St Peter’s Boys Prep Breaking ICE

  • August 15, 2018 | Sheri Curling & Sean Creamer

In true St Peter’s style, we are constantly changing and making adjustments to our school programme to ensure that we offer a dynamic, well-rounded education that all boys thrive in. This unique I.C.E programme allows the boys to widen their horizons, explore new experiences and adds another dimension to their learning. It fosters enjoyment and stimulates their creative minds. We decided to give the cultural programme a make-over in order to incorporate 21st century skills.


I.C.E stands for Inquiry, Creativity and Experimenting. We decided on this name, as these are vital 21st Century skills for the boys to be exposed to and inquiry forms a big part of the curriculum. Incorporating the I.C.E programme at St Peter’s allows boys to be exposed to new experiences and possible hobbies that they might never have considered. Timetable schedules have also been altered in order for EVERYONE to be able to join in on the fun.


There are a wide range of sessions to allow for a variety of topics. Some of the new sessions are: Inquiring Minds, Cooking, Sewing, Yoga, Inquiring into different Cultures, Creative Sketching, Mosaics, Sculpturing, Stem Engineering, Creative Minds, Body Basics, Mad Scientist, Hydroponics, Makerspace, Drama and Robotics. We felt it was important that the boys took a final product home after their block session.


The Grade 4 group have loved their first experience of the I.C.E Break programme. They have been busy with mosaicking a picture frame, cooking up a storm in Masterchef, enjoying the challenges of Inquiring minds, in particular, the break out room task.


The Grade 5 boys have been involved in creating Science experiments, and learning the ins and outs of first aid.

Mr Shephard has been sharing his talent of drawing with the boys, and they have loved creating their own characters.


Masterchef has continued to be a firm favourite with the Grade 6 boys. They have cooked a variety of delicious meals, one in particular is Mr Agnew Snr’s famous crumbed mushrooms.

The sculpture sessions have allowed their creativity to show. The final product was beautiful and allowed them to take home something to show their families. The boys have been experimenting in the maker-space with Makey Makey boards to create interactive digital musical instruments, game controllers, wire loop and digital basketball games. The next step is to develop more user-friendly user interfaces for their creations and create prototypes. 


Drama and Dance has given the boys the chance to shine and they have so enjoyed learning new dances. Mr Steinberg has been teaching the boys all about how their bodies work.


The Grade 7 boys have definitely experienced new activities that they might never have tried. The boys have learnt how to knit and sew buttons, make their own paper beads to use to make earrings and bracelets as well as learning how to grow plants using hydroponics. They have loved the Robotics as well as the Zulu Culture sessions.  


The boys never want to miss these creative sessions where they are able to experiment and learn something new and have so much fun while learning!