University Orientation: making your choice

Santiago Niño-Becerra talking about Economy

Santiago Niño-Becerra talking about Economy

This year our Personal Development for Universtiy Programme has been a success. Designed to guide the students to make the best decision when choosing a university, it has included a programme of conferences over the whole week, with lecturers coming from prestigious universities worldwide. The schedule was impressive:

1779999_10201894351494531_86131666_o

Take a glance at the following slideshow with pictures of all the lectures and activities:

Besides, on Thursday St. Peter’s School held the first edition of the University Day, where parents, students and universities could meet and talk about their future options. The entire day was fabulous.

Congratulations everyone!!!

Our Business Enterprise Project

Our Business Project St. Peter's

Business at St Peter´s is not only a theoretical, but also a practical subject – it is often when the students are actually “doing” that they learn most about the varied aspects of business we study in class. Hence, the enterprise project.

So what is the enterprise project? Well, the idea is for the students to work in teams to raise as much money for a charity of their choice, by buying or making snack products and then selling them here at school during patio. To simulate a real business, the groups have limited investment- they are only allowed to invest a maximum of €10 for their initial stock. But, of course, any revenue they make can be reinvested to buy more stock later on.

Before trading, we learn about costs and revenues to be able to calculate a break-even point of production, to make sure each group knows how much they have to sell to start making a profit . And then we get started…

The students´response was AMAZING! On the first day, because of the €10 limit, many of the groups ran out of stock very quickly. But they learnt from this and reinvested their money into much more stock the next day, and even more the next. The range of different products was incredible: some groups sold home-made products, made by themselves in advance (and possible their parents, too??!) – cookies with added predictions, Brazilian chocolate truffles, glorious cupcakes, chocolate cakes, oreo cakes, Venezuelan plaintain fritters etc etc. Other groups made freshly prepared snacks here at school – crepes with nutella, bikinis, ice-cream cones, milkshakes, strawberry and chocolate kebabs… The variety was stunning, and the waistlines of the children, and especially the staff, have unquestionably grown significantly!
But, most importantly, the students have learnt invaluable business skills, including costing, pricing, marketing and production via a fun and enjoyable project. Massive congratulations to them all!

Carol Walter – Business Teacher

We discover our world as we play

“If I stretch, I crawl; If I crawl, I walk; if I walk, I will start to run, jump and get to know my body, understand myself and those around me”.

Motor skills in Nursery 1

During a child’s first years of life, there are so many things to learn: balancing the head, controlling eye movements, discovering hands and feet and fingers and toes, grasping and holding objects, learning to roll over, rocking on knees and hands or learning how to sit.

We invite you to see the following video in which children in Nursery 1 begin to explore their world.

N1 goes to the gym!!! from St. Peter’s School on Vimeo. #motorskills

Parker comes to St. Peter’s!

We’ve had to wait almost a year for our pupils to meet up again with their friends from Parker, and not in the USA this time, but here in Barcelona.

The nine students from Parker arrived on Sunday afternoon

The nine students from Parker arrived on Sunday morning

First thing on Sunday morning, a large group of parents, brothers and sisters, and our nine St. Peter’s hosts gathered together at the “Arrivals Gate” at Barcelona Airport to welcome their visitors. Each time the doors opened, levels of excitement rose until finally Arlo, Isa, Ava, Alex, Anya, Adam, Megan, Jackson and Dylan, together with their teachers, Teresa and Kate, finally came out to be greeted by cheers and a sea of smiling faces.

There’s been little time to suffer from jetlag! On Sunday evening the group met up at the bowling alley, near Camp Nou, (thanks Mr Salvadó and Mr. Sam for looking after the group so well!) and then it was off to School first thing on Monday morning. Miss Giner’s informative presentation on Modernism gave both sets of pupils points to look out for during our Modernist Barcelona tour and the trip itself produced photographic material for an Art project later in the week.

At Sagrada Família

Tuesday started with two practical science workshops making cotton-wool-firing catapults with Kate and producing real-life rainbows using prisms and light with Miss Kehoe. It was then back to the city centre to do a workshop on math(s!), in the Barcelona Museum of Inventions, using skills acquired in Miss Trini´s “Thinking Skills” classes. The group strolled down to the port for a picnic lunch at Maremagum before returning to School for a well-earned rest!

As we reach the halfway stage of the Exchange, it is clear that the next few days are going to be equally full. Today, 1st ESO are taking Alex, Megan, Adam and the others to CosmoCaixa, Barcelona’s interactive Science Museum, to continue investigating light and colour and then in the afternoon our Parker friends are visiting Classes 5 & & in Primary School to get an idea of their work.

Have  a look at the following slideshow with pictures of the activities done until now:

And what about the rest of the week? Thursday will see our visitors helping our youngest pupils in Foundation and Classes 1-4. Later they’ll be attending normal classes with their hosts before joining in with 2nd ESO making a Gaudí-style mosaic from their Modernist Barcelona photos.

The last day at School will begin with a Farewell Assembly, a final series of classes then it’ll be off to the Sagrada Família to discover the interior of doubtlessly the most famous building in the city. Later in the afternoon Parker will meet up with their St. Peter’s counterparts to witness one of the most spectacular sights the city has to offer: the “Magic Fountain” in front of the “Palau Nacional”.

Apart from seeing and learning lots about the city and, of course, St. Peter’s School, we hope that this leg of the trip will provide lasting memories for both sets of pupils, learning from the differences between Parker and St. Peter’s and celebrating the things we all have in common.