Friday, 27 March 2015

29: Friday 27th March 2015

From the Director 


I want to start this newsletter by wishing you all a very happy Semana Santa and hope that you and your family enjoy your time together. We look forward to seeing you all safely back at school on Monday 13th April. I would like to note that we will be opening the school shop to purchase school uniforms and items from 7 am to 3.30 pm from next term with a lunch break from 12 - 12.30. Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd April.

We are coming to the end of a long term and one I hope your son or daughter has enjoyed. I have seen so many happy children, happy events, successes and happy memories but my abiding memories of the term are the sad event in February which have cast a shadow over the school. On behalf of the whole school I want to thank the community for the way it has responded and pulled together and to thank all of you for helping in the healing process. I have been part of the school community for almost ten years and many times I have witnessed the community working together in this manner and I know that when we do so we make a real difference in the lives of our students. Of course there are times when things do not work out in school but it is important we work together supporting our students whose best interests must always be at the heart of what we do. 

We are constantly looking to support our children in school and you as parents and it is why we hope you will always find time to attend our Parent Partnership meetings. We have arranged for Dr. Guttfreund who is a respected psychologist for teenage related issues to run some sessions in school about teenage anxiety which may lead to depression and what we can do about it individually as well as as a community. If you want to attend these events which will take place on Tuesday 14th and Tuesday 21st April please can you sign up through this link.


Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to those of you who came to our presentations by Sally Featherstone. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did and have gained greater insight into how children learn. Sally is at the forefront of the best education practice in the world and we have been very honoured to have her here.

Our swimming Galas are now complete. I have been very impressed with the swimming prowess of many of our children. Living so near to the coast and with so many swimming pools it is very important that our children are the strongest swimmers they can be. We have noticed that one or two of the children who do not take part in lessons regularly are weaker in this aspect. Some children programmed to swim were absent. Please make sure your children attend all class swimming lessons and if they are struggling perhaps they could join an after school ‘extra’ until they have improved. Remember we don’t let children opt out of MAths if they find it hard we help them get better. It is the same for swimming.

The next two weeks are a holiday for all of us; a chance to recharge our batteries and be ready to work very hard again for the last term. Please read with your children over the holidays, asking them questions to make sure they have understood the vocabulary and the more subtle messages in some texts. Please also refer to the school values, model them and show you that you are an upstanding citizen so that your children can emulate you. Parents or the main carer are children’s first heroes that they copy.

Have a wonderful holiday and see you all soon.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
March
Friday 27th: Last day of term - break for Easter
Monday 30th March - Friday 10th April: Easter holiday
April
Monday 13th: Term 3 - first day back

Upper Primary
April
Monday 13th April first day back.

Secondary News

I hope you and your family have a restful and enjoyable Easter holiday. However, with external exams approaching soon, the next two weeks should be a time for Grade 10 and Grade 12 students to step up their revision. 

Parents and family members sometimes feel unable to help their child when they are preparing for examinations; you see the stress level rising, but feel that you can not do anything about it. 

Below are some practical ways that you can offer support to your child:
  1. Provide a good place for your child to study. Ideally it should be a quiet space with a comfortable temperature, good ventilation, good lighting and a desk or table. Most importantly the place where students revise should be free from distractions.
  2. Provide good, balanced meals.
  3. Encourage sensible levels of sleep and some form of regular exercise.
Less obvious, but perhaps of greater importance, are the things that you can do to provide a positive and understanding emotional environment: 
  • Be supportive and encouraging.
  • Appreciate that your child will be experiencing quite a high level of stress and that they might be over sensitive and prone to outbursts. 
  • Linked to the point above, try to avoid confrontations.
  • Encourage your child to strike a reasonable balance between work and leisure. 
  • Take an interest in what your child is doing. Ask them how they are. 
  • Finally, encourage confidence by reassuring them. A few kind supportive words can go a very long way.
Paraiso Down El Salvador
The t-shirt and jeans day for Paraiso Down El Salvador (an El Salvadorian charity that aims to inform, raise awareness of, and guide families/society on down’s syndrome) on Friday 20th March raised an incredible $2295 for the charity. Many thanks to the students and staff that supported the event. 

