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Green Week at St. Paul’s

In the last few days, pupils have learned about the impact we have on the environment and how we can do our little bit to make a difference. We have been celebrating Green Week, focusing on environmental issues across the school with different activities.
In the Pre-Prep, the children have learned about recycling and how to separate rubbish into the correct dustbins. They have also made organic fertilizer and added it to the garden to help our trees and plants grow. Prep School eco-warriors taught other pupils how to reduce the use of paper towels in school, and thought about food wastage during lessons. In the Senior School, pupils had the chance to attend an interesting debate about the need to balance farming with the environment in Brazil, and welcomed a guest speaker to talk about soil and plants.
“It is always pleasing to know that young people remain so committed and optimistic about this important theme and their awareness and environmental consciousness are wonderfully infectious. I hope that all of us will choose to make at least one small change to our lives and practices this week, with a view to reducing our ecological footprints. If we all make a small difference then collectively, I hope, we can make a significant one”, says Ms Louise Simpson, the Head.

Equality and Kindness week at St. Paul’s

Kindness is fundamental to the human existence and this week it has been the focus across St. Paul’s School. Being such a basic aspect of human relationships, it forms one of the fundamental parts of the Golden Rules and the Code of Honour in our school. This year we were delighted to be joined by Paralympian and diversity champion Claire Harvey MBE, one of the keynote speakers at our last education conference, who has led pupils, staff and parents to reflect on the importance of being kind and treating others as equals. 

Pre-Prep pupils a special talk from Claire, where they made “diversity flowers”, writing on petals to celebrate their differences and share their hopes and dreams for the future. The Prep School enjoyed a range of talks throughout the week, learning about the importance of inclusion and resistance. Senior pupils were challenged in their PE to reflect on how much they take for granted when forced to play a volleyball match without moving their legs. Senior School also enjoyed an inspiring talk on the importance of embracing others for who they are, and allowing people to be themselves without fear of judgment. They were led to reflect on how it is easy to create “in-groups”, often excluding anyone who is different on a subconscious level. 

Staff and parents have also been inspired by Claire’s amazing story this week, and we are grateful for all her hard work this week in challenging and inspiring us all.

St. Paul’s achieves excellence once again as a British School Overseas

The Independent Schools Inspectorate has just released the 2019 report about St. Paul’s, and we are delighted to share that our school is judged as excellent!

To find out more you can read the full 2019 inspection report here.

The ISI is a body approved by the British government for the purpose of inspecting independent schools in England and overseas. The inspection of the school is from an educational perspective, evaluating the standards relating to the quality of education, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural of pupils among other aspects.

The key findings of this last inspection at St. Paul’s were that both the quality of the pupils’ learning and achievement and the pupils’ personal development at St. Paul’s are excellent. According to ISI 2019 report, St. Paul’s:

“promotes principles which enable pupils to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong; accept responsibility for their behaviour; contribute to the lives of others; and gain knowledge and respect for public institutions in England and for the responsibilities of Brazilian citizenship”.

“We know just how rigorous this process is, and how high the standards are that need to be achieved.  For this reason, we are very proud of the outcomes of this report, which certifies that St. Paul’s meets all the highest standards as an independent school”, says Ms Louise Simpson, the school’s head.

In 2012, St. Paul’s became the first South American School to be formally recognised by the UK government as a British School Overseas. Three years later, in December 2015 , the school was inspected again, and achieved excellence, thus renewing our BSO accreditation. We are delighted that we are able to maintain this excellent standard with this most recent report. 

 

St. Paul’s named Apple Distinguished School

St. Paul’s is pleased
 to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018–2021 for its innovative use of Apple technology in learning and teaching. 

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment. 

“Being recognised as an Apple Distinguished School is testament to the leadership and drive shown by our digital learning team and we are very proud to be pushing forward on this aspect of innovation in school”, says the Head, Ms Louise Simpson. 

This great accomplishment is fruit of the fantastic work of dedicated leaders, teachers and pupils. Since the school decided to invest in a digital learning strategy to enhance the curriculum, the life of the school community has changed.  

“The selection of St. Paul’s as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages pupils and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment”, states the head of Digital Learning, Glaucia Rosas. 

The school leadership team is also fortunate to count on the support of a group of pupils that meet regularly with them to discuss issues related to technology in education. They advocate for best practices among pupils and offer them support when necessary. 

