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The Great Adventure of the Jesuits

It was November 1, 1755. King D. José was returning from Mass when suddenly the ground began to shake. A short time later, a giant wave invaded the city, and eventually set off fires that destroyed many homes and churches. After the great tragedy, D. José called Sebastião de Carvalho e Melo to rebuild Lisbon. And, gaining the King’s trust, he carried out many changes, including a long campaign to arrest and condemn the Society of Jesus, kind defenders of the Indians and teachers of our language and religion. But the Jesuits were determined to continue with their mission…

Text and illustration of the students of The College of St. John of Brito, 2014



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A full auditorium for the presentation of a book – which tells the story, written from the creative reflection and shared by more than a hundred 5th graders, which is inspired by the motto that annually brings together the whole school – has proved to be the point of enthusiastic arrival of a journey carried out throughout a school year.

In this path of experiential learning, curiosity, creativity, effort, persistence, resilience and commitment are mobilized, students are challenged to reflect, give ideas, ponder alternatives and propose solutions, acquire skills, skills, content and realize transversality of knowledge and expressions. Students learn. And they’re thrilled.

Margaret Chambel,

Pedro Arrupe College