Friday, 17 January 2014

18: Friday 17th January 2014

From the Headmaster

Security
Please note that we have re-enforced security on the access roads to school, especially around Citibank.

Traffic
In order to reduce traffic congestion along Avenida El Boquerón, please note that FOVIAL has opened the access road between Burger King and Biggest.

We ask parents not to arrive before their child's departure time so as to avoid overloading the access roads to school - this will allow for better traffic flow.

P
rimary News


Welcome back to school and a Happy New Year to everyone.
The children all seemed very happy to be back in school this week and ready for another busy term. Parents of boys please check the length of your son’s hair to make sure that it meets the expectations of the school’s rules. Thank you.

School starts at 7am
This week we have been lenient with children who have arrived late for school understanding that the road works and layouts changed over the holidays and that parents would need time to get used to finding alternative routes. Next week, however, we do expect all children to be in school in time for registration at 7am and children who arrive after this time will be registered late. Thank you for your help with this.

UP parent meetings
Parents who have children un UP are invited to make arrangements to meet with their class teachers after school in the next two weeks. These meetings are not compulsory but if there is anything at all that you wish to discuss about your child’s report, homework, class work curriculum etc then this is the time to do it. Teachers will be contacting some parents directly to ask them to make appointments.

Sports Days
Primary school Sports Days begin next Wednesday. Please look at the calendar information below to see when your children’s sports days are and please come along to support them. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

4th Grade Camping Night
4th Grade children are all ready and excited about their ‘Space Camp’ aka the grade 4 camping night next week. These brief sojourns away from home are great opportunities for us to help your children develop independence and resilience whilst learning and having fun in a safe, closely supervised and organised environment. Thank you to the Grade 4 Madres Enlace for their help with this special event.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Wednesday 22nd - Prepa Sports Day
Thursday 23rd - Kinder Sports Day
Friday 24th - Pre Kinder Sports Day
Friday 24th - Kinder Suárez Assembly -07:20 - PAC
Monday 27th - First Grade Sports Day
Friday 31st - Kinder Lima Assembly - 07:20 - PAC

Upper Primary
Monday 20th - Friday 31st: UP teachers meet all UP Parents
Wednesday 22nd: 3rd Hayward Assembly, at 9.10am in the PAC
Wednesday 22nd: 4th McCall Assembly, at 11.55am in the PAC
Thursday 23rd - Friday 24th: 4th Grade camping night
Tuesday 28th: 2nd grade Sports Day, from 10.00am to 12.00m
Wednesday 29th: 3rd grade Sports Day, from 10.00am to 12.00m
Thursday 30th: 4th grade Sports Day, from 10.00am to 12.00m
Friday 31st: 5th grade Sports Day, from 10.00am to 12.00m

Secondary News

Start of Term
It has been a good start to term in terms of students settling down to work and we all need to work to ensure our students continue to try to do their best. This is especially the case for Grade 9 to 12 all of whom who have exams coming up in the next four weeks.

Next Week is Leadership Week
As Mahatma Gandhi said “leadership is about getting on with people” and remember he also said “you must be the change you want to see in the world.” All of our students are leaders and next week we will explore issues related to being an effective leader!

Class 2015 Circus: “Paragon”
We hope you will support the Class 2015 Circus next week

Parent teacher meetings coming up
Please make a note on your calendar to attend our Parent Teacher meetings. You will have the chance to speak to all your children’s teachers and be able to discuss their development in the different subjects. It is also a good opportunity to discuss areas of improvement and set targets with them. 

Uniform and hair
We ask that you check your son and daughter’s uniforms to see that they meet our school’s expectations. Regulations can be found in the Student Planner. Please pay particular attention to girls’ skirt length and boy’s hair and we remind you that proper sport shoes must be worn for PE lessons. We appreciate your help in ensuring our students wear their ABC uniform with pride.

Upcoming school exams
Heads of Year have already started talking to students about the exam period coming up. The dates can be found on our school calendar. Although there is still some time, we ask you to speak to your son and daughter about their revision schedule so they can best prepare for these exams. Please note Grade 6 do not have an exam week this year.

Secondary dates for your diary
Thursday 23rd January: Class 2015 Circus
Friday 24th January: Class 2015 Circus
Monday 27th January: Grade 10 and 12 Mock Exams start
Tuesday 28th January: Grade 9 and 11 Parent Partnership Meeting and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm (PAC and ABCLT)
Tuesday 4th February: Grade 6 and 7 Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Thursday 6th February: Grade 8 IGCSE Information and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC
Friday 7th February: Leadership Conference
Saturday 8th February: Leadership Conference
Monday 10th February: Grade 9 and 11 Exams start. Internet Safety Week
Thursday 20th February: INSET for teachers, no school for students
Friday 21st February: Half Term holiday
Monday 24th February: Half Term holiday
Wednesday 26th February: Grade 12 Parent Partnership Meeting, reports issued 
Thursday 27th February: Grade 10 IB Information and Parent Teacher Meeting 5.30 pm PAC

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