Friday, 26 May 2017

34: Friday 26th May 2017

From the Director

We had the Senior Entrance this morning for the Class of 2017 and I apologise for any traffic complications caused. They have been an excellent example to the rest of the school community and we are looking forward to celebrating their graduation.

I would like to remind all Exabrits that they are invited to the Headmaster’s Reception next Friday at 7.30 pm. The second part of the evening that had been planned by the Exabrit Committee has now been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you want to attend the Headmaster’s Reception you need to inform Anabella Soto or Lissett Castro at school. Their phone numbers and their email addresses are: (2201-6208) and (2201-6236).

We had a very successful Council of International Schools (CIS) visit last week and we are about to start our self study where we will be reflecting on ways to help our school grow and move forward. There will be opportunities for parents and community members to join in this discussion.

We have been completing registration for next year over the last few weeks in order to guarantee places for next year. It is important these are completed including all the necessary background details so that we comply with the law.

Finally, we hope to see many of you enjoying our Latin Music Concert tonight.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This is your last reminder for LATIN MUSIC NIGHT. Tonight at 6.00pm in the PAC. The students will perform and we have our guest band ‘Fiebre Amarilla’. Entrance is free and there are refreshments for purchase. I hope to see you there.

Remember the school is closed on Wednesday 31st for staff planning and training. Do not send in your children!

Many students, staff and parents participated in the Carrera de la Esperanza at Parque Bicentenario last Sunday. We were very proud to see such a good turn out from the ABC Community at this very worthy fundraiser to support cardiovascular surgery at Hospital Bloom.

School reports will be sent out on the 16th June. Please be aware that you must ensure your school fees are up to date in order to receive the report.

We had our CIS visit last week and one of the many things they noticed was the our staff and students do a lot of work on International Mindedness. As a staff we do discuss the in depth aspects of intercultural learning and try to give our students insight into other people's lives around the world. If you are from another country and would like to share your experiences please let us know.

In Primary we have appointed two new Safeguarding deputies Ms Ana Mena and Ms Edda Padilla. We wish them well in their additional role.

Best wishes for the weekend

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Primary Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Friday 26th - Latin Music Night 6.00pm
Wednesday 31st: Inset day - School closed
Friday 9th - Talent show
Friday 9th - Extra-curricular classes - 5th session finishes
Friday 16th - LP reports go home
Friday 23rd - Last day of school

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

Secondary News

Dear parents and carers,

I find myself with mixed emotions while I write this as today marked the “last last day of school” for the class of 2017. We enjoyed celebrating and reminiscing with them and their families all day. We will miss seeing them around the campus every day and we wish them the very best!

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who worked with Grade 12 over their journey with us here at the ABC, and in particular to Ms Karen Bradburn, class of 2017 Head of Year who has worked tirelessly the last three year supporting and looking after the wellbeing of every student in the class of 2017. 

At the same time we say farewell to our Seniors, we look forward to an exciting new programme to develop the leadership skills of our youngest students in Secondary. Ms Chávez has started “Student Ambassadors” programme and you can find out more about it below: 

Student Ambassadors Programme 
From Ms Chávez- HoY 6

The ABC has just launched a new programme called “ Student Ambassadors” This new idea has been created in order to give Grade 6 an opportunity to gain volunteer and professional experience and to promote success in and outside of the classroom as well as to build their team-working and leadership skills.

We are launching this programme only with Grade 6 students at present and their first task is to help the team of teachers in charge of Grade 5 into Grade 6 transition as Ambassadors for the community, helping them while they go through the experience of transitioning into Secondary, as they did one year ago.

We had more than 40 applications and it was very difficult to select only 12 of them, but we based our results on the application form and recommendation letters from teachers as well as their record of punctuality and school attendance during the year as for us that is a key of role modeling and finally the short listed candidates were interviewed. 

It is my pleasure to present you the first Ambassadors team in the history of the ABC.

Ms Chávez
HoY Grade 6

This week we have been celebrating Diversity week and a huge thank you to Mr Walter Arévalo and Ms Sandra Sol Wilson for their efforts in promoting the importance of diversity around the world and in our school community. Thank you to Ms Dee Leong for the wonderful performances at lunchtime by staff and students and finally a big Congratulations to the winners of the exhibition: EL SALVADOR

Below you can find out more from the Actúa Team:

International Awareness Fair

From Sandra Sol - ACTUA coordinator

“We may not all come from the same country or even from the same city, but we are all part of the ABC family. During the week of 22nd of May through the 26th, the ABC celebrated Cultural Diversity Week. One of the events will be the International Multicultural Fair with the main purpose to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity and open-mindedness at our institution.

ACTUA KS3 Student Coordinator, Amy Villafuerte 8th grader, came up with an excellent idea and Tutors and Students have worked hard to make this, not only a dream, but a reality. Each Tutor Group has been given country and students have been researching and preparing with great team effort a cultural stand. There will 16 stands from Mexico to India, Turkey and many more... inside the Auditorium. In addition, there will be a show with singers, musicians and dancers and of course samples of foods from all over the world.... And it is ALL FREE!”

Some pictures here:

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Warm regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
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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