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Botafogo Site had an amazing Technology Exhibition taking place during 27th and 28th July.
Delivered by teachers for teachers, this event was an exciting professional development opportunity for our staff. State of the art digital technologies were laid out across eight “stations”, enabling staff to move from one station to the next in rotation to explore and learn about the different technologies the school has available. Among the many exhibits on show, teachers got the chance to use the virtual reality headsets, robotic equipment, metal detectors, augmented reality books, audio books, playtables, green screens, nano drones, video equipment and various educational iPad apps! As well as helping teachers to better understand the technology itself, this was a brilliant opportunity for our staff to collaborate and share ideas in order to positively impact teaching and learning in the classroom.
What a great way to start the term!
‘What are the beach and wave characteristics of Macumba?’. This was the geographical question that Class 8 set out to investigate on Thursday 22nd June.
Ranging poles, clinometers, infiltrometers, quadrats, tape measures, compasses, stop watches, oranges and strips of cloth were used by the students to collect data at four locations along Macumba Beach.
After 3hours and 30 minutes, the students had filled their recording sheets with data on beach profile, vegetation cover, infiltration, wind direction, long-shore drift and wave frequency. This data will be analysed back in the classroom , preparing them for the IGCSE Paper 4 exam (Alternative to Coursework).
The students clearly had an enjoyable time practising the wide range of coastal fieldwork techniques. Despite being instructed to stay ankle deep in the water, a few individuals managed to get rather wet….the excuse……a few rogue waves! Luckily the sun was shining and clothes dried quickly!
Thanks to all the staff members (Rachel Sangala, Aline Teixeira, Michelle Guzzwell, Julia Brenchley, Amanda Motchi, Michael Francis, Claudia Vowles, Caroline (school nurse) and Leonardo (school inspector) who helped make the trip a smooth experience. Thanks also to all the students who behaved impeccably well throughout the trip!
At the first two weekends of June, the Brazilian Extension Course (BEC) department organised our first Enem mock test (the Brazilian university entrance test), already catering for recent changes adopted by the Brazilian government regarding that important exam.
This event happens at the same time at the Barra and at the Urca sites and it is already part of the BEC academic calendar. Our IB students expect to sit mock exams along the year in order to get ready for the challenges that lie ahead regarding the Brazilian universities entrance tests.
A number of students from Class 10 and Class 11 came to our school on Sundays mornings to test their abilities in different areas, such as Languages, Writing Essays, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Human Sciences.
João Renato C. and Bia T., both from Class 10, give their insight on the importance of an experience like that to their academic life at the British School:
“On the last two weeks, some of the Class 10 took the mock examination for the Enem. It was a very enriching experience, as many of us had never seen this test before. Having the school given this opportunity to us was essential for our intellectual growth and enabled us to understand what a Brazilian examination assesses. Also, by doing the exam I was able to know that many of the content from the IB is a part of it, which is really useful especially for students that want to stay in Brazil for university.”
“The simulado was very important to me. Even though I aim to study abroad, I still consider the possibility of studying in Brazil and going to universities such as ITA, PUC, IBMEC, USP, Candido Mendes and so on. The simulado was one of my first contacts with any Brazilian evaluation systems, as well as exposing me to the standard that I have to be on in order to study at a good university here. I was really surprised at how much harder it was compared to what I expected, for some reason pupils develop rumours that the Enem and the vestibular are easy and there is no need to revise nor study for them. Now, I can tell that these statements are false, this simulado really opened my mind to the challenges that the Enem proposes and with that, I can prepare properly for my next Brazilian assessment.”
João Renato C.
The BEC department will organise, as in previous years, other simulados next semester, mirroring those carried out this term: PUC and Enem mock exams. Our idea is to provide our IB students with opportunities to get to know the main Brazilian universities entrance systems and to understand how those tests work. More importantly, the feedback given during lessons are paramount for our students so that they have an overview of their performance and prepare for the next assessment.
João Paulo Dias
Barra, Botafogo and Urca students took part in the Pre-DofE Adventure weekend from 2nd to 4th June. The students and teachers had a fantastically fun weekend horse riding, mountain biking, practising Archery, going on trails and learning how to use a compass, paddling in the river and learning about camp craft.
On Saturday and Sunday Class 5 and 6 students learnt how to set up and dismantle tents in order to camp out Saturday night, within Desempenho Riding School´s grounds. They were also treated to a traditional camp activity, marshmallows on the camp stove and star gazing!
I would like to thank Mr. Felipe Castro (Barra Pre-DofE Trip Leader), Ms. Tamyris Araujo (Art Teacher – Barra Site), Mr. José Paz (Mathematics Teacher – Botafogo & Urca site), Ms. Claudia Fulchignoni (Portuguese Teacher – Botafogo Site) and Ms. Marinalva dos Santos (School nurse) for all of their hard work over the weekend.
Ms. Sara Pont (DofE Award Coordinator)
In May, during lunchtime, teams made up of members of staff held a football match with the girls and a Basketball match with the boys Falcons Teams in order for The Falcons to practice for the Friendship Games. The matches were very well supported and helped to raise the profile of The Falcons with younger students. The Falcon Girls team beat the staff team 2-0 at Football but in an exciting Basketball match, the staff beat the Falcons Team with the final shot of the game to win 16 to 14.
Our Library Week this year was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling. We had many activities in class and during lunch times. Students had an opportunity to talk about the books and movies and to show their knowledge on the week’s theme. Quizzes, a Scavenger hunt, and even a Quidditch Cup all played their part in this successful week. And on Friday we had not only the final for the Quidditch Cup, but also a Dress up day, when we had Harry Potters and other fantastic characters in school for the day.
We would like to thank our very hard working Library Committee and friends for all their help in the planning and decoration of the School. Special thanks also to all the teachers and staff who helped us to make this into a successful Week and also to our former Library Committee (Class of 2016) for all their work and commitment in contributing to this week.
The New Building is open and ready for use. It looks very impressive and really makes a huge difference to the teaching and learning spaces available on the site. The students will really enjoy using the facilities in the building, especially the Library and the gymnasium.
Here are some different perspectives of the new building: