Our Approach

At the Primary School we strive to provide quality, relevant and innovative education for students from Grade 1 to Grade 7. Our caring environment fosters learning and personal growth, by way of a dynamic curriculum taught by an enthusiastic, dedicated team of educators. Our approach is one of care, love and support with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement, while we nurture and instil a firm sense of self- discipline and tolerance for others. Respect, tolerance and understanding is fostered through action and example.

Academics

In the Primary School we follow the CAPS curriculum as a baseline. Our small classes and individualised approach to each teaching situation creates a wonderfully conducive learning environment. Having two qualified teachers per class allows for each child to develop at their own pace and level, with plenty of opportunities for extension or remedial work, should the need arise. Progress reports for Grade 1 to Grade 7 are issued every term.

FOUNDATION PHASE: GRADE 1-3

The subjects in Foundation Phase:

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills- which includes Beginning Knowledge, Computer Skills, Art, PT and Religious Education. The learners also have weekly Singing classes and a sport period where they learn different skills needed for participating in the various sporting codes on offer.

Our Religious Education lessons educate the learners not only about the Catholic ethos which we ascribe to, but also knowledge, respect and tolerance for other religions and cultures. 

INTERSEN PHASE: GRADE 4 -7 

The subjects in the Intersen Phase:

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Social Sciences (History and Geography)
  • Life Skills- which includes Computer Skills, Art, PT and Religious Education. 

In Grade 7 there are three additional subjects:

  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Life Orientation
  • Technology 

Learners in the Intersen Phase are required to complete cycle tests during the first and third terms, and formal examinations at the end of terms two and four.

Arts and Culture

The Primary School boasts both a junior and senior choir. We participate in the RACA Eisteddfod and the Catholic Schools’ Festival each year. Our confident learners are encouraged to enter RACA in the various categories that may interest them. 

Other art and cultural activities on offer at the primary school are:

  • Debating for our Grade 7 learners
  • A junior and senior book club.
  • Junior and senior Art club
  • Marimba band
  • Drama Club
  • RACA eisteddfod
  • Choir 

Every second year, the school puts on a play or concert in which all of our learners participate.

Sport

St Ursula’s School believes in enriching and developing young people’s lives through exposure to valuable life experiences. We believe that sporting activities play an important role in the self-development of a child. Exposure to sport gives the learner the opportunity to showcase their talent, create friendships and learn valuable lessons when winning isn’t always possible. Our sport and cultural activities walk hand in hand with the Christian ethos of our school. 

St Ursula’s Primary School offers the following sporting and cultural codes:

  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Hockey (boys and girls)
  • Netball (and mini-netball)
  • Soccer
  • Cricket (only at the Primary School)
  • Kung Fu
  • Pilates 

Learners are encouraged to participate in at least ONE extra-mural activity per term. 

St Ursula’s School also encourages, supports and recognises individual participation in sporting codes not offered at the school to allow for personal talent identification.

Aftercare

Aftercare is offered for our learners at no additional cost. Children do not need to be registered for Aftercare, and can attend every day or occasionally, as the need arises. 

Although our Aftercare service is free of charge, parents are responsible for providing their children with meals, drinks and snacks for the afternoon. As an alternative, the tuck shop will have food available for purchase and children are required to place their orders in the mornings.

Aftercare hours are from 2:00 pm to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Aftercare staff are only on duty until 5:30 pm. Children that are left at school until after 5.30 pm will be supervised by the school security guard and parents will be charged a rate of R100 per hour or part thereof, which will be added to their school account. 

No formal homework is given at the Primary school. Children will have Reading which is monitored by the aftercare staff.