Celebrating Founders Weekend at St George’s Schools – putting children first for 81 years

Apr 26, 2017

St George’s Schools; Preparatory and Pre-School are currently celebrating 81 years of providing quality independent schooling to the Port Elizabeth community. We enjoyed a time of family and fellowship with our Pupils, Staff, Parents, Alumni and Friends of St George’s at our Founders Weekend celebrations, which were held this year from Thursday 20 April until Saturday 22 April.  Events ranged from our Golf Day, our St George’s Day Assembly, a fun afternoon of activities for the pupils, a morning of inter-house sport all culminating in a Music Trivia evening.  The key event, our St George’s Day Assembly, was addressed by special guest speaker, past headmaster of the Prep, Mr Jan Immelman with special guests from The Royal Society of St George in attendance.

St George’s Preparatory School was founded in 1936 by Raymond Hutchinson to provide a private school education for boys aged 7-14 and prepare them for Public Schools in South Africa and overseas. The first enrolment numbered about 50 boys with approximately 25% being boarders. In 1987 the Prep became co-ed and in 2000 our Pre-Primary school opened its doors.  Today we are a proudly independent day school with over 390 pupils enrolled in our Pre-Primary and Prep.

Each year, Founders Weekend provides an opportunity to celebrate all that our community has accomplished since our doors opened in 1936.  It provides an opportunity to consider the many and varied legacies that have shaped our school — the buildings, the history, the culture and to thank those who have guided and assisted us on our journey, often impacting our lives in ways they will never know. But most importantly, Founders Weekend, and in particular St George’s Day,  is a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Virtute et Prece and to recommit to our core values, to prepare for a future where every pupil heeds the call to improve the world around us.

Our founding headmaster Mr Raymond Hutchinson provided the vision. He dreamed that a school should be more than mere classrooms, teachers and books.  Raymond Hutchinson dreamt of a school where the doors to the world would be opened and the students taken on a journey of discovery.  He dreamt of a place where a child could receive the highest quality of education and be known and nurtured personally, a place where teachers would walk with pupils and help them to achieve their fullest potential.  Today this tradition of individual education lives on in St George’s Schools and current Headmaster, Alex Hall and the staff continue with that pioneering mind-set of its founders, preparing children for a world where change seems to be our only constant. Agility and adaptability, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving, curiosity and imagination, mindfulness and integrity is what the “new” workplace will require.

In some ways, Raymond Hutchinson could not possibly have envisioned the school we have today; at the same time, we could not possibly have the school we have today without his vision. That is his legacy, a legacy we honour during Founders Weekend.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our school for the past 81 years, and to those who will continue to allow the school to provide our pupils the best opportunity to learn, grow and excel as young people.

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