This has been a very busy week in the Boys Prep, with the roll-out of our first FLP (Flexible Learning Programme) for 2018. The aim of the programme is to give boys a chance to immerse themselves in research, learning and presentation that is self-directed, self-assessed, of high interest and requires the higher order skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
The new ICE Break Programme has commenced and the boys thoroughly enjoyed their first session. This programme has replaced the previous Cultural program on a Wednesday and was renamed to incorporate 21st Century skills. ICE stands for Inquiry, Creativity and Experimentation.
The Grade 5 boys are inquiring into and thinking deeply about the importance of our number system.
On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of St Peter’s College, it is both a privilege and an honour for me to congratulate the Matric class of 2017 on an outstanding set of results, which further reinforces our reputation for academic excellence.
I am exceptionally proud of their wonderful achievements and through their hard work, discipline and perseverance, they have made themselves, their families and their school extremely proud.
I want to thank our Deputy Headmistress of Academics, Mrs Shelly Matthews; our Grade 12 Grade Head, Mrs Cornel Malan; the Heads of Department; members of our academic faculty, as well as, our administrative and support staff who together have created an environment which is conducive to our students attaining academic excellence.
On Wednesday morning, parents were invited to an open morning to see Thinking Skills in action. St Peter’s Prep Schools are one of the only schools who are “Thinking Skills Accredited” and we are known as a Thinking School. We wanted to share how the Thinking Tools are used throughout the grades in every subject. In the Information Age that we live in, critical thinking is a must-have skill for all of us to live happy, meaningful and successful lives.
Parents could wander around to the various grades for the morning and listen in, witness and actually use some of the tools.
Research has shown, time and again, that businesses and organisations encouraging the most effective thinking techniques are generally more successful than their competitors.
Congratulations to two Grade 12 students: Erin Lyle and Liam Ramsden, who were awarded their White Blazers at the end of Term 1 2017. The White Blazer is the highest achievement at the College and is awarded to students who attain full colours in Academic, Cultural, Sport and completing their community hours. They join the other two White Blazers which were awarded to Jamie Edwards and Teagan Leroni in January 2017. All four students are also prefects at St Peter’s College, we are extremely proud of their awards in recognition of their hard work and dedication to St Peter’s College.
The JP Boys Book Week was based on the fascinating story of “The Wizard of Oz”. The aim was to align our week with the ‘Year of the Woman’ at St Peter’s.