Friday, 24 February 2012

24: Friday 24th February 2012

From the Headmaster

Book Week
Reading comes easily if we have a passion for books. But how important is reading in this digital age?
As important as ever. Even more. We have to deal with a huge amount of written material in our adult lives. We need to enjoy our rich culture and heritage that is recorded by the written word. We understand ourselves and others by what we read.
At school we value reading and we have an excellent formative programme for making readers of our students. During Book Week, we pay particular attention to books of all kinds, in both media - paper and digital, and there is an entertaining and exciting set of activities in the Secondary School (although there are activities during this week, the Primary School will have their book week at the end of April).


Primary News

This week’s value
Over the last two weeks the children in Primary have been concentrating in particular on the value - Confidence. In school we teach the children that being confident means that they are sure of their abilities and know what they are capable of achieving.

Each fortnight the children will be concentrating on a different school value or trait so that the children are guided towards our ultimate aim of becoming responsible and outstanding citizens.

Tribal points
The competition to win the tribal points competition in Upper Primary is becoming intense. The children are very loyal to their tribes and have be working very hard this term to be awarded as many tribal points as possible for good work, good manners, helping, remembering to speak English in the classrooms etc. Again, we have a special treat organised for the winning tribe at the end of this term.

Superhero day
After inspiring First Grade children with the Superhero topic, on Monday Grade 1 had their Superhero Parade. Children looked fantastic wearing their superhero costume made at home. There were all sort of interesting and very creative superheroes and superpowers. It showed that children and parents worked hard and came up with super ideas. The most creative superheroes won a prize.






2nd Moore assembly
Thank you to the children and teachers of 2nd Moore for their very informative and interesting assembly this week about the real jobs that scientists do. It is wonderful that the children in our school are so excited by science; I feel sure that we have some future physicists, chemists and biologists amongst the children in Mr Moore’s class.

4th Taylor assembly
The children and teachers of 4th Taylor presented an assembly this week which reminded us about many of the wonderful elements of the English language which we work so hard to develop in school. The children spoke, acted and danced their way through rhythm, rhyme and alliteration explaining the meaning of these to children and parents in the audience.


PK Safari Day
On Thursday Pre-Kinder went on safari! The children all went exploring and looking for wild animals around school. They have been busy making binoculars and learning about camouflage. There were a wide variety of interesting costumes and a great chance to consolidate all we have learnt about wild animals. PK Team




IPC - Children’s views
Last week the children from Prepa to Grade 5 all received a letter from Mrs Dickson asking them to reply to the letter telling her how they felt about the IPC. Some of you may have seen the letter as some classes gave this as a homework. The response from the children was overwhelmingly positive. It is very reassuring to know that your children are enjoying the IPC lessons as much as we are and confirms my suspicions about this. The children particularly commented on the entry and exit points for the units, working in groups and teams, the more active style of learning which the IPC involves and that the learning is fun, sometimes challenging and interesting.

As always our children are confident in expressing their opinions and feel that they would like more IPC time in the timetable and that they would like more trips out of school. They also have idea for units which we could create ourselves; Cars, Beyond the Milky Way and another unit which should have a PE core. We will, of course, consider all of the children’s comments and suggestions.

Some wonderful comments from the children:

I like having this much time for the IPC and the projects. It’s amazing how we start knowing nothing and then, wow, we know a lot, (Grade 5)

I love the IPC because I learn more for my life. (Grade 4)

IPC rocks! (Grade 3)

I am finding the IPC great. My favourite topic is Active Planet because I can learn how earth can tell us that it is alive. (Grade 2)

The IPC lessons make me think about celebrations and the people living on my planet. (Grade 1)

I like IPC lessons because we do lots of things. I like best to do art like Kandinsky (Prepa)

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Tuesday 28th February: Prepa Pashley Spanish Assembly
Friday 2nd March: PK Guadrón Assembly
Friday 9th March: PK Catani Assembly
Friday 16th March: PK Cleaver Assembly
Monday 19th March: PK Swimming Gala (Training pool)
Tuesday 20th March: Kinder Swimming Gala (Training pool)
Wednesday 21st March: Prepa Swimming Gala (Training pool)
Thursday 22nd March: 1st Grade Swimming Gala (25m pool)
Friday 23rd March: PK Carbajal Assembly

