I want to take this opportunity to welcome you back to the start of Term 1. My wish is that you have relaxed, are recharged and ready to start the new school term. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you in the new year. All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. The beginning of a new school year, like the dawning of a new day, reminds us that the future holds infinite possibilities. I hope that your December break was relaxing, filled with adventures and good health. The opportunity to refuel is a necessary component and I know that we are about to begin a great school year filled with hope, vision, and excitement.
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff:
- Fr Kabelo Motlhakane is the new College Chaplain who joins us from St John’s College.
- We are delighted to welcome Mrs Berna de Beer who was the HOD of Maths at Maragon to the Maths Department.
- Dr Sarah da Silva who is a former English teacher at St Peter’s College joins the English Department. Sarah replaces Mrs Charmaine Sandnes the HOD of English who has taken some much needed sick leave.
- We welcome Mrs Tebogo Maneli back to St Peter’s College. Tebogo has also taught at the College previously and will be teaching LO and History.
- It was with a great deal of sadness that we learnt of the passing in the holidays of Ms Lerato Mahlangu who was on maternity leave for Term 3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of grief.
- We welcome Mrs Julie Hannah who will be assisting in the Maths department as a locum in Lerato’s place.
- Ms Tayla Rae Gradwell joins the EGD/Technology department from Newton House.
- We appointed Ms Stacey Leigh Howard who taught French and German at Pretoria Girl’s High School to teach French.
The December holidays were also an opportunity for Mrs Lynda Kirkland & Mr John Mabvira to tackle a number of Capex projects. Our teams have worked feverishly to try and get all these projects ready for the start of Term 1. As you return to the College you will witness a number of changes:
- SPC has purchased a new Mercedes 36 seater semi-lux bus, which comes with aircon, TV screens and naturally the full complement of safety features. The bus has already done a number of trips and will assist in the transport of our students to fixtures and tours.
- I have been speaking ad nauseum about our concern around security at SPC. A fence was erected around Wahoo, as well as, a finger print biometric system which will monitor both students and staff access to the College, and naturally minimise foot traffic in and out of our campus and thus assist us in tightening up on security.
- The building of a much needed maintenance facility is almost complete.
- The upgrading of the Parking facility and the creation of more parking bays to accommodate the demand is paying dividends.
- Due to the change in the hot lunch offering for 2020, we have completed the building of the College Cafe next to the Tak Hiemstra Pavilion which will service both staff and students. The students are enjoying the new facilities and the new and improved menu on offer.
- Refurbish of the Maths Block (August 2020)
- Building of Squash Courts.
- Building of the outdoor Aquatics Complex. It will be built in the area just below Wahoo and it will be a 35x25m pool catering for both swimming and water polo with stands and changerooms. Together with Wahoo, we will undoubtedly boast the best Aquatics Facilities in South Africa – Watch This Space!!!!!
Thank you to ALL - your commitment to ensuring that St Peter’s College remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting our students and families again and it remains an honour and a privilege to serve as your Headmaster.
In closing, I know each of us wants to make a difference in the lives of our students. As we move forward into the 21st Century, I invite you to think about something written so long ago but something that still resonates today: Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and accomplishment as, together, we “Empower our Students for Life”.
In Futurum Fortiter,