Saturday, 1 October 2011

Digital videos - great tool for teaching, learning and self-expression

You may have noticed a huge increase in the production of digital videos at the ABC. This is no accident and it is thanks to teachers and students taking on and experimenting with this medium that we have had such good results.

And our Digital Media Artist in Residence, Rodrigo Alfaro, has been central to the promotion of this - he has been involved in everything from the whole production of excellent videos through to providing support for individual students and teachers. The good work continues and I want to share just two videos from many that I could pick from.

The first comes from a 1st Grade assembly for Peace One Day (1st Aguirre). The students explained what peace was, what it was not and how to resolve issues so that there would be peace. Here is their "Use Words" video on strategies to achieve peace - excellent for their age.

The second was done at the end of last year for the International Year of Chemistry and features some students from the Class of 2011 - since we have just published their university destinations in a local paper I thought it appropriate to include them here. There are many, many more - have a look at the Learning Resources Centre YouTube channel!

Friday, 9 September 2011

First Grade Assembly Reminds Us About What We Value

I watched a very good assembly today. First Grade (Vasquez) told us about the Lower Primary values. They did it in song and chant. Using posters they reminded us of the necessity of being:

  • Independent
  • Curious
  • Confident
  • Enthusiastic 
  • Respectful
These are a great starting point for our values and I am pleased with the way we are working with them in the school. Congratulations Ms Vasquez, Ms Andrea and all the class!
At the bottom of the stage was our motto: "Effort Leads to Success". This was referred to both by the class and Ms Corry.
Effort is important - this, in the end - is what counts. By working hard and having a "growth mindset", one in which we believe that we can achieve, we know that we shall get there in the end. And, importantly, we shall make mistakes. But we shall learn from them.
Michael Jordan, one of the most famous basketball players, makes this point well in this commercial:

Monday, 25 April 2011

International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition - 12th Grade

An amazingly high standard - please look at this wonderful art exhibition put on by our IB students. 
It was held before the Easter break and the exhibition is a requirement for IB Visual Arts, enabling the visiting IB examiner to see and evaluate the work. 
The artists were Daniela Escalón, Rodrigo Miguel, Marcelo Romero, Grecia Villatoro and Camila Vega.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Reporte General - discurso de la Asamblea General de Padres (16 marzo 2011)

Estos videos son un resumen del Reporte General que se presento en la Asamblea General de Padres el pasado 16 de marzo de 2011.
Se omitieron tres temas de actualidad - Liendres, clases durante la visita del Presidente de USA y tráfico.
Parte 1: 40 Aniversario de la escuela, Misión, Visión y Valores



Parte 2: Acreditación del CIS, Curriculum, Resultados de Exámenes



Parte 3: Personal de Enseñanza, Orientación, Disciplina, Infraestructura y Recursos.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Logros ABC - Natación

Reporte de Oscar Lima (Swimming Coach):

El pasado 19 de febrero 11 nadadores del Equipo de Natación de la ABC participaron en el primer Mini Meet de Natación; competencia organizada por la Federación de Natación y que reúne a lo mejor de los Clubs Federados en las categorías infantiles.

En este torneo el Alumno Daniel García Wilson de 6o grado se llevó el trofeo como CAMPEON NACIONAL de la categoría de 12 años, siendo sus marcas las siguientes:

50 mts Libres, con un tiempo de 29.72 - Medalla de Oro

100 mts Libres, con un tiempo 1.10.06 - Medalla de Oro

50 mts Mariposa, con un tiempo 36.58 - Medalla de Oro

50 mts Dorso, con un tiempo 40.25 - Medalla de Bronce

50 mts Pecho, con un tiempo 45.00 - Medalla de Plata

También la Nadadora Amanda Obando de 8o grado logró ganar medalla de Bronce en la prueba de 50 mts Libre con un tiempo de 30.66, y se ubicó en la posición número 7 en la ronda final de su categoría, entre 19 nadadoras inscritas.

