If a school is to adequately prepare its students for a future described more accurately by its unknowns than its knowns, then it must include 21st Century ‘survival’ skills such as those researched by Harvard’s Dr Tony Wagner:
The Grade 7 girls have had an exciting journey in STEM to date this year.
The girls started by exploring various opportunities that could be experienced in these lessons with the dissection of a kidney. They voiced their areas of interest within the STEM fields to ensure that there was ‘buy in’ and relevant learning took place in future lessons. With this ‘lift off’ the super exciting 2019 STEM journey began.
As part of an FLP activity and with the national elections in mind - the Grade 6 and 7 girls arranged elections to take place at school. The various groups established parties and manifestos. The groups/parties were given a choice of challenges to research, from the ten global sustainable goals. The girls needed to research and promote solutions on a national, community and individual scale. Each party presented their findings to the ‘voters’ (i.e. the rest of the Girls Senior Prep) together with their names, slogans and party colours. The canvasing for votes even included a little bribery!
‘What’s the key to effective learning?’ That question has been the focus of Professor John Hattie’s academic research for more than 20 years. His latest research supports the conclusion that “it’s not just what you know, it’s what you know about what you know - and it’s what you know about how you know” that is crucial for new leaning to occur.
I would like to share the innovative robot that was designed and built by one of our boys, Nirvan Lachman, over the recent long weekend. I believe that it illustrates the type of thinking and use of resources that we aim to promote through our particular brand of teaching.
On Wednesday, 6 March 2019, the St Peter’s College squash team had the amazing experience of spending the day with students from Groton, a school from Massachusetts, USA. The students were on tour in South Africa and St Peter’s College was privileged to be part of their tour.
On Wednesday, 13 March St Peter’s Girls Prep hosted an Inter-schools Robotics League event. 80 students from 10 schools attended. At the event the children from the different schools were mixed into pairs. This provided them with the opportunity to meet other people and learn new skills.
It was a busy week for the boys at St Peter’s. The Grade 6s enjoyed their FLP week and learnt about some of the history of this country and about values, which are also an important aspect of life at St Peter’s Boys Prep.
The Big Question:
“Values were at the core of impacting South Africa’s journey from struggle to liberation, to transformation. How might your values impact your life and that of those around you to bring positive change?”
VISION: Growing servant leaders within our St Peter’s family to uplift our community for their big futures.
In order to create a more sustainable and meaningful impact within our community, St Peter’s Boys Prep and Girls Prep have chosen Sefikeng Primary as our partner school. We will concentrate all our time, effort and resources on their Foundation Phase. Each St Peter’s child and our staff will have an opportunity to make a contribution in some way. We would like to invite you to volunteer too, as we make a difference together!
The Girls School Book Week began on Monday, 18 February!
This week-long event is an annual celebration of books, which have been written for young people. The objective is to inspire a love of reading.
A variety of activities were planned - to promote the joy of reading.