St. Paul’s School is a proud supporter of the important work that the Fundação Britânica de Beneficiência does. As part of our comprehensive enrichment programme, which is a key element of the holistic education we offer at St. Paul’s, many of our pupils enjoy volunteering for the Fundação’s extended programme (Programa Multiplicar), which exists to assist the elderly in São Paulo who face situations of extreme vulnerability.
A group of our Senior School pupils recently visited Casa Madre Teodora dos Idosos, where they spent an enjoyable afternoon playing bingo, singing songs and getting to know the residents. The project offers a fantastic opportunity for exchange, where our pupils learn from the elderly and immerse themselves in another reality quite different from their own. Indeed, they certainly benefit from and enjoy these enriching visits as much as the residents do. You can read a full report on the visit on the FBB’s website at https://fundacaobritanica.org.br/voluntariado-programa-multiplicar/.
This October, 12 of our Senior School pupils headed to Rockingham Speedway in the UK for this year’s international round of the GreenPower racing challenge. This is the second year the school has taken part in the challenge, in which pupils work together to design, build, race, and secure sponsorship for an electric powered car. Started in the UK in 1999, the programme now involves more than 600 schools worldwide. GreenPower is an educational experience aimed at developing sustainable entrepreneurship among young Senior School pupils all over the world. The focus is on improving knowledge in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, developing joint learning, and promoting pupil-led extracurricular activities.
The Lion Racing BR car completed the gruelling one-hour race, finishing in 22nd place. This was a very impressive result considering that this is our second year and we were racing against some teams that have taken part on the GreenPower International Racing event for more than 15 years and a good number of teams take three or four years before being able to complete their first race. Although our car did arrive late, it made a powerful entry, with various teams and leaders gathering around the car throughout the weekend, looking impressed and wanting to know more about the car. This resulted in our team being awarded with the GreenPower IET Engineering Award for the most innovative project. This is a fantastic achievement and is certainly an award to be proud of.
At St. Paul’s School our key objectives are to ensure that we deliver a top quality British education to our pupils and enable them to achieve at the highest standards across all areas. Our pupils follow the English national curriculum delivered through the IPC (the international primary curriculum). Challenges come from the fact that we are a largely Brazilian cohort with regard to our pupils, so we have an immersion approach to developing their English language skills. That said, given that most speak Portuguese at home, this takes longer than it would in a more traditional UK prep school. We believe that each child has the right to excel, and our ambitious aim is to close the gap in reading as quickly as possible and help them move past their chronological age in their reading skills.
InCAS is a tool that helps our leadership team to measure Prep pupils’ progress throughout the academic year, and analyse the areas where they need most help. You can read more about the unique benefits that inCAS offers St. Paul’s in Mrs Allum’s case study.
In 2015 we celebrated the best ever IGCSE results for the school and two years later, after an excellent sixth form, the class of 2017 have set a new school record for the best ever IB diploma results – with an average of 36 points from a possible 45 (world average, 30), 54% of the year group scored over 36 points and 100% of candidates successfully gained their diploma. This is the biggest IB diploma class to date, and we could not be happier with their success.
The year group is celebrating success across the board, with 51 of the 56 candidates achieving the prestigious bilingual diploma in Portuguese and English (world average approximately 20%) and 9 scoring maximum points on their extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action and service elements. They have worked extremely hard and should be justly pleased and proud of their excellent academic achievements.
Special congratulations go to the 13 pupils whose score of over 40 puts them in the top 2% of IB diploma holders in the world. The best score in the school was awarded to our outgoing school captain, who, as well as being an extremely committed leader of the prefect team, found the time to study hard and score a perfect 45 points. He deserves special mention; this is no mean feat.
The class of 2017 have some exceptional university offers waiting for them, in the best UK (Russell Group), USA (Ivy League) and Brazilian universities. They will be excellent university undergraduates and they go with our best wishes and hope for an outstanding college career.
Many thanks to all who have supported these young men and women to such success; teachers, parents and family members have all played their part and we thank them for assisting these boys and girls in their school careers so far. Congratulations!
This trailer was produced entirely by Prep 5 pupils in preparation for their final assembly – we hope you enjoy it!
Come and be amazed by our talented finalists at the long-awaited grand finale of this year’s Battle of the Bands competition at St. Paul’s School.