School News April 2015

N°7 | April 24 | 2015
ABSCH Middle & Senior Leaders' Seminar 2015absch By Craighouse School Academic Team The Association of British Schools in Chile organises a yearly seminar for Middle and Senior leaders. Some members of Craighouse always attend, not only because the occasion provides us with the chance to listen to internationally acclaimed educators, but also because it gives food for thought about what we are doing at school now and how we can continue to improve the educational experience we provide to our pupils and provide further opportunities for professional growth to our academic and formative teams. This year we listened to and worked with two speakers. In the morning, we enjoyed Barbara Firth’s presentation, “Meeting the Needs of the More Able, Gifted and Talented through Active Learning”. Together we discussed the importance of asking good questions in our classrooms and how through questioning we can provide the correct level of challenge to different pupils when planning activities. Generally, our Middle and Senior Management Teams from Craighouse were impressed with the degree of alignment between our school’s Educational Project and the outlook presented by Ms Firth following on her experience of more than 40 years in the British education system. Our work on diversity and differentiation is right on track! In the afternoon sessions, George Saltsman, associate research professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Global Educational Leadership at Lamar University (Texas) and Apple Distinguished Educator, mobile learning policy advisor to UNESCO, and winner of multiple awards, including the Campus Technology Innovator of the Year, Blackboard’s Catalyst award, and The New Media Consortium’s Center of Excellence award, presented “Leading Innovation in Schools”. Mr Saltsman began by asking us to recall Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms) about the difficulties associated making serious changes towards more active learning and learning for all in education. He then shared his expertise, based on empirical investigations, into the effectiveness of digital learning in the 21st century and how we can use technology to help all pupils progress independent of their current level of learning.
LAHC visit: sharing experienceslahc By María Paz Saumann, Director of the Formative Area In the context of Mr Alan Downie’s visit, executive officer of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC), the Formative Area also met with him and shared experiences regarding this area and discussing how schools approach it. A team from the Formative Area showed Mr Downie the work carried out in each area. One of the main focus points was the work being done in the application of the Formative Curriculum and how the school gives equal importance to both the academic area and pupils’ education. We also discussed how other LAHC schools have been looking for new ways to measure students’ wellbeing, which we have evaluated in our school life survey. During the meeting, we contemplated getting together with other LAHC schools to go deeper into these subjects and share experiences.
2015 ABSCH Educational Conference: engaging learners in the 21st centuryabsch_1 By Miss René Sinclair, Head of Primary Section The annual ABSCH Educational Conference was held on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April at Santiago College. The theme of the conference “Engaging Leaners” was led by professionals in the field of education from the United Kingdom and United States of America. This was attended by our Senior and Middle Management Teams on Friday 10th and teachers on Saturday 11th April. Barbara Firth, an assessor for the National Association for Able Children addressed us all about the “Gifted and Talented pupils in a class” How do teachers work with these pupils in the class in extending the bar to its maximum? Neil Griffiths is a very well known creator of the internationally acclaimed storysack concept as well as the Director of National Literacy in the UK. His sessions involved practical ways to engage pupils in listening to stories as well as to develop a love of reading. George Saltsman, an Associate Research Professor in the Centre for Doctoral studies in Global Digital Leadership at Lamar University in Texas, spoke about teaching and learning in the digital age as well as ten ways digital culture is reshaping education. This was indeed very enlightening and inspiring, motivating us to bring many of these ideas into fruition in our classes and sharing with those who were not able to attend.
Un día en Valparaísovalpo Por Sócrates Aguilera, Jefe Departamento de Historia y Ciencias Sociales El miércoles 1 de abril, los alumnos de I Medio visitaron la ciudad de Valparaíso, con el objetivo de vivir en terreno aquellos elementos que a veces no son tan conocidos y que marcan al igual que otros, las singularidades culturales del puerto. Los alumnos atraídos por la música se maravillaron en el único museo organológico de Chile, que pertenece al Sr. Fernando Ramírez, un arquitecto que hace más de 40 años recolecta instrumentos musicales, los investiga y repara. Apasionadamente, ha logrado reunir más de mil y los exhibe en una casa ubicada en el cerro Bellavista. Nos detuvimos en el Cerro Panteón, específicamente en el Cementerio de Disidentes, fue creado en 1825 para albergar los restos de los británicos y europeos residentes que por su fe protestante diferían de la religión oficial del Estado. Como ha sido habitual en nuestras visitas, más de un alumno encontró los restos de un antepasado que pudo haber pertenecido a la pujante burguesía del lugar, ya sea dedicado al comercio naviero, a la banca o a la industria. Utilizamos el ascensor Reina Victoria para visitar el Cerro Alegre (Merry Hill) y el Cerro Concepción, ambos conforman una especie de barrio británico cuyo pasado ha dejado hermosas casas de varios pisos con hermosa decoración. En ambos cerros se mezclan antiguas casonas con viviendas más sencillas y coloridas, grafitis en los muros donde nos encontramos con la Iglesia Anglicana de San Pablo, la casa de Lukas y otros sitios. Finalmente recorrimos el paseo Atkinson, donde apreciamos en plenitud la bahía para luego, subir a nuestros buses y despedirnos de un entorno extraordinario.
