JUNIOR SCHOOL: GRADE 1 – 7

Your daughter is learning and growing! She has gained valuable skills during her formative educational years and is ready to progress in her school journey.

Choosing the right school for your daughter is such an important decision – and may be a challenging one too! To ensure that our admissions process is as simple and convenient as possible, we have developed a step-by-step guide to assist you as you apply for your daughter to join the St John’s D.S.G. Junior School family.

ADMISSION PROCESS STEPS

STEP 1: CONTACT US AND SAY HI!
If you are considering St John’s D.S.G. as the school of choice for your daughter, we would love to hear from you! Please contact our lovely Admissions Secretary, Mrs Jenny Westwood, on 033 386 8304 or email admissions@stjohnsdsg.com and we can answer any questions you have.

STEP 2: BOOK A TOUR OF THE SCHOOL
We have no doubt that you will want to see our “small school with big heart” in action, to get a real sense of what makes St John’s D.S.G. special. You are welcome to book a school tour (at a time convenient for you) by clicking on the link below. Alternatively, you can register your interest for our Junior School Open Day, which takes place annually in March.

STEP 3: COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM
Please click on the tab below to complete the online application form. Please take special note of application closing dates, especially for Grade 1 applications.

Junior School Online Admission Form

STEP 4: INTERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT
Once your application form has been received, Mrs Jenny Westwood will email you to confirm receipt. For Grade 1 placements, the application process will only commence in February the year before entry. Parents are invited to an interview with our Junior School Headmistress whilst one of our teachers spends time getting to know your daughter in a friendly and relaxed environment. Depending on the availability of space, parents of Grade 2 – 7 applicants may be invited to an interview with our Junior School Headmistress and an appointment for your daughter to interact with one of our teachers will be made for the same time.

STEP 5: PLACEMENTS
All Grade 1 applicants will be informed via email in March the year before entry if they have been successful in obtaining a place at the school. For all other grade applicants, the school will be in contact after a couple weeks from the interview and assessment.

JUNIOR SCHOOL FEES

2020 DAY SCHOLAR FEES PER PUPIL

GradeFeeSundry Levy*Development LevyTotal Fees
1 – 2R60 191R6 480R4 000R70 671
3R71 610R6 480R4 000R82 090
4R78 538R6 480R4 000R89 018
5 – 6R86 298R6 480R4 000R96 778
7R97 956R7 937R4 000R109 893

*Sundry Levy includes the use of textbooks, a R600 printing levy, compulsory school and sport transport, after school care and limited stationery in the Junior School, laboratory costs, library usage, awards, compulsory scholar accident insurance, the school magazine and 50% of academic tour costs.

Click here for more information on School Fees.

JUNIOR SCHOOL FAQ

St John’s D.S.G. does not work on a first-come-first-served basis. We accept applications throughout the year and prospective families are welcome to apply several years in advance for their ideal grade of entry. However, this will not guarantee a space at the school. The deadline for applications for Grade 1 is always March the year before entry. There is no deadline for applications for Grades 2 – 7, placements are, however, space dependent. Please note: our Grade R class feeds into Grade 1, so space is often limited when applying for Grade 1.

For Grade 1 entry, the application process will only commence in February the year before entry. Parents are invited to an interview with our Junior School Headmistress whilst one of our teachers spends time getting to know your daughter in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Depending on the availability of space, parents of all other Junior School Grades may be invited to an interview with our Junior School Headmistress and an appointment for your daughter to interact with one of our teachers will be made for the same time.

The interview is an opportunity to meet you and your daughter in a relaxed setting. Your daughter will also have an opportunity to chat with one of the teachers to ask more grade specific questions and see the classrooms. She may be asked a few questions relating to her current grade’s work.

For all Grade 1 applications, yes, as failure to do so will mean that your application will not be processed or considered. However, for all applications for Grades 2 – 7, the application fee will only be requested if there is space available for your daughter.

By attending an Open Day, you will have the benefit of experiencing the whole school in action. You will be able to look in on lessons, meet pupils and staff and watch various events going on during the day. If you are not able to attend an Open Day, the Marketing Department can arrange an individual visit that will suit your requirements.

At St John’s D.S.G. we offer one class per grade in the Junior School.

Class sizes are usually around 24 to 26. However, we may add extra teacher support should the class size get any bigger.

There are currently 550 girls at St John’s D.S.G. and 210 in the Junior School.

All girls need to be at school by 07h20 for registration. Grade 1 and Grade 2 finish their academic day at 12h20 and the Grade 3 to 7 girls at 13h20.

From Grade 1, girls are able to have the school lunch which needs to be pre-ordered termly on the school app and is charged to parents’ school account.

Yes, there is aftercare available until 17h00 every day for girls in Grades RR-7 for families whose parents work.

No, there is currently no extra charge for aftercare.

Unfortunately, St John’s D.S.G. doesn’t offer boarding for Junior School girls. However, the school will consider Grade 7 boarding applications on a case by case basis.

Even though the Junior and Senior Schools share the same campus, there is not much overlap between the two schools. The only facilities that they share are the Theatre, Chapel and Sports grounds. However, the school’s “big heart” is seen in action through school programmes such as the Matrics “adopt a Junior School class” that creates and encourages a sense of sisterhood. School assemblies with Grades 3 to 12 attending also creates a sense of family.

Yes, Academic Support is offered at the school. The cost is currently R150 per individual remedial lesson and R120 per paired remedial lesson. There is a capped cost of R600 per month should intensive remedial support be required.

Cross-Country, Basketball, Hockey and Indoor Hockey, Netball, Squash, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis.

Class Music is offered from Grade RR to Grade 7 in the Junior school. Girls attend Class Music lessons once a week as part of the academic day. In Grade 4 and 5 girls attend music twice a week and take part in a violin and drumming programme in addition to their Class Music lessons.

Yes. Individual Music Tuition in a variety of musical instruments is offered from Grade 2 upwards. There is also a group piano class available in Grade 1 which introduces our younger girls to basic concepts in Music and is a good starting point to gauge their interest.

There are many extra-mural musical activities offered in the Junior School, some of which require no previous musical experience! There is a Junior Primary and Senior Primary choir as well as a variety of marimba bands for Grade 6 and 7 girls.

Girls have the option of signing up for Ballet lessons with Lisa Jennings School of Dance as well as private Swimming with Carol’s Learn to Swim (Grade 1) and Tennis lessons with Karl VF Tennis. Please note these extras are not included in the school fees.

The school offers daily transport to and from the Athlone Circle, Hilton and Howick.

No cellphones are allowed in the Junior School. If girls do happen to come to school with one they must leave it with their class teacher or our Junior School Secretary until the end of the school day.

Unfortunately, the Junior School does not offer financial assistance.

Yes, the school does offer a discount for siblings. Where two or more sisters attend the school at the same time, there is a rebate of 10% of the tuition fee for the second and any subsequent sister, provided that the family do not receive any other form of fee discount or financial assistance.

Yes, there is an early settlement discount on tuition fees and the sundry levy. This is set each year and will be published in the annual fees letter.

All fees are payable by debit order monthly in arrears over 10 months from January to October.