Friday, 28 April 2017

30: Friday 28th April 2017

From the Director


I would like to begin this week by congratulating everybody involved in the Sound of Music and encouraging you to see the final show tomorrow if you have the opportunity. As an educator it is brilliant to see children working together on a project with so much engagement and determination to succeed. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.


We have just started our international examinations for the Classes of 2017 and 2019. These exams are important in terms of helping us measure the performance of our children against the highest achieving students around the world. They are also important for our students in terms of university placements and credits.


This week we have been celebrating Earth Week and in school we want to help our students understand the principles behind recycling so they become more responsible in this respect in their future lives. It is an area we need to continue to develop both in school and at home.


We start our pre enrollment processes next week (Tuesday May 2nd) for the coming school year. As part of the enrollment process we will be asking you to confirm your willingness to participate as an active part of our parent community in line with the Parent Charter on our school website. Increasingly we realize that as parents we need to work together to ensure the wellbeing and healthy development of all our young people.


Please take note that although all parents will receive an email being asked to complete the pre enrollment process, only those who are up to date with their fees for the 16-17 school year and who have turned in their Identification Form will be able to go through with the process.
If you have any questions regarding your tuition payments and/or the Identification Form, you can call our Accounting department at 2201-6226.


I hope you have a great weekend which includes a national holiday on Monday. Please note that some Class 2017 IB exams will still take place on Monday. Students in the Class of 2017 have been advised if they are affected.



Primary News
Dear Parents and Carers,


It was great to have all the student’s back in school this week. It seems to have been very productive. I have seen students busily engaged in all sorts of active learning activities from Pre-K to Grade 5.


This week Grade 5 finished off their ‘Full Power’ IPC  unit and we would like to thank all those parents who participated enthusiastically and gave the students chance to share and show off the things that they had learned.


I have been to see some of the Prepa classes swimming lessons this week. Every year I am amazed at the prowess of these very young children. They can do crawl and backstroke and are very confident in the water, a credit to their teachers indeed. Next week I hope to see a few more of the Lower Primary swimming lessons. Please check the schedule below and make sure you get there too.


Last night I saw the first performance of the Sound of Music. I thoroughly enjoyed the students performances and was impressed by the set and costumes. If you haven’t got your tickets yet please rush and buy them. It is well worth the effort to see this production of a classic show.


Monday, the school is closed for a national holiday, but Tuesday we are back to normal. Wednesday the 10th May the school is also closed for Mother’s day, but the rest of the week school is as normal.


Enjoy your weekend.
Kind regards,


Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer


Lower Primary
May
Monday 1st: May Day Holiday
Wednesday 3rd: Kinder Rampone Swimming lesson Group 1 - LP pool - 9:45 - 10:30 am
Thursday 4th: Kinder Quintanilla Swimming lesson Group 1 - LP pool - 9:45 - 10:30 am
Thursday 4th: Pre-Kinder González Swimming lesson Group 2 - LP pool - 11:15 - 12:00 pm
Friday 5th: Kinder Suárez Swimming lesson Group 1 - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15 am
Friday 5th: Kinder Quintanilla Swimming lesson Group 2 - LP pool - 9:00 - 9:45 am


Upper Primary
April
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
May
Monday 1st: National Holiday - School closed
Thursday 4th: 2nd Grade educational trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 5th: End of 4th Extracurricular Term - PRIMARY
Monday 8th: Start of last Extracurricular Term
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition
June
Friday 9th: End of Extracurricular Term
Thursday 15th: Primary reports go home
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Class Party 6:00 -7:00 pm PAC





Secondary News


Dear parents and carers,


This week has been filled with a mixture of different emotions. Excitement of the new term ahead, anxiety for the IB and IGCSE exam sessions start, nostalgic even as our Grade 12s had their final full day of lessons at the ABC, as well as pride to see all the various student led activities taking place, from Student Elections, to Musical productions, sports competitions and awareness campaigns!


I am happy to start this message by announcing the results of the Student Council Presidential elections which took place this week. Thank you to all the students who took part in this election and especially to the Student Council President and Vice President José Eduardo Monterrosa and Daniela Villalobos for their fantastic work this year. It was a close race and I am pleased to announce this year's results and congratulate on behalf of the school body:
Andrés Figueroa for being elected President
Diego Behrens for being elected Vice President
Diego Arévalo for being elected as part of the Student Council Executive team


I look forward to working closely with you to make the school an even better place for all the students.


