St Charles College News December 2016
St Charles College News December 2016
St Charles College Grade 0 Nativity and Graduation
The final week of the school year for the St Charles College Grade 0s was host to a milestone event. The boys performed their Nativity play for their parents, which was followed by their Graduation Ceremony. It was an important occasion to mark the boys’ transition from Scrummies to the Junior Primary. The Grade 0s have developed immensely this year and are definitely now ready to be promoted to Grade 1.
Celebrating the End of the Cricket Season
The St Charles College U10A Cricket team were all smiles after a successful end to their cricket season.
St Charles College Grade 7 Dinner
The second to last Friday of the year at St Charles College is traditionally set aside to celebrate the Grade 7s. This occasion takes the form of a formal dinner enjoyed by the boys and the Prep teachers. This year the library was transformed with a brilliantly glamorous Oscars theme. The décor, put together by the Grade 7 Moms, added much to what was a very special evening.
The boys enjoyed some musical items and photo slide shows. Over dinner, many chats were enjoyed and proud teachers got to engage with boys whom they have seen grow through the years. Some fun certificates were handed out to the boys, which instigated some good laughter. The evening ended with the official presentation of the new benches and the renovated gardens, kindly donated by the Grade 7 community.
Senior Primary Inter-House Gala at St Charles College
To round off the St Charles College Prep School Swimming season, the boys participated in the Inter-House gala. The afternoon had a feeling of fun and camaraderie, rather than competitiveness. Conway came out on top in terms of the highest number of points overall, whilst Delalle went home with the Spirit Cup.
St Charles College Senior Primary Music Evening
Music at St Charles College took centre stage on Tuesday at the Senior Primary Music Evening in the Coach House. This venue created a great atmosphere for the event. It was impressive to see such a great number of boys putting aside their nerves to delight the audience with their renditions. It was a successful evening showcasing the incredible musical talent that is being nurtured at the College.
Senior Primary Science Explosion Week at St Charles College
Science Explosion was a highly anticipated event in the Senior Primary at St Charles College. For two days, the Senior Primary went mad about Science. The boys had various guest speakers and demonstrations including Glass Blowing, Bee Keeping and Robotics, they built models, visited Pelham Park and the Science Department at UKZN. The boys were also given the opportunity to make their own inventions or do a Science experiment for their class. There were some very impressive and creative demonstrations. The Senior School Physical Science Department put on a very impressive demonstration for our boys, which showcased the calibre of staff that are educating the boys at St Charles College.
Junior Primary Mini Gala
Recently, the St Charles College Junior Primary hosted a Christmas themed gala. There was a whole range of fun Christmas races that resulted in a great deal of excited noise coming from the boys. The whole event went swimmingly, with children and parents alike enjoying the festivities.
Grade 5 Medieval Feast at St Charles College
The conclusion of the St Charles College Grade 5 Medieval History section was the highly anticipated Medieval Feast. The Grade 5 parents went all-out when they turned the Indoor Centre into a medieval scene, as well as organising all the food. Both classes did an “Improvathon”, where they had to improvise medieval inspired scenes. Divyen Chetty played the violin and James Truter made an excellent jester. All the boys’ medieval art was put on display in the Indoor Centre. The boys then joined their families in savouring the delicious feast. There was also a special treat with two members of the Durban Sword and Shield Club doing a sword fighting demonstration, wearing full suits of armour.
Senior Primary Recognition Ceremony
The St Charles College Senior Primary closed off the 2016 academic year with their annual Recognition Ceremony. The day is a special one for many reasons and marks the climax of every boy’s efforts throughout the year. The ceremony is not only focused on those receiving certificates, but is a chance for all boys to remember their highlights of the year and reflect on their own individual successes.
This year, Mr Graham Stewart-Burger addressed the audience using the analogy of “ïsivivane”; the idea of adding your stone to the pile as a marker along a journey. As the Grade 7 boys shared various accounts of their experiences in the Prep School, it was a chance to reminisce, often with laughter over shared memories. The various awards handed over acknowledged the abilities and hard work put into various areas of school life and gave boys an opportunity to applaud their peers for their achievements.
As is tradition, the year ended with a proud rendition of our school song and national anthem. All this drawing together a successful 2016 and setting the scene for another exciting year ahead.
Junior Primary Recognition Ceremony
The St Charles College Junior Primary Recognition Ceremony was held in the final week of the school year. The theme this year was Chapters of our Lives. The Recognition Ceremony is all about the pupils, so the young men of Grade 3 took on the responsibility of doing everything, from the Welcome to the Closing Prayer. Mr Shaun Mayo was the guest speaker. He shared a lovely life lesson with the boys on the importance of learning to read and the magical worlds reading opens.
Each Junior Primary boy received a certificate with their own personal comment showing their growth throughout the year. As the ceremony ended, everyone went outside to the circular lawn where the pigeons were released; a final symbol that all the Junior Primary boys have the necessary skills to fly with courage and confidence as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Photos by Saysha Baker
Grade 4s Put Together Christmas Boxes
The St Charles College Grade 4s undertook a very special project this term whereby they had the opportunity to share with those less fortunate. They put together Christmas Boxes for Angels’ Care Centre in Howick. Angels’ Care Centre is a non-profit organisation established to address the needs of desperately poor children from informal settlements in the village of Howick. They provide quality pre-school education, aftercare facilities, a feeding programme, as well as health care and community outreach programmes. The boys put together boxes containing some essential items, as well as some nice treats for the children. Pictured: Greg Palframan.