Bienvenida, Diana Browndiana Por Miss René Sinclair, Directora de Sección Primary Estamos felices de dar la bienvenida a Diana Brown, profesora de Música y especialista en violín de la Universidad Católica. Diana trabajó en la Suzuki School of Music como profesora de música por cuatro años, y también dirigió el programa Suzuki de violín para la Fundación Belén Educa, además de hacer clases en el Colegio Alemán. También es violinista barroca en la Orquesta Barroca Nuevo Mundo. Diana estará haciendo clases de Música en la Sección Primary, y se centrará en enseñarles a los alumnos de 1º y 2º Básico a tocar violín. Con esto, estará apoyando el proyecto de formar una orquesta en Primary, dirigida por el profesor Francisco Carvajal.
Dato cultural: Medeamedea Por Claire Marsden, Jefa del Departamento de Inglés Medea, la gran tragedia de Eurípides, se presentará en el Teatro Nescafé de las Artes gracias a la genialidad de The National Theatre Live. Esta versión adaptada por Ben Power, con la actuación de la actriz británica Helen McCrory en el papel protagónico, ha recibido excelentes críticas, además de la promesa de elevar el nivel impuesto por la presentación de Un Tranvía Llamado Deseo, de la misma compañía, en octubre del año pasado. Estudiar Literatura o Lenguaje y Literatura para el IB implica un cuidadoso estudio de distintos géneros literarios (en inglés o español). De este modo, nuestros alumnos no pueden perderse la posibilidad de ver teatro de calidad en inglés en Santiago. Un grupo de IV Medio estudiará la obra este año, pero me gustaría sugerirles a todos que vayan a ver esta obra junto a sus familias. Pasarán un rato entretenido y algo espeluznante. Medea se presentará el miércoles 27 de mayo a las 19:30 horas en el Teatro Nescafé de las Artes. Para información sobre las entradas, por favor hacer clic aquí: http://teatro-nescafe-delasartes.cl/programacion/page/2/ .
N°6 | April 17 | 2015
Impressive turnout in Open Day 20151 On April 8th Craighouse School opened its doors to all families who are applying for a place in Prekinder 2016. The admission process includes a meeting at the school where families learn more about the Educational Project and take a look around the facilities, accompanied 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 perfect English.
Craighouse School pupil helps newborn baby2 We are very proud to see how our pupils show commitment and solidarity as their main attributes. Today we would like to share with you the story of Malena Massi of Year 12 B. Together with the Senior Section Student Council, Malena heard of a situation that was affecting a mother in Copiapó. Mr Manuel Carrasco, community leader at Caleta Pan de Azúcar, thanked the school for the donations and told us of a mother who had given birth prematurely and was unable to feed her baby. Upon hearing about this, Malena managed to obtain 24 boxes of formula for the baby, donated by an anonymous contributor, which should last for approximately six months. Congratulations to the Student Council for being ready to meet the needs of the community, and particularly to Malena for her commitment and initiative.
Second-hand book fair: let’s all donate a book!care CARE would like to invite all members of the community to take part in the traditional second-hand book fair to take place this coming Thursday April 23rd within the context of our International Book Day celebration. Our main objective in this activity is to encourage our children to read and help them to develop the concept of solidarity through the wonderful world of books. For this reason we would like to remind you that donations should be age-appropriate for children and in good condition. For instance, for the Primary Section we hope to receive stories, mini-books with textures and hard covers, whereas for the Middle Section you can bring novels, comics, science and technology books, etc. This year, CARE has decided that funds raised will be used to help form the music band at Instituto Estados Americanos, a state school in Lo Barnechea which links up with Craighouse School in various cultural and sports activities.
