Humans of St. Francis

For the summative assessment of our inquiry into how culture shapes one's identity, our PYP 6 classes chose to create a "Human of St. Francis" project, deciding who they wished to interview and photograph. Pupils chose individuals within the St. Francis community (teachers, staff and older students) whom they wished to know more about. Questions were focused on daily routines and values. Our PYP 6 pupils also took photos of their subject and themselves. Pupils then took these notes and photographs and composed them into an exhibit worthy of display. Identity and culture can be found everywhere, especially within the diverse community of St. Francis! Check out their "Humans of St. Francis" display in front of the lower library!

Careers Day 2019 & Work Shadowing

This month was a very exciting and busy one in the University and Careers Department. We were fortunate enough to have nearly 30 parents volunteer to take time out of their days and come in to speak with our pupils from MYP 4 - DP 2s about their career fields. This was our 6th annual Careers Day and we are happy to see it continue to grow, providing our pupils with more career options each year.

Our DP 1s learned more about the Work Shadowing programme that they will be participating in during the last week of their January Holidays, where they have the opportunity to shadow a professional who works in the area they are considering to pursue.  We would like to thank Mrs. Bradshaw and Mrs. Blanco for leading this project.

On the university side, October 15th was the deadline for students applying to Oxford or Cambridge, as well as the students applying to study medicine in the UK. Many of our DP2 pupils will be sending off their first university applications this week as November 1st is the deadline for Early Action and Early Decision candidates to study in the United States. We are proud of their continued hard work and are excited to see the results in the coming months!

Bookmarker Competition

During our Book Week, we had a bookmarker competition from PYP 2 to PYP 8. Here are our finalists. Thank you to everyone who participated!

PYP 2 

1st place - Otavio Motta - PYP 2 B

2nd place - Stella de Sá - PYP 2 O

3rd place - Hugo Cesar Salomone - PYP 2 B

PYP 3 

1st place - Isadora Zaragueta - PYP 3 S

2nd place - Manoela Khouri - PYP 3 B

3rd place - Ben Herchcovitch - PYP 3 B

PYP 4 

1st place - Anna Catharina Ridolfi- PYP 4 B

2nd place - Maria Fagundes - PYP 4 B

3rd place - Alexandre Chevalier - PYP 4 S

PYP 5 - 6

1st place - Maria Gabriela Saad - PYP 5 B

2nd place Pedro Fanchin - PYP 5 S


PYP 7 - 8

1st place - Aoi Funatsu - PYP 8 B

2nd place - Sophie Amin - PYP 7 B

Alphas Visiting the Science Lab

Alphas had a very exciting visit to the Secondary Science labs to learn more about the human body. Mr. Cardoso and Ms. Oliveira showed them around. They were shown a model of the human body. They were then encouraged to look and explore all the different parts that fit inside the model. Placing the organs together was like a big jigsaw puzzle for the children. This was an interesting way of learning new vocabulary and a wonderful experience!

Coming Soon!

Fauna & Flora Mosaic Art Expo

On Saturday 19th October AMJA and Mosaico Paulista applied fifteen of our pupil's artworks on the lampposts along Joaquim Antunes. Both pupils and parents had a chance to celebrate the special moment when a group of specialist mosaic artists created the final artwork. The PYP 8 and MYP 3 drawings that were selected were transformed into beautiful mosaics based on the theme "Fauna" between Rua Artur de Azevedo and Av. Cardeal Arcoverde.  Apart from the mosaics on columns, St. Francis also took part in the exhibition of all the artwork that was submitted for the event from the neighbouring schools. These were displayed on Rua Joaquim Antunes, under the Teodoro Sampaio viaduct.

Andes Leadership Challenge Trip

By Henrique Gonçalves and Luiz Felipe Machioni


From the 13th to the 19th of October, we spent our days in the Andes, in the most meaningful experience we have ever had - the Leadership Challenge. We shared the Lodge with 25 other students from Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and other Brazilians. During that time we befriended and learned to work together with them to create a friendly, organized environment.


The people there were incredible and the place was breathtaking. We learned a lot about different cultures and different ways of life through events ranging from group debates to playing cards with each other. The leader of the event, Jack Dill, made sure that everyone participated and guided the group discussions; the main topic we talked about was "how will our life be like when we are 50?" At first, we have to admit that we thought it was a random topic that didn't really fit the Leadership Challenge, but throughout the trip, we learned why this was the question chosen. What most people said was: "we want to be happy, we want the world to be better - fairer, less polluted, peaceful, etc." We can't just wish for these things, we have to work for them, and we have to work together with the people in our lives to achieve them. As we discussed the main topic, we brought up our heroes, people who inspired us to be better, people who were themselves the change they wanted to see in their lives and in the world; if we want our life to be the way we want it to be, we should work for it.


During our trip, we worked together with the other people that we had just met. We did everything together and independently of the guides; we were the ones that had to organise the chores, clean the plates, clean the tables, etc. When we were hiking, we cooked our meals in smaller groups and we made our tents. The person that shared the tent with us was a Peruvian called Paul, working with him to cook and build the tent was a lot of fun and we got really close. We talked about his life in Peru, what he thought of the trip and we even taught him a bit of Portuguese (and in turn, I learned a bit of Spanish, not just through him but through everyone in the trip).


One of the most memorable parts of the trip was when we received people with down syndrome from the CpueD foundation. We organised activities such as relay races, dancing, singing, etc. for them. We also had moments where we sat down and talked to them, and through those talks, we believe we all became better people because we learned about their lives, their tastes, and we realised that they are just like us. It was very wholesome to see their smiles and to know that we have just made a day that will be ingrained in their memories forever.

Fun Sports Day

The PE department held our Annual Fun Sports Morning on Saturday, 19th October for PYP 1 to 4 pupils and once again it was a great success. Families and children came in different colours and together the groups rotated through various activities. The theme this year was "Stories inspire us to move, bringing our community together" and the activities were based on well-known stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Rainbow Fish and Giraffes Can't Dance. Everyone dived into the stories and performed a variety of movements while having fun. At the end of the event, everyone gathered to dance the Book Rap bringing the event to a very enjoyable end. Thanks to all the families who participated in this special event.

PYP 4's trip to the Aquarium

PYP 4’s current Unit of Inquiry is ‘Animals, plants and habitats are under threat, depending on us to take responsible action’ and to further understand the concept of habitats, this month PYP 4 visited the Aquário de São Paulo.

There, the monitors tackled important issues such as where animals live and how they grow, as well as some of the reasons animals and habitats are under threat.

The children had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge by witnessing closely where sharks, turtles, seals, all kinds of fish, and even polar bears live! It was a very rich experience that they will surely keep in their memories for a long time.