I write to welcome you to the 2019/2020 academic year, which we plan to embrace with energy, enthusiasm and a desire to work with you to bring out the best in every child under our care.
Throughout St. George’s 60-year history the school’s reputation has grown and strengthened, and today we are well-known as a school that, in addition to our excellent academic results, provides an education in core values such as self-discipline, perseverance, hard work and cooperation. We provide a safe and stimulating learning environment, supported by a great team of educational professionals.
To build upon this strong foundation, this year we are introducing a series of new initiatives designed to reinforce the school’s core principles and promote our students’ all-round development.
At St. George’s, English is our everyday, working language, and fluency and confidence in English provides the springboard from which our students can access the global community of the future. Our students not only attain excellent results in the Cambridge English exams, but have also performed extremely well in the Spanish University Entrance Examinations (Selectividad), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) public examinations and the official DEFL French examinations.
We make continual improvements to our programme to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of educational performance and innovation. This year we plan to consolidate the British National Curriculum, taught throughout the Early Years and Primary stages, in line with the excellent evaluation obtained from the British Council during last year’s inspection. In this sense, the conversion of St. George’s into a Globeducate British International School will mean the implementation of the British curriculum at all educational stages, up to Baccalaureate. This is a new milestone in our school history and we face it with responsibility and commitment, embracing the wide range of opportunities that it will bring for the whole educational community: teachers, pupils and families.
We are also increasing the number of hours of English taught throughout the Secondary and Post 16 stages, and we continue to develop and implement new classroom technologies with a view to completing the school’s application to become an Apple Distinguished School.
The most recent frameworks for teaching and learning place the student at the heart of the learning process, allowing teachers to provide appropriate advice, knowledge and guidance to enable every student to develop their skills, abilities and personal strengths. We believe that creative and practical subjects such as music, physical education, sport and the arts, should be taught in conjunction with more traditional core-curricular subjects, helping to prepare every student to become confident, independent, life-long learners. We encourage our pupils to “think outside the box” and to develop critical, analytical and rational thinking skills, alongside an awareness of their own emotional and social development. We have implemented active integration and risk-prevention policies to help our children stay safe and happy in the interconnected world in which we now live.
As part of the Globeducate group, students at St. George’s British International School are offered numerous opportunities to travel overseas and to participate in a wide range of sporting, cultural and academic events (Globeducate Model United Nations, Academic Olympics, Summer at Stonar, inter alia). These events support and facilitate our international vision, and enable our students to share interesting and enriching linguistic, cultural, and intellectual experiences with other Globeducate students from around the world.
I wish you a very happy and successful 2019/2020. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of school life or your child’s progress with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either myself or with any other member of our team.