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St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference ... Part 6

As we introduced changes to our teaching methodology, we began to notice improvements in the ways the boys and girls learned.  However, we were not satisfied.  Many of us felt that children had the ability to learn far more quickly than was usually the case at school.  We began to look at the question of motivation.  What was it that held the attention of some children so completely that they were oblivious to all around them, even to offers of food?

ST PETER'S PREP SCHOOLS: THE DIFFERENCE...PART 5

Some of us are born with simply extraordinary talent.  This type proficiency normally only achieved by a handful of adults usually results in two responses.  We are either inspired to develop our own talents or we are simply overwhelmed and say, ‘I could never do that’.  In the main though, most associate such brilliance with success.

St Peter's Prep Schools ... The Difference Part 4

Pre Prep Girls Prep Boys Prep  July 16, 2020 | Academics | Social and emotional | Greg Royce: Rector

Last week I began dealing with the four elements that schools had at their disposal to educate children.  Only Curriculum was covered.  Methodology, Staff and Environment follow in this part.

St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference ... Part 3

Pre Prep Girls Prep Boys Prep  July 08, 2020 | Academics | Social and emotional | Greg Royce: Rector

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:

St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference... Part 2

The enormous effect of environment on intelligence in the early years is one of the main drivers for the opening of our own St Peter’s Pre-Prep.  Early Childhood Development (ECD) encompasses physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and motor development between 0 to 8 years of age.

St Peter's Prep Schools: The Difference... Part 1

Pre Prep Girls Prep Boys Prep  June 24, 2020 | Academics | Social and emotional | Greg Royce: Rector

Parents who have undergone the process of applying for places in senior schools will be able to testify to the willingness that many schools display in accepting St Peter’s pupils. Our Mission Statement includes the undertaking to prepare children for senior school and life beyond. 

What follows below is the first part of an article I have written.  It explains the thought and research devoted to the creation of the St Peter’s curriculum and teaching methodology.  We’re dishing it up in small portions to make it easier to read.

St Peter's Prep seeks guidance from three medical experts in its response to Covid-19 on campus

The appearance of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa produced a deluge of news:  articles, opinions and statistics.  Anxiety gripped society which seemed obsessed with the worst predictions, serving only to heighten fear.  We quickly realised that dealing with the panic would be likely to be more taxing than dealing with the effect of the virus itself at School.

St Peter's College Council Subcommittee Interim Communication

College Parents' Association Old Boys Old Girls  June 18, 2020 | Social and emotional | Social responsibility | Spiritual | St Peter's College Council Subcommittee Interim Communication

As set out in our letter of 6 June 2020, the Council Sub-committee has been established to look into racist, sexist and other forms of discrimination and related matters at St Peter’s College. The Committee met on 13 June 2020 to consider submissions from concerned parties.

St Peter's College: Council Subcommittee

College Parents' Association Old Boys Old Girls  June 12, 2020 | Social and emotional | Social responsibility | Spiritual | Sport | St Peter's College: Council Subcommittee

The Council Subcommittee wishes to remind, encourage, and invite the members of the St Peter’s College Community to raise any matters with the Committee without fear or favour.

St Peter's College Social Media

Not so long ago, at least from your parents’ perspective, social media was not part of society. There were traditional media, and there was a social connection, and neither had any real relevance to the other. Information was shared face-to-face, over the phone, in a letter, or via the grapevine.

Council Subcommittee Communication

College  June 08, 2020 | Academics | Cultural | Grounds | Headmaster | Physical education | Social and emotional | Social responsibility | Spiritual | Sport | Council Subcommittee Communication Update

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.