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Old Prep Supper:
Each year St Andrew’s Prep School has a special formal dinner for the matrics who attended Prep. Special guests, teachers and matric boys and girls gather together for an evening of fun and laughter and reminiscing. The evening is ended off with the age-old traditional ‘Monkey Dorm races’, hotly contested by boys, girls, stooges and staff, young and old. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all at this year’s 2010 – 125th anniversary Old Prep supper.
U11A Cricket Tour to Knysna:
The U11A cricket team toured to Knysna to participate in the annual U11 Cricket Festival, which took place from 26 - 29 September. This festival serves as a wonderful pre-season training camp for the U11's. Several schools and cricket academies, mainly from Cape Town, attend the festival and the high standard of cricket played ensures that we are able to start our season well prepared.
St Andrew's Prep and Somerset College relax after their 20/20 cricket match played in the beautiful setting of Wittedrift, a small village situated a couple of kilometres inland from Plettenberg Bay. The Somerset coach (far right) is Kyle Baxter, an ex-Preppie and Old Andrean.
St Andrew's Prep enjoyed their annual Camp out at Table Farm outside Grahamstown and the 15km Sponsored Walk for the Senior boys and the 5km walk for the Juniors.
While the older children (and those staff and family members who were feeling fit) walked the 15kms back to Grahamstown in wonderfully overcast and cool weather, the littlies, friends, families, staff and pets all joined in for the shorter 5km walk. Everyone gathered at Fairlawn to relax together at the end and enjoy boerewors rolls and a well deserved rest.
The True Blue Junior Prep Team Challenge followed the grueling Sponsored Walk to provide a full day of Preppie hard work and fun.
The Junior Prep Parents Committee got crucial help from Mr Josh Paton, whose organisation The Hobitton, specialises in team building and group challenges for all ages. They set up quite a course of eight challenges including human bridge building, acrobatics and even a number and letter challenge. Each team cooperated in mind and heart to conquer everything that came up. A great thanks to Josh and also Suzie Q Toys who generously donated a gift voucher to help with our prize-giving. And thanks to everyone who showed up and threw themselves in!!
The Grade 1 children from St Andrew's Prep enjoyed a great outdoor education outing to Ocean View Farm near Alexandria last term.
They learned about running a dairy farm, got to feed the calves and were lucky enough to spend a few hours on the beach exploring and playing on the sand dunes. A great time was had by all.
St Andrew's Prep was proud to host its 17th annual Inter-Schools Junior Squash tournament from the 8th-10th October.
6 schools took part namely: St Andrew's Prep, Graeme College, Kingswood Junior, Gonubie, Transkei Primary and Hudson Park. The level of squash was excellent; the team spirit good and many new friends were made. Kingswood Junior were the over-all winners with St Andrew's Prep coming second.
St Andrew's Prep Sports Day was a fun, festive, colourful and spirited occasion.
With children from the littlest Pre-primary children running races, to the U14's breaking records in the Open Category. The Junior and Senior Preppies took part in a myriad of events from high jump, long jump, cricket ball throwing, skipping, sack, egg and spoon and the hotly contested flat and relay races, short and long distance. With an unusual score at the end, separating all 3 houses by only 1 point, Lions House once again pipped the others to the post in a nail biting finish, while Griffin and Tigers came tie, in 2nd place. What a wonderful day it was!
St Andrew's Prep children supported the national Sunflower Fund, Bandana Day by purchasing bandanas in Aid of Leukaemia research. The children had great fun being at school, adorned with these colourful and special bandanas.
St Andrew's Prep donated blankets, clothing, curtains and other goods to Hospice as part of the schools on going outreach activities. Seen here before the hand over are Mr Graham Gooden, Headmaster and (left) Stuart Hobson and Shayne Kilburn, both Grade 7 boys at Prep.
