PTA&Extracurricular

PTA - Parental and Teachers AssociationFor the younger students, the PTA organises a variety of after school activities that are on offer each week. These take place after dismissal until 17:00 and include several activities such as football, capoeira, volleyball, basketball, ballet and jazz, choir, music, cookery, judo, gymnastics, drama, cartoon drawing, and art.

In the Senior School, the Student Activities Coordinator organises activities at nearby facilities according to student demand. These have included climbing and sailing with instructors at facilities close to the Urca site.

For details, please see the PTA Webpage

Outings & Fieldtrips

A number of day and residential trips are organised each year to support the educational programme. The school believes that fieldtrips are of great educational value, providing opportunities for active engagement in the learning process and supporting the personal and academic development of the pupils.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

DofE

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award scheme, as well as the Pre-DofE Programme, are well established and extremely popular among Upper Primary and Senior School students.

Outdoor pursuits are offered at both primary and senior school level. The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award is well established and extremely popular and it is offered to students aged 14 years and over. Adventurous Journeys take place in Brazil and other countries in South America and hiking, mountain bike and horse riding options are offered. In addition to the Adventurous Journey section, students complete the service, skills and physical recreation requirements of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to gain Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Younger students in the primary school from age 10 onwards are encouraged to take part in residential Pre-DofE weekends, which include horse riding and mountain bike in addition to other team-building activities.

For further details please access The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award website www.intaward.org

Model United Nations and Student Conferences

The British school hosts an annual Model United Nations conference open to participants from all classes which allows students to discuss and seek solutions to problems ranging from human rights abuses, conflicts between nations and environmental issues. In addition students participate in several MUN conferences outside the school including the Brazil MUN in Hotel do Frade, Angra dos Reis – RJ, and the internationally acclaimed Harvard MUN in Boston, USA.

Participation in these events enables students to develop a far better understanding and appreciation of current global affairs. Several subjects areas support the MUN programme by encouraging debate and public speaking within their academic curriculum.Every year, two IB students are selected to participate in a Theory of Knowledge and outdoor activities course in the Andes mountains together with students from Latin American IB schools. IB students are also selected to represent the school in the annual LAHC (Latin American Heads Conference) student conferences, which has a varied theme from year to year but focusing on leadership. In recent years the school has hosted this conference focusing on Model United Nations and the Arts.