Whole School

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.  

TBSx

On Friday, May 31st, the School hosted the second edition of TBSx,  where 7 former students shared their stories to raise funds for the Reaching U Foundation and for our different CAS projects.

Blas Melissari shared with the audience his hydroponic projects and innovations, Sofía Puig delighted the audience with her learnings as head of Enseña Uruguay and its huge contribution to Uruguay’s public education. Gabriel Varela shared his views and anecdotes about The British Schools and the sense of belonging of its community, and Juan Manuel Gaminara talked about his experience as the Captain of the National Rugby Team and the different challenges he had to face. Agustina Roig spoke about her project MeHumanity and the passion that drives her to keep growing, Jaime Miller his love for Golf and his work with the Escuela de Golf Chimont and María Deal shared her love for music, and her experience as a professional musician.

To all of them, our thanks for making this event possible.

 

CAT 4 -

For the past two weeks, some of the students in Junior and Senior School have been taking the CAT4. The Cognitive Abilities Test Fourth Edition (CAT4) is an assessment tool designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses the ability to reason with and manipulate different types of information: how students think with words (verbal reasoning), with numbers (quantitative reasoning), with shapes (non-verbal reasoning) and with shapes in space (spatial reasoning). CAT4 provides teachers with information about individual and group learning profiles which, used with other data, supports teaching and learning for all students. At The British Schools, CAT4 is administered to all Form 3 and Form 5 students in Junior and to all Year 2 and Year 4 students in Senior. In the Junior School, Form 3 and Form 5 teachers have a feedback session with the Learning Support team where the learning profile of their group and individual students are shared and implications for teaching are analysed. Form 5 students also work in small groups with the Learning Support team where they receive personalized feedback about their learning profile, its strengths and weaknesses as well as discussing strategies to help them learn better according to their learning profile. In the Senior School students have an individual meeting with members of the Learning Support Team to receive feedback on their results.  

For more information about CAT4: https://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/support/cat4-product-support/cat4-information-for-parents/.

 

WELCOME BACK

We welcomed back the beginning of the academic year with an assembly in the Gymnasium where we were delighted to see everyone again after the long summer holidays. It is always good to see the whole school together. There were speeches from the Principal, Mark Rosevear, the Head Girl, Sol Slinger, and Head Boy, Andrés Chang.  

We are looking forward to the challenges ahead, since 2019 will be an exciting year, with some of the highlights being the New Zealand, Australia and Japan Rugby Tour, Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and LAMUN, to name just a few. 

 

Mark Rosevear´s Speech:

I know this is unusual for you all to meet together on the first day back after a long holiday, but it is what happens in a lot of the schools I know, and something that for sure would have happened here at The British Schools in the past. Why we stopped this practice I do not know, but we will come together more often.

People normally come together to celebrate something. We are celebrating the start of a new school year. Every year brings new expectations. For some of you this is an important year as there are academic exams that you need to take. Don’t be afraid of them, don’t worry about them, but do work for them. This is the same for all activities you do. The saying, first attributed to Benjamin Franklin of ‘if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’, is true of everything we do. So whether it is your academic work, a sports tour, acting in a musical or whatever you like doing, prepare well so you enjoy it more when it comes along.

There are some new faces amongst us. Some of them are teachers and some are students, but both will be both a little nervous and excited as you start a new part of your lives.  We welcome all of you to The British Schools.

We have a beautiful school with lots of grass and open spaces. Help us to look after it all of the time. Don’t leave your rubbish for someone else to collect. Put it away when you have finished. Wear your uniform correctly and with pride. It identifies you as a member of this community, one of a long line of students to be educated here, and with many more to come in the future.

We have over 1500 people living and working together at school each day. With that number of people, there have to be some rules. It was said of one famous school that they had only two rules, ‘be true and be kind’. It would be nice if it was that simple, but if everyone follows that simple advice, we can all maximize what we want to achieve.

Before I ask our Head Boy and Head Girl, Andres Chang and Sol Slinger, to speak to you with their own messages, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our Y6 students in particular a very successful year. It is your last year with us, so please make the most of it. 