Upper Primary
Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd March: 2nd Grade Camping, Tuscania Friday 11:00 - Saturday 10:00am
Wednesday 7th: 3rd Judge Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 7th: 5th Brenes Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Wednesday 21st: Upper Pimary Poetry Day
Wednesday 21st: LSU for parents, Leaders: ¿Innate o developed? PAC 7.00am and 6.00pm
Wednesday 21st: 2nd Quijano Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 21st: 4th Fastiggi Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Monday 26th: Upper Primary Theater Day
Monday 26th: 5th Grade Swimming Gala, ABC Swimming pool 10.00am to 12.00m
Tuesday 27th: 4th Grade Swimming Gala, ABC Swimming pool 10.00am to 12.00m
Wednesday 28th: 5th Grade Speech Competition, PAC 8.00am to 9.30am
Wednesday 28th: 3rd Grade Swimming Gala, ABC Swimming pool 10.00am to 12.00m
Thursday 29th: 2nd Grade Swimming Gala, ABC Swimming pool 10.00am to 12.00m
Friday 30th: Last day of Term

Secondary News

Grade 10 Parents
We expect to see all Grade 10 parents and students at a meeting on Thursday 1st March in the PAC to discuss a number of issues relating to the class and to IB Options. The meeting will start promptly at 5.30 pm and we ask that you please be punctual. We will be issuing Exam Cal grade sheets at this meeting and you will hear about the IB Option choices students have to make and will have the opportunity to talk to each of the individual subject teachers of your son or daughter. We hope this will be very useful.

Grade 6-8 Exam week starts TWO weeks on Thursday
Exam week is approaching for Grade 6-8. Please ensure your child knows what they should be revising. We do have some Maths books in the office which will help for mathematics.

Grade 11 Exams start THREE weeks on Thursday and Grade 9 Exams start THREE weeks on Friday

Olympics
At our assembly this week we celebrated the start of the build up to the Summer Olympics in London with a visit from a member of the El Salvador Olympic Committee. We intend holding our own mini Olympics in August 2012 with events such as athletics, swimming archery and cycling. We hope that students will start to get ready and we will be inviting students from other country linked schools in the city.

Book Week is this week
Please encourage your son or daughter to share their favourite books with us and with you. We know how important reading is to intellectual and emotional development and are hoping to encourage more reading in our students. On Friday we are having a jeans day to celebrate Book week and students are encouraged to dress up as a book character of their choice.

Bicultural Arts Festival
This is taking place next week in a number of areas including dance, drama, music and art and we have many students participating. There will be performances and exhibitions at the end of the week at the Liceo Frances on Friday at 6.30 pm and at the Teatro Presidente on Saturday at 6 pm. You are invited!

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 28th February: Grade 12 reports issued
Thursday 1st March 5.30 pm: IB Options Evening (Grade 10 parents and students) with Exam Cal reports being issued
Friday 2nd March: Bicultural Arts Festival Performance in Drama, Dance and Photography Lyceo Frances 6 .30 pm
Saturday 3rd March: Bicultural Arts Festival Performance in Music, choir, Art and Photography Teatro Presidente 6 pm
Tuesday 6th March 5.30 pm: IGCSE Options Evening (Grade 8 parents and students) with Cal 2 reports being issued
Tuesday 6th March: Grade 6,7,9,& 11 Cal 2 reports sent home
Thursday15th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start until Tuesday 20th March
Thursday 22nd March: Grade 11 Exams start until Friday 30th March
Friday 23rd march: Grade 9 Exams start until Friday 30th March
Friday 30th March: End of Term Two

Friday, 17 February 2012

23: Friday 17th February 2012

From the Headmaster

Pressure
Sometimes, as parents, we find it difficult to say no to our children. They pressurise us with statements such as:
Of course going to that party will be safe, everyone is going” or “I want to have a Facebook account since everyone is on Facebook in my class” (from a Primary child) or other similar situations.
Some issues can be settled quickly by making a phone call or sending an e-mail - finding out what the situation really is. Remember that the Madres Enlace hold excellent grade social events for parents periodically and this can be a great time to find out what other parents think about particular issues; it is also a great time to get to know other parents so that you will know who is inviting to parties.
What about these two particular statements? Well, there are very sensible guidelines on how to hold parties at home for Secondary School age children which all parents should consider.
And the minimum age for Facebook and Google+ is 13. End of story, end of pressure.