Following on from my message last week regarding the TV series which has all our students and parents talking about issues to do with pressures teenagers face today, the LSU and pastoral team have got together to offer a Parent Partnership evening for KS3 (G6,7 & 8) and one for KS4 and above (G9, 10, 11 & 12)  around the subject. Our intention is to take advantage of the fact that our teens are discussing topics which are of a sensitive nature and therefore at times difficult for us as parents to know how best to approach them. Mr Keslake makes reference to parents working together in his message and this is exactly what we are after. The sessions will inform parent of the topics dealt with in the series but more importantly it will be a session designed to offer parents skills and strategies on how to deal with these conversations at home. These evenings will only run if we have a sign up of at least 50 students represented per session so it is imperative that you sign up by contacting Marielos Soto (marielossoto@abc-net.edu.sv or on 22016273) to confirm your attendance.


6th, 7th and 8th Grade Parent Partnership: Thursday 11th of May, at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC
9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Parent Partnership: Thursday 4th of May, at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC

We also have a session for Grade 11 parents as part of the University Guidance process. We will be holding a two part information session entitled "University Search and Application Process". Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend as we are certain it will provide information that will prove helpful throughout the year.  Monday  8th of May at 6.00 p.m. in the PAC. This session will provide important information for students and parents about the application process. It will cover from how to search for universities, to the requirements and deadlines for different countries.


In this past week we have also been faced with the latest “challenge” for teens and it is important that as parents we are aware of them so we can also talk to our children about this at home.

As we have mentioned before, there is a trend amongst teenagers regarding various “challenges”. It is through the Internet and the social media that teens from all over the world learn about them, and are exposed to carry them out, endangering their lives and wellbeing.


1 Blue Whale Challenge. This challenge asks the kids to do negative things against others and against themselves. The actions escalate to the point where they reach the last challenge which is to take their own lives. You will find more information in the next link: Article


2. The Fainting challenge. In this challenge another person must faint through varous methods. Applying pressure to the neck or chest.  You can see a video here video


It is important that you talk to your children because through the social media and Internet, our children are exposed to this type of negative challenges all the time. Talking about these issues openly with them, and listening about their doubts, questions, and concerns, y helping them understand the decisions they make are important, will be of great help to them. It is important that they are aware of how they can face up to saying no to something like this.


If any student carries out any action linked to these challenges, it will be considered a violent action and will be sanctioned. Please do not hesitate to contact your Head of Year or our LSU team should you have any concerns or questions.



I would like to end my message on a very positive note by saying a huge “Congratulations” to all the cast and crew of our school production of “The Sound of Music.” It is inspiring to see so much talent and creativity and effort on display and I hope to see many of you there in the next shows. Truly a phenomenal production! Also a big thank you to Mr Arévalo and the IGCA team who have run activities this week, including an assembly, to mark Earth week and remind all of us of the importance of looking after our environment.


Have a wonderful weekend and see you all back on Tuesday the 2nd of May.
Kind regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón


Secondary dates for your diary


April
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
Friday 28th - First IB exam and last day of lessons for G10


May
Monday 1st  - National Holiday for Labour Day - school closed (except for scheduled IB/ IGCSE exams)
Thursday 4th- Parent Partnership KS4 and KS5- 6.00pm PAC
Monday 8th - G11 Parent Partnership - University Application Process - 6pm PAC
Wednesday 10th - National Holiday for Mother's' Day - school closed

Thursday 11th- Parent Partnership KS3- 6.00pm PAC

Friday, 21 April 2017

29: Friday 21th April 2017

From the Director


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to school on Monday. I hope you have had a great holiday with your children and we look forward to working with you and your children again next week. I do hope to see many of you supporting the Sound of Music next weekend. Tickets are available from the Secondary Office at $20 for four or $8 each.

Thursday April 27
7:00pm
ABC Performing Arts Centre
Friday April 28
4:00 pm
7:00pm
ABC Performing Arts Centre
Saturday April 29
7:00pm
ABC Performing Arts Centre

We will be celebrating Earth Week in school next week as part of our ABC Value responsible theme for the next few weeks.



Primary News
Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you are ready for our return to school on Monday. We look forward to seeing all the children again.


Please make a special effort to always be on time this term and remember children have long hair tied up all day, every day and that all shoes must have fastenings. No slip-ons!


Enjoy your last couple of days, as will we!


Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Lower Primary
April
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3
Monday 24th: Prepa Butler Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Tuesday 25th: Prepa Taylor Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Wednesday 26th: Prepa Ware Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Thursday 27th: Prepa Macdonald Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am


Upper Primary
April
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
May
Monday 1st: National Holiday - School closed
Thursday 4th: 2nd Grade educational trip to Jardín Botánico
Friday 5th: End of 4th Extracurricular Term - PRIMARY
Monday 8th: Start of last Extracurricular Term
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition
June
Friday 9th: End of Extracurricular Term
Thursday 15th: Primary reports go home
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Class Party 6:00 -7:00 pm PAC




Secondary News


Dear parents and carers,
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a safe and enjoyable Easter break with your families and are ready for the exciting term ahead!


