Mission, vision and values

St. Paul’s is a traditional, forward looking school seeking to nurture excellence, aiming to provide a high quality British and Brazilian holistic education, for the academic and personal development of pupils and students, within a framework of a caring community which shares a common set of core values. 

St. Paul’s School is well known and respected for the strong values it instills in its learners. Children are encouraged to become independent, open-minded, well rounded individuals who embrace life-long learning and the school seeks to develop in them both the skills and the sense of responsibility to enable them to make a difference to the globalised world in which they live.

Underpinning these statements is a belief that the school should encourage and demand academic rigour; it should sustain a high level of pastoral care, it should provide a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities and nurture a strong sense of community and school spirit. That way all those within the school feel secure, confident and able to develop their interests and talents in a fulfilling way.

We expect staff and pupils to:

  • Show respect
  • Be honest
  • Have integrity
  • Be collaborative
  • Be thinkers
  • Become independent learners
  • Develop a sense of self-worth
  • Be open-minded
  • Be resilient
  • Be caring

These qualities are reflected in the IB Learner Profile and also in both the Golden Rules in the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools and the Code of Honour in the Senior School.

Golden rules:

  • We are honest.
  • We are gentle.
  • We are kind and helpful.
  • We listen to people.
  • We work hard.
  • We look after property.

Code of Honour:

As a Paulean I will strive to be:

  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • Trustworthy
  • Hardworking
  • Kind

Our School Motto is Manibus Potentia Studium Animis “Strength is gained with our hands, but zeal is only acquired through our minds”.

As a British school in Brazil we aim to instill:

  • A balanced set of values in pupils, so that by the time they leave the school they recognise and accept their responsibilities to the society in which they live
  • A proper appreciation of the customs and traditions of Brazil and Britain and the virtues of cultural diversity.