In the Primary school, drama, music and stage performances play a big role in the annual calendar with every grade being involved in a production. These productions involve the Music Academy, the class teachers, the art classes and of course parents. It is a wonderful showcase of the primary school’s creativity!
The Saint’s Junior Interact club brings together our very own young Saint’s gentlemen to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Interact; meaning International Action, teaches our boys about the less privileged in all areas of life and different parts of the world, specifically South Africa and our city, Bloemfontein. We teach the boys about serving those in our community. The Saint’s Junior Interact Club strives to build on and have ongoing relationships with non-profit organisations around South Africa.
The boys and families in our Saint’s community are involved in donating in every way they can, whether it be teddies, food or money. We enjoy taking part in national projects such as the CANSA Shavathon, Slipper day, Casual day and Santa’s Shoebox Project. We support animal shelters, orphanages and old age homes. There is no limit or ending to what our school can achieve and do for those in our community. We live by our Saint’s Mission and Values and strive to love our neighbour as our self.
We have a wonderful chess program at the junior school. We start at grade 1 with teaching the boys the fundamentals. In Grade 1 and 2 we take the classes apart to make sure the groups are smaller for individua attention. From Grade 3 – 7 the boys go together as a group and build on the foundation that has been set in the first 2 years. We do participate in leagues and some of our boys are so gifted that they even play in the high school league, even though some of them are only in grade 4. We have some wonderful plans to grow the game and to get the Saints community even more behind our boys.
Public speaking was started in the primary school in 2019 to help boys find their voices and gain confidence to speak in front of an audience.
The club meets regularly where they are introduced to various speaking and presenting skills, allowing them to hone those skills without fear of embarrassment or criticism. The club participates in public speaking competitions, the biggest being the “On the Tip of your Tongue” National Competition. So far there has been a national winner every year in at least one category.
Junior School Public Speaking: Estie Goveia