St Andrew's Prep - Senior Eight: 2010:
In line with tradition, St Andrew's Prep School choose eight or more boys at this time of year from the group of Grade 7 learners who have all had equal opportunity to lead and have had responsibilities throughout the year as part of a "senior leadership programme". Boys and staff vote for the Grade 7 pupils who they feel encompass not only outstanding leadership qualities, but also display values such as integrity, compassion, self-respect, respect for others and who inculcate the ethos of the school. This year 10 boys were chosen. In short they boys were chosen as an acknowledgement for being: True Blue Preppies.
This year's 'Senior Eight' St Andrew's Prep leadership group are:
Sebastian Mulders (Deputy), Baron Boeteng-Aidoo (Deputy), James Marriner (Head boy), Jayden Pienaar. Luntu Gqiba, Daniel Scholtz, Ross Wortley, John Baines, Stuart Hobson and Ty Burgess.
A Preppie with a passion for the Pipes:
Ross Wortley (a 5th generation member of the Mullins family) at 12years old is the youngest and only St Andrew's Prep boy to be admitted to the St Andrew's College Pipe Band as a bagpipe player while still at the Prep school. Ross has been taught and mentored by dedicated pipe teachers, Ross Hoole and Chris Terry. Ross is passionate about playing the bagpipes and practices daily, has weekly lessons and has been attending Thursday evening and Sunday practises at St Andrew's College. Congratulations Ross on this fine achievement.
The Grade 4 boys from St Andrew's Prep paid a visit to the SA Library for the Blind where they were able to imagine life as a blind person for a short while.
The boys saw the technology available to help blind people lead a normal life, how Braille books were printed, the recording studio in action and were addressed by someone who was able to answer all their questions about what it is like to lead a full and normal life as a blind person. The outing was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The JP 2010 play "Cinderella and the Frog Prince" wowed audiences with it's wonderful choreography (by very special and imaginative Prep Staff), fabulous costumes, gorgeous makeup and of course the cutest and most talented stars of the show (all with their own special "time to shine") - our Junior Preppies. Well done to everyone, what a wonderful performance!
A band of fearsome Vikings descended on Prep recently, in the form of these Grade 4's and their teacher Mrs Hobson who was their leader.
The boys did all sorts of Viking actives throughout the day, such as dying cloth with vegetable dye in a boiling cauldron, writing on stone in the special Viking 'ruins' alphabet and even cooking their own Viking food on an open fire, all as a finale to their Integrated Studies module at school.
St Andrew's Prep had an exciting day on Wednesday the 24th November as they unveiled a time capsule which had been encased in a wall of the school for 48 years.
The school has been involved in many activities relating to this milestone year as part of the schools 125th Anniversary celebrations, from a 125hr cycle race, a Parade through town and a huge Reunion weekend just to name a few. Also part of the Anniversary year has been a fund raising project to raise funds for a new Arts & Technology centre to be built at the school. Once this building goes up in 2011, the school is preparing to insert a time capsule into the wall of the centre to preserve a piece of the schools history. The children have all signed posters and other memorabilia and artefacts from the present time will be part of this time capsule.
In order to illustrate to the learners what a time capsule is, the Headmaster Mr Graham Gooden decided to unearth one of the 2 other capsules situated on the school grounds to show to the boys. When the Griffin building was built in 1962, there was a time capsule inserted into the double layer wall at that time. So, very carefully the old capsule was removed from the wall and the boys were shown the contents. Old coins, class lists, photographs and other interesting items, like stationery, toys and a beautiful hand drawn plan of the Griffin building were found. Silence fell on the gathered group of boys as they watch the unveiling of the items and some names were read out from the school class list of 1962 of grandfathers and family members whose descendants now stood and listened and enjoyed this historical moment in time. This time capsule will be very carefully put back together and reinserted into the wall and the wall patched up again for posterity, as though never disturbed. The Prep pupils are now looking forward to inserting their very own time capsule into the walls of the new building which is to be built in 2011.