Friday, 18 October 2013

9: Friday 18th October 2013

Primary News

Mobile phones
We would really prefer it if upper primary children did not bring mobile phones to school. There are landline phones in all secretaries offices if the children need to contact you in an emergency. If your child must, for some reason, have a phone in school please supply them with a really basic Nokia or similar, there is no reason for primary aged children to need a smart phone as they hand their phones in to the office before school and collect them again at 1.30pm. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Half term
It has been a busy few weeks and children and staff alike are ready for their half term holiday. We would like to thank all of those parents who attended our Back to School and Curriculum Nights in the past few weeks; the attendance at these functions has been most impressive.

After the half term break we will be busy with parents workshops,camping trips, special days and, of course, getting ready for Christmas and we look forward to welcoming parents into school for these events too. Please check the calendar regularly to make sure you are up to date with events, it’s a busy school.

Please encourage your children to read in both English and Spanish over the short holiday and also ensure that they have plenty of time to play - both indoors and outside. Enjoy your time with them.

We look forward to welcoming the children back in school on Monday 28th October.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 21st - Friday 25th October: Half term break
Friday 1st November: Prepa Burrows Assembly 7:20am in the PAC
Friday 8th November: 1st Aguirre Assembly 7:20am in the PAC

Upper Primary
Monday 21st – Friday 25th: Half Term Break
Wednesday 30th October: UP “Dia de la raza” Assembly 

Secondary News

Honesty
In the past week we have had a couple of incidents where students have not been honest, either in telling lies, copying work from other students or copying work from the internet. We place a big importance on honesty at the ABC within our trait of being ethical as well as being responsible. As a school we react strongly when we encounter dishonesty and we work hard to encourage honesty in all aspects of our students’ lives.

UN Week
We have been celebrating UN Week this week and have been focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and how we as a community can make a contribution. On Friday we asked all students to nominate their top MDG and we will be making contributions from their T shirt day to community projects working on those MDGs in El Salvador. We want to play our part in helping El Salvador meet these important targets by 2015.

Careers Day
We want to say a big thank you to all Exabrits, university representatives and parents who contributed to Class 2015 Careers Day last week.

Ask.fm
We have been concerned that some of our students have been downloading a social media app called ask.fm whereby they can be asked any question anonymously by other people. It seems to us this is potentially very dangerous and could lead to exploitation. The site has been linked with teenage depression and certainly offers strangers an opportunity to stalk our students. Please have a look and check if your son or daughter has downloaded it. You may find the link below interesting:

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 18th October: End of first half term
Monday 28th October: Back to school
Friday 1st November: International Award (Silver) Expedition

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