Just as there are wonderful opportunities on Social Media for our children, there are also many dangers. In today’s crazy world we, as parents, need to try and stay ahead of the game when it comes to Social Media. A frightening comment from a parent is ‘My child is so smart on his/her phone that I don’t have a clue what is going on.’ As a parent, MAKE CERTAIN that you know what is going on. You don’t want to pry too much that you alienate your child or damage trust which is been built up, but you need to be aware of what your children are doing online. Try and stay involved in a way that your child feels that you still respect their privacy, but that they understand that your involvement is for their own safety.
We started our third Flexible Learning Programme (FLP) on Tuesday and once again the boys have been fully engaged. Every time we run these programmes we are amazed at the level of thinking and questioning from the boys. Again this week, boys have opted to stay in at break to work on tasks!
On Wednesday, 16 March our little boys in Gr 0 got to show off their new school to the special people in their lives. Grandparents travelled from far and near to be part of this exciting morning at St Peter’s and the boys spent many hours practicing their songs and creating artwork for the event. We started with a lovely Chapel Service, Father Richard using a spectacular science experiment to teach us the true meaning of Easter. Our grandparents got a glimpse of the time we spend in our school Chapel and enjoyed the entertainment our Gr 0 boys provided.
Anybody can pick up a phone or a tablet these days and google ‘Easter’ to get the latest and greatest up-to-date trends and info. So to bore you with the facts that are already at your fingertips is a waste. You can find the meaning and a blow-by-blow description of each moment of the Easter Story on the net. Some of it is a morbid fascination to find out how gruesome the facts actually are or how it was possible that one man endured so much.
The A League Inter-High Gala took place on Wednesday, 2 March at Ellis Park. Tough competition was the order of the day between Crawford Sandton, Northcliff High, Crawford Lonehill, Trinity House, RandPark High and St Peter’s College. The spirit amongst the schools was phenomenal during the gala which proved to be neck-on-neck to the final race.
In the end, St Peter’s College took the winning trophy.
The final results:
1st St Peter’s College
2nd Northcliff High
3rd Crawford Sandton
4th Trinity House
5th Crawford Lonehill
Choice of high school has the potential to create much anxiety for parents. This becomes evident in the Grade 6 year where parents are making the final decisions and girls and boys attend interviews at the schools of their choice. In some cases parents place unnecessary pressure on their children and set unrealistic goals during this time. The Grade 6 year is comparable to the Grade 11 year in high school, where pupils are under pressure to perform in the classroom in order to be accepted at the university of their choice.
One of the presentations that our staff enjoyed at the beginning of the year was on “The Five Love Languages.” This concept, which was introduced by Gary Chapman as far back as the 1990’s, still has relevance for both teachers and parents today. The basic idea is that different people value different expressions of affirmation and love and that by identifying a particular individual’s love language, we are able to support them in a way that is particularly meaningful to them. While everyone does need each of the forms of appreciation, our tendency is to react most favourably to one or two of the Love Languages.