STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills by organising and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body. The student council elections for the 2018-2019 school year were held on September 5th. We were happy to see many DP1 students run for leadership positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The elections were held online and the results were released the next day. The winners are, Sofia Neves for President, Marco Miglorancia for Vice-President, Nicolas Rey for treasurer and Gabriel Soares for Secretary. Thank you for all the great effort and work and congratulations to all the winners!
THE SCHOOL PLAY
The secondary school play named The Government Inspector is hosted by the drama club. The Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol, a Russian writer, was first performed in 1836. A comic satire on government corruption, this play is just as relevant today as when it was first performed. You can watch it our school on Thursday, November 29th at 6:00 pm, Friday, November 30th at 8:00 pm or Saturday, December 1st at 8:00 pm. Actors and crew come from across the Upper Secondary school.
Performed throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities besides their academic studies. CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service. It enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience. CAS external activities are developed by the St.Francis students and their coordinators. This year we are working with three public schools, Godofredo Furtado, Aristides de Castro and Ludovina Peixoto. As all the schools have different needs, the St.Francis students have identified different ways to provide support: Math Support lessons, Library/Reading time and computer lab experiences. Interviewed St. Francis students claimed that they are mixing well with the children from the other schools and really enjoy doing the new activities with them.
Studying in an international school is very beneficial and provides a lot of opportunities. It develops a keen understanding of internationalism and inter-cultural perception. It expands horizons for research and learning, thus creating more opportunities and promoting quality and innovation. It also provides all the benefits and advantages linked to multilingualism. Most importantly, it creates and develops wider contact networks in the educational as well as professional fields. The opportunity of creating new contacts with many well-known universities was held at the St. Francis University Fair, which was occured on the 24th of August. Ten different international universities were present and hosted several presentations for both parents and students from MYP 5 to DP2. The school also received representatives from three Ivy League universities- Princeton, Yale and Columbia- as well as the University of British Columbia (UBC) from Canada. These universities not only shared a lot of information but also provided a wide range of opportunities to all the students.
St.Francis has been participating in many sports events against other schools. Different matches of football, basketball and volleyball were held recently. For boys basketball, we played 4 matches against, Waldorf, Rudolf Steiner, St.Paul’s and Graded respectively. For girls volleyball, we played against St.Paul's and Julio Lopes Pereira. Lastly, for futsal, we had our U13 boys of St.Francis against Esc. Futuro and Marquês Monte Alegre. The results were amazing, most of the matches were ties and the rest were losses by minimal points. We are very proud of all the players and thank you all for the great effort and work!