Friday, 3 June 2011

35: Friday 3rd June 2011

From the Headmaster

Keep up with what is happening! Up-to-date news.
In a busy school it is difficult to keep up with all that is happening. We have redesigned some communication systems to make it easier to know the news and plan for the future.

Although we shall launch the system at the beginning of the next school year in August, we are able to try out some of the features now.

The new
ABC News Blog is the one place to keep up with what is happening. Entries in English or in Spanish will be posted as the more significant events happen.

The new-look ABC Weekly is published each Friday afternoon - and will be in
English and Spanish, will feature a summary of events that have happened, and will look forward to events in the week ahead.

And what about urgent or news “as it happens”? Then “Like Us” on Facebook on one (or all!) of our Facebook pages:
ABC Facebook - latest information about the ABC (events, school closure, reminders, etc).ABC Team Sports - the very latest scores, matches, cancellations, etc. Follow the competitions as they happen!ABC Learning Resources Centre - news about what is going on at the LRC including videos and student work.

Lost Property - claim lost items
As the year draws to a close, we shall be displaying items from our Lost Property cages. Please have your child go through these so that lost property can be claimed. At the end of the school year we shall be donating all items which remain.

Primary News

UP Family Days
The Upper Primary teachers and students hosted a very special celebration this week. All Upper Primary families were invited to come to their son’s or daughter’s classroom and shared a special time remenicing about happy family moments. They expressed their love and appreciation of being part of their family by singing songs, reciting poems, watching class movies filled with their family pictures.

On behalf of all the staff and all of our UP students, we would like to thank you for coming into school and spending few minutes with us.

Student Council
Thank you to the 11th and 12th Grade Student Government for sharing their experiences with our 32 Student Council members from Upper Primary.

They will surely remember all your advice and will work hard to continue being students with great character; promoting the school values as you have done in your school years.

UP Art exhibition
Primary Art Exhibition started on Monday and has proven to be a spectacular success among pupils through out school.

The huge variety of media in the Exhibition is staggering, it ranges from 3D sculptures to Still Life paintings. The Exhibition has also thrown focus on the creative process and we have tried to capture what pupils have learnt during Cal 3. Well done to all the artists!

4th grade is implementing the new International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Children have been expressing their ideas about how an artist was feeling when they created their piece.

This video is an example of their response to this task.

2nd and 3rd Grade trips
The second and third grade children will begin working on one of our IPC units called “Active Earth”. Through this topic the children learn about natural features such as volcanoes and earthquakes through practical activities which will make their learning process exciting and engaging. Fieldtrips to El Boqueron next week will provide the children with an opportunity to visit a real volcano and make observations which they will help them get the big picture of what the unit of study is all about and later to use this experience to build up their knowledge and understanding about the effects of volcanoes around the world.

Scholastic books for 3 to 8 year olds
A selection of books in English and Spanish will be available for purchase from the school shop from Monday 6th June.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Tuesday 7th June: Pre-Kinder Slideshow, 7:00pm
Wednesday 8th June: Pre-Kinder Slideshow, 7:00pm
Friday 10th June: Reports go home
Friday 17th June: End of Term, depart at 11am - No Play Room

Upper Primary
Tuesday 7th June: 2nd Grade trip to El Boqueron
Wednesday 8th June: 3rd Avilés Assembly
Friday 10th June: 3rd Grade trip to El Boqueron
Monday 13th June: CAL 3 Reports go home
Tuesday 14th June: 2nd and 3rd Grade Talent Show, 10.00am
Tuesday 14th June: 4th and 5th Grade Talent Show, 12.00m
Wednesday 15th June: 2nd Grade Achievement Ceremony, 7.30am
Wednesday 15th June: 3rd Grade Achievement Ceremony, 8.30am
Wednesday 15th June: 4th Grade Achievement Ceremony, 10.00am
Wednesday 15th June: 5th Grade Achievement Ceremony, 12.00am
Thursday 16th June: 5th Grade Graduation, 9.00am
Thursday 16th June: 5th Grade Party, 5.30pm
Friday 17th June: Staff Talent Show, 8.30am
Friday 17th June: End of Term, depart at 11:00am - No Pass Club

Secondary News

Ring Ceremony Class of 2011
On Wednesday the Class of 2011 celebrated their coming graduation with the Ring Ceremony in the Auditorium. It was attended by parents, ex alumni, teachers and presided over by Mr. Hobson. It was wonderful to see so many people there, especially ex students and brothers and sisters to celebrate the achievements of the members of the Class if 2011.

Graduation Day Class of 2011Graduation is on Thursday 9th June. The ceremony starts at 5 pm but we require ABC students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 to be in school in full school uniform at 4.30pm in their tutor rooms. Grade 10 students who have their IGCSE Biology exam on Friday are not required to attend. All secondary students will leave school at 12 noon on that day.

World No Tobacco Day
We celebrated World No Tobacco Day on 31st May and emphasised to our students the importance of not starting to smoke cigarettes. We have been working with Adriano Bolanos on this campaign and we hope you will reinforce the message at home. Deciding to smoke is one of the worst decisions a teenager can make. Can I also remind you that students caught smoking on any school activity or outside school in ABC uniform will be suspended from school.

Grade 11 Art Exhibition in the PAC
There is an exhibition of IB Grade 11 Art which is superb and you are welcome to come and view.

Last Day of School and Final Reports! IMPORTANT
It may seem to be coming very quickly but the last day of school is in two weeks time. Please note school will finish at 12 noon on that day and reports will only be issued if students have returned all their books and had their clearance form signed. Please make sure your son or daughter gets organised and have their books ready to return. If the Clearance form is not handed in we may not be able to issue the report until August.

Awards Assemblies
Please check the schedule below and you are invited to the Awards Assembly for your son or daughter’s grade!

Parent Partnership Meeting
Don't miss our last Parent Partnership Meeting on Tuesday 7th June at 6:30pm in the PAC. Adriano Bolaños will be talking about "Knowing drugs, their effects and consequences" as part of our Drug Prevention Programme.

Don't miss our latest LRC newsletter

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 7th June: Parent Partnership Meeting with Adriano Bolaños, 6:30pm in the PAC
Thursday 9th June: Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday 15th - 17th June: Grade 11 Science project
Wednesday 15th June: Grade 6 Pompei Day and Grade 6 Awards Assembly at 1 pm
Thursday 16th June: Grade 7 Awards Assembly at 7 am. Grade 8 Awards assembly at 1 pm
Friday 17th June: Grade 9-11 Awards assembly 7 am
Friday 17th June: Reports go home and end of term at 12 noon.

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