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.
St Peter’s girls have been offered nine Open Academic scholarships, five Cultural Scholarships (four for Music and one for Drama) and one Sports Scholarships to respected South African high schools. All of these, bar one closed scholarship to St Peter’s College, are open scholarships and accessible to pupils from all schools. We are exceptionally proud of the girls’ achievement. In most cases, these girls wrote a Maths and English scholarship exam and participated in an interview. Many school heads commended the girls on their positive attitude, diligent work ethic and individual charm and manners.
We thank all our girls who uphold the values of St Peter’s every day and contribute in a huge way to our reputation and standing in the school community. Thank you to the exceptional, industrious staff who guide all our girls in their learning and celebrate their various successes with them.
To our scholarship recipients of 2016 - may you enjoy this celebratory time with your family and friends.
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!
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.
Well done and congratulations to Caitlin Crow who was presented with the revered White Blazer at the 2015 Academic Prize-Giving ceremony on 26 January 2016. Caitlin has achieved honours in academics, sports (swimming), cultural (newspaper) and completed all her social responsibility commitments. Caitlin is in Grade 12 and is also a prefect.
With the start of the new 2016 academic year we welcome Darrel Webb as the new Headmaster of the Girls School.
100% Pass with 97% University Entrance / 103 Students with 99 Achieving University Entrance
Mr Rui Morais, the Headmaster of St Peter’s College, is delighted with this year’s Grade 12 results and sends his congratulations to all students across the country who passed their Final Examinations. Mr Morais extends his heartfelt thanks to all the teachers of St Peter’s College who have given tirelessly of themselves to ensure the academic success of the College students. Our teachers do not only teach our students but also direct them ‘bravely into the future’. Attaining 100% pass rate with 97% university entrance is testament to our academic excellence.
It has been interesting watching the boys develop their organisational skills this week. The variable nature of the activities enabled boys to focus on their interests for the most part. The boys were actively involved in researching, assimilation of information and the culmination of a set goal.