Friday, 18 November 2016

11: Friday 18th November 2016

From the Director 

As I write this letter we are all looking forward to the traditional Guy Fawkes party tonight. This is a community event in the sense that it is produced by the community for the community. It has been amazing to see all the hard work that has gone into the shows and providing a fun, safe environment for our students to have fun. I hope you enjoy the event and that you go away feeling proud of our community and especially our students who contributed to the whole event.

I am delighted to report that we have just received the PAES results and they were better than last year with 97% of our students achieving the Highest category. We are so proud of the way they juggled their PAES examinations alongside the demands of their IB diploma. Well done Class of 2017.

Next week we are focusing on one of our core values which is ethical. Many of our students have been working producing ways of reminding us how to be ethical. In particular the IGCA team have been looking at REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE as part of our ethical response to the needs of our planet and sustainability. I hope we are all able to listen to this message and that at home you can help our students by reinforcing these important principles.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend with your children.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we had a very exciting entry point for our Grade 1 students on Tuesday when they went to the circus. Some of our enthusiastic and talented parents got together and practiced some very entertaining routines for the children to watch. Including sawing a lady in half! The costumes were fabulous, the children were enthralled and really enjoyed the whole experience, from the ticket booth and finding their seat, to the popcorn and being volunteers for the acts. These parents were great role models for the students and great team players. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated.

Thank you as well to those parents who came into school for the maths workshops. The students love to show you what they are learning and it helps to keep you up to date with current maths teaching strategies. It is very important that you show your appreciation of your child’s efforts in these events and model being interested and engaged by watching closely and asking questions. Students learn so much from you their parents and being in school is a great opportunity for you to send a positive message about school.

It has been British Week this week and we have all given a thought to the ‘old country’. Some classes have been looking at British food or British songs and of course it was Remembrance Day, last week. It will culminate tonight with the Guy Fawkes night event starting from 5.30. I do hope to see you all there.

International mindedness and our value Global are a vital part of the education process. We need our students to be aware of the world around them and to be able to cope with it. Our charity programmes work well with our motto of ‘think globally act locally.’ Today was our non-uniform day in support of the CAS students project to collect workbooks for students in school. Education resources are a worldwide problem for many, but we can make a difference here in El Salvador. There are several charity donation letters coming out at the moment. The Lower Primary decorated and filled jars for Santa’s Festival on December 14th, the UP Shoebox campaign will be starting soon as well as the LP toy collection, another CAS student non-uniform day to collect reading books with English text and one for the tombola prizes for Santa’s Festival. All money raised goes to a good cause and at this time of year we particularly like to support those around us. Please contribute as much as you can and enjoy the process with your children.

Best wishes for a great week.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary
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
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


Drama Production
On Wednesday the Drama Club will be giving two performances of a play on the very relevant theme of social media. They have been working very hard in rehearsals and are looking forward to the performances. Please come and support our thespians, a good audience is the best reward!

Environment Week
Next week sees the start of a focus on the environment. I am sure we would all like to live in a world without the blot of litter on the landscape as well as the more serious consequences of an accumulation of waste products such as non-biodegradable.

The IGCA team are launching this focus with a Tribal Recycling Competition so please start collecting these items.

Christmas Shoe Box Campaign
Next week we will be joining the Primary Section in launching this year’s annual campaign to provide Christmas presents for children who may not otherwise receive any. We are asking ABC students and their families to fill ordinary shoe boxes again this year.

Please include at least one each of the following: (All items should be new)
  • An item of new clothing to fit the age range you have chosen
  • A new pair of socks
  • Tooth paste and a tooth brush
  • Candles
  • Cookies
  • A toy
As well as any other article you wish to include such as colouring pencils, stickers, scissors or special things that a child may enjoy at Christmas.

Further information will be included in a letter to all parents.

Guy Fawkes & Christmas Fair
Finally, we are looking forward to seeing you all this evening to enjoy musical performances, Spooky Cellar, Christmas shopping, and of course, the fireworks! There will be three musical shows at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. with two firework displays during the intervals.

Secondary dates for your diary
Friday 18th: Guy Fawkes Night & Christmas Fair, 5.30 - 8.30 p.m.
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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