Los demás miembros del equipo realizaron una gran labor, ya que ejecutaron muy bien sus pruebas, las cuales fueron: 50 mts estilo Libre, Dorso, Pecho y Mariposa, así como también el 100 Libre y el 200 combinado individual.

Como excelente detalle técnico, solamente hubieron 2 descalificaciones en todo el torneo para nuestro equipo (dado que la natación es un deporte muy técnico, los jueces se encargan de descalificar la mas mínima falta técnica), lo cual es un gran logro por parte de nuestros atletas.

Lista de Participantes:

Daniel Gracía Wilson

Amanda Obando

Clarissa Arteaga Luna

Kevana McGough

Sebastián Echeverría

Leonardo Avilés

Valeria García

Natalia López

Ana Sofía González

Rachael Keslake

Isavel McGough

Esta es la primera vez que la Academia Británica Cuscatleca participa con un equipo en un torneo de carácter oficial y que es avalado y organizado por la Federación Salvadoreña de natación.

La próxima Competencia está programada para el mes de junio.

Prueba de Tráfico: “Car-full” con 4 o más estudiantes

Prueba de Tráfico: “Car-full” con 4 o más estudiantes

Desde el lunes 28 de marzo a viernes 1 de abril estaremos realizando nuestra primera prueba de tráfico. Esta consiste en permitir el ingreso de vehículos - que transporten 4 estudiantes o más - por la entrada de la RAMPA (sobre el pasaje Edimburgo), y permitir que los alumnos se bajen en el área, temporalmente diseñada para este propósito. Los estudiantes se bajarán del lado derecho del carro y se dirigirán a sus aulas por las canchas de basquetbol. Luego el vehículo continuará su curso por la rampa que está a un costado de la piscina, donde un miembro del personal le dará paso para continuar su curso, en dirección hacia el portón de salida del parqueo de administración. Les agradeceremos tomar nota que los carros que hagan uso de este acceso no deberán rebasar el carril que viene de la Panamericana, sino que deberán accesar junto al Portón de la Rampa.


Puntos:

1. “Car-full” = 4 o más estudiantes de la ABC.

2. No rebasar el carril que viene de la Panamericana.

3. Accesar por el Portón de la Rampa.

4. Bajar a los estudiantes en el área designada y hacerlo sólo por el lado derecho. Los alumnos atraviesan las canchas de basquetbol para llegar a su aula (no está permitido caminar por la rampa que está a un costado de la piscina, ni por el parqueo del sótano).

5. Salir por la rampa que está a un costado de la piscina y luego continuar su curso hacia la salida del Portón de Administración.

Como es usual, el personal de la ABC que se estaciona en el parqueo del sótano entrará por el Portón de la Rampa, pasando con precaución por el área designada para bajar estudiantes.

Traffic Trial: “Car-full” with 4 or more students

On Monday 28th of March to Friday 1st of April we shall be running our first traffic trial. This will allow vehicles with four or more ABC students to enter by the RAMP entrance (on pasaje Edimburgo) and drop-off their students in the area temporarily designed for this trial. Students will exit the vehicle on the right hand side of the vehicle and walk across the basketball courts to their classes. The vehicle would then continue up the ramp by the swimming pool. A traffic person will then allow the vehicle to continue straight across to exit by the normal Administration Gate. Please note that vehicles making use of this facility should not overtake the line coming from the Panamericana but enter when alongside the Ramp Gate.


Points:

1. Car-full = 4 or more ABC students.

2. No overtaking the line coming from the Panamericana.

3. Enter through Ramp Gate.

4. Drop-off in area designated, only exit from right hand side doors. Students walk across courts (NOT by pool nor into underground car park).

5. Exit up ramp which is by swimming pool, and then through normal Administration Exit Gate.

Staff parking in the underground car park will enter down the Ramp Gate as normal, overtaking the drop-off area with care so as to continue down into the underground car park.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

"My Ideal World" - how it came to be...

