Monday, 19 September 2011

5: Friday 16th September 2011

From the Headmaster


Independence Day
Although we were closed for Independence Day, September is our Independence Month and we have many activities related to this theme. From Civic Mondays in the Primary School (where the National Anthem is sung and aspects about El Salvador are presented by students), to formal Independence Assemblies in the Secondary School, dignified and proper attention is given to the Independence of El Salvador. On a lighter theme, we had the Colegio Becquer Band and dancers as well as the enactment of Salvadorian folklore and the sale of traditional foods. In the following video you can see what some of our students and staff feel about being Salvadorean and why they are proud of Salvadorean culture:



Buy your tickets for “Much Ado About Nothing
A reminder that tickets are only available PRIOR to the event and are priced at $15 for numbered seats with good visibility. Please contact the Main Reception (Sandra Acosta on 2241-4428).

Primary News

School caps
ABC caps are now available from the School Shop at a cost of $8.40.

Emergency pick up information
Please make sure that you have completed an Emergency pick up special information form for your children. This can be found on the iCom page of the school’s website.

UP Student Council Induction
In assembly this week the 32 members of the Upper Primary Student Council were introduced and awarded with their badges by Mr Hobson. The Student Council, who were democratically elected by their peers, have an important role to play in the school; they are the ‘pupil voice’ and are responsible for making sure that the views and opinions of the children are heard by teachers and by the leadership team of the school. Some members of the Student Council will be going with Mr Fastiggi next week to buy new playground toys and equipment for all the children to use during their break times.

IPC for parents
Katherine Tucker from the main offices of the International Primary Curriculum in England, will be visiting our school next week. Katherine will be giving presentations for parents who are interested in learning more about the IPC at 6pm on Tuesday 20th September and 7am on Wednesday 21st September (please use the emergency car park if attending this session) both in the PAC. We look forward to seeing as many parents there as possible to find out more about this exciting new initiative happening in the Primary section of the school this year.

Visitors to school
Parents who need to visit school during the teaching day should report to Mrs Avilés’ (Primary Secretary) office. Please do not go directly to your child’s class as this is disruptive to the teaching and learning taking place.

Visiting nurse
As part of their topic on Safety in the Home first grade teachers have invited a nurse into their classrooms to talk to the children about the safety and dangers of medicines at home. This will happen on Thursday 22nd September.

Independence Day




Dates for your diary


Lower Primary
Monday 19th September: INSET for teachers
Tuesday 20th September: IPC presentation for Primary parents, 6pm PAC
Wednesday 21st September: Peace One Day
Wednesday 21st September: IPC presentation for Primary parents, 7am PAC
Friday 23rd September: McLay Fun Run
Friday 23rd September: First Grade Aguirre Assembly
Monday 26th - Friday 30th September: LP Parent/ Teacher Interviews
Friday 30th September: First Grade Gilchrist Assembly


Upper Primary
Tuesday 20th September: Civic Tuesday
Tuesday 20th September: IPC presentation for Primary parents 6pm PAC
Wednesday 21st September: Peace One Day
Wednesday 21st September: IPC presentation for Primary parents 7am PAC
Friday 23rd September: McLay Fun Run
Monday 26th September: Civic Monday
Monday 26th September: UP Assembly
Wednesday 28th September: 4th and 5th Civic Celebration
Friday 30th September: UP Children’s Day

Secondary News

Independence Day celebrations
Thank you to all the parents who supported the Independence Day celebrations at school on Wednesday. We were unlucky with the weather but we had a very positive day. The Grade 11 and 12 students who took part in the assembly were brilliant and many thanks to them.



INSET for teachers
Please note that school reopens on Tuesday as we are involved in training on Monday.


Student Information form
We need these forms returning as soon as possible so we have your contact details.


Confiscated cell phones
Please remind your son or daughter that they must have their phone turned off during the school day and if they need to make a phone call home they can do so during the day from the school office. However if they have their phones on even at break or lunch time they will be confiscated and parents will have to come to the office to collect them.


Uniform
Please remind your daughters not to come to school with nail polish, low cut socks or short skirts. If girls wear inappropriate uniform they will be required to purchase a replacement from the school shop.


Know Your School Nights
Please take note of the dates below. We will be sending you details of the first nights, next week.

Dates for your diary
Monday 19th September: School Closed for INSET Day
Tuesday 27th September: Grade 6, Know Your School night
Thursday 29th September: Grade 7 and 8, Know Your School night
Monday 3rd October, Grade 11 and 12, Know Your School night
Wednesday 5th October: Grade 9 and 10 Know Your School night

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