All the best,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 27th March - Last day of Term 2
Monday 30th March to Friday 10th April - Easter break
Monday 13th April - First day back (Term 3)
Tuesday 14th April - Secondary School Parents’ Workshop 
Saturday 18th April - Grade 11 CAS Trip to ‘Corazón de Padre’, Quezaltepeque

Friday, 20 March 2015

28: Friday 20th March 2015

From the Director 


This week we have been celebrating brain week with ideas to ensure that our children know how to get the best of their brains. We want them to have confidence in their abilities to solve problems and determined to succeed! As part of this we all have a responsibility to ensure our children are confident learners who do not give up when they face a challenge. They need to understand that they can and will improve their performance by being resilient and working at problems. Success is not just about what we know but how we use and apply it and how we come to understand situations by working at them. These are keys to success! On a more practical level we also need to ensure that all our students get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet and crucially have breakfast in the morning before they come to school. All of these are really important in terms of encouraging brain development. 

Next week is our last week at school before Easter. We have an extra days holiday on Thursday 26th March due to the public holiday and the school will be closed. We intend to work in school to help our children understand the importance of peace and justice in our school as well as in our country. We have Sally Featherstone, an old friend of the school, visiting this week to help us with our Early Years programme and to help us understand how it encourages confident resilient learners. Your children may meet have met Sally or may meet her next week. I hope you all have a pleasant weekend.

Primary News

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all the support we have had at the swimming events this week which will be continuing next week. They have been great fun.

We have Sally Featherstone visiting school this week. She will be meeting parents on Tuesday at 7 am to discuss ways to support your child in the early years at school. We hope to see many of you there. She will be working with the Early Years team all next week. 

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
March
Monday 23rd: Prepa Swimming Gala - 10am Small pool
Monday 23rd: Prepa Night Activity 4pm - 8pm
Tuesday 24th: Workshop for parents “Starting School - How you can help” Sally Featherstone 7:15 - 8:30 am in the PAC
Wednesday 25th: Pre-Kinder Easter Egg Hunt Trip
Friday 27th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal Assembly - 7:45am PAC
Friday 27th: Last day of term - break for Easter
Monday 30th March - Friday 10th April: Easter holiday
April
Monday 13th: Term 3 - first day back

Upper Primary
March
Tuesday 24th: 2nd Grade Swimming Gala 10.00 to 11.30am
Wednesday 25th: 3rd Grade Swimming Gala 10.00 to 11.30am
Wednesday 25th: 4th Grade Swimming Gala 8.00 to 9.30am
Friday 27th: 5th Grade Swimming Gala 10.00 to 11.30am
April
Monday 13th April first day back.

Secondary News

It has been a very busy, but rewarding, seven days in the Secondary School: 
  • Last week ended with the news that, after expenses, the IB students had raised a very impressive $577 for Comic Relief’s ‘Red Nose Day’ (held on Friday 13th March).
  • The week started with news of ABC’s success at the MathsCounts Competition in Mexico. ABC students competed against over 150 competitors from the region and our students came third place in the Maths Relay and fourth place in the overall event.

    The school also had success at HACIA Democracy (also in Mexico). HACIA Democracy, the Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American Democracy, brought young people together to discuss relevant issues facing the Americas (this was the twenty first session). Two ABC students won the best delegate (as a joint delegation) for ‘The Pan American Health Organisation’.

    Please see the latest entry in the ‘ROCs in Action’ blog http://abcrocs.blogspot.com/ for more information about MathsCounts and HACIA Democracy.
  • This week has been ‘Brain Awareness Week’. A big thank you to everyone that has contributed to this week’s activities and who, in doing so, have helped make this the success it has been.
  • On Tuesday evening we staged the Grade 12 IB Art Exhibition. The Art Exhibition was well attended by teachers and the family & friends of the 14 students that had their work on display. It was an amazing display of talent -varied in style and mediums- and a celebration of the culmination of two years of sustained hard work by our IB Grade 12 Art students. The evening also demonstrated the talent and dedication of our Art Department. 
  • On Thursday, in recognition of it being Francophone Week, the French Department and the LRC staged a special ‘Lunch on the Lawn’ lunchtime concert in front of the LRC. Students treated an audience of staff and students to a variety of singing and dancing performances.
  • Also on Thursday we had the Grade 9 & 11 Parent Partnership Meeting. Parents received a presentation from Licenciado Eduardo Loyola from the Therapeutic Centre Jaime Hill. Our guest returned to the ABC to give a further talk on substance abuse prevention.

