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Our aftercare service is available for learners from Grade 1 to Grade 7, at an additional cost. Learners are accommodated in safe classrooms and playgrounds, and the fees include a freshly prepared cooked lunch. Junior-Preparatory learners benefit from group tutoring and are entertained inside on rainy days. Senior-Preparatory learners are supervised at their extramural activities, or in the learning hub, where self-directed study and educational games take place, and they can complete tasks and homework under the supervision of teachers.
As a Curro Select school, we have created a safe, modern environment where children can grow accustomed to learning and working with modern equipment and facilities. Along with our small class sizes, this ensures that they develop 21st-century skills. Our specialised facilities include well-maintained sports fields/courts, fully equipped laboratories, a learning-support department, multimedia library, Carol Arts and Media Centre, and more.
We provide lunch freshly prepared in our on-site kitchen
All learners from Grade 3 receive a freshly prepared cooked lunch in our dining hall. Special attention is paid to ensure the correct balance of food groups as part of our healthy eating initiative, launched in 2014. Meals served in our four-week-cycle menu are included in our affordable school fees, and learners from Grade 1 to Grade 7 receive a sandwich during first break.
At St George’s Preparatory, we support learners who face difficulties with their learning in the classroom. This can vary from specific areas of difficulty, such as reading, phonics and comprehension, to ADD and ADHD, or language and reasoning challenges such as dyslexia (difficulty in reading, writing and spelling) and dyscalculia (math difficulties).
Our aim is to focus on early intervention, so that each learners' individual needs can be addressed and supported. As a Curro Select school, our on-site team consists of two learning-support therapists, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and a paediatric physiotherapist. Furthermore, learners who need more assistance than can be provided during school hours are referred to our preferred educational psychologist. As part of our Christian values (ethics and morals), we take great care to ensure that learners feel loved and supported while receiving intervention at our learning-support department.
Our library is situated on the ground floor of the Carol Arts and Media Centre. Grade 1 learners come for story time in their small class sizes, while learners from Grade 2 onwards may take out books during certain times of the year. Learners from Grade 4 onwards receive education in the use of libraries, books and reading multimedia. The library also has a computer section that learners use for self-directed research – valuable 21st-century skills – and learners in the Junior-Preparatory phase take coding lessons there.
We provide pastoral care
As our school is based on Christian values (ethics and morals), our staff members share responsibility for pastoral care at our school. Family and fellowship are more than just part of our core values, as we pride ourselves on being an intimate family school where all our learners are accepted and safe. Class teachers provide the first line of pastoral care, ably assisted by all other staff. Our school is divided into three houses, and learners within each house form strong bonds among themselves and with their teachers. Older learners receive pastoral care from their house parents, who engage parents when needed. These houses also participate against one another in inter-house sports and cultural activities.
Parent Teacher Association
Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is made up of a group of volunteering parents and staff. The aim of the PTA is to arrange social and fundraising activities, and to support school events.
As a Curro Select school, the PTA makes a very valuable contribution to enriching the life of the school in many ways. Funds raised have been spent on improving equipment and resources – including drinking-water fountains, ceiling fans in classrooms, resurfacing the tennis court and the upgrade of learners’ lockers.
If you would like to get involved, contact the school or request a volunteer form.
St George’s Preparatory virtual tour
Our primary school is located in central Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), that provides high-quality education for learners from Grade R to Grade 7. Through affordable school fees, our dedicated teachers, well-rounded approach, small class sizes and Christian values (ethics and morals) empower learners with 21st-century skills and knowledge to grow into high-performing, self-confident individuals. Click on the image below to take a virtual tour of our school:
St George’s Preparatory location
Our school is located in the cultural hub of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), surrounded by institutions such as the GFI Art Gallery, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, St George’s Park Conservatory and The Athenaeum. Although our school is in the CBD, the size and layout of our campus separate our learners from the bustle of the city.