In these uncertain and challenging times, divisions and tensions have escalated globally and the College has not been immune. Stories of racism at the College surfaced on social media last week. As already communicated, the specific student at the forefront of these was immediately suspended and has since left the College.
Unfortunately, the College Council has been led to believe this was not an isolated occurrence. It has since been alerted to a number of other incidents that are also cause for alarm. Accusations and counter-accusations have been made in public which have escalated divisions and tensions. Impatience and frustrations have also risen.
Despite some perceptions to the contrary, the Council responded immediately by establishing an independent committee to look into these matters. This Committee is not only made up of representatives from Council, the College (staff and students), parents and alumni, but also has an independent member. The Committee has been drawn up to reflect the diversity at the College.
St Peter’s College, a Christian private institution a little over 20 years old, entered the education arena and mental grounding allowing them to cope with life’s challenges and correctly assimilate a world that often presents conflicting messages. We have always purposed that our students, regardless of any negative external influences, be best equipped to make the right choices; that they always consciously choose to do what is just and noble. Part of this includes an ever-present focus on diversity and inclusion that creates cohesion amongst the students and enables them to have rich and fulfilling personal and professional relationships beyond the school gate.
As we start the journey of phasing in the return of live teaching to St Peter’s College, we would like to share the work that has been done to keep you informed and to reassure you that the campus will be ready and secure on Monday, 1 June 2020.
The Matric year of 2020 signifies a challenge for us as a St Peter’s College community.
You might be feeling stressed and overwhelmed, but before you know it, the end of the year and the Matric Final Examinations will be upon us. St Peter’s College challenges you to give it everything you’ve got, and know that whatever happens next, you’ve got what it takes to achieve the best possible Matric results.
The Lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been an opportunity for St Peter’s College to embrace online learning.
I want to thank our Deputy Headmistress of Academics, Mrs Shelly Matthews, as well as, our Director of Learning Technology, Mr Steve Tudhope for driving the online initiative. I want to commend them for putting together the attached online survey and the Online Teaching plan which is a response to the feedback we received from our parents and students.
In light of the announcement from the President, I thought it would be beneficial to share some book-related resources to help get us through the next few weeks, both in terms of our school work, and reading for relaxation and escape.
Before I start, I encourage all of you to try and read more at this time. Reading is (typically) a low-screen time form of entertainment and escapism. Reading allows us to process our thoughts and feelings through the thoughts and feelings of our favorite characters. This is helpful in a challenging time like this. There is a book out there for everyone
On the occasion of the 22nd Anniversary of St Peter’s College, it is both a privilege and an honour for me to congratulate the Matric class of 2019 on an outstanding set of results, which further reinforces our reputation for academic excellence.
On Tuesday, 28 May, the Grade 5 girls, accompanied by four teachers, went on their much-anticipated ‘St Peter’s College Experience Day’ outing. The girls were welcomed by an outstanding Marimba performance by the students and later received the opportunity to watch a talent-filled musical showcase in the MADDitorium.
On Tuesday, 21 May, the Grade 5 boys and class teachers (Mrs Faul, Mr Clackworthy, Mr Steenberg, and Mr Vuso) spent the day at the College as part of the annual St Peter’s High School Experience Day.