What better way to celebrate the ABC's 40th Anniversary than to have students and staff produce a very special video on the day? Thank you to all those involved in its production and most certainly to Rodrigo Alfaro, our Digital Media Artist in Residence, who directed (and filmed) the whole operation.

Now that we have launched the video on Facebook, many have asked how the song used within it ("My Ideal World") was created. David Navarro, from the ABC's French department, describes how the school got to be involved with Shaka (of Shaka and Dres) and how this led to the lyrics being written. I let him tell the story:

Story of how the song: “My Ideal World” came to be written

It all started on a Sunday, October 10, of the year 2010, in the afternoon, when I made a phone call to one of my best friends (Jose Antonio Morales/Shaka), to invite him to participate in an assembly to be held at the British School on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 in the PAC. The objective was to motivate the young students in high school and continue to grow successful achievements in their studies…. The call ended with Jose Antonio’s good will to participate in the assembly and we agreed to meet prior to it to plan what to say and how to motivate the students during his 5 min participation.

We met on Monday, October 11, in the school and were able to talk freely about this. Jose Antonio was wondering if it was necessary for him to sing Pas de Panique at the assembly, and I was afraid it would not be possible due to time issues, but that if the audience requested it, he would be able to sing it. He got really nervous and said it was not easy for him to get up in front of a group of students and motivate them with his words and music… he was actually very nervous!

I trusted his professionalism and knew he was going to be a success because of his talent and all his national and international achievements. Tuesday, October 12, came and Jose Antonio came and before entering the PAC to address the students, he said to me: “I’m very nervous, why don’t you come in with me to introduce me and ask questions in French and I answer them?” “Should I talk to them in French or in Spanish?”… And I just replied: “Don’t worry, everything is going to be ok and the students will be enthusiastic about meeting you and hearing you sing!! And they will sing with you!!” and this is exactly what happened!!

His music, his charisma, and his personality were widely accepted by the students and teachers that were there on that day… His participation was a huge success!

I then invited him to lunch at the staffroom and he was very excited and happy to know how well accepted he is in the school.

We continued to talk and we thought about making a song, but wondered about what? Then I said we should make a song about the school values and we started making the idea grow, and we set other dates to meet, etc. We agreed we had to write the song with some students so that the main ideas came from them, and we asked for the participation of my extracurricular group (Paula de las Mercedes Raudales Cerna 8th B, Sonia Kim Choi 8th B, Adriana Gabriela Valladares Argueta 8thB, Olga María Castaneda Vásquez 8thD, Carla Gabriela Carpio Molina 8th B, Valeria María Valiente Quinteros 8th B, Paola María Wollants Schoenenmberg 8th D, Marina Isabel Bauer Argueta 9thMaya, Diego Sebastián Asturias 10th Inca, Fabiola Teresa Wollants Schoenenmberg 12th Maya.)

We also had full support and participation of Madame Escobar, who since the beginning, gave us her support and liked the idea. She was the person in charge of getting all the authorizations with the heads of the school to make this project happen, and also helped us with the writing of the song.

We also had the help of Ms Victoria Keilhauer, who gave us her unconditional help with the writing of the song’s lyrics, translating to English, and gave us her support with her motivation, and ideas. It was really all coordinated teamwork, tiring at times, but worth it.

The students met with me, Silvia and Victoria every Tuesday and Thursday after school, and Shaka came along to write the song. We all created the rhythm, and the lyrics were based on the values of the ABC.

There was a long expected LOL (Lunch on the Lawn), in which Shaka and his brother Dres were a huge success!!! The students sang their songs with a lot of enthusiasm and showed their admiration and appreciation for their singers. After the LOL, we took Shaka and Dres to lunch with Vicky and that’s where more ideas were born about what other activities to do at the ABC. One of these ideas was to organize a concert at the ABC, so they can sing their repertoire and we can also invite other schools to an event that is meant to be entertaining, but healthy and full of appropriate messages for the Young. We are thinking of having t-shirts made, and organize raffles so the students can earn prizes for improving their grades, behaviour, and effort in school.

