In our Kindergarten at San Pedro Apóstol School we offer children between the ages of 2 and 5 integral education, with an optional extended school day. Our activity starts at 8.15 am and lasts until 12.15 noon, with the option of staying on till 1.15 pm if the student stays on for lunch, or of a full day’s work ending at 4 pm, which can be on 2, 3 or 5 days a week.
We base our work on the Montessori method. This fundamentally involves respecting the wishes of the child, who is thus the true architect of his or her own learning, since he or she is born with a strong motivation to learn.
Our purpose is to provide an educational environment where children can develop with autonomy and freedom, and thus build up their independence, self-confidence and the ability to choose through own experience. We seek to offer the greatest choice of opportunities to foster the potential development of abilities and promote solidarity among our children, including care of self and of others, and willingness to solve conflicts peacefully through discussion. Likewise, we are motivated to instill the ability to generate bonding through affection and confidence, reinforcing their abilities and wish to learn.
Our curricular design incorporates different fields of knowledge, based on the development of social and natural sciences, math, technology, language and literature, bodily and artistic expression and the English language. All this is done within an active environment, using concrete materials to generate sensory experiences.
“We believe that every child learns and develops at his or her own pace, for which reason we as educators must respect the learning rate and natural abilities of each individual, since they are the protagonists of our learning community.” Eugenia Meneses, Headmistress.
In our Kinder, children make natural contact with English through socializing, pedagogic and recreational experiences. The bilingual program is aimed at teaching children to develop simultaneously, using fluent Spanish and English.
In the afternoons the Kinder works differently than in the mornings: the day’s work starts with lunch, where habits of autonomy and healthy eating are ingrained. An after-lunch break period reduces anxiousness and calms pupils preparing them to return to their learning activity. The third stage is the workshop itself, which ends with an outdoor picnic and a parting day-end ceremony.
The extended day’s work offers a range of workshops: Ecology and Montessori, Arts, Sciences and Experiments. In addition there is an English Workshop (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), one on Information Science and Programming (on Tuesdays), Yoga (on Wednesdays) and introduction to Sports (on Thursdays).
During the development of these workshops, heterogeneous groups are formed: each Child chooses a workshop in line with his or her own interests and preferences, and different age groupings coalesce.
“This is a highly positive dynamic, since children learn to relate with each other, get to know each other better, and form lasting bonds during the learning process.”
Elementary School at San Pedro Apóstol School offers a bilingual, double shift educational system. Each and every student is under our constant attention. We expect their best training under the premise “happy and responsible children.” During this phase, the personal and social attitudes that will let children be respectful and tolerant to themselves and to others are developed. The curricular contents of Mathematics, Social Studies and Natural Sciences are based on the development of the following competencies: • Problem solving • Reading and comprehension • Writing • Critical and sensitive thinking We work with vegetable garden projects, Cooperation Projects for the peace and good coexistence, integrating the Arts, Music, Philosophy and New Technologies. All these events are guided by a psycho-social support department The English language is taught as a second language, oriented to a fluent and natural command. It is our mission that students develop the four basic skills: reading, listening comprehension, writing and speaking. The focus of English as a second language combines the best contributions of well-known updated methodologies. The curricula includes teaching subjects in English such as Language -grammar, spelling, writing and vocabulary-, Social Studies and Natural Sciences, which are also developed through Science and IT Labs. Since an early age, the student gets ready to sit for paper-based, computer-based, oral or written international examinations at our own school, with the aim of achieving a comprehensive training and knowledge recognition of their second language command. The Elementary School student ends this phase with a high level of fluency and linguistic competence, graduating with a diploma that proves their early bilingual studies and international certificates of worldwide recognition like Trinity College London and Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Likewise, the students take part in different kinds of projects which are fully developed in English. For example, campaigns to motivate the second language learning or the Social Studies Fair which includes plays presentations and participation in literary and artistic contests.
CBU: Common Introductory Cycle CE: Specialization Cycle San Pedro Apóstol Secondary School aspires to educate youngsters who are committed to achieving the highest standards of integrity in their endeavors, who respect and value the particular traits of other individuals, and who evidence credibility and trust, even in difficult times. The students that graduate from the CE at San Pedro Apóstol School will get immersed in a constant transformation process due to the requirements and demands of universities and the labor market. It is our mission that our students graduate with full knowledge in Administration and Company Management, with competencies in ICT management, and with a fluent command of the English language, which will eventually let them manage very well in different fields. Those students who sit for and pass the examinations can get the International Bachelor’s Degree (BI), a widely recognized examination, which facilitates the admission to a wide variety of universities across the world. BI is an international program which is offered as an option of intellectual opening-up, as an active learning attitude with critical thinking and analytic skills, rather than a substitution of the national regular training. It is aimed at cultivating and deepening the student’s roots, not at losing them. BI is about reaching a balance of studies of the national, regional and worldwide cultures. It is our mission that our students belong to a community of “ex graduates” who are ready to succeed and who have the necessary skills to play an important role in the business world and to act with knowledge in the defense of ethical values and the environment. Our goal is to educate young adults in order to give them the tools to stand on their own in front of the world and other persons with a set of values that will allow them to grow as individuals
"The first task of education is to stir up life, allowing it to develop freely".
Bearing in mind the needs of the educational community, and considering that a child acquires most of the knowledge he or she will absorb in the two first years of school, San Pedro Apóstol School took the plunge of including within its Institutional Project a new educational environment for the
Following the pedagogic strategy implemented over the last few years, the first Montessori Nest in Córdoba provides for the education of three-month to two-year- old children. Within this environment, two aspects are
paramount: those of care-giving and education, both of these being basic items in a child’s overall upbringing.
As far as care-giving is concerned, basic needs such as hygiene, health care, nutrition, and so on are catered for, under very strict control protocols. The child’s parents are informed of all developments through daily progress reports. In regard to education, individually tailored programs are followed, including exercises in which distinctive features and interests of each child are contemplated.
Concerning methodology, this area works on the principles of the Montessori Method, developing independence, autonomy and the ability of the child to choose the activities and materials that he or she prefers, thus
tailoring learning to the child’s potential.
The learning guides who will be in charge of the children have done coursework on this methodology and on Nido's activities, in addition to teacher training.
The environment and materials offered to the children play a very important role in their development, and this is why every detail is meticulously examined, in order to provide them with a safe, simple and pleasant environment in keeping with their needs and in which they will feel happy.
Located in the School’s right wing, with an independent entrance, the Nest consists of two large halls equipped with Montessori materials, own restrooms and a changing room, and a special playground.
We look forward to working together with you to provide your children with a happy kindergarten education.