JULY 26 is a special day in the life of St Charles College. It is the day we celebrate the humble beginnings of the college in 1875, at a time when Bishop Charles Jolivet envisioned a school for the boys who roamed the streets of the city to have a place where they could study and develop themselves into purposeful citizens of the community. Today in 2017, 142 years later, the philosophy of St Charles College remains the same as we grow to become the leading independent boy’s school in Africa. Every year on Founders’ Day the college commemorates the occasion with the traditional Founders’ Day Dash. Junior and senior boys start and finish their sprint at the entrance gate amid side-line cheers of encouragement from the rest of the college. Not only does the race of speed and endurance require the grit necessary for a near-middle distance sprint, the race also reflects the heart of perseverance that has shaped the school from its small beginnings to the vibrant college of over 800 boys from Grade 000 to A Levels, across five schools. - Supplied.