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Board of Governors

The First Board of Governors was formed in 1946. Members of the Board of Directors work ad honorem. Their responsibilities include:

  • To safeguard Markham’s educational philosophy, principles and ethos.
  • To provide the direction and strategic planning to both educational and developmental programmes and to create sound financial policies for their implementation.

The present Board of Directors of the British Educational Association of Peru, the founding and promoting authority of Markham College, is comprised of the following members:

 

  • Sr. Raul Otero ....................... Chairman of the Board
  • Sr. Gonzalo Aguirre ...............  Vice Chairman
  • Sr. Mark Hoffmann ................ Treasurer
  • Sra. María Félix ..................... Member
  • Sra. Jocy Chávez-Tafur ..........  Member
  • Sr. Roberto Mac Lean ............ Parental Representative
  • Sra. Tatiana Jamil ................. Parental Representative

 

 

 

Founded: 

1946 

Headmaster:

David Dowdles (appointed 2008)

Director:

Marisol Bello Domínguez (appointed 2012)

Academic Programmes:

Early Years Section

  • Pre-Kinder to Primary 1

Lower School Section

  • Primary 2 to Primary 5

Upper School Section

  • Primary 6 to Secondary 2 (Middle School)
  • Secondary 3 & Secondary 4 (IGCSE Programme)
  • Sixth Form (National Programme & IB Diploma Programme)

Admission: 

Most pupils are admitted into the Early Years Section during the Pre-Kinder selection process. These applications are held one year prior to entering the College. Admissions evaluations to all other year groups are held at scheduled times throughout the year, pending the availability of spaces.

Enrolment: 

School total is approximately 2000 pupils across the three Sections.

Student body: 

94% Peruvian pupils, 6% foreign and Round Square exchange pupils. 34 Countries currently represented.

Professional Affiliations: 

G20 Schools; Round Square International; International Baccalaureate Diploma ; University of Cambridge International Examinations; London College of Music (LCM); Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC); ADCA; UDCA; British Schools of Peru (BSP).

Diplomas, Awards and Certificates: 

IGCSE Certificates; National Programme Diploma ; International Baccalaureate Diploma; English Language Certificates (PET, FCE, CAE); Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award; London College of Music Certificates. 

2015 Entry Fees: 

A one-time entrance fee (per child) is paid to the BEAP (British Educational Association of Perú) upon acceptance into the College. The current entrance fee for 2015 is $US 15,000. Please note, the entrance fee for 2016 is US $17,500 for all year groups. 

Current Tuition 2015: 

The 2014 annual College tuition fee for all year groups is US $11,850.

Financial Aid: 

Financial aid scholarships are only available for pupils already enrolled in the Upper School. 

Endowment: 

Markham Trust

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Teacher Profile

Markham teachers...

  • … serve as role models both to students and fellow colleagues, as well as to those in the wider Markham community and beyond.
  • … fully support and are committed to the school’s Strategic Aims and encourage and assist students in their development towards the Student Profile.
  • ... have expert knowledge of their subject area, create an active and engaging learning environment and exhibit the highest levels of commitment and expertise supported by on-going professional development.
  • ... promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, fairness and approachability based on a recognition and appreciation of students as unique individuals.
  • ... are highly motivated, dedicated and well rewarded professionals with a strong desire for all children to succeed.
  • … are fully appreciative of the opportunities provided by the Markham environment and are keen to make an active contribution to the development of the School and to Peruvian society in general.
  • … accept at all times both their individual and collective responsibility – as shared with Board members, colleagues, parents, pupils and Old Markhamians – for the well-being, reputation and advancement of Markham College and all members of the school community.

Welcome to Upper School

The Upper School is located on the original college site in Miraflores and houses pupils from Primary 6 through Secondary 4 culminating in the IB and National Programmes. This section is extremely well-resourced and provides pupils with a broad selection of academic choices staffed by highly-trained specialist teachers.

There are extensive playing fields for physical education and recreation, as well as basketball, squash and fronton courts, a swimming pool and a sports stadium (coliseo) and two general activities rooms. In addition, there are modern computer laboratories (for Primary 6 and Secondary 1 pupils), laptops (for Secondary 2 pupils onwards) and Smartboards (all linked within a wireless internet system), 9 science laboratories, a fully-equipped library (English, Spanish and French), and purpose-built art, food & nutrition, design & technology and music and drama rooms. These resources help to make the Upper School at Markham a highly motivating and stimulating environment for our pupils.

