiastic. These our are community values and as always we hope you will reflect on them and help support your children in understanding their importance to their lives.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for their excellent University of Cambridge IGCSE results. A particular congratulations to our top students who are pictured below. 


We have a number of recent Exabrits from the Class of 2017 working as interns in the Primary School. It is great to see them working with some of our younger students and sharing their positivity about life and their school.

We have seen our new pre Kinder children start school this week in our new learning areas and it has been good seeing them settle. We plan to start helping parents looking at admission for PK year with a longer preparation and induction period and we will be sending out details to prospective parents soon.


We are continuing to consider possible uniform trousers for girls. We are and will be trialing some options for different ages in conjunction with ideas from the Student Council. We would like to find suitable trousers to provide protection from mosquitoes and to allow girls to choose clothing in line with professional dress expectations in our society. We will work with the Student Council on this and present ideas to the Board and Parents Association in due course.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school! We hope your children had a good week. They certainly all seemed very happy to be in school, although one or two mentioned they were quite tired by Thursday. We were very happy to see them all.

Our new staff members have settled well and are finding their feet in school. You may have already seen or heard of Mr McNeil the new Deputy Head for Upper Primary and for your information we have Mr Dykes a third grade teacher, Ms Lehmann in the Jubilee Library, Ms Kennedy in Prepa, 3 new learning assistants in Lower Primary, Andrea Cea, Kathy Mena and Camila Beltranena. And in Upper Primary we welcome 2 new assistants Fabiola Murillo and Josue Erroa. We have three shadows in school too. We also have a selection of interns learning about school life and teaching in general in order to see if it may be the career for them. All of these people will contribute to the smooth running of the school and the students learning opportunities and we are delighted to welcome them into our community.

Yesterday we welcomed new parents to the school with a morning meeting designed to give them some insight into how the school works. The meeting was also attended by many of our Madres Enlace and I would like to thank all of them for their support to our new families and to everyone who attended. If you have a new parent in your class please go the extra mile and have a chat with them.

Thank you and congratulations to all the parents who took part in our Parents IPC Quiz at the beginning of the summer. It was a bit tricky but I am pleased to say that 100% of parents who took the quiz knew that our shared vision of the type of person the school is aiming to produce is a ROC and the correct order of the process of the IPC. Many knew the primary learning definition and were able to comment on Knowledge Skills and Understanding. Anyway, tada…. the top three responses were from, Luisa de Rosales from Grade 4, Claudia de Soriano from Grade 3 and Natalia Guevara a 5th grade parent. Well done and congratulations to you three, We have sent your promised chocolates from England home with your children today. Enjoy!

Many of your children enjoyed participating in “Voices around the world’ last year. I am sure you heard them singing ‘give me sunshine, everybody sunshine,let the sun shine through’ lots of times. The school received a letter of commendation for the tracks and videos we produced. Particularly Mr Diaz who took a lead role in this activity. The video to raise funds for impoverished children has now been released and the ABC features no less than 3 times in it! For more information about how to download the video please connect to the following link. https://voicesaround.com/sunshine-2017 . The cost of the download is 4.50 pounds sterling. I am sure it is well worth it to support children in Tanzania. I wonder if your child is on the video which is being shared worldwide?

We have had a fantastic start to the year. All the teachers are very pleased with their classes. We are looking forward to next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
August
Thursday 31st - Pre-Kinder and Kinder Back to school night - 6:00pm - PAC
September
Thursday 7th - Prepa and First Grade Back to school night - 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 29th - First Henriquez Assembly - 7:30am - PAC

Upper Primary
August
Wednesday 30th - Grade 2 & Grade 3 Back to school night - 6:00pm - PAC & UP Classrooms
September
Tuesday 5th - Grade 4 & Grade 5 Back to school night - 6:00pm - PAC & UP Classrooms
Wednesday 6th - 5th Linares Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Wednesday 13th - 4th Rumsey Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Friday 15th - El Salvador National Day: School Closed
Monday 18th - INSET day: School Closed
Wednesday 20th - 3rd Mena Assembly 9:20 am - 10:05 am PAC and 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Friday 29th - McLay Fun Run

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome back to School! It seems incredible to think it has only been one week with so much already happening. I would like to start by saying thank you to all our teachers and support staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth and positive start to the school year, for providing the kind of stimulating, challenging but supportive environment that enables our students to fulfil their potential in so many areas.

