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Primary Handbook


Table of Contents

Welcome from the Headteacher ....................................................................................................... 3 Academic calendar 2017-2018 ........................................................................................................ 4 School hours .................................................................................................................................... 4 Arrival & departure procedures ........................................................................................................ 5 Security ............................................................................................................................................ 5 Extra Curricular Activities .................................................................................................................. 6 School uniform .................................................................................................................................. 6 What your child will need for school ................................................................................................. 8 School Lunch .................................................................................................................................... 9 Behaviour .......................................................................................................................................... 9 Merit system .................................................................................................................................... 11 Attendance ..................................................................................................................................... 12 Health and first aid .......................................................................................................................... 13 Role of the parent ........................................................................................................................... 13 Home/School communication ......................................................................................................... 14 Home learning ................................................................................................................................. 15 Using English in school ................................................................................................................... 16 Educational visits & residential trips ............................................................................................... 17 Meeting Student Needs ................................................................................................................. 17 In summary ...................................................................................................................................... 18

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Welcome from the Headteacher Dear Parents and Students It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year at The British School of Navarra. We extend a very warm welcome to all new and returning students and parents. Our aspiration is to provide a World Class Education for all pupils within the BSN community. We are fortunate to be governed by the Executive Board of The British Schools Foundation, a network of schools established across the globe. We are looking forward to providing your child with an outstanding educational experience. The Foundation has an excellent reputation worldwide and we will continue to build on that as we seek to meet the needs of all students enrolled in our school. Our staff members are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching, and bring a wealth of experience and expertise. At The British School of Navarra, we have created a stimulating, safe and positive learning environment, with high expectations of achievement, endeavour and behaviour. We are committed to making the curriculum accessible to all students through utilising a range of teaching styles and state of the art technology, which will motivate our students to develop independent, life-long learning skills. As BSN’s Headteacher, my role is to establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all students. We value the opinions of our parents, therefore please feel free to send an email, call or arrange a visit. Parent input is invaluable and I look forward to working with you in the most important job you have - educating your child. We hope you will find this handbook useful and look forward to working closely with you to ensure the success of BSN and our students. Yours sincerely, Mr James Batten Headteacher

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Academic calendar 2017-2018 Autumn term Friday Sept 1 - Meet the Teacher Consultations Mon Sep 4 – Fri Oct 31 8 weeks Wed Nov 1 – Fri Nov 3 Half term break Mon Dec 4 – Fri Dec 8 Winter break Mon Nov 6 – Fri Dec 22 6 weeks Spring term Mon Jan 8 – Tue Feb 20 Wed Feb 21 – Fri Feb 23 Mon Feb 26 – Wed Mar 28

6 weeks Half term break 4 weeks

Summer term Mon Apr 9 – Wed May 30 Thur May 31 – Fri June 1 Mon June 4 – Fri June 29

8 weeks Half term break 4 weeks

Please note: The last day of each term will be a noon finish

School hours Key Stage One (Years 1-2) 08:30 - 08:45 Children arrive to class (08:45 at the latest) 08:45 - 09:00 Registration/tutor time 09:00 - 10:00 Lesson 1 10:00 - 10:20 Morning break 10:20 - 11:20 Lesson 2 11:20 - 12:00 Lesson 3 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch 12:30 - 13:00 Playtime 13:00 - 14:00 Lesson 4 14:00 - 14:40 Lesson 5 14:40 - 15:00 Breaktime 15:00 - 16:00 Lesson 6 16:00 - 16:30 Lesson 7 Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) 08:45 - 09:00 Registration/tutor time (arrive 8:45am at the latest) 09:00 - 10:00 Lesson 1 10:00 - 11:00 Lesson 2 11:00 - 11:20 Morning break 11:20 - 12:20 Lesson 3 12:20 - 12:40 Lesson 4 12:40 - 13:40 Lunch 13:40 - 14:40 Lesson 5 14:40 - 15:00 Afternoon break 15:00 - 16:00 Lesson 6 16:00 - 16:30 Lesson 7

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Tutor time is used to register the students, complete any class administration tasks (e.g. letters to go home) and prepare for prompt starting of lessons. It is essential that students arrive at their classrooms for the beginning of tutor time so that they can be properly registered and do not miss any important information about the day. Please understand that tutors will not be available to meet with parents once their tutor sessions begin.

