Arts & Activities
The importance of fine arts reaches much further than simply their aesthetic value. Mastering new skills by self-motivation and self-discipline directly engages students in the thinking process. Each of the unique art disciplines requires students to apply different skills to express themselves. As students create solutions, they acquire problem-solving abilities applicable to other subjects both inside and outside the classroom.
Wednesdays are half-days at the European school though the students may stay for extra curricula activities.
Celebrations and fieldtrips are important for students and staff giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy one another outside of the classroom. Wearable Arts, September 15, Halloween, and end-of-the-year festivals are just examples of the many reasons we find to celebrate.
Parents are invited to meet with their child’s teachers four times a year, at the end of each quarter. However if need be, meetings can be arranged to the teacher’s discretion.
During the second week of August a back-to-school night is organized where parents meet informally around wine and cheese and get a feeling for the place.
When school resumes in January parents take advantage of the dry season (Costa Rican summer) to have a picnic on the school grounds and play games throughout the day.
Violin, guitar, ocarina, marimba, and singing lessons teach students to read music and differentiate rhythms. By starting lessons early, children build a life-long appreciation of music.
Painting is enjoyed by both our younger and older students. Works are displayed around the school and are definitely our best decorations.
Sculpture is an important part of our fine arts program and demands that a student be both creative and disciplined. It teaches the importance of multiple perspectives as the final project is interpreted differently by the artist and outside observers.
All students in primary and secondary school participate in physical education classes. Younger participants focus on improving coordination while more mature students build skills for specific sports. Mostly, they just have a good time and enjoy being active.
For students interested, club-sports such as soccer, basketball, and track are held after school.