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.
Thank you to Mrs Shelly Matthews, the HODs and Academic Staff for the contribution you make on a daily basis which is vital to the success of our College. So in a very small way, I want to show my appreciation and thank these dedicated individuals, for all the time and effort that they devote in support of the College and our students. I recognize the unique role that they play in promoting and advocating quality education. St Peter’s College benefits every day from the dedicated energies and time devoted by the members of our academic staff. St Peter’s College is successful because of the standard of teaching and all the extra opportunities offered to students, as well as, all the hard work that takes place behind the scenes and the Matric results of 2019 are testimony to this fact.
I want to congratulate the Matric Class of 2019 on obtaining:
100% Matric Pass
95% Bachelor’s Degree Pass – University Entrance
The celebration of Youth Day on 16 June provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the events leading up to the liberation of South Africa, from the apartheid regime to the role played by the youth in this landmark event in South African history. St Peter’s pupils were given an explanation of the significance of the Soweto Uprising, which helped lay the grounds for the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of the apartheid system.
The Thinking Skills open morning was well attended and parents enjoyed the opportunity to observe the children using numerous Thinking Skills tools and routines. Parents were given a brief overview of our Thinking Skills programme and then moved from class to class (from Grade 0 to 7) observing numerous activities.
Two Grade 5 teams played netball against Sefikeng School recently. The girls arrived and, realising that the Sefikeng girls were sweeping their court for the upcoming game, took over from them to give them an opportunity to get ready for the match. The girls then noticed that many of their opponents were playing in socks or were barefoot. They approached Mrs Eggett at half-time and asked if they could remove their shoes too. This was a genuine act of ubuntu, which was positive and uplifting for all.
Today I slipped away from my desk, camera in hand and started sneaking after the wildlife on campus. No, this time I was not taking snaps of the boys but rather the beautiful and majestic peafowl that we are so fortunate to have wandering around on the St Peter’s Prep estate.
The sports field is an extension of the classroom in that, as educators, our job is not to produce Springbok rugby players, but to prepare our pupils for the challenges that lie ahead in a rapidly changing global environment. The sports field is merely one facet of that education process.