We had a very busy beginning of term with many universities visiting to speak to our DP students. Just in August, we have received eight universities from three countries. The universities that came to speak with our students are ESPM, FGV, FIA, Columbia University, Yale University, Princeton University, and the University of British Columbia.
Upper Secondary students: be sure to pay attention to our career board! There will be many more visiting universities throughout the semester!
PYP Workshop for Parents
Inviting parents into workshops is a natural way we can support the community in understanding more about the Primary Years Programme and the IB continuum which, goes beyond the earlier stages of our learning community at St. Francis. This particular workshop, PYP Introductory Parents' Workshop, was a chance to provoke thinking beyond the PYP through the question "what do you want your child to be like when he/she leaves school?". As parents arrived, they responded to this question on sticky notes, using words such as "kind", "brave", "happy", "open-minded" and "resilient".
None of the words parents carefully chose were stand-alone academic skills but broader attributes that go beyond academic success. These attributes connected to what the IB refers to as the Learner Profile (inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective) and what the IB highlights as being their mission statement in action.
Based on our community's mission, we explored the importance of having the holistic, transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and concept-driven curriculum the PYP offers. We highlighted key points as to why this approach is important in today's world. To illustrate what our curriculum looks like in action, we used the inquiry cycle, using snap-shots of our students engaged at different stages of inquiry across the different learning areas, from the Early years to PYP8, from the initial stages of "tuning-in" to "taking action".
The workshop was an opportunity for the St. Francis parent community to ask questions, build relationships and we look forward to our continued partnership in their children's learning.
Our young thespians are beginning to improvise the themes of our new Primary Play Production: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Discussions about greed, appearance, and kindness are some of the topics that are present in their scenes. Initial body warm-ups and singing practice have also started.
We are all very excited about this new “YUMMY” process and what it will entail.
MYP 1 Pastoral Trip
Last week, MYP 1 traveled to Rancho Paumar in Itatiba for their pastoral trip. This trip was a great experience for MYP 1 students to settle in, establish trust and a sense of belonging and team building with their peers and tutors. They worked together throughout many activities and even had a talent show! A great time was had by all!