The Upper Junior School
After their grounding in St Margaret’s, the girls graduate up the hill to the Upper Junior School.
The primary focus in Upper Junior School is to create an environment that will develop, in each girl, an appetite for learning. It is a passion for learning and a love and enthusiasm for particular subjects that will give each girl the energy and confidence to persevere and persist and enable her to achieve her personal best.
“Understanding the learning needs of each girl is central to establishing a positive learning environment”.
Subjects offered in the Upper Junior School include: Mathematics, English, Afrikaans (First Additional Language), isiZulu (First Additional Language), Social Sciences (History and Geography), Natural Sciences (Physical Science and Biology), IT and Technology, and Information Skills. There are two classes at each level and each class is mentored by a class teacher and a co-teacher. For core subjects, the two classes are divided into three smaller groups, in which the girls benefit from the higher teacher-pupil ratio.
Understanding the learning needs of each girl is central to establishing a positive learning environment. Continuous assessments are part of a process of gathering information to determine each girl’s academic journey. Throughout the year, the girls are exposed to both formative and summative assessment tasks. Our participation in external tests, which include the IBT (International Benchmark Testing), Conquesta Language Olympiads, and the Independent Schools’ Shared Assessments, serve as benchmarks for our particular educational standards. Our girls also successfully enter the SACEE Writing Competition.