Friday, 11 November 2016

10: Friday 11th November 2016

From the Director 

It has been excellent for me to be back in school today as I have been out of the country this week visiting another British international school in Chicago. I was there as part of a Council of International School (CIS) accreditation team. As I hope you are aware the ABC is a member of CIS which means we are recognised as a school which meets their international standards and that we teach our students in a safe supportive environment in preparation for an internationally minded future. The visit helped me realise that we have so much to be proud of in our school but also of the importance of all of us working together to achieve the educational experience we want for our children.

We are hoping to see a huge community turn out for Guy Fawkes night next Friday. Please do come along and support this very British event,have some fun with your children and do some Christmas shopping. Many of our students will be running activities in support of their community projects. We would like to say a big thank you to all the students and families that supported the Colour Run last Friday. We raised over $3,000 for various Save the Children projects which will improve young people's lives here in our country.

We have been marking Remembrance Day in school this week with poppies which in Britain are a reminder of the end of the First World War which ended exactly 98 years ago today. We have used this celebration to remind us of the joy of peace and to help launch British Week next week. You can see some information on our Remembrance Day assembly on our news blog. Our Guy Fawkes party will mark the end of British Week which must not be missed!

I hope you have a great we

Primary News

Dear Parents and carers,

I hope you all had an enjoyable week with your children and that everyone in the family is rested and ready for the run up to Christmas. 

Today is Armistice day in the UK. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. We wear poppies to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom in the two great wars.

We have had 3rd grade out on a trip to the Palacio National this week and 4th Grade camped out overnight last night. The students really benefit from these experiences outside of school and we thank you for your support for the things we arrange.

Next week we have the Pre-Kinder curriculum night. A chance for Pre-Kinder parents to learn more about what their children are learning in school and how to support them in their development at home. The recent Grade 1 and Kinder evenings have been a delight and I am very proud of the achievements of our staff and very appreciative of the time and effort they put into these events.

We will be taking school photographs next week of the class and individual ones. Class teachers will let you know when their class is scheduled so you can make sure your child is wearing their best uniform on the day. The same rules as always apply, hair tied back if long, no jewellery and sensible plain dark shoes with a fastener.

On the 18th of November (next Friday) it is the first of a series of non-uniform days for good causes. For this particular one we are asking students to bring in a new school notebook in exchange for wearing their own clothes to school. This event has been organised by a group of our grade 12 CAS students and the notebooks will be donated to a local school. There will be a bake sale on during the day as well and this is all on the same day as the Guy Fawkes night event that Mr Keslake mentions above. It means that there will be no need for the students to get changed when they get home and we hope you will all be coming straight back for an enjoyable and exciting evening.


The second non-uniform day has a bit of a twist and we will be calling it ‘Mix and Match day’. We will be asking the students to come in patterned clothes, the more clashes the better. Stripes with floral, dots with checks, whatever combination they can come up with. This is also a CAS day and the students have prepared a letter to explain everything which will be with you shortly. 

Finally Lower Primary students only will be having a non-uniform day in preparation for Santa’s Festival. Once again we will be having a tombola stall and we will be asking students to bring in a clean decorated jar refilled with new items that any other child would be glad to receive such as small toys, lego, goodies to eat, jewellery, colouring or art equipment, hair decorations; just think about what your child would like to find and pop it in there, including Christmassy items. The letter explaining will also be out this coming week. Please keep an eye open for the detailed information. 

We have another busy week ahead. Please check the school calendar and the dates below and have a good weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
Monday 14th - Thursday 17th: School photos
Thursday 17th: Pre-Kinder Curriculum Night 6:00pm PAC
Friday 18th: Non-uniform day bring in an exercise book.
Friday 18th: Guy Fawkes Evening 5:30pm onwards
Friday 18th: Prepa Macdonald assembly 7:30am PAC
Tuesday 22nd: Prepa Curriculum Night 6:00pm PAC
Friday 25th: Prepa Butler assembly 7:30am PAC
Friday 2nd: Prepa Taylor assembly 7:30am PAC
Wednesday 14th: Christmas Shows 3:30 - 6:30pm PAC
Friday 16th: Last day of term 1 - all LP & UP siblings children leave at 11:00am

Upper Primary
Monday 14th - Thursday 17th: School photos
Wednesday 16th: 2nd Avilés Assembly 9:20-10:05 PAC & 12:15-1:15 PAC
Friday 18th: Non uniform day - bring in an exercise book.
Friday 18th: Guy Fawkes Evening 5:30pm onwards
Friday 18th: 3rd Grade British Bake Sale
Wednesday 23rd: 4th Spanish Assembly 9:20-10:05 PAC & 12:15-1:15 PAC
Friday 25th/Saturday 26th: 2nd Grade Camping
Wednesday 30th: 4th Guzmán Assembly 9:20-10:05 PAC & 12:15-1:15 PAC
Friday 2nd: End of 2nd Extracurricular Term - PRIMARY
Wednesday 7th: 5th Truscott Assembly 9:20-10:05 PAC & 12:15-1:15 PAC
Thursday 8th: UP Christmas Concert
Friday 9th: Primary Reports go home
Wednesday 14th: Christmas Fair 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Friday 16th: Last day of term 1 - all LP & UP siblings children leave at 11:00am

