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St Peter’s School Mbombela is a leading independent preparatory school in the Lowveld, affiliated to both Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). Affiliation to these bodies ensure that we are up to date with the latest trends and best practice in independent schooling in South Africa. The campus is situated on a beautiful hillside in Sonheuwel in Nelspruit bordering the private nature reserve.
The school combines the best of traditional values with a modern and balanced approach to co-educational learning. As a prep school our focus is on the preparation of children for life in high school (and beyond). We admit children from the age of 3 years old and educate them in a caring environment until they leave us at the end of Grade Seven.
Our pupils are prepared for entry into senior schools of their choice in South Africa, with many of them opting to go to Penryn College or Uplands College, where I might add they are sought after. We have an exceptional Early Childhood Development programme run from our Junior School Complex. It offers a balanced curriculum combined with play and lots of outdoor activities. We offer a full day service from 07:00 until 17:30 that is ideal for working parents. A healthy breakfast is served five days a week to all pupils and a hot lunch four days a week. An integrated school day is followed from 07:30 until 16:00 in grades 1-7. After 16:00 supervision is given and pupils are assisted by staff to complete homework, until they are collected no later than 17:30.
Academic success is important, our pupils are encouraged to be inquisitive and reflect on academic insight through critical thinking in the foundation, intermediate and senior phases. Pupils are assisted and motivated to excel in all areas of achievement; including sporting and cultural pursuits.
The school has a strong Catholic ethos and values such as respect for self and others are taught from a very young age. We allow members of other faiths provided they accept the Christian values on which the school is built. The strength of St Peter’s School Mbombela (SPSM) is its family atmosphere with education seen as a partnership between pupils, staff and parents. Our caring staff nurtures the pupils as individuals, encouraging each to become independent, creative, resourceful and confident with a strong sense of community.
Parent involvement is highly valued and when you join the school you become part of a wide group of like – minded friends. The Chapel and Convent, in the middle of the school, are unique features, which add value to our strong pastoral care.
The school is renowned for its high academic standards and highly motivated teachers who are experts in their field’s nurture and guide pupils to be the best they can be.
Information Technology is highly valued at St Peter’s School Nelspruit and it is seen as an essential part of a modern curriculum. All our classrooms are Air Conditioned and many have interactive whiteboards, which promote curiosity for learning.
Grade Six pupils write the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Core Skills Test which serves as a benchmark for our school among other independent prep schools in South Africa. Key to our unique character is the diverse nature of our curriculum.
Our medium of instruction is English first language supplemented by Afrikaans and SiSwati as first additional languages.
It is the school’s philosophy to prepare pupils in a rounded educational environment. We have on campus employ a highly skilled team of occupational, remedial and speech therapists (along with other specialist teachers and a resident Psychologist) to attend to children with learning difficulties. We offer Learning Support classes , called Enrichment in Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 . These cater for a small group of pupils who has been identified as having learning difficulties. Once they are ready, the children are absorbed back into mainstream. In Grade 5 there are School Support Officers (Intern Teachers) who assist the class teachers. in Grade 6 and 7 English and Mathematics teachers also have interns, pupils are streamed to allow additional support where needed as well as challenging stronger learners.
The school offers a large variety of sporting activities such as cross country, soccer, netball, swimming, hockey, cricket, rugby , tennis and athletics. These are complemented by a comprehensive cultural programme which provides pupils with skills in music, choir, debating, public speaking, chess and others. We broaden their horizons through clubs and activities like gardening, ballet, beading, cycling and others. Whatever a pupil’s talents; it is the school’s aim to discover and develop them.
Individual growth is encouraged through a structured leadership development programme which caters for all pupils in Grade Seven. The programme targets all areas of leadership and assists pupils in their development, and this is done under the care and guidance of designated tutors. Leadership skills are acquired at a leadership camp organised early in the year for Grade Seven pupils and, in order to enhance these skills, the school has a tutor group system in place and operates an outreach programme throughout the year. SPSM has a proud status of having well-disciplined and polite pupils with an eagerness to live up the Franciscan Sisters of the immaculate conception’s approach of embracing and serving all people. We offer a diverse environment reflecting our democracy. These are all encapsulated in our Children’s Charter.
To assist in getting to know the school and to serve as a guide we publish the What You Need to Know guide. Please download and familiarize yourself with the content.
You are most warmly invited to come and see us in action during office hours (07:30 – 15:30), Monday to Friday.
We truly aim to live up to our promise of laying the foundation for a brighter future.
Thank you and I look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Mr Jacques Janse van Rensburg
To God be the Glory
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