Friday, 16 June 2017

37: Friday 16th June 2017

From the Director

The ABC Musicians have been making waves in Cuba this week in an amazing brief tour. They have been received very cordially and have made music with new people. We are looking forward to welcoming them home at the weekend and hearing all their stories. 

I know this is a busy time of year and many of you have been in school this week celebrating the success of your children at various assemblies and events. We do appreciate you finding time in your busy schedule to join your children for these celebrations. We believe it is very important to show our children how much we value their education and growing up to be a responsible member of society. I believe an important part of this is that we find time for our children and we act as excellent role models for them. 

There are a number of similar events next week including of course the Graduation Event for the Class of 2017 on Thursday which will also be attended by the classes of 2018 and 2019. We hope it will help them understand the endpoint of an ABC education.

As we approach the end of this school year I would like to thank so many of you for the amazing support you show to our school and our children. We do believe we are a community which is educating children to become leaders who will change our world for the better. This is something we achieve together and by ensuring school and family work together.

Primary News

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we have celebrated the success of our 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade students. Parents have come in to hear some of the achievements that their children have made. We also recognised a few of the children with the headmasters ROC of Honour award. As Mr Keslake said there were so many students we could have chosen, which is wonderful. We feel very proud of all our students. They all have strengths and aptitudes and they appreciate that Effort Leads to Success. We hope all of the parents enjoyed the assemblies as well.

The students in various grades have been on local trips to round off the year. They have represented the school well with good behaviour and full engagement with the learning opportunities. Well done students.

Last week Prepa carried out some science experiments for the IPC unit on water. They collected water contaminated with dirt, leaves, and debris, etc. Then they filtered it to remove those items. The children concluded that the final water was not pure to drink, but could be used for other activities such as watering plants, washing the floor, washing the car, etc. Finally they may thought about the challenges that communities around the world face and how they could get clean water. 

The water unit for the whole school is now coming to an end. Over the next few days the students will be undertaking their exit points. It has already become evident that students understanding of water, its use and availability has grown enormously. Please ask your children to reflect on their learning over the unit and see what they tell you.

Wednesday was the Primary Art Exhibition

We displayed paintings linked to their IPC units from Grade 1 to Grade 5 as follows:

Grade 1 
Watercolour landscapes
They made different effects on their paintings. They also applied their learning on colour blending and colour degradation. 
Grade 2
Rainforest art 
Children drew and painted rainforest pictures, they used different media and techniques like oil pastels, pastel chalks, crayons, markers, watercolours and tempera. They applied their knowledge and skills including perspective, far-near effects, and focus point. 
Grade 3
Egyptian art
Children learned how to enlarge pictures using the grid system creating Egyptian Tomb paintings of a very good standard. They also used the colours used by ancient Egyptians in their paintings.
Grade 4
Northern Lights landscape 
Children created their own landscapes using the colour blending and colour degradation technique using acrylic paints. They also created the Northern lights effect by using the swept technique.
Grade 5
Migration Landscapes
Children created their own escaping paradise. They choose how and what materials they wanted to use. They used acrylic paints, wooden sticks, fabric, recycled paper, tempera paints, crayons, sand and markers to create different effects. 

Well done to all the students who completed the work and to Ms Roxana Flores for organising the whole event and displaying the work with her assistant Ms Sandra Rivera.

The school reports will be sent out this afternoon. Please keep an eye open for your child’s. Please remember reports are not released if there are financial discrepancies.

Monday will be a non-uniform day as the students are undertaking a wide range of activities that will be loads of fun but might get messy. Please see the following from Ms Mena our student council liaison teacher. 

“We are now coming to the end of a great school year. For this, Student Councils have organized a Fun Day-Food Truck breakfast. Children will be buying breakfast on Monday morning from the Konvi-Dar food truck and for every breakfast we buy, Konvi-Dar (and us too) will donate another Breakfast for less fortunate people in Santa Tecla! This is another way in which we are thinking Globally and acting Locally with our community. The food truck is ran by an Exabrit, Lily Reyes-class of 98; she is a perfect example of what we want our students to be, a ROC!

One week to go and we can all collapse in a heap!

Have a lovely weekend.

Sharon Short
Head of Primary and Safeguarding Officer.

