Friday, 12 May 2017

32: Friday 12th May 2017

From the Director

I would like to start this week by thanking the large number of parents who came to the Secondary Parent Partnership meeting on Thursday. I know that we all believe in a caring school community where we prioritise the safety, care and well being of our students thereby creating an environment where they can develop academically, socially and emotionally. It is only by working together at these sort of events that we can really develop our ABC Cares programme. I want to thank all my team who participated, especially the LSU, reminding all parents that we are here to help with any concerns or queries you may have. I hope we will have a similar interests and support for our next parent partnership events in the Primary or Secondary School.

We are starting our ABC Value of Open Minded next week. Open Minded is important to us in terms of helping our children think about new ways to meet challenges and solve problems. It encourages teamwork and sharing ideas in an open way. It is important that all of us encourage our children to think creatively and not to be afraid of trying an alternative approach.

I would like to remind ALL EXABRITS that you are invited to the Headmaster's Reception on Friday 2nd June 2017 at 7.00 pm in the PAC. We hope that all Exabrits will try to attend but we specifically want to invite the classes with 5 year anniversaries - 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992 and 1987. We will have specific activities for you to join in. Why do we want you to attend? We want you to be there to welcome the Class of 2017 into the Exabrit community. They are an amazing class who have worked hard and we want them to head out into the world knowing they have our support and that all of us are still here to support them. Let us really show them that the ABC CARES.

I would like to add my personal congratulations to the U14 Boys Football team who won the final of the Bilingual League last week. We have had an excellent year in the Bilingual league this year with the U16 Boys also winning their Bilingual Championship while the U14 Girls and U18 Boys are runners up. Congratulations to everyone involved. We have also had students participating in the National Swimming finals today and I have had reports they are going well. We look forward to hearing more next week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week our Lower Primary swimming lessons have continued. I hope parents have been amazed at their children’s abilities in the water. We have carried out some of the final evaluations for children wishing to join our school. We have more applications for our Kinder year than we have places and we know some parents are going to be disappointed. The final Lower Primary parents have now been in to read to their child’s class. Thank you to everyone who took part in that. 

The IPC Team have been planning the whole school Water Entry Point that will take place on the 19th May. On that day all students from Prepa to 5th Grade should come to school in their swimming suits and t-shirts and shorts. Some of the activities may mean the students get wet unless they are very careful and we want them to be prepared for this. They will experience what it is like to carry water to the home and get an idea of how much water we use for certain activities. The research we have shows that a rural family would need 41 litres of water a day to survive and that the rest of us with running water in our homes use approximately 160 litres per day. They should bring their PE kit and underwear to change into once the activity is over. As always the entry point is designed to pique our students interest and curiosity so that they are fully engaged in learning about the topic. We will be studying three different aspects relating to water across the school.

I have now seen the programme for the Latin Music Night on the 26th May. I am really looking forward to the evening. I am practising some of the songs with the children and will be singing along in the audience. I also love it when we round of the evening with some dancing. Everyone is welcome so I do hope you can come along. There will be refreshments available.

It is about 6 weeks to the end of term and the teachers are working hard starting to write some reports and preparing for our end of year celebrations. In Upper Primary this takes the form of Achievement assemblies and for Grade 5 the Moving On assembly. Please make sure all the students will be present. On the 22nd June it is the Upper Primary talent show and students are already preparing for this prestigious event. The Lower Primary talent show is on the 9th June so they have less time to be prepared. PLease support your children in preparing for their performances. 

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Tuesday 16th: Pre-Kinder Francés - Incas & Aztecs - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Wednesday 17th: Pre-Kinder Siri - Aztecs & Mayas - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Friday 19th Water entry point for Prepa and Grade 1.
Monday 22nd: Pre-Kinder Siri - Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 11:15am - 12:00m
Wednesday 24th: Pre-Kinder Carbajal - Incas & Pipils - Swimming lesson - LP pool - 10:30 - 11:15am
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm

Upper Primary
Friday 19th Water entry point all of Upper Primary
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm
Monday 29th: Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition at the PAC 6:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday 31st: Inset day - School closed
Thursday 8th: Transition afternoon: Parents Class 2028 PAC 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Friday 9th: Last day of extracurricular term 5
Monday 12th: 2nd Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Tuesday 13th: 3rd Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 14th: 4th Grade Achievement Assembly 7:30 - 9 am PAC
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly 7:30 - 9:30 am PAC
Thursday 22nd Talent Shows

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

It was wonderful to see all the parents who attended last night’s Parent Partnership event. I too want to thank the Secondary LSU team and the Heads of Year who put together a very informative and helpful session for our community. If you have not done so, we encourage you to watch the chapter “Beyond the Reasons” where expert psychologists offer advise on how to analyse the series with your children. You can access the link here

We will continue to work to further develop our Parent Partnership programme and we would welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have for them. This includes suggestion of topics or dynamics that you would like to see covered. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts. We will also continue to work with the pre sign up format to ensure we cater well for them. We ask that you support us in this by signing up for future sessions. 

The ABC Value we will be focusing on as of next week is Open Minded and it fits in perfectly around the upcoming ‘Diversity week’ we will be celebrating in the Secondary school. ‘Diversity’ is a term that refers to a way of thinking about, and behaving toward, other people. Our objective is to raise awareness and respect toward each other, without prejudice arising from physical or social characteristics, which in turn creates a fairer community where everyone is treated equally. We invite you to talk with your children about this topic and look for ways in which you can celebrate our diverse heritage. I would like to thank the IGCA and the Actúa group who are organising various activities around the topic of ‘Diversity.’ We look forward to the celebrations!

Countries across the world are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of society and people, so in response, attitudes and behaviors must change to preserve harmony and equality.

We are looking forward to the DVA Awards taking place on Thursday at 6.00pm in the PAC. Please help to make this event a great success by motivating your children to vote for their favourite films and videos produced during the school year. Voting will close this Sunday at 6.00 pm so please make sure they vote before then! Please note that voting is only open to members of the school community who have an abc-net account. They will be required to login to view all videos. We hope to see many parents and students there on Thursday!

Finally, I would like to remind parents of our Central American university Tour. We hope you can join us!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
Thursday 18th -Central American University Tour- 2.00- 5.30pm Auditorium
DVA Awards, 6.00 pm PAC
Friday 19th - G9 Business Trip - Coca Cola
Friday 26th - Class 2017 Senior Entrance and Last Day of School
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th - 5th Grade to 6th Grade transition days
Monday 29th - Parent Partnership Evening Grade 5 Transition, 6.00 pm PAC
Wednesday 31st - INSET Day for teachers - school closed

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