Friday, 6 December 2013

15: Friday 6th December 2013

From the Headmaster

Special Festive Season dates for your diary
  • Musical Evening - Palacio Tecleño - 6pm Wednesday 11th of December
  • ABC Christmas Fair (Grand Christmas Bazaar, inauguration of the Cafeteria building, music, Spooky Attic, food, games and fireworks - entrance ticket has already been sent home for this event) - 5pm to 9pm Thursday 12th of December
  • Lower Primary Christmas Shows and Fair (for Lower Primary children and their families) - 4:30pm to 6pm Wednesday 18th of December
  • A Christmas Celebration (an evening of songs, readings, dance and food - advance ticket needed for this event) - 6pm to 7:30pm in the PAC Thursday 19th December

Be Hydrated!
We know that keeping hydrated is good for learning. At school we provide potable water in drinking fountains which have a multi-filtration system. These are serviced regularly and tested. The latest tests have come back from FUSADES with the result which complies with the norm NSO 13.07.01:08 (drinkable water - good for human consumption). Let’s keep healthy and hydrated!

Primary News

"Hour of Code" is a campaign to promote computer science education in schools, and is supported by several big names including Apple, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. We will be having our Computer Science Education week to mark the Hour of Code from 9th December to 15th December. Students will learn the basics of coding in their ICT lessons, using a program called Scratch. As maths is closely tied to computer science, children will also learn how to program robots called bee-bots and roamers to navigate different maps. It is set to be a very exciting and worthwhile week for the children, as coding is fast becoming a core skill in the workplace. 

Palacio Tecleño Concert - Wednesday 11th December 6:00 PM
This concert involves students from the extracurricular musical groups (Boys Choir, Girls Choir, Recorder Ensemble and Strings), bringing the beauty of music to the community of Santa Tecla; performing in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city just near the famous Paseo el Carmen. Entrance is free and all ABC Community is welcome to come and join our primary musicians!

ABC CHRISTMAS FAIR - Thursday 12th December 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The traditional Christmas Fair this year is celebrating the inauguration of the new building near the Auditorium, and our Upper Primary musicians are taking part in this celebration. The Boys Choir, Girls Choir, Recorder Ensemble and Strings will be performing a selection of songs from around the world and some Christmas music. Entrance is free and all ABC Community is welcome to come and join this great activity. 

International Primary Curriculum
If you are interested in the IPC and how the curriculum works both in our school and schools around the world you will enjoy looking at the latest version of the IPC magazine - Eye on the World.
https://www.greatlearning.com/docs/uploads/doc_repository/Eye_On_The_World_issue_10.pdf

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Friday 13th December: LP Reports go home
Wednesday 18th December: LP Christmas shows
Friday 20th December: Last day of school - children leave at 11am - no Play Room

Upper Primary
Wednesday 18th December: UP Christmas fair
Friday 20th December: Last day of school 

Secondary News

Cal 1
Cal 1 is ending across the secondary school this week and we will be issuing progress reports over the next two weeks. Please take this opportunity to talk to your son or daughter and reflect on their start to the school year. It is important to think about the coming Cal and ways to help your son or daughter think about furthering their understanding and learning.

Internet Comments
We are still asking parents to be alert to social network accounts that your son or daughter may have. We are especially concerned about ask.com which exposes children to ridiculous anonymous comments and encourages them to like comments which they would otherwise not be part of. Please be vigilant and ensure your son or daughter are using appropriate language on line.

Hour of Code
We will be celebrating basic programming with our Hour of Code next week in school. Ask your son or daughter about it and encourage them to follow up at home as there is so much they can do if they are interested in programming.

Anti Discrimination Month
December is anti discrimination month and we have been celebrating this at school. In particular we have been talking about gender discrimination and helping girls realise that they have the same options as boys in terms of their careers. We have also been looking at the example of Anne Frank and her response to the racism she experienced during the Second World War. As a teenage girl she is an example to us all.

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 6th December: Grade 11 Overnight trip to Portezuelo returning at 11.30am
Saturday 7th December: Grade 8 and Grade 9 Empowerment morning
Thursday 12th December: ABC Christmas Fair from 5 to 9pm
Friday 13th December: International Award Silver trip
Tuesday 17th December: Grade 6 and 8 parent Partnership meeting. Cal 1 reports issued
Friday 20th December: Last day of term. Grade 7, 9 and 11 Cal 1 reports issued. Students leave at 12 noon

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