St Peter’s Girls School promotes a happy, participative environment where every child feels at home and is able to achieve success. It strives for academic excellence and to encourage pupils to achieve their highest standard in all areas.
The programme contains elements of both traditional and best-practice 21st century learning principles, combined with sport and cultural activities. Technology is fully integrated into all subjects. The key word is 'preparatory' and St Peter’s endeavours to prepare girls to fit successfully into their chosen high schools and the world beyond.
The following subjects are offered:
- English – first language
- Natural Science
- Afrikaans – second language
- isiZulu – second language
- Social Sciences
- Physical Education
- Thinking Skills
- Information Technology
- Economic Management Sciences (Grade 7)
- Life Orientation
In all academic programmes, the girls are encouraged to become independent critical thinkers and problem-solvers. Focus is also placed on the development of effective communication skills, both written and oral. In various classes teachers have the opportunity to team-teach, enabling enrichment of the curriculum and reinforcement of concepts as the pupils move towards mastery. Extension of learning, within the curriculum guidelines and according to interests, is encouraged.
The Thinking Skills programme is central to the St Peter’s approach, creating a positive culture of learning within the school. Girls explore a wide range of strategies and tools that enable and encourage higher-order thinking. Thinking Maps, Thinking Hats, routines and other tools are incorporated accross the grades.
These thinking tools support the development of in-depth and critical thinking, allowing the girls to engage meaningfully within their academic endeavours, as well as reflect on challenging circumstances and scenarios. St Peter’s is one of only two accredited Thinking Schools in Southern Africa.
Tree map of tools