This has been a very busy week in the Boys Prep, with the roll-out of our first FLP (Flexible Learning Programme) for 2018. The aim of the programme is to give boys a chance to immerse themselves in research, learning and presentation that is self-directed, self-assessed, of high interest and requires the higher order skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
The countdown to Shrove Tuesday, or pancake Tuesday as most of us know it, has ended and this signals the beginning of the journey towards Easter. I’m still recovering from Christmas and trying to implement all those New Year’s resolutions I decided on. I’m not ready for Easter, but I have to be because time zooms on.
The new ICE Break Programme has commenced and the boys thoroughly enjoyed their first session. This programme has replaced the previous Cultural program on a Wednesday and was renamed to incorporate 21st Century skills. ICE stands for Inquiry, Creativity and Experimentation.
The Grade 5 boys are inquiring into and thinking deeply about the importance of our number system.
On Wednesday morning, parents were invited to an open morning to see Thinking Skills in action. St Peter’s Prep Schools are one of the only schools who are “Thinking Skills Accredited” and we are known as a Thinking School. We wanted to share how the Thinking Tools are used throughout the grades in every subject. In the Information Age that we live in, critical thinking is a must-have skill for all of us to live happy, meaningful and successful lives.
Parents could wander around to the various grades for the morning and listen in, witness and actually use some of the tools.
So much happens at the school and communication is typically topical and current. New parents would also be unaware of past efforts. Herewith an overview of the schools’ transformation initiatives over the last two decades and more, for your information.
Please ‘Read More’ to see Transformation Statement published by, Rector of St Peter’s Prep Schools, Mr Greg Royce.
Photo: Mr Lebogang Montjane (Executive Director of ISASA & St Peter’s Prep ‘Old Boy’) with Rector, Mr Greg Royce.
On Tuesday evening 12 September, the Foundation hosted My Father’s Coat as a fundraiser for the Isematholeni Intern programme. The St Peter’s community gathered at St Peter’s College MADDitorium to listen to Michael Charton, founder of Inherit South Africa in Cape Town, tell a story.
This story, although heard many times, was unlike other stories about our country’s history - in the way it was told.
St Peter’s Prep Schools held a Year of the Woman event on Thursday, 3 August 2017 - as a culmination of the Diversity Committee’s dedication of 2017, to women. A plaque was unveiled, in the Chapel, and blessed to mark the celebration of women’s accomplishments. An explanation of the inscription, on the plaque, was given: ‘Wathinta Abafazi, Wathintha Imbokodo’ – translated, this means, ‘You strike a woman, you strike a rock.’
Research has shown, time and again, that businesses and organisations encouraging the most effective thinking techniques are generally more successful than their competitors.