Letter from the campus head
Dear Parents, Pupils and Staff
Welcome back to term 3 of 2017, which no doubt has much in store for us all!
The following article, “St George’s Looks Ahead” was published in the Leading Schools Profile in The Weekend Post this past weekend which I thought I would share with the parent body.
St George’s Preparatory School, founded in 1936, has grown and developed over its 81 years of existence here in Port Elizabeth. Originally an all-boys Preparatory the school now numbers 400 pupils, both boys and girls, aged from 3 to 13 on its campus opposite the iconic St George’s Cricket ground in Park Drive.
Time stands still for no-one and St George’s prides itself on planning for what is required today and for the future to make education relevant to our pupils and best prepare them for a world grappling with exponential change. The skill sets required in the workplace today are different to those of the industrial era when formal education was initially introduced.
What will our pupils’ workplace look like? In the information rich era we currently live in, the recital of facts and the mere drudgery of memorising content may not cut it anymore!
Tony Wagner of Harvard University describes seven survival skills for careers and citizenship in the 21st Century and at St George’s we believe that these skills are worth pursuing: agility and adaptability, collaboration across networks and leading by example, critical thinking / problem solving, curiosity and imagination, effective oral and written communication, and accessing and analysing information.
The opening of our Carol Arts and Media Centre, housed next to our Music School, in late 2014 contains a library, two fully equipped computer laboratories, art studio and drama studio and is proving to be a wonderful addition to our campus. Here children can release and explore their creative sides and occupy a space where divergent thinking and seeing this world of ours in a different light is encouraged!
At St George’s we have introduced the use of technology to assist and engage our pupils in their learning experience and develop their individual abilities and love of learning. We are an official Google Apps for Education School which enhances the collaborative skills for our pupils and staff and we integrate the use of 1:1 iPads for all our Grade 5-7 pupils. The digital device and technology will never replace the teacher but is used to enhance and innovate to create a dynamic learning environment. As George Couros, author of “The Innovator’s Mindset” said, “Technology will not replace great teachers but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.”
Sporting facilities at St George’s include our own heated Indoor Aquatic Centre and the recent addition of a Multi-Purpose Sport Facility, which accommodates three netball courts, three tennis courts and a five-a-side hockey and football court on Astroturf. These facilities on our campus assist our boys and girls to gain much needed exercise and a love for a variety of sports. We encourage exposure to competition in a controlled and age-appropriate environment with well-qualified and enthusiastic coaches.
Perhaps the most important aspect of our pupils’ school day is the hidden curriculum on offer, via our various pastoral and house-based programmes where every child is known and treated as an individual. We strive to create a safe environment where all our boys and girls know that they have a voice, a space where the development of their EQ is as important if not more important than their IQ. Christian based principles alongside our five core values of Respect, Integrity, Kindness, Family / Fellowship and Commitment are the moral compass for our boys and girls. Ultimately it is our wish to promote learning in a safe and happy environment where our boys and girls are the centre of all our decisions.
We wish everyone a happy and successful third term.
Alex Hall – Campus Head
We welcome Mrs du Plooy back from a term’s leave and hope she had a restful break.
We also welcome two new interns to St George’s Prep this term. They will be studying towards their education degree whilst with us. Neither of them are strangers to us as both; Yolande Storm and Manyanani Mawisa have been coaching at the school from the beginning of the year. We look forward to a wonderful partnership with them over the next few years!
U13A Boys Hockey Team – Tour to KZN
The St George’s u13A hockey team have just returned from the prestigious Hilton/Michael House Festivals where the boys played most of the top hockey schools in the province.
One of the main focuses of the Tour was to expose boys to different forms of hockey, while at the same time giving them an authentic touring experience. This included flying for the first time, staying in a hostel, being hosted one night and visiting historical landmarks in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands.
On the pitch, the boys played some great hockey while still being great ambassadors for the School. The results were varied as were the games with some being played on grass as well as astroturf. Out of the 16 matches played, we lost 4, drew 1 won 11. A highlight for the boys was playing in the Hilton Fives Festival and this is a format of the game that we will be looking to grow at St George’s Prep School. With the sponsorship of more boundary boards it will make this goal possible. Fives has become a youth Olympic sport and is following the same lines as the Sevens rugby format.
A very special thank you must go to the schools that hosted us; as well as to the various parents that sponsored playing kit and tour kit. To all the parents, thank you for all your support and making this tour possible.
The boys will be sharing their experiences with the pupils in the upcoming sports assembly.
What’s on for the next 2 Weeks of Term 3 – (School Events & Sport Fixtures 7 – 19 August 2017)
Up-coming Main Events
Please refer to the d6 Communicator Calendar or the hard copy blue Calendar (received on 1st day of Term 3) for all our events for Term 3.
Wednesday 23 August – Piano Music Concert (18h00)
Tuesday 5 September – Spring Music Concert (18h00) NEW DATE (was being held on 9th)
Saturday 2 September – U9 Netball Festival
Friday 15 September – Foundation Phase Grandparents Morning (11h30)
Tuesday 19 September – Formal Opening of the St George’s Prep Arts Exhibition (Exhibition runs from 19-24 September)
Friday 25 September – Last Day of Sport and Extra Mural Activities for Term 3
26-28 September – Grades 4 – 7 Camp Week
Monday 25 Sept – Public Holiday
Tuesday 26 Sept – Grade 1-3 Parents Meeting (15h00-18h00)
Wednesday 27 Sept – Grade 1-3 Parents Meeting (15h00-18h00)
Thursday 28 Sept – Pre-Primary Grandparents Concert (09h00) & Pre-Primary Concert (18h00)
Friday 29 Sept – Pre-Primary Sport Day & Term 3 Ends
Save the dates
St George’s Preparatory Piano Studio Concert – Wednesday 23 August 2017 (18h00 – 19h00)
The Music Department invites you to attend a Piano Studio Concert, presented by our piano students, on Wednesday 23 August in the Hilary Davies Room in the Music Department.
Entrance is free and cheese and wine will be served from 17:45.
The Concert begins at 18:00.
St George’s Prep “Celebrating the Arts” Exhibition: 20 – 24 September 2017
The St George’s Prep Celebrating the Arts Exhibition 2017 is being held from Wednesday 20 September to Sunday 24 September. Calling all artists to start creating your pieces – this year’s themes are The Portrait The Landscape and The Space Inbetween with great prizes to be won in each category. Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
A peek around the school
Welcome back to Term 3. The pupils love our ‘new look’ buses which were branded during the holidays.
Our Grade 2s theme this term is “Buildings” and they visited the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum to view the exhibition and attend a print making workshop where they sketched buildings