Primary News

1st Grade IPC entry point - Circus
1st grade parents prepared a Circus for our children as an Entry Point for our new IPC topic – The Circus is Coming. Lots of time and dedication was put into it and parents presented different shows; within those: clowns, mimes, El Chavo del Ocho, dancers, an elastic woman, magicians and wild animals with their trainers. Children had fun and it was a great experience for them as it was for the parents that participated.


3rd Grade IPC exit point - Money and Trade
To exit the IPC Unit Young Entrepreneurs 3rd Grade students offered a Car Wash service to all teachers in Lower and Upper Primary. Children had to think of a name for their company, create a logo and made a TV commercial to promote their service. All profits will go towards the Spring Fair scholarships.


Lower Primary Sports Days
We have had four really enjoyable LP sports days this week. The children have all practiced and demonstrated their PE skills and stamina as well as having lots of fun. Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support their children and to the PE staff for all their hard work to get these events ready.







Olympic Opening Ceremony at the Cuscatlan Stadium
All the children in the Primary school (PK to Grade 5) will be taking part in an ABC version of the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday 20th April. This will be the entry point for our summer term IPC units which are all related to the Olympic Games. The ceremony will take place at the Cuscatlan Stadium and we would like to invite all of our parents and friends to write this date in their diaries so that they are able to come along to support the children. Some of the children in UP are taking part in a competition to design the tickets which will be on sale soon.

Lecture for PK to 3rd grade parents:
How to be open when talking to your children about growing up?
The lecture will be about:
  • * Basic concepts about growing up as an integral part of the person
  • Your child and his/her concerns
  • How, When and Where should you talk to your child about growing up
  • The 3 stages of sex education (truth, truth - love, truth - love - values)

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2012
Place PAC
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Cost: $3.00
This lecture will be give in Spanish and only at 7:00 a.m.

Bicultural Festival of Arts 2012
This week we started with the rehearsals for the Bicultural Festival of Arts 2012. We have a good number of Primary students taking part in the Strings Orchestra and the Primary Choir. Strings will be rehearsing at the German School and the Primary Choir rehearsals are taking place at the American School. Detailed information has already been sent to the students involved. Mr Santamaria

4th Grade Spelling Bee
4th grade teachers have launched the very first Spelling Bee competition for the children in their classes. The idea behind this exciting activity is to discover the best spellers. In the process this has made spelling fun for pupils of all abilities and has helped teachers develop the talents of their students.

Two children from each tribe in every class have been selected to represent their class peers. In preparation for this special event, our children have watched the film “Akeelah and the Bee”. This film follows the life of a ten year old girl whose dream it is to win the spelling bee. The inspirational film enthused children, motivating them to study very hard for their spelling bee.

The big spelling competition day will take place on the 9th of March.


3rd Navas Assembly

 Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 17th February: End of half-term, no school
Friday 2nd March: PK Guadrón Assembly
Friday 9th March: PK Catani Assembly
Friday 16th March: PK Cleaver Assembly
Monday 19th March: PK Swimming Gala (Training pool)
Tuesday 20th March: Kinder Swimming Gala (Training pool)
Wednesday 21st March: Prepa Swimming Gala (Training pool)
Thursday 22nd March: 1st Grade Swimming Gala (25m pool)
Friday 23rd March: PK Carbajal Assembly

Upper Primary
Monday 20th February: COESAL School for parents/4th grade students, Lecture Theatre 7.20 to 8.30am
Wednesday 22nd February: 2nd Moore Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 22nd February: 4th Taylor Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Wednesday 22nd February: Catholic Club - Ash Wednesday, ABC Auditorium 1.45pm

Secondary News

Olympics Assembly
We had a visitor from the El Salvador National Olympic Committee to our assembly on Tuesday. We are all looking forward to the coming Summer Olympics but we also intend holding our own mini Olympics for the Secondary School in August 2012 when we will be doing a number of sports including athletics, swimming, cycling and archery. We hope our students will start practicing for the event.

Facebook Language
I would like to make another plea that parents please check the Facebook language of your son or daughter. It disturbs me if children are using inappropriate or bad language and I think that as parents you need to know the kind of discussions and language your children are using. Please remind them also to be careful with the images they post and that their security settings are correctly set.

