Saturday, 8 February 2014

Following Up On the Previous Post

The Secondary School ICT team  are excited to follow up on the previous blog post with two more excellent learning games programmed by our students. For more information on this project, do refer to our prior post. We are very proud of what our 8th grade students have achieved, since starting with Scratch in 7th grade. The two games we are sharing this week have been embedded below for you to try out.

Diego Arevalo and Nicole Castillo

Amanda Toledo

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Game Development in 8th Grade

The 8th grade students have been working on game development during CAL 1. The purpose of this project was to create learning games for Prepa and 1st grade students using Scratch programming language. The 8th grade students interviewed and observed the younger students and their teachers and took notes on what they found out. They then planned and developed their learning games. We will be sharing them with their end users, the younger students and their teachers, in the new year. Here are two examples of games the students have developed. You can check out more examples of their work in our Scratch Studio.

Fernando Argumedo and Anaik Chacon


Irma Choto and Daniela Castillo


Friday, 18 October 2013

Una pequeña reflexión - Los padres de familia deberían pasar más tiempo con sus hijos/as.

Los padres de familia deberían pasar más tiempo con sus hijos/as.
Un padre es muy importante en la vida de los hijos, es aquel que te brinda felicidad día a día, es ese que te ayuda en todo y te comprende. El padre y la madre son esenciales para el aprendizaje de su hijo.
El trabajo de un padre es estar siempre ahí para el hijo, pase lo que pase, es el que nunca te deja y el que da todo su amor. El cuidado de un padre influye mucho en los niños y niñas, porque son los que enseñan  y dan el ejemplo; cada niño necesita a un padre que lo guíe. Todos los niños del mundo necesitan a alguien en quién confiar y con quién reflexionar los errores…
Cuando uno descuida a los hijos, ellos pueden perder los hábitos buenos que han aprendido, pueden ir mal en los estudios y perder el control de la vida.
Los hijos son una responsabilidad grandísima, pero igual son una bendición. El trabajo es solo una pisca de felicidad, y los hijos son todo. Es bueno trabajar, pero los hijos son más importantes, y la felicidad de ellos también es importante, por eso hay que pasar más tiempo juntos.
Un padre tiene mucha responsabilidad y los hijos necesitan a alguien a su lado pase lo que pase, alguien  que los aconseje y que nos guíen a un buen futuro. ¡ Ama a tus hijos!

Ananya Samyt  Ortíz Sochandamandou
Séptimo grado ‘D”

231 palabras.
(María Haydeé de Díaz, Depto. Español)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Paola is the British Ambassador for the Day!

We were granted a great opportunity by the British Ambassador, Mrs Linda Cross. We were to find a student who would be the British Ambassador for the Day!
Since 12th grade were busy with their International Baccalaureate examinations, we opened this up to students from 11th grade. They had to answer a simple quiz, list all the leadership activities that they had been involved in and state why they wanted to be "Ambassador for the Day".
It was very difficult to choose from the 17 applicants but in the end we selected Paola, our new Head Girl.
How did she get on? I shall publish her report on this presently, but here is the report directly from Mrs Cross:

Thank you again for choosing Paola to come and be the second British Ambassador in town for the day. She was a great asset and represented the UK and of course the ABC extremely well. 
We had a pretty full day with Paola being collected from school by the Embassy driver at 8am to come to the Embassy for a couple of meetings to discuss elements of our British Week planned from 8-15 June. We then went off to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Europe Day event, which went on longer than expected. 
 Paola experienced some of the frustrations of being invited to an event which starts almost an hour late! However she did have the opportunity of meeting a number of her ambassadorial colleagues and they were all interested in what she was doing. Perhaps it will inspire them to offer something similar! 
After a rather hurried lunch we visited the Progressio offices and met the group of British volunteers who are currently working on a couple of interesting projects in Santa Marta, Cabanas. They gave us a presentation on progress on their projects and we then had a discussion about various topics. 
After the usual group photo we had 20 minutes or so to chat to them more informally. I understand Paola discussed some possible cooperation between the school and Progressio, so perhaps something concrete to come out of her visit. 
We finished off the day at the Universidad Jose Matias Delgado presenting the UK’s policy on the Falkland Islands to a group of students. We were accompanied by a local journalist, Alex Pineda, who had recently visited the Falkland Islands as part of our programme of visits to show the media the way of life of the islands and to give them the opportunity of speaking to local people about their views. 
The Ambassador was delivered safely home at about 18:45, so it was a pretty long day. My thanks to Paola for accompanying me and for her interest in what we do and questions about how an Embassy works; relations with El Salvador and our priorities. I would be delighted to repeat this exercise next academic year with another “Ambassador for the Day”.

Friday, 22 March 2013

4th Grade Avilez's Rocky is well equipped!

I had a visit this morning from a group of students from 4th Grade Avilez - who brought along their Rocky.
He was fully equipped for school and for camping. He had a back-pack, sleeping bag, towel, hat, notebooks, a lead, a tissue box and even his own HCB! (It was up-to-date).
He seemed very happy! Well done for looking after him!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Eighth Grade Theatre Poster Competition

Congratulations to the two winners of the 8th Grade Theatre Poster Competition for the Learning Resources Centre Theatre Week. Well done Jose Eduardo and Daniela!
You can see other excellent entries displayed around the LRC.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Hunting Snake - a video to illustrate the poem

From Ms Ralston's English Class: 
The students had to make a video to demonstrate their understanding of a poem we studied (Hunting Snake by Judith Wright).  This particular student (Lila Duran 9C) did something really original took a lot of effort: instead of sourcing images from the net, she did all her own illustrations.