Research has shown, time and again, that businesses and organisations encouraging the most effective thinking techniques are generally more successful than their competitors.
I am writing this article on the morning of World Teachers’ Day: 5 October. It is interesting to reflect on how the role of the teacher has changed in our modern world. Traditionally, the teacher has been the imparter of knowledge and skills aimed at preparing the child for a place in an industrialised workplace. Numeracy and literacy were combined with general knowledge and scientific skills to become the basket of goods delivered by the teacher.
After several Cataflams and Voltaren shots to the lower back, I have managed to recover somewhat to reflect on the Old Boys cricket event last Saturday.
Following on from last year’s successful Old Boys game against the Goblins, this year we hosted another mighty cricket clash between the Old Boys of two highly regarded prep schools - ST PETER’S vs THE RIDGE. The two matches were played in buoyant spirit with both young and old - a number of festive “20 Somethings” bringing lots of banter and great fun. One game was certainly played in a more competitive spirit whilst the “mixed ability” game enjoyed more humour and liquid refreshments.
Daniel Martin, Deputy Head Boy, was today presented with his White Blazer. This is the highest achievement attainable at the College and Daniel was awarded it for achieving full colours in Academics, Oratory, Drama, Newspaper and Chess. Well done Daniel!
There is great excitement at the College with the 13th Annual Sports and Cultural Festival happening from Friday to Sunday, 16 - 18 September 2016 at St Peter’s College. 3,000 participants, 45 schools, plus parents, friends and families will be on campus to enjoy a feast of activities including: Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Chess, Music, Pavement Art, Debating, Public Speaking, Dance, Drama, Photography, Equestrian and even an Entrepreneurs Market. Come along and enjoy the fun with us!
This past week, St Peter’s Boys Prep held its second Flexible Learning Programme (FLP) of the year. The boys had great fun, as did the teachers and so much was learnt in this very special week.
The Housemaster body recently attended a workshop on the “Broken Window‘’ approach to discipline. The emphasis was on how the effective management of pupil behaviour in schools plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy school environment.
It is generally accepted these days that heavy handed enforcement tends to breed resentment amongst the pupils. Pupils respond better to motivation and encouragement which is a big part of the St Peter’s philosophy. One has to be careful not to fall into the trap of accepting that standards have slipped and that this is the “modern way.”