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HB MUN 2018

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, our school hosted the Hiram Bingham Model United Nations conference 2018. In this event, we received more than 120 students from 5 different schools such as Antonio Raimondi, Villa Maria, Salcantay, Santa Maria Marianistas and Cambridge.

We would like to thank all the HBMUN team for organising the third edition of this conference which has been made possible by the help from our teachers: Rosalyn Perez, Cristina Gallegos and Corey Hoover. We also would like to thank our Secretary General team: Rodrigo De la Rosa, Santiago Chau and Stefano Rivera. Finally, thanks to our ex HB students who participated as masters of ceremony and directors of different committees, and special thanks to Ana Maria Romero - Lozada who gave an inspiring speech for all the participants during our closing ceremony.

We appreciate the commitment and responsibility of all our students from Grade 6,7,8,9 and Diploma, to dedicate their time this weekend so that this conference could be carried out with such success.

BEO - OUTSTANDING RESULTS

We are delighted to inform you that out of the 150 schools who participated in the British English Olympics (BEO) in England this year, our HB team finished in third place. Students competed throughout only using English in such areas as debate, country presentation, drama, TED talk. This result is a tribute to their English skills, but also to their creativity and to their ability to perform under pressure and in public.

Congratulations to all the team and to their teachers Miss Jayanti and Miss Mabel, for preparing them for this success.

MMUN

Members of Hiram Bingham MUN team participated in the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York that was held on February, from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th. The students from grade 6 who were part of this event are Kenzo Ito, Samantha Hopkins, Mateo Linares, Mariano Camacho, Joaquin Palacios, Valeria Argandoña, Melinda Pozsgai, Santiago Rodríguez and Nicholas Cheng. We also had three students from grade 7: Francisco Wong, Karim Ahomed and Alonso Ortiz. The teachers who accompanied our students were Ms. Cristina Gallegos and Ms. Rosalyn Perez.

During this conference, our students represented the delegation of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the following committees: SOCHUM, SPECPOL, UNGA5TH, Security Council, DISEC and LEGAL Committee. They discussed different topics related to international disarmament, situation of refugees, diplomatic protection and others. They also participated in some cultural activities, met students from many different countries and were part of an amazing closing ceremony in the United Nations General Assembly.

Our students also had a very interesting conversation with Glauco Seoane, Peruvian Counsellor in the UN and this was a very rewarding experience for them.

We want to congratulate our Hiram Bingham MUN delegation for the big effort and all the hard preparation for more than 4 months.

Our teachers during the balanced literacy workshops

Balanced Literacy

Since the end of last year we have made improvements in our language programme, emphasizing in the Pre Primary and Primary continuums. One of the objectives is to implement balanced literacy from UN to Grade 5. That is why during the weeks prior to the beginning of classes, our teachreading, which will be applied in the classrooms from the first weeks of classes.

What is balanced literacy?

It consists in presenting to the students a menu of attractive and balanced reading and writing strategies, many of which are related to the inquiries that are within the framework of the PYP.

BSP Interschool Debate Tournament

In September, Hiram Bingham hosted the first ever BSP Interschool Debate Tournament (Previous debates have been with teams mixed beween schools). HB sent two teams with students from Grade 8, 9 and 10 to participate in English in a debate tournament against San Silvestre and Newton. The teams debated the merits of factory farms, performance-enhancing drugs in sports and comprehensive public healthcare. One of the Hiram Bingham teams reached the final round, narrowly losing to San Silvestre in a tie-break decision. Congratulations to all the HB Debaters and a special thanks to the Grade 10 students who served as Moderators and Time-Keepers.

COPA ADEPAFA

Our congratulations to the HB parents swimming team who won the ADEPAFA SWIMMING CUP 2017 (Asociación deportiva de padres de familia de colegios católicos) and a special mention to Melissa Peña for winning the tournament Best Swimmer. Well done! More generally, I would also like to thank all parents for your support and interest throughout the year and particularly to the parents who have been helping us as "HB Supporters". Successful education depends on cooperation between school and home!

Spring Festival

During the last week of Term 4 our Primary students participated in the Spring Festival. There were nine contests and students chose three to participate. They demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and creativity. As every year the most popular contest was Mini chef and the Talent show. It was a success!

Our Grade 8 Student, Nicole Casariego

Our Grade 8 student, Nicole Casariego, participated in the final stage of the 2017 School National Games where she obtained the first place in the following swimming tests: 50 m. free style, 50 m. back style and 100 m. back style; in addition she won two medals for the second place in: relays 4 x 50 m. free style and 4 x 50 m. combined style. Nicole was named The Best Technical Swimmer in Category B - Damas. We are very proud of you Nicole!

New House Leaders

2017 Head Boy & Head Girl (Chiemi & Ricardo) 2017 - 2018 Head Boy & Head Girl (Micaela & David)


Last week we announced our new student leaders - Head Boy and Head Girl, Prefects, House Captains and Vice Captains - for the period from August, 2017 to July, 2018. You can see all their names in the following chart HERE


In previous years, our student leaders occupied their positions from March to December, but we decided that from now on it would be much more convenient to change the terms of office to August to July. The fundamental reason is because of the many obligations of our Grade 11 students, particularly in the second semester of their final year, which means that it is extremely difficult for them to properly fulfill their leadership roles after July of their final year.


My thanks to the outgoing Grade 11 leaders for their work and my congratulations and best wishes to all the new leaders from Grade 10 and the vice captains from Grade 9. I am sure they will do an excellent job.

