Today, I stand before you with a heart full of gratitude and a sense of deep connection to this remarkable community. The words I share with you have been brewing within me for a long time, etched in the very core of my being. If, at times, they don't flow as easily as they should, understand that they come from a place that is profound and deeply rooted.
In the summer of 1996, an artist embarked on a journey of creation. With an easel, a palette, and a vision, the artist painted a masterpiece that would come to be known as "St Peter’s College." Picture the scene: tubes of oil paints neatly arranged, a stool for comfort and the canvas slowly transforming as layers of Navy Blue, Old Gold and Red were meticulously applied. The artist, satisfied with the end result, cleaned brushes, packed paints, and hung up a smock, leaving behind a masterpiece now revered as one of the greatest Independent Schools in South Africa.
Today, we have the privilege to marvel at this masterpiece up close, a daily blessing for some of us. It is a testament to the dedication, dreams and hard work of those who have contributed to St Peter’s College over the past 25 years.
Reflecting on my 21-year journey at St Peter's College, I am astounded by the rapid growth and progress we've made. Our school has evolved into an outstanding institution and I acknowledge the vision and passion of our founding fathers. Their foresight laid the foundation for the exceptional educational environment we find ourselves in today.
As true Petrians, we uphold our Anglican identity and remain committed to our core values of Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, and Resilience. Our mission statement guides us in providing a balanced, caring, varied, and modern environment, ensuring that individual potential is achieved through exposure to excellence in academics, sports, creativity, culture, community, and entrepreneurship.
In the ever-changing landscape of education, we face challenges and constant change. Financial constraints demand efficiency and we have responded by striving to maintain our provision and breadth of choice for all students. The vision of our Council and Executive is clear: to create an education system meeting the demands of the 21st century, placing the importance and value of all young people at its heart.
Our success is a result of the dedication of our teaching staff, the myriad of opportunities offered to our students and the hard work behind the scenes by our administrative, technical, and support teams. I am continually amazed by the dedication, commitment and professionalism of our team.
St Peter's College is more than a school; it is a community rooted in equality, where every voice is powerful. Our buildings embody our hopes and dreams, etched in bricks, stone and mortar. As we emerge from our Silver Jubilee, our spirit burns brightly, transcending all challenges.
As we bid farewell to esteemed members of the St Peter's College Council, including our Chairman of Council, Mr. Des Mahony, we welcome new appointments for 2024: Mrs. Parmi Natesan, the first female head of the council and Mr. Richard Irvine bring fresh perspectives and enthusiasm. We also say goodbye to Mrs. Projeni Pather, Mrs Stacy Mogale and Mrs Pamella Marlowe, who have played crucial roles in our Marketing, Legal and Parent Association portfolios respectively. We also welcome Professor Ian Jandrell, who will lead the Academic Subcommittee. My heartfelt thanks to our board of governors for their unwavering support.
A special mention goes to Mrs. Shelly Matthews, our Deputy Headmistress: Academics, who has left an indelible mark on our school over the past 20 years. As she takes on a new role as the Principal of Reddam House Waterfall, we bid her farewell with pride and gratitude for her incredible service. Shelly's legacy will endure in the academic excellence she has nurtured. Her tireless efforts, innovative ideas and nurturing approach have empowered students and teachers alike, leading us to new heights academically.
To the parents, your support, cooperation and interest in your children’s education are invaluable. The triangle of support between the student, the school, and parents is essential for St Peter’s success. To those who embody the St Peter’s ethos, you are the heart and soul of St Peter’s College.
As we move "In Futurum Fortiter" – into the future with strength – let us continue standing on the shoulders of giants, drawing inspiration from the past to create a brighter future. May the spirit of St Peter's College continue to burn brightly, transcending all challenges.
Thank you for your unwavering support, and may the journey ahead be filled with continued growth, learning, and success.
“In Futurum Fortiter.”