Friday, 17 October 2014

10: Friday 17th October 2014

From the Director

We would like to warmly invite you to a meeting about using values to help young people develop with an understanding of those values in their lives. This continues the work that Neil Hawkes was promoting during his visit to El Salvador last month. This meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd October at 6 pm in the PAC and our speaker will be Lic Napoleon Ardaya Borja. We hope many of you will be able to join us at this event which is also being promoted through the Parents Association.

It was great to see all the Lower Primary celebrations for their UN Day today and the rest of the school will be celebrating UN Week next week. I would like to remind the community that 2015 is the deadline set at the start of this century for achieving the UN Millennium Goals related to reducing poverty, improving primary education and the health of young children and their mothers amongst others. We in school have been working to play our part as I know many other groups in the country have. UN Week will help remind us of the real importance of these issues especially in our modern world where we need to build bridges between communities rather than divide them.

During the present weather and concern over the rains and landslides we are obviously being careful with trips and activities going out of school and hence we postponed the trip for the class 2019 today. We hope the situation will have improved by next week. 

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Lower Primary curriculum nights are now finished and I would like to share my thanks, and comment on the dedication and inspiration of the school staff who prepared the evenings for you. I am sure you learned a lot from those that you attended and had a very pleasant evening as well.

Although the Lower Primary United Nations parades took place today (Friday) the Upper Primary classes will be continuing with their preparations and activities all week. I feel that the united Nations organisation is an important one for us to recognise as its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. So much can be accomplished when nations work together.

On Monday I will be showing a ‘crash dummy’ seatbelt video to our Upper Primary students. Please support and encourage them with their seatbelt use by being good role models yourselves and reminding them if they forget.

Friday is the last day of this half term and we shall all be having a well deserved rest. I hope you all have a safe and pleasant week ahead. 

Very best wishes,

Sharon Short

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
October:
Friday 24th - Music Assembly - PAC (students only)
Monday 20th - Friday 24th - United Nations week
Monday 27th - Friday 31st - Mid-Term Holiday
Friday 7th November 1st Caceres assembly
Friday 14th November LP Spanish assembly 

Upper Primary
October:
Friday 24th: UN Day
Monday 27th - Friday 31st - Mid-term holiday
Wednesday 5th November 3rd grade Spanish assembly 9.20
Wednesday 5th November 4th Grade Spanish assembly 12.15
Wednesday 12th November 2nd Elisa Hernández assembly 9.20
Wednesday 12th November 4th Avilés assembly 12.15
Wednesday 19th November: 2nd Lourdes Hernández Assembly 9.20
Wednesday 19th November: 5th Hayward Assembly 12.15
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th November: 3rd grade camping

Secondary News

Careers Day - Thursday 16th October - see the link on the ABC Newsblog
Thank you to everyone for organising a great event and to Mr. Victor Clark Head of the British Embassy mission here for addressing the opening ceremony. Please look on the News blog for more details and pictures.

Deadlines
Commitment: Either you do or you don’t, there is no in-between.

Not meeting deadlines is a recurring problem amongst students in all schools. This does not mean, however, that we should not try to address the issue. It is important that we teach our students the importance of meeting deadlines, the need to be responsible and to honour our commitments. Deadlines, especially for examination classes, are important and the failure to submit work can have dramatic consequences. More often than not, the IGCSE and IB deadlines are imposed by the examination boards and these are not flexible. 

I encourage you to please discuss upcoming deadlines with your child/ren and to monitor whether they are on target to meet these deadlines. Indeed, deadlines are by definition the final day that a piece of work should be submitted; we should be helping our youngsters to be organised and to submit work before these dates. 

If a student is unable to attend school when there is a deadline for a piece of work, and they have not submitted work already, then the onus is on them to ensure that the work is still submitted to the relevant teacher that day (whether it be sent electronically or brought into school by another person).

Thank you for your support.

Theatre Week - w/c Monday 13th October
Thank you to all the visitors, staff and students that have made this year’s Theatre Week such an amazing success. Please see the ‘ABC News’ for photographs capturing the highlights from this week.

Pride Day - 7th November
On Friday 7th of November we will, thanks to the Student Council, have the first ABC Pride Day.

The purpose of this day is to celebrate the ABC community and to have some fun. The main event will be a staff-student football match with half-time entertainment.

This day will also be a non-uniform day and students will have the opportunity to wear the ABC Bulldog Pride t-shirt that has been specially designed for the event. Congratulations to Mariella Rodriguez for coming up with the winning design.

The t-shirt costs $6 and is on sale (pre-orders only) at the school cafeteria at break and lunch times up until Wednesday 22nd of October.

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 18th October: Grade 11 Empowerment Day
Thursday 23rd October: IB History trip to Berlin & Krakow departs
Thursday 23rd October: Grade 10 Empowerment fieldtrip to Cardedeu, Lago de Coatepeque (7.30am to 4.00pm)
HALF TERM - w/c 27th October
Friday 7th November: Pride Day (see article above)

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