ALLIANCES WITH UNIVERSITIES OF UNITED STATES

One of our school aims is to further improve the service we offer our students in university and careers guidance both for local and international universities. As part of that, we have been particularly focusing on the area of universities outside Peru. In the first semester one of our staff went for special training in the USA with the College Board, the admissions organisation for universities in the USA and Canada. www.collegeboard.org


We have also recently signed an agreement with the ten US universities involved in theInternational University Alliance (see the image above), which offers important benefits for our HB students. For students or parents who would like more details, please contact our Universities and Careers Counsellor, Karim Leon, at kleon@hirambingham.edu.pe You can read more about the benefits HERE

2017 Pacific Cup

Our student Nicole Casariego represented our country in the Copa Pacífico y Copa Absoluta Julio Maglioni held in Santa Cruz - Bolivia, obtaining the Bronze medal in combined 4*100 posts and a meritorious 4th place in the 100 meter Freestyle. As a Team, Peru won second place in the Copa Pacífico and First in the Copa Absoluta Julio Maglioni.

Winning Team, Prof. Marco Polo & Mr. Pringle

A few weeks ago we celebrated the team gold medal won by our girls basketball team in the "medianas" category, particularly notable because we are competing against schools with many more students to choose from than we do. Now our boys team, in the same "medianos" category, have also won the team gold medal. Congratulations to all members of the team and coach German!

HB Scuba Diving

MYP students from Grade 8 during PE hours, enjoying the diving training as part of the "Towards the underwater world through the teaching of Scuba Diving" unit, in agreement with the company Spondylus - PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

BSP Debate

On Thursday the Grade 10 students from Hiram Bingham participated in the first BSP Debate of 2017. Micaela Minaya and Adriana Barrantes represented HB in a spirited debate about the responsibilities countries have for refugees, working on teams with students from other British schools in Peru.

These debates are conducted entirely in English so are an excellent opportunity for the students to practice their English. In addition students have to do research about current affairs topics as part of their preparation, which makes them more aware of what is happening in the world.

MMUN Conference at HB

This past weekend, nearly 220 students and teachers from 13 schools in Lima and one from Trujillo participated in the second Hiram Bingham Model United Nations Conference for Middle School students following the Montessori MUN approach and the UN4MUN adapted Rules of Procedures becoming the first school MUN in Peru following these principles and procedures.

Students debated and found solutions to world issues and had an incredible educational experience within the collaborative spirit of the conference.

Congratulations to Mr Marco Bauer and the whole HBMUN team!

House Activities in Grade 1 & Grade 2

On Tuesday we carried out a series of house activities, joining together students from different school promotions and also students from Grades 10 and 11 with those from Primary. These activities were organized and led by the house captains, as part of our focus on student leadership. For the students, their normal day to day life in school is almost entirely with their peers from their promotion. These sorts of activities, which involve the vertical integration of students, are very important in fostering a wider sense of community and belonging.

Outstanding IB Diploma results

An outstanding characteristic of Hiram Bingham is the very high percentage of the COMPLETE PROMOTION which obtains the IB Diploma and this makes us different from many other schools. The percentage of the promotion obtaining an IB Diploma over the last 4 years has been
2016 - 79%
2015 – 85%
2014 – 84%
2013 – 86%

Our Headmaster

Derek Pringle, pictured here with the 2017 Head Students, Chiemi Betalleluz and Ricardo Yamamoto, was born and raised in Scotland and completed his secondary education at John Watson’s school in Edinburgh (now the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art). He did his first degree in International History and Politics at the University of Leeds in northern England and completed his postgraduate teacher training at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London.

He began his career as a history teacher in Barnet in north London and in 1983 arrived in Peru to work at Colegio San Silvestre. From 1988 to early 2007, he was Headmaster here at Hiram Bingham, playing a fundamental part in the introduction and consolidation of the International Baccalaureate programmes, enabling Hiram Bingham to be the first school in Peru to offer all three programmes. Mr. Pringle widened his experience as Headmaster by leading Redland School in Chile for 2 years and then St George’s, Quilmes in Argentina for 7 years. He rejoined Hiram Bingham at the start of 2016.

He served for 6 years on the IB Heads Regional Council for the Americas and for a similar length of time on the IB World Heads Council. He has also been President of the Latin American Heads conference, which groups together the major British style schools on our continent.

Mr. Pringle is married to a Peruvian, Ana Maria and they have one son, Andrew, who is an architect.

Prom #27, 2016 – Where are they now?

LAHC Sao Paulo - 2017

In the photo you can see our four students - Ann and Mali (from Grade 11) plus Pamela and Micaela (from Grade 10) - along with Mr Pringle, who are representing Hiram Bingham at this conference in Brasil, which will finish on Saturday. The theme of the conference is creativity and more than 40 British style schools from all over Latin America are participating in this event. Congratulations to all 4 girls for being such good representatives of HB!

Farewell Ceremony to Miss Cathy and Miss Ruby:

Primary students organized an emotional farewell to Ms. Cathy and Ms. Ruby, who retired after 35 years of working at Hiram Bingham. Grade 4 Alpha was in charge of conducting this assembly and presented dances, songs and poetry.

At the end, all Primary students made their way in different areas of the school and said goodbye with warm applause .

British English Olympics

This is our school team who will represent us in the British English Olympics in the UK at the end of March.

Pastoral Care Activities

We started Pastoral Care activities 2017 with our Grade 10 students who spent a fruitful journey at Azpitia. Our risk-taking students faced many challenges with enthusiasm and positivity.

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