On February 1st, the school celebrated its 40th anniversary, and used the song to make a commemorative video, out of which some shots will be included in Shaka’s official video. The students and organizing staff will also participate in the making of both videos, and we plan to record it in various locations of the country.

We are sure all of this will go on to being a part of the great history of the 40 years of Academia Britanica Cuscatleca’s foundation, and we are very proud at heart of being a part of this song.

We hope the song’s message can have an impact in the lives of our students, staff and the rest of the people in the world!

David Navarro Alvarado

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

ABC Debaters Triumph


Three ABC 12th graders obtained First Place in the debating competition organised by ESEN.

The team consisted of Carlos Villalobos, Marcela Garcia and Fabiola Wollants - with Fabiola obtaining the Best Debater result.

Altogether 30 schools competed in this competition, including 8 public schools, and the competition kept us on tenterhooks as they proceeded to win each stage. In second place came Colegio David Livingstone, third Instituto José Simeón Cañas, and fourth Colegio Español Padre Arrupe.

Here is an account of it in the Prensa Grafica.

Congratulations debaters and thank you to the coaches!


Friday, 4 March 2011

Mathcounts and Mathrelay Results - well done ABC Mathematicians!

Results from the Querétaro, Mexico Mathcounts and Mathrelay competitions:

We are the 2011 Math Relay Champions!!! With the top score of points and 15 seconds behind the fastest team, we managed to win First Place.
In the Mathcounts Regional Competition we obtained excellent results:
TEAM AWARDS
  • Team A got Second Place out of all team A's. Tae Soo Kim, Mauricio Sifontes, Andrés Butter, María José Linares
  • Team B got Second Place out of all team B's. Andrea Osegueda, Andrés Carranza, Carlos Escobar, Zeky Brand
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS (This round recognises the first 20 places)
  • Andrés Carranza - 20th Place
  • Zeky Brand - 19th Place
  • Andrés Butter - 10th Place
  • Tae Soo Kim - 4th Place
  • Mauricio Sifontes - 3rd Place
BEST ABC INDIVIDUAL SCORE
  • Mauricio Sifontes
Congratulations Teams and a big "thank you" to Mr Arriola!

Monday, 31 January 2011

Congratulations ABC Mathematicians!

The ABC team produced excellent results on Friday and Saturday to win both the Math Relay competition and the Math Counts competition. With teams from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador competing it was a well attended and contested event.

Results:
Friday: Math Relay (held at the ABC)
1st Place: ABC
2nd Place: Escuela Americana de Guatemala
3rd Place: a tie between the Escuela Internacional Sanpedrana and the Escuela Internacional de San Salvador

The winning ABC Math Relay Team

  1. Zeky Brand (Captain) - 8
  2. Andrés Carranza - 8
  3. Tae Soo Kim - 8
  4. Maurcio Sifontes - 8
  5. Andrés Butter - 7
  6. Amanda Obando - 8
  7. Andrea Osegueda - 7
  8. María José Linares - 6

Saturday: Math Counts (held at the Escuela Americana)
1st Place: ABC
2nd Place: Escuela Americana de Guatemala
3rd Place: Escuela Internacional Sampedrana

The winning ABC Math Counts Team:

  1. Tae Soo Kim - 8 (who obtained the top individual result in the whole Math Counts competition)
  2. Maurcio Sifontes - 8
  3. Andrés Butter - 7
  4. Amanda Obando - 8
  5. This means that the ABC Math Counts team will now compete in Mexico!

A very big “thank you” to our Mathematics coach and organiser Carlos Arriola for yet another superb result.

And “congratulations” for all the hard work and preparation to all the ABC students who participated!