St Peter’s is a Catholic Independent Co-educational Primary School, founded by the Franciscan Sisters in 1957. It is the school’s mission to provide a balanced, holistic education based on Christian values. Whilst the school’s identity is fundamentally Catholic, pupils of other faiths and cultures are also welcome. Values such as empathy, respect and self-discipline are taught.
The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). Since those early days, the school has grown into a reputable institution, which offers a mixture of old world charm and modern amenities. The school is renowned for its high academic standards, and skills such as critical thinking form an essential part of our teaching. Computer literacy has been recognised by St Peter’s as an essential part of a modern curriculum. The school is fully equipped with modern computers, which provide pupils the opportunity to acquire computer skills and allow them to learn at their own pace. As it is the school’s philosophy to prepare pupils in a rounded educational environment, we therefore employ a team of occupational, remedial and speech therapists, along with other specialist teachers, to attend to any special needs. Learning Support classes (Grades 1, 2 and 3) cater for a small group of pupils on site until they can be absorbed back into mainstream.
St Peter’s is located on a beautiful hillside in Sonheuwel Nelspruit and overlooks the city towards the mountains of the escarpment in the north. The school has steadily grown to 392 pupils and the current Headmaster is Dumisani Kunene.
The school offers a large variety of sporting activities such as soccer, netball, swimming, hockey, cricket and athletics. These are complemented by a comprehensive cultural programme, which provides pupils with skills in gardening, ballet, beading, pottery, etc. In the woodwork centre, boys have the opportunity to try out their skills on different materials, whilst girls are taught to master many handwork techniques; including the use of sewing machines. Personal growth is encouraged through a structured leadership development programme which is open to all Grade 7 pupils. In addition, Grade 7 pupils learn technical drawing as a subject – a unique feature in a primary school.
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