At St. David’s School children find the necessary support to develop their full academic potential and an open space where they are stimulated to expressthemselves fully: plastically, artistically, emotionally and through sports and play.
Through creative and practical workshops, the availability of a full library and the teaching of a third language (Portuguese), we are able to maximise the countless abilities of each of our children: to imagine, to learn, to be curious.
Our work is based on communication and respect, so it is essential to value the different children’s behaviours in order to learn how to coexist, to know ourlimits and other people’s too, to respect others, to manage ourselves and to be able to give our point of view in order to enrich the educational community.
To make this real, every class of primary school gets together once a week to consider and discuss their concerns; in this way, they have the chance to express their opinions to the rest and work on different solutions as a group.
This activity brings the children closer to the institution, to the class and to themselves. This achieves:
A way for children to learn how to be heard and how to speak in public.
The children learn that there is a moment and a way of expressing their concerns and that they can find solutions while working on theirself-esteem and autonomy.
An opportunity for respectful dialogue between children and adults, and also between their classmates.
We learn by playing, researching and being in contact with ICTs. Our work aims at reflecting upon the sensible use of the new digital tools.
At St. David’s, technology plays a big role and this is why we implemented the use of a Mobile Class available for all the subjects.
One laptop per child allows the teacher to introduce Digital Resources for online education, giving children the chance to know the most recent information available in the web.
During these two years, children expand their vocabulary as well as learn and consolidate basic structures and functions of the language by being exposed to a wider range of subjects: Mathematics, Reading, Natural sciences.
From the first school years, we focus on the development of psycholinguistic skills by promoting reading abilities and reading comprehension; this is a way to strengthen oral and written communication abilities and to let children become familiar with grammar and spelling.
From an early age, logical and mathematical reasoning is regarded as a tool to change the world.
The assessment in this area is instructive, accumulative and ongoing.
Until 6thForm, students experience a cycle of art appreciation and spontaneous, artisanal creation. This is an interesting approach which teaches them to take an active part and enjoy collective production. Throughout these years, they have a workshop of musical expression and another of plastic expression.
From 4th Form, we start to study the language in depth and we focus on more complex vocabulary, grammatical structures and language functions.
In addition, we include the following subjects: Geography, History and Literature.
Trinity Exam: first international exam offered by Trinity College.
PET (Preliminary English Test), by the University of Cambridge, with excellent results through out these years.
Our pedagogical proposal involves developing autonomous work by reflecting with the children about their own ways of learning, by recognising personal strategies which lead them towards a better use of time and an effective learning of the language and by logical and mathematical reasoning and methods of study.
We have academic material appropriate for each stage and we use ICTs in the class.
Saint David’s puts special attention on preparing their students for the modern times, in which being able to communicate with other countries is essential.
Portuguese classes are introduced from 4th Form and they provide basic knowledge for the acquisition of the language.
This knowledge is put into practice and enriched due to a student exchange programme that we carry out every year with the Pindorama School of Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul.
Our students go to Biguá Club to learn swimming and gym.
Once a week, they have football and hockey practice in our sports field.
From 5th Form, in the audio-visual workshop we develop creativity by promoting teamwork, vitality, enjoyment, self-criticism, solidarity and diversity of skills in order to work on communication, organization, making projects and feeling part of the group.
Until 6th Form, students experience a cycle of art appreciation and spontaneous, artisanal creation. This is an interesting approach which teaches them to take an active part and enjoy collective production. Throughout these years, they have a workshop of musical expression and another of plastic expression.