The Upper School at Markham College also has a rich and nurturing environment where pupils are able to fulfil their individual potential. This environment reflects our strong belief in the importance of diversity in learning, the personal growth offered by a bilingual and bicultural curriculum and a co-educational pupil body. By graduation, our pupils are mature and self-confident, responsible for their own learning and well-prepared to meet future academic challenges in either Peruvian or overseas universities.

 

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Welcome to Lower School

Lower School pupils flourish in our warm, friendly environment and leave us at the end of Primary 5 thoroughly prepared academically, emotionally and psychologically for the transition to the Upper School.  

Personal and Social Education (PSE) is a central part of Lower School life. It guides much of the work done in class and supports the ethos of the school.

The school also implements an Enquiry Based Learning philosophy in which pupils direct their own studies and investigations, while collaborating actively in groups.

As they mature the students are increasingly involved in outdoor educational pursuits. In P3, pupils camp in the Lower School grounds. In P4 they head into the foothills of the Andes to camp and in P5 they travel further afield to explore the Paracas National Reserve.

The Lower School is integrated with and reflects the ideals of the Young Round Square organization (yrsaonline.org) and is committed to working on social and environmental initiatives.

The school also provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Pupils can participate in sports, arts, music and drama as well as clubs, which range from languages to gardening, Tae Kwon Do to origami. As a result of our activities programme, all pupils perform to parents in an instrumental recital or dance presentation.

 

Welcome to Early Years

The Early Years section, Pre-Kinder, Kinder and Primary 1, is situated at Monterrico, sharing the same site as the Lower School. Total English immersion is applied and after three years in this programme our pupils are able to read, write and express themselves in English. Most of all, they enjoy doing so!

In Early Years, our focus is on personal and social education (PSE) as an integral part of the education of the whole child. Our PSE programme is designed to benefit the children’s self-awareness, self-esteem, inter-personal relationships and independence. In addition, there is a full-time psychologist on staff, as well as full-time specialist teachers for children who may need additional learning support or have additional needs for English. It is important to note that many of our teachers in Early Years have English as their mother tongue and all of our teachers have excellent standards of English.

The curriculum in Early Years is enquiry based and much of the learning is hands-on. Our classrooms are colourful and alive with activity. The outdoor centres and recreational facilities, computer laboratory and specialist rooms for cooking, art, music and drama are what make the Early Years section at Markham a highly creative and stimulating environment for our youngest learners.

The co-educational learning environment allows boys and girls to work and play together, helping them develop an appreciation and understanding of each other and the skills necessary to interact with one another effectively throughout life.

Fundamental to co-education at Markham is the tenet that boys and girls are treated equally, not just the same. We place great importance on this difference. We believe that girls and boys often have different perspectives and have much to learn from each other. This adds to the richness of our learning environment throughout the College.

Early Years is where our dedication to creating a rich and nurturing environment begins. Our pupils are able to fulfill their individual potential supported by our strong belief in the importance of diversity in learning, the personal growth gained by a bilingual and bicultural curriculum and a co-educational environment. 

 

Markham College has a comprehensive Outdoor Education Programme with yearly camps for pupils ages 9 to 15 (Primary 4 to Secondary 3) with leadership opportunities for Secondary 5 students on the P4, P6, S1 and S2 trips.  This outdoor programme makes full use of the amazing natural diversity Peru has to offer. The camps are situated in or close to the Coast, the Andes Mountains, National Parks and the Amazon jungle.

Leadership, teamwork, initiative and an appreciation of the Peruvian culture and environment are some of the important life skills pupils develop at these camps. 

Senior students (S5) accompany the younger pupils acting as student leaders; this is an integral part of our commitment to leadership training. These older students benefit from the experience gained by helping and assisting others. The programme also provides a good opportunity outside of the school for younger pupils to work more closely with the senior students.

After completing the Outdoor Education Programme, students may choose to be involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Programme in which senior students continue to use and build upon the valuable skills they have been taught in the outdoor education programme while experiencing adventures in more challenging activities in more remote locations of Peru.

