Physical education News
In these uncertain and challenging times, divisions and tensions have escalated globally and the College has not been immune. Stories of racism at the College surfaced on social media last week. As already communicated, the specific student at the forefront of these was immediately suspended and has since left the College.
Unfortunately, the College Council has been led to believe this was not an isolated occurrence. It has since been alerted to a number of other incidents that are also cause for alarm. Accusations and counter-accusations have been made in public which have escalated divisions and tensions. Impatience and frustrations have also risen.
Despite some perceptions to the contrary, the Council responded immediately by establishing an independent committee to look into these matters. This Committee is not only made up of representatives from Council, the College (staff and students), parents and alumni, but also has an independent member. The Committee has been drawn up to reflect the diversity at the College.
St Peter’s College, a Christian private institution a little over 20 years old, entered the education arena and mental grounding allowing them to cope with life’s challenges and correctly assimilate a world that often presents conflicting messages. We have always purposed that our students, regardless of any negative external influences, be best equipped to make the right choices; that they always consciously choose to do what is just and noble. Part of this includes an ever-present focus on diversity and inclusion that creates cohesion amongst the students and enables them to have rich and fulfilling personal and professional relationships beyond the school gate.
On Tuesday, 28 May, the Grade 5 girls, accompanied by four teachers, went on their much-anticipated ‘St Peter’s College Experience Day’ outing. The girls were welcomed by an outstanding Marimba performance by the students and later received the opportunity to watch a talent-filled musical showcase in the MADDitorium.
On Tuesday, 21 May, the Grade 5 boys and class teachers (Mrs Faul, Mr Clackworthy, Mr Steenberg, and Mr Vuso) spent the day at the College as part of the annual St Peter’s High School Experience Day.
It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect for a fun filled morning of cricket. The Grade 1s and their dads played in the first round of matches and thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of ‘competitive sport’. It was evident to see the excitement and nerves amongst not only the boys, but the dads as well, as they demonstrated their cricketing skills/abilities whilst being cheered on from the side by moms, grandparents, brothers and sisters. There were some eagerly contested matches and the boys and their dads seemed to really enjoy the experience.
On Thursday, 19 February, we hosted our Middle School and Senior Prep Inter-house Galas. A new format to our galas was introduced this year, which was well received by all. We continued with our 50m individual races and had one 25m individual race.
The new multi-purpose surface, on Brecknock Field, was put to good use from the start of 2018. How wonderful to have the extra tennis courts on which to play. Tennis match afternoons are now far more time efficient as more matches can be played, in a shorter time.
Our very first St Peter’s Family Soccer Day was held on Saturday, 15 July. Nearly 400 St Peter’s families came together to celebrate the ‘Beautiful Game’.
The children, and many grownups, were entertained and amazed by Drumkit, the beat-boxer, as well as Philani Gumede, the freestyle ball juggler. To top that off we had South African Soccer Legends: Mark Tovey, Doctor Khumalo, Andre Arendse, Shaun Bartlett and Stanton Lewis joining in the afternoon of fun!
There is great excitement at the College with the 13th Annual Sports and Cultural Festival happening from Friday to Sunday, 16 - 18 September 2016 at St Peter’s College. 3,000 participants, 45 schools, plus parents, friends and families will be on campus to enjoy a feast of activities including: Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Chess, Music, Pavement Art, Debating, Public Speaking, Dance, Drama, Photography, Equestrian and even an Entrepreneurs Market. Come along and enjoy the fun with us!
Congratulations to our 1st Team Squash boys for winning the C-league on 8 June 2016. They defeated St John’s College 13-4 in the final round on 8 June 2016.
Photo: Mrs Anchen Müller (MIC), Caleb Vergotine, David Malan, Teagan Leroni, Keith Bartie and Desi Ledl (Coach)