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St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference ... Part 6

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?

ST PETER'S PREP SCHOOLS: THE DIFFERENCE...PART 5

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.

St Peter's Prep Schools ... The Difference Part 4

Pre Prep Girls Prep Boys Prep  July 16, 2020 | Academics | Social and emotional | Greg Royce: Rector

Last week I began dealing with the four elements that schools had at their disposal to educate children.  Only Curriculum was covered.  Methodology, Staff and Environment follow in this part.

St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference ... Part 3

Pre Prep Girls Prep Boys Prep  July 08, 2020 | Academics | Social and emotional | Greg Royce: Rector

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:

St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference... Part 2

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.

St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference... Part 1

Pre Prep Girls Prep Boys Prep  June 24, 2020 | Academics | Social and emotional | Greg Royce: Rector

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.

St Peter's Girls Prep continue growth mindset through Coding, Robotics and Online Chess

Girls Prep  June 08, 2020 | Academics | Cultural | Kerryn Schmidt: Director of EdTech and Andrew Steyn: Director of Sport

During the lockdown period, St Peter’s Girls Prep pupils have certainly demonstrated resilience and a growth mindset, through Coding, Robotics and Online Chess.

Our Philosophy Towards Homework

Girls Prep  February 17, 2020 | Academics | Pam van Gass: Deputy Head Academics

At St Peter’s we believe that homework should be relevant and supportive of the learning process.

‘TOUR DE MATHS’ AT ST PETER’S GIRLS PREP

Girls Prep  October 17, 2019 | Academics | Kim Gordon

St Peter’s Girls Prep hosted the third and final Tour de Maths event for 2019. Tour de Maths is an Inter-school Mathematics Competition, which focuses on collaboration and problem solving, while having lots of fun.

RESILIENCE AND GRIT DEMONSTRATED!

Girls Prep  October 10, 2019 | Academics | Kerryn Schmidt

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!

WORLD ROBOT OLYMPIAD

Girls Prep  August 05, 2019 | Academics | Kerryn Schmidt

On 26 and 27 July, our girls competed in the World Robot Olympiad. Four teams took part in the ‘Explorer’ category and won one silver and three bronze certificates. For the first time ever we had six teams enter the WRO section of the competition.