|Diploma Programme exams
By Dra. Mimi Bick, Academic Director
Through its academic curriculum, Craighouse School fulfils the national requirements as well as those from the three International Baccalaureate programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
The last of these programmes (DP) begins in Year 10 when pupils choose their subjects and ends in May of Year 12 with the final exams.
The 2015 generation is about to begin their exam session, which will take place between May 4th and May 22nd. 79.2% of our pupils are IB Diploma candidates, and the rest will be simultaneously taking exams which are prepared and corrected internally, but which share the same high standards and learning value. It is worth noting that all pupils of this generation will sit for the English exams, in order to obtain their IB certificate.
All these examinations follow strict norms and protocols, ranging from formal aspects such as times, distance between chairs, use of electronic devices, etc., to personal appearance, attitude towards the exams, etc.As a way of supporting our pupils during this period, the school has put the inquiry centre at their disposal for individual or group study sessions and to talk to their teachers.
Congratulations to all our students for their hard word and commitment. We challenge you to continue playing an active role in your own learning process. We have no doubt that the skills and knowledge acquired throughout this period will be part of the assets that will accompany you your whole lives.
|Craighouse School celebrated World Book Day
Preprimary pupils: book lovers from the start
By Miss Beatriz Grove, Teacher of Preprimary
To celebrate World Book Day, on Monday 20th April the Preprimary children came to school dressed in their favourite costumes. There was a wonderful assortment of characters inspired by books from around the world.
They had the opportunity to show their costumes to all of primary in a special parade. They enjoyed it a lot and it provided an enthusiastic opening to Craighouse Book Week.
Primary Section: a love of reading
By Jimena Manríquez, Spanish Coordinator – Primary Section
In a fun, happy atmosphere we celebrated World Book Day at Craighouse School. Pupils from Years 1 to 4 as well as all the teachers of the section dressed up as their favourite book characters. The school was covered with quotations by famous writers from all times, who were also chosen and written by the children themselves, on posters that invited the community to take part in literary games that attracted the attention children and adults alike.
The Darling hall was dressed up for the occasion and everyone was thrilled to take part in the various literary contests, in stands hosted by pupils who showed great personality when explaining what it was all about. “Literary fishing”, “leave your mark”, “cube sorting”, “great world literature authors”, a corner to enjoy the film “Papelucho”, “the chicken coop” (a game where you had to throw an egg to the name of a story and match it to the correct author) and the “story spinning” roulette were some of the many fun games which made this day a time to remember.
We have no doubt that passion is transmitted in every action, and that activities created with love will always fall on fertile ground.
Middle & Senior Sections: united by language
By Eduardo Riquelme, Head of the Spanish Department
In the context of book week, the Spanish Department planned several commemorative activities.
On Tuesday 21st April we held very successful Middle and Senior assemblies together with the English Department, where the pupils presented shows and debates and read fragments of famous works.
During the week, we decorated our hallways with an exhibition of posters made by the pupils about their favourite books and authors.
On Thursday 23rd April, Year 11 had their own literary fashion show. Pupils and teachers, dressed up as their favourite literary characters, walked around the Middle Section to meet with other students and headed over to Primary, where Miss René joined this fun parade.
Once the show was over, a group of teachers and staff presented the play “La casa de Bernarda Alba” to pupils from Years 11 and 12.
All these activities created a fun, festive atmosphere, where pupils and teachers celebrated and valued the contribution of literature to the book-loving community of Craighouse School.
|Second-hand book fair: a big thank you
Primary Section: Second-hand book fair
By CARE Coordination – PrimaryOn Thursday 23rd April we had an unforgettable day where magic took over every hallway in the school.Fairies, pirates and princes brought to life a great story with children as the main characters. Many characters we used to dream about when we were little were brought to life that day. Children, parents and teachers were motivated by reading, and each of them enjoyed browsing and deciding which books to buy. But best of all, funds raised will be used to help other children.
Middle Section: Second-hand book fair
By Carolina Abulias, CARE Coordinator – MiddleWith great enthusiasm the Middle Section took part in the second-hand book fair as part of the activities to celebrate World Book Day.This year was special because the Middle Section Student Council had asked to decorate their sales stands to make them more appealing. As always, our CARE delegates were very helpful, lending a hand while wearing colourful hats.We had a lovely morning in which we helped to promote reading in our children in a context of solidarity, since the funds raised in this activity will be used to help create a music band for Instituto Estados de Lo Barnechea, with whom Craighouse School shares sports and cultural activities. This clearly encouraged our pupils to cooperate with the book donation process.Special thanks to Miss Cristine and her team, to all tutors of the section and particularly to Miss Olga Godoy, Miss Edith Casas and Mr Gerardo Hidalgo for their support, and to the whole team of CARE mothers and the protagonists of this successful activity: the Middle Section pupils.
By Lorena Sommerfeld, Jewish Religion Teacher
On 16th April and with the participation of Jewish pupils from Years 5 to 12, parents, and Catholic and Jewish religion teachers we attended a solemn ceremony to remember the six million Jews who died victims of Nazism simply because they were Jewish, and all those who gave their lives to help them.
