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English Department
Through a challenging and comprehensive curriculum that fosters creativity and develops critical thinking skills, the boys are encouraged to immerse themselves in a wide variety of areas of study. Our schemes of work take into consideration the Department of Education’s Curriculum Assessment Standards (CAPS), towards which we work and aim to exceed.  Areas of study include ‘Listening and Speaking’, ‘Reading and Viewing’, ‘Thinking and Reasoning’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Language Use’.

St John’s Preparatory School is one of the pioneer members of the ISASA English Curriculum Development Group and our Upper III (Grade 7) boys write the annual Shared Assessment set by this group.

Under the auspices of the English Department, a trip to the Grahamstown Children’s Arts’ Festival is organised for a group of Lower III and Upper III (Grade 6 and 7) boys. Boys participate in a wide variety of creative and dramatic activities, and become immersed in the atmosphere of the festival.

St John’s has a proud and rich tradition of reading which is embraced by the whole school community. We also encourage our boys to take part in public speaking and boys from Lower II to Upper III (Grade 4 – 7) participate regularly in the Inter-School Public Speaking Festival, known as ‘Chatterbox’. During the Trinity Term, these boys also participate in an annual Public Speaking Competition.
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