Half term holiday
We only have a one day half term break but I hope all our students use it as an opportunity to have a rest and to get ready for the coming half term which will include exam weeks for Grades 6-8, 9 and 11.

Grade 8 and 10 parents please note the very important Options Evenings coming up for IGCSE and IB courses next year. Grade 8 is on 1st March and Grade 10 on 6th March. We hope ALL parents will be able to attend with their son or daughter.

Dates for your diary
Thursday 1st March: IB Options Evening (Grade 10 parents and students) with Exam Cal reports being issued, 5.30 pm
Tuesday 6th March: IGCSE Options Evening (Grade 8 parents and students) with Cal 2 reports being issued, 5.30 pm
Tuesday 6th March: Grade 6,7,9,& 11 Cal 2 reports issued
Thursday 15th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start until Tuesday 20th March
Thursday 22nd March: Grade 9&11 Exams start until Friday 30th March
Friday 30th March: End of Term Two

Friday, 10 February 2012

22: Friday 10th February 2012

From the Headmaster

ABC mathematicians take the Central American MathCounts Trophy!
The ABC won the Central American round of MathCounts and will be going to the next round in Mexico. All the ABC teams performed really well and congratulations to all of them and to their coach Carlos Arriola. They have put in a great deal of preparation for this on Saturdays and it has paid off. Teja Huggins won the individual competition in an exciting finish. The four ABC teams did exceptionally well as shown below:

MathCounts Teams (out of 29 teams)
  • TEAM A: 1st Place (Teja Huggins, Andrés Butter, Andrés Puente and Alejandro Alfaro - all from Grade 8)
  • TEAM B: 4th Place (Gerardo Cabrera, Lila Durán, María Fernanda Arteaga, José Andrés Cáceres)
  • TEAM C: 6th Place (Andrea Osegueda, José Alfredo Medina, Camila Popoff, Carlos Arturo Velásquez)
  • TEAM D: 7th Place (Regina Carbonell, Andrea Atanacio, Daisy Brown, Mi Ra Kim)


This is a superb result in this international competition of nine schools. Well done to all the students involved and a grateful thanks to Mr Arriola for training our teams so well.

Primary News

Active Planet - Grade 2 trip
Last Friday second grade students enjoyed a delightful visit to Eco-Parque El Boquerón. They learned about the volcano’s history and began to understand how the lives of people that live in volcanic areas is affected. This field trip was the perfect entry point to tour new IPC unit “Active Planet”.

Prepa Parents
A reminder for Prepa parents to take a look the Prepa blog. As promised at the recent reading workshop the Prepa team have posted some links to videos and games that will help your children learn the Tricky Words and vowel sounds.

3rd Navas assembly
The assembly which 3rd Navas presented to us this week was based on a story from the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme which is used in schools in the UK. The focus of the assembly was on Friendship and the children used words, drama, song and dance to get their messages over. Well done and thank you to all involved.

5th Garcia Prieto assembly
Thank you also to the children and staff of 5th Garcia Prieto for their assembly this week which took as its theme the Olympic Games. The children took us on a dramatic journey from the ancient to the modern Olympics including some of the games of the Olympics past and present and the origins of the Olympic flag and torch. It was very enjoyable to watch and helped us to think about and prepare for our own Olympic Opening ceremony on Friday 20th April.


Pre Kinder trip to Tin Marin
Pre Kinder went to Tin Marin in a convoy of five buses. The children were divided into small groups and escorted by teachers and assistants while a member of the Tim Marin staff explained each area. They spent two hours being shown around most of the different exhibits and the children enjoyed participating in the various activities. It was a great morning and they were ready for their lunchbox when they got back to school! Here are some photos.


Kinder Suárez assembly
The children of Kinder Suarez have also been thinking about Friendship and performed their assembly this week on this theme. Well done and thank you to all of the children and staff of this class who worked and practised so hard to present such an enjoyable assembly. Thank you also to the parents who gave up time from their busy days to come along and support the children.

PK press-release!
Pre-Kinder have had some great learning experiences this week linked to our People Who Help Us in our Community topic. On Tuesday we had a visit from the fire brigade and police. We all enjoyed seeing the fire engine and police vehicles up close. The fire fighters showed us all the equipment they carry. The police told us about being safe especially when we are travelling in cars: we should all always be wearing seat-belts. They also told us adults can get in trouble if they are not wearing their seat-belts or if they are using their phones whilst driving. Everyone's favourite part was having a ride in the Fire Engine and in the Police pick-up!


