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St. Paul’s well represented in the Wharton Investment Competition World finals

We are delighted to share that a group of St. Paul’s Lower 6th pupils (Lorenzo, Julia, Annie, Raphaella and Victoria), who formed the investment club Lions of Wall Street – has just participated in the Knowledge at Wharton High School (KWHS) Investment Competition world finals. 

After months of hard work, the team won second place in regional finals and were then awarded a place in the world finals, which took place this week in an online event. The pupils encountered a board of judges online who asked questions about their presentation previously sent.Unfortunately, the team did not classify into the top 3 teams at this final stage, but they are truly grateful for the experience and pleased with what they have learned.

This competition is all about creating an investment strategy for a given client, giving pupils the opportunity to gain an insight into stock market investment and understand investment concepts. The competition is divided into phases: a final report, regional finals, and finally, the world finals. Each of these phases were eliminatory, so the competition starts with 572 teams and only 12 get to go to the world finals.

“The KWHS Wharton Investment competition has provided us, the Lions of Wall Street, with a remarkable opportunity to grasp investment concepts and understand more about how the investment world works”, the team emphasised.

KWHS has a mission to provide pupils and educators around the world with a deeper understanding of business and finance and to equip them with the skills needed to excel in the global marketplace. It is a part of the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. The Latin America and Caribbean region competition is organised and run by the Wharton Alumni Association of Brazil

St. Paul’s Foundation preparation programme online

This year, pupils and teachers all over the world have developed new skills and met new challenges as never before, as the Covid-19 outbreak required schools and educational programmes to move to an 100% online environment. The same situation goes for the St. Paul’s Foundation: candidates in the preparation course for the 2020 entry selection process also have all their lessons and exams remotely, with the support of volunteer teachers from St. Paul’s.

Remote learning started in late March and it was a brand new experience for many of our candidates, who had never had all their subjects taught online before. “It made me a bit anxious about how everything would progress. Such a new and ambiguous reality for everyone”, says Antonio. But with hard work and resilience, it took only a few lessons for them to adjust and classes now run smoothly. “In the beginning it was different, like every conversion process, but I think that we adapted incredibly well”, Gregorio adds.

And if “bringing school home” initially sounded like a good opportunity to work in familiar, individual spaces, it can also be a bit distracting. Elisa says that “at home you can get more comfortable, but it is not the best environment for having classes as there are more noise and objects surrounding you.”

But some tricks can make the adaptation easier. Ana Claudia shares her tips. “I need to find a quiet place. In my case, I chose the kitchen because my parents work in the living room. I also keep the notebook, pencil case, water, etc. by my side, so then I do not need to leave my seat during my study time. With all that ready and organised, I can focus on the classes and on the tasks”, she explains.

In the end, remote learning – both as part of St. Paul’s Foundation preparation course and at the candidates’ respective schools – has brought them a new perspective regarding the academic routine. “After the quarantine started, I realised that the struggles I had to face in my busy daily routine were worth it, and now that I don’t have that routine anymore, I have begun to appreciate it.”, says João.

The St. Paul’s preparation course continues until late May and is the final stage of the selection process, with the final scholars being chosen in June. It is hoped that the chosen scholars will join St. Paul’s for the 2020-21 academic year.