St John's College

The Preparatory School accommodates pupils from Grade 3 to Grade 7 and sets a strong foundation ahead of their final school years at the College. Pupils are exposed to a strong academic, cultural and sports programme that provides a space for each individual to develop their unique potential.

The Prep School aims to develop a lifelong desire to learn and explore in our pupils. This is encouraged through the teaching of exciting lessons, setting challenging projects and extending the learning experience through trips and tours to exhibitions, plays and places of interest.

With traditional Christian values as the foundation of all learning and teaching, pupils leave the Prep School with a strong sense of discipline, autonomy and social responsibility.

Boys are also taught the importance of self-respect and respect for others with whom they work, play and live. Activities are encouraged that promote boys’ intellectual development, ranging from the teaching of essential skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and numeracy to research skills and technological skills in subjects such as Design and Technology and Information Technology. In addition, an awareness of the many different South African cultures and languages is fostered.

Academic curriculum

English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, Mathematics, Natural and Life Sciences, History, Geography, Economic Management Sciences, Information Technology, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Divinity for Life.

Pastoral Care

At St John’s we see the boys’ emotional well-being as central to their growth and success. To this end we provide pastoral care and support to the boys on a variety of levels:

  • The school’s Pastoral Care team comprising the headmaster, deputies, housemasters, chaplains and the school psychologist meet every week to discuss boys requiring additional support
  • The school psychologist provides counselling and therapy when required
  • The Academic Support teacher provides remedial therapy to boys in need of extra support in their academic programme