Choose your sessions

Ben Walden

The long term success of a school can depend on its ability to respond to change and adapt to new initiatives. This relies on staff being able to think differently, be flexible and try new things. In other words, it requires the confidence to be creative.

The word creativity conjures many different images and feelings for people. Some are excited by it and sense the prospect of challenging and limitless possibilities. Others may see it as something difficult, risky or a bit "airy-fairy"". It is not that unusual to even hear the comment "I'm just not a very creative person". This often betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what creativity entails. The process also involves practice, skill and the practical ability to skilfully guide good ideas to deliverable outcomes.

These breakout sessions are based on the premise that everyone is capable of being creative, that everyone can use their creativity usefully at work and that everyone can be confident that their creativity is relevant and valued.

Carl Honoré

To thrive in a fast world, you have to slow down. When every moment is a race against the clock, everything suffers - from well-being to creativity. This is as true for teachers as it is for pupils. In my keynote I will show how slowing down can enrich lives and unleash a creativity revolution in schools and beyond. In the breakout sessions I will build on this base and explore how teachers can put the SLOW philosophy into practice at home and in the classroom.

Ollie Tunmer

This breakout session will start with some fun, informal rhythm-based warm ups.  We'll then explore a range of Afro-Brazilian instruments and rhythms and create our own musical "breaks".

This will be an opportunity to experience learning and connecting with your colleagues in a creative way. You’ll develop new communication skills and a sense of well-being that is unique to musical participation.

This session is suitable for all regardless of prior musical experience.

Choose your breakout session.

16:00 – 17:00
  1. Cultivating Creativity through the Visual Arts Aisling McConville, San Silvestre School

    This workshop is aimed towards teachers of Upper School/Secondary and It will provide a platform for discussion on the following points:

    • How teaching strategies within the Visual Arts can be transferable to other subjects
    • Creativity should not be a unique initiative/activity rather a constant in all school environments
    • How classroom environments can foster curiosity and imagination
    • How time is needed to develop and nurture ownership of ideas and willingness to veer from the syllabus or timetable to ensure creative outcomes
    • How creativity can be killed by allowing freedom without focus.
  2. The Shared Value Model: An Innovative Strategy to Bring Global Citizenship and Ethical Leadership To Entire School Communities Bill Cotter, Students Shoulder to Shoulder

    Most schools seek a comprehensive approach to nurturing a global ethos in all students. The vision for school leaders, serious about this educational aim, is programming that integrates the experiences and values of global citizenship into the fabric of school culture.

    This workshop explores an innovative partnership between forward-thinking schools, carefully selected NGOs, businesses, and philanthropists. Using a shared-value model, espoused by Harvard Business School's Michael Porter, these partner segments work together to create deep, authentic experiences in global citizenship for full-school communities.

    Learn how a group of independent school educators used this model to create the Global Schools Coalition (GSC), an organization of college preparatory schools that share in the resources of Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder to create a broad range of programming for students, faculty, and school communities. The core of this programming includes service-based, international courses in global citizenship and professional development for teachers. The educational aim is to build cohesive, innovative global identities for school communities applying the shared value model.

  3. Eat well - Study well Ana Letícia Moraes, Sharon Halaban, Talita Pessoa, St. Paul's School

    How healthy habits influences pupils academic performance. Creative ways to encourage teenagers to have a healthy life.

  4. Using protocols to engage pupils and enhance learning Siobhain Allum, Victoria Hughes, St. Paul’s School

    This workshop will focus on sharing with participants some brief information regarding the development and success of protocols (structured routines) in the educational setting, before turning to some practical hands on examples of a variety of routines which can be used across all age ranges and subjects to engage pupils and enhance their learning.

  5. Creative ways of engaging in maths and English Thishani Wijesinghe, Bethan Hindley, St Pauls School

    We will be sharing techniques and strategies to motivate and engage learners in core subjects. Our strategies work by providing students with a challenge but also mean they learn whilst having fun, debunking the myth that core subjects are boring! We also invite you to bring successful strategies from your lessons to the workshop, in order to share ideas with each other.

  6. Newly appointed secondary head’s survival kit to remain alive at Bede’s María Laura Provvisionato, María Castiñeiras, Guillermina Caruso, Bertie Noble, Bede’s Grammer School

    The purpose of this workshop will be to share with the audience how we work in our Secondary School: how a credits system works, how students can decide on what they want to study, the importance of tutorials and the appointment of prefects to build leadership skills. We will share, from different perspectives, the obstacles we encountered in the process, the impact those pillars have in our students, and how they helped to build autonomous learners.

  7. Great Mission! but Poor Vision? John Heard, CIS

    Does your school have a great mission statement but in reality a poor overall vision? This session will attempt to unravel the Pandora’s Box of various fundamental statements used by schools. Which is your favourite statement du jour – philosophy, mission, vision, values, objectives, goals or something else?

