Shiny brain or an excellent person? A new grade for Personal Development at St. Peter’s School.

When an academic excellent or a fail does not speak enough about a student´s development. Let’s go further, let’s look at the person.
 
The final academic qualifications of each child are relative if we don’t take into consideration other aspects such as behavior, motivation for study or group dynamics. It’s very important to have a global vision of each student to detect which are the aspects to improve. Not all the good or bad students are equal in personal values towards the class and the group and nore are the efforts they make. These aspects have to be measured and valued to evaluate the improvement, the effort and the skills of each case. An excellent or a fail by itself does not mean enough and by no means is it the only result that should matter.
That’s why this year we are launching a new educational programme, the new grade for Personal Development, based on the development of our pupils. Our aim is to ensure that all of them not only stand out for their academic results but also as people.
One of the tools we will employ with this in mind is the grade for Personal Development, which will appear in the reports for each evaluation. This mark, based on the input of all the teachers, comprises three parts. 


1. Motivation for study
  1.      Participation in class: is active in class, in a way which contributes to its smooth running
  2.    . Academic effort
2. Behaviour

    1. Respect for people: interacts with teachers, classmates and other adults in an appropriate manner.

 

  • Integrity: do their best to ensure they do what is expected; recognize their errors and attempt to correct them, whilst learning from them.
  • “Savoir faire”: knows how to adapt their behaviour according to circumstance; is pleasant, polite, makes appropriate use of humour, knows how to interrupt (and when not to), etc.
  • Respect for school rules: follows the rules established by School.
  • They take care of school equipment and show respect for the belongings of others.

 

3. Group Dynamics
  1. Companionship: ensure feel included and help their classmates.
  2. Involvement: willingly participates in school activities
  3. Role in group: encourages positive group dynamics through their attitude and plays a conciliatory role.
 
We are convinced that this information will be highly useful in both promoting positive aspects of all our pupils while helping them to develop as people.Now you will have the complete map of your children. Their values and efforts build their future brains and not the other way round. 

Cholocate is now our business

 
 














PRACTICAL & TASTY BUSINESS CLASS: THE POWER OF THE BRAND

Preparing for the Open Night 



1st Bachillerato Business: Market Research. 

How important is the brand name of a product in buying decisions by consumers?  Do we buy chocolate because of its taste or because of its name? 
As a part of their market research investigation project, the students of 1st Bach Business and some of their teachers put this question to the test on Wednesday, by taking part in an experiment to determine whether they could distinguish the taste of three brands of chocolate, and whether they did actually prefer the brand they expected they would.
 
The results were interesting… it seems that the students were much more able to distinguish the brands than were their teachers.  What conclusions can we draw from that?
 
Much more at the Open Night, don’t miss it!

Mini Parlamento Europeo en St. Peter’s School

El pasado jueves 17 de noviembre de 2011, tuvo lugar en el Teatro de St. Peter’s School, el debate sobre el Modelo Parlamentario Europeo que organiza la Fundación San Patricio http://www.fundacionsanpatricio.com/mep_in.php

El MEP pretende familiarizar a los estudiantes con el funcionamiento tanto de la UE como de un parlamento.?? Es un programa educativo cuyo objetivo es fomentar en los jóvenes la conciencia de identidad europea y la cultura de debate parlamentario constructivo, a través de la recreación de sesiones parlamentarias entre estudiantes, a nivel escolar, autonómico, nacional y europeo, en las que pueden expresar sus ideas, escuchar las de los demás, dialogar, debatir, y alcanzar consensos sobre diversos temas de actualidad. Sus conclusiones finales son presentadas al Parlamento Europeo.
Los 4 temas tratados de gran vigencia fueron:

1. Redes sociales y privacidad.
2. ¿Cómo evitar la sobreexplotación de los recursos pesqueros?
3. La energía nuclear.
4. Política Exterior Común de la Unión Europea a favor de los Derechos Humanos.

Los alumnos de 1º Bachillerato demostraron haber entendido a la perfección los que significa un debate parlamentario con sus resoluciones, preguntas y votaciones así que la labor del Sr. Rovira Canaleta durante estos últimos meses quedó patente durante las dos horas que duró la asamblea.

La ceremonia de apertura estuvo a cargo de la Srta. Nuria Llorca, directora de St. Peter School que sentó las bases del acto, y la ceremonia de clausura la protagonizó la Sra. Sonsoles Castellano, Presidenta de la Fundación San Patricio que felicitó a los participantes por haber sabido escuchar, intervenir y aprender, tres pilares básicos para formarse en el diálogo y el aprendizaje.
Finalmente la Srta. Lourdes Barceló, Directora Pedagógica, quiso agradecer a todos los que han contribuido en este proyecto tan formativo, y en especial a la Fundación San Patricio por su apoyo, su visita y la buena armonía que reina entre el Colegio San Patricio de Madrid y St. Peter’s School.
El debate significó el primer paso para la selección de estudiantes de St. Peter’s pues solo 4 representantes se “medirán” con sus homólogos de otros colegios y comunidades autónomas. Aún queda mucho camino.

¡Mucha suerte!

“Can a sceptic also be utopian? “-Josep Soler

Today we have the priviledge of attending a Philosophy Class with 1st of Bachillerato and their teacher Josep Soler. The subject was John Lennon’s personal points of view and thoughts. Through his most emblematic songs “God”, “Gimmme a Truth”, “A working class hero” and “Imagine”, we have seen his changing values from idealism, through to scepticism, Marxism and utopia. Finally we had a class discussion on politics and its dogma.
A very inspiring class, thanks to Sr. Soler (and thanks to Mr. Lennon).