April 2016

School News N°04 | 2016 | April 29

The Diploma Programme exam process has begun

By Michael Dumbell, Academic Director


Through its academic curriculum, Craighouse School meets national requirements and the three International Baccalaureate programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP). The latter (DP) begins in Year 10 when pupils are required to choose their subjects, and ends in May of Year 12 with final exams.This year’s generation will begin the 2016 session on May 2nd, which will last until May 20th. 79% of pupils are IB Diploma candidates, and the rest will be taking exams which are designed and corrected internally, but which have the same high standards and learning value. Please note that all pupils of the generation will sit for the English exams in order to obtain their IB certificate.

All these exams follow very strict regulations and protocols, which range from formal aspects such as times, distance between chairs, use of electronic devices, etc., to personal appearance, attitude when facing the exams, etc.

As a way to support pupils during this period, the inquiry centre is at their disposal for personal or group study sessions, and to talk to teachers.

Congratulations to our pupils for their great work and commitment, and we invite you to continue to play a leading role in your own learning. We have no doubt that the skills and knowledge that you have acquired during this process will be part of the baggage that will accompany throughout your whole lives.

Impressive turnout in Open Day 2016


On April 26th Craighouse School opened its doors to all families who are applying for a place in Prekinder 2017. The admission process includes a meeting at the school where families learn more about the Educational Project and take a look around the facilities, lead by Prefects and representatives from the Middle and Senior Student Council.

Many of the attending parents openly appreciated the fact that we showed them all areas and sections of the school. They also highlighted our family involvement and appreciation of diversity, and were very impressed by pupils’ self-confidence, knowledge of the school and standard of English.

Senior Section pupils “Calle y Escucha project”

By Sylvia Lagos, Student Council Advisor – Senior


Once again, we have begun our visits to homeless people, who are always waiting for us anxiously. On April 7th we made these visits together with the monitors who are in charge this year, members of the Senior Student Council and pupils from Year 12. As always, we were accompanied by CARE coordinators, who help us in this project every Thursday.We returned from this experience with our hearts full of satisfaction and happiness, as we always do, because we were able to offer these people a moment of pleasant conversation and a hot meal, thanks to the fundamental contribution made by each section member.After four years, the project “Calle y Escucha” has become empowered and taken shape in our section. We are extremely happy to see our pupils spending time, smiling and empathising with those who, for different reasons, are living in the streets.

We want to congratulate our students and to invite anyone who would like to participate to join this cause.

Education for Peace programme

By Marcela Acuña, Head of Religion Department


During March the Education for Peace programme started, whose objective is to promote the necessary attitudes and values to make behavioural changes that can allow children, young people and adults to develop a spirit of fraternity.This year, pupils from Years 3, 4, 6 and 9 will be taking part in this programme.During its launch, we discussed how each of them, from their personal reality, is responsible for making a change in order to contribute to having a society that is more fair and fraternal.

The costume room is open!

By CARE coordinators – Primary Section5

In the context of the World Book Day, we have decided to open the “costume room” once again on Friday, 29th April.This idea was born on 28th July 2000 when a group of volunteering mothers created a sewing committee. The objective was to identify the costume and needs of teachers and pupils for their end-of-year presentations. Years went by and the costume room continued to grow. The children rent their costumes and the money will be used for CARE activities and to help three families from Instituto de Estados Americanos whom we provide with a monthly food basket.You can find the costume room across from the Year 3 G classroom. Once again, it will be managed by a group of volunteering parents.

The room will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.20 to 9.30 a.m.

Congratulations, and a big thank you to the volunteers for this wonderful initiative.

Food drive in the Middle Section

By CARE coordinators – Middle Section


On April 15th the Middle Section had its first food drive of the year. Congratulations to the CARE helpers of Year 5 who led this activity.The section will be collecting food again on Wednesday 11th May, this time with Year 6 pupils in charge.

Solidarity relay for Fundación Nuestros Hijos

By Cristián Glenz Abogabir, old boy – 1987 generation


In the recent Santiago marathon a group of people ran the solidarity relay to raise funds for Fundación Nuestros Hijos, which helps children suffering from cancer.This traditional race was created in 2007 by Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir (Craighouse School old boy 1989) to support low-income families who had children with cancer. The foundation provides them with medical, psychological, and financial help, and offers shelter homes to families who come from other parts of the country, as a way of giving some form of relief when coping with the difficulties of this illness.The 2016 edition of the relay had a record of 55 children who ran 32 of the 42 kilometres, thus meeting the objective of having many “healthy children running for children with cancer.” The final time was 2 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds. They arrived 10th after the professional runners from Africa, and won first place among Chilean athletes.

A total of 21 Craighouse School pupils took part in the 2016 relay. Congratulations to Benjamín Pimentel (Year 4 C), Gaspar Rodríguez (Year 4 B), Francisca Glenz (Year 5 C), Cristóbal de la Fuente (Year 7 C), Cristóbal Besoain (Year 6 B), Gabriel Besoain (Year 8 E), Diego Besoain (Year 9 B), José Tomás Vildósola (Year 9 C), Diego Muñoz (Year 9 D), Matías Neut (Year 9 A), Pablo Chappuzzeau (Year 9 D), Mateo Ramírez (Year 9 D), Mateo Massi (Year 9 D), Benjamín de la Fuente (Year 9 B), Cristóbal Robino (Year 9 A), Felipe Robino (Year 9 D), Tomás Rodríguez (Year 9 C), Cristóbal Glenz (Year 9 B), Juan Urzúa (Year 11 D), Lucas Witt (Year 11 B), and Martín Glenz (Year 11 B).

Special thanks to these pupils’ parents who supported this wonderful solidarity initiative.

Culture tip: Do you know why we celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd?


On April 23rd we celebrate World Book Day. On that date, we commemorate the death of three great writers of international literature: Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, William Shakespeare, and Garcilaso de la Vega.

The celebration of World Book Day began as an initiative by UNESCO in 1995, with the purpose of appreciating books and their authors. The idea is to encourage a love of reading, and to promote the publishing industry and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. Ever since that year, the celebration is held in many countries around the world, due to the importance of reading for the development of culture.

In 2013, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, declared that “all forms of books make a valuable contribution to education and the dissemination of culture and information. The diversity of books and editorial content is a source of enrichment that we must support through appropriate public policies and protect from uniformity.”

Source: http://www.educarchile.cl