Not so long ago, at least from your parents’ perspective, social media was not part of society. There were traditional media, and there was a social connection, and neither had any real relevance to the other. Information was shared face-to-face, over the phone, in a letter, or via the grapevine.
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.
This week, as per normal, the Winter Sports of Rugby, Chess, Netball, Hockey, Equestrian, Squash, and Cross Country will have their three, even four sessions. Videos, team challenges, online competitions, and specific skills training will continue throughout the week. Augmented by the stunning BelievePerform platform on offer for our athletes, our active bodies can de-stress and enjoy their pursuits even during the lockdown
Can you believe we are in the third week on the online programme for Co-Curricular activities at St Peter’s already?
It is quite incredible how human beings, particularly young people, are embracing challenges and a new way of doing things! I want to salute our students that have participated and made use of the programme to de-stress and find joy in their being! I would be remiss in not mentioning the incredible efforts made by our teachers to ensure we offer a rich and varied programme. Finally, parents, you are welcome to join in on any of the activities
Welcome to the Believe Perform Platform - The world’s leading source of performance psychology, well-being, and mental health content for the sports community. Please find a welcome video from Duncan Woods who is the Director of Planet K2 (South Africa) attached.
I am so proud of our students who have given everything on the sports fields, courts and pools this term. It has been remarkable to see them all make an impact.
We are extremely excited for half-term, where we will be hosting the Old Petrian’s Girls Water Polo and T20 Cricket Tournament.
The 2020 Inter-house Gala started on a high, with each house being led into tWahoo, the venue of the day, with a chorus of war cries that echoed back overlapping each other. Soon thereafter the races began. As soon as the first people had dived into the pool, the stands erupted into a mixture of war cries and cheers for individual swimmers.
On Saturday, 18 January and Sunday, 19 January 2020, St Peter’s College got invited to the prestigious St Benedict’s Tennis Festival. The schools that got invited were St John’s, Selborne, St Stithians, Westville, Cornwall Hill, KES, HTS Middelburg and Clifton. The Top 5 boys got invited to play at this festival. Matthew Harris, Adriano Costa, Keagan Rousseau, Alex Kristov and Bailey Rousseau stepped on the St Benedict’s courts with confidence.
The 16th annual St Peter’s College Sports and Cultural Festival is happening from Thursday to Sunday, 19 - 22 September 2019. We look forward to welcoming over 3,000 students from different schools to this hugely vibrant and fun event that we all look forward to every year.