Sol Slinger´s speech:

Good morning to you all,

A few days ago, I was telling my brothers that this was going to be my last first day of school. And they asked me why was I saying this in a sentimental tone; they thought I should be happy that school is finally over and I was able to play Fortnite all day. However, let me tell you that there is no other place I would rather be. What I’m saying might sound strange, but if these past thirteen years have taught me something, is that this school will always be my home. So, let me use this first day of school to tell you the three reasons why I can say this.

Reason number one

Everyone can have their own place here

What I mean, is that whatever your dreams and passions are, you’ll always have somewhere at school where you can develop them. You like dancing, singing or acting? You can join Scottish, choir or be a part of the school plays. Do you like thinking and strategy? You can join robotics, chess club, or math Olympics. Do you like debating? You can join Model United Nations. Are you more of a sports person? You can be part of the rugby, football, hockey, handball, or basketball team.

You get what I’m trying to point out. The doors are already open for you, now it’s up to you. Please let this new year surprise you, and try, with an open and willing mind, any of these activities.

Reason number two

You learn you can.

New year’s come with fears. Maybe your Pyp exhibition is nearby, the Egreso exam, IGCSE or even the IB exams. And for sure, this can make you feel insecure; and it is normal. But keep in mind that at school everyone is there to help you and show you the way. Of course, some things will be more challenging than others this year, but as the quote goes, believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Reason number three

My friends are here. The best thing of all.

These are the only years -for us the last- to see our friends 24/7. The school is not only the place where most of these friendships began but also, the place where they kept growing and evolving. Please, enjoy and value that you can play, talk, and share moments with your friends every day.

All mentioned reasons are what makes me proud to be member of The British Schools. Thus, although I know boys don’t like to cut their hair and girls don’t like to be called up due to their nail polish, when I see someone passing by, wearing the school uniform, I instantaneously feel him or her as part of my family.

To close up, remember you are what makes the school better than Fortnite, you are the one responsible for making your school life amazing. So please, take risks this year and try to join a new team or activity, and believe in yourself. But overall, enjoy every single day here. Because once you get to sixth year, you realize time goes by too quickly.

Thank you, and good luck to you all in this new year!

 

Andres´ Chang speech:

Good morning to you all.

If my voice trembles or if I mumble it is probably because I am nervous. I don't reeaaaally like talking in public so bear with me.

Welcome back to another school year; my generation is currently on our last year of school and that gives us a lot of experience. As a sixth year student I would like to share with you how I managed throughout my school years.

I used to think that when summer was gone so was the fun and the responsibilities from school began. But now that I think about it, many of my best memories and anecdotes come from within this school's walls. I would like to think that this is the case of all of you too. Although we have to study a lot, we have various occasions and activities where we enjoy ourselves. For example, hanging out with friends at the pavilion or in the fields. Beating your classmates at rugby, hockey, or football; or even passing a test you thought you would fail. These are the moments that encourage me to come to school. For sure lots of new memories will be made this school year.

The school allows both students to learn not only subjects but values, and it also allows them to take part in varied activities. If you like sport you can join the rugby team with Cesar or if you enjoy calmer activities you can join the chess club in junior or the knitting club. Debating, acting, dancing, the school offers all these activities that can be done by any student. This does not only allow people to do something they enjoy but it creates unity in the school.

Although there is an age gap between the generations, the school constantly works on closing this gap and unifying the school. All the activities in school aim towards, not only the growth of a student but in the integration of every student in something they enjoy.

We may all belong to different generations and have different tastes but we are all from the same school. The British Schools. This is the aim the school has this year; the unification of the whole school.

A word of advice for students; the year you are going to go through is probably not as hard as people tell you it is. So don't be afraid of it.

Thank you, and have a great school year. 

 

 

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

To accompany its strong academic focus, the School provides an extensive extra-curricular programme, which gives each student the opportunity to succeed personally, socially and academically. The purpose of the taught curriculum is to encourage students to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors, and responsible global citizens.

Martial Arts  (PREP onwards) 

Teacher: Dr. Andrés Martínez

The Martial Arts are an important part of our children’s lives, whether through movies, TV, or their own games.  