I would like to take this opportunity to also welcome new and returning staff members. The following teachers are joining the ABC this year: Luke Anthony Wysoczanski and James Peter Braddan have joined the English department as well as Edward Dafnis who we are delighted to welcome back to our community! Reebe Mayer is leading the PAD department as Head of Department and Anthony Robert Pike as Drama teacher. Azees Ososanya will be joining the Mathematics department soon. In Science we welcome Al Razi Masri in Physics, Maria Angela Jayin and Kevin Moran in Biology and Duncan Ware in Chemistry as well as Head of Year 10. Helen Louise Hopkins has joined us as Geography and History teacher. I know they will find in ABC students and families a source of support. 

We finished our first week with our Extra Curricular Fair in the Auditorium and I am pleased to see that our students are taking up new activities and following their interests by signing up to participate! I know they will really enjoy them and make the most of all the opportunities the school has to offer them!

I was happy to see so many of the parents in KS3 at our Welcome Back to school evening last night. Sadly, many parents are still not attending these meetings and I would like to respectfully ask that you make a point of attending your child’s school meetings as we share a lot of very important information and your involvement and interest is a way to show your child that you support their school and believe in its ethos and vision. We look forward to welcoming parents in G9 to 12 on Monday at 6.00 pm in the PAC for our Welcome Back to school evening. 

I’m looking forward to another busy ABC year ahead of us. It is really an honour to have the opportunity to serve such an amazing school. The ABC School is a supportive learning community which challenges our students to achieve personal excellence and to develop as confident, caring, life-long learners positively engaged in our world. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Dates for your diary
August
Monday 28th - Know Your School meeting with Parents for Grades 9 to 12, 6pm PAC
September
Friday 1st - G11 Team Building activity at Bicentenario park
Monday 4th - Secondary School photos all week 
Friday 15th - National holiday - Independence Day
Monday 18th - School closed for students - INSET for teachers
Thursday 21st - Peace One Day
Saturday 23rd September - Grade 11 Empowerment Day
Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th - Geography Grade 11 IA Field Trip to Antigua Guatemala

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

38: Friday 23rd June 2017

From the Director


Congratulation to the Classes of 2024 and 2017 who celebrated completing their respective school journeys this week. The Class of 2024 is moving from Primary to Secondary School and we are looking forward to seeing them grow over the coming years. The Class of 2017 celebrated their graduation from school yesterday. It was wonderful to hear their thoughts and reflections on their time at school and we wish them the very best in their future lives. These events show our community and the supportive way it helps our children grow up in the very best light. One of the highlights of the Class 2017 graduation was the moment when two of our Pre Kinder children handed out medals to students who had been at the school from Pre Kinder. We realised that amongst the graduating class were the two children who had done the same activity when they were in pre Kinder in 2003! Here is a photograph of them from last night!


It is always sad to say farewell at the end of the school year and many of us will be losing friends from our immediate community. We say farewell to teachers, support staff, students and families and we hope they all take good memories from their time at the ABC. I know all of us have fond memories of the people who have shared their time with us. Out of the leaving staff I am going to say a particular farewell to Catherine Corry who has been at the school for many years and has been at the heart of our understanding of the needs of young learners. We will miss her both personally and professionally and thank her for the great work she has done in our community.

We close down next week for our summer holidays. Some children will be taking advantage of our ABC Summer Camp and more information can be obtained through Sara Suster (sarasuster@abc-net.edu.sv)

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you all for contributing to our Food Truck-Kombidar activity on Monday! Children were able to understand how important it is to care for others and how, with a small amount, we can make a big difference. They all represented our school's Values and Traits greatly and felt proud of what we did. With all your support, we were able to donate more than 400 breakfasts for homeless people in Santa Tecla! We would like, once again, to thank all of you for such a positive response! We look forward to work with Kombidar, once again, next school year!

Later in the day the Upper Primary students took part in the fun day too.

A reminder for next year. All shoes must have a fastening or strap. If students arrive in slip on shoes we will call home and ask you to bring in another pair. We have been saying this all year and we will be enforcing it strongly next year.


