Message from the Principal

Dear Friends,

Welcome to OIS-Oeiras International School, a school full of tradition in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

Our values, originally set by the founders, have been revisited by the entire OIS community of teachers, staff, parents, students and we are proud to share these with you:

INTEGRITY – OIS fosters an honest, honourable and fair environment.

RESPECT – OIS builds character by fostering respect for ourselves and others, regardless of beliefs and creeds, as we contribute to building a better society.

COMMITMENT & SERVICE – OIS promotes reliability and dependability in work and studies, as well as selfless actions of service in the school community and beyond.

GROWTH –  OIS respects the diverse background and needs of all members of our community. Understanding these differences and working cooperatively, each individual can reach his / her full potential.

EXCELLENCE / PERSONAL CHALLENGE – OIS celebrates excellence and honours commitment to personal growth toward one’s full potential, understanding that failure is a necessary part of the path to success.

These values complement the aims of the three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes on offer at OIS:

-the Middle Years Programme(IB-MYP), in Years 6 to 11;

-the Diploma Programme (IB-DP), in Years 12 and 13;

-the Careers Programme (IB-CP), in Years 12 and 13;


Chari Empis

Principal/IBCP Coordinator

“to develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world” [from IB-learner profile].

At the end of the last school year, our Year 11 students successfully experienced the new eAssessment (in place for the 1st time in the whole world), a “high-stakes type of assessment used constructively to stimulate study, model interdisciplinary practice and inspire achievement” [Hegarthy,Gareth; MYP-New Directions, A John Catt Publication, 2016; Chapter 7, page 110]. Consequently all our Year 11 students were able to move on to Year 12.

We are proud of our students, teachers and staff who collectively took part in this innovative process which is helping us to replace the traditional ‘imperative to memorise’ with a desire to understand, to apply concepts, to relate to global contexts, to practice transfer-of-knowledge and interdisciplinary exploration, and to inquire, communicate and reflect, within the 6 years of the IB-MYP, as expressed by Gareth Hegarty, head of the IB-MYP Assessment team in Cardiff.

We are also very proud of our Class of 2016 achievements in the IB-DP and IB-CP; nevertheless as part of a learning community we are aware that for a school there is always room for improvement and correction of former oversights, so we will analyse any past short-comings and look forward to working on these over the present academic year.

A sincere welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!


Chari Empis

Principal/IBCP Coordinator