Formando Pensadores by Josep Soler

Las Olimpiadas de filosofía: formando pensadores.

  • Febrero de 2016, Laia gana la Olimpiada de filosofía de Catalunya con una disertación sobre la belleza. Al cabo de tres meses queda finalista en la Olimpiada de España.
  • Febrero de 2017, Sofía es una de los dos finalistas de la Olimpiada.
  • Marzo de 2017, Lua es una de los dos alumnos de toda España seleccionados para participar en la Olimpiada internacional, gracias a un ensayo sobre la tolerancia.
  • Febrero de 2018, Sara y Raquel ganan la Olimpiada de filosofía de Catalunya y, en el próximo mes de mayo, intentarán ganar la   Olimpiada de España.

  Ninguna otra escuela de Catalunya puede presumir de tantos éxitos. Hay un motivo: nos apasiona la filosofía y creemos que es importante. MUY importante. ¿Qué hay de más importante que saber pensar? Uno puede dedicarse a ser abogado, ingeniero, empresario,… y lo que, seguro, va a necesitar es una cabeza que funcione bien. Y no digamos si de lo que se trata es del oficio más difícil e importante: vivir bien.  Para ello, ha de ejercitarse en el análisis de argumentos, en comprender las grandes ideas, en cuestionar las creencias recibidas, en ser capaz de argumentar con razones sólidas una postura, en ser capaz de ver los pros y los contras de un dilema, de captar los valores que están en juego y ofrecer una solución.

   Y esto es lo que hacemos en filosofía: aprender a filosofar. Aprendemos filosofía filosofando. No se trata de memorizar, se trata de comprender y crear. Y precisamente es lo que se valora en las Olimpiadas de filosofía. Y esto es en lo que esta escuela es excelente. Y esta excelencia filosófica es la garantía de que nuestros alumnos saldrán preparados y con las herramientas necesarias para lo que quieran hacer.

Josep Soler

PDUP18 – Meet your Future

A University classroom is a big challenge that our PreU students soon will have to face and be ready for. This week we hosted the Personal Development for University Programme 2018 here at St. Peter´s School. Designed to guide the students to make the best decision when choosing a university, we prepared a week with conferences, teamwork activities, workshops and lecturers coming from prestigious universities worldwide.



The closing ceremony took place at Cavas Freixenet were our guests from Málaga and Alicante talked about their experience at St Peter´s.


Today more than 15 universities joined us at St Peter´s to give the students the information they needed to know to get closer to the path they will choose. With this, we finish a week full of challenges. We would like to thank everyone involved in the PDUP and University Day lectures and activities, also to the students who have joined us from Colegio Agustinos Alicante and Colegio El Pinar de Málaga. It was a pleasure to share that experience with all of you!


Learning together with the University of Delaware

Two years after our first collaboration, this January a group of 22 students from the University of Delaware have been working with us to carry out in-depth research on different Education systems and observe day-to-day life in our school.

The heads of Lower and Upper School, Miss Jane-Mitchell Smith and Miss Róisín Barbeito, worked hard to allocate the groups in the school over two weeks. They became part of our team of teachers and children, and they confirmed they learned many things about how St. Peter’s builds its community of learners.

Guided and supported by Mr. William Lewis, their university professor, this group of future teachers had the chance of observing, analysing and teaching in some classes. They were involved in some of the projects that are currently being worked upon in the school.

The team got a chance to see different topics of PBL, Creative Learning Projects and even a performance by the British children’s poet, Paul Cookson, who masterfully engaged the auditorium filled with primary school children and teachers, sharing his hilarious poetry, which good-naturedly poked fun at schools and teachers. Of course the children LOVED that!

On the last day of their visit, the whole group participated in a panel discussion to reflect upon new methodologies in teaching, innovation, multiculturalism, differentiation in the class, classroom management and many other subjects. Apart from the students from Delaware, some of our teachers also participated in the panel discussion. The round table ended with Mr Simon handling Mr Bill Lewis an Star of the Week certificate. Here is a video of the activity:

At the end of their placement, the students will prepare a research report, which will reflect upon St. Peter’s educational project. After having attended different workshops and debated in groups about what they have observed these days, they will try to identify our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

This is a very special partnership for us. In 2015 another group from Delaware, together with Mr Lewis, helped us to reinforce our University Programme, which aims to build bridges between universities and schools. This is an amazing opportunity to create a permanent network of research that guarantees a fruitful and challenging link between university and school. The final aim: to learn together.

We would like to thanks Mr Lewis and his group of 22 teachers for this amazing partnership. Thank you again. It’s been a pleasure to learn together!!

Carme Escorcia
University Programme

Speaking Up and Speaking Out!

Speaking up and speaking out is exactly what a group of students from 3rd ESO and Pre U 1 did during this last weekend.


On Friday 12th we travelled to Madrid to take part in an Academic Debating competition organized by the association of Independent Schools CICAE, of which St. Peter’s is a member. The debate is called “Liga Debate” and was hosted by the “Virgen de Europa” school.

“Are Technological Giants Positive for the World?”. Our pupils spent the first two days debating this question both in English and Spanish.

Yesterday the final league table was announced and the good news is that our three teams* have all classified for the Final Round in April. Furthermore, three of our team members (Carolina, Esteve and Sofia) have also been nominated as “Best Speakers” at the event.

* 3rd ESO participants:
Darío Dueñas/ Simar Kalra/Blanca Piera/Ariadna Valls/Esteve Company/ Daniela de la Peña/Selin Kalcanci/ Isabella Gucci/ Alex Blasco/Carolina Cossovan

* Pre U 1 participants:
Sonia Gantimurova/Alex González/Javier Montané/Sofia Medina

“It was so rewarding to see how our students went from strength to strength during the debating sessions. We were all also able to watch others debating and learnt a lot from that too. Each time our teams debated they grew in confidence and their oratory skills improved immensely over the two days we were there, “ says Miss Sarah Dowsett who trained the Pre U 1 team.

After all that hard work we spent the Sunday at leisure, seeing the typical sights in Madrid before returning to Barcelona on the Sunday evening.

“I recognised that the students enjoyed the experience very much. Traveling to the capital city, sharing the same interest with student from other schools and the feedback they got from the communication experts after the debate”, says Mr Ignasi Alcobé, Catalan teacher at St Peter´s School.

Now it´s time for the three teams that classified to start preparing for the next round!!


Learning Together with Escola Garbí

St. Peters School - Escola Garbín - Learning Together

This year sees the beginning of an exciting  new project in Foundation 5 in which the children are participating in an exchange programme with our neighbours from the Escola Garbí. The project arose out of a desire of all concerned to give our youngest children the opportunity to develop their communication skills and share their expertise in English with their peers. During the first part of the programme we were delighted to welcome our new friends to St Peter’s. During the morning the visitors from P5 watched our children perform their concert for a new audience and were able to join in the songs which they had previously learned at school.

St. Peters School - Escola Garbín - Theater performance

We were delighted to receive a lovely book made by the children introducing themselves to us.   We have spent time looking at the lovely pictures drawn by the Garbí students this week and have learnt that they share very similar interests to us. 

St. Peters School - Escola Garbín - Drawing

Our second activity consisted in group games played in English which invited collaboration between the students from both schools. It was a pleasure to witness the all the children beginning to use their skills in English to begin to make new friends and work together.

We are now looking forward to developing the relationship through interactive sessions in which we will get to know each other a little bit better before making our own visit to Escola Garbí to take part in a summer sports activity organized by our colleagues and friends.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those involved in making the morning so successful and are looking forward to the next stages of the project.