This week we celebrate our value of  Responsible with a special focus on Earth week. Being responsible is a state of mind and a way we approach our decision making and how we approach others; it is a vital aspect of independence and self-sufficiency- characteristics I know we all want for our children. Please speak to your children at home about how we all put this value into practise everyday. A very simple but very important way to do this is by arriving to school on time! Punctuality is very important and it truly makes a difference in the settling in and a positive start to the day. Wearing the school uniform correctly and knowing which days to wear which uniform is also being responsible; by now, in term 3 we do not envision having students wear the wrong uniform and we ask for your support with this. Correct uniform also includes school jumpers and an appropriate length of the girls’ skirts. We appreciate our students have grown in height over the year, so please do make a point of checking appropriate fit and make any alterations needed. Being responsible also includes  catching up with work when absent from school for any reason. Finally please speak at home about “reduce, reuse and recycle”! We have recycling bins around the campus and we encourage everyone to make a special commitment to this. The IGCA will be holding a special assembly for students to raise awareness on this important issue and to share with them what the group have developed for school. Together, we need to help our students understand that leaving their eating areas clean after using them, for example, is their responsibility and not something they should expect someone else to do for them. Thank you in advance for your support with this.


This is the last week in normal lessons for G12 and G10 who have their final IB and IGCSE exam sessions starting very soon. We know they will prove to themselves how talented they are and we wish them the very best of luck! We ask parents to please check their child’s exam schedule carefully so they do not miss any exams and we remind you that students are only expected to come in for their exams and may leave after their last exam of the day. Having said that, if students wish to make use of the LRC, they are free to do so but we ask they respect the LRC rules and wear full school uniform when on campus.


We are looking forward to our school musical “The Sound of Music” at the end of this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Information has been published and we anxiously await opening night! Our students and staff have been tirelessly working to put on what I know will be another amazing production and we ask that you buy your tickets with plenty of time from the school offices. Let’s show them our support and come with family and friends to enjoy the show! Break a leg!


I would like to end by asking parents to look into a series which has taken the world by storm called “13 reasons why.”  It is a series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted for Netflix (also available on Youtube). It deals with very sensitive issues such as bullying and harassment, attitudes towards sex and relationships, the negative effects of gossiping, depression, alcohol and drug abuse and ultimately suicide. It is being talked about very much around the world with varying critiques and it is certainly being viewed by our teens of all ages here. It is an ideal opportunity for parents to find out about it and use it to establish these conversations with your children regarding these important issues. At school we will be looking into it with our pastoral team also. Here is an article which gives “7 things you need to know” for parents so you can get an idea.


Have a wonderful week!
Kind regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón
Secondary dates for your diary


April
Monday 24th  - First day of Term three
Wednesday 26th - First IGCSE exam and last day for Grade 12 in classes (proper working day)
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production ‘The Sound of Music’ (7:00 pm on the 27th and the 29th, 2 shows on the 28th: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
Friday 28th - First IB exam and last day of lessons for G10


May
Monday 1st  - National Holiday for Labour Day - school closed (except for scheduled IB/ IGCSE exams)
Monday 8th - G11 Parent Partnership - University Application Process - 6pm PAC
Wednesday 10th - National Holiday for Mother's' Day - school closed

Friday, 7 April 2017

28: Friday 7th April 2017

From the Director

I am writing this message from Sao Paulo where I am attending the Latin American Heads Conference. It is interesting to see other British style schools and discuss issues which are relevant to schools across Latin America. I realize we do so many things well but it does help us reflect on things we can do even better.

Before I left I was able to witness the performance of our Under 18 boys football team in the final of the bilingual league. They have had a great tournament and played very well as a team but on this occasion after drawing 1-1 they were defeated in a penalty shoot out. They were disappointed but we were very proud of their effort and their season. I am delighted to say that the following evening our Under 16 boys won their bilingual league final with a victory over the Escuela Americana. Our Under 14 boys team has also reached the final of their event. Well done to everyone involved with these teams and their successes.

To continue on the sporting successes news has just reached me that the ABC has just won the schools swimming championship for the first time in three years. Congratulations to all our swimmers, coaches and parents. I am sorry I was not there to witness it!