We will be saying goodbye to a few of our students today, either moving to different countries or different schools. We hope they will remember their days at Academia Britanica Cuscatleca with fondness and will sometimes think of us and wonder what we are all doing now. We are also saying goodbye to Catherine Corry and Chris Hall as mentioned previously as well as the following; Laura Hall who worked in the Jubilee Library, Katy Sullivan from Grade 3, Piers Hunday from English Second Language is returning to China, Lindsey Grey from 1st Grade is moving to Spain, Nicola Butler from Prepa is also off to China, Nancy Duke is moving to the ‘States’, Marcela Alger moving to Guatemala, Lucia Vides going to study in Spain and of course Mrs Brenes and her daughter Jenny left us earlier in the year. We wish students and staff all the best in their new locations. 

When we have the IPC accreditation the visiting team will be interviewing parents to find out what you know about the IPC. They will also be sending you a quiz to complete. I thought it would be nice to get in a bit of practice so I have prepared my own quiz for you to test your familiarity with the IPC. The closing date for submission is the 28th July 2017. We will announce the winners in the ABC Weekly in August when we return and award three prizes of quality British Chocolates to the top three forms submitted. Good luck to everyone who takes part. We hope all the parents from Prepa to 5th will have a try.

The quiz will be sent to you by separate email. Please keep an eye open for it.

Staff will be returning to school on the 14th August to prepare for the coming year. Students are expected back on the 21st August. Please remember Primary provide all the day to day equipment needed and so students will not be bringing pencil cases or other equipment from home.

I cannot believe another year has flown by. I look at the grade 5’s and they have grown so tall and the Pre-Kinder students have grown so confident. There have been changes in all the grades in between as well. The students are very tired at the end of the year, as are the staff and parents too with the daily rush to get the students to school. Let us all have a wonderful and restful holiday so that we return in top condition for next year. Be safe and be happy. See you in August!

Very best wishes,

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Safeguarding Officer
Academia Britanica Cuscatleca 
Effort leads to success!

Secondary News

Dear ABC community,

We are nearly at the end of our day and I would like to take a moment to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU on behalf of the school community, to each and every single one of the amazing teachers and staff, which have made this year another fantastic one!

It was teacher’s day yesterday as you all know, and thank you to the Prefect team and students for having celebrated it for us.

Last night, as I listened to the words of our graduates, it struck me just how positive and grateful they were when talking about the many memories they take with them, and how they have grown to love the school, which saw them grow.

I don’t think their love stems from the memories of homework and detentions, or being told not to wear non-school jumpers, but rather from their understanding of their teachers’ dedication and work and the passion with which they taught their lessons and carried out their everyday tasks and activities.

As educators, our purpose, beyond instilling and sharing our passion for our subject, is to guide and enlighten our students to develop with regards to any aspect of life.

This year at the ABC has not been without challenges, but we all did our bit, contributed, and worked as a TEAM to offer the very best experiences for you, our students. In turn, you also worked very hard to develop your skills and talents and through your various contributions, made the school a better place.

I have to say I am honoured and humbled to be part of this amazing team!

As is often the case in large international schools, the year ends with us having to say farewell to a number of teachers. To Kateri Cotoure-Latoure, Amos Van Die, James Merry, Lucy Burns, Anna Ravenscroft, Mariela Rodriguez, Lorna Sanchez, Dee Leong, Joel Godiah, Don Cleary, Kate O’Regan, and Ciara Gillespie I would like to say: 

Dear colleagues,

you have made a massive impact on our students here at the ABC and I am sure you will be sadly missed. We hope that your new place is full of fun and happiness and amazing experiences and that you find another community just as welcoming and warm as our ABC family.

Farewell and thank you!

To the staff remaining with us and to our students I say: I look forward to next year already and it will be my distinct honour and privilege to continue working for you next year.

Have a fantastic summer break!

Warm regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón 

Friday, 16 June 2017

37: Friday 16th June 2017

From the Director


The ABC Musicians have been making waves in Cuba this week in an amazing brief tour. They have been received very cordially and have made music with new people. We are looking forward to welcoming them home at the weekend and hearing all their stories. 

I know this is a busy time of year and many of you have been in school this week celebrating the success of your children at various assemblies and events. We do appreciate you finding time in your busy schedule to join your children for these celebrations. We believe it is very important to show our children how much we value their education and growing up to be a responsible member of society. I believe an important part of this is that we find time for our children and we act as excellent role models for them. 

