BOARDING schools usually start with a comparatively
small number of junior pupils and then gradually grow and expand,
There is no doubt that this method of opening a
residential school is very good. With the closing of St. George's
School, Kongwa, and with the large number of pupils leaving the
primary schools, St Michael's and St. George's School had to open
with nearly 500 pupils in the age group 11 18 years.
This was a stimulating challenge and I am pleased to
be able to state the challenge has been met with determination and
in a spirit of adventure and co operation between staff and
The chief queries which parents quite rightly ask are
is my child being well taught? Is the food good? Are the children
well cared for in their Houses? What about facilities for games and
I am happy to assure parents on all these points. I
am satisfied that we have made a good start to our teaching. Last
weekend every pupil was reported on in every subject and some form
changes will be made in the light of these reports. The pupils'
work will be reviewed every three weeks in this manner, and any
slackness will be detected and put right, and children who are
doing well will be encouraged to maintain and, if possible, improve
The food is good, as many of you have probably
already heard from your children. In the Houses, the girls and boys
have first class accommodation and already the healthy house spirit
of loyalty to one's House, and respect and friendliness towards
Housemasters and Housemistresses are clearly discernible.
The playing fields are not yet complete, but it has
been possible to start organised school games. The boys are playing
Rugby football and the first rounds, senior and junior, of the
House Leagues have been played.
The girls are playing netball and hockey. The tennis
courts will be available for play shortly.
Many societies and clubs have been pupils profitable
occupation for their leisure time: Music Society, Dramatic Society,
Naturalist and Geographical society, Stamp and illness Clubs,
Christian Union, Scouts. Scottish Country Dancing, Craft Guild,
Arts and Crafts Club, Gym Club and a Vlth Form Society. The
Naturalist Society has made several excursions with staff into the
I consider that the School has got off to quite a
good start, but a vast amount of pioneer work and development
remain to be done. Parents and staff have one common aim - the
welfare of the children - and it Is essential for understanding and
co operation between us.