Friday, 14 November 2014

13: Friday 14th November 2014

From the Director

We are continuing to be very careful about chikungunya and dengue and are fumigating on a regular basis and we are confident there are far fewer mosquitoes. We do also check the school pond regularly but we are assured it contains fish which eat mosquito larvae and so it is not a source of mosquitoes!

We continue to celebrate British fortnight next week with British food as well as various British events. On Friday is the highlight with Guy Fawkes night. we will be sending out invitations next Monday and more invitations are available through school. You will need one invitation per vehicle to get into school on the evening. We start at 5.30 pm and there will be a Christmas Fair, food, entertainment and a bonfire as well as fireworks. We would also ask you to support our Poppies for Peace campaign. Please see the post on our News blog

We are gradually closing some of our blogs to people outside the ABC community and so you may find you are asked to log in. We are informing parents of classes as they are affected. We are doing this to maintain privacy within our community. 

We are continuing to try to improve the health of the food and drinks we offer at the Cafeteria. Please check the menu. To promote our new menus we are inviting all grade 6 students to a free cooked lunch at the canteen next Friday so they can taste the quality of the lovely hot meals we are offering each day. The menu will be baked chicken with vegetables, potatoes and tortilla or fried fish with mashed potatoes, vegetables and or beef with rice, salad and tortilla. Each meal comes with a soft drink and dessert. This is an example of the high quality hot food the cafeteria is producing.

Thank you to all parents who have stopped arriving at school too early and blocking the traffic outside school. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your due time for collection as it causes difficulties outside the campus and is a hazard to other road users. Many thanks to so many of you who are now arriving a little later and helping keep our access roads safer. I would also like to remind you that we do have a carpooling link where you can submit your details and we will put you in contact with someone else who lives nearby so you can consider carpooling. If you have three or more children in your car you can use the first gate on 17th avenue. All of these methods do help and we all gain when the situation improves. Thank you for your cooperation.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had some lovely class assemblies recently relating to healthy eating, being healthy and taking care of yourself. As the school is now making every effort to provide healthy meals from the Cafeteria I felt it was time for a word on Healthy Lunch-boxes. 

There is a saying ‘you are what you eat’ and it is very important for children to have a balanced, healthy diet in order to optimise their growth and physical development as well as the brains ability to function well. Yes, what you eat and drink affects your cleverness! Here are some suggestions for a healthy lunchbox.

Raw fruit and vegetables - anything that has been processed loses many of its vitamins and minerals. Carrot, cucumber, courgette, broccoli sticks or chunks are great for children to eat and of course fruit, melon, papaya, apple and orange prepared and ready to eat are a favourite. Banana is a good source of energy and potassium.

Whole-grain carbohydrates - wholemeal bread, wholemeal crackers, brown rice and oats. Whole grain foods release their energy slowly and therefore sustain us for longer. They also contain more roughage to improve digestion. Look out for whole-grain cereal bars.

Protein - cheese chunks, an occasional hard boiled egg, a small piece of chicken and certain yoghurts. Proteins are important for muscle development and calcium for bone development. Some yoghurts are probiotic and contain beneficial bacteria that support the gut.

One small treat - no-one needs sugar and for many children it creates a very active high followed by a very sluggish low. We tend to give our children way too much sugar and then claim they are hyperactive or have an attention deficit!

Water - the brain needs to be hydrated to function properly. Many drinks have added sugar and in a recent survey of fruit juices locally we couldn’t find any that were pure juice and didn’t have additives. Diet drinks are riddled with chemicals that can be more detrimental than the sugar. Pure water is far more beneficial and is absorbed more quickly by the body.

When shopping for children’s lunch boxes please read the labels carefully and do not buy anything that has more than 10% sugar in it. Some items are advertised or targeted at children but when you read the label you realise they are not what they purport to be. Please also try to have minimal disposable packaging. Plastic containers that can be brought home, washed and reused are better for the environment and more economical.

We are hoping that every grade will get the opportunity to try the school lunches. If you do not have time to search for good things for your child I can vouch that the Cafeteria offers tasty, healthy choices for students which are also good value. (I get my lunch there nearly every day!) I hope you have some fun experimenting with your healthy lunchboxes.

