PARENT NEWSLETTER (23-27 SEPTEMBER)

Dear Parents,

I am very excited about the new image of our pupils.  The uniform looks amazing.  Thank you for your full support in this matter.

     

World Peace Day

Yesterday we celebrated Peace Day – always a moving event.  Pupils and staff were dressed in white and the day culminated in a whole-college assembly on the top pitch.  It was lovely to see so many parents join us.

Goodbye to Neftali Corniero

At the end of the Peace Day assembly we said goodbye to Neftali, one of our maintenance staff, who has worked at Aloha since 1988.  He is now going to enjoy a happy, healthy and well-earned retirement.  We wish Neftali and his wife Joan many happy years ahead.

We thank Neftali for all his hard work and dedication to Aloha College.

Welcome Beach Party

Tickets are now sold out for this event taking place on Friday 27 September.  The venue has a maximum number for this event and unfortunately we cannot exceed it. Those who have purchased tickets, please remember to take them with you to Bono Beach, as Bono Beach will not allow entry to families without pre-purchased tickets.

Eco News

As you read your Saturday newsletter enjoying a coffee, many of our pupils and staff are at this moment participating in a “Beach Clean-up” in Estepona.  Thank you to all those involved.

Collective Calling

Do you remember the charity we supported last academic year, known as “Collective Calling”? We raised nearly 1500 euros to help towards the building of a new school in Tanzania.  I am delighted to tell you that the school is almost ready to open its doors to its first group of students.  Your generosity played a part in Collective Calling.

                                                            

New Parents

I am slowly getting to meet all our new pupils in my office.  I am trying to get to know them all and indeed hear any suggestions they may have for our school improvement.  It was wonderful to hear each one of them tell me how they have settled so far and indeed how they love the school already!

I wish you and your families a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely

Elizabeth Batchelor

Principal


PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

‘Why do we come to school?. On Monday Year 6 showcased why in our Welcome Assembly. They launched our ‘ACM Learning Tree’ and demonstrated that in the Primary School we have 8 clear Personal Goals to help us all become better learners and better people. They are:

RESPECT, COOPERATION, ADAPTABILITY, RESILIENCE, ENQUIRY, COMMUNICATION, THOUGHTFULNESS AND MORALITY.

They demonstrated great teamwork and a highlight of the morning was when the whole school enthusiastically joined in the song about togetherness. 

Our Learning Tree has replaced ‘Olly the Octopus’ who has now retired and is devoting his time to keeping our seas and beaches clean. 

Congratulations to the pupils who achieved the ‘Weekly Star’ Certificates last Friday. Their photographs are proudly displayed in the Main Entrance Hall.

It was a very touching end to the week when we all joined together with the Secondary Section of the College to celebrate World Peace Day. Year 6 read very touching and original poems as we collectively thought about the meaning of peace. 

                                                                 

All Parents are invited to attend the Primary PSHE Informative Meeting on Thursday 26 September (Hall, 15:00 h). This meeting is to introduce parents to the revised area of learning on the curriculum: PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). We will be discussing why this has become such an important area of learning in the modern world and giving an insight into the content as well as the unique way that these lessons will be delivered throughout the Primary School classrooms

For those of you who could not attend the “Keeping Your Children Safe Online” session, presented last week by Simon Snell (Safeguarding Consultant and former head of the Devon and Cornwall Police Child Exploitation Unit, UK), you will be pleased to know that he will be back to deliver a repeated session for all parents who wish to attend. The meeting will be held on Friday 27 September at 14.30 h in the school hall. Children can not attend due to the nature of the content.

I look forward to seeing many of you next Friday 27 September at Bono Beach for the Aloha Welcome Beach Party! – tickets sold out.

Next week’s target is: RESPECT and ADAPTABILITY
Talk Homework: Everybody has a special talent or is special in some way. How are you special?

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Salmon

Headteacher, Primary


SECONDARY SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

I never thought that the dining room door would be such a fun place. As students wait impatiently to come in for lunch, I howl with laughter when I  listen to the tales they tell each other. The two most common questions I am asked are: “At what time is my year group eating today?” followed by, “Are there chips for lunch today?”

Some students are allowed to eat early because they attend lunchtime co-curricular activities such as  Music, Chess or Art. Some look at me suspiciously when they see that I let their peers come in before them. They become so hungry, after four hours of lessons, that they begin to cook up ways to get into the dining room using reasons which are not 100% truthful.

One of the tactics they use is to tell me that they have signed up to an activity, when they haven’t, at lunch time. Let’s be honest, who hasn’t told a little white lie when trying to get away with something? Fibbing can be handy in situations when we try to impress our friends, teachers or even when avoiding being grounded at the weekend by our parents.

It seems like the perfect solution when we want to obtain something quickly; it is powerful too, as we are able to achieve what we want without too much thought. This tactic can be so tempting and dangerous that when you decide to stop, it may be too late and the so called snowball effect begins. It grows and grows uncontrollably.

Making things up continuously can be exhausting and trust in other people can be lost. People end up not believing anything we say. The only way out of this maze is to admit that we have lied or made a mistake. This will restore trust and credibility, allowing for a fresh start. 

Building our lives around honesty is a better choice since the benefits of lying are short-lived and not sustainable in the long term.

I look forward to returning to the dining room door on Monday to check how many students have lunchtime activities.

I hope you have a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Francisco Escobar

Headteacher, Secondary

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