Friday, 2 December 2011

15: Friday 2nd December 2011

From the Headmaster

Coffee with the Headmaster and Board Chair
Parents are cordially invited to a “coffee with the Headmaster and Board Chair” which will take place on Thursday 8th of December at 7:10 am to 8:00 am. So as to have an appropriate setting and not waste resources, please let us know your intention of attending by clicking this link.

The Founders Cup - parent and alumni teams required!
The Founders Cup is competed for in three phases this year. The Community Phase will be held on Saturday 10th of December from 8:00 am to 12 noon at the ABC. It is open to our U-18 student teams as well as to staff, coaches, parents and alumni teams. If a parent or alumnus would like to participate by forming a team OR wishing to play in a team, please contact our Team Sports Coordinator Sara Suster before the end of Wednesday 7th of December (

The Secondary Founders Cup phase will be on Friday 9th of December and the Primary one will be on Friday 16th of December.

Flu inoculation
We shall be arranging a new round of flu inoculations for those who wish to have this - please look out for the written permission slips which will be going home very soon.

Reminder: Drop-off and pick-up for 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade tomorrow, Saturday, via the Administration Entrance only (and Ramp Entrance for Staff and Car Full).

Primary News

2nd Grade trip to San Diego Beach
Last Friday the second grade children went to San Diego beach to release turtles and clean the beach. It was a lot of fun! The children learned about the importance of taking good care of the environment and animals in danger of extinction like the turtles. Right now, second graders are beginning to develop an environmental awareness and hopefully they will make a difference when they grow up.

Monday assembly
This week’s Monday assembly was an Art assembly where a movie was shown about Art from its beginnings to post modernism. The Art teacher spoke about the importance of recycling and how we can make beautiful artwork with these materials. The students were very attentive and curious throughout the whole assembly. In the end, they were reminded that all children are artists and needed to continue working and enjoying the Arts.

Cal 1 Achievement Ceremonies
Congratulations to all of the children who received awards in this week’s Achievement Ceremonies. Awards were given to children who achieved well academically this Cal but also to children who are always punctual, who always do their homework and also to children who have made a notable effort in a variety of subjects. The ceremonies were very well attended by parents.

3rd Grade Money and Trade Unit
The children in 3rd Grade have been learning about enterprise this week. As part of their IPC unit Young Entrepreneurs each class has set up a small food producing business. The children have written a business plan, have created commercials, been shopping and today they will prepare and sell food to other pupils in the school at break time. Each child has invested $2 in their business; if they do well and the business makes a profit today this will be shared amongst the investors. If they make a loss… this will also be shared. In their geography, history, science and technology lessons for the next few weeks the children will be learning about money and trade around the world in the past and present, what makes a successful product and how businesses are run.

Primary Christmas Tour
The annual UP choir Christmas tour begins this evening at the Galerias shopping mall at 6pm. Next week the choir will be singing at Plaza Madero on Tuesday evening and La Gran Via on Wednesday evening. We are delighted that this year some of the children from our LP choir will be joining the UP children to sing at La Gran Via on Wednesday evening at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday school for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade children
Children in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades will be in school tomorrow (3rd Dec) to make up the work they missed earlier in the school year when the school was closed as a result of the heavy rains. The children will be following their normal Thursday timetables as these are the curriculum areas that we need to make sure are fully covered before the end of term.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 9th December: Reports sent home
Wednesday 14th December: Christmas Shows
Friday 16th December: School breaks for Christmas holidays
Monday 9th January 2012: School reopens and back to classes

Upper Primary
Thursday 1st - Friday 9th December: UP Choir Christmas Tour.
Wednesday 7th December: 3rd Guzmán Assembly. 10:00 - 10:40am in the PAC
Thursday 8th December: Carols by Candleight. 6:30 - 7:30pm in the PAC
Friday 9th December: Founder’s Cup
Monday 12th - Friday 16th December: Festival Week
Wednesday 14th December: Christmas Fair. 3:30 - 6:30pm.
Friday 16th December: Last day of Term. Students will go home at 11:30am

Secondary News

British quiz
It is not too late to win a London 2012 Olympics mascot. We are accepting entries to the British Quiz until Monday morning at 9 am.

Cal 1 reports
In all Grades except Grade 10 and 12 these reports were sent home on Thursday. Please ensure you have collected them from your son or daughter and have returned the signed copy to school.

Grade 10 and 12 Parent Teacher meeting
We are handing out Grade 10 and 12 reports at a Parent Teacher Meeting on Monday 12th December starting at 5.30 pm in the PAC. We expect all Grade 10 and Grade 12 parents to be there to discuss Cal 1 reports, possible IB Options and the work that needs doing in preparation for the Mock exams in January 2012.

Nominations for Head students
We are looking for students in Grade 11 (Class of 2013) to nominate themselves to be the new ABC Head Students. There will be a selection process over the next two weeks but at this stage we are looking for students who think they might be suited to the position.

Thank you Sara and Danny
As we start the search for new Head Students we must say a huge thank you to Sara Urbina and Danny Jazrawi who have been magnificent Head Students and role models to their peers and younger students over the last twelve months.

Dates for your diary
Monday 12th December: Cal 1 Reports issued for Grade 10 and Grade 12 at Parent Teacher Meeting in PAC at 5.30 pm- 7.30 pm
Thursday 15th December: Award events for Grades 6-8 and 9-12
Friday 16th December: School breaks up for Christmas holidays. School closes at 12 noon.
Monday 9th January 2012: School reopens and starts at 7am

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