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.


Thomas Hughes


Thomas Hughes

Head of Primary Section

Viviana Caro

Deputy Head of Section

Galia Engel

Deputy Head of Section

Tatiana Almendares

Deputy Head of Early Years

Bárbara Atkinson

Academic Coordinator

María Magdalena Band

Early Years Academic Coordinator

Bernardita Domínguez

Literacy Coach

Joanne Berger

Early Years Inspector

María Constanza de la Piedra

Year 1 & 2 Inspector

Catherine Galmez

3 & 4 Inspector

Maritchu Lizasoain

Section Assistant


A Magdalena Rivas  - Javiera Klarian
B Nicole Denham - Magdalena Alvarado
A Andrea Carrillo - Constanza Jorquera
B Macarena González -  Bernardita Rojas 
C Nicole Awnetwant - Danielle Zarun
D Carola Alegría - Alejandra Meza
E Karina Gabor - María de los Ángeles Silva
F Francisca Ducasse - Fernanda Vilches
G Gabriela Badiola - María Jesús Campos
A Josefa Cruz - Anneke Engering
B Nathalie Rigby - Fernanda Rossi
C Valentina Araya - Valeria Márquez
D Andrea Kattan - Valentina Zavala
E Macarena Ashwell - Carolina Cid

Ana María García -  Nadia Goldsmith


María Jesús Saavedra -  Macarena Quiroz

Subject Coordinator
Jimena Manríquez (Spanish Coordinator)
María Sol Prieto - Paulina Donaire - Jimena Manríquez ( Coordinator)
Verónica Vergara - María Jesús Albornoz
Patricia González - María José Goles
Nadia Manzano - María Paz Mena - Daniela Riveros
Physical Education & Sport
Paula Infante
Águeda Valdés- Loreto Sepúlveda
Camila Hernández 
Oliver Salgado - Eduardo Herane
Year 1
A Esperanza Moyano - Sofía Van Wersch
B Patricia Black - Daniela Manzano
C Carla Catalan - Airish Suárez
D Yorka Tomicic - Mercedes Izquierdo
E Consuelo García - Catalina Ferrer
F María Ignacia Barriga - Christine Holmes
Year 2
A Constanza Casanueva
B Cecilia Kunstmann
C Constanza Paredes
D Ma. Ignacia Fernández
E Rosario Vigneaux
F Macarena Martorell
G Agustina Báez
Year 3
A Magdalena Valdés
B Magdalena del Río
C Lily Jackson
D Sofía Ansoleaga
F Josefina Guzmán
G Magdalena Jünemann
G Fiona Jones
Year 4
A Ben Adams
B Alejandra Herrera
C Oliver Worsdall
D Magdalena de la Maza
E María José Torres
F Carolina Badilla
G Francisca Quintana
Loreto Parada - Cecilia Coloma
Andrés Chacón - Matías Latrach
Marcela Acuña - Denise Osuna
Ariela Dahan

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 we are?
  • 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.




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