Whole School

VISIT TELETÓN

On Tuesday, November 12th, a delegation from Junior and Senior visited the “Centro Teletón” to hand the money collected on our annual “Red and White Day”.

We had a wonderful tour of the facilities and were able to experience from first hand all the support that this centre gives to the broader community. The money collected will go into a “Rehabilitation Virtual Reality Lab” to further assist the children that attend there on a daily basis. Our students got to visit the facilities and toured around the place, getting in contact with another reality which impacts a lot of Uruguayan kids. 

It was a very open minded and caring visit which is embedded into our community commitment projects as a School.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank again our wonderful community that came together and helped with this wonderful fundraising. 

 

TELETÓN 2019

Last Friday, October 25th, the School was a vision of white and red, in commemoration of its traditional “Teletón Day”, where several activities took place in both Junior and Senior for fundraising purposes: bake sale, non-uniform day. Students showed engagement and true commitment with the cause. In the coming weeks, Junior and Senior students will visit the Fundación Teletón and will delliver all the day´s proceeds. 

 

25th & 50th ANNIVERSARY

On Saturday 26th October, two groups of former students returned to the School. The generations of 1969 and 1994, were celebrating their 50th and 25th years of their leaving. Not a single one of them looked any older than they day they left! Some of them are current parents or grandparents, but some others had not seen each other or the school for a long time. This is what made the day special.

The event was the result of ideas planted by both the School and the Old Boys & Old Girls Club, and it was a great success. There were around 100 people present, and after a quick tour of the School, with many shared memories of what has changed, or what has not, in some cases, everyone went to the auditorium to listen to short speeches. The Principal, Mark Roseavear, and the President of the Old Boys & Old Girls Club, Mr Santiago Rodriguez, welcomed our guests, some who had travelled from overseas for the occasion. Then the Head Boy and Head Girl of each generation, Mrs Karen Schandy and Mr Rodolfo Medeiros from 1969 and Mrs Margarita Strauch and Mr Duncan Espiga from 1994 addressed their classmates before the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Martin Wells, closed proceedings.

It was great to see all of our former students again. It would be nice to think this will become an annual event. My thanks to everyone who helped in organising it.

A fuller report will appear in the December edition of INSIGHT magazine.

Mark Rosevear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL´S BIRTHDAY - 111 YEARS

Another sunny 8th of October where the School joined in the celebration. Several activities were carefully planned by teachers and staff for both Senior and Junior. 

Senior students enjoyed the Interhouse, displaying their skills and sportsmanship. In Junior the activities varied from a wonderful quiz to the classic cake. 

ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE

The School is committed towards minimising its negative impact on the Environment: we have year-long recollection of bottle caps as a House initiative, we encourage the contact with Nature through educational visits, we have students involved with organisations devoted to fostering the care for the environment. As part of these efforts, we have just inaugurated our newest Recycle Station. In here, students will be able to deposit disposal of paper and plastic. We have new yellow plastic bins throughout the School, where students and staff can dispose of their plastic bottles. These are later carried to the Recycle Station. 

An institution will recollect the plastic and paper for recycling purposes.

LOS TEROS RUGBY PLAYERS VISIT

In two weeks the 2019 rugby World Cup starts in Japan. The British Schools is very proud of the fact that we have five former students who will be representing ‘Los Teros’, Uruguay. We welcomed them this week with a special assembly so the whole school could wish them every success for the tournament. Mr Mark Rosevear started off by saying it is good to have dreams, and it is important to try to achieve them, although sometimes they might not come true. The important part is to always do one’s best. For Santiago Civetta, Juan Manuel Cat and Manuel Leindekar their dream of playing in the World Cup will come true. All three played for the school in the 2014 Sanix tournament in Japan, and now they will be returning five years later as international rugby players.  They join Juan Manuel Gaminara, the Captain, and Andrés Vilaseca, who will be playing in their second World Cup tournament. Two other former students, Juan Manuel García and Joaquín Pastore, are part of the staff but unfortunately they could not be with us today. The students asked some great questions and one proudly told Manuel Leindekar that he had his sticker for his album!

Juan Manuel Gaminara concluded with a speech making a very important point. Many of the students’ questions referred to winning, and he said that sport, as well as life, is not all about winning and losing. He clarified this by adding that different people have different objectives, and if they achieve these objectives, then they have won.

The speech in full can be heard here

We are very happy that we could recognise how well the five of them have done, now that they have achieved the first part of their objective. Congratulations, and we send our best wishes to them and the rest of the Uruguay team for the World Cup.

 

TOY DAY

On Wednesday 31st July, we successfully celebrated another Non Uniform - House day, with the main objective in collecting toys for hundreds of children within the institutions the School works with. This was a whole school initiative and both in Senior and Junior students filled with bags were seen everywhere. 

In Senior, under the logo "Give toys, give joy" we will share the toys with the following institutions: Alfareros, Caif del Lago, CADI, Cottolengo Femenino, Cottolengo Masculino, Don Bosco Preescolares, Don Bosco Escolares, Escuela 183, Escuela Lido and Jardín de infantes 283.