There are a number of similar events next week including of course the Graduation Event for the Class of 2017 on Thursday which will also be attended by the classes of 2018 and 2019. We hope it will help them understand the endpoint of an ABC education.

As we approach the end of this school year I would like to thank so many of you for the amazing support you show to our school and our children. We do believe we are a community which is educating children to become leaders who will change our world for the better. This is something we achieve together and by ensuring school and family work together.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we have celebrated the success of our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade students. Parents have come in to hear some of the achievements that their children have made. We also recognised a few of the children with the headmasters ROC of Honour award. As Mr Keslake said there were so many students we could have chosen, which is wonderful. We feel very proud of all our students. They all have strengths and aptitudes and they appreciate that Effort Leads to Success. We hope all of the parents enjoyed the assemblies as well.

The students in various grades have been on local trips to round off the year. They have represented the school well with good behaviour and full engagement with the learning opportunities. Well done students.

Last week Prepa carried out some science experiments for the IPC unit on water. They collected water contaminated with dirt, leaves, and debris, etc. Then they filtered it to remove those items. The children concluded that the final water was not pure to drink, but could be used for other activities such as watering plants, washing the floor, washing the car, etc. Finally they may thought about the challenges that communities around the world face and how they could get clean water. 

The water unit for the whole school is now coming to an end. Over the next few days the students will be undertaking their exit points. It has already become evident that students understanding of water, its use and availability has grown enormously. Please ask your children to reflect on their learning over the unit and see what they tell you.

Wednesday was the Primary Art Exhibition

We displayed paintings linked to their IPC units from Grade 1 to Grade 5 as follows:

Grade 1 
Watercolour landscapes
They made different effects on their paintings. They also applied their learning on colour blending and colour degradation. 
Grade 2
Rainforest art 
Children drew and painted rainforest pictures, they used different media and techniques like oil pastels, pastel chalks, crayons, markers, watercolours and tempera. They applied their knowledge and skills including perspective, far-near effects, and focus point. 
Grade 3
Egyptian art
Children learned how to enlarge pictures using the grid system creating Egyptian Tomb paintings of a very good standard. They also used the colours used by ancient Egyptians in their paintings.
Grade 4
Northern Lights landscape 
Children created their own landscapes using the colour blending and colour degradation technique using acrylic paints. They also created the Northern lights effect by using the swept technique.
Grade 5
Migration Landscapes
Children created their own escaping paradise. They choose how and what materials they wanted to use. They used acrylic paints, wooden sticks, fabric, recycled paper, tempera paints, crayons, sand and markers to create different effects. 

Well done to all the students who completed the work and to Ms Roxana Flores for organising the whole event and displaying the work with her assistant Ms Sandra Rivera.

The school reports will be sent out this afternoon. Please keep an eye open for your child’s. Please remember reports are not released if there are financial discrepancies.

Monday will be a non-uniform day as the students are undertaking a wide range of activities that will be loads of fun but might get messy. Please see the following from Ms Mena our student council liaison teacher. 

“We are now coming to the end of a great school year. For this, Student Councils have organized a Fun Day-Food Truck breakfast. Children will be buying breakfast on Monday morning from the Konvi-Dar food truck and for every breakfast we buy, Konvi-Dar (and us too) will donate another Breakfast for less fortunate people in Santa Tecla! This is another way in which we are thinking Globally and acting Locally with our community. The food truck is ran by an Exabrit, Lily Reyes-class of 98; she is a perfect example of what we want our students to be, a ROC!

One week to go and we can all collapse in a heap!

Have a lovely weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
June
Tuesday 20th - 1st Gray & 1st Pineda trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am
Wednesday 21st - 1st Henríquez & 1st Padilla - trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am
Friday 23rd - Last day of school - students leave at 11:00am with UP siblings

Upper Primary
June
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly 7:30 - 9:30 am PAC

Secondary News

Dear parents and guardians,

One more busy week at school and one more to go! 

Grade 10 have been involved in their two week induction programme this week and I must say a huge thank you to Mr Hall and Mr Hogan as well as Mr Depooter and the rest of the staff who have been very busy delivering a fantastic introduction to the IB. 