Arrival & departure procedures It is, of course, essential that our students are supervised at all times for their security and safety. Therefore, we request that students should not arrive at classrooms before 8:30am. This is to ensure that teachers have sufficient planning, meeting and preparation time at the beginning of the school day. All students should, however, be in class ready for registration at 8:45am at the latest. Please ensure that you or your designated guardian collects your child from a member of staff on the school patio. Please collect your child at 4:30 pm. On the last day of each term, school finishes at 12:00 noon. If, for some reason, you have been delayed, please telephone the school so that we are aware and can inform your child so as to avoid any unnecessary anxiety. If you are unable to collect your child, please inform the school at the earliest possible time as to who will be collecting your child. For security reasons, teachers will not release a child to an unauthorised person. Please be aware that teachers/assistant teachers need to hand your child over to you; please assist this process by ensuring your teacher is aware you have received your child.

Security All visitors entering the school are required to sign in and out. We believe our students are very safe during the day and with your assistance believe we can continue our high standard of security. It is essential that we have an accurate record of who is authorised to collect your child. We will not release a child to the custody of a different adult unless we have received notification from the child’s parent.

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If you need to collect your child during the school day please ensure that you inform your class teacher in advance. Parents will need to report to the reception desk and the receptionist will collect your child from their appropriate classroom. Parents should provide the school with at least two contact telephone numbers in case of emergencies. It is vital that you inform the school of any changes to these contact numbers.

Extra Curricular Activities As an extension to your child’s education we offer an Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) programme to children from Pre-Nursery upwards. ECAs include a variety of exciting activities for example, Dance, Music & Movement, Arts & crafts, ICT, Sports and Games. The opportunity for students to develop interests beyond the classroom is an integral part of the school. The ECAs are organised by staff members and outside instructors. ECAs generally start near to the beginning of each term, once the usual routines are established. You will be notified of the clubs on offer in advance so that you can assist your child in choosing the preferred activities. Once an ECA is chosen for each term, it is important that the student remains committed to that activity.

School uniform School uniform is compulsory for all students attending the school. We believe that wearing school uniform in a proud and smart manner promotes positive self-esteem and, therefore, is integral to the ethos of the school. All students are expected to arrive at school every day in uniform, worn in a tidy manner. We expect our students to take pride in their school uniform. All students are expected to wear PE uniform on PE days. You will be informed about these days at the beginning of the academic year. The Headteacher will give guidance regarding the dates when summer and winter uniforms are to be worn, according to the seasonal weather conditions. Summer uniform will be required at the beginning of the year.

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Below is the set uniform for Primary children:

Other Items Footwear is an important aspect of the school uniform; the correct socks and shoes complete the uniform (see above). Shoes should be black leather and worn each day. On PE days, Primary students must wear appropriate footwear for the activity on offer - normally training/sports shoes. Trainers should be black, white or dark blue without colourful markings or labels. All students should wear regular PE uniform for lessons and house colours for competitions and events only. Use of coats and anoraks are encouraged during cold and rainy days, and sunhats on sunny days. We encourage independence in our students. This does mean at times that items can go temporarily missing. With this in mind, please label all items of school uniform with your child’s name and class. General Appearance For safety reasons the wearing of earrings (except studs), or other jewellery (metal or plastic) must not be permitted during sporting activities, PE or swimming. They represent potential hazards to all participants. Medical, professional and occupational safety advice confirms that they should be avoided at all times. Hair should be worn in a neat style, while mohicans, tramlines and bright colours are not considered appropriate hairstyles for school. If a student attends school with a hairstyle that is deemed inappropriate, the Head of Site will inform the parents and request a more suitable style.

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Furthermore, a student may be required to wear hair tied back and/or to remove jewellery if it is deemed hazardous to an activity.

