By R. Liaw
Interview by L. Maksoud & S. Celulari
Just last week, St Paul's selected the new batch of foundation students that will be joining us next year, so, Sophia and I would like to welcome Ana Claudia, Elisa, Antonio and Gregorio into our school! Here is an interview we conducted with Mr Wilkinson, the head of the school's fundação. Hopefully this will enlighten you on what exactly the fundação is and how it works.
Just to give our audiences who aren't familiar with it yet- what exactly is the foundation?
"The foundation's aim is to provide full scholarships for talented students to study at St. Paul's School. We define talented in the broadest manner, be it in academic subjects, sports, music or the arts. We are a not-for-profit organization, but do not see ourselves as a charity, rather an intermediary for fair exchange. Whilst our scholars will receive all of the advantages that St Paul's has to offer, they will in turn enrich the school environment with their special talents and alternative perspectives on life. The foundation has a very staged selection process, that aims to find the best young talent to be a scholar. All the criteria and phases can be found here: https://www.fundacaostpauls.org.br/how-to-apply/."
What would you say were the foundation's highlights in this academic year?
"Aug 19: we had two scholars coming in to school (JP and Winter) and we were happy to see how well the school and community accepted them.
Aug 19: Also in the beginning of the academic year, we had 8 fantastic candidates starting the preparation course for the whole year (from Aug 2019 to June 2020). The prep course is one important step of the selection process, when the candidates attend English lessons at Cultura Inglesa + masterclasses at St. Paul's with school's teachers. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to boost their language skills and to find out more about the school and the curriculum. Teachers also get to know the candidates and to start thinking about which of them will fit in the school as a scholar.
Apr 20: We had a record number of applicants (164) to the scholarship programme 2021 entry. We also are proud to notice the quality of the new applicants. These applicants will be assessed, and the best ones will start a new prep course next academic year.
June 20: We were able to accept 4 new scholars from the 8 candidates (2020 entry). We are very happy to be one of the biggest families in the school (with 5 children)."
How do you think the foundation is changing these students' lives?
"Education is the least. It gives them a whole new way of thinking - expansion of horizons. Developing confidence in themselves that they can really do what they set their minds do We suggest that you watch our video about the characters involved in the foundation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7uxZEfyCyk."
How do you think the foundation is a good thing for the school community itself?
"Diversity is always good for cultures - think London and New York - great exciting places because they bring together so many different perspectives and experiences. Donors and Parents have referred to the ‘bubble’ - scholars help breakout with new ways of looking into life. Scholars inspire teachers, pupils, parents and staff to do more - raise the bar concept"
What do you foresee in the foundation's future? How are you planning to innovate? Any plans?
We expect to keep attracting talented students to the programme and to have more support from the school's community - be it in support, collaboration or funding.
What do you look for in students joining the program?
We have a set of criteria, but the most important thing (apart from the language potential) is the drive and commitment to benefit from all the opportunities that this scholarship programme brings.
By: I. Fischer
Have you been feeling bored at home? If so, I guarantee this list will keep you busy during quarantine.
2. Read a new book (or start a book series).
3. Binge watch a tv show.
4. Clean up your room.
5. Create new playlists.
6. Call your friends.
7. Sleep in!
8. Learn a new skill.
9. Make time for your hobbies.
10. Play a board game with your family.
11. Build a fort (living room style).
12. Finally get around decluttering “that” drawer.
13. Watch a documentary about something that interests you.
15. Re-watch your favorite movies.
16. Go through old pictures on your phone.
17. Wear comfy clothes.
18. Pamper yourself.
19. Learn a new language.
20. Play an instrument or learn how to play one!
21.Take a long shower.
22.Plan healthy meals.
23.Sketch anything that you like.
24.Delete old emails.
25.Browse the internet for an interesting blog.
26.Research about a time period that interests you.
27.Video call your friends while you watch the same movie.
28.Have an indoor picnic.
29.Memorise the lyrics to your favourite song.
30.Make a list about literally anything!
32.Learn a new word or quote.
33.Listen to a podcast (for example, a podcast that talks about the BLM movement).
34.Allow yourself to be a little lazy, it’s normal to feel unproductive now.
35.Learn more about a country’s history.
36.Call your relatives.
38.Try a DIY (look at Pinterest for inspiration).
40.Use cutouts, magazines and photos to make a mood board or a collage.
41.Write a ghost story.
42.Set your phone aside for 24 hours.
43.Go on a quest for new music.
44.Spend less time on social media.
45.Try out a new recipe.
46.Take online quizzes (on websites like buzzed, uquiz or quotev).
47.Read the news, so you can be updated on current events.
48.Have a movie marathon with snacks.
49.Play a video game.
50.Create better habits, and get rid of bad habits (such as skipping a meal or not drinking enough water).
Lastly, don’t feel pressure to “do it all” now that you’re stuck at home. Actually try to enjoy the time you have to relax!
By: G. Castilla
Okay, so let's cut to the chase here.
Is the Mandela effect real? What actually is the “Mandela effect”?. I’ll start
off by asking you some simple, cult-classic questions.
Did Darth Vader ever actually say “Luke, I am your father” in the Star Wars saga? Does the evil queen in Snow White actually ask her mirror: “Mirror, Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all”? Does Pikachu have a black tail tip? In the song “We are the Champions” by Queen, does the band finish their popular hit off with “of the world”?
The answers to all of these questions are simply: No.
Then why do we remember information like that? These slight misunderstandings are referred to as being the results of the Mandela effect. It relates to a situation where we remember something different to what actually happened, however, we still feel as if our gut - our memory - is correct.
So, here is some backstory and valid information for you to really understand what this misterious fenomena is about and why is it relevant nowadays. First off, our brains inform us of information which we consider truthful, when in fact, it isn’t. This is because our brain’s are inable to wholly generate authentic thoughts and to completely retain memories. The effect is described as being a “collective of false memories”. The Mandela effect is named after the South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandela. This is because of the common misunderstanding related to Mandela, where various people remember he died in prison back in 1962, when he actually died due to a respiratory infection in 2013, already out of prison.
This misinformation was first seen and acknowledged when self-proclaimed “paranormal consultant” Fiona Broome recollected memories of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in 1962. She even recalled news coverage of the event and his then wife making a speech about him and his death. It was then found that more people had the same recollections as her, and so this concept, this effect, was created.
Scientists believe this is due to the unconscious manufacture of misunderstood memories, called confabulation. This condition is common in day to day life where false memories happen regularly, and people try to “fill in the gaps” of their memories with false ones. However, various conspiracy theorists affirm that the Mandela effect is proof - or an example of - the existence of alternative universes.
In fact, Darth Vader actually says: “No, I am your father”, the evil queen says “magic mirror on the wall” (instead of “mirror mirror”), Pikachu’s tail does not have a black tip and “We are the Champions” does not finish with “… of the world”.
if you want to know more about this subject, I recommend searching on specialized websites and also on Youtube! (My tip is to search for "Shane Dawson's conspiracy theory" videos).
By: S. McManus
For decades, perhaps one of the greatest pities in Japanese animation was Studio Ghibli’s distaste for online streaming, perceiving it as averse to their “philosophy of care and mindfulness”. Luckily for us, the founders seemed to have their mind by December of last year, when streaming services like HBO Max started hesitantly introducing some of the studio’s main features. You can now access 21 of Ghibli’s masterpieces with just a Netflix subscription, but for those who are unfamiliar yet in desperate need of some beautiful, nurturing and genius animation flicks, here’s where to start:
Introducing… the Studio Ghibli Starter Pack
(in no particular order)