Graduation day
On Thursday we have our Class of 2017 Graduation ceremony. School will close early for Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 11.25am. Grade 10 and Grade 11 will attend a short rehearsal at that time and they will be allowed to leave school at 12.00pm. Our Grade 10 and Grade 11 students must attend the Graduation ceremony and we ask parents to bring them back to school at 4.15pm. Students must wear their normal school uniform with pride and this includes boys cleanly shaved and no non-school jumpers. We really appreciate your support with this.

Our KS3 have grades have enjoyed their Life Skills day and family days this week. 

Grade 7- Poverty Day
From Ms Jacqueline Soriano- Head of Year 7
El martes pasado tuvimos nuestra actividad dedicada a concientizar acerca de la pobreza en el mundo. Fue agradable ver la manera en que nuestros alumnos desempeñaron sus roles durante el juego. Se mostraron muy interesados, practicaron el trabajo en equipo, la resolución de conflictos y la toma de decisiones. También en las discusiones se abordó el tema de los objetivos del milenio propuestos por las Naciones Unidas. Durante el almuerzo tuvimos nuestro Pic nic familiar. Fue satisfactorio ver la creatividad y el entusiasmo que cada familia demostró en la elaboración sus menús. Gracias a cada uno de los padres que participó activamente en el desarrollo del evento.


Grade 6 - Water Day
From Ms Carmen Chávez- Head of Year 6 and Pastoral Coordinator
Water day began with a presentation delivered by Mr Keslake with some facts about water and the planets, the forms of water, water cycle and how much water our bodies contain. Then the Maths department had some activities planned on how to measure how much water one person needs per day and finally in science class they learned about how to measure the amount of water that comes out of an open tap and the importance of not wasting it using science equipments.

After this we had a quiz based on the morning PPT and we went to the pool, we divided the kids in tribes and they had to carry water wound the field without wasting it, this based on the fact that many children around the world have to carry their own water for survival. We ended with a lot of fun during P.E. and with a family lunch, it was lovely to see many parents spending some quality time with their children.


Language Relays
From Ms Rossi- Head of Spanish Department
Today the KS3 students participated in our now traditional language relays at the ABC as a wrap up in English, French and Spanish. There were games, songs, grammar exercises, spelling, comprehensive reading, poetry and much more.

The students enjoyed it creatively. They were supportive, enthusiastic, responsible and thoughtful. Not only do we congratulate the winners but all the participants for their excellent conduct and dedication. We invite you to see the photos on the Spanish page. 


Next week we have our Achievement ceremonies for all year groups and we invite the whole community to their child’s Grade’s ceremony to support and celebrate everyone’s success. If your child is receiving an award, you will be notified via email from the office so you are aware. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Please note that we have had a technical problem with the publishing of the Cal 3 reports on iSAMS and we apologise for this. We are still working hard to fix this and as always, the CAl 3 report will be published on Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support and I wish you a very enjoyable weekend. 

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
June
Monday 12th to Friday 16th - Grade 9 Work Experience
Monday 12th to Saturday 17th - CUBA MUSIC TRIP
Wednesday 21st - Secondary school Talent Show - 10:30am PAC(open only to students)
Thursday 22nd - Class 2017 Graduation Ceremony - 5pm Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Secondary School Supermatch - 8:15am Field & Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Final Secondary School assembly - 10:30am Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Last day of school - Students leave at 12m

Friday, 9 June 2017

36: Friday 9th June 2017

From the Director

I had the pleasure of hosting the Accion de Gracias on Wednesday evening with the graduating Class of 2017. I am in the enviable position where I get to personally greet every graduate and their close families and share their celebration. The Auditorium was packed with well wishers for the event and I know all the families are looking forward to the rest of the celebrations.

At this time of year we always say farewell to a number of people. I need to say a big thank you to two of them. Catherine Corry who has been part of the ABC for many years and has been crucial in leading change in the Lower Primary school is leaving. We are very grateful for all she has done in our community. Chris Hall our Upper Primary Deputy Head is also leaving to return to the UK with his family after four years with us. I would like to thank him for all his work and leadership in the Primary School. Marianne Taylor will be our new Deputy Head of Lower Primary and we are welcoming Thomas McNeil, currently working in Qatar, to become our new Deputy Head of Upper Primary.

