St John’s College must be at the cutting edge of education to remain sustainable.
There must be a global and local emphasis on the importance of 21st-century skills, to which agility and adaptability are key. The strategic academic goals since 2010 have been to focus on creativity in the curriculum and to encourage collaboration and critical thinking. This requires teaching for deep understanding, with a focus on inquiry-based learning, maker-learning and project-based learning – while integrating the use of technology. The new buildings are designed to facilitate this strategic goal.
While significant progress has been made in some areas, such as the Alan Wilcock Vulindlela Centre, the Pre-Prep, boarding, indoor sports facilities and more recently the new Prep building, there is still a need for development in other areas of the school. This includes a new music block and an externally funded water polo facility.