Class 5 is ready to take off on their new adventure: The Human Rights Project

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The Class 5 students will participate in the Human Rights Project during the 3rd  and 4th April. A group of pupils from La Miranda Global School, Peter Pan and Princess Margaret School will join us to take part on this new adventure.

When we think about human rights, do we think about issues in a far flung country or about those taking place on our doorstep? About ourselves and those around us or people we have never met? Do we know the rights that we share with each other? Where they come from and what they mean?

In reality, most of us have probably never thought about it.

These are some of the questions that we will be exploring as part of the Human Rights Project;

a project which aims to empower children in Class 5 by increasing their awareness of human rights, the impact they have on the world that we live in and the responsibilities that we share towards them as individuals.

Over the course of two days (the 3rd and 4th of April), our Class 5 students, together with pupils from La Miranda Global School, Princess Margaret and Peter Pan will take part in a range of interactive workshops which will facilitate development of discussion, critical thinking and communication skills.

They will look into the past to see how human rights have developed and changed over time, finding out about those who have fought for the freedom of others. They will research the present and glance into the future, considering the impact and efficiency of different forms of campaign action. They will prioritise their choices and compromise with others, evaluating a range of different viewpoints.

Experiences like these are the starting point that spark an interest, improve understanding and even inspire children to make a difference. As educators, we need to give children the tools that they need to sculpt their own future, and the compassion and morality that they need to care about the futures of others.

Miss Lucy Armstrong, Human Rights Project coordinator

The conference “Learning through Language” brought schools and universities together to discuss learning in multilingual environments.

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The first edition of “Learning Through Language: the changing role of teachers” took place this weekend at St Peter’s School and focused on the changing role of the teacher.

The conference, organized by St. Peter’s School, aimed to create a meeting point where practicing teachers, schools, universities, student teachers and institutions interested in could share ideas and reflect upon what it means to educate in a multilingual environment.

Those who attended the first edition of LTL confirmed that, even though the scenarios and contexts may differ, teachers today face a common challenge: that of teaching in a global world where linguistic diversity is the norm rather than the exception, making it a necessity to work together, collaborate and create networks.

The conference director, Jane Mitchell-Smith stressed that “we need to see what is really happening in our classrooms. Even though we know our own specific cases, we need to share and contrast our observations and reflections with our colleagues. We cannot make improvements on our own. Action research (that carried out by teachers in their own classrooms) is becoming an ever greater necessity”.

The conference is the result of collaboration between St. Peter’s School and a network of universities, schools and institutions which operate in multilingual environments. Amongst the universities which took part were Blanquerna, Pompeu Fabra, UAB, UB and the University of Lleida.

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Schools were also invited to share their own particular experiences. El Col.legi Luis Vives from Mallorca; La Miranda Global School; El Colegio San Patricio, and El Colegio Mirabal from Madrid and El Colegio San José de Calasanz from Fraga, spoke about how they addressed learning through language.

Some of the questions raised by the participants during the conference were how the teacher could face the challenge of linguistic diversity in the classroom, how this affected the role of the teacher, who the teacher actually is, and what tools and resources are needed to guarantee sound initial teacher training, high-quality teaching practice and comprehensive continuing professional development.

The conference included two rounds of practical workshops where practicing teachers shared resources for the classroom, converting participants into students for two days. In addition to the workshops, the conferences reflected upon how to use the cultural and linguistic riches that each child brings to the classroom. Universities and schools were invited to work together. The conclusion of various discussions led to the conclusion that research into language acquisition and multilingualism needs to reach the classroom.

Also taking part in  the conference were the “Col.legi de Doctors I Llicenciats de Lletres I Ciències de Catalunya, the British Council of Barcelona and the CICIAE school association. Sponsors included Education First, Vicens Vives publishers, Person Education, Santillana, Inedit magazine and Playtual.

