School News May 2015

N°10 | May 15 | 2015

Pupils participate in lyrical poetry meetinglirica

By Eduardo Riquelme, Head of the Spanish Department On Friday 8th May Dunalastair (Chicureo) hosted a lyrical poetry meeting organised by the Spanish committee of the Association of British Schools in Chile (ABSCH). Our pupils Felipe Galán, Javiera Araya, Daniel Gutiérrez and Cristóbal Zilleruelo, from Year 10, had an outstanding participation in the activities carried out that day, together with students from other ABSCH schools. Our representatives read their poems, analysed other works and took part in forums and activities related to poetry. This meeting promotes literary creation and analysis skills and allows students to develop their artistic creativity in a context of fun and the development of significant learning. This was certainly an experience that our students will never forget.
Pupils learn different ways of recycling at home and at schoolrecicla By Ji Yun Kim, Kinder Teacher – Primary Section During April an eco-group from Municipalidad de Lo Barnechea visited the Kinders to involve and motivate children about the different ways we can recycle at home and at school. These people shared with us different possibilities that will allow us to reuse materials that are commonly thrown away. Children were invited to decorate a big tree with recycled stamps. It was an absolutely captivating experience and we hope we can continue transmitting to everybody this important message: it is our responsibility to make every day Earth Day.
Parents’ Association invites the community to a family Saturdaycdp The Parents’ Association has organised two events for May 16th where all families are sure to have a great time.Flea market: In order to promote recycling in our community, we want to invite you to a flea market in the parking area at the side of the Primary Section, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each family will be allowed to take items to sell or swap (they must be in good condition). To save a spot please contact the Parents’ Association office. Family cycling event: As a way of creating new ways to spend time with other parents and children, have a good time, meet new people, learn how to ride a bike and enjoy the school’s surroundings, we have organised the first family cycling event. Circuit: round the school. Meeting point: parking area at the side of the Primary Section at 10.30 a.m. Requirements: be prepared to cycle and have a good time. For more information, please write to Congratulations to the Parents’ Association for organising family activities at school.
CARE mothers act in the Primary Section’s Earth Day assemblycare By CARE drama group – Primary Section On Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th May we held the Earth Day assemblies for Years 1 and 2 and Years 3 and 4 respectively. On those two occasions, the CARE mothers’ drama group presented a play about Earth Day. The play taught children how to take care of our planet, encouraging them to become aware that everyone is responsible and helping them understand that they play an important role in the protection of our environment. With a fun disposition and a positive attitude, these CARE mothers were able to show the children that they can take care of our planet in an enjoyable educational way.
Important agreement between Universidad Mayor and Craighouse School umayor With the aim of promoting teacher training and strengthening the bond between future teachers and the school system, the School of Education of Universidad Mayor contacted our school to form an alliance that will allow their pupils to get a close look at the professional reality of teaching. With this purpose, the pupils and their teachers will visit Music, Spanish and PE-Sports classes, where they will have the chance to see what skills they will need to lead and guide future pupils. On Friday 8th May they made their first visit to Craighouse School. The students and their teacher, Mrs Karina Jara, together with the heads of department and our academic director, Mrs Mimi Bick, welcomed this group of future teachers and showed them around the school.
Chile gains a historic victory against Uruguay SUDAMERICANO-2015-Chile-vs-Uruguay-9 By Mr Mark Cross, Head Coach of Chilean national rugby selection After a 4-year wait and for only the third time in history, the Chilean national rugby selection beat Uruguay last Saturday by 30 points to 15 and in doing so won the South American "A" Championship for the first time. In front of more than 3,000 people "Los Cóndores" put everything into the game against "Los Teros" who are in the middle of their preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2015 in September. It was an emotional occasion for those in attendance; the players produced one of the best collective performances for some time. Nothing less was ever going to do and the attitude and motivation to keep the Uruguay team under constant pressure paid off. Craighouse School can be very proud of their contribution to this achievement with six current COBS players (four former pupils) present in the starting fifteen: Javier Richard, Ignacio Álvarez, Matías Nordenflycht, Ítalo Zunino, Manuel Gurruchaga & Cristian Oneto; as well as Sports teacher Mr Francisco Hurtado (voted as one of the best on the field) and on the coaching staff Mr Mark Cross. Chile has now moved from 29th to 25th in the world rankings over the past three weeks, with only one point separating 22nd to 25th places. With continued hard work and development even higher goals are hoped to be achieved in the not-too-distant future. image:
Craighouse School old boy will give a talk about leadership with social concern exalumno As part of the Magazine Talks 2015 programme organised by Sábado magazine, the talk “How to lead innovative, socially responsible companies” will be presented on May 19th. The two lecturers will be Mrs Alejandra Mustakis and Mr Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir. The founder of Fábrica de Ideas (IF) and the winner of Sábado’s Social Entrepreneur prize will discuss the key to their success and will explain how to build sustainable creative companies. Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir is a Craighouse School old boy and has been repeatedly recognised for his valuable contribution in the areas of recycling, sustainability and energy efficiency.
Culture tip: Chinese film seriestipEvery Tuesday in May at 6 p.m. Instituto Confucio UST will open its doors to all those who are interested in oriental culture, with the second Chinese film series in the Santiago Centro campus (in Agustinas and Cienfuegos).Tickets are free but limited, so first you must register by e-mailing upcoming films will be “Tiempos dorados” (Tuesday 12th May), “El pequeño gran soldado” (Tuesday 19th May) and “El cartero en la montaña” (Tuesday 26th May). Source: Instituto Confucio UST Every Tuesday in May at 6 p.m. Corner of Agustinas and Cienfuegos – Santiago Free admission
N°9 | May 8 | 2015
