We foster a love of learning; building a strong foundation for girls as they grow. We utilise progressive and holistic teaching methods to equip girls with the skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Ms Tracy Laubscher

Ms Tracy Laubscher

Head of Senior Primary

About

Our approach to an all-round holistic education means we instil the opportunities for our girls not only to learn, but to learn to think. Our Senior Primary phase equips girls to build character and a curiosity for learning and problem-solving. We encourage our girls to achieve their personal best through our Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Growth Mindset programmes.

Senior Primary

Academics

ICT, Coding, and Robotics are an integral part of the Senior Primary phase and are vital learning tools for your daughter’s growth. Our SMART Centre has qualified and experienced Speech Therapists and Remedial Specialists trained to assist when required. The following subjects are offered:

Subjects and curriculum

Afrikaans
Arts
Drama
English
Handwriting
ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
isiZulu
Life Orientation
Mathematics
Music
Natural Sciences
Physical Education
Religious Education
Social Sciences/Integrated Studies

Senior Primary

Sport

At St Mary’s we believe that participation in sport helps our girls build trust and a strong sense of camaraderie. We have a variety of sport on offer which allows them to realise their full potential and have a strong sense of achievement through participation.

Sports on offer:

Athletics
Rounders
Badminton
Soccer
Cross Country
Softball
Diving
Squash
Hockey
Swimming
Indoor Hockey
Tennis
Netball
Waterpolo

Senior Primary

Cultural

A balanced life makes for a healthy one. Building on everything they’ve learnt from the Junior Primary phase, we encourage our girls to express themselves creatively which enriches their lives and motivates them to learn new skills. Arts and Cultural disciplines are a fundamental part of the Senior Primary Curriculum.

In addition to being given opportunities to act, sing or play music, Grade 4 and 5 girls are taught to play a musical instrument.

The following cultural activities are offered:

Culture activities offered

Art
Ballet*
Choir
Dance*
Drama
Junior African Music Ensemble (JAME)
Music
Marimbas (Grade 6 and Grade 7 only)
Orchestra
Recorder Group
*These are paid-for extras

Senior Primary

Facilities

Facilities available

Badminton Courts
Gymnastics Arena
2 Heated Swimming Pools
Indoor Hockey Arena
Indoor Sports Hall
2 Netball Courts
2 Sports Fields
2 Squash Courts
7 Tennis Courts
Water-based Astroturf

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Senior Primary

Quick FAQ

What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and what are the benefits?

Emotional Intelligence (or EQ) is the ‘ability to understand, use, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress’. By building a high EQ it helps our girls to communicate better, rise above challenges, and empathise.

How is technology introduced in this phase?

Technology is an integral part of the programme and each girl from Grade 4 has her own iPad to enhance the activities undertaken. Coding and robotics are also taught through our integrated, enquiry-based learning curriculum as well as our Robotics Club.

How can girls in this phase express their creativity?

All girls have weekly Music, Drama and Art lessons and they are able to join a wide variety of music ensembles and choir. Every fortnight, each grade spends a day in the Creativity Centre – a highlight for each girl.

What facilities do the girls in the Senior Primary phase have access to?

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How many subjects are offered?

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Annual Fees & Admissions

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School Journey

Grade R & Junior Primary

The foundation to thrive starts with a curious mind

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High School & Boarding

A place to grow into remarkable women

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