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.
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 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.