Dates for your diary

Lower Primary 
Tuesday 20th - 1st Gray & 1st Pineda trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am
Wednesday 21st - 1st Henríquez & 1st Padilla - trip to Maya Country Club - 8:30am
Friday 23rd - Last day of school - students leave at 11:00am with UP siblings

Upper Primary
Wednesday 21st: 5th Grade Moving on Assembly 7:30 - 9:30 am PAC

Secondary News

Dear parents and guardians,

One more busy week at school and one more to go! 

Grade 10 have been involved in their two week induction programme this week and I must say a huge thank you to Mr Hall and Mr Hogan as well as Mr Depooter and the rest of the staff who have been very busy delivering a fantastic introduction to the IB. 

Graduation day
On Thursday we have our Class of 2017 Graduation ceremony. School will close early for Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 11.25am. Grade 10 and Grade 11 will attend a short rehearsal at that time and they will be allowed to leave school at 12.00pm. Our Grade 10 and Grade 11 students must attend the Graduation ceremony and we ask parents to bring them back to school at 4.15pm. Students must wear their normal school uniform with pride and this includes boys cleanly shaved and no non-school jumpers. We really appreciate your support with this.

Our KS3 have grades have enjoyed their Life Skills day and family days this week. 

Grade 7- Poverty Day
From Ms Jacqueline Soriano- Head of Year 7
El martes pasado tuvimos nuestra actividad dedicada a concientizar acerca de la pobreza en el mundo. Fue agradable ver la manera en que nuestros alumnos desempeñaron sus roles durante el juego. Se mostraron muy interesados, practicaron el trabajo en equipo, la resolución de conflictos y la toma de decisiones. También en las discusiones se abordó el tema de los objetivos del milenio propuestos por las Naciones Unidas. Durante el almuerzo tuvimos nuestro Pic nic familiar. Fue satisfactorio ver la creatividad y el entusiasmo que cada familia demostró en la elaboración sus menús. Gracias a cada uno de los padres que participó activamente en el desarrollo del evento.

Grade 6 - Water Day
From Ms Carmen Chávez- Head of Year 6 and Pastoral Coordinator
Water day began with a presentation delivered by Mr Keslake with some facts about water and the planets, the forms of water, water cycle and how much water our bodies contain. Then the Maths department had some activities planned on how to measure how much water one person needs per day and finally in science class they learned about how to measure the amount of water that comes out of an open tap and the importance of not wasting it using science equipments.

After this we had a quiz based on the morning PPT and we went to the pool, we divided the kids in tribes and they had to carry water wound the field without wasting it, this based on the fact that many children around the world have to carry their own water for survival. We ended with a lot of fun during P.E. and with a family lunch, it was lovely to see many parents spending some quality time with their children.

Language Relays
From Ms Rossi- Head of Spanish Department
Today the KS3 students participated in our now traditional language relays at the ABC as a wrap up in English, French and Spanish. There were games, songs, grammar exercises, spelling, comprehensive reading, poetry and much more.

The students enjoyed it creatively. They were supportive, enthusiastic, responsible and thoughtful. Not only do we congratulate the winners but all the participants for their excellent conduct and dedication. We invite you to see the photos on the Spanish page. 

Next week we have our Achievement ceremonies for all year groups and we invite the whole community to their child’s Grade’s ceremony to support and celebrate everyone’s success. If your child is receiving an award, you will be notified via email from the office so you are aware. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Please note that we have had a technical problem with the publishing of the Cal 3 reports on iSAMS and we apologise for this. We are still working hard to fix this and as always, the CAl 3 report will be published on Friday.

Thank you for your ongoing support and I wish you a very enjoyable weekend. 

Kind regards,

Natalia Cáceres Escalón

Secondary dates for your diary
Monday 12th to Friday 16th - Grade 9 Work Experience
Monday 12th to Saturday 17th - CUBA MUSIC TRIP
Wednesday 21st - Secondary school Talent Show - 10:30am PAC(open only to students)
Thursday 22nd - Class 2017 Graduation Ceremony - 5pm Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Secondary School Supermatch - 8:15am Field & Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Final Secondary School assembly - 10:30am Auditorium
Friday 23rd - Last day of school - Students leave at 12m

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