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St John's Preparatory School



"Nurturing today's child for tomorrow's world"

St John’s Preparatory is an independent Christian school. Our aim is to enable boys to develop their individual potential through exposure to a holistic range of academic, sporting, creative and cultural activities. Our primary goal is for boys to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to produce well-adjusted, self-confident young boys prepared for the academic, social and life challenges of the College.


The St John’s Preparatory staff believes that each boy is an individual whose unique potential must be developed. As St John’s is first and foremost an Anglican school, a commitment to traditional Christian values is the foundation of all learning and teaching.

In educating boys we strive to provide an environment that will:

  • Foster each boy’s emotional well-being. The staff will promote positive self-concept, pride in accomplishment, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
  • Foster each boy’s social well-being. The staff will promote respect for self and others with whom boys work, play and live.
  • Foster each boy’s intellectual development. The staff will initiate and develop activities that:
    Develop the ability to examine and use information by teaching the essential skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    Develop research skills, computer literacy and the ability to access, assess and apply information.
    Develop an awareness of the diverse South African cultures and languages.

On leaving the Preparatory school, boys should have developed a sense of autonomy, social responsibility and a respect for one another and the rights of individuals.


The curriculum at St John’s Prep is continually being evaluated and developed, so that it responds to the needs of its community, and also provides for the broader South African and global contexts.
  • We aim to develop in our boys a life-long desire to learn and explore. This is encouraged through the teaching of exciting lessons, setting challenging projects and extending the learning experience through trips and tours to exhibitions, plays and places of interest. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and boys are encouraged to use technology to enable learning in a variety of different ways.
  • We encourage independent learning. We strive to develop a culture of responsibility, empowering boys with the life skills needed to cope with the rigorous demands of College and further study.
  • The curriculum is holistic, covering a wide range of subjects. The boys learn three languages – English, Afrikaans and isiZulu. Maths, Natural Sciences, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Information Technology, EMS, Sport, Music, Art and Drama make up the rest of the weekly programme.
  • We also encourage boys to develop lateral and creative thinking skills, study skills, research skills and EQ skills.
  • We strive for academic excellence, extending each individual to his full potential. The learning programme incorporates the relevant requirements of the Revised National Curriculum Statement and the CAPS policy document, but focuses on the unique needs St John’s Prep School.
  • Most importantly, our curriculum is underpinned by Christian values. Our Divinity for Life programme is designed to give our boys a strong Christian foundation which they are encouraged to build on in their daily lives.
Learning AreasHead
Head of AcademicsMrs M Long
     EnglishMs K Maitland
     AfrikaansMrs Ethel Thomas
     isiZuluMrs D Mashele
     GeographyMrs Ethel Thomas
     HistoryMrs Z De Oliveira
     Design and TechnologyMr J Gunning
     Information TechnologyMr D Mulenga
     Library and Research SkillsMrs N Sulter
DIVINITY FOR LIFEFather Ian Stevens/The Rev Jaques Pretorius / Mrs N Sulter / Mr B Nicolson
     SportMr D Odgers

Mr D Mulenga

     MusicDr B Oosthuizen
     ArtMr B Poco
     DramaMrs N Brummer


Sport at Prep School is an outlet for boys. It is one of those things that for some boys can make school tolerable, but for most, it makes school fun: not just the organised sports, but the games of touch, branders, one bounce and open gates. Sport is a way to blow off steam, to bond with classmates, to interact with boys of other ages, and to get to know the teachers on a more informal basis. Playing sport, the phonies are exposed, the shy boys come into their own, the bullies are put in their place and the truly exceptional personalities emerge. Sport can teach character, but what it really does best is reveal it.

At St John’s all boys play sport. We want to develop boys physically and make them passionate about sport. The only way to do this is to expose them to a variety of sports and make it fun. We are not trying to make ‘champions’: that will take care of itself. However, we do want to create such a passion for sport that in 30 or so years’ time, all our boys will still be benefiting from participating in some kind of physical exercise.

At St John’s Preparatory School we aim to:

  • Encourage team sport, as team sport brings enjoyment and fulfillment as children are playing with friends.
  • Encourage participation rather than winning – children are naturally competitive, especially boys.
  • Develop a passion for sport – the only way to do this is to play.
  • Play as many different sports / activities as possible. Boys should be given a ‘taste’ of all sports and then specialize later on. Boys should not be channelled into one sport.
  • Look to develop ‘flair’ and expression. It is easy to work out methods to win, but unfortunately these methods are often at the expense of developing ‘flair’. Pressure (from parents and coaches) has a negative effect on development. Boys become too focused on their own game and because they are performance orientated, they do not play with the freedom that they should display at this stage in games. Flair and creativity must be encouraged rather than results.
  • Play is important, not performance. However, boys are naturally competitive and so they must be taught to accept accountability. This must be well managed. The focus must be on the process.
  • Teach the basics of each sport. Allow for flair and let children play the way they want to play.
  • Improve on all types of fitness and understand each type’s relevance in all sports.
  • Develop Personality, Social and Moral Skills.
  • Focus on Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Skills.
  • Emphasize hard work; good spirit; sportsmanship; discipline; good behaviour; general manners; enjoyment.

Detailed School Statistics

Suburb: Houghton
  Lowest Grade: Grade 3   Boarding: No
City/Town: Johannesburg
  Highest Grade: Grade 7   Lowest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
Province: Gauteng   Lowest Tuition P/A: R72570.00   Highest Boarding Price P/A: N/A
School Type: Boys   Highest Tuition P/A: R72570.00   Curriculum: IEB South African
Religious: Christian Ethos (Anglican)   Administration Fee:   Teacher/Pupil Ratio:
Number of Pupils: 384   Founding Year:   School Phase: Prep School

Associated schools

The Bridge Nursery School
St John's College (Cambridge A-Levels)
St John's College

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Pre-prep School Principal:
Mrs Jane Lane
Prep School Principal:
Mr Patrick Lees
High School Principal:
Mr Roger Cameron

Tel: 011 645 3100
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Physical Address:
St David Road

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