Category Archives: Traditions

Scholarships for Excellence 2017-18. Announcement of award

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For the St. Peter’s Scholarship Committee it is a great pleasure to announce that finally Raquel Sánchez Herrera (Pre-U 0), Jerico Adgan (Pre-U 1) and Faith Asilo (Pre-U 1) are the students awarded with the 3rd edition of Maria Rosa Culell Scholarships for Excellence. After one week of class, Raquel, Jerico and Faith feel at home. They really think that these scholarships “are an opportunity. Daring to face the challenge is just the beginning”.

Raquel is from Badalona, and studied at Institut Ventura Gassol until  the last school year. One of her teachers told her about our Scholarships and she had no doubt. Jerico and Faith were studying together in Poble Sec and they saw the announcement of the grants on our website. They have it clear: some day they want to change the world for the better. So, let’s start! Welcome to St. Peter’s School!

This school year the grant honors our former pupil, Andrés Sexto. 

Becas Maria Rosa Culell: “El primer paso para un futuro lleno de posibilidades”

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Marcel Morillas, Loreto Padrós, Laia Tutusaus y Arnau Vilà siguen, todavía hoy, cursando Bachillerato gracias a las dos ediciones anteriores de las Becas Maria Rosa Culell. Estas becas permiten cursar los años de bachillerato en el colegio internacional St. Peter’s School. El colegio acaba de convocar la 3ª edición.

 Para ellos, los primeros seleccionados, las becas han sido más que una oportunidad, un reto que ha valido la pena afrontar. Dicen los cuatro que valoran, en especial, cómo han sido acogidos en St. Peter’s, por parte, tanto de los profesores como de los alumnos. Destacan la diversidad del centro, su tolerancia, su buen ambiente y la calidad en la educación. Una educación, según ellos, que incluye tanto el desarrollo personal como proyectos globales e internacionales que convierten St. Peter’s en un centro de referencia.

Esta entrevista, en la que nos contaron de primera mano su experiencia como candidatos seleccionados para las dos primeras ediciones de las Becas Maria Rosa Culell, ha sido publicado en el periódico La Vanguardia en este enlace.

¿Cómo valoráis que un colegio como St. Peter’s reconozca el talento, no solo académico, de jóvenes como vosotros?

Laia T.: Valoro muy positivamente la acogida y la atención recibida, que me ha ayudado a descubrir realmente mi potencial y mi vocación. Tanto los alumnos como los profesores favorecen un ambiente cercano y enriquecedor en todos los sentidos.

Loreto P.: Poder participar en proyectos como el Placement, con la capacidad de participar realmente en la rutina de un bufete de abogados, como fue mi caso, me ha permitido descubrir qué quiero hacer, y por eso, valoro inmensamente mi estancia en St. Peter’s.

¿Qué os ha aportado y qué habéis aportado vosotros al cursar el bachillerato en St. Peter’s?

Arnau V.: Ante todo, diversidad y crecimiento por parte de ambas partes. Todos hemos tenido la posibilidad de ver más allá. Al final, en este colegio lo que importa es la persona. Las becas me han ayudado (a mi y a mis compañeros, creo) a romper prejuicios de todo tipo.

Loreto P.: Cursar el bachillerato en un colegio internacional como St. Peter’s marca diferencia. No solo por el aprendizaje de inglés, sino también por el crecimiento personal que posibilitan los proyectos en los que participamos, por la atención recibida y por la excelencia. He crecido como persona y puedo decir que hoy sé qué camino tomar cuando llegue a la universidad.

¿Por qué presentarse a la convocatoria de las becas Maria Rosa Culell?

Laia T.: Porque son un reto, porque abren la puerta a un mundo de posibilidades que de otra forma, quizá no tendríamos, porque ayudan a desarrollarse como persona y a trazar el camino que tú decidas. Porque son excelentes.

 

Marcel M.: Ayudan a ampliar horizontes, a demostrarte que hay retos que valen la pena. Y este solo es el primero. Ahora sabemos que podemos afrontar muchos otros. Es el primer paso para un futuro lleno de oportunidades.

Parker Exchange Programme

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A week ago a group of 12 students from 1st to 3rd of ESO had the opportunity to participate in the Parker Exchange Programme.

