Dear families,

Last week all pupils from Saplings to Year 9 enjoyed a residential stay away from home and school.
They climbed, rowed, hiked, took care of animals and discovered historical sites and were outdoors most of the day, cementing their relationships in the face of various challenges.
A wonderful week for all.

Before leaving on colonias last Tuesday, secondary pupils had time to celebrate a special Theme Day on the subject of Sound & Silence. They explored this area from the angle of science, music, philosophy and the arts.
We will continue this inspiring new tradition in secondary of exploring an area every term through a range of disciplines.

We are happy to announce that our excellent teaching assistant Francisca will be working in secondary next year, providing in-class support in a range of subjects. With her patience, experience and her English Literature background, we are thrilled to welcome her into the secondary school.

This week, our school continues to be a centre for official British government exams (GCSEs and A Levels).
Some of our exams go beyond 4.00 pm so we ask you to support the exam candidates by taking your child out of the school garden as soon as you collect him/her at hometime The sound in the garden can be heard clearly from the library, which is our exam room.
Many thanks.

Gastric viruses, 24 hours in the clear
Thank you for keeping your child at home for a full 24 hours after the last symptom of a gastric virus. Some of our children are returning to school before full recovery has taken place, with the consequence that some of our staff are being infected on a regular basis.

Week 7

 

The Great Secondary Olive Tree Essay Competition
Final entry date Friday 7th June

Please remind your secondary child that, due to colonias, the Summer Essay Competition date has been extended to Friday 7th June.
Pupils have been challenged to write a 500-1000 word essay exploring ONE of the following topics:

NATION – GENDER- PEACE – IDENTITY – ICON – ENERGY – INFINITY – SECURITY

Essays should explore the title chosen from a range of perspectives: historical, artistic, scientific, political, etc.
Original thinking and a clear, rich range of expression will be prized.
Entries should be submitted to Audrey by Friday 7th and will be judged by a panel.
First prize 75 euros   –   Second prize 35 euros   –   Third prize 25 euros

Oliver! by Year 6
5th June, 1.45

Year 6 have recreated this classic musical for their families.
Please come along and enjoy it on this day.

Year 11 Lisbon colonias
9th – 13th June

Our eldest pupils will celebrate the end of their exams (and sadly, the end of their time at The Olive Tree) with this beautiful trip.

Recital by our instrumentalists
June 11th, 4.15

Families of those pupils who are learning a musical instrument are invited to a recital where they will play some of their recent pieces in our theatre.

Reports will be sent home
11th June

 

Parents’ Evenings
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th June

You will soon have the chance to sign up for a time to speak to all your child’s teachers.

Arts Afternoon in Secondary: drama, art and music
Friday 14th June, 1.30 – 5.00

Please note the change of time for this event, as requested by families.
Year 6 & secondary families are invited to an afternoon where we will celebrate the pupils’ artistic achievements this year!
We will see Year 7-8 perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Year 9 perform The Taming of the Shrew; pupils will play music; and there will be an art gallery of the pupils’ best work this year.
In the gardens and theatre.

Willy Wonka by Junior Musical Theatre Club
Saturday 15th June, 4.30 & 7.30

Tickets on sale soon.

Sports Day on the Terramar Beach, Sitges
Wednesday 19th June

  • Primary Sports Morning & Picnic 9.30 – 1.00
  • Secondary Picnic & Sports afternoon 1.00 – 3.45

Pupils of all ages will enjoy a picnic and an end of term sports day on the beach on this day.

The OT Dance Club performance
19th June, 6.00

Families of pupils in the great Junior Dance Club are invited by Jessica and the dancers to their lovingly prepared show.

An end-of-year lunch for all secondary pupils lunch in Coolinary
Thursday 20th June, 1.00 – 2.00

Pupils and staff celebrate the end of the year together with lunch in the sunshine.

Summer Concert
21st June, 11.00

Our beautiful farewell concert for families, where all our three choirs will sing songs from around the world for you.
Please save the date.

Term ends for pupils
21st June 1.00

On the last day of the year, we finish school at lunchtime.

Secondary end-of-year party: last call for parent volunteers!
Friday 21st June 8.00 – 10.30

If you would like to help organize this event, please let Audrey know. It is in danger of not going ahead as there are currently no volunteers for it.
Families need to organize it and supervise the evening.
You would: prepare a dish to share, decorate the garden, supervise the party (at least two parents at a time), play the music through the sound system, and clear away afterwards.
If you can volunteer, please contact your class carer soon and the party can go ahead.

Have a great week!
Audrey

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