Social and emotional News
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.
There was excitement as the 2017 school year began at St Peter’s Girls Prep School on Wednesday, 18 January. New classes, new teachers, new stationery, books and many other new things to learn. There was great anticipation as the girls arrived at school and greeted friends and staff.
The Housemaster body recently attended a workshop on the “Broken Window‘’ approach to discipline. The emphasis was on how the effective management of pupil behaviour in schools plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy school environment.
It is generally accepted these days that heavy handed enforcement tends to breed resentment amongst the pupils. Pupils respond better to motivation and encouragement which is a big part of the St Peter’s philosophy. One has to be careful not to fall into the trap of accepting that standards have slipped and that this is the “modern way.”
The spectre of racism, which arose so powerfully at the end of last year, constitutes a disheartening reminder of how little progress we have made in uniting as a nation since 1994.
I often think that as South Africans, one of our most limiting characteristics is that we do not know how to listen. We listen to respond rather than to understand. This is why, for me, the Parent Transformation Meeting held a few weeks ago was so important. It provided the first real opportunity for people, with different life experiences, to listen respectfully to each other.
Just as there are wonderful opportunities on Social Media for our children, there are also many dangers. In today’s crazy world we, as parents, need to try and stay ahead of the game when it comes to Social Media. A frightening comment from a parent is ‘My child is so smart on his/her phone that I don’t have a clue what is going on.’ As a parent, MAKE CERTAIN that you know what is going on. You don’t want to pry too much that you alienate your child or damage trust which is been built up, but you need to be aware of what your children are doing online. Try and stay involved in a way that your child feels that you still respect their privacy, but that they understand that your involvement is for their own safety.
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!
On Wednesday, 16 March our little boys in Gr 0 got to show off their new school to the special people in their lives. Grandparents travelled from far and near to be part of this exciting morning at St Peter’s and the boys spent many hours practicing their songs and creating artwork for the event. We started with a lovely Chapel Service, Father Richard using a spectacular science experiment to teach us the true meaning of Easter. Our grandparents got a glimpse of the time we spend in our school Chapel and enjoyed the entertainment our Gr 0 boys provided.