On Wednesday we had our first real school trip when we visited Tin Marin. The children really enjoyed the role play opportunities in the hospital, dental surgery, market, supermarket and aeroplane. You can see more more photo's on the PK Blog. PK Team

1st Grade Sleepover
At the sleepover I toasted marshmallows and it was delicious! - Adriana Menjivar
We saw the dragon of the Chinese New Year. Last year was the rabbit. The animals had a competition and had race. - Valeria Lopez
We danced 'the Hawaii!' - Stephano Rodriguez
My favourite part was when we made the rangoli - Jose Gabriel Denys
At the Sleepover we were superheroes - Naomi Castaneda





5th grade trip to Joya de Cerén and San Andrés

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 13th February: Pre-Kinder Sports Day 10.00am
Tuesday 14th February: Kinder Sports Day 10.00am
Wednesday 15th February: Prepa Sports Day 10.00am
Thursday 16th February: First Grade Sports Day 10.00am
Friday 17th February: HALF TERM break

Upper Primary
Wednesday 15th February: 2nd and 3rd Grade Spanish Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 15th February: 4th and 5th Grade Spanish Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Wednesdy 15th February: COESAL School for Parents/4th grade students, PAC/Lecture Theatre 1.30 to 3.00
Monday 20th February: COESAL School for parents/4th grade students, Lecture Theatre 7.20 to 8.30am
Wednesday 22nd February: 2nd Moore Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 22nd February: 4th Taylor Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Wednesday 22nd February: Catholic Club - Ash Wednesday, ABC Auditorium 1.45pm

Secondary News

MathsRelay and Mathscounts Events took place last week
Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Mathcounts competition last weekend. Our A Team won first place and Teja Huggins from Grade 8 won the overall individual competition. Andrés Butter, Alejandro Alfato, Andrea Osegueda and José Andrés Cáceres all finished in the top ten places in the individual competition. All our students were placed in the top half of the more than 120 entrants from across Central America. Well done to all of them and their coach Mr. Ariola. We are proud of all of them. Some of the students will be participating in the next round in Mexico next month.

Parent Partnership
We had received requests for an advice session on helping raise self esteem and last week we ran a Parent Partnership session with a guest speaker from FUNPRES. Thank you to the parents who came but we know there are many more parents who would have benefitted from this session and we would like to know how we can encourage more people to attend this type of session. We are always concerned to try to provide advice on dealing with issues relating to successful parenting of teenagers.

Exam Cal
Please note the Exam Cal is coming for Grade 6-8 in just under 5 weeks and for Grade 9 & 11 in 6 weeks. We are publishing the Grade 6-8 timetable today and the Grade 9 & 11 timetable next week. We are also providing lists of revision topics to help parents check on revision progress. Students in all these grades should be starting to prepare for these upcoming exams.

TELETON
Our participation in TELETON 2012 was very successful and we want to thank all the parents for their support.

Dates for your diary
Friday 17th February: HALF TERM
Thursday 1st March: IB Options Evening (Grade 10 parents and students) with Exam Cal reports being issued, 5.30 pm
Tuesday 6th March: IGCSE Options Evening (Grade 8 parents and students) with Cal 2 reports being issued, 5.30 pm
Tuesday 6th March: Grade 6,7,9,& 11 Cal 2 reports issued
Thursday 15th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start until Tuesday 20th March
Thursday 22nd March: Grade 9&11 Exams start until Friday 30th March
Friday 30th March: End of Term Two.

Friday, 3 February 2012

21: Friday 3rd February 2012

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 9th of February 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.

Accident Insurance Information
For easy referral, the information about students’ accident insurance is on our website - please access this and much more information by following the “Parents” tab.

Head Lice - nothing to be ashamed of
Head lice are not fussy about the hair they live in - straight or curly, short or long, clean or dirty - it is a myth that having head lice is linked to lack of hygiene.
It is usual for schools to have to deal with it and you may know that we have been having hair checks in Primary. When we find head lice, the child goes home with a letter regarding suggestions for treatment. We also send a letter to the rest of the children in the class.

