Monthly Archives: September 2021

Green Week 2021!

Another Green Week comes to an end today, and it is amazing to see our pupils and staff engaging in activities to reflect on the environment and how we can do our bit to make a difference.

In Junior School, children built their own wormery, made posters and built things out of recycled materials. In the Senior School, pupils researched and produced posters about climate change and displayed them for all the community.

We also had a presentation for the Whole School by a special guest speaker on the topic of Antarctica and waste disposal. Staff and pupils were invited to take part in our Nature Photographer competition through social media as well and the results were incredible! Below, are some of the pictures our Pre-Prep and Prep pupils took, following the theme: “Textures”. 

Overall, we are proud of our school community for their engagement and we know that their learning throughout this week will have a positive impact in their lives for years to come.

St. Paul’s selected as a Microsoft Showcase School for 2021-22

By receiving the Microsoft Showcase School badge once again, the school joins an exclusive community of premier schools from around the world, in recognition of its pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to deep 21st century competencies.    

We are delighted to share that St. Paul’s School has just received once again the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School badge in recognition for its excellence in transforming and enhancing its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to its pupils.   

With the badge, the school once again joins an elite group of institutions that exemplify the best of teaching and learning in the world today. “Microsoft Showcase Schools are pioneers in education. You are part of an exclusive global community, recognised and celebrated for educational transformation that includes vision and innovation in teaching, learning, and preparing students for the future”, highlights the Microsoft Showcase Schools team. 

Since 2017, St. Paul’s has invested heavily in a digital learning strategy through which the school’s infrastructure has been transformed and enhanced. In the last years, pupils have been given greater access to a wider range of devices and resources, and staff have embarked on a professional development programme to ensure that technology is effectively embedded into all aspects of the school’s diverse curriculum.  “We believe that technology brings immeasurable benefits to pupils as 21stcentury learners. We are proud to have a digital learning strategy through which technology is used to support our curricular goals”, says Mr Titus Edge, St. Paul’s Headmaster. 

“Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is a great honour, and we are delighted to be receiving recognition for our staff’s passion for creating the best learning environments possible,” said Mr Edge.  

 

St. Paul’s listed as one of the world’s top schools by Spear’s for two consecutive years

We are very proud to announce that, for another year, St. Paul’s has been listed in the Spear’s Schools Index as one of the world’s top private schools. 

Spear’s, award-winning magazine for high-net-worth individuals, and leading private education consultancy Carfax Education have whittled down an array of schools from around the globe and retained 100 of the best. Categorised by region, prospective parents and pupils can access a list of the top 100 schools across the UK, Switzerland, Middle East, USA, China and Southeast Asia and other countries.

In addition to formal criteria such as academic results and preparation for university entry, schools are ranked on their unique ethos, their reputation both locally and internationally, and how adequately they prepare students for life beyond academia. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of curriculum and fees as well as practical information such as travel times to local airports.

St. Paul’s welcomes new staff for the 2021-22 academic year

Just before the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year, we were delighted to welcome our newcomers on an onboarding day. Following all the health and safety protocols, new teachers, assistants, and admin staff got together in the school’s theatre for a whole day of information sessions organised by the HR department.  

The purpose of the event was to familiarise our new staff members with our culture, systems, processes, and departments before the beginning of the school year.  

 The group was composed of 30 new members of staff – the most significant number we have ever had in one single day. It is a very diverse group, including people coming from England, Ireland, the United States, Guatemala, and Nigeria. We also have had people from different parts of Brazil – besides São Paulo, Brasília, Pernambuco, and from a wide range of schools: private (international, bilingual, and Brazilian) and public institutions.   

 “We know moving to a new country – or starting a new job with a new employer, even in the same city – can be overwhelming. Therefore, we launched a guardian angel programme in which each new member of staff is paired with a team member who is here for more time, so they will get some help on how to navigate through the school, and get acquainted to our day-to-day more easily”, explained Cristina Verona, the Director of HR and Staff Development.  

 Giovana Rovai, our new Prep School teacher, enjoyed our programme: “It was engaging, and it helped me learn more about St. Paul’s culture and mission. It made me feel welcome and included from day one.”