Monthly Archives: August 2021

Stephanie, our Lower 6th pupil, in the Olympics!

Our very own Lower 6th pupil, Stephanie, participated in the Tokyo Olympics being the youngest competitor for Brazil in swimming for 41 years.

Stephanie swam for the Brazilian national teams 4×100 free girls relay. She performed the best time of the relay and was asked to stay in Tokyo to compete in another relay that took part, this being the 4×100 medley mixed, being 2 boys and 2 girls.

Since getting back to Brazil, she competed in the World Champion Games of Short Course (All Ages) where she achieved more smashing results!

We got the opportunity to talk to Stephanie and ask her some questions.

1. How do you balance school and swimming? If you can find free time, what do you like to do with it?

STEPHANIE: Balancing school and swimming is a lot harder than it seems. I have to swim before and after school and at the end of the week I am absolutely exhausted. It gets really hard when there is an assessment week, as I need to swim and study. I end up studying late at night, and having to wake up early in the morning to swim. When I have free time, I like to spend it with my friends or family, watching movies or going out. 

2. What skills from your St. Paul’s experience have helped you in your athletic journey so far?

STEPHANIE: I have learnt to deal with pressure a bit more, and not to procrastinate. I’ve also improved my time management completely.

3. You’re the youngest competitor for Brazil in swimming for 41 years! How was it to engage with the team where the other competitors are much older than you?

STEPHANIE: It was really fun. I have to admit sometimes I missed people my age, but overall it was very fun and I learnt a lot from them! 

4. What are your goals for the future? What other things you hope to achieve, in swimming and also in your academic life?

STEPHANIE: I want to improve my times and my titles in swimming. I want to try and go to another Olympic games. As for academics, I want to do well in my IBs and get into a good university.

5. What is the best memory of your time in Tokyo?

STEPHANIE: Probably getting there and seeing the amazing foods there were. 

Stephanie is a role model for all of us here at St. Paul’s and we couldn’t be prouder of her hard work and effort!

Paulean community offers shadowing and mentorship opportunities for IB pupils at St. Paul’s

Saul and Sofia are two of our Upper 6th pupils, and, as any pupil heading to the latter half of their IB Diploma journey, they were hoping to gain invaluable professional experience to enhance their curriculum. With the support of the University and Careers Guidance team, they were able to benefit from a newly created Work Shadowing programme by connecting to the wider Paulean community through After an initial application form and an intense selection process, they both received offers to shadow Adèle Abdalla, Growth Specialist, and Alex Cominos, Founders Intelligence’s LATAM CEO.

Saul and Sofia are two of our Upper 6th pupils

The shadowing took place in July 2021, for one week, remotely, and consisted of video conference meetings with the LATAM team, training in marketing and understanding FI’s client projects. Saul and Sofia were assigned research and marketing tasks to experience the real business world. He was responsible for searching for startups and testing some of their solutions as well as searching for news in the tech ecosystem to share through social networks. Sofia was responsible for searching for PR agencies, helping review the Portuguese website, proofreading interviews with entrepreneurs and helping with translation.

During this period, both pupils showed commitment and interest in learning and self-development.” Saul and Sofia brought tremendous enthusiasm and energy to our team, and we’re looking forward to staying in touch as they continue to fulfil their limitless potential.” Said Alex Comninos.

“This experience gave me insight into what it is like to work in the business field, which further convinced me that a Business Management university degree is a suitable fit for me. It also motivated me to research more about entrepreneurship, which led me to reintroduce the TED club at my school”, said Sofia.

“This experience showed me the amount of preparation and studying that goes in before contacting these companies. This internship was a great opportunity to see what work is like within a real company and for me to see what practices work. Having more companies offer internships for students would allow us to learn what life is like working within the industries we’re more likely to apply to”, said Saul

Adèle Abdalla is the Old Paulean behind these opportunities. Class of 1996 and a current parent at St. Paul’s, Adele advertised an internship opportunity on the Old Paulean portal. The University and Career Guidance team reached out to her to see if this could be a fit for our pupils. Adèle saw the synergy for both sides, company, and pupils. FI adapted the opportunity to be a work shadowing placement and Saul and Sofia passed through the process.

“As an Old Paulean, I truly valued this work shadowing opportunity which was an enriching experience. I am proud of having launched this initiative as an innovation for both St. Paul’s School and Founders Intelligence LATAM. Exchanging ideas and interacting with the new generation – inquisitive minds full of insights – brought new perspectives to our discussions”, said Adèle.

The power of the Paulean community

This is not the first time that an Old Paulean gives our pupils and young professionals a chance to enhance their curriculum. Our St. Paul’s community has an incredible number of successful professionals in a myriad of fields, parents and Old Pauleans, in Brazil and overseas. It is only natural that our pupils and young professionals should take advantage and benefit from this qualified network to help them with mentorship and work shadowing experiences before applying to colleges and universities.

One of the aims of the IB programme is to have pupils exposed to professional opportunities in areas they might have interest in before applying to colleges or universities.  The mentorship scheme also provides ample opportunity to collect primary data in real working environments, to inform the Extended Essay, a crucial element of the IB programme. For mentors, this programme is a chance to inspire our young Pauleans with transferable skills and knowledge, and to “give back”, by deepening their connections with the school community.

With the launching and growth of the Paulean community at, more pupils and young professionals can have the chance to connect with members of the community searching for opportunities.

If you are a member of the Paulean community, whether a parent or a former pupil, click here to read more about how you can help and benefit from this programme

Benefits of the programme


St. Paul’s pupils celebrate their IGCSE results

After celebrating our latest and brilliant IB results last month, today, St. Paul’s new 6th form pupils received their IGCSE results, together with thousands of pupils around the world.

Last week, thousands of pupils around the world are celebrating their success as they receive their Cambridge IGCSE results. At St. Paul’s, the new Lower 6 pupils are celebrating some of the best numbers in the last five years, with around 62% of our pupils’ grades being A*-A, and 32% of our grades being A*. Overall, 88% of the grades are A*-B, which is our best result in more than seven years. This is a remarkable achievement and every pupil is to be congratulated on their individual successes!

It has been a very demanding year for pupils and all have worked incredibly hard to overcome the many challenges of the pandemic, in order to gain their qualifications and move forward with their next educational steps.

IGCSEs are the international counterpart to the British GCSE examinations, which are undertaken by almost every pupil in the UK. Usually, they are run as externally set, assessed and moderated examinations but this year the grades have been based on pupil progress and evidence collated by teachers. Our pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum including the arts, sciences, humanities, maths, and languages, and they generally sit 9 to 11 subjects. Doing well in examinations is not everything, but these results open doors for our pupils for the future. It will lead them, we know, to great success in their IB diploma programme studies in the final two years of school, and to great university offers in the future. Well done everyone!