What your child will need for school Water bottles: • Each student will be asked to bring their own re-useable water bottle to school •   The bottle should be individual and never shared with others •   It should be clearly labeled with the name and class of the student •   The bottle will be returned home at the end of each day to be washed •   Only water should be contained in the bottles - no juice, carbonated or flavoured drinks •   Water dispensers will be available at school for refills whenever required

Storage & Usage •

Water bottles will be stored neatly in class and students will be able to carry them to specialist lessons

Teachers will establish clear routines in their class to ensure drinks are available to students at certain times but do not interrupt their lessons in anyway

Please note that students may not be permitted to use water bottles in locations which are deemed hazardous, e.g. in the vicinity of ICT and/or electrical equipment

Resources •

While we will have the necessary resources in class, it is a very good idea to start the year with a pencil case with personal items students will need for a school day. These items include a ruler, pencils, coloured pencils, rubber/eraser and pencil sharpener. These should be stored in the child’s school bag or locker in the classroom.

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Prohibited Items It is school policy not to bring the following items to school: • Sharp or pointed instruments (e.g. scissors) •  

Chewing gum and sweets

Toys or games unless at the request of a teacher

Music-playing systems, mobile phones or any other electronic devices not supplied by the school. This is to ensure that students’ belongings do not get damaged or lost. If a parent needs to contact a student urgently a message can be passed through the school office.

School Lunch A hot and nutritious lunch is served to all children in school. School lunches are paid for in advance along with tuition fees. If you have not already informed the school that your child has dietary restrictions (whether for health, religious or allergy reasons), please do so immediately. We will inform the catering company and special arrangements will be made to provide proper suitable alternatives. Snacks Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack for morning break. This should consist of fresh fruit or a wholesome, nutritious snack. BSN discourages sugar-laden foods for health reasons and also because they can often have a negative effect on concentration and learning. Under no circumstances should snacks be shared amongst students. Please note that, due to existing serious allergies present within the school, snacks with nuts must be avoided. BSN is a nut-free zone.

Behaviour Our school’s code of conduct aims to achieve a positive atmosphere in which more time is spent on teaching and learning. We recognise that the school has a critical role to play in developing self-discipline in students. We aim to establish acceptable patterns of behaviour and to encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility, self-respect and a respect for other people, property and the environment. It is essential for parents and the school to work in partnership so that the values encouraged by home and school are mutually reinforced. The following outlines the key expectations we have of students: • •   •   •   •   •  

Treat everyone with respect and courtesy Behave in a way that aids learning during lessons Walk at all times when indoors Walk on the left in corridors and staircases Hold doors open for others Remove coats, jackets and hats during lessons and at lunch

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• Make sure that classrooms and playgrounds are kept clean and tidy; litter should be placed in bins •   Greet the teacher and guests in the school •   Speak and listen in turn •   Always look after classroom resources and ensure that furniture and resources are tidy at the end of lessons •   Knock and wait to be invited into the room if late for class •   Do not leave the classroom without the teacher’s permission •   No eating and drinking in the classroom – except water, and with the teacher’s permission •   Students are responsible for clearing trays, plates, etc., after break and lunch All students are encouraged, taught and expected to demonstrate high standards of behaviour. We value highly the qualities of self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others and their property. We encourage all students to act as positive citizens and bullying will not be tolerated at our school.

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Merit system On entry to the school, each student will be allocated a ‘House’; members of the same family being placed in the same house. We always seek a balance of male and female students in each one. The house names and colours are as follows:

