Theme teaching and cross-curricular activities are encouraged and children have access to specialist teachers in Music, Art, Drama, Computer Studies, Remedial Education, Physical Education and IsiZulu. St John’s D.S.G. aims to stay abreast with educational trends that are of benefit to the cognitive and the developmental stages of the girls. Creative and critical thinking skills are encouraged to help with problem-solving to create co-operative learners and allow each girl to reach her true potential.
Additional languages (IsiZulu and Afrikaans) are offered from Grade 2, thus preparing the girls to make an informed choice of language in Senior School.
Class music is offered to all girls from Grade 1 – 3. The curriculum consists of music appreciation, music theory, history of music, movement to music and the Music Department affords girls the opportunity to learn to play the recorder in Grade 2. The Junior Primary Choir plays an integral part in the life of the Junior School.
St John’s D.S.G. is in the fortunate position of having a specialist drama teacher who teaches girls from Grade 3. The Junior Primary girls present the Nativity Play annually – a highlight of the Junior School calendar! Throughout the year, all the Junior School girls have the opportunity to be involved in various class assemblies, which allow them to use the skills they have learnt during class in front of an audience. Both the girls and their parents thoroughly enjoy these assemblies.
Art is a much-enjoyed subject at St John’s D.S.G. In Grade 1 and 2, art is included in the class curriculum and in Grade 3, a specialist art teacher teaches the girls on the theory and practical sides of the subject.
In the Junior Primary Phase, Grade 1 and Grade 2 extra-curricular sport is compulsory and consists of “Buddy Sport” where the emphasis is on the acquisition of basic skills and group participation. Grade 3 pupils have the choice of participating in the Senior Primary sport programme at an under 9 level.
As St John’s D.S.G. is a small school, our focus is on the involvement and participation of the girls rather than winning at all costs, however results show that we do excel and achieve in a great number of sporting activities. The school also offers specialist swimming and tennis coaching and ballet lessons privately, if girls want to add extension lessons onto the sporting programme that the school already offers.
At St John’s D.S.G., Christian worship, values and principles are the foundation of the school life. Grades 1 -3 attend a weekly chapel service. The Grade 3s also attend a weekly class with the school chaplain, Rev. Diane Pickford. Rev. Pickford is available to the girls for pastoral guidance, counselling and support.
In keeping with our ethos of caring for others, St John’s D.S.G. believes that girls should become involved from a young age in various charitable organisations. The Junior School partakes in various recycling initiatives and fundraising events through Civvies Days, and the money raised from these events is donated to many charities around our city. This enables the girls to learn about self-sacrifice and the satisfaction of “doing good” for the benefit for others, as well as caring for our environment.
The school provides a complimentary after-school care programme between 12h15 – 17h00 from Monday to Friday. Those staying for Aftercare will have lunch, rest and play all under teacher’s supervision until 14h00. From 14h00 – 17h00, girls will join the main Junior School Aftercare programme.