    What does it all mean and what fits where? How can schools use these important guiding principles to improve the quality of education they offer?

  8. Promoting autonomous learning in creative classrooms Karin Holle, Colegio Altair

    If you want your students to think out of the box, try to transform your class using innovative strategies. I will share my personal experience and the strategies used to develop autonomous and active learning in a creative environment while challenging the students to exceed given standards and their own expectations.

16:00 – 17:00
  1. Developing a schoolwide vocabulary for teaching Tom Gething, Lancaster School

    This workshop is sharing how our school went through the process of creating a common language of teaching, from early years all the way to the diploma classrooms. That language now feeds into a performance development process and our CPDL program.

  2. Developing a successful PSE programme in Secondary Patricia Moane, San Silvestre School

    The objective of this workshop is to share different elements which contribute to the success of a PSE (Personal and Social Education) programme in Secondary.

  3. Creativity in the bubble: facilitating a 'growth mindset' in our schools Luke Liddle, ISCA

    Thinking outside the box, questioning the norm, problem-solving, acknowledging cultural differences, innovation; these are all creative qualities our students will need in order to be the entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of their future economy. But how do we enable this in our schools that are, by their very nature, within a bubble of independent schooling? This workshop aims to build on the notion of a 'fixed' versus 'growth' mindset, and take a pragmatic look at the challenges and ways we can push creativity in our schools to better prepare our students for their futures.

  4. Build it and they will come! The transformation of a secondary school library Sofia Sengenberger, St Andrews Scots School

    In this workshop, after a brief introduction on the concept of Student Centred Learning, we will discuss how spaces, layout and design foster different learning predispositions and opportunities for students and adults nurturing collaboration and creativity. We will share a story of transformation: from Library to Learner Space in St. Andrew’s Scots School and there will be time for Q&As.

  5. Thinking small about thinking big James Diver, St. Paul’s School

    Looking at how small changes around a school can have a big impact

  6. Generating creative ideas through theatre and art techniques Simone Rebelo, Rodrigo Seidl, St. Paul’s School

    This workshop aims to investigate a set of theatre and art techniques that can be used to generate and stimulate creative ideas which can then be used to produce dramatic performances, art pieces, or creative writing. This is a practical workshop in which participants will try out the activities themselves and discuss how these can be implemented in lessons.

  7. Ensuring progress and English language acquisition whilst respecting children’s right to play Amy Clifford, Juliana Reydon, St. Paul’s School; Laura Falsztyn, Jennifer Fletcher, St Nicholas School

    In this workshop, we will share practice, presenting our approach to learning in the early years, the uniqueness of our school settings and the challenges we face. The workshop aims to bring together professionals who work in early years settings to share ideas, problem-solve challenges and discuss some of our fundamental beliefs about early childhood education and bilingualism.

  8. Retirement planning for expatriate teachers Christopher Wicks, Bridgewater Financial Services

    This will be an interactive discussion of the key retirement issues facing expatriate teachers, including: How much do you need? Funding options, state and teachers’ pension, investment in retirement, estate planning, questions.

  9. Exploring power relations and recognising potential in educational settings ACER Brasil

    This will be an interactive workshop to which it is hoped that participants will come completely open-minded. The workshop will be co-led by a group of young teenagers from ACER Brasil. We shall explore the relations of power that exist but are often not explicit in the teacher-pupil relationship as well as open the debate on the different ways of perceiving potential in pupils, and what this means for teachers in their day-to-day professional activities. This will be an interactive workshop to which it is hoped that participants will come completely open-minded. The workshop will be co-led by a group of young teenagers from ACER Brasil. We shall explore the relations of power that exist but are often not explicit in the teacher-pupil relationship as well as open the debate on the different ways of perceiving potential in pupils, and what this means for teachers in their day-to-day professional activities.

10:00 – 11:00
  1. London College of Music exams Lee Ward, St. Paul’s School

    This is to introduce the concept of practical vocal and instrumental exams and written music theory examinations for pupils in our schools. Currently the LCM is the only award making body which visits South America. St. Paul’s is the only school in Brazil offering these exams. The exams are internationally recognised and offer a readymade, quantifiable curriculum for music teaching in our schools which our pupils enjoy the challenge of.

  2. The creative teacher Rosario Mendivil de Mata, San Silvestre School

    This workshop will look at the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century teaching and learning paradigm to developing and nurturing creative teachers.

  3. Drama: un recurso creativo mediante el uso de juegos teatrales como motivadores en el aula Carmen Robinson, San Silvestre School

    El arte dramático posee una serie de dinámicas que pueden ser utilizados como motivadores en el aula. Muchas de estas dinámicas aplicadas en el aula apoyan a la creación literaria. Al hacer más vívida la experiencia mejora la visualización de acciones, personajes y ambiente de lo que deseamos contar. Estos ejercicios son también un buen punto de partida para desarrollar otras habilidades como el trabajo en equipo, la escucha, la atención y la autoevaluación. En este taller los asistentes experimentarán de manera interactiva algunas de estas dinámicas.

