Message from Mr. Malcolm Griggs, Headteacher of The Oxford School
We take this opportunity to welcome you back to The Oxford School No. 5 Chiriqui for our 2019 school year. We are confident that we will fulfill your expectations during this school year and that your children will learn and achieve positive results.
At The Oxford School, we aim to provide a broad and balanced education for all the children within a happy, stimulating and healthy environment and we want each child to achieve the best he or she can. We have excellent teachers, teaching assistants, office staff and site managers who all work as a very close team.
This year we have implemented a number of changes to further enhance the services we offer. In alignment with our Three-Year Plan, we have located and adapted a second building to accommodate our secondary school. This building has given us the opportunity to expand our registration and allow us more room to accommodate our preschool and primary sections. The new building is located less than a five-minute walk from our main building on Avenida Anayansi. Although we have made a number of improvements to the new building for the 2019 school year, we have planned to allow for future growth over the next three years. Currently, we have made improvements to accommodate all our students from 6th to 10th grades in 7 classrooms, a computer laboratory and a science laboratory. Our ICT laboratory in the new building is currently being conditioned for use and will be ready for the second week of class. We currently have a mobile unit for science which will be used for science experiments in secondary school during the first month while we condition the laboratory. There is a place for students to relax during their break times, an open air cafeteria area and a multipurpose sports area which will be shared with our primary school students during their PE classes on occasion. For the moment, all our administrative activity will be centralized in our main building in Via Boquete. Registration, payments, requests for meetings and appointments will be handled from our reception in Via Boquete. We have identified all staff needs for the new building and a reception area to attend secondary school parents for academic issues will be set up during the first two weeks. A security guard and an assistant/inspector have been hired to maintain our standards of safety in this new building. We are also currently making changes to the entrance of the school building so that all our students can arrive and leave safely. Until this entrance area is ready and procedures have been properly established, we ask you to please park outside the premises and accompany your children to the entrance where school authorities will receive them.
We also take advantage of this welcome message to introduce our new academic director and academic coordinator for secondary school, Mrs. Letsaby Castillo. Mrs. Castillo has been appointed from our school in Panama to oversee operations in The Oxford School No. 5 Chiriqui, particularly in secondary school. Mrs. Castillo has ample experience in both the academic as well as the administrative aspects of school management. She has experience as Head Teacher in a school in Panama City and has filled the position of Mathematics Coordinator at The Oxford School in Panama for the last five years. Mrs. Castillo will also teach mathematics in secondary school this year and will be stationed at our new building in Avenida Anayansi.
As we are currently waiting for our telephone line, internet and cable connections in the new building, we can be reached temporarily by mobile phone at 6984-8904.
Mrs. Nawal Houssien remains as our academic coordinator in preschool and primary school and can be contacted at our main building for consultation. Mr. Joel Castillo continues in his role as discipline coordinator and will work in close coordination with Mrs. Houssien in Via Boquete and Mrs. Castillo in Avenida Anayansi. Our national academic coordinators (Mrs. Farhana Patel, Mrs. Natalia Parissi and Mrs. Sue Adames) will schedule regular visits to David to work as closely as possible with our team in Chiriqui and we have already scheduled a visit from our examinations officer to talk to you about the importance of international examinations and how we plan to incorporate our school in Chiriqui this year.
Induction will take place as advertised in each building depending on the level of your children. We invite parents to attend school with their children on induction day from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. You will receive an induction package, including a number of important forms that must be completed and returned on this day. There are also a number of new collaborators for this school year and we invite you to meet them during induction day and to schedule meetings with them if they are attending your children or are involved in their day-to-day management.
Please check this page regularly for more news items and updates.
Welcome to The Oxford School No. 5 Chiriqui 2019.
As pioneers in contemporary educational systems and planning, The Oxford School is a leader in educational, technological and cultural development at a global level. We strive to serve as an academic benchmark and dedicate our resources to raise academic standards around the world. The Oxford School responds to the needs of global change by promoting innovative and continuous education, thus ensuring an exceptional preparation for our students.
The Oxford School is committed to the fulfilment of the goals of the National Curriculum of England and the University of Cambridge International Examinations, dynamic programs of international relevance and recognition.
We educate students of all backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and abilities to pursue academic excellence in an environment of understanding, cooperation, tolerance and constant effort.
In 1983 The Oxford School began as a small language school in Panama City offering English as a Second Language courses to students and professionals. The creation of this institution was motivated by the country´s need to acquire the English language.
The Oxford School first opened in 1984, in the heart of Panama´s banking sector close to Via España. Later, in 1990, the school expanded to include a regular school programme opening Pre Kinder, Kinder and 1st grade in purposely-adapted premises in Punta Paitilla.
In 1992, due to popular demand, The Oxford School opened its first branch in Santiago de Veraguas. That same year, the school´s director, together with his three associates, dedicated their efforts to the research and development of a contemporary international curriculum resulting in the adoption of the National Curriculum of England.
In 1999, aware of the need to unify criteria and consolidate goals with views to expand, The Oxford School opened its new, more modern building situated in Edison Park in Via Transistmica.
Today, the new school caters to more than 900 students, many of whom have shown great promise for the future in the areas of Science and Business Administration.
In 2001, The Oxford School introduced a new element of international contemporary education to its secondary school programme by means of the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The Oxford School is now a fully authorized testing center for these internationally recognized examinations.