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St Andrew's College hosts the International Boys' School Coalition Regional conference

Mar 16, 2017
St Andrew's College hosts the International Boys' School Coalition Regional conference

Last weekend St Andrew’s College had the privileged of hosting the International Boys’ School Coalition Regional conference (IBSC). A full programme of keynote speakers and breakaway lectures began on Thursday afternoon and ran through to noon on Saturday. Over 150 senior educators from the top boys’ schools in Southern Africa descended on Grahamstown and it was a wonderful time to meet and network with other schools.

"Our campus is looking magnificent, and a large percentage of the delegates who had never been to Grahamstown, or in particular College, where incredibly complementary about our facilities and the beauty of our campus. I would like to extend my thanks to Roger and Jenny Wilkinson for the wonderful job they do," said Alan Redfern, Deputy Headmaster of St Andrew's College

The tone for the conference was set by an excellent address delivered by 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 the boys, and challenged everyone 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: Bruce Whitfield and Clive Eley added excellent value to the conference and both took great pride in being back on our campus," said Alan Redfern.

The focus of the conference was not only about a strong line-up of keynote speakers, but it also created an excellent opportunity for delegates to spend time discussing our schools along with current trends and best practices in boys education.

"The atmosphere of the conference was very positive and delegates thoroughly enjoyed being on our campus and in Grahamstown. The talents of our Jazz band where displayed at the Gala Dinner on Friday evening and were very well received. The conference was an over-whelming success and our thanks to all the members of the College community who assisted in producing an outstanding conference." said Alan Redfern.