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.
I greet you all in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
As I write this Easter Message, I pray that it will be a great pondering challenge for you and your families as you spend this time together. As we reenact the passion of Christ this Easter, I pray that will be born anew in his death and resurrection.
‘What’s the key to effective learning?’ That question has been the focus of Professor John Hattie’s academic research for more than 20 years. His latest research supports the conclusion that “it’s not just what you know, it’s what you know about what you know - and it’s what you know about how you know” that is crucial for new leaning to occur.
A magical evening was held recently, to celebrate the successes of our BigFutures, Social Responsibility projects. The donors and volunteers, who support this initiative in various ways, were honoured at an Evensong and subsequent Cocktail Party, hosted by the St Peter’s Foundation.
On Wednesday, 13 March St Peter’s Girls Prep hosted an Inter-schools Robotics League event. 80 students from 10 schools attended. At the event the children from the different schools were mixed into pairs. This provided them with the opportunity to meet other people and learn new skills.
St Peter’s Prep Schools, through the Transformation arm of the Parents Association, hosted another successful “My Story” evening with over 80 parents and staff in attendance. This time a special guest was invited; Roy Gluckman, a diversity and inclusion specialist.
Music is a valuable part of a well-rounded education. From maths and science to reading and beyond, children perform better in almost every area when there is music in the curriculum. At St Peter’s it all starts in the Junior Prep, where a love of music is nurtured. At the same time, our wish is that the girls enjoy a variety of activities that give them experiential knowledge of music concepts that will be reinforced throughout their musical journey at St Peter’s Prep and beyond. Alongside these, it is evident that music helps to develop critical life skills.
On Thursday, 19 February, we hosted our Middle School and Senior Prep Inter-house Galas. A new format to our galas was introduced this year, which was well received by all. We continued with our 50m individual races and had one 25m individual race.
VISION: Growing servant leaders within our St Peter’s family to uplift our community for their big futures.
In order to create a more sustainable and meaningful impact within our community, St Peter’s Boys Prep and Girls Prep have chosen Sefikeng Primary as our partner school. We will concentrate all our time, effort and resources on their Foundation Phase. Each St Peter’s child and our staff will have an opportunity to make a contribution in some way. We would like to invite you to volunteer too, as we make a difference together!
It’s that time again, what do we give up for lent? Not always an easy question. Some of us make it hard for ourselves and give up a lot and others tend to not really stretch the boundaries too far. Anyway Lent is the forty days before Easter that we give something up or take something on to show our love and commitment to God.
‘A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’
– Arundhati Roy.
In order to support our own health and that of our children, we invited Ela Manga to talk St Peter’s Prep staff and parents about a way of managing our stress and that of our children. As she says: Dysfunctional breathing habits develop over time due to chronic stress, poor posture or past trauma. These unconscious habits, in turn, exacerbate the stress response and push tension even deeper into the body.