Preparatory Phase

At St Patrick’s College, we believe in the importance of a varied programme that will prepare your child for the challenges of life. Our classrooms are fun and filled with diverse levels of stimulation. Apart from the required curriculum, the children take part in theme work, computer technology, singing, steel drumming, ukulele playing and djembe drums. Life skill development includes growing vegetables, a market day, art projects and cultural development. There are also opportunities for the children to make use of our magnificent outdoor environment. Standard school sports and alternate sports such as open water swimming, cycling and hiking all form part of the extended child development programme. Each child is regarded as a unique individual and, and our nurturing environment and passionate teachers allow each child to discover his or her inimitable potential. Mrs Mary Stanford, Head of the Prep school, leads a group of well-qualified, experienced teachers and learner support staff.

YOUR FOUNDATION TO LEARNING

GRADE 1 -3

Development in this phase of your child’s life is a progression from Grade R, encompassing spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical aspects. During this phase, the intellectual development begins more formally and we provide the ideal environment and stimulation for it to happen. Character development, social skills as well as a sound work ethic remain important. Listening skills, mathematics, reading and writing skills, are all promoted.  This does not mean there is no time for play, as this still forms an integral part of the child’s social development. Activities and fun days are planned to allow learning through play. 

THE NEXT STEP UP

GRADE 4-7

The Senior Primary Phase, Grades 4 – 7, builds on the firm foundations of the Junior Primary Phase. This progression allows for greater social and intellectual independence, which is developed in an exciting range of opportunities and experiences. All pupils learn to play a musical instrument; the ukulele lessons of the Junior Primary are replaced with guitar lessons while the former day trips become exciting adventure trips where leadership skills are developed and the outdoors becomes an extension of the classroom. The STEAM ROOM is a challenging space to develop problem solving and other creative solutions to everyday problems. The Development Goals for 2030 are a constant reminder to the pupils that we must all think and create given the responsibility of being custodians of our planet. The guidance of experienced teachers re-enforces our social responsibility to preserve our world by re-cycling, re-using and renewal and to consider those who are less fortunate. Pupils are guided into the more formal aspects of assessment and are assessed by outside bench marking tests to establish the standard required. The use of technology is encouraged as a useful research and communication tool. The Christian character of the school defines our values and principles and guides decision making.