BST NEWSLETTERS NOVEMBER 2013
PRIMARY NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER
A HUGE thank you to you all for making the non-uniform day such a tremendous success. Your generosity was, as usual, phenomenal. Your donations amounted to an incredible total of 1.959,82 euros which will be sent to help people in the Philippines who are in vital need of clean water, food and shelter.
Year 5 had a truly educational and fun visit to the ecological farm, 'El Carreton'. The children petted and fed rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and chickens; many of which were traditional Canarian breeds. They learned all about how minerals from rocks 'feed' the soil and, most fun of all, they painted their faces in crimson dye from an insect called a cochineal which lives on cactus plants. Please see the children's wonderful descriptions and drawings of the day when you come for the parents' meetings.
The Year 4 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Los Silos to the International Story festival which this year celebrated the work of the author Jose de Viera y Clavijo (born in Los Realejos).
The Reception classes had a great time at the "Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre" where they made Guanche pots with clay. The monitors were fantastic with the children and they praised our pupils for their excellent behaviour.
EARLY YEARS NEWS
Please see the new Healthy Snack menu on the Early Year´s corridor. Playgroup enjoyed making and drinking fresh orange juice as part of the "Healthy Eating" topic.
The Reception classes enjoyed making clay lamps to celebrate Diwali and a special thank you to Siena in Zebras for entertaining everyone with a beautiful Diwali dance.
Years 3 and 4 were very lucky to have a "funky" dance workshop. They REALLY enjoyed expressing themselves and learning an exciting, energetic dance routine.
GOOD NEWS WEEK
Thank you to all parents and pupils who sent back the slips for "Good news week". It is great for teacher morale to hear such positive comments!
Students at our school, from Year 1 to Year 7, are participating in Niñolandia's current project (Social Welfare of the Los Realejos Town Hall) for this school year 2013-14.
Niñolandia is a program which aims to encourage children to understand and be sensitive to different aspects of our society (last year the theme was disability). Niñolandia has been recognized by Unicef Spain in the IV Contest of Good Practice, Child Rights and Municipal Policy 2012.
This year's theme focuses on the function and formation of a Town Hall. The intention is to make the children feel they are an active part of a town or city and to have a voice in making improvements to their town. Elections will be held in which councillors will be elected for the same areas that exist in the Town Hall of Los Realejos, and also to elect a Mayor. Through the elected councillors, children will propose ideas and give suggestions ... to the different "real" councillors and the mayor. Then in January, the real councillors and the mayor will visit us to address the concerns and interests that the children may have on any subject.
Niñolandia goes to all schools in Los Realejos relying on Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Children which states: "The child has the right to express their opinion and it is taken into account in all matters affecting them ".
We believe it will be of great benefit to our students.
DANCING WITH THE BACH FAMILY
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils have been invited to participate in the Bach Festival organised by the Reyes Bartlet Association. Those who have chosen to will form part of a choir performing on Saturday, 21st December at 20.30 in the "Iglesia de Nuesta Señora de la Peña de Francia" in Puerto de la Cruz. It promises to be a wonderful concert.
A reminder that we hope to see you at your child´s concert which will take place:-
Early Years (Playgroup, Nursery and Reception) - Thursday, 19th December at 9.30
Years 1 and 2 - Tuesday, 17th December at 14.00
Years 3 and 4 - Wednesday, 18th December at 14.00
Years 5 and 6 - Thursday, 12th December at 18.30 (in Hotel El Tope)
May we also remind you that Friday, 6th December is a Fiesta and school will be closed.
We hope you enjoyed reading our newsletter,
KEY STAGE 3 NEWSLETTER 3-TRINITY SITE
IMPORTANT DATES FOR DECEMBER
On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December Years 5 - 9 will come together to perform our Christmas play ‘Around the World in 80 Days'. There will be a small charge of 4 euros per ticket. The performances start at 18:30 and we look forward to seeing you there!
On Friday 20th December, the last day of term, school will finish at 12:00.OTHER NEWS
Arico Excursion (Student Article: By Tomasso Campomagnani)
On Wednesday 13th November Year 8 pupils went to the south to visit a finca in Arico; it was awesome. After an hour's journey by bus, we found ourselves in a beautiful place, similar to a desert. We were welcomed by two lovely women who were to be our guides. Our two classes split up and one went with Mr Molloy and the other Mrs Coyne. Our guide was Anita and she was very good at explaining things.
First she discussed farming and showed us some plants. Then we went to see the animals, which for me was the best part of the trip. We saw many goats and met a donkey called Charlie who loved to be cuddled. Then we all learnt about bees and their lives, and were allowed to try the lovely honey.
At the end of the excursion we had to complete a questionnaire about how we found the trip. My answer was similar to everyone elses...it was awsome!
Last week saw the end of this year's book club offer. As usual many of you have taken advantage of the amazing discounts and have purchased some great Christmas presents. Due to the large amount of books ordered by Y7 - Y9 parents, we have managed to earn just over 100 euros worth of free books for the school library.
In KS3 and KS4 students with special educational needs (SEN) are starting to use a fantastic new programme called Claro Read. This enables students to download the textbooks that we use in school, and convert them so that they are interactive on their laptops. This digital format really helps students and means that the information is accessible to all.
Anita Pestaña, head of SEN, is also supporting students in after school clubs with cutting edge software from Britain.
