Craighouse School and its Educational Project: when words become a reality
Filling pages with words on how to educate a certain type of pupil can be easy. In our case, the Educational Project has a purpose that for some skeptical people may seem to be an empty promise. However, today we would like to share with everyone two examples of how the Craighouse School Educational Project is materialises for our pupils’ benefit and their comprehensive development. In other words, we would like to show everyone how all “pupils reach their full potential as individuals.”
Year 10 pupils: When motivation crosses the limits
A first-hand experience
It was the ordinary morning of an ordinary Thursday. Teachers started their lessons and pupils yawned, when the soft murmur at the back of the classroom grew louder as break time approached. But things quickly changed, when Mr Sergio Poblete challenged us to put our skills – both mathematical and artistic – to the test.
With enthusiasm and smiles that covered our tiredness, we all accepted the challenge. We were in. The objective was to make a creative graphic for Pi Day which would be celebrated on March 14th
(or 3/14, the first digits of Pi).
This was no easy task. It was not your typical school project where one member of the team does all the work while the others take credit for the grade. We were set on doing our best, so we distributed the work according to our personal skills, taking advantage of Hola’s programming abilities, Fer’s creativity and artistic sense, and my renowned gift to look things up in Google. In our final presentation we also included a web app which Francisco programmed so that it would work out Pi with the values we entered (n→∞ ; f(n)→π), thus resembling the process used by supercomputers to calculate the infinite number of decimals in this constant.
At the end of the whole process we had created a graphic that was useful, creative and innovative, on which all three of us had left our mark. Not only were we able to finish the work, but we can also say that we did our very best and to this day feel extremely proud of ourselves, a feeling we know we share with Checho, our teacher.
I am writing this before the result of the competition, but I think I represent everyone when I say that we feel we have a good chance to win. But what is most important is that we had fun working on this project, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.
PS: The wining graphic will win a prize of $1,003,141… But I can assure you that we didn’t do it for the money (although it probably did contribute to our motivation).
Year 10 pupils: Tomás Vergara, Francisco Hola, Fernanda Pérez
Old boy’s thesis recognised as one of the best in the world
In early March, The International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) published the names of the winners of the best research theses.
The IAFSS Awards Committee received thirteen requests from ten different countries to compete for the Best Thesis 2017: “Excellence in Research”, and after a thorough review of the applications they announced the three winners, which were chosen unanimously.
One of these winners is Dr Cristián Maluk, a Craighouse School old boy from the 2002 generation.
As announced by IAFSS on their website, Cristián’s work deals with the “development and application of a novel test method for studying the fire behaviour of CFRP prestressed concrete structural elements.”
The winners will present their theses during the 12th
International Symposium on Fire Safety Science in Lund, Sweden, next June.
For Cristián, both this specific achievement and his professional success have a direct relationship with Craighouse School. “The path into the academic position I occupy today is one that I definitely wouldn’t have predicted when I left Craighouse 15 years ago. Looking back into those years at Craighouse, today I can recognise instances and activities that slowly, but steady, drove me into a teaching and research environment.”
His words undoubtedly reflect what our Educational Project seeks to achieve every day during the 14 years of school life of a pupil at Craighouse School.
Culture tip: Organic market in Lo Barnechea
According to the Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture, the term “culture” can be defined as “the customs, beliefs, art, music, and all the other products of human thought made by a particular group of people at a particular time.” That is why we would like to tell you about the organic market of the Lo Barnechea Municipality.
Their purpose is to inform and educate about values related to a culture of environmental awareness and healthy lifestyle, as well as the work of organic farmers and new Chilean eco-friendly undertakings.
The organic market invites all members of the community to visit Centro Cultural El Tranque, in El Tranque 10300, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be workshops and activities for everyone!
When the desire to help drives people to action
During the summer months we all saw how uncontrolled forest fires destroyed several towns in the central area of our country. Our community was enjoying their holidays at the time, but pupils from the Senior Section (specially those who had taken part in the Trabajos de Verano
) together with teachers and parents contacted the Head of Social Service and Experiential Learning, Mrs Constanza Santelices, to see how they could get together and help those who needed it. Slowly but surely, the Craighouse School community sprang into action.
Emergency measures were quickly adopted by the government, media campaigns and individuals, so we decided to wait for the period of reconstruction that would have to come in later weeks in order to gather our forces and work as a team.
