Monthly Archives: February 2019

St. Paul’s named Apple Distinguished School

St. Paul’s is pleased
 to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018–2021 for its innovative use of Apple technology in learning and teaching. 

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment. 

“Being recognised as an Apple Distinguished School is testament to the leadership and drive shown by our digital learning team and we are very proud to be pushing forward on this aspect of innovation in school”, says the Head, Ms Louise Simpson. 

This great accomplishment is fruit of the fantastic work of dedicated leaders, teachers and pupils. Since the school decided to invest in a digital learning strategy to enhance the curriculum, the life of the school community has changed.  

“The selection of St. Paul’s as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages pupils and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment”, states the head of Digital Learning, Glaucia Rosas. 

The school leadership team is also fortunate to count on the support of a group of pupils that meet regularly with them to discuss issues related to technology in education. They advocate for best practices among pupils and offer them support when necessary. 

“As digital leaders we are very passionate about technology and will always agree that it is the right path to take. The vision that we have shared with many of our digital leader colleges when the group was founded, was of a fully functional digitalisation of school with software that will ensure effective learning and an infrastructure that can support excellent teaching.” says Paulo, a St. Paul’s pupils and a digital leader.

“After many years we have achieved much of that and our recognition as an Apple distinguished school is testament to this. Technology has been an asset to our lessons, and we hope this continues to be the case as the school continues to develop.” adds Gonzalo, another digital leader. 

St. Paul’s selected “international school of the month” by The Knowledge Review magazine

We are delighted to share with our school community this article about St. Paul’s, published in the latest issue of The Knowledge Review magazine. 

The Knowledge Review is a global educational magazine that features institutes around the world, providing insights on education and highlighting examples of best practice in a wide range of areas. 

Annually, the magazine’s team select the best international schools in South America to be highlighted with a story, and we are delighted that St. Paul’s has been chosen this year for its forward-thinking approach and its transformative innovations in recent years. Among other things, the school has been praised for its digital learning strategy and approach to using technology in teaching and learning, its strategic plan for developing its facilities, its robust enrichment programme, and the recent launch of the Foundation scholarship programme.

Read the article here

St. Paul’s School: Exploring Education to the Core

 

St. Paul’s Foundation releases scholars’ selection process for 2020

The St. Paul’s Foundation has just opened the selection process to find scholars for entry to St. Paul’s School in August 2020. Candidates can apply for scholarships from 1st February to 31st March 2019, via the St. Paul’s Foundation website.

The first step of the selection process is to complete an application form and send documentation for analysis. The selection will include visits to St. Paul’s, tests, interviews and a one-year preparation period, including an English immersion course. To apply for the scholarship programme, candidates must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • To be aged from 11 to 15.
  • Have a maximum family income threshold of two minimum Brazilian salaries per capita.
  • Have no fails/disapprovals in your “Histórico Escolar”, and have English language skills.
  • Possessing a special talent in music, arts, drama or sports is an advantage.
  • Live in São Paulo, at a maximum travelling distance of one hour from St. Paul’s (Rua Juquiá, 166, Jd Paulistano).

About the scholarship programme

The St. Paul’s Foundation aims to provide full scholarship for gifted children living in Brazil to study at St. Paul’s. Through the Scholarship Programme, the foundation aims to fund a minimum of two scholars per year to complete their education at St. Paul’s.

“We want excellent students who have the right attitude, drive and commitment to benefit from the opportunities offered by the scholarship programme and to contribute to the school”, states Mr James Wilkinson, the foundation’s chairman.

If you have any questions about the scholarship programme, you can email contato@fundacaostpauls.org.br.

St. Paul’s pupils secure excellent results in the LCM Theory Exam

We are delighted to announce some absolutely outstanding results for this year’s cohort of pupils taking the London College of Music Theory of Music examination. An impressive 92% of pupils sitting the exam, ranging from preparatory (Step) to the challenging Grade 5, secured either a merit or distinction. This year’s cohort was the biggest yet, with 104 pupils from our Prep and Senior Schools working hard both in and out of lessons to prepare for the examination, and it certainly paid off: our 100% pass rate places us among the top testing centres worldwide.

Three years ago, we become the first school in Brazil to offer the LCM music qualifications as part of our successful music tuition scheme. As well as providing a strong foundation in musical knowledge that supports performance in musical instruments, the LCM examinations also enhance international university applications, with the higher grades increasing UCAS point tariffs. 

The prestigious London College of Music, a part of the University of West London, is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK, recognised internationally as one of the leading musical examination boards.

The fact that so many of our pupils have secured such excellent results in these challenging examinations is testament to their determination and the unfailing support of our team of specialist music staff. With many pupils now performing to a high level in a wide range of choirs, orchestras and ensembles across the school, the future of music at St. Paul’s is certainly bright.

Photo: St. Paul’s files

University entrance season

The Christmas break in the UK is one that is often rich with stories in the press about university entrance – typically this is when UK teenagers get offers from the universities of their choice and it is a time when schools are keen to share the fabulous offers their pupils have achieved, and inevitably there follows the press comment and opinion….

It is widely accepted that two of the oldest universities in the world, Oxford and Cambridge (termed together, Oxbridge) are some of the most competitive universities to secure an offer from globally. They attract the best qualified candidates in the country (typically with 4 A/A* at A level predicted) from some of the best schools. Every year there is a discussion about why independent schools far outnumber state (publicly funded) educated pupils at these universities as a proportion of the population as a whole. In addition, two institutions are under some pressure from government and the public (not to mention schools) to widen access to pupils from the state sector and from non-selective schools.  This piece from the BBC shows just how clear these inequalities are.

The report shows the imbalance in admissions:

  • 7% of all UK pupils attend private schools
  • 18% of those taking A-levels are at private school
  • 34% of Oxbridge applications are from private schools
  • 42% of Oxbridge places go to private school pupils
  • Of the top eight schools admitting pupils to Oxbridge, only two are state funded. 

The job of widening access and redressing the balance in inequality is not easy – but this year there were two fantastic stories about state funded schools which can (and have) started to tip the balance and show that it is possible for schools of all types to generate an atmosphere where aspiration to the top universities (whether in the UK or elsewhere) can prevail.

Reading about these two state funded academies, where many of the pupils are from poor backgrounds, with high immigrant populations and economic and social issues that may accompany these families, it is wonderful to see that they are achieving so much. Robust and rigorous curricula to inspire pupils, and a questioning approach where the pupils are encouraged to argue (politely of course!), debate, be intellectually curious and question the status quo, seem to be a recipe for success, with almost 80 pupils being offered places in these two schools alone for September 2019. These are the articles:

London state school says 41 students offered Oxbridge place

School for poorest pupils gets 37 Oxbridge offers

I remember once hearing a speaker at a conference telling me that he was looking for students who could ‘flounder intelligently’ with an idea…. rising to the challenge of not being sure about something, grappling with new and difficult ideas.  This is what the very best universities want in their students and this is what our IB programme offers to our sixth formers. 

Here at St. Paul’s our pupils are lucky to already have such a ‘leg up’ in life – with great teachers, supportive and aspirational people at home and at school to help them to achieve their dreams, whether that is at home or overseas, at university or at work. They are innately aspirational and many of our pupils succeed in securing amazing offers from universities globally.  We are very proud of them and as we start to see this year’s U6th coming into school this week with their offers secured, we congratulate them and hope that when they go to university next year they are able to learn alongside inspiring young people, from whom they can learn even more, from all walks of life.