The whole school is involved in the merit system and each teacher and assistant teacher will be part of a house. There will be regular house assemblies held throughout the year. The first meeting elects house captains for each house (one boy and one girl). The House system comprises two parts: 1. Merit system, where students gain house points for individual awards relating to their progress and efforts in all aspects of school life. 2. Inter-house competitions such as sports days, swimming galas, poetry and music competitions. Merit Certificates In The Primary Section At BSN, we believe that great efforts should be rewarded and recognised. With this in mind, we have a house point system designed to encourage high standards and positive action from our students throughout the year. House points, therefore, will only be awarded when students do their very best. During the year, students will be awarded house points for excellent work, effort, progress and good citizenship. Teachers award points to each student when deserved and it is the responsibility of the student to enter their house point on the chart displayed in the class. This can be a coloured square or a tick alongside a name. There will be no negative actions such as minus house points. Certificates will be awarded in class to successful students. Certificates are organised in the following way with all students aiming to gain a platinum certificate by the end of the year. Exceptional effort may even result in achieving 200 house points and the rarely achieved Diamond certificate. 25 Bronze 50 Silver 100 Gold 150 Platinum 200 Diamond

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In addition to House Point certificates, once a week a child or children are selected as the ‘Star of the Week’. Certificates are awarded by class, Spanish and Music teachers. At the end of each week, the house points from each class are collated, with the winning house announced during the next assembly. The house captains from the winning house will be responsible for changing the colours displayed each week to the winning house colour until the next assembly. A house point shield is awarded to the winning team annually at Speech Day.

Attendance Regular daily attendance is essential if students are to achieve their potential. We ask that parents support attendance at school wherever possible. Absence from school for reasons which are neither health-related nor involving an emergency are strongly discouraged and should be kept to a minimum, since frequent absence can result in the student falling behind - perhaps seriously - in his/her studies and/or missing key assessments. Parents who are aware of such future absences should inform the class teacher/tutor and seek permission as far in advance as possible. If students are unable to achieve the standards required to enter the next year group due to poor attendance, the following actions make take place at the discretion of the Headteacher: 1. The student will be asked to repeat the year 2.   The student may be asked to withdraw from the school Please note that it is not school policy to provide work for students who are absent. Parents will receive notification of the number of absences in the class teacher’s/tutor’s report at the end of term. Absence Through Sickness While regular daily attendance is important, sometimes absence is unavoidable through sickness. Please inform the school if your child is unable to attend school for health reasons. Please telephone as early as possible after 8:00am and leave a message for the class teacher/tutor. In order for us to ensure the health and safety of your child, please advise us of any medical problems your child may have when there is an allergy to materials or food. Please ensure that the health questionnaire has been completed. If your child becomes unwell and the class teacher/tutor feels that s/he may not be well enough to participate in lessons, the student will be referred to the first aide officer on site. After further observation, if the student is clearly not well enough to return to class, you may be telephoned to collect your child. Please ensure that school always has updated contact phone numbers.

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Health and first aid Many of our staff are first-aiders who can deal with day-to-day matters such as cuts or bruises, and students who feel unwell whilst at school. In the unlikely event of a more serious accident, emergency services will be called to the school and parents will be telephoned immediately. In consultation with parents, transportation will be organised to the hospital. Medicine For Students Academic staff are prohibited from giving any medication to students whilst on site. If medication is required, parents or guardians must complete a form in reception and the medication will be issued with the instructions provided.

Role of the parent At BSN we acknowledge the importance of involving our parents in their child’s education and we encourage the support of parents throughout the school. Parents are often invited to support class assemblies, activities, open days and curriculum days in order to be involved in school life as much as possible. Each tutor group will elect a parent class representative (normally at the ‘Meet The Teachers’ evening) who will act as a liaison with the class teacher/tutor for such events. In addition to your role within school we also encourage your support with your child’s learning at home. The enjoyment and knowledge that young children get from books is invaluable at this age and we encourage parents to read with their child as often as possible at home. At BSN we consider homework to be an excellent way to review or reinforce work taught in school rather than a way to extend learning. Other opportunities to get involved at The British School of Navarra: To be involved in school life as much as possible parents are invited to take part in the following activities: • Supporting class performances and other activities •   International week celebration •   Book Fairs

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Please get in touch if you would like to offer some of your spare time in school. We would love to have your input.

