6th to 10th March 2017
20th to 24th February 2017
Photos from our secondary students running last Valentine's Day.
6th to 10th February 2017
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30th January to 3rd February
23rd to 27th January 2017
Weekly Bulletin9th to 13th January 2017
CAS Trip to IndiaReflection by Ana Margarida
"Despite the wide range of activities and feelings I had the opportunity to experience in this past week in India; visiting, teaching, playing with and getting to know the children in the serepa school was undoubtedly the most rewarding and fulfilling day I spent here. The serepa school is located in a poor, rural village in Agra. As you approach the school walking through the streets you see extreme poverty, houses made solely out of natural resources, animals and people clearly suffering from malnutrition and various other contrasts to our regular life in Foz. However, in the midst of these contrasts lies the most important aspect of a persons life: happiness. As I walked with trainers and comfortable clothes through the village I passed by children bare foot with a strap of clothes. The children had dirt in their feet and dust in their face and the biggest smiles I have ever seen. When we entered the school, I was able to explore this new world in a greater depth.
The children only had two classrooms, two teachers, two boards, a small place to play outside and rugs. They didn't even have chairs or tables or a playground and still they were so happy, so grateful, so excited to see us come to them. They were so happy to know we were there for them, so grateful to be able to learn from us, so excited to play our games and sing our songs! It was a whole new world, not of poverty or decay, but a world of happiness and pure, genuine, untainted gratefulness and hope. I saw more hope beneath the eyes of children who have suffered more than most of us ever will in our lives, than I have ever seen in Foz at OBS in the last 13 years. Foz is a privileged, calm, rich both in resources and landscapes area in Porto. OBS is recognized as the best school in Porto with many resources and different opportunities to offer to the students. However, we are much more unhappy in the prestigious, calm lives we lead than the students in the serepa school who know nothing else outside their little, simple, chaotic universe.
This is the main lesson and comparison I have taken from this trip and is the most significant one I could have ever learnt. It is a lesson I hope to learn constantly and carry out throughout my life”.
"The digital divide and equality of access in India vs Portugal", by Rui and Filipe
IT has not developed at the same rate for everybody in all parts of the world, even within individual countries there are often groups or individuals who lack access to technology or services such as the internet. Often this is for economic reasons, IT and its related services are often expensive to buy and maintain, however lack of literacy and language skills, a lack of training or a lack of basic resources such as electricity may also cause problems and create a digital divide between the IT rich and the IT poor. Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don't or have restricted access. This technology can include the telephone, television, personal computers and the Internet.
In our trip to India we’ve experienced a big difference regarding the IT access and digital divide between Agra and Porto. During our volunteering we could only use Wi-Fi in the airport, hotels and rarely in restaurants; however in Portugal the majority of the times everywhere Wi-Fi is available. In Agra the experience of extreme poverty was priceless, nothing compared to reading or hearing about it from Portugal until you really go there, and really understand how lucky and fortunate we are.
Where we visited there was a large digital divide, where our modern smart phones and laptops contrasted with their basic phones and poor internet access. On the other hand we didn’t go to the Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore) where the most advanced technology globally as it is known as the "IT City”. The city is based on a concentration of firms specialising in research and development, electronics and software production. The nickname was based on the Silicon Valley in San Francisco as it represents the major hub for information technology companies in the United States.
Overall the computer and internet access in Europe is almost universal and there is very little digital divide, but in India places like Agra often have poor internet connections while Bangalore is the IT City where computer access is readily available. So there is a large digital divide in India and inequality of access.
Friday 13th January 2017
This morning, Form 11 headed to the Sepera Primary School, a highly deprived school. They planned various activities and lessons for the children at the school. The children were fully excited with our visit and really enjoyed it. Our visit to the school attracted a lot of locals. We felt extremely humbled when we saw the smile in their faces, it was a very rewarding experience which we would love to go back and do it again and bring even for excitement to the children. In the afternoon we also visited Mother Teresa's Missionaries for charity where we interacted with very young orphans and female handicapped adults. We finnished the day off by visiting the marble factory where we got to see how they worked the marble, we did some shopping and we even got to do our own marble coasters.
Today, the day started bright and early with a long trip across Agra to the Elephant Care Center, where most of us enjoyed the long 6km walk with the peaceful giants, and cleaning their enclosures. We also had the unique experience of feeding them their 50kg of food. During the warm afternoon we had our "bodybuilder" mindset and carried heavy loads of sugarcanes.
During dusk we re-visited the Sepera village and witnessed the rehabilitation program of snake charmers first hand. We listened to their wonderful music and danced the special snake dance alongside the wonderful humble children of the village we grew fond of.
Today we started our day with a visit to Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Then we had our last activities with the elephants, taking them for a walk and feeding them. Tomorrow we head back to Delhi to catch our flight back to Portugal.
Tuesday 10th January 2017
Today we got in contact with the rescued sloth bears. We managed to clean their ponds, feed them and clean their cages. In every activity, we brought ourselves together and worked efficiently and united as a team. It was a tiring and exhausting day but a great start to our service as it embodied team work, overcoming challenges, and most importantly helping others and the wildlife.
