Social and emotional News
St Peter’s Prep Schools welcomed over a hundred delegates to its bi-annual Pastoral Care Conference, held on 6 and 7 June. After much needed tea and coffee during registration, our Rector, Greg Royce, welcomed everybody and opened the conference.
As part of an FLP activity and with the national elections in mind - the Grade 6 and 7 girls arranged elections to take place at school. The various groups established parties and manifestos. The groups/parties were given a choice of challenges to research, from the ten global sustainable goals. The girls needed to research and promote solutions on a national, community and individual scale. Each party presented their findings to the ‘voters’ (i.e. the rest of the Girls Senior Prep) together with their names, slogans and party colours. The canvasing for votes even included a little bribery!
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.
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.
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!
‘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.
On Wednesday, 25 July, the St Peter’s Girls JP community brought 67 minutes of happiness and many more hours of fun and reading to the children of Sefikeng School. Over 450 packs consisting of a book, ball and biscuits were sponsored by the very generous girls and their families. This means that every child from Grade 0 - 7 received an age-appropriate book to take home. On the morning, many of the parents and girls then went to the school and interacted with the children.
Two fun-filled events were held at St Peter’s Girls Prep School recently - in celebration of Father’s Day and to create an opportunity for the girls to have some special, quality time with their dads!
On Saturday, 12 May, St Peter’s Girls Junior Prep held their annual ‘Moms and Daughters Craft Morning’. This event is deliberately scheduled to coincide with Mother’s Day each year! A special time, for moms and daughters to share a morning together.
Last year we introduced the ‘Keys Camp’, as part of our new Leadership Programme at St Peter’s Girls Prep. The camp is scheduled to take place early in the year, in order to allow the Grade 7s an opportunity to create strong bonds amongst themselves and their teachers. This is also a time in which to set out clear expectations for the final year of prep school and prepare the girls for high school.