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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.”  

 

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 www.oldpauleans.com. 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 www.oldpauleans.com, 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!    

 

St. Paul’s class of 2021 leavers achieve the best IB results in the school’s history

Last week, together with more than 170,000 other pupils across the globe, our Upper Sixth leavers celebrated their excellent results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 

This year’s cohort of boys and girls have done brilliantly, despite all the challenges they faced over the last 18 months, securing the best results the school has ever seen. With an average of 37.3 out of a maximum of 45 points, this is the highest since the school began the IB Diploma programme in 1984. 

Around 35% of the individual grades were 7 and we are especially proud of our 25 high fliers who scored 40 or more points from a maximum of 45. Across the board the results were excellent.  The top score in each subject is 7 and some subjects have done exceptionally well with very high proportions of 6 and 7 grades. They all deserve special congratulations for their efforts and success.  

“They are now set for university and life beyond. They should be proud of all they have achieved in their two year diploma programme of study. We are delighted with the successes of this year’s young men and women and are especially pleased that they have secured places at the finest universities around the world”, says Titus Edge, St. Paul’s Headmaster.  

St. Paul's leavers destinations 2021 FGV, Insper, ESPM and other Brazilian universities are amongst the list, along with Durham, Edinburgh and the LSE in the UK, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Columbia and New York University in the USA.  As they prepare to head off to university whether at home or overseas, we congratulate the pupils and their teachers most warmly on this excellent set of results and we wish them every success and happiness for the future.  

 

Zeba Clarke

Welcome to our newly appointed deputy head

We are delighted to share with you that Ms Zeba Clarke has landed in São Paulo with her family to join our community as the newly appointed deputy head.  

Ms Clarke is a hugely experienced and impressive educationalist who has held teaching and management positions at a number of schools in the UK and overseas. She has also taught in China, an experience that included directing a performance of Hamlet on the Great Wall, and she is also a published author. Although she will be new to São Paulo, she has relatives living in Brazil whom she has visited in the past. Welcome, Ms Clarke! 

A new Spotlight magazine for our community

The British Society São Paulo has published a new issue of the Spotlight magazine.

A key publication for the community in São Paulo, it shares news on the events and achievements of British organisations, including St. Paul’s School. The latest issue also includes an article about our school’s 95th anniversary celebrated this year, with a special timeline with some of the school’s milestones. There is also a story about a memory book produced by some of our pupils registering memories from the British Society elderly.

Scholarship programme applicants pre-selected for assessment stage

As we’ve passed half term and get closer to the end of this academic year, the St Paul’s Foundation scholarship programme moves forward. Applicants for joining in 2022 are moving forward with the selection process, and we move ever closer to selecting our new scholars for entry in August 2021.

Of the nearly 140 applicants to the scholarship programme for 2022 entry, 84 children aged between 10 and 15 years have been pre-selected for the next phase: the assessment day. At this point, they will sit English and cognitive tests – the same as any pupil would go through to join St. Paul’s School in our usual admissions process.

As for 2021 entry, the four candidates in preparation have just taken mid-term assessments in English and maths, with excellent results in both subjects. Throughout May, they will sit psychological evaluations, and the foundation team will interview their families. At the end of the preparation period, in mid-June, a new round of assessments will happen before the final selection.

Follow us on our social media for more updates: @fundacaostpauls.