Welcome to Maris Stella Junior Primary
Our Junior Primary School in Durban shares the grounds of Maris Stella, and its many outstanding facilities, with the Pre-School, Prep Phase and High School. The girls are educated in a nurturing environment which ensures that learners grow in confidence, make progress, and enjoy school. Our passionate staff is committed to providing a holistic, Catholic-based educational programme which promotes excellence.
Why Maris Stella Junior Primary?
Our Junior Primary department is a vibrant phase of our school offering rich and varied opportunities. The ethos and values to which the school subscribes help create coherence and a sense of belonging.
Here, the focus is on extending and affirming a child’s curiosity, sense of inquiry and ability to make the correct choices. Our hurt-free school policy ensures that girls are given the skills needed to enjoy happy, healthy relationships. Specifically, our curriculum allows for the development of critical thinking and is relevant, and adaptable to the needs of our pupils. Learning takes place both at school, and beyond the classroom. Our warm, experienced teachers ensure that our girls are well prepared for an increasingly demanding world.
Academic Support Programme
Continuous assessment takes place to monitor individual progress. Our teachers make themselves available to assist girls who need support for a particular section of the curriculum. If additional support is required the following professionals are available on site:
- School counsellor
- Educational psychologist
- Remedial teacher
- Occupational therapist
- Speech and language therapist
The Junior Primary aftercare facility is available from 1pm to 4.45pm. Our team of aftercare staff members provide a home away from home for our little girls. The girls may attend aftercare on a regular basis i.e. on a set day or days per term, or on a casual basis. Some homework is supervised, though parents are encouraged to still play a part in checking their daughter’s homework. Outdoor and indoor games and refreshments are provided during the afternoon.
In our Junior Primary School, we strive to create a nurturing environment where each girl is encouraged to participate in a well-structured extramural programme. All girls are given the opportunity to develop their skills through sound coaching that will lead to improved performance and the satisfaction of doing well. Girls are offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of teams that compete in tournaments and galas.
We offer a well-rounded Physical Education programme that aims to develop muscle development, co-ordination and confidence. A wide variety of sport is offered, including:
- Ball skills
- Diving (Grade 3)
- Surfing and Bodyboarding (Grade 3)
- Nippers (Grade 3)
Private lessons are offered in:
- Modern and Tap dancing
- Hip-hop dancing
- Rhythmic gymnastics
- Learn To Swim
- Arts and crafts
There is also a cultural programme offering:
- Grade 3 choir
- Private music lessons
Living our Faith
Family, faith and respect for all are some of the core values of our daily life within the Junior Primary. Our passionate staff is committed to the recognition and encouragement of each girl’s abilities and talents, challenging her development along constructive and creative lines. Each grade has a class charity that the children choose. Here girls are given the opportunity to develop a strong sense of social responsibility as they work as a team towards helping others in our community.
Both the staff and the girls strive to reach out to the community and form strong inter-personal relationships with diverse cultural groups through various pastoral care and social development activities. These include:
- Worshipping together as a school community
- Annual class retreats
- Weekly religious education classes
- Weekly Communion services
- Visiting and assisting with class and school charities
Our Grade 1, 2 and 3 Junior Primary classes create the basis of learning by both laying a strong foundation in mathematics and English, and by the development of critical thinking skills and creativity. We are privileged to have the expertise of specialist teachers in isiZulu, music, drama, physical education and computers. Music, art and drama play an important and vital role in nurturing self-confidence, the power of the imagination, and effective communication skills. Outdoor skills, developed both in sport and by the use of our adventure playground, add a wonderful richness to childhood in our phase.
Activities for further extension, skills development and confidence include:
- Educational shows
- Exciting excursions
- Grandparents Day
- Christmas show
- Junior Primary gala
- Junior Primary Sports Day