It is difficult to prevent head lice but there some things to note:
• Reduce chances for head lice to spread - it can only happen with hair-to-hair contact so tie hair back and not have it loose
• Check regularly for head lice or nits
• If detected - take action! The only thing to be ashamed of is not doing anything about it

We send detection and treatment information home but you can find reliable sources on-line - here are two different ones in English (product site but with good videos) and in Spanish.

Primary News

Kinder Tenorio assembly
Well done and thank you to the children and staff of Kinder Tenorio for their lovely assembly this week which retold the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The children told the story clearly and confidently with appropriate actions and clearly enjoyed presenting this to their parents and friends.


Kinder Flores assembly
Kinder Flores prepared a great assembly based on the book Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book about Feelings by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda. The children spoke well and the assembly was illustrated by many photographs of the children interpreting the feelings that were being discussed. Well done for talking about such an important topic!


Grade 4 sleepover
4th Grade children really enjoyed their camping night last weekend and had a great time. The highlight for most of the children (and adults) was the rare opportunity to meet with astronomers from the El Salvador observatory and to spend some time with them, using their powerful telescopes to look at the night sky. As well as having a great camping experience the children rounded off their ‘Mission to Mars’ IPC unit in a very memorable way. I think we may have some future astronauts and astronomers amongst the children in Grade 4.



Parent’s workshops
This week, in Primary, we have been running parent workshops early in the mornings to help our parents to understand how they can help their children when listening to them read at home. There was a good attendance and I am sure that those parents who were able to attend will find that they are more easily able to inspire and motivate their children with this vital skill. Workshops this year have reflected the parent’s wishes as expressed last year. Next term we will be running further workshops for parents; this time on how to help your children to achieve well in school in their Spanish classes.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 3rd February: 1st Grade Sleepover from 4pm until 7.30am Saturday 4th of February 2012
Monday 6th February: Prepa Workshop from 7:15 to 7:45am, in each teacher’s classroom
Friday 10th February: Kinder Suárez Assembly from 7.20 am to 7.50 am, PAC
Monday 13th February: Pre-Kinder Sports Day 10.00am
Tuesday 14th February: Kinder Sports Day 10.00am
Wednesday 15th February: Prepa Sports Day 10.00am
Thursday 16th February: First Grade Sports Day 10.00am
Friday 17th February: HALF TERM break

Upper Primary
Wednesday 8th February: COESAL School for parents (Mother-Daughter/Father-Son), PAC 7.00am and 6.00pm
Wednesday 8th February: 3rd Navas Assembly, PAC 10.00 - 10.40am
Wednesday 8th February: 5th Garcia Prieto Assembly in the PAC 12.00 - 12.40m
Wednesday 15th February: 2nd and 3rd Grade Spanish Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 15th February: 4th and 5th Grade Spanish Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Wednesdy 15th February: COESAL School for Parents/4th grade students, PAC/Lecture Theatre 1.30 to 3.00
Monday 20th February: COESAL School for parents/4th grade students, Lecture Theatre 7.20 to 8.30am
Wednesday 22nd February: 2nd Moore Assembly, PAC 10.00am
Wednesday 22nd February: 4th Taylor Assembly, PAC 12.00m
Wednesday 22nd February: Catholic Club - Ash Wednesday, ABC Auditorium 1.45pm

Secondary News

Valuable Items
Secondary students often bring valuable personal items to school including mobile phones and laptops. Each week we have instances of students mislaying these items but in most cases they are quickly found. We always stress to students that they must take proper care of these items and not leave them unattended around school. We would ask that you reinforce this message at home.

Missing HP Computer
One of our Grade 11 students lost his HP computer in school last week and we believe it may have been picked up by someone else by mistake. Can you please check your son or daughter has not picked it up by mistake and if they have please return it to school. The student concerned is anxious to retrieve information from the computer.

Parent Partnership Meeting
We have a visiting speaker from FUNPRES talking about raising self esteem on Tuesday. We hope many of you will be able to attend as self esteem is an area which has a huge effect on making good choices and being positive in the face of difficulties.

Dates for your diary
Saturday 4th February: Mathcounts Events
Tuesday 8th February: Parent Partnership Meeting, 6.30 pm PAC
Friday 17th February: HALF TERM
Wednesday 29th February: Grade 10 and 11 Careers Day
Thursday 1st March: IB Options Evening (Grade 10 parents and students)