The Grade 9 Students engaged in a project titled ‘The Future is Exciting’. The aim of the project was to expose students to what awaits for them after they finish school. The project included an ‘Amazing Race’ around WITS University where teams competed against each other to complete a number of tasks around the campus. The course included tasks on East and West Campus and showed students the various faculties and facilities at the University. Activities involved using QR codes to find out about the history of statues and alumna and posting answers about the campus and student organisations to Twitter. The day aimed to incorporate a number of subjects.
I.C.E stands for Inquiry, Creativity and Experimenting. We decided on this name, as these are vital 21st Century skills for the boys to be exposed to and inquiry forms a big part of the curriculum. Incorporating the I.C.E programme at St Peter’s allows boys to be exposed to new experiences and possible hobbies that they might never have considered.
St Peter’s College 20th Anniversary celebrations were held on Saturday, 16 June. It was a very special event and it gave us the opportunity to reflect and celebrate what we have achieved over the past 20 years. This celebration provided us the opportunity to welcome back to the College many of our former founding members, parents, and alumni, as well as, providing them a chance to meet each other, former teachers and other staff members. It also enabled them to notice the changes & developments in the college campus over the past 20 years.
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.
This year’s MADD (Music Art Dance and Drama) Week was a huge success. All the boys participated in a number of exciting activities which included dancing, plays, art, chess cooking and House Choirs to name but a few.
The St Peter’s JP Department held a ‘Day of Exploration’ on Thursday, 29 March.
This awareness that play matters, is not new. However, with the increasing pressure on schools to educate for a growing technological and ever-changing world, as well as the need to develop 21st Century skills, the concept of play has been seen as a luxury that children don’t have time for. Play’s positive contribution to learning is not a new realisation, but at St Peter’s we have become increasingly aware of the impact of play on learning.
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.
The regional heat of the annual Kids Lit Quiz took place on Monday, 12 February 2018. The Kids Lit Quiz is an international competition, focusing on building a love of literature and reading amongst its participants. Students really look forward to this event, and challenge themselves to read widely from various genres and authors, in preparation for this fun and exciting day.
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.