 

The Arts at Markham is currently undergoing a transformation. Art, Drama and Music both in and outside the classroom are expanding as we believe they are essential to the personal, academic and social development of our students. A vibrant, engaged and creative imagination can only lend to academic wellbeing, personal understanding and social engagement. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in an Arts activity of their choice and with that choice have the opportunity to excel and become the best in their field.

Performing Arts is celebrated throughout Markham starting in Lower School with our yearly musicals, in our Peruvian tradition of Bailes Peruanos and by our growing Drama Department. Pupils get the opportunity to participate in two major dance events a year which is supported by classes in Ballet, and both Modern and Folklore Dance during the year. Our newly established drama in the curriculum underpins the major school production with music, movement and song – last year we saw the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Early Years and Lower School:

  • EY & LS 28 de Julio Performances
  • EY & LS Christmas Shows 2 Early Years Instrumental Programme recitals
  • EY Ballet performances (internal and at a Festival)
  • LS Squeaks and Squawks Concerts
  • LS Bailes Peruanos dance recitals
  • LS Carols by Candlelight
  • LS Music Activities Concert
  • LS Musical Play in English
  • ADCA Music participation by LS
  • Festival Inter- School Ballet participation by LS

Upper School:

  • US Spanish Play
  • US English Play
  • US Evening of Poetry and Music
  • US Music Recitals (2 per year)
  • LAHC Orchestra concert (4 US pupils participated in the orchestra)
  • US participation at ADCA Music Festival
  • IB Music Higher Level Recitals

Whole School:

  • BSP Theatre Sports
  • BSP One Act Play Festival
  • Guitar Recital (whole school)
  • Inter-School Piano Festival
  • Markham Choir Christmas Concert at Doubletree El Pardo Hotel

US Masterclass Series:

  • Mr. Fernando De Lucchi, Director of the National Conservatory

 

The House System

Following British tradition, Markham College begins the House system in Primary 2 where each pupil begins to wear the colours of one of the four houses: Cochrane, Guise, Miller and Rowcroft.

House colours are represented for generations in some of the families at Markham. Those families new to the College will join a House and begin a family tradition of their own.

In Secondary, each House is directed by a both a male and female teacher who are assigned the duty of Head of House. The role of Head of House is to guide the student House Captains (male and female students selected as Prefects) in the management of the House, to organize teams and to cheer on their House.

The backbone of any House is teamwork. Successful teamwork is based on promoting the individual talents of all House members and encouraging respect for team leaders.

The system of House points is applied to many different areas of the College in which pupils compete as a team. House points are accumulated throughout the year for a variety of sporting, cultural, academic and other activities as well as House spirit.  The major competitions include the Swimming Gala, Athletics Sports Day, Steeplechase, the Headmaster’s General Knowledge Paper, Markham on Stage, Debate, Design & Technology, Maths and Art.

The winning House is awarded the Inter- House Shield (called the Founder’s Shield). Pupils are very proud of their House and encourage fellow House members to participate in the best ways they can. With such a variety or events taking place throughout the year, all pupils are able to find something they can offer to their House. 

 

At Markham College we place great emphasis on pupil activities. We believe that a lively, well-organised and stimulating co-curricular programme is vital to the development of the pupils. It allows them to express themselves as individuals and provides them with the opportunity to explore new talents and develop new interests.  All pupils from Pre-Kinder onward participate in our co-curricular programme designed to complement our enquiry-based learning in the classroom and to build upon individual potential and self-esteem.

Our co-curricular programme is designed to:

  • Enrich the lives of the pupils. By introducing them to a wide range of interests or stimulating their existing interests, we are help to help pupils develop into mature, well rounded and interesting young people.
  • Enrich relationships between pupils.  Our extensive list of activities allows for pupils to make friends and share time with other pupils with the same interests, making friends and understanding each other’s similarities and differences outside the academic classroom.  
  • Enrich relationships between pupils and staff. Our activities enable teachers and pupils to work together on a shared interest in an informal and friendly atmosphere and perhaps to see qualities in each other that they might not have noticed in a classroom situation.

There are several different kinds of activities throughout the school. There are After-School Activities and Late Activities, as well as Team Sports.