Today marks the final day of the IGCSE exams for the Class of 2019 and I would like to congratulate them for all the hard work they have put in and look forward to the results in August. It is nice to have all the international examinations complete and the Class of 2019 will now be focussing on preparation for their IB programme next year. I am looking forward to seeing them all back in school on Monday.

This week we made a $520 donation to Hospital Bloom from the funds raised at our traditional Spooky Cellar during the Guy Fawkes celebration. Thank you to Andrés Figueroa and Diego Behrens who made the donation on behalf of the Student Council.


On Monday we will be celebrating success across the school with our annual lap of honour. In the evening we have the Logros Events for some of our champions during this year. Congratulations to all students involved in the lap of honour who will be wearing their team colours for the lap of honour.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We were very pleased with the parent turn out for the final UK Trip meeting. Everyone was very supportive and asking sensible questions. We know the students will have a great time. We have made some changes to our itinerary in the light of recent events in London. 

I would like to ask you to ensure your children understand that they cannot sell things in school without my personal permission. Some of our young entrepreneurs have got a little bit carried away. Please also note that ‘fidget spinners’ are not allowed unless they are recommended in writing by a psychologist for a particular student.

On Monday morning we will have a Lap of Honour for students who have participated in special events including sports teams, DVA awards and choir performances. Students can wear a t-shirt related for their event on the day. Every participant needs to be in the Auditorium by 7.15am so please bring your child in a few minutes earlier to allow them to get there.

Today is the last day for extra curricular activities with the teachers this year. If you are not able to pick your children up earlier they can go to Pass Club for a very small and reasonable fee. TeamSports will continue until the last day of term so if your children are involved in any of those they will be carrying on. 

On Thursday Kinder walked to The Maya Country Club. It was a first time experience for some of our students and actually some of them expressed that they had never walked on the sidewalk before. When they arrived there was a big slide waiting for them. Some of the children were eager to try it out.

Others took a while longer to have a go and some others decided they were still not ready for it. At the end of our field trip all of them had a story to take home!

I wanted to share with you the principles of next step marking. In upper primary particularly we use a method where we recognise two things a student has done well and then find one thing we would like them to improve. We use two colours so the students can see at a glance what went well and focus on the points. We are ‘tickled pink’ which means ‘very pleased’ in English with the things we mark pink (or purple sometimes as it shows up better) and ‘green for growth.’ The idea is that students always know what they need to do to get better. These items are often discussed with the students as well to make sure there is no confusion. The students also have ‘success criteria’ so they know what the teacher is particularly looking for in a piece of work. They can then check for themselves or with a friend at the end to see if they included them.

In 3rd Sullivan, they are reading The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith. As well as linking to the IPC topic On Tap, it is giving them lots of opportunities to write the genres they have learned earlier in the year; here is an example of a non-chronological report. There are many on display in the classroom. You can see how the pink/purple ticks have been used to identify positives and green for things to look at again or improve..

The ‘Effort Leads to Success’ Assemblies will be starting next week. Please make sure you have booked the slot in your diary and arrive in good time to allow for traffic issues.

As Mr Keslake mentions above Ms Corry and Mr Hall are leaving the school this year. 

Ms Corry has been a dedicated teacher and senior leader and we will all miss her. The world class Lower Primary that we have today is largely down to her vision and commitment to providing the very best for our children. We wish her all the best with her move. 

Mr Hall has also worked very hard in his four years in school and has led Upper Primary in new and better directions. He too has a clear vision of best educational practice and has supported the staff with recent modifications to their teaching and classroom arrangements. We wish him every success back in the UK.

On a personal note both have been a great support to me in my role as Head of Primary and allowed me function easily because they have worked so conscientiously in their sections. We hope they will both stay in touch.