    Licenciado Eduardo Loyola will present to Grade 6, 7 & 8 parents at next weeks Grade 6, 7 & 8 Parent Partnership Meeting (Tuesday 24th of March, starting at 6.00pm in the PAC).

    and finally...
  • Today we had a t-shirt and jeans day for Paraiso Down El Salvador (an El Salvadorian charity that aims to inform, raise awareness of, and guide families/society on down’s syndrome), as part of our support for International Down Syndrome Day. Students raised an amazing amount (details will follow next week) to help this local charity.
Indigo Concert - Wednesday 25th of March 
On Wednesday 25th of March parents and students are invited to come along and enjoy an evening of music at the ABC. The Indigo Concert will also be an excellent opportunity for students and teachers, solos acts and groups, to show off their musical talents. 

The Indigo Concert is being staged to help the Fundación Corazón del Padre (FCDP), a charity which works to help orphaned and abandoned children. The charity aims to establish a sustainable children's centre in Quezaltepeque. 

The charity, run by Samuel and Charity Okurut, is in the initial phase of construction, but the plan is for seven family homes (with up to 12 children in each), an education facility, aquaponics farming, greenhouses and fish ponds, and a security fence around the entire perimeter. 

For further information on the FCDP please use the following link - http://www.corazondelpadre.org/

IB Drama Performance - 27th March 2015
The IB Theatre class invites you to an evening filled with ‘drama’. The students have prepared three original shows that will make you question why things are the way they are, and perhaps make you picture a new way of perceiving ‘reality’.

What is reality? Is there a right answer when we question how we live? Is the world at conflict with itself? What is our responsibility in all this? These among other questions will be explored through movement, sound and picture.

Come experience these thought provocative shows at the ABC Performing Arts Centre on the 27th March 2015 from 3:00pm

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Tuesday 24th March - Grade 6, 7 & 8 Parent Partnership Meeting with Cal 2 Reports
Wednesday 25th March - Indigo Concert
Thursday 26th March - School closed for Peace, Life & Justice Day 
Friday 27th March - Last day of Term 2
Monday 30th March to Friday 10th April - Easter break
Monday 13th April - First day back (Term 3)
Tuesday 14th April - Secondary School Parents’ Workshop (more details in next week’s ABC Weekly)
Saturday 18th April - Grade 11 CAS Trip to ‘Corazón de Padre’, Quezaltepeque

Friday, 13 March 2015

27: Friday 13th March 2015

From the Director 


We are looking forward to a fun day at the Parents Association Summer Carnival tomorrow. I know many families will come to this event together and it will be wonderful to see the ABC community having fun together. There will be the normal rides, lots of games and plenty to eat and drink! Please note we will not be selling alcohol as there will be students and young people at the event all day long.

Next week the whole school is celebrating Brain week and we will be holding a number of activities and assemblies to promote our use of our brains! We will also be launching our value of being creative next week and hope you will also celebrate the importance of being creative and using your imagination at home.

We have our Mathcounts team and our Hacia Democracy team in Mexico this weekend competing and we look forward to hearing their news. We have been informed that they achieved third place in the Mathrelay competition and the Mathcounts is taking place today. 

Please note we have the Parents Convocatoria on Wednesday evening starting at 6:00pm in the PAC and we hope you will be able to attend.

We hope to welcome you to the Summer Carnival tomorrow!

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I was able to visit the Grade 1 sleepover and watch the fantastic show put on by the teachers for the children - very amusing and the students loved it! Everything in camp was linked with their IPC theme of ‘The Circus’ and the whole event made a wonderful exit point for the children.

The Primary Choir did a splendid job along with ABC musicians and secondary choir students at the Bicultural Festival on Saturday. I enjoyed the singing and other musical performances and felt very proud of our Primary Choir members.

I have managed to pop along to a few of the Early Years swimming lessons and have been amazed by the confidence and skill level of such young children. Well done to the students and their swimming teachers!

Red Nose Day was greeted with great excitement in the Primary school today. Thank you to everyone who bought a red nose and donated to charity. Some children were unable to get a red nose as there were not quite enough. We are sorry for the disappointment.

The Swimming Galas will be starting very soon and parents are invited to drop in and spend some more time in school, cheering their children, encouraging them to do their best and take a little risk. Our students do very well in the pool and we are very lucky to have such a prestigious coach as part of our PE team. As a national holiday has very recently been announced we are having to reschedule the Grade 4 Gala. This will now take place on Wednesday 25th March at 8.00 am.