Home/School communication At BSN we greatly value working in partnership with parents and guardians to ensure the very best for your children. As part of this, we place a strong emphasis on opening up many avenues of communication between parents and teachers. Please take the time to read the following to help you understand the different ways that we can share information with each other. Daily Communication: •

Parent Portal. Most communication from the school is provided via the online Parent Portal. Therefore, it is essential that all parents review all of the information on the Portal regularly. Not only will information from key staff members be presented there but also important calendar events that we would hate you to miss.

Email. Critical/individual communication can also be maintained by email, though we ask you to do this selectively and concisely so that email communication remains manageable for teachers and they can focus on their classroom work. The class teacher would be the first point of contact on most issues. When appropriate, they will refer any important issues to the Senior Leadership Team. If you wish advice on administrative aspects of school our admin team are always happy to help.

Weekly: •

Weekly Blurb. Teachers will inform you of learning experiences that took place during the week and upcoming events via the weekly ‘blurb’ that is posted on the Parent Portal.

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School news will be published on the school website after significant events. Parents and prospective parents may view the news articles and photos from various phases within the school. The news items will vary from phase to phase.

Termly: • •   •   •  

School newsletter will be published on the Portal and the school website every term. It includes articles from staff and students and photos celebrating what the children have done throughout this period. Curriculum Letters. At the beginning of each term, a curriculum letter is sent out to inform parents of the topics and objectives that will be taught in the coming term. School Reports. Each term you will receive a written report on your child’s progress and attainment. Parent Teacher Consultations. These take place 3 times a year and give you the opportunity to talk one-to-one with the teacher about your child’s progress, development and targets.

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Additional Information and Correspondence during the Year: •

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Meet the Teacher. During the third week of Term 1, a ‘Meet The Teacher’ evening will be held, during which time parents will be invited to visit the classroom of their son or daughter and gain an insight into their new class and teaching staff. It is also an opportunity for the teachers to share important information about class procedures and expectations. Class Timetable. This timetable indicates which activity your child is doing at what time during the week. News. We have regular updates of school activities provided by the news coordinator on each site via newsletter, website and postings. Face-to-face. Class teachers/tutors are happy to discuss concerns you may have about your son or daughter but are unable to do so during teaching time. Any small issue that can be discussed briefly at drop off or pick up time must be completed outside of lesson time.

In order to maintain consistent lines of communication, we ask that you ensure that your contact details including mobile phones and email addresses remain regularly updated with the school office. Student Work and Portfolios Parents will have regular opportunities each term to see the work being achieved by the students as part of the parent teacher consultations. Portfolios will be collated throughout the year and shared at these meetings. All student books will normally be sent home at the end of the year (with the exception of examples required for inspection or display purposes).

Home learning Home learning should be: • Manageable for parents, students and teachers •   Directly related to students’ class work and the school curriculum •   Regarded as important and monitored by parents and teachers •   Clearly understood by all students in term of objectives and feedback.

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Expectations Obligatory Home Learning: The following time spans should be followed as a guideline for weekly home learning. Expectations will rise with the age of the children, guiding them towards independent study and a responsible attitude to learning. Year One: Up to 15 minutes, four times per week Year Two: Up to 30 minutes, four times per week Year Three: Up to 30 minutes, four times per week Year Four: Up to 45 minutes, four times per week Year Five: Up to 45 minutes, five times per week Year Six: Up to 45 minutes, five times per week All the above time schedules to include daily reading. The class teacher is responsible for setting homework, ensuring that the demands are manageable and relevant. Home learning should be varied, including many areas of the curriculum including Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Mental Mathematics, Written Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, etc. Normally, home learning is reading and spelling and then an appropriate amount of written work. Teachers will aim to keep parents informed and involved. Incomplete home learning will be recorded and three instances will result in a letter home to parents or parents contacted through the home/school communications log. Optional Home Learning: Class teachers will regularly offer opportunities for additional studies/tasks at home. These will normally support and enhance the enjoyment of topics covered in areas of the curriculum not reflected in the weekly home learning schedules above, for example Art, PE, Music, Arts and Sciences, Topics, Computing, etc. Typically, they will give children an opportunity to research or find out information and share it with their peers and teachers. Optional activities targeting learning goals in core subjects may also be offered to certain students following discussion and agreement between parents and teachers. Examples of activities might include creating a poster or fact sheet, bringing in an item for show and tell or sharing a presentation. Teachers will always communicate these tasks (including dates to be completed) to parents and children clearly. This will provide the opportunity for greater depth of study for those that choose it. At the same time, it prevents undue pressure on very busy families or those that have long journeys to and from school.

