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St. Paul’s Varsity Basketball Team history of wins!

Did you know that our St. Paul’s Varsity Boys Basketball team has remained undefeated since 2016?

Our team has a long history of fantastic wins! Our 2011 and 2013 wins ended a cycle for a generation, but they certainly inspired a new one! Despite losing the 2015 final, our team returned with new energy and drive and has won every championship since!

The Varsity Boys Basketball team will play their final on April 26th. Come and cheer for them as they give their bests to guarantee another win for our outstanding streak!

A half-term filled with exciting activities

The past term has been filled with exciting activities, trips and fixtures for our pupils. As we move towards half-term break for our Junior and Senior School pupils, as well as study leave for our Form 5s and Upper 6s, we also reminisce some of the highlights of the past few months!

As we returned to classes in January, our Prep 3 pupils were surprised by new classrooms! They were designed to offer a light, inviting and stimulating environment. Pupils now can also use a Prep 3 Hub – a shared space for reading and small group work.

Prep 1s also had an amazing time getting to talk with older members of our community and learn more about our school’s history. They got to interview Old Pauleans and ask all kinds of questions about what St. Paul’s was like when they first studied here!

This term, we also launched a school podcast! For our first episode, four pupils got to interview our headmaster, Mr Titus Edge, and get to know more about his background and his plans for our school moving forward. In our second episode, parents got to ask our Deputy Head, Mrs Zeba Clarke, questions regarding safeguarding.

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The most exciting part of the term was seeing pupils’ smile for the first time in months! In the city of São Paulo, masks mandates have been lifted for indoor and outdoor spaces and it’s been great to return to a sense of normality after two years!

Our themed weeks have also been a success this term. Arts Week, Maths Week, Careers Week… Our pupils definitely enjoyed learning more and participating in different activities put together by our departments, from concerts, to competitions to workshops and assemblies.

We hope our school community enjoys their half-term break and we’ll be back with renewed energy for more amazing moments for the last half of our school year.

Junior School pupils on an Easter Egg hunt!

Last week, our Junior School pupils had a lot of fun going on an Easter Egg hunt around our school field. 

The activity was part of the pupil-led initiative called The One Goal Project. Their aim is to decrease social inequality by means of monthly goals and different fundraising projects. This month, their goal was to raise Easter egg donations for a few of our school’s charities.

Pupils who donated would also get to participate on an Easter egg hunt! They had a lot of fun running around the school field collecting eggs for their houses. The houses with most eggs on their baskets won!

Candidates to the scholarship programme meet current pupils

St. Paul’s Foundation’s selection process for 2022 entrance is underway and one of the steps of the selection process is a Prep Course at the school’s facilities. This month, in one of their lessons, all 17 of our candidates got to know and talk to our current scholars and the school prefects.

The goal of these sessions was to have our current pupils share their own experiences through two perspectives:

  • Current scholars who have gone through the selection process and adaptation a few months ago;
  • Prefects who are student leaders and have been in the school for a long time.

Prefects talked in detail about the school’s clubs and enrichment activities, opening a broader vision about this dynamic in an international school. As for our scholars, they got to share their stories as once-candidates and how the adaptation process was and the differences between St. Paul’s and Brazilian schools.

These sessions serve as an example of how the Prep course isn’t just focused on academics but aims to give candidates various perspectives about life as a St. Paul’s pupil.
If you want to learn more about our Foundation’s work, visit: fundacaostpauls.org.br or @fundacaostpauls on Instagram.

2022 Arts Week across the school!

This past week, we celebrated Arts Week at our school. The Arts, Music and Drama department worked hard coming up with a packed schedule of activities for Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School pupils and also staff.

Our younger pupils enjoyed the company of their parents for Stay and Learn sessions, where they got to show around their own classrooms and also produce an art piece together! 

Our Prep 2 pupils also visited Pinacoteca, one of the most important art museums in Brazil. After checking out different portraits and learning about their history, pupils also got to design their own self-portrait at the museum!

In the Senior School, Form 3s had the chance to participate in a workshop organised by our Prep Art teacher, Mrs Hecker, all about Blackout Poetry! By using the page of any book, magazine or newspaper, one chooses words throughout the page to create an original poem, while blacking out the rest of the original text with colour and designs. The results turned out stunning!

