Friday, 6 May 2016

31: Friday 6th May 2016

From the Director

I must begin by thanking everyone for an amazing production of Aladdin which culminated in two amazing performances last weekend. You can see a report and pictures of the performances on our newsblog

I would also like to thank all of you who supported the Somos Fernando T shirt day today. We had a great turn out showing the ABC Cares! We are going to allow students who bought the T shirt to wear them again on Friday 27 May and we will continue selling the T shirts in the offices. Please do support this event if you can.

As you know we are planning a strong community support campaign to help us understand how we can protect our children in the modern Internet age. This is a very serious issue because we as a community need to ensure we share a common understanding of the dangers young people face as they grow up. These sessions will discuss research from around the world, our own concerns and an opportunity for you to share your concerns. We can only work as a community in this vital area if we all work together which is why we are asking that ALL parents attend from each grade. Next week we are starting with Grade 2 and 3 on Wednesday and Grades 4 and 5 on Thursday at 6.30 pm in the PAC. Please do join us if you are a parent of a student in these grades. We are hoping for 100% turnout.

On Friday 20th May we have our final early closure for staff training. Please note we are not going to continue with these early closures next year because we realise they have been difficult on parents. However on the 20th May we will be leaving at the same times as we did for the previous day. At 11.30 Upper Primary students will leave, at 11.30 Secondary students leave and Lower Primary will leave at their usual times. 

I would like to end by adding my congratulations to the Boys Under 16 football team who won their bilingual league competition on Monday. Thank you to all the parents and staff who worked with and supported the team.

Primary News

Dear Parents and carers,

Here is a photo of the handover of the water filter machine at the school in Zaragoza which we bought with money raised from ‘Walking for Water’.

Our Primary Art teacher arranged for the Salvadorean cartoonist “Ruz” to visit us on May 3rd to talk about his job to grade 3. The students really enjoyed his visit and learned a lot. Thank you to the Primary art department and “Ruz” for arranging this experience. There are pictures on the ABC News Blog.

We had the IPC Olympic entry points this week for the whole Primary School. All of the children got to take part in a series of olympic style events and were presented with a ribbon to commemorate it. The students were very enthusiastic and participated very well either individually or as a team player. When we asked them for feedback they said they had had a great time and began to understand the experience of Olympic competitors. In Music the Upper Primary students have been learning the song “Light up the Flame” for the recording of ‘Voices around the World’ which will take place later this month. So the olympics are certainly very present in school at the moment. Thank you to the PE department and their helpers once again for a magnificent organisational triumph as well as our IPC co-ordinator and all the staff who worked to make the days successful. Those parents who logged in for the live streaming enjoyed what they saw. Thank you for your lovely comments. Please see the PE and class blogs for photos.

Our Grade 5 students took part in their first Transition activity with Secondary staff this week. As you can see they had a terrific time. They were working on a passport to help staff get to know them.

We have had students visiting Tin Marin and La Granjita, and Coesal have visited us again this week. All experiences adding to our students learning. We do expect students to participate in excursions and if they do not they should still definitely be in school. The final Grade camping trips are coming up. Please make sure you are aware of the dates below and keep an eye open for the grade information.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE NOTE. Students will not be required to bring pencil cases and materials into school next year. It has become an issue with overlarge boxes taking up desk space or storage space and preventing students having the space to work, some of the materials provided were not suitable either. As from August the Primary School will provide the resources required for everyday lessons. The students will still need a range of equipment for homework and they will be asked to provide materials for special projects from time to time as they do currently.

The Community Online Protection Project for 2nd and 3rd Grade parents will take place on Wednesday 11th May at 6.30pm. All parents are expected to attend - this is important. Likewise for Grade 4 and 5 parents the following day the 12th May also at 6.30pm.

The Latin Concert Night will be on the 26th May 6.30 pm this year. We are hoping to have more of a party feel with a small dance floor. Please keep the evening free so that you can join us. More details next week.

To all mothers I hope you have a nice day on the 10th May and that your children prepare to look after you really well - breakfast in bed perhaps!