Mr Alan Downie visited Craighouse School4 On Tuesday, 7th April Mr Alan Downie, Executive Officer of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC) visited our school. Mr Downie had a meeting with all the school Heads, as he wanted to know how LAHC can help Craighouse School and how we can help their organisation. In the meeting with the Academic Area, Mr Downie was very interested in our class observation system (GTP), and our focus and efforts to progress in the Assessment for Learning model. He also told us how other LAHC schools complement the national curriculum with the IB programmes, particularly with regards to university entrance. At the end of his visit, Mr Downie wanted to talk to some of our Prefects, to find out how our pupils view the school.
Senior Section pupils spend time with people living in the streets5 On Thursday, 9th April representatives of the Senior Section Student Council, members of the social action committee and their advisor, Sylvia Lagos, resumed their meetings in the “Calle y Escucha” programme. At 8.30 p.m. they met with people from “Manos Abiertas” on the corner of Pío Nono and Bellavista. They are responsible for providing a moment of happiness and company to people living in the streets. This year, the Student Council plans to visit the homeless two Thursdays each month and bring them food, which is prepared on site. This time, Mr Lacey and his wife were able to come and spend some time with everyone. Congratulations to our pupils!. We extend the invitation to everyone who would like to join this cause.
The Blues won the 2015 athletics intercolour6 By Francisco Hurtado, athletics coordinator With great enthusiasm for sports, typical of Craighouse School, we held our athletics intercolour on Wednesday, 8th April with all pupils from Years 5 to 12, and with the participation of teachers and Heads of the Middle and Senior Sections, who took active part in this excellent tournament where each department was responsible for a specific activity. Over one hundred and fifty pupils met high standards in athletics, enduring the heat and exhaustion and living up to the discipline, sacrifice and dedication demanded of them throughout the day. This year, the Blue House won the competition. The Green House was second, followed by the Whites and the Reds. Please note that this friendly competition prepares our pupils for the much-awaited tournament organised by the Association of British Schools in Chile (ABSCH), allowing each athlete to get their minds and bodies ready. Special thanks to all those who participated in the intercolour; they are all part of the history and tradition of Craighouse School.
COBS leads the ARUSA A groupinsignia With a score of 56-18 COBS players won the third match of the opening tournament of the Asociación de Rugby de Santiago (ARUSA). This must-see rugby classic held on Saturday, 11th April saw the COBS team and the Grange Old Boys play in the Craighouse School fields. Congratulations to our players and particularly to their coach, Mr Mark Cross, our Senior Sub-Section Head.
Culture tip: “Pequeño Municipal”8 As has been a tradition over the last few years, Teatro Municipal de Santiago invites children and young people to the “Pequeño Municipal”, with specially adapted classics of opera, ballet and concerts. It is the perfect opportunity to bring the little ones closer to the performing arts. There will be special performances for families on Sundays, so that parents can take their children and have a lovely time together. Teatro Municipal de Santiago Agustinas 792 – Santiago www.municipal.cl
N°5 | April 10 | 2015
Caring & proactive: pupils unite for a common causecaring We always talk about our school’s fundamental values, but sometimes we don’t realise that our pupils reflect and live those values every day. In view of the emergency up north, our pupils decided they wanted to help. The Prefects, Middle and Senior Student Council and pupils from the Primary Section contacted Desafío Levantemos Chile to find out what they could do to help. They were assigned a specific area: Caleta Pan de Azúcar, north of Chañaral. Our pupils decided that they would contribute with one type of product for each level. The Primary Section collected personal hygiene products, the Middle Section collected non-perishable food and the Senior Section collected bottled water. On Monday and Tuesday they managed to gather around five hundred plastic containers full of water, three hundred kilos of food and countless bags with toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.). On Tuesday, March 31st Mr Carrasco, a representative of the fishermen who work at the caleta, came to the school and loaded his truck with all the goods. He was very touched by our pupils’ help and thanked them profusely. In turn, our pupils promised to contact him in the near future to continue helping this area. Congratulations to our community, pupils, parents and teachers for this wonderful initiative.