First stage of Education for Peace is now closed 1 By Marcela Acuña, Head of Religion In the context of the Education for Peace programme led by the Religion Department, on Thursday 23rd April the first stage was closed with an activity for Year 3.The children were able to share what they had learned during the first cycle of modules, which focused on how to search for and identify new ways of building peace in their immediate surroundings. This activity took place in a fun atmosphere with music and games, and the children showed a wonderful community-oriented spirit and a desire to help make the world a better place.
Professional practice: the start of working life dany By Fernando Stevenson, Special Needs Teacher - Formative Area As the Craighouse School community is well aware, since the beginning of March our pupil Daniel Foot (Year 12) is doing his first paid professional practice outside the school, at Hotel Diego de Velázquez where he works as a bellboy. Daniel’s supervisors say that he has shown a proactive, committed attitude and a remarkable ability to learn. As a result of his family’s initiative, in mid-April Daniel began a second work practice at the restaurant in the La Dehesa golf club, where we works as a waiter.
Craighouse School teacher evaluates Ministry of Education’s curriculum 3 In the context of the Bases Curriculares revision for pre-school, primary and senior education, the head of our Technology Department, Mr René Jofré, was invited to take part in the evaluation of the Technology for Years 7 to 10.According to the MINEDUC, the objective of this subject is for "pupils to understand the relation between human beings and the artificial world. This understanding implies recognizing that through technology, as humans we have tried to satisfy our needs and desires, and solve our problems in many dimensions".We congratulate René for this important invitation.Source:
Primary Section eco-monitors visit recycling centre 4By Gigliola Falconi, Ecocommunity Coordinator – Primary Section On Friday 24th April the eco-monitors of the Primary Section visited the recycling centre in Lo Barnechea. During this educational visit our pupils had the opportunity to learn about the materials that can be recycled in this centre and how to reduce rubbish on our planet. After an explanation by a specialist, they visited the facilities and then took part in a workshop where they reused materials such as empty paper rolls, magazines and cardboard. The eco-monitors showcased their extensive knowledge about the environment and were able to take an active part in this talk.
Primary Inquiry Centre celebrated International Book Week By Carola Roa, Primary Section Inquiry Centre 5 During the week of April 20th to the 24th, the inquiry centre celebrated International Book Week. We organised a series of book-related activities, which were designed to encourage children to read a variety of texts, familiarise themselves with the works of various authors from around the world and serve as a space in which teachers, pupils and parents could meet. Throughout the week the pupils enjoyed listening to stories from storytellers and illustrators. Many of these storytellers were our own Craighouse School teachers and parents, who read stories from their countries of origin, which included Australia, Slovenia, Korea, France, England, Netherlands and Brazil, amongst others.Finally, Bernadita Romero gave Years 3 and 5 some insights as to her work as an illustrator. Bernardita Romero is a young and successful illustrator in Chile. She studied Art and Teaching in Universidad Catolica de Chile. She discovered her love for books and illustrations when she was in Boston doing a post-graduate degree in illustration. She has been working with different publishers, newspapers, kitchen magazines for children and also in international expositions We would like to thank all of you who participated in our activities during this week: “One world, many stories”.
Middle Inquiry Centre celebrated World Book Day 6 By Heidy Chinchón, Inquiry Centre – Middle Section On April 23rd we celebrated World Book Day to honour Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Garcilaso de la Vega, who died in 1616. For this celebration, the Middle Section inquiry centre organised a series of activities focused on Asia, since this year UNESCO chose the city of Incheon, in South Korea, as the  world book capital. Pupils in Year 5 enjoyed a Chinese story read by Miss Vanessa Munro, teacher of Chinese from the Senior section, who also taught them a few letters and how to count to 10 with sounds and signs. We also had a guest, Jung-Hwa Kim, mother of the Zepeda Kim siblings, who talked about the culture and music of her country, and read a famous Korean story. For the second year in a row, we invited Chilean writer Daniela Márquez, author of the book “Si tú me escuchas”. Year 7 pupils enjoyed her anecdotes on how the book was written and had the chance to learn more about this writer. Finally, Miss Amalia and Miss Heidy officiated as storytellers for Years 6 and 8.
Craighouse School Old Boy will perform in front of important Hollywood directors 7 By Francisco Carvajal, Head of the Music Department Sebastián Merino, old boy from the 2010 generation, has been selected in the International Presentation of Performers (IPOP), a Hollywood platform that searches for singers, dancers and actors to perform in front of agents, directors and managers of the entertainment industry. Sebastián will perform as actor and singer in January 2016 for five days, together with nineteen other contestants, all under the age of 24. Several actors that we see on television have come from IPOP, particularly actors in Disney Channel and television series in general.
Culture tip:“Huemul, la sombra de una especie” 8 This invitation from Cineteca Nacional at Centro Cultural La Moneda seeks to raise awareness about endangered species with the documentary “Huemul, la sombra de una especie” (“Huemul, the shadow of a species”) by Diego Canut’s film producer, Angelito Cruz Diablo and NGO Aumen.In this documentary you will see a couple of deer, Nehuen and Sayen, who manage to mate and complete their reproductive cycle from their first meeting to the breastfeeding of their litter. May 2nd to 27th 2015 5.15 p.m. | Microcine, -2 level Tickets: $3,000 | Students, special discounts, & senior citizens: $2,000 2x1 tickets with a Centro de Amigos card
N°8 | May 4 | 2015
Diploma Programme exams By Dra. Mimi Bick, Academic Director ib-dp-colour-en 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  8 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 7 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 6 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. 9 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 Processed with Moldiv 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 Processed with Moldiv 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.
Yom Hashoa 2 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 paz 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 3 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 4 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 5 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.
Culture tip: parque-de-las-esculturas 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 Providencia