Best wishes for a great week ahead.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Tuesday May 10th: Mother’s Day. School closed
Wednesday 11th: Kinder Carbajal visit La Granjita
Friday 13th: Kinder González visit La Granjita

Upper Primary
Tuesday May 10th Mother’s day. School closed.
Wednesday 11th: Online community protection project - 2nd and 3rd Grade: 6:30 pm
Thursday 12th:Online community protection project - 4th and 5th Grade: 6:30 pm
Friday 13th: 3rd Grade Camping 
Friday 20th: Upper Primary students go home at 11:30 am
Wednesday 25th: IPC 2nd Grade-Feel the force- Field Trip to Tin Marin 
Friday 27th: 4th Grade Camping

Secondary News

Dear Parents / Guardians,


Photographs (courtesy of Mr Godiah) from last week’s performances (in no particular order).

Well done to everybody -cast and crew, production staff and parents- involved in the Aladdin production. It was truly brilliant; honestly it was the best school production I have seen. A particular big thank you to Miss Leong, Ms Mena and Mr Godiah for all their hard work over many months.

As you will have noticed, during the performances Mr Cortez’s (Teacher of Business Studies) and Mr Murgatroyd’s (Head of Business Studies & Economics) Grade 9 Business Studies students were selling an array of refreshments outside the PAC. Together they raised over $554 and this will be donated to Somos Fernando Mejia and Fundacion Corazon Del Padre. Well done Grade 9 Business Studies students.

Upcoming music events
I hope many of you will come along to the European Union Anniversary Concert in Gran Via tonight (Friday 6th of May). In collaboration with the German and French Schools, the ABC is putting on a one hour concert. It starts at 6.00pm.

Next week, on Friday 13th of May starting at 2.30pm in the ABC Lecture Theatre, we have the Spring Music Recital for the Primary and Secondary students that have been attending instrumental lessons this academic year. 

Thank you to everyone that supported today’s t-shirt / jeans day and there is still plenty of time to buy raffle tickets (please see the poster below for details).

It is important that the school community comes together at these times.

The Grade 10 (iGCSE) and Grade 12 (IB) external examinations continued this week. Despite this being an understandably pressured time, I am pleased to report that the students that I have spoken to are generally happy with how they are doing and are coping well with the demands.

Very shortly (from Tuesday May 17th) the Grade 9 examinations start. Parents of Grade 9 students please encourage your children to prepare thoroughly for these internal examinations. The examination timetable has been shared with the Grade 9 students and they have had a briefing on the examinations.

Finally, the school is closed on Tuesday 10th of May due to it being Mothers’ Day.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Kind regards,

Stephen Spicer
Head of Secondary

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 6th May: European Union Anniversary Concert in Gran Via
Tuesday 10th May: Mothers’ Day SCHOOL CLOSED
Friday 13th May: Spring Music Recital
Monday 16th May: Cultural Diversity week
Tuesday 17th May: Grade 9 examinations start
Thursday 19th May: ABC Digital Video Awards (DVA) event
Friday 20th May: End of IB exams for Grade 12 students
Friday 20th May: Secondary School closes at 11:30am - Grade 8 'Ethical and moral choices' empowerment afternoon (11:30am-5.00pm).
Tuesday 24th May: Class 2021 and 2022 (6th / 7th grades) Community protection programme for our children. Is for all Parents, at 6.30 pm
Thursday 26th May: Class 2019 and 2020 (8th / 9th grades) Community protection programme for our children. Is for all Parents, at 6.30 pm
Friday 27th May: End of Grade 9 exams
Monday 30th May: Health Awareness Week
Tuesday 31st May: Thanksgiving ceremony for Class 2016
Thursday 2nd June: Moving up day- 5th Grade to 6th Grade and Parent Partnership meeting “Secondary Induction” 6.00pm PAC
Friday 3rd June: Moving up day - 5th Grade to 6th Grade
Friday 3rd June; Class 2016 Headmaster's Reception
Thursday 9th June: Class 2016 Graduation Day and Graduation Ceremony at 5.00pm Auditorium
Friday 10th June: End of IGCSE exams for Grade 10 students
Monday 13th June: Grade 6 and Grade 7 Award Assembly; Lap of Honour at 7.00am; Logros Event at 6.00pm PAC
Tuesday 14th June: Group 4 Science project 
Wednesday 15th June: Grade 8 and Grade 9 Award Assembly
Thursday 16th June: Grade 10 and Grade 11 Award Assembly and CAL Report issued for Grades 6-9 and 11
Friday 17th June: Last day of School Year

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