Parker is a school located in Albany, New York, in the middle of an amazing wood. The students stayed with a host family from the 22nd to the 29th of April and then enjoyed an amazing weekend in New York City. The best way to see what a great experience the exchange has been, is to read the students’ comments:

“America was so much fun, I loved it! I enjoyed meeting new people with different cultures and language and experiencing different activities such as learning with my host friend how to make pottery or playing typical table games that we had so much fun playing with the family.” – Anna Maixer

“When I first arrived at Parker school, I was really nervous and excited and looking forward to the week with my host family. The best moment in Albany was when we made s’mores in the school’s forest.”  Lucia Morales Ortega

“I loved going to America. I enjoyed going to Parker school as we did lots of fun activities like walking in the woods, getting to know the smaller kids, and just looking at the similarities and differences between St Peter’s and Parker. Visiting New York City was incredible too! I loved going on the top of the rock and walking on the Fifth venue! It was the best experience of my life!”   Martina Viganò

“When I arrived there I was really nervous because I didn’t know anybody, but I also had a feeling everybody was going to be kind to me. When I arrived in New York I was amazed with all the things I saw especially the Yankees Stadium. Well, the point is that I really liked my host family and New York. It was an amazing trip.”  -Arnau Cermerón 

” I liked everything that I did and enjoying having time in a country that I´ve never been to . NYC , was cool! What I like in NY was the Yankees Baseball Game and visiting some monuments by bus.” -Lichi Chen

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“I liked the experience of being with another family that wasn’t my family. When we first arrived I was really shy but the next day they were really nice with me so I started being more myself. Well New York City was fun we did a lot of touristic stuff and shopping!!!”  -Maria Espin 

“I have had a great time in America! When we arrived to Parker I was very excited to meet my host family and to see the school. Parker school was very different from ours, it was smaller but they owned a giant part of the forest which they used as their playground. I felt really sad when we left Parker because we had an amazing time and my host friend. In New York I enjoyed going to Times Square and to Fifth Ave as they are so famous and active.”   –Pei Rosello

“The part I liked the most was when we went to New York, because it was my first time. I learnt how people live in America, and how is it different from here.”  Selin Kalkanci

Getting into the Christmas spirit!

Yesterday we enjoyed the last concert of the Christmas season, the Nursery 1 and 2 singalong. And with it we are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit!

As always, all the concerts have shown the enthusiasm, talent and hard work of all our students (and their teacher!).  We have loved every minute of them!

Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer, Foundation 5

An out-of-this-world Christmas, Class 2

When Sasha got stuck up the chimeney, Class 3

The Amazing Adventures of Superstan, Class 5

On behalf of the School, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

We love our school: a chronicle of the 50th Anniversary

After months of preparations, finally the big day arrived!

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A bright sunny morning for the activities held in the front playground heralded the beginning of the celebrations.  You could see the emotion and the excitement on everyone’s face. Fifty years on and St. Peter’s still inspires the same sense of wonder. Joy and happiness were to be found all around the school. The green hues of the olive tree filled the air with cherished memories, while the new school hymn,  was played and sung by a group of students.

Around 600 hundred pupils listened to the touching words of Sra. Ginjaume and Sr. Garriga, two of the founders of the school. Sr. Rovira Canaleta, one of the more charismatic teachers at St. Peter’s, recalled old memories and made the children laugh. We have come a long way since that distant 1964 when the school was first planned, but while listening to Sra. Ginjaume, you could see we are all still very much a part of that original vision of our school project. You could feel the pride of the teachers who are part of it, and the vivid sense of common experience that unites the threads of our daily routine.

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The special barbecue held after the morning event was the perfect moment for a well-deserved lunch. The dazzling performance by a group of humorous musicians enlivened the occasion till the end of the afternoon.

“This is what we are like. This is our home and we love it,” one of the students said to me while waiting for her lunch. There is no better homage to the school than these words. As it says in our new school video that we premiered at the evening event, “We love our School”.

20:00h. Some familiar faces started passing through the school gates. Everyone was glancing first right, then left. “Is that you?” “Is that you?” It was time to meet up with old friends and classmates, admired teachers and pupils. It was a day of encounters and reencounters, as Srta. Corinne said to me this morning, “a day to relive old memories.” Srta. Núria Llorca explained to me it was the perfect occasion for all of us to share our pride in being part of the history of St. Peter’s School.

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“It’s changed so much”, said one former pupil on that day, “but you still share the same enthusiastic spirit for learning, the same sense of family we had at the beginning.” Yes, times have certainly changed and they will continue to do so. On the video, Dean, Alvaro and Eric say the future starts by embracing change with enthusiasm.

As Abi Sisquella reminded us in her speech to present our Scholarships for Excellence, what really counts is having fun in what you do. That is why we love coming to school every day, and that is what teachers and staff would like for their students: to learn to love everything they do in life.

Thank you everyone for making it possible. Here’s to the next fifty years!