  4. Teacher Education and Professional Development: An International Perspective Peter Sorensen, Nottingham University

    International research indicates that teacher quality is a key factor in determining the learning of students. In the so-called ‘knowledge age’, teachers are tasked with preparing students for more uncertain futures. Lists of skills required of teachers to prepare students effectively, and of students in being prepared for a globalised future, abound. Common to many such lists are an emphasis on ‘creativity’ and ‘collaboration’. However, teacher education standards in many countries have limited focus on such skills and where certification is required it tends to be non-portable.

    The increasingly interconnected world has also seen a huge growth in the number of international schools, where particular challenges and opportunities arise in relation to teachers’ professional development. This workshop draws on the experience of the highly successful Post Graduate Certificate of Education (International) (PGCEi) course, based at the University of Nottingham, in examining the features of teacher education courses that have the potential to support teachers across international contexts. These features will be examined in the light of the experiences of the participants in the workshop. The aim will be to identify and share processes that can help support teachers’ professional development in their schools.

  5. Creative ways of ensuring positive transition between schools Christopher Newton, St. Paul’s School

    The transition from primary to secondary school (moving from Years 6-7/ages 11-12 years old) presents challenges and opportunities. Significant factors to consider in this transition process are the academic and social changes occurring during this particular phase in a child’s life. From empirical research on transition which I have conducted over the past three years, I will focus on the social, emotional and academic adjustment of pupils to change. The first part of the workshop will cover my experiences relating to transition. Rich data from questionnaires and interviews with students, teachers and parents will also inform my understanding of the transition process. I will then suggest creative ways in which an exciting and positive transition can be ensured for all parties concerned with the process. Participants will be asked to contribute their thoughts and share experiences of the transition process.

  6. Encouraging creativity in humanities – sharing best practice Alistair Kennedy, Rodrigo Seidl, St. Paul’s School

    The workshop shall begin with a presentation on use of IT, flipped learning and drama in the history department at St. Paul’s School. Participants will break into smaller groups to discuss the effectiveness of their own practice, and share best practice. Each group will share their findings and discuss the benefits and challenges of the strategies identified. The workshop will close with an opportunity for participants to share contact details and establish clusters so that they can share their experiences and resources.

  7. Enhancing teaching and learning through a closer understanding of students Derek Devine, GL Assessment

    This workshop will outline how data from assessments of ability and attitudes are essential to build up a true picture of the student.

    Derek Devine, GL Education’s International Consultant, will explain how, by combining these two data sets, we can see things from both the teacher’s and the learner’s perspective to understand what we should expect of them and what they feel capable of.

      With reference to case study material from international schools Derek will explain how the data helps you to:
    • Identify Gifted and SEN students, as well as underachievers
    • Set realistic, but challenging targets
    • Understand the causes behind disengaged groups or individuals
    • Reveal fragile learners who may lack the resilience to face challenges
  8. Creative mathematics classes Alan Downie, LAHC

    We will explore both finding creative ways to approach the teaching and learning of mathematics as well as using mathematics as a vehicle for fostering creativity. Appropriate for all ages and abilities – come prepared to be challenged!

  9. Teacher appraisal Andy Cino, Newton College

    "….traditional teacher evaluation is a failed system. It doesn’t improve student learning, it is immensely time and energy consuming and it destroys the culture of trust in schools." (Powell & Kusuma Powell: Teacher Supervision, 2015) We will examine this statement and propose models that are effective and do not destroy the culture of trust in schools.

On the morning of Friday 7th April, there will be a number of different networking activities for you to choose from, all leaving from the Melia Jardim Europa and arriving at St. Paul’s in time for lunch.

The first three activities are being offered by IntheKnow, and they would be more than happy to assist you if you are interested in doing any other activities or guided tours while you are here. Find out more about Claudia, Caro and their company, which specialises in cultural immersion experiences for tourists and expats, on their website here: Intheknow

About IntheKnow

IntheKnow offers exclusive socio-cultural activities specially tailored for foreigners living in Brazil and Brazilians who like to enjoy the best of Brazilian culture: art, music, dance, gastronomy, literature, landscapes and local culture. We plan our activities carefully to provide enjoyable and authentic Brazilian experiences - a unique combination of cultural enrichment in a welcoming environment.

IntheKnow partners Carolina Casañas-Giraldez and Claudia Kiatake are personally dedicated to design and provide a variety of interesting activities that combine Carolina’s experience and input as an expat for more than 20 years and Claudia’s local insight and previous experience as an event organiser.

