Four Grade 11 learners from Notre Dame St Peter’s High School in Kroostad – Dipuo Seripe, Katleho Temeki, Lerato Masiu and Tokelo Qhena – will represent their school at a student leadership conference in Boston in the US in June. The annual conference brings together students from 12 high schools under the proprietorship of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur across the US. The 100 students delegates will discuss the theme “Tools for Moral Leadership and a Global Consciousness”.
The Kroonstad four will be the only learners from outside the US this year, and their trip is being sponsored by the Ohio state Sisters of Notre Dame. St Peter’s deputy head (ethos) Derek Musambasi will be travelling with the group.
The Boston conference will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the canonization of St Julie Billiart, founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. This year Notre Dame St Peter’s High School, formerly St Peter Claver’s, added Notre Dame to its name, to show its long association with the Sisters, who first opened it in Marabastad in 1916, and to link it with the worldwide Notre Dame network.
Twelve Kroonsatd pupils applied to attend the Boston conference. The Sisters of Notre Dame shortlisted and interviewed six of them, and noted that all applicants showed great leadership potential and any four would have been good ambassadors for the school. Notre Dame St Peter’s High School is the only school in Kroonstad that offers the Independent Examination Board matriculation exam, and its 2018 matrics achieved a 100% pass rate.