The Spanish curriculum is based on the National program Reformulación 2006 applied in every secondary school of the country.
Our curriculum is complemented with arts, sports, outings, and campings. These foster the discovery and development of different aspects of the student’s personality as well as the integration of all the members of our highschool community.
Besides, throughout the year Community Service activities are promoted. As members of a society, it is very important for our students to get to know backgrounds that are different to theirs, to find out in how many ways they can give support to others when needed and to work with other people aiming towards a common benefit.
Saint George´s Secondary School – Centre Project 2016
The impact of Information and Communication Technologies.
Although we are immersed in the so called society of information, determined by the appearance of information and communication technologies, there isn’t a clear standing point on how to use these tools at schools or other learning institutions.
This issue can be framed within a wider theme called information literacy, which points at “knowing when and why we need information, where to find it and how to evaluate it, use it and communicate it in an ethical way.”
At St. George’s we believe that far from being a complement, teaching and learning how to efficiently use and effectively the information received within the class is a must we cannot avoid.
We are trying to guide our students on how to make good use the information, which is a fundamental human right.
This year we want to work thoroughly in three areas:
– making students aware of the importance of how to get and manage information;
– using the correct information in a competent and ethical way;
– communicating the findings in best way possible for others to understand it.
Our objectives are:
Make the students aware of the use of different technologies and the way to handle information from different sources.
Teach and motivate teachers to use different technological devices within the classroom.
St. George’s Secondary School offers bilingual curricula through which students are prepared from the first year, to successfully take the IGCSE examinations (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Cambridge IGCSE examinations are some of the most prestigious tests for young people between 14 and 16, and offers the best of international education to students at this level. It promotes student-centered learning and problem solving, through an interdisciplinary and deductive methodology.
Cambridge IGCSE examinations develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of the students in the following areas:
- Applied knowledge
- Flexibility to change
- English usage
- Awareness and acceptance of different cultures
- Active involvement in their personal development and achievements
During the first two years, students work on several subjects within the IGCSE program: Language, Portuguese, Biology, Information and Communication Technology, History and Math. These work leads to successful performances in the IGCSE exams taken in 4th grade.
Students receive a certificate for each one of the subjects of the IGCSE examinations and a general diploma: ICE( International Certificate of Education) , after the approval of the seven subjects we offer.
Apart from that, at the end of November of the third year, students sit for the First Certificate in English ex am of the University of Cambridge, which is widely recognized in our country not only for academic, but also for professional activities.
St. George’s also offers English courses for those who do not have a bilingual level. In these cases, we offer students tailored English courses appropriate to their level.
Our aim is that these students have the opportunity to develop their skills in order to be able to successfully sit for an international examination according to their level of achievement. These tests also belong to the University of Cambridge: Key English Test (KET), Preliminary English Test (PET) and have the same international recognition.
The teaching of the arts should not be considered a privilege only for the better endowed, but as a necessary awareness we should all enjoy (…)”
[Arcerte, D. (1980). Objectives and didactis of the teaching of art. Bs. As. Kapelusz S.A. P. 10]
The official programme of Primary Schools (ANEP) has included the teaching of Visual Arts in the curriculum but our Secondary curriculum also includes Visual and Plastic Arts which clearly have a different approach both in the methodology and the concepts to be taught.
WHY ARTS? WHY DRAMA IN SECONDARY SCHOOL?
“To be, or not to be–that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.”
These words, repeated along and aside the world for almost five centuries, since they were born from the hand of the great Shakespeare, encompass the core of the journey of life: to be or not to be. These words, concrete, fair, said and lived on and out of the stage, in every aspect of life, leave a mark in our existence in every aspect of life.
So, why integrate drama to our curriculum? The answer is obvious: because by nature, by definition, human beings have the sense of the arts, a desire to express themselves, creating their culture and aesthetics.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) AND SPORTS / THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORT
Sport is highly beneficial in multiple ways. It greatly contributes to people´s well being and satisfaction.
Through regular practice of any sport it helps teenagers learn the importance of discipline, determination and effort. At the same time, it encourages students to be competitive, which can be beneficial for their lives when handled appropriately. Girls and boys learn to celebrate when they win, but also to use defeat as a means to become stronger for future competitions. Integrating the concept of fair play is an essential element for any citizen.
Students also learn to value the importance of the other team members and their own importance as part of a team. This helps them develop essential social skills, such as understanding the benefit of respect for the authority and peers, the need to follow rules the significance of respect for the opponents.
Within the school context, sports are of great value as they reinforce the sense of belonging enriching and strengthening the bonds of friendship among all schools students, no matter their age and gender.
As educators of your children, we are committed to this project, but your support and encouragement are essential to carry out these activities successfully.
We thank all those parents who have shared all these years with us and we are inviting the new members of St.George´s School to join us in our effort to achieve our aims.