This commemoration was led by rabbi Ari Sigal, pupils Martina Jana and Valentina Greiber in the readings, and pupils Antonia Scheller, Catalina Arecco and Valentina Loli in the songs. This ceremony teaches us to value humankind in all its diversity and, above all, to respect life.
|Education for Peace
By Marcela Acuña, Head of the Religion Department
In the context of the Education for Peace programme, Year 9 pupils have a attended a series of talks about great religions of the world, with representatives from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist churches.
These activities have allowed our pupils not only to learn more about each faith, but also to realise that people can live in harmony beyond their differences.
For years, religion has caused wars and disagreements among people. This experience shows us that as we get to know each other, we can respect other people and together build peace in the world, particularly in our close surroundings.
|Math and ingenuity event
By Wilma Uribe, Math Coordinator – Middle Section
Pupils and parents had a wonderful experience in the latest Math and Ingenuity Event organised by the Association of British Schools in Chile (ABSCH) at St Margaret’s School.
They all arrived very early at Concón, 5th Region, to take part in this event. As well as bringing families together, this event encourages parents and children to solve math and ingenuity problems together.
The following children-parent couples represented Craighouse School:
Year 5: Puo-Chuing and Josefa Escobar.
Year 6: Mónica Sánchez and Cristóbal de la Fuente.
Year 7: Florencia Terrazas.
Year 8: Sebastián Terrazas and Blanca Cruz.
Congratulations to all these pupils and especially to their parents, who played an active role in this activity.
|Senior pupils undefeated in chess tournament
By Carlos Valenzuela, Teacher in charge of Chess
On Saturday 25th April the traditional chess tournament took place for Senior Section pupils (Years 9 to 12), organised by Nido de Águilas.
Twenty teams from different schools took part in this event, where Craighouse had an outstanding participation, ending up third. Pupils Vicente Ramírez and Lorenzo Bevilacqua from Year 12 won cups for best boards and finished the tournament unbeaten.
|Solidarity relay for Fundación Nuestros Hijos
By Cristián Glenz Abogabir, Old Boy – 1987 Generation
In the recent Santiago marathon a large number of people ran the solidarity relay to raise funds for Fundación Nuestros Hijos, which helps children suffering from cancer.
This initiative of participating in the Santiago marathon was started by Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir (Head Boy 1989), who also had a daughter diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Since then he and his family have (I am his cousin) committed their support to assisting families that not only have to suffer the pain of having a child with cancer, but also the economic vulnerability of such a disease.
The solidarity relay has been part of the Santiago marathon since 2008 and since then it has been its official social activity, and consists of 42 athletes running 1 km each, and depending on the total accumulated time in the 42 km, the sponsors donate more or less money to FNH. In the last three years we have been adding children to cover part of the distance, and what started in 2012 with eight children running 2 of these km has been increased to 43 children running 12 km in the 2015 version. The spirit behind this activity is that “healthy children can run and help sick children” providing them with not only economic help, but also positive energy, love, and particularly hope.
We are very grateful to a group of students from our school who participated again this year, making Craighouse the main contributor of these highly committed runners.
Yesterday 22 children (and many parents) from Craighouse helped stop the watch at 2:21:55 improving our past record by more than 4 minutes and obtaining the maximum donation to FNH.
We would also like to thank our Harriers athletes and national elite ultramarathon champions Daniela Seyler, Nicole Aljaro, and Katherine Lutz for also adding a couple of kilometres and lots of energy in the relay. Also, special thanks to several parents who helped in organizing the children in their starting points, and to the school and Cobs&Cogs (Karla Galán, Maria José Castro, Renzo Cremaschi and Eduardo Moyano) for allowing several of the M14 players, who also had a COBS game that day, to also contribute to this run by making the arrangements with ARUSA to move their game to the afternoon.
The list of runners from Craighouse this year included:
Cristóbal De la Fuente, Benjamín De la Fuente, Pablo Chappuzzeau, José Tomás Vildósola, Sebastián Echeverría, Cristóbal Besoin, Gabriel Besoin, Diego Besoin, Sebastián Sprohnle, Lucas Fyfe, Felipe Robino, Cristóbal Robino, Gaspar Rodríguez, Carlos Rodríguez, Tomas Rodríguez, Matías Neut, José Tomás Neut, Nicolás Neut, Francisca Glenz, Cristóbal Glenz, Martín Glenz and Sofía Glenz.
Parque de las Esculturas
Before winter comes, we have to make the most of what the city has to offer. Parque de las Esculturas, in Providencia, is an open-air museum with a permanent exhibition of 40 works of art by famous Chilean artists.Among them five sculptors who have won the national Art Award stand out: Federico Assler, Sergio Castillo, Marta Colvin, Lily Garafulic and Samuel Román.Located in Avenida Santa María, between Pedro de Valdivia and Nueva de Lyon, this park invites people to stroll around and admire beautiful works of art.
Free of charge
Open Monday to Sunday
from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Avenida Santa María 2205