Friday, 15 May 2015

34: Friday 15th May 2015

From the Director 

I want to start with two big thank yous. Firstly to everyone who responded to our request for beans, rice, milk powder or soup for the recent victims of the wave which surged through coastal areas earlier this month. It is always wonderful to see young people enthusiastic about the prospect of doing good in the world and helping those who have suffered misfortune. I also want to thank the Madres Enlace for their magnificent work baking cakes to help the British Community contribute funds to charities supported by the British Embassy here in San Salvador. The Gastronomique Fair takes place tomorrow at the Gran Plaza CC Galerias from 10 am to 3 pm where food will be sold to raise money for local community projects.

Many of our students are still involved in their exams next week but the Class 2015 are reaching the end of their IB Diploma examinations and we are starting to look forward to their graduation. The school graduation is on Thursday 11th June and we plan that Grade 8 (Class 2019), Grade 10 (Class 2017) and Grade 11 (Class 2016) will attend the event representing the school. 

I know rehearsals are going well for Grease and I know many of you are looking forward to seeing the show in the penultimate week of term. I want to finish by congratulating the athletics team for their successes in the Estudiantiles last week and there is a picture of some of the medal winners on our Newsblog.

Primary News

Latin Music Concert
Many thanks to all the parents and family members who supported our students at last night’s Latin Music Concert. The Lower and Upper primary choirs performed and showed how much progress they have made this year. It was very well attended and proved to be a most enjoyable evening. Special thanks go to Luis Díaz (Upper Primary Music Teacher) for coordinating his first major event at the ABC and to the other ABC staff for their invaluable support.

IPC
Our whole primary entry point for the “Pushes and Pulls” Forces unit commenced this morning with a huge variety of activities taking place all over the school campus. Please check out your child’s class blog for pictures and videos.

Books for SALE!
We have a large number of books for sale in the Lower Primary office. Deysi López has a number of those books on display and we encourage you to consider buying some great reading material for the summer break. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Summer Camp
The Summer Camp is taking shape and we will be offering a wide range of activities to suit children from 3 to 11 years of age. There will be some academic classes available to focus on specific areas of the curriculum which may support learning for some children. More details to follow.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 18th May: Kinder Francés - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Tuesday 19th May: Kinder Quintanilla - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Wednesday 20th May: Kinder Rampone - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA 
Thursday 21st May: Kinder Suárez - trip to LA GRANJITA EDUCATIVA
Friday 5th June: Moving up day
Friday 5th June: Extra-curricular activities ends
Friday 12th June: Reports go home
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s day - no school
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Upper Primary
Wednesday 27th May: Primary Choir leave for México international Festival
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June: 5th Grade moving up day
Friday 5th June: End of extracurricular activities
Monday 15th June: 2nd grade achievement ceremony
Tuesday 16th June: 3rd and 4th grade achievement ceremony
Wednesday 17th June: Father’s Day, no school
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade moving on assembly
Thursday 18th June: 5th grade party
Thursday 18th June Grade 5 Drug information School for parents
Friday 19th June: Last day of school

Secondary News

ABC Digital Awards - Wednesday 27th May
The ABC Digital Video Awards take place toward the end of each school year. The event is a gala affair, the purpose of which is to spotlight and celebrate excellence in student video production.

This year's DVA is promising to be the best yet, with more categories than ever and plenty of excitement and anticipation building, as we countdown the days until May 27th!

This year we have 9 main categories some of which contain up to 5 subcategories based on grade level and experience. There are a total of 89 nominees drawn from both the Primary and Secondary Schools. This is an astounding number and reflects the high level of interest students at the ABC invest in video production and the DVA. Their work has been published in playlists, both on Youtube and using Google Drive, for the ABC Community to view and vote on.

The videos are promoted each morning through short category remixes during Vista announcements as well as on posters, which have been placed at key locations around the school.

Voting began on May 10th and ended today (on May 15th). During this time hundreds of votes poured in, as students and staff members submitted their Google Forms. 

We look forward to reporting back to you soon, with more details and pictures from this exciting whole school event.

The Apprentice - week commencing Monday 8th June
Shortly after their internal examinations the Grade 9 students go on work experience which we refer to as ‘The Apprentice’ here at the ABC. The school is busy preparing for this and students are excited about the opportunity to gain experience of the work place.

Work experience offers many benefits and opportunities. For students, work experience is concerned with giving students an understanding and experience of working life. It will give them the opportunity to get first hand experience of typical working conditions. Work experience helps students to find out about their own skills and to see the links between the courses they are studying and the skills they need in the future. Work experience will also give students responsibility; they will be expected to be punctual, independent and helpful to others. 

For employers, work experience can provide the opportunity to help students develop an insight into the skills and attitudes required by business and to raise their awareness of career opportunities within the organisation visited.

There will be more on work experience in future editions of the ABC Weekly.

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 15th May: Spring Music Recital
Wednesday 20th May: Grade 9 Business Studies trip to Coca Cola plant
Thursday 21st May: start of the Grade 9 (internal) examinations
Wednesday 27th May: Digital Awards (see above)
Friday 29th May: Grade 8 Solidarity Event
Wednesday 3rd June: Ring Ceremony for Class 2015
Friday 5th June: Headmaster's Reception
Monday 8th June: Grade 9 Work Experience starts (see above)
Thursday 11th June: Class 2015 Graduation Day
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June: Musical Production - Grease
Saturday 13th to Thursday 18th June: Environmental System fieldtrip to Costa Rica
Tuesday 16th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 6 & 7. Grade 6 Family Day picnic
Wednesday, 17th June: National holiday - Father's Day 
Thursday 18th June: Awards Assembly for Grades 8, 9 & 10
Friday 19th June: Award Assembly for Grade 11. Cal 3 Reports go home with students in Grades 6, 7, 8, 9 & 11. Last day of school

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