At Eupheus, as we move towards the end of our second school year, we are very pleased and proud to celebrate being accredited as a Cambridge Assessment International School, the unprecedented fantastic growth in our student numbers for September 2021 and the realisation that our school has, in a very short period of time, become renowned throughout the Algarve for its commitment to the highest quality of teaching and learning. Ultimately a place where all strive “To be the best that we can be”.
The Eupheus educational project was profoundly influenced by the holistic and integrated vision of education presented in the Report based on the paradigms of lifelong learning and the four pillars of learning: learning to know, that is, acquiring the instruments of understanding; learning to do, so as to be able to act creatively on one’s environment; learning to live together so as to participate and co-operate with other people in all human activities; learning to be, an essential progression which proceeds from the previous three. Of course, these four paths of knowledge all form a whole, because there are many points of contact, intersection, and exchange among them.
This is reflected throughout the school through the adoption of the Cambridge Assessment International Curriculum. A Cambridge education prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Cambridge students develop the skills they need to achieve at school, university and work.
In this day and age, a quality education is no longer based primarily on fact acquisition. In today’s world, active learning requires knowing what to do with information, that is, how to analyse it, make sense of its abundance and complexity, cooperate with others to synthesize information, and communicate the results.
We believe at Eupheus that a quality education is only possible through challenges that arise, expectations that are created, hypotheses that are proposed and verified, and discoveries that are made through the implementation of interactive and cooperative learning strategies, centred on the development of critical thinking skills.
Therefore, we have adopted an educational approach centred around the functional aspects of learning: learning to know which presupposes learning to learn, so as to benefit from the opportunities education provides throughout life. This model of teaching and learning implies the active participation of students in the understanding of and the ability to attach meaning to objects and events in the contexts in which they are or occur. This allows each student to embrace and understand the dynamics of learning and acquire learning skills which, in turn, will allow them to become lifelong learners. Learning to live together requires that we understand ourselves and others, develop empathy and respect for each other.
Within Eupheus, the development of our students’ social skills is achieved through the promotion of experiences based on respect for democratic values, human rights, cultural and spiritual diversity, the preservation of local, national, and international cultural heritage, for nature and the environment.
This is how at Eupheus we strive “To be the best that we can be”.