Tomorrow is the Summer Carnival. I am assured it is very exciting and that I will love it and I am sure I will, as long as it is not too loud! I hope to see you all there.

Keep an eye open for your children’s class assemblies below. There are only a few left to do before the end of this term.

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
March
Monday 16th: 3rd session extracurricular activities begin
Monday 16th: Pre-Kinder González Swimming Lesson 11.00 - 11.45am
Tuesday 17th: Kinder Rampone Swimming Lesson 11.50 - 12.35pm
Wednesday 18th: Kinder Frances Swimming Lesson 11.50 - 12.35pm
Thursday 19th: Kinder Suárez Swimming Lesson 11.45 - 12.35pm
Wednesday 18th: Convocatoria 6pm - 7pm
Friday 20th: Pre-Kinder Cáceres Assembly - 7:45am PAC
Friday 20th: 1st Grade Swimming Gala - 11am Big pool
Monday 23rd: Prepa Swimming Gala - 10am Small pool
Monday 23rd: Prepa Night Activity 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday 25th: Pre-Kinder Easter Egg Hunt Trip
Friday 27th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal Assembly - 7:45am PAC
Friday 27th: Last day of term - break for Easter
Monday 30th March - Friday 10th April: Easter holiday
April
Monday 13th: Term 3 - first day back

Upper Primary
March
Saturday 14th March: Summer Carnival 9am - 9pm 
Wednesday 11th March: 2nd Grade Spanish Assembly
5th Grade Spanish Assembly
Wednesday 18th March: 3rd Quijano Assembly
5th Guzmán Assembly
Tuesday 24th March: 2nd Grade Swimming Gala
Wednesday 25th March: 10.00 3rd Grade Swimming Gala
Wednesday 25th March: 08.00 4th Grade Swimming Gala
Friday 27th March: 5th Grade Swimming Gala
April
Monday 13th April first day back.

Secondary News

Supporting Charities
Secondary School students have been working hard to support two very worthy charities. Today (Friday 13th March) students, at the cost of $1, have been wearing red noses to support Comic Relief’s ‘Red Nose Day’. Over $400 had been raised by Grade 11 students selling red noses by end of school on Thursday and further sales were expected today. Well done to the Grade 11s and many thanks to the students and staff for their support.

Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become a British institution. It’s a day, every two years, when people get together and do something funny for money at home, school and work.

Comic Relief spends the money raised by Red Nose Day to help people in need across the world. 

The money raised by selling red nose at the ABC will be divided between a local charity and Comic Relief (more details to follow along with the final amount raised).

Next week we are supporting International Down Syndrome Day with a t-shirt and jeans day on Friday 20th March. Please note that students are only permitted to wear non-uniform if they are wearing the International Down Syndrome Day t-shirt. 

The International Down Syndrome Day t-shirt can be purchased for $5 from outside the Secondary School Office on Monday (the t-shirt was also on sale at the end of this week). 

Saturday 21st March marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. The purpose of this day to is raise money to support people with Down Syndrome, along with their families. 

Down Syndrome International, the organisers of the International Down Syndrome Day, encourages people across the world to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. 

Money raised by the ABC will go to support the local Down Syndrome charity the Paraiso Down Foundation. The Paraiso Down Foundation offers services to people with Down Syndrome and they provide services to families - including formative workshops, seminars and talks related to the topic. The Paraiso Down Foundation works with more than one hundred families in El Salvador.

Brain Awareness Week and Francophone Week
As reported in last week’s ABC Weekly, next week is Brain Awareness Week at ABC. It is also Francophone Week and, in celebration, the French Department and the LRC will be holding a special ‘Lunch on the Lawn’ next Thursday (Thursday 19th March), at lunchtime, in front of the LRC.

12th IB Art Exhibition 
The display showcases the culmination of two years work by the IB Art students. Pushing the creative boundaries, art work will be on display that has been inspired by various themes and which are expressed through a visual language; producing a response from its feelings and thinking.

The sample prompts reflection and analysis, provided by a range of artistic expressions ranging from traditional ones such as painting, sculpture and drawings, digital like video and photography, and new forms of representation.

The 2015 Art Exhibition promises to exceed all expectations of creativity and originality with more than 150 pieces of art on display.