“As digital leaders we are very passionate about technology and will always agree that it is the right path to take. The vision that we have shared with many of our digital leader colleges when the group was founded, was of a fully functional digitalisation of school with software that will ensure effective learning and an infrastructure that can support excellent teaching.” says Paulo, a St. Paul’s pupils and a digital leader.

“After many years we have achieved much of that and our recognition as an Apple distinguished school is testament to this. Technology has been an asset to our lessons, and we hope this continues to be the case as the school continues to develop.” adds Gonzalo, another digital leader. 

St. Paul’s selected “international school of the month” by The Knowledge Review magazine

We are delighted to share with our school community this article about St. Paul’s, published in the latest issue of The Knowledge Review magazine. 

The Knowledge Review is a global educational magazine that features institutes around the world, providing insights on education and highlighting examples of best practice in a wide range of areas. 

Annually, the magazine’s team select the best international schools in South America to be highlighted with a story, and we are delighted that St. Paul’s has been chosen this year for its forward-thinking approach and its transformative innovations in recent years. Among other things, the school has been praised for its digital learning strategy and approach to using technology in teaching and learning, its strategic plan for developing its facilities, its robust enrichment programme, and the recent launch of the Foundation scholarship programme.

Read the article here

St. Paul’s School: Exploring Education to the Core

 

St. Paul’s Foundation releases scholars’ selection process for 2020

The St. Paul’s Foundation has just opened the selection process to find scholars for entry to St. Paul’s School in August 2020. Candidates can apply for scholarships from 1st February to 31st March 2019, via the St. Paul’s Foundation website.

The first step of the selection process is to complete an application form and send documentation for analysis. The selection will include visits to St. Paul’s, tests, interviews and a one-year preparation period, including an English immersion course. To apply for the scholarship programme, candidates must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • To be aged from 11 to 15.
  • Have a maximum family income threshold of two minimum Brazilian salaries per capita.
  • Have no fails/disapprovals in your “Histórico Escolar”, and have English language skills.
  • Possessing a special talent in music, arts, drama or sports is an advantage.
  • Live in São Paulo, at a maximum travelling distance of one hour from St. Paul’s (Rua Juquiá, 166, Jd Paulistano).

About the scholarship programme

The St. Paul’s Foundation aims to provide full scholarship for gifted children living in Brazil to study at St. Paul’s. Through the Scholarship Programme, the foundation aims to fund a minimum of two scholars per year to complete their education at St. Paul’s.

“We want excellent students who have the right attitude, drive and commitment to benefit from the opportunities offered by the scholarship programme and to contribute to the school”, states Mr James Wilkinson, the foundation’s chairman.

If you have any questions about the scholarship programme, you can email contato@fundacaostpauls.org.br.

St. Paul’s pupils secure excellent results in the LCM Theory Exam

We are delighted to announce some absolutely outstanding results for this year’s cohort of pupils taking the London College of Music Theory of Music examination. An impressive 92% of pupils sitting the exam, ranging from preparatory (Step) to the challenging Grade 5, secured either a merit or distinction. This year’s cohort was the biggest yet, with 104 pupils from our Prep and Senior Schools working hard both in and out of lessons to prepare for the examination, and it certainly paid off: our 100% pass rate places us among the top testing centres worldwide.

Three years ago, we become the first school in Brazil to offer the LCM music qualifications as part of our successful music tuition scheme. As well as providing a strong foundation in musical knowledge that supports performance in musical instruments, the LCM examinations also enhance international university applications, with the higher grades increasing UCAS point tariffs. 

The prestigious London College of Music, a part of the University of West London, is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK, recognised internationally as one of the leading musical examination boards.

The fact that so many of our pupils have secured such excellent results in these challenging examinations is testament to their determination and the unfailing support of our team of specialist music staff. With many pupils now performing to a high level in a wide range of choirs, orchestras and ensembles across the school, the future of music at St. Paul’s is certainly bright.

Photo: St. Paul’s files

St. Paul’s pupils achieve top results in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Two of our pupils have received prestigious awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the June 2018 Cambridge examination series. Guillermo and Santiago, two of our Senior School pupils, received Top in the World for Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language Portuguese. Cambridge Top in the World awards are given to learners worldwide who achieved the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards programme celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world. Cambridge places learners at the centre of their international education programmes and qualifications which are inspired by the best in educational thinking.

“We are delighted that our pupils have received these awards, which recognise the talent, dedication and commitment of both our learners and our staff. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent not only amongst pupils but also within the teaching profession”, states our Head, Ms Louise Simpson.