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. 

 

 

 

THIMUN - The Hague 2019

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THIMUN

24th January – 6th February

The Hague, Netherlands

Since 2015 The British Schools has been attending THIMUN The Hague, a prestigious international conference where more than 150 schools from around the globe share one week of lobbying and debating on the most current issues on the United Nations agenda. For us, the 2019 conference has been the best one so far.

To start with, we were assigned Palestine, a very rich but complex delegation. With the help of two History teachers and a wealth of reliable sources, our students did an excellent job throughout the preparation stage, which started in October 2018.

During the conference, which took place between 28th January and 1st February at The Hague, Netherlands, student participation was outstanding. In fact, MUN Directors from participating schools as well as THIMUN organisers commended our students for their engagement and remarkable public speaking skills.

From our 12-student delegation, we had one chairing the GA5 Committee and two others who passed resolutions, which were then voted in favour. It is important to highlight that once this conference is over, students’ resolutions are shared with members of the United Nations and many are even later considered by the real UN delegates.

In addition, we scheduled a cultural trip before and after the conference. This enriching experience gave students and MUN Directors the chance to learn more about local culture. We visited Amsterdam, Delft and Bruges (Belgium). We went to several museums and students prepared city tours showcasing each city’s rich historical background. We were also invited by the Uruguayan Ambassador at The Hague. There, we were briefed on the work done overseas by the embassy and what it has to offer, a unique opportunity for students who might consider studying abroad.

In conclusion, the trip allowed us to learn about international affairs, history, architecture and more. It honed our research, negotiation and communication skills. It also helped us grow as individuals and, above all, emphasized the value of friendship and teamwork.

In April, The British Schools will be shortly hosting LAMUN, our South American version of THIMUN, with over 200 students from Uruguay and abroad. MUN Club is an excellent opportunity for those students who are intrigued by international affairs and who enjoy the intricacies of debating. Find out more about the Club here

 

 

 

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.

 

A raíz de las celebraciones del 110° aniversario del Colegio en 2018, Carmen Posadas, una exalumna y escritora radicada en España nos hizo llegar este texto de sus entrañables memorias en esta institución. Sin duda traerá cálidos recuerdos a quienes compartieron generación con ella.

Una mañana de otoño de 1958 entré por primera vez en nuestro querido y viejo  edificio de la calle Benito Lamas . No tengo recuerdos  de ese día, pero sí de otros muchos en la clase de Mrs Mc Cormark. Uno nunca olvida a su primera maestra como tampoco olvida cómo aprendió las primera letras:

a for apple, n for needle, c for cat, p for pig, s for swan

Hasta el día de hoy me pregunto por qué no nos las enseñaban en orden alfabético. Supongo que pertenece a esos grandes misterios de la vida  de los grandes  a la que yo creía entonces ascender y en la que todo era una sorpresa, un gran descubrimiento. Después de un año aprendiendo las letras y los números y cantando O Mac Donald  had a farm, me sentí muy grande al pasar a Preparatory. Qué bien sonaba aquello. Ya no estaba en Kidergarten con  bebes, estaba en Pre-pa-ra to-ry, y me recreaba en cada una de las sílabas de esa palabra tan adulta, tan llena de  deliciosas vocales y consonantes que para entonces ya conocía, porque ahora  sabía leer. Y de Preparatory con Miss Novatti pasé a First Form con Mrs Martínez, que usaba una pollera escocesa verde que me parecía tan fascinante me prometí tener una en  cuanto fuera  grande  ( y lo he cumplido) .  De ahí pasé  a Second Form, con Mrs Hughes, que era rubia y monísima para, un año más tarde, llegar a Mr Maugham, que ha sido una  de las personas que más me han marcado en la vida. Él supo sacar de la niña hiper tímida que era –y me temo que aún sigo siendo–  lo mejor. Con cariño, con humor, con mucha mano izquierda, dándome cancha para que fuera tomando confianza, seguridad en mí misma. Supongo que la mayoría de ustedes han tenido una experiencia similar. El British está lleno de Mr Maughams que intentan, y consiguen, sacar lo mejor de cada niño. Después del British he ido a otros  colegios en distintos países, en España, en Inglaterra, en Francia, pero les aseguro que nunca he conocido un colegio como el nuestro. ¿Qué lo hacía tan especial?   Yo creo que el secreto está en que  era  una especie de microcosmos que, de alguna manera, auguraba y se adelantaba a lo que estamos viviendo ahora: un mundo global y cosmopolita. En mi época había tres clases por curso. En el A estaban alumnos de ascendencia inglesa, con apellidos ingleses, costumbre inglesas, y juegos –como los Jacks– completamente ingleses. Después estaba el grupo B, en el que yo me encontraba, formado  por hijos de antiguos alumnos, como nosotros, los Posadas. Desde mi abuelo Gervasio (que sale en una de las primeras fotos del espléndido video que se ha hecho para festejar estos primeros ciento diez años del colegio)  a  todos mis tíos, pasando por mis hermanas y  mis primos, nuestras vidas y la del colegio han corrido parejas casi desde su fundación. En el grupo C por su parte  estaban, al menos en mi época, los nuevos alumnos. Pero, a medida que íbamos creciendo, los grupos se mezclaban y entreveraban de modo que todos acabábamos siendo  amigos.

Sin embargo y como digo, ya en aquellos lejanos años 50 y 60, el British era un colegio abierto al mundo. Recuerdo por ejemplo a mi amiga Ami, que era china. Thank God we managed to escape from de claws of Mao”  me acuerdo que me dijo un día. Y yo, que ya con 8 años tenía la misma imaginación calenturienta que más tarde se convertiría en mi medio de vida, me imaginaba a Mao con mi pobre amiga Ami entre sus garras. Unas de uñas larguísimas y retorcidas como, según me habían contado, llevaban siempre  los chinos. Y luego estaban Belinda y Rosalinda Rivera que, a pesar de sus nombres, eran norteamericanas; y los Pereira, que eran mitad chilenos; y las Jaeger, de Bolivia; los Aman Suizos, las Romero paraguayas…

Pero por supuesto nuestra mayor influencia era inglesa. Aquí donde me tienen me enorgullezco –y me ha sido   útil para  crear muchas  complicidades  – de haber sido primero Brownie (Pixie, para ser exactos) y más tarde Girl guide. Eso por no hablar de deportes, claro. Cuando más tarde fui a estudiar a Inglaterra todo el mundo se asombraba de lo bien que jugaba al net ball o al jockey, eso por no mencionar mi acento  british  que también  los dejaba bastante epustuflados.

Si, como dice el poeta Rilke, la infancia es la patria, yo tengo la enorme suerte de tener dos a las que quiero por encima de todo. Una es mi Uruguay omnipresente siempre a pesar de  los más  de  cincuenta años viviendo en Europa. La otra es mi British School donde  aprendí gran parte de lo que sé: de la vida, de la amistad, de la lealtad, de cómo no dejarse obnubilar por las victorias y  también de cómo aceptar las derrotas. Tal vez más adelante haya acumulado otros conocimientos, cultura, destrezas, martingalas. Pero las lecciones  importantes  las aprendí todas  allá. En Benito Lamas y más tarde  en Carrasco. El resto, es solo adorno. 

 Carmen Posadas 

Choir visited Sir Winston Churchill Home

  • Published in Junior

On Wednesday, 12th December, students from Form 3 and Form 4 choirs visited the Sir Winston Churchill Home at the British Hospital.

They sang Christmas carols and songs from their concerts earlier in the year. Before returning to School, students were able to talk with residents and share a snack with them.

It was a great experience for everyone involved!

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