Friday, 10 October 2014

9: Friday 10th October 2014

From the Director

ABC Pride
I hope I speak on behalf of the whole community when I talk about the pride we feel in our school. It is almost 44 years ago That the Fundación Escolar Británico Salvadoreña was set up in anticipation of the school opening its doors for the first time in February 1971. The school has a long tradition, there are thousands of Exabrits who identify with the school and all it stands for. There is an ABC Community that cares. Neil Hawkes on his recent visit helped us understand how the school has a strong set of values and more importantly how we can make those values an even more important part of our community. We have a vision, a motto and we are a school with a mission to make our community and our world a better place. We will soon be reviewing the documentation that contains our Philosophy and Objectives and I want to alert you to this process because it is important. We need to ensure our whole community supports the direction we are going in and is involved in helping create young people who will care for and make a difference in their world as responsible outstanding citizens. I will be writing to all parents about this review later this month. We want this review to set us up for greater achievements in the future and to help us all work together in our shared interests.

I have been asked by the Income & Collections Office to remind parents that we need you to collect and sign invoices for payments for this school year. If you have not done so we will try to connect with you at Parent Teacher meetings but otherwise please call into the Admin Office.

Thank you to so many of you who have supported the school trips going out over the next few weeks. These are important for us in helping build strong. positive relationships in school.

We hope to see many of you in the PAC on Tuesday evening for the performance of Lazaro!

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I expect those of you with children in grade 4 and 5 have heard about the new Ski trip we are trying to organise. The letters went out last Friday. This trip is designed as an English speaking opportunity and addresses the outdoor and adventurous element of the PE curriculum as well as giving children the new experience of snow. Children do not need to be able to ski to go. Full instruction is included in the package. The social and independent side of school trips are also invaluable for children’s development. Please confirm your interest to Mr Hall as soon as possible or by the 13th October at the latest. We need to have an idea of numbers before we know if we can proceed with bookings.

Once again we had some marvellous curriculum nights this week. Thank you to everyone who attended. I am sure you enjoyed yourselves and learned a lot too. On Wednesday it is the final Lower Primary curriculum night and we are hoping for a good turnout from grade 1 parents to finish this series of events.

On Friday the 17th Of October it is United Nations day. Each class in the school has been researching a particular country that has a link with snow. They have chosen an incredible variety. Children are very excited about their country and its customs. We are working together to make costumes for our parades. Pre-Kinder parents are invited to watch their child's parade at 8:30 am. This will last approximately 30 minutes, after which we ask that you leave to allow parking space for the Kinder parents. Kinder parents are invited to watch their child's parade at 10:00 am. This will last approximately 30 minutes too.

The LP children will parade for UP children later in the morning. UN Day food is kindly provided by the Madres Enlace with the support of parents from each class.

Best wishes for the coming week,

Mrs Short

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Wednesday 15th: First grade Curriculum Night - 6:00pm PAC
Friday 17th: Prepa Watt Assembly - 7:30am PAC
Friday 17th: LP United Nations Day - PK Parade 8:30am, Kinder Parade 10:00am PAC
Monday 27th - Friday 31st - Mid-Term Holiday

Upper Primary
Friday 24th: UN Day
Monday 27th - Friday 31st - Mid-term holiday

Secondary News

Theatre Week
Theatre Week 2014 begins on Monday 13th October and it promises to be the best Theatre Week ever! It will be so great in fact that we have changed its name to reflect the magnitude of the event. Theatre Week 2014 has now become El Primer Festival de Teatro ABC!

Next week there is something theatrical happening each day. On Monday at lunch time, we kick off our celebration of theatre with CAS Face Painting in the cafeteria area and the drop in improv stage will be available for students and staff. In the corridor in front of the LRC there will be a variety theatre related puzzles and displays for students to interact with and there will also be a Theatre Week display for inside the LRC.

On Tuesday the teachers will provide the entertainment, by performing bucket improv for the students on the improv stage at lunchtime. There will also be a special performance by a Grade 12 student at this time. At 12:20pm in the PAC the 9-12th grade students will be treated to a performance of Lazaro by the Galerateatro troupe, which is based on the play Lazarillo de Tormes. This same performance will be repeated in the evening for the ABC community at 7:00pm. Tickets are available for $3.00 in the Secondary & Primary School offices.

On Wednesday at 10:20am KS3 students will be treated to a pantomime performance entitled Historias Del Silencio by the Cuenterete Teatro troupe, in the PAC. At lunch, in the Drama Studio, the 11th grade IB Theatre students will present a performance. From 2.00pm to 3:00pm Foam Puppet Making-Session 1 will take place just outside the LRC. During this time, students will be given the opportunity to create their own foam puppets.

On Thursday at lunch time, the 9th grade IGCSE Drama students will present a performance for everyone in the Drama Studio.

Finally, on Friday there are two activities that will take place. The first is a theatrical costume parade of staff and students who have dressed for the event. Proceeds for this non-uniform event will be donated (students will pay a $1) to the various grade level charities. From 2.00pm to 3:00pm on Friday the LRC will host the Foam Puppet Making-Session 2 outside the main LRC doors for those students who need to finish off their puppets or would like to create a new puppet.

We hope students will join in and make the most of this wonderful event.

Year 11 B&M Trip to Bolsa de Valores
On Wednesday 8th October and Thursday 9th October Grade 11 Business and Management students visited the Bolsa de Valores. 

On the second occasion the students had the privilege of meeting the Presidente Rolando Arturo Duarte Schlageter.

A big thank you to the Bolsa de Valores for giving our students the opportunity to visit and to learn about their work and their history. 

Know Your School and Parent Teacher Meetings
We had a good attendance this week for the Know Your School and Parent Teacher Meetings. 

A special thank you to the parents of Grades 9 & 10 students for coming despite the awful weather!

ABC ROCs - Values in Action blog
Please see the new blog ‘ABC ROCs - Values in Action’ for an article on the recent victory for the Girls’ Basketball Team.

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary School

Secondary dates for your diary
Thursday 16th October: Grade 11 – Careers Day
Friday 17th October: Grade 8 Empowerment fieldtrip to Cardedeu, Lago de Coatepeque (7.30am to 4.00pm)
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)

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