Living in a global society of immense choice and diversity, the school endeavors to empower children to make decisions that are anchored on firm and positive values. These values enable our pupils to live effectively as well-informed citizens who are motivated to take action.
The primary purpose of the St. Nicholas House System is to further the mission of the school by providing a range of experiences to develop potential and success for all students while strengthening our sense of community through collaboration across all ages.
Aims and objectives
To strengthen each student's interpersonal relationship skills, learner profile, attitudes and attributes.
The system will also enable us to proactively develop students' leadership skills.
To provide a safe and guided structure for children to learn to manage their emotions in a range of situations, including sporting, academic and creative arts competitions.
To encourage teamwork and sportsmanship and foster respect for each other in the process.
One notable feature of the house system is the appointment of house captains for the Primary and Secondary Years, whose job it is to rally fellow house-members and to organise individuals for team events. In the Secondary Years, house captains organise and run House assemblies, where they talk about forthcoming events and events that have just taken place.
At St. Nicholas School there are three Houses:
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On entering the school from Grade 2, all pupils are placed in one of the three houses, ensuring a balance of pupils and pupil gender in each of the houses.
Immediate (siblings and cousins) family members are placed in the same house.
Each house is led by a Head of House (teacher), a House Captain and a House Vice-Captain (pupils).
The Student Council is made up of pupil representatives from each class, from Grade 1 to Year 12, who are responsible for contributing towards the improvement of the school as well as local, national and global communities.
The Student Council aims to develop leadership qualities in our students by giving them the opportunity to take part in real life situations of their own choosing. The Council works towards publicising and educating the school community about issues, and then taking positive action.
Social projects have included the collection of money, food, medicine or clothing. Peace Day and Earth Day projects have highlighted the need to tackle fundamental questions related to sharing the planet. Locally the Student Council gives practical support to groups working with less fortunate members of society. Environmental projects around the school have highlighted the need for the school to be more sustainable, and the council continues to press for change.
At St. Nicholas School, we are proud to offer a large variety of Extra Curricular Activities in the areas of sports, arts and recreational activities. ECAs take place at lunchtime and after school, and are led by teachers, parents, outside agencies and Secondary Years students. We encourage our students to take part of these activities, as a chance to meet new friends, develop existing interests and discover new ones. ECAs are also a great opportunity for children to develop the attributes and attitudes that define our school: be risk-takers, inquirers, cooperative, open minded and caring people.
Students from Year 4 to Year 10 participate in one residential Life Skills trip every year. The major purpose of the trip is to develop the students's life and social skills. Students have the opportunity to approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles. Accompanying tutors and guides from a leading company in outdoor activities, assess the students on commitment, cooperation, respect, independence and the speaking of English. Students are awarded points for having done exceptionally well. All students receive a Life Skills certificate.
Activities range from exploring underground cave systems in PETAR – Parque Estadual Turístico do Alto Ribeira – (Year 7), hiking and rappelling in Itatiaia (Year 8), hiking and canoeing in Saco do Mamanguá, Paraty (Year 9) to rock climbing and rappelling in Pedra do Baú, Campos do Jordão. Prior to the trip students have an introductory session and organise tent, cooking and cleaning groups. The trip places an emphasis on a healthy diet and also on students living in an outdoor environment without the additions of electrical equipment.
Overall students return from the trip with a great sense of achievement as well as having had the opportunity to strengthen relationships within their tutor group.
Sport is highly valued as St. Nicholas School. Students are taught the generic and basic skills within the curriculum and of their chosen sporting extra-curricular activity. They are given the opportunity to train for school teams and represent their school in tournaments and fixtures with other schools. Pupils are also encouraged to participate in non-representative sports that offer recreational and competitive opportunities.
The aims and objectives are: to develop each student's interpersonal skills, attitudes and attributes in relation to the IB learner profile. The system will also enable us to proactively develop students' leadership skills. To provide a safe and guided structure for children to learn to manage their emotions in a range of situations, including sporting, academic and creative arts competitions. To encourage teamwork and sportsmanship and foster respect for each other in the process.
Events organised by the Physical Education (PE) Department are a key feature of the school calendar. The primary purpose is to contribute towards the mission of school by providing a range of sporting experiences to develop potential, increase participation and success for all students while strengthening our sense of community through collaboration of all ages.
The events are: Primary and Secondary Swimming Gala, Secondary Years Interhouse Basketball, Primary and Secondary House Futsal, Inter House Festival Nosso Recanto (NR), Kindergarten 2 and Nursery Multiskills Festival and Grade 1 Capoeira Presentation.
Both Primary and Secondary pupils are encouraged to enjoy the school's excellent sporting extra-curricular programme to continually develop their game under the guidance of teachers and experienced coaches. Secondary pupils can choose futsal, football and basketball as a team option, while Primary may select futsal.
Teams evolve to enable pupils to fulfil their potential. The school enters a number of fixtures and tournaments each year, ranging from playing numerous friendly matches, competing in interschool tournaments and local leagues. We have Primary Boys Futsal & Football, Primary Girls Futsal & Football, U16 Boys Football, Futsal & Basketball, U16 Girls Football, Futsal, Basketball & Volleyball, U18 Boys Football, Futsal & Basketball and U18 Girls Football & Basketball.