Friday is Guy Fawkes night. We have talked to the children about being safe with fireworks. Please make sure you are sensible and safe with them too.

There will soon be emails coming out about our Christmas Charity collections. Please keep an eye open for them. DOn’t forget the class assemblies that are coming up.

Have a wonderful week.

Best wishes,

Sharon Short

Head lice
We have detected an increase in cases of children with head lice in our Lower and Upper Primary sections in recent days. To be able to eradicate this problem we need parents to check their child’s hair daily. Remember that children who have lice must remain at home for at least 3 days to receive proper treatment, which must include a medicated shampoo and manual cleaning.

We also want to remind you that if your child has a fever, it is better he stays home until he is fully recovered.

Dr Jennifer Harrison
School Doctor

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Monday 17th - LP Extracurricular classes begin
Wednesday 19th - Trip to FURESA - Kinder Suárez and Kinder Rampone
Thursday 20th - Trip to FURESA - Kinder Quintanilla and Kinder Francés
Friday 21st - Prepa Ware assembly
Friday 21st - Guy Fawkes Night
Friday 28th - Prepa Gray assembly
Friday 5th - Prepa Taylor assembly
Friday 12th - LP reports go home
Wednesday 17th - LP Christmas show
Friday 19th - last day of school

Upper Primary
Wednesday 19th November: 2nd Lourdes Hernández Assembly 9.20
Wednesday 19th November: 5th Hayward Assembly 12.15
Friday 21st November - Guy Fawkes Night
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th November: 3rd grade camping

Secondary News

British fortnight
The first week of the ABC’s British Fortnight came to an end today with staff and students dressing up in a ‘British Way’. The school was awash with red, white and blue!

Thanks to the sterling efforts of Michelle Beneke and the Cafeteria staff, all this week we have had a selection of British food on offer. The ‘Taste of Britain’ has been very popular with everyone and next week there will be more British food available each day.

On Wednesday we were entertained at lunch by students, and a brave teacher, performing some British musical hits. There will be a further celebration of British music next week when we end the British Fortnight with a lunchtime concert in the Auditorium.

Security and personal items in school
Unfortunately, not all members of the school community achieve the standards of honesty to which the ABC aspires. 

Students should avoid bringing items such as jewellery, audio equipment and accessories, large sums of money etc. to school because of the risk of damage or loss. Only Grade 9 to 12 students should be bringing in laptops on a routine basis. 

Students need to be responsible for their own belongings. Please encourage your child to be security minded and please reinforce our message that students should not leave personal property where it could be easily stolen or tampered with. Students need to make sure that items of value are not left unattended and they should be utilising their lockers to keep such items safe.

As a precaution, we will shortly be compiling a register of all student laptops that are brought to school. More information on this to follow shortly.

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Project Ripple
Project Ripple is a CAS project with the purpose to create awareness about the availability of clean and safe-to-drink water, most of us do not realise that water isn't widely available - and if it is, it often comes from unsanitary places. As a team of students and teachers we are developing methods to purify water and conserve it in the greenest and most efficient of ways. Apart from raising awareness, we will also be raising funds to help low-resource communities obtain clean and purified water. As a team we hope we can expand and keep this as an ongoing project in our school community. 

Thank you! 
On behalf of the "Project Ripple" team

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 15th November: Class 2016 - Prevention Programme (8.00am to 12.00pm in the PAC)
Saturday 15th November: Comité Católico, Grades 6 to 11 (8.30am to 4.30pm)
Friday 21st November: Grade 9 Empowerment Fieldtrip - Quinta El Carmen, Ataco (7:30am to 4.00pm) 
Friday 21st November: Guy Fawkes and Christmas Fair 
Saturday 22nd November: International Award ‘Bronze’ practice expedition - National Park Cerro Verde.
Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th November - Grade 8 visits to the La Prensa Grafica
Thursday 27th November: Grade 10 and 12 Parent/Teacher Meetings with reports issued (5.30pm to 8.30pm)
Friday 28th November: Grade 11 Empowerment Fieldtrip - Quinta El Carmen, Ataco (7:30am to 4.00pm) 
Saturday 29th November: Habitat for Humanity (Grade 12)

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