Friday, 8 March 2013

25: Friday 8th March 2013

From the Headmaster

On behalf of the Board of Governors of the school I would like to invite you to the parents’ information meeting to be held at the school’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC), at 18:00 hours on Wednesday 13th March 2013. Should there not be 50% plus 1 of all parents present, the meeting will reconvene at 18:30 hours on the same day and proceed with those in attendance.

We look forward to seeing you at this important meeting. 

Primary News

Sally Featherstone - Early Years Specialist
From the 18th - 22nd March we will have Sally Featherstone in Lower Primary working with staff. Sally has been a teacher, headteacher and local authority adviser, specialising in the early years and primary sectors. She now divides her time between training, consultancy and writing, and works throughout the UK and overseas. Her training covers a range of current issues, and she is particularly interested in promoting thinking skills, developing communication, gender, child-initiated learning, and assessment for planning. Among Sally’s many books are titles in the Little Books series, Catching Them at It, and with Ros Bayley, Independent Learning in the Foundation Stage, Smooth Transitions, Carrying on in Key Stage 1 and The Cleverness of Boys, and, with Nicola Call, The Thinking Child.

Characteristics of Effective Learning in the Foundation Stage
Parent Workshop led by Sally Featherstone on Wednesday 20th March 7.15am - 8.30am in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC)

UP and 1st Grade Swimming galas next week
Please check the dates below to check the dates for your child’s swimming gala. We look forward to seeing you there.

School Photos next week

Brain Awareness Week
Next week is Brain Awareness week in school and in Life Skills lessons we will be encouraging children to think about the impact that their lifestyle can have on their learning. In primary we are particularly concerned that some of our children do not get enough sleep and that this, definitely, has an impact on their performance in school.

Wednesday 13th March 11.55 - 4th Hernández Spanish assembly
Friday 15th March 7.20am - PK Carbajal assembly

We look forward to welcoming parents to support their children at these assemblies.

4th Grade Camping
The 4th Grade team are looking forward to their camping night on Friday 15th March. We are hoping for clear skies so that we can use the telescopes from the observatory, with help from their astronomers, to view the night sky. Another follow up to 4th Grades recent IPC unit Mission to Mars!

Prepa Exit Point - Buildings
On Friday 15th March Prepa children are going on a sightseeing tour to look at different types of buildings and structures around San Salvador as we have been learning about this topic in our IPC unit "Buildings".

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Wednesday 13th March: First Grade Swimming Gala 10.00am
Friday 15th March: Pre-Kinder Carbajal Assembly 7.20am at the PAC
Monday 18th March: Pre-Kinder Swimming Gala 10.00am
Tuesday 19th March: Prepa Swimming Gala 10.00am
Wednesday 20th March: Sally Featherstone Parent Workshop 7.15 - 8.30am
Wednesday 20th March: Kinder Swimming Gala 10.00am

Upper Primary
Monday 11th March: 2nd Grade Swimming Gala 10.00am
Tuesday 12th March: 3rd Grade Swimming Gala 10.00am
Wednesday 13th March: 4th Hernández Spanish Assembly, 11.55 at the PAC
Thursday 14th March: 4th Grade Swimming Gala 10.00am
Friday 15th March: 5th Grade Swimming Gala 10.00am
Wednesday 20th March: 3rd Garcia Prieto Assembly, 9.10am at the PAC
Wednesday 20th March: 5th Molina Assembly, 11.55am at the PAC
Thursday 21st March: School for parents, 7:00am, at the PAC

Secondary News

We hope to see many of you this evening and tomorrow evening at the Teatro Presidente for the final acts of the very exciting Bicultural Arts Festival Week. 
Both evenings the show starts at 6pm and we expect them to be excellent. We know how much our students have enjoyed participating in the Festival and it has been a pleasure to host other students here at school during the week. Thank you to all parents for their support and to all the staff who have given so much to the success of the Festival.

Next Week is Brain Week and we will be helping students think about strategies for helping their brains grow and develop.

Congratulations to the Math Relay team who came first in the regional competition in Mexico yesterday. We look forward to seeing them all back in school on Monday.

Please note the HACIA Democracy trip leaves on Wednesday.

Next Week Grade 6-8 Exams start on Thursday. Students will come to school and depart from school at the usual times. Please help them ensure they get plenty of sleep before and during Exam Week and that they have a healthy breakfast before coming to school. 

The safety of Personal Items is important to us. We have had some items go missing recently from our very busy campus. Students have been told they must only leave valuable items in a locked locker. If we find valuable items not properly secured we will contact you to report our concern. We need to ensure our students understand the importance of protecting their valuable items.

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 11th March: Brain Week & School Photographs
Tuesday 12th March: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting
Wednesday 13th March: HACIA Democracy trip departs. General Meeting for ABC Parents
Thursday 14th March: Grade 6-8 Exams start
Thursday 21st March: Student Council Spring Formal
Friday 22nd March: Student Council Non Uniform Day. Last day of term two.

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