Far from being an exchange of blows, as shown in films, Karate is a method of self-defense, based in the search of peace and quiet.

The practice provides students with tools to improve their self-esteem and concentration

  • Deadline to enroll: 14th March (until groups are complete. Waiting list will be available).
  • Start: 18th March 
  • New students and/or anyone requesting further information, may attend the meeting to be held on Thursday, 14th March, at 9:10 am, in the Conference Room, Sports House.
  • Students who have attended Karate classes with us before, may register by mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , before 14th March.

Scottish Dancing (PREP onwards) 

Teachers: Catalina Williman and Mercedes Lockling

Lessons start: 11th March 

Registrations for Scottish Dances will be received through the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/NAOclcR1kcNfRG7F2 

If your child is interested in taking this activity, we encourage her/him to attend two open classes for newcomers to try out.

Timetable:

FORM

DAY

TIME

Prep

Mondays

16:00 – 17:15

Form 1

Thursdays

16:00 – 17:15

Form 2

Thursdays

16:00 – 17:15

Form 3

Tuesdays

16:00 – 17:15

Form 4

Tuesdays & Thursdays

13:00 – 13:30

Form 5

Tuesdays & Thursdays

12:30 – 13:00

Form 6

Mondays  & Thursdays

12:30 – 13:00

There are three different chapters in Scottish Dancing throughout the year, all of which end with its own performance:

  • “Junior Caledonian”, group country dances that emphasize teamwork;
  • “Highland Dancing Competition”, stage in which individual skills and technique are developed;
  • “End of Year Performance”, final demonstration with both Scottish and Irish dance traditional and modern choreographies.

For any further questions or concerns, you can contact us directly via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tennis

Teacher: Mr Alfonso Gallo 

Start: 11th March

Registrations for Tennis classes will be received through the following form http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-2380302/tenis-british.

Timetable 

Day

Time

Group

Monday

4:15-5:15 pm

Kinder, Prep, F1, F3, F4, F5 & F6

Tuesday & Thursday

4:15-5:15 pm

Kinder, Prep, F1 & F2

Tuesday & Thursday

5:30-6:30 pm

F3, F4, F5, F6 & Liceo

For further information please contact Mr. Alfonso Gallo, via e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or cellular:  099 49 51 39. 

 

2018 Gallery

2018 was a great year! Uruguay played in the World Cup and therefore the "Celeste" fever covered every corner of the School. We also celebrated the School´s 110th Anniversary, unveiling the time capsule, a milestone much yearned for by students and alumni which enriched, even more, the remarkable celebration. The School thrived with endless events and occasions that marked the lively and busy School life in 2018: MUN conferences, Worklinks, visits to the Library, art exhibitions, National celebrations, Graduations, Sport trips and exchanges, musicals, toy day, pastoral campaigns, non-uniform days, plays, knowledge bowls, essay contests, Maths Olympics, day outings and trips, Camps, PYP exhibition, important visits and much more.  About to begin this 2019 which brings new challenges and possibilities, it is nice to take a look back at what 2018 left us. 

Pelota al Medio en el Colegio

El jueves 31 de enero nos visitaron 40 chicos del programa "Pelota al Medio" para realizar entrenamientos de fútbol en nuestras canchas. Vinieron acompañados de las personas que apoyan este programa: Diego Aguirre, Emiliano Alfaro, Andrés Rodales y Agustín Iparraguirre, el coordinador. Estuvieron entrenando en las canchas del Colegio de 10:30 a 12 y la actividad culminó con un asado en el Club Old Boys and Old Girls. Fue una linda instancia en la que el Colegio sigue apoyando proyectos de fomento de la convivencia ciudadana que apuntan a crear un impacto positivo en la sociedad. 

Pelota al Medio a la Esperanza se origina en el año 2010 desde el Ministerio del Interior. Se trata de un programa que trabaja a favor de la convivencia y contra la violencia en el deporte entre niños y adolescentes. Las actividades tienen como principal objetivo promover el disfrute del deporte en un clima de respeto, responsabilidad y tolerancia, entre otras aptitudes que colaboren con la construcción de convivencia ciudadana.

 

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