The school’s enforced period of closure - and the extraordinary circumstances that have brought this about - brings a great sense of sadness, uncertainty, and concern for us all. St Peter’s College, however, is an incredibly optimistic place. Despite this being a very trying time, it has also been one full of hope. The students have been a marvel - cheery, positive and wonderfully kind to one another, albeit online. The whole St Peter’s College community has also really rallied round, and I want to thank every single parent who has taken the time to say a kind word, or send a short email of thanks to our staff during this period.
The 2020 Inter-house Gala started on a high, with each house being led into tWahoo, the venue of the day, with a chorus of war cries that echoed back overlapping each other. Soon thereafter the races began. As soon as the first people had dived into the pool, the stands erupted into a mixture of war cries and cheers for individual swimmers.
On Saturday, 18 January and Sunday, 19 January 2020, St Peter’s College got invited to the prestigious St Benedict’s Tennis Festival. The schools that got invited were St John’s, Selborne, St Stithians, Westville, Cornwall Hill, KES, HTS Middelburg and Clifton. The Top 5 boys got invited to play at this festival. Matthew Harris, Adriano Costa, Keagan Rousseau, Alex Kristov and Bailey Rousseau stepped on the St Benedict’s courts with confidence.
On the occasion of the 22nd Anniversary of St Peter’s College, it is both a privilege and an honour for me to congratulate the Matric class of 2019 on an outstanding set of results, which further reinforces our reputation for academic excellence.
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!
The 16th annual St Peter’s College Sports and Cultural Festival is happening from Thursday to Sunday, 19 - 22 September 2019. We look forward to welcoming over 3,000 students from different schools to this hugely vibrant and fun event that we all look forward to every year.
Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. People are encouraged to take 67 minutes of their day to fight for social justice. This year, on 22 July, our St Peters Prep Community, which included our parents, children, teachers, interns and maintenance staff, decided to embark on a project to upgrade our outreach school, Sefikeng Primary School. Our community volunteered 2 hours of their time and donated money and goods that were needed for this project. Some of our projects included painting fences and jungle gyms, cleaning classrooms and classroom equipment, gardening and creating a welcoming staffroom.
Madiba’s spirit was alive on Saturday, when over 250 St Peter’s families and staff joined their Sefikeng counterparts to give their 67 minutes.
The overwhelming sense of community that prevailed was palpable - passion, care and enthusiasm abounded.
St Peter’s Boys Prep celebrated Mandela Day with a Senior Prep and a Junior Prep service on the Chapel lawn next to the “Madiba Tree”.