Friday, 30 May 2014

35: Friday 30th May 2014

From the Headmaster

ABC Accreditation
This week we hosted the Council of International School’s (CIS) visitors to accredit the ABC at the five year stage. The team consisted of Alan Scott (CIS Regional Accreditation Officer based in Canada) and Kerry Tyler-Pascoe (Director - British School, Quito) who met with teachers, administrative staff, students, the parents association board and the ABC board.

They were able to go into classes and observe teaching and learning as well as seeing the whole school in action. We expect their report in about four weeks.

Primary News

Transition to Secondary
August seems far off but at school, both Primary and Secondary sections are already working together on the transition grade 5 students will face soon. We will do all we can to ensure this is an exciting and smooth move for them and you.

Grade 5 students will be coming up to Secondary on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of June to get to know some of the teachers they will work with next year and get an idea of a secondary school day in action. We would also like the chance to meet with you, their parents, to give you some important information to better prepare you for this move. 

Please could you all attend a short meeting on Thursday 5th of June, at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC. Here you will meet Mr Keslake- Head of the Secondary School, Ms Lucy Burns, your children's Head of Year for the next academic year and Mrs Natalia Sol, Deputy Head Pastoral, as well as Ale Novoa, our grade 6 psychologist who is also part of the support team for them next year. 

UP Family Days
The last few weeks have seen some lovely family picnics and breakfasts as our youngest pupils have celebrated their special family day with their parents.

Next week our UP children will have their opportunity to spend some quality time, at school, with their mums and dads. Please check below for dates and times.

Moving Up
Friday 6th June is an exciting day for all primary pupils as they have the opportunity to spend some time with the teachers who will be responsible for their learning and care next school year. Some new teachers will be joining our school in August so it won’t be possible for all classes to meet their new teachers but we will make sure that the children visit their new classrooms and teachers will talk to the children about what to expect next year.

5th Grade UK trip team building morning
Another year is coming to an end and the students participating on the UK TRIP 2014 are getting ready for this exciting experience. This year the trip will take place from June 24th to July 12th.

Before we arrive in England, the journey begins here. Students have been attending Study Group sessions led by one of the teachers in the team. The main aim of these sessions is to give students an awareness and understanding of what they will see and experience in England. Children have learned about The Tower of London, they have taken a virtual tour of the different museums they will be visiting, they have learned about the City of York and York Minster.

On June 7th the students and teachers will be taking part in an exciting Team Building morning. This is an opportunity for children and teachers to become acquainted with each other before the trip. The morning will give participating students the opportunity to take part in a series of activities designed to promote teamwork.

We are very much looking forward to our morning in school and our journey to the UK.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Saturday 31st May: Transition meeting for 1st Grade parents PAC 9.30am
Friday 6th June: Moving up day
Thursday 12th June: LP Talent show - just for children - 8:00am - PAC
Friday 13th June: LP reports go home
Friday 20th June: Last day of school. School ends at 11.00am

Upper Primary
Monday 2nd June: 3rd grade Family Day
Tuesday 3rd June: 4th Grade Family Day 
Wednesday 4th June: 5th Grade Family Day
Thursday 5th June: 2nd Grade Family day
Thursday 5th June: 5th Grade Transition
Friday 6th June: 5th Grade Transition
Friday 6th June: UP moving up day
Wednesday 11th June: UP Talent Shows - 2nd and 3rd grade in the PAC,10:00am
Wednesday 11th June: UP Talent Shows - 4th and 5th grade in the PAC, 12:00pm
Friday 13th June: CAL 3 goes home
Tuesday 17th June: Father’s day, NO School
Wednesday 18th June: UP CAL3 2nd grade Achievement Assembly, 9:30am in the PAC
Wednesday 18th June: UP CAL3 3rd grade Achievement Assembly, 10:00am in the PAC
Wednesday 18th June: UP CAL3 4th grade Achievement Assembly, 12:00am in the PAC
Thursday 19th June: 5th grade Graduation & Achievement Assembly, 9:30am in the PAC
Thursday 19th June: “Class Party 2021
Friday 20th June: Last day of School. School ends at 11.30am

Secondary News

This is a very busy time every year and we ask that you follow our blogs and calendar to ensure students are up to date with activities and events.

Joseph
Please come along and support Joseph which will be happening on Monday and Tuesday next week. The cast have worked very hard and we are sure it will be a fabulous show. Tickets are still available from the School Offices.

Congratulations to Lucia Palomo and Lizanne Arias for their winning movie in the ABC Digital Video Awards last week

The IGCSE exams finish for Grade 10 next Wednesday and they have a programme in school starting on Thursday morning.

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd June: Joseph Broadway Musical Performance, 7pm PAC
Wednesday 4th June: Grade 10 Final IGCSE examinations; Class 2014 Ring Ceremony 
Thursday 5th June: Meeting with 5th Grade Parent, 6 p.m. PAC
Thursday 12 June: Grade 9 Award Assembly; Class 2014 Graduation Ceremony at 5 pm which will be attended by Grade 10 and Grade 11. Secondary School closes at lunch time.
Friday 13th June: ABC MUN; Grade 9 Reports issued
Monday 16th June: Grade 9 start Work Experience
Wednesday 18th June: Grade 11 Group 4 Science Project. Grade 6 Award Assembly 
Thursday 19th June: Grade 11 Group 4 Science Project. Grade 7 & 8 Award Assemblies
Friday 20th June: Grade 11 Award Assembly; Grade 6,7,8 and 11 Reports issued
Secondary Students leave at 12 noon

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