Whole School

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.  

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. 

 

 

 

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