Ecumenical commemoration at Craighouse Schoolreligione By Marcela Acuña, head of the Religion Department In the context of diversity as one of our school’s main attributes, on Thursday, April 2nd we held an ecumenical service in the three sections to reflect our commitment to respecting the different religions, beliefs and spiritual development of all our pupils. That day we commemorated Passover (for the Jewish community) and Holy Week (for the Christian world). In the Religion Department we had set the goal of creating a space for communion and a joint testimony, uniting in prayer and reflection beyond religious differences. During Passover the Jewish community remember their liberation from slavery in Egypt, and for the Christian community the Holy Week is an invitation to relive the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. The ceremony began with a slideshow of images of these commemorations, with help from the Music Department. Then a drama group from Year 8 presented a few historical passages. The ceremony ended with the school prayer.
Academic director takes part in forum on Chilean examsmimi Mrs Mimi Bick, our academic coordinator, took part in the 2nd Extended Dialogue Forum on Chilean Exams organised by the Department of Pedagogical Studies of the School of Philosophy and Humanities at Universidad de Chile. On March 24th Ministry of Education representatives, social organisations and researchers from Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica got together in the 2nd extended dialogue forum: “Exams: what and who for? High-impact Chilean examinations.” The invitation was to talk about the purpose, quality and usefulness of these tests, and to analyse all opinions on the matter. One of the main objectives was to discuss whether they manage to improve the quality and equity of our educational system, who they are designed for and who uses and benefits from the results.
Spanish PSU mock exam: a foundation for personalised workpsu On Saturday, March 28th our Year 12 pupils came to school at 8.30 a.m. for the first Spanish PSU mock exam of the year. Following the same format as the actual test, the 2015 generation completed this mock exam, allowing us to design a work plan for each skill, for all our pupils. The Spanish Department will now be able to set specific goals based on the abilities of each student and the projected work. That day pupils also sat for the Science mock exam, which includes Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
First outing by ecomonitorseso By Sachy Bravo, EcoCommunity coordinator – Senior Section As part of the first EcoCommunity activities, on Friday March 27th we visited the “Punto Limpio” recycling centre in Lo Barnechea with all monitors from the Middle and Senior Sections. Thirty pupils took part, accompanied by teachers Mrs Andrea Rendic, Mrs Sachy Bravo and Edith Casas. The objectives of this outing were to meet as a work team and as part of EcoCommunity’s excecutive committee, and to learn about the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment. The ecomonitors participated in the recycling workshop given by Mr Cristián Cáceres, head of Punto Limpio in Lo Barnechea, where they discovered what the place is for, what waste and rubbish are, what can be recycled and taken to one of these recycling centres, what is obtained from recycling and how the environment and people benefit from the recycling process. This activity served to motivate our pupils and help them understand that their job promoting environmental protection in their classes is very important. We want to thank all our monitors for their participation, particularly Santiago Lyon from Year 6 C who demonstrated great knowledge about this issue and made some outstanding contributions to the discussion.
March: the month of respectrespeto In the context of the values promoted at Craighouse School, during March we focus on the value of respect. On Tuesday, March 24th pupils in Years 1 and 2 took part in an assembly where pupils who reflect this value received an award. Year 1 pupils also did a small presentation with an acrostic. Music teachers directed a song about respect and all the students sang along, following a PowerPoint presentation. During the assembly the pupils were shown a video inviting them to participate in “Earth hour” (on March 28th), when everyone in the world is encouraged to turn off the lights at the same time in order to save energy and contribute to the protection of our planet. On Thursday, March 26th it was the turn of Years 3 and 4, who took part in different activities that helped them to see real-life situations in which they can show respect towards other people. Year 3 students read poems in English dealing with this value, and presented the sentence they created by answering a question from the inquiry centre: “If everybody is more respectful”.
Parents’ meeting – March 17th, 2015Ma._Alicia_original-869ce9cb2e4bbb43430f69a61dfb71b3 By Bárbara Spikin, form teacher On March 17th parents from Kinder and Years 1 and 2, as well as teachers, had the opportunity to attend the talk about self-esteem presented by the specialist María Alicia Halcartegaray’s. They were able to learn, among other very important concepts, that children need to have a secure bond with an adult (mainly parents) in order to grow and develop in harmony. María Alicia explained that this bond is the root of the development of positive self-esteem, which not only has a great impact on children’s emotional life but also on their learning process. After this enriching presentation parents gathered in their different classes and shared their ideas and opinions about this relevant topic. Finally, they reached an agreement to reinforce their children’s positive self-esteem as a group.
