As we introduced changes to our teaching methodology, we began to notice improvements in the ways the boys and girls learned. However, we were not satisfied. Many of us felt that children had the ability to learn far more quickly than was usually the case at school. We began to look at the question of motivation. What was it that held the attention of some children so completely that they were oblivious to all around them, even to offers of food?
Some of us are born with simply extraordinary talent. This type proficiency normally only achieved by a handful of adults usually results in two responses. We are either inspired to develop our own talents or we are simply overwhelmed and say, ‘I could never do that’. In the main though, most associate such brilliance with success.
If a school is to adequately prepare its students for a future described more accurately by its unknowns than its knowns, then it must include 21st Century ‘survival’ skills such as those researched by Harvard’s Dr Tony Wagner:
The enormous effect of environment on intelligence in the early years is one of the main drivers for the opening of our own St Peter’s Pre-Prep. Early Childhood Development (ECD) encompasses physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and motor development between 0 to 8 years of age.
Parents who have undergone the process of applying for places in senior schools will be able to testify to the willingness that many schools display in accepting St Peter’s pupils. Our Mission Statement includes the undertaking to prepare children for senior school and life beyond.
What follows below is the first part of an article I have written. It explains the thought and research devoted to the creation of the St Peter’s curriculum and teaching methodology. We’re dishing it up in small portions to make it easier to read.
The appearance of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa produced a deluge of news: articles, opinions and statistics. Anxiety gripped society which seemed obsessed with the worst predictions, serving only to heighten fear. We quickly realised that dealing with the panic would be likely to be more taxing than dealing with the effect of the virus itself at School.
During the lockdown period, St Peter’s Girls Prep pupils have certainly demonstrated resilience and a growth mindset, through Coding, Robotics and Online Chess.
Looking back at our final weekend of school before the holidays, albeit the strangest one we have had to date, we managed to have lots of fun.
We were meant to have our Hotdog Day, which no child wants to ever miss at St Peter’s, as well as a camp out on the school fields. The St Peter’s Families decided that something like ‘Lockdown’ was not doing to deter us from making these events happen, we would all just need to be a little more creative.
The Njilo’s staff are amazing! Thank you for all the hard work this weekend where the staff have worked non-stop to sanitise all common areas across the schools. This is an extra precaution and goes hand in hand with hygiene protocols that we must all follow when back at school tomorrow. Thank you Njilo’s from all of the St Peter’s Family!