Friday, 7 October 2016

6: Friday 7th October 2016

From the Director 

As part of our regular cycle of reviewing procedures, we are looking at safety in our drop off and pick up areas and the physical safety of our children around the campus. As part of any review we would welcome any comments you might have about our drop off and pick up with respect to student safety. We do ensure students are properly supervised by staff and prefects while arriving in the morning and leaving at the main times in the afternoon but we would welcome your comments at other pick up times. I would also like to remind you that as parents you have a crucial role to play in safety in the car parks. Please do not cut into lines or try to cut corners and especially we would ask you always drive slowly and with patience. We would also ask that you never use a mobile phone while driving - either inside or outside the campus - as this represents a threat to the safety of our children and our students. 

We are joining the rest of the world in promoting Cancer awareness this month. This is especially important for young people to raise their awareness of cancer and its dangers but also how it can be beaten. Many of our students have already taken part in fundraising and promotional activities. We also ask that you take care to ensure they understand you are looking after your health. Students do worry about their parents health and well being! They do not like that you smoke or have unhealthy lifestyles! We can all make changes and be good role models for our children.

We are thinking and praying for all those involved in the sad events in Haiti with Hurricane Matthew. It is a reminder to all of us of the importance of ensuring we are all able to live in safe and secure housing. It reminds us of the importance of charities such as Techo para mi pais and Habitat for Humanity which many of our students support.

If you were unable to attend the Coffee with the Director meeting last month you can see some of the highlights on this ABC youtube link, which is here.

I hope you have a safe and pleasant weekend.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we had a visitor from the IPC, Helen O’Donoghue, visiting the Primary School. You can see her here on the right. She was able to see the school at work, speak to lots of staff and children, look at students learning journals and really get a feel for us. She also delivered some training to staff on the Wednesday. We will get some feedback in a couple of weeks about some things we could improve on, ready for our accreditation later in the year. In the meantime you may like to read the full News blog here. A big thank you to those parents who gave up their time to speak to Helen and tell her about our lovely school this week.

Today the grade 5s carried out the McLay fun run in the Parco Bicentenario. It has become a tradition for our grade 5s to face the challenge of a more exciting route and greater trial of fitness and they all tried very hard. Thank you for the money sent in to support the purchase of sports equipment in local schools.

Wednesday we saw 5th Navas perform a Spanish assembly under the direction of Ms Mariela Contreras. The students were colourful and lively as they talked about Children’s Day around the world. We also celebrated children’s day in school. In LP the students were able to watch a children’s entertainer and receive a letter or card from their parents telling them how special they are. In UP the students were able to have a non uniform day which we called ‘Mufti Day’ and some special refreshments.

We are pleased to let you know that Mr Turner-Ware has been selected to be part of the ECIS Special Interest Group or Steam Team. This is in recognition of his personal set of skills and competencies and means that he will be part of a team that drives initiatives in learning worldwide relating to cross curricular Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths projects and activities. He has already had an impact on the experiences of students in our school.

Next week we start our work with a United Nations Focus. Please talk to your children about what they are doing.

Wishing you all a happy and restful weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 10th: Start 2nd Extracurricular session
Thursday 13th: Prepa trip to Tin Marin - 8:30am
Friday 14th: 1st Padilla Assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Tuesday 18th: 1st grade Curriculum Night - 6:00pm - PAC
Friday 21st: 1st Henríquez Assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Monday 24th: 1st Gray trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 9:00am
Tuesday 25th: 1st Pineda trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 9:00am
Tuesday 25th: Kinder Curriculum Night - 6:00pm - PAC
Wednesday 26th: 1st Henríquez trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 9:00am
Thursday 27th: 1st Padilla trip to Pizza Hut Las Cascadas - 9:00am
Friday 28th: Prepa Ware Assembly - 7:30am - PAC
Monday 31st - Friday 4th: Half term Holiday

Upper Primary
Monday 10th - Friday 21st: UP Parent Conferences 
Monday 10th: Entry Point 2nd grade: Active Planet
Wednesday 12th: 5th Navas Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 19th: 4th García Prieto Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Wednesday 26th: 3rd Brenes Assembly 9:20 - 10:05 and 12:15 - 1:15 PAC
Monday 31st-Friday 4th: Half term Holiday

Secondary News

Dear Parents and Carers, 

'Prefect Colour Run' in support of UN week's sustainable goal of fighting infant mortality via Save the Children.

The ABC Colour Run, a unique and inspiring event that brought the ABC together is approaching for its second year. This year's theme for the Colour Run will be “Save The Children”, as this time we have decided to blend the colour run with the race for survival; one race that represents our unity, excitement and determination to run for something greater than ourselves, to run on behalf of ALL children! 

This week there has been a contest for the design of this shirt. The design will have to merge the idea of the Colour Run with Save the Children, and it will need to include “ABC Colour Run” somewhere in the shirt. The winner of the contest will receive a free Colour Run Kit, including the shirt, and 5 tribal points!

The prefects will be working hard to prepare the Colour Run kits and the awareness campaign will cullminate in the UN Assembly and Colour Run on 28th Octoberr. Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved! If you have any questions about this you can approach Eduardo Portillo or Maria Fernanda Arteaga. 

Cancer awareness
Another important campaign currently being run by students belonging to ACTUA is for Cancer Awareness. Many students have already purchased pink ribbons and shoelaces and other fund-raising activities are planned for the coming weeks.

Secondary dates for your diary
Tuesday 11th: Grades 7 & 8 Know your school parent & teacher meeting

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