This week we had a special visitor in our music workshop. Nicolas Carter gave us a delightful harp concert. He played Paraguayan and Mexican typical music. The music teachers were also part of…
Today we celebrated “Saint George’s Day”.
We shared beautiful plays, lovely poems and very original songs.
We really enjoyed all the performances and had fun together.
We are very proud to announce that this morning we had our Trinity Awards Ceremony for our Form VI students from this year and the previous one.
|Mission & Vision|
We have chosen a quality education that takes care of the individual´s needs because we feel responsible for each and every one of our students.
We are there for them as they grow, always encouraging them to know themselves and to make the best of their abilities, interests, and motivations. Teachers and supervisors are very close to the children and the Heads visit classes often. In this way, we know the children well and establish a good relationship with them. Each teacher meets on a weekly basis with the supervisors to assess the work and evolution of each child.
When a child has a special difficulty and needs extra work he/she receives extra teaching at school to help overcome it. If the difficulty requires special treatment we will immediately contact the parents and advise on it. It is of utmost importance to detect and treat any learning disability as early as possible in the child´s life to give him confidence and the tools to overcome it.
There is constant and fluent communication between the school and the home since it is very important for the children. Our classes are small and this allows the school to know the children well and to work according to their needs. Parents are invited often to talk to teachers, to visit classes, and to participate in activities with their children. They are kept informed on what their children are being taught.
The children are encouraged to pursue their interests and we often listen to them speak, both in English and Spanish, and answer questions on a topic they have researched. All of this motivates them to acquire independence, self-confidence, and knowledge.
From the day the children join St. George´s School, they are taught both English and Spanish as First Languages. Children learn to read and write in English with the same texts and methods children use in Primary School in Britain and at the same levels of difficulty. Thus, history, geography, science, and math are taught in English as well as Spanish. We also cover the Spanish programmes as set by the Uruguayan educational authorities. In the third year of Primary School, we adopt an excellent reading programme, Celebrate Reading, published in the U.S.A. In it, we learn to read through literature for children. In this way, the students not only think and express themselves in English but also come into contact with Anglo-Saxon and American cultures.
Learning through Literature
It is very enriching to learn to read through plays, novels, poems, and short stories. Students become acquainted with characters and their worlds, their stories, and circumstances which often reflect their own. This allows us to work on values since all the literary pieces present aspects that allow discussions on honesty, courage, tolerance, friendship, perseverance, service to the community, fears, pains and many emotions and principles that affect the children.
Students analyse the stories, write critically about them, create their own, and relate them to their own lives. This helps them clarify their views, gives them confidence, a greater vocabulary and use of language, and lets their imagination fly creatively.
We shall continue this work in Secondary School towards preparation for International examinations such as the University of Cambridge General Certificate of Secondary Education.
Reading and Writing
"I like dictations and spelling because I learn words. It´s great to play with the ABC. We read books with our teacher. They are great. We read The Dump, The Vase, William and the Dog, The Emergency, Kate and the Sheep, and many more. They are all great. We put up a wordwall and we read the news."
"Watching TV is fun but reading a book is good too because you can imagine the things that happen in a story, and we can analyse events and characters"
Travelling around the world
"… and just in this trip to the US, our surprise was our eldest daughter, Ana (8ys old), who not only got us out of several awkward language situations since we speak very little English, but it was also admirable how she could communicate with the people and enjoy taking part in every activity.
This accomplishment ,which gives us great pride ,belongs not only to her who makes a good effort, but also to the school and the teachers´work and dedication. It is a great pleasure for us to share this experience with you."