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Newsletter // June 2022

Dear Families and Friends, 

I remind parents that you now have unlimited access to the National Online Safety site. To access the site click on the following link:
 

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This month we have chosen a MENTAL HEALTH 30 DAY CHALLENGE poster. As we head towards the summer break, please consider doing some (and hopefully all) of these challenges with your children.  

As you will see, challenges include: Digital Detox – Spring Clean Your Phone – Go for a walk without your phone – Cleanse your social media. I think we can all benefit from many of these. 

Emotional wellbeing is a big part of our work at ESAS. Many of our students are learning to deal with the stress of doing high performance sports, while keeping their academic achievement high. The 30 day challenge is well timed, as many have felt the stress of final assessments. For our eldest students this will also benefit them as they prepare to graduate and move on to their next stage of their exciting life’s journey. 

Please enjoy working through the challenges together!

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 5 September, 2022  (New students only) and Tuesday 6 September, 2022 (ALL students) 

All the best,

Mel Rose
Head of School

Upcoming Events

JUNE 20 - JULY 22
Summer School
 

AUG 27
Official SAT Exam
11th and 12th grade students
07:45 - 12:30

AUG 29 - SEP 02
Teacher Professional Development Week
 

SEP 05 
Back to School 
Elementary School ONLY

Orientation Day
New Students All Grades

SEP 06
Back to School
Middle and High School
 

SEP 26
La Mercé
NO SCHOOL
NO TENNIS TRAINING

Outstanding Work Fair
This year’s Outstanding Work Showcase was an exhibition of the truly exceptional work our students have done throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. Among others, students from Mr. Gaudin’s Creative Writing Class read passages from their published novels and students from Mr. Wager’s 12th grade Physics class presented their theories on how the Easter Island statues were created. There were also collections of artwork and photographs from the middle and high school art classes, in addition to short skits 
put on by the Spanish 1 high school classes. Our elementary school students displayed banners on how to prevent ocean pollution, as well as short stories on their favorite sea creatures and how to protect them. A beautiful rendition from Julius Caesar was given by Timothy, one of our 9th grade students, dressed in authentic costume. These are only some of the many examples of the work presented by our students, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve next year!
Click to see more photos from the Outstanding Work Fair
Elementary Students Take Action
At the end of the semester, elementary students worked on their last unit of the year, and the theme dealt with "how we share the planet". Students decided to investigate the idea: humans in the world face challenges and risks. They chose to investigate and delve into the UN Sustainable Development Goals that are a global call to adopt measures that address the great problems of
the planet. The 17 goals aim to put an end to inequality, achieve gender equality and access for all to decent work, facilitate access to health services, and guarantee that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In Spanish and Catalan, students' final project was to write an opinion article about these objectives.
By: Ms Laura Jimenez
Click to read student work about the UN SDGs
Beach Clean-Up!
Action is an integral part of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and an opportunity for students to seek the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their local and global communities. It  gives students the ability to see that they can not only make a meaningful contribution to the world around them but also be change-makers.
Students in Lower Elementary led an action project to do a local beach clean-up after studying about life in the ocean. They prepared informational posters, materials for cleaning, and explained to Upper Primary how to safely tidy the beach. It was a beautiful day to make a difference in our local community and have a fun day at the beach!
Supporting Child Refugees

In their final unit as PYP students at ES American School, the fifth graders completed their collaborative PYP Exhibition project. It reflects their understanding of all elements of their PYP education. The fifth graders began by making a list of personal, local, and global issues before choosing one to focus on: societies’ responsibilities to children during times of conflict. They linked this central idea to three lines of inquiry: What causes wars? What are the opinions and perspectives of parties involved in conflicts? Who is responsible for keeping peace?

The students researched several Non-Governmental Organizations related to the topic and were able to contact the Red Cross in Barcelona to arrange for an interview. Following this interview, they carried out an action project and sold blinis and bracelets to raise money for the Creu Roja to aid child refugees in Catalunya. After sharing their findings with the community, they reflected on their project and the work they carried out to complete it. We can’t wait to see how they continue using these skills in middle school, and beyond!

Spring Semester Awards

Each semester, it is a great honor to celebrate the effort and dedication of our students. We give awards for academic excellence as well as upholding our school's core values. This year, we held small ceremonies with one for Elementary, Middle School and High School. It was a lovely way to end the year on a positive note.

We are happy to present you this semester's list of recipients for the:

  • Character Matter's Awards
  • Academic Acheivement Awards
  • Emerging Scholars High Honors List    (4.0 GPA)
Honoring the Class of 2022

The graduation ceremony for this year's 12th grade students was held on Friday, June 17th. We were so happy to share the day with all the families and friends who came to watch the ceremony and celebrate this momentous achievement. 

During the ceremony, each student gave a thoughtful speech thanking their teachers, friends, and families for the care and support the have received over the years. It was a lovely day and we will definitely miss the seniors' smiling faces around campus next year!

A special congratulations are in order to this years' valedictorian Borjan J. and salutatorian Oscar B!

What the Seniors Have to Say 




"One of the things I will miss the most are my friends and teachers that I’ve spent the last 5 years with." 

-Andreas Chapides





"I will always remember the first day I came and how young and innocent I was."
 
-Nina Klein 





"Next year I am going to IQS to study tourism. I’m happy and excited to have new adventures." 
 
-Olga Ollé 



"Once I graduate, I will be fighting to achieve my goal of competing in the European Championship in Horseback riding. In addition, I will be attending European University." 
 
-Jose Montoya



"I really love the school spirit and how it incorporates fun activities during the year for everyone to connect and meet from all different ages. I will miss this community I call my second family." 
 
-Cloe Clements
Graduation Ceremony 2022
Congratulations seniors! Watch this summary video that shows some of the highlights of this year's graduation ceremony.
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