Together with Techo – an organisation that seeks to help eradicate poverty, a problem affecting thousands of Chileans, with joint efforts made by the victims themselves, and young volunteers – we made an alliance that allowed us to materialise our desire to help with the construction of four “progressive” houses (24 m2
) for families in Cauquenes, in the Maule region. Three of those families had been affected by the fire and one was living in conditions of extreme poverty.
The Craighouse School team was made up of 44 pupils from Years 10 to 12 as well as teachers and administrative staff members: María José Maldonado, Francisca Yunis, Francisco Toro, Cristián Guzmán, Ricardo Solís, María Paz Saumann, Constanza Rivera and Constanza Santelices. The group worked together with ten Techo volunteers from March 9th
in the construction of these four houses in Cauquenes.
This is a small sample of our community’s solidarity and social commitment, as we are constantly hearing of Craighouse School pupils as well as old boys and girls who work together to help others… because their desire to help drives them to action.
Prekinder explore the school
Being new somewhere can make us feel insecure, particularly if you are the youngest of the group. That’s why during the first weeks of class Prekinder teachers take the children on a tour of the school to show them around the main areas.
Mrs Tatiana Almendares, Deputy Head of Preschool, explains that “the idea of these tours is for the pupils to get to know their school and feel safe in it”. They visit the infirmary – which many of them see as a clinic –, the Headmaster’s office where Mr Lacey greets them and has a small chat, and the Primary Section dining hall, among other areas.
This initiative is also part of the first study unit, “Who we are”, where the children learn more about their bodies, their surroundings and their school.
Firefighters visit our pupils
As is now traditional, our Primary Section pupils received a group of very special guests. On Tuesday 14th
March at 11 a.m. a very loud siren was heard. It was the fire truck of the 19th
company in Lo Barnechea, visiting Year 2 to spend some time with the pupils.
In this group were two Craighouse School old boys from the 2012 generation, José Tomás León and Benjamín Briner. The children were so excited that they could hardly believe their eyes. They looked at the firefighters, they touched their suits, they got on and off the truck and they even tried to use the company’s implements.
This visit helped pupils to learn how firefighters help the community, not only by putting out fires but also in road accidents, and they also linked this to the first unit that they are working on, “How we organise ourselves”, particularly with lessons “My community” and “Community helpers”.
The importance of breakfast for schoolchildren
We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do we really know why?
According to the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) at Universidad de Chile, “after ten or twelve hours with no food we need energy and nutrients to carry out our everyday activities. Skipping breakfast causes fatigue and loss of energy, and covering our daily nutritional needs is very difficult without breakfast.”
Ms Catalina Salvatierra, our school nutritionist, tells us that “breakfast should provide us with one fifth of the total daily calories (approx. 300 to 350 calories in Primary and 400 to 450 calories in Middle and Senior). Ideally, breakfast should include a dairy product, a portion of fruit and a portion of cereal, according to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.”
Schoolchildren must focus their energy on class, and their energy expenditure varies with age.
Pupils in Primary should have an average daily intake of 1600 calories, while for Middle and Senior students the intake increases to 2150. According to our nutritionist, this latter group should have 100 more calories for breakfast, which can be achieved by having a larger glass of milk, an additional portion of fruit or two spreads or additions to their bread.
So now we know: breakfast gives us the energy we need to do well throughout the day, and in the case of children it helps them stay focused in class and not feel weak or constantly hungry.
Culture tip: “La guerra de las Matemáticas”
Two classmates investigate the disappearance of a dog called Math. Theatre company Los Contadores Auditores present their first play for children, full of colour and humour.
A mystery shakes the life of Sara Ramos. Matemáticas, her dog, has gone missing. But she is not the only one. Like her, other pets in the neighbourhood are vanishing. In order to find them, Sara works with JJ Jara, an 8-year-old girl with whom up until then she has had nothing in common but the age and the classroom. Together, they will become a detective duo inspired by another atypical pair, from Daniel Clowes’ “Ghost World”.
From March 4th to 26th
Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m.
Sala N2 - Edificio B, piso 2
Recommended for children aged 5 and over
Duration: 60 minutes
$5,000 general tickets / $3,000 students and old age pensioners
Welcome to the 2017 school year
Summer holidays are now a distant memory. The last day of February finally came and school began. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our families, specially the new families that are joining the Craighouse School community.
As we do every year, we would like to invite each and every one of you to make our campus your own and to feel part of your
school: you can make use of the facilities, and at the same time enjoy the surroundings and everything that has an impact in our pupils’ educational development and learning.
We wish you all every success for 2017.
March: the month of respect
At Craighouse School we have a set of nine values that pupils work with from March to November. These values light up the school life as principles that govern the daily relationships among students, teachers, parents and staff.