Some of our students´ reflections: 

"Giving toys is a way of giving joy" Juan Deffeminis

"Donating a toy goes beyond the act of knowing that it will be given away. It is the feeling, the imagination of seeing each of the children who receives one of these that warms and pleases the heart. Every smile, laugh and memory you had playing with them, now you are giving others the chance to share this. Each of us makes life with what we give, because it is in the act of giving where we present our vitality. Thus, to donate a toy has a deeper and more beautiful meaning, it is the ability to provide happiness to others with small acts, to enjoy the grace of life even if there are obstacles and even more, as Mahatma Ghandi once said “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”, because in it, we nurture each other's sharing". Sofía Collazo.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY - SECOND SEMESTER

We started the second semester with a welcome back assembly for the whole school.

Mr Rosevear started the assembly by welcoming everyone back and saying how important the time is before the September holidays in terms of academic preparation for the IB Diploma exams, the IGCSE exams, the PYP Exhibition and the Egreso, all of which take place later on in the year. Probably the highlight of the next few weeks will be the musical, ´Mamma Mia’, which will be performed in the last weeks of August and which students have been practicing hard for since the beginning of the year.

He then introduced the new Head of Senior, Mr. Andrew Bunt, who said how delighted he was to be here and how much he is looking forward to working at The British Schools.

The Heads of Department from the Senior School gave the students a brief review of some of the successes that the students have achieved so far this year. 

After a brief introduction, Form 5 students answered the following questions as they reflected upon the process of preparing and presenting of Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.

  1. WHAT DID YOU LEARN?

Manuel:  I learned not to be afraid to speak in front of an audience.

Baltazar:  Collaboration is important because if not we wouldn’t have been able to do the play well.

  1. HOW DID YOU FEEL?

Uma: I felt nervous when I was off stage but once I started acting I felt calm.

Marcos:  I felt happy because I shout a lot and my character allowed me to be myself.

  1. DID YOU LIKE YOUR CHARACTERS?

Sebastián: I liked my character because it was meant to be funny and for me it was a challenge because I thought it was impossible for me to be funny.

Sofia: At first I didn’t like my character because it didn´t do much in the play. But then I realized that every character has an important role to play.

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK MADE THE PLAY A SUCCESS?

Martina: Being in the play since Form 3 helped us in all ways, how to stand, when to come in……

Carolina:  Looking at the other cast and borrowing tips or not to improve our own characters.

  1. THE LAST PERFORMANCE WAS ON THURSDAY EVENING BUT I HEARD THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE ART ROOM.

Lots of people helped us to make the play a success.

Maintenance:  helped us move things and materials

Anita and Javier:  planned and made the costumes

Leo: helped us with the lights and sounds

Art teachers:  made and painted the scenery

ICT teachers: helped with making the projections.

And of course, Analia, Mr Rompani and Music teachers – the play wouldn’t have happened without them!!

We won´t forget all the other teachers who helped us in many, many different ways.

  1.  WHICH SONG DID YOU LIKE BEST?

Carolina : We liked the Bombi Zamba because it was very energetic. Now you are going to have the pleasure of listening to this song from the play – it is called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!!

The Assembly ended on a high note as everyone joined with the choir as they enthusiastically sang the title song from the play.

We are all looking forward to a busy and eventful term.

 

VISITA A FUNDACIÓN PÉREZ SCREMINI

El miércoles 26 de junio, alumnos del Student Council de Senior y los Prefects de Junior, fueron los encargados de ir en representación de todo el colegio para llevar lo recaudado para la fundación Pérez Scremini, lo cual se generó a partir del "non uniform day" y una "bake sale" que tuvo lugar ese día. Fue una experiencia enriquecedora donde nuestros alumnos estuvieron siempre con mirada atenta y respetuosa, conociendo las instalaciones de la fundación y haciendo interesantes y genuinas preguntas, a medida que distintos médicos y responsables de dicha institución nos explicaban los objetivos y desafíos a los que se enfrentan día a día.

      

 

 

 

 

ST. ANDREW´S SOCIETY OF THE RIVER PLATE - ESSAY CONTEST

The St. Andrew's Essay competition, which is organised by the St. Andrew's Society of the River Plate, took place on Wednesday 12th June 2019. The competition is open to 10 to 18 year old students in Argentina and Uruguay, and is held on the same day at all schools. Students who participate have the opportunity to apply their English language skills together with their imagination and creativity.  It is also a chance to encourage the students’ charitable nature as proceeds of the competition are donated to different organisations in need of support.

Senior students who participated: Dylan Fairless, Francesca Ferrari, Christian Ingrey, Josefina Lorenzo, Benicio Borrás, Francisco Fulquet, Clara Tolosa, Mateo Pilorget, Milagros Ruiz, Julieta Deus, Guzmán Zugnoni, Skye Atkins, Cipriano Dorbessan, Melissa Danten, Francesca Schneck, Indira Reyes.

Junior students who participated: Federica Vidiella, Julio Seizer, Mateo Tolosa, Malena Carrau, Benito Alexander, Rosario Deus, Olivia Lasalvia, Federico Souto, Emilia Stirling, Eugenia Macgill, Inés Varela, Haroldo Gomensoro, Alejo Martínez, Guillermina Valeriani, Venancio Acosta y Lara, Ma. Clara Bia, Leah Cowley, Emma Dorbessan, Tiago Stremmler.  

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