Message from the Primary Section

Dear families, 

I am delighted to give you a very warm welcome to our Primary Section and tell you a little bit about this wonderful part of Craighouse School!

The Primary Section, a section where enormous amounts of energy and enthusiasm, happiness and laughter abound every day of the year, is the biggest section of our school comprising 6 levels from PK to Year 4!  

Each Year group has 7 classes with approximately 20 pupils each. Our pupils are immersed into English from the moment they start school in PK, thus making the English language the natural and spontaneous way members of staff and pupils communicate with each other every day.

In PK and K two highly qualified teachers are in charge of teaching, guiding and supporting our pupils.

From Year 1 onwards, there is a Tutor per class who is in charge of delivering the English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Art and Technology curricula, facilitating, guiding and collaborating with our pupils’ learning.

There are specialist Spanish teachers, Music teachers, Religion and Sports teachers who, through their subjects and working collaboratively with the class tutors, greatly contribute to the development of our pupils’ various skills and student profile.

Our Formative Area, psychologist and special needs specialists, are a fundamental asset to our section and work closely with our students, teachers and families offering support, guidance and   ensuring the wellbeing of all the members of our community.

The Primary Years Programme promotes the integral development of our pupils, academically, socially and emotionally as well as Agency and Inquiry from the very start of their education at Craighouse School. Our pupils are active learners who are the protagonists of their learning journey which eventually culminates in our section in Year 4 with the presentation of their PYP Project.

The Primary Section offers children a very happy, energetic, fruitful learning environment where all our pupils have the opportunity to gain confidence in themselves, develop independence, autonomy, inquiry, and become passionate lifelong learners.

   
Cristina Russell-King

Team

Cristina Russell-King

Head of Primary Section

Viviana Caro

Deputy Head of Section

Galia Engel

Deputy Head of Section

Tatiana Armendares

Deputy Head of Section

Bárbara Atkinson

Academic Coordinator

Joanne Berger

Preprimary & Year 1 Inspector

Catherine Galmez

Year 2, 3 & 4 Inspector

Maritchu Lizasoain

Section Assistant

Staff

Playgroup
A  Magdalena Rivas - Josefina Maraboli
Pre-kinder
D Andrea Carrillo - Fernanda Vilches
A Macarena González - Bernardita Rojas
R Lorena Santander - Ma. Jesús Saavedra
L Carola Alegría -Nicole Awnetwant
I Karina Gabor - Gabriela Badiola
N Claudia Cardenas- Nicole Denham
G Fernanda Rossi - Valeria Márquez
Kinder
D Andrea Kattan - Sofía Balmaceda
A Nathaly Rigby - Francisca Lira
R Ji Yun Kim - Valentina Araya
L Victoria Muller - Carola Urrutia
I Isabel Sepúlveda - Macarena Ashwell
N Francisca Alvear - Ana María García
G Magdalena Band - Paula Etchart
Subject Coordinator
Jimena Manríquez (Spanish Coordinator)
Spanish
María Sol Prieto - Paulina Donaire - Jimena Manríquez
Verónica Vergara - María Laura Little
Gabriela Garín - María José Goles
Nadia Manzano - María Paz Mena
Physical Education & Sport
María José Pilasi (Coordinator)
Águeda Valdés- Loreto Sepúlveda
Andrea Niedmann- Kattana Rodríguez
Camila Hernández
Esteban Calquín
Year 1
D  Nicole Schwidder
A  Agustina Baez
R  Constanza Pimentel
L Rosario Montero
I  Bernardita Domínguez
N  Consuelo García
G  Blanca Jané
Year 2
D Lola Krögh
A   Cecilia Kunstmann
R  Magdalena Del Rio
L  Ma. Ignacia Fernández
I Rosario Vigneaux
N  Macarena Martorell
G Josefina Cood
Year 3
D Josefina Guzmán
A  Magdalena de la Maza
R  María José Torres
L  María Jesús Carvajal
I  Macarena García
N Magdalena Junemann
G  Fiona Jones
Year 4
D  Ben Adams
A  Alejandra Herrera
R Oliver Worsdall
L  Bernardita Bambach
I Magdalena Bengolea
N  Non Geraint
G  Francisca Quintana
Music
Loreto Parada-
Andrés Chacón
Religion
Marcela Acuña - Viviana León
Deborah Nowogrodski

IB Primary Years Programme

At Craighouse School we prepare our pupils for the challenges of the 21st Century from the moment they enter the school.

The International Baccalaureate (IB), with its Primary Years Programme (PYP), is our platform for organising learning from Play Group to Year 4.

The national academic curriculum requirements are complemented with the international requirements of the PYP. This allows us to prepare interdisciplinary pupils.

The fundamental objective of the IB programmes is to educate people who are internationally minded and who, aware of the condition that unites them as human beings and of their shared responsibility in taking care of the planet, contribute to the creation of a better and more peaceful world.

This stage sets the bases of a pupil who will follow the International Baccalaureate with all its programmes.
 

In this specific programme, work is organised around the following questions:

  • Who are we?
  • Where are we in place and time?
  • How do we express ourselves?
  • How does the world work?
  • How do we organise ourselves?
  • How do we share the planet?

Children acquire basic skills and knowledge by being at the centre of an inquiry- and experience- based approach. They ask questions and become increasingly aware of different answers and perspectives of the world around them. We encourage pupils to follow their intuition and take risks with the questions they ask and, when possible, to look for solutions and actions to make our school and our world a better place.

Through the PYP, pupils develop thinking, inquiry, self-management and communication skills.

During the years in which this programme takes place, teachers help pupils decide on the topic they want to research and present for the Final Exhibition.

This is when the community can witness the significant progress made by our pupils, with their innate curiosity and hard work.

We will have people who are:
** 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.

** Knowledgeable: By exploring concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

** Thinkers: By exercising initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions, including those concerning social, scientific and technological issues.

** Communicators: By understanding and expressing ideas and information confidently and creatively in English and Spanish and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others, demonstrating leadership abilities.

** Principled: By acting with integrity and honesty, a strong sense of fairness and a clear sense of justice. They champion human rights and equality amongst all people, based upon a strong social awareness. They are responsible for their own actions and the consequences that may ensue.

** Open-minded: By by understanding and appreciating their own cultures and personal histories, and being open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

** Caring: By showing empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

** Risk-takers: By approaching unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and having the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

** Balanced: By understanding the importance of an intellectual, physical and emotional equilibrium to achieve personal wellbeing for themselves and others. They have a well-balanced self-image and are aware of their own personal traits, capabilities and limitations.

** Reflective: By giving thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

 

 

 

Learning Resources

Considering how developed technology is today, Craighouse School has decided to make available to families informative Learning Resources, the purpose of which is to provide tools and technological resources that reinforce the knowledge, skills and habits acquired in class.

Playgroup

Prekinder

Kinder

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4