Yesterday, your children brought home a folder with an Identification Form sent by our Accounts Department. This needs to be filled out and brought to our Administration offices no later than April 28th.

I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Semana Santa and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday April 24 April.



Primary News
Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope the Lower Primary students and parents all enjoyed the Sports morning and family day last Saturday. We were blessed with an overcast sky, (We don’t say that very often in England!) so it was not too hot for everyone and of course none of the students missed an opportunity to get wet in the water games. I was pleased to see the physical skills the students were demonstrating and their abilities to follow instructions and take turns. Well done to all the students. Well done too to the parents who had the chance to take part in some of the events. Everyone was very careful of the children and enjoyed the chance to have another go at the things they may have done in the past. Thank you as well to the Madres Enlace who organised the food options and the bouncy castle to entertain the children who were not competing. Our biggest thanks though go to the PE staff who organised the event and gave up their Saturday to run it and to the teaching staff and Team Sport staff who also gave up their time to support the students with the activities. I was very impressed with the care they demonstrated to individual  students and the time staff took to make sure every child felt encouraged and knew how to participate. The PE team have some photos at the http://pe-sw-abc.blogspot.com/ . I am sure you all had an enjoyable and relaxing day.

Following the sporting weekend we continued with the Swimming Galas. We like to congratulate our best athletes but we also like the event to be enjoyable for all the children and we know the team games where everyone can take part are extremely popular.  Well done to everyone who took part and especially to those students who have worked hard and won a medal as a result. Thank you again to our PE staff who have had a very busy time lately! You can also see photos from the galas on the blogspot mentioned above.



The Prepa students enjoyed a trip to Joya de Ceren this week where they learned even more about buildings, this time from the past. They had tried some of the methods used by the Mayas in class on a small scale and were able to appreciate the skill of the people about 1400 years ago. Grade 1 had a trip out to Atlantis water park and arrived back thoroughly worn out but very happy from their adventures. Kinder went on an Easter egg hunt at Tenerife and they too came back as very happy bunnies. As it happens they left school as happy bunnies at the beginning of the day because they had all made rabbit ears to wear for the event!

As part of our CIS review we asked our school councillors some questions about our school values and other aspects of school life. Here are their comments. I am sure you will be as proud as we are of such articulate, mature and sensible Grade 5s. They sound like ROCs already.

Victor - We are always creative, We do something creative everyday.

Luciana - I think our school shows our values because we learn the values everyday, We work in groups and partners as leaders and team players. We show respect to our classmates and the janitors by picking up rubbish

Enrique - Every day we learn about values and every week and month we are encouraged to think about and understand how the values we learn will be how we need to act as responsible citizens when we go out to work and become adults.

Luciana - The people who graduate from our school leave with a set a values that enable them to be independent and make their own decisions.

Victor - Sometimes we show independence by working alone or completing our role within a group.

Enrique - The values we learn in school help us to become a very important part of society in the future and take important decisions.

Luciana - We work with our parents in our learning and we talk with them about issues from all around the world. They help us understand more things and encourage us to find things out for ourselves and ask our teachers for help.

Enrique - I admire that my teachers don’t miss anything and expect us to behave very well which helps become a ROC student.

Victor - We show international mindedness every time we have IPC

Julie - I like that our school helps with bullying and you sit with us and help us figure it out.

Luciana - I also like that we do lots of activities to raise money for others, We are not selfish and we share our money because we have more than others and we are able to share with others that need it.

Enrique - I like that teachers give loads of support toward your learning. They try to make you understand and they don’t stop until you do. Teachers and staff show resilience by doing that.

Julie - We learn in a happy and funny way, they don’t make it boring for us. School should be fun.

Victor - I like when we do IPC and science because we do really cool experiments that we get to do and gives us skills for life.

Enrique - I love that the school is really well organised and clean and tidy. The men in blue are very hard working and they deserve our respect.

Luciana - I love IPC as not all schools do it and we do great topics like Moving People and learn about migration. It’s very important to be aware of the things that are happening in life.

Julie - Our school teaches us to care about the world. We recycle, not to smoke, to put rubbish in the bins.

Enrique - I love that the school always uses its motto and we learn that effort leads to success and that motto make students more enthusiastic towards learning.

Victor - I love that we have values that some other schools maybe don’t, like open-minded. That helps me believe that anything is possible.

Today signals the start of a well earned rest for students and staff. I sure you will wish to join me in thanking our dedicated teachers for another term of hard work encouraging our students.  

Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you all bright and early on the 24th April.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Lower Primary
April
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3
Monday 24th: Prepa Butler Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Tuesday 25th: Prepa Taylor Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Wednesday 26th: Prepa Ware Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am
Thursday 27th: Prepa Macdonald Swimming lesson - LP pool - 8:10 - 8:55am

Upper Primary
April
Tuesday 4th:
2nd Swimming Gala 9:00 a. m a 10:30 a. m
3rd Swimming Gala 11:00 a. m a 12:30 p.m
Children may go home after the event.

Friday 7th:
4th Swimming Gala 9:00 a. m a 10:30 a. M
5th Swimming Gala 11:00 a. m a 12:30 p.m
Children may go home after the event.

Friday 7th: Last day of Term 2 -
Monday 24th: First day of Term 3



Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,
What a term! I would like to begin by saying a huge thank you to all the community of staff who have tirelessly worked hard to make everyday a great experience for our students. I hope they take time to rest and relax and enjoy some recreational time with their family and friends and I look forward to the next term which I know will be just as rewarding as this one has been.

I had the pleasure to attend our U18 and U16 football matches this week and have been left with a feeling of great pride of our athletes. Truly they embody our vision of being ROCs! The mature and responsible attitude and sportsmanship displayed were inspiring. They certainly put the name of the ABC in high. Huge congratulations to them all for a fantastic season and of course in particular to the U16 boys who for two consecutive years have won the Bilingual League Championship! Go bulldogs!


Our Team sports programme has certainly closed this term on a high note! Not just in Football but also today we learnt from Mr Lima that our team is number 1! You can read his message below:

From Mr Oscar Lima- Primary School Head of PE
Tengo el agrado de comunicar a todos ustedes que el equipo de natación del colegio se corono campeón estudiantil de natación nuevamente después de dos años de haber perdido con el fuerte equipo de FESA.
El equipo de la ABC está formado por alumnos desde Prepa hasta 12avo. en total fueron 90 los que nos acompañaron en las tres duras jornadas en las cuales nuestros alumnos dieron su mejor esfuerzo, Muchas gracias a todos ustedes que tienen alumnos en sus clases que nadan.


We close this week with more student achievement and creativity in the Arts. The Paw Print has published their second edition and the Spanish Department has launched their annual poetry competition “Poetas de la Paz” and already we are receiving such wonderful poems! Below you can find out more about each one.

The Paw Print
Short stories! Amazing poetry and supermarket reviews! and our monthly playlist along with the incredible "Fab or Trash" segment. This second edition of the Paw Print is fun and enjoyable.
Thank you to all the students who participated! Keep it up!
We hope this edition keeps you entertained and motivated:

From Mrs Rossi- Head of Spanish   Como todos los años, el departamento de español organiza el concurso de poesía para todos los alumnos de la ABC, sección secundaria.El concurso se inició el 2 de abril y cerrará el 12 de mayo. En esta oportunidad, el motivo del concurso tiene un referente local ya que en El Salvador se celebra el aniversario de los Acuerdos de Paz y, por este motivo, se titula Los poetas de la paz. Este viernes, los alumnos de octavo grado, junto con sus profesores de español, realizaron una actividad recreativa en donde reflexionaron sobre la paz mundial a partir de un vídeo y una canción sobre un hecho histórico de la primera guerra mundial. También confeccionaron carteles con poesías grupales e ilustraron unos separadores de libros con motivos del artista salvadoreño Fernando Llort. Una vez más, pusimos en práctica nuestro lema de pensar en forma global y actuar localmente. Esperamos que en casa puedan conversar en familia sobre este valor y los alienten para participar en el concurso. En la página de español de la ABC podrán encontrar más información.

Last but certainly  not least, we look forward to the upcoming school musical The Sound of Music. Our actors and staff continue to be very busy rehearsing and putting together what I know will be a fantastic show! Tickets are being sold in the school office. Do not miss it!


I hope you have a wonderful Easter break with your loved ones and I look forward to seeing you bright and early on Monday 24th of April!
Kind regards,
Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary

April
Saturday 1st to Saturday 18th April - Business Department Trip to UK and France
Saturday 1st- International Award expedition to Santa Ana Volcano
Friday 7th - Last day of Term two
Monday 10th to Friday 21st - Easter holidays, school closed

Monday 24th  - First day of Term three
Wednesday 26th - First IGCSE exam and last day for Grade 12 in classes (proper working day)
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th  and Saturday 29th - School musical production the ‘Sound of Music’
Friday 28th - First IB exam and last day of lessons for G10

May
Monday 1st  - National Holiday for Labour Day - school closed
Monday 8th - G11 Parent Partnership - University Application Process - 6pm PAC
Wednesday 10th - National Holiday for Mother's' Day - school closed