Remembrance Day 2019

On Sunday, November 10th, some of our secondary students attended the Remembrance Day Service at St. Paul's Cathedral to honour all the war veterans. Remembrance Sunday is celebrated every year on the second Sunday in November.

On Monday, November 11th, we celebrated Remembrance Day, which marks the day World War I ended, at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars - not just World War I, but all conflicts after 1918.

The Poppy Appeal is run by the Royal British Legion. The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended. This is described in the famous World War I poem In Flanders Fields. 

Ever since then, they have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War I, but all those who have died on behalf of their country. 

The money raised from these donations will be used to help servicemen and women who are still alive, whose lives have been changed by wars that they fought in. The money helps veterans who may need to find new jobs or somewhere to live or any other support they may need. It is also used to help those who have lost loved ones because of wars. It also represents the contribution of families and of the emergency services.

At St. Francis, we collected R$ R$5569,00 in donations for the Royal British Legion. An enormous thank you to everyone that donated and proudly wore their poppy!

University Offers

This month our DP 2 pupils have started receiving their first offers from universities. So far we have had students accepted into IE University in Spain, the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands and the New College of the Humanities in England. Congratulations to our DP 2s Lara, Julia, and André!  Our alumni have also been hearing back from universities, with Rafael receiving offers from Belas Artes, FAAP, and ESPM. We are looking forward to receiving more good news as offers continue to be announced in the coming months.

PYP 2 - Signs and Symbols

PYP 2 pupils are inquiring into the way we discover and express our ideas and feelings and finding out how people use signs and symbols to communicate.

To provoke curiosity, our PYP 2 Team set up a track of signs and symbols from the classroom around the Primary years. It all began with our students arriving at their rooms, however, the door was blocked off with black and yellow tape! There were signs and symbols directing them to different places around the school grounds. This prompted lots of discussion as our young pupils wanted to find out more! They brainstormed solutions, listened to each other’s ideas and followed the signs to explore what to do next... So many skills were exercised as they excitedly puzzled over what was being communicated! 

This learning engagement showed the importance of signs and symbols in our day to day lives to communicate with each other and solve problems in an engaging and authentic way.

Model United Nations

On November 23rd the St. Francis Model United Nations Delegation will hold its first internal conference. The purpose of the conference is to give students the chance to practice their debating and critical thinking skills leading up to our conference in Porto Alegre in December. The two UN committees that the students will be simulating are The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), where they will be discussing International Efforts to Combat Money Laundering, and the Legal Committee, where the topic will be 'Redefining the Legalities of Government Surveillance in the Digital Age'.

PYP 5 - Amazon Adventure

PYP 5 had an engaging start to their inquiry into how forces act upon nature in different ways. Their teachers planned a series of events to get them interested and curious about how we use science in our daily lives to solve all kinds of problems! 

This exciting provocation got us all wondering how to solve a problem: we needed to get food packages to the animals in the Amazon Forest! However, we needed to find out more about how weight influences gravity so we could execute the plan and get the food safely to the animals landing at the same time! The pupils were so keen to find out how they could complete their mission successfully, which led them to naturally ask questions, make predictions, explore materials and make conclusions...

The pupils rotated around their carefully planned and well setup environment with a series of creative stages to help solve their problem. They did not even realise that what they were doing was the required steps to the scientific method.  

This provoking and exciting activity started them off into their new Unit of Inquiry on how the World Works, a chance for teachers to find out pupils prior knowledge, misconceptions... and realise how much they already know! 

Pupils will continue to use the scientific process to guide their inquiry into how the world works and will work towards designing their own experiments based on their wonderings about the natural world around them.