Welcome To Maris Stella Pre-School
One of the leading pre-schools in Durban, we offer a vibrant, happy place for young girls to learn and grow. We pride ourselves on ensuring a great balance between teacher-directed and free choice activities, encouraging active learning which is child-centred, age appropriate and, most importantly, fun!
Why Maris Stella Pre-School?
Our pre-school is small, intimate and nurturing. While separate from Maris Stella’s other school phases, the pre-school forms part of the wider school family, with specially delegated high school leaders assigned to each class. This promotes a sense of sisterhood and belonging, boosting confidence and independence and offering an enriching and unique experience.
We have the following classes:
- Grade 000 for girls turning 4 in that year
This programme allows plenty of opportunity to learn through play in a loving, caring environment. The girls spend a busy day exploring and making discoveries.
- Grade 00 for girls turning 5 in that year
This class continues to learn through lots of play, but they also have more formal periods where they explore the concepts necessary to prepare them for Grade R.
- Two Grade R classes for girls turning 6 in that year
This year covers the concepts as laid down in the CAPS curriculum; our pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-maths programmes ensure our girls are well prepared for Grade 1.
Our pre-school opens at 7.15am and our morning ends at 12.30pm. An aftercare facility is available from 12.30pm to 4.45pm.
Our more formal lessons include:
- PE (swimming for the older girls)
- Interactive theme discussions
The free play periods include:
- Art techniques and media
- Fantasy play
- Block construction
- Puzzles and games
- Sand and sensopathic (touch) play
- Play in our large garden, with apparatus that encourages gross motor development
Included as part of our pre-school offering are our Learn to Swim programme, as well as adventure games programme.
Private lessons offered include:
- Tennis (Grade R only)
- Speech and Drama (for Grade 00 and Grade R)
Our aftercare facility is situated in the pre-school. Some of the girls stay until 2.30pm while others are at school until 4.45pm. The afternoon programme includes a quiet rest time, an art activity and supervised indoor and outdoor play time.
Living our Faith
As a school with a Catholic ethos, our Christian faith is central to our daily programme, instilling common values and guidance. We begin and end each day with prayer; each class has a religion lesson once a week; we sing Christian songs and attend Mass at school once a term. We have a pre-school gathering each week where we talk to the girls about different values. We are involved in regular community outreach, visiting our designated charities once a term, interacting with the people cared for there, and taking along items generously donated by the girls and their families.
In keeping with our family ethos, we have a range of events during the year which focuses on various members of our families. These include:
- Family picnic, giving families an opportunity to get to know each other
- Teddy Bears picnic for Mother’s Day
- Dads and Daughters evening
- Grandparents morning
- Prayer and Praise service in the school chapel
- Christmas play