Friday, 21 November 2014

14: Friday 21st November 2014

From the Director

Thank you to all of you who will be celebrating Guy Fawkes Night with us from 5.30 pm tonight. This is a very traditional British celebration which dates back over 400 years. We have made this celebration a part of our school calendar and I know it is enjoyed by our students. I also want to say a big thank you to the Secondary School Council for running the Spooky Cellar again with the profits going to the Hospital Bloom Burns Unit.

We received our PAES results for the Class of 2015 earlier this week and I would like to thank everyone involved in helping the students succeed in these exams. The results were very encouraging with 97% being in the superior category and a number of students getting the top 10.0 grade in some tests. Well done and a big thank you to Mr. Quijano, Mrs. Vasquez and the Spanish, Mathematics and Science departments for all their excellent preparatory work.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is our Guy Fawkes celebration tonight which is the culmination of our British Fortnight. We have many items for your entertainment and enjoyment. Please make sure you come along!

The Upper Primary children have been learning about firework safety and designed some safety posters. Please make sure all the adults around them keep to the firework safety code and provide good role models for them. Please bring gloves for the sparklers. We do not want any accidents!

As part of the evening we will be selling books to support your children at home with their enjoyment and love of reading. Please help your child to choose a book that you will enjoy reading together. If parents enjoy reading, children are much more likely to as well. The time spent sharing a book is also a special bonding time with your child, a time to be cherished. 

We are also very excited to announce that plans are afoot to develop a new Lower Primary library area. Keep reading the ABC weekly to find out about developments as they progress - more info soon.

There will be a variety of concerts and shows taking place over the Christmas period. The choirs will be taking part in public performances and the whole school concert in the Palacio Tecleño on Dec 3rd will be a major event. Even if your children are not performing please bring them along to enjoy the experience and to be inspired themselves, as well as to support good causes.

Prepa put on a British fête today with a coconut shy, maypole and many other stalls and activities. All of the students in Primary were dressed in UK colours and the picnic was a great success. Have a look at our various blogs to see the photos and commentaries on all of the events.

Have a wonderful week.

Sharon Short

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Friday 21st: Guy Fawkes Night 5:30pm onwards
Thursday 27th: Trip to the National Zoo - Pre Kinder
Friday 28th: Prepa Gray assembly in the PAC 7:30am
Friday 5th: Prepa Taylor assembly in the PAC 7:30am
Friday 12th: LP reports go home
Wednesday 17th: LP Christmas show
Friday 19th: last day of school

Upper Primary
Friday 21st: Guy Fawkes Night
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th: 3rd grade camping. Corinto
From 3rd to 5th: 4th Grade camping. Entre Pinos
Friday 12th: UP reports go home
Wednesday 17th: Christmas Fair
Friday 19th: Last day of school

Secondary News

British Fortnight
The Secondary School’s celebration of the ‘British Fortnight’ continued this week with a variety of British food being served. The food was well received this week, as it was last week, and it was great to see classic dishes like shepherd's pie and steak & kidney pudding (pie) making an appearance.

We finished our fortnight of celebrations today with a further selection of popular British music that was performed at a lunchtime concert in the Cafeteria. Students and staff enjoyed performances of ‘All you need is Love’, ‘Fix You’, ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Fire’. 

Thank you to all the performers for their excellent renditions and a special thank you to Dee Leong, Head of Performing Arts at the ABC, for all her hard work over the past two weeks.

Healthy food
Today Grade 6 students enjoyed a healthy food lunch...more information on the Blog of Grade 6.

Recycling Week
Starting on Monday 24th of November the Secondary School has a number of initiatives as part of our Recycling Week. The initiatives are designed to encourage our community to recycle, reuse and reduce.
  • The CAS community is trying to help a kindergarten in Ataco with few resources by collecting donations of clothes, toys, shoes and household items. Miss Valiente has kindly agreed to collect in any donations.
  • The IGCA team will be selling Recycling Week T-shirts for $6 (to be worn on Friday 5th of December). The proceeds from the sales will go to their second turtle release on Saturday 6th of December.

Orders can be placed with IGCA leaders: Evelyn Sosa, Mariella Rodríguez, Gabriel Vásquez, Joselyn Hernández, Camila Fernández or Mr Arévalo in room 58A.

  • The IGCA team have invited students to take part in the Bottle Caps Project. The team will introduce containers in each tutor room into which students can deposit their plastic bottle caps. The collection will run up to Friday 1st December. 
  • These caps will then be used by each tutor group to create pieces of art. and there will be a prize for the most creative piece. 
Thank you to the students and teachers that are trying to have a positive impact on the world in which we live

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 22nd November: International Award ‘Bronze’ practice expedition - National Park Cerro Verde.
w/c Monday 24th November - ‘Recycling Week’.
Wednesday 26th November: Grade 12 Biology Trip to Medical School (Universidad Matias Delgado).
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). PENDING ON CONFIRMATION
Saturday 29th November: Habitat for Humanity (Grade 12).
w/c Monday 1st December - ‘HIV/AIDS Awareness Week’.
Thursday 4th December: ABC Mathscounts Competition. 
Thursday 4th December: Grade 6, 7 & 8 Parent/Teacher Meetings with reports issued (5.30pm to 8.30pm).
w/c Monday 8th December - ‘Book Week’.
Tuesday 9th December: Grade 6 trip to Joyas del Pacifico at Costa del Sol.
Tuesday 9th December: Grade 9 & 11 Parent/Teacher Meetings with reports issued (5.30pm to 8.30pm).

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