|Literary appreciation and creative writing workshop
By Juan Pablo Contreras O’Brien, Head of Senior Section
This workshop began on Monday, July 27th after a group of pupils had voiced their interest in literature. The objective is to develop their skills and sensitivity to appreciate world literature, react to it and create their own pieces of writing. There are currently ten Senior pupils attending the workshop, and they meet every Monday after class.
|Students of Plymouth create Mathematic Club
By Dominique Quinn, Teacher of Maths Club
In Maths club we did a lot of work with manipulating mathematics and numbers! Firstly we reflected on how the children felt about their own Maths ability, their strengths and weaknesses. Then we did a few different activities trying to be creative with the Maths the children already knew. There was a dice game on place value, a times table game, algebra games (which were impressively completed by some children). Some children managed to make 100 using the numbers 1-9 and all four operations, fantastic mathematicians. Mr. Jon and I are very excited for next week’s club and challenging the children's abilities further!
|Pupils attend educational technology meeting
By Sachy Bravo, Educational Technology Advisor – Middle Section
On Friday, August 7th pupils Fernando Batarce and Sebastián Jana of Year 8 E attended an Educational Technology meeting organised by the Association of British Schools in Chile (ABSCH), which took place at St John’s School in Concepción.The idea was to program a videogame that dealt with taking care of the environment. The game is now available for the St John’s community.We are certain that this was a very enriching experience for our pupils, since not only they experiment with different computer resources, but they were also able to spend some time with pupils and teachers from other schools.Congratulations to Fernando and Sebastián for their commitment and for representing Craighouse School.
By Felicity NG, Teacher of Reading Group
The initiative of our reading group focuses on helping pupils achieve a concrete understanding of text; more specifically non-fiction books. We read selected books that engage students through a range of fine stories. With this in mind, we aim to hone children’s abilities to visualise narrative and experience how a narrative contains technical literary impact. Ultimately, we want to promote the importance of listening. We strive for children to recognise the importance of listening as a gateway to inspire meaningful and enriched learning.
|The Senior Section inaugurates the 2015 alianzas
By Juan Pablo Contreras O’Brien, Head of Senior Section
On Wednesday, August 5th the Student Council, together with pupils of Year 12, launched the 2015 alianzas with an assembly for all members of the community. These year’s topics have to do with Spanish, Science, History and Philosophy, and they include historical figures related to each of these subjects. Wearing impeccable costumes, the pupils paid surprise visits to younger classes and took them to the dining hall, where the launching would take place. Dances, songs and videos marked the beginning of this process, which will end on September 9th & 10th.
|Skiing season begins
By Paulina Aracena, Skiing Branch
On Sunday, August 16th we had this season’s first skiing race with the participation of children from the ski team who obtained excellent results representing our school. We are extremely proud of all of them.
The following pupils won medals:
Nicolás Tyszka : 1st place - snowboarding
Matías Shaub: 1st place
Catalina Tala: 1st place
Sebastián Tala: 1st place
Antoni Tyszka: 2nd place
Fernanda Pérez: 2nd place
Agustín Ruíz: 2nd place
Catalina Kuster: 3rd place
Additionally, two special needs children from our community took part in a skiing programme designed specially for them. Fernanda Pastene and Tomás McDonnell were able to enjoy a lovely day in the snow. It was very exciting to see them practice this sport.
|Successful friendship sale – CARE
By Evelyn Yupanqui, Communications – CARE
On Tuesday, August 18th, a date when we celebrate Solidarity Day, the Primary Section organised its traditional flea market with the participation of all children and CARE delegates from Prekinder to Year 4.
Pupils had great fun buying toys and accessories that their schoolmates had previously chosen and donated, while the CARE delegates once again showed a wonderful spirit of solidarity, empathy and enthusiasm.
The funds raised with this activity will be used for the various activities we have with the institutions we sponsor.
|Culture tip: A country that reads is a country that dreams
“When we read or listen to a story we create a space of intimacy between the person who reads and the person who listens. When parents, siblings, grandparents or teachers read to a child, they create an emotional intimacy, because when they read they are also saying, ‘I read to you because I value you and love you’.”
National Council of Culture and Arts
Today’s world is visually enticing. Everything can be admired and even “touched”. In this context, we must continue to promote reading in our children every day.
Sharing a book with our children allows them to develop fantasy, to create a common space and become more familiar with letters, as well as improving their vocabulary.
As part of the programme “Chile Lee”, the Chilean Government has created a campaign called “A book a day” where all parents are invited to read with their children.
We invite you to visit the website www.uncuentoaldia.cultura.gob.cl, where you will find a series of texts to share with your little ones.