Parents meeting – Year 12: the beginning of the end of school lifeLOGOTIPO PRIMARIO RGB On March 26th Year 12 parents attended a meeting to mark the beginning of the last year of their children’s school life. Mr Juan Pablo Contreras, head of section, explained what this year means for the pupils: finishing the Diploma and then focusing on the university entrance exam (PSU). He also invited the attending parents to support their children and guide them in their tastes and interests, which will determine their future. After this conversation, the parents visited their children’s classroom where they received academic information about the pupils.
 
N°4 | April 6 | 2015
Inquiry centre: the perfect spot for learning-inquiryCI_baja By Mimi Bick, Academic Director Our Educational Project, specifically in the pupil profile, states that our students aspire to be “inquirers, by developing their natural curiosity and acquiring the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research, and by showing their independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning, and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.” This is why in our new campus we went from having a traditional library to modern inquiry centres, which have been externally recognised for their architecture. The different areas in each centre was designed together with the academic team, bearing in mind not only our pupils but particularly how they can learn through inquiry. In order to promote experimentation, since the year 2014 both inquiry centres open their doors to our community from Monday to Friday from 7.30 a.m., allowing students to visit them before their first lesson. We invite all parents who get to school early to take the time to visit and enjoy these facilities and to borrow books that they can read with their children at home. The bonding experience between parents and children is a relevant indicator for their future as avid readers throughout their whole lives.
Integration day for Year 4: working as a team2 By Loreto Urrutia, Formative Area psychologist On Wednesday, March 18th all Year 4 pupils took part in a series of integration activities organised by the Formative Area. The main objective was to spend time together, collaborate and get to know each other through games. Form teachers began the day with games in each class. The mission was to solve problems where every pupil had to help, in order to reach the different objectives together. The pupils also had to answer questions about their tastes, hobbies, thoughts and opinions. They were all very happy to take part. Towards the end, they went to the dining hall where Miss René told them that we are all important. We all have our strengths and weaknesses which we should be aware of and share. She also explained that we all have something to contribute to make a better world, and that together we will go very far.
Student Council activities and class representatives: for a good year in 20153 By Sylvia Lagos, Senior Section Student Council advisor On Tuesday, March 24th we held the annual Senior Section Student Council meeting together with class representatives. At the meeting led by advisors Mrs Sylvia Lagos and Mrs Blanca Hernández, the Student Council directors went through their work programme for this year. They also talked about the importance of the class council and the role of class representatives. The following committees were formed: academic, events, social action, Student Council’s official activities and section needs, covering the most important areas of interest for our pupils. The class representatives also had the opportunity to get together with their respective tutors and plan the year, and had a long conversation with Mr Juan Pablo Contreras, head of section, sharing views and expectations for 2015. Finally, they all chose pupils Josefina Beheran (Year 11 A) and Vicente Fleischmann (Year 11 C) as presidents of the Class Delegates Council.
Senior Section meeting: welcome to the school yearEduardo_nicholls(1) By Juan Pablo Contreras, Head of Senior On Thursday, March 19th parents from Years 9 to 11 attended the Senior Section meeting, where psychologist Eduardo Nicholls, who specialises in addictions, discussed the results of the latest drug survey conducted at the school. He compared these results with those from the previous survey and with the general national survey, so our parents could find out where the school is in each category. Mr Nicholls also discussed the protective factors that contribute to the prevention of drug use from the perspective of peers, school and family. Later, the parents worked in each classroom with information from the specialist. Finally, they received relevant academic and formative information specific for each level in order to better guide their children. The focus of this meeting was to strengthen the family-school bond for the benefit of our pupils.
Craighouse School pupil is invited to dance4 Catalina Rojas, from Year 6 C, was invited to take part in The Nutcracker ballet with the professional ballet company of Teatro Nescafé de las Artes, directed by renowned ballerina Sara Nieto. On March 31st and April 1st and 2nd the company danced at the Centro de Extensión Universidad Católica. Congratulations to Catalina and her family for promoting their daughter’s artistic development.
Culture tip: “Behind the beautiful forevers” (April 21st)BEAUTFUL-FOREVERS_1000x664-850x564 This is a play by playwright David Hare (author of “Skylight”), and it tells the story of a family who lives in a poor, improvised Indian neighbourhood, very near the Mumbai airport, in an area surrounded by 5-star hotels. It is a moving, brilliant play directed by Rufus Norris. (Source: http://teatro-nescafe-delasartes.cl/national-theatre-live-behind-the-beautiful-forevers/) Teatro Nescafé de las Artes Manuel Montt 032, Providencia Recommended for viewers over 14. 2 hours 40 minutes approx. including interval.