Enjoy the weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Safeguarding Officer

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
June
Friday 9th - Extracurricular classes - 5th session finishes
Monday 12th - Prepa Macdonald trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Tuesday 13th - Prepa Butler trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Tuesday 13th - Pre-Kinder Siri & Pre-Kinder Carbajal trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas-8:30am
Wednesday 14th - Prepa Taylor trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Wednesday 14th - Pre-Kinder Francés & Pre-Kinder González to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 8:30am
Thursday 15th - Prepa Ware trip to Lego Education El Salvador - 8:15am
Tuesday 20th - 1st Gray & 1st Pineda trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am
Wednesday 21st - 1st Henríquez & 1st Padilla - trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am
Friday 16th - LP reports go home
Friday 23rd - Last day of school - students leave early

Upper Primary
June
Friday 9th: Last day of extracurricular term 5
Monday 12th: 2nd Grade Effort Leads to Success Assembly 8:30-10:00 am PAC
Tuesday 13th: 3rd Grade Effort Leads to Success Assembly Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 14th: 4th Grade Effort Leads to Success Assembly Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Friday 16th - UP reports go home
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly 7:30 - 9:30 am PAC

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

Two weeks to go to the end of year and still so many events taking place! We are looking forward to our annual Lap of Honour which is taking place on Monday morning where we have the opportunity to celebrate our students involvement and participation in so many activities throughout the year! If your child is participating, they should wear the uniform or attire corresponding to the activity. 

Next week, Grade 9 will go on their work experience programme and we wish them all the best and hope they make the most of this opportunity to learn about the world of work. Grade 10 finish their IGCSE exam period today and on Monday we look forward to welcoming them back into school for their two week IB Induction programme. We have a new and exciting programme, which includes a presentation from our very own Internationally-renowned Salvadorean artist Lula Mena, who will be talking with them about development in El Salvador. We know they will take full advantage of it. Last but not least, we wish our Music students and staff Bon voyage as they set off to Cuba on their educational trip. We know it will be an amazing experience!

Spooky Cellar funds raised by our StuCo
A donation of $ 520.00 was delivered to Hospital Bloom this week, by Andrés Figueroa (StuCo President) and Diego Behrens (StuCo Vice President) on behalf of the school community. These funds were raised at our Guy Fawkes celebrations by the StuCo’s annual Spooky Cellar. Thank you to the community for your continued support!


Grade 6 Cocktail sale-Charity
From Mr Gale- Maths department
Over the last few weeks grade 6 have been working on their ratio and proportion project. The aim was to create their own cocktail in groups that they would then sell on Tuesday lunchtime, with all the money going to the grade 6 charity The Urban Dog Sanctuary. The whole of grade 6 worked extremely hard in their classes and created some delicious cocktails that the rest of the school got to enjoy. In total $132.92 was raised. A big thank you to all those that supported grade 6 and a huge well done to the whole year group for their effort and enthusiasm throughout.




Congratulations to our BKB Coach Mr Carrillo
From Team Sports
TSP congratulates our beloved coach José Roberto Carrillo, whose team "Brujos de Izalco" is champion of the "Torneo Apertura de la Liga Mayor de Baloncesto", It's the first time a coach wins this twice!

Congratulations Mr Carrillo! 


Grade 9- Model United Nations Day
From Mr Merry- MUN coordinator
Grade 9 took part in their annual Model United Nations on Wednesday 7th June, representing countries and key people in various mock United Nation committees. Their role was to examine many issues the world faces and try to find a political resolution, based on the ideals and policies their country/person holds. Added to this were unexpected crisis that could hit at any time. We were lucky enough to have two guest speakers. Paola Barragan and Oswaldo Zepeda who have both worked in an international context and were able to pass on some words of wisdom to any budding International Relations students. My thanks goes out to them for giving up their time.

Students looked amazing walking around the school in their suits and office wear and worked very hard throughout the day. It should be noted that the MUN is run wholly by students and without the help of Paul Davis, Majo Linares and their team of helpers from various grades this event would not be able to run. This involved returning Grade 10 and 12 Students. We were even lucky enough to have an EXABRIT Samantha Burch come and help too. This really is a day that celebrates students work at all levels and widens our school communities attitudes to international issues and how we can be involved. Well done to all involved.

Thank you for your continued support ensuring your children arrive on time and do not miss any of the days left. 

Have a wonderful weekend

Warm regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
June
Monday 12th to Friday 16th - Grade 9 Work Experience
Monday 12th to Saturday 17th - CUBA MUSIC TRIP
Thursday 15th - Water Day for Grade 6
Wednesday 21st - Secondary school Talent Show - 10:30am PAC(open only to students)
Thursday 22nd - Class 2017 Graduation Ceremony - 5pm Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Secondary School Supermatch - 8:15am Field & Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Final Secondary School assembly - 10:30am Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Last day of school - Students leave at 12m