 

 

Video Game creation 2017

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Last week our students in 4th of ESO participated in a  4-day videogame creation workshop at ENTI – Escola de Noves Tecnologies Interactives, a school affiliated with the University of Barcelona.

After one week working hard, they know a little bit more about the whole process of creating and developing a video game: conceptualizing, designing, producing and managing ludic elements. Not bad for only one week. And they want to know more, they say!

This workshop is part of St. Peter’s STEM curriculum, which educates pupils in four specific disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

In collaboration with ENTI-UB, this 1st edition of St. Peter’s Videogame Creation has been a challenge for our students and teachers. Through their degrees in Video Games (Developer and Artist), ENTI-UB offers a comprehensive training of the future game designers, artists and producers.

 

Learning through language: the changing role of teachers

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El próximo 3 y 4 de marzo, St. Peter’s acoge la 1a edición de las jornadas “Learning through language: the changing role of teachers”. Nacen con la intención de convertirse en un fórum de trabajo y diálogo para profesores en activo, colegios, universidades y futuros profesores que enseñan cada día en y a través del inglés.

Como educadores, en una sociedad global que cambia continuamente, tenemos que afrontar nuevos retos, conocer y ampliar nuestros recursos, y trabajar juntos.

Por otro lado, hoy en día la educación en inglés es más que una necesidad. Los escenarios pueden ser distintos (inmersión, CLIL, planes bi/tri/multilingües…), pero las herramientas, las habilidades y los recursos del profesor a menudo son comunes o pueden adaptarse.

Por eso nacen estas jornadas. Para trabajar juntos, compartir experiencias y aprender los unos de los otros.

Algunas de las preguntas que estarán sobre la mesa de trabajo

¿Cómo trabajamos la diversidad lingüística? ¿Puede un reto convertirse en recurso? ¿Cómo podemos crear experiencias educativas aplicables en un escenario cada vez más multimodal? ¿Hasta qué punto hemos incorporado a nuestra práctica nuevas formas de alfabetización, como la digital, la audiovisual, la visual o incluso la de programación? ¿Cómo pueden el lenguaje musical y el matemático mejorar nuestras experiencias comunicativas? ¿Qué enfoques educativos tienen en consideración la adquisición del lenguaje, tanto a nivel académico como social?

Y, centrándonos en la figura del profesor:

¿Qué efectos tienen todos estos factores en el papel del profesor? ¿Quién es el profesor? ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a la profesión docente a través de las prácticas iniciales y la formación permanente?

Todos estos interrogantes serán los ejes de trabajo de las conferencias, talleres y mesas redondas programadas para el viernes 3 y el sábado 4 de marzo.

Más detalles: http://stpeters.es/LTL17/

Inscripciones

Si tienen alguna duda: cescorcia@stpeters.es – ltl@stpeters.es

 

A place to explore and experiment, our Art Studio

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One of the greatest challenges for teachers is to try the find the key which unlocks the potential inside each and every one of the children in their care.

Creating a climate in which it is possible to observe, explore and experiment, to share ideas and to listen to others calls for a very special environment. It is a place where choice is encouraged and risk-taking is welcomed, where the pleasure comes from doing and not from producing. It is, above all, a place of trust and cooperation. It is a beautiful space, and it is our Art Studio.

Last week we could see how children enjoy activities such as the dancing & painting one that Miss Jane organised for this first weeks. Take a look at it!

One of the greatest pleasures of the past term has been to observe the children as they respond to the different stimuli provided by Miss Jane. They are learning to negotiate and make decisions. They are choosing materials and techniques. They are discussing likes and dislikes and justifying their opinions. They are intent upon their work and know what they want to achieve. They are creating in a hundred different ways and it is beautiful to see.

When Loris Malaguzzi described the 100 languages of children he was reminding us of the need to recognize the many ways in which they respond and engage with their environment. It is through the Expressive Arts that each individual has an opportunity to find his or her inner voice and to communicate with the outside world. But the voice also needs to be heard.