Secondary News

Colour Run fundraising
Well done to the Prefect Team who did a fantastic job organising the Colour Run on the last day of term. They all worked hard to prepare for the day and special thanks to the Head Girl and Boy, María Fernanda Arteaga and Eduardo Portillo, and also Mr Merry and Ms Cáceres, for their tireless efforts to make the day such a success. Students from Primary and Secondary sections had great fun running the gauntlet of coloured flour and water as they struggled to complete the challenge. Altogether the impressive sum of $3.045.68 was raised for this very good cause. To finish off the event all those who completed the most laps were entered into a raffle for the prizes. The lucky winners were:

1st Place - Kiefer Coolidge Johnson G10
2nd Place- Kyle Farrel Depooter G9
3rd Place- Emilio Moreno G12

United Nations Week
The run was preceded by a special assembly to celebrate United Nations week which included an interesting reading of Little Red Riding Hood by students and teachers from Primary and Secondary in 21 languages. We also welcomed Mr Franklin Perdomo, Programme Development Manager for Save the Children in El Salvador, to the assembly to give a presentation on the work of Save the Children in El Salvador.

British Week
This week Mr Hall has been delivering assemblies on the significance of today, Remembrance Day. Poppies have been available in school for students and teachers to wear in remembrance of the casualties of the Great War and subsequent conflicts.

On a lighter note the cafeteria is also serving its special British Week menu offering dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken Tikka Masala. We look forward to celebrating the end of next week with you all at the combined Guy Fawkes and Christmas Fair on Friday. 

Once again the Student Council will be offering a ‘Spooky Cellar’ to provide scary fun for all.

Thank You to Exabrits
This week we were grateful to Paola Amaya and Gabriela Rivera who came into school to help with an EC Business Marketing Project and an in-class Business Marketing Project, both being run by the Business Department. We are lucky to have such a talented pool of ex ABC students who are willing to contribute to the education of their successors. If any other Exabrits would be interested in sharing their expertise in any way we would be happy to hear from you.

Maths Relay
On Wednesday Grade 6 students took part in a competitive Maths Relay as a revision exercise and to prove that Maths Is Fun! The students competed over a course of different Maths skills in the Tribal Teams.

Congratulations to Pipils who were overall winners.

We would like to thank you all for all the support provided for students taking part in the Juegos Estudiantiles. Academia Britanica Cuscatleca was awarded by INDES, Instituto Nacional de Los Deportes 1st place ​for most participation in the 55 Juegos Estudiantles por el Departamento de La Libertad. Well done to all the students involved and thank you to the coaches for all their hard work and support.

Arts at the ABC
During Thursday morning’s assembly on Remembrance, students and teachers were treated to a performance of Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aenaeus. This was sung by Ms Dee Leong, Head of Music and Performing Arts accompanied by a string quartet. Thank you to the performers in the string quartet, Sofia Castro on Violin 1, Gabriela Quiusky on Violin 2, Savannah Leavitt on Viola and Mr Jorge Medina on Cello who provided an inspiring start to our day.

Please make time to support drama students who will be offering two performances of the play Subtext on Wednesday 23rd November in the PAC.

In Tyler Dwiggins’ play Subtext, we ‘roll the dice’ through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp etc using mediums like mobile phones, tablets and laptops to unravel the stories of teenagers and how perhaps, being hooked to this trendy culture might have dire consequences. In the end, the questions our audiences must ask themselves are, what would the world be like without social media? Is posting a perfect selfie or making a relationship ‘Facebook official’ a chance worth taking?

The cast and crew are eager to thrill you on the 23rd November at the PAC with two shows. One at 3:00pm and the other at 6:00pm. 

Students, parents, teachers, friends and the El Salvador community are all welcome. The shows will be free, however, there will be a charity box to donate an amount towards one of the school’s charities. 

Ms Lucila González, Head of Art and Muralist, has been invited to take part in a national event celebrating art in Central America. She has been working on her piece during the half-term break and is working during the evenings of this week to complete the work. The finished work will be launched on the 15th November at the Exposicion y del II Encuentro de Muralismo y Arte Publico Latinamericano. El Ministerio de Educacion y La Universidad de El Salvador UES.

School Photos
School photos will be taken throughout next week. The schedule for the week has been shared with students who should ensure they are prepared for the time slot allocated to their form.

Secondary dates for your diary
Saturday 12th: Geography IB Fieldwork Trip
Monday 14th: School photos will be taken during this week
Tuesday 15th: Grade 10 & 12 Parent/Teacher Meeting, 4.30-7 p.m.
Friday 18th: Guy Fawkes Night & Christmas Fair
Wednesday 23rd: Drama production, Subtext. Performances at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Thursday 24th: Sports Day
Friday 25th: Jeans Day for Grade 7 & 8 only to support Corazones Solidarios

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