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Dennison J MacKinnon Principal Tel: + 1 246 423 2570 Fax: + 1 246 423 0095 Web site: www.codrington.edu.bb E-mail: email@example.com TCS Focus Friday 26 November 2010 - Volume 5 - # 12 To all parents/guardians of students in PYP one through DP one. THIRTEEN pages all together Dear parents/guardians In this edition of the TCS Focus: Page 1 ECIS autumn conference; busy days Page 3 Long weekend; calendar notes Pages 3, 5 Secondary corner Pages 6, 7 PTA announcement Pages 8 - 13 Community corner Ms Christina and I were in Nice, France, for a few days recently. We both attended the autumn conference of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). I also attended, and was responsible for a short presentation at, the annual meeting of the accreditation advisers to the Council of International Schools (CIS). I was also honoured to be recognized at a public presentation at the AGM of CIS, which was also held in Nice last week, for my overall contribution to the accreditation service. I have a rather nice certificate of recognition and thanks. For those in our community who remember Jeremy and Karen Hudson and the massive contribution they made to making Codrington what it is today, you will be interested to know that we had dinner with them last Saturday evening. They send their love to everyone at the school. I am currently trying to catch up with a couple of hundred e-mails plus all the stuff that is on my desk so do please excuse my contribution to the TCS Focus’s being somewhat shorter than usual this week. Please remember that school closes at 3.00 pm today and reopens after the Independence Day celebrations, on Wednesday 1 December, at 8.00 am. With kind regards Sincerely Dennison J MacKinnon CALENDAR NOTES 29 November School vacation day: school closed 30 November School closed: Independence Day 10 December 6.00 pm: Codrington seasonal production – children leave school at noon and return at 5.00 pm 14 December Finals of the speech contest 15 December Last day for enrichment activities for the Michaelmas term 17 December Noon: school closes for Christmas vacation 10 January 2011 Teachers’ work day 11 January 2011 8.00 am: Easter term begins 2 Secondary corner Greetings parents, guardians, students and friends, In this Secondary Corner: Our football and basketball teams Independence Day celebrations NIFCA Visual Arts winners Third Annual MYP Speech Contest details MYP community service projects Search for teaching assistant What a great sports week for us! On Wednesday our secondary school football team won a match 2-1 at home. On Thursday, our secondary school basketball team won a match 82-0 away. I know Coach Mark and Ms Kim will include a report (hopefully with pictures) in the next Focus, but for this week let’s celebrate with them these fantastic victories! Go Codrington! This past Tuesday, the secondary school celebrated Barbados Independence Day. The morning assembly was organized and led in its entirety by Ms Marciana, who prepared an engaging multimedia presentation on Barbados, including important facts about its emblems, national independence and national heroes, and even a section on common expressions and customs. Ms Dionne led us in the National Pledge and in singing the National Anthem. DJ Simmons, a local performance poet, entertained and inspired the audience with his powerful rhymes, rhythms and message. Students and faculty shared their experiences being Barbadian and living in Barbados and contributed ―words of wisdom‖ which were moving and insightful. All in all, it was a very special morning. After a short break, the entire MYP climbed on three coaches and, accompanied by five faculty members, attended the National Independence Festival for Creative Arts (NIFCA) visual arts exhibition at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre. At the NIFCA visual arts exhibition, students had the opportunity to enjoy the art on display, sketch a work of choice, and reflect on the meaning of significant pieces. They also shared pride in the awards earned by members of the Codrington community: Sarah Sparks (MYP 2): 3 entries/3 prizes: Bronze for ―Sunrise‖; Bronze for ―When Oil Takes Over‖; and Silver for ―Monkey Face‖ (paintings) 3 Christian Harvey (MYP 3): 2 entries/ 1 prize: Bronze for ―Submerged Ruins‖ (found objects collage) Carlisle Boyle (Former MYP 2 student): 1 entry/1 prize: Bronze for Graphic Planets‖ (drawing) Jade Forsberg (MYP 5) has three large art works exhibited (painting/ drawing), and Nick Allen (DP1) has one large pastel drawing on show. Congratulations to all our wonderful artists, both students and faculty! Our Third Annual MYP Speech Contest unit is well under way, thanks to the expert guidance of Ms Hettie and Ms Revalyn, Language A teachers. Thursday (yesterday) our students were treated to another special event: Sunshine Skeete, radio personality and a member of Toastmasters International, led a workshop on public speaking