The Phantom of the Opera

When you are aware of something taking place over a very long period of time you pay attention, note changes and lock away images for future reference. I have some tomato seeds in a pot -– given to me by Senior School Science Students - in my office, and I am immersed in this process; with very little progress to note so far.

It was much this way with “The Phantom of the Opera”. You always knew something was happening – something big; outrageous inspirational trailers presented in assemblies, the mask appearing on a very large proportion of the cars in Carrasco, teasing flyers, orders for microphones etc. etc. But what would it be?

From the second half of 2013, on any Saturday and on many days late in the evening, you could catch choirs singing, dancers dancing, and actors both acting and singing. A shadowy group – well versed in subverting the school for the purpose of their art – essentially “adopted” the school for this period. No resistance was tolerated.

And then, for two glorious weeks in the early spring of 2014 a very fortunate 10,000 people (!) bore witness to what it was all about; “The Phantom of the Opera” a soaring, magnificent production that left the audience grasping for superlatives.

Every night yielded fresh wonderment: how does that girl sing like that? This is in English! How does the band concentrate absolutely for 3 hours every night for two weeks? Who is that boy capable of such emotion? Are these really students?

The “post- Phantom hangover” this week, has been made worse by the physical dismemberment of the “theatre” – lights, seats, scaffolding and tents slowly disappearing - bringing home the reality; this can never be again. And I so much want to see and hear it again…just one more time. 

This greed led me last night to listen to the original soundtrack from the London production. It is not bad - a little too “English” for my taste - but nothing like the real thing!

It really is over, and it really is difficult to find the words of gratitude appropriate from those who have so much enjoyed this experience, to those who have given up so much of their lives for over a year. So much talent, discipline, commitment and love. Simply…thank you to everyone involved.


The Principal

Lost Property - Last Call

The School’s Lost Property room is bursting at the seams. 
It is time to reunite lost property items with their rightful owners -
please collect yours urgently.

Important Note:
The deadline for collecting Lost Property items is: 

 Tuesday, 25th November.


                                                         Please remember that all unclaimed items
                                       will be recycled after this date.


To help facilitate your collection arrangements, the Lost Property opening hours have been extended from now until the deadline date.


During this extended period, you may collect your items on any day from Monday to Friday during School hours (except between 1230-1400).


Thank you.

The British Schools tiene el compromiso de proporcionar un ambiente educativo y laboral positivo donde reine el bienestar, la amistad y la seguridad.  

Un lugar al que todos sientan que pertenecen, que son bienvenidos y donde se sientan cómodos.

Form 3 Visit to Fortaleza del Cerro

  • Published in Junior

As part of a Unit of Inquiry entitled: “Why People Invade and Settle”, Form 3 visited The Fortaleza del Cerro. The objective of this visit was to strengthen students understanding of why a fort would have been needed, the strategic importance of its position and what role it played in defending the city. Within this Unit of Inquiry, the students have also been studying rocks and gave special attention to what materials the Fortaleza Del Cerro was constructed with.


IB1 HISTORY students and 3rd Year Liceo Historia students are including the First World War Centenary commemorations as part of their IB or Liceo courses and have extended to audio visual work and presentations in assemblies. IB History 5th year students prepared the assembly or 3rd and 4th years, and then 3rd years prepared the assembly for 1st and 2nd years.

The students included a mix of films of WWI, a Prezi presentation explaining the war, and some YouTube documentaries with real footage. The general idea was to combine primary and secondary sources.

In Commemoration of the Anniversary of the 
Beginning of the FIRST WORLD WAR.

100 years on from the start of the First World War, the huge scale of the conflict and the enormous loss of life, is no less shocking today.

It is very important that we remember the sacrifice made by men and women from across the world who gave and suffered so much.

It is also important, with the benefit of hindsight, to improve our understanding of the causes and consequences of war, so wars like this, never happen again.

What does it mean to commemorate? The dictionary says:

“To commemorate an important event or person means to remember them by means of a special action, to make a ceremony, or produce a specially-created object.”

It also adds commemoration as “an honour, a salute”.

The WWI Centenary commemorations will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on wars in history and pay tribute to the millions who died defending their countries.




A global guide to the First World War - interactive documentary

"Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the First World War through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage, including extraordinary scenes of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italian soldiers fighting high up in the Alps, the half-hour film explores the war and its effects from many different perspectives. You can watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi thanks to our partnership with the British Academy."                                                               

World War I – A Hundred Years On: Chronology coverage of World War I (1914-18),
including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

To read more
Click on the image.

Read Books Online!

  • Published in Junior

The Junior Library offers students the opportunity to read Fiction, Non Fiction, and Graphic Novels, to watch Videos and to listen to Audio Books from their computer through Tumble Books.

But hurry, this trial lasts only until the end of August!

To access the material click on the following image and login.

Username: britishedu

Password: trial

Enjoy all the possibilities and let the Library staff know what you think.


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