Last weekend College was privileged to host the International Boys’ Schools Coalition Regional conference (IBSC). A full programme of keynote speakers and breakaway lectures began on Thursday afternoon and ran through to noon on Saturday. The tone of the conference was set by an excellent address delivered by Mr Gary Kirsten on Thursday evening; he left the delegates with a number of pertinent questions around the roll competitive sport plays in the development of our boys, and challenged us to examine elements of specialisation and professionalism in school sport.
On Friday, the delegates were addressed by Dr Tony Humphreys; a world renowned Clinical Psychologist, Author and International Speaker. Dr Humphreys delivered two inspiring presentations over the course of the two-day conference. Over and above Dr Humphreys’ presentations, we had the pleasure of listening to a diverse range of keynote speakers addressing topical issues related to educating young men in South Africa.
It was wonderful hosting two OAs as guest speakers: Mr Bruce Whitfield and Mr Clive Eley added excellent value to the conference and both took great pride in being back on our campus.
A very positive spin-off was the impression College would have made on those attending. Many of them had never been to Grahamstown, let alone visited our campus which is looking magnificent and the gardens beautiful, thanks to the sterling work of Roger and Jenny Wilkinson. Our boys reflected much that we value at College – their manners, behaviour, dress and their obvious enjoyment of what they were doing as they carried on with their lives during the conference spoke volumes. This was endorsed by the performance of the Jazz Band before the gala dinner which was of the highest standard.
Without doubt, the conference was an overwhelming success and we have received any number of compliments about our school. I extend my thanks to all those in the St Andrew’s community who worked so hard – congratulations on a job well done indeed!