On the first day of every month, we introduce a new value and invite members of our community to reflect with their families on the meaning of that value. And please don’t forget that our actions are the examples that the smallest ones will follow.
March is the month of respect, the acknowledgement and consideration of the value and rights that every individual deserves, as well as society and its norms.
What is respect?
Respect for oneself: knowing and accepting oneself, doing one’s best to improve.
Respect for others: respecting all members of the community, regardless of their beliefs, ethnic group, sex, social class, work, nationality and thoughts, both in person and virtually.
Respect for the educational environment: valuing the Craighouse School community and the community of our country, both in person and virtually.
Respect for the environment: valuing nature as our only life resource.
Progress in the Craighouse School Campus
Every year during the summer months, we do some work on our campus in order to receive our community with improved conditions, allowing everyone to take better advantage of our 25 hectares.
This year, we have begun the construction of two natural grass fields in the upper area of the campus, opposite the Darling Hall. They will be sown in late March and we expect to be able to use them during the third trimester of 2017. Meanwhile, the sprinkler system has already been installed.
Additionally, the school has set itself another target, which involves valuing, appreciating and enhancing our current surroundings. Therefore, after a number of studies and the installation of a water matrix, we have decided to begin a project for the Primary Section in the first term, which will provide us with species that are suitable for our campus.
Extracurricular activities beginning soon
The extracurricular activities offered by Craighouse School contribute to our pupils’ education and personal development by complementing and enriching the curriculum with multiple physical, intellectual, artistic and social benefits. This makes their school experience significant and comprehensive.
Starting on Wednesday 15th
March at 9 a.m. and until Monday 20th
March at 9 a.m. you can register your children in our extracurricular activities through the school website. You must complete one registration for each pupil by filling in the online form.
On Monday 27th
March parents will be informed of their application results and the requirements for each activity.
On Monday 10th
April the Craighouse School extracurricular activities will officially begin.
COBS & COGS: training period begins
On Monday 6th
March Craighouse School Old Boys & Girls began the new training period for the younger categories.
Those of you who have not yet registered can do so at the COBS & COGS office in the Darling Hall.
Social Service Summer Project: when the wish to help others takes over
From January 2nd
a team of twenty-nine pupils and four teachers got together in working groups and visited Carahue, where they managed to build three 6 x 3 m2
(progressive houses) in this year’s summer work, organised by the school’s Social Service and Experiential Learning group. For this team of volunteers, seeing the happiness of those families with their new homes was enough to make them forget the physical exhaustion of such hard work. A big thank-you goes to these pupils and teachers who made it to the Araucanía region.
Introducing our new Head of Physical Education and Sports
We would like to welcome the new Head of Physical Education and Sports, Mr Simon Quick.
Mr Quick has a Masters degree in Sport Science form Essex University and PGCE from Sheffield University. In addition, he is studying for his PhD in The Concept of Sports Coaching Expertise. He is joined by his wife, Rebecca, who is a Corporate and Commercial Lawyer. Mr Quick has worked in a variety of schools in the UK and was most recently Head of Physical Education at a large comprehensive school. His particular areas of interests include rugby and tennis.
We have no doubt that he will greatly contribute to our school, particularly in improving and maintaining high sports standard in every area.
Where to go
By Elliot Zepeda, pupil of Year 10 B
Cultural enrichment is never a bad idea, and what better time than the beginning of a new school year?
Casona Santa Rosa de Apoquindo in Las Condes offers temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as a permanent display of Chilean paintings with works from the Mac Kellar donation, and a room called “Seal of Identity”. Both rooms are free of charge.
This is one of my favourite places to view works of art and I strongly recommend it to all members of the Craighouse School community.
Casona Santa Rosa de Apoquindo is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Culture tip: Hansel and Gretel: the opera
Based on the popular story by the Grimm brothers, this work by Engelbert Humperdick has a magical plot and a mixture of Wagnerism and naive popular melodies, and it has become one of the public’s favourite operas.
This particular version of the story has been adapted with Chilean expressions and sayings, thus achieving the same level of close communication that the author achieved with the children of his time, including simple language and playful forms, as well as topics as profound as child abuse and self-care. Hansel and Gretel follow a road made of sweets that leads them to a house built from biscuits and candy. A mysterious woman invites them in. Will they be able to save themselves from the bad intentions of an evil witch?
This play is recommended for all children aged 6 and over.
Teatro Municipal de Santiago
Agustinas 794, Santiago
Tel.: +56 (2) 24631000