Linking with other cultures, other students, other realities, other provinces, other countries is essential in today’s global world. Boundaries cease to be the limit they once were. In San Silvestre we educate our students to face the challenges and responsibilities of living in the world beyond their immediate reality.
As a result of the broad scope of activities that the school offers including study trips, exchange programmes, international examinations, international championships, community service and conferences, San Silvestre pupils are global citizens.
School trips are a unique opportunity for our girls - they include field trips, cultural trips, language enhancement trips .
An excursion or school trip is one of the best tools that we can use to provide every student with real-world experiences; each experience that a student participates in contributes to their understanding of the world. When students leave the classroom, they see the connections between what is happening at school and in the ‘real-world’. Our communities are rich learning laboratories; students are able to access tools and environments that are not available at school. Each experience solidifies learning and supports the learning of important academic concepts. School trips also enhance social relationships with staff and students; students always return to school exhausted, enriched and exhilarated.
Past trips have included the following national and international destinations:
Our programme of outdoor adventure activities benefit our students in a multitude of ways: physical, mental exercise, character and confidence building, social skills, life balance.
Our challenging and action packed activities are designed to meet our girls’ needs and interests and a simultaneously the girls learn team building skills, responsible risk taking, resilience, codependence, tolerance and self-confidence! We offer a broad spectrum of possibilities for our girls to grow and fulfill their maximum potential. Destinations for outdoor pursuits include:
Service-learning refers to “learning that actively involves students in a wide range of experiences, which benefits others and the wider community, while also advancing the goals of the curriculum.”
Girls in Form III, IV and V are invited to participate in Service Learning trips organised within Peru. They are wonderful opportunities to be of service to others and at the same time, learn about different realities and traditions. Past projects have involved trips to:
San Silvestre offers students the opportunity to cultivate their personal independence, ambitions, opinions, beliefs, and how they see the world around them. We create an inclusive culture to encourage our girls to find their voice and develop critical skills through different leadership trainings.
San Silvestre offers the Duke of Edinburgh's International award for girls in Form II upwards. The award program requires participants to show a sustained commitment over a period of time to developing a physical activity, a skill and providing community service. Participants are also required to plan and complete an adventurous journey. In the adventurous journey participants must be completely self-sufficient. This requires them to plan and navigate a route, carry all the camping equipment they need to be completely self sufficient and travel by non motorised form of transport (walking, cycling etc). Last year the bronze level participants completed their journey in Obrajillo.
Participation in this activity fosters many life skills and character strengths including resilience, leadership, problem solving, team work.
To find out more about the award vist http://intaward.org
During the May school holidays, Form V students and their Form Teachers travel to Cusco on their traditional Prom Trip. During this time girls forge friendships, enjoy time with their peers and visit an array of cultural sites including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. They also dedicate one day to a social service in Maras and they deliver the money they have raised from different fundraising activities. They learn weaving and clay sculpture techniques from the local people and then enjoy a community lunch. Every Prom Trip is an unforgettable experience!
Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a country or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
The culmination of the MUN experience for many is the annual international MUN conference. In recent years San Silvestre students have attended the prestigious Harvard Model United Nations in Boston with a delegation of 20 girls. This event enables San Silvestre students to engage in high level debates and to interact with students from around the world. Students also visit the campuses of MIT and Harvard. The MUN group is very active, growing and entirely student run. It provides opportunities for girls to organize, debate and have fun.
Round Square is a world-wide association of more than 180 Global Member schools on six continents sharing unique and ambitious goals. San Silvestre was accepted as a Round Square Candidate school in December 2017. Students attending Round Square schools make a strong commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility. This is achieved by participating in community service, work projects, exchange programmes and adventure, which can, and often does, take students to the other side of the world.
Round Square is based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn. Dr. Hahn, one of the twentieth century's foremost revolutionaries in education, believed that schools should have a greater purpose beyond preparing students for college and university. He believed that it was crucial for young people to prepare for life by having them face it directly and experience it in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution.
Our girls have opportunities to travel and compete nationally and internationally with their sports teams. They travel with sports coaches and girls from different grade levels.
The benefits of these trips are endless, they i) Motivate and take the Game / Sport to the another level, ii) Build teams, iii) Forge cross cultural connections, iv) Build close friendships, v) Sharpen time management skills, vi) Correlate with career success
Traveling together has an immense impact on a group of young athletes; it is stimulating and fun and lifelong memories are always created!