Included in all tours:

  • One bilingual local guide
  • One IntheKnow representative
  • Snacks for the group during the morning
  • Private transportation
  • One security person
Cost of the tours: R$160 per person (approx. US$50)


Option 1 – Tour of Vila Madalena

Vila Madalena is a neighbourhood in the Pinheiros district in the western part of the city of São Paulo. It is known for its history as a centre of bohemian culture and art, filled with dozens of art galleries and studios and a series of graffiti-covered streets and alleys. Vila Madalena is also known for its bustling nightlife, with an eclectic mix of lively restaurants and bars.

Vila Madalena was originally populated by farmers, but between 1920 and 1930, many Portuguese immigrants started to arrive to work in the electricity industry and Vila Madalena became a middle class neighbourhood. Later, in the 70s, the area was invaded by the students of one of the most reputable Universities in the city (USP) and soon new bars, restaurants and small shops started to appear, attracting intellectuals and artists and giving Vila Madalena a real bohemian vibe. In the 90s, the neighbourhood had a real estate boom and more sophisticated bars, restaurants and shops were opened, as well as top galleries that came to accompany, in contrast, the area's famous and vibrant street art.

8.45 am Meeting point at Hotel Melia Jardim Europa
9:00 – 9.30 am Transportation of the group to Vila Madalena
9.30 – 11.30 am Guided tour of Vila Madalena: street art, galleries, local shops
11.30 – 12.00 Transportation to St. Paul’s School
Option 2 – Football Museum and Municipal Market

Inaugurated on 29th September 2008, the football museum was created to tell the story of Brazilian football, and also the history of Brazilian people. The museum is a tribute to the Brazilian passion for the ball that unifies and separates, and the joy and pride that Brazilians feel for what it is one of the country’s most recognizable cultural manifestations. At the museum the emphasis is very much on technology and interactivity. The museum covers 6,900 square metres (1.7 acres) and is installed in one of the most beautiful Brazilian stadiums, Paulo Machado de Carvalho Municipal Stadium – better known as Pacaembu – located across Charles Miller Square in São Paulo. On the way out, a door allows you to contemplate the Pacaembu stadium from the inside.

The Mercado Municipal da Cantareira, also known affectionately by paulistanos as the Mercadão ("big market") is a vast public space illuminated by stained-glass windows that houses not only wholesale and retail stands specialising in fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats, spices and other food products, but also a mezzanine lined with restaurants overlooking the action bellow and offering traditional Brazilian food. Built in a somewhat eclectic classical style designed by architect Francisco Ramos de Azevedo, the market was opened in 1933. Along the front facade there are some enormous stained-glass windows which are the work of Germano-Brazilian artist Conrao Sorgenicht Filho and which celebrate the daily lives of agricultural workers during the golden age of São Paulo's coffee economy. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in the city.

8.15 am Meeting point at Hotel Melia Jardim Europa
8.30 – 9.00 am Transportation of the group to the Football Museum
9.00 – 10.00 am Football Museum visit
10.00 – 1.30 am Transportation of the group to the Municipal Market
10.30 – 11.30 am Visit to the Municipal Market with tropical fruit tasting
11.30 – 12.00 Transportation to St. Paul’s School
Option 3 – Ibirapuera Park and Afro-Brazilian Museum

Built in 1954 under the supervision of Oscar Niemeyer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of São Paulo, Ibirapuera Park, or “Ibira”, for locals, is the most important urban park of the city. The park offers so many attractions that you won’t be able to visit them all in one single day. Apart from the walking paths, the courts and playgrounds, “Ibira” is also a cultural place. The park houses some of São Paulo’s main museums, sculptures, monuments and beautiful gardens and hosts different events along the year. It is the Central Park of the paulistanos.

The Afro Brazilian Museum is a visual lesson about the history of Brazil and a must-see for anyone interested in learning about Brazilian origins. This is the biggest museum in the country dedicated to Afro-Brazilian culture, with more than 6 million works of art spread across 7 square metres. Brazilian artist Emanoel Araújo founded the museum in 2004 and donated 5,000 works from his personal collection to the museum at the time of its inauguration. The museum’s main objective is to recognise and enhance the visibility and appreciation of Brazil’s black population, which nowadays represents more than 50% of the population of Brazil.

8.45 am Meeting point at Hotel Melia Jardim Europa
9:00 – 9.30 am Transportation of the group to Ibirapuera Park
9.30 – 10.30 am Guided tour of selected points of the park
10.30 – 11.30 TGuided tour of the Afro Brazilian Museum
11.30 – 12.00 pm Transportation to St. Paul’ School
Option 4 – Five-A-Side Football Tournament

Why not continue with what is now an LAHC tradition, and take part in the 5-a-side football tournament at St. Paul’s School? This activity has no cost.