Using English in school Bilingualism at BSN is an asset to the pupil and the school, and this is reflected in the way we approach the use of language in school. English is the first language of the school and we should encourage it to be used as much as possible. It is the one common language that all pupils will share and therefore has the capacity to unite all pupils. It is not forbidden for children to use their native language in the school, however our graduation towards exclusive of use of English in the classroom and on the playground grows with the age of the children and their English language proficiency. Younger children and those new to English, may use their native language when necessary but move gradually towards more and more English.

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When determining use of native language in school, the age and capability of children is key and all staff will take a common sense approach. Pupils are not reprimanded or sanctioned for using their mother tongue. Instead, they are positively encouraged to use English wherever possible.

Educational visits & residential trips Educational visits are crucial opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. In Years 1 to 4, educational visits are organised in relation to the topics and themes being taught in class. Educational visits may be to museums, cultural sites and events or activity centres and are designed to support the learning in the classroom. In Years 5 and 6, we offer the opportunity to enjoy an annual residential trip. The trip typically takes place within Russia for a period of three or four nights. This opportunity is of great benefit in supporting independence, leadership and teamwork, maturity and self-esteem. For many students, it is the highlight of the year. Every effort is made by the organising staff to share information (initially at the “Meet The Teacher� evening) and costs at an early stage. We hope that all students will be able to attend. For those that are not able to go, a topic-related programme is offered at BSN during the residential week.

Meeting Student Needs EAL (English as an Additional Language) As an international school, we seek to accommodate students from a range of cultures, nationalities and backgrounds. We strictly limit the number of students who need significant support to fully access our curriculum to 20% of any class. This means that effective support can be offered and that English remains the language of our school and the playground. EAL students may initially be withdrawn from Spanish Language classes to work individually or in small groups with one of our EAL team. Progress is monitored regularly with the aim of being fully integrated into classes without additional support. SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Our teachers are skilled at meeting the needs of different abilities within a typical class. Some students may need additional, specialised support due to a moderate learning difficulty. This can be generally supported through the development of an IEP (Individual Education Plan) that can be designed by our Learning Support Coordinator. However, due to our limited capacity to support SEND here in Navarra, it is the school policy not to accept students that require more extensive support. A G & T (Able, Gifted and Talented) Able students are accommodated by effective differentiation to challenge high ability groups in classes across the curriculum. Gifted students with exceptional academic potential will enter the gifted register and an IEP developed to ensure that progress and achievement in line with their abilities are achieved. This may be in one or a multiple of subjects.

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Talented students with exceptional abilities in Drama, Music, Art or PE will enter the talented register and an IEP developed to ensure that performance or competitive opportunities in line with their abilities are achieved. This may be in one or multiple disciplines. We believe that it is important that talented students are challenged and have an opportunity to showcase their abilities. Some of the practical examples of opportunities for our most able students include: • •   •   •   •   •   •  

Entry in COBIS competitions and festivals Competitive sports teams Leading roles in productions BSN talent show competition Art exhibitions Primary choir, ensembles and recitals Intervention groups and streamed sessions for excellent readers, writers and mathematicians.

In summary We hope that this handbook provides an informative introduction to the school. Of course not every piece of information will be here and if you should need any further guidance, please feel free to contact the appropriate member of the school for further advice. We look forward to working with you this year.

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Avenida Juan Pablo II, 1 31004 Pamplona Navarra Spain

(+34) 948-242-826 www.bsn.org.es

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Primary Handbook Navarra 2017-2018 (f)  
Primary Handbook Navarra 2017-2018 (f)