The BST art department is organising a large exhibition of selected IGCSE and AS level artwork at the English library in Parque Taoro. This will be on from 27th November until 9th January. This is a great opportunity for these talented students to show their work, all of which received high grades including 8 grade As. We would be delighted if you could come and see for yourselves and please feel free to bring family and friends! The opening times are Monday and Friday (15:00 - 17:30), and Wednesday and Saturday (10:00 - 13:00).
EXAMS, REPORTS AND PARENT MEETINGS- DATES FOR THE DIARYDecember Exams
December 2nd - December 5th. The normal timetable will be collapsed and a special exam timetable will be produced. The times and dates will be given to your son/daughter three weeks in advance so that they have time to prepare.Reports
Report cards will be issued on the 16th December outlining student achievement, effort and exam results.
As in previous years the parents meeting will be held over two days and will start at 15:30. The first meeting is for parents of students in Years 7 (1), 8 (1) and 9 (1) and will be on 17th December.
The second meeting is for parents of students in Years 7 (2), 8 (2) and 9 (2) and will be on 19th December.
The last day of term will be Friday 20th where all students will finish at 12:00.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter!
KEY STAGE 4 AND 5 NEWSLETTER
Art Department News
The BST Art Department has organised an exhibition of selected IGCSE and AS Level artwork at the English Library in Parque Taoro. The exhibition was opened to the public on Wednesday 27th November and will remain open until 9th January. The exhibition is a great opportunity for these talented students to show their work all of which received high grades including 8 grade As. We would be delighted if you could come and see for yourself. Please feel free to bring family and friends! The opening times are Monday and Friday 3 to 5.30 and Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 1pm.
SOROLLA -an Art Trip to Santa Cruz
This month all art students on IGCSE and A level courses enjoyed an excursion to Santa Cruz to visit a range of exhibitions. The first was a very popular contemporary one in the Circulo de Bellas Artes. Next we visited the beautiful Sorolla exhibition currently on show at the Caja Canarias where pupils studied his famous paintings of the sea, completing worksheets and making sketches. At the same venue we saw the Gerstenmaier collection of Spanish landscape artists from the late 19th and early 20th century where pupils were introduced to the impressionist style of painting and pointillism. Fortunately for us there was also an opportunity to see the mammoth, bronze Henry Moore sculptures which are currently on show in the streets of Santa Cruz. These works of art have been brought over from England for several weeks to join their sister sculpture who has resided in the Rambla in this city since the 1970s!
Feedback from pupils this week at school has shown that everybody thoroughly enjoyed the excursion and learnt a lot of new things.
Innovation at the BST
On Friday, 22nd November Fraü Pestaña led a workshop for students and parents who were keen to learn how to use the Claro Read programme.
This programme allows students to download the textbooks they use in school, and convert them so that they are interactive on their laptops.
Students at in 11, 12 and 13 will start their mock exams on the Monday 16th December.
Year 10 students will have their test period at the same time. A copy of the timetable can be found on the school’s web site.
Reports will be sent to parents on Friday 10th of January.
Parents’ Afternoons will be held on Monday 13th January for students in Years 11 and 13 and on Monday 20th January for Years 10 and 12. You will be sent an appointment sheet before the school breaks up for the Christmas holidays which you should fill in and return to school before the last day of term.
Good News Week.
We would like to thank those parents and students who took the time to write a comment about the school during our ' Good News Week'. It is great for teacher morale to hear such positive comments!
Fire Drill at the 3 school sites.
Girl Power at the Yeoward site! Susanne and Elizabeth volunteer to put out the fire.
During the second week of November the school carried out Fire Drills at the La Luz, Trinity and Yeoward sites. Students and teachers participated in the drill. We were very fortunate to have Alberto Bethencourt, a parent of a child at the school, who is a fire man, demonstrate how the different types of fire extinguishers work and how to extinguish the flames on a person who has been in a fire.
We would like to thank Alberto for dedicating so much time to helping the school.
Fund Raising for the Philippines.
The Student Council organised a non-uniform day on Friday 22d November for the people in the Philippines affected by Hurricane Haiyan. We are delighted to announce that this charity event raised €1790.84
As Sixth Form students do not wear school uniform they decided to hold a Cake Sale to raise money instead. The Head Boy and Girl helped by the Deputy Head Boy and Girl, Sixth Form students and teachers made delicious cakes that were sold on non-uniform day. From the sale of the cakes the Sixth Form students made €168.98
In total the amount raised for this very worthy cause was € 1.959,82
The fund raising was a real team effort and we would like to thank everyone for their support!
Sports person of the Year
For the second year running Irene Garcia Echandi, Year 11, has been voted the Best Female Sports Person in La Orotava. Irene has broken records in the Canarias, been a finalist in the Spanish Championships, champion of the Canarias and champion of Tenerife, amongst others.
If you are considering buying a Christmas Lottery ticket why not buy one from the school! Tickets are on sale in the school offices and cost 23€.
DATES FOR DECEMBER
Friday 6th December is a Bank Holiday and school will be closed on that day.
As mentioned in our October Newsletter the BST annual Prize Giving will take place in All Saints Church in Parque Taoro on Monday 16th December at 2pm. Students from the BST Upper School will be presented with certificates from public examinations and school diplomas. Parents are invited to the ceremony to support their son/daughters and to a buffet in the church garden after the ceremony. We really hope you will join us for this special occasion for our students.
Year 9 students have prepared a comedy adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days which will be performed at 6.30pm on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December at the Hotel El Tope. Tickets will cost 4 euros each and will be on sale in all three school offices from Monday 2nd December. We do hope you will come along an support the students.
Last Day of Term
The last day of this term is on Friday 20th December at 12 p.m