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.
During the lockdown period, St Peter’s Girls Prep pupils have certainly demonstrated resilience and a growth mindset, through Coding, Robotics and Online Chess.
Here’s a short story about three young girls who showed tremendous resilience and grit.
Once upon a time there was a newly established robotics club and a bunch of very enthusiastic girls. They entered the serious World Robots Olympiad and this team of three young, determined ladies were placed third in their division. They worked all holiday in hopes of getting to the nationals, but got the news that they had been pipped at the post and were ranked twentieth and only the top 18 teams were to advance through to nationals. Fate smiled down on our intrepid three however and two teams dropped out of the nationals. So our band of three were suddenly headed for rAge at the Dome!