We invite the ABC community to visit the exhibition in the PAC from Monday 16th March to Wednesday 18th March.

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 13th March - Red Nose Day
Saturday, 14th March - Summer Carnival
w/c 16th March - Brain Awareness Week
Tuesday 17th March - Art Exhibition 
Thursday 19th March: 
- ‘Lunch on the Lawn’
- Grades 9 & 11 Parent Partnership Meeting with Cal 2 Reports
Friday 20th March - International Down Syndrome Day: t-shirt and jeans day
Tuesday 24th March - Grade 6, 7 & 8 Parent Partnership Meeting with Cal 2 Reports
Wednesday 25th March - Indigo Concert
Friday 27th March - Last day of Term 2
Monday 30th March to Friday 10th April - Easter break

Friday, 6 March 2015

26: Friday 6th March 2015

From the Director 


Thank you to everyone who helped make the Primary Book Week such a fun event. On behalf of the many guest readers I want to say how fantastic this event has been and we hope it has inspired our children too! On that note if anyone has a copy of the Gruffalo (“El Grufalo”) book in Spanish can you please let me know as a PK class would like to read it!

You might be interested to read about the Academia Britanica Cuscatleca making the local newspaper El Diario de Hoy following its recent Mathcounts success (page 56 in todays newspaper or see this link)

Every year, for 15 years now, 7 or 8 bilingual schools collaborate for intensive training in the various arts: visual arts, dance, drama, music. The aim is to offer our students an opportunity for highly demanding technical and creative training that they normally would not get within their own school. The work done within the festival ought to be reflective of the best each school can offer, and when these inspired students come together, guided by professional teachers in each field, it's is supposed to produce amazing results, and usually it does.

Last week, the visual arts students from the various schools came to ABC to create some wonderful pieces that you will see displayed in the lobby of Teatro Presidente on 6 & 7 March.

For the past week, dance and drama students have been training intensively at the ABC for a concert to be held tonight (Friday, 6 March) in Teatro Presidente at 6pm. This concert will feature freshly choreographed and devised pieces by the students themselves. Entrance is free.

For the past month, musicians and singers have been training for the concert that will be held tomorrow (Saturday, 7 March) in Teatro Presidente at 6pm. This concert will feature primary choir, secondary choir, concert band and string orchestra. Entrance is free.

We hope that the ABC community will come to support the students and appreciate their creativity and skills. May the culture of artistic expression continue to flourish in El Salvador!

General Parents Meeting
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the school I would like to invite you to the parents’ information meeting to be held at the school’s Performing Arts Centre (PAC), at 18:00 hours on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Should there not be 50% plus 1 of all parents present, the meeting will reconvene at 18:30 hours on the same day and proceed with those in attendance.


Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Primary Spring Fair was fully supported last Saturday and at the latest count about 10,000 dollars was raised for a very good cause. Thank you for all your support with prizes and items for the tombola. The children did a great job making and running their stands and a very good time was had by all.

We have had such an exciting week and I am sure you have seen your children reading and being read to a lot more. A big thank you to those parents who came in and read or told a story to the class and to those members of the rest of the school community who came in too. A special thank you to Mr Pattenden who took responsibility for organising the week and did such an excellent job.

This afternoon the Grade 1 students are going to be spending the night in the PAC for a whole grade sleepover. The teachers are all prepared with activities and snacks and I am sure the students will have a wonderful time. I understand the PAC can get a bit smelly with all those children in there overnight, so we will make sure the doors have been open for a little while before you come to collect them!

The Primary choir will be participating in the Bicultural Festival tomorrow night. Do try to go along and see them. The performance starts at 6.00 in the Teatro Presidente.

Next week the Pre-K swimming lessons can be watched by parents. Please see the schedule below. In the lessons I have watched they have had a fantastic time and are developing water confidence at every turn. A delight to see.

Have another great week.

