Persiguiendo sueños con pequeños gestos

Desde que se fundó el Grupo de Acción Solidaria hace dos años, en St. Peter’s hemos andado bastante ocupados persiguiendo sueños con pequeños gestos que nos han hecho crecer juntos y darnos cuenta de la realidad social en la que vivimos.
 
Este curso hemos querido continuar con nuestros objetivos y por eso, en el primer trimestre se hemos organizado la Campaña de Recogida de Tapones de Plástico (que continuará en el segundo y tercer trimestre) y la Campaña de Recogida de Juguetes. Ambas campañas han sido todo un éxito, no sólo por la gran cantidad de tapones y juguetes reunidos con la ayuda de nuestros alumnos, sino por la implicación, el entusiasmo, el trabajo compartido y los valores de solidaridad asumidos por todos los que han participado, bien organizando y coordinando las campañas, bien colaborando en la recolecta.

Desde el principio, desde el GAS hemos tenido claro qué queríamos conseguir. Decidimos observar nuestra realidad social cercana para concienciarnos de que no hay que ir lejos para encontrar situaciones de exclusión social.  

La respuesta y la implicación de todos, alumnos, profesores y padres, ha sido excelente. Es más, varios de nuestros alumnos han decidido hacerse voluntarios a partir de estos pequeños gestos y han empezado a colaborar con instituciones benéficas y hospitalarias como Sant Joan de Déu, Cottolengo o Serveis Solidarios. 
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La historia, por supuesto, no acaba aquí. A lo largo de este segundo trimestre, organizaremos la campaña de recogida de alimentos en colaboración con los Capuccinos de Sarrià y volveremos a participar en el Projecte Miradas, esperando repetir el éxito del año pasado en la realización de videos de promoción de organizaciones benéficas. El último trimestre está previsto volver a organizar la campaña de recogida de ropa.

Todas  y cada uno de estas acciones son una forma de despertar la conciencia social de nuestros alumnos, pero a la vez, mediante su implicación, su trabajo en equipo y su participación directa, les ayudan a consolidar su confianza y su autoestima y les enseñan una forma distinta de colaborar con los compañeros y profesores, con los que comparten, no solo los valores de solidaridad, sino también la complicidad, la ética y el trabajo con un objetivo común.

 

Creative Learning Project: Teaching for Creativity

Developing creative skills is a must for everyone in a world full of routine, convention and expectation. In St. Peter’s School we love children to look at the world afresh and from new perspectives, envisaging alternatives to the expected in any given task, encouraging outstanding outcomes and thus avoiding possible dead-ends. To make this possible we have started our Creative Learning Project, which is held every Wednesday and is followed by Students from Classes 1 to 4. 


Throughout the course, we will be working to turn these good ideas into exciting realities. We have started by encouraging the children to choose the subjects from a wide range of possibilities. 

But this is just the beginning: each term they will be changing subjects twice being split into different mixed groups and dealing with different exciting themes. Students from Class 1 and 2 will be working together in one section and students from Class 3 and 4 in another.  
 
 
They really enjoy changing groups, and in doing this they begin to appreciate there are different approaches to any task. For this first time, the subjects chosen are Magic & Mystery in Maths, Healthy mind/healthy body, Art from different countries, Cooking, Jewellery, Dance, Puppets, Playground Games, Viking long ships, Journalism and 5 senses. 

You just have a look at them to see the findings.

We have great expectations for the Creative Learning Project that has just started and we know for sure the children will love it. But the most important points are that the project aims to:

  • Encourage children to believe in their creative potential, to engage their sense of possibility and to give them more confidence to try new things.
  • Foster curiosity and enhance awareness in order to stimulate creativity.
  • Identify their creative capacities. It is very important for us to help the children discover their creative strengths so they can develop them to their full potential.
  • Channel all this children’s creativity to real actions and outstanding outcomes.


All the creative activities embodied in the project try to empower the children to develop their own self esteem and creativity. And of course, for children it is a way of learning full of adventure, discoveries, challenges and fun.

This crazy idea called Peace


Last Friday (21st September) thousands of people across the world celebrated #PeaceOneDay. This seemingly crazy idea, conceived in 1999 by the British documentary filmmaker and actor Jeremy Gilley, aimed to establish one day a year when peace would rule in the world with an annual day of non-violence and global truce. Little by little this is becoming reality. 
Over the last 10 years, Peace Day has proved to be the largest gathering of individuals in the name of peace ever seen on one day. Jeremy Gilley explains it in the following video:


St. Peter’s School joined the initiative with a number of activities which took place last Friday, sharing the belief that Peace is the only way to face the present and the future of our unique world.

All students in Secondary School participated in the Peace celebrations, sharing the sweetest moment of the day by letting their own peace message fly away attached to a white balloon.

 
The great results of this year #PeaceOneDay have set an important marker for Peace Day 2013 and helps reinforce the value of this unique annual day as a foundation for long-term sustainable peace. 

That’s one small step for a few of us, a giant leap for mankind.


 

Collaborative learning – learning form children

Our collaborative learning programme consists in enabling interaction between Primary and Secondary pupils. This means that older pupils become teachers for a while, doing science lessons in the laboratory, sharing literature experiences, organising charity activities across the whole school, or accompanying Primary classes on their excursions.
 
Why are they doing this?
 

 

Responsibility: The success of the activity they do depends on them, even if supervised by a teacher. And they take that seriously!

Preparation: It’s not easy to teach, they get that soon after standing in front of a group of young pupils. Improvisation is not an option, so things have to be carefully planned.
 
Perspective: Was this me a few years ago? Knowledge of oneself is an important skill, and when they see with their own eyes the difference in maturity gained in a few years, they realise they are becoming young adults.
 
Motivation: We know through experience: give a 15 year old the chance to become an adult, and he will behave as such.
 
Experience and references: A pupil’s portfolio is obviously enriched by this kind of experience, which shows their interest and promotes them for similar actions outside the School. 
  
On the other hand, for the younger pupils it is such an exciting moment! Their older peers become their role model, they want to be like them, behave like them, and grow like them. Any activity they do they learn double and enjoy triple! It’s nice to see the impression they leave on them.