ROBERT GRAY MEDAL CEREMONY
Last Friday I attended the Robert Gray Medal Ceremony in the Memorial Chapel. The school awards the Robert Gray medal to Old Diocesans who have, through their lives and careers, made a substantial contribution in their field and to society as a whole. Last week we honoured Bishop Geoff Davies and Dr Robert Adam, the 5th and 6th recipients respectively since its inception in 2018. Head of School for 2022, Suhail Khalfey, read out the citations for each. See HERE.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
“Our transformation journey continues, and we have published the Diversity and Transformation Policy in all three languages of the Western Cape. We are currently working on an Anti-Racism Statement and looking at the two policies governing the employment of staff, the Employment Equity Policy and the Recruitment Policy.
Our library audit, a first in schools in SA, was recently completed and we are busy analysing the report with a view to making changes to our libraries – which will better reflect our community in terms of relevant and appropriate materials and celebrate African and South African authors and role models in the literary world.
We hope to be able to give you some news shortly on the process we are undergoing as a result of the recent podcasts and will do so as soon as we are able. I urge parents to, once again, trust a complex and difficult process and not to make assumptions without full knowledge of all the facts.”
Last night, Monica McNaughton gave a very good presentation in the Jagger Hall on Mental Well Being. Many of the questions and much of the discussion afterwards was about our boys’ over use or desire to spend excessive amounts of time on mobile devices. Interestingly, Tony Reeler addressed one of the aspects of this issue in his newsletter today and I include the extract below.
“We have a joint responsibility to look after our children, as parents and as a school. When we work together, it reduces conflicting messages and shows our boys a united approach to their development.
They say it takes a village to raise a child which means that we all have to make tough decisions sometimes. Decisions our children may not like but which we know are in their best interests. We give our children cell phones without necessarily realising the enormous power of the device and how it can influence the life of a young, developing mind. We must ensure our children use their devices responsibly. The access children have to information is quite astounding and the ease of connection with others often very valuable, but with this access and ease comes complications. They could be communicating with unsavoury or inappropriate people. They could themselves be using inappropriate language and sending unacceptable material. They could be accessing the vast amount of pornography that exists in cyberspace and getting the wrong ideas about sexual behaviour. As parents, we need to help our children and I would advocate that parents make sure their child knows they, the parent, can access the child’s phone at any time. And I suggest you do so, particularly with younger boys. This is not an invasion of their privacy. This is a means of protecting them from predators, showing them what is appropriate and allowing them to learn how to use this resource wisely and responsibly. This is not an easy thing to do but who said parenting was?”.
These are our last sports fixtures of the term. Next week we will hold cricket and water polo Inter-House matches and sports practices will cease after they have been held. We are holding athletics trials over the next two weeks, Relay Sports next Friday and a Gala on 3 December, so there will still be plenty of physical activity. We have an extensive enrichment programme that starts coming in to play now, so please do follow diary announcements carefully. It is a very valuable programme though and a fitting closure to the year. We ask parents not to see this period as a free or unimportant time and ensure that your son does attend school every day until 9 December.
Enjoy the weekend.