for all students. Contest semifinals will happen the week of 6-10 December during the regularly scheduled Language A lessons, with the finals scheduled for Tuesday 14 December, 1:00-3:00 pm in the main hall. Students will be practicing their speeches very soon—can I suggest you allow them to practice their speech with you for support? It is only after they’re comfortable with the content that they can focus on their delivery, and that is an important component of the judges’ rubric! In a previous Focus I highlighted the fantastic work our MYP 1 students are doing working with Ms Armelle in the recycling centre. Today I would like to highlight some 4 examples of the types of community service projects our older MYP students are working on: Matthew Anderson (MYP 3), Andrew Cadwell (MYP 3) and Maria Cristina Huapaya-Butron (MYP 3) are library assistants. Nigel Goodridge (MYP 3) is basketball assistant coach; Craig Stark (MYP 3) is football assistant coach. Gabby Brace (MYP 4) and Oliver Milsom (MYP 4) volunteer at the RSPCA. Juliette Grisoni (MYP 4) is assisting Ms Armelle with the French Club. Millie Prow (MYP 4) is an assistant in PYP 7 and PYP 8. The Codrington School supports a single charity, the Because of Jenna Trust, and we don’t generally solicit funds; however, there are student-led initiatives that merit our support and encouragement. Oliver Milsom (MYP 4) approached me and asked to speak at an assembly: he wanted to convey to the community what he has seen as a volunteer at the RSPCA. During hymn practice he described to us how the last major storm brought extensive water damage to the RSPCA facility, its equipment and archives. Oliver requested permission to set-up a donation box in the main office (a request that was granted) and urged everyone to make a contribution to restore this important facility to full operation as quickly as possible. I hope you join us in sending a donation. Finally, as expressed in the last TCS Focus, we are seeking teaching assistants for the secondary school. If anyone has contacts, please send me their information at your earliest convenience: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your weekend. Warm regards, Eliana Marcenaro Head of secondary school 5 PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS 6 7 COMMUNITY CORNER nightingale Children’s home 'Tis the season to be... generous. Are you having a clear out before Christmas (and the next influx of toys)? Do you have unwanted presents your kids have rejected that you could regift? Do you have clothes and shoes in new/nearly new condition that it seems a shame to throw out? The Nightingale Children„s Home would appreciate any of the above and it could make a real difference to the festive season for these kids. Their ages range from approx. 2 - 14 years so there is a really wide age range. Stuff needs to be in good condition or new please and can include clothes, shoes, books, electronics, games or toys. If anyone would like to donate then please contact Briony on 248 2739 [Kindly note this as the correct number. Thank you.] or email@example.com Thanks Briony 8 9 10 11 “Tennis pon de rock2” to feature top male players Local sports lovers are set for a treat with world class tennis returning this December, featuring 3 of the top 20 ranked ATP male players. B.I.T.E (Barbados Invitational Tennis Exhibition) with the sanctioning of the BTA (Barbados Tennis Association) will host “Tennis pon de rock2” 2010 highlighted by 2009 US Open Champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Now in its second year, the event will be even bigger than last year’s, which featured then World #1 Serena Williams and current #1 Caroline Wozniacki, as Del Potro joins exciting #12 ranked Gael Monfils of France and the fast serving, 6’ 9‖ American John Isner. Isner, currently ranked #19, played the longest tennis match in history this year at Wimbledon, eventually winning an 11 hour marathon which stretched over 3 days. “Tennis pon de rock2” 2010 will take place December 11 & 12. The first day will held at the Gymnasium Complex and feature Del Potro vs. Monfils and Isner vs. Barbados #1 Haydn Lewis. The second day will be a full VIP hospitality event, hosted at the Sugar Hill Tennis Resort. In addition to more players, this year will also feature a unique Tennis Village at the Gymnasium which will house hospitality tents, bars, food stalls, music, merchandise stalls, fastest serve competition, road tennis, Tennis WII and other items to add to the attraction of the day. “Tennis pon de rock” 2010 is a charitable event aimed at raising funds for the betterment of all Barbadian children, through sports – specifically tennis. Working in conjunction with the Barbados Tennis Association’s Schools Programme, it is our Goal to assist in opening new doors of opportunities for children by building Tennis and sports in Barbados. For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 12 13
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