We come to the end of the first term, which has been very exciting, active and full of events, both social and educational. This is also the term that our DP 2 students start receiving their offers and these have been outstanding. Most of our students are fulfilling their ambitions for their chosen careers and universities.

The recycling committee has continued to work hard and will be launching the recycling project next term through stages and hopefully, by the end of our academic year, the school will be a better environmentally friendly school.

I still continue to strongly promote the speaking of English in school and will continue this battle next year but cannot tell if I will win!! So I do need your unconditional help! Please ensure that your children don't spend their holidays only speaking Portuguese and are exposed to English at least through books. 

Our school has become a stronger community and this has been shown through the many events we have held.

I wish to thank all my staff for all their hard work and dedication and HUG for their ongoing support in all the events. We look forward to their next big support in the Work Shadowing programme during the holidays. 

I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday, an amazing new year and a great start to our second term on 29th January 2020!

Shirley Hazell    

Love Me Do

Last week, 19 young actors, 7 musicians, and a team of others helping with production, hair, make-up, and props, presented Love Me Do, over three sold out nights, in the St. Francis, "Black Box" theatre. The romantic comedy with its eccentric mix of characters was staged in a way that brought musicians and actors together on stage in a lively ensemble format. A mixture of energetic music, hilarious comic performances, and harmonious collaborative work made for an unforgettable night of entertainment!

 

Thanks to all cast and crew of Love Me Do!

For the first time in St. Francis history, we had a completely student-led band performing at one of our plays. After being coached by Mr. Neves and Mr. Dennison, the students took charge and ultimately did an amazing job! We also had a former student of ours, Rafael Alves, performing alongside our students, and what a great addition that was! Congratulations to everyone involved!

PYP 4 Visit MASP

As part of their unit of inquiry based on how "the past connects to our lives today and influences us in many ways" PYP 4 pupils had a chance to observe paintings from the past. Particular attention was given to how people in the past posed before the painter. Many of the paintings included children. After going on a walkabout through the main MASP collection, pupils were asked to choose a particular painting to draw in their Arts Research Books.

ACESC Water Polo

We would like to congratulate our MYP 3 student Gabriel Micheloni Creazzo who competed in various water polo competitions and achieved remarkable recognition within the sport. Last month, Gabriel’s team (ECP - Esporte Clube Pinheiros) received the second place medal in the ACESC under 13 championship.

They also won the bronze medal in Brazilian Under-14 Tournament and this month they will have the Paulista Playoffs.

Congratulations Gabriel! Keep up the good work!

University Offers

This semester has been very successful for our DP 2 students regarding university offers. So far they have received 27 offers spanning four countries and there are many more offers to come in the near future. This is a reflection of all of their hard work not only this year, but over the past four years. We are extremely proud of them and are excited to receive more offers soon. Thank you to all of the teachers that have taken part in their education and made this possible.

Save the World - Bazaar Backdrop Painting by PYP 3

As part of their unit of inquiry PYP 3 pupils have been studying landforms. Apart from making a series of sculptures from clay, they have also been invited to make large paintings of different regions of the world for the Bazaar backdrop. Particular attention was given to the colours and forms that portray areas of the world that are presently being affected by global warming and pollution. Students explored such techniques as sponging, dabbing and using brush strokes to describe the tones of colours that depicted each of these regions.