 

Markham College Team Sports and Sports Academies

Early Years Teams

  • Tae Kwon Do: Girls & Boys

Early Years Sports Academies

  • Soccer: Pre-Kinder, Kinder & Primary 1
  • Tae Kwon Do: Pre-Kinder, Kinder & Primary 1
  • Gymnastics:  Pre-Kinder, Kinder & Primary 1
  • Basketball: Pre-Kinder, Kinder & Primary 1

Lower School Teams

  • Athletics: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5 (Girls & Boys)
  • Basketball: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5 (Girls & Boys)
  • Soccer: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5 Boys; Primary 4 & 5 Girls
  • Gymnastics 7, 8 & (9-10) year olds
  • Chess: 8, 9 & 10 year olds
  • Softball: Primary 5 Girls
  • Baseball: Primary 5 Boys
  • Ping Pong (Table tennis): 8, 9 & 10 year olds 
  • Hockey: Primary 4 & 5 (Girls & Boys)
  • Volleyball:  Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5 Girls
  • Peruvian Dance: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5 (Girls & Boys)
  • Tae Kwon Do: Girls & Boys
  • Swimming: Girls & Boys

Lower School Sports Academies

  • Soccer: Primary 2, 3 & 4
  • Tae Kwon Do: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Gymnastics: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Basketball: Primary 2, 3, 4 & 5

Upper School Teams

  • Athletics: ADCA Menores, Medianos, Juveniles, Mayores (Girls & Boys) 
  • Basketball: ADCA Menores, Medianos, Juveniles, Mayores (Girls & Boys) 
  • Cross Country: Girls & Boys (with pupils competing in age groups) 
  • Mountain Biking: Girls & Boys (with pupils competing in age groups) 
  • Soccer: ADCA Menores, Medianos, Juveniles, Mayores (Girls & Boys)
  • Hockey: Boys (3 categories); Girls  (3 categories)   
  • Rugby: Boys (Sub 16 y Sub 14)
  • Surfing: Boys & Girls (with pupils competing in age groups) 
  • Swimming: Boys & Girls (with pupils competing in age groups)
  • Table Tennis: Boys & Girls (with pupils competing in age groups) 
  • Volleyball: ADCA Menores, Medianos, Juveniles, Mayores (Girls & Boys) 

 

Physical Education Programme

Early Years 

Children in Early Years have plenty opportunities to practise physical education both with specialist teachers and their class tutors. Pre Kinder has sessions with our specialists once a week and Kinder and P1 children have these sessions twice a week. These classes aim to develop the motor and coordination skills of the children. In addition to the specialist lessons, children also have many other opportunities to engage in PE activities during the school day. This includes break times when duty teachers actively encourage and variety of traditional games and sports. All physical education classes are age appropriate aiming to help a child discover his or her own self-interests and to develop his or her natural abilities. Some of the aims of this programme are designed to:

 

  • Recognise and value the possibilities of movement in a variety of activities
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing physical competence and confidence, in a range of physical activities and contexts 
  • Establish better inter-personal skills through play
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle 
  • Develop and maintain positive attitudes to physical exercise

Lower School

Students in the Lower School practise two forty minute periods of physical education per week as well as one hour and a half of Games per week. Games are sporting events and competitions between Houses that are practiced throughout the year. The goals of the PE course in the Lower School are:

  • To teach values though play and mini sports which allow children to develop positive interpersonal relationships with their classmates
  • To learn to create and modify rules in adapted games
  • To learn to enjoy physical outdoor activities as an integral part of their free time
  • To develop the motor abilities of each child that in turn will enhance their academic   development

Sports that are practiced in the Lower School include the following:

  • Athletics: Girls and Boys
  • Gymnastics: Girls
  • Boys Soccer: Primary 2 to 5
  • Girls Soccer: Primary 4 and 5
  • Girls and Boys Basketball: Primary 2 to 5
  • Girls and Boys Hockey
  • Girls: Softball
  • Boys: Baseball
  • Ping Pong / Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Tae kwon Do
  • Bailes Peruanos

Upper School 

Pupils in the Upper School have two PE lessons each week and are involved in a varied programme designed to improve their athletic skills in a wide range of activities. The goals of the PE course in the Upper School are: 

  • To promote a healthy lifestyle
  • To encourage pupils to enjoy physical activity
  • To develop skills in a broad range of activities
  • To enable pupils to understand the tactics and roles within particular games
  • To encourage pupils to cooperate and work together with other class members

Sports that are practised in the Upper School include the following:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Softball
  • Swimming and life-saving techniques
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball

 

 

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