The Art department also held an exhibition with some of the work done by our Senior School pupils. They used a lot of different mediums and produced some amazing pieces!

We also had concerts throughout the week, with performances by Senior and Prep pupils, and even staff! Our lunch breaks were definitely made more lively this week due to the awesome talent showcased.

St. Paul’s teacher participates in Storytime for Ukraine

On 21st March, 37 storytellers from different nations came together to read 12 hours non-stop for the children of Ukraine. One of our Pre-Prep School teachers, Flavia Montello had the honour to be one of the educators chosen to take part in the project! The initiative was started by Education Influence, which is a network of teachers handpicked for their influential leadership in their community. 

Teachers from countries such as India, the UK, Germany and the US all came together for this project, allowing children to have some happy moments in spite of the chaotic situation they have been facing. Flavia got to represent Brazil and share a reading of “How To Find a Fruit Bat”.

“Educators from all around the world got to share amazing stories, extreme positive energy, and lots of love. Yes! We came together as one, and the feeling of gratitude prevailed! I believe we all received much more than we actually gave… What a life-changing experience!” said Flavia.

St. Paul’s announce the launch of a new endowment fund and plans to share its excellence more widely 

With a seed capital of R$ 15 million coming from FABEC, the new endowment will help the school to achieve its centennial target of having 10% of Senior School pupils enrolled as scholars 

It was with immense pleasure that we announced the creation of the St. Pauls Endowment, an innovative initiative to raise funds and help us to achieve our centennial target of having 10% of our Senior School pupils enrolled as full scholars. It means that, in the coming five years, our plan is to have 50 scholars in the Senior School.   

Over the last few years, through careful financial management, our school has managed to grow the development fund and delivered returns well above inflation. By understanding that “development” means more than bricks and new buildings, our Board of Governors decided to donate to the St. Paul’s Endowment R$ 15 million as a seed capital. This amount and any future aid will come from the development fund’s excess return. To make the endowment fully sustainable and enable it to fulfil its long-term role, we will need to raise a total of R$ 200 million in the next years.  

We will be counting on the support and generosity of the entire community of Pauleans to grow this endowment and to leave this important legacy to future generations. To encourage all Pauleans to engage and contribute to this project, our Board of Governors has also established that it will match every Real donated by the school’s community with another Real for the endowment up to an additional R$10 million – this means that in total R$ 25 million were earmarked for this very special project.  

Besides supporting the current St. Paul’s Foundation Scholarship Programme, the endowment will also provide for the Bursary Fund, offering temporary hardship assistance to help parents working to overcome financial hardship, with money reserved for candidates entitled to a partial fee assistance depending on the results of means testing.  

“Aligned with the best practices of some of the leading universities around the world, our endowment will serve as a link across generations of Pauleans translating past successes into future opportunities”, said Mr Edward Weaver. “We want to open our gates to exceptional talent, from within our immediate community and from further afield, to attract, develop and celebrate pupils that would otherwise not be able to study here. This talent will enrich our school, will inspire our pupils, and will transform lives”, Mr Weaver adds. 

Strategic plan 

As announced last term by our Headmaster Mr Titus Edge, the 5-year strategic plan builds on this legacy and sets out an ambitious and exciting future for the school’s centenary and beyond. At its heart lie six key values that will define the school’s development: Aspiration, Adventure, Resilience, Responsibility, Inclusion and Kindness. These underpin the school’s future as an all-ability, high achieving and caring school that fulfils the potential of each pupil within the classroom and beyond.  

Work has already began exploring ways to expand the curricular experience for pupils and to develop the teaching and pastoral provision. It has also been some years since the school begun to also expand the St. Paul’s Foundation Scholarship Programme, opening our school to a greater diversity of talent and ensuring that the school is no longer just available to those lucky enough to afford the fees. We are delighted to currently have nine scholars from Form 3 to Upper 6, and the St. Paul’s Endowment will pave the road for more.  

“Though ambitious in scale, the opportunity is there to open the school’s doors to more young people with flare and talent, regardless of their background. We all know the difference that a first-class education can make and here is a chance to light a spark that will change lives forever”, says Mr Titus Edge. 

You can also check the article by Beth Koike in Valor Econômico about our current endowment. 

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.