Sharon Short

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
March
Friday 6th: First grade sleepover
All week 9th - 13th: Brain Awareness Week
Monday 9th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal Swimming Lesson 10.00 - 10.45am
Wednesday 11th: Kinder Quintanilla Swimming Lesson 11.00 - 11.45am
Thursday 12th: Pre-Kinder Cáceres Swimming Lesson 11.00 - 11.45am
Friday 13th: Pre-Kinder González Assembly - 7:45am PAC
Friday 13th: Pre-Kinder Siri Swimming Lesson 11.00 - 11.145am
Monday 16th: 3rd session extracurricular activities begin
Monday 16th: Pre-Kinder González Swimming Lesson 11.00 - 11.45am
Tuesday 17th: Kinder Rampone Swimming Lesson 11.50 - 12.35pm
Wednesday 18th: Kinder Frances Swimming Lesson 11.50 - 12.35pm
Thursday 19th: Kinder Suárez Swimming Lesson 11.45 - 12.35pm
Wednesday 18th: Convocatoria 6pm - 7pm
Friday 20th: Pre-Kinder Cáceres Assembly - 7:45am PAC
Friday 20th: 1st Grade Swimming Gala - 11am Big pool
Monday 23rd: Prepa Swimming Gala - 10am Small pool
Monday 23rd: Prepa Night Activity 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday 25th: Pre-Kinder Easter Egg Hunt Trip
Friday 27th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal Assembly - 7:45am PAC
Friday 27th: Last day of term - break for Easter
Monday 30th March - Friday 10th April: Eastern holiday
April
Monday 13th: Term 3 - first day back

Upper Primary
March
Saturday 14th March: Summer Carnival 9am - 9pm 
Wednesday 11th March: 2nd Grade Spanish Assembly
5th Grade Spanish Assembly
Wednesday 18th March: 3rd Quijano Assembly
5th Guzman Assembly
Tuesday 24th March: 2nd Grade Swimming Gala
Wednesday 25th March: 3rd Grade Swimming Gala
Thursday 26th March: 4th Grade Swimming Gala
Friday 27th March: 5th Grade Swimming Gala
April
Monday 13th April first day back.

Secondary News

E-safety Training for Parents
E-safety Support is an online service that offers advice on e-safety practice to schools, students, parents and teachers. 

It charges for much of the material/support offered, but some resources are free. One such free, and very good, resource that is available from E-safety Support is an e-safety training module for parents.

The course takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and provides guidance to parents on: 
  • how children use the internet; 
  • online safety; and, 
  • it offers advice on how parents can protect their children whilst online.
The link to the main E-safety Support website is:

Once you have registered (by entering a few details about yourself) you can access the course by clicking on the link ‘Preview : E-safety Training for Parents’ on the right of the page (see image above with link circled in red - this link is only in English).

Grades 6, 7 & 8 Parent Partnership Meeting with Cal 2 Reports - Tuesday 24th March 
The Grade 6 and Grade 7 Parent Partnership Meeting (with Cal 2 Reports), previously scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 17th March, is now happening on Tuesday 24th March (having been combined with the Grade 8 Parent Partnership Meeting). The reason for this change is to accommodate the Art Exhibition. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused by this change of date.

The focus for this evening is a presentation, from a guest speaker, on substance abuse prevention.

HACIA Democracy - Thursday 12th March to Monday 16th March. 
On Thursday 12th March nine ABC Secondary students head off to Mexico to represent the school in the HACIA Democracy event. The students will be investigating problems facing the Americas in general and the role of the United Nations committees that have been set up to combat these issues.

Brain Week
Next week (the week commencing Monday 16th March) is the ABC’s annual Brain Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is to explore how the brain works and to try out a range of challenging activities.

For full details please visit The LRC’s blog post on the event: http://abc-lrc.blogspot.com/

Warm regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 6th March - Bicultural Arts Production, Dance & Drama at Teatro Presidente (from 6.00pm)
Friday 6th March (returning 8th March) - International Award Silver Practice Expedition
Saturday 7th March - Bicultural Arts Production, Choirs, Concert Band, String Orchestra at Teatro Presidente (from 6.00pm)
Saturday 7th March - Comité Católico: Grades 9, 10 & 11
Friday 13th March (rescheduled) - Key Stage 3 Disco, 6.00pm to 9.00pm in the PAC. Priced at $3
Saturday, 14th March - SUMMER CARNIVAL
Tuesday 17th March - Art Exhibition
Thursday 19th March - Grades 9 & 11 Parent Partnership Meeting with Cal 2 Reports
Tuesday 24th March - Grade 6, 7 & 8 Parent Partnership Meeting with Cal 2 Reports
Wednesday 25th March - Indigo Concert
Friday 27th March - Last day of Term 2
Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April - Easter break