Monday 9th January 2017
We traveled to Agra by bus where we will spend most of our days volunteering. We had a tour on the Wildlife SOS facilities, the organization we are collaborating with. We are not only learning about the rescued animals, such as the sloth bears and elephants, but are also learning about how Wildlife SOS is rehabilitating the Kalandar Community.
We have just landed at New Delhi. After a long queue at passport control we are now eagerly waiting for the bus to go to the hotel and get a good night's sleep.
We had a good journey so far and everyone is very excited. The temperature here in Frankfurt is -6°C and we have used this time at the airport to grab something eat and rest. We are all looking forward to landing in Delhi and we will update as soon as we do.
Here is a photo of us at the airport.
EYFS, Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3 will be having their Christmas parties on this day. This is a non uniform day for the pupils. Please do check your child’s class dojo in case the teachers have any further information regarding the parties.
Form 4 and Form 5 will have a normal school day – in uniform on this day.
Our Form 11 students are also organizing an "India Day” on Friday. This is mainly for Secondary pupils though Primary pupils will be able to take part in fundraising games and activities during lunch time. We suggest a child brings 5 euros if you would like them to take part in these activities. All money raised is for the Form 11 chosen charity. The students are leaving for Agra, in India, on the 6th January where they will work for 9 days helping the charity Wildlife SOS.
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5th to 9th December 2016
28th November to 2nd December 2016
Lisbon Sports Tournament November 2016
Some photos from the tournament in our Gallery
21st to 25th November 2016
14th to 18th November 2016
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Harvest Festival 2016
A reminder that our Harvest Festival takes place Thursday, 27th October at 4.30pm at Stella Maris, Rua de Gondarém.
This is a compulsory event for students in Forms 1 to 12. Prep and Reception classes are not expected to attend (though of course they are more than welcome to, with their parents). Please note, there will not be After School Care, Clubs or Activities on that afternoon. We would very much appreciate the prompt collection of all children by 4pm the latest.
We would like Form 1 to Form 3 to be collected at 3.30pm and meet up with their teachers at the church at 4.15pm. Forms 4 and 5 will remain in school until 3.50pm, when they will be escorted to the church by their teachers and accompanying staff. Senior pupils will meet their Tutors outside Teage Hall at 3.50pm and be escorted to the church. IB students are required to dress formally in accordance with the IB Dress Code. All children are to be collected from Igreja Stella Maris at the end of the service (by 5.30pm). Please would you ensure that you sign your child out with their Form Teacher so we know they have gone home safely.
This year we would like to support Refood and we would ask children to bring to school one item each of non-perishable (rice, flour, pasta, sugar and tinned food). All food donations should be left at the Front Office.
There will also be a monetary collection during the service for Red Cross.
May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and cooperation and we look forward to seeing you at our Harvest Festival.
24th to 28th October 2016
OBS Halloween Party
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that there will be a Halloween Party on the afternoon of Friday 28th October 2016 which is the last day of the half term, starting at 15:30 17:30. This is being organized by the Form 11 CAS group, with support of the Head Boy and Girl and other Form 12´s.
The event will start with a treasure hunt, following this there will be a number of games and events as well as the ´piece de la resistance’ – a guided tour of the Haunted House. We hope that students will dress up for this event and we will be looking to see who has worked hardest on their costume.
The price of the tickets which includes the supervision of your child from 3:30 until 17:30, entry into the Haunted House, a snack and a refreshment will be 5 Euros. There will be additional games and the opportunity of face painting at a cost of 1.50 Euros each as well as the chance to purchase extras refreshments at very competitive prices. These tickets can be purchased from the office or from Form 11 students.
Early Years children are welcome to join in this event if they have a parent / carer with them.
10th to 14th October 2016
Mr Robin Quinn
Sadly, Mr Robin Quinn passed away in the early hours of this morning. Mr Quinn fought courageously to the end in his battle with cancer. Mr Quinn will be sadly missed by his students and colleagues. There will be a service for at St James' Church Saturday, 2pm. Mr Quinn will be at rest at St James' from this evening.In the meantime, Mr Quinn´s classes will be taken by Dr Thomas Wilkinson.
26th to 30th September 2016
19th to 23rd September
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- 01 Sep 2016 Start of Year 2016/2017 We are greatly looking forward to seeing you next week for the opening of school year 2016-2017.
Start of Year 2016/2017
We are greatly looking forward to seeing you next week for the opening of school year 2016-2017.
In Primary the start of term is Monday 5th September at 08:50am. Prep pupils are only doing half days until 12:30pm on Monday and Tuesday. Full days begin on Wednesday for Prep pupils.
In Secondary, parents must make appointments to meet their child’s tutor on Monday and discuss attainment, progress and targets. Lessons begin on Tuesday 6th September. Pupils are expected to arrive before 08:45 and must assemble outside Teage Hall as for Assembly.
We look forward to welcoming you back for a productive year!
- 06 Jul 2016 IB Diploma Success 2016 We are delighted to announce excellent IB Diploma Results for the class of 2016.
IB Diploma Success 2016We are delighted to announce excellent IB Diploma Results for the class of 2016.
The headline data here is as follows:
- We had 100% pass rate; this is well above the world IB average;
- We gained an average score of 34.6 points; this is comparable with top international schools in the world and over 5 points above the world IB average;
- 17% of graduates achieved 40 points or higher; this is a remarkable achievement and more than twice the world average. Scores of 40 + points in the IBDP are demanded by the world’s top universities such as Oxbridge and LSE.
- There was a 3.6 points average of added value in comparison to baseline predictions and this is a very impressive achievement.
- Many of our pupils received their first choice university course in the United Kingdom and we are now completing the submissions for Portuguese universities.
We are very proud of these achievements and they are testimony to the hard work of the students, the academic rigour provided by OBS teachers and the support provided by OBS parents. I wish to pay tribute to the work of Claire Marsden, IBDP Coordinator, who guided the pupils and staff in these splendid achievements, she also counselled and prepared students so diligently in their successful university applications. Rita Quintas Neto is now processing the Portuguese university applications.
We salute the following pupils who achieved 40 points or more in their IB Diploma Programme.
- Joana Araújo 42 points Applying for Medicine in Portugal
- Rita Capão Filipe 41 points Offered Medicine at Queen Mary, London
- Ana Filipe Teixeira Bela 41 points Gap year
OBS Gains Re-Accreditation Status with CIS
I am delighted to inform you that Oporto British School has been successfully reaccredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and we are delighted to have retained this quality standard. In March 2016 we hosted an accreditation visit led by Jennifer Bray and they evaluated the school according to the stringent criteria outlined in the CIS accreditation process. Their report was then moderated by various officials in CIS and this week we received the formal and very pleasing confirmation of this achievement and validation.
In his letter informing us of our reaccreditation status, Dr Graham Ranger, Director of School Support & Evaluation Services, comments:
In reaching their decision, CIS took into account the Visiting Team’s commendations which were based on evidence of excellent and effective alignment with the standards for CIS accreditation. In granting the award of accreditation, CIS felt that the commendations – or strengths of the school – far outweighed any areas in which the school was deficient. Of particular note is the school’s work on its Guiding Statements whereby the revision of these has led to a wide understanding and better all-round support for the students; the appropriate definition of internationalism pertinent to all members of the school community; many improvements to student learning and a desire to make the school a welcoming and safe place for students; and the improvements to the facilities.
The formal award will be presented to us in the coming weeks but I take this opportunity to salute you all, pupils, parents, members of the Board of Governors and staff members. This is your award and congratulations to you all!
Your Child Attends a CIS Accredited School
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28th to 2nd October
21st to 25th September
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Schedule for Lisbon Sports Tournament matchesCheck the schedule here.
IBDP Art ExhibitionYou are cordially invited to view the IBDP Art exhibition at the school. The exhibition will include a range of magnificent Art work created by Sam Busovsky, Filipa Santos, Beatriz Ferreira and Jenny Varanda. On the 6th April we will hold the main event where visitors can discuss the art with the artists over light refreshments.
12 Mar 2016
Entries now online! Our school/Gallery
Photography CompetitionEntries now online!
17/03/16: India Day - OBS CAS Trip 2016
Primary School Talent ShowPlease follow the link.
CarnivalMore photos from the Carnival celebration under Our School | Galleries
- 01 Feb 2016 2016-2017 Calendar Attached you will find the updated calendar for 2016-2017. There have been some slight alterations due to the return of some bank holidays.
- 12 Jan 2016 Sustainability Awarness Day On the 11th of December, 2015 the Secondary school participated in a...
Sustainability Awarness DayOn the 11th of December, 2015 the Secondary school participated in a sustainability awareness day in an effort to increase our schools movement towards becoming more sustainable in light of the recent global goal initiatives brought out by the United Nations. F11 students coordinated the day as sustainable coordinators for the school / advertising the event beforehand, helping students to raise money through a bake sale for the school to purchase recycling bins for each secondary classroom, to be implemented in the new year. Old cardboard boxes were also painted in the colours of blue, green and yellow so that these too could be used as recycling stations in selected classrooms. It was great to see the secondary students pull together and actively work towards increasing the sustainability of our school / long may this continue.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Oct 2015 Palácio do Freixo
Please see below some photos from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Ceremony at Palácio do Freixo on 15th October. A big congratulations to Louis, Henrique, Lourenço, Filipe, Ana Margarida, Marta, Beatriz, Maria Do Carmo, Eduardo, Harriet, Mercedes and Niki.
03 Sep 2015
Mrs Glenda Coles
It was with great sadness that we learnt today of the passing of Mrs Glenda Coles.
Mrs Glenda Coles
It was with great sadness that we learnt today of the passing of Mrs Glenda Coles. Glenda has been associated with OBS since 1987, bringing joy, laughter and passion to her various teaching and leadership positions for over 25 years. Her spirit was admirable in times of adversity and poor health and she was a member of staff that was much loved and admired by all.
Her funeral service will take place Friday, 4th September, 10am, at Igreja da Lapa.
As a mark of respect the school flags have been lowered to half-mast.